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  • SIBERIAN HUSKYpicture of siberan huskyANDpicture of siberan puppy

    the Siberian Husky "does not display the possessive qualities of the guard dog, nor is he overly suspicious of strangers or aggressive with other dogs. " Indeed, the free-spirited Siberian Husky is usually good-natured with everyone. He is playful, athletic, agile, and light on his feet. The Siberian Husky is not a one-person dog. Nor is he a guard dog. He might let you know someone is around, but he has no concept of protecting you. The Siberian is a friendly and gentle dog who is not overly suspicious of strangers or aggressive toward other dogs.

  • GOLDEN RETRIEVERpicture of ANDpicture of a golden retriever puppy

    The Golden Retriever is a large-sized breed of dog bred as gun dogs to retrieve shot waterfowl such as ducks and upland game birds during hunting and shooting parties, and were named 'retriever' because of their ability to retrieve shot game undamaged.They thrive on obedience training, agility classes, and other canine activities, which are a great way to give your dog physical and mental exercise. Although they're gentle and trustworthy with kids.

  • BULLDOGpicture of bulldogANDpicture of bulldog puppy

    Bulldog aggression and dominance is something that comes instinctually to the breed, but the majority of it has been bred out over time. Dominance was the name of the game when they were originally bred, as herding and baiting was their main purpose. Bulldogs have a plethora of health problems including cardiac and respiratory disease, hip dysplasia, cherry eye, and other concerns. They are extremely susceptible to heat problems, can easily drown in swimming pools or other water, and require daily cleaning of their skin folds to avoid problems.

  • BEAGLEpicture of beagleANDpicture of beagle puppy

    Beagles are wonderful dogs. ... They are medium-sized dogs. They are short-haired, and although they do shed, their coats are relatively low-maintenance. They are great as a family dog; good with children and other pets. Beagle intelligence isn't particularly low, but their priorities are often different than other dog breeds. While some dogs were bred as companions, beagles were bred as hunters. Their job is to follow scents and find prey. Sometimes that prey is a fox ... but mostly it's pizza, errant treats, and unattended food.

  • ROTTWEILERpicture of rottweiler ANDpicture of rottweiler puppy

    Rottweilers must be thoroughly socialized at an early age so that their territorial instincts are controlled rather than indiscriminate. They can be aggressive with other dogs of the same sex. And while many Rottweilers live peacefully with the family cat, other individuals are predatory toward cats.The History of Rottweilers. The Rottweiler descends from dogs used by the Romans to drive the herds that fed the army as it marched through Europe. Along the way, the Roman dogs bred with local dogs, and in the town of Rottweil, the result was strong dogs used by butchers to drive cattle to market.

  • LABRADOR RETRIEVERpicture of labrador retriever ANDpicture of labrador retreiver puppy

    The Labrador Retriever is one terrific family dog -- given enough vigorous exercise (preferably including swimming and fetching games) and not just a walk around the block once a day. ... One of the best dogs for children of all ages, Labrador Retrievers are kindly, good-natured, and take most things in stride.In fact, it is normal for any dog to bite. Labrador Retrievers are known to bite anything. Whether it is his toy, your shoe, your bike, a stick or even your hands, these little pups love to grit something with teeth. Often, they would bite anything they set their eyes, or their teeth, upon.

  • GERMAN SHEPARDpicture of german shepardANDpicture of german shepard puppy

    German Shepherd or GSD serve as an ideal family dog. They are considered as good house dogs because of their calm nature and caring temperament. ... 1- German Shepherd is an intelligent dog breed – The largest percentage of police dogs all over the world are GSD's.The German Shepherd desperately needs to exercise both his body (jogging, a romp at the dog park) and his mind (training exercises like agility or obedience competitions). Like many herding breeds, German Shepherds are barkers. Barking isn't necessarily a problem, but it can be if the dog is bored.

  • POODLEpicture of poodleANDpicture of poodle puppy

    Poodle is one of the smartest and most trainable of all breeds. ... With other dogs and cats, Toy Poodles are peaceful and accepting. However, this breed is by no means perfect. Besides the regular clipping, they do need daily exercise, as they are lively dogs. Poodles – Toy, Miniature and Standard varieties, were judged as one. There were 10 breeds placed in the 'most intelligent' category, called the 'Brightest Dogs'. The Border Collie came in above the Poodle at #1 and the German Shepherd came in below the Poodle at #3.

  • DACHSHUNDpicture of dachshundANDpicture of dachshund puppy

    Dachshunds are good with children in their own family if introduced to them early. They may not be as fond of your children's friends, so supervise playtime. With his long back, the Dachshund can be easily injured if he's not handled properly. ... No dog should ever be left unsupervised with a child.Longhaired Dachshunds need brushing and combing to prevent mats and tangles, and some minor trimming. Wirehaired Dachshunds need regular clipping. Shedding and doggy odor. All three Dachshund coats shed.

  • PIT BULLpicture of pit bullANDpicture of pitbull puppy

    Pit Bulls are not good guard dogs because they just love people so much, they may intercede if someone threatens “their” humans. Pit Bulls are great with children. Pit Bulls are a loyal, people-oriented breed that thrive as part of the family. They are affectionate with both adults and children.Many years ago, pit bulls were considered “Nanny dogs” because of their loyalty and gentleness toward their guardians. ... As a result, breed specific legislation (BSL) has popped up in cities across the U.S. that either greatly restricts or completely bans pit bull dogs as pets.

  • BOXERpicture of boxerANDpicture of boxer puppy

    #1 – Boxer. One of the Boxers' most distinctive qualities is its love for children. They are a people oriented breed and prefer to have their pack close by. Energetic and affectionate, the Boxer needs to have plenty of exercise and playful interaction.Boxers are good guard dogs. ... Boxers are one of the most popular breeds of dogs in the US and over-breeding is a concern. Boxers are loyal dogs and unlike certain breeds, are not "one-person" dogs. They can become loyal to a person, family or group of persons and family friends.

  • ENGLISH MASTIFFpicture of mastiffANDpicture of mastiff puppy

    Aggression should not be confused with protection where a dog uses force or dominance to protect its people or territory when threatened. The typical Mastiff's temperament, by nature, is one of gentle demeanor. However, as with any breed, a Mastiff can become aggressive for varying reasons.He's considered the largest breed in the world and can weigh 220 pounds or more. A Mastiff named Zorba, listed in the 1989 Guinness Book of Records, weighed in at 323 pounds. Although the Mastiff's size makes him appear fierce, his temperament is one of good-natured docility.

  • CHIHUAHUApicture of chihuahuaANDpicture of chihuahua puppy

    the shorthaired Chihuahua we know today was discovered in the 1850s in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, from which he took his name.The unofficial title of most aggressive dog breed usually goes to the Pit Bull or the Rottweiler, but a study by the journal of Applied Animal Behavior Science cited the Dachshund and the Chihuahua as the two breeds most likely to bite a human. The Chihuahua also ranked high in aggression towards other dogs.The Chihuahua is in the toy breed group and its classification is a lapdog, companion.

  • PUGpicture of pugANDpicture of pug puppy

    If not spoiled too much, he can be depended on to maintain his sweet, comical, charming personality. Pugs are fine with other animals. (But they can be jealous of another pet sitting in your lap.) Though stubborn, Pugs seldom get into real mischief. Pugs are an ancient breed.They were also treated like royalty. A group of pugs is called a grumble. The breed proably gets its name from a monkey.The pug is the official breed of the House of Orange.The perfect pug tail has two curls.There was a secret organization named after the dog. Pug Health: This, more than any other issue, is often the undoing of a pug owner. ... Pugs are prone to issues specific to brachycephalic (flat faced) breeds (breathing, eyes, folds of skin) and are prone to issues of the toy breeds generally (luxating patella, dental problems, trachea).

  • CHOW CHOWpicture of chow chowANDpicture of chow chow puppy

    Instead, it's said that the Chow combines the nobility of a lion, the drollness of a panda, the appeal of a teddybear, the grace and independence of a cat, and the loyalty and devotion of a dog. He's also dignified and aloof, as befits a breed that was once kept in imperial Chinese kennels. Aggression is the biggest issue with Chows, though it is a problem that can be avoided. Chows are naturally aggressive toward dogs of the same sex, and their hunting instincts can take over if presented with a small dog or a cat.

  • BORDER COLLIEpicture of border collieANDpicture of border collie puppy

    Border Collies are considered one of the smartest dog breeds around. They excel at herding sheep and can learn voice commands, follow directions from a whistle or hand signals, and can understand more words than most dogs. ... Border Collies require a lot of exercise, and need to do a job to stay out of trouble.Borders are very people-oriented and are wonderful family dogs. Some Borders are not good with other dogs or cats, and some are great. Border Collies are the best working breed in the world for sheepherding. They also excel at performance activities such as agility, obedience, flyball, and freestyle, among others.

  • YORKSHIRE TERRIERpicture of yorkshire terrierANDpicture of yorkshire terrier puppy

    Very intelligent, actually, according to the Official Yorkie Guide. Tracy Barr and Peter F. Veling agree in "Yorkshire Terriers for Dummies," saying that while they're not up there with the smartest of the smart dogs like border collies and poodles, Yorkies' intelligence is above average.The Yorkshire Terrier breed is no more than 100 years old and was developed in England. Originally the Yorkie was bred for the purpose of catching rats in mines. They were also used for hunting to borrow underground after badgers and foxes.

  • VIZSLApicture of vizslaANDpicture of vizsla puppy

    The Vizsla is a dog breed originating in Hungary, which belongs under the FCI group 7 (Pointer group). The Hungarian or Magyar Vizsla are sporting dogs and loyal companions, in addition to being the smallest of the all-round pointer-retriever breeds.Vizslas are medium-sized dogs weighing 45-65 lbs. A male vizsla is 22 to 24 inches at the shoulder; females are smaller at 21 to 23 inches tall. Their bodies are muscular and well proportioned. Vizslas generally mature at 1 or 2 years, although they reach their full size around 6 to 8 months.

  • SHIH TZUpicture of shih tzuANDpicture of shih tzu puppy

    One of the more ancient breeds in existence, Shih Tzus are believed to have been bred by Tibetan lamas to be a tiny replica of a lion, which is associated with Buddhist mythology. Once the prized lap dog of Chinese emperors, the Shih Tzu doesn't see any reason to accept the slightest reduction in status.A lot of barking can come from this little dog. Shih Tzus are alert and lively little watchdogs; they can be a joyful addition to any family. All dogs bark from time to time, but these cute little yappers can be quite an earful without proper training and leadership from the human pack.

  • AUSTRAILIAN SHEPARDpicture of australian shepardANDpicture of australian shepard puppy

    If your Australian Shepherd is a family pet, he needs to live indoors; that is, when he's not out with you playing, jogging, working or showing up all the other dogs at the local agility or obedience trial. Otherwise, he'll be lonely, bored and destructive. Herding breeds bark, and the Aussie is no exception.Australian Shepherds are herding dogs and many consider kids part of their "flock," so you'll need to teach your Aussie that chasing and nipping at kids to herd them isn't allowed. Once they learn this lesson, Aussies make wonderful companions for families with kids.Australian shepherds, commonly called Aussies, are herding dogs bred for intelligence and endurance. The Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA) characterizes the breed as high energy and exuberant and notes that in general, Australian shepherds are not "couch potatoes."

  • MALINOISpicture of malinois ANDpicture of malinois puppy

    The Belgian Malinois (pronounced MAL-in-wah) is a medium-size Belgian shepherd dog that at first glance resembles a German Shepherd Dog. Malinois are shorthaired, fawn-colored dogs with a black mask. They are one of four types of Belgian herding dogs, and have been shown in the U.S. as a separate breed since 1959.Although they are good-size dogs, they are very people-oriented and want to be included in family activities. Malinois are constant shedders. They shed heavily twice a year. Belgian Malinois are intense dogs that are play-oriented and sensitive.

  • AKITApicture of akitaANDpicture of akita puppy

    The Akita is a bold and willful dog, naturally wary of strangers but extremely loyal to his family. He is alert, intelligent, and courageous. He tends to be aggressive toward other dogs, especially those of the same sex. He is best suited to a one-dog household.The average Akita is powerful, loyal, courageous and weighs about 100 pounds. The Akita is quiet, except to warn about intruders. This makes him a natural guard dog. Akitas have an aggressive trait; the Japanese breed them to propagate it.Akitas are dogs--large dogs with great intelligence but still, just dogs. When socialized with children and trained to be family members, Akitas will accept children of all ages and sizes. ... If an Akita does take an instant dislike to one child, keep the dog away from the child, but keep a close watch on that child.

  • ST. BERNARDpicture of St. bernardANDpicture of St. bernard puppy

    If you consider yourself a neat freak, then the Saint Bernard is not the breed for you. They drool and their paws track in their fair share of mud. ... Although Saint Bernards make wonderful family pets, they are not recommended for homes with young children, as they can unintentionally knock over and hurt small children.Sure, some St. Bernards, like any breed, can be mean making them dangerous, but to classify all of them as such is ignorant. ... St. Bernards are often portrayed, especially in old live action comedies such as Swiss Miss, the TV series Topper, and classic cartoons, wearing small barrels of brandy around their necks. Avalanche victims supposedly drank the brandy to stay warm while awaiting rescue, although this is medically unsound.

  • CAVALIER KINGpicture of cavilar kingANDpicture of cavilar king puppy

    For a coated breed, the Cavalier is relatively easy to groom. The medium-length silky coat is not so heavy that it requires hours of brushing, and it sheds dirt easily. The Cavalier sheds, like all dogs, but regular brushing will remove dead hairs so they don't float off onto your floor, furniture and clothing.The price of this breed generally runs from $1,800 to $3,500, depending on the cost of living in any particular area and depending on how close to the breed standard the puppy has turned out. DO buy from breeders who: Are members of a Cavalier Specialty Club.

  • GREYHOUNDpicture of greyhoundANDpicture of greyhound puppy

    Greyhounds make great pets! ... Some Greyhounds do well with cats and other small animals, while some need to be the only dog or animal in the home. Most are also good with children. Most Greyhounds are not natural barkers, but can, on occasion, pickup a barking habit if another dog in your house is a frequent barker.The origins of the name "greyhound" has many theories, but remains unclear. For many, the assumption is that refers to the dog's colour. However, there are relatively few greyhounds that are grey. It has also been theorized that it is a derivative of the the following words: Greek Hound; Great Hound; or Gaze Hound.

  • AFFENPINSCHERpicture of affenpinscherANDpicture of affenpinscher puppy

    The Affenpinscher is a balanced, wiry-haired terrier-like toy dog whose intelligence and demeanor make it a good house pet. Originating in Germany, the name Affenpinscher means "monkey-like terrier." The breed was developed to rid the kitchens, granaries, and stables of rodents.Like many toy dog breeds, the Affenpinscher can be difficult to housetrain. Crate training is recommended. While the fur of an Affenpinscher is wiry and is often considered hypoallergenic, this is not to be mistaken with "non-shedding." All dogs shed or produce dander.

  • ENGLISH SHEEPDOGpicture of english sheepdogANDpicture of english sheepdog puppy

    Contrary to popular belief, Old English Sheepdogs can not see with the hair in front of their eyes. The hair should be put into a 'topknot' or trimmed away from the eyes for visibility. The breed originated with a much shorter and less dense coat than is seen today.They tend to drool and are heavy shedders. Also, their heavy coats trap debris and dirt, which ends up on your furniture and floor. Originally bred for driving cattle and sheep, the OES is an active breed that requires a lot of exercise. The Old English Sheepdog coat is high maintenance.

  • ALASKAN MALAMUTEpicture of alaskan malamuteANDpicture of alaskan malamute puppy

    The Alaskan Husky is a true sled dog that's a type of dog rather than a specific breed, and not recognized by any kennel club. The Malamute and Siberian Husky are purebreds and recognized by the American Kennel Club. The Alaskan Husky was bred solely for working ability, not appearance.The Alaskan Malamute is a heavy dog, with a more formidable nature and structure than the Siberian Husky, which is bred for speed. The Alaskan Malamute is bred for power and endurance, which is its original function and what the standard of the breed requires of Alaskan Malamute breeders.

  • WELSH CORGIpicture of welsh corgieANDpicture of welsh corgie puppy

    Corgis are generally known to bark a lot. They are herding dogs after all and barking is an important part of monitoring and rounding up the animals. One time I was with a very vocal corgi when another lady passing by said, "That's definitely a corgi! I had a corgi too and my corgi would never stop barking." Herding breeds are not as tolerant of a typical child's behavior as as say, retrievers or spaniels. These breeds do not have the same instinctive desire to chase and herd. A Corgi or any sort of herding dog is probably not the best choice for families with children under 8 years old.

  • LHASA APSOpicture of lhasa apsoANDpicture of lhasa apso puppy

    Considered "easy keepers," affectionate and a good companion, the Lhasa Apso was bred as a guard dog and therefore can be aloof, stubborn and demonstrate a sharp, loud bark. The Lhasa Apsos are long-lived dogs, routinely going into their late teens. The record holder is a breed champion who lived to 29 years of age.Because their coats have a longer growth cycle than those of dogs with the more typical canine "double coat," Lhasas may shed less, which means less dander in the environment and sometimes fewer allergic reactions. But they still produce dander and can still cause an allergic reactions.

  • POINTERpicture of pointerANDpicture of pointer puppy

    Pointers are intelligent, affectionate, clean and intensely loyal. Their aggression level is very low to non-existent and they normally happily coexist with other dogs and cats. They are not typically territorial and can be reserved with strangers.Pointing breed. ... The name pointer comes from the dog's instinct to point, by stopping and aiming its muzzle towards game. This demonstrates to the hunter the location of his or her quarry and allows them to move into gun range. Pointers were selectively bred from dogs who had abundant pointing and backing instinct.

  • SALUKIpicture of salukiANDpicture of saluki puppy

    Salukis are not suited for apartment life. They need a home with a large, securely fenced yard where they can run flat out. The ideal running area for a Saluki is 300 to 400 feet in length or width. Fences should be at least five to six feet high or a Saluki will easily jump them.The Saluki, also known as Persian Greyhound, is a dog originally bred in the Fertile Crescent. The Saluki is classed as a sighthound and is typically deep-chested and long-legged.It somewhat resembles a greyhound, but with long, floppy ears and a bushy tail. While nomadic Bedouins frowned on dogs as unclean, they made an exception for the Saluki, giving the breed a reputation for being upper-crust. A Saluki puppy will cost about $2,500.

  • PEKINGESEpicture of penkingeseANDpicture of penkingese puppy

    The Pekingese is a well-balanced, compact dog of Chinese origin with a heavy front and lighter hindquarters. Its temperament is one of directness, independence and individuality. Its image is lionlike, implying courage, dignity, boldness and self-esteem rather than daintiness or delicacy.While the bold but humorous nature of the Pekingese can make him a wonderful family companion under the right circumstances, he may not be the right breed for families with young children. Pekingese are small dogs and can be injured if play is too rough, or they may snap at a child if they're frightened.Pekingese also shed a lot. You'll see hair and fur all over your clothing all year long, including your carpeting and upholstery. All dogs shed, and if you decide to purchase a dog, you need to accept that one simple fact. The reason why they shed is a different matter though.

  • POMERANIANpicture of pomeraninanANDpicture of pomeranian puppy

    Pomeranian Dog Breed Information and Personality Traits. Perky and friendly, Pomeranians, even though small, need regular exercise and thrive on training. They are intelligent, but sometimes do not realize they are small and will confront larger dogs. ... Using her dogs, the size was bred down to a toy dog.There is a stereotype against Pomeranian breed and other toy breed dogs that they are 'snappy' and 'yappy'. This is a generalization that is simply not true. Each dog is an individual; personality and behavior will depend on: The natural instinct to be a companion dog (this is in the bloodline)No dog should ever be left unsupervised with a child. Pomeranians can get along great with cats and other animals, especially if they're raised with them. Protect them from bigger dogs. Poms don't realize just how small they are, and they have no fear of challenging bigger dogs.

  • STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIERpicture of staffordshirebull terrierANDpicture of staffordshire bull terrier puppy

    Staffordshire bull terriers are not banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act, but are often confused with banned breeds like pit bulls. That being said, Staffies have made headlines for aggressive actsThe term “Pit Bull” is often applied indiscriminately to APBTs, American Staffordshire Terriers and sometimes Staffordshire Bull Terriers, a British breed. The term may also be used to label any dog who resembles those breeds, even if he is a Lab mix with little or no “Pit Bull” in his background.Image result for staffordshire bull terrier Like al the bull breeds, the Staffordshire bull terrier can trace its heritage back to the ancient Molossian war dogs of the Greeks. The Mollossians in turn gave rise to the great Mastiffs of Europe, and then to the family of dogs bred to bait bulls and other animals.

  • BASSET HOUNDpicture of ANDpicture of

    Because while Basset Hounds can swim, they are not very good at it. Since they carry two-thirds of their weight in front and have short legs, swimming is not a natural sport for them. A friend once told me a story about someone that left his dog outside in his swimming pool area.Because they were originally bred to be hunting dogs, many of the features of the Basset Hounds have a purpose. Their long, low-set ears drag the ground and pick up scents, while the loose skin around their heads form wrinkles that further capture the scent of whatever they are tracking.Basset Hounds are among the most pleasant-natured and easygoing of all breeds. Some are dignified, but most are clownish. Almost all are reliably good-natured, sociable, and peaceful with everyone – strangers, children, and other pets, too. ... "Come" is not a command that Basset Hounds are eager to obey.

  • GREAT PYRENEESpicture of ANDpicture of

    Aggression Is Not Part Of The Great Pyrenees Temperament. Great Pyrenees temperament is a subject of much discussion. The Great Pyrenees Breed Standard states: ... A well-balanced, confident Great Pyr is not aggressive, but will be protective of his flock or family when necessary.The Great Pyrenees is a flock-guarding breed who is placid in the home and gentle with children. He has a watchful, protective nature and is more serious than many dogs. He is only moderately active. A couple of short or moderate leashed walks daily will satisfy his exercise needs.The Great Pyrenees dog requires standard care for coat, eyes, ears, pads and nails. ... As a general rule, Pyrs will only drool when they are eating, begging, panting excessively, and/or drinking water. Although uncommon in the breed, Pyrs with a poor bite structure can drool more.

  • BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOGpicture of ANDpicture of

    A Bernese with tight, or close-fitting, lips is less likely to drool than one with loose or hanging lips. The Bernese Mountain Dog's tricolor coat is thick and moderately long with straight or slightly wavy hair. The coat sheds heavily. Berners are sensitive to heat and humidity.Similar breeds such as the Newfoundland are well known for their love of water and that is why so many people think that the Bernese dog is too. However, whilst they can swim and they can certainly pull you out of the water; it is not in their natural instincts to do so.Instinct tells the Bernese mountain dog to guard. It is naturally wary of strangers and it will bark to warn them off. However, it will not usually bite and attack a stranger; it is far too gentle to do that. ... The breed will make a good watchdog, but they will not make good guarding dogs.

  • BULL TERRIERpicture of ANDpicture of

    Bull Terriers are suspicious of strangers and can be aggressive toward other animals and people. Take him to puppy socialization classes as early as possible, as well as to dog-friendly public places so he can get used to many different situations, people, and dogs.As their name suggests, they were a cross between bull dogs and various terriers. Breeders thought that the tenacious spirit and agility of the terrier mixed with the brute force of a bulldog would create the ultimate fighting pit dog. The breed was known as a “canine gladiator.”Bull Terriers are NOT Pit Bull Terriers, but they are often lumped together by public officials and the media as potentially dangerous dogs. Bull Terriers may be targeted for future "banning" in certain areas, or refusal of homeowner insurance policies.

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    Most Bullmastiffs are good with children if they are brought up with children and common sense is used. Never forget that while not an aggressive dog, the Bullmastiff is a guard dog protective of those it is guarding, particularly if they are children.This giant breed has a life expectancy of 8 to 11 years, and does not stop growing until it is about two and a half years of age. Bullmastiffs are prone to some heredity diseases including hip and elbow dysplasia, tumors and some eyelid problems. Do bullmastiff dogs swim? A. It depends. Bullmastiffs are brachycephalic, meaning they have pushed in noses. Sometimes this can mean that swimming isn't the best option for them.. and if they do enjoy swimming, they shouldn't be asked to swim for too long as they can easily overheat (even under water).

  • BICHON FRISEpicture of ANDpicture of

    A full brush out 2 to 3 times a week is best with baths every 1 to 2 weeks. Never brush a dry coat, always lightly mist with a hydrating spray. If the Bichon is kept in a shorter trim, weekly brush outs are still preferred. Routine baths ranging between 1 to 3 weeks is desirable.Potential separation anxiety. More than most other breeds, the Bichon Frise needs a great deal of companionship and does not like being left alone for more than a few hours. They tend to express their unhappiness through destructive chewing and barking. Potential barking.Bichon Frises often appear on lists of dogs that do not shed (moult). The grooming required to maintain the Bichon Frise's coat helps remove loose hair, and the curl in the coat helps prevent dead hair and dander from escaping into the environment, as with the poodle's coat.

  • BOSTON TERRIERpicture of ANDpicture of

    Known as the American Gentleman, the Boston Terrier is lively, smart, and affectionate with a gentle, even temperament. They can, however, be stubborn, so persistence and consistency are definite musts when training. ... Socialization helps ensure that your Boston puppy grows up to be a well-rounded dog.Bobbed, Never Docked. The Boston terrier is a bobbed breed, not a docked breed. That is, he is born with a short tail due to his genes, not because someone cut off any portion of his tail.Bostons bark. Just like other terriers they are quick to alert everyone that there is a stranger approaching, leaving, or walking somewhere across the street. Like other terrier breeds, Bostons also like to bark at other dogs, but they are rarely aggressive. They are a true case of bark being much worse than bite.

  • SHETLAND DOGpicture of ANDpicture of

    The Shetland Sheepdog, also known as the Sheltie, is a breed of herding dog. The original name of this breed was Shetland Collie, but this caused controversy among the Rough Collie breeders at the time, so the breed's name was formally changed to Shetland Sheepdog. Grooming. To keep their feathered coat free of mats, Shelties require regular brushing and combing, and occasional trimming around their private parts for sanitary reasons. Ungroomed Shelties can develop serious skin problems and are in pain from the mats pulling on their skin. Heavy shedding.Collies and shelties are both descendants of border collies, but they're different dogs. Rough collies have a long, lustrous coat, while smooth collies have a much shorter coat. Shelties are formally called Shetland sheepdogs, and though they look like mini versions of rough collies, they're their own distinct breed.

  • AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOGpicture of ANDpicture of

    You might be familiar with this breed by one of his other common names: Australian Heeler, Blue Heeler, Queensland Heeler, or Halls Heeler. Officially, however, he's the Australian Cattle Dog; the "heeler" moniker comes from the fact that the dogs were bred to herd cattle by nipping at their heels.The Australian Cattle Dog was first known as the Australian Heeler, and he is still sometimes called the Blue or Queensland Heeler today. You must be a leader yourself if you plan to share your life with an Australian Cattle Dog. This is a smart and independent breed who can be a challenge to raise and live with.The typical Australian Cattle Dog does not shed year round but instead "blows it's coat" once or twice per year. During this one or two (or three) week period The ACD sheds out his or her undercoat (and then guard hair) in MASSIVE clumps.

  • MALTESEpicture of ANDpicture of

    Maltese do not have fur like average dogs. They have hair without an undercoat. This hair is very fine and tangles easily.Temperament. Maltese dogs typically are lively and spirited, and they keep their playful personalities well into maturity. The affectionate Maltese is among the gentlest of the toy breeds. They are devoted to their masters and love attention.Separation anxiety and barking. More than most other breeds, Maltese need a great deal of companionship and do not like being left alone for more than a few hours.The Maltese is one of a handful of similar breeds whose job has always been that of “companion.” They are specifically designed to love and be loved. If you want a smart little dog to run you and your home, then this is your breed. ... That doesn't mean these dogs don't need exercise and training.

  • DOBERMAN PINSCHERpicture of ANDpicture of

    A closer look, however, reveals different origins and different characteristics. Although both breeds can be found in the American Kennel Club's Working group, the German pinscher and the Doberman pinscher historically have different tasks and different temperaments.While the Min Pin looks like a smaller version of a Doberman, he's a completely separate breed. It's speculated that both the Min Pin and the Doberman descended from the German Pinscher, but that the Doberman's other ancestors were dogs such as the Rottweiler, while the Min Pin's were Dachshunds and Italian Greyhounds.

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    Great Danes are considered gentle giants. They are moderately playful, affectionate and good with children. ... Great Danes generally get along with other animals, particularly if raised with them, but some individuals in the breed can be aggressive with dogs they do not know.The Great Dane is easy to groom, but he does shed. He also drools, so get in the habit of carrying a hand towel to wipe up slobber. Great Danes are flatulent, but they give you someone to blame your own emissions on.I have found in all my dealings with these huge dogs that the normal Great Dane temperament is that of a gentle, easy going giant. They aren't usually aggressive, but their size and deep resonant bark is enough to put off any unwelcome visitors to my home. This makes them an ideal guard dog.