A dog breed a day in the hope of educating potential owners about the needs of their new canine companions.
The Miniature Bull Terrier is considered by many as so ugly, its cute. It is easy to recognize this little dog by its egg-like head and winning smile. They are friendly, mischievous dogs that love people and trouble. Their short, low-maintenance coat comes in many different colors but some Miniature Bull Terriers with white coats are genetically prone to blindness. They are tough to train due to the stubborn, mischievous nature that gives them the nickname clown of the dog world. They are good with adults and older children but are not recommended for families with younger kids. With a Miniature Bull Terrier in your house, never expect a dull moment.
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The Field Spaniel is a perfect companion for an outdoor, active lifestyle. This rare, medium-sized breed is loving towards its family, other animals and to strangers although its independent streak makes it difficult to train. They were bred in England during the middle of the nineteenth century to flush and retrieve all types of game both on and off land but was not a distinct breed from Cocker Spaniels until the twentieth century. Their coat comes in black, liver or golden and requires a twice weekly grooming and an occasional trim to keep their fur looking neat. They also require a large amount of daily exercise and are happiest when they have a job to do. The Field Spaniel is an active, playful and docile dog that makes a great family pet.
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The Anatolian Shepherd is large and imposing yet protective and loyal. Nicknamed the basketball player of the dog world, this large breed is surprisingly agile because of its sight hound roots. They are a great family dog for experienced dog owners since although they love their people, they are an independent and overprotective breed. The Anatolian is fairly healthy for such a large breed but does suffer from common big dog illnesses such as hip dysplasia and bloat. This is another horrible apartment dog not just because of its size but also because of its love of large spaces to roam. If you are an experienced dog owner with a large house and want of a large dog, the Anatolian Shepherd makes a great protector and companion.
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The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a loving breed that is perfectly suited to life as a lap dog. They were a favorite of British royalty and King Charles, for whom the dog was named, never went anywhere without a couple of his spaniels. The reason for their popularity is obvious because of their adorable faces and sweet personalities. These dogs make excellent family dogs although their bone structure is ill-suited for rough play. King Charles Spaniels want to please their owners and excel at obedience training. Whether you are a hiker or a couch potato, this breed will adapt to the level of exercise in your lifestyle. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has long been a fabulous companion pet and continues to live up to that reputation today.
From it’s pirate mask to its dingo heritage, the Australian Cattle Dog is a unique dog. It was bred when Australian cattle ranchers in the 1800s needed a herding dog that could keep up on a cattle drive. They bred Blue Merle Collies and other European dogs with Australian Dingos to create an intelligent dog that could go the distance in the harsh Australian outback. The breed have few health issues and little grooming but they will need regular baths due to their love of the outdoors. Although it may try to herd young children, the Australian Cattle Dog does great in an active, older family.
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The Sealyham is a plucky little terrier whose determined face matches its determined personality. Their name comes from the estate of the breeds founder, Captain John Edwards, where it was bred to quarry small animals such as foxes and badger. Although it was common in 1911 when it was registered, its popularity has decreased in more recent years. Although they do need daily exercise, the Sealyham Terrier is not as active nor as playful as many other terriers and therefore make adequate apartment dogs. They are affectionate towards their families but can sometimes be nippy so make sure you supervise them around small children. Their coat requires a moderate amount of maintenance and should be brushed every two weeks and trimmed about once a month. Overall, the Sealyham Terrier makes a charming addition to a loving household.
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The Curly-Coated Retriever is said to be one of the first recognized retriever breeds and works tirelessly as a water retriever. It is not as friendly and outgoing as many retriever breeds and possesses an independent spirit that is often mistaken for aloofness. They were once popular hunting dogs but around the turn of the century, many hunters mistook them for hard-mouthed retrievers due to their curly coat. The Curly Coated Retriever’s coat is not difficult to maintain and needs only the occasional brushing. They are shy with strangers due to their independence although they love other animals. This breed is loyal to their famlies and wants to please its owner so it is easier to train than one might expect. The Curly-Coated Retriever is a superb hunting dog and a great fit for a caring, outdoor loving family.
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The Canaan Dog is a rare dog breed that is also of the oldest. Their history is believed to predate biblical times and to have a temperament similar to the original domesticated dogs. Like their wild relatives, the Canaan is smart and prefers human companionship to the wild but does have an independent streak. For the experienced owner, they can be easy to train once your place as pack leader is established and when exercised daily. Although their short, double coat requires no complex maintenance, they do shed profusely if not brushed often. Once used as both herding and guard dogs, this breed does not do well in apartments and are reserved around new people. However, with a knowledgeable and devoted owner, the Canaan Dog makes an excellent family pet.
A Bouvier des Flandres lived in the White House while Ronald Reagan was president and Hitler considered them as the official dog of the Third Reich, a position the dogs turned down by biting his hand. Although it has had many famous admirers, this breed is a true working dog that has had success both as multi-purpose farm dogs and intense police and army dogs. They also make good family companions as long as they get a large amount of daily exercise. They are loyal and protective of their families although they need firm, consistent training due to their independence and intelligence. Their thick coat is high maintenance, requiring a weekly brushing, regular hand stripping and a regular clipping. The Bouvier des Flandres is not a great companion for everyone but is a great dog for a family with the time they deserve.
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There are few dogs more at home in the water than the Newfoundland and also few dogs more gentle. Their thick coat makes them resistant to freezing and their mass and webbed feet make them strong swimmers. They are a courageous breed that fishermen in Northern Canada bred to rescue people who fell overboard. Newfies are patient with young children, love to please their family and lazy enough that they can even live in apartments. However, they are not the best dog for everyone. As a big dog breed, they are prone to many illnesses and rarely live more than ten years. Their droopy jowls are lovable but make sure you have a towel for the slobber. Their double coat sheds profusely, needs a twice weekly brushing and does horribly in warm climates. Newfoundlands are not the perfect dog for everyone but are lovable teddy bears that will win your heart.
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