The Beagle loves to please. If you find a way to use their natural tendencies you will have a friend for life. As they are hunted in packs they are incredibly social, happy dogs.
The Boston Terrier is a compact, small dog with a square face and a personality bigger than their 10-25 pound size. Although the most common color is black and white, they may be brindle or seal, and have distinct markings required in the standard.
The boxer is a dignified and yet playful dog. Often wary of strangers, they inspire incredible loyalty among those who have had one. This easy to maintain, smooth coated dog loves his people. He is highly trainable and wants to please, and like many active breeds is best kept busy to prevent problems.
While there are individuals that vary it’s important to remember that, as a spaniel, they have an active working heritage. Officially they come in four colors – red and white, tricolor, ruby and black and tan.
There are perhaps few breeds that create as much of a polar opposite of opinion than the Chihuahua. They’re four footed saints in one camp and they’re vicious monsters in another – truth is they can be either, depending on the handling.
Dachshunds, often referred to as "weiner dogs," are most commonly depicted as pets. The "cute" factor in Dachshund puppies can be somewhat deceptive about the "big dog" lurking underneath.
The Doberman Pinscher is a breed often represented negatively not only in movies but in the media. Some areas have them listed on the list of banned breeds, a discrimination tactic of unspeakable ill.
Although they were bred as a companion dog many of the little bulldogs in their history were quite useful as ratters in farming communities. There are some historians who believe the Pug had an influence in the breed, but there is a lack of records backing this up.
The German Shepherd is a breed that brings different views from people. Some say they are fearsome, threatening dogs that should be banned - and, unfortunately, in some areas this has been the case. However, those who have had a German Shepherd see the same breed with much different eyes.
The Golden Retriever is a perennial Top Ten popularity breed for many reasons. The normally calm demeanor, active but gentle nature and eager to please attitude combine with intelligence and trainability. They are friendly, reliable and trustworthy.
The Labrador Retriever is again the most popular AKC breed in the U.S.A. Additionally, they lead in nearly every major city. With a generally friendly, happy demeanor, an adaptability to many situations and intelligence to be trained for a wide host of duties, it's little wonder that this b
Of German origin, the Miniature Schnauzer is one of three dogs that appear largely the same except for size. They were bred down from the Standard Schnauzer, while an even larger Giant Schnauzer is also AKC recognized.
The Pomeranian was bred down from Spitz dogs that served as sled dogs in Iceland and Lapland. The larger ancestors served as an able herding dog with sheep flocks and were about 30 pounds.
The poodle is a much underrated dog. Often viewed as a frilly "fru-fru" dog, the breed is active and very intelligent. They know they're special. With three varieties and a rainbow of colors this is a breed that truly is more than looks.
So valued was this little dog historically they were guarded by soldiers of the Emperors of China. One of three breeds to be so honored, the Pug is Chinese in origin and dates to as much as 700 BC.
The Rottweiler needs an owner who is devoted to socializing and training from the first day together. Like any other dog a young Rottweiler needs to learn what is acceptable in our world and we need to understand what, as a dog, is acceptable in his.
Chinese documentation from 1000 B.C. showed a small "under the table" dog. Thought to trace to the Tibet region, dogs resembling small lions were treasured. The ShihTzu has been preserved as a small pet dog, although it has as a breed undergone some changes.
The Weimaraner is first and foremost a hunting dog. They will not like being a 24/7 couch potato and you may find yourself needing quantity discounts on couches if they get bored!
Today the Yorkshire terrier is in the toy, not the terrier, group. Their longer show coat is not a practical point on many farms. With their jobs reduced, they were bred down as pets, a role that they have taken on with overwhelming success.
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