Category: dog breeds

Dog Breeds 101: Doberman Pinscher

Originating from Germany, the Doberman Pinscher has now become an extremely common pet across the world. They were originally trained to be police and guard dogs, but eventually they found their place as household pets. It cannot be denied that the Pinscher has become one of the most popular dog breeds primarily because of their distinctive look and their devotion to their owners. [1] There are many theories as to how the breed was developed but not any one of them can be proven.

Pinschers are known to be obedient, watchful, fearless, and energetic. These dogs are extremely devoted to their families and are willing to risk their lives for a friend. [2]

Dobermans are large dogs known for their athletic build, swiftness, and endurance. The ideal height for this breed is 27.5 inches. There is no standard weight for Dobermans. However, they must have a sufficient amount weight in order to optimize their agility, endurance, and strength. [3]

What probably attracts people to adopting a Doberman are the traits they possess. Pinschers are known to be alert and intelligent, while making loyal partners. [1]

The Pinscher is a breed of dog that needs constant leadership and human interaction. They are easy to train, tolerant, keen and dedicated. They have incredible stamina and endurance, while also being highly adaptable and versatile.

However, this dog needs an owner who makes their authority known. Owners and other members of the family must be consistent, confident, and firm in setting the rules and following them. When handled improperly, Dobermans can become stubborn, especially when they are allowed to get what they want too often. [1]

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Dog Breeds 101: Shih Tzu

Also known as the Chinese Lion Dog, or the Chrysanthemum Dog, the Shih Tzu is considered to be one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. However, despite the fact that this breed has been around since 800 B.C., the American Kennel Club did not recognize them until 1969!

Originally from China, the Shih Tzu is a special breed of small dog that is best recognized for its large dark eyes and short muzzle. This dog is mostly judged on the size and shape of its head when competing in a show. It should be large, round and their ears should blend into the rest of their hair. [1] Normally, the Shih Tzu is 8 to 11 inches tall, and weighs between 9 and 16 pounds. In addition to its heavily-furred tail, the Shih Tzu has long fur covering its ears. Its long coat usually grows quickly, so regular grooming is necessary. It is recommended that the owner of the Shih Tzu comb their hair daily because of how easily it can mat. Despite their long hair, they shed very little.

Sometimes, Shih Tzus are referred to as Chrysanthemum Dogs because their hair grows in every direction. It is for this reason that they resemble the Chrysanthemum flower.

This breed is preferred by dog lovers because of their adorable temperament and personality. They are usually outgoing, alert, loyal and affectionate. Furthermore, the natural alertness of this breed makes them excellent watch dogs. However, these dogs are not easily trained and the owner must begin at a very young age. [2]

Shih Tzus are also loved because of their very friendly nature. They can interact well with the adults, children, and other dogs. Some Shih Tzus are known for being courageous, clever, spunky and playful. [3] At home, they follow people wherever they go. In addition to being naturally good-natured, they are known to be highly adaptable – they can live in mansions or tiny apartments. [4] Unlike other breeds, adopting a Shih Tzu doesn’t necessarily require a yard. However, they do need exercise and it should be remembered that they are sensitive to heat because of their thick coat.

Shih Tzus are primarily bred to be great pets. Research shows that healthy Shih Tzus can live anywhere from 10 to 16 years, especially when all of their needs are met.

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Dog Breeds 101: Siberian Husky

Originally hard-working sled dogs, the Siberian Husky has now acquired considerable attention as a show and family dog! Belonging to the same family as the Spitz, Siberian Huskies are recognized for their thick tail, distinctive markings, big beautiful eyes, erect triangular ears, and of course, their thick fur coat. Unlike most dogs, the Siberian Husky howls instead of barking. [1] Also, they are noted for their impressive willingness to work, as well as their endurance. [2]

Originating from the North Eastern part of Siberia, the ancestors of Siberian Huskies were bred to pull heavy cargo over long distances. This resilient dog evolved to endure the extremely harsh and cold environments of Siberia. Eventually, they were sent to Alaska, Canada, and the USA. [3]

Compared to other breeds of dogs, the Siberian Husky’s coat is thicker in order to protect them from harsh winters. These coats enable them to withstand the vicious cold of their natural environment – but interestingly, this coat also reflects heat in the summer allowing the dog to cope with moderately warm temperatures. [4]

However, the Husky is not as comfortable in the heat as they are in the cold. It is recommended that potential owners of this breed be able to provide adequate shade and air conditioning if they live in a warm climate. Considering that this dog is a working dog, they need adequate daily exercise. A long walk or jog will do them well. When their needs are well cared for, this breed of dog can live up to 15 years.

Huskies are popular because of their innate intelligence and their ability to be trained. They are also considered to be loving, happy, gentle, and playful which makes them even more adorable. Also, they can extremely be friendly to both children and strangers. These dogs will fit perfectly in a family living in a colder climate and who are active. They are also the type of dogs which love to run around the house, so be aware that space is essential when adopting them as pets. Many Siberian Huskies are also independent, adventurous, stubborn, clever, and mischievous. [5]

Siberian Huskies can be cuddly, mellow and warm, but when left alone for a long period of time, they can become restless and even destructive. Getting them a pal can help to combat this behavior. Since this dog has a tendency to consider everyone as a friend, Siberian Huskies may not be the best guard dogs.

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