Saint Bernard

Saint Bernard

The St. Bernard is a giant dog. The average weight of the breed is between 65 and 120 kg (140 and 260 lb) or more, and the approximate height at the withers is 70 to 90 cm (28 to 35 in). The coat can be either smooth or rough; the smooth coat being close and flat while the rough is dense, flat, and more profuse around the neck and legs. The colour is typically a red shade with white, or a mahogany brindle with white. Black shading is usually found on the face and ears. The tail is long and heavy, hanging low. Eyes are usually brown, but sometimes can be icy blue, and should have naturally tight lids, with haws only slightly visible.

Temperament

Known as a classic example of a Gentle Giant, the Saint Bernard is calm, patient and sweet with adults, and especially children. However St. Bernards, like all very large dogs, must be well socialized with people and other dogs in order to prevent fearfulness and any possible aggression or territoriality. The biggest threat to small children is being knocked over by this breed’s larger size. Overall they are a sweet, gentle, calm, loyal and affectionate breed, and if socialized are very friendly. Because of its large adult size, it is essential that proper training and socialization begin while the St. Bernard is still a puppy, so as to avoid the difficulties that normally accompany training large dogs. An unruly St. Bernard may present problems for even a strong adult, so control needs to be asserted from the beginning of the dog’s training. While generally not instinctively protective, a St. Bernard may bark at strangers, and their size makes them good deterrents against possible intruders.

Yorkiepoo

A yorkiepoo (also called a yorkapoo or yoodle) is a hybrid dog, bred for the first time in the United States, by crossing a Yorkshire Terrier and a poodle (in most cases the miniature poodle or toy poodle), or by breeding yorkiepoo to yorkiepoo. These dogs may be bred from two purebred parents or two hybrid parents. They tend to have a smooth coat, of silky and wavy hair, and can come in a variety of colors, including gold, blue, white, and particolor. Depending on which parent's genes are more dominant, the dog may be hypoallergenic and thus be more suited to homes with allergy sufferers.[ the yorkipoo is likely to be a confident, loving, playful companion combining terrier boldness and poodle intelligence. Yorkipoos require mental stimulation and social interaction, and enjoy activities like dog agility and learning tricks. For their size, yorkipoos are rather energetic. However, their energy is easily expended within the confines of an apartment. Therefore, they do not require the sort of exercise regime that larger dogs need. Yorkipoos are very social dogs. Unlike yorkies and other purebred toys, however, they do not long for constant physical contact. Yorkipoos have no objections to cuddling up on a lap but are also content to simply be nearby.This breed isgenerally not aggressive and tend to “greet strangers as if they were long lost friends.” Yorkipoos are smart enough to be trained and take marked pride in learning new commands. They respond best to positive reinforcement, as opposed to negative reinforcement or punishment. When faced with negative reinforcement or punishment, yorkipoos respond with stubbornness. The greatest hurdle to training a yorkipoo is barking. Although they do not tend to sit and yip for no reason, they will almost unfailingly bark when someone knocks at the door. It is unknown if this is to warn that someone is approaching or out of sheer glee to encounter another person.

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Pomsky

About This Breed

The Pomsky a cross between a Siberian Husky and a Pomeranian is often referred to as a designer dog breed. This relatively new breed tends to be of the fluffy, cuddly variety, but theres a lot of variation in these dogs, as well. Heres what you need to know about this newcomer breed.

Physical Characteristics

When you cross a Pomeranian with a Siberian Husky, you can imagine some of the variations that might occur. In general, small Pomskys tend to weigh around 15 pounds when fully grown, although they could be 10 to 15 pounds larger than that estimate.

COLOR(S)

Usually some variation of white, black and grey, similar to their Husky parent.

COAT

Soft and long

Personality and Temperament

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate

POSITIVES

The Pomsky tends to be good natured and playful, gentle with kids and very lively. They are quick to learn and love to play, and tend to be quiet pups.

THINGS TO CONSIDER

Pomsky’s are very smart and require regular play to avoid becoming bored. Bored Pomskys have been known to act up by chewing. Note that the Pomsky sheds a lot, and their thick coats require extensive grooming. Pomsky’s are also diggers by nature, and may require training so as to not dig up your entire backyard.

Care

IDEAL LIVING CONDITIONS

The Pomsky’s generally small size makes this breed the perfect companion for someone living in an apartment all the way up to a larger home.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

A Pomsky requires daily expercise and stimulation to avoid boredom, as well as weekly if not daily grooming.

Health

Since the breed is so new, not much is known about any common Pomsky health conditions. Keep in mind, though, that as is common with most mixed breeds, any hereditary health conditions that show up in either the Pomerian (such as cataracts or skin problems) or the Husky (like eye problems) may show up in your Pomsky, as well.

History and Background

As it stands, the Pomsky has a very short history, having only been bred within the past couple of years. Breeding is of particular importance when it comes to these dogs, since its essential to take size into consideration for their birth. In general, a breeder should always use the Husky as the dam, since physical and health complications could endanger the mother and puppies if a smaller Pomeranian were to be bred to carry puppies sired by a larger male Husky.

Teddy Bear

TheTeddy Bear puppyis also known as a Shichon oraZuchon and it is a cross between Bichon Fris and Shih Tzu. theTeddy Bearis a dog “known for his endearing face, large expressive eyes, and his soft teddy-bear coat.” TheTeddy Bearusually has a longer coat that does not shed very much, if at all. This longer coat may lead to more time for maintenance and grooming. As hypoallergenic dogs, Teddy Bears are generally more suitable for homes with allergy problems amongst the inhabitants, although allergic reactions may still occur. This toy dog is said to have a “great” personality, and it is playful, lively and well-mannered. They can be a bit stubborn, but when they are trained well, they are a good family pet. The breed has a tendency to bark, but with an active training this can be mastered. They are easily trained. The Teddy Bear is a well-mannered dog known to be social, happy, and gentle. They become devoted to their families but need much attention and do not do well when left alone for long periods of time. They are good therapy dogs. Sometimes the Teddy Bear may be stubborn and in need of training. The Teddy Bear will remain active and playful throughout it's life. They make fairly good watch dogs! When necessary, this dog will bark to alert its family that someone is nearby. This breed is typically good with other pets, especially when socialized at an early age. This dog gets along well with children, but it may be a good idea to socialize this breed at an early age as well as to supervise play time with children to make sure that the dog does not get hurt as a result of its small size. An important feature with the Teddy Bears hybrid breed is its longevity. The average life-expectancy of a Teddy Bear is around 1215 years. The Teddy Bear, like many hybrid breeds, is usually healthy without showing the congenital defects that purebreds can have from inbreeding. Although this breed of dog is relatively new, its popularity and fame is growing quickly. The Teddy Bear is still not thought of as an official breed of dog, only a cross-breed. This may change as the dog is becoming a popular toy dog being classified with all other toy dog purebreds. Organizations that recognize this breed include the American Canine Hybrid Club and the Designer Dogs Kennel Club.

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West Highland Terrier

The hardy West Highland White Terrier, more commonly known as the “Westie,” is known for its friendly, strong-willed personality and a remarkably bright white coat. Said to be “all terrier,” this breed possesses a large amount of spunk, determination and devotion stuffed into a compact little body. The confident Westie excels in a variety of AKC events, from conformation to agility to obedience. History The West Highland White Terrier is said to originate from Poltalloch, Scotland, and due to this, was originally known as the Poltalloch Terrier. He was also sometimes referred to as the Roseneath Terrier, after the Duke of Argylls estate. The Westie was first shown in the United States in 1906 under the Roseneath name, but this was changed in 1909 and he has been known as the West Highland White Terrier ever since. Temperament The Westie loves people and makes an affectionate addition to any family. This devoted, happy and faithful dog also makes a wonderful travel companion due to its small size. Their dry coats are a combination of a soft dense undercoat and a rough outer coat. Daily brushing and regular clipping or stripping of the coat is necessary.
  • Terrier Group; AKC recognized in 1908.
  • Ideal height is 10 to 11 inches tall at the shoulder.
  • Vermin hunter, family companion.
Environment
  • Apartment is ok.
  • Very active indoors.
Exercise
  • Daily moderate exercise.
Grooming
  • Regular brushing.
  • Periodic professional grooming recommended.
  • Little to no shedding.

Shih Poo

The Shih Poo is a cross between the Shih-Tzu and the Poodle. The Shih poo is one of many named Poodle crossbreeds, bred in an attempt to combine the characteristics of the Poodle, such as its high intelligence and low-shed coat, with the desirable traits of another breedin this case, the Shih Tzu. Some Shih-poos may have a longer, more Poodle-like muzzle than their Shih-Tzu parent, alleviating many breathing problems that Shih-Tzus can experience, such as Brachycephalic syndrome. The size varies, and depends on whether the Poodle parent is of the teacup, miniature, or standard breed. Typically, a shih-tzu and a miniature poodle are chosen for the parents, which results in average adult weights of 8-18 pounds. A shih-tzu and standard Poodle mix is extremely uncommon. Shih-poos come in a wide variety of colors, such as all black, all white, cream, sable, and any mix and combination there of. Shih-Poos are playful and energetic dogs. They love to chase after balls, play with squeaky toys or drag stuffed animals around the house with them. Generally, the Shih-Poo makes a great playmate for older, respectful children but wont tolerate harsh handling or hair pulling. Because the Shih-Poo is a crossbreed, some are accepting and affectionate toward strangers while others are reserved or shy around them. They love to cuddle with their owners and expect to sleep in bed with them at night. Although energetic, the Shih-Poo doesnt require a lot of vigorous exercise. Short but brisk walks in the morning and evening is all that is necessary to keep this spunky little guy fit. He will happily run around the home playing with a ball or other toys. Romping and playing in a grassy backyard with children or racing around a dog park with his canine pals is also appreciated by the Shih-Poo. This is not a hybrid breed that will enjoy jogging or hiking with his owners.

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Toy Fox Terrier

Truly an American breed, the Toy Fox Terrier is a big dog in a small package that possesses intelligence, courage and a take-charge attitude. Both a Toy and a Terrier, they are a true working dog, delighting in hunting tree squirrels and flushing out rodents. The breeds colors are white, chocolate and tan; white and tan; white and black; or tri-color. History To create this breed, the small Smooth Fox Terriers were crossed with various toy breeds including Miniature Pinschers, Italian Greyhounds, Chihuahuas and Manchester Terriers. The resulting dog the Toy Fox Terrier retained the gameness from the terriers and a milder, more “livable” disposition from the other breeds used. Temperament Toy Fox Terriers are an outgoing and friendly, yet fiercely loyal to their families. They are content and capable of any range of activities from hunting, to obedience, to just lounging around in the sun (or on the sofa). Children especially enjoy the unending energy and zeal for play throughout this dogs life, but as with all Toy breeds, they are not recommended for small children. Their small size makes them ideal for an apartment, although they love to explore the outdoors. They are easy to groom a quick weekly brushing to prevent shedding, nail trim, and occasional bath is all that is necessary.
  • Toy Group; AKC recognized in 2003.
  • Ranging from 8 to 11 inches tall at the shoulder.
  • Watchdog, companion dog.
Environment
  • Apartment is fine.
  • Very active indoors.
Exercise
  • Daily moderate exercise.
Grooming
  • Easy care.
  • Light shedding.

Shar-Pei

Immediately recognizable due to their unique “hippopotamus” head shape, profile and wrinkles, the Shar-Pei is an ancient breed that isusually aloof and standoffish with strangers, but devoted to his family. Their name “Shar-Pei” means sandy coat and their coat should be offstanding and harsh.Any solid color and sable is acceptable and none of these is preferred over the others. Today, the Shar-Pei is exhibited in conformation, agility, obedience and tracking. History Originally a multipurpose Chinese farm dog, many of the breed's characteristics relate to that work. Their moderate sound structure allowed them to be perimeter guard dogs, working all day. They have retained vermin catching, herding and tracking skills, as their role on the farms was diverse. Physically, the Chinese believed the breed's scowl and the black pigmented mouth would scare off evil spirits and their imposing presence meant that most were never challenged. Temperament An intelligent and often stubborn breed, Shar Pei ownership needs careful consideration. They are bright and learn quickly, but early training and socialization are important, as is daily exercise. Shar-Pei are clean dogs that require little more grooming than an occasional bath, regular ear cleaning and toe nail clipping.
  • Non-Sporting Group; AKC recognized in 1992.
  • Ranging in size from 18 to 20 inches tall at the shoulder and 45 to 60 pounds.
  • Hunting; guarding.
Environment
  • Apartment is ok.
  • Low activity indoors.
  • Be careful in hot weather.
Exercise
  • Daily moderate exercise.
Grooming
  • Brush regularly.
  • Moderate shedding.

Shiba Inu

The smallest of the Japanese native breeds, the Shiba Inuwas originally developed for hunting in the dense undergrowth of Japan's mountainous areas. Alert and agile with keen senses, he is also an excellent watchdog and companion. His frame is compact with well-developed muscles and he possesses a double coat that can be black and tan, red or red sesame. History Descended from the primitive dogs of the ancient people of Japan, the Shiba Inu was bred to hunt small wild game, boar and bear. The name Shiba in Japanese meansbrushwood,after the breed's hunting terrain or the color of brushwood leaves in the fall and Inu meansdog. World War II nearly spelled disaster for the Shiba due to bombing raids and distemper, but after the war, bloodlines were combined to produce the breed as it is known today. Temperament The Shiba has an independent nature and can be reserved toward strangers but is loyal and affectionate to those who earn his respect. The Shiba adapts well to different living situations, but must be exercised regularly on leash or in a secure area. Early obedience training and regular brushing are musts.
  • Non-Sporting Group; AKC recognized in 1992.
  • Ranging in size from 13 _ to 16 _ inches tall at the shoulder and 17 to 23 pounds.
  • Bird/Small game hunter.
Environment
  • Apartment is ok.
  • Moderate activity indoor.
Exercise
  • Daily light exercise.
Grooming
  • Easy care.
  • Heavy seasonal shedding.

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Shih Tzu

A compact and solid dog, the Shih Tzus long, flowing double coat is its most distinctive feature. The word Shih Tzu means “lion” and although this dog is sweet and playful, he is not afraid to stand up for himself! One of the most popular dogs in the United States according toAKC Registration Statistics, this portable pooch has a distinctively arrogant carriage with his head well up and tail curved over the back. History Cherished by Chinese royals as prized house pets for over a thousand years, it is believed to have descended from crossing the Lhasa Apso or Tibetan mountain dog and Pekingese. The Shih Tzu was the house pet for most of the Ming Dynasty and was discovered by soldiers in England during World War II. Temperament As the sole purpose of the Shih Tzu is companion and house pet, he should be lively, alert, friendly and trusting towards all. He requires minimal exercise, but his long, luxurious coat needs daily brushing and maintenance.
  • Toy Group; AKC recognized in 1969.
  • Ranging in size from 8 to 11 inches tall at the shoulder and 9 to 16 pounds.
  • Companion, house pet.
Environment
  • Apartment is fine.
  • Fairly active indoors.
Exercise
  • Daily light exercise.
Grooming
  • Daily brushing.
  • Periodic professional grooming recommended.
  • Little to no shedding.
  • Easy on allergy sufferers.

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