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Dog Breeds and Characteristics

A brief run down on some popular breeds.  These are only general guidelines and do not apply to every dog of a breed.  In all breeds we see good and bad.  Often people expect a dog regardless of breed to behave in a particular manner, this cannot always be achieved as it is often not within the dog's physical or mental capabilities to do so.

Regardless of the breed you select, it is important to get the correct advice on training to suit your dog.

These are our views on a few breeds and their traits, our views are based on our many years of training dogs at and around people's homes.

Airedale TerrierAiredale Terrier
Good all round family dog. They often appear quite aloof and tend to respond quite slowly to commands, not out of defiance, they just like to take their time about things.

Australian Cattle DogAustralian Cattle Dog
Great dog, generally very strong both mentally and physically.
Most get very frustrated in a domestic situation. Good dog for
a bloke who has plenty of time to spend with his dog.  Most
love to bite moving objects eg; joggers, cyclists.
Not recommended as a family pet.

Australian KelpieAustralian Kelpie

Not a good choice as a family pet, many are bred to be quite submissive due to the nature of work they are bred for. This can often lead to unsure nervous behaviour and can often result in them becoming fear biters
Alaskan MalamuteAlaskan Malamute

Great for those interested outdoor activities sled and cart pulling.  Most are too strong for an average family dog.

Most consider them as a nightmare and difficult to train, nothing could be further from the truth. If trained correctly they are a great little family companion with very few health or behavioural problems.
Bichon FriseBichon Frise

Great little family dog, generally good character and temperament. Great for children and older people.
Border CollieBorder Collie
People are often confused as they see a few fantastic ones on TV ads, these are generally owned by very dedicated owners who put in many hours of training. A great dog for what they were bred for. Not recommended as family dog, as they are often nervy, snappy and very sensitive.

The clown of dogs. Generally mad as hatters but a great dog if you are active and fast moving and can put in the time to train correctly. Can be a bit active for kids. 
Bull TerrierBull Terrier

Great dog if you like the look. Tougher than grizzly bears. Very rarely human aggressive, can become dog aggressive if not reared and trained correctly. They tend to be a bit of a couch potato.

Very smart dog. Most are far too fast and smart for the average person. They become very frustrated with people for this reason. Only for the dedicated experienced handler.
Cairn TerrierCairn Terrier

Fantastic little all round dog, most Cairns think they are larger than Rottweillers. Good all round family dog.
Cavalier King Charles SpanielCavalier King Charles Spaniel

Generally quite sensitive type of dog. Great around the home, fantastic dog for young ladies and the not so active.

German ShepherdGerman Shepherd

Some are bred for show, others are bred for work. People often purchase the wrong type to suit their needs. If you make the right selection and train correctly they are one of the worlds best all round dogs.
German Short Haired PointerGerman Short Haired Pointer

Good dog for what they were bred for. Generally they become very frustrated in a domestic situation due to lack of mental stimulation. 

Golden RetrieverGolden Retriever

Great all round dog apart from the hair. We see very few bad ones. Good family companion, generally quite gentle with children.

Jack RussellJack Russell

Good little dog in the right situation. Generally rough and tough can tend to get snappy. Not recommended for soft gentle type children.
Labrador RetrieverLabrador Retriever

Good all round dog. Many are overly active and boisterous and slow to mature. As with all dogs training is a must, many become overweight as they love food.  
Miniature SchnauzerMiniature Schnauzer

Good little family dog. Can be 'yappers' if not kept under control. Generally have a good strong in character . 

Many think they are 'sissy dogs'. If treated as such they often become little sooks. If treated like a dog they are great in all sizes. Many 'standard poodles' are as tough as any german shepherd you may see. Good all round dog.

Amusing little dog. Can be a lot of fun, good all round little companion. Exercise with caution in hot weather, can be prone to breathing problems.

Great dog if trained and reared correctly. Can be a bit strong for most both physically and mentally. Generally a bit strong for a family dog.
Siberian HuskySiberian Husky

Most are nervy and unsure, generally do not make good family dogs.                  
St BernardSt Bernard

Great dog if you don't mind a bit of 'slobber'. Most are big couch potatoes and very lovable companions.
Staffordshire Bull TerrierStaffordshire Bull Terrier

If not reared and trained correctly, many develop separation anxiety very quickly. Rarely human aggressive, can become dog aggressive if not conditioned correctly.
West Highland TerrierWest Highland Terrier

Tough little dog, can get a bit cheeky if not kept under control. Generally a good all round family dog. 

Mixed Breeds 

Many are great, some can be a disappointment.    The same applies to pure bred dogs.

We now have labradoodle, groodle, moodle, spoodle, cavoodle, spanadore, beaglier, pugalier, and many other mixes that are now referred to as designer dogs.

Some breeders have put in a lot of time, money and experience cross breeding dogs in the attempt to breed a better family companion dog. This involves a lot more than just putting two dogs of different breeds together and hoping for the best.   This practice is not new, the pure breeds of today almost without exception came from cross breeding.

Most dogs in the past were bred for some form of work or sporting activity, many are capable of being good family companions, some are not.  Very few people in cities today have a need for a working or sporting dog, most simply require a good family companion.

Give it a lot of thought, do your homework.






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