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With a happy disposition, and powerful build, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is both a loyal gundog and a affectionate family member. Males can weigh in at 80 lbs, and feature a wavy, water resistant coat in solid colors of brown, sedge (reddish gold), or deadgrass (straw).
The Affenpinscher is a toy terrier whose history dates back to the 17th century. It was originally bred in Central Europe, primarily in Germany, with the purpose of controlling the mouse population. This dog breed is now known as a small companion and house dog for adults. Its name translates to “monkey dog” from German. Avid Star Wars fans say that the face of an Affenpinscher looks like an Ewok.
The Bichon Frise is a small fluffy pup with a plumed tail, a cheerful disposition and a taste for mischief. His sturdy yet portable size and adorable face make the Bichon Frise a popular breed choice for families and urban dwellers.
An alert, small, rough-coated, longhaired working dog, the Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie) is an agile and sturdy medium-size dog breed with a life span of 12-14 years. Like the Collie, the Sheltie traces to the Border Collie of Scotland. These Collies were reduced to miniature proportions upon the breed being transported to the Shetland Islands and crossed with small, intelligent, longhaired breeds.
While often pigeonholed as a “beauty with no brains” dog breed, the Poodle is exceptionally intelligent, active and excels in obedience training. According to AKC® Registration statistics, it’s one of the most popular dog breeds possibly due to the fact that it also comes in three size varieties. The denominations standard, miniature and toy describe size only, as all are considered the same breed and governed by the same standard.
A popular sporting breed that blends beauty and utility, the English Springer Spaniel is a well-proportioned hunter that’s nicely balanced in every physical aspect. They have a proud carriage, strong and muscular legs, and compact body reflecting endurance, power and agility.
A powerful, substantially built large breed dog with a deep chest and strong, well-muscled body, the Alaskan Malamute is the oldest and largest among Arctic sled dogs. While many a “Mal” lives with a human family, he’s built for hauling large loads across long distances. So this Arctic breed is a good fit for those into jogging, sledding, hiking and swimming.
A large breed dog originating in the Swiss Alps, the Bernese Mountain Dog features a silky, long tri-colored coat, black with white chest, and rust colored markings above the eyes, sides of mouth and front of legs. Those with a white horseshoe shape around the nose and a white “Swiss cross” on the chest are considered to have ideal markings.
Until 1934, Pembroke and Cardigan Welsh Corgis were classed by the Kennel Club as two varieties of one breed. Many fanciers contended that the two actually evolved separately, with the Cardigan from the Dachshund family and the Pembroke from the Spitz line. Once the club recognized the two separately, breeders stopped interbreeding – thus saving the individual integrity of both.
Jack Russells are highly intelligent dogs that are extremely trainable with well-seasoned dog trainers. This is why the breed is a well-known star in movie and television roles. But that intelligence can work against a novice dog owner. It is imperative to start training early and provide ample exercise and mental stimulation. A bored Jack Russell will easily come up with his own idea of fun, and it likely won’t be a pretty scene
With a happy-go-lucky attitude and a face that sparks smiles and laughs, the spirited, animated Pug shot to high profile status in the 19th century when Queen Victoria developed a passion for these canines that she passed on to other members of the Royal Family.
Often combating a bad reputation, the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) can actually be a “pussy cat” with proper breeding, training, handling, socializing and management.