Great Dane

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The great dane has a prestigious spot in the large dog breeds. This breed was originally for hunting the wild boar however today it is well known for being great companions. The large size of the great dane can be very intimidating but they are little softies with a lot of love to give.

The great dane is well known for its height. This breed can get as short as 30 inches tall or as large as 42 inches tall. The weight is different from a male and female. The male can weigh anywhere between 140 and 175 pounds while the female weighs between 110 and 140.

The coat of a great dane is short but it is thick. When healthy, it is shiny and smooth feeling. The great dane can be of different colors. The most popular color is white, brindle, fawn, and black. Continue reading “Great Dane”

Dachshund

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The dachshund is an adorable dog with a big heart. They have small long bodies and very short legs. The dachshund is a breed that is well known for the ability to track. They like to be independent thinkers and have the confidence to pull it off. The dachshund also has a smaller version called a miniature dachshund.

An adult dachshund can weigh in on average of 32 pounds and stand about 12 inches tall. The miniature dachshund weighs about 12 pounds as adults and stands around 8 inches on average.

A dachshund could have one of the three different coats; wiry, smooth, or longhaired. The coat can come in many different colors. There is black, mahogany, or dark chocolate. Grooming will depend on what type of fur the dachshund has. A smooth coat will mean minimal grooming. If the coat is longhaired or wiry the dachshund will require grooming on a regular basis.

The eyes of the dachshund are dark and round. The ears are also round in shape and stand up close to the top of the head. Their tail is very narrow and long and tapers off as you reach the end. Continue reading “Dachshund”

Easy Care Dogs

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There are literally hundreds of different breeds of dogs to choose from today. Each breed has their own unique characteristics that make them different from other dogs. When you have made the decision to bring a new dog into your home, your decisions don’t end there. You have several choices to make regarding the right dog for you. When you live a busy life but you still have time for a dog, you may want to find easy care dog breeds to choose from.

Easy care dogs require minimal grooming, minimal activity, and can be comfortable indoors or outdoors. For family’s who stay on the move, easy care dog breeds are a must have because of the minimal amount of care. These dogs usually have a low activity level, which means that they want to sleep or they can entertain themselves instead of relying on human companionship.

Every dog needs some form of exercise but not all dogs need to be put on a leash and walked every day. Playing a game of fetch indoors is a good way to get exercise too. There is no alternative to getting some fresh air though. When you look for easy care dogs, you want to make sure that you choose a dog that can occupy them selves when everyone is out of the house.

Easy care dogs do not have a complicated coat. You should be able to brush them about once a week. These are easy dogs to take care of and you can brush them while you are watching television or before you go to bed.

Easy care dogs have calming personalities. There are some breeds that are hyperactive like the golden retriever, and if they do not have the exercise and playtime they need everyday they may develop behavioral problems that can cause them to be destructive or display a change in their personality. While consistent outdoor exercise is not always mandatory, it is a healthy routine.

When you do return home, it is very important that you take the time to show your dog some attention. Although they are not demanding in attention, they still need to know that they are loved and that you appreciate their loyalty.

Easy care breeds are also easy to train. You can put them in a simple training class that will teach you all the basics like one-word commands and how to play fetch.

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Family Friendly Dogs

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If your family has decided to bring a family friendly dog into your home, this is an exciting decision to make. There are several breeds of dogs to choose from but you want to focus on family friendly dogs if you have young children in the home or if you have young children visiting often. Although all dogs look cute and adorable, you want to make sure that you do not have any conflict between humans and dogs.

Young children tend to poke at dogs and tug on their tails. They may not realize that they are actually hurting the dog. If you have a family friendly dog, it will not bite the child that pokes or tugs at it. It will, however try to get away from the child and usually put its tail down between its legs. This lets you know that it does not want to harm the child it just wants the child to stop. There are some occasions that even the family friendly dog will bite a child in order to get away.

It’s best to work with the child from an early age to teach them that poking and tugging on the dog is not how to communicate with it. Teach it early to pet the head and rub the ears. You can also teach them to play fetch.

Family Friendly Breeds

Here are the most popular family friendly dogs to choose from:

Breed #1: Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever

This breed ranks as the number one family friendly dog breed for several reasons. They are considered good-natured dogs that are very playful and loving. They are also gentle in nature and they are very patient with the children. This breed of dog needs to be around people. They display a very affectionate stature and are very active, especially when they are younger. A retriever needs daily exercise so they can run off their energy that they have. If they are not allowed to run out their energy, they may display some behavioral problems such as tearing up cushions or scattering papers. Golden retrievers have long hair and need brushed every day while Labradors have short hair and can be brushed once a week.

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