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Akita Puppy
[ Akita Puppy ]
Akita

BACKGROUND
The exact origin of the Akita remains unknown. Through skeletal remains and carbon dating, it was traced to 500 BC, although the Akita's specific breed history has only been recorded for the past 350 years. The Akita was also known as the Odate dog – named after the rugged mountainous area of Odate in the prefecture of Akita, on the island of Honshu.

As fishing has always been a major Japanese industry, the Akita, with its webbed feet and thick water-resistant coat, readily became the fishermen's workmate. Akitas were then used as cattle dogs, seeing-eye dogs for the blind, sled pullers and police dogs. They were also utilised as "babysitters" looking after children while their mothers worked in the rice fields. They first arrived in Australia in 1982.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
These proud dogs often live to eight years of age, but Akitas treated correctly and fed the proper nutrition can live up to 10 years.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The Akita very much personifies the enigmatic character of the Orient.A dignified, proud, and courageous dog with a fearless yet steady disposition which does not lose control when confronted with unusual or sudden stress situations. Even as a puppy it displays a certain dignity. It is an ever-patient playmate for children and a no-nonsense protector of family and home. Most of all, in the hands of suitable owners it is a joy to own.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Tends to show dominance over other dogs.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
The Akita loses its coat twice, sometimes three times a year and this is definitely something to consider if you are looking for a dog to live inside the house with you and your family. It requires extensive amounts of exercise and obedience training – this is a breed that needs to learn, from a young age, who is the "leader of the pack". When the Akita loses its coat, its fur literally drops out. At this time it is almost impossible to have it in the house with you so it is necessary to provide an outside fenced area with a warm, dry bed.
IDEAL OWNERS
Those who accept the challenge and understand what is required to do justice to this breed will be rewarded with a loyal and loving animal.

 

 

Afghan Hound

BACKGROUND
In the country from which the breed derives its name, the Afghan hound is regarded, though unofficially, as the "national" dog. Native Afghans also uphold the belief that the Afghan is the dog portrayed on the cave walls in the northern province of Balkh, which is why the Afghan has also been called the Balkh Hound. The Afghan hound is a sight hound, rather than a hunter by scent. It has exceptional vision and great speed, both of which were used in the hunt for prey.

Its thick, luxurious coat protected it against the extreme cold of the upper snow regions, while also shielding it from the merciless sun as it roamed the desert. Its huge thickly padded paws and powerful hindquarters gave the Afghan hound equal ability to skim across hot desert sands or to scale rocky hilltops in mountainous terrain.
Afghan Puppies
[ Afghan Puppies ]
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Afghan Hounds will often live up to 13 years of age, but with the proper care and nutrition can live up to 15 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The breed is said to have a good, but aloof personality. These dogs are loyal and extremely manageable as adults, however, this is not to say that as puppies they do not have "their moments". On the whole, though, this is a breed that is extremely good with children, whether introduced to the home as a puppy or an adult, and it will adapt readily to the household routine. Afghans should never be off the lead outside their own environment because once the eyes spot a target, the ears "switch off".

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
As adaptable as Afghans are, they do need to be brought up among the animals they will spend time with. Remember they were bred as sight hounds and instinct will dictate their behaviour when confronted with strange animals they do not understand. Having said that, once accustomed to a situation, an Afghan will readily adapt.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Well-fenced enclosures are a must for this breed, as their keen sight will often get them into trouble otherwise. They require regular coat maintenance, bathing and exercise. They need appropriate feeding to cope with their growth patterns as youngsters and they should always have fresh, clean water available.

IDEAL OWNERS
Anyone prepared to accept the dog's need for exercise and coat maintenance will be well rewarded with this breed.

 

 

Beagle

BACKGROUND
The Beagle is a small hound that was originally developed for hunting hare and rabbit by scent, and was followed on foot by hunters. Beagles hunted in packs of 12 or 24 hounds.

The need for Beagles to track wily hares that twisted and turned, even backtracking over fields, is what dictated a Beagle's size. Different sized Beagles worked over different terrain – from open fields for the smaller hound to the high and mountainous English Border country for the larger hounds, with various sized dogs for in-between terrain.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
These lovable dogs can easily live for 13 years, but given the right nutrition Beagles can often live up to 16 years of age.



BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
It is in a Beagle's nature to be a loyal companion. They are usually gentle, but they can be as robust and as tough as you care to make it. It is also a great children's playmate. In fact, the Beagle will become very "human" if you forget to remind it that it is in fact a dog.

Affectionate and obedient with its owners, a Beagle should never be nervous or aggressive under any circumstances. This is a happy, versatile and adaptable hound that can be used to hunt in the morning, be your children's devoted companion in the afternoon, then curl up and play the part of the lap-dog in the evening.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Beagles are pack hounds and as such are definitely better off with some company during the day.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Beagles require minimum maintenance, but do watch their weight, as left to their own devices they tend to become obese as they love their food – and their pleading eyes are hard to resist especially at meal times. Beagles are scent hounds and therefore should not be walked off the lead because if they get a whiff of an enticing smell they will do what nature intended – and hunt. It is said that when a Beagle's nose switches on, its ears switch off! These dogs need a secure yard as they have little or no traffic sense and tend to have the attitude that cars will stop for them if they are on the road.

Please take note:
Beagles do not cope well with being on their own for long periods of time. They can be very naughty if they become bored, and dig holes, escape, or pull the washing off the clothesline.
IDEAL OWNERS
Anyone who can provide the stimulating environment this attractive little breed needs.

 

 

Basset Hound

BACKGROUND
The word Basset is French and means "low-set". The first detailed proof of the Basset’s existence was in 1585 where they were used as badger dogs. Their original home was the region of Artois and Flanders.

The French Basset hound was first discovered in Britain, after the invasion by the Normans, in 1066. By the 1900s, packs were established and the breed was popular on the show bench. In 1957 Bassets were sent to Sydney, where today they are found throughout Australia.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Basset Hounds will normally live to 10 years of age but can live up to 12 years when given lots of love and attention as well as being fed the correct diet.


BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
It is fortunate that such a large, solid hound has such a placid nature. It should be outgoing, but gentle and loving. Similar to many breeds, Basset hounds take 18 months to three years to fully mature. During this juvenile stage they are full of energy and tend to get into mischief. However, with firm and consistent discipline, these dogs make well-mannered and much loved family members.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Excellent.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Basset hounds are enthusiastic eaters and should be fed a well-balanced, quality diet. They love to come inside the house, but will manage quite well outside, provided they have a cosy draught-free kennel and a safe back yard in which to romp. It is imperative that yards be fully fenced with reliable gates. Bassets (being scent hounds) have very little road sense – they just put their nose to the ground and off they go on their merry way.

Compared to many other breeds Basset hounds need relatively little grooming, but still love to be pampered and fussed over.

Please take note:
There is nothing worse than a totally unruly, uncontrollable, spoilt Basset. Remember that as these dogs mature, they need both firm and consistent training in order to teach them acceptable manners. Don't let your Basset Hound rule the roost!
IDEAL OWNERS
People who can provide the right facilities and assert the necessary discipline to enable them to enjoy these colourful canine characters to the full.

 

Belgian Shepherd Dog

BACKGROUND
The Belgian Shepherd Dog is unique in the world of dogs as it is the only breed to have four separate varieties. Structurally they are all the same and differ only in coat and colour. There is the long coated black - the Groenendael, the long coated other than black - the Tervueren, the short coated - the Malinois and the rough coated - the Laekenois.

First recognised as a breed in 1891, the Belgian Shepherd Dog was originally bred to herd sheep and is a medium-sized dog that is accustomed to the open-air life and built to resist the cold Belgian climate.
Tervueren
[ Tervueren ]
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
The Belgian Shepherd Dog will usually live for 12 years, but fed the right nutrition and given plenty of loving attention can live up to 15 years of age.
Groenendael Puppy

Laekenois
[ Laekenois ]
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
By the harmony of its shape and the proud carriage of head, the Belgian Shepherd Dog must give the impression of a robust elegance that has become the heritage of the selected representatives of a working breed. They combine the valuable qualities of the best guard dog for property with the inborn aptitude for guarding flocks. When necessary they are, without hesitation, an obstinate and ardent protector of their master. Most Belgians love water and will always accompany you for a swim.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
The Belgian Shepherd Dog can usually live in perfect harmony with other pets, but this is dependent on the individual dog's nature and also how it is brought up to accept other animals.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Although the Belgian Shepherd Dog has a relatively low maintenance coat they still need regular attention to enable them to look their best and feel comfortable. A good brush every couple of days when shedding or once a week when not shedding will keep matts from appearing and will make your dog feel comfortable as well as look its best.

Please take note:
The Belgian Shepherd Dog forms strong bonds with its owner and so is more sensitive to its owner's needs. Therefore a Belgian needs to "live with" its family rather than in isolation somewhere in the grounds or left in the house alone for many hours a day. If the dog has to spend a lot of time on its own it might benefit from a companion.

When investigating the purchase of a Belgian Shepherd Dog care needs to be taken to ensure that all breeding stock has been X-rayed for Hip Dysplasia and are suitable for breeding. Viewing the parents of your potential puppy is an excellent idea as it can give an idea of what your puppy may possibly develop into. It is also extremely important to socialise your puppy with people, dogs, other animals and as many different situations as possible to ensure a well-adjusted and happy pet.

 

Bichon Frise

BACKGROUND
The Bichon Frise is a French and Belgian breed. Originally popular with the French aristocracy, the breed fell from favour during the French revolution. The Bichon Frise then worked for a living by performing with organ grinders and other street musicians.

During World War I, the Bichon Frise almost became extinct and it was only the dedication of the French and Belgian breeders, which saved the breed.

The Bichon Frise was first introduced into Australia in the 1970s and since its introduction has proved successful in the show ring and equally successful as a companion dog.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
The Bichon Frise is quite a long-living dog and will usually live up to 16 years of age, but cared for correctly and given the correct diet will often can live up to 19 years.


BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The Bichon Frise has a superb temperament. It is an ideal companion dog, friendly, affectionate and enjoys contact with its human family. It should be primarily an indoor dog because of its devotion to the family. The Bichon Frise is not particularly suited to living outside.

It is always ready to play a game, take a walk, or just snuggle up for a cuddle. A breed with a wonderful attitude for life, they make an ideal companion for young and old alike.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
The Bichon Frise adapts well to other pets if reared with them, or introduced to them gradually. It will cope with both cats and other dogs quite well.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
The Bichon Frise requires regular grooming and is not a dog for those who want a "no maintenance dog". It requires regular brushing and combing (at least every second or third day) and needs to be bathed every two to three weeks. The coat does not shed so it needs to be cut every six to eight weeks. The Bichon Frise does not require a lot of exercise, but it loves to walk regularly and loves to run and play in the back yard.
IDEAL OWNERS
The Bichon Frise is suited to anyone who wants a companion dog. The breed is considered to be "non-allergenic", by many people, and so may be the ideal dog for people with allergy problems. It is suggested, however, to visit the breeder and have contact with the dogs before purchasing to ensure that they suit if allergies are a problem.

You will not find a better dog than the Bichon Frise. A small, attractive dog, with a big dog attitude, they quickly win the hearts of everyone they meet. They love life, love people, and with regular care will reward their owners with years of love and devotion.

 

 

 

Bearded Collie

BACKGROUND
The Bearded Collie has evolved during hundreds of years to perform specialised tasks in the service of man and was first bred by sheep farmers to work the rugged ranges of the Scottish Highlands. As its working ability was all that mattered, there was no concern for accurately recording their history. It is possible that the very early origins of the Bearded Collie may be found in the Polish Lowland Sheepdog, although this connection is not documented.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
A Bearded Collie will normally live to 15 years of age.



BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Bearded Collies are happy, lively, energetic and affectionate family dogs. Visit a Beardie at home and you may well find it curled up on a couch or helping out in the kitchen. These dogs love to be where the action is and adapt easily to almost any situation. Most of all, Beardies love company and are not happy if locked outside and ignored. The breed is extremely affectionate and expects a lot of loving attention. These are sensitive dogs and do not respond well to harsh treatment. Generally speaking, do not expect a Bearded Collie to be much of a guard dog. They may bark at the doorbell, but will probably welcome burglars as if they were your best friends.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Excellent.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Its beautiful coat does require some work to keep it looking glamorous. Compared with a smooth coated dog, a Beardie does need consistent and frequent grooming, however, unlike some long coated breeds, a thorough brush and comb through once a week will keep an adult Beardie in pretty good condition. Make sure that you keep your dog flea free, groom it regularly, keep it happy and in good health and your Beardie will thrive.

Please take note:
Unless your dog is to be a member of your family, the Bearded Collie is probably not the dog for you.
IDEAL OWNERS
Many dogs demonstrate the combination of beauty and brains for which this breed is so renowned by competing successfully in obedience and agility competitions. This is an enjoyable option for owners who don't necessarily want to show their dogs, but would like to be actively involved in some other way.

 

 

Border Collie

BACKGROUND
The Border Collie has its origins in the border country between England and Scotland. It has been adopted as an Australian working dog because of its outstanding qualities as a sheepdog.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
These clever working dogs will often live to 12 years of age, but cared for with the right nutrition Border Collies can live up to 14 years.


BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The Border Collie is highly intelligent with an instinctive tendency to work and is very responsive to training. These dogs make keen, alert, loyal and sensitive companions. As well as being loving family pets they excel at obedience, agility and tracking, and make great sheepdogs. They are "people dogs" and so need to interact within the family.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
A Border Collie will enjoy having another dog for company (preferably the opposite sex). Because of this breed's natural herding instinct, small pets that tend to run away may find themselves continually being herded into whatever area your Border Collie has designated for them. If you live on an area of land you will need to have a run made to restrain your dog when it is home alone, especially at night, as it will consider your neighbour's stock perfect for chasing.

CARE REQUIREMENTS
Border Collies are double-coated dogs with a short thick undercoat and a moderately long medium textured topcoat. They are easy to groom if cared for on a regular basis. Weekly combing and brushing is needed to remove dead coat and to avoid problems when moulting.

If you are not prepared to exercise your Border Collie regularly then this is not the dog for you. A walk each morning and evening is a must to keep this dog fit and happy.

Please take note:
A Border Collie's strong in-built herding instinct can quickly turn into a dangerous chasing habit if not curbed. Because they are tempted to round up any moving object, this can include traffic – so train your dog to understand that "traffic herding" is not allowed.

IDEAL OWNERS
Because Border Collies grow so quickly and are extremely active, they are usually too "full on" for very young children and elderly folk. Their herding instinct can also make them a problem for the young.

 

 

Borzoi

BACKGROUND
The Borzoi (or Russian Wolfhound) originated in Russia and was bred as a hunting dog, using its excellent speed and sight to chase and run down foxes, hares and wolves. The agility and strength of the Borzoi lent itself perfectly to the great hunting traditions of the Russian aristocracy. The first Borzoi was exported to Australia in 1898.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
This unique animal normally lives to 10 years of age, but Borzois have been known to live up to 12 years of age when fed the correct nutrition.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The Borzoi is usually a calm and sensitive, gentle giant that responds well to a loving owner. A reserved and dignified breed, it is not suited to rough handling or aggressive training. As with many other dogs, this breed will benefit from basic obedience training. Borzois need to be handled sensitively, and any children with whom this breed is to live, must be taught to handle the dog quietly and sensibly.

Although a Borzoi loves to run and enjoys frequent walks, it is also happy to find a comfortable bed or place in the back yard and rest quietly. This breed is adept at finding the most comfortable position in the house for a nap - quite frequently your bed - it is best not to encourage this behaviour.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
When properly socialised as puppies, Borzois can live amicably with other pets in your household. It is important to remember, however, that the Borzoi was bred to chase running game, and that care should be taken with cats and other small animals when in the back yard or out walking.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Borzois are surprisingly small eaters for their size and only eat about the same amount of food as a medium-sized dog. As well as being fed a high quality balanced diet, a Borzoi enjoys chewing large bones, particularly when left alone for periods of time. The Borzoi coat is easy to maintain. Brushing several times a week and bathing regularly will keep the coat clean and assist with flea control.

A primary part of Borzoi care is the importance of regular exercise. These dogs need to visit open spaces such as parks or the beach, where they can be exercised "off leash". It is vital for the physical and mental wellbeing of this breed that regular exercise be maintained. Ideally, the Borzoi needs a large back yard, although this can be compensated for with long daily walks. As with all dogs, the Borzoi requires regular veterinary checks and lots of loving care.

Please take note:
Borzois are agile dogs that need adequate fencing in order to keep them safely enclosed, particularly in the city. Similar to other large dogs, Borzois are occasionally prone to "bloat". Consult the breeder of your dog or your vet for additional information. Although this breed is quite capable of undertaking basic obedience training, it is generally not responsive to specialist training.

IDEAL OWNERS
The ideal owner of this breed is someone who regularly takes their dog for long walks, but is happy to have a couch potato at home! Borzois are not suited to rough play or being physically reprimanded and respond better to owners who employ calm vocal discipline. A loving owner will be rewarded with great affection by this devoted breed.

 

Bullmastiff

 

BACKGROUND

Bullmastiffs were bred to catch, pin and hold down poachers in the forests of England. The gamekeepers needed an agile, strong and obedient dog, so they crossed the English Mastiff and the British Bulldog. These dogs were more aggressive than is considered either necessary or acceptable in today's Bullmastiff.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
These big dogs normally live to eight years of age, but fed correctly and given the love and respect they deserve Bullmastiffs will usually live up to 10 years.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Bullmastiffs have a more independent mindset than many of the other guarding breeds. This extremely impressive animal can be very gentle or a total clown. They can also curl up napping or viewing television with children. Each Bullmastiff has a personality of its own. The true Bullmastiff character should exhibit dignity, alertness, intelligence, stability and loyalty. They should be neither too assertive nor too passive.

The Bullmastiff's favourite spot in the house or yard is the one that will afford the best overall view of its territory. It may appear to be at ease, while still being extremely aware of the slightest changes that occur. The Bullmastiff has an innate talent for distinguishing who belongs on the property and who is an intruder.

Obedience training is a must for such a large and powerful dog, in order for it to happily co-exist in the average household. The prime factor in training a Bullmastiff is consistency.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
As a general rule, mature Bullmastiff males do not get along well with other males. Occasionally females will not tolerate other females. Although there are always exceptions, it is less likely that two dogs of the same sex will get along, especially after sexual maturity - so if you are planning to purchase two Bullmastiffs, it is recommended that you get one of each sex.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
The coat requires minimal work to keep it in good condition. It is a waterproof jacket that for the most part manages to look impressive, even with very little attention. Brushing several times a week will take care of any loose hairs, while regular use of a rubber hound glove will apply pressure all over the body to stimulate the flow of oil and massage the skin to a healthy condition. Exercise is necessary and important, however, Bullmastiffs need only a limited amount of exercise to keep fit and healthy. Never over exercise a Bullmastiff, especially in its formative first year.

Please take note:
Generally Bullmastiffs are not jumpers, however, they can, with provocation, jump high fences - so 1.5-metre high fences are the absolute minimum. All Bullmastiffs need to have a suitable kennel for when the need arises. Certain health conditions, such as Entropian and Hip Dysplasia, can occur in Bullmastiffs, as with some other breeds. Contact breed experts or vets for additional information.
IDEAL OWNERS
The Bullmastiff is not the breed for everyone. Due to its intelligence, independence of mind, size, and strength to back up its wishes, the Bullmastiff should not be owned by those who are not willing, or are afraid, to enforce rules of proper behaviour.

 

 

Bloodhound

BACKGROUND
The Bloodhound is an ancient breed, first taken to England from Normandy by William the Conqueror. The name Bloodhound is not for being "blood thirsty", but from being a hound of pure blood (pure in breeding). They were bred from the Talbot hound and the St Hubert hound, but have been identified as the modern Bloodhound since the Middle Ages.

The Bloodhound has the best nose of any hound and excels at tracking. It is first and foremost a scenting breed and will be persistent in following a trail, no matter for how long. It has been known for a Bloodhound to successfully follow a trail that was more than 72 hours "cold". In America, Bloodhounds are used by the police for manhunts and have been successful in finding missing persons.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
The Bloodhound usually lives up to eight years of age, but it is not uncommon to live to 10 years if given a loving home and the right food
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The Bloodhound is a reserved and sensitive hound. They rely heavily on their scenting abilities, and would rather "smell" you first before introducing themselves, but once they get to know you they are affectionate.

At home, they will let you know when you have visitors with their deep voice, but they are no guard dog. They will only "give voice" when there is a reason, they do not bark just to hear the sound of their own voice. The Bloodhound's characteristic wrinkles and large amount of loose skin can have its drawbacks, they do drool and dribble and will leave "snail trails" throughout the house.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
The Bloodhound is a "pack hound" and therefore must get on well with other animals. A Bloodhound does not like to live alone, and if his human companions have to spend time away at work or school, the Bloodhound will need a companion.

They get on well with other animals. It is important that when introducing a small kitten, or puppy to a fully-grown Bloodhound, that you do it gradually. Although the Bloodhound is not aggressive towards other animals, its sheer size can cause problems. If allowed to grow up with other animals or be introduced as a puppy, Bloodhounds enjoy the company of other animals.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Having a short coat, a Bloodhound is low maintenance. A good regular brushing is basically all that is required of the coat. The long ears can give problems with ear mites or fungal infections and need to be cleaned regularly. The ends of the ears should also be cleaned after meals.

They do need regular exercise and they grow quickly in the first 12 months so exercise with caution - as a puppy, Bloodhounds will tire quickly. The Bloodhound is not particularly adept at advanced obedience work, but they should be trained in basic obedience.

Please take note:
The Bloodhound is a scent hound, and as such "the nose rules" and so they will put their nose down and become oblivious to all around them and will follow the scent until its conclusion. This means they have no road sense and should only be allowed to run free in a secured area.

The Bloodhound has very few medical problems, but can be prone to bloat which is a serious condition and requires immediate veterinarian attention. The eyes also need to be checked and well cared for.
IDEAL OWNERS
A Bloodhound needs to be part of the family and involved with the family and if included they will make excellent companions.

 

Boxer

BACKGROUND
The Boxer originated from the smaller type of Bullenbeisser, which was a type of Bulldog used for bear and bull baiting. When this practice was banned the Boxer became an escort and protection dog. The British Bulldog contributed to the development of the modern Boxer, but this took place before the modern low-slung British Bulldog evolved.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
This popular dog usually lives to eight years of age, but given lots of loving care and the proper nutrition Boxers can live up to 10 years.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Particularly tolerant and protective of children, the Boxer loves to join in their games whenever the opportunity arises. Even in old age, a Boxer never fails to be interested in family activities - in short, this is a fun-loving, energetic dog with a way of edging itself into the hearts of all those who come to know it.

The Boxer has a stable temperament. It should be a calm self-assured dog, not easily disturbed or given to extremes of temperament such as shyness, aggressiveness or over excitability. This breed is generally obedient and easily taught.

Boxers have all the desirable qualities to make them the ideal family dog. In particular, they are renowned for their great love and faithfulness to master and household, making them a fearless protector of all.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Very good.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
The Boxers needs are minimal. As long as you provide it with a warm place to sleep (preferably indoors), suitable food, plenty of love, attention and regular exercise, you will be rewarded with a lifetime of loyalty and companionship.

Boxer puppies should be purchased only from experienced breeders who have taken care in selecting sound parents, have raised their puppies in a healthy environment.
IDEAL OWNERS
For those people prepared to look after an energetic and fun-loving dog.

 

 

British Bulldog

BACKGROUND
Bulldogs – a breed developed from Mastiffs and which acquired their name about 1630 – were also used to bait bears and badgers. The tremendous upswept jaw, with a broad nose set back almost between the eyes, was developed so that the Bulldog could breathe while it was hanging on to the neck of its unfortunate opponent. Horrifying accounts relate the animal's courage and tenacity in the bullring. Originally bred for the sport of bull baiting, which was popular in England for more than 700 years before it was made illegal in 1850.

Today's Bulldog is a far cry from its ancestors. It is more heavily built and less athletic than those dogs that were used to torment the bulls.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Bulldogs will normally live for about eight years, but given the right environment and sound nutrition will usually live up to 10 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The British Bulldog is usually placid and gentle, but can be jealously territorial around that which it regards as "its own". Its appearance, rather than its temperament, is its only asset if looking for a "watchdog". But it certainly has courage when called upon to defend its property. Its burly figure and massive head and jaw would undoubtedly deter any marauder. The Bulldog enjoys the company of its owner and displays a loving nature at every available opportunity. It is stoic to a fault. As with all animals, training and kind discipline should begin at eight weeks.
If a puppy is not discouraged when it jumps up on its owner, it will not be its fault if it is a nuisance later on. It is primarily as a family pet that the Bulldog scores well and it will repay you with many years of devotion and good health in return for your care and companionship.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Most will be amenable with other dogs, but there are individuals within the breed that do not care to share their home comforts with other species. It would be advisable to introduce any Bulldog to cats at an early age.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
It is recommended would-be purchasers learn a little about the breed before purchasing. A smooth-coated breed, the British Bulldog is generally a clean animal. Folds in its face need to be cleaned daily by drying them out with cotton wool, applying a petroleum jelly, and then wiping it out to create a barrier against tear stains and to prevent chafing.

The area underneath the root of the tail requires the same attention. And a little smeared over (and left on) the nose daily prevents it becoming crusty. Toe-nails (especially the dewclaws) should be inspected weekly to ensure they have not become too long and require clipping.

Daily brushing for five minutes, and a wipe over with a damp flannel should keep your dog looking and feeling in top condition. Cooked bones should never be given nor any small bones that could become caught in the throat. Fresh clean water should be available at all times. A daily walk around the block should suffice for exercise, preferably early in the morning or late in the evening. These dogs do not enjoy getting overheated and great care should be taken to ensure that they are in a comfortable temperature at all times.

Please take note:
Agitation, particularly during hot weather, can prove fatal. The build of this breed determines that it is not a dog to be vigorously exercised, but nevertheless should always be maintained in top muscular tone.
IDEAL OWNERS
Recommended for all those both sensible and sensitive to the needs of this breed. Very young children would need to be taught to respect the animal and its requirements. It is not suitable for exercising by anyone of a frail build, as the breed can be quite rambunctious.

 

Bull Terrier



BACKGROUND

The Bull Terrier is known as the gladiator of the canine race and is one of the oldest terrier breeds native to England. The Bull Terrier was originally bred for combat with dogs and other animals, a sport that was permissible in England in the 1800s. Since the late 1800s the Bull Terrier has been bred as a companion dog.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Bull Terriers will normally live for 10 years, but given heaps of attention and the right foods it can live up to 13 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The Bull Terrier is a combination of balanced power, grace and agility. It desires human companionship and its character and individuality win it lifelong friends. It is very devoted to its family. The Bull Terrier has an innate sense of humour, brains, imagination, personality, and to those who love it – beauty. Its appearance, along with its character, is unique in the spectrum of dogs. The character and personality of the Bull Terrier is very complex.

A Bull Terrier is very active and acts similar to a child and so you must be prepared for anything, and you must supervise it. Activity is a common characteristic in nearly every young Bull Terrier. All puppies are extremely busy and many Bull Terriers remain active and playful until well into middle age (5 to 6 years). A Bull Terrier will not do well in a situation where it is expected to remain alone in the home or yard for long periods of time.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS

Many Bull Terriers can and do enjoy the company of other dogs – with certain exceptions. Male Bull Terriers that have not been desexed do not as a rule get along with other males. A male and female Bull Terrier can live together quite happily, and two females can often share the same home. Again care must be taken that jealousies do not arise.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
A Bull Terrier sheds its coat twice a year. Loose hair can be removed with a daily rub-down using a special glove or brush. Nails and dewclaws should be checked monthly and clipped with dog nail clippers. Bull Terriers are natural sun-bakers and care should be taken in the hotter months to apply sunscreen.

A Bull Terrier requires a securely fenced, average to large sized back yard and it will take exception to being chained or tied up, and they require a considerable amount of human companionship.

Please take note:
Although generally healthy, Bull Terriers can be prone to skin allergies, particularly those caused by insect bites. Pups should be checked for deafness.
IDEAL OWNERS
A Bull Terrier can be wonderful with children if handled with common sense. It will tolerate a large range of children's behaviour, but will not tolerate being teased and can be rough if constantly provoked. Owning a Bull Terrier is a big responsibility and the breed only deserves responsible and caring owners.

 

Chihuahua

BACKGROUND
The Chihuahua is the world's smallest dog and its history is shrouded in mystery. Some believe that it originated in Asia, others that it came from Europe. But no matter where the breed got its start, it really is a dog of Mexico. Figurines found in Chi-Chen-Itza, Colima, and other ruined cities of the South American continent are very much like the present day Chihuahua. This coupled with the fact that in several Mayan dialects "chi" means dog, would seem to place the ancestors of the Chihuahua in the Mayan period.

There are two types of Chihuahua:
The Smooth Coat – featuring a soft, glossy coat that is placed well over the body with a ruff on neck.
The Long Coat – featuring a flat or sometimes slightly curly coat and a long, full tail.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
This small and feisty little dog will often live up to 12 years of age, but Chihuahuas can live up to 15 years of age if cared for with the correct nutrition.
AVERAGE SIZE & WEIGHT
15cm - 20cm
2kg - 3kg
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The Chihuahua is a great little companion dog that is just as content to exercise itself in the back yard as it is to take a long, spritely walk. Despite their size, these happy dogs are ‘blessed’ with a surprisingly loud bark and thrive on human company.
Long Haired Puppy
[ Long Haired Puppy ]
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
The Chihuahua is truly a companion animal and therefore thrives on the company of other animals. It will stand up for itself, but if you do have big dogs in the home it is best to keep an eye on this little dog while it is playing with them just to make sure all is well.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Minimal care requirements exist with this breed, but it is an active little dog and should be fed and cared for accordingly. It requires an amount of regular exercise or will tend to gain weight. The Long Coat needs a good brushing once or twice a week to keep it healthy and free of any debris it may pick up. The Smooth Coat, depending on how often it is taken outside, will only need minimal attention to its coat.
Smooth Haired Puppy
[ Smooth Haired Puppy ]
IDEAL OWNERS
Being such a small dog, it is well suited to almost all types of living environments. They are especially ideal for heavily populated cities and can be happily housed in a small flat, but some outdoor exercise is still a must.
IN CONCLUSION
If you have decided that the Chihuahua is the dog for you and you are prepared to enforce its diet so that it does not become obese, then contact one of the groups listed below:

 

Cocker Spaniel

BACKGROUND

The Cocker Spaniel featured prominently both as working dogs and pets through the reign of Henry VIII and the Stuart kings, being referred to as "wood-cocking spaniels" - small dogs that could go through hedges and the undergrowth to flush out the woodcock.

The beginning of this century saw the formation of the Cocker Spaniel Club of England which drew up the early standard of the breed for shooters who needed a small, active, strong dog, sturdy enough to work cheerfully and tirelessly all day flushing out game.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
These devoted and lovable dogs will normally live to 14 years of age but treated with the care they deserve and fed a sound diet, Cocker Spaniels can live up to 16 years.


BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
This merry little dog makes a wonderful family friend and a devoted companion. It thrives on, and needs the companionship of human beings.
Black Coloured Shown
[ Black Coloured Shown ]
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Good.
CARE REQUIREMENTS

Requires regular grooming and particular attention should be paid to keeping the hair trimmed away from under and around the ears, the underbelly and the feet. The sturdy little Cocker can be housed inside or out, and, providing the dog receives the love and attention it requires, will happily settle for either situation.

If kept outdoors, the dog will require a suitable shed or kennel which is warm and draught-free in winter, cool in summer and weatherproof at all times. If kept indoors, be aware that it will shed a little hair every day. The Cocker Spaniel is not a fussy eater and will eat almost anything. A good idea to keep the ears clean is a narrow food bowl which will keep the long ears either side of the bowl and not in the food.

Please take note:
This breed is definitely not for the person who wants a dog to lock in a pen in their back yard.
Tricolour Shown
[ Tricolour Shown ]
IDEAL OWNERS
For those who understand that this little dog needs exercise and grooming.

 

Collie

BACKGROUND
The Collie originated first appeared along the border areas of Northern England and Scotland and is thought to have been introduced by the Roman invaders many years ago. The origin of the name "Collie" is said to be derived from the word "coally", as earlier Collies were predominantly black and white. Another theory suggests they were named after the black-faced 'Collie' sheep that were guarded by these loyal dogs. There are two types of Collies; the Rough Collie and the Smooth Collie – each named after their style of coat.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Up to 14 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Collies are extremely intelligent animals that genuinely enjoy human company. They are relatively easy to train and are blessed with an energetic, bouncy spirit. However, these dogs do enjoy being 'where' the action is and their enthusiasm for life can quickly turn to dejection if left alone in the back yard for too long! They are also naturally clean and make extremely good companions for children.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Being a friendly dog, the Collie enjoys the company of other animals. However, it does possess a natural herding instinct that can compel it to 'round up' the other animals in the home from time to time.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Whether it’s the Rough with its long, glamorous coat or the Smooth with its short, dense coat, all Collies need a good brushing at least once a week to keep them looking good and in top condition. Exercise is essential and they will thrive on a brisk walk or run. They are extremely smart and willing workers with a natural flair for tracking and herding. However, this talent is not always limited to animals so extra care should be taken during walks to ensure it doesn’t attempt to ‘round up’ the traffic.

IDEAL OWNERS
With an abundance of intelligence, friendliness and an inherent desire to please, Collies make terrific lifelong companions for all types of people and their situations. Like most dogs, the Collie thrives on lots of love and affection from its owner. Their gentle nature makes them an ideal pet for most homes and situations – especially when given ample exercise and space to move.
IN CONCLUSION
If you have decided that Collie is the pet for you and you want more information, contact one of the groups listed below:

 

Dachshund

BACKGROUND
The origin of the Dachshund has been lost in antiquity and there is much conjecture as to its origin. However, it is generally accepted that the breed came to prominence in Germany where it was used by foresters and noblemen to hunt badger, fox and rabbits in dense forests where a larger animal would have difficulty in pursuing its quarry. The Dachshund is a unique breed in that there are three different coats, Long, Wire and Smooth and two sizes, Standard and Miniature. These varieties were each developed for a specific purpose, mainly depending upon the type of terrain encountered in their district of origin.Today's Dachshund in Australia and England is not normally used for hunting and is only bred as a faithful companion or show dog.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
This popular little dog usually lives up to 12 years of age, but given a loving home and the correct nutrition Dachshunds will often live up to 14 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The Dachshund is first and foremost a sporting dog, but it is remarkably versatile – being equally adaptable as a house pet. The breed's temperament and acute intelligence makes them the ideal companion for town or country. They have retained a keen hunting instinct that is quickly brought to the surface at the sight of a rabbit or fox. Each variety is different in temperament. The Smooth tends to be more aloof than the other varieties and generally is very discerning in whom it likes or dislikes.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Excellent.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Dachshunds are strong, hardy and easy to care for. All three varieties require marginal attention, with the smooth variety in particular requiring very little grooming. This is obviously a big advantage for the average dog owning family.The long coat is the more glamorous of the three with long feathering on the ears, underline and tail, giving an appearance of elegance for those who prefer a glamorous coated animal.The wire coat is short and harsh to the touch and the breed is characterised by a beard and bushy eyebrows that gives the Wire its characteristic appearance. Dachshunds get bored hanging around the yard and are enthusiastic eaters, so ensure regular exercise or cut down on food. Dachshunds are quite happy to spend their life on your favourite chair, but for the dogs' wellbeing, regular exercise is recommended.

Please take note:
Because of their long body in relation to their height, and the fact that most Dachshunds love food, it is important not to overfeed. A dog that is too fat is the most likely candidate for a prolapsed disc, which is the most common problem in Dachshunds and tends to occur between five and seven years.

 

Dobermann

BACKGROUND
The Dobermann originated in Germany. In the 19th Century a man named Herr Louis Dobermann lived in the city of Apoldo (East Germany) in the principality of Thueringen. He served as the town dog catcher, night patrolman and the rates collector among other duties. There was a demand for fearless watchdogs and Herr Dobermann started selectively breeding the best of the locally available dogs for this purpose. Nobody knows exactly which breeds were originally used, but the Great Dane, old German Shepherd, (not the German Shepherd Dog as we know it today), Weimaraner, Manchester Terrier, Greyhound and other breeds have been mentioned. During a lifetime of 60 years of interbreeding dogs, Herr Dobermann achieved great success in establishing the required watchdog breed of dog. The Dobermann was known as the "Devil Dog" by the American Marines and is their mascot. It earned the name during World War II in the Pacific, where it used to go ashore with the marines and flush out the enemy.Although current research indicates their arrival was in fact a lot earlier, the Dobermann was re-introduced into Australia in 1952.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
These sleek and loyal dogs usually live up to 12 years of age, but with the correct care and nutrition will live to 14 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
It is in the Dobermann's nature to be a trustworthy and loyal companion, usually gentle but as robust and tough as you care to make it. A great playmate for the children of its "family", it will quite happily join family members at the table and even sleep in their beds, if people are foolish enough to encourage it. In fact, it will become very "human" if you forget to remind it that it is a dog! Though affectionate and obedient to its owners, the Dobermann can be quite stand-offish to those it does not know. However, it should not be nervous or aggressive in normal circumstances, as a dog like this is unreliable and will react badly in times of stress.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Good.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
The Dobermann is a large, active and intelligent breed and you must be willing to provide the exercise and attention it needs. Anyone buying a Dobermann must realise that it requires daily training and exercise. A Dobermann needs some type of control if it is to fit happily into the family and tends to excel at obedience. Whether you just want to do basic obedience, or advance to the highest level and obtain obedience titles, both you and your dog will enjoy and benefit from this activity. A Dobermann must be housed with adequate fencing.

Please take note:
Because the Dobermann was bred as a working dog, many see the dog's mentality and aptitude for learning as being just as important as its conformation. The purpose of the Working Aptitude Evaluation, in place for some time overseas, is to help determine if your Dobermann has the aptitude to do the type of work for which the breed was intended – that of companion and protector.

 




Dalmatian

BACKGROUND
The picturesque spotting of the Dalmatian makes this breed among the most distinctive of dogs. Pups are born white and begin to acquire their black or liver spots at about two weeks old. Although a breed of ancient lineage, in Victorian times the Dalmatian gained a reputation as a carriage dog and ran with the horses, either out in front, beside or behind the carriage of the nobility.
The Dalmatian had a natural affinity with horses, a trait that is still very strong today. Put most Dalmatians anywhere near a horse and they will immediately go and greet it. Any dog that has been a drover of cattle, a trekker in two World Wars and the Vietnam War, earned a place on the racing fire engine, been the darling of the Victorian dandy, a show dog, a trick dog, a gundog, and a hunter, need only be given half a chance to win a place in your heart and your life.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Dalmatians can live up to 12 years of age, but with the proper care and attention and fed the right nutrition they will often live up to 14 years.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Dalmatians are fun loving, natural clowns with both elegance and humour being hallmarks of the breed. Their "smile" is often taken for a snarl, until one spots the madly wagging tail.The breed's fairly sensitive nature also craves human company and affection.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Dalmatians can share their home quite comfortably with other pets.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Cleanliness and the need for minimal grooming are other much-appreciated characteristics of the breed. Having a short dense coat, Dalmatians only need an occasional brushing to present a well-groomed appearance. Being strong active dogs, they need to be kept under control and obedience training is recommended. As they are active dogs, they require a good walk every day and need a well-fenced yard.

Please take note:
Dalmatians may be predisposed to bladder stones. Some dogs are prone to skin trouble, while some are born deaf.

IDEAL OWNERS
Dalmatians are perfect as a companion, a watchdog, and a marvelous pet for the family, but as they are strong and active they do need to be kept under control.


 

Dogue De Bordeaux

BACKGROUND
This is one of the most ancient breeds of dog to originate in France. They are big, solid dogs that were initially used for hunting large animals such as wild boars and guarding homes and cattle. Unlike other French breeds, the Dogue de Bordeaux was relatively unknown outside their homeland until the middle of the 19th century and is now steadily growing in popularity.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
This large dog can live up to 12 years of age.
AVERAGE SIZE & WEIGHT
58cm - 68cm
45kg - 50kg
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Trained and brought up correctly the Dogue de Bordeaux is a gentle giant. Like many large dogs, this breed loves human company but, due to their imposing bulk, should be closely supervised around children and the elderly to discourage jumping up. Biting and jumping should be discouraged from an early age as this type of behaviour stops being cute when they are fully grown! The Dogue de Bordeaux is a loyal and trustworthy breed that also makes an excellent guard dog.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Being a large breed, the Dogue de Bordeaux has a tendency to dominate other pets around the home and is best kept on its own or with its own kind.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Big dogs need big space, so potential owners should consider the size of their home and their lifestyle before bringing one of these gentle giants into their lives. Although not an overly active dog, daily walking on a strong lead is essential for adult dogs to maintain their condition and exercise. Growing puppies should be allowed to finish developing before they are given too much exercise and should be given plenty of time to rest between bouts of play.
IDEAL OWNERS
Big dogs like the Dogue de Bordeaux are not for everyone, but those who choose to bring one into their home must be sure they can handle a big dog and be prepared to exercise it regularly. Those who are prepared to put in the hard work with this dog will certainly be rewarded with a devoted and affectionate companion.

 

English Setter

BACKGROUND
English Setters are gun dogs. The breed was known in England in Elizabethan times, although the modern English Setter was developed only during the last century. Used by hunters to locate upland game such as quail and partridge, the breed is enthusiastic when at work, having a keen game sense. In the field it ranges out from the hunter and on locating game, drops before it in a crouch. This instinct is still strong in lines bred both for the show ring and as companions. English Setters look forward to and enjoy their exercise, however once the daily walk is over they are quite content to curl up at their owner's feet, or better still, on their owner's bed!

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
English Setters normally live to 10 years of age, but in the right environment and given the right nutrition will live up to 12 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
English Setters are intensely friendly by nature. Well mannered with other dogs, and loyal and affectionate by disposition, this breed is ideal as a companion for adults and children. English Setters are truly reliable in temperament, so thoroughly deserve the honour of being called 'the gentlemen and gentlewomen of the dog world'. A well-known television program places them in its Top Ten of recommended breeds. This is a dog that thrives on human contact, so English Setters will not take happily to being left to their own resources for long periods of time.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Being such good-natured dogs, English Setters will live happily with most pets. They are social animals and are best kept with another dog.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
English Setters are active dogs that benefit from regular exercise. If they do not receive a daily walk and/or run in the park, they will tell you about it by either barking for attention or digging holes in the garden. Such behaviour is not specific to this breed, but is typical of any dog that becomes frustrated through lack of attention. Although a long coated breed, English Setters possess a silky textured coat that is easy to maintain. Brushing or combing for ten minutes twice a week is sufficient to groom the coat. However it is always a good idea to check for grass seeds or burrs immediately after a romp in the open. This way you will prevent coat tangles, and foreign bodies from entering the skin, eyes and ears. Show dogs are kept in show trim, with breeders always being prepared to help new owners master the technique. It is not necessary to keep a pet English Setter this way, but making sure the coat is clean, free of tangles, plus trimming away knots beneath the ears and excess hair from between the toes, will all make for a happy and healthy dog. Between baths, a sprinkle of talcum powder brushed through the coat will help keep your dog smelling sweet.

Please take note:
English Setters are usually good eaters, and if you are not careful, will lure you with their gentle, brown eyes into feeding them far too much. English Setters were bred to find game so they love running, and when they fix on a scent or give chase to a bird, they can become heedless to possible dangers such as the motor car and busy roads. So you must ensure your English Setter is only allowed to run free in a perfectly safe area.
IDEAL OWNERS
If you have a young family and want them to grow up with a reliable, even-tempered dog, and if you enjoy regular exercise and quality time with a loyal, good natured companion, then the English Setter is for you.

 

English Springer Spaniel

BACKGROUND
The pendulous ears, soft gentle expression, sturdy build and friendly, wagging tail proclaim the English Springer Spaniel unmistakably as a member of the ancient family of spaniels. It is the largest of the land spaniels and was originally used to find and spring game for the nets, or the falcon carried by hunters.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
This ancient breed of dog normally lives to 10 years of age, but kept in a loving and caring home and given the right food can live up to 12 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Every inch a sporting dog, the Springer is a tireless worker in the field with great tenacity and endurance. The English Springer Spaniel is probably the best choice for any sportsman who wants one dog only, as an all purpose gundog.The Springer is actively represented in obedience, agility, field trials and conformation shows. A people's dog, the Springer thrives on human companionship. Playful and patient with children, it loves nothing better than romping around and taking part in their games. Although normally quiet, the Springer nevertheless makes a good guard dog.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Excellent.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Springers need human companionship, although they can snooze all day while their owners are at work as long as they get sufficient attention and exercise when the owners are at home.It needs as much hard exercise as it can get, and it thoroughly enjoys the chance to have a swim. It should not be shut out in the back yard and left to its own devices. Puppies, in particular, get very bored and wilful if deprived of company. The coat of a Springer requires attention on a regular basis. Clipping for pet dogs can be confined to the inside of the ears and around the tail. This makes it easier to keep both areas clean. Hair must be trimmed from between the pads of the feet. Without this care, the feet can splay, and the dog loses traction on slick surfaces. Daily brushing or combing is strongly recommended.

Please take note:
Some Springers develop allergies to fleas and certain grasses.
IDEAL OWNERS
Those who are prepared to give their dog plenty of attention.

 

German Shepherd Dog

BACKGROUND
The German Shepherd did not exist prior to 1899. The founder of the breed, Captain Max von Stephanitz, bred the dogs to work. This is still a priority with many breeders today, coupled with the need for a sound body, along with the trusted and loyal temperament that makes the German Shepherd such an ideal companion.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
These clever dogs usually live to eight years of age, but with plenty of care and fed the right amount of nutrition, German Shepherds can live up to 10 years.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The German Shepherd is known throughout the world for its loyalty and trustworthiness. As a working dog it is able to act as a guardian, herder, tracker, and guide. The German Shepherd should never be nervous, over aggressive or shy.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
With proper introduction and discipline, German Shepherds do get on with other pets. The secret is early socialisation. It is most important that puppies be exposed to new experiences from as early as eight weeks of age.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
The German Shepherd does require attention. The breed is active and needs some mental stimulation, so a daily walk coupled with some thinking exercise, be it obedience training or a simple "fetch the ball" routine will greatly enhance your dog''s quality of life. Grooming on a weekly basis will suffice.

Please take note:
Potential purchasers of the German Shepherd should ensure that both sire and dam of their puppy have been accredited with an "A" stamp for being screened for Hip Dysplasia. The German Shepherd Dog Council of Australia has in place breed improvement schemes that also screen the breed for haemophilia in male dogs and Elbow Dysplasia.

IDEAL OWNERS
The ideal owners of German Shepherds are people who are able to be assertive and command respect from their dog - while respecting the dog back in return. These people are usually very active and enjoy the company of their dog without making a fuss or expecting lap dog behaviour.

 

German Wirehaired Pointer

BACKGROUND
The smart looking German Wirehaired Pointer is closely related to the shorthaired variety. It originated in Germany in the 19th century and was bred for their usefulness in retrieving fallen game from the water. The Wirehaired is also known as the Drahthaar. The breed standards for the German Pointers were first drawn up in 1879 and there has since been an emphasis on improving the breeds.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
This breed of dog usually lives up to 12 years of age but can live to 14 years with the proper care and diet.
AVERAGE SIZE & WEIGHT
55cm - 64cm
28kg - 45kg
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
These affectionate dogs are very active and intelligent, eager to learn and are extremely loyal to their family. They are friendly with those they know, but are naturally aloof with strangers and should be socialized at an early age. These powerful and energetic dogs thrive on activity and can become bored and hard to manage without enough exercise. Its hunting heritage gives it a good nose and can track, point and retrieve on both land and water.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
It’s a lively and vigorous animal so be aware that some may try to dominate other animals in the home, but most will get along well with other dogs. They make great watchdogs and will alert you immediately to anyone coming on to your property.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
This very appealing breed has a covering of wire hair that completely covers the skin and has bushy eyebrows and a beard. Hair on the head and ears is thick and short. The coat will cast if the dog lives permanently in a warm house and its very nature quickly prevents debris from the field attaching itself to the coat. Like most dogs of this size, regular exercise is a must. It will also appreciate the opportunity to exercise its exceptional retrieval skills.

 

Greyhound



BACKGROUND

This is the fastest dog on Earth, and also one of the world’s oldest breeds. The Greyhound dates back 4000 years and features prominently in the hieroglyphics of the ancient pyramids. The mummified remains of many Greyhounds have been found alongside their former masters in various tombs throughout Egypt. The Greyhound is considered a sight hound, that is, a hunting dog that relies on its sight to chase game over open country known as coursing.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Generally, Greyhounds live up to 16 years of age but have been known to live longer with the right care.
AVERAGE SIZE & WEIGHT
55cm - 76cm
24kg - 32kg
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The retired racing greyhound makes an affectionate pet and, contrary to popular belief, is not a highly strung or aggressive dog. They are in fact very docile and very loyal animals. Through regular exposure to people and other dogs, the Greyhound has developed into very loyal and affectionate house pet. Today, the Greyhound adores human contact and many owners will tell you how they are often "shadowed" as they go about their daily routine.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
The greyhound will get along with most other pets so long as it is given its own space. Its natural instincts may compel it to round up any smaller animals around the home from time to time.
CARE REQUIREMENTS

 

With a fine and close coat, the Greyhound requires little in the way of bathing, however a quick brush each day will go a long way towards keeping this dog looking its best. The ears should be checked and cleaned on a weekly basis and the teeth should be checked for any problems that may arise from the soft diet that some racing dogs are raised on. Like most dogs a regular walk is recommended to provide exercise and stimulation for these engaging dogs.

 

German Shorthaired Pointer

BACKGROUND
Originally bred as a hunting dog, the German Shorthaired Pointer is one of the world's most popular dogs. This active breed was first developed during the 17th century by crossing the Spanish Pointer and the Bloodhound. The result was a loyal, active dog capable of sniffing out game throughout the wilds of Europe. The dog was first registered by the German Kennel Club in 1872 and its popularity continues to grow around the globe.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
This robust dog normally lives up to 16 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
German Shorthaired Pointers are gentle, active dogs that love human company - particularly children. They are an intelligent breed making them relatively easy to train. Their loving disposition makes them an ideal pet for dog lovers of all ages.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
These agreeable dogs will get along with most pets in the home, especially when raised together from an early age. Like most hunting breeds, they may enjoy the occasional (but harmless) chasing game with smaller pets.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
The German Shorthaired Pointer should be brushed with a firm bristle brush at least twice a month and bathed when required. Like most hunting dogs, this breed needs plenty of exercise if it is to stay in peak condition so regular walks or runs will also be required. While these dogs have a gentle, loving nature, they are easily excited and should be supervised around young children to help discourage jumping up.
IDEAL OWNERS
Being an active dog, the German Shorthaired Pointer needs plenty of space to roam and explore and is best suited to a home environment with a large backyard. Owners must be prepared for regular, lengthy exercise sessions.

 

Golden Retriever

BACKGROUND
The Golden Retriever was first developed at the Scottish county estate of Lord Tweedmouth, during the 1860s, to assist in the retrieving of upland game and waterfowl. They were first imported and registered in Australia during the 1930s.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
This extremely lovable dog usually lives up to 11 years of age, but with lots of love and attention and fed the right food Golden Retrievers can often live up to 13 years.

BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The Golden Retriever is an intelligent, affectionate dog, both active and powerful, with a kindly expression. The instinct to retrieve is still an important characteristic of the breed, however, the Golden Retriever's willing, adaptable nature and physical attributes make it an exceptionally versatile breed. It has been used in a wide range of activities such as gundog, guide dog for the blind, therapy pet, obedience and show dog.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Excellent.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Although a longhaired breed, the Golden Retriever is easy to keep well groomed with regular brushing to prevent the hair from matting. Regularly check for ticks, fleas, grass seeds or any skin irritation while brushing your dog.

They are very sociable dogs and need companionship; they are not happy left alone in the back yard for too long and may become destructive. Never allow your dog to roam free unsupervised. Basic training is an important part of responsible dog ownership. Your Golden Retriever will learn to be a better companion, establishing a stronger bond with you and generally acquiring the good manners and obedient responses that will make it a social asset rather than a nuisance. Both male and female Golden Retrievers are easy to house-train.

Please take note:
The Golden Retriever, in common with most breeds, is subject to some problems that may be passed on from parent to puppy, including Hip Dysplasia (HD), some eye complaints and poor temperament. Consult your vet concerning any additional information about these and other health problems. A reputable breeder will have no hesitation in allowing an independent vet of your choosing to evaluate a puppy prior to purchase.


IDEAL OWNERS
Families looking for a dog with a gentle and loving disposition.

 

 

Great Dane

BACKGROUND
The origin of the Great Dane has always been a controversial subject. Most of the credit is given to Germany, as they were basically responsible for the Great Dane as we know it today. History has proven that Dane-type dogs existed in Russia, Poland and middle Germany. In the middle ages large packs of wild boar roamed the European forests and it is well known that Royalty of the day formed packs of these large dogs similar to Great Danes and they became known as Boar Hounds, due to their capability of pulling the boar to ground.Over the generations, the Great Dane's nature has changed to the present day type that is known as the "gentle giant".

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
The average lifespan for the Great Dane is 9 to 10 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The Great Dane is an elegant and muscular animal, with a look of dash and daring, of being ready to go anywhere and do anything. Elegance of outline and grace of form is most essential. It carries its head and neck high with an alert expression and it has a powerful majestic action when moving.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Excellent. But it must be remembered that it is the owner's responsibility to keep their dog under control.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
The coat of the Great Dane is short, close and sleek looking. Daily grooming of five to ten minutes will be ample to keep the coat under control. It has a single coat, therefore as the dead coat is falling out, the new coat is coming in.
IDEAL OWNERS
It is a misconception that the Great Dane requires estate sized living quarters or a huge exercise area. It is quite happy living in a flat or unit, but they must be given exercise by walks or running if possible. Due to the exceptional quick growth of a Great Dane puppy, it should not be given too much exercise before 12 months of age. Make sure your property is well fenced. When away from your well-fenced property they should always be kept on a lead. The Great Dane can jump fences quite easily, but this is contrary to their nature.

 

Hungarian Vizsla

BACKGROUND
The Hungarian Vizsla is the national dog of Hungary. Its early origins are hard to trace, but its history began in the 9th century when the warring Magyar tribes migrated from the Steppes of Asia and eventually settled in what is known today as Hungary.

For centuries the Vizsla was owned by the sporting nobility of Hungary and, before firearms were introduced in the 1700s, was used to scent and search for birds that were then either caught by falcons or netted. Subsequently a gun dog with all-round ability, which could work on fur or feather, was required to work the plains of Hungary with its varying vegetation of thick crop cover, tall grasslands and cornfields.

The dog needed to be fast and possess a "good nose" which would enable it to work the giant hare and to "point" to the various game birds and wildfowl. It was also used to hunt deer, wild boar and wolf, all of which it was expected to hold at bay. This was usually done using several dogs working together. A dog of above average ability was necessary and, in the Vizsla, the Hungarians had such a dog. The first Vizsla arrived Australia from the UK in 1973.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Hungarian Vizslas live from between 10 to 12 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
An alert watch dog and splendid, easy-going companion, the Hungarian Vizsla learns very quickly and responds well to obedience training due to its great desire to please. In Australia the Vizsla has appeared in numerous television commercials. Being a bird dog, it loves retrieving and will of its own accord carry objects around in its mouth. The Vizsla is also a natural swimmer and takes to water easily, even diving to retrieve objects. An affectionate and lively dog, it is happiest when fully involved in family activities.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Good.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
The breed's short, smooth russet gold coat requires minimal grooming. The Vizsla is an active dog and needs regular exercise.

Please take note:
This is not a dog to be left alone in the back yard as it can become destructive if bored.


IDEAL OWNERS
Suitable for most people and it is good with children.

 

Irish Setter

BACKGROUND
The origin of the Irish Setter is not known, although it is believed that it evolved from a combination of land spaniels. These were imported to Ireland from Spain when the Spaniards helped the Irish in their rebellion against the British. It should be noted that this breed (which was established as early as 1800) was not originally a solid colour, but a combination of red and white. Through selective breeding the rich, mahogany red colour we know today was derived.Irish Setters were originally used to "set" game, hence the name "setters". They found upland birds and crouched down close to their find so that the hunter could come and throw a net over dogs and birds. When firearms were introduced, this practice was discontinued, as the hunter wanted a dog that pointed, flushed game and hunted with an upright stance.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Irish Setters live from between 10 to 14 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The Irish Setter is an independent, but sweet-natured dog with a rollicking personality that makes a wonderful, loving companion. Shyness, hostility or timidness is uncharacteristic of this beautiful breed, which is best known for its outgoing, stable temperament and strong hunting instinct.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Good.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Remember that this breed has a high energy level and requires regular exercise. It is essential that an Irish Setter be regularly groomed. The coat should be brushed to keep it free of dirt, burrs, snarls and matts. Brushing also stimulates production of natural oils, giving the coat that beautiful characteristic mahogany gloss.



Please take note:
Always seek someone who is familiar with the breed to assist you when acquiring an Irish Setter puppy, and make sure you pick a pup with a happy outgoing personality.

 IDEAL OWNERS
An active dog, the Irish Setter requires a certain amount of daily exercise and attention to grooming.

 

 

Irish Water Spaniel

BACKGROUND
The Irish Water Spaniel is acknowledged to be a very old breed, but as is the case with so many Irish dogs and horses, it is impossible to separate fact from folklore and the exact date of origin cannot be established. It is believed to be a descendant of the old Portuguese Water Dogs and Spaniel root stock that came to Ireland from the Iberian Peninsula. The lineage can be traced back to the period, centuries ago, when the large and important Spaniel group was divided into the Land Spaniels and the Water Spaniels. The Water Spaniels included both the Irish and English varieties of water dogs. The Irish Water Spaniel was developed in Ireland from two different strains – the Southern County Water Spaniel and the Northern County Water Spaniel. Both were distinct types in size and colour, however today's Irish Water Spaniel more closely follows the Southern type. The earliest record of Irish Water Spaniels in Australia is 1891.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Irish Water Spaniels can live up to 12 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Beneath its livery of brown curly ringlets, with topknot of twisted curls hanging down over its eyes, you will find a true Irishman – full of life, with a comical nature and great intelligence. The Irish Water Spaniel enjoys human companionship and will want to become one of the family.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Needs to grow up with the animals it might live with.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
The coat with its crisp curls does not present the problem that might be expected, however, it should be thoroughly combed with a wide toothed comb at least once a week. Eyes, ears and toenails should be checked regularly. A good swim or spray down will bring back those lovely curls. Irish Water Spaniels do not shed loose hair and can therefore be recommended for people who may suffer from allergies.

Please take note:
Although this breed is easy to train, and is very quick to learn, it can become easily bored so avoid overtraining.
IDEAL OWNERS
For families and individuals that want a dog a little bit different than the rest of the pack.

 


Irish Terrier

BACKGROUND
The ancestry of the Irish Terrier goes back into the mists of time, and long ago it was used by the Irish farmers as a worker, a guard dog for the family and a wonderful companion. It has a heart three sizes too big for its shaggy body; a heart that is as white and clean as that of a knight-errant. There is a psychic side of the Irish Terrier too, found in almost no other dog, a tinge of the mysticism of the land of his ancestry.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
The Irish Terrier can live to 15 years. Owners must realise they are taking this lovely breed on for its lifetime.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
As mentioned, they are a wonderful companion, intelligent, affectionate and a great family dog. They make a good show dog although most people who purchase an Irish Terrier want them solely for their happy and fun nature. They can be trained at an early age to be an obedience dog.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
They can be equally at home with cats, birds and other dogs, although if a male he does not take kindly to other outside males on his property.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
The Irish Terrier has a double coat – a soft undercoat and a harsh top coat. Daily brushing and a good comb will keep the coat in good condition but it does need regular "stripping" or clipping. If not being shown, the coat can be clipped every five months but if they are a show dog, regular stripping is needed to keep them looking in excellent condition. Either way, keeping the Irish Terrier looking good can be done by the breeder who normally offers after sales service. Eyes, ears and mouth should be checked every week, or each day in the case of eyes.

Please also remember to give your dog their daily or monthly heartworm treatment and a booster vaccination every 12 months. The Irish Terrier is a healthy dog and does not suffer with any major problems.
IDEAL OWNERS
Single people, married couples, or families looking for a loving and devoted companion.

 


Irish Wolfhound

BACKGROUND
The origin of the Irish Wolfhound has been lost in antiquity, however, from illustrations dating back to 1400 BC we know that the Celts had huge hounds. Irish mythology, legends and sagas abound with the exploits of this ancient breed. This dog was the companion of kings - whether at war, on the hunt or just by the hearth. History tells of many hounds being sent to the royal houses of both Europe and Scandinavia. The breed has also come close to extinction.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Irish Wolfhounds can live up to 8 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The Irish Wolfhound is often called the "gentle giant" of the dog world. Its proud bearing, quiet dignity and intelligence are just some of its many wonderful characteristics. This is definitely a family dog with an incredibly affectionate nature, which thrives on human companionship. Regardless of whether you are looking for a Wolfhound with show potential or one as a companion and family pet it should be physically and temperamentally healthy, exhibiting the friendly even disposition that is essential to its character.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
The Wolfhound will live happily with cats, rabbits and other domestic animals if introduced to them as a puppy - however, one must always remember that this dog is a sight hound.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Raising a puppy that grows as fast as a Wolfhound requires special attention to diet and exercise. A balanced diet is essential to support the rapid growth rate and due to its rapid growth, a puppy's exercise should be restricted until it is nine to 12 months of age. Be especially careful not to let your puppy jump into, on to or out of cars. The breeders will be able to supply you with a suitable exercise regime. A small back yard is sufficient as long as it is kept clean and the dog is walked at least once daily.

Please take note:
Some Wolfhounds like to dig large holes!


IDEAL OWNERS
Families.

 


Jack Russell Terrier

BACKGROUND
The Reverend Jack Russell was very interested in fox hunting and saw the need for a small terrier to be used to flush out foxes that had gone to ground. In 1814 he acquired a terrier bitch named Trump from the local milkman which became his foundation bitch – and so the breed was born.The first Jack Russells were quite tall dogs (35cm) but during the years the breed has changed, and there are now two distinct varieties that are recognised as separate breeds – the Parson Jack Russell and the Jack Russell Terrier. There are three coat varieties, a smooth coat, a broken coat and a rough coat.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Jack Russells can live up to 14 years of age.


BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Jack Russell Terriers are great little hunting dogs that will tackle anything from a fox to a mouse. They spend a large amount of time investigating their surroundings and when taken for a walk in the country will hunt for hours. They are extremely intelligent and as a result, beginning to make their presence felt in the obedience ring.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Excellent.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Jack Russells make ideal house dogs, but are equally at home as outside dogs.



Please take note:
The inquisitive nature of this breed necessitates having good fencing in order to contain them.

IDEAL OWNERS
Almost everyone.

 

 

Japanese Chin

BACKGROUND
One of life's mysteries is why the Japanese Chin is still comparatively rare and unknown. Here is a little dog that has it all - it is easy to care for, lovely to look at, and has even had Royal patronage - Queen Alexandra owned 261 of them!

The Japanese Chin is one of the most ancient of breeds and its exact history is difficult to determine, but ancestors can be traced back to China or Korea more than 1100 years ago. In Japan there were two distinct size/types of Chins and they were bred separately and exclusively for centuries in noble households, and were so highly regarded that no "commoner" could possess one.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Japanese Chins can live up to 16 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The Japanese Chin is an intelligent, happy, lively little dog with a good nature and gentle temperament. While they are content to sit quietly on your lap or curled up in a chair, they are also ready for a game, and love to race around madly.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Chins are happiest in the company of other Chins. Indeed a large number can live together in harmony and so if it is possible, have two!
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Japanese Chins, with their silky coats, are easy to keep well groomed, and brushing 2 to 3 times a week with a bristle brush and paying attention to behind the ears where matting can occur - and a regular bath - is all that is required for the coat. This will also help with the seasonal shedding.

Because of the Chin's flat face, the eyes are vulnerable, so should an injury occur, seek vet advice immediately. As with any pet, ears and teeth need to be checked/cleaned regularly. A Chin does not need a huge area for exercise, so it makes an ideal pet for flat dwellers. However, they do enjoy a good walk, or better still a free run.

Please take note:
Japanese Chins are indoor dogs and bred only to be companions. A dog kept continually outside will be miserable. It will also be most unhappy if left alone for any length of time, so if the family/owner is out all day, then a Chin is not for you. It should be said too that a Chin exercises a certain amount of independence, and being sensitive will react badly to harsh discipline, so if you want a dog to dominate, then again, this is not the breed for you.

IDEAL OWNERS
Japanese Chins do not like teasing or very rough play, and are therefore best suited to the older person or families where there are no young children.

 

Japanese Spitz

BACKGROUND
This small breed is a recent development in Japan where its ancestors have been kept as "family dogs" since ancient times. It is thought that the Japanese Spitz originated from the "Peat Dog" that spread from the Swiss Lakes and from Finland ABOUT 6000 years ago, before finally reaching Japan and China by 400 A.D.

The first Japanese Spitz arrived in Australia in 1979. Although the Japanese Spitz is now well established it is still a relatively unknown and rare dog in Australia.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
The Japanese Spitz lives from 14 to 17 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The Japanese Spitz is a family dog and it thrives on human companionship. It is an intelligent breed always eager to please. In temperament, it is wary of complete strangers rushing up to it without formal introduction. It prefers a gentle approach, after that you have a friend for life. It is characterised by its great courage, intelligence and liveliness and is an affectionate, devoted companion.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
As a companion dog the Japanese Spitz should be familiarised with other household pets at an early age and it will then live happily and reliably with them. The Japanese Spitz has a dominant nature and when introduced to a household with other breeds may very quickly become "the boss", even over much larger breeds.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Despite its long, pure white coat the Japanese Spitz is a low maintenance breed. Contrary to most people''s expectations and belief their coat is very easy to look after. Due to its texture, mud and dirt fall off or can be brushed out very easily. While it loves to play in the dirt, this is a fastidious dog that does not like getting dirty and, like a cat, will lick itself clean. Provided they are kept well groomed they should only require a bath at most twice a year. They shed their coat once a year. The shedding will usually only last about 10 days and the dead hair is easily combed out.



Please take note:
They do not need lots of exercise, but they are an active breed and enjoy daily walks. If they are bored they can be mischievous. It is not a dog one can leave in the back yard and forget. They enjoy living both indoors and outdoors, in fact they enjoy being wherever you are as they thrive on human companionship. They can jump very high for their size so fences and gates need to be at least 1.5m to 1.8m high.

IDEAL OWNERS
The Japanese Spitz is a family dog seeming to thrive on the different attention and affection from each family member. A young puppy (3 to 12 months) could be a "handful" for children under five years of age without adult supervision. Having said that, they also make an excellent and loving companion for a single person in a flat

 

 

Keeshond

BACKGROUND
The origin of the Keeshond is the Netherlands. The Keeshond (pronounced caze-hawnd) is best known as the Dutch Barge Dog, having come to prominence guarding the barges traveling up and down the canals of Holland. It took its name from Cornelis de Gyselaar, the leader of the Patriots in the Netherlands during the late 1700s, whose dog "Kees" became the political emblem of the Dutch party.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Keeshonds live from between 10 to 16 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Keeshonds are loving, gentle and loyal dogs. They can occasionally be stubborn, but they learn quickly and make an outstanding family companion and watchdog suitable for both children and adults. As a breed, they are extremely adaptable, and instinctively clean in their personal habits.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Keeshonds get on exceptionally well with other dogs.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Keeshonds have a dense, harsh, odourless coat that consists of two layers – a soft thick undercoat through which grows the longer, harsher guard hair. Both coats inhibit dirt from penetrating to the skin and so bathing is rarely needed. In hot and humid weather when most Keeshonds loll in their personal dirt dugouts, or when they are shedding, a bit of extra care and possibly a bath may be in order. Check the dog's toenails and claws regularly and carefully trim the hair on the bottom of the feet so they are flush with the pads.

Please take note:
Keeshonds can be very noisy if left alone for long periods outside, as they believe they are part of the family and want to be with you.
IDEAL OWNERS
Ideal owners range from children to adults.

 

King Charles Spaniel

BACKGROUND
These little dogs are sometimes known as the Royal Spaniels due to being great favourites of the Stuart kings. Accompanied by a rippling sea of dogs wherever he went, the King's deathbed was cluttered with them, much to the consternation of the attending Archbishops. Signs "Beware of the Dogs" that appeared in the Royal chambers meant "don't tread on them".The King Charles was most probably bred from dogs brought to England from Japan, and crossed with local breeds and then with a Pyrame Spaniel brought from France. The King Charles Spaniel, which ranks among the rarer breeds in Australia, should not be confused with its larger cousin, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
King Charles Spaniels live from between 9 to 15 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Outgoing and sure of themselves, King Charles Spaniels are individuals with a strong personality that enjoy making their presence felt. The breed can be very affectionate and delights in having affection lavished on it. Highly intelligent, these dogs quickly learn about the running of the household.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
The King Charles Spaniel will share with others, as long as the others realise it is "King".
CARE REQUIREMENTS
The coat will need to be combed and brushed on a regular basis. It is soft and silky (sometimes waved) and dirt will drop out. Ears have to be attended to carefully and combed regularly. Feathering on legs and ears should always be free of knots. Toenails should be checked because long nails can mean sore feet. It may be necessary to bathe the eyes and to wipe away "tear stains".

Please take note:
The King Charles Spaniel has an undershot bottom jaw that gives the dog its distinctive chin. Its tail may be full or docked – some dogs are born with a kink in their tail and breeders sometimes prefer to dock at that point.
IDEAL OWNERS
Ideally Charlies are suited to an adult household. While good with all ages, this breed prefers adult company.

 


King Charles Spaniel
    


BACKGROUND

    As the name suggests, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel proudly traces its ancestry back to the royal courts of England.

    King Charles II, was devoted to his dogs - almost to the point of addiction. They travelled with him everywhere and the sign "Beware of the Dog" originated in his court, meaning not that they were dangerous, but rather don't tread on them. Contrary to popular belief they do not have free access to all royal parks, palaces and public buildings in England - they just behave as if they do!

AVERAGE LIFESPAN

    Cavaliers can live up to 13 years of age, but, more often than not, will live up to 15 years if cared for with the correct nutrition and given lots of loving attention.

Ruby Coloured Puppy
[ Ruby Coloured Puppy ]
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT

    Energetic and loving, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel makes the perfect family pet, but it must be stressed they are dogs that belong with people. They are not dogs to be left alone or housed outside as they thrive on human contact.

    Cavaliers are bred in four colours:
    BLENHEIM: Chestnut markings on a pearly white coat. The markings on the head should be equally divided giving a masked effect and leaving room in the middle for the prized "Blenheim Spot".
    TRI-COLOUR: A black and white dog with tan markings over the eyes, on the cheeks, inside the legs, behind the elbows and on the underside of the tail.
    BLACK AND TAN: Absolutely raven black coat with tan markings over the eyes, on the cheeks, inside the legs, behind the elbows and under the tail.
    RUBY: Whole colour rich red with no white markings at all.

Black and Tan Coloured
[ Black and Tan Coloured ]
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS

    Excellent.

CARE REQUIREMENTS

    Apart from all their excellent qualities, they do shed their coat twice a year and have poor road sense, so outside the well-fenced family property they should always be kept on a lead. If you are contemplating buying a Cavalier make certain that your fences are secure as puppies are apt to dig when young, and will find a way out of their yard if it is at all possible.

    Please take note:
    Annual checks and vaccinations are essential, as is regular worming. Your vet will explain the dangers of heartworm and advise on the preventative measures. It should be noted that certain weeds and grasses might have adverse affects too. Regular grooming is necessary to remove excess hair and prevent the coat from matting.

 


Lhasa Apso

BACKGROUND
The Lhasa Apso is a small, well-muscled hardy little house dog originating in Tibet and is thought to be descended from the type of dog common for centuries over Central Asia.The name Apso is used in Tibet for both of their smaller longhaired breeds and means longhaired or goat like.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Lhasas have been known to live up to 17 years of age.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Very good, but being an assertive breed they like to show dominance over other dogs and so care should be taken if introducing another dog into the family.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
The coat is double with a moderate undercoat that provides good insulation that is cast out for summer when a thinner undercoat grows. The topcoat is of a hard texture and serves as a weatherproof outer jacket. The good fall of hair over the eyes is protection against dust, wind and intense glare found in the Tibetan climate. Regular grooming is a necessary task, providing the essential bloom in a long coated breed, but the task can almost be made a game for both the owner and dog. They can be also clipped and look just as adorable.



Please take note:
Being a small dog they are ideal for the metropolitan area, but they are by no means softies, they are an all weather strong breed but they do like to be indoors. Years of close contact with people in the temples and as a house dog has developed their lovable personalities.
IDEAL OWNERS
They are highly intelligent, good with children, assertive with a free and jaunty movement, but wary of strangers and can be sensitive to the moods of their owners.

 


Maltese

BACKGROUND
The correct name for this beautiful toy breed is Maltese (not Maltese Terrier as it is often referred to). No one is certain of the origins of the breed despite claims that they came from the island of Malta, or that they are similar to the dogs worshipped by the ancient Egyptians. There is little doubt though that they are one of the oldest of all dog breeds, with records of this type of dog dating from 6000 BC. They were a prized possession of the people of Malta, as well as an exotic animal of trade in the Middle East.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Maltese live from between 12 to 16 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Maltese are not working dogs, although some have gained excellent results in obedience trials and even make good watchdogs. A Maltese is here just to give love and shower you with affection, to let you know who is at the door and generally just make everyone it meets feel happy and welcome. It is very intelligent and lively – and just loves to be pampered.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Excellent.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Maltese are definitely house dogs, and although they will find a securely fenced garden a joy to play in, they prefer to be inside with their owners. If kept in a flat or a unit a daily walk on a lead is desirable.Although Maltese make very glamorous show dogs, when kept as pets they do not have to remain in full coat – the hair can be trimmed back and shaped for ease of care. Daily brushing is essential to keep all the knots and matts at bay, and the dog will enjoy a weekly bath – but remember to blow dry thoroughly. A good bristle brush, a small face comb and scissors for trimming away hair from the pads of the feet are essential tools, along with nail clippers, boracic acid and a toothbrush for cleaning stained areas around the eye.

Please take note:
Although this is classified as a toy breed, the Maltese still require normal exercise and an adequate diet to ensure they do not run to fat.
IDEAL OWNERS
Anyone that is looking for a happy live-in companion will find this an excellent choice of dog.

 

Labrador Retriever

BACKGROUND
Labradors originated in Newfoundland, off the coast of Canada, and were taken to England on fishing boats in the early 19th century. Here they were developed and bred as a hunting dog, being used for retrieving game in rugged terrain and icy waters. They were popular as tough, strong dogs with excellent scenting powers and a desire to please.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Labradors live from between 12 to 15 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Labrador Retrievers are intelligent, active, fun-loving dogs, eager to please and extremely sociable. They want to be everybody's friend and are not a one-man dog. The breed is wonderful with children and so makes a good watchdog – letting out a big, deep bark to notify of any intruders.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Excellent.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Labradors need a large, draught-proof kennel, raised several centimetres off the ground. In summer they require plenty of shade. Similar to all dogs, Labradors are happiest if kept fit. Adults will benefit from a daily walk of 30 minutes, while pups will need overall periods of play. As a Labrador will need some running, a large back yard is desirable. As they can also be great diggers and chewers as puppies, it is a good idea to fence an area for the dog if you are attached to your garden. Labradors have a tendency to put on weight, that can cause health problems, so their diet needs to be carefully restricted as they mature. Obesity can predispose them to diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.

Please take note:
Conscientious breeders have their dogs X-rayed for hip dysplasia and osteochondrosis, and have their dog's eyes tested annually by a veterinary ophthalmologist to detect any disease at the earliest stages, and do not breed from affected animals.

 

 

Miniature Pinscher

BACKGROUND
The Min Pin (as it is affectionately called) originated in Germany and has been documented since the early 1800s, more formally so since 1895 with the formation of the German Pinscher Club. Evidence of the breed dates to the 15th Century and it was formerly known as the Red Pinscher that refers to the "small red deer", found in the German forest. They were originally bred as stable dogs to eradicate rats and mice.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
The Miniature Pinscher can live up to 16 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
This is a proud and spirited little dog - all terrier and certainly no "toy" - they are a loyal and intelligent companion. They are fearless, alert and make an excellent watchdog.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
If brought up from a young age with other animals, Miniature Pinschers will accept just about anything including birds and cats, while chasing away similar interlopers. Min Pins like to dominate so care should be taken regarding personalities and supervised introduction.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
The short, hard coat requires little care. In spring and autumn firm stroking by hand or a small brush will remove excess hair. Bathing is not often required as too much removes essential oils that protect the coat. A quick wipe with a warm face-washer containing a few drops of eucalyptus oil will both freshen and keep fleas at bay. Nails must be kept short - trim a little each week as this maintains compact healthy feet.

Please take note:
A Min Pin will be a very active, alert and an interactive member of your household, often behaving like an unruly child. While they always amuse and entertain they need a consistent set of house rules from the start. Be firm in your resolve or they will beguile you. Never walk a Min Pin off the lead, as they can be selectively deaf.

IDEAL OWNERS
All except the very young and the very elderly (too active). They tend to be devoted to the family as a whole, but may choose a particular member as their soul mate while still revelling in the company of all.

 

 

Newfoundland

BACKGROUND
The first Newfoundland to reach Australia arrived with the First Fleet, on the Scarborough – his name was Hector and he was owned by the ship's master, John Marshall. When the ship sailed for home again, the dog was left in Australia. When the Scarborough returned two years later with the Second Fleet, Hector is said to have swum out to meet the ship and welcome his master.Newfoundlands have a very powerful water rescue instinct and were also used to rescue people and retrieve cargo lost overboard from ships – these dogs have well-developed webbing between their toes to assist in swimming.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Newfoundlands can live to 10 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Newfoundlands love people and worship their family members. They are placid, loyal and trustworthy. Their playmate and nursemaid qualities are second to none.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Excellent.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Most people believe that a dog as large as a Newfoundland will eat you out of house and home. Not so – adult Newfoundlands will only eat as much as dogs the size of a German Shepherd. Big dogs with a moderately long outer coat and a thick undercoat, Newfoundlands look their most glamorous in the winter. While regular brushing is required, and ears and feet need trimming, most do not require hours of grooming and work to keep them looking and feeling their best.

Please take note:
Although Newfoundlands are not difficult to groom, be warned that dog hair will become a fact of life!
IDEAL OWNERS
Families. These dogs are suitable for both children and older folk, although they can be a little on the boisterous side.

 

 

Norwich Terrier

BACKGROUND
The Norwich Terrier is a native breed to Norfolk, England, although they are called Norwich Terriers. This lovable and feisty little dog was first registered with the British Kennel Club in the 1930s. There are two similar breeds, one with drop ears, and one with pricked ears. In 1964 the British Kennel Club divided the two breeds and we now know them today as Norwich Terriers (pricked ears) and Norfolk Terriers (drop ears).

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
The life span of the Norwich is well over 10 years, but some have been known to live up to 15 years.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The Norwich Terrier is a very powerful, strong and self-willed little dog with plenty of energy, so if you are thinking of buying a Norwich make sure you will have time to spend walking and exercising it. To the new owner your Norwich will be friendly and loyal and they are very easy to train.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Norwich Terriers are very adaptable little dogs and will get on well with other family pets.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
The coat is coarse, straight, lying close to the body, generally short and smooth on top of the head and ears, longer and rougher around the neck forming a ruff. A daily grooming with a solid comb is best for your Norwich's coat to keep it free from knots and to help pull the dead hair out.
IDEAL OWNERS
If you are not the boss then your Norwich will be – so beware! Your Norwich loves tearing around the garden with the children or they will just simply relax on your chair with you.

 

 

Norfolk Terrier

BACKGROUND
About the middle of the 19th Century a man known as "Doggy" Lawrence was breeding small red terriers (about 4kg) that he sold mainly to Cambridge undergraduates. It is believed these dogs were the foundation of what are now known as Norwich and Norfolk Terriers.Norwich Terriers, drop-eared and prick-eared were officially recognised by the English Kennel Club in 1932. Following later disagreements, several representations made to separate the breed officially into two varieties were refused, but a suggestion to form two separate breeds was agreed by the club, with the prick-ears to be Norwich Terriers, while the drop-ears would form the new breed to be known as Norfolk Terriers.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Norfolk Terriers can live up to 15 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The Norfolk Terrier is one of the smallest of the terrier group; of a lovable disposition, not quarrelsome, and with a strong constitution. They are appealing, easily portable and cheap to feed. With its origin as a working terrier, these breeds do require exercise. As a watchdog the Norfolk Terrier will always let you know if someone approaches your home, however, they are not a guard dog as friendliness is a dominant characteristic.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
As a companion it is to be encouraged that the Norfolk familiarise with other household pets early. As with all terriers it is a pack dog and will live happily with other animals.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
The coat is hard, wiry, and straight, lying close to the body with ruff on the neck. Head, ears and muzzle should be short and smooth with slight eyebrows and whiskers. Weather resistant coats are generally maintained by tidying with fingers, brush and comb. Special care should be taken with the dog living in town ensuring that the dog is on a lead when leaving the yard, which must be secure.

 

 

Old English Sheep Dog

BACKGROUND
The Old English Sheep Dog was bred to herd and to guard sheep. Similar to all sheep dogs they are very intelligent and the shepherd relied on them not only to protect the sheep day and night, but also to help keep the sheep together on the unfenced fields and then drive them to the market.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Old English Sheep Dogs can live up to 15 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The Old English Sheep Dog is a delightful dog totally devoted to its family. It is full of fun and so loves to play. If you are a jogger then that is its desire, if you are a bush walker then that is its joy too. If you are a homebody then they are happy to lie at your feet. They never grow up and love to go for a ride in the car, in fact they are never happier than with the family. They possess a very even temperament and are an excellent watchdog, but never aggressive.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
The Old English Sheep Dog loves the company of its own breed. They mix well with other breeds too. Remember the secret of bringing up any dog is correct socialisation with other animals and of course people.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
The Old English Sheep Dog is a high maintenance breed because of its beautiful jacket, which is both dense and profuse. However, there is nothing against keeping its coat short. They do not shed as their coat is wool and not hair. You will need to check and clean its ears regularly, keep its eyes clean and check its rear end and in between the toes. In the summer it is of the utmost importance to check for grass seeds all over the body and head as these can cause great trouble when they enter through the skin. A regular groom and bath makes them pleasant to have in the house.
IDEAL OWNERS
Anyone who will love and spend time with them is a must. They adore their family particularly children. But children should never be left unsupervised with any dog.

 

 

Papillon

BACKGROUND
This breed appeared in paintings in the 1200s and was known then as the toy Spaniel and was owned by royalty and noblemen. Many paintings feature the toy Spaniel with dropped ears called the Phalene (moth) and the large erect ears of the Papillon.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Papillon''s can live up to 16 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
This breed is a friendly little dog and shows no aggression, it is clean and easy to manage in a small back yard or unit. It loves company, is very intelligent and can be taught tricks or obedience.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Will live happily with other pets, but care should be taken with larger dogs because of their small size.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Needs regular brushing and bathing as they do shed their coat. Care must be taken with the ear canals on the drop-eared variety. Does not have many health problems, but can occasionally suffer from slipping patellas – check with breeder in this regard. Enjoys walks and regular exercise, but is quite happy in the back yard.

Please take note:
Because of its small size is not ideal for young children.

IDEAL OWNERS
This is a companion dog and so they do not live happily without a lot of human contact or living outside the home.

 

 

Pointer

BACKGROUND
Hunting dogs were, without doubt, the earliest specialised canines known to man. In the Louvre, in Paris, there hangs a painting by Jean Baptiste Oudry depicting a very handsome Pointer pointing a pheasant. The inscription on the painting tells us that this was a "Dog of the Field" of Louis XV. The painting was done during the last half of the 17th or the first half of the 18th Century.

The English Pointer is believed be derived from both the French and Spanish pointers, breeds that date back to the 18th Century. The Pointer has now evolved into a specialised field dog; one that hesitates and points out the position of the hidden game before flushing it.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Pointers can live up to 15 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The Pointer is known for its keen intelligence and even, biddable temperament, which makes it a congenial companion both in the home and in the field. Members of this breed are alert and handsome and this is characterised by its unique dished-face appearance. Possessing an ability to point as a true, fixed genetic characteristic, the Pointer is a hard driving gundog in the field as well as a loyal and dignified companion.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
The Pointer will live happily with all members of the household. Even hens and other birds are okay if familiarised with them early in life. It will display natural curiosity to wild birds and will point all around the back yard when they are present. It is inclined to be submissive towards other dogs on initial contact and will assess the situation from there. They are not an aggressive dog and will avoid conflict wherever possible.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
It is a low maintenance breed, the short coat needing little more than regular brushing. When the Pointer gets muddy or dirty most will fall off the coat when they dry. They do have a seasonal molt and brushing with a rubber mitt will remove most of the unwanted hair. The Pointer has pendant (dropped) ears which need to be kept clean and checked regularly for any ear infections.

It will live happily in the house with a small back yard providing they get some regular exercise to keep them in good shape and to run off any excess energy. They love to play and will fetch balls and toys willingly.

Please take note:
In the field the working Pointer is the master of gundogs. It lives in harmony with its natural environment, but in our modern society there are restrictions that need to be placed on the dog. Basic obedience training is a necessity and the Pointer is good at it. It is vitally important that the Pointer is socialised regardless of whether it is to be a companion or working dog.
IDEAL OWNERS
Pointers are ideal for the person who wants an excellent family companion or working gundog or for showing, obedience or agility. They are a soft-tempered dog and not for someone who believes in heavy-handed discipline.

 

Poodle

BACKGROUND

Poodles have been in existence for many centuries and historical reference to them has been found in Germany, England, Italy and France. In pictorial evidence the dogs nearly always appear in the traditional lion clip, which leaves the hindquarters bare except for leg bands and a pom-pom on the tail, while the forequarters are heavily coated except for the face and legs. This appears to indicate that these dogs were used for sporting and retrieving purposes. As the coat is quite heavy when wet, they were clipped in areas to alleviate weight. The tail was docked as a long tail would be caught in the undergrowth. The ribbon on the topknot was to indicate that the dog was working and also to signify it was not a bird or other animal.

The word Poodle itself is said to derive from the German word "pudel", meaning to splash in water. Although three varieties of Poodles are recognised, they differ in size only and are closely related. The largest, the Standard Poodle, is the oldest variety and was used as a water retriever. The smaller Poodles have become more and more popular. The Miniature Poodle is the medium-sized variety and may be closer to the original Poodle in height than the present Standard size. It was originally called the Toy Poodle, but the name was changed when the smallest form was recognised.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Poodles can live up to 16 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Whatever their size, Poodles are renowned for their intelligence. They are lively dogs with friendly dispositions and make excellent guard dogs.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Excellent.
CARE REQUIREMENTS

Poodles, similar to many other breeds, have a double coat that has the quality and appearance of lamb's wool. Poodles shed hair similar to other breeds, but this hair is caught and trapped by the undercoat and packs down. Poodles must be groomed regularly or the coat becomes a knotted unsightly mess. The coat of a Poodle, although requiring more grooming than most other breeds, is particularly advantageous for people with allergies. Best of all, carpets, furniture and clothes will remain hairless and odour free.

A balanced diet, regular exercise and routine are needed. Every dog must be house-trained, obedient and easy to manage. Love is the most important requirement of all. In return, you will be rewarded with love, loyalty and protection from your Poodle, regardless of its size.

IDEAL OWNERS
Almost anyone. The Toy Poodle makes an ideal companion for someone who lives in a small or confined space.

 

 

Pug

BACKGROUND
It is not generally known that the Pug was the most popular of all dogs in England and the Continent many years ago. It is generally accepted that the Pug originated in China and made its way to England through Holland.With the introduction of other toy dogs, the Pug began to lose its popularity in England and there was a danger at one time that the breed would become extinct but more stock was introduced from Holland and Austria in the reign of George III, and this gave the breed a new lease of life. The breed in Australia has been kept going by imports from England at different times.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Pugs can live in excess of 12 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The perfect blend of little dog appeal and wistfulness and big stamina and courage is to be found in the adorable Pug. If you only have a small yard or live in a flat, the Pug is for you. They are remarkably free of "doggy" odours, and their short coat sheds very little, they are also exceptionally clean.

CARE REQUIREMENTS
Most Pugs tend to laziness if left to their own devices and so a brisk walk or a vigorous game of fetch every day is needed. Do not allow strenuous exercise in hot weather or just after meals.Pugs, being intelligent and tending to independence, are not the easiest dogs to train, but they are trainable and it does them a lot of good to have a purpose in life. A local obedience club will put you on the right track and introduce you to another aspect to owning a dog and it becoming a companion – not just a pet.

Please take note:
Due to the shape of the eyes and face, Pugs are prone to eye injury. If your Pug is rubbing its eyes, or is squinting, or its eyes are watering, or there is any discolouration of the eye, see your vet immediately. And being a short-nosed breed, the Pug can have difficulties with its soft palate and needs to be monitored.

IDEAL OWNERS
They love to be with people and so make excellent companion dogs. They are sturdy little dogs. They are natural clowns and they will keep you laughing. They snore, wheeze, grunt, snort and sneeze in your face.

 

Pyrenean Mountain Dog

BACKGROUND
The Pyrenean Mountain Dog (known in America as the Great Pyrenees and in France as Le Grand Chien de Montagnes des Pyrenees) invariably inspires any number of superlative comments. The majestic beauty, dignity, regal bearing and aura of self-confidence which are characteristic of the breed make a lasting impression on the viewer. However, only after one has come to know the Pyrenean Mountain Dog and its unique history does it become apparent that the breed's true and greatest value is not beauty, but the admirable and unique character of the dog. The Pyrenean Mountain Dog is a native of the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain. The breed's association with man dates back many centuries, with the physical and mental characteristics of the Pyrenean Mountain Dog remaining virtually unchanged down through the years. Just as it did in the 16th century, so today the Pyrenean Mountain Dog guards the sheep high on the mountain slopes.

In the 17th century, Louis XIV made the strikingly beautiful Mountain Dog the official dog of the French Court. Certainly it takes very little imagination to look at a Pyrenean Mountain Dog in your home and envision it patrolling the pre-Revolutionary chateaux of France and consorting with the lords and ladies of the Court. That the Pyrenean Mountain Dog has always appealed to royalty is illustrated by the fact that both Queen Marie Antionette and Queen Victoria favoured and owned them. It is typical of these dogs to be equally at ease in either an atmosphere of supreme luxury, or on a peasant's doorstep high in the mountains, where life involves arduous work, extreme weather and inadequate diet. Here it is referred to as 'mat dog' by the peasant farmers.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Pyrenean Mountain Dogs can live up to 12 years of age.


BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
A wonderful disposition, stately bearing, an air of quiet confidence, love and admiration for its masters and judgement of character can be relied upon.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
The Pyrenean Mountain Dog adores other pets.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
A thorough grooming at least once a week will keep the coat in a manageable condition; however, a bath is required from time to time. The double dewclaws do require clipping every few weeks.

 


Pekingese

BACKGROUND
When the British entered Peking for the first time, they found the Empress Tzu'Hai, dead on the floor of her palace, in the Forbidden City, and with five Pekingese dogs guarding her body. The Empress had committed suicide because China was being invaded by troops from the West. Some of her servants and eunuchs had also killed themselves, while others had fled to the hills, taking with them the sacred little Pekingese dogs that had never been seen before outside the walls of the Forbidden City. During the centuries in which the eunuchs had bred the Pekingese for the Emperors, the breed remained cloistered in the Forbidden City at the Summer Palace. The penalty for anyone found with a dog outside these places was death.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
The Pekingese can live to about 17 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The Pekingese is fearless to the point of exasperation as they do not recognise size when they look at another dog or even man. Their loyalty is one of their strongest qualities and they would protect anything they thought belonged to them.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
The Pekingese is a breed that can adapt to any breed. As Pekingese are a fearless breed and can stand their ground with any other breed of dogs if they are introduced at a young age growing up together.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
The Pekingese requires weekly care because of its heavy and profuse coat. The coat needs regular brushing and cleaning. The eyes, ears and genital parts in the males must be cleaned weekly. The toenails of the Pekingese need to be kept short at all times. Pekingese are not suited to outdoors. They are a toy dog and adore the comfort and warmth of indoor living. They do need regular walks on a lead on hard surfaces but not too far.

Please take note:
The Pekingese is not a lap dog, although they like to be cuddled at times and made a fuss of. They love people of all ages and can be a companion for a lifetime. They have very outgoing natures. They love fun and games and from puppy they should be introduced to toys. Even when they are grown up they love to play with toys and balls on the lawn.

 

Pharaoh Hound

BACKGROUND
Although the Pharaoh Hound expanded its origins in ancient Egypt, it was first brought into Egypt by the Phoenician merchants when they settled on the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo while plying their trade of selling exotic spices. On Malta and Gozo, the breed has been preserved and is known to have existed for about 5,000 years. Remarkably, the physical features of today’s Pharaoh Hound are no different to those depicted in the tombs of ancient Egypt.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
This animal will often live up to 14 years of age.
AVERAGE SIZE & WEIGHT
53cm - 64cm
20kg - 25kg
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The clean outline and beautiful colour of the Pharaoh makes every specimen something to admire. However, these dogs have an uncanny ability to ‘lose’ its hearing when called so firm training from an early age is recommended.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
The Pharaoh Hound is an extremely intelligent dog that likes to be the boss. It is quick to assert it’s authority around other animals and careful supervision is recommended.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
In order to keep the glossy satin-like coat in superb condition the hound needs to be fed correctly, be content in its daily life and have a clean, warm bed to sleep in. They are of the sight and scent hound group and therefore enjoy the opportunity to run and expend their surplus energy. This is not a breed to be confined to the house all day! Teeth, ears, and nails should be checked weekly.
IDEAL OWNERS
The Pharaoh Hound is not a dog for everyone. With its extreme intelligence, special understanding and care is required. Potential owners must be prepared for regular and lengthy exercise session if this dog is to remain in top condition.

 

Pomeranian

BACKGROUND
The Pomeranian is believed to have descended from the Wolf-Spitz type dogs that migrated to Pomerania from the north of Russia and Siberia. It shares common ancestry with other Arctic breeds such as the Samoyed and Keeshond. These early Spitz-type dogs were used as guard and sledge animals. At this stage of development, the breed weighed up to 14kg.The smallest puppies from any litters were often kept as companions and later these smaller Spitz dogs were bred together in an effort to further reduce the size. Pomeranians were established as a breed in the 18th century after they attracted the interest of the English monarchy.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Pomeranians live from between 10 to 12 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The Pomeranian makes a delightful family member, being extroverted, lively and very intelligent. This breed has not forgotten its Spitz heritage and can be very loyal and protective towards its human family. Compensating for its diminutive size with extreme intelligence and incredible energy, it excels at any type of obedience training.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
The Pomeranian has a friendly disposition but as with any new family pet, should be introduced carefully to any other resident companion animals.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
The double coat of the Pomeranian does not require as much attention as some of the other coated breeds but nevertheless does require regular grooming. Your new puppy should be groomed from an early age so that it can learn to accept and enjoy all the attention. Best results will be obtained by using a good quality bristle brush.

Please take note:
Your Pomeranian will be a member of your family for many years to come, so take great care in selecting exactly the right dog for your family.

 

Rhodesian Ridgeback

BACKGROUND
Centuries ago, when the first white people arrived in South Africa, they found that the Hottentots at the Cape were using dogs of the Ridgeback type for hunting purposes. The peculiar ridge of hair, running parallel to the spine and in reverse to the rest of the coat, at once distinguished it from other breeds. During the 19th Century big game hunting flourished in Southern Africa, particularly in the area north of the Limpopo River, later to become known as Rhodesia (after its founder Cecil John Rhodes).

Hunters were quick to realise the value and importance of good hunting dogs. In choosing dogs to fill this role, it was natural that they turned to a native breed - the Ridgeback - a dog that had, for generations, proved such a boon to the African Hottentot with his primitive weapons of the chase. The origin of the breed is not definitely known, but the most generally accepted view seems to be that it is the result of crossing the Cuban Bloodhound with the Hottentot hunting dog, the latter supplying the characteristic ridge.

From such a breeding one would expect just such characteristics as the Ridgeback so markedly shows - speed, power, courage, fidelity, and in addition, a remarkable skill in tackling wild animals. Unfortunately for the breed, the name Lion Dog became popular because several big game hunters found them by far the best for lion hunting, and this led many to assume that the dogs were the actual killers of lions, although no dog would have stood a chance in a fight with a lion. Ridgebacks would harass the lion by constant feint attacks until it was held in sheer bewilderment, giving the hunter a shot at close range. With the advent of long range rifles, hunters dispensed with the use of dogs so the Ridgeback has had to turn to its other vocation, that of guard dog.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Rhodesian Ridgebacks live from between 10 to 12 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a delightful nature, being a faithful one-man or family dog. It is very affectionate and likes to lean on you, lie at your feet or sit on your lap if permitted. It is extremely loyal to those it loves. Although not an aggressive dog, the Ridgeback is distinctly reserved with strangers and usually objects to people making the first advances to it. It is placid and easy going, putting up with endless torment from children, as well as being highly intelligent and quick to learn. Happy to participate fully in family activities, the Ridgeback is equally content to laze around all day if there is nothing better to do. An excellent guard dog, it has a deep bark to warn intruders to keep away. Friendship, once given, is for life.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
It is compatible with other domestic animals, but needs training regarding livestock.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
This is a fast growing dog that should not be overfed or over exercised as a puppy, as this puts too much stress on developing bones.

Please take note:
Remember that this breed is part of the hound fraternity and likes to chase. Secure fencing and gates are needed.

 


Saluki

BACKGROUND
Camel trains from Egypt carried Salukis to all parts of the ancient world along the silk roads. The Saluki is widely recognised as the first of the sighthound breeds and is still unsurpassed for its combination of speed and endurance and is still used as a food provider by some nomadic tribes from Morocco to Asia Minor.

The Saluki is a beautiful connection with the past and is treasured by a relatively small number of devotees as a companion and show dog. Their aristocratic appearance and light, easy movement have made them a favourite with the show judges. They can share an active outdoor life, or while away summer days and winter nights of peaceful partnership. They are equally at ease racing through the open fields, or resting peacefully in the comfort of your home.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Salukis can live up to 16 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Bred to share the family home, Salukis are an extremely gentle breed. A medium sized, moderate dog built for extreme speed and endurance. There are smooth coated and feathered varieties, the latter with silky fringes mainly on the ears and tail. It is a watchdog that will warn of intruders, but will not attack. Salukis are trustworthy, tolerant and are affectionate with children.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Salukis will get on well with other pets (including cats), when brought into the home at a young age and properly introduced. As with any other breed older animals will require more time to settle into a new environment.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Salukis ideally require a large well-fenced yard and their own comfortable sheltered accommodation. A Saluki should be walked regularly, especially if it has to be left alone all day. The Saluki is social, not solitary.

Please take note:
Young Salukis need training in the social graces and the socialisation of pups is extremely important in producing a well-adjusted adult. Lack of human affection, boredom and frustration can produce acts of defiance and destruction.

 

Scottish Terrier

BACKGROUND
The Scottish Terrier is one of the descendants of the old Scotch Terrier, along with the Dandie Dinmont, the Cairn, and the West Highland White Terrier. The exact origins of the breed is obscure, but a dog of its general description dates back to some of the earliest records. The low stature and wiry coat have always been important characteristics relating to the original purpose of the breed, which was to hunt and kill the various species of wildlife such as the fox, badger, weasel, and rat that made life hard for the early Scottish farmers and crofters.

The loss of livestock could well have made a huge difference to these folk, whose livelihood depended on the produce from their land, so a dog was developed which had exceptional strength and courage in a compact, tough package. These traits are still the hallmark of the breed today.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Scottish Terriers live up to 12 years of age.


BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The Scottish Terrier is an adaptable little dog, which will fit in with most households. It is not always demonstrative with its emotions, however, its devotion and loyalty to its family are boundless. Although affectionate towards members of its own family, it is every bit the game terrier when strangers or other dogs are involved. If allowed, it will take on any dog, regardless of breed or size that invades its territory.

While they can be extremely tolerant and good-natured regarding the antics of children, it can be cold, and even belligerent with strangers. It really prefers to be a one-man dog and these qualities make the Scottie an excellent watchdog.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
The Scottish Terrier can live harmoniously with other pets providing care has been taken in introducing the pets to each other. It is not uncommon to find households where Scotties share living quarters with cats, guinea pigs and other small pets.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
The Scottish Terrier is an active breed and requires regular exercise, but its short legs mean less walking for its owner in order to provide the dog's daily requirements. The Scottie is not a good jogging companion, but makes an ideal walking companion. It is important that it is walked on a leash, as the dog's hunting instinct can entice it to run after a rabbit or a cat, into the path of an oncoming car.

The grooming needs of a Scottish Terrier will vary according to the lifestyle you choose for it. For a pet, all that is required is a thorough grooming with a good pin brush, followed by combing twice a week.

Please take note:
Although the Scottish Terrier does not need the high fences required by some other breeds, it does, for its own safety, require secure fencing - particularly around swimming pools. This breed can become destructive if not given enough mental and physical stimulation. Make sure the dog's environment is hazard-free.

IDEAL OWNERS
The ideal owner of a Scottish Terrier must have the time to devote to the needs of the dog, and a desire to share their life with a canine companion that will more than repay all the love and attention received. From dawn to dusk your every move will be watched and you will be protected and doted upon. As long as a Scottie is treated well, its love for its owner will be undying.

 


Shar Pei

BACKGROUND
The Shar-Pei originated in China and has a history dating back 2000 years. Although the exact place of origin is unclear, statues indicate they came from somewhere in southern China, Tibet or Dah-Lel. The name Shar-Pei literally translates to mean sand skin. This is from the breed's characteristic harsh coat. Shar-Pei were used as general utility dogs for herding and guarding.

They were also known as tomb dogs, relating to the discovery in ancient tombs of 2000-year-old statues bearing their likeness. When China became a communist country, a tax was brought in that made the keeping of dogs a luxury and basically out of reach of the average farmer. In 1947 the tax was increased and breeding banned. This led to the Shar-Pei becoming an endangered breed and it was listed with the Guinness Book of Records in 1978 as the world's rarest dog. The first registered Shar-Pei were imported into Australia in 1981 with the first litter in 1985.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
The average lifespan for a Shar-Pei is 10 to 12 years.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Shar-Peis are intelligent dogs needing little training. Although they are somewhat aloof, snobbish and reserved in the presence of strangers, they are extremely loyal and devoted to their family. Essentially they are an independent, regal, alert, dignified, animal with a calm and confident stature.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
The Shar-Pei is primarily a working dog, although it is placed in the non-sporting classification. Socialisation with other animals is important, as they can be aggressive with other dogs of the same sex. Personality and temperament is an individual thing. Some Shar-Peis will live quite happily around smaller animals and livestock while others may exhibit the natural instinct to hunt. They are generally good with children and other pets when they are reared with them.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
They are easy to look after and contrary to common misperceptions they do not require special maintenance of their abundant wrinkles. Normal dog management, vaccinating, worming, treating for fleas, bathing, and general welfare will ensure you a healthy dog. They are not a smelly dog and the length of the coat means no brushing is required. Attention needs to be paid to the ears as they can get dirty due to the lack of air circulation. Dietary requirements are a simple well-balanced dog diet with special attention paid to avoiding artificial colours, preservatives and red meat. Other ingredients to be avoided are corn, and soy products. These can lead to allergic reactions in this breed.

Please take note:
Being an exceptionally intelligent dog makes the Shar-Pei an ideal companion. Whether your intention is to exhibit at conformation shows, participate in obedience trials, or just to own a loving, loyal pet. The Shar-Pei is sure to bring great satisfaction.

They enjoy both the open spaces of a country life and the suburban neighbourhood life, and are equally happy indoors or out. They excel at obedience work and delight in pleasing their owners, which makes them a pleasure to train. Shar-Peis have been called the Chinese Fighting dog, this is a misnomer of sorts as they are not a dog that will savagely seek out disputes with other animals, they will, however, retaliate with fervour should they be aggravated.
IDEAL OWNERS
Shar-Peis are a one-man dog, although living in a family situation they will love everyone, they will always have their own person and it may not be the one you choose but the one they choose to bond with. The ideal owner will appreciate the loyalty this breed exhibits and also respect its need for space with new situations. They need exercise, socialisation, love and attention to be a happy, well-balanced pet.

 


Shih Tzu

BACKGROUND
The breed's origins are shrouded in mystery, but it is known that these little dogs were raised in palaces by eunuchs for the pleasure of the nobility. Here they sat on satin pillows and had beautiful marble courtyards to run in. Distant relatives of the Shih Tzu are the Pekingese and Tibetan-type dogs.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Shih Tzus live from between 12 to 16 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Every dog has a reason for being: the Shih Tzu's is strictly to give love. They don't hunt, pull, track or attack - they just love to be with you. Although they may bark to let you know someone is at the door, they soon befriend any visitors once they realise they are friend, not foe.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Excellent.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Shih Tzus are house dogs and love access to a securely fenced garden. However, if you live in a flat or unit, they are content to be walked daily on a lead. These dogs will give you a lot of love, which must of course be returned. A weekly bath to keep your dog's coat and skin clean needs to be followed by a blow dry to ensure that it doesn't catch cold.

Please take note:
Although Shih Tzus love children, these dogs do require adult care and supervisio

 


St. Bernard

BACKGROUND
The Saint Bernard is the original and renowned rescue dog of Switzerland. Since the middle of the 17th Century the Hospice du Grand St. Bernard has been home to large mountain dogs that first protected the monks and their belongings, and later were developed to help find and rescue lost travellers.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
St Bernards can live up to 9 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The breed is friendly, loyal, fun loving (particularly youngsters) and people orientated. Individuals will range from very steady and quiet through to a more cheeky and boisterous personality. It is a breed that loves to please which makes training and socialising your pup from an early age an experience that you will both enjoy. With its history as a protector, many of today's "Saints" will also instinctively watch over the family and belongings, barking at strangers and demanding introduction before allowing that person to enter the home, but it must never be aggressive or fearful.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Like any other dog, it needs to be properly introduced and supervised with any new additions. Once a friendship is forged, most Saints take on a life-long attachment and consider other pets to be a part of their household.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
St. Bernards grow rapidly in the first year or so, and sometimes very awkwardly. Because so much stress is placed on fast growing bones and joints it is necessary to keep a puppy from gaining weight too quickly and becoming fat. Limiting formal walks and training in the first 10 to 12 months of life will protect the growing pup from small injuries and stresses that may affect it well into adult life.

Please take note:
St Bernards – as with other giant breeds – can be prone to various complaints that may reduce their lifespan and enjoyment of life. While some of these, including heart disease, cannot be tested for when buying a pup, other problems, such as hip and elbow dysplaysia can be tested for in breeding stock.

IDEAL OWNERS
Families, couples, those living alone - just about everybody.

 

Miniature Schnauzer
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Schnauzer

BACKGROUND
The Schnauzer is an ancient breed. It is the original sheepdog of the Austrian Tyrol. Paintings and tapestries dating back to 1492 show dogs that are not unlike the modern Schnauzers.

The Schnauzer has also been found in statuary, one on a statue in Mecklenborg, Germany. This statue is dated 1620.

"Schnauzer" was the name of the first prize winning Wired-haired pinscher (the breed's previous title) which was exhibited for the first time in 1879 in Hanover.

Because of its desire to work with the shepherds and guard the family home, the traveling merchants of the 15th and 16th centuries used the Schnauzer to guard their wagons as they traveled from village to village.

These dogs had to be of a size not to take up too much room when traveling on top of the wagon but fierce enough to repel possible thieves.

The Miniature and Giant Schnauzers were developed from the Standard Schnauzer.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
The Schnauzer, in general, is a very healthy breed and has a long lifespan: The Standard - up to 13+ years The Mini - up to 15+ years The Giant - up to 12+ years.
Miniature Schnauzer
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BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The Schnauzer is alive, alert and always interested and involved in its environment. They are very inquisitive and intelligent, often being referred to as the dog with the human brain.
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CARE REQUIREMENTS
Please take note:
The Schnauzer is a very trainable dog. Because they are a very intelligent dog, they enjoy the challenge of trialing. However, unlike most other breeds, the Schnauzer will only do the exercise for a short period of time and then needs to move on to the next activity. If you plan to work your Schnauzer through obedience be prepared to change the activities around frequently so they do not get bored. A bored Schnauzer make a difficult work mate.

Please take note:
The Schnauzer is a very trainable dog. Because they are a very intelligent dog, they enjoy the challenge of trialing. However, unlike most other breeds, the Schnauzer will only do the exercise for a short period of time and then needs to move on to the next activity. If you plan to work your Schnauzer through obedience be prepared to change the activities around frequently so they do not get bored. A bored Schnauzer make a difficult work mate.
IDEAL OWNERS
Owning a Schnauzer is a lifetime commitment for both you and your dog. If you are not prepared to share your life, your home and your family with your Schnauzer then this is not the breed for you.

Like a child, the Schnauzer needs and thrives on love, devotion and a stable environment. In return you will receive a lifetime of loyalty and companionship.

 


Shetland Sheepdog

BACKGROUND
The Shetland Sheep dog, or "Sheltie" as it is affectionately known, originated from the Shetland Islands where it was used by crofters as a sheep dog. Few Shelties are used today for their original purpose as sheep dogs, but those people who have worked them vouch for their incredible stamina and instinctive ability to herd. They were first introduced into Australia in 1936. Often referred to as a miniature Collie, the Shetland Sheep dog certainly has the overall appearance of the Rough Collie, however, it is a breed in its own right and possesses some minor distinguishing features, apart from the obvious size difference.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Shetland Sheepdogs live from between 12 to 16 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Although rather a small dog, the Shetland Sheep dog is certainly not fragile. When feed was in short supply on the farms, the original Shelties were ferried on to small outlying islands with a flock of sheep and left for long periods to guard the flock and fend for themselves. Only the hardy would have been able to survive. When brought back to the farms after such isolation, the dogs would thrive on attention and affection. It is probably this part of their history that makes them so devoted to their owners, but suspicious of intruders and intent on protecting the family.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Excellent. It can live happily with the family cat and will get along with most other dogs.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
The Shetland Sheep dog's glamorous jacket requires surprisingly little attention. A brush and a comb behind the ears each week will keep it in good condition. The breed's double coat enables it to adapt to both hot and cold weather, the second layer (undercoat) giving insulation against both heat and cold.

Please take note:
While the Shetland Sheep dog is certainly capable of barking, it is also smart enough to be trained not to bark unnecessarily. It makes an excellent watchdog and will alert you to visitors or unusual occurrences.


IDEAL OWNERS
Almost anyone will benefit from owning a Shetland Sheepdog. The ideal owner is someone who understands the need for occasional grooming.

 

 

Mastiff

BACKGROUND
The Mastiff (often called English Mastiff) can truly claim an ancient heritage. Mastiff type dogs have existed since the human race began recording history, thousands of years ago. Mastiffs have been used for various purposes, but primarily as guardians of people and their property. Today they are bred as a superb companion and family dog.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. Like many large breeds of dog, the Mastif has an average lifespan of 8-10 years.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Mastiffs are loving, gentle and extremely loyal dogs. Provided they have been properly introduced, they are usually very good with children, but, as with any breed of dog, there should always be adult supervision.

Mastiffs are sensitive and crave approval and affection. They love nothing better than to be with their owners and for this reason are particularly suitable and rewarding as house dogs.

While not suitable as commercial guard dogs, Mastiffs will let you know when strangers are about. Their deep bark and massive appearance is usually enough to deter any unwelcome visitors.

Mastiffs love to please their owners but they are not a breed that will respond quickly or instantly obey without question.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
By nature Mastiffs are usually very compatible with other pets, especially if they have been raised together.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Mastiffs are a low maintenance breed. Their short coats require only a weekly brushing and a monthly bath. They do shed hair and many slobber a great deal. For exercise, most Mastiffs love to lie about watching you exercise. However, they do need and enjoy a daily half hour walk, regardless of how big or small their property is. They do not cope well with warm weather so walking should be done in the cool early morning or late evening.

Mastiffs need very large amounts of food while they are young and growing but less as they mature. A fully mature Mastiff may not eat much more than an adult German Shepherd Dog. Fresh cool water in a large chew and tip proof container must always be available.

Please take note:
Mastiffs are generally healthy dogs and responsible breeders take every care to ensure the long term health of the puppy you buy. However, as with most dogs, problems can occur. Large breeds grow rapidly and they can be affected by bone disorders. Mastiffs can suffer eye problems and some have a tendency to be susceptible to bloat. If you are considering a Mastiff, discuss the breed with as many breeders as possible and with your vet.

 

Siberian Husky

BACKGROUND

At the basin of the Kolyma River at the foothills of the Cherski mountains, one of the tribes, the Chukchi people, went on to develop the Siberian Husky. These dogs were developed to meet the requirements of their specific needs. The required specific confirmation of this dog was to provide speed and endurance over great distances, therefore kilo for kilo the Siberian Husky would be one of the strongest draft dogs.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Siberian Huskies live up to 12 years of age.


BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Siberians should be gentle, reliable and friendly. Their superb temperament makes them good family companions for people of all ages. As a breed, they are affectionate to one and all.

Inherent in the characteristics of the breed is an alert, outgoing and clownish personality. The dog's desire to please, coupled with its inclination to be stubborn and strong-willed, with unrivalled independence, is perhaps a carry-over from its working heritage. Each Siberian has a nature and identity of its own.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Care needs to be taken as this is a true pack animal and needs to know who is boss. If raised with other pets they are fine.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Without regular exercise a Siberian will become a nuisance, doing anything to alleviate boredom. These dogs will regulate their food intake. They have a naturally slow metabolism and need exercise to simulate their appetite. There is nothing as unsightly as an obese Siberian Husky.

While many breeds moult with the seasons, in the Siberian the entire undercoat of the dog comes out in clumps, much like sheep's wool. Siberian Huskies are extremely energetic and with a great desire to run. An understanding of their heritage and use should give you a good indication of their exercise requirements. Siberians do well in sledding activities, which provide a much-needed outlet for their energy.

Please take note:
With this breed there are a few things to bear in mind; namely the potential for chasing and killing livestock, plus the breed's generally independent demeanour. These dogs don't bark a lot - but their song of joy can be noisy.

IDEAL OWNERS
The Siberian Husky is not the ideal breed for everybody, but for those who are prepared to supply the exercise and companionship this breed requires, owning a Siberian can be a richly rewarding

 

Swedish Vallhund

BACKGROUND
The Swedish Vallhund dates back to 8th Century Sweden where the breed was utilised as farm dogs, primarily for herding cattle. The Swedish Vallhund is known in its native land as Vastgotaspets, which means Spitz of the West Goths. This dog is also known as the Swedish Shepherd.

In Sweden it is believed the Vallhund travelled to Wales with the Viking raiders and went on to become the ancestor of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. The Swedish Vallhund was first introduced into Australia in 1981.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Swedish Vallhunds can live up to 15 years of age.


BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The Swedish Vallhund is a chirpy little working dog, in which the herding instinct is still very evident. An energetic breed, the Vallhund is friendly, active, agile and very intelligent. It responds well to training due to its eager-to-please personality and is very trustworthy with children. These dogs do well at obedience, love agility and are accomplished trackers.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
The Swedish Vallhund is quite trustworthy with other dogs.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Vallhunds are tough, hardy dogs, not subject to any particular ailment. When properly cared for, they are seldom ill. Their low maintenance coat is weather resistant and easily repels mud and grime. They have a major moult at least once a year, shedding their woolly undercoat everywhere - however, daily grooming during this period will ease the problem. Regular grooming throughout the year is recommended to keep the coat shiny and remove any dead hair. Mental stimulation and regular exercise are also important, as a bored Vallhund can create havoc in its yard or flat.

Please take note:
The Vallhund is very much a working breed and when excited has been known to nip the heels of its owners. These dogs tend to like the sound of their own voice and may require training to stop them from barking. Because the breed in Australia has a limited gene pool, buyers should check a puppy's background to ensure that it is not too closely bred.

 



Tenterfield Terrier

BACKGROUND
The Tenterfield Terrier originated in England after local fox hunters developed a need for a small, agile dog that was capable of chasing vermin from their dens. The early settlers to Australia brought out the Tenterfield Terrier as a working dog that would help rid their land of rats, rabbits and foxes. Over the next hundred or so years, the breed became quite established in Australia as a working terrier and family companion. In fact there was hardly a farm in Australia that didn’t have at least one of these terriers.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
The Tenterfield Terrier is well known for its lengthy lifespan and can live to anywhere between 12 and 20 years of age.


BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The Tenterfield Terrier is a strong, active, agile working terrier of great versatility and has proven itself, without question, as a keen hunter and an extremely loving pet. The Tenterfield Terrier is equally at home hunting vermin (large and small) on the land or curled up on a loving knee in front of a fire. It is an ideal companion for both children and the elderly alike.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
The Tenterfield Terrier is very amicable with other pets. They are often used as companion dogs for larger breeds and can become the best of friends with the family cat when introduced as a puppy. They also get along very well with other Tenterfield's, even when running in a pack. However, the Tenterfield Terrier is a true terrier in temperament and therefore will not hesitate to "stand up for himself" should he feel threatened.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
The Tenterfield Terrier is a simple wash and wear dog that needs very little upkeep other than keeping the toe nails trimmed, the teeth clean (as with any breed) and an occasional brushing to remove loose hair (especially when dropping summer and winter coats). However, the Tenterfield Terrier can have a mind of its own so early training is a great advantage. Owners should also be aware that these dogs love to dig and will need to provide plenty of toys to keep it entertained, especially when left alone for long periods of time.

 

Tibetan Terrier

BACKGROUND
Bred in the mountainous terrain of Tibet, this ancient breed of dog was originally used for herding flocks of goats and sheep. This sturdy animal was bred to survive the harsh climatic conditions of their homeland which can vary between raging blizzards and blasting sand storms. Their unique round, flat feet are specifically designed to act as snow-shoes to help it get about during the winter.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
The Tibetan Terrier can live up to 18 years of age.
AVERAGE SIZE & WEIGHT
36cm - 41cm
8kg - 14kg
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Despite its name, the Tibetan Terrier boasts few of the true terrier characteristics. Their high level of intelligence makes for a sensitive dog which can sometimes result in stubbornness. However, given plenty of love and firm training, these loyal dogs will quickly become a valued companion. Their natural guarding instinct makes them a wonderful watchdog that remains alert but does not bark unnecessarily

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Being extremely adaptable, the Tibetan Terrier is happy to mingle with other dogs of all shapes and sizes. While adults are not generally tolerant of cats, they can be taught to live in harmony if introduced to each other from an early age.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
As a puppy, its coat is extremely easy to look after and requires a weekly brush with a pin-type brush. These sessions are not only an ideal way to spend time together, they will also be an important part of teaching the young pup to enjoy the grooming process which becomes more frequent once they reach adulthood. The adult coat will appear sometime between 12 to 18 months of age and will require a thorough brushing every couple of days. A minimum amount of daily exercise is also required to help keep it healthy and happy.

IN CONCLUSION
If you are able to maintain the Tibetan Terrier’s particular grooming requirements and have decided it is the right breed for you, please contact one of the groups listed below:

 

 

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

BACKGROUND
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was brought into existence in the early 1800s and is a cross between the bulldog of the day and the old English Terrier – a breed which is now extinct. It was produced with the sole purpose of obtaining a dog with a longer, broader head than the bulldog and also able to combine strength and agility. The early dogs did not have very specific pedigrees because the importance was a game-fighting dog. The miners and ironworkers of Staffordshire began to foster the breed and the qualities of gameness, intelligence and loyalty were developed.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
This dog can live up to 14 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
You must never forget the Staffordshire Bull Terriers’ past as a fighting dog is still present in most Staffords today. Their boisterous nature and spirit give credit to the statement that "Staffords are the loveable rogues of the dog world". Always be a responsible Stafford owner and never have your dog off lead in a public place.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Staffordshire Bull Terriers live happily with other pets provided that they are trained and socialised from an early age. Puppies can be easily trained to obey house rules and obedience training can be an excellent avenue to provide socialisation with other animals.Obedience is a fun way to develop a close bond of friendship and respect with your Stafford. They love to be with you and take great delight in pleasing you.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
The Stafford is a low maintenance breed, the short coat requiring little more than a regular brushing and the occasional bath. Depending on the amount of exercise your dog has on a hard surface will determine if the nails need clipping to keep them short and tidy.

IDEAL OWNERS
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are a dog that very much needs to be a member of the family. They are not a dog that can be left alone in the back yard to amuse themselves.

 

 

Weimaraner

BACKGROUND
There have been numerous theories cited over the origins of the Weimaraner. One fact remains certain, that the Weimaraner had much Leithund blood in it. These dogs were kept during the first third of the 19th century at the Court of Weimar. Towards the middle of the century the dogs were found almost exclusively in the hands of professional hunters and forest officials in central Germany, especially in the regions of Weimar and Thuringia.

These dogs were usually bred for performance and when the days of the Leithund ended, these breeders crossed their dogs with Huhnerhund (refers to Pointers and Setters) and continued these matings further. The Weimaraner is the oldest German pointing breed, and has been pure bred for about 100 years.

The versatile Weimaraner (nicknamed the "Grey Ghost" due to its unique colour) is a dedicated companion dog. From the early years of the breed to the present day, they have lived with people as dedicated companions and hunting dogs. In Australia both the Weimaraner (shorthaired) and the Weimaraner (longhaired) varieties are available.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Weimaraners live to about 12 years. The oldest known in Victoria was 18.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Weimaraners are a breed for those people who enjoy a dog that is intensely devoted and responsive to attention - they demand attention - and will follow owners from room to room, usually lying down with body contact when owners sit down. They are wonderful with children, protective, fun loving, easy to train, and can be quite the clown.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
They usually get along with other pets especially if introduced at a young age, however, rabbits, ducks or game are not recommended.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Daily running in a park or large area and some training to exercise their brain prevents them from becoming bored and destructive. Regular brushing with a rubber grooming mitt is best. It needs grooming more often when losing hair. This usually occurs twice a year. Regular bathing, cleaning of ears, trimming of toe-nails and dental care are essential too.

Please take note:
The decision to own a Weimaraner should be considered carefully as they require an active person who is prepared to give it the exercise, love and attention it demands. They do not like to be relegated to the back yard and forgotten. Once you decide upon the breed you will become one of the many who firmly believe that this is the most wonderful breed in the world and could never live without one.

 

Whippet

BACKGROUND
Man has used dogs to help him hunt for centuries and different types of hounds have evolved to deal with the various prey. Larger, heavier hounds would have been needed to deal with wolves and wild boar, but in areas where small deer, rabbits or hare were hunted, the speedier, more agile Greyhound type of dog would have been more suitable. The more enclosed area meant that a smaller hound would have been preferred over the Greyhound.

At the end of the eighteenth century, the medium-sized running dog appears to have acquired a name of its own - the "whippet" or "snap dog" - and was a popular breed among the working men in the north of the country. These dogs were used for rabbit hunting and later for racing. Whippets became known as "the poor man's Greyhound" and were highly prized possessions, living curled up by the fire and, it is said, often fed better than members of the family. They were expected to earn their keep at race meetings where betting took place, so a dog that lacked speed would not be considered of any value. Only the best bitches would be bred from, and only the fastest dogs used at stud, so once more, the Greyhound type of animal predominated and the Whippet quickly reverted to type.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Whippets live up to 14 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Whippets have an agreeable temperament and make an ideal family pet and a wonderful companion. It is often said that bitches generally make better pets than their male counterparts because they are more affectionate and obedient. However, this is quite the opposite for Whippets where the male is the more obedient, friendly and outgoing of the species.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
The vast majority of Whippets are not aggressive towards other dogs. Similar to most animals blessed with great speed, they prefer to use their speed to get out of a fight.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Whippets are much tougher than they look and will happily go for a walk in weather that would deter most owners. Being high on the leg, they bring in relatively little dirt after an energetic walk, and their short coats require only a minimum of grooming to keep in trim.

Whippets have been described as the lazy man's dog, because they are easy to look after and to feed. They do need daily exercise, and similar to most dogs thirty minutes walk daily on a lead will keep them healthy and reasonably fit - they will also appreciate fifteen minutes free running where they can really "stretch out".

Please take note:
Although in many breeds it is considered that bitches make better house pets than dogs, this is not necessarily the case with Whippets.

 

Whippet

BACKGROUND
Man has used dogs to help him hunt for centuries and different types of hounds have evolved to deal with the various prey. Larger, heavier hounds would have been needed to deal with wolves and wild boar, but in areas where small deer, rabbits or hare were hunted, the speedier, more agile Greyhound type of dog would have been more suitable. The more enclosed area meant that a smaller hound would have been preferred over the Greyhound.

At the end of the eighteenth century, the medium-sized running dog appears to have acquired a name of its own - the "whippet" or "snap dog" - and was a popular breed among the working men in the north of the country. These dogs were used for rabbit hunting and later for racing. Whippets became known as "the poor man's Greyhound" and were highly prized possessions, living curled up by the fire and, it is said, often fed better than members of the family. They were expected to earn their keep at race meetings where betting took place, so a dog that lacked speed would not be considered of any value. Only the best bitches would be bred from, and only the fastest dogs used at stud, so once more, the Greyhound type of animal predominated and the Whippet quickly reverted to type.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Whippets live up to 14 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Whippets have an agreeable temperament and make an ideal family pet and a wonderful companion. It is often said that bitches generally make better pets than their male counterparts because they are more affectionate and obedient. However, this is quite the opposite for Whippets where the male is the more obedient, friendly and outgoing of the species.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
The vast majority of Whippets are not aggressive towards other dogs. Similar to most animals blessed with great speed, they prefer to use their speed to get out of a fight.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Whippets are much tougher than they look and will happily go for a walk in weather that would deter most owners. Being high on the leg, they bring in relatively little dirt after an energetic walk, and their short coats require only a minimum of grooming to keep in trim.

Whippets have been described as the lazy man's dog, because they are easy to look after and to feed. They do need daily exercise, and similar to most dogs thirty minutes walk daily on a lead will keep them healthy and reasonably fit - they will also appreciate fifteen minutes free running where they can really "stretch out".

Please take note:
Although in many breeds it is considered that bitches make better house pets than dogs, this is not necessarily the case with Whippets.

 

Welsh Springer Spaniel

BACKGROUND
The Welsh Springer Spaniel was first recognised by the UK Kennel Club as a breed in its own right in 1902. However, history shows through art and the written word that a "red and white" Spaniel existed from 1560. In Australia records commence in 1973, although there is anecdotal evidence of the breed being in Australia prior to World War II. The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a multi-purpose gundog, primarily flushing out game and retrieving it back to the shooter, either on the land or the water.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Welshies live up to 15 years, although some have lived to 17.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is red and white and does not come in any other colour. It is a busy, active and happy dog, and extremely loyal and loving to its family and it makes a terrific watchdog. Welsh Springer Spaniels may be reserved with strangers, but they should not be timid or shy. Socialisation with pups should begin as soon as possible and continue throughout its life. Training should be fair and consistent, using modern, gentle techniques. It should be kept in a well-fenced yard, as they have been known to wander once they put their nose to the ground. They require daily exercise and stimulation and if left alone in the back yard, may result in excessive barking and destructive behaviour.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Welshies are a fairly good with other dogs and cats, provided the owners are consistent and thoughtful to the hierarchy of the household. However, bear in mind that it is a gundog and will show a "real interest" in birds and rabbits.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
Apart from the routine care requirements of all dogs, such as worming, vaccinations and flea treatment, Welshies need their paws trimmed regularly and under the pads. Their ears need to be trimmed around the edge of the ear (leathers), underneath the ears and around the ear canal opening to prevent ear infections and allow air to the area.

Please take note:
Welsh Springer Spaniels can suffer from hereditary problems such as hip dysplasia, eye diseases and epilepsy. Both parents should be X-rayed and hip scored (currently the breed average is 19.5). Both parents should have a current "specialist" eye certificate.

 

Welsh Corgi

BACKGROUND
The Pembroke Corgi originated from the hardy, bob-tailed cattle dogs of the Pembrokeshire area in Wales. Due to being chosen as a pet by the British Royal Family in 1935, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is now one of the best-known breeds in the world. It is highly successful in both show and obedience rings worldwide, and extremely popular as a family pet.

The Cardigan Corgi - the Corgi with the tail - is one of the oldest of the Welsh dog breeds and is generally acknowledged as being the original Corgi or dwarf dog of Wales. Since ancient times it was used as a sheep and cattle herder, a guard dog, and friend and companion in the lonely crofters' huts of the remote Welsh hillside country of Cardiganshire.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Corgis can live up to 17 years of age.


BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Pembroke:
The breed's heritage endows it with all those valuable instincts of a working dog and the independent spirit that originally enabled it to control the Welsh cattle without undue direction from its masters. It is truly man's best friend and helper.

Cardigan:
The Cardigan Corgi, with its ancient lineage, has retained its individual character, particularly its steady and sensible nature. A Cardigan is equally at home on a large property or in a smaller suburban yard, and with its exceptionally sensitive hearing makes a wonderful watchdog.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Good.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
The Corgi's beautiful short coat requires only a quick brush to keep it clean and shiny and an occasional comb to keep the undercoat and skin in good condition. Puppies require long periods of undisturbed sleep, and close supervision when at play. In particular, owners need to ensure that children do not inadvertently drop them.

Please take note:
When bored, Corgis can become noisy, so responsible owners should always ensure that their dog has activities to occupy its day.



IDEAL OWNERS
The Corgi is definitely a compatible canine companion, and they make delightful children's pets, but supervision is a must. Owners should be prepared to train their dogs to be disciplined in play and not get over-excited.

 

 

Yorkshire Terrier

BACKGROUND
The Yorkshire Terrier is the result of cross breeding between a variety of terrier types and first appeared around England’s Yorkshire region during the middle of the 19th century. The early Yorkshire Terriers could be as large as 6kg and were used, similar to other terrier breeds, to kill rats. Over time, breeders produced a smaller, more beautiful dog that was a household pet and show dog, rather than a rat killer.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Yorkshire Terriers often live for 14 years, but can live up to 16 years of age when cared for properly and given the right food.


BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Most Yorkshire Terriers are alert, active and inquisitive. They can be determined, but are faithful and loyal to their human family. They thrive on human companionship and will happily be included in family activities. They make a good watchdog and will bark if strangers come to the home. Although small, they are a robust and healthy animal and have the proportions of a normal dog but in miniature. Yorkshire Terriers have a coat that does not shed or moult and therefore are a hypo-allergenic (low allergy) breed. The coat is not weather resistant and so they should live indoors with periods outside for exercise.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Yorkshire Terriers generally live happily with other breeds of dog as long as the dog is of similar size.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
The Yorkshire Terrier's coat will generally grow to the ground and needs to be brushed for an hour every second day to keep it free of tangles. The hair on the head needs to be tied up to keep it out of the eyes. If an owner wants less work then the coat can be kept short. They will happily go for a long walk with their owner or run around in the back yard.

IDEAL OWNERS
The Yorkshire Terrier is suitable for people of all ages, with or without children, but children do need to be supervised around this small dog. The most important issue when considering owning a Yorkshire Terrier is whether you have adequate time to look after it. Similar to most dogs it is not good for a Yorkshire Terrier's temperament to be left alone for long periods of time, and if everyone in the house is away for most of the day then it is best to get two dogs so that they have company.

 

 

West Highland White Terrier

BACKGROUND
The West Highland White Terrier or "Westie" as they are affectionately known, is a member of the small group of Scottish National Breeds that includes the Scottish Terrier and also the Cairn, from which the Westie originated. Until the early 19th century Terriers tended to be dark in colour and it was not uncommon for hunters to mistake a brown terrier for a fox and shoot it by mistake.

So the lightest coloured puppies of future litters were then kept in a bid to avoid these shooting accidents. These white terriers were then used to control vermin, including foxes and hares. They became known as the West Highland White Terrier in the first part of the 20th century.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Westies generally live to 15 years of age, however older dogs are not unusual.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Westies possess the classic terrier temperament; they are active, alert, game and full of self-importance. It does need pampering, and this hardy breed enjoys scampering about in all weather types and will follow its owners just about anywhere. They are extremely faithful, but do have a stubborn streak and so early training is essential.

Barking is a natural behaviour for Terrier Breeds and the Westie is no exception.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
The Westie is not an aggressive dog, but being a terrier will always be prepared to "stand its ground". They were bred to hunt in packs and as such usually run happily with other dogs that show no aggression towards them. Westies also live happily with other pets especially when introduced as a puppy.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
This is a no wash-and-wear dog. Show dogs are trimmed by hand, plucking the coat with finger and thumb. Westies need to be trimmed at regular intervals (usually every three to four months) to remain presentable. Owners must keep up the combing and brushing, preferably daily. This brushing removes any dead hair and helps keep the coat clean.

Please take note:
Unlike most other breeds, Westies do not moult in the normal way - they do not shed hair and therefore some asthma sufferers are able to live with a Westie when they have been unable to tolerate other breeds.

As the Westie was bred to be an earth dog, it can be a great digger if not taught at an early age that they must not dig in your favourite flower bed.

IDEAL OWNERS
The Westie makes an ideal family pet as they are a great lover of human company. The Westie has a built-in sense of fun and adventure and enjoys exercise, whether it be a long country hike or a short trot around the block. They are extremely good with children and make an ideal companion for any individual.

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