By Breed The World Wide Pet Industry Association, Inc.© (WWPIA) is the oldest non-profit organization within the industry promoting responsible growth and development of the companion pet, as well as related products and services. http://www.petsource.org/dogbybreed.html Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:26:13 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Affenpinscher http://www.petsource.org/dogbybreed/815-affenpinscher.html http://www.petsource.org/dogbybreed/815-affenpinscher.html

Affenpinscher Advantage and challenges

Advantages

  • Takes himself seriously
  • Humourous
  • Spunky
  • Good watchdog

challenges

  • Intense
  • Stubborn
  • Suspicious of strangers
  • Does not play well with other dogs

Affenpinscher Physical Characteristics

Size

  • 10-12 in

Weight

  • 7-8 lbs

Coat

  • Coarse, dense, dry hair

Colors

  • Black

Life Expectancy

  • 14-15 yrs
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doug.poindexter@wpamail.org (Administrator) Dog Breeds Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:12:23 +0000
Afghan Hound http://www.petsource.org/dogbybreed/814-afghan-hound.html http://www.petsource.org/dogbybreed/814-afghan-hound.html

Afghan Hound Advantage and challenges

Advantages

  • Elegant
  • Athletic
  • Graceful
  • Good with kids and other dogs

challenges

  • Strong independent streak
  • Wants to hunt and will chase
  • Does not train easily

Afghan Hound Physical Characteristics

Size

  • 25-29 in

Weight

  • 50-60 lbs

Coat

  • Thick, long hair

Colors

  • All

Life Expectancy

  • 12-14 yrs
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doug.poindexter@wpamail.org (Administrator) Dog Breeds Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:12:23 +0000
Airedale Terrier http://www.petsource.org/dogbybreed/813-airedale-terrier.html http://www.petsource.org/dogbybreed/813-airedale-terrier.html

Airedale Terrier Advantage and challenges

Advantages

  • Sweet, loyal and devoted
  • Good jogging or hunting buddy
  • Excellent watchdog and guard dog
  • Comical and charming
  • Agile and athletic
  • Intelligent and courageous

challenges

  • Often aggressive with other dogs
  • Needs lots of exercise and attention – a bored or frustrated Airedale quickly becomes destructive
  • Can be very stubborn and disobedient
  • Training can be difficult
  • Needs a confident, experienced and patient owner

Airedale Terrier Physical Characteristics

Size

  • Medium 22-23 inches

Weight

  • 45 pounds

Coat

  • Harsh, dense and wiry coat

Colors

  • Black or dark grizzle on sides, top of tail and upper parts of the body; a white blaze on chest is common; all other parts tan

Life Expectancy

  • 12-14 years
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Airedale Terrier Personality

A devoted and protective family dog, the Airedale Terrier has many admirers; this dog is the 53rd most popular breed registered with the AKC in the United States. Highly intelligent, this athletic animal is often seen participating in obedience and agility competitions as well as in search and rescue teams.

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Airedale Terrier History and General Information

History and Origin

The Airedale Terrier is a relatively new breed, which appeared in the late-19th century as a companion and hunter for working class citizens of Yorkshire, England. A cross between smaller terriers and Otter hounds, the Airedale Terrier is a larger terrier with very keen senses.

During World War I, this hard-working and heroic dog worked for the British and German armies; the courageous and determined breed withstood personal injuries and hardship to deliver dispatches to and from the front. Helping to locate living soldiers among the casualties, this noble dog worked tirelessly and saved many lives. Once among the most popular dogs in the United States, the Airedale Terrier slowly fell out of favor after movies and TV programs began featuring other breeds – such as Rin Tin Tin (German Shepherd) and Lassie (Rough-coated Collie).

General Information

: The Airedale is a charming dog with a comical side, especially as a puppy. Sweet and loyal with family members, this breed can be aloof with strangers; as with any breed, early socialization to other animals and to a wider circle of people is highly recommended. You’ll find your Airedale highly intelligent and quick to learn - but true to its terrier nature, this dog gets quickly bored with repetitive training and can be very stubborn about it. This is not a difficult or disloyal dog by any means, but it has a mind of its own, and doesn’t always see the point in following your instruction. This strong-willed and opinionated dog will not respond to harsh or impatient training methods, but a confident and experienced owner who understands the Airedale’s needs and temperament can actually train this breed to do quite well in various dog sports including agility and defense dog trials. Generally good with household cats and other pets if socialized to them early, the Airedale can sometimes be aggressive with other dogs.

The Airedale needs plenty of exercise and lots of quality time spent with family – and too much time alone will quickly cause your bored or frustrated Airedale to develop destructive habits. With the right owner and the right living situation, however, the Airedale Terrier makes a wonderful companion.This breed is able to withstand a lot of pain without drawing any attention to itself, so make sure any injuries or illnesses are not going unnoticed.

The Airedale requires a fair amount of grooming;burrs and other souvenirs of the great outdoors will get stuck in the coat, and the beard should be washed daily to keep it clean of food residue. Frequent trimming and brushing are a good idea to help keep the wiry, unruly coat under control.

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Airedale Terrier Health

Health Airedale Terrier

The Airedale Terrier has few health problems. The breed is susceptible to skin allergies, hip dysplasia, bleeding disorders and low thyroid function.

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doug.poindexter@wpamail.org (Administrator) Dog Breeds Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:12:23 +0000
Akita http://www.petsource.org/dogbybreed/812-akita.html http://www.petsource.org/dogbybreed/812-akita.html doug.poindexter@wpamail.org (Administrator) Dog Breeds Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:12:23 +0000 Alaskan Malamute http://www.petsource.org/dogbybreed/811-alaskan-malamute.html http://www.petsource.org/dogbybreed/811-alaskan-malamute.html

Alaskan Malamute Advantage and challenges

Advantages

  • Intelligent and courageous
  • Very loyal and hardworking
  • Friendly and affectionate
  • Sweet-faced and handsome wolf-like appearance
  • Very quiet, rarely barks

challenges

  • Can be aggressive with other dogs
  • Very territorial - needs an enclosed yard with tall fences
  • Early socialization and obedience training are a must
  • Extremely heavy seasonal shedding
  • Not recommended for first-time dog owners
  • Doesn’t do well in hot climates

Alaskan Malamute Physical Characteristics

Size

  • Large 24-26”

Weight

  • Males 80-95 pounds, Females 70-85 pounds

Coat

  • Thick, coarse double coat

Colors

  • White, black/white, wolf gray, wolf sable (red undercoat with dark gray outer coat), or red

Life Expectancy

  • 10-15 years
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Alaskan Malamute Personality

The Alaskan Malamute is best known for its tireless sled-pulling abilities, but this big, beautiful wolf-like dog also makes a fine and loving companion. Although the Malamute looks quite a lot like its distant wolf ancestor (minus the sweet and affectionate facial expression), it is a domesticated dog with no wolf hybrid bloodline. Today this strong and attractive dog is the 58th most popular breed registered with the AKC in the United States

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Alaskan Malamute History and General Information

History and Origin

Originally a Nordic dog, the Alaskan Malamute is descended from the Arctic wolf. Its name derives from Mahlemut, the ancient Alaskan tribe that first bred this sled-pulling snow dog. For centuries this breed has continued its Northern adventures; the Malamute accompanied Admiral Byrd's expeditions to the pole, and has participated in many polar expeditions since. It’s a task for which the Malamute is especially well designed – with its courage and tenacity, its keen senses of direction and smell, this dog has long been a fine and reliable companion for adventurers in the icy North. This dog is not built for speed – your Iditarod dreams will be dashed if you hope to win with a Malamute team. Rather, this sturdy and intelligent dog is prized for its endurance and heart.The American Kennel Club recognized this breed in 1935.

General Information

Like an overgrown puppy that doesn’t know its own strength, this sweet and eager-to-please dog can be a handful until well into maturity. Great with careful older kids, this dog should nevertheless be supervised around children, as it truly may not understand how easily injured human kids can be. Similarly, this breed should always be supervised around unfamiliar small animals, as it may consider them to be food unless told otherwise. Your Malamute wants to please you, and will accept your other small (non-canine) pets if properly introduced. Other dogs are another story – this is a combative and territorial breed - expect frequent turf battles. For all these reasons, early socialization and obedience training are a must. A Malamute needs a strong, confident owner to be its unquestioned pack leader – once accepted as such, it will be possible to train the dog with kindness and firm patience.

The Malamute is happiest spending its days in a big fenced-in yard, or else hanging out in the house with you. It’s important that this dog gets plenty of loving attention from its human “pack” - without attention, this dog will suffer, and so will you - it’ll quickly become a destructive nuisance. The last thing you’ll want is a depressed, frustrated howling-and-digging machine on your hands. If your lifestyle doesn’t include the ability to spend most of every day with your devoted pet, you may want to consider a different breed.

The Malamute’s coat allows it to withstand the cold, but conversely this breed doesn’t do well in hot climates. Make sure it has shade and plenty of clean cool water, and take care not to over-exercise your dog in warm weather.Its dense coat should be brushed twice a week. In season, you’ll need to brush more often, as this breed sheds like crazy - the undercoat comes out in clumps twice a year.

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Alaskan Malamute Health

Health Ailments

The Alaskan Malamute is generally a very hardy breed, although some pups from less reputable breeders or petstores have shown health and temperament problems. The Malamute is prone to hip dysplasia; some are prone to chondrodysplasia, which is dwarfism. This breed may also be prone to copper and zinc deficiencies.

Take care not to overfeed your Malamute - it will tend to wolf down whatever is offered, which can lead to obesity and bloat.

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doug.poindexter@wpamail.org (Administrator) Dog Breeds Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:12:23 +0000
American Eskimo Dog http://www.petsource.org/dogbybreed/810-american-eskimo-dog.html http://www.petsource.org/dogbybreed/810-american-eskimo-dog.html doug.poindexter@wpamail.org (Administrator) Dog Breeds Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:12:23 +0000 American Foxhound http://www.petsource.org/dogbybreed/809-american-foxhound.html http://www.petsource.org/dogbybreed/809-american-foxhound.html

American Foxhound Advantage and challenges

Advantages

  • Intelligent, brave, great personality,
  • Sweet, kind, loyal
  • Get along well with children
  • Get along well with other dogs because of their pack-hunting background

challenges

  • Does play well with other dogs
  • Not a good house pet
  • Destructive when bored
  • Difficult to housebreak

American Foxhound Physical Characteristics

Size

  • 21-25 in

Weight

  • 65-75 lbs

Coat

  • Coarse, dense, dry hair

Colors

  • All

Life Expectancy

  • 11-13 yrs
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doug.poindexter@wpamail.org (Administrator) Dog Breeds Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:12:23 +0000
American Staffordshire Terrier http://www.petsource.org/dogbybreed/808-american-staffordshire-terrier.html http://www.petsource.org/dogbybreed/808-american-staffordshire-terrier.html

American Staffordshire Terrier Advantage and challenges

Advantages

  • Loving, friendly, confident and easy-going
  • Very courageous and protective
  • Great with kids and adults alike
  • An excellent guard dog
  • Does OK in an apartment if sufficiently exercised
  • Requires little grooming

challenges

  • Never allow to walk off-leash – can be aggressive with other dogs or strangers
  • Banned in some areas of the country and around the world
  • Can be difficult to housebreak
  • Requires a fair amount of exercise
  • Early and thorough socialization and obedience training are a must
  • Not a good choice for a timid or inexperienced owner

American Staffordshire Terrier Physical Characteristics

Size

  • Medium, stocky build 16-19”

Weight

  • 57-67 pounds

Coat

  • Thick and short

Colors

  • Any color or combination

Life Expectancy

  • 9-15 years
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American Staffordshire Terrier Personality

The American Staffordshire Terrier (or “Staffie”, to its many fans) and the American Pit Bull Terrier are closely related breeds, sharing a common ancestry with the English Staffordshire Terrier. This powerful and confident dog is the 65th most popular breed registered with the AKC in the United States. Be aware, however, that in some parts of the country (and the world) ownership of both Staffies and Pit Bulls is banned or restricted.

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American Staffordshire Terrier History and General Information

History and Origin

In 19th century Staffordshire, the muscular, aggressive English Staffordshire Bullterrier was developed by crossing the Bulldog with various terriers. In the United States, the breed was further tinkered with by American breeders who beefed up its weight and head size, in the attempt to create an ideal fighting dog. When dogfights were banned in the USin 1900, the breed became split in two: a showdog strain and a fighting dog strain. The show strain was called the American Staffordshire, while the fighting dog strain was known as the American Pit Bull Terrier. Today both the Staffie and the Pit Bull are being bred for gentleness rather than fighting characteristics, and both breeds make wonderful pets for the right kind of owner.

General Information

A cheerful, outgoing and confident dog, the Staffie is also gentle, trustworthy and very loving towards its people. Sadly misunderstood at times, this dog is extremely loyal and affectionate with kids and adults alike. Wanting more than anything to please you, the brave and intelligent Staffie makes a wonderful guard dog as well as a delightful playtime companion. A courageous and tenacious fighter if provoked, the Staffie will literally fight to the death to protect its loved ones from harm. As with any fighting breed, early socialization and obedience training are a must to curb overly aggressive tendencies toward strangers or especially other dogs. This breed requires a confident, experienced owner who isn’t afraid to show the dog who’s boss; firm, patient training and socialization are absolutely necessary from early puppyhood, to help your Staffie grow up to be a good citizen and valued family member.

The Staffie’s smooth, short-haired coat is easy to groom: brush regularly with a firm bristle brush, and bathe or dry shampoo as necessary.

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American Staffordshire Terrier Health

Health Ailments

A generally healthy breed, some Staffies are prone to hip dysplasia, hereditary cataracts and congenital heart disease.

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doug.poindexter@wpamail.org (Administrator) Dog Breeds Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:12:23 +0000
American Water Spaniel http://www.petsource.org/dogbybreed/807-american-water-spaniel.html http://www.petsource.org/dogbybreed/807-american-water-spaniel.html doug.poindexter@wpamail.org (Administrator) Dog Breeds Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:12:23 +0000 Anatolian Shepherd Dog http://www.petsource.org/dogbybreed/806-anatolian-shepherd-dog.html http://www.petsource.org/dogbybreed/806-anatolian-shepherd-dog.html

Anatolian Shepherd Dog Advantage and Challenges

Advantages

  • Gaurdian
  • Strong willed
  • Independent
  • Loyal

Challenges

  • Suspicious of strangers
  • Nervous
  • Territorial

Anatolian Shepherd Dog Physical Characteristics

Size

  • 28-32 in

Weight

  • 90-141 lbs

Coat

  • Flat coat is short and dense, with thick undercoat

Colors

  • All

Life Expectancy

  • 10-11 yrs
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doug.poindexter@wpamail.org (Administrator) Dog Breeds Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:12:23 +0000