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You don't have to have own a large house to own a large dog (although a tiny apartment isn't going to be big enough for one of the giant breeds). Some breeds have so much energy and are so active that if you don't give them a sufficient workout every day - a long walk and hard run - their pent up energy will quite likely manifest itself in destructive behavior. If you don't have time to exercise your dog daily with a brisk walk and lots of running choose a breed that doesn't have high exercise requirements. Some dogs will patiently put up with little children who pull their ears or accidentally poke them in the eyes, while others will not and map nip or bite back in defense. So if you want a dog who is excellent with children avoid breeds which may have a dominance streak or that have short tempers.
Dogs with short coats require virtually no grooming, just a brush and wipe down every so often. So keep in mind that if you choose a breed with a long coat you will either need to get it clipped regularly if you want to avoid brushing it so much, or if you choose to keep it long or even medium length you will have to brush it every day. If you don't like loose dog hair and don't want to be vacuuming the house every day, then don't buy a high shedding breed. So if you don't have a lot of the time to spend dog training, or you're the impatient type who gets frustrated easily, choose a breed which has a high ease of training rating. These are some of the factors to consider when making a decision about which breed is right for you. If you love dogs - or even if you just love animals in general - I highly recommend this book.
Even though I'm not interested in owning a dog, and if I were, I'd no doubt be choosing something friendly and sweet from the pound, the Offspring are endlessly fascinated by breeds and the characteristics of each.
All of the breeds who require high amounts of exercise make terrific jogging, hiking, and ridding companions.
However, some breeds have a protective streak in them and may become aggressive with children who get to close at meal time (although this should not be tolerated), or aggressive with children they've never met. Pet dogs with long coats require either regular clipping every eight weeks or so (where their coats are clipped short) or there long coats need to be brushed practically every day. With these points in mind, browse through the dog breed profiles and discover which dog will be a suitable match for you.

It includes recently recognized breeds, such as the Norwegian Buhund, the Pyrenean Shepherd, and the Swedish Vallhund.
Find out about the temperament, behavior, and characteristics of each breed and discover what the breed is like to live with. On the other hand, if you want a dog that will follow you everywhere around the house and who is always ready for a game of fetch or tug of war then you should consider a dog that is highly active and always has a lot of energy, instead of one of the lethargic breeds. Which is something to keep in mind if your dog will live inside - especially if you live in a high rise apartment and he will have to be litter box trained (there's always going to be more to clean up). But most small dog breeds, for example Toy dogs such as Pugs, Maltese or Yorkshire Terriers, will get the majority of their required exercise needs just be walking, running and playing around indoors. So if you want your dog to accompany you on long runs choose one of these highly active breeds built for endurance and as much exercise as you can throw at them - they'll love you for it (and a tired dog isn't destructive). These breeds will likely see the children as being underneath themselves in the "pack order" and may try to dominate them.
Show dogs, or dogs with long coats, require daily brushing or else there coat will become matted and tangled.
You probably spend eight times as long searching for fleas and ticks on a dog with a long coat than you do on a dog with a short coat. When this dander is airborne it can be inhaled and this is what causes an allergic reaction in some people (itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, wheezing, etc). These highly intelligent breeds pick up a command after only about five or six repetitions, they more often respond on the first time you give the command, and they remember commands even if they aren't practiced often.
A succinct description of each dog cites its origins, its physical and temperamental traits, its average life span, all major health concerns, and its special needs, such as training, grooming, exercise, and adaptability to specific environments. Not only can it hurt your dog if he has tangled and matted hair, but it will also become dirty and he will look shaggy and ugly if you don't regularly brush his coat. Additionally dogs that have a high shedding rate need to be brushed more often to brush out the dead hair. If you have allergies to dander, and still want a pet dog, then you should consider one of the low shedding dog breeds because they produce less dander. A color photo shows an example of each breed in its show pose and an adjoining photo provides a detailed head shot.

And use our dog breed selector to sort through all 160+ dog breeds to find the one that’s perfect for you. Some of these breeds include the Poodle, Maltese, Bichon Frise, Bedlington Terrier and Chinese Crested just to name a few.
Whereas a guard dog's job is to look intimidating and protect his family by keeping intruders out. Written by an expert on dog breeds, this spiral-bound book packs a wealth of information in a manageable size. It will serve as a handy guide for prospective dog purchasers, as well as trainers and breeders. To be on the safe side, check the breed you are thinking of owning doesn't cause you to have an allergic reaction by spending several hours around a dog of that breed before you purchase one! Get any edition of "Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds" instead.Seriously LackingFor a book entitled, "The Dog Breed Bible", you would expect every single dog breed in the world to be mentioned. Any responsible breeder will let you spend time around the breed to let you check if the breed is okay for your allergies. However, "The Dog Breed Bible" only covers the breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club as up to 2006. So, if you are not from America, this book will mean little to you, since it will not reflect the dog breeds that may be easily found in your country.Each breed is given a whopping one page description and most of that is devoted to white space and a photograph. Considerably more time is spent on discussing the AKC and explaining the AKC groupings at AKC-sanctioned dog shows. When comparing the health problems listed in "The Dog Breed Bible" to breed rescues and to books written by veterinarians, "The Dog Breed Bible" really comes up short.
That's quite a difference.The BindingAnother bizarre aspect to "The Dog Breed Bible" is that it is published in a white plastic spiral-bound binding.
Spiral-bound binding is notorious for falling apart years before glue or stitch bindings.Occasionally, there are full-spread pictures of beautiful dogs.

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