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If you are looking for a medium sized dog that is soft, doesn't shed much, smart, loves athletic activities as well as being a great watch dog, then a Kerry blue terrier is for you. However, like most other dogs; they do have behavioral problems as well.
For the most part, the Kerry blue terrier is a great all around dog; however, they can also be just the opposite. In fact, many people end up getting rid of them because of just that.
As a puppy, one of the most important things that an owner will want to do is socialize the puppy with not only people, but other animals as well. It is very common for a Kerry blue terrier to get in fights with other breeds of dogs or worse. In fact, the Kerry blue terrier also loves to chase after any kind of animal that is smaller than them even a hamster. Another important thing that a puppy should know is that the human is always in charge; no matter what the age of the person. [...]
Misconceptions are a common occurrence with just about every breed of dog in the canine world. Looking at the Bedlington Terrier, the most commonly noted attribute is their lamblike appearance. They are strong but slender and their curly coat gives them a softer appearance. This leads many to believe they are a gentle breed, docile and unassuming. Though this is true to a certain extent, the Bedlington shall always carry the feisty traits that come with being a terrier. Obedient as they can be, these former pit dogs do not back down from a challenge and have been known to fight to the death.
Curly haired dogs are often considered perfect for those with allergies or those who want a dog with a problem free coat that does not shed. While the curly coat of the Bedlington sheds very little, daily brushing will be required to keep it in good condition and prevent matting. An occasional stripping is still required over the course of a general coat care routine. [...]
For the unfortunate individual who loves dogs but not the wheezing and the puffy eyes that come with allergies to pet dander, curly haired breeds like the Bedlington are usually a first choice. Dogs that have curly hair tend to shed less or not at all and require little in the way of grooming. However, while some individuals are allergic to dog hair, a majority of allergy sufferers are actually allergic to pet dander and dog saliva. The dander of an animal refers to the small flakes of dead skin that can get lodged in carpeting, furniture or bed linens. Because dogs often lick their fur, it is very easy to come in contact with their saliva. For these reasons, the Bedlington Terrier has been moved off of the allergy free list to being categorized as a low dander breed. [...]
The happy Bedlington Terrier is the one that never runs out of anything to do. They were bred for work and they will always expect that there be a task somewhere that needs their expertise. If not, they are likely to become high strung and snappish. As with all dogs, anxiety can also result in loud barking, chewing, or digging. A satisfied Bedlington is well mannered, calm, and feels no need to be the center of attention. Though they are somewhat small, they never hesitate to take on the largest task. The breed was once used for everything from pit fighting to water retrieving; therefore, there is very little they won't take on.
Though they love being outdoors, a happy Bedlington does best in an indoor environment. They are an independent minded animal that has no problems fending for themselves but only at times when they are not being included as part of the family; something they will expect just on general principle. [...]
Even for all their devotion and companionship, there are times when a Bedlington Terrier turns out to be the wrong choice. Whether it is a matter of too many animals in the home or a conflict of personalities, owners can rest assured there are several options for finding their Bedlington a safe new residence. As it has been found by some, the Bedlington is not a good fit for everyone. Although this can happen with any breed of dog, it is simply a kindness to ensure a dog is matched up in a welcoming and appropriate home. It ensures a happier life for the Bedlington and can keep them in overall good health.
When dogs and owners run into problems adjusting to each other, it is usually miscommunication that is at the center of the conflict. Sometimes consulting a professional dog trainer can help an owner understand how to communicate effectively with their Bedlington. [...]
As the Bedlington Terrier is not a particularly common breed, it can be rather difficult to tell what to look for when it comes time to pick one out. For the most part, the breed looks like a small lamb; but there are special traits that should and should not be found on a Bedlington. While determining these things can be very important if one is looking to breed their dog, they are also important to ensure that the dog will not have any severe health problems in the future. From stance, to head shape, to its curly coat, all have certain characteristics that make a Bedlington Terrier a Bedlington Terrier.
The most striking characteristic of the Bedlington Terrier is its distinctive head. Unlike other dog breeds that have a muzzle, the line from their nose to their forehead remains completely unbroken giving the Bedlington its lamblike appearance. Just as much, the head should remain uniform and slender with no heavy cheeks or jowls. [...]
The Italian Greyhound is a beautiful and unique little dog. While they are a small dog, they are very sturdy and can withstand a lot. As is the case with most dogs, they do have their share of bad habits. While these bad habits are not usually enough to deter someone from getting this wonderful dog for a pet, they are things you should be aware of before committing yourself to this dog. [...]
If you are looking to give a home to a Bernese mountain dog then the one question you may be asking yourself is "how adaptable is the Bernese?"
Different people will give you different answers to this question. However the truth is that the Bernese is usually quite adaptable to any circumstance. The only catch is that after 18 months of age they do tend to be quite attached to their current family. So if you purchase a Bernese mountain dog after the age of 18 months then you could have trouble settling them in.
[h]Younger Dogs versus Older Dogs for Adaptability[/h]
It is common sense really that a younger Bernese will be more adaptable to life than an older Bernese would be. This is because when the dog is young you are getting it used to a routine and it quickly learns what is and what is not acceptable. However, with an older dog it has already had its routine and as the Bernese breed does tend to bond more to its family than others, the changes could actually be quite upsetting. [...]
Getting an Italian Greyhound is a big decision, just as it would be with any dog. Before you decide to get this dog, however, you should be prepared to devote a lot of time to your dog as the Italian Greyhound is a very demanding, sometimes spoiled dog, that loves to be the center or your attention at all times.
After deciding on the Italian Greyhound as your breed of choice, your next decision will be if you want to give a home to an older dog or start with a puppy. If you are unfamiliar with this particular breed, I suggest you get a small puppy. Although puppies are a real handful, they are easier to train and work with when their little than an older dog that has some habits already set in their personality. This is especially true with this breed, which is already known for being stubborn. [...]
To look at the Bernese mountain dog you would think that it is a soft, gentle dog with a fun sense of character. Whilst this is mainly the case, the breed was originally bred to be a watchdog and they still have that same instinct embedded in them today.
[h]The History of the Bernese as a Watchdog and How it Compares Today[/h]
The Bernese mountain dog has come a long way since it was first introduced into the world. Its main purpose in Roman times was to guard cattle and property. It was a mastiff type dog and it did have a tendency to become aggressive if provoked. This was only bred out of the dog when it was needed more for pulling carts over the Alps from village to village.
As time went on, the need for the Bernese to be aggressive and watchful died down. These days they are still sometimes watchful but generally the breed is much friendlier. They love being around people and they are really gentle around their family. [...]
When you think of the Bernese mountain dog you picture a large, muscular dog. Similar to the Saint Bernard and Newfoundland in size, the Bernese mountain dog is loved by many and it is a friendly, intelligent breed.
However, one mistake which many people make when it comes to the breed is thinking that it is a natural swimmer.
[h]Why Water and the Bernese do not always Mix[/h]
Bernese mountain dogs do not always like the water. Similar breeds such as the Newfoundland are well known for their love of water and that is why so many people think that the Bernese dog is too. However, whilst they can swim and they can certainly pull you out of the water; it is not in their natural instincts to do so.
That is not to say that you will not be able to get your dog to like the water. Some Bernese mountain dogs do love to have a paddle in shallow water and some will even swim along in the sea with you. However, usually you have to start them off young and you also have to give them plenty of time to adjust. [...]
When it comes to family pets, the Bernese mountain dog is possibly one of the best breeds that you can possibly own. They are usually extremely family orientated and they love nothing more than to stay close to their owner's side all day everyday. In fact, they much prefer human company to company of their own kind!
[h]The Bernese as a Family Dog[/h]
The Bernese does usually make an excellent family dog but there are some things that you will need to consider. One of these things is that the breed can be particularly boisterous; especially if they are not trained from an early age. This is because whilst they are usually gentle dogs, in the past they have been used for guarding.
So if they are not taught from an early age how to behave, they can become uncontrollable and sometimes even aggressive. As long as you take part in regular training sessions from the time that you get your Bernese puppy however, you should end up with a well behaved, mild mannered dog. [...]
The Laekenois is well known for being an alert and vigilant breed. It is also widely known that observant behavior and attentiveness is a distinct sign of intelligence. Without these traits, the breed would have never earned their highly regarded reputation in herding circles. Sensing changes in an environment and moving to meet them requires that dogs apply their most critical skills and instincts. The Laekenois was able to develop and exercise these skills by reading the movements of animals in a herd. The Laekenois also has the tenacity and courage to accept almost any challenge that comes along. This is a common trait in dogs that have a good sense of self. [...]
When you look at the Bernese mountain dog you could be forgiven for thinking that the breed would be fairly lazy and laid back. The sheer size of the dog makes it look like it would rather lie down all day and just relax. However, the Bernese is actually a working breed and it does tend to have fairly high energy levels. In fact, as large breeds go the Bernese mountain dog is one of the most energetic and that could be to do with the fact that it was originally bred as a sheepdog.
[h]Why the Bernese Has so Much Energy[/h]
The Bernese mountain dog has so much energy because it was bred to herd both cattle and sheep. It is one of four Switzerland sheepdogs and it had to be able to run after sheep and herd them throughout the day. It was only later on as the years passed that the breed was used for pulling carts and that it had to do more strenuous jobs. Even today the breed has a lot of energy and they can be somewhat boisterous until they are three to four years old. [...]
The Giant Schnauzer is a very spirited and bold dog. He is loyal and loving. He is the very essence of intelligence. In his temperament you will find an alert and reliable soul. He is composed and extremely watchful. He is a hard working dog with the temperament of a Terrier.
The Giant Schnauzer is to be considered a dominant breed which needs a firm, experienced and consistent trainer. They can be easy to train if you have earned their respect and trust. They respond best to a positive attitude and a plentiful supply of rewards. They must be trained by an experienced professional beginning as a puppy in order to make a good pet. Most Giant Schnauzers are not to be considered a reliable pet for most households.
When a Giant Schnauzer is a puppy, they will test you in every way over and over. To the Giant Schnauzer, it is up to the owner to conform to their way of life. However, once they have learned to love you, they will be loving and loyal, and even dote upon you. [...]