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The Child-Loving St. Bernard

St. Bernards love children. This is a great thing if you have a family or want to have a family and either own or want to purchase a St. Bernard. The dog will bond to your children and will become quite loyal to them. Well-socialized St. Bernards will accept their family's children, and any children that may come to visit or that they may meet in the park or elsewhere. However, as is true with every dog breed, a St. Bernard should never be left alone with a child, no matter how well socialized the dog is. [...]

Family Life and How To Live With a Lhasa Apso

Because of its breeding and its nature as a sentinel, the Lhasa Apso is alert, intelligent, and highly independent. All of these characteristics can negatively impact your life with an Lhasa Apso, but - forewarned is forearmed: the better you know and understand your Lhasa Apso, the more successful you'll be in integrating the Lhasa Apso into your family life. First, while the Lhasa Apso is an independent breed, it is definitely not an anti-social animal: it will seek you out for company, for petting, and for grooming - all of the activities both you and your Lhasa Apso will greatly enjoy. Remember, however, that the Lhasa Apso's goal in life is not to please you, as it is for most dogs. It is bred and driven to be a watchdog and guardian, and this is how it will act. [...]

The English Toy Spaniel as a Family Dog

When the English Toy Spaniel, or Charlie, is treated as a family dog, he has truly found his most natural place. He likes to be considered the most integral part of the family and thrives on all the adoration that is available to him. [...]

Pointer Health Issues and Behavior with Children

The Pointer is a dog that is basically genetically sound, and with not many health problems. The average life span of a pointer is about 12 to 17 years. The Pointer enjoys living indoors, as a part of the family. Some health problems which may hinder a Pointer include hip dysplasia, epilepsy, cherry eye, and some allergies. As the Pointer is an even-tempered and congenial dog that is happiest living indoors, they are more affectionate and loyal than most dogs. With a low level of aggression, which may at times even be non-existent, the Pointer easily adjusts with other dogs, and even cats. Basically, the Pointer is not a territorial dog. However, its bark and size are sufficient to intimidate people that come in its way. [...]

The Irish Wolfhound as a Family Pet

If you are contemplating getting an Irish wolfhound for a family pet, you couldn't be getting a friendlier, more loyal or loving animal. They make great family dogs that are great with children. They are gentle and quiet, sometimes even on the shy side. It is advisable to remember that they can be quite fierce when they are provoked. Provocation to them would be someone threatening their family. They do not make good guard dogs as a rule, however, because they are much too friendly and loving. Their large size may scare away strangers, though. [...]

Gordon Setter & Children

The Gordon Setter is known for its loyal nature and tremendous obedience. For this reason, the Gordon Setter is an ideal pet for families with children. The best way to acclimate your Gordon Setter to his or her new life with children is to include your children in the socialization process. Getting your new pet used to the presence (and noises) of children will make it less suspicious of strangers, which is in its nature. Because children can be clumsy and careless of where they sit or step, some pets may not be suitable due to their tendencies to strike back. [...]

What to Look For When Getting an Irish Wolfhound

You've been thinking of getting a dog for the family for quite some time and have finally decided on the Irish wolfhound. This is an excellent choice for a pet. They make an excellent companion dog that will love spending as much time with you as you will allow. Hopefully, you are planning on keeping your new Irish wolfhound inside, as he won't be happy kept outdoors away from you and the family. You need to be aware, however, that the Irish wolfhound is a very large dog. [...]

The Alaskan Klee Kai And Children

Knowing how a breed of dog will be with children in a household is important for families. Similarly, the issue is of importance to households where children will be visiting. It stands to reason then that potential Alaskan Klee Kai owners want to know:how are Alaskan Klee Kais with kids? [...]

American Pit Bull Terriers And Kids, Other Dogs, And Pets

Controversy aside, many American Pit Bull Terriers have proven to be very good family pets. With the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT), owners are always cautioned to know the breed's temperament and know it well. It is recommended that only people who can commit to the proper training and upkeep of the APBT attempt to own one. In large part, this entails knowing what to expect from the dogs regarding safety around other dogs, animals, and children. [...]

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon as Family Pet

More and more families now have dogs or are aiming to get dogs so that they can have pets in their homes. This is not only because of a dog's inherent qualities to become watchdogs or guard dogs, but also because of how they can be great companions and friends to the members of the family. As there are many dog breeds now that are quite suitable to become family pets, you may be confused by the number of options available. However, the choice of dog will always have to depend on whether a dog's temperament is right with that of a particular family. [...]

Duties of the Standard Schnauzer

The Standard Schnauzer is not a true guard dog but is often thought of that way. He sees it as his duty to alert his owner as to what is going on in and around the house. He will make sure his presence is always known and felt. He will make sure that an intruder or visitor knows what a Standard Schnauzer is all about. He takes his role in the family very seriously and anyone who should think otherwise should beware! The Standard Schnauzer originally started out in Germany. He was used primarily by sheepherders to protect and drive the flocks. He would protect the flock from any marauding coyotes. He was bred to be a dog that would take charge and get the job done. [...]

The Standard Schnauzer as a Family Dog

The Standard Schnauzer will make a great family dog! They thrive as a member of the family and are known as the dog with the human brain. The Standard Schnauzer will be a loyal member of the family. He will want to be involved with you at all times. Even if you are just watching television, he will need to be included at your side. He feels that he is the most important part of your pack and should be treated with the adoration and respect he deserves. This may involve an inordinate amount of constant supervision and attention. He can be a handful that will keep you on your toes, but he will be a devoted and loyal one! You will have to decide if this is what you want in a dog for your family. [...]

The Antics of the Standard Schnauzer

The Standard Schnauzer is a very spirited and bold dog. He is loyal and loving to those he calls friend. He is the very epitome of intelligence. In the Standard Schnauzer you will find a reliable and devoted soul. He is extremely watchful and composed. The Standard Schnauzer is to be considered an alpha breed and will need an experienced and consistent trainer. They can be easy to train if you have earned their trust and respect. They will respond well to an attitude that is positive and a supply of rewards that is never-ending. The Standard Schnauzer is to be considered a comedian. His antics are compulsory and designed to make you laugh. He is a true entertainer. He will feed off of the attention that you will give to his jokes. Once the Standard Schnauzer has learned to love you, they will be loyal, loving and have even been known to dote upon their owners. [...]

The Life and Times of the Standard Schnauzer

"Wanted: companion to run and romp. Must be energetic, likes to go out, yet stay in and cuddle. If you like organization, I'll try to keep it that way. But after a stressful day, I can't promise anything!" Who would know that by crossing a black German Poodle and a gray Wolf Spitz would offer the world the Standard Schnauzer! This is a dog that lives its life to the fullest. The Standard Schnauzer is a personal guard and companion dog that is unwavering in its devotion and bravery. Couple that with a built in radar and intuition of pending danger and you have a dog that anyone would be lucky to own! [...]

Belgian Sheepdogs With Children, Families and Other Pets

If you have a family, a Belgian Sheepdog is a perfect pet. They get along well with children and are very loyal. This breed does not often become angry or lunge at people, but they may be very timid and cautious around people they don't know. They are fiercely loyal to their families and will protect them from anything they consider harmful. They love to play with the children and be around other humans in their family. In fact, they tend to be like a shadow, following family members around just to make sure they aren't alone. [...]

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