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There are several different events and competitions that Akitas are very successful in winning and competing. They really are a multi-faceted dog that is fully prepared to attempt anything that the owner asks, making them idea for any type of obedience or show type work.
Typically the majority of Akitas that are used as competitive dogs work in the highly demanding competitive obedience classes. In these events the dogs and their handlers progress through increasingly more demanding levels of competition. This increasing demand for obedience is essential in allowing the Akita and other breeds to build on a strong foundation as they practice and learn to work with their handler. [...]
As with any type of dog, owning a Doberman Pinscher has its responsibilities, its rewards and its unique challenges. The rather dominant temperament and protective instincts of the Doberman Pinscher can make them more challenging to own and train when compared to other breeds that were never developed as protection or guard dogs. However, the very loyalty, playful nature with their owners and high levels of intelligence also make them a desirable breed for many families and individuals. [...]
With the very undeserved reputation as a vicious and highly aggressive dog, the Doberman Pinscher has a lot of obstacles to overcome about misinformation about the temperament and traits of this breed. A well socialized, well bred and well trained Doberman Pinscher is a loyal and very affectionate companion dog, a playful dog and also a very loving dog. They are, however, highly protective, able to show aggression in the face of possible danger and fearless and courageous when it comes to defending their family and their property. They are typically wonderful with children and seem to know how to be gentle and careful around kids, particularly when raised in a household with children. [...]
As a type of dog rather than a specific breed, there are more similarities between the pointers than there are differences. The American Kennel Club recognizes several breeds that are called pointers including the German Shorthaired Pointer, German Wirehaired Pointer, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon and the Pointer, sometimes known as the English Pointer. There are also many other dogs within the sporting group that also point, however they are not specifically classed as pointers. [...]
An Irish Setter is one of the most beautiful dogs with its rich, red colored coat, beautiful fringed coat, pendant type flowing tail and regal appearance. However they are also goofy, playful and highly affectionate dogs that are wonderful companions and outstanding family dogs. Owning an Irish Setter is a true joy, providing the dog itself is a good match for the family. As with any breed not everyone should own an Irish Setter, as they are definitely not a low maintenance breed. [...]
The Golden Retriever's natural calm temperament, very low level dog aggression, high intelligence and true love for his or her owner and family makes the breed an ideal guide or assistance dog. Since they are also substantial in size without being overly large and have been bred for strength and endurance, their physical attributes as well as their temperament is a perfect match. In addition the friendliness towards strangers and the very accepting temperament of the Golden Retriever is really idea for this very demanding type of working situation. [...]
Although a hunting dog by breeding and development, the Dachshund is very versatile and can compete in many different types of events and activities. Their nature curiosity, high level of self-confidence and ability to learn quickly makes them terrific dogs for different activities including modified agility, obedience and of course different types of hunting and tracking events. [...]
The breeds of hounds bred and developed in America are directly descended from British and French hound breeds with the exception of the Plott Hound. The Plott Hound was developed from the German Hanoverian Hound, with a possible small amount of Weimaraner blood in one or more of the original five imported dogs. The American Hounds are all classed as coonhounds and although some of these hounds are used for hunting larger game, they are all associated with coon hunting, particularly in the southern and eastern parts of the United States. [...]
The Norwegian Elkhound is one breed of the hound group that is very different in appearance than the other dogs within the group. In addition the Norwegian Elkhound also has a non-typical type of personality for a hound, however there are definitely traits and instincts that make this smaller sized, northern type of dog a perfect match for the group as a whole.
Overall the Norwegian Elkhound is a true spitz type dog complete with a fox-like face, pricked erect ears and the high tail carried in a full curl over the back. [...]
Dogs are naturally pack animals and as such they are constantly interacting with other members of their species. This includes playing games with each other as well as understanding and working within the hierarchy of the pack. Even in the most domesticated breeds that have always lived as single pets in a human household, the ability to work within the pack, which is now the human family, makes the dog a true companion pet for the humans in the home. [...]