A spoonful of sugar — in the form of praise or a treat when he does what you like — will work much better than an angry voice. That same prey drive that makes Whippets unsuitable to homes with cats makes them unsuitable to walks off leash. He does well with children of all ages and with adults, but he isn’t a good choice for people who live in apartments or don’t have a large, fenced yard for him to play in. As gorgeous as it is, the Sammy coat is a bear to groom. He’s highly trainable, though he’s likely to consider whether or not he will choose to obey a command, due to his independent nature. Dalmatians are said to not forget mistreatment or harsh behavior. His competitive nature also makes the Pointer a natural at dog sports such as field trials, obedience, rally, and agility.
This is a dog that won’t run you off your feet. Because the Australian Cattle Dog was bred to herd, and herd with force, by biting, he is a mouthy dog. He’s a quick study, so training is generally easy as long as he’s not showing his stubborn streak. If you can, you’ll find the Bloodhound to be kind, sensitive, and tolerant of children and other animals. Kind, positive training is the best method for teaching the Cairn. The Havanese is a companion dog that thrives on being with his family. But their cute appearance was developed for far more serious and practical reasons.
Irish Setters come in two types: show and field dogs. Today’s Canaan retains primitive herding skills and some have been herding-tested with excellent results. He’s likely to be extremely sensitive and reactive, and he has a high social drive, all of which makes him needy. They’ll lie at your feet or follow you through the house. This is an intelligent dog who thinks for himself and does not always wait for direction from his owner. He can live comfortably in small quarters, such as a condo or apartment, but it’s important he is walked or exercised several times a day. Early socialization and training are absolutely critical to a Lhasa’s success as a family member, so that he can properly direct his natural tendency toward wariness.
He may think first and then obey, or he may decide there’s really no good reason to do as you ask. Known as the Drahthaar in his homeland of Germany, the breed was developed to be an all around hunting companion, useful for hunting all types of game in all conditions. The Keeshond (pronounced KAYZ-hawnd) is a medium-sized dog with an impressive gray, black, and cream coat and a massive, plumed tail. Some dogs are perpetual puppies — always begging for a game — while others are more serious and sedate. Others need daily, vigorous exercise — especially those that were originally bred for physically demanding jobs, such as herding or hunting. And many hounds simply must follow their noses, or that bunny that just ran across the path, even if it means leaving you behind. Will the local wildlife literally drive your dog wild?
If you’re considering a hound, would you find their trademark howls musical or maddening? Anything whizzing by — cats, squirrels, perhaps even cars — can trigger that instinct. Many breeds are intelligent but approach training with a “What’s in it for me?” attitude, in which case you’ll need to use rewards and games to teach them to want to comply with your requests. Some breeds have hearty appetites and tend to put on weight easily. Some breeds are brush-and-go dogs; others require regular bathing, clipping, and other grooming just to stay clean and healthy. Skin clippings may also be obtained for fungal culture. Sunscreen should be applied or a shirt should be worn, not only for the protection from the sun but from the cold as well.
**All dogs are individuals. So are breeds with short noses, like Bulldogs or Pugs, since they can’t pant as well to cool themselves off. Some breeds are independent and aloof, even if they’ve been raised by the same person since puppyhood; others bond closely to one person and are indifferent to everyone else; and some shower the whole family with affection. This was not his life’s ambition. Do you have young kids, throw lots of dinner parties, play in a garage band, or lead a hectic life? Low-sensitivity dogs, also called “easygoing,” “tolerant,” “resilient,” and even “thick-skinned,” can better handle a noisy, chaotic household, a louder or more assertive owner, and an inconsistent or variable routine. You’ll get your best match if you take your dog-owning experience into account as you choose your new pooch.
You’ll get your best match if you take your dog-owning experience into account as you choose your new pooch.