Breed in Brief Boxes

The Breed in Brief boxes give you quick, basic information—a very brief summary of the information given in the text. This is particularly helpful if you are looking for a breed within a certain size range or want to compare activity levels between breeds, for example. Because the information in the breed boxes is very limited, I have used some abbreviations. Here is a breakdown of the material in these boxes.

The first line contains the abbreviations of the larger registries that recognize that particular breed. I have focused on the American Kennel Club (AKC), United Kennel Club (UKC), and Canadian Kennel Club (CKC). If a breed is a part of the AKC's Foundation Stock Service, it is listed as AKC FSS. Breeds not recognized by these larger registries may be recognized by the American Rare Breed Association (ARBA). Some breeds are governed by their own registries, and in those instances, the club is listed.

The second line lists the breed's primary occupation. The third shows the breed's height at the shoulders and weight. These are often the sizes listed in the breed standard—the written description of the perfect dog of that breed. Individual dogs may be smaller or larger. The fourth line shows the average number of years this breed lives.

The last three lines detail exercise, training, and grooming needs. Generally, I used the language detailed below. When there was something specific about a breed that should be pointed out, I deviated from the following descriptions. The fifth line gives a brief description of the breed's activity level and exercise needs. This does require some explanation.

♦ Low activity level means the dog is a couch potato most of the time. A daily stroll and a game or two will keep him happy.

♦ Moderate exercise means the dog will enjoy a walk or two followed by some playtime, but then will be happy to take a nap.

♦ Needs vigorous daily exercise means exactly that; this is a high-energy dog who wants to stay active.

The sixth line gives information about training.

♦ Easy to train means exactly that.

♦ Moderate training means the dogs will accept training but may be easily distracted, or like to think for themselves, or may be slow to mature.

♦ Difficult or challenge to train refers to dogs bred to think for themselves rather than take direction from people, or dogs that are not particularly compliant. It does not mean the dogs are not smart!

♦ Hard to keep challenged refers to breeds that may be easy to train initially, but the training must continue, as this breed will absorb it quickly and be ready to move on to something new. Comments about housetraining mean a number of owners, trainers, or breed experts have reported some type of difficulty with housetraining this breed.

The last line refers to the efforts needed to keep this dog clean and neat. These efforts do not refer to conformation dog show grooming, but rather to those dogs living in a pet, performance, or working home.

♦ Easy to groom refers to those breeds that can be combed or brushed two to three times a week quickly and easily with a minimum of fuss.

♦ Moderate grooming means the breed may need more than minimal grooming, may develop tangles or mats, and may need additional care such as wrinkle cleaning or ear cleaning.

♦ Difficult grooming generally pertains to long-coated breeds, breeds that shed a considerable amount of coat, or those that need some very specific grooming skills, such as terriers needing to be hand-stripped.

Pit Bulls as Pets

Pit Bulls as Pets

Are You Under The Negative Influence Of Hyped Media Stereotypes When It Comes To Your Knowledge Of Pit Bulls? What is the image that immediately comes into your mind when you think of the words Pit Bull? I can almost guarantee that they would be somewhere close to fierce, ferouscious, vicious, killer, unstoppable, uncontrollable, or locking jawed man-eaters.

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