Dogs Come in All Sizes Shapes and Temperaments

No other single species on the planet has more variety in size and shape than the species of domesticated dogs, Canis familiaris. You'll find everything from tiny 2-pound lap dogs to 200-pound livestock protection dogs, from dogs with extremely short muzzles to those with elegant long noses, and from those with squat, sturdy bodies and short legs made for power to those with long legs and bodies made for running. There are dogs with no hair and dogs with lots of coat. Some dogs are friendly and social, while others are wary, cautious, and protective. The variables are tremendous.

Choosing the right dog for you and your family should be a carefully thought out decision, not an impulse buy based on little or no research. That puppy in the pet store window may be cute, but do you know anything about her? The Neapolitan Mastiff in the Harry Potter movies has a unique look, but would that breed really fit into your lifestyle? Unfortunately, many people do far more research when they buy a new refrigerator than they do when adding a dog to the family!

Part II of this book profiles more than 325 breeds, breed varieties, and mixes. I give a brief history of each breed and the breed's occupation. I also provide information about the breed's personality and temperament, including certain traits, such as playfulness, trainability, protectiveness, and affection toward the owner. The breed's activity level is also discussed, as well as its ability to get along with other dogs, cats, livestock, and children. I queried the experts, especially longtime breeders and owners, as well as trainers, to gain this information. Before you decide on a breed, make sure that the breed's characteristics match what you're looking for and will meld smoothly into your family's lifestyle.

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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