The Breed Profiles in Part II

The breed profiles provide a bit of history on each breed; a brief description of the breed's physical conformation; information about grooming requirements, exercise needs, and activity level; suggested training and socialization requirements, and any potential jobs or sports that the dog might enjoy. There are also suggestions for the type of owner best suited for this breed; whether the breed is good with children, cats, and other small pets; and the most common health concerns in the breed. This information is fascinating, or at least I found it so! In addition to providing a lot of information about these breeds, my goal is to help you choose the right dog and breed for your family.

The information in these breed profiles was acquired from a variety of sources. I talked to dog trainers and veterinarians who see these breeds all the time—often at their worst. I also questioned people who have been involved in the breeds in a variety of ways: breeders, owners, exhibitors, and even quite a few who use a particular breed as working dogs. I corresponded with national breed clubs and performance sports clubs. I queried everyone about many breed traits, but I specifically asked everyone, "What should people know about this breed before they acquire one?" I found that most people I talked to were very honest, sharing the good and less than good (or the more difficult) points of their breed. I appreciated their honesty and I think you will, too. My hope is that with better knowledge and awareness of breed characteristics, we can prevent problems in many human-canine relationships in the future.

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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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