Dog breeds

Popular Dog Breeds in the Spotlight

If you need to choose the best breed of dog that will fit in with your family life, and you want to find out about a dog’s characteristics, traits etc., then learn more from Notes on Popular Dog Breeds here.

Because there are many different breeds of dogs, it can be a difficult job knowing which breed would suit your lifestyle. Of course, you will have your preference with appearance, but it’s important to choose a breed that fits in with what you can manage with regard to exercise, grooming, shedding, time and space.

Affenpinscher (Monkey Dog)

Flickr - Ger Dekker - (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Flickr – Ger Dekker – (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Affenpinscher is classed by breed registries as to be in the toy group, even though they have the similar characteristics, temperament and appearance of a terrier breed type.

Group – Toy
Size – Small
Height – Between 9.5 and 12″
Weight – Between 6 and 13 lbs
Exercise – Up to 1 hour
Coat – Dense, wiry, rough
Grooming – Twice a week + professional stripping twice a year
Shedding – Low
Energy – Energetic
General health – Potential for fractures, PDA, respiratory, corneal ulcers, hip dysplasia
Characteristics – Spirited, fearless, bold, tough, loyal, sturdy, feisty, lively, active, adventurous, curious, courageous, plucky
Personality – Affectionate, mischievous, proud, amusing, cheerful, charming, fun-loving, , devoted, strong-willed, self-confident, funny
Temperament – Stubborn
Easy to train – Quick to learn what they are interested in, but slow to house-train, needs a firm hand
Intelligence – Intelligent
Barking tendency – Tendency to bark
Playfulness – Playful, but not boisterous playing
Watchdog – Good watchdog
Town or country – Either
Type of home – Flat or house
Minimum garden size – None
Lifespan – 12 to 15 years
Good for novice owners – Medium
Sensitivity level – Medium
Tolerates hot weather – No, because of possible breathing problems
Friendliness – Friendly but wary of strangers
Good with strangers – Not generally
Good with children – Not good for young children
Dog & Cat friendly – If brought up with them
Feeding costs – Low

Boxer Dog Breed Facts

Boxer dog with ball
Flickr – Cristoffer Crusell – CC BY 2.0)

The Boxer dog will require energetic and experienced owners. However, once they are trained, they will make a gentle, affectionate and fun family dog.

Group – Working
Size – Large
Height – 21 to 25 inches
Weight – 55 to 70 lbs
Exercise – More than 2 hours
Coat – Short
Grooming – Once a week
Shedding – Yes
Energy – Energetic
General health – Heart problems, prone to cancer, gastric torsion, hip dysplasia, skin allergies
Personality & Characteristics – Fearless, self-assured, loyal, courageous , devoted,
high spirited, curious, sociable, mischievous, confident, protective
Temperament – Gentle, affectionate, calm, happy, lovable, comical
Easy to train – Firmness and consistency required
Intelligence – Highly
Barking tendency – Low
Playfulness – Very playful
Watchdog – Yes
Guard dog – Yes
Town or country – Either
Type of home – House
Minimum garden size – Large
Lifespan – 8 to 14 years
Good for novice owners – Medium
Sensitivity level – Easily overheated
Tolerates hot weather – No
Friendliness – Friendly
Good with strangers – Wary of strangers
Good with children – Yes
Dog & Cat friendly – Can be aggressive so needs proper training
Feeding costs – Medium

Chihuahua Dog Breed Facts

ChihuahuaSource: Pixabay

The Chihuahua may be small and dainty in appearance,  but they are a spirited and intelligent little package with an outsize personality.

Group – Toy
Size – Small
Height – 6 to 12 inches
Weight – 2 to 4 lbs
Exercise – Although they can get exercise indoors, they do need a daily walk for stimulation
Coat – Two types – smooth and long
Grooming – Smooth once a week and long hair three times a week
Shedding – Yes
Energy – Medium
General health -Prone to rheumatism, eye problems, hypoglycemia, pulmonic stenosis, patella luxation, and hydrocephalus. Susceptible to fractures when young 
Personality & Characteristics – Devoted, smart, loyal, alert, courageous, lively, fearless
Temperament – Loving, sassy, affectionate
Easy to train – Learns quickly, needs a firm but gentle hand and early socializing
Intelligence – Yes
Barking tendency – Moderate, needs proper training
Playfulness – Yes
Watchdog – Yes
Guard dog – Yes
Town or country – Either
Type of home – Flat
Minimum garden size – Small
Lifespan – 15+ years
Good for novice owners – Yes
Sensitivity level – Yes
Tolerates hot weather
Friendliness – Yes, but early socializing and training is a must
Good with strangers – Reserved
Good with children – Not small children
Dog & Cat friendly – Yes, if socialized
Feeding costs – Low

Dachshund Dog Breed Facts

Dachshund dog

Translated from German, the breed name means badger dog, which was probably what their original purpose was. They have a love of food and a tendency to put on weight, which must not be allowed to happen because of the possible damage to their back.  Give them firm and early training and they will make a wonderful member of the family.

Group – Hound
Size – 3 sizes: Small – Standard and Miniature
Height – 9 inches
Weight – Standard 20 to 26 lbs, miniature 10 to 11 lbs
Exercise – Up to 1 hour
Coat – 3 Types – Smooth, long and wire-haired
Grooming – Smooth once a week, long twice a week, wire-haired once a week and professional stripping a couple of times a year
Shedding – Yes
Energy – Can take as much walking as you want to give them
General health Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), and diabetes occasionally
Personality & Characteristics – Active, loyal,  extrovert, lively, tough, stubborn, independent, courageous,  clever
Temperament – Bold, brave, affectionate, faithful
Easy to train – Can be disobedient, needs proper training, socializing and strong leadership
Intelligence – Yes
Barking tendency – Has a deep bark and likes to voice it
Playfulness – Yes
Watchdog – Yes
Guard dog – Yes
Town or country – Either
Type of home – Flat/House
Minimum garden size – Small/medium
Lifespan – Over 12 years
Good for novice owners – Slightly difficult to train
Sensitivity level – Medium
Tolerates hot weather – Yes
Friendliness – One person or one family dog
Good with strangers – Suspicious of strangers
Good with children – Older children
Dog & Cat friendly – Originally bred to hunt, supervision required with other pets
Feeding costs – Low – prone to obesity, do not overfeed

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