Dog Breeds 101: Great Dane

Thinking of getting a Great Dane puppy? Keep reading for all the information you need to build a happy and loving relationship with your new best friend!

Great Danes are a large working dog who can grow anywhere from 2’4″ to 2’10” and can weigh between 100 and 200 pounds and have a lifespan of 7-10 years.

Great Danes are a great choice for small homes or apartments despite their giant size. They are an extremely low energy dog and so once they are settled there isn’t much you can do to get them moving again. This means that Great Danes don’t require a huge amount of exercise; one decent length walk is normally enough for the day. Great Danes are also a brilliant choice for families with young children. They are generally dog friendly, kid friendly and also stranger friendly. Obviously they would need to be trained to not jump on small children as their sheer size and weight is enough to do damage. The breed is also extremely easy to groom due to their short coats. However, these short costs and little body fat makes they susceptible to the cold and so a coat or blanket may be required in colder climates. On the other hand, this makes the dogs extremely adaptable to hot weather!

Great Danes are not a breed to choose if you don’t want to be cleaning drool and hair all day as they are a breed that sheds and drools excessively. However, with the right upbringing Great Danes are a reasonably healthy breed. They are of course prone to hip and elbow dysphasia due to their size. Owners who avoid over-exercising and stair walking with their Great Danes greatly dimish this risk to their pup.

Training wise they can be difficult as they don’t enjoy being told off. Therefore lots of positive reinforcement training is needed. If this is used Great Danes prove to be easy to train and are mildly intelligent.

A drawback to owning a Great Dane is that they hate to be left alone and so will need owners who are home most of the day.

I hope this post helps you make your decision on whether a Great Dane is a perfect match for you. If you need any advice please get in touch with me.

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Dog Breeds 101: American Bulldog

Unknown-2.jpegThe American Bulldog is a large breed dog that falls into the category of Guardian Dog. American Bulldogs clock in at between 60 and 120 pounds and 20 to 28 inches tall, with a lifespan of between 10-16 years.

Unknown.jpegAmerican Bulldogs have an excellent and calm temperament and are brilliant with children. They are mainly considered a giant lap dog. They do however need a lot of training by a confident and strong trainer in order to contain their mischievous side. American Bulldogs are also another breed that will need a lot of exercise, however; be careful not to overwork them at too young of an age as they are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia.

Unknown-1.jpegHealthwise American Bulls are considered to be an overall healthy breed. They are prone to some genetic disorders that are common to the breed such as cherry eye, hip and elbow dysplasia and bone cancer. However, the right care and diet can help to drastically reduce the chances of any of these disorders ever occurring.

images.jpegThere are two different lines of American Bulldog, both with similar temperaments and health, just with slightly differing builds. The Johnson’s line is a lot more of an athletic build whereas the Hines’ line is a lot stockier and much more muscular.

 

All in all the American Bulldog is a great family dog as long as the training is firm and consistent as they are known to try and push the boundaries of what they’ve been taught.

If you need any training tips or further information don’t hesitate to ask, I’ll happily answer any queries you may have.

Dog Breeds 101: Siberian Husky

For my first dog breeds 101 post I thought I’d write about my favourite dog breed the Siberian Husky.

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Lets start with the basics a Siberian Husky is a medium size dog who are known for being particularly healthy living between 12-14 years. A Siberian Husky puppy will set you back around £500 if they are Kennel Club registered, with this price being slightly lower if they aren’t registered.

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Going through the pros and cons of the breed.
Huskies are very friendly and good with people and children. They love company and are playful throughout their entire lives. Huskies are highly intelligent breed however if not properly stimulated this can lead to naughty behaviour. They are extremely easy going and laid back in their nature and one of the things many people love is that Huskies lack that signature ‘doggy smell’.

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However, although all of this sounds great there are of course some cons to the breed as well and these need to be considered before bringing a Husky into your family.
Because Huskies love company, they do not tolerate being left alone for long periods of time and because of their extremely friendly nature do not consider a Husky a guard or watchdog as they will want to greet everyone they meet. For this same reason, Huskies are not the most loyal of dogs; they love everyone. Also, because of the demands of Huskies they are not advisable for first time dog owners. They require a serious amount of exercise per day (we’re talking at least an hour run) and they are mischievous and so will take an unsure dog owner on a wild ride they will only result in frustration for the owner. Huskies also do not bark but will definitely howl just for the fun of it. Siberian Huskies are also known to suffer from separation anxiety and so are likely to trash homes and gardens when left alone or unattended, and if you aren’t a fan of dog hair then definitely steer clear of the Husky as you will be constantly hoovering and brushing up hair.

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All in all, Siberian Huskies are an extremely demanding breed that are best suited for experienced owners who are home most of the day.

If you need any training tips or further information don’t hesitate to ask, I’ll happily answer any queries you may have.