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I thought this might be fun. It's always best to hear from actual owners!

Breed:

Size:

Colors:

Grooming requirements:

Energy level:

Temperament:

Breed history:

What should potential first time owners be aware of?

Anything else?

What is your breed experience? (ie I owned one dog, I bred the breed, etc)

I will be back after I grab lunch lol.
 

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Great idea!!!

Breed:

Size: 6-10 lbs, maybe 12' at withers (below the fluff, hah!)

Colors: Black, white, black and tan, apricot, chocolate, blonde, fawn, lavender, merle, parti-colour, tricolour, red, orange, sable, wolf sable, brindle, tan points... there is a LOT! Pretty much any colour you can think of is recognized.

Grooming Requirements: Heavy. All the usual stuff plus a good, thorough brushing every 1-3 days. The budget for groomers is low as they do not need to be clipped. Bathing, nails, brushing and tidying up the shape of the fur can easily be done at home by a novice.

Temperament: Lively, happy and funny! Very intelligent dogs who have a great capacity to learn and train (as well as get into mischief!). They are especially sensitive to human emotion and will pester an upset person incessantly, licking them and jumping on their lap until they feel that the person is 'okay'. They are velcro dogs who, because of their independent 'spitz' nature, are just as at ease spending a bit of time alone. Their appeal to people and their natural sociability makes them very human-friendly. Despite this, they do raise a ruckus when guests come over but this is driven by the desire to alert humans to a guest, not an anxiety or fear toward those guests.

They also have an independent streak and while this suits them well for the working individual, they are not the best candidates for off-leash activities in unenclosed areas. Agility, obedience and trick training would all be excellent activities for the Pomeranian. Their desire for attention and silly personality disposes them well to life with children so long as those children are old enough to understand that the pom is a very fragile dog.

Breed history:
The Pomeranian descended from the Spitz family of dogs, the sled dogs of Iceland and Lapland. The breed takes its name from the historical region of Pomerania that makes up the southern coast of the Baltic sea (now present day Germany and Poland), not because it originated there, but because this was most likely where it was bred down to size. In its larger form, the dog served as an able herder of sheep. When it first came to notice in Britain in the middle of the 19th century, some specimens were said to weigh as much as thirty pounds and to resemble the German wolf spitz in size, coat and color.
In 1870 the Kennel Club (England) recognized the so-called spitz dog. In 1888 a Pomeranian named "Marco" was sent from Florence, Italy to become the beloved companion of Queen Victoria of England. Because the Queen was a popular monarch, the breed's popularity grew as well. In fact, the Queen is credited for advocating the trend toward the smaller Poms.
Pomeranians were shown in the United States in the Miscellaneous Class as far back as 1892, but regular classification was not provided until 1900 at New York. In 1911 the American Pomeranian Club held its first specialty show. Early American winners were heavier in bone, larger in ear and usually weighed under six pounds. They had type and good coat texture, although they lacked the profuseness of coat in evidence today.
Diminutive size, docile temper and a vivacious spirit plus sturdiness have made Pomeranians great pets and companions.
From Pomeranian History (sorry I was excited to talk about poms but not to give a history lesson, haha!)

What should potential first time owners be aware of?

Despite its toy status, the Pomeranian is not as content to lead a 'quiet life' as a Whippet or a Shih-Tzu. They do have a fair amount of physical and mental energy and do best with at least an hour of exercise per day and an additional hour of mental stimulation (training, play, exploration). Failure to keep up with this will compel the pom to pester you relentlessly with his favourite toy before going off and making his own amusement. When bored they are also given to nuisance barking.

Anything else? Pomeranians are a yappy breed and they love to play the 'lawn cop'. Take it, or leave it. They are excellent watchdogs and will settle down so long as they feel that they have done their job of making the owner aware of visitors or passers by. Upon acquiring a pomeranian you can rest assured that (barring deafness on the part of either yourself or the dog) a person or dog will never again cross onto your property at any hour of day or night without your knowledge!
 

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Breed: Beagle

Size: The show standard is 13 and 15 inches, but hunting hounds vary anywhere between 10-20 inches depending on what traits the hunter is breeding for.

Colors: Any true hound color and dilutes.

Grooming requirements: Some have thicker coats and shed more than others, but it's usually minimal.

Energy level: Again, the breed is super varied. Generally, they mellow out around a year. They're very adaptable and can be both active and couch potatoes at the same time.

Temperament: Is loud a temperament trait? :D They're very boisterous and excitable, but also very cuddly and sweet. Excitable, though. Come home? Baroo! Sees squirrel? Baroo! Have food? Baroo! Ask to sit? Baroo! Blink? Baroo! They tend to be a bit shy at first but will treat you like their best friend the second time they see you or if you have food. A lot of things say they don't make good apartment dogs because of the noise, but other than that they're usually very adaptable to new environments. They are a bit "selfish" so to speak, they have a very strict "but what's in it for me?" policy. They're total clowns.

Breed history: Scenthounds bred to hunt rabbits. Originated in England.

What should potential first time owners be aware of? They're a lot smarter than breed specific articles and books make them out to be, they're just stubborn. Phase treats out as early as you can or you will regret it. Don't get a beagle if you don't have a good sense of humor.

Anything else? There is a TON of variety in the breed, so I tried to be as general as possible. They're a very enjoyable breed if you embrace their quirks and love a good baroo!

What is your breed experience? (ie I owned one dog, I bred the breed, etc) I've had them all my life.
 

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I thought this might be fun. It's always best to hear from actual owners!

Breed:
Working/sport miniature dachshund, showline dachshund, rescue dachshund (2), working/sport bred Miniature American Shepherd

Size:
As a breed or for my own dogs? As a breed, miniature dachshunds are 11lbs and under. Anything larger is considered a standard, although 16-32lbs is what will do in the show ring. The in between size are referred to as Tweenies unofficially.
Nola (working bred) is 10lbs, Augustine (show) is about 14lbs, Boston is 15lbs and Phoenix is 9.5lbs.

MAS are 13-18" tall and weigh anywhere from 18 to 35lbs. Pike is 6ish-lbs at 14 weeks old.

Colors:
Again, my dogs or breed colors? Dachshunds come in the colors:
Red
Cream
Black and Tan
Black and cream
Chocolate and tan
Chocolate and cream
Isabella and tan
Blue and tan
Chocolate, although it's not an acceptable color
Black (ditto)
Wheaten
Wildboar

And the patterns:
Dapple (Merle)
Double dapple (double Merle)
Sable
Brindle
Piebald

Nola is a red sable, Augustine is a light "clear" red, Boston is a red dapple and Phoenix is Black and Tan.

MAS come in:
Blue Merle, with or without copper and/or white trim
Red Merle, with or without copper and/or white trim
Black tri
Red tri
Black bi
Red bi


Grooming requirements:
Minimal for smooth dachshunds. Bath every 2-6 weeks depending on the individual, brushing whenever you remember. Ears need cleaned every 4 weeks or so, and nails need done every 1-4 weeks depending on your dog. Teeth need attention though.
Wires need that and also weekly brushing, occasional trimming, and hand stripping 2x a year.
Longs need daily or every other day brushing and occasional trimming.

MAS need daily or every other day brushing, foot fur needs trimmed every week or two, and depending on your dog the legs and back end need trimmed every 2-6 weeks. I keep Pike's legs and butt trimmed short since he likes to roll in everything.


Energy level:
Nola (working bred): the medium spectrum of high energy. Lower than a BC or Mal or JRT, higher than Aussie or Lab.

Augustine (show): medium energy

Boston and Phoenix (BYB rescue and rehome): medium

Pike (working/sport MAS): low end of high energy

Temperament:

Dachshunds should be aloof but not shy. Fiercely loyal to their owners, and the smooths especially are one person Velcro dogs. Highly intelligent and alert with good work ethic and great problem solving ability. Great watchdogs, and the females are quite protective. Thrive with positive training if you start early.
Active and energetic. No tendencies towards HA or DA, although they are not "dog park dogs" for the most part.

MAS are friendly but not in your face, very loyal and clingy. Smart with good drive and work ethic. Energetic and active but have a good off switch when properly exercised. Very biddable and lives to please. No tendencies toward DA or HA.

Breed history:
On my phone, too much to post!

https://www.akc.org/breeds/dachshund/history.cfm
http://www.namascusa.com/history.php


What should potential first time owners be aware of?

Dachshunds are loud. Even when you train them a quiet cue and they're exercised, they bark. It's a much deeper bark than you'd expect, and it carries. They are much more terrier than hound, so make sure you take into account the tenacity and intelligence of terriers before getting a Dox.
Keep them lean. Cannot stress that enough.
Socialize socialize socialize!
They go through several intense fear periods up until 2.
They are the very essence of Velcro.
They are 10x more active than you think.

MAS are clingy. I can't remember the last time I showered alone since getting Pike.
You have to stay on top of grooming.
They're active and energetic. Don't forget it!
Socialize.

Anything else?

What is your breed experience? (ie I owned one dog, I bred the breed, etc)
Owned 5 Dachshunds, learned everything I could from Nola's breeder.
Visited any and all MAS I could get my hands on, spent hours and hours with his breeder's dogs.

I will be back after I grab lunch lol.

I'm on my phone if there's any issues! :p
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Breed: Papillon

Size: Generally 12 inches and under. 5-12 lbs seems common.

Colors: White and either sable, tricolor, black, red, or lemon

Grooming requirements: Ideally they should be brushed out every week and ears combed out. Feet hair grows continuously and needs to be trimmed up. They do shed despite what some websites say... They do not have an undercoat though and don't blow coat.

Energy level: Medium to very high depending on the dog. Most like to do things but are adaptable. Some really truly need a lot to do every day.

Health issues: (I forgot this one!) Most toy dog issues can ail papillons. Luxating patellas is a big one. Collapsed trachea occasionally. Progressive retinal atrophy. Dental issues are super common. There is a rare neurological disorder that is 100% fatal so far in the breed called neuroaxonal dystrophy. Epilepsy happens but is rare.

Temperament: Overall I find them to be very happy, people oriented dogs. Most seem very intelligent and also biddable. They can have some drive to them that surprises a lot of people in a toy dog. Mine have loved to learn anything and everything. They can be quite busy and generally are very Velcro with their people. In general I find them very excitable and they can be barky. Most are friendly but some can be shy and timid. Because they like learning and are athletic and fast they tend to do well in lots of dog sports, especially agility and obedience.

Breed history: Papillons are toy spaniels that originated in Europe. They can be found in paintings that are hundreds of years old.

What should potential first time owners be aware of? They need exercise and some can be very surprisingly busy for their size. Overall I think as long as you don't anticipate a calm, sedate dog that needs no exercise. Plan on exercising as much as you would a big dog and you'll be fine.

Anything else?
The breed comes in 2 varieties. The papillon that has erect (up) ears and the phalene with drop ears. In the US they are the same breed and are shown and bred together. Papillon means butterfly in French and Phalene means moth.

What is your breed experience? Owned 2 and lived with 7. Also been involved in conformation (past) and agility with them.
 

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Breed: Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie)

Size: Generally 13-16". Oversized happens a lot and undersized happens some too. 12-35 lbs with upper teens to low 20s seeming to be average.

Colors: Sable and white, tricolor, black and white, blue merle and white, blue merle tri, and color headed white (piebald)

Grooming requirements: They should be brushed thoroughly weekly or multiple times a week. They will blow coat 2x a year and will need very thorough brushing then. Feet will need mild trimming.

Energy level: Low/medium to very very very high? That does not help but I have met many couch potato pet bred shelties and have also met many agility shelties that are high drive and very high energy spitfires. Buyer beware

Health issues: vWD, eye problems, thyroid, some issues with hips and knees, collie nose (skin issue), mdr1

Temperament: Like I said they vary a lot. From calm, patient 'lassie types' to high drive spitfires that tear up the agility course. Mine were all quirky dogs with funny personalities who were very dedicated to their people. They were for the most part (erm Nikki not so much...) biddable and had some drive to herd and control motion. They are supposed to be wary of strangers and can be prone to shyness. They need a lot of socialization and most need quite a bit of exercise or a job to do. They and border collies are definitely the most popular agility breeds because of their high drive, biddability and athleticism. Mine liked to bike, play ball, learn tricks, or just run all around our acreage. They were very up for anything.

Breed history: Shelties originated on the Scottish Shetland islands. They were thus crossed with breeds like border collies and later rough collies.

What should potential first time owners be aware of? They bark a lot. I mean a lot. And they need a lot of socialization compared to most dogs. They can also be herdy and noise and motion sensitive. Definitely meet the lines and also have an idea if you want a high drive dog for sports or a more pet oriented type. They can be night and day.

Anything else? Did I mention they bark?

What is your breed experience? Owned 3. 2 pet bred and one agility/show bred dog. I know more via agility
 

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Breed-Rottweilers
Size-Large 85-160 lbs.
Color-Black with Mahogany or Tan
Grooming-Not high maintenance,brushing and bathing(they do shed)
Energy levels-enjoy walks,playing. They do have crazy bursts of energy,but do take naps throughout the day.
Health issues-hip displaysia,eyes,elbow joint problems, other problems that I can't remember right now
Temperament-they are big babies.The can be very stubborn.They can also be very protective and aggressive... Needs lots of socialization with people and pets very early on.They are playful and very affectionate and goofy.Very smart,they will watch something for a minute before they go after it,to figure out their plan of attack so to speak.Awesome guard dogs.
Breed history-they are herding dogs,and would pull carts for butchers and protect their carts and money.
First time owner beware if-backyard breeders.Buy from a reputable breeder that breeds for health and temperament.Suoer strong dogs,and strong willed.They will eat everything and anything,big chewers and droolers.If not socialized early on,you'll have a big mess of problems.They will be very aggressive towards everything if not socialized.They nip like other puppies,but have very strong jaws and big teeth and the nips hurt and sometimes draws blood(like any pup)
Anything else-they are good with kids and love to be around people.They eat a lot and grow super fast,yet they think they're a small dog.They will sit on your lap and pin you down.I can not stress enough how important it is to socialize them as soon as you get them.They love to be with people and will become your shadow and sometimes they will herd you as you're walking.
Breed experience-currently own two a 1 1/2 yr old female and a 6month male .Had 2 others in the years past,which were bred.My favorite breed to own.
 

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Breed: working/sporting line border collies

Size: 18 - 23" at the withers though outside that range appears too. Sheep- and sports-line are on the smaller end. Cattle-line are often taller. Builds vary from lanky to brick ****house.

Colors: All of them - black with white irish spotting is the most common

Grooming requirements: Varies. Coats are wash'n'wear for the most part. Usually double-coated, though not always.

Energy level: think fusion reactor

Temperament: Driven. Obsessive. Huge work ethic. Intense. Perceptive. Focused. Handler oriented. Demanding. Neurotic. Competitive. Indifferent to their own pain and personal limits. Pretty much the definitive Type A personality.

Breed history: Created to be the perfect herding dog - the breed was selected for working-ability only (hence the large range of looks). It started with Old Hemp who relied on intimidation through eye contact to move sheep.

What should potential first time owners be aware of? They are not a pet, they are a lifestyle. You will be stared at, outsmarted, and continually pushed by your dog to do more work. You're probably going to break down at least once because you think you're in over your head. They pick up everything quickly, but don't generalise, so you'll have to teach the same thing 50 different ways.

Anything else? Your dog will need a job or two. If you don't find them one, they will find their own and you will not like it.

What is your breed experience? (ie I owned one dog, I bred the breed, etc) Own the breed and help out with the BC rescues occasionally.
 

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Breed: White Swiss shepherd

Size: Males: height 60-66 cm / 24-26", weight 30-40 kg / 66-88 pounds. Females: height 55-61 cm / 22-24", weight 25-35 kg / 55-77 pounds.

Colors: White

Grooming requirements: The short coat requires very little brushing and the coat does not mat. The long coat requires more attention, especially behind the ears and in the armpits, though the coat is not prone to matting. Both varieties are self-cleaning, so washing is rarely necessary. Both varieties will seasonally blow their coats, but they shed all year round.

Energy level: medium-high

Health issues: Main concerns are hip and elbow dysplasia. Lesser concerns are back problems. (but not to be dismissed! A breeder should definitely screen their breeding stock)

Temperament: Friendly, alert, lively, active, eager to please, intelligent, reserved with strangers. Overall a soft temperament.



Breed history: White dogs have existed in the German shepherd breed since its very beginning, but 1930's Nazi Germany disqualified the color white in the breed. Other registries soon followed, and in just a couple of decades the whites were eradicated from the European population of GSDs. However, unlike their European counterparts, the white dogs thrived in north America. In the seventies some white dogs were imported to Switzerland, where they soon got enthusiasts. In the nineties, Switzerland recognized the white dogs as a breed apart, and with the start of the new millennium the FCI provisionally recognized the breed as the Berger Blanc Suisse, honoring Switzerland as its patron country. The recognition became official in June 2011.

What should potential first time owners be aware of? First time owners should be aware that harsh training techniques will ruin this dog. They are soft in temperament and can easily revert to becoming fearful. They are also very intelligent and love to please, so obedience will probably be a breeze. Socialization is very important, in order to develop their character properly.

Anything else? Some lines in this breed are known for being fearful. Do your research and find a breeder that only breeds dogs with stellar temperaments.

What is your breed experience? I now own my second white Swiss shepherd.




Photos from http://www.rzwh.nl/
 

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Oh, for health issues:

Dachshunds: IVDD, skin issues in the dilutes, higher rate of vaccine reactions, luxating patella and epilepsy, although the last two aren't super common.

MAS: hip dysphasia, eye issues, luxating patella, allergies and of course the MDR1 gene.
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Breed: Belgian Sheepdog (Groenendael)
Size: AKC Standard: Males 24-26 inches (not under 22 1/2 or over 27 1/2) Females 22-24 inches (not to be under 20 1/2 or over 25 1/2) Length is equal to height, bitches can be slightly longer.
Color: Black ( Small white stripe or star allowed on chest, frosting on toes and muzzle also allowed)
Grooming Requirements: Belgians are a double coated breed with a twice a year HUGE shed. Weekly grooming will keep them from matting and their coat tangling, if being shown then you are bathing once a week usually, otherwise they really only need a bath when they smell or have rolled in sheep poop *looks at Debit* :eyeroll:
Energy Level: Dogs vary as individuals but for the most part are on a range of medium energy (walks everyday and games) to the whole spectrum of high energy, from low to crazy.
Temperament: Highly inquisitive, intuitive to its owner (you will never go to the bathroom alone to try to escape through the emergency hatch, responds best to positive, reward based training. *WARNING TO THE UNWARY-Belgians learn very well by watching other dogs, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Fiercely loyal to their family and can be highly protective.
Health: Epilepsy, MDR1 gene, hip and elbow dysplasia, Collie Eye, and Cancer
Breed History: Known as le Berger Belge- the Belgian Shepherd, the breed has been in existence since the 1500's and is from a geographic region that was called the Pays-Bas which encompasses the low countries of Belgium and Holland. In 1891 three coat types were identified in the Belgian Shepherd: long, short, and harsh. There were no restrictions on color but all the dogs had the same structure and appearance: medium sized, pricked eared, and all had evolved to herd the sheep of Belgium. Later that same year a new breed club decided on color restrictions and named the dogs based on regions of Belgium that they originated from. Long haired black-Groenendael, Short haired fawn with black overlay-Malinois, and the harsh coated greys-Laekenois. The other colors and the long haired fawns -Tervuren formed their own club to be identified. The first recorded Belgian arrival in the US is 1911. In 1959, the AKC votes that only the black dogs shall be called Belgian Sheepdogs. It wasn't until 1983 that three (Groenendael, Malinois, and Tervuren) of the four varities become part of the Herding Group and the Laekenois has only been recently listed in the FSS of the AKC.
what should potential owners be aware of: The long search that could be involved for looking for a good breeder is worth it. With so many potential health problems and with so many of those being passed through bloodlines take the time to find a breeder who does health screenings. CERF, OFA, Heart, Thyroid and full disclosure of any seizing dogs in their breeding program. You also really want to know all about the temperament of their dogs as well. Belgians can be all over the place sadly with temperament if not bred correctly.
Anything else? They aren't for everyone, but if you truly enjoy having a dog that thinks you are the fuzzy part of the Velcro strip that they need to put their weird little plastic hooks in then they are a breed to be considered. They are also truly a breed that is only limited be their owner. They can do any and everything that you can imagine.
What is your breed experience: Personally own one (will always have a Belgian), fostered, and have been a puppy socializer for the same breeder for 8 years.
 

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Folks, This is a great thread, but please remember to only use original photos and content. IF you post a photo or copy text, you need to provide a LINK. Thank you. :)
 

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Victoria is my only current purebred. I'll put in here that I'm not a small, unathletic dog breed fan but Tory has so won me over I am doing this in her honor. She is a purebred pug that was abandoned into my care.



Breed: Pug

Size: Ideally 14-18lbs, although they have problems with obesity and many weigh more. Victoria is a smaller-than-average pug at 12lbs.

Colors: Shades of fawn w/mask, black.

Grooming requirements: Very little, however some pugs are prone to infections in facial skin folds and require the owner to clean the folds with, say, a Q-Tip regularly. They shed like it's their job.

Energy level: Their personality invites more exercise than many can physically handle. Keep your pug fit and active right from the start and you will have a dog that can handle slow, short hikes in nice weather and a few games of fetch in the yard.
Ahem, special mention to Victoria: She's five now and has slowed down but up until she was about 4 1/2 this dog could climb mountains, run agility courses and swim her little puggy heart out. She couldn't do more than two miles on hilly, rough terrain without a break but she absolutely loved it anyways. She still enjoys hiking now but doesn't try to run the whole way like she did as a young dog.

Temperament: Goofy, happy (freakishly happy), manipulative--extremely manipulative--sweet, friendly, with a tendency toward alarm/alert barking. Velcro-type dogs, however they are a little too self-serving much of the time to dote on you completely. They are very smart but don't always use their smarts to listen to you or do what you want. Victoria worships all the humans in the house, but does so with her love, not her obedience. Some have a tendency towards bravery that borders on stupidity, but some can be cautious as well. Victoria has gained wisdom with age. How she survived puppyhood is a miracle just about unequaled.

Breed history: Chinese origins, bred as pets for monks and emperors, then eventually made their way over to Europe with the same occupation. One of the oldest dog breeds.

What should potential first time owners be aware of? Brachy breed, will have breathing problems eventually, that arise either in specific situations or as a permanent issue. Eye prolapse. Hip dysplasia. Can't do extreme, physically demanding sports. Shed like crazy and can be yappy. Don't usually do well in extremely hot climates. More susceptible to demodex and NME.

Anything else? Pick a breeder who doesn't obsess over flat faces. While flat faces and huge eyes are the current trend, I suggest looking for a breeder who keeps the dog's health as a primary guide in breeding. Huge, bulgy eyes are more prone to prolapse and the flatter the face the greater probability of breathing problems.

What is your breed experience? I own one dog personally from 5ish months to present day, when she is 5 years old. Additionally, pug-people are very gregarious in my experience and I've been regaled with story after story of people's pugs, been to a couple breed meets and met a lot of them.
 

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Breed: Miniature Australian Shepherd

Size: About 30lbs

Colors: Blue Merel, Red Merel, Black and Tan, Red and Tan

Grooming requirements: I bathe mine just about once a week but generally they just need a good bath and brushing as needed. I also trim the hair on the feet of him

Energy level: Mine is rather lazy but most Aussie's are pretty high energy

Temperament: (I Work at a Dog Groomers) From what I've seen the younger ones tend to be a little on the skiddish high energy side but as they get older they calm down.

Breed history: Australian Shepherds came the U.S. on ships with Australian Sheep but they are from England. Overtime breeders bred them down to a smaller size

What should potential first time owners be aware of? With Aussies they are very smart and can get bored which can lead to undesired and destructive behaviors. Make sure they get plenty of stimulation (Having other dogs can help)

Anything else? They're very lovable and will steal your heart

What is your breed experience? I own a Miniature Aussie (The top one is mine, the middle is his father, the bottom is his mother)
 

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Breed: Rat Terrier

Size:

Miniature - At least 10-13 inches; Standard - over 13-18 inches in height measured at the shoulder. Generally 10 to 25 pounds.


Colors:

Any form of pied, in colors such as black,
chocolate, red, apricot, blue, fawn, tan, or lemon.

Grooming requirements:

Easy, their short coat allows for a quick brush here and there. They shed seasonally.

Energy level: medium-high

Temperament:

Devoted, bold, very intelligent, trainable, big dog in a little body, feisty

Breed history:

(From the AKC website, http://https://www.akc.org/breeds/rat_terrier/index.cfm) An American breed, the Rat Terrier was created by immigrants using a mixture of crosses of old time Fox Terriers and other European Terriers common in the 19th century; the Old English White Terrier, Manchester Terrier, Bull Terrier, etc.; and later more Smooth Fox Terrier, Beagle, Toy Fox Terriers, Whippets and Italian Greyhounds. From 1910 through the "dust bowl" era of the 1930s, the Rat Terrier was one of the most common farm dogs, used for ratting, hunting varmints and other work.

What should potential first time owners be aware of?

That they are not some little lapdog, and they do need a LOT of exercise/mental stimulation. Rat Terriers are also very spunky, quirky little dogs. They will keep you entertained and on your feet at the same time. They can get carried away in play, so you do need to make sure they realize the limits when playing. And walk away when they get to carried away. Also, they will chase everything, being a hunting breed.

Anything else?

They are fantastic dogs that, when their mental/physical needs are met, and are absolutely amazing.

They really are big dogs in a small package, which makes them perfect for taking places because of portability, and excellent for someone who wants a more active dog, thats not too big. They are great to take hiking :). And they constantly are looking to you to see what you want of them.

Oh, always have them on leash outside, they will take off after things and not come until they decide they're done chasing/checking out what it is. We will not have our girl, even out in the country where we are, off leash, even in the front yard.

And, they truly need to have someone who is able to spend a lot of time with them because they become very attached to their people and crave that companionship.
What is your breed experience? (ie I owned one dog, I bred the breed, etc)

I own one currently :)
 

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Great idea! Good to see how breeds vary from the 'standards'

Breed: Cavoodle

Size: Toy: 23-28cm at the shoulder in height and 4-6kg in weight. Miniature: 29-35cm in height and 8-12kg in weight.

Colors: Assorted colours - Can be any variation of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or Poodle colouration.

Grooming requirements: Daily grooming is recommended, but I find that you can get away with 3-4 times a week without any issues.

Energy level: Generally quite quiet. A daily walk is recommended but it had been found that most take after the Cavalier in terms of energy levels and are quite happy to laze around the house.

Health issues: Both Cavaliers and Poodles are generally prone to health problems, but by crossbreeding the two these health issues are quite often bypassed, however slipping kneecaps, eye defects and congenital heart issues are the most common problems in regards to both Cavaliers and Poodles.

Temperament: The gentle Cavalier nature blends really well with the boisterous temperament of poodles. Cavoodles tend to be playful and fun but also gentle and love to laze around with you and sit on your lap. They are very boisterous puppies though! Bundles of energy and razor sharp teeth that they love to use! It can sometimes be difficult to toilet train Cavoodles because of their size (smaller bladder = not being able to hold it very long!)

Breed history: Cavoodles are a cross breed of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and either a Toy or Miniature Poodle.

What should potential first time owners be aware of? Cavoodles are a very social dog and LOVE human company. If you wanting a dog that will be independent and not be your constant shadow, a Cavoodle is not for you. Cavoodles are boisterous puppies and can be somewhat difficult to manage, despite their calm nature as an adult.

Anything else? As the Cavoodle is a cross breed (or designer dog) it comes in multiple variations in terms of temperament and appearance. Nothing is standard.

What is your breed experience? Own one, and have been around multiple pups and dogs before, as a friend of the family is a Cavoodle breeder.
 

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@avietar I've never heard of White Swiss Shepherds. I love their look/temperament!

I'm glad @Laurelin did shelties too! Riley has so many typical and a-typical characteristics, that it's difficult for me to speak for the breed as a whole (esp. since he's my first dog).



Breed: Shetland Sheepdog

Size: Small - Medium (Riley is oversized at 18")

Colors: Mahogany Sable. Just to add to Laurelin's list, they also come in bi black, bi blue and sable merle.

Grooming requirements: Medium - High. I would consider Riley's grooming req. as medium since he doesn't have much of an undercoat like some shelties do. I do a thorough brushing bi-weekly with quick brush-throughs in between. He does occasionally get matts by his ear fluff. A bath during shedding season usually helps remove all the loose fur.

Energy level: Medium- High. Riley is one of those dogs who will go go go and doesn't know when to stop. At the same time he has a good off-switch and has been managing 1 hour walks on weekdays now that I'm working. Ideally, he would get 2 hours + of exercise a day.

Temperament: The first words that come to mind are playful and alert. Riley is very much up for anything. He is fearful of strangers who approach him on walks but is otherwise very friendly (he loves dogs, people with dogs and house guests). Very biddable and easy to train- very sensitive to tone of voice as well.

Breed history: Originated from the Shetland Island and bred to be small, like the Shetland Pony, in order to reduce cost of living.

What should potential first time owners be aware of? The importance of socialization! They can also be motion sensitive. Riley rarely reacts to cars, but if one zooms past out of no where, he may try to chase it. Riley isn't much of a barker, but one of the main comments I get from people is: "Does he bark?", so I suppose that says something about the breeds reputation as a whole :p. Oh, but when he does bark, it is loud and piercing.

Anything else? Overall, I think they are a great first-time dog for a home who wants an active and engaged companion.

What is your breed experience? First dog.
 

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avietar I've never heard of White Swiss Shepherds. I love their look/temperament!
Outside of FCI countries they're not really well known. :)

They used to be called 'Canadian white shepherd' actually (I saw you're from Canada) so maybe you're familiar with that name?

In any case, they've been called (and still are called) many names, like north American white shepherd, American Canadian white shepherd, simply white shepherd, or white German shepherd. Some people, especially those that aren't familiar with white Swiss shepherds, will say they're just white GSDs. While that was once the case, not so anymore.

They are slightly larger, don't have the whole angulation-thing going on, have two coat types (and the longhairs are starting to outnumber the shorthairs) and they have different temperaments. GSDs are a working breed, white Swiss shepherds are bred to be active companions. You'll rarely, if ever, find a white Swiss shepherd doing police work or schutzhund. They're too soft for that, true carpet-knights. :D
 

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Renowned for speed and endurance, the American English Coonhound has a strong but racy body, a deep chest with plenty of lung room, a strong back, broad loin and well-defined musculature. A balanced, powerful dog with no exaggerated parts, the American English possesses the grace and attitude of a well-conditioned athlete.
Size, Proportion, Substance
Size-Height-Males-24 to 26 inches at the withers. Females-23 to 25 inches at the withers. Proportion-Measuring from the breast bone to the rear of the thigh and the withers to the ground, the length should be equal or slightly longer than the height measurement. Slightly off square. Substance-Weight in proportion to height so the dog appears capable of an all night hunt.
Head
The head is broad and of moderate length. Expression-Kind, houndy. Eyes-Dark brown pigmentation, wide apart. Fault: Drooping lids. Ears-Hung rather low, reaching nearly at the end of the nose when drawn out. Fine texture, soft to the touch. Faults: Flat, stiff to the touch cocked. Skull-Very slightly domed, broad between the ears. Fault: Narrow skull. Stop-Prominent. Muzzle-Rather square, well proportioned in width with the skull. Flews covering the lower jaw from the side view. Planes-The stop forms a right angle with the upper line of the muzzle. A line from occiput to brow is a little above, and parallel to a line from eye to nose. Nose-Black. Faults: Pink or white pigmentation. Bite-Scissors bite with upper incisors fitting closely over the lower. Disqualifications: Undershot or overshot.
Neck, Topline, Body
Neck-Muscular, moderate length, fits smoothly into the shoulders and rising with a slight taper to the skull. Carriage-Moderate, reaching slightly forward in the trot. Faults: Neck carried overly high or low. Thickness at shoulders. Topline-Slightly higher at withers than at hips. Strong. Chest- Should reach to the elbow. Shows considerable depth rather than excessive width, allowing optimum lung space. Ribs-Well-sprung with good depth, tapering gradually to floating ribs. Underline and Tuck up-Tight and smooth without exaggeration. Fault: Sagging underline. Back-Muscular, blending well with the neck when the head is held alertly. Fault: Roached. Loin-Broad, well muscled. Tail-Set high, carried gaily but not hooked over back. Medium length, slight brush. Faults: Plume or rat tail.
Forequarters
Shoulders and Angulation-Clean, gradually sloped down from the withers to the point of shoulder, muscular, balanced with body, showing freedom of movement and strength. Fault: Protruding shoulders. Forelegs-Straight from side or front view, well boned, set well apart, muscular. Pastern-Strong and straight. Feet-Set directly under leg, round, catlike, well-padded, strong arch over toes. Nails-Strong.
Hindquarters
Angulation-in balance with the forequarters. Legs-Strong, straight when viewed from the rear. Thigh-muscular without being coarse.
Coat
Hard, protective hair. Medium length.
Color
Red and white ticked, blue and white ticked, tri-colored with ticking, red and white, white and black. Disqualifications: Tri-colored with no ticking, solid color with less than 10% ticking, any brindle color.
Gait
Effortless trot, with reach and drive, with tail moving side to side. Gives impression of great endurance. Head carried up, but not perpendicular. Expression is alert.
Temperament
Pleasant, alert, confident and sociable with humans and dogs. An avid hunter. Faults: Shyness or timidity.
Disqualifications
Undershot, overshot, tri-colored with no ticking, solid color with less than 10% ticking, any brindle color
 

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Outside of FCI countries they're not really well known. :)

They used to be called 'Canadian white shepherd' actually (I saw you're from Canada) so maybe you're familiar with that name?

In any case, they've been called (and still are called) many names, like north American white shepherd, American Canadian white shepherd, simply white shepherd, or white German shepherd. Some people, especially those that aren't familiar with white Swiss shepherds, will say they're just white GSDs. While that was once the case, not so anymore.

They are slightly larger, don't have the whole angulation-thing going on, have two coat types (and the longhairs are starting to outnumber the shorthairs) and they have different temperaments. GSDs are a working breed, white Swiss shepherds are bred to be active companions. You'll rarely, if ever, find a white Swiss shepherd doing police work or schutzhund. They're too soft for that, true carpet-knights. :D
Hmm.. they may just creep onto my "next dog" list! I like the fact that they have that confident and protective look with that soft temperament! I'm definitely going to do some more research on them!
 
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