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Tibetan Terrier

An attractive, small/medium-sized dog, the Tibetan Terrier has a long, straight or wavy coat that comes in any colour except chocolate/liver. Square-shaped and sturdy, adult dogs stand at 36-41cm, and females are slightly smaller. The weight range is 8-14kg.

No, this will be my first dog and I am ready to learn!
I'd feel more comfortable keeping training to the basics
I'd like to go on active walks with my dog
For one to two hours a day
A smaller dog would suit me best
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
I can fit in daily grooming sessions
-
Very vocal
Yes - Barks and alerts
No
Yes
Tibetan Terrier

Origin

He might be called a Tibetan Terrier, but this dog has never been used in the traditional Terrier breed role of going to ground after prey. Instead the Tibetan Terrier dog breed, or TT, was a herding dog, and, when necessary, guard. Kept in monasteries and a companion to the monks, he was known as The Holy Dog of Tibet and reached the attention of the west when, in 1922, a TT puppy was given to Dr Agnes Greig, a British doctor working in India, as thanks for saving a Tibetan woman's life.

Personality

A good-natured, happy and outgoing dog, the Tibetan Terrier is alert and game. He is naturally reserved with strangers but loyal and affectionate to his loved ones. A fun-loving companion, Tibetan Terriers are bouncy, larger-than-life characters and can make a super family dog.

Health

The Tibetan Terrier is generally a healthy breed. As with many breeds, they can sometimes suffer from hereditary eye disorders, and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important. Like many small breeds, they can also suffer from kneecaps that may temporarily slip out of place (luxating patellas).

Exercise

A lively dog, this Tibetan dog breed enjoys his exercise and needs about an hour a day, though he will happily accept more if it's offered. He takes well to training and enjoys spending quality time with his family, and so loves taking part in fun canine hobbies. As with any long-coated dog, do check him over after a walk, to remove any twigs or leaves that might have been swept up along the way!

Nutrition

Small dogs have a fast metabolism, meaning they burn energy at a high rate, although their small stomachs mean that they must eat little and often. Small-breed foods are specifically designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit smaller mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion.

Grooming

A non-shedding breed, the Tibetan Terrier needs his thick, long, doublecoat to be brushed and combed through at least every other day, to avoid mats from occurring. It should also be checked daily for debris from walks. The coat is often clipped to a shorter, more manageable length for pet owners, though will still need regular brushing or mats will form.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Tibetan Mastiff

A giant dog, slightly longer than he is tall, the Tibetan Mastiff dog is a powerful, muscular breed that is athletic and agile, with a dignified composure. Adult male dogs stand at a minimum of 66cm and females at a minimum of 61cm. The weight range is 36-72k-plus, depending on the dog's sex, height and build. The dense coat is quite long and there is a 'mane' around the neck and shoulders, which is more obvious in male dogs. The coat comes in a range of colours and markings - for full details, see the breed standard.

Yes. I'm a confident owner with lots of experience
I'm an experienced trainer and comfortable with any breed
I'd like to go on active walks with my dog
For one to two hours a day
I'd love a giant breed of dog.
-
I can fit in daily grooming sessions
-
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
Yes - Physically protective
No
No
Tibetan Mastiff

Origin

An ancient breed, thought to date back 3,000 years, the Tibetan Mastiff dog breed was used as a guard dog in his native country, protecting properties (including monasteries) as well as livestock. Marco Polo reported that the Tibetan Mastiff was as “tall as a donkey with a voice as powerful as that of a lion.” The breed is relatively new to the rest of the dog-loving world, only coming to the attention of breeders in the West a century ago.

Personality

A guard dog through and through, the Tibetan Mastiff is not a breed to take on lightly. He is wary of strangers and naturally protective of his family and property. Experienced handling, socialisation and training are needed, as with all guarding breeds. In the right home, he is a calm, affectionate, loyal companion.

Health

Tibetan Mastiffs are generally a very robust breed. As with many breeds eye disorders and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems) can sometimes occur. Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore recommended.

Exercise

An hour's daily exercise is required for a Tibetan Mastiff, though he will happily accept more if you can offer it. A Tibetan mastiff puppy should not be overexercised, as it is important to avoid putting strain on the muscles and joints of such a large, growing breed.

Nutrition

Giant-breed dogs, as well as having giant appetites, benefit from a different balance of minerals and vitamins, supporting different joint and cartilage needs. The Tibetan Mastiff is prone to bloating and stomach problems; try feeding smaller, more frequent meals to help minimise the risk.

Grooming

The Tibetan Mastiff's double coat consists of a dense, woolly undercoat, which sheds in warmer weather, and a thick topcoat that is straight and hard-textured. The tail and back legs are well feathered. A brush through a couple of times a week is advised with daily grooming when the coat sheds.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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St Bernard (Medium/long coat)

One of the instantly recognisable breeds, St Bernard dogs stand tall with massive frames. They are muscular dogs with powerful, imposing heads, and are capable of covering very rough ground with unhurried, smooth movements. This breed can be orange, mahogany-brindle, red-brindle, or white with patches of these colours. The adult male stands at a minimum of 75cm and the female at 70cm. Their weight is approximately 68-91kg.

Yes. I'm a confident owner with lots of experience
I'm an experienced trainer and comfortable with any breed
I'd like to go on active walks with my dog
For an hour a day
I'd love a giant breed of dog.
-
I can fit in daily grooming sessions
-
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
Yes - Physically protective
No
No
St Bernard (Medium/long coat)

Origin

The St Bernard dog breed takes its name from the Hospice of the Great Saint Bernard Pass, founded in AD980 by St Bernard de Menthon as a refuge for travellers through the dangerous Alpine pass between Switzerland and Italy. By 1707 the overworked monks realised that dogs with their superior noses, strength and weather-resistant coats were better equipped to rescue travellers, thanks to their in-bred sense of direction, and they established their own breeding programme, calling the dogs Alpine Mastiffs. Tales of great rescues were reported with one of the most famous dogs, Barry, having saved the lives of 40 people.

Personality

A 'gentle giant' sums up the character of the St Bernard. They are good-humoured, trustworthy and love family life. They are very loyal dogs who rarely bark, but will defend you and your possessions if they deem necessary. They normally accept other household animals with no problems. Young dogs must be taught from an early age not to pull on their leads, as this habit will be difficult to break when they are older.

Health

The most serious health problems commonly seen in the St Bernard are various bone disorders, including bone cancer, epilepsy and heart disease. As with many breeds, they can also suffer from hereditary eye disorders and hip and elbow dysplasia (joint conditions that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

Exercising St Bernard puppies must be done very gradually to avoid putting excess strain on their growing bones and tender tissues and, even with the adult dog, care must taken to build up exercise gradually. Having said that, for their size they really do not need copious amounts of exercise – about an hour daily for an adult.

Nutrition

Giant-breed dogs, as well as having giant appetites, benefit from a different balance of minerals and vitamins, supporting different joint and cartilage needs. St Bernards are prone to bloating and stomach problems; try feeding smaller, more frequent meals to help minimise the risk.

Grooming

There are two coat types – smooth and rough. The smooth is short-haired and the rough is long-haired. Grooming is not a problem apart from the amount of coat to get through! They need to be brushed or combed several times a week to remove loose hairs. The ears should be kept clean and the eyes checked very regularly, especially those dogs with drooping eyelids. St Bernards are clean animals but do tend to slobber.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Siberian Husky

These are medium-sized dogs whose proportions suggest a balance of power, speed and endurance. With a double-layered, medium-length coat, erect ears and a brush tail, this breed comes in all colours and markings, including white, with some striking patterns being seen. Adult males stand at 53-60cm, females at 51-56cm. Adult males weigh 20-27kg, adult females 16-23kg.

Yes. I'm a confident owner with lots of experience
I'm an experienced trainer and comfortable with any breed
I'd like to keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For one to two hours a day
A medium size dog works for me
-
I can fit in daily grooming sessions
-
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
Yes - Barks and alerts
No
No
Siberian Husky

Origin

The Siberian husky breed was employed by the Chukchis of the Kolyma River in Siberia during the 19th century. The fine temperament of the breed can possibly be acclaimed to the fine treatment of the Chukchis. As dog sledges were the principal means of transport, these huskies were of paramount importance to the natives. The first Siberian Huskies arrived in Alaska in the early 20th century, still known as Chukchis. Sled-racing then became popular at about the same time and the breed's speed amazed and inspired dog racers in the States. The Americans renamed the breed as Siberian Husky around that time.

Personality

The breed is known for its good temperament and its love of people means they don't make natural guard dogs. They love and need company and should not be left alone for long periods of time or they can become very destructive. They will be happy with other well-adjusted dogs but are keen and efficient hunters so contact with other household animals needs careful handling and training. Whilst they do not often bark, they will howl, often just for the joy of it!

Health

The Siberian Husky is generally a healthy, hardy breed. However, as with many breeds, they can suffer from hereditary eye disorders and occasionally hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

This breed does need a considerable amount of exercise but this must be done in a safe, enclosed area, or on a lead, as they do have a strong desire to run if free and cannot be relied upon to return on command. A well-fenced garden is a necessity and, as they can jump anything from a standstill, height is also important. An adult Siberian needs two-plus hours of exercise daily and an appropriate opportunity to run.

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

Grooming is particularly easy: a brush and comb through two or three times a week normally, but daily grooming during the moulting period. This is a clean breed with little or no 'doggie' smell.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is a long-coated, sturdy little dog that comes in a variety of colours (see the breed standard for details). They move in quite an arrogant manner with their tails carried over their backs. An adult Shih Tzu should be no more than 27cm in height and the ideal weight is 4.5-7.5kg.

No, this will be my first dog and I am ready to learn!
I'd feel more comfortable keeping training to the basics
I'm looking for a dog to take on gentle walks
For half an hour a day
A smaller dog would suit me best
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
I can fit in daily grooming sessions
Yes, I require a hypoallergenic breed
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
Yes - Barks and alerts
Yes
Yes
Shih Tzu

Origin

The Shih Tzu dog breed is believed to have originated in Tibet, where they lived in the temples and were occasionally given as a gift to the Emperors of China. Once they were in China the Shih Tzu dog was crossed with the Pekingese to become the breed we recognise today. They arrived in Britain after 1912, but they were not given recognition until 1949. It wasn't until the 1960s that they were recognised in America.

Personality

The Shih Tzu is an affectionate, playful and intelligent dog. As a breed they can be independent and wary of strangers. They enjoy learning and like to please, but they can be obstinate at times and can give the impression that some tasks are simply beneath them. With patience and consistency they can become relatively obedient.

Health

In common with many other breeds, the Shih Tzu dog can suffer from some hereditary eye problems and kneecaps that may temporarily slip out of place. They are also more prone to ear infections, spinal disc disease and breathing problems.

Exercise

Shih Tzus do require exercise but are quite happy to stay at home and play. They are perfectly content with short walks and would prefer three 20-minute strolls to an hour-long hike.

Nutrition

Small dogs have a fast metabolism, meaning they burn energy at a high rate, although their small stomachs mean that they must eat little and often. Small-breed foods are specifically designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit smaller mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion.

Grooming

The coat of the Shih Tzu is long, soft and dense, with a good amount of undercoat, and requires a lot of daily grooming to keep it looking in top condition. They also require frequent bathing, sometimes as much as once a week and they must be dried completely. As the hair grows upwards from the bridge of the nose, it is often tied up in a topknot, on top of the head. Their faces may need to be washed daily, as food etc can get stuck on the hair. If the coat becomes too much, it can be kept short, a groomer or the breeder is probably the best person to advise on how this is carried out.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Shetland Sheepdog

A small/medium-sized, graceful and dainty dog, the Shetland Sheepdog has an attractive, long coat with a profuse mane around the neck and chest, and abundant feathering (longer hair) on the legs and tail. The coat comes in several colours, patterns and combinations – see the breed standard for details. Adult males stand at approximately 37cm and females at 35.5cm. The weight of a fully grown Sheltie ranges from 6-12kg.

I've looked after dogs before, so I have some experience
I'd feel more comfortable keeping training to the basics
I'd like to go on active walks with my dog
For one to two hours a day
A smaller dog would suit me best
-
I can fit in daily grooming sessions
-
I prefer quiet dogs that only bark from time to time
Yes - Barks and alerts
No
No
Shetland Sheepdog

Origin

Taking its name after the Shetland Isles off the north-east coast of Scotland, where he developed as a breed, the Shetland Sheepdog breed (or 'Sheltie') worked as a sheepdog in sometimes very demanding conditions. Originally thought to be a mixture of many types of dog, including a Spitz-type and a Scottish Sheepdog, a small Rough Collie was introduced to the mix by a native Shetlander called James Loggie to produce the modern Sheltie. Mr Loggie went on to become the first secretary of a Shetland breed club in 1908.

Personality

The Sheltie may look glamorous and graceful, but he is also a strong, active working breed with oodles of energy. Utterly devoted to his owner, he can be standoffish with those he doesn't know. A Shetland Sheepdog is ever alert and will feel the need to tell you if anything catches his attention; this could be a problem if you have near neighbours and/or you are unable to control his vocal tendencies.

Health

As with many breeds, the Shetland Sheepdog can suffer from various hereditary eye disorders, and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

A minimum of an hour's exercise is needed daily, though the energetic Shetland Sheepdog will happily take more. As well as walking with his owner, this dog enjoys training and has done well in many of the canine sports, including agility, obedience and flyball.

Nutrition

Small dogs have a fast metabolism, meaning they burn energy at a high rate, although their small stomachs mean that they must eat little and often. Small-breed foods are specifically designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit smaller mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion.

Grooming

The Shetland Sheepdog is a fairly high-maintenance coat, with a long, straight top coat and a short, fluffy, thick undercoat. Daily attention will stop the task of grooming becoming too onerous – ensuring that you remove tangles promptly before they become a problem.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Samoyed

The Samoyed is a medium/large Spitz breed, showing the typical characteristics of erect, pricked ears and a tail curling over the back. They have a thick, profuse weather-resistant coat. Their feet are flat and have an abundance of hair, making them like snowshoes and preventing snow from forming 'snowballs' between the toes. The Samoyed can be pure white, white and biscuit, or cream in colour. Adult males are 51-56cm in height and adult females 46-51cm. The weight range is 23-30kg.

I've looked after dogs before, so I have some experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For one to two hours a day
A medium size dog works for me
-
I can fit in daily grooming sessions
-
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
Yes - Barks and alerts
No
Yes
Samoyed

Origin

A herding dog in northern Russia, the Samoyed (or 'Sami') dog breed acquired the name after the nomadic tribe it served. They were also used to guard the reindeer that they herded. The Samoyed dog worked closely with the tribe and shared their tents, so has a great love of family life. On occasion they were used to pull sleds or boats. Many explorers used these dogs at the turn of the century when there was an increase in polar exploration. After the expeditions many of these dogs returned home with the explorers. They became popular very quickly and are still so to this day.

Personality

The Samoyed is generally a friendly, outgoing and devoted dog. Samoyeds are protective of their homes; no intruder will ever go unheard. He loves to be included in all family activities and can become destructive and vocal if left for too long or bored. They enjoy digging and are great escape artists, so garden security is essential. They have to be socialised from an early age, especially with cats and any other household pets. They can be quite vocal.

Health

The main inherited disease that the Samoyed suffers from is a particular type of kidney disease. As with many breeds, they can also suffer from various hereditary eye disorders, and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

The Samoyed dog breed needs a reasonable amount of exercise both on and off the lead. They do have a natural tendency to pull on a lead; however, they can be trained to walk beside you, or a headcollar can be used. An adult Samoyed needs a couple of hours' exercise daily.

Nutrition

Large breed dogs, as well as having large appetites, benefit from a different balance of nutrients including minerals and vitamins compared to smaller-breed dogs. Samoyeds can be prone to bloating and stomach problems; smaller, more frequent meals can help minimise this risk.

Grooming

This is a high-maintenance breed when it comes to grooming and it's important that full instructions are given to you by the breeder of your puppy. A daily brush will keep them looking clean, with a more thorough grooming once a week. If the coat becomes wet or muddy, leave it to dry; it is then easier to comb the dirt from the coat. In their native country, the Samoyed will shed its undercoat once a year, normally in the summer. In centrally-heated homes, however, they may shed twice a year. When the coat is being shed, it will get everywhere and grooming will need to be more regular. Males seem to have a longer coat than females.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Pyrenean Mountain Dog

They look immensely strong and yet are well balanced and elegant, with unhurried, steady and smooth movement, which is driven by powerful hindquarters. Pyrenean Mountain Dogs (or 'Pyrs') are plain white or white with patches of badger, wolf-grey, lemon, orange or tan.on their heads, ears and root of their tails. The minimum height for an adult male is 70cm and 50kg in weight. Adult females are from 65cm and 40kg.

Yes. I'm a confident owner with lots of experience
I'm an experienced trainer and comfortable with any breed
I'd like to go on active walks with my dog
For one to two hours a day
I'd love a giant breed of dog.
-
I can fit in daily grooming sessions
-
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
Yes - Physically protective
No
No
Pyrenean Mountain Dog

Origin

Originating from the Pyrenees, the mountains that separate France from Spain, the exact history of the Pyrenean Mountain Dog breed is unknown but they have been guarding the flocks in France for millennia. Fossils of this breed type have been found, which predate the Bronze Age (1800-1000BC). Before the French Revolution, the breed could be found guarding the large chateaux in southern France. Exactly what breeds contributed to their make-up are not known but the Kuvasz of Hungary, the Maremma Sheepdog of Italy and Anatolian Sheepdog of Turkey are all likely candidates. To this day, the breed works in France, guarding sheep and cattle from predators and stock thieves.

Personality

Pyrenean Mountain Dogs often make affectionate companions. They can, however, be aggressive towards other dogs of a similar size. Strangers will be mistrusted and you and your family will be protected against any unwelcome strangers. Pyrenean Mountain Dogs can be headstrong and stubborn and are not ideal for first-time owners, requiring a more experienced owner.

Health

The Pyranean Mountain Dog is generally a hardy breed. However in common with many large breeds they may suffer hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

Exercising puppies must be done very gradually to avoid putting excess strain on their growing bones and tender tissues and, even with the adult dog, care must taken to build up exercise gradually. Having said that, for their size they really do not need copious amounts of exercise, but, in time, should be given free running off the lead as well as regular controlled walks.

Nutrition

Giant-breed dogs, as well as having giant appetites, benefit from a different balance of minerals and vitamins, supporting different joint and cartilage needs. The Pyrenean is prone to bloating and stomach problems; try feeding smaller, more frequent meals to help minimise the risk.

Grooming

It is necessary to brush or comb this breed thoroughly once or even twice a day to remove loose hairs. This becomes even more important during the moulting times. Failure to do this will result in the coat matting and the dog's coat looking dull and unhealthy. They do require regular bathing and this is no easy task!

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Poodle Toy

The Toy Poodle dog is a noble-looking dog with a slender muzzle and long neck. The coat is profuse, curly and is often styled, and comes in a variety of shades, including blues, greys, silvers, browns, apricots and creams – see the breed standard for full details. The adult should be below 28cm in height and weighs no more than 4.5kg.

No, this will be my first dog and I am ready to learn!
I'd feel more comfortable keeping training to the basics
I'm looking for a dog to take on gentle walks
For half an hour a day
I'd like a little toy dog to carry around
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
I can fit in daily grooming sessions
Yes, I require a hypoallergenic breed
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
Yes - Barks and alerts
Yes
Yes
Poodle Toy

Origin

This small Poodle size was known to exist at least 500 years ago. During the 17th and 18th centuries the Poodle dog breed became a favourite with the nobility, who wanted dogs smaller than the miniature variety and so the Toy Poodle dog was developed. The name 'Poodle' came from the German for 'pudel' (meaning 'to splash in water', as the Standard (from which the Mini and Toy Poodles descended) was a highly regarded water-retriever.

Personality

This is a lively and affectionate dog, who can make the most wonderful companion. He can be a good guard dog, announcing visitors, but is generally good-tempered. Toy Poodles are unusually sensitive to vocal intonation, and respond well to training. Children should be trained to handle these small, delicate dogs carefully, though.

Health

Like many small breeds, the Toy Poodle can suffer from kneecaps that may temporarily slip out of place (luxating patellas). They are also prone to a hip condition and an inherited eye disorder that should be tested for.

Exercise

This is a fairly active breed that likes to get out on walks and particularly enjoys games. It is a good idea to enrol in some sort of activity so that the mind is stimulated along with the body. Poodles can do well in obedience, agility and most dog sports.

Nutrition

Toy dogs have a fast metabolism, meaning they burn energy at a high rate, although their small stomachs mean that they must eat little and often. Small-breed foods are specifically designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit smaller mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion.

Grooming

Toy Poodles do not shed and are often (though not always) tolerated by allergic people. Their coats do take a great deal of care, though, generally requiring professional grooming, as well as regular combing and brushing at home. The poodle should be taken to a groomer about every six weeks to be clipped, or you can learn how to do it yourself.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Poodle Standard

This is a noble, elegant and well-balanced dog with a slender muzzle and long neck. The Standard Poodle's coat is profuse and curly and is often styled. This breed comes in many coat colours, including black, white, blue, grey, silver, brown, apricot and cream (see the breed standard for details). Adult Standard Poodles stand at a minimum height of 38cm and weighs between 20-32kg.

I've looked after dogs before, so I have some experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For one to two hours a day
I'd love a large dog
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
I can fit in daily grooming sessions
Yes, I require a hypoallergenic breed
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
No
Yes
Yes
Poodle Standard

Origin

The Standard Poodle dog breed is the oldest of the three Poodle sizes, with the miniature and toy varieties developed later. The exact origin of the Poodle dog is unknown; some say they originated in France and others say that they come from Germany. It is thought they may have been taken to France from Germany and then developed into their present form in France. They were used in Germany as a water retrieving dog and today some still have the hunting instinct.

Personality

An affectionate, lively dog, the Standard Poodle dog makes a rewarding companion. They can be good watch dogs, announcing visitors but never being aggressive. They are high-spirited, happy dogs who love a busy life and being involved in all family matters.

Health

As with many breeds, The Standard Poodle can suffer from various hereditary eye disorders, and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important. There is also a high incidence in the breed of a particular hormonal disease (Addison's disease) and a stomach condition (gastric dilation volvulus).

Exercise

Standards need a good deal of exercise and space. Most of them love to swim and to retrieve, so do take care when near water to ensure their safety. They respond well to training and have excelled in many of the canine sports, such as agility and obedience.

Nutrition

Large breed dogs, as well as having large appetites, benefit from a different balance of nutrients including minerals and vitamins compared to smaller-breed dogs. Standard Poodles are also prone to bloating and stomach problems; smaller, more frequent meals can help minimise this risk.

Grooming

Standard Poodles do not shed and are often (though not always) tolerated by allergic people. Their coats do take a great deal of care, though, generally requiring professional grooming, as well as regular combing and brushing at home. The poodle should be taken to a groomer about every six weeks to be clipped, or you can learn how to do it yourself and this can be as simple as a 'sheep' style clip.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Poodles just love to get involved in family life! High spirited and happy, they make wonderful companions. To learn more about this breed, visit Purina today.

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