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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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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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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

The Duck Tolling Retriever is a medium-sized, active dog with a distinctively feathered tail and webbed feet. They range in colour from all shades of red or orange, with the feathering under the tail being lighter and some have white on the tip of the tail, feet and chest. Adult males stand at 48-51cm and adult females 45-48cm. They weigh between 17-23kg.

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 keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For more than two hours a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I prefer quiet dogs that only bark from time to time
No
No
Yes
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Origin

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (or 'Toller' dog) was developed in the early part of the 20th century to lure and retrieve waterfowl. It is thought that they were the result of several crosses involving Golden, Chesapeake Bay, Labrador, and Flat Coated Retrievers. It is possible that they may also have small amounts of Cocker Spaniel, Irish Setter, and working collies and maybe even a variety or two of the spitz type breeds in them, too. They used to be called the Little River Duck Dog or the Yarmouth Toller.

Personality

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever loves the great outdoors and is ideally suited to the active, country-dwelling family. He responds well to training and can excel in the dog sports of flyball, agility, and so on. He is a playful, energetic companion.

Health

As with many breeds, Duck Tolling Retrievers can suffer from hereditary eye disorders, and hip and elbow dysplasia (joint conditions that can be painful and lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

The adult Toller dog requires plenty of exercise and needs to be kept active. Anything involving swimming and retrieving is ideal for this dog.

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

The coat of the Novia Scotia Duck Tolling Retreiver is of medium length, waterproof with a soft, dense undercoat. The coat does need to be brushed regularly, a couple of times a week should be sufficient; however, during moulting more attention may be required. They may need the longer hair on their feet and ears tidied up from time to time.

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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Labrador Retriever

Labrador dogs are large, strongly built dogs with good bone and substance. Their heads are broad with soft, intelligent eyes. Their tails are totally unique being otter-like. The short, dense coat comes in solid black, yellow and chocolate/liver. Adult dogs measure 56-57cm and weigh about 30kg and adult females are 55-56cm and weigh about 28kg.

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 keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For more than two hours a day
I'd love a large dog
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
No
Yes
Yes
Labrador Retriever

Origin

The Labrador Retreiver breed originated not in Labrador, but on the coast of Newfoundland in the 17th century. They were trained to bring in the fishing-nets through the icy waters for the fishermen and, in the early 19th century, were brought to Poole Harbour in Great Britain. They were so attractive that the fishermen had umpteen offers from Englishmen to buy them. The breed was instantly successful as a gundog. The Earl of Malmesbury was fascinated by these dogs, known at that time as Saint John's breed, and he started breeding them, calling them Labrador dogs (or 'Labs').

Personality

The Labrador breed is definitely in the top three when it comes to choosing a family pet - as long as you enjoy exercise! They are friendly, good-natured dogs who are affectionate with everyone. They are adaptable social dogs who can bond well with other animals and children, being patient and forgiving but this should never be abused. They are extremely loyal and love to be included in all aspects of family life. Labradors will bark to draw your attention to strangers but will welcome them with open arms.

Health

As with many breeds, Labrador dogs can suffer from various hereditary eye disorders, and hip and elbow dysplasia (joint conditions that can be painful and lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

Labradors will adapt quite readily to the amount of time you can allocate for their exercise but do remember they should be given quite a reasonable amount – a couple of hours a day being ideal for a healthy adult. They love fairly long walks with a chance to run and play off the lead. They adore retrieving and water, so do take care when near the latter to ensure their safety. They are prone to weight gain but this is often due to a lack of exercise as well as a love of food.

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. The Labrador is prone to bloating and stomach problems; smaller, more frequent meals can help minimise this risk.

Grooming

Labrador dog coats are easy to maintain. The coat is thick and dense with a weather-resistant undercoat and is easy to maintain with a brush through once a week, and more regular attention when moulting.

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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Golden Retriever

Known for his lustrous, medium-length golden coat, this large retriever has a friendly expression with perfect symmetry and superb, flowing movement covering the ground with long, powerful strides. Adult males are 56-61cm in height and 30-34kg. Adult females are 51-56cm and 27-32kg.

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 keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For more than two hours a day
I'd love a large dog
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I prefer quiet dogs that only bark from time to time
No
Yes
Yes
Golden Retriever

Origin

Sir Dudley Marjoribanks (Lord Tweedmouth) took a liking to the yellow colour of the retriever and acquired a dog called 'Nous' from Brighton, England, in 1865 and used him on a Tweedwater Spaniel bitch, which was a liver-coloured retrieving dog. In 20 years of further breeding, and bringing in Labrador Retrievers, Red Setters and possibly a Bloodhound or two to improve scenting and add bone, the Golden Retriever dog breed was developed. In 1908 it was registered and shown as Golden Flatcoats until 1913, when the listing was changed to Golden or Yellow Retrievers until finally, in 1920, they took the name they bear today.

Personality

The Golden Retriever is a gentle dog with a level disposition, and usually adapts well to family life. They love to be involved in all matters, whether indoors or outdoors. They are foremost a retriever and will attempt to drag, pull or carry anything they can fit into their mouths. They also love water and care should be taken to ensure their safety when any form of water is nearby. Golden Retrievers are, however, worriers, and great care should be taken during training, ensuring sensitivity is maintained at all times.

Health

As with many breeds, The Golden Retriever can suffer from various hereditary eye disorders, and hip and elbow dysplasia (joint conditions that can be painful and lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

Adult Golden Retrievers require a reasonable amount of exercise to keep them in peak condition. As puppies, do ensure they are not over-exercised or bone/joint problems may develop. A couple of hours of daily exercise should be sufficient for a fit adult, though this dog will happily accept more if you can offer it!

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. The Golden Retriever is prone to bloating and stomach problems; smaller, more frequent meals can help minimise this risk.

Grooming

Because of the density of the coat, Golden Retrievers must be regularly groomed. The undercoat, because of its water-repellent nature, is extremely thick and must therefore not be allowed to mat, causing unnecessary suffering to the animal. Whilst the length of the coat attracts water and mud, this is easily cleaned off once the coat has dried.

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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Flat-Coated Retriever

TheThe Flat Coated Retriever dog breed is a long, lean-looking dog, bright and active with an intelligent expression. They have dense, flat coats with high lustre, their legs and tails are well feathered and they give the impression of power and raciness. The coat is commonly solid black or solid liver in colour. An adult male is ideally 58-61cm in height and 27-36kg in weight; adult females are 56-58cm and 25-32 kg.

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 keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For more than two hours a day
I'd love a large dog
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
No
Yes
Yes
Flat-Coated Retriever

Origin

Retriever breeds were developed in the early 19th century as dogs whose sole purpose was to pick up shot game. The Flat Coated Retriever was developed from the Lesser Newfoundland as a land retriever and evolved into a fine water and land retriever much favoured by gamekeepers. They have the added skills of flushing game from cover and will hunt game in upland areas. The credit for establishing this breed is given to Mr J Hull who began breeding them in 1864 and they came to be commonly used on estates throughout Great Britain.

Personality

The Flat Coated Retriever is a kindly, lively dog who loves humans. They are slow to mature and retain their puppy-like qualities for several years. They are usually good family dogs, even-tempered and adaptable but with a deep bark that will give warning of the approach of both visitors and strangers. Their tails wag constantly and they are very enthusiastic dogs who thrive with a lot of attention from their owners.

Health

The most concerning breed related problem is a high predisposition to some certain types of aggressive cancers. 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 Flat Coated Retriever is a tireless worker and as a companion is capable of covering long distances but is happy with moderate exercise. They are keen to join in with any activity. They are excellent water dogs and natural swimmers, enjoying this form of exercise.

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.The Flat Coated Retrievers are prone to bloating and stomach problems; smaller, more frequent meals can help minimise this risk.

Grooming

Flat Coated Retrievers require daily brushing to maintain their coats. Particular attention should be paid to the feathers, which may collect debris, and their feet should be checked for dried mud or other foreign matter.

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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Curly-Coated Retriever

A large, strong, elegant breed, the Curly Coated Retriever has a distinctive liver or black coat of thick, tight curls on the body, with smooth hair on the rest of the dog. Adult males stand at 69cm, females at 64cm, and they weigh 36-45kg when fully grown.

No, this will be my first dog and I am ready to learn!
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For more than two hours a day
I'd love a large dog
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I prefer quiet dogs that only bark from time to time
No
No
Yes
Curly-Coated Retriever

Origin

The exact history of the Curly Coated Retriever dog breed is unclear, with many breeds going into its development as a gundog, including various retrievers, the Tweed Water Spaniel and the Irish Water Spaniel among others. The Poodle was also used, to improve the curliness of the coat. The breed was first shown in 1860 and excelled as a shooting dog, but its popularity as a pet and working dog waned with the emergence of the Labrador Retriever.

Personality

A steady, confident, bold dog, the Curly Coated Retriever is quite independent and can seem aloof to those he doesn't know well. With his loved ones, however, he is affectionate and makes a calm, loyal companion. He is very much an 'outdoor' dog and loves exploring his surroundings and retrieving – in and out of the water.

Health

As with many breeds, the Curly Coated Retriever 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

An active dog, the Curly Coat needs two hours of exercise and more a day. He loves retrieving – be it on land or in water – and his waterproof coat serves him well. This is a dog that enjoys 'working', so take a toy for fetch games, to spice up walks.

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. The Curly Coat, in common with many large breeds, is prone to bloating and stomach problems; smaller, more frequent meals can help minimise this risk.

Grooming

When the thick, curly coat is shedding, combing will remove dead hair; otherwise, brushing and combing is avoided, as it makes the coat frizzy. Instead, dampen it and massage with your fingers. A monthly light trim is also recommended; ask the breeder or breed club for full details of what is required.

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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Chesapeake Bay Retriever

A large, muscular and powerful dog that has webbed feet, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever's water-resistant coat is short and thick, with a harsh, oily topcoat and a fine, woolly undercoat. The coat is described as 'dead grass' which is a colour between straw to bracken; they can also be red/gold or brown. Adult males measure 58-66cm and weigh between 29.5-36.4kg. Adult females measure 53-61cm and weigh 25-31.8kg.

No, this will be my first dog and I am ready to learn!
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For more than two hours a day
I'd love a large dog
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
I can groom my dog once a week
-
I prefer quiet dogs that only bark from time to time
No
Yes
Yes
Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Origin

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is an American breed that was developed from British dogs, developed by the settlers to work in the water, retrieving duck and other fowl. There is a story that says a ship was wrecked off the coast of Maryland in 1807 with two Newfoundland puppies. The puppies were given to the rescuers as a thank you. Both the dogs were mated to local dogs and the resulting puppies were crossed with Flat Coated and Curly Coated Retrievers, Irish Water Spaniels and Coonhounds to produce the Chesapeake dog breed that we recognise today.

Personality

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers can have an independent streak and at the same time are affectionate. They love children, although they can play a bit roughly at times. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is naturally protective and has a bright, cheerful and alert outlook on life and enjoy the companionship of other dogs and people. They are not the best breed of dog for a novice owner.

Health

As with many breeds, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever 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

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever requires a lot of exercise, and can become somewhat badly behaved if not given enough. They love water, swimming and retrieving, and need two-plus hours of daily exercise. They are not the ideal dog for towns or the idle.

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. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is prone to bloating and stomach problems; smaller, more frequent meals can help minimise this risk.

Grooming

The coat of the Chesapeake dog is thick and short with a dense woolly undercoat. The coat can be wavy but is not generally curly, feeling oily when touched. It is advised not to wash this dog, as damage can be done to its waterproof coat. Also take care when brushing, which should only be necessary when the dog is moulting. Brushing will remove the dead and loose hairs. Bathing and excessive brushing could damage the texture of the coat.

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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Pug

Multum in parvo' is this breed's motto, meaning he's 'a lot in a little'. The Pug is a toy dog, standing at around 25-33cm when fully grown, but he is square, cobby, muscular and surprisingly heavy at around 6.3-8.1kg. The short, soft, glossy coat comes in silver, apricot, fawn or black.

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 groom my dog once a week
-
I prefer quiet dogs that only bark from time to time
Yes - Barks and alerts
Yes
Yes
Pug

Origin

A breed with a long, distinguished history, the Pug dog breed is thought to have come from China, before accompanying traders to Europe, where he developed in the Netherlands prior to the 16th century. The Pug dog breed became inextricably linked with Dutch royalty and the House of Orange and when, following the Glorious Revolution of 1689, William III became king of England, the Pug accompanied him, where he became popular with the nobility.

Personality

This charming, good-tempered toy dog is a happy, sociable companion. These little dogs have big personalities, and the Pug beloved of old and young alike. He can be calm and quiet but he can also have his mischievous, clownish moments. A super companion if you can offer him the time he needs – he does not like to be separated from his loved ones for too long.

Health

The most common health problems relate to the Pug's flat face, which results in obstruction of their airways and a difficulty in breathing. Over-exercising and over-heating is therefore to be avoided. They are also prone to eye problems and like many small breeds, they can suffer from kneecaps that may temporarily slip out of place (luxating patellas).

Exercise

The Pug needs only about half an hour's exercise a day, but he will happily potter around with you all day, and accompany you on errands. Never exercise him in hot weather or keep him in the car when it is even slightly warm, as he can suffer breathing difficulties.

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

The Pug's coat is low maintenance, requiring a quick brush once a week. However, the wrinkle over the dog's nose will need to be cleaned daily, and the ears and eyes will also need to be checked every day.

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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Portuguese Water Dog

A rectangular, medium-sized, muscular dog, the Portuguese Water Dog comes in two coat types: one with quite long, wavy hair, and the other with shorter, harsh hair with tighter curls. Show dogs are clipped (on the muzzle, hindquarters and part of the tail). The coat comes in black, white, brown, black and white, and brown and white. Adult males stand at 50-57cm and weigh 19-25kg, and females are 43-52cm tall and weigh 16-22kg.

Yes. I'm a confident owner with lots of experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For more than two hours a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
I've got time for grooming every other day
Yes, I require a hypoallergenic breed
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
Yes - Barks and alerts
No
Yes
Portuguese Water Dog

Origin

First mention of a black-coated, shaggy-haired dog similar to the Portuguese Water Dog breed dates back to around the 12th century. They were bred to help retrieve nets for the fishermen and to assist with any other work in the water, such as taking a net to another boat. He would guard the boat when necessary. The Portuguese Water Dog's numbers declined in the 1960s as fishing methods changed and he was no longer needed, and was listed as the rarest pedigree dog, but interest in the breed as a show dog and a family companion has replaced his traditional fishing role.

Personality

An even-tempered, active dog, the Portuguese Water Dog is bold and quick to learn. Loyal and alert, he makes a good watchdog in the home, and although he can have a stubborn streak if not correctly motivated, he is usually obedient with his loved ones.

Health

As with many breeds, the Portuguese Water Dog can 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. They should also be DNA tested for a rare but serious inherited heart condition that can occur in the breed.

Exercise

The Portuguese Water Dog needs at least an hour's daily exercise, preferably much more. Unsurprisingly, he's a real 'water baby' – not just paddling in ponds but enjoying a good dive! Do ensure he is on lead in areas where the water may not be safe (on frozen lakes etc).

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 also 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

As already described, there are two hair types in the Portuguese Water Dog breed. Both need regular grooming and, if you want to keep the dog in show trim, regular clipping. Many pet dogs are clipped all over in an attractive 'puppy' type trim. The breeder will advise you on the full details of grooming when you purchase the puppy, or you can use the services of a professional groomer, of course, although the additional, regular expense will have to be considered.

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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Ever alert and loyal to their loved ones, Portuguese Water Dogs make faithful watchdogs in the home. To read more about this lovely breed, visit Purina today.

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