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Mexican Hairless (Medium)

A hairless dog, with soft skin, the Xolo dog is slightly longer than he is tall. The skin can be pigmented black, grey, red, liver, bronze and blonde. There are three sizes. Fully grown Miniature Mexican Hairless are 25-35cm in height, Intermediate 36-45cm, and Standard 46-60cm.

Yes. I'm a confident owner with lots of experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'm looking for a dog to take on gentle walks
For an hour a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
I can groom my dog once a week
Yes, I require a hypoallergenic breed
I prefer quiet dogs that only bark from time to time
Yes - Barks and alerts
No
No
Mexican Hairless (Medium)

Origin

An ancient breed, the Mexican Hairless dog (or 'Xolo') has been the hunting companion of people in Central and South America for around 3,000 years. Revered by the Aztecs, he is also known as Xoloitzcuintle, meaning Dog God, he was thought to have special powers of healing, transmitted through him from the gods. He was also used as a gift to the gods and was sacrificed and eaten. He comes in three sizes – Miniature, Intermediate and Standard.

Personality

A peaceful, contented dog, the Mexican Hairless dog is alert to his environment. Rather reserved with strangers, he is loving and companionable with his family.

Health

The main health problems encountered in the Mexican Hairless dog are related to their skin, being particularly predisposed to sunburn given the lack of protection from fur. Teeth problems also occur quite frequently.

Exercise

Miniature Mexican Hairless dogs need about half an hour's daily exercise and the Intermediate and Standard need about an hour. Do ensure he is protected from the elements (both the warm and cold) before taking him outside.

Nutrition

The Miniature Mexican Hairless dog is a small dog that has 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. The Intermediate and Standard diets need 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

Small tufts of hair can appear on the Mexican Hairless dog, but he is generally hairless and no hair-care is therefore required. However, the skin can become dry, as it is not protected with a coat. Smoothing some baby oil on will help hydrate the skin. A suitable sun cream can be used to prevent the skin from burning, and the dogs should be kept out of direct sunlight in warm weather. The dogs also need protection against the cold and should wear a coat when walked in the winter months.

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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Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)

The Pembroke Corgi is a short, sturdy little dog, set low to the ground, with a foxy face. Their straight, medium-length coat is waterproof and can be red, sable, fawn, black and tan, with or without white markings. Adult Pembrokes measure 25-30cm, with males weighing in at 10-12kg and females at 9-11kg.

Yes. I'm a confident owner with lots of experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'm looking for a dog to take on gentle walks
For an hour a day
A smaller dog would suit me best
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
Yes - Barks and alerts
No
No
Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)

Origin

Records show that the Pembroke Welsh Corgi dog breed has existed in the UK since a least 920AD. They are thought to have been brought to Wales by the Flemish weavers and were very popular in the 14th to the 18th centuries as cattle drovers. The Pembroke and Cardigan Corgis were recognised as separate breeds in the UK in 1934.

Personality

The Pembroke Corgi is a generally obedient, active little dog. They are bold, outgoing and friendly - big dogs in little bodies. They are obedient and are loyal to the family and are ideally suited to an active, busy home. They make good watchdogs, being alert in the home, and keen to announce any visitors.

Health

The Welsh Corgi (Pembroke) is generally a very hardy breed. As with many breeds though, they 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. Their body shape also makes them more prone to spinal disc disease.

Exercise

He might only have short legs, but the Pembroke Corgi was bred to drove cattle and still has lots of energy and drive. At least an hour's exercise is needed for an adult.

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 Pembroke Welsh Corgi is of medium length, straight and waterproof with a dense undercoat. This coat needs a small amount of time spent on grooming. They do need to be brushed to remove any loose and dead hairs. If they have been out in the mud, then it is easy to remove the dirt once it 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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Welsh Corgi (Cardigan) (Medium/long coat)

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a short, sturdy dog, that is set low to the ground. Their straight, medium or short coat is waterproof. They have a fox-like brush for a tail, and their head has the look of a fox also. They are much longer than they are tall. The coat comes in a number of colours – see the breed standard for details. Adult Cardigans stand at about 30cm and weigh 15-18kg.

Yes. I'm a confident owner with lots of experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'm looking for a dog to take on gentle walks
For an hour a day
A smaller dog would suit me best
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
Yes - Barks and alerts
No
No
Welsh Corgi (Cardigan) (Medium/long coat)

Origin

Records have been discovered that show that the Cardigan Welsh Corgi dog breed has existed in the UK since about 1200BC. They are thought to have been brought to Wales by the Celts and were very popular as cattle drovers. The Cardigan and Pembroke Corgis were recognised as separate breeds in the UK in 1934.

Personality

The Cardigan Corgi is an energetic little dog who needs an outdoor-loving family. This dog still has the herding instincts of its ancestors, and as such likes constant activity in his life. They do have a tendency to nip heels and chase feet.They are obedient and loyal to their family. Alert to their surroundings, they make good watchdogs in the home.

Health

The Welsh Corgi (Cardigan) is generally a very hardy breed. As with many breeds though they 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. Their body shape also makes them more prone to spinal disc disease.

Exercise

This Welsh Corgi breed requires an adequate amount of exercise – at least an hour daily - even though they only have short legs; however, they are fairly adaptable exercise wise and will fit in with family life.

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 Cardigan Corgi is of short or medium length, straight and waterproof with a dense undercoat. This coat needs a small amount of time spent on grooming – about twice a week - just to remove any loose and dead hairs. If they have been out in the mud then it is easy to remove the dirt once it 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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Weimaraner (Short/smooth coat)

With their silver-grey, sleek, short coat, the Weimaraner dog is one of the most outstanding breeds. The tallest of the gundog group, they are graceful with speed, stamina and endurance. There are two varieties: the short-haired and the long-haired, the latter being less common. The Weimaraner dog breed's predominant colouration is silver grey with shades of mouse or roe-grey being seen. Adult males stand at 61-69cm and weigh around 27kg while females are 56-64cm, weighing around 22.5kg.

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 one to 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
Yes - Physically protective
No
No
Weimaraner (Short/smooth coat)

Origin

The Weimaraner dog breed appeared in a Van Dyke painting of the early 1600s. It is believed that the breed comes from stock similar to the German Shorthaired Pointer, with Bloodhound being added early through crosses with one or more of the various schweisshund breeds. The breed takes its name from the court of Karl August, Grand Duke of Weimar, and was once used to hunt big game, wolves, wildcats, deer, mountain lion and bears etc. When the big game disappeared from Europe by the late 1800s, Weimaraner dogs became a rarity. However, with selective breeding, they became small game hunters and bird dogs.

Personality

Weimaraners are all-round dogs who love family life. They are friendly and energetic but, with their vigilance, make excellent guard dogs. They are very strong characters so are not the ideal first dog for a novice owner, but if you have experience and can socialise, train and exercise them, they make a very rewarding companion.

Health

As with many breeds, the Weimeraner dog breed can suffer from hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems) and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important. As with many large breeds they are also more prone to some bone conditions, heart disease and a specific stomach condition (gastric dilation volvulus).

Exercise

Weimaraners must have regular long walks to keep them calm in the house. If they do not get enough exercise, they can become very destructive and unhappy. They love to swim and retrieve and both these activities keep their active minds occupied. An adult Weimaraner needs two-plus hours of regular daily exercise along with ongoing training.

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. Weimaraners are prone to bloating and stomach problems; smaller, more frequent meals can help minimise this risk.

Grooming

The short-haired Weimaraner dog is one of the easiest breeds to keep clean with very little grooming required. Even when he has been through the muddiest of fields, the dirt seems to fall off him very easily, leaving you with nothing to do but 'polish' up his coat! The more unusual longer-haired variety, with a coat of 2.5-5cm in length and feathering, does, however require more attention. They should be brushed and combed regularly. A check should be made on their ears routinely to ensure they are free from infections.

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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Shar Pei

Shar Pei are easily recognisable by the loose folds of skin on their bodies and their 'frowning' expressions. They are squarely built and short-coupled and look powerful with good bone. Their coat is short and bristly and harsh to the touch. The Shar Pei dog comes in many colours – see the breed standard for details. Adult Shar Pei measure 46-51cm and weigh around 18kg.

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
A medium size dog works for me
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 - Physically protective
No
No
Shar Pei

Origin

The Shar Pei dog breed is centuries old and is a cross of the Mastiff and Nordic breeds. The blue tongue is a characteristic shared with the Chow Chow and this breed is also in its make-up. The Shar Pei dog was originally considered a delicacy in China and the outlawing of them as pets on the mainland forced the breed into near extinction. Thankfully, Matgo Law, a concerned breeder, was able to inspire interest in the Western world and the breed was saved. When Shar Pei first reached the West in the 1970s, they were classified as the rarest breed in the world.

Personality

Well-socialised Shar Pei are devoted to their families. They are loyal, playful and active but can also be stubborn and territorial if not trained properly when young. They are naturally suspicious of strangers. They will be fine with cats if they have been introduced to them when puppies but there can be problems mixing with other dogs. They often hate the cold.

Health

The most common health problems affecting the Shar Pei are skin infections in the excessive skin folds, and various eye conditions. They also may suffer a particular condition which causes fever and joint swelling (familial Shar Pei fever).

Exercise

Whilst an active breed, Shar Pei dogs will take as much or as little exercise as offered as long as they have access to free play. As a guide, an adult dog should be offered an hour's exercise daily, though he will happily accept more. If the dog is quarrelsome with other dogs, make sure he is on a lead and suitable restrained to ensure he cannot cause any trouble.

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

Some lines have very close-set tails and these must be inspected and cleaned to prevent infection. The eyes as well should be inspected daily. The coat itself just needs a going over with a soft brush.

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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Schnauzer Standard

The Standard Schnauzer dog breed is a medium-sized, sturdy and muscular dog with prominent eyebrows and a moustache. The coat can be black or pepper and salt. Adult males are 48cm in height ideally, and weigh about 18kg. Adult females are about 45.7cm and 16kg.

Yes. I'm a confident owner with lots of experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to go on active walks with my dog
For one to 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
-
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
Yes - Physically protective
No
No
Schnauzer Standard

Origin

A Schnauzer dog has been represented in art and sculptures as early as the 1400s. The Schnauzer (commonly called the Standard Schnauzer) is the one that the Miniature and Giant Schnauzers evolved from, originating from southern Germany and the nearby regions of Switzerland and France. Originally it was used as a ratter, then it was discovered that they make excellent watchdogs and guards. The first breed standard for this dog was created in 1890.

Personality

Schnauzers are lively and active dogs but they do have a stubborn and wilful streak. They can become one-person or one-family dogs and may become very territorial. The Schnauzer not always get on well with other dogs or household pets and so need especially thorough socialisation and supervision. They are quick to alert the family of any strangers approaching their territory, using their deep bark.

Health

The Schnauzer dog breed can develop heart problems and, like most breeds, hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Screening is available.

Exercise

Schnauzers enjoy exercise and play and adults need a minimum of an hour's exercise each day, preferably more. They do like to be kept active and enjoy training.

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 Standard Schnauzer is harsh, wiry and short with a dense undercoat. All over grooming is required at least twice a week. Handstripping is a must for the show ring but clipping is straightforward and easy for the smart family pet.

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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Rottweiler

Rottweiler dogs (or 'Rotties') are large, compact dogs known for their solid black coats with clearly defined rust-coloured markings. They are strong and powerful dogs for their size. For their size, Rottweilers are very agile and capable of running and jumping with ease. Adult females stand at 58-64cm and weigh around 38kg, while adult males measure 63-69cm and weigh around 50kg.

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 large dog
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
I can groom my dog once a week
-
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
Yes - Physically protective
No
No
Rottweiler

Origin

The Rottweiler's ancestors could have been the dogs used by the Roman legions to drive and guard their livestock as they crossed the Alps. By the Middle Ages, in Rottweil, Germany, these dogs had been crossed with local sheepdogs to create the 'Rottweiler Metzgerhund', the Rottweil Butchers' Dog. Butchers used these dogs to drive and guard their livestock as it made its way on foot from town to town. In the 19th century cattle-driving became illegal in Germany and the Rottweiler dog breed suffered a decline until 1914 when they were once again brought into use for the war, which proved their physical and mental abilities.

Personality

Rottweilers are unconditionally loyal to their handlers and their families and will naturally defend them and their property. A popular breed with unscrupulous breeders, it's important to find a well-bred, well-socialised pup, as temperaments can vary. The importance of socialisation and training from an early age cannot be overstressed! This breed is not suited to the novice/inexperienced owner.

Health

In common with many large breeds the Rottweiler dog may suffer from a specific stomach condition (gastric dilation volvulus) and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

Rottweilers need exercise and plenty of it! Failure to do this can cause all sorts of behavioural problems. They love to run through woods and in the open countryside with no desire to wander far from their owners. For an adult, two-plus hours of daily exercise is required.

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. Rottweilers are also prone to bloating and stomach problems; smaller, more frequent meals can help minimise this risk.

Grooming

One of the easiest breeds to maintain, give your Rottweiler a good brush down with a rubber glove every now and then – and more regularly during the moulting seasons – and this will suffice.

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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Rottweilers are unconditionally loyal, and they can make great pets for experienced owners. To learn more about this powerful dog breed, visit Purina today.

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