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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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Sleek and undoubtedly outstanding, the Weimaraner breed makes a rewarding companion for experienced owners. To find out more, visit Purina today.

Segugio Italiano (Short/smooth coat)

A medium-sized hound, with adult dogs standing at 52-59cms and females 48-56cms, the Segugio Italiano comes in two coat types – rough or smooth – and a range of colours (black/tan and any shade from red to wheaten). He is square-shaped and light in structure – an athletic, rather than heavy, hound. The approximate weight range of the adult Segugio is 20-23kg.

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 go on active walks with my dog
For an hour a day
I'd love a large dog
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I can groom my dog once a week
-
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
No
No
No
Segugio Italiano (Short/smooth coat)

Origin

An ancient breed, possibly descending from the hounds of ancient Egypt, the Segugio Italiano dog breed has been used for flushing boar in his native country for centuries, and features in many Italian art works from the Renaissance. It's thought that the Mastiff was added to the mix of scent and sight hound breeding that contributed to his development, giving the dog boldness as well as the ability to hunt by eye and nose. Today, the Segugio Italiano is primarily a hunting dog, flushing hare.

Personality

The Segugio Italiano has keen hunting instincts and loves to follow his nose. Usually quiet and reserved, he becomes highly excited and vocal when following a scent. A gentle, good-tempered and loving dog, this high-energy dog needs a very active home.

Health

The Segugio Italiano dog is a robust breed with no widely recognised specific health concerns.

Exercise

This hound needs two hours and more of exercise each day. He has a great deal of energy and stamina and can follow his nose for hours! Do ensure you counteract any 'hound deafness' with a solid recall, and give him scenting games to allow him to use his nose.

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

Grooming

There are two coat varieties. The coarse-haired Segugio Italiano dog breed has a harsh, wiry coat that is thick and no longer than 5cm in length. There is also a smooth-haired variety, with a thick, short coat that is shiny. Both coats are low-maintenance, requiring no more than a weekly groom.

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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Natural hunters who love to follow their noses, the Segugio breed has bundles of energy. To find out more about this active breed, visit Purina today.

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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Rhodesian Ridgeback

The Rhodesian Ridgeback dog is a large, solid-coloured, active breed with a short coat that has a distinctive ridge of hair along the back. Powerful and agile, adult males measure 63-69cm and weigh 30-39kg. Females are 61-66cm in height and weigh 30-39kg. They can be any self-colour from light wheaten to red wheaten.

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 prefer quiet dogs that only bark from time to time
Yes - Physically protective
No
No
Rhodesian Ridgeback

Origin

Records show that the Hottentots of South Africa used ridge-backed dogs as hunters and companions from at least the 15th century. They were bred as big game hunters, to track and trap the prey, but not to attack. Once they had cornered their prey they would bark to alert the hunter. In the 1800s European settlers bred these dogs to their own Mastiffs and scent hounds thus producing the Rhodesian Ridgeback dog breed we know today. Nowadays few of these dogs are used for their original purpose of hunting; instead they are guard dogs and companions.

Personality

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a strong, powerful dog that can be determined and stubborn. Although quite placid and confident at home, they are very wary of strangers. Not the ideal breed for the novice owner, they need experienced handling and training – together with early, thorough socialisation.

Health

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is predisposed to a particular inherited defect involving the spine (dermoid sinus) and all puppies should be screened at birth for this. As with many breeds they can also suffer from hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

The Rhodesian Ridgeback requires a couple of hours' daily exercise as an adult. Rhodesian Ridgebacks have strong hunting instincts so should be in a safe open space before let of the lead. A reliable recall is essential.

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

Grooming

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a low-maintenance breed when it comes to grooming. The coat shorthaired coat can be groomed using a rubber-grooming mitt once or twice a week.

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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Originally bred in South Africa for hunting, these beautifully red-coloured dogs now make loyal companions to experienced owners. Learn more at Purina today.

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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One of the best family pets, Labradors are adaptable, sociable, and affectionate with everyone they meet. Read about their care and history with Purina.

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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Known for their golden coats, Golden Retrievers are gentle-spirited and fit well with family life. They love swimming and 'fetching' too! Read more about them here.

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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These Retreivers are kind and lively, retaining their puppy-like personality and enthusiasm for many years. Read about keeping them as pets with Purina.

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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Elegant but well-built, with a lovely springy coat, Curly-Coated Retrievers are the less well-known cousins of the Labrador Retriever. Learn about them here.

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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Bred to work in water, these large dogs have a water-resistant coat and webbed feet perfect for swimming. Learn more about their care and breed history here.

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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