Dog Breeds

Breed Profile – Border Collie 

 

As one of Australia’s most loved and adored breeds, the Border Collie has grown from a primarily working breed, to become a treasured companion animal in many homes. Known for their amazing talents and smart natures, Border Collies are the perfect addition to an energetic home.

 

The breed is considered a medium sized dog with a moderate coat. As they have a double coat grooming is a must and this breed will shed. Care must also be taken in warmer weather as double coated breeds certainly feel the heat. The most popular colour is the black and white variety however Border Collies also come in other colours including tri.

 

Training

Border Collies simply thrive when doing obedience training and agility work and simply put, they are a delight to train. A playful and spirited breed that requires daily exercise to prevent boredom. They fit perfectly with busy energetic households who love to be in the outdoors flexing their muscles and running up a storm. It is important (like with any breed) to understand that a Border Collie is a ‘herding’ breed. This strong desire to ‘herd’ is build into their DNA, this can sometimes be a problem with cats, small animals. Training is a must, while also ensuring your Border Collie is adequately exercised daily. A loveable and animated breed that is always happy to see you (particularly if you have a ball or a lead in hand). They are wonderful dogs that make an affectionate and entertaining member of the family.

 

Herd them up!

As a herding and working breed the Border Collie were specifically bred to be intelligent dogs who could easily handle the energy levels and obedience that are required when herding sheep. A highly intelligent breed that is very athletic and energetic, in saying this they thrive in obedience and dog-sports such as agility.

This is a very important aspect to understand before inviting a Collie into your home. They require a lot of exercise and entertainment and do not take well to being left for endless hours alone in a backyard. If this occurs you may come home to an abundance of holes in the yard and washing torn from the clothesline. They are very smart (in fact some will say they are the smartest of all of the dog breeds), because of this high intelligence they can become bored and destructive easily. If you do not exercise and challenge their minds, the breed will find their own form of entertainment, normally involving chewing or digging of some sort.

Any breed exhibiting destructive behaviour is showing symptoms of boredom, so if this is the case with your Border Collie, increase the daily exercise and create an entertaining backyard. Rotating toys and researching some common boredom busters for when you are away from the home can prevent this problem.

They are loyal and loveable dogs that are sure to bring a smile to any household. When you share your life with a Border Collie there is never a dull moment, it’s no wonder they are such a popular breed across the globe.

Breed Profile – Rottweiler

Dog Breed Facts

This stunning working dog is a popular choice of dog around the globe. Known for their unconditional love and loyalty to their owners and family. The Rottweiler (also known as a Rotty) is fun and obedient breed that simply adores human affection, and family environments.

The origin for this dog is said to be Germany, and it is believed that the breed was developed from Roman cattle dogs that accompanied cattle herds towards Germany. As they were required to control large boisterous cattle-beasts the dogs were bred to be strong and sturdy. When cattle herding was prohibited by law the breed was used by butchers to pull little carts, however numbers declined rapidly when the Rottweiler was no longer required as a heavy working dog. Luckily a club was formed in Germany, which was devoted to protecting the purity of the breed.

Today that hardworking nature and need to please is still evident and it’s no wonder the breed is still seen working in very important roles such as Police dogs and Customs dogs. In some countries they are also used as rescue dogs and border guards.

This breed is very devoted to those who love them. A guarding strong dog that will require training and understanding from a very early age. They respond to firm yet positive training methods and excel in all forms of obedience training –that should commence from early puppyhood.

Rottweiler dog face front

Rottweiler in water

The Rottweiler thrives on being around their family and in the correct hands can be very easy to train. They love attention and companionship and should not be left alone for long periods of time. They are a big and powerful breed who need space to move and a lovely family or owner to care for them. They can be very loyal and naturally guarding of their family so correct training is paramount.

Puppies should be sort from good, reputable breeders that are affiliated with a club. They are the best people to steer you towards the correct training methods and choice of temperament for your requirements. Always check your puppy is healthy and that mum and dad also have no underlying medical conditions. Like all breeds the Rottweiler is a long-term investment that needs to be carefully considered before purchase.

A hardy dog-breed, which is known to enjoy life into their late senior years. However, some dogs can suffer from Hip and Elbow Dysplasia so it is vital that you ensure good breeding and understanding of the possible issues faced. Talk to your breeder and local club about any health concerns and if these problems are present in your chosen kennel.

Dog Breeds Apart

Dog Breeds Apart

Nadia Crighton uncovers what science says about dog breeds and human personalities.

Over the years there have been countless studies on the nature of the varying dog breeds around the world and the personality differences between dog owners and non-dog owners. In fact, pet owners are shown to have better self-esteem and are more agreeable.

More recently, some of these studies have revealed the link between human personalities and the actual breed of dog people choose to spend their life with.

When considered, many invest in certain dog breeds for life. It’s not uncommon for Labrador lovers to always have a happy Labby sharing the family home. In many cases, even growing up as a child in a household alongside a particular breed, will lead to owing and enjoying that breed later down the track.

But what does science say about the link between personalities and dog breeds? A study by Jo Fearon and Psychologist Dr Lance Workman from Bath Spa University in collaboration with the British Kennel Club and OnePoll explored just that…does the breed of dog you choose reflect in your personality?

An online questionnaire was completed which outlined personalities traits such as; openness, agreeableness, extroversion, anxiety (neuroticism) and conscientiousness. These are what Psychologists call the major five traits, which make up the human personality. The survey also detailed the type of breed that was owned. The breeds were then split into seven groups being;

  • *Gundogs
  • *Hound-dogs,
  • *Pastoral (eg, German Shepherd, Border Collie)
  • *Terrier
  • *Toy
  • *Utility (Bulldog, Dalmatian)
  • *Working (Dobermann, Boxer).

*For full breed list head over to //www.thekennelclub.org.uk/services/public/breed/ and browse by breed group.

The results were very interesting. It seems owners of Pastoral and Utility breed groups were more extroverted. Owners of Gundogs and Toy breeds seemed to be more agreeable while owners of Utility, Toy and Gundogs more conscientious. Hound Dog breed owner seemed to be the most emotionally stable while Toy dog breed owners seemed to be more open to new experiences and more imaginative, which completely abolishes the misconception some have towards those who own Toy-breeds (well… celebrities anyway).

Dr Workman also mentioned that the study indicated that we could make predictions about human personality based on the breed of dog they choose to own. Seemingly, certain personality types are drawn to certain breeds. Just imagine if first-time dog owners could be given a survey and shown what breed perfectly matched their personality!

Obviously, environment and lifestyle also have an impact on the types of breeds people are attracted towards. Outdoor loving people tend to be attracted to more energetic breeds, while older people are attracted to smaller dogs. There are many who will link certain dog breed traits with human traits; similarly some will say that some owners even look like their dogs! But the science is still out on this one.

But what about the notion that opposites attract and for those own more than one breed (with completely different traits) could be a major mix of personalities? One thing, however, is pretty clear, humans are attracted to certain dog breeds because of their characteristics and perhaps that is someway linked to our own personalities, experiences, environment and lifestyle. Food for thought!

BREED PROFILE: Shih Tzu

BREED PROFILE: Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu’s are an adorable toy breed which is a popular companion and house pet. Known as the ‘Little Lion Dog’ the breed is said to have originated from Tibet (although this is not set in stone) and has a rich history going back over 1000 years. The small breed was also developed as a companion dog in Chinese palaces including the prestigious, Chinese Imperial Palace.

They are a sturdy breed that is known for their lively character and alert nature. The breed is bold and energetic and will tend to stand their ground when needed; truly proving that size is no matter for this brave and proud ‘Little Lion’.

Shih Tzu’s were bred for one purpose; to be a faithful companion to those who adored them. Needless to say the Shih Tzu is most certainly a people-dog and is very affectionate and loyal towards the humans they love. Because of this it is important to carefully consider the training methods used on this breed. This dog breed respond to positive training with rewards and praise rather than punishment.

Being a people-loving breed, they do not like to be left alone for long periods of time. They thrive on attention from children and adults alike, and do well in homely and loving environments. If they do not have adequate attention from their loving humans, bad habits, may surface. So before choosing this breed it is important to understand their need for companionship and love.

adorable Shih Tzu walking outside  Shih Tzu Puppy

The breed has a luxurious long coat that will need to be groomed daily to ensure good health. Many owners opt to have their dogs clipped every six to eight weeks, due to the high-maintenance needs of their long beautiful coats that tend to tangle easily.

Due to their coats and short faces, they also do not tolerate heat and care must be taken to ensure they are kept cool during the hot summer days. Plenty of water and a cool place to relax.

Exercise it not a big thing with this breed but they will benefit from a nice walk on a cool day. The breed will get most of their exercise following you around the house! A good diet is imperative. Shih Tzu’s should be kept at their ideal weight.

The Shih Tzu is usually a very healthy compact little dog with few problems. However, due to the breeds’ popularity it is important to ensure you purchasing a pup from a reputable breeder. For more information on this breed visit your local breed affiliated club who can also give you a list of breeders.

 

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