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  Rottweiler
 

The Rottweiler is a large dog, with a sturdy, muscular build. He has a handsome yet rugged look about him, and an intelligent expression. His coat is short, close fitting, and has a coarse texture. The coloring of the Rottweiler is black with mahogany or tan markings. The Rottweiler weighs in at around 80-100 pounds for females, and 95-135 pounds for males. The height of these dogs is around 22-25 inches for females, and 24-27 inches for males.

 

The Rottweiler is a dog that loves to work, and has plenty of stamina, power, and endurance. These dogs are fiercely loyal and protective, and will do whatever it takes to defend their loved ones. Many tend to bond to one particular person more than others. They are confident, powerful, serious, and courageous. However, they are not the right choice for timid and inexperienced dog owners, as they do require proper training and handling. He is responsive and intelligent, and with an assertive trainer who uses positive training methods the Rottweiler will learn extremely quickly. He is an extremely territorial creature, and early socialization for this breed is essential. The Rottweiler needs firm discipline and consistent training.

  It is important to provide regular exercise, plenty of interaction, and mental stimulation for the Rottweiler. These dogs can be a handful, and do have a fair amount of energy. A safe, secure area is essential for these dogs to play and exercise, and he will need plenty of space, as he is a large creature. Rottweilers tend to get on well with children when brought up with them, and with older children that will not pester them. He tends to be aloof around strangers, and care must be taken because of his strong protective streak - again, early socialization and proper training is a key factor. Early exposure to pets is also important, and the Rottweiler can be aggressive towards cats and dogs. However, with the right family and owner, the Rottweiler can make a loyal, devoted, and loving pet.
 
  Doberman
  The Doberman is a sturdy, athletic, and powerful dog, with great agility, stamina, and endurance. These handsome dogs have a close fitting, smooth, short coat, and ears can be cropped to stand erect or left handing naturally. The hard, sleek coat of the Doberman can vary in color and the coloring of these dogs includes fawn, blue, brown, black, with rust colored markings on the head and legs. The height of the Doberman is around 22-28 inches, and the weight 65-85 pounds.
 

Proud, noble, and alert, the Doberman is a dog with plenty of devotion and love to give. These dutiful dogs tend to have an even, well balanced temperament, and are intelligent, creative, and quick to learn. The Doberman  excels in obedience training when it is positive and includes treats and lots of praise. They are one of the most intelligent and fastest learning of all breeds. These dogs are best suited to those who can establish themselves as "boss" from day one, as this breed can be strong willed and stubborn. These dogs definitely do not take kindly to being teased or treated roughly. It is important to ensure that you provide the Doberman  with plenty of physical and mental stimulation, otherwise he can get bored and restless, which can result in behavioral issues.

  The Doberman ends to get on well with children when raised with them, although you should be mindful that his large size can result in problems when younger children such as toddlers are around. He also gets on okay with other pets, although he may be bossy and dominant with them, quickly establishing himself as the leader of the pack. He may chase smaller animals such as cats or rabbits due to his high prey drive, but this can be curbed by socializing him with your household pets early on. The Doberman can be reserved with strangers so plenty of socialization from a young age is important. He is fearless, powerful and protective of his loved ones. He will fight if provoked, and he definitely wont back down (unless trained to), making him an effective guard dog.
 
   
  Labrador Retriever
 

The Labrador Retriever is a handsome, sturdy, and robust dog that is large in size. He has dark, wallowing eyes, and an eager and intelligent expression. The coat of the Labrador Retriever is short, close fitting, and sleek, and the coloring can be black, yellow, or chocolate. The weight of the Labrador Retriever is around 55-70 pounds for females, and around 65-80 pounds for males. In terms of height the Labrador Retriever reaches around 21-24 inches for females, and around 22-25 inches for males.

  The most popular of all the AKC breeds, the Labrador Retriever is a good natured, loving, and loyal dog that makes a wonderful family pet. These dogs are intelligent, responsive, and obedient, which makes them one of the easiest breeds to obedience train. The Labrador Retriever is well suited to both inexperienced and experienced dog owners. He is very quick to learn, and is friendly and sociable, with a mild manner and a very amiable attitude. The temperament and personality of the Labrador Retriever reflects his number one position on the AKC popularity list. He is full of energy, loves to join in with a wide range of activities, and has plenty of love and affection to shower upon his family.
The Labrador Retriever is not a dog that is suited to those with little time for their pets, as these dogs thrive on companionship and affection from their loved ones. Some do have a tendency to chew, and in particular can indulge in destructive chewing if neglected. Although these dogs have plenty of spirit and some can be quite independent, they are usually easy to train, as they are clever and eager to please. This breed gets along with just about everyone, from children and strangers to pets and other animals. These active dogs do require regular exercise, and will fare well with a secure, safe area in which to play and enjoy some exercise.
 
   
  Golden Retriever
  The Golden Retriever is a large dog with a powerful, robust build and a very sweet face. His coat is soft and flat or can be wavy with feathering. The undercoat of the Golden Retriever is weatherproof. The coloring of the coat can be in one a variety of shades of cream and gold. The Golden Retriever always looks keen and eager. In terms of the weight these dogs are around 55-65 pounds for females and 65-75 pounds for males. Females are around 21-23 inches in height, and males are around 23-24 inches.
  A very popular breed, the Golden Retriever is a dog that is stable, loving, eager to please, and gentle. These dogs make wonderful companions and family pets, and they love to give and receive attention. The Golden Retriever is a loyal and devoted dog, with mild manners, a responsive nature, and a playful streak. These dogs love the company of humans, and are not suited to those that cannot commit much time to their pet. They are quite energetic, and in particular they love to swim. These dogs have a real passion for life and for everything they do, and are extremely sociable dogs that will get along with almost everyone.
  Their love for just about everyone makes Golden Retrievers poor watchdogs, but the good news is that they get on well with children, strangers, and other pets. He loves to eat! Golden Retrievers suffer obesity because they eat and eat and eat and eat, so you must watch how much you feed him. These dogs do have a tendency to chew, and therefore should be provided with appropriate toys so that your own belongings and furnishings don't suffer. The Golden Retriever is a fast learner and a highly intelligent dog, which makes training easy and makes this breed suitable for inexperienced owners. He is a highly trainable dog. Positive obedience training with lots of praise and treats should begin from the moment you bring him home to ensure that he learns his manners. Trusting, obedient, sweet natured, and loving, the Golden Retriever is the perfect family pet and companion.
 
  Saint Bernard
  The Saint Bernard is a huge animal with a muscular build, yet he has a very docile, almost sad look about him. These dogs come in both long haired and short haired varieties. The former has a coat of medium length, which is rough in texture. The latter has a short, close fitting coat, which is also rough to the touch. The coloring of the coat is red and white or white and red, depending on the markings. The weight of this huge dog is around 125-180 pounds, and in height females can reach around 25-30 inches, and males 27-33 inches.
 

Faithful, affectionate, intelligent, and just a little lazy, the Saint Bernard is a huge dog with a huge heart. When from well-bred lines, these dogs are calm, quiet, and sensible. The patient and docile Saint Bernard does need plenty of space because of his size, and is therefore not suited to those in apartments. He also needs a fair amount of exercise, and daily walks along with an opportunity to have a play around in a safe area will help to keep him fit and healthy. These working dogs are eager to please and happy to serve their family and master. Some of the areas the Saint Bernard may excel in include hauling, and search and rescue. These dogs do need to companionship of their owners, and are not suited to those with little time for a pet. They also need owners that are confident and assertive, and are best suited to those with some experience of dog ownership.

  Although the Saint Bernard gets along well with children, early socialization is recommended, and owners should also be mindful of the giant size of the dog. A properly socialized Saint Bernard tends to get along well with other animals too, although some may display aggression towards other dogs. Most will also accept strangers. A well bred Saint Bernard is too docile to make it as a guard dog, but can make an effective watchdog, as his bark and size are enough to put off any burglar. He is a protective and loyal pet, and makes a good family dog for those with the space, time, and experience to provide him with a suitable living environment, lots of attention and interaction, and proper training. You may want to think twice about getting a Saint Bernard if you are very house proud, as they can be slobbery and drool a lot.
 
  Great Dane
  The Great Dane is a giant of a dog, and is the tallest of the dog breeds. These dogs have a well muscled and athletic build, and an expression of nobility and dignity. The Great Dane has a short, dense, and sleek coat, and the coloring can vary. This includes harlequin, brindle, blue, black, mantle, and fawn. The height of the Great Dane is around 30-34 inches for females and 33-38 inches for males. The weight of these dogs is 100-140 pounds for females and 145-190 pounds for males.
  The Great Dane is a giant of a dog with a patient and gentle personality. These sweet natured dogs make great family pets, and are attentive and devoted to their owners. The Great Dane is best suited to those with some experience of dog ownership, as they can be stubborn and bossy. Early and extensive socialization is also important to promote a stable, confident manner. The Great Dane is a bold, spirited breed, and his size alone means that he makes an effective watchdog. These dogs do need plenty of attention and devotion from their owners, and are not suited to those with little time to commit to a pet. Training should be consistent and firm, yet positive. The house proud may want to think twice before considering this breed, as they can be very messy and do drool.
  Younger Great Danes can be very destructive and boisterous, and will need a good deal of supervision. These giant dogs do need a fair amount of exercise, and plenty of space will be needed because of their sheer size. When not on a leash the Great Dane will need a large, secured, safe area in which to exercise. The Great Dane is good with children when raised with them, but his size could cause a problem if you have very small children. When it comes to other pets, some Great Danes will be accepting but others may see themselves as the dominant one, and supervision may be required. Again, early socialization is important. The reaction of the Great Dane around strangers can also vary, and can depend upon the individual personality of the dog. These dogs are very sensitive, and some can come across as quite aloof. However, with consistent training and extensive, early socialization the Great Dane can make a very loyal and loving - if rather large - pet.
 
  Pug
 

The Pug is a small, compact, and sturdy dog with a muscular build. He has an expression that seems to combine grouchiness with sweetness and bewilderment. This short muzzled dog has facial wrinkles, small folded ears, and a curled tail. The coat of the Pug is short, close fitting, and sleek, and the coloring includes silver, black, or apricot-fawn, with black markings on the face and ears. These dogs have protruding eyes, and this is something that needs to be considered if you have young children that are boisterous, as they can easily be injured. The Pug weighs in at 14-20 pounds, and is around 10-11 inches in height.

 

The Pug is a good natured, sociable creature that likes to play and have fun, but is not an overly active dog. These dogs are more inclined to snuggle up and have a nap than to frolic around, although some can be very entertaining to be around. A loving, affectionate, yet not overly demanding dog, the Pug is well suited to those with no experience of dog ownership as well as the more experienced. The Pug is not the ideal choice for a guard dog or watchdog, as he is small, a little too sociable to be daunting, and prefers to communicate through grunting rather than barking. His table temperament and friendly nature makes the Pug a good family pet, and he is also ideal as a companion dog for the elderly or anyone that just wants a peaceful friend.

 

These dogs get along well with children and other animals, although jealousy can strike if another pet gets more attention than them. They will also get along well with strangers. They are intelligent, and training should not prove too challenging, but housebreaking can be another matter. Some can be quite stubborn and strong minded, but most are sweet and sensitive. They love their creature comforts, and enjoy the affection and attention of their owners. These charming dogs do have a tendency to look grouchy because of their wrinkly faces and short snouts, but most are anything but.

 

 

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