Newfoundland - things you might not know

The Newfoundland dog breed is large and strong that was named after their place of origin - Newfoundland, Canada. These dogs were mostly used by local lumberjacks and fishermen for help. Their main job was to help fishermen with fishing nets and help lumberjacks with pulling timber from the forest.  These dogs are large, and we mean large. Their average size is about 56-76 cm (22-30 in) and they weigh up to 80 kg (176 lb). The largest of Newfoundland dogs ever recorded was a staggering 120 kg (260 lb)! They are built for work - they have an impeccable work ethic and adapt well to working in the water as...

Great Dane coat colors

The Great Dane is a German dog breed that is very famous for its extremely large size. These dogs are real family pets and companions. They want nothing more than to share the sofa with you and help you watch TV. They tend to be protective when it comes to their family so it is important to teach them early on not to jump on people and to never nib anyone. That might be cute and funny when a toy dog does it, but when it comes to these dogs, their size should be scary enough. The tallest dog in history was a Great Dane by the name of Freddie. If Freddie stood up on his hind legs, he would measure a stagg...

Dog breeders - everything you need to know

If you decided to buy a dog, the most important thing you will face is how to find a good and responsible dog breeder. In today's world, many people call themself breeders, but all they care about is earning some easy money. After you made a decision that you want to find a dog don't rush things. You will need to consider many things before you bring your new dog home. Dog breeders' job isn't only matting two dogs and sells puppies. They need to know about canine genetics so they can breed dogs if they want to secure desired traits, characteristics, and temperament of the puppies. Everybody can breed tw...

Colors of the German Shepherd dog

Like so many other dog breeds, German Shepherds can also come in a huge number of coat color combinations. However, some coat colors and combinations are not permitted by big kennel clubs and they will disqualify dogs that have these coat combinations. These types of coat color combinations are considered faulty and kennel clubs will not allow those dogs to be bred. Many dog owners like a unique coat color on their dog. Before choosing your new GSD puppy, you should be familiar with what coat color combinations are allowed by the governing cynology association. German Shepherds are smart, brave and a lo...

Presa Canario - Spanish fighting dog

The Presa Canario dog breed is also often called the Canary Mastiff and is a relatively rare large dog breed from the Molosser family who was primarily bred for working and helping in general farm chores and work. These impressive dogs are originally from the Canary Islands and are now declared as a national symbol of the third biggest island in the Canary archipelago - the Gran Canaria. The first name of this dog breed translated from its original Spanish means "Canarian catch dog", and was often shortened to "Presa Canario" or just plain simple "Presa". History of the breed To fully appreciate thi...

Samoyed - breed and size

Samoyed breed is a very fluffy and a teddy bear-like dog breed. Originally, these dogs were bred for hunting purposes but also to haul sleds and herd reindeer. These dogs were all-purpose dogs and were extremely valuable to the people that originally bred them. Samoyed breed first came to life in the region of northern Russia, to be more specific - Siberia. They had to be able to work in the harshest of weather conditions and they developed a thick double coat that keeps them insulated from the extreme Siberian weather. Origin of the name This lovely companion breed was named after the Samoyede people t...

Shih Tzu - small dog with a big heart

Shih Tzu is an affectionate, playful, and outgoing dog breed that was bred to be a companion. Their name means little lion, but this dog has nothing fierce in him. These dogs most of all love to follow their people wherever they go. Other names for this dog breed are Chinese Lion Dog and Chrysanthemum Dog. Their name is pronounced in the west “sheed-zoo” or “sheet-su” and the Chinese pronounce it “sher-zer”. Before you start searching for Shih Tzu breeders take your time and find everything this dog breed has to offer so you can be sure that Shih Tzu is the right dog for you. These dogs make great famil...

Doberman through the eyes of breeder and owner

If I had to describe Doberman in one word, that word would be “Aristocrat”. If this is one of your favorite breeds you have probably read many different texts, descriptions, the FCI standard so I have decided to present you this breed through my personal experience, situations, and mishaps that one Doberman can provide for its owner. These situations are tightly connected to the temperament and the character these dogs possess. I sincerely hope that this will help clear all second thoughts you might have, and most of all to answer the question - “Is this the right choice for me?” Doberman - first encoun...

Rottweiler Crossbreeds

The Rottweiler is a muscular dog breed whose original purpose was helping butchers take their meat to the market. They were employed as herding dogs also and were great at that job. These dogs were also known in German by their original name Rottweiler Metzgerhund, which translates directly to Rottweil butchers' dogs because their line of work was to herd livestock and help butchers. They are popular companion dogs these days and there are a lot of these dogs spread all around the world. With the rise of the popularity of a breed comes also some negative side effects and for the mighty Rottweiler, the m...

Doberman - can you crop their ears?

Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, a German tax collecting officer from the late 19th and early 20th century is credited for developing a unique dog breed that he specifically bred to guard and accompany him on his tax collecting rounds. Much like today, people didn’t like to pay taxes and usually the ones that had the most problems were the tax collectors. Even though they only did their jobs, people hated them because of their line of profession. He wanted to create a striking and intimidating dog that would be a great guard dog when problems arise. We don’t have to look at the Doberman twice to know tha...