Choosing the right dog for you and your family – Part 2
Choosing the right dog for you and your family, Part 2:
Do your research to find the right dog for you and your family.
We looked at how Dogs are divided by KUSA into the following groups:
Gundogs, Hounds, Herders, Toys, Terriers, Working dogs, and Utility. I have added on an 8th Group Rescue Dogs.
Lets discover some more breeds to consider:
Herders: Border Collie, Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Shepherd, Bernese Mountain Dog and Corgi.
Herders are spirited dogs with plenty of energy and enjoy the outdoors, they need an active family who are keen on getting involved in active dog sports like agility, obedience, fly ball or sheep herding trials.
Dogs that fall into the Herding group are known for their ability to work with livestock. They have plenty of energy and stamina to work all day in the field. Many of the dogs in this group still work in their original capacities today and still possess the qualities which made them outstanding in their field. While these traits are very sought after on the farm, they may be difficult to deal with in a suburban setting. Herding small children, cyclist, and other pets and possibly even nipping at the ankles of guests which may be a challenge for pet owners. However when mental and physical needs are channelled correctly then a herding breed can make an outstanding companion and devoted, affectionate family friend. These are highly intelligent breeds, who are easy to train and learn new things very quickly. They have a brilliant work ethic.
Toys: Chihuahua, Havanese, Italian Greyhound, Minature Pinscher, Bichon Frise, Papillon, Yorkshire terrier.
The Toy group includes many of the smaller breeds. Although most group members were originally bred as companion dogs, some were bred as working dogs to control pests or as watchdogs to alert their owners when intruders approached. Due to the latter you may need to learn to handle some extra barking.
They respond well to training and enjoy exercise, especially walks to the local park. Dogs in the Toy group are a good choice as companions for the elderly, but their small size doesn’t necessarily make them the right dogs for very young children.
Toy breeds have coats that require a high level of care, so do your research before you select a breed. They are also known for their longevity.
Terriers: Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Fox Terrier, Jack Russell Terrier, Bull Terrier, Scottish Terrier, West Highland White Terrier.
Terriers were originally bred as ‘jacks of all trades’. They were vermin catchers, hunters, guard dogs, farm dogs and family companions. They are dogs with high energy levels, inquisitive characters and a high prey drive.
Terriers are headstrong and need early socialisation and a positive training approach. Without a good foundation, Terriers can become aggressive towards other dogs and may develop behaviour problems.
Tip for the week: Always ask permission before you, your child, or your dog approaches an unfamiliar dog. Be kind and understanding many dogs need space to stay healthy and safe.
It’s important to remain calm and apply 3 simple rules when you do meet a dog for the first time, the Dog Whisperer Cesar Milan captures it perfectly: No Touch, No Talk, No Eye Contact.
When the dog is relaxed in your presence this would be the moment to interact and give the dog attention while it is in the calm state.
You will be promoting calm behaviour.
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