Choosing the right dog for your family Part 3
Choosing the right dog for you and your family, Part 3:
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.
This post we look at Working Dogs, Utility and Rescue Dogs.
Working Dogs: Boerboel, Boxer, Bullmastiff, Dobermann, German Shepard, Great Dane, Newfoundland and Rottweiler
Working dogs are exactly that – dogs who need a job. Working dogs were bred to guard livestock, herd sheep, drive cattle or carry or pull equipment in arduous conditions. They need plenty of opportunities to work off their abundant energy levels.
While many of these large, powerful breeds are still used in their working capacity today, they are equally suited to life as devoted family companions and many of the breeds in this group excel as watchdogs and the family protector.
Working dogs are intelligent but they do need a firm consistent hand during training.
They excel in the Dog Obedience Training ring and a few breeds do brilliantly in the dog dancing ring.
Utility Group: Dalmation, Boston Terrier, Bulldog, Chow, French Bulldog, Japanese Spitz, Schnauzer and Poodle.
This group is also known as the magic mix of dogs who do not fit comfortably into other groups. It is a broad combination of big and small as well as short and long coats. Majority of this group are companion dogs today, however many have at some stage of the breeds development been classified as working dogs.
If you choose a dog from this group be prepared to do your homework on a specific breed, so that you can find the right dog for you and your family.
Rescue Dogs: A surprise combination of different groups and breeds.
Taking on a rescue puppy or dog is such an admirable quality; some have special medical needs initially but most just have the need for safe happy human interaction and love. Remember dogs are social creatures by nature and they want to be with their family pack no matter if it consists of other dogs or humans.
Taking on a rescue puppy can be quite a surprise as we have seen at puppy classes where there has been quite the guessing game of what breed the rescue pup is a combination of. [DNA Testing]
Last year we had two rescue sibling puppies at puppy school and the new Dog Moms and Dog Dads were told probably a Jack Russel X, well over their puppy course we saw legs getting longer and longer and then we saw fox terrier and pointer in the sibling pups named Nandi and Baloo. Both dogs are teenagers now and doing Teenage Obedience classes and living the best lives a dog could ever dream of.
We have two Awesome Local Rescue Organisations:
Sables Creatures and Puppy SOS they are always in need of help financially as well as many other areas. We will post their details so you can assist if it’s in your heart to help with rescue pups and dogs.
Tip for the week: Traveling with your dog in the car I recommend they be placed on the back seat and parked. A deployed airbag can cause serious injury to your dog, or they may be thrown against the windscreen in an accident. There are a number of tools on the market that can secure your dog and ensure a safe journey.
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