Dobermans are one of the younger breeds. They were developed in the 1800s by a tax collector Louis Dobermann. He needed a fierce guard dog to accompany on his routes. We dont know for sure, what are the Doberman ancestors. It is believed, that they were developed by crossing early Rottweilers with a type of shepherd dog that existed in “Thüringen” as a black dog with rust red markings. Some other breeds, that might be included in the breeding process are German Pinschers, German Shepherds, Great Danes and Manchester Terriers.
So the Dobies were bred to be personal protectors, but throughthout their history, they were used for much more purposes. They were, and still are used for tracking, coursing, search and rescue, as service dogs and most importantly as police and military dogs.
3) War Hero
Did you know, that the Doberman named Kurt was a World War II Hero? He went ahead of the troops and warned them of the approaching Japanese soldiers. This happened at the 1944 Battle of Guam and even though Kurt was killed by an enemy grenade, many soldiers were saved thanks to his bravery.
4) Ears and tails
You might agree with or you might be absolutely against it. I am talking about ear and tail docking, which is still very common with Dobermans. But did you know, that it served its purpose? The Dobermans were bred to be personal guards and the tail with the ears were one of the weak spots. But since today Dobermans are mostly kept as family companions, there is no need to cut their tails and crop their ears.
Dobermans are one of the smartest dog breeds in the world, i would definitely put them between the TOP 10 most intelligent breeds. But it is not always for the good. Dobermans are known for outsmarting their trainers and they get bored easily, if their mind is not challanged enough. Another thing is, that they have one of the best memories. Because of that, it is hard to unlearn them the bad habits.
6) American vs European
Doberman is a dog from Germany, there is no doubt about it. But there is quite a difference betweeh the American and European version of Doberman. Since the European dogs are still bred to fit the original breed standards and they are still very large, muscular dogs with very strong work ethic, the American breed standard is different. The American Dobies are softer, little bit smaller and they are much more elegant. If you would like to find out more about the differences between American and European Dobermans, i am giving you link to Rocadogs other video in description.
7) Dangerous dogs
Dobermans are agressive, vicious and dangerous dogs to their owners and people around them. Well that is atleast what many people still believe. Of course, that is not true. But they do have the same bad reputation as some other breeds, including Pit Bulls are Rottweilers. They might be agressive towards people, if they are trained for it, but with proper socialization, these dogs are not dangerous at all.
Many people all around the world fall in love with the Doberman Pinschers. And the celebrities are not exceptions. The list of famous people who owned a Dobie includes William Shatner, John F. Kennedy, Priscilla Presley, Mariah Carey, Nicolas Cage and Rudolph Valentino.
9) Dog sports
You already know, that dobermans are versatile dogs that are capable of performing almost every job including the hardest ones as police and military dogs. So its no wonder they are great adepts for various dog sports, including Schutzhund, agility, fly ball and obedience.
10) Living with
When you will get the first Dobie, i think there are few important facts you should now. Dobermans are social dogs and they want to spend a lot of time with you. It is recomended to challenge their mind every day, so they are not bored. Bored doberman is not a good doberman and they might become little bit desctructive. Another important thing is, that they do not like winter, and if you are living in a place with cold winters, they will need some form of a warm shelter.
Dogue de Bordeaux is a dog from France with long ancestry that dates back to the middle ages. We are not sure about their ancestors, but is believed that they are descendants of the Alans. Their original purpose was to guard a homestead and to be a great personal protector.
2) Dog sports
This is not very active breed, but they like to work and they are pretty eager to please. They are great dogs for sports like obedience and especially the cart pulling trials, they are great at it. And if you are lucky, you can even find Dogue de Bordeaux serving as a therapy dog.
Dogue de Bordeaux tends to be a lot stubborn and independent dog. They also have tendencies to be pretty dominant. That is why they need firm and consistent leader that will show them who is in charge.
Dogue de Bordeaux are big droolers, just like other mastiffs, they have loose skin hanging from their lips which cause the drooling. You will probably find the strings of drool everywhere – on the floor, your furniture and even on the walls.
5) Versatile dog
Dogue de bordeaux served a lot of different purposes during their history. According to the FCI They were used for hunting large game such as boar, for fighting for the guarding of houses and cattle and in the service of butchers. There were three types of Dogue de Bordeaux – the The Toulouse type, the Paris type and the Bordeaux type, which is the origin of today’s Dogue.
6) Good with kids
Thanks to their calm, gentle and loving personality, Dogue de bordeaux is a good companion for children. His laid back nature means that he’s unlikely to send a toddler flying. But you should never leave any dog with a young child unsupervised.
7) Early Training
Because of their independent and stubborn nature, they are not pushovers to train. It is important to start very early with the training, because they will be very quickly stronger than you. It is very challanging task to train strong and stubborn dog. But with a lot of patience and leadership, they are capable of learning a lot of tricks.
Dogue de Bordeaux is very muscular dog with solid built. They should be between 23-26 inches tall which is 57-67 cm and their weight should be between 120-140 lbs which is 54-65 kg.
This dog was used as a protector in the past and they still have the watchdog personality. They will probably bark when something suspicious is going on around your home and they tend to be pretty protective over their owners.
As with most giant breeds, various health complaints are identified in the Dogue de Bordeaux. The most common problems are Cardiac disease, epilepsy, skin allergies and optical disorders. Sadly, this breed has one of the shortest lifespan of all, around 7 years.
Cavachon is a crossbreed between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise. Both of the Cavachon ancestors are very friendly and affectionate breeds and makes excellent companions. And that is what Cavachon shares with both of them.
2) Good for Novices
Cavachon is excellent choice for novice or even first time dog owners. They are small and easily managable. But the more important part is, that they are very social, intelligent and eager to please – which makes them pretty easily trainable dogs.
3) Low shedding
A great fact about Cavachon is, that they shed only a very little and they are good choice for people suffering with dog allergies. But even though they are low shedding, they still need regular grooming to prevent their coats from becoming matted and dirty. Some dogs need to be trimmed occasionally
4) Good Friends
Many Cavachon owners agree, that their dogs are very friendly, affectionate, lively and playful. They are also pretty gentle and mild mannered. They are overall very well natured and social dogs that wants to be part of the family and that will love you no matter what.
Cavachons are very adaptable small dogs. They can live in both – small city apartment or big country house with a yard. They can also be trained to be left home alone for longer time, but you should give them enough attention every single day.
Cavachon is an ancestor of two very small dogs, which means, the puppies are very small when they are ready to go to their new home. They typicaly weight around 4-5 pounds. You must také a proper care about them, because they are extremely fragile in this age.
Cavachon coat is very soft and silky with slight waves. There are few typical colors of cavachon, the most common are tricolored dogs - white with apricot, black or tan markings.
As with all crossbreeds, it is hard to predict the size of the Cavachon. But on average, it should be something between 12-14 inches which is 31 to 36 cm. And they should weigh between 10 -20 pounds, which is 5 – 9 kg.
Cavachons are pretty healthy dogs, but as every other dog, they do suffer from some health issues. The most common are joint problems like hip dysplasia, skin problem, allergies and eye problems like cataracts or Corneal dystrophy.
The Cavalier King Charles or Bichon Frise are not extremely active dogs, so even the Cavachon only need moderate daily exercise to be happy. A daily longer walk is enough to work off your dogs energy. But Cavachon is always ready for additional playtime.
There are three Schnauzer breeds – the miniature, standard and the giant Schnauzer. The standard schnauzer is the original breed and the giant schnauzer was developed by increasing its size. They were bred with the rough-haired sheepdogs and later the black Great Danes and maybe Bouvier des Flandres.
The original purpose of Giant Schnauzer was to guard and protect the livestock. But this is pretty versatile breed, so its no wonder they were also used as a guard dog for butchers, stockyards and brewers. They are just amazing protectors.
3) Police and Military
In the 20th century in Germany, Giant Schnauzers were trained and used for police purposess. Guarding and police work have been the giant schnauzer's main occupations since that time. And during both World Wars they served for military as a guard, trench and messenger dog.
Just like all police dogs, even Giant Schnauzers are extremely intelligent. And not only they are very intelligent, they love to work. If you want to have a happy Giant Schnauzer in your home, you should give them some job or somethng to keep their mind busy.
5) Lot of energy
Giant Schnauzers are very active dogs and they requiere a lot of exercise. They definitely need daily longer walks and some vigorous exercise, especially when they are younger. They will love to go out jogging with you as well. If you are an active person, the Giant Schnauzer might be the best choice for you.
6) Strong Temperament
Giant Schnauzers were bred as working dogs, so they had to be kinda independent. And they still are. Because of that, they are not the easiest dog to train. Some Giant Schnauzer are very willfull and dominant. You must be absolutely consistent and very patient with dog like that.
Giant Schnauzers are extremely easy to recognize thanks to their face. They have unique beard, mustache and whiskers and expressive eyebrows. They also have this mischevious look in their brown eyes.
The Giant Schnauzer looks very powerful, sometimes maybe even intimidating. The height of the Giant Schnauzer should be bewteen 24-28 inches which is 60-70 cm and the weight should be between 65-90 pounds, which is 30-40 kg.
Grooming is a bonding experience, and be prepared for a lot of bonding with Giant Schnauzers, they need to be groomed regularly. It is true, that Schnauzers are low shedding dogs, they need a lot of brushing. And It’s important to keep his head trimmed.
10) Messy dogs
Schnauzers can be little bit messy, especially because of their beard. You will have to clean it after meal and they will drip water from the beard after they drink.
Today, they are mostly known as Maltese, but this was not always the case. Some of the names that have circulated in various generations have included the Maltese Lion Dog, the Melitaie Dog, the Maltese Terrier, the Spaniel Gentle, the Roman ladies’ dog, and a few others as well.
2) No fear
They might be tiny, but they probably dont know about it. Maltese is a very brave and fearless dogs who would stand in for themselves or their owners against other dogs or people of any size.
3) Reverse Sneezing
Maltese dogs are known for doing kinda wierd sound when sneezing. Instead of a sneeze we are used to, they are making sound similar to gagging or honking. This is happening mostly when the Maltese pup is overly excited. It is not dangerous and it ends after a minute or so.
It seems that Maltese is great at reading our emotions and they act accordingly to it. When we are happy, they seem happy and when we are sad they are also sad. This makes them great adepts for being extraordinary therapy dogs.
5) White Color
It is believed, that the Romans are responsible for the pure white coat color of Maltese. During the Roman times, the white color was sacred symbol of roman emperors. And since Maltese was a favourite royal pet, the emperors wanted that they show pureness and divinity.
6) No shedding
Maltese dogs typically dont shed. It might sounds wierd, if we look at their beautiful long silky hair, but it is because the breed does not have an undercoat lying beneath their long white hairs that cover their body which makes them very low to non shedding.
Their appearance is noble and dignified as well as gentle and cute. They have dark alert eyes and beautiful long silky coat. The size of a Maltese should be between 8-10 inches which is 20-25 cm and weight between 6,5 – 9 pounds which is 3-4 kgs.
8) Terrier or Spaniel?
There is an ongoing debate between dog enthusiasts whether the Maltese dogs are better fit for the Spaniel or Terrier category. The Maltese definitely share some of the similarities with Spaniel type of dogs we know today, but since the decision was not made yet, they are still listed as a Toy breed.
Maltese is a popular breed choice among many celebrities. The list of Maltese dog lovers and owners includes Heather Locklear, Eva Longoria or Halle Berry.
10) Living with
The maltese is a typical indoor dog. The only problem might be, that they are little bit harder to housebreak, but with a little bit of patience and consistency, they will learn it. Daily longer walk is enough to deal with their energy level.