Cockapoos are a crosses between a Cocker spaniels and Poodles. They are one of the oldest so called designer dog breeds and they have been bred since the 1950s. The goal of the breeding was to create a dog that would be intelligent and non shedding like poodle and friendly and loyal like a Cocker Spaniel.
2) Social dogs
Cockapoos love people. They are extremely friendly and outgoing and they want to be involved to almost every activity. They love to go for a walk, playtime and they even enjoy the training. This is definitely not a coach potatoe.
They have happy and cheerful personality and they will definitely boost your mood everytime they are around you. That is why they are often times used as a therapy dogs – they just make us smile and provide comfort and affection.
4) No shedding
Cockapoos should be non shedding dogs, even though, it can happen that they shed a little bit. But it is definitely nothing terrible. They should also be a hypoallergenic, but the truth is, that no dog is 100% hypoallergenic and you should spend some time with your future dog before buying it if you suffer from allergies.
5) Different sizes
There are four different sizes of cockapoos – the Teacup cockapoo is less than 6 pounds and 10 inches. The Toy Cockapoo is around 10 inches and 12 pounds. The miniature Cockapoo weighs between 13-18 pounds and they are between 11-14 inches tall. And finally, the Standard, or sometimes Maxi cockapoo weighs more than 19 pounds and is at least 15 inches tall.
6) No odor
The Cockapoos have an awesome unique trait. They have only a little of the typical doggy odor.
The cockapoos coat is usually not hard for maintance and it can be left natural. The long hair around the eyes should be trimmed so that the cockapoo can see clearly. You should pay attention to their floppy ears, since they can suffer from infections.
8) Dog for novices
Cockapoos are great choice for the first time dog owners. They are small, easily manageble, extremely sweet and friendly. They are also fairly easily trainable and intelligent. I would say that this is one of the best breed choice for novices.
Every dog breed is prone to certain health problems and Cockapoo is no exception. But overall they are pretty healthy dogs with great lifespan – around 15 years. The most common health problems are hip dysplasia, cataracts, liver disease, ear infections and all kind of allergies.
Cockapoo movement is free and pretty proud with their head and tail held high.. But when they have a lot of energy, their gait is very bouncy.
1) Bred to fight
The Bull Terrier is a cross between bull dogs and various terriers. The goal was, to create a dog, that would have a brutal force of the bulldogs and that would be as agile as a typical terrier. This breed should made a perfect pit fighting dog. Thank god, the dog figts are illegal nowadays.
Hate it or love it. The Bull Terrier face is one of the most disctinct in the dog world. It is very long egg-shaped head. And their eyes are different as well, not many breeds have triangle shaped eyes.
Sometimes, the Bull Terriers look like they are possesed with devils. They are running like crazy from one point to another in full speed. Sometimes they go at full speed head first towards a wall/door/piece of furniture, and then at the last minute change the direction. This activity usually last for two or three minutes only
4) Power and Muscles
This is very muscular dog, just look at their body. They are one of the most muscular dog breeds. This means they are also extremely strong and powerful. They are the four legged body builders.
5) Movie stars
Bull Terriers are charming dogs, so it is no wonder, they appeared in many movies. The most famous would be the 101 Dalmatians, Tha Mask, The Wizard of Oz and Best in Show.
Bull Terrier looks as a tough dog, but dont be fooled by that, this actually a very sweet and gentle dog with goofy, happy and fun personality. This dog is perfect for active people who wants a lot of playtime with their dogs.
7) They want a job
Bull Terriers really enjoy, when they have some kind of job to do. It can be guarding a property, but it can just be some „fake“ job, like dog food puzzle. They will také any task very seriously. Once you train them to do something and they know what is expected of them, it’s not uncommon to see them doing it without you even asking.
8) Miniature version
The miniature bull terrier is registered as a completely different breed. These dogs are only about 14 inches tall. Their appearance and personality, if we dont count the size, are pretty much the same.
The body of Bull Terrier is broad with short and strong back and medium length tail. The typical Bull Terrier is 22 inches tall which is 55 cm and up to 60 pounds which is 27 kg.
Bull Terriers tend to be very loyal to their owners and their family. And they are pretty protective too. This makes them good guards. If you are looking for a dog, that will be always by your side, the Bull Terrier might be a great choice.
The German Shorthaired Pointer history dates back to the 1600s when the Hanoverian hound was crossed with Spanish Pointer. The goal of this crossing was to develop a dog that will be great at both – pointing birds and trailing mammals. This was how the first German Shorthaired Pointer was developed. Later, they were also crossed with the English pointer and probably also with the Vizsla, Weimaraner and Dalmatian.
German Shorthaired Pointers are not only amazing hunters, there is a lot more they can offer. In their past, they were pulling sleds, guarding homes and sometimes they even sniff the bombs.
3) Land or water?
German Shorthaired Pointers are amazing hunters on both – land and water. On land, their heavy nails help them get traction on even rough terrain. And they are great water retrievers as well. They have water resistant coat and their spoon-shaped webbed paws act as paddles.
4) Long puppyhood
GSPs are pretty slow to mature and they are still acting as puppies even when they are two years old. Actually, most of the German shorthaired pointers become mentally adult after their second birthdays. It is important to be prepared for it, because they will be very strong and muscular fully grown dogs with mind of a puppy for atleast one year.
5) Good with kids
German shorthaired pointers are great family dogs and they are good companions for kids. Most of the time, they are taking good care about the child and very often, they are pretty protective over them. They are also pretty patient, which is important, since smaller kids dont know how to act properly around dogs. But it is important to not leave the kid with the dog unsupervised.
6) Coat and Nose
Another interesting fact about German Shorthaired pointer is, that their coat color is matching their nose color. The most comon colors are liver white and black, or combination of those. If you will have black GSP, they will have black nose and if you will have liver GSP its nose will be also in liver color.
German Shorthaired Pointer has very descriptive name. They are from Germany they have short coat and the word pointer? That comes from their stance. They are naturally using their body to point when they are looking for game. Their head is low, they have steady gaze and most of the time, one of their front paws is in the air.
German Shorthaired Pointers needs a lot of exercise and if you are not using them for hunting, you will need to find other way how to exhaust their overflowing energy. You can go jogging with them, swimming or just go for a very long walk. Or you can try some dog sport with them! Actually, GSPs are awesome at agility. They have the speed, balance and eagerness to learn, which makes them the ideal breed for agility.
9) Living with
GSPs are known as big escape artists, especially when they see some birds. That is why it is important to have high fence which is buried several inches bellow the ground. It is also important to be prepared for some barking, because German shorthaired pointer likes it! Other than that, GSP is friendly and fun to be around companion.
Because they like to bark, they make good watchdogs. They will let you know almost everytime when something suspicious is going on around the house. And even though, they are aloof towards strangers, they are not making the best protectors. They were not bred to be agressive towards people. So Watchdogs yes! Protectors? Hmm probably not!
The Beauceron is mostly known as a French herding dog, but they were developed in the 1500s as wild boar hunters. After a while, they started serving as a livestock guardians and herders. Beauceron is one of the breeds, that were used in Doberman creation and you can definitely see some of the similarities.
2) Double Dewclaws
The Beauceron is one of the few dog breeds, that have double dewclaws in their breed standard. It is one of the most distinctive feature of the breed and if you want to attend showring with the Beauceron, the double dewclaws are a requiered.
The Beaucerons were not only used as herders, guards and hunters. The French Army used them as messenger dogs in both world wars and they were amazing at it. They are very smart, so they follow all the instruction, they were excellent at detecting mines and follow trails. And even today, Beaucerons are often used by police and military.
Beaucerons can definitely live in both – outdoors and indoors. But they will totally prefer the outdoor living. The best environment for them would be a farm or a home with large yard, where they can romp out their high energy.
The Beauceron is best described as intelligent and courageous dog breed, who is extremely loyal to his family. They are very protective and make good guards. It is true, that they are affectionate towards their family, but they are not very trusting towards strangers.
6) Energy Level
Just like all the herding dogs, Beaucerons have tons of energy. You should stimulate their body on daily basis, but you should not forget about their mind as well. If you are not using the Beauceron as a working dog, you might try some dog sport with them, they excell at agility, flyball, herding events, but also in tracking and obedience trials.
The Beauceron coat is doublecoated dog with smooth outercoat and dense undercoat. The accepted colors are Black and Tan and Harlequin, which is blue-mottled with tan markings. Its important to say, that they do shed all year long and they shed a lot especially during the hot summers.
The Beauceron is medium to large sized dog with a powerful and athletic appearance. Their average height is between 61-70 cms which is 24-28 inches and weight between 30-45 kgs, which is 66 to 100 pounds. The males are naturally larger than females.
9) Not for Novices
Beauceron is not the best breed choice for novice or even first time dog owners. It is mostly because their independent temperament, which can be hard to manage, if you have no experience with dogs. Also, they are relatively strong and powerful dogs and if you fail training and socialization with strong dog, you are in big trouble.
Beauceron is a very healthy dog breed with average lifespan between 10-12 years. They have large and deep chest, and just like many other breeds with chest like that, they are prone to bloating. They also suffer from hip dysplasia and allergies.
Shiba Inu was originally used for hunting small but also large game. They are excellent at flushing birds, thanks to their small size. They are especially good to hunt in harsh conditions, because they lived in the rough mountain regions of Japan.
We are not sure what their name exactly means. The word Inu definitely means dog, but the word Shiba is little bit a mystery. It can mean a brushwood, which would suggest, that they were named after the terrain where they hunted. But they could also be named after their coat color, which is in the similar color as a brushwood. The word Shiba can also mean small, so they could also be named after their small size.
Shiba Inus dont like strangers very much, they dont trust them and they kinda standoffish around strangers. But they are extremely loyal and even protective over their family and owners. Shibas are also very alert and brave.
4) They almost Extinct
The world war II almost wiped out the Shiba breed. The Japan lost the war and most of the Shiba inu died in the bombing raids during the war. Only a few Shibas survived, but thanks to the enthusiastic breeders that began after the war, we can still admire this amazing breed.
5) Heavy shedders
If you are thinking about getting a Shiba Inu, prepare for a lot of vacuuming. This is a very heavy shedder. You should brush their coat regularly to remove the dead hair and minimize the shedding. Also, you should never shave their coat, especially if you are living in hot weather region. Their coat is not only helping them from cold temperatures, but also from a hot temperatures.
6) Cat Like
Shiba Inu is very often described as a dog with cat like personality. They are very independent and no so affectionate as a typical dog. Because of their independent nature, they are little bit harder to train. Another trait that Shibas shares with cats is, that they are extremely clean and they care a lot about themselves.
7) National Treasure
While they are not the most popular dogs in most of the countries, in Japan, they are probably the number one dog. They were even declared a national treasure of the country.
8) Three colors
There are three official colors of Shiba Inu, which are recognized all over the world. The most common color is red, but they can also be in sesame or black and tan color.
9) Three Shibas
When the world war II was over, three Shiba types existed – The Mino Shiba, The Shanshi Shiba and the Sanin Shiba. All three versions definitelly contributed in development of todays breed, but todays shiba inu has the most similarities with the Shanshi Shiba.
On average, Shiba Inu is healthies than most of the breeds, but they still suffer from some health problems. Some of these include glaucoma, allergies, cataracts, entropion, luxating patella, and hip dysplasia.