Two sweet dog breeds, that hail from Switzerland. They look very similar, but there are some differences between those two breeds.
SHORT BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG DESCRIPTION
The Bernese Mountain Dog originated as a farm dog, but these days he’s most often a beloved companion. Berners were used as an all-purpose farm dog, to guard property and drive dairy cattle from the farm to the alpine pastures.
This dog is sensitive, loyal, extremely devoted, gentle with children, and often reserved with strangers. The male measures 25 to 27 inches and the female 23 to 26 inches tall. Both have a sturdy build and are usually longer than they are tall. Their weight ranges from 75 to 120 pounds.
The Berner, as he’s nicknamed, has moderate exercise needs. In general, plan to give him a walk of at least a half hour daily, plus several shorter trips outdoors throughout the day.
SHORT GREATER SWISS MOUNTAIN DOG DESCRIPTION
Large and powerful, this breed is slightly longer than tall. A double coat consists of a thick undercoat and dense outer coat, about 1 to 1¾ inches long. They originate from Switzerland where they date back almost 2000 years, making them one of Switzerland’s oldest breeds.
These days, the Greater Swiss is primarily a family companion or show dog, beloved for his gentle, easygoing temperament. Like any dog, Swissy puppies are inveterate chewers and because of their size can potentially do more damage than puppies of other breeds.
The dog requires daily exercise, either a good long walk or vigorous romp, and especially enjoys pulling. The coat needs brushing once weekly.
As a puppies, Belgian Malinois and Dutch Shepherd look almost the same. But when they grow up, there are some important differences in their appearance and it is possible to distinquish them apart. The size is quite similar, Belgian Malinois height is around 65 cms and Dutch shepherd height is around 60 cms.
The biggest difference is their coat. The Dutchie has brindled stripes and the Malinois has fawn coat with usually black facial mask. Its important to say, that the Dutch Shepherd coat is always in some form of brindle. The coat length is different as well. Malinois has short coat, while the dutch shepherd come in three coat varieties – short, long and wired.
Now lets talk about their temperament, and as i said, now it is comparsion between Dutch Shepherd and Belgian Malinois, but also between Dutch and Belgian Shepherd in general. Both dog breeds are very trainable, they are hard workers, hyperactive companions, impulsive and protective.
Some people call Dutch shepherds as Malinois with stripes, because they act almost the same. There really are not important differences in their personality. But from my experience, Dutch shepherds are little bit friendlier. Because of that, i believe, that they are better choice, if you want active dog, but you also have family with kids.
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Aussies have quite predictable coat color, most of the time it is in red, red merle, blue merle or black. Border collies have more variety in their color. It can be black red Merle and Blue Merle Border Collies. In addition, they also have several others, including white and black, white and red, sable and more. Border Collies coat is little bit rougher. Because of that, they requiers more grooming to keep their fur healthy and good looking.
The two main differences are, that Border Collies are more active. This does not mean that Aussies are couch potatoes, no, they are hyperactive as well, but Border Collies are something else. They need to be busy all the time, otherwise they might become bored very quickly, which might lead to some unwanted behaviour problems, like excessive barking. Border Collies are probably more intelligent as well, actually they are probably the most intelligent breed in the world.
On the other hand, Aussies are much more dominant. While Border Collies are great for novice owners, i would not recommend Australian shepherd to novice. They are just too dominant and loyal, which means, they need strong, bud firm leader. Both breeds should be socialized early and both can start with training very early as well.
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Lets start with the easiest one, which is Airedale Terrier. It is much bigger dog, than the other two, which makes them easily recognizable. Airedale Terrier height is around 60 cms, while the Welsh and Lakeland Terrier height is only up to 40 cms. So as you can see, its not that hard to distinguish Airedale Terrier from the other two and that is why i will mainly focus on differences between Welsh and Lakeland Terrier.
Both dogs are black and tan, but only for Welsh Terrier, it is a only breed standard. Lakeland Terrier can be in many differenet colours. Welsh Terrier actually look like small version of Airedale Terrier i mention in the beginning. Both have black back and tan head, legs and hindquaters. Lakelend can be in other colors such as solid black, dark gray, wheaten, red and brown.
Lakeland, Welsh and Airedale Terriers are brave, fearless dogs. It is recommended to not provoke them, they can become agressive, but if you are nice to them, they will be nice to you as well. I said that Welsh Terrier is easier to train than the other two. Well that is a true, but as all terriers, none of these dogs is actually easy to train dog breed and they are not the best choice for novice dog owners. But of course, with strong leadership and patience, it is achievable to have obedient welsh, airedale or lakeland terrier.
Welsh Terrier is little bit friendlier than the other two, but the truth is, that all of them are very friendly dogs and all of them are very intelligent dogs. They are extremely affectionate towards their family, incredible with small kids – especially the Welsh Terrier love kids and they are okay with other dogs and strangers.
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Yorkies and Silkies. Can you recognize them apart? Two dog breeds that look very similar to each other. Today we will talk about differences between them and ho to easily recognize them apart.
First lets say, why they are so similar. Both dogs are very small, have similar lush coats, face expression and body type. The reason, why they are so similar is, that Silky Terrier is offspring of Yorkshire and Australian Terrier. Yorkie is a dog from England while Silky Terriers were bred in Australia.
The first difference is in their size. Silky Terrier is larger dog with height between 23 to 26 cms. Yorkshire Terrier height is around 17 cms. Of course, females are little bit smaller. Silky Terriers are also heavier with average weight around 5 kgs. Yorkie weight is around 3 kgs.
There are also some differences in personality. Yorkies are fearless and smart dogs. If they would be larger, they would be great guard dogs, because when they start barking, its very hard to stop them. Silkies are clever as well, but they are more one person dog. Silky Terrier is also more energetic, so they need little bit more excercise.
If you get Silky or Yorkshire Terrier, dont forget, that they are not typical small dogs. They enjoy all the doggy things, they love excercising and longer walks. They also love interactive toys, they are great with that! Try to socialize them, so they can play with other dogs. They are terriers after all!
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