Lets start with origin of Kangal Shepherd. We actually dont know, how exactly was Kangal Shepherd bred, but there are some rumours. We definitely know, that they are from Turkey and Back in the days in Turkey, Sivas province, the farmers have a big problem with predators like wolves and bears, who were killing their livestock. That is why they bred Kangal Shepherd, which was a dog, that is strong, agile and intelligent enough to repel a wolf.
Kangal Shepherd dog has great temperament. Its very brave, loyal, but most of all, which is very important for dog this big, they are pretty predictable and reliable. They were bred to not be agressive towards other people, so if the Kangal or its family is not at any danger, the Kangal will be most of the time pretty friendly.
They are very territorial, which can be problem, if some people or animals will visit your home. Kangals might be not okay with that, because they really treasure their territory. But if you socialize them properly, there should not be big problems with that.
Kangal need a lot of space, so its good if you have bigger garden. They are also barkers, so make sure, that your neighbours are okay with that. The fence around your garden should be tall and it should have good deep foundation, so the Kangal can not run away. People would be scared of him and they would probably call police.
Last thing i would love to say, is how strong they actually are. The Kangal bite force is the strongest of all dog breeds. Their PSI (which is an unit for meassuring bite force) is incredible 746. Second Bullmastiff is on 556 PSI and famous Pit Bull only on 235 PSI. So the Pit Bull bite force is three time lower than Kangals.
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Majestic, noble, gentle and patient. These are the words, that are desribing beautiful breed of Tibetan Mastiff. Tibetan Mastiff is one of the most ancient and primitive dog breeds that are still alive today. They were originaly bred to guard livestock and of course, as amazing guard dogs in Tibet. Today, just like almost every other dog breed, they are also used as great family companions.
You should be very prepare for very independent dog, before buying Tibetan Mastiff. They were bred to guard livestock for centuries, so they bond very closely to them and nowadays, to their families – almost with fierce possessiveness. They make their own decision who is danger to them and who is their friend. Because of that, they need very strong leader, otherwise, they will try and get control over every situation.
Tibetan Mastiffs were bred as protectors for long time, so its no wonder, that they are independent, strong willed and territorial dogs. They dont like strangers very much, which makes them great watchdogs. They can be okay with strangers, if they are socialized properly. But they love their family no matter what. Amazing thing about Tibetan Mastiff is, that they are extremely patient and gentle with smaller kids. They also have normally no problem with other dogs and animals.
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Everybody knows Golden and Labrador Retriever. But what about other retriever – Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Today we will talk about this not so popular retriever.
Duck Toller breed was fully developed in early 20th century to lure and retriever water birds. It is believed, that the crossing involved Labrador, Golden, Chesapeake Bay and Flat-Coated retrievers. They were recognized by Canadian Kennel Club in 1950s.
Thanks to their orange coat, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever look little bit like foxes. That is why, there were rumours, that they were bred with foxes. But that is not possible, there is no way, how to crossbreed two different animals like that.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is amazing for apartment living, they can adapt to it very easily - but they have a lot of energy. They might be the smallest of all retrievers, but they have typical exercise needs similar to other retrievers. They need at least daily long walks, but they love jogging and swimming a lot. And they are also very playfull, so they will probably love playing fetch or other game like that.
Duck Tollers are also very intelligent. Combine that with their friendliness and eager to please personality and you have easily trainable dog. The only annoying thing is their mouthiness. They are retrievers, so they were bred to put thing into their mouth. That is why, especially when they are puppies, they will be chewing and nipping everything and everyone. But they are pretty gentle and they grow out of this stage pretty quickly.
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East European Shepherd is not very well known dog and even if you saw him, you probably thought that it was German Shepherd. East European Shepherd was created in former Soviet Union from German Shepherd and native russian dogs. The goal was to create large, cold ressistant breed that would serve as border patrol, police and military dog.
This breed is very confident and loyal, they would do anything for their pack. They bond closely to their family. But if you want East European shepherd as family companion, you will have to spend a lot of time on obedience training, because naturally, they are not family companions but working dogs. They remain pretty calm indoor, but they are protectors by heart, so they monitor situation around the home 24/7. They are not agressive, unless they are provoked, but they are very cautious around strangers.
Just like German Shepherd, these dogs are very intelligent and they love working. Because of these two traits, they are highly trainable. But they need strong leader and good motivation. As with all dogs, especially when they are young, positive reinforcement training, where you will reward your dog for good behaviour is the way to go.
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Are you looking for smart, affectionate and loyal companion that is pretty low maintance? Austrian Pinscher might be the right choice for you!
Austrian Pinscher was originally bred as farm dog, but nowadays, they are mostly kept as loving companions. They are very clever dogs with affectionate nature. They are also very loyal and protective, which makes them great watchdogs. They are also amazing as a vermin killer for your garden, so if you have problems with moles or rats, get an Austrian Pinscher and the problem is gone.
It is medium sized dog, with height up to 50 cms and weigh between 12 to 18 kgs. They have short and hard coat, which is in red, black, brown, fawn, brindle or black and tan color. There can be some white markings on their coat as well. Austrian Pinscher has pear-shaped head and wide well developed chest. The tail is curled over their back.
Great thing about Austrian Pinscher is, that they are very low maintance. They only need ocassional brushing. Of course, you should clip their nails from time to time, if they are too big and clean their ears and tooth, if necessary. Bad thing is, that Austrian Pinscher sheds quiet a lot, so prepare for a vacuuming.
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