The Labradoodle was developed in 1988 in Australia by crossing Labrador Retrievers with Poodles. The goal was to create a dog breed, that would be able to help and assist people in need – for example blind or autist people and a dog that would be hypoallergenic.
There are three different sizes of Labradoodles, depending on the size of the Poodle used for the first-generation breeding. The miniature Labradoodle should be 14-16 inches tall and 15-26 pounds heavy. The medium Labradoodle height is between 17-20 inches and weight between 30-45 pounds. Finally, the standard labradoodle should be 21-24 inches tall and 50-65 pounds heavy.
3) Easy training
Both Poodles and Labs are known for their extraordinary intelligence, so its no wonder the Labradoodle is very smart as well. And they are eager to please as well. Just like Labs, they will do anything for a treat, which is the best reward for positive behaviour.
Thanks to the Poodle genes, Labradoodles have chance to be a hypoallergenic and non shedding dogs. And most of the Labradoodles do inherit this poodle coat, but it is not on 100%, there are some Labradoodles with Labrador coat. Either way, both coat types requiere regular brushing, so be prepared for that.
Labradoodles love to be around people, they are very social and they will want to spend every minute with you. They are very friendly towards strangers and other dogs too. Labradoodles are also pretty playful and easygoing. They are just the perfect family companions.
Labradoodles love to swim! In hot summer, the best activity for Labradoodles is a good swim in a lake. And if you can provide them with some small pool on your yard, they will love it. They inherit this behaviour from the Labs, who are even bigger water lovers.
There are a lot of different coat types and colors of Labradoodles, from the curly Poodle coat to a flat like Labrador type of a coat and anything in between. The colors include silver, apricot, cream, chocolate and black among others.
Many people fall in love with Labradoodles, including a lot of celebrities, including Tiger Woods, Jeremy clarkson, Jennifer Aniston, Graham Norton and Lance Bass.
Labradoodles are pretty healthy dogs, but just like with any other breed, they suffer from some health issues. The most common are hip and elbow dysplasia, ear infections, skin allergies and epilepsy.
Labradoodles are highly active dogs and they require daily long walks. If you can jog with them, that is even better and as i already mentioned, they do love swimming. Some vigorous playful exercise is always good for Labradoodles. If you will not give them enough of the physical stimulation, they might become little bit desctructive.
1) Young breed
Weimaraners are not dog breeds with long history. For the first time they appeared in Germany in the early 19th century. They were dogs of the Nobles of Weimar, who bred Weimar pointers. To be clear, Weimar is a city in Germany. We are not sure what are their ancestors, but it is possible that Bloodhound might be one of them.
2) Not for everyone
The nobles of weimar wanted to keep the Weimaraner bloodline as pure as possible and that is why they were very careful in selecting who could have access to the puppies. Only the members of the German Weimaraner Club formed in 1897 had the possibility to own one.
Weimaraners look quite different when they are born. They have stripes, which fade after few days, maximally weeks. Their eyes also change. They are born with light blue eyes and as they grow up, the eye color change to either amber or a gray-blue.
4) Gray Ghost
This is a common nickname for a Weimaraner and it is perfect for them. The reason why they are called Gray Ghosts is because of their coat color and most importantly, they have stealthy hunting style and they are kinda hard to find. And when it is foggy outside, they can completely disappear into the landscape when they walk too far away.
Weimaraners were made for action and they need tons of exercise. They are one of the best long distance jogging buddies. But if you are not a running fanatic, you will have to provide other forms of exercise, for example vigorous playtime, playing fetch, or swimming. Be prepared for this, Weimaraners are one of the most active dogs of all.
Bloodhounds have the best nose in the dog world and it is believed, that they are one of the main ancestors of Weimaraners. So its no wonder, that even them have extraordinary sense of smell. They are excellent for different dog sports where sniffing is neeeded – for example tracking. And their nose definitely help them to become one of the best hunters.
7) Long coat
Everybody knows the smooth and short coat of Weimaraners. But did you know, that there is a long coated version? It is not accepted by the AKC breed standard, but it does exist. They were bred to hunt waterflow and the long coat protect them from cold water. But this type is extremely rare, since the long coat gene is recessive.
Did you know that Weimaraners are one of the fastest dogs in the world? And if we would not count the Sighthounds, they might be the fastest. They can run up to 35 mp/h. For comparsion, the top speed of Usain Bolt was 28mp/h. They used their speed when hunting deers and boars.
Weimaraners are large dogs with strong budies built for work. Their height should be between 23-26 inches which is 59-67 cm and their weight should be between 55-88 pounds which is 25-40 kgs. The females are naturally little bit smaller than males.
10) High Intelligence
Weimaraners are very smart dogs, but you should challange their intelligence as well as their energy. You can try learning them new tricks, give them some work to do, or buy them a lot of different puzzle toys. If you will not do that, they might learn some unwanted things bythemselves, for example opening door and escaping.
Many people believe, that the only direct ancestor of the Sheltie is the Rough Collie, but that is not true. They were developed from many different breeds, including the original sheepdog of Shetlands and Rough Collies, but also the King Charles Spaniel, Pomeranian and Greenland Yakki.
2) Shetland Collie
The breed was originally named as the Shetland Collie, but that created even more uncertainties and it even made the Rough Collie breeders upset. That is why the name was later changed to the todays Shetland Sheepdog. They were also sometimes called as Dwarf Scotch Shepherds and Shelties, which is their common nickname even today.
3) Sweet personality
Most of the Shetland Sheepdogs are extremely gentle, sweet and pleasing dogs. They love good playtime and they love to show affection towards their owners. And they are intelligent too, which is a great combination with their pleasing personality, because it creates an amazingly trainable dog.
The Shetland Sheepdog coat has its advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is definitely that it looks great and it is incredibly soft, which makes the petting sessions even better. The disadvantage is the shedding, because you will just never stop vacuuming. You will have Shelties fur everywhere in your home.
5) Active companions
It is true, that shetland sheepdogs make great family companions, but it is important to be aware, how active they are. By nature, they are active workers who will be happy if you keep their bodies and mind busy. But they can easily live in an apartment, but only if you will provide them with enough exercise.
Shelties are considered to be one of the smartest dogs in the world. Actually, Dr. Stalney Coren ranked them as the 6th out of 132 breeds in his book The Intelligence of Dogs. Thanks to their intelligence they are great adepts for obedience trials. They also excell at agility, flyball and herding trials.
I already mentioned, that the Shetland sheepdog is high shedding dog. And if you see their long beautiful coat you probably think that they requiere a lot of grooming. And you would be right! You should brush their coat very often. The coat tends to mat behind the ears and in other places that rub together, such as behind the elbows. Good fact is, that even though they need a lot of brushing, they do not requiere clipping or cutting their coat.
Shetland Sheepdog is a strong, but agile dog breed. Their height should be between 12-15 inches which is 30-35 cm and their weight should be between 14-20 pounds which is 6-9 kgs.
9) Around children
Shelties make great companions for children, especially if they are raised with them. The children should be old enough to understand how to act respectfully towards the dog. Otherwise, i would never leave them alone.
Shetland sheepdog is a healthy dog breed with a good lifespan between 12-14 years. But as all dogs, they are prone to certain health issues, they are especially prone to malformation and eye diseases. Epilepsy, hip dysplasia and skin allergies are also common.
1) Not from America
Even though, they are named american, they originated in Germany. Their direct ancestor is the German Spitz, who were brought to america by German immigrants in 19th and 20th century and they named was changed. They were probably crossed with white Pomeranians, Italian Spitzes and Keeshonds later.
When they got into american for the first time, they were still named as German Spitzes. The problem was, that after the second world war, people did not want a dog from Germany. As opposed to letting the breed die out, it was simply renamed. And it was a brilliant solution, since it really solved all the problems with this breeds popularity.
3) Circus dogs
In the late 19th century and in the begining of the 20th century, American Eskimo dogs were widely used in circuses. Thanks to their beautiful appearance, sweet expression and eagerness to learn they were really good at pleasing the audience. It was the circus that made the American Eskimo Dog extremely popular as a family pet.
But before they were used as circus or family dogs, they had different purpose. They were originally used as hunters, livestock guardians and herders. The word eskimo in their name might suggest, that they were also used as sled dogs, but that is not true.
5) High energy
As you can probably guess from the other facts in this video, American Eskimo dogs are highly active dogs. In their history, they always had some job they were performing and that is why they need a lot of physical and mental stimulation. You should play different games with them and regularly take them on longer walks.
6) Family dog
But if you provide them with enough exercise, Eskies make excellent family companions. They are loyal and social dogs that love to be around their owners. They are also highly trainable and intelligent, but they can have stubborn streaks. The one disadvantage might be, that they are barkers, but you can turn this into advantage and have amazing watchdog.
The American Eskimo dog comes in several size. According to the AKC, they come in toy, miniature and standard size, while according to the UKC they can only be Miniature and stanard. That is why their size can vary from 12-19 inches which is 30-48 cm.
8) Living with
American Eskimo dogs can be little bit aloof when strangers come into your house, but they warm up quickly. They are most of the time okay with other dogs in your household, but i would definitely not trust them with smaller pets like hamsters, reptiles or birds. They still have the hunting blood in them. Eskies are ideal for families who want a small to medium-sized active dog, which is very fun to be around.
American Eskimo dog are shedding dogs and their fluffy coat needs regular frequent brushing. It is recomended to brush your Eskie at least twice a week. You should only bath them when necessary, because The American Eskimo’s skin is very sensitive and bathing may irritate the skin. Take care about their eyes and ears and watch for sign of infections.
Eskies are hardy dogs with amazing lifespan – between 12 to 15 years. They are not prone to any serious health problems, but it is not uncommon that they suffer from progresive retinal atrophy, cataracts or allergies.
Soft coated Wheaten terrier is an ancient breed native to ireland. The common people were forbidden to own a coursing or hunting dog breeds, for example the famous Irish Wolfhound, so they bred their own dog. That is why they were nicknamed as poor mans wolfhound. These dogs were closely related to Kerry blue terrier.
Wheatens are not only good hunters, like most of the other terriers. The common people used them for a lot of tasks, including herding, hunting, killing vermin, and being a watchdog and family pet. And they were good at all of it. Today, thanks to their versitality, they are also great at dog sports like agility, herding trials and tracking.
3) Puppy color
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are known for their beige coat, but when they are born, they can be in completely different color, which will change in their adulthood. You can even find cream and white puppies and some of them even have black tipping.
This breed is no pushover to train, but that is something you can expect from all the Terriers. They are not stupid, not at all, but they have mind of their own and they know how to be stubborn. That is why you have to be firm, absolutely consistent and patient trainer. Reward based training should be the best type of training for this breed.
Wheatens are highly active breed. They are always ready for a long walk or jog, but their favourite is vigorous playtime. They are known as bouncers, because they just jump up and down when they are excited. I know it sounds adorable, but it can get out of your hands very quickly, when they start licking your face like crazy.
6) Diving Champion
Did you know that there is a diving dog championship? Most of the time, this is a competition for Retrievers, which are bred to swim and dive, but there is a one Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier named Krista who can compete with them and that was in TOP 10 diving dogs in the world.
7) Shaggy coat
The Wheatens coat is great looking, but as with many other breeds, that have similar shaggy coats, they can be pretty messy. Leaves, mud, snow, fecal matter, and other debris cling to his rough coat and ends up all over your house. And their beard absorb water and wet food, which will be also dripping all around the house. You should be prepared for it, when getting a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.
8) Social dogs
Wheatens love to be around their family and owners, they are very social dogs. That is all good, if you have enough time for them. But if you leave them regularly for long periods of time alone, they may develop separation anxiety and they can start barking excessively or chew on your furniture.
9) Wheaten Greetin
If there is someting, where Wheatens differ a lot from a typical terrier, than it is how much they love people. They are not aloof at all, especially towards people they already met. And they love welcoming them. that there’s even a name for the way they greet new friends: It’s called the “Wheaten Greeting,”
Soft coated wheaten terrier is medium sized dog with squared body and triangular head. They should be 17-19 inches tall which is 43-48 cm and their weight should be between 30-40 pounds which is 14-18 kg. The females are naturally little bit smaller than males.