Having a dog can be one of the greatest rewards and relationships individuals and families can enjoy. A dog can be a protector, someone else to love and be loved by, and in some cases even become a part of your family. But how do you know what kind of dog to get, and who will fit your personality? Sure many people know about the Labradors, German Shepherds, or the Golden Retrievers but what about some of the lesser known breeds.
The Schnazer is a good dog that is of German descent, in fact the name actually means “mustache” in German.
There are actually 3 types of breeds:
• Miniature- averaging 1 foot tall, and about 14-22 lbs.
• Standard sized- about 1 ½ feet tall, and 30-45 lbs.
• Giant- about 2 feet tall, and weighs between 55-80 lbs.
They are working dogs that are friendly and loving and can be good with children if they are acclimated to the environment properly. They are also very energetic, protective, and intelligent but can be a bit strong willed so you may want to do some basic training early on.
The Hungarian Puli is a cute dog whose coat actually looks like it is dread locks because the hair is tightly curled into long streams. Their background was in herding and protecting livestock which has made them intelligent and agile dogs. The American Kennel Club webpage lists Puli’s as keeping their “puppy” attitude most of their life.
Some of the attributes of the Puli is:
• Sense of humor.
• Naturally protective.
• Loves farm environments but adaptable to almost anywhere.
• Needs lots of daily exercise.
Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese Mountain dog is one of the most perfect dogs you can have, but they can be difficult to get. They are a larger dog that is descended from the German, Swiss Alps region of Europe. The AKC has recognized them as part of the ‘working group’ of dogs and they are good natured, kind dogs that are confident and docile.
A few of the notes that Pet Finder online mentions are:
• Easy to train.
The Leonberger is a giant German dog breed that is muscular, balanced, and at 100-lbs or more they will most definitely need the largest of all America’s Pet electronic dog doors. Their temperament is very mild and family friendly and they tend to be composed and self-disciplined.
The Leonberger-Hunde website notes that they are terrific companion dogs and have been great at:
• Water rescue.
• Herding and carting.
• Therapy dogs.
German Pointers are of course German, and have been bred to be great hunting and retrieving dogs. Many people write off the option of a pointer as a family dog because of the hunting heritage but really a hunting dog refers to a breed that is athletic, smart, and able to be trained.
Other than intelligence some of their notable traits are:
• Classic pointer stance.
• Easily trained.
• Great with children.
Adding a dog as part of your family is a wonderful delight. Take the time and look into many different breeds to find some of the more unknown dogs that might be the perfect fit for you.