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Dogs are super cute and one of the most popular pet choices in the world. While there are many reasons to love them, one of the most common reasons is that they are just too cute. Whether big or small, short-haired or long-haired, dogs have a way of winning our hearts with their fluffy coats and cute faces.
But it’s not just their looks that we love – dogs come in a variety of personalities too, which means there’s sure to be one for every type of owner. So if you’re considering a great dog for you or your family, don’t underestimate this humble dog—they may just be the perfect choice for you. In this adorable lineup, you’re sure to find a furry dog that will bring warmth into your life!
1. Old English Sheepdog
Old English Sheepdogs are intelligent, self-reliant dogs. They are very good humored and seem to enjoy being surprised by their owners with some of their antics. Some Old English Sheepdogs can make great guard dogs, although they are not usually considered guard dogs. They barked loudly and some of them started disturbing people. Dogs that are not mentally or physically challenged enough start chewing and digging.
Old English Sheepdogs thrive if socialized early on with people and other pets. They tend to be aggressive, especially males. With this breed, taking care of the coat is very important. Keeping the coat in show condition requires daily grooming, frequent baths, fur handling, and limiting the dog’s movement. Most caregivers choose to have their coat clipped twice a year. Thankfully, Old English Sheepdogs look great after they’ve been sheared.
Old English Sheepdogs do need some exercise, especially when they are young. Training is essential, as is plenty of socializing. These dogs are difficult to handle and are not recommended for beginners. Serious working dogs by nature, they are happiest when given a task, whether it’s participating in an obedience show or herding a herd of sheep.
If you’re looking for a small dog with an even-tempered personality, the Havanese could be just the thing for you. These dogs usually get along well with children and other animals. The Havanese is a friendly and gentle breed that is perfect for all kinds of homes, including apartments. Due to their size and quieter bark, they are a great choice for RV living.
This breed is best adopted if you have a lot of free time to devote to your dog. Long-term solitude is not good for a Havanese. These dogs have been known to develop destructive habits or need constant companionship when alone and bored. Havanese require more time to groom than short-haired dogs. This breed is intelligent and usually learns basic obedience quickly, as well as any special tricks and dog sports desired.
The Havanese needs daily exercise as it is a moderately active small breed, but this breed only needs about 30 minutes of exercise per day. Havanese don’t need much exercise or house play to keep them happy and healthy. These dogs will happily curl up in your lap and relax if provided with a suitable outlet for their energy.
3. American Eskimos
The American Eskimo Dog is an ideal family pet. Eskies are very loyal to their owners and need their company. Despite their high IQs, they can be stubborn. They make great watchdogs, but tend to bark too much. To avoid being overly wary of strangers, they must socialize with other people. Eskies can be socialized appropriately and introduced to strangers, making them more receptive.
The Huskie needs only a little exercise, but also a lot of activity to keep busy; otherwise, it will find something to do. Like all intelligent canines, they occasionally get bored and may chew or dig to pass the time. These canines are cunning and capable of getting away like a Houdini if not adequately controlled. American Eskimo Dogs need to interact with their owners. They tolerate other animals well if kept with domestic cats and dogs.
Like most breeds, especially Nordic breeds, Huskies should not be kept with other pets such as rodents, birds, or reptiles. Huskies are excellent watchdogs and wary of strangers, but their large size is not a great deterrent. Some huskies will bark excessively if they are not trained enough. The husky’s thick coat helps it survive the harsh winters. However, since they love spending time with their families, they shouldn’t just be kept outside.
The Keeshond’s inherent tendencies make it generally unnecessary watchdog behavior without additional training. However, once someone is welcomed into the house, the Dutch poodle does not hesitate to accept them. They rarely bite. Keeshonds are naturally affectionate with people and other dogs.
They have high standards for affection and would rather blend into the family and then be left alone on the outside. Keeshonden can “talk” and bark. Alert poodles will bark to warn their owners when strangers are nearby, but they rarely bark excessively. Keeshonden are charming dogs, intelligent and beautiful. Because of their affectionate and playful nature, they make excellent family dogs. The Keeshonden is relatively simple to train compared to other northern breeds.
They don’t bark constantly, but they do so to warn you of strangers nearby. A Dutch poodle is happiest if he is allowed to live in the house with his “pack,” the family. Of course, the ideal scenario is that the dog can enter and exit the house independently through the dog door. Keeshonden can stay outside in cold weather, but proper shelter must be provided. Due to their thick fur, it is not recommended to keep them in hot and humid climates.
5. Great Pyrenees
The Great Pyrenees is a calm, well-behaved, no-nonsense breed known for its unwavering loyalty to its family, which includes well-behaved children. These dogs tend to be dependable, affectionate, and gentle, but they won’t think twice about defending their family and home if necessary. Great Pyrenees are naturally relatively independent, as they were bred to keep watch over the flock alone in the valley.
This independence can make obedience training more difficult than with other breeds. Due to the same protective root, the Pyr has a strong barking instinct. Great Pyrenees mature within a year, but it can take up to two years to mature. If you lead a quiet life and live in a suburban or rural area, the Great Pyrenees is a great companion for you. These dogs enjoy quiet time indoors and have regular, structured routines. Due to its protective nature, socialization is essential for this breed.
Exposure to as many unfamiliar people, places, and situations as possible, especially when Pyr is a puppy, will reduce any tendency to overprotect. Training a Pyr requires patience, as they tend to be independent and stubborn. Even so, don’t expect the Peels to earn any titles of obedience. Moderate grooming requirements. The double coat can be kept in good shape with regular brushing, but be prepared to shed once a year. The outer layer is not padded, making maintenance fairly simple.
6. Alaskan Malamute
A large dog requires a lot of time and attention, but the Malamute will reward you with a lovable, obedient family member. Because they are pack animals, these dogs need strong pack leaders. Sled dogs are very affectionate and have playful dispositions when adequately socialized and trained by their owners (although, like their smaller Siberian husky cousins, they can also be stubborn). Malamutes are not the best watchdogs.
Because of their naturally friendly nature, members of this breed tend to view strangers as allies rather than enemies. Of course, their intimidating size may be enough to put off would-be burglars. The Malamute was bred to work, so it has plenty of exercise requirements. While a large yard with room for energy to flow out can help these dogs stay active and maintain good physical and mental health, it’s not enough to meet their needs.
An exercise program for Huskies can be beneficial. With these strong, hardworking working dogs, there are many options for stimulating and physically demanding activities. In the right climate, they’re great running, swimming and backpacking companions. This breed’s profuse shedding can be one of its biggest problems. These dogs are covered with a thick, waterproof double coat. Be prepared to brush your dog thoroughly at least a few times a week, although some recommend brushing (and vacuuming) your dog daily to keep hair under control.
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