West Highland Terrier

West Highland Terriers have a medium sturdy body. The males and the bitches generally weigh about 15 to 22 pounds. The average height for both the males and the bitches ranges from 9 to 12 inches. They are usually carriers of a carrot shaped tail, that shouldn’t be docked as they are help up strait. The tails are longer and for both males and bitches can be between 5 to 6 inches long. West Highland Terriers also have muscular extremities that are compact. The jaw of the West Highland Terrier is very strong, and their teeth are very large for the size of the dog. The breeds ears are half stand up half floppy. The ears should be more in the stand up position for dog shows. The eyes of the Westie are small and bright. With the combination of the pointed ears and the deep set eyes the dogs appear very alert and ready for action.

The coat of the West Highland Terrier is soft and thick. The coat needs regular grooming because the rough outer coat needs to be 2 inches long. The coats are generally all white, and if there is any discoloration leaning towards the browns on their back or their feet the dogs are not ideal for dog shows. A popular choice to style the West Highland Terriers hair is to give the appearance of a lions mane around the head and face, but the rest of the coat is kept short. A neat little fact about Westies is that their feet are webbed, and is only noticed when the owner grooms the feet.

Use proper dog collars for these dogs. This breed is related to the working Terrier breeds. They are hunters of smaller rodent like animals such as rabbits and squirrels. This is an excellent job for the West Highland Terrier because they have a lot of energies and spunk. The dogs usually show a lot of aggression towards their prey when they are on the hunt. The West Highland Terrier has a very strong temperament and even though they are smaller dogs they have a big dog attitude.

West Highland Terriers have the tendency to think they guard dogs and will patrol their space religiously, even though they don’t have any real imposing attributes to scare away strangers. These dogs can be very possessive of their things, their owners, and their toys. If the West Highland Terrier is involved with any of the three previously mentioned items, and their tails are down and ears back be wary as they will potentially be provoked and can bite or growl to ward off people who annoy them.

Welsh Terrier

The Welsh Terrier is a healthy breed of dog with no common illnesses affecting it. The breed is unique in the sense that it has two layers of fur. One layer that is an undercoat and another that insulates against the cold. The other layer of fur is a topcoat and it is coarse and protects the Welsh Terrier against the elements.

The average height of the Welsh Terrier both male and bitches is 15 inches. The average weight is 20 pounds for both the male and bitches. The colors of the coat are black and brown with red and black marts. White also occurs on the breast of the dogs. The dog’s temperament is happy and they get along with children and will follow children as they play. The dogs do have endless energy so it is not uncommon for the child to tire out before the dog and this is the time where adults need to intervene so as the dog doesn’t overstep its boundaries.

The Welsh Terrier is very obedient and loyal. The dogs require lots of exercise and need lots of attention to burn through their energy bank which rarely occurs. This dog is an excellent companion for someone who wants to have a jogging buddy or does lots of out doors activities. The Welsh Terrier can live in either the city or the country but has excellent temperament to live in the country.

The hunting desire is strong and living in the country would be perfect for these dogs as they need interesting things to do all day. It is a good idea for them to have wide open spaces as it is often difficult for the owner to keep them occupied all day. The personality of the Welsh Terrier is intelligent, lively and never intimidated by other people or animals.

The care of this breed is considerable considering the thickness of the coat. The nick name is also called the Stripping Breed and not because of their night job. It gained this name because it is necessary to strip the dogs hair as it is not possible to cut because it is curly and wiry. Stripping consists of plucking by hand the longer hairs. The Welsh Terrier need consistent grooming because of the thick coat. If you own a Welsh Terrier the breeder from whom you purchased can usually recommend a stripper who can groom your dog because if it is not done correctly it can indefinitely mar the appearance of your dog.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a confident dog who loves people. It is very loyal to its family and is very accepting of strangers. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are very energetic and need lots of exercise to maintain its happy personality. The Staffie has another name the “keg on legs” nick name has to do with its stocky build. The Staffordshire Bull Terriers body is muscular and has a natural athletic ability with strong extremities. The muscles are very strong for its size, and this makes the Staffordshire a very courageous character. The color of the coat is black and tan; other colors can occur but is not common. The dog’s height on average for both males and bitches are 14 to 16 inches. Also the weight for both males and bitches on averages weigh 24 to 38 pounds.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a very intelligent and investigative dog, which is an excellent attribute paired with their fearlessness. This dog is also known as a “nanny dog” because of its tendency to be reliable. The dog because of its ancestry is also prone to fighting, and has a tremendous amount of aggression to other dogs. A dog even with a good attitude can fight if put in contact with another dog. This is a good reason it is necessary to control the breed in public places where other dogs may not have problems. Toys are excellent ways to distract a dog that may have potential problems with other dogs in the public setting.

The owners of these special dogs need to make sure that they are kept properly controlled and maintained in a safe environment to not encourage aggressive behavior.  You can use certain dog toys for behavior control Staffordshire Bull Terriers should not be allowed to roam free and instead need secure housing to ensure against no possible problems with neighbors or their families. Even though a Staffie may be aggressive to other dogs it can be completely safe with people. Breeders have recognized that Staffies can have temperament issues, and are now working towards breeding dogs with mild tempers. In doing regular visits with other dogs the Staffie can become more comfortable with the idea and be more sociable with other animals. This is beneficial when there is more than one et in the home. Also this is beneficial for their behavior when in family settings with more than one animal and with children.

In the past in the 1800’s the Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed were used in bloodspots such as bull and bear baiting. The dogs were also used in dog fights because of their aggressive nature towards other animals. These dogs are very easy to train, and can go good or bad based on the owners intentions.

Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terriers have the outer coat which is wiry and harsh, and the undercoat which is generally soft. The coat is kept shaggy and trimmed and blended together to create a flowing look. There is longer hair kept in the beard, eyebrow and leg area to creating a flowing sensation when the animal walks. The colors range from grey to dark black and with a variation of all the colors in between. These dogs like most terriers are very smart and quick, as they to be bred as ratters. The Scottish Terrier are very confident and are able to sustain a lot as they are very determined. This breed is considered to be very loyal to their owners, even in comparison with other breeds.

The Scottish Terrier is lovable but stubborn and need a firm hand in their rearing. This dog if not controlled from an early age will run your house. These dogs can also be seen as detached from situations even though they do care a great deal for their family. They commonalty associate more with a couple people in their family and harbor closer relationships. The dog is also sensitive to its surroundings and it can affect the mood of the home. The Scottish Terrier is a good protector but is not aggressive with strangers, but can be with other dogs. It is a fearless dog and can have problems with other dogs if not socialized at an early age. Because this dog is a ratter it is prone to dig and chase smaller animals.

Th Scottish Terrier is fairly healthy and doesn’t have many dangerous things that can cause the owner problems. It has the ability to live usually between 11 to 13 years on average. The common ailments that can occur with the Scottish Terrier are Willebrand disease, craniomandibular osteopath, scottie cram, patellar luxation, and cerebellar abiotrophy, all which can be identified at an early age with DNA testing.

The Scottish Terrier being one of the oldest Highland terriers has a lineage closely matched with that of the Norfolk Terrier of the same region. This dog has ancestor ranging back to the 16th century. It is famous throughout history, and is commonly found in old stories and artwork of that era. The Scottie even had its place with royalty being used by King James the 6th and therefore increased their favorability throughout the world.

Olde English Bulldog

The Olde English Bulldogge is a recent introduction to an old breed that was in existence in England in the 1800’s. It is also referred to today as the Old English Bulldog because it is a reincarnation of an extinct breed of dog. These dogs are in relation to the other Bull breeds that exist today including the English Bulldog, American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Bulldog.

Olde English Bulldogs were bred to take part in the sport of bull baiting, hence the name BULL. Bull baiting was essentially stalking a bull and than getting the dogs to attack it. This was a sport of courage and agility and these were the necessary attributes to be successful in the so called sport.

The modern Olde English Bulldogge is a reincarnation of the “Regency Period Bull Baiter”. The Olde English Bulldogges were made by a man around the 1970’s. He used a charted course of breeding to recreate the Old Bulldog of times past. The breed was developed by crossing ½ English bulldog, 1/6th Bull Mastiff, 1/6th American Pit Bull Terrier, and 1/6th American Bulldog. These breeds were strategically planned and mixed to create the Olde English Bulldogge we know today.

In the early 1980s breeders became more interested in breeding this special newly revived type of dog. The dogs started popping up at shows around the country and slowly gained fame and notoriety. Through the work of the breeders the dogs slowly came into new glory. Also because of the success at the shows many more breeders took interest in the Olde English Bulldog.

This particular breed is an excellent guard dog. some dog grooming is required but It has excellent health is extremely active and has the temperament of a dog who likes to work hard. The dog has the he mental prowess of the original breed of dog from the 1800’s and has many of the attributes of the original breed that it was modeled after. The only main difference from the original breed of dogs and today’s version is the tail; the tail is full pump handle tail. The goal of breeders today is to maintain and increase the health of the Olde English Bulldog and to ensure it longevity. These breeds are here to ensure that extinction does not come into play again for the Olde English Bulldog.

The appearance of the Olde English Bulldog is one of strength and intelligence. The body is strong and straight creating a look of muscle definition in the stance of the animal. The head of the dog is large and features wide set eyes, wrinkled forehead and a strong jaw. The eyes touch the outer bridge of the skull. The coat is usually thick and short with colors varying from red to white to brown and all the colors in between. Male’s heights range from 17 to 20 inches while bitches are between 15 to 19 inches. The general weight of the male is 60-80 pounds while the general weight of the bitches are between 45 to 70 pounds.

Norwich Terrier

The Norwich Terrier is the smallest of the Terriers, and range from 11-12 pounds and no more than 10 inches in height. The colors of the dogs range in variety from red, black and brown and all of the different potential color combinations. Like the ear controversy, tails being docked is a hot topic of conversation. There are some medical concerns associated with tail docking and has spurred on debate as to whether it should be a practice associated with the dogs.

The life expectancy of the Norwich Terrier is 12 to 16 year and it is considered one of the healthier breeds. There are some health problems that can occur but with reputable breeders the health issues can be addressed with genetic testing. This helps reduces the potential for major problems. Problems prone to the Norwich Terrier are epilepsy, spine disorders and incorrect bites as well as many others. A new issue arising in the Norwich Terrier community is breathing issues often associated with cross breeding of the animal.

Even though the Norwich Terrier breed is small they are know for their courage and are very intelligent. The Norwich Terrier is very affectionate and is very energetic and thrives on living an active life. They crave the companionship of the owner and should be kept as indoor dogs. The Norwich Terrier tends to lend itself to being assertive but they are not commonly dangerous in the sense that they are aggressive, problematic or intimidated by other animals. This breed is very sensitive to discipline and needs to be treated with a kind hand as to not cause behavioral problems. The animal does not bark unnecessarily but will bark to ward off strangers in protection of their home. The dogs are good with children, and would do well in a family atmosphere. They are dogs that are easily introduced into homes with dogs already in the house. The only problem that may occur can be if small rodents are the pet in the home the Norwich Terrier may confuse it as prey and hunt the other animals.

Good methods of keeping your Norwich Terrier in shape are taking dogs for walks. Daily walking is suggested and jogging is acceptable. With the right amount of endurance training the dogs can accompany their owner on bike adventures. Norwich Terriers were bred as working dogs as far as rodent extermination and thrive best of doing activity for several hours in the day. These dogs although small should not be associated with lap dogs as they need much more physically activity in the day.

Norfolk Terrier

The Norfolk Terrier is a medium sized dog that is not is too heavy as it would not be able to move effectively to catch its prey. This breed is generally driven, and have a large gait to catch their prey. The average height for both males and bitch Norfolk Terriers is 10 to 12 inches, and the average weight is about 12 pounds.

The Norfolk Terriers are fearless, and are no aggressive towards people or other dogs, unless it is necessary and this is where their instincts kick in. The Norfolk Terrier is calm in its temperament, and is a good companion dog. It is excellent with children and they make great family pets. The dogs often had to work in packs, and therefore have a very soft temperament and can get along with lots of different species in different situations. The Norfolk Terrier loves human contact and is very loyal. If they are not given the appropriate amount of attention they will resort to bad behavior such as digging or barking to beat the boredom.

The Norfolk Terrier should not be left alone for long periods of time or their behavior can intensify. If brought up in the home as a puppy the dogs will have generally no behavioral problems. If brought in later they can be accustomed to their routine and find difficulty adjusting to the new rules. This breed is very confident and self important, they hold both their tails and their heads erect when they walk. The Norfolk Terrier is unique in the fact that it is not aggressive, it is very calm and will walk with its tail between its legs if it is not in a good mood. This breed does not show aggression to other dogs generally in most situations even if they are extraneous. The Norfolk Terrier will suffer the most if it is ignored by its owner that is the single greatest form of rejection that a Norfolk can withstand, it would crush their spirit tremendously.

This Norfolk Terrier was again like most terriers developed as a rodent killer in the late 1800’s. The top sportsmen trained theses dogs to be killing machines. It was also the enduring nature of the dog that made them excellent companions. The name of the Norfolk came about after names such as the Can tab Terrier, when it was in style for students at Cambridge University in England to have them as dorm mates. The Norfolk Terrier has lots of mix in its blood, as it has cousins in the Cairn Terrier, the Irish Terrier, and the Nordic Terrier. The crossing of these breeds resulted in the dropped ear of the Norfolk we see today.
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Miniature Schnauzer

This breed of is very unique in appearance. It is a very compact shaped dog with strong muscles and is square in its shape. The dogs have the distinctive trait of a beard, long eyebrows and feathered hair on the legs. The ears are sometimes made to stand up, and the tail is docked. The Miniature Schnauzer also can have ears that are left to flop, it is all depending on where the dog lives. Some practices are acceptable in different parts of the world and unacceptable in other parts of the world.

The coats of the Miniature Schnauzer that are wiry and they do not strip they are great as house pets for people with allergies because of this trait. The coats do need regular maintenance to keep this characteristic.There are three colors that are idea for the Miniature Schnauzer, black, grey and silver and a combination of all the colors in different variances There are rare colors of white and brown, but are not common or expected when breeding the Miniature Schnauzer. The height of the breed for both males and bitches is from 12 to 15 inches. The weight for both the males and the bitches is from 10 to 15 pounds. Again these standards are depending on where the schnauzer is located as in different countries different standards are set.

Miniature Schnauzers are very interesting in their personalities, and love to get into trouble as a sense of entertainment, and a sense of their crazy humor. They are also very loyal to their owner, and are very much into activities to burn off their energies. Although the average weight is 10 to 15 pounds for a normal healthy schnauzer it is often not the case, as they need lots of exercise, and without it will gain a lot of weight, and gain it quickly.

The Miniature Schnauzer is an excellent guard dog and does not enjoy new people, they are not aggressive, but not accepting until the owner is accepting of the person, and welcomes them into the home. This or if the owner shows a sign of embracing the new person. The Miniature Schnauzer breed is good with kids, and it is necessary to play gently with the dogs. The Miniature Schnauzer is very smart, and can train easily and takes commands very quick.

Miniature Schnauzer need a lot of attention and love, and are excellent are for both a pet at home and a dog for the show circuit. The dogs can be very independent and therefore can find themselves in trouble some of the time when left to their own devices. They enjoy playing jokes on people and other animals, and are outgoing and need an outlet for their energies. The Miniature Schnauzers were bred for rodent control, so they have endless amounts of energy to bestow on an active family.

Miniature Bull Terrier

The Miniature Bull Terrier is an excellent dog for children. The Miniature Bull Terrier has a happy go lucky temperament, and loves lots of attention.

Miniature Bull Terrier’s have tendencies to have an aggressive attitude with strange dogs. The dogs are very intelligent and therefore have a grand zest for life. They are very playful and active dogs and are good with families who live a busy life. They are extremely loyal to their owners and affectionate. Don’t be fooled by their tough exterior.

The appearance of the Miniature Bull Terrier is that of a smooth and thick coat. They have a powerful build for a small dog. The female dogs do not get as big or impressive as their male counterparts. The height for males is average of 10 to 14 inches, and for a bitch 10 to 13 inches. The weight of a male and the bitches should be proportionate to the height of the dogs. Any eye color is acceptable with this breed, however the color blue is considered not ideal.

The different colors of the Miniature Bull Terrier breed vary from reds, whites and mixes of these colors. The color black is often common and accepted only on the face of the animal. The body of the mini is strong giving an athletic appearance. The head is proportionate to the body, and includes a broad nose bridge with a cylinder face giving it its unique look in the different breeds of the dogs. There are no loose folds of skin on the nose or around the jaw like other Bulldog breeds. It is all tightly fitted with hair covering it at different thickness levels according to the cut on the dog. The ears of the Miniature Bull Terrier are pointed and are small in size. It is uncommon to dock the tails of the a Miniature Bull Terrier and they usually have thick to thin tails from root to tip. The overall appearance of this breed is powerful and strong.

The Miniature Bull Terrier is a strong willed animal that will try your patience while trying to train. It is an asset to be patient as these dogs are intelligent and will be quick to be bored with the repetitive conditioning of training. The dogs do no respond well to yelling or hitting in their training. It is a good method of training to treat the dog like a young child and slowly work with it to your goals of behavior.

The more training the Miniature Bull Terrier has the better it will be around other dogs and people. This is a highly self motivated breed and in being so makes a lot of decisions for itself. Hence the difficulties in training this particular breed . Miniature Bulldog does well with sports and enjoys having a purpose. It is recommended to play with Miniature Bull Terrier in different athletic games or enrolling the animal in competitions.

Manchester Terrier

IN the early 1800’s the dog we know today had evolved from those of olden times. The Manchester Terrier has a long nose, a narrow skull and small electric eyes, with a big chest and simple coloring of black and brown. This constant appearance has been for at least 200 years.

There are two varieties of the Manchester Terrier, the Toy Manchester Terrier and the Standard. The toys for both males and bitches are less than 12 pounds. The standard weight for both the males and the bitches is 12 to 22 pounds. There are three types of ears associated with this dog is stand up, button or cropped. The size of the ears depends on the size of the dog, but even thought size is a factor both the standard and the toy should have similar appearances.

The Manchester Terrier originated in England, hence the name Manchester after the city of Manchester. It was used as a rat, rabbit, and other small animal hunter. It was used both in sport and in necessity. The dog was also cross bred with Whippet to produce a spunkier dog that is better suited to the sport. This cross was very successful and resulted in the Manchester terrier that we know. The ears were cropped in the early days for the reason of not getting ripped in fights that the dogs were often involved in. This also ended up enhancing the appearance of the dogs, and was kept on as a grooming technique for the Manchester Terrier. Rat killing was eventually made illegal in England, and the dogs popularity grew as an option. The people often kept kennels to keep up with the rapid infestation in England.

The Manchester Terriers are very accomplished sports dogs. They still today compete and kill small other game similarly with dogs that hunt. This dog is very able to swim, and is not shy to attack or play in the water. Although this Irish Terrier is commonly accustomed to hunting smaller game it has also been known to accompany on big game hunts and they have been quite successful.