Rottweiler breed profile

by Leanne Thompson on August 6, 2010

The Rottweiler started out its life as a cattle dog and hauler of carts before becoming a military and police dog, as well as a guard dog. The Rottweiler has never been a fighting dog as is sometimes suggested, but has proved to be a loyal companion who is highly intelligent and easy to train. Originating from Rottweil, in Germany, they are a medium to large breed of domestic dog and are known to be good natured with a placid disposition and a strong sense of adaptability and an eagerness to work. As with all powerful breeds the Rottweiler makes a perfect house pet as long as he receives the care and attention, particularly exercise, which he requires.

Typical Rottweiler facts

Height: 23-27 in (58-69 cm)
Weight: 90-110 lb (41-50 kg)
Average litter size: 8
Life expectancy: 9-12 years
Good with children: Yes
Kennel Club classification: Working

Colour of a Rottweiler

A Rottweiler is mainly black on the body with tan markings on the face, chest and legs.

Grooming a Rottweiler

The Rottweiler has a short coat which doesn’t require large amounts of grooming, although some essential care and maintenance is needed to keep him happy. Rottweilers have a double coat which sheds heavily twice a year, which is when you will want to groom him using (more…)

Siberian Husky Breed Profile

by Mark James on June 14, 2010

The Siberian Husky is a working dog that originated in the cold, harsh environment of eastern Siberia, Russia. It was bred by the Chukchi, an indigenous tribe that lived by the Bering Sea. This handsome dog is easily recognised by its distinctive markings; a dense double coat, triangular ears and standout facial markings. It is a hardy, energetic breed and was introduced to Alaska during the Nome Gold Rush, after which it spread to the rest of the United States and Canada. They originally were put to use as sled dogs, but are now mostly kept as show dogs and family pets.

Typical Siberian Husky facts

Height: Dog: 53 to 60 cm, Bitch: 51 to 56 cm
Weight: Dog: 20 to 27 kg, Bitch: 16 to 22 kg
Average Litter Size: 6 to 8 puppies
Life Expectancy: 10 to 14 years
Good with Children: Yes
Kennel Club Classification: Working group

Colour of a Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky has a wolf-like appearance and shares some characteristics to other Spitz breeds, such as the Samoyed and the Alaskan Malamute. They feature an assortment of colours and markings, with the most (more…)

Newfoundland Breed Profile

by Leanne Thompson on May 31, 2010

The Newfoundland, also known as the Newfie, the Gentle Giant or the Blackbear is a powerhouse of a dog. It is generally accepted as probably the strongest of any breed, including Irish Wolfhounds, Mastiffs and Great Danes. They were originally bred to work alongside fishermen in Newfoundland, Canada, and are noted for their huge size, sweet, even temperament and loyalty to their owner. Newfoundlands have webbed feet, a water resistant double coat and are excellent swimmers; rather than ‘doggy paddle’, they move their legs in a style more akin to a breaststroke. Newfoundlands are celebrated for their water rescue abilities.

Typical Newfoundland

Height: 27 – 30 inches
Weight: 132 – 176 lb
Average Litter Size: 4 – 12 puppies
Life Expectancy: 8 – 13 years
Good With Children: Yes
Kennel Club Classification: Working Dog

Colour of an Newfoundland

The most common colours for a Newfoundland are black, black with white markings, black with blue highlights, brown and grey. White dogs with black markings are know as Landseers, and are considered as Newfoundlands in the UK and America. However, in Europe Landseers have longer legs and less muscle mass, and so compete separately in dog shows.

Grooming a Newfoundland

Newfoundlands have a double coat; the outer coat is thick and coarse, whilst the undercoat is dense, oily and soft. Your Newfoundland will require daily or weekly brushing with a hard brush and its undercoat will usually shed in the spring and autumn. Extra care with grooming is required at these times. Newfoundlands that live indoors tend to lose their undercoats. It is best to avoid bathing unless it is absolutely necessary, as the natural oils in the coat will be stripped away. Instead of bathing, dry shampoo occasionally.

Newfoundland Common Ailments/Health Issues

Newfoundlands can be susceptible to hip or elbow dysplasia, which is a malformed hip joint. However, lots of breeds are prone to this, especially larger ones. Some Newfoundlands may have hereditary cystinura, or bladder stones, and a smaller proportion may have (more…)