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Introduction

The breeds on DogShaadi.com are listed by group and provide a bit of history on each breed; a brief description of the breed’s physical conformation; information about grooming requirements, exercise needs, and activity level; suggested training and socialization requirements, and any potential jobs or sports that the dog might enjoy. There are also suggestions for the type of owner best suited for this breed; whether the breed is good with children, cats, and other small pets; and the most common health concerns in the breed. This information is fascinating, or at least I found it so! In addition to providing a lot of information about these breeds, our goal is to help you choose the right dog and breed. The information in these breed profiles was acquired from a variety of sources which can be found in the reference section.

On DogShaadi.com we share with you the good and less than good (or the more difficult) points of each breed. Our hope is that with better knowledge and awareness of breed characteristics, we can prevent problems in many human-canine relationships in the future.

Some simple guidelines on how to understand information follow:

Breed Sizes:

On each breed profile you will see a small picture indicating the size of an adult dog of the breed. Move your mouse pointer over each picture to know the size of the breed. Size 1 is about 6 to 10 inches height, Size 2 is about 11 to 12 inches height.. and so on to Size 8 which is the largest size and is 28 to 34 inches height. Males are 1 to 3 inches taller than the females in almost all breeds unless indicated. All heights are measured at withers (the withers are located at the shoulders that meet with the neck – the highest point of the back).


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Move your mouse pointer over each picture

Activity Levels:

  • Low activity level means the dog is a couch potato most of the time. A daily stroll and a game or two will keep him happy
  • Moderate exercise means the dog will enjoy a walk or two followed by some playtime, but then will be happy to take a nap.
  • Needs vigorous daily exercise means exactly that; this is a high-energy dog who wants to stay active.

Training:

  • Easy to train means exactly that.
  • Moderate training means the dogs will accept training but may be easily distracted, or like to think for themselves, or may be slow to mature.
  • Difficult or challenge to train refers to dogs bred to think for themselves rather than take direction from people, or dogs that are not particularly compliant. It does not mean the dogs are not smart!

Grooming:

The grooming requirements indicate the efforts needed to keep the dog breed clean and neat. These efforts do not refer to dog ‘show quality’ grooming requirements, but rather to those dogs living in a pet, performance, or working home or as a companion.

  • Easy to groom refers to those breeds that can be combed or brushed two to three times a week quickly and easily with a minimum of fuss.
  • Moderate grooming means the breed may need more than minimal grooming, may develop tangles or mats, and may need additional care such as wrinkle cleaning or ear cleaning.
  • Difficult grooming generally pertains to long-coated breeds, breeds that shed a considerable amount of coat, or those that need some very specific grooming skills, such as terriers needing to be hand-stripped.

As you read on, keep in mind that the information in DogShaadi is a contribution made by many different people who see dogs in a variety of situations: dog show judges, trainers, breeders, groomers, working dog handlers, performance sport participants, and pet owners. Major references are included in our reference section. So, as you think about the next breed you would like to own, take the wisdom of others to heart and remember that DogShaadi.com is here to help you make the right decisions and enjoy a happy, successful relationship with your dog for years to come. Enjoy !

We know that we may not have all breeds in our database. if you are unable to find a breed you would like to read about, we apologize profusely and request you to email us ‘dogshaadi at gmail dot com’ we will work feverishly to study it in depth and add it as soon as possible.

Leo the Labrador

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