Smarter, Healthier Dogs!

dog_runningAs any canine lover can testify, each dog has its own unique personality, determined by its genes, environment, and interactions. Some dogs are exceptionally smart and mature, others are extremely active and friendly, while yet others are gentle and kind. While each individual dog is different, certain characteristics are more common among specific breeds. It is also possible to learn more about the dietary and exercise requirements of your pet depending on the size of the breed – that is, whether your dog is small, medium, or large.

Large dogs generally weight over 56 pounds; those over 100 pounds are considered to be giant dogs. Various breeds are included within the broad category of large dogs. From the agile Bernese Mountain Dog to the majestic Great Dane and the faithful Great Pyrenees, those who are looking to adopt a large dog have a variety of distinctive breeds to consider. Firm favorites among families with children include the friendly Golden Retriever, the kind Alaskan Malamute, and the intelligent Bullmastiff. Large dog breeds tend to be extremely loyal and most of them are also quite gentle. However, they do need to be socialized properly and at a young age to ensure that they interact smoothly with visitors, since they can be a tad overprotective of their families at times!

Those with small homes are sometime hesitant about bringing home big dogs. However, contrary to popular perception, all big dogs do not require spacious environs to live happy, heathy lives. In fact, giant dogs should not be exercised too much due to the fact that they are prone to joint problems. During growing months, especially, large dogs must be exercised in moderation since excessive jumping or running can damage their ligaments. As they grow older, many large breeds prefer to spend their days quietly, snoozing or spending time with the family – which can easily be achieved in a small apartment. That said, both small and big dogs require an adequate amount of daily exercise. If you can ensure that, then the size of your home really does not matter!

Medium-sized dogs weigh between 23-55 pounds. Those who are looking for a medium-sized dog can consider a number of breeds. These dogs can adapt to a number of roles: farm dogs, family pets, sporting dogs, watch dogs, and so on. Some of the liveliest and most intelligent dogs are medium sized. Border Collies, Australian Cattle Dogs, Bull Terriers, and Boxers, for instance, are generally considered among the smartest dog breeds around. Boxers were traditionally trained as sporting dogs and their owners find their quick intelligence useful while teaching them clever tricks. Despite their intimidating appearance, Boxers can be very gentle with children. Border Collies, too, are extremely smart – they love being physically and mentally challenges, which makes them extremely easy to train and wonderfully interesting companions. They can, however, be reserved around strangers and are liable to bark a lot at small disturbances. The Siberian Husky, meanwhile, has a different type of intelligence. It has keen survival instinct and a sharp awareness of its surroundings; it is also capable of defending its owners if required. Depending on your location and family circumstances, you may choose to bring home a medium or large dog breed. Keep in mind that no matter what breed you select, your pet will flourish with the right diet, adequate exercise, correct training, and lots of love!