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Beagle

Male:
Average Height: 13-15″
Weight: 18-30 lb

Female:
Average Height: 13-15″
Weight: 18-30 lb

Life span is 12-15 years

The Beagle dog breed originated in England back in the 1300′s and was used primarily for hunting – primarily rabbit hunting and is still used in this capacity to this day. It is popular today with hunters as well as families as this amiable hound makes a great addition to the family.

Temperament
The Beagle needs companionship either from humans or with other dogs. If it is exercised sufficiently, it can be a calm house pet. It is very gentle and very tolerant and with these traits can make an excellent choice with families with small children. It barks and howls.

Upkeep and Health
The Beagle requires daily exercise – a walk or romp in the yard is sufficient. It can live outdoors in temperate temperatures as long as warm bedding and shelter is available. Although, it requires companionship so is most happy with a balance of yard and house.

Major health concerns include inter-vertebral disk disease and CHD.

Minor helth concerns include glaucoma, epilepsy, CPRA, hypothyroidism, patellar luxation, KCS, chondrodysplasia, and distichiasis.

Boxer Dog


Male:
Average Height: 22.5-25″
Weight: 65-80 lb

Female:
Average Height: 21-23.5″
Weight: 50-65 lb

Life span is 8-10 years

Boxers originated in the country of Germany and were derived from 2 breeds that no longer exist. They were bred for chasing large game and bull baiting. The breeding resulted in a tough agile dog with a muscled and stream lined body with a jaw that enabled a strong grip. When bull baiting was outlawed they were then used to control cattle in slaughter yards. They were one of the first breeds in Germany to be used by the police and the military. Eventually they evolved into a family pet and show dog.

Temperament
The Boxer is an outgoing, devoted and inquisitive breed. It is the perfect choice for an active family. They do well with children but yet distrust strangers. It is sensitive and responsive when given commands. The Boxer thrives on human companionship and loves children. It does well with the family role. It may show aggression toward dogs it does not know but usually gets along well with other dogs in the home as well as other household pets.

Upkeep and Health
The Boxer requires adequate exercise to avoid behavioral issues such as digging and chewing. They like to run but you can meet their exercise needs with a long walk or short job. It is generally unsuited to live outdoors and does not like the hot weather. Some are prone to snoring. You must brush the coat only occasionally to remove dead hair.

Major health concerns include CHD, SAS and boxer cardiomyopathy.

Dalmation

Male:
Average Height: 19-23″
Weight: 40-60 lb

Female:
Average Height: 19-23″
Weight: 40-60 lb

Life span is 12-14 years

The dalmation is probably the most recognizable of all dog breeds with even children – with the help of Disney – recognizing the obvious black and white spotted trait. This breed has a muscular build with a high level of energy, strength, and endurance due to their history of being bred to run along side horse drawn carriages.

Temperament
They need a lot of attention and a release for their high degree of energy. They were bred to run tirelessly for miles. If you do not supply an adequate outlet for their high energy level and exercise needs, the dalmation breed will turn to destructive habits. They are intelligent and take easy to training and are eager to learn. It may show agression towards other dogs and tends to be reserved towards people it just met.It is generally good natured with other pets and gets along very well with horses.

Upkeep and Health
Their coat sheds profusely and requires frequent brushing. The exercise is an important part of their routine. If given a proper outlet, they make a great companion. Although this breed could live outside in temperate climates, it still requires shelter, bedding, and companionship and does better when allowed to live in the home.

Major health concerns include urinary stones and deafness.

Portuguese Water Dog

Male:
Average Height: 22″
Weight: 42-60 lb


Female:
Average Height: 20″
Weight: 35-50 lb

Life span is 10-14 years

The recent choice of the Obama family has created a large interest in this breed. The ancestry of the Portuguese water dog is shared with the poodle breed. It’s ancestors were herding dogs and showed an affinity for water, eventually using it’s skills to herd fish into nets, a tool to retrieve lost nets and fishing equipment and serving as a courier between boats or between boats and shore.

Temperament
The Portuguese Water Dog is a good choice for family’s, being a fun loving, easy going dog. This breed gets along well with other other dogs and animals, and is good with children.

Upkeep and Health
This is an active dog that needs daily physical and mental exercise and stimulation. It prefers being with the family and loves to share in the family activities. It’s coat should be combed every other day.

The only major health concern with this breed PRA – Progressive Retinal Atrophy – a genetic, inherited disease of the retina.