Large Dog Breeds

Here can be found some of the most popular hounds, as well as various guard dogs, which, in view of their size and naturally dominant natures, are perhaps not the best choice for a novice owner. These large breed dogs between 24 and 30 Inch (60-76 cm). All dogs need to be trained properly, however, and to seek help in this area you can attend a local training group run under the guidance of an expert tutor. Ask at your public library or your veterinary surgery for details of courses near you.
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German Shepherd Dog Breed is Intelligent and Good-Tempered

German Shepherd Dog Breed

The German Shepherd is second in dog popularity charts in the U.S.A. and fourth in the U.K. This is hardly surprising because these highly intelligent dogs have shown their star quality in movies and TV and their courage and trainability as working dogs with the police and the army and as search and rescue dogs. […]

Weimaraner Dog Breed

Weimaraner Dog Breed Information and Picture

This breed has been developed with considerable care. It originated in Germany during the last century, from crossings of various breeds, including pointers, and was bred as a gundog. Ther German breed club insisted on rigorous standards, and only approved matings were permitted. Weimaraners only became more widely known during the 1940s, when the breed […]

Tibetan Mastiff Dog Breed

Tibetan Mastiff Dog Breed

These large dogs bear some similarity to the St Bernard, although they were developed far away in Tibet. In their homeland, Tibetan Mastiffs were used to guard and hered flocks. They may be the closest surviving relative of the original ancestral form of the many mastiff breeds, which is thought to have been developed in […]

Saluki Dog Breed

Saluki Dog Breed Information and Picture

These athletic sight hounds were originally developed in the Middle East and are of ancient lineage. Dogs of similar appearance were being kept in this region over 2,000 years ago, and were used to hunt gazelles, which rank among the fastest of all antelope. When they were first seen in Britain, about 1840, they were […]

St Bernard Dog Breed

St Bernard Dog Breed

The origins of this Swiss Dog Breed can be traced to the Hospice du Grand St Bernard, at St Gotthard’s Pass, located high in the Alps close to the Italian border. Strong and courageous by nature (though, sadly, rather short-lived), these large dogs were used to rescue stranded travellers. Around their necks, attached to the […]

Rottweiler Dog Breed

Rottweiler Dog Breed Picture

During recent years, the popularity of the Rottweiler dog breed has grown at a tremendous rate. Unfortunately, a number of people have been attracted to this dog because of its macho image and, sadly, serious and sometimes fatal injuries have been caused by Rottweilers going beserk, frequently because of poor training. This is actually an […]

Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Breed

Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Breed

The unusual name of this dog breed is derived from the raised line of hair along its back, which forms two whorls or crowns just behind the shoulders. The Rhodesian Ridgeback evolved in southern Africa, and this characteristic pattern reflects an ancestry that extends back to an old breed known as the African Hottentot Hunting […]

Pyrenean Mountain Dog (Great Pyrenees)

Pyrenean Mountain Dog Information

Better known in North America simply as the Great Pyrenees, these large shepherd dogs were bred from mastiff stock and served to protect sheep from wolves, being equipped with fearsome spiked collars to defend themselves. Later they were used to smuggle contraband across the steep mountain paths that separated France and Spain, being fitted with […]

Pointer Dog Breed

Pointer Dog Breed Picture

The original purpose of the Pointer was to find and indicate a ‘point’ where hares were lurking, so that Greyhounds could then be brought in to run them down. The advent of shooting, however, saw the role of the Pointer modified to finding suitable game for the guns. Pointers dog breeds are therefore essentially working […]

Pharaoh Hound Dog Breed

Pharaoh Hound Dog Breed Information

The Phoenicians are believed to have brought these hounds to the islands of Malta and Gozo over 5,000 years ago, and, since then, the breed has developed largely in isolation. They are popular here for hunting rabbits and, although sight hounds, they can also track their quarry by scent. Origins: Malta Coat Type/Colour: Sleek, short; […]