The Pug is stubby and muscular with a wide chest, straight, very strong front legs and well muscled hind leg. Pugs needs special care during hot humid weather because of their short nose. Do not leave Pugs out in the hot sun. Nails and teeth need weekly attention. Pugs shed a lot and needs brushing at least twice a week. Bath as necessary. Wash the eyes two to three times a week. The pug needs alot of exercise even though it is a small dog, it enjoys a romp outdoors, or a walk around the block. The Pug is suited to live in an apartment. An owner of a Pug should be a patient leader who desires a small, loving dog as a companion. These dogs are great for the elderly and just as good as with the kids but with all dogs you cannot leave them unattended with kids, Pugs are loyal, affectionate, quiet and docile, vivacious and teasing.

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Everything is fun and adventurous for the Labrador, everything must be sniffed, licked and if not bolted down, it will be eaten. These are one of the few dogs that can actually work to earn their keep. As a guide dog, sniffer dog or even assistance dogs. Their great qualities as gentle loving creatures and highly food-motivated vacuum cleaners are used to effect.
You must be careful with the Lab as it seems the more it sits around the yard the bigger the waist line get's and this could turn out to be a problem as they may get arthritis, which is a degeneration of the hips and other joints. Make sure your pup is kept under strict diet so this will save you any heartache's later on.
The Lab is a wonderful dog for the family and a much loved pet for the kids this dog is a great all rounder, but a lot of time is needed for this dog. Their fun-loving boisterousness and lack of fear can result in mischief, and may require training and firm handling at times to ensure it does not get out of hand. Labs are sometimes prone to ear infection, because their floppy ears trap warm moist air. This is easy to control, but needs regular checking to ensure that a problem is not building up unseen. A healthy Lab ear should look clean and light pink (almost white) inside.

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Kids***** Noise*** Life Span 11-13
Grooming** Personality*****

Maltese x Shih tzu

The Maltese x Shih Tzu is a small dog with an abundant coat. It may resemble either of the parent breeds but usually does not have the short nose and boggle eyes of the Shih Tzu. Where the pure Maltese is prone to tear staining, the stains don't show up quite so much in the cross breed. Breeders say these dogs are gutsy, gregarious and outgoing and are excellent with any age group. Like any breed, they need to be socialized and treated like a dog, rather than a baby. The Maltese can be highly strung and snappy but crossing them with the aloof Shih Tzu produces a dog that is friendly and outgoing and good with people. This cross seems to produce a dog that is relatively predictable. Despite some problems with slipping patella's the dogs seem, by all accounts to have nice temperaments and have the best of both worlds. Owners say the dogs are happy to romp with children, but can be too boisterous for very young children. The dogs should have regular walks, but are also happy to exercise themselves in the backyard. These dogs need regular grooming otherwise their coat will tangle and become matted. It is possible to reduce the amount of grooming required by having the dog shaved or clipped every three months. Pet owners definitely need to clip the dogs if they don't have time to groom.

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The always popular Cockapoo is a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle.  sizes vary, but most weigh an average of between 4.5kg to 9kg.  If properly bred, Cockapoos are excellent family dogs, very good with kids, friendly, playful, and social.  On a range of 1-10, 10 being the most active (like a Jack Russel Terrier!), they will generally fall in the range of 4-6.  Since some Cocker Spaniels have temperament problems, it's important to buy your Cockapoo from a reputable breeder - one that is careful only to breed with dogs that are kid friendly.  Most cockapoos are non-shedding, and even those that do shed, shed only minimally.  Coat types can generally be determined by about 5 weeks of age.  They come in a variety of colors, solid colors, parti's, and tri colors, including white, cream, apricot, buff, red, chocolate, silver, blue, and sable. The cockapoo is a very people oriented, outgoing, and happy dog. Their clown like personality appeals to young and old alike. The cockapoo has a keen intelligence any adult can appreciate coupled with a forgiving nature that makes it unparalleled as a children's dog. They are as much at home in an apartment as they are on the biggest farm. They are extremely easy to train to just about any situation, but are people dogs and should not be left alone for more than 4-6 hours a day.

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Schnoodles are a cross between a Schnauzer and a Poodle.  They vary in size, depending on the size of the parents, from Miniatures maturing between 4.5kg to 7.kg to Standards maturing up to 27kg!  The most popular size is the Mini Schnoodle.  They are very good with children, quite tolerant of a lot of rough-housing.  On a range of 1-10, 10 being the most active (like a Jack Russell Terrier!), they will generally fall in the range of 4-7.   Most have a soft and fluffy coat, which is non-shedding, and quite well tolerated by most people with allergies.  Some Schnoodles have a harsher, more terrier type coat, which sheds some while the pup is young, but sheds very little when the dog matures.  Coat type is evident by about 5 weeks of age.  Coat colors are quite varied - solids like black, silver, white, tan, apricot, sables (a mixture of gold and black), and parti's too - black and white like Holstein cows.  Phantoms are also quite common - that's black and apricot like the color of doberman pinschers.  Schnoodles are quite intelligent and easily trained.  They have a more active nature, like terriers, but do enjoy settling down while you read a book or watch TV.

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Cocker Spaniel

The Cocker Spaniel's major beauty is their soft wavy coat. Combined with the domed head, big brown eyes and soft floppy ears it is a breed of enormous visual appeal. A small dog, they reach about 40cm (16") at the shoulder and weigh about 13kg (29lb) when fully grown. The term 'Spaniel-like' describes a doe-eyed individual which slavishly follows its owner. Cocker Spaniels crave attention and love nothing better than to be with their family. With a reputation for being a little 'scatty', regular, consistent routine and training is highly recommended. Cocker Spaniels are adaptable dogs which can be kept inside or outside. They are excellent companions inside the house but do drop hair. Although not noted for being 'diggers', some may become accomplished escape artists while individual dogs are known to climb fences! . Cocker Spaniels are excellent with families and older people. They are adaptable and robust enough to cope with treatment dished out by school-aged children but may not tolerate toddlers or preschoolers

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German Shepherd

As the name suggests, the German Shepherd Dog originated in Germany where it evolved from herding dogs that were used to tend and protect sheep. Rittmeister Max von Stephanitz, the proclaimed father of the breed, founded the German Shepherd Dog Association in 1890. German Shepherd Dogs have suffered an image problem which was in part deserved. Many years ago there were significant problems in the breed with temperament. Today however, as a result of the work done by the German Shepherd Dog League, the temperament of these dogs is excellent. The League acknowledged that a gene for fear biting had crept into the breed. (Affected dogs are timid, can become frightened and will attack people out of fear). Over the last twenty seven years, the German Shepherd Dog League has used a Breed Survey Scheme to virtually eliminate fear biters from the breed German Shepherds bred by the German Shepherd Dog League are loyal, loving, intelligent dogs and are willing to do anything for the people they love to the point of giving their own lives. The breed adores and protects its family. Although the dogs are good with children, they should not be left alone with small children because both dogs and puppies can be boisterous. German Shepherds are good inside the house, but when shedding their coat they need to be brushed regularly to minimize accumulation of shed hairs on people or in the house. The dogs require house training; a relatively easy task because of their intelligence.

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The Maltese is immediately recognizable by its prolific, long, silky white coat, shiny black nose and proud head carriage. Black eye rims surround the dark brown luminous eyes. This dainty dog grows no higher than 25cm at the shoulder and should weigh around 2-3 kg. In full coat the hair should hang to floor length and the hair over the eyes is tied up into a small topknot. Slight lemon markings in the coat can also occur and are not considered a flaw. They are generally sweet tempered, although sometimes snappy and aggressive, but always loyal to their owners. Owners will find their Maltese constantly by their side, whether they are working around the house or relaxing in bed. Bright and assertive, the Maltese will not appreciate rough handling and can become snappy with children. Due to its fondness for inside environments the Maltese is an excellent apartment dog. They're not particularly suited for those families with very young children due to the snappy nature of some of the breed. If you have a very busy lifestyle and want a dog you should perhaps consider a lower maintenance breed, these dogs do require regular care. Maltese are dedicated companions and are best as a single pet or possibly a pair.

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Kids** Noise*** Life Span 13-15
Grooming*** Personality*****

Jack Russell

Although bold and fearless, the Jack Russell should remain a friendly and playful dog with children and their owners. The breed's fearless streak can manifest itself when confronted with other dogs and Jack Russell's are known to fight well above their weight, particularly entire males. An undisciplined Jack Russell may grow to be a nippy dog and a bored dog is likely to be destructive. Initially, training may be difficult as these strong-willed dogs can be easily distracted, nonetheless professional obedience training from an early age (around 8-12 weeks) is essential and a careful eye when walking your dog is always recommended. A very hardy breed with few health and genetic problems. Slipping knee-caps now occur less often thanks to sound breeding practices by those responsible breeders and most other health issues relate to injuries caused through the dog's fearless and spirited nature.
Ideal for active families with children over three or four years of age. Jack Russell's also make excellent companions and guard dogs for the elderly, although exercise requirements need to be considered. Remember, many new Jack Russell owners soon realize that the breed is unsuitable and eventually surrender or abandon them. So consider the needs of a Jack Russell.

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Kids***** Noise*** Life Span 11-13
Grooming** Personality*****