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Trained Dogs for Sale

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 07:02 PM  posted by I Love Dog Breeds

Trained Dogs for Sale: Tips for Buying a Healthy Working Pup

Some pet owners choose to skip the time consuming task of educating their canine on their own and instead look for trained dogs for sale. This may be a good way to get a dog that fits easily into your lifestyle or serves a purpose you need addressed right now. It is important to remember to do your research before you choose a pet. When you go in with the right knowledge and questions, you may come out with the perfect companion or working dog!

Know the Breeder’s History and Ethics

Backyard breeders are often easy to identify and usually do not offer training. Still, it is vital to know where the dog came from before you adopt it, no matter how old or young it may be. A reputable breeder will care for their animals and will strive to pair only the finest males and females to produce high quality puppies. These will be dogs that are an ideal example of their breed in terms of temperament, physical appearance and overall health. If you are looking for a trained herding dog, gun dog or any other type of canine, ask those who are involved.  Get recommendations from fellow hunters or herders and use their experience to make a better choice.

See the Dog in Action

Don’t take the breeder’s word for it. Ask to see the dog in action. Whether you intend to herd, protect, hunt or search with the canine, make sure you are convinced that he or she can perform the task effectively. There are many different types of training that a dog can go through, and they all have two things in common: time and cost. Hours will be spent educating the dog using proper humane techniques so you get a reliable companion who can do what you are paying for it to do. Make sure the canine lives up to the breeder’s claims.

It’s also important to note that the dog should be trained for the specific task as advertised.  For example, a personal defense dog should be trained to handle an assault by another person. Dogs that are trained by being hit with a harmless stick will not react effectively in a real life situation. The canine will follow its training and assume that the intruder will not carry anything that could actually hurt it and will likely wind up injured or worse should the time come to defend you.

If It Sounds Too Good to be True…

When browsing trained dogs for sale, you will see many breeds. That’s because many are good at similar tasks. Some unethical breeders may try to push you into a sale or up the price because they claim the dog can do many things. Most trained canines are well versed in a certain area, but not good in all potential areas. If the breeder sounds like they are trying to sell some kind of super dog, then you should probably look elsewhere.

Different Types of Dogs

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 @ 05:02 PM  posted by Dog Breeds Info

The Different Types of Dogs: Understanding Canine Groups

You don’t have to know many different types of dogs to appreciate what a canine can bring to your life. While some prefer to go to a shelter or new litter and see which pets stand out to them, it is important to understand the different types and the characteristics of each breed that falls within them. The following groups are based on the official list recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

Sporting Dogs

The Sporting group features a collection of breeds that are utilized in small game and bird hunting. This type includes canines with a variety of temperaments and adaptations. Anyone interested in adopting a sporting dog will find everything from American Water Spaniels to English Setters and German Shorthaired Pointers.

Hounds

Hounds should not be confused with the Sporting group even though they serve a similar purpose. Breeds in this category were bred for hunting and are excellent scent trackers. They can follow the trail of their prey and show relentless determination and a high level of stamina while working. This group includes the English Foxhound, Beagle and Bloodhound.

Working Dogs

It would be unfair to say that breeds that do not fall under the Working group do not perform any kind of actual work. In fact many of the other groups include breeds that serve a valuable purpose. This group is reserved for larger canines that perform jobs, such as search and rescue, guarding and messenger work. The AKC recognizes the Alaskan Malamute, Newfoundland, Doberman, Boxer, Golden Retriever and many more as members of the Working group.

Terriers

Most breeds in the Terrier group are smaller in size but were still bred for an important task. This type of canine is skilled at hunting rodents and pests such as rats, mice, rabbits, weasels, foxes and otters. Owners would train them to enter holes and flush prey out. The word “terrier” is taken from the Latin word “terra,” which means “earth.” A few breeds in this group are large enough to be used as guard dogs. Popular examples include the Airedale Terrier, Scottish Terrier and Skye Terrier.

Toys

The Toy group contains the tiniest of all canines. These breeds are very small and are generally considered lap dogs. Some have been around since ancient times, where they provided companionship for their masters. A few were bred to be smaller versions of a larger hunting dog. Well-known toy breeds include the Chihuahua, Maltese and Pomeranian.

Non-Sporting Dogs

The Non-Sporting group is extremely varied and easily the most diverse of all breed groupings. This category includes many different types of dogs in a wide range of sizes that were bred for unique purposes. The AKC and CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) recognize the Non-Sporting group but other countries do not. Examples of AKC Non-Sporting dogs include the Bulldog, Dalmatian, American Eskimo and Chow Chow.

Herding Dogs

The Herding group is very popular, especially in rural regions. This collection of breeds includes high energy dogs that were made for controlling and guarding livestock. Although they had a defined purpose, many herding canines are favored today as family pets. This group includes breeds like the Australian Shepherd, Bearded Collie and Welsh Corgi.