About the author.
Breeds owned: Border Collie, Alsatian, Rottweiler, Doberman, American Staffy
Favourite breed: Rottweiler
Experience: 20+ years
When it comes to getting a dog many peoples first thoughts run towards getting a puppy, and that's fine, but there are definite advantages in adopting an adult dog instead. If you're trying to decide between a puppy and an adult dog, considering the following in favour of the adult.
So you're standing in front of a litter of puppies; They're all cute, probably excited and jumping all over you which only makes choosing harder, and you could easily pick up any of them and walk away with a puppy in your hands and a smile on your face.
Walking along the pens of most dogs shelters there is a saddening pattern. The first row of pens at my closest has a Staffie, Staffie, Kelpie, Husky, Staffie, Husky, Staffie... and on it goes.
Even as a responsible, sensible owner with a well socialised dog, at some point you're likely to see a dog fight. Problems don't happen often and if you're lucky they may pass you buy, but it doesn't hurt to be prepared.
Small, hardy and almost universally good natured, the fun loving Beagle is an ever popular companion for active families. Don't let the sometime sad-looking face and pleading eyes fool you, these little dynamos are always ready to play. Originally bred as scent hounds for tracking small game, the Beagle is ruled by their nose and a game of fetch can be suddenly cut short if and when they smell something worth investigating and head off on the trail, forgetting there even was a ball to retrieve.
Mark Twain once said "it's not the size of the dog in the fight it's the size of the fight in the dog", with the heart (and sometimes stubborn head) of a full-sized Bulldog in a Pug-sized body the French Bulldog fits this to a tee.
Loyal companion, tireless working dog, retriever, assistance dog, search and rescue and show competitor the Labrador Retriever is an incredibly versatile breed. Loving, loyal and gentle it's easy to see why the trusty Lab is among the most popular breeds in many countries
Perhaps no other dog is portrayed in such polar opposites terms than the Rottweiler. Calm, devoted, gentle and loyal family companions according to owners. Vicious, wild and dangerous animals according to the media.
With it's cute looks and a unique build, everyone knows the sausage-dog. Their cute appearance and personality have kept them highly placed in lists of popular dogs since the '50s.
Though more prominent in certain breeds and larger dogs in general, Bloat (properly called gastric dilatation volvulus or GDV) is a serious medical condition all dog owners need to be aware of.