Winter weather is no problem for the Norwegian Elkhound. This sturdy dog has been bred for more than 6,000 years to hunt elk, bear and other large wild animals in Arctic conditions and has a soft, dense undercoat meant to protect her from harsh weather.
Did you know that because Beagles lived in packs for hundreds of years, they are naturally comfortable in the company of people and other dogs? They are patient and gentle with children and make wonderful family pets. They are easily trained, but may choose to ignore all training once they have picked up a scent. Beagles are prone to obesity as adults, and therefore daily exercise is recommended.
The American Bulldog is descended from working type bulldogs found on ranches and farms in the Southern and Midwestern United States. This confident breed may be aloof with strangers when they are young, but they bond strongly with their owners. They tolerate children well if socialized when young. Their strong prey drive may make them unsuitable for homes with cats and other small pets, but this behavior can be tempered through early socialization as well.
The Rat Terrier is a small American breed of Terrier common on farms in the early 1900s. This tenacious dog was used for ridding farms of vermin, including rats, giving it its almost too obvious name. They share a certain stubbornness and Napoleonic complex with other Terrier breeds, but are extremely intelligent and willing to learn if given the right environment.
The Boxer is a middleweight athlete developed in 19th century Germany, descended from Bulldogs and Mastiffs. Historically, it was used for dog fighting and running down and holding wild boar and other game until hunters could arrive. Boxers are known for standing on their hind limbs and batting at their opponent, which some believe was the basis for the breed's name. History aside, they are loyal, loving family dogs who are patient and playful with children.
The Olde English Bulldogge is a muscular, medium-sized dog of great strength, stability and athleticism. Because of his strength, as well as his protective nature over his family and home, a solid foundation in obedience training is a good idea. But while he may look like a tough guy, the Olde English Bulldogge is friendly, loving and eager to please. He loves to chew, so be sure to keep plenty of safe, durable toys around to discourage furniture or shoe destruction!
Beagles are naturally comfortable in the company of people and other dogs. They are patient and gentle with children and make wonderful family pets. They are easily trained, but may choose to ignore all training once they have picked up a scent. Be wary with treats, though! Beagles are prone to obesity as adults, and therefore daily exercise is recommended.
Despite what some consider an intimidating appearance, the American Pit Bull Terrier is loyal and eager to please, making him a wonderful family dog. In fact, his affection for children once earned him the nickname “nanny dog” in the early 20th century. Noted as an ineffective guard dog due to his friendly nature, a well-socialized APBT can do well in homes with other pets. A natural athlete, his intelligence and endurance help him excel in a variety of sports.