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Selection of Dog Foods “What is Best”

Selection of Dog Foods “What is Best”

What is the best dog food for your doggie?  This depends on the breed, size, and whether most people know it or not budge.

As pet owners we would all love to treat them like royalty.  But we must realize that not everyone who loves their pet can afford only top shelf dog foods.

How to handle making sure your pet gets all the nutrients necessary to keep them healthy on a lower income budget?  This will be discussed in a later article for all.

Below was the research that I found for top food recommendations for your doggie, please realize there are alternatives.

What Dog Food Is Best?

dog lying in dirtThis is a question many people wonder about: “What dog food should I be feeding my dog?”.

I have done research online and found the top recommended foods but it does depend on one’s budget and the breed of dog you have chosen.

Not all dog foods are made the same, and not all dogs are made the same, therefore each animal will require different types of dog food depending on what their nutritional needs are at different stages in their lives. Save 20% on Autoship with code AUTO at

These are the adult dog foods found mostly in my area, please check your area for what is best nutritionally for your adult dog.

The recommendations that I have listed below are for grown dogs that are over the puppy stage of their life (small and medium breeds at 1 year but large breeds is not until 18 months to 2 years). 

YOU should always check with your veterinarian to get an idea of when to switch your new dog from the puppy formula to the adult formula dog foods.  This is recommended that you do it gradually to avoid digestive problems which can result in problems for your new dog.

To do this start out by using 3/4 of the puppy formula to 1/4 of the adult formula, then decrease and increase daily until your 100% adult formula. Save 20% on Autoship with code AUTO at

15 Adult Dog Foods

The following 15 Adult Dog Foods are what is found in my part of the country mostly on store shelves.  So this is why I pulled the recommendations for them to give you an idea of which foods are the better ones (meaning the first ingredient is not corn meal), however, those with only one star do have this as the beginning ingredient or close to the top of the list.

Now I am not saying these foods are bad for your dog they obviously are not, however, nutrient wise they are not the best of foods for your dog.  High stars better nutrients.


Beneful Dog Food (Dry)  –  2 Stars

Blue Buffalo Wilderness (Dry)  –  4.5 Stars

Eukanuba Premium Performance (Dry)  –  4 Stars

Gravy Train (Dry)  –  1 Star

Hill’s Science Diet Adult (Dry)  –  3 Stars

Iams Grain Free (Dry)  –  4 Stars

Iams Natural Dog Food (Dry)  –  3 Stars

Kibble’s & Bits (Dry)  –  2 Stars

Ol’ Roy Dog Food (Dry)  –  1 Star

Pedigree Dog Food (Dry)  –  1 Star

Purina Dog Food (Dry)  –  2.5 Stars

Rachel Ray Nutrish (Dry)  –  3 Stars

Taste of the Wild (Dry)  –  4.5 Stars

Victor Dog Food (Dry)  –  4 Stars

To find even more research on these dog foods please check other Dog Food Advisories on the internet. The foods that I selected to list are the brands like I stated from my area seen most often at most stores.  Your veterinarian may have other dog foods that they recommend and sell exclusively at their offices.

Just a suggestion for adult dogs that you have adopted from a shelter I might suggest here to find out what type of food the shelter was using.  Getting the same brand to mix with the food of your choice that you would like to use for them. This will help them adjust over easily on their system alleviating possible digestive concerns.

Even grown dogs can have digestive problems and bowel problems when changing foods so by mixing them this could help you avoid a few messes.

Please be patient taking them into your home remember they have not had a real home for some time. Living in a concrete block is not always the best of situations so they may have an accident or two just reinforce positive training with them.

(Never Ever Hit Your Dog) Treat your animals as you would like to be treated as if someone adopts you. Your treatment of kindness to them turns them into the most loyal one you will have as long as they are by your side. 

In Closing

Feeding your new puppy would be just like feeding your baby as it grows.  We know that as babies grow the foods they eat change, this applies to puppies too.

Some can have allergies or reactions to certain foods so if you get one that does just be sure to soothe them if accidents do happen they cannot help it.

Here is hoping this article helped some of you know you do not have to buy the most expensive food for your dog or puppy but always look for quality.

What kind of food do you use now that your dog has grown?

Did they have any problems adjusting to the new food?

Please leave your answers below in the space provided along with any questions, comments, or suggestions you have for me here.

Thank you for coming by today see you again soon,

Susan 🙂

The Rainbow Bridge – Tribute to all Dogs in Heaven!

The Rainbow Bridge

Tribute to All Dogs In Heaven

rainbow over bridge


Just this side of heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge.


When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.  There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.  There is plenty of food, water, and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.


picture of two dogs looking upwardAll the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor.  Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.  The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left                                       behind.


picture of a dog playing and jumpingThey all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.  His bright eyes are intent.  His eager body quivers.   Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.


picture of a dog running toward its ownerYou have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.  The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.


picture of dog owner holding her dogThen you cross the Rainbow Bridge together . . . . . . . . . into heaven

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Dog Breeds I am Familiar With – Breeds I Have Raised!

Dog Breeds I am Familiar With

Breeds I Have Raised!

Hello, I just thought that since I have a website that I am dedicating to everything about dogs everyone would like to know that I do have experience with raising different breeds and what my experience with them has been.

Below are the dog breeds I have experience with:

As everyone knows there are so many different breeds of dogs out there, and this does not include the “Heinz 57” variety which is what I like to call mixed breeds.  Now I have had the full-blooded breeds along with my share of the mixed breeds in my life, do I prefer one of the other?

In being honest not really I am more into the actual dog its self; temperament, size, playfulness, strength, endurance, health problems, you get where I am going here right?

But do remember if you are getting a puppy check the breeder out to make sure you are getting a healthy well-bred puppy; some breeders put on a show just to sell the puppies making a really great profit when that is all they do is breed the poor females to death.

Another small piece of advice when you get your new puppy to find out what brand of food they are using so as not to cause digestive problems for your new Best Friend; switch them over to what food you are going to be using a little at a time by mixing the foods (decrease original food and increase new food).  This will save you from possible upsets of diarrhea or vomiting for a new puppy. (Including allergic reactions)

Remember when getting a new Best Friend as a puppy you will be doing all the training for him/her so be prepared when you get them home for some accidents, this is normal they are babies and how I trained mine can be found on the Training page.

Pictures of the breeds and descriptions of them:

Below I show some of the breeds I am familiar with, anyone who has experience with these breeds please leave comments in the section below to help others with what breed might be best for them.


Collie was the very first dog I got as a child, this breed is very loyal to the owner.  High maintenance however with the long fur and mane grooming regularly takes time for the collie’s long fur not to become matted.

They are highly intelligent and fairly easy to train.

German Shepherd

German Shepherd is the next dog I remember getting as a kid.  Very playful and energetic animals they are also a very faithful dog to their owner.

If you are looking for a guard dog this is a good choice they train very well in this position.  However, some are wonderful with children while some are not training here comes into play if you are looking at this breed and have children I would say go with a female over a male.

Females are more nurturing by nature and are I feel better with children, whereas the males are more inclined to be the protectors of this breed.

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Beagle is another breed I had while growing up.  Fun loving, playful, energetic, they require more exercise than most dogs.

This breed can be trained for hunting small game, however, mine was just my Best Friend.  Highly intelligent and easy to train; but their noses can get them into trouble once they pick up a scent gone they are.

Training can be intense for them to keep them within their own yards (suggestion make sure you have a fenced yard) for their own safety.


Pekingese is the next breed I had these little guys are lap dogs and very affectionate.

Mine was very loyal to me and went everywhere I went because of his compact size.  They do require plenty of grooming because of the length of their fur keeping them from getting matted.

Easily trainable and intelligent the only thing about them I can find annoying is they are needy at least mine was because he was so spoiled.

I did have him when I was entering my adult life so I am not really too sure how they are around young children because mine never was.

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Dalmatian was then my next dog I got him as a rescue so I did not have much to do with his training, this made it difficult.

Coming into a new home he was hard to break from lifting his leg inside the house; so this was something I had to work on and finally got him broke from.  It could have been hard because I by that time had two active boys and he loved playing with them.

He was very good with the boys and I had no trouble with him leaving the property.  He was very loyal and loving once we got over the house training things ran smoothly after that with him.

Grooming with them is not bad to give them a bath when needed short haired does not mean they do not shed and he did.


My next Best Friend was a Labrador (Black) he was a puppy when I got him.  Labrador’s come in basically three colors black, chocolate, and yellow.

This breed is very popular because they are so intelligent; easy to train, very loyal, loving, friendly, great with kids, and can hunt if taught at the right age.  Mine, of course, was once again just my Best Friend.

I loved the breed so much I decided to breed so I went and picked up two female sisters one chocolate and one yellow to breed my black male with.

These dogs are easy to work with to breed but after having just one litter with the chocolate (she had a very hard time) and 3 litters with the yellow I stopped I was too picky with the people that came to purchase my puppies.  Because of the person I am, I felt this was not right for me and stopped.

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Heinz 57

When my labs got older I ended up with a poor puppy that was thrown out a car window she was a “Heinz 57”.

But she was smart and very easy to train and I figured that her life started out bad enough with someone doing that to her so I kept her she passed away at 17 years old.

timber wolf

During this time I also had a pure blooded wolf, not a hybrid dog bred with a wolf.  Now everyone thinks people are crazy when owning a wild animal but you must have an exotic pet license and be able to care for them properly.

My timber wolf (named Timber) was a sweet loving animal, he claimed all the dogs I had at the time as his pack, they all got along very well.  He went to the vet just like all the rest and got shots and everything just like a dog.

Please do not think that I am some crazy person here because I am just such an animal lover and my wolf meant the world to me; he lived indoors we built him a cave in our laundry room that we called his house and he loved it there when people he did not know would come by he would run in there and hide.

He acted more like a cat than a dog (I actually had a white cat he loved to play with) always playing by himself with toys he would throw them up in the air and chase them.

As for house training you cannot try to house train a wild animal no matter how hard you try it will NOT work, they are by nature going to go when they have to go no matter where they are sorry to say.

I did have a nice fenced in yard and he had open run to go in and out.  He passed at 14 years old which is much older than he would have been in the wild I believe because he was so well cared for.

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great Dane

Next on my list would be my great Dane Beau he was given to me by a friend because they could no longer keep him.  The only problem with Beau was he was never socialized with females so when I got him it took almost three weeks before I could even pet him.

Once he made up to me that was it, I was his new mom and he loved me from that day forward.  He was highly intelligent and listened very well.  Being older when I got him and my boys being grown now I do not know how they react to small children.

I did notice with others and my own that when they get older they do have a tendency to get snippy, so this is something to consider later into their lives.  Training wise I can’t help too much on advice because he was already trained when he came to me and never had any accidents in the house.

Great Danes do not have a long life they only live to be at the most about or around 8 to 10 years old and some have lived to be a bit older that I know of.

Pit Bull

Last on my list which will bring me up to date with my three Best Friends I have now is the Pit Bull.  Now, I realize people have been very misinformed of this breed.

Mine range from the oldest female, Reo who is 14 years old whom I got when she was 5 weeks old (I hated how the people took care of the puppies of the litter), male, Buddy who is a rescue so I have to guess at 9 years old, and the baby of the bunch female, Marley Ann who is now not quite 2 years old.

This breed is very super intelligent, training is not to bad but they do have a stubborn streak at times, being so intelligent they want to do things their own way so you must be firm with them so they do not rule you.

You must make it known that you are the boss not them early before they think that they run the house.  Watch out for the cuteness because they will get you every time with it.

Playful and full of energy they require plenty of exercise, however, do not overdo it they like to also lazy around the house.  Mine will play for half an hour hard and then turn around and nap for 2 to 3 hours.

They are very loyal and loving so I hope you like lots of kisses and cuddles because they will dish them out freely (and just to let you know they are bed hogs also).

Grooming is minimal they need a bath when they need a bath, being short haired they do shed but not like long fury dogs.

Mine are great with young children and very protective of them (just a warning don’t try to correct your child with my pits around).  As watchdogs, they do their job well deterring strangers from coming on your property.

I can not tell people enough good about my pit bulls some people have their minds made up that the breed is just a bad breed but in reality, it is not the breed but the owners that give them the bad name.

One other note here to point out is the inbreeding that is occurring within this breed so choose carefully when going to get a Pit Bull.

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In Closing

These are the Best Friends which have blessed my life so far, along with a couple that I know I have not listed.

I encourage everyone who comes to my website to please leave comments on my breeds and any breeds they have experience with to help others find a new Best Friend.

Thank you so much for visiting and I look forward to a long and lasting relationship with all who takes the time to come and visit,

Best wishes to a wonderful and long life with your fur babies,

SusanBully Sticks | Peacebone



Medium Dog Breeds – In the “P’s”

Hello to you all, we are going to continue on with the medium size dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club and we are only about half-way through them so we still have a very long way to go in order to cover all the breeds.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen

Petit Basset Griffon VendéenThe Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen, originated in the Vendée district of France, a scent hound breed that was bred to trail hares in the bramble-filled terrain for hunters in packs.

This medium-sized breed stands 13 to 15 inches at the shoulder, weighs 33 to 44 pounds, and has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years, the shaggy-coat comes in black & tan, black & white, fawn & black, white, and tricolor. They were bred to hunt in packs, the French rabbit-hunting hound is an extrovert with a long body and a loud houndy bark.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen have temperaments of lively, independent, friendly, happy, active, and proud. These make a super family dog with children due to their rugged build for playing and they enjoy company so taking them with family on outings makes them even happier. With other pets they do exceptionally well because they were bred as pack dogs for hunting so having a friend or two keeps them social. They can even be a companion dog for the elderly with daily walks to the dog park and spending time with their human you have a content pal for life.

Pharaoh Hound

Pharaoh HoundThe Pharaoh Hound originated from Malta and is the national dog there, a Maltese breed of dog and in the Maltese known as Kelb tal-Fenek, which means “rabbit dog”. Traditionally was used for hunting rabbits in the Maltese Islands.

A medium-sized breed built for speed standing 21 to 25 inches at the shoulder, weighing 40 to 60 pounds, with a life expectancy of 11 to 14 years, the short tight coat in tan, red golden, rich tan, or chestnut and the matching leather on the nose, ears, and eye rims. They will have amber eyes, usually a white tipped tail, and the ability to smile, known for being the ancient “Bushing Dog” they have a unique way of blushing when happy or excited.

Pharaoh Hounds are very affectionate with children making a wonderful family pet, generally will get along with other dogs but some might have an aggressiveness towards dogs of the same gender. They may view smaller animals as prey so not a good bred to have with small pets such as rabbits, cats, or small toy dogs. They are affectionate, sociable, intelligent, playful, active, friendly, and trainable, due to the amount of exercise required this breed can adapt to apartment living with around 40 minutes a day of active walking and play. Another good breed for a companion for the elderly.

Plott Hound

Plott HoundThe Plott Hound originated in Germany making it’s way to the United States with settlers from Germany, the breed was originally used in Germany for hunting wild boars. The ones

that were brought to the states ended up in the hills of North Carolina and were then breed for hunting bear, although they are not a well-known breed of dog they are the state dog of North Carolina as of 1989.

A scent hound that stands 20 to 28 inches at the shoulders, weighs 40 to 60 pounds, and has a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years, the flashy coat comes in an array of brindle stripe patterns and colors including black, black brindle, blue brindle, red brindle, tan brindle, and brown brindle that is flecked with gold to flaming orange and russet. The Plott Hound curious name and unique history is an interesting read they were named after the Plott’s who brought them here from Germany and kept the line pure until around the 1800s or after that time.

Plott Hounds will get along with other dogs since they were bred as a pack breed for hunting and do best in homes where they are not the only dog, socialization is a must for this breed to prevent them becoming highly dominant and to avoid aggressive behavior. They are bold, loyal, alert, fearless, and intelligent they can be good candidates for a family pet but supervision with children is recommended. Being a scent hound with natural instincts for hunting gun dog breeders know them for the willingness to please and their loyalty. They are one of the good breeds for a watchdog, but not recommended for apartment living or for the elderly as a companion dog.

Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Polish Lowland SheepdogThe Polish Lowland Sheepdog originated in Poland a medium-sized breed with a shaggy-coated sheep herder with a coat that covers their eyes and the penetrating gaze that is common in watchdogs.

Nicknamed PON is the acronym for the Polish breed, Polski Owczarek Nizinny, that stands 17 to 20 inches at the shoulders, weighs 30 to 50 pounds, and has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. The double coat that covers them from head to tail is long and shaggy on top but soft and dense underneath and they are considered one of they hypoallergenic breeds. Natives to Poland the city dwellers love the watchful companion dogs that are adaptable and hard-working as herders. You can find this shaggy breed in black, tricolor, gray, brown, beige, and black & white.

A Polish Lowland Sheepdog can do apartment living as long as they get plenty of exercise daily like going to the dog park they are good with other dogs but will not back down if they feel threatened. Beloved by family as a wonderful pet with children they are self-confident, lively, agile, intelligent, even-tempered, alert, adaptable, playful, energetic, affectionate, and perceptive. A great companion dog but with a possessive temperament that inclines him to steal stuff.

Poodles (Standard, Miniature, and Toy)

Standard PoodleThe Poodles originated from France and Germany, with a prominent dispute over whether the poodle descends from Germany as a type of water dog, or from France and the French Barbet. They do come in three sizes the ones here today are going to be Standard (medium-sized Poodles) and then of course you have the Miniatures and the Toys from earlier.

The aristocrats of the dog world in the Standard size are 18 to 24 inches at the shoulder, weigh 45 to 70 pounds, and has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. The hypoallergenic curly coat comes in black & white, silver, brown, gray, blue, sable, cream, white, black, and apricot.

A Standard size Poodle can make a great family pet for a child who has allergies and can handle the play time with them being an athlete in disguise. They make great companion dogs being alert, intelligent, instinctual, faithful, active, eager, and the trainable Poodle is just a great all around breed.


PorcelaineThe Porcelaine originated from France a breed of the oldest French scent hounds known its alternate name is the Chien de Franche-Comté named after a French region bordering Switzerland.

A gun dog known for being a fierce hunter used for small game they drive the prey to the waiting hunters. A Porcelaine is of course white with possible tan markings, they stand 21 to 23 inches at the shoulders, weight 55 to 62 pounds, and have a life expectancy of around 10 years. Bred as a hunter to hunt in packs they are good with other dogs just not small house pets like cats. Known for their gentle nature and love for attention the breed can be trained as a medical therapy, medical alert, medical service, police public relations, and a search and rescue dog.

Being fond of their owners, family, friends and children they love to take part in all family activities. A Porcelaine will excel as a house pet is easily crate trained and housebroken. Not a shy or timid breed looking for a pat on the head or a hug when you walk past, still you must remember with a high prey drive to consider careful handling and housing. The melodious baying call while hunting is not a nuisance while indoors they tend to be quiet or in their kennel.

Portuguese Podengo

Portuguese PodengoThe Portuguese Pondengo originated from Portugal an ancient multi-sensory hound breed, divided into three size categories that are not interbred, small, medium, and large.

Breed as hunters the large were used to hunt deer and boar while the medium was used to hunt mostly rabbits or small game. Standing 16 to 22 inches at the shoulders (medium) or 22 to 28 inches at the shoulders (large), weighing 35 to 45 pounds (medium) and 44 to 66 pounds (large), having a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years. Portuguese Pondengos come in two coat types either short and smooth or longer and wired, in colors of black, gray, fawn, orange, chestnut, and gold. Used for hunting in packs or along this breed has the ability to jump straight up and must have a high fenced in yard, the multi-sensory hunter gets excited when seeing the prey and this is the reaction so fencing is required to keep them safe.

Portuguese Pondengo will make a good family pet with children if raised with them they are hardy, lively, friendly, active, tolerant, compliant, and companionable. Highly intelligent however, not always easy to train, loving with family members and can be suspicious of strangers preferring to greet them on their own terms making them an excellent watch dog. Active families will do well with this breed they want to be involved doing things such as nose work, barn hunt, coursing, and agility training. No one has time to play with them that is alright they will entertain themselves with toys and chase each other around the house and yard. They do well with other dogs their own size or larger and not recommended for households with other small pets due to their prey drive. I do not recommend them for the elderly due to the high activity level.

In Closing

We have covered some terrific hunting breeds today along with a herder and one of the aristocrats of the dog world, a few that do come in multiply sizes as well.

A couple of the breeds will make good companions for all involved and some that are recommended for highly active families and will need the extra care of fenced in yards due to their abilities and prey instincts.

Find a breed that is of interest to you?

Remember we still have a long way to go before I will have all the breeds completely covered here at Delightful Doggies 4 U, but I will be adding a complete list of all the breeds in the near future so that you know what is left that has not been covered yet.

I love hearing from all my readers and appreciate all comments, suggestions, and questions please leave them in the space provided below. I answer all of them within 24 hours.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and hope you enjoyed the dog breeds today please bookmark the site there are many more to come,




Medium Dog Breeds – Letters “M & N”

We are almost through the medium dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club but still have a very long way to go and so many more breeds to cover. Do not forget there are still the large breeds and the extra large breeds yet to come.

Miniature American Shepherd

Miniature American ShepherdThe Miniature American Shepherd originated in the United States of America a breed of small herding dog known for being built to move around on punishing terrain doing their job herding and have an affinity for horses.

These self-motivated workers stand 14 to 18 inches at the withers, weigh 20 to 31 pounds, and have a life expectancy of 13 to 15 years, the beautiful double coat can be found in black tricolor, blue merle, red merle, and red tricolor (merles will exhibit in any amount marbling, flecks, or blotches). Their resemblance to the Australian Shepherd is uncanny but they are a much smaller breed that is often trained for sports in agility, obedience, fly ball, canine freestyle, and herding.

A true herding breed these small dogs are intelligent, loyal, energetic, trainable, versatile, and rugged. As a family pet with children they have the proper temperament to handle children well though when things get raucous they are known to begin herding by barking and nipping at heels. An endearingly loyal and lively companion dog he gets along well with other pets but does require plenty of exercise and grooming.

Mountain Cur

Mountain CurThe Mountain Cur originated in the United States of American bred specifically for trailing and treeing small game, like raccoon and squirrel. A breed used for hunting and baying big game like wild boars and bear and the all-purpose farm dog.

This breed was a crucial part of early pioneers, settlers, and homesteaders, standing 18 to 26 inches at the shoulder, weighing up to 60 pounds, and having a life expectancy of 14 to 16 years, their job was to do whatever its master required. As a hunter they respond to training with a lot of human contact, a courageous fighter they track with head high in the air having a clear bark that can heard a great distance away.

A Mountain Cur will make a hunter the best companion in the world they are quiet, protective, tough, courageous, extremely intelligent, and high energy as an outside dog. As a family pet with children they will to do well along with anyone the family is acquainted with including other pets, however, they are not friendly toward strangers and this makes them the excellent watch dog when properly trained. Their double coat can be either coarse or smooth with a soft under layer in colors of black, brindle, yellow, and black & brindle. Not a breed for apartment living or the elderly these dogs need space to run.


MudiThe Mudi, (pronounced “moodie”), originated from Hungary in the 19th century evolving naturally from crosses of the Puli, Pumi, and German Spitz breeds. Bred as a worker used for herding both sheep and cattle on the Hungarian farms.

A medium size breed known for his courage in working the most stubborn livestock standing 15 to 19 inches, weighing 18 to 24 pounds, and having a life expectancy of 13 to 14 years, still being used today for farm dogs in their native land. The Mudi is a very rare breed it is estimated there is no more than a few thousand worldwide with the greatest population being in Hungary. They excel at obedience, fly ball, and agility training as well as participating in a variety of other dog sports. The breed has found fame working as a search and rescue dog in both the United States and Finland showing the amazing intelligent and trainability of the breed.

Mudi (plural is Mudik) as a family pet will to do well with children and other pets as long as they are raised with them, the breed is a loyal protector of property and family members not being overly aggressive but rather aloof and watchful when strangers are introduced. The short curly coat can be seen in black, white, fawn, ash, brown, and black merle. Temperaments are lively energetic, alert, keen, intelligent, courageous, agile, and extremely versatile. They to do require a fenced in yard for exercise and play to expel the high energy and are not suited for apartment living.

Nederlandse Kooikerhondje

Nederlandse KooikerhondjeThe Nederlandse Kooikerhondje originated from the Netherlands, a spaniel-type breed of Dutch ancestry the was used as a working dog in an eendenkooi to lure ducks. Popular in the 17th and 18th century appearing in the paintings of Jan Steen and Rembrandt.

Kooikerhondje (Koi-ker-hond-yuh) as they are known for short stand 14 to 16 inches at the withers, weigh 20 to 24 pounds, and have a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years. A sporty, eye-catching breed with a silky all-weather coat of all white with reddish/orange patches and black-tipped ears, with a wagging feathered tail you can easily recognize the dog. A serious hunter with perseverance and stamina he enjoys working, outdoors they are a true sporting dog.

The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is lively, agile, self-confident, good-natured, alert, faithful, easy-going, friendly, keen, swift, tough, attentive, energetic, benevolent, intelligent, active, and territorial. Along with all these wonderful qualities they are playful and affection considered to be safe and reliable with children as a family pet. Their love for the water and playing can make them a great playmate for active children with a yard. But due to the affectionate side they can make a great companion to the elderly who love to cuddle having a lap dog to take for a walk to the dog park.

Norwegian Buhund

Norwegian BuhundThe Norwegian Buhund originated from Norway a Nordic Spitz-type breed associated with the Vikings and related to the Icelandic Sheepdog and the Jämthund. Bred as an all purpose farm dog for herding, a watch dog, and a nanny dog.

A medium-sized all weather worker standing 16 to 19 inches at the shoulders, weighing 26 to 40 pounds, and having a life expectancy of 13 to 15 years, they are adept at herding and guarding. Being a typical Spitz breed which is a cold-weather dog they have the double coat that stands medium length from the body with a short soft layer underneath and they shed twice a year so daily brushing is recommended. The tails curve tightly over the back and erect pointed ears (“Spitz” in German means “pointed”) are characteristic of the Spitz breeds. Norwegian Buhunds can be found in wheaten, black, or red wheaten.

As family pets the Norwegian Buhund is a self-confident dog that is very affectionate with children and typically gentle. They are friendly, energetic, agile, courageous, fun-loving, smart, and steadfastly devoted dogs. Raised with other animals they will usually get along well with them. Active dogs they need plenty of exercise, but at the end of the day are happy to rest beside their people in the evening, not an apartment type breed or for the elderly.

Norwegian Elkhound

Norwegian ElkhoundThe Norwegian Elkhound originated in Norway the Spitz-type breed is the National Dog of Norway, one of the ancient breeds they have served as hunters, guardians, defenders, and herders.

Standing 19 to 20 inches at the shoulders, weighing 49 to 55 pounds, and having a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years they are known for the courage they have in tracking and hunting moose, and other large game such as wolves and bear. A double-coat that sheds dirt and is weather-resistant the topcoat is short and thick and lies smooth where the undercoat is dense, woolly, and soft to the touch in a medium gray with black-tipped guard hair accented by light silver.

Looking for a family pet that will to do well with children then you might have found the one that is most loyal and affectionate here today. Norwegian Elkhound’s are dignified, bold, hardy, loyal, alert, playful, strong-willed, agile, confident, intelligent, sensitive souls, with a splash of hound independence. Friendly once introductions are mad with strangers but can be aggressive to other dogs and animals however proper socialization from puppyhood can dissipate this problem as they age. Due to the strength and herding background of this breed not recommended for apartment living or the elderly.

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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling RetrieverThe Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever originated from Nova Scotia a gun dog breed primarily bred for hunting and retrieving. Often mistaken for a small Golden Retriever they are often referred to as a “toller” the smallest of the retrievers.

Standing 17 to 21 inches at the shoulders, weighing 37 to 51 pounds, and having a life expectancy of 10 to 14 years, this small Toller’s trademark is a stunning crimson coat, ranging from golden red to a dark coppery color, with white markings.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are known to be intelligent, easy to please, alert, patient, alert, outgoing, intelligent, loving, and high-energy dogs. You can play fetch with a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever until you arm falls off, but they will ask you to switch to the other arm and keep on playing.

Are you a high energy family looking for a pet that loves swimming (ideally suited with their webbed feet), hunting, camping, hiking, or having a dog that will excel in obedience, agility, tracking, field work, or any type of dog sport? Then this is a perfect breed for you high-spirited, playful, and good-natured, people-pleasers who are happy to see almost everyone whether having two legs or four legs they are affectionate and confident dogs. This breed is not for the sedentary, so if you live in an apartment and are looking for a dog that needs only minimal exercise this is not the one for you, nor the elderly as a companion either.

In Closing

Alright, we are half-way through the medium dog breeds finally but still have a long way to go. These breeds above have some really great personality and temperament traits from what I found when doing the research on them.

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