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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.

What are your thoughts about these breeds?

Find any that would fit into your lifestyle?

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Thank you so much for the visit today and please give the website a bookmark there are still so many breeds that I have to cover,


Medium Dog Breeds – Under letter “K & L”

Delightful Doggie 4 U readers we are going to have some dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club today with their pictures and a little something about them for your reading pleasure seriously hope you enjoy these.

Kai Ken

Kai KenThe Kai Ken originated in Japan being bred for centuries they are a rare dog even in its native land. Being one of the six breeds of dogs from Japan it is protected by the Nihon Ken Hozonkai.

A medium size dog in the Japanese breeds of Nihon Ken they were traditionally used to hunt a wide range of game in the mountains. Standing 17 to 22 inches at the shoulders, weighing 30 to 40 pounds, with a life expectancy of 14 to 16 years, nicknamed the Tora Inu in their native land meaning “Tiger Dog” coat colors are black brindle (Kuro-Tora), gray brindle

(Chu-Tora), and red brindle (Aka-Tora). Red brindle is the rarest of the three distinctive coat colors, when born the Kia Ken is usually all black the brindle will emerge as they grown and continue to change for the first five years, the brindle pattern will vary from dog to dog as well as the actual pattern.

Kai Ken are athletic and have a strong desire to hunt, excellent swimmers and climbers they have been known to swim rivers and climb trees in pursuit of game. As a family pet this breed is loyal, alert, agile, intelligent, reserved, brave, a trustworthy guardian, extremely devoted to their master, with the high intelligence they learn quickly and are more willing to please their companions. A breed that is good with children and can adapt to apartment living with regular exercise in the form of leashed daily walks they are not an aggressive breed so other dogs are not a problem at the dog park. The breed is a clean breed brushing daily is recommended especially during the twice-a-year shed bathing should be limited to only when necessary. Kia Ken are independent thinkers with strong family ties and make great guard dogs.

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Karelian Bear Dog

Karelian Bear DogThe Karelian Bear Dog originated in Finland, it is regarded as a national treasure in its home country. They were bred for hunting a variety of animals its fearless nature has made the breed highly popular for hunting big aggressive game including bear, moose, and wild boar.

A medium-sized breed standing 19 to 24 inches at the shoulder, weighing 44 to 51 pounds, and having a life expectancy of 11 to 13 years, the fluffy double coat of dense fur reduces the risk of frostbite and their native land. This breed is an eager hunter very independent but works cooperatively by barking to mark the game. Their high developed spirit for any game hunting and self-confidence makes them an excellent breed for hunting big game. This is a silent hunter led by his sharp sense of smell and only barks once he has the game stopped or treed. He communicates with the hunter the type of animal he has located by the sound of his bark.

A Karelian Bear Dog is territorial, cautious, tenacious, loyal, independent, brave, and he can demonstrate self-control around people, but the fighting spirit surfaces around other dogs and he can be difficult to handle when faced with a challenge. The spirit easily turns into aggression all this dog loves is a challenge as a family pet raised with children he will be playful but he can be intense and has a tendency to play rough. Not a recommended breed for the elderly or families with small children these dogs need open areas not good for apartment living.


KeeshondThe Keeshond originated in Holland a medium-sized breed whose closest relatives are the German Spitz, such as the Großspitz, Mittelspitz, and Kleinspitz, and the Pomeranian.

This Dutch breed served as a watchdog on barges and is named for an 18th century political figure, Kees de Gyselaer, who owned one. The correct pronunciation is “kayz hund,” not “keesh hound,” and the plural is “Keeshonden.” A medium-sized Spitz dog standing 17 to 18 inches at the shoulder, weighing 31 to 40 pounds, and having a life expectancy of 13 to 15 years, the plush two layer coats can be found in black, black and silver, gray, silver, gray and black, gray, and cream and black. They have a beautiful curved tail and a wonderful lion’s mane with a foxy face that looks like he is wear “spectacles”

Keeshonds are obedient, agile, playful, bright, sturdy, quick, and good-natured. Being a cuddly breed they are great for a family with children and socialized as they grown will get along well with other dogs and pets. Due to the minimum exercise requirements apartment living is not a problem so for the elderly or city folks they are a wonderful companion pet.

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Kerry Blue Terrier

Kerry Blue TerrierThe Kerry Blue Terrier originated from Ireland bred to control “vermin” including rats, rabbits, badgers, fox, otters, hares, and others. Over time they became a working dog used for herding cattle or sheep, and used as a guard dog.

Being one of the largest terriers they stand 17 to 20 inches at the shoulder, weigh 33 to 40 pounds, and have a life expectancy of 13 to 15 years, this breed is considered to by hypoallergenic. The soft blue coat is dense in shades of blue that range from a deep slate to a light blue-gray color, with a sporty beard and the curly hair turning heads where they go.

A Kerry Blue Terrier will make a wonderful family pet for children because they enjoy all family activities and being with the people they love makes them the happiest. Being affectionate, loyal, alert, spirited, strong willed, and gentle this working farm dog has adapted into a great companion or family watchdog today. Needing daily exercise they can adapt to apartment living with daily walks just not to the dog park as they are not especially good-natured toward other dogs.

Kishu Ken

Kishu KenThe Kishu Ken originated in Japan one of the Spitz-type breeds developed there for thousands of years for hunting. They are similar to the Hokkaido, Shikoku and the Kai Ken.

Of medium size they stand 17 to 22 inches at the shoulder, weigh 30 to 60 pounds, and have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years, the dense coarse double-coat is short and straight and comes in white, brindle, red, and sesame. A high prey drive for small animals most times they cannot help but give in to their instincts for the chase of the hunt, and known for their endurance need a fenced in area or to be leashed when out and about.

A Kishu Ken is docile, alert, dignified, noble, faithful, and although they are an easy-going house dog they do not make a good breed as a companion for the elderly with a high activity level required from their owner. As a family pet they can do well with children if they are raised with them and the children are taught not to tease or abuse the dog. A breed that needs to be included in activities they are a great pet for active people who spend time outdoors and can expel the energy of them. They do tend to be often be aloof with strangers socialization when young with the people that are going to be part of every day life with them is a great idea.

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KromfohrlanderThe Kromfohrländer originated in Germany a breed used as a companion dog. Pronunciation of the breed is “krome-for-lahn-dair.” It is believed to be descended from a dog of mixed heritage that likely included some Terrier, Hound or Herding ancestors.

This medium-sized breed stands 15 to 18 inches at the shoulders, weighs, 20 to 35 pounds, and has a life expectancy of 17 to 18 years, they come in two coat types the wire haired (with beard) and the smooth haired (smooth face with no bread and long soft hair). Coat colors can be found in two shades the brown & white and the white & tan. The distinctive “smile” of the breed is adorable and very likely they will sneeze to greet you their way of saying “hello”. Nicknamed the “Kromi” (krome-ee) in the States these dogs retain very little hunting instinct despite the terrier heritage.

Bred as a companion the docile, good-natured, spirited, companionable, adaptable, trainable, sensitive, loving, loyal, agile, intelligent, and funny they become very attached to their owner and will not run away. With their high agility they love to climb and jump and can easily excel at agility and trick training. Good with children and family they tend to be a one-person dog and is first to alert you to any strangers being adaptable to apartment living are great for the elderly due to their loyalty to one person. One note to keep in mind they can be fussy with food.

Lagotto Romagnolo

Lagotto RomagnoloThe Lagotto Romagnolo originated in a sub-region of Italy known as Romagna hence the name which means “lake dog from Romango”, traditionally used as a gun dog as a water retriever, however, it is also used to hunt for truffles.

Another of the hypoallergenic breeds they stand 15 to 19 inches at the shoulder, weigh 24 to 35 pounds, and have a life expectancy of 15 to 17 years, the curly coat that covers head to tail is crowned by a facial beard, eyebrows, and whiskers that are not only sporty but adorable. These curls feel and act like human hair as opposed to fur and gives them the hypoallergic category making those with allergies most pleased to own this breed. You can find this curly breed in brown roan, orange & white, brown & white, brown, orange, and off-white colors.

Lagotto Romangnolo in plural is Lagotti Romangnoli and they are durable workers with excellent scent noses that can smell out truffles in their native land. What are truffles you might ask? These are considered a real delicacy in Italy – “a truffle is the fruiting body of a subterranean ascomycete fungus, predominantly one of the many species of the genus Tuber. In addition to Tuber, many other genera of fungi are classified as truffles including Geopora, Peziza, Choiromyces, Leucangium, and over a hundred others.”

The breed is loyal, keen, companionable, loving, active, trainable, gentle, and affectionate, but not craving in a demanding way of human companionship. Trained and socialized properly they are especially good with children and can behave inside the house. As a watch dog they will do well should strangers enter their territory barking to alert the owner. Some in this breed will suffer from separation anxiety so it is never a good idea to leave them alone too long. A good companion to those who have the strength to handle them because they are a strong dog.

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Lapponian Herder

Lapponian HerderThe Lapponian Herder originated from Finland one of three Lapphund breeds developed by the Sami people for herding and guarding their reindeer.

Medium sized standing 17 to 21 inches at the shoulders, weighing around 70 pounds, and having a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years, the medium length coat makes them easy to maintain a perfect fit for any experienced dog owner. This breed comes in many colors including gray-brown, black often with lighter undercoats, and white or tan markings. A high-energy herding breed they will excel in other dog sports besides herding the love of hard work makes them a wonderful breed for any companion event that is competitive and fun.

With a well-rounded breed as this you can have a dog that fits perfectly into any environment with a job to do they will be content and happy. Known for being docile, energetic, friendly, vocal, calm, and protective, with children they may try to herd them when playing, including nipping at their legs and barking. A patient breed with other dogs and small pets with his eager to please temperament as a companion he can even do well for the elderly with proper exercise daily. And yes they do make a good watch dog having a tendency to be aloof with strangers.

In Closing

The breeds I have listed today include a number of ones that would make good guard dogs or watch dogs for you and your family. Some are not advised for the elderly due to the strength of the dog itself when walking is required.

Although, I know that I have mentioned this before please take the time to check the breeder if you are planning to purchase any of the breeds I am writing about here on my website. Not all breeders can be trusted and checking them for reliability is highly encouraged so you do not end up with an inferior puppy or sick one either.

Remember puppies do not stay small and cute forever you are getting a lifetime commitment to take care of the dog for its life which is not as long as you would think even though I do give you the life expectancy of the breed.

Time flies by and before you know it your dog has grown old and is ready to leave this world, so please make sure to love them and take care of them until their time is over.

There are a few of the breeds above that I know would fit into my life right now and would just love to have, what about you have you seen any that really interest you?

Feedback is so welcome from all my readers, please leave any comments, suggestions, or questions in the space provided below I do reply to them all.

Thank you for reading about these medium size breeds and please bookmark the website I have plenty more breeds to add in different sizes not just the medium size,


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Medium Dog Breeds – Starting with “H, I, & J”

Hello Delightful Doggie readers, we are going to continue with the medium size dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club and today I have all the ones from the “H, I, and J’s” of the alphabet. And some are so adorable but we still have a very long way to go until we have them all.


HamiltonstovareThe Hamiltonstövare was developed in Sweden by the founder of the Swedish Kennel Club, Count Adolf Hamilton, a breed of hunting hound. Its ancestry includes several German hounds as well as English Foxhounds and Harriers.

This scent hound was bred to hunt hare and fox they will follow their nose wherever it goes (and not return for a long time) therefore leashes and fences are necessary with this breed. An excellent lure coursing dog with an extremely high prey drive with both scent and sight. Standing 19 to 24 inches at the withers, weighing 50 to 60 pounds, and having a life expectancy of 10 to 13 years, the tricolor coat is close-fitting to his body and is weather resistant.

Hamiltonstövare’s are energetic, patient, devoted, even tempered, friendly, and courageous, they can be easy to train despite their hound stubbornness, but higher competitive obedience levels are not usually an option. They are a good family pet for older children but never should be kept in a home with other smaller animals because of their high prey drive. A low maintenance breed that rarely sheds but they are not hypoallergenic. Since the late 90s they have been used as service dogs in America with their versatility and close bond with their owners shine.

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HarrierThe Harrier originated in England a medium-sized hound breed used for hunting hares by trailing them, a swift and prey-driven pack dog smaller than the English Foxhound but larger than the Beagle.

Being a larger more powerful hound than the beagle they stand 19 to 24 inches at the shoulder, weigh 45 to 64 pounds, and have a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years. The short coat comes in white, black & tan, lemon & white, red & white, and tricolor not a high shedding breed but a couple of brushing’s a week is required. As hunters they are built to endure a long day’s hunt.

Personality and temperament of the Harriers is cheerful, sweet-tempered, outgoing, friendly, active, tolerant, loving, and energetic. Acting like puppies well into their adult lives they require a lot of exercise so apartment dwellers this breed is not they love being around people and other animals (because they are a pack breed). Normally tolerant of children however you do need to watch them around other pets in the house that are not dogs.



HokkaidoThe Hokkaido originated in Japan, and is known by other names including Ainu-ken, Seta, Ainu dog, and in Japan its name is shortened to Dō-ken sometimes.

A medium size strong built dog noteworthy for its endurance and dignity they stand 18 to 20 inches at the shoulder, weigh 44 to 66 pounds, and have a life expectancy of 11 to 13 years. The double coat has a coarse outer layer and a fine thick undercoat that sheds seasonally coming in colors of white, brindle, black, black & tan, red, wolf gray, and sesame. This breed is extremely rare outside of Japan where there is an estimated population of around 12,000.

A very loyal and dedicated companion that wants to please its human, they are intelligent thinkers and problem solvers excelling at tasks given to them. The temperament is docile, faithful, bold, dignified, brave, and highly alert making them an excellent watch dog. They are suitable as a family pet with children and known to be playful and affectionate around them, but if not properly socialized will become wary of strangers and protective of family members. Not recommended for apartment life needing moderate activity indoors will do best with a yard where they can expel most of it.

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Icelandic Sheepdog

Icelandic SheepdogThe Icelandic Sheepdog originated in Iceland from the dogs brought there by the Vikings, a Spitz type similar to the Norwegian Bunhund, Shetland Sheepdog, and the Welsh Corgi, commonly used to herd sheep in the countryside.

This is the only native dog breed to Iceland they are one of the 50 or so northern breeds known as spitzes, classified by the dense coat, foxy face, pointed ears, and the bushy curling tail. They stand only 17 to 18 inches at the shoulders, weight 20 to 30 pounds, and have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years, the beautiful dense coat comes in white & cream, gray & white, black & white, fawn & white, gold & white, and chocolate & white.

Not a breed for apartment living with the active background of being a herder more exercise is required that what that would provide for them, also being a verbal breed the barking would not be so great with the close neighbors. With the temperament of hardy, inquisitive, energetic, cheerful, alert, agile, friendly, happy, and affectionate especially with children and other dogs they make a wonderful family pet. The males are usually more laid-back and cuddly than females in this breed, but both sexes are affectionate toward the family – not exactly a good watch dog because they are generally friendly.

Irish Terrier

Irish TerrierThe Irish Terrier originated from Ireland, one of the many and one of the oldest of the terrier breeds, introduced in a Dublin dog show in 1873 the first to have a separate class for the Irish Terriers.

Bred as a rat-catcher or vermin dispatcher this is a bold, dashing, courageous terrier of medium size standing 18 to 20 inches at the shoulder, weighing 24 to 26 pounds, and having a life expectancy of 13 to 15 years. The tight coat comes in red wheaten, red, and wheaten with the unmistakable mustached jaws. They are considered to be part of the breeds known to be hypoallergenic for those who have allergies. Irish Terriers were once described as “the poor man’s sentinel, the farmer’s friend, and the gentleman’s favorite.”

Due to the high train-ability of the breed, convenient size, they have the advantages and abilities to make a great companion for apartment dwellers due to the small amount of exercise they require. Temperaments in the breed include being respectful, lively, intelligent, protective, trainable, dominant, and possessive. They do not do well with dogs of the same sex and will not back down from a challenge. I have mixed emotions with this breed as a family pet with small children and the possessiveness they have toward things that belong to them. But as a watchdog you can not ask for much better.

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JindoThe Jindo originated from Jindo Island in South Korea a breed of hunting dog bought to the United States with South Korean immigrants.

This medium size breed stands 18 to 20 inches at the shoulders, weighs 33 to 51 pounds, and has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years, with a double coat that sheds and twice a year the undercoat will shed. Colors of coats can be found in black, white, red fawn, brindle, black & tan, and gray. In their native land they are celebrated for the fierce loyalty and brave nature they show their masters, with a very strong instinct for hunting they are not tempted easily not impetuous.

A bold, loyal, intelligent, faithful, active, brave, watchful, alert, careful, agile, and strong breed which is extremely faithful to its master. This breed is considered the best one-person dog although he will accept a new master he will never forget the former master who raised him from puppyhood. These dogs are valued as loyal companions, independent hunters with a good sense of direction, and discerning guardians of their property. Properly socialized growing up they can be good with children but never other males animals this is not your typical dog park companion. For a dog they keep themselves amazingly clean and eat sparingly.

In Closing

Today’s breed have been eye-openers from some great family dogs to the last one which I would most surely recommend as a one-person no other pet owner breed.

People who are familiar with breeds known if it is possible to mix the animal with other pets in a household but for those of you who are just starting out please make sure to do plenty of homework on the breed you are interested in.

I have had dogs all my life and still come across the one or two in every breed line that just does not fit into the personality or temperament traits that it should have been born with.

Having dogs from a few breeds in the same house at one time I can tell you that at times it can get rough until they figure out who is going to be the dominant or alpha male of the house or even delta female depending on which might be the case.

More than one dog means that one is going to be the leader but in my case what is best the owner or master needs to be the leader of a pack, once you learn this then they all fall into place where they should.

What are your opinions on the breeds here today?

Find any that tempt you to look for one of them to add to your life?

Answers to those questions along with any comments, suggestions, or questions you have for me can be left in the space provided below.

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