Good evening all, continuing on with the medium dog breeds looking for “Find One to Take Home?” maybe one of these ones will fit the type and size you are looking for.
The Chinese Shar-Pei breed originated from Canton, China, the English name is derived from the British spelling the Cantonese equivalent, sā pèih, translated is “sand skin” referring to the texture of its short rough coat.
Chinese Shar-Pei comes from an ancient pedigree having physical characteristics that set him apart from the other breeds the unusual broad muzzle, a blue-black tongue, small triangular ears, his abundance of wrinkled loose skin around the head, neck, and shoulders, sunken eyes, and the high set tapered tail. Medium sized standing 18 to 20 inches at the shoulders, weighing 40 to 65 pounds, and having a life expectancy of 9 to 11 years this breed was once a guard dog and pit fighter. You can find Chinese Shar-Pei in a variety of colors including black, fawn, lilac, cream, sand, and red.
A fascinating but challenging breed they are steadfastly loyal to family, but standoffish with strangers, having temperaments of being suspicious, affectionate, independent, devoted, reserved, and loving, they can be willful and stubborn. Chinese Shar-Pei are today companion dogs but still retain their fighting toughness they can be aggressive toward other dogs and people, socialization and training from a young age is recommended, an adult Chinese Shar-Pei could be a serious problem if not handled correctly, and I do not recommend them as a family pet.
The Chow Chow breed originated from northern China, where they are referred to as Songshi Quan, which means “puffy-lion dog”. Chow Chow a deep-chested aristocrat all-purpose dog of ancient China is a breed of unique delights and inscrutable timelessness.
Chow Chows are powerfully built dogs standing 18 to 22 inches at the shoulder, weighing 44 to 71 pounds, and having a life expectancy of 9 to 15 years. With a distinctive lion’s mane ruff around the head and shoulders, a blue-black tongue, deep-set almond eyes, Chow Chows can have a rough or smooth coat of red, black, blue, cinnamon, or cream. Grooming of a Chow Chow is usually a brushing once a day known as one of the cleanest of breeds having little doggy odor by most owners.
The Chow Chow is aloof, loyal, independent, quiet, refined, dignified, and serious-minded making them easily housebroken and quickly trainable. Being serene and adaptable having no special exercise needs they can happily live in the city or the country. Being reserved around strangers and protective of family members they will be wary of people who are not part of their family. Children who are being loud, running around, or mishandling with the Chow Chow could trigger aggression so supervision is required as with all dogs and children. Personally, I recommend a Chow Chow for a companion dog for couples or elderly people who have the time for this breed of dog.
The Cirneco dell’Etna breed originated from Sicily, this hound was used to hunt rabbits working for hours without food or water. The breed has a keen sense of smell and is built for endurance over harsh terrain such as that of Mount Etna.
Cirneco dell’Etna, sleek and sinewy, an athletic hunter given to quick bursts of speed, standing at 17 to 20 inches at the shoulders, weighing 18 to 26 pounds, and having a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years. This breed is often described as resembling a smaller version of the Pharaoh Hound, its cousin from the island of Malta. Their sleek short-haired coats can be found in white, fawn, orange & white, sable, fawn sable, and fawn & white.
The Cirnechi dell’Etna are mild, low-maintenance companions cherished for their loyal, affectionate, and gentle nature. Having a steady temperament and being a social animal they are suitable for most families and are great companions but like all dogs require daily exercise, hikers and runners would find this breed one of the best companions to have on the trail with them just remember they are swift and you might not be able to keep up.
The Clumber Spaniel breed was first developed in Nottinghamshire at Clumber Park thus the name of the breed originating in the United Kingdom. The largest of the spaniels come in predominantly white with either lemon or orange markings.
The dignified and mellow hunting companion of kings, Clumber Spaniels are powerful bird flushing dogs heavy boned, built long and low, having a massive head built to push through thick cover in the field. Standing 17 to 20 inches at the shoulder, weighing 55 to 85 pounds, and having a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years their movement through the fields is still free and easy, and these outdoorsy fellows can be relentless on the scent.
Clumber Spaniels are sweet, affectionate, loyal, dignified, gentle, calm, great-hearted, smart, and eager to please they respond well to training. Sweet and easygoing at home are wary around strangers, being friendly dogs they only bark when they have something to say so really do not make much in the watchdog department. Clumber Spaniels love swimming and fetching and make study childhood playmates making them a good family pet as long as you can handle some shedding and drooling they are an amusing best friend and wonderful housemate.
The Collie originated in Scotland and Northern England and form a distinctive type of herding dog, of medium size and fairly light build, with a pointed snout.
Collies are herders standing from 22 to 26 inches at the shoulder, weighing 31 to 44 pounds, and having a life expectancy of 10 to 17 years. Collie can have full-coated “rough” which is the familiar variety thanks to Lassie, but there is a sleek “smooth” coat and they both come in sable and white, tricolor, blue merle, or white. The Collie has an elegant wedge-shaped head, with the long pointed snout, velvety mobile ears, and they can convey a wide variety of expression with those almond eyes. Being an athletic breed these swift dogs thrive on companionship and regular exercise.
A collie is intelligent, loyal, loving, mild-mannered, easily trained, and eager to please making them wonderful family pets, especially with children which they can become overly protective of. Originally bred as herding dogs they love having work to do so they just might try to herd all the children in the house. With gentle training, they will learn happily and rapidly exactly what is expected of them pleasing their master is what makes the Collie so great.
The Croatian Sheepdog breed originated from Croatia, another breed of a herder, but this time sheep they are mostly the true master of the flock.
A Croatian Sheepdog is agile, helpful, humble, energetic, alert, keen, companionable, and intelligent shepherd dog, self-reliant to his owner, brave and trustworthy. You would most often find them running through the back of the herd to get to the point of intervention as soon as possible.
Petar Horvat, the bishop of Djakovo, wrote in 1374 that Croats had brought a dog to their new land, referring to the dog as a “Canis Pastoralis Croaticus” translates to Croatian Shepherd Dog. Peter Bakic wrote about the Croatian Sheepdog in his 1719 manuscript “On the Life of the People and Raising of Stock in Djakovo and it’s Surroundings in 1719”. He quoted Bishop Petar in 1374 and, providing his own description of the dog, stating the Croatian Sheepdog did not change from 1374 to 1719 and was the same in appearance from what Bishop Petar described in 1374.
Croatian Sheepdog stands 16 to 21 inches at the withers, weighing 29 to 44 pounds, and has a life expectancy of 13 to 14 years the medium-length coat comes in black or black & white and should be brushed daily. The Croatian Sheepdog will adapt to apartment living as long as it gets enough exercise provided in play or daily walks. They are virtually a weatherproof canine with an adaptable disposition. Very suitable as a family dog with children they are playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Here is a look at some ancient breeds from way back that have been around for a very long time. Some of these breeds are very famous thanks to television series that have used them for years.
None of the breeds looked at here are in the hypoallergenic group of dogs so please be aware should you find one of these breeds as your favorite, for me choosing only one would be impossible.
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