The Bernese Mountain Dog is a cheerful, intelligent breed who loves children. It’s one of the widely recognized Swiss mountain dogs. Its thick, long, and silky coat keep him warm in frosty weather. This mountain dog was able to withstand an Alpine climate and worked as a herder or a flock guard.
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a very large and strong breed. This is not too much of a problem since he is such a gentle giant. But one thing you may want to consider before introducing one of these lovers into your home is its lifespan. A Bernese Mountain Dog lives just six to eight years on average. These dogs are susceptible to cancer. Once source from Dog Breed Info said that several of this breed died of cancer between the ages of three and four. One dog as young as two also died from cancer.
Wolfdogs are less understood than older, traditional breeds. A Wolfdog is a cross between a domestic dog and a wild wolf, but the mix-content is uncertain. There is not a consistency of behavior in dogs of this name. In fact, there is more variation in Wolfdogs than any other dog. What is certain is that this type of dog is legal in fewer than 10 states. In New York, you need to get a “dangerous animal” permit, the same permit needed to keep a lion. Even so, Wolfdogs are sold by breeders for $2,500, despite the fact most pups have no wolf content.
If you get a puppy who has clawed an escape route through the drywall in your house by six months of age, you probably have a true Wolfdog on your hands. A high-content Wolfdog does not make a good guard dog, preferring to hide from strangers. They do not like to be held indoors, they are not interested in pleasing you, and they should never be left alone with small pets and children due to an innate prey instinct. All high-content Wolfdogs need handling as early as 10 days old, as well as consistent socialization.
The Pit Bull is not a breed meant for everybody. They are strong dogs with extremely powerful jaw. If they are socialized and trained properly, these dogs make ideal watchdogs and exceptional family pets. They can be very loving and gentle. Yet, Pit Bulls were bred in 1800s England for the spectator sport of baiting bulls and bears. The blood sport was ruled illegal in 1935, but the equally aggressive blood sport of dogfighting took its place.
Due to breeding, Pit Bulls are aggressive. As one of the most aggressive dog breeds, it will never back down from a fight with another dog. It’s a fight to the death that Pit Bulls rarely lose. A leash is indispensable for Pit Bulls; this powerful canine should be leashed at all times. In dog attacks on humans resulting in severe injuries or death, Pit Bulls are the most frequently sited breed. Another thing to consider is dog owners are legally liable for injuries instigated by their pets.
Jack Russell Terrier
The Jack Russel is one tenacious terrier. It digs, barks, jumps and hunts with relentless abandon. The Jack Russell Terrier (JRT) was bred as a hunting dog. Your garden or living room is fair play if your JRT is after prey. Spiders, mice, and other bugs will be hunted to extinction, and your home will be scratched and dug up.
JRT’s tend to fall into behavior problems, like “Small Dog Syndrome”, quite easily. Problems like snapping, separation anxiety, obsessive barking, and guarding may pop up. They are difficult to socialize and need consistent and firm training by an expert trainer. These dogs need a lot of exercise and a high fence. Climbing and jumping over fences is one of its strengths.
As descendants of Bulldogs, Great Danes, and Mastiffs, the Tosa is a very large breed weighing up to 200 pounds. Tosas are not ideal for first-time dog owners. Bred for blood sport, you might not want this creature around your young’uns. In fact, the Tosa is a banned breed across four European nations, including the UK.
To board this type of dog, you’ll need a yard with a fence that is at least 6-feet high. Electronic fences are nothing to a Tosa, the shock will not deter this dog. Standing tall, this breed has the athletic look of a warrior. The Tosa’s history goes back to 14th-century Japanese dogfighting. Named for the Tosa Province on Shikoku Island, the Tosa is vigilant, dignified, calm and courageous. These dogs make excellent guard dogs and caring companions. For training, this eager-to-please breed looks for an abundant supply of positive reinforcement.