The Saint Dane, also known as the Bernadane or the Great Bernard, is a hybrid dog that was bred with a Great Dane and a Saint Bernard. These gentle giants make terrific family guard dogs, and they are some of the calmest and most loving animals in existence. However, they are very big (150-200 pounds) and they need a lot of space, so keep that in mind before you decide on one of these big guys!
Saint Danes are highly intelligent and easy to train, and they love to please their people. Despite their enormous stature, they can actually be quite shy and sensitive and don’t do well with yelling or high stress environments. Although, no dog should be kept in a high stress environment, really.
The Mountain Mastiff
Mountain Mastiffs, or Bernese Mountain Mastiffs, are a cross between the Mastiff and the Bernese Mountain Dog. These doggos get very, very big and typically weigh between 150-200 pounds when they’re full-grown. Mountain Mastiffs are known as gentle giants, for there incredible size and affectionate, calm nature.
These big boys make excellent guard dogs and can also be trained successfully for tracking. They love to play, but more than anything, they love spending time with their humans. The Mountain Mastiff makes a great family dog, but they need to be in a home where they have plenty of space, considering how enormous they are!
This cute little ball of fuzz was bred with a Beagle and a Shih Tzu. Because of their super small size, they make great pets for those that live in apartments and other smaller homes. They’re sweet and calm-natured, which means they’re a top choice for families with children and other animals.
Although they’re very sweet, they can also be stubborn and they’re best left for experienced dog owners to take care of. Bea-Tzus are loving, loyal and playful, and they need loads of attention and love from their people. Unfortunately, these little guys have a slightly shorter lifespan than some other dog breeds and typically only live to be between 10-12 years old.
Jarkies are small little balls of energy that were created from a Japanese Chin and a Yorkshire Terrier. Like most dogs, they really don’t fare well around small children, though they are great for families with older children who are well behaved and will respect them.
They’re small doggos and only grow to be around 8-10 pounds. Jarkies are great companions for seniors and for those living in apartments and small homes. Although they’re very playful, they’re also content just sitting on your lap and watching television. Of course, they do still need to get out every day, and they love taking trips to the park with their humans!
The Weshi stems from its parent breeds – the West Highland White Terrier and the Shih Tzu. Weshis are super sweet and loving, but they can also be very stubborn, and they aren’t the best choice for someone who has owned a dog before. They get along great with mostly everyone, as long as they’re socialized from a young age.
Weshis are highly intelligent, but because of their stubborn streak they aren’t always the easiest to train. But once they’ve become a part of the family, they will be your best friend and never want to leave your side. This is a very active breed that requires a lot of exercise – at least 45-60 minutes every day.