Old English Sheepdog Complete ProfileWritten by Dooziedog.com
Size: Large Height: Above 54 cm (21 inches) Weight: About 30 kg (66 lb) Life Span: 13 years Grooming: Very demanding Exercise: Medium Feeding: Medium Temperament: Friendly & outgoing Country of Origin: England AKC Group: Herding Other Names: Bobtail
General Appearance: Ambling walk, shaggy, strong and compact. Colour: Grey, grizzle, blue or blue merle, with or without white markings. Coat: The outer coat is shaggy, hard in texture and harsh. The undercoat is waterproof. Tail: Commonly docked completely or from first joint. Ears: Small and carried flat against side of head. Body: The body is quite short and compact. The loins are strong and slightly arched and shoulders are sloping. The chest is well developed and brisket is deep and full.
Temperament: Trustworthy, bold, agile, active and good-natured. Old English Sheepdogs love being part of a family and are a very adaptable breed. They socialize well with other dogs, children and family pets. They greet strangers warmly and are not particularly alert. They can be boisterous in nature and will join in every possible activity with great enthusiasm. Old English Sheepdogs want to please their handlers and rarely show dominant behaviour, however training can be slow.
Grooming: Grooming with these dogs is very demanding. They require regular, thorough brushing as least once a week. When coat is moulting its quite possible that a rubbish bag full of hair can be collected after a brush. If coat is left ungroomed for a length of time it will quickly become matted to a degree that leaves little alternative but to clip. Old English Sheepdogs that are being shown should have a higher rear than shoulders, which is achieved when hair is groomed upwards. It is also important that ears are kept free of dirt and hair and that nails are trimmed. The excess hair between pads of feet should also be clipped short.
Maltese Complete ProfileWritten by Dooziedog.com
Size: Small Height: Under 25 cm (10 inches) Weight: 1.8 - 2.7 kg (4 - 6 lb) Life Span: 14 years Grooming: Very demanding Exercise: Undemanding Feeding: Undemanding Temperament: Loyal & sensitive Country of Origin: Italy/Malta AKC Group: Toy Other Names: Bichon Maltais
General Appearance: Elegant, glossy-white and petite. Colour: Pure white with slight lemon markings permitted. The nose, eyerims and pads are all black. Coat: Long, dense, silky, straight and heavy. The average length is 23 cm (9 inches) and hair hangs down on either side of a straight parting running down centre of back. Tail: Tapering, carried in a large arch over back and finishing with a long plume. Ears: Set high, flat, almost triangular, well feathered with long hair reaching to shoulders. Body: The body is square and short with a straight topline. The belly is rather low and ribs are rounded.
Temperament: Alert, lively, loyal and sensitive. Although Maltese appear delicate at first sight, they are definitely not sissy dogs. They thrive on human companionship and accept and equally love all members of their household. They get along with other household pets and children without any difficulties. Maltese are relatively straight-forward to train and tend to learn quickly.
Grooming: Maltese require a substantial amount of grooming with their long, silky coats. They need daily brushing and combing and regular washing. The red tear stains can be reduced or removed with special lotions specifically designed for area. Some owners chose to keep coat trimmed short if dog is only a pet and not being shown. Maltese typically have hair between eyes tied up in a top knot. Owners who have show dogs often oil hair and wind it up in curling papers to prevent it from splitting.