Poodle Complete ProfileWritten by Dooziedog.com
Size: There are three sizes: standard, miniature and toy Height: Standard - Over 38 cm (15 in) Miniature - 28-38 cm (11-15 in) Toy - Under 28 cm (11 in) Weight: Standard - 22 kg (49 lb) Miniature - 12 kg (26 lb) Toy - 7 kg (15 lb) Life Span: 16 years Grooming: Demanding Exercise: Medium Feeding: Straightforward Temperament: Sparky & cheerful Country of Origin: France AKC Group: Toy & Non-Sporting Other Names: Caniche, Barbone
General Appearance: Elegant, finely chiselled and proud. Colour: Black, silver, blue, white or cream with black pigmentation. Or brown and liver and matching pigmentation. Coat: Frizzy, dense, fine, woolly and harsh in texture. The coat can be clipped to suit different tastes. Tail: Set high, commonly docked and carried away from body at a slight angle. Ears: Set low, long, wide and hanging close to head. Covered in long, wavy hair. Body: The body is longer than height and shoulders are muscular and sloping. The back is short and slightly hollowed behind withers. The ribs should be rounded with a deep chest. The loin is muscular and broad and croup is rounded.
Temperament: Even-tempered, fun-loving, lively and intelligent. Poodles are easily trained and quickly learn to perform tricks. They bond closely to their family and can be acutely sensitive to their owners mood. This breed is trouble-free in terms of getting along with other dogs, pets, strangers and children. They make delightful companions with their intelligence and adaptability. This breed should not be kept in a yard alone as they thrive on companionship and attention and their natural spirit can be destroyed if deprived of this.
Grooming: Poodles that are being shown need to be clipped according to breed style, which takes considerable skill and knowledge and is usually best left to a professional groomer. Poodles that are kept as pets are commonly trimmed short, leaving hair longer on head, ears and legs. If these dogs are left untrimmed harsh-textured coats will grow vastly in length. The teeth need to be checked for tartar and ears should be kept clean. The advantage of these dogs is that they don't shed hair. The coat on a Poodle can be washed quite often.
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.