The largest dog breeds are Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Doberman Pinschers and Rottweilers. These three breeds have been bred for centuries to provide protection and companionship. They were originally used as guard dogs but they have since evolved into their own species with unique characteristics. Labradors weigh up to 150 pounds (68 kg) while the other two weigh between 70 and 100 pounds (32–42 kg).
Labradors are the smallest of all the dog breeds and they have a short coat which makes them very popular among hunters. Their large size makes them ideal for guarding livestock or working in teams to pull carts. A typical Labrador weighs around 40 pounds (18 kg) and stands at 18 inches (46 cm) tall when fully grown. They are loyal, loving and affectionate towards humans, though they do not always get along with other dogs.
They are highly intelligent and capable of learning new things quickly.
German shepherds are medium sized dogs with long coats. They have a strong sense of loyalty and protect their families fiercely. They are known for being protective, brave and reliable guardians. German shepherd puppies grow to be around 12 inches (30 cm) tall when fully grown, making them taller than many adults!
Adult shepherds weigh up to 99 pounds (45 kg). German shepherds are intelligent and have an excellent sense of smell. They are also one of the most commonly used breeds for police and military work. They can be aggressive with other dogs, especially when they are not socialized during their puppy-hood.
Golden retrievers are intelligent, friendly and loyal dogs. They were bred to help hunt ducks and they still retain their love of water. Their short fur makes them especially useful for hunting in warm climates where the hunter gets too hot. They weigh between 55 and 70 pounds (25 to 32 kg) and stand at around 23 inches (58 cm) tall when fully grown.
They are obedient, biddable and eager to please. They are wonderful family dogs but they do shed a lot so you will find hair everywhere if you own one.
Doberman pinschers are fearless and loyal guard dogs. They are large and muscular dogs that weigh between 80 and 110 pounds (36 to 50 kg). They have short fur and compact bodies with powerful legs. Their ears are naturally erect and their tail is traditionally cropped.
They are one of the most intelligent dog breeds and they learn new commands very quickly. They are generally obedient and they have an uncanny sense of hearing which makes them very good guard dogs.
Dobermen pinschers were originally bred in Germany by a man called Louis Dobermann. He created them by crossing various terriers and bred them for their loyalty, intelligence and for their guard dog skills. They make excellent guards but they are not suitable pets for everyone. They need a firm hand and an experienced owner.
If you are considering this breed of dog then you might want to chat with someone who owns one before making your decision.
You have decided on a golden retriever
You have decided on a golden retriever, these happy-go-lucky dogs are the perfect choice for you. You just know that you and your new pet are going to get on well together.
You now have a decision to make, there are two different options for you to consider. The first option is to buy a pedigree puppy that is purebred from a breeder or you could adopt an abandoned dog at a local shelter.
You could also consider getting a different breed of dog if you don’t like the golden retriever, scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the other options.
Buying A Pedigree Puppy
Adopting A Dog From Shelter
You have decided to buy a pedigree puppy, you are confident that this is the right decision for you. You head online and begin to do your research on different breeders in your local area.
You make an appointment to see a local breeder who has produced many successful litters in the past. When you arrive at the house, you are impressed by the cleanliness and orderliness of the property. The puppies are kept in a separate room away from the main house, to ensure they don’t catch any disease from the adult dogs. You are allowed to enter their room and choose your puppy from there.
You quickly find one that appeals to you. It is active and playful and when it sees you it begins to hop up and down. It jumps into your arms and licks your face, it clearly likes you so you decide to call it a day and take it home with you.
You name your new puppy and take it home. Over the next few weeks you play with it a lot, taking it for long walks and playing games with it. It learns all of its basic commands very quickly and is housebroken within the first month. By the time it is six months old it is larger than most other dogs and as strong as an adult dog.
It is definitely a golden retriever though, with its beautiful golden coat and cheerful demeanor. You really couldn’t be happier with your decision to get this breed of dog.
You have owned your dog for a year now and you couldn’t be more proud of it. It is full grown now and at the larger end of the spectrum for a golden retriever, but its good nature and happiness make up for its large size.
It has been a year of long walks and lots of play to ensure both you and your dog get plenty of exercise. This has been a great bonding experience for you both, which has resulted in a very happy pet.
Due to your frequent walks through the park, and play in the park, your dog has met and played with a lot of other dogs. Your dog has been quite popular with the opposite gender and you have had to breakup a few attempts at flirting. This has mainly been from female dogs, surprisingly enough (or not so surprisingly if you’re familiar with golden retrievers).
The saving grace is that your dog has been well trained and has always come back when you call. You are very proud of this, it shows that your strict training regime has paid off, and that you have a well-mannered dog.
You have done very little grooming to your dog, a quick brush once a week and an occasional bath keeps its coat in top condition. Other than that its the blade of your lawnmower that gives its coat a nice shine.
The only thing you have invested heavily in is its collar and leash, which are both solid brass and custom made from a far away land. They certainly add a touch of class to your dog (if a dog can be said to have class).
One year down, and many more to go. You’ll enjoy every moment with your faithful companion at your side.
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