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To evaluate the character of dogs and to know if this or that breed meets what you expect from it, it is possible to base on thirteen great behavioral traits canines. You must be sure that you want to acquire a dog. A new companion will bring you many joys, but also some constraints not always very pleasant:
1. The excitability of the dog
It is the capacity to react to an event in the fraction of second which follows. This characteristic is found in most small breeds and dwarf breeds. Our house dogs are in general very excitable . It is undoubtedly in the Terrier family that this faculty is the most developed. The Italian Greyhound and the Whippet, on the other hand, are quite calm and less excitable.
Dogs that show strong excitability are also often nuisance barkers . Everyone can not stand a dog that is too excitable or noisy, especially the elderly. Their choice must be well thought out.
2. The general activity of the dog
It is the spontaneous activity of the dog, in the absence of stimulation . Some dogs can stay quiet for hours in the company of their master, while other dogs invite their master to the game and are constantly on the move, looking for something to do, a new game...
Terriers, known for their strong personality and overflowing energy, are again the first in the hit parade of "general activity" among our house dogs. The Norwich Terrier, for example, can not keep quiet even while asleep. Given his temperament, it is a pet dog ideal for young people
3. The dog's tolerance towards children
Children are not always very gentle with the animals of the family. They tend to pull their ears or tail , and play tricks on them. All dogs do not accept these tugging without flinching. They can react more or less violently. In the best case, they move away without reacting; but sometimes they can pinch or bite children who disturb them. Among the least tolerant dogs, Terriers, especially Yorkshire Terriers, and Scottish Terriers are again found.
Poodles are not the champions of tolerance, and it is inadvisable to leave them alone with turbulent children . It has also been noted that, irrespective of race, females support children better than
4 males. Inadvertent barking
You can look for a house dog that will also be a good guard dog, or at least a good warning dog. In this case, you must choose a breed that will bark as soon as it hears, sees or feels something unusual. In other situations, the untimely barking of a dog can annoy its owners, but also the neighbors. In this case, choose, of course, a quieter race. Among the barkers, we will remember, once again, our Terriers, Pinschers, Schnauzers, Spitz... The Sighthounds are probably the quietest.
5. The dog's playing temperament
We can look for a very calm dog or on the contrary, because we have children, a very playful dog that will enliven our days and make the joy of the whole family. What for someone is an unbearable defect can be a much sought-after quality for someone else. The Shetland, the Boston Terrier, all Terriers, Spaniels and Welsh Corgi are very playful dogs. Dachshunds are calmer
6. The dog's learning ability
To live properly in society, in the family and in the city, each dog must learn a minimum of etiquette . Some topics are very intelligent and are quite easy to educate. Others, although they may be extremely cunning, are also very stubborn and hard to educate, no matter what exercises you want to teach them. The Shetlands and Poodles are pretty easy to train. educate. Terriers, on the other hand, have a reputation for being quite stubborn.
7. The alarm capacity of the dog
Even if we want a small dog, we often want it to be, in the absence of a real watchdog and defense, a warning dog - especially for people who live alone. Terriers and Schnauzers are very good warners. At the slightest abnormal noise, they leap and bark, to the point that sometimes it becomes troublesome for the neighborhood.
8. Aggression towards other dogs
You may already own other dogs or cats, or you are used to walking in a park , or you come across many more dogs ; your choice must take into account the behavior of your new companion towards other animals. Most of our house dogs generally get on well with their peers and with other pets in the family. Terriers, on the other hand, must be closely watched when a newcomer is introduced.
9. The dominance of the dog on the master
There are different categories of masters : those who wish to have a dog totally submissive and obedient, those who prefer to have a dog who would be their alter ego, and finally those whose the dog barely tolerates them, that is, those whom their dog commands. Some breeds have more personality and character than others and, of course, in the same breed, one finds more or less submissive individuals.
The Shih Tzu considers himself a companion and demands to be treated on a level playing field with his entourage. He likes to be master of the situation and that is why he often stands in the raised corners of the house. Scottish Terriers are also quite difficult to dominate. On the other hand, Poodles, or Welsh Corgis, are animals that are easier to control and educate.
10. The territorial defense
This capacity is not often sought in our house dogs; indeed, they are firstly asked to be good warners rather than dogs capable of fleeing an attacker alone
11. Seeking affection from the dog
The rule could be stated quite simply: the smaller the dog, the more he looks for affection. All of our flat dogs are big hobby seekers , and they love to huddle affectionately against their master.
12. Dog Destruction Instinct
Some dogs tend to destroy house objects to "pass their nerves". Others love digging galleries and burrows in the ground, and digging up the beautiful flowers you planted with great love. As you may have guessed, this is once again our dynamic Terriers who, as a legacy of their past as hunters, have kept this tendency to bite and dig.
13. Learning to clean the dog
It depends primarily on the pedagogical abilities of the masters. It is advisable to ask your veterinarian to explain the best dog training methods. These different behavioral traits quickly reviewed should be taken as an indication. It is quite obvious that in each breed, we can find quite different individuals: for example, there are Terriers very calm, easy to educate.
The behavior of a dog depends of course on his character, but especially of his environment and dog-dog relations that you can or will establish between him and each member of the family. A good dose of canine psychology will be extremely useful for you to live in good company with your pet.