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Ever wondered what personality a certain kind of dog has, or how big your dog will grow? We're adding more and more information about each of the breeds of dogs that come through our store all the time, so make sure you keep an eye on this page!
Remember though, that like with people there is a wide variation even within a specific breed, and training and environment will have a bigger impact on things like personality, barking, toilet training, and attitude than the breed itself.
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(Australian Shepherd x Poodle)
Aussiedoodles or Aussiepoos, are an awesome cross between an Australian Shepherd and a Miniature or Standard Poodle. Aussiedoodle pups are playful, loyal and intelligent.
Many Aussiedoodle enthusiasts describe these dogs' personalities as goofy and loving. No matter their size, you can expect this dog to have a lot of energy. You can keep your Aussiedoodle occupied with long hikes, walks, beach days, or retrieval games.
Australian Shepherds are herding dogs, so your Aussiedoodle may try to round you, kids, or other things up! They are also incredibly smart, thanks to both their Australian Shepherd and Poodle parents, so your Aussiedoodle will require a lot of mental stimulation. If bored, Aussiedoodles can easily become destructive. Early socialisation and positive reinforcement training are important to put good habits in place when they're pups.
Aussiedoodles also love to be around their humans. Like the Australian Shepherd, Aussiedoodles will sometimes get closer and stick with one or two of their favourite humans. This isn't to say that they don't get along with multiple people or larger families, though!
Aussiedoodles are suited to living indoors or outdoors.
Standard Aussiedoodles will grow to be 25-30kg and should stand 52-58cm at the shoulders. Miniature Aussiedoodles should grow to be 14-18kg and should grow to be around 42-46cm at the shoulders.
Aussiedoodles typically have a fluffy woolly coat which does not shed and is generally tolerated by people with allergies. Occasionally, Aussiedoodles will have a straighter, flatter coat which may shed. Those with thicker/curlier coats, generally require professional grooming every six to eight weeks, as well as regular combing and brushing at home. Their ears should be checked and cleaned regularly to prevent build up of dirt and ear infections.
Aussiedoodles are a moderate to high energy breed and require 30-60 minutes of intensive exercise or interactive play each day.
Beagles are one of the most friendly and easy to groom dogs that absolutely love people, and other pets. They're not vicious, and they love a cuddle! But, they are "hard wired" as hunting dogs, and this means they won't be for all family types. If you've ever owned a beagle, you'll either be absolutely enamoured by them, or turned off them for life.
Beagles love people and they love other dogs. They're affectionate, and good inside or outside dogs due to their temperament. They are intelligent, and fantastic around kids of almost any age. It's a hard find finding a dog that will be as loyal and as much of a companion as a beagle.
Beagles are a "hunting dog" by nature, though, and this comes with a very unique personality. This aspect of their breed means that they are very energetic, and can bore easily. Often beagles are known as "mischievous" because they may dig, chew, or break things apart. This is almost entirely a sign of a boredom and that the dogs needs both more exercise, and stimuli in its life. Beagles have a hunting nose, and a much higher sense of smell compared to even other dogs, and once they pick up a scent, they must identify what it is. Beagles are also well-known escape artists, and can squeeze themselves through gaps you wouldn't have thought possible, climb fences, or very easily dig a hole big enough to fit through. These behaviours are often boredom related, though, and so long as they get enough exercise and stimulation from toys or partners, then these behaviours should not be an issue.
These behaviours can be corrected through training the dog, and through engaging them with interactive toys, a decent amount of exercise, and play with other dogs and puppies. Beagles are definitely the kind of dog that would love to go to the beach, to the park, or to run around the block with their owner (even several times!). A lot of practice and training will need to go into ensuring they obey commands while off-leash, though.
Beagles are completely affectionate, and will want to be inside with you. They do have some tendencies to play loudly with howling (they are hounds after all!), and this should be taken into consideration when leaving them outside alone during the day.
Beagles are medium size dog, and can be expected to grow around 35-45cm to the shoulders. Typically, they will grow to around 9-13kg.
Beagles are a shedding breed, so they are not suitable for people with severe allergies. They have a short, flat coat which is very easy to keep clean. Twice weekly brushing is required to remove excess hair and dander. Beagles require occasional baths to stay smelling fresh.
Beagles require a moderate amount of exercise. A walk or 30-60 minutes of play is recommended daily to keep your beagle entertained. They can become mischievous if they have lots of energy and nothing to do.
(Beagle x Cavalier King Charles Spaniel)
The Beaglier is a mix of Beagle and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. These adorable pooches crave human attention and will be stuck to your side most of the day. When they catch their human family relaxing and unwinding, they will no doubt be attached to your hip, forever begging for belly rubs and head pats.
Beagliers don’t often bark at strange noises or strangers coming into the house, which makes them great apartment dwellers. However, you should provide them with plenty of chew toys, as they do often get bored and will go after whatever they see that is chewable (your shoes, for example, are perfect toys to sink their teeth into). Despite being chewers, the Beaglier does wonderfully with children, both younger and older. They are friendly, affectionate and absolute saps when it comes to their favourite humans.These dogs usually take their excellent sniffing abilities from their Beagle parent, so expect them to always follow their nose wherever it should take them.
They are usually a small dog up to about 35cm tall at the shoulder, but taller Beagliers can reach 40cm. Beagliers typically weigh 8 to 12kg.
Beagliers are a shedding breed, so they are not suitable for people with severe allergies. They have a short, flat to slightly wavy coat which is very easy to keep clean. Twice weekly brushing is recommended to remove excess hair and dander. Beagliers require occasional baths to stay smelling fresh.
Beagliers have an energy level that is lower than the Beagle, but will be more active than Cavaliers. Beagliers flourish with plenty of outdoor exercise. One to two walks a day with some playtime (fetch, tug-of-war, etc) in the middle should be sufficient to burn up all that energy in their small bodies. If you find that your Beaglier is being overly destructive of your things or feeling separation anxiety, you may have to increase the amount of outdoor playtime. Doing that should keep them active, healthy and happy.
(Bichon Frise x Poodle)
The Bichoodle/Poochon is an ultra cute cross breed of a Bichon Frise and a Poodle (toy or miniature). Both the Poodle and the Bichon Frise are non shedding, making them the perfect choice for allergy sufferers. These little balls of fluff are sure to melt your heart.
The defining characteristic of the Bichoodle is its spirited and happy temperament. Affectionate, friendly, and loyal, the Bichoodle is spirited and has a pleasing personality. Bichoodles do best in a home with older, considerate children or with children they have been with from puppyhood.
They are suitable for homes with dogs, cats, and other household pets. Bichoodles are suspicious of strangers and will bark to alert their family to visitors or out of the ordinary sounds. Since one of its parents is a Poodle, it may have a tendency to want a significant amount of attention and special treatment.
Bichoodles are the perfect choice for first time dog owners because they are so amenable and people-oriented, loving nothing more than to please and to entertain their families. They are particularly good with slightly older children and older people too although playtime can get a bit boisterous at times. Care should however, be taken when they are around toddlers and very young children.
Toy Bichoodles grow to between 30cm to 35cm at the shoulder as adults, and weigh between 5 and 8kg. Mini Bichoodles grow to between 35cm to 45cm at the shoulder as adults, and weigh between 8 and 10kg.
The amount of grooming required for a Bichoodle will depend on the length of its coat. The Bichoodle requires frequent grooming of their coat with clipping required every six to eight weeks to prevent matting. This keeps the coat short and easier to care for. When Bichoodles have a clipped coat, they require brushing every second or third day while a longer coat needs to be brushed every day.
The Bichoodle is well-suited for city and apartment living. They thrive on family interaction, securely leashed walks, and off-lead play time in a securely fenced yard. They are just as comfortable whether living with an active family or spending time on the couch with the family watching TV.
(Border Collie x Poodle)
Bordoodles, also known as Borderdoodles, are an excellent crossbreed of Border Collies and Poodles. These dogs are highly intelligent, graceful, playful and affectionate, making them the perfect family dog.
A Bordoodle is smart, tolerant, loyal and super affectionate. Because of these desirable traits, Bordoodles make wonderful family dogs and personal companions. Bordoodles love to play games, go on hikes and be part of the family. Bordoodles love kids and get along well with other animals. A Bordoodle doesn't usually bark, except to warn of a stranger on your property. They are usually hypoallergenic and are low to non-shedding.
Bordoodles also excel in agility sports and are super desirable as service dogs due to their high I.Q. and astonishing reasoning ability. Because Bordoodles are so intelligent, they are a pleasure to work with when it comes to training them. They will want to learn, and they will learn quickly. Use a firm but positive tone, and use plenty of praise and rewards while training this enthusiastic pooch. These dogs want to please their owners, so they are more inclined to obey commands with fewer repetitions. This is especially true if you begin training and socializing your dog starting in puppyhood.
Bordoodles are typically a cross between a Standard Poodle and a Border Collie. This means they are a medium dog breed, typically weighing 18-25kg. They stand to about 35 to 55cm at the shoulder when fully grown. Miniature Bordoodles grow to be 12-18kg, 30-40cm at the shoulder.
Bordoodles typically have a fluffy woolly coat which does not shed and is generally tolerated by people with allergies. Occasionally, Bordoodles will have a flatter coat which may shed. Those with thicker/curlier coats, generally require professional grooming every six to eight weeks, as well as regular combing and brushing at home. Flat coat Bordoodles require twice weekly brushing and an occasional trim.
Bordoodles only require moderate amounts of activity, and they can be content with entertaining themselves indoors if you provide them with toys. Scheduling just 30 minutes of activity and exercise for your dog each day will suffice. As Bordoodles are highly intelligent, they require lots of mental stimulation. Provide them with a range of toys and give their food to them in treat dispensers to keep them entertained when you are away.
(Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Labrador)
The Cavador is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. They are an incredibly sweet, friendly, and playful dog – whom still enjoys quality family time up on the lounge if invited. The cross allows for a good medium size dog, that is smaller than the Labrador.
The Cavador is a loyal dog, and excellent with children – they are more sturdy and hardy than the Cavalier – though not as boisterous and overbearing as the Labrador. They enjoy trips to the dog park, and playing ball in the backyard. This is a dog who takes pride in their family, and is happiest by your side when out and about. One of the most friendly social butterflies you will ever meet, this is a dog who will welcome pats and openly greet people when out at the dog beach or the kids sport games.
Cavadors are calmer a than a pure Labrador and seem to mature quicker. As they mature, they are taller than the Cavalier, with more athletic potential – though still maintaining the sweet and gentle nature of the Spaniel.Cavadors are less food driven than Labradors, so they are less likely to become obese and less demanding in terms of physical activity and exercise.
A relatively quiet dog, not yappy or neurotic. This cross breed will release a deep bark when required, or when there are strangers about the home. They will make a good watch dog in this regard, though they are not aggressive or guard dog material. The Cavador has great potential, and will get on well with other dogs, cats and animals if properly introduced. Cavadors can cohabitate well both indoors/outdoors – as long as a dog door is fitted to allow access to outdoor courtyards for play and toilet breaks.
Cavadors are a medium sized dog, approximately 15-25kg and 40-50cm tall to the shoulder when fully grown.
The Cavador coat usually is more like the Labradors than the Cavaliers - the most commonly occurring coat type is often short, silky and smooth. It is expected that the Cavador will shed some hair – though not as much as a Labrador – and will not matt or require clipping like the Cavalier. A monthly bath, and weekly brush (depending on the season) will reduce shedding and maintain a healthy coat.
The Cavador is an active dog that loves regular exercise, but not at the same level as a Labrador. Daily walking is not a necessity, as 20-40 minutes of play will suffice.
(Cavalier King Charles Spaniel)
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, often called Cavalier for short, is a loyal, affectionate, low energy and devoted little dog. They want nothing more in life than to be with their people, whether it's on the couch on out on an adventure. They’re super adaptable, perfect for first time dog owners, families with young kids and elderly people.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a beautiful small dog that undoubtedly is a contender for the title of "top tail-wagger." In fact, among the characteristics that Cavalier breeders strive to attain is a tail in constant motion when this breed is moving.
If the characteristic wagging of the Cavalier's plumy tail doesn't melt your heart, surely their large, dark round eyes will. Warm and lustrous, with a sweet expression, they hold the power to extract constant petting and unlimited supplies of food from people under their spell. Not surprisingly, this breed can easily become fat, so be strong and offer a walk or playtime instead of the snacks your Cavalier is angling for.
Cavaliers pad through the house on slippered paws, always following in the footsteps of their people. With a Cavalier in residence, you'll never be alone — not even in the bathroom. Because they're so attached to their people, they do best when someone is at home during the day to keep them company. Cavaliers have a dependent personality. They love to be with people and shouldn't be left alone for long periods of time. These dogs should be inside dogs, living as part of the family. They are a housedog and will never thrive in an environment where they're relegated to the backyard or otherwise ignored.
When it comes to training, Cavaliers are generally intelligent and willing to try whatever it is you'd like them to do. Food rewards and positive reinforcement help ensure that training goes smoothly. Cavaliers have a soft personality, so yelling at them is counterproductive and likely to send these sweeties into the sulks or into hiding. Instead, reward them every time you see them doing something you like, whether it's chewing on a toy instead of your Prada pumps or not barking in response when the dog next door barks. They'll fall all over themselves to find more things that you like.
Cavaliers are a small to medium dog breed, growing to a height of 30-33cm at the shoulder and a weight of 4 to 8kg.
Cavaliers are average shedders. They don't need any special trimming or clippering. The feathered hair on the ears and legs is prone to tangling, so check those areas frequently for mats that need to be gently combed out. Trim the hair between the pads on the feet and clean your Cavalier's ears regularly.
Their size and generally quiet nature make Cavalier King Charles Spaniels good candidates for apartment or condo living. They are moderately active indoors, and a small yard is adequate for their exercise needs.
Walks on leash or a securely fenced yard are musts with this breed. They have no street smarts and will run right in front of a car if they catch sight of a bird or other interesting prey. Your Cavalier will enjoy a daily walk or romp in the yard and will tailor his activity level to your own. Because he's a rather short-nosed breed, avoid walking him during the heat of the day and never leave him out in a hot yard without access to shade or cool, fresh water.
(Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Poodle)
Cavoodles are a popular breed in Australia, being one of the top selling dogs in Australia 2014-2015. Once you meet one, you'll know why! In part their docile and loving temperament from the Cavalier mixed with a Poodle's intelligence, pride and coat make a cute pet that fits perfectly with almost any family.
The breed takes a lot of its personality from the Cavalier and is highly affectionate, playful, extremely patient and eager to please. They're great with kids, other dogs, and cats or other animals. Cavoodles are not shy about socialising but the Poodle in them may prefer to be the "number one" dog in your life. They will adapt quickly to almost any environment, family, and location and suit city or country life.
Any dog with Poodle in them are going to be smart, curious dogs that require a lot of attention but also enjoy simply cuddling up on a cushion or lap, making them excellent companion or lap dogs for medical patients and the elderly, kids or any other family.
Cavoodles will be fantastic around any other pets or people, with the only thing to keep in mind is that Toy Cavoodles, being so small, need to be around children who have been taught how to handle such delicately small dogs.
The size of your Cavoodle will depend on the size of Poodle it is mixed with. Most Cavoodles are mixed with a Toy or Miniature Poodle. Toy Cavoodles will grow, on average, between 28cm to 35cm at the shoulder as adults, weighing between 6 to 8kg. Mini Cavoodles will grow, on average, between 33cm to 45cm at the shoulder as adults, weighing between 8-11kg.
A Cavoodle's coat will be similar to a Poodle- not quite as curly but still a no-to-low-shed, meaning it will need regular bathing, brushing, and clipping.
Cavoodles are a low energy breed, requiring minimal exercise. They will generally sleep when no one is home, but love to play and snuggle with their humans when they are around. Cavoodles enjoy an occasional walk, but walking is not necessary.
Chihuahuas are renowned for being the world's smallest dog, but they may well have the world's biggest personality stashed inside that tiny body. That larger-than-life persona makes them appealing to many.
Fun loving and busy, Chihuahuas like nothing better than to be close to their people. They follow them everywhere in the house and ride along in tote bags when their people run errands or go shopping. It's not unusual for Chihuahuas to form a close bond with a single person, and they can become very demanding if they're overindulged. Besides being affectionate housemates, Chihuahuas are intelligent and fast learners, though they aren’t as food motivated as some other breeds, so positive reinforcement may need to be in the form of affection or toys. Chihuahuas won't respond to harsh treatment.
It's important when considering the Chihuahua to take into account their small size. Chihuahuas are curious and bold explorers. They've escaped from yards through small gaps in the fence and can squeeze into places that other puppies and dogs wouldn't be able to fit. And even though they tend to rule the roost, they can be accidentally injured by rambunctious larger dogs. Chihuahuas are not recommended for homes with children under the age of eight, simply because of the chance of injury by a young child. Regardless of your family situation, it's important to remember to socialize your Chihuahua to children, adults, and other animals. Chihuahuas can be wary of strangers, which makes them good watchdogs, but they need to learn to meet people in a friendly manner.He's sensitive and thrives on affection and companionship. Chihuahuas often bond to a single person, although they're usually willing to make friends with new people if properly introduced. Expect them to be a little reserved at first, though. Chihuahuas can be timid if they're not properly socialized as puppies.
It's also important to remember that Chihuahuas tend to forget they are small and will stand up to a larger aggressive dog; as a result the Chihuahua needs vigilant supervision in new situations, while they're on walks, and when they're in the yard. The Chihuahua's personality and unique size make him a wonderful go-everywhere companion. People who live with Chihuahuas become devoted to them, and many say that once you share your life with one, there will be no other dog breed for you.
Chihuahuas are the smallest dog breed in the world, weighing 1-3kg when fully grown and standing to a height of 15-23cm at the shoulders.
Chihuahuas come in two different coat types: long haired and short haired. Both of the coat types are easy to maintain, but the long haired Chihuahua may need a trim around their feet, eyes and rear to keep them clean and happy. Grooming Chihuahuas takes only a few minutes each week. Brush them weekly with a slicker or pin brush and use a comb to remove any matts and tangles. Chihuahuas shed small amounts year round and may shed somewhat more heavily in the spring and autumn. The longhaired Chihuahua's undercoat may come out in little clumps. Regular brushing will help keep shedding under control. With regular brushing, a Chihuahua shouldn't need a bath more than every month or two.
Despite their small stature and the temptation to carry them around, the Chihuahua has a lot of energy. They should be taken on a daily walk and allowed to roam in an enclosed indoor or outdoor space. If their exercise needs are not satisfied, the dog may become anxious, neurotic, and develop a number of other behavioural problems.
(Chihuahua x Toy Poodle)
The Choodle, or Chipoo, is an adorable cross between a Chihuahua and a Toy Poodle. These little dogs have lots of personality and affection to go around. They make a great pet for older couples and families looking for a low maintenance, low energy dog.
Both the Toy Poodle and the Chihuahua have big personalities and this is certainly true for Choodles too. These little dogs are very affectionate and can be demanding of attention. Due to their small size and people-oriented nature, these dogs do not do well sleeping outdoors and should primarily be an indoor dog. Choodles love to play and be around their families, but are also happy to sleep when left alone. Choodles are delicate dogs, so they are not recommended for families with small children, as sometimes kids can be a little too rough for their liking. Choodles can suffer from ‘small dog syndrome’ if they’re not socialised when they’re puppies. Choodle owners should take their pup along to puppy preschool, train them using positive reinforcement and take them on regular outings to socialise them. They are very intelligent dogs, picking up on training quickly, however can be fussy with their food so they may refuse to do something if the reward isn’t good enough. When training a Choodle, owners should use small pieces of high value treats (i.e. roast chicken).
Choodles should grow to be approximately 18-22cm at the shoulders and should weigh between 2-4kg.
Like all Poodle cross breeds, the Choodle’s grooming requirements depend on the coat type. Choodles can have wiry, wavy, straight or curly coats. Choodles with wavy and curly coat are non-shedding, and require semi-regular clipping to keep them tidy. Choodles with straight and wiry coats may be light shedders and should not require as frequent grooming. Choodles should be brushed weekly with a slicker brush, and a comb should be used to remove any knots, seeds and prickles. They should be bathed when required with a sensitive shampoo and conditioner.
The Choodle is a low to moderate energy dog, but due to their small stature, these little dogs tire themselves out quite quickly. A short walk or a few play sessions a day will keep them healthy and happy.
Cocker Spaniels are a well known, well loved breed that are great in almost any family situation. They're famous for their gorgeous shiny, wavy hair and their affectionate personality.
Cocker spaniels, like most Spaniels, are easily trainable and well behaved. They aren't big barkers, aren't overly mischievous, and can be entertained easily. On the other hand, these are intelligent dogs that do require stimulation, and some regular exercise to stop them from becoming overweight or bored.
Cockers are highly affectionate dogs, and love nothing more than following their family around and being close to them. This affection, though, can also be hard to manage at times if you're a single person living alone, and not home very often. The Cocker Spaniel absolutely loves being around people and other dogs.
Cocker Spaniels are adaptable dogs which can be kept inside or outside. They are excellent companions inside the house but do drop hair. Although not noted for being ‘diggers’, some may become accomplished escape artists while individual dogs are known to climb fences!
Cocker Spaniels generally love water, so a good swim every now and then isn't out of the question. They do like to be kept entertained, and regular exercise is a great way to do this. While at home, though, they're happy to be lazy dogs and a big house or big backyard isn't necessarily required.
Cocker Spaniels are excellent with families and older people. They are adaptable and robust enough to cope with treatment dished out by children.
These are medium to small dogs that generally grow to around 30-45cm tall at the chest, and end up weighing between 12-14kg. Both males and females tend to grow to around the same size, with their characteristic dome head shape and short, long body.
Cocker Spaniels are low shedding dogs, and require regular brushing to keep their long fur from tangling and matting. Many owners choose to clip their Cocker Spaniel's fur short to reduce grooming requirements. Owners should check their dog's paws regularly for grass seeds.
Cocker Spaniels are a low-energy breed, requiring minimal exercise. They will generally sleep when no one is home, but love to play and snuggle with their humans when they are around. Cocker Spaniels enjoy a walks, but daily walking is not necessary if playtime is sufficient. Cocker Spaniels are very food driven, and do have the tendency to become overweight. Owners should monitor their dogs weight regularly and ensure they're getting enough exercise to stay healthy.
The Dachshund, known affectionately as the “Sausage Dog” due to their short legs and long bodies, are lively little dogs with a playful, demanding and confident personality. What these dogs lack in legs they make up for in personality.
The Dachshund is described as clever, lively, and courageous to the point of rashness. They were originally bred to hunt badgers, and due to this they’re known for their perseverance, which is another way of saying that they can be stubborn. Dachshunds have a reputation for being entertaining and fearless, but what they want most is to cuddle with their people. For many Dachshund people, this characteristic outweighs having to deal with the breed's insistence on having his own way. Dachshunds are strong willed and clever, so early socialisation and positive reinforcement training is a must. Many people recommend crate training to help their puppy settle at night and to aid the process of toilet training, as these dogs are known for their difficulty to house train. With early and persistent training, Dachshunds become a wonderful family pet, who always want to be with their family and will delight all with their charming personality.
The Dachshund personality can also vary with coat type. Because the wirehaired Dachshunds have terrier in their background, they can be mischievous troublemakers. Longhairs are calm and quiet, and Smooths have a personality that lies somewhere in between.
They're not suited to living outdoors or in a kennel but should live in the home. Dachshunds can injure their backs jumping on and off furniture, so get a ramp or steps and teach them to use it if they want up on the sofa or bed. When you hold a Dachshund, always be careful to support his rear and his chest. Because they are more fragile than some breeds, they are not recommended for families with young children as they may be injured accidentally.
Dachshunds are bred and shown in two sizes: Standard and Miniature. The Miniature Dachshund weighs about 5.0kgs at the age of 12 months and they stand at about 13 to 18 cms. The Standard Dachshund weighs about 10-15 kgs when fully grown, and they stand at about 25 to 28 cms.
The Dachshund comes in three coat types - long haired, wire haired and short haired. Dachshunds are a low-maintenance breed. They shed, but not excessively. Unless they've rolled in something that smells bad, they generally don't need to be bathed often and are free of doggie odour. Smooths can be wiped with a damp cloth between baths to keep them clean. If you live in a location that is cold in the winter, your Smooth Dachshund may need a sweater when he goes outside.
Wire-haired Dachshunds require regular brushing, and they'll need to have their coats "stripped" two to three times a year to look their best. Ask the breeder from whom you got your Wire-haired Dachshund or your groomer to show you how to do this.
Longhaired Dachshunds must be brushed regularly to prevent mats from forming. They need to be bathed more often than the Smooth Dachshund, and you must blow-dry them afterward for their coat to look good.
Although they’re small, Dachshunds have a lot of stamina and energy. They love to take a walk or play outdoors with other dogs, and they like to hunt and dig. They are also active inside the house and can do well in small living quarters so long as they get a moderate amount of daily exercise. Two 10 minute walks daily is optimal. Occasionally, when time is short, a game of fetch will meet their need for activity.
(Fox Terrier x Jack Russell)
Foxy Russells are a super cute combination of Jack Russells and Fox Terriers. The Foxy Russell is a small cross breed known for being friendly, intelligent, lively, loving, loyal, protective, social, and sometimes territorial.
Foxy Russell's are a playful dog with a moderate exercise level, but with their size this becomes relatively easy. They're great with kids and other dogs, however with smaller animals such as mice, guinea pigs, or rabbits there may be some issues.
These are very much "home" dogs that love to be within their family, whether that's 1 or more people, and are protective of their homes. They are "alert" dogs and will let you know when someone is nearby the house, but not aggressive enough to be guard dogs.
While these dogs aren't known for their intelligence, don't confuse their slow uptake at training to stupidity. This breed is well known for their stubbornness, and they may be more testing your training skills than unable to interpret what you're saying. These dogs will be cunning when it comes to getting their way, and firm training will help speed their positive behaviour.
Great with other dogs around their size or slightly larger / smaller, they may take a while to warm up to much larger dogs. They would be fine with younger or older children, and because if their moderate energy requirements would be great with a family with a backyard, or who love the park and beach.
These are a miniature dog and only grow to around 1.8-4kg in weight and between 17-27cm tall.
As a short-hair dog they won't require clipping or too much grooming, but a regular brush and bath will help keep them clean and stop them from shedding around the house.
You'll definitely want to exercise these guys every other day, if not daily, to ensure they aren't bored or being too lethargic at home.
Fox Terrier (Miniature)
Miniature Fox Terrier, or “Mini Foxies”, are small, curious, intelligent and lively dogs, originally bred to hunt vermin. These little dogs are excellent companions, and are a great alternative to a Jack Russell Terrier.
Mini Foxies are curious, playful, intelligent, loyal and affectionate dogs, with a similar temperament to a Jack Russell Terrier, but with a lower exercise requirement. Like most terriers, Foxies have a tendency to bark, and will alert you when someone or something is around. Make sure you keep them busy with a few different toys so they don’t get too bored and spend their time barking. Mini Foxies do well as indoor or outdoor dogs. If they are outside, ensure they have shelter from the elements, and provide a coat in cold conditions.
Foxies are intelligent but aren't always the fastest to train. This breed is well known for their stubbornness, and they may be more testing your training skills than unable to interpret what you're saying. These dogs will be cunning when it comes to getting their way, and firm training will help speed their positive behaviour.
Great with other dogs around their size or slightly larger / smaller, they may take a while to warm up to much larger dogs. They would be fine with younger or older children, and because of their moderate energy requirements would be great with a family with a backyard, or who love the park and beach.
These dogs grow to be between 3.5kg and 5.5kg and stand around 24cm to 30cm at the shoulders.
As a short-hair dog they don’t require clipping or too much grooming, but a regular brushing and bathing will help keep them clean and stop them from shedding around the house. Their nails may also need to be trimmed semi regularly, depending on how active they are. If you can hear your Mini Foxie’s nails clicking on the floor, it’s likely time to trim them back.
Although they are little, Mini Foxies are energetic and playful. These dogs need a short walk daily or few play sessions day to keep them entertained.
Golden Retrievers are famous for their friendly and gentle temperament, which has led them to become the fifth-most popular dog in Australia and third in the USA. They are known for being loveable and charming dogs who love to please their owners and will always greet them with a wagging tail.
Golden Retrievers are one of the finest family dogs in the world: cheerful, demonstrative, trustworthy with everyone, and forgiving of any mistakes made by inexperienced owners. They are good with children, loyal, docile, and are extremely rarely aggressive.Over the years, Golden Retrievers have been bred to make excellent companions to owners as retrievers in hunting expeditions, as service dogs for people with sight or physical disabilities, or as sniffer dogs working with the narcotics or search and rescue divisions in police departments. As a result, Golden Retrievers need to closely interact with their owners and be regularly included in family activities, they need to live indoors with their human "pack," and shouldn't spend hours alone in the backyard, otherwise they may become destructive. Golden Retrievers are highly trusting of all people, including strangers, so they do not make good guard dogs.
The Golden Retriever remains enthusiastically puppy-like for many years, so early obedience training is required to instill calmness and good manners. Eager to please and wonderfully responsive, he is nonetheless distracted by exciting sights and sounds, so you must be both patient and persistent. Golden Retrievers are frequently listed in the top 5 smartest dogs, meaning they are quick to learn and extremely responsive to training.
Healthy male Golden Retrievers weigh between 29 and 34 kg on average and stand at about 58 – 61 cm tall. Females weigh in at 27 – 32 kg and stand at 55 – 57 cm tall.
Golden Retrievers shed moderately in the winter and summer, and heavily in the spring and fall. If you live with a Golden, you'll need to adapt to a certain amount of dog hair in your house and on your clothes. The breed has a double coat; a thicker, water-repellent top coat and a soft undercoat to keep the dog cool in warmer months and warm in cooler months. As Golden Retrievers tend to shed quite a lot, it is recommended that owners spend 5 minutes a day brushing the dog and bathing it once a month.
As they are large dogs, Golden Retrievers require at least two hours of physical activity a day – if they do not get enough exercise, they can become destructive and highly-strung. Whilst they like to play, they are incredibly smart and highly trainable dogs. Favourites at dog shows and sporting competitions. Golden Retrievers are active dogs who need 40-60 minutes of hard exercise daily. They thrive on obedience training, agility classes, and other canine activities, which are a great way to give your dog physical and mental exercise.
(Golden Retriever x Poodle)
Groodles are a great mix of Golden Retriever and Poodle. Depending on the size of Groodle, this may be with a Toy, Miniature, Medium, or Standard Poodle. See further on for more details about the size and behaviour differences. Groodles are a much loved dog because of their docile nature, and their low- to no- shedding coats. They were originally bred as a low shedding assistance dog, and still carry the intelligence of the Poodle, with the kind nature of the Retriever.
The Groodle is an intelligent dog that adores human companionship and is suitable for homes with a small to large yard. They will appreciate regular exercise but will benefit from a walk, especially Groodles living in apartments or homes with small yards. As pups, Groodles tend to spend their time alternating between being active or lazily laying about the house and as they get older more of their time is spent sleeping. Groodles are just as comfortable whether living with an active family surrounded by kids or spending time on the couch with an older family watching TV.
The most distinctive characteristic of Groodles are their temperaments as they are non-aggressive dogs who are friendly with both other animals and are quite tolerant of children rough play.
Groodles of all sizes are well suited to almost any family home. They are just as happy running around and rough-and-tumble life of a young, big family, or the slow paced and quiet life of an older couple. So long as the family has time for love and attention, these dogs will fit right in. Standard Groodles would be happy indoor or outdoor dogs, however indoor would be most suited.
Standard Groodles grow between 30-35kg, and up to approximately 60cm in height. This is comparative to the size of a full Golden Retriever, sometimes slightly taller as the standard poodle may have slightly longer legs.
Groodles will shed if they have a coat that is closer to the golden retriever. Those with a fluffy woolly coat usually do not shed and are often tolerated by allergic people. Those with thicker/curlier coats, generally require professional grooming, as well as regular combing and brushing at home. Groodles should be taken to a groomer about every six weeks for a clip of your choice.
Groodles require a moderate amount of exercise. A walk or 30-60 minutes of play is recommended daily to keep your Groodle entertained. As Groodles are very smart dogs they require exercise/play and mental stimulation, so it is important to keep them busy.
The Jack Russell is a small and spirited domesticated dog of the terrier family. Compact, muscular and very energetic, Jack Russells are known as the small dog with the big attitude. These little dogs are bundles of energy, perfect for an active family.
Jack Russells have a great reputation for being healthy, happy and adventurous little dogs. They are known to generally live to a good age and rarely come down with serious illnesses during their lives.
Like many hunting breeds the Jack Russell a very enthusiastic, energetic, loyal and loving little dog. They can be quite stubborn when not trained well and they are absolutely fearless in a confrontation with other animals, human beings and motor vehicles.
The Jack Russell Terrier is highly trainable, but they have a mind of their own and won't stand for boredom. If you don't keep them entertained, they’ll find their own amusements, and you probably won't be happy with the results. If you want a dog who can learn tricks, run an agility or flyball course in seconds flat, play fetch until you drop, and who will make a charming companion when he's not getting into mischief, the Jack Russell may be the dog for you.
Jack Russells can be susceptible to what is commonly known as ‘small dog syndrome’. This refers to behavioural issues that often arise if the dog believes that it is at the top of the pecking order. Early socialisation and positive reinforcement training are a must.
Jack Russells are extremely energetic and require a great deal of physical and mental stimulation. While they do enjoy living indoors, a backyard with a secure fence is best for the breed.
Jack Russells are very loving and loyal animals and can be great companions for children. Small kids should be closely supervised, however, as the breed will not tolerate any disrespect, annoyance or pain. Bites and yapping can occur if the child pulls the dog’s hair or yanks on its tail for example.
The average Jack Russell Terrier measures between 25 to 38cm and should weigh between 6 to 8kgs.
Jack Russell Terriers only require weekly brushing to remove dead and loose hair, making them super easy to groom. Occasional baths are recommended to keep your pup smelling fresh.
Give your Jack Russell Terrier 30 to 45 minutes of vigorous exercise daily, as well as plenty of off-leash play in the yard to keep him tired and out of trouble. Daily walking is recommended. If you’re not in the position to thoroughly exercise your Jack Russell at least once or twice a day, it may not be the breed for you. Bred primarily for ‘bolting’ foxes hundreds of years ago, the Jack Russell requires a great deal of both physical and mental stimulation as well as human interaction to remain healthy and happy. It is a sure sign that a Jack Russell isn’t feeling stimulated when they begin destroying property or demonstrate other forms bad behaviour.
(Labrador x Poodle)
Like the Groodles, Labradoodles can vary greatly based on the size of the Poodle they are crossed with, the generation they are, and whether they take more from the Labrador or the Poodle. Labradoodles are a much loved dog because of their docile nature, and their low- to no- shedding coats.They do take on after the Labrador somewhat, and so may retain some of their "forever puppy" attitude in comparison to the Groodle, which is slightly more docile and easy natured.
The Labradoodle is an intelligent dog that adores human companionship and is suitable for homes with a small to large yard. They will appreciate regular exercise but will benefit from a walk, especially Labradoodles living in apartments or homes with small yards. As pups, Labradoodles tend to spend their time alternating between being a highly active or somewhat lazy dog, lazing about the house and as they get older more of their time is spent sleeping. Labradoodles are just as comfortable whether living with an active family surrounded by kids or spending time on the couch with an older family watching TV.
Labradoodles of all sizes are well suited to almost any family home. They are just as happy running around and rough-and-tumble life of a young, big family, or the slow paced and quiet life of an older couple. So long as the family has time for love and attention, these dogs will fit right in. Standard Labradoodles would be happy indoor or outdoor dogs, however indoor would be most suited, especially for the smaller of the breeds (like Miniatures).
Standard Labradoodles grow between 20-30kg, and up to approximately 60cm in height. This is comparative to the size of a full Labdrador, sometimes slightly taller as the standard poodle may have slightly longer legs.
Labradoodles will shed if they have a coat that is closer to the labrador. Those with a curly coat usually do not shed and are often tolerated by allergic people. Those with curlier coats, generally require professional grooming, as well as regular combing and brushing at home. Labradoodles should be taken to a groomer about every six to eight weeks for a clip of your choice.
Labradoodles require a moderate amount of exercise. A walk or 30-60 minutes of play is recommended daily to keep your Labradoodle entertained.
The Labrador Retriever (known simply as the Labrador) is the most popular breed of dog in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, the USA and Canada, and it’s easy to understand why. Labs are affectionate, goofy, loyal and playful. Their happy-go-lucky temperament makes them the perfect family companion.
Labradors are famous for their loyalty, affection and patience, which make them great family dogs. They love to play and swim and are excellent with children and other dogs. Labradors are known for their enthusiasm and puppy-like energy, and this generally lasts til the age of 3.
They love to have a strong, assertive pack leader and need to feel like they are part of the family. They are very intelligent and trainable, and should be trained and socialised from a young age to ensure they do not become destructive. They are usually not very noisy dogs, but will occasionally bark at noise from unseen sources.They are widely regarded as being one of the smartest breeds of dog. As they are very food driven, positive reinforcement training is extremely effective.
They are friendly, good-natured dogs who are affectionate with everyone. They are adaptable dogs and are naturally social animals. They bond well with children, being patient and forgiving. Other household animals are not at risk. They are extremely loyal and love to be included in all aspects of family life.
English-type Labradors are generally very calm and laid back, but American-type Labradors can become highly-strung if they do not receive adequate amounts of exercise.
A Labrador Retriever is a medium- to large-sized breed, weighing between 30 and 35kgs, with a height between 54 and 57cms. English Labradors are generally shorter and stockier than American Labradors.
Lab’s have a “Double-Coat”, meaning they have two layers of fur: a top coat that is slightly more “wiry” and abrasive. Underneath you'll find the undercoat, a softer and lighter layer. Combined these layers are used to regulate body temperature, protect from harmful UV rays, repel water, and protect their skin.
Labradors are a high shedding breed, so they are not suitable for people with allergies. Twice weekly brushing is required to remove excess hair and dander. Dog brush vacuum attachments are also used by some groomers to remove excess fur. Labradors require occasional baths to stay smelling fresh.
Labrador Retrievers love, love, love to eat, and become obese very quickly if overfed. Limit treats, give your Lab plenty of exercise, and measure out regular meals rather than leaving food out all the time. They need at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day. Without it, they can vent their pent-up energy in destructive ways, such as barking and chewing, and be more prone to obesity.
Maltese Shih Tzu
(Maltese x Shih Tzu)
Maltese Shih Tzu are the cute little mix of a Maltese and the Shih Tzu. These little balls of fluff are perfect little companion pets, especially for small families, young couples, or older people.
This is a clever little dog that learns quickly and can understand commands and complete tasks and tricks with ease. The Maltese Shih Tzu is an affectionate dog that likes nothing more than being close to its owners. Because of this strong attachment to its owner, it makes a great dog for someone with a lot of time to give in terms of love, but doesn't like being away from its owners for long.
These dogs are outgoing and warm to most people which is why they do not make good watchdogs as they are more likely to start licking a stranger rather than bark at it. They're not usually shy, and are very curious. This dog is eager to learn and will often go above and beyond to please its family.
Due to their small size and loving nature, these dogs are definitely indoor types. They love a run around, but need very little exercise to remain happy. Running around a large room or apartment would suffice, but a regular short walk in the sun would be most suited.
These dogs are small and they are generally 20-30min height and weigh approximately 2.7-6kg when a full adult. The females can sometimes be on the smaller side of the scale.
Maltese Shih Tzus are a low shedding breed. They require regular brushing to keep their long fur from tangling, and semi regular bathing to keep them smelling fresh. Clipping is optional but recommended for easy coat care.
Maltese Shih Tzus are a low energy dog breed. A short daily walk or 20-30 minutes of play daily is recommended. Dogs with a flatter face should not be over exerted on hot or humid days.
(Maltese x Poodle)
This super cute little dog is a great cross of the Maltese and a Poodle. It has a very affectionate personality with the intelligence and the low allergy low maintenance coat of a poodle.
The Moodle is a lively and very affectionate companion. They enjoy being part of the family unit and love to participate in the activities of the day. They can adapt to living in a small home or apartment as long as they receive adequate daily exercise.
Moodles can be good guard dogs as they may bark when visitors arrive, however are not aggressive. Moodles can be prone to Separation Anxiety so early socialisation and routine is a must.
The Moodle is affectionate, loyal, and loving. They do best in homes with older, considerate children but can fit into homes with kids of any age. Moodles generally do well with dogs, cats, and other household pets, but should be socialised with other pets from a young age. Since one of its parents is a Poodle, it may have a tendency to be very affectionate, and demand that affection be returned.
Moodles are generally crossed with Toy or Miniature Poodles, so the size and weight can vary. 3-8kg and 25- 30cm with Toys being the smaller and Miniatures being the larger.
The Moodle has a low-shedding, low-dander coat with a fluffy, soft, wool-like texture. Moodles needs regular brushingto keep their coat clean and free of mats. Many Moodles need to be clipped to keep them tidy and cool. Generally a Moodle only needs clipping once or twice a year, but their head and feet may need a monthly trim.
Expect to bathe a Moodle at least once a month to keep the coat soft and clean. Trim the hair around the eyes to keep it looking neat. Ears should also be kept clean since they'll trap dirt, debris, and moisture.
Give your Moodle 10 to 15 minutes of exercise each day. A short walk, play sessions in a fenced yard, or a good game of fetch down a hallway will do the trick.
The word Papillon, meaning "butterfly," refers to the breed's fringed upright ears, which resemble a butterfly's outspread wings. The breed also comes in a drop-eared variety called the Phalene, which means "moth," a cousin of the butterfly that folds its wings at rest. Both varieties of these playful little pups can be born in the same litter.
Papillons are highly intelligent dogs who love to please their owners. They are easy to train and it is easily motivated to follow commands using food as a reward. This dog also has plenty of energy so it’s perfect for a family home. They're a great dog for first time dog owners and loves nothing more than to snuggle up on their owners lap for a quiet nap.
It’s a good idea to socialise the dog when it is a puppy to ensure that it’s comfortable and relaxed around other dogs and people. They do have a tendency to bark, so make sure you keep them busy with a few different toys.
Papillons are a small dog breed, growing between 3.5-5.5kg as adults.
The Papillon’s coat isn't prone to matting but should be combed and brushed once or twice a week to distribute the natural skin oils and keep the hair and skin healthy. This will also remove loose fur to minimise the amount of shedding that occurs. The Papillon doesn't have a doggie odour, so bathe them only as needed. Trim nails two or three times a month or as needed.
Although they are small, they are active. They will enjoy having a yard that they can run in wild, fast circles. If that's not available, however, they'll make do with tearing through your house and jumping on and off the furniture. Adults need a 20 to 30 minute walk daily or several playtimes per day.
(Pomeranian x Poodle)
The Pomapoo is a super cute, affectionate and intelligent crossbreed of a Pomeranian and a Poodle (Toy or Miniature). These little dogs make excellent companions for older couples, people with busy schedules, and people minimal outdoor space as they are easy to care for and have low exercise requirements.
Like many crossbreeds, there is a range in personality between the two parent breeds. Pomapoo’s temperaments range from the outgoing friendliness of the Poodle to the more reserved nature of the Pomeranian. Regardless of the genetic mixture, all Pomapoos have a social, caring, intelligent, alert and agile temperament, and are good with older kids. These dogs may be hurt easily due to their tiny size, so people with small children should think twice before getting one. Pomapoos are not toys and can be hurt if mishandled by a young child.
Pomapoos are companion dogs. They love their people and need to live in the house, never outdoors. Hence, if you are the type of person who is always out and you live alone, then it is best that you find another breed to have as a pet. For the most part though, these little dogs are smart, loving and affectionate. They’re usually a little wary of new people though, but when they adjust, they love to receive lots of love and attention. In fact, if you leave them alone for too long, they tend to experience separation anxiety. With early training, this can be minimised or alleviated. The Pomapoo will want to remain on your lap with you no matter how much you try to coax them to go outside. If you have a pool though, it might be hard to stop this excitable pup from running outside every chance it gets, as these little dogs love water.
The Pomapoo is generally a cross between a Toy Poodle and a Pomeranian, but can also be a cross between a Miniature Poodle and a Pomeranian. A Toy Pomapoo will grow to approximately 22cm at the shoulders and a Miniature Pomapoo will grow to approximately 24-26cm at the shoulders. A Toy Pomapoo will weigh around 2-5kg and a Miniature Pomapoo will weight around 5-8kg.
Pomapoos may a straight coat like a Pomeranian or a curly coat like a Poodle. Each coat type requires semi regular brushing. Their coats do best with professional grooming every four to six weeks and you will want to brush them regularly to avoid matting of their fur. Fortnightly to monthly bathing with keep them smelling fresh. It is also recommended that their teeth are brushed regularly and they are given plenty of dental chews and toys, as they are more prone to gum disease than some other breeds.
Pomapoos are a relatively low activity cross breed, so it isn’t necessary to take them to a dog park for a run every day. In fact, this is one of the poodle mixes that adapt well to your lifestyle and activity level. A walk and some play outside is all she will need to stay happy and healthy. Due to their small size and exercise needs, Pomapoos are ideal for smaller houses, condos, or even apartments. They will forever seem grateful for any toy you buy them and they don’t necessarily need a garden to play in.
The Poodle is an instantly recognisable breed which comes in three sizes: Toy, Miniature and Standard. These dogs are highly intelligent, loving and loyal. These dogs are super responsive to training, making them an excellent companion. Their non-shedding quality makes them a good choice for people who have allergies.
Poodles are very joyful, playful and highly intelligent dogs. They require a great deal of both physical and mental stimulation, paired with an owner who won’t allow any misbehaviour, and is willing to put the time and effort into training their dog. Training from an early age is the best way to avoid behavioural issues down the track. Poodles will tend to get bored easily and their lack of interest can manifest in bouts of misbehaviour.
An outstanding trait of the Poodle is his intelligence. He is often said to have human-like intelligence, an amazing cleverness that astounds his owners. Of course, smart dogs can be difficult to live with. They learn fast — good habits and bad — and they remember everything. Standard Poodles are often listed as being much more intelligent than their Toy and Miniature counterparts (they’re still extremely intelligent though!)
A good Poodle who's been taught canine manners has a calm disposition, especially if he gets regular exercise to burn off his natural energy. Some owners and breeders think the smaller Toy and Miniature Poodles are a bit more high-strung than the Standard; however, other breeders and owners disagree with this theory.
>The Poodle is also known for what his fans call "an air of distinction": a dignified attitude that's hard to describe, but easy to spot in the dog. Despite his regal appearance, the Poodle has a goofy streak and loves to play — he's always up for a game of any kind. He's also very fond of people and eager to please. Combine that with his legendary intelligence, and you've got a dog that's highly trainable.
The Poodle is protective of his home and family, and if strangers approach your house, he'll sound a warning bark to let you know. And although he's affectionate with his family, he may take a while to warm up to new people.
Poodles love their people and should primarily be inside dogs, as they love to be park of the family. Keeping them inside also helps keep their signature coat clean and matt free.
Toy Poodles generally measure between 24 and 28cm and a healthy example should weigh between 3 to 4kgs. Both female and male Miniature Poodles grow to between 28 cm and 38 cm tall. Miniature Poodles tend to weigh no more than 14 kg. The Standard Poodle grows to 45-60cm at the withers and weighs in between 20.5 to 32kgs.
Poodles in general are hypoallergenic so they are recommended for people who have allergies. Many people are buy poodles as they are attracted by their non shedding quality, but aren’t aware of the work required to maintain a Poodle’s coat. A Poodle’s hair doesn’t stop growing, so you’ll need to learn how to give them a haircut. Poodles are easily stressed and poor grooming has often resulted in nervous animals and skin irritations. Be sure to use only recommended shampoos as well. Their coat needs to be clipped about every 6 to 8 weeks as well as regular brushing in between clips.
Poodles have a moderate energy level, and must be kept mentally and physically occupied or they may become destructive due to boredom and uncurbed energy. Standard Poodles require the most stimulation, with a recommendation of 30-60 minutes of daily exercise, spread across two sessions. They should also be provided interactive toys if they are to be left alone for long periods of time. Miniature and Toy Poodles have a lower exercise requirement, but will benefit greatly from 20-40 minutes of exercise and stimulation daily.
(Pug x Beagle)
These energetic and loving dogs are very affectionate, very cute, and full of life. They're great family dogs and do require a lot of attention.
These guys are a great mix of of the Pug and Beagle. They keep a few of the cute wrinkles from the pug, but the longer beagle nuzzle helps alleviate any breed-specific respiratory problems of the pug. The mix aims to provide the quirky and laid back personality of the pug, with the robustness and body shape of the beagle.
Puggles are active and are not content to just laze around the house. They play energetically indoors and out, and they'll zoom around the house at full speed. They may have a tendency towards digging as they are an inquisitive dog, but ensuring they're environment is fully enriched and you train them well, you shouldn't have a problem.
Being inquisitive, as a pup they will explore through their teeth, and you can expect a reasonable amount of chewing and "play" biting in the beginning, but through age and training this shouldn't be a problem in the long run.They are a social dog, and will want to be around other dogs and other people.
Growing to around 30-40 cm tall, they can grow to around 9 -13kg on average. There is a toy variety which gets to around half this size.
Puggles shed, like both their parent breeds. Brush your Puggle weekly to get rid of excess hair. Bathe him only as needed, but be sure to keep the folds on his skin and around his muzzle and eyes free of dirt, debris, and moisture to prevent infections. After a bath, it's very important to dry thoroughly between any folds. Check your Puggle's eyes regularly to ensure that they're clean and free of any irritation, indicated by redness or discharge.
They'll get on well with other dogs who can keep up, and big families. An energetic dog, they'll match perfectly with any family who likes daily walks or park times, and will be well suited to a big group who can keep them busy.
It will be essential that you give this dog enough exercise and attention to stop them from becoming bored and destructive - like any dog, really!
(Golden Retriever x Labrador)
Retrievadors, often also called Goldador (especially in the USA & UK) are a great mix of a Labrador Retriever and a Golden Retriever. While not as popular as some of the other "designer dog" breeds like Labradoodles or Groodles, their soft nature and resilient personalities make them perfect pets for almost any home environment. Retrievadors are a moderate shedder, and will require weekly brushing to minimise hair around the home.
The Retrievador is affectionate and loyal, alert enough to make an excellent watchdog, but too friendly to be an effective guard dog. They love children and gets along with other animals, especially if they've been raised with them.
Their intelligence and desire to please render them highly trainable, and they respond best to positive reinforcement techniques. They're capable of working and thinking independently - and does so beautifully as an assistance dog - but they prefer to have guidance and structure in their lives. Retrievadors are people-loving dogs who won't be happy left to themselves in the backyard.
The Retrievador is one of the few designer breeds with a fairly predictable size, as both parent breeds are large and similar in size and shape. The Retrievador is usually 50-60cm tall at the shoulder and weighs 25-35kg.
Retrievadors have a “Double-Coat”, meaning they have two layers of fur: a top coat that is slightly longer and more “wiry”. Underneath you'll find the undercoat, a softer and lighter layer. Combined these layers are used to regulate body temperature, protect from harmful UV rays, repel water, and protect their skin.
Retrievadors are a high shedding breed, so they are not suitable for people with allergies. Twice weekly brushing is required to remove excess hair and dander. Dog brush vacuum attachments are also used by some groomers to remove excess fur. Retrievadors require occasional baths to stay smelling fresh. This should be easy as they love water.
The ideal home for a Retrievador is a house with a fenced yard where they can play safely; however, they do well in an apartment or condo if they get daily walks or runs. Either way, exercise is very important for a Retrievador's health and happiness — at least 30 minutes per day is ideal. Interested in dog sports? Retrievadors make formidable competitors in agility and flyball.
Mental stimulation is crucial as well. Teach your Retrieavador to fetch the paper or your slippers, practice obedience training regularly with them, and put their mind to work from time to time with an interactive dog toy.
As with all dogs, positive reinforcement techniques (praise, play, and food rewards) work best with the Retrievador. They are sensitive, and harsh corrections will damage his confidence.
(Schnauzer x Poodle)
Schnoodles are the great mix of Schnauzer and Poodle and come with a personality you'll just love. They maintain the Poodle's desire to please, and the Schnauzers go go go go "fun" personality, making the perfect fit between a fun and active dog, and a lap dog.
A Schnoodle loves car rides (particularly when he's going to visit someone he likes), playing fetch, and just having a good ol' time. Fetch isn't the only game he loves; he likes to play and play. He's a silly boy and will do what some refer to as the "butt tucks" and others call the Schnoodle 500 — running fast in a circle with the hind end tucked up. It's just a form of play that means he's happy.He also has an unusual propensity to use his front paws as hands to hold toys and blankets. There's a terrier in there, and some Schnoodles like to dig more than others, so a great backyard with a sand pit may be a good option.
The Schnoodle is a friendly and very affectionate companion. They are very loyal to their family unit and some can be cautious of new people, making them excellent guard dogs.
Schnauzers sometimes love one person more than the rest of the family, and that trait can carry over to Schnoodles. They'll always like the whole family, but may have their real favourite.
They can be quite vocal and prone to separation anxiety, so early socialisation and training is a must.
Schnoodles can come in a range of sizes, depending on the variety of Schnauzer or Poodle that they're bred with. Mostly, they're either Toy, Miniature, or Standard like their Poodle fathers. Most Schnoodles tend to be 9kg or less.Toy Schnoodles range from 25 to 30cm in height and weigh 2 to 4.5kg. Miniature Schnoodles range from 30cm to 38cm in height and weigh 5.8 to 9kg. Standard Schnoodles range from 38 to 66cm in height and weigh 9 to 34kg.
Schnoodles are a hypoallergenic breed as both the Schnauzer and Poodle are non shedding breeds. This makes them the perfect choice for people who suffer allergies. Schnoodles requires weekly brushing to removes tangles. Puppies are often prone to matting, but as they age their fur becomes wirer and tangles far less. Schnoodles require clipping every 8-10 weeks and occasional baths to keep them comfy and smelling fresh.
Schnoodles are energetic, playful and can be mischievous at times. They can adapt to living in a small home or apartment as long as they receive adequate daily exercise. A daily walk is recommended or 30-45 minutes of play time.
(Old English Sheepdog x Poodle)
The Sheepadoodle is an Old English Sheepdog crossed with a Poodle. This combination results in a very friendly, outgoing, super soft and non shedding, non drooling hybrid puppy called the Sheepadoodle.
Sheepadoodles are calm-tempered, playful, and intelligent. They’re loving dogs that make ideal family pets, which means they do not do well when left alone for long periods of time. They have a friendly nature and loves cuddles from their owners or kids.
Their even temperament is their main strength, which they owe to their Old English Sheepdog and Poodle parents. This loyal crossbreed loves to please and is a great companion. And because they’re brilliant and obedient, training is easier, especially if you start early.
Some Sheepadoodles have a herding instinct and may try to herd small children. Early socialisation and positive reinforcement training is important to minimise this behaviour.
Standard Sheepadoodles grow between 30 and 35kg, and up to approximately 60cm in height. This is comparative to the size of a full Old English Sheepdog, sometimes slightly taller as the standard poodle may have slightly longer legs. Miniature Sheepadoodles grow to be 15-22g, and stand 35-45cm at the shoulders when fully grown.
Sheepadoodles are a non-shedding breed. They can have thick, fleecy or curly coats. Both coat types generally require professional grooming, as well as regular combing and brushing at home. Sheepadoodles should be taken to a groomer about every six weeks for a clip of your choice.
Sheepadoodles have a moderate energy level. They would enjoy a short walk daily, but will be okay to laze around if you're busy.
(Shih Tzu x Poodle)
The Shih-Poo/Shoodle is a cross between a Shih Tzu and a Poodle. These fluff balls are the perfect companion. Whether they’re sitting on your lap or accompanying you on an adventure, they’re happy.
The Shih-Poo is known to be an intelligent, fun-loving and affectionate small dog thanks to the fact they can inherit many of their parent breeds personality traits. The Poodle is known to be a highly intelligent breed and the Shih Tzu is a fun-loving character that's consistently been a popular companion and family pet for decades. With this said, both parent breeds have outgoing, affectionate natures which the Shih-Poo tends to inherit.
They are a good choice for first time dog owners because Shih-poos are highly adaptable being a nice size which means they are just as happy living in an apartment in town as they are living in a big house in the country. They are also very smart having inherited their intelligence from the Poodle which makes them easy to train. The Shih-Poo is very people-oriented, so they thrive in a family environment and are especially good with the elderly. These dogs are not suited to living outdoors.
The Shih-Poo is generally a cross between a Miniature Poodle and a Shih Tzu, but can also be a cross between a Toy Poodle and a Shih Tzu. A Toy Shih-Poo will grow to approximately 22cm at the shoulders and a Miniature Shih-Poo will grow to approximately 24-26cm at the shoulders. A Toy Shih-Poo will weigh around 2-5kg and a Miniature Shih-Poo will weight around 5-8kg.
Like all Poodle cross breeds, the grooming requirements depend on how Poodle-like the coat is. Shih-Poos are low to no shedding, and generally have a long wavy coat which requires weekly brushing and semi regular clipping. You may need to occasionally comb their fur to remove grass seeds and knots. Shih-Poos also need occasional baths to keep them smelling fresh.
Shih-Poos are a relatively low energy breed. Taking them for a walk or even just playing in the house or backyard is generally sufficient for these little dogs.
(Maltese Shih Tzu x Poodle)
The Smoodle is a cross between a Maltese Shih Tzu and a Poodle. Smoodles are a great family dog who are happy to play or laze around, as long as they're with their people.
The Smoodle is an easy going, affectionate, loyal and intelligent small dog thanks to the fact they can inherit many of their parent breeds personality traits. The Poodle and Maltese are known to be a highly intelligent breed and the Shih Tzu is a fun-loving character that's consistently been a popular companion and family pet for decades. With this said, both parent breeds have outgoing, affectionate natures which the Smoodle tends to inherit.
They are a good choice for first time dog owners because Smoodles are highly adaptable being a nice size which means they are just as happy living in an apartment in town as they are living in a big house in the country. They are also very smart having inherited their intelligence from the Poodle which makes them easy to train. The Smoodle is very people-oriented, so they thrive in a family environment and are especially good with the elderly due to the docile nature of the Shih-Tzu. These dogs are not well suited to living outdoors.
The Smoodle is generally a cross between a Miniature Poodle and a Maltese Shih Tzu, but can also be a cross between a Toy Poodle and a Maltese Shih Tzu. A Toy Smoodle will grow to approximately 25cm at the shoulders weighing around 4-6kg, and a Miniature Smoodle will grow to approximately 25-30cm at the shoulders, weighing around 6-8kg.
Like all Poodle cross breeds, the grooming requirements depend on how Poodle-like the coat is. Smoodle are low to no shedding, and generally have a long wavy coat which requires weekly brushing and semi regular clipping. You may need to occasionally comb their fur and check their paws to remove grass seeds and knots. Smoodle also need occasional baths to keep them smelling fresh.
Smoodles are a relatively low energy breed. Taking them for a walk or even just playing in the house or backyard is generally sufficient for these little dogs.
(Cocker Spaniel x Labrador)
The Spanador or Cockerdor is a super playful, doting and goofy cross of a Labrador and an English Cocker Spaniel. These dogs are the perfect companion and will follow you wherever you go.
Spanadors are loyalty and affection like both of their parent breeds. This makes them great family dogs. They love to play and swim and are excellent with children and other dogs. As they are slightly smaller than a pure Labrador, they are a good choice for families with younger kids. Like the Labrador, Spanadors tend to be puppies for a long time, and generally don’t mature until the age of 3.
They love to have a strong, assertive pack leader and need to feel like they are part of the family. They are very intelligent and trainable, and should be trained and socialised from a young age to ensure they do not become destructive. They are not very noisy dogs, but will occasionally bark at noise from unseen sources. As they are very food driven, positive reinforcement training is extremely effective and is recommended from an early age to prevent bad behaviours from developing.
They are friendly, good-natured dogs who are affectionate with everyone. They are adaptable dogs and are naturally social animals. They bond well with children, being patient and forgiving. Other household animals are not at risk, especially with early socialisation. They are extremely loyal and doting, so they love to be included in all aspects of family life.
Spanadors grow to be approximately ⅔ the size of a pure Labrador. They are a medium sized dog, approximately 20-25kg and 40-50cm tall to the shoulder when fully grown.
The Spanador’s coat will be medium to long, and it will shed a moderate amount. Get ready to brush your dog every day, or at least a few times a week, in order to minimize shedding, prevent matting, and keep the coat smooth, soft, and clean.
The Spanador is an active dog that loves regular exercise, but not at the same level as a Labrador. Daily walking is not a necessity, as 30-40 minutes of play will suffice.
(Cocker Spaniel x Poodle)
Spoodles are an ultra cute and super social. They're a great mix of Cocker Spaniel and Poodle, and definitely have the intelligence and attitude of their parents.
Spoodles have a great outgoing nature. They're a playful animal that really interacts well with people of all ages, including children, as well as other dogs. They're smart, loyal, and very loving. They'll want to say hello to every dog and person they see, and you'll want to afford them this chance.
Spaniels are a very social dog that requires integration into the family life, and this pup is no different. Taking the sociability from the Spaniel, they aren't a dog to be left in the yard by themself, but definitely one to be an important part of your family day in and day out.
They'll be better suited to an indoor dog as they're coat, sociability, and temperment will expect this, but with training and love they could be in an semi-outdoor patio or outdoor area.
They'll definitely fit in well with existing pets, family members, and kids. Make sure you're prepared for a smart dog that will need lots of interaction with your family and friends.
If you can, have them sleep in side (if not with you) and involved as much as possible.
Depending on the size of the poodle, these dogs can vary. Usually either a Miniature or a Medium. The Miniature's will grow to about 35cm to the shoulder, while the Medium may be up to about 45cm. They'll develop a body shape similar to the poodle (long and thin) but will keep the long floppy ears, paws, and tail of the Spaniel.
A Spoodle’s coat will be similar to a Poodle- not quite as curly but still a no-to-low-shed, meaning it will need regular bathing, brushing, and clipping. Because his floppy Cocker ears block air circulation, the ears must be checked and cleaned weekly to prevent ear infections. Gently wipe out the ear — only the part you can see! — with a cotton ball moistened with a cleaning solution recommended by your veterinarian. (Don't stick cotton swabs or anything else into the ear canal, because that could damage it.) Your Spoodle may have an ear infection if the inside of the ear smells bad, looks red or seems tender, or he frequently shakes his head or scratches at his ear.
Most Spoodles have a moderate level of energy, but that doesn't mean they'll laze around all day. They enjoy a good walk — and need it to keep them from becoming overweight. The best type of exercise, though, is a good play session in the backyard. Expect them to need at least 15 minutes of exercise every day.
(Springer Spaniel x Poodle)
Springerdoodles are a playful, intelligent and loyal cross between an English or Welsh Springer Spaniel and a Poodle.
The Springerdoodle is such a beloved breed because it has an outstanding personality. These dogs are loyal, gentle, and eager to please you and entertain you. When interacting with your pet, or even just watching them play, you should find that their quite funny.
These playful pets are ideal for families, as they thoroughly enjoy the company of their human companions. They are also tolerant of other pets and children, and they have a sweet, calm, and mellow nature. They don’t bark very much, and they are also accepting of strangers, particularly when they are trained from a young age to meet new people.
Spaniels are a very social dog that requires integration into the family life, and this pup is no different. Taking the sociability from the Spaniel, they aren't a dog to be left in the yard by themself 24/7, but definitely one to be an important part of your family day in and day out.
They'll definitely fit in well with existing pets, family members, and kids. Make sure you're prepared for a smart dog that will need lots of interaction with your family and friends.
Springerdoodles are typically a cross between a Miniature Poodle and a Springer Spaniel. Miniature Spingerdoodles grow between 12-18kg and stand 35-40cm at the shoulders.
A Springerdoodle's coat will be similar to a Poodle- not quite as curly but still a no-to-low-shed, meaning it will need regular bathing, brushing, and clipping.
Springerdoodles have a moderate level of energy. They enjoy a good walk or interactive play session daily. Expect them to need at least 25 minutes of exercise every day.
West Highland Terriers commonly known as ‘Westies’ are intelligent, playful and curious dogs. These little pups make an excellent companion.
Westies are very adaptable, energetic and friendly little dogs with a keen sense for adventure. Their patient nature makes them great therapy and service dogs, and they are just as happy to be in the city as they are to be in the countryside.
While they love to please their owners, Westies can tend to be quite independent and possibly a little stubborn, however treating them with patience, praise and encouragement and training them early will make them obedient and happy little companions. Westies have a natural instinct to chase.
West Highland Terriers would be happy being indoor or outdoor dogs, however indoor would be most suited.
Westies usually weigh in at 6 – 10 kg and stand at 23 – 30 cm tall.
The harsh, straight, shorthaired double coat is fairly easy to groom and sheds little to no hair. Simply brush regularly with a stiff bristle brush. Brushing should keep the coat clean, so bathe only when necessary. Trim around the ears and eyes with blunt-nosed scissors. The whole coat should be trimmed about every four months and stripped twice a year.
Westies are energetic dogs require walking or 30 minutes of play daily. He's intelligent and a quick learner, and training will amuse him as long as it remains positive and consistent. Westies will definitely alert bark when he sees or hears something suspicious, and without fail he'll announce visitors, letter carriers, and dogs who walk in front of the house. Training from an early age using positive reinforcement can prevent unwanted barking.