If you have an active lifestyle then the German Shepherd is an excellent companion. Or perhaps you are looking for a dog to protect your home and family? Again, the German Shepherd is here to assist you. The breed is intelligent, and versatile enough to fulfil many different roles.
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German Shepherds are very protective and loyal to their family. They can be suspicious of strangers coming into your house, but in general are fine to keep with other pets. As mentioned above, this dog does require plenty of exercise both mentally and physically. Also it sheds all year so be prepared to brush your dog’s coat once or twice a week. The breed does suffer from some well known health conditions, their average lifespan is about 12 years.
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The German Shepherd has a double coat, a heavy undercoat, and a dense over coat. Adult males have a height of 60 to 65 cm.
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Miniature pugs are cute small dogs that originated in China. Their coat is smooth, fine and somewhat glossy. They are quite active dogs, exhibiting playfulness and are usually extrovert in their interactions. In general the miniature pug is a great companion for children, and often gets along just fine with other pets.
They do shed a lot of hair, and you will end up with fur all over your house. Taking good care of their fur is very important. Hence brushing several times a week is recommended. If you really can’t stand dog hair being left behind as your small hairy friend walks around the house, then you should seriously reconsider whether a miniature pug is the right choice for you! Perhaps a breed that doesn’t shed that much is more suitable?
Another issue that must be discussed is the health problems that affect pugs. On average they do require a bit more care. Thus one should keep in mind that veterinary costs could be higher than other breeds.
We are not trying to discourage you from getting a pug, but we do feel that discussing potential issues honestly is better for the future dog owner, and the dog.
If you really want a dog that thrives whenever it is in the vicinity of humans, then the miniature pug certainly is a good choice. It could be described as “clingy”, and it was actually bred that way. Also, if you spend most of your time indoors then the pug will be an excellent choice – they prefer the indoors.