The American Foxhound is the cousin of the English Foxhound and is a taller, longer-legged dog with fine bones and angular hindquarters. The American Foxhound was not bred as a family pet and is more suitable as a hunting or working dog. If intensely socialized as a puppy, this Foxhound can adjust to family life. A securely enclosed yard or garden is necessary as this breed has a tendancy to roam. Standing at between twenty-one and twenty-nine inches in height, the American Foxhound is an athletic dog that needs lots of exercise and tasks to keep its quick, keen mind occupied.
The American Bulldog is an athletic, versatile working dog that is prized by farmers for their intelligence, working abilities, stamina, and protective nature. They are string and swift, capable of jumping heights of six feet or more. They typically measure between twenty and twenty-eight centimetres in height and can be white, brindle, brown, red, or tan in color. A powerful dog that needs intensive socialization and obedience training, this breed is best suited to an experienced dog owner. The American Bulldog responds best to firmness, fairness, patience, and consistency in training and will excel at tracking, hunting, schutzhund, weight pulling, and guarding.
The American Pit Bull Terrier is known as the American Staffordshire Terrier in the US, but as the American Pit Bull Terrier in the UK. They are known for their intelligence and loyalty and make an excellent, loving and protective companion as long as they are properly socialized and trained. They will get along with other dogs they have been raised with but may exhibit aggression toward strange dogs and other small household pets.
American Pit Bull Terriers are exceedingly protective of their family, home, and territory and are not generally used for guarding due to their friendly nature. Despite stories in the media, aggressive behavior toward humans is an uncharacteristic trait in this breed. They are not however recommended for the novice, apathetic, or sedentary owner.
The American Eskimo is a loving companion dog. It is a member of the Spitz family of dogs and was formerly known as the German Spitz or American Eskimo Spitz. As the American Eskimo was bred as a companion dog, they thrive on spending time with their family and are not a breed that fares well on their own for periods of time. They are very loving, easily trained with a strong protective drive that is best when well-socialized. Eskies must be trained at an early age as they lose the ability to learn new commands as they mature. Due to their long coat, they need thorough grooming at least once a week, often more often to avoid a tangled coat.
The American Eskimo dog is white or white with a biscuit color. There are three separate size divisions: Toy, 9 to12 inches; Miniature, 12 to 15 inches; and Standard, 15 to 19 inches.
The American Staffordshire Terrier is a powerful muscular dog with a strong instinct for protection and should never be confused with the Pit Bull Terrier. His protective drive makes him a gentle loving family dog, but mistrustful of strangers.
The American Staffordshire Terrier weighs between 57 and 67 pounds and are usually between seventeen and eighteen inches in height at the shoulder.
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The Alaskan Malamute was bred to draw a sled and is therefore a powerful, energetic dog with high stamina. Most Malamutes are kept as pets or show dogs these days. They are usually between twenty-three and twenty-five inches in height and in various shades of grey and white, sable and white, black and white, red and white, or pure white in color. Although they can and do bark, Malamutes are famous for “talking”, making a strange sound that inspired George Lucas when creating the character Chewbacca in Star Wars.
Malamutes are very independant and dominant and are not a suitable pet for an inexperienced dog owner. They also require a lot of time, energy and space for exercise and are not suited to warm climates, due to their dense coats.