A friendly, intelligent and lively toy dog with a long, flowing coat, the Shih Tzu has a noble Chinese ancestry as a highly prized companion and palace pet. Outgoing, trusting, affectionate and happy, the Shih Tzu’s sole purpose is to be a companion. This sturdy, compact breed requires minimal exercise, but his luxurious coat needs daily brushing and grooming.
Alert, quick and spirited, the Miniature Pinscher is native to Germany where he was developed several centuries ago to rid barnyards of pests. A loyal watchdog, the Miniature Pinscher courageously challenges intruders with his bold, insistent bark. A good family companion well-suited for apartment life, the breed is intelligent but may be stubborn. Daily walks and playing fulfill the Miniature Pinscher’s exercise needs. His short coat only needs occasional brushing and bathing.
Gentle, merry and playful, the English Toy Spaniel originated in the Far East and later appeared in England. Naturally well-behaved, this compact toy breed makes an affectionate family companion that plays well with children. The English Toy Spaniel’s small size makes him ideal for city apartments. His profuse coat is easy to groom and requires only biweekly brushing.
The Bullmastiff’s history began in 19th-century England where he was developed to keep large estates and game preserves free of poachers. Fearless and confident yet sweet-natured and docile, the breed makes a great family companion. Natural guardians, Bullmastiffs do not bark much and require minimal exercise and grooming. For a large dog, the Bullmastiff does well in an apartment as well as a house.
Agile, strong and courageous, the Australian Cattle Dog was developed in the 1800s in Australia. An intelligent and determined high-energy working dog, the Australian Cattle Dog is happiest in large, open spaces with an engaging job to do. This loyal and protective breed bonds closely with his family, but his owners must establish themselves as the pack leaders. The breed’s smooth, short coat requires occasional bathing and brushing.