Glen of Imaal Terrier

AKC Group: Terrier

The Glen of Imaal Terrier comes from Ireland and is a mix of other terriers, including the Irish Terrier and the Kerry Blue Terrier. The Glen of Imaal Terrier was used to hunt out vermin, badger and foxes.

Size: No more than 14 inches tall; 36 pounds

Color: Wheaten to cream; silver to blue; brindle (light blue, dark blue and/or tan).

Life span: 12 to 15 years

Health problems: Hip dysplasia or progressive retinal atrophy.

The Glen of Imaal Terrier is generally a calm, gentle dog that is intelligent, quick to learn and loves to please. When he needs to be though, he can be determined with an independent streak. He loves to play and needs a somewhat active owner. A couch potato will leave him bored and depressed. Loving and loyal, he isn’t an overly demanding dog. When a Glen of Imaal Terrier needs to sound the alarm, he’ll bark (no problem). They get along with all children though are better suited for older children. If not socialized properly, he’ll always be a cat chaser. They can be aggressive with other dogs, but should never be trusted around rodents or rabbits. With strangers, a Glen of Imaal Terrier may be polite or reserved. They tend to be overly inquisitive so they require a solid fence nor should they be allowed off leash.

The Glen of Imaal Terrier coat is harsh and weather resistant. He has a soft undercoat. Their sweet faces have an alert, curious expression. He needs to be brushed twice a week. His beard should be cleaned daily and his bottom hair should always be trimmed. His ears should be checked regularly for infections. His coat may need regular clipping. On the whole, the Glen of Imaal Terrier is a low shedder.

Early socialization is a requirement and so is obedience training to bring out the best of his personality. They are extremely sensitive to correction, so avoid harshness and yelling. Remember, the Glen of Imaal Terrier is an intelligent dog who is eager to learn. He can’t help that he’s independent; he doesn’t realize how small he really is.


The Munchkin looks like any other long- or short-haired cat except for their short legs. Munchkins have broad, wedge-shaped heads, medium-sized muzzles, thick necks and medium-large walnut-shaped eyes. Munchkins are medium-sized.

Their hind legs are slightly longer than their front legs. Tails are medium thick and tapers to a round tip.

Longhaired Munchkins have a semi-long, silky coat with shaggy britches and a slight to moderate ruff. The tail is fully plumed and the ears have long tufts. The shorthaired Munchkin has a plush, luxurious coat. Both varieties have all-weather coats. Munchkins come in all coat colors and patterns.

The mutation responsible for the short legs have always occurred but the lines died out without human interference. Finally, in Rayville, Louisiana in 1983, the Munchkin was seriously considered. A music teacher found two female short legged cats (both were pregnant) cowering under an abandoned truck. She brought them home, named the black cat Blackberry and the gray one Blueberry. (She then gave Blueberry away.) Some of Blackberry’s kittens inherited her mutation. This litter was the foundation for the Munchkin breed. One of Blackberry’s sons, Toulouse, became a prolific breeder and produced a good sized population of short leg cats. The breed was named after the residents of Munchkinland from the 1939 classic film, “The Wizard of Oz.”

Controversy soon followed. Some fanciers question the morality of breeding mutations that are considered deformities, despite the fact that the mutation actually occurred naturally.

They may have a physical “deformity,” but these cats are completely unaware. They walk about like the world is their oyster; they are confident, outgoing and curious. People-oriented and playful, they love their people! They are playful their entire lives and love to play any game that you’ll join them in.

Don’t let the short legs fool you, they can climb and scratch with the agility possessed by any other cat. What they can’t do is jump as high; their short legs don’t give them enough bounce. They are able to reach beds and chairs, but not a kitchen counter. (But that isn’t such a bad thing.)

Munchkins have earned their nickname of “magpie.” They like to take small objects and hide them in a hidden stash. Breeders advise keeping a Munchkin indoors.

Giant Schnauzer

AKC Group: Working

Originating from Munich, the Giant Schnauzer is the largest member of the Schnauzer breed. They were used to drive cattle, or to herd and guard sheep. They are still used by the police and military to guard to this day. The Giant Schnauzer is believed to be crossed with Bouviers, Great Danes and Shepherd breeds. “Schnauze” is German for beard.

Size: 23 to 26 inches high; 60 to 100 pounds

Color: Solid black or salt and pepper

Life span: 12 to 15 years

Health problems: Glaucoma, heart problems, epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), allergies or skin problems.

The Giant Schnauzer is a spirited, lively dog with plenty of stamina. They are loyal and protective, courageous and eager. Some Giant Schnauzers may have a more laidback streak. Intelligent and high energy, you’ll need to give him enough physical and mental stimulation. The Giant Schnauzer learns quickly, but may be a little too determined making training difficult — but not impossible. Though he may outsize them, Giant Schnauzers get along with kids. They accept other playmates, but may too domineering or aggressive with a same sex canine. Generally a people dog, a stranger will probably beg to differ.

The Giant Schnauzer coat is hard and wiry. They sport a cute beard, wise expression and a sturdy build. Grooming requires much attention, so be prepared before you bring this puppy home. He will need frequent regular brushings. His beard should be cleaned daily, his bottom hair should be kept trim; both for hygenic reasons. He’ll also need frequent clipping (about every few months) to avoid looking straggly.

The Giant Schnauzer is easily trainable, though his personality requires consistent and firm training. They require lots of socialization to avoid domineering others. Also take care to avoid him developing food and/or object aggression. This can be easily done by petting him as he eats or plays. They love to learn new skills, so feel free to give him a vast education. It’s especially common for them to bond to one family member. All family members should actively train and feed them. They may still favor one member, but you’re doing all you can and that’s all you can ask for. Begging should be strictly discouraged because once he’s full grown, stealing off your dinner plate will be easy. Crating while you’re away and he’s alone may keep him out of trouble. If you’re afraid of boredom, give him a toy or a peanut butter kong. He’ll be happy until you come home.

German Wirehaired Pointer

AKC Group: Sporting

Developed at the end of the 19th/beginning of the 20th centuries, the German Wirehaired Pointer is a cross between the German Pointer and several other breeds, believed to be the Wirehaired Griffon, Poodle-Pointer, Foxhound and Bloodhound. The German Wirehaired Pointer is most popular in its native Germany.

Size: 22 to 26 inches high; 60 to 70 pounds

Color: Liver and white. Ears and the head are solid liver. Can have a white blaze.

Life span: 12 to 14 years

Health problems: Hip or elbow dysplasia, thyroid problems, cataracts, epilepsy, entropion, von Willebrand’s Disease.

German Wirehaired Pointers are active, agile, tolerant, obedient dogs that are intelligent. They are quick learners, but may have a stubborn streak or be overly submissive — depending on natural personalities. Early socialization can help with both these temperaments. They love to play and have an excess of energy, so you’ll need to ensure they receive plenty of mental and physical stimulation. If not, the German Wirehaired Pointer will become bored and turn destructive. They like kids, but do best with older children. They tend to be too exuberant for youngsters. If well socialized, they do well with other pets. They may chase strange cats or be aggressive with strange dogs. With strangers, they may be reserved or friendly depending on individual personality. The German Wirehaired Pointer is a determined, protective, dedicated dog.

This breed has a short, close-fitting coat with a harsh texture. The German Wirehaired Pointer is a sturdy, athletic-looking dog with an alert and intelligent expression. They are a seasonal shedder that will require more attention then. Otherwise, brush as needed to keep the coat in good condition.

The German Wirehaired Pointer requires a consistent, firm trainer from the time they are puppies. The most difficult part of training will be housebreaking. To make it easier for you both, try crate training, so that they can’t go when you’re not looking. They also require frequent access to be able to relieve themselves (until they gain more control which happens naturally¬†as they age). If you can’t provide him with that access, you’ll have to take him out frequently. If that isn’t possible, consider using a litterbox or newspapers. Socialization is another essential area of training. The optimal time to socialize the German Wirehaired Pointer is between 7 weeks to 6 months of age. Get them out to meet people and animals. The more you can expose them to at this stage, the better. Socialization will remain an important lifelong component throughout his entire life span. If you don’t socialize your German Wirehaired Pointer, once he’s an adult, you’ll be stuck with all his bad habits and he’ll never be able to change. German Wirehaired Pointers excel at agility, hunting, tracking or retrieving activities. In fact agility trials are a great way to occupy him mentally and physically.

German Spitz

AKC Group: Foundation Stock Service

The German Spitz is one of the most ancient dog breeds. Depictions of him appear in many Central and Eastern European artifacts. The province of Pomerania was the home of many early members of the breed. In fact, the Pomeranian is the name of the toy German Spitz. On boats, the German Spitz would protect the goods. On a farm when they sensed danger, they would alert their family with their high-pitched bark. In Germany they are known as “Mistbeller” (“dunghill barkers”). They became a favorite among British royalty, especially pure white German Spitz.

Size: Toy — 9 to 11 inches high; 18 to 22 pounds. Standard — 11.5 to 14 inches high; 23 to 41 pounds. Giant — 16 inches tall; 38 to 40 pounds.

Color: Black and tan; solid black; gray; silver or red.

Life span: 12 to 15 years

Health problems: Dental problems; luxating patella, patent ductus arteriosus (a congenital heart defect), progressive retinal atrophy, tracheal collapse.

The German Spitz is a confident, refined, child-like dog. They are anxious to please you while they secretly are trying to get what they want. They are alert, watchful and affectionate (to their family). They enjoy exercise time as much as cuddling time. They’re a happy, bouncy dog that yearns for your attention. Some dogs may never like strangers or other dogs, some are very yippy (this can be somewhat overcome by not allowing to bark). What they don’t like is training and grooming time.

The German Spitz is a fluffy, high-feathered dog with a large coat that requires maintenance to avoid matting. They need to be brushed every day with a soft brush (the softest you can find). Realize that most brushes labeled for grooming will be too harsh for them.

Training should begin as early as possible. The German Spitz is not a naturally obedient dog and hate being told what to do. You’ll need to be firm and employ positive training methods. Discourage barking at all costs! They are easily bored with repetition, so you’ll frequently need to change things up to keep your Spitz engaged and invested.