Siberian

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Originating from Russia (obviously), the Siberian moves with the grace of a ballet dancer. They are also known as the national treasure of Russia, the feline is well aware of this, so treat him accordingly or you make receive letters (lol). The Siberian coat has three dense layers (it’s cold in northern Russia!) that also sports a ruff around the neck, fluffy leg britches and a bushy tail. Their ears have tufts and probably sport lynx tipping.

Described as “lightning fast and whisper quiet,” a Siberian is also a problem solver. He will figure out how to get into anything — especially everything that you wants off limits. They love to play in water and enjoys a relaxing bath (you can keep the bubbles for yourself though). A natural explorer, he will tolerate learning to walk on a leash. Hind legs are longer than their front legs so a Siberian is a fantastic jumper. (I already warned you that he’d figure out how to get into off limit areas…) Soft voices demand to be heard — when they have something to say. They also love a hard
days work, so he will make sure your home is free of vermin. If he can’t have the real thing, he loves the fake toys too. He loves to play so expect to invest a lot of bonding time there. They love you, but won’t follow you around.

The Siberian is one of the biggest breeds. Females range between 9 to 18 pounds, and males are always larger. It also takes them a full five years to fully mature!

Their triple coat is water repellant. They shed twice a year and require regular brushing to remove dead hair. Siberians don’t tend to tangle easily. The most common coat pattern is brown tabby. However, Siberians come in all coat colors and combinations and they can be pointed.

Siberians developed on their own without human interventions. After the break-up of the Soviet Union Westerners finally learned of the breed. In 1990, they first Siberians were imported into the U.S.

Miniature Pinscher

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AKC Group: Toy

The Miniature Pinscher is a German breed and is unrelated to the Doberman, despite the fact that they look identical (except for their size). Miniature Pinschers developed from terrier breeds, including the German Pinscher and the Italian Greyhound, even the Dachshund. The Doberman was bred to look like the Miniature Pinscher and not the other way around. (Pinscher in German means terrier.)

Size: 10 to 12.5 inches high; 8 to 10 pounds

Color: Clear red, stag red, chocolate and blue; black and tan.

Life span: 12 to 14 years

Health problems: Luxating patella, Legg Perthes, skin problems, cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy.

The Miniature Pinscher is a small athletic dog. They are compact with an alert and inquisitive expression. Folded ears give the Miniature Pinscher a softer look, but ears can also be erect which leads more to an alert looking dog. The coat is close-fitting, short and sleek. Tails are usually docked. A tapered narrow head contains dark oval eyes. The forelegs and hind legs move in parallel. Brush your Miniature Pinscher occasionally and wipe down with a damp cloth to keep his coat looking sleek.

A fun loving dog, a Miniature Pinscher has plenty of courage and enthusiasm for everything he does. These spirited dogs can be difficult to train and are better suited to experienced owners. They are intelligent and quick learners though. They have no problem to sound the alarm. They may be territorial and dominant and housebreaking may pose a problem too. Miniature Pinschers love to play and exercise and have very high levels of energy. They can be clingy, thriving on love and affection. They cannot abide rough treatment by exuberant children or trainers (so keep your training methods positive). They are often wary of strangers and not always tolerant of companion animals. Ensure that your Miniature Pinscher has a secure yard as they enjoy escaping and are great at climbing. (A mini Houdini?) Training should be firm and consistent. (Once successfully trained, they make an exceptional family pet.) They must always understand that you are the “alpha.” You can tell if they are loyal to you and seek your approval. Never laugh at misbehavior as they do seek out your amusement. Early socialization can help to nix many unpleasant behaviors in the bud. Crate training works best to housebreak. Discourage barking.