Adopting a Dog

Small Dog Breeds

Even small breeds can run rings around the big ones with regard to temperament, ability to learn and guard dog capabilities. The experts at Maxi Zoo know that how far off the ground the dog is says nothing about his character and abilities.

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Yorkshire Terriers

The Yorkshire Terrier is a toy dog with terrier qualities. What most people don’t know is that a Yorkshire is not a dog that wants to laze about all day. Yorkshires are smart dogs that have a lot of energy and have a cute curious nature. They are independent little things that enjoy exploring.

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Water Dogs

In the heat of summer, there’s nothing quite like taking a plunge into cool waters. This applies to dogs, well the ones that love water anyway!

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Rottweilers

Rottweilers are tough, sturdy and muscular dogs. And these dogs are aware of their strength. They have a lot of confidence and are very intelligent, when properly trained of course. They can be loving and caring pets that are very loyal and easy-going.

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Labradors

Labradors are very sociable dogs, and love being around people. They are always ready to accompany you in a light jog, a vigorous hike or a game of fetch. The lovable lab is a friendly, patient and loyal companion for anyone. They adore activity and love being the centre of attention.

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King Charles

Cavalier King Charles are lovable and cuddly little companions. They are very affectionate and playful but aren’t overly energetic. They are a perfect house pet as they love lounging about the house, cuddling up with you on a sofa or playing with you in the garden.

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Greyhound dogs

Greyhounds are best known for their athletic build and their ability to run faster than any other breed of dog. Greyhounds are not just athletes, they are calm and friendly dogs as well.

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Golden Retrievers

If you love playing with a furry friend for hours, a Golden Retriever is probably the perfect dog for you. These dogs are loving, playful and smart; they have limitless energy and have a very even temperament. They are eager and amiable and are a perfect family dog.

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German Shepherd

German Shepherds are known for being fierce dogs, but they are also very friendly and have a very calm, aloof temperament. German Shepherds are always ready to perform a task in an instant.

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Collies

Collies are very friendly, attentive and smart dogs. They are known for their gentle temperament and loyal nature. Collies are a great house pet as they get along well with other animals and with children. Remember that collies will normally be very wary of any strangers visiting the house, or out in public.

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Cocker Spaniels

The Spaniel is a great canine companion in any home, but remember that it comes from a hunting background. They are active, lively and cuddly dogs. The spaniel is a mixture of a tough, instinctive hunting dog and a lovable, kind house dog.

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Chihuahuas

The animal experts from specialty chain Maxi Zoo reveal more about the world’s smallest dog breed.

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Boxer Dogs

Boxers may look like tough and sturdy little things but they are just as playful and lovable as any other dog. Boxers will fit into any family, they get along with children and other pets. Sometimes they are even known to make best friends with a feline friend.

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Beagles

Beagles are very happy, gentle and active little dogs. They would make a great new member to any loving family. They love to feel like part of the family so they need a good bit of love and care and plenty of play-time. They also love children, and are energetic but gentle playmates.

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When puppies bite

Ouch! Having a mouthful of small, sharp puppy teeth digging into your hand can really hurt. New owners are quickly driven to despair by a puppy that constantly bites, and look as if they have played with a thorny bush instead of a cuddly puppy

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What puppies want- basic supplies

Four-legged additions to the family should have everything they need when they arrive at their new home. But what does their new family need to provide so that puppies and kittens feel comfortable and secure? The experts from Maxi Zoo know.

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The right dog for the family

Which dog fits best into family life? For some it has to be a retriever, others would prefer a German shepherd. One thing’s for sure, according to the experts at the specialist retail chain, whether a dog is capable of family life depends on different factors.

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Puppy playgroup

Congratulations! A cute little puppy has found a place in your heart, crept into your life and moved into your home. Now it’s time to prepare him for his life with you. And this includes the little nipper having as many positive encounters with other dogs as possible. This works best in a puppy playgroup.

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Puppies first walk

The little puppy totters cutely through the world, and it’s wonderful to watch it growing up. But it’s precisely at the start, that a puppy feels insecure in still unfamiliar situations. Which is why winning its trust should be the highest priority. In the familiar homely surroundings is the best place to get a puppy used to a collar and lead.

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Puppies and their mums

The little canine whelps (pups) fare in much the same way as the kittens. They come into the world blind and deaf at first and need the care and protection of their mother

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Puppies and responsibility

Before you decide on a puppy, you should think carefully about what that means: In the first few months you need to invest a lot of time and patience into giving your pet a good start in life. After all, you want yourself and your pet to go through life without conflicts later. Dog schools, vets and books can help you make your decision and prepare for a life with your dog.

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Pets and working owners

A quick walk before work, then again in your lunch break, plenty of playing and running around after clocking off. For working pet owners, it’s often not at all easy to accommodate pets’ wishes. The animal experts from Maxi Zoo explain how to achieve a work-pet balance.

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Large puppy nutrition

When feeding large breed puppies, it is important to know that the smallest mistake in food composition or amount can lead to permanent damage as the puppy grows so rapidly. The larger the puppy will be as an adult, the faster must its body grow to achieve the adult weight, in extreme cases this can mean from 0 to 50 KG in the course of one year.

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Feeding puppies

Puppy owners naturally want to see their baby grow into a handsome, strong and active adult dog. But often this involves too much of a good thing: Home-mixed food rations, giving powders and tablets – some dog owners even resort to an injection for an extra portion of vitamins.

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A puppy is moving in

Finally, the new family member has arrived: A small puppy looking at you with its little dark round eyes. And from now on the new resident will keep you busy. Having a new pup is not much different from having a human child. Puppies need plenty of time, patience and most importantly, training.

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Seniors and pets

Dogs, cats, birds & co already enrich the homes of millions of senior citizens. There they provide an antidote against loneliness and boredom. And they’ve been proven to have a positive effect on health. Which animals are the most suitable as pets depends on individual needs and means.

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Jealousy with new family members

A jealous dog can be quite amusing – like when it fawns its way to the foreground, keeps prodding or whines. But through time, its defiant behaviour becomes irritating, if not downright dangerous. Just why dogs suffer relationship stress and how their owners can prevent this, is answered by the experts from Maxi Zoo.

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Babies and pets

During the last weeks of pregnancy, it is not unusual for relatives to question the parents’ love of animals. “I suppose you’ll be giving the dog away?” The worry ranges from bad hygiene to danger of death for the new baby. These fears are understandable but, according to the experts at Maxi Zoo, they are no reason to give up your beloved pets.

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Respecting pet’s rights

Animal protection is something that should concern us all. On the one hand, there’s making sure that we keep and treat our animals in a way that’s appropriate to their species and on the other, there’s the value of buying animal produce for ourselves and our loved ones that comes from animals that have been treated and kept the right way.

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