The name Boerboel (pronounced Boo-r-bull), AKA Mastiff, means farmer dog. They used to be used for protection against dangerous humans and animals in South Africa in the 1800s. This breed is known as one of the most powerful dogs in the world. When they bite, they are able to exert more than 450 pounds of pressure per square inch. However, with early socialization and proper training, they can be taught to behave really well even with young children. This breed is very intelligent and very easily trainable. They are extremely loyal and very protective of their pet family and home; also, they are amazingly calm and confident when they do their guard job. This large breed’s size varies between 24 and 30 inches and weighs 120 to 200 pounds.
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“Bichon frise” literally translates to “curly lap dog,” which is certainly an accurate description of these little white dogs! Made popular by their use as circus dogs, Bichons love attention and excel in learning and performing tricks. Bichons are lively, cheerful and unconditionally devoted to their owners. They also tend to be more allergy friendly, because they are non-shedding and have hair instead of fur. Bichons are playful and affectionate, are great with children and usually weigh 10-15 lbs. as adults.
Bichon Poo (aka Poochon or Bichpoo) is a mix of the Bichon Frise and the Poodle. This is the cutest and softest breed that you want to stay in bed all day long and cuddle with. Bichon Poo loves his humans and to be around them all the time when it’s possible. They are sweet-natured and highly-spirited four-legged friends. They are intelligent, fun, eager to please, and very easy to train. Bichon Poo has a friendly personality; he likes to approach people and make new friends. This breed has a high energy level; they get bored easily if they are left with nothing to do. Early socialization is very important for them; otherwise, they can become very needy and attached. Bichon Poo’s size varies, especially because the Poodle occurs in three different sizes. Bichon Poo’s average size is between 9 and 14 inches, and it weighs between 6 and 15 pounds.
Cotons are best known for their fluffy, cotton-like white coats and large, pronounced eyes. They are very adaptable dogs, have low exercise requirements, and are excellent with children and other pets. Cotons de Tulear love to be part of the family, thrive on attention, and excel as therapy dogs. Originally from the island of Madagascar, these companion dogs are still fairly rare in the United States, but are gaining popularity steadily due to their lovable, happy personalities.
Tosa has been known in Japan for almost a 1000 years by now. He was bred as a fighting dog, so he’s probably not the best choice for an inexperienced owner. This breed is normally a well-mannered and peaceful dog for his family, but it has already shown aggression towards other dogs in some cases. He is reserved with strangers, but not necessarily aggressive to people. This breed is definitely a fearless protector and guardian dog. Tosa can behave well with small children if he gets very early training and socialization, but rough play should be avoided because of his fighting instincts. Tosa is intelligent and very easy to be trained. He has a low energy level. The average weight of this breed is 100 to 200 pounds, and its size is about 22 to 24 inches.