People usually get confused with this breed and the Puli. Both breeds are from Hungary, and they probably share even their ancestry; however, Pumi has originated only about 300 years ago, while the Puli has a couple of thousand years of history. Pumi is a curious, playful, and fun-loving animal companion. He has a high energy level, so he is a great choice for families who enjoy spending time outside and give him lots of daily exercise. Pumi behaves well with young children, but they need to be supervised to make sure the dog doesn’t misunderstand the rough games. They also get along well with other pets. They are excellent watchdogs, so you might expect lots of barking. The Pumi’s average weight is 18 to 33 pounds, and its size is about 15 to 19 inches.
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Irish Terrier is one of the oldest terrier breeds. They are usually called the daredevil of Dogdom because they are independent, playful, assertive, bold, and intensive. They are always ready for an action or an adventure. Irish Terrier tends to be aggressive with other dogs and animals and reserved with strangers. With early socialization and training, they can become really good with young children. This breed has a medium energy level. They love to run, to chase, and to explore; they require daily physical and mental exercises. The average weight of an Irish Terrier is 25 to 27 pounds, and its size is about 18 inches.
This versatile, playful breed originated in Ireland, where it was bred as a rugged working and hunting dog. Today, the Kerry Blue Terrier is gentle, sweet-natured and intelligent, and makes an excellent playmate for children and families. Kerries are also watchful, alert and courageous watchdogs. This breed is quick to learn, thrives on mental and physical stimulation and excels at various dog sports. Famous for their unique coat, Kerries are born black and don’t develop their true blue color until about 18 months of age. Kerry Blue Terriers make wonderful, devoted companions and want nothing more than to please their owners.
These proud, fluffy pups were originally hunting dogs in northern Europe. Poodles are extremely intelligent and easily trained dogs, and are fun to be around. They are often used in service and therapy work because of their devoted and pleasant personalities. Poodles are the only breed that come in three sizes (Standard, Miniature and Toy), and they do very well with children and other pets. They are fairly active; they enjoy swimming, running, and retrieving. Although nobody can make guarantees about allergies, Poodles are frequently known as hypoallergenic because they have human-like hair instead of fur.
The largest of the Terriers, the Airedale Terrier is sometimes referred to as the “King of Terriers.” The Airedale is an energetic, loving companion that can adapt to any environment and excels at agility, obedience, and other activities. Their non-shedding, double layer coats keep them comfortable in any temperature, and they are patient and kind with children and other pets. The Airedale is extremely trainable and eager to learn, and loves to exercise.