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Favorite Breeds

Dog Origin Features
Rottweiler

- Country of origin: Germany

- The breed's history likely dates to the Roman Empire

- The Rottweiler, until the mid-19th century,was herding livestock

- Weight: Male 50 to 60 kg (110 to 130 lb) Female 35 to 48 kg (77 to 106 lb)

- Height: Male 61 to 69 cm (24 to 27 in) Female 56 to 63 cm (22 to 25 in)

- Coat: Double coated, Short, hard and thick

- Color: Black and tan or black and mahogany

- Litter size; average 8 to 12 although larger litters are known

- Life span: 8 to 10 years

German Shepard

- Country of origin: Germany

- The German Shepherd's their origin dated back to 1899

- German Shepherds were developed originally for herding sheep

- Weight: Male 30 to 40 kg (66 to 88 lb) Female 22 to 32 kg (49 to 71 lb)

- Height: Male 60 to 65 cm (24 to 26 in) Female 55 to 60 cm (22 to 24 in)

- Coat: Double coat

- Colour: Most commonly tan with black saddle

- Litter size: 4 to 9

- Life span: 9 to 13 years

Golden Retriever

- Country of origin: Scotland

- They are named 'retriever' because of their ability to retrieve shot game undamaged

- The breed is said to have originated from the Russian tracker

- Weight: Male average 65 to 75 lbs (29 to 34 kg) Female average 60 to 70 lbs (27 to 32 kg)

- Height: Male 23 to 24 in (58 to 61 cm) Female 21 1/2 to 22 1/2 in (55 to 57 cm)

- Coat: straight or moderately wavy

- Color: any shades of gold or cream

- Life span: average 10 to 12 years

American Pit Bull Terrier

- Country of origin: United Kingdom

- Their early ancestors came from England and Ireland

- The dog was bred first to bait bulls and bears

- Weight: Male 35 to 60 lb (16 to 27 kg) Female 30 to 50 lb (14 to 23 kg)

- Height: Male 18 to 21 in (46 to 53 cm) Female 17 to 20 in (43 to 51 cm)

- Coat: smooth, thin single coat

- Color: any

- Litter size: 5 to 10

- Life span: 8 to 15 years

Miniature Schnauzer

- Country of origin: Germany

- They were originally bred for ratting, herding, and guarding property

- The first recorded Miniature Schnauzer appeared in 1888, and the first exhibition was held in 1899

- Weight: Male 11 to 18 lb (5.0 to 8.2 kg) Female 10 to 15 lb (4.5 to 6.8 kg)

- Height: Male 14 in (35.6 cm) Female 13 in (33.0 cm)

- Coat: Harsh and wiry when hand stripped, soft and curly when unclipped

- Color: Black, salt-and-pepper, black-and-silver, white

- Litter size: 3 to 8 pups

- Life span: 12 to 14 years

Maltese

- Country of origin: Central Mediterranean Area

- Originally called the "Canis Melitaeus" in Latin

- Linnaeus wrote in 1792 that these dogs were about the size of a squirrel

- Weight: Male 3 to 8 lb. Female 2 to 7 lb.

- Height: Male 8 to 10 in. Female 8 to 9 in.

- Coat: white

- Litter size: avg. 1 to 3 puppies.

- Life span 12 to 15 years