Breed All About It

For the dog lover, choosing a canine to add to your home is a fun and exciting prospect. However, the number of dog breeds available and their differing characteristics makes picking just the right one a challenge. Breed All About It comes to the rescue of every potential dog owner with a thorough evaluation of various breeds of canines. The show features puppies through adulthood, giving the novice an idea of how large the dog will get and how their appearance changes as they develop.

Beginning with the unique traits of the breed being showcased, Breed All About It also provides background to the breeds past. Documenting the history gives insight to why that particular breed was developed and what man intended the dog to provide. Herding dogs helped around the farm with moving livestock from field to barn. Hunting breeds assisted with putting food on the table. Some breeds were simply desired for their ability to be a companion. Knowing why that breed of dog came about, allows the potential owner to understand the basic characteristics that the show details.

Practical concerns such as how often the dog will need to be groomed, and if the owner will need to hire a professional to perform the task, allow the owner to know how big of a budget they will need for maintenance of their new addition. Health concerns that may increase veterinary costs or shorten the life of your new canine are revealed, and an analysis of the trainability of that particular breed is offered. The program gives an honest report on how much exercise this breed generally requires, and if the dogs are known for getting along well with small children and other pets. Housing requirements such as if the dog would fit in well with apartment life; helps make the decision if that breed would suit your lifestyle.

Fun segments within the show often feature people who compete with their dogs or utilize them in ways that the breed is known for, emphasizing the dog's distinct traits. This gives the prospective new owner an idea of idea of enjoyable activities to do with their new pet. When you decide to research a potential dog to add to your household, Breed All About It can point you in the right direction with accurate portrayals of the various breeds of canines.

Animal Planet
2 Seasons, 30 Episodes
September 1, 1998
Cast: Brad Anderson, Karen Malina

Breed All About It Full Episode Guide

  • Scotties are smart, independent souls and even trainable given the right incentive. Perhaps more than any other breed, the Scottie has been immortalized in high art and pop culture.

  • With both spaniel and setter in it's bloodline, the Brittany is a versatile bird dog. The smallest of the versatile gundogs, the Brittany is an active dog with an independent spirit. Training becomes necessary in order to live happily with the Brittany.

  • The legendary loyalty of the Akita caught the attention of Helen Keller who introduced the breed to America. Originally, the Akita was an all-purpose hunting dog in its native Japan. The breed is said to have been used as a water retriever for fishermen.

  • This animal's compact size makes it popular with folks who have smaller yards. The breed also travels well, and its trademark bark cautions owners to anything out of the ordinary.

  • The Shetland sheepdog was created to herd small sheep in the Shetland Islands. Today, Shelties can strut their stuff in the show ring rather than around the corral. This intelligent breed has a trademark bark to ward off danger.

  • Considered one of the most popular toy breeds in the world, this lapdog descended from sled dogs and herding breeds of Europe. Queen Victoria made the breed famous when she brought a Pom back from Italy.

  • Brits created this breed to flush feathered game from the thorny brush. This Spaniel's attitude matches its bouncy, animated style. The English Springer Spaniel lives to please and makes a pleasant pet for all family members.

  • The Bullmastiff was bred first and foremost to protect. The British created the breed to guard gamekeepers' estates from poachers. Even today, the Bullmastiff is a preferred guard dog.

  • The only native American retrieving breed, Chessies are specialists when it comes to duck hunting. Their strong olfactory senses and keen tracking skills are also used to help solve crimes.

  • Sylvia Hammarstrom has bred more than a thousand champion Schnauzers in her career. They include all three breeds: miniatures, standards and giants. Her kennel is responsible for breeding nearly one-third of all the giant Schnauzers in the country.

  • The bulldog's image is that of a tenacious, tough-spirited animal, but today's English bulldog is mild-mannered and kind. Its deceiving image makes this dog a prime target for dog-snatching.

  • Most often, Papillons are thought of as comforting, little lap dogs. However, tests show the Papillon is one of the smartest breeds around, and ranks ninth in trainability.

  • Brought to England by ancient dog traders, the Mastiff is truly an antique breed. Often suffering from joint problems, these gentle giants need plenty of exercise.

  • Taking its name from the Canadian maritime providence, the Newfoundland dog is a living, breathing history lesson. Putting to use their webbed feet and large lung capacity, these dogs can really save the day.

  • The Weimaraner has gone from versatile hunting dog to pop icon. Visit with photographer William Wegman in his Maine summerhouse and meet his family Weimers.

  • One of the few breeds that are native to the United States, the Boston terrier is considered by many to be the ultimate house pet. Its size, intelligence and gentle nature make this terrier a great family companion.

  • Known as the ultimate lap dog, the Cavalier King Charles was named after England's King Charles II. A Cavalier King reportedly haunts a historic Ham house in Southwest London.

  • Towering and statuesque -and also popular in the media- great Danes are known for their sweet nature and trainability. Greg Louganis introduces his Dane, Freeway. Then, meet a Dane who appeared with Queen Latifah on Living Single.

  • The Yorkshire Terrier's ancestors were hunters by nature. They started out as commoners' dogs, responsible for catching the multitude of rats that plagued Yorkshire, England in the late 1800's. Susan Hunter's Yorkie, Precious, proves the breed still has what it takes to track and find a target. In this case, Precious tracks his lost playmate, Honey Bear, who suffers from a genetic Yorkie condition called Hydrocephalis. Due to its small size, the Yorkie is categorized as a Toy Breed. Like all Toys, the Yorkshire Terrier proves to be a great companion dog. Owner Don Edwards lets his seven-year-old Yorkie, Buster, make friends with passengers on his hot air balloon rides over Orlanda. Also typical of a Toy, Buster eases folks' fears and shyness by distracting them from what makes them anxious - in this case, three-thousand foot heights. There may be few breeds more fearless than this pint-size Terrier. Yorkies are known for never backing down. World War II veteran Bill Wynne partnered with one of the best known Yorkie heroes in history when he flew combat missions in New Guinea and the Philippines. "Smokey" even became a legend after helping string a communications wire through a dangerous war zone. Bill's current Yorkie also boasts such trainability and intelligence. The Yorkshire Terrier can suffer several genetic defects including liver shunts and laxating patellas. Romance novelist Fern Michaels has a well-bred Yorkie, Charlie, with no genetic problems.

  • The Dachshund loves two activities more than all others -- to chase and to dig. Lucy and Merlot have the perfect playground. Gabriela Hucal designed a tunnel safari for her two long-haired Dachshunds in rural Colorado. The dogs are released 200 feet from the tunnel openings. Lucy and Merlot then run lickety-split to the entrances and begin sniffing and searching for their target: a small mouse protected in a cage. The Dachshund was originally bred to tunnel and scurry its way through brush and burrows for beaver, weasels and other small prey. These two dogs take the chase seriously and perform very quickly -- with dirt flying everywhere. Tasha, a miniature Dachshund, is the full-time partner and pet to Nancy Hager. Hager is Claiborne County's Youth Services Director in Tennessee. She takes Tasha to local schools and teaches students about the hazards of drugs. The dog is used to track down drugs in school lockers and classrooms - and at the county jail. Tasha finds drug residue in prisoners' cells and helps to control the contraband problem. Dachshunds were bred to have a strong sense of smell and a great determination for finding whatever it is they're directed to find. Dachshunds are prone to slipped disks and other spinal injuries. Thirteen-year-old Fred developed spinal cord compression three years ago. Despite back surgery, Fred remained paralyzed. His family's only options were euthanasia or a wheelchair-like cart.

  • Aspen is probably one of the best known Golden Retrievers in the country. She's a Search & Rescue dog for the Miami-Dade County Fire District, but is called out on many national disasters including the Oklahoma City bombing. She's been recognized by the ASPCA for her efforts in locating victims in catastrophes. Fire fighter Skip Fernandez keeps Aspen as a pet as well as a partner. Liberty is the first known Golden Retriever to live in the White House. Susan Ford gave the dog to her father, President Gerald Ford, as a gift shortly after he took over for the Nixon Administration. Twenty-five years later, Susan still swears by Goldens. Her youngest puppy, Sophie, loves to retrieve which epitomizes the original Golden Retriever created in the late 1800's by a London nobleman, Lord Dudly Tweedmuth. Canine Companions for Independence is the oldest and largest service dog academy in the world. The school relies on volunteers to help train their Golden Retrievers from puppyhood to one-year-old adult. Jona Milo and Don Jarrel have spent the last year with service dog cadet, Pettulia. On this day, Jona and Don must relinquish Pettulia to the academy where she'll undergo extensive training to be a service dog for a person with disabilities, a job perfectly suited for a Golden Retriever. Carole has worked five years as a service dog for 16-year-old Nicole Sidebottom. Nicole suffers from a condition called Artheroglycosis.

  • In this weeks show we will take a look behind the scenes with the newest media sensation- - the Taco Bell Chihuahua, Gidget. This "quirky," fun breed is the smallest breed in the world (Guinness Book of World Records) and weighs an average of 5 lbs. Our cameras will also visit a monastery in Mexico where carvings depict the Chihuahua's ancient ancestors and talk with a top breeder and historian about the Chihuahua's rich history.

  • Observe Border collies at work and at play! On farms in Tennessee and Virginia, Border Collies herd sheep, cows and even a 2000 lb. bull! We meet Trish McConnell, an animal behaviorist, talk show host, and owner of 4 border collies. As we watch them we learn about the advantages and disadvantages of owning this breed. Originally bred along the borderlands of Scotland, these animals have an amazing ability to control sheep with "eye" and "clapping". If you don't own a farm, practice Flyball with your dog. Footage from the Houston National Show will show you how.

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