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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
6 Seasons, 61 Episodes
September 1, 1998
Cast: Brad Anderson, Karen Malina
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Breed All About It Full Episode Guide

  • Originally hunters, herders and guard dogs of China, chow chows, with their aloof, independent souls, require socialization at an early age. Commonly plagued by hip dysplasia, chows are magnificent show dogs, but require the grooming skills of a pro.

  • Bred to flush foxes from dens, the smooth fox has an independent spirit and a hardy soul. At an earthdog trial, terriers show their traditional talents. One contestant howls smooth tunes, while two others saddle up to become professional trick dogs.

  • Once known as the poor man's racing dog, whippets today complete lure coursing field championships with grace and speed. The breed has also made their mark on disc-dog competitions, an agility sport that was actually founded by a dog named Ashley Whippet.

  • Learn the history of the Bouvier, a dog that started as a farm dog and ended up hauling weapons and ambulance litters in the Belgian and French armies. The Bouvier is a vigilant watchdog and has a perceptive sense of who belongs and who doesn't.

  • Created as a multi-purpose hunting dog, the German Shorthaired Pointer is able to point birds, retrieve in water, and track game. These canines are an athletic, healthy breed full of endless energy.

  • Hear how Lhasa Apsos were employed as watchdogs inside Buddhist monasteries in their homeland of Tibet. Today, many pet Lhasas are self-appointed protectors of the home. Lhasas are known for their beautiful coats, which makes them great show dogs.

  • The Samoyed is an old breed that grew up in Siberia, alongside a nomadic people called the Samoyede. The nomadic life meant that the Sammy had to be an all-purpose dog. They are working dogs and people dogs and have an urge to wander.

  • The French Bulldog may look like a bruiser, but is more class clown than bully. Frenchie's are companion dogs, but can bond solely with one person. Their engaging looks have often attracted colorful characters.

  • Border breeder and earthdog enthusiast, Marg Pough, has four young dogs learning how to hunt like their forebears. Except this time the quarry is a rodent. Two teenage Borders are training for AKC earthdog trials.

  • The Flattie takes its time to mature and always remains exuberant in spirit. Breeders and trainers love the breed's energy and keenness--but for first-time dog owners, these dogs may be difficult to train.

  • Great Pyrenees traditionally guarded sheep in the mountains of Spain and France. Today, these dogs are trained to protect ranches from coyotes and other dangers. Pups begin training by being introduced to their "life partners"--the lambs.

  • Bernese Mountain Dogs, the pride of Switzerland, were used for pulling carts up and down the hills. Today, Berners use these same skills when they compete with other mountain dogs in Draft Dog competitions.

  • Coonhounds come in six breed types: American Black & Tan, English, Bluetick, Redbone, Plott and Treeing Walker. The colonists who arrived in America in the 1700s developed this breed to control the raccoon population.

  • The Westie shares its family history with other Scottish terriers including the Cairn and the Scottie. Terriers of this region were created to rid communities of unpleasant rodents. Their compact builds and confident spirits make them a popular pet today.

  • The Irish Wolfhound is best known for bringing down wolves in its homeland several centuries ago. The breed was so successful at the task, wolves are now extinct in Ireland. The same almost happened to the breed after its services were no longer needed.

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