European dog breeds. Meet the dogs from Europe!

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European dog breeds. Meet the dogs from Europe!


Portuguese Vizsla in Spain and Hungarian Shepherd Dog in Italy? Of course! European dog breeds, like people of different nationalities, can be found almost everywhere. However, most of them live in their place of origin. When I was in Italy, Italian pointers, both the long-haired, or spinone italiano, and the bracco italiano – Italian short-haired pointers, were in my way at every turn. I missed my brothers Antosia and Pinok, who stayed at home, so every dog ​​of this breed I met was very emotional. For a moment, I felt as if my dogs were with me.

Holidays are the time when we set off to Poland, and sometimes beyond its borders. Usually, we organize a holiday stay in such a way that we take our beloved pet with us. However, this is not always possible, especially when we are going to another country. Responsible owners care for their pets as best they can. Some ask someone from their family or friends, others use dog hotels. I will not mention the irresponsible, because these do not happen among our readers. Parting with your pet is not easy, because we miss it, because we worry about whether it is healthy or not. Fortunately, today social media and smartphones come to the rescue, with the help of which you can not only take photos, but also send videos, and thanks to this we know what’s up with our pooch.

European dog breeds

The longing for our own four-legged friend makes us react with even greater than usual empathy to dogs found in foreign countries. Most often they are mongrels, but also purebred animals, often representing the country we came to. Isn’t this a good opportunity to learn more about these races? Many of them have a place of origin in their names, so it is easier to assign them to a given country.

But they are Europeans, so we can even meet the Spanish Mastiff in Italy, for example. Because for a dog, the most important thing is that it has conditions adapted to its needs and a loving family. The Pyrenean mountain dog from France, although very protective and affectionate, requires not only an experienced guardian. It would be good for the pooch if this guardian had a house with a garden. But the Bolognese, a cute little dog from Italy, although he likes to bark at an intruder, can even live with a novice dog. So look around during the holidays, because if you manage to meet one of the beautiful hugs, maybe the longing for your pet will not be so severe …

1. Pyrenean mountain dog

We know this breed from the movie „Bella and Sebastian”. Bella was just a Pyrenean mountain dog, famous for caring for weaker creatures. The Pyrenees dog (a mountain range on the border between France and Spain) was bred to guard sheep, goats and cattle. As he had to make his own decisions then, he is an independent and stubborn dog, moderately prone to training and requiring an experienced and consistent caretaker.

At the same time, the pet is calm, balanced, affectionate and caring towards family members, especially towards children. The best place for him will be a house with a garden, because he likes to lie down and observe the surroundings. Its thick, long and dense coat is self-cleaning, so you only need to brush it once a week.

pyrenean mountain dog
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  • Size: large dog, males 70-80 cm, females 65-75 cm
  • Ointment: white or white with gray, red or badger markings
  • Length of life: 10-12 years
  • Maintenance costs: PLN 200-300 per month
  • Price of a dog with FCI pedigree: 2000-4500 PLN
  • Country of origin: France

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2. Portuguese Water Dog

European dog breeds are becoming increasingly popular. Once little known, today everyone probably heard about him thanks to Bo and Sunny, the favorite of former US President Barack Obama. And they came under the care of his family due to the fact that these dogs are considered a breed that does not sensitize. The Portuguese is agile, swims and dives great. He loves to run and walk for a long time and – what is important – learns quickly and willingly. You can practice various dog sports with it.

He is most attached to the person who trains him and whom he considers to be a guide. The rest of the family is gentle and friendly, but less obedient. In the company of children, however, he shows great patience and delicacy. An active person who likes cycling or sailing will find a devoted companion in him.

  • Size: medium dog, males 50-57 cm, females 43-52 cm
  • Ointment: black, brown, white; in black and brown dogs, white markings are allowed
  • Length of life: 12-14 years
  • Maintenance costs: PLN 200-300 per month
  • Price of a dog with FCI pedigree: 1000-1300 euro
  • Country of origin: Portugal

3. The Spanish Mastiff

When merino sheep were bred in medieval Spain – sheep that gave excellent wool – their herds were guarded by Spanish mastiffs. And they did it perfectly – just as they guard their human family today. The powerful and sturdy Spanish Mastiff is balanced and calm at the same time. After all, his appearance alone deters intruders, not to mention loud barking, although he tries not to abuse his throat. It intervenes only as a last resort.

He is very fond of human contact. He is a typical single master dog, although he is loyal to the rest of the family. It needs to be brought up well so that it does not become dangerous with its dimensions. Therefore, he should be taken care of by a wise and experienced guide. Since it must have space, it is not suitable for living in a block of flats.

Spanish Mastiff
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  • Size: large dog, dogs min. 77 cm, bitches min. 72 cm
  • Ointment: admissible is different, but desirable uniform, e.g. yellow, fawn, red, black
  • Length of life: approx. 10 years
  • Maintenance costs: PLN 350-400 per month
  • Price of a dog with FCI pedigree: about PLN 3,000
  • Country of origin: Spain

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4. Bolognese

The quintessential companion dog. It will accompany its guardian everywhere: in the bathroom, kitchen, and even arranging itself like a cat on the computer keyboard. However, he prefers knees and hands, of course. This dog with long, pure white, curly hair can get on the head of the owner if the owner decides that small dogs do not need training.

If he does not make this mistake, he will learn that a positively motivated Bologna is very fond of learning and does it quickly. The training will be useful, among others to stop loud barking. It is important to know that this breed is perfect as an alarm bell to warn against intruders. Even a novice dog fancier can handle the upbringing of this nice dog. However, he must remember that the Bolognese robe requires regular care.

  • Size: small dog, males 27-30 cm, females 25-28 cm
  • Ointment: pure white, with no trace of patches or other shades of white
  • Length of life: 12-14 years
  • Maintenance costs: PLN 150-200 per month
  • Price of a dog with FCI pedigree: 1800-4000 PLN
  • Country of origin: Italy

5. Croatian Shepherd Dog

What other European dog breeds are there? The Croatian Sheepdog is a spitz-type sheepdog, used in its homeland as a herd dog, but also as a guardian. As a result, it has a tendency to bark, so the guardian should pay attention to this when raising. It is not difficult to arrange it, but it requires some knowledge and feeling. He needs careful socialization as he is inherently distrustful of strangers.

The Croatian Shepherd Dog learns quickly and willingly and will be a great companion for an active person. You can practice almost all dog sports with it, from obedience to agility and flyball to Frisbee. When there is nothing to do, he can relax, but not for long, because movement is second nature. It will also adapt to city life. It is healthy and resistant, as well as easy to care for.

croatian shepherd dog
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  • Size: medium dog, males and bitches 40-50 cm
  • Ointment: black, slight white markings on breast and dewlap allowed
  • Length of life: 12-14 years
  • Maintenance costs: PLN 80-150 per month
  • Possibility to buy a puppy: only abroad
  • Country of origin: Croatia

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Author: Paulina Król

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