Since the average Shih Tzu stands less than a foot tall, you might think it would be easy to overlook these little dogs. But that's not the case at all! These pups have big personalities that ensure they are the center of attention! Shih Tzus love to be around people and have a way of becoming part of the family. Take Georgie, a Shih Tzu who worked as a service dog for an autistic boy named Alex. The two quickly bonded and were inseparable since the day they met. Alex's parents even credited Georgie with helping their son learn to speak. Of course, this kind of close companionship is typical of Shih Tzus, who have been prized house pets for over a thousand years. The breed dates all the way back to ancient China, where royal families treasured the little lion-like dogs! Shih Tzu: Lion Dog is a narrative treat for dog lovers that includes fun, real-life stories about these little pups while also recounting the breed's history and its relationship to the animal's physical characteristics, personality, and suitability as a pet.
It's hard to imagine that Dachshunds, known for their short legs and slow speed, were ever used for hunting. Students will explore the original purpose of the Dachshund, the physical characteristics of the breed, and what these long, skinny dogs are valued for today. Blastoff! Series
German Shepherds have been used for a variety of work from seeing-eye dogs to bomb-sniffing police dogs. They also make fun, loving pets inside a home. Readers will discover the characteristics and the history of this versatile breed. Blastoff! Series
Known as one of the friendliest breeds of dog, Golden Retrievers make great house pets. They are popular for their ability to get along with people and are thus often used in roles that assist people. Kids will learn more about these smart, amiable dogs in this introduction to Golden Retrievers. Blastoff! Series
Often thought of as a fancy and pampered breed, the Poodle hunts just as well as many other dog breeds. Young readers will find out where this breed came from and why it is a popular show dog around the world. Blastoff! Series
Newfoundlands are big, strong dogs that are often trained to rescue swimmers who are struggling in the water. They have been nicknamed "lifeguard dogs" because they have saved so many people from drowning! One of the oldest dog breeds in the world, Newfoundlands are descended from dogs native to an island off the eastern coast of Canada called Newfoundland. There, they were working dogs with important jobs like helping fisherman on boats. Because the dogs were strong swimmers, they could pull nets out of the water and retrieve anything that fell overboard from the ship. Today, many Newfoundlands are still working dogs, and the gentle and protective nature of this breed also makes them great family pets. Newfoundland: Water Rescuer is a perfect read for dog lovers that includes amazing, real-life stories about these huge dogs while also recounting the breed's history and how that determined the animal's physical characteristics, personality, and suitability as a pet.
Young readers will meet courageous Rottweilers like Jake, a dog that rescued a woman who was being assaulted in a park. Jake's natural instinct for protecting people led him to chase away the attacker and save the woman from harm. Of course, Rottweilers have always shown their bravery and willingness to help people. Starting in the 1100s, in the town of Rottweil, Germany, these dogs herded cattle for butchers. In later years, Rottweilers were trained for other jobs, like working as police dogs or assisting people living with disabilities. It seems that these energetic dogs are happiest when they are helping their human companions. Rottweiler: Super Courageous is a perfect read for dog lovers that includes amazing, real-life stories about these huge dogs while also recounting the breed's history and how that determined the animal's physical characteristics, personality, and suitability as a pet.