Weimaraner a Leo Dog

Happy Birthday to all Leos!

We have been working on the Leo chapter from the book AstroPups, available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle.  Initially we discussed Leo’s personality according to the Zodiac, who Leo is as a dog owner, and then went into the breeds suggested for Leo based on Leo’s sun sign personality. So far, we have discussed three of the dogs suggested for Leo.

Rhodesian Ridgeback.

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Alaskan Malamute

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Great Dane

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Now let’s look at a sporting breed that we think would just right for some of you.

What a beautiful dog!  Color: gray. Height: 23-27″. Weight: 50-62lbs.

The spirited, graceful Weimaraner has a nickname among sportsmen.  They call it the Gray Ghost.  In the fields at dusk, light reflects off its metallic coat and its pale eyes shine.  There’s nothing ghostly about its performance, though.  It’s a superb gun dog and bird retriever.

There are several things you will particularly like about this dog, Leo.  Weimaraners train to the hunt much earlier than most hunting dogs and they excel at tracking.  If you are wondering how brave they are in unknown terrain, German hunters once used this breed to track down wild boar and hold them at bay.  The police recruit Weimaraners for their intelligence and they do well at show, especially at obedience trials.  As companions, Weimaraners are both protective and loyal.

Your strong personality and upbeat style of training is good for this breed, but most Weimaraners are sensitive to their owner’s moods, so avoid training on one of your bad days. Lighten up when training and use your positive approach.  Losing your cool with this pup will confuse him or her.

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There’ll be no confusion, though, when the pup catches on and performs well.  Your enthusiastic response will mean more to this pup than its reward treat.

Because Weimaraners have soft, fine coats, it is not wise to house them outside.  The cold does not affect them on a hunt, though.  They work hard enough to keep them warm.

Grooming is minimal.  Weimaraners do not shed, and some clean themselves, just like cats.

Weimaraners need exercise, but adapt well to apartment living.  You can take this pup home to wherever you live.

Nowadays, it is easy to get a purebred Weimaraner.  Back in the day when President Eisenhower had his beloved Heidi by his side, indiscriminate breeding occurred due to its increased popularity.

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Weimaraners have the reputation of being good all-purpose dogs. this dog will strive to please you Leo, when mutual trust has been achieved. The breed has enough spirit, intelligence, speed and style to please even the most demanding among you.

If you want to rescue this wonderful dog, there are some in need of forever homes.  Check out the Rescue sites in your area. If you can’t adopt at this time, perhaps you can volunteer or donate.

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Until next post:)


Great Dane – a Leo Dog

Hi again, Leo.

We suggested Rhodesian Ridgebacks and Alaskan Malamutes for you in your Leo Zodiac chapter.  Our next suggestion for your sun sign personality is known as the Apollo of Dogs – the Great Dane.  This dog is only suggested for you if you can handle a very large pup that takes two years to grow out of its puppy stages, and will not be a mature dog until three years.

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Colors: Fawn, blue, black, white, brindle, harlequin. Height: 22″-38″. Weight: 140-185lbs.

Although this breed’s name implies that it comes from Denmark, and maybe it did at one time, this magnificent looking dog is now known as a German breed. The Great Dane is Germany’s national dog.


Authorities differ on what breeds went into the creation of the Great Dane.  Some believe the Irish Wolfhound and the old English Mastiff were mated.  Others claim Greyhounds and Tibetan Mastiffs went into the mix. It is also thought the Bullenbeisser may be its ancestor.  The breed is reported to be about 400 years old, but some sources claim dogs similar to Great Danes were known in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. (Authorities in About Us upper right).

Famous Great Danes

We know you like a popular dog, Leo, and this one is famous in literature and in film.  The Guinness Book of Records named the Great Dane the tallest dog in the world, and in 2004 it was Gibson from California who took the honors, measuring 42.2″ from the withers. Zeus took the spot later measuring 44.0″ from the withers.

Other famous characters based on the Great Dane are Scooby-Doo, the Hanna-Barbera creation; Marmaduke, Brad Anderson’s newspaper comic character; Butler the fawn Great Dane owned by Captain James T Kirk in Star Trek; Einstein in Disney’s Oliver & Company; Ace in Batman Beyond; Mars and Jupiter in The Patriot; Astro in The Jetsons;  and Chester, Allan’s dog in Two and a Half Men.

Some of you will admire this dog’s size, dignified bearing, natural elegance and smooth, long stride.  It’s truly a giant among canines. Its not surprising that Pennsylvania chose the breed for its state dog.

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Some breed’s traits differ with the dog’s coloring.   The heavier set harlequin Great Danes (white with black markings) are more aloof than the bouncier fawn and brindle dogs. Harlequins are less eager to please also. Black and Blue Great Danes can be stand-offish as compared with their fawn and brindle brothers and sisters.

Fawn Great Danes can be “soppy” in that they do not think being a lap dog is out of the question.  Even though it may settle for leaning against your legs, you could soon lose circulation this way.  Encourage your dog to sleep in a bed close to you.  Beds large enough for a Great Dane are hard to find in a pet store, but Amazon has one.

You can add something soft in it that has your smell on it like an old tee.  If you train this pup the right way, it will absolutely adore you.

Your Great Dane needs a handler, such as yourself, to control it from the start. Direct, firm and positive handling will ensure that your pup will reach its incredible potential. Remember, though, a Great Dane takes two years to grow out of its puppy stages.  Any harsh or punitive handling would be a serious mistake.

A romp with children is highly favored by the fawn or brindle variety, but unfortunately this pup may well knock its playmates down.  When trained and mature, the dog watches over the children with indulgence.

Great Danes have worked at many jobs – hunters, war dogs, police dogs, but if you want your Great Dane to be tolerant of other dogs and people, use his or her special imprint time.  At three or four months, take the dog for walks to meet and greet in pleasant surroundings.  This will not affect its ability to guard you, but will help the dog to be more relaxed with visitors for all of its life.

If you want this dog to give you undying love and loyalty, be the one who feeds it, walks it, trains it and brushes it.  It will then know you are Alpha, leader of its pack and the dog will serve you.

It’s not wise to get a Great Dane if you live in an apartment.  Too small a space makes them territorial.

There are several Great Dane Rescue sites, looking for help.  If you can’t adopt, consider volunteering or donating.

If you have the time to make this kind of commitment, you will have a splendid dog.  We hope you have enjoyed reading about the Apollo of Dogs.

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Until next post 🙂



Alaskan Malamute – Leo Dog

Colors:  Shades of grey, sable, black or red, always with white.  Height 23-25″. Weight: 75-85lbs.

Continuing with Leo’s chapter, the second dog we suggest for Leo’s zodiac personality is the Alaskan Malamute.

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The Alaskan Malamute is from the Spitz group and has been traced back to possibly 3,000 years, bred by the Mahlemuits tribe of Alaska.  This dog has a long history of working with man.  In the gold rush of 1896, miners used the dogs to haul away their rock debris in wooden carts. Malamutes helped Admiral Richard Byrd to get to the South Pole. Jack London and Rudyard Kipling focused upon the Malamute in their wonderful stories.

This breed has a similar disposition to you, Leo.  The dog loves to be part of the action, is friendly, kind, high-spirited and definitely bold on occasion. It can also be quite dignified, observing the world through calm, proud, almond-shaped eyes.

The dog eats to meet its needs, its appetite varying according to how much exercise the dog gets.  It’s a strong muscular dog that needs to run and play daily.  For this reason, apartments are not the best homes for Malamutes.  They are quiet and well-behaved in the home, but penning them up in small spaces really puts a strain on their robust natures.

If you live where it snows, your Malamute will be in its true environment.  If cart trained, you can hitch your dog to a sled and it will thoroughly enjoy pulling you and the kids through the snow.

The Malamute is a family dog, but this does not necessarily extend to other family pets.  Some authorities believe that the Malamute was once bred with wolves, but whatever the reason, some Malamutes are not good with small animals or at times with other dogs.

Your dog will rarely bark.  If you hear a wolf howling in your backyard, it’s your Malamute.  Your dog will also have conversations with you.  When it talks, the dog sounds like Chewbacca in Star War movies. This is because Chewbacca’s sounds were based upon a Malamute named Indiana, once owned by George Lucas.

You will find Malamutes in hot climate states, but in truth hot weather is hard on them.  Their outer coats are thick and coarse and under coats dense, oily and wooly. The dogs shed their heavier coats in the summer, and you will have to brush this dog often year round.  Amazon has a grooming kit designed for Alaskan Malamutes.

Grooming this magnificent dog is important to keep its coat in good condition and to keep the pride in its step.

Malamutes are intuitive.  If the pup senses its owner is the indulgent type, it will take advantage.  As a pup, it is absolutely adorable and some find it hard to discipline the furry charmer, but discipline is just what it needs. Firmness with kindness is the way to go. You’ll expect the pup to learn and to obey and lucky for your Malamute, you usually give second chances.  The dog will accept your leadership, but it is not naturally obedient. You, Leo, have leadership qualities and your Malamute can learn. Certainly, Malamutes have done well in Obedience and star in the show ring.

When you walk your Malamute, be prepared for the fuss people make when they see your dog.  Few can walk pass without stopping to admire and appreciate how handsome this dog is.  Encourage them. The more friendly people and dogs your dog encounters in its puppy stages and later on, the better.

Thanks for coming back and reading about the second dog suggested for Leo, as in the Leo chapter of AstroPups, available in paperback and kindle on Amazon Books.

Love to read your comments or you can email me (About Us, upper right).

In the next post I will discuss another dog suggested for Leo’s sun sign personality. See you soon 🙂




Rhodesian Ridgeback – Leo Dog

We are giving our readers a chapter from AstroPups (available on Amazon Books) to enable you to see how the book works. There are twelve chapters, each chapter is a separate sun sign. All those who have birthdays from July 24th to August 23rd. are Leos. Happy Birthday to all you Leos out there!

In our last two posts, we discussed Leo as a person via the zodiac, then who Leo is as a dog parent, and now it’s time to discuss dogs suggested for Leo’s sun sign personality.  The first breed is:

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Colors: Deep red wheaten, lighter wheaten.  Height: 24″ – 26″. Weight: 65-85lbs



Since this dog is also known as the African Lion Dog, used for hunting down lions, and keeping them at bay, we’d like to turn the tables here. You, Leo, will be in control of this magnificent dog.

The Ridgeback’s distinguishing feature is the ridge of hair along its back running in the opposite direction to the rest of its coat.  A native to South Africa, the breed was developed by Boer farmers.  The Hottentots had a hunting dog with a ridge on his/her back.  This dog was mated with the settlers’ dogs which formed the breed we know today.

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With its own family, the Ridgeback is a calm dog with clean habits and good manners.  You wont have to groom this dog a lot, but brushing the dog will help the bonding between you. Bonding with your Ridgeback is vital from day one. When treated with respect, this dog is capable of great loyalty.  It will protect you, your home and your family from all intruders. Your strong, direct but kind handling is the right way to go with this one, Leo, but avoid training the dog when you are in a bad mood.  It will not understand harsh treatment.  The Ridgeback is highly intelligent and will seek your approval. Be sure to have treats on hand when the pup does well.  Praise and treats work wonders.

Some breeders suggest that you do not get a Ridgeback if you have young children.  It does not tolerate careless and rough handling by youngsters.

The dog is definitely an aristocrat and has a natural tendency to be aloof with strangers. Socialize your pup at its special imprint time of three months.  Don’t let this important time slip by and plan to do it later.  It won’t work later, and it’s especially important for this particular pup. Socialization will help the dog to tolerate visitors to your home and be more relaxed when they are there. This will not change its ability to guard you and yours.

Although Ridgebacks can be housed (kennel)outside, able to withstand all sorts of weather, they would prefer to live indoors with you.  Their prime need is to be your companion and protector. Left alone in the backyard for too long, they will get into mischief. If you do not have a high fence, they will take off for an adventure by jumping over it.  If you take them off the leash, make sure they are trained!  Wow, this dog is an amazing runner.

Ridgebacks come with black noses or liver-colored noses. The Ridgeback with the liver-colored nose is often more playful than the more dignified black nose variety.

Recognition by the AKC took place in l955.  Ridgebacks that have been socialized show well and have taken top honors. If trained well, the Ridgeback is always a winner, though, and a dog to be truly proud of.

Ridgeback Rescue of the U.S is a non profit organization looking for donations, foster parents and have dogs available for adoption.  I am totally in favor of rescue as you all know, but for you, Leo, I am recommending you get the dog as a pup, train it, allow it to bond with you, and you’ll have a forever dog with intelligence and tremendous loyalty – something you particularly favor.

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is one of several dogs we suggest for you, Leo.  Come back soon and read about the next breed, which we think would be a compatible with your sun sign.

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Leo the Lion as a Dog Parent

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In my last post, I talked about Leo’s zodiac personality as a person.  Today I want to address who we think Leo would be as a dog parent and what breeds would be likely to please a Leo personality.

Okay, Leo, you’ll train the dog you choose with a firm, positive hand. At first its puppy antics will amuse you and you’ll play with the pup, but as it grows, your dog must show signs of meeting your expectations. Those expectations will vary with your lifestyle. If you hunt, you will want a dog that retrieves superbly. If you need a protective breed, the dog must do its job well protecting you and your family.  If its a show dog you are looking for, it must be able to win that ribbon.  You like the best in all things and this will include your dog.

To own a champion is a plus in itself, but lets take a look at the plus and minus traits and temperaments of certain breeds to help you to choose a dog that is a winner in more ways than one.

Your way of doing things is to use a direct and quick approach.  Many of you will respond well to a dog that can think fast on its feet.  A dog that needs time to process your commands would soon irritate you. Even though the dog could be a champion show dog, its peculiarities would rub you the wrong way.  An alert, intelligent breed, quick to follow your commands would be of much more interest to most of you.

Now, although a bright, alert pup would please you, it should not be from a breed with a highly excitable temperament. Some of you entertain quite a bit.  If your dog jumps in uninvited, and bothers your guests, you should be able to dispatch it without ceremony.  However, if you’ve chosen a dog that becomes very excited when there are people about, it’ll want to join in, invited or not.  When you lunge for this dog and knock over a tray of snacks or glasses in the process, some of your guests will love it, and grin at the dog now trying to hide under the couch. It’s not likely that you will be amused, Leo.  This dog has not only made a fool of you,unintentionally, of course, but will probably do so again.  A quieter, calmer temperament would be more compatible with your personality.

So far, Leo, the right breed for you should be bright, alert and reasonably well behaved in your home, but what if you chose a dog with these characteristics, but attached itself to you like glue?  Most of you will reign in your home.  Your family belongs to you and rarely is it the other way around.  Over-possessive friends and relatives stifle you so you would probably not want to own a possessive dog. Every time you turned around, this dog would be underfoot.  Most of you dash about, always in a hurry.  Yelling at this one wouldn’t change its need to be by you.  All you would accomplish would be to make the dog slink about, hoping to get closer to you before you noticed.  A less possessive or non-intrusive dog would be better for most of you.

Of course, even though a dog that resembles clinging ivy is out, this doesn’t mean you wouldn’t want a pup to be affectionate with.  When you have time, you will give your dog lots of affection and hugs.

We are now getting closer to your perfect pup.  However, a pup with all of the preferred traits and temperaments discussed above would probably not be a Leo dog if it looks ordinary.  You love to own and be connected with beautiful things – the unusual or extraordinary appeals to you.  A spectacular dog or one that is unusual in an attractive way would be the frosting on your cake.

To sum up, Leo, the right dog for you is a dog that’s a source of pride – a winner in all ways.  It should be intelligent, alert, well-mannered, affectionate and attractive.  It should not be highly strung, intrusive, anxious, over-possessive or too ordinary looking.

The breeds suggested for your Leo sun sign personality suit various life-styles.  Some would be right for you, but not for where or how you live. Your lifestyle is an important consideration when making your choice.

We hope you enjoyed reading about yourself as a pet owner, Leo.  In subsequent posts, we will discuss the breeds we have suggested for your zodiac personality.

If you are a Leo or know a Leo who likes unusual jewelry, check out this interesting pendant.
The last two posts are from the Leo chapter of  AstroPups, available on Amazon Books in paperback or Kindle.

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