Animals think about the dogs in The Call of

Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms (“George Eliot Quotes”).  This quote by George Eliot really made me think about the dogs in The Call of the Wild. The dogs in the book are all different breeds and have different personalities. Each dog throughout the story has gone through traumatic events and each of them has acted differently even though they all have the same goal; which is to stay alive. I will be telling you about the personalities of the Saint Bernard, German Shepherd, Newfoundland, and Husky. The Saint Bernard is a very large working dog from the western Alps in Switzerland, France, and Italy.  The breed became famous due to its enormous size. The average weight of a Saint Bernard is between 140 and 260 pounds and the average height is between 28 to 35 inches. Due to the dogs large size they run into many health problems and only live 8- 10 years. Some of the health problems they will face are hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, eye disorders, seizures, and heart disease.  The Saint Bernard is known as a gentle giant. They are calm, patient, and sweet with adults and children.  However, they must be well socialized with people and other dogs in order to prevent aggressiveness and fearfulness (“St. Bernard (Dog)” ). The German Shepherd originated in Germany in 1899. German Shepherds are working dogs and were originally used for herding sheep, but now they are more commonly found in the police force due to their intelligence. The breed is ranked third for their intelligence. The average weight is between 77 and 93 pounds and the average height is 22 to 26 inches. They can live up to 13 years. The German Shepherd also can be affected by hip and elbow dysplasia due to its size. They are highly obedient, intelligent, active, and friendly. They are very protective over their owners and can become very aggressive if not socialized properly (“German Shepherd”).The Newfoundland is a large working dog that originated in Canada. They were originally bred to work and help fishermen.  The Newfoundlands actually have webbed feet and a water resistant coat. The average weight is between 143 and 176 pounds and the average height is between 20 to 30 inches. The average life span is 13 years. Newfoundlands are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia. They are also prone to a heart disease called subvalvular aortic stenosis; this disease can cause sudden death at an early age in life. The Newfoundland is known for its strength and calm personality. They are highly loyal and ideal for working. They are good with other animals and children, but their size can cause some problems if they are not trained correctly (“Newfoundland Dog”).The Husky is a working dog breed that originated in North- eastern Siberia, Russia. The average weight is between 45 and 60 pounds and the average height is 21 to 24 inches. Since the Husky is slightly smaller than other working dogs they have a longer life span; they can live up to 15 years. They have few health problems, but they are prone to seizures and defects of the eyes. They husky is very hardworking and extremely active. They have a calm temper and are good with children (“Siberian Husky”).In conclusion, there are several different breeds in the book and they all act generally the same. All of the breeds can be aggressive at times but have their calm and gentle sides. They also have the same types of health problems and live about the same life spans.