The British Timber Dog is a beautiful dog, but they are not a breed for everyone.
They are a large breed, and require a well balanced diet of quality dog food ,or if you prefer the “BARF” diet.
A good diet when young, as with all breeds, and your BTD should maintain an active lifestyle long into old age.
Your dog should approach physical maturity between 12-18 months. However your dog may not finish behaviourally maturing until 18mths – 2 ½ years, and may hope to have an average life span of 12 years or more.
Regular grooming, specially during periods when the dense undercoat is in moult, typically in the spring, is essential to remove dead hair from the coat. The outer coat doesn’t tend to tangle, so a quick pull through with a de-matter is all that’s required!
These dogs,as well as being stunning to look at, enjoy taking part in activities such as Canix , rig racing, agility, obedience and more. Regular exercise is a must, but they don’t need hours of running daily! A family play in the park is just fine.
It is important to have an outdoor space, as well as somewhere to walk your dog. These dogs love to play outside the home and thoroughly enjoy digging and “remodelling “ your garden.
British Timber Dog’s are a friendly, playful and intelligent breed.
Although great family companions, they are large and energetic, making some of them unsuitable for families with young children. However, they respond well to positive training from a young age, and are generally polite once out of adolescence!
They are generally non- guarding.
They bond very quickly to their owners and love their family, thus don’t cope well with long periods alone.
They can enjoy many canine sports or family activities, but also excel in the sport of ‘couch potatoing’ !!!
They love playing with water – so watch those muddy winter puddles!
Because of their size, energy and intelligence, training from young is essential
.Begin lead training from the first day you get your puppy.
Other basic commands such as Drop, Stay and Come should also begin, using rewards .
Socialisation with dogs and strangers must also begin as soon as possible, and must happen several times a week. In particular, practice recall on a long lead – it won’t be long before your BTD may be bigger than many dogs in the park, and he must learn to come away when called!
Entire males can be more energetic, so neutering is recommended unless you are a breeder!