Dog Breeds2019-11-28T10:16:55+00:00

Chinese Crested – The World Loves This Dog

Chinese Crested Dogs are a unique breed that tends to draw a lot of attention. Whether it's the Hairless type or Powder Puff, they are sleek, graceful and abundant with character. These imperialistic little pups make an excellent addition to any family, but there are some things to know before acquiring one. Chronicle of the Chinese Crested There are two types of Chinese Crested; the Hairless and the Powder Puff. The Hairless Chinese Crested does have some fur strategically placed on the head (crest), feet (socks), and tail (plume). The rest of the dog's body is soft and smooth, exposed skin. The Powder Puff is fully coated with a very fine, silky hair covering its body. The Chinese Crested is believed to have originated from the African Hairless and then bred smaller by the Chinese. In the 1500s they were a favorite on the ships of sailors and merchants and were stowed on board to hunt for vermin. The Chinese Crested began to travel in this way, and were eventually distributed throughout Central America, South America and Africa. Whether the [...]

About the English Bulldog Breed: Origins, Appearance, Health & Characteristics of the Popular Bulldog

The Bulldog, often called English Bulldog to prevent confusion with other Bully breeds, is a popular dog for families and apartment dwellers for many reasons. Despite a bloody past, the bulldog is now a loyal, faithful and good-natured dog that generally gets along with dogs, children and other animals. English Bulldog Origins: The bulldog has an uncertain past that is the topic of much debate; however, it is known that the dogs were used in a bloody fighting sport known as bullbaiting as well as dog fights. When the fights were made illegal in the early 1800s the bulldog became almost extinct as the aggressive nature made them poor companions. A few faithful bulldog lovers carefully bred out all aggression and ferocity creating the fun-loving, friendly companion dog that bulldog owners know today. Bulldog Appearance and Coloration: Bulldogs are small in size, often reaching only 12-15” tall but are surprisingly heavy and stocky. Their large, sturdy build means they can reach between 40-60 pounds. Bulldogs are best recognized by their large heads, drooping cheeks called “jowls”, broad shoulders and pear [...]

Tips for Training Basset Hound Puppies: Toilet, Separation, Collar and Lead Preparation

Basset hounds are slow to mature mentally and are notoriously slow to house train. But once they have it, they don't forget it. The pup will give its owner signs when it needs to relieve itself, a chance for the owner to spot them, pick the pup up and take it outside to go to the toilet in the proper place. The signs to look out for are: Running about sniffing Turning around two or three times Squatting to relieve itself Good Practice for Encouraging a Pup to Relieve Itself in the Correct Place Every time the pup wakes up, after eating and drinking and after playing are all key times when an owner can set up the routine of letting the dog out to encourage it to relieve itself in the correct location, outside rather than in the house. Even if it doesn't relieve itself to start with, it will soon get used to the process of going outside and with regular positive reinforcement the pup will start to do this itself. An 8 - 10 week puppy is [...]

The Briard as a Family Dog: The French Sheepdog That Loves Kids

The Briard is a breed that can thrive on a farm or equally well as a family companion. If child and dog are raised together, things tend to turn out well. The Briard (pronounced “BREE-ard”) is a very old breed. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the Briard dates back to at least the Middle Ages. Written records go back to the 12 century. In France, it is known as the Berger de Brie. It can be a fun-loving dog, but needs firm (not forceful) handling, structure, and exercise. Breed Standard for the Briard This breed belongs to the Herding Group. It was recognized in 1928. Males should be 23 to 27 inches at the withers. Females are 22 to 25 ½ inches. It should be “vigorous and alert,” and its structure reflecting strength of muscle and bone. The head should be held alert and proud. The neck should be “strongly muscled” with a good length. Shoulders slope at a 45-degree angle supported by strong muscles. The hindquarters should be “powerful, providing flexible, almost tireless movement.” Briard Characteristics As [...]

Poodles: Are They Good Family Pets?

Although poodles are often stereotyped as persnickety, pampered pets, they are in fact, very affectionate, sweet dogs, who love to please their owners. Considered the second most intelligent dog breed, they are responsive and easy to train. Affectionate, energetic and entertaining, these dogs are the ninth most popular breed in the United States, according to American Kennel Club (AKC) statistics. The AKC classifies poodles into three types, standard, miniature, and toy, based on their height (not weight). Standard poodles, the tallest of the three types, are 15 inches or higher. Miniature poodles measure between 10 and 15 inches, while toy poodles come up to 10 inches. The measurements are based on a dog’s height at the highest point of his or her shoulders. Poodles were originally bred in Europe to be water retrievers. Although their history is not completely certain, it is believed that the standard poodle was the first to be bred and the smaller ones came later. Miniature poodles may have been developed as hunting dogs; toy poodles performed in circuses and were favorite companion pets of French [...]

Old English Sheepdogs: Advice from a Sheepdog Owner

An Old English Sheepdog is famous for its flowing gray and white hair. According to the American Kennel Club's official description, Sheepdogs, also called OES, are a large boxy breed averaging 21 inches tall, about as long and with powerful legs. This is large enough to easily reach a table top. They should not look thin. Sheepdogs have a double layer coat. Under the fast growing hair is a layer of waterproof undercoat. Shedding is not a big problem with this breed because of the need for regular grooming. You are more likely to find balls of fluffy undercoat than individual hair on your floors and in corners. This breed is nicknamed "Bobtail" because of their clipped tail. Tails are clipped at birth which may rarely leave a short stump that results in a small fluffy tail like a rabbit. No tail should be evident in show dogs. Working dogs sometimes get shaved right along with the herd of sheep as the long hair can be used to make clothing. Temperament: A Big Personality Old English Sheepdogs are herding dogs [...]

Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhounds, who are relatives of Greyhounds, are an old breed -- it is believed that they originated in the Mediterranean approximately 2000 years ago. During the Renaissance period, the dog became very popular among Italian nobleman, hence the breed’s name Italian Greyhound. These perky, affectionate dogs, may originally have been bred for both companionship and hunting purposes. Italian Greyhounds: Description Italian Greyhounds are small gazehounds -- dogs that hunt by sight, rather than by scent. Classified by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in to the Toy Group, Italian Greyhounds are generally between 13 to 15 inches tall up to their shoulder, and weigh between seven and 15 pounds. They are very slender, graceful dogs, who in spite of a dainty appearance, are hardy and healthy, living on average between 12 and 15 years. These dogs have short, silky, odorless coats that can be almost any color. Because they tend to be quiet, not yappy, Italian Greyhounds may not make the best watch dogs. Italian Greyhounds: Temperament While Italian Greyhounds can be at times a little quirky, they are sweet, [...]

What to Consider When Adopting a Golden Retriever Puppy

Golden retriever puppies, like any other puppy adoption, should be researched first. Most people are aware that golden retrievers are lovable, gentle, loyal dogs and they are great with children. They are friends with the neighbor's golden retriever and they've seen other golden retriever owners out for a dog walk. However, there are things these golden retriever owners aren't telling you about the golden puppy. Life with a Golden Retriever Puppy Golden retrievers are high energy working dogs, and they are young for a very long time; about four or five years. One golden retriever owner found this out too late, because she didn't do her research: Diane, a lonely apartment dweller, decided to adopt a puppy. She'd seen and heard what wonderful pets golden retrievers make. Whenever Diane saw a golden retriever assistance dog, it was quietly sitting next to its owner in the library, or doctors office. She decided a golden retriever puppy was for her so she looked in the classifieds and found one for sale by a backyard breeder. Since she lived in an apartment, she [...]


Getting a Rottweiler: Traits and Characteristics of the Rottweiler Breed If there is one thing to remember about the Rottweiler breed, it is that the Rottweiler is a powerful working dog (originally bred to herd cattle) with a strong prey-drive. As such, the Rottweiler will want to chase things that move (like cats, or even children!). Because of that, this breed is not for wimps! Training a Rottweiler The Rottweiler will require a firm (but loving) hand in training. Those who are reluctant to discipline a pup, or don't want to assert their natural supremacy as pack leader, should probably steer clear of Rottweiler ownership altogether. Anything less than total vigilance when it comes to training can result in a dog that is prone to aggressive (and potentially dangerous) behavior. Rottweilers and Aggression While there are no doubt countless examples of perfectly docile Rottweilers, it should be noted that the Rottweiler is a dog that is known f(and bred) for aggression. During the first year or two, it will be a daily battle to reign in the pup's natural sense [...]

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels During the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, often referred to as Cavaliers, were beloved companion dogs, primarily for the British aristocracy. Named after Charles II of England, who was said to have several of these small dogs, the Cavalier lost its popularity during the 19th century. Cavaliers were subsequently interbred and virtually disappeared until the 1920s, when efforts were made by an American dog fancier to bring the breed back. By the 1950s, the first Cavaliers were brought to America. Cavaliers’ Temperament Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are excellent family dogs. Because of their long history as companion pets, their natural disposition is to be sweet and loving, sociable and affectionate. They are devoted dogs who want nothing more than to be near their human companions. Cavaliers are gentle mannered and non-aggressive -- they get along well with other family members, including children, seniors, dogs and cats. Another hallmark trait of this breed is that they are very trusting. Because of this trusting nature however, they have no fear of running up to [...]

The Golden Retriever: These Happy Dogs Are a Great Addition to Any Family

These Happy Dogs Are a Great Addition to Any Family The golden retriever is a gorgeous, stocky built dog with a great personality. One of the most common family pets in the United States, they are known for their beautiful water resisting coat, which can range from a very light beige to dark gold. Originating from Scotland, this sporting breed was used there for hunting purposes. These days though, they are more often a family companion, and are one of the most popular dog breeds. Playful Family Pets Goldens are energetic dogs, in need of daily vigorous exercise to keep them happy. They are gentle by nature and are perhaps the best dog for small children, with their endless patience and tolerance. They can get a little rambunctious while playing though, and like to roughhouse with older kids. Always ready to play, they are perfect for athletic, active families. Goldens especially love to play ball, and are always ready for a game of catch. With their heavy coats, they also love to play in the snow, and are very fond [...]

Dog Breeds Evolved After Domestication: Both the Domestication of Dogs and Genetic Studies Benefit Humans

Dogs are descended from wolves, but in the process of domestication their look and behaviour have been modified, and so have their genes. Dogs Descended From Wolves Some wolves had become dogs at least 15,000 years ago, but exactly how this domestication came about is not clear. • Maybe early human hunters actively captured and bred wolves, thus domesticating them, or perhaps some wolves learnt to hang around humans to scavenge on scraps – gradually developing into separate populations, and the most efficient of these early wolf-dogs got tamer and tamer. • However it happened, the alliance between dogs and humans was beneficial to both. The dogs had a plentiful food supply, and the humans benefited from the dog’s excellent hearing and keen sense of smell. • Early humans used dogs in a variety of ways – as guards, for hunting, and for pulling sleds. • When humans developed agriculture and settled down in villages and towns dogs performed the useful task of removing human waste and food rubbish. This was good for the dogs (good regular food supply), and [...]

Is The Rottweiler the Right Breed For You? Rottweilers Make Intelligent and Courageous Companions

If you’re interested in a dog for security or obedience training, the Rottweiler may be the right breed for you. With a firm hand and the right guidance, your dog will adapt quickly to training and accept you as his authority. It’s important to get your puppy into puppy school or socialization classes from about 12 weeks so he can learn to adapt to other dogs and people and get used to the car. Rotties are strong dogs and aren’t suitable pets for the elderly or very young children. Choosing a Rottweiler • Consult a Breeder Never purchase a Rottweiler from anyone other than a registered breeder even if you don’t intend to show the dog. You’ll be laying out a considerable amount of money and have a right to ask questions before making any decisions to buy. The breed is prone to hip dysphasia, a malformation of the hip joint. Ask the breeder what precautions have been taken against the disease. Contact your local dog authority for more information on reputable breeders in your area. • Other Pets Introduce [...]

Purebred Vs. Mixed Breed: Which One is a Better Option – Purebred or Mixed Breed

So you want a dog? After you’ve decided if you want a small dog or a big dog, the next major question is breed, which is something many people get stumped at. With so many animal shelters and homeless dogs, many people feel that purebred dogs are only for snobs. However, just as many people value the consistency in behavior that purebred dogs can provide. Here are a few things you need to know about the two options: Temperament & Appearance One of the greatest things about a purebred is that the temperament is guaranteed for you. Everyone knows that Labradors are great with kids as are Golden Retrievers and that German Shepherds make excellent guard dogs. There’s a reason for this. Over the years, only the dogs that showed the best qualities have been bred creating a line that is very consistent in temperament as well as looks. For people that want a dog that will definitely be good with kids, or definitely show certain personality traits, a purebred is a great option. This is not to say mixed [...]

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