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


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 [...]

Boxer Dog Breed: The History, Caring of, and Personality of the Boxer

The boxer is a medium-size dog that stands 21 - 25 inches and weighs 50 - 80 pounds. Strong and athletic, the boxer is a very playful breed of dog with good watchdog capabilities. For the most part, a boxer does better as the only dog as it can tend to be aggressive towards other canines. They have a life span of 8 - 10 years. The History of the Boxer Dog Boxers were developed in Munich, Germany in the 1800s. Their background can be traced to the Bulldog and Bullenbeisser, (a breed of dog that no longer exists.) Initially used for bullbaiting, (a favored sport in Europe at the time,) the boxer evolved to become popular as a police and guard dog. The boxer arrived in the United States in the early 1900s, even though it didn't gain any popularity until the 1940s. It quickly became a renowned show dog and is currently one of the most popular dogs in the United States, ranked in the top ten. It is a member of the working dog group. How to [...]

Canaan Dog Breed: From Pariah Wild Dog to Israeli Army to America

Canaan dogs are not a well known breed in America. Originating in the Middle East the dogs once used by Bedouins to guard their camps can make great companions. History Drs. Rudolph and Rudolphina Menzel first bred Canaan dogs from the Pariah dogs that roamed the wild areas of Palestine. The Israeli army asked the Menzels to breed a dog that could serve many functions. The same traits that served the Pariah breed in the wild made the Canaan dogs valuable as guards, mine detectors, and as message carriers for the Israeli army. In Israel they are known as Kelev K'naani. In September 1965 four Canaan dogs arrived in America. Not a commonly heard of breed they have still captivated many with their appearance and personalities. Description • Medium size, height 19-24 inches, weight 35-55 pounds • Sturdy build with long legs • Bushy tail that curls tightly when the dog is excited or alert • Head is wedge shaped with broad based ears that have a rounded tip • Eyes are slightly almond shaped and can be dark brown [...]

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 [...]

Australian Shepherds as Pets: Bright, Energetic Aussie Breed is a Great Dog for Active Families

The Aussie Shepherd did not originate in Australia. It is an American breed first used by Basque shepherds from Australia, mainly in the Western states. Their intelligence and cooperative nature make them fun to have but also challenging. If no one in the family will become the leader, an Aussie will be happy to fill the gap. The breed is mid-sized, 18" to 23" tall, weighing from 30 to 50+ lbs, with a bobbed tail and ears that fall over in front. An Aussie Wants a Job Aussies are bred to work, so they must have a function to perform or they will make mischief due to excess energy. On a farm, herding sheep, cattle or goats is natural to them. They will also tolerate wearing a backpack and even help haul fruit at harvest time. They will follow their owner as he does his tasks and always want to be near members of their human family. If there is no literal work, an Aussie must be challenged by doing agility training, chasing frisbees or acting as a guard dog [...]

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 [...]

DNA Tests for Mixed Breed Dogs: Do Dog Owners Find Test Results Helpful?

With an estimated half of US dogs being mixed breeds, dog owners are becoming more interested in DNA testing to find out what breeds are in their mutt. While it’s fun for them to guess what kind of mixed breed dog they have, some go beyond curiosity and seek answers to behavior problems and health issues through breed identification. Mars Veterinary’s Wisdom Panel MX is a DNA test to help dog owners determine what breeds make up their mongrel. The test consists of a blood sample drawn at the veterinarian’s office and is designed to detect 157 AKC breeds. According to veterinarian and geneticist Angela Hughes, an independent contractor who helped develop Wisdom Panel, the test has a 90% accuracy rate. Happy Dog DNA is an online reseller of the BioPet Vet Lab DNA Breed Identification Test. The test sample can be obtained at home using a cheek swab and then mailed off for results. It detects 62 breeds. The Canine Heritage XL also uses a cheek swab and identifies 100 breeds. Advantages of Canine DNA Tests Some breeds have [...]

Best Dog Breeds for Apartment Living: Choosing Dogs with Low Barking Tendencies and Exercise Needs

Many dog owners can live happily and peaceably in an apartment or condominium if they choose the right dog and follow pet rules. Many apartment or condo residents feel their home would not be suitable for a dog. They cite such reasons as not enough room or barks disturbing neighbors. In the past, many apartment owners did not want to rent to families with pets. Their reasons included pet messes outside, pet damage inside, and neighbor disputes. But with some cities now implementing programs in an effort to reduce pet abandonment and pet death in shelters, some landlords are beginning to notice that responsible pet owners tend to be more stable renters. The truth is that many dogs and their owners can live happily and peaceably in an apartment or condo. The key is choosing the right dog and following apartment pet polices. Considerations When Choosing an Apartment Dog Many dogs, including mixed breeds, make wonderful pets in an apartment. Consider these things when choosing any dog for apartment living. Apartment restrictions Space required Exercise needs Barking tendency Separation anxiety [...]

Choosing the Right Breed of Dog For You: Consider Temperament, Activity Level and Health Before Deciding

Choosing a new dog is a big decision that needs to be carefully thought out so the dog is compatible with your own temperament and lifestyle. Here are some useful tips. If you have never owned a dog before, go with a breed that is very trainable, non-aggressive and easy to get along with. Certain breeds are definitely not for inexperienced dog people. They are great dogs in the right hands, but too dominant and strong-willed for a first-time owner. Some examples include the Komondor, Rottweiler, Akita, Cane Corso, American Staffordshire Terrier, Briard, Kuvasz, Black Russian Terrier and Alaskan Malamute. First-time owners would do better with a breed like a Newfoundland, Sussex Spaniel, Brittany Spaniel, retired Greyhound, Beagle, English Setter, Poodle, one of the toy or non-sporting breeds or one of the small or medium terriers. However, some terriers are not ideal candidates for first-timers, as they can be bossy and very assertive. Golden and Labrador Retrievers and English Springer Spaniels are good, too, but some are high energy, so a first-time owner should look for one from a line [...]

High-Maintenance Dog Breeds: From Grooming to Exercise to Training, Some Dogs Require More Effort

The low-down on specific dog breeds known to be high-maintenance in terms of training, exercise and activity level, grooming and health care issues. All dogs are not created equal. Some dog breeds are smarter, some are easier to train, and some lazy couch potatoes are perfect for anyone who wants a playful companion but not a jogging buddy. Some dogs will happily retrieve your slippers; others will be just as happy to chew them to shreds and then get sick on your favorite rug. When it comes to dog care, too, there is a real difference between the breeds. High Maintenance Pooches Certain breeds of dog require more time and effort to train and exercise. Others have complicated needs when it comes to grooming and keeping them healthy. Read on for some of the most time-consuming dog breeds. High-Energy Dogs: Training and Exercise Most dog breeds were developed with a particular "job" in mind: terriers for hunting, Labrador retrievers for retrieving during the hunt, huskies as sled dogs, Rottweilers to herd and guard. Many of these energetic, driven breeds are [...]

Newfoundland Breed Profile: Gentle Giant, Water Rescue Dog and Family Pet

The Newfie is one of the sweetest and largest dog breeds in the world. Find out if a Newf is right for you and your home. History Nobody is sure of the Newfie’s exact origin, but the English first discovered this dog breed while exploring the Canadian island of Newfoundland in the 1700s. Some were brought to English estates to live as companion dogs, a natural role for such a noble-looking and loving animal. Other Newfs fit in just as well on the sea, where they proved their nobility of spirit by working as a water-rescue dog. These dogs gained a reputation for heroism after saving the lives of many sailors, in one instance including an entire ship’s crew. Sir Edwin Landseer painted heroic portraits of Newfoundlands and favored the unusual black and white type. His famous paintings gave black and white Newfs the name “Landseers”. Personality Traits Newfies are sweet, loving “gentle giants”. Sometimes these dogs are so devoted to their masters that they can’t adapt to a new home and family. They range from mid-level energy to lethargic, [...]

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