Archive for April, 2007

Things to Consider When Buying a Labrador Puppy

By Michelle Bery

Few things can make one’s heart melt like a new puppy, and few breeds of puppies have the enduring charm and warmth like a Labrador puppy. It should come as no surprise that the Labrador puppy is the most popular breed of dog in the United States and United Kingdom. The Labrador puppy is more than cute though, they are also good natured, energetic, and one of the fastest learning breeds. However, despite all of their positive attributes, prospective Labrador puppy owners need to know that it takes some work and research to help them select the Labrador puppy that is best suited for them.

The first thing to remember when considering a Labrador puppy is that it is a pure bred dog, therefore it is incumbent on the potential owner to find a competent, responsible, and knowledgeable breeder. A good breeder of Labrador puppies will conduct health tests on the male and female adult Labradors before breeding. This will help ensure that your puppy is healthy and free of disease. Competent Labrador puppy breeders also consider genetics when breeding dogs, and they will only breed dogs that have excellent temperaments. Good breeding will help give you a Labrador puppy that possesses all the great traits that they are known for.

When it comes time to select a puppy from a litter, be careful and cautious in order to avoid the pitfalls that trap many Labrador puppy owners. It seems natural for someone to see the puppy that approaches them first, or the one that seems the most affectionate and friendly, to be the “pick of the litter.” However, this selection technique can often lead owners astray, and when they select a Labrador puppy with those traits they are often selecting the most forceful and domineering puppy in the litter. Remember that the calmer and gentler Labrador puppy that approaches you cautiously, or watches you from the background, is often the puppy that is most likely to be an obedient, enjoyable pet.

It is equally important to look for the Labrador puppy that seems very shy or even scared. While one should steer clear of the most outgoing and aggressive Labrador puppies, they should be equally concerned with Labrador puppies that are timid, nervous, or shy. The shy Labrador puppy often grows up to be a shy, scared dog that is quick to bark or snap at anything that scares it.

Once you have eliminated the most bold, and the most bashful, your best bet is to focus your attention on the Labrador puppy that possesses traits that are more “in the middle.” A well suited Labrador puppy should be curious, friendly, and cautiously interested in you and what you are doing. Move the puppy away from his littermates and see how he reacts to you. Once you find that puppy that acts well in a crowd, or alone, likes to wag his tail, and likes to be in your company, you may have found that special Labrador puppy that will become part of your family.

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Learn The Amazing Secrets Behind The Chihuahua Pug

By: Dane Stanton

Chihuahua pug, or Chug, is not a breed of dogs, but a hybrid of a chihuahua and a pug. Therefore these half-bred dogs have inherited the main features of character and appearance from both types of dog. What are these basic features and how are they combined in a chug dog?

Chihuahua

Chihuahua is the smallest dog in the world, and it was named after the largest province of Mexico Republic. Chihuahua is a cheerful, active, rather courageous and curious dog. It has peculiar large ears and a short narrow muzzle. The tail forms a straight line and in a quiet condition it should be lowered downwards. The tail twirled as a ring is inadmissible.

There are two types of Chihuahua: short-haired and long-haired. Long-haired ones have a magnificent collar and a beautiful fringe on a tail and ears. Short-haired chihuahuas have soft, silky hair and a thick collaret. Chihuahua may be of various colors but the most effective and prestigious one is white. So, the main features that chihuahua pugs have inherited are various colors and long hair.

Chihuahuas are desired pets for those who want to have a small cheerful friend. It enjoys playing with children, and it may brighten up older people’s life. There is hardly a better companion than chihuahua.

Pug

Pugs are known as one of the most ancient dog breeds. These are dogs of small size and robust constitution from China. The distinctive feature of a pug is its muzzle – short, blunt with a lot of symmetrical wrinkles. Its ears are small and black, they have a triangular form and ends turned forward. The eyes of pugs are really charming – very big, round, dark and clever. And it is wonderful that chihuahua pugs have inherited this ‘understanding’ look. The tail of pugs is bent and forms a ringlet. Its hair is short, thick, soft and shiny. There are 3 basic colors of a pug: black, apricot and silvery.

Appearance of pugs is deceptive. At first site they seem to be very lazy and clumsy dogs but in reality pugs are very playful and mobile. They are very devoted to their owners and are considered to be the most good-natured and friendly breeds of dogs.

Chihuahua + Pug = Chug

Chugs have a more graceful appearance than pugs. They are not so large as pugs, but bigger than chihuahuas. The body of a chihuahua pug looks no more like a cask, and the muzzle has become more elongate. On the ears, the tail and the breast there has appeared a fluff typical for chihuahua. Some chugs have inherited long hair all over the body from chihuahuas. Chihuahua pugs ears are neither small nor big and may also be embellished with fuzz. The tail is not so curled as the pugs one and it also has long hair. The amount of possible colors has increased, and some of the dogs may combine various colors, which makes them very attractive.

As you may notice the characters of chihuahua and pug are similar. Both breeds are considered to be nice friends to people. Therefore the nature of chihuahua pugs has no discordant features. Chugs are very friendly, lively, joyful, and on the whole, they turn out to be very nice tiny dogs that combine charm of the two popular dog breeds.

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The Papillon

By Ms CiCi

The Papillon, a cuddly, “Toy” dog that weighs only 9 or 10 pounds with a height of between 8 and 11 inches. The Papillon’s coat is long, flowing, and silky in texture. Their coat will fluff at the chest area, and is fringed at their ears which should be given a daily light brushing. The Papillon is white with patches of other colors such as black, red, sable, tan or orange.

They may also be tri-colored, white body with black and tan markings. The hallmark coloring covers both eyes and ears completely and a white blaze on the forehead. Although rare, Papillon’s can be either pure white or jet black. These Papillon’s are excluded from AKC showing.

The Papillon originated in the 16th century, a popular lap breed loved by nobles and aristocracy in Europe. The French translation of Papillon is Butterfly, which they resemble with the white blaze on the forehead as the body, and the fringed ears as the wings. They are quite often considered to be a dainty breed, but in reality are well balanced and lively. They are a sturdy and hardy breed.

The Papillon is always alert, playful, and elegant. They are intelligent and friendly, taking great delight in meeting and greeting everyone they come into contact with. The Papillon does not display a shy or aggressive nature. They are highly energetic and athletic, but are also calm and patient but not as puppies. They are gentle and affectionate and love to be cuddled. A steady and obedient breed, the Papillon does well with older considerate children.

They may display possessiveness of their owner. They are quick to alert their family to danger or visitors, and may have a propensity to bark at all sights and sounds. However, they are not yappy or high strung. Indeed, the Papillon is a lovely companion.

The Papillon does not shed unless not brushed for a long period of time. They have no undercoat. A Papillon sheds so very moderately, it’s hardly noticeable. Therefore, they need to be brushed lightly every day or two, on the ears, tail and chest. It is important to pay particular attention to the hair behind the ears and on the stomach as these would be the areas more prone to matting. They should only be bathed once a week for they do not have an odor. Dry shampooing will be suffice. However, after bathing and they are dried, be prepared for them to slip right out of your hands; their hair is just that silky! It is important to keep the pads of their paws trimmed to prevent splaying.

If one could say the Papillon is “prone” to health issues it would be cataracts, patella luxation, and Von Willebrands disease.

The Papillon is extremely obedient and has an uncanny ability at problem solving. However, Papillons are very strong willed so you have to have the authority and show it while they are still very young. They require intense socialization at an early age, most notably with cats.

Papillons do extremely well in obedience and agility, and are highly trainable in the competitive show ring. They also make excellent therapy and service dogs. They respond best to consistent, loving and gentle guidance. The Papillon also loves to learn and perform tricks and are smart. Oh so smart!

Papillons are very easy to house train. We have a desk top ‘school bell’ sitting beside our door. When our little darling has to go outside to ‘tinkle’ he simply rings the bell!

The Papillon loves outdoor exercise and enjoys a daily walk. Yards must be securely fenced, as this breed will use their problem solving skills to escape if left unsupervised. The Papillon is an active indoor breed and some of their exercise needs can be fulfilled with play sessions. They do very well living in apartments. Papillons are not ‘yappers,’ however, they must be trained at a very early age the appropriate time to bark.

Papillons are great travelers! Ours know when we are going somewhere! We travel a lot and take our Papillon with us wherever we go. How excited he gets when we jingle the car keys and ask him if he wants to go on a trip! He loves his Travel Kennel. He knows his leash is something that belongs with his Travel Kennel, along with his “babies” (stuffed toys) and his chew bones.

We true animal lovers! Over the years we have had several breeds of dogs, each one of them were members of our family. We loved each one dearly and they remained, as part of our family, long past their normal years of living. The loss of our last 16 year old dog was so painful we thought we’d never get another.

However, after our own personal survival and overcoming the challenges presented by Hurricane Katrina we knew we needed to somehow take our medically challenged child’s mind off of what was before us. We decided to do this by granting him the deepest wish of his heart: his very own puppy, specifically, a Papillon.

Today, a year later, without a doubt, it was the best decision ever made! Not only has our Papillon been the best therapy for all of us, he is the greatest bundle of JOY that we could have ever hoped to receive.

If you are considering a new addition to your home, think PAPILLON.

Ms.CiCi is an accomplished author and world traveler. Her writings expose her wealth of ‘secret information’ so derived from her travels as well as drawing from her own personal wealth of wisdom. A great lover of nature, a visit to her website is a true delight: http://www.CiCi-Online.Com

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The Pomeranian Dog Breed

By Lee Dobbins

The Pomeranian is a lively, intelligent little dog that always has a smile for his owner. Developed in the Prussian region of Pomeranian these dogs were once quite large but now are one of the smallest of the toy breeds. Queen Victoria made this breed quite popular in Lee 1800’s England and many of the famous people of the day had Poms as pets.

A member of the American Kennel Club toy group, the Pomeranian was classified in the miscellaneous group until 1892 when the AKC classified into the toy group. The Pomeranian is very small weighing between three and 7 pounds and measuring seven to 12 inches. If cared for properly, this dog can live to be 15 years old.

Many people fall in love with this little fluffy dog because of his beautiful smiling wedge-shaped face. They have an intelligent expression with dark almond shaped eyes and dark noses. They have a double coat which is very thick and long outer coat in a short, wooly undercoat. Details stand forward on their backs and they have a large rough of the neck and chest. Typically solid colored, they can occasionally be party colored and come in orange, red, white, blue, brown, black and cream.

The Pomeranian is vivacious and intelligent – eager and quick to learn any trick that his master wants him to. They can be willful, and a bit difficult to house train but are very loyal to their families. They can be aggressive barkers and do need to be trained firmly in this area. while they are very smart and very quick to learn, you do need to let them know that you are the boss otherwise they will quickly get the upper hand. They make a wonderful companion and great show dog due to their docile and affectionate temperament.

Pomeranians can be prone to dislocated patella and slipped stifle as well as having heart and skin problems and eye Infections. Another problem that Poms as well as other small dogs can be prone to his having very bad teeth so you will have to exercise good dental care with this breed.

The Pomeranian is active in doors and doesn’t really need a yard to exercise than but like any other dog will require daily walks. This is a great dog for apartment living as long as the barking won’t annoy your neighbors.

The Pomeranian does need to have his beautiful long coat brushed daily. Brushing the coat forward is recommended as this will keep it looking best. Take care to remove any mats from the backs of the legs in the chest as these areas can get matted easily. You’ll also need to groom the bottoms of his feet in between the pads quite frequently as well as his eyes and ears. The eyes can get a build up of goop and need to be cleaned out at least once a week.

About the Author: Lee Dobbins writes for Dog Breeds 123 where you can learn more about dog breeds and dog care as well as see photos of your favorite breeds like the Pomeranian.

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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Puppy And Dog Information

By: Mitch Endick

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is happy, energetic smaller dog that makes a great watch dog. They can be kept in an apartment as long as they can be walked for exercise. A properly fenced in yard is best for exercise but they are diggers and known as escape artists. Never leave them off the leash as they will take off after an interesting scent. They generally like other animals and will socialize with them. They also like children. As a reminder, never leave a child unsupervised with a puppy or dog.

*Approximate Adult Size. The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is 13 to 15 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 31 to 40 pounds.
*Special Health Considerations. Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is no exception. Although considered a healthy breed, be on the look out for ear problems, Aseptic meningitis and hereditary eye problems. This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.

She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.

*Grooming. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen has a long rough, harsh to the touch coat with a thick, short under coat. They should be brushed at least weekly. Long hair at the bottom of feet may need to be trimmed.

Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.

Her nails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet. Generally a guillotine type trimmer is the best for this chore and competent instructions to accomplish this can be found on the net.

Her ears should be checked once a week and be kept clean. If you have her professionally groomed, make sure ear cleaning and inspection is part of the package. No water or excess fluid should get in the dogs ears, and do not try to irrigate the ears. Ear cleaning is too complicated and critical to instruct here. Look for hair growing in the ear canal, excess wax, or moisture. If her ears have a discharge, foul odor or she seems to be in distress and you suspect an infection, or tumor, consult your veterinarian.

*Life Span. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen can live between 10 and 14 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.

*History. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen come from the La Vendee district of France. They are a scent hound and were bred for hunting rabbits. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1991.

Some Registries:
*Petite Basset Griffon Vendeen Club of Amnerica
*UKC United Kennel Club
*NKC National Kennel Club
*CKC Continental Kennel Club
*APRI Americas Pet Registry Inc.
*AKC American Kennel Club
*FCI Federation Cynologique Internationale
*NZKC New Zealand Kennel Club
*KCGB = Kennel Club of Great Britain
*ANKC = Australian National Kennel Club
*ACR = American Canine Registry

Litter Size: 4 to 7 Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen puppies

Category: Hound

Terms To Describe: Bold, tough, compact, alert, lively, confident, independent, happy, extrovert, confident.

*SPECIAL GOOD POINTS
Makes a good watch dog.
Barely sheds.
Makes a nice family do.
Some enjoy the company of other animals.

*SPECIAL BAD POINTS
Makes a poor guard dog.
May howl.
Will follow a scent so should be controlled.
Not a fast learner.
They like to dig.
They are known as escape artists.

*Other names know by: PBGV

*Every dog is an individual so not everything in this information may be correct for your dog. This information is meant as a good faith guideline only.

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Mitch Endick is a short article writer, editor and website developer for the popular pet site petpages.com. www.petpages.com is a pet information site with free pet ads, dog classifieds, and puppy for sale info Petpages.com also offers information on cats, fish, reptiles, birds, ferrets, rabbits, mice and even pet bugs.

The President’s Choice-A Cocker Spaniel

By Darin Hosking

The “Checkers speech” made the English and American breeds of Cocker Spaniels famous almost overnight. Richard Nixon made his famous speech on September 23, 1952. Being accused of taking a bribe, Nixon admitted receiving a Cocker Spaniel as a gift from a traveling salesmen. His daughter named the cocker spaniel “Checkers”.

Even though the AKC separates the English Cocker Spaniel and the American Cocker Spaniel breeds, the term Cocker Spaniel refers to two different breeds of dogs, both of which are simply called Cocker Spaniel in both of their countries of origin.

Other Facts About The English Cocker Spaniel:

The AKC designation is Sporting Dog Group. The Cocker Spaniel was first Registered by the AKC (American Kennel Club) in 1878.

Physical Characteristics:

The English Cocker Spaniel is an alert, compactly built, medium-sized dog with long ears, reaching at least to the nose when pulled forward. The breed has dark oval eyes with an intelligent expression. The hair is medium length. Other physical characteristics include:

* Broad muzzle with long full ears.
* Common color is liver and white.
* Other colors are noted such as red and white, black and white or deep brown

Size & Height:

* 24 to 28 pounds and stand
* 15 inches tall

Personality:

* High-energy dogs
* Loves brisk walks and game playing like Frisbee
* Flexible
* Easily trained
* Intelligence and
* Calm demeanor
* Some stubbornness because of their independent spirit
* This breed will not make a good guard dog

Physical Accommodations:

* Can survive well in an apartment
* Require daily exercise as an outlet for their pent up energy

Health Problems:

* Eye Infections
* Cataracts
* Glaucoma
* Ear infections are common

The English Cocker Spaniel is a happy, active dog. This breed is a favorite breed of dog lovers with children. The English Cocker Spaniels are friendly, affectionate and loyal. They do not make good guard dogs because their temperament is so open and friendly. They are open and friendly to strangers.

The Cocker Spaniel has made a name of itself in the history of our country. Presidents and dignitaries all over the world love this affable breed. It might be because of the constant tail wagging that displays their joy of just being around people. These dogs make great companions for anyone who wants a real ego boost when they walk through the front door.

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The Mastiff – Calm, Loyal and Good-Natured Giant

By: Carol Stack

Gentle Giants

If there was ever a gentle giant, this dog is it. The Mastiff loves everybody and everything, especially his family. They are an especially good dog with children and make an excellent dog breed for a family.

That is a bit surprising since they were originally bred as war dogs. Outfitted with saddles that carried live coal, the dogs were trained to run underneath horses so the enemy knights would fall to the ground. Once a knight was on the ground he was helpless.

At other times the Mastiff was pitted against gladiators, lions, bears and bulls. This is a far cry from the gentle and low-key dog of today who is happiest when with his family.

They are extremely loyal and should be allowed to live indoors where they can fulfill their role of devoted guardian. They only require enough room to stretch out comfortably.

These large dogs are not very active and do not need much exercise. Unlike the sporting dogs that will run and run for miles, the Mastiff is happy to just lie around the house. One walk each day or a good game is enough exercise for them.

An Ancient Dog Breed

The Mastiff originated in Great Brittain. They come from the mastiff family which is one of the oldest and most influential dog breeds. Like the mastiff family, the Mastiff is also an ancient breed that has been around since before the time of Caesar.

In the years leading up to World War II they almost disappeared in Great Brittan. Thankfully, they were a popular dog in the United States and so the breed did not completely die out. Since then their numbers have increased, and today it is the 33rd most popular dog in America.

Special Needs of a Large Dog Breed

The only drawbacks to this dog are the amount of food they require and the space they need indoors. They are not active indoors, but like to stretch out in comfort. They require very little grooming, are generally very healthy, and very easy to train.

When acquiring a Mastiff it is important to gain his respect at an early age. If the dog learns to listen and follow orders when he is a puppy, he will be very happy to obey when he is 230 pounds.

Males can reach up to 230 pounds and females can reach 170 pounds. They are a little shorter than the Irish Wolfhound but heavier. As a result of their large size it is especially important that puppies are bought from reputable breeders that do not feed puppies anything that will speed their growth. This can lead to health problems later on.

How to Choose a Good Puppy

Other things to beware of when looking for a Mastiff for a pet is to make sure the mother is older than 22 months and younger than seven years, and that the prospective owners check the parents’ hip and elbow certificates to verify that they do have hip or elbow dysplasia.

Reputable breeds will be happy to comply with any questions the buyers ask. Remember that people who really care about the breed are not breeding just for the money, but are also breeding for a pure and exceptional line.

Anyone who purchases a Mastiff will have a wonderful companion for as long as nine to eleven years. The Mastiff is definitely an excellent dog for families to consider.

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Discover tons of information about dogs, dog training, dog breeds, and dog care at www.christysdogportal.com, brought to you by two dog enthusiasts. Carol Stack has been working with dogs for more than three decades. Carol and her daughter Christy have created this Web site especially for dog lovers and those who want to know more about dogs.