Archive for May, 2007

Lovable Hounds: The Beagle

By Tiffany Trent

Beagles are a medium-sized breed of hound with short legs and soulful eyes. The beagle comes in a wide variety of colors, though the most common appearance is tri-color with a black nose. These dogs are usually black and white when they are born and develop their brown patches as they get older.

Beagles are curious by nature and this may make them harder to train because they are intelligent and stubborn. The Beagle is a gentle dog, with a good temperament, making this dog breed great for any age child. These dogs are playful, energetic, and very loyal to their owners. Beagles, unlike other dog breeds, don’t just bond with one person in their home; they bond with the entire family.

Beagles are prone to separation anxiety because they are pack animals. If you are going to leave your beagle along for a long period of time, (ex. going on vacation) your pet would do best being kept with other dogs or a person they are familiar with. If you don’t have a family friend your beagle can stay with, you should consider taking your pet to a kennel while you’re away to lessen the anxiety of being separated from you.

Overall, beagles are a rather healthy dog breed, though they do have some common health problems. The beagle’s ears are floppy and very long. This can prevent air from getting into the ear canals and moisture can get trapped in the ear, which can cause ear infections in your beagle. Regular cleaning and a diet including lamb and rice dog food are good ways to prevent this in your pet.

Another common health problem in beagles is obesity. This occurs when people overfeed their pet or reward with treats too often because of their gentle, exuberant nature. In a healthy beagle, you should be able to feel your dog’s ribs and see an hourglass shape to your dog’s length when looking at it from above. This breed of hound can also be prone to congenital heart disease, seizures, and arthritis.

This breed of dog is very versatile. Beagles have an exceptional sense of smell, making them a great companion for hunters. Because they are loyal and very gentle, they make great family pets. These dogs are also often placed in dog shows because of their beauty and agreeable nature. The beagle is a lovable hound dog, that is low maintenance, and very hard not to love!

T.s. Trent is an author on http://www.Writing.Com/ which is a site for Writers. This article has been submitted in affiliation with http://www.PetLovers.Com/ which is a site for Pets.

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Alaskan Malamutes

They are sweet. They are loyal. They are smart. Additionally, when they are puppies, they look like tribbles. So if you are considering making an Alaskan Malamute the next member of your family, be prepared. They do not look like tribbles for long. Alaskan Malamutes originated as sled dogs. They were trained to work in teams pulling supplies and medicine across the frozen tundra. Their thick, double-coats were perfect for this work as they spent the brunt of their lives in cold temperatures. Their loyalty and “people-friendly” demeanors’ have given them the nickname “Big ole teddy bears.” And it is a well-deserved nickname. From the time they are puppies until the day they leave the world, Alaskan Malamutes require a lot of attention. Their dependence, though beneficial to the bonding process, comes with a price…STUBBORNNESS.

Malamutes are not recommended for first time dog owners. Because of this stubborn streak, bad behavior can be hard to change if a mistake is made. This particular personality trait is enough to turn most people away from answering that “Alaskan Malamute Puppies For Sale” sign. Then, when you least expect it, you catch site of the puppy. You cannot resist and you take your new friend home. Now the fun begins? First, you should be aware that Alaskan Malamutes are not fully mature until they are 18 months old. Though many Malamute owners prefer to free-feed their new best bud, while they are pups, a regular feeding schedule should be adhered to. Ideally, your new little friend should be fed at least three times a day. Second, though a Malamute can grow to be as large as 85 pounds, be prepared for an inside dog. Alaskan Malamutes are happiest when they can join in family activities. They should be able to come and go as they please through a dog door. And what about medical problems?

Alaskan Malamutes are prone to a host of medical problems.

• Hot spots – raw skin can develop with a poor diet. So remember to feed your friend a diet high in protein.

• Bloating – like all big breeds, Alaskan Malamutes can develop bloating in the prime of their life. This is caused when the stomach increases in size because of excess gas or fluids. Unfortunately, the cause of bloating is not known. There is noting you can do to prevent it.

• Hip Dysplasia – Hip Dysplasia is another common ailment to the Malamute, as it is to other large breeds. For the most part, hip dysplasia is a genetic problem and can be controlled through proper breeding. Beware though, just because you get a guarantee from the breeder that both parents were hip dysplasia-free, you are not guaranteed a disease-free dog. But do not let this deter you from choosing the Alaskan Malamute as your next pet. Though they can be stubborn, and shedding can be a problem, at least two times a year anyway, Alaskan Malamutes are loyal and family-friendly. As long as they have plenty of water and lots of shade in the summer, (they are walking around with a thick fur coat year-round after all), a Malamute can be your best friend for life. And isn’t that what we are all looking for with man’s best friend?

Learn more about different puppys at FurryPup.com We have info on 158 different puppy breeds. Every article is creative and interesting. Nathan Drew Sire founded the website to bring breeders and puppy lovers together.

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Affenpinscher

By Drew Sire

So you have decided you want to get a new dog but you do not want a big, mean, aggressive guard dog. You do not want a canine that requires unlimited time in the exercise yard. You don’t even want a new buddy that looks like a dog. “Cuteness” is the number one criteria you are using. Well do I have a dog for you…the Affenpinscher…better known to most people as “The Monkey Dog.” These little bundles of fur are too cute for their own good.

Love at first sight

Most people fall in love at first sight with this adorable little monkey dog. Thought to be one of the earliest “toy” breeds, the Affenpinscher was originally bred as a rat dog in Germany, though its true origins have gone the way of the dodo bird.

The term “monkey dog” comes from its monkey-like appearance. Also, the Affenpinscher can entertain itself for hours at a time like a monkey. It is not unusual to see the little wire-haired scoundrel throwing a ball up in the air and catching it for hours at a time. This is the perfect breed of dog for the busy, working stiff who simply wants someone to talk to when he gets home from a 25-hour workday.

Training Your Little Monkey

Even though the Affenpinscher is easily entertained, training the little devils can sometimes be a little challenging. Housetraining the Affenpinscher, like most toy breeds, can be the most frustrating of tasks. Because they are so independent, they do not require your constant attention, which of course will lead to more than their fair share of “little accidents.” Crate training and a huge helping or owner patience are required. As long as you can keep your frustration in check and keep a diligent eye on the little guy, your new carpet will soon be accident-free.

Affenpinschers also respond best to “positive training,” meaning a reward for good behavior rather than screaming for bad behavior works best. Puppy kindergarten in the first few months is also recommended to stave off that little independent streak. A well-trained Affenpinscher is the best little buddy you will ever have.

Health Concerns for the Affenpinscher

Hereditary conditions of any kind should be of great concern to new Affenpinscher owners. Due to the limited gene pool for the breed, hip dysplasia and other problems should be considered. A constant vigil over any symptoms should be the new Affenpinschers creed and daily practice.

But even with the possible health concerns and numerous “little accidents” the new owner is almost guaranteed to deal with, the little devils will almost assuredly win over your heart. As a matter of fact, the official motto of the Affenpinscher Club of America is “Bet you can’t own just one.”

Learn more about different puppys at FurryPup.com We have info on 158 different puppy breeds. Every article is creative and interesting. Nathan Drew Sire founded the website to bring breeders and puppy lovers together. You can learn more about the Affenpinscher and find Affenpinschers for sale.

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A Little Bit About The Pekingese

By Connie Limon

The Pekingese, also known as Peking Palasthund and Little Lion Dog of Peking, are among the favorite American pets of the twenty-first century. The Pekingese is also referred to as a sleeve dog because it is said the Chinese royalty carried the little Peke in the sleeves of their robes.

There were no real lions in China. However, the Lion of Buddha was a sacred symbol from about the first century A.D. The artist of those days portrayed Buddhist’s symbols remarkably like the emperor’s palace dogs. The Pekingese were probably the artists’ models. Until 1860 the Pekingese was kept only by the imperial family. The Imperial family designated three types:

• Lion Dogs for their manes and large forequarters;
• Sun Dogs because of their golden red coats;
• And Sleeve Dogs because they were often carried inside the rather large sleeves of the royal families.

According to historians when the British raided the Chinese Imperial Palace in 1860, they carried off five of these little dogs. One of these little dogs was presented to Queen Victoria and named “Looty.” The remaining four were given to Admiral John Hay. In John Hay’s Greenwood Castle these four Pekingese became the foundation stock for today’s Western Pekingese.

Very little is known or available of the ancestors of the Pekingese. We do know Oriental breeding was common to produce small type pug-faced dogs with flowing coats.

The Pekingese is probably better suited to adult families or those with older children who understand the need of careful handling of small dogs. The Pekingese is sociable and loves to romp with its family. He can be somewhat stubborn, never loses courage or dignity. He is even-tempered, intelligent and affectionate. The Pekingese is a loyal companion. He is best trained with gentleness, consistency and with great patience. Reward every appropriate action with a kind word and a special treat. The Pekingese is usually not known as an alarm dog. He usually resents strangers, is bold, brave and may develop into a watchdog if encouraged.

The Pekingese have not changed a lot since they were residents of the royal palace of China. They are still small and compatible little dogs. They were bred to please their royal owners. Following the fall of the Chinese palace in 1860 they were seen in Great Britain. The AKC registered the Pekingese in 1906 and the breed has grown in popularity since that time.

Pekingese do not require a lot of exercise, long walks with its owner and backyard playtime is plenty for the Peke.

Grooming

You guessed it…..the Pekingese does require quite a bit of grooming. Its coat is abundant, long, straight, flat and flowing. Most Pekingese have a black mask that extends to the ears and are seen in many different colors. Grooming should begin very early in the life of a Pekingese puppy. The fine coat tangles easy. Care must be taken to straighten or clip out mats as they form. The top coat is coarse with a thick undercoat. There is a profuse mane extending beyond its shoulders which forms a cape around the neck.

You will need a slicker or pin brush and a wide-toothed comb. Brushing regularly is essential. Pet Pekingese are more comfortable having their stomach, chest and genital area clipped very short. Show dog Pekingese, however, are not clipped in this manner.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About A Boxer Dog

By Richard Cussons

Before purchasing a Boxer–or any dog–you should consider various aspects to decide if this is the right breed for you. The worse thing you can do as a dog owner is not research the potential dog. If you don’t, you may find yourself surprised, or overwhelmed and unable to work with the breed. Boxers have their own set of challenges so it is important to understand them.

One: grooming. With its short coat, the Boxer is an extremely easy breed to groom. This is a low maintenance dog that only requires a quick brushing every day; bathing need only occur when necessary. Also, Boxers are fastidious creatures that will clean themselves, like cats. For those looking for an easy to care for pet, the Boxer ranks high.

Two: exercise. The Boxer is an active breed so those looking for just a house dog should reconsider. Though this dog will want to be in the house with you, it will want plenty of time outdoors for play. Boxers, being very energetic, respond well to structured ctivities like games of fetch or frisbee. They do not do well by just lying around the house. If you are not able to spend the time with them, this is not the breed for you.

Three: health concerns. Larger dogs always have certain health risks and the Boxer is no different. This breed runs the chance of: cardiomyopathy, sub-aortic stenosis or hip dysphasia. Also, after the age of eight, this breed is more likely to develop tumors than other dogs. This is why you must buy your Boxer from an experienced breeder. With these potential risks, all dogs must be properly screened, and regular trips to the Vet should be planned.

Four: temperament. The Boxer’s temperament is both its greatest advantage and its potential downfall. This is a highly playful, spirited dog that becomes greatly attached to its owners. This is also a dog that suffers from mischievous instincts (such as the need to chew) and separation anxiety. When you own a Boxer, be prepared to find a devoted, though sometimes stubborn, breed that will want to go everywhere with you.

Five: protection. Many assume that, because of the Boxer’s sturdy frame, it makes an excellent protector. This is both correct and not so. The Boxer is, generally, a friendly pet that will welcome strangers. But, if it feels its family is threatened, it will take down an intruder. What you must take note of is: some areas require that you register larger breeds, like Boxers, and will charge money for their presence. While you can use a Boxer as protection, you must be careful–many cities will fine you for any suspected offense.

Richard Cussons is a champion for dogs of all breeds but Boxers in particular. You can find out more about Boxer dogs at the Boxer Savvy web site.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About A Yorkshire Terrier

By Richard Cussons

Many assume that, because the Yorkie is such a small dog, it will have few needs. This is not true. As with any breed, the Yorkie has elements that may make it your perfect pet… or the worst choice you could make. Before deciding on any dog, you must consider certain aspects.

One: grooming. The Yorkie has a good deal of hair that requires high maintenance. You must brush every day and clip regularly. Though this breed sheds little to no hair, which makes it excellence for allergy sufferers or those concerned with ruining furniture, it still requires extensive care. Many owners chose to have their Yorkies professionally groomed, but this costs money. If you are not willing to take the time to have your Yorkie groomed, or to do it yourself, this is not the breed for you.

Two: health concerns. Though the Yorkie is a sturdy dog, it is still a little one and prone to certain problems. Its size makes it likely to get hurt more easily from a fall or roughhousing. This does not make it suitable for families with young children. Also, Yorkies can suffer from teeth problems. The best way to handle this is to use dry food only to build up strength, and have regular Vet visits. Finally, if you intend to breed Yorkies, you must realize that females can have problems delivering due to their size.

Three: exercise. Yorkies are, by nature, active dogs. Routine exercise will be at minimal since they will keep themselves busy during the day. Still, these dogs love to go for walks or to play in the yard. You must make sure they are secure, however, as they might run away. A Yorkie has high hunting instincts and is inclined to chase.

Four: training. The Yorkie is a bit of a contradiction. Though it can be easily trained, it will ignore that training when it sees fit. This can make it appear to be a breed of lesser intelligence. This is not true. Yorkies are actually quite clever and capable of handling most problems. They just also happen to be stubborn creatures. Training will be a constant thing and will require time and attention.

Five: temperament. Yorkies are blessed with that infectious, fearless Terrier temperament. This is both a blessing and a curse for owners. These dogs demand your time and attention. Also, they will do as they please–this extends to chasing down whatever animal happens to cross their path if they are able (including dogs as large as Great Danes). Because of this fiery nature, Yorkies require an owner with patience and a disciplined mind. Your Yorkie will be devoted to you; he just might not always listen.

If any of these characteristics seem too overwhelming, the Yorkie–or any other Terrier–is probably not for you. These are not timid animals and do not need timid owners. Instead, you must be willing to face the challenges of owning this breed for, with those challenges, comes a wonderful pet.

Richard Cussons is a champion for dogs of all breeds and Yorkshire Terriers in particular. You can find out more about the Yorkshire Terrier at the Yorkshire Terrier Savvy web site.

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How Owning A Great Dane Is Affected By Its Personality

By Richard Cussons

There are some breeds that are instantly recognizable. The Great Dane is one of those: its powerful, yet never clumsy, form makes it the target of much admiration. Of course, it’s more than the Dane’s robust build that makes it so easy to spot; it’s the natural bearing that it carries. This dog has been called the “Apollo” of all breeds, and with good reason.

Its origins date back to 3,000 BC, where drawings found on Egyptian monuments depict Dane-like dogs. And then, in 2,000 BC, Babylonian artifacts were discovered, some including drawings on soldiers using the dogs. The term “Apollo”, however, reflects the Greek use of the animals. Coins dating back to 36 BC have been found, inscribed with the Dane’s image. It is commonly believed the Great Dane was used in arena blood sports, due to its size and power.

Throughout history, this massive dog was breed for battle and the hunt. Today, we would find that strange since the Dane is considered one of the gentlest breeds, but it was not always so. In 407 AD, an Asiatic race called the Alans invaded parts of Italy, Spain and Germany, using these dogs in battle. During the 15th and 16th century, they were use to hunt boar, bear and other large prey.

It is during this time that the breed seen today was started. In Germany, the Dane was admired for its abilities and selective breeding began. Crossing its larger frame (from Tibetan Mastiff decent) with the more slender build of an Irish Wolfhound, the Great Dane of today was formed.

The name “Dane” came from French Naturalist Comte de Buffon. In the 1700’s, he traveled to Denmark, found a breed similar, but more slender, and called it a ‘Grand Danois’, Great Danish Dog.

After that, the name stuck.

The Great Dane is known, today, not for its battle skills, but for its temperament. Its large head and powerful frame could deceive anyone into believing this dog to be a modern monster. This is not true, however. The Great Dane is a gentle giant, a protective, but never aggressive, animal. Recognized for their loyalty and calm natures, this is a breed ideal for families. The Dane is devoted to his “clan” and takes well to training. Also, he is a patient fellow, perfect for children. However, standing between 28 to 34 inches and weighing between 100 to 200 pounds, the Dane is still intimidating to ward off any problems. If he senses danger toward his family, he will become protective.

At a glance, the Great Dane seems to be the perfect pet, and he may be… for some. Before choosing to own a Great Dane, you must understand the disadvantages. While that powerful frame may make an excellent protector, it will also take up massive amounts of space. And, since the Dane–affectionate thing that he is–needs to be with you, simply locking him outside is not going to work. Another aspect of the breed that you must realize is the need for exercise. This is a dog that, if not given sufficient play, will suffer bloat or other medical complications. They need, at least, a long walk during the day. More is recommended. Many families do not have the time to spend exercising their pet. Or, the extra money to feed it. While this breed is usually slimmer, dogs still eat between three and six cups of food a day. Some families may not be able to afford that, along with just the basic expenses that come with having a larger dog. And the greatest disadvantage to owning a Great Dane–or any larger breed–is that they don’t live as long. The typical life span is eight to ten years.

Before purchasing any breed, you must be certain that it is more than just the one you want: it’s the one you can handle. Never select a puppy because it’s “cute” or because a friend owns one and swears by it. Each family has different needs and some breeds won’t fulfill them.

Owning a Great Dane can be a wonderful experience, if you have the time to devote to it. Consider this before bringing one of these gentle giants into your home.

Richard Cussons is a champion for dogs of all breeds and Great Danes in particular. You can find out more about the Great Dane at the Great Dane Savvy web site.

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Basset Hounds: Ten Things to Know About this Lovable Pet

By Robert Knechtel

Basset Hounds are among the most companionable and lovable dogs on the planet. Here are ten characteristics of the breed you need to know before bringing a Basset into your life.

1. Bassets seem to love everyone: It’s difficult to imagine a sweeter, gentler or more peaceful dog. An adult basset on a walk in the park will try to make friends with almost everyone. Strangers seem drawn to him, will want to pet and coo over him. Emotionally, he sometimes seems almost human. His temperament is very well suited for a family setting. He’s really good with children and other dogs. He loves to play. Aggression is very rare. Don’t expect him to be a guard dog.

2. Sense of Smell: His sense of smell is second only to the bloodhound. Bassets were bred for hunting small game. His nose can lead him into danger. He’s an escape artist and a wanderer. It’s advisable to keep him in an enclosed area and on the leash during walks. Left to his own devices, he’ll follow his nose wherever it takes him.

3. Intelligence: Because of his clown like demeanor, laid back attitude and a streak of stubbornness, there are those who stereotype the basset as dumb. Don’t believe it. On the contrary, he’s a past master at getting his way. Clownishness, soulfulness and contemplative assessment of any situation are all part of his arsenal to win you over.

4. Puppies & Housebreaking: Admittedly, housebreaking is difficult. If patience is not your long suit, you may want to consider a grown hound from rescue. In housebreaking a basset puppy, gentle tolerance and persistence, with plenty of positive reinforcement, will yield success. During his first year, refrain from allowing him to go down long stairs or jump off couches. His lengthy back is prone to problems during the formative stage if too much stress is applied.

5. Drool: OK, he drools. Some bassets drool more than others. You’ll accept drool, because you just love him to death.

6. Weight: Since he’s prone to weight gain and bloat, as is common among all deep-chested breeds, he should be fed reasonable portions only twice a day. Bassets tend to overeat. Remember that they’re long and low, and excess weight can lead to back injury. At a minimum, a daily walk is a must.

7. Ears: Bassets’ long ears do not provide good air circulation and are prone to infection. Cleaning weekly and application of an ear wash solution from a veterinarian are required. While frequent baths are not necessary, the ears drag in everything and may need scrubbing more often.

8. Care and Maintenance: With the exception of the ears and drool, bassets are easy to keep clean. His short, dense coat repels dirt and water. Bassets do shed, but regular brushing and removal will keep it to a minimum. Bathing about once a month is all that’s needed.

9. Compact Big Dogs: His short stature is deceptive. Most bassets weigh in the range of 50 to 65 pounds. He has more bone for his size than any other breed. Because of his short legs, he may have difficulty jumping into some vehicles.

10. Barking: Bassets are not given to excessive barking. Since he is very much a pack animal, he may howl if left alone for long periods. He’s vocal and often makes a variety of sounds in keeping with his mood, especially when excited about the prospect of a walk or play.

If you’re looking for a gentle companion that’s easy to care for and gets along well with everyone, you’d be hard put to do better than a basset hound. Please consider rescuing a basset. Just do a search for “basset rescue” on Google to find dogs in your area.

Robert G. Knechtel maintains several websites, including PetMedShop.Com and Go60.Com

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The Saucy Chihuahua

By Jasmine Macdonald

Nothing is cuter than a tiny Chihuahua. She is a graceful, alert, swift moving dog with a saucy expression.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog in the world – 6-9 inches tall and weights between 2-6 pounds.

She has a small apple-shaped head with a short pointed muzzle. Very large, round dark bright eyes and large erect ears.

The Chihuahua has a stout body that is longer than it is tall with a sickle-shaped tail which is curled over the back or to the side.

Color: Can be any color. Common colors are, chestnut, black, tan, fawn, multi-colored and splashed.

Coat: Two distinctive Breed types: one with a long soft coat, the other with a short coat.

Life Expectancy: 15 years or more

PERSONALITY

A Chihuahua is very intelligent but can be strong willed.

Extremely loyal to her owner – Gives and demands a lot of affection.

Very intuitive and will copy the behavior and moods of her owner(s).

Has the reputation of being a good watch dog – very courageous, bold and aggressive. She does not seem to realize how tiny she really is.

Chihuahuas are very spunky and mischievous.

Unless she is properly socialized, she will not like strangers.

CHICHUAHUA AS A PET

A great companion dog – you will not find a better friend.

Not good with small children as the Chichuahhua will bite when teased.

Good with cats.

Can be aggressive toward other breeds of dogs. Usually will tolerate another Chihuahua in the home.

A great little dog for apartment living.

GROOMING

The Chihuahua with a smooth short-haired coat should be brushed occasionally. The breed with the long coat should be brushed daily with a soft brittle bush.

Both types should be bathed about once a month (careful not to get water in their ears).

TRAINING

Some Chihuahuas may be difficult to train, but they are very smart and learn quickly.

With a little patience you can have a wonderful little dog. They will respond well to gentle but firm training.

EXERCISE

Chihuahuas needs regular exercise to maintain a healthy weight. Since she is so tiny a body harness is safer than a collar for walks.

Be careful on extremely cold days as she hates cold weather.

FOOD

A Chihuahua should be feed a high quality dog food.

She has a tendency to overeat so her food consumption should be monitored.

COMMON HEALTH PROBLEMS

A Chihuahua tends to wheeze and snore because of her short nose.

She is susceptible to corneal dryness and glaucoma. Prone to gum problems, stress, colds, and Rheumatism. Vulnerable to factures and accidents due to her small size.

HISTORY

The Chihuahua was named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

It is the oldest breed of dog on the American continent.

Jasmine Macdonald is an avid dog lover who writes the daily Frisky Dog. You can visit her site at: http://friskydog.blogspot.com for all kinds of advice for your “best friend” (A.K.A. your dog).

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