2012-06-16T11:18:21.040-07:00The Chinese Shar-Pei is also known as: Chinese Fighting DogFast FactsGroup classification: Non-Sporting Country of origin: China Date of origin: AntiquityWeight (M): 50 - 60 lb Height (M): 19 - 20" Life expectancy: 9 - 10 yearsWeight (F): 45 - 50 lb Height (F): 18 - 19" 1.General Description of the Chinese Shar-PeiA unique and intelligent dog that most often is recognized for its wrinkles, the Chinese Shar-Pei initially was developed as an all-purpose Chinese farm dog: a medium sized, square and compact dog, close coupled with a large yet handsome head. The Chinese Shar-Pei has a unique look all their own, wrinkled loose skin — with a short bristled coat — that covers the body and head, small ears, a “hippopotamus” muzzle, and a high set tail. The dog’s wrinkles are more pronounced in a puppy than in an adult. Shar-Pei commonly have two coat types, either “horse,” short; or “brush,” up to an inch long. A third rare coat-type, which is not recognized by the AKC, is the “bear” that is longer than one-inch. The large head has dark, small, sunken, almond-shaped eyes that lend a scowling expression; the extremely small ears lie flat on the skull and are set high and forward; the muzzle sports a large and wide nose, and a blue-black tongue. The coat can be of any solid color, and is absolutely straight and off-standing on the main trunk of the body but generally lies flat on the limbs.2.Chinese Shar-Pei TemperamentThe Chinese Shar-Pei takes itself seriously, and demands that others do likewise. The dog’s ever present scowl is indicative of its attitude toward strangers or anything else it sees as a threat to its family, including other dogs. This is not to say the dog cannot be socialized – quite the contrary, in fact – but its first instinct toward outsiders is definitely suspicion. Once the newcomer has been brought into the fold, however, he will have a proud, loyal and devoted friend. The Shar-Pei’s independent nature can make training a chore, as the dog is unlikely to obey anyone it sees as weak or not in control. Though not a particularly playful breed, the Shar-Pei gets along well with children and other pets. Take care when training your Shar-Pei that it does not become antisocial or too much of an “alpha dog.”3.Caring for a Chinese Shar-PeiTraining a Shar-Pei requires a firm hand and plenty of patience. Establish dominance over the dog, and do not let it display aggressive behavior in front of strangers, pets or children. Make sure the dog is thoroughly socialized as a puppy with other dogs to avoid problems in adulthood. As a working breed, the Chinese Shar-Pei needs plenty of exercise, and should have an opportunity every day to go on a long walk or play off the leash in a dog-friendly park. The most common health conditions seen in the breed are fever, amyloidosis, canine hip dysplasia and eye entropion; other concerns include patellar luxation, hypothyroidism, allergies and skin fold pyodermas.[...]
2012-06-16T11:17:31.617-07:00Fast Facts Group classification: Herding Country of origin: Scotland and EnglandDate of origin: 19th centuryWeight (M): 35 - 45 lb Height (M): 20 - 23"Life expectancy: 11 - 14 yearsWeight (F): 30 - 40 lb Height (F): 18 - 21"General Description of the Border Collie The Border Collie is a medium size dog renowned for its unique herding techniques. The head is well proportioned, with a muzzle that tapers slightly toward the nose. Eyes are wide set, medium in size and oval shaped – color is typically brown but may be blue in merle dogs. Ears are set apart and carried erect or semi-erect; it is common to see one ear erect and the other semi-erect in some dogs. The Border Collie’s expression is intelligent and interested. The body is substantially muscular and facilitates graceful, fluid movement. The topline is level with an arch over the loin. The tail is set and carried low. The Border Collie’s coat is either rough or smooth, but in either case constitutes a soft, dense undercoat protected by a coarse, weather resistant outer coat. Coloring can be just about anything, including, solid, tricolor, bicolor, sable and merle.Border Collie Temperament The Border Collie is an uncannily intelligent dog with a natural inclination toward work and herding things in general, be it sheep, cars, or other animals. It is an alert, diligent and highly energetic dog. The Border Collie is also very responsive and easily trained. The dog has a good habit of remembering orders even when its master is out of sight, and requires minimal supervision when working. While reserved in the face of strangers, the Border Collie can be quite affectionate towards those it recognizes and is comfortable around. The dog’s characteristic stare during work and play can be quite endearing for its family, but may be disturbing for other animals. Border Collies have a reputation for not getting along well with small animals, though they are usually pretty good with dogs. This dog is protective of its family.Caring for a Border Collie If you can’t give the Border Collie a job to do, then at least make sure you can devote at least 45 minutes a day to providing it with exhausting, vigorous exercise. A game in the park or a challenging obedience training session is preferred. Proper socialization around cats and strangers, and to a lesser extent other dogs, is important and should begin at a young age. The Border Collie can live outside in moderate climates, but is infinitely happier when allowed to sleep indoors with its family. The Border Collie is not suited to living in an apartment, and needs ready access to a yard. Coat care involves a biweekly brushing session. The Border Collie is susceptible to canine hip dysplasia, and on rare occasions may develop diseases such as progressive retinal atrophy, CEA, seizures, lens luxation, PDA, OCD and deafness. [...]
2012-06-16T11:16:40.848-07:00Group classification: Toy Country of origin: Mexico Date of origin: 16th centuryWeight (M): Less than 6 lb Height (M): 6 - 9" Life expectancy: 15 - 18 yearsWeight (F): Less than 6 lb Height (F): 6 - 9"Chihuahua dogs1.General Description of the Chihuahua dogs The very smallest dog breed, the Chihuahua dogs is ever vigilant and fleet of foot, with a spunky attitude. Compact with a terrier-like temperament, the Chihuahua has the appearance of a fine-boned but muscular dog that carries his sickle-shaped tail like a flag. The distinctive apple dome head features large eyes, dark or a luminous ruby in color, and large ears that stand erect when the dog is alert and flare out to the sides when at rest. The muzzle is short and pointed with a self-colored nose. Chihuahuas have two coat types, smooth and long. The smooth coat should be soft and close, with a perceptible sheen. Long coats can be flat or wavy, with an undercoat, fringed ears, feathering on the feet and legs, and a tail that looks much like a plume. A Chihuahua's coat can be of any color or patterning. Many Americans recognize the Chihuahua as the Taco Bell Dog from the popular "Yo quiero Taco Bell" advertising campaign.2.Chihuahua Temperament Alert with terrier-like qualities, the Chihuahua can be irritable, overconfident or downright nasty when provoked. Nevertheless, this spunky little Toy's intense devotion to its "person" has earned the affection of millions of owners. The Chihuahua is brave and is known to defend itself and its home from large dogs and invaders by barking in protest and threatening mayhem. Chihuahuas are not recommended for homes with small children but do well with elderly individuals or couples, or an owner who loves to spoil. The Chihuahua is typically wary of strangers and unknown dogs (except other Chihuahuas), but gets along well with other pets in the house.3.Caring for a Chihuahua Chihuahuas are a long-lived breed with minimal grooming needs. The smooth coat type should be brushed or wiped with a cloth occasionally; the long coat should be brushed daily. A monthly bath is recommended, but take care to keep the ears dry. This breed is an average shedder. Resist the temptation to carry these little dogs everywhere. They are much happier and fitter when walked; use a harness rather than a collar. Chihuahuas dislike the cold and appreciate a sweater on cool days. They are perfect for apartment living. Their “shivering or trembling” is not always a cold or health issue but often happens when the dog is excited or stressed. Do not allow your Chihuahua to jump off high furniture or from your arms as the impact could have serious consequences. For the same reason, do not allow children to play roughly with or to carry a Chihuahua. A rather healthy breed, the Chihuahua may nevertheless suffer from pulmonic stenosis, patellar luxation, hypoglycemia and hydrocephalus. Have your veterinarian perform all appropriate tests. [...]
2012-06-16T11:15:03.717-07:001.General Description of the Chow ChowThe Chow Chow is a firm, powerful, squarely-built dog of medium size. Heavy bones and solid muscles endow the breed with its characteristic working appearance. The Chow Chow can have black, cinnamon, red, blue and cream coloring, and its appearance reflects northern roots and capability of enduring extremely cold temperatures. The breed’s wide-set, triangular ears are carried erectly with a slight forward incline and rest on a short, small and flat skull. The Chow Chow’s medium-sized, deep set, dark brown eyes are well separated and have an almond shape. It is possible for the breed to have two different coat-types; smooth or coarse, both of which are double-layered. The coarse-coated Chow Chow has a wooly, dense undercoat and a straight, extended outer-coat that forms a teeming ruff encircling the head and neck. The smooth-coated Chow Chow lacks the off-standing outer-coat but is otherwise identical. The tongue is blue-black and the inside of the mouth is black.2.Chow Chow TemperamentThe Chow Chow is an independent, dignified and intelligent breed—characteristics some say cause the breed to come across as detached, or cold. The breed is notoriously reserved and cautious in the presence of strangers but is not aggressive toward people. Although most Chows will work hard to dominate other dogs, the breed is usually quite good with children. The Chow’s compatibility with other pets depends on its exposure and socialization early in life, but is usually not good. Because of the breed’s determined and often over protective personality, it is crucial that obedience training begin at a young age to assure a well-adjusted adult dog.3.Caring for a Chow ChowThe Chow Chow is a heavy shedder that, regardless of coat type, will require extensive grooming and needs to be shampooed on a regular basis. Owners should use a steel-toothed comb and devote special attention to the areas behind the ears and beneath the legs, as knots can form quite quickly in these regions. The Chow Chow has the potential to do well in an apartment, but it should receive adequate exercise in order to prevent excess weight gain. A daily walk will likely suffice. It is vital for owners to remember that the Chow Chow originated under very cold conditions and watch carefully for signs of over-heating, particularly in humid environments. Major health concerns for the Chow Chow include canine hip and elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation and entropion. Other concerns include distichiasis, cataracts, persistent papillary membrane, elongated palate, glaucoma, gastric torsion and stenotic nares.[...]
2012-06-16T11:37:48.095-07:00Boxer dogs are very large in the terms of dimension and very smart, due to these 2 things they are educated for helping policemen in their case. These kinds of dogs are very huge and strong enough to restrain and take down a prisoner when required and also smart enough to get a skills for helping the police for their work. This breed of dogs as a history of working as the police dogs as we go back to the 20th century where they have been used in Germany as police dogs. Nowadays Boxer Breed is very common as most of the policeman uses these dogs.As the Boxer are used prevalent as the police dog for training them as the public order enforcement dog. These dogs are very good and alternative to the German shepherd dogs due to this reason they utilized as the police dogs and gave training for chase the criminals helping police to arrest criminals. These dogs sustained the orders, thus the chance for having a Boxer dog releasing on them makes many suspects. The Boxer dogs are taught the commands in the languages which are spoken in the area by the people keeping the dog from the unintentional commands in a normal discussion and also to forecast all the criminals. [...]
2012-06-16T11:38:08.115-07:00German shepherd is considered as the most noble and elegant breed among Animal Geographics. Due to its glossy coats, pointed ears, agile and robust appearance of these breeds are preceded by the intelligence of these dogs. These canines never the things taught to them. Basically German shepherd is known for their functionality because of their activeness and hard work. But where did it come from and how did it attain the status?HistoryIn the mid of 1800, many of the breeds of Animal Geographics were referred to the Phylax society which was shaped for purpose for fostering an area of dog breeders for German. The group had aexperiments and discussions combining all the different kind of breeds, with a hope of arriving with an off spring which were beneficial as their parents. However the group didn’t last long, it broke in 1894. Thus the Phylax society is not even successful for the German shepherd creation, but the research performed by it had the capability for giving the means of creation. In the 19th century, Max Von Stephanitz who was a German captain, considered as father of breed, and formed one more group aimed for creation of best breeds of the sheepdogs and hence the new German Shepherds were arrived.Though there was the danger of having faulty off springs, so it was necessary for inbreeding to repair all the qualities permanently during the previous years of German shepherds. Thus for holding the breed alive, the other uses for breed except for the sheep herding which is common was discovered by the Von Stephanitz, he also realized that abilities of breed can be utilized for the presidency activities. During the 2 world wars, a lot of praise was received by the German shepherd from their owners because of the courage and dependable company on the field. Because of this reason the breed developed into one of the common breeds of the world.Title changeThe name of this breed was changed due to some reasons after the 2nd world war. It was named as Alsatian wolf canine from German shepherd, named after German French border Alsace Lorraine. In 1977, the original title was retained which currently used in all over the world. [...]
2012-06-16T11:38:11.668-07:00Puppy in the home is always joy because they keep the home brighten. However for the owner it is tough for coaching first time a puppy. Sooner is the better rule for coaching the puppy at the home by the owner. Usually puppy growth is different from the human being in the small age the puppies has the tendency to study more thing at that time he don’t be trained, after that when they grow big they don’t be trained properly. So at the time of training the puppies the owner don’t give the knowledge.Owner should perceive in the minds of the puppy while training is that is to avoid the frustration what they are pondering while training them. While training they have one factor only in their mind to relieving from this training to themselves where they are going to do it at which place they will be set in necessity. Likely in the untrained puppies we can see that they are doing it improperly on the lounge floor. But in the trained puppies it is seen similarly that they do it away from their sleeping quarters or the feeding so that to get some privacy. While training the puppies they should get in the mind that they should select the particular spot from their backyard where their puppies should do their enterprise not in the other place.There is there principle for coaching the puppies is that they should get feted in the mind that they have to do it their only not the other place and should get the routine circle. The owner should know when the puppy to their really feeling is more prone they should let their puppy go out during these kind of the situation when they are unable to manage their bladder. It is more often seen after having their food or when they are too excited or when they are woken up.On their pooch to keep extra eye implies on the training. Training puppies exhibits the no of indicator like the sniffing to the ground or with the tail upright strolling round in the circle. Seeing the puppies doing like this the owner should take them out to their designated spot and wait their till they put defecates or there urinate. There are the many times comes when they don’t do anything at that time they should take them inside these will help the puppies by thinking it is not the playing time. After that when they do such thing again and after seeing in their eye peeled take them out for the 10 minutes it will help to get the routine.Training the puppies is not so simple and the dog should get the few accidents while in the mid of the training. They should be punished for their accidents by they will be perfectly resulted and they will not do such accident due to fear. [...]
2012-06-16T11:38:16.059-07:00Yorkshire terrier is very different dog than the breed appeared in 1865. In 100 years, size of the Yorkshire terrier is so decreased from medium weight 30kgs to 7 pounds today. And the trend of having Yorkie smaller along with the adult scaling around 3 pounds. But who knows what is going to happen tomorrow, maybe there will be a requirement for Yorkshire terrier for developing back into 30 pounds. Unlike many canine breeds, the name doesn’t mirror point of origin. During sometime, German shepherd got developed in the France.While Australian shepherd originated in the America. Also there is so big geographical difference, however it’s nothing significant. The stock of the present day adorable, pampered and delicate, the Yorkshire terrier came from Scotland’s unforgiving panorama.Yorkshire terrier doesn’t originate with the English nation of the Yorkshire, by their name regardless. These breed got famous once they were perfected in Yorkshire. The huddersfield ben ancestors got here from the robust varied from the breeds of terriers from Scottish. They are included in the Scottish terrier, Clydesdale and paisley terrier. These kinds of breeds are no longer with us but however they reside in the type of Yorkshire terriers. Scottish breeds, inevitably breed which are already in Yorkshire, skilling an wave important of the immigrants of Scotland in 1800. These breeds have been force put into the breeds for killing rats. The data sources of the Yorkshire terrier guessed that the breeds included Skye, Maltese and the extinct breeds of the tan and the Black English, and also the Manchester terrier. And the consequences were that the rat killers were friendly among the people.As the time passed away, the demands for the large dogs decreased. Many people living in the smaller houses wanted smaller dogs which could be physically managed easily. This area was crammed by the Yorkshire terrier with admirably interested. On the both sides of Atlantic they are successful. Not only they were the good guard dogs, they were affectionate and did not need a lot of exercise. In America it was launched in 1872. Last century, the Yorkshire terriers had grown to be very smaller.These different kinds of Yorkshire were about 30kgs and in many colors. At current the yorkies doesn’t exceed 7kgs and be tan and metal blue. At current the pattern s about the higher breed yorkies scaling at 3 pounds, leading to which concerning regarding the well breeding of the small dogs. The 2006 Yorkshire breed is the 2nd popular canine in the America. [...]
2012-06-16T11:38:22.538-07:00Golden retriever is the heart stealer of every house among all the American household pets. When we search for the honest and family oriented kind of pet, golden retriever is the best choice. Here we provided the details regarding this breed.The European respectable golden retriever was the breed for hunting purpose and retrieving the water fowl and the game birds. It is said that this breed was develop by crossing the flat coated retriever and water tweed spaniel together with the various breeds of identical group for over time. Golden retriever is medium dog in terms of dimensions with an height of 21-24 inches, and weight of 60-90kgs, along with the males having 10-15 kgs heavier than females.Golden retriever has dense inside the coat giving then enough warmth. While coat outside is water repellant and smooth, lying flat against body. Various shades of gold is official color of the breed which can be seen most often. Due to the thickness of the coat, regular and frequent grooming can be required weekly. The tendency of the golden retriever is smart and affectionate. It is a perfect companion for the families and children’s. This breed adapts new conditions and is very energetic. They are of the sporty group and thus require regular exercise. Going on a walk every day will keep them healthy and happy.They identify suggests and retrieving, hence they enjoy the activities like playing, swimming, and working. Different information important about the golden retriever embodies the life expectancy of 10-12 years. Frequent problems like hip dysplasia, allergies, congenital defection of eyes, and willebrand’s disease which is a heredity abnormality coagulation causing the deficiency of the multimeric protein. Therefore if we carry out regular examine ups, these problems can be detected early and prevented ensuring the pet’s healthiest and longest life.In the agility contest the golden retriever can be trained and proved. They are acknowledged by AKC,FCI, UKC,SKC,CKC,FIC and WWKC. The basic appearance of the AKC has standard of powerful, symmetrical and graceful. They must be having the capability of eagerness, alertness and confidence. They will need having gait and stability. If these qualities are not apparent, then the dog is taken into faulty of account. It affects its general score and also its functionality is shown. With the reputation of the breeds it achieved its popularity as the companion, partner and helper.They have become famous in the terms of search, remedy, rescue, legislation, service and making some of versatile breeds of the kind. In search of a honest pet, Golden retriever is an best choice, if you know the facts regarding it, so you may some of these fit properly in your family. [...]
2012-06-16T11:38:27.471-07:00Bedlington Terrier is a breed of terrier named after the mining town of Bedlington, Northumberland in North East England.
2012-06-16T11:48:21.675-07:00The Pyrenean Mountain Dog, known as the Great Pyrenees in the United States, is a large breed of dog, used as a livestock guardian dog.
2012-06-16T11:48:27.554-07:00A Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a small breed of dog in the terrier family.
2012-06-16T11:48:29.300-07:00The Shar Pei or Chinese Shar-Pei is a breed of dog known for its distinctive features of deep wrinkles and a blue-black tongue. The breed derives from China.
2012-06-16T11:48:37.573-07:00The Cardigan Welsh Corgi (IPA: /ˈkɔrgi/) is one of two separate dog breeds known as Welsh Corgis that originated in Wales. It is one of the oldest herding breeds.
2012-06-16T11:48:39.176-07:00The Bouvier des Flandres is a herding dog breed originating in Flanders. They were originally used for general farm work including cattle droving, sheep herding, and cart pulling, and nowadays as guard dogs and police dogs, as well as being kept as pets.
2012-06-16T11:48:43.492-07:00The Tervuren (pronounced /tɚˈvʊərɛn/, and sometimes spelled Tervueren), is a member of the Belgian Shepherd Dog family of dog breeds.
2012-06-16T11:48:46.901-07:00The Alpine Dachsbracke (ger. Alpenländische Dachsbracke) is a small breed of dog of the scent hound type originating in Austria.
2012-06-16T11:48:50.205-07:00The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a breed of dog which originated in Anatolia (central Turkey.)
2012-06-16T11:49:02.027-07:00The American Staffordshire Terrier is a breed of dog. The breed is a second cousin of the American Pit Bull Terrier.
2012-06-16T11:49:08.256-07:00The Pug is a small breed of dog with a wrinkly, short muzzled face . The word "pug" may have come from the Old English pugg or "puge", which were affectionate terms for a playful little devil or monkey. Pug puppies are often called puglets (wikipedia)
2012-06-16T11:49:14.041-07:00The Griffon Bruxellois or Brussels Griffon is a breed of toy dog, named for the city of their origin, Brussels, Belgium. The Griffon Bruxellois may refer to three different breeds, the Griffon Bruxellois, the Griffon Belge and the Petit Brabançon. Identical in standard except for coat and colour differences, in some standards they are considered varieties of the same breed, much like Belgian Sheepdogs(wikipedia)
2012-06-16T11:49:19.033-07:00The Boston Terrier is a breed of dog of the Terrier dog type, originating in the United States of America
2012-06-16T11:49:22.077-07:00The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a breed of dog and a member of the spaniel family.
2012-06-16T11:49:25.102-07:00The White German Shepherd Dog emerged from white coat lines of the German Shepherd Dog. It is only recognized as a breed by the United Kennel Club in the United States.
2012-06-16T11:49:29.283-07:00The Africanis is a group of South African dogs not recognized as a breed. It is believed to be of ancient origin, directly descended from hounds and pariah dogs of ancient Africa, introduced into the Nile Valley from the Levant. The Swahili name for the breed is umbwa wa ki-shenzi meaning common or mongrel or "traditional dog"(Wikipedia)
2012-06-16T11:49:33.185-07:00Bichon is the name for a type of related non-sporting category breeds. They vary in appearance, but all have tails curled over their back, a coat that is hair rather than fur that doesn't readily shed, short snouts, drop ears, and large, dark eyes. They were all bred to be amiable companion dogs and have a friendly, alert temperament.(Wikipedia)
2012-06-16T11:49:36.109-07:00The Labrador Retriever (also Labrador, Labby or Lab for short), is one of several kinds of retriever, a type of gun dog. The Labrador is considered the most popular breed of dog (by registered ownership) in the world, and is by a large margin the most popular breed by registration in the United States (since 1991), the United Kingdom, Poland, and several other countries.(Wikipedia)
2012-06-16T11:49:39.255-07:00The Border Collie is a breed of herding dog that originated in the border country of England and Scotland. They are widely regarded as the most intelligent dog breed. Border Collies are highly energetic. They are still frequently used on farms all over the world for assisting with the handling of livestock, and they have also become popular as pet and sport dogs. Though known to be reserved with strangers, these dogs can also be protective of a human family member and affectionate to those they know.(Wikipedia)
2012-06-16T11:49:44.822-07:00The Basset Hound is a short-legged breed of dog of the hound family. They are scent hounds, bred to hunt rabbits by scent. Their sense of smell for tracking is second only to that of the Bloodhound. The name Basset derives from the French word "bas" meaning "low;" "basset" (-et attenuating suffix) meaning, literally, "rather low." They do shed, but they make great pets.
2012-06-16T11:49:48.010-07:00The Australian Shepherd is a breed of herding dog that was developed on ranches in the Western United States. Despite its name, the breed, commonly known as an Aussie, did not in fact originate in Australia. They acquired their name because of its association with sheepherders who came to the United States from Australia.
2012-06-16T11:49:54.469-07:00The American Cocker Spaniel is a breed of dog that originated in the United Kingdom and was brought to Canada and then Spain and the United States in the late 1800s. American Cocker Spaniels were given their own AKC Stud Book in the early 1900s. By 1946, the English Cocker Spaniel was distinct enough in type from the "American" variety, that the American Kennel Club established it as a breed separate from the English Cocker Spaniel.American Cocker Spaniel WallpaperAmerican Cocker Spaniel PhotoAmerican Cocker Spaniel Picture[...]
2012-06-16T11:50:07.473-07:00The Afghan Hound is a very old sighthound dog breed. Distinguished by its thick, fine, silky coat and its tail with a ring curl at the end, the breed acquired its unique features in the cold mountains of Afghanistan, where it was originally used to hunt hares, and gazelles by coursing them. Its local name is Tāzī (Persian: تازی). Other alternate names for this breed are Balkh Hound, Baluchi Hound, Barutzy Hound, Shalgar Hound, Kabul Hound, Galanday Hound or sometimes incorrectly African Hound.
2012-06-16T11:50:10.139-07:00The Affenpinscher is a terrier-like toy breed of dog.
2012-06-16T11:50:19.269-07:00A puppy or pup is a juvenile dog, generally less than one year of age. It has not reached sexual maturity. Puppy size varies among breeds: smaller puppies may weigh 1–3 lb (0.45–1.4 kg), while others are 15–20 lb (6.8–9.1 kg). All healthy puppies grow rapidly after birth.A puppy's coat color may change as the puppy matures, as is commonly seen in breeds such as the Yorkshire Terrier.The number of puppies in a litter varies greatly by breed. Some smaller dogs bear only one or two puppies at a time, while some larger breeds bear ten or more. In some cases, one puppy will be the runt of the litter, being noticeably smaller than the other puppies. The runt is generally quite meek or very aggressive because of its size compared to its siblings.Born after approximately 63 days of gestation, puppies emerge in an amnion which is bitten off and eaten by the mother dog.Puppies begin to nurse almost immediately. If the litter exceeds six puppies, particularly if one or more are obvious runts, human intervention in hand-feeding the stronger puppies will be necessary to ensure that the runts get proper nourishment and attention from the mother to thrive. As they reach one month of age, the puppies are gradually weaned and begin to eat solid food. The mother may regurgitate partially digested food for the puppies to eat or might let them eat some of her solid food. By the age of about seven weeks, puppies no longer depend on nursing for food. Although they may continue trying to nurse, the mother dog may no longer allow them to after this age; still, she might let them occasionally nurse for comfort.At first, puppies spend ninety percent of their time sleeping and the rest feeding. During their fi[...]
2012-06-16T11:50:23.960-07:00The Lhasa Apso (lha-sah ap-so) is a non-sporting dog breed originating in Tibet. It was bred as an interior sentinel in the Buddhist monasteries, who alerted the monks to any intruders who entered. Lhasa is the capital city of Tibet and apso is a word in the Tibetan language meaning "bearded," so Lhasa Apso simply means "long-haired Tibetan dog."Lhasas Apsos should ideally be 10.75 inches at the withers and weigh about 14-18 pounds (between 6kg and 8kg). The females are slightly smaller, and weigh between 12-14 pounds (between 5kg and 7kg). The breed standard requires dark brown eyes and a black nose, although liver coloured lhasas have a brown nose which makes them unsuitable for the show ring but still make great pets. Texture of the coat is heavy, straight, hard, neither woolly nor silky, and very dense. A Lhasa's coat should be of good length if it is for the show ring but a lot of people who keep lhasas as pets getting it trimmed into the teddy bear cut by a groomer. All colors are equally acceptable for the show ring as long as they have a black nose. Lhasas can be with or without dark tips to ears and beard. The tail should be carried well over Animal Geographics back. The breed standard currently used by the American Kennel Club was approved July 11, 1978. Lhasas can change colour as they get older. Some start off with a dark brown coat with tan and white splotches, but when their hair is cut or it grows naturally, their colour can turn much lighter. Lhasas are often compared to the fictional teddy bear warriors know as "ewoks" in the star wars universe.Having been bred as an indoor monastary sentinel dog by the Tibetan Buddhist monks, Lhasa Apsos tend to b[...]
2012-06-16T11:50:27.439-07:00The Leonberger is a large breed of dog. The breed's name derives from the city of Leonberg in south-west Germany.According to the original purpose, the Leonberger is a large, strong, beast-like yet dainty dog. He is distinguished by his balanced build and coolness under pressure, yet with quite a lively, friendly temperament. Males, in particular, are powerful and strong. Leonbergers love the water and can hunt for wild salmon in their natural environment(s).Leonberger males are known to occasionally drool.Height at withers:Dogs: 28.5 to 32 inches-average 29-30 inches. Bitches: 25 to 30 inches-average 27 inches.Weight:Dogs: 100-170 lb (individuals can reach over 200)-average 140-150 lb. Bitches: 80-130+-average 130 lb.Leonbergers are very loving and great with children. They are very large but do not necessarily need a big garden and house to roam around. They are adaptable and do not take up much more space when curled up to sleep than any other medium to large dog. Like any dog they ask for nothing more than to have a daily walk and bit of brain stimulation. Aggression often comes from improper training when young or from bad experiences. A well raised Leonberger can provide loving and loyal companionship. Since World War II, the numbers and popularity of Leonbergers have grown and in Britain alone there are over 2,000 registered Leonbergers.(Wikipedia)Leonberger Dogs PictureLeonberger Dogs PuppiesLeonberger Dogs Image[...]
2012-06-16T11:52:18.606-07:00he Landseer is a dog breed. Many kennel clubs consider the Landseer to be simply a black-and-white variant of the Newfoundland, but the Fédération Cynologique Internationale recognizes it as a separate breed.
2012-06-16T11:52:21.015-07:00The Kuvasz (lat. Canis familiaris undulans hungaricus) (pronounced KOO-vahss; in the Hungarian language, the plural is Kuvaszok, pronounced KOO-vah-sock) is a dog breed of ancient Hungarian origin. Mention of the breed can be found in old Hungarian texts. It has historically been used to guard livestock, but has been increasingly found in homes as a pet over the last seventy years.The Kuvasz is a large dog with a dense coat which is usually white in color and can range from wavy to straight in texture. Although the fur is white, the Kuvasz’s skin pigmentation should be dark and the nose should be black. The eyes should have an almond shape. Females usually weigh between 35-40 kg (75-90 pounds) while males weigh between 45-52 kg (100-115 pounds) with a medium bone structure. The head should be half as wide as it is long with the eyes set slightly below the plane of the muzzle. The stop (where the muzzle raises to the crown of the head) should be defined but not abrupt. The precise standard varies by country. (See the Breed Standards for a more precise description.) To a casual observer, the Kuvasz may appear similar to a Great Pyrenees, Akbash, a Maremma Sheepdog, or a white Poodle and Labrador Retriever mix.As with many livestock guardian dogs, the color of the Kuvasz's coat serves a functional purpose and is an essential breed criterion. Shepherds purposefully bred the Kuvasz to have a light colored coat so that it would be easier for the shepherd to distinguish the Kuvasz from wolves that would prey on the livestock during the night. The Komondor, a cousin of the Kuvasz, has a whi[...]
2012-06-16T11:52:32.821-07:00The Komondor is a breed of livestock guardian dog originating in Hungary. The plural in Hungarian is "Komondorok"Females are minimum 27 inches (69cm) at the withers, often much taller. Male Komondors are a minimum of 28 inches at the withers, but many are over 30 inches tall, making this one of the larger common breeds of dog. Males are minimum 100 pounds and up, females minimum 80 pounds and up at maturity, but generally between 99 – 132 pounds. The body is not overly coarse or heavy, however, people unfamiliar with the breed are often surprised by how quick and agile Animal Geographics are. The komondor has a similar appearance to a mop.The Komondor's temperament is like that of most livestock guarding dogs; it is calm and steady when things are normal. In cases of trouble, the dog will fearlessly defend its charges. It was bred to think and act independently and make decisions on his own. It is affectionate with its family, and gentle with the children and friends of the family. Although wary of strangers, can accept them when it is clear that no harm is meant, but is instinctively very protective of its family, home and possessions. The dog is vigilant, will rest in the daytime, keeping an eye on the surroundings, but at night is constantly moving, patroling the place, moving up and down around the whole area. Animal Geographics usually knocks down the intruders and keeps them down until the owner arrives. Hungarian Komondor breeders use to say that an intruder may be allowed to enter the property guarded by a Komondor, but he will not be allowed to c[...]
2012-06-16T11:52:33.609-07:00The Kerry Blue Terrier is a breed of dog mistakenly thought to be of County Kerry in South West Ireland its actually from Tipperary. In its motherland the it is often called the Irish Blue Terrier. Over time the Kerry became a general working dog used for a variety of jobs including herding cattle and sheep and as a guard dog. It was, however, primarily developed for controlling "vermin" including rats, rabbits, badgers, foxes, otters and hares . Today the Kerry has spread around the world as a companion and working dog. Despite a Kerry Blue winning Crufts - the most important UK dog show - in 2000, it remains an unfashionable breed. Not as threatened as some of the other terrier breeds (Skye Terrier, Sealyham Terrier, Dandie Dinmont Terrier) but still distinctly uncommon.In 2003: Ch. Torums Scarf Michael (aka:"Mick" ) - Kerry Blue Terrier won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog ShowSome characteristics of the Kerry Blue Terrier include a long head, flat skull, deep chest, and a soft wavy to curly coat that comes in several shades of blue (the term for "gray" in dog coats). Puppies are born black; the blue appears gradually as the puppy grows older, usually up to 2 years of age. The ideal Kerry should be 18-1/2 inches at the withers for a male, slightly less for the female. The most desirable weight for a fully developed male is from 33-40 pounds, females weighing proportionately less.Kerry Blue Terriers are strong-headed and highly spirited. They have always been loyal and affectionate towards their owners and very ge[...]
2012-06-16T11:52:43.151-07:00The Keeshond (pronounced /ˈkeɪzhɒnd/ or KAYZ-hond; plural: Keeshonden) is a medium-sized dog with a plush two-layer coat of silver and black fur with a 'ruff' and a curled tail, originating in Germany. Its closest relatives are the other German spitzes such as the Pomeranian. Originally called the German Spitz, more specifically the Wolfsspitz, the name was officially changed to Keeshond in England, where it had been known as the Dutch Barge Dog, in 1926.A member of the spitz group of dogs, the Kees in AKC standard is 17 to 18 inches (about 45 cm) tall and 19.25 (46 cm) ± 2.4 inches (6 cm) in the FCI standard and weighs 35 to 45 pounds (about 16 to 18 kg). Sturdily built, they have a typical spitz appearance, neither coarse nor refined. They have a wedge shaped head, a medium-length muzzle with a definite stop, small pointed ears and an expressive face. The tail is tightly curled and, in profile, should be carried such that it is indistinguishable from the compact body of the dog.Keeshonden tend to be very playful, with quick reflexes and strong jumping ability. They are quick learners and eager to please. Because Keeshonden are quick learners, they also learn the things you didn't necessarily wish to teach them - very quickly. However, Keeshonden make excellent agility and obedience dogs. So amenable to proper training is this bright, sturdy dog that Keeshonden have been successfully trained to serve as guide dogs for the blind; only their lack of size has prevented them from being more widely used [...]
2012-06-16T11:52:47.837-07:00The Karelian Bear Dog is a Finnish or Karelian breed of dog. In its home country it is regarded as a national treasure. In Finland they are more often used for hunting moose and elk although they will hunt any kind of animal. Bear and moose tests are conducted in Finland, Sweden and Norway to determine an individual's ability as a beardog and weighs heavily in the dog's breeding potential. This dog will put a bear to flight or attack it with great pugnacity and will sacrifice its own life for its master. Its quick reflexes and fearless nature have also made it very popular for hunting other aggressive game such as the wild boar. It was the breed's ability to hunt and offer protection against a bear that earned the breed its name.The dog should be brave. Often they tend to be aggressive towards other dogs but usually it is because they are very territorial or they feel threatened. They are cautious around strangers at first but usually warm up to them eventually. They have been bred to be very independent and a good bear dog should be able to actively hunt for hours at a time without any contact with its master.Proper socialization and training is necessary as these dogs demand proper authority and respect to work well with their master and other animals. Treating them harshly will cause them to mistrust so one must be firm but careful when working with them. They must have a trusting and obedient master/dog relationship for everyone's safety.They must always hunt only with the[...]
2012-06-16T11:52:51.028-07:00The Sivas Kangal Dog is a breed of domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris), and is the national breed of Turkey. This dog, which can grow as large as 120 pounds (64 kg), was originally used as a Livestock guardian dog. It is of an early mastiff type with a solid, pale tan or sabled coat, and with a black mask; indeed, another name for the breed is Karabash which translates into black head.The breed is often referred to as a sheep dog, but it does not herd its charges. Instead, it is developed to live with the flock and act as a livestock guardian dog, fending off wolves, bears and jackals. The Kangal Dog's protectiveness and gentleness with small children and animals has led to its growing popularity as a guardian for families as well, as it watches members of its flock with extreme devotion.Adult males stand about 28 inches (75 cm) high at the shoulders and weigh about 120 lb (60 kg). females are usually significantly smaller and less heavy in build. Puppies weigh nearly 1 lb (900 g) at birth and by the time they reach seven weeks they are likely to reach 6 lb (10 kg). The Kangal Dog is less heavily built than most other mastiff breeds, allowing them to give chase at speeds of up to 28 miles (50 km) per hour. The Kangal has a short, double layered coat made up of very dense underfur covered by longer and coarser hair. The under-layer provides insulation for both severe Anatolian winters and against the fierce summer sun, while the outer-layer repels w[...]
2012-06-16T11:52:55.818-07:00The Kai Ken (甲斐犬, also called the Tora Inu or Tiger Dog?) is a breed of dog that hails from Japan where it is a national treasure and has been bred for centuries. It is an extremely rare dog even in its native land and is related to the Spitz dog type.The Kai Ken is a medium sized dog with a wedge shaped head and prick ears. Males are typically 18 to 22 inches at the shoulder, while the females are slightly smaller, 17 to 20 inches at the shoulder. The tail may be curled over the back, or carried in a sickle position. Limbs should be strong and hocks should be well developed reflecting Animal Geographics’ history of mountain life. The coat is of harsh texture, medium length, and black or brindle in color. Its coat could be red or black at the "background". The red is the Aka-tora, the black is the Kuro-tora and between them, the Chu-tora.The Kai Ken is intelligent, agile, alert and brave. They are naturally hunters and make good guard dogs, being reserved with strangers but loyal to their families. They are friendly, often good with children and are not usually aggressive towards other dogs.(Wikipedia)Kai Ken Dogs WallpaperKai Ken Dogs Picture[...]
2012-06-16T11:53:04.483-07:00The Poodle is a breed of dog. Despite the use of the word poodle as a political insult, the poodle is regarded as one of the most intelligent breeds of dog. The poodle breed is found in small, medium, and large sizes, and in many coat colors. Originally bred as a type of water dog, the poodle is skillful in many dog sports, including agility, obedience, tracking, and even herding. Poodles are elegant in the conformation ring, having taken top honors in many shows, including Best in Show (BIS) at the Westminster Kennel Club show in 2002 and BIS at the World Dog Show in 2007.(Wikipedia)Poodle Best Breed DogBlack PoodlePoodle Wallpaper[...]
2012-06-16T11:53:09.568-07:00The Shih Tzu (traditional Chinese: 獅子狗; simplified Chinese: 狮子狗; pinyin: Shīzi Gǒu; Wade-Giles: Shih-tzu Kou; literally "Lion Dog"), pronounced [ʂʐ dz] [ "sher-dz" ] (i) (with "sher" as in "sherbet" and "dz" as in "adz"), is a dog breed which originated in China. The name is both singular and plural. The spelling "Shih Tzu", most commonly used for the breed, is according to the Wade-Giles system of romanization. The Shih Tzu is reported to be the oldest and smallest of the Tibetan holy dogs, its vaguely lion-like look being associated with the Tibetan Snowlion. The Shih Tzu therefore also has the nickname "Tibetan temple dog". It is also often known as the "Xi Shi quan" (西施犬), based on the name of Xi Shi, regarded as the most beautiful woman of ancient China, and, less often, the Chrysanthemum Dog, because its face looks very much like the flower, and the Chinese or Tibetan Lion Dog.(Wikipedia)Shih Tzu PuppyShih Tzu Wallpaper[...]