Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Amiable Bullmastiffs

By: Ed Gonzalez

The Bullmastiffs originated in England, and history claims they appeared around the 1860's. These massive dogs were bred to keep large estates free from illegal hunters who would try to steal plants, animals and game preserves. Games keepers wanted a dog that could track down these illegal hunters in a quiet manner. It is a superb breed because it can go through a long distance very quickly. Dogs belonging to this breed will pin down and hold these unwanted hunters without beating them up. This sterling breed is 60% mastiff and 40% bulldog. It was meant to be quicker and more combative than the the mastiff plus larger and less violent than the bulldog.

The Bullmastiffs are brave and they have a lot of confidence in themselves. These kindhearted dogs adapt well with families. They are known to be good guard dogs for your homes although they seldom bark. They have their own way of thinking and they might not respond to obedience training. One thing great about these dogs is that they do not need much training, exercise or grooming. These dogs can live joyfully in apartments or homes.

Bullmastiffs are well proportioned, having tremendous strength, a lot of staying power, always on guard and sturdily built. They are very active dogs. Their sizes range from 25 to 27 inches and they weigh 110 to 130 pounds. Dogs within these limits have more value. The length from the tips of their breastbones to the rear of their thighs goes beyond the height slightly and it withers to the ground. The ultimate result of these qualities is a square - like appearance.

They are very intense, intelligent and always on their guard. The eyes are dark and the sizes are medium. Their ears are v – shaped and are rather near their cheeks. They are set on high and wide, at level with the posterior back portion of their heads. This is why their skulls appear to be square in shape. Their heads are darker in appearance than their bodies and their sizes are medium. The muzzles of these breeds are wide and deep. Its length when compared to their heads is almost like a ratio of 1 to 3. They seem to lack a foreface with their nostrils set above the the top of their muzzles. It is a complete reversal of that of the bulldogs and it does not look nice. It is better for the Bullmastiffs to have dark muzzles. They have black noses with nostrils that are big and broad. Their upper lips are not too pendulous. Their bites are slightly misplaced or at level. The teeth of these dogs are big and are set wide apart from each other. Their necks are muscular, medium in length with a slight arch and the circumferences are almost equal. They have a compact body. Their chests are broad and deep. The ribs of the Bullmastiffs are sprung up and are well settled down between the forelegs of these dogs They have short backs which are impressive looking because it makes these dogs looked balanced. They have muscular hips that are wide and a bit arched and their flanks are even. They have high tails that look strong at the root and decrease as they reach the hocks (joints between the tarsal and tibia bones of the dogs). Tails can be curved or straight.

The Bullmastiff shoulders are muscular with a slight slope. They have nicely boned forelegs which are straight and well formed elbows that are neither in nor out. Their pasterns (the sloping part of the feet) are straight. They possess medium sized feet with rounded toes that are well arched. The pads of these dogs are burly and rugged. Their nails are black. Dogs of this kind have hindquarters that are wide and muscular. Their second thighs are well cultivated and powerful. They have moderate angulations at the hocks. If they have cowhocks and splay feet, these are critical faults. Their coats sre short but thick therefore giving the dogs very good protection. The coats are colored light brown, red or brindle. They do have small white spots on their chests. If they do have white markings, these are considered serious faults. These dogs move in a straight manner. Their temperament is courageous with oozing belief in itself but easy to handle. These dogs can be easily relied upon. Their intelligence is incredible and they like to please their owners.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Sparkling Looking Bichon Frise

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

By: Ed Gonzalez

The Bichon Frise came into existence in the middle ages, in the 13th century. They may have originated somewhere in the Mediterranean or maybe France. These dogs are said to be the mixed breed crossings of spaniels and poodles. They were traded by Spanish sailors and became the favorites of the French Royal Courts during in the 16th century. At that time they were used as circus performers. Now, they are well known as companion and show dogs.

These dogs are small but sturdy They are well trimmed and manifest a round body appearance. Their heads are a bit rounded. They have small muzzles that are not pointed. They have rounded black or brown eyes. Their ears appear to be dropping downwards and are surrounded by their long hair. The teeth of these dogs are enclosed together in scissor-like bites. They have legs that are erect and fairly boned. Claws that don't touch the ground can be taken out. Their tails go over their backs. 

They have double layered coats that are quite tender. The outer coats are less refined and rippled, compared to their tender but thick undercoats. Their coat colors are white, gray, cream and yellowish pink. One feature of these dogs is that they have hypoallergenic coats. In show competitions, white colored bichon frises are a favorites. The hair of these dogs must be clipped equally, as they have the same lengths all over their bodies. They can be made to resemble poodles or they can have the long puffed up look, depending on your hair design preference. The surrounding areas of their feet and muzzles must be clipped.

The Bichon Frises are furry, small dogs. They like to be around people. These dogs are warm hearted, aggressive and full of enthusiasm. They are not yappers. They are friendly and loving. Dogs of this breed need to be with a famiy so that they will experience contentment. These dogs like to go on trips with their owners. They are smart and are rather easy to train. Because these dogs are friendly, they will do well in the company of other dogs and pets in the house. They are playful and are surely good playmates for children. 

Bichon Frises are also outstanding watchdogs and they can do a lot of tricks for their owners. They are very competitive but they are also obedient. These dogs must be taught how to follow orders and they must know what they can and cannot do.

They must do daily walks with their owners. Owners must act as masters. Their dogs must walk by their sides or their owners must be ahead of them. These dogs must be leashed when they are walking. These dogs must never feel like they are the masters because it can create behavioral problems that will be hard to deal with later on. Owners must be in control and confident when they are with their dogs. Having their dogs go through daily walks will make them loyal dogs.

These dogs will grow nine to 12 inches in height and they will weigh seven to 12 pounds. They can live for as long as 15 years.

They are good dogs for apartment living but owners must see to it that they get enough exercise. They are very mobile when they are indoors. If owners have yards, they will also roam around the yard. Make sure that your fences are well built because these dogs are quite small and they can slip out unnoticed.

These dogs are prone to ear duct problems, skin problems and eye cataracts. Though these dogs do not shed, their coats will need to be brushed every week and they must have their dogs groomed by professional groomers once every five weeks.

As long as these dogs are kept healthy, they will keep you truly entertained.