Monday, March 31, 2014

The Intelligent and Faithful Bracco Italianos

By: Eduardo C. Gonzalez

In the 17th century Italian hunters created these dogs by crossing mastiff kind of dogs with egyptian kind of hounds. They were used to bring out the prey and drive them to the nets of the hunters. They were respected for their abilities as working gun dogs. When hunters started to use guns, their jobs changed. The Braco Italianos were used to hunt, point and retrieve animals. These breed of dogs have gained respect for being gundogs and trial specialists These dogs made their first appearanve in the United Kinggdom in 1969.

The Bracco Itlianos are big dogs and their faces resemble a combination of bloodhounds and bassets. A lot of dog enthusiasts say that they have the looks of pointer and bloodhound dogs. These dogs are deep chested and well muscled dogs. This means that these are powerful dogs that are meant to do a lot of work. Their tails are docked because these are working dogs. .Bracco Italianos have drooping lips and their ears are long. These features make them look like wise dogs. They have square like heads. Their coats are thick and they do have colors that that are white and orange. These dogs are known to move in a refined manner. These dogs run as though they are leaping, similarly like a horse. The gallop changes and they slowly start to creep. After creeping, they stop when they have located their target.

The Bracco Italianos are courageous and yet act so gentle. As long as they are socialized at an early age they will do well as family dogs. These dogs love the company of children. They can live in harmony with other and pets. Remember that these are hunting dogs and owners must teach them what they can do and cannot do. They have a mind of their own. Owners must give them obedience training. Through this training they will know what you want from them. These dogs are so intelligent and they are at their best when they deing something. Disciplinary training should be given only when it is needed. These dogs are not forceful but they will growl only if there are reasons to do so.

Bracco Italianos are large dogs. are prone to have musculo – skeletal and joint problems. Do not give them too much exercises during their first year of existence. Go out only for short walks. This is just right for the dogs to socialize with their owners.. Owners must get them used being on a leash. These dogs must not jump, climb stairs or go running across the field. This must be done when the dogs are strong enough. Ten percent of the puppies are born with bendy legs. The front legs bow slightly.  It self corrects as they grow older. It is best for the puppies to have minimal exercises.during their first year of existence. These dogs can also have.hip dysplasia and elbow dysplaia. Ear cleaning is a necessity for dogs that have drooping ears. This is to make sure that their ears do not get infected.. They are also susceptive to allergies. They must be treated for this kind of infection.
These dogs will not do well in apartments. They need to roam around in well fenced medium sized yards.

These dogs will reach heights of 22 – 26.5 inches. They will weigh as much as 55 – 90 pounds.

Bracco Italianos will have a life span of 12 – 13 years.

The coats of these dogs are smooth and short. Dead or loose hair can be removed using a grooming brush. Do this once or twice a week.. These dogs are light shedders. Give them a bath only when it is necessary.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Joyful Norwegian Lunderhunds

By: Eduardo C. Gonzalez

The Norwegian Lunderhunds are very rare dogs. It is a bit hard to find them. They are members of the Spitz family. They originated from Norway and were first seen in the islands of Vaerog and Rost islands in northern Norway. Their numbers stated to go down when easier methods for hunting down puffins were discovered. They further declined because of distemper outbreaks and taxes that were imposed on dog ownership. The outbreak of World War 2 further decreased the number of these dogs. After World War 2 only 6 of these dogs remained. Five of these dogs came from one family. These dogs became the basis for the Norwegian Lunderhunds. All dogs of this kind can trace their roots from these 6 dogs. These dogs were estimated to be between 1,500 – 2,000 in the year 2008.

The Norwegian Lunderhunds have a lovable look. They are so attractive looking and their owners will easily fall for their looks. These are charming little dogs but they are packed up with a lot of energy. They are built to do a lot of things. They need to be active and they must do a lot of activities. They have adequately well proportioned bodies. Their legs are very agile and sturdy. They have 6 toes and these will help these dogs climb vertical slopes or pitches. These gives them that extra power to climb high and lofty stairs and even hills. Norwegian Lunderhunds have extra neck joints that allow their heads to make a full 180 degree turn. These dogs have long snouts and their ears stand straight like a fox. They have stand up coats that are short and the colors are light yellowish brown and reddish brown. It comes with black hairs or black tipped hairs that are spread throughout their bodies.. These features become more precised when they age.

The Norwegian Lunderhunds are cheerful, alert, curious, watchful and they can be stubborn too. They can be great dogs to have as pets. These dogs have their own minds and they are very independent in their way of thinking. Dogs of this breed are careful when it comes to meeting strangers.. They are not aggressive dogs evnn when they are provoked. Norwegian Lunderhunds are easy to live with and they get along rather well with children. Socialize these dogs with your family during their early ages. Expose these dogs to all type of sounds at their early stages in life. If you do not do these things, they will become shy, they will be so sensitive to sounds and they will get stressed easily. These are high energy dogs and they must engage in activities. They must go on long walks with their owners daily. Allow them to go running around medium sized yards that are properly fenced. Doing this will give them the necessary time to let out all of their pent up energy. These are very athletic dogs and they must be allowed to strut their stuff.

These dogs are susceptive to such diseases like: leaky gulf syndrome, lymphagetasia, Lunderhund Syndrome ( a number of digestive problems ). You must feed these dogs with the proper food because it might affect the life span of your dogs. Give them food that has no content of grains so that these dogs will not get sick.and they will live out their life span.

It is better for these dogs to live in a homes that have small – medium fenced in yards. They must be able to run around and exercise.

These dogs will reach heights of 12 – 15 inches. They will weigh at least 13 – 20 pounds.

Norwegian Lunderhunds will live for about 12 years.

These dogs can be easily groomed. Just comb and brush them regularly with a bristle bhrush. Pay extra attention to their undercoats. Give them a bath only when it becomes necessary. These dogs are heavy shedders.

The Wolf like Czechoslovakian Wolf Dogs

By: Eduardo C. Gonzalez
The Czechoslovakian Wolf Dogs are also called Slovak Wolf Dogs. This kind of breed was created in 1958. This is a very new breed and it was the product of experimental breeding of german shepherds and a carpathian wolf. This was done so that these dogs will have genetic genes of wolves and dogs. This way, they can build a healthier type of dog. This dog breed was given due recognition in the year 1982. They were used as military packed dogs. They were so popularly known for this kind of work.. Now they are quite famous for being good companions and guard dogs.

The Czechoslovakian Wolf Dogs have a wolf like appearance. They have legs that are long. Their bodies are well developed so that they could run so fast, These dogs are very resilient. They have straight looking bodies. Their coats are thick but unrefined. The color of their coats are silver gray or yellow gray. Their masks are color white. These dogs have palish yellow eyes. They are flat chested and their ears stand in an upright motion like wolves. Their waists are adequately shaped.. These dogs have have tails that are set up high. They can run fast and yet they do it so gracefully.

These breed of dogs have the instincts of wolves, since they are part wolves. These dogs can be loving companions. The do not exhibit any kind of fear for humans. They do connect well with their owners and families. These dogs must be socialized with their owners and families during their early years. These dogs are calm, loyal, splendid, fearless and noble dogs. They must be given apppropriate exercises. Dogs of this kind must g
o on long walks with their owners. Make sure that they are properly leashed..

Owners must show these dogs that they are the pack leaders. These dogs must walk by their owner's side or at their backs. These dogs will become destructive if owners do not give their dogs regular exercises to do.. Owners will notice that these dogs are becoming moody when they start .moving back and forth when they are in the house. These dogs are extremely quick. Owners must be aware of this. Always be watchful of your dogs because of their capabilities to catch any prey. Unless they are provoked, they will not surge and attack. Get to know the body language of these dogs because their movements will tell you what they are planning to do. Because of their wolf like traits, they do not like to be cuddled or carried.

These dogs will do alright living in apartments. Owners must make sure that they get the right exercises for the day.

These dogs do not have much health problems. They may be prone to hip- dysplasia.

Wolf Dogs will reach heights of 24 – 26 inches and they will weigh between 44 – 54 pounds.

They will live for at least 12 – 16 years.

Czehoslovakian Wolf Dogs are heavy shedders amd this will happen twice a year.. These dogs do not need to be given a bath. Their coats will eliminate the dirt from their bodies. Use dry shampoo on them once in awhile. These dogs are not smelly and they are clean looking dogs.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Why Your Dogs Need Obedience Training

By Eduardo C. Gonzalez
Obedience training is  the type of training that must be given to all pet dogs. It is not the solution for all the problems. This becomes the basis for solving a lot of problems. Obedience training will help you to relate and communicate with your dogs. There is a need for all dog owners to adequately disseminate information to their dogs effectively. Your dogs will learn what they can and cannot do They will learn not to rush out the door, not to bite on your rugs or furniture, where they should do their number 1 and number 2 ( they can be toilet trained ). not to jump on chairs and they can learn other things..

Remember dogs can be sociable Giving them obedience training will assure owners that they can become good companions. If you do not give them obedience training, they can be destructive, they will keep on barking and they can bite any member of your family. If you have yards, one day you will be shocked to find out how many holes you have. You do not want your dogs to throw out their doggy waste on you sofas These are canine reactions that must be properly addressed. Obedience training is teaching your dogs how to change their direction of doing things. This is done so that they can adapt themselves to home settings.

Obedience training will tell your dogs that they are not the boss. This will tell them that their masters rank number one when it comes to hierarchy.It will remind them that they are followers and not masters. They will follow your orders, give you their due respect and admiration. It teaches them to be submissive to their owners.. They will shake your hands or start licking it. They like doing these things and this is one way for them to acknowledge that they are subordinates and owners are the leaders. When you do this type of training, owners must have a wonderful time with their dogs. Doing this will strengthen your relationships with your dogs. Your dogs will build their confidence. Trained dogs can be allowed more independence. When you call them they will respond to your call.

If you have not given your dogs obedience training yet, you must do so.  Others say that older dogs are harder to train and this has led to many discussions. Old or young, they can be given obedience training.  Old dogs can learn new tricks. The question any owner must answer is whether they like their dogs to change or not. By changing their ways, these dogs will become obedient and very loyal to their owners. This is the goal that every owner must keep in mind. It is better to have a well behaved pet dog then one that can be disturbing and destructive.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Ever Protective Presa Canario Dogs

By: Eduardo C. Gonzalez

The Presa Canario dogs come from the Canary Islands. They were developed by breeding  Bandino Majero  and English Mastiffs. They were created in the 1800's and they were used as farm work dogs. These dogs were named after the Canary Islands. Farmers used these dogs to protect their livestock from unknown predators and humans who wanted to steal whatever they had..

These dogs have square like shaped heads that are broad and lengthy. Their muzzles are wide. Presa Canarios are deep chested and their chests are also wide. The hind parts of their bodies are set high, They have thick skin and bones. Their muscles ra packed in with a lot of strength. Their heads a re bulky and they have big jaws. Their ears are commonly cropped. These dogs have light yellowish brown colors and various striped colors. They can also have white color markings on them.

The Presa Canarios are laid back but loving dogs.. They are good companions for the family and they do excel in guarding and protecting. These dogs are not fond of strangers They .are fully aware and always ready to protect their owners. These dogs are not noisy but their barks can scare people. Owners must be their pack leaders. They must be firm but also be considerate. By looking at them, you will know that they are guard dogs. The Presa Canarios will meet any intruder who tries to come into your homes. Every family member must feel comfortable with these dogs They must be socialized as early as possible with all members of the family. These dogs must be given obedience training so that they will behave well. These dogs will do well in agility and obedience competitions. Presa Canarios must go out on long daily walks. Make them walk by your sides or at your backs. Doing this will show them that their owners are their pack leaders.

Presa Canarios can weigh from 80 – 100 pounds. They will have heights of 21 - 25 inches.

Being a big breed, these dogs sre prone to hip dysplasia, patellar luxation and patellar evulsions, skin cysts, epilepsy, osteochondrodysplasias and demodectic mange androcryptorchidism. Always buy these dogs from well known breeders. This way owners can minimize the risks of their dogs acquiring hereditary diseases.

Presa Canarios will do well living in apartments. Owners must give them their needed exercises. They
are not active indoors..Give these dogs time to run in medium sized yards.

They are expected to live for 9 – 11 years.

They have short rough coats that are easy to groom. Use a firm bristle brush when grooming them. After that use a towelette to give their coats a shiny finish. Give them a bath only when necessary. These dogs are medium shedders.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Playful English Cocker Spaniels

By: Eduardo C. Gonzalez

The English Cocker Spaniels are known to be land spaniels and they are known to be very good hunting dogs. They will do their work well on dry or wet grounds. They are known to flush out and get it's prey using their gentle mouths. Their names come from the word woodcock. This was a game bird that these dogs used to retrieve. These dogs came to England several centuries ago. It is the oldest of all Spaniel dogs. These dogs became a distinguished breed in the year 1936 . This is when the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America was formed.

The English Cocker Spaniels are moderatelyy tall dogs. Their bodies are joint firmly together and they are short legged. The advantage of it being short legged is that it makes them move more faster in thick bushes. They have wide muzzles that helps these dogs tremendously in retrieving their prey. These are very energetic dogs, It shows it's eagerness when it It is working. They are best known as sporting dogs and they make good family dogs. The reason for this is that these dogs can be easily trained. It seldom stops moving their tails from side to side. Their coats in different colors such as: black, reddish brown, red and tan. They have nedium length coats. Their coats can be wavy or flat but their coats are soft and smooth.

The English Cocker Spaniels are very sociable dogs. They are loving, cheerful and they always like to play. As long as these dogs are well trained, they will obey their masters. One of their
outstanding characteristics is that they are loyal to their families.They like to spend time with their masters and their families. These dogs always like to learn new things.

English Cocker Spaniels must be taken for long walks.  A 2 hour walk would be good for them. This will be good for their daily exercise. Giving them the chance to run and play are good exercises for them. They can do well in moderate weathers. They will feel more at ease if they can run in yards that are properly enclosed. It is always better to keep these dogs at home. Always check on it's ears for dirt. Comb or brush their hair two or three times a week. You must clip the fur that is in it's tail and feet every two months. Trim the hair on their heads and ears when needed.

These breed of dogs can acquire health issues like Progressive Retinal Atrophy ( PRA ). They are also prone to such sicknesses such as patellar luxation, hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, cataract,  kidney disease, Those that are parti - colors can become deaf.  Cardiomyopathy is also common in these breed of dogs. They have a lifespan of 12 – 14 years.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Cheerful Bedlington Terriers

By Eduardo C. Gonzalez

The Bedlington Terriers were created in Northumberland, England. It is located in the northern most county situated in Northeast England. At first, they were called Rothburry Terriers. In the year 1825, they were renamed Bedlington Terriers. They got it's names from the Bedlington Mining Shire. These dogs were used for hunting purposes. These dogs were known for tracking down foxes, hares and badgers. Their descendants must have been a combination of Otterhounds and Dandlemont Dinmont Terriers.

These dogs have the looks pf lambs. They have narrow heads and it forms the shape of pears but it is deep and well rounded. Bedlimgton Terriers have sturdy looking muzzles which has no stops at all. They have jaws that are joint together in scissor like bites.They have ears that are set low and the ends are rounded. Bedlington Terriers are deep chested and their backs are sort of curved. The root of their tails are thick and lowly set. It becomes thinner towards the end. Their coats are double and it has a combination of soft and hard hair standing out from their skin. The colors of their coats are like sand, blue, reddish brown and tan, sandy and reddish brown, reddish brown and tan. Spots of tan colors can appear over their eyes, chests, legs and rear parts.

Bedlington Terriers like to play. They are happy dogs and loving companions. They adapt very well with families who treat them nicely. Bedlington Terriers love to be in the company of children. They are faithful and sprightly dogs. These dogs are moderately friendly with strangers. They must receive the proper training. These dogs have a mind of their own and they can be hard headed. Owners must be their pack leaders. This  is the only way, they can get the respect of their dogs. These are courageous dogs and they like to dig. Bedlington Terriers are speedsters and they must be trained to come back.They often bark and their owners must be aware of this. They must be given daily exercises so that their minds and bodies will receive the proper exercises. Owners must go out with them on daily walks. These dogs must be properly leashed. Make sure that they walk by your sides or at your backs. By doing this, they will know that the owners are their pack leaders. Let them run around yards that are properly closed.

These dogs will do well living in apartments. This is as long as they receive the proper exercises.

Bediington Male Terriers will reach heights of 16 – 17 inches and they will weigh as much as 18 – 23 pounds. The females will have height of 15 – 16 inches and will weigh 18 – 23 pounds.

Bedlington Terriers are expected to live for 17 years.

These dogs can acquire sicknesses such as copper storage disease, hereditary kidney disease, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, thyroid and also eye sicknesses.

Female Bedlington Terriers will give birth to at least 3 – 6 puppies.

Bedlington Terriers shed so little hair and their hair must be trimmed every one month and a half. The hair on their ears must be shaved a bit. Leave a a bit of hair on the end parts. The hair on the legs must be shaved too but it must be a bit long. These dogs must be brushed on a regular basis. Give them a bath only when needed.

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Affectionate Biewer Yorkshire Terriers

By: Eduardo C. Gonzalez

The Biewer Yorkshire Terriers were parti colored dogs, having colors of black and white or other colors. These breeds originated in Germany. Gertrud and Weiner ner Brewer were responsible for producing these dogs. They used the recessive genes of Yorkshire Terriers. With the birth of the female, they were able to produce a piebald puppy. They both found this puppy very attractive and they started a selective breeding process so that they can produce more piebald puppies. The next litter produced white markings. Through these constant breeding, they were able to form what they called the Biewer Yorkshire Terriers.

Biewer Yorkshire Terriers are quite sparse and not easy to find. It's a toy dog that has lengthy hair and it goes straight down the sides of their bodies. This breed was brought to the U.S.A. It's almost the same like the Yorkshire Terriers except for it's colors. They have heads that have 3 kinds of colors: black or blue, white and gold and it does conform and blends naturally. With their bodies and coats. Their stomachs, chests, legs and the end parts of their tails are white. They have a full tail,. The colors of their backs are blue or black and with white colors included. They have hair that is silky and does not curl. Their coats need to be maintained. Those owners who want their dogs to be their companions will want these dogs to have the puppy cut look. Give them a bath once only in three weeks. Owners must comb their hair every week and they must use a wire comb.

If you want your Biewer Yorkshire Terriers to participate in shows,owners must pay more attention to their dogs. For this they need to be groomed specially. Have their coats wrapped,, this way their coats will reach the floor. They will look remarkable.

These little Biewer Yorkshire Terriers are very energetic. They are unmindful of their sizes\. These dogs want to satisfy their owners. They are lively but can be difficult to control. Give them the proper obedience training. It has most of the characteristics of the Yorkshire Terriers. They can be very suspicious of strangers and they can become assertive with them. Though these dogs are sweet and loving, they do demand a lot of attention from their owners. Do not tease or provoke these dogs or else they will snap at anyone who does these things to them.
One of their main instincts they have is that of guard dogs. Do not be too protective of these dogs, because they can become mentally unstable. They love to b e a part of the family and they like lying down on the laps of their owners.

These dogs will do alright living in apartments but they must have their daily exercises to stimulate their minds and for them to let go of their pent up energy. Give them time to play and bring them out for daily long walks.

Biewer Yorkshire Terriers are prone to eye diseases, tracheal collapse, dental diseases, patellar luxation, bronchitis, tooth decay and stomach problems.

These dogs will reach heights of 8.5 inches and will weigh 7 pounds.

Biewer Yorkshire Terriers will live between 12 – 15 years.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Small But Delightful Chihuahuas

By: Eduardo C. Gonzalez

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The Chihuahuas are quite old and they are said to be the oldest dogs in North America These dogs are unique and are known to be the smallest dog breed in the world . These dogs were said to be introduced by chinese travelers. Their origin is Mexican. Some nations in the Peninsula considered these dogs as holy. They were treated as pets by people who had higher standards of living. Breeders are not sure where these dogs came from or how they were produced

Chihuahuas can be small dogs but they are strongly built. They have well defined features. The bodies of these dogs are massive and lengthier than their tails. They have sickle shaped liked tails. At times, it does curl over their back or it can go to any off to their sides. A common feature of these dogs is that they have straight limbs. their heads have the shape of apples and and they have short pointed muzzles These dogs have big rounded eyes that are commonly black. Uncommon colors are reddish pink and clear colors. Chihuahuas have triangle shaped ears that are big. Their dewclaws can be removed. They have tender spots in their heads and it normally shuts down when they become much older. Chihuahuas come in two kinds long and short haired. The usual kinds that are easy to find are the short haired chihuahuas. They have different color types of coats: reddish brown, fairly grayish blue, light red, brown with a combination of yellow, light yellowish brown and silver colors.. It is also acceptable for their coats to be tri colored and black.

If owners want a very good companion dog, then owners must purchase these dogs. Dogs of this kind are respectful, keen, brave, and happy dogs. They are known for their adventuristic attitudes. Show these dogs that you love and care for them. If owners do this their dogs will become lively. These dogs are envious. They tend to go with their owners wherever they go. . Chihuahuas are faithful dogs and they do connect well with their owners and families These are stubborn dogs. Owners must be their pack leaders If they don't, then these dogs can act in mischievous ways. Be firm and always act calmly. Rules to follow must be set by the owners. This way the dogs will know only what they should do correctly. Do not tease these dogs or make fun of these dogs. They will snap at anyone who does this even if they are children. These dogs will bite if they feel someone is trying to harm them. Socialize these dogs with other family members at a young age so that they will be a part of the family. This way, they will not display bad behavior. These dogs are hard to train. Owners must remember that these dogs are intelligent and they are fast learners. Do not let these dogs jump They may become so domineering. if they do allow them to do so, they may be so troublesome to deal with. Walk these dogs once a week and they must be given physical and mental exercises. These dogs have instincts to go off, Walking them will be good for them. .Just treat these dogs as other dogs are treated and they will be very good companions for little children.

These dogs will reach heights of 6 – 9 inches .They will weigh 3 – 6 pounds .

Chihuahuas will live for at least 14 – 18 years.

These dogs are prone to rheumatism, slipped stifle, colds and gum problems, corneal dryness and secondary glaucoma. They must not eat chocolates or get their hands on fertilizers. These elements can kill them. Females give birth by caesarean operations. This is because their puppies have large heads. When they are puppies, they are prone to fractures and other kind of accidents. Some Chihuahuas will develop moleras. These are sections of their heads that can remain open during their lifespan. Bcsause of this, they are susceptible to injuries.. They can get stressed out because some owners tend to treat them like babies.. they sneeze and wheeze a lot because of their short and small muzzles.
These dogs are good for apartment living. They like warm weather and they do not like cold weathers. Treat them like other dogs and they must be given space.

Be gentle when brushing their smooth short haired coats. It must be done occasionally. The long coated chihuahuas must be brushed daily using a soft bristle brush. Give them a bath once a month but be sure water does not get into their ears. Look at their ears often. Their nails must always be kept trimmed. Chihuahuas are medium shedders.

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Fearless But PlayFul Brazilian Terriers

By: Eduardo C. Gonzalez

These are one of two native dogs of Brazil. They came in to existence in the 19th century when students coming home from Europe brought in Jack Russells and were crossed with local dogs that were use in local farms in Brazil and chihuahuas. They were quite known for killing rats, herding. These were dogs who would go in packs and hunt down wolves. They were so good at it. These dogs are good for hunting. They are well known in their country to be popular companion pet dogs. Outside of Brazil, they are hardly known..

The Brazilian Terriers have short smooth coats and they are tricolored. They are white and tan but black, blue and brown are also accepted. The black color is the most common of all.. The tails are docked but sickle types of tails are also accepted.They have leveled skulls, folded ears and they do express alertness.

The Brazilian Terriers are fearless, brave, playful, faithful and adorable family dogs. They are dedicated to their owners and they often like playing around witt their family members.. These dogs can be restless , but they are funny and irt can do acrobatic stunts. They like to roam around your homes. They can be very good watchdogs. Brazilian Terriers will stand at an alert pose when he feels that there are strangers in front of your homes.. Train these dogs while they are still young so that they will learn to follow and teach them to obey at their early ages..

 These dogs are packed with a lot of energy. This is the reason why they should be given a lot of mental and physical exercises. Owners cannot leave these dogs for alone for several hours. They must be preoccupied with doing something.. If they are bored, they will be very noisy. They will keep on barking and digging. When walking your dogs, they must be on a leash always. Remember that these dogs are hunters and it will chase any animal smaller than them. They get along fine with other dogs. Make sure that they are not left alone with smaller dogs. These are sociable dogs, friendly and gentle with the people that they are acquainted with. These dogs will do well with children because they are kind dogs. They need to be socialized when they are small so that they can be courteous to people. Owners mus let them see that they are the pack leaders.. Be firm but calm with them. Make them walk by your sides or at the back.

Their common health problems are eye and thyroid problems and skin allergies..

They won't do well living in apartments. These dogs are active and they will do well roaming around in small yards.

Brazilian Terriers will live for at least 12 – 14 years.

These dogs do not need to be groomed daily. Give them a bath only when it is necessary.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Brave and Smooth Fox Terriers

By: Eduardo C. Gonzalez

The Smooth Fox Terriers are natives of England and made their first appearances in the 17th century. To develop these kind of dogs, breeders bred dachsunds, English hounds and later on the the Fox hounds and Beagles. It's considered to be one of the oldest terriers. These dogs became popular because they were used by farmers to find such animals such as foxes, rats plus other types of vermins like rodents, snakes and insects. These dogs would keep on digging until they find these animals, They will continue to harass these pests and animals by growling and barking until the animal gets out of it's hole, ,then the farmers would kill them.

The Smooth Fox Terriers are fairly sized dogs who have leveled skulls and it somewhat narrows down to their skulls. They do have chiseled type of muzzles that gradually gets smaller when it reaches their black noses. The teeth must meet in scissor like bites. The eye rims and their eyes have dark colors.These dogs have V – shaped ears that are bent forward. Their sharp looking eyes are a bit apart from each other. Smooth Fox Terriers have smooth white coats with black or brown patches. Their lean necks are quite powerful and it slopes downwards to their chests and short backs. They have docked tails that are carried high. They have that energetic look but they are cheerful dogs.

The Smooth Fox Terriers are bold and fearless dogs . They will not buck down against other bigger dogs even if they know that they will lose. Being hunters they will chase birds and animals like squirrels. Always keep them on a leash when walking them. In doing so, these dogs must walk by your sides or at your backs. Doing this will show that their owners are the pack leaders. These dogs are small but their personalities are so big. These dogs must be trained so that their personalities will remain in check. Do these trainings when they are young With the proper training and socialization , they will become good dogs to be with. Training must be done in a firm but gentle manner. As long as they are properly trained, they will get along well with their families These dogs will do well with children. They are affectionate, cheerful and loving dogs. They are faithful dogs and will love the company of their family. These dogs are explorers and this is the reason why they have to roam around in yards that are well enclosed.
The males will reach heights of 14 – 16 inches, Females will have heights of 13 – 15 inches. Males will weigh as much as 15 – 20 pounds and females 13 – 15 pounds.

White dogs may have a problems of becoming deaf. They may encounter health problems such as:post natal drips, lens luxation, distichiasis, cataracts, legg Perthes dfisease and shoulder dislocations, They also can have mast cell tumors.

These dogs can live in apartments as long that they are exercised daily. They must be allowed to run in safe areas like yards that are properly fenced. These are active when they are indoors. Owners must take their dogs for long walks daily and they must be properly leashed.

They will live for 15 years.

Their short coats are easy to groom. Use a firm bristle brush when grooming these dogs. Give them a bath only when it becomes necessary. This dogs are medium shedders and they will shed twice a year.