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Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Happy ( Standard ) German Spitzes


By: Eduardo C. Gonzalez

The descendants of the German Spitzes dogs are the Nordic herding dogs like the Samoyeds and the Lapphunds. These dogs were brought in to Europe by the Vikings.. These dogs have been prominently mentioned in German literature in the early 1450's. There are three kinds of German Spitzs namely: The Giant, Toy and Standard. The Giant and toy types are known to be companion dogs. The Standard German Spitzs were used in the farms as workers and they were very good at it. These dogs are ancient dogs  and some say that these dogs even existed during the stone age.. The German Spitzs are considered to be quite rare even in Germany itself.

Standard German Spitzes do come in a large variety of colors like: brown, black , orange, wolf gray, silver gray with black shadings and white. They have packed in bodies, ears that are triangular in shape, close together and highly set. The hair they have on their heads is shorter than the hair on the all parts of their bodies. Although, the hair on their heads are short, it is quite thick. These dogs have very small feet with hair in between their toes. Their eyes appear to be evenly large. These dogs have curled up tails that reaches the top f their backs and it lies on the side of their bodies.

Standard German Spitzes are very lively, watchful and cheerful dogs. These dogs are known for their jumping skills and they like to stand up using their back legs. They will surely love the attention that their owners give them These dogs are very curious  and these dogs can suddenly bark at the sound of a door bell. Owners must make sure to train them when they should bark and when to not. Train these dogs while they are young puppies. They must know their role is. These dogs must understand what they can and cannot do. One of the the firs training they should know is obedience training. They should be given other kinds of training also. German Spitzes must know that they are just followers and not pack leaders. Owners must be their pack leaders . Owners must let them know that they are the boss but this should be done in a calm and firm manner. These dogs can be so demanding and they must be taught not to do so. These dogs are good for children but children must be taught leadership skills. These dogs can be very good companion dogs when they are trained in the proper manner. Standard German Spitzes must be socialized with the family of the owners at their early ages. These dogs are attractive and they can be very good show dogs. Owners must make sure that their dogs do their daily exercises. Owners must bring out their dogs for long daily walks. Doing this will keep their dogs very contented. Remember that your dogs must walk by sides or back of their owners. Doing these will show your dogs that their owners are their pack leaders. Walking and exercising will make these dogs physically and mentally fit.

Standard German Spitzes will reach heights of 11.5 - 14 inches and will weigh 23 - 41 pounds.

Standard German Spitzes are not known to have many health issues but they are prone to slipped patellas      ( kneecaps ).

Standard German Spitzes are fit for living in apartments but they must be allowed to roam around small yards that have been properly fenced.


Standard German Spitzes will live for about 13 - 15 years.

Standard German Spitzes needs to have their hair and coats brushed  everyday. Doing this will prevent matting There are some of these dogs that do not like to be groomed. Owners must train them to stay still while they are grooming their dogs.











Thursday, June 19, 2014

Serious Dog Ailments


By: Eduardo C. Gonzalez


All Dogs can suffer various different kinds of illnesses and it could be serious. This is the reason why inoculations, good diet, giving them plenty of exercises, having clean quarters and day to day grooming is important. If owners do this,  they can prevent serious illnesses that can besiege their dogs. Here are are some of the more serious ailments:

1. Owners must know the normal TEMPERATURES of their dogs. If their than that of the usual norm., then there must be something wrong with their dogs. If it stays that ways for twenty four hours, it can signal that there is something wrong with your dogs. This is the time that you should bring your dogs to the vets for them to be looked up. When taking their temperature, place your dogs on a table. The bulb end of the rectal thermometers must be coated with petroleum jelly. Raise the tail of the dogs and insert half of the thermometer's length to the rectum of the dogs. Wait for one or two minutes . Pull it out slowly, diinfect it right away and then shake it downwards.

2. The symptoms of COLDS are almost the same then that of snuzzzles, sneezes, runny eyes and nose, The treatment is quite the same also. Keep your dogs warm indoors, make sure your dogs are given a lot of time to reat and give them some baby aspirin. These dogs must be protected from drafts. Only take them outdoors to relieve themselves and these dogs must be coverde by a dry cloths to keep them wars. Unless, other serious infection develops, these dogs must be feeling well in a few days. If their temperature continues to be high, then owners must seek the help of their vets.

3. Frequent DIARRHEA is the result of your dogs having a bad diet. If this continues for just two days, then it can be the result of some intestinal upset. If it still persist, There are remedial measures that owners can do. Mix boiled  rice and cooked hamburger. Make sure that they are both even. Add 10 % of canned tomatoes or cottage cheese. Give your dogs ab teaspoonful of kaopectate every three hours. For severe reoccurring cases, give your dogs six ounces of black sweetened coffee with Karo syrup. Take out all drinking water but give your dogs ice cubes so that they can lick it when they are thirsty. Sometimes, a few days after your dogs have diarrhea, blood spots can appear. It may not be serious but if it persists, then owners must bring their dogs to their vets.

3. KENNEL COUGH is a common ailment of puppies and adult dogs. It's a kid of cough where dogs seem to be trying to clear their throats or even vomit but barely nothing comes out.. The cough is more severe at night time. The dogs appear to be normal and their temperatures are just right. KENNEL Cough is caused when dogs are kept in crowded crowded. Luckily, the dogs can recover even without treatment. It will take them at least six weeks. For severe cases your vets must be consulted.. There are dog cough medicined that owners can buy that will treat this kind of problem.

4. DISTEMPER was once before a frequent occurrence in dogs. Now, because of inoculations, it's not a regular occurrence anymore. New born puppies must be given temporary inoculations right away.  When they are ten weeks old, they must be given permanent shots. The symptoms of this kind of ailments are: continuing yellowish mucus from their eyes, loss of appetite, emaciation and a loose bad smelling bowel movement. The most obviously seen symptoms are photophobia:  light hurting their eyes. They cannot glance directly at light. If this is the case, make sure that your dog see your vets. Keep your dogs warm and give them more nourishing diet and lot of water so that they will not be dehydrated. Your vets will prescribe antibiotics for the distempger and for other infections which these dogs may have because they have been
weakened.

5. Diet is is usually the cause of CONSTIPATION. Give your dogs something different to eat. They must eat more vegetables and roughage like dog biscuits and kibble. For quick relief they must be given small dosages of milk of magnesia. Owners can give them mineral oil and mix it with their food. When the dogs are well, owners must continue giving their dogs the new diet. If they do not their condition will come back.

6. The best prevention for all serious illnesses are INOCULATIONS. that are now available.. In other countries, these are required by law. The common vaccination shots given to dogs are rabies, hepatitis, distemper, tetanus and leptospirosis. Be able to take full advantage of this shots and those other shots that your vets will recommend. This is done for the safety, protection and for the good health of your dogs.








Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Minor Ailments Of Dogs


By: Eduardo C. Gonzalez

Dogs do get ailments just like all human beings do. Here are some minor ailments that your dogs may encounter. It is best for owner to know how to deal with these sicknesses. Healthy dogs are happy dogs.

There are several SKIN Diseases like eczema, mange, ringworms and other skin diseases. Owners must consult their vets on what to do. Setting an appointment with your vets will be beneficial for your dogs. If owners do spot small skin lesions on their dogs, this can be treated by applying a combination of equal mixtures of glycerine and iodine on a daily basis. Owners can acquire these skin remedies at their favorite pet shops. If the problem does not get fixed, then it is time for your dogs to see their vets.. Some of these skin diseases can be transmitted to humans.. It is very important to wash your hands thoroughly after handling dogs that have all sorts of skin ailments.

All dogs are susceptive to having FLEAS. This problem can be solved in two ways. Owner must get rid of the fleas and eggs  that have been flourishing in their bodies and in the areas where the dog goes and sleep. I is a must for owners to use the best flea powders or aerosol sprays. Follow the directions on the containers  After reading the instructions, completely disinfect the places your dogs usually goes to and their beds. After doing this .brush the coats and hair of your dogs. This ways you can remove all the dead fleas and those that are dying. Dog fleas can cause a lot of skin diseases  and owners must  never neglect this problem.

The small purplish brown lumps that can be seen hanging on all dog's skin are called TICKS. These things can be spotted also inside the ears of dogs. Ticks can be taken out by touching them with acetone or nail polish. There is another way of doing it and it is done by using cotton swabs that have been dipped in alcohol or by using camphor. It works by loosening their hold on the dog's skin and the owners can pluck out these ticks by using tweezers. Take hold of the ticks firmly at the point wherein the heads are embedded on the skin. Do not worry if parts of the skin comes out when you pull out the ticks. This makes sure that the ticks mouth parts are not left behind. If they are left behind, these parts can cause infections. Use peroxide as an antiseptic.

Even if owners take good care of their dogs, WORMS cannot be avoided. There are different kinds of worms such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. These are just a few of them. Each one requires different treatment. Owners must be sure of what kind of worms their dogs have because they must give their dogs the right medications.. They can find out what kind of worms are in their dogs when they vomit or through their bowel movements. When the dogs have potbellies, continuous vomiting, running eyes and nose, these can be signs that they have worms inside their bodies.. Another indication is when they drag their rumps on the floors. This can mean that there is a number of secreted elements in the anal glands of their dogs.. This must be taken out.

In puppies the most common worms found are ROUNDWORM.  Luckily, these are the most easiest worms that can be removed . These worms are moderately long, white or pinkish and they have the appearance of coil springs that are used in watches. Give them worm capsules that can be found in your favorite pet shops. Owners must follow the instructions written in the packages.. If owner are not sure of what kind of worms they are, go to your vets Bring a sample of their stools and he will use a microscope to examine it. Your vets will give you a prescription aor what kind of medicine will be good for your puppies. Worm medicines  are  of a strong kind except medicines that are given if your dogs have roundworms. Use thesew me medicines with precautions.

When dogs continue to scratch their ears, they may have an infection called EAR CRANKER.  Look at their ears because it is necessary when things like this happen.  If it is necessary, use a cotton swab dipped in olive oil to clean their ears. Owners can buy prepared ear washes at their favorite pet shops. Try it but if it does not work, bring your dogs to the vet. The ears of your dogs are sensitive. They can hear sounds much farther than any human being can. Do this to keep your dogs in good shape. Healthy dogs are happy dogs.






Monday, June 16, 2014

The Importance Of Giving First Aid To Dogs



By Eduardo C. Gonzalez

All owners must know what to do when their dogs get hurt. They need to know how to give first aid. Remember that dog sthat have injuries are in pain and never go to them right away  nd put them into your arms. Owners must get a thick blanket or a cloth that is heavy. Fold it twice and place it over the dogs. If the dogs are suffering from broken bones, do not do this.

IF the dogs have BROKEN BONES, their bones mustbe kept as straight as possible. If ever the bones have pierced through the skin, affix a stick to it. This way it can be used as a splint by having it tied to their legs above and below the fractured bones. Thi will prevent the brojken bones from cutting a blood vessel.. Pull the leg bone clamly until the point of the bones that the pierced the skin does not show. After this owners can now splint it using thin pieces of wood. If their pelvis, ribs or shoulder bladeshave been broken, leave your dogs alone. Inform your mveterinarians what has happened and follow his instructions. Your veterinarians may be able to set their broken ribs or shoulder blades. Broken pelvis will mend on it's own.

If The dogs have accidentally bee POISONED needs quick treatment. Bring your dogs to the vets right away. Owners must empty their stomachs . The best way to do this is using hydrogen peroxide. The regular strength is 3%. Dilute half of this in a half filled bowl filled with water. Owners can use at least a tablespoon or even two. The nice thing about peroxide is that it turns into oxygen and wter. This is not harmful. After two minutes your dogs will vomit.  When their stomachs settles in, give your dogs epsom salts in a teaspoon with water.. This will make your dogs move their bowels. Hydrogen Peroxide is an antidote for phosphorus, which is an ingredient in rat poisons. Epson salts are antidotes for lead poisoning that are found in paint. The usual photographer's Hypo known as Sodium thiosulphate It can be added using a teaspoon with water. It  is a counteracting agent for arsenic. Owners can use any of these three elements. If they do not know the name of the poison, they can use any of these three elements. If owners know the name of the poison, call your veterinarians and he will give you instructions on what to do.

Many dogs who suffer from injuries from accident suffer from SHOCK. Their pulse are weak, while their hearts beat faster. The dog lays flat and the dogs are unconcerned of their pain. Shock must first be treated before other minor injuries. The goal of all owners is to keep these dogs warm. The Temperature must be at least 70 degrees fahenheit. They must be covered with blankets. Doing this will give them the much needed heat. If these dogs can swallow, one of the best stimulants is coffee with sugar, cream and a bit of salt. Owners must be slow in administering these things to their dogs. They must be given more time to swallow.

When dogs have CUTS especially on their feet, it will profusely bleed even though the cuts are small. Hold their paws on a plate of sugar. Doing this causes clots to form. The best disinfectant is peroxide. Cuts that are small will heal fast. If the cuts on their feet or legs that are bleeding a lot, use tourniquets. Owners must must tie a piece of sturdy cloth or bandage around the legs above the cut. Insert a stick in the the knot so that the bandage will tighten up. This will help put an end to the bleeding. Loosen the tourniquet every ten minutes. Keep it in the right position, until you can go to your vet.









 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Taking Good Care Of Your Dogs


By: Eduardo C. Gonzalez


Taking care of your dogs means spending time with them willfully everyday. Owners can take advantage of this moments. It gives them precious time to get to know their dogs better.. This is the beat time that owners can spend a few minutes bonding with each other. Your dogs will surely appreciate it. Doing this makes your dogs look neat and it will surely lower the the probabilities of your dogs getting sick.

BRUSHING your dogs must not just be a job that owners must have to do.. This should be treated as precious time spent with their dogs . Owners must take pride in keeping the coats of their dogs as clean and shiny as possible.. Brushing your dogs will give them a nice sensation. It does activate the flow of oil in their skin. Brushing should follow three steps. Owners must brush their dogs to clean the external parts of their coats. Brush their undercoats solidly to take out unwanted little things or hair that could have gotten stuck in there. Give their skin a bit of massage for their own delight. They will love it. Afterwards brush their hair back to their usual position.. When brushing dogs, owners must feel relaxed.. They can place their dogs on tables or floors. Do it it in a slow manner and and make sure that every part of their bodies have been brushed properly. Turn them over calmly and gently brush their abdomen. Be aware of fleas, ticks and skin irritations.

BATHING your dogs must be done only when it becomes necessary. Bathe your dogs in a place that is warm. Use a tub that is half filled with water ( bigger dogs may need bigger tubs ) . There are several things that owners will need: a wash cloth, dog soap or shampoo and at least three cloth towels. Always start with their heads and ears. Use a soaked wash rag. Do not use any soap or shampoo. Afterwards, owners must wash their dogs from front to back and top to bottom. Make sure that when using soap or shampoo, the suds do not get into their eyes or ears. After putting soap or shampoo, completely rinse your dogs . Just make sure that every bit of soap and shampoo is removed from every part of their bodies. Wrap your dogs with a towel because this will prevent the owners from getting wet. Their natural instincts are to shake themselves. Use the the towel firmly to clean your dogs. When these dogs are dry, allow them to roam around a warm room that is clean.

FEET care is necessary. The feet of your dogs must be looked at often. There may be cuts at their foot pads and this can cause irritation and infections.. Trim the nails of your dogs or when giving them exercises, it must be done on hard pavements.. Nails that are allowed to grow long will just tear off . The dogs will feel a lot of pain when their nails are torn. If so, it should be treated right away.. Use nail polish remover and acetone in case you need to remove tar or gum.. Get a dog nail clipper because it is very useful. Make sure that owners must cut their nails properly, if not bleeding will flow.

EYE care is very important. Owners must look at their eyes carefully. After your dogs go roaming around tall grass, owners must wash their eyes calmly with warm water in order to get rid of weed seeds or any foreign matter can cause damage to their eyes. There are eye
washes that can be bought commercially and can be used for cleaning their eyes.
EAR care is also necessary. The ears of all dogs are also delicate . Their ears need to be cared for because it can cause irritatyion. Never wash their ears with soap and water. Their ears need to be swabbed with cotton that has been dipped in olive oil or peroxide. Do it gently and do not go very deep. Ear washes can also be bought in dog stores .


TEETH care is a necessity. Dogs that are allowed by their owners to chew on big bones, hard biscuits or rawhide bones will keep their teeth cleans. Owners can use regulated toothbrush or toothpaste. If their teeth are so discolored , owners can have their teeth bleached with hydrogen peroxide.





Thursday, June 12, 2014

Fundadamentals Of Dog Obedience Training


By: Eduardo C. Gonzalez

A good dog is an obedient dog. Obedience training must be taught to your dogs when they are at least six months old. Owners must be quite patient and do not. Do not excessively emphasize what you are teaching them. Use the same tone of voice when repeating your commands. Do not sound harsh because they will never respond to any commands that you give them. If owners are getting impatient, stop and rest for a moment. Training sessions must not last for more than fifteen minutes.

When teaching your dogs the command COME,  owners must take their dogs outside. Affix a light check cord that is at least 20 feet long to their collars. Dogs will get attracted easily  to any  part of your yard that fascinates them.  Call them by their names and say come or come here . If he does come back to you, give him a treat. Let them roam around and then give the command again Give a bit of break time and do it all over again. Dogs don't want to be disturbed and they won't do it again. Take hold of of the end of the check cord , repeat the command and give the cord a quick sharp thrust. Dogs will probably try to resist but be keep on giving the commands. A bit more of sharp thrusts will probably bring these dogs back to their owners. If they don' , bring your dogs near and give them rewards. Do not reprimand your dogs using high tones. They will feel that their owners are mad at them. Sometimes they do something that are wrong. Bring them to the pot and reprimand them in a calm manner. Dogs must always feel when you say COME something nice is going to happen.

When dogs are in front of their owners or by their sides. Owners must hold the leash tauts in their right hands and give the command SIT. At the same time, owners must lean over and press their rumps until their dogs are sitting. Dogs will wnt to lay down or lay ie down on their sides. Use your leashes to bring them back to a sitting position and give the a treat.. These are rituals that must be repeated over and over again. Always reward them with a treat when your dogs follow this certain command correctly. Dogs are smart and they will correlate this command with the pressure. Now, they will anticipate this command by sitting without being touched.

When Dogs have been taught to sit down, it will not be difficult to teach them the word DOWN. Using one hand, hold them by their collar, give the command DOWN and press their romp with the other hand. When they are sitting, pull their front feet under them while still pressing on them with your left hands. There is
another way to do this an this can be done also by passing the leashes under one oe shoe of the owner. Owners must hold their tauts with their right hands, simultaneously pressing down their shoulders with their left hands and giving the command Down. Give the command UP, then stake two steps so that the dogs will stand up. Constant repetition of the word Down will teach these dogs to down on their four legs and they can stay like that for a period of time.

When Dogs have been taught SIT and DOWN, the command Stay becomes an extension of these two commands. Owners must face their dogs and give them the order to Stay. Owners must back slowly aeay fro their dogs and reprimanding them with your finger upraised to STAY. If your dogs start to move, give them a sharp sounding No. Lay down their leashes on on the ground pointing from the dogs to their owners. Owners must slowly back away.. Just keep repeating STAY or NO according to the way they react.. During every lesson, owners must move farther away from their dogs. Do this until there is a big space between the owners and the end parts of the leashes.. If he STAY without moving even for just a moment, give ive your dogs a pat. Praise and reward your dogs for their obedience.






Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Obedient Large Munstererlanders


By Eduardo C. Gonzalez

Large Musterlanders are old breed of dogs that have been here since the middle ages. There are evidences of these dogs existence. Several paintings of these dogs that were done in the 16th and 17th century have been discovered. These dogs were recognized as a breed only in 1922. Large Munsterlanders originated in Germany. In the year 1879, German breeders decided to establish and control these dogs, giving them a proper breed standard. Before the breeders decided to do this, Large Musterlanders were registered as German Longhaired Pointers. This breed had variaons of black and brown dogs. When the breeders were able to give it a fixed standard, they only allowed brown or brown and white dogs. The hunters who owned these dogs gave their full support for breeding them with the black and white long haired pointers. This was done in 1919 and it was done so that ther would be a steady continuation of this breed.. The breeders then decided ro form a society. There was a a foundation list that was done so that the breed could be registered.

Large Munsterlanders are strong dogs and they do have very well balanced bodies. These dogs have heads that are rather broad and a bit rounded. These features gives an impression of stability. Their bodies are colored white with black patches or dots or black speckled. These dogs have large rounded tipped ears that hang closely near their heads. Their teeth are joined together in scissor like bites. They have dark eyes and they do possess heavy lids. The coats of these dogs are long and thick. Feathers appear on their ears, front and back legs. plus on their tails. No feathers should be seen on the backsides of their upper feet. Males commonly have bigger heads, longer hair on their chests and more feathers than females. Upon standing, these dogs back feet must stand in a right angle to the ground. Large Mnsterlanders have sturdy feet and lots of of hair between their black nailed toes. They are well known for their fine looking gaits.

Large Munsterlanders are brave, happy, smart and obedient dogs. They are great companions and they can be trained easily. These dogs are faithful and friendly Owners must be the leaders of their dogs and they must give them mental and physical exercises to do. They can be destructive if they these types of stimulation.are not given.Never leave these dogs alone in your homes because they can keep on barking.and destroy things. These dogs are not meant to be guard dogs. They will always like to retrieve things. Owners can play retrieving games with them. They will love it and this could be good physical exercises for them. Do this on a regular basis. They love to carry things in their mouth. Large Munsterlanders will do good in obedience competitions. If these dogs do not get the exercises they need, they will become high strung and too excited. Large Munsterlanders can adapt to any kind of terrain. Train and socialize these dogs during their early ages and they will be very responsive dogs. They will know what thery can and cannot do.These dogs are known to chase birds. Large Munsterlanders must go for daily long walks with their owners Dogs of this kind must be properly leashed so that they won't chase rabbits or any small animals that they see.They need to be taught to heel by their owner's sides and at their backs. By doing it this way, they will know that their handlers and owners are their pack leaders.

Large Munsterlanders will reach heightsofd 23 – 25.5 inches and they will weigh 55 – 64 pounds.

Large Munsterlanders are not meant to live in apartments. They are not so active indoors. These dogs will do alright living in homes that have large yards that are properly fenced. They love to play around when they are outdoors.

Large Munsterlanders will live for about 12 - 13 years.

Large  Munsterlarders can acquire hip dysplasia. This rarely happens to this breed.

Large female Munsterlanders have short coats and do not need much grooming. Brush them every 3 – 4 days. Large Male Munstelanders have long coats and they must be brushed every two days. These dogs are heavy shedders. They shed usually in spring. Grooming them regularly will  lighten a bit their shedding. Give them a bath only when it is needed.






Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Independently Minded Pharaoh Hounds


By: Eduardo C. Gonzalez


Pharaoh hounds are one of the oldest tamed dogs in the world. It means that they were so xclose to their owner Their origin dates back to 4000 -3000 B.C.. Nobody knows their exact origi. Others believe that these dogs came from ancient Egypt. The belief started because there were so many artifacts and writings showing dogs that have similarities like the Pharaoh Hounds. These dogs were faithful companions of the royal Pharaohs of Egypt. Most of these dogs were buried alongside the Pharaoh when their royal masters died. These dogs were used to chase and were good at small game hunting. The Phoenicians were responsible for exporting these dogs to Malta.and Gozo. Pharaoh hounds are considered the national dogs of Malta. This declaration was made in 1974. The Maltese people were the ones who preserved the existence of these dogs. Pharaoh hounds operate as sighthsounds and ascent hounds. Their sense of smell is used for searching their prey, while their sightsound instincts comes into play when their prey escaped from their hiding place. When this happen, they will chase their prey and catch them. Pharaoh hounds have good guarding abilities. They were used to bring goats and sheep to their pasture. In the 1960's these dogs were introduced in England and the United Staes of America. ThePharaoh hounds were given their due recognition by the American Kennel Club ( AKC ) in 1963.

Pharaoh hounds are tall, slim, agile and sporty sightsound dogs. Their long bodies are a bit longer than their tails. These dogs have long and lean necks that are a bit arched. Pharaoh have wedge like shaped heads that seems to be well chiseled. These dogs have muzzles that are longer than their level headed skulls with slight stops. The color of their noses are likely to be the same of that of their coats. Their teeth are joined together in level like bites. Pharaoh hounds have big ears that are moderately set high. They have small oval and medium deep setting shaped eyes. Their tails look like whips and ir is moderately set. It is more densed at the the base and it thins down at the ends. Their front legs are straight and their dewclaws can be taken out.. Pharaoh hounds have short, glossy and smooth coats. Their coats can have all colors ranging from bright tan to chestnut. These dogs can have various white markings.

Pharaoh hounds are self sufficient, having a mind of their own. They are such delightful companions to be with. These dogs are peace loving and they like to play games outdoors. Give these dogs regular exercises and they will become gentle. These dogs are affectionate and courageous. These are quiet dogs and they exhibit good behavior. They are intelligent and they like being around children. Pharaoh hounds are not so difficult to train. Their owners must understand their character and be persistent in their approach. Pharaoh hounds must be trained and socialized during their early ages. Training them will teach them what they can and cannot do. Owners must be mentally strong and these dogs will get that kind of energy. These dogs like to chase and are known for their speed. This is why they must not be taken out o their leas when owners walk with them. Daily long walks would be good for them. This way, they could release their energy. Mke sure that your dogs know that their handlers are their maters. Owners and handlers must be their pack leaders. These dogs must heel at the sides or back of their owners and handlers. By doing this, they will know that they are followers and not pack leaders.

Pharaoh hounds will reach heights of 23 – 25 inches. Females will have heights of 21 – 24 inches. These dogs will weigh 45 – 55 pounds.

Pharaoh hound dogs will do alright living in apartments but they must be given their daily exercises. These dogs are inactive indoors. They must be allowed to roam around in big yards that are secured. These dogs like to sleep inside the homes of their masters.

Pharaoh hounds are quite healthy but they are quite sensitive to the smell of insecticides and medicines.

Pharaoh hounds will live for around 11 – 14 years.

Pharaoh hounds do not need much grooming. Remove their dead hair with rubber brushes. Give them a bath only when it becomes a necessity. Pharaoh hounds are quite clean dogs. They do not exhibit doggy odor. These dogs are moderate shedders.







Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Very Responsive Havanese Dogs


By: Eduardo C. Gonzalez

Some say that the Havanese dogs originally came from the Mediterranean region. They were developed along the the Spanish and Italian Coastal region. These dogs were brought to Cuba by Sea Captains. Many believe that these dogs were created during the late 1800's and early 1900's in Cuba.. Their ancestors are the Bichons. Breeders say that the now extinct blanquitos ( known as the little white dogs of havanas ) were descendants of the also the extinct Bichon Tenerife. They also believe that the blanquitos were cross – bred with other Bichon kinds like the poodles and the result is now the Havanese dogs..These dogs are sometimes referred to as the Havana Silk dogs. During the revolution, a few of these dogs were smuggled out of Cuba and brought to the United States of America.

Havanese dogs that are not clipped have a rough like appearance.These are small dogs or you can refer to them as toy dogs. Their legs are very sturdy and this allows them to move around easily. Dogs of these kind have dark eyes and tails that are covered with lengthy, silky hair. Their coats have two kinds of variations. The profuse coats can variate from wavy to curly.. The corded coats are acknowledged by The American Kennel Club ( AKC ) and the Canadian Kennel Club ( CKC ). There might be some Havanese dogs that have recessive genes and the result is that they may have puppies with smooth coats.. Short coated Havanese cannot become show dogs. Their eye rims, noses and lips are firmly colored black. The Havanese dogs comes in so many colors like: black, blue, cream, gold and white. Some of them are tricolored.. In North America, there is no preference for any color. American Breeders prefer chocoate and black colored Havanese dogs. Their gaits are one of a kind and this seems to make them seem lively. This could be the reason why these dogs seem to have a happy character.They have sturdy looking bodies.

Havanese  are very good companion dogs. They are calm and quite responsive. These dogs are so well connected to their families. They are exceptional dogs for children These dogs are loving, intelligent, happy and very sociable. They will do fine living with other dogs and pets. Give them obedience training at their early ages. Havanese dogs learn easily. These dogs are very inquisitive and they do observe what is happening around their surroundings. They are quite sensitive to the tones of of their owners. If they are hard headed, they will not listen to their owners. Owners must be their pack leaders and they must teach their dogs that they are followers. Teach these dogs what they can and cannot do. Be calm but owners must show them that they are the boss. These dogs like to entertain people and they do enjoy doing it. Few of these dogs do bark a lot and they can be trained not to keep on barking. Teach them while they are still young so that they will remember it when they get older. Havanese dogs are good watch dogs. They will sound the alarm and you will know that you have visitors who want to come to your homes. Socialized these dogs at their young ages and they won't be shy. These dogs are brave despite their sizes. These dogs need exercises and they need to go for walks with their owners. Make sure that they heel by your sides or at your backs. Doing this will show them that owners are their pack leaders.

Havanese dogs will have heights of 8 – 11 inches. They will weigh at least 7 – 13 pounds.

Havanese dogs are healthy dogs but as they age they may be prone to such diseases as Progressive Retinal Atrophy, poodle eye, juvenile hereditary cataract, chonrdodysplasia, dislocated kneecaps, legg- calve perthes disease, cardiac and liver and kidney problems, unilalateral and bilateral deafness, sebaceous adentis, dry skin and seizures.

Havanese dogs will do alright living in apartments. These dogs are active indoors and they do not need a yard to run around. Havanese dogs must live inside your homes. Never let them stay in your patios or in kennels. Just give them their regular exercises every day.

Havanese dogs will live for at least 14 – 15 years.

Havanese dogs can have their hair clipped and doing this makes it so easy to take care of them. Their hair must be brushed and combed at least two times a week. They do not shed a lot. Their dead hair must be removed. Give them baths only when it is necessary.






Monday, June 2, 2014

The Energetic Pyrenean Shepherds


By: Eduardo C. Gonzalez
Pyrenean Shepherds are dogs that were used for herding sheep. These dogs were bred for this particular
purpose. They used to move sheep in the French Mountains. Most of them have characteristics like terriers. Some say that they are the oldest French sheepdogs These dogs were developed in the French Mountains. They guarded and defended the sheep from wild animals. Animals. The Pyrenean Shepherds arrived in North America and were used primarily as herders. They became popular because they worked alongside soldiers in World War 1. These dogs were used as guards, messengers. They were also utilized as search and rescue assistants. Those who advocated the Pyrenean Shepherds established the breed standards in the 1970's. These dogs were given their due recognition by the American Kennel Club in 2009. Now, these dogs are used as companions and they used for search and rescue missions.

Pyrenean Shepherds have refined bone structures and they come in two coat kind. There is the smooth faced variety that has short smooth hair around their muzzles and slightly longer hair in other places.. These types have double coats with clusters of hair on the back of each of their legs and tails. The Long coats are divided in two classes the demi – long Pyrenean Shepherds, these dogs have medium length hair and the the coats on their bodies are long and flat. The rough faced Pyrenean Shepherds look like the Benjis and other mixed type of terriers. Their ears are commonly cropped and their tails are docked. Now, these dogs can be seen with their natural ears and having full tails.These dogs are quick on it's feet and quite athletic.

Pyrenean Shepherds are so energetic srlf assured, bold lively and very intelligent. These dogs are small in stature. These dogs tend to be passionately attached to their owners. They are quite sensitive to the moods of their owners.. Pyreneann Shepherds are loyal and devoted to the all family members. If any member of their family is threatened, they can become protective of them. These dogs are affectionate and full of enthusiasm. This is so, if their owners are quite active. They are quite insistent in being involved in any of the day's actitvities.. Whatever and wherever the action is, they want to play a part in it. Pyrenean Shepherds are suspicious of strangers. These dogs must be trained and socialized while they are puppies.while they are puppies. Training and socialization must be continued throughout their existence. This will make them comfortable and trustworthy around other not familiar people. This is also true for other companion animals. Pyrenean Shepherds must know that their owners are their pack leaders. Just make sure when you train them, do it a calm but firm manner. These dogs need their daily exercises and walks. When walking these dogs, make sure that they heel on your sides or at your back.

Pyrenian Shepherds belonging to the long haired kind must reach heights of 15 – 18. 5 inches from the tallest point of their bodies The smooth haired Pyrenean Shepherds must have heights of 15 – 21 inches fro m the tallest point of their bodies.

Pyrenean Shepherds must be seen by the veterinarian doctors just to check if they have hip dysplasia and other eye problems. They must also be checked for hearing and elbow problems.

Pyreneann Shepherds need mental and physical stimulation. Pyrenean Shepherds can live in any amount of space given to it but they need mental and physical stimulation. Don't leave these dogs fo r a number of hours alone because it can chew up things. These dogs need to be tired and this is what makes them happy.

Pyrenean Shepherds can live for 15 years.