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SiberianHusky

Siberian Husky

As the name suggests the Siberian Husky is native to Siberia. It was there that they were trained for hundreds of years to pull sleds by the Chukchi people. The Chukchi were a semi-nomadic tribe that used the Siberian Huskies to pull sleds with light loads for long distances, which made them an excellent companion for the tribe. DNA testing has recently found that the Siberian Husky is one of the oldest breeds of dogs. It wasn’t until 1909 that the Siberian Husky was brought to the United States where it took part in the All Alaska Sweepstakes Race. A number of Siberian Huskies were imported to Alaska after this initial appearance and the breed won the same race on the following year. The Siberian Husky breed not only went on to win many different races in the following years but it also gained fame for their great speed and endurance as well. The American Kennel Club did not recognize the Siberian Husky as a breed until 1930. Today the breed is still widely used in various sledding, carting and racing events. If fact this breed is responsible for the popularity of these activities. Although in many events it is less common to see the Siberian Husky since they are being replaced by the Alaskan Husky which is bred specially for speed. Therefore, people have started a movement that holds races specifically designed for the Siberian Husky. The Siberian Husky has new modern roles as a hiking companion, therapy dog or devoted house pet.

The Siberian Husky is often confused with the Alaskan Malamute. However, since the Alaskan Malamute was bred for draft work, and not speed, they are identified by their heavy build. The Siberian Husky on the other hand has a very unique appearance. One part of this is their double coat, which insulates them from hot and cold weather. They also have long tails that curl over their back in order to protect their noses when they sleep.

Overall the full-grown male Siberian Husky will stand twenty-one to twenty-three and one half inches at their withers with the females being slightly smaller. For females their ideal weight ranges between thirty-five to fifty pounds depending on their size and the males can be up to ten pounds more in weight. The bone density and build of a Siberian Husky should be moderate and never slight or dense. In overall appearance the Siberian Husky is slightly longer than they are in height. The ideal Siberian Husky according to breed standards displays a picture of balance, grace and athletic ability. The eyes can be brown or blue and sometimes even one of each color or speckled. A white mask around their face often enhances their eye color. The overall facial expression of the Siberian Husky is one of friendliness, alertness and even a rogue appearance. The Siberian Husky color can range from white to black but most are black or red with white markings or shaded gray. Rather than focus on color, the importance of a Siberian Husky is their ability to perform with speed, ease and stamina.

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Bull Dog

English Bull Dog

When choosing a dog, it’s important to choose the breed that’s right for you. In order to do that, you need to know the characteristics and temperament of the breed you’re thinking about adopting or purchasing before you do so. The English Bulldog is just one breed among many from which to choose.

History/Background: The English Bulldog descended from the ancient Asiatic mastiff and was brought to Europe by nomads. It was bred for bull baiting in the early 13th century. The name “bulldog” (medieval in origin) refers to the robust look of a little bull and also the power with which this dog attacked bulls in arena combat before that practice was outlawed in the 19th century. The last of the working bulldogs in England were crossed with Pug dogs to create the English Bulldog. This breed was first registered by the American Kennel Club in 1935.

Physical Characteristics: The English Bulldog has a short but wide, compact and muscular body with stocky legs and a short tail. The head is broad, with dense skin folds on the skull and forehead, and the cheeks extend to the sides of the eyes. The muzzle is short and sometimes dark, with a broad black nose and large nostrils. The upper lip is pendant and the lower jaw undershot. The eyes are very round, far apart and dark. The small, thin ears are folded back in the form of a rose. The coat is short and smooth, and the color can be red, fawn, brindle, pale yellow, washed-out red, white or any combination of these colors. The English Bulldog’s height is about 12 to 16 inches, and weight is 49 to 55 pounds.

Personality/Temperament: The English Bulldog, in contrast to its aggressive and fighting ancestors, is gentle and very affectionate. It typically does not beg for attention but seeks for it, and lots of human attention is required for its happiness. It is content to lie peacefully at its owner’s feet or just to be in the same room with its owner. It is sensitive to its owner’s moods. This breed makes a good companion and is good with children and the elderly and also with family pets.

Although known for its courage and excellent guarding abilities, an English Bulldog does not necessarily make a good watch dog. It usually only barks when there is really a reason or sometimes if furniture has been moved or there is something new in the house. This breed of dog can be bullheaded and determined and does not give up easily. It can be dominating and needs an owner who displays strong leadership.

A young English Bulldog will be full of energy but will slow down as it gets older. Although it appears lazy, this is not really the case. It doesn’t jump at every command but evaluates the command against its own priority setting to decide whether to obey the command and with what urgency. This breed snores very loudly and tends to slobber and drool. It rarely whines or complains.

Possible Health Conditions: Some of the health conditions that plague this breed of dog include breathing problems, poor eyesight, susceptibility to heat stroke in warm weather or hot rooms or cars, sensitivity to cold, skin infections and hip and knee problems. This breed also has an active digestive system. Puppies are often delivered by cesarean section because of the broad head. The life expectancy for this breed averages 8 years.

Exercise/Grooming: English Bulldogs need daily short walks but are not tolerant of excessive exercise. Some adult bulldogs would rather not exercise while others are full of energy. Grooming is fairly easy and consists of combing or brushing with a firm bristle brush and bathing only when necessary. The face should be wiped with a damp cloth every day to clean inside the wrinkles. This breed is an average shedder.

Living Conditions: This breed of dog is good for apartment life, is inactive indoors and does okay without a yard. It chills easily in cold weather and has trouble cooling off in very hot weather. It should be kept indoors.

Summary: The English Bulldog needs lots of human attention and strong human leadership, is very good with children and the elderly, makes a good companion and is relatively easy to groom but doesn’t typically have a lot of energy and has a shorter life expectancy than most breeds. If you are looking for these characteristics and traits in a dog and are able to fulfill its needs, then perhaps an English Bulldog is the right breed for you.

About The Author Anita Funkhouser is the owner of http://www.gogreendogbeds.com, offering high-quality, eco-friendly dog beds, toys and sweaters made from recycled materials, and http://pickofthelitterblog.wordpress.com/, a blog about various breeds of dogs.

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BerneseMountainDog

Bernese Mountain Dog

This Bernese mountain dog is a farm dog, which has its origin from Switzerland. It is popularly called as the Berner. These dogs were able to sustain very cold temperatures, because of their long and heavy coat. As their stature is very strong, they can perform their duties even during the deadly winters.

The height of this Berner is anywhere around 23 to 27.5 inches. Their weight is around 71 to 100 pounds. They can be recognized very easily due to the uniqueness in the pattern of their color. Their head and ears are black, eyes and stockings are tan and the remaining parts of the body are white. Generally all the Berners, has the same kind of pattern, if at all there are any differences, then it would only on the percentage of white on the body. They have very expressive brown eyes. To keep their coat, neat and glossy, you need to brush them regularly.

Though the Bernese is not known for their hardihood, still they have to be given exercises and many physical activities. They love to march along with you, and do not face any kind of joint problems. They are very affectionate dogs, so you have to give them a lot of attention.

Nothing can beat the attitude of these dogs. The Bernese Mountain dogs are also very smart and steady. The quality of being extremely affectionate and loyal forces these dogs to protect you, but do not match the level of a watch dog. They are very warmhearted with people and other dogs. Training these dogs can be successful only when he is trained regularly. This breed of dogs are good in thinking and slow in picking up things, so you have to be patient while you train them. The Bernese mountain dog is very friendly towards children; though they are massive in size they treat kids very gently. They are very patient and have a very firm outlook.

The Berners are a pleasure to watch when they perform at the wagon ride in any of the parades. Due to their composure and calmness, they were first made to pull wagons for kids in order to entertain them.

Food comprising of 1.5 cans of meat with some biscuit can be given to them. They also like having dog food which is nutritious. They can have about 5 cups.

In case you have a fence yard, then this Bernese Mountain Dog is the best choice. Training them at the initial stages would be extremely difficult. So the trainer has to be very good at his work and very forbearing. At a very young age, training and socializing has to be practiced. Trying to socialize or train them at later stages would be a tough task. If you have young children at home, then do not get a Berner. They hate to be governed. They are not a good pet for the elderly and the disabled people. They would not be able to manage this breed.

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SaintBernardDog

Saint Bernard Dog

Description. Most people have probably come across this dog, or at the least seen a picture of one. Even as a puppy they would probably be described as a medium to large dog, as adults, they are little short of enormous. Normally standing 25 to 27 inches in height and weighing between 110 and 200 pounds. However, the largest recorded dog was apparently nearly 2 m in length and weighing 140kgs. As with everything else the Saint Bernard’s head is massive and powerful, with a thick muscular neck and heavyset muscular body. Being such a large dog diet is very important, when first obtaining one of these dogs you should find out the various supplements and food types the dog is at present eating. If purchased as a puppy, the breeder will give you a diet sheet upon request. Inadequate diet or incorrect feeding may cause problems for this dog, which as, given its size it can not afford to have. They can come in a variety of colours, and can have either rough or smooth coats, eitherof which is very dense. These dogs can only be described as looking like an enormous great teddy bear.

History. Saint Bernard DeMenthon is believed to have founded this breed in 980A.D. and is most probably the result of crossing or mixing the breeds of the great Pyrenees, the great Dane, the Tibetan mastiff, and the greater Swiss mountain dog. The original dogs were of the shorthaired variety as it was soon noticed the longhaired variety tended to form icicles in their coat. St Bernard DeMenthon had formed a hospice, which could be used by weary travellers. During the 17th century St Bernard’s were often used for rescuing people from avalanches, or travellers who had collapsed in the snowy passes. They have a very keen sense of smell and can actually scent a person through several feet of snow, and even dig them out. Believe it or believe it not, upon finding a person buried in the snow a dog would lie alongside, which provides the person with warmth. It would then attract the attention of another dog, by barking, who would then head back to the mission to collect a rescue team. Along with their trademark small barrel hanging under their neck, they were able to provide rescue and fortification. Furthermore, because of their size they were actually capable of pulling small sledges, or assisting the weary traveller, which adds taking the casualties of the weather to suitable refuge, to the list of tasks this dog is capable of.

Temperament. As a breed they are tolerant and obedient and loyal friendly and tolerate children very well. It is important to socialise these animals as young as possible, and also to commence training as early as you can. One very important factor in training is to discourage them from jumping up on humans. Obviously given the size this animal grows to, if jumping up is not stopped, it could be a major problem in the future, and could cause serious injury to elderly relatives. Another consideration in training is that they must respond to your commands, again at this size you cannot afford this dog to run wild and please itself. Although very good and tolerant with children, and have been known to allow children to hang in their hair, a certain amount of care must be taken because at this weight a simple accident could have serious results. The dogs are not malicious at all, but accidents can happen, just be aware.

Health issues. St Bernard’s are prone to some health problems, the obvious hip dysplasia, skin problems a condition known as wobbler syndrome, some heart problems, a condition of the eye where one of the eyelids folds outwards, also twisted stomachs. They are also a little prone to bloat. It is better to feed these dogs three small meals rather than one large meal daily. It is important to avoid the temptation to overfeed this dog, their normal weight is enough of a strain on the skeleton, they can ill afford to be overweight, it will only cause them problems later. Overfeeding of a dog is neither a treat nor a kindness of the owner.

Grooming. Shedding occurs twice a year, you will notice when. Generally their coat is easy to look after with brushing, using firm bristles, and combing. Bathing should not be done frequently as it strips the protective oils from their coat destroying the water resistant properties. When bathing, use a very mild shampoo. Special attention needs to be paid to the eyes, keeping them free of grit, dust, or other things that may irritate, being prone to eye problems this is obviously an important part of the dogs care.

Living conditions. Whilst they prefer living indoors, with the family, they are capable of living outside in most weather conditions, as long as suitable shelter is provided. They require a large amount of exercise, but as long as it is provided, they are fairly inactive inside, and they can, in fact, live in an apartment. They do not do well in hot weather, cars, or warm rooms.

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Airedale-Puppy

Training your Airedale Terrier to come to you is one of the most important aspects of terrier obedience. It is the easiest command for your dog to learn. It can also be the most frustrating when they do not obey.When your dog is not on a leash, you have no direct control. If he is to obey you, it must be because he wants to, and has been conditioned to accept your commands

Here are some tips on how to gain your terriers obedience so that he will come to you when called:

  • Dogs are social animals, and look to their owner for companionship. Spend time developing a strong bond with your pet, so that he wants to be with you.
  • Always reward your dog for obedience. Praise, physical attention and food snacks are the best motivation for good behavior. If you need to call your dog to you for something he does not enjoy, maybe bath time, or just to take him home after a play in the park, make a fuss of him for obeying you, then calmly do what you need to do, and praise again when you have finished. That way, obedience will be associated with a pleasurable experience and will be more likely to be repeated in future.
  • Never call your dog to you to punish him for misbehavior. This will only erode his trust in you. He will not associate the punishment with a previous action and will learn to avoid coming to you in future.
  • Make sure your Airedale has enough exercise and mental stimulation. A bored and under exercised dog will become over excited at any chance of freedom, and will be reluctant to end their fun.
  • If you are uncertain at any time of your ability to control your dog, keep him on a leash. If you lose control over him and he starts to run away and won’t come back, avoid running after him and repeatedly calling him. He will think it is a game where you are chasing him, and will learn that he need not obey you. Try turning around and walking away. This way, he may think of you are the leader and chase you.
  • Gain your dogs respect. Make sure he understands that you are the master, and that he has to abide by your rules. Without respect your Airedale will only obey you when it suits him. If he thinks he has something better to do, you will be ignored until he is ready. Make sure you do not reward disrespectful behavior. If they jump up on you, or push onto your lap and demand attention, ignore them until they settle down. Then, when you are ready, tell them to sit, and after they obey, praise them, and give them the attention they want.
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