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Best Dog Breeds for Family & Children

December 3, 2010 on 4:01 am | In Tips and Advice | No Comments

So, you’re looking for the ideal dog breed to live with a young family? A family with children is perfectly OK to bring in a massive (and we do mean massive) number of different breeds. So many dog types have their qualities and unique strengths. In this article we are going to take a look at 10 breeds that are ideal for families with children.

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Staffies for Adoption in London

February 28, 2014 on 2:20 pm | In Tips and Advice | No Comments

If you are looking to rehome a dog in London, please consider adopting one of the Staffies currently in the care of the RSPCA.

Staffordshire Bull Terriers (Staffies) are possibly the most misunderstood breed in the UK. Often seen in the possession of groups of young men and even featured on posters and adverts about antisocial behaviour, Staffies are widely perceived as tough, dangerous dogs.

Their large, muscular torso and shoulders and their broad faces do make them look as though they are a breed suited to patrolling estates and guarding property. Staffies are often chosen as pets by young people who quickly tire of them when they fail to turn out to be frothing, vicious dogs consistent with the reputation that their owners want to create. Those owners then abandon or neglect their Staffy because in fact Staffies are much happier lolling around at home with a family, curled up on the sofa with loving owners or playing in the park. They make very loyal and loving pets that like nothing better than being in the heart of a caring family unit.

Travis is an 11 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier looking for a new home.

The discrepancy between their physical appearance (and public perception of their characters) and their natural disposition means that there are many, many Staffies in need of a loving home. They fall between two stools: they look too ‘tough’ for many families to consider adopting them, and they act too ‘soft’ for people who want a guard dog.

Sometimes Staffies can be difficult to train or keep in a family home because they have previously suffered ill treatment at the hands of previous owners. But many can be helped with specialist behaviour therapy provided by the RSPCA whilst others have survived previous bad experiences with little ill effect on their ability to settle into a new home.

Specialist workers in the animal shelters run by the RSPCA can advise anyone looking to rehome a dog in London and elsewhere in the UK as to which dogs can be safely adopted into which home. Some Staffies and other dogs can only be successfully rehomed into a family with no children, whilst others thrive best in homes where there are children to play with.

If you are interested in rehoming a dog in London or elsewhere in the UK please consider searing through the RSPCA’s site to find Staffies in need of homes in your area.

If you decide to buy rather than adopt, make sure you buy from a reputable breeder and meet the mother (and, if possible, the father) of your puppy. From the personality of the parent(s) and the conditions in which the puppy is being kept you will get a good idea of how well socialised it is and what sorts of traits your puppy is going to have. But remember that buying a puppy from a breeder encourages further breeding by increasing demand, leaving many abandoned Staffies in need of rehoming.

The Brittany Spaniel Tips And Quality Information

November 29, 2010 on 7:07 pm | In Brittany Spaniel | No Comments

The Brittany Spaniel Tips And Quality Information

The Brittany Spaniel is basically a bird dog. She can make a good family pet and watch dog. She likes children and does well with other pets. She prefers to have plenty of space to exercise. She may be a poor choice for an apartment. A properly fenced in enclosure for exercise would be ideal. She needs weekly brushing and monthly bathing. Her breed is considered to be generally healthy.


Good With Children?


Yes, good with children with proper training. As a reminder, never leave a young child unsupervised with any puppy or dog.


Good With Other Pets?


Yes, good with other pets, especially with early socialization.


Temperament


Very nice family oriented dog. She is happy, alert and eager to please.


Trainability


Very trainable.


Approximate Adult Size


The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the male Brittany spaniel is 17 to 21 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 35 to 40 pounds. The female ranges from 18 to 20 inches to the withers and 30 to 40 pounds.


Special Health Considerations


Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Brittany Spaniel is no exception, Be on the look out for canine hip dysplasia (genetic based looseness in the hip joint that can lead to arthritis pain and lameness), allergy skin problems, glaucoma, lens luxation, epilepsy and nervousness. This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.


She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.


Grooming


The Brittany Spaniel has a silky, feathered medium length coat that sheds lightly. She should be bathed once a month or so. She should be brushed regularly. Brushing will help her maintain a clean and healthy coat, avoid mats and help you keep a closer eye on her health and strengthen your emotional bond with her.


Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.


Her nails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet. Generally a guillotine type trimmer is the best for this chore and competent instructions to accomplish this can be found on the net.


Life Span


The Brittany Spaniel can live between 10 and 12 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.


History


The Brittany Spaniel hails from the Brittany province of France as a cross between the Orange and White Setter and another French dog. They were officially shown in France in 1896. They were recognized by the American Kennel Association in 1934.

For more facts and info on the Brittany Spaniel or a full list of dog breeds take a look at this Dog Training website.

Chihuahua And Choosing The Right One for you

November 25, 2010 on 8:07 am | In Chihuahua | 25 Comments

Chihuahua And Choosing The Right One for you

Everyone is surely going to get excited when trying to select a Chihuahua. Truly a man’s best friend, you can rely on your Chihuahua in giving you company, cuddling up together and some can even guard your house. You need to review your personal lifestyle and needs when adopting a Chihuahua. It is a major decision whether or not you would choose to have a puppy or an adult as a pet. Before deciding on which Chihuahua to adopt, here is some useful information that might help you decide.


About Chihuahua Puppies


* Bringing up a Chihuahua puppy is an advantage because this means that you would guide its growth and well being. You would have the chance to raise it up according to what you want. This means you can ensure that it is properly nurtured with the right dog food, ensure that necessary dog shots are given and prevent heartworm at this early stage. Having your Chihuahua puppy personally trained is also a plus since you can teach him exactly what you want.


* You should adopt a Chihuahua puppy when it is at least 10 weeks old. Chihuahua puppies need a lot of time to be cared for by their mothers. This is a crucial stage for them. They somehow gain a psychological advantage for both Chihuahua puppy and for the mother Chihuahua as well.


* A Chihuahua puppy can easily adjust to new surroundings as compared to an adult Chihuahua. Although most Chihuahua puppies may cause minimal to major damage to your personal stuff while they are in the stage of teething. They need to be housebroken and house training needs a lot of time, effort and patience from the owner.


* There is no assurance of what a Chihuahua puppy would look like when it gets old. Also, his temperament might change when he grows up.


* Most pet owners love how Chihuahua puppies can be entertaining. They are very cute and adorable pets that is a hit for both children and grown ups. Chihuahua puppies can be easily regarded as one of the family.


About an adult Chihuahua


* You would have less of a fuss taking care of an adult Chihuahua. They already have this established behavior that you can easily adopt too. By being with the adult Chihuahua more often, you would have more or less an idea of what its temperament is.


* You need to get as much information that you can when adopting an adult Chihuahua. Take note of its habits and mood swings. You can acquire information from the previous owners of the Chihuahua. Some adult Chihuahuas may have some behavior issues. It is important to take note of them.


* It may take some time and effort for an adult Chihuahua to be completely comfortable with a new owner.


* Take note that you need to introduce an adult Chihuahua to your children and other household members. This would help the Chihuahua be familiar with them and helps them refrain from biting or barking thinking that they maybe strangers.


* Adult Chihuahuas may not need your full attention unlike Chihuahua puppies need and would require lesser trips to the veterinary.


* For a fully grown Chihuahua, physique and behavior is basically not a variable anymore. What you see is basically what you get.


* Most adult Chihuahuas are housebroken already so they would cause lesser damage to your belongings and don’t wake up at night like most puppies do. Usually, they have grown out of the impulse of chewing things.


* An older Chihuahua can easily adapt to other pets, like other dogs or cats, if you have a group of them at your household.


Selecting a Chihuahua is not an easy task. Everyone loves sweet looking Chihuahua puppies, but not everyone can stand up to the tiresome house training. Though most would appreciate the bonding shared with them.


Adult Chihuahuas need no great amount of guidance but can still turn out to be a lovable pet. Whichever you think is the right pet for you, just keep in mind that taking care of them requires a lot of time and effort. In return, they would always keep you company and has ready smile with an excited wag of tail waiting for you everyday.

For more information on the Chihuahua or a complete list of dog breeds visit this Dog Behaviour website.

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Chesapeake Bay Retriever – Dog Breeds – Facts And Advice you Should Know

November 21, 2010 on 5:34 am | In Chesapeake Bay Retriever | 22 Comments

Chesapeake Bay Retriever – Dog Breeds – Facts And Advice you Should Know

We begin this article with the basic facts about the breed, then follow up with an in-depth look at their personality.


Group: Sporting


Weight: male: 65-80, female: 55-70 lbs


Height: male: 23-26 female: 21-24 inches


Overview


The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is originally from the United States, and often referred to as the “Chessie”. These dogs are enthusiastic hunters of fowls on both land and water. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever was the first retriever to be documented by the American Kennel Club. Even though they are not as well known today as the Golden or Labrador Retrievers, the Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are wonderful family and field companion dogs.


Temperament


This breed is extremely loyal and deeply devoted; the Chesapeake Bay Retriever has a strong caring nature. This breed is gracious, warm, and loving. They will adapt best in a home with older caring children. In general, these dogs get along well with other dogs if they have been brought up with them. They do however have a tendency to be aggressive and hostile toward dogs they are not familiar with. This breed does not get along with cats and other, smaller household pets. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever loves to be involved with the family, and might become destructive when left alone for extended periods of time. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is not ideal for the inexperienced dog owner.


Care


These dogs should be brushed about once during the week to remove the dead hair. It is vital for these dogs not to be groomed too much as this will harm the coat. This breed should only be bathed when it is really necessary in order to protect the integrity the coat. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is an average shedding dog.


Training


The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is very clever dog an intelligent dog that is very precise and devoted to their family when socialised and trained correctly. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is not quite as fast to learn as some of the other breeds, and will require a tolerant trainer that will offer plenty of repetition. This breed should only be taught by one person until they have learned the command, otherwise they might become confused.


Health problems


Overall, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a rather healthy breed. They are however prone to bloat, and it is therefore advised that they rather have a number of small meals rather than one large meal. These dogs should also not exercise directly after eating. Hip dysplasia is a minor concern with these dogs, and progressive retinal atrophy and entropion are eye conditions that are also seen with the Chesapeake Bay Retriever.

Get more info and advice on the Chesapeake Bay Retriever or Chesapeake Bay Retriever training visit this dog breeds web page.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Puppies
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Great Pyrenees Puppy And Dog Information

November 19, 2010 on 8:26 pm | In Great Pyrenees | 25 Comments

Great Pyrenees Puppy And Dog Information

The Great Pyrenees makes a good watch dog and guard dog. They are wary of strangers, both man and beast. They need plenty of exercise and are not suitable for an apartment. A properly fenced in yard or acreage would be ideal. They may tend to wander so they should be kept under control. They are generally good with other pets but may fight with other dogs. They like older children, especially if they have been socialized with them at an early age. As a reminder, never leave a child unsupervised with a puppy or dog.


*Approximate Adult Size. The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the male Great Pyrenees is 27 to 32 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 100 to 125 pounds. The female ranges from 25 to 29 inches to the withers and 80 to 90 pounds.


*Special Health Considerations. Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Great Pyrenees is no exception, although they are considered very healthy. Be on the look out for Canine Hip Dysplasia (genetic based looseness in the hip joint that can lead to arthritis pain and lameness), epilepsy (common in dogs), eyelid defects and skin hot spots. This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.


She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.


*Grooming. The Great Pyrenees has a double coat that is weather resistant. The outer coat is flat, long, and thick. The inner coat is dense and wooly. They intensively shed their inner coat in spring and summer. They should be brushed regularly. Brushing will help her maintain a clean and healthy coat and help you keep a closer eye on her health and strengthen your emotional bond with her.


Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.


Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet. Generally a guillotine type trimmer is the best for this chore and competent instructions to accomplish this can be found on the net.


*Life Span. The Great Pyrenees can live between 10 and 12 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.


*History. The Great Pyrenees came from France where they were an old natural breed. They were developed as herders and sled pullers. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1933.


Some Registries:

* Great Pyrenees Club of America

*UKC United Kennel Club

*NKC National Kennel Club

*CKC Continental Kennel Club

*APRI Americas Pet Registry Inc.

*AKC American Kennel Club

*FCI Federation Cynologique Internationale

*NZKC New Zealand Kennel Club

*KCGB = Kennel Club of Great Britain

*ANKC = Australian National Kennel Club

*ACR = American Canine Registry


Litter Size: 6 to 10 Great Pyrenees puppies


Category: Working, Flock Guard


Terms To Describe: Beauty, elegance, majesty, regal, coordination, soundness, substance, intelligent, kindly, affectionate, territorial, quiet, tolerant, patient, fearless, loyal


*SPECIAL GOOD POINTS

Good watch dog.

Good guard dog.

Generally a one family dog.


*SPECIAL BAD POINTS

Shed heavily in spring and summer.

They can become aggressive.

They need an experienced handler.

Takes a lot of grooming.

Can be stubborn.

May tend to wander.

Slow maturing.

May be a barker.

May slobber and drool.


*Other Names Known By: Chien de Montagne des Pyrenees, Chien des Pyrenees, Pyrenean Mountain Dog


*Every dog is an individual so not everything in this information may be correct for your dog. This information is meant as a good faith guideline only.

Mitch Endick is a short article writer, editor and website developer for the popular pet site petpages.com.
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A movie about the characteristics of the Great Pyrenees / Pyrenean Mountain Dog, showing the essential elements of the standard and featuring some of the best male and female examples of the breed, filmed in the Pyrenees autumn 2005.

Poodle Is As Poodle Does

November 13, 2010 on 7:41 pm | In Poodle | No Comments

Poodle Is As Poodle Does

I read the phrase in the title somewhere, and even though it is a blatant rip off of a line from Forest Gump, I thought it was a pretty appropriate way to describe the world’s oldest water retriever, circus performer and truffle hunter.

Poodles are lively and active dogs, are very loyal and absolutely love (crave?) attention. The life span of the Poodle is about 12 to 15 years or more, with some that I’ve heard of living up to 18. They are a very smart dog – one of the smartest by any method you care to apply. I witnessed a doggy “IQ test” in which the dog’s head was covered by a blanket and the dog timed to see how long it would take to uncover itself. Not surprisingly, the winner was the border collie – with the poodle coming in a very close second place.

The Standard Poodle is the largest of the Poodle breed, standing at least 15 in. (38 cm) at the shoulder, and is more than just a pretty face. Experts agree that the Standard Poodle is one of the oldest breeds specializing in hunting after game in the water, and is still sometimes used as a gun dog. History shows that the Standard Poodles that we know and enjoy today probably developed around the 17th century in Germany. They are most likely descended from early German water retrievers, but may in addition be related to spaniels from the Iberian Peninsula. Although originally a hunting dog, the Standard Poodle today is primarily a companion and show dog. They are proud, elegant, dignified, gentle and good-natured.

The Toy, or French Poodle, is the smallest at 11 in. (29cm) or under at the highest point of the shoulders. Originating from the German “Pudel”, the French developed the “Poodle” into the miniaturized version we know today as the Toy Poodle. These small dogs are almost exclusively companion and show dogs, but can be occasionally seen performing tricks on a stage or in circuses. The Toy Poodle is sensitive and remarkably intelligent.

Dogs ranging in size larger than the Toy Poodle yet smaller than the Standard Poodle are classified as Miniature Poodles. The Miniature Poodle is considered a cheerful, super smart, sensitive and highly trainable companion dog.

The Poodle has a very attractive, sturdy appearance, and displays an air of distinction and dignity peculiar to the breed. Although they come in different sizes, the shape and appearance of the breed is consistent. The general appearance of the body of a poodle is of good proportions, the length of the body generally exceeding the height at the withers.

The coat of a Poodle is curly, harsh and dense. Poodles actually have a double coat that has the quality and appearance of lamb’s wool. It is fine, fluffy, light in texture and knots readily when not cared for. Because of variations in grooming, a Poodle can be the most elegant of dogs or nearly the most wretched. Most purebred puppies will have their tails docked, giving them a distinctive, powder-puff appearance.

The Poodle’s temperament is without a doubt one of the breeds best qualities – however it often depends on its size. There is generally a noticeable temperament difference between a toy, miniature and standard poodle.

Perhaps no other dog has been cross-bred as much as the Poodle to try to enhance two breeds’ qualities. “Poo” hybrid dogs crop up everywhere. Examples include the Labradoodle (Labrador Retriever) and Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever), which were bred primarily as hypoallergenic companion dogs. The appearance of these dogs range from a shaggy looking Golden Retriever to a curl relaxed Poodle, but usually something in between. The Schnoodle (Schnauzer) presents the temperament features of the Schnauzer (liveliness of the Terrier) and the appearance/intelligence of the Poodle. The Cockapoo (Cocker Spaniel) has a squarely built appearance with full but less kinky fur. Other variations include the Maltipoo (Maltese), Bich-poo (Bichon Frise), and Yorkipoo (Yorkshire Terrier).

The poodle certainly is a pretty amazing breed. Intelligent and cheery, the Poodle can be counted as one of the most popular breeds of dogs in America, as well as worldwide. The Poodle is commonly acknowledged to be the most wisely intelligent of all members of the canine race. If you are looking for a dog to do just about anything, a Poodle might be right for you. But always keep in mind – “Poodle is as Poodle does”.

Walt writes about dogs and dog breeds for dog-gonnit! Mutt or Purebred, Dogs Rule! You can find other intriguing articles about poodles at dog-gonnit! It’s a Poodle!

Effort Girl Prepares Saint Bernard for Westminster

November 11, 2010 on 11:31 am | In Saint Bernard | 25 Comments

Local girl has 5 Saint Bernards – Adam Richins / Pocono Record Rachel Ertle, 11, of Effort, PA. has qualified her Saint Bernard “Kitty” in the Junior Showmanship and Breed Ring at The Westminster Kennel Club’s 132nd annual dog show, Feb. 11-12, 2008, at Madison Square Garden. Read the story at www.poconorecord.com
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The Scottie – Your Loyal Guardian

October 30, 2010 on 11:08 pm | In Scottish Terrier (Scottie) | No Comments

The Scottie – Your Loyal Guardian

Scottish terriers, commonly called Scotties, are British terriers with short legs. They originated in the Scottish highlands where they were bred with the other terriers related to them. They are such jaunty creatures that they are often used in advertisements to represent the nature of the country of their origin.

In reality, the nature of the Scottie perfectly matches its public image. Scottties are extremely loyal to their owners, in addition to being stoic and independant. They also value their privacy.

Scotties, Cairns, and Westies resemble one another a lot. The Cairns and Westies are closely related to each other. The Cairns are available in any color except white. The Westie, on the other hand, is actually a white Cairn, born when white dogs were crossed with the Cairns of west Scotland. Scotties are slightly different in the sense that they have dark coats, long heads and bodies, and usually stay aloof from the other two.

The History of the Scottie

The story of the Scottie’s origin is unclear. In the sixteenth century, the Scottie’s ancestors were sent to the king of France by the English king, James I. Later, three varieties of terriers were identified as Scotch terriers–the Cairns, the Scotties, and the Westies. The Dandie Dinmont, although related to these three breeds, has been placed in a class of its own because of the differences in its physical appearance.

Britain bred terriers to hunt animals that destroyed grain, poultry, and eggs. The terriers, therefore, evolved to be courageous dogs that could hunt foxes and badgers right upto their dens. Moreover, their soft undercoats and wiry outer coats protected them as they hunted in rough locations in harsh climatic conditions.

Interesting Facts about Your Scottie

You will be happy to know the following facts about your Scottie:

They are comfortable both indoors as well as outdoors.
They have a wiry coat about 2-inches thick.
Their color could be steel or iron gray, black, wheat, or sandy; sometimes, it is also grizzled or brindled.
They are about 10 inches tall.
They weight from 18 to 20 pounds.
They love to be praised and adapt well to the nature and habits of the family that owns them.

Caring for Your Scottie

Here are a few things that should be done regularly to keep your Scottie in a good condition:

Give your Scottie a professional grooming twice a year. Their wiry coats require professional care to maintain their texture and appearance. A good grooming will keep the coats wiry and firm.
Comb their fur twice a week and trim it occassionally.
Pluck out the dead hairs of a Scottie. Don’t use electric clippers because this will make their coats soft and dull.
They love hunting and playing with toys such as squeaky balls. Ensure that you spend some time playing with your Scottie.
Keep your Scottie on a leash when you take it for a walk in the public.

If you own or breed Scotties, you should be aware that the breed is susceptible to the following disorders:
An inherited disease called Von Willibrand’s Disease (VWD)
Allergies to fleas and other skin disorders
Epilepsy
Disorders of the jawbone
Cramps, a minor disorder that makes it difficult for your Scottie to walk.
Loss of coordination caused by a rare neurological disorder called Cerebellar abiotrophy that progress slowly.

Do you wish to buy a Scottie for yourself? Think over the matter carefully, and don’t make any hasty decision. Cruelty to the animal and lack of training can only cause distress to it. However, if you take good care of your Scottie, it will become your loyal guardian. In fact, it can become so protective that it will protect you even though it implies danger to its own life. A Scottie, in this regard, is the only dog of its kind.

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LOVABLE GIGANT- SAINT BERNARD

October 30, 2010 on 1:30 am | In Saint Bernard | No Comments

LOVABLE GIGANT- SAINT BERNARD

Saint Bernard dogs began as Swiss herding dogs far back into their ancestry. The Saint Bernard has been created specifically to rescue stranded travelers. This was accomplished by adding Newfoundland blood into the bloodline. Today, the very popular Saint Bernard is the result of that. A Saint Bernard is very gentle and very good with children. This beloved work dog is a popular breed because of its gentility with children. However, this breed is a good watch dog and an even better guard dog. This breed’s proven temperament shows true and one could not ask for a better guard than this loyal protector from the Swiss mountains.

Saint Bernard dogs have such a keen sense of smell that they can smell out people burried deep in the snow. Barry, like other Saint Bernard dogs, was trained by the monks to rescue lost travelers in the Alps. The Bernard’s, on finding a man to be rescued, lie on top of the person and start licking his face to wake him up. Simultaneously they bark out aloud calling the monks for assistance, hearing which the monks would come with a stretcher and warm blankets to keep the person warm. The fellow is then taken to the monastery and is served warm tea and food.

Since its original purpose was to rescue travelers, it also is a very good rescue dog and not just in mountainous situations. This breed is very strong and can pull a full grown man up out of the snow. They can be trusted with infants and small children as well as adults. They tend to grow quite large, so a home with a large yard will be ideal for a Saint Bernard. Exercise is a must for this gentle giant. Walking and running are two types of exercise that they enjoy.

Keeping a Saint Bernard fit includes attention to the diet. They are big eaters and the right kind of food is ideal to balance them out. Care must be taken to brush out the coat, so that hair does not get matted or clumped in any way. The coat does shed, so regular brushing of the coat will keep the coat healthy and glossy, while removing all hair that is ready to fall out. This is essential for the comfort of a Saint Bernard. Having a big coat can be very uncomfortable in the summer months, so a haircut is recommended in hotter climates.

One should carefully think before adopting this giant dog. They make a wonderful family pet, are loving, loyal and get along well others and make excellent companions. They grow up eventually and become a large s stature dog.

As Saint Bernard is a gigantic breed one should consider it well because having a large dog can prove problematic. Its height is between 27-35 inches tall and will weigh between 150-200 pounds.

One should assess his or her accommodation properly as if you are planning to bring this lovable giant to your family Do you have enough room and floor space for a St. Bernard to stretch out without being underfoot? If he is going to sleep in your bedroom, if he lies in the middle of the floor will you likely trip over his body in the dark and get hurt?

If you have enough room to bring a St. Bernard into your home that is great. Now take a look around outside. What are you having outside? St. Bernard does not need a large amount of exercise, but does need access to an area where he can be active and play with the family.

If you live in an apartment that is adequate in size for a St. Bernard, this is also acceptable. However you need to make sure the dog gets a chance for exercise every day, as it helps the dog stay healthy.

You should also have a knowledge about his food .how much food does he eat? How many times in a day he needs his meal? St. Bernard puppies should not eat high protein puppy chow; they require a diet with a ratio of 22-26% protein, and a 12-15% fat ratio. This type of food may be hard to find and rather expensive, this is why it is wise to assess your finances prior to adopting or purchasing a St. Bernard pup.

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