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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.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.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.
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.
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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.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever Puppies
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.
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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 | 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”.
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
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.
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.
If you own or breed Scotties, you should be aware that the breed is susceptible to the following disorders:
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
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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