Thursday, September 27, 2007

Pet Dog Breed - Pembroke Welsh Corgi

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is one of two dog breeds known as Welsh Corgis that originated in Pembrokeshire, Wales. These herding dogs are believed to be descended from Swedish Vallhund dogs that came to Wales with the Vikings. The Corgi is the smallest dog in the Herding Group. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a long, low dog with large erect ears, a broad flat skull and a fox-like head. The tail is almost non-existent. The Pembroke's eyes are dark, preferably with black rims, and the nose is black. The soft, water-resistant coat comes in red, sable, fawn or black & tan, usually with white markings.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a hardy, highly intelligent, obedient, protective and devoted dog. Corgis are extremely active and devoted little dogs, and are usually good with considerate children. They make fine guards, and excellent show and obedience dogs. Wary of strangers, it should be properly socialized and trained when it is still young - to avoid over-protective behavior as an adult. Some Pembrokes are more outgoing, restless and excitable than the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Several of these brave dogs have lost their lives defending their homes, as they were too small for the situation. They sometimes try to herd people by nipping at their heels, although they can be trained not to do this. The Pembroke tends to bark a lot and makes a good alarm dog. Males can be aggressive with other males, particularly if a bitch in heat is in the vicinity. It barks occasionally, but makes a good watchdog. The Pembroke is generally suspicious around strangers, and must be trained (as a puppy) to prevent growling around new people. Pembrokes can be resistant to grooming, in particular grooming the paws. Puppies should have their feet handled regularly to negate this behavior. This little dog is friendly and playful, although it has been known to nip at people's (especially children's) heels either in play or in an attempt to herd them, due to instinct. This can be avoided with proper training. The Pembroke is also patient with young children, as long as they know how to treat pets.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Height: Dogs 10-12 inches (25-30cm) Bitches 10-12 inches (25-30cm)

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Weight: Dogs 25-30 pounds (11-14kg) Bitches 24-28 pounds (11-13kg)

Sunday, September 2, 2007

pet Dog Breeds - Giant Dog Breeds

Giant Dog breeds refers to those breeds whose height and weight classified them into largest ends of all dog breeds. Although there are no universal height or weight breed as giant, some measures will consider them as giants such as weighing from 45 kg to 80 kg when adult and reaching 80 cm at the shoulders. Giant Dogs are popular dogs for their impressive size that arouse admiration aside from being so mellow, gentle and relaxed. Peaceful, affectionate and docile, Giant dogs show absolute devotion to their owners. They make precious companions for the whole family, they can be good with children. They have remarkable courage, their ruggedness enables them to perform outstanding exploits such as legendary rescues and as excellent helpers for human in many situations.

In August 2004, a Harlequin Great Dane dog named "Gibson" from California was recognized by Guinness Book of Records as the world's tallest dog, measuring 42.2 inches (107 cm) at the withers, he is more than 7 feet tall standing on his hind legs, he's 170 lbs. The 17 common giant dog breeds are divided into 3 main groups:

- Mastiff Type: Bull Mastiff, Tibetan Mastiff, Dogue de Bordeaux, Mastiff, Neopolitan Mastiff, Rottweiler and Great Dane.

- Mountain Dogs: Bernese Mountain Dog, Leonberger, Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Estrela, St. Bernard, Newfoundland.

- Other Types: Anatolian Shepherd Dog, Irish Wolfhound, Komondor, Hungarian Kuvasz, Bloodhound.

The giant dog breeds grow more rapidly comparing to smaller dog breeds, they take longer to mature up to their full adult size, about 18 months to 24 months. Their lifespan is generally shorter than smaller breeds, often living around only 6 years to 10 years of age. Giant expenses more on overall, they eat more and require less exercise than smaller dogs. On health issues, giant dog has common joint problems such as hip dysplasia and arthritis, others where hypothyroidism or low thyroid function and bloat or gastric dilatation. Proper caring and support can be able to double the life spans of some gentle giant dogs like Great Danes up to 14-18 years. By catering physical and emotional needs of dogs such as like freedom going in and out of the house, just like human, proper feeding, balanced diets, scheduled exercise, caring procedures and out of harm and heat of sun. Enough shelter space is needed for them like giant dog containment fences and large heated dog beds are required to ensure quality rest and comfort.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Pet Dog Breed – Great Danes

The Great Danes, the well-known giant size dog breed with gentle personality. Great Danes were stated similar and developed from the medieval boarhound, a Mastiff and Irish Wolfhound lines, a large hunting dog of the DanĂ­r tribe. Dane is known as the “Apollo of all dogs”. Male Great Dane referred to as “Hund” (the Hunt or Hunter) while female were “grey or grig”.

Danes combined with nobility, robustness and power with elegance. Its neck is long and muscular and its front legs are perfectly straight. It has muscular thighs and round feet with short, dark nails, their hair was short, thick, shiny and close-fitting.

Great Danes are dignified, kind, sweet and affectionate, it is playful and patient with children. Steady, responsible, dependable, brave and loyal, Danes doesn’t bark much and only becomes aggressive when the situation requires. It is perfect to thoroughly train Danes when they are young or on their puppy hood to be more obedient and manageable.

Great Danes, like most giant dogs, have a fairly slow metabolism. This results in less energy and less food consumption per pound of dog than in small breeds. They need plenty of exercise, at the very lease a long day walk.

Physical Appearances of Great Danes:

Height: Male Danes 30-24 inches (76-86 cm)

Female Danes or bitches 28-32 inches (71-81 cm)

Weight: Male Danes 120-200 inches (54-90 kg)

Female Danes or bitches 100-130 inches (45-59 kg)

Colors: Fawn: Yellow gold with a black mask.

Brindle: Fawn and black in a chevron stripe pattern.

Blue: The color shall be a pure steel blue.

Black: he color shall be a glossy black

Harlequin: Base color shall be pure white with black torn patches irregularly and well distributed over the entire body; a pure white neck is preferred.

Mantle: The color shall be black and white with a solid black blanket extending over the body; black skull with white muzzle; white blaze is optional; whole white collar preferred; a white chest; white on part or whole of forelegs and hind legs; white tipped black tail.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Pet Dog Breed – Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute, a large northern dog breed similar and often mistaken as Siberian Husky, came from Alaska. They are descendant of dogs of the Mahlemut tribe of upper western Alaska. These dogs stood prominently on equal footing with their human companions - working, hunting, and living alongside them. The natural range size of Alaskan Malamute, with a desired freighting weight of 75 to 85 pounds (34–38.5 kg) and a height of 23 to 25 inches (58–63.5 cm). Heavier individuals (100+ pounds) and dogs smaller than 75 pounds are common — there is often a marked size difference between males and females. They weights upwards of 140 pounds or more are occasionally seen; these dogs are uncommon and are produced primarily by breeders who market a "giant" malamute. These "giant" sizes are not in accordance with the breed's history or show standards.

The usual colors of Alaskan Malamute are various shades of grey and white, sable and white, black and white, red and white, or pure white. Eyes are almond-shaped and are always brown; blue eyes are an indication of mixed breeding and will disqualify the dog in shows. The physical build of the Malamute is compact with heavy bone. In this context 'compact' means that their height to length ratio is slightly longer than tall, unlike dogs like Great Danes which are longer and lankier in their ratios.

The Malamute is one of the most "unaltered" of breeds, retaining its original form and function. Their affectionate nature does not make them useful as watch or guard dogs. Alaskan Malamute is generally a quiet dog and seldom barks like other dog breeds.

Some Characteristics of Alaskan Malamute:

Weight: 34-38.5 kg
75-8 5 lbs
Height: 58-63.5 cm 23-25 inches
Coat: Harsh thick
Coat (cont): plush undercoat
Activity level: High
Learning rate: High
Temperament: Active, friendly
Temperament (cont) independent
Guard dog ability: Low
Watch-dog ability: Medium
Litter size: 4-10
Life span: 10-12 years

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Pet Dog Breed – Labrador Retriever

Good-tempered, very agile. Excellent nose, soft mouth; keen love of water. Adaptable, devoted companion. Intelligent, keen and biddable, with a strong will to please. Kindly nature, with no trace of aggression or undue shyness.

One of the most popular dog breed belong to Gun Dog / American Kennel Club Sporting (AKC) group, Labrador Retrievers believed originated from the island of Newfoundland in Canada. Labradors was once known as St. John Dogs, they are high trainable and work with fishermen hauling nets to shore. Labs are affable, very intelligent with high work ethic, energetic and good natured, making them excellent companions and work with their owner.

Labrador Retriever Characteristics:

  • Strong built and muscular
  • Medium-sized and dense
  • Short-coupled
  • Very athletic and can be trained easily
  • Have well-balanced conformation
  • Comes in black, yellow or chocolate colors
  • Lovable, affectionate and patient
  • Loyal and high-spirited
  • Love to play and swim
  • Temperament and very friendly
  • Superb with children and equable to other dogs
  • They are watchdogs
  • Good talents in hunting, tracking, retrieving and watchdogging
  • Work with narcotics detection, police work, search and rescue
  • Labs can guide for blind and disabled

Labrador Retriever Physical Characteristics

Labrador Retriever Male Dogs:

  • Height ranges from 22 ½ inches to 24 ½ inches (55.9 to 62 ¼ cm)
  • Weight ranges from 65 to 80 pounds (27 to 36 kg)

Labrador Retriever Bithces Dogs:

  • Height ranges from 21 ½ inches to 23 ½ inches (54 1/2 to 60 cm)
  • Weight ranges from 45 to 70 pounds (23 to 32 kg)

Coat: The Lab's coat should be short and dense, but not wiry. Acceptable colours are chocolate, black, and yellow. There is much variance within yellow Labs.

Head: The head should be broad with a pronounced stop and slightly pronounced brow. The eyes should be kind and expressive. Appropriate eye colours are brown and hazel. The lining around the eyes should be black. The ears should hang close to the head and are set slightly above the eyes.

Jaws: The jaws should be strong and powerful. The muzzle should be of medium length, and should not be too tapered. The jowls should hang slightly and curve gracefully back.

Body: The body should be strong and muscular with a level topline.

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