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The One man Dog – Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi, classified in the herding group, is well known for its short stature combined witha long body, its color coats, and their herding skills. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is actually part of two different dog breeds which are referred to as Welsh Corgis. The other “Corgi” breed is the Pembrooke Welsh Corgi.

A brief history of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Cardigan_Welsh_CorgiAlthough the Cardigan Welsh Corgi has been around for at least several hundred years as herding dogs, they were not officially recognized until they were first shown at the Kennel Club in Britain. The first Corgi Club was founded in 1925, although local rumors say that the Club preferred the Pembrooke Corgi Breed, and a separate club for Cardigan Welsh Corgi breeders was founded a year later in 1926. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembrooke Welsh Corgi were both officially recognized by the British Kennel Club in 1928. It was not until 1934, however, that the two breeds were officially classified as separate.

Characteristics

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is known for its low stature, long body, and long tail. They are typically about 10 to 13 inches tall at the shoulders and weigh anywhere from 30 to 38 lbs., although female Cardigan Welsh Corgis will typically weigh loss–from about 25 lbs. to 34 lbs. in a healthy, regular adult dog. The breed is also known for its colorful coats, which come in a variety of different colors and patterns. The standard colors, accepted by most dog breeders, are red, sable, black, tan, brindle, and blue merle. Most members of the breed have white on their neck, chest, center of their head, and the tip of their tail.

Personality wise, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is known to be affectionate and devoted to their owners. They are known to be wary of strangers, especially those who are entering their home territory, and may bark or growl until they can be assured that the stranger is not a threat to their home. They can make excellent house pets. However, they are known to be wary of other animals, especially other dogs, and should be socialized at a young age to get along with other animals. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is sometimes referred to as a “one-man dog,” and they may reserve their attention and affection for a short list of people whom they trust.

Did you know? Trivia

It is believed that Cardigan Welsh Corgis have existed in Wales for several hundred to several thousand years.

An old folktale about the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and Pembrooke Corgi involves Queen Victoria. The folktale relates that the queen was traveling down a country rod when her carriage came across a tree branch which had fallen in the way. When the queen wondered aloud about how she might get across the branch, a fairy appeared and brought the two Corgi breed with her. The two Corgi dogs moved the tree branch out of the way, and thereafter the queen, and all queens of England after her, prized Corgis as her companions.

The word “Corgi” roughly translates to “dwarf dog” in Welsh.

The gladiator dog – Bull Terrier

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Bull Terrier

The Bull Terrier, classified in the Terrier group, is well known for its egg-shaped head and powerful strength. Although the Bull Terrier is not exceptionally large, it is often ranked as one of the strongest dog breeds due to its high lean muscle tissue to weight ratio.

 A brief history of the Bull Terrier

Bull_TerrierBull and Terrier breeds were first developed during the 19th century. These breeds were initially developed for vermin and pest control in addition for use in fighting sports, such as bull fighting and bear fighting. Breeders began to crossbreed bulldogs with terriers, eventually creating the Bull Terrier breed line. This type of breeding was done for strength, rather than appearance; some breeders believe that the mid-19th century breeding trends caused the odd, egg-shaped head of the Bull Terrier. However, Bull Terriers continued to be bred with other breeds, such as the Borzoi, Dalmatian and Collie, during the late 19th century and early 20th century in an effort to increase their agility, strength and to soften their appearance.

Characteristics

The most obvious aesthetic characteristic of the Bull Terrier is its egg shaped head, deep under jaw, and its small, triangular eyes. The breed typically has broad shoulders and a muscular physique, often earning them the nickname “gladiator dog.” Although most people associate Bull Terriers with pure white coats, they come in a range of different colors, including brown, black, tan, and red. Bull terriers may also have white, black, brown or red markings on their stomach, faces and paws.

The temperament of the Bull Terrier is often the subject for debate. Because of their breeding history and their rather stark appearance, they are often associated with aggressiveness and fighting. However, work done by various breed societies has shown that the Bull Terrier is no more or less aggressive towards people than any other dog. They are known to have a strong predatory instinct, however, and it is recommended that Bull Terriers are not placed in homes which have cats or other dogs unless the owners are willing to ensure that the Bull Terrier has constant supervision when in the same space as other animals. Two female Bull Terriers, or a male and a female Bull Terrier, generally have a better chance of living together without aggressiveness or fighting.

Bull Terriers can make excellent companion animals. They are known to be energetic, friendly and people-seeking when they are properly socialized. Socializing and training with Bull Terriers is crucial due to their strength and the potential for aggressive territorial behavior or other negative behavior which could come as the result of lackluster training.

Did you know? Trivia

Bull Terriers often do not bark unless there is a very good reason—for this reason homeowners often use them as guard dogs.

About 20% of pure white Bull Terriers are deaf.

Modern white Bull Terriers often have a colored marking on their head, which is the result of breeding with Staffordshires in the early 20th century.

Their coats require very little grooming because they are short, glossy and do not get matted easily.

The Incedible Tracker – Bloodhound

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Bloodhound

The Bloodhound, classified in the hound group, is well known for its incredibly strong sense of smell and its distinct instinct for tracking. The Bloodhound is used by police departments, investigators and other types of law enforcement around the world because of their ability to discern and track human odors.

A brief history of the Bloodhound

The origin of the Bloodhound, like other hound breeds, can be found in the history of “Saint Hubert’s hounds.” These hounds were first bred around 1000 AD by monks who were living at a monastery in Belgium. These monks regularly sent pairs of hounds to monarchs and other nobles around Europe, such as Charles IX and Henry IV. The first reference to a Bloodhound appears in the mid-14th century, although the contemporary writing which references the Bloodhound suggests that they were already a well-established breed at this point in time. During the Medieval era, the Bloodhound was often used as a limer; a limer was a dog which was used to find the target of the hunt before the target was hunted by other pack hounds, referred to as raches. References to the Bloodhound both as a tracking dog used during the hunt and during investigators can be found from the 14th century through the modern day.

Characteristics

Typical Bloodhounds can weigh anywhere from 80 to 110 lbs., although some members of the breed have been recorded to weigh as much as 160 lbs. Most members of the breed measure about 23 to 27 inches at the shoulders. They come in a number of different colors. The most common coat colors are black, tan or light brown, and red. Although some Bloodhounds have solid color coats, many of them have a base coat color which is characterized with other markings; for example, a tan coat with black markings on the stomach and face.

Personality wise, the bloodhound is known for being affectionate, friendly and loyal. However, they can be domineering and it is recommended that owners know how to “take charge” in their own household to avoid allowing the Bloodhound to develop bad habits. They are known to be excellent family dogs; however, they should be supervised around small children. It is important for Bloodhounds to receive adequate exercise–they should not be kept in apartments or small homes unless the owner is able to give them the exercise and activity that they need to keep their bodies healthy and their instincts for tracking satiated.

Did you know? Trivia

  • The abilities of a Bloodhound to scent and track human odors is so respected and recognized that testimony regarding a Bloodhound’s scent tracking trail will be allowed as evidence in most courts of law.
  • Historians disagree on the true meaning of the name “Bloodhound” for this breed. Some believe it refers to the fact that they often use blood as a tracking odor, while others believe it refers to the fact that they were considered aristocratic dogs—hence, pure blooded or blue blooded.

The Cheerfull Poodle – Bichon Frise

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise, classified as a non sporting dog, is a small breed well known for its soft white coat and cheerful temperament. The Bichon Frise is popular among pet owners due to its beautiful appearance and its generally friendly and sociable behavior. The Bichon Frise is similar in appearance to the Maltese breed, although the Bichon Frise is typically larger.

A brief history of the Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise breed is descended from the Water Spaniel and the Standard Poodle. The word “bichon,” in fact, comes from the Middle French word “bichon,” meaning a small long-haired dog; some historians believe that the word ‘bichon’ came about as a shortening of the longer word barbichon, which means small poodle. The breed originated in the Mediterranean area. They were initially used as companions on ships for sailors, and because of their cheerful disposition they were frequently used in trading and bartering. The breed found its way to Spain, Italy and France through these trades, where they typically became popular lapdogs for the upper class. The breed was especially popular at the court of Henry III and Napoleon III, although they lost popularity among these upper classes in the late 19th century due to their association as being a “street dog.”

Characteristics

The Bichon Frise will typically weigh anywhere between 10 and 20 lbs. Their typical height at the shoulder is about 9 to 12 inches, although some members of the breed have been known to grow to slightly larger sizes. The breed is well known for its white, curly coat; other coat colors include solid apricot or peach and solid grey. Some Bichon Frise have apricot or cream coloring near their eyes, paws or face as well.

The breed is well known for its cheerful and merry disposition. The American Kennel Club, in fact, includes a temperament which is “gentle … sensitive, playful and affectionate” as part of their official breed standard. The Bichon Frise loves to receive attention and will often spend most of its time with human or dog companions, as they love affection and attention showered upon them. Most Bichon Frise does well with people, children and other animals; however, they can become territorial if they are not trained properly, although this is a problem common to smaller breeds.

A Bichon Frise requires regular grooming to remove loose hair and dander from their coat. It is recommended that a Bichon Frise be groomed once every month in addition to regular, daily brushing of their coat.

Did you know? Trivia

  • A common misconception about Bichon Frise is that they do not shed—this is not true, although (like many dogs with curly coats) they do not shed as often as some breeds.
  • The Bichon Frise breed is prone to liver shunts
  • Bichon Frise roughly translates to “curly lap dog” in French.
  • The average Bichon Frise will live for about 12 to 13 years, excluding cases where they develop other health problems.
  • Bichon Frise was often used by traveling circuses in the late 19th and early 20th century due to their high energy levels and friendly dispositions.

The Freindly Hunter – Basset Hound

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Basset Hound

The Basset Hound is small to medium sized dog, classified as a hound, which was initially bred for the purpose of using its scent abilities to assist hunters who were searching for rabbits. The Basset Hound is well known for its short stature combined with its long body, as well as its long, droopy ears and its ability to use scent to track.

A brief history of the Basset Hound

It is believed that the Basset Hound was first derived from the Saint Hubert’s Hound, which was bred in the 6th century for the purpose of hunting. The first mention of a “Basset Hound” first appears in a French hunting record written in 1585; historians believe that the Basset first emerged as a mutation among litters of Norman Staghounds, which were actually a descendent of the Saint Hubert hound. In the mid to late 19th century, the Basset Hound became noticeably popular due to its increased popularity among aristocratic hunters, such as Napoleon III, who had statues of his Basset Hounds cast for his rooms at the palace of Versailles.

Characteristics

The Basset Hound was originally bred to hunt. However, they are not merely hunting dogs. They are known to be excellent companions who are friendly both to their owners, other pets, and especially children. They are very loyal and attached to their owners and anyone whom they consider to be family, such as children who are also living in the household. They are social dogs who require attention and affection in addition to regular exercise and grooming. Their hunting tendencies tend to appear when they are getting their daily exercise–leashes are an essential part of walking a Basset Hound, as they may take off after prey at a moment’s notice.

Basset Hounds are prone to several types of infections, including ear infections, eye infections, and yeast infections in the folds near their mouths. It is important for owners to make regular inspections of their eyes, mouths and ears to ensure that they are cleaned and free from infections. Also, because of their short legs and hips, Basset Hounds—especially young puppies or elderly dogs—should not be allowed to jump down from heights. This can lead to serious injuries and potentially the need for euthanasia; an injury sustained by a Basset Hound puppy could potentially affect them for the rest of their life.

Did you know? Trivia

  • The Basset Hound’s low hanging ears are very prone to infection and ear mites; they must be cleaned on a daily basis. There have been cases of Basset Hounds dying from ear infections caused by food and dirt particles building up in their ears, which were not properly cleaned by their owners.
  • The reason for the Basset Hound’s short height is a genetic condition called Osteochondrodysplasia, which is considered to be a type of dwarfism in dogs.
  • Exercise is essential to the health of a Basset Hound; obesity or excess fat can lead to serious complications in these active dogs.