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The Energetic – Wire Fox Terrier

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

The Wire Fox Terrier, classified in the terrier group, is a breed known for its willingness to be trained, its agile athletic skills, and its wiry coat. The Wire Fox Terrier is sometimes also known as the Wirehaired Terrier and the Wire Hair Fox Terrier.

A brief history of the Wire Fox Terrier

Wire_Fox_TerrierThe Wire Fox Terrier breed is believed to have descended from a rough-coated working terrier breed which was once prevalent in Wales, Durham and Derbyshire. This rough-coated working breed, now extinct, was originally developed as a hunting dog. According to historians, the dogs were specifically bred to chase their prey–usually foxes or other fast, agile prey–into underground borrows. The dogs would be pulled out of the burrows by their owners, using their short strong tails as a type of ‘handle’ with which to pull them out of the burrow. Although several famous people, including Queen Victoria and her son Edward II, owned Wire Fox Terriers, the breed itself was not particularly popular as a companion animal until the late 1920s and 1930s. In 1929, the incredibly popular The Adventures of Tintin comic was first released–the character of Snowy (or Milou in the original French), who was a companion to the titular Tintin, was a Wire Fox Terrier who was a central character in almost all of the series’ albums. The widely popular film series The Thin Man also featured a Wire Fox Terrier, adding to the breed’s growing popularity as a companion or pet.


The Wire Fox Terrier is a small to medium sized dog, which typically does not grow to be any taller than 15.5 inches in height at the shoulders. It will typically weigh between 15 and 21 lbs. Female Wire Fox Terriers are smaller and weigh less than ales of the same breed. The breed’s most distinctive feature is its rough, wiry coat, which is usually predominately white with a ‘saddle’ marking that may come in black, sable, brown, red, and occasionally other colors.

The Wire Fox Terrier is known for being an energetic, intelligent breed which has a noticeably low tolerance for boredom, despite its relatively small size. The Wire Fox Terrier requires almost constant attention or stimulation due to its energy levels and its ability to get bored without something to do. Without proper redirection of their energy, which is mainly centered on hunting and chasing instincts, they are prone to destructive and negative behaviors. They may chase cars, bikes, people, or other animals; they may attack other animals after chasing them as if they were prey, etc. For this reason, many Wire Fox Terriers are abandoned or given to dog shelters. Wire Fox Terriers can make an excellent family pet: however, they require a consistent, firm owner who knows how to redirect the ‘prey instincts’ natural to the dog into acceptable behavior.

Did you know? Trivia

  • Wire Fox Terriers are popular in film because of how easy they are to train. Some of the films in which the breed appears are: The Thin Man, Moonrise Kingdom, Jack Frost, and Bringing Up Baby.

The Velcro Dog – Vizsla

Monday, July 29th, 2013

The Vizsla, classified in the sporting group, is a breed well known for its golden-rust color, its combination of pointer and retriever behavior, and its unique position as both a sporting and companion dog.

A brief history of the Vizsla

vizslaEarly forms of the Vizsla breed were known to be the favorite hunting dogs of the early Magyar tribes who once lived in the Carpathian Basin. There are stone etchings and other simple paintings depicting early Vizslas which are dated to around 900 AD; the first written reference to the breed is dated 1357. The breed was developed and kept by the aristocracy, who developed the breed’s hunting abilities while guarding them carefully. The breed survived many near-extinctions; including declining numbers during the Turkish occupation of Hungary in 1526-16969, the Hungarian Revolution of 1848-1849, both world wars, and the Russian occupation of Hungary. During many of these time periods, the breeds were crossed with various pointers, such as English Pointers and German Shorthair Pointers, which led to the near extinction of the Vizsla line.

After World War II ended, however, the breed was exported to the United States and the United Kingdom, where it’s popular grew immensely. Today the Vizsla is among the top 50 most popular breeds in the United Kingdom, and it is estimated that about 1,000 new Vizsla are registered with the Kennel Club of Great Britain each year.


Vizslas are a medium sized breed, which typically reach about 21 to 25 inches in height at the shoulders and weigh, as adults, between 40 and 66 lbs. Female Vizslas are usually smaller, both in size and weight, than males. Their coats are golden-rust in color at the most basic level, although some Vizslas exhibit small patterns of white on their neck or chest in addition to saddle markings in chestnut or brown.

The breed is high energy but loyal, affectionate, caring and gentle. Unlike some dogs in the sporting group, the Vizsla is considered to be both an excellent sporting dog and an excellent family companion. They often form close bonds with their owners, their family, and even strangers whom they deem worthy of their affection. Some owners teasingly refer to their dogs as “Velcro,” because of how attached they can be to people.

As a hunting dog, the Vizsla is unique because it is not only a great pointer, but a great retriever as well. The breed can retrieve on land and in water. Although they are excellent hunting dogs, they are considered sensitive and gentle and require soft training and gentle correction instead of harsh training or strong harsh corrections.

Did you know? Trivia

  • The pure Vizsla line was almost extinct at the end of World War I.
  • Vizslas have a unique ‘trotting’ run which leads many people to compare them to horses.
  • Vizslas become very attached to their owners—they often enjoy burrowing into the covers with their owners at night to stay by them when they sleep.
  • Dana Perino, former White House Press Secretary, owned two Vizslas.

The Toy Lion – Shih Tzu

Friday, July 26th, 2013

The Shih Tzu, classified in the toy group, is a dog well known for its upright–or arrogant–personality, its long flowing coat, and its small size. Shih Tzu, which means “lion,” is both the singular and plural form of the word.

A brief history of the Shih Tzu

shih_tzuThe history of the Shih Tzu, like the similar breed the Pekingese, has its origins in China. DNA Analysis of various Shih Tzu lines places their ancestors among the group of ancient breeds found in Chinese-area settlements as far back as ten thousand years ago. These ancient dog breeds also resulted in branches from which Papillons, Pekingese, Pugs, and other small dog breeds were developed. The exact origins of the Shih Tzu breed itself are debated. Some theories believe that the Shih Tzu was a cross between a Pekingese and a Lhasa Apso, although this has not yet been proven. The first Shih Tzu to be exported outside of China was done so in the 1930, although at the time they were referred to as “Apsos.” In 1935, the dog was renamed the Shih Tzu. Since then, the breed has been popular as a show dog, companion dog, and family dog.


The Shih Tzu is a small breed which typically will reach no higher than 10.5 inches at the shoulders and weigh no more than 10 to 16 lbs. The Shih Tzu is perhaps most well-known for its long, soft distinctive double coat.  The breed requires daily grooming to ensure that its coat does not tangle or become matted. Its coat should traditionally be long enough to reach the floor, although some owners–especially those not in the show circuit–give their dogs a shorter cut to help make grooming care easier on both the owner and the dog. Shih Tzu come in a number of different colors. The most common colors are shades of white, brown, red and gold; they may be solid colored or include markings or patterns.

The Shih Tzu is known for its loyal but potentially arrogant personality. Like many small companion dogs, the Shih Tzu can make an excellent watch dog because of their reaction to strangers or new situations that they deem potentially harmful to their territory, which they enjoy watching from perches such as couches or other furniture. Although they are initially wary of strangers, they may warm up to them after seeing how their family reacts to the stranger. They will usually get along with other dogs, other animals such as cats, and can get along with both children and adults. It is recommended that very small children be supervised with Shih Tzu since, like other small dogs, they may become injured if handled too roughly.

Did you know? Trivia

  • There are paintings and other artistic representations of the Shih Tzu in China dating back to 624 AD.
  • Shih Tzu were popular as house pets for courtiers and other aristocracy during the Ming Dynasty.
  • Due to the shape of their head and face, the Shih Tzu is prone to respiratory problems.

The Royal Dog of Egypt – Saluki

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

The Saluki, classified in the hound group, is a breed known for its historical importance and its high endurance and strength. Salukis are sometimes referred to as the Persian Greyhound, The Egyptian Royal, and the Royal Dog of Egypt.

A brief history of the Saluki

salukiThe Saluki breed is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. It is not known where the name Saluki first originated, although some linguistic historians believe that Saluki may have come from the Arabic adjective, ‘Saluqi,’ which was used to refer to where an individual came from. Saluki, or Saluqi, then, may refer to origins in Yemen, Iraq, or Turkey. Although the origins of its name are unknown, it is known that the Saluki was found along the Silk Road for about as long as dogs have been known to be domesticated. There are images depicting a Saluki-like breed on rocks and in caves as far back as 8000 to 10,000 BC. Historical evidence of Salukis as a domesticated breed, particularly popular among royalty and aristocracy, can be found in many different areas of the world. The breed was popular among the royalty of ancient Egypt, and paintings of Salukis can be found in Egyptian tombs and temples dating back thousands of years. They were also popular among Chinese royalty–they were particularly favored by Zhu Zhanji, the fifth Ming Emperor. But their history is not limited to the East: during the 12th century, the breed was brought back from the Crusades and quickly became popular as hunting hounds among aristocracy and royalty. They can be even found in European artwork, such as the famous work by Paolo Veronese, The Adoration of the Magi.

Today, the breed remains popular with hunters and dog owners around the world.


The Saluki medium to large sized dog which typically reaches about 23 to 28 inches in height at the shoulders and 40 to 60 pounds once they have reached adulthood. The Saluki, bred to be sight hunts that run down their targets, is a muscular breed with a high amount of physical endurance. Their appearance is often described as graceful, agile, and elegant but strong.

Salukis are considered to be independent but affectionate to its family members. They may seem reserved, aloof or cold with strangers due to their shy nature, which makes them wary of people they do not know. Early socialization with strangers and new people is necessary to prevent the breed from becoming too nervous or shy around strangers as it grows older. Although the breed is strong and bred for hunting, they are considered difficult to train. They require gentle, patient training and do not respond to harsh, loud or forceful training. They will typically not enjoy what many pet owners consider the “typical” dog game, such as chasing sticks, and require more mental stimulation to keep them occupied.

Did you know? Trivia

  • The Saluki was highly prized by Egyptian Pharaohs—archeologists have found mummified Salukis next to their owners in several Egyptian tombs!
  • The popularity of the breed dramatically increased in the early 20th century after the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb made everything “Egypt” more in vogue.

The Blushing Hound – Pharaoh Hound

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

The Pharaoh Hound, classified in the hound group, is a breed known for its noble appearance, its unique ability to “blush,” and its association with Egyptian mythology.

A brief history of the Pharaoh Hound

Pharaoh_HoundThe exact early history of the Pharaoh Hound is shrouded in mystery. According to legend, the Pharaoh Hound breed was descended from the dogs of early Egyptian Pharaohs. However, historical records indicate that the breed was actually developed in Malta, whereit was primarily used as a hunting dog, before being brought to Egypt. Although dogs from this breed were occasionally imported from Malta to Britain, America, and European countries throughout the 20th century, it was not until the 1960s that the Pharaoh Hound was actually bred outside of its supposed country of origin. In 1974, the breed was officially recognized as the “Pharaoh Hound,” although it is referred to as Kelb talk-Fenek in its native Malta.


The Pharaoh Hound is a medium sized dog. Adult males typically reach 23 to 25 inches in height at the shoulders, while their female counterparts usually reach about 21 to 24 inches at the shoulders. Both male and female Pharaoh Hounds weigh between 45 to 55 lbs. on average, although they have known to grow taller and weigh more depending on their diet. The Pharaoh Hound is well known for its elegant, regal appearance. The breed has a long head with a lean, muscular neck that often has a slight arch to it. Their short coat is usually amber, tan, or chestnut, although other colors are occasionally seen. The Pharaoh Hound has a unique physical feature: they blush in their ears and noses when they are excited.

The Pharaoh Hound is known to be a gentle loving dog that prefers the company of family members to strangers.The breed is often referred to as being reserved and shy around strangers, although they should not be aggressive or fearful unless they have not been properly socialized. The breed is good with children, although like all energetic dog breeds they should be supervised when in contact with young children who may inadvertently be injured by energetic play. Because the breed was bred to be a hunter, they do need daily exercise to keep their bodies and their minds stimulated. Like many intelligent dogs, they do not like repetitive activity and may ignore repetitive-style training or play. The breed does require some special care, including special shampoo for their sensitive skin, coats or jackets in cold climates, and active daily exercise.

Did you know? Trivia

  • The dog was typically used to hunt at night to decrease the amount of distractions.
  • Although the dog is associated with Egypt and Egyptian pharaohs, there is strong evidence that the breed actually originated in Malta and was brought over to Egypt later on.
  • The first Pharaoh Hound brought to America was brought by Ruth Taft Harper.
  • The breed is one of the oldest domesticated dogs.
  • Images of Pharaoh Hound-like dogs can be found on Egyptian tombs and temples.

The Scent Hound – Otterhound

Friday, July 19th, 2013

The Otterhound, classified in the hound group, is a breed well known for its webbed feet, rough double coat, and its skills in both water and land hunting.

A brief history of the Otterhound

OtterhoundThe exact history of the Otterhound is unknown. It is unknown what breeds the modern hound has in its ancestral history, although it is likely that they have various hounds, especially those which excel at water hunting, in their breed ancestry. The first known examples of a breed which resembles the modern Otterhound occurred in the early 19th century, with dogs such as the Hawkstone Otter Hunt dog and the Squire Lomax Otterhounds. In the late 19th and early 20th century, breeds such as the Griffon Nivernais and Grand Griffon Vendeens were crossed with the Otterhounds, which resulted in many dogs that a number of modern Otterhounds can claim as ancestors.


The Otterhound is a medium to large sized dog, which typically reaches anywhere from 24 to 27 inches in height at the shoulders; male Otterhounds typically weigh between 95 and 111 lbs., while the female Otterhounds, which are smaller than their male counterparts, generally only weigh between 65 and 90 lbs. The breed is well known for its unique coat, which is long, thick, and rough. They have a strong muscular body combined with a lean, striding step which makes them able to maintain high energy for longer periods of time, such as during hunts. They have webbed feet which makes them excel at swimming and running in the water. In addition to the strength, they are known to be inquisitive due to their sensitive noses, which can pick up scents that other dogs would be unable to notice.

Personality wise, the Otterhound is known to be moderately tempered but energetic. Although they can be good family companions, they are not recommended for elderly owners or homes with very young children. Like many bigger dog breeds, they require daily exercise, which should be supervised due to the breed’s tendency to investigate scents. It should be noted that because the Otterhound was almost exclusively selectively bred for hunting abilities rather than companionship, owners looking for a companion dog should seek out an Otterhound from one of the bloodlines which were bred for a companion-type temperament.

The Otterhound has a unique history as a hunting dog bred specifically to hunt otters, which used to be a popular choice for hunters leaving near watery areas. However, declining otter numbers in the United Kingdom caused otter hunting to be banned and the usefulness of the Otterhound to rapidly decline. By 1978, only nine registered packs of Otterhounds remained in existence. As of 2011, there were only around 1000 Otterhounds in the world, with only 15 new Otterhound registrations occurred in 2011.

Did you know? Trivia

  • The first Otterhound exhibited in America was shown in Claremont, Oklahoma in 1907.
  • The acclaimed British novel, Tarka the Otter, featured an Otterhound as a villain to the titular otter character of Tarka.

The Gentle Giant – Great Dane

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

The Great Dane, classified in the working group, is a breed known for its exceptional size, friendly personality, and its reputation as the “king of dogs.” The breed, often called gentle giants, is one of the tallest dogs in the world.

A brief history of the Great Dane

Great_DaneDog breeds which resemble the Great Dane can be found in recorded history as early back as 3,000 B.C. Historians believe that the Great Dane breed originated in Germany, and that it may have originally been developed as a cross between the English Mastiff and the Irish Wolfhound, although its exact early origins are unknown. A French naturalist traveling in Denmark first noted the existence of these dogs in the early 18th century, when he named the breed “le Grande Danois,” or the Great Dane. The English name for this breed has stuck throughout the years.

It is generally believed that the modern Great Dane has its history in the work of 18th and 19th century German dog breeders, who selectively chose traits which would make the Great Dane differ from similar dogs, such as English Mastiffs, creating a breed which had longer limbs, a more elegant gait, and more distinctive ears.


The Great Dane is one of the largest dogs in the worlds. A male Great Dane, in adulthood, should reach no shorter than 30 inches at the shoulders and should way at least 120 lbs. once it is past the adult age of 18 months. Female Great Danes should, in adulthood, be no shorter than 28 inches at the shoulders and weigh no less than approximately 100 lbs. The breed is known for its large, triangular ears; it is still common in some areas for their ears to be cropped, although this was traditionally done for hunting purposes and is banned in many European countries. The breed comes in a number of different colors. The colors which are considered to be “show acceptable” are fawn, blue, black, mantle, harlequin, and brindle.

Although the Great Dane has an imposing appearance, they are well known for their relaxed and gentle disposition around people and most other animals, including other dogs, cats, non-canines, and people. However, because of their size and strength, it is very important for Great Danes to receive proper training and socialization at an early age to curtail aggression and fearful or defensive behavior, which may cause them to lash out at strangers or new situations.

Great Danes, like most dogs, require a daily walk or daily exercise to keep them healthy. However, many owners make the mistake of over-exercising their Great Dane, believing that because they are larger in size that they require an excess of exercise. It is actually potentially harmful to exercise Great Dane puppies too much because of how fast the puppies grow into large dogs. This fast growth puts the breed at a higher risk for joint and bone problems, which mean that extra care, should be taken to minimize physical activity during the growth process to avoid stress and wear on the joints and bones.

Did you know? Trivia

  • The design for the popular TV character Scooby-Doo was based on a Great Dane.


The Barking Birddog – Finnish Spitz

Monday, July 15th, 2013

The Finnish Spitz, classified as a non sporting dog, is a breed well known for its foxlike appearance, plumed tail, and agile athletic ability.

A brief history of the Finnish Spitz

Finnish_SpitzExisting records of Finnish Spitzes can be found dating as far back as several centuries ago, although some breeders believe that the Finnish Spitz was developed even further back than the existing records indicate. The breed was originally developed from a group of specially chosen Spitz-type dogs, which once inhabited the area of central Russia. Tribes and villages in the Finnish-area, which were more northern, chose selective traits which would suit their particular needs. Finnish Spitzes were used to help men find food, which is why the breed was developed with a keen hunting ability and athletic, agile bodies.

In the late 19th century, the advent of more advanced types of transportation allowed for the Finnish Spitz–and its owners–to travel to different destinations. The breed began to be bred with many other types of dogs, and as a result, the pure Finnish Spitz line was in danger of becoming extinct as its own breed. However, a Finnish sportsman named Hugo Roos decided to select pure Finnish Spitzes for breeding in order to bring the Finnish Spitz back from the brink of extinction.


The breed is well known for its foxlike appearance. Typically, the Finnish Spitz reaches about 17 to 20 inches in height at the shoulders, and weighs about 26 to 30 lbs. Female Finnish Spitzes are usually smaller than their male counterparts, often reaching about 15 to 18 inches in height at the shoulders and weighing only 16 to 22 lbs. Like many Northern breeds, the Finnish Spitz has a double coat to help keep it warm in colder weather. Their unique, plumed tail curls down over their back and is often kept long and thick to give it a soft, plush appearance. The most common colors of Finnish Spitz are hues of red, brown and gold.

Personality wise, the Finnish Spitz is known to be an energetic, alert, and friendly to family members. The breed does need one or two long, active walks each day in addition to regular indoor play time to satisfy their need for exercise and stimulation. They are known to be especially good with children and family members, although they are known to be aloof or cold with strangers that they do not know.

Did you know? Trivia

  • The Finnish Spitz is the national dog of Finland
  • The breed was originally developed in the villages of what is now Finland as a hunting and tracking dog, which helped its owners find food in thick and dense forests.
  • Their golden-red, foxlike color as puppies often causes puppies of the breed to be called “fox puppies.”
  • Dewclaws, or “Dog’s thumb,” have been known to occur on the front or back paws of this breed. Dewclaws are extra digits which are often located high on the paw, so that they never touch the ground.

The sight hound – Borzoi

Friday, July 12th, 2013

The Borzoi, classified in the hound group, is a breed known for its elegant body, long silky coat, and their unique hunting abilities.

A brief history of the Borzoi

BorzoiThe history of the Borzoi has been debated by historians. Previously, it was believed that the ancestors of the Borzoi–Saluki type sight hounds–were initially brought into Russia during the 9th-10th centuries by invaders from Byzantium and Mongolia. However, recent historical archeological research has indicated that these early sight hounds actually developed in the region of the Afghan plains rather than Mongolia and Byzantium. The breeds then migrated both on foot and through trade. Eventually, more distinguished breeds of fight hounds were bred, typically for use in the hunt.

An early type of Borzoi, called the Psovoi, was especially popular among the royalty of Russia during the rule of the Romanovs. The Psovoi was as prized as a sight hound that it could not be purchased, but only be given as gifts from the Tsar himself. During this era, “hunting trials” were conducted to determine which dogs were the most intelligent and best at hunting–the dogs which one these trials were then chosen to be bred. The Russian Revolution, however, led to a decline in popularity due to their association with aristocracy and aristocratic hunting. The breed saw resurgence in popularity during the 1940s when the breed began to be associated with Russian traditional heritage. Today, the breed can be found in various countries around the world, although it is still most popular in Russia and the surrounding countries.


The Borzoi is a large breed, often reaching about 28 to 30 inches at the shoulder. Adult males typically weigh between 100 to 120 lbs., while adult females typically weigh between 80 and 100 lbs. The breed has an elegant, long body (often referred to as “streamlined”) with a double coat that thickens during cold weather to keep the animal warm, and sheds during warm weather to prevent the body from overheating.

Personality wise, the Borzoi is known for being athletic, intelligent, independent and quiet. Although they are intelligent and gentle, they are not known for being territorial and are not considered good guard dogs because they are not known to bark when they see a stranger or human intruder. They are not considered to be aggressive dogs, however, they are known for requiring ‘personal space’ and they may become nervousdefensive and potentially aggressive if they are handled roughly such as by energetic children. However, if the dog is socialized from an early age with young children, they will typically responsive more favorably to their potentially rough handling.

Did you know? Trivia

  • The breed is sometimes referred to as the “Russian Wolfhound,” due to their original use as wolf-hunting dogs.
  • Tsar Nicholas II bred hundreds of Borzois and favored them as hunting dogs.
  • The Borzoi has a strong tendency to chase anything which runs from it, such as a smaller dog or cat, which may be a concern for some owners.

The workaholic – Border Collie

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

The Border Collie, classified in the herding group, is a breed which is well known for its herding ability, extremely high intelligence, and its agility and speed.

A brief history of the Border Collie

Border_CollieThe Border Collie breed is descended from the landrace collies, which are collies which were found in England, Wales and the other British isles. The “collie” breed first appears in records near the late 19th century. Border Collies–or those with from a pure line–can trace their ancestry back to a particular dog, called Old Hemp. Old Hemp was bred by a man named Adam Telfer; Hemp was known to be quiet, intelligent, powerful and one which excelled at herding sheep and doing other work around the farm. Old Hemp was used for a stud by many different shepherds. Another popular Border Collie stud was Wiston Cap, born in the 1960s, who was bred by W.S. Hetherington and who–like Old Hemp–was used as a stud multiple times. Today, Border Collies are popular in numerous countries both as a working dog, a companion dog, and a show dog.


Border Collies are usually medium-sized and typically reach about 18 to 22 inches at the shoulders; adult Border Collies weigh about 30 to 45 lbs.–females are typically smaller and lighter than males. The breed does not have a standard ear shape; some Border Collies have full, erect ears while others have full, dropped ears, while others have ears which are semi-erect. Their double coats vary from thick and full to slick and smooth, and come in colors such as black and white, black/tan/white tricolor, red, and other forms of tricolor as well.

The breed is well known for its intelligence. It is often considered to be the most intelligent dog breed in the world.Because they were bred for sheep herding, they excel at sheep and cattle herding and are often used as farm dogs for this purpose. They are generally considered to be friendly and energetic, but because of their instinctive herding tendencies, their high energy, and their high intelligence, they do require a demanding regime of exercise, mental stimulation, and an outlet for their herding tendencies. There are many record cases of Border Collies exhibiting neurotic behaviors in the home if they are not properly physically and mentally stimulated–chewing holes in walls, chewing through furniture, and other destructive behavior are common. The breed can make an excellent and intelligent family pet—but owners must recognize that the breed absolutely needs proper physical and mental stimulation to keep it happy.

Did you know? Trivia

  • A Border Collie named Chaser was verified in 2011 to have learned over 1,000 words—a world record!
  • Border Collies have been known to try to herd small children who run around the house—owners with small children may wish to wait until their children are older to adopt Border Collies, or keep a close eye on their pet.
  • A Border Collie played a featured role in the hit film “Babe.”