Breed of the Week

Breed of The Week: Siberian Husky

Today, we going to tell you everything you should know before having a Siberian husky dog. This wolf beauty of the snows is not a stuffed animal, but a formidable working dog with an unstoppable physique, suitable for sledding because of its strength and endurance.

  • Size: medium
  • Weight: males 20.5 to 28 kilos, females 15.5 to 23 kilos
  • Height: males 53.5 to 60 cm. to the cross, females 50.5 to 56 cm.
  • Hair: medium length
  • FCI Classification: Group 5, section 1 “Spitz and primitive dogs, Nordic sled dogs” (without proof of work)
  • Skills: company, snow sports
  • Other names: Husky, Balto dog, Wolf dog

Breed History

The Siberian husky has its origin in Chukokta, Russia. He was raised by the Chukchi tribe that used them as a companion dog, to pull the sleds and graze deer. The extraordinary resistance and strength of these animals are due to the fact that this tribe, having to survive in conditions of extreme cold and hardness, only allowed the strongest and fit puppies to live.

Once considered fit, these dogs were adopted, fed and used to perform hard work in the snow, but also to take care of the family and give warmth to the children. Therefore, the huskies were almost revered and treated with much respect by the Chukchis, who understood that without the husky dogs, their survival was not assured.

Recent DNA studies have shown that this is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world, and it would be a pure breed, that is, bred by selection over the centuries, not obtained by crossing pre-existing breeds.

Balto, the Hero Dog of 1925

In 1905 and later years, during the gold rush, Siberian huskys were taken to Alaska, United States. A story in January 1925 is famous in Nome, Alaska, when temperatures of -30ºC were reached leaving the region incommunicado. There was an epidemic of diphtheria that threatened the life of the local population, especially children.

The necessary medicines were in the city of Anchorage, 1,500 km away, but the inhabitants had been held isolated since not even the planes were able to take off to collect the medicines.

Did you hear the name of the dog Balto? It is the dog that appears in the famous Disney movie of the same name. Balto was a very famous husky from which films have been made and are related to the history of the town of Nome.

And it is that the tragedy of Nome, in Alaska, could only be avoided with the help of Balto and another 100 Siberian husky dogs that heroically crossed the Bering Strait, traveling more than a thousand kilometers frozen in a sleigh with the necessary antitoxin for patients.

That same year, 1925, a statue in honor of Balto opened in Central Park, New York. He was accompanied by this excited inscription:

“Dedicated to the indomitable spirit of the sled dogs that brought the antitoxin over 600 miles of icy soil, rough waters, arctic blizzards to help the afflicted Nome in the winter of 1925. Resistance. Fidelity. Intelligence.”

General Characteristics

They are muscular, light, fast dogs, with a body that is compact and well proportioned. Of medium size, the weight of the male husky is 20.5 to 28 kilos and in the case of females 15.5 to 23 kilos. Its height at the cross is 53.5 cm. for males, and somewhat smaller for females, between 50.5 and 56 cm. This animal of great beauty, still keeps quite similar in its structure and frame with the wolf.

The husky is an athletic, balanced and strong dog. His movement is free, agile and easy, apparently, he walks without any effort. Males are masculine but not rude, and females are smaller and feminine, but always athletic. The line of the loin is straight from the cross to the rump, it’s back muscled and thin.

It has a medium head, moderately rounded in the upper part of the skull. The snout is elongated, but not excessively, it is tuned towards the truffle but without becoming thin or square. The stop well marked, black lips and tight, without folds and bite in scissors, with large teeth well-formed and aligned.

The coat of the Siberian husky is usually black, liver-colored in reddish dogs and can be flesh-colored in white husky. The “snow truffle” is accepted, which is black, with white stripes on the tip, as in the copy below.

The ears with the husky are triangular with the rounded tip, thick and well covered with hair. Implanted at the top of the head, erect, and not very far apart.

The Siberian husky has a very hairy tail and is said to have a “fox brush” shape because the hair is of medium length both at the bottom and at the top, looking like a large cylindrical brush. At rest, they carry it low, and when they are attentive they carry it bent on the back, sickle-shaped (not curled up).

The Huskys are well covered with dense hair that comes in double layer. An outer layer of medium length that protects them from water, and another inner type that keeps the heat of their bodies.

Coat Color

In Siberian husky, all colors are accepted, the most common being:

Gray, black or brown combined with white on the face, forming a beautiful mask. The legs and lower belly area are usually white. They can also come in pure white, reddish, pure blond or combines with white

The fur patterns that husky present are very beautiful and unique since they are not found in other breeds. It is common to find husky dogs with very striking blue eyes, and even specimens with one eye of each color, usually blue and brown.

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General Behaviour

Although it is not ideal, they can live in flats, but they need long walks every day, and run regularly. Running is one of their obsessions, and where these dogs are best found is walking with their owner in open spaces such as trails in the countryside or in the mountains.

The Huskys need company. It is not good to leave them alone for a long time because they can become destructive (dig, bite things), escape or become very depressed and taciturn.

They are somewhat independent dogs, some people consider them less obedient than other breeds, but it is due to their great intelligence and their oldest and free spirit. There are those who compare them with cats in this regard. So they need an owner who knows how to carry them and understand their more “wolfish” side, their love for nature and the pack.

With correct socialization, they can be cheerful, playful as well as very affectionate. That makes them ideal to live with families and children, their patience with them is infinite, and their desire to play never end.

Husky dogs have quite developed hunting instincts, so if they have not been raised together since childhood it is normal for them to chase and kill cats or small rodents. This must be taken into account. They are strong and resistant, being able to carry a light load for many kilometers at moderate speed. When it comes to shooting, trained huskies are always ready to work.

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Health and Diseases of the Siberian Husky

Among the inherited diseases that can occur occasionally husky dogs, are:

  • Hip dysplasia: whose symptoms include lameness, mobility difficulties, and chronic joint pain.
    Cancer, especially in elderly dogs.
  • Hypothyroidism: an endocrine disease that causes the thyroid gland to not produce enough thyroid hormone.
  • Eye diseases: such as corneal dystrophy, progressive retinal atrophy, and cataract.

Siberian husky dogs are healthy, strong and healthy, and generally age very well. He has few ailments and they are not prone to being sick.

As a Puppy

The Siberian husky is considered a puppy until he turns one year old. Normally they separate from their mother between two and three months of life, when they reach a weight of 3 to 4.5 kilos.

Siberian husky puppies are born with very small ears and thrown forward. From the first month of life they get up. They need special care, such as a nutritious diet and in sufficient quantity, and walks appropriate to their age. But only after having placed all the vaccines of your puppy, you can take it to the street, if not, it could be infected with deadly viral diseases such as parvo or canine distemper.

Basic Care y care

Among the specific care of this breed:

  • Enough exercise: they need a long walk a day, at least 45 minutes, as well as being able to exercise and run at least two days a week.
  • Brush your hair: at least twice a week, as they shed a lot of hair and thus help you remove the remains of dead fur from their mantle.
  • Don’t bathe your Husky too much: the husky’s fur stays clean and in good condition naturally. They only need regular brushing, and a bath every 3 or 4 months.
  • Quality food: give him good quality commercial food, containing at least 30% protein, as well as adequate natural food, based on meat, complemented with cooked vegetables, liver or eggs.

Do not overfeed your husky, or give him too many carbohydrates, since you will only get him to gain weight or develop obesity.

Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Siberian husky dog ​​is 12 to 14 years. With good genetics and proper care, some huskies live up to 15 years, and even rarely they can reach 16 or 17 years.

Generally, females live a little longer than males, so don’t be surprised if you have a sibling partner and the female survives the male for one or two years.

 

The Ideal Owner

Although they adapt to living with us in the cities, the huskies are a breed of very special Nordic working dogs, bred to withstand temperatures below zero and make great efforts traveling long distances, whether working as shepherds or sled shooters

It is a beautiful dog, affectionate and ultra vital, who loves sports and running, above all things. If you don’t have a big garden for him, and the time and desire to take great walks and races with your husky on a daily basis, we can only recommend that you NOT have a husky. This is no-nonsense, everyone loves the husky race but let’s be realistic.

Kennels always receive abandoned Huskys, because despite being a wonderful dog, not everyone is able to handle them. They are extremely energetic and somewhat nervous dogs, they are not as obedient as other dogs, and of course, they are not snow stuffed animals, but great athletes!

The best advice we can give you, thinking of the huskys, is that unless you are crazy about sports, the mountain or long walks you don’t have one. Unfortunately they hear too often about abandoned husky dogs because the owner says “I don’t know what to do with him anymore, or” I don’t race with him “. People who could ideally take good care of him are single, families with children who are active and like walking, sportsmen and walkers.

In short, people physically active and even better if they live in the countryside or in a house with a large garden, and live in cold regions since the huskys withstand the heat very badly.

If you do not like to collect hairs from your house, better forget this breed since this is one of the dog breeds that loose the most hair of all.

Siberian Husky Price

The price of the Siberian husky is 400 to 1,200 euros.

This depends on the genetic lines of the dog, it’s quality and beauty, the vaccines and official documents that are provided, its international awards and the reputation of the breeder.

It depends on where you live, it is easy to adopt a Siberian husky, especially adult dogs. Visit the kennels and animal shelters in your area. Too often, people abandon husky dogs because they are too active.

If you are going to buy a Siberian husky, always contact breeders responsible for the breed, visit its facilities and meet the puppies and their parents. It is always preferable that puppies are raised in a family environment. Never buy in pet stores or in multi-breed puppy farms, which prevent you from visiting its facilities, the puppy and its parents.

 

 

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Breed of The Week: American Pit Bull

Given all that has been said about this breed, there is no doubt that this question should have come to mind of the average reader. Why the Pit Bull? Why would a normal person choose a Pit Bull? After all, Iys well known that this breed is, in essence, a fighting dog, right? Its a common fact that this breed shows frequent aggressiveness towards other dogs, and that many Pit Bulls can be aggressive towards people. Some countries around the world do not allow ownership of Pit Bulls to their citizens. In certain countries, the Pit Bull may be owned as a pet however, the owner must carry an insurance policy in case a neighbor is injured by the dog.

The truth is that breed can be subject to the kind of “racial” discrimination that Pit Bull suffers today. Some time ago it was the Dobermann who had this reputation in the United States. For some time it was poor San Bernardo! After all, even the English Bulldog is a dog of purely fighting origins, but nowhere in the world is it proposed that Bulldogs be outlawed. Within a while, the hysteria generated by the media around the Pit Bull will pass and it will be another breed that will focus the attention of the media. Irresponsible owners looking for a breed that makes an impression will divert their attention to any other breed and then we will wonder why there was a time when we thought that little Pit Bull was an inherently dangerous dog. Anyway, until that time comes we should discuss the general qualities of this breed.

Breeds History

Like many modern breeds, it is impossible to be completely sure of the details of the American Pit Bull Terrier’s long history. However, many pit bull enthusiasts believe the origins of the breed can be traced back to antiquity and the Molossian family of dogs. The Molossian family of dogs bears the name of the people with whom they were most often associated – the Molossi tribe, a group of people who lived in ancient Greece and favored the use of robust, muscular dogs in warfare. Officially termed canus molossi (dogs of the Molossi), these animals were renowned for their fierceness, and for their innate ability to intimidate the enemies of the tribe.

Physical characteristics

The Pit Bull is not a particularly large breed. In fact, in its way of working, the Pit Bull is a rather small breed. This allows their owners to have them, quite comfortably, in a small house or an apartment. While it is a dog with a lot of energy when given the opportunity to exercise, it is a breed that prefers to be relaxed when at home. As such, it will not be entangling all the time and it is not a dog that becomes more striking than what many owners want in their dogs.

The Pit Bull also tends to be a cordial dog. You can play a lot and live for a long time without costing your owner a fortune on veterinarian bills. The closer a line of Pit Bulls is to the original working Pit Bulls, the more cordial the dogs of that line will be. It is not at all unusual to have a Pit Bull that lives 12, 13 or 14 years, and even more. When these dogs finally succumb to old age, they usually do so without suffering long, prolonged or expensive diseases.

Breeds Behavior

The Pit Bull is an incredibly faithful dog. This breed becomes very close to its human family and will not accept others unless it perceives that they are welcome at home as if they were part of the family. As an extension of this attribute, it can also be a very powerful and protective dog, although small and manageable, and can be very useful in the right hands and with responsible ownership.

The Pit Bull is an excellent companion dog. Those who know the breed will often tell you that, in their opinion, there can be no better companion dog than the Pit Bull. It is a dog that will form ties with his entire human family, but will always keep a special place in his heart towards the person he decides is his best friend. It is a dog that will always be there for his master. It is a race that forgives, extremely loyal, fun-loving and is a friend for life.

The Pit Bull is generally a guardian of the house and a very useful personal protection dog, first of all, because it is a very faithful and determined breed. It is not a dog that automatically protects any space it is occupying or any person who is holding it with the leash. Instead, it is a breed that will frequently be on guard due to a sense of fidelity to his family and his property.

Who is the Right Owner?

Being the perfect owner of a Pit Bull means understanding your dog and adjusting to certain breed needs, but it also means selecting this breed because it fits your lifestyle. For example, if you have another dog and you know that your dogs are going to be unattended for a few hours a day, the Pit Bull may not be the right breed for you. After all, fights between your Pit Bull and other dogs that you can meet on the street can easily be discouraged. Leave two dogs on a regular basis for hours, when one of them is a fighting dog.

If you are a person with a job or “the other half” of a couple with a job, and want a pet that they can leave alone all day and virtually every day, any dog ​​of any breed will not be your right pet. There will be other times in your life to have a dog, but this would not be the right time.

Even if you are a person who simply hates a regular walk, the Pit Bull may be the wrong breed for you. There are other breeds that can live in such an environment. You would do yourself a favor and do it to the Pit Bull if you chose one of these other races instead.

The perfect owner for a Pit Bull Terrier is one who will return the devotion that the dog has towards his owner. This owner will love the dog, first of all, due to the fantastic companionship he provides and not because of the image it transmits. This owner will enjoy, as much as the dog, the exercise that this breed is lacking. This owner will understand the reputation for retaliation against this dog and will work to improve this. This owner will be able to take care of a dog that can live with him for 15 years, without waiting for the dog to take care of excessive changes during his life. This owner will be the one who can provide you with a very regular routine in all aspects.

When selecting a Pit Bull for your home, it is perhaps more important than in the case of any other breed, to do your job carefully. The dog bred for the fight may not be as bad a choice as a pet as you might have thought. The exhibition dog is generally a good pet, but the dog “raised at home” is the one that has given rise to the problems regarding this breed that we have seen in recent years.

We must reflect on this last statement. The truth is that to avoid problems, appropriate precautionary measures must be taken since the unpredictable reactions that an animal can have are often forgotten, even if in the daily treatment it is the most faithful and affectionate.

It is a dog that should be handled with precautions. With the above in mind, the Pit Bull will be an excellent companion in the home.

Basic Care

Before getting into the question of where to buy your puppy, we should consider the aspect of which human homes are more suitable for a Pit Bull. The Pit Bull is an ideal dog for a family with older children (aged 14 or over) and for someone who is at home most of the time. The size of the house is not so important: it can be large, with a fenced garden, or small. It can even be a flat in the city. The important thing is that someone must be frequently at home and ready to take the dog for long walks regularly. This describes the best possible situation for the Pit Bull.

On the contrary, the worst situation for a Pit Bull is  If the dog is raised by a young person who, when the dog reaches adulthood, is too busy to devote much time to his dog. It is even worse if that young person has children when the dog is already grown and these children end up spending time with a dog that does not associate them as part of his pack. This is the reason why many of Pit Bull attacks reaches the news.

Many of these incidents claim that the Pit Bull had seriously killed and mutilated “for no apparent reason” the body of a young child with whom he lived. The dog is euthanized immediately by local authorities and the community begins asking for a total ban on the ownership of Pit Bulls in the city.

Would any breed of dog be suitable for the situation just described? Could that particular dog be blamed for killing the child? Should the Pit Bull breed be held responsible in a situation like this? Is this race a problem, or does this race suffer today from the problem of irresponsibility?.

In any case, this was probably the worst possible environment in which a Pit Bull could be found a living. Again, the best possible environment is with an adult family whose children are older. Another good situation for a Pit Bull is an adult couple without children or a retired adult who needs company.

Health

The Pit Bull is usually a healthy breed, and the closer the dog is to a line of work, the healthier it will be. However, it can be affected by any of the diseases of the dog breed. A situation that deserves special mention here is hip dysplasia and its relationship with the working Pit Bull. While there is no doubt that this is a serious condition for many breeds and that the selection of a puppy should, in general, include questions about the condition of the hips of breeding animals, in some cases, the concern may be exaggerated In the case of working Pit Bulls, this is usually the case.

Shortly after the United Kennel Club got involved in organizing beauty contests for Pit Bulls inscribed in their Pit Bulls origins book, the exhibition Pit Bull breeders began examining their dogs to rule out hip dysplasia. A cry of alarm spread throughout the United States, because most of the Pit Bulls that were being examined turned out to be very dysplastic. None of these dysplastic dogs showed any external evidence of suffering this evil, and all the breeding animals from which these dogs descended had been hard-working, long-lived and super-athletic fighting dogs.

There is a difference between what we call “real” dysplasia and “theoretical” dysplasia. If you are going to choose your puppy from among working animals of proven quality, raised thinking a lot about the fight and long life, the questions about medical evidence that the hips are well-formed are not as imperative as they could be in others races, especially those larger.

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Breed of The Week: Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is one of the dog breeds that has earned free pet recognition by a large number of homes around the world. Its physical and behavioral characteristics make it a perfect companion to share life with a human family, and certainly one of the most widespread pets, known and appreciated by mankind around the globe.

Breed History

The origin of Yorkshire dates back to 19th-century England, in the areas of Yorkshire and Lancashire. Local huntsman prevailed the characteristics they needed in their terriers, which gradually resulted in smaller dogs with a high capacity to stay alert, which was also very fast during a hunt. However, this little puppy managed to gain the affection of the Bourgeois because of his character and personality, so he went from being a hunting dog to a companion animal that even appeared in dog shows.

The physical characteristics of the first dogs of the Yorkshire breed were only partly similar to the current ones due to the mixture of terrier within their DNA, and it was not until the end of 1865 when the breed standard was defined from a dog groomer in an exhibition that presented characteristics of Paisley Terrier, but more of the Yorkshire Terrier type.

The popularity of the breed continued to rise until about 1940, reaching the jump to the United States as a companion dog, which immediately gained the affection of the masses. At this time it spread throughout the world, becoming the first most demanded English breed, although it also had a darker period when the percentage of small breeds decreased worldwide to only 18%.

The renewal of interest in the race is breed to a cartoon called Smoky, which became famous during World War II, from here the breed became so popular that it even became the most numerous in the United States in the year 2002

Main Features

The basic characteristic of the Yorkshire Terrier is that it is a small and compact dog, which always weighs less than 3.5 kilos. The height at the cross is not officially defined, but it will always be a few centimeters. It has a small, flat head in the skull, with a short snout and sniff. The ears are V-shaped and appear firm and tall, and a medium-length tail that is usually raised.

Size

Although sometimes they talk about the Yorkshire toy, or Yorkshire mini, the truth is that there are no different types of Yorkshire Terrier. Occasionally, it is deliberately sought that the specimens be smaller through the crossing of small-sized dogs, but the characteristics of the animal remain the same.

Fur and Coat

The hair of the Yorkshire is generally medium length, although there may be specimens with short hair and very long hair, which reaches the ground. The color of the coat is different in the head and the rest of the body, being golden in the head and black or dark blue in the body. In sight and touch, the hair should be shiny, straight and silky in the adult dog, different from the short and soft hair of the puppy. It is extremely rare to find a specimen with atypical colors in its coat, and if it appears it should avoid breeding with it since it can be an indicator of a health problem or classified as a defect that prevents the participation of the animal in competitions.

The definitive coat of the Yorkshire does not appear until three or four years of age, so it is impossible to predict the exact hue of the hair in the puppy, as well as its characteristics to the touch. However, you should always follow the standard of length and silkiness. In dogs that are raised as a pet, it is common for the hair to be cut so that it is easier to maintain and so that it does not cause discomfort to the animal. On the other hand, dogs that appear in exhibitions follow very strict guidelines when it comes to caring for hair, such as baths with coconut oil, regular hairstyles, etc.

Breeds Behavior

The temperament of the Yorkshire Terrier is usually very open, playful and fun, as well as curious, intelligent and affectionate. Especially enjoy the attention of humans of all ages, and they are always willing to share some games or pampering with their family members. As a good terrier, he loves to go outside to investigate and walk, and does not get tired easily despite its small size.

He is also quiet and stubborn, so it is necessary to start his education from a puppy and be firm in every decision that is made. A badly used Yorkie will be difficult to treat, and almost impossible to change behavior. You should never feel sorry for their apparent fragility because they are all energy and strength.

It is necessary to socialize them correctly from a young age with other dogs and with people because they tend to become too attached to their owner, which means that they can be territorial and grumpy with those they don’t know.

The dependence they develop towards their owner can cause them to become destructive, neurotic or depressive when the absence of the owner is prolonged in the home, another reason why the dog should get used to being alone and calm since childhood.
He is not aware of his small size, which together with his courage makes him able to put himself in a situation of risk or danger at times when facing dogs of much larger size, hence the importance of socialization from a puppy.

They are ideal for living in flats due to their small size, and have the advantage that they can be carried anywhere in arms. However, they require a lot of exercises to eliminate their large amount of energy, so they will always be willing to walk daily for a long time and share endless gaming sessions.

Another fact is that they learn new tricks very quickly and are very agile, so a great alternative is to go with them to agility tests. Whatever it is to spend time with their owner, they will be delighted, and, on the contrary, they do not take well to be alone for a long time.

Basic Care

The basic care of the Yorkshire terrier necessarily goes through regular hygiene and health surveillance. As a general recommendation, you must always keep up-to-date vaccines and internal and external deworming of the animal, because only then can you guarantee its best health.

Health

In addition to the most common diseases, the Yorkshire usually maintains a good state of health. The most important point to keep in mind is the care of the teeth since they are very prone to develop tartar. It is necessary to clean the teeth of the dog frequently, with special toothpaste, so that he gets used to the manipulation and does not resist adult resistance.

Special attention should be given to the female that is used for breeding, since pregnancy in such small animals can carry certain risks for the mother. It is important to keep in mind that any dog that weighs less than 2 kilos is not suitable for breeding, since the begotten puppies will become large very soon and can lead to serious health problems in the female. In addition, it is necessary to monitor the animal and follow up throughout the pregnancy, feeding it properly and, if necessary, programming a cesarean surgery so that his life is not in danger at the time of delivery.

Main Diseases 

The Yorkshire Terrier is a much stronger and more robust breed than it may seem at first glance. The most sickly specimens are those that weigh less than 1.5 kilos, which may have a tendency to chronic vomiting and diarrhea, so it is not recommended to try to find such small dogs. In the breed standard, the most common diseases appear due to genetic causes, such as cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, and keratitis. They may also have some orthopedic problems, such as dislocations, hypothyroidism or blood clotting failures.

It is also necessary to be very careful with accidents such as falls or footsteps. The Yorkie is a very small puppy, more in comparison to the size of a human, and a relatively soft blow can have consequences of varying severity for the pet. This is especially important when they play with children, who are not aware that they can harm the animal. On the other hand, it should always be well protected from the cold, for this, there are special clothing ranges adapted to its size, perfect to go out with all the necessary protection.

Brushing

Brushing this breed’s fur is very important, especially when left long. You have to brush it frequently to avoid the formation of knots, a minimum of twice a week with a special brush for your hair. In the case of an animal that has too many knots, it is best to make a pronounced haircut to eliminate the problem. Excess hair should also be trimmed in the ears and in the perianal area, to reduce the weight that the dog must support and prevent stool from getting caught.

Bathrooms

This breed admits baths every two weeks, as a routine to avoid odors and show the fur in perfect condition. However, the frequency will depend mainly on the type of life the animal leads. You should always use a special dog shampoo, because otherwise your skin would be damaged, and it is also advised to apply a conditioner after shampooing to minimize the appearance of knots in the fur.

These baths can be a good time to clean the litters, which appear frequently in Yorkshire. It is recommended to moisten them before removing them, and never throw them away so as not to harm the animal. Also, make sure to dry the coat properly with a dryer so that there is no moisture left on the animal’s skin and use a comb to avoid the knots. If you do not have the necessary time for a good bath, then take it to a professional dog groomer.

Feeding

The recommended daily amount of food for a Yorkie depends on its age, weight and physical activity. It is important to maintain an adequate and quality diet to avoid obesity, something of particular concern in small breeds. If in doubt, it is best to be advised by the veterinarian and the amounts recommended by the manufacturer, adjusting the amount at each stage of his life.

Exercise

Despite its small size, the Yorkshire is a puppy full of energy that requires a lot of physical exercise. In addition to the long walks needed daily, it is advisable to let it run and play very often, because only by having a tired dog can you have a happy dog. Also, remember that you will always be predisposed to spend time with yourself, so you can try to exercise it with all kinds of games and activities in common.

Training

The toy or stuffed appearance of the Yorkshire means that many owners do not bother to train them properly. This is a tremendous mistake that can lead to a rude dog, barking and even aggressive, which can get into fights putting your health at risk. The importance of training any dog ​​is paramount, because only then can it be balanced and happy. Keep in mind the socialization with other people and dogs, and keep a short leash when you try to teach him a new behavior, even though they can use all their tricks to get away with it.

If you have a dog that barks a lot, you will have to follow specific guidelines to avoid that bad habit. As always, the important thing is to stop it as soon as possible, look for the causes and put the necessary solutions.

Other Facts

As you can imagine, there are many curiosities about the Yorkshire breed that can be known to broaden the knowledge of that breed, such as:

  • This dog breed became very famous after appearing in a portrait painted by George Earl and winning an event in which he was named as the best specimen of the breed.
  • The current size of the Yorkshire terrier is far from the original size of the breed. Originally, it was used to hunt rats and other small critters, and reached between 6 and 7 kilos. At present, the vast majority of copies weigh half, although it is still possible to find some dogs of this breed with the original weight and size.
  • The smallest Yorkshire specimen in the world, registered and accredited by the Guinness Book of Records was called Lucy and weighed only 2.5 pounds, a minority considering that the usual weight of a Yorkshire is 7 pounds.
  • It has been said that the Yorkshire terrier is a breed of hypoallergenic dog because of its small size and that it barely loses hair. However, it is the hormones of dogs that usually cause allergies, so this statement is not true. It is possible that some allergic people may live with specimens of this breed, but that will depend on each case and their particular condition, so that statement cannot be taken as true.
  • The place where the first specimen that laid the foundations of the breed standard, is the city of Yorkshire.
  • The Yorkshire ranks 27th in Stanley Coren’s ranking on dog intelligence. Beyond this classification, it is a dog with high learning capacity in terms of tricks.

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Breed of The Week: German Shepard

The German Shepherd Dog is one of America’s most popular dog breeds—for good reason.

They’re intelligent and capable working dogs. Their devotion and courage are unmatched. And they’re amazingly versatile, excelling at most anything they’re trained to do: guide and assistance work for the handicapped, police and military service, herding, search and rescue, drug detection, competitive obedience, and–last but not least–faithful companion.

General Characteristics

The German shepherd is a large, strong, robust and muscular dog breed. Its appearance is a little longer than tall, and generally, its front half is straighter than the rear. Its structure is firm and balanced, very proportionate and qualified to perform various jobs due to its strength. Balance is the main characteristic of these animals both physically and psychologically, although it must always be consistent with their education.

Its head is large and wedge-shaped, always alert and awake, ready for any activity. It also remains in perfect proportion with the rest of the body and looks wide in conjunction with the ears, which are quite large and always remain erect on the head. His eyes are quite large and deep, usually amber or caramel, but always with a tendency to be dark. Its snout is elongated and ends in a powerful jaw that closes in the form of scissors.

Also among its features are the legs, straight and elongated in the front and falls in the back. Its tail is elongated and usually shown to fall at rest. During the movement of the dog, it can rise slightly, but never above the horizontal line of its body. However, its movement is very fluid and athletic, being able to run at high speed and jump at a higher height than it might seem at first due to its anatomy.

Standard size

The German shepherd is a large animal as a whole, both in height and in the breadth of its body. As for the height, it can easily reach 65 centimeters to the cross, about 60 centimeters in the case of females. The approximate weight will be about 32 kilos, but it can be lower or higher depending on the size of the animal and its physical characteristics. It is an animal that, although it must be corpulent, should never be overweight, since this can also have many health problems in it.

Breed’s Fur

The breed standard marks that the German shepherd must have short, dense and rough hair to the touch. There may be long-haired specimens, but this variety is not admitted as a beauty contest dog. The dogs of color fire and black are habitual, although they can also be given lioness or tabby. Sometimes, German shepherds of black color can be seen completely, but this coloration is not admitted either in the dog shows nor enters the standard.

German Shepard History

Although today it is one of the best known and numerous races in the world, the truth is that the history of the German shepherd does not have a long journey. It is a breed of recent creation compared to others, since its origin is in Germany, in the year 1899. Its appearance took place to meet the very specific needs of the shepherds of the rural areas of Germany, such as surveillance of sheep flocks, and their protection. From this moment on, their qualities served for many other people to notice them, and soon the German shepherd became one of the most famous races worldwide, used as a companion animal, but also for countless jobs as a police dog, guide dog for the blind, guard dog, rescue, etc.

The beginning of other races had more to do with chance rather than with the search for certain characteristics by human beings. However, in the creation of the German shepherd, the hand of man is evident from the first moment. At the end of the 19th century, some areas of Germany required adequate protection measures to preserve their herds of rams from the ferocity of wolves. Then a breeding program was launched, of which large and strong dogs were the protagonists. Specifically, it was a German army cavalry captain, Maximilian von Stephanitz, who was responsible for making a series of crosses between other dogs to obtain the characteristics they were looking for, hence this man is considered the father of the race.

The first copies of German shepherd were animals with great capacities for work, since at the crossroads the practical aspect always prevailed and not so much the aesthetics of the specimens. In 1899 the Association of Friends of the German Shepherd was created, and then certain specimens for breeding began to be selected that, in addition to maintaining the characteristics for the work, had a certain aesthetic type. Thus, little by little the psychic and physical characteristics of the German shepherd was also defined.

When the base of the German economy went from being the livestock and agricultural to the industrialized, the German shepherd saw his survival threatened, since he was a dog conceived almost solely as a guardian of herds. Luckily, Von Stephanitz managed to introduce some copies into the ranks of the German police. In this work he proved to be also unique, so he became part of the army and won a place in many other jobs with great demands for intelligence, strength, resistance, and reliability.

Once in Germany, he established himself as one of the most important dog breeds at all levels, he made the leap to other countries, is one of the first United States. The first copies of German shepherd arrived in North America around 1906 at the hands of collectors and rich breeders who had noticed their characteristics. For some years, its popularity increased markedly, but it stagnated during the First World War because of its country of origin, just as it happened during the Second World War. The breed’s name was even changed to try to protect it, and in some places, it was known as Alsatian Wolf Dog, a name not too popular, but still used today in some very specific circles.

After all these moments of weakness of the breed, it was the animals themselves who, with their work and nobility, managed to conquer the hearts of the Americans and gain their admiration and trust. They soon regained the popularity they had always had and the upbringing began to increase exponentially to meet all the demand for copies. The problem with this was that animals were raised indiscriminately and without any control, so that for a time the good reputation of the breed was threatened by dogs that did not meet the characteristics of the original German shepherds, especially as regards his faithful and noble temperament and some hereditary diseases that had a high incidence for some years, such as hip dysplasia.

From 1960 onwards, precautions regarding the breeding of these animals by some veterinarians and other protectors of the breed were extreme. They joined forces to select the specimens trained for reproduction, trying to avoid the appearance of hip dysplasia and also behavioral problems that had appeared during this time of excessive and uncontrolled breeding. These precautions have come to the present, and today the most prestigious breeders carefully select the specimens they are going to cross, and all have a certificate of being free of this disease. Some even have a Merit Registration title for those animals that breed litters of great beauty and with all health guarantees.

With this short but also intense history, the German shepherd has come to the present day as one of the favorite races of homes around the world. Still today it is still used as a working dog performing many tasks, but it is also a pet with unique characteristics for families of all kinds.

General Behavior

The German shepherd is a dog sociable and trainable by nature, which can be the perfect pet or the perfect working animal if properly educated. It is very important to start your education and socialization at approximately 3 months since it will be much easier to get a balanced animal and able to behave correctly in all circumstances.

He also usually gets along with children and other animals, but you have to be careful with his games because sometimes he doesn’t control his strength. This is also relatively easy to control if given proper education, so it is really easy for the German shepherd to be a balanced dog at all levels.

Despite its robustness, it is an animal full of energy, active and athletic, eager to play and explore new territories. He is always willing to carry out new activities that put him to the test both physically and mentally. This means that long walks are not enough to get you to wear all that energy.

In general terms, it is an obedient, cheerful and affectionate dog, as well as very intelligent. She is brave and protective of her family and loves spending as much time as possible with her. He may be a little distrustful of strangers, but it is also because of his protective instinct and guard. With good socialization since childhood, you will learn to be calm in the presence of strangers and enjoy knowing other people and animals.

Good Family Dog?

You know that the German shepherd has an always alert temperament. But it also has many other features that make it unique work and guard dog. The German shepherd is of brave, obedient and intelligent temperament, so he is more than recommended as a family dog, regardless of the number of people in the family or their ages.

By now, the German shepherd information received should have been enough to give you a good idea of ​​the breed. You know the characteristics of a German shepherd and his character, so you should no longer have doubts about it. The qualities of the German shepherd can be counted by hundreds, but if you want more information about the German shepherd dog or a more direct type of German shepherd information, it is advisable to contact a breeder personally with a breeder who knows and understands the race.

Another characteristic of his temper is that he is easy to educate and obedient by nature. One more reason why it is a perfect choice as a family pet. Even children can teach you to do tricks, which will make them have fun together and strengthen their ties. The German shepherd is very protective of his family, and even more with the little ones in the house, so he will be a great friend, a good caretaker, and an exemplary pet at all times.

Main Diseases 

Although the breeding of the German shepherd is currently very controlled, the birth of specimens indiscriminately for many years caused the appearance of health problems of genetic origin that even today has a very high incidence in these animals. One of the most common diseases of the breed is hip dysplasia, and to avoid it as much as possible, the specimens for reproduction should be selected very carefully and through scrupulous health checks. In addition, any new owner of a German shepherd should demand to see the pedigree of his puppy to verify that his parents were really free of this disease.

It is also quite common for these animals to develop von Willebrand’s disease, a pancreatic deficiency that causes various health problems in the animal and that has no cure, although it can be controlled with a certain medication. Other diseases that may appear in this breed are panosteitis, cauda equina syndrome, or canine corneal pannus.

Basic Care

To ensure the best possible state of health for the German shepherd, it is best to follow specific daily guidelines and healthy habits. For example, it is advisable to go to the veterinarian frequently for a review as well as to keep your vaccinations and deworming up to date. It is an animal that adapts well to any type of housing and space, although it is recommended that you have the possibility of running freely in controlled areas to give out all your vitality.

Whether in its variety of short hair or long hair, this breed requires very specific care to keep its fur in the best conditions. The usual brushing is necessary, at least 3 times per week, more in the variety of long hair. It also requires complete baths once a month approximately, always with a suitable shampoo to prevent allergic reactions from appearing on your skin.

It is also necessary to control their diet because it is a dog that has a tendency to gain weight if it eats too much and that may have health problems associated with obesity, such as worsening of the symptoms of hip dysplasia. It is recommended to always opt for quality food and in adequate quantities, if possible in several doses per day, which will also prevent you from suffering the dangerous gastric torsion.

In order for the German shepherd to be healthy on a physical and mental level, the most important thing is to provide him with the right exercise and proper education from a puppy. If he feels useful and receives affection, he will be the perfect companion animal. Training in positive and adding new orders every day is the most appropriate will have a better effect and the dog will remain more active.

Curiosities

One of the reasons why this breed is so known throughout the world is because it has starred in series and movies, such as REX, or Rin Tin, where they showed all those characteristics that make them so valuable and esteemed dogs for both jobs and To be companions of any person. He has even starred in video games or animated films, such as Charlie, the German shepherd of the movie ‘All dogs go to heaven’.

Adolf Hitler had a copy of this breed, a female named Blondi whom he adored and from which photographs can be seen accompanying his owner.

If you think this breed is the most suitable for you, first of all, you must find a reputable and specialized breeder in the German shepherd, who can guarantee the puppy’s health through his pedigree.

Be careful with private sales or of doubtful origin, because these animals can present various diseases when there is no special control and care in their reproduction. In addition, only an experienced breeder can advise you on your temperament and the best habits so that you always stay in perfect condition. It is worth striving to get a unique travel companion with whom to forge the best possible relationship for many years.

 

 

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Breed of The Week: Beagle Elizabeth

The Beagle or Beagle Elizabeth dog belongs to the group of small-sized dogs very similar to foxhound, but smaller. It is a companion dog suitable for small game. This animal is classified in group 6 section 1.3 by the FCI.

Beagle History

Although the origins of this small dog are not well defined, it is believed that modern Beagle puppies emerged in ancient Greece. The greek historian, Xenophon, mentions a hound with a great smell that hunted hares with great ease in his writings.

On the other hand, there are indications that the Beagle toy dog ​​already existed in the Middle Ages. William the Conqueror, it is believed, took the talbot to the United Kingdom. This white and very slow dog was crossed with a greyhound, giving rise to the Southern Hound. It is believed that the latter is a direct descendant of the Beagle dog that we know today.

The name «Beagle» was used at the time as a name for all small dog breeds. Despite this, those races were very different from modern ones.

Main features

The small Beagle is a very elegant dog. They walk wiggling and pointing with their tails held high. His chest is pronounced, which gives him a proud and proud look.

It is a very proportioned animal, with a long snout and black truffle. Their ears are of considerable size and look droopy, so we must take special care with their hygiene. His eyes are large and brown, while his feet are firm and strong.

This breed is very similar to a miniature Foxhound, boasts great strength and robustness. Its fur is neither long nor short; It is hard hair and simple to maintain.

Its technical characteristics are as follows:

  • Height from the ground to the cross: manageable, between 32cm and 40cm.
  • Weight: the weight of this breed ranges between 9kg and 16kg.
  • Color: typical of hounds: black, cinnamon and white in their different shades. They are usually bicolor or tricolor (black is the one that may not appear).
  • Life expectancy: Beagle live between 12 and 15 years of age.

Common Behavior

The Beagle is a very gentle, sociable and affectionate dog. His intelligence is not at odds with his docility; He is considered a very faithful and loyal dog.

Even so, this dog breed is very territorial. This causes, sometimes, distant in front of strangers, being shy but not aggressive. The Beagle is always a noble pet and an excellent choice as a watchdog.

Since it is also used for small game, the Beagle dog has an excellent nose. This condition makes him easily distracted in his eagerness to explore the territory around him. That is why it is essential to always carry it on a leash in the street since it will not be strange for you to see him starting a speed run without warning.

Due to their sociable nature, these dogs love to play with both young children and adults. They will always seek to receive affection in the form of caresses from their family and close people.

Given its nature, the Beagle dog is passionate about outdoors. The more they can run and explore, the happier they will be. That is why this dog is ideal for country houses and not apartments, although if you have enough space and take it for a walk often, you will not have any problem.

Finally, this dog loves to eat. You must monitor this aspect on a daily basis to keep his weight in check.

Breed Variations

The FCI only recognizes a single type of Beagle, with a height ranging from 32cm to 41cm. Nevertheless, there are those who talk about the following variations of Beagle.

  • English Beagle: this variation of Beagle has a slightly longer back, as well as its tail. His lips are shorter than normal and limbs less angulated.
  • American Beagle: the American version has a shorter back and tail than its binary counterpart. On the other hand, the lips are thicker and their extremities are angulated.
  • Pocket or Dwarf Beagle: the pocket Beagle does not exist. There are only dogs with poor care, rickets or dwarfism. We do not recommend buying this variety so as not to encourage abuse.

Beagle Colors

This dog can be presented in a wide range of colors.

1.-White Beagle

The white Beagle with brown or black spots is the most common color for this small dog breed. Its lack of pigmentation should not be confused with an albino specimen since this, unlike the white Beagle, has total absence of pigmentation. White specimens do have dark areas, such as truffles or eyes.

 

 

2.-Black Beagle

It is not common to see a completely black Beagle. Normally, combine black with white or brown colors, although black may predominate on the spine.

3.-Brown Beagle

This color will have a predominantly brown tone.

4.-Bicolor Beagle

This variety is one of the most requested. Combine the white color as a base, with brown or black spots scattered throughout the rest of the body.

 

 

5.-Tricolor Beagle

Another variety widely used among Beagle owners. There are several tones:

  • Classic tri: black predominates on the back.
  • Dark tri: black predominates mixed with soft brown markings.
  • Faded tri: slightly predominant black spots, with more prominent brown.
  • Pied: the predominant color is white, with black and brown patches.

Where to buy it?

The Beagle is not an especially expensive dog. We always recommend buying a Beagle dog at a professional breeder.

The dogs we see in pet stores are usually weaned before 3 months of age and are transported in poor condition, which can affect their personality. These dogs are usually more withdrawn than normal.

On the other hand, Internet scams abound and it will be difficult to find a competitive price unless the seller is in a desperate situation or we are faced with a scam. Given the risk, it is best to avoid this medium.

Finally, we have professional breeders. They can guarantee us the good condition of the puppy, it’s monitoring and its registration in the LOE.

That said, the Beagle dog breed can cost around € 500. If you find a cheaper dwarf Beagle, most likely we are facing a specimen without pedigree.

Beagle Puppies

The Beagle breed has adorable puppies. On the Internet, it is common to find Beagle dogs puppies at ridiculous prices ensuring they are purebred. Unfortunately, this point is of vital importance to many people.

Before buying a puppy, you must have health guarantees, genealogy, a guarantee of purity of the breed and pedigree. Otherwise,  when the dog is an adult it might not meet the breed’s standards.

It is important that you avoid breeding grounds where many breeds are raised. Normally, these types of hatcheries are usually “factories” and do not serve each breed properly. If a hatchery houses more than 3 breeds, it is recommended that you go to another.

On the other hand, do not accept Beagle dogs puppies that come from Eastern Europe, since the conditions of these animals are usually unfortunate. Most likely it will grow with personality and asocial disorders.

Finally, ask the breeder to show you both the facilities and the parents to make sure that we are facing a pure race.

How to care for a Beagle puppy?

The first thing we must do is to condition our house so that it adapts perfectly to our little Beagle. You should not leave small objects at your fingertips so that you are not attractive to them, and make them familiar with all the rooms in the house.

You also have to make him sleep always in the same place. Make it definitive, since later it will be difficult to get used to sleeping somewhere else.

Another thing you should keep in mind is hygiene. You have to be especially careful with your ears, as it may be the focus of infections. Clean your ears and eyes often to avoid future problems.

As for physical activity, this breed loves to walk and explore, so take it out often to release accumulated stress.

How to train my Beagle?

We can start training our puppy from 2 months of age, at which time it will be weaned. The first thing we should do is choose and name and not change it to avoid confusion. Soon you will get his attention. When so, give him a prize in the form of food or toy.

The second point is to give simple orders. Among them, we can teach him to sit, lie down or remain still.

Once the dog has learned its name and responds to it, you can start learning other basic commands such as sit down, lie down or standstill. To facilitate learning, you can resort to two basic tricks.

Take it to states of excitement and subsequent calm. In this way, you will teach your pet to respect the limits of the game.

Brush it daily. It is shown that carrying out this action strengthens the relationship between dog and owner.

To learn to sit or lie down, we will bring a piece of food to your chest and then guide you with your hand to the position you want to force. If you perform this act several days in a row, you will soon learn the automatism.

On the other hand, you have to keep in mind that, like many hunting dogs, it is easily distracted and may take time to learn certain commands. You must be patient and always apply positive reinforcement. Remember that negative reinforcements can generate personality disorders and generate unnecessary stress on our pets.

How to feed it?

There are several factors that directly influence the amount of food that we should give to this breed. Among them are age, weight and, most importantly, physical activity. We must be especially cautious when feeding our dog since the Beagle has a tendency to obesity.

Puppy Stage

In the growth, the stage is when more nutrients our pet needs. A Beagle dog is considered to reach adulthood at 12 months of age. That is when we must change the feeding strategy that we will carry out.

Until then, the ideal is for our puppy to eat dry feed for puppies. It must contain the nutrients and proteins necessary to promote the correct growth of our Beagle dog, as well as other substances such as calcium or phosphorus. This will help the proper functioning of your joints and bones, being able to avoid possible osteoarthritis in the future. Keep in mind that, due to its nature and high activity, it is very important to prevent such diseases. We recommend that you do not skimp on expenses when choosing the best feed for your dog.

Here are some guidelines to give you an idea of ​​the amount of food your partner will need:

We will start by giving 170 grams of food a day, gradually increasing the dose to 230 grams at 12 months if it weighs about 12 kg. If your weight is greater, you can increase the amount proportionally without ever giving it more than 290 grams per day. We will ration the food as follows:

  • 2-4 months: divide the dose into 4 daily servings.
  • 5-6 months: divide the portions into three.
  • 7-12 months: give it in 2 portions.

Adult Stage

Once our dog has reached adulthood, we will proceed to change the feeding strategy. The idea is to maintain a high-quality feed but specialized in adult dogs. It must contain the same nutrients and minerals as the previous one, although the proteins should cover approximately 41% of the compound.

That said, we will ration the feed into one or two shots. If our Beagle is subject to high physical activity, we will give approximately 280 grams of food a day; 240 grams if you enjoy moderate physical activity and 210 grams if you are sedentary.

It is important that you do not give him more food than he needs. This breed will always ask for more, but we must stand firm unless we see signs as excessive thinness. When in doubt, do not hesitate to consult a veterinarian.

More common diseases

Like all breeds, the Beagle is prone to suffer certain diseases, although it is considered a healthy dog ​​by nature.

  • Pulmonary Stenosis: this disease is genetic and causes fatigue and difficulty in breathing.
  • Retinal Dysplasia: can cause difficulties in vision and reduce the visual field.
  • Microphthalmia: this disorder involves having too small eyes, which can seriously affect the quality of your vision.

Snoopy Beagle

Did you know that the most famous dog on television belongs to this breed? It all started in the 50s, when Charles Schulz created this character who, in principle, had no human characteristics. Over time they gave him certain human traits like walking on two legs and ended up captivating the public. In addition, Snoopy is the only Beagle that owns a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

 

 

 

 

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Breed of The Week: Golden Retriver

If you are looking for a big, friendly, energetic and good-natured partner, this is your dog! Golden retriever dogs are the perfect animal for a family. They emanate good energy, love to play for hours, enjoy with the children, barely have behavioral problems and are eager to please what else can you ask for?

Golden Retriever Size and Weight

Golden Retriever weight: male 30-34 kilos, female 25-32 kilos.                               

Height: male 56-61 cm., Female 51-56 cm.

FCI Classification: Group 8, section 1 “hunting dogs” (with proof of work).

Other names: Golden collector, golden retriever.

Origin: Great Britain

Golden Retriever Overview

This breed is distinguished by its good character since the Golden Retrievers are cheerful, friendly, kind, confident, sociable, and very little territorial dogs. They are friends from everyone, and they don’t stick only to one person. They are not aggressive, or distrustful of strangers, so they are not good watchdogs. However, they are easy to train, and with good socialization. They will delight any family and treat children with infinite patience and great docility.

They love caresses, pampering, games, walks and all kinds of interaction with people.

If we were to hit them, the golden ones are a bit “intense” dogs, they play tirelessly, especially when they are young. They are dogs that love to jump, walk, run, get into the water and mud, be in human company and have a lot of contacts. All this is great if you love super sociable and energetic dogs, of course, but if you are calmer and independent, surely another type of dog suits you better.

They are so good-natured and innocent that some people may consider them “dumb.” It is not that they are, but that innocence and certain infantilism is their natural way of acting, even when they are adults. Keep this in mind, if you are one of those who prefer a more serious and calm dog.

When they are used as collector dogs they are great workers, always willing to help their owner, without fear of getting any type of land.

They are also incredibly greedy. They are always hungry, the amount of food is never enough, so you should keep an eye on how much you give if you don’t want him to become fat. Keep in mind that because of their large size, they eat enough food a day, so you should consider this expense, before deciding on one of these dogs.

To prevent golden retrievers from becoming hyperactive, try to keep them busy, exercising, and if possible, making them play to pick up the ball and other objects as large toys since they love to transport things in their mouths (reminiscent of their origin as dogs collecting ducks and other pieces). The Golden or golden collectors love field trips where they can run and burn energy, and if you want to brighten the day, take it to a creek or a swamp, and you will see it enjoy as a child because they love to dive!

Characteristics of Golden Retriever dogs

The Golden Retriever dog has a strong and robust body, its legs and back are muscular, and its tail that reaches the hock has long hair fringes. Large in size, its weight is 30 to 34 kilos for males, and 25 to 30 kilos for females. Its height at the cross is from 56 to 61 cm. the males, and 51-56 cm. the females.

Its chest is deep and wide, straight and parallel legs seen from the side. The top line of its spine is horizontal. Its tail well covered with hair falls when it is at rest and rises when they are in motion, without bending over the spine.

Its head is wide and well-turned, but it is not coarse. The stop (or frontal nasal depression) is well defined. Its snout is strong, wide and moderately long. Powerful, well-formed jaws, with full dentures and scissor bites. The nouse is preferably black, although sometimes it can be brown.

The ears are medium and hang on both sides of the face. Their ears have shorter hair than in the body. They are inserted more or less at eye level.

The eyes are well separated from each other, they are medium-sized, dark brown and with black eyelids. His expression is awake and kind, without a trace of aggression or fear.

His movement is powerful, with thrust and power. Its passage is free and long, with easy walking and jogging.

The most striking thing about this breed is its semi-long water-resistant hair layer, which can be straight or wavy. The golden retriever has short hair on the face, ears and the front of the legs. On the back, chest, and back of the legs, the hair is longer. And in the tail, it tends to form fringes.

They also have a softer inner layer of coat, which helps them maintain their body heat. You should know that the golden is one of the races that loose the most hair, so if you hate cleaning pet hair, this breed is not the best option for you.

The most characteristic of his hair is his gold color. Golden dogs are always golden, but the intensity of the color can vary greatly between cream or very light sand, to a soft golden brown. Neither pure white nor red nor mahogany are accepted in the golden retriever standard.

 

Golden retriever dogs can be of the following colors:

  • Gold, in any shade of gold
  • Soft golden brown
  • Sand
  • Cream, even in very light tones.

Some white hairs on the chest are allowed. But the white golden retriever or white spots in the aforementioned colors are not supported. Neither red nor mahogany colors are allowed.

Cost of Aquisition

The price of the golden retriever is 350 to 1,200 euros approximately.

This depends on the genetic lines of the dog, it’s quality and beauty, the vaccines and official documents that are provided, its international awards and the reputation of the breeder.

If you are going to buy a golden retriever, always contact breeders responsible for the breed, visit its facilities and meet the puppies and their parents. It is always preferable that puppies are raised in a family environment. Never buy in pet stores or in multi-breed puppy farms, which prevent you from visiting its facilities, the puppy and its parents.

How long does a golden retriever dog live?

The life expectancy of the golden retriever is 10 to 12 years, on average.

With good genetics, proper veterinary care, balanced nutrition, and moderate exercise, some golden can live 13 or 14 years.

Health and diseases of the Golden Retriever

  • Golden dogs can suffer from any of these diseases:
  • Otitis and ear infections, due to their hanging ears
  • Cancer: has an exaggerated incidence in the golden retriever. It is estimated that 60% of these dogs die of cancer.
  • Tendency to obesity, so we must monitor the amount of daily food we offer.
  • Hip dysplasia, which causes lameness, mobility difficulties, and chronic joint pain.
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Hereditary cataracts

Dogs that suffer from some of these diseases, may have reduced their life expectancy compared to other healthy golden, and die between 8 and 9 years. Regarding the high incidence of cancer on this breed, a study that affects 3,000 dogs is currently being prepared to try to determine the cause.

This is not something that has always happened to these dogs but has increased exponentially since the 1990s.

Ideal Owners

Golden Retriever Dog Also known as “Golden Retriever,” the Golden Retriever is a big dog, raised as a hunter in his Scottish origins. Today the Golden Retriever dog has become an ideal companion breed because of its friendly and confident character. The Golden is fun, affectionate, loyal and kind to all family members, including the crazy little ones.

A golden retriever, for its characteristics, is a good dog for active people, lovers of sport and outdoor outings. It is also suitable for families, especially if they have a garden or live near the countryside. After all, this active and big-nosed dog will delight anyone who has fun playing with his dog. Especially, ball or any fetch-type game that involves carrying objects with his mouth.

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Golden Retriever History

Nous, photo taken in 1872. The origin of the Golden Retriever dog is in Scotland in the nineteenth century. In 1850 and in later decades, the golden collector emerged from only British hunting dogs. Curiously, there was a false legend about the history of the Golden. Some said that their ancestors were acquired in a Russian circus.

But we know that that of the Russian circus is only a myth because of this race specifically we do have the written records of the first crosses, between 1835 and 1890 (which does not always happen).

We know that the lineage of golden retriever dogs originated exactly with a golden retriever called Nous that came from a Brighton shoemaker and a Tweed Water Spaniel called Belle (this breed is already extinct). You can see the authentic Nous, founder of the Golden lineage in the photo on the left, which was taken in 1872.

In the Golden lineage, only hunting dogs were used. In addition to the aforementioned retriever and Tweed water spaniel breeds, other lineages such as the Irish Setter, St. John’s Spaniel and Bloodhound were subsequently added.

The reason why golden retriever dogs were created, is eminently practical. Bird hunting between the aristocracy and the wealthy class in Scotland was very popular during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Because the land is full of swampy areas and streams, many of the dams were lost. The pointer and other existing hunting dogs failed to collect them properly in the water.

The goal of raising Golden Retriever dogs was to obtain a good dog with a soft mouth (that is, not to damage the piece when it was picked up), strong, resistant and suitable for both land and water.

The breed enters the Kennel Club of the United Kingdom in 1903 and 15 years later it is officially accepted in the United States. Today, just one hundred years later, it is one of the most popular breeds in the world, not as a hunter, but as a faithful and good-natured pet.

Golden Retriever Puppy

Watch the following video, this dwarf is a golden puppy, you’ll see that not for still !:

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