Small Dog Breed

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Sunday, March 19, 2006

Border Collie Dog Breed

The Border Collie is a first rate, everyday working dog, that is well known for herding cattle and rounding up sheep. Many regard this dog as the most intelligent of all the breeds. He is brilliant in sheepdog trials and the persistent winner of obedience competitions. He was originally bred for brains, speed, and stamina. Nowadays, he makes an excellent companion as well as a great helper and is one of the most trainable dogs. The Border Collie are outstanding guide dogs for the blind. He is active, alert, affectionate with his owners, and capable of excelling at obedience and agility work. His level of intelligence can create a stubborn mind-set and therefore would require consistent and patient training. He is a sensitive breed and is not recommended for families with young children as it may snap if teased or irritated. However, he can be good with children if he was raised with them from puppy hood. Socialization is essential as soon as possible to help minimize his timidity around strangers. He can become wrapped up on a certain activity or a toy and will fetch until he drops. The Border Collie can be susceptible to hip dysplasia, eye problems, and hearing problems.

Size: The Border Collie stands 17-21in at the shoulder and weighs between 38 and 52lb.

History and origin: This breed was developed in England and Scotland during the 19th century. In fact, the name Border refers to the English-Scottish border. This breed was a result of mixing bloodlines of several working collies at that time. He is an exceptional herder and will literally walk across the backs of the sheep in his herd in order to most quickly cross to the other side. He is able to control the sheep using his fixed stare, which is this dog's trademark. Because of this skill, this breed was exported to different countries where sheep are farmed. It was not until July 1976 that a standard for the breed was approved by the British Kennel Club.

Feeding: Recommended feeding for the Border Collie is about 1- 1 ½ cans (13.3oz size) of a high-quality meaty product with added biscuit in equal amount or 3 cupfuls of a complete dry food.

Exercise: This working dog requires plenty of outdoor exercise, but do not let him off the leash unless he has learned the “Come” command perfectly. If allowed to run loose, he has the tendency to chase bikes, cars, or joggers. The ideal place for him is a house with a well-fenced yard. He enjoys fetching a ball or a Frisbee.

Grooming: The Border Collie has a medium-length shedding coat that needs regular brushing with a good pony dandy brush and comb. Check the ears for signs of canker and check the ears and feet for foreign object. Dead fur should be removed during grooming.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Australian Kelpie Dog Breed

This dog breed is very active along with great stamina and suppleness. Standing only18-20 inches, he has the strong and solid look of a Shepherd. The female Australian Kelpie should stand from 17 to 19 inches in height. Most dog owners prefer a larger and longer version of this breed.

The Australian Kelpie is considered to be a very tough herding dog and is a quiet worker capable of moving any livestock, though chiefly suited toward sheep and cattle. They are athletic and live mostly independent. The Kelpie has too much energy to be kept solely as a pet, though they are notably affectionate, especially with children.

The Kelpie must be kept very busy and so if you plan on being an owner of this breed then you must take into account this dog's strong herding instinct and realize he will not be happy if you and your family are all he has to herd And though he is a tough dog that has an intimidating look for a small breed, he is not well suited as a guard dog.

Physical Description

The head is broad between the ears and the skull is flat which tapers to the muzzle. The ears should stand perky and be moderate in shape without spooning over. His eye spacing is considered to be wide for his face structure. They are shaped like almonds and are dark in color. The eye color may be light in some cases which will create a mean looking appearance.

The Kelpie's neck is thick and strong and the shoulders are narrow that slope downward. The chest runs deep. His Hindquarters should show breadth and strength with a longer than short haunch. The tail bends in a slight curve, raised when excited. Coat is moderately short, flat with a good undercoat. Colors include black, black and tan, red, red and tan, fawn, chocolate, and smoke blue.

Health and Life-span

When it comes to the Australian Kelpie's health he is one of high stamina. An amazingly athletic and adaptable dog, he does not suffer from any prominent genetic or hereditary conditions. This dog also possesses a strong defense against diseases. However, the one thing that will stress this dog's mental as well as physical health is lack of activity. Plenty of exercise and mental stimulation are extremely important. If the Kelpie is not able to move about and exercise regularly then the stress resulting from being sedentary will literally cause him to self-destruct. The average life span is about ten years.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Pug Dog Breed

The Pug has a solid, squarish body, a pushed-in muzzle, and protruding eyes. He is a happy and lovable dog with one of the sweetest disposition of any breed. He is intelligent, fun, playful, able to warm up quickly with strangers, good with children (but does not tolerate roughhousing), and usually gets along with other dogs. This breed rarely shows aggression, which makes him a great family pet. He can be difficult to housebreak. Training this dog can be hard because of his slightly stubborn nature, although he usually comes around well if a patient and consistent training method is applied. Socialization that begins from puppy hood is necessary to increase this breeds confidence level. Spoiling the Pug may make him timid and bossy.

Size: The Pug stands 9-11 inches at the shoulder and weighs between 14-18lb.

Health concern: This breed can develop sinus problems because if its blunt muzzle. He tends to wheeze and snore and also sensitive to extremes in temperature which requires him to wear a sweater on a cold day. He is also susceptible to some respiratory problem through over-heating or vigorous exercise and his flat- squashed looking face can encounter breathing difficulties similar to what occur in Bulldogs. His Pug�s eyes protrude slightly and extra care is needed to avoid the leash from rubbing against them.

History and origin: The Pug originated in Tibet in ancient times. The breed found his way
to France with the Turkish Fleet in 1553. These little dogs were brought by the sailors as presents for their ladies and were subsequently known as Little Turks. They were also a favorite in Holland in the House of Orange. In fact, when William and Mary of Orange journeyed to Britain to ascend the throne in 1689, they brought along a few Pugs to accompany them. For about 300 years, the breed enjoyed popularity similar to that of the poodle today. Most Pugs were permitted to eat sweet meats and various kinds of delicacies which made them so fat that they were later on regarded by many as an abomination. They slowly declined in numbers that in 1864, even Queen Victoria had difficulty finding one to add to her kennels. However, some 20 years later, the Pug Dog Club was formed and efforts were made to improve and standardize the breed which results in the elegant and solid Pug of today.

Feeding: Recommended feeding for the Pug is ½ - ¾ can of high quality dog food (13.0oz size) or about 8oz of fresh meat daily with dog biscuits. Be careful not to over feed this breed because he has a tendency to put on weight easily.

Exercise: The Pug is an energetic dog that best enjoys a nice walk. Be careful not to over exert him to prevent respiratory problems.

Grooming: This breed has a short and coarse shedding coat that needs to be brushed once or twice a week.

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Australian Terrier Dog Breed

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The Australian Terrier is a working terrier with a compact, and small but sturdy body. His body is considerably longer than it is tall. The ears are pricked with no tendency to flare off the skull and the tail is docked. The Australian Terrier is a loyal and devoted dog that is hardy, smart, courageous, always busy, with keen senses. He is extremely affectionate with his owners and is usually reserved with strangers. This breed is spirited, easy-going but purposeful, and makes a great watchdog. His alertness combined with speed makes him an excellent ratter. He loves to please and do well at obedience work. On the other hand, because of his terrier instinct, he can be stubborn and challenging to train. His attention is easily diverted by distractions, especially by a small animal or a person wandering into his territory. He responds well to early, firm, and precise training methods. Roughhousing could encourage a warning bite and should not be permitted. Spoiling this breed encourages a bossy and stubborn behavior because, like most dogs, he will interpret spoiling as recognition of his dominance. He has a tendency to bark or dig incessantly if left alone for too long. The Australian Terrier has a high prey drive toward small animals such as cats and rabbits. He has no serious health problems and should live a happy 14 years.

Size: The Australian Terrier stands 10-11in at the shoulder and weighs between 10 and 18lb.

History and origin: The Australian Terrier was first used in 19th century Australia as a ratter, snake killer, and watchdog. It is suggested that this breed was developed from the progeny of a female Yorkshire Terrier smuggled aboard a sailing ship and mated to a dog resembling a Cairn Terrier. He was known by various names until 1889, when a club was formed in Melbourne to foster the breed.

Feeding: Recommended feeding for the Australian Terrier is about ½ - ¾ can of high-quality meat product (13.3oz size) with biscuit added in similar amount or 1 ½ cupfuls of a complete dry food. Fat is an essential ingredient in order for the dog to maintain a healthy coat; if his meal has a low fat content, add a teaspoon of corn oil to his daily serving.

Exercise: An ideal place for this busy and active breed is a fenced-in yard with plenty of space for him to run around. On the other hand, he can adapt to apartment living provided he is walked several times a day.

Grooming: This breed has a weather-resistant coat that is hard and straight with a softer undercoat. Shedding is minimal, as is the level of maintenance. Regular grooming with a bristle brush will stimulate the skin and encourage a good coat growth.

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Scottish Terrier Dog Breed

The Scottish Terrier (Scottie) is an attracting looking dog with a muscular, compact, thick-boned body.

He has short legs, pricked ears, and a short wiry coat with a softer undercoat.

This outrageously loyal breed makes a strong and sporty companion as well as a good watchdog. He is truthful, straightforward, and has a reliable temperament. He is affectionate and a devoted
pet to his owners but very discerning round other people and can be downright sullen at times. The Scottish Terrier tends to be a 1 or 2 person dog, very suspicious of strangers, and
can be dog-aggressive.

He is not an model dog to have for a household with children. Many Scotties were described as acting similar impatient, grouchy people. He may bark and dig if bored or left alone for too long.

Training should start from puppy hood and should be consistent and firm but not rushed or overbearing. A Scottie tends to be passive-resistant, taking a head-in-the-sand attitude if pushed too hard or fast.

This breed may even bite if he feels that he is being treated unfairly.
Socialization is crucial as early as possible in order for him to be comfortable around other people.

Never spoil a Scottie because it will create a bossy, snippy, and potentially aggressive dog.

Size: The Scottie stands 9-10in at the shoulder and weighs
between 18 and 22lb.

History and origin: The Scottish Terrier was once known as the Aberdeen Terrier and has existed in various forms for many centuries, but it was not until after 1800 that line breeding
began. The Scottie was first used in the Scottish Highlands as a ratter and a hunter of fox. The first Scottish Terrier Club was formed in Scotland in 1892, when a standard was laid
down for the breed.

Feeding: Recommended feeding for the Scottie is 1-1.5 cans of a branded meaty product (13.3oz size) with added biscuit of the same amount or 3 cupfuls of a complete dry food. Do not
over feed a Scottie because he can put on weight easily and may cause his long and low frame to suffer structural problems.

Exercise: An apartment is suitable for the Scottie as long as he is walked several times per day. This dog is very energetic and requires plenty of exercise. He loves being outside and likes nothing better than running around while carrying a stick or a ball in his mouth.

Grooming: This breed has a coat that sheds a little and requires a daily brushing, especially his fine beard. He also needs a clip every 3 months. Show dogs are hand-stripped to preserve
the texture and luster of the coat.

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Shetland Sheepdog Breed

The Shetland Sheepdog, also known as the Sheltie, looks like a miniature rough collie. Some are bred to be slightly petite while others are bred much larger. He is a beautiful dog that has a trim and sturdy body and a face that resembles that of a fox. He has a shedding coat that is medium to long, straight, and hard with a softer undercoat. The hair does not lie flat but actually stands up and away from the body. He is usually affectionate of his owners but suspicious of strangers and does not like to be petted by those he does not know. He has a tendency to be sensitive and may show timidity in unfamiliar situations. He is faithful, intuitive, very intelligent, and a top notch dog to show off in training classes and obedience competitions. Spoiling this dog may cause him to be controlling, nippy, and have low confidence. Socialization and handling this breed is crucial and should begin in puppy hood. He likes to chase cars, bikes, and joggers and does not tolerate roughhousing. The larger Shelties are usually calmer and less timid than the petite variety. He is good with horses and some are still used as sheepdogs. This breed is susceptible to eye problems. Deafness may also be a problem in the blue merles.

Size: The Shetland Sheepdog stands about 13-16in at the shoulder and weighs between 14-25lb.

History and origin: This breed was developed in the Shetland Islands off the north coast of Scotland in the late 18th century and was used for herding and guarding. His small size was well suited to the rocky terrain of the islands. The English Shetland Sheepdog Club was formed in 1914.

Feeding: Recommended feeding for this breed is 1 – 1 ½ cans (13.3oz size) of high-quality meat product with biscuit added in equal amount or 3 cupfuls of a complete dry food.

Exercise: The Sheltie barks a lot. The ideal place for this breed is a house with a big fenced yard. An apartment is also adequate provided that he gets enough exercise.

Grooming: A daily brushing with a stiff-bristled brush is needed to prevent the coat from matting. Use a comb to avoid tangles, especially behind the ears. Frequent bathing is also necessary for this breed. This is a dog who is meticulous abut his appearance and will often clean himself.

Affenpinscher Dog Breed

The Affenpinscher is a charming little breed with an almost cute monkey-like appearance. In fact, the prefix ‘Affen’ is a German word for monkey. In his country of origin he is often called Zwergaffenpinscher (‘Zwerg’ meaning dwarf.) The French have dubbed it the “mustached devil.” In any case, he is an appealing comical little dog, the smallest of the Schnauzers and Pinschers breed. He is alert, gentle, intelligent, and affectionate. He is wary of strangers and is always prepared to defend his home which makes him a good watchdog.

Size: The average height for this breed is about 91/2-11in. His average weight should be about 61/2-9lb.

History and origin: Miniature Pinschers and Affenpinschers were, until 1896, classified as a single breed. However, in that year at the Berlin show, it was decided that the long-coated variety should be known as the Affenpinscher. The Affenpinscher is a very old German breed that was depicted by Jan van Eyck (1395-1441) and Albrecht Durer (1471-1528). However, there are some controversies as to where his origin began, although his nationality was never been in doubt. Some people believe it to be related to the Brussels Griffon while others attribute the Brussels Griffon to the Affenpinscher. Another theory is that the Affenpinscher is a toy version of the German coarse-haired terrier, the Zwergschnauzer. In any case, this wonderful dog was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936. He was introduced into the United Kingdom in 1975 and was first shown at Crufts Dog Show in 1980.

Feeding: Recommended feeding for this breed would be 1/3-1/2 can of quality meat product (13.3oz size), with biscuit added in equal part by volume; or 1-11/2 cupfuls of high quality dry food. When feeding this dog dry food, make sure that he has an ample supply of water.

Exercise: Just like most toy dogs, he will be satisfied with a short walk around the park, but will gladly walk you off your feet if that is to your pleasure.

Grooming: Regular brushing will keep his coat in great condition, as well as all normal grooming habits of most dogs.

Lakeland Terrier Dog Breed

The Lakeland Terrier dog breed has an appearance that is very similar to that of the Welsh and the Airedale Terriers. These dogs are considered to be a first-class family pet that is considered to be excellent with children. Because this dog is of a sound temperament and convenient size, he makes for a great guard dog with an excellent warning bark.

The Lakeland Terrier has been used in the past for both fox hunting and badger hunting. In today's world this dog is kept mainly as a loving family pet as opposed to hunting. In addition to all of the fine qualities listed above, the Lakeland Terrier has in recent years been a very successful contender in the show ring.

Size: The average weight of this dog is just over seven Kg (or 17 lbs). The female Lakeland Terrier has an average weight of about six Kg (or just over 15 lbs). The height should not go over the size of 37 centimeters (or 14.5 inches).

History: The Lakeland Terrier originated at the Lake District of England, hence the word “Lake” in its name. However, this does was originally known as the Patterdale Terrier, named after the place it was first worked with for the local hunts. This dog was also known as the “working dog”. Having made its first appearance in the show ring in 1912, the Lakeland Terrier was recognized in 1921 and well established by 1931.

Feeding: The feeding advice for this dog is very common to most its size. Simply serve him up to one can of any type of branded meaty dog food choice, with biscuit added in equally. Another choice is to create meals that contain 1 ½ cupfuls of a dry complete food, mixed with 1 cup of feed and ½ cup of cold or hot water.

Exercise: This is one animal that has plenty of energy and is fast on their feet. So if you choose to have a Lakeland Terrier as a family pet, be ready to move a lot. This dog is always ready for a quick run or a brisk walk. And so long as you can provide plenty of outdoor exercise, this pet is ideal for apartment living.

Grooming: Trimming this dog breed does take some skill, but only if your goal is to trim him for the show ring. Otherwise, a simply daily brushing and a professional stripping in spring will do just fine.

Jack Russell Terrier Dog Breed

The more you understand about any subject, the more interesting it becomes. As you read this article you'll find that the subject of Jack Russell Terrier is certainly no exception.

The Jack Russell Terrier has a sturdy, compact body with either a short, hard coat or a rough, wiry coat. He is handy size, full of character, and makes for a wonderful sporty companion as well as a house pet. Though he is intelligent, he can be difficult to train because of his stubborn nature and high activity level. This breed is very affectionate with his family and usually friendly toward strangers. He can be easily distracted, particularly by scent and should be kept on leash when taken outside. Training method should be consistent and firm from puppy hood.

Size: The Jack Russell Terrier stands 11-14in at the shoulder and weighs between 10-16lb.

History and origin: This breed was initially developed by Reverend Jack Russell in Devonshire, England who died about 100 years ago. He built up a strain of wire-haired fox Terriers that would hunt with his hounds. They would also go to ground and bolt the fox. Jack Russell not only bred these unique terriers but also judged terriers at West Country shows and was one of the earliest members of the Kennel Club.

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Feeding: Recommended feeding for this breed is ½ - 1can of high quality meat product (13.3oz size) with biscuit added in same amount by volume or 1 ½ cupfuls of a complete, dry food.

Exercise: This breed is suitable for apartment life provided he gets daily exercise. However, this breed needs regular activity to curb his restlessness. He loves to play with a ball and can be a good retriever.

Grooming: A daily brushing with a stiff brush is recommended to keep his coat in good condition.

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Beagle Dog Breed

This interesting article addresses some of the key issues regarding Beagle Dog Breed. A careful reading of this material could make a big difference in how you think about Beagle Dog Breed.


The Beagle is a sturdy and attractive dog with a full blast of energy. Originally bred to track fox, this breed has a great sense of smell and like other scent hounds, will likely to ignore you and everything else when hot on a scent trail. For this reason, extra care must be taken to make sure that he does not wander off. He is a happy dog that loves children and gets along well with other pets. The breed standard describes this dog as “A merry hound whose essential function is to hunt, primarily hare, by following a scent - bold with great activity, stamina, and determination - alert, intelligent, and of even temperament - a sturdy and compactly-built hound, conveying the impression of quality without coarseness.”

Although this breed is affectionate and intelligent, he requires patients and persistent training from the first day of training because of its stubborn nature in which he is easily distracted. It is very rare to find scent hounds, including the Beagle, in the obedience ring because their nose often overrules their brain. Also similar to other scent hounds, the Beagle was bred to bark, bay, and howl to alert the hunter to his location during the hunt. He may run away and is not likely to come when called so you may need a secure fence that he cannot get under or over. Always keep him on leash whenever you take him out, otherwise he may take off the second hi picks up a scent.

Size: Beagles are among the smaller scent hounds which com in 2 varieties, the first stands about 13in at the shoulder and the other is more than 13 but not exceeding 15in. He weighs between 18-30lb.

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History and origin: This breed is one of the smallest of the hounds. He is an ancient breed that has been a great companion to sportsmen for hundreds of years. The Beagle was first mentioned by name in writings published in 1475. They were used to hunt in packs for hare and were first imported into the United States for this purpose. They have hunted many different quarries in different climates including jackal, wild pig, and deer. In the United States and Canada, they are used as gun-dogs to seek out and retrieve game and to hunt by scent in competitive Field Trials.

Feeding: Because this breed is likely to put on weight, 1-2 meals per day are sufficient for an adult Beagle with no tidbits. Recommended amount of feeding is 1-1 ½ cans (13.3oz size) of meat diet with added biscuits in equal amount or 3 cupfuls of a complete dry food.

Exercise: Daily exercise such as walks and occasional runs is required for this breed.

Grooming: Their shedding coat is tough, weatherproof, and requires very low maintenance grooming.

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