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Country of Origin:Wales
History:The Sealyham Terrier was bred to hunt otter, fox and badger on the Sealyham Estate in Wales.Today, this terrier does well in the show ring and as a companion.
Description: The Sealyham terrier, although small, is powerful.With a rectangular head and body,the Sealyham carries a beard and whiskers.He has small, brown eyes and a large, black nose.The Sealyham has folded ears that are leveled with the top of his head.His tail is docked and stands erect.He is double coated and carries a thick undercoat with a wiry outer coat, that is either all white with an off white/tan, or with brown colored markings on ears and head.
Height: 10.5 inches
Weight: 20-25 pounds
Temperament: The Sealyham terrier enjoys hunting. This is a resilient breed that is very loyal.
Activity Level:The Sealyham terrier thrives on regular exercise and having a good run.This breed is great with a terrier-familiar pet parent.
Special Needs: Positive training, fenced yard, socialization, grooming.
Health Concerns:Allergies,deafness and possibly eye problems
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Country of Origin:Russia
Georgia,Azerbaijan,Armenia and Northern Caucasus
Alternative Names: Caucasian Mountain Dog, Russian Kavkazskaya,Ovtcharka,Nagazi, Gampr
The Caucasian Shepherd is thought to have originated from the Tibetan dogs ,who at the time traveled with the nomads.They settled in the Caucasus mountains more than 2,000 years ago.This breed remained a pure breed until the twentieth century, when Russia began a vigorous breeding program .This program utilized the Ovcharkas as guard dogs.There are many differences among Caucasian dogs breeds depending on where they originated from.
This spectacular and sometimes aggressive breed is strong-boned and muscular with an even-temper.They are slightly longer than tall. The Caucasian Shepherd has a large, broad wedge-shaped head with high- set drop ears. Traditionally these ears have been cropped, although today many of the modern Caucasian Shepherds are unaltered.Caucasian Shepherds are very large dogs.They have short muzzles, and browny- almond colored eyes, with a nose that is black and large.The Caucasian Shepherd has a double coat with a ruff.This coat can be short, medium, or long.The coat coloring can be gray, white , cream,fawn, or tan.They can also be brindle,piebald, and white with gray patches.Most preferred show-types are the long- coated grey dogs with a few white markings.Black and black-tan dogs are most times not accepted in the show ring.
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Height:Minimum 24.5-25.5 inches
Weight:Although there is no standard weight available, some Caucasian male Shepherds weigh in from 110 Ib to 200 Ib.
Temperament:The Caucasian Shepherd is intelligent, bold and even-tempered , yet aggressiveness does sometimes occur.Although very protective over family, it generally has a calm temperament.
Best Homes: This breed needs an experienced pet parent.The Caucasian Shepherd needs a job and socialization with positive training.
Needs:Special grooming, training and regular exercise.
Health Concerns: Hip and elbow dysplasia and cancer.Some of the bloodlines will carry a gene for rear dyspalsia.
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History:The wonderful Leonberger dog is from Leonberg in Germany, and has been bred since 1846. The breed was developed from breeding the Landseer Newfoundlands, Saint Bernards and Great Pyrenees, so that they could produce a dog that looked like the town’s lion crest.This Leonberger was a great companion dog.Although it was nearly extinct after WW1, the Leonberger survived.
The Leonberger is a strong dog that has a large head.The tip of his muzzle is black, and he has medium-drop ears with intelligent brown eyes.Tail is long and bushy.The Leonberger has a thick undercoat with a long, weather-resistant outer coat that sometimes is course.The coat tends to be long by his neck, chest and tail and is submerged with gold to reddish brown or a dark, blackish mask.Sometimes, the Leonberger will have black tips and small, white markings in his chest and toe tips.
Height: 25.5-31.5 inches
Weight:105 to 132 pounds
Temperament: The Leonberger was bred to be a companion.He is intelligent, sensitive, gentle, affectionate , and wonderful with children.
Activity Level: Medium to high
The Leonberger enjoys an active lifestyle with positive training and regular exercise.
Special Needs: Grooming, nutrition, exercise, socialization.
Health Needs: Addisons, hip and elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism,bloat , canine cancer and OCD.
Video Credit : Animal Planet. Dogs 101
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For many dog parents these days, the joy of adopting comes with the knowledge that social media helped them meet their new best friends. At the same time, shelters are attributing their success rates over the last few years to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Social media keeps adopters, rescuers and shelters connected and engaged in the rescue and no-kill movement. And it’s a trend that’s growing as more and more people make social media a daily part of their lives.
If you’ve ever wanted to get more involved in dog rescue, but aren’t in the position to do it yourself, you can use social media to make a difference by promoting adoption and ultimately finding homes for dogs in need. Here’s how to get started.
1. Find out if your local animal shelter has a social media presence. If not, start up a Facebook page for them and get active posting. This is especially important if the shelter isn’t a no-kill facility. Take the opportunity to advertise regularly using Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and/or even a blog. By using your social networking skills to advocate for dog adoption, you help raise awareness of the number of animals that need homes and that get euthanized every year – and this benefits everyone, including the shelter.
2. Encourage and inspire your friends and colleagues to share their own photos and stories on your Facebook page. Include success stories rather than tales of tragedy, and show the positive qualities of each dog. Keep in mind that it’s all about sharing and discussing dog rescue information.
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Karen adopted Penny from her local shelter. Sensitive to every sound, the shepherd mix was almost too fearful to go for walks. Determined to find a way to help Penny overcome her sound phobia, Karen first consulted her veterinarian to check for any medical issues. The next stop was a veterinary behaviorist, who used desensitization and behavior modification to help Penny regain confidence and generally overcome her fear of noises.
FEAR RESPONSES TO SOUND
Sound sensitivity, though more common in herding breeds such as German shepherds, border collies and Labradors, can affect any dog at any age. Think of the terrier mix who hides cowering under the coffee table during a thunderstorm, or the poodle who gets the jitters every time a transport truck rumbles by.
A new study has gained insight into how domestic dogs react to noises. “Our results suggest that the characteristics of dogs, their early environment, and exposure to specific noises are involved in the development of fear responses to noises,” says Dr. Rachel Casey, who led the study at the School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Bristol.
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Your dog loves to say hello when friends and family come to visit. He barks, leaps up on people, gets under their feet, or gives them big sloppy kisses.
There may be some embarrassing moments, such as inappropriate sniffing, or a tampon pilfered from someone’s purse and used as a chew toy. Or maybe your dog doesn’t like visitors at all, and responds with growling, fear or even aggression. Either way, he’s not as well-behaved around guests as you’d like him to be. By understanding your dog’s mindset, you can help ensure he’ll observe proper “petiquette” during the holidays, or any other time visitors are expected. “A goal is to make yourself, your guests and your environment ‘boring’,” says renowned positive trainer Victoria Stilwell. “If the dog feels it’s no big deal when someone new comes through the door and sits on his favorite couch, or when there are a lot of people around the dining room table, he won’t feel a need to respond.”
The key to a dog that behaves well with guests is to plan ahead, she adds. “Work well in advance on your dog’s greeting behavior, and get him used to seeing new people in the house.”
If you’ve ever felt lazy after eating a big meal, or hyperactive following a sugary treat, then you have an idea of how what we eat can affect our behavior. The same applies to dogs. In fact, scientists now believe it’s possible to change the neurological and physical aspects of a dog’s brain, thus directly affecting his behavior and intelligence, through nutrition.
Good nutrition vital to puppies
The best evidence that nutrition may play a critical role in brain function and behavior comes from studies conducted at the University of Toronto by a team of researchers and behavioral neurologist, Norton Milgram.These studies showed that gross development of the canine brain is extremely rapid during the first four weeks after birth, then slows considerably until the pup reaches adulthood. “Inclusion of fish oil rich in Omega 3 fatty acids in maternal foods has been shown to increase learning ability and ERG-assessed retinal function in growing puppies,” says Dr. Milgram. Feeding fish oil rich in DHA improves how quickly a puppy responds to training, and also enhances his cognitive development.
Linolenic (Omega 3) and linoleic (Omega 6) fatty acids play an important part in a dog’s diet. Dogs require both, but fat sources differ greatly in their concentrated amounts of Omegas 3 and 6. Both continue to be a major focus of study when it comes to behavior and nutrition. Omega 3 is found in high levels in fish oils. It is also found in flaxseed, what germ, canola and soybean oils.
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