The Sloughi, a dog breed from Northern Africa,also known as the Arabian Greyhound ,originated from Northern Africa.
History: The Sloughi is believed to be a descendant of the drop-eared sighthound that had been treasured by the ancient Egyptians.This devoted family dog of the Berber people of Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, and Libya, as well as the Bedouin people, is used as a hunter dog for small and medium -sized game.The Sloughi is also used as a flock guardian dog.Although this historical breed nearly became extinct at the turn of the twentieth century from disease and political/social upheavals,there is now renewed interest in the Sloughi-Arabian Greyhound.
The Sloughi is medium -sized and has a muscular, square build that is racy in form.With a long neck and a triangular head, tapering muzzle, the head on the Sloughi dog is stronger than in most sighthounds.The Sloughi has triangular drop ears and brown eyes,.Their coat is smooth, soft which makes for easy grooming.Coats may be tan, sand colored, brindle, black with tan.Some may have a black mask or other black markings or some white markings on the chest or toes.
Two types of Sloughi’s
1.Desert Sloughi- smaller and lighter in build.
Height: 24 – 29.5 inches
Weight: 40- 63 pounds
Temperament:The Sloughi is a friendly and affectionate family dog.This dog breed is wary of strangers, but loves being around children and other dogs.The Sloughi needs to be socialized from an early age and needs regular exercise.The Arabian Greyhound is calm at home, yet takes a while to mature to adulthood out of puppyhood.The Sloughi as a breed tends to fare better in homes where pet parents are active, yet patient.This dog breed needs attention and plenty of affection.
Sloughi Special Needs:
Regular schedule for exercise. Socialization from a young age, positive reinforcement training and attention.This breed is very sensitive, so the Sloughi needs individual attention.
Sensitivity to anesthesia, jaw atrophy, heart murmur,PRA
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Miracle Milly, the world’s smallest Chihuahua is tinier than a can of soup, currently standing at 3.8 inches(9.65 cm) in height when measured from backbone to paw, announced Guinness World Records Thursday.
Weighing close to a fragile pound, she is two years old and is known for sticking out her tongue during photo shoots.Her lucky pet parent is Vanessa Semler.
Guinness holds a second category for world’s smallest dog ,when measured by length. That title is held by Heaven Sent Brandy, a Chihuahua in Largo, Florida. He measures 6 inches (15.24 centimeters) long.
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Group: Scenthound, UKC
History: This even-tempered breed was bred to hunt rabbits and foxes.The handsome Ariegeois was created by breeding from mixes of local hounds, Grand Bleu de Gascogne and the Grand Gascon-Saintongeois.These dogs are gifted scent hounds with a wonderful temperament.They can smell prey from a distance.
Description: The Ariegeois is a medium-sized breed with a broad chest.They have a long and narrow head with a black nose, brown eyes and long drop ears.The tail is tapered, neck long, and the white coat is short and fine with black patches.
Weight: Approximately 60 -70 pounds
Temperament: Friendly, sweet and good natured.Gets along well with people and other dogs-very sociable.
Needs: Exercise and positive training.The Ariegeois is easy to train and is obedient.They love to hike and be outdoors, but most of all they enjoy being with their pet parents 24/7.
Health Concerns: General. The Ariegeois live to be around 11-14 years.They do well with a healthy diet, regular exercise and regular veterinary care. They do suffer from ear infections ,due to their long and droopy ears.
Best Home: Active owner with large backyard.These active dogs should not be kept in an apartment or small space. The Ariegeois love to run and exercise.This breed simply adores being around children.
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The Differences Between East and West German Shepherd Lines and The American German Shepherd Lines.
You might be thinking:Is there any difference? Start thinking temperament, confirmation, coloring and movement. So you’re undecided on which line of pups is best for you and your family. Asking yourself first if you want a working dog , family or show dog. Temperaments differ greatly. Start by making a list of all the qualities you are looking for in your shepherd. Pink papered imported pups from Germany are free of hip dysplasia and come from generations of parents that are free of hip dysplasia and that have Schutzhund titles.
History of the Western and Eastern Shepherd.
From 1949 until 1990, Germany was divided into the Deutsche Demokratische Republik (DDR) in the East, and the Federal Republic of Germany in the West. The DDR, being a communist state under influence from the USSR, was kept wholly separate from West Germany. This separation is what caused the split in German shepherd bloodlines that persists to this day.
The working lines in Czech were bred to have a high pain tolerance so that they could endure the hardships of protection work and border patrol. They are mostly black and tan, all black and sometimes sable in color.
To German shepherd breeders , their dogs working ability was most important, and then came the outstanding looks.
The West German show lines are the most popular worldwide. These dogs are mostly black and red and exhibit a fluid, ground-eating trot.
The Czech lines were originally bred in Communist Czech as state working dogs.
Czech line German Shepherds and East German DDR German Shepherds are essentially the same bloodline.
The bloodlines in West Germany were split between working line dogs and show line dogs.
It is important to recognize that the working line and show line German Shepherds from West Germany are vastly different.
Show line dogs are bred to be physically attractive, but lack the courage and strong nerves of a true protection dog.
Accepting that West German show line dogs are unfit for protection work, the true comparison is between the West German working line (often stated simply as German working line), and the DDR/Czech line. There has been much debate over which is superior, and this debate may continue for years to come.
Some people consider the West German lines to be superior, arguing that the DDR/Czech lines were developed before the split between working and show lines, and are not extraordinary in either discipline.
Both lines were recovered from the original German bloodlines after WWII, and both have been continuously built up and bred for working qualities over the past 60 years. The bottom line is that they are both working line dogs.
Showlines are a better choice for homes with children and working lines for protection work.
The American shepherds are calmer in temperament and have a lower energy drive. The North American shepherd relies on physical ability to move quickly and turns on the blink of an eye.
Many breeders have attempted to combine the East and West or American shepherds to achieve a lower incidence of hip dysplasia and achieve a strong work instinct and more refined show lines.New research by Dr. Randi Krontveit has demonstrated that hip dysplasia (HD) is certainly affected to a much larger degree than previously thought by the environment in which pups grow up.Krontveit found that it is during the period from birth to 3 months that various environmental factors appear to influence the development of hip dysplasia in dogs.She suggests that it’s best to take preventative measures during the puppy stage, so as to give pups that are disposed to this condition a better chance.(via Science Daily)
THE WOLF THAT CAME IN FROM THE COLD – Clive Wynne
DO WE HAVE A WOLF AT HOME OR WAS LINNÉ RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING? – Ádám Miklósi
BEASTLY PASSIONS AND COMPASSIONATE CONSERVATION: REDECORATING NATURE, EXPANDING OUR COMPASSION FOOTPRINT, AND REWILDING OUR HEARTS – Marc Bekoff
DOG HEALTH: BIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE NUTRITION, GENETICS & INTEGRATED CARE – Michael W. Fox
WHAT IF ANYTHING IS A WOLF – Ray Coppinger
Michael W. Fox
Moderated by James K. Russell
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According to a recent study by Holly Miller, from the University of Lille Nord de France, dogs that have run out of self-control make more impulsive decisions that put them in harm’s way.Similar to humans, dogs tend to behave badly when their ability to exert self-control is compromised.This study was recently published online in Springer’s Pyschonomic Bulletin &Review.
Miller & colleagues’s study is one of the first to demonstrate that like humans , ‘self-control depletion’ has significant behavioral implications in all animals.
*Dogs that are tired mentally do not think correctly, and are most likely to take risks and place themselves in situations that may result in physical harm.
*10 dogs were recruited and trained to sit still for 10 minutes.They had to exert self-control.The dogs had to approach a crated dog ,that was aggressive.
*After the sit-stay session, the dog was brought into the room that held the crated female Bull Terrier that in turn became aggressive when seeing the second dog.
*The dogs that exerted self-control by sitting still beforehand spent more time closest to the aggressive dog that was still crated.
RESULTS SHOW THAT THE INITIAL SELF-CONTROL EXERTION RESULTS IN RISKIER AND MORE IMPULSIVE, RISKIER DECISION MAKING BY OUR CANINE COMPANIONS.
“The present research provides evidence that the phenomenon of self-control depletion, once believed to be uniquely human, can be found in dogs.Using work in animals may provide a greater insight into the physiological and neurobiological processes that affect self-control.” says Miller and her team via Science Daily.
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New insight as to why some breeds have concerns regarding noise reactivity and performance.Dr.Overall ( Canine and Genetics Project) found that herding groups have some overlapping genes related to task . Many dogs from herding groups work as agility, sniffing, service or as herding dogs.The researchers studied three breeds-Australian shepherds,Border collies, and German shepherds.The study is still ongoing.
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This breed is also known as the Iceland Sheepdog, Iceland Spitz, Friaar Dog and comes from Iceland.
History: This is Iceland’s only native breed which was believed to have been brought in by the Viking settlers in the late 9th or early 10th century.The Iceland Sheepdog was used as a sheepdog to herd .It has been on the brink of extinction several times, but fortunately this breeds popularity has increased over time.
Physical Description: This breed is a small to medium-size dog that has a strong, triangular shaped head with a muzzle that is shorter than its skull.Their ears are medium sized and have slightly rounded tips.The Iceland’s tail is carried over it’s back and his coat is thick and weather resistant with a thick undercoat
Height: 16-20 inches
Weight: 25-35 pounds
Temperament: The Iceland Sheepdog has a sweet temperament and gets along with children and family.
Activity: Medium to High
This breed needs to be active and to have a job.
Needs: Plenty of exercise,grooming,training, a job such as herding and also socialization.
Health Concerns: Hip Dysplasia
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According to a new study, it may be slightly later than expected.Spring means the start of the tick season, both for pet parents and their pooches.A new study by Georg Duscher and colleagues at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna has shown how much more likely it is for pets to pick up ticks when the temperatures go up.
Georg Duscher and colleagues analysed data for 700 ticks found on 90 dogs, that were frequently walked in a particular area in eastern Austria.Of all the three species of ticks most often found,the most common one-Ixodes Ricinus, mostly infected dogs in April and May, although a second peak in infection occurred in September,Dermacentor Reticulatus was largely found during the months of March/April, with much lower numbers in October.Meanwhile Haemaphysalis Concinna seemed to favor the summer months-June/July.
So although the species of tick that your furry friends are most likely to encounter will vary according to the season, dog parents need to pay special attention to the possibility of ticks throughout the year, most especially from March through November.
The scientists also discovered that the number of ticks per day on animals treated with an acaricide, either alone or together with a repellent, was not significantly lower than untreated animals.Disturbingly, the ticks in question are capable of major tick-borne diseases.
Dogs in central Europe are at risk of four granulocytic anaplasmosis:
canine granulocytic anaplasmosis
Michael Leschnik of the Vetmeduni Vienna’s Small Animal Clinic was able to show that over half of the 90 dogs in the study had become infected with one or more of the pathogens during the study period. He found that the chance of being infected did not seem to be reduced by the use of an acaricide, either alone or with a repellent.He also thought that the poor performance of the acaricide may be due to pet parents only applying the spot-on drugs after finding the ticks and that they did not use the drugs often enough.” The efficiency is much higher under laboratory conditions, so we should try to raise the owners’ awareness of how to apply the products correctly,” says Leschnik.
Duscher also found that the ticks preferred to be on the heads, shoulders and chests of dogs .”their body shape makes it difficult for them to crawl through dense fur, so ticks probably attach close to where they arrive rather than risking being knocked off by vegetation,” says Duscher.
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