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If you're fond of dogs that have a "smashed in" face, then your pet likely falls into a special category of canine known as brachycephalic. The term comes from two Greek words: "brachy," which means short, and "cephalic," which means head.
These types of dogs have been bred through the generations to have a normal lower jaw in proportion to their body, and a compressed, or shorter, upper jaw. Because of selective breeding, these dogs also have developed a number of health conditions that may cause concerns.
Specifically, these dogs often have brachycephalic respiratory syndrome, a condition that affects different areas of the respiratory tract. Breeds most often affected are Boston Terriers, Bulldogs, Pekingese, Pugs and Shih Tzus. [...]
Although any breed of dog can potentially develop congestive heart failure it is most commonly known to affect smaller breeds of dogs. To further add to the problem often these dogs exhibit few symptoms or signs to alert their owners to the ongoing, serious health condition that is slowly decreasing the heart's ability to function correctly. Since the signs of congestive heart failure are often very similar to what might be reasonable expected behaviors of an aging dog, often owners miss the first few subtle signs or assume they are just old age setting in.
There are three common and clear signs that owners of small breeds should be carefully monitoring their dogs for. These include decreasing energy and stamina levels, increased problems in breathing and increases in coughing either when exercising or when resting. [...]
As time passes, a dog's importance in a home or within a family escalates. This is because dogs have, time and time again, proven their devotion to the family and their capability to do more than what they are expected to. A lot of people are now getting dogs for companionship. However, getting a dog is not as simple as just going to a kennel and buying one. There are many considerations to take note of before you make the decision of buying a dog. Aside from the dog breed, you should look into a dog's temperament and needs to make sure that you are able to cope with it as well as provide for it. [...]
Each type of dog has its own likes and dislikes, ranging from the daily activities to the type of food being offered. While there are dogs that love to be pampered and showered with affection, there are others that shy away from human contact. While there are dogs that love to run around and play all the time, there are also dogs that are just content to lie around almost all the time. Of course, the likes and dislikes of these dogs are basically what made their owners get them. This is because the dogs' preferences are mostly also complementary to those of their owners. Those who are planning to buy dogs, more often than not, look into what a particular dog likes and what it abhors, so they could see if they are able to give the dog what it needs and wants. [...]
Dog lovers always have different preferences when it comes to getting dogs. While there are others who would love a dog that is suitable as a family pet, there are others who would love one that is suitable for sporting activities. With the abundance of dog breeds now, there is hardly any difficulty when it comes to getting the kind of dog that you want. You can even get a kind of dog that you can keep both as a family pet and use in sports activities at the same time.
One such dog is the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. This dog breed is perfect as a family dog and a sporting dog as well. As a family pet, this dog breed is known for its devotion to its master. Also, it is very people-oriented, making it quite good with children. As a sporting dog, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon has natural abilities when it comes to hunting, tracking, retrieving and even swimming, among others. [...]
Before you invest in a Belgian Sheepdog, make sure you have both the time and room to exercise him. This highly intelligent breed requires a great deal of human interaction and exercise. They are not well-suited to apartment living unless you have a large area where you can exercise them frequently. This dog breed is not happy to sit around at your feet and be petted. They are herding dogs, and herding dogs always have to have something to do to keep them busy. If you don't use your Belgian Sheepdog for herding, you have to find activities to keep him busy so that he doesn't become bored. [...]
Siberian Huskies are good pet or working-dog choices for experienced dog owners because of their many positive traits and characteristics. Siberian Huskies are not considered good choices for novice dog owners, and even for the well-experienced, Siberian Huskies should only be owned by people who can understand and prepare for life with the breed. For the unprepared, one of the biggest challenges to owning a Siberian Husky is property destruction. [...]
If there is one thing a Siberian Husky can be almost guaranteed to do, it is run at the first opportunity.
Siberian Huskies are nomads and athletes by nature; they are extremely intelligent, easily bored, and ever-curious. Perfect attributes for a dog that likes to run. And running is what Siberian Huskies do best.
It takes only seconds for a Siberian Husky to see and capitalize on an opportunity for a good run and exploration. And being dogs bred for speed and agility, a Siberian Husky is virtually impossible to catch. To add to the dilemma, Siberian Huskies are not notably obedient dogs and are unlikely to obey your commands to come when called. All of this regardless of the quality or level of training. [...]
With the sagging jowls and long droopy ears, the Black and Tan Coonhound can have a rather forlorn look, especially when coupled with their signature mournful howl. It can leave one wondering just what exactly a Coonhound looks like when it is happy. The truth is, as long as it is getting the right amount of exercise and mental stimulation, the Black and Tan Coonhound will always have a fairly laid back, happy go lucky disposition. They like to get out and go but are just as happy to spread out on the living room floor while their owner catches a little TV as the evening unwinds. [...]
There are many reasons for a shih tzu to enjoy exercise, and paramount among them is the potential for a vastly increased lifespan with a higher quality of life during those years. There are few things you can do that will have nearly as much positive impact on your dog's health and personality than giving her or him plenty of good exercise.
Of course, this is difficult for some dogs who live in highly urban areas or whose owners are gone for very long hours. Of course, now that you have a dog is not a good time to discuss whether you're in a good position to be a dog owner. Thankfully, shih tzus are very happy and friendly dogs who are very often fond of playing with their human packs as well as other dogs. [...]
One of the most devastating and potentially serious diseases to affect our dogs is that of obesity. Thankfully, it's also one of the most easily prevented and treatable diseases. Usually the result of neglect or misinformation, oftentimes all it takes to reverse the adverse affects of obesity is education and a willingness to help your dog improve his or her quality of life.
Obesity is a condition in which your dog's percentage of body fat is significantly higher than it should be, resulting in their carrying around a lot of extra weight. This extra weight affects the entirety of your dog's health. It places them at a much greater risk during any surgeries that might be necessary for other diseases; weakens their joints and cartilage, leaving them prone to injuries; and creates an incredible amount of stress on organs and bones that are surrounded by thick walls of fat. [...]
The history of the Border Collie as a working dog is fairly well known. The Border Collie was developed in the border lands of England and Scotland as a livestock herding dog and was most commonly used to herd large flocks of sheep and herds of cattle. The dog was so valuable and prized that few working dogs have been able to live up to the Border Collie reputation; a reputation that today lives on in canine competitions and athletics. [...]
As a working animal, the Border Collie has few worthy competitors; as a pet, the dog is nearly beyond compare, too-but only in the hands of the right owner. [...]
Dogs have different needs that are particular to their age and breed. Caring for Scottish Deerhounds is quite challenging, mainly because its health relies greatly on the amount of exercise it gets.
If you have a Scottish Deerhound puppy as a pet and you have no active companion for it, then you have to be prepared to be its surrogate companion. Start exercising it with walks when it is at 6-8 weeks. You will be surprised to note that it can walk for more than a mile by the time it reaches 12 weeks and become absolutely tireless when it reaches 6 months. [...]
If you have a Scottish Deerhound for a pet, you must know that this dog has special needs when it comes to its health. There are a few things you have to look into when caring for your Scottish Deerhound, namely, exercise, feeding and medical attention.
If you have a Scottish Deerhound, the most important thing that you should do to ensure its overall health is to provide sufficient exercise. For a Deerhound puppy, you should be aware that the amount of exercise that you give to your pet would translate to its overall development as a dog, both in terms of health and physical growth. Therefore, for an active breed such as the Scottish Deerhound, frequent and proper exercise is necessary to maintain its state of well-being. In line with this, it is best that you can provide a large, fenced area for your Scottish Deerhound to run around in. [...]