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If you are purchasing a Brussels Griffon to show at dog shows, you will need to be aware of which variant of Brussels Griffon you adopt, especially if you live in Europe. There are three distinct variants of the Brussels Griffon, and while the American Kennel Club (AKC) breed standard for the Brussels Griffon recognizes each variant as an acceptable option for the Brussels Griffon breed, the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in Europe does not. Instead, they recognize each of the three variants of the Brussels Griffon as a separate breed entirely. [...]
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are beautiful little dogs and when they are healthy and well looked after then their coat should be long and silky. The coat can be a shade of black and tan or black and white with tan markings. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel needs regular and careful grooming. If left untended their coats can become dull and unattractive. [...]
Hot spots are medically known as acute moist dermatitis; essentially, these spots are reddened, localized bacterial skin infections, common in many species of dogs. The bacterial infection is not what triggers the creation of a hot spot, however. A simple persistent skin irritation that causes itching is what gets hot spots going; a dog will chew or simply lick the irritated area constantly as long as the itching persists, and this will lead to skin damage. Once the skin is damaged, bacteria can easily move in and infect the area. Some of the most common causes of the initial skin irritation are fleas or other parasites, allergies, burrs, lack of grooming and heat; some dogs are so sensitive, though, that even something as simple as a certain type of shampoo may initiate irritation. Some experts actually believe that the underlying cause of the majority of hot spots is merely an increase in the humidity and overall temperature of the skin; add any of the above factors and the irritation simply gets worse. [...]
Since the Chinese Shar Pei is so well-known for its magnificent coat, maintaining a healthy coat should be one of the top priorities for Shar Pei owners. Grooming your Shar Pei won't take up much of your time, regardless of which coat you decide to adopt. Even though the coat of the Shar Pei is the most distinctive feature, grooming your companion also involves clipping nails, bathing and keeping the ears spotless. This sounds like a lot of work, but if maintained regularly, it should take no more than 15 minutes of your time. [...]
If you've made the decision to get yourself a beautiful Chinese Shar Pei, you should decide which of the several coats would suit your preferences. With three coat types to choose from, there are several factors to consider, including grooming, color and shedding. The shed factor is something every potential dog owner should consider. [...]
Perhaps the most distinctive feature on the Coton de Tulear is its beautiful coat of white hair. In fact "coton" is the French word for "cotton". Although most people refer to the hair of the Coton as "cottony", it is actually fluffy, and to the eye, it looks like a big white, fluffy cotton ball. Since this beautiful coat of hair is the most prized possession of the Coton de Tulear, the top priority of any owner should be keeping it healthy and beautiful. [...]
All dogs have natural instincts to keep their coats clean, e.g., rolling around on the floor, licking or chewing any mats in their fur. However, for optimal cleaning, your Lhasa Apso will need some help from their best friend - you.
When you regularly groom your Lhasa Apso, you not only help keep them clean, you are also helping to keep them healthy: ignored matted hair can lead to yeast infections; uncared for teeth can lead to periodontal disease; overlooked ears can lead to a buildup of ear wax that can trap dirt and bacteria causing ear infections. [...]
As mentioned in other places, each breed of dog was created to fulfill some kind of purpose and the ideal characteristics of that breed, as outlined in the breed standard, reflect that purpose. For example, Greyhounds are thin and aerodynamic for running down fast prey, while Bloodhounds have long droopy ears to catch scent. Some breed standards call for docking, or the surgical removal of part of a dog's tail or ears; this practice seems to be quite old, dating perhaps back to Roman times, and was purportedly performed to prevent injury to dogs who could have gotten bitten on the ears or tail or had burs or thorns stuck on their tails or ears. [...]
A Komondor is a large dog that was used to herd sheep. As such you can expect to have a number of "large dog" issues with this breed. Large dogs, like the Komondor, require enough space to exercise and high fences to keep them within your property. When inside the home, they can be destructive when bored. They are not as playful as other breeds but are fiercely loyal. [...]
The Komondor is loved for its beautiful coat that makes it a great show dog. The coat has been compared to anything from cords, dread locks, to a stringy mop. It is typically white, unless it is dirty, and the dog is considered to have the heaviest coat in the canine world. There are both positives and negatives to this coat. It makes a great insulation for the dog from animal attacks and the weather, but it also provides some special challenges for grooming. [...]
A Rat Terrier's basic conformation stands at 14 to 23 inches at the withers, 12 to 35 pounds and has a short, squat body on rather short, stalk-like legs. Like the rest of its body, a Rat Terrier also has a short coat that lies very close to its body.
Unlike many other types of terriers, a Rat Terrier is single-coated. There are no dense outer coats to shield it from the cold or longer tufts of hair to make it look "fluffier." Some sub-species of the Rat Terrier even have an almost hair-less look, with coats so thin that it's almost transparent or wispy white. [...]
The Gordon Setter has a beautiful coat and an easy-going nature, two ideal characteristics for any dog preparing for competition. You think your dog is beautiful and destined to be a star, but will the judges agree with you? There are several areas on which you should focus if you are seriously considering entering your Gordon Setter into competition; training, conditioning and grooming & nutrition. [...]
Anesthesia has a well documented place in both human and animal medicine, and it's especially critical as a way to calm and treat animals who are frightened and in pain.
The anesthetics that are used in veterinary medicine today are much safer than ones used in the past, and their results are much more predictable. Gas anesthetics can be quickly eliminated by simply removing the mask. Injectable anesthetics, meanwhile, all have a reversal agent that can be quickly administered if there are any adverse effects, such as a drop in the dog's blood pressure. This additional safety is very important, since veterinarians use anesthetics more than regular medical doctors. That's because many animals become extremely terrified or agitated while at the vet's. Therefore anesthesia is often used in procedures like X-rays, joint examinations and laparoscopic procedures. [...]
When it comes to dogs that like to swim, ear care becomes of utmost importance. This is especially true for the American Water Spaniel. The ear canal of a dog has a much different shape than a humans. Furthermore, with the American Water Spaniel's ears covering the canal's opening, air flow is greatly reduced. Even in dogs that don't swim, this can provide a warm moist place where bacteria easily flourish. With dogs that do like to swim, adding water to the equation can make things even worse. Ear infections are known to be a very common problem for water dogs. Those who opt for an American Water Spaniel should expect to make ear care a weekly routine. [...]
When you hear the name "Poodle", your mind conjures up an image of an elaborately groomed dog with a hairstyle to rival a prom queen. While many believe that Poodle handlers decided on the hairstyle to promote the diva-like appearance of their treasured breed, the truth is a bit more complex. Indeed, Poodles were originally water dogs and a hunter would shave his dog's coat to decrease drag in the water; patches of hair were left on the leg joints so that the cold or any debris in the water wouldn't harm the dog. Haircuts became more exaggerated and extravagant when traveling gypsies and then the French started using Poodles for circus performances. [...]