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Supposing you've decided to adopt a new dog, and furthermore, you've perhaps settled on adopting a terrier, the next question will probably be; which terrier is right for me? The various breeds of terrier all have common characteristics as well as a wide variety of traits and features that make them unique from one another. For this reason, the decision of exactly which breed of terrier to adopt is not one to be made hastily.
Being the smallest working breed of terrier, the Norfolk might just be the best choice for small apartment owners, however, a small apartment shouldn't default the decision to Norfolk, either. As said before, the decision has to be made carefully. Although, if after reading this, the potential future terrier owner is still set on a Norfolk, they should be advised that the Norwich terrier shares an almost identical definition save for the minor difference of their ears standing erect. [...]
Simply put, the Red and White Setter is made to work. Even today, the Red and White Setter is most sought after for companionship and for hunting. Now that you've adopted your Red and White Setter, you're probably wondering how you can turn him into the skilled gundog he's been purported to be. Training your Red and White Setter to work as a gundog can be simple with consistent training from a firm hand. However, training the Red and White Setter will take a bit longer than your average gundog. If properly trained, their skills may equal or surpass that of their rivals.
Although Red and White Setters may take longer to train, they are intelligent and eager to learn so training should be relatively simple. Plenty of rewards from treats to hugs and your Red and White Setter will learn pretty much any task set before him. But training the Red and White Setter to be a working dog isn't all ice cream and dog biscuits as this breed can be very stubborn and cunning during the training process. [...]
While they've been put to work in quite a lot of fields of labor, from hunting to police work, the Norfolk terrier is probably most famous for its reputation as a rodent hunting dog. In the European countryside in the nineteenth century, farmers and ranchers had a lot to contend with. Without the advent of preservatives, spoilage was much more of a problem a hundred years ago than it is now. Not to mention the fact that they had no vehicles to transport the product quickly, so the food was more likely to spoil en route. Weather, of course, was a problem as well, as preventative measures such as aluminum siding and advanced weather tracking technology were still years and years in the future. One hindrance the agriculture workers of the time managed to thwart, however, was the problem of rodent infestation. [...]
The Puli was originally bred over a thousand years ago to assist and accompany the shepherds of Hungary with the transport and upkeep of enormous flocks of sheep. It's said that more than half of these sheep likely suffered hoof rot. Because of the intense demand of this job, the Puli developed to be known for their bouncy movements, their high energy and their yelps. While the unenlightened might possibly see these as detriments, or a sign of poor training, it should be understood that the Puli, a very small dog, was entrusted with a lot of responsibility and required to have immense authority in the field. There is perhaps not one in a hundred breeds that, pound for pound, can deliver like a Puli when it comes to shepherding. [...]
The Pharaoh hound has been around for many years and has served many roles. In addition to their ability as a show dog, a companion and family dog, they also make excellent working dogs. From the time they were developed over 2,000 years ago, they were effective working dogs. They fulfilled the role of a hunting dog hunting rabbits and small game. They were also in charge of assisting the shepherds in guarding the flocks.
They still have the role of guarding and herding flocks today. They know where the flock should be and manage to always keep it in their watchful eye guarding it from other animals or harm.
The Pharaoh dog is often used in the role of a therapy dog. A therapy dog is just what the name implies. The dog goes to different hospitals, nursing homes and institutions that are in the dog's location and act as a healing benefit to the patients. [...]
This is a recurring theme. A dog breed was bred for some purpose that has faded somewhat in importance or has become somewhat obsolete; humans get the idea of using the skills that that breed was bred with for some other, quite useful purpose. The Beagle is one of the breeds that have found itself in this situation. Beagles have an incredibly keen sense of smell and love following their noses; this, along with other characteristics regarding temperament and personality, have made the Beagle an excellent detection dog used by a variety of organizations around the world to discover a wide spectrum of substances and items, including contraband agricultural and food products, narcotics and even insect pests. [...]
Besides being a very popular pet, the Beagle is often used as a detection dog due to his EXTREMELY keen sense of smell. As mentioned previously, Beagles are the dog of choice when it comes to contraband food products, insect pests and they are also often used for detecting narcotics. Historically, that sense of smell was employed to track rabbits, foxes and other types of small game; accompanying the Beagle's heightened sense of smell was its very strong drive to track. All of these Beagle characteristics made it a wonderful hunter and then detection dog, but sometimes it makes for a problematic pet. [...]
That energetic little bundle of enthusiasm that you consider your pet Beagle was actually created to be an effective rabbit hunter; actually, Beagles were used to track a variety of game including foxes, hares, birds, deer, bobcat, wild boar and coyote. They were ideal hunting companions because they were not bred to bolt off rapidly, but rather deliberately track an animal, with their nose always to the ground. This made them dogs that anyone could follow on foot, such as the elderly, young children, and hunters who could not afford horses. [...]
Cataloula Leopard dogs enjoy a long and unique history. Thought to be the result of crosses between war dogs owned by Spanish explorers and the domesticated dogs of Native Americans, Catahoula Leopard dogs have been living in North Central Louisiana for hundreds of years and are thought to be the dog that has occupied North America the longest. In this article, we'll take a look at the history of Catahoula Leopard dogs, which now enjoy the title of State Dog of Louisiana. [...]
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are considered premiere hunting companions, especially in their home state of Louisiana. They are excellent at tracking a variety of animals from wild board and deer to squirrels and raccoons. They are even known for fiercely hunting bear. They have a high energy level and generally, love to work. It is their nature to herd, as well track animals. They are also good at treeing, the process of scaring raccoons out of trees. [...]
The Catahoula Leopard dog is a versatile dog that today is used in hunting, search and rescue, and even service dogs, but their roots lie in herding animals such as hogs, sheep, geese, turkey and cattle. Perhaps better known for their long history in participating in the annual round ups of wild hogs in its native Louisiana, Catahoula Leopard dogs have also done the same with the semi wild cattle that lived in the same area. These impressive working dogs are still used today in cattle driving and rounding up runaway cattle. In this article, we'll learn why the Catahoula Leopard dog is so well suited to cattle herding and a few tips for those that wish to train their Catahoula for cattle herding. [...]
Chinese Foos are considered to be a member of the Working class of dog breeds. When we think of Working dogs, the first image that comes to mind is of a dog that must perform a set of tasks for its master, whether it is hunting or protection. While Chinese Foos are mostly considered to be household pets today, fanciers of the breed claim that they are descendants of the working dogs of China. In this article, we'll take a look at the working history of the Chinese Foo. [...]
A Maremma Sheepdog is highly intelligent and a very active dog. It spent many happy years as a breed that guarded livestock along the mountains in Europe. It is an outstanding livestock guardian and revels in its role. It's thick coat makes it especially suited for the outdoors and it is quick to make its own decisions when guarding the sheep. These same instincts and breeding make it a dog that really doesn't do well as a housedog. It prefers to be busy and expects a good deal of exercise to grow well and be healthy. [...]
You can take the dog out of the flock, but you can't take the guarding instinct out of the Maremma Sheepdog. This dog is sometimes thought of as the best sheep herding and guard dog around. It has guarding instincts that can range from a fierce attack on wolves to a careful tending of an injured lamb. The Maremma Sheepdog is such a dutiful guard dog that you can leave it unattended for several days and it will continue to guard the flock, even when you aren't there. [...]
As the breed's name implies, the Miniature Australian Shepherd was born and bred to be a herder. Its natural instinct to herd can be traced, much like every other facet of the Miniature Australian Shepherd, to the Australian Shepherd, to which it shares a history until 1968, when the miniature breed was first created. [...]