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Dependent on the age and ability of your dog, they will have the freedom to run and play all day, meeting new friends, long walks, swimming, running in woods and over acres of fields. Some dogs like to take it easy.
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We have been dog owners for over 20 years and own working Labradors giving us lots of experience of looking after and training dogs.
We only take dogs who are fully vaccinated, wormed and flea-free. All dogs must visit us prior to there stay to ensure that everything will be ok when they come to stay.
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Housetraining means: A dog only loosens up outdoors and announces when it needs to go outside. But even adult four-legged friends can become unclean under certain circumstances. Learn below how to get dogs and puppies housebroken and what the reasons for uncleanliness can be.
What to look for to get puppies housetrained.
Getting puppies housetrained is time-consuming and can test your patience. With puppies, cleanliness training works best if you take your young four-legged friend outside regularly and wait for him to get loose.
How often should I take my puppy outside?
Especially in the first months, it is important to go outside with your dog as much as possible. This is the only way to succeed in getting your puppy housetrained.
That means: In the first time, go outside with the puppy after every sleep, feed or play and give him the opportunity to get loose there. Carry the puppy quietly in your arms until outside.
Up to three months of age, this may well be every one to two hours. Older puppies, on the other hand, should be given the opportunity to go outside every three to four hours.
Be attentive in between, too. You will soon develop a sense for the signs. Then you can immediately – but without rushing – take your puppy outside, where you praise him extensively and in a friendly voice after he has done his business. The more wryly you are looked at on the street while doing this, the better off you’ve been!
How can I tell that my dog needs to disengage?
Puppies by nature do not like to defecate or urinate near their camp. In this respect, it is also in line with their tendency to detach only at some distance from their own home.
Still, it can sometimes take weeks, even months, to get your puppy housetrained – even when everything is going smoothly. So, in any case, you must remain patient.
However, you can tell if your puppy may “need” to be housetrained again by looking at these signs:
walking to the door
puppy turns in circles
Other obstacles to housetrained
It can also be difficult if the puppy has urinated only on a certain surface at the breeder. Then he must first learn to relieve himself on grass or forest paths.
Also keep in mind: puppies are just discovering the world. They are interested in everything and are quickly distracted, especially in nature. Some puppies forget their needs. Then a mishap is quickly happened at home.
Ideally, there should be a fixed place where the puppy does its business. Find this place before and after each walk, so that the puppy can relieve itself in peace.
Getting puppies housetrained: What can I do at night?
Problems can arise when you don’t take your puppy out at night. He will probably look for a distant corner in your home and relieve his bladder there by necessity.
To prevent this from happening, you can set your alarm clock during the night and go outside briefly at your usual pace. Another option is to let your puppy sleep in a dog crate next to your bed. When the dog wants to get loose at night, he will now make himself known to you and you can take him outside.
He should be able to stand comfortably in the crate. Keep in mind how fast a puppy grows and therefore buy it in an appropriate size. But be careful: a box that is too big can lead to one corner being used as a sleeping place and another corner as a toilet place.
So, to get a puppy housetrained, it is important to take it outside regularly at night as well. A puppy that is housetrained at all times of the day will learn to do his business exclusively outside much faster.
Three tips on how to get your puppy housetrained
You follow the measures mentioned so far and still you don’t manage to get your puppy housetrained? Then we have three more tricks for you that can be helpful for difficult cases.
Dog toilet as an aid
A dog toilet can hep you to get your dog or puppy housetrained. However, keep in mind the following point: your puppy will quickly get used to relieving himself on the surface of the toilet. However, if he only gets to know this, it will be difficult to accustom him to the grass outside later on.
Use special cleaning products
If your puppy does have a mishap, it is best to clean the contaminated area immediately with a special cleaner. Otherwise, your dog will quickly consider the toilet spot as a suitable solution place again.
A special cleaning agent is necessary, by the way, because the sniffer noses of dogs still perceive odors even when we humans have long since stopped smelling anything.
Important: Never scold the puppy
Speaking of mishaps: ignore any mishaps and do not scold. A puppy is still no more in control of its bladder than a toddler in a diaper. Often, the puppy doesn’t realize he has to until it’s already happened.
If you scold him at that point, he can’t associate that with getting loose. In the worst case, you will destroy the trust relationship you have just built. Instead, the puppy will learn to secretly relieve himself in unused corners of your home in the future.
If your puppy repeatedly relieves himself in the house, you should stay outside with him in the future until he has to do his business there. Afterwards, praise him extensively.
Toy Poodles come in a variety of solid colours. Some breeders now breed part-coloured poodles; however these do not meet showing standards.
Origin of the Toy Poodle
The Toy Poodle was bred down from larger poodles, today known as the ‘Standard Poodle’. This was because in the 18th century, the smaller size poodle was deemed desirable by royalty, as having a lap dog was a signifier of wealth. All poodles have a love of water: in fact, it is believed that their name came from the German ‘Pudel’ which means ‘one who plays in water’.
Sizes of Typical Male and Female Toy Poodles
The Toy Poodle is classed as a small, or toy, dog. They weigh between 3kg and 4kg. For a poodle to be classed as a Toy Poodle, they must measure no higher than 25.4cm at the highest point of the shoulders. This classification applies to both males and females.
Toy Poodle Temperament
The Toy Poodle is recognised as a very intelligent dog, with a lovely temperament as long as they are properly socialised. As with all small dogs, owners must be firm when training to avoid the development of ‘small dog syndrome’ – where the dog believes he or she is the ‘pack leader’ of the household. This can lead to behaviour such as snapping, growling and attempting to control the ‘pack’ by obsessive barking. The Toy Poodle is recommended for households with children old enough to assert their dominance over the dog.
Toy Poodle Coats
As these dogs do not shed, it is important to groom the Toy Poodle regularly. This includes clipping the coat every six to eight weeks, bathing and brushing. Allergy sufferers may also like to consider owning a Toy Poodle as their coats do not tend to provoke a reaction, unlike most breeds of dog.
Exercise Your Toy Poodle
Toy Poodles are playful little dogs and benefit from off-lead activities in large enclosed areas, such as fetching tennis balls and even swimming. However, it is also important to satisfy their primal urge to walk, and so they should be walked at least once a day.
What Health Problems can Toy Poodles Suffer From?
Toy Poodles are subject to many genetic diseases, such as IMHA (Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia), diabetes, epilepsy, heart disorders, runny eyes, ear infections and digestive tract problems, as well as several separate eye conditions which can eventually lead to blindness. Allergies are also common, often to shampoo, so it is recommended that owners buy hypo-allergenic dog shampoo from a vet or specialist pet store, if skin irritation occurs after bathing.
The Life expectancy of a Toy Poodle
The Toy Poodle is a fairly long lived breed for a small dog, with the average being between 12 and 15 years, although some have been known to live to up to 20 years.
The cost of a Toy Poodle
Toy Poodles are popular dogs, with puppies costing between £550 and £600 on average.
Toy Poodle Puppies
Toy Poodle puppies are creatures of routine, so it is best to stick to the routine the breeder has been working on and gradually implement your own across a period of two weeks to a month. They should be introduced to their own sleeping area as soon as being brought home so they feel they have a secure retreat – this prevents the puppy becoming stressed, which can trigger nervous behaviours. Puppies also require a lot of attention and gentle early training can benefit both the owner and the puppy greatly.
The Old English Sheepdog come in many varieties and colours such as White With Grey, Grizzle and Blue Grey Shade.
Origins of the Old English Sheepdog
Old English Sheepdogs originated in western England and were originally used for centuries by farmers who needed a quick and well coordinated sheep herder and cattle driver, which led the breed to become widely used in agricultural areas. During the 18th century, farmers started to dock their tails so that they could get a tax exemption for the working dogs. For this reason. the dogs were given the nickname “bobtail”. There are many concepts as to where the breed developed from, such as; possibilities the dogs could be related to the Poodle, Deerhound as well as the Scotch Bearded Collie.
Sizes of Typical Male and Female Old English Sheepdogs
The Old English Sheepdog is a Large sized dog. Adult Old English Sheepdogs typically weigh between 29.5kg to 30kg. The height of the breed could range from 56cm to 66cm, with the females typically being slightly smaller than the males.
Old English Sheepdog Coats
The Old English Sheepdog has a long shaggy double coat, with a good hard textured top coast and soft weather-proofed undercoat. The breed’s hair needs to be brushed at least 3 times a week to prevent it from matting together and also to prevent any possible skin irritation and parasites. Old English Sheepdogs do shed their hair but only in very small amounts.
Appearance of the Old English Sheepdog
The Old English Sheepdog is commonly coloured white with a shade of grey, grizzle or blue grey on the dog’s body and hindquarters.
Old English Sheepdog Temperament
The Old English Sheepdog has great temperaments; the breed is adjustable to any different conditions, makes a brilliant family companion and is great with children. The Old English Sheepdog is loving, friendly, loyal, protective, intelligent and gentle. The dogs also have their comical side due to the fact they have natural herding instinct; Old English Sheepdogs have been know to try and herd people by bumping them, which the breed will need to be trained out of. This breed is a very good working dog and will follow commands well, but he needs a firm, calm, confident and consistent leader. The Old English Sheepdog remains like a puppy for many years and age tends to hit the dog suddenly.
Old English Sheepdog Puppies
It is traditional in Old English Sheepdogs’ tails to be docked at birth or a few days after. It is a simple operation to perform and should not have any negative impacts, in terms of health. Old English Sheepdog puppies need to be groomed from a very young age as their coat is heavily shed when they are puppies. You should spend considerable amounts of time to make sure the old and new coats do not become matted.
The Cost of Old English Sheepdogs
From a reputable UK breeder, Old English Sheepdog puppies normally cost around £700 to £1100.
The Life Expectancy of an Old English Sheepdog
Old English Sheepdogs typically live for 10 to 12 years
What Health Problems Can Old English Sheepdogs Suffer From
The Old English Sheepdog could potentially have certain health issues, such as; Elbow and hip malformation (dysplasia), Osteochondrits (joint disease), eye disorders including cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy (degeneration of the light receptor cells in the eyes), Thyroid disorders, haemophilia and heart problems. It is highly recommended to acquire a pet insurance with this breed along with a good reputable vet. The breeding stock should always be hip and eye checked before breeding.
Exercising Your Old English Sheepdog
The Old English Sheepdog was developed for hard work, therefore the dog loves a good run. Old English Sheepdogs need to be taken for a daily walk and will also enjoy jogging beside their owner. While out walking, the dog must be made to heel beside the owner walking him; in a dog’s mind the leader always leads the way and the leader must always be the human.
The Golden Retriever typically is light in colour or dark, however red and mahogany is also seen. Golden Retrievers are classed as medium-sized dogs. Golden Retrievers (by registration) are the fifth most popular family breed in the United States, the fifth most popular in Australia and the eighth most popular in the United Kingdom. They are known as Golden, Yellow Retriever or ‘Goldie’.
Origin of the Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever originates from the Scottish highlands in the late 1800s, and was developed by Lord Tweedmouth by mixing the Yellow Retriever with a Tweed Water Spaniel-the latter breed now being extinct. Golden Retrievers are one of the world’s foremost family companion dogs. Several of the top obedience competition dogs in the country are Golden Retrievers. They are also used as a service dog for the disabled, a therapy dog and a service dog for the disabled.
Sizes of typical male and female golden retrievers
Golden Retrievers are a powerful well-proportioned dog; typical males should weigh between 60 and 80 pounds, while females should be lighter, between 55 and 70 pounds. In height, males tend to be between 22 and 24 inches, with females slightly smaller at 20-22 inches.
Golden Retriever Temperament
Golden Retrievers are well-mannered, lovable, intelligent dogs with a great charm. The breed is easily trained and is always gentle and patient with children. Golden Retrievers love to swim and its talents include; narcotics detection, hunting, retrieving, tracking, competitive obedience, agility and performing tasks.
Golden Retriever Coats
Golden Retrievers are average shedders. They have a smooth, medium-haired double coat, which is easy to groom. The undercoat because of its water repellent nature is extremely thick and must therefore not be allowed to malt, causing avoidable suffering the dog. Ensure you comb and brush with a firm bristle brush, paying specific attention to the dense undercoat. Bathe only when necessary and dry shampoo regularly.
Exercise your Golden Retriever
Originally bred for game fetching, Golden Retrievers need to be taken on a daily, brisk long walk. It is important to exercise this dog well to avoid hyper activity. Training and exercise should start at around 8-10 weeks.
What health problems can Golden Retrievers suffer from?
Generally Golden Retrievers are a healthy breed, however there are some main problems to look out for; eye disease, hip dysplasia-a common problem in Golden Retrievers, elbow dysplasia, hereditary heart disease, and epilepsy and skin allergies.
The life expectancy of a Golden Retriever
The average life span of a Golden Retriever is between 10 and 12 years.
The cost of a Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers can cost between £300 and £500, however it will vary depending on which country you are buying your dog from. They are reasonably inexpensive to keep as they do not require any food additives on a regular basis.
Golden Retriever Puppies
Although Golden Retrievers are known for their very, caring nature, there will still be a major difference between each pups’ personality. Remember to keep in mind that it is never a good idea to raise two puppies at the same time-unless you are particularly experienced in raising dogs. Golden Retrievers (up to two or three years old) jump with lots of energy, so be careful if your dog is around people who are not steady on their feet. Golden retrievers learn best with lots of praise and attention.
Dog groups related to Golden Retrievers
Similar dog breeds to the Golden Retriever
Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Curly-coated Retriever, Flat-coated Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Brittany, Pointer, German Shorthaired Pointer, German Wirehaired Pointer.
German Shepherd Dogs are usually found to have all black coats, black with tan, or black with sable. However, a German Shepherd Dog can also be coloured black with blue, liver or white markings. But these colours are not considered a pedigree by most breeder standards.
Origin of the German Shepherd Dog
German Shepherd Dogs are also known as Alsatian’s or simply, German Shepherd’s. The breed originally originates from Germany (the clue was in the name); when during the 1800’s shepherd’s bred dogs for working purposes in order to herd their sheep. They wanted traits such as speed, strength, good smell and intelligence. Although all the dogs were bred for the same reason, to herd sheep, they all differed in both ability and appearance.
In 1899, an ex-cavalry captain, Max von Stephanitz attended a dog show, where he came across a dog named Hektor Linksrhein, which was in his eyes was exactly what a working dog should be. The dog was strong, intelligent and loyal. He purchased the dog and renamed it to Horand Von Grafrath, and created the ‘Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde’, which translates to ‘Society for the German Shepherd Dog’. Horand was officially the first ever German Shepherd Dog.
Sizes of Typical Male and Female German Shepherd Dog
German Shepherd Dogs are tough, muscular dogs, with slightly elongated bodies. There is not much difference in terms of height between male and female German Shepherd dogs. Males typically are around 60-65cm (24-26 inches) tall, whilst females are between 55-60cm (22-24 inches) tall. Both sexes weigh approximately 35-40kg (77-85 pounds).
German Shepherd Dog Temperament
German Shepherd Dogs were originally bred to work, as they are so intelligent and strong. It comes as no surprise that they are used in some of the most dangerous professions, including: guard dog, police dog, search and rescue, and in the armed forces. The breed is also used as sight dogs for blind people.
German Shepherd Dogs have numerous characteristics which enable them to perform such challenging roles, including: brave, calm, clever, confident, eager to learn, faithful, happy, and obedient. Since the dog is so intelligent, they need an owner who will have time for them. Given the right training and socialisation, the German Shepherd Dog will make a great companion as well as family pet.
German Shepherd dogs can be known for random aggressive attacks, but these problems only arise when the dog has not be trained properly and been allowed to become pack leader. If the dog is not given enough mental and physical exercise it can become restless and aggressive to other dogs and humans.
German ShepherdDog Coats
German Shepherd dogs have three varieties, in terms of coat. There is the rough-coat, long rough-coat, and the long-haired coat. The coat usually comes in all black, black with tan, or black with sable. However, more and more German Shepherd Dogs are also found in black with blue, liver or white.
German Shepherd dogs shed hair constantly, and they also have a seasonally shed, which can be very heavy. The dog should be brushed daily, to combat the amount of hair loss.
Exercise Your German Shepherd Dog
German Shepherd dogs are very active, so they will need a long brisk walk, jog or run every day. They also require mental stimulation as they are a very intelligent breed. Throwing a ball or frisbee or hiding their favourite toy for them to sniff out should tire them out and also keep them mentally stimulated. If German Shepherd Dogs are not given enough exercise or mental challenges, they can become agitated and destructive.
What Health Problems can German Shepherd Dogs Suffer From
Due to in-breeding; German Shepherd Dogs have become prone to many hereditary diseases, including: blood conditions, digestive problems, dwarfism, eczema, epilepsy, flea allergies, hip and elbow dysplasia, keratitis, and swellings.
The Life expectancy of a German Shepherd Dog
German Shepherd dogs usually live an average of 13 years.
The cost of a German Shepherd Dog:
German Shepherd puppies generally cost over £500.
German Shepherd Puppies
German Shepherd dogs on average have a litter of nine puppies. Puppies can be brought home at around eight weeks. As soon as you get your puppy home you should start to introduce a training regime in order to teach your dog what his place is in the household, ensuring that he/she turns into a loyal family pet.
Bloodhounds come in three recognised colours; black and tan, liver and tan and red. Sometimes there is a slight amount of white on the chest, feet and tip of the stern.
Origin of the Bloodhound
The Bloodhound breed is more than one thousand years old. The breed was perfected by monks of St. Hulbert in Belgium. Later Bloodhounds were brought by the Normans into England and then to the United States. Bloodhounds are able to follow any scent-even human; this is a rare ability in a dog. The Bloodhound is also known as the Flemish hound. Today, all Bloodhounds are red or black and tan; however in the Middle Ages they were solid in colour.
Sizes of typical male and female Bloodhounds
Adult males should weigh between 41kg and 50kg, and be between 25-27 inches in height, while females should weigh between 36kg and 45kg and be between 23-25 inches in height.
The Bloodhound is a patient, kind, mild-mannered, noble and lovable dog. The breed is truly a good natural companion and is calm, friendly and excellent with children. The Bloodhound’s nature is somewhat shy, and by the same token sensitive to kindness or correction by his master. The Bloodhound is used worldwide for rescue and criminal searches.
Bloodhounds have smooth, shorthaired coats, which are easy to groom. Groom with a hound glove and bathe only when required. To ensure the coat is gleaming, rub with a rough towel or chamois. Toe nails need clipping on a weekly basis and care should be taken to keep their ears clean of ticks and debris as they are floppy and hang low to the ground-picking up all kinds of dirt while training. The hair is softer on the ears and the skull. The coat of the Bloodhound is exceptionally weatherproof. The Bloodhound is an average shedder and has a distinctive dog-type odour.
Exercise your Bloodhound
Bloodhounds need a lot of exercise and should be taken for a long walk daily. Bloodhounds have an unbelievable good level of stamina and can walk for hours on end. The Bloodhound is a big dog that grows quickly and needs all its energy for developing strong muscles, joints and bones.
What health problems can Bloodhounds suffer from?
Bloodhounds are prone to bloating. Ensure you feed your dog two or three small meals a day, instead of one large one, also avoid exercising just after meals. Some Bloodhounds suffer from stomach cramps. Bloodhounds are also prone to ear infections, hip dysplasia and entropion; where the eyelids turn inwards. Ensure your bloodhound has a padded bed to avoid calluses on the joints.
The life expectancy of a Bloodhound
Bloodhounds usually live between 10 and 12 years.
The cost of a Bloodhound
The average cost of a Bloodhound puppy is £800 and upwards. A puppy will cost around £10 per week to feed them.
Bloodhound puppies usually start behaving like an adult at about 3 years old, however you will be training your bloodhound for its whole life.
Dog groups related to Bloodhounds
Similar dog breeds to the Bloodhound
Similar dog breeds to the Bloodhound include; American foxhound, Beagle, Black and Tan Coonhound, Blue trick Coonhound, English foxhound, Otter hound and Rhodesian ridgeback.
The pug is normally either fawn coloured with a black ears and black mask, or is completely black. However rarely they could come in apricot, silver and white. The head is probably the most noticeable feature of the pug; large, heavily wrinkled and a black mask with bulging dark eyes.
Origin of the Pug
The breed originated in China. The Pug breed was introduced to Europe as early as the 16th century. It was one of the small breeds, along with the Pekingese who were treasured and spoiled by Chinese royalty. No one knows how the pug made its way from the East to the West, but the most likely theory is that they were brought to Holland by Dutch or Portuguese merchants who traded in China.
Typical Female and Male Pug sizes
The pug is the largest dog breed in the Toy Group. Adult pugs typically weigh between 7kg to 11kg. The height could vary from 26cm to 35cm. The females in general tend to be slightly smaller than the males and also the fawns are typically bigger than t black pugs.
Short haired – Fawn coloured pugs are double coated whereas black pugs are single coated. Pugs with a double coats tend to shed more than Pugs with single coats, so this should be taken into consideration when acquiring a pug.
Temperament of a Pug
Pugs have great temperaments, a great family dog who gets on with children and other pets. Even though the pug’s face may seem concerned, they are a happy breed, which is indicated by its constant curly tail. The comical natured breed does require a lot of attention from the owners, so don’t acquire the breed if you are looking for an independent dog who can keep himself entertained.
Exercising your Pug
Due to the size and the short face, pugs do not require a large amount of exercise. Recommended amount would be 20-30 minute walk a day. It is advised not to walk them in an extremely hot weather. Pugs will often sleep over half a day and will love nothing more than taking a good long nap after just a few minutes of exercise
Health problems that Pugs can suffer from
The breed could potentially have certain health issues, although not necessarily. These could include; an inflammation of the brain and the surrounding membranes (Pug Dog Encephalitis), Collapsing Trachea, skin diseases, hip problems and scratched eyes. It is, therefore highly recommended to obtain a good reliable pet insurance as well as a good vet.
Life Expectancy and cost of a Pug
Pugs typically live for an average of 12 years but with lots of good love and attention this can be greatly extended. You can expect to pay around £900 for a well breed pug, this figure can raise to well in excess of £1000 dependent on the breeder.
Puppy Pugs are full of energy for short periods just like any other toy breed of pup, you will need to puppy proof your home as the go at warp speed when in the mood. Most good breeders will not let the puppies leave their mother until at least they are 13 weeks old. Always ensure you acquire your pug puppy from a kc registered breeder.
Dog Groups that the Pug is related to
Pugs are well and truly related to the toy group and love nothing more than lazing around. Pug have all the characteristics of most toy dogs.
Breeds similar to the Pug
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, English Bulldog, Pekingese, are toy breeds which have the same features as the Pug, such as a short muzzled face and a habit of snoring.
Shetland Sheepdogs come in many colours and colour varieties, but the most popular is the tri-colour, which is white, black and tan.
Origin of the Shetland SheepdogThe original working dog of the Shetland Isles was a Spitz-type dog, which was then cross bred with breeds including working collies, the King Charles Spaniel and the Pomeranian to create the Shetland Sheepdog we know today. Ironically, this dog has never been used as a working dog on Shetland and is in fact fairly uncommon there. They are also known as Shelties.
Sizes of Typical Male and Female Shetland Sheepdogs
Male Shetland Sheepdogs may be slightly heavier and taller than females, but in general there does not tend to be a great difference between the sexes. Healthy dogs should weigh anywhere between 6 and 12kg, depending on their height, which in general is between 33 and 41cm.
Shetland Sheepdog Temperament
These are very intelligent dogs, like their collie relatives. They are a loving and loyal breed, which makes them ideal companion dogs, although they can also be used as a guard or watchdog, thanks to their working dog ancestors. A strong herding instinct makes them unsuitable pets for a family home, and can mean their instincts tell them to chase large objects such as cars. Owners must be careful to be firm with this breed, as Small Dog Syndrome can be a problem as with all breeds of this size.
Shetland Sheepdog Coats
Like their collie relatives, the Shetland Sheepdog has a double coat which sheds periodically, often heavily. Regular grooming is important to keep their long hair tangle and matt free, however bathing should only happen on rare occasions as Shetland Sheepdogs are very fastidious about their cleanliness. Mist the coat with a spray of water before grooming with a bristle brush, and try to use combs sparingly as they can tug on the outer coat and cause skin irritation.
Exercise Your Shetland Sheepdog
Shetland Sheepdogs require at least one walk or jog a day, lasting no less than 45 minutes. Running off the leash when safe to do so is an excellent way of burning off some of that excess energy too! These highly intelligent little dogs excel at agility and flyball, and also famously at dancing. Any obedience disciplines are recommended for this little breed to keep their bodies and minds agile and alert.
What Health Problems can Shetland Sheepdogs Suffer From?
The Shetland Sheepdog tends to share the same health problems as its cousin the Rough Collie, such as eye diseases and displacement of the patella, which is thought to be genetic. It is important not to over-feed this breed either, as they tend to put on excess weight which can trigger patella displacement. Importantly, some herding dogs carry a gene, MDR1, which causes a negative reaction to medicinal drugs that are perfectly all right for non-carriers to take, but can kill dogs carrying this gene.
The Life expectancy of a Shetland Sheepdog
The Shetland Sheepdog, on average, will live between 12 and 15 years.
The cost of a Shetland Sheepdog
A Shetland Sheepdog puppy can cost anywhere from £300-£700, depending on the pedigree and bloodlines.
Shetland Sheepdog Puppies
Shetland Sheepdog puppies are energetic and boisterous, requiring a lot of attention and training to stop negative behaviours from developing. Always make sure you view your puppy with its mother to ensure it has been raised by a reputable breeder and to prevent giving custom to puppy farmers.
Beagles are usually tricolour, and have a certain combination of colours in their coat; either red and lemon with white, or orange and brown with white.
Origin of the Beagle
The Beagle was originally bred to be a small hunting dog, used to root prey out of the undergrowth on a mounted hunt. However, today’s modern Beagles are slightly larger and bred to be powerful and attractive as well as hunters. Reverend Phillip Honeywood, from Essex, is widely believed to have bred the pack from which Beagles today originate. These dogs were, and still are, valued for their excellent hunting capabilities and exceptional obedience skills.
Sizes of Typical Male and Female Beagles
Male Beagles tend to be slightly larger than females, both in height and weight. Males stand between 36 and 41cm, weighing around 10 or 11kg, while bitches are smaller and lighter, at 33-38cm and weighing 9 to 10kg.
Beagles are widely regarded to be calm and gentle dogs, and especially good with children due to their patience. However, they are certainly not recommended in a house with smaller pets, such as cats, birds or rodents, as their hunting instincts will come into play faced with a fleeing small animal. They can also be stubborn and suffer from selective deafness – especially when they catch a scent and finding out what’s on the other end seems more fun than going home! It is very important to make sure you establish that you are the pack leader, or negative behaviours such as guarding and destruction when left alone can develop.
Beagles shed an average amount. Their short coats are easy to maintain – simply brush gently with a firm bristle brush and bath only occasionally. Keeping their ears clean is important, as breeds with larger, floppy ears are more susceptible to ear mites and infections.
Exercise Your Beagle
Beagles are energetic dogs, and therefore must be exercised daily. However, letting them off the leash in public, crowded areas may be unadvisable, as if they catch the scent of a small animal they are likely to vanish! They must also have a reasonably sized yard to play in, but make sure it’s secure and your Beagle cannot escape.
What Health Problems can Beagles Suffer From?
Epilepsy, heart disease, eye and back problems are all hereditary issues in certain strains of the breed, although many of these issues can be eliminated with DNA testing. However, Beagles are also prone to chondroplasia, a form of dwarfism that warps the front legs.
The Life Expectancy of a Beagle
On average, a Beagle will live anywhere between 12 and 15 years.
The cost of a Beagle
Beagles are popular dogs, and therefore puppies tend to cost between £500 and £800.
Beagle puppies must be taught that they are not the pack leader from a young age. Because of their affinity with humans, they take their place in the “pack” very seriously, and can become incredibly protective of what it perceives as the “weaker” members of the pack, i.e. small children, which should be discouraged to prevent guarding behaviour as the puppy grows up. They are high energy and love to play! They should also be socialised with cats from as young an age as possible, to prevent anti-social behaviour while out walking.
Finding a breed of dog that suits you and your lifestyle is extremely difficult. There is a giant dog, big dog, medium dog, small dog, toy dog, long haired dog, short haired dog, easy to train dog, smart dog, child friendly dog, gun dog, low shedding dog, fast dog, stamina dog, sporty dog, non sporty dog, terrier dog, herding dog, guard dog, police dog, security dog, working dog, sheep dog, (and breath).
Were do you start!!!
Below is a full list of dog breeds with links to images (pictures) and descriptions of the dogs. Please feel free to let us know about your dogs breed and its nature.