The Irish Wolfhound

August 27, 2011 by  
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"These dogs were originally bred as wolf hunters!

The Irish Wolfhound is huge – with some growing as large as small ponies!

Irish Wolfhounds are giant dogs, however they usually have gentle tempers. They are generally friendly, although may be reserved around people they don’t know. They are loyal, affectionate and sociable with their families and children and are easy enough to train. Due to their size and their need of space and room to run and play, they are not apartment dogs. They also have a tendency towards several hereditary health problems, including heart problems, bone cancer, and liver shunts. This would be something to look out for when selecting an Irish Wolfhound… Read More

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Pugs as Pets

August 24, 2011 by  
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"These little dogs are one of the oldest breeds and are originally from China!

The Pug is a great house dog, being stocky and short and a wonderful companion!

Being generally happy little dogs, pugs are loyal and affectionate to their owners and families. They get along well with visitors and children and are quite smart. They also usually get along well with other dogs and pets, which is a bonus. Pugs are, however, prone to eye problems and breathing problems, so make sure to research the background of your dog before selecting him… Read More

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Featured Pet of the Week: The Labrador Retriever

August 14, 2011 by  
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The Labrador Retriever as a pet

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever, often known as just a “lab” is an extremely popular dog breed as a companion pet (the most popular, in fact!). They have great personalities – they are very affectionate and gentle with their owners and get along well with just about everyone. They are classified as sporting dogs, but can be trained to do a number of things in a variety of areas.

My family had one lab while I was growing up – his name was William or “Billy” for short. He was a black lab and was one of the best pets we ever had! Right from the start he wanted to desperately be a part of the family and went with us everywhere. I remember the first night he came home with us we left him with a dog bed in the living room and he cried the whole night until one of us went to sleep with him. He had the best personality and was extremely smart; he was able to perform a number of tricks and knew how to sneak around without getting caught if he wanted to go somewhere he wasn’t supposed to!

Some history associated with Labrador Retrievers. It originated in Newfoundland from the St. Hubert’s Hound and other European pointer breeds. It was primarily used to retrieve fishing nets from the water for fishermen. In the 1800’s it was introduced to England where it had it’s retrieving abilities worked on even further. Now they can do a myriad of things including hunting, guarding, acting as service dogs, drug-sniffing for the police, and competitive obedience training. They also have many color variations! These include black, yellow, and chocolate.

If you are considering getting a Labrador Retriever, either a puppy or an adult, these are some of the things you may want to think about. First, they can be prone to eye problems, joint problems, and hereditary myopathy. They also love to exercise, so you will want to make sure they have plenty of outside room to run and play in, or that you have the time and commitment to take them out on walks or swims regularly. They make good house dogs in general and love to spend time with their families. They are also fairly large dogs – with males reaching up to 75 pounds, which is something to keep in mind if you live in an apartment or a small house.

As far as their diet is concerned, they need lots of protein and fat, with few carbohydrates. You can always pick up commercially prepared dog food which generally provides the correct balance of what they need, otherwise a diet that consists of lamb, poultry, fish and green vegetables is recommended. Obesity can be a problem because they are prone too eating too much if offered too much food, or the wrong kinds of food. This can lead to other problems, so take care to feed your lab properly!

Labs have fairly short hair and so do not need detailed grooming. Simply brushing their hair and giving an occasional bath should suffice. They do shed somewhat and so if kept indoors you will want to vacuum regularly.

A common health problem for Labradors is ear infections. These can be prevented somewhat by simply clipping the hair under and around their ears. Check their ears regularly for signs of infection as well.

Labradors can make great pet dogs and if you would like to learn more about them check out the Labrador Retriever page!

Jasmine is a team member at Animal-World and has contributed many articles and write-ups.

Chinese Shar-Pei

March 22, 2011 by  
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"I am extremely loyal to my family and a highly intelligent dog!"

The Chinese Shar Pei originated from the ancient Chinese Guangdong province and is a

rare breed.

The Chinese Shar-Pei has been around for a very long time, however not much is known about it’s actual history or ancestry. Some thoughts are that it may have descended from the Chow Chow, but they really don’t have that much in common with the Chow Chow. The only real similarity is that they both have dark tongues. The Chinese Shar-Pei is a non-sporting dog breed and looks almost like a completely different dog now than it did originally. It is no longer as wrinkled and has a much sleeker build. The original type is often referred to as the “bone-mouth” Shar-Pei by enthusiasts and the type seen most often today is referred to as the “meat-mouth” Shar-Pei. In the past Shar-Pei’s were often used as fighting dogs as well as farm dogs, but that is uncommon now. Most Shar-Pei’s today are simply pets, showdogs, or sometimes watchdogs… Read More

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Dachshund

February 27, 2011 by  
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"I am very friendly and outgoing, making me a great companion!"

The Dachshund, bred to flush out badgers, is long and muscular with short legs,

giving it an elongated ‘weiner’ or ‘sausage’ appearance.

The Dachshund, whether a Standard or a Miniature Dachshund, is a lively and entertaining companion dog. They are often mischievous, and are quite bold. Dachshunds travel well and are loyal and protective. When selecting a Dachshund, it is important to check for back problems. They may also develop heart disease, diabetes, eye problems, epilepsy, or urinary tract problems… Read More

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