Dog breed 17

March 30, 2009

Berger Picard

The Berger Picard or Picardy Shepherd is a French breed of dog of the herding group of breeds.  This breed of dog is people-oriented, loyal, and can make a good family pet if properly socialized early in life.


It is this breed’s rustic mutt-like appearance that has prevented it from being rapidly popularized and exploited in the United States by the movie release, as has been the fate of some other breeds. People are often fooled into thinking “Winn-Dixie” is a mixed breed.

The Berger Picard is a medium-sized, well-muscled dog, slightly longer than tall with a tousled yet elegant appearance. Their ears are naturally erect, high-set and quite wide at the base. Their eyebrows are thick, but do not shield their dark frank eyes. They are known for their smile. Their natural tail normally reaches to the hock and is carried with a slight J-curve at the tip. Their weather-proof coat is harsh and crisp to the touch, not excessively long with a minimal undercoat. Coat colors fall into two colors, fawn and “gray” with a range of shade variations.

The Berger Picard’s attributes include a lively, intelligent personality and a sensitive and assertive disposition that responds quickly to obedience training. By and large Picards are laid back and mellow but they are known for having a stubborn streak and being reserved towards strangers.

Picards are energetic and hard working, alert, loyal and sweet-tempered with children. They are happiest when they have a job to do. They also have a protective nature, making them good guard dogs. However, they are not excessive barkers. Some Picards are notoriously picky eaters, and it may be difficult to decide on a diet that you and the dog agree on.The breed also has a well developed sense of humor making them an endearing companion, and they continue to be used very effectively as both sheep and cattle herder in their native land and elsewhere.

Like many herding breeds, Picards require human companionship and lots of it. Since they can be demonstrative to their owners and enthusiastic friends towards other animals, formal obedience training and plenty of positive socialization is a must. Athletic, loyal and filled with a desire to work a long day, the breed excels in any “job” as long as enthusiasm and praise is a part of the task.

Berger Picards due to lack of over breeding are a relatively healthy, disease free breed. Hip dysplasia is known, but not common. Nevertheless a reputable breeder will have hips and elbows x-rayed and eyes certified for hereditary diseases.

The breed’s life expectancy is 13 to 14 years.The breed’s intelligence and sensitivity have made it increasingly popular in dog sports such as agility, Tracking, Schutzhund, Flyball and French Ring Sport.


Bog Breed 16

March 19, 2009

American Pit Bull Terrier

The American Pit Bull Terrier is a breed of dog. In the late 1800s to early 1900s, two clubs were formed for the specific purpose of registering APBTs: the United Kennel Club and the American Dog Breeder’s Association. The United Kennel Club was founded with the registration of an American Pit Bull Terrier and was the first registry to recognize the breed.


The American Pit Bull Terrier is a medium-sized dog. It has a short coat and smooth, well-defined muscle structure. Its eyes are round to almond shaped, and its ears are small to medium in length and can be natural or cropped. Females tend to have longer bodies than males, while males have slightly bigger limbs. The tail is thick and tapers to a point. The coat is glossy, smooth, short, and slightly coarse and can be any color.
The APBT is a breed that is loyal to friends and family, and friendly to strangers. Proper training can make the dog obedient and have a high desire to please. Without proper guidance, though, the breed can become stubborn, and at times, aggressive. A study done by the CDC showed that “pit bull” breeds accounted for the majority of dog related fatalities in the United States between 1979 and 1996, though the study admits some limitations in its data. The American Temperament Testing Society shows a pass percentage of 84.3% for American Pit Bull Terrier. Still, a firm, even hand and early obedience training are best.

Bog breed 15

March 2, 2009

Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute is a large breed of domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) originally bred for use as an Alaskan sled dog and is often mistaken for a Siberian  Husky.


The  American kennel Club (AKC) breed standard calls for a natural range of size, with a desired freighting weight of 75 to 85 pounds (34–39 kg) and a height of 23 to 26 inches (58–64 cm).Some Malamutes have been known to reach 32 inches (810 mm), and to weigh more than 160 lb (73 kg). Heavier individuals (90lbs) and dogs smaller than 75 pounds are common. There is often a marked size difference between males and females.
The primary criterion for judging the Malamute in a show is its function to pull heavy freight as a sled dog; everything else is secondary. As many an owner has found out, the pulling power of a Malamute is tremendous.The Malamute’s tail is well furred and hangs just over the back like a “plume”.
While a few Malamutes are still in use as sled dogs for personal travel, hauling freight, or helping move heavy objects, some are used for the recreational pursuit of sledding also known as mushing, also skijoring , bikejoring, and canicross. However, most Malamutes today are kept as family pets or show dogs. The Malamute is generally slower in long-distance dogsled racing against smaller and faster breeds and their working usefulness is limited to freighting or traveling over long distances at a far slower rate than that required for racing. They can also help move heavy objects over shorter distances.

Dog Breed 14

February 24, 2009

Boykin Spaniel

Another member of Spaniel family is Boykin family. It’s a medium sized breed of dog.

Slightly larger than the English Cocker Spaniel about 17 inches (33 cm) high and a weight over 30 pounds (14 kg)) with more feathering, its coat color comes in liver or chocolate. Traditionally, its tail is docked at the age of three days, leaving 1/3 length.


The breed is a definite working dog with ideal retriever instincts, enthusiasm, and endurance. They say that the Boykin is the dog that “doesn’t rock the boat”. Ideally, at around 35 pounds, the Boykin will not upset a canoe or smaller boat while hunting marsh and flooded timber. This is a southern-bred dog, so big water in colder climates like the Chesapeake Bay and north are not appropriate for this breed when used as a duck hunting dog unless the dog’s coat is weather conditioned and has a neoprene jacket available.

It is excellent with children better, some say, than its cousin Cocker Spaniel  ) and is an instinctive swimmer. They do require daily exercise and weekly grooming to keep the coat matting under control.

Dog Breed 13

February 19, 2009

American Hairless Terrier

The American Hairless Terrier is a breed of dog that was formerly considered a variant of Rat Terrier. It is often mistaken for a hairless Chihuahua.


Reputedly, the breed started when one hairless puppy appeared in one Rat Terrier litter in the state of Louisiana, United States, in 1972. Edwin and Willie Scott, the owners, liked the dog’s look and temperament, and upon maturity bred her hoping to reproduce the hairless quality. They were eventually successful; a litter produced in 1981 provided the foundation stock of the breed.
American Hairless Terriers are intelligent, alert, playful and loving dogs. Very inquisitive and lively. This affectionate dog makes an excellent companion for anyone. They are good with children, especially if they are raised with them from puppyhood. The American Hairless Terrier, unlike other dog breeds, will break out in a sweat when hot or scared. They are fairly territorial, and like all dogs, need a human who understand how to be his leader. For the most part friendly with strangers.
An adult American Hairless Terrier – Courtesy of Horizon AHTs. “This breed of dog is excellent for allergy sufferers. They have absolutely no body hair, no dander. An allergy test is recommended before buying any breed where allergies or asthma are a problem.”

Dog Breed 12

February 15, 2009

Chinese Shar Pei Puppy Dog Breed

The noble looking Chinese Shar Pei dog has a heavily wrinkled skin, even more so when they are pups. There Size is 40-45 cm and is Weight: 17-24 kg.


When the Chinese Shar Pei Dogs are adults their wrinkles concentrate on the head and neck. Their bodies are broad and their limbs are solid. Even though their origins are not very clear, it is thought this Chinese breed’s history started with the Han dynasty.
This dog is very faithful, and very close to his owner, although it is not likely of him to be very affectionate. Shar Pei’s are indoor dogs, and tend to be a bit lazy. Although they like and protect children, they are definitely not very playful. They don’t like being lonely.
Taming must be done early, but never too roughly. It is important to let him develop relations with other dogs, so he doesn’t grow too dominant.

Dog Breed 11

February 10, 2009

American Mastiff

American Mastiff is a term that refers to a molosser-type dog that was created over 20 years ago by crossing an English Mastiff and an Anatolian Mastiff dog, a very old mastiff breed known for its intelligence and lengthy lifespan for a large breed.


Theses dogs have some very distinct features and develop in a variety of colors including fawn, brindle and apricot. Puppies are born dark in color and tend to lighten up as they get older and attain their true color by the time they turn one year old.
In this breed of Mastiff dog, white markings on their chin, nose, chest and feet are acceptable. The American Mastiff is very good with children and makes a great family dog. They are, again, not known for being aggressive unless they are in a circumstance where their families, especially their family’s children, are threatened.
They will become intimidating defenders in this case, and even courageous. Though they probably wouldn’t choose to exercise daily, a steady routine will keep them fit and happier. American Mastiffs typically live for 10 to 12 years.