Category: Dog breeds

Dog breeds that don’t bark: what are they?

Like humans, all dogs have their own personalities, and some are simply calmer than others. But a dog’s breed can also tell you a lot about the problems you might face before you take on the happy stage of bringing him home, such as excessive barking.

While barking can be controlled with proper training, if you live in a flat and are worried about getting complaints from neighbours, it might be worth considering a breed of dog that doesn’t feel the overriding need to bark constantly. So read on to find out which dog breeds are known for keeping barking to a minimum.

Bernese Mountain Dog

Originally a working breed found on Swiss farms. These gentle dogs now work well with families and children thanks to their balanced personalities. However, they will have favourites and will often become attached to a particular member of the nuclear family.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

There is a reason Charlotte had one in the Sex and the City series. This breed’s attributes are perfectly suited to city life: calm, friendly and (of course) you’re unlikely to ever hear it bark.

French Bulldog

Another happy flat companion, Frenchies don’t need much exercise other than a few brisk walks. By their nature, they don’t bark either.

Bulldog

The same is true of the English version of the bulldog. They are very easy-going, friendly to other animals and people, love to lie down and you will rarely hear them bark.

Basenji

The basenji is actually known as the “no bark dog”, but the breed is not completely mute. When they do decide to bark, these dogs make strange noises that sound similar to a Tyrolean chant – a very peculiar sound indeed!

Borzoi

This beautiful breed of Russian origin is defined as “calm and elegant”. They are greyhound-like dogs, which can reach speeds of up to 64 km per hour when they start running! Of course, they are not at all barky.

Scottish Hound

The Scottish greyhound is a giant-sized greyhound dog, similar to the English greyhound. He won’t fit in your lap, but this hound has a most gentle and friendly personality with everyone. Their intermediate energy levels mean they can appreciate a good gallop in the open air, followed by a long nap.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Wheatens don’t not bark, but will only bark when necessary, usually to make their presence known. They have a friendly personality and enjoy long walks very much.

Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu is unlikely to ever be heard to bark. They are quite quiet, playful and very intelligent dogs.

Australian Sheepdog

Active and bright, Australian Sheepdogs as a breed developed mainly in the USA, but more and more can be seen in Europe. As good sheepdogs, they will alert their owners if necessary, but are unlikely to start barking uncontrollably at any alert.

Shih-tzu

Shih tzus were historically seen with Chinese royalty, but today they are more than happy to live in humbler homes. These cheerful dogs have over a thousand years of experience serving as companions to humans, so they make great housemates and don’t bark excessively.

Imaal Terrier

If you love the bravery of terriers, but could do with a little less effusiveness, this (much gentler) breed is perfect for you. Imaal Terriers still retain that adventurous spirit of their terrier relatives, but they play a little quieter and express themselves with less excitement in any situation.

Saluki

They are very independent dogs, but not at all noisy. These fast-footed hounds run at full speed, and their loyalty to their owners ranks as one of their main qualities. As a good greyhound, he is calm and relaxed in his day-to-day life, and you will only hear him bark in certain warning situations.

Rhodesian Crested Dog

Rhodesian Crested dogs are a marvel. They are probably best noted for their even temperament, athletic and affectionate nature. It is the hair growing in the opposite direction that forms the characteristic crest along the spine. The Rhodesian never barks, days or weeks can go by without you hearing him make a single bark. He has great self-confidence and exudes an overwhelming calmness with his presence.

We know that many of you, because of your personal circumstances, prefer certain types of dogs. We love them all. Are you looking for a new vet for your furry friend? Find out more about Hospital Veterinari Glòries and bring your dog with us to take care of his health.

Did you like this list of non-barking dogs? Do you know of any more we could add? Leave us your comments!

The vizsla dog or Hungarian Braco, what is it like?

The vizsla, or Hungarian shorthaired pointer, is a dog that has excelled in hunting for many years. Fortunately, today, it is a dog that stands out for all kinds of activities and exercises. Its fine sense of smell and its great fondness for water make this dog an excellent companion for more dynamic and active people.

Do you want to adopt a Hungarian Pointer? Check out this breed article to find out everything you need to know about the vizsla breed! We will talk about their main characteristics: their history, their character, the type of care that should be provided and their health. This is a very active breed of dog, therefore it will need a family with similar qualities.

History of Vizsla breed dogs

The ancestors of the Hungarian shorthaired pointer were dogs that accompanied the nomadic tribes of the Magyars, who occupied central Europe. There are documents from the 14th century that refer to dogs that have great similarities with the vizsla. However, this breed only became important and popular in the 18th century as a hunting dog.

The breed was kept in Hungary for a long time, until it was affected by the Second World War. After the war, the population of Hungarian Shorthaired Pointers almost disappeared. A group of Hungarian breeders later recovered the breed and in 1936, this breed was finally recognized by the International Cinological Federation as the Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer or Vizsla.

The Hungarian name for this breed is rövidszöru magyar vizsla. Outside of the country, this breed is known simply as the Vizsla.

Characteristics of the Vizsla

The Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer is a medium-sized dog, elegant and, according to the standard accepted by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), it has short, yellowish hair. It is a light and slim dog, but at the same time incredibly muscular and strong.

Its body is slightly longer than its height, giving the dog a slightly rectangular profile. His back is firm, straight and muscular. It has a wide and deep chest.

Its skull is wide and slightly domed. It presents a delicate groove that goes from the occiput to the naso-frontal depression. His nose is wide and well developed. Its snout is blunt with a straight nasal cane. His eyes are oval, medium and lively. They are normally, although they are also found in amber or yellow. His ears are thin and hang down to the sides of his cheeks. Its tail is low with a thick insertion at the base.

The coat of the Hungarian Pointer is short, dense and harsh. Its height at the withers, according to the FCI standard, must be between 58 and 64 centimeters for males and between 54 and 60 centimeters for females. This standard does not indicate an ideal weight, but males usually weigh between 20 and 27 kilograms, while females usually weigh between 18 and 25 kilograms.

Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer Personality

Vizslas or Hungarian Pointers are dogs that form a very close bond with their human families. They are also very intelligent, curious and dynamic. They are naturally great hunters and are always keen to seek out and hunt small animals, especially birds. One of their most noticeable behavioral qualities is their fascination with water. These dogs really enjoy jumping into the water and swimming. Also, this breed is not known to bark much.

Hungarian Pointers are not the best option for sedentary people and families who prefer to spend Saturday afternoons at home. And it is that the dogs of this breed have a lot of energy. They are, however, excellent companions for families or people who enjoy sports and outdoor activities with their dogs.

Vizsla dog care

Its coat, due to its short length, is very easy to care for. Occasional brushing is enough to keep this coat clean. These dogs shed regularly, but do not have a strong odor, even when wet. Bathing this breed many times is not necessary, in fact, it is better that you only bathe them when they are obviously dirty.

This breed needs a lot of exercise and company. To have a vizsla it is necessary to provide him with enough physical and mental exercise. This dog, for example, loves intelligence games.

Due to their dynamic temperament, these dogs do not adapt very well to apartment life. We recommend that, if you want to adopt this breed, it is better to have a large space where they can move freely. Of course, this space should never eliminate or reduce your need for walks.

Education and training of the Vizsla

This breed is not especially susceptible to diseases, but in certain breed variations some hereditary diseases can occur, such as: progressive retinal dystrophy, craniomandibular osteopathy, hemophilia A, hip dysplasia, skin allergies and epilepsy.

By visiting your veterinarian regularly (at least every 6 months) and strictly following your dog’s vaccination and deworming schedule, these diseases can be avoided.

Do you want a calm dog? Meet the Shar Pei

The shar pei is a very peculiar breed of dog, known worldwide for its wrinkles. Of Chinese origin, this dog is popular and appreciated in many regions and in some places it is considered a symbol of social status.

In this article we tell you all about the shar pei: its origins, physical characteristics, character, training and some of its most common diseases.

Origins of the shar pei breed

The shar pei is a dog of Asian origin. It is believed to have originated in southern China during the Hang Dynasty and its ancestral links are with the Tibetan Mastiff and the Chow Chow. It is considered to be one of the oldest Chinese dog breeds in existence and some speculate that it dates back to 200 B.C. The shar pei has been used as a guard dog, fighting dog, hunting dog and herding dog.

During the 20th century, the shar pei began to lose popularity due to wars and famine in the country. In 1940 the state decreed that dogs were considered a luxury and should be used as food to survive the starving population. And that was the beginning of the Yulin, a controversial dog meat market that became popular in the 1990s. However, this specific breed was fortunately saved by a small group of people who decided to export the shar pei to other countries during the 1960s.

Characteristics of a shar pei

It is a medium-sized, robust dog. It measures about 44 – 51 centimetres to the withers, the size may vary according to sex: males are usually larger than females. On the other hand, its weight is around 18 – 30 kilograms.

Their most recognisable physical characteristic is the texture of their skin, which is incredibly wrinkled and sometimes even oily. Other characteristics of the shar pei include small ears, dark eyes and a round tail. There are shar peis in all colours: blue, grey, white, blue and cream.

The character of the shar pei dog

The shar pei has a peculiar temperament: on the one hand, it is a calm and very loyal dog. This dog is also considered to be very affectionate with his family, whom he cares for, respects and protects. It is also known to be a relaxed and obedient dog.

On the other hand, the shar pei is a somewhat independent dog and does not need constant attention. This is an important factor to consider. However, you should know that every dog, regardless of breed, can develop its own individual personality independently of the common breed traits.

How to care for a shar pei

This dog needs to be fed high quality foods such as fish and rice. This is because it has a very sensitive stomach and is prone to allergies. In this respect, fish and rice-based foods are known to provide better digestibility.

We should also know that it is not at all good to bathe our shar pei in excess: at most you should bathe your shar pei every month and a half. The reason for this is that the water and soap remove the layer of body fat which actually insulates and protects him.

Be sure to dry your dog thoroughly after bathing to prevent fungus. Pay attention to the space between the wrinkles, where fungus tends to settle.

Although shar pei dogs appreciate the warmth of the sun, precautions should be taken to prevent the dog from getting sunburnt. In addition, they should also be adequately protected from the cold by wearing dog coats and winter clothing.

Common diseases of the shar pei

The shar pei has a very peculiar coat, as it is short and close to the body. It also has a thicker coat compared to other breeds. These details added to its grooves can cause its wrinkled folds to promote fungus and other skin-related problems. Dryness, dermatitis or itching are other diseases related to their wrinkles.

In addition, another well-known disease that this breed can suffer from is the well-known shar pei fever. Regularly checking their state of health and visiting the vet at least every 6 months is a good way to prevent this type of problem. It is also essential to keep their vaccination schedules up to date, as well as internal and external deworming.

Education of a shar pei

The shar pei is an intelligent dog, but can sometimes be a little stubborn. We have to work from an early age to educate this dog to be sociable and friendly. During puppyhood we must practice socialisation, where we introduce our shar pei to different types of people, animals and objects. The purpose of this stage is to enrich the dog’s knowledge of his environment in order to foster a sociable, loving and respectful attitude. This education will also help to prevent the build-up of fear or aggressive tendencies.

Fortunately, a shar pei’s intelligence will help us a lot in its training stage. We recommend teaching basic training commands such as: sit, down, lie down, stay still, come, etc. These are essential elements for their safety and obedience and also build a bond between owner and dog.

We should never use physical punishment with dogs, so we suggest basing all education on positive reinforcement.

Dedicating time, patience and love to the education and training of a shar pei is fundamental to its life and well-being. This education will also help to maintain regularity in their routines, ensuring that our dog always feels a sense of confidence and security.

American Pitbull Terrier: a playful and very intelligent dog

The American Pit Bull Terrier was first bred to help with farm work, although unfortunately, and especially in America, they were soon forced to participate in blood sports and dog fighting. They are tenacious dogs, and although there are stronger breeds, they have plenty. Despite the image American Pit Bull Terriers have been trusted companions and companion dogs to many babysitters, the problem has been that many owners have encouraged and provoked aggressive behavior. In this article, we want to talk about this breed that is so controversial for many, but that, for us, is one of the sweetest and most intelligent that we can find.

Physical traits of the American Pitbull Terrier

The American Pitbull Terrier measures 35 to 60 cm at the withers and weighs around 20 to 35 kg: they are strong, agile and intelligent dogs. Many people confuse them with American Staffordshire Terriers due to their similar appearance.

American Pit Bull Terriers have a broad head with pinkish, medium-pointed or droopy ears that are medium in size. A few years ago it was common to see them with their ears cut off, but fortunately this cruel practice is now prohibited in many countries. Their eyes are very expressive and communicative, and can be round or almond-shaped. His general build is athletic, muscular and slightly elongated. His tail is not too long and rather thin.

American Pit Bull Terrier Character

People who live with American Pitbull Terriers always praise them and describe them as enthusiastic, vital and fun-loving. And they are just like that! They are protective and stubborn, but they are agile in learning basic commands that will make them adapt to changes quite easily.

The American Pit Bull Terrier is an excellent dog for people who can spend time with their pets and have plenty of love to give them. They are kind, loving and willing to please as they enjoy feeling useful and performing tasks. Although it may seem hard to believe for many, American Pit Bull Terriers are not exactly good guard dogs, as they tend to be too friendly with strangers.

They are known to be very smart, which is why many owners train them for dog sports like Canicross or Agility: they are very good at playing and learning new skills.

Common health problems of the American Pit Bull Terrier

They are generally healthy dogs, although their skin is quite sensitive. You can prevent related problems by offering your American Pitbull Terrier a soft and comfortable bed, as well as pipettes and collars to protect it against external parasites.

Coexistence with an American Pitbull Terrier

Despite what many people think, American Pit Bull Terriers are excellent with children as they are patient and tolerant and don’t mind being hugged and played with. They have high energy levels, which often suits children and allows them to have a great relationship.

Due to their great strength, it is very important to educate and socialize them properly from puppies. And their good coexistence depends on it, especially if you have other pets. American Pitbull Terrier dogs need to learn how to relate to other animals, including dogs and smaller animals, for this relationship to be healthy and equitable.

Caring for an American Pitbull Terrier

The American Pitbull Terrier does not need complex care: it will suffice to brush your dog a couple of times a week (more during the shedding period) and clean off the grime and dirt. They don’t need to be bathed unless they’re dirty, and if you do bathe your dog, you shouldn’t do it more than once a month (unless it’s necessary).

They are active dogs that need to be walked at least 45 minutes twice a day. Combining walking with exercise is a great way to strengthen your muscles and get them to relax when you get home.

Training an American Pitbull Terrier

American Pit Bull Terriers are intelligent dogs that will soon get what you ask of them. You must establish rules with the whole family, and try to comply with them: it will be useless to prohibit a behavior if another member of the family allows it later, since it would only confuse and stress the animal.

You can reward positive behaviors, and you should never allow your dog to act aggressive or threatening. American Pitbull Terriers are strong dogs that require a firm person to guide them, but avoiding punishment and scolding.

As we have mentioned, it is easier to socialize correctly when the dog is a puppy. If you prefer, you can adopt an adult American Pitbull Terrier and modify incorrect behaviors little by little, but always keep in mind that the adaptation process will be long and you may need professional support.

Curiosities and other information about the American Pitbull Terrier

The constant discrimination of the American Pitbull Terrier has led to the condemnation, by certain local and national authorities, of the following matters:

  • Australia bans the importation of pit bulls and enforces the neutering of any existing pit bulls in the country as a way to slowly eliminate pit bull overpopulation.
  • In Malta it is illegal to own a Pitbull. What you read! If a person is arrested with one in his possession, he will be prosecuted and the dog may be euthanized.
  • In Spain, the American Pitbull Terrier is no longer a potentially dangerous dog.
  • There are associations around the world that act as defenders of these dogs. It is important to know that, like many other breeds, they are not a dangerous breed if they are well socialized, trained and cared for. It is the irresponsible possession of animals that generates problems, since they are large and have a strong bite.

Do you know more particular characteristics about the American Pitbull Terrier? Have you had or do you have an American Pitbull Terrier? Tell us everything in comments! And also, do not forget to bring your furry friend to our consultation so that we can monitor and improve his health at any stage of his life.

All about the charismatic “dachshund”

The “sausage dog”, “dachshund”, dachshund or dachshund is a most famous and charismatic breed originating in Germany. In English “dachshund” means “badger dog”, and specifically this name refers to its original function as a badger hunting dog.

In this article Hosital Veterinari Glòries we tell you everything you need to know about the famous Dachshund. We will talk about the general characteristics of the breed, its basic care and related health problems. If you’re thinking of adopting a Dachshund, keep reading to find out more!

Physical characteristics of the Dachshund or sausage dog

The dachshund is a short-statured, long-bodied dog. It has short legs and a long head. Its naso-frontal depression is poorly marked, so its snout is elongated. His eyes are oval and medium in size. Its color varies in different shades, from dark brown to black, and even machado in different shades. Their ears are set high, hanging, long with rounded edges.

The body of this dog is elongated. His chest is wide and deep with a slightly raised belly. It has a long but not very high tail, which may have a curl at the third vertebra.

The hair corresponding to each variety must be the following:

  • Short-haired dachshund. His hair is short, shiny, smooth, strong, hard, thick and well attached to the body. His hair covers his entire body. This is the most popular dachshund.
  • Wire-haired dachshund. Except for the muzzle, eyebrows, and ears, this dog’s coat is made up of a mixture of the undercoat and the outer coat. On the muzzle, the hair forms a well-marked beard and two bushy eyebrows above the eyes. The hair on their ears is short and almost straight.
  • Long-haired dachshund. The outer layer is smooth, shiny and well attached to the body. Its hair is long below the neck, on the lower part of the body, on the ears, on the back of the limbs and on the tail.

The colors that are usually seen in all varieties are:

  • Unicolor, which can range from reddish to cream, with or without black mottling.
  • Bicolor, which can be black or brown with orange spots (rusty red or cream).
  • Spotted, in which dogs appear harlequin or brindle, with a dark base color (black, reddish or gray).

Different types of dachshunds

This breed comes in different varieties depending on its coat and weight. Officially, three varieties of size (standard, miniature and for rabbit hunting) and three varieties of hair (short, hard and long) are recognized. These possible combinations result in nine different types of dachshund:

  • Standard dachshund:
    With short hair
    Hard hair
    Long hair
  • Miniature dachshund:
    With short hair
    Hard hair
    Long hair
  • Dachshund for rabbit hunting
    With short hair
    Hard hair
    Long hair

The smaller (miniature) varieties, despite their size, are also used for hunting. However, they target smaller, less aggressive prey than badgers.

The breed standard does not indicate a particular size, but dachshunds are small dogs and their maximum height at the withers is usually between 25 and 30 centimeters. The difference between the varieties is calculated according to the chest circumference, as follows:

  • Standard Dachshund chest circumference greater than 35 centimeters. The maximum weight is 9 kilograms.
  • Miniature dachshund Chest circumference between 30 and 35 centimeters at the minimum age of 15 months.
  • Dachshund for rabbit hunting. Chest circumference less than 30 centimeters, at a minimum age of 15 months.

Character of a Dachshund

These dogs are very playful and friendly with their owners. They have a strong hunting drive, so they tend to chase and attack small animals. They can also become great barkers.

It is important to socialize dachshunds from a young age. If they are not socialized, they tend to be naturally wary of strangers. Without proper socialization, they can also tend to be aggressive or fearful, both with strangers and with other dogs. On the other hand, when they are well socialized they can get along very well with people and other dogs. However, it can be difficult to socialize them with other pets.

Dachshunds are commonly said to be very stubborn and do not respond well to training. However, they respond very well to positive training, so do not hesitate and opt for this method of education. This method is based on positive reinforcement and the use of the clicker on some occasions.

The main behavior problems that are common to this breed is that they bark excessively and love to dig as much as they can.

Caring for a dachshund

Caring for a dachshund’s coat is simple, since it does not require dog grooming or other help. Logically, the short-haired dachshund requires less effort than the other types.

In breeds with long and hard hair, it is necessary to brush the coat daily. If you want to cut the hair of a long-haired dachshund, we recommend you go to a dog groomer.

These dogs require moderate exercise. They adapt well to life in apartments or small houses. However, they can cause problems with neighbors because they are often barkers, especially if they do not feel very sure of themselves.

If they are left alone for a long time or get bored, the dachshund can destroy furniture or other objects. If you have a garden, you should know that they have a tendency to dig. Therefore, it is not a good idea to leave them alone for long periods of time.

Health of a Dachshund

Due to its elongated morphology, the dachshund is prone to spinal injuries. Damage to intervertebral discs is common. Accidents that cause paralysis of the hind legs are more frequent in this breed than in others. Therefore, it is important to avoid rough handling of these dogs, jumps, frequent climbs and descents. It is also important to keep an eye on the weight of this breed, as they can easily become overweight if not fed well.

A Dachshund is also prone to the following pathologies:

  • Patellar dislocation.
  • Epilepsy.
  • Glaucoma.
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Progressive retinal atrophy.

As with other dog breeds, it is best to carry out regular veterinary check-ups and keep your dog’s vaccination and deworming schedule up to date. Are you looking for a veterinary hospital in Barcelona that will help you with the health of your furry? Leave your companion in the hands of the best veterinary professionals. We are waiting for you at Hospital Veterinari Glòries. Call us at 932 460 805 and make an appointment!

Lhasa Apso: discover the dog of Tibetan origin

The Lhasa Apso is a small-sized dog that is characterized by its long and abundant coat. This little dog looks like a miniature version of the Old English Sheepdog and is originally from Tibet. Although not well known throughout the world, the Lhasa Apso is a very popular dog in its own region and, despite its diminutive size, makes one of the best companions.

In this article we will discover everything you need to know about the Lshasa Apso, a dog that despite its small size has an exceptionally brave and unique character.

History of the Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso hails from the city of Lhassa in Tibet and was originally bred as a guard dog for Tibetan monasteries. It is one of the best examples that a small dog can be a great guardian.

While the Tibetan Mastiff was used as a guard outside monasteries, the Lhasa apso was preferred to guard inside. In addition, they were used in public relations, since dogs of this breed were given to important visitors from other countries. In his homeland he is still known as Abso Seng Kye, which translates similarly to “dog-lion sentinel”.

Although originally bred as a guard dog, today’s Lhasa Apso makes an excellent companion dog. The long and dense coat that was very useful in keeping this dog warm and avoiding the strong solar radiation in Tibet, is seen today as a most attractive feature of these small but brave dogs.

Characteristics of a Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso’s head is covered with abundant hair, which also covers its eyes and forms a well-marked beard and mustache. Its head is joined to the body by a strong, well-arched neck. The lhasa apso’s snout is short and its nose is black. His bite appears to be a reverse scissor bite (the upper incisors close just behind the lower ones).

The eyes of the Lhasa apso are oval, medium in size and dark. His ears hang down and are covered with tufts of hair. His body is small, and longer than his height. It is covered with abundant and long hair. As we have mentioned, the Lhasa apso has a long, coarse-textured coat that covers its entire body and falls to the ground. The most popular colors of this breed are gold, white and honey, but others such as dark gray, multi-colored, black and brown are also accepted.

The tail of a Lhasa apso is set high and the dog carries it on his back. Often folded at its end, it is covered with abundant fur that forms tufts along its entire length.

The height at the withers of the males is around 25 centimeters and the females are a little smaller. These dogs generally weigh around 6.5 kilograms.

Character of a Lhasa Apso

Although it is a small dog, the Lhasa Apso is not a lapdog. Given its use as a guard dog, the Lhasa Apso has evolved as a confident, strong and active dog that requires physical and mental exercise. However, today it is classified as a companion dog due to its size and appearance.

This breed of dog tends to be independent, so early socialization is very important. Although they are affectionate, they tend to be a bit wary of strangers.

The small size of this breed suggests that it is suitable as a companion for children. This, however, is not entirely true in all cases. A properly socialized Lhasa Apso will make good company for any family, but children pose an apparent (and often real) threat to most small-sized dogs. Therefore, the Lhasa Apso is more suitable (in our view) for families with older children who are mature enough to properly care for this type of dog.

Lhasa Apso Care

It is important to highlight the difficulty of caring for the Lhasa apso’s hair. These dogs need frequent brushing, more than once a day. If they do not receive this brushing, the hair will become tangled and knots will form. This particular need is inconvenient for those who don’t have enough time to devote to brushing. Although the Lhasa Apso needs games and exercises, their exercise requirement is not very high and they can live comfortably in an apartment.

Training a Lhasa Apso

As with any puppy, it is very important to start the puppy’s socialization training at the right time so that the dog can learn to relate to people, animals and objects of all kinds, without fears or phobias. At the arrival of his adult stage you could start practicing basic obedience commands that can help you with communication with your dog.

This breed responds incredibly well to positive reinforcement. Therefore, we can say that the Lhasa Apso is an easy dog ​​to train if the right methods are used.

Health of a Lhasa Apso

In general, the Lhasa Apso is a very healthy dog. However, skin problems can occur if your hair is not kept healthy, brushed, and clean. This breed may have a slight tendency to hip dysplasia, kidney problems and ulcers. Periodic visits to the veterinarian will help detect any type of problem or discomfort in your pet.

As always, we recommend following the stipulated vaccination schedule and, in this breed in particular, paying close attention to external parasites that tend to find a very attractive host in the Lhasa Apso. Periodic deworming (external and internal) of the dog is essential.

Airedale Terrier: a fast and very active breed

The Airedale Terrier is one of the best known terrier breeds for its reputation for being a fearless and hardworking dog. At first glance, they may resemble Fox Terriers, but larger, in fact the differences between the two breeds go beyond size and coat color.

If you are thinking of adopting an Airedale Terrier, you should learn more about its temperament and characteristics: it is a very active and peculiar breed that needs specific care. Now you will learn everything you need to know about them. Keep reading!

Origin of the Airedale Terrier

The Airedale Terrier breed was developed over a century ago in Airedale, Yorkshire, England, where it was originally called the Waterside Terrier. These dogs were bred to scavenge vermin and accompany hunters, driving prey from underground lairs. When they became aware of their hunting abilities, breeders decided to hone their swimming skills by crossing them with Otterhounds and other terrier varieties.

Over time, these dogs got their current name. Airedale Terriers performed many different roles: hunting, guiding, police work, search and rescue, etc.

Physical Characteristics of the Airedale Terrier

Airedale Terriers have a muscular build, although they can be longer than they are tall. Its chest is deep and narrow, and its neck is strong and of moderate width. Their tail is set high on their back and they carry it upright but not curled. While it was common years ago to dock the tail of Airedale Terriers, today the cruel practice is banned in many countries and is becoming less common in breed standards.

His head is elongated, with a flat skull: his jaws are powerful, but not so muscular as to give his cheeks a round shape. They have strong teeth, with a noticeable scissor bite. The Airedale Terrier’s ears are small, but not disproportionate, and are V-shaped. They are folded, appearing slightly above the head.

This breed of terrier has a double coat, with a rough, wiry outer coat and a soft, short undercoat. His hair is thick and while it can be wavy, it cannot be curled. The Airedale Terrier’s coat is usually black, grayish or brown, mixed with gray and/or white hairs. Its back is usually darker, while the rest of the body can vary its shades. Airedale Terriers are considered a hypoallergenic breed.

The standard height for males ranges between 58 and 61 cm at the withers, while for females it ranges between 56 and 59 cm. Their average weight is 23 to 29 kg for males and 18 to 20 kg for females.

Airedale Terrier Temperament

The Airedale Terrier is a cheerful, confident, brave and intelligent dog. They are usually friendly with people and other dogs, but they need a proper socialization process from an early age. They are impulsive and have a strong prey drive, so it will be necessary to educate them from puppies through positive reinforcement, as we will explain below.

Although this is a very versatile breed, it requires a lot of physical and mental exercise. On the other hand, it should be noted that Airedale Terriers can be a bit rough around the edges when playing with small children or other dogs.

The care of an Airedale Terrier

Airedale Terriers need quite a bit of exercise, so they are not recommended for very small apartments. You might consider adopting one if you have a garden or yard where they can play freely, or perhaps you can give them all the time they need on their walks. You will have to offer him long daily walks so that he can socialize and channel his energy. Playing is a great way to train Airedale Terriers. Even if you have a garden and offer daily walks and games, your Airedale may still need more activity, especially during the early years. They will enjoy field trips or practicing a dynamic dog sport like Agility.

Caring for an Airedale Terrier takes time, especially cleaning. His coat needs frequent brushing and also periodic specialized care. You’ll need to brush your dog frequently (especially around the beard, as food can get stuck) and take him to the groomer at least twice a year.

Training an Airedale Terrier

As we pointed out before, you should start training your Airedale Terrier early, when he is still a puppy. This will allow you to follow a proper socialization process, during which your dog will learn to get along with people and other animals as well as become familiar with its surroundings. Offering a variety of positive experiences will prevent later behavior problems. Physical exercise is especially important, as if they don’t channel their energy, Airedale Terriers can become overly excitable and destructive. Intelligence games are always a good option.

Obedience can get tricky with this stubborn and independent breed, but through positive reinforcement, your Airedale Terrier will be able to learn basic dog commands and house rules perfectly.

Common Health Problems of Airedale Terriers

This is a robust and generally healthy breed. However, if you adopt an Airedale Terrier, you will need to watch out for eye infections, skin infections, and hip dysplasia. It’s best to prevent these health problems before they develop, so we recommend taking the following steps:

Although Airedale Terriers are active dogs, don’t force them to exercise too much, as that can cause premature hip or elbow dysplasia.

A high-quality feed based on rice and fish will help your Airedale to prevent skin diseases. Omega-3 and omega-6 supplements will add shine to his coat.

Take care of your facial hygiene, removing legañas, food crumbs and dirt or accumulated debris. When you go to the dog groomer, ask him to pay special attention to the face.
Go to the vet at least twice a year and follow the vaccination and deworming schedules. Regular check-ups will help control the development of diseases before they get worse.

Everything about the Dalmatian: know the breed

The Dalmatian is one of the most popular dog breeds, known for its peculiar black (or brown) spots on its white fur. It is a very loyal dog, with a stable and calm character, as long as it can get enough exercise to release the accumulated tension.

Whether you are thinking of adopting a Dalmatian puppy or an adult, in this breed file we explain everything you need to know about its character, the main characteristics of the breed, its education and some of the most common health problems and important.

Dalmatian story

Despite being a well-known breed for a long time, the ancient history and origins of the Dalmatian are really unknown. The earliest images of Dalmatians are from Croatian paintings and frescoes dating from the 17th century.

The Dalmatian spread throughout the world. Throughout their existence, they performed many functions. They were used as a hunting dog, companion dog, guard dog, etc. However, its consecration occurred at the end of the 17th century. At that time the English nobles and wealthy had a herd of Dalmatians accompany their carriages to demonstrate their power. This was supposed to do double duty: protect the horses from stray dogs and provide a more aesthetically pleasing view of the carriage.

The popularity of the breed grew in the 1960s thanks to the Disney movie “101 Dalmatians” and was later given a new boost with the second version of the film. Unfortunately, this ended up hurting the breed as it became a popular and sought after dog, so they began to breed it indiscriminately. The result was the overpopulation of the breed and the rise of many hereditary diseases due to high inbreeding. Today, the Dalmatian is a very popular companion and family dog.

Physical traits of the Dalmatian

This is a handsome, elegant and distinguished breed with a particularly spotted white coat. The head is proportionate and harmonious with the rest of the body, without wrinkles and prismatic in shape. His naso-frontal depression is moderately defined. The nose should be the same color as the spots on the body. The eyes are oval and their color also corresponds to that of the spots. The ears are set high, triangular, with rounded edges, hanging and mottled.

The body is rectangular, being slightly longer than the height at the withers. The back is powerful and straight, while the back is short and the croup slightly sloping. The chest is deep and not too wide. The belly is moderately tucked up, but not sunken. The tail is long and mottled. The coat is short, shiny, hard and dense. It is white mottled with black spots or brown spots.

The character of the Dalmatian

The Dalmatian is an affectionate, self-confident and very active dog. They generally love to swim, run, and exercise by following tracks and their own curiosity. They usually get along with other dogs and other animals. They are also generally friendly with strangers, although they are not as social as the Labrador Retriever or the Golden Retriever.

They are perfect for active families who exercise with their dogs and want a faithful and energetic companion by their side. However, inside the house, the Dalmatian is a calm and serene dog, who is able to relax without any problem.

These dogs are perfectly tolerant of children who know how to respect and care for them as they deserve, but they do not always react well to tail or ear pulling. That is why it will also be important to teach our children to play with the Dalmatian properly: always with respect and affection. Obviously, the education of the dog will be very important to achieve a more affable, relaxed and tolerant character. We will inform you about this later.

Specific care for Dalmatians

Dalmatian coat care is really simple: you will have to brush it from time to time to remove dead hair and you should only bathe it when its coat is really dirty.

What we really need to pay attention to is the exercise this dog needs. It is essential to be clear about this point if we want to adopt a Dalmatian dog because if it is not fulfilled, it can become something destructive within the home. His energy needs are really high, so we must take a minimum of three daily walks of average duration and provide him with at least one hour of active exercise. You can also help them release their accumulated stress by playing intelligence games that, in addition to entertaining our dog, will stimulate him mentally so that he develops his excellent skills even more.

Finally, we will comment that the Dalmatian, despite being a bit independent on some occasions, is a dog that loves to feel part of a social group and deeply hates loneliness. Spending too much time alone can cause behavior problems like separation anxiety, as can a lack of exercise.

Dalmatian health

The Dalmatian is a dog prone to some diseases due to the inbreeding to which this breed has been subjected for so many years. The most common diseases in the Dalmatian are:

  • Allergic dermatitis.
  • Atopic dermatitis.
  • Fungal infections.
  • Food allergies.
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Demodicosis.
  • Skin tumors
  • Kidney stones.
  • Urethral stones.
  • Cardiomyopathies.
  • Deafness.

Deafness has a very high incidence in the breed, affecting more than 10% of Dalmatian dogs. Kidney and urethral stones are very common in the breed because the Dalmatian is the only mammal that cannot metabolize uric acid into allantoin. This directly affects the formation of stones in the urinary tract.

To maintain optimum health in a Dalmatian, it will be useful to visit the vet at least every 6 months to make sure that everything is going well and strictly follow their vaccination schedule. Good nutrition, exercise and good care will be the key to enjoying a happy, healthy and long-lived Dalmatian!

American Bully, know this breed of dog

The American Bully is a fairly recent breed of dog that comes from the United States, descending from the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier, as well as more distant relatives such as the English Bulldog and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Would you like to know more about him? We will tell you in the next lines.

Physical Characteristics of the American Bully

The American Bully is a medium-sized, strong, athletic breed with a muscular and powerful build: a large head, powerful jaws and compact body, these dogs can appear a bit intimidating.

American Bullies can be found in many different colors, from bluish gray to brown and black. In general, they tend to be dark. Although unfortunately many owners still choose to crop their ears, we do not recommend it at all: in fact, this practice is prohibited in many countries. Due to their ancestors like the American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Bullies are stronger than most breeds.

There are five varieties of American Bully:

  • Pocket: The smallest American Bully is 41 cm maximum. Despite his small size, he is still muscular and energetic.
  • Classic: The most proportionate American Bully is medium in size, 50 cm tall, with a light frame.
  • Standard: This variety is as tall as the classic American Bully, but is stockier and more muscular, with a large, powerful head. It is considered the model of the breed.
  • XL : Similar in appearance and height to the classic, this is the largest American Bully in muscle tone and weight.
  • Extreme:This strain was an even more muscular and wider version of the Standard American Bully.

American Bully Character

When the breeds were crossed to create the American Bully, they were looking for a dog with a fierce and tough appearance but with a loyal and familiar personality. Although it may not seem like it, American Bullies are social dogs, and great with children!

An American Bully is an extremely affectionate and loyal companion who will not hesitate to show his courage to defend his family from any danger. They are intelligent dogs, capable of developing all kinds of skills.

Most common health problems of the American Bully

In general, American Bullies are strong and healthy dogs. However, inbreeding has resulted in the development and increased risk of hereditary diseases:

  • Waterfalls.
  • Hip dysplasia.
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Heart disease.
  • Allergies.
  • Deafness.
  • Hypothyroidism

The care of the American Bully breed

American Bullies are dogs that need adequate and regular exercise. You will need to walk your dog a minimum of three times a day to prevent it from developing stress, anxiety, or behavior problems. They are not made for sprinting or long distances, as moving their body at high speeds is too much strain on their constitution. However, running for short periods at a moderate speed and staying active is necessary for your daily routine.

This is a very clean breed – they love to be brushed and bathed. With these basic activities your coat will stay clean and shiny. They tend to have watery eyes so we recommend that you clean them routinely.

American Bully puppies need extra calcium in their diet for their bones to develop properly: they will grow into robust dogs, and their skeleton will have to support more weight than other dogs of a similar stature. To enrich their diet you can offer them high-protein foods. Exercise and a varied and balanced diet will be enough to keep your dog healthy and happy.

Some American Bully dogs have been treated with steroids to increase their muscle mass. It is a cruel and unfair practice that can have serious consequences for the dog, which will not have developed its strength naturally and will not be able to communicate as it normally would, and may become aggressive. It is extremely important not to medicate your dog without the knowledge and consent of your veterinarian.

How is living with an American Bully?

These dogs tend to get along well with children – when properly trained and socialized, American Bullies are one of the most affectionate and patient breeds of dog.

The American Bully also gets along well with other pets. They are aware of what they physically impose, and control their movements so as not to hurt smaller dogs, with whom they love to communicate and play. However, this requires a socialization process that must begin when they are puppies.

The training of the American Bully

Before adopting an American Bully, you should know that they are recommended for experienced owners. They need a stable, calm and consistent owner: if you are going to adopt and care for an American Bully, you must understand what it means to be the leader of the pack, establish rules and always follow them.

Training an American Bully requires patience, but they are intelligent dogs that will easily pick up any basic commands you want to teach them. If you use positive reinforcement, your American Bully will always be willing to learn more and please you.

The Chinese Crested: a most peculiar breed

Elegant and bicolored, the Chinese Crested Dog has two varieties: hairless and powder puff. Those without hair only have a crest of silky hair on their heads and patches of hair on their legs and tail. Powder puffs have fur all over their bodies. His hair is known to be soft, long and very shiny.

Although both varieties of Chinese Crested Dog require special care to keep their skin and coat in perfect condition, it is considered one of the perfect dog breeds for beginners. Although do not be fooled, although they have a very good character and coexistence is easy, they also require a lot of time, since they cannot spend many hours alone.

Origin of the Chinese Crested Dog

As with other dog breeds, the history of the Chinese Crested Dog is confusing and poorly understood. The truth is that these dogs existed in the 13th century in China and were traditionally used as ratters on merchant ships. As for the appearance of the hairless variation, it is believed to come from Africa. This belief stems from several 19th century texts that mention the hairless Abyssinian Sand Terrier. However, today, researchers say that the Chinese Crested Dog shares a genetic origin with the Xoloitzcuintle dog, originally from Mexico. Also, Chinese Crested Dogs and Xoloitzcuintli dogs have the same mutations. Be that as it may, Chinese Crested Dogs were unknown outside their country of origin until the 19th century, when they entered Europe.

It was in the late 19th century that Ida Garrett, a breeder of hairless dogs, began promoting the breed in Europe. Today, the Chinese Crested Dog remains less well known than other breeds. However, they are becoming more and more popular.

Physical Appearance of the Chinese Crested

The Chinese Crested Dog is a small-medium sized breed of dog. His body is relatively long for his height. They are very flexible. The chest is deep and the underline is moderately retracted to the level of the belly. As for the hair that this dog has, there are two different varieties: hairless and powder puff. The first has a long crest, fur on the legs and on the tip of the tail. While the powder puff has hair all over its body. His hair is fine, silky and long.

The head of the Chinese Crested is wedge-shaped and the roof of the skull is slightly rounded. Their teeth may appear misaligned and may even be missing in the hairless variety. His eyes are medium and dark in color. His ears are erect and low. Drop ears are only possible in the powder puff variation. The Chinese Crested Dog’s tail is long and high. In the powder puff variety the tail is completely covered with hair. In the hairless variety, the tail is feathered, but only on the distal two-thirds. In both types, the tail gradually tapers, being thicker at the base and thinner at the tip.

The hair of the Chinese Powder Puff Crested is double layered and covers the entire body with a distinctive veil-like coat. The hairless variety of dogs only have a crest on the head, hair on the legs and at the end of the tail. The skin is delicately grained and smooth. Any color and color combination is possible with both varieties of this breed. That is why it is not unusual to see a white Chinese crested dog with black spots.

What is the personality of the Chinese Crested Dog?

The Chinese Crested Dog is characterized by being a pleasant, sensitive and very cheerful breed. They are usually very loyal to their owners and remain very attached to them, since they are their family. They usually have a shy and always alert personality.

Well socialized, the Chinese Crested Dog can get along very well with people, other dogs, and other pets. However, by nature they tend to be shy around new people and situations. Therefore, it is very important to socialize the dog from a young age to prevent behavioral problems during adulthood.

Chinese crested dog care

The hair of the powder puff variety should be brushed and combed at least once a day. A natural bristle or metal bristle brush is recommended. It is also important to bathe the powder puff when it is very dirty, using a natural shampoo with a neutral pH.

On the other hand, the little hair that the hairless variety presents only needs brushing two or three times a week. Because their fur is so fine, it usually tangles easily. When this happens, it is advisable to undo the knots with the help of our own fingers, being very careful not to hurt them. Once untangled, we will proceed to comb it with the named brushes. Another point to keep in mind about hairless dogs is that their skin is more exposed to changes in temperature due to their lack of hair. This means that they are more vulnerable to damage from the sun’s rays, cold weather, and other factors. That is why it is essential to bathe it every 15 days with a neutral pH moisturizing shampoo. Once a month, after bathing, it is recommended to exfoliate the skin and apply a moisturizing product, massaging the entire body.

In both varieties of Chinese Crested it is important to take good care of the teeth and wash them frequently. To do this, we must always use products for dogs and never products for humans.

The Chinese Crested breed is an active dog that needs daily exercise. Due to their small size, they can do much of their exercise indoors. However, it is also necessary to take them out for a walk several times a day. Games of tug of war are not advisable because the breed usually has weak teeth.

If you have a hairless Chinese crested dog, it is important that you put sunscreen on it. This is especially important if your skin is white or pink. By doing this we can avoid skin burns. This does not mean that we should prevent the dog from sunbathing, as this is one of the main sources of vitamin D that the animal has. Simply, we must pay special attention to the care of your skin.

If it is cold, putting a coat on them is a good idea so that their skin does not dry out and is protected. Keep in mind that their skin is fragile and can be injured by branches and tough grass, so it is best to avoid places with weeds and tall vegetation.

Chinese Crested Health

The Chinese Crested Dog tends to be healthy and is not as susceptible to hereditary diseases as other dog breeds. However, they have a certain propensity for the following pathologies and conditions:

  • Calvé-Perthes-Legg disease.
  • Patellar dislocation.
  • Early tooth loss.
  • Skin lesions.
  • Skin burns.

As we mentioned in previous sections, to avoid damaging the skin of the Chinese Crested it will be essential to take precautions. For example, use sunscreen before going outside, moisturize your skin, and use a neutral pH shampoo. It will also be essential to go to the veterinarian periodically so that he can provide the mandatory vaccinations and follow the deworming schedule, in addition to keeping a continuous track of his health. In the event of any anomaly, you should always go to a professional for a review.

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