Category: Dog breeds

The great Alabai or “Central Asian Shepherd Dog”

The Alabai dog is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. It is a dog native to Central Asia and was originally used to protect livestock and property. This was due to their strong temperament and great courage. Today, they are still reserved as a guard and defence dog in working environments, although it is a rare breed to see outside Asia.

If you are interested in knowing more about the Alabai dog breed, don’t miss the following factsheet in which we will tell you about the main characteristics of this great dog, also known as the Central Asian Shepherd.

Origin of the Alabai dog breed

Also known as the Central Asian Shepherd, the Alabai is one of the oldest dog breeds in existence. There is about 4,000 years of history behind this particular dog breed. It is a breed that arose by natural selection, probably originating from Tibetan mastiffs and Mongolian shepherd dogs.

Its origin was in the nomadic tribes of Central Asia, where these large, stocky dogs were used to protect livestock and property against predators and thieves.

  • They are most commonly found in:
  • Afghanistan.
  • Iran.
  • Kazakhstan.
  • Kyrgyzstan.
  • Tajikistan.
  • Turkmenistan.
  • Uzbekistan.

Characteristics of the Alabai breed

The Alabai (sometimes spelled Alabay) is a breed of large dog. They are stocky and muscular. Unlike most other dog breeds, the Alabai has significant sexual dimorphism. Males are larger and more temperamental than females. In particular, males typically reach a weight of 50-79 kg and a minimum height of 70 cm, while bitches weigh between 40-65 kg and are at least 65 cm tall.

  • The most notable characteristics of the Alabai breed standard are as follows:
  • Its head: rectangular in shape, with a moderately defined fronto-nasal depression. The nose is black, although in white or beige dogs it may be slightly lighter.
  • The eyes convey a confident expression: they are of medium size. The colour of the eyes may vary from dark brown to hazel. The rims of the eyelids are usually black.
  • The ears are pendant: they are medium sized, triangular in shape and set low. It is a breed in which the ears are traditionally cropped. However, we must point out that ear cropping is strictly forbidden in some countries and is something we believe should be banned worldwide as it threatens animal welfare.
  • The neck is strong and muscular: it ends in a deep, broad chest.
  • The limbs are strong: they have large muscles, especially in the thighs.
  • The tail is thick at the base and set a little high: it hangs down to the hock in the shape of a sickle. When the animal is alert, it rises to the level of the back or higher. It is also common to find dogs of this breed with docked tails, although we think exactly the same as with cropped ears. The coat is double-coated, abundant, smooth and thick: most dogs have a coat of about 3-5 cm in length, although in some cases it may be longer. It is a very hardy breed, able to adapt to a wide variety of climates.
  • The coat of the Alabai can be almost any colour (white, black, grey, reddish brown, greyish brown, brindle), except genetic blue or genetic brown in any combination or a black over tan coat.

Alabai breed character

Harsh living conditions and work as a guard dog have influenced the character of the Alabai. In general, they are strong tempered and self-confident dogs. They are protective of their family, but at the same time they are quite independent dogs who expect to be treated with respect. They are distrustful dogs, often wary of unfamiliar people or animals.

Despite having a strong character, they are calm and quiet and adapt well to changes in their environment. They are guard dogs noted for their endurance, their courage in the face of predators and their natural instinct for territoriality. When they feel threatened, they react quickly, confidently and seriously.

Alabai Dog Care

Like any breed of dog, the Alabai requires a certain amount of care to keep it healthy:

  • Grooming: a weekly brushing and a bath once a month will be sufficient to keep the Alabai’s coat in perfect condition. The nails should be trimmed regularly and the ears should be cleaned weekly to prevent wax build-up. In addition, teeth should be brushed every 2-3 days to prevent the onset of periodontal disease.
  • Exercise: Although the Alabai is a calm dog with a low energy level, it is not advisable to keep him confined to a small flat. Ideally, at least a large yard would be ideal. They are dogs with great endurance, so they are ideal for caregivers who like daily walks.
  • Food: Their daily food can be commercial or homemade, but should be adapted to the age, health and activity level of the animal. As this is a large breed, feeding care is essential during puppyhood. Overfeeding during this period can be responsible for important developmental diseases.

What is the health of the Alabai dog breed like?

The Alabai or Central Asian Shepherd is a hardy dog, which has fewer genetic diseases than most other breeds. However, it is not exempt from suffering from pathologies that reduce its well-being and life expectancy, with joint pathologies being the most frequent in this breed.

Do you have a dog of this breed at home? Do you live in Barcelona and are looking for a vet? We can be your veterinary hospital of reference. Contact us!

Mudi: a rare breed of dog

The Mudi is a breed of dog originating in Hungary that has traditionally been used for herding livestock. Their high intelligence and adaptability have allowed these dogs to be used in many different tasks and disciplines over the years. However, their populations in the world are rare and they are a difficult breed to find outside their native country.

If you want to know more about the characteristics of the Mudi dog breed, we recommend you to keep reading because we will tell you about its origin, its character, basic care and possible health problems.

Origin of the Mudi dog

The Mudi is a shepherd dog that originated in Hungary between the 18th and 19th centuries. Unlike other breeds that have been specially created by humans, the Mudi seems to have evolved naturally from crosses between Spitz-type dogs and other Hungarian breeds such as the Puli or Pumi breed of dog.

The breed was on the verge of extinction during World War II. Thanks to the hard work of breed conservationists, the Mudi has survived to the present day.

Today, the number of Mudi dogs is small. It is estimated that there are only a few thousand Mudis left in the world, Hungary being the country with the largest population.

General characteristics of the Mudi dog

Within the Mudi breed standard, the following physical characteristics stand out:

  • It is a medium sized dog. Females weigh between 8 and 11 kg and have a height of between 8 and 11 kg, while males weigh between 11 and 13 kg and measure between 41 and 47 cm.
  • Their facial expression is that of an alert, energetic and intelligent animal. The eyes are usually dark in colour and have an oblique position, which gives a somewhat defiant look to their gaze.
  • The ears are triangular and set high. Mudi dogs always hold their ears erect and respond to stimuli by wagging them in a very lively manner.
  • The tail is set on at medium height. In repose, it hangs down, while when alert it takes on a sickle-shaped formation.

As for the coat, the head and the front part of the limbs are covered with short, smooth hair, while the rest of the body has a long coat with pronounced waves or light curls.

The colours of the Mudi breed

The Mudi coat can have different base colours:

  • Brown
  • Black
  • Merlé
  • White

Its major peculiarity is that white patches may appear on its chest or paw areas.

Mudi dog temperament

The Mudi is a dog with a great capacity for learning and a lively and courageous temperament. They also excel at adapting easily to different environments and tasks. All these characteristics make the Mudi a tremendously versatile breed. As we have already mentioned, they have traditionally been used as a herding dog for both sheep and larger animals. However, their innumerable abilities and skills have allowed the Mudi to also be used for other activities such as guarding, defence or drug detection.

They also make a great companion animal due to their stable and cheerful temperament with everyone. The Mudi is a very sociable animal that enjoys family life and tends to have a good relationship with both children and other animals. They usually adapt easily to life indoors, although it is important that they have access to a yard or garden where they can play and entertain themselves.

One point to bear in mind is that they tend to be quite vocal dogs, so they can be quite barky. Due to its sheepdog origins, its barking can be somewhat annoying to some guardians. Occasionally his territorial instinct can lead to conflict with other dogs. However, proper education and socialisation from an early age will prevent these problems.

How to care for a Mudi dog?

The Mudi is an easy to care for breed of dog that does not have very specific demands. Like any other dog, they require basic care to keep them physically and mentally healthy:

  • Food: regardless of whether they are fed kibble or homemade food, Mudis should be given a healthy, high quality diet adapted to their age and activity level.
  • Exercise: Although they are easily adapted to life indoors, they need to release their energy on a daily basis to stay healthy and balanced.
  • Grooming: In terms of hygiene and grooming, they are not particularly demanding animals. A weekly brushing and bathing when necessary will be sufficient to keep their coat strong and shiny. It is also important to maintain good ear hygiene, trim their nails regularly and keep an eye out for external parasites on their skin.

The health of the Mudi dog

The Mudi dog is generally considered to be a healthy breed of dog. The fact that it has arisen naturally, without human intervention, means that it is less predisposed to certain hereditary pathologies than other breeds. However, there are some diseases that occur with some frequency in these dogs. In particular, they should be monitored for signs of the following:

  • Hip dysplasia.
  • Elbow dysplasia.
  • Patella luxation.
  • Cataracts.
  • Epilepsy.

As with any breed of dog, we must follow vaccination and deworming schedules. This type of preventive veterinary medicine will help to avoid diseases and parasites that can damage the health of any dog.

If you have a Mudi in your family, are you looking for veterinarians in Barcelona to take care of his health, contact us and we will give you an appointment!

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What are the differences between a Westie and a Maltese?

Do you find it hard to tell the difference between a Westie and a Maltese? Although one breed has silky soft curls and the other is shaggier, the two look alike and it is easy to confuse them. Although they look very similar on the outside, they differ in character and other key aspects of their physiognomy.

In the following article you will learn how to tell the difference between a Westie and a Maltese, so take a closer look!

The origins of the West Highland White Terrier and the Maltese

The history of your future dog’s breed can tell you a lot about what it will be like and why it is the way it is. As already mentioned, these two dogs come from very different backgrounds, so let’s take a closer look at their origins.

Origins of the West Highland White Terrier, “westie”

The West Highland White Terrier, also known to all as the westie, is descended from the Cairn Terrier and originated, as the name suggests, in the West Highlands of Scotland. The exact date of origin remains a mystery, but it is known that James I of England requested some “white terriers” from Argyleshire, Scotland, in 1620, which may have been one of the earliest mentions of westies.

Legend has it that the Westies originated in a hunting accident. During a hunt, Colonel Edward Malcom of Poltalloch accidentally killed a Scottish terrier, the breed’s ancestor, because he mistook it for a fox. As a result, he chose a dog with white fur to avoid the same mistake.

It was bred to hunt otters, foxes and vermin. The Westie was noted for his skill and usefulness in hunting rodents and other vermin that roamed farms and towns.

Origins of the Maltese

The Maltese, on the other hand, is a much older breed of dog. In fact, it is considered one of the oldest known breeds: Charles Darwin traced the origins of the Maltese back to 6000 BC. The Maltese belongs to the Bichon family, which originated in the Mediterranean region. It is likely that the Maltese were brought to Malta by the Phoenicians, who ruled the Mediterranean before the rise of Greece.

In the tomb of Pharaoh Ramses II (1301-1225 BC), stone statuettes resembling the Maltese of today were found. On vases from the period between 500 BC, there are images very similar to the Maltese.

The Greeks of the 4th and 5th centuries BC were fascinated by the geometric beauty of the Maltese, and it is commonly depicted on pottery from the Golden Age. The aristocrats of the Roman Empire, on the other hand, perfected the role of the Maltese as a status symbol and fashion statement.

After the fall of Rome, it was Chinese breeders who saved the Maltese from extinction during the Middle Ages in Europe. The Chinese wisely crossed their native toy breeds and exported a refined Maltese breed to Europe.

The breed has been prized by kings and aristocrats throughout history, and can even be seen in portraits of Queen Elizabeth I of England and other royalty.

Main physical differences between the Westie and the Maltese

The Westie and Maltese are physically similar breeds, but there are many key elements that can help us distinguish between them. Here are some of them:

Size

Westies typically weigh between 6.8 and 9 kg and the average height at the withers is 25 to 28 cm.
Maltese are smaller in comparison, usually weighing between 3 and 4 kg and the average height at the withers is between 20-23 cm.

Coat

Westies have a soft, dense, thick undercoat and a thick outer coat, which can grow up to 5.1 inches in length. Most Westies are pure white, although there are some light beige varieties.
Maltese have a denser, glossier, silkier coat, falling more heavily over their body, with no curls or layers of hair. The colour is pure white, but allows a pale ivory tint. Adult dogs may grow their coat, which may reach to the ground.

Body

The body of the Westie is shorter than its height.
The length of the Maltese is usually equal to its height, so the body is well proportioned and compact.

Tail

Westies have short, stiff tails.
The Maltese has a naturally long tail which is held in an elegant curve over the back.

Ears

The ears of the Westies are pointed and erect.
The ears of the Maltese are droopy, meaning that they are close to the face. If a Maltese has moderately long hair, the ears may even blend into the coat.

Character differences between the Westie and the Maltese

The Westie and Maltese also share common personality traits, as they are both very active dogs. Here are some differences in the character of these two dogs:

Westie Personality

There are several traits that westies possess that define them as intelligent, confident, adaptable and great fun to play with. Like all terriers, Westies were bred to work alone, so their independence can make training a challenge.

Despite their size, Westies are dogs that require little cuddling. They can also be very noisy, very intelligent and generally tend to be more energetic than Maltese.

Maltese character

Because Maltese dogs have lived with people for generations, they have mastered the art of getting what they want. Therefore, it is important that they are constantly trained so that they do not become capricious. Maltese are athletic and talented, excellent at dog sports such as obedience or agility. Although they are stubborn, positive training methods work well with them. Maltese are generally not as noisy as Westies.

Dog breeds for first-time owners

Becoming a dog guardian for the first time is exciting, but it can also be a challenge depending on the type of breed you adopt. There are so many different breeds of dogs, and it’s hard to know how to choose the right one. Before you take home the first adorable puppy you see, there are a few things to consider. We know from theory (although it can sometimes be flawed) that certain dog breeds tend to have high energy levels, different sizes, looks and relatively different grooming needs.

Here are 10 great dog breeds for those of you who are dying to get one but are beginners.

Which dog breed to choose if you’ve never owned a dog before

The best breed for a person who has never owned a dog is one that matches your energy level, lifestyle and ability to give it attention. If you want a dog that can run with you, choose a dog with athleticism and stamina. If you prefer a lazy dog that likes to be indoors, then it is best to avoid high-energy dog breeds.

You should also bear in mind that if you are adopting an adult dog, they have usually already been through other things and have passed their primary socialisation and learning stage; these, in many cases, are the best dogs for beginners, as puppies require a lot of work, socialisation, training and a lot of attention.

10 dog breeds for beginners

Bichon Friesian

The bichon frise is a happy and easy-going little dog, ideal for families with children or for flat living. This breed is a great all-round companion. Bichons are relatively easy to housebreak, adapt well to any lifestyle and need only moderate daily exercise to stay happy and healthy. Of course, you’ll need to spend time and money on regular visits to the groomer if you don’t want that mane to get out of control. The curly coat of this breed should be trimmed regularly and brushed with care.

Boxer

If you’re looking for a medium-large, high-energy dog, look no further. This loyal dog forms a close bond with his family. If you lead a reasonably active lifestyle, a Boxer could be right for you and yours. This breed needs plenty of exercise and a solid foundation of training. Although young Boxers can be a little hyperactive, they can be trained. Once trained and socialised, Boxers can thrive in active households and, of course, get along well with children. Guardians by nature, Boxers are protective of their families. As for their needs, there is nothing too remarkable, as they are really basic.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier is a sweet and affectionate dog with an almost puppy-like appearance. Cavaliers can live in all types of homes and tend to get along well with children of all ages. This breed is small, but not toy-like, and has a gentle demeanour. This dog is elegant in character, attentive and generally calm. The Cavalier’s moderate energy level makes basic daily exercise sufficient to maintain good health. Despite a medium length coat, the grooming needs of this dog are basic. Regular brushing is essential to avoid tangles.

Golden Retriever

The golden retriever is the quintessential family dog; they are furry and always eager to please. They are an excellent breed with children and adults of all ages. This medium to large dog is lively, loyal, affectionate and active. The breed is intelligent and adaptable to live in most homes. They also need a good amount of exercise to keep them in good physical condition and to avoid boredom. They love to learn and can be trained to do many things. The breed needs regular brushing to keep its coat free of tangles.

Labrador

The Labrador is one of the most popular and recognisable medium to large dog breeds. Labradors adapt well to most environments and are excellent with children. They are intensely loyal and affectionate dogs who form close bonds with their families. This breed is active, playful and intelligent. They thrive in active homes that can provide plenty of exercise and training. Labradors love to learn and can be trained to do almost anything, enjoying fetching, running and cuddling. Fortunately, they have only minor grooming needs, such as regular brushing, to minimise excessive shedding.

Papillon

Don’t let this dog’s tiny body fool you. This happy, friendly and adaptable dog breed can do well in a variety of homes. The Papillon gets along well with children, but as long as they are treated gently. This cutie can function as a lap dog and companion for long walks. The Papillon does not need much exercise.

The dog breeds that enjoy the best health

Just like us, dogs can also be susceptible to certain health conditions based on their genetics. These problems often include heart disease, cancer, orthopedic problems, and even allergies and skin conditions. But some dog breeds tend to stay healthier than others and are less susceptible to certain diseases.

Here we bring you 10 dog breeds that tend to stay healthier during their life years.

  • Beagle

Known for its keen sense of smell and hunting skills, the beagle is a medium-sized, moderately active dog with an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years. Beagles generally lead healthy lives. Health conditions associated with the breed, including eye and hip problems, usually occur when these dogs are older.

  • Australian Mountain Dog

An athletic and intelligent breed, the Australian Cattle Dog can make an excellent running or hiking companion. These dogs have an average lifespan of 12 to 16 years with few health problems associated with the breed. However, its active nature can sometimes lead to joint or ligament difficulties due to wear and tear. But it can often be corrected with rest, medicine, or surgery.

  • Chihuahua

Chihuahuas have a lot of personality and intelligence despite coming in a small bottle. It is also not uncommon for these little dogs to live close to 20 years. They generally remain healthy for most of their lives. But some breed-related health problems include heart and eye problems, along with patellar luxation.

  • Greyhound

The greyhound is one of the fastest dog breeds in the world. These dogs live between 10 and 13 years. They are generally very healthy throughout their lives. However, like other dogs of similar physiognomy, they are susceptible to bloating and gastric torsion (twisting of the stomach), especially if they eat too quickly. This can be life-threatening, so it is important to monitor your diet.

  • Poodle

Poodles have a reputation for being somewhat finicky, but these canines are really anything but. Poodles are not only highly intelligent, they are also extremely athletic and can be super active. In fact, they were originally bred as hunting dogs. With an average lifespan of 10 to 18 years, Poodles live longer and healthier lives than many other breeds. However, they can also be prone to joint and eye problems.

  • Havanese

Hailing from Havana, Cuba, and securing its place as Cuba’s only native dog breed, the Bichon Havanese is a small, intelligent dog that is easy to train and extremely social. It usually has a long life, from 14 to 16 years. These dogs are generally healthy, but some can be prone to hereditary deafness.

  • Siberian Husky

Best known for his sled-pulling strength and stamina, the Siberian Husky is a strong, athletic dog with boundless energy. It is ideal for those who like to take long daily walks or go for a run. These dogs have a lifespan of 12 to 16 years and are generally very healthy. Some are prone to eye and hip problems.

  • Basenji

Basenjis are quite intelligent and athletic hunting dogs that have an almost cat-like nature. In fact, instead of barking, they make more of a yodeling sound and tend to preen like cats. These dogs have an average lifespan of around 13 to 14 years and typically do not develop many serious health problems. But the breed is prone to hypothyroidism and hip problems.

  • Border Collie

Border collies are highly intelligent, athletic, and lively dogs. These dogs are hardy and generally healthy, with an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years, although some can be prone to deafness and epilepsy.

  • Mixed race/no race

Mixed dogs are the result of putting together different purebred dogs or different mixed dogs. They are usually not pedigreed or registered, but they can inherit the traits, both good and bad, of all the breeds in their bloodline. Still, because mixed-breed dogs have an extremely broad gene pool (unlike purebred dogs), it’s less common for them to be prone to specific genetic disorders. But, like any dog, mestizos are also a product of their environment and can develop conditions, such as canine obesity, if they do not lead a healthy lifestyle. They can live for many years, reaching 16-18 years.

Bichon Bolognese: all about the breed

The Bichon Bolognese is considered a toy breed that is very similar to the Maltese, but with some physical and origin differences. In today’s article, we’ll take a look at the most relevant characteristics of this adorable dog. Do you have one at home? Find out more about it thanks to the history of this dog and the rest of the facts about the breed.

History of the bichon bolognese

It is a very ancient breed, as it is known that it comes from those “Melitan” dogs (as Aristotle called them) that travelled on Greek and Phoenician ships ready to catch mice.

After their task as mouse hunters, perfect to be carried on ships because of their small size and low food requirements, the Bolognese breed dog soon became a dog idealised by the upper classes in many periods of history.

It was particularly adored by women, especially Roman women: one can still admire many vases and various pieces of furniture where the small Bolognese Bichon dog can be perfectly distinguished next to its owners.

As for their name, it should be noted that it is not entirely true that the Italian town of “Bologna” is where they were born, as for many others, it is the French “Boulogne”. However, the great success of the Bolognese at the courts of Europe came in the 1200’s, becoming one of the most famous dogs among nobles and aristocrats.

Both the Gonzaga family and the Marquise de Pompadour owned Bolognese dogs.

Even Philip II, when he received a Bichon Bolognese from the Duke d’Este, said that it was “the most royal gift that could be offered to an emperor”. Today it is still a very popular breed, even in Russia, where they did not arrive until the 18th century.

Looking a little into art, there is also no shortage of pictorial representations of the Bolognese dog, in works such as those of Brueguel, Titian, Goya, Watteau, Bosse… Even Paul Scarron, the brilliant French author of burlesque plays, wrote a novel dedicated to his sister’s dog: a little Bolognese bichon.

Appearance of a bichon bolognese

The back of a bichon bolognese is: broad, muscular and somewhat arched. His chest is well developed and his flanks are tucked up at the belly. Its head is flattened at the top and its skull is longer than its muzzle. It has a black, round nose. His dark, rounded eyes have an expression somewhere between cheerful and alert. Its ears hang on the sides of its head and are covered with long, fine, somewhat curly fur.

The tail of the Bolognese bichon is set a little low, coming a little below the line of its back. The bichon bolognese usually carries its tail raised and elegantly folded, but without curling or touching its back.

The bichon bolognese has a unique coat of hair, which is fine, glossy and silky. Its coat can be long, reaching between 7 and 10 centimetres depending on the different parts of the body. The colour of the Bolognese bichon is officially white.

Character of a Bolognese bichon

Bichon bolognese tends to be: cheerful, dynamic and playful but at the same time sensitive, affectionate and gentle. Because of their dynamism, they tend to need more exercise than other dogs of the same size. They also need a lot of company.

The beautiful Bichon Bolognese tends to socialise easily with people, dogs and other animals. They are especially sociable with children, which is rare for such a small breed. Even so, it is important to socialise this breed from puppyhood to reduce the risk of shyness or aggression in adulthood.

Bolognese Bichons are very intelligent dogs and therefore react very well to dog training. However, they do have difficulties when it comes to toilet training and it usually takes a little longer for this breed to learn than others.

These dogs were also used as circus dogs and therefore respond very well to freestyle training. It is important to encourage positive training with the use of positive reinforcement, as they are very sensitive and do not respond very well to rigid and strict training methods.

These dogs generally do not present many behavioural problems. But in some cases they may bark excessively. Also, if left alone for a long time, they can become somewhat destructive.

This breed is a great companion dog for single people as well as families. Although they tend to get along well with children, they are very small and fragile animals. If you have a small child, you should make sure that they know how to handle the dog so that they do not pull their ears, tail, etc.

Bichon bolognese health and care

The bichon bolognese is a generally healthy dog that is not very susceptible to many diseases. However, heavy exercise should be avoided with this breed, as they have occasionally been prone to patellar dislocations. Other relatively common diseases, but not as frequent in this breed, are tooth loss and cataracts.

As with other long-haired companion dogs, caring for the Bolognese Bichon’s coat requires time and effort. The breed’s coat tends to tangle easily, so it should be brushed and combed at least every other day. We recommend taking the dog to the groomer’s every two months, and bathing only when necessary. By the way! These bichons are hypoallergenic dogs, so they can be perfect for allergy sufferers.

Even though they are small dogs, don’t ignore their need for exercise, as they are dynamic for their size. We recommend that they get moderate exercise every day, through one or two daily walks and playtime.

These dogs can adapt very well to flat living because they adapt well to small spaces and will be able to play indoors without problems. However, they are not dogs that can spend a lot of time alone. Therefore, they are not suitable for people who are not at home all day, or who do not have enough time to devote to their animals. Neither can they live isolated in a yard or garden, as they need a lot of company.

Do you have a bichon bolognese, what is it like, what peculiarities do you find? Tell us more about your bichon and don’t hesitate to bring it to us if you are looking for a vet in Barcelona!

 

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.

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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.

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