Small to giant breeds of dogs

There is obviously a massive difference is size between a small breed of dog and a giant breed and standing next to each other they can look quite comical.

I have actually seen a few dog owners who have small breeds and giant breeds of dog at the same time which kind of fascinates me. Whenever I speak to them they always say the dogs get on perfectly together and the giant breed always seems to be very protective of the small dog to which I think rightly so. Read more »

The Mioritic

The Mioritic dog is native to Romania. It is a natural dog that used to live in Romania’s Carpathian Mountains from where it was domesticated. It is therefore a mountain dog that became very useful in guarding livestock. Its guarding skill has made it one of the best watch dogs that you can find. The dog is now very popular in most homes around the world where it is kept as an outdoor pet. It makes a very good watch dog.

The Mioritic is one of the large guarding dogs you can come across. It can weigh as much as 140 pounds and stand at a height of 35 inches. It is powerfully built and very muscular. It features a thick coat with fluffy hair that is characteristically short. You are likely to find this dog in white color with cream or grey patches.

This is one of the most disciplined dogs that you can find. It remains very calm most of the time. Its guarding nature makes it a very good protector you can have at home. It develops a deep attachment with all family members and will go to great lengths to protect the same from harm. It particularly likes to play with children and offers them good protection. Although calm, the dog dislikes strangers and can actually be very aggressive. Because of this, it needs to be kept in a home that is properly fenced and preferably kept on a leash, especially when out of a compound.

The Mioritic is generally a healthy dog that can live to attain the age of 14 years before dying of old age. Like other large dogs however, it is susceptible to hip dysplasia and cardiac diseases. It therefore requires regular veterinary care and regular exercises to keep its muscles toned.

Digestive Problem Solvers for Dogs

It is never pretty seeing a dog owner walking along, poo bag swinging by their side but sometimes it can be worse to see someone near the end of their walk (you can usually tell by flushed features, wayward hair and less effort in controlling their dog if someone is close to returning home, I find) empty handed. Of course, they could have found a disposal, but I can’t help wonder whether it might have been laziness or whether they simply couldn’t pick it up in which case, I really do not want to stumble across it…

I know from experience (of which I will save you by not going into detail) that when your pet has a digestive problem, you suffer too. Pro-Kolin+ is a probiotic and intestinal calming product designed to settle diarrhoea quickly and safely. It contains ingredients that absorbs toxins and soothes the intestinal lining whilst helping to maintain the levels of beneficial bacteria. It is beef flavoured and is administered from the graduated syringe.

Of course, there are other options. Canikur are a very effective alternative. The tablets are palatable and chewable with a meat and liver flavour that can be given as a whole or broken into smaller pieces. Canikur is more of an anti-diarrhoea treatment which normalises the body’s fluid balance and can be used alongside prescribed medication or on its own.

For a longer solution, Hill’s Prescription Diet I/D may be the better solution as it is a diet focused on dogs suffering with gastrointestinal disorders which can harm your pets if left unnoticed and unattended for too long. I/D is specially formulated to be ‘highly digestible and to encourage symptom reduction of vomiting and regurgitation, flatulence…’ and so on…

Being quite a queasy person, I don’t really enjoy talking about these kinds of things. However, I did not have to wait around for a long time for my poor little pug, Mathilde, to get better as the Pro-Kolin+ worked perfectly for her and she is now on the I/D diet. Let’s just hope that continues to work so we can both go on as if nothing happened!

Appenzeller Sennenhund Breed of Dog

The Appenzeller Sennenhund is one of the four Sennenhund dogs that have their origin in Switzerland. The other types are the Great Swiss mountain dog, the Bernese mountain dog and the Entlebucher mountain dog. Like the others, the Appenzeller is a mountain dog that was domesticated and became very efficient as a working dog. It was particularly kept for the purpose of guarding flock. It is one of the most obedient dogs you can find and is today kept as a companion dog.

The Appenzeller is a large dog that can weigh between 50 and 70 pounds. It stands at a height of 24 inches. You can easily identify the dog by its distinctive three-color coat. It has small ears that are triangularly shaped. These are located high on the skull and hung down on the dog’s cheeks. This dog is best suited for regions of the world that experience cold and moderate climates. It is unsuitable for keeping in warm and hot climates as prevalent weather conditions such climates can shorten its life.

The Appenzeller breed of dog can be very stubborn without proper training. Untrained dog can be very unsociable. For this reason, you will need to embark on training the dog from an early age. A properly trained dog will remain loyal and obedient. Such will also bond well with family members and particularly to its master from whom it will always seek attention from. Although it is a very lively dog to family members, it always remains highly suspicious of strangers and may attack.

The fact that the Appenzeller is a large-sized dog means that it is unsuitable as an apartment or house pet. It is best kept in the countryside. Like with other large-sized dogs, the Appenzeller is susceptible to such health problems as hip dysplasia, fractures and cataract.

The Bulldog

The Bulldog is a group of a breed of dogs commonly referred to as the English bulldog. There are American, Australian and French bulldogs as well. This type of dog was largely used for baiting bulls in bullfighting sport, mainly in England. This involved setting dogs on a tethered bull fighter. It is on the dogs that bets were placed and the dog that succeeded in pulling a bull to the ground by the nose is the dog that won the sport.

The fact that many dogs lost their lives as a result of being gored or trumped on by bulls elicited stiff resistance from animal lovers who campaigned against the use of dogs in the sport, resulting in a ban. By this time however, the bulls used had developed stocky bodies, big heads and large strong jaws, which are the characteristics of modern bulldogs.

With little use in England after the ban on their use in bullfighting sport, other nationalities in England thought it wise to take the dogs to their countries. In particular, those taken to the US were found to be very useful when they were deployed to lead wild bulls when being tethered. It is from here that many New Yorkers in particular started to adopt the dogs as pets. The English bulldog did not lose its relevance in Britain though; it is commonly used to represent United Kingdom. It is also used as the official mascot in many American institutions.

You will easily identify this type of dog from other types by its broad head and massive shoulders. It has a short muzzle with folds above its nose. There is also a hanging skin below its neck. You are most likely to find it in white, red or fan colors. A mature male bulldog can weigh as much as 50 pounds. When it comes to temperament, the bulldog is a docile dog but can be very fast in sprinting over short distances. The fact that it does not require a lot of exercise makes it one of the best indoor dogs. It gets along very well with both children and other pets at home.

A well kept and cared for bulldog can live to attain 12 years before dying of old age. Cancer happens to be its major health challenge with others being hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, eye disease, allergies and facial infections. It is also one of very dogs that are very sensitive to heat and may not be comfortable in warm climates.

What kind of supplies does your pet need?

When you think about caring for your dog you need to know everything that you might possibly need in order to give your pet the proper care.  Pet supplies are no different than the supplies you need to live your life every day.  Dogs need the same amount of supplies but they have to be catered to this specific breed otherwise they will not do any good.  A couple of things that you have to keep in mind when you’re purchasing dog supplies to make sure that they’re going to be happy and healthy while they live with you.

You have to make sure that they have plenty of food at all times.  Do not over feed them otherwise they could get overweight but having a dog dish is something that you need to put food in.  The same thing goes with the water dish because you need something that your dog can drink out of without worrying about sharing it with you.

Your dog also needs a place to sleep that night.  Some people decide to let them sleep up on the bed with them where others might decide to purchase a dog bed for them.  Either way you need to find the perfect place for them sleep at night.

Another thing that you need for your dog is to make sure you have all the proper grooming equipment you need.  A brush, nail clippers and dog shampoo are very crucial to make sure that your dog is going to be healthy.  Giving them a bath once a week will make sure that they do not have any airborne particles that to get them sick.  You want to make sure that you brush their fur during hot summer days so that they can stay cool.  All these supplies can be found online at local pet shops or through department stores that sell pet supplies.