Things you didn't know about the American Staffordshire Terrier

10.11.2019. 21:06:17

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a medium-large, muscular, strong and athletic dog that descends from early Greek Mastiff-type dogs that were used for dog fighting, hunting, protection, etc. In the early 19th century these dogs came to England and were known as Pit Bull Terriers. In England Pit Bull Terriers were used as fighting dogs against bulls and bears. In 1835 these “sports” were prohibited so people just started to fight dogs against each other. This continued on the American ground also, where these dogs were brought by immigrants from England, Ireland, and Scotland. In America, selective...

Everything you need to know about the Kuvasz

08.11.2019. 21:00:20

The Kuvasz (pronounced KOO-vahss; the plural is Kuvaszok, pronounced KOO-vah-sock) is an ancient dog breed that is believed to originate from Hungary. However, this dog’s ancestors were mastiff-type dogs from Tibet. Kuvasz dogs were used for guarding livestock from predators, occasionally for hunting and (mostly) for protection. King Matias I of Hungary was known to have a number of Kuvaszok for personal protection. He also had a kennel were he bred these dogs and often gave them as a gift to nobles. FUN FACT: One of the nobles who received a Kuvasz from King Matias I of Hungary was Vlad Dracula, the Pr...

Understanding Dog’s Body Language

04.11.2019. 22:48:06

Dogs have a way to speak to us. Dogs are great communicators. Their body language is strong. A certain look, posture or movement tells us what they want, need or about to do. You just need to know how to read their signs. So here are some guidelines to read and understand your dog’s body language. A happy dog’s mouth is usually open and relaxed. The corners can be slightly upward so it looks like the dog is smiling. Stressed or fearful dogs tend to have their mouths closed. This can also mean that a dog is being alert and ready for action! If a dog is displaying a warning he usually wrinkles the top of...

Amazing facts about the Barbet breed

01.11.2019. 22:28:21

The Barbet is relatively rare, rustic, and medium-sized dog, known for his dense, curly coat and the ability to retrieve from water and hunt on land. The Barbet is a versatile gun dog who is believed to originate from France, in 16th century, to hunt water game. The dog was all-around working dog. After the World War II, the Barbet breed almost became extinct, but there were few devoted breeders who helped save the breed. FUN FACT: The word “Barbet” is pronounced as “Bar-Bay” and it comes from the French word “Barbe” which means beard, due to dog's bearded face. Male Barbet stands between 22.5 and 25 i...

Human Foods That Can Kill Your Dog

29.10.2019. 22:03:58

Most of the dogs know just how to make their humans give them a bite of their snack. However, every dog owner needs to know that there are some human foods that can kill a dog. Although it is hard to resist the dog’s begging, giving them these foods can be fatal. The most deadly human food for dogs is chocolate. Chocolate contains a substance called theobromine that is toxic in large quantities. Theobromine stimulates the central nervous system, and has different cardiovascular effects. Also, dark chocolate contains ten times more theobromine than milk chocolate. So the rule is – the darker the chocolat...

The West Highland White Terrier

28.10.2019. 22:35:00

The West Highland White Terrier (or simply the Westie) is a popular small-sized dog breed, known for its liveliness, friendliness and completely white fur. These dogs originated in Scotland and were used for hunting foxes, badgers, and otters, and for killing vermin. The Westie’s white color is supposedly a consequence of a tragic accident that occurred in the 19th century, while Colonel Malcolm of Poltalloch was hunting foxes. He accidentally shot and killed his wheaten-colored Cairn Terrier. After this accident, the Colonel decided to breed only white dogs that couldn't be confused with foxes. The Wes...

False Pregnancy in Dogs

25.10.2019. 23:10:49

False pregnancy, or pseudopregnancy, is a term used to describe a condition where a non-pregnant female dog is showing symptoms of pregnancy. Although the cause of this condition is unknown, it is believed that false pregnancy happens because of dog’s hormonal imbalance. Every time a female dog ovulates, her progesterone levels rise and stay elevated. Hormon progesterone regulates ovulation and menstruation. After that, when the progesterone levels begin to fall, levels of hormone prolactin start to rise. Prolactin stimulates milk production. These hormonal fluctuations can make your dog’s body think th...

The Boerboel

22.10.2019. 22:00:01

The Boerboel is a massive dog that originated from South Africa and is also known as the South African Mastiff. The dog’s name comes from Dutch word for farmer (“boer) and dog (“boel”). These dogs were first bred by crossing large, Mastiff-type dogs in the 1600s by Dutch settlers in South Africa to protect their families, farms and livestock from hyenas, baboons, leopards, lions, and other wild animals, as well as from human intruders.  Due to their strength, loyalty and protective nature, Boerboels are still used for the protection. The breed is still fairly rare outside of South Africa and one of the...

The Labradoodle

21.10.2019. 20:49:15

The Labradoodle is a crossbreed dog created by crossing the Labrador Retriever and Standard, Miniature, or Toy poodle. These dogs were bred to be assistance dogs for people who suffered of dog related allergies. First Labradoodle was created in Australia, in 1989, by a man named Wally Conron. He conducted first crossbreeding between a Standard Poodle and Labrador Retriever because he needed a dog that has the coat of the Puddle and the working ability of the Labrador Retriever. The result of this crossbreeding was named Sultan. Sultan was smart, sweet, and most importantly, he had the hypoallergenic coa...

The Samoyed

17.10.2019. 22:32:31

Samoyed - facts The Samoyed is a popular medium to large-sized dog breed that originated from Siberia. The name Samoyed comes from the Samoyede people, who migrated to Siberia a thousand years ago. These dogs are also known as "Bjelkiers" (white dog that breeds white). Samoyed dogs were bred for hard work. Samoyed dogs were used to hunt, herd reindeer, guard homes, and haul sledges. They were loved by the Samoyede people, and were allowed to live with their masters inside their tents, known as the “chooms”. They would keep their people warm during cold Artic nights. FUN FACT: Samoyeds were used on both...