Dandie Dinmont Terrier Dog

Country of origin:

Scotland

Weight:
Male 18 – 24 pounds (8 – 11 kg)
Female 18 – 24 pounds (8 – 11 kg)

Height:
Male 8 – 11 inches (20 – 28 cm)
Female 8 – 11 inches (20 – 28 cm)

Coat:
The coat is about 2 inches (5 cm) long with a soft and hard hairs.

Coat Colors:
Pepper, Mustard.

Life span:
12 – 15 years.

Health Issues:
Glaucoma, Epilepsy, Back problems.

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Dog Breed Info

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is one of the oddest looking dog breeds in the world. They have long bodies with a curve on their back and their front legs are shorter than their hind ones. They are courageous, determined and make excellent companions for family members. They don’t always get along well with other dogs in the household and they might want to be the center of attention.

You are going to need a lot of patience to train your Dandie Dinmont. For some reason, this breed gets bored from repeating constant tasks. His training must be fun for him . That will make your job easier and the Dandie may not find it repetitive and boring.

A good way to begin his training could be enrolling him in one of those obedient classes for puppies , so he begins adapting to other environments and other dogs. You may also want to invite friends home more often, so your Dandie develops his hability to socialize.

Bernese Mountain Dog Breed

Country of origin:

Switzerland

Weight:
Male 85 – 110 pounds (38 – 50 kg)
Female 80 – 105 pounds (36 – 48 kg)

Height:
Male 24 – 28 inches (61 – 71 cm)
Female 23 – 27 inches (58 – 69 cm)

Coat:
Long and thick coat.

Coat Colors:
Black, either solid or with a small amount of white on the chest, chin or toes.

Life span:
6 – 8 years.

Health Issues:
Bloat, Cancer and Eyelid problems, Hip and Elbow dysplasia, Obesity.

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Dog Breed Info

The Bernese Mountain Dog is an outdoor dog, although he also behaves well indoors. He likes to exercise, eventhough he doesn’t have much stamina. He is very smart , easy to train and an excellent guard dog although his character is not so dominant.

He needs to be with his family instead of being locked up in a cage or patio. This breed is very sensible and needs the loving care of his master. They are very patient and affectionate with children. In addition , they get along well with other animals and strangers.

The Bernese takes time to become mature, you can see that at 3 years old he tends to play as if he were a puppy. Generally speaking this breed is affectionate, steady and patient.

What You Need To Know About Training Beagle Puppies

Beagle puppies are absolutely adorable. If you have a new Beagle puppy then congratulations! Beagles are wonderful dogs. They are happy, friendly, outgoing dogs who like people. They are usually very sweet, gentle dogs and they make great family dogs. But, like all dogs, they need some training if they’re going to have good manners. Here’s some information to help you in training Beagle puppies.

Training Your Beagle Puppy

Your Beagle puppy probably won’t know very much when he comes home with you. Most puppies go to their new homes when they are 8 to 10 weeks old. For most of their first few weeks their mother has been feeding them and cleaning up after them. After that, they started eating some “real” food (probably puppy food) and their breeder had to clean up after them. So, your puppy probably isn’t housetrained and he doesn’t know what he’s supposed to do in the house. So, don’t get mad at him if he has accidents or makes mistakes. He just doesn’t know anything yet.

Here are some things that your puppy needs to learn in the first year:

  • Housetraining
  • Crate training
  • Socialization
  • Basic obedience lessons
  • Good manners

If your puppy can learn all these things in the first year, he’ll be doing great!  You’ll have a very well-trained puppy indeed.

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Housetraining

You can start your Beagle puppy’s housetraining as soon as you bring him home. Then put your puppy on a good schedule. Take him out first thing in the morning when he wakes up, then after every meal, every play time, and every nap. Take him out before bed at night. Feed him his dinner no later than about 7 or 8 in the evening so he will have a chance to potty before he goes to sleep. This will prevent accidents at night.

If your puppy does have an accident in the house it won’t do any good to punish him after it happens. He won’t know why he’s being punished. Just make up your mind that you will watch him better in the future and look for indications that he needs to go outside.

Crate training

Crate training can be very good for a puppy. It’s a great way to help with housetraining. And, if you travel with your puppy in the car it’s safer for him to ride in a crate. You can place your puppy’s crate in the house where he will find it and put some toys and treats inside.

Leave the door open so he can go in and out on his own. Let him explore it. If he wants to sleep inside, let him. Once he is happy with the crate you can close the door for a few minutes and let him get used to spending a short amount of time in there. Gradually increase the time. Always provide your puppy with some toys and safe things to chew on when he’s in the crate so he can keep himself occupied.

Socialization

One of the most important things for your Beagle puppy to learn when he’s young is socialization. Socialization will help your puppy develop self-confidence. Puppies who develop self-confidence are less likely to have behavior problems when they get older. Take your puppy places with you. Encourage him to meet friendly people who will pet him. Let him meet other friendly dogs. Let him see new places and things so he won’t be scared of them.

You can also sign your puppy up for a puppy preschool or puppy kindergarten class. These classes are often offered by pet stores, animal shelters, kennel clubs, and dog trainers. Your puppy can meet other puppies and their owners and learn some manners. Some of these classes even offer some basic obedience lessons.

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Basic obedience lessons

Sign your puppy up for a basic obedience class. You can even teach these lessons at home. There are lots of good DVDs, CDs, and books on obedience lessons for dogs. It’s good for your puppy to learn basic obedience commands and training together will be a good bonding experience for you. You can start training with your dog after he’s about two months old.

Good manners

Good manners are something that you will need to teach your Beagle puppy on an ongoing basis. They include things like not jumping on people or grabbing things off the kitchen counter. If you have particular rules in your house then you’ll need to teach them to your dog. All dogs need to learn good manners so they can meet people and behave well.

Conclusion

Training your Beagle puppy takes time and it will be up to you to teach him what he needs to know. Try to teach your puppy the most important things during his first year such as housetraining, crate training, socialization, basic obedience, and good manners. If your Beagle puppy learns these things he’ll be a dog you can be proud of.

What Is the Smallest Breed of Dog in the World?

There are several contenders for smallest dog breed. Most people agree that the Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog in the world but the Yorkshire Terrier and the Pomeranian are also quite small and there can be individual dogs which are smaller than some Chihuahuas. Other breeds, such as the Maltese, the Japanese Chin, and the Papillon, all weigh less than 10 pounds and can also rival the Chihuahua as the smallest breed at times.

Here are some of the breeds which might be considered the smallest breed of dog in the world.

Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is a very old Mexican breed. Dogs of this type have probably existed in Mexico for hundreds of years and a larger version may have been used in religious ceremonies by some of the earlier Mexican peoples. The Chihuahua is a bold, feisty breed. They can be quite independent, though they are devoted to their owners. They are not recommended for families with small children but they should do all right with older children. The Chihuahua is not supposed to weigh more than 6 pounds according to the club’s breed standard, though some pets do weigh more.

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Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier comes from England. They were originally a terrier breed and were bred to hunt rats and other vermin in the textile mills of northern England. They are a beautiful little breed with a long flowing coat of tan and blue. The Yorkie is outgoing, determined, and brave. They are not afraid of anything. They are also very curious and quite active. The Yorkie only weighs 4 to 7 pounds.

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Pomeranian

The Pomeranian was once a much larger dog, weighing up to 30 pounds, and was used to pull sleds in the cold north of Europe. Over the last 200 years the breed has been slowly reduced in size until today these charming little dogs weigh between 3 and 7 pounds. They retain their spitz-dog appearance and even look like little foxes. They are intelligent, outgoing, and love to please their owners. With their thick, dense coats they do need quite a bit of grooming.

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Maltese

The beautiful Maltese has a long flowing white coat. These dogs are good for allergy-sufferers. The Maltese has been known for around 2800 years. This charming, intelligent, brave, playful little dog only weighs 4 to 6 pounds. They do require daily brushing to keep their coats from matting.

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Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin is actually a Chinese breed. They were bred only to be lapdogs for ladies in the Imperial Palace. These little dogs are intelligent, affectionate, and devoted. It’s easy to teach them tricks and they enjoy showing off in front of friends, though they can be reserved with strangers. They are playful and agile. The Japanese Chin usually weighs between 7 and 9 pounds, though some dogs can weigh just 4 pounds. They stand 8 to 11 inches tall. They have a lovely longish coat that is usually white with black or red markings.

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Papillon

The Papillon was originally known as a Dwarf Spaniel in the 16th and 17th century, though any relation to spaniels seems unlikely. These little dogs are friendly, elegant, and quite dainty. They are happy and lively little dogs. They have a medium-long coat but they do not have an undercoat and they don’t need a lot of grooming. The Papillon (the name means “butterfly” for the breed’s butterfly-like ears) stands 8 to 11 inches tall and weighs 5 to 10 pounds.

Conclusion

Most people agree that the Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed in the world but there are several other small breeds which are similar in size to the Chihuahua.

Shih Tzu Grooming Styles

The Shih Tzu is considered to be an exceptionally beautiful dog. They have a long, flowing coat that has both an undercoat and an outer coat. It takes daily brushing and grooming to keep these little dogs looking their best. While some pet owners do keep their dogs trimmed in a short haircut to make it easier to care for their coats, many owners love to take care of their dog’s long coat and show it off. If you wish to show your dog at a dog show, you will need to keep the coat long. Here is some helpful advice about Shih Tzu grooming styles.

The Shih Tzu Coat

The Shih Tzu’s coat has an undercoat which keeps the dog warm and insulated against colder weather. This may not be necessary if the dog is a pet living in an apartment, but when the breed was created they lived in a colder climate and they needed this warm undercoat lying close against their skin.

The dog’s outer coat is the long, flowing hair that you see on top of their body. This coat is luxurious and dense. The hair on top of the Shih Tzu’s head is customarily tied up in a top knot and held in place with a bow.

For the show ring, which is the grooming standard for the breed where they are best groomed and presented, any excessive trimming is considered a fault. However, it is permissible to trim around the paws of the dog and along the bottom of the coat and at the dog’s anus to make the coat neat and to allow the dog to move more freely.

Shih Tzu Grooming Tips

It takes daily brushing and grooming to keep a coat in this excellent condition. To groom your Shih Tzu you should have a good boar bristle brush, preferably with a wooden handle and back. Boar bristles are considered to be gentler on the hair. Nylon bristles are more likely to break the dog’s hair which will ruin the long, flowing appearance. A wooden handle and back are desirable for the brush because they soak up the natural oils in the dog’s coat and spread them throughout the hair. This is considered to be good for the hair. A dog with healthy skin and coat will naturally produce these oils and they should be evenly distributed throughout the coat by regular brushing.

You should bathe your Shih Tzu regularly. Once a month is usually a good time table for a pet Shih Tzu who does not become excessively dirty or roll in anything smelly. You should use a good shampoo and conditioner for the coat. Do not use human products on your dog’s coat. Dogs have a different pH from humans and most, if not all, human products are too harsh for dogs. They will strip out the natural oils from the dog’s skin and coat. This includes human baby shampoos. They are too harsh for dogs. Many pet stores and online retailers sell good shampoos and conditioners for dogs. You can use a shampoo and conditioner with natural ingredients if you prefer.

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When grooming your Shih Tzu, or any dog, you may wish to put some small pieces of cotton in your dog’s ears before the bath. This will help keep water out of your dog’s ears. Be sure to rinse your dog thoroughly after shampooing. Any soap residue left behind can cause your dog to itch and scratch. This is a frequent cause of hot spots and other skin problems.

You can also use a coat detangler on your dog’s coat immediately after the bath. This will keep the coat from tangling and make it easy to comb out. It usually makes grooming easier.

You can use a little conditioner, mixed with water, to spray on your dog’s coat each day before you brush. Or just spray a little water on the coat to dampen it. This will make the coat easier to brush and keep the hair from breaking.

Short Cuts

If you don’t wish to devote a lot of time to grooming your Shih Tzu, you can have him professionally trimmed every six to eight weeks so he stays in a short pet haircut. This look is cute on a Shih Tzu and it’s easy to care for.

CONCLUSION

If you intend to keep your Shih Tzu’s hair long then you will need to brush it every day. This will keep the skin and coat healthy and prevent mats and tangles from forming. Bathe your dog about once a month. Do not use human products on your dog. If you don’t wish to devote a lot of time to grooming your Shih Tzu, you can have his coat cut in a short pet haircut by a professional groomer.