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Sunday, January 30, 2022

The Beagle

 The Beagle is a happy, inquisitive, shorthaired hound who makes a great family companion, an eager hunter in the field — or both!

Small, compact, and hardy, Beagles are active companions for kids and adults alike. Canines in this dog breed are merry and fun loving, but being hounds, they can also be stubborn and require patient, creative training techniques. Their noses guide them through life, and they're never happier than when following an interesting scent. The Beagle originally was bred as ascenthound to track small game, mostly rabbits and hare. He is still used for this purpose in many countries, including the United States.
It's difficult to resist the appeal of a Beagle's dark brown or hazel eyes, with his soft, pleading expression. They're happy, outgoing and loving — characteristics more than balanced out by their hound nature, which is inquisitive, determined, and focused on food. They aren't yappy dogs, but they do have three distinct vocalizations — a bark/growl, a baying howl, and a half-baying howl (a cross between a frantic bark and a bay). The half-howl vocalization usually is reserved for when they catch sight of quarry — or think it's time to wake the neighbors at 6 a.m.! Being pack dogs, they generally get along well with other animals and their human friends — and they think everyone is their new best friend. The most important thing to know about theBeagle is that he is a scenthound. His nose is the most important part of his anatomy and his head is always down to the ground, searching for an interesting trail to follow. Beagles have approximately 220 million scent receptors compared to the paltry 5 million or so in people, which makes them very good at picking up scents. Humorist Dave Barry once described his in-laws' Beagle as "a nose with feet."

You may have seen the Beagle's nose at work at airports across the country. In 1984, the U.S. Department of Agriculture decided to use Beagles to sniff out contraband food being brought into the United States at the Los Angeles International Airport.
The experiment was a huge success. Because they are small, friendly, and cute, the Beagles didn't intimidate people who are afraid of dogs, and with their super nose power, they could be trained to identify specific food articles while bypassing those that weren't contraband. Today, members of the "Beagle Brigade" patrol the baggage-claim areas at more than 20 international airports and other points of entry into the United States.

Although they've branched out into other fields of work, Beagles remain superb hunters of small game. The National Beagle Club's Institute Farm hosts AKC-sanctioned field trials where breeders with packs are put to the test in the field. Many other countries have similar activities for hunting Beagles.
Because of their small size and gentle temperament, Beagles can do well in apartments if their people are willing to walk them on lead several times a day in all kinds of weather. They need plenty of exercise, about an hour a day if possible. If left alone and unexercised, Beagles can become destructive.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

The Pug


The Pug is a small, stocky, square, thickset dog. The round head is massive with a short, blunt, square-shaped muzzle. Moles on the cheeks are considered beauty spots. The teeth meet in a slight undershot bite. The very large, prominent eyes are dark. The small, thin ears are either rose or button shaped. The face has large, deep wrinkles. The high-set tail is curled over the back and a double curl is preferred in the show ring. Dewclaws are usually removed. The short coat is soft, fine and smooth. Coat colors come in apricot, fawn, black and silver.
The Pug's comical face, with deep wrinkles around big, dark eyes and a flat round face, can't help but make you smile. It is believed that the Pug's name comes from the Latin word for "fist" because his face resembles a human fist.
Pugs are clowns at heart, but they carry themselves with dignity. Pugs are playful dogs, ready and able for games, but they are also lovers, and must be close to their humans. Pugs love to be the center of attention, and are heartsick if ignored.

black pug
Pugs are square and thickset, usually weighing no more than 20 pounds. Their heads are large and round, with large, round eyes. They have deep and distinct wrinkles on their faces. Legend has it that the Chinese, who mastered the breeding of this dog, prized these wrinkles because they resembled good luck symbols in their language. Especially prized were dogs with wrinkles that seemed to form the letters for the word "prince" in Chinese.
The moles on a Pug's cheeks are called "beauty spots." His muzzle or mask is black, with a clearly defined "thumb mark" on the forehead and a black trace down the center of the back. His ears are smooth, black and velvety. He has a characteristic undershot jaw (the lower teeth extend slightly beyond the upper teeth) and a tightly curled tail.


Coat care for the Pug is minimal, requiring only occasional brushing to remove the dog's dead hair. Meanwhile, regular cleaning and drying is necessary to prevent skin infections, especially in the dog's facial wrinkles.
As far as exercise requirements, the Pug's needs can be met daily with a moderate leash-led walk or an energetic game. Sensitive to humidity and heat, the Pug should be kept indoors. The breed is also prone to snoring and wheezing because of their flat, small muzzles.

Physical Chacacteristics

The Pug’s attentive and soft expression is its distinguishing feature. Its coat, which is fawn and black in color, is short, fine, and smooth. A compact and square-proportioned dog, the Pug moves with a jaunty and strong gait; its hindquarters roll slightly. The Pug also has clearly defined black markings on its muzzle, ears, cheeks and forehead, which has deep and huge wrinkles.

Personality and Temperament

The Pug is a playful, confident, and friendly companion that magnificently combines comedy with dignity. It is usually pleasant and willing to please, but it can be headstrong and adamant at times. The breed is also known to frolic and flaunt about.


Pugs catch colds easily and are stressed by hot and cold weather. They are prone to allergies and the short muzzle contributes to chronic breathing problems, making the Pug tend to wheeze and snore. (Pugs suffer from poor ventilation.) Prone to skin problems. Prone to mast cell tumors. Prone to Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE), an inflammation of the brain that strikes adolescent Pugs usually between the ages of 2 and 3. The cause is unknown.
They are not the easiest whelpers. Dams usually have to have cesarean sections due to the size of the pups’ heads.
There is a chance of Keratitis (inflammation of the cornea) and ulcers on the cornea. Eyes are prone to

weeping and cherry eye. Do not overfeed a Pug, as they will eat more than is good for them, quickly becoming obese and living much shorter lives.
The Pug has a lifespan of 12 to 15 years and is prone to major health problems like Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE) and canine hip dysplasia (CHD), as well as minor concerns like elongated palate, patellar luxation, stenotic nares, Legg-Perthes disease, entropion, keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), hemivertebra, obesity, and skin infections. Nerve degeneration, demodicosis, seizures, distichiasis, and allergies are occasionally seen in this breed of dog.

Other Breed Names

Chinese Pug Dog
Dutch Bulldog
Dutch Mastiff

History and Background

Multum in Parvo, meaning "a lot in a little," is the official motto of the Pug and sums up its description. The Pug has had various names throughout the years, including Mopshond in Holland, Chinese or Dutch Pug in England, and Mops in Germany. But the word “pug” is thought to have come from the Latin pugnus, meaning fist and attributed to its clenched fist-like head, or from the 18th-century marmoset "pug" monkey, which purportedly appeared quite similar to the dog.
Pugs originated in China, dating back to the Han dynasty (B.C. 206 to A.D. 200). Some historians believe they are related to the Tibetan Mastiff. They were prized by the Emperors of China and lived in luxurious accommodations, sometimes even being guarded by soldiers.
Pugs are one of three types of short-nosed dogs that are known to have been bred by the Chinese: the Lion dog, the Pekingese, and the Lo-sze, which was the ancient Pug. Some think that the famous "Foo Dogs" of China are representations of the ancient Pug. Evidence of Pug-like dogs has been found in ancient Tibet and Japan.

In the latter 1500s and early 1600s, China began trading with European countries. Reportedly, the first Pugs brought to Europe came with the Dutch traders, who named the breed Mopshond, a name still used today.
Although its exact ancestry is not known, many consider the Pug as one of the first breeds miniaturized in Asia. China is the earliest known source of the breed, where Buddhist monasteries of Tibet favored the Pug as a pet. The Chinese considered the Pug's facial wrinkles an important feature of the breed, referring to it as the "prince mark" because of its similarity to the Chinese figure for prince.
Brought to Holland by the Dutch East India Trading Company, a pug would become a pet to William I, the Prince of Orange in the mid 16th century. The Pug was also bestowed the position of the House of Orange official dog after one of its kind saved the life of William I by alarming him to the approach of an upcoming attack of Spaniards at Hermingny in 1572. Later, when William II landed at Torbay to be crowned King of England, his cortege included pugs, making the breed fashionable for generations.

By 1790, the Pug had made its way to France. Most notably used by Josephine, wife of Napoleon, her pug, "Fortune," carried secret messages under his collar to Napoleon while she was confined in Les Carmes prison.

In England, the Pug gained popularity during the Victorian era. These pugs sported cropped ears, which further enhanced their wrinkled expressions. And in 1885, the American Kennel Club would recognize the Pug. Since then, the Pug has become not only a popular show dog, but a wonderful family pet.

French Bulldog

 Despite his glum expression, the French Bulldog is comical, entertaining, and dependably amiable.

As comfortable in an apartment as he is on a farm, he is more lively than you might suspect from his chunky appearance. French Bulldog puppies are especially frisky, and ball chasing is one of their passions. Adults are more dignified and can be champion couch potatoes, but also love to clown around and go for walks in cool weather.
Many Frenchies are friendly with everyone, while others are politely reserved. French Bulldogs will bark to announce visitors, but are otherwise quiet dogs.
Usually peaceful with other pets (though some French Bulldogs will hunt small rodents), males may bicker with other males.
The French Bulldog is quite stubborn and can be challenging to train, yet also surprisingly sensitive, remembers what he learns, and responds well to early, patient, persistent training that utilizes food motivation.
French bulldogs’ origins are murky, but most sources trace their roots to English bulldogs. Lace makers in England were drawn to the toy version of the dog and would use the smaller pups as lap warmers while they worked. When the lace industry moved to France, they took their dogs with them. There, the English bulldogs probably bred with terriers to create bouledogues français, or French bulldogs.

They were meant to be great companions.

Frenchies are affectionate, friendly dogs that were bred to be companions. Although they’re somewhat slow to be housebroken, they get along well with other dogs and aren’t big barkers. The dogs don’t need much exercise, so they are fine in small areas and enjoy the safety of a crate.

Keep them away from water.

Thanks to a squat frame and a bulbous head, French bulldogs can’t swim, so pool owners should keep a watchful eye on their pups. Keep in mind that if you plan a beach vacation, your furry friend might feel a little left out.

Flying is a problem, too.

French Bulldogs are a brachycephalic breed, meaning they have shorter snouts than other dogs. These pushed-in faces can lead to a variety of breathing problems. This facial structure, coupled with high stress and uncomfortably warm temperatures, can lead to fatal situations for dogs with smaller snouts. Many breeds like bulldogs and pugs have perished while flying, so as a result, many airlines have banned them. 

Most French bulldogs are born through artificial insemination.

Due to their unusual proportions, the dogs have a little trouble copulating. Males have a hard time reaching the females, and they often get overheated and exhausted when trying to get things going. As a result, a large majority of French bulldogs are created through artificial insemination. While this measure makes each litter of pups more expensive, it also allows breeders to check for potential problems during the process.
French bulldogs often also have problems giving birth, so many must undergo a C-section. The operation ensures the dog will not have to weather too much stress and prevents future health complications.


A compactly built dog, the French Bulldog, in spite of his name, is believed to be at least partly of British origin. He is a descendant of the Toy Bulldog, which was bred during the nineteenth century and exported to France, where the breed became popular. In fact, English lacemakers from the Midlands who went to work in France took small Bulldogs with them. This stock is believed to have mixed with short-faced bull-baiting dogs from other European countries. This ‘new’ breed was brought to England and first shown around 1900, with a French Bulldog club being formed in 1903.

The bat ear is a distinctive feature of this breed and adds to the droll expression. He is medium-to-small-sized dog and bred in three colours – brindle, pied and fawn – with a short, easy-to-keep-clean coat.

Very intelligent and always ready for fun, the French Bulldog has an affectionate disposition. But although he has a jolly, engaging personality and is very vivacious, he is not a boisterous or a noisy dog. Comfort means a lot to him and he will happily live in house or flat as an integral part of the family.

The Colors and Patterns

Monday, January 17, 2022

Climate Change Will Affect These Dog Breeds

Certain canine varieties are more in danger with regards to environmental change. Another review led by Scientific Reports dissects information to figure out which breeds experienced most in high temperatures, and their weakness factors.
The beyond five years have been the most smoking on record, and canines, similar to people, can experience unfavorable impacts and sickness when temperatures climb. As indicated by Bloomberg, no less than 395 canines in the U.K. gotten veterinary consideration for heat-related ailments in 2016, which was the most blazing year around the world. Of those ailments detailed, 56 canines passed on, making for a 14% death rate.

Logical Reports' review locales three fundamental danger factors that compared with heat sickness and demise: weight, age and skull life structures.

The investigation discovered that canines gauging in excess of 110 pounds are more defenseless against heat pressure, and those 12 years of age and more established were considerably more in danger than some other age bunch. Age and weight are immense powerlessness factors for people in high temperatures too.
Breed-wise, thoroughbred canines are by and large more at helpless, particularly canines with level appearances and wide skulls, similar to English bulldogs and arrogant King Charles spaniels, which are two times as prone to turn out to be sick in blistering climate contrasted with beagles, line collies and different canines with longer noses.

Different variables that assumed a part in heat sickness incorporate coat thickness and muscle proportion.
As indicated by the review, brilliant retrievers are 2.7 occasions almost certain than labradors to experience the ill effects of hotness related sickness "notwithstanding being of comparative size, disposition and reason." This might be because of brilliant retrievers' thicker coat.
Greyhounds were found to have 4.3 more noteworthy defenselessness to warm than labradors. Jan Hoole, an instructor in science at Keele University, however not associated with the review, disclosed to Bloomberg that greyhounds have a high proportion of muscle and might be leaned to run even on the most sweltering days. High proportion of muscle has been displayed to have relationship with more serious danger of heatstroke in the wake of working out.

"Canines will be impacted by environmental change in extraordinarily comparative ways to people going ahead," said Emily Hall, the review's lead creator, who is a senior instructor at Nottingham Trent University. "At the point when we contemplate alleviating methodologies to shield people from heat, we will have to think about canines similarly."

Environmental change acts different dangers for canines like well. As indicated by an article distributed last year by USA Today, environmental change is playing a component in a more extensive appropriation of infections, for example, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, heartworm and Lyme sickness, everything sicknesses which can cause ailment and passing in canines. Ascends in Lyme infection and Rocky Mountain spotted fever can be attached to warming environments and lifts in tick and mosquito populace, while expanding catastrophic events can assume a part in appropriating heartworm all through various pieces of the country as canines are moved from one state to another to be taken on.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

The “DON’TS” of Cold Weather Dog

Try not to go after the razor

Your canine's feathery coat is something beyond a style explanation it shields her from brutal breezes and severe temps. This ought to be obvious, however don't shave your canine throughout the colder time of year. The ASPCA prescribes essentially managing long-haired canines to stay away from the development of ice and salt that can stick to their hide.

Try not to wash your canine (to an extreme) in winter

Piggybacking on the last point, we bring you "don't" # 2: if there's anything you can do about it, skip shower time throughout the colder time of year. Energetic washing will just add to awkward, flaky skin. Assuming, nonetheless, your canine has gotten into a truly sloppy circumstance that main a shower can settle, search for a saturating cleanser and wash.

DON’T leave your dog outside

Sure, some dogs were bred to endure winter weather (we’re lookin’ at you, Siberian huskies.) But when the mercury dips below freezing, no dog should be left outside.
If, for whatever reason, your dog spends a significant amount of time outside in the winter, protect him with an shelter that features the following:

A raised floor, covered with straw
A doorway, covered with waterproof burlap or plastic
Make sure it’s dry and draft-free
Make it small to hold in body heat

Try not to let your canine be in a vehicle

We as a whole know the risks of leaving a canine in a vehicle throughout the mid year, yet did you know it's similarly unsafe to keep him in a vehicle throughout the colder time of year? At the point when it's virus out, a vehicle will behave like a fridge, freezing everything left inside. Try not to chance your canine's wellbeing on the off chance that you want to get things done, keep her home.
Try not to hazard your canine's wellbeing in a dangerous situation
Try not to walk your canine close to frozen lakes or lakes, which may not be thick to the point of bearing her weight. On the off chance that she gets through the ice, she's in danger of suffocating and hypothermia.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

The “DO’S” of Cold Weather Safety Dog

For pet people who live in colder environments, winter can introduce a few genuine difficulties. From blinding whiteouts to unsafe ice fixes, your canine has a great deal to fight with while overcoming the components during this season.
Your canine is relying on you to keep her safe, so it's essential to ask yourself-would you say you are doing all that you can to keep your canine sound and glad this colder time of year?
We've gathered together some chilly climate security tips to assist you with addressing that inquiry. Look and see which practices you've effectively taken on, and which ones you really want to deal with.

DO humidify your home

You're not by any means the only one tormented with crocodile skin in the colder time of year as the moistness outside dives and we consistently wrench up our heaters, your canine may likewise encounter dry and bothersome skin. To keep him (and yourself!) agreeable, The ASPCA proposes running a humidifier in your home during the dryer months.

One more method for combatting flaky, dried out skin is to serve your canine enhancements or treats wealthy in unsaturated fats. This choice gives a characteristic method for reducing your canine's dry skin while keeping up with the soundness of his jacket. Converse with your vet about ways of bringing these fats into your canine's eating regimen.
Despite the fact that our canines' paws are intended to endure pressure, there's as yet a breaking point on the amount they can deal with. It's important that pet people give additional consideration to their canine's feet in the cold weather months.

There are multiple ways you can do this:

Make it a propensity to wash and dry your canine's feet (and stomach, in the meantime) after each walk. Take unique consideration to eliminate any ice or salt that is sticking to her paws or in the middle of her toes.
After you've cleaned them, inspect your canine's paw cushions, looking out for breaks, redness, or dying.
Use petrol jam or paw security wax to give a boundary between your canine's feet and the frozen ground. All the more a DIY-er? The American Kennel Club offers this instructional exercise for a basic paw emollient you can make on your burner.
Assuming your canine will endure them, booties are an incredible choice. They go quite far towards ensuring destroyed paws, and they're past delightful. Shared benefit.
Stash child wipes in your pocket during winter strolls. You can utilize them to clear off stinging walkway salt.
In outrageous climate, you might have to abbreviate your day by day strolls. Fido will excuse you, I guarantee!
Likewise, focus on your canine's conduct: assuming that he's leaning toward one paw, or trying not to put weight on it, it's an ideal opportunity to head inside.

DO utilize pet-accommodating items

One simple method for ensuring your canine's paws: ditch brutal walkway salt, which can cause significant aggravation. Select paw-accommodating ice liquefies, all things considered.

Something else to be aware of is your vehicle's liquid catalyst. Pets are attracted to its sweet taste, however this stuff is exceptionally harmful. Assuming you have a spill, wipe it up right away. You might even need to consider utilizing a more secure kind of liquid catalyst that contains propylene glycol rather than the more hurtful compound, ethylene glycol.

DO adjust your canine's calorie consumption

The virus is a not kidding energy-sapper. Furthermore since her body will be consuming more calories to keep itself warm, your puppy might require more food throughout the colder time of year. Your vet can assist you with deciding whether an additional a scoop of kibbles is really smart.
At the point when chilly climate strikes, there's nothing similar to casings into a comfortable bed. Also your canine concurs! Ensure she has a warm spot to rest, and toss down additional covers for her to tunnel in. A warmed canine bed is one more astounding arrangement there's a scope of styles to suit each canine's exceptional inclination.
On the off chance that you have a short-haired canine, it's brilliant to package her in a sweater or coat prior to heading outside (once more, assuming she'll endure it). Get your hands on something like two, so you'll forever have a dry sweater when it's an ideal opportunity to go out.

DO affirm that your canine's ID tag is cutting-edge

At the point when natural fragrances are covered underneath a layer of ice and snow, a lost canine will think that it is hard to follow his direction back home. Forestall this despair by guaranteeing her collar is secure and her label information is current and neat. What's more assuming she's not microchipped yet-get on that ASAP.

Dogs that Require Special Consideration in the Winter


A few canines are better prepared to deal with unforgiving winters than others. Assuming you have a canine that squeezes into one of the accompanying classes, she might require additional consideration to protect her sound and in chilly climate.

Pups: Because pups have less muscle, fat, and hide than grown-up canines, they require additional cuddles to keep their body temp up. Not that we're griping.

Senior Dogs: Unfortunately, chilly climate can demolish the a throbbing painfulness that accompany age. Assuming you have a senior canine, reduce her enduring with a quality canine bed and a warm sweater/bootie combo when you head outside.

Joint Dogs: Arthritis can become bothered in cold climate, so an additional a comfortable bed will be incredibly valuable by your helpless ligament canine.

Breeds touchy to chilly climate: Some canines simply aren't reproduced to endure cold temps (like, for example, Chihuahuas or Greyhounds), and they'll require additional assistance remaining warm in swirling climate.

As may be obvious, everything necessary is a couple of straightforward changes to your day by day daily practice to guarantee your canine's wellbeing the entire winter. Audit this aide yearly as a boost, and appreciate strolling in a colder time of year wonderland with your glad dog.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Dogs - Physical traits and functions - General characteristics - Teeth - Digestive machine - Skeletal structure

 Physical traits and functions

General characteristics

Dogs come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. It is difficult to imagine that a large Great Dane and a tiny poodle are of the same species, but they are genetically identical with the same anatomic features. All dogs have 78 chromosomes, or 39 pairs of chromosomes (humans have 23 pairs), and one member of each pair comes from each parent. The normal temperature (rectal) of an adult dog is 100–102.5 °F.


Dogs have  units of tooth. Twenty-8 deciduous tooth erupt through six to 8 weeks of age, and by the time puppies are six to seven months antique these deciduous tooth are all replaced by means of 42 adult tooth. The permanent tooth encompass incisors, that are used to nip and bite; canine, which tear and shred flesh; and premolars and molars, which shear and overwhelm. In brief, a dog’s teeth function guns and as equipment for reducing or tearing food. The dogs are the top and decrease fangs for which the dog circle of relatives became named. As in most carnivores, the enamel are excessive-topped and pointed, unlike the vast, grinding teeth of many herbivorous animals.

The teething procedure can be tough for dogs. Their gums harm and emerge as swollen, they may lose their appetites, and they may have mild intermittent diarrhea.

Digestive machine

Dogs rarely chew their food. Once the meals is taken into the mouth, it is gulped or swallowed and handed thru the esophagus into the belly, wherein digestive enzymes begin to interrupt it down. Most of the digestion and absorption of meals takes area in the small intestines with the resource of the pancreas and the liver. The pancreas secretes enzymes wanted for regulating the digestive manner. As in human beings, the pancreas produces insulin and glucagon, both of which can be essential for the law of glucose. The liver is the biggest internal organ inside the body. It has six lobes (whereas the human liver has most effective two). The liver is chargeable for many crucial life-retaining capabilities. It facilitates digestion by way of generating bile, which aids in the absorption of fats. The liver additionally metabolizes protein and carbohydrates, and it excretes toxins from the bloodstream. In addition, it manufactures most important blood-clotting marketers. Because the liver plays all these vital functions, liver ailment may be a first-rate trouble in puppies.

Skeletal structure

Dogs are running animals, with the exception of these bred specially for one of a kind functions. For instance, the bulldog, with its huge head and short, “bowed” legs, cannot be called a creature born to chase recreation. Most dogs, however, are properly prepared to run or lope over long distances, supplied that they may be physically conditioned for such activities. The creation of the shoulder and pelvic bones and the manner they articulate with the leg bones and the backbone allow most breeds to trot, run, or gallop without difficulty. Certain breeds have wonderful gaits which have been genetically selected via humans. The German shepherd canine is thought for its “flying trot.” The severe extension of the the front and rear legs causes the canine to appear as if it had been soaring, even though one foot always remains at the floor. Another unique gait is that of the greyhound. This dog become bred for superb bursts of velocity, and its maximum secure gait is the gallop. The spine is unusually flexible, permitting the dog to contract and extend its four legs in unison, wherein all 4 feet are off the ground on the identical time.

Other breeds also have particular functions. The Afghan hound become bred to chase sport over lengthy distances in rocky terrain. Its structure lets in incredible flexibility via the hip joints and decrease lower back, permitting the canine to turn speedy in a small region. The dachshund, through comparison, is lengthy and occasional with quick legs. This dog turned into bred to seek badgers underground, and its shape allows it to enter subterranean tunnels on the lookout for its prey.

Although most breeds no longer follow the pursuits for which they were originally bred, their instincts remain strong, and their structure still allows them to perform their specific tasks.