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Toy Poodle Information

Although Poodles are usually associated with France, the breed actually originated in Germany several hundred years ago. The breed was originally used as water retrievers and they were hunting dogs. Poodles today still tend to enjoy the water and are good retrievers. Some people even hunt with their Poodles today. The Toy Poodle appeared in England by the 18th century and they have been popular ever since. Continue reading for more Toy Poodle information.

Toy Poodle History

Although the Standard Poodle appeared first, the Toy or Miniature Poodle was used as a truffle-finding dog in England, Spain, and Germany, where truffles were considered to be a great delicacy. The small dogs had a great nose and excelled at finding the truffles in the woods. The small dogs were also favored because they didn’t trample the truffles as they searched for them.

While Toy Poodles were popular in England in the 18th century, there is evidence to suggest that the small dogs were popular in France long before they came to England. Paintings from France and Spain show that the small dogs were popular there probably in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Appearance

According to Toy Poodle information, these dogs should stand no more than 10 inches tall at the shoulder. Although the AKC does not specify their weight, most of them usually weigh between 6 and 9 pounds. Poodles that are larger than this are classified as Miniature Poodles.

Toy Poodles come in many colors, as other Poodles do. Colors include: black, blue, gray, silver, cream, white, apricot, and brown. The nose is typically black and the eyes dark, although brown Poodles may have liver-colored noses and amber eyes.

The Toy Poodle has a single coat without an undercoat. The coat curls and takes a long time to grow. The dogs shed very little. For these reasons Toy Poodles (and all Poodles) are known as hypoallergenic dogs, though in reality no dogs are completely hypoallergenic. These dogs tend to be good for people with allergies.

Most people who have Toy Poodles as pets keep them groomed in a pet clip. You can use clippers to trim them yourself or have them professionally groomed every 6 to 8 weeks. It’s important for you to clean and care for your Toy Poodle’s ears, too, as the breed is prone to ear infections.

Health

Poodles in general, including Toy Poodles, are usually a healthy breed. They can be prone to some health problems, however. Addison’s disease occurs more frequently in Standard Poodles but it also occurs in Toy and Miniature Poodles. Thyroid deficiency or hypothyroidism occurs in Toy Poodles, along with tracheal collapse. According to a UK health survey, the leading cause of death for Toy Poodles was old age, which accounted for 25 percent of deaths, and kidney failure, which accounted for 20 percent of deaths. The median age of death for Toy Poodles was 14 to 14.5 years, though some Toy Poodles may live to be 20 years old if they avoid health problems and are not overweight.

Conclusion

Toy Poodles are very intelligent and they love to learn tricks and show off for people. They make excellent pets. They are fun, active pets who get along well with children and other animals. We hope you will use the Toy Poodle information provided here to find an wonderful companion.

Puggle Information

A Puggle Information is a cross between a Pug and a Beagle. This is usually an intentional breeding and it is considered to be a hybrid dog or a designer dog.

Mixed Breeds, Hybrid Dogs, Designer Dogs

Many people use the terms “mixed breed,” “hybrid dog,” and ‘designer dog” interchangeably but they are not exactly the same thing. In general, a mixed breed dog, or mutt, is any dog that is not a purebred. Usually the parents are unknown and the breeding was accidental. A designer dog or hybrid dog usually refers to an intentional breeding between two purebred dogs of different breeds. The goal is usually to breed something cute and novel or to make money. As with anything else, there are all kinds of designer dog breeders. Some breeders are better than others. Some provide excellent care and homes for their dogs. Some don’t. You should always make inquiries before you buy any dog or puppy to make sure you are getting a healthy puppy from a good source.

Health

Many designer dog breeders and mixed breed advocates will tell you that mixed breeds and designer dogs are healthier than purebred dogs. This is not true. The truth is that no one really bothers to keep records about the health of mixed breeds and most designer dog breeders do not health test their breeding stock. There is, by contrast, a great deal of health testing done for purebred dogs which makes all of their health issues well-known to the public. This doesn’t mean that purebred dogs are unhealthy. It means that breeders do everything possible to test their dogs, spend money on tests and research, and try to breed healthier dogs with each generation. The American Kennel Club has contributed more than $25 million to the Canine Health Foundation since 1995 for research into canine health issues. This research has benefited all dogs, both purebred and mixed breed.

The Puggle Appearance

The Puggle is described as energetic. They are said to have a thick-set body with short hair and a smooth coat that is fawn, tan, or black. Their head has deep wrinkles. They have short legs, a curled tail, and drooping ears.

Puggles weigh between 15 and 30 pounds and stand 10 to 15 inches tall at the shoulder. They are considered to be lap dogs. There is a great variety in the size and shape of the dogs, especially their heads. Males are usually larger and more muscular than the females.

The coat of the dogs is short, straight, and smooth and they come in a variety of colors. Some of them have a black mask on the face.

History

According to Puggle breeders, these dogs date back to the 1980s when the breeders began to experiment to create a new dog. In 2005 the dogs became very popular due to their personality and looks. The dogs were featured in news stories and magazine articles at this time. They are a popular crossbreed.

Temperament

Puggles are said to be sweet-tempered and playful, like their purebred parents. They have a lot of energy. They are also intelligent and affectionate. They are said to bond with people quickly. They like to be around people. They tend to have a lot of curiosity. They also have a good nose like a Beagle. They are friendly with other dogs and people and they like children and the elderly.

Care

Puggles require minimal grooming. They need to be brushed weekly and bathed about once a month. You should brush their teeth regularly. They need regular daily exercise such as a moderately long walk. They enjoy a fenced yard. Without enough exercise they can develop destructive behaviors.

Puggles are said to be fairly easy to train and are food-motivated. They can be hard to house-train. Puggles can be prone to barking and howling. Puggles also shed. Some shed a lot.

Conclusion

If you are interested in a cross between a Pug and a Beagle, then a Puggle Information may be just the right dog for you. They are sweet dogs and many people seem to like them.

Puggle Information

Puggle Information

Boston Terrier Information

The Boston Terrier is a charming, lively little dog. They are a member of the non-sporting group in the American Kennel Club. They are very intelligent, clean dogs, with a good temperament. Some people compare them to cats. They were developed in the United States in the late 19th century by crossing Bulldogs with white English Terriers.

History

The Boston Terrier Information is one of the few breeds that was actually developed in the United States. They were developed in Boston, as their name suggests, around 1870. They were originally intended to be a fighting dog, as was often the case when Bulldogs were crossed with terriers. The breeds used to create the Boston Terrier were the English Bulldog and the white English Terrier. Nearly all Boston Terriers today are descended from a dog named Hooper’s Judge. Bostons originally weighed up to 45 pounds but most dogs today are much smaller. The Boston Terrier soon became very popular as a companion dog and today he is a beloved family pet. The first club for the breed was formed in 1889 and the breed was accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1893.

Appearance

The Boston Terrier Information is often referred to as “the American Gentleman” because he looks like he’s wearing a tuxedo. He has a white chest and markings with a black, seal, or brindle body coat. Dogs usually have a white blaze on their face and muzzle. Bostons have erect ears, a short tail, and a brachycephalic (short-nosed) muzzle. The breed is compact and very dapper-looking. They are neat and clean in appearance.

The Boston Terrier is a small dog but they come in three sizes: under 15 pounds; 15 pounds and under 20 pounds; 20 pounds and not to exceed 25 pounds. The Boston is usually 15 to 17 inches tall at the withers.

Temperament

The Boston Terrier is a gentle, devoted pet. They can bond very closely to one person, though they also make a good family dog. They are lively and active in the home but they don’t require a lot of exercise. The Boston would rather follow you around or curl up next to you on the sofa while you read instead of going outside. Bostons usually get along well with other pets and with children if they are well-socialized when they are young. They are usually friendly to strangers and love to please their owners.

Boston Terriers are usually well-mannered dogs and they don’t bark much. They make a good apartment dog because of their small size and because they are quiet.

Boston Terriers are usually reasonably easy to train.

Health

Boston Terriers do have some health issues you should be aware of, as with most breeds. They can experience juvenile and adult cataracts as well as cherry eye. Luxating patellas can be a problem, as can deafness. Heart murmurs can occur in the breed. And some dogs can have allergies. Because they are a brachycephalic breed (short-nosed) you need to be careful with your Boston with regard to higher temperatures. They are also sensitive to cold weather. Some Bostons can also have digestive problems and problems with flatulence. Some Bostons snore.

Bostons usually live up to 13 years or longer. It is not unusual for a Boston Terrier to live well into their teen years.

Conclusion

The Boston Terrier makes an excellent pet for someone looking for an indoor dog, especially if you live in an apartment. They are gentle, devoted dogs who usually get along with everyone.

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Picture of Boston Terrier

The Basset Hound

Built long and low to the ground, the sweet, gentle Basset Hound is a very old breed. They are great hunters, able to follow a scent for miles and they are often used for tracking. Because of their gentle disposition, the Basset Hound gets along with other dogs very well and they can hunt in packs or alone.

Basset Hound Information and Facts

The Basset Hound is not a tall breed. They typically only stand about 14 inches tall at the shoulder. However, they are rather heavy-set, with heavy bone, and very sturdy. Males can weigh between 55 and 75 pounds. Females can weigh between 45 and 65 pounds.

The Basset is part of the Hound group and he is a scent hound. He has a coat that is similar in texture and coloring to many other members of this group. His coat is short, dense, and smooth. It is dense enough to protect him if he’s out hunting in bad weather. His skin is loose and will let him slide through brambles and underbrush. The Basset Hound can be of any known hound color. Dogs that are tan and white and tri-color are commonly seen. The Basset is also known for his long ears which are said to stir brush and things on the ground and waft scent up toward his nose.

He is a deliberate worker but never clumsy.

If you intend to get a Basset Hound you should know that whenever this dog finds an interesting scent he will want to follow it. The Basset Hound’s nose is said to be second only to the Bloodhound in trailing ability and accuracy.

History

The Basset Hound originated in France but the breed has been used all over Europe for centuries, particularly to hunt rabbits and hare, but also to hunt deer. The breed is first mentioned in 1585. It’s believed that the Basset is descended from the St. Hubert hounds that were kept by the Benedictine monks of St. Hubert in France. The Marquis de Lafayette is believed to have given Basset Hounds to George Washington as a gift to use with his hunting dogs.

The dogs began to be exported to Britain in 1866 and they were first shown at dog shows in England in 1875. Later, dogs from Britain were exported to the U.S. The Basset was first exhibited at the Westminster Kennel Club show in 1884. Since that time the Basset Hound has become a multi-use dog. Today people and their Basset Hounds take part in obedience events, tracking, pack hunting, field trialing, as well as dog shows. Basset Hounds are used most often today for hunting rabbits at which they excel.

Caring for Basset Hounds

Basset Hounds do tend to drool a lot so if you get a Basset you should expect this trait. It is normal for the breed because of their deep flews (lips). Because of their short legs, long backs, and heavy weight, Bassets do not usually make good swimmers so you should always closely supervise your Basset Hound if he goes near the water.

Bassets are also known for shedding a great deal. Although they have a short coat, they can shed a lot of hair so you need to brush your dog regularly to keep the hair from piling up in the house.

Bassets are usually good with children and they have a good temperament. They get along well with other dogs and pets, although you should not leave them unattended around pet rabbits or other animals that they might consider prey. They have a very strong hunting instinct and they should be on a leash when you take them for walks. Otherwise they may take off running after a rabbit if it should cross your path. Although they may seem like lazy dogs, they still require regular daily exercise.

Like many hound breeds, the Basset Hound is very vocal. They do not make very good apartment dogs for this reason. They will bark and even howl if they think something is wrong of if they want something.

Because of their long ears, Bassets are also prone to ear infections. Make sure that you clean your dog’s ears each week to avoid ear infections. You should also clean the areas around your Basset’s eyes and the folds of skin on the face regularly. These are also places where bacteria can grow if the skin is not kept clean.

Basset Hounds can be prone to obesity so you need to be careful not to overfeed your Basset and make sure he gets plenty of exercise.

The Basset Hound typically lives between 11 and 12 years, though they have been reported to live up to 16 years.

CONCLUSION

The Basset Hound makes a wonderful family pet. They are sweet, gentle dogs who get along well with children and other dogs. They need regular daily exercise. Be sure you clean your dog’s ears each week to avoid infections. Wipe around your dog’s eyes and the skin folds around his mouth. Be careful not to overfeed your Basset Hound as they are prone to obesity.

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Beagle Dog Information

Beagles are one of the most popular dogs in the U.S. and in many countries around the world. They are known for being cheerful, loving, friendly little dogs. They are also quite curious and they have a great sense of smell. They will follow wherever their nose leads them. They usually love children and they make a great dog for kids. Read below for more Beagle dog information.

History

Dogs of beagle-type have been reported in the British Isles since the time of the Roman occupation. In the 1500s it became popular in England for gentlemen to keep packs of Beagles for hunting small game. Some Beagles at this time were quite small and there are reports of “pocket” Beagles that could fit in a person pocket, and “glove” Beagles that could sit in someone’s gloved hand. It was said that people could put some of these small Beagles into their saddlebag and take them hunting. Beagles continued to be popular for hunting for the next several hundred years, though they were slightly larger. By the 18th and 19th century Beagles were used in crossbreeding to create the Foxhound, which looks similar in appearance to the Beagle, only larger, with longer legs. According to Beagle dog information, in the 19th century the Beagle became more standardized in appearance. Beagles in the United States were crossed with more elegant Beagles from England to produce the kind of Beagle we have today. Beagles today are still used for hunting rabbit and hare. They are still popular with hunters and some people still hunt with Beagles in packs.

Appearance

The Beagle today in the United States is separated into two sizes: dogs that stand up to 13 inches tall at the shoulder, and dogs that stand up to 15 inches tall at the shoulder. Both sizes can appear in the same litter. Dogs can weigh up to 25 pounds. Popular Beagle colors include tricolor (black, white, and tan), tan and white, black and white, red and white, lemon and white, and other colors seen in hound breeds. Flecking or “ticking” is sometimes seen among these colors. The Beagle is a compact, tidy dog with long ears and appealing brown eyes. However, they do shed quite a bit so brush your Beagle often.

Living Conditions

Beagles do well as house dogs but, although they are small, they don’t usually do well in apartments. Beagles tend to bark and howl a lot which neighbors in an apartment building may not appreciate. They need lots of regular exercise. This is a breed that can become overweight easily if they don’t get enough exercise.

Health

According to Beagle dog information sources, Beagles are generally considered to be a healthy breed of dog. However, like most breeds, they can have some health problems. Epilepsy can occur in the breed, along with hypothyroidism. Disc problems in the back are possible. Eye problems such as glaucoma can occur. Beagles have long ears which cover the ear canal so they can be prone to ear infections. You should clean your Beagle’s ears regularly. Beagles typically live 10 to 13 years.

Temperament and Training

Beagles are generally friendly and affectionate dogs. They can be quite smart but they are not always easy to train. As a hunting breed they tend to be independent-thinkers. If they become interested in something they smell they can stop paying attention to you. Training a Beagle takes time and patience. Beagles have been kept in packs for centuries so they usually do very well when living with other dogs. However, you should be careful if you have a cat or other small animal in the house. Your Beagle may see them as prey. If possible, try to raise your Beagle with a cat from the time he’s a puppy so he will respect the cat. Beagles get along great with children.

Conclusion

Beagles can make great family dogs. They are loving and affectionate dogs. They are not always easy to train, however. They do well living in a house with a yard. They are usually healthy dogs but you need to clean their ears regularly. They do shed a lot so brush often.