Herding http://mypetsmart.com/taxonomy/term/131/all en Swedish Vallhund http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/swedish-vallhund <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-title"> <div class="field-label">Short title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> swedish vallhund </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Breed images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/swedish-vallhund-1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=116568">swedish-vallhund-1.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/swedish-vallhund-2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=87675">swedish-vallhund-2.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/swedish-vallhund-3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=67486">swedish-vallhund-3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Vallhunds are bright little dogs that enjoy traveling. They're friendly with strangers, children and other pets, and they like to bark.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-spotlight-txt"> <div class="field-label">Spotlight teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Easily trained for agility tasks, the Vallhund loves to show off his tricks. Read about Swedish Vallhunds</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-origin"> <div class="field-label">Origin:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sweden </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-height"> <div class="field-label">Male height:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 11.5 inches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-weight"> <div class="field-label">Male weight:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 20 pounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-coat"> <div class="field-label">Coat:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Coarse with a dense undercoat. Brush once a week. Ears prick up. Tail is a natural bob or docked under four inches. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Various colors are available. Eyes and nose are dark. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-history"> <div class="field-label">History:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For centuries, the Swedish Vallhund has happily served as a hardworking multipurpose farm dog in the west of Sweden. He was adept, not only at cattle droving, but as a watchdog and ratter. His numbers began to dwindle by the 1930s, but a dedicated breeder named Count Bjorn von Rosen was able to rally other fans to work toward preserving this sturdy native son. The breed was officially recognized in Sweden in 1948 and since then has become quite popular there, as well as in Great Britain. In 1964, his name was changed in Sweden to Vastgotaspets, after the province of Vastergotland, where the breed continues to flourish.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-personality"> <div class="field-label">Personality:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The clever and plucky Vallhund is a natural showoff and does not hesitate to vocalize his pure happiness in being alive. He is even-tempered, energetic, fearless and alert. He is also protective of his family and makes a good watchdog. Affectionate and intelligent, this breed is a wonderful companion. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-at-home"> <div class="field-label">At home:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Swedish Vallhund is adaptable to many different living spaces, including apartments, but he is energetic and requires exercise. He&#039;s not afraid to use his voice, which may not always please neighbors in close quarters. He is companionable and social and wants to spend time with his owner. A fenced-in yard where he can romp to his heart&#039;s content is appreciated. This sturdy dog does well in all types of climates. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-recommended-activities"> <div class="field-label">Recommended activities:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Swedish Vallhund can do well at activities such as agility, obedience, therapy work and flyball. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-exercise"> <div class="field-label">Exercise:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Vallhund is naturally active and should be given a brisk walk at least once a day. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-feeding"> <div class="field-label">Feeding:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Vallhund is a hearty eater whose weight should be monitored. A high-quality, age-appropriate diet is best. Feeding twice a day as an adult is recommended. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-training"> <div class="field-label">Training:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Extremely responsive, bright, and devoted, the Swedish Vallhund readily takes to training. He is an excellent watchdog; proper socialization in puppyhood will help prevent him from becoming overprotective as an adult. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-compatibility"> <div class="field-label">Compatibility:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Swedish Vallhund gets along well with children of all ages. Keep in mind that his herding background means that he may naturally try to &quot;herd&quot; groups of children. He is also compatible with other dogs, cats and pets. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-health"> <div class="field-label">Health:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The average life span of the Swedish Vallhund is 12 to 15 years. Health problems of the breed include cleft palate; eye problems; hip dysplasia; and patellar luxation. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-fun-fact"> <div class="field-label">Fun fact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"Vallhund" means "forest dog."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-grooming-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Grooming blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Little maintenance of his hard, tight coat is required; a weekly rubdown with a firm bristle brush will help remove dead hair. He should be bathed only when necessary. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-disclaimer"> <div class="field-label">Disclaimer:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Copyright by T.F.H. Publications, Inc. This document has been published with the intent to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter within. While every reasonable precaution has been taken in preparation of this document, the author and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any errors, omissions, or adverse effects arising from the use or application of the information contained herein. The techniques and suggestions are used at the reader&#039;s discretion. </div> </div> </div> Dog Medium Herding Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:23 +0000 1145 at http://mypetsmart.com Shetland Sheepdog http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/shetland-sheepdog <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-title"> <div class="field-label">Short title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> shetland sheepdog </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Breed images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/sheltie-1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=2728259">sheltie-1.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/sheltie-2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=400322">sheltie-2.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/sheltie-3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=1580513">sheltie-3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-spotlight-txt"> <div class="field-label">Spotlight teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Always on the go, small-statured Shelties love children and wide open spaces. Read about Shelties</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-origin"> <div class="field-label">Origin:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Great Britain </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-height"> <div class="field-label">Male height:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 13 - 16 inches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-weight"> <div class="field-label">Male weight:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 14 - 18 pounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-coat"> <div class="field-label">Coat:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rough, abundant double coat meant to guard against the elements. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Black, blue merle or sable, all with varying amounts of white markings and/or tan points. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-history"> <div class="field-label">History:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the Shetland Sheepdog, known to his admirers as the Sheltie, may look like a miniaturized version of a rough Collie (or "mini Lassie") he's not - the breed has actually existed as a much-valued working dog for hundreds of years. Developed on Scotland's Shetland Islands, the sheep farmers there needed a smaller-type sheepdog who could withstand the harsh terrain and cold, damp weather. The original Shetland Collie (from whom the Sheltie is derived) was nimble footed, compact, highly intelligent and eager to please - traits that made him well suited as a herder of the smaller strains of livestock bred to forage the sparse landscape of that rugged place. This ancestor was intermixed with many other breeds, possibly including the Icelandic Sheepdog, Greenland Yaki, small spaniels and collies, including the Border Collie.</p> <p>Once the breed was standardized in Britain, around 1908, it began to appear on American shores. At that time, American breeders began crossing Shelties with Collies, making for a slightly larger breed than in England and Scotland. Outcrossing eventually stopped, and the breed was standardized to the size seen today.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-personality"> <div class="field-label">Personality:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Sheltie&#039;s lively but gentle and responsive temperament makes him an outstanding companion. Naturally attentive and protective, given his shepherd ancestry, he is also extremely bright and intensely loyal. He is very attached to his family but can be reserved with strangers and has a predisposition to shyness, so he must be well socialized from an early age. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-at-home"> <div class="field-label">At home:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Sheltie&#039;s size makes him convenient for any type of living situation, from the farm to the city. He was bred to use his voice in herding, so he is likely to bark a lot. He should be kept leashed when out and about because his herding tendencies can suddenly arise, and he may try to herd passing cars, bikes or even groups of children. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-recommended-activities"> <div class="field-label">Recommended activities:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shelties can be top performers in obedience, agility, flyball, tracking, herding and other canine sports. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-exercise"> <div class="field-label">Exercise:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A moderately active breed, Shelties will benefit from a good walk, short jog or vigorous play or training session every day. They tend to adjust their energy level to that of their owners, but they do need daily exercise - if they don&#039;t receive it, they may turn to unwanted behaviors like excessive barking. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-feeding"> <div class="field-label">Feeding:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Sheltie is generally a good eater. Feed a high-quality food twice a day. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-training"> <div class="field-label">Training:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With his extreme intelligence and natural focus on his owner, the Sheltie is one of the most trainable of all breeds. Harsh methods should never be used on this sensitive fellow; he works for praise and encouragement, even more than for food rewards. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-compatibility"> <div class="field-label">Compatibility:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Their natural sweetness and devotion make Shelties the perfect companions for children. They can get along well with other dogs but usually prefer to live with other Shelties. They tend to herd cats and other small pets, so they must be socialized and supervised in multi-pet households. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-health"> <div class="field-label">Health:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The average life span of the Shetland Sheepdog is 12 to 15 years. Health problems seen in the breed include dermatomyositis (Sheltie Skin Syndrome); epilepsy; eye diseases; hip dysplasia; sensitivity to ivermectin (a chemical found in some worming medications and heartworm preventives); thyroid disease; and von Willebrand disease. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-fun-fact"> <div class="field-label">Fun fact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first Shelties shown in England were known as "Shetland Collies," as they could be sold for more money to capitalize on the popularity of the Collie. After Collie breeders complained, the name was changed to "Shetland Sheepdog," around 1908.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-grooming-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Grooming blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Sheltie is one of the easiest &quot;coated&quot; breeds to care for. Brushing every few days will help keep his profuse coat healthy, attractive and free from mats. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-disclaimer"> <div class="field-label">Disclaimer:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This document has been published with the intent to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter within. While every reasonable precaution has been taken in preparation of this document, the author and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any errors, omissions, or adverse effects arising from the use or application of the information contained herein. The techniques and suggestions are used at the reader&#039;s discretion. </div> </div> </div> Dog Medium Herding Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:18 +0000 1133 at http://mypetsmart.com Puli http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/puli <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-title"> <div class="field-label">Short title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> puli </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Breed images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/puli1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=70854">puli1.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/puli2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=44052">puli2.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/puli3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=167935">puli3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most Pulis are assertive and agile; some are nervous and high-strung. These dogs are protective with strangers and aggressive with other animals. Pulis are sometimes aggressive with other animals. Because they're quick tempered, Pulis aren't the best companions for children. They love to bark and need lots of exercise.</p> <p>Pulis are herding dogs. In general, herding dogs were originally bred to control the movement of sheep and cattle. While some breeds still work the farmlands, others are used for search and rescue and narcotics detection.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-spotlight-txt"> <div class="field-label">Spotlight teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Known for their distinct corded coats, the Puli is very acrobatic and excels in agility competitions. Read about Pulis</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-origin"> <div class="field-label">Origin:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hungary </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-height"> <div class="field-label">Male height:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 15 - 18 inches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-weight"> <div class="field-label">Male weight:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> About 30 pounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-coat"> <div class="field-label">Coat:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wiry outer coat mixes with woolly undercoat. Like the Komondor, these hairs mix to form real cords. Occasionally, you have to separate the cords with your fingers. Tail curls over the back; ears hang down. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Usually dull black or rusty black. Solid gray or white Pulis are less common. Skin is usually bluish or gray. Eyes are dark brown; nose is black. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-special"> <div class="field-label">Special considerations:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Poorly bred Pulis are aggressive. Because of this, some Pulis are difficult to train, it&#039;s not recommended for families. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-disclaimer"> <div class="field-label">Disclaimer:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Copyright by T.F.H. Publications, Inc. This document has been published with the intent to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter within. While every reasonable precaution has been taken in preparation of this document, the author and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any errors, omissions, or adverse effects arising from the use or application of the information contained herein. The techniques and suggestions are used at the reader&#039;s discretion. </div> </div> </div> Dog Medium Herding Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:14 +0000 1121 at http://mypetsmart.com Pembroke Welsh Corgi http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/pembroke-welsh-corgi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-title"> <div class="field-label">Short title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> pembroke welsh corgi </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Breed images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/pemcorgi-1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=779577">pemcorgi-1.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/pemcorgi-2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=350283">pemcorgi-2.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/pemcorgi-3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=340174">pemcorgi-3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-spotlight-txt"> <div class="field-label">Spotlight teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Corgis, a favorite breed of Queen Elizabeth II, stand close to the ground and close to your heart. Read about Corgis</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-origin"> <div class="field-label">Origin:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Great Britain </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-height"> <div class="field-label">Male height:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 - 12 inches (25-30 cm) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-weight"> <div class="field-label">Male weight:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In proportion to size; no more than 30 pounds (14 kg) for males, and 28 pounds (13 kg) for females </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-coat"> <div class="field-label">Coat:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thick, medium-length double coat consisting of a weather-resistant undercoat and a longer outercoat. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Red, sable, fawn or black and tan, usually with white markings. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-history"> <div class="field-label">History:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has been around for about 1,000 years. The name "Corgi" is from "Cur-gi", meaning "dwarf dog" in Welsh. How this breed -- and the closely related Cardigan Welsh Corgi -- evolved is not known for sure, but many Pembroke fanciers believe that they descended from members of the larger spitz family. Other breeds that may have contributed to their development are the Lundehund, the Swedish Vallhund, the Buhund, the Finnehund, the Welsh Heeler and the Schipperke. The resulting energetic, intelligent dog didn't require much space or food and became useful to early Welsh farmers. Traditionally, Pembroke Welsh Corgis were used to move stock from one place to another, frequently to market. Although known as a herding dog, particularly for cattle and geese, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi was also useful as a ratter in the barn and could even retrieve fallen game. </p> <p>The Pembroke (tail-less) and Cardigan (long-tailed) Welsh Corgis were shown together until 1934, when the Kennel Club (KC) officially recognized them as separate breeds. Since the 1930s, fanciers of one type or another have emphasized the breed's individualities -- the Pembroke is a bit lighter boned than the Cardigan, with a foxier look and straighter legs, as well as a lack of a tail. Britain's royal family took an interest in the Pembroke in the 1930s, which led to an increase in the breed's popularity. The Pembroke is the favored dog of Queen Elizabeth II, who owns several of them.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-personality"> <div class="field-label">Personality:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pembroke Welsh Corgis are personality plus -- bold but kind and noted for their intelligence and devotion. They tend to combine fearlessness and curiosity, and they enjoy exploring anything new. They are excellent problem solvers. They can be bossy and like to be in the center of activity and know what&#039;s going on. They are also playful and lovable, wanting nothing more than to be with their family as much as possible. Pembrokes are initially wary of strangers and can be territorial. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-at-home"> <div class="field-label">At home:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The size and sturdiness of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi make him ideal for most living arrangements, whether in an apartment or on a farm. These dogs like to bark -- quite a bit -- and make excellent watchdogs, as they take caring for their family with the utmost seriousness. They will early pursue anything that interests them, so a fenced-in yard is a necessity. Pembrokes are also fearless and will not hesitate to launch themselves from a bed, couch or even a grooming table, so a doggy ramp or steps may be in order. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-recommended-activities"> <div class="field-label">Recommended activities:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pembrokes are happy to participate in just about any activity their owner chooses, including: herding, obedience, agility, tracking or a backyard game of fetch. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-exercise"> <div class="field-label">Exercise:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Able-bodied and athletic, Pembrokes need daily exercise. They are happiest when they have a purpose, so exercise and mental stimulation keep them truly satisfied. They also love to be taken for long walks -- the more the merrier -- and to be played with as often as possible. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-feeding"> <div class="field-label">Feeding:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pembroke Welsh Corgis are chowhounds who have the ability to look quite pathetic when their owner is having a snack and they are not. But letting a Pembroke become overweight will just lead to health problems. Feed a high-quality food twice a day. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-training"> <div class="field-label">Training:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pembroke Welsh Corgis are responsive and intelligent, learn quickly, retain their lessons and work with enthusiasm. Although their intelligence makes them quick learners, it can also result in them becoming bored easily. Don&#039;t be surprised if a Pembroke puts his own special twist on an obedience command, just for the fun of it. They should be socialized from puppyhood on to bring out their confidence in unfamiliar situations. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-compatibility"> <div class="field-label">Compatibility:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Males may be aggressive toward other dogs, so early and continued socialization is necessary. The breed loves children, but it&#039;s in the Corgi&#039;s nature to chase, and small children running through a yard may provoke him to chase them and nip at their heels. Pembrokes can get along with cats but may see small animals as prey. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-health"> <div class="field-label">Health:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The average life span of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is 12 to 15 years. Common health problems of the breed include back problems, glaucoma and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-fun-fact"> <div class="field-label">Fun fact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In 1944, on her 18th birthday, Queen Elizabeth II received a Corgi named Susan, and she has owned descendants of Susan ever since.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-grooming-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Grooming blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Regular brushing and combing of his plush double coat are all the Corgi needs to stay looking his best. This breed sheds lightly all year round and very heavily twice a year. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-disclaimer"> <div class="field-label">Disclaimer:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This document has been published with the intent to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter within. While every reasonable precaution has been taken in preparation of this document, the author and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any errors, omissions, or adverse effects arising from the use or application of the information contained herein. The techniques and suggestions are used at the reader&#039;s discretion. </div> </div> </div> Dog Medium Herding Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:09 +0000 1109 at http://mypetsmart.com Old English Sheepdog http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/old-english-sheepdog <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-title"> <div class="field-label">Short title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> old english sheepdog </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Breed images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/old eng-1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=49167">old eng-1.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/old eng-2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=70087">old eng-2.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/old eng-3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=40719">old eng-3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Old English Sheepdogs originated in England, where they used to drive sheep and cattle. They are loving and peaceful and usually friendly with strangers, children and other pets. Because they are so large, they need lots of space for daily exercise.</p> <p>The Old English Sheepdog is a herding dog. Herding dogs were originally bred to control the movement of sheep and cattle. While some breeds still work the farmlands, others are used for search and rescue, and narcotics detection. When kept as pets, these dogs often try to &quot;herd&quot; their owners by nipping at their heels.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-spotlight-txt"> <div class="field-label">Spotlight teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Social and silly, this breed might even try herding you or your kids. Read about Old English Sheepdogs</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-origin"> <div class="field-label">Origin:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Great Britian </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-height"> <div class="field-label">Male height:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 21 - 25 inches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-weight"> <div class="field-label">Male weight:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 60 - 90 pounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-coat"> <div class="field-label">Coat:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Long and shaggy with a dense undercoat. Brush or comb at least every other day. Tail and ears hang down. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gray, blue, grizzle or blue-gray, usually with white markings. Eyes are usually dark, but blue in blue dogs. Nose is black. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-special"> <div class="field-label">Special considerations:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Old English Sheepdog has been exploited by many unreputable breeders, so you have to be very careful. A poorly bred Old English might be aggressive or hyperactive. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-disclaimer"> <div class="field-label">Disclaimer:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This document has been published with the intent to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter within. While every reasonable precaution has been taken in preparation of this document, the author and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any errors, omissions, or adverse effects arising from the use or application of the information contained herein. The techniques and suggestions are used at the reader&#039;s discretion and are not to be considered a substitute for veterinary care. If you suspect a medical problem, consult your veterinarian. </div> </div> </div> Dog Giant Herding Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:07 +0000 1103 at http://mypetsmart.com German Shepherd Dog http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/german-shepherd-dog <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-title"> <div class="field-label">Short title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> german shepherd dog </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Breed images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/German Shepherd Dog 0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=4913">German Shepherd Dog 0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/German Shepherd Dog 1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=3978">German Shepherd Dog 1.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/German Shepherd Dog 2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=7682">German Shepherd Dog 2.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-spotlight-txt"> <div class="field-label">Spotlight teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Extremely intelligent and obedient, it's no wonder this breed is used for all types of tasks. Read about German Shepherds</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-origin"> <div class="field-label">Origin:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Germany </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-height"> <div class="field-label">Male height:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 22-26 inches (56-66 cm) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-weight"> <div class="field-label">Male weight:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 77-85 pounds (35-39 kg) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-coat"> <div class="field-label">Coat:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Moderately short and fine, with a dense undercoat. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Colors are varied, and can include back with tan, sable, and all black. White coats are not accepted by the AKC for showing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-history"> <div class="field-label">History:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Considering the popularity of the German Shepherd Dog (GSD), the foundation of this breed is amazingly recent. His beginnings can be traced to the work of Rittmeister Max von Stephanitz, considered the father of the breed. Determined to develop a highly efficient herding dog, von Stephanitz took what he considered the "perfect dog" - a herding dog named Horand von Grafrath - and began to breed for utility and intelligence. Eventually he standardized the breed, and von Stephanitz led the group that promoted German Shepherds from 1899 to 1935. As demand for herding decreased, von Stephanitz was determined not to let the GSD decline. He encouraged the breed's use by the police and the military. During World War I, there were 48,000 German Shepherds "enlisted" in the German Army. Today, the GSD serves perhaps in more ways than any other breed: search and rescue (S&amp;R), police, army and sentry, scent discrimination, and of course, companion. German Shepherd Dogs are superb dog guides for the blind and helpers for the disabled.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-personality"> <div class="field-label">Personality:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GSDs are known for their exceptional loyalty, bravery and intelligence. As a dog who performs many special services and a host of tasks, he is by nature poised and unexcitable, with well-controlled nerves. The ideal German Shepherd is patient, quick-thinking, discriminating and keenly observant. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-at-home"> <div class="field-label">At home:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The GSD is an extremely active dog who does best in a living situation with plenty of room. This doesn&amp;rsquo;t mean that he can&#039;t be an apartment dog, as long as his owner is extra conscientious about exercise. GSDs shed all year, so be prepared for some extra housework. They are not crazy about being left alone for long periods and thrive from close contact with their owners. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-recommended-activities"> <div class="field-label">Recommended activities:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The well-bred German Shepherd is capable of excelling at just about anything you want to try, including competitive obedience, herding, agility, flyball, flying disc, therapy and rally-o (rally obedience). </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-exercise"> <div class="field-label">Exercise:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The athletic, intelligent and sensitive the German Shepherd Dog does best with regular and vigorous exercise. He has been trained to do just about everything and anything, and performing work or doing sports and activities with people is what he is all about. As adaptable as he is, the GSD is not a dog who can sit inside all day waiting for the occasional outing. He needs to be stimulated physically and mentally to reach his potential. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-feeding"> <div class="field-label">Feeding:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Feed a high-quality diet twice a day. Avoid artificial preservatives, flavors and colors when possible. The body of a GSD is a highly efficient machine, so a very good commercial or homemade diet is best. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-training"> <div class="field-label">Training:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> German Shepherd Dogs thrive with training. It&#039;s their aptitude for learning that makes them universally admired as police and army dogs, guide dogs, service dogs, and search and rescue dogs. GSDs are quick learners who don&#039;t bore easily, although they do appreciate a quick-thinking trainer who will keep them challenged. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-compatibility"> <div class="field-label">Compatibility:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The GSD is sensible and has a devout loyalty to his family. With proper socialization, you&#039;ll find the GSD gentle and kind with children of all ages, although his herding background may mean that the kids are occasionally &quot;herded.&quot; GSDs are usually tolerant of other pets. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-health"> <div class="field-label">Health:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The average life span of the German Shepherd Dog is 10 to 14 years. Common health problems of the German Shepherd Dog include hip and elbow dysplasia, epilepsy, chronic eczema, inflammation of the cornea (keratitis), dwarfism, blood disorders, digestive problems, and flea allergies. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-fun-fact"> <div class="field-label">Fun fact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>German Shepherd Dogs also come in a white coat, but in the U.S., White German Shepherds are considered a separate breed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-grooming-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Grooming blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The dense undercoat of the German Shepherd Dog needs regular brushing to keep it under control. He is a seasonally heavy shedder. He should not be bathed too frequently because this depletes the skin and coat of essential oils. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-disclaimer"> <div class="field-label">Disclaimer:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Copyright by T.F.H. Publications, Inc. This document has been published with the intent to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter within. While every reasonable precaution has been taken in preparation of this document, the author and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any errors, omissions, or adverse effects arising from the use or application of the information contained herein. The techniques and suggestions are used at the reader&#039;s discretion. </div> </div> </div> Dog Large Herding Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:44 +0000 1052 at http://mypetsmart.com Collie http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/collie <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-title"> <div class="field-label">Short title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> collie </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-spotlight-txt"> <div class="field-label">Spotlight teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Collies have been made famous on television and in movies, mostly due to their intelligence and trainabilty. Read about Collies</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-origin"> <div class="field-label">Origin:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Great Britain </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-height"> <div class="field-label">Male height:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 22 inches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-weight"> <div class="field-label">Male weight:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 50 pounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-coat"> <div class="field-label">Coat:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There are two varieties of Collie based on coat type: Rough and Smooth. The Rough Collie has a long and dense coat with a thick undercoat, and the thick fur forms a mane around the neck. The Smooth Collie&#039;s coat is short and smooth with a thick undercoat. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sable and white, tricolor, blue merle and white. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-history"> <div class="field-label">History:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It's amazing to think that the Collie, now recognizable around the world, was once little known outside his native Scotland. That all changed with the television show Lassie, starring a Rough Collie, which premiered in 1954 and ran for 20 years. Both the Rough and Smooth Collies were developed centuries ago as hardworking herding and guarding dogs. It is believed that the name<br /> "Collie" came from the Scottish black-faced sheep called the Colley that the breed was assigned to watch. Queen Victoria took an interest in the breed, which increased its popularity in England and eventually in other parts of the world. The Collie Club in England was formed in 1881, and in 1886, the Collie Club of America (CCA) was organized. In the 20th century, breeders in both England and the United States continued to refine the breed, moving away from the heavier-boned and thicker-headed dogs used to maintain the flocks. The Rough and Smooth Collies share the same breed standard in both countries. The Rough Collie is more popular in the United States, and the Smooth is more popular in the United Kingdom.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-personality"> <div class="field-label">Personality:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Extremely intelligent, kindhearted, affectionate and noble, Collies can be the &quot;heroes&quot; for their families just as Lassie was for hers. As herders/guardians, they were asked to think on their own, and there can be a trace of stubbornness in them. That said, Collies have earned the reputation as an extremely loyal and brave breed. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-at-home"> <div class="field-label">At home:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Collies are not overly energetic indoors and can do well in apartments if given enough exercise. One of the Collie&#039;s finest qualities is his desire to bond with and please his owner. Denied the opportunity to do so, he can become an excessive barker and exhibit other problem behaviors. This is not a breed that does well when left alone for long periods. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-recommended-activities"> <div class="field-label">Recommended activities:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Collies are truly versatile and can participate in just about any activity, including herding, obedience, agility, canine freestyle, flyball and therapy. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-exercise"> <div class="field-label">Exercise:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Collie is an athletic dog who benefits tremendously from plenty of exercise - long walks, romps in the woods and any opportunity to work as a herder or guardian. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-feeding"> <div class="field-label">Feeding:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Collies need a high-quality, nutritious diet to keep their coats shiny and active bodies in working order. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-training"> <div class="field-label">Training:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Collie is a joy to train when approached properly, which is with a positive and respectful manner. He will shut down if treated harshly. He should be socialized from puppyhood to help overcome potential shyness, but he thrives with the kind of positive attention he will get out in the world. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-compatibility"> <div class="field-label">Compatibility:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Collies are famous for getting along well with children, but keep in mind that children still need to be taught the proper way to handle a dog. They get along well with other dogs and pets. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-health"> <div class="field-label">Health:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The average life span of the Collie is 14 to 16 years. A generally healthy breed, health problems associated with the breed include Collie eye anomaly (CEA); epilepsy; hip dysplasia; and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-fun-fact"> <div class="field-label">Fun fact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Legend has it that a Collie named Bobbie traveled 2,000 miles (3,219 km) to find his family after becoming lost on vacation.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-grooming-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Grooming blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Rough Collie has a profuse coat that needs regular brushing and combing. The soft, dense undercoat does shed, and if not cared for, can mat. The Smooth Collie has a dense coat as well and also needs regular brushing to look (and feel) his best. Both varieties are seasonally heavy shedders. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-disclaimer"> <div class="field-label">Disclaimer:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Copyright by T.F.H. Publications, Inc. This document has been published with the intent to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter within. While every reasonable precaution has been taken in preparation of this document, the author and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any errors, omissions, or adverse effects arising from the use or application of the information contained herein. The techniques and suggestions are used at the reader&#039;s discretion. </div> </div> </div> Dog Large Herding Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:37 +0000 1034 at http://mypetsmart.com Canaan Dog http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/canaan-dog <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-title"> <div class="field-label">Short title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> canaan dog </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Breed images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/Canaan Dog 1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=8972">Canaan Dog 1.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/Canaan Dog 0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=8928">Canaan Dog 0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/Canaan Dog 2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=7695">Canaan Dog 2.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Caanan Dogs are extremely keen and alert, so they make excellent watchdogs. They're very gentle and adjust to almost any lifestyle if walked daily. They're reserved with strangers and sometimes aggressive with other dogs. They're usually good with children. Some Caanan dogs bark, dig and whine.</p> <p>Caanan dogs are herding dogs. In general, herding dogs were originally bred to control the movement of sheep and cattle. While some breeds still work the farmlands, others are used for search and rescue and narcotics detection.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-spotlight-txt"> <div class="field-label">Spotlight teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Alert but not aggressive, Canaan Dogs make excellent guardians. Read about Canaan Dogs</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-origin"> <div class="field-label">Origin:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Israel </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-height"> <div class="field-label">Male height:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 19 - 24 inches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-weight"> <div class="field-label">Male weight:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 35 - 55 pounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-coat"> <div class="field-label">Coat:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> About an inch and half long. Brush once a week. Ears prick up; tail curls over the back when the dog is excited. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wide variety. Nose is black or brown; eyes are dark or hazel. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-history"> <div class="field-label">History:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Canaan Dog is an ancient breed - cave drawings dating back to about 2200 BCE show dogs who look remarkably like the Canaan. He was a guard dog and herding dog to the ancient Israelites. When the Jewish people were dispersed from the land thousands of years ago, these dogs began living in the Negev Desert, remaining mostly undomesticated, although a few were purported to have hunted alongside the Bedouins and guarded the flocks of the Druze on Mount Caramel. When the Jewish people returned to the land in the 1930s, they discovered these pariah dogs, almost like living fossils, existing in a feral state. The breed's modern history began in the late 1930s, when an Israeli canine authority, Dr. Rudolphina Menzel, was asked to develop a dog to guard the kibbutz. Using a model dog named Dugma, she established what became known as today's Canaan Dog - a highly intelligent and trainable canine whose versatility has been tapped for mine detection work, sentry and messenger work, guiding the blind, and much more.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-personality"> <div class="field-label">Personality:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Developed from strains of dogs that had the instincts to survive for thousands of years on their own, the Canaan Dog retains a strong flight instinct, as well as an innate ability to care for himself. However, he is also a devoted companion who is intelligent and easily trained. He is affectionate with his family and loves to play. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-at-home"> <div class="field-label">At home:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canaan Dog can get along well in many different environments, including apartment life, as long as he&#039;s exercised enough. Because he is naturally independent and fleet footed, keeping him on leash in all but securely enclosed areas is a must. The Canaan Dog is a barker (part of his guarding instinct)- he will alert you to anything that approaches what he considers his territory. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-recommended-activities"> <div class="field-label">Recommended activities:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canaan Dog can do well in activities such as obedience, agility, or even herding or lure coursing. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-exercise"> <div class="field-label">Exercise:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The smart, quick Canaan Dog needs daily activity that will challenge him mentally and physically. Several long walks a day are not enough for this alert and responsive dog; he must have a job or be involved in a sport. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-feeding"> <div class="field-label">Feeding:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canaan Dog is not a picky eater. He requires a high-quality, age-appropriate diet. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-training"> <div class="field-label">Training:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canaan was bred to be a responsive, alert, and watchful dog. Without direction, he will develop his own course of action, which may not be desirable. Because he is highly trainable and an eager worker, training him is a joyful experience. He should be socialized with children and other animals from an early age to help lessen his natural reticence. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-compatibility"> <div class="field-label">Compatibility:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canaan Dog is standoffish with strangers and unfamiliar children, but he will be protective of the children in his own family. This breed can be aggressive with other dogs and needs plenty of socialization and training in that area. He should not live in a home with small mammals because he will see them as prey. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-health"> <div class="field-label">Health:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> he average life span of the Canaan Dog is 12 to 15 years. There are no reported breed-specific health concerns. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-fun-fact"> <div class="field-label">Fun fact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Canaan dog is also known as Kelef K'naani.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-grooming-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Grooming blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> He sheds seasonally, but otherwise the Canaan Dog is an easy breed to keep clean and neat with regular brushing with a coarse bristle brush. A shedding blade can be used during times of heavy shedding. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-disclaimer"> <div class="field-label">Disclaimer:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Copyright by T.F.H. Publications, Inc. This document has been published with the intent to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter within. While every reasonable precaution has been taken in preparation of this document, the author and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any errors, omissions, or adverse effects arising from the use or application of the information contained herein. The techniques and suggestions are used at the reader&#039;s discretion. </div> </div> </div> Dog Medium Herding Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:32 +0000 1020 at http://mypetsmart.com Cardigan Welsh Corgi http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/cardigan-welsh-corgi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-title"> <div class="field-label">Short title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> cardigan welsh corgi </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Breed images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/cardi1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=59863">cardi1.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/cardi2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=39184">cardi2.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/cardi3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=156063">cardi3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Believe it or not, these small dogs were originally bred to drive large herds of cattle by nipping at their heels. Welsh Corgis are hardy, steady dogs that are quite easy to live with. They're usually reserved with strangers, very good with other pets, but sometimes aggressive with strange dogs. They're smart little dogs that travel well. Welsh Corgis like to bark.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-spotlight-txt"> <div class="field-label">Spotlight teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Active and affectionate, Cardigans are small dogs with big hearts. Read about Cardigan Welsh Corgis</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-origin"> <div class="field-label">Origin:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Great Britain </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-height"> <div class="field-label">Male height:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 - 13 inches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-weight"> <div class="field-label">Male weight:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 25 - 35 pounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-coat"> <div class="field-label">Coat:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rough with a thick undercoat. Brush once a week. Tail hangs down; ears prick up. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Brindle, black, blue merle, sable, or red, usually with white markings. Eyes are dark, but sometimes one or both is blue in blue merles. Nose is black; spotted on blues. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-history"> <div class="field-label">History:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The heritage of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a particularly ancient one, as it is believed that a dog resembling the Cardigan came to the part of Wales (now known as Cardiganshire) when the Celts migrated there around 1000 BCE. These dogs were used to work cattle, and because of their size, could nip at the livestock's heels while avoiding being kicked. The Corgi's style of working was useful because it actually drove the cattle farther afield rather than keeping them herded together, which allowed for a larger grazing area. The farmers were then able to graze their cattle in "common areas" owned by the Crown. Once the farmers began to own their own land, they needed more traditional herding dogs, and the Corgi found himself more frequently by the hearth than in the fields.Two closely related Welsh Corgis exist today: the Cardigan (long-tailed) and the Pembroke (tailless). They share a common history and were interbred and shown together until 1934, when the Kennel Club (KC) officially recognized them as separate breeds. Since the 1930s, fanciers of one type or another have emphasized the breed's individualities - the Cardigan has a tail (most notably) and is a bit heavier boned and longer (a "Welsh yard" from the tip of his nose to the end of his outstretched tail) than the Pembroke. Also, the Cardigan's ears are larger and set wider, and his coat comes in different colors.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-personality"> <div class="field-label">Personality:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Cardigan Welsh Corgi has a lively disposition and is noted for his intelligence and devotion. Fun loving and affectionate, he likes to be involved in everything his family is doing. He can be standoffish with strangers but is playful and lovable with those he trusts. Alert and responsible, he makes a wonderful family pet. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-at-home"> <div class="field-label">At home:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cardigan Welsh Corgis are adaptable to many living situations, including apartments. They make excellent watchdogs, as they take caring for their family with the utmost seriousness. They need to spend quality time with their owners. Their weatherproof coat means that they can enjoy the outdoors in all types of weather. A fenced-in yard where a Corgi can romp and play is recommended. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-recommended-activities"> <div class="field-label">Recommended activities:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cardigan Welsh Corgis are often found competing in the dog sports of agility, obedience and herding. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-exercise"> <div class="field-label">Exercise:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Able-bodied and athletic, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi enjoys spending time outdoors and requires daily exercise. He is happiest with a purpose, so exercise that can also provide mental stimulation will keep him truly satisfied. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-feeding"> <div class="field-label">Feeding:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cardigan Welsh Corgis are good eaters who need a high-quality food. Their weight should be kept in check, as they are prone to obesity. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-training"> <div class="field-label">Training:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a joy to train. Responsive and intelligent, he learns quickly and retains his lessons, always working with enthusiasm. Corgis should be socialized from puppyhood on to bring out their confidence in unfamiliar situations. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-compatibility"> <div class="field-label">Compatibility:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Corgis are good with children, especially if raised with and socialized with them, but they may try to &quot;herd&quot; them when playing outside together. Corgis get along very well with other dogs and other pets. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-health"> <div class="field-label">Health:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The average life span of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is 12 to 15 years. Breed health concerns may include canine intervertebral disc disease; glaucoma; and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-fun-fact"> <div class="field-label">Fun fact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The derivation of the name "Corgi" has been attributed to various sources, including the Celtic word for "dog," or it may be a combination of the words ("dwarf") and ("dog"), or it may be from "cwr," which in Welsh means "to watch over."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-grooming-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Grooming blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Regular brushing and combing of his plush double coat with a pin brush or slicker brush are all the Cardigan Welsh Corgi needs to stay looking his best. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-disclaimer"> <div class="field-label">Disclaimer:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Copyright by T.F.H. Publications, Inc. This document has been published with the intent to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter within. While every reasonable precaution has been taken in preparation of this document, the author and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any errors, omissions, or adverse effects arising from the use or application of the information contained herein. The techniques and suggestions are used at the reader&#039;s discretion and are not to be considered a substitute for veterinary care. If you suspect a medical problem consult your veterinarian. </div> </div> </div> Dog Medium Herding Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:32 +0000 1021 at http://mypetsmart.com Briard http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/briard <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-title"> <div class="field-label">Short title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> briard </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Breed images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/Briard 0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=5333">Briard 0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/Briard 1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=8751">Briard 1.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/Briard 2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=4437">Briard 2.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-spotlight-txt"> <div class="field-label">Spotlight teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Briards are happy, outgoing dogs who love the sights and sounds of a new walking route. Read about Briards</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-origin"> <div class="field-label">Origin:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> France </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-height"> <div class="field-label">Male height:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 22 inches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-weight"> <div class="field-label">Male weight:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 65 pounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-coat"> <div class="field-label">Coat:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Double coat with long, coarse, shiny, hard, dry outercoat lying flat against the body with slightly wavy locks and fine, tight undercoat; mustache and beard. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All uniform colors except for white, including black, shades of gray and shades of tawny. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-history"> <div class="field-label">History:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The need for a large herding dog who could both control and protect the flock led to the development of the Briard, a French herder who has been around since the Middle Ages (and possibly longer). Through the ages, the Briard has earned high praises: Charlemagne gave braces of Briards to friends; Napoleon took them on his military campaigns; Thomas Jefferson imported several for use on American farms; and Lafayette had Briards sent to his American estate. The Briard was so valuable to the French war efforts - carrying supplies to the front lines, finding wounded soldiers and transporting ammunition - that he was named the official dog of the French army. Although the need for his original use as a herder and flock guardian has lessened, his select group of admirers are passionate about this distinctive breed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-personality"> <div class="field-label">Personality:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Briard is a big dog with a big personality: he can be a clown, a tease, a show-off, a gentleman, and even a &quot;reserved philosopher.&quot; He can be aloof with strangers, but his loyalty and bravery make him a natural guardian of home and family. He is a sensitive soul, and unkind or unjust treatment can make the Briard skittish and even aggressive. However, enthusiastic and appreciative training and care will yield an even-tempered, affectionate dog. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-at-home"> <div class="field-label">At home:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Briard can do well in the city or country. He sheds little and is usually calm indoors. A natural herder, the Briard likes to keep his family close and must be a part of it - he will follow you from room to room to keep an eye on those he loves. Although he doesn&#039;t have a tendency to roam, a fenced-in yard is still necessary for his safety. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-recommended-activities"> <div class="field-label">Recommended activities:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Briards are intelligent and love to keep their minds occupied, so activities like herding trials, agility or rally will suit them just fine. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-exercise"> <div class="field-label">Exercise:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Briard needs regular outings that include some vigorous form of exercise. He loves to be near his family, so walking, jogging or backyard play with his owners will help keep him satisfied. Happiest with a job or a purpose, he becomes restless if left to his own devices. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-feeding"> <div class="field-label">Feeding:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Briards are not known as fussy eaters and will thrive on a high-quality, nutritious diet. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-training"> <div class="field-label">Training:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A smart, willing dog, the Briard is a quick study. However, a stern or harsh manner or tone will backfire and bring out his stubborn nature. He will respond to and thrive only with positive training. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-compatibility"> <div class="field-label">Compatibility:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Briard has a special affection for children and is very protective of them. If socialized to a variety of people and animals, he gets along fine with everyone. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-health"> <div class="field-label">Health:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The average life span of the Briard is 10 to 12 years. Breed health concerns may include bloat; cataracts; congenital stationary night blindness (CSNB); hip dysplasia; hypothyroidism; and lymphoma. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-fun-fact"> <div class="field-label">Fun fact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Briard and the short-coated Beauceron are closely related, with the coat being the major difference between the two.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-grooming-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Grooming blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Briard&#039;s long double coat must be brushed several times a week to prevent tangling. The coarseness of the coat keeps dirt from sticking to it, and the Briard sheds very little, but without attention, the coat can become disheveled and uncomfortable for him. His ears and face need attention to stay clean and healthy. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-disclaimer"> <div class="field-label">Disclaimer:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Copyright by T.F.H. Publications, Inc. This document has been published with the intent to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter within. While every reasonable precaution has been taken in preparation of this document, the author and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any errors, omissions, or adverse effects arising from the use or application of the information contained herein. The techniques and suggestions are used at the reader&#039;s discretion. </div> </div> </div> Dog Large Herding Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:29 +0000 1013 at http://mypetsmart.com Bouvier des Flandres http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/bouvier-des-flandres <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-title"> <div class="field-label">Short title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> bouvier des flandres </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Breed images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/Bouvier des Flandres 0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=9710">Bouvier des Flandres 0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/Bouvier des Flandres 1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=4440">Bouvier des Flandres 1.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/Bouvier des Flandres 2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=4722">Bouvier des Flandres 2.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bouvier des Flandres are steady, rugged and calm. They are reserved and protective with strangers, and often aggressive with strange dogs. This is an intelligent, stubborn breed that needs a professional trainer.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-spotlight-txt"> <div class="field-label">Spotlight teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Bouvier's protective and loyal nature make them an ideal family pet. Read about Bouvier des Flandres</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-origin"> <div class="field-label">Origin:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Belgium </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-height"> <div class="field-label">Male height:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 24 - 28 inches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-weight"> <div class="field-label">Male weight:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 65 - 100 pounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-coat"> <div class="field-label">Coat:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shaggy, harsh and wiry with bushy eyebrows and a beard. In addition to frequent brushing, showing dogs must be stripped of dead hairs. Tail is docked; ears may be cropped or left alone. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Usually black or gray, but may be fawn or brindle. Eyes are dark brown; nose is black. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-special"> <div class="field-label">Special considerations:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This is a strong breed that is not recommended as a family pet. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-history"> <div class="field-label">History:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Bouvier des Flandres is a herding dog who was developed from a rough-coated cattle dog native to northern France and Belgium. Flanders is an area that covers parts of Belgium, France and the Netherlands, and both France and Belgium have claimed the Bouvier des Flandres as theirs - so much so that the Fraction Cynologique Internationale (FCI) dubbed him the "Franco-Belgian" dog. </p> <p>The Bouvier des Flandres was a messenger and ambulance dog during World War I, and it's fortunate that this brought him recognition and visibility because when Flanders was nearly destroyed during the war, so was he. A Belgian army veterinarian, Captain Darby, can be credited with saving the Flandres breed through the war years. Today, the Bouvier is on the job in places all over the world, where he is also treasured as a first-rate companion.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-personality"> <div class="field-label">Personality:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Although the Bouvier des Flandres may look large and intimidating, he is only part of what he appears. He is affectionate, loyal, obedient, and even-tempered. A genuine working breed, the Bouvier&#039;s herding and guarding instincts are keen; he makes an exceptional watchdog. He needs an experienced and fair leader to bring out the best in him. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-at-home"> <div class="field-label">At home:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Because Bouviers tend to be calm indoors, they can do well in apartments provided these large, active dogs are given enough daily exercise. They are sociable and companionable and become very attached to their family - this is not a breed that can be left alone for long periods. They won&#039;t be happy unless they are made a part of the family. A fenced-in yard is an absolute must, as is exercising your Bouvier on leash unless in a secured area. The Bouvier&#039;s coat is weatherproof, so he can tolerate cold, heat and wet. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-recommended-activities"> <div class="field-label">Recommended activities:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Bouvier des Flandres can participate in and excel at obedience, herding and agility. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-exercise"> <div class="field-label">Exercise:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A large, intent dog, the Bouvier should receive plenty of exercise but doesn&#039;t require a heavy workout. He enjoys long hikes where he can cover some ground at a natural pace. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-feeding"> <div class="field-label">Feeding:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Feed the Bouvier des Flandres a high-quality, nutritious diet. He&#039;s a hearty eater and should not be allowed to become overweight. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-training"> <div class="field-label">Training:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Bouvier des Flandres is a highly versatile and trainable breed. Training should start early, and he needs a fair, consistent, and experienced handler to bring him to his fullest potential; otherwise, his brain can pair up with his brawn and be overwhelming for some. Socialize him with a variety of people and animals from an early age to ensure that he will accept everyone. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-compatibility"> <div class="field-label">Compatibility:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Bouvier can be naturally wary of strangers. He loves children and is protective of them. He can get along with other pets as long as he is well socialized. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-health"> <div class="field-label">Health:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The average life span of the Bouvier des Flandres is 10 to 12 years. Breed health concerns may include autoimmune disease; cancer; glaucoma; hip dysplasia; subaortic stenosis (SAS); and thyroid dysfunction. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-fun-fact"> <div class="field-label">Fun fact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Bouvier des Flandres was not only used to herd livestock but also to pull carts and guard family farms.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-grooming-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Grooming blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Although the Bouvier isn&#039;t much of a shedder, his thick, wavy coat requires regular attention. He should be brushed several times a week using a pin brush, steel comb, and slicker. His hair should be trimmed several times a year to keep him looking his best. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-disclaimer"> <div class="field-label">Disclaimer:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Copyright by T.F.H. Publications, Inc. This document has been published with the intent to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter within. While every reasonable precaution has been taken in preparation of this document, the author and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any errors, omissions, or adverse effects arising from the use or application of the information contained herein. The techniques and suggestions are used at the reader&#039;s discretion. </div> </div> </div> Dog Large Herding Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:28 +0000 1011 at http://mypetsmart.com Border Collie http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/border-collie <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-title"> <div class="field-label">Short title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> border collie </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Breed images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/Border Collie 0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=4245">Border Collie 0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/Border Collie 1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=5286">Border Collie 1.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/Border Collie 2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=4710">Border Collie 2.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-spotlight-txt"> <div class="field-label">Spotlight teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An extremely smart breed, Border Collies thrive under lots of mental and physical stimulation. Read about Border Collies</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-origin"> <div class="field-label">Origin:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scotland/England </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-height"> <div class="field-label">Male height:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 18 inches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-weight"> <div class="field-label">Male weight:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 27 pounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-coat"> <div class="field-label">Coat:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Border Collies have a double coat. There are two coat types: rough, which has medium-length hair, and smooth, which is short and coarser in texture than the rough. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All colors and combinations of markings are acceptable, although black and white is the primary color pattern associated with the breed. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-history"> <div class="field-label">History:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This breed gets its name from the border country between and England where it was developed. For hundreds of years, these dogs - known simply as shepherd's dogs or collies - helped shepherds manage their flocks. One of the distinct features that began to develop in these collies was the "eye" - a hypnotic stare that willed the sheep to move and turn. Working sheepdogs began to be selected for their "eye" finesse, working style, and durability. The advent of sheepdog trials in 1873 helped establish the Border Collie's modern heritage. Old Hemp, a collie born in 1894, is considered the founder of the modern Border Collie breed. Border Collies came to the United States in the late 19th century, and by the 1950s, were one of the premier working dogs on farms and ranches, where they continue to demonstrate their prowess and skill over sheep.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-personality"> <div class="field-label">Personality:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The classic Border Collie temperament is high energy, incredibly intelligent, sensitive, gentle, good natured, happy and honest. He tends to have a type-A personality with a get-it-done attitude. Dogs who come from working lines can be pushy and bossy, as this attitude is necessary for doing their job properly. Owners not interested in using the Border Collie for his original purpose would do well to find a breeder with &quot;show&quot; or &quot;pet&quot; dogs. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-at-home"> <div class="field-label">At home:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ideally, a Border Collie would live in the country surrounded by lots of land and sheep to herd. This doesn&#039;t mean that they can&#039;t do well in a suburban home with an active family, but in general, they do not make good apartment dogs. They need social interaction with their owners and will not be happy if left alone for most of the day. In fact, a bored or underexercised Border Collie is prone to problem behaviors, including obsessive behaviors. A securely fenced yard - complete with latches that the gifted Border Collie can&#039;t open - is necessary. Their herding nature means that they will herd just about anything they see - children, bicycles, lawn mowers. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-recommended-activities"> <div class="field-label">Recommended activities:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Besides serving as exceptional working farm dogs, Border Collies are renowned for their prowess in the fast-paced sport of agility, where accuracy and speed matter. The Border Collie is also an able athlete in a number of other sports, including flyball, herding trials, obedience and rally. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-exercise"> <div class="field-label">Exercise:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Border Collie requires lots of exercise and won&#039;t be satisfied with just a jaunt around the block. He needs vigorous activity to keep him healthy and content. But beyond mere physical exercise, he must have mental stimulation as well - chores, activities, attention, tasks. Whether it&#039;s safeguarding the farm&#039;s livestock or bringing you your slippers, the Border Collie is a dog who needs a job to be happy. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-feeding"> <div class="field-label">Feeding:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The high-energy Border Collie requires a nutritious, well-balanced diet to keep him in top shape. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-training"> <div class="field-label">Training:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Border Collie&#039;s intense drive and high intelligence make him exceptionally trainable. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-compatibility"> <div class="field-label">Compatibility:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Border Collies can get along well with children and other pets as long as they are socialized properly. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-health"> <div class="field-label">Health:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The average life span for the Border Collie is 12 to 15 years. Breed health concerns include Collie eye anomaly (CEA); epilepsy; hip dysplasia; and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-fun-fact"> <div class="field-label">Fun fact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Traditionally, shepherds gave their working Border Collies short, one-syllable names, like Mick or Bess, because they could easily be shouted on a windy hillside to quickly signal the dog.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-grooming-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Grooming blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Both the rough- and smooth-coated Border Collies need regular brushing with a pin brush to keep their coats free of dead hair and looking their best. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-disclaimer"> <div class="field-label">Disclaimer:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Copyright by T.F.H. Publications, Inc. This document has been published with the intent to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter within. While every reasonable precaution has been taken in preparation of this document, the author and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any errors, omissions, or adverse effects arising from the use or application of the information contained herein. The techniques and suggestions are used at the reader&#039;s discretion. </div> </div> </div> Dog Medium Herding Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:27 +0000 1007 at http://mypetsmart.com Belgian Tervuren http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/belgian-tervuren <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-title"> <div class="field-label">Short title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> belgian tervuren </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Breed images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/Belgian Tervuren 0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=5928">Belgian Tervuren 0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/Belgian Tervuren 1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=4270">Belgian Tervuren 1.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/Belgian Tervuren 2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=8655">Belgian Tervuren 2.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-spotlight-txt"> <div class="field-label">Spotlight teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Elegant and energetic, Tervurens love being challenged in agility and obedience tasks. Read about Belgian Tervurens</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-origin"> <div class="field-label">Origin:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Belgium </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-height"> <div class="field-label">Male height:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 22 inches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-weight"> <div class="field-label">Male weight:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Approximately 44 pounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-coat"> <div class="field-label">Coat:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Double coat with long, abundant, well-fitting, straight guard hairs and very dense, woolly undercoat; very long and profuse hair around the neck, where it forms a collarette. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rich fawn to russet mahogany, with black overlay. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-history"> <div class="field-label">History:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The hardworking shepherds' dogs from Belgium have rated raves since the Middle Ages. In those days, type varied widely and breeding was based on herding ability. It wasn't until 1891 that Professor Adolphe Reul of the Belgian School of Veterinary Science cataloged and established standards for the various types of Belgian Sheepdogs. He divided them into varieties - at one time, there were as many as eight. Today, there are four: the Malinois, the Laekenois, the Tervuren, and the Groenendael (or Belgian Sheepdog, as he is known by the American Kennel Club [AKC]). The AKC recognizes these dogs as separate breeds, but other clubs around the world recognize them as varieties under the general grouping of "Belgian Shepherd Dogs" or "Belgian Sheepdogs." The Tervuren got his name from the town of Tervuren, close to where Belgian breeder Brewer M. Corbeel helped refine the breed. Corbeel owed a pair of longhaired, black-tipped fawn colored dogs whose offspring was bred to a black Groenendael. This formed the basis for the Tervuren as we know it. During World Wars I and II, the Tervuren almost became extinct, but a fine specimen named Willy de la Garde Noir revived interest in the breed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-personality"> <div class="field-label">Personality:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Like the other varieties of Belgian Sheepdog, the elegant Belgian Tervuren is smart, self-assured, loyal and honest. Watchful and protective of his family, the Tervuren is happiest when he has a job to do. Tervurens are alert and form strong bonds with their owners. Intelligent and sensitive, they need socialization from puppyhood. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-at-home"> <div class="field-label">At home:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tervurens can make great companions for anyone with an active outdoor lifestyle. Although city living is probably not ideal for them, with enough exercise, this versatile breed can live just about anywhere. They also require plenty of training and attention to bring them to their full potential. They must be with their family - this is not a breed that should be relegated to the backyard or a kennel. A fenced-in yard can help the Tervuren safely work off some of his energy. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-recommended-activities"> <div class="field-label">Recommended activities:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Belgian Tervuren excels in sports like agility, rally, flyball, obedience, tracking and herding. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-exercise"> <div class="field-label">Exercise:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All of the Belgian Sheepdogs need lots of exercise, and the Tervuren is no exception. Highly energetic and active, this breed likes to work hard and play hard - every day. Participating in organized sports can help keep him in shape and physically and mentally stimulated. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-feeding"> <div class="field-label">Feeding:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The active Tervuren needs a nutritious, high-quality diet. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-training"> <div class="field-label">Training:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All of the Belgian Sheepdogs thrive on training. Tervurens are eager to please and quick learners, which makes training them a joy. They require positive, reward-based training - harsh methods will cause this sensitive breed to shut down. Tervurens require early socialization. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-compatibility"> <div class="field-label">Compatibility:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Tervuren is an excellent dog around children and is frequently protective of his &quot;charges.&quot; He does well in multi-pet households and is usually gentle even with smaller dogs and cats. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-health"> <div class="field-label">Health:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The average life span of the Belgian Tervuren is 10 to 14 years. Breed health concerns may include allergies; cataracts; elbow dysplasia; epilepsy; hip dysplasia; hypothyroidism; and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-fun-fact"> <div class="field-label">Fun fact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In 1923, a statue was erected in honor of Amsterdam's best police dog, a Tervuren named Albert.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-grooming-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Grooming blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The longhaired Tervuren&#039;s double coat requires regular attention. Brushing several times a week with a pin brush will take care of his grooming needs. He is a heavy seasonal shedder, and his fine fur will mat if neglected. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-disclaimer"> <div class="field-label">Disclaimer:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Copyright by T.F.H. Publications, Inc. This document has been published with the intent to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter within. While every reasonable precaution has been taken in preparation of this document, the author and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any errors, omissions, or adverse effects arising from the use or application of the information contained herein. The techniques and suggestions are used at the reader&#039;s discretion. </div> </div> </div> Dog Large Herding Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:23 +0000 1000 at http://mypetsmart.com Belgian Malinois http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/belgian-malinois <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-title"> <div class="field-label">Short title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> belgian malinois </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Breed images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/belgian-mal1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=59160">belgian-mal1.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/belgian-mal2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=46862">belgian-mal2.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/belgian-mal3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=79559">belgian-mal3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-spotlight-txt"> <div class="field-label">Spotlight teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hard-working dogs, the Belgian Malinois is the United States Secret Service go-to breed. Read about Belgian Malinois</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-origin"> <div class="field-label">Origin:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Belgium </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-height"> <div class="field-label">Male height:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 22 inches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-weight"> <div class="field-label">Male weight:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 44 pounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-coat"> <div class="field-label">Coat:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Moderately short, straight, hard and dense. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fawn to mahogany, with black overlay. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-history"> <div class="field-label">History:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The hardworking shepherds' dogs from Belgium have rated raves since the Middle Ages. In those days, type varied widely and breeding was based on herding ability. It didn't matter so much what the dog looked like as long as he did his job. It wasn't until 1891 that Professor Adolphe Reul of the Belgian School of Veterinary Science cataloged and established standards for the various types of Belgian Shepherds. He divided them into varieties - at one time, there were as many as eight. Today, there are four: the Malinois, the Laekenois, the Tervuren and the Groenendael (or Belgian Sheepdog, as he is known in the United States). The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes these dogs as separate breeds. Other clubs around the world recognize them as varieties of the Belgian Shepherd dog. The short-coated Malinois, bred primarily near the city of Malines in Belgium (where he got his name), was and is a sheepherder par excellence and continues to be especially admired by working competitors.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-personality"> <div class="field-label">Personality:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Malinois, like the other Belgian Shepherds, is smart, self-assured, loyal and honest. He is keenly sensitive and very family oriented. Devoted and protective, the Malinois wants to spend as much time as possible with his owners. He is known for his keen intelligence and willingness to work. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-at-home"> <div class="field-label">At home:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Malinois probably does best in a home with a fenced yard that gives him some space to move. He won&#039;t be satisfied with a leisurely stroll around the block - he needs to run and must have an active, outdoor-oriented family to thrive. He loves people and may become destructive if left alone for too long or allowed to get bored. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-recommended-activities"> <div class="field-label">Recommended activities:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> His high level of trainability earns the Malinois and his admirers top prizes in many types of canine competitions today, including herding, tracking, obedience, agility and schutzhund. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-exercise"> <div class="field-label">Exercise:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All of the Belgian Shepherds need lots of exercise. The Malinois is very high energy, and many owners find the breed almost impossible to wear out. If they are not given the opportunity for plenty of activity, they can become destructive. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-feeding"> <div class="field-label">Feeding:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Malinois requires a nutritious, high-quality diet for his active lifestyle. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-training"> <div class="field-label">Training:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As with the other Belgian Shepherds, Malinois are quick and eager learners. They have a desire to please their owner, and they respond to positive, reward-based training methods. Training is necessary with the Malinois, or his natural drive and protective nature could lead to problems. They require early and proper socialization. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-compatibility"> <div class="field-label">Compatibility:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A well-socialized Malinois gets along well with children and other pets. However, his herding instincts can be strong, which may cause him to chase moving objects - including kids. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-health"> <div class="field-label">Health:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The average life span of the Belgian Malinois is 10 to 14 years. Breed health concerns may include elbow dysplasia; epilepsy; hip dysplasia; and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-fun-fact"> <div class="field-label">Fun fact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The abilities and tenacity of the Malinois are prized by the military, and he continues to be used as a police dog in his home country.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-grooming-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Grooming blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The short coat of the Malinois is the easiest of the Belgian Shepherds to maintain. His coat should be brushed with a bristle brush a few times a week. The Malinois sheds lightly throughout most of the year, with a twice-yearly heavier shed. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-disclaimer"> <div class="field-label">Disclaimer:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Copyright by T.F.H. Publications, Inc. This document has been published with the intent to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter within. While every reasonable precaution has been taken in preparation of this document, the author and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any errors, omissions, or adverse effects arising from the use or application of the information contained herein. The techniques and suggestions are used at the reader&#039;s discretion. </div> </div> </div> Dog Medium Herding Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:22 +0000 998 at http://mypetsmart.com Belgian Sheepdog http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/belgian-sheepdog <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-title"> <div class="field-label">Short title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> belgian sheepdog </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Breed images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/Belgian Sheepdog 0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=2643">Belgian Sheepdog 0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/Belgian Sheepdog 1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=5208">Belgian Sheepdog 1.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/Belgian Sheepdog 2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=6687">Belgian Sheepdog 2.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-spotlight-txt"> <div class="field-label">Spotlight teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A great addition to the active family, Belgians love stimulating activities with their Pet Parents. Read about Belgian Sheepdogs</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-origin"> <div class="field-label">Origin:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Belgium </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-height"> <div class="field-label">Male height:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 22 inches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-weight"> <div class="field-label">Male weight:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Approximately 44 pounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-coat"> <div class="field-label">Coat:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Double coat with long, abundant, well-fitting, straight guard hairs and very dense, woolly undercoat; very long and profuse hair around the neck, where it forms a collarette. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Black or black with white markings. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-history"> <div class="field-label">History:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The hardworking shepherds' dogs from Belgium have rated raves since the Middle Ages. In those days, type varied widely and breeding was based on herding ability. It wasn't until 1891 that Professor Adolphe Reul of the Belgian School of Veterinary Science cataloged and established standards for the various types of Belgian Sheepdogs. He found them remarkably similar in type, with the main differences being color, length and coat texture. He divided them into varieties - at one time, there were as many as eight. Today, there are four: the Malinois, the Laekenois, the Tervuren, and the Groenendael. These dogs are considered breeds by the American Kennel Club (AKC), and the Groenendael is known as the "Belgian Sheepdog." However, in other parts of the world, "Belgian Sheepdog" indicates the group in which the four varieties belong. A Belgian restaurant owner and dog breeder is credited with fostering the Belgian Sheepdog. Near the village of Groenendael, Mr. Nicholas Rose's breeding program produced Duc de Groenendael - the keystone sire of these intelligent black herding dogs. Today, the Belgian Sheepdog (Groenendael) is the most popular of the Belgian Sheepdogs and excels in many sports and working trials.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-personality"> <div class="field-label">Personality:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Belgian Sheepdog is intelligent, courageous and devoted. Protective of his family, he can be possessive of their attention. The Belgian Sheepdog is serious and watchful and tends to strongly bond with his owner. He thrives when given a job to do. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-at-home"> <div class="field-label">At home:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Belgian Sheepdog is a truly versatile breed, but urban living may not be the best fit for him. Still, if you are willing to devote plenty of time exercising and training him, this breed can get along just about anywhere. He needs a fenced-in yard to safely play and stretch his legs, as well as plenty of opportunities to run and explore outdoors. He is an all-weather breed. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-recommended-activities"> <div class="field-label">Recommended activities:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Belgian Sheepdog excels at activities like herding trials, agility, obedience and rally. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-exercise"> <div class="field-label">Exercise:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Groenendael must have plenty of exercise - he is the very definition of a high-energy dog. Plenty of intense activity and daily play sessions are needed to keep him from becoming bored and destructive. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-feeding"> <div class="field-label">Feeding:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Belgian Sheepdog needs a high-quality, nutritious diet for his active lifestyle. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-training"> <div class="field-label">Training:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Belgian Sheepdog needs and thrives on training. Positive, reward-based training works best for this sensitive, intelligent breed. They are quick and eager learners and excel in all types of sports and activities. Early socialization is essential. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-compatibility"> <div class="field-label">Compatibility:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Belgian Sheepdogs love children and tend to be protective of them. They may try to &quot;herd&quot; them as they would a flock. They get along well with other pets but will expect to claim most of your attention. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-health"> <div class="field-label">Health:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The average life span of the Belgian Sheepdog is 10 to 14 years. Breed health concerns may include elbow dysplasia; epilepsy; hip dysplasia; hypothyroidism; and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-fun-fact"> <div class="field-label">Fun fact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>During World War I, the Belgian Sheepdog served his country by helping find wounded soldiers and carrying messages to the front.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-grooming-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Grooming blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The longhaired Belgian Sheepdog&#039;s double coat requires regular attention - daily brushing with a pin brush is essential, or the fine fur will mat if neglected. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-disclaimer"> <div class="field-label">Disclaimer:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Copyright by T.F.H. Publications, Inc. This document has been published with the intent to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter within. While every reasonable precaution has been taken in preparation of this document, the author and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any errors, omissions, or adverse effects arising from the use or application of the information contained herein. The techniques and suggestions are used at the reader&#039;s discretion. </div> </div> </div> Dog Medium Herding Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:22 +0000 999 at http://mypetsmart.com