Hound http://mypetsmart.com/taxonomy/term/65/all en Whippet http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/whippet <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"> whippet </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/whippet-1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=51288">whippet-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/whippet2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=124236">whippet2.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/whippet3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=58875">whippet3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whippets are gentle dogs that love to curl up under blankets. They have a tendency toward nervousness and are timid around strangers. Whippets need long walks and runs. They usually gets along well with dogs and cats, but should be watched around rabbits and rodents. They're sometimes hard to housebreak.</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>Whippets are content to relax the day away, making them perfect pets for the less-active household. Read about Whippets</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"> Males: 19 - 22 inches; Females: 18 - 21 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"> 23 - 37 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"> Hard and short. </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"> White, tan, black, patched, brindle and others. Dark eyes; black nose. </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"> Whippets are sensitive to medication, and they need protection from the cold. </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 Whippet was developed in the 1800s. He is an English Greyhound in miniature and is the fastest domesticated animal for his size - capable of speeds up to 35 miles (56.5 km) per hour! Although he has earned a noble reputation, his development occurred far from the fields where gentry and royalty coursed their large sighthounds. Instead, he was fashioned from "snapdogs" - terrier-Greyhound mixes who were used as sport by gamblers to see how many rabbits they could chase and kill in an enclosed area over a set amount of time. Eventually, the "sport" was banned, and bettors turned to placing wages on speed animals. The fleet breed that emerged from the snapdog pits and was further refined to run over greater distances was what would become the "poor man's racehorse" - the Whippet. </p> <p>Whippets were introduced to the United States in the early 1900s. It wasn't long before they were being noticed not just for their speed but for their elegance and manners. They found favor with all kinds of people and are now a very popular small sighthound.</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 Whippet is an easygoing, amiable, adaptable breed. His elegant, sleek appearance may signal &quot;high strung&quot; to some, but in reality he is extremely calm and gentle in the home, saving his great intensity and single-mindedness to sporting pursuits. His sweet temperament and devotion to his owner make him a great family pet and unbeatable 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 Whippet easily adjusts to any lifestyle, from apartment to farm. Like many other shorthaired breeds, he can&#039;t tolerate extreme cold. He should be kept on a leash unless he&#039;s in a securely fenced area, for if something should catch his eye and he decides to give chase, he may be long gone or dash into traffic or other dangerous situations. The Whippet is a great travel companion. </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"> Whippets may excel at activities like field and lure coursing, racing, obedience and showing. </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"> Although the Whippet is capable of great bursts of speed, he doesn&#039;t need to sprint every day to keep him in shape or happy. He may be inclined to dash off if he sees something worth chasing, but otherwise he is happy to walk peacefully at his owner&#039;s side, observing the world around him with dignity. </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"> It can be challenging to satisfy a Whippet with food that&#039;s best for him. He can be finicky and may turn away from his food dish and come and quietly nudge you as if to ask for something different. Feed small amounts of a high-quality, age-appropriate food. </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 Whippet is intelligent and independent-minded. Because he is also easygoing, not all owners feel that training is necessary, but everyone in the family is better served if their Whippet is trained. He is sensitive, so methods should be reward oriented and never harsh. He will need to have things repeated, and he shouldn&#039;t be expected to work or perform like a retriever, for example. Spending time socializing and engaging in fun training sessions with him from puppyhood will help you get a lot out of him. </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 Whippet has a natural affinity for children, but older children might be best for this breed - very young children may not understand that his slight build cannot tolerate rough handling. He gets along well with other dogs, but his prey drive means that he may not be completely reliable around 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 Whippet is 13 to 15 years. Breed health concerns may include eye problems; digestive upset; heart problems; and skin problems. </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>Lure coursing involves open-field coursing of an artificial electric lure that sighthounds are trained to chase. This sport enables the Whippet to perform his original purpose of chasing game.</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"> Clean and tidy dogs, Whippets are naturally neat and only need to be helped by an occasional brushing or going-over with a hound glove. </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 Hound Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:27 +0000 1155 at http://mypetsmart.com Scottish Deerhound http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/scottish-deerhound <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"> scottish deerhound </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/Deerhound1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=119262">Deerhound1.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/Deerhound2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=54358">Deerhound2.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/Deerhound3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=108062">Deerhound3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Scottish Deerhounds are quiet, gentle and easy-going. They like running and are most at home in the country. Scottish Deerhounds usually get along fine with other dogs, but they're sometimes aggressive with cats and rabbits. They're stubborn dogs that are hard to housebreak.</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>Gentle and dignified, Deerhounds like large, fenced-in yards for lots of exercise. Read about Deerhounds</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"> Males: at least 30 inches; Females: 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"> Males: 85 - 110 pounds; Females: 75-95 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"> Three to four inches long with bushy eyebrows and beard. Brush two times a week. </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"> Dark blue, gray, light gray, sandy fawn or brindle. Ears and muzzle are black. Eyes are brown or hazel. Nose is black or blue. </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"> Scottish Deerhounds have a short life span. They live only about 10 years. </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 Giant Hound Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:17 +0000 1130 at http://mypetsmart.com Rhodesian Ridgeback http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/rhodesian-ridgeback <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"> rhodesian ridgeback </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/rhodesian-1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=105460">rhodesian-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/rhodesian-2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=196900">rhodesian-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/rhodesian-3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=107420">rhodesian-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>Named after the unique quality of their coats, RRs do best with experienced Pet Parents. Read about RRs</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"> South Africa </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 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"> Males: 85 pounds (38.5 kg); Females: 70 pounds (31.5 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"> Short, dense, sleek and glossy, with a distinct ridge of hair along the spine that grows in the opposite direction from the rest of the fur. </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"> Light wheaten to red wheaten. </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 unique breed&rsquo;s country of origin is Zimbabwe(formerly Rhodesia) in Africa. What makes him distinctive, and gives him his name, is the symmetrical ridge that runs along his spine created by fur growing in the opposite direction from the rest of his fur. The Khoikhoi dog, a sighthound who lived with the Khoikhoi (Hotentot) tribe in South African for several hundred years, gave the Ridgeback this unusual characteristic. Other breeds that contributed to his current makeup included the Mastiff and Scottish Deerhound - both of whom came to Africa with Dutch, German and Huguenot immigrants in the 16th and 17th centuries. These settlers came to be known as the Boers, and they were mostly farmers. They needed large, brave dogs who could protect their families and stock from wild animals and marauders and who could also be used for hunting (both tracking and retrieving game). Of necessity, the breed also had to be able to withstand the harsh climate, temperature extremes, and deadly tropical diseases and parasites in the African desert.</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"> With his brave and loyal nature, the Ridgeback can make an exceptional companion. He is a strong and independent-minded dog; however, and needs an experienced and fair leader to help him be his best. Ridgebacks are known to be ferocious hunters, and they possess great stamina and strength. They learn quickly but bore easily. Intelligent and devoted to the extreme, they are very protective of their owners. </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"> Although energetic as puppies, most Ridgebacks settle down when they mature and are relatively inactive when indoors. This means that they can make good apartment dogs as long as they have an active owner willing to provide them with the necessary exercise and attention. Ridgebacks deprived of physical and mental stimulation can become destructive. They are generally quiet but will bark to alert their owner of someone&#039;s approach. A secure, tall fence is necessary, as Ridgebacks can jump very high and may take to roaming if 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"> The Rhodesian Ridgeback can get involved in activities like agility or flyball, which will help him expend energy and give him a purpose. He is an able competitor in lure coursing, and becoming involved in that sport will show you a side of the Ridgeback that harks back to his heritage on the plains of Africa. He also makes a great jogging or bicycling companion. </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 and powerful Ridgeback needs lots of exercise. Several long walks a day are necessary to keep his energy level - and curiosity - satisfied. He loves to swim, and a dip in a pool, lake or ocean is always appreciated. </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 rugged Ridgeback is a hearty eater whose weight should be monitored. Because they are notorious &quot;counter surfers,&quot; you&#039;ll need to watch what you leave out in the kitchen. A high-quality, age-appropriate 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"> A Ridgeback&#039;s training should start when he&#039;s young and continue throughout his life. His inclination to do things on his own will manifest as seeming stubbornness. That&#039;s not really the issue, though. Rather, this intelligent breed bores easily. He requires motivational and reward-based training and also needs someone who will be firm yet fair. Socializing the Ridgeback to all kinds of people and other animals from puppyhood is critical. </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"> Although they are great with children when socialized to them, they aren&#039;t particularly tolerant of pestering or rough play. Ridgebacks can get along with other pets, especially when brought up with them, but can be territorial with animals they don&#039;t know. </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 Rhodesian Ridgeback is 10 to 12 years. Breed health concerns may include allergic dermatitis; cataracts; dermoid sinus; hip and elbow dysplasia; hypothyroidism; and mast cell tumors. </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 Rhodesian Ridgeback is one of the most popular dogs in South Africa.</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, glossy coat of the Rhodesian Ridgeback needs only the occasional brushing or going-over with a hound glove to keep it looking its best. He is an average shedder. </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 Large Hound Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:15 +0000 1123 at http://mypetsmart.com Saluki http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/saluki <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"> saluki </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/saluki-1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=80676">saluki-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/saluki-2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=27284">saluki-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/saluki-3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=63647">saluki-3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Two varieties of Saluki are available: Feathered Saluki and Smooth Saluki.<br /> Salukis are quiet, gentle and calm. They're agile jumpers that need lots of running exercise. Salukis are timid with strangers. They get along well with other dogs, but they're sometimes aggressive with cats and rabbits. Salukis are sometimes hard to housebreak. Professional obedience training is highly recommended.</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>Sensitive and quiet, Salukis are also known for their strength and stamina. Read about Salukis</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"> Ancient Egypt </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"> Males: 23 - 28 inches; Females: 20 - 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"> 40 - 60 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"> Short and soft. Feathered Saluki has longer hair on the legs, ears and tail. </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"> White, cream, fawn, red, black and tan. Other colors also available. Eyes are dark or hazel; nose is black or brown. </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"> Salukis are sensitive to medication, including flea powders. </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 graceful, elegant Saluki dates back to ancient Egypt, one of the earliest human civilizations, and represents what is possibly the oldest type of domestic dog. Pictures of Salukis have been found in ancient tombs in the upper Nile region, as have the carefully wrapped and preserved mummified bodies of the dogs themselves. His keen eyesight and amazing speed (capable of bursts of up to 40 mph [55 kph]) make the Saluki a brilliant sighthound. </p> <p>Ancient desert tribesmen used the breed to hunt deer, foxes, hares, and even the swift gazelle. The nomadic tribes ranged over a wide region, stretching from Egypt to Mesopotamia, Syria, Arabia, Palestine and Persia. Traditionally, each tribe bred its own Salukis to suit the local terrain and the game that was found there; thus, historically, there has been much variation in type and color. Greatly esteemed by the desert sheiks and called el hor, "the noble one," the Saluki was so valued that he was never sold. He was considered to be a sacred gift and could only be given as a gift of honor or homage.</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 Saluki is dignified, intelligent and independent. He is also quiet, gentle and even-tempered. Although he has a deep affection for his humans, he is not demonstrative about it. Generally aloof toward strangers, he may be somewhat shy and needs plenty of socialization to be comfortable around different people and situations. </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"> Salukis can live comfortably in just about any living situation provided their particular needs can be met. First, they have very little body fat and are sensitive to cold temperatures, so they should be provided with a soft bed away from drafts inside the home. Second, they need a safe place to run off leash - even a securely fenced (at least 6 feet (2 m) tall), small backyard will not suffice for this breed&#039;s need for speed. In addition, when his sighthound instinct takes over, he will take off at a run and ignore any and all calls and commands, so he can&#039;t be allowed to run loose in an unfenced area. If you don&#039;t have enough acreage at home, you&#039;ll have to find a place to exercise your Saluki safely. </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"> Salukis can excel at lure coursing and the fast-paced sport of 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"> The Saluki should have the opportunity for a fast walk or jog every day - or even better, a daily run in a safe, enclosed area. </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 Saluki can be a picky eater, and he must be fed a high-quality food twice a day. Don&#039;t feed him junk, and don&#039;t let your Saluki get fat - he is supposed to look thin, and overfeeding stresses his systems. </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 Saluki was bred to hunt small animals, and this inborn characteristic is hard for him to resist, so it is especially important that he learn basic obedience commands early on. The Saluki&#039;s sensitive nature does not take well to harsh discipline, so training must be reward based and gentle. He is independent, but with patience and consistency he can learn what you want him to. Still, he is not likely to ever have a totally reliable recall and should only be left off leash in secure areas. Socialization from an early age 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"> Because he is quite sensitive, younger children will probably be too rambunctious for the Saluki, but he does well with older children and adults. He has a very strong instinct to chase small prey, so he should not be in the company of smaller pets such as cats, rabbits or guinea pigs, for their own well-being. </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 Saluki is 12 to 14 years. Breed health concerns may include cancer; eye problems; heart problems; and thyroid problems. </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 name "Saluki" is that of a long-gone Arab city in the Middle East, and the breed is closely associated with the Middle East and the Arab world.</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 smooth-coated Saluki just needs occasional brushing with a bristle brush. The feathered-type coat requires a bit more attention paid to the feathering - he should be gently groomed once or twice a week with a bristle brush. Both types don&#039;t shed much and have very little doggy odor. The Saluki&#039;s ears should be checked now and again to make sure that they are clean. </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 Hound Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:15 +0000 1126 at http://mypetsmart.com Pharaoh Hound http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/pharaoh-hound <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"> pharaoh hound </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/pharaoh1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=46736">pharaoh1.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/pharaoh2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=45923">pharaoh2.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/pharaoh3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=59203">pharaoh3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Pharaoh Hounds are playful, lovable and athletic. They're great jumpers that need lots of running exercise. Pharaohs are suspicious of strangers, and sometimes aggressive toward small animals. Some breeders say this breed blushes when it's excited --i ts nose, ears and eyes turn pink.</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 and playful, this breed is known for "blushing" when they get excited. Read about Pharaohs</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"> Malta </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"> 45 - 60 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"> Hard and short. </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"> Tannish or reddish. Usually has white markings on its chest, tail, toes and face. Eyes are amber; nose is flesh-colored. </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"> Pharaohs are sensitive to medication, even flea powder. </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 Hound Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:10 +0000 1111 at http://mypetsmart.com Plott Hound http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/plott-hound <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"> plott hound </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/plott-1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=151568">plott-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/plott-2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=74967">plott-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/plott-3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=102323">plott-3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Plott Hounds are intelligent and alert. They're barkers and noted for their stamina. They need lots of exercise or they'll become destructive. They're often aggressive with other animals and suspicious of strangers.</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>Plott Hounds love an adventure. They're good tree-climbers and great swimmers. Read about Plotts</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"> 20 - 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"> 40-60 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"> Smooth, fine and glossy, but thick enough to provide protection from wind and water. Occasional brushing is all that&#039;s needed. Ears set fairly high on its head; tail hangs 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"> Any shade of brindle - a streaked or striped pattern of dark hair on a lighter background. Eyes are brown 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>There would be no Plott without the Plott family. Their story started in the 1700s, when 16-year-old Johannes Plott and his brother, Enoch, emigrated from Germany to the United States with their Hanoverian-type schweisshunds, who formed the foundation for today's Plotts. For seven generations Plotts have bred and raised these dogs in the Great Smoky Mountains between North Carolina and Tennessee. As generations of Plotts married and raised families in other parts of the mountains, their hounds spread with them. Used on a variety of game, these hounds were especially efficient at hunting bears. The original schweisshunds were crossed with other hounds and cur-type dogs known for their treeing ability. In the 1920s Blevins Hounds were crossed in, which produced two legendary hounds who became known throughout the vast mountain range. Almost all modern registered Plotts trace to one or the other of these pillars. They became known as "coonhounds" because there were many more people participating in this type of hunt than in bear or large game hunting, but the breed has retained its original - and exceptional - abilities to cold trail, bay and tree bears and other large game. Today, Plotts are used to hunt all kinds of game.</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"> For as tough and agile a hunter as the Plott is, he is an equally talented companion animal, gentle and kind with people of all ages, and a true friend. He is intelligent and curious, as well as extremely tenacious and courageous - traits that keep him focused on the trail and able to hold even large game at bay until the hunter arrives. The Plott also has a sense of humor, relishing games and play on the trail and at home. </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"> City life is not ideal for the Plott. He needs the great outdoors and a chance to use his skill as a hunter to be content. Although his coat is short, it is thick enough to provide adequate protection from the elements. If not kept on leash while being walked, he will roam, looking for an interesting scent. He is a large dog with a tendency to drool, but for those wanting a fine hunting dog and home companion, he has no equal. </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"> Plotts were born to hunt - it&#039;s what they enjoy and what most owners use them for. </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 large, athletic Plott needs plenty of exercise, without which he will become bored and restless. If allowed to work trails at least a couple of times a day, he will get the physical and mental stimulation he requires. </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"> Plotts are enthusiastic eaters who will usually gobble whatever is fed to them. Because of this, it is important to monitor their food intake to prevent obesity. In their early years they can expend a lot of energy playing and hunting, and they need the highest-quality diet to ensure that they are getting the nutrition they require. </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"> Plotts are eager and responsive - especially when it comes to figuring out what&#039;s desired on the trail - and are fairly easy to train. They can be single-minded about hunting, but if worked in a positive and rewarding way, will quickly and gladly master their other lessons. </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 Plott gets along well with children and people of all ages. He is friendly with other dogs and can even get along with cats and other pets if properly 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 Plott is 12 to 14 years. Common health problems may include bloat. </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>At one time, the breed was referred to as the "Plott Cur."</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 Plott&#039;s short coat is easy to keep clean with an occasional brushing and going over with a hound glove. Attention should be paid to his ears, which should be kept clean and dry to prevent infection. </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 Hound Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:10 +0000 1112 at http://mypetsmart.com Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/petit-bassett-griffon-vendeen <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"> petit bassett griffon vendeen </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/pbgv-1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=102810">pbgv-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/pbgv-2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=102051">pbgv-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/pbgv-3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=69579">pbgv-3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Petit Bassets are enthusiastic little dogs that are a great deal of fun to have around. They're friendly with strangers, kids and other pets. They like to jump, bark and dig.</p> <p>Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are hound dogs. Because they're great at sniffing and exploring, hounds were originally used to trail rabbits, foxes and other small mammals. In general, most hounds are good-natured dogs that make loving companions if trained properly. Hounds are sometimes stubborn, though, so training may take a while.</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>With wagging tails that never seem to tire, Petits are extremely happy dogs and great for therapy. Read about Petits</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"> 13 - 15 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 - 45 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 and scrappy-looking. Brush twice a week. 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"> Mostly white with lemon-orange 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>Vendee is a district on the Western Coast of France, south of Brittany, and its hounds are some of the oldest varieties. One of the first breeders was a king's clerk (greffier) in the 15th century, from which eventually came the name "Griffon". It later became associated not just with these dogs but with many French wire-coated hounds. </p> <p>Several Griffons were given to King Louis XII, and the breed was once called Chiens Blancs du Roi, or the King's White Hounds. There are two Basset (low to the ground) types: the Grand Basset and the Petit Basset. Originally, both sizes could be found in a litter and interbreeding was allowed. In 1950, however, the Petit was given a separate status, and crossbreeding was forbidden 25 years later. In France and elsewhere, Petit Bassets Griffons Vendeens ("PBGVs") are hunted primarily in packs on such quarry as small deer and wild boars, as well as smaller fur- and feather-covered game, especially hares.</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 extroverted, lively nature of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen has made him the best known of the Griffons Vendeens. He has a devil-may-care attitude and happy hunting dog nature. The PBGV is eager to please but does have an independent streak - some say that he has more of a &quot;terrier-like&quot; quality than a typical scenthound. He relishes time spent outdoors and with his family. </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"> PBGVs need an active owner - they can get along in an urban environment only if they are provided with plenty of exercise and stimuli for their insatiable curiosity. They are lively and enthusiastic and do not tire easily. PBGVs must be provided with a large, safe area in which to sniff and explore to their hearts&#039; content -a fenced - in yard is the ideal situation for these natural hunters. </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 PBGV is a natural at hunting trials. Although obedience training can take a bit of extra commitment, this doesn&#039;t mean that your PBGV can&#039;t be a &quot;star&quot; in a competitive arena-there are several Petits who have distinguished themselves in formal obedience and agility competitions. </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"> PBGVs are keen hunters with strong instincts. They thrive on being able to follow their noses at least once a day. Short of hunting opportunities, PBGVs must have daily time outdoors, including long walks. </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"> Your PBGV needs a high-quality diet to stay healthy. Like most hounds, he enjoys his food, so keep an eye on his weight and avoid unhealthy treats. </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"> PBGVs don&#039;t particularly take to being told what to do. They don&#039;t mind being cajoled, bribed or played with, and if these things lead them to do something you like, then everyone&#039;s happy. Eventually, you and your Griffon will come to an understanding that works for 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"> Bred to work in packs, PBGVs get along well with other dogs and aren&#039;t overly possessive about anything. They do need to be socialized with small animals from an early age, as they are born hunters. They are fine companions for children of all ages. </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 Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is 12 to 15 years. Health concerns may include aseptic meningitis; ear infections; glaucoma; 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>Although the PBGV might look like a hairy Basset Hound, he is in fact descended from the large, powerful Grand Griffon Vendeen, from whom he inherits his fine hunting instincts.</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 PBGV&#039;s tousled appearance comes naturally, and any trimming is highly discouraged. His double coat should be brushed and combed weekly with a bristle brush and metal comb to prevent mats. His long ears can harbor infection and must be cleaned regularly. </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 Hound Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:09 +0000 1110 at http://mypetsmart.com Otterhound http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/otterhound <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"> otterhound </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/Otterhound1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=74234">Otterhound1.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/Otterhound2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=58785">Otterhound2.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/Otterhound3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=63872">Otterhound3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Otterhounds are lovable and easygoing. They need lots of exercise, and become destructive if left alone. They like children, but they're too clumsy for toddlers. Otterhounds are sometimes aggressive with strange dogs and small pets. They're stubborn and hard to housebreak. Otterhounds have webbed feet.</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>Because of their sensitive sense of smell, Otterhounds are inquistive to the world around them. Read about Otterhounds</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"> Netherlands </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 - 27 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 - 115 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"> 3 - 6 inches long, shaggy with a wooly undercoat. Needs frequent brushings. </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"> Blue and white, sandy, gray, black and tan, as well as other colors. Eyes and nose are black or brown. </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 Giant Hound Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:07 +0000 1104 at http://mypetsmart.com Norwegian Elkhound http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/norwegian-elkhound <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"> norwegian elkhound </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/Norwegian Elkhound 0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=9865">Norwegian Elkhound 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/Norwegian Elkhound 1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=4934">Norwegian Elkhound 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/Norwegian Elkhound 5.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=5278">Norwegian Elkhound 5.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Norwegian Elkhounds are confident, alert and independent. They love to be outdoors, especially in cold weather. They're sometimes aggressive with other dogs and love to bark.</p> <p>Norwegian Elkhounds are part of the hound group. Because they're great at sniffing and exploring, hounds were originally used to trail rabbits, foxes and other small mammals. In general, most hounds are good-natured dogs that make loving companions if trained properly. Hounds are sometimes stubborn, though, so training may take a while.</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>Always ready for an adventure, Elkhounds make great tracking dogs. Read about Norwegian Elkhounds</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"> Norway </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"> 19.5 - 20.5 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"> 48 - 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"> Thick with a dense undercoat. Needs frequent brushings. </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 and silver. Hairs are tipped with black. Muzzle, ears and tail are always black. Puppies are born black and lighten with age. Eyes are dark brown; nose is black. Tail should curl over its back. </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 thousands of year, the Norwegian Elkhound has been helping Norwegians hunt large game like moose, mountain lions, bears, badgers, wolves, rabbits and elks. His hunting style is to track and quarry the game, holding it at bay until the hunter can join him and finish the job. Not only were these loyal and courageous dogs invaluable on the hunt and for hauling supplies on sleds, but they made fine family companions as well. The Norwegian Hunters Association began holding shows for the breed in 1877. They were recognized by the Kennel Club (KC) in Britain in 1923 and then by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1935.</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"> Even-tempered, intelligent and alert, the Norwegian Elkhound is an all-around companion. Strong and fearless enough to take the role of watchdog seriously, he is also levelheaded and sensible enough not to overdo things, discerning friend from foe with little fanfare. He is naturally reserved with strangers, but with those he knows, he is enthusiastically affectionate. His strength belies a sensitive soul, and he shrinks from harsh tones or demands. Independent minded, he can take matters into his own paws if it suits 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"> The Norwegian Elkhound is a surprisingly versatile breed. Despite his history as a hunter, he can thrive equally well in the city or country, provided his mental and physical needs are met. His thick coat, developed to protect him from the cold Norwegian weather, also serves to insulate him against the heat, so he can do well in all kinds of climates. Historically, his hunting style was to alert the hunter by barking, so don&#039;t be surprised if he likes to use his voice. He is naturally clean. A fenced-in yard where he can safely 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"> A happy Elkhound is one who is involved in sports such as pulling sleds, tracking, 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"> Norwegian Elkhounds are robust and athletic dogs who thrive on exercise. Not only do they enjoy their long walks with family, but they need to have their minds and bodies focused on jobs and activities. </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 energetic and active Elkhound is a hearty eater whose weight should be monitored because he has a tendency to overeat. 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"> The sensitive, independent-minded Elkhound does best with motivational and reward-based training. Working him for short sessions several times a day will yield the best results. He pays attention when he&#039;s motivated, and being involved in sports or family activities are both ways to keep him focused. </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 Norwegian Elkhound gets along well with children but should be socialized to other pets and dogs in order to consistently get along with them. </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 Norwegian Elkhound is 13 to 15 years. Health problems may include Fanconi syndrome; hip dysplasia; hypothyroidism; progressive retinal atrophy (PRA); and skin problems. </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 Norwegian, "Elg" means moose, and the Norwegian Elkhound was so named because he was useful at hunting them.</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 thick double coat of the Norwegian Elkhound requires regular brushing and combing to loosen and remove dead hair. Use a good-quality bristle brush, and brush the coat in all directions to help remove the dead undercoat. He is a seasonally heavy shedder; regular grooming will help keep his coat in shape. </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 dicreation. </div> </div> </div> Dog Large Hound Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:05 +0000 1099 at http://mypetsmart.com Irish Wolfhound http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/irish-wolfhound <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"> irish wolfhound </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/irish-wolfhound1R.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=81233">irish-wolfhound1R.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/irish-wolfhound2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=87817">irish-wolfhound2.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/irish-wolfhound3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=134922">irish-wolfhound3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Irish Wolfhounds are the tallest dogs in the world. They're extremely calm and adapt best to country life. Irish Wolfhounds like lots of exercise. They're friendly with strangers and other animals. Because of their size, they're too clumsy for small children. It takes several years for an Irish Wolfhound to reach its full size.</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 tallest of the dog breeds, Wolfhounds are patient and gentle, especially around children. Read about Irish Wolfhounds</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"> Ireland </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"> 32 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"> 120 pounds and over; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-female-height"> <div class="field-label">Female height:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 30 inches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-femail-weight"> <div class="field-label">Female weight:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 105 pounds and over </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 bushy eyebrows and beard. Brush or comb and Irish Wolfhound twice a week. </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, red, gray or brindle. More rare is solid white or black. Eyes and nose are dark. </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"> As with most giant-sized dogs, Irish Wolfhounds have a short life span, about 8 to 10 years. </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 Irish Wolfhound's history is sketchy but parallels that of the Scottish Deerhound - both are imposing sighthounds who have been part of the history of their countries for centuries. More than 2,000 years ago, large hounds were used in Ireland as dogs of war, for protection, and to hunt boar, deer and wolves. The type became more consistent in the 15th and 16th centuries. In the 1600s, it was illegal to export Wolfhounds from the United Kingdom because wolves were such a problem there; however, when the last wolves were killed in the late 1700s and the Wolfhound essentially lost his job, his numbers began to fall. The Great Famine in Ireland also took its toll on the giant dogs, and they nearly died off. Captain G.A. Graham made restoring the breed his life's work in the late 1800s. A breed club was formed in 1885, and today the Irish Wolfhound is a thriving breed - the giant of the sighthounds.</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 Irish Wolfhound is truly a gentle giant. He is an even-tempered, intelligent, patient and affectionate hound who is extremely loyal to his family. He is slow to mature and doesn&#039;t reach his full size until he is at least 2 years old. His size and overall appearance make him a standout in a crowd, so socializing him is easy because people come right up to him - and he loves it! </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"> Although the Irish Wolfhound is fairly laid-back inside the home, his size does not make him suitable for apartment life - he needs enough room to stretch his legs. He&#039;s not high energy but loves the chance to run - just be sure to exercise him this way in a securely fenced area because he could quickly outdistance you. </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"> If you want to see your Wolfhound excel, get involved in lure coursing, where you will be able to witness his real power and strength. </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"> As the Irish Wolfhound is growing and going through the puppy stage, it is best to limit his activities to the normal ones of playing and going for short walks. Too much exercise at this time of rapid growth can lead to problems. As a mature adult, the Wolfhound will appreciate being able to use his natural ability of running short distances at high speeds. With regular walks, opportunities to run, and time spent playing and being with his family, the Wolfhound gets the exercise he needs. </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 Irish Wolfhound requires a high-quality diet. Many breeders recommend feeding this large breed 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"> The intelligent Irish Wolfhound is quick to pick up on what you want him to do, and training him is relatively easy. Persistence and praise are key ingredients to successful training. A people-oriented dog, the Wolfhound is happy to meet and greet anyone who approaches him, and frequent outings in public places greatly improve his confidence, from puppyhood to old age. </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"> While his size is imposing, the Irish Wolfhound is completely trustworthy with children and friendly toward all he meets. He is good with other dogs, but he may see smaller animals as prey or pursue a smaller animal if they start running together. </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 Irish Wolfhound is 6 to 8 years. Breed health concerns may include bloat; bone cancer; heart disease; hypothyroidism; liver shunts; 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>In the 1100s CE, it was purported that the King of Ulster offered 4,000 cows for a coveted Wolfhound. The refusal that met his request resulted in a war.</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 Wolfhound&#039;s rough, medium-length coat needs regular brushing with a slicker brush and a metal comb to keep it clean and well kept. He is an average shedder who should be taken to a professional groomer a few times a year to have the coarser, longer hairs plucked so that he looks 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 Giant Hound Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:51 +0000 1070 at http://mypetsmart.com Ibizan Hound http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/ibizan-hound <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"> ibizan hound </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/ibizan1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=60632">ibizan1.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/ibizan2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=57553">ibizan2.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/ibizan3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=98094">ibizan3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ibizans are clean, quiet and gentle. They're great runners - some Ibizans can easily scale fences. Ibizans need lots of exercise, and they're somewhat suspicious of strangers. They like children, but should be watched around cats and rabbits.</p> <p>Because they're great at sniffing and exploring, hounds were originally used to trail rabbits, foxes and other small mammals. In general, most hounds are good-natured dogs that make loving companions if trained properly. Hounds are sometimes stubborn, though, so training may take a while.</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>Intelligent, elegant and agile, the Ibizan Hound also loves to clown around. Read about Ibizan Hounds</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"> Spain </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"> 22.5 - 27.5 pounds </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"> 41 - 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"> Smooth and short. </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 or tawny with white feet, tail tip, chest, muzzle and blaze. Eyes are light brown or amber. Nose is flesh-colored. </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"> Ibizans are sensitive to medication, including flea powder. </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 Hound Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:49 +0000 1066 at http://mypetsmart.com Greyhound http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/greyhound <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"> greyhound </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/Greyhound1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=72250">Greyhound1.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/greyhound2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=75354">greyhound2.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/Greyhound3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=52222">Greyhound3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Greyhounds are quiet, gentle and affectionate. Greyhounds are runners and that need lots of space to exercise. They're sometimes frightened by cars and city sounds, and sometimes aggressive with cats and small pets. Obedience training is recommended. Greyhounds can be difficult to housebreak.</p> <p>Greyhounds are sight hounds. In general, most hounds are good-natured dogs that make loving companions if trained properly. Hounds are sometimes stubborn, though, so training may take a while.</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>Famous for its sleek look and speedy nature, Greyhounds are becoming ever popular family pets. Read about Greyhounds</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"> Middle East </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"> 26 - 30 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"> Hard and short. </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"> White, gray, fawn, patched, and others. Eyes and nose are dark. </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"> Greyhounds are highly sensitive to medication, including flea powder. </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 Hound Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:48 +0000 1063 at http://mypetsmart.com Harrier http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/harrier <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"> harrier </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/Harrier1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=64954">Harrier1.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/harrier2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=76578">harrier2.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/Harrier3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=38902">Harrier3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Harriers trail hares in England; they are the English version of the Beagle. They're good-natured, but energetic. They need lots of running exercise. Harriers will become destructive if they're confined too long. They're friendly with strangers, and get along well with children and other pets.</p> <p>Harriers are hound dogs. Because they're great at sniffing and exploring, hounds were originally used to trail rabbits, foxes and other small mammals. In general, most hounds are good-natured dogs that make loving companions if trained properly.</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>A natural pack dog, Harriers love sniffing and exploring with other dogs big and small. Read about Harriers</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"> 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"> 19 - 21 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"> 40 - 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"> Hard and short. </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"> Combination of black, white and tan. More rare is a mottled blue, gray and black. Eyes are brown or hazel. Nose is black. </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 Hound Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:48 +0000 1064 at http://mypetsmart.com English Foxhound http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/english-foxhound <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"> english foxhound </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/EngFoxhound 1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=69962">EngFoxhound 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/EngFoxhound2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=56391">EngFoxhound2.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/EngFoxhound3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=51785">EngFoxhound3.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>This breed loves the companionship of people and animals, perfect for the multi-pet household. Read about English Foxhounds</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"> 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"> 23 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"> Short, hard, glossy, 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"> Black, tan, white, any combination of these colors, &quot;pies&quot; comprising white and various colors of the hare and badger, or yellow, or tan. </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>When foxhunting became the rage in England in the 13th century, a hound was needed specifically for trailing the fast and wily red fox. The trailing hounds of the St. Hubert/Bloodhound type were just too slow for this sport, although their blood formed the basis for the English Foxhound. Crosses were made to faster, lighter hounds and perhaps even to Greyhounds in order to increase speed. In England, the Foxhound is followed by mounted horsemen, and the dog must be fast, with tremendous endurance. These hounds also need good voice, drive, and enthusiasm. For many years, each hunt developed its own style of hound, and type was inconsistent. But by 1800, many large standardized packs existed, and the meticulous records kept by each individual estate's Master of Hounds were incorporated in the Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA), to which most English Foxhounds can trace their pedigrees back more than 150 years.</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 English Foxhound is a noble fellow who is the epitome of a hunting dog. Pack hounds are so active, athletic and scent-driven that they can have a tough time transitioning to home and hearth. There are show lines of English Foxhounds whose temperaments are better suited to indoor living, and it&#039;s essential that a prospective owner explore these first. As the quintessential pack animal, the English Foxhound generally gets along well with others, and he is a gentle and 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"> Even the show lines of the English Foxhound, which tend to be less driven than the field type, are not well suited to apartment life. They can adapt to the suburbs, provided they are given enough exercise and mental stimulation. This is a tireless breed, and it will become destructive if its needs are not satisfied. They are all-weather dogs and don&#039;t mind the wet or cold. </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"> Like most foxhounds, the English Foxhound&#039;s favorite activity is hunting. </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"> English Foxhounds who are born into hunting packs demand the exercise that the hunt provides. Those bred for show and companionship still need to have their strong desire for hunting in the great outdoors satisfied, and this is accomplished through plenty of exercise. </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"> A high-quality diet is essential for the English Foxhound. This is not a breed used to human-style treats and snacks, which can cause digestive upset. </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"> Socialization and patient training should start at puppyhood for this dog, not because he is difficult to get along with or unintelligent but because he is pack oriented and scent driven, which can make listening to his owner secondary to his own instincts. </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"> Although friendly with most people, including children, the English Foxhound seems to prefer the company of other dogs. He can get along with other pets if socialized to them. </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 English Foxhound is 9 to 11 years. Breed health concerns may include epilepsy; hip dysplasia; and kidney 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>Many foxhunters in the United States used English Foxhounds to craft foxhounds suited to their particular terrains. These include the American Foxhound, as well as other types of foxhounds, coonhounds and scenthounds.</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 always dapper-looking English Foxhound is easy to keep clean with occasional brushing with a hound glove. </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 Hound Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:40 +0000 1042 at http://mypetsmart.com Dachshund (Standard and Miniature) http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/dachshund-standard-and-miniature <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"> dachshund (standard and miniature) </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/Dachshund1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=133799">Dachshund1.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/Dachshund2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=570988">Dachshund2.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/Dachshund3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=815027">Dachshund3.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>Recognizable for their elongated frame, Dachshunds are lively pets, with loud barks and large hearts. Read about Dachshunds</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"> Miniature: up to 14 inches; Standard: 14 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"> Miniature: 11 pounds and under; Standard: 16 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 three coat types (varieties): smooth, longhaired and wirehaired. The smooth coat is short and smooth; the longhaired coat is of moderate length, soft, and somewhat wavy; the wirehaired coat is coarse and short. </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"> Dachshunds come in a great range of colors: a single shade or color (includes reds or yellows and may have black tips or overlays); and two colors (includes black, black and tan, chocolate, gray, wild boar, and fawn, all with tan or cream markings). Dachshunds also come in dappled, brindle and sable patterns. </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 Dachshund was developed as a hunting hound in Germany using the German schweisshund, in addition to various terriers and spaniels. Dachshunds have been helping hunters and families since the Middle Ages, doing everything from tracking game to going to ground (chasing prey underground) to protecting the homestead. The Standard was primarily a tracker; the Miniature was used most often to hunt rabbit and go to ground. Today, the Dachshund is universally recognized for his distinct body - not just the long back and short legs but the broad chest, elongated head with a slight stop, high-set ears, and long tail. He is still a talented hunter the world over. He has earned the nicknames "wiener dog," "little sausage," and "hot dog," and for those who love him, he is truly adored and worshipped.</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"> Bold, confident, intelligent and alert, the Dachshund is a companion who may be short of leg but is not short of personality. Lively and courageous (sometimes to the point of rashness), the Dachshund can be a bit bossy about getting his way, but his loyalty to his family is unshakable. When threatened or suspicious, he is a great protector of his family, whom he loves with all his heart. In general, longhairs are considered slightly more easygoing, wirehairs more playful, and smooths a bit more aloof. </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 Dachshund is a versatile and charming pet, as comfortable in a big-city apartment as he is in the country. If your yard contains a prized flowerbed, beware - his hunting instincts will be clearly visible in his love of digging and chasing after backyard prey. A fenced-in yard is essential, as a Dachshund following a scent will not pay attention to anything else. </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"> Dachshunds can enjoy tracking, earthdog trials, and obedience. Sports or activities that involve repeated jumping may not the best for Dachshunds because of the back problems that can develop. </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 Dachshund is active and inquisitive, traits that need to be expressed and fulfilled in several daily walks - preferably long ones, though not strenuous ones. He is built to hunt and can handle rough terrain and a vigorous dig, but he is not bred for long, sustained periods of exercise. </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"> Due to their size differences, Minis need less food than Standards, but both need a high-quality diet. Dachshunds have a tendency to gain weight, which puts further stress on the back, as well as the legs and internal organs. This is a serious problem with Dachshunds, so it&#039;s essential to keep them at their proper weight. </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"> Dachshunds are scenthounds and are therefore easily distracted by scents all around them. They are also self-willed and will be more than happy to run the household if not given proper training. As first-rate companions, they do want to please, and an upbeat, positive approach to training - along with persistence - will win them over to doing what you ask. Luckily, they are a very food-motivated breed, making them perfect for reward-based 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"> Living in a home with very small children can be difficult because this small dog will take exception to rough handling. In general, longhaired Dachshunds are thought of as better with children than smooths or wirehaireds because they are slightly more laid back. Dachshunds can get along with other dogs and cats, but proper introductions and management are essential. The prey drive in Dachshunds is strong, and they can&#039;t always be trusted with small animals. </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 Dachshund is 12 to 16 years. One of the most common health problems suffered by Dachshunds is a spinal disc problem called Dachshund paralysis. Because of their long backs and short legs, strain is put on the vertebrae and leads to problems. Dachshunds can also suffer from diabetes, epilepsy, and heart 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>In Germany, Dachshund sizes are separated not by weight, as in the United States, but by chest circumference - the division of classes is based on what size hole they can enter!</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 wirehaired Dachshund needs the most attention to his coat; the coarse hairs must be trimmed and kept neat, ideally by a professional groomer. The longhaired Dachshund&#039;s fine fur can knot and mat if not brushed regularly. The smooth Dachshund is the easiest to care for - a quick going-over with a hound glove, soft brush and damp cloth will leave him sleek and shiny. </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 Small Hound Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:38 +0000 1037 at http://mypetsmart.com