Sporting http://mypetsmart.com/taxonomy/term/66/all en Wirehaired Pointing Griffon http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/wirehaired-pointing-griffon <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"> wirehaired pointing griffon </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/Wirehaired Pointing Griffon 0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=4081">Wirehaired Pointing Griffon 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/Wirehaired Pointing Griffon 1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=10530">Wirehaired Pointing Griffon 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/Wirehaired Pointing Griffon 2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=8110">Wirehaired Pointing Griffon 2.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are pleasant and gentle. They love to run and need lots of exercise. They're reserved with strangers and do best in quiet households. They gets along well with other pets, but are 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>Great swimmers and all-around sweethearts, this dog is also a low shedder. Read about Wirehaired Pointing Griffons</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"> Males: 21.5 - 23 inches; Females: 19 to 21.5 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"> 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"> Coarse with bushy eyebrows and a beard. Tail docked. </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 steel gray, off-white and red. Solid chestnut is available, but not common. Eyes are light brown or yellow. Nose is brown. </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 versatile breed was created by the Dutchman Edward K. Korthals in the 1860s to '70s. Korthals's basic stock started with a female gundog named Mouche and continued with other griffon-type dogs for their coat, love of water and intelligence. Experts speculate that he used various setters or pointers for pointing ability and air scenting as well. As an agent to the Duke of Penthievre in France, Korthals's special breed soon generated a devoted following - so much so that France is credited as the breed's country of origin. </p> <p>The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon was brought to the United States in the early 19th century, and in fact, was the first of the Continental "all-purpose" breeds to gain official recognition here. But like so many of the excellent working Continental breeds that followed him, he tended to be denigrated by the American dog press as too slow and unstylish. Today, with land and game becoming scarcer, hunters have developed a new appreciation for this kind of Continental dog - he may be slower but also works closer, is easier to work in small farm fields, and will trail a wounded running bird so that it won't be lost.</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 Wirehaired Pointing Griffon (&quot;WPG&quot;) is a wonderful companion for those who love the outdoors. Good natured and affable, he thrives on long walks through all kinds of environments. Indoors, he is a mellow dog who wants to share your time by staying near you. The WPG is patient yet playful - a large, solid dog with a stable disposition. </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 Wirehaired Pointing Griffon does best where he has space in which to hunt and sniff. If he is kept in an urban environment, it is essential that he be given plenty of exercise and outdoor time or he will not be happy. This all-weather dog loves spending outdoor time with his owner. </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 WPG is a versatile dog who thrives on activities like hunting trials, tracking and obedience. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-exercise"> <div class="field-label">Exercise:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Daily exercise is necessary for this sporting dog. If not being used for the hunt, he&#039;ll need at least a 20-minute romp in a field or other outdoor area. He loves to swim and makes an excellent jogging partner. </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 athletic Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is an enthusiastic eater, so his weight should be monitored. A high-quality, age-appropriate diet is best. Feeding twice a day as an adult is recommended. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-training"> <div class="field-label">Training:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bred to work close to the hunter and be a truly all-purpose dog, the WPG is easy to train. He is respectful and responsive, quickly picking up what is expected of him&amp;mdash;especially if it has to do with finding game! Motivated with positive rewards and short but frequent training sessions, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon will soon be minding his manners and doing what needs to be done to live in harmony with his family. Socialization only helps develop his outgoing personality. </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 WPG loves children and gets along well with other dogs and pets. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-health"> <div class="field-label">Health:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The average life span of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is 10 to 12 years. Breed health concerns include hip dysplasia in some lines. </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 Wirehaired Pointing Griffon was bred to retrieve both in water and on land.</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"> Naturally scruffy, the WPG benefits from a twice-yearly or so visit to a professional groomer for some trimming and cleaning up. He has a harsh coat that comes clean easily with occasional brushing with a slicker brush. Check his ears frequently for signs of 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 Sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:27 +0000 1157 at http://mypetsmart.com Weimaraner http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/weimaraner <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"> weimaraner </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/weim1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=76972">weim1.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/weim2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=148462">weim2.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/weim3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=45731">weim3.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>With their distinctive gray coat, the Weimaraner is a noble companion suited for family life. Read about Weimaraners</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"> 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"> 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"> Short, fine and hard. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All shades of solid gray. </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 elegant breed was developed in Germany and was a favorite at the court of Weimar, in east-central Germany. The dog of Weimar was originally called the Weimar Pointer and is believed to be descended from brackes and schweisshunds. He was used to track and hunt large game such as bears, wolves and big cats. As large game populations decreased, wing shooting became most popular, and the then-large and hound-like Weimaraner was crossed with bird dogs to bring in bird hunting abilities. Soon hunters working with the breed developed the dog we admire today - an all-around gundog capable of locating and bringing in game, including tracking injured birds that sometimes fall far from the mark. </p> <p>German Weimaraner fanciers kept the breed to themselves for many years, maintaining low numbers but preserving the high quality of breeding. The American Howard Knight imported a pair in the 1920s and founded the Weimaraner Club of America (WCA) in 1929. It wasn't until the 1940s that the breed became more popular, gaining recognition from the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1943.</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 Weimaraner is a talented, high-energy dog. &quot;Friendly,&quot; &quot;fearless,&quot; &quot;alert&quot; and &quot;obedient&quot; are words usually used to describe this breed, and he is all these things and more. He was bred to handle tough situations, and he doesn&#039;t back down easily. He learns quickly and bores quickly. Effusively affectionate with his family and those he knows, the Weimaraner can be aloof and territorial with strangers. </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"> Strong and athletic, the Weimaraner needs lots of outdoor exercise, which may not make him the best breed for an apartment. Although he is athletic, he is not an &quot;outdoor dog,&quot; as he craves regular attention from his people and needs to be with them. He has a strong bark and makes a good watchdog. </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 Weimaraner&#039;s talents are many, and he has proven himself in all areas: hunting, showing, field trialing, tracking, agility and obedience. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-exercise"> <div class="field-label">Exercise:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Weimaraner thrives on exercise, and if he doesn&#039;t get enough of it, he will resort to destructive behaviors as he becomes bored and restless. He makes a great jogging or bicycling companion as an adult. A Weimaraner will most love the opportunity to hunt and extend himself in open spaces, and if this can be offered to him, he will benefit immensely. Otherwise, several long, vigorous walks are necessary on a daily basis. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-feeding"> <div class="field-label">Feeding:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Feed the Weimaraner the highest-quality food possible, and be sure that it&#039;s appropriate for his age. Don&#039;t let your Weimaraner get fat. </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"> To look at the Weimaraner&#039;s accomplishments, it is clear that with training, he can master almost anything. That said, this is a breed that needs a persistent and patient trainer who understands that he learns quickly and bores easily. Heavy-handed training will only make the Weim wary and reticent. Given the encouragement and motivation to accomplish something, this dog will respond-and then some. Socialization from puppyhood is important in helping him develop trust and confidence. </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 Weimaraner enjoys the company of children, but little ones are often jostled by the quick movements of his muscular body. He retains a strong prey drive and so may not be compatible with smaller 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 Weimaraner is 10 to 12 years. Common health problems include bloat; hip dysplasia; and hypertrophic osteodystrophy (HOD), or too-rapid growth. </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>Weimaraners also come in a long-haired variety, which is well known and accepted in Europe. However, the longhaired Weim is not accepted for registration by the AKC.</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 shorthaired Weimaraner is kept clean with an occasional brushing or rubdown with a hound glove. The glove will loosen dead hair and stimulate the skin. Check under his pendulous ears for any signs of 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"> 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 Sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:25 +0000 1151 at http://mypetsmart.com Welsh Springer Spaniel http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/welsh-springer-spaniel <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"> welsh springer spaniel </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/WelshSpringer1r.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=87272">WelshSpringer1r.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/welshspringer2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=40296">welshspringer2.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/WelshSpringer3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=61815">WelshSpringer3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welsh Springer Spaniels are quiet and steady. Although they look a lot like English Springer Spaniels, they're much less outgoing. Welsh Springers are suspicious of strangers, but they get along well with children and other animals.</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>Inquistive and playful by nature, this breed can get along with any family member or pet. Read about Welsh Springer Spaniels</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"> 16 - 17 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"> 38 - 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"> Straight and silky, with longer hair on the stomach, legs and tail. Tail is docked. </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"> Redland white. Eyes are brown or hazel. Nose is dark or 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"> Lots of people have no idea this breed exists, so it might be tough to find a breeder with puppies available. </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 Sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:25 +0000 1152 at http://mypetsmart.com Vizsla http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/vizsla <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"> vizsla </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/vizsla-2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=832384">vizsla-2.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/vizsla-3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=1142840">vizsla-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>The ultimate cuddler, Vizslas are the perfect family companion. Read about Vizslas</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-origin"> <div class="field-label">Origin:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hungary </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-height"> <div class="field-label">Male height:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 21-24 inches (53-61 cm) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-weight"> <div class="field-label">Male weight:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 40-60 pounds (18-27 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"> Smooth, dense and fine. </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"> Solid golden rust in different shadings, occasionally with small amounts of white on the chest and toes. </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 Magyars were the people who inhabited the kingdom of Hungary in the 2nd century C.E., and because this breed retains their name with its name in Europe, it can be assumed that the Vizsla (which means "pointer" in Hungarian) dates to this time. The ancient Transylvanian Hound and what was once known as the Turkish Yellow Dog may have contributed to the modern Vizsla, and the German Shorthaired Pointer and Pointer most certainly have. The Vizsla is most associated with the Puszta area in Hungary, a central area with diverse agriculture and a variety of game. It is here that the Magyars hunted with dogs and falcons. </p> <p>The Vizsla suffered greatly between the two Great Wars, and much of the modern breed is based on dogs taken out of Hungary by owners emigrating to other countries. Owning a Vizsla was considered a bastion of aristocracy, something that was not favored by the Russians who took control of Hungary after WWII. </p> <p>When the Vizsla made it to the United States in the middle of the 20th century, hunters were impressed with his hunting prowess, particularly his stamina in hot weather. He is an "all-rounder", searching diligently, not ranging too far, and marking and retrieving from land and water. Not only does he have a friendly disposition, but he is easy to keep as a family companion, too.</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"> Graceful and aristocratic, the energetic Vizsla is a multi-purpose dog who is the ideal sporting dog and also an excellent family pet. Affectionate and handsome, loyal and caring, he forms strong bonds with his owners. When properly socialized, the Vizsla is highly sociable and demonstrative and is sure to draw attention wherever he goes. </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"> Vizslas are best with active families who can satisfy their energy needs. These dogs love to be with their people, and if left alone for too long, their naturally energetic nature may lead them to indulge in destructive behaviors. A fenced yard in which to romp and play is essential. Their single coat makes them unsuitable for cold weather. </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 Vizsla is a proven tracker, retriever, pointer, agility and obedience competitor, and striking show dog. </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"> Vizslas are energetic, athletic dogs who thrive on exercise, preferring to be allowed to hunt over large areas. Without regular opportunities to hunt, they require several vigorous walks a day. They make great jogging or biking companions. </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 athletic Vizsla is a hardy eater whose weight should be monitored. He needs the energy that food gives him, but of course he needs to be kept in shape. A high-quality, age-appropriate diet is best. Feed twice a day as an adult. </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 Vizsla was the first breed to earn an American Kennel Club (AKC) Triple Championship title, combining top performances in show, field and obedience - proof that he is certainly a multitalented and trainable animal. That said, he is a high-energy dog who is easily distracted, and he must be trained by someone who is persistent and patient and who uses reward-based and creative ways to keep him focused. Giving this dog enough exercise is critical to being able to train him properly. </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"> When raised properly, a Vizsla is excellent with children and other dogs and animals - although he shouldn&#039;t be trusted with small animals that could be considered game. </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 Vizsla is 12 to 15 years. Health problems of the breed include epilepsy; eye disorders; hip dysplasia; skin diseases; 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>Vizslas also come in a wirehaired variety, which features a bristly short coat with a longer beard and eyebrows. This type is very popular in Hungary because the wirehaired coat can better withstand winter weather. However, it has not yet been recognized by the AKC.</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 Vizsla&#039;s short, smooth coat is very easy to keep clean - simply rub all over with a hound glove to loosen dead hairs and stimulate the skin, and brush with a soft brush. </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 Sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:24 +0000 1150 at http://mypetsmart.com Sussex Spaniel http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/sussex-spaniel <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"> sussex spaniel </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/Sussex1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=119844">Sussex1.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/Sussex2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=53079">Sussex2.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/sussex3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=45203">sussex3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sussex Spaniels are slower and less playful than other spaniels, but they still need lots of exercise. They're sometimes aggressive with other dogs and difficult to housebreak. Sussex spaniels love to howl.</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>Calmer than most Spaniels, the Sussex is a sociable dog that can get along with everyone. Read about Sussex Spaniels</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"> 16 inches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-weight"> <div class="field-label">Male weight:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> Can be straight or wavy, with longer hair on the chest, stomach, legs and tail. Tail is docked. </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"> Golden liver with yellow-tipped hairs. Eyes are hazel. Nose is 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 Large Sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:23 +0000 1144 at http://mypetsmart.com Spinone Italiano http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/spinone-italiano <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"> spinone italiano </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/spinone-1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=172482">spinone-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/spinone-2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=138998">spinone-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/spinone-3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=88458">spinone-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>Italian Spinoni don't usually feel the need for speed, making them the perfect jogging companion. Read about Italian Spinoni</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"> Italy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-height"> <div class="field-label">Male height:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 22 inches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-weight"> <div class="field-label">Male weight:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 62 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, dense and shaggy, with no undercoat. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All white; white and orange; white with chestnut markings; orange roan with or without orange markings; and brown roan. </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>Purely Italian in origin, the Spinone Italiano is an ancient all-purpose gundog. During the Middle Ages, he was depicted in a number of paintings and frescoes. In a 1631 book called Le Parfait Chasseur (The Perfect Hunter), a man named Selincourt mentions a "griffon" of the Piedmont region of Italy - this may have been the Spinone Italiano.</p> <p>Although the Spinone as we know him was already an established type by the 16th century, at the beginning of the 20th century the breed had greatly deteriorated, with haphazard crossbreeding having muddied the bloodline. Fortunately, in 1950, several Italian breeders worked together to restore the Spinone to his former glory and ensure the preservation of this national treasure.</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"> This charming gentleman is calm, affectionate and easygoing, although he can be timid if he is not socialized as a puppy. When socialized, he is friendly toward strangers, if sometimes cautious. He quickly bonds with his family. He is loyal and faithful, but he will never forget a betrayal. As an adult he is docile but still playful. He is courageous but not aggressive. The Spinone is happiest when treated as a member of the 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"> The Spinone Italiano can adapt to just about any living situation. He is quite calm indoors but active and energetic outdoors. He needs to be with his family and does not like to be left alone for long periods. He must have a high, secure fence (at least 6 feet [2 m]) because he can be quite a jumper. He also likes to dig and may &quot;tunnel out&quot; if left to his own devices for too long in the backyard. </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 Spinone Italiano can do well in the sports of field trials, hunting, tracking, agility and conformation. </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 Spinone Italiano is a large, active dog, but rather than being a sprinter, he tends to be a bit more methodical. A daily walk or jog, some free time outdoors in a fenced-in area, plus a play session or two should take care of his exercise 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 athletic Spinone is a hearty eater whose weight should be monitored. He needs the energy that food gives him, but of course he must be kept in shape. 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 Spinone Italiano is intelligent and a fast learner. However, he is not always a good performer; he will do what you tell him to if he sees a reason for it. Given his sensitivity, gentle training early on is ideal. </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 Spinone Italiano is loving and patient with children. He gets along well with other animals, especially other dogs. </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 Spinone is 12 or more years. Breed health concerns may include cerebellar ataxia (CA); eye problems; and hip dysplasia. </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 preferred shade of brown coat for the Spinone Italiano is called "Capuchin Friar's Frock."</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"> This breed requires no more than a weekly brushing with a grooming rake to strip out the dead hair. </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 Sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:21 +0000 1141 at http://mypetsmart.com Pointer http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/pointer <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"> pointer </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/pointer-1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=152693">pointer-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/pointer-2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=88934">pointer-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/pointer-3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=71343">pointer-3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Pointers are sweet and gentle but very energetic. They prefer to live with quiet adults, and are somewhat suspicious of strangers. They get along well with other pets. Pointers are stubborn and easily distracted.</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>Also known as English Pointers, these hunting dogs love to run as well as just lounge around. Read about Pointers</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"> United Kingdom </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: 25 - 28 inches; Females: 23 - 26 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 - 75 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 hard. </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 black, orange, lemon or liver patches, speckles and flecks. Solid black and solid liver are also available, but are less common. Brown eyes. Nose color varies with coat color. </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 Pointer (or English Pointer) was developed in the United Kingdom to search for game and then stand on point to alert the hunter to his location. It is believed that this characteristic was desired of dogs working in Southern and Eastern Europe as well, although the Pointer was refined in England. Although not known for certain, his lineage may include the Foxhound, Greyhound and Bloodhound, with some Spanish Pointer and certainly some setting spaniel blood. </p> <p>As Pointers became more popular with bird-dog hunters, they were further refined into the tall, lithe hunter we recognize today. So distinctive and aristocratic is this look that it came to symbolize what a gentleman's hunter should look like - an engraving of a Pointer is part of the Westminster Kennel Club's logo. A flashy and energetic dog, he continues to draw attention and prizes in the hunt field and the show ring.</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 Pointer is a fine family dog, with energy to spare for play and activities with young ones. He also has a love of hunting that pleases the more serious and the weekend sportsman. He has plenty of stamina, courage and loyalty, but his hard-driving nature can result in a dog who may be more than some can handle. Obedience training and socialization from puppyhood are both important for this breed. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-at-home"> <div class="field-label">At home:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pointers are clean, neat dogs, but apartment life is probably not ideal for these hunters. They need plenty of space and a chance to use their natural gifts. Pointers are energetic, but if they get sufficient exercise, they will settle nicely at home; without it, they can become bored and destructive. They make poor watchdogs because they are mild mannered and not wary of strangers. </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 Pointer is a fine jogging or biking companion, although his favorite activity is to go for long walks in places where he can do some hunting - or, of course, to be used as a hunting dog as frequently as possible. </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"> An active and energetic dog, the Pointer must have lots of exercise - in fact, most need daily intensive exercise to stay physically and mentally fit. </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 eager and intense Pointer is a hearty eater whose weight should be monitored. He needs the energy that food gives him, but he must be kept in shape. 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 Pointer is a joy to train in the hunt field but is easily distracted when training for other activities. Persistent, patient and frequent training using reward-based lessons and working for short times can produce great results. The Pointer wants to please, and once he understands what you&#039;re asking, is happy to comply. Some Pointers have a tendency to be overly shy, and for them socialization is particularly important. </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 of their even-tempered nature, Pointers get along well with children and other pets. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-health"> <div class="field-label">Health:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The average life span of the Pointer is 12 to 14 years. Breed health concerns may include: hip dysplasia; skin 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>At one time, Pointers were used to locate hares so that Greyhounds could move in and course them down.</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 Pointer&#039;s short, fine coat is easily managed with occasional brushing with a natural bristle brush and going over with a soft cloth. His ears should be checked frequently for signs of infection, as their length traps dirt and moisture inside. </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 Sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:11 +0000 1113 at http://mypetsmart.com Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/nova-scotia-duck-tolling-retriever <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"> nova scotia duck tolling retriever </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/NovaScotia1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=44264">NovaScotia1.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/NovaScotia2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=69173">NovaScotia2.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/NovaScotia3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=49392">NovaScotia3.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>The Tollers' intense love of water and retrieving make them great for the experienced, active Pet Parent. Read about Tollers</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"> Nova Scotia </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"> 17 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"> 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"> Double coat is of medium length and water repellant, with soft, dense undercoat. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Red, from a deep golden red to a dark coppery red, with small white markings typically on their feet, chest, tail tip and face. </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>In the Little River district of Yarmouth County in southwestern Nova Scotia, hunters have used tolling dogs for more than 100 years. Tolling dogs are used to draw water birds toward the shore - usually by retrieving an object thrown into the water with tremendous animation, twirling and prancing as they do so. Duck and geese eventually move closer to the shore, where the hunter is waiting behind a blind. Once the hunter does his job, the dogs retrieve the game. Tolling dogs have been hunting like this for hundreds of years, but they were only registered with the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) in 1945, at which time their name was changed from the Little River Duck Dog or Yarmouth Toller to the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (NSDTR). He was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 2001, and so that his hunting instincts would be preserved, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club (NSDTRC) encourages all owners to have their dogs pass a field trial test.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-personality"> <div class="field-label">Personality:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Although he is the smallest of the retrievers in overall size, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (often called &quot;Toller&quot; by his admirers) is certainly not &quot;shorter&quot; of natural talent. So keen is his desire to work that owners say that he bears a sad expression on his face until he can participate in a retrieving game or a real hunt, during which he is animated and exceptionally in tune to the task at hand. Tolling is a natural ability, and while it needs to be trained so that the dog can master certain idiosyncrasies of the style, it cannot be taught. It comes completely naturally to the Toller, who is described as a &quot;retrieving fool.&quot; He loves his family and is completely devoted to them. </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"> Like most retrievers, the Toller is extremely adaptable, and his compact size means that he can get along in the city and the country - as long as he is sufficiently exercised. He is an all-weather dog - he can do well in just about any climate, from hot and humid to cold and rainy. </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"> Tollers can excel at just about anything you want to try, including obedience, agility, hunting and other competitive sports. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-exercise"> <div class="field-label">Exercise:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever must get enough exercise on a daily basis. He is an athletic and energetic dog who can animatedly retrieve in and out of the water for hours at a time. His favorite pastime, besides real-life tolling, is to play retrieving games in a pond, lake or even the ocean. </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"> NSDTRs are enthusiastic eaters who will usually devour whatever is fed to them. Because of this, it is important to monitor their food intake to prevent obesity. They need the highest-quality diet to ensure that they are getting the nutrition they require. Feeding twice a day is preferred. </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 NSDTR is responsive and eager when engaged in his favorite pursuit - retrieving. With positive and motivational training methods, he is also a quick learner of basic household manners and other activities, like canine sports. </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"> Tollers are gentle and get along well with children. They are usually standoffish with strangers but will warm up after proper &quot;introductions.&quot; They are curious around other dogs and pets but can coexist peacefully 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 Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is 13 to 16 years. Breed health problems may include Addison&#039;s disease; autoimmune thyroiditis; Collie eye anomaly (CEA); and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-fun-fact"> <div class="field-label">Fun fact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>NSDTRs were the result of various retriever crosses, estimated as Golden, Chesapeake, Labrador, and Flat-Coat, with speculation of a dash of Cocker, Irish Setter (for his beautiful red coat), and various small farm collies and/or spitz-like dogs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-grooming-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Grooming blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> He is an average shedder, but the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever has a dense undercoat that needs regular brushing with a bristle brush to keep it tangle- and dirt-free. His is a waterproof coat, and he shouldn&#039;t be bathed often, as this depletes its natural oils. With his love of the water and hanging ears, they should be kept clean and dry to stave off 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 Medium Sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:06 +0000 1102 at http://mypetsmart.com Labrador Retriever http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/labrador-retriever <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"> labrador retriever </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/Lab1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=160726">Lab1.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/Lab2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=857390">Lab2.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/Lab3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=751549">Lab3.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>It's no wonder why families love laid back and loyal Labrador Retrievers. Read about Labs</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"> Canada </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"> 21.5 - 24.5 inches (55-62 cm) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-weight"> <div class="field-label">Male weight:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 55 - 80 pounds (25-36 kg), although some males grow to 100 pounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-coat"> <div class="field-label">Coat:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Short, hard, straight and weather-resistant double coat. </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, chocolate and yellow. </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 ancestors of the Labrador Retriever worked with fishermen and hunters in 17th-century Canada. Retrieving nets and fowl in the iciest of waters, these dogs had to be thick skinned, weather resistant, responsive and intelligent. In the 1800s, ships coming from Labrador in Canada to England brought with them specimens of these dogs. Eventually, the English used them to develop both the Flat-coated Retriever and what is now known as the Labrador Retriever. In both England and the United States, the Labrador Retriever is a universally popular dog. Famed for his excellent retrieving skills and talents in the hunting field, he is also considered a family dog par excellence. Highly trainable, relatively easy to care for, and with personality-plus, it is no wonder he is so well loved.</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"> Labrador Retrievers are sensible, even-tempered, affectionate, intelligent and willing to please. They are enthusiastic retrievers and swimmers and can be kept happy for hours with a tennis ball or flying disc tossed repeatedly - especially if it&#039;s tossed in the water. At the same time, Labs love to relax along with the family, and they settle right into the routine 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"> Rural or suburban environments are perfect for this active dog. However, Labs are very adaptable and can do well in the city if their owners are willing to give these large and athletic dogs the exercise they need. They love to chew and are mouth oriented. If the proper chew toys aren&#039;t available for them, a Lab will find something else in the home to chew. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-recommended-activities"> <div class="field-label">Recommended activities:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Besides being an exceptional hunting dog, the Lab is also a star in the competitive arenas of obedience, agility, flyball, flying disc and tracking. The Lab is up for just about any activity in which an owner cares to participate. </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 high-spirited Labrador Retriever needs plenty of exercise for his body and mind. He loves to swim, and a long walk that takes him to a body of water where he can retrieve and play in the water is his ideal outing. </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"> Labs 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, Labs can expend a lot of energy in various activities and need the highest-quality diet to ensure that they are getting the nutrition they need. Feeding twice a day is preferred. </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 Labrador Retriever is one of the most trainable of breeds. He lives to please his people and is attentive and responsive during training. His high level of trainability, along with his excellent temperament, have made him a popular service dog for people with disabilities. </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 Labrador loves to play with people of all ages but has a special affection for children. Gregarious and friendly, he will gladly stop to say hello to anyone he meets; insufficient opportunities for socializing make for an unhappy Lab, as he thrives on the attention. Labs also get along well with 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 Labrador Retriever is 10 to 14 years. Common health problems in the breed include hip and elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and other eye disorders. </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>There are now two types of Labrador Retrievers - the field type and the show type. The field type is considered more energetic and leaner than the show type, which is shorter and stockier.</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"> Labs are moderate to heavy shedders and should be brushed frequently so that the hair is removed by a brush rather than being left on furniture or clothes. The nails should be kept short because the Lab can be heavy on his feet, and long nails can cause them to splay. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-energy-level"> <div class="field-label">Energy level:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-compatibility-other-pets"> <div class="field-label">Compatibility with other pets:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-compatibility-children"> <div class="field-label">Compatibility with children:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-grooming"> <div class="field-label">Grooming:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-trainability"> <div class="field-label">Trainability:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </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 Sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:55 +0000 1080 at http://mypetsmart.com Irish Setter http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/irish-setter <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 setter </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 setter - 1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=38061">irish setter - 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/irish-setter2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=88058">irish-setter2.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-setter3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=124745">irish-setter3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Irish Setters are playful and sometimes impulsive. They need lots of exercise and will become destructive if confined too long. They're good with children and other pets.</p> <p>Irish Setters are sporting dogs. In general, sporting dogs are active and alert and require daily exercise. Because they have superior instincts in the water and woods, sporting dogs are often used for hunting. If exercised and properly trained, most sporting dogs make excellent pets.</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 true family dog, Irish Setters thrive on long walks and running through open fields. Read about Irish Setters</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"> British Isles </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: 26 - 28 inches; Females: 24 - 26 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 - 70 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"> Silky, with longer hair on the chest, stomach, legs 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"> Various shades of red. Some white is allowed on the chest, throat and toes, as well as a strip on the forehead. </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 Setter is believed to have descended from a variety of spaniels, setters and pointers. Setters bred in Ireland throughout the 18th and into the 19th century were both red and red and white. It was in the mid-1800s, when all-red setters started to turn heads in the show ring, that they became increasingly popular. The Irish Red Setter Club was formed for the breed in 1882.</p> <p>These setters were brought to the United States in the late 1800s to work as gundog, a job they handled beautifully. Their flashy red coat also made them popular in the show ring, and by the mid-1900s, they were one of the most popular breeds in the country. The demand for puppies strained the breed; however, and its popularity diminished. Those who own an Irish Setter today are happy for that, as he is once again proving himself to be a hardworking field dog and an eye-catching show dog without sacrificing temperament.</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"> Big, elegant and athletic, with a flowing red coat and upbeat personality, the Irish Setter turns heads wherever he appears. His devil-may-care personality, paired with a happy-go-lucky air, endear him to all who meet him. He is more than good looks and personality, though. The Irish Setter is a delightful companion and a friend to all he encounters, enthusiastic, intelligent and loving. As his hunting instincts are nurtured, he is once again proving himself in the field. </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 Irish Setter&#039;s size and energy level may not be best suited to apartment life, as he needs space in which to run and frolic. He is curious and loves to investigate everything, so a fenced-in yard is necessary. He will bark to alert you of anything interesting approaching (letter carrier, neighbors, squirrels), but his friendly nature makes him a poor watchdog. </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"> There are many sports and activities that can entertain and exercise the Irish Setter, including hunting tests, agility, competitive obedience and pet therapy. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-exercise"> <div class="field-label">Exercise:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Irish Setter must have plenty of exercise. Long walks, opportunities to hunt, hiking, and even jogging or biking are all activities he will enjoy - they will help keep him healthy and sane as well. </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 Setter needs an age-appropriate, high-quality food geared toward his activity level. </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"> Although the Irish Setter is quick and eager to please, his enthusiasm can make it difficult for him to focus on training for long periods. Working him often and for shorter periods is the best way to achieve results. </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"> Irish Setters are playful and sociable and love children, although their exuberance may be too much for very young children. They get along well with other dogs and 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 Irish Setter is 11 to 15 years. Health problems may include arthritis; bloat; canine leukocyte adhesion deficiency (CLAD); epilepsy; hip dysplasia; hypertrophic osteodystrophy (HOD); hypothyroidism; osteosarcoma; patent ductus arteriosus (PDA); progressive retinal atrophy (PRA); 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>Color is the Irish Setter's defining feature, and it has been described as red, mahogany, chestnut, blood-red, and every shade between yellow and brown during his formative years.</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 breed&#039;s long, flowing coat needs regular brushing to look its best, especially where there is profuse feathering. Natural-bristle brushes are best because they don&#039;t tear the coat, and a pin brush can be used on the feathering. Show dogs require professional grooming. The breed&#039;s long ears can harbor infections if not kept 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 Sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:50 +0000 1067 at http://mypetsmart.com Irish Water Spaniel http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/irish-water-spaniel <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 water spaniel </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/IrishWater1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=62374">IrishWater1.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/irishwater2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=86509">irishwater2.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/IrishWater3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=60618">IrishWater3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Irish Water Spaniels are so confident, they're bold. Although they're generally friendly dogs, they often bond closely with one person. They need a lot of exercise including swimming, if possible. They're suspicious of strangers, and sometimes aggressive with other dogs.</p> <p>Irish Water Spaniels are sporting dogs. In general, sporting dogs are active and alert and require daily exercise. Because they have superior instincts in the water and woods, sporting dogs are often used for hunting. If exercised and properly trained, most sporting dogs make excellent pets.</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>One of the rarest Spaniels, the IWS does best with regular access to water activities. Read about Irish Water Spaniels</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"> 21 - 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"> 45 - 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, crisp ringlets with longer curls on the ears and the top of the head. Smooth face. Tail is smooth and rat-like with some curls at the base. </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"> Solid liver. Eyes are hazel. Nose is 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 Medium Sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:50 +0000 1069 at http://mypetsmart.com Gordon Setter http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/gordon-setter <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"> gordon setter </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/gordon-1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=62782">gordon-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/gordon-setter-2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=58771">gordon-setter-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/gordon-setter-3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=69171">gordon-setter-3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Gordon Setter is a perfect one-man sporting dog. He is built on galloping lines, and has a thoroughbred appearance rather like that of a weight-carrying hunter.</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>Dignified and docile, Gordon Setters do best with an hour or more exercise each day. Read about Gordon Setters</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-origin"> <div class="field-label">Origin:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scotland </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 - 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"> 45 - 80 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"> Straight or wavy, with longer hair on the chest, stomach, legs 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"> Black with tan marking above the eyes, on the muzzle, throat, and chest, legs and feet. He who acquires a Gordon Setter owns a rare combination: an aristocrat of ancient lineage and great beauty, a companion of keen intelligence and hunting ability and a loyal family guard. </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>In Scotland in the 1600s, setting spaniels were crossed with local dogs to create a breed that could persevere in the tough conditions of the Scottish terrain. It was the Duke of Gordon whose name finally came to be permanently associated with the breed, as he had many famous specimens in the 18th century. Writings from the time noted, "The Gordon Castle Setters are as a rule easy to break and naturally [hunt] well. They are not fast dogs but they have good staying power and can keep on steadily from morning until night. Their noses are first class and they seldom make a false point or what is called at field trials a sensational stand;[but] when they stand you may be sure there are birds." When Gordon Setters were first imported to the United States in the mid-1800s, they became popular hunting dogs. Soon enough, though, they were unable to compete with the faster English Setter and Pointer at top field trials, and this reduced their numbers but likely prevented the show dog/hunting dog split that occurred with many sporting breeds.</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"> &lt;div style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 0pt&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: 10pt&quot;&gt;Admirers of the Gordon Setter describe him as loyal, gentle, sensible, polite, obedient, cheerful, and affectionate. In the hunting field, he is steady and honest; at home, he is companionable and loving. He is faithful and absolutely devoted to his family.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt; </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 Gordon Setter is a large dog with a profuse coat who has a tendency to drool, but that doesn&#039;t stop him from winning hearts wherever he goes. While he can adapt to apartment life, he is much more suited to the country. He needs an active family with whom he can spend lots of time. Although he is energetic, with enough exercise, he usually settles down inside the home. A fenced yard is necessary for this active breed. He does well in just about any kind of climate. </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"> He enjoys hiking, swimming and long walks in the park. </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 Gordon Setter is in his element when allowed to hunt or otherwise explore the great outdoors. Without a few vigorous outings daily, he will become restless and bored, channeling that energy into potentially destructive and harmful behavior. </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 Gordon Setter enjoys his food, and he requires a high-quality diet. Watch how many treats you are giving him each day, as he will gain weight with too much snacking. </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 Gordon Setter is a well-mannered dog who learns the house rules quickly and easily - as long as they accommodate him. To that end, he needs a gentle but firm hand when being taught something new. He can be stubborn, and he will not respond to harsh training methods. Socialization from puppyhood is important. </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 Gordon Setter is slightly reserved with strangers, but he enjoys and is great with children. He may be jealous if he sees the ones he loves doting on other pets, but in general he is happy to share his home. </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 Gordon Setter is 10 to 12 years. Health problems include bloat; hip dysplasia; hypothyroidism; and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-fun-fact"> <div class="field-label">Fun fact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The motto of the Gordon Setter is "beauty, brains and bird sense."</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 Gordon is a relatively easy breed to groom. His fine coat of moderate length needs only a going-over with bristle brush and metal comb every so often to look its best. The feathering should be kept free of tangles, and long hair around the ears and between the toes should be trimmed for health and comfort. His long, pendulous ears can harbor infection and so must be cleaned thoroughly. </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 Sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:47 +0000 1059 at http://mypetsmart.com Golden Retriever http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/golden-retriever <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"> golden retriever </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/Golden1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=1416688">Golden1.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/Golden2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=723433">Golden2.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/Golden3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=977070">Golden3.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>Goldens are one of the most popular pets for families because they're very smart and very sweet. Read about Golden Retrievers</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-origin"> <div class="field-label">Origin:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scotland </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"> 21.5 - 24 inches (55-61 cm) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-weight"> <div class="field-label">Male weight:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 55 - 75 pounds (25-34 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"> The Golden has a double coat: a water-repellent top coat that lies flat to the body and is flat or wavy with some fringes but not silky; and a dense undercoat. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cream to various shades of gold. </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>In the late 1800s, Sir Dudley Majoribanks (Lord Tweedmouth) began breeding a new type of retriever using a yellow Flat-Coated Retriever and Tweed Water Spaniels (now extinct). He further refined his light-colored hunting dog with crosses over 20 years' time to Labradors, Red Setters, Wavy Coats, and possibly the Bloodhound. First registered as golden Flat Coats, it wasn't until 1920 that they were called Golden Retrievers. Today the Golden is one of the best-loved dogs in the world. He is a wonderfully versatile dog who excels in the hunt field and in just about any activity to which he is introduced. Goldens are used with more and more frequency by service dog organizations seeking mild-mannered yet highly trainable dogs.</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"> Lovable, easygoing, pleasant companions, it is said that Golden Retrievers are born wanting to please. Always up for an adventure - or a snooze - Goldens are as at home hiking in the wild as they are curled up in bed beside you. They are smart and sociable, understanding almost intuitively what&#039;s desired of them. They can be rambunctious as puppies because they have a passion for life - a passion that lives on well into their senior years. </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"> Goldens are adaptable dogs who can thrive in many different living spaces, as long as their owners are willing to make a few adjustments. A constantly wagging tail is sure to knock over any breakable knickknacks, and the year-round shedding is sure to play havoc with the upholstery. But if given plenty of opportunities for exercise and attention, Goldens make ideal pets. </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"> Because they are so good at so many things, the sky&#039;s the limit with Goldens. They earn top spots in all sports in which they compete, from obedience to hunting tests to agility to freestyle (dancing with dogs). They make fine jogging companions, and they also love to hunt, swim and play. </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"> Particularly as a puppy but all throughout his life, the Golden Retriever does best with plenty of exercise. The energy of younger Goldens, especially, seems to know no bounds. Goldens love to exercise with their owners, so leaving them in the backyard to play alone is not an option. </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"> Goldens love to eat. Feed a high-quality diet twice a day. If you are feeding a commercial food, start at the low end of the recommended amount to prevent obesity. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-training"> <div class="field-label">Training:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Truly, the Golden Retriever is one of the most easily trained breeds in dogdom. That doesn&#039;t mean that he doesn&#039;t need and deserve the same patience and positive attitude as other breeds; it just means that when trained with respect and rewards, he can master just about anything - and perform it with joy. </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"> Goldens get along fabulously with almost anyone - other pets, children and people included. A younger Golden might have a strong desire to chase the family cat, but training and socializing can help. </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 Golden Retriever is 10 to 12 years. Common health problems of the Golden Retriever include hip dysplasia; congenital eye problems; and some skin allergies. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-fun-fact"> <div class="field-label">Fun fact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Golden Retriever was developed in Scotland and is England's most popular breed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-grooming-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Grooming blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Golden Retrievers shed regularly and need to be brushed several times a week. Their flowing coat must be kept free of mats and tangles and of anything they might pick up in the field, such as burrs and mud. Their ears are prone to infection and should 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"> 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 Sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:46 +0000 1057 at http://mypetsmart.com German Wirehaired Pointer http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/german-wirehaired-pointer <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-title"> <div class="field-label">Short title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> german wirehaired pointer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Breed images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/german-wire-1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=100067">german-wire-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/german-wire-2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=102393">german-wire-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/german-wire-3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=53880">german-wire-3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>German Wirehaired Pointers are dignified, but stubborn and determined. Confinement makes them restless and destructive. They're very suspicious of strangers and sometimes aggressive with other dogs. Their feet are webbed, so they love to swim.</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>Ideal for older children and adults, this breed loves any kind of family-oriented activity. Read about German Wirehaired Pointers</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-origin"> <div class="field-label">Origin:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Germany </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-height"> <div class="field-label">Male height:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 22 - 26 inches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-weight"> <div class="field-label">Male weight:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 50 - 70 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"> Two inches long with course, bushy eyebrows and beard. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Liver with white flecking. Solid liver is also available, but more rare. Head is brown with a white blaze. Eyes and nose are brown. Tail is docked. </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 history of the German Wirehaired Pointer (GWP) in Germany is quite recent. An interest in gundogs with bristly coats always existed, and several types were in evidence by the late 1800s. At first, the Wirehair Club in Germany fostered all hunting dogs with a wire coat, but the wide variation in types soon saw separate organizations formed for the Pudelpointer, the Griffon, the Stichelhaar and the German Wirehaired Pointer (Drahthaar). Developed as an all-purpose hunting dog with stamina to spare, Wirehairs still lead all hunting dogs in registrations in Germany. German Wirehaired Pointers were imported into the United States in the 1920s along with German Shorthaired Pointers, although they have never been as popular as their shorter-haired cousins.</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 GWP has the same zeal for hunting and the outdoors as his relative, the German Shorthaired Pointer. Overall, though, he is a slightly mellower and more reserved dog, showing his deep affection (and clownish side) only to those he knows well. He can be reserved with strangers but is quite attached to his family and often becomes a &quot;one-person&quot; dog. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-at-home"> <div class="field-label">At home:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The GWP is an active dog - even indoors - and needs room to move. Urban environments or apartments are probably not ideal for this hardworking hunter. He needs attention from his family and can grow jealous and destructive if not given enough time with those he loves. He enjoys a large, fenced-in yard in which he can sniff around. </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"> An all-weather dog, he enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities and canine sports, including agility, field trials, tracking and obedience. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-exercise"> <div class="field-label">Exercise:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The GWP must have exercise for his physical and mental sanity. An athletic and capable hunter, he is happiest beating the bush and hedgerows for game and can go all day. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-feeding"> <div class="field-label">Feeding:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The hardy GWP needs a high-quality, nutritious diet with a good source of protein. </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"> Smart and willing, the German Wirehaired Pointer is easily trained as long as harsh methods are never used. He is an especially quick learner in the field and will excel at other things if he is taught with respect. </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 GWP does well with children, especially those in his own family. Because of his innate reticence, ongoing socialization from puppyhood with other dogs and pets as well as a variety of people is essential. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-health"> <div class="field-label">Health:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The average life span of the German Wirehaired Pointer is 12 to 14 years. Health problems of the breed may include elbow dysplasia; eye problems; hip dysplasia; and skin cancer. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-fun-fact"> <div class="field-label">Fun fact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>German Wirehaired Pointers are the most registered hunting dogs in Germany.</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 harsh, wiry coat of the GWP is easy to care for - a weekly brushing with a slicker brush or bristle brush will keep it in shape. From time to time, his coat may need to be stripped, which can be handled by a professional groomer. </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 Sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:45 +0000 1054 at http://mypetsmart.com German Shorthaired Pointer http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/german-shorthaired-pointer <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-title"> <div class="field-label">Short title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> german shorthaired pointer </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/gsp-1_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=459319">gsp-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/gsp-2_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=1444658">gsp-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/gsp-3_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=1303404">gsp-3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-spotlight-txt"> <div class="field-label">Spotlight teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Great with children and easily trained, the GSP keeps its puppy personality all its life. Read about German Shorthaired Pointers</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"> 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 - 70 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, dense, smooth and hard to the touch. </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"> Liver with gray and white flecking. Solid liver is less common. Eyes are dark. Nose is brown. Tail is docked. </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>As early as the 1700s, the Germans used dogs referred to collectively as "huehnerhunden"(bird dogs). Specific types did not develop until the 1800s, when individual breeds of versatile gun dogs began to be standardized. In the mid-1800s, Prince Albrecht zu Solms-Braunfels wanted to create an all-purpose hunting dog and encouraged breeders to follow "function over form." With this guidance, breeders began crossing the huehnerhunden with schweisshunds (early German tracking hounds), various French hounds and in the late 1800s, English Pointers were added to the mix. These breeds are believed to have formed the basis of the German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP). Originally short and heavy bodied with long ears and a slow pace, it was the addition of the Pointer blood that helped create a dog who could excel at water work, retrieving and tracking. American hunters enthusiastically received the breed when it was imported in the early 1900s. The German Shorthaired Pointer was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1940 and has maintained his popularity with both serious hunters and with those who admire his good looks and ready disposition. He is described as "all business and no frills"; the breed boasts one of the most dual champions (field and show) of any breed in the United States.</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 GSP has an exuberant personality. He is enthusiastic about just about everything: walks, opportunities to hunt, being with people, going on trips, meals - if his owner wants to do something, he wants to do it, too. He is a bright-eyed, happy-go-lucky fellow whose love of family runs deep. GSPs are versatile and known for their intelligence and loyalty. They also have a very high energy level, and their exuberance spills over into an almost nervous energy that needs creative outlets to maintain physical and mental soundness. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-at-home"> <div class="field-label">At home:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Because of their size and the fact that they were bred for outdoor work, German Shorthaired Pointers tend to do better in a suburban or country setting. Although they love the outdoors, they like to be with their people more and should live inside the home, not tied out in the backyard. A 6-foot-high (1.8 m) fence is recommended, as the breed has &quot;escape artist&quot; tendencies. </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"> GSPs excel at field trials, hunting, agility, obedience and tracking. Becoming involved in these activities can also provide an excellent outlet for the GSP&#039;s almost endless energy reserve. </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"> Like many of the pointing breeds, the GSP needs exercise - the more, the better. He won&#039;t be satisfied with a stroll around the block - he needs to run. When properly trained, the GSP should be taken regularly to parks or other open spaces where he can gallop across fields, dive into ponds and work hedgerows for game. He will be grateful, as well as physically satisfied. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-feeding"> <div class="field-label">Feeding:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GSPs are high-energy dogs, which tends to make them hearty eaters. Feed a high-quality, age-appropriate diet. Dogs involved in high-performance activities may need a special diet. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-training"> <div class="field-label">Training:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The German Shorthaired Pointer is an eager, responsive breed. Because he is so people-oriented, he aims to please (as long as it&#039;s interesting to him). Short, positive training sessions conducted several times a day will accomplish the best results. Combine training with rewards based on his favorite things - time outdoors or tasty treats - and he will be happy to comply. </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"> GSPs are wonderful with children but may be reserved with strangers. They can do well with cats and other dogs if raised with them from puppyhood, but GSPs are hunting dogs who may see other small pets as prey. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-health"> <div class="field-label">Health:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The average life span of the German Shorthaired Pointer is 12 to 15 years. Health problems associated with the breed include Addison&#039;s disease; bloat; cancer; entropion; epilepsy; hip dysplasia; and von Willebrand disease. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-fun-fact"> <div class="field-label">Fun fact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The GSP is a true multitasker - he was bred to point, retrieve, trail wounded game, hunt all sizes and types of game, work in low or heavy cover, work in water and be an unparalleled family companion.</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, sleek coat of the GSP needs only minimal care to keep it looking great. A good rubbing with a hound glove removes dead hair and massages the skin. Keep the GSP&#039;s ears clean because they tend to become infected. Frequent swimming or time spent in favorite mud holes will require baths. </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 Sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:44 +0000 1053 at http://mypetsmart.com