Non-sporting http://mypetsmart.com/taxonomy/term/67/all en Xoloitzcuintli (Standard) http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/xoloitzcuintli-standard <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"> xoloitzcuintli (standard) </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/Xoloitzcuintli Standard 0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=5135">Xoloitzcuintli Standard 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/Xoloitzcuintli Standard 1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=6117">Xoloitzcuintli Standard 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/Xoloitzcuintli Standard 2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=5355">Xoloitzcuintli Standard 2.jpg</a></div> </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"> Mexico </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-height"> <div class="field-label">Male height:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 18 inches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-weight"> <div class="field-label">Male weight:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 25 pounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-coat"> <div class="field-label">Coat:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There are two coat varieties: hairless and coated. The hairless variety is just that - hairless - although there may be some short, coarse hair on the top of his head, on his feet and the tip of his tail; there should be no hair on any other areas. The skin is tough, protective, smooth and close fitting. The coated variety is covered all over with short, smooth, close-fitting fur. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Black, brindle, bronze, copper and white, dark brown, fawn, gray, liver, palomino, red, white, black and white, tricolor (black, white, and tan), merle, pink and brown, tan, white and black; may be spotted or have black, tan or white markings. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-history"> <div class="field-label">History:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xoloitzcuintli (nicknamed "Xolo") is one of the world's oldest-and rarest-breeds, known as "the first dog of the Americas" because he accompanied the first migrations of peoples across the Bering Strait onto the lands that are now North, South and Central America. Treasured for his purported curative and mystical powers, he is named after the Aztec Indian god Xolotl and the Aztec word for dog, "Itzcuintli." Considered native to Mexico, they are widespread throughout Central and South America, where even today they are considered healers. Not only is their body heat helpful to those suffering from joint or muscle aches, but the Xolo is believed to ward off illnesses as diverse as insomnia, toothaches and asthma. These mystical animals are also believed to protect homes from evil spirits. They have long served as guardians because of their excellent watchdog abilities, and Xolos continue to be part of their people's world in many capacities - as companion, service dog, guardian, show dog and competitor in a number of dog sports.</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 Xolo is cheerful, attentive, intelligent and alert - a great companion and watchdog. He served as a guardian for millennia, so he is suspicious of strangers and can be aloof when he first meets new people. For his family, though, he has nothing but affection and is supremely loyal, usually attaching himself to one &quot;special&quot; person. He has been described as a big dog in a small body, and he is no pushover, occasionally showing a stubborn streak. He needs your direction and fair leadership to understand his role in 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 Xolo is a versatile little dog who can adapt to any living environment, as long as he&#039;s included in family activities and not left alone for long periods. The hairless variety may be suitable for some allergy sufferers, as it tends to produce less dander than other dogs; even the coated variety is fairly low shedding, which may be a boon to some with allergies. He is generally calm and quiet in the home, although he will spring to action if he detects or perceives danger or a distraction. He does not bark frequently, so when he does, he should be heeded. The Xolo can be an escape artist, making a securely fenced yard necessary. He does not tolerate the cold, and it is important that he wear a sweater in even cool 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"> Xolos are happy and able participants in all kinds of dog sports and activities, from obedience and therapy work to agility. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-exercise"> <div class="field-label">Exercise:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Although he may appear fragile to some, the Xoloitzcuintli is a hardy and sturdy dog who is up for exercise of all kinds. He enjoys playing and games but also thrives on regular walks, romps in the park and participation in dog sports. Wherever you want to go or whatever you want to do, your Xoloitzcuintli will be happy to accompany you. </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 Xolo enjoys eating but can be finicky. Feeding several smaller meals a day may be more to his liking, but make sure that the food is high quality and age appropriate. </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"> Naturally in tune with their caregivers, Xolos are easy to train. They would rather be at their owners&#039; side than anywhere, and their attention can easily be turned into simple lessons. His tendency to bond with one person more strongly than others means that everyone in the family should participate in caring for and training him-this will help evenly distribute his affection. His unusual appearance makes him a people magnet when he&#039;s out, which is great for getting him socialized - a benefit for this naturally aloof breed. </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"> Xolos need socialization to be comfortable meeting new people, and they will usually remain aloof with strangers. They get along well with children, although as with any smaller dog breed, supervision is always essential. They can get along well with other pets, although some may be dog-aggressive, so socialization and training are important. </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 Xoloitzcuintli is 15 to 20 years. There are no common health problems. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-fun-fact"> <div class="field-label">Fun fact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xoloitzcuintli is pronounced "Show-low-eetz-queent-lee."</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"> It may not seem the case, but the hairless Xoloitzcuintli is actually quite easy to groom. His skin is resilient and tough even though it is soft to the touch. In fact, overbathing or applying too much lotion can damage the natural protection it provides and can even introduce problems like acne or other infections of the pores. He should need a bath only about once every month or so, after which he should receive a light application of lotion. Dark-colored Xolos have the hardiest skin, and lighter-colored ones may need extra care, including sunscreen on sunny days. The coated variety requires regular brushing with a hound glove or curry comb. </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 Non-sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:28 +0000 1159 at http://mypetsmart.com Xoloitzcuintli (Miniature) http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/xoloitzcuintli-miniature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-title"> <div class="field-label">Short title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> xoloitzcuintli (miniature) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Breed images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/Xoloitzcuintli Miniature 0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=5135">Xoloitzcuintli Miniature 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/Xoloitzcuintli Miniature 1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=6117">Xoloitzcuintli Miniature 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/Xoloitzcuintli Miniature 2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=5355">Xoloitzcuintli Miniature 2.jpg</a></div> </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"> Mexico </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"> 14 </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"> 15 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-coat"> <div class="field-label">Coat:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There are two coat varieties: hairless and coated. The hairless variety is just that-hairless-although there may be some short, coarse hair on the top of his head, on his feet, and the tip of his tail; there should be no hair on any other areas. The skin is tough, protective, smooth, and close fitting. The coated variety is covered all over with short, smooth, close-fitting fur. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Black, brindle, bronze, copper and white, dark brown, fawn, gray, liver, palomino, red, white, black and white, tricolor (black, white, and tan), merle, pink and brown, tan, white and black; may be spotted or have black, tan, or white markings. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-history"> <div class="field-label">History:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xoloitzcuintli (nicknamed "Xolo") is one of the world's oldest-and rarest-breeds, known as "the first dog of the Americas" because he accompanied the first migrations of peoples across the Bering Strait onto the lands that are now North, South, and Central America. Treasured for his purported curative and mystical powers, he is named after the Aztec Indian god Xolotl and the Aztec word for dog, "Itzcuintli". Considered native to Mexico, they are widespread throughout Central and South America, where even today they are considered healers. Not only is their body heat helpful to those suffering from joint or muscle aches, but the Xolo is believed to ward off illnesses as diverse as insomnia, toothaches, and asthma. These mystical animals are also believed to protect homes from evil spirits. They have long served as guardians because of their excellent watchdog abilities, and Xolos continue to be part of their people's world in many capacities-as companion, service dog, guardian, show dog, and competitor in a number of dog sports.</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 Xolo is cheerful, attentive, intelligent, and alert-a great companion and watchdog. He served as a guardian for millennia, so he is suspicious of strangers and can be aloof when he first meets new people. For his family, though, he has nothing but affection and is supremely loyal, usually attaching himself to one &quot;special&quot; person. He has been described as a big dog in a small body, and he is no pushover, occasionally showing a stubborn streak. He needs your direction and fair leadership to understand his role in 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 Xolo is a versatile little dog who can adapt to any living environment, as long as he&#039;s included in family activities and not left alone for long periods. The hairless variety may be suitable for some allergy sufferers, as it tends to produce less dander than other dogs; even the coated variety is fairly low shedding, which may be a boon to some with allergies. He is generally calm and quiet in the home, although he will spring to action if he detects or perceives danger or a distraction. He does not bark frequently, so when he does, he should be heeded. The Xolo can be an escape artist, making a securely fenced yard necessary. He does not tolerate the cold, and it is important that he wear a sweater in even cool 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"> Xolos are happy and able participants in all kinds of dog sports and activities, from obedience and therapy work to agility. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-exercise"> <div class="field-label">Exercise:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Although he may appear fragile to some, the Xoloitzcuintli is a hardy and sturdy dog who is up for exercise of all kinds. He enjoys playing and games but also thrives on regular walks, romps in the park, and participation in dog sports. Wherever you want to go or whatever you want to do, your Xoloitzcuintli will be happy to accompany you. </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 Xolo enjoys eating but can be finicky. Feeding several smaller meals a day may be more to his liking, but make sure that the food is high quality and age appropriate. </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"> Naturally in tune with their caregivers, Xolos are easy to train. They would rather be at their owners&#039; side than anywhere, and their attention can easily be turned into simple lessons. His tendency to bond with one person more strongly than others means that everyone in the family should participate in caring for and training him-this will help evenly distribute his affection. His unusual appearance makes him a people magnet when he&#039;s out, which is great for getting him socialized-a benefit for this naturally aloof breed. </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"> Xolos need socialization to be comfortable meeting new people, and they will usually remain aloof with strangers. They get along well with children, although as with any smaller dog breed, supervision is always essential. They can get along well with other pets, although some may be dog-aggressive, so socialization and training are important. </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 Xoloitzcuintli is 15 to 20 years. There are no common health problems. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-fun-fact"> <div class="field-label">Fun fact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xoloitzcuintli is pronounced "Show-low-eetz-queent-lee".</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"> It may not seem the case, but the hairless Xoloitzcuintli is actually quite easy to groom. His skin is resilient and tough even though it is soft to the touch. In fact, overbathing or applying too much lotion can damage the natural protection it provides and can even introduce problems like acne or other infections of the pores. He should need a bath only about once every month or so, after which he should receive a light application of lotion. Dark-colored Xolos have the hardiest skin, and lighter-colored ones may need extra care, including sunscreen on sunny days. The coated variety requires regular brushing with a hound glove or curry comb. </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 </div> </div> </div> Dog Small Non-sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:27 +0000 1158 at http://mypetsmart.com Tibetan Spaniel http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/tibetan-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"> tibetan 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/Tibetan Spaniel 0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=6455">Tibetan Spaniel 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/Tibetan Spaniel 1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=4161">Tibetan Spaniel 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/Tibetan Spaniel 2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=5372">Tibetan Spaniel 2.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>In Tibet, Tibetan Spaniels used to sit on top of monastery walls and bark whenever strangers approached. Often called &quot;lion dogs,&quot; Tibetan Spaniels are extremely agile and often compared to cats. They're playful, good with children and other pets, but they're often reserved with strangers.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-spotlight-txt"> <div class="field-label">Spotlight teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Tibetan Spaniel is a happy dog with a knack for finding high places in the house to relax. Read about Tibetan 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"> Tibet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-height"> <div class="field-label">Male height:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 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"> 9 - 15 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"> Soft with longer hair on the chest, stomach, legs and tail. Brush or comb twice a week. Tail curls over back; ears hang down. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fawn, gold, cream, red, white, black, black and tan, patched, and shaded. Eyes are dark brown; nose is black. </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 with other dogs from the Far East, mystery surrounds this ancient little breed. Like the Tibetan Terrier, who isn't a terrier, the Tibetan Spaniel isn't a true spaniel, either. It is believed that the Japanese Chin contributed to his makeup, as did the Pug and Pekingese. The Tibetan Spaniel was fostered and loved in the monasteries of Tibet for many centuries. Monks carried the little dogs under their flowing robes in the winter, with both benefiting from the additional warmth. The spaniels reputedly turned the prayer wheels for the monks, in addition to serving as alarms. Like the Lhasas, whom the lamas also favored, these dogs were considered to bring good luck. </p> <p>The first examples of this breed were brought back to Great Britain by medical missionaries in the 1920s, but it wasn't until after World War II that the Tibetan Spaniel finally became firmly established in England, gaining distinction as both a show dog and family pet. Their introduction to the United States came later and was slower; the American Kennel Club (AKC) finally recognized this breed in 1983.</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"> Tibetan Spaniels (&quot;Tibbies&quot; to their fanciers) are made for companionship. Affectionate and adoring of their owners, they are eager to please. These intelligent and playful dogs wish to be the center of attention at all times. Naturally suspicious of strangers, they warm up slowly to nonfamily members. </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"> Tibbies can do well in just about any living space, provided they are not left alone for long periods - they need to be with their owners. Tibetan Spaniels are not overly active indoors, but they do make fine watchdogs, alerting their family to any unusual activity. Because of their shortened faces, Tibbies do not fare well in extreme heat. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-recommended-activities"> <div class="field-label">Recommended activities:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Tibbie may enjoy showing, obedience or learning tricks. </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"> Playful and spry, the Tibetan Spaniel enjoys exploring the great outdoors with his family. This athletic, sturdy dog is ready to go wherever the adventure takes him, from around the block to a romp on the beach or in a park. He loves to play and gladly engages in games with anyone who shows interest. Getting him out and about also helps socialize him, which is important because he is naturally aloof with strangers, who always want to greet him. </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"> Although small, the able-bodied Tibetan Spaniel 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"> Tibetan Spaniels once shared the responsibilities of running monasteries with Tibetan monks, and they enjoy being part of the functioning household today. To that end, they will pay attention and be interested in things that seem to benefit their role in the home, and this is the motivation that can yield great results in training. Going through drills with little enthusiasm will cause them to lose interest. </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"> Tibetan Spaniels get along well with children. They are suspicious of strangers and need socialization. They get along well with other dogs and pets. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-health"> <div class="field-label">Health:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The average life span of the Tibetan Spaniel is about 14 years. Health problems may include portosystemic shunts 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 first Tibetan Spaniels were brought to Canada in the mid 1960s, and the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) recognized the breed in 1979.</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 Tibbie is an average shedder who experiences a heavy seasonal shed. During most of the year, he needs just occasional brushing with a pin brush and combing with a metal comb; during his seasonal shed, that attention must be paid to him daily. </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 Small Non-sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:24 +0000 1147 at http://mypetsmart.com Tibetan Terrier http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/tibetan-terrier <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"> tibetan terrier </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/tibetan-terrier-1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=88704">tibetan-terrier-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/tibetan-terrier-2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=62277">tibetan-terrier-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/tibetan-terrier-3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=179842">tibetan-terrier-3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tibetan Terriers are lively and playful, so they need daily exercise. They're usually friendly with strangers, kids and other pets. They're stubborn, however, and hard to housebreak. When they bark, they make an unusual sound that resembles a siren on a fire truck.</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>Considered good luck in Tibet, these terriers are built for working in any kind of weather. Read about Tibetan Terriers</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"> Tibet </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"> 14 - 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"> 20 - 30 pounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-coat"> <div class="field-label">Coat:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Straight or wavy with lots of hair on the face. Brush or comb at least every other day. Tail curls over back; ears hang down; feet are webbed. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> White, gold, gray, silver, black, patched and shaded. Eyes are dark, and nose is black. </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 Tibetan Terrier is not really a terrier but actually a herding dog. Over time, the sheepherding and flock-guarding dogs who served the hardworking people of Tibet developed their own identities through their work, and two in particular emerged: the Tibetan Mastiff, for guarding, and the Tibetan Terrier, for herding. Tibetan Terriers also provided a first line of defense, often alerting the Tibetan Mastiffs to intruders in a village or on a farm. </p> <p>The Tibetan Terrier was introduced to the West by Dr. H.R. Grieg, an English physician. She was given several by a patient whose life she saved and also by the Dalai Lama. She brought the dogs back to the United Kingdom with her, where she started a kennel. The Tibetan Terrier was recognized by the Kennel Club (KC) in 1937 and the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1973.</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"> Having watched over and been adored by the Tibetan lamas for centuries, the Tibetan Terrier has mastered companionship. He is typically outgoing and friendly, although he can be reserved with strangers. Protective of his family, he makes an excellent watchdog. This warm and affectionate dog bonds closely with his family. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-at-home"> <div class="field-label">At home:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Tibetan Terrier is extremely adaptive to his family, accommodating those with more easygoing lifestyles as well as those who are more active. Truly versatile, he can live just about anywhere, provided he gets the companionship and attention he loves. He is a true watchdog, which means that he likes to bark! The Tibetan Terrier is a very low shedder and so is often recommended for allergy sufferers. He loves to travel and is happy to accompany his owner on any dog-friendly outing. Not known as a roamer, it&#039;s still important to exercise him in a secured area or on leash because he is not known for a reliable recall. </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 Tibetan Terrier is an excellent jumper and is quite agile, making him an able participant in outdoor activities and dog sports. He enjoys high-energy sports like agility and flyball, and he does just fine at 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 medium-sized Tibetan Terrier enjoys getting outside and exploring and playing. He is content to spend as much time exercising as his owner desires, which can be a lot or a little. If he isn&#039;t taken for many walks, though, he needs the physical (and mental) stimulation of playtime and extra attention. </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 Tibetan Terrier is a good eater who should be fed a high-quality food twice a day. Be careful not to overfeed or succumb to his imploring eyes when it&#039;s your turn to eat. (His desire will show through even the hair that falls in his face!) </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"> Intelligent and responsive, the Tibetan Terrier also has a stubborn side that can tax you to the limits. However, when trained with positive methods that inspire and encourage him, the breed learns quickly and will do almost anything. </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 Tibetan Terrier adores children and loves to play and invent games with them. His protectiveness can manifest as territorial behavior with other dogs, and socialization is recommended from puppyhood. </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 Tibetan Terrier is 12 to 16 years. Health problems may include canine ceroid lipofuscinosis (CCL); cataracts; hip dysplasia; hypothyroidism; lens luxation; patellar luxation; 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 Tibetan Terrier's Tibetan name is Dhoki Apso.</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"> His long, fine outercoat and woolly undercoat make for a grooming challenge. To prevent tangles or mats, he needs to be brushed and combed frequently using a pin brush, slicker and a comb. </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 Non-sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:24 +0000 1148 at http://mypetsmart.com Shiba Inu http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/shiba-inu <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"> shiba inu </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/shiba1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=156237">shiba1.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/shiba-2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=67401">shiba-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/shiba-3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=264645">shiba-3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Shibas are very popular in Japan. These high-spirited dogs are lively outdoors, but quiet indoors. They're suspicious of strangers, but usually friendly with children and other 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>Unlike most breeds, Shibas love keeping clean and actually prefer to avoid puddles, mud and dirt. Read about Shibas</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"> Japan </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-height"> <div class="field-label">Male height:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 15 - 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"> 15 - 28 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"> Feels like velvet. Brush once or twice a week. Ears prick up and lean forward. Tail curls. </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, red with black (called sesame), or black with tan markings above the eyes, on the lower jaw, cheeks, chest, legs and tail. Eyes are dark brown. Nose is black. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-special"> <div class="field-label">Special considerations:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> These dogs look a lot like foxes. Be careful around hunting season. </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 Shiba originated in the mountainous areas of Japan, where dogs of his type have been known for at least 2,000 years. He is the smallest of a group of several Japanese Spitz-type breeds of ancient heritage that includes the Akita. The Shiba Inu was used to hunt mostly birds and small game, although with his great courage and agility, he occasionally assisted the hunter in bringing down boar, bears and deer. The breed was nearly lost to the ravages of World War II, with its numbers reduced even further by a 1952 distemper outbreak. Today, though, this charming character is thriving and growing in popularity worldwide.</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"> Some owners describe the Shiba as cat-like in his independence and fastidiousness. He is exuberant, agile and quick, and he loves a good romp. Always self-assured, he can be headstrong. He is affectionate and playful with his family, but tends toward aloofness with strangers. The Shiba&#039;s natural guarding tendencies make him an excellent watchdog. </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"> Shiba Inus can adjust to just about any living situation. However, if you live in close proximity to your neighbors, keep in mind that some Shibas can be quite vocal. He can be quite possessive of items in the home and what he considers his &quot;territory&quot; - in fact, he may be of the opinion that it&#039;s his house, and he&#039;s graciously allowing you to live there with him. This fiery attitude is why training and leadership are so important for Shiba owners. When outside, think twice before allowing your dog to run free, as his acute hunting instinct may send him off on a run at any opportunity. This also means that a fenced-in yard is a necessity. </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"> Shiba Inus can do well in agility, obedience and rally. They also make fine jogging companions and love to retrieve balls. </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 Shiba benefits from a vigorous daily workout to expend some of his boundless energy. A long walk or lively play session each day will keep him fit and happy. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-feeding"> <div class="field-label">Feeding:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Shiba is generally a good eater who should be fed a high-quality food twice a day. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-training"> <div class="field-label">Training:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Early training and socialization are especially recommended for this independent spirit. The Shiba is highly intelligent, but like many spitz breeds, he may prefer to look the other way rather than heed a command. With patience and persistence on your part; however, he can become quite biddable. </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"> Shibas do best with older children who understand how to responsibly act around dogs. Look out for a typical scrappiness with other dogs, and be aware of the breed&#039;s strong instinct to prey upon small animals - especially if your Shiba is to be near other pets such as birds or hamsters. </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 Shiba is 12 to 15 years. Breed health concerns may include allergies; eye problems, including juvenile cataracts; hip dysplasia; and patellar luxation. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-fun-fact"> <div class="field-label">Fun fact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Shiba Inus are the most popular dog breed in Japan.</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 Shiba&#039;s thick double coat requires regular grooming with a stiff slicker brush at least once a week and more frequently during periods of heavy shedding. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-disclaimer"> <div class="field-label">Disclaimer:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Copyright by T.F.H. Publications, Inc. This document has been published with the intent to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter within. While every reasonable precaution has been taken in preparation of this document, the author and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any errors, omissions, or adverse effects arising from the use or application of the information contained herein. The techniques and suggestions are used at the reader&#039;s discretion. </div> </div> </div> Dog Medium Non-sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:18 +0000 1134 at http://mypetsmart.com Schipperke http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/schipperke <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"> schipperke </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/schipperke-1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=60130">schipperke-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/schipperke-2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=48423">schipperke-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/schipperke-3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=77698">schipperke-3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Schipperkes are bold, active, hardy dogs that love to run. They're usually good with other animals, but suspicious of strangers. Most are good with kids, but will snap if teased or startled. They're sometimes hard to housebreak.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-spotlight-txt"> <div class="field-label">Spotlight teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nicknamed the "Tazmanian Black Devil," Schipperkes have adventurous, yet affectionate personalities. Read about Schipperkes</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-origin"> <div class="field-label">Origin:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Belgium </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-height"> <div class="field-label">Male height:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 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"> 12 poounds </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 rough coat stands erect. Dense neck rough with very short hair on the face, ears and legs. Brush once a week. Tail is docked; ears should prick up. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Solid black. Eyes are dark; nose is black. </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 Schipperke (pronounced SKIP-er-kee) hails from the Flemish provinces of Belgium, where he has existed for at least several hundred years. His exact origins are a bit hazy, but it is likely that northern spitz-type breeds are in his ancestry. He was acclaimed as a ratter, ridding farms, workshops and homes of vermin. By the late 1800s, he was carrying out the same task on barges and canal boats throughout Belgium. He was also an excellent watchdog. In 1888, his name was changed to Schipperke, which is Flemish for "little skipper," or "little captain." The breed was introduced in the United States and Britain around that time, and its popularity has continued to steadily increase.</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 Schipperke is quick, energetic, alert, curious and protective. He seems to think that he is much bigger than he actually is. A tireless little watchdog, he challenges intruders, is wary of strangers and backs down from nothing. He is devoted and loyal to family members and often bonds strongly with one person. </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 Schipperke is one of the hardiest of the small dogs and is equally at home running through the country or being walked on an urban street. The Schipperke notices and is constantly interested in everything that is going on around him, and he can be quite vocal about it. Through most of the year he is fairly low shedding, but twice a year he sheds his undercoat, and you&#039;ll need to be prepared to do some serious vacuuming during those times. </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 energetic and intelligent Schipperke can excel at agility, flyball and herding. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-exercise"> <div class="field-label">Exercise:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This energetic breed requires a daily long walk or jog. He will also enjoy running in a confined area, as well as frequent indoor play sessions. </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 Schipperke is a good eater who should be fed a high-quality food twice a day. He has been known to learn tricks, such as waving his front paws, just to get an extra tidbit. It is important to keep your Schipperke at a healthy weight. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-training"> <div class="field-label">Training:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Schipperke has an independent streak and can be willful, but he is also intelligent and eager to please. Positive training methods that keep his interest will ensure that this quick learner becomes a well-behaved member of the family. Some Schipperkes can be hard to housetrain. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-compatibility"> <div class="field-label">Compatibility:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A natural watchdog, the Schipperke is suspicious of strangers. He has a love for children and can be especially protective of them. He can get along well with other dogs and cats, especially if raised with them, but cannot be trusted alone around small animals, which he may see 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 Schipperke is 13 to 16 years. Health problems of the Schipperke include cataracts; epilepsy; hip dysplasia; hypothyroidism; Legg-Calve-Perthes disease; patellar luxation; and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). The Schipperke is the only breed in which has been found (so far) a newly discovered disease called Sanfilippo syndrome type IIIB, or MPS IIIB. </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 Schipperke was originally called the Spits or Spitske ("little Spits").</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 Schipperke&#039;s thick, medium-length hair should be brushed out at least a few times a week with a medium-hard bristle brush. Approximately twice a year he will shed his entire undercoat in about a week, so plan for extra brushing then. </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 Small Non-sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:16 +0000 1128 at http://mypetsmart.com Poodle (Miniature) http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/poodle-miniature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-title"> <div class="field-label">Short title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> poodle (miniature) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Breed images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/field_image/Poodle2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=880303">Poodle2.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/Poodle1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=1400022">Poodle1.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/Poodle3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=617611">Poodle3.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>High energy with a little mischevious side, Poodles are popular for families. Read about Poodles</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"> 10 inches minimum </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"> 15 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"> The curly coat is naturally harsh and dense. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Solid and even shades of blue, gray, silver, brown, cafe-au-lait, apricot and cream. </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 Poodle is believed to have originated in Germany, where "pudel" refers to the act of playing in the water, a nod to his original use as a water dog for retrieving fowl. His development can be traced throughout Western Europe, where he became popular more than 400 years ago. But it was in France that he became truly celebrated, and that is the country where the Poodle we recognize today is said to have truly taken shape. His ancestry is said to include the Barbet (a now-extinct French water dog) and the Hungarian Water Hound. </p> <p>The French admired the Poodle's versatility - he could go from being a hunter of waterfowl by day to a stylish and dignified companion by night. By the 15th century, he was popular with the French aristocracy. Hs quick intelligence and charm also found him favor as a performer, and since the dawn of European circuses, Poodles have entertained as trick dogs. </p> <p>Miniature and Toy Poodles were bred down from the Standard Poodle to their current height limitations. They are considered varieties of the same breed and are judged by the same standard. In the 1950s and '60s, the Miniature was the most popular Poodle in the United States, but today that distinction goes to the Toy. All three sizes continue to be immensely popular around the world.</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"> All sizes of Poodles are considered intelligent, lively dogs. The Standard is described as proud and elegant. He is a stable, affectionate and sensitive dog, very much in tune with his family. The Miniature Poodle is a lively, clever dog who is also very in tune with his family. He is good-natured if not somewhat shy and reserved around strangers. The Toy can also be shy, and he tends to be more sensitive. He is happiest with people and is responsive and intelligent, blossoming with training and socialization. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-at-home"> <div class="field-label">At home:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Even with the size differences, all three varieties can adapt to and thrive in a tremendous range of lifestyles. The Standard can do just as well in the city as a Toy, provided his exercise needs are met. The Toy can enjoy a rural environment, provided he is protected from predatory wildlife. Poodles make devoted companions and watchdogs. Miniature and Toy Poodles tend to bark more than Standards. </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"> All the sizes excel at dog sports and activities, including obedience, rally, agility and flyball. They also love to do tricks. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-exercise"> <div class="field-label">Exercise:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All Poodles like to spend time outdoors and enjoy the physical and social benefits of going for walks. The Standard should have at least 45 minutes of brisk exercise daily. A Mini does well with two 15- to 20-minute outings a day. A few 10- to 15-minute walks for the Toy will suffice. </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"> Standard and Miniature Poodles are good eaters who are not particularly finicky. Toy Poodles may be more so. It is important to feed the highest-quality food that&#039;s age-appropriate for the individual dog and to restrict fattening and non-nutritious snacks. Feed at least twice a day as adults. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-training"> <div class="field-label">Training:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the Poodles are highly trainable. Intelligent and sensitive, they are eager to please and do what is asked of them. Using positive, reward-based methods, Poodles can be taught any number of requests, games and 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"> The Standard is good with children and other dogs and is generally the calmest of the sizes. Older children are best around Toys or Minis, who can be persnickety when it comes to small children. To overcome the smaller-sized Poodles&#039; shyness and help boost their confidence, they should be socialized from puppyhood. </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 Poodle is 10 to 15 years and often longer. Common health problems of all sizes of Poodles include epilepsy; hip dysplasia; patellar luxation; and sebaceous adenitis. Runny eyes and ear infections are common, as are skin diseases. Miniature and Toy Poodles can also suffer from progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. Standards sometimes get bloat, and Standards and Minis are susceptible to 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>While today's Poodle clips may seem excessive, they did at one time serve a practical purpose. Hunters wanted the Poodle to be able to swim fast and more easily, without getting cold. To this end, they shaved the Poodle's neck, legs and tail but kept pompons of hair where they felt he needed protection: on his chest, hips and leg joints.</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"> Poodles need lots of attention where grooming is concerned. Their naturally curly and dense hair doesn&#039;t shed, but it does grow out fairly quickly, and they are typically clipped every six to eight weeks. Most owners take their dogs to a professional groomer, who will know about the different clips. In between visits to a professional, the coat should be brushed regularly. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-disclaimer"> <div class="field-label">Disclaimer:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Copyright by T.F.H. Publications, Inc. This document has been published with the intent to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter within. While every reasonable precaution has been taken in preparation of this document, the author and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any errors, omissions, or adverse effects arising from the use or application of the information contained herein. The techniques and suggestions are used at the reader&#039;s discretion. </div> </div> </div> Dog Small Non-sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:12 +0000 1115 at http://mypetsmart.com Poodle (Standard) http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/poodle-standard <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"> poodle (standard) </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/Poodle Standard 0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=3805">Poodle Standard 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/Poodle Standard 1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=3339">Poodle Standard 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/Poodle Standard 2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=3625">Poodle Standard 2.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-spotlight-txt"> <div class="field-label">Spotlight teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>High energy with a little mischevious side, Poodles are popular for families. Read about Poodles</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"> Over 15 inches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-weight"> <div class="field-label">Male weight:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> The curly coat is naturally harsh and dense. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Solid and even shades of blue, gray, silver, brown, cafe-au-lait, apricot and cream. </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 Poodle is believed to have originated in Germany, where "pudel" refers to the act of playing in the water, a nod to his original use as a water dog for retrieving fowl. His development can be traced throughout Western Europe, where he became popular more than 400 years ago. But it was in that he became truly celebrated, and that is the country where the Poodle we recognize today is said to have truly taken shape. His ancestry is said to include the Barbet (a now-extinct French water dog) and the Hungarian Water Hound</p> <p>The French admired the Poodle's versatility - he could go from being a hunter of waterfowl by day to a stylish and dignified companion by night. By the 15th century, he was popular with the French aristocracy. Hs quick intelligence and charm also found him favor as a performer, and since the dawn of European circuses, Poodles have entertained as trick dogs.</p> <p>Miniature and Toy Poodles were bred down from the Standard Poodle to their current height limitations. They are considered varieties of the same breed and are judged by the same standard. In the 1950s and '60s, the Miniature was the most popular Poodle in the United States, but today that distinction goes to the Toy. All three sizes continue to be immensely popular around the world.</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"> All sizes of Poodles are considered intelligent, lively dogs. The Standard is described as proud and elegant. He is a stable, affectionate and sensitive dog, very much in tune with his family. The Miniature Poodle is a lively, clever dog who is also very in tune with his family. He is good-natured if not somewhat shy and reserved around strangers. The Toy can also be shy, and he tends to be more sensitive. He is happiest with people and is responsive and intelligent, blossoming with training and socialization. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-at-home"> <div class="field-label">At home:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Even with the size differences, all three varieties can adapt to and thrive in a tremendous range of lifestyles. The Standard can do just as well in the city as a Toy, provided his exercise needs are met. The Toy can enjoy a rural environment, provided he is protected from predatory wildlife. Poodles make devoted companions and watchdogs. Miniature and Toy Poodles tend to bark more than Standards. </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"> Standard Poodles are still being used as retrievers, and more and more are participating in hunting tests and trials around the world. All the sizes excel at dog sports and activities, including obedience, rally, agility and flyball. They also love to do tricks. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-exercise"> <div class="field-label">Exercise:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All Poodles like to spend time outdoors and enjoy the physical and social benefits of going for walks. The Standard should have at least 45 minutes of brisk exercise daily. A Mini does well with two 15- to 20-minute outings a day. A few 10- to 15-minute walks for the Toy will suffice. </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"> Standard and Miniature Poodles are good eaters who are not particularly finicky. Toy Poodles may be more so. It is important to feed the highest-quality food that&#039;s age-appropriate for the individual dog and to restrict fattening and non-nutritious snacks. Feed at least twice a day as adults. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-training"> <div class="field-label">Training:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the Poodles are highly trainable. Intelligent and sensitive, they are eager to please and do what is asked of them. Using positive, reward-based methods, Poodles can be taught any number of requests, games and 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"> The Standard is good with children and other dogs and is generally the calmest of the sizes. Older children are best around Toys or Minis, who can be persnickety when it comes to small children. To overcome the smaller-sized Poodles&#039; shyness and help boost their confidence, they should be socialized from puppyhood. </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 Poodle is 10 to 15 years and often longer. Common health problems of all sizes of Poodles include epilepsy; hip dysplasia; patellar luxation; and sebaceous adenitis. Runny eyes and ear infections are common, as are skin diseases. Miniature and Toy Poodles can also suffer from progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. Standards sometimes get bloat, and Standards and Minis are susceptible to 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>While today's Poodle clips may seem excessive, they did at one time serve a practical purpose. Hunters wanted the Poodle to be able to swim fast and more easily, without getting cold. To this end, they shaved the Poodle's neck, legs and tail but kept pompons of hair where they felt he needed protection: on his chest, hips and leg joints.</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"> Poodles need lots of attention where grooming is concerned. Their naturally curly and dense hair doesn&#039;t shed, but it does grow out fairly quickly, and they are typically clipped every six to eight weeks. Most owners take their dogs to a professional groomer, who will know about the different clips. In between visits to a professional, the coat should be brushed 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 Non-sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:51:12 +0000 1116 at http://mypetsmart.com Lhasa Apso http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/lhasa-apso <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"> lhasa apso </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/lhasa-1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=110760">lhasa-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/lhasa-2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=96189">lhasa-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/lhasa-3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=134031">lhasa-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>Able to find the most unique places to take a nap, Lhasa Apsos make fearless little friends. Read about Lhasa Apsos</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"> Tibet </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 10 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"> 13 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 - a heavy, straight, hard and dense outercoat and a moderate 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 colors including: golden, sandy, honey, grizzle, slate, smoke, particolor, black, white and 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>The dog breeds of the Far East have an ancient history, and so it is for the Lhasa Apso. Small, shaggy dogs were known in Tibet as far back as 8,000 B.C.E. Their history became known because they were often presented as gifts to visiting dignitaries and as tokens of good luck, believed to bring peace and prosperity to the homes in which they lived. When Tibet converted to Buddhism in the 7th century C.E., breeders of the small dogs wanted to fix a type to resemble the lion. A symbol of Tibetan royalty even before Buddhism, the lion also represented the power of Buddha, so it was natural that the people wanted a leonine-colored and shaped dog. Lhasas - literally, "lion dogs" - became fixtures inside the homes of Tibetan nobility and in lamas' (priests') monasteries, and they were used as watchdogs, barking at the approach of strangers. Lhasa dogs began to appear in the West around the turn of the 20th century, brought back by British explorers, emissaries and other travelers to Tibet. There was much confusion at first, with shaggy Oriental dogs of a variety of sizes being called "Lhasa Terriers." Only later did authorities distinguish between the leggier and longer-headed Tibetan Terrier and the smaller Lhasa Apso. The Lhasa gained a firm foothold in the United States in the 1930s and has been popular ever since.</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"> Today&#039;s Lhasa Apso is true to his long and distinguished past of serving as a spirited and highly regarded companion. In his heart, he believes that he is the special one in the household, the one to whom others should respect and even defer. He is friendly and assertive, with a unique ability to distinguish friend from foe and to let those he loves know when someone is bothering him. Properly socialized, he can make a wonderful companion and an affectionate and self-possessed ruler of the roost. </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 smaller size and the fact that they don&#039;t need a great deal of exercise, Lhasas make great apartment dogs. They can be rambunctious inside the home. Their independent nature means that they can be left alone for short periods without resorting to destructive behavior. They make good sentinels at home - with their watchdog instincts and excellent hearing, Lhasas will bark at the approach of strangers. A fenced-in yard is always appreciated by fun-loving Lhasas who enjoy the space for some clowning 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"> The Lhasa Apso likes to play games inside and outside the home, including fetch and performing tricks. Showing, canine freestyle and rally can also be fun activities to do with a Lhasa. </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 Lhasa is small but not too small and will gladly accompany his family on regular outings - even extended walks. He is playful and commanding indoors and will exercise himself following people around and insisting on being part of the action. </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"> When it comes to feeding a Lhasa Apso, it&#039;s helpful to remember that he was once an extremely pampered pet. This attitude often carries over to the dog bowl, and it can be challenging to satisfy a Lhasa with food that&#039;s best for him. Feed small amounts of a high-quality, age-appropriate food, and if you must, supplement with very small amounts of things that are good for him, like steamed brown rice or lean meats that have been thoroughly cooked. </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"> Lhasas are used to being spoiled - they have been for many centuries! This doesn&#039;t mean that they won&#039;t do what you ask, but they are inclined to do things when they are ready, not necessarily when you are. Fortunately, they are devoted companions, and when trained with rewards that motivate them, they are quick and able learners. Housetraining may take some extra time and patience. Socialization is critical for this breed. </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"> Lhasas are wary of strangers and aren&#039;t always tolerant of children who are too rough around them. Lhasas can be somewhat territorial 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 long-lived Lhasa Apso is up to 18 years - and sometimes longer. Breed health concerns are relatively few: an undershot jaw is typical because the Lhasa is a brachycephalic breed, and they can suffer from eye 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>Tibetan legend says that lamas who failed to reach Nirvana came back reincarnated as Lhasa Apsos.</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"> Lhasa Apsos who compete in the show ring need daily attention to their coats to keep them dirt- and matte-free. People who don&#039;t show their Lhasas typically keep the coat clipped for ease of grooming. All Lhasas should be brushed regularly to keep the fur from tangling. Extra care should be taken to keep the area around the eyes clean, as Lhasas tend to tear. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-disclaimer"> <div class="field-label">Disclaimer:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This document has been published with the intent to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter within. While every reasonable precaution has been taken in preparation of this document, the author and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any errors, omissions, or adverse effects arising from the use or application of the information contained herein. The techniques and suggestions are used at the reader&#039;s discretion. </div> </div> </div> Dog Small Non-sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:56 +0000 1083 at http://mypetsmart.com Lowchen http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/lowchen <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"> lowchen </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/Lowchen3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=88882">Lowchen3.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/Lowchen1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=41905">Lowchen1.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/Lowchen2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=36071">Lowchen2.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Lowchens are often called &quot;little lion dogs.&quot; They were companions of Florence nobility around the Mediterranean. These outgoing little dogs are probably related to the Bichon Frise.</p> <p>Lowchens are tougher than they look -- these energetic little dogs love to run and play. Some Lowchens are afraid of strangers, but they're usually good with well-behaved children and pets. They like to bark and dig.</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>This 'little lion' is a happy, fun-loving house pet with a carefree attitude. Read about Lowchens</p> </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"> 9 - 15 inches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-weight"> <div class="field-label">Male weight:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 -18 pounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-coat"> <div class="field-label">Coat:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Harsh. Grows naturally in a rough lion pattern. Must be brushed or combed at least every other day. Ears hang down. Tail is plumed over its back. </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"> Available in many different colors. Eye and nose color vary. </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 Small Non-sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:56 +0000 1085 at http://mypetsmart.com Keeshond http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/keeshond <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"> keeshond </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/keeshond1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=103798">keeshond1.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/keeshond-2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=105587">keeshond-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/keeshond-3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=70813">keeshond-3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Kees (KAZE) are gentle and quiet dogs that need daily exercise. They're usually suspicious of strangers, but they get along well with other pets and children. Kees 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>Poised yet playful, the Keeshond makes affectionate friends and alert watch dogs. Read about Keeshond</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-origin"> <div class="field-label">Origin:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netherlands </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-height"> <div class="field-label">Male height:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 17 - 18 inches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-weight"> <div class="field-label">Male weight:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 35 to 40 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"> Harsh with a thick ruff around the neck. Longer hair on the chest, legs, stomach and tail. Brush or comb twice a week, daily when shedding. Tail curls over back; ears prick up. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shaded mixture of gray and black with creamy legs, feet, and tail. Black tip on tail. Markings form spectacles around the eyes. Puppies are born black; adult color isn&#039;t reached until 18 months. Eyes are dark brown; nose is black. </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>Spitz-type dogs have a long history in northern Holland, dating back to the Vikings. Keeshond are of the same stem stock as the German Spitz, but the Dutch seemed to especially like and adopt the large, wolf-gray type. Although known for centuries, he acquired his modern name from Cornelius (Kees) de Gyselaer, a Dutch patriot at the time of the French Revolution. His loyal dog came to be called a Keeshond and was a symbol of the common and middle-class Dutch Patriot Party that followed de Gyselaer. With the eventual defeat of de Gyselaer's cause, his dog fell into disrepute and the breed dropped from sight among the urban and upper classes. In 1920, nearly 150 years later, Baroness van Hardenbroek took an interest in the breed and began her search for good specimens, which she found among the bargemen, farmers and truckers of rural areas. With the renewed interest that the Baroness stirred when she began breeding, the Keeshond again was seen throughout Holland and was introduced in the 1930s into the United States and England. Never a dog affected by fads or crazes, the Keeshond has continued to have a steady and loyal following throughout the world.</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"> Outgoing and family oriented, the Keeshond is sometimes called &quot;the laughing Dutchman.&quot; Joyful, cuddly and gregarious, it is no wonder they are the centers of attention in their homes. They enjoy and thrive on their family&#039;s affection and want to be part of all activities. </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"> As long as they are given enough attention and exercise, Keeshonden can live happily just about anywhere, from city to country. This is not a breed that can be left alone all day. Denied attention, the intelligent Keeshond will quickly become bored and can turn into a problem barker. Keeshonden are alert and have great hearing, so they are good watchdogs - but they do like to use their voices. Their heavy coat means that they may get overheated in hot weather, so constant access to cool water is essential during those months. </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 Keeshond is game to try new activities and can do well at agility, rally, therapy, camping, hiking or any outdoor activity with the family. </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 Keeshond loves going for walks several times a day. This gives him the opportunity to exercise and explore. Nimble and sturdy, the Keeshond is a fun-loving companion who will happily accompany you wherever you want to go. </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 Keeshond is a good eater who should be fed a high-quality food twice a day. Be careful not to overfeed or succumb to his imploring eyes when it&#039;s your turn to eat. Keeshonden are persistent, and a begging habit is hard to break. </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 independent Keeshond can prove a training challenge. He needs a lot of motivation to follow directions. If he gets it, he will be quick to learn what you want him to do and glad to comply. Repetition and patience are essential. Socialization is also critical for the Keeshond so that his natural self-confidence can bloom. </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"> Keeshonden are wonderful with children. They don&#039;t have the prey drive that many other spitz-type dogs have, so they can get along very well with other dogs, cats and small 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 Keeshond is 12 to 14 years. Health problems may include heart disease; 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>When the Keeshond first came to the United States, he was known simply as the "Dutch Barge Dog."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-grooming-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Grooming blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> When you see how much fur the Keeshond has, you may think that he&#039;s a high-maintenance dog. In truth, he is not. He does need to be brushed several times a week with a pin brush to stimulate the growth of new hair and distribute the oils in his skin and coat, and he does shed heavily a couple times a year - in general, though, his grooming needs are not overly extensive. </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 Non-sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:53 +0000 1075 at http://mypetsmart.com French Bulldog http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/french-bulldog <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"> french bulldog </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/frenchbulldog1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=942051">frenchbulldog1.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/frenchbulldog2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=600543">frenchbulldog2.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/frenchbulldog3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=480892">frenchbulldog3.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>Sensitive to extreme temperatures, the Frenchie makes an ideal indoor companion. Read about French Bulldogs</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"> 15 inches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-weight"> <div class="field-label">Male weight:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There are three classes: under 15 pounds (7kg); 15 pounds (7 kg) to less than 20 pounds (9 kg); and 20 pounds (9 kg) up to and including 25 pounds (11.5 kg) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-coat"> <div class="field-label">Coat:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Short 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"> Black with white markings, brindle or seal. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-history"> <div class="field-label">History:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It is believed that a toy version of the English Bulldog was imported into France in the late 1800s and bred with various French breeds to create what is now the French Bulldog ("Frenchie"). At the time, the developing breed was produced with two types of ears: bat ears and rose ears. Europeans tended to favor the latter, preferring a dog who was practically a miniature English Bulldog. American fanciers were smitten with the bat ears, and it was in the United States that the first club of French Bulldog fanciers was formed. The breed was shown for the first time in the late 1800s and drew much attention. Since that time, the bat ears have become a distinctive feature of the breed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-personality"> <div class="field-label">Personality:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Playful, clownish, inquisitive and extremely affectionate, French Bulldogs are exceptional companions and playmates. These easy-to-care-for and easygoing dogs are loving pets who bond strongly with their owners. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-at-home"> <div class="field-label">At home:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> French Bulldogs make excellent apartment dogs. They are not highly energetic or excessive barkers and are content to spend time in close contact with their owners. They are not outdoor dogs and do not do well in the heat because of their shortened muzzles. Their facial makeup also causes them to snore and drool. Frenchies must be watched around pools and other bodies of water because they are not capable swimmers. </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"> Although a healthy French Bulldog is capable of competing in sports, his shortened muzzle may be more suited to gentler activities, such as therapy, going for walks, learning tricks and playing games with the family. </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 French Bulldog doesn&#039;t need a lot of exercise, but he will be most happy accompanying you on several walks around the neighborhood or wherever your daily adventures take you. Beware of overexercising him in the heat, as his shortened muzzle makes it more difficult for him to breathe. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-feeding"> <div class="field-label">Feeding:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A high-quality food is necessary for the French Bulldog, as he may develop allergies to fillers and colorings found in lower-quality foods. </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 Frenchie can be stubborn, but he is good-hearted enough to come around if you make training worthwhile for him. He responds best to training that appeals to the extrovert in him - harsh training methods will cause him to shut down. If he is the doted-upon center of attention, he will be glad to show you what he can do. Socialization from puppyhood is an excellent idea and something the Frenchie will greatly enjoy. </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"> This happy-go-lucky fellow gets along with everyone, including children, other pets and 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 French Bulldog is 10 to 12 years. Breed health concerns include allergies; eye problems; respiratory system problems due to his build; skin problems; and spinal problems. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-fun-fact"> <div class="field-label">Fun fact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the early part of the 20th century, French Bulldogs were fashionable dogs for the wealthy, including the Rockefellers and Morgans.</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 French Bulldog&#039;s short, soft coat is easily kept clean with occasional brushing with a rubber mitt. Keep the wrinkles on his face clean and dry to discourage 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 Small Non-sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:43 +0000 1050 at http://mypetsmart.com Finnish Spitz http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/finnish-spitz <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"> finnish spitz </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/FinnishSpitz1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=43534">FinnishSpitz1.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/FinnishSpitz2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=52484">FinnishSpitz2.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/FinnishSpitz3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=54775">FinnishSpitz3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Finish Spitz is the national dog of Finland. Finnish Spitz have an unusual hunting style - they'll flush a grouse into a tree, flick their tails repeatedly and alert their owners with a high-pitched bark.</p> <p>Finnish Spitz look and act a lot like foxes. They're hardy, independent and need daily exercise. They're usually suspicious of strangers and sometimes aggressive with other dogs.</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 gentle playmate for children, the Spitz tends to be shy around other dogs. Read about Finnish Spitz</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"> Finland </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 - 20 inches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-weight"> <div class="field-label">Male weight:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 25 - 35 pounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-coat"> <div class="field-label">Coat:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Soft with a dense undercoat. Brush twice a week, daily when shedding. Tail curls on back; ears prick up. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Reddish gold. White markings are allowed on the toes and chest. A few black hairs are allowed on the tail and back. Eyes are dark, and nose is black. </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 hunting tribes migrated across what is now Russia thousands of years ago, they brought an ancient spitz-type dog with them. Those who settled in Finland developed over the centuries what is now known as the Finnish Spitz. This handsome red-gold-coated Norseman was originally used for tracking bears and elks but is now mainly used for hunting Finnish game birds. His nickname, the "barking bird dog," comes from his unique hunting style. His acute scenting ability leads him to birds; then, by yodeling (barking continuously), he "enchants" the bird to sit in the tree and look at him while the hunter approaches. In the 1890s, foresters and hunters Hugo Richard Sandberg and Hugo Roos campaigned to have the dog recognized by the Finnish Kennel Club (FKC) and helped set type for the breed. Numbers of the Finnish Spitz were affected in the late 1970s due to the low population of game birds. When the bird population began recovering in the 1980s, so did the breed. The Finnish Spitz is the national dog of Finland.</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"> Once you get to know him, the Finnish Spitz is playful and clownish, actively seeking attention and interaction. Loyalty and bravery are two of his trademarks, and when he is bonded with his family, there is little that can come between them. To this end, he can be protective and reserved with strangers. Socialization from a young age helps take the edge off, but this is just the way he is. This does not mean that he is shy or spooky; rather, he holds off on being overly emotive until he feels comfortable. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-at-home"> <div class="field-label">At home:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Although the Finnish Spitz is neat and clean and can do well in an apartment, remember that the &quot;barking bird dog&quot; of Finland likes to express himself vocally. Consider the proximity of neighbors when choosing this breed. He is alert and makes a very good watchdog. The Finnish Spitz also loves being involved in outdoor activities with his family. His independent Nordic nature means that he should not be allowed off leash unless in a safely enclosed area. A fenced-in yard is a great way for him to explore and get some exercise. He does not enjoy the heat. </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"> Activities like agility, obedience, rally, canine freestyle or flyball can help physically and mentally stimulate your Finnish Spitz. </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 athletic dog, the Finnish Spitz needs and enjoys his exercise. In the proper climate, he can make an excellent jogging companion. Whatever the weather, getting him outside to run, play and explore is absolutely necessary. </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 Finnish Spitz is fond of food and may even learn tricks to get an extra tidbit from his family. He needs a high-quality diet that will help him maintain a proper weight. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-training"> <div class="field-label">Training:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Finnish Spitz requires a patient trainer who has a good sense of humor. He is not especially inclined to do his family&#039;s bidding, however adoring he is of the people around him. He is an independent thinker, and his training should consist of regular socialization and frequent but short and motivational training sessions. </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 Finnish Spitz gets along well with children and quickly becomes a favorite playmate. He is reserved with strangers, so socialization is important. If raised with other animals he can get along with them, although he can be argumentative with other dogs and has a tendency to chase smaller animals. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-health"> <div class="field-label">Health:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The average life span of the Finnish Spitz is 12 to 15 years. There are no reported breed-specific health concerns </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-fun-fact"> <div class="field-label">Fun fact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In their homeland, Finnish Spitz are used to hunt capercaillie (similar to wild turkeys) and black grouses.</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"> With his thick, downy undercoat, the Finnish Spitz is a seasonally heavy shedder who needs to be brushed often when shedding. Use a pin brush or a slicker brush. Otherwise, his plush coat requires little attention to retain its naturally healthy-looking volume and shine. </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 Non-sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:42 +0000 1047 at http://mypetsmart.com Dalmatian http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/dalmatian <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"> dalmatian </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/Dalmatian 0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=9609">Dalmatian 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/Dalmatian 1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=3553">Dalmatian 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/Dalmatian 2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=6575">Dalmatian 2.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Dalmatians are sometimes so playful they're high-strung. They need vigorous daily exercise or they'll become very destructive. Although most Dalmatians love kids, they're often too big and clumsy for young children. They're sometimes suspicious of strangers and aggressive with other dogs. Males will roam if they're not fenced in.</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>Popular firehouse dogs with great stamina and strength, Dalmatians do best with daily vigorous activity. Read about Dalmatians</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"> Former Yugoslavia </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-male-height"> <div class="field-label">Male height:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 19 - 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 - 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 and hard. Dalmatians have to be brushed, because they shed a lot. </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"> Puppies are born white; spots aren&#039;t fully developed until puppies are six months old. Eye and nose color vary. </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"> Dalmatians really need professional training in order to become family pets. They need low-protein diets to avoid bladder and kidney stones. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-disclaimer"> <div class="field-label">Disclaimer:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This document has been published with the intent to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter within. While every reasonable precaution has been taken in preparation of this document, the author and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any errors, omissions, or adverse effects arising from the use or application of the information contained herein. The techniques and suggestions are used at the reader&#039;s discretion and are not to be considered a substitute for veterinary care. If you suspect a medical problem consult your veterinarian. </div> </div> </div> Dog Large Non-sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:39 +0000 1038 at http://mypetsmart.com Coton de Tulear http://mypetsmart.com/breeds/coton-de-tulear <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"> coton de tulear </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/Coton de Tulear 0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=4387">Coton de Tulear 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/Coton de Tulear 1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=3225">Coton de Tulear 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/Coton de Tulear 2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=8993">Coton de Tulear 2.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-spotlight-txt"> <div class="field-label">Spotlight teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Named after its cotton-soft coat, the Coton loves meeting new people and exploring new places. Read about Cotons</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"> Madagascar </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"> 9 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"> 8 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"> Single coat is soft, supple, dense and profuse; it has the texture of cotton and can be slightly wavy. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-colors"> <div class="field-label">Colors:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> White, black; both have gray, yellow, tricolor or white markings. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-history"> <div class="field-label">History:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tul'ar is a wealthy area on the island of Madagascar off the coast of Africa, where small white dogs lived as favored companions with the residents for centuries. The Coton de Tulear (pronounced KO-tone dih TOO-lay-ARE) is a Bichon-type dog who is believed to have arrived on Madagascar with Spanish and Portuguese sailors in the 16th century. He was little known outside of Madagascar (and specifically Tul'ar) until the 20th century, when he began to catch the attention of fanciers around the world. Dr. Robert J. Russell brought the breed to the United States in the early 1970s and developed a standard for the Coton de Tulear Club of America. The breed is becoming increasingly popular today all over the world.</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 Coton de Tulear is a cute, sociable dog whose gentle, affectionate nature makes him a real charmer. He bonds strongly to his family and loves to shower those he loves with &quot;kisses.&quot; Alert and energetic, the Coton is an able watchdog, willing to sound off on any possible intruders or interesting activity. Although solicitous and eager to please, he has a stubborn, independent streak and is not a pushover. </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 Coton de Tulear makes an excellent apartment dog due to his size and coat, which sheds only minimally, and like other Bichon-type breeds, can be a good choice for many allergy sufferers. This versatile dog can live happily just about anywhere, as long as he gets to spend time with those he loves. He does not like to be left alone and needs to be included in his family&#039;s activities. He enjoys traveling. </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"> This energetic breed is surprisingly quick and agile and will enjoy activities like agility, flyball, rally, obedience and canine freestyle. </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 Coton will get his exercise accompanying his family members around the house and on whatever walks or outings they care to take. He is an able swimmer, and he also loves to play; both are great forms of exercise for him. </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 Coton de Tulear needs a high-quality, size-appropriate diet. His desire for affection is nearly equaled by his desire for food, so keeping an eye on his weight will help keep him in the best shape. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-training"> <div class="field-label">Training:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Responsive and eager to please, the Coton de Tulear will learn almost anything quickly if asked in a positive and encouraging way. He is adept at &quot;dancing&quot; on his hind legs and can easily learn to perform this trick. </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 Coton de Tulear is friendly and agreeable to all he meets. He gets along well with children, other dogs and other animals. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-health"> <div class="field-label">Health:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The average life span of the Coton de Tulear is 14 to 18 years. A healthy breed, there are currently no reported breed-specific health concerns. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-fun-fact"> <div class="field-label">Fun fact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Coton is the French word for "cotton," which is descriptive of the texture of the Coton de Tulear's coat.</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 Coton&#039;s human-like hair requires the kind of daily attention that we give ours: regular brushing and combing to keep it knot- and tangle-free. A pin brush without balls on the end is recommended so as not to tear the coat. </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 Small Non-sporting Fri, 08 May 2009 16:50:38 +0000 1035 at http://mypetsmart.com