April 2, 2013

Breed of the Month: Perro De Presa Canario

Filed under: Dog Breeds,dogs — Tags: , , , — Dr. Amber Reed @ 5:25 pm

Dogo Canario - Presa CanarioThe Perro De Presa Canario (aka: Canary Dog of Prey, Presa Canario, Canary Dog, Dogo Canario, and Canary Island Mastiff) originates from the Canary Islands. They are a large, powerful, and very intimidating breed. Having a dominant nature, the Presa Canario requires an experienced dog owner who understands the alpha nature that may exist in dogs.

It is important that a Presa Canario has a mixture of early socialization and obedience training. This will ensure that the dog is not a threat to others. Though the breed appears to be intimidating, they are known to be sweet, gentle, loyal, and very protective of their families. This makes them an excellent guard dog.

A Canario can be fawn, black, or brindle and weigh anywhere from 80-130lbs. Due to their size and working dog status, the breed requires several long daily walks. Not properly exercising a Presa Canario may lead to a more aggressive dog. The average life span of a Presa Canario ranges from 8-12 years.
For more information about the breed, visit the Dogo Canario Club of America.


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March 5, 2013

Breed of the Month: Newfoundland

Filed under: Dog Breeds,dogs,Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Dr. Amber Reed @ 9:00 am

As a child, did you ever watch Peter Pan and thought to yourself “I wish I could have a dog like Nana that would take care of me.” Well, it’s possible. Nana wasn’t some made up dog; she was a Newfoundland. The Newfoundland (aka: Newfie, Newf, or Greater St. John’s Dog), is named from its origins in Newfoundland, Canada, is a working breed known as the ‘Gentle Giant’ (obviously gentle as we saw in Peter Pan).

The breed is classified as large, with males weighing anywhere from 130-150lbs and females weighing from 100-120lbs. Their thick, water-proof coats and webbed feet, make the Newfoundland excellent swimmers and resistant to harsh cold climates. Their long coats require brushing several times a week, and may be black, brown, or gray.

Though the breed is large and could make an intimidating first impression, Newfoundlands are noble, honest, and hard working. They are said to be sweet tempered and as a result are good family dogs. However, as a puppy, the Newfoundland may not be aware of its own size, so be cautious if this breed is around small children. The large dogs must be trained at a young age in order to avoid bad habits and to build socialization skills.

The breed requires to be walked a few times a day, but should not participate in rigorous exercise. Intense exercise can create stress on their joints and may result in future health problems such as hip and elbow dysplasia. Other health problems Newfoundlands may develop are cystinuria and a heart condition called Subvacular Aortic Stenosis (SAS). The life span of the breed is from 8-10 years.

For more information about Newfoundlands visit the Newfoundland Dog Club of Canada.

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February 5, 2013

Breed of The Month: Picardy Shepherd

Filed under: Dog Breeds — Tags: — Dr. Amber Reed @ 1:00 am

The Picardy Shepherd is a French dog more formally referred to as the Berger Picard (pronounced ‘bare zhay – pee carr’). Although largely familiar from the North American movie, “Because of Winn-Dixie,” the Picardy Shepherd is a rare breed.

The medium sized dog grows to a weight of 50-70lbs. Their fur is rough and water proof and ranges from fawn to gray and even brindle. Overall, the Picardy Shepherd has a tousled appearance that requires little grooming.

With a life span of 12-14 years, the breed is a relatively healthy dog due to its rarity. They are athletic dogs and require a lot of exercise, otherwise may display destructive behavior.

Overall, the breed is intelligent, sensitive, and alert. They display a laid back and mellow attitude, but may be stubborn at times. Being a loyal and protective pet, the Picardy Shepherd may become assertive and therefore require a lot of socialization during the early years of their lives.

The breed makes for a good indoor and outdoor dog. However, they require companionship and prefer to be close to their owner and family. The dog does very well with children.

For more information about the breed visit the Berger Picard Club of America.


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July 14, 2010

The Top 5 Dog Breeds in North America

Filed under: Dog Breeds — Dr. Amber Reed @ 9:11 pm

Whether you want a pet or you’re just interested in dogs, there is certainly no shortage of breeds.  Still, despite the hundreds, maybe even thousands, of dog breeds, we tend to see the same breeds as pets agaihttp://crittercures.blogs.tnorth.ca/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=836&message=1n and again.  Here is a countdown of the top 5 dog breeds in North America.

  • 5. Beagles
    Whatever you want to say about beagles, they’re cute.  Originally bred for hunting, beagles are high energy dogs who love company from humans or other dogs.  Unfortunately, like other energetic breeds, if beagles don’t get enough attention they often turn to inappropriate behavior like chewing or barking.
  • 4. Golden Retrievers
    Smart, sociable, cute, and loyal, Golden Retrievers make great family pets.  They tend to suffer from some genetic diseases like hip dysplasia and cataracts but they are a perennial favorite because of their great personalities.
  • 3. German Shepherd
    German Shepherds tend to be fearless and extremely loyal which is why they are often chosen for police dogs.  In addition, they are very intelligent and when properly socialized make great pets.  Like Golden Retrievers, German shepherds are prone to some genetic conditions such as hip dysplasia.
  • 2.Yorkshire Terriers
    Look into the face of one of these little joys and you’ll find it hard not to fall in love.  Yorkshire terriers can be a bit yappy but they are also quite smart so can be trained easily.  Kennel cough is a condition that commonly affects Yorkshire terriers.
  • 1. Labrador Retriever
    Known for their loving and loyal nature, these active dogs are chosen as pets because they are gentle, intelligent, and playful.  The most common condition affecting Labs is hip dysplasia but they are also prone to arthritis which can limit their mobility as they get older.  Still, they’re friendly and easily trained so it’s no surprise that they are the number one dog breed in North America.
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