Lapaha Blue Blood Bulldog

Lana Lou Lane

r lthough often confused with the American Bulldog, this is a separate breed. The breed originated in the American south in the 1800s as a plantation dog. As the large plantations disappeared, so did the breed. Ms. Lana Lou Lane, a third-generation owner of the breed, has worked with the Animal Research Foundation to save the breed from extinction.

Alapahas have definite bulldog characteristics and should convey an aura of nobility and pride, hence the "blue blood" name. They stand 20 to 25 inches tall and weigh between 65 to 110 pounds, with females smaller than males. The head is broad and flat across the top, and the jaws are heavily muscled. The eyes are prominent and the ears folded. The coat is short and stiff. Colors include white with patches of color, including brindle, blue merle, or chocolate.

This breed is easy to groom. Twice a week the coat can be brushed with a soft bristle brush or curry comb.

The breed needs vigorous daily exercise. A long walk morning and evening plus a couple of good games of fetch will keep most happy. Puppies are very silly but both puppies and adults enjoy games. Adults can enjoy carting and weight pulling.

The breed is protective of both property and people. Early and ongoing socialization is needed to ensure the dog grows up well-adjusted. Training is also important, not just because this is a powerful dog but also to give the dog a job. These are bright, inquisitive dogs, and if they don't have something to keep them busy, they will get into trouble.

These dogs are protective and devoted; they will give their lives to protect their owners. This, as well as the breed's size and power, makes them a difficult dog for first-time dog owners. They usually love children and are willing playmates. Although they won't start fights with other dogs, they won't back away from a fight, either. The biggest health concerns today are the problems associated with the breed's very small gene pool.

Breed in Brief

Registries: Alapaha Blue

Blood Bulldog Club Occupation: Guardian Size: 20 to 25 in tall; 65 to

110 lbs Longevity: 10 to 13 years Exercise: Vigorous daily exercise Training: Moderate Grooming: Easy

laskan Klee Kai

(Toy, Miniature, and Standard)

Toy Alaskan Klee Kai

r i inda Spurlin developed the Alaskan Klee Kai (AKK) in the 1970s and '80s, using the old Alaskan Husky as the foundation breed. She also used a Siberian Husky and some smaller dogs of similar conformation. Her goal was a smaller-sized husky-type breed that would be an excellent companion dog.

Today's Alaskan Klee Kai has the appearance of a northern breed, with a wedge-shaped face, prick ears, a sturdy body, and a tail that curls over the back. The face has a distinct and striking mask. The coat is a double coat, with a dense undercoat and longer guard hairs. The toy stands up to and including 13 inches at the shoulder; the miniature is over 13 inches and including 15 inches; and the standard is over 15 inches and including 17 inches.

During most of the year, this breed can be brushed two or three times a week; however, during spring and fall when shedding is at its heaviest, daily brushing may be needed.

With his sled dog heritage, the AKK can be quite busy. Without daily exercise, he may be prone to trouble. A couple of good walks every day and a jog with you or alongside a bicycle will keep him happy. This breed is also quite playful and thrives in many canine sports, including sledding, skijoring, agility, fly-ball, and flying disc. Many have also made excellent therapy dogs.

Although training is important and should begin young, dogs of this breed will never be as compliant as some other breeds. They do enjoy the attention that training provides. Early and continuing socialization is vital, as these dogs can be wary of strangers.

The AKK is an excellent watchdog, yet is affectionate and loyal to his family. He will do best with an owner who understands the northern breeds. He is good with children who treat him gently and with respect; he will not tolerate rough handling. He has a strong prey drive and should not be trusted with smaller pets. The breed tends to be healthy.

Breed in Brief

Registries: UKC, ARBA Occupation: Companion Size: Toy: under 13 in tall Mini: 13 to 15 in tall Standard: 15 to 17 in tall Longevity: 13 to 15 years Exercise: Required daily Training: Moderate Grooming: Sheds!

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Dog Breeds Longevity

laskan Malamute

Breed in Brief

Registries: AKC, UKC, CKC Occupation: Sled dog Size: 23 to 25 in tall; 75 to 85 lbs

Longevity: 10 to 12 years Exercise: Vigorous daily exercise Training: Moderate Grooming: Lots of brushing!

laskan Malamutes are natives of northwest Alaska, ' where they served as hunting partners, pack dogs, and sled dogs for the Mahlemut people, an Innuit tribe. The dogs were vital to the peoples' survival. In the mid-1900s, Malamutes were used in many of the Artic exploratory expeditions and also served in World War II.

This breed is large and substantial, standing 23 to 25 inches tall and weighing between 75 and 85 pounds, although many are larger. His head is broad and deep, ears are upright, and eyes are medium-sized, almond-shaped, and dark brown. With a deep chest, powerful shoulders, heavy bones, strong legs, and good feet, this is a breed designed to work hard. The outer coat is thick and coarse; the undercoat is dense. The tail is a plume that is carried low when working.

Malamutes need brushing at least twice per week, but during the shedding seasons, primarily spring and fall, daily brushing is needed to keep the hair under control.

Exercise is important; this breed is a working dog bred to carry packs or pull sleds. A long, brisk walk morning and evening and a play session in between is the least exercise this dog can tolerate. A Malamute would be thrilled to have an owner who does skijoring, sled dog training, carting, hiking, or backpacking.

Although they were bred to work, and Malamutes love to have something to do, they can also be a little independent and often have a touch of stubbornness. The key is to make training interesting and fun. Don't battle a Malamute; intrigue him instead and teach him compliance. Socialization is also important and should begin early.

This breed is a wonderful companion for people who are leaders; he can be domineering over people who are too soft. The breed may be dog-aggressive; males especially may be aggressive toward other male dogs. All interactions with small pets should be carefully supervised. Health concerns include hip dysplasia, bloat, and torsion.

merican Bulldog

Merican Bulldog

n early England, blood sports were very popular with both the working class and royalty. The old English bulldogs were developed for blood sports, fighting bulls and bears, and later, other dogs. After blood sports were made illegal, the dogs were used for a variety of purposes. In the U.S., they accompanied settlers across the unknown frontiers as guardians, hunters, and at times, even herding dogs.

This breed should convey a sense of power. Standing between 20 and 26 inches tall and weighing 60 to 120 pounds, with the females smaller than the males, this is an all-purpose working dog. The head should show its bulldog heritage, broad with a slightly shortened muzzle. The coat is short, harsh, and white with patches of brindle, brown, red, or tan.

Grooming this breed is easy; use a curry comb or soft bristled brush twice a week to brush out the dead hairs.

The Bulldog is quite active. Long, brisk walks are good, as are a few games of catch and fetch, but he also needs a job to do where he can burn some calories—either pulling a wagon or running on the agility course.

The breed needs early and ongoing socialization. Because they are still used as guardians of people, livestock, and property, these dogs are aggressive toward strangers and socialization can temper this reaction. Training should begin early, too, and continue into adulthood—not just for this physically powerful breed to learn self control but also to give the dogs a job to do. This breed also thrives in dog sports, including carting and weight pulling.

The American Bulldog requires an active owner who is a leader and is dog savvy. He is affectionate, loyal, and good with older children. (He can be too rough for young kids.) He will be a willing playmate for lots of childhood adventures. The breed can be dog-aggressive. Health concerns include hip dysplasia and allergies.

Breed in Brief

Registries: UKC, ARBA,

American Bulldog Registry Occupation: Farm dog, guardian Size: 20 to 26 in tall; 60 to

120 lbs Longevity: 12 to 14 years Exercise: Active dog Training: Easy; hard to focus Grooming: Easy

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Homemade Pet Food Secrets

Homemade Pet Food Secrets

It is a well known fact that homemade food is always a healthier option for pets when compared to the market packed food. The increasing hazards to the health of the pets have made pet owners stick to containment of commercial pet food. The basic fundamentals of health for human beings are applicable for pets also.

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  • immacolata
    What is the name of the bulldog that stands 25 30 inches?
    6 years ago

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