Ppenzeller Sennenhunde

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he Appenzeller Sennenhunde, or Appenzeller, is one of four related Swiss breeds. The other three are the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, the Bernese Mountain Dog, and the Entlebucher. The breed was, and still is, a livestock guardian, draft dog, and versatile farm dog.

This is a medium to large dog, standing 19 to 23 inches tall and weighing between 50 and 60 pounds. He has a broad head, small dark eyes, and dropped ears. His body is powerful, with a deep chest and well-muscled shoulders. The tail is carried over the back. The short coat is always tricolored—black with rust and white markings.

Grooming this breed is not difficult. A twice weekly brushing will suffice.

This is an active working breed that needs exercise every day. A long morning and evening walk is good, as is a long, slow jog alongside a bicycle. Puppies can be very playful, but adults can sometimes be too serious for games. Without daily exercise, the Appenzeller is prone to finding something to do to amuse himself and you may not like what he does.

The breed can be wary of strangers, so early socialization is important. Training is also very important. As a working breed, Appenzellers need guidance and rules; otherwise they will make their own. Luckily, the breed is easily trained and thrives on training that is fun and not too repetitive. This breed is also a good choice for many canine sports; he is happy, athletic, and has the desire to do things with you. Obedience competition, herding trials, agility trials, and carting are all good activities for this breed.

This is not a city dog; he does best in a place where he can have a nice yard (or farm) to play and work. He is affectionate with family, protective of his home, and good with children who treat him well. He can also be good with other pets, although interactions should be supervised. There are few health concerns—hip dysplasia is one.

Breed in Brief

Registries: AKC FSS, UKC Occupation: Versatile farm dog, guardian Size: 19 to 23 in tall; 50 to 60 lbs

Longevity: 10 to 12 years Exercise: Moderate to high activity level Training: Easy Grooming: Easy

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Cattle Dog

Blue Heeler Characteristics

he Australian Cattle Dog (ACD) was developed in Australia in response to the growing beef industry. The herding dogs available were unable to manage the herds of wild cattle. The breed was derived from crossing the native dingo (a silent hunter with incredible stamina) with a Dalmatian (for horse sense), Highland Collies (for herding ability), and the Black and Tan Kelpie (a herding breed). The breed has been called a blue heeler, red heeler, and Queensland heeler.

ACDs are compact and powerful. They stand between 17 and 20 inches tall and weigh between 35 and 50 pounds. The eyes are oval and alert, ears are upright, and the tail reaches the hocks with a slight curve. The coat has a dense undercoat and a close outer coat no longer than a 1.5 inches. Colors include red speckle, blue, blue speckle, and blue mottle.

Twice weekly brushing will keep the ACD in nice shape, except during shedding season (spring and fall) when daily brushing is needed.

The ACD needs vigorous daily exercise. Although long brisk walks will be appreciated, that is not enough exercise for this breed. The ACD will also need to go for a run alongside a bicycle, do herding training, run the agility course, or play a fast game of flying disc. Without enough exercise, the ACD will become bored and develop bad habits. The breed excels at many canine sports and should participate in at least one.

Early socialization and training are also needed, as this breed is very bright and able to think for himself. Training can teach good habits and household rules and can motivate the dog to want to be good. Without mental stimulation, as well as exercise, the ACD will get into trouble.

This can be a difficult breed for a first-time dog owner. He can be wary of strangers but is affectionate with his people. He's good with kids but will try to herd them, often nipping at heels. Health concerns include hip and elbow dysplasia and deafness.

Breed in Brief

Registries: AKC, CKC, UKC Occupation: Cattle dog Size: 17 to 20 in tall; 35 to 50 lbs

Longevity: 12 to 14 years Exercise: Vigorous daily exercise Training: Hard to keep challenged Grooming: Easy

ustralian Kelpie his is an Australian breed that is most likely a descendant of several old English herding breeds. Although many believe dingos may have been used in the breed's development, this is still being debated. The breed has been used in Australia and North America as a versatile, sturdy working dog able to do anything needed on a farm or ranch.

The Kelpie stands 17 to 20 inches tall and weighs between 25 and 50 pounds. They are strong for their size, with a body that is slightly longer than tall at the shoulder. He has prick ears, almond-shaped eyes, a broad chest, and a long tail. The undercoat is thick and the outer coat is short. Colors include black, blue, or red, all with or without tan markings.

Grooming this breed is easy; twice weekly brushings will suffice. During spring and fall when the shedding is at its worst, you may wish to brush a little more.

This is a very active, high-energy breed with a strong desire to work. He needs vigorous exercise each and every day without fail. A bored Kelpie will get into trouble. He needs to herd sheep, run alongside a bicycle, train on the agility course, or play flyball. Or better yet, let him do all of those things! This breed is the ultimate workaholic.

Training should begin early, as this intelligent breed deserves a chance to use his brain. After basic obedience, keep training him. Teach him tricks and get him involved in dog sports. Early socialization will get him used to a variety of people and other dogs. The Kelpie can be a protective watchdog.

This breed needs an active owner who wants to do things with him, whether it's farm work, dog sports, or hiking and backpacking. The Kelpie has a strong tendency to be a one-person dog and, in a family situation, may ignore the other members of the family. Kelpies are usually good with other dogs and pets when raised with them. Cats may dislike being herded. Health concerns include eye problems.

Breed in Brief

Registries: CKC, UKC

Occupation: Versatile ranch dog

Longevity: 12 to 14 years Exercise: Vigorous daily exercise Training: Easy; hard to keep busy Grooming: Easy

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American West Basque Sheepherders

/ he Australian Shepherd, or Aussie, is not from Australia but instead is a native of the American West. When gold miners flocked to the American West in the 1800s, food became scarce and sheep were imported from Australia. Basque sheep herders managed these flocks and brought their dogs to assist them. Although the true origin of the name is unknown, most breed experts assume that people thought the dogs came with the flocks of sheep, hence, Australian Shepherd. The dogs became very popular with western ranchers and farmers; they were versatile, hardy, and able to master any job required of them. Jay Sisler, a rodeo performer, brought the breed to the public's attention in the 1950s when his Aussies performed amazing tricks at rodeo performances.

Aussies are medium-sized dogs, with males standing 20 to 23 inches tall at the shoulder and females slightly less. Aussies are quick, athletic, and agile and can work all day. An Aussie's expression is very intelligent, bright and alert, with eyes that can be brown, amber, blue, or any variation or combination. The coat is medium-length, straight to wavy, with an undercoat. The coat can be black, red, blue merle, or red merle, all with or without copper and white points. (The merle color is patches of darker color on a lighter, but not white, background.) The breed has a docked or naturally bobbed tail.

Grooming an Aussie takes only a little time. The coat requires brushing at least twice weekly—more during the spring and fall when shedding is heaviest. Tangles can form in the soft coat behind the ears or in the pantaloons (the hair on the back of the rear legs). The coat requires no trimming.

A breed developed to work hard, the Aussie needs vigorous daily exercise. A run alongside a bicycle, a jog with you, a game of flying disc, or a run through the agility course can all be part of the breed's daily routine. Aussies also need a job, whether it's herding sheep, keeping track of the family children, bringing in the morning paper, or learning tricks; Aussies need to be needed. Without exercise and a job to do, Aussies will find something to amuse themselves. Because of this trait, Aussies rarely do well in a home where they are alone for many hours each day.

The socialization of a puppy kindergarten class is important for Aussies, as they are naturally reserved with strangers. As puppies, Aussies need to meet people of all ages, sizes, and ethnic backgrounds. Continuing training after puppy class is vital to challenge the Aussie's mind and to teach household rules and good social behavior.

Aussies are excellent watchdogs, although once you're a friend, you will always be recognized and greeted with exuberance. Aussie owners will never find a more loyal companion. Aussies can be great with children, although puppies can be quite exuberant and need to be taught how to behave. Many children get frustrated, though, with the breed's tendency to herd (or circle) kids, trying to keep the kids in one spot as they would sheep. The breed is usually very good with other pets, although the herding instinct can be quite strong and cats rarely enjoy being herded. Major health concerns include eye disorders, hip dysplasia, and seizure disorders.

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Breed in Brief

Registries: ASCA, AKC, UKC, CKC

Occupation: Herder, versatile farm dog, performance sports

Longevity: 14 to 16 years Exercise: Vigorous daily exercise Training: Easy; hard to keep challenged Grooming: Easy to moderate

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ustralian Terrier



native to Australia, this tough little terrier ; bred to be versatile. Most likely descended from Irish Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers, Cairn Terriers, and a few other terriers who had the qualities the settlers needed, this little dog was used to control rodents and snakes, warn of trespassers and predators, and at times, even tend the sheep.

The Australian Terrier is a small dog standing 10 to 11 inches at the shoulder and weighing 12 to 14 pounds. He is sturdy, with dark eyes, upright ears, and a docked tail. His body is longer than he is tall at the shoulder, and his coat is about 2.5 inches long. He can be three colors: blue and tan, sandy, and red.

Grooming this breed is easy. He needs twice weekly brushing, and you might want to trim the hair on his paws to keep them neat. Twice a year, he needs to be hand-stripped.

Aussies need a long brisk walk morning and evening and a chance to hunt for critters in the yard a couple of times a day. They enjoy games, including hide-and-seek, and some may retrieve thrown toys. Without enough exercise, they can be destructive, and they love to dig. They should never be allowed to run off leash outside of a fenced-in yard; these dogs have strong hunting instincts and will be off after a rabbit, squirrel, or cat in a flash.

The Australian Terrier Club of America says, "Puppy kindergarten classes are an excellent way to socialize your new puppy and provide you, the new owner, with guidance in helping your new puppy become a well-trained addition to your family." Aussies are not bad little dogs, but instead, are active physically and mentally and need to know what is acceptable and what is not. The training should be firm yet fun, and should avoid too much repetition.

The Aussie can be a good family dog if he's kept busy. He will tolerate children if they respect him. He is not to be trusted with other small pets; remember, he is a hunter. This is a healthy breed.

Breed in Brief

Registries: AKC, UKC, CKC Occupation: Vermin hunter Size: 10 to 11 in tall; 12 to 14 lbs

Longevity: 13 to 15 years Exercise: Vigorous daily exercise Training: Moderate Grooming: Easy zawakh

/ his is an ancient sighthound breed that has lived for thousands of years with the cattle breeding nomads of the south Sahara in Africa. His job has been to protect the camp, the people in the camp, and the cattle from predators and trespassers. Also known as the Sahel hound, he howls and growls to warn of intruders and, should they continue into the camp, he will charge and can be aggressive.

The Azawakh stands 23.5 to 29 inches tall and weighs between 35 and 55 pounds. His head is long and thin and his muzzle even thinner. His eyes are almond-shaped and dark, and his ears are pendant. He is very lean; there is nothing extra on his body. He stands square, with his body as long as it is tall. His chest is deep, with room for a large heart and lungs. His muscles are evident under the skin. His coat is very short and thin.

Grooming this breed is very easy. The coat is very short and thin and may be brushed with a soft bristled brush once a week.

The Azawakh is a sighthound. His long legs, deep chest, and agile body are made so he can run with the wind. Although he can walk on a leash, he prefers to run and will need a daily run in a safely fenced yard.

In his natural state, the Azawakh learns what to do from the other dogs in camp. Obedience training is unnatural to him. However, when kept as a companion, even the Azawakh must learn some rules. Early socialization and training can help him learn to walk on a leash, to understand that all people outside his family are not necessarily intruders, and to abide by some household rules.

The Azawakh has often been called more catlike than doglike. He will allow petting when he's ready to be petted, and although he may never come the first time you call him, you are still vitally important to him. He can be good with children as long as they treat him with respect, and can be trusted with the family cat only if raised with her. The breed can suffer from heart problems and hip dysplasia.

Breed in Brief

Registries: AKC FSS, UKC Occupation: Guardian Size: 23.5 to 29 in tall; 35 to 55 lbs

Longevity: 10 to 14 years Exercise: Daily run Training: Challenge Grooming: Easy

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Pit Bulls as Pets

Pit Bulls as Pets

Are You Under The Negative Influence Of Hyped Media Stereotypes When It Comes To Your Knowledge Of Pit Bulls? What is the image that immediately comes into your mind when you think of the words Pit Bull? I can almost guarantee that they would be somewhere close to fierce, ferouscious, vicious, killer, unstoppable, uncontrollable, or locking jawed man-eaters.

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