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The Wire haired Fox Terrier Dog 2

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Wire-haired Fox TerrierAt the last occasion, we dealt with the origin, breeding history and appearance of the Wire-haired Fox Terrier here. Today you can read the sequel about their Behavior, Coat Care, Keeping Conditions and Health Considerations. Let’s go!

Temperament of the Breed

This Fox Terrier is small but curious, lively, alert and a good signal dog. He is a typical representative of the Terriers, with their characteristic of obstinacy, too. This pooch requires not only long walks, but he expects you to dampen its motion need with lots of games.

If you bring this kind of dog into your household, be ready to spend a lot of time throwing the ball for the next 15 years. Although this animal is small, but along with that, he needs consistent education from its puppy age. Unless it is your intention to leave him to get too big for yours boots.

However, the unnecessary harshness and stringency only make him more stubborn. So instead, apply a loving but consistent upbringing. These dogs are smart and easily trained, but shouldn’t be left to rule over us.

If you get him from the litter directly, don’t be fooled by its cuteness. It will do for you everything until he reaches its maturity. But, if he sets about puberty, he can become a bit ‘crazy’. Only the right motivation and sincere praise will help him to be a pleasant family member.

Coat Care for Wire-haired Fox Terrier

The Smooth-haired and Wire-haired Terriers are easy to cultivate and keep clean. However, the care of wiry-coated requires a little more time from you. First, I recommend you to comb and brush it regularly to prevent it become matted. Pay attention to the hair of the beard and axillary as well.

MY TIP: do not pull the possible knots, doing so you may cause pain to your doggie, rather extricate those lumps gently. Then, use a rare-toothed wire brush, preferably one, which has a small plastic “cap” on the end of the metal fibers. Doing so, you cannot violate the skin of your canine.

After that I used to apply a rare-toothed metal comb if necessary. I always avoided using a comb with plastic handle. Namely, it may be charged with static electricity throughout combing. And that charges may cause inconveniences to your animal.

You also need to be careful – especially in winter – not remove too much undercoat. You can carry out the final touches with a bristle brush. Additionally, you need to inspect the paws regularly to take away matted fur. It’s worth using a rounded-end scissors to cut hair between the toes.

Keeping Conditions

When it comes temperature tolerating ability, the Wire-haired Fox Terrier can endure both the cold and hot, but don’t like the excesses. This makes the proper pet to allow entry to a secure fenced-in yard throughout the day, with many toys.

The Fox Terrier – due to its size and coat – can be kept in apartment nicely. They prefer to come inside at night time to sleep indoors besides your family.

WARNING! Along with many other like-furred terriers, the wiry Fox Terrier doesn’t molt. At the end of the growth period the dead hair doesn’t fall out by itself, but the new hair pushes the old one out slowly. For this reason, the wire-haired fox terrier should be regularly trimmed at least twice a year.

The trimming (get out the dead hair) shouldn’t be confused or even replace by the shearing. These dead hairs reside only very loosely in the hair follicle. And they haven’t a connection with the dog’s nervous system.

Thus removing dead hair by hand doesn’t cause pain to your canine. After shearing the hair will be just short but the dead hairs still remain in the coat. That is irritating the dog to do constant scratching, and even parasites may settle in that easier.

Health Aspects

The common lifetime of the wiry Fox Terrier is varied from 10 to 15 years. There is not any main well being issue that runs frequent this breed. Trivial wholesome questions embrace cataracts, distichiasis, leg-Perthes and lens luxation.

Hardly ever seen is deafness and knee-pan sprain. Veterinarians recommend that Wire-haired Fox Terrier get particularly examined for problems through their eyes.
One more characteristic; the wiry Fox Terrier is good for people suffer by allergy, because s/he shed its hair in very limited extent.

My Example

I have to mention my Wire-haired Fox Terrier, Tick-Tock at this point. I remember how many times he could make holes under our fence to roam in heat periods of females. In the end, the official people were amused by his amorous adventures. I was nervous about getting Tick-Tock back, not to mention phones and money I spent on such occasions.

Basically, we are talking about a terrier, which are hard, stubborn dogs by nature, also due to their hunting instinct. However, in the hands of the right person, they can be great dogs. But you should give a good amount of time to socialize them.

Once I got into a trouble as we walked unleashed. He overestimated himself and tried to beat a GSD. The bigger dog didn’t take him seriously because that animal thought it was only a game. Tick-Tock thought otherwise and tried to bit the German Shepherd dog. We separated them and that was the last occasion of unleashed stroll for a long time.

Ergo, the Wire-haired Fox Terrier is a dog that may cause discomfort. Thus, to hold him, it requires a lot of occupations and diversity. His owner will never get bored; every day is a new challenge. But, in return, you get a nice, fun companion who will always make laugh its two-legged pack leader.

All the best,

Alex Sparrow

Want Entertaining Pet? Choose an Affenpinscher!

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Affenpinscher dogWe dealt with the origin of the Affenpinscher in the previous section. Continuing the line, now their appearance and personality will be the subject matter today. The members of this breed are unfairly rare dogs. Few breeders deal with the breed, although their nature and appearance make these dogs ideal home pet. But, let’s see their external look firstly.

Appearance of the Affenpinscher

This dog is unquestionably a smaller type of the working terriers, and isn’t a fragile animal. Fairly the opposite, this doggie is a lively creature. For example, it is prompt enough to capture rats or mice.

The species of the breed are squarely built, durable plus closely and neatly packed together dogs. They possess medium bone. The Affenpinscher has a somewhat monkey-like facial look; equipped with lengthy eyebrows and beard.

All these properties lend the Affen a funny facial expression of seriousness. S/he is a small canine, only max 11,8 inch (30 centimeters) tall, weighing up to around 11 pounds (six kilograms).

Coat and Colors

As for their coat, a neat, however, unkempt, approximately one inch long fur covers their body. I contrast, it is longer on their head, chest, neck, abdomen and legs.

They wear a high set tail and keep it softly curved up during movements. Of course, you may find places around the world where the tail is docked circa 1” to 2” length.

The color of their coat appears in black, grey, red, silver as well as black and tan, possibly beige. The black species could have a rusty cast hair or a couple of white or silver furs blended with black.

Anyway, the red variations differ from a brownish red up to an orange tan.

Character of the Affenpinscher

The breed is certainly a favorite among families that love to have an entertaining pet that can make everyone laugh. But don’t get the idea that the Affie is only good for smiles – they are also excellent watchdogs!

The Affen feels and shows tenderness readily. S/he is on the alert mood pretty much always. This doggie is loyal to his household and ready to defend the members from a nuisance.

That’s why it’s vital to forestall it from confront with other canines. S/he may initiate dispute easily with even a ten times bigger dog. S/he’s irritable and might require some time to be tranquillized dealing with something s/he interprets as a menace.

My Friend, remember please that s/he is a Terrier inside: being bold, busy, nosey, fearless and obstinate. However, the Affenpinscher can be mischievous and cheerful, too.

In contrast to the majority of terriers, s/he can interact pretty well with other household pets. These doggies are usually quiet. Nevertheless, they might get intensively excited when feels threatened or attacked.

Moreover s/he is intrepid towards any intruders.


Socialization Is Necessary

Similarly to other dogs, the early socialization of the Affenpinscher greatly facilitates its integration within the world around. I mean by this to ensuring occasions to meet various experiences (individuals, sights and sounds) in their youth.

Result of the socialization is: your Affen pup will become a pleasant, properly mannered, outgoing canine in the future. To take him or her into a puppy kindergarten class is a superb solution at beginning.

Besides, I use to invite guests over often, plus take the puppy to shops that enable dogs. Visiting busy parks, and taking walks to face neighbors will even help the puppy to refine its social proficiency.

Affie and Your Children

These dogs dislike aggressive handling similar to hitting, undesirable hugging or squeezing. They also don’t like chasing to catch them, as well as cornering them to keep inside a lap.

If s/he cannot escape, this canine is going to defend itself by growling or biting. For such reasons, I recommend them less as a pet for families having little children.

My Suggestion

Namely – according to my experiences – little ones typically don’t realize that a charming small Affen won’t enjoy “kisses and love.”

Best choice is when your children sit on the ground playing with the Affenpinscher on the same level. You should supervise the interaction and the canine’s body language. Then place the doggie safely into its crate if s/he feels uncomfortable with your child.

Continued next time with upkeep and care things,

Alex Sparrow

How Affenpinscher Evolved Being Today’s Rare Breed?

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affenpinscher dogWhen it comes to rare dog breeds, the Affenpinscher fits there. That’s, despite even their name itself is interesting because means “monkey.” And s/he lives up to that appellation definitely. Namely, it enjoys behaving in a silly or playful way – to say the least. Having fun and clowning is a part of their bold and unbiased character. But, more about that later, now let’s see; where is the origin of this breed?

History of the Affenpinscher

The cradle of the breed rocked in Germany, undoubtedly. And people used these dogs – because of their rat-catching talents – throughout Middle Europe. These terrier-kind canines have been welcome workers in farms, homes, shops and stalls equally.

Though we are aware that the original country is Germany, the precise provenances remained unclear. Despite, the ancestor of Affenpinscher’s date backs no less than to the 1600s.

However, it must be recognized that trustworthy documentation of the breed is findable from the late nineteenth century only. This is a contradiction- you may think. But, it is not quite.

Namely, contemporary Dutch painters were depicted bearded, rough-coated, little canines in the fifteenth century. The displayed dogs show enough similarity to the breed, so these might definitely be among the Affenpinscher’s forebears.

Miniaturizing and Crossing

As usual, a number of the clever, wiry-haired canines should have caught the attention of contemporary women. Consequently, breeders tried to develop them becoming smaller to meet the increased need of pets.

Some sources mention a breeder lived in Lubeck, Germany as the starter of miniaturizing these ratters. Yet, as with countless breeds, the exact way in which the Affenpinscher was born lost in the mists of history.

They could have been mixed with smooth-haired type German Pinscher, German Silky Pinscher and Pugs. Furthermore, these-type canines were contributors to develop other dog breeds.

Let’s just mention two from them: Brussels Griffon plus Miniature Schnauzer. By comparing their rough hairs and bearded faces you can discover their relationship without difficulty.

Assembling Breed Standard

Although the improvement home of the early Affenpinscher was Munich in Bavaria, however, the breed was well-liked anywhere else in Germany, too. For example, the Berlin Lapdog Club started to elaborate a standard for the breed in 1902.

However, it was a slow process, so they didn’t finalize that until 1913. They translated it to English and – as time passed – the American Kennel Club adopted that. 1936 was the year when they formally entered the Affenpinscher into the Stud Book of AKC.


Bessie Mally of Cicero, Illinois, was the importer and owner of Nollie v. Anwander, the primary Affen the AKC recorded. But, as happened with other types, the WW2 halted the breeding of these dogs within the States for a while.

The nineteen fifties were the next period when the curiosity about the breed revived again. And it continues to be uncommon at present, despite s/he obtained a certain amount of celebrity in 2002.

It happened that Super Nova (owned by Ch Yarrow) acquired first place of Toy Group on the Westminster Kennel Club Show in that year. The Affenpinscher positioned 125th in breeds’ hierarchy, and the AKC acknowledged the varieties.

Continued next time,

Alex Sparrow

Pembroke Welsh Corgi – General Breed Review

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Pembroke_Welsh_CorgiIt may happen that an inexperienced person thinks s/he sees a fox when looking at this photo. This may even be true if we look at only the fox-like head of this dog. But, the incidental similarity isn’t continued further. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is one of the two Welsh Corgi types and considered a herding dog based on their breeding history. Let’s take a closer look at them, starting from the beginning.

Origin of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Before I go any further I want to make it clear that two Welsh Corgi type exist; the Pembroke and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi variation. This is interesting because if you look at their origin, you’ll find different explanations.

The greatest Corgi scientist, Clifford Hubbard holds the view that Wales’s dogs have Viking origin. Hubbard, like most corgi-researchers, explored the origin of this breed as herding dogs.

And the Norwegians prefer to determine the coastal habitat characteristics as the starting point. In the 1100s of Scandinavia, people used the ancestors of the Corgi dogs to hunt birds on the rocky coasts – which explains the short leg.

Of course, we may get exact answer to the question related the origin of the Corgi only by a wide-range DNA testing. But, the Scandinavian origin is supported by the following fact.

Viking Occupation

As we know, at the occupation of the British Isles, the Vikings took their entire family with them. A many of them had settled down, so obviously they took their dogs along with, too.

The contemporary Wales seaside farms were similar to the Scandinavian settlements, equipped with the same flocks. Here also traded feathers and eggs, although this already lucrative occupation was riskier than farming.

Consequently, the resourceful and adaptable Welsh people came to the conclusion that all of those are exploitable from land fowls, too. Thus, at least the irreclaimable lands not remain underutilized either.

Soon the village feather- and pate trade blossomed, and they held a lot of geese and ducks across the country. Maybe that changed very quickly “profession” of Corgi’s ancestors, and they might just to herd the birds instead of hunting.

Hunting Or Herding?

Pembroke Welsh Corgi in AgilityThere were many farmers who used these small dogs to herd cattle because of their special technique. Namely, their strategy was nipping on the heels of the cattle, and duck lightning fast to refrain from being kicked.

But is it possible to form a herding dog from a hunting canine? According to Mr. Hubbard, the Corgi breed imported to America in the XVIII century proved being an excellent sheep and cattle herder.

Besides, these canines showed their great hunting flows ability, too. In addition, they eradicated mice; rats and similar rodents occurred on the farm, plus filled the watchdog role.

This canine was nonetheless, getting work done in the fields, simultaneously lots of other dog breeds have been observed in the show world. This process was continued until 1926 when a breed club shaped. The breeders sought after to enhance the general appearance of this dog.

Officially, the Pembroke and Cardigan varieties have been acknowledged as separate breeds in 1934. Furthermore, the Pembroke Welsh variety grew to become vastly better known compared to the other one.

And King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II contributed significantly to the increasing popularity of the breed. Consequently, the Pembroke gained a place among the most popular canines on the planet by the mid-1960s.


According to the FCI standard, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a low stature, long-bodied, short-legged dog. His eyes are dark brown, and has an intelligent-looking. Its ears are triangular and erect.

This canine has muscular neck, straight back, broad loins, powerful stern and deep chest. Their legs are parallel; the paws are oval with closed fingers. The coat of them is medium length, thick and stiff. Shoulder height is max. 30 centimeters (12 inches), weight: max.13 kilograms (27 lbs).

Its lovely, fox-like head, the long, stocky body, short legs give an unusual look to him. That is funny at the same time, but a corgi bears its endowments with style. Some are born with tail, and some without.

Undoubtedly, the ecaudate state (being without tail) gives certain “plus”. Because of it, the form of a round bottom will be clearly apparent. That is charming if we associate that to the typical movements of the Corgi.

Coat color: red, fawn, black or tan, white patches on the foot end, on the chest, neck and cheek. But, you may find species also without white spots.

The coat can withstand all weather conditions and is generally clean and odorless. It is best to brush once a week to remove the lock of hair to fall out. Because of the medium hair length, you should bathe the waterproof fur only when necessary.

Nature of Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Their temperament is most appropriate considered as quick-witted, courageous and vigilant. S/he is prepared to please you always and dedicated to its human members of the family. They are ideal as watchdogs plus can also combat intruders when necessary.

These doggies get along very well with kids in playing and antics. However, they might nip at children heels in trying to play. In addition, they are inclined to bark quite a bit, particularly at an approaching stranger.

You may find interesting as they observe your food making activity in the kitchen. You can be rest assured they will help to clean up any dropped bites immediately. Additionally, if you’re relaxing, s/he will settle down by your side to rest as well.

This dog didn’t lose their interest in herding during the times. So, besides the daily leash walks, s/he must be pertaining to loads of herding workout routines. Those exercises are necessary to fulfill their train requirements completely.

As for their education, their minds absorb training instructions like a sponge. That’s why involved in advanced obedience training is not an obstacle for them.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi copes with each warm and cool climates plus physically able to dwelling open air. However, they’re most pleased when free to sleep inside together with the household at nightly.

If you familiarize them with the cats and other animals adequately, this dog gets used to their company without any problems. But, compared to other species is highly inclined to the dominant behavior.

Health Considerations

The common lifespan of these dogs is around thirteen years, under appropriate conditions. Main health issues which run frequent within the breed are inter-vertebral disc disease and CHD. Fewer serious health complications can be epilepsy and degenerative myelopathy.

Not often but it may occur lens luxation, PRA, vWD as well as urinary stones. At discussing with our vet, he recommended that the Pembroke Welsh Corgi gets examined particularly for DNA, PRA, plus eye and hip issues.

All the best,

Alex Sparrow

Enjoy the Unique Being of the French Bulldog

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French_Bulldog_with_puppiesHumorously speaking, you may interpret the French Bulldog as a relative of English Bulldog, which struggled with the size challenge. These dogs were ruthless destroyers of different rats, polecats and similar, originally. That trait was one of the pillars of their popularity, no doubt. The other – important – component was when Comte Le Couteulx de Canteleu (1827 – 1910) handed his famous Frenchie kennel to the Paris Zoo.

These dogs spent there thirty years and entertained the audience. That period provided enough time for the general public to get to know and fall in love with this breed.

Temperament of French Bulldog

This type of Bulldog is small – however – considerable in construct with a robust muscular physique. The short straightforward-care coat is fit their balanced personality.

French Bulldog – Know Their Appearance and Care


French_Bulldog_blackandwhite_portraitAs you can see in their developing history, the French Bulldog turned into a favorite in very early, and this status only strengthened over time. This is totally understandable since they have a very pleasant character. And, that associates with their very original – although isn’t beneficial, according to some – appearance. It’s interesting simultaneously that their qualities of character mostly urge to line up with them even those who were uncertain due to the optical reality.

Appearance of the French Bulldog

What notion do you take when this dog appears in front of you? You perceive such a physical appearance, which is mainly characterized by their natural ‘bat’ ears. Those are wide at the bottom, and on the top are rounded.

Lesser-known Facts of French Bulldog Origin

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french-bulldogAs a joke says, the young student pleads Jedi Master Yoda: “Please, tell us about the beginning!” Yoda responds to this with a sigh: “You know; the whole thing started when I was fired out of the puppet-show.” The real joke is that besides the obvious external similarity – except for the green color and the light-sword – something same happened with the French Bulldog before. Namely, the ancestors of this dog we know today were “banished” from their original homeland.

Effect of the English Industrial Revolution

You may encounter some mystery when it comes to the history of this breed. What we know for sure is that many people bred the English Bulldog at that time, too. And it happened that not all species of offspring meet the size of standards.

Can You Meet the Large Dog Breeds Sustaining Needs?


Large Dog Breeds - NewfoundlandMy Friend, your family may decide so that the time is right to add a new puppy to the household. And, possibly, your family members’ desire is to choose the pet from the large dog breeds. So far, so good. I know; the right choice of a dog will make all the difference in the success of the relationship. However, I recommend you to take enough time to consider different dog breeds to ensure you’ll find the good fit for your family. And here are several aspects worthy to contemplate for your family.

Could a Beagle Live Harmoniously With Novice Dog Owner?

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Beagle dog in a yardTwo days ago, I met a prospective dog owner at the flower market. After some everyday chat, we started talking about the dogs. And the conversation concluded in her question: “Is a Beagle a good choice for a beginner dog keeper?” That’s a question that you cannot answer in a minute, so we sat down for a coffee. Now, I try to give you back the essence of our conversation about this breed.

Is the Beagle Right for You?

This dog is lovely and mild, pleased to meet everybody, and greeting different individuals with a wagging tail. S/he is engaged in activities with others, courageous and brainy. They are superb with kids and get well with other dogs usually.

How To Upkeep a Pomeranian Dog Properly?

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Pomeranian_dog_standingMy Friend, probably you know the notion that being healthy and fit you have to consume good food. Moreover, you need to do this the proper way; I mean the frequency, quantity and such. However, many seem to have less information about keeping their Pomeranian dog well. This article will give you feeding, exercising and health-related tips. Namely, I believe, you want to enjoy his or her devoted companion as long as possible.

Feeding Your Pom

Feeding your Pom is dependent upon several factors, among included activity, age and status of their digestion system. Apart from those, you should follow a couple of directives in order to keep your pet healthy.