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Can Dogs Get Colds in Winter Really?

Hi Everyone,

Dogs-related news always attracted my attention. So, I just stumbled upon a news covered pets can get cold appeared on the CBS Las Vegas website. The KXNT Morning News is hosted by Joe Gillespie. He had a guest vet Debbie White, who said noteworthy advices on the subject. Dr. White explained that dogs get colds in chilled weather without your noticing.

She recommended dog owners dress up their dogs with sweaters, particularly if those are short-haired. Furthermore, Dr. White said in the conversation that you should provide your dog a sufficient amount of food and water. But, that’s not enough; you must also pay attention to prevent the drinking water from freezing.

The Cold in Practice

dogs-get-colds-in-winter-easilyI’ve to say I totally agree with Dr. White, based on my experiences. Cold in canines may have occurred and could be attributable to the varied viruses and germs. In this regard, dogs show signs similar to us, humans. Of course, much depends on recognizing the symptoms in its earlier phase.

Our dogs get colds by being around nearness with another, already infected canine, too. Together with this, low immunity levels, stress, and unfriendly climatic conditions could be further contributing factors.

Even so, the majority of dog owners normally have issues distinguish a standard cold from a severe disease. Here is a listing by way of help to make things somewhat simple for you. The list covers a collection of symptom signs that your canine possesses a cold.

Common Cold Symptoms in Dogs

– Runny eyes
– White nose and discharge-flow
– Grumpiness
– Sluggishness
– Coughing
– Sneezing
– Hypothermia

Puppy and Low Temperature

The list of symptoms can be observed in puppies and adult dogs equally. In addition, the new-born dogs don’t even require serious cold to be cool down. They have inherently higher heat demand and their coat is weak. Moreover, they lack the protecting fatty layer under their skin.

The few movements of the newborns and the slower metabolism are also added to the mentioned facts. The process from this point is straightforward: a newborn puppy gives low moaning sound. Then it moves even less, and eventually finishes its life.

After two months of their age, the puppies almost become restless, also they consume more food. Therefore, more and more fat is released within their bodies. Consequently, they are threatened by risk of hypothermia on less and less level.

If You Faced Trouble

In dogs, you have to take the common cold seriously. Namely, if it remains untreated, might have serious consequences. Your dog may exhibit symptoms of the common cold like sneezing, coughing, fever. In those situations mostly health problems – which are weakening the immune system – are behind.

In these cases, the care of the dog’s host is often questionable. Indeed, a puppy who has strong immune system will not get the same disease than his underfed, low-strength mate. By the way, helminthiasis, or other microorganisms also can produce symptoms of the common cold.

Due to the limited energy and liquid reserves, the condition of your dog may be deteriorated rapidly. You, therefore, need to take him to a vet as soon as possible. The speed of the treatment started in time can save lives. Long time dog owners are understandable dread dangerous viruses like distemper and kennel cough.

Elderly Dogs Get Colds

The older dogs get colds easily, terefore, they need protection in winter season. Most of the small, rare-haired old dogs will cool off very easily, especially if they are slim. Unfortunately, the insidious hypothermia goes unnoticed so frequently. Only the increased muscle tone, rigidity will be conspicuous for an inexperienced owner.

If the dog’s body temperature is reduced significantly, malfunction of the internal organs quickly takes place. The most frequent trouble is the renal ceases its service. The liver and the heart muscle is very sensitive to the cold effect. And the rheumatic diseases tend to be worse due to the cold.

As I experienced, you cannot eliminate the damages with rapid warming of the cold animal. The acute inflammation of the kidneys often becomes chronic, and this can be fatal. Therefore, there is no shame in wearing a coat by a weaker or older dog in winter.

Walking on Winter Roads

If possible, avoid walking your dog on the salt-strewn roads. If this is not a manageable option, then smear thick Vaseline or paw protector wax to your dog’s paws before walking outside. This will prevent cracking of the pad’s skin and keep feet away from the salt.

The salt causes burning feeling on the cracked pads, and this can lead to poorly healing wounds. Furthermore, the tiny snow balls and ice pieces sticking into toes also can be a resonwhy dogs get colds in winter. These can be very uncomfortable and painful. So it’s advisable to cut off the hair between the toes in time.

Until next time…

Alex

How to Stimulate Your Dog Mentally?1

Hi Everyone,

As a preliminary point, I inform you that Lisa, our new German Shepherd mix puppy got her second de-worming. Our rescued favorite was 14 weeks old and weighed 17 pounds yesterday. Spending many times together with pets you can stimulate your dog mentally. The two dogs get along very well with each other, the older one (Zizi) almost completely reborn due to the puppy. And today’s topic is the ways to stimulate your dog psychologically to achieve a desired  behavior.

stimulate-your-dog-mentally -jack-russelDoes your dog always bark, chew or weeding the flower in your garden? If whatever your answer is yes, then it’s advisable to reorganize your everyday life with your dog. Namely, behind of numerous behavioral problems – such as barking, chewing, digging, etc. – is the isolation, boredom and insufficient exercise and mental stimulation. Unfortunately, as we’re all getting busier, sometimes less and less time, and energy remains for our favorite.

Despite this, humans expect certain behavior from their dogs in the everyday life, common work, sport and training. You can achieve the realization of this behavior if you provide the physical, mental and emotional conditions equally. Namely, this species (Canis familiaris) is required to fulfill these to be a mentally balanced dog in the modern civilized environment as well.

Our Dog’s Requirements

1) Proper food. The food eaten affects the general health, mood, resistance, physical and mental endurance and the available age. Food has to be tasty, and must comply with the medical and biological requirements are important in the animal development.

2) Socialization. The next requirement for dogs is getting in different social connections of the real world. That means to be familiarized with outer stimuli in their 4 – 16 weeks of age. Namely, those will increase their resistance to stress and determine their lives in the future.

3) Learning. I get questions daily: “Can you teach my dog to …” And sometimes they ask so absurdities, which shouldn’t teach a dog if s/he doesn’t get housing conditions adequate to its race, and wasn’t  socialized from its puppy age. Because to raise a dog should know the best by his owner (pack leader).

4) Movement. For example, a terrier tends to look forever, rushing move from one scent to another. For the greyhound only the real galloping is the satisfactory movement. You cannot expect from northern dog breeds to walk slowly on a loose leash against their instinct. The list could go on.

5) Task. Experience has shown that the reason of significant part of behavioral problems is that your dog is bored. If your dog gets a job, you expect liability from him. If you give him work, then you can increase the animal’s self-confidence, and it can be motivated emotionally, too.

6) Playing. Fun and humor are the two most important components of a dog’s play. With 10 -15 minutes daily common playing, you can enhance your dog’s concentration ability, and intellectual development. As a result of regular, shared player activity your pet well be physically and mentally balanced.

7) Grooming. All dogs require from the owner certain grooming care and assistance throughout his or her life. During the daily exercise or strolling their coats, paws can pick up some grime, dirt, debris. Their eyes, ears, teeth also may require care to prevent illnesses. A well-groomed animal can be healthier, and you can stimulate him mentally easier.

8) Healthcare. Your dog’s health care requirements are constantly changing during his life. The needs differ for a 2-3 month-old pup, an adolescent canine, and your aging four-legged companion, too. Consequently, all dog owners should provide the adequate animal health-care for his canine.

Ways of Stimulate Your Dog Mentally

You may be wondering, why I listed the above elements here. Every above components help you to motivate your dog mentally. They form the foundation of that. I do understand, there are many explanations why you can’t go out with your canine to get some exercise, for instance. Apart from that, you can do many things to keep your dog from going unmanageable nowadays.

A sure way to stimulate your dog mentally is providing him diverse toys. Encouraging your animal to play occupies his attention and this can keep him away from mischief. Be sure to supply numerous various kinds of toys: ropes, toys, stuffed animals and “wear-proof chews,” and alike.

The toys called “interactive” are available in different shapes nowadays. “Interactive” signifies that your furry-friend needs to take some action – get pertaining to that toy – to allow it to be work. For example, there is a toy makes fragrant bubbles in your animal’s preferred scents once your pet presses on various areas of that device.

That’s all today. In the second part, we’ll discuss methods and devices to stimulate your dog mentally according to your goals.

What’s up to Plaque Forming on Dog Teeth?

Hi All!

There is a health issue many dog owners tend to be ignored, for some reason. Specifically, I mean by this the plaque forming on dog teeth. I’ll give you an example. I mentioned you; we rescued a German Shepherd mix puppy earlier. Lisa is a brown colored, very lively little animal, and got her first shot recently.

At the Vet Office

While we were at the vet’s waiting room, obviously, I was talking to other dog owners there. Four dogs were waiting for their turn, including ours. The physician was busy to remove the plaque and some tartar from the teeth of a Pug under anesthesia.

Among, one lady was waiting there had a little stature (approx 6 pounds) Chihuahua doggie. They followed the Pug, and the pooch went through his yearly health check and also got the annual shots. The vet said the lady that there is some plaque on the pooch’s teeth, so it likely requires a dental treatment next time.

But, the lady didn’t want to be subjected her tiny dog to that process. She applied Plaque Off earlier and forgot to buy more when it ran out, thus the plaque had time to develop. The little animal is on a xxxx small kibble nutrition, that’s the only manageable size by his small teeth.

Note: I deliberately didn’t write the name, because I don’t promote that product. But, what can be the solution in case like this? Can this be prevented at all? Well, here are some related tips you can choose from.

Healthy Chews for Dog Teeth

Healthy canine is unthinkable without fit dog teeth. In my experience, much depends on what type of dog food he or she consumes, how much and what your dog chews on. I observed that, tartar developing is come out more frequent for dogs eating canned food compared to those consume dry kibble. Another observation is that a not varied nutrition also helps the formation of plaque on teeth.

carrot-prevents-plaque-forming-on-dog-teethIn case you didn’t recognize so far, the carrot is an excellent chewing for humans and dogs equally. Eating carrots and other raw vegetables can be known as good for general health and specifically organs such as skin, eyes, gastrointestinal system and teeth.

Carrots are ideal for oral health, due to the fact they assist in removing meal particles. This way, they are reducing the risk of bacterial colonization. The carrots help to forestall tooth decay because they kill the possible dangerous bacteria around the dog teeth.

Frequent carrots consuming could improve the looks of skin, furs, nails and so on and likewise enhance dog eyes health. A significant advantage of chewing on carrots would be that they massage therapeutically your dog friend’s gums and improve blood flow within the gum tissues.

And, the carrots comprise vitamin A, which is certainly vital for sustaining wholesome tooth enamel.

Dog Dental Bones

The dog dental bones are a great option for oral well-being dietary. You may find a big variety of dental treats available on the market, so it is hard to choose just one particular model or type. Some depend on all-natural materials, and that’s an explicit plus when chemical compounds are a typical practice in canine related foods.

You can even find some that use a number of techniques for keeping teeth clean, together with an outer coating that surrounds a rawhide bone. If your furry pal has a susceptible stomach, make sure you’re knowledgeable with what their dental treats comprise. It may occur that aren’t what they look like at first sight.

Rawhide Bones

The rawhide bones known as the traditional method to assist brush the teeth of your dog. It is making the most from the dogs’ conventional chewing motions. Once you do provide your canine a goody of any type, be sure you keep constant observation. And take care not to allow them to swallow large items complete, because that could cause digestive problems.

I’d also mention chewing on cattle chew bones as a teeth cleaner I use for adult dogs. But, these tiny doggies possibly cannot do anything with it due to their little mouth.

Turning Into Raw

Another solution can be and works for many to give chicken wing. You may feed the tiny dog with cooked chicken breast at beginning. And gradually reduce the degree of cooking until you can give a raw chunk.

Perhaps, tiny canines needn’t be permitted to eat it wholly if you think the chunk is too big. But, a periodic good chewing on one piece would hopefully perform the task. It ought to be uncooked because bones within a cooked piece are far too sharp and fragile.

Tooth Brushing

Next tip is the common tooth brushing; it must be carried out no less than weekly, 3 times weekly is better anyway. Needless to say your dog’s body is not the same as humans, so it’s advisable to use dog tooth paste to keep your favorite pet healthy. Fortunately, you might discover a large number of tooth brush types available to perform the process simpler for each of you.

You may have that kind of small canine with little mouth as the lady has above. Then you’ve two choice. The first option is to use a baby’s tooth brush with logic oral pet gel. It really has a fairly little head on the brush, less than the dog tooth-brushes I’ve come across.

Anyway, to use a baby’s toothbrush has another benefit: you’re able to get around the back teeth as well. If that solution is not your cup of tee then you may use the other solution; the finger brush. Every finger brush is two sided; an extra knobbly along with a soft fine facet.

If the finger brush doesn’t work for you, then no panic. You can opt for a micro-fibre tooth cleaner. Actually, it has 12,000 times more fibres than any toothbrush. It removes the plaque and bacteria equally as the manufacturer says.

Bottom Line

I recommended the lady in question to start the frequent tooth brushing. My savings tip: try a kind of old-fashioned cotton plaster. Sticking it in your finger also does the job and the breath also will be fresher than before. Additionally, your four-legged mate will adapt to you poking within their mouth.

P.S.: My Friend, would you mind telling us your proven method preventing plaque forming on dog teeth? Which is best for you? Maybe I missed something, but I’m not ashamed to learn from people smarter than myself.

Thank you,

Alex

News In Dog Breeding: Cava-Poo-Chon

Hi Dog Lovers!

Are you someone who are dreaming about a doggie remains as cute as a puppy always? People often pay attention to dog breeding to know the perfect designer dog. They’d expect something from the dog such as being smart, wholesome and hypoallergenic. What is more, it would be advantageous for you if his puppy face is remaining all his life. Did you know the new dog breed allegedly possesses that characteristics and more? Then your dream can be achieved with the designer dog breed called Cava-Poo-Chon.

The answer you’re dreamed about

news-in-dog-breeding-cava-poo-chon An American couple, Linda and Steve Rogers are dealing with family dog breeding (like Goldendoodle) in Timshell Farm, in Pine, Arizona. The couple also is dealing with bringing up Monarch and Painted Lady butterflies. And the developing of the latest fashion dog the Cava-Poo-Chon, is also due to them.

As they say, their pooches will satisfy your above dreams and more. These doggies are the result of a triple mixing. The mother of them was a mix of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise (in 50 – 50 %), called Cavachon. A Miniature Poodle was taking charge of the father’s duty. And you can read the followings on their website:

“CAVA-POO-CHONS! Happy, friendly dispositions;
High intelligence;
Lower-shedding coats;
Strong health and longevity from triple-cross hybrid vigor; and
The “Teddy Bear” look (wide face, shorter nose, large eyes, and round heads)”

According to experts, the new puppy can be concurrence for previous popular dog breeds like the Maltese or the Yorkie. The increased interest in them is mirroring in that already 58 families has been returned to buying a second Cava-Poo-Choon in addition to the existing one.

According to Linda Rogers, these doggies combine the best features of their ancestors. Consequently, they might reach their twenty years of age as well. You have the choosing options among coat type and color of Cava-Poo-Chons. Puppy weigh is between teen and eighteen pounds generally.

cava-poo-chon-puppyThe proud breeder also says that their dogs are in demand for hospitals and nursing homes. Already twelve of their doggies are serving as therapy dogs in that places. The Cava-Poo-chon, however, has not come cheap: usually a puppy costs from $ 2275. Anyway, you may sign up for a waiting list against a $ 300 deposit.

You may find more about this dog breed on their website: www.timshellfarm.com

Different Dog Breeding Opinions

“There’s always been a market for these forever-ish young dogs,” is the opinion of Steve Haynes. He is a veteran trainer in Fidelio Dog Works Austin, Texas. He is dealing with first-generation Cava-Poo-Chons contains 50 species. He added: “Until recently, specialized dogs like miniature Yorkies and miniature Maltese were the go-to dogs.”

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Lisa Peterson, the spokeswoman of the American Kennel Club stated reasons why AKC doesn’t admit the Cava-Poo-Chon. “AKC does not recognize cross-bred or mixed breed dogs as official breeds. These dogs are the product of two purebred parents of different breeds, resulting in a litter of mixed breed puppies, not a new breed, according to our requirements.”

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As for a ‘not an expert’ dog keeper long time, I know how much commitment is necessary to do quality dog breeding. So I accept the work the Rogers family invested into their ‘products’. However, let me to say we only know the present achievements.

Any dog crosses are based on the assumption the result will be what we expect. I experienced that you need to have years to develop your envisioned result and avoid the ‘puppy mill’ marker simultaneously. Speaking carefully, time will tell if the new breed fulfills the expectation related longer life, for example.

P.S.: How about you? How do you follow the dog breeding trends? What is your opinion about this now become fashionable new dog type? I’m curious for your comment, please, share it!

Thank you,

Alex

Photos: Timshell Farm

Do Dogs Recognize Their Siblings or Parents?

Due to the heavy rain, I postponed the walk with Zizi today. Sitting in my den, I read my post-it notes and my eyes fell on one of them. One of my friends said that her year-old male dog met with its mother when walked unleashed. The mom dog also wasn’t leashed, and – as it turned out – was fired. So, her male dog mated with its own mother. She, as a newly dog owner, just stood and looked at this action due to her surprise. Hence is the interesting question within the title.

puppie-siblingsObviously, different people have distinctive answers for this question, depending on their own experiences with their dogs. And a newfound dog owner can answer this only after a certain period of time. Those who have a long experience with dogs, knows that this is possible, under certain conditions.

Influencing Factors

I’d say – based on my experiences – that this thing is very similar to us, humans.

Imagine two young families where children born at the same time. One mother – for some reason – gives her child to adoption three months after giving birth. The baby is unable to build deep relationship with the mother and brothers/sisters and will not remember them later, either.

The other child was living within his family until his ten-year ages. He had a chance to get to know his parents and brothers equally. Accordingly, he has deepened his relationship with them. What do you think, will he recognize them a year later? I’ll bet anything that he will do.

This applies to dogs as well.

Some people have had dogs that seemed to recognize and know their mother or siblings when they met them again later. Other people have had dogs that didn’t know family members when they encountered them after a time.

It’s certainly true that a lot depends on the individual dog and their experiences when they are young. If a puppy is removed from its mother at their early junior age, in all certainty, it has fewer chances to form strong bonds. That puppy may be less likely to remember his mother and siblings a year or two later.

On the other hand, If a puppy spends a long time for his mother and littermates and doesn’t leave home until he’s three or four months old, it may be much more likely that he will remember them all his life.

Adjusting to the Pack

As I experienced when I bred dogs before, puppies learn many things from their dam and littermates. This is their first pack. This is the period during which they learn how to be a dog at all.

So it only stands to reason that the longer they spend with this particular group, the more likely they are to remember the lessons they learn and the individual pack members.

It’s also important to realize that dogs think less in terms of family, i.e., mother, brothers, sister, and more in terms of “pack.” They are conscious of being part of a group.

mom-and-siblingsA puppy probably has no sense of being related to a certain dog, but he will know where he stands in relation to the pack hierarchy.

He will know that his mother must be obeyed, and that he can goof around with his brothers and sisters. He will learn the social rules of the group, but he probably doesn’t consciously think, “This is my dad, so I have to do what he says.”

He just knows that there is a bigger, stronger dog and things go better for him when he does what he’s supposed to do.

Moral System in Dogs

I’m not surprised by it, but many people are shocked by the idea that a dog would mate with his mother, or a dog would mate with his daughter. In fact, dogs do not have any kind of moral system similar to human systems. “Incest” is a humane idea, and it’s completely alien to dogs.

When dogs are in season, the only important issue is who is healthy and fit enough for breeding. Furthermore, who has the proper status within the group to have the right to breed. This approach is based on thousands of years of evolution, and it has helped dogs survive.

If you have two related dogs, there is nothing to stop them from breeding unless you intervene to prevent it. That’s one of the reasons why most pet owners do have their dogs spayed or neutered unless they plan to have puppies.

Conclusion

As we have seen in the foregoing, there are factors that influence whether a dog recognizes its siblings or parents later. I experienced so, which has the possibility of spending their young weeks and months with its dog family can do that later. The time spent with conspecifics affects the kind of relationship developed. This is another reason for not to separate the puppy from his family too early.

P.S.: Imagine, you’re now reading your dog instead for the better understanding and a happy, longer living you together. I hope you enjoyed today’s topic and picked up some food for thought. Don’t forget to share your opinion in the comments. Thank You!

Meet the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel2

Previously, I wrote about the interesting history of the Cavaliers. Now it will take place their appearance, personality, health considerations and my experiences gained with them. Let’s go!

The Look of This Doggie

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is small in stature with lovely eyes along with mild expression. He has been padding underneath their eyes that give him the specially gentle physical appearance to their face.

This animal possesses lengthy ears, silky and typically wavy coats. And they are occurred in shades of stable ruby, Blenheim, black and tan, and tricolor. That’s chestnut throughout the white background.

In addition, they sport feathering onto their chest, feet and legs. Its tail is usually docked. However, because of law changing in Britain that has been much less frequent, by mainly household dogs.

As for its size, he stands from twelve to thirteen inches at shoulder height. Their weights are between thirteen and eighteen pounds. Males are heavier; they might reach the 25 pounds in weight sometimes.

Regarding their body, they’re barely longer than tall; however, some could be more square in proportion.

I need to mention here the grooming requirements. Considering its coat, it might seem like labor intensive, yet this breed is quite easy to upkeep. You need to brush him a couple of occasions weekly to get rid of unfastened hair. With that activity, you prevent tangles developing and maintain the shining of its coat.

As for bathing, you only have to bathe this animal as essential. However, energetic Cavaliers would require extra frequent washing than the lazier. Trimming isn’t necessary, though some dog owners like to trim the toes for the cleanness sake.

These canines require a reasonable amount of the train daily. You can fulfil that with a few brief strolling or possibly a romp within your yard. This is a dog breed that isn’t supposed to reside outside.

Personality

The Cavalier currently deserves its distinguished name. He’s that kind of small dog that likes if you carry him along with you everywhere. He thank you for this with exemplary conduct, assuming they have received some education. However, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is easy to teach.

cavalier-king-charles-spaniel-as-santaThat’s because one of his most striking features is the impart the like. He makes an effort to cheer us up and hit on us, so this doggie is very welcome and highly easy to learn. It’s being entertained, if he can do something for us. Thus, he is involved in everything with great venturing willingness.

This is a really old-school Prince, whom few can resist. With his open nature, radiated fun and cute look, he wins not only the family, but also friends and even strangers’ heart. Whether it’s child or an animal, the Cavalier is friendly with everybody.

He loves the harmonious co-existence; therefore, he’s the ideal family dog. It’s spirited and fearless, but turns with positive orientation toward all living things. So if it is little, if large, if a stranger or if familiar, he greets everyone friendly.

Health Information

The life timeframe of the Cavaliers may vary between eight on up to fifteen years. The main health issues that could be emerging are CHD, insufficiency in mitral valve, and syringomyelia. Minor wholesome problems embrace patellar luxation and entropion.

WARNING! You must to check the lengthy ears of the Cavalier Spaniel every week for symptoms of infection or redness. Your vet can suggest a solution to apply weekly that can preserve dangerous micro organism at bay. Tooth brushing weekly will help keep gums wholesome and stop unpleasant breath from developing.

My Experiences With Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

I was fortunate enough to collect experiences on a few species of this breed before. When I worked in a local shelter I fostered two of them. They were very grateful for care and attention I provided them. One of the twins was homeless, equipped with parvo. But, it has been treated by our vet.

The other was an unvaccinated dog rescued from a bad house. I cured her nasty open wound filled with exudate at home with Betadine. After a few treatments the wound almost disappeared.

I paid special attention to their ears because of their sensitivity. The ears of nine from ten Cavaliers might be inflamed at least once in their lifetime, particularly if you overlooked it. But, it can be treated easily.

As for exercising, they were hilarious at walking too. And they also endured pretty well the longer trips as well. I kept odd; however, that of one of my friends’ Cavalier didn’t require walking. However, it’s true that he didn’t have enough time.

P.S.: Are you familiar with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog breed? Or maybe, there is one of them in your house? Tell me about your common everyday life, how you are enjoying each other. Thank You!

Magyar Agár – The Hungarian Sighthound2

I dealt with the history, development, and appearance of the Magyar Agár (Hungarian Sighthound or Greyhound) previously. I think it’s appropriate to use the Sighthound name instead of Greyhound. Reason is that this dog uses his eyes in hunting, predominantly.

Usability

magyar-agár-on-meadowBased on the overall impression, the Magyar Agár embodies the strength, endurance and speed. He is a real chasing dog with sound organizational structure, who is a disease resistant. Unlike the English Greyhound, he equally copes with plowing, stubble or frozen ground.

He can be chasing the matured buck rabbit throughout many miles. Moreover, the bigger wild is not a problem for him. He’s able to catch the deer up and pulls that down. This dog can catch the foxes and rats as well. Several dogs can oppose to the wild boar as well.

The Magyar Agár is chasing its prey with eye watching. His smell is a bit poor compared with the other dogs, but that doesn’t require at runtime. His vision is sharp; he searches with his eyes. You might say he is the falcon of the dogs. Nowadays, the people use this dog for racing instead hunting.

He is reserved a bit, but rather I would call this some aristocratic aloofness. However, this dog has open nature with great intelligence. It is a loyal dog but his owner have to win its favor. In case of improper treatment he can get away, which is difficult to prevent.

Namely, he’s able to fly through above 2.2 yards fence without touching. What is more, he also can chew his leash within seconds.

Teaching Agárs for Hunt

The hunting with Agár dogs was in fashion over the past. The Hungarian Sighthound has proven extremely valuable help in killing game before the appearance of firearms. The hunting style of these dogs – uniquely – is based on the vision and speed.

They are weighing the popping prey in a split-second, then take an explosive start and begin the chase it in a frantic pace. Their peak speed is breathtaking; it may reach up to 44 – 50 mph (70-80 km / h).

That is considered the speed of the world’s third-fastest land animals, behind the cheetah and the gazelle Thomson. In addition, it should be noted their persistence in chasing the prey. The unbridled pursuit of prey holds to its exhaustion, or to grasp it.

People commenced to teach the dog before his age of one. The habituation him to “chasing,” “string,” “saddle” was very important. Dogs in twos or threes strung together needed to go on right always, whether people lead them by foot or on horseback.

An experienced and older sighthound was in the strings always. They required to practice themselves in grassy and poor in wild plain. Namely, when the popping-up wilds jumped the string out, the dogs weren’t able to help each other.

The man holding the dogs showed the rabbit popped-up 50-step ahead and let the sighthounds lose, with a shout “go for it” he jumped them after the rabbit. The young and inexperienced sighthound followed the older one.

The first Agár reached the rabbit and hit it; the rabbit is reversed; the second dog took it. They rotated this way, so that one finally “caught,” squeezed and executed the rabbit. After the chase, they took the sighthounds string again and were returning home.

Magyar Agár as Pet

The Magyar Agár makes an enjoyable and dependable fellow, excellent for people and households that take pleasure in an energetic lifestyle. Nevertheless, this isn’t a breed that suited for everyone. He requires a whole lot of early and consecutive socialization in an effort to be properly-rounded, blissful and mentally balanced.

When you correct to train and socialize it, the Magyar Agár could make an exquisite family pet. They are typically very warm of kids and get alongside nicely with other canines within your home. These animals are very fond and dependable to their families and likewise, make wonderful watch dogs. Of course, you cannot compare his ability to a Doberman, but he indicates with barking.

Though pleased to spend a big ration of the day resting around the home, this sighthound wants loads of common exercise. If you’re in search of a dog that’s satisfied with a fast quarter-hourly walk across the block, then you’d better give up it.

The Magyar Agár needs no less than an hour to stroll daily – more is better – and advantages from further working, for example, running beside your cycle. That’s the reason I haven’t one among others, although I could love it.

Conclusion

All in all, to keeping the Magyar Agár not requires any specialty. He’s undemanding, and due to his toughness its maintenance is simple. He very well endures the Hungarian domestic climate, but he also may live inside the house, as your best friend.

P.S.: Did you know the Magyar Agár dog breed before? What was your experience with it? Please, leave me a comment letting me know that. Thank You!

Magyar Agár – The Hungarian Sighthound1

The Magyar Agár (Hungarian Sighthound or Greyhound) is an indigenous national dog breed that developed in Hungary. It was an essential tool before people applied firearms in hunting. They used it for killing the popping-up and running wild. His high initial speed and sustained gallop made him capable of doing that successfully. Let’s look at this dog breed a bit closely.

About Origin of Magyar Agár

Not just any story follows here, my dear reader. The origin of the Hungarian Sighthound – like the Transylvanian Scenthound – is going back to the distant past. When you take a look into the well of history, you need to see a few thousand years.

magyar-agárConsidering the nomads or settled nations, both groups used greyhound-type dogs for hunting in ancient times. The ancestors of today’s Hungarians performed the hunting on horseback. During their migration from Middle-Asia to Europe, a variety of oriental greyhounds or greyhound-type dogs were their helpmate in hunting.

It is believed, the living similar type dog breeds such as the Afghan, Arabic, English, Hungarian, Persian and Russian comes from a common ancestor, the Egyptian Agár. The walls of Egyptian tombs are often decorated with depictions of that type of dog. Moreover, the Egyptians portrayed their god Anubis as a Greyhound-like dog.

Of course, others are on different opinion related the origin. As traditions say, the ancient version of the Magyar Agár was wandering together with Hungarian ancestors into the Carpathian Basin more than 1100 years ago. Then this dog version – in all probabilities – could develop further by crossing with part of the dogs of inhabitants.

The next wave of development was the crossing with similar greyhound-type dogs of Turks after 1526. Archeologists found bones of greyhound-type artefacts in tombs excavated from the Árpád-era or the time of conquest. There were similar dog bones also among the Roman and Sarmatian and later archeological finds in Hungary.

For example, they found a skull in Zalavár, as well as an Agár artefact in Felgyő. The word Agár is involved in the diplomas of the Árpád dynasty too. And even the settlement Agárd founded around that time preserved the name in a diminutive form (“greyhound-kid”).

Anyway, the story goes that in the 19th century, they crossed this breed with other greyhound breeds to increase the dog’s speed. What was the result? Let’s see together.

How the Magyar Agár Looks Like?

Have you ever seen to run the Magyar Agár? It’s a fantastic sight as the tremendous energy indwelling him resurfaces. Casual, yet plastic muscles embossed his tight body make him able to move its lean physique with fast direction changes and explosive dynamism.

The Magyar Agár has a muscular, powerful physique, typical galloping structure. His front, proportions and angulation predestine him for both speed and endurance. Consequently, the overall proportionality of the Hungarian Sighthound is far more important than its size.

He has stronger bones and slightly wider head than the English Greyhound. And his greater and slightly thicker ears are also a distinctive feature. Its skull is strong and broad; the muzzle is also robust but not coarse and not pointed.

The teeth of this animal are strong and lined regularly in large, muscular jaws. He has complete scissor bite appropriate to the dental formula.  His nose is relative big and black pigmented, and the nostrils are broad. His eyes are medium-sized and dark colored.

The eyes aren’t protruding nor deep set, and their expression is keen and intelligent. This dog has set on at a medium height, well carried rose ears, clinging to the neck at rest. When the Magyar Agár is alert, his ears are erected up.

His big lungs and heart take their places in a distinctive rounded and brisket deep chest. You can see its well arched ridges that sloping far back. The staff of this dog is flat and deep; the belly is tucked up moderately. This animal has a long tail, ending at his hock.

The skin is relatively thick, fitting well all over, without folds or dewlap. His coat is short and close fitting. In winter, he develops undercoat too. His onetime typical color was yellow color of the pea with tabby version. As the times changed, they accepted nearly all dog colors.

Nevertheless, exceptions are here, like the blue and the orda, brown and black and tan. For your information, the orda is a cheese made from whey with a secondary procedure. That’s excellent to eating it freshly, at least for me.

The Size of the Magyar Agár

His size at the withers is varied between 61 – 70 centimeters (24.5 – 27.5 inches).

The weigh is from 22 to 31 kilogram (48 – 69 lb).

Side note: the body of this rare dog breed is longer than its withers height.

To be continued here.

Is Context Between Dog’s Health and Water?

When it comes to the water’s role in health, we know that no live organism can exist, operate without water. That’s how it is, an instance of that is that the water is the main component of the human body. An adult human’s body contains around 60-70% water. For example, if one weights 176 pounds, his body contains about 14,3 gal water. Well, you may find similar rates in our dogs, too. So, there is a straight context between dog’s health and the water.

Water Needs

dog-drinks-waterAs researchers have shown, your family dog’s physique comprises around of 70% water. By losing all the fats and 50% of protein of its body has less impact than he cannot get water for two days or more. It can be fatal for him if the water in your canine’s body is reduced to one tenth.

With a view to survive, an adult canine requires – at a minimum – two milliliters of water projected to each pound weight daily. That’s when considering 1 ounce contains 30 milliliters of water. However, that two milliliters are only enough for your animal to produce urine within his body.

Importance of Water

Without sufficient water vital for urine providing, your family dog or whatever canine won’t be able to live. When you are providing an infinite amount of water, your canine will consume a lot more than that two millimeters required. That is particularly true if you always provide fresh water to him.

Handing your doggie merely the smallest amount of water each day could also be sufficient for him to outlive, although not for long. Shortage in water injures the system and terminates its functions progressively. He’ll ultimately become weak, come down with a disease, and decease.

Water Utilizing Ways In Dog’s Body

The advantage of providing your family dog enough water compared to the smallest amount wanted is that its system can use that multi-mode (just like in humans).

1) The water facilitates the digesting and the process of taking nutrients from the food.

2) Our dog’s system is using the water to eliminate fuel, and that is transformed into energy.

3) You can more easily sustain the standard temperature of your dog’s physique by ingesting enough water as well.

4) Consuming sufficient water replaces the fluids which might be lost in our dog’s body by excretion.

5) The water also requires to mix various kinds of chemical substances within dog’s systems. Namely, the distinct chemical reactions ensure the dissolving and remodeling those components.

6) The water also is a transport device at the same time. It takes the nutrients to the cellular structures and in addition carries poisonous waste material from the cells to the organs for correct processing. With the lack of water, these organs won’t be able to eliminate toxic things off of the dog’s body.

7) In addition, the water is required to control the acid balance within the blood flow.

8) You may know the evergreen saying goes something like “Beauty comes from inside.” This applies to our dog’s mental health as well. Namely, if he or she is happy, and balanced, the vitality is radiating from every pore. That’s can be seen through its eyes, skin, nail, and hair condition too. And the sufficient water consumption has a big role in that as well.

My Take on It

Perhaps you can perceive from the above that the water is nearly always necessary for each function occurs within your favorite’s body. And as a result of its versatility plus the degree to which it’s utilized, water is regarded to be a crucial nutrient that’s needed for all kinds of dogs.

If your animal doesn’t get to water s/he can be died within a few days because of its dehydration. However, he can withstand the starvation; he will only be caught up by the fate when he runs out half its original weight. It’s obvious, there is a significant difference between the consequences of the lack of the two.

So giving my dog anything to eat; homemade food, meat, dry food or canned meals, I make sure fresh water is in front of her always. Especially in the summer when I’m out for several hours, I put enough fresh water in a couple of shaded places to let her drink. I never let the water bowl being empty, and I recommend you to do so as well.

P.S.: By reading this article, I hope you gained some insight related the role of water in your dog’s health. The comment section is open for your remark or question, take advantage of it. Thank You!