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A Belgian Malinois or a German Shepherd Is the Better?

Hello again!

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Malinois is exercising in the water

Hmm… provocative question, isn’t it? It may seem my intention is to stir up conflicts between the Belgian Malinois owners and the enthusiasts of German Shepherd. However, this assumption would be far from the truth. On the contrary, my opinion is that dog owners should stick together. Then what’s the point of the question?

Well, not the first time is that I hear such questions and argumentation about dog breeds. And naturally, any kind of dog owner may be biased against their own species even within the same breed.

Anyone who already has read my website, knows that I’m dealing with different dogs more than sixty years. And I also bred dogs before 1980, plus I’m a frequent visitor to dog shows, exhibitions and competitions.

Consequently, I know quite a number of dog breeds. And I was lucky enough to keep a German Shepherd for twelve years before. Furthermore, a Belgian Malinois puppy enjoys my hospitality at present. That’s why I intended to say something in this question.

And I’ve seen equally Malinois and GSD at police work, too. That’s why I intended to say something in this question.

Belgian Malinois Similarities With German Shepherd

Objectively speaking, each, the Malinois and the GSD are the family member of the sheepdog group. Both were the “helping hand” for shepherds gazing flocks on pastures of all-round Europe for quite a while now.

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Belgian Malinois K9 Police Dog

Both these breeds have been used as working dog on different fields of life in the twentieth century. Police and military forces, emergency and security organizations used them within Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands and other European countries.

Additionally, lots of citizens also choose species of both breeds for a home-guarding purpose. We are close to the truth saying that both these breeds share a similar role in people’s life.

It’s a fact that the Malinois and the GSD have been in the highest ten position among the most recommended canine breeds on the planet in recent years. When considering their temperament, we can only say each of them received a top degree of self-determination.

Both the Belgian Malinois and the German Shepherd are vigilant, brainy and true-hearted resulting from which they work as admirable guard dogs. Each canine is diligent when busy regarding their job. Therefore, they’re valued highly due to these traits.

What the Differences Are?

Well, let’s say that we are viewing the world championship of swimming. The two hundred meters medley is happening now. We see that two diverse swimmers reach the finish line with a difference of a hundredth of a second apart.

Would this mean that one swimmer is worse than the other? I don’t think so. After all, both swimmers are there on the podium. However, you are right, there is a difference between them, even it’s a minor one.

Why this little disparity is there? The reason for that can be many things like preparation, stamina, will, etc. A plus momentum may be that the one is more suitable for the butterfly, and the other one for the breast stroke.

Suppose, one of them turns with a special technique; the other has better breathe method. One has lighter body weight; the other’s muscles are more untied. My friend, things go similarly with dogs, too.

A) Both are fantastic working dog. However, the Malinois need a lot of exercise as they are a higher-energy dog. Exercise for only an hour or two a day won’t satisfy their requirement due to their greater inner drive.

Taking a typical person having a 9 to 5 job, five days a week, probably won’t have time or energy for a Malinois. It’s about having the free time and stamina to work them hard to make them happy everyday.

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Tired German Shepherd

B) The attribute – many agree – could be that the Belgian Malinois, is, nevertheless, noticeably faster canine in comparison to the German Shepherd. As well as the Malinois has heaps of energy plus agility, which exceeds the similarities in the GSD.

You can observe an inclination related to that in later years. Namely, the Malinois comes to the fore over its counterpart when need arises for police K9 or military use. In that obviously plays role that this dog never gives up.

C) The German Shepherd has also been considered to be a less curious than the Malinois. For example, my GSD was able to be lying calmly for hours.

The Malinois I’m fostering now can’t survive with not having to do anything for a long time. So, this could make it a little difficult to dealing with particularly for novice owners.

D) Additionally, the Belgian Malinois requires is calling for permanent socialization. It’s not because they forget easily. The reason is they think themselves the equal parties with you and checking boundaries.

They are capable dwelling outdoors, but value more highly to be beside your family. Moreover, this animal gets along well with other canines rather than forgotten by itself in the cage or kennel.

The greater amount of you are strolling with a Belgian Malinois and give time with him or her; it’ll understand you better plus what is that you anticipate from it.

The GSD, nevertheless, is okay so long as it retains receiving its meals everyday. Alternatively, the Belgian carry out its tasks simply from respect if you deserved and acquired that.

E) The Malinois prefer to be involved in just about any activity all the time. These dogs are preferred to work in training, however, don’t like when that takes them too lengthy.

Therefore, in case you are a newcomer, it’ll be simpler to handle a German Shepherd. That’s because they are more manageable for his or her owner.

F) The health aspect also speaks about the Malinois advantage. Unfortunately, hip problems are frequent with the GSD, due to their forced breeding. So, if you want a capable working dog, you should check lot of puppies until you find a healthy one.

My Conclusion

Each breed includes species that meet certain needs better than another. In my opinion, not any breed is worse in comparison with other. I know from experience that individual canines guarantee a difference, not the breed.

Therefore, it doesn’t make sense to bash any dog breed and only praise the other. They were all bred to achieve different goals; this should be taken note of. What is more, the dog owners, trainers also aren’t alike.

Consequently, it’s up to you taking that what do you really expect from the dog in question. Choose the German Shepherd if you want a more patient, simple in the contact companion. Alternatively, take the Belgian Malinois wanting a more lively and intelligent working dog.

All the best,

Alex Sparrow

* Sources: breeders, dog shows, experience, owners.

Belgian Malinois – How to Keep It Healthy Always?

Mornin’ Dog Fans!

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Catching sight of a Belgian Malinois and many will fall in love with in a second. Really, their appearance grabs most animal loving people. But, possessing proudly one of them, involves an active way of life. It means spending sufficient time in motion on fresh air. Because, you’d be mistaken if you think this dog will sit within your condo all day.

Just remember what you could read about their temperament in the previous section. Now, we will go through the requirements of their physical and mental health.

Dwelling Needs of the Belgian Malinois

The breed bears the not too extreme cold or hot temperatures problem-free. Their two-layered coat is water-resistant, and the under-layer helps to preserve body warmth in winter. Grooming necessities demand a lightweight brushing to get rid of lifeless hairs weekly.

Dwelling settlements for the breed needs to be arrange the way s/he has admittance to a secure, fenced-in space with shade exterior through the day. During nighttime, sleeping inside with family is their preferred way.

They require to have lively play periods within your yard and use up power via sprints or swift-paced jogs together with their owner. Besides, s/he particularly enjoys herding if the opportunity arises.

Sheepdog Background

Your Belgian Malinois canine specifically is a working dog. So, you must move not only the body – in excess of other dogs – but also their brain. S/he is almost capable of anything, provided that you set up new challenges each day.

“Short hair, long sense” – might say the Malinois owners about their favorite dog breed. And let’s face it; they would be not very far from the truth. The secret behind their success is rooted – besides the individual endowments – presumably in the shepherd dog inheritance.

The achieved results of sheepdogs in dog sports or in any dog work, as well as their leading roles, is clearly not accidental. Just think about the general responsibilities of the shepherd dog. The herding of the flock itself is by no means an easy task for the dogs.

Not just because the sheep or cows can certainly also be very unruly sometimes. But, because they should be able to solve independently certain situations. However, s/he should follow the instructions from his master, being subject in the management.

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Meantime, a range of effects work in it, some of which are reinforce; others block their inherited instincts. The development and exploitation of the protective instinct necessary for defense / guarding, however, is not so simple. Reason is that it only culminates later in a degree to get a role in training.

High Movement Requirements

As I mentioned before, the physical and mental well-being is very important for the Belgian Malinois. Their build and toughness make them capable to fulfill serious tasks: avalanche rescue, military actions, narcotics/scent detection, police K-9s, personal guarding, security works.

Besides, the Malinois is suitable for doing all kinds of dog sports, such as ball games (fly ball), hunting practices, skill and obedience trials. And don’t forget that s/he makes the excellent family companion, if their movement need fulfilled.

The foregoing also showed that the Malinois is a temperamental and agile animal inherently. That’s why I don’t recommend it for everyone. Merely with a walk, or playing with a ball is inability to exploit the intellectual and physical capacity, and burn off pent-up energy.

Again, I stress the need for joint activities. The bored Belgian Malinois becomes dissatisfied, and this may lead to inappropriate behaviors. It’s therefore, unavoidable to spend the sufficient time for a thorough socialization at their young age.

Choosing a Malinois Puppy

My friend, to discover the diversity between the pups at first glance, get to know their different individuality is a great experience. However, it touches us even deeply when you start to feel special affection for one of the fur-babies.

As we observe the little puppies, one of them caught somehow caught our eyes. Possibly you may begin to be afraid of him from others, or, on the contrary, moved by its misbehavior. However, do not forget to check the puppy’s reactions.

Experience shows that this time will help if you rattle a bunch of key, or playing with a rag while you’re watching the designated puppy’s reactions. I use to sit between the litter (in work clothes, of course) and lift him or her up to see what s/he does.

Puppies with good nature are merry and nosey, interested in approach folks and being hold by them. Best policy is to select the middle-of-the-road pooch. Avoid the one that’s conquered its litter-mates as well as that’s hiding away from you.

Check the Parents

Furthermore, try to meet the pup’s dad and mom to be convinced they’ve nice temperaments that’s cozy for you. In general, the mom is the accessible from the two. Encounter litter-mates or additional relatives of parents can also be useful for assessing just what a puppy will probably be as an adult.

Naturally, you should check the origin and veterinary papers, too, before adoption. Discuss the breeder thoroughly over the required accommodation, eating habits and so on. If all is well, only, then bring home the Belgian Malinois puppy.

Prospective owners should know that the Malinois is not an average type among the Shepherd dogs. S/he’s a wonderful creature that requires a lot of love and “dog sympathy” from puppy-hood to grown-up age.

If s/he receives all of these, then it will be as it should be: bold, balanced and friendly dog who is trustworthy, kind playmate for the kids, and surround the whole family with constant gentle love.

Health Aspects

Nothing reveals more about that the Malinois had to meet the performance-driven requirements always than its good health. Serious illness which would be typical in the variety is not known. Despite its stock brokers humiliating speed lifestyle, there are species at the age of 10 – 12, which are working yet.

Hopefully, this condition will remain so, even though there are concerns that due to the markedly increasing popularity, the Belgian Malinois will also be diluted. To prevent this from happening, please, choose it for you only feeling a sense of commitment towards the breed, and you take the dog training at least as serious as the Malinois itself.

Have many successes,
Alex Sparrow

* Sources: dog shows, Malinois breeders, owners, experience.

Belgian Malinois Dog – Is It Worth to Adopt One?

Hello again!

belgian_malinois_exercisingAt the last occasion, we dealt with the origin of the Belgian Malinois dog. Furthermore, you also could read about the breeding history and their appearance in that article. Continuing the description, we get to know their temperament, and some personal experience also will be mentioned. All this info is important in light of whether you choose this breed as your working mate / family companion or not. Let’s start!

About the Character of Belgian Malinois

The character of the Malinois is complex. It can be best considered as a top-power canine. We can say in general that this shepherd dog is affectionate, generous and hard-working. And, it’s playful in the circle of family.

He is loyal to his master, to the family, but especially the children. It is courageous and responsible, and has a strong protective instinct. Typically, s/he is reserved toward strangers until it knows them. The aggression isn’t their trait.

The breed is known for its attentive ability, perseverance, courage, toughness, intelligence and meaning. They make excellent watchdogs. They protect your family and property in a very convincing way if needed.

The breed is reasonably pleasant in direction of other canines and pets living under the same roof. Apart from that, the Malinois can show dominating persona, thus requires a consistent hand in keeping and training equally.

A “Light Athlete”

 

The Belgian Malinois actually represents a prototype of “light athlete” in the world of dogs. Due to its harmonic, lean build and light bone structure, it’s very fast and maneuverable. Speed ​​is not only meant to move in its case.

Because of its reflexes, reactions can take place in seconds in a given situation. They told me an appalling example, a video recording, that demonstrated their “RING” work in a competition.

The Ring – where these dogs are highly successful in – is a special, freestyle guard covers sports, described simply. Here the dogs have to work varied and unpredictable life situations.

Belgian Malinois practicing Ring work

For example, full body catches are permitted. However, the maximum self-control and maneuverability are strict requirements.

An Illustration of Abilities

Well, the tape featured a Malinois, who got the task of the ‘fugitive’s capture’. The trainer sent the dog onto the sprinting training assistant, then conducted the “Leave it-Come in” order JUST BEFORE the catch.

The dog’s conduct was breathtaking. The animal has been floated in the air when the command said, but as soon as he heard the order, turned over a fraction of a second. Then with four feet stamping, pushed away from the assistant and galloped to its owner in its full power.

Well, the good Malinois can achieve such amazing performance in a competent hand. At the same time, it should be noted that all this could be brought out only with expertise, patience and hard work.

Looking Behind This Output

Well, those mighty be disappointed thinking the breed is a miracle dog who learns everything in seconds and doesn’t stop until reaching the top. It’s a false illusion to expect outstanding performance merely from the dog.

Furthermore, in case of any disappointment or failure is outright dishonesty to blame him. Just think about it; an awesome race car also cannot win, if the driver is mediocre or even worse.

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In addition, the Malinois is such a “racing car” in which only equipped with steering wheel and brake. Gas pedal is not necessary at all, because the “engine” is rotating at the full speed all the time.

WARNING!

Among other things, this is the feature, which allows extraordinary results on the race track. At the same time, also because of this, it’s very easy to mess up its education.

Another feature of the Malinois is the (above mentioned) lightning-fast reaction capability. That is important to emphasize, because the instinct is very strong in this breed. Thus, it’s recommended to avoid over-exertion or early pressure in training in order to succeed.

This especially applies to the phase of security guard working, where developing the change of dog’s instinct demanded. The essence is bettering the predatory as well as guarding instinct and achieved stable switching between them.

In fact, it makes possible doing a precise and confident work, despite the different stimuli in diverse situations. It is obvious, that all this requires caution, if the reactions and changes take place in seconds.

Malinois Is Eager to Learn

Nevertheless, temperament would not simply happen. Many factors like congenital traits, socialization and training – among others – have the impact on a character. You should begin its education as soon as possible in order to evolve their extraordinary intelligence and adaptability appropriately.

The breed acquire knowledge quickly and eager to learn. The raising should not be major problems, provided that a calm atmosphere, takes place in a consistent manner. The Belgian Malinois dog should clearly feel the leading role of their owner.

If not, then one day he may decide to take over the flock – that is, control over the family. Therefore, the owner needs to be a strong personality. And besides educating the dog, s/he must carry out joint activities with him regularly.

Example of Our Own

Now, I’m fostering a Belgian Malinois puppy, until finding a new home for him. I’m spending with Larry hours brokenly due to its movement need, including at least an hour running around with other dogs.

During a week he learned properly the commands: “Listen to me,” “Sit” and “Down.” He grasped the “Listen to me” command easily within our yard, then continued in the park. The distractions and his curiosity slowed the process, of course.

I use the clicker method in training; it works well for us. Learning happens in short intervals to ensure that his attention not to go in different direction. With frequent rest periods, he can continuously obtain useful dog knowledge.

Lisa and Zizi accepted Larry into the family. He likes to run with me, enjoys to play ball, retrieve, and rampage without a leash. Later, we’ll try swimming in the river’s dead branches near us. The bad weather didn’t bother him at all.

Larry feels himself the most excellent way when we are in the dog school half-day. We are lucky because there were two different days alike, but otherwise I must organize a separate program for him.

Namely, Larry isn’t satisfied with the playing in the park one and a half hours in evenings. All in all, this Belgian Malinois puppy and I get along pretty well; he shakes up my old bones (and I love that).

To be continued with upkeep needs and health aspects next time,

Alex Sparrow

Belgian Malinois – Introducing an Excellent Working Dog

Hi Dog Folks!

Belgian_Malinois_portraitWhen it comes to the Belgian Shepherd dogs, people mostly think to the Tervueren only. Yet, that name is actually an umbrella term, since it covers four different versions. The short-haired Belgian Malinois is a member of this foursome team. The other tree versions are: the lush mane Tervueren, the midnight-black Groenendael and the curly-haired Lakenois. Today, we take a closer look at the Malinois version such as; history and appearance. Let’s start.

Developing History of the Belgian Malinois

As you would guess, the breed got its name after the town Mechelen (popularly says: Malines). This town is located between Brussel and Antwerp, in Belgium. It’s a clever, intelligent, and proud fellow in the Herding Group, having a background dates back to the early 1800s.

At that time in Belgium, there were a large number of similar-looking herding dogs, but people did not breed them consciously. These dogs have similar properties, but were mediocre, wild and sometimes aggressive canines.

People called the Belgian Sheepdog herding types lived then as Chiens de Berger Belge. Those were put to use as all-function service canines, primarily to protect livestock. Of course, people bred those dogs for working ability; appearance was negligible aspect.

Naming Complications

Meanwhile – because of existing various kinds of Belgian working dogs then – it was difficult to differentiate them within the group. It follows from that in-coordination, that a team of the Cureghem Veterinary Institute came on the scene.

They classified those canines into one class, which are most fit to the sheepdog category. Then, starting from this first sorting, and after a series of carefully crossing, they determined the Belgian Shepherd’s properties.

Professor Adolphe Reul researched those native canines in 1891 and announced the result. It showed that the particular, short-coated version is originated from Malines. These animals turned called as Belgian Malinois (pronunciation: Ma-Lin-Wah) and recognized as a breed.

In the Early 20th Century

In the early 1900s, the Groenendael and Malinois were the preferred types to export to different countries. Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Netherlands, Switzerland and USA were the main importers.

The First World War brought new tasks for Belgian Shepherd dogs in military applications. Armies used them as Red Cross canines, messenger dogs, cart dogs for ambulance and machine-gun.

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After WW I, the AKC registrations of Belgian Shepherd dogs grew significantly. Namely, the soldiers returning home from Europe brought Malinois as well as other types along with them.

1924 was the year of shaping the primary Belgian Sheepdog Club of America. And, the American Kennel Club accepted that as their member shortly afterwards. This has led to that the Malinois and Groenendael became fifth in the popularity list by 1924.

Around the Great Depression

Throughout the Great Depression, the canine breeding was a privilege the majority lacked. Due to that, their popularity reduced dramatically. Even the primary Belgian Sheepdog Club of America discontinued its operations.

So, the American Kennel Club registered only a few Malinois – due to dripped import – in the nineteen thirties. And, on the dog shows held in the 1930s & ’40s, they appeared in the Miscellaneous Class only.

However, this downward trend began to break in 1949. Namely, the second Belgian Sheepdog Club of America came into live. Moreover, several people also started to breed Malinois, followed the Netherlair kennel based John Cowley’s import.

The Malinois Breed Today

The AKC officially acknowledged the Belgian Malinois in 1959. So, increasing number of individuals dealt with breeding and exhibiting Malinois by the nineteen sixties. Consequently, the breed obtained the parent club status of AKC in 1992.

Since then, this breed has obtained plenty of interest in the job they perform. Just name a few: drug detection tasks, military, police and search and rescue operations worldwide.

Did you know that at present, the breed is ranked 59th on the popularity list of the AKC from ca. 160 breeds?

Appearance

The Malinois stands in a state of readiness to protect and defend its family members and territory always. They have a square proportioned, harmonic physique to meet that task. You can see a muscular; however, stylish dog, showing slender energy.


The Belgian Malinois is equipped with sturdy forequarters and straight front legs. Their fore feet are round-shaped, well-padded; the black nails are strong. You also can observe their muscular thighs on the back legs which have similar feet than in front.

Their ears held erect and are triangular-shaped, proportional with the head. The muzzle is somewhat pointed, it features a black nose and supplemented by robust jaws. The teeth are closing scissor or level bite.

The sharply-outlined head has almond-shaped, brown-colored eyes. You may discover their alert, curious and intelligent facial expression as well. The Malinois holds its head proudly on the rounded neck, it also tapers properly to their body.

Gait and Coat

Their tail is powerful, and usually held vertical with a curve while the dog is moving. Apropos, the movement is also part of any dog’s appearance. Their gait may describe most appropriately as free, straightforward and smooth.

Their short coat contains two layers; the outer is straight and water resistant. The under-layer is tick. On the head, the outside part of ears and lower part of limbs the hair is very short.

Across the neck, behind the thighs, plus on the tail, the hair is longer. On the top of the thighs, the coat is lightly flagged. The coat is slightly longer on the neck portion and the tail.

The Belgian Malinois is reddish brown (from fawn to mahogany) in color and wears a black mask on his head.

Dimensions

Males are 24 to 26 inches (62 – 66 centimeters) tall at the shoulder and weigh 60 to 80 pounds (27 – 36 kilograms). Females are 22 to 24 inches high (56 – 62 centimeters) and weigh 40 to 60 pounds (18 – 27 kilograms).

Care

The short fur of the Belgian Shepherd of Mechelen requires little care, if you don’t take it into show ring. You’ll bathe it when necessary.

And you only brush it with a solid bristle brush weekly, to remove dead hair. Please, remember, the Malinois is a molting type dog, s/he shed more heavily in fall and spring.

It’s recommended to keep the nails short, so, if it not wore down naturally, then you should trim them. That’s beneficial partly for the health of the legs of your canine, on the other hand, your clothing remains free from scratching.

Trimming time has arrived when you hear the nails of your Belgian Malinois clicking on the flooring.

Temperament, training, upkeep and health aspects are coming next time,

Alex Sparrow

* Sources: dog shows, breeders, experience, forums, owners.

Can Your Dog’s Cost Be Lower?2

Hello Everyone,

We have arrived to the second instalment of reducing dog’s cost. In the previous part, we discussed saving tips on: a) choosing the right dog to fit our budget and b) money-saving options on dog food. Meantime, one of my readers mentioned the grooming expenses she spends monthly. And others are interested in saving on pet sitting costs. These are very good questions, and I say thanks to Ethel, Louis and Claire suggested them. Today we will look at those elements too, but now, I continue with the dog treats and snacks options.

And now I’m unusual because I don’t speak the treats available in pet shops. Why? It seemed for me long ago that the time arrived to begin shopping for dog treats from our grocery store rather pet food retailer. I viewed the storage unit price of top quality treats within our local pet supply.

I found that meat treats could cost more per pound than crayfish. Another item (salmon jerky) is costlier compared to the smoked salmon I purchased. Going further between containers some bear-shaped cookies were more expensive than the cheese imported from Italy.

And by visited forums I read about canines turned into unwell or dying from cheap treats, I purchased for my dogs solely the best.

Low-cost Secure Grocery Retailer Treats

This is my listing among the finest dog treats you’ll discover in your grocery store or supermarket. These won’t cost an arm and leg and simultaneously; your dog will consuming them happily and will remain healthy.

carrots-as-healthy-dog-treatsApple Cubes – I use to make cubes from them and my dogs eat them gladly.

Carrots – I slice and store them in the fridge in ice water. They like them because the pieces stay crispy that way.

Cheese – I use to give them in a little amount to avoid diarrhea.

Chicken – Cooking them in a crock pot until the meat separated from the bone is easy. The resulting stock can be useful in many recipes.

Liver – I use to slice it into thin pieces and dehydrate them. It’s advantageous to buy organic liver. Doing so, the antibiotics and chemicals conventional agriculture apply to don’t enter the food.

Liverwurst – It also called as dog crack somewhere. It’s a superb high-value treat, but I use it moderately.

Sweet Potatoes – I prepare from them dehydrated thin slices (in the oven). Of course, I wash their skin or peel them before. In a plastic container, I can easily keep them for 2 – 3 weeks unspoiled.

turkey-hot-dogs-as-dog-treatsTurkey Hot Dogs – In the event, you don’t like dealing with them raw, put slices inside a dehydrator. Alternatively, put in a baking sheet within the oven of 170 degrees until they puff up, and their moisture goes out. Then I put them in a plastic container into the freezer.

Yogurt (frozen) – I use to add two tablespoons of peanut butter to a cupful of yogurt. Then I stir and freeze the mixture until shaped the tartlet pan.

There’s no valid justification your family dog’s rewards should be a commercial dog treats solely. So, I also use to prepare homemade dog biscuits, the recipe is here. And it’s not bad, I confess I use to taste them after baking.

Saving Money on Dog Grooming

I’m convinced I don’t need to emphasize the importance of systematic dog grooming for dog lover people. I also discussed about that here recently. Now you can find some additions.

I use to do grooming procedures like brushing/combing, bathing, haircut and nail clipping on my own. Getting the necessary supplies designed for dogs isn’t problematic. And I need to purchase the tools once and use them for many years.

Of course, I haven’t started doing dog grooming the day before yesterday. I was lucky enough to observe people older than me – such as shepherds, hunters and dog breeders – as they did the grooming processes.

And Dr. Francis Header, our veterinarian decades ago was my other help in this area. For example, among others, he showed me the removal method of a dewclaw nearly fifty years ago. And also he advised me which tool is suitable for performing a different task.

One of my readers, Ethel said she doesn’t like to leave her doggies at the pro groomer daylong. And the carrying back and forth also is problematic to her, not to mention the $140 expense for two Spaniel doggies monthly.

I understand her and only can recommend you to follow my example and learn to make the necessary grooming home. Invest in a good set of sharp clipping tools that serve you long. Enter the “dog grooming courses on DVD” into your browser and the Internet will give you a tremendous result to learn. Follow the same process if you prefer books to videos or DVDs.

My secret tip1: I use surgical scissors rather dog grooming scissors, they are cheaper, but do the task just as well. Secret tip2: The diluted baby shampoo is excellent to bathe my dog, has the more subtle smell, and cheaper than dog shampoo. (This tip originated from a vet working for a pharmaceutical giant.)

Saving on Dog Sitter Expenses

working-dog-sitter Are you intended to go out of town for getting a weekend? Hiring a dog sitter doesn’t demolish your budget necessarily. Fortunately, there are various ways to identify an affordable sitter – for between $15 and $35 per day. You can begin with asking your vet for suggestions.

And additionally, you may deliberate to search at Pet Sitters International or as well as National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. It’s a good move to be certain your dog sitter is committed, insured and licensed by a pro organization.

There is another possibility, you just visit the petsitterswap.com website. Pet Sitter Swap is helpful to individuals with dogs, cats and various other domesticated animal. As they say dogs and other pets prefer them. Because of their swap service, the animals are free from staying in cattery or kennel.

P.S.: My friends, share your related tips and help other dog lovers just like you! Next time I’ll cover the veterinary cost reduction opportunities. Thank You!

By Underrating the Border Collie You Make a Mistake

Hey Dog Lovers!

I probably don’t tell you an untruth by saying the Border Collie is a smart dog breed. These canines already proved their intellect, and skills in many ways can be seen in numerous videos, picture and study. What is more, their beauty is not negligible either. Anytime you read an article or see a video in which they are the main characters; you look at their performance with smiling.

Experimenting With a Border Collie

Chaser-a-Border-Collie-knows-1,022-wordsAnd the today story also focuses on one of the most prominent representatives of this breed named Chaser. Her owner is Dr. John Pilley, a retired American psychologist who is living in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Canines are a lot smarter than the credit people given them. Dr. John Pilley unfolds the exact process how rapidly they can be taught and given the possibility can connect with us humans.

As we know, the Border Collie is a working dog and having a great deal of affection routines. That’s the reason that without structure within their lives, they are often destructive virtually. They are curious by nature and talented to accept teaching.

The Goal

Dr. Pilley started teaching Chaser gravely when he discovered a study published in 2004. They showed a Border Collie within that essay which learned 200 words. Dr. Pilley set the limit at 1,000 words as a mission, and eventually he published his findings in December 2010.

Those are acquired attention worldwide. The psychology professor taught different nouns, verbs, adverbs and prepositions to his dog. As he said, Chaser’s knowledge is a result of their common work. In beginning, Dr. Pilley educated his canine four hours daily during three years.

The Method

The sessions contained twenty exercises every day, and they repeated a word forty times per exercise. Dr. Pilley tested Chaser’s memory monthly. And he found that his dog could recall things in ninety percent of the cases correctly.

The majority of the phrase Chaser recognizes are toys, and she is capable of distinguish new objects dependent on their features, whether they are toy animals, balls and frisbees.

The Result

It may sound incredible for you, but Chaser already knows 1022 words so far. Scientists discovered that Chaser’s case stands apart from those of other animals with a massive glossary due to that she’s able to be consistent in reasoning.

For example, she was requested to fetch a toy whose name was unfamiliar to her. And she selected the unknown object from a bunch of toys she already familiarized with.

My Addition

I’m enjoying a great dog story happily, and this is certainly a superb news for me. Apart from that, while Chaser herself appears exceptional, possibly she can also be just like all canine, in displaying us what each dog is capable of.

Perhaps only a few dogs can be taught more than a thousand phrases. However, each canine I even have ever possessed could read our heart. And in my opinion, that is the excellent secret between animals and us, people.

Source of story and picture: http://cir.ca/news/border-collie-learns-language-and-grammar

Have a Happy Day with your dog, 🙂

Alex

Dog Tails Should Be Docked?

I’m experiencing some debate – especially in Europe – when it comes to dog tails should be docked or not. There are people who feel that it is unnecessary or even cruel to dock a dog’s tail. They think that tails are docked for purely cosmetic reasons, and that practice should be stopped. However, the tails of dogs of some breeds have been docked for centuries for non-cosmetic reasons. Here’s why.

Traditions

Throughout history, the tails of some breeds have been docked for different reasons. At various times some dog owners were taxed by their governments depending on how many dogs with tails they had so dog owners docked the tails of some breeds in order to avoid paying the taxes.

pointer-dog-with-docked-tailEven after the taxes were repealed, owners continued to dock the breeds they had begun docking for other reasons. A great number of breeds were and are docked to prevent injury. This applies particularly to hunting dogs.

Health Aspects

Dogs who work in the field are prone to collecting burrs and foxtails in heavy cover as well as hurting their tails while wagging. This leads to wounds, pain and infection. Docking the tail prevents these injuries.

For other breeds, tails are traditionally docked for the sake of cleanness. People want to keep feces from becoming attached to long fur. For some guarding and herding breeds, tails have been docked to prevent injury while working.

In virtually every case where a breed standard calls for tail docking there is a reason for the docking relating to concern for the dogs’ welfare.

Controversy

Opponents of tail docking claim that dogs today could be allowed to have long tails or could be bred to be tailless. Dog owners, breeders, and plenty of veterinary surgeons are an opponent of this opinion. They share their point of view that if docking discontinued, the canines would be forced to suffer.

As for breeding dogs without a tail, here is an example. In one breed, the Braque du Bourbonnais, French breeders tried to breed for taillessness and ended up with an extinct breed. They are only now trying to bring their breed back from extinction by breeding half-bred dogs.

They were so focused on breeding for dogs with no tails that their numbers dwindled to zero. The same thing can happen to any breed that becomes fixated on one trait.

The Tail Docking

Tail docking is done on puppies when they are just a few days old. So, there is no evidence that they feel any more pain from tail docking than puppies feel from having their dew claws removed.

The American Kennel Club states the further supports tail docking, as well as ear cropping and dew claw removal. In breeds that call for dogs with docked tails, individual parent clubs decide whether or not dogs with long tails are allowed to be shown at dog shows.

In the UK tail docking is banned except for working dogs used for their traditional job of work.  Any dog is a working canine if a vet has certified that the animal is likely to be used for work. That relates in connection with the following law enforcement, armed forces’ activities, emergency rescue, lawful pest control, and the legal shooting of animals.

The Canadian Kennel Club, like the AKC, supports the practice of tail docking when performed on young puppies. So, around the world numerous Kennel Clubs acknowledge approximately fifty dog breeds docked traditionally.

My Observations

boxer-with-docked-tailI dealt with Vizsla and Doberman, and Boxer dog was in our household too. I experienced they wag their tails very intensively because of being hyperactive. These dogs’ tail develops without hair, so there is nothing to protect it. Moreover; the skin is thin there. Due to these things, they are quite vulnerable.

The animal smashed its tail to something, and at best, it became “only” bloody by beating up to the bone, at worse it will be broken. Unfortunately, I have seen more of these cases during decades. That tremendously hurt the adult dog, after all – by medical recommendation – the cutting was applied.

Similarly, to us humans, that wound is much painful, and the healing takes considerably longer. In contrast, newborn puppies have soft cartilages, and nervous system isn’t developed, so they feel nothing. I have seen that the shepherd cut the tail of newborn little lambs.

The little newborns didn’t notice that, namely they didn’t squeak at all. They romped around as if nothing had happened to them. Albeit, they’re more developed at their birth than dog puppies. And I’m an advocate of the “rational” animal protection.

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Choosing the Best Dog Breed for Family

I believe, selection of the best dog breed differs from that of your spouse. Although the former relationship is the same for many years, but the partner doesn’t have a say into your decision. This means that for us, humans have dual responsibility to choose a companion dog. Namely, in a good case, the dog fits into our living with the least possible difficulty.

Why Choosing the Best Dog Breed for You Is Important?

Have you seen a good-looking man pulling his coat collar high on a dark street, as he yanks a pink sweater dressed ponytail hair styled Westie after him? I was lucky (?) to see such a scene. And although the picture could be funny, it hurt my heart to think about what feeling could it be to the poor doggie.

Who just understand so much from the thing that his owner rather would be anywhere than with him on the street. I’m not able to imagine what that man thought before he brought home that little canine. And I’m wondering which one of them has changed since then, he or his dog?

And who hasn’t heard a fighting dog owner, as he asseverates that his dog is so disciplined that may not happen to turn against a family member. (Unless the pack leader host wasn’t there, and the child was crawling on all fours to have fun with playing tug of war with this dog’s ears.)

The consequences of a bad choice: unhappy owners, sorrowful dogs, and – what could be the worst – even accidents. However, the best dog breed that meets you, the owner’s needs gives a lot to your family; unconditional love, care and attention. And a canine involuntary influence you to switch to the healthy lifestyle. And even it is good for depression as well.

Who Is Match to Whom?

which-is-the-best-dog-breed?Finding the best dog breed for your loved ones is a more serious decision you do than it seems firstly. You can come across approximately four hundreds canine breeds. From that amount, you can separate around 320 of pure breeds. And there are around 80, consisting of mixings breeders developed from the pure breeds.

There are breeds, which integrated to humans but kept their hereditary characteristics. However, on the other hand, people changed the dogs – like to be smaller or larger than the primary breed. Apart from that, you need to consider all canine breeds hold particular abilities, characteristics, dimension, function and temperament.

Every dog species found within the best dog breed for you will possess some mutual  elements. That means, for instance, dogs whose functions were hunting earlier people bred differently to lessen the hunting predisposition. This way, they make that dog more desirable as family favorite. Namely, the hunting means him only is stopping at food market to carry the dinner material the housewife bought home.

Dog Groups

The  main dog breed categories are these: companions, guards, scent hounds, sighthound, spaniels, spitz and herding, terriers, toys and working. Obviously, this doesn’t contain the mongrels, because to know  their precise inheritance is impossible.

Every one of the breeds is better known for its capability to fulfill certain characteristic tasks. We can say that historically, working dogs were every canine. They were assisting people by fetching prey, guarding goods, herding sheep, holding cattle, or possible persecuting the fleeing.

The household pets were infrequent that way than they are nowadays. The genetic code is something that still involves in all dog breeds as a trait of their original work type. It’s advisable for you to know how your prospective canine is programmed genetically prior you take him home.

Genetic Programming Dictates

Which canine is a watchdog by nature probably won’t be functioned as the cuddly playfellow for your toddler. Another example can be a rescued greyhound, which is quiet and gentle. However, it has to have lots of outside running opportunities. Consequently, a couch potato owner isn’t the perfect match for a dog that may accelerate to the speeds of as much as 45 mph.

You may think the best dog breed would be a medium to large canine for your family. You possibly imagine that may be simply trained and defensive over your kids. If this is so, a herding or pastoral animal such as a Collie, Old English sheepdog, or Welsh Corgi could be your proper solution. The inherent aptitude they’ve for keeping flock within the pasture conform to supervise your children in your yard and keeping away intruders.

Or, your idea might be a small-sized doggie for entertaining without other expectations. In this case, consider the toy dog breed. You may choose canines among Chihuahua, King Charles Spaniel, Manchester Terrier, Pekingese, Poodle, Pug or a Shih Tzu.

Naturally, don’t expect lots of work performed by this group. According to my observation, the toy dog breeds are brought to perfection finding methods to let you work for them. As if this was just the cats.

As the hunter partners and staunch companion, the hunting dog breeds possess proud traditions. These animals will be the Cocker Spaniel, English Setter, English Springer Spaniel, Irish Setter, Golden Retriever, Hungarian Vizsla, Labrador Retriever.

Especially it may be that you’re not paying homage to the goddess of hunting, Diana. Apart from that, provide these canines that type of open air lifestyle, which helps them feel useful in the manner that’s part of their own legacy.

Conclusion

The best dog breed for everyone would be different. Some breeds need space, whilst some require primping for demonstrate that rivals what fashion models show you. There is a good chance that a mongrel could be the easiest breed to carry home and love.

In all of sizes and shapes, these canines have bearded difficulties that put them into a shelter. Although what they need is a loving home. Adopt one of them and you’ll have a devoted buddy for its lifespan.

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The Hungarian Mudi Dog Breed

Would you like to live together with a dog that’s a great hiking companion? Possibly, you want a canine which gets along well with children? Alternately, you’d require that your pooch live in peace with other pets (Guinea pig, cat, etc.)? What if I tell you about the Mudi dog breed that covers these requirements?

The Origin of the Mudi Dog Breed

Hungarian-Mudi-dogThe Mudi (pronounced “moodie”) dog breed has an attention-grabbing historical past, blended with some guess. Because I had Ficusa rescued male Mudi for years – I felt like to look after some things from the history of this breed. Here’s what I found.

The Mudi’s development as a breed related back to the European history of XVIII – XIX centuries. According to historians, the trade of slaughter and breeding animals experienced its golden era between Hungary and other European countries at that time.

People herded these animals on foot to the destination country – namely rail or truck didn’t exist. And the people accompanying the cattle were using dogs as their assistants. Evidently, these herding dogs had chance to mixing each other a spontaneous way.

So it happened that the erect-eared Spitz type German shepherd canines herded Merino sheep to Hungary. (The Racka was the original Hungarian sheep with a coarse wool, but that wasn’t suitable for all purpose. Thus, they imported the Merino sheep, because that had finer wool.)

It’s quite natural that these foreign dogs – while herded the sheep – felt in love with a Magyar herding dog, the Puli. These blending resulted in the Mudi dog bred’s evolution – roughly 300 years ago.

Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon was a French naturalist, and the leader of the Royal Botanic Garden. He discussed the kingdoms of animals and minerals in his ‘Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière’ work in 1773. And he primarily mentioned and depicted the Mudi as a sheepdog – in his work.

Furthermore, Ferenc Pethe (1763-1832), a journalist and economic writer was the next person who mentioned the Mudi dog breed within his “Természethistória és mesterségtudomány” (in English: History of Nature and Craft Science) book in 1815.

The breed documentation continued by Lajos Méhely (1862-1953) in 1902 as well as by Otto Herman (1835-1914) in 1912. Regardless of these, his organized breeding began later than the other herding types of Hungary. And presumably, this fact led to that people wasn’t distinguished Mudi species from the breeds of Puli and Pumi for a long time.

I’ve to mention Dr. Dezső Fényes – the museum director of Balassagyarmat, Hungary. Dr. Fényes took the bulk part of spreading this dog breed. He purposefully bred them in the first half of the twentieth century. Then he launched a few Mudi in a breeding animal fair in 1936.

At the same time, Dr. Fényes also submitted the primary standard of this breed – co-operating with Dr. Csaba Anghy. The Evaluation Committee agreed on the description, along with the ‘Mudi’ breed title. The Second World War thinned the Mudi breed largely – like other Hungarian species – so it was close to extinction.

The Mudi is a real working dog, almost relentless and the herding is in his blood. It would have been a shame to let this dog breed disappear. Fortunately, there were people who devoted enough to value the Mudi’s abilities and prevented them from that fate.

The seeking out the remaining species and involve them in breeding is due to several Mudi enthusiastic fans. Mr. Zoltán Balássy was that person who indited the new standard in 1963 and the FCI accepted that.

Appearance of the Mudi Dog

Speaking about the Mudi, I’m saying I like the music. The Mudi dog actually doesn’t possess a specific look. And its appearance is most similar to the soft flute music. Why am I thinking so? On my opinion, the beauty of the flute music lies just in its simplicity and purity.

It is known that the flute – besides the bands – also was the instrument of shepherds. They are often uttered it while guarding the flock. I was lucky enough to hear my grandpa’s flute play while the sheep glazing, in my childhood. And the Mudi is just like that flute sound.

The compact, harmonic structure, impish face, wavy coat, curly tail lends an unspoiled, natural appearance to him. Moreover, besides the traditional black bold color variations, he exists in white, cream-colored, bluish and flashy (marbled) variations. These colors deservedly take up to compete in diversity and spectacular of other similar species.

It has a well-defined withers and a short, straight back. This pooch comes with a cleat-shaped head, upright ears, mediocre bones. The concise corpus develops a top line which goes through slope. He has short, smooth hair on its face and the legs’ front side. The remaining coat is longer in certain extent.

Temperament

It is important to all living creatures to see themselves and their own role in the world properly. A dog should know what’s expected from it in different situations, what is right and wrong behavior. Furthermore, it should be aware of whom to belong and whom to obey. It has to learn the proper behavior with people, other animals, and other dogs.

The Mudi is a rare dog, belongs to the herding group. This is an exceptionally intelligent dog breed, even its owner is often surprised by his behavior. There are other types of working dogs, which pick up a thing at 10 – 15 sessions in dog schools.

But, the most Mudi is perfectly able to do it without fail after only 1-2 occasions. He learns incredible quickly, because he watches its owner with its one eye and half-ear always. So you quasi cannot mess up him. Unless if you are too lenient, because Mudi soon realizes where the limit is.

The Mudi is so versatile dog that people used them for many purposes; hunting beasts as well as weasels and mice, guarding flocks, herding cow and sheep, and alert dog equally. He’s able to herd his flock of 500 or 1000 sheep on his own by co-operating with the shepherd.

Of course, if he accustomed to dealing with the rough Hungarian Grey Cattle and a cow want to combat, one Mudi isn’t enough to do the tasks. This is even truer in the case of the bull, where at least three dogs are necessary to reimburse that animal to common sense, so to speak.

He always likes to stay close to you, his owner. But, even in your apartment, he isn’t in your way, he hides not to interfere you. For example, my Mudi hid under chairs, table, etc. and watched my moves from there. He was almost unstoppable hanging on me, but wasn’t intrusive.

If it was necessary, my Ficus could lie in one place for hours. However, a low snap was enough for him to jump up to sit in front of me. He was waiting for a command with glowing cheeks and shining eyes. He did all activities with such enthusiasm that was incredible.

The breed takes a lot of movement needs. This dog can still keep fit not only our minds, but our bodies as well. It  loves kids, mostly reconcilable with other animals, cats too. But, if you’ve a male canine with dominant character, he might look for conflicts with other male dogs easily.

To avoid problems, it’s advisable to socialize your doggie as early as possible.

Keeping Requirements

The Mudi feels himself well outdoors where there is enough space to running around as he wishes. He isn’t very demanding type of canine; you can keep it outside without problem. The shepherds in Hungary are using it as their herding assistant these days, too.

This dog is a very loyal companion to his master, and prone to adhere to someone in your family. It is a kid loving animal, and you can experience the protective behavior towards your children in their relationship.

These working dogs are extraordinarily obedient in direction to their owners. They’re reserved; however, touchable by strangers if their master is present. The shepherds like and by some means respect their canines, but additionally give them as a tough life as themselves are alive.

This dog has a relatively short-haired coat and his shedding isn’t significant. The Mudi does not bark for any reason. Of course, there are exceptions, but, with proper teaching most of them decrease that.

This dog breed is smart and willing to learn. The shepherds train them one by one, and they don’t train a puppy or an adolescent or adult dog together at the same time. Because they all have to learn different things.

Nowadays, the so-called ‘agility’ and ‘dog dancing’ competitions spread, and many Mudi are the partaker in these, with great success.

About the Breed’s Health

When you want to buy a working dog – besides excellent internal properties – it’s increasingly important the health characteristics’ knowledge of it. In this aspect, the Mudi is between the luckiest. This dog breed is practically free from hereditary diseases in his homeland Hungary.

My Opinion

Who I would NOT recommend this breed for? The Mudi isn’t suitable to a person

– who doesn’t like to move,

– who isn’t lucky to have enough time and commitment to dealing with it,

– who seeks a real guard dog (but the Mudi is excellent in alert).

If you’re seeking a lively, agile companion and family dog, but don’t want to be a ball throwing servant for a hyper active canine, the Mudi can be your best choice. He is indefatigable in sports, games, work, but if you’re looking forward to relaxing, your Mudi is laze beside you happily.

Nevertheless, you need to keep in mind that this dog breed wants to be there always where the owner resides. That’s the reason the Mudi expressly suffers if you don’t care about him, you only toss him to the rear of your garden.

Of course, we mustn’t forget that the herding is the original occupation of Mudi, and he has independent decision-making ability. He isn’t a servant spirit rather self-willed.

So depends on you how you control him and are able to live with that trait. If you are able to find the balance with this great and intelligent dog, you will be happy for long years.