Animals Breeds http://animalsbreeds.com Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:47:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Sloth http://animalsbreeds.com/sloth/ http://animalsbreeds.com/sloth/#respond Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:10:38 +0000 http://animalsbreeds.com/?p=2589 Sloths are mammal species that live in the tropical regions of the Southern and Central America. They hang on to the branches of trees using their long claws and feast on the leaves that cannot be reached by other animals. They have long claws that measure 3 to 4 inches, which make it difficult for them to walk on the ground. Hence, they spend their time mostly hanging on the trees that are their homes.

Sloths are categorized into two types: the two-toed sloths and the three-toed sloth bears. The sloths that are two-toed are slightly bigger in size as compared to the three-toed sloths. But they both share similar features and measure around 23 to 27 inches, which is the size of a dog. They weigh about 17.5 to 18.75 pounds; i.e., 8 kilograms. According to the Zoo of San Diego, sloths were much bigger in size thousands of years ago and could grow as large as an elephant. These big sloths became extinct around 10,000 years ago and were discovered in North America.

Sloth Facts and Information :

  • The scientific name of sloths is Bradypus, which means “slow feet” in Greek. It is the world’s slowest animal, so is its name. According to National geographic, sloths are slower than even the algae that grows on their furs.
  • A sloth moves slowly as compared to other mammals. They can climb to a height of about 6 to 8 feet per minute.
  • Sloths are known to be excellent swimmers. They can easily do breaststroke just like humans. Sloths drop themselves from tree branches into rivers for swimming.
  • They don’t shiver when they feel cold, as the bodies of sloths are made of only 25 percent of muscles. They are covered in fur for protecting them because they live in tropical climates.
  • A female sloth is unable to digest food when it gets too cold and she might even starve to death if she is nursing an infant.
  • To defend themselves against predators, sloths use only their claws.

Sloth Diet :

Sloths feed on different types of food, as they are omnivorous. They feed on plants, insects and animals as well. They eat cultivated crops as well as scavenge the tiger kills. They prefer termites and insects, and expose the nests of the insects using their long claws. Sloths are also known as honey bears, as they have a fondness of honey.

Habitat :

They live in different types of forests, from the thorny and dry forests located in the north to the tropical wet forests of the south. They are also found to inhabit the areas of the grasslands of India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

Sloth Behaviour :

Sloth bears are busy and noisy bears, and they are mostly active at night. When they try to pull down tree branches to get fruits or search for termites, they make a grunting and snorting noise. They also look for beetles and grubs by snuffling under debris. They make use of their lips like a vacuum to suck insects from their nests.

They are nocturnal animals and known to lead their lives in solitary. They might be active even during the day in areas where they are protected. Small sloth bears tend to stand on their two legs when threatened and try using their clawed forepaws as their weapons.

Sloth Lifecycle :

Sloth bears’ forelegs and toes are strong since they are cubs. The cubs don’t open their eyes for three weeks from their birth. As they reach the age of 3, they become fully grown adults. A mother gives birth one to three cubs at a time and these cubs stay with their mother for two or more years. The cubs are often born in an underground den. Unfortunately, the number of sloth bears has decreased by almost 50 percent in the last thirty years.

Predators :

Though sloths are good in climbing trees, they avoid trees when trying to escape from their predators, like leopards, as they are good at climbing too. Wild dogs and tigers also attack sloth bears, but their worst enemies are humans. They are hunted by poachers for the bile of their livers used in medicines. Sloth bear cubs are captured and raised as performing animals in some places. The habitat of these bears is being destroyed by humans to build homes and cultivate crops.

Sloth Breeding :

Trees are the places where sloths mate and give birth to the young ones. A female yells to signal the males available in the area to inform that she is ready to mate. The male sloths compete with each other by hanging from the branches using their feet and pawing. The one who wins over others gets the chance to mate with the female. They mate during the hot seasons of May to July and the females give birth to young cubs after 6 to 7 months from the mating period.

They mostly give birth to a single cub at a time and the pregnancy period of sloths is from five to six months while some other types, like the two-toed sloths, can even take as long as 11.5 months to give birth. The cubs don’t leave their mother immediately after they are born. They stay by the mother’s side for four years before they separate themselves from their mother.

Images, Pics, Photos and Pictures of Sloth :

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Appearance :

Sloths appear to be relatively small and stocky bears that have shaggy and long black furs. They also have a Y-shaped white or yellow coloured patch on their chests. A male adult sloth weighs from 176 to 308 lbs whereas an adult female weighs from 121 to 187 lbs.

Lifespan :

The lifespan of a sloth bear in the wild is estimated to be 20 to 30 years, whereas those in the captivity can live from 30 to 40 years. Sloth bears are known to succumb to the survival hardships and conflicts with humans.

Grooming :

As a part of grooming, sloth bears lick themselves.

Sloth Characteristics :

  • They have a black, long and shaggy fur coat, and a yellow or white V-shaped mark on their chests.
  • The face of sloths is covered with short hair, including a grey or white muzzle.
  • The hair at the back of their neck and behind their ears is long and thick. The texture and colour of the coat may differ from one season to another.
  • The thick coat of fur helps protect their skin from insects. Sri Lankan sloth bears have shorter hair than Indian sloths.
  • Their ears are small and they have a poor sight and hearing. However, they have a good sense of smell.
  • The front legs of sloth bears are longer than their hind legs. They have inward-turned front paws and webbed toes, and the bottom of their paws is padded.
  • They have long claws that measure up to 3 inches in length. This is a great feature that helps them when digging for termites and ants.
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Standard Schnauzer http://animalsbreeds.com/standard-schnauzer/ http://animalsbreeds.com/standard-schnauzer/#respond Tue, 02 Feb 2016 14:52:57 +0000 http://animalsbreeds.com/?p=2520 The Standard Schnauzer originated in Germany and was previously used as a herding dog. However, with its high intelligence, alertness, loyalty and strength it has been labelled as one of the best breed of dogs. It is also extremely playful and energetic as is common with most terriers and therefore makes a great house pet. They love to learn different kinds of games and other activities which will keep them mentally stimulated.

History and Health :

  • History – The Standard Schnauzer’s origins lie in Germany where it was basically very popular as a guard dog due to its high sense of alertness. He was also used to herd as well as guard the sheep and other livestock. Subsequently, it became very popular for its looks and breeders started using him as a show dog in the 19th century. The word ‘Schnauze’ means beard in German, which means that his name is a reference to the mane-like beard under his chin.
  • Health – This is a very healthy breed of dogs with very few health problems. Some diseases which are common to all dogs may also be contracted by them like hip dysplasia but it is not common.

Temperament and Personality :

  • Personality – The Standard Schnauzer is an extremely intelligent dog with an above average IQ among dog breeds. It loves to play new games and can easily learn different activities. He is also quite inquisitive and curious by nature and loves to meddle in new stuff that he happens to get interested in. He is also great as a guard dog and very affectionate towards young kids in the family.
  • Activity Requirements – These dogs are very energetic and enthusiastic by nature. A daily long walk or jog is absolutely essential. However, the best form of exercise for them is to play games like Frisbee catching which these dogs take an absolute delight in.
  • Trainability – It is not very difficult to train this dog since he is quite intelligent and can learn what is expected of him easily. However, the owner needs to be firm and dominant with him. Also, if the dog finds that there is a reward in store for him if he obeys the trainer’s commands; he becomes very willing to obey. The rewards may be anything like food or some extra play time.
  • Behavioural Traits – Standard Schnauzers are happiest when they are playing or are involved in some exercise which is mentally stimulating. These intelligent dogs need a variety of new things to absorb themselves in on a daily basis. If they get bored, they can become destructive. They are generally suspicious of strangers. Also, they are curious by nature and have been known to run away from home after an interesting scent.

Appearance and Grooming :

  • Appearance – The Standard Schnauzer is a strongly built dog which looks robust. It has a wiry coat which makes it resemble the British Terriers but is actually not related to them in any way. They have a long beard and long eyebrows which give them the unique appearance which is also the reason behind their name ‘Schnauzer’ which means beard in German.
  • Size and Weight – These dogs are medium in size. On an average, they can weigh between 16 to 25 Kgs.
  • Coat and Colour – The colour of the coat is generally pepper and salt but can also be black, though it is rare to see a pure black Standard Schnauzer. The pepper and salt colouring is due to a mixture of white or silver and black hair which give shades of steel grey or iron grey. The dog has a double coat comprising of a soft undercoat and an overcoat which is wiry and hard.
  • Grooming – These dogs require regular and careful grooming. Their coats tends to get ‘blown’ twice a year i.e. it becomes dull and limp and has to be pulled out so that a new coat can grow. Even otherwise, owners need to regularly clip the coat, particularly the smoother under coat which tends to mat up very frequently.
  • Body Type – The dog has a square body which means that its height and length of the body are equal. His head is long and rectangular and ears are set high. The body is also weather resistant because of the thick wiry coat.

Characteristics :

  • He is a dog of above-average intelligence.
  • He is extremely playful and loves to play dog games.
  • He is very good with children.
  • He is friendly with other house pets if he has been brought up with them.
  • He is territorial in nature.
  • He makes a very good guard dog.
  • He has high energy levels and requires a lot of exercise.
  • He loves to be praised and petted.
  • He is not hypo-allergenic.
  • He loves to be the centre of attention.

Tasty Tidbits :

Standard Schnauzers are very active dogs. They are especially close to nature and love to go on hiking or trekking trips or for a regular walk or run on the beach or any other water body.

Care :

It is easy to train this dog but the only requirement is a lot of regular exercise. He also loves to play games like Disc throwing, Frisbee catching etc. and requires a constant companion to play with him the whole day. He requires constant mental stimulation by engaging them in any kind of activity, be it play or any house work.

Images, Pics, Photos and Pictures of Standard Schnauzer :

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Feeding :

An adult dog requires 1-2 cups of high quality dog food daily which can be divided into two meals or even three meals in a day.

Information And Facts of Standard Schnauzer :

  1. Full name of this dog is Standard Schnauzer.
  2. Other names it is known by are Mittleschnauzer and Schnauzer.
  3. Its origin is in Germany.
  4. It is a medium sized dog.
  5. It belongs to Terrier group of dogs.
  6. On an average, this dog lives for at least 15 years or more.
  7. The height of a male dog is 46-51 cms and that of a female dog is 43-48 cms.
  8. A male dog weighs roughly 16-26 Kgs, while a female dog weighs 14-20 Kgs.
  9. The colour of the coat is generally black or it may be a steel grey colour resembling pepper-and-salt markings.
  10. The average price of a Standard Schnauzer puppy is $700-$900.
  11. The puppies do not require more than a short walk as their daily exercise but they get a lot more energetic as they grow up.
  12. These dogs are very enthusiastic and playful and make great companions.
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Spanish Water Dog http://animalsbreeds.com/spanish-water-dog/ http://animalsbreeds.com/spanish-water-dog/#respond Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:56:50 +0000 http://animalsbreeds.com/?p=2509 The Spanish Water Dog is a native of Spain which was basically bred as a dog who helped farmers in herding sheep or other livestock. He has also proved to be very useful as a gundog and as an assistant to fishermen. As a house pet, he is extremely energetic and playful and has high protective and territorial instincts.

History and Health :

  • History – The Spanish Water Dog is said to originate in the southern region of Spain and was especially bred in the rural areas. It was regarded as a multipurpose dog since because of its intelligence and easy trainability; it could be trained to be assisting in hunting, fishing or any other kind of rural activity. However, its most prominent use was for herding of livestock like sheep and goats for which it seemed to have a natural instinct.
  • Health – This breed of dog is quite prone to eye infections and other eye related diseases like progressive retinal atrophy, cataract and cherry eye. For this reason, it is important to have regular eye check-ups for this dog. It is also prone to hip dysplasia and even Addison’s disease in rare situations.

Temperament and Personality :

  • Personality – This dog is most famous for his herding or guarding instincts. He is also a very intelligent dog and can adapt to different situations and do much different kind of tasks. The energy level of this dog is very high and he is diligent and hard working in any job he is given to do. He also proves to be a very faithful and loyal pet.
  • Activity Requirements – The Spanish Water Dog requires a large open space such as a field or at least a big yard to run and play in. It requires a lot of daily physical and mental exercise to keep it in good health. However, when they are puppies, they are not very energetic and tend to sleep a lot. At that time, they should not be over-taxed with exercise as it may lead to joint pains at a later stage of life.
  • Trainability – These dogs rank quite high on trainability especially if they are trained as puppies. One thing which must be kept in mind is that the trainer should establish himself as the leader to ensure the puppy will listen to him and not try to take the lead himself.
  • Behavioural Traits – The Spanish Water Dog is an extremely devoted and loving companion for its adopted family. He is quite confident and dignified at the same time and has all the traits of being a pack leader.

Appearance and Grooming :

  • Appearance – In terms of appearance, it is a medium sized dog with an athletic, robust build with a slightly elongated body. The most unique feature about this dog is its coat which is extremely curly as opposed to the usually straight or wavy hair that most dogs have. The coat also has a woolly texture.
  • Size and Weight – The height of a Spanish Water Dog can be between 40 to 50 cms while his weight varies from 18 to 22 kgs, making it a medium sized dog.
  • Coat and Colour – The dog comes in a variety of colours and patterns in his coat. The coat may be a single solid colour of black, brown, beige or white or it may have two colours i.e. white and brown or white and black. The coat is distinctive in its length and texture. The Spanish Water Dog is one of the few dogs who do not have a straight coat, but a rather curly one which has a woolly texture. This means that the grooming of this kind of coat requires special attention.
  • Grooming – The curly, woolly coat of a Spanish Water Dog requires more attention for grooming than other dogs. It cannot be brushed down like other dog’s hairs and instead needs to be sheared when the hair grows too long as they form cords. The shearing can be done once a year if he is a house pet or as often as required if he is a working dog as long hair can hinder him in his work.
  • Body Type – It has a strong, robust body, and yet has an elegant air about him. He usually has very expressive eyes whose colour matches with the colour of his coat and can be hazel, brown or black. The skin is tight fitting and supple and upper thighs are especially well muscled.

Spanish Water Dog Characteristics

  • He is a very versatile dog and can do a variety of work.
  • He is a born leader and can easily take leadership of a pack.
  • He is confident, yet elegant in the way he carries himself and does the work.
  • It is very easy to train this dog.
  • He is not overly friendly and is unusually reserved with strangers.
  • He is not very child friendly.
  • He possesses a great deal of stamina.
  • He loves herding and may try to do that with kids or other house pets.
  • He needs constant mental and physical exercise and stimulation.
  • He makes an excellent guard dog due to his protective instincts.

Tasty Tidbits :

Spanish Water Dogs are so versatile that they are even used for bomb detection, water sports and therapy work. In Mexico and California, they even worked as rescue dogs after an earthquake.

Images, Pics, Photos and Pictures of Spanish Water Dog :

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Care :

These dogs are very energetic and the owners must ensure they have enough space where the dog can run around and exercise. Owners should also make sure that they don’t get over excited and exercise too much while they are puppies. Special care should be taken regarding the grooming of their coat.

Feeding :

A healthy diet of dry food given twice a day should be good for this dog. He especially loves chicken wings but they should always be given to him raw.

Information And Facts of Spanish Water Dog

  1. The full name of this dog is Spanish Water Dog.
  2. Other names he is known by are Perro de agua Español, Laneto, Perro Patero and Perro Rizado.
  3. Its country of origin is Spain.
  4. It is a medium sized dog.
  5. It belongs to Guard dog group of dogs.
  6. Life expectancy is 10 -14 years.
  7. The height of a male dog varies between 44 to 50 cms, while that of a female dog varies between 40 to 45 cms.
  8. A male dog weighs roughly 18 to 22 kgs while a female dog weighs roughly 14 to 18 kgs.
  9. These dogs come in three colours – white, black and chestnut and may also be bicoloured.
  10. A Spanish Water Dog puppy can easily cost at least $700 to $1000 or even more.
  11. While they are puppies, these dogs are usually less active but as they grow older, they become more energetic and duration of daily sleep decreases.
  12. He is an unusually intelligent and hard-working dog who has all the traits of becoming a pack leader.
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Small Munsterlander http://animalsbreeds.com/small-munsterlander/ http://animalsbreeds.com/small-munsterlander/#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2016 13:03:06 +0000 http://animalsbreeds.com/?p=2496 Small Munsterlander has been a favourite house pet for many households in Europe as well as USA for centuries. He was bred as a hunting dog and therefore has natural hunting instincts but is also quite playful and friendly which makes him an excellent companion for kids.

History and Health :

  • History – This breed of dog originated in the Munster area of Germany which also gave it the name of Munsterlander. They were bred to be hunting dogs, especially for noble families of the time for whom hunting was a sport. This breed developed excellent hunting and retrieving skills because it was required to flush out the prey for the hunters and then guide them to it.
  • Health – The Small Munsterlander is a generally healthy breed and does not usually contract diseases in the normal course. Of course, an occasional medical check-up and a trip to the vet are necessary to make sure there are no infections.

Temperament and Personality :

  • Personality – The Small Munsterlander is an extremely intelligent dog with a very keen sense of smell. They are very playful and affectionate, especially towards children. Sometimes, they can act stubborn, like when they catch an interesting smell which they simply have to follow because their hunting instincts get kicked in. Otherwise, it is an extremely social dog and loves to interact with both humans and other animals.
  • Activity Requirements – This dog requires a lot of daily exercise. Since it was bred to be a hunting dog, it is used to an outdoor environment and is happiest when it has a big yard or garden to play or roam around continuously. Without ample exercise, the dog may get out of hand and turn destructive.
  • Trainability – Small Munsterlands are very easy to train. They are intelligent and can therefore grasp the instructions quite quickly. They can easily learn to follow the sound of voice commands as well as the hand movements of the owner.
  • Behavioural Traits – With their friendly nature towards any living thing, Small Munsterlands usually make very pleasant and loving companions. Some dogs can have a bit of a stubborn streak, especially when their hunting instincts get kicked in. Even if they are being used as field dogs, they prove to be very useful because of their sharp watchfulness and retrieving skills.

Appearance and Grooming :

  • Appearance – Small Munsterland is said to be a descendant of long haired German spaniels and therefore it resembles a spaniel to a great extent. Because it is a hunting dog, it has a strongly built body which is exceptionally well-balanced giving an overall very elegant look to the dog and making his movements very graceful. The coat is also generally patched with brown and white and can be very glossy if the dog is on a healthy diet.
  • Size and Weight – It is a medium sized dog, measuring about 52-56 cms in height and weighing 17-26 kgs.
  • Coat and Colour – Most dogs of this breed have a white coat with large patches of brown. Some may not have patches but may be simply ticked with brown. The coat is also dense and flat-lying to aid these dogs in their hunting activities. It is also resistant to harsh weather, water as well as thorns.
  • Grooming – If this dog is a house pet, he does not need anything more than a weekly brush of his coat to get rid of dead hair. However, if he works out in the field or goes hunting, then the coat must be brushed after he comes back from the hunt with a fine comb to remove any debris which might have got stuck to the coat.
  • Body Type – Because it is hunting dog in essence, the Small Munsterlander has a strong, robust body. However, in spite of being strong and well-muscled, it has a very elegant and a distinguished air about him which had made him a favourite among the classes of nobles in Europe in 18th and 19th centuries.

Characteristics :

  • He is extremely friendly and therefore an excellent companion for kids.
  • He is also very social and loves to interact with other house pets like cats and other dogs.
  • It is very easy to train him as he has natural instinct to obey orders.
  • He does not require excessive grooming except if he is used for hunting.
  • It is an extremely intelligent breed of dog.
  • He is not very popular as a watchdog or guard dog.
  • He is a very handsome looking dog with an air of elegance.
  • He is above average when it comes to popularity as a house pet.
  • He can very easily adapt to different climates and environments.
  • He is not hypoallergenic.

Tasty Tidbits :

Unlike other breeds of dogs, the Small Munsterlander is an extremely talented swimmer. In fact, swimming is one the best exercises for this dog.

Images, Pics, Photos and Pictures of Small Munsterlander :

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Care :

This dog does not require out of the ordinary care or medical attention. However, one must keep in mind that he is a very playful dog and loves to have company all the time. In absence of his owners or other house pets, he can get lonely. This dog does not like the kennel life and would much rather live and sleep in the house itself, close to its owners.

Feeding :

Small Munsterlanders require a high quality diet of dry food. However, if they are getting an excess of exertion due to hunting activities, then their diet must contain lots of proteins and carbohydrate supplements.

Information And Facts of Small Munsterlander :

  1. Full name of this dog is Small Munsterlander.
  2. Other names it is known by are Munsterlander (small), Vorstenhund, Spion and Heidewachtel.
  3. It origin lies in Germany.
  4. It is a medium sized dog.
  5. It belongs to hunting-pointing-retrieving breed of dogs.
  6. Its average lifespan is 12-14 years.
  7. The average height of a male dog is 52-56 cms and that of a female dog is 50-54 cms.
  8. The weight of this dog is usually between 17-26 kg (38-58 lbs).
  9. This dog basically comes only in two colours – brown and white but may be spotted or bridled.
  10. The average price of Small Munsterlander puppy is about $650.
  11. It is a very intelligent dog breed and is extremely skilled at hunting and retrieving.
  12. He is quite a popular choice for a pet because of his extremely friendly nature.
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Schapendoes http://animalsbreeds.com/schapendoes/ http://animalsbreeds.com/schapendoes/#respond Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:32:27 +0000 http://animalsbreeds.com/?p=2487 Schapendoes, also commonly known as the Dutch Sheepdog is adorable dog with a shaggy look because of their long coat. Although they are natives of Netherlands and mostly found in surrounding areas only, they are very popular as house pets because of their lively, playful and kind nature as well as extreme affection. He is basically a dog used for herding sheep but is now common as a family dog.

History and Health :

  • History – This breed is a native of Netherlands and particularly of the Veluwe region which is a forest and swamp land. This is not a pure breed of dogs either but rather has a mixed bloodline of herding as well as livestock guardian dogs like Bearded Collie, Old English Sheepdog and Bergamasco. This breed almost went out of existence during World War two but was later revived by some breeders.
  • Health – Schapendoes dogs are generally a healthy breed of dogs. However, they may be prone to Progressive Retinal Atrophy which is a type of eye infection causing blindness with age.

Temperament and Personality :

  • Personality – Schapendoes dogs are extremely energetic, lively and affectionate dogs. They require a lot of exercise and the best way of ensuring that is to play with them. They are ideal pets for families with small children as they are very sweet natured and can become best buddies with kids who play with them. They are also intelligent dogs and require activities or games which will keep them mentally stimulated. They love to stay out of doors the whole day long if possible.
  • Activity Requirements – As is common with almost all breeds of herding dogs, this breed too has high activity requirements. A daily run or jog is absolutely essential. Apart from that, this dog is happiest when playing games as it takes care of the exercise need as well as the playfulness and fun factor.
  • Trainability – These dogs are easy to train mostly because of the high level of intelligence they possess. Also, another factor is that since most of this breed has been developed from a small gene pool, the breeders took care to promote only those dogs which showed high trainability traits.
  • Behavioural Traits – The Schapendoes dogs are probably one of the friendliest breeds of dogs. They are very receptive of new people as well as animals they meet and greet everyone warmly. In fact, if proper training is not given, they may even go to the extent of jumping on and licking the face of a total stranger. This makes them very poor guard dogs but nevertheless a nice addition to the family as a pet.

Appearance and Grooming :

  • Appearance – The Schapendoes have a very shaggy appearance due to the long coarse outer coat. In fact, even the hair around the face is so long that the facial features are hidden. They usually have brown eyes and a lively, open expression on the face which is a delight to look at. The muzzle is usually shorter than the skull but is deep and broad.
  • Size and Weight – This breed of dogs is generally classified as medium sized dogs but some dogs may even fall in the ‘small size’ category. The weight of the dogs varies according to height and is generally between 12-20 kgs. Maximum weight is up to 25 kgs.
  • Coat and Colour – The dog is basically a herding dog and therefore has a double coat to protect it from the extreme climate of its native region. The undercoat is soft and dense while the outer coat is long and coarse which is generally very wavy but not curly. The backs of legs and tails have a lot of feathering too. The colour of the coat may be solid black or brown. It can also be white but it will have markings with another colour.
  • Grooming – Because of the long, coarse coat, these dogs require a regular brushing to get rid of tangles and to prevent the hair from matting. Grooming these dogs is actually a pleasurable task since the dog himself loves getting his hair brushed and is extremely happy to get it done.
  • Body Type – The Schapendoes dogs have a very well-muscled and athletic body which is ideal for strenuous activity all day long. The bodies are also quite elastic which makes these dogs as fast runners. Their tail is longer than average and is level from the back and straight. The ears are of medium size and floppy such that would move a lot while the dog is running.

Characteristics :

  • He is extremely friendly and playful.
  • He is a great companion for kids and adults alike.
  • He is a very intelligent dog.
  • He is a poor guard dog since he is almost never aggressive.
  • He is easy to train.
  • He is good with other house pets and is welcoming towards new animals in the house.
  • He can be prone to excessive barking if bored.
  • He hates being indoors.
  • He needs a safe, open space to run in to fulfil his activity needs.
  • He is known to be very independent and can think for himself most of the time.

Tasty Tidbits :

The Schapendoes dogs are one of the most agile breeds of dogs and are a favourite for dog sporting competitions. In fact, in Europe and particularly around Netherlands, many winners of dog sport competitions have been Schapendoes.

Images, Pics, Photos and Pictures of Schapendoes :

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Care :

These dogs require a lot of exercise and that is the first step towards ensuring that they are healthy. If they do not get the required exercise, they will get hyperactive, bad tempered and may even suffer from emotional distress.

Feeding :

Schapendoes dogs require a diet of high quality dry food. The amount depends on how much daily exercise the dog is getting.

Information And Facts of Schapendoes :

  1. Full name of this dog is Schapendoes.
  2. Other names include Dutch Sheepdog, Drent Sheepdog, Dutch Sheep Poodle and Nederlandse Schapendoes.
  3. Its origin lies in Netherlands.
  4. It is a medium sized dog.
  5. This breed belongs to the Herding group of dogs.
  6. The life span of this breed is around 14-15 years.
  7. The average height of this dog varies between 40 – 50 cms.
  8. The dog will weigh roughly around 15 to 25 kgs with the female dogs being slightly lighter than the male dogs.
  9. This dog basically comes with a white, brown or black coat but if it has a white coat, it will be with markings of another colour.
  10. The average price of a Schapendoes puppy is $1000-$1500 USD.
  11. This breed of dog is very energetic and lively and needs a lot of exercise daily.
  12. Schapendoes dogs are known for their extremely affectionate nature and utmost devotion to their owners.
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Redbone Coonhound http://animalsbreeds.com/redbone-coonhound/ http://animalsbreeds.com/redbone-coonhound/#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2016 12:01:16 +0000 http://animalsbreeds.com/?p=2474 The Redbone Coonhound is basically a hunting dog. This breed is considered to be a pure breed which specializes in hunting bears, raccoons and cougars. They are fast runners and extremely agile. They are also very adaptable as they can hunt in all sorts of terrain from swamplands to mountains. As a house pet too, these dogs prove to be great companions because of their friendly, playful nature and loyalty towards their owners.

History and Health :

  • History – The Redbone Coonhound gets its name from Peter Redbone of Tennessee who is said to be the first breeder or this variety of dogs. Apparently, in the late 18th century, red coloured foxhounds were brought to the American shores from Europe which was later cross bred with bloodhounds to give birth to this new variety of Redbone Coonhounds. They were popular hunting dogs since they could take on even big animals like bears without any fear and could also tirelessly run on all kinds of terrain.
  • Health – These dogs are generally healthy but have been known to be prone to eye and ear infections. An eye condition called progressive retinal atrophy is quite common in this breed of dogs. It is also important to take special care that his ears remain clean and dry to prevent infections. Also, these dogs tend to get obese really quickly if they are overfed which can lead to joint pains.

Temperament and Personality :

  • Personality – The Redbone Coonhound is an extremely friendly and playful dog. Not only is he very friendly towards humans but also towards other animals like dogs and even cats who may be house pets. They love to be around their family and are very energetic. They are mellow and even-tempered dogs who are a great source of happiness for their owners. However, due to his hunting instincts he can chase off other animals apart from house pets that he is not familiar with.
  • Activity Requirements – This breed of dog is extremely energetic and requires a lot of exercise. If they do not get enough exercise or do not get a space to play in, they can get bored and become destructive. On the contrary, some Redbone Coonhounds love to stay indoors. However, they too should definitely be taken out on regular walks and jogs or they will easily get obese and develop medical problems.
  • Trainability – They rank average on the point of trainability. If they are trained as puppies, they can easily follow basic commands like sit, down, stay and come. However, they can sometimes get confused because of short attention span and simply choose not to follow instructions. They tend to mature more slowly than other breeds of dogs and so training them also takes more time and patience.
  • Behavioural Traits – The Redbone Coonhound is a highly energetic dog who loves to play with all living creatures whether it is humans or other animals. He also has a keen sense of smell and loves to follow it. There is also a tendency to chase other animals as if he is hunting them. He can get so absorbed in his hunting traits that he may even run off from home. As is common with all energetic dogs, this breed too has a tendency to bark a lot which is not that big a problem unless he starts howling. His bark is deep and quite pleasant to the ears.

Appearance and Grooming :

  • Appearance – Since he belongs to the Hound breed, he has all the physical traits of a typical hound, that is, well-muscled and lean body, glossy coat and very regal demeanour. The colour of his coat is always a beautiful deep red and he has long floppy ears. He is a dog with eyes which are full of emotions and the expression on his face is often described as a ‘pleading dog’ expression.
  • Size and Weight – The Redbone Coonhound is a medium sized dog of about 54-68 cms in height and weighing roughly around 20 to 30 kgs.
  • Coat and Colour – The Redbone Coonhound is one of the rare breeds of dogs which come in only one colour i.e. a deep red. They are not even spotted or speckled with any other colour but have only one single red colour running through their body. The coat is short and smooth, which is typical of the hound breed of dogs and is also weather resistant.
  • Grooming – It does not require excessive grooming except a weekly brush of the coat so as to keep it glossy and healthy.
  • Body Type – It has a relatively well-proportioned body and is slightly higher on the shoulders as compared to the hips. They have thick pads on their feet which allow them to run through all kinds of hard ground without hurting themselves. They also generally have webbed toes.

Characteristics :

  • He is an extremely affectionate and playful dog.
  • He is an excellent companion for kids.
  • He is generally friendly towards other house pets with whom he has been brought up.
  • He is very energetic and needs a lot of exercise daily.
  • He has a tendency to bark a lot and can bring the house down with his howling.
  • He is not an apartment-friendly dog and hates confined spaces.
  • He is a very social dog and is friendly even towards strangers.
  • He is very intelligent and great at solving problems and figuring out things.
  • He does not require special grooming.
  • He can tend to be lazy and can get obese.
  • He has a short attention span which makes him slightly difficult to train.

Tasty Tidbits :

If they are not given proper exercise, sometimes they may choose to go hunting on their own which may spell disaster for your neighbours’ pets, especially if they have small furry animals like rabbits or hamsters.

Images, Pics, Photos and Pictures of Redbone Coonhound :

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Care :

Redbone Coonhounds only require that they be given a big space in which they can run and jump and bound to their heart’s content. They also need a constant companion to play with them and are happiest when they are in the midst of a large number of people known to them.

Feeding :

A daily meal for this dog should contain less than 10% fat and about 15-20% protein if they are not being used for hunting activities. If they are hunting, then the amount should be increased by fifty percent.

Information And Facts of Redbone Coonhound :

  1. The full name of this dog is Redbone Coonhound.
  2. Another name by which it is knows as is Reds.
  3. Its origin is in the Southern United States.
  4. It falls in the category of medium sized dogs.
  5. The Redbone Coonhound belongs to Hound Dogs Breed according to AKC and to Scenthounds Dog Breed according to UKC.
  6. It has an average lifespan of 11-12 years.
  7. The height of a male dog is 56-68 cms, while that of a female dog is 53-66 cms.
  8. The weight of these dogs varies between 20 to 30 kg with male dogs being approximately 22.7-31.8 kg and females being 20.4-31.8 kgs.
  9. True to its name, this dog comes in only one colour, that is, deep red.
  10. A Redbone Coonhound puppy can be bought for anywhere between $500 – $800.
  11. They are highly energetic dog and require much more exercise than an average dog.
  12. Redbone Coonhounds are one of the most attractive breeds of dogs and with their deep red coat, they look very majestic.
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Rafeiro do Alentejo http://animalsbreeds.com/rafeiro-do-alentejo/ http://animalsbreeds.com/rafeiro-do-alentejo/#respond Thu, 07 Jan 2016 07:23:59 +0000 http://animalsbreeds.com/?p=2463 The Rafeiro de Alentejo is a very large sized mountain dog who is said to have genetically developed from the original mountain dogs of the Tibetan highlands. It was used basically as a guard dog for large estates but has also been known to be skilful in herding sheep. Due to its large size as well as serious nature it is not very popular as a family pet and is one of the most uncommon breeds of dogs.

History and Health :

  • History – There are several theories regarding the origins of the Rafeiro de Alentejo since it is not a pure breed of dogs. One is that they are descendants of the Tibetan Mastiff. Another is that they migrated from somewhere in Central Asia to the Iberian Peninsula where they were first put to use in moving livestock. The Portuguese herdsmen used these dogs to move their livestock from one place to another in search of pastures. In the 1960s and 1970s, this breed almost became extinct but was revived again due to efforts of some dedicated breeders.
  • Health – This breed is known to be generally healthy because of exposure to mountain air. However, because of their large size, the dog may develop hip dysplasia as it gets older.

Temperament and Personality :

  • Personality – The Rafeiro de Alentejo is known to have a very serious and sober personality. They are extremely self-confident and strong headed and therefore they need an owner or trainer who is a strong leader. They are territorial in nature and naturally suspicious of strangers. They make excellent guard dogs or companion dogs but are not the best choice of pet for families with small children.
  • Activity Requirements – This dog has almost minimal activity requirements. It loves to stay indoors and is happy enough to just walk from one room to the next to exercise. However, at least a 15-20 minute daily walk is recommended to keep the dog healthy.
  • Trainability – Training this dog requires a trainer who has had substantial experience in the field of training dogs and is no easy feat for a first timer. This dog is head strong and intelligent and therefore needs to be trained at a young age. The trainer needs to prove that he is a stronger leader than the dog to make him obey his commands. Also, this dog loves praises and affection which can be used as leverage to train him.
  • Behavioural Traits – The Rafeiro do Alentejo generally has a very peaceful demeanour. It does not get aggressive unless provoked extensively or if it feels that his territory or the people under his guard are being threatened. He is not known to be very playful but he loves to be around small children and is very docile towards them.

Appearance and Grooming :

  • Appearance – The Rafeiro de Alentejo is a huge dog and may look quite fearsome, especially when he is acting as a guard dog. The head of this dog is often described as ‘bear-like’. He usually has a serious or sober expression on his face which suits his temperament. Usually this dog would not be in one solid colour but would have markings in white or black giving him a dappled, bridled or streaked look.
  • Size and Weight – These breeds of dogs are very heavy built. They are large and because of their size they are not very fast or agile. The weight of these dogs varies from 50 to 60 kgs for a male dog and 45-55 kgs for a female dog.
  • Coat and Colour – The coat of this dog is generally short and dense. It is also very straight with no hint of the faintest wave or curl. The colour of the coat is generally black, white or fawn and almost always has markings with a different colour. The markings may be streaked, dappled or bridled.
  • Grooming – No special grooming is required for this dog except an occasional brushing of the coat to keep it free of debris and to untangle it. However, during the shedding season, the coat should be brushed regularly.
  • Body Type – This dog has a well built and heavy body, though not very muscly. Overall, the body shape is a little longer and tall. Because of the bulky body, he has a slow, rolling gait. The chest of these dogs is generally very well developed and deep and they have very strong front and rear limbs which carry their body weight easily.

Characteristics :

  • They are excellent guard dogs and very protective towards their family.
  • They have a very peaceful demeanour.
  • They are very affectionate.
  • They are good with small kids.
  • They are not good with other dogs or pets unless socialized at an early age.
  • Training these dogs is not very easy and requires prior experience.
  • They are very self-confident and have a dominant streak.
  • They are low shedders generally but shed heavily twice a year.
  • They are slow to reach maturity.
  • They do not prefer exercising a lot and are not inclined to jump or play unnecessarily.

Tasty Tidbits :

The Rafeiro do Alentejo may look like a very fierce dog because of the large body size and grave expressions but is actually a very docile and peaceful dog and does not get aggressive easily.

Images, Pics, Photos and Pictures of Rafeiro do Alentejo :

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Care :

This dog needs his own space and time. He does not need company all the time but he loves affection. To keep him healthy, owners must ensure he gets some regular exercise even if the dog himself is not very inclined for the same.

Feeding :

A diet of high quality dry kibble, along with some cooked fruits and vegetables and cottage cheese would be good for this dog. He should be kept away from chocolates and alcoholic drinks at all cost.

Information And Facts of Rafeiro do Alentejo :

  1. Full name of this dog is Rafeiro do Alentejo.
  2. Other names are Alentejo Mastiff, Portuguese Mastiff and Mutt of Alentejo.
  3. Its country of origin is Portugal.
  4. It is a very large sized dog.
  5. It belongs to the Guard group of dogs according to UKC.
  6. This breed can live up to 12 years on an average.
  7. The average height of a male dog is 66-75 cms while that of a female dog is 64-70 cms.
  8. A male dog weighs roughly 50-60 kgs and a female dog weighs 45-55 kgs.
  9. The colour of the dog is generally black, yellow or fawn with markings in white.
  10. The approximate price for a puppy is $1000-$1500 USD.
  11. This dog has low activity requirements and loves to remain indoors.
  12. This breed is known to be very sober and serious with a grave disposition.
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Pyrenean Shepherd http://animalsbreeds.com/pyrenean-shepherd/ http://animalsbreeds.com/pyrenean-shepherd/#respond Wed, 06 Jan 2016 06:24:48 +0000 http://animalsbreeds.com/?p=2454 The Pyrenean Shepherd is basically a native of the French Pyrenees Mountains where he is used as a herding dog. He may not be as big in size as other herding breeds of dogs but he is extremely energetic, agile and very intelligent. Besides rigorous daily exercise, these dogs always need to be involved in activities which will stimulate their minds too.

History and Health :

  • History – These dogs originate in the French Pyrenees mountains and were basically used to herd sheep. However, they came to prominence after the First World War when they proved to be very useful as courier dogs and search and rescue dogs. Even today, this breed is not very popular outside its native region.
  • Health – The Pyrenean Shepherd is a relatively healthy breed and is not prone to any specific genetic diseases. As the dog gets older, he may develop hip dysplasia or some eye problems which can still be avoided through regular check-ups.

Temperament and Personality :

  • Personality – The Pyrenean Shepherd is a very intelligent dog with high activity requirements. He loves to go on long runs or strenuous hikes and particularly loves to be left loose without the leash. Because of his herding tendencies, he is always vigilant and alert for danger and makes a good watchdog. They are very watchful, quick to learn and even love to help in daily chores around the house.
  • Activity Requirements – This breed belongs to the herding group of dogs and is therefore basically an outdoor dog. He has very high stamina and needs a lot of exercise daily. The owner needs to spend a lot of time with this dog in order to fulfil all his activity requirements. He hates to be left alone in the house and is happiest when he has a big garden or yard to play in whole day long.
  • Trainability – These dogs are easy to train as they are very intelligent and can quickly grasp what they are expected to do. In fact, they are so clever that they can pick up on the way of doing minor household chores and other behavioural traits just from observing other people perform them.
  • Behavioural Traits – The Pyrenean Shepherd displays strong herding traits even if it is not being used as a herding dog. Because of this, he is a very protective and is wary of strangers. He is not known to be a friendly dog and can be very aggressive towards other strange dogs. If he is kept in a pack, he will usually be the leader as he tends to be very bossy towards others.

Appearance and Grooming :

  • Appearance – The Pyrenean Shepherd is a very lean and athletic looking dog, mostly because it is generally involved in strenuous exercises like herding in the mountains. Its coat can be either smooth-faced which is short or rough-faced which has longer hair which falls down to the eyes. He also has a unique looking triangular muzzle.
  • Size and Weight – The Pyrenean Shepherd is a medium sized dog but is smallest among the French Herding group of dogs. The size of the dog also varies depending on whether he has a smooth-face or rough-face coat with the former being slightly smaller. On an average the dog will weigh about 7-14 kgs.
  • Coat and Colour – The dog comes with two varieties of coats. The first is the smooth-faced coat which has short, fine hair around the mouth and slightly longer hair on the rest of the body. The second is the rough-faced coat which has really long hair on the face which almost falls to the eyes. The colour of the coat varies from golden hair, blue plush, plush red markings black markings along with brindle, merle and white coat colour.
  • Grooming – Both the smooth-faced and rough-faced dogs do not require special grooming apart from an occasional brush down of the coat. While for the smooth-faced, a monthly brush down will suffice, the rough-faced dogs require at least a weekly brush because of the longer hair which can become corded.
  • Body Type – This dog has a body which seems built for activity in rough terrains. He has a slightly long body which is very lean and athletic. The chest is well developed but not very protruding while the ribs are strong and rounded which helps the dog endure in the mountains. He is one of the fastest runners among any breed of dogs.

Pyrenean Shepherd Characteristics :

  • He is an extremely energetic dog.
  • He makes a very good watchdog.
  • He is very intelligent and quick to learn things.
  • He is very watchful and perceptive of what others want.
  • He is good with kids.
  • He is not generally friendly towards other animals.
  • He is easy to train.
  • He is not hypoallergenic.
  • He needs a lot of mental stimulation like learning new activities.
  • He is apartment friendly.

Tasty Tidbits :

This dog is known to be a one-man dog i.e. he attaches himself to his owner and follows him around everywhere and tries to participate in everything that his owner does.

Images, Pics, Photos and Pictures of Pyrenean Shepherd :

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Care :

The Pyrenean Shepherd requires a lot of exercise, mental stimulation as well as attention from the owners. They do not like to be left alone and they need to be properly socialized at a young age to prevent shyness or aggression towards strangers.

Feeding :

A diet of high quality dry kibble is recommended. Canned food is strict no for this dog.

Information And Facts of Pyrenean Shepherd :

  1. Full name of this dog breed is Pyrenean Shepherd.
  2. Other names include Berger des Pyrénées, Petit Berger, Pyrenees Sheepdog and Pyr Shep.
  3. Its origin is in the area of Southern France and Northern Spain.
  4. It is a medium sized dog but is the smallest among the French hound group.
  5. It belongs to the Herding Dog breed according to UKC and AKC.
  6. Average life expectancy is easily around 15-17 years.
  7. The height of a male dog is 38-52 cms while that of a female dog is 36-52 cms.
  8. The weight of the dog varies according to height but is usually around 7-15 kgs.
  9. This dog comes in many colours like Brindle, Black, White, Grey, Blue Merle, Merle and Fawn.
  10. The approximate cost of a Pyrenean Shepherd puppy is $500-$800 USD.
  11. These dogs have very high stamina and require a lot of exercise daily including runs, jogs as well as dog sports.
  12. These dogs need a lot of mental stimulation as well since they love to learn new things.
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Peruvian Inca Orchid http://animalsbreeds.com/peruvian-inca-orchid/ http://animalsbreeds.com/peruvian-inca-orchid/#respond Wed, 30 Dec 2015 04:19:45 +0000 http://animalsbreeds.com/?p=2448 The Peruvian Inca Orchid is one of the most ancient breeds of dogs which was recognized almost 3,000 years ago. They are natives of Peru and were considered very valuable during the Inca Empire which gave them their name. The most striking feature about this breed is their lack of coat or hair which sets them apart from any other breed of dog. He is very popular as a pet among city dwellers since it is easy for him to accommodate in an apartment and does not need a lot of exercise.

History and Health :

  • History – The Peruvian Inca Orchid was first identified as far back as the 1st century A.D. in the villages of Peru. He stood out from other breeds of dogs due to lack of coat or hair. Because of his excellent watchdog capabilities as well as unique appearance, he became very popular as a pet. This breed was later introduced to the world through Spanish explorers who discovered it in Peru and gave it the name ‘Flower Dog’. This is the name which later developed into the name Peruvian Inca Orchid.
  • Health – The lack of coat on the Peruvian Inca Orchid, which is the reason for its unique appearance, also leads to several health problems. Since the skin is unprotected by hair, it is very sensitive and easily wounded. The dog may develop acne, skin lesions or epilepsy. The skin is also very sensitive to sun and therefore this dog can’t stay out of doors during the day for long. In most dogs, several of their molar or pre-molar teeth would be missing too which leads to problems in later stages of life.

Temperament and Personality :

  • Personality – The Peruvian Inca Orchid is a very lively dog who loves to play around. He can be wary of strangers or other new animals that he encounters but once he gets to know them, he is very friendly. He also loves to be the centre of attention and always craves for company. He is also intelligent and generally has a calm and easy-going temperament.
  • Activity Requirements – This breed of dogs needs moderate exercise. A brisk 20-30 minutes daily walk is essential for keeping the dog healthy. This dog is known to be a couch potato and is not too eager for exercise.
  • Trainability – Training these dogs requires a trainer with a gentle disposition as using harsh methods with these dogs do not work. They are intelligent dogs and are eager to keep everyone happy, so it is not very difficult to train them. However, they need a trainer who knows dog language and so are not recommended for beginners.
  • Behavioural Traits – These dogs have great protective instincts and they are always alert and on their guard. They make great pets because of their friendly nature towards both humans and other animals they are familiar with. He is very lively and loves praises and attention.

Appearance and Grooming :

  • Appearance – The Peruvian Inca Orchid is one of those rare breeds of dogs which are hairless. It usually has no coat or a very short coarse coat. They have a smooth skin which can look glossy with proper grooming. Their eyes are a beautiful almond shape and ears are pricked most of the time when the dog is alert but should be able to fall forward while sleeping.
  • Size and Weight – This dog can be a small as well as a medium sized dog. For a small dog, the average weight is about 8-10 kgs while for a medium sized dog, the average weight would be 12-25 kgs.
  • Coat and Colour – The Peruvian Inca Orchid is basically a hairless dog and therefore there is no coat. However, some dogs may have a coat but it is very short and coarse. If the dog is hairless, there may be some hair on head, legs and tail. Colour of the skin may be Black, brown, grey, white or tan.
  • Grooming – The lack of hair on this dog means that the owner needs to take care of the dog’s skin rather than the coat. The dog should be kept clean by wiping down with a sponge daily and a weekly bath is recommended. Also, proper application of moisturizer and sunscreen is a must.
  • Body Type – The size of the Peruvian Inca Orchid can vary a lot from small to medium. However, irrespective of the size, the dogs have a very lithe body which makes them agile and alert. The head is tapered while the tail is long. Overall, they have the appearance of a very graceful dog.

Characteristics :

  • He is a very playful dog.
  • He is good with other house pets if he knows them.
  • He can be a good companion for kids.
  • He makes a very good watchdog.
  • He loves to be the centre of attention.
  • His intelligence quotient is very high.
  • He is apartment friendly.
  • His skin is very sensitive to skin.
  • He is easy to train.
  • He is hypoallergenic.

Tasty Tidbits :

The Peruvian Inca Orchid is one of the most popular breeds of dogs as a house pet because of their ability to live in a small apartment as well as because of their unique looks.

Images, Pics, Photos and Pictures of Peruvian Inca Orchid :

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Care :

This dog is usually prone to a lot of skin and teeth problems caused due to the lack of protective coat on his body. Owners should take care to protect him from extreme weather conditions. A sunscreen lotion should always be applied before taking him out of doors.

Feeding :

A diet of high quality dry food is ideal for this dog.

Information And Facts of Peruvian Inca Orchid :

  1. Full name of this dog is Peruvian Inca Orchid.
  2. Other names are Peruvian Hairless Dog, Perro Sin Pelo de Perú, Inca Hairless Dog, Viringo and Dielmatian.
  3. Its country of origin is Peru.
  4. It is a medium sized dog.
  5. It belongs to Sighthound/Pariah group of dogs according to UKC and to Hound group according to AKC.
  6. Average life span is 11-12 years.
  7. Average height of this dog is 50-65 cm but can also be as less as 30-40 cms for some dogs.
  8. A medium sized dog weighs 12-25 kgs but those with short height usually weight 8-10 kgs.
  9. This dog comes in a variety of colours like chocolate brown, elephant grey, copper, tan or mottled.
  10. A Peruvian Inca Orchid puppy would cost between 400 to 600 USD.
  11. This dog has moderate exercise requirements, i.e. 20-30 minutes of brisk walk/ jog.
  12. This breed is very popular as a watchdog due to their cautious and loyal nature along with high sensitivity.
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Norrbottenspets http://animalsbreeds.com/norrbottenspets/ http://animalsbreeds.com/norrbottenspets/#respond Fri, 18 Dec 2015 13:37:09 +0000 http://animalsbreeds.com/?p=2438 The Norrbottenspets dog is a native of Sweden but is also very popular in the neighbouring country of Finland. The original purpose for breeding this dog was for helping in farming activities, but due to its intelligence, alertness and agility, it soon turned into a hunting dog and was very popular for hunting wild geese and raccoon. He is known to be a very brave and courageous dog and can even take on bigger animals like bears and moose while hunting.

History and Health :

  • History – Norrbottenspets originated in the region of Sweden and Finland and both countries have been arguing for centuries, each claiming that the breed is native to their country. Unfortunately, this breed of dog almost became extinct after World War I. In fact, it was only because of genuine efforts of some breeders that this species could be saved from extinction. Sweden and Finland officially recognized this breed of dogs in 1967 and 1973 respectively.
  • Health – The dogs of this breed are generally healthy since they are farming/ hunting dogs and have a well-developed immune system.

Temperament and Personality :

  • Personality – The Norrbottenspets dogs are one of the friendliest and most loving breeds of dogs. The characteristic of their personality, which they are most known for, are their gentleness and non-aggressive nature. It literally takes a lot of provocation for this dog to retort back. They are very gentle towards children and therefore make great companions for families with small kids.
  • Activity Requirements – Norrbottenspets are basically hunting dogs and therefore they have an ingrained gene which makes them extremely active and high energy dog. To maintain their health, they need a lot of exercise on a daily basis including walks/ jogs as well as dog games. They love to stay outdoors and therefore they are not really apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Trainability – It is quite easy to train this dog. However, one thing the trainer must keep in mind is that Norrbottenspets is a gentle dog, and therefore, the training instructions should also be given in a gentle and calm manner. Also, new and innovative training methods are to be used rather than repeating the same routine over and over.
  • Behavioural Traits – Norrbottenspets is a very brave as well as intelligent dog. They are extremely loyal to their family. It is known to be a dog with a positive attitude because of its friendly nature and eagerness to please. He also makes an excellent guard dog because of his alert nature and tendency to bark continuously to warn the owners.

Appearance and Grooming :

  • Appearance – The Norrbottenspets typically looks like a small, spitz dog. He has a good body structure with strongly built muscles and a short hard coat which is predominantly white and marked with reddish brown and yellow markings. They always give an expression of alertness.
  • Size and Weight – The dog is medium in size but is quite light as compared to the other breeds of dogs. Even while standing at an average height of 40-45 cms, they weigh only 10-15 kgs.
  • Coat and Colour – The colour of the coat is predominantly white with patches of red, brown or tan markings. Some dogs may also have black patches but that is not generally desirable. The dog also has a double coat which is meant to protect it from extreme weather condition which is common in the region of its origin. It has a smooth soft undercoat, and a short but hard and straight outer coat.
  • Grooming – Norrbotenspets do not require very special grooming. They need an occasional brush down of their coats to get rid of the dead hair. However, they are heavy shedders and shed twice a year.
  • Body Type – The Norrbotenspets has a short, compact and muscular body type. It has a powerfully built head which can be said to resemble that of a fox as is common with other spitz dogs. He has a very symmetrical body and as a result a very smooth gait even while cantering or trotting which makes his movements look almost fluid.

Characteristics :

  • He is a non-aggressive dog.
  • He is great with small children as he is very gentle.
  • He is good with other house pets.
  • He is very easy to train because of his positive attitude.
  • He is a heavy shedder.
  • He is one of the most loving dogs by nature.
  • He has a very loud bark which makes him a good alarm dog.
  • He is very fond of outdoor activities like hiking, trekking etc.
  • He prefers outdoors but is also apartment friendly.
  • He has a tremendous amount of stamina.

Tasty Tidbits :

This dog has a tendency to bark excessively even at the silliest of things. This trait comes from it being used as an alarm dog. With proper training, he can be taught not to bark at each and every moving thing.

Care :

This breed of dog requires very little attention from the owners as far as grooming or health problems are concerned. However, this dog has very high levels of energy and therefore requires a good amount of daily exercise. It has proved to be one of the best companion dogs for families because of its gentle and non-aggressive nature.

Images, Pics, Photos and Pictures of Norrbottenspets :

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Feeding :

A diet of high quality dry food is recommended for this dog. The actual amount of food given daily depends on how much activity the dog is getting. If it used for hunting, the diet should be higher.

Information And Facts of Norrbottenspets :

  1. Full name of this dog is Norrbottenspets.
  2. Other names include Nordic Spitz, Norbottenspitz and Pohjanpystykorva.
  3. Its country of origin is Sweden.
  4. It falls in the category of medium sized dogs.
  5. It belongs to the Spitz breed of dogs.
  6. This breed’s average life span is about 15-16 years.
  7. The ideal height of a male dog is 45 cms while that of a female dog is 42 cms.
  8. A male dog weighs roughly 11-15 kgs while a female weighs 8-12 kgs.
  9. Normally this dog comes in a predominantly white colour which has reddish brown or yellow markings.
  10. The average cost of a Norrbottenspets puppy is 500 – 700 USD
  11. The dog has a high energy level and requires lots of exercise on a daily basis.
  12. This is an extremely non-aggressive breed of dogs and does not retort even if teased by small children.
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