Dog Breeds 101: Pembroke Welsh Corgi

 

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Lifespan

Height

Weight

12-14 years

10-12 inches

27 to 30 pounds

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The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is known for being a happy, loving and intelligent breed. However, they can have a stubborn and independent streak. Generally they are easy to train but they do like to think for themselves at times.

This breed loves food and it can be used as a great motivator during training, but as they love to eat they can easily become obese if their food is not regulated.

Pembroke Welsh Corgis make good watchdogs as they are suspicious of strangers and are quick to bark when their households or themselves feel threatened.

Like all dogs the Pembroke Welsh Corgi requires early socialisation to ensure they grow into healthy, happy and well-rounded adults.

prance-8.jpgGROOMING

This breed is double coated with a think undercoat and longer topcoat; because of this they shed continuously with heavy shedding twice a year. They are easy to groom but shedding can cause a problem is brushing isn’t kept up with. It is recommended to brush your Pembroke Welsh Corgi once a day while they are going through their heavy shedding.

CHILDREN AND OTHER PETS

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi will get on well with children but due to their natural herding instinct they are prone to biting children on the ankles and feet. This is a behaviour that can be trained out at a young age however.

Again, as long as they are socialised with other pets in the household they will get along well.

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Dog Breeds 101: Pyrenean Mountain Dog

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I know I’ve been missing for several months but the time has come to make my return, I have missed blogging and sharing my knowledge and connecting with people online, but I did completely lose my inspiration and motivation for the blog and I had got to a point where I wasn’t happy with the posts that were going up! A break was well needed so that I could get my head in the right place to continue delivering content that I am proud of and that people will enjoy.

With all that said I’m going to dive into this post!

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KEY INFORMATION

Lifespan

Height

Weight

10-12 years

65-82cm

36-54kg

TEMPERAMENT

Pyreneans although giant in stature, are gentle dogs particularly around children which has made them a family favourite for many years. However, like many large dogs Pyreneans are slow to mature and only reach full maturity between 3 and 4 years of age, and this must be taking into account when training them.

Also, Pyreneans contain a stubborn streak that can provide further challenges during training, but despite this they are extremely loyal and form unbreakable bonds with their families. They respond well to positive reinforcement training but don’t take too kindly to any negative reinforcement, which may lead them to more disobedient behaviour. Furthermore, they enjoy the sound of their own voices and will bark at any noise unless this behaviour is assessed early on in life.

Like all dogs the Pyrenean Mountain Dog requires socialisation from a young age to enable them to mature into well-rounded and happy dogs.

Also, due to their inquisitive nature Pyreneans are quite the escape artists and so a well fenced yard is required to ensure they don’t leave for their own adventures. They also contain a high prey drive so intense training is needed for off leash walking as they are generally unresponsive to a recall command when they are in that frame of mind.

pyrenean-mountain-dog-puppy.jpgFAMILY LIVING

The Pyrenean Mountain Dog loves being in a family environment and thoroughly enjoy being involved in things that go on around them, which includes playing with children. While most Pyreneans take care to be extra gentle around children, their large size and strength can be something of an issue and extra attention is needed around the children.

Pyreneans will get on with other pets in the house such as cats if they have been raised with them and if socialised correctly they will also get along with other dogs.

HEALTH

The Pyrenean Mountain Dog has some hereditary conditions such as:

  • Hip dysplasia (due to their size, risk factor can reduced by not allowing the dog to climb up and down stairs, and to use shorter walks until they have reached maturity to ensure that there is less stress on the joints while they are growing)
  • Epilepsy
  • Tricuspid dysplasia
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Entropion (eyelids folding inwards)
  • Bloat/Gastric torsion (the risk of this can also be minimised by using a raised feeder and ensuring the dog doesn’t eat too quickly)

Pyrenean-Mountain-Dog.jpgGROOMING

Pyreneans require a lot of grooming due to their double coat. Ideally, they need to be brushed everyday to remove dead and loose hair and prevent matting. As they have a double coat they shed a lot of hair, more so in the Spring and then Autumn.

It is also important to keep their ears clean to prevent a build up of wax that can cause ear infections.

EXERCISE

Although the Pyrenean Mountain Dog is a low energy dog they still require a decent amount of exercising. The recommended amount is around 2 hours of exercise a day for these dogs to ensure they have enough physical and mental stimulation. However, as said earlier it is important to not overexercise a Pyrenean early in life while their bones and joints are still developing to avoid issues with their joints later in life.

 

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Dog Breeds 101: Rhodesian Ridgeback

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The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a large dog in the Hound class! They are also known as the Lion Dog, African Lion Dog or simply Ridgeback.

SIZE
Rhodesian Ridgebacks stand between 24-27 inches tall at the shoulder, and weigh between 70-85 pounds.

HEALTH
five-fascinating-facts-about-the-rhodesian-ridgeback-dog-breed-58a1be552ceda.jpgRidgebacks are a relatively healthy breed with a lifespan of between 9-15 years. However, as with all dogs, the breed is susceptible to certain conditions. For Ridgebacks this includes elbow and hip dysplasia due to their size; and also dermoid sinus (which is a congenital skin condition and so is present from birth).

CARE
Ridgebacks are able to adapt to a variety of living situations as long as they get sufficient daily exercise. The minimum suggested amount of exercise is a couple of 15-20 minute walks daily. However, Rhodesians will try to escape if they become bored and they love to dig so that they can lie in the cool and comfortable dirt. The coat of Ridgebacks tends to be odour-free and they are very low maintenance in terms of grooming; requiring brushing with a wire brush once a week.

PERSONALITY
RhodesianRidgebackPurebredDogBrucePuppy14WeeksOld.jpgRidgebacks are intelligent and independent with a high prey drive meaning they need to be walked on-lead at all times and a high fenced yard is needed to avoid them going off hunting alone. They are extremely playful and exuberant during puppyhood but they mature into a quiet dog with moderate exercise needs. Ridgebacks are extremely protective of their homes and so are prone to excessive barking. They are also reserved with strangers but gentle and affectionate with family members. Although, they are very tolerate of children of all ages, they are still a large dog and so close care is needed around younger children.

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Dog Breeds 101: St Bernard

Everybody loved Beethoven so this instalment of Dog Breeds 101 will explore the breed behind the lovable character!

90.jpegThe St Bernard is classed by the Kennel Club as a Working Dog weighing in between 64-120kg and reaching heights of 65-90cm. St Bernard’s have an average lifespan of between 8-10 years and they are a relatively healthy breed. Of course, due to their size they do have some issues with hip and elbow dysplasia.

10db7d31b07272343588e1eb32d6b904--saint-bernard-puppies-saint-bernard-dog.jpgThe St Bernard is a moderately intelligent breed that is quick to learn. However, because of this intelligence it is also easy for them to pick up bad habits so a confident and consistent trainer is required. Also, correct socialisation is needed when the St Bernard is a puppy or there is a risk of aggression in later life.

If the correct training and socialisation is undertaken then the St Bernard is sweet natured and patient and makes the perfect family pet. They form incredibly strong bonds with their owners and unfortunately this means they can develop separation anxiety. However, if handled correctly St Bernard’s can tolerate a reasonable amount of time on their own.

St Bernard’s are immensely strong and require enough room to live. They shed throughout the year and drool a lot. Because of their sheer size and grooming needs St Bernard’s are quite expensive to keep.

Saint-Bernard-Puppies.jpgI hope this post helps in your decision to adopt a St Bernard into your family. If you need any owning or training advice please don’t hesitate to contact me!

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Dog Breeds 101: Border Collie

1-facethreequartersFor many people the Border Collie is the ideal dog, and the breed they picture when you mention a dog! Border Collies fall into the category of herding dogs. They are a medium size dog reaching between 1’6″ and 1’10” and weighing between 30 and 45 pounds. They are a generally healthy breed with a lifespan of between 12 and 15 years. Although they like all dogs have some breed specific disorders. Border Collies can be prone to seizures, Collie Eye Anomaly, hypothyroidism and hip dysplasia.

Border-Collie-3Border Collies are not normally considered a family dog unless with an experienced owner who can direct their natural herding behaviours in a productive direction. Without proper direction Border Collies will herd anything that moves, including children. This means they can nip, nudge and bark. Their natural herding behaviours and great intelligence means that Border Collies are at risk of escaping. Fenced gardens are a must!

b1They definitely aren’t lap dogs as they were bred to work, because of this they will need plenty of mental and physical stimulation. However, if Border Collies are socialised well and their mental and physical needs are met they can adapt to any living situation.

thumb-1920-471212I hope this post has helped your decision on whether a Border Collie is for you! If you need any advice or tips please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Dog Breeds 101: Great Dane

Thinking of getting a Great Dane puppy? Keep reading for all the information you need to build a happy and loving relationship with your new best friend!

Great Danes are a large working dog who can grow anywhere from 2’4″ to 2’10” and can weigh between 100 and 200 pounds and have a lifespan of 7-10 years.

Great Danes are a great choice for small homes or apartments despite their giant size. They are an extremely low energy dog and so once they are settled there isn’t much you can do to get them moving again. This means that Great Danes don’t require a huge amount of exercise; one decent length walk is normally enough for the day. Great Danes are also a brilliant choice for families with young children. They are generally dog friendly, kid friendly and also stranger friendly. Obviously they would need to be trained to not jump on small children as their sheer size and weight is enough to do damage. The breed is also extremely easy to groom due to their short coats. However, these short costs and little body fat makes they susceptible to the cold and so a coat or blanket may be required in colder climates. On the other hand, this makes the dogs extremely adaptable to hot weather!

Great Danes are not a breed to choose if you don’t want to be cleaning drool and hair all day as they are a breed that sheds and drools excessively. However, with the right upbringing Great Danes are a reasonably healthy breed. They are of course prone to hip and elbow dysphasia due to their size. Owners who avoid over-exercising and stair walking with their Great Danes greatly dimish this risk to their pup.

Training wise they can be difficult as they don’t enjoy being told off. Therefore lots of positive reinforcement training is needed. If this is used Great Danes prove to be easy to train and are mildly intelligent.

A drawback to owning a Great Dane is that they hate to be left alone and so will need owners who are home most of the day.

I hope this post helps you make your decision on whether a Great Dane is a perfect match for you. If you need any advice please get in touch with me.