Author: bigdog

Why Is Tail Docking A Puppy A Really Bad Thing?

That happy wagging tail you see on a cute puppy is more than just a signal to you that the puppy is happy. A puppy’s tail is actually a vital communication tool for the adult dog it will become, and until recently, we didn’t really know what it was used for, nor did we know how it affects the animal’s entire life. Docking, the removal of all or most of a dog’s tail, usually before 14 days of age, when they supposedly don’t have all their nerves connected yet, is merely a cosmetic medical procedure except for a very,...

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Rhodesian Ridgeback, The Red Hunting Hound

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is mostly seen in the beautiful red color, known as red wheaten, but can have white markings. The red can also trend to what is known as light wheaten. Their noses are either black, or a recessive gene can make them brown. They stand around the same height as a weimaraner, 25 to 27 inches for males and 1 inch shorter for females, but they are generally more muscular than the wei. They were first shown in Britain in 1928, according to an entry in Wikipedia. An Arizona couple selected six Ridgebacks to bring to the...

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Newfoundland, The Dog With Webbed Feet

Newfoundlands originate in Canada, originally a working fishing dog. In Canada, they are black and white and black. Some black dogs can have white markings. In other countries, they may also be brown or gray. Newfoundland dogs are giants, have webbed feet, and are calm, very intelligent, very strong and very loyal. They are often used for water rescue and lifesaving because of their strength and muscular build, their thick double coat, webbed feet and their natural ability to swim. Portrait of Newfoundlands Sebastian The Newfie Learns Water Rescue You can see Sebastian’s webbed feet and his swimming action...

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English Mastiff, a big, solid dog

If you like big dogs, the Mastiff is BIG. Solid, massive, in fact.  They have a short muzzle, compared to the size of their head. I really like the silver coat, but they can also be shades of fawn, apricot, brindled or tiger. Here are some tips on grooming: The smooth, short-haired coat is easy to groom. Brush with a firm bristle brush and wipe over with a piece of toweling or chamois for a gleaming finish. Bathe or dry shampoo when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.  dogbreedinfo.com Being a big dog, they really need a lot of...

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Jack Russell: The Little Hunter

The Jack Russell terrier is smart, full of energy and plenty of mischief. There are smooth coats and rough coats. I prefer the smooth coat because they are easier to look after and they look smarter. Jack Russells are working dogs and the like to work or to play, definitely a bundle of unstoppable energy. See the Wikipedia entry for the Jack Russell and the entry for the Russell Terrier. Both were bred by the Reverend John Russell, a parson and hunting enthusiast, in the early 1800s. [youtube width=”602″ height=”350″ video_id=”Jyxsi_s6mYc”] I think this might be a Russell Terrier,...

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