We all wish the very best for our dogs and that certainly includes giving them the healthiest dog food there is. The problem is knowing which dog food is the best for our four-legged family member. Fact is there is a dizzying array of apparently delicious and healthy commercial dog food brands out there; but [...]18May2013 | Dog Breeds | 0 comments | Continued
Boerboel is derived from the Afrikaans/Dutch words of boer (farmer) and boel which is a reference to the Bullenbijter (Bullbiter) ancestry that the breed comes from. So in a nutshell the word Boerboel literally translates into “farmer’s mastiff”.
The exact ingredients that went into the recipe that created the modern Boerboel are not precisely known but [...]
Temperament of the Great Dane:
The Great Dane is often described as the “Gentle Giant” because despite its large size it has a very sweet disposition. In fact a quick glance at the table above clearly shows that the Great Dane has a very high affection level and is very tolerant of strangers.
The Great Dane was [...]
The preeminent evolutionist Charles Darwin postulated that evolution took place gradually, pacing along slowly across the thread of time covering the span of multiple generations. At its most basic evolutionary change occurs as a response to environmental changes, a dynamism that makes pretty logical sense; why after all would an organism undertake the biological expense [...]25Dec2008 | Dog Breeds | 0 comments | Continued
Once you’ve decided on a trainer that will meet the needs of you and your dog, you’ll begin classes. The first time that the training class is held, it should be without dogs. This will give the dog owner and over-all picture of what he is expected to accomplish during the weeks that follow. This [...]14Mar2008 | Dog Breeds | 0 comments | Continued
When choosing the food for your Labrador retriever you should put more effort into it than just buying the cheapest dog food on the shelf. Your Labrador Retriever’s health should not be determined by your random choice of dog foods. Every dog’s nutritional health is directly related to the type of food they [...]14Mar2008 | Dog Breeds | 2 comments | Continued
First introduced to the West in 1907 the Afghan Hound’s roots date back to the pharaohs of Egypt and is derived from the ancient sighthounds of the Middle East. The Afghan Hound eventually made its way to Afghanistan where it exists in three varieties: short haired; fringe haired and the long thick haired much favored [...]10Jan2008 | Dog Breeds | 0 comments | Continued
Over the course of its history, the Dalmatian has worn many hats of occupation which include: retriever, bird dog, ratter, war dog, shepherd and more. But it was as a coach dog in Victorian England that the Dalmatian found its true calling; a coach dog. As a coach dog the Dalmatian served both a practical [...]10Jan2008 | Dog Breeds | 2 comments | Continued
If you are a dog owner you’re probably aware of the recent pet food scandal that has rocked the nation, resulted in several pet deaths, hundreds of animals falling mysteriously ill and the nationwide recall of 60 million packages of dog food products (and counting) as well as other pet foods!
Melamine: This is the [...]
Any true professional with experience and working knowledge of Livestock Guarding Dogs (LGDs) will bluntly tell you (if you so inquire) that raising the “perfect livestock guardian dog” hinges more on early socialization and training than any inherent genetic attributes. Which brings us to the thread of this discussion; can a Pit bull be used [...]9Jan2008 | Dog Breeds | 9 comments | Continued
Our understanding of dog intelligence has come along way and certainly immense comprehensive strides have been made since the days of Rene Descartes (the renowned French philosopher, scientist and mathematician) who pioneered the school of thought that proposed animals were nothing more than biological machines!
According to Descartes, observed animal behavior amounted to nothing more than [...]
Livestock guarding dogs and livestock herding dogs both fall under the umbrella category of sheepdogs or shepherd dogs, but it is important to understand that these are two very different dog breeds. Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGDs) were developed and bred to protect livestock from predators such as: wolves, jackals, coyotes, baboons, leopards, bears etc. Herding [...]7Jan2008 | Dog Breeds | 3 comments | Continued
Ever noticed the sniffy hauteur with which purebred dog owners appraise mixed breed dogs? You can almost see them flinch as their condescending eye roves across the form of the objectionable mutt while they grudgingly concede that perhaps their refined canine specimen and that pollutant mutt do indeed belong to the same species! In fact [...]7Jan2008 | Dog Breeds | 0 comments | Continued
Around 54 to 38 million years ago a new line of meat-eating mammals evolved. They became known as the carnivores and were distinct from all other meat eaters for the fact they possessed a unique feature – four carnassial teeth. Only carnivorous mammals possess teeth that adapted from a crushing chewing mechanics to a tearing [...]6Jan2008 | Dog Breeds | 0 comments | Continued
The story of how the dog got domesticated is literally a puzzle of missing pieces which ever so slowly is gradually becoming complete. Popular lore of how the dog became domesticated holds that as humans evolved from the Paleolithic period (during which time man captured his prey using axes and heavy stones) to the Mesolithic [...]6Jan2008 | Dog Breeds | 3 comments | Continued