Dog Breeds

Cão De Fila De São Miguel

The Cão de Fila de São Miguel is a cattle dog, which originated from the São Miguel Island in the Azores near Portugal. The breed is a natural guard dog and requires a firm leader if meant to be kept as a family pet. Filas do best when giving a job to do. They are known for creating a deep bond with their owners and for being extremely gentle and receptive to the families. They can be aloof and defensive with strangers.

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Shock

By Sherry Weaver Shock is a physiological phenomenon that results in cardiovascular collapse. Unfortunately, although its function is to defend vital organ systems in an emergency, a pet can die of the consequences of shock before he succumbs to the effects of his injuries. Gum color and capillary refill, mental status, heart rate and body temperature are all important reflections of the state of shock. To evaluate the signs of shock, the pet’s cardiovascular system must be addressed.  This is done by physical examination that you can do at the scene of the emergency.  One of the basic signs of

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

British Dog Breeds

Making up Great Britain are England, Scotland, Wales, and a dense collection of some of the most interesting and unique dog breeds in the world. It would take us more time than we have available to spend to cover them all, so here are just a few of our very favorites. The Welsh Corgi Widely hailed as one of the most intelligent of dog breeds, and beloved by the English monarchy, the Welsh corgi is a breed of herding dog that originated in Wales. The physical structure of the Corgi (short legs, body low to the ground) enables it to

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Central Asian Ovcharka Dog

The Central Asian Ovcharka (pronounced “uhf-‘chAr-ka”) Dog is a 4,000 year-old breed that originates from Russia and is often considered to be the #1 most popular breed of the country. Central Asian Ovcharkas are known to be calm yet fearless, often standing their ground and not backing down. They were originally bred by shepherds to protect livestock against large predators. Their stamina and ability to take down wolves earned them the nickname “Volkodav,” which is Russian for “The Wolf Crusher.”

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Friday The 13th Urban Legends: Dog Edition

In honor of Friday the 13th, let’s take a look at some common dog urban legends from around the world. Greece has several superstitions regarding dogs. Grecians believe that dogs can foresee evil, according to an ancient legend, dogs were aware when Hecate was at a crossroads, foretelling a death. In Greece, dogs are also believed to be aware of the presence of ghosts, and their barking, whimpering, or howling is often the first warning of supernatural occurrences. Native Americans believe that dogs are in-tune with and somehow connected to the moon because they howl at it, but some say

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The Chinese Chongqing Dog

The Chinese Chongqing Dog is a rare breed that is said to have been in existence since the early Han Dynasty in China. The breed originated from the Chongqing city of China where they were used for home protection and as hunting dogs. There are very few Chinese Chongqing dogs left in the world. Most of these dogs live in rural communities and the breed is considered to be extremely rare, even in its homeland of China.

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Does breeding impact a dog’s behavior?

Over the years, domestic dogs have been bred to showcase certain appearances. Through this process of selective breeding, a variety of breeds —from the tiny Chihuahua to the towering Great Dane — have been created. According to a recent study, selective breeding of domestic dogs not only alters the way a dog physically looks, but also drives major internal changes in canine brain structure. Scientists from the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney conducted a one-of-a-kind study, which revealed that in the process of breeding domestic dogs, the position of the canine skull has shifted as

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The Alaskan Klee Kai Dog

The Alaskan Klee Kai Dog was bred to be a smaller version of the Alaskan Husky (a mixed breed primarily used for sled dog racing). Their name “Klee Kai” is the Alaskan Athabaskan word, which denotes “small dog.” The breed is extremely clean and will spend several hours a day grooming themselves. They are a highly intelligent and active breed that thrives under the leadership of a firm pack leader.

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Hot Spots, Bald Spots And Red Spots On Dogs

Question for the Vet: Three years ago I took my 18 month old female Pomeranian to the vet after a dime sized scab came off her shoulder area. The vet said it was a “hot” spot, however, the hair has not only never grown back in that area but the spot has gotten larger. I can see tiny red spots around the perimeter of the hairless area. Any ideas or treatment options would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. The vet’s answer: The condition you are describing is focal alopecia which is a localized area of hair loss on a dog. Pyotraumatic dermatitis, also

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Campeiro Bulldog

The Campeiro Bulldog (also known as the Brazilian Bulldog) originated in the 16th Century and was used as a cattle dog in Brazil. This ancient breed is known for its strength, agility, and powerful build. Campeiro Bulldogs are loyal companions that are known to have a jealous side when it comes to their owner.

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