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The History Of Beagles

Beagle ancestors used for hunting Although there seems to be no reliable documentation about the early ancestry of Beagles, there are accounts of dogs of similar size being used to for hunting in Greece in the 5th century BCE. There was no formal name given to these dogs, however, they are considered to be the early ancestors of the first Beagles. Eighth-century records document an early scent hound known as the St. Hubert Hound, from which the Talbot Hound breed was created. The Talbot Hound was brought to England in the 11th-century through the travels of William the Conqueror. While

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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. Like 0

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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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Caring For Beagles

Beagle characteristics Beagles are brave, intelligent, and social dogs that are good with children and known for their loving, tolerant, sweet, and gentle temperament. The breed does well indoors and as an apartment dog as long as they are properly exercised and taken for long walks daily. As Beagles were traditionally bred for hunting purposes, they need to be socialized from an early age, especially if their household includes non-canine pets. Also, Beagle owners are advised to keep their pets on a leash during walks to prevent them from running off and trailing scents or chasing game. Beagles can be

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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.” Like 0

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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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Before You Adopt A Dog

By Cesar Millan With the overpopulation in shelters around the country and the high numbers of euthanization–4.5 million pets a year according to the Human Society–adopting a dog is one of the best things you can do to help this problem. But, before you go out and adopt a dog, there are some important steps you need to take and questions to ask yourself to make sure you are ready. From knowing how to choose the right dog to being armed with the information you need to develop a harmonious relationship with your new dog, these tips will help prepare

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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. Like 0

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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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