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By playfulpaws92905517, Apr 22 2020 01:00PM

The Pumi


Date of origin 1700’s

Purpose: Herding

Ancestry- Puli, German, and French Sheepdog

Group- Herding

Height and weight (male) - 16-18 inches 27-29 LBS

Height and Weight (female) - 15-17 inches 22-24 LBS

Life Expectancy 12-13 years



History


This breed dates back all the way to the 1700’s and is descendent of the Puli, German sheepdog, and French sheepdog. They were originally bred, to herd Merino Sheep in the 17th and 18th centuries. Due to breeding several different breeds to make the Pumi they made a dog that was better equipped to handle Hungary’s roughest terrains. Authorities have recognized three different sheepdogs indigenous to Hungary: the Mudi, Puli, and Pumi.


They were first mentioned in historical documents, by name, in 1815 but it took over a hundred years before they were actually recognized as a breed. These dogs are not simply a herding dog; they were expected to perform other duties around the farm such as being a watchdog, hunting vermin and guarding the livestock. They are very much a typical herding breed and can be extremely vocal; in fact, the original breed standard described them as not having the ability to keep quiet. The Hungarian Pumi Club of America was established and members worked diligently to educate the public about these interesting herding dogs. The American Kennel Club recognized them as a herding breed in 2016.


Temperament


The Pumi is a fun-loving, happy-go-lucky small breed of dog. Lively, alert, intelligent, bold, and ready for duty, yet reserved with strangers. Known to watch people, especially strangers, the Pumi assesses each new situation before approaching the unknown. Their quick movement along with their voice is what drives livestock. This is a little dog with a huge personality, and they love to communicate by barking to get their wants and wishes met. It is hard to curve this barking behavior, even with training, and they will get into trouble if left alone too long. Since they are such vocal dogs they are not recommended for apartment life or even subdivisions where noise ordinances are in place. These dogs are recommended to be in the country where they are plenty of room to run and bark without disturbing your neighbors. These little dogs excel at different dog sports including but not limited to agility, obedience, and herding trials.





By playfulpaws92905517, Apr 17 2020 03:07PM

German shepherd

Area of origin: Germany

Original Function: Sheep Herder, Guardian, Police Dog

Coat: Straight hair that can be short or long

Color: red/tan and black, all black, all white, blue and panda color

Height: males- 24-26” females-22-24”

Weight: 75-95lbs

The German Shepherd originated in Germany in the late 1800’s. Farmers wanted a canine that was loyal and determined that would work tending to livestock, assist with herding and protect their herds. The establishment of the breed can be attributed to Captain Max von Stephanitz who helped develop the breed into a versatile working dog. It is believed that Stephanitz bred local shepherds of different hair types to create the German Sehepherd. While the original purpose was to herd sheep, after years of selective breeding by Stephanitz he honed the traits of intelligence, loyalty, dedication, and tenacity needed for military and police work. In 1914 the German shepherd began serving in the German army. They served as sentries, messengers, and ammunition carriers. They also had a very important job of leading blinded and wounded soldiers off the battlefield to receive medical attention. After the conflict, all sides were so impressed with the dogs’ capabilities that they began to develop their own team of German Shepherds for use in the military. In 1939 they were used again in World War II and proved again to be an amazing military asset. In 1942 U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps established dog training centers at Front Royal, VA: Fort Robinson, NE; Cat Island (Gulfport), MS; Camp Rimini (Helena) MT; and San Carlos CA. The K-9 corps originally accepted 32 dog breeds. In 1944 however, the military reduced that number to seven: German shepherds, Dobermans, Belgian Sheep dogs, Siberian Huskies, farm collies, Eskimo dogs and malamutes. German Shepherds are the only breed that is still trained from the above list for military/police work. Belgian Malinois and Labrador Retrievers were later added and are used today as military working dogs along with the German Shepherd. Today the German Shepherd is used for several different jobs including seeing eye dogs, therapy dogs, service dogs, search and rescue, along with military and police K-9 work.

The first German Shepherd, Horan, was registered in 1899. The breed went through a series of name changes, in part due to the unpopularity of being associated with Germany at the time. Initially named as a Sheepdog, their title was changed to Shepherd Dog by the American Kennel Club. At the same time, England changed their name to the Alsatian Wolf Dog, which instilled fear in people. In 1908, the breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club. In 1913, the German Shepherd Club of America was formed. In 1931, the American Kennel Club changed the name back to German Shepherd. This regal dog gained popularity after the war and has been featured throughout the decades in pop culture. Rin Tin Tin was credited with keeping Warner Bros afloat. In the Batman comic world, Ace the Bat-Hound showed up in 1955. The breed has also appeared in All Dogs Go to Heaven, 101 Dalmatians II, and I am Legend.

Temperament

German shepherds have a fearless attitude towards any job in the field. Their confidence makes them stand out from other breeds due to their dedication to serving a mission. German shepherds are very protective of their families and will alert you to a stranger. If properly socialized they will accept all kinds of people without an incident. They are a very intelligent breed who loves to learn new things. While being physically active with any dog is important, German Shepherds also require daily mental stimulation to remain balanced and happy. As they are easy to train and always ready for an adventure they are the perfect companion for someone who lives an active lifestyle. While they are great dogs and will gladly go anywhere with their family, apartments are not very suitable for this breed. It is recommended that they have access to large yard to burn off energy. By making sure both mental and physical activities are met a day German Shepherds are wonderful dogs to have.

By playfulpaws92905517, Apr 17 2020 03:04PM

American Pit Bull Terrier


History


The term Pit Bull can refer to several short, stocky, big box headed dogs. With the heritage of Bulldogs and terrier mixes, their lineage can be traced all the way back to the 1700’s in England where farmers first used English Bull Dogs. During the 1800’s they wanted a quicker thinking, more agile, longer muzzled dog so, they added several different Terriers who were somewhat more aggressive and independent-minded. This mix created a medium sized dog, which was extremely well muscled, and very brave. They were also very responsive to assist hunters with wild boar and bears. Sadly, these qualities made the Pitbull an excellent candidate for blood sports called bull baiting, bear baiting and then dog fighting rings. Dog fighting became popular in the United States in the mid 1800’s especially after the sports were banned in England 1835. While the American Pitbull Terrier isn’t recognized by the American Kennel Club due to the “sport” history they came up with a standard in 1936 with strict guidelines regarding coloration and size. Then, they were given a less threatening name, the American Staffordshire Terrier. While both are similar in overall appearance, the two have been developing separately for over half a century.


Original Purpose- fighting

Date of origin-1898

Ancestry- bull and terrier dog mixes

Male

Weight– 35lbs-65lbs

Height- 17-22 inches

Female

Weight – 30lbs-60lbs

Height -17-22 inches


Major health concerns

Canine hip dysplasia

Cerebellar Abiotrophy (Ataxia)

Eye color- any

Coat color- any

Coat length – short

Grooming requirements- weekly brushing


Temperament

Even in the early days, aggressiveness toward humans was an undesirable trait for these dogs, as human handlers often had to be in the fighting ring with them. Responsible breeders of these dogs began to focus on a more docile and manageable temperament and this focus was continued even after the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier were split into two groups. As a result, most of these dogs mature into loyal, affectionate, and gentle canines with regards to their families who are well-known for their patience with children. Because of their non-aggressive nature towards people they became very good family dogs and were nicknamed the nanny dog. Both the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier score exceptionally well on the test run by the American Temperament Test Society, beating out Miniature Schnauzers and many other terrier breeds. Despite their reputation, Pit Bulls aren’t considered great guard dogs. They’re too trusting of humans and may greet an intruder as a new friend. The claim that Pit Bulls have special “locking jaws” is a myth they just have very strong jaws. As a result of their breeding, Pit Bulls tend to be aggressive toward other dogs, even if they act like perfect angels around humans. Experts recommend lots of socialization with other dogs. The best time to begin this socialization is while they are still young puppies.


Pit Bulls are outlawed in many American cities, forbidden in many rental homes that otherwise allow dogs, and may raise your homeowner’s insurance. Before getting a Pittie, consider whether your current and future circumstances will allow you to keep it. At any given time, there’s always a media scare about a particular dog breed. Before Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers, and even Bloodhounds had their turn.



By playfulpaws92905517, Mar 25 2020 02:22PM

Dogs are creatures of habit and thrive on routine. It is important for us, as pet owners, to understand that, especially during this difficult time, our dogs are also being affected. A sudden change can cause several undesirable behaviors from your dog. Changes in routine can cause issues with accidents in the house, diarrhea, not wanting to eat, keeping us up all night, and lack of physical exercise and mental stimulation. These changes also have an affect on the dog’s emotional state of mind. Stress often will manifest itself into behavior problems. Dealing with life is hard right now especially if our dogs are having accidents and starting to eat the family’s sofa. Getting your dog back on routine or trying to keep it as close to normal for your dog is important for their overall health and well being.


High energy dogs often suffer from lack of exercise. These dogs need to be worked both mentally and physically everyday. One walk per day isn’t adequate for many dogs. Most breeds were specifically designed for a working purpose. Some breeds like the Border Collies, were bred to herd live stock. Other breeds, like Jack Russels, were designed to kill underground vermin. There are even breeds, such as the Lagotto Romagnolo, that were bred to find wild truffles! Breeds like the Shih Tzu were bred to keep the Royal Family’s feet warm. Know your breed and work them accordingly. Since most of us do not have live stock to work or truffles to find we need to come up with new ways of working our dogs to keep them happy, healthy, and away from eating the couch. A high energy working dog that is bored is the most dangerous thing for your furniture and shoes. Enrichment is the best way to help these types of dogs and to keep them out of trouble.

Every dog can benefit from socialization and exercise. Playful Paws can provide these services for your pet! We can help ease your mind during this time and help your dog get their energy out. This is a win-win scenario! We will always be available to be your pet’s home away from home!



By playfulpaws92905517, Dec 7 2018 04:21PM

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