Saturday, April 20, 2019

SILVER GERMAN SHEPHERDS

A male white German Shepherd Dog.
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The Picture Shows A male white German Shepherd Dog.
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Wikipedia)
One of the most popular pets in the world is the German Shepherd dog and they come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. The largely known and general appearance of the German Shepherd is large, strong and good-looking.  It can also have a long or short coat, usually with a double fur in colors of cream and white, but can also be of solid black. The less popular colors of the German Shepherd include white and silver.  In most dog shows, German Shepherds with white or silver fur are disqualified.  However, there are some enthusiasts who like these "color challenged" dogs.

History of the German Shepherd

The German Shepherd came from a line of the sheepdogs originally meant for herding sheep and as a faithful companion to the shepherd.  With industrialization taking place, the need for herding sheep became less and less and other potentials for dogs in helping humans with their work were speculated on.  In the late 19th century, it was Captain Max von Stephanitz who saw the potential of developing a breed of the sheepdog to maximize its potentials. He came upon one very strong, intelligent, and beautiful dog which he named Horand v. Grafrath.


This dog was registered as the first German Shepherd.  He created an official governing body that restricted breeding dogs to only those who came up to standards. This allowed the rapid development of the German Shepherd breed. After World War 1, British and American soldiers were very impressed by the breed that they took some of them home to their own countries.

Color genetic

Today, breeding between German Shepherds is maintained to protect the breed.

There are now different lines such as the International Working Line, International Show Line, and the North American Show Line. However, "mutations" within the breed still do happen like in the case of German Shepherds with white or silver fur. Some purists do not consider these "mutations" acceptable and they argue that the white and silver-furred German Shepherds should not be considered pure.  In most dog shows, white and silver-coated German Shepherds are disqualified because their fur is seen as a genetic "fault."

There are clubs who try to support these kinds of German Shepherds like the White and Silver German Shepherd Club. They lobby for the white and silver-coated dogs to be recognized as a standard. Color is widely genetic. White and silver fur usually comes from the line of tan and yellow. However, color genetic and pigmentation in dogs are not yet fully understood.



Friday, April 19, 2019

The Different Coats and Colors of FRENCH BULLDOGS

French Bulldog
French Bulldog (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Compact, bat-eared, snub-nosed and has a muscular body, the Frenchy or the French bulldog is one of the topmost choices for many families as the perfect pet for them. They can be very extremely playful and are also great watchdogs. But, do you also know that they are also revered for their shiny coats? As a matter of fact, French bulldogs come in a variety of colors, some of which are strictly prescribed by different kennel clubs and included in their stringent standards for show dogs.

In this article, we will discuss the different guidelines that the American Kennel Club has set forth as the standard for French bulldogs that are allowed to compete as show dogs. If your French Bulldog doesn’t meet the standards this doesn’t mean that they are of lower standards, they are still considered as purebreds, they just can’t compete in show dog competitions. They are also still able to show the many characteristics that make the French bulldog a lovable companion.

Although there are different clubs and organizations all over, most of them would agree on the most common standards that are required for the coat of a French Bulldog. These most common coat color standards include brindle and white, and color combinations of all-brindle. Plus, the colors white, fawn, and colors that are not considered disqualified by the rules set by a particular competition.

Most colors of French bulldog coats that clubs, organizations, and competitions disqualify include a coat that is solid black, without any white or brindle marks, black and tan, mouse or liver color, black with white markings or vice versa. If your French bulldog’s cot has these color combination, it can still be a good house pet, but they can’t compete in contests.

Aside from the color of the coat, many competitions also set standards for the color of the nose and the eyes of the French bulldog. Commonly, a show French Bulldog should have dark colored eyes when the canine is looking forward, there should not be any white color in the eyes. But, if the dog is light colored, the eyes and nose are accepted if they have a lighter shade. But, a black nose is commonly preferred more by judges, especially the strict ones. Consulting breeders from your area will help you get the blue ribbon all the time.





So if you are planning to buy a French bulldog, you must determine whether you plan to enter them in any contests or just keep them as household pets. The former would cost more though. But remember, it’s not the color of their cots, eyes, or nose. French bulldogs are popular because they are very loyal, are good companions, playful to the kids, and generally pleasant.

Their coats would not change that. Check with your local breeder about the available Frenchies in your area. And it is also important to remember that French Bulldogs need so much attention, so be prepared before owning one.



Monday, April 1, 2019

CAT CLAW Survival Solutions To The Rescue!

Cat using scratch pad made of corrugated cardb...
Cat using a scratch pad made of corrugated cardboard/fiberboard. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Cats can be ill-tempered and mean on their worst days, but even the most annoying problems have a remedy somewhere. If your cat is clawing your furniture, your carpet, and your legs with the same ferocity, understanding the how and why behind the behavior can help you redirect your feline friend’s clawing instinct to be expressed in less destructive ways.


So why IS your cat clawing everything in sight?

Here’s the jaw-dropper: a cat’s claws never stop growing. Let me repeat that: They NEVER stop growing. When I found that out, a big light went off in my head. Just like a pet hamster that constantly needs to knaw on wood to keep their teeth from growing too long, what cats are actually doing when they sharpen their claws is removing the outermost layer of their claws. O.K. Kitty Cat, we finally get it!

So what to do? What to do?

The first thought bubble that forms is to scoop kitty up for a little declawing action at the nearest vet’s office. But before you take such a drastic step, keep in mind that once those claws are gone, they’re GONE. Take away those claws, and you’re taking away your pet’s primary form of defense. Even if you have an indoor cat like I do, chances are, sooner or later, a window of opportunity is going to open up just long enough for your cat to slip outside and be vulnerable to attacks from other animals and people.

O.K. So now you know why your cat is actually using you as a scratching post. Let’s move away from the word “using”. In a way, it’s kind of flattering. That doesn’t make it hurt any less. Let’s get your cat to branch out. It’s time to get a REAL scratching post so that your pet can get into the habit of using it instead of YOU, whenever those claw sharpening impulses may strike.

So how do we get kitty to break her bad habits and start to use the proper place where she can scratch to her heart’s content?


The answer lies in you.

That is of course IF you are your cat’s favorite person in the family.

If so, then try hanging an article of clothing that belongs to you on your virgin scratching post. The idea is to make the area smell familiar. A day or two should be enough for your cat to become accustomed to its’new scratching outlet.

Don’t want to part with something from your wardrobe? Time to get a little sneakier then. Catnip can be your secret weapon. Sprinkle catnip over the scratching post and watch what happens. This one may be even worth breaking out the video camera for.

This next option sounds a little weird, but believe me, it WORKS!

Try sprinkling the post area with powdered chicken bouillon. The idea is to get the cat to feel friendly enough toward the scratching post to attack it.

While your cat is making the transition to a designated area for scratching, there are several ways to make your cat’s favorite scratching areas a lot less attractive. This will help ease the transition from the old spots to the new.

Sprinkle fresh lemon juice over them. Cover or wrap the areas in aluminum foil. Remember what it felt like when your fingernails went down the chalkboard? Ever try it again? Cats will experience the same thing and be deterred from using the areas. Finally, clean the areas well to eradicate any cat odor. This will go a long way toward removing the aura of familiarity that creates the habit of using the space. Also, just keep the doors closed to make those places inaccessible to the cat.

Now that you know more about the how and why of your cat’s clawing instinct and behavior, take these simple steps and you’ll soon see a resolution to the cat clawing issues in your household. With a little time and patience, your cat’s claw sharpening activities should be limited to its’favorite spot: the scratching post!



Sunday, March 31, 2019

COCKAPOO - The Facts Every Owner Of This Dog Breed Should Know

English: Cockapoo at 12 weeks old
Cockapoo at 12 weeks old (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Though not formally recognized as a breed of dog, Cockapoos, a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, have been bred since the 1950s. Breeders have taken the best traits of Cocker Spaniels and Poodles and breed them into the Cockapoo. From the Poodle side, the Cockapoo takes intelligence, relatively little dander and an almost non-shedding coat that comes in many colors. From the Cocker side, it takes a sturdy build and friendly and loyal personality.

A crossbreed like the Cockapoo is also less likely to have many of the genetic problems that purebred breeds do (something called hybrid vigor). In fact, other than the normal care for a dog (grooming, cleaning ears, safety, exercise) Cockapoos have no particular health concerns, though it should be noted that without consistent care and cleaning of the ears, Cockapoos can develop ear infections, thanks to long floppy ears from the Cocker Spaniel side.

Cockapoos can live 18-22 years and come in different types: Teacup Toy (height less than 10 inches and weight under 6 pounds), Toy (height 11 to 14 inches, weight under 12 pounds) and Standard (height over 15 inches and weighs over 12 pounds).

Since the Cockapoo is a mixed breed dog and there is currently no breed standard, there are variations in the build of the dog ranging from slim to stocky. The Cockapoo can also be bred with three different coats: a tight curly coat, a medium curl and a flat coat. Though different in style and color, all of the coats are less likely to shed, making them consideration for allergy sufferers.

However, Cockapoos, like all dogs, will have dander (though considerably less than other breeds of dog), a potential allergen. The longhaired coat should be trimmed regularly to prevent matting.



Cockapoos enjoy being around people and their intelligence makes them easy to train. Though active dogs, Cockapoos do not require large outdoor spaces to run around in and are good in apartment settings, provided they are walked at least once a day. It is the friendly personality - as well as forgiving nature and loyalty - that makes it an ideal family pet for those with children and other animals. Even when left alone for extended periods of time, Cockapoos are generally not destructive, though can become anxious so crating is recommend if leaving a Cockapoo alone for more than four hors at a time.



Friday, March 29, 2019

Creative SCRAPBOOKING ALBUMS For Your Pets

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Scrapbooking is a wonderful way to preserve your cherished memories. For many people, their pets are an important part of the family, so it is just natural to want to capture those special times shared with a beloved pet. You can use your favorite scrapbooking tools to make unique pages that you can enjoy for years to come.


As always, make sure the scrapbooking materials you use are acid and lignin free. You'll need the typical scrapbooking supplies such as an album, cut-outs, stickers, letter rub-ons, and any other creative embellishments you desire. Choose things related to your pet such as dog breed stickers or cat themed papers. Creating scrapbook pages for your pets is also a great way to get the kids involved.

To get started, you'll need to have some good photos of your pet. Try taking pictures from a variety of different angles and include your pet with different members of the family. If your dog has a favorite toy, include some special pictures of that as well. Do you celebrate your pet's birthday? Then, by all means, include some "birthday" photos in the scrapbook. My children even celebrate the birthdays of our fish!

Here are some fun theme ideas for creating your pet's scrapbook.

Focus on "the firsts". If you are fortunate enough to get your pet while he or she is still a baby, then create a scrapbook album around the "firsts". Even if you adopted your pet when it was older you can still create some great "first" scrapbook pages. Create a scrapbook page or album around your pet's first bath, coming home, first holidays, first visit the park, first car ride, etc.

Another great scrapbook theme is "A Day In The Life of ________" which would include pages about your pet's morning routines, nap time, meal time, play time and favorite toys, and outdoor time. Trace your pet's paw print and include that in the pages too!



A theme around "pet favorites" is also a fun idea. Take photos and create pages around your pet's favorite activities. For a cat, you might include pages on favorite toys and favorite nap places. For a dog, choose photos of favorite outdoor play or playtime with favorite toys.

Whatever kind of pet you have, you can enjoy creating special scrapbook pages that you will enjoy for years to come!