Saturday, June 16, 2018

DANDIE DINMONT TERRIERS: Ten Things You May Not Know About Them

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The female - Dandie Dinmont Terrier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Although controversy has always surrounded the biological origins of the dog now known as the Dandie Dinmont, no one has ever queried the background to his strange name.  It was from noble beginnings, in Sir Walter Scott’s 'Guy Mannering', that the name Dandie Dinmont first came to life.  Here are ten more things you may not know about the Dandie Dinmont …..

*  James Davidson, a farmer from the Rule Water in the Scottish Borders, is believed to have inspired the character ‘Dandie Dinmont’ in Sir. Walter Scott’s book.

*  In the early 1900s the little terriers that eventually became known as Dandie Dinmonts were more commonly called Pepper or Mustard Terriers or by the name of the farm where they were bred, e.g. Hindlee Terrier.  Hindlee was the home of  James Davidson who himself kept six Dandies, called: ‘Auld Pepper’, ‘Auld Mustard’, ‘Young Pepper’, ‘Young Mustard’, ‘Little Pepper’ and ‘Little Mustard’.  Davidson was adamant that all Dandies descended from two of his own dogs named Tarr and Pepper.

*  Sir Walter Scott also kept Dandie Dinmonts at Abbotsford alongside other popular breeds of the day.

*  The Dandie may have been closely related to the Bedlington Terrier, both having the same pendulous ear, and a light top-knot.  But the Dandie evolved into a long-bodied, short-legged dog and the Bedlington grew into a long-legged dog with a short body.  To illustrate the close relationship of the two breeds records show that Lord Antrim, in the early days of dog shows, exhibited two animals from the same litter, and with one obtained a prize or honorable mention in the Dandie classes, and with the other a like distinction in the Bedlington classes.

*  At one time the Dandie was included in the general family of Scotch (Scottish) Terriers and was recognized as a separate breed in 1873.  The Kennel Club of the UK was also formed in 1873 and just two years later, on 17th November 1875, a meeting was held at The Fleece Hotel, Selkirk, at which was formed The Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club.  

*  The breed standard of early Dandie enthusiasts was laid down by William Wardlaw Reed and other enthusiasts of the day.  The meeting that established the standards which are very much similar to those used today was held at the Red Lion Hotel in Carlisle, England, in 1876.  Apart from one minor amendment in 1921, when the weight range was changed from 14  - 24 lbs to 18 - 24 lbs, the Dandie standard in Great Britain remained unchanged for more than one hundred years. 

*   In the 1980s the Kennel Club of England asked breed Clubs to change the old judging standard to a new set and the original wording of the standard set in 1876 was amended.  Now all countries use the standard as revised in 1987 except Canada which adhered to the original standard.  


*  The breed has been popular with gypsies and the aristocracy, thereby revealing this as a dog that really can mix in all social circles and, in the late 19th Century, devoted breeders Bradshaw-Smith of Blackwood house and Gerald Leatham of Weatherby, presented a Dandie Dinmont to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

*  In his book 'D is for Dog' (various publishers), veterinary surgeon Frank Manolson described the Dandie as one "who looks and acts like a grizzled backwoodsman shopping in Tiffany’s.  If you want a real individualist, you simply must consider the Dandie Dinmont."

*  The Dandie looks wise and thoughtful and according to an old Scottish saying: ‘A Dandie looks at you as though he’s forgotten more than you will ever know




Friday, June 15, 2018

BEDLINGTON TERRIER - A Playful Companion

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Bedlington terrier  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Bedlington Terrier is a small to medium sized dog that weighs between 18-23 pounds. Their height generally ranges between 15" to 17". This breed resembles a little lamb, but don't let their gentle appearance fool you. They are all terrier with energy and a mischievous side that likes to chase small animals.

The AKC recognized coat colors for the Bedlington Terrier are sandy, blue, liver, sandy and tan, blue and tan, liver and tan. The coat is a mixture of soft and hard hair that tends to be curly but not wiry. This breed requires regular groom and also requires trimming about every 6 weeks. Most Bedlington Terrier owners learn to clip their own dogs. 

This intelligent, loving and gentle breed makes a good family pet. They are good with children. However, because they have such a high energy level they are recommended for homes with older, well-behaved children. With early socialization, they can be good with other dogs and pets. They were bred to hunt vermin and small animals, so they might still chase cats and other non-canine pets. A well-secured yard and a leash are a must as they are very quick dogs and are hard to catch if they run from you or are chasing an animal. 

They need plenty of play and exercise, but are somewhat active indoors, so a small yard or regular walks will suffice. They are easy to train. They love to be around their family and don't like to be left alone for long periods of time. Even though they are a smaller breed, they will protect their family or fend for themselves against large animals if need be. They tend to be wary of strangers, but will eventually warm up to them. 


Originating in England, the Bedlington Terrier was originally known as the Rothbury, Rodbury or Northumberland fox terrier. The first Bedlington Terrier was born in 1825 when a Rothbury dog was bred with a female Bedlington. The Bedlington terrier was originally bred to hunt small vermin such as rabbits and badgers. They are mainly used as companion dogs today.

A breed with such a playful, loving, energetic nature is perfect for families that will give them enough exercise and companionship. A good watchdog and a friendly family pet all rolled into one make the Bedlington Terrier fit into many family dynamics.


Thursday, June 14, 2018

How To Properly Clean Your DOGS EARS

Ears of a dog
Ears of a dog (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Dog's ears are not something that you look at regularly. However, in addition to your dog needing regular baths, they will also need to have their ears cleaned out on a fairly regular basis. When you clean out their ears on a regular basis, it is going to be easy for you to reduce the chance of them having any type of infection in their ears.

Selection of the proper cleaner is going to be what you have to do first. When you select the cleaner, you will want to make sure it is fairly neutral and not harsh for the ears. However, you will want to make sure you are looking at your dog's needs and make sure the cleaner is going to take care of the issues that your dog is having.

The best source for a cleaner will be from your vet. They sell or can recommend a good safe cleaner.
After the proper cleaner has been selected, you will want to keep it at room temperature. You will then take and spray the cleaner into the dog's ears. This is going to allow you to clean the dog's ears, but it is important for you to keep a paper towel or other type of towel under the dog's ears to ensure that you are not dribbling the water on the floor.


When this is done, you will want to take a washcloth or something else and try to dab the ears dry. By dabbing it dry you will prevent the dog from getting any type of recurring water in their ears. Cleaning your dog's ears is going to help the dog feel better, and also get the gunk out of their ears.

Most people know they have to give their dogs a bath, however, they normally do not realize they have to wash their ears as well. The problem is this is not something people tend to learn about and is not even really talked about. However, by learning how to clean your dog's ears properly, it is going to be easy for you to maintain your dog's ears and know they will be healthy for a longer period of time.

How often should the ears be cleaned? That is a good question and is something you should ask your vet. Some dogs require ear cleaning more often than others.



Wednesday, June 13, 2018

MINI HUSKY Care For New Owners

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Miniature Huskies were created as a new breed of a dog close to 20 years ago. They look just like the standard version of this canine. However, they are much smaller and are known for being energetic, curious, but also a bit more reserved. Given their appearance and clear blue eyes, the mini husky variety is quickly becoming a favourite of dog owners everywhere. If you have decided to add one of these animals to your family, you would do well to know how to properly take care of it.

Miniature Huskies came about in the 1990s after the breed's originator wanted to create a smaller version of the standard Malamute or husky dog. She bred smaller dogs of this breed to maximize the small gene in them, which could then be passed down to these dogs' offspring. In time, she created what is now known as the miniature version of huskies.

Unlike standards, these canines are not as personable and robust. They are in fact quite small and more standoffish, which is why you are encouraged to start socialization of your pup from the beginning. They need to be taught to accept newcomers and to resist their urge to hide or shy away from people who they do not know.

These canines are also smaller and more delicate than standard versions. They only weigh 13 pounds and could be more prone to illness and injury gave their size. When you want to give them a good first start in life, it may be important for you to keep their vaccinations updated. Taking your dog in for booster shots will help keep diseases like rabies away.

Likewise, you are reminded to keep its coat well brushed and tangle free. This canine will have a finer coat than standard counterparts. The fur can get easily matted and dirty if you allow your dog to go without regular grooming. Matted coats often must be shaved and allowed to grow back, a process that can take weeks or months.

You also could groom your pet at home if you wish. Many vets would recommend that you use a dog shampoo that has oatmeal in it. Oatmeal will protect your dog's skin and also prevent it from breaking out in a rash or developing problems like eczema. Most stores sell oatmeal-based shampoo for dogs. After you shampoo your animal, you can then brush it with a fine bristled dog brush.


This type of canine can be high-spirited and energetic. Keeping it in a confined space could cause it to damage your house or break your belongings. Rather than allow its energy to be pent up in such a manner, it might suit you to move to a place that has a fenced-in backyard or a large property. You might also use a leash to take your pet on a run in the park.

Huskies that are mini in size are popular with many people today. You may take care of your own pet by keeping these tips in mind. They will prolong your pet's health and happiness. This breed tends to have unique needs that differ from standard versions.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

ALASKAN KLEE KAI

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A healthy miniature Alaskan Klee Kai bounding across an open field. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Alaskan Klee Kai is a small sized dog breed. It comes in three sizes - toy, miniature, and standard. The toy breed has a weight of 10 lbs. and height of 13 inches. The miniature breed weighs 15 lbs. and is 13 - 15 inches long; whereas the standard one is around 23 lbs with a height of 15 - 17.5 inches. It has symmetrical colored markings. It has a double fur coat. This dog has an average hair shedding nature; however, the shedding is heavy twice a year.

Alaskan Klee Kai is popularly known due to its full facial mask which distinguishes it from other breeds.

This dog is quite affectionate and loyal towards its owner. It is a very intelligent and agile breed. It requires lots of attention and would give off sounds when it needs attention. It loves to be a good companion to its owner. This dog is well-behaved around children as well as other pets with which it was raised. However, it does not like strangers much and will start barking when one is around. This dog does not make a good watchdog.

You need to place a secure fence around the yard because this breed tends to escape by digging into the ground or by jumping over fences.

The exercising requirements of an Alaskan Klee Kai are high. You need to train it a lot and socialize it at an early age. You won't have to worry about obedience training because this dog breed does well in it. However, you need to be consistent and firm during the training sessions.