Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Amazing CAT Species

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We all know that cats are loving and truly wonderful creatures.  These days, it isn’t out of the ordinary to see a cat in virtually every other home, sleeping in the window or cuddling up on the laps of their owners.  Although cats have been popular pets for as long as most can remember, they weren’t domesticated less than 5,000 years or so ago.  Domestication took place in the valley of the Nile, which is what research tells us today.

In the beginning, people were very grateful to cats and encouraged them to stay with them by feeding them various scraps of food.  Once they were fed and perceived humans to be no threat, the cats would move in permanently with their human owners.  As time went by, even the wildest of cat would allow humans to approach him, often times even hold and touch as well.

In those days, cats were very loyal and endearing pets.  They proved to be great hunters, as they done their sleeping for short periods and were much easier to wake up than dogs.  Cats also have better night vision than dogs, and much better hearing as well.  If someone moved through the house or if they heard suspicious noises, they would wake while dogs would sleep right through it.  Humans loved having cats around, and they seemed to get along good with dogs as well.

These days, cats are used for both companionship and show.  They aren’t used much at all for hunting mice and rodent anymore at all.  There are a lot of breeds available, from the traditional alley cat to the well known Siamese.  All breeds are unique in their own way and will provide you with years of companionship if you take care of them.

Before you get a kitten or older cat, you’ll first want to examine the source.  If you are getting the kitten from a breeder, you’ll want to make sure that the breeder has a reputable reputation.  You’ll also want to ensure that the cattery is clean and in good shape.  The kittens that are still there shouldn’t be overcrowded, and their surroundings should be clean.  The litter boxes there should be kept up and both the food and water dish should be clean and full.  The kittens shouldn’t be caged, instead of free to run around.  All cats that are there should appear healthy, with shiny coats and none of their ribs showing.

When you get your kitten, it should be used to being touched and handled.  The kitten should be sweet, not afraid in the least.  Kittens that have been handled young normally have a better temperament.  The better breeders won’t allow their kittens to leave the nest until they are around 12 weeks old, with some waiting until the kittens are 16 weeks.  By doing this, breeders ensure that the kitten is in good health and his immune system has properly developed.

There’s no mistaken the fact that cats are great to own.  You can get a kitten from a reputable breeder, through a local newspaper, or an adoption agency.  Cats can also be obtained from a local pound, although people normally don’t like to choose this option.  No matter which way you decide to pursue, you should always make sure that your cat is healthy.  If you get a healthy cat, you won’t have a lot of problems later on down the road.  Healthy cats were taken care of – and normally have everything up to date – including their vaccinations.




Friday, December 15, 2017

AGILITY DOG Training And Pit Bull Terriers

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An American Pit Bull Terrier muzzled.
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Spending time training your Pit Bull can be very rewarding and fun for you both. It helps build a stronger bond between dog and owner that is important for the happiness of both parties. There are many different types of training that you can choose to do with your Pit Bull, one such is agility training.

Agility training is the process of teaching your dog to successfully navigate an obstacle course. If the training is successful, your pet should be able to do it by only listening to and obeying your commands. During an event, the dogs are timed and to win must not make any mistakes and must have the fastest time. It takes a lot of practice for a dog to be successful at this, but can be quite fun for both dog and trainer. This activity is especially good for Pit Bulls because it gives them a good outlet for all the extra energy they seem to have.

Most experts recommend not starting agility training until your dog is at least one year old, at least not to enter into a competition before that age. Many owners who train their dogs to participate in these events will purchase their own equipment to have at home so that they can begin training the dog at an earlier age. Agility training equipment can be quite expensive, so some trainers prefer to build their own equipment. Instructions can be found online and in books that should be available either in your local library or bookstore. Owners should be careful to watch the dog for any signs of injury because occasionally working on agility training while the puppy is still growing will put a lot of strain on joints and bones that are not fully conditioned yet. It is recommended to have your dog cleared by a veterinarian before beginning any type of agility training.

The dog should also understand and obey basic commands before beginning any other type of training. Any type of training helps dog and owner to build a better relationship with each other, allowing them to work better and better together as time goes on. You should also work on any behavior or aggression issues your Pit Bull may have before considering agility training. The results will be less satisfactory and take longer to achieve if the dog is also working through other issues.

Most Pit Bull owners that are serious about their dog competing in agility competitions will enroll him in a training class, at least to help teach him the basics, then work with the dog on their own to enhance what he has learned. Being in a class will also help your dog work on his socialization, which will make him behave better around other dogs. Pit Bulls tend to want to fight when around other dogs, especially those of the same gender.



The most important thing to remember is no matter what type of training you do with your Pit Bull, you both should enjoy it. Spending time together will help build a better bond, leading to a lasting relationship. Whether you want your dog to compete or not, the benefits for both you and the dog are many.




Thursday, December 14, 2017

What Is A RAGDOLL CAT?

Little Ragdoll
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The Ragdoll breed originated in the 1960's when an American woman called Ann Baker rescued several kittens belonging to a feral longhair cat called Josephine. Baker then bred two subsequent kittens from independent litters: one solid black female called "Buckwheat" and one pointed male called "Daddy Warbucks."

Using Daddy Warbucks as a stud, Baker bred a sufficient amount of kittens to launch the Ragdoll breed.

Ragdolls come in an assortment of color patterns. The established colors include blue, seal, lilac, and chocolate. These colors come in any of the following patterns: mitted, bi-color and pointed.

Lately, there's been an influx of new colors and patterns emerging in the Ragdoll breed. Newer colors comprise red (flame), cream, chocolate, and tortie. The lynx, or striped pattern, is also a newer trait that's become very prevalent. Just recently, solid color Ragdolls are being bred.

The Ragdoll's longhair coat is rare for a cat. The fur is soft with the consistency of bunny hair. It does not mat. Ragdolls are born all white and acquire their colors and patterns as they grow up.

The body of a Ragdoll is long, robust, and powerful. These are big cats, the only bigger purebred cat is the Maine Coon. While Ragdolls are long, they are not tall. Their legs are squat and stout.

It's apparent that the Ragdoll is a gorgeous animal, but the cats are most famous for their sociable and passive personality. Ragdolls were named after their tendency to go limp when held, similar to a toy ragdoll.

Ragdolls have been titled "a dog-like cat." They are tremendously faithful and devoted to their owners, often following them around the house from room to room. Many Ragdolls love walking outside on a leash, and they can be trained to play "fetch."

This breed is the best family pet. They are very placid with children and normally enjoy being helped. Ragdolls usually are friendly with other family pets.

They have a soft voice and are naturally not loud animals. Though they do have a distinctive tweeting noise they'll make while playing - mostly with another animal.

Since the Ragdoll is so passive and amiable, they are to be only indoor cats. These cats were not bred to comprehend self-protection, and if let outdoors alone, they will indeed become hurt or taken.
The Ragdoll is also an extremely sociable animal, and would not do well if left isolated for the majority of the day. If the condition at home necessitates long periods of time in isolation, it is greatly suggested that another Ragdoll or pet is obtained to keep the cat company. If not, being alone often leads to unhappiness and nervousness in the Ragdoll cat.

If you are interested in buying a Ragdoll for your family, there are several trustworthy breeders throughout the world. However, always use care when purchasing any animal - whether from a pet store, breeder, or humane society.



Ask plenty of questions about how the cats are bred, reared, and tended to. Likewise, it's always smart to go to the breeder's house and confirm the animals are properly cared for.

Furthermore, it's vital to get all essential paperwork when buying a cat from a breeder. This includes official Ragdoll breed paperwork, all medical paperwork, and any genetic testing done on the kitten's parents.

While Ragdolls are usually resilient and vigorous animals, one disorder to be aware of is HCM or Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. This disorder has been found in some Ragdoll lines and is fatal.
Always confirm the breeder has tested the parents for the Ragdoll HCM gene before buying a cat. It's better to get a photocopy of the paperwork, instead of a spoken guarantee from the breeder.




Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Differences Between BORDER COLLIES and COLLIES

Shasta and Flynn II
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Border Collies and Collies are dog breeds often confused with each other. Both were originally bred in England and Scotland as farming and herding dogs. Although they have some similarities, they could not be more different from each other.

The Border Collie originated near the border of Scotland and England, thus the name while standard collies are from Northern England and parts of Scotland. Borders are bred to help herd livestock and help around the farm, they are well known for their intelligence and uncanny ability to find lost members of the herd, making them unique among herding dogs. They are very energetic, athletic and agile; these characteristics combined with being smart make them sure winners in dog sports and sheepdog competitions. It is also because of these characteristics, that they need a lot of physical and mental stimulation. Living in a condo or apartment complex simply will not do for this active dog. They are intelligent working dogs that need to have a purpose and lots of activities or they can become depressed. Compared to a standard collie, they are more energetic and need a whole lot more physical activity to keep them happy.

Border Collies are medium sized dogs, weighing about 20lbs to 25lbs with a typical height ranging from 18 to 22 inches depending on the gender. They have a double coat that can be thick or slick with black and white combination as the most common color. Some other color variations include black tri-color, red tricolor, chocolate and the very rare Australian red. The main difference that border collies have with a standard collie is the length of a coat; although they have a fair amount of hair it is not nearly as long as the standard collie. Although their ears are somewhat similarly erect or partly erect, their snout is also not as long making them look more like the Australian shepherd.

Collie
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The standard Collie come in two varieties, the rough coat, long-haired and the smooth coat, short-haired collie. They come in black, white, tan and red tri-color combination as well as sable. Predominantly, they have a white coat covering the neck, chest, belly, and parts of the legs and face. They are slightly taller than the Border Collie and can reach up to 25 inches. They are also much stockier and can weigh anywhere from 39 to 66 pounds depending on the gender. They are more elegant looking and graceful compared to its rough Border brother. Perhaps because of their size, they are also less active than the Border, although they still need a considerable amount of exercise.

Both dog breeds make for great working dogs, show dogs and pets. They are ideal for an active family that can provide a space for them to run and play. Border Collies and standard collies are also great with children, although they must be trained not to nip them on the ankles. This is a behavior borne out of their herding instincts. They are very loyal and protective of their families and with proper care, they can be an excellent addition to the family.

    By Lea Mullins
    Lea Mullins, a dog lover, has discussed the differences between Border Collies and Collies. Visit TrainPetDog.com to learn more about different dog breeds.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Basics On Old ENGLISH BULLDOGS

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Numerous dog breeds are available in the modern day. People love having dogs as pets and companions. Old English Bulldogs refers to a breed of dog that once existed but is no extinct. It was at its prime during the 1800s. Today, there is the Olde English Bulldogge, which has the most similarities to the extinct purebred bulldog. These animals are available through breeders, pet stores and shelters around the globe, including in Tulsa, OK.

The Old English Bulldog was known for having a broad and muscular, though compact, body. Their average height was around 15 inches and most weight approximately 45 pounds. A notable characteristic of this dog was that its lower jaw protruded in front of the upper jaw, which gave it a strong grip. Historians believe that this breed was derived from war dogs of ancient times, such as old Alaunt or Mastiff breeds. Others are unsure of the origins of this breed.

Breeders worldwide are attempting to recreate this breed that is extinct. Many have become successful, although it is important to note that no recreation can be exactly like the original because the genetics of that breed is extinct. Olde English Bulldogge, also referred to as Leavitt Bulldog, is the closest available to the original bulldog. These are more athletic and lighter. The purebred dog was more aggressive, which contrasts the friendly temperament of this modern bull breed.

Olde English Bulldogge, OEB, is considered part of a new American dog breed. David Leavitt is credited with spending the 1970s creating a healthier form of this bulldog. This is one of the closest recreations to the dog that was popular in the 1800s in England and is now extinct.

To develop this breed, Leavitt crossed the English Bulldogs with American Bulldogs, Pit Bulls, and Bullmastiffs. This resulted in the Bulldogge, an athletic breed with a similar appearance to Bulldogs of the 1800s. Still, the breed has minor differences. Leavitt changed the name to Leavitt Bulldog, but many still refer to it as OEB. Furthermore, this is the name adopted by the United Kennel Club in 2014.

Bulldogges are medium in size and have a muscular frame. They are known for being strong, though agile and fluid. These animals are balanced and proportionate by most standards, with their large head matching their build and prominent shoulders. They make great companions for dog lovers. These dogs also have the agility, temperament and drive for performing different kinds of work. Most are confident, alert and friendly animals.



This animal is also known for being healthy. In fact, it is recognized as one of the healthiest modern bulldog breeds and is not believed to suffer from the same ailments as the traditional purebred versions. Still, every animal is different. People interested should do research to become well-informed about this breed.

Dog-baiting animals have been done for thousands of years, despite being outlawed. Although it is less common in the modern day, there are still people who abuse bulldog breeds by using them for dog fighting purposes. After all, this is the reason purebred Bulldogs were originally created. The extinct bull breeds: Old English Bulldog, Toy Bulldog, and Bullenbeisser. Recognized breeds that are still around: OEB, Alano Espanol, French Bulldog, Boxer, Bulldog and American Bulldog.


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