Labrador Retriever

If you are an active person or enjoy the outdoors, consider getting the Labrador retriever. These breeds are bred to hunt and do things outdoors. You will that they are easy to get along with and will learn quickly.

Labrador retriever is one of the most popular breed of dogs that people get. Their gently smile and friendliness is what gets people attention. These labs come in three colors – yellow, black, and chocolate.



When they are young, Labrador puppies are easily trained. The best time to train them is when they are about 14 weeks old. It is recommended to obedience train your lab because when they are young, they can be very hyper. By teaching them obedience, it shows that you are the pack leader and they need to follow your rules. If you never obedience trained a dog before, it’s a good idea to learn more about it first before attempting to train them.

These breeds are great for hunting and outdoors activities. If you are using them to hunt with you, they will need to be trained first. Since they are bred to retrieve items, training them shouldn’t take long at all. Make sure to just the exact replica of what you’re hunting for so they know what to retrieve when your out hunting.

As for outdoor activities, they are great swimmer and will swim all day long if you let them. Beside swimming, they are great for other outdoors activities such as hiking, camping, biking, and even fishing.

Labrador retriever are great with people. They get along with kids and adults alike. In fact, more than 60% of homes in the U.S. has a lab in there home.

One thing about these breed is their common health problems. There are many common health problems that your Golden Retriever will experience from time to time. Most of these ailments are nothing serious, providing you know how they should be treated and prevented. Some of the problems will be heat stroke, rabies, and heart worm.

The most common one that your dog will experience the most is heat stroke. During the summer months or hot days, your Golden Retriever can get a heatstroke. You can prevent this from happening by giving your dog plenty of water, and never leaving him in direct sunlight. If you are playing together on a hot day, you should give him plenty of time to rest so he doesn’t overdo it. The symptoms indicating a heatstroke include a lot of panting or drooling, dark gums, a glazed expression, rapid pulse, and even vomiting. If your dog starts to show any of these symptoms, you should immediately take him to the vet.

If you’re looking for a breed that gets along with people and enjoy the outdoors, a Labrador Retriever is right for you. Just make sure someone in the family has time to take them exercising everyday. In addition, give them all the love you can and they will give it back to you ten times more.

The History of the American Bulldog

American Bulldogs are descended from ancient Mastiffs that originated in Asia and were brought to Europe by nomads. Mastiffs were bred to bring down, fight or hold large aggressive prey such as wild boar, bears or big cats. Animals that are as likely to fight as run away. Ancient Mastiff had incredible fighting ability and courage.

Phoenician traders brought a brown strain of Mastiff to England around 800 B.C. Celts bred these brindle or brownish red behemoths to catch cattle and wild boar. Today's English Mastiff and Bullmastiff have a similar color and to some degree are descended from this strain.

Around 400 A.D. a second very tough strain of Mastiff reached English shores. This dog was called the Alaunt. English butchers and farmers turned the Alaunt into the world's first true Bulldog. In medieval times, the working English Bulldog was the first dog to develop the so called 'lock jaw grip' which really has more to do with a dog's gameness than any structural difference in its jaw. A true Bulldog has the ability to chase, catch and hang onto the nose, cheek or throat of a large herbivore and not let go no matter how hard the beast struggles or how much punishment the dog is forced to absorb. Throughout medieval, Elizabethan and the early industrial periods, Bulldogs routinely caught horse, cattle and boars. Sometimes in routine farm or butchery work and sometimes in staged competitions. When catching domestic animals, the Bulldog was usually able to make the hoofed creature submit to the excruciating pain of the bite before being harmed himself. When it is ready to cry "uncle" a bull will lower its head to the ground and allow the Bulldog to drag him backwards to the butcher. The bovine can then be slaughtered or put into a holding pen.
An old time working Bulldog also had the ability to throw a bull to the ground by rapidly corkscrewing his body right when the big beast was off balance in the middle of a stride. It was possible for an experienced 80 pound Bulldog to topple an 1800 pound bull.

Though his main opponent was usually a bull, the English Bulldog was also used against bears, lions and other ferocious carnivores. These staged fights were called baits. The Bulldogs employed on bears and large meat eaters were heavier than the ones used solely on livestock. For the larger opponents speed was not as important and the fight would take place in an enclosed area so endurance was less of a factor. Whether large or small the working English Bulldog that survived this grueling gauntlet of animal combat became the greatest canine warrior ever. In 1835, all animal baiting contests were made illegal in England.

The only baiting that survived the ban was dog baiting or dog fighting. Coal miners in the Staffordshire region crossed English Bulldogs with scrappy terriers and continued the gladitorial tradition in clandestine matches that are still going on today. From these Bulldog terrier crosses we get the American Pit Bull Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull terriers and the Bull Terrier.

Because of the anti-baiting laws, purebred Bulldogs were very rare in England by the middle of the 19th century. They were being exported to America where they joined and improved the working Bulldogs already in the former colonies. They were also shipped to Germany where they helped create the Boxer. They were crossed with Mastiffs to create superior guard dogs. Interestingly, the early Bullmastiffs were often white or piebald, only latter with the addition of dark brindle mastiff blood did darker colors evolve. And finally the last of the working Bulldogs were crossed with pugs to create a blocky mild mannered little show dog.

Today, the dog the world calls the English Bulldog is really a Pug Bulldog cross, a fine animal in its own right but not a true working Bulldog. In fact, the working English Bulldog became extinct in his native land at the turn of the 19th century. Fortunately he survived in America, especially in the mountainous regions of the rural south. There he was saved from extinction because he still had work to do. Hogs and cattle were allowed to free range in this rugged terrain where fences were impossible and could only be caught with hardy English Bulldogs.

Throughout the south and the southwest, Bulldogs were also used as guard dogs. In the 19th century and earlier there are numerous historical records of large plantation Bulldogs or estate Bulldogs that were kept in yards sometimes on chains and used on human bad guys. Plantation bullies were occasionally allowed to roam in prison yards, patrolling open spaces between cells and main wall. Regional varieties developed and many names were applied to the southern Bulldogs. Some of the more common names were Old English White, White English, Swamp Bulldog, Backwoods Bulldog, English Pit, Old Country White and many others.

Toward the end of the 1960s, the last remnants of working English Bulldogs were disappearing from the rural south. Large agribusiness firms were consolidating land and eliminating small scale ranching. Also, small all terrain vehicles were allowing farmers to herd, catch and move cattle without dog assistance. It looked like the working English Bulldog was truly going to become extinct once and for all.

Fortunately at this time a few dedicated Bulldog enthusiasts made a concerted effort to locate some of the last of the hill Bulldogs and begin efforts to breed them, preserve them and foster a public awareness so their breeding programs could continue into perpetuity. Because of their work, the Bulldog, the breed that had toughed it out for so long against so many adversaries, could survive.

The principal architects of today's American Bulldog are Allen Scott and John D. Johnson. From the breeding programs of these two men, two distinct strains have emerged, commonly called the Johnson type and the Scott type. The former is a larger, wider dog with more bone, pendulous lips, an undershot jaw, facial wrinkles and a shorter muzzle. The Johnson type resembles an athletic, tightly built, white Bullmastiff. The Scott type looks like a large, coarse, leggy, white Pit Bull.

To say that today's American Bulldog is a direct descendant of the original working English Bulldog is not to say that a small percentage of other breeds have not been recently added, mostly in the 1970s when the AB was being rebuilt. The Mastiff/Bull breeds used in such outcrosses were descended in part from the working English Bulldog, Alaunt and other ancient molossers. Due to the low number of Old English Whites left, some breed out-crossing was inevitable to insure enough genetic diversity.

Johnson Type

The two types differ temperamentally as well as physically. The Johnson dogs are descendants of the plantation Bulldogs that were kept as yard dogs in the old south. They are typically more territorial, more man aggressive, in short more of a guardian. The athletic Scott strain descended from hog and cattle catch dogs. They were and still are used to catch wild hogs and cattle that have strayed into brush so thick that a man on horse back would find it impenetrable. This type of work requires extreme physical prowess. For this reason the smaller strain is called Performance.

Scott Type

In the late 1970s, Joe Painter, Margentina, Tappe and others developed a second performance strain of American Bulldogs that was unfortunately used in the dog fighting arena. The Painter/Margentina strain was heavily inbred and had some problems. Through judicious outcrosses, the Painter strain has made valuable contributions to the breed as a whole.

The Chinese Crested

The Chinese Crested is a very interesting dog breed that has fascinated people for a long time. There are two types of such breeds: one that is hairless except the tail, feet and head (called Hairless) and one that is coated (called Powder Puff). It is considered to be a toy dog. This is mainly because of its size (30 cm high and weighing a maximum of 5 kg.). Another important aspect that is of high interest among owners is life expectancy. The Chinese Crested usually lives around 10 to 12 years, in which they delight the owners. It is very hard not to get attached to this particular dog breed.

Although you might think that the Chinese Crested is of Chinese origin, the truth is this particular breed first appeared in Africa. The Aztecs even ate them. When the Chinese came to the continent they adopted the dog and named him Chinese Crested. Nowadays it is one of only four hairless breeds grew in the United States of America. Also, another interesting fact is that, although almost hairless, the hair that exists comes in a huge variety of colours and combinations possible.



The Chinese Crested is very rare. It is a shame because this breed is actually sweet and very caring. You may also see that they are very fond of children and prove to be very intelligent. The Chinese Crested is a dog breed that becomes very attached to the owner and switching to another one may prove to be a bad solution as it might not adapt. This is why, when you buy such a dog, you usually buy a puppy. Expose it ever since it is little to agitation and noise and you will grow an extremely caring dog.

As you can imagine, you have to be careful when caring for them. This is mainly because of the hairless areas on the body, which are very susceptible to scars and can basically get irritated or skin problems might appear. Also, never give them too much to eat as this particular breed can easily become overweight. Besides that there is nothing more to say. The Chinese Crested is a perfect indoor dog, but never expose him to cold environments, especially if hairless. Be careful to dress him and keep it warm at al times. Avoid materials that might scar or irritate its skin. Besides that care for him and he will care for you.

MORE CHINESE CRESTED DETAILS


There are two distinct varieties of the Chinese Crested Dog, the "hairless"
and the "powder puff". The hairless variety is just that hairless, except for
its feet, head and tail. The "powder puff" has a long, soft coat. The skin and
coat can be any color, either solid, mixed or spotted all over. Both varieties
can be born in the same litter. The head is wedgeshaped, the eyes almond-
shaped and they have large erect ears. It is a graceful elegant breed.
There are a lot of stories about their origin, some say from China because of
seafarers/traders visited many places with the dogs on their travels and so
they appeared in many ports of call , some say from a warm climate as Africa.
A similar dog was also found in Mexico, Central and South America in the 16th
century. This dog is known as the Xoloitzquintli or Mexican Hairless.

Best Dog Breeds For Families

When choosing a dog, you will want to choose one that gets along with your family. There are many dog breeds out there that are suited for family life. However, there are also breeds that do not fit well with a family. By understanding more about each dog breed, it will help you choose the right dog for your family.

When choosing a dog, small children is something you want to consider. Most dogs are playful and if they are not obedience trained, they can hurt the child easily. Even the smaller breeds are capable of hurting a child. You will want to do your research first on the breed to make sure they are fit to be around small children. If you do find a breed that is not fit to be around small children, but you want to have the dog anyways, you may want to be around them at all time. Even if they received the proper training, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

You must also teach your kids to be respectful to the dog as well. For example, when the dog is eating or sleeping, teach the kids not to bother them. If they get startled, they could attack the child. They don’t intentionally mean to do it, but it’s part of their instinct to do so. Since there are many things the kids can do to them, it’s a good idea to supervise them and let them know if they did something wrong. If the child know their boundaries, it can be easier for the dog to get along with the family.
The size of the dog is important also. Large dog breeds will require more care and attention.

They will need to be fed more often and taken for a walk to keep them in good health. On the other hand, smaller breeds will require less care. They won’t need to eat much to satisfy their hunger. They won’t need that much exercise either. By playing with them should provide the exercise that they need.

Another thing to consider is their maintenance level. Some dogs will require grooming everyday. If you have a family that don’t have time or just don’t want to groom the dog, it’s best not to get these breeds. Some of the breeds that require grooming everyday are the Shih Tzu, Maltese, Pomeranian, and Golden Retriever. If their hair do not get groomed, it will mat together and if it gets bad enough, it could cause pain to their skin. The only solution to this problem is cutting off the hair that is matted.

There are many dog breeds out there to choose and you should never based your decision when they’re a puppy. As a puppies, all of them will be cute and small. As they mature, it will be another story and this is when you should based your decision on what breed to get. Talk to the whole family and discuss about everyone responsibility to taking care of the dog.

Akita

Akita is coming from Japan, directly from the mountainous regions of the northern part of the country. There are two separate Akita strains today, one is an American strain – Akita and the other one is Japanese strain – Akita Inu. Of course the American strain is more popular in the United States than Japan. The main difference is the color, while the American Akita comes in all common dog colors, the Akita Inu must only have selected colors. This dog breed became world famous thanks to a true story of a loyal Akita dog named Hachiko that happened during World War II. Akita is a strong, dominant and largely independent dog breed which puts rather high requirements on their breeders. When handled properly, the dogs are affectionate with its family members and very loyal with both the family and friends.



This page about the Akita’s will give you the basic information about this breed, including some info from the history as well as advice on how to keep this beautiful dogs. When I find a nice photo or video of an Akita, I will post it here too. In case you are an Akita owner, please send me a photo of your dog and I will gladly post it on this site for other to see. And in case you own a site devoted to Akita’s, send me a link and I will publish it too. Thanks.

Akita Hachiko

Akita Hachiko
Hachiko is probably one of the most famous Akita dogs that has done much to bring the popularity to the Akita breed that it has today. He was a golden-brown Akita Inu that was born on November 10, 1923 on farm in the vicinity of a city Odate in the Akita Prefecture. The dog’s name refers to the fact that he was the eight puppy in the litter – hachi meaning eight, and ko meaning duke.


Since 1924 he was a pet of one Hidesaburo Ueno, a professor in the University of Tokyo’s agriculture department. Since Hachiko became his pet it was traditional for him to wait and greet his beloved master at the train station when he was coming back from his lectures. This tradition lasted for a year, until one day the owner didn’t return. It was reported that he had suffered from cerebral hemorrhage, and subsequently died.
This sad turn of events didn’t deter the faithful dog who would return to the Shibuya train station every day for the next nine years and wait for his master to return from work. People who saw the dog with professor got attached to him and would feed him for long after the professor was gone.


One of the professor students noticed the dog and decided to follow it to his home, where he learned the complete story. The student was at the time making a study of Akitas and Hachiko became one of thirty dogs that entered into the Akita census that the student was putting together. He published a number of articles on the dog, and one of them eventually caught the public’s eye and made Hachiko famous all over the nation.

People were impressed by the dog’s devotion and faithfulness. These qualities made him a powerful symbol, which prompted the erecting of a statue in his likeness that was located in the same station were his vigil endured. The statue was erected in 1934 and Hachiko was present at the event. One year later, the faithful Hachiko was found dead in the street, the cause of death was determined to be cancer.

The statue honoring him was melted for bullets during the World War II, but another one, built by the son of the artist who have built the first one, was built in 1948 and stands to this day reminding us of this incredible dog.

Akita Grooming

Akita
Akitas are majestic and dignified dogs with beautiful lush coats that might require quite a bit of grooming. Their double coat is quite thick and sheds profusely twice a year, grooming the dog will help him shed faster, and make your apartment look less like the aftermath of an extremely ferocious cat fight. They are quite clean animals and you can often see an Akita cleaning himself just like a cat would, but they still need some help in this regard.

The first part of the grooming is reserved for brushing his dense coat. You should use a firm bristle brush. If your dog is of the short-haired type you shouldn’t have too much trouble with this part, but if his fur is longer you might want to pay extra attention. Longer fur can easily become matted and entangled. If you see that your dog’s fur is difficult to brush you might want to apply some kind of a conditioner on it, as that will make it much easier for you to brush it. Brush your Akita’s fur slowly and gently in downward motions. If you notice that the brush is getting stuck pull it out and untangle the hair, taking good care not to pull too hard. While you’re brushing your dog you should keep an eye out for parasites or irritations on the skin. You’ll want to cover this with antibiotic ointments, and any parasites should either be removed if possible, or reported to the vet if not.


You might want to occasionally give you Akita a bath. Don’t do this too often as a) they are usually quite good at keeping themselves clean and b) bathing removes the water resistant oils that their hair naturally produces. If you do decide to give him a bath take great care that none of the water gets in his ears, nose and eyes. People often insert cotton balls into dog’s ears to prevent them from filling up with water. Find a mild shampoo that you need to just gently pour over the dog, not rub or massage it in. Once it has been left to sit in the fur for a while carefully remove all of it. If there is any shampoo left in the fur it might cause skin irritation.

You should use a towel to dry your dog off. Once you’re done with the towel you can either leave him to dry off completely on his own, or if the weather and your environment wouldn’t allow that, use a blow dryer set to low enough a temperature not to hurt your dog or cause him discomfort.

Now you’ll want to check the dog’s ears for parasites or filth, clean them as well as you can, just be careful not to push the q-tip too far in. There are a lot of antibiotic ear washes available on the market, they are great at preventing ear infections and need to be applied only once in a couple of months.

Akita Common Health Issues

Akita
Akitas are generally sturdy dogs. Their history of hunting dogs that were often facing quite ferocious game has left them tough and hardy, but there are still a number of health problems that they might experience. Akita owners have to be aware of what those problems are in order to notice their development in time and stop it if it is possible.

Like most large, deep chested dog breeds, Akitas can sometimes suffer from gastric torsion, or as it is commonly known, bloat. This is a very serious condition that is often life threatening. People are not quite sure what causes it; there are some speculations that it can be prevented by giving your dog several small meals over the course of the day instead of just one, larger meal. It can also be caused by the dog eating too fast and taking larger bites. Some people also believe that feeding your dog soy beans based products might bring the condition on, as that type of food creates gases. Regardless of the exact cause, the stomach of the dog afflicted by bloat will start twisting and the passages in his gastrointestinal tract will become blocked, preventing the dog’s digestive system from functioning optimally. Symptoms of this condition include restlessness and anxiety, agitation, salivating and dry heaves. If you do notice the symptoms react immediately as it can progress rapidly and mortality rates from bloat are quite high.


Most dog breed can often suffer from some eye related condition and Akitas are not an exception. One of those conditions is cataracts. They usually appear as the dog ages, but there are also juvenile cataracts that can develop in puppies. You can notice them as white or cream specs in the dog’s eyes. At first they will just have a slight influence on the dog’s eyesight, but in time, they might make the dog completely blind. If you do notice the specks, cal your vet at your earliest convenience, surgical solutions that might save your dog’s eyesight are available.

Progressive retinal atrophy is another eye condition often afflicting Akitas. It is characterized by a slow but progressive (as its name suggests) deterioration of the dog’s retinas. At first it will only cause night blindness, but over time, it might make your dog completely blind. It can develop both in puppies and in adult dogs. It is characterized by the dog’s eyes first becoming somewhat shiny and in later stages they may become cloudy and opaque.

Akita

Akita


Another common condition, not just for Akitas, but most other larger, and sometimes even smaller breeds is hip dysplasia. This condition is hereditary and it causes improper development of hip bone socket and femur’s ball that is supposed to fit into that socket. Improper fitting of the two causes grinding and wearing of both bones and cartilage in between. In time this will seriously impede the dog’s movement. If you notice that your dog is having trouble with putting his weight on one or two of his legs, this might be the cause. Have a vet examine the dog, surgery is an option, and success rates are rather good.

Akita Puppy Care

Akitas make devoted pets that are very protective of their owners and homes, but that can also sometimes be a bit willful and thick headed. If you plan on buying or rescuing an Akita puppy it would be best if you didn’t have any other pets, as Akitas can be somewhat hostile towards other dogs or smaller animals.


Akitas are quite energetic and curious, meaning that they will rummage around your house at every chance they get. This means that you mustn’t leave around objects that they could swallow or that could hurt them in any way. They have thick fur that offers great protection from cold, so once they are a bit older you can keep them in the yard, just make sure that there are no poisonous plants around, and that you fence doesn’t have any holes. Akitas were used as hunting dogs and they still have strong prey drives, they could easily escape your yard in a pursuit of a small animal, which would expose them to quite a bit of risk.

You’ll need to vaccinate your little Akita as soon as you can. There can sometimes be complications during the vaccination, but your vet will be well aware of that. Before they are done with their sets of vaccinations, you should by no means place them in contact with other dogs, or even people who have dogs, this might pose a great risk to their health.

After all the vaccinations have been administered, however, you should try to have them socialize as much as you can with other dogs. This will help diminish the hostility they feel towards other dogs, but never forget that that hostility is in their blood and that no matter how well socialized they are, they might just snap and attack another dog, especially if that dog is of the same sex.