Odd Dog Facts

There are many fascinating things about dogs. If you have one, you already know the basics. You know about loyalty, love and respect. You know how a dog is not stuck on the superficial. He or she does not care how you look. Below is a small list on some basic facts about dogs. They cover size, speed and weight. 

The list also includes survivors and the question of intelligence. Enjoy.

1. The tallest dog is the Irish Wolfhound. Number two is the Great Dane. Hanging in at number 3 is your dog when it is trying to get something off the counter.

2. The smallest dog and probably the lightest is the Chihuahua.

3. The heaviest dog is the Saint Bernard.

4. The hairiest or most heavily coated dog award has plenty of choice. The obvious answer is any dog when it is shedding or Labradors because they seem to she all the time. Realistically, the hairiest dogs are Beared Collies, Old English Sheepdogs, Pulis and Komondors.

5. The least hairy dog is not yours after your kid goes wild with a razor. Following into this category are the American Hairless Terrier and the Mexican Hairless (Xolo).

6. The ugliest dog is a personal and subjective category. There are, however, contest for this category. One such event is held annually in Petaluma, California. The most common winners are Chinese Crested and Chihuahua crosses.

7. The smartest dogs are the Border Collie, the Poodle and the Golden Retriever. 

8. The dumbest dog is the Afghan Dog. When you are this pretty, who needs brains?

9. The fastest dog is the Greyhound. It is the second fastest animal in the world. Coming in a close second is the Saluki.

10. The slowest dog is probably any dog who is avoiding anything they do not want to do any time soon. Practically, however, the slowest dog is probably the Bassett Hound or the Dachshund.

11. The oldest recorded known breed in the world is the Saluki. It dates back to the ancient Egyptians. Mesopotamian carvings indicate a similar dog was in existence in 14,000 B.C.

12. The oldest American breed of dog is the American Foxhound. It dates from 1650.

13. The oldest British breed of dog is the English Mastiff. This dog dates back as far back as the 6th century B.C.

14. The oldest Asian breed old dog is the Chow Chow. It dates back as far as 150 B.C.

15. The oldest existing ancestral dogs are the Dingo of Australia and the Singing Dog from New Guinea.

16. The longest living dog ever recorded to date was an Australian Cattle Dog. Bluey lived in Victoria, Australia. He was born in 1910 and died in 1939 at age 29 years and 5 months. The 5 months is important. A Papillon dog by the name of Fred was Britain’s oldest dog. He died at age 29. In the United States, the record for oldest dog belonged to butch. He died at age 28.

17.  The dog with the biggest ears is Jack of Fulda Germany. He earned this honor in 2004 with ears 33.2 cm. (13’) long. It should not be a surprise that Jack is a Bassett Hound.

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Final Puppy Tips For A Trouble-Free Welcome Into Your Home

As a puppy owner, before you can properly come to grips with the amount of information regarding feeding, training, and socializing your dog, let us touch on your new pet's first night in his new home. 

This experience will be a frightening one for the dog. Do not smother him with love and attention during his first hours. Rather, it is a good practice to have his area already set up before he comes into the home and place the dog in it and let him investigate as soon as you get him inside. 

His bed, water bowl, and plenty of papers are the basic elements that will be necessary. Besides these necessities, a toy or two, and a lot of peace and quiet will be all he needs for a while. If you wish, sit down quietly nearby to help him as he orients himself.

No Feeding Please

Feeding should be left for a few hours until he has become somewhat used to his surroundings.  Between his ride home and the stress of his new life opening before his eyes, chances are good he will develop a sour stomach from any food offered immediately. If after some time, he seems hungry, offer him a light meal.

Limit The Affection

Don't overload him with attention right away. There will be many years ahead when he will and appreciate your love and care.  Right now, it will only serve to confuse him. Let the family meet the puppy easily, one at a time perhaps, and after a few gentle pats, leave him rest.

Avoid  Injuries

Keep playtime short for the first few weeks, making sure the little dog is not allowed to tire himself. He will soon become a family member and will love to play and roughhouse in time. But for the time being, he is a baby and needs plenty of sleep just like his human friends, as well as a safe play area.

Do Not Be Overwhelmed

While all puppy care rules and recommendations may seem difficult at first, it is good to remember that your dog will be learning these things whether or not you know what is happening.  It is wiser and easier finally, to have him learn correctly from the very start than to try to undo bad habits that have been taught by improper handling or lack of training.

Considering that your new puppy will we hope be spending at least the next decade in close contact with you, your family, your neighbors and friends, I hope that you will agree that following proper puppy care guidelines will be well worth the effort. Someday, someone observing your dog look at him with admiration and respect because of his radiant good health, his obvious good care, and his delightful manners.
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Dog Fences - The Right Fence For Your Dog's Backyard Resort

No Matter of how large your backyard may be, all dogs will make their best attempt to try to escape. Of course this can be stopped, as long as you have a barrier that is secured appropriately. And this is necessary, as many small communities have local leash laws and pet-oriented regulations that prohibit dogs from roaming the streets on their own, not to mention the dangers your dog or puppy can face on its own.

Your Choice Of Barrier

The quality and type of barrier you can expect to enclose your yard area in will depend on a couple factors: What is your investment? How big and strong is your canine? If he is a baby then how big will he grew up to be? Does your town have any specific laws concerning installation of backyard barrier? 

Where your expectations?

The prettiest fences to use, and most costly, are made of wrought iron, cement, or wood stockade.  On the other hand, slightly less lovely and a little cheaper would be of standard farm type or chain-link design.

Electric fences, also known as electronic pet barrier systems are a clever option. Although I prefer a well-built, wooden fence construction, these invisible electronic fences are a good solution for those towns that will not allow you to install standard fences or any other visual barriers between your property and the next.

Electronic Fence Warning: There are many instances where a canine that has a strong desire to chase something will rush right through the invisible barrier while ignoring the warning beeps of the structure and ultimately absorbing the electronic shock that is begun. Your dog may be unwilling to reenter your yard afterwards.

Another issue to be worry about is that electronic fenced-in areas do not offer protection to your dog from other strangers or creatures that can come into the area. While your dog cannot cross the invisible barrier, anybody or anything can come inside and become a potential threat to your dog.

Other Things To Keep In Mind

Think about the size of the spacing between the bars or wires of the fence. Although it seems like common sense, I have witnessed an entire fence go under construction and completed within a week's time only to prove no barrier for the owner's puppies. The spacing was too much! This simple detail in planning would have made all the difference in the world.

Another aspect of having a fence built specifically for your dog is to consider the design in connection with your dog's climbing abilities. Pit bulls and other dogs such as the husky will require fences that cannot be climbed or easily torn up. 

A perfect solution here would be a 5 ½ to 6 foot tall stockade fence or masonry wall. This construction will also help prevent your dog from seeing through to other properties and other dogs, which could lead to territorial behavior problems.
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Facts About Puppy Development

Young puppies do not need a regular exercise routine. They are babies until 4 months. After 4 months your dog hits its growth spurt. They are uncoordinated and have no idea where their bodies start and stop. They need to have safe exercise so they don’t injure their growing bodies. Exercise your puppy with playtime.

When your dog reaches 6 to 14 months you can start exercising your pup. Some breeds may not be ready for exercise at this young of an age. Your dog may still be too young for dog sporting competitions, normally the age for you dog to enter these is 2.  

The Point of Playful Activities

You have to make sure all you activities for you puppy are fun. All kinds of exercise should be fun for you too. Play exercise is the best thing for you and your dog. Playing with your dog can be all of these things.

• release of stress for both you and your dog.

•helps your dog build strong muscles

• Play can teach patience and new tricks.

• challenge the brain of both you and your dog.

• helps ready the dog for a sport or activity.

• bonding with your dog

• any time with spent with you your dog will cherish

• play can help you and your dog be a better pet

Help your puppy develop into a strong adult dog. From ages 6-14 you can introduce your dog to fetching. Take your dog for short walks but make sure you stop when they want to. Take your dog swimming but make sure you keep them above the water. Play fetch in the pool when your dog becomes a better swimmer.

Introduce your puppy to strength and coordination training. But you want to avoid endurance training. Your puppy will not be ready for this until they are at least 2 years old. Take you time with you puppy to get them ready and build up their exercise routine. The dog park is a great place for your dog to romp without you having to chase them around. 

After all this work and your puppy still has energy? Try to increase their levels of exercise. Maybe they are ready for agility, tracking, or obedience training. But if your pup is still too little just enjoy simple walks and let them run around the house. Remember the name of the game is playtime!
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Top Dog - Classic Dog Movies You Need To Watch Part 2

The post 1960s was slow in producing any classic dog movies. The period does, however, provide some interesting variations on the old young-boy-and-dog theme. It also continues to make films along the very traditional, tear-jerking lines. Below you will find a list of several more classic dog movies. This time, they date form the more-modern period.

• Best In Show (2000)

This movie really does go to the dogs. Directed by Christopher Guest, Best In Show goes inside the competitive world of show dogs and proceeds to send it up. The movie flows like a documentary. It is peopled by quirk and often neurotic characters and their equally strange dogs. All are trying to seize the ultimate prize in their dog world - Best in Show at the Mayflower Kennel Dog Show. 

This mocumentary does an excellent character assassination of many of the stereotypes within the dog show world. It is aimed at adults and not children. The movie is funny filled with excellent one-liners.

• A Boy and His Dog (1975)

This movie, like Best in Show was not made for children. A Boy and His Dog reflects the then fascination with a post-apocalyptic world. It features a young Don Johnson as Vic. He is wandering with his dog, Blood (Tiger) through the wasteland. They come across a community consisting of women. They want Vic to help increase the population. Vic feels up for the role until he realizes what this all involves. 

It is Blood who finds the solution to their predicament. The movie was based on the novella by the great writer Harlan Ellison. A Boy and His Dog was the inspiration for the Mad Max or Road Warrior movies. Blood was a mixed breed. He was better known for his role in the wholesome television series The Brady Bunch.

• Air Bud (1997)

Air Bud, the original, was a basic boy-and-his dog story. It focuses on the Meeting and ongoing relationship between 2 misfits: Josh, a loner in both his hometown and school and Buddy a Golden Retriever. The simple story has a twist. The dog has an untapped talent. He can shoot hoops. This is the first and last role of the original dog star - Buddy. Although other Buddy movies were made, Buddy did not act in them. He died of cancer soon after completing this film.

• My Dog Skip (1999)

A period boy-and-his-dog movie, My Dog Skip takes place in the 1940s. The place is Mississippi and Willie, the boy, is an only child. The obvious star is the dog, Skip. It is played by 2 separate but related canines. Moose, the infamous dog Eddie from Frazier acts the role of the elderly Skip. Moose’s son, Enzio, performs as the young Skip.

• Beethoven (1992)

Beethoven, like Air Bud was one in a series of dog movies featuring the major character. In this case, the dog is a Saint Bernard named Beethoven. The dog is played by Chris.  He embarks upon a series of predictable misadventures in this home of new dog owners. There are an evil vet, superficial yuppy con artists and true friends. 

• Marley and Me (2008)

Marley and Me is one movie in a long line of dog tear-jerkers. The movie is based on the best-selling book of the same name penned by John Grogan. It tells the story of the life and “sniff, weep, bring out the hankies” death of a misfit dog and the people who love him. Marley is a loveable Yellow Labrador Retriever. No Lassie or Rin Tin Tin, Marley is played by 18 different dogs. Only 3 are made mention of in the cast list. They are Clyde as the Adult Marley and Jonah and Woodson as puppies.
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You might want to introduce your new dog to a dog crate at this point.  A dog crate creates comfort and a place for the dog to call his own. Consider ahead of time the type of dog crate you would like for your dog to have.  A wood dog crate is a nice alternative to a wire crate as it can be used as a piece of furniture.  This would allow you to be in the same room with the dog while he orients himself with his surroundings. 
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​Fun For Puppies

Puppies have limitless energy. They are real live wires. They have a desire to learn form an early age. And they want play all the time. And you have to exercise your puppy so you can get some rest as some point. Why not get all these things done at the same time.

Anything active for a puppy is fun. Any activity you engage your puppy in will be good for their little minds. You have to remember how young your puppy is. It will not be able to function like a full grown dog. 

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