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German Shorthaired Pointers

German Shorthaired Pointers

German Shorthaired Pointers

German Shorthaired Pointer Dog Breed Information Guide

Learn all about German Shorthaired Pointers, including history, appearance, temperament lifespan, health and care needs, suitability for children and more.

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All About German Shorthaired Pointers

Known as one of the world’s top sporting dogs, the German Shorthaired Pointer is a beautiful canine athlete, equally prized for his affectionate nature and loyal temperament. Capable of performing most gundog roles, from pointing to retrieving, this magnificent dog is the ideal hunting companion.

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German Shorthaired Pointer History

As is the case with many breeds of dogs today, the foundation sires of the German Shorthaired Pointer remain shrouded in mystery. Many credit the German Bird Dog, a descendant of an old Spanish Pointer, as having been the most likely candidate from which the breed may have sprung.

Regardless of the main foundation dogs, it is only after generations and generations of selective breeding, crossing the best scent hounds and the best trailing hounds into the bloodlines, that the German Shorthaired Pointer was able to develop into one of the most popular sporting dogs in the world. Further crossing to fine English Pointers helped to refine the breed further and create the beautiful dog that we know today.

A breed standard was decided upon, during the early 1870’s and, by 1872, a registry and stud book was decided on for the breed and, in 1930, he was accepted into the American Kennel Club (AKC). He has only grown in popularity since, and now the GSP is one of the most well-known gundogs in the world.

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German Shorthaired Pointer Appearance

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a natural athlete and his leanly muscled, streamlined body stands as testament to this fact. Sleek and powerful, he is beautiful to watch in action – whether tracking game or holding a gorgeous point, he has been the subject of many pieces of art throughout the centuries.

Standing 23-25 inches tall at the shoulder, the German Shorthaired Pointer is all sleek muscle, and commonly weighs in around 55-70 pounds as an adult dog. They can be found in a rich solid liver, liver and white, or can have a beautiful roaned pattern to their coats. Blacks do occur in the breed, but are not accepted.

German Shorthaired Pointer Temperament

The German Shorthaired Pointer may be well-known for his hunting abilities and versatility, but he is also known for his affectionate and loyal personality. Despite the fact that he is an amazing gundog, he is also a wonderful dog for a family that has children. Particularly protective of younger children, any sign of shyness, nervousness or aggression is a severe fault in this breed.

German Shorthaired Pointer Exercise Info

While he will mellow some with age, the German Shorthaired Pointer is a high energy athlete that requires a great deal of exercise, particularly when he’s younger. Ideally, this should be done off-leash in a fenced-in yard or a dog park. Remember, it’s natural instinct for these dogs to run and trail after scents. Not allowing your German Shorthaired Puppy the opportunity to do this can lead to destructive behavior, anxiousness or even further hyperactivity.

In addition to their natural hunting instincts, the GSP is also an adept sledding dog. Allowing him to participate in similar events, or even agility courses, will help keep your German Shorthaired Pointer happy and healthy.

German Shorthaired Pointer Grooming Info

The German Shorthaired Pointer only requires minimal grooming to keep his coat looking sleek and shiny. Be forewarned, however, that he can be a heavy shedder – You won’t want to buy white furniture unless you teach your GSP to sleep on the floor!

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German Shorthaired Pointer Training Info

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a wonderful companion who loves to please. This means he’s also eager to learn, although some individuals may seem a bit ADD as puppies. Teaching them through routine and consistency is a good way to start them out and they should learn the basics while they’re still young. Puppy obedience classes are a great idea for the German Shorthaired Pointer puppy.

German Shorthaired Pointer Health Info

Like many breeds of purebred dogs, the German Shorthaired Pointer is susceptible to a number of hereditary conditions. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

Hip dysplasia
Reverse sneezing
Eye diseases
Epilepsy

While most German Shorthair dogs are relatively healthy, purchasing your German Shorthaired Pointer puppy from a responsible breeder can lessen the chances that your puppy will have problems.

German Shorthaired Pointer Right Breed Info

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a wonderful companion dog, as well as being one of the top gun dogs in the world. Particularly good with children, he makes an excellent family pet, particularly once he matures. Be forewarned, however, that they are very energetic and boisterous puppies. For this reason, we usually recommend GSP for families with older children who aren’t easily knocked down by a playful puppy.

They require a lot of energy – be sure to keep this in mind! Additionally, due to their natural hunting instinct, they may go after ‘prey’ animals, such as cats, rabbits and guinea pigs. Most GSPs are not aggressive towards other dogs.

If you don’t mind your dog giving you a workout and you want a very affectionate and loving companion, the GSP may be the perfect dog for you!

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Chesapeake Bay Retrievers

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers Dog Breed Information Guide – All About Chespeake Bay Retrievers

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is an American dog breed with a truly unique history. This kid loving, water loving canine companion is an amicable breed that may just be the dog for you and your family. If you are active and fun loving, there’s no better breed to add joy and laughter to your life than the Chesapeake Bay Retriever!

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Chesapeake Bay Retriever Facts

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a large-sized breed of dog belonging to the Retriever, Gundog, and Sporting breed groups. Members of the breed may also be referred to as a Chessie, CBR, or Chesapeake. The breed was developed in the United States Chesapeake Bay area during the 19th century. Wikipedia

Hypoallergenic: No
Life expectancy: 10 – 12 years
Origin: Chesapeake Bay
Colors: Deadgrass, Light Brown, Dark Brown, Tan, Brown, Sedge
Temperament: Affectionate, Intelligent, Happy, Quiet, Protective, Dominant
Weight: Female: 25–32 kg, Male: 30–36 kg

Chesapeake Bay Retriever History

When a British ship capsized off the coast of Maryland in 1807, two Newfoundland puppies which were on board swam to safety from the cold Atlantic waters to the Maryland shore. Named “Sailor” and “Canton” after the ship from which they came, these two pups proved to be exceptional swimmers and water retrievers.

The pups were mated with local sporting dogs, thought to be both Curly Coated Retrievers and Flat Coated Retrievers, producing offspring that were legendary sporting dogs, able to withstand the coldest and roughest waters without incident. These dogs eventually came to be considered a breed unto themselves, and the Chesapeake Bay Retriever dog breed was born.

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Chesapeake Bay Retriever Appearance

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is valued more for his talents as a sporting dog than for his appearance. While Chessies are by no means homely in appearance, they possess an oily and somewhat wavy coat which enables them to dry off after a cold swim with a few shakes. The coat is usually dark brown or resembles the color of dead grass, a muted tan.

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever resembles the Labrador Retriever in many ways; the body is roughly the same size and musculature, and the head has a similar appearance. The Chessie also possesses those meaningful brown eyes that always let you know just how much he loves you.
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Chesapeake Bay Retriever Temperament

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is an all-round fantastic family dog. Chessies adore children; there have been a number of Chesapeake Bay Retrievers honored for having rescued toddlers from drowning – a trait they no doubt inherited from their Newfoundland ancestors.

The only caution when it comes to choosing a Chessie for temperament is to make sure you acquire your Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppy from a reputable breeder. Early socialization and care can be as important as inherited temperament traits, so you want to be sure to get a puppy from a breeder who raises her pups with love and gentle handling from birth, rather from an unknown source, which may be a horror story of abuse and neglect. Never acquire a Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppy through a pet store, newspaper ad or online classified ad.

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Chesapeake Bay Retriever Exercise Info

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers have a strong affinity for water, and enjoy a good bit of exercise. This is not a breed for city dwellers or couch potatoes! Chessies are best suited for active families that live in a suburban or country setting, preferably near a lake, river or other accessible body of water where the Chessie can swim and frolic.

For the sportsman, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is the perfect breed; energetic, loyal, agile and highly trainable. After all, Chessies were custom made for hunting water fowl.
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Chesapeake Bay Retriever Grooming Info

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers require very little in the way of grooming. Since they love to swim, a bath is hardly ever necessary. The coat can be kept free of dead hairs with a weekly brushing – a stiff slicker brush is the best tool of choice for grooming a Chessie.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Training Info

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are a very intelligent breed that are always anxious to please their owners. Whether you plan to use your Chessie as a hunting dog, or a cherished family companion, obedience training should start early and be consistent, with all members of the family taking part and presenting a united front.

Adding a little playtime before and after each training session will make your Chessie even more willing to learn and obey.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Health Info

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are a healthy dog breed that are usually free of the hereditary disorders that can plague many purebred breeds of dog.

That having been said, it’s extremely important to find a highly responsible breeder from which to purchase a Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppy. A reputable breeder will be very well educated about the Chesapeake Bay Retriever dog breed and carefully screen her breeding dogs for any common canine disorders and congenital problems that may be prevalent in the breed.

Health Problems Which Can Occur in Chesapeake Bay Retrievers include:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Type 3 von Willebrand disease
  • Cataracts
  • Regional Alopecia

There are no 100% guarantees when it comes to buying a healthy purebred puppy, but acquiring your puppy from a highly responsible breeder who selectively breeds for health and temperament, and who offers, and stands behind a reasonable health guarantee is your best insurance.

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Is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever Right For You?

If you are looking for a wonderful family companion, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever can be an exceptional choice. The Chessie’s great fondness for children makes him a good match for families with small children, but the breed is equally suited to couples and even seniors – provided they are able to provide the exercise and companionship the breed needs to thrive.

If you are an active family that loves to get out in the great outdoors, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a great choice. If your family tends to spend their leisure hours eating chips in front of the Wii, then you should either consider a Pug – or change your lazy ways and get a Chessie!

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Beagle Dog Breed Information Guide – All About Beagles

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Immortalized in many movies and television shows, such as “Shiloh”, “Cats and Dogs” and “Underdog,” the Beagle has always been an American favorite. Perhaps the best known Beagle of all time was “Snoopy” from the popular Peanuts cartoons.

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Beagle Facts

Size: Standard size only, though there are also individuals out there, known as Pocket Beagles
Color: All the known hound colors and varieties
Height: 15 inches or less at the shoulder
Weight: 18-25 pounds on average
Exercise Needs: Demanding
Grooming Demands: Minimal
Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
Good With Kids: Yes
Good with Pets?: With caution – see below.
Ease of Training: Medium Difficult
Misspelled Names: Beegle, Beagel, Beegel
Breed Group USA: Hound

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Beagle History

Like so many other dogs, the history of the Beagle has been obscured by the hands of time, leaving many to speculate and guess as to the origins of this magnificent canine. Records of keen sight and scent hounds have been found to predate even the Roman Empire and it is believed that the wonderful little Beagle may have dated as far back or, at the very least, is descended from these noble dogs.

Cute Beagle PuppiesIt is known that this breed was firmly established prior to the 18th century and, in fact, it was by cross-breeding the Beagle with a buck hound that they came by the popular Foxhounds, which were used for pack hunting.

From this cross, two separate varieties of dog were developed, one of which was known as the Southern Hound and the other which became the North Country Beagle.

Meanwhile, hunters in the United States were relying upon Dachshunds and Bassets for their canine needs. While quick and seemingly tireless, these dogs were not a suitable type for their job. In 1860, the European dogs would be introduced to the line and it would succeed in combining the tenacious qualities of the American Beagle with the beautiful type and correctness of the European strain. By 1888, the National Beagle Club was formed and the Beagles have been an American favorite ever since.

Beagle Appearance

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One of the most distinctive breeds of dog in the world, the Beagle appears to best resemble a miniature Foxhound, though he is a solid and sturdily built dog for his short height. Shown in two classes, 13-15 inches and the 13 inches and under divisions, he is still a very big and powerful dog for his little size.

Possessing an incredible amount of stamina and speed, he is more than capable of driving his quarry to the trees, the ground, or to the death if need be.

Beagles come in all the regular hound colors, which means they can be black and tan, black tan and blue tick, black tan and white, black tan and redtick, blue tan and white, tan and white, black red and white, brown and white, red and white, lemon and white, black and white, black, black fawn and white, blue, blue and white, lemon, brown, red, tan, or even white.

In addition to this diverse color variety, they can also be ticked, spotted, or can have black, brown, tan, or white markings. In a nutshell, the Beagle can come in just about any color and style you can imagine.

Beagle Temperament

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The Beagle dog is a popular dog breed with a tendency to be loving and good natured if given proper training and socialization. If you have kids, you may be considering adding a Beagle to your family. Is the Beagle a child friendly dog?

Although Beagles love interacting with children and are quite playful and tolerant of the antics of a child, caution may be in order if you have children younger than age six. In order for a Beagle dog to interact safely with a small child, he needs to understand that the child ranks above him in the pack hierarchy.

This is sometimes difficult to reinforce in the case of a young child since they are of such small stature, the Beagle may continually challenge them for pack position. The normally child friendly Beagle may exert signs of dominance and even aggression if left alone with a small child they consider small and non-threatening.

The normally gregarious, affectionate Beagle may become a less child friendly dog when it comes to the issue of food. Beagles love food and have a very advanced sense of smell due to their scent tracking skills. If a small child whom a Beagle considers to be non-threatening playfully reaches for his food, the dog may respond with aggressive action such as biting which could cause serious injury to a small child.

Once a child reaches the age of seven or eight, a Beagle can be an excellent pet. Energetic and curious, a Beagle is the ideal dog to form a strong bond with an active and inquisitive child. Once the pack hierarchy is established and the child is deemed to be a higher up pack member,

Beagles can be a remarkably child friendly dog who is both gentle and tolerant. It’s important that the child be taught how to respect the Beagle dog and not pull at his ears or aggravate him repeatedly as Beagles will sometimes snap as a protective mechanism if he feels threatened.

Many of the problems associated with the interaction between children and Beagles can be solved by early training and by exposing the dog to children at a young age. Children should also be taught to interact effectively with the Beagle. In addition to being taught not to taunt the Beagle with food, they should learn to keep doors and fence gates closed as Beagles are natural wanderers and can quickly escape if they detect a scent worth tracking.

By undertaking early training and adopting a Beagle only after the children reach a certain age, the happy-go-lucky, good natured Beagle can be a very child friendly dog and a real asset to the family.

Beagle Exercise Info

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While most tend to see the hound as a lazy dog, envisioning old-time Plantation movies with lazy loafers lounging on the porch, the Beagle is anything but lazy and inactive.

In fact, quite the opposite is true – a very active and enthusiastic individual, he will tirelessly play fetch, tug of war, and ‘hound’ the cat until there is no tomorrow. If not kept busy enough, he will even turn to your shoes or the furniture as a source of amusement – and that’s never a good thing.

It’s very important to remember that this particular breed has been bred, for centuries, to hunt down their quarry and chase after them as long as the prey will run. Even when not hunting, they are a very active, very high exercise individual.

At the very least, the Beagle needs several long brisk walks a day or a chance to run off steam within a fenced-in area. Never, however, let your Beagle off the leash unless he’s in an enclosure and supervised – Beagles are notorious for “catching a scent” and running off, often ignoring cars and other dangers.

Beagle Grooming Info

Grooming the Beagle is relatively easy – a good brushing with a soft bristled brush will take care of any of those itchy spots, as well as loosening up any dander or loose fur, and a bath once or twice a month will keep your Beagle’s coat simply glowing.

Keeping the toenails trimmed short will help to prevent sore paws, as well as risking them catching them on the carpet, and the Beagle, like any floppy-eared dog, should have his ears checked regularly for any signs of dirt or infection.

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Beagle Training Info

If you are challenged with the task of training a Beagle, be ready to put your patience to the test. Fun-loving and stubborn as a bull, most Beagles simply can’t be bothered with learning tricks and such mundane tasks as lay down and roll over.

Lay down? Shyeah-right – only after he’s finished making the cat run for cover and making sure there isn’t a bird traipsing about in his back yard. If you want to train a Beagle, chances are it will all come down to a battle of wits.

In order to train one of these rebels, you will want to use a technique known as “positive reinforcement.” This means that, rather than scolding your dog when he does something you don’t like, you simply ignore him and, when he does something that you want, you reward him with a treat and lots of excitement, happiness, and praise.

Making a big production of the desired behavior encourages your Beagle to continue doing this action in hopes of getting more goodies and attention.

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Beagle Health Info

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Beagle Dogs can be prone to certain hereditary health problems. That is why choosing a responsible breeder from which to purchase your Beagle puppy is very important. Responsible Beagle breeders will be well educated about the breed and carefully screen their breeding dogs for disorders that can affect these dogs.

Some health issues that may affect the Beagle include, but are not limited to:

  • Patellar luxation
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Epilepsy

Is the Beagle Dog Breed Right For You?

Adorable 8 week old Beagle Puppy

While films like “Shiloh” endear the Beagle to us, and he is known as a wonderful family dog, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the Beagle puppy that you’re so fixated on is the right dog for you. Before considering a pile of cute Beagle puppies, take a few moments to answer whether or not that the Beagle is the right breed for you – notoriously noisy, they can be extremely vocal and are not well-suited for apartment living.

Additionally, the Beagle sheds profusely and it’s important to know if you’re a “neat freak.” Additionally, the Beagle is a runner and cannot be trusted off the leash. This can make for a bit of trouble, particularly for those who do not have the time or the ability to maintain the Beagles need for a high activity level.

There are bonuses to the Beagle, however. They are generally a very healthy and hearty breed, and have a great friendly love for children. The Beagle can make the perfect pet for the right family.

A word about “Pocket Beagles” and “Teacup Beagles” though!

Be very wary of what is known as the Pocket Beagle or Teacup Beagle, as these can prove to either be dwarf specimens, the results of heavy inbreeding (with lots of health problems) or can be the offspring of Beagles crossed with toy terriers. Always do your research and purchase a Beagle only from a responsible, knowledgeable breeder in whom you can place your trust.
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Labrador Retriever Dog Breed Information Guide – All About Labrador Retrievers

Learn all about Labrador Retrievers, including history, appearance, temperament lifespan, health and care needs, suitability for children and more.

The most popular breed of dog in the world, the Labrador Retriever is beloved, not only for his superior hunting ability, but his gentle nature and his love of children and other animals. Rarely are Labradors ill-tempered. Most are very happy and outgoing, providing excellent companionship for the single dog owner or an entire family.

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Labrador Retriever Facts

The Labrador Retriever, often abbreviated to the Labrador, is a breed of retriever-gun dog from the United Kingdom that was developed from imported Canadian fishing dogs. The Labrador is one of the most popular dog breeds in a number of countries in the world, particularly in the western world. Wikipedia

Hypoallergenic: No
Life expectancy: 10 – 12 years
Weight: Male: 29–36 kg, Female: 25–32 kg
Height: Male: 57–62 cm, Female: 55–60 cm
Temperament: Kind, Intelligent, Agile, Outgoing, Trusting, Even Tempered, Gentle
Colors: Black, Chocolate, Yellow

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Labrador Retriever History

Yellow Labrador RetrieverKnown as the most popular dog breed throughout the world, the Labrador Retriever’s name is quite deceiving. The Labrador Retriever, or Lab as many like to call him, did not come from Labrador as his name would suggest but, rather, is a breed that originated in Newfoundland.

The resulting cross of the gentle giant known as the Newfoundland, with smaller water dogs, the first Labs were known as the St. John’s Water Dogs and they quickly gained popularity as keen and loyal hunting dogs.

Not only did they have the keen senses like a pointer, making them capable of flushing game from the brush, but they were also skilled at swimming and retrieving game that had been shot.

As early as the turn of the 19th century, the Labrador Retriever was already making a name for himself – though it is the Duke of Malmesbury who is credited with naming the Labrador Retrievers, which he commonly referred to as his “Labrador dogs.”

Like many old breeds, the Labrador Retriever suffered his own struggle and strife – the breed died out in its own country, following a heavy taxation of dogs and an English quarantine law which prevented new dogs from being imported into England.

The few remaining Labradors were then interbred with a variety of other retrievers, but the strong qualities of the breed survived the infusion of new blood and fanciers of the Labrador Retriever developed an anti-interbreeding law to prevent the bloodline from being thinned further. This led to a standard for the breed and, eventually, they would come to be known and recognized by the English Kennel Club in 1903.

By 1917, the first Labrador Retrievers were registered with the AKC and have continued to gain popularity ever since – today, they remain popular hunting dogs, top quality pets, and are one of the main breeds that are chosen for the purposes of detection, guide, and rescue work.

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Labrador Retriever Appearance

While not as “flashy” as some of the other breeds, the Labrador Retriever has earned his rightful place in the hearts of many. Few can resist the pretty cream coloration of the yellow lab, the deep and dark shades of a black lab, or the rich hues of a chocolate Labrador Retriever. With kind dark eyes and a loyal expression, even adults of this breed seem very sweet and huggable. And a Lab puppy? Many will tell you that there is nothing cuter!

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Strongly built and sturdy, the Labrador Retriever females stand between 21.5 and 23.5 inches and the males at 22.5 to 24.5 inches, with more than a half inch over or under these heights being a disqualification according to the breed standard.

The ideal Lab, in good working condition, should weigh between 55 and 80 pounds, though there are commonly exceptions to the rule, particularly amongst pet quality Labrador Retrievers.

That the dogs are well-balanced is essential, and all Labradors should exhibit the qualities required for them to be reliable working dogs in the field – bright and intelligent eyes, a good width of both skull and of muzzle, allowing for ease in gripping game, sturdy and powerful limbs with webbed feet to help with swimming. Equally notable is the breed’s hallmark “otter tail.”

Labrador Retrievers can be found in three colors – Black, Chocolate and Yellow. While a small white spot is allowed on the chest, it’s desirable for the Labs to be solid in color. Shading is permissible, though brindle or tan markings are disqualifications.

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Labrador Retriever Temperament

It’s the temperament that has endeared the Labrador Retriever to so many hearts throughout the world – kind, loving, and exceedingly gentle, the Lab is not only a faithful and dedicated companion to hunters in the field, but also a very noble and affectionate family pet.

Whether you choose a gamboling Labrador puppy or an adult Labrador Retriever, you’re bound to find yourself getting lost in the patient and kind brown eyes and talking to them as if they would answer you back at any moment. Rarely are Labs found to be bad-tempered or unwilling. While puppies can sometimes seem a bit on the absent-minded side, positive reinforcement will help encourage your Lab puppy to become a willing and adept pupil.

 

Labrador Retriever Exercise Info

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Labrador Retrievers tend to be dogs that mellow with age. Puppies and juvenile Labs can be very rambunctious and outgoing, commonly resorting to high energy activities such as jumping up, digging and racing about to keep themselves amused.

More mature Labs, however, can tend to be lazy and can easily become obese if allowed a sedentary lifestyle. To keep your Labrador Retriever active and fit, it’s recommended that he be taken on at least a couple daily walks each day. Ideally, Labrador Retrievers enjoy a large yard where they can run and play, and they commonly enjoy games like fetch and Frisbee.

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Labrador Retriever Grooming Info

With a medium to short-length coat, the Labrador Retriever requires a weekly or bi-weekly brushing in order to remove any dead hairs or dander from his skin. While a common shedder, feeding a high-quality food and performing these weekly brushings will help to keep shedding to a minimum. A monthly bath will help to add a healthy gleam to your Lab’s coat without removing all the essential oils from his skin.

Regular checks of your Lab’s ears should be made, ensuring there is no buildup of excess wax, foul-smelling discharge, or redness present. Care should be made when cleaning the ears never to put anything down into the ear canal. A soft Q-tip may be used to clean dirt from the outer parts of the ear but care should be taken as many dogs dislike this tickling sensation.

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Labrador Retriever Training Info

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The Labrador Retriever is a very intelligent dog that is eager to please. Very open-minded, they love to learn and approach each new opportunity with a quick and willing desire. Obedience classes are an excellent choice, not only for your young dog to learn, but also for you to learn to get along with your dog and how to properly handle him.

Labs are very smart and so care should be taken to curb any bad habits in a gentle but firm tone – chances are, he will be happy to stop, just as soon as he sees this displeases you.

Labrador Retriever Health Info

ike any breed of dog, the Labrador Retriever is subject to a variety of health concerns. Your best bet is, when deciding to choose a new Lab puppy, check around with several breeders and ask about the various health issues that can affect these beautiful dogs.

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A reputable breeder should be well-versed in the health concerns and should be able to give you more details, as well as showing you the sire and dam of your potential puppy. Some of the health problems that can affect Labrador Retrievers include:

Bloat
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Eye problems
Epilepsy
Exercise-induced collapse
Hypothyroidism
Diabetes

Is a Labrador Retriever Right For You?

Adorable Chocolate Lab PuppyThe Labrador Retriever is a wonderful dog for the right family. Careful consideration must be made, however, prior to buying. While most Labs are excellent with small children, parents should know that a small child should constantly be supervised with any animal, not only for the safety of the child, but also for that of the pet.

Additionally, one should keep in mind that the Labrador Retriever can sometimes be a high maintenance pet, with all the exercise. If these things are not a problem for you, then perhaps you may be the right family for a bundle of Labrador Retriever joy.

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Golden Retrievers

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Golden Retriever Dog Breed Information Guide

One of the most widely recognized and loved dogs in the world, the Golden Retriever is a wonderful canine that astounds, both in the field and in the home. Possessing both superior hunting skills as well as the ability to take on the role of favorite family pet, he is as adaptable as he is beautiful and intelligent to boot. Few who have had the luck of knowing a Golden Retriever, can walk away without singing the praises of this wonderful canine companion.

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Golden Retriever History

Unlike many breeds of dog, the origins of the Golden Retriever can accurately be traced back, not only to the dogs responsible for first imprinting their type upon their offspring, but also to the very first person to ever own a Golden Retriever.

This person would be Sir Dudley Majoribanks of Scotland, who would later go on to be known as Lord Tweedmouth. In 1865, Majoribanks would purchase a young dog from local cobbler; supposedly the only yellow pup out of a litter containing wavy-haired black retriever pups, the young dog would be named “Nous,” and was taken with Majoribanks to join his kennel of sporting dogs in Guisachan, Scotland.

Seeking to breed and develop a dog that was better-suited to the Scottish climate and terrain, Majoribanks finally crossed Nous with another dog on his property, a Tweed Water Spaniel by the name of Belle.

While the Tweed Water Spaniel eventually became extinct, the breeding of Nous and Belle would produce several yellow puppies in 1868 and 1871, that would become the foundation stock to create this distinctive breed of yellow-coated retrievers.

Golden Retriever Appearance

The Golden Retriever is a beautiful member of the dog world. Well-balanced and symmetrical, he is a dog that is built for endurance, power, and strength. Eager to work and possessing a high amount of energy, the Golden Retriever carries a look of ready alertness and curiosity at all times. Just from a glance, one should know that this dog is no couch potato, but a hard-working get-up-and-go type of dog.

With males standing 23-24 inches tall at the top of the shoulder, and the females 21.5-22.5 inches in height, they are not the tallest breed of hunting dog, but perfect for moving through the tall grass virtually undetected. The Golden Retriever is not the heaviest of hunting dogs, either, though his frame is stout and compact.

A full-grown Golden Retriever can weigh anywhere from 55-75 pounds, though they rarely seem to weigh that much when one gazes upon a Golden.Golden-Retriever-Puppy

And then there is the Golden Retriever’s crowning glory – his luxurious coat. Repellent of water, the Golden’s coat may be either straight or wavy, and is well-recognized for its various rich golden hues. These can range from a white gold to red-gold in color, though he is faulted for possessing any white markings or being too pale a shade.

Prospective buyers should especially be wary of scam artists, trying to sell “rare white golden retriever puppies.” White Goldens are, in fact, merely Golden Retrievers of poor color, and should be avoided. While one may make an excellent pet, prospective buyers should veer away from anyone not practicing ethical breeding practices and misleading people with false claims.

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Golden Retriever Temperament

The Golden Retriever is of a very kind and gentle nature. Keenly intelligent and eager to please, they make excellent companions, as well as the superb hunting dogs that they were designed to be.

The Golden Retriever is a sweet dog and generally very good, both with children and with other animals alike, though he is definitely not cut out to be a guard dog. Quite often, Golden owners will joke that their beloved pet would greet a burglar at the door with wagging tail and a happy bark, begging for attention.

Golden Retriever Exercise Info

The Golden is an active dog, bred for hunting and working out in the field. Because of this, he�s very much a get-up-and-go dog that loves his exercise and time to run. While they can live in apartments, time must certainly be made down at the local dog park, just to give him time to run and work the kinks out.

Golden Retrievers tend to love to play fetch or Frisbee, both of which are high energy and can help him burn off some steam. Just be careful – once your Golden Retriever gets started, he may not want to quit chasing that ball and go home.

Important to note, however, is that a Golden should never be force-exercised before 2 years of age. Slow-growing, a regimental exercise program can injure young dogs, so it is best to stick to more relaxed sports. Some good examples of light exercise for a Golden Retriever include taking walks on soft surfaces or swimming. Build up to the big stuff, both for you and for your dog’s health.

Golden Retriever Grooming Aids

Golden Retriever Grooming Info

While the Golden Retriever may not require weekly trips to the groomers, he falls under the high maintenance category, simply due to the fact that he requires frequent and diligent brushing. While the Golden Retriever coat rarely gets mats and needs no trimming, in order to keep it in good condition, Goldens shed.

In fact, Golden Retrievers shed a lot, all year round. If you�re interested in one of these wonderful dogs, it�s best to keep in mind that you will spend a lot of time vacuuming the floor and the furniture with this hairy bundle of joy.

Golden Retriever Training Aids

Golden Retriever Training Info

The Golden Retriever is a very intelligent dog that is eager to please. Very open-minded, they love to learn and approach each new opportunity with a quick and willing desire. Obedience classes are an excellent choice, not only for your young dog to learn, but also for you to learn to get along with your dog and how to properly handle him. Golden Retrievers are very smart and so care should be taken to curb any bad habits in a gentle but firm tone – chances are, he will be happy to stop, just as soon as he sees this displeases you.

Golden Retriever Health Info

The Golden Retriever is a fairly robust and healthy breed though, like many other purebred dogs, can often fall victim to a variety of genetic health issues. Fortunately, with Goldens, the number of defects is much less than in other breeds. Some examples of problems to look out for include:

Elbow dysplasia
Hip dysplasia
Hereditary cataracts
Central Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Eyelid and eyelash problems
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis

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Is a Golden Retriever Right For You?

The Golden Retriever is a wonderful dog for the right family. Careful consideration must be made, however, prior to buying. While most Goldens are excellent with small children, parents should know that a small child should constantly be supervised with any animal, not only for the safety of the child, but also for that of the pet.

Additionally, one should keep in mind that the Golden Retriever can sometimes be a high maintenance pet, between the brushing and exercise. If these things are not a problem for you, then perhaps you may be the right family for a bundle of Golden Retriever joy.

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