Yorkie Yorkshire Terrier History
The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog breed developed in the northern part of England known as Yorkshire. Supposedly they were developed for catching rats and other rodents in mills in Scotland. It is thought that workers from Scotland came over looking for work and with them came this variety of terriers who made up what the breed is today. Details are generally unknown as to what specific dogs were used or who they came from. Most are sure the Maltese and a Paisley Terrier (which is a breed used to create a silky coat and also used to develop the Skye Terrier) were used to create the Yorkie. Others say the terriers that came from Scotland were also used in the mix.
Whippet Dog Breed Information
The Whippet, which was bred for racing, officially originated in England in the 1700s/1800s, but it is thought that the Whippet existed in the early 1600s. This breed is considered a mix between a greyhound and a terrier or spaniel. The greyhound gave this breed its speed and the terrier gene provided the hunting advantage. Whippets do reasonably well hunting prey because they are quick, slender, and have excellent night vision. Their slender bodies and heads make them more agile, while their excellent 250 degree night vision makes the Whippet seem as if he has night vision goggles. You can view all of the dog breeds characteristics in these Whippet dog figurines.
Westie Dog Appearance
The West Highland Terrier also known as the “Westie” is one of the more popular breeds around the world especially in the USA and UK. It is a Scottish dog breed well known for it’s rough coat and white color. Upon first glance their most notable trait is their coat and facial area. Their ears are coned shaped that match their small rounded head perfectly. Their dark almond eyes should be set deep within their face opposing their extruded black nose. They are small and low to the ground ranging from 10-11 inches in height and 15 to 20 pounds in weight. Their double coat is soft and thick that keeps them warm. Typically their exterior coat is hand stripped especially for dog shows. Their coat can grow long as long as 2-3 inches and appear appropriate for the breeds build and style. Their mouth utilizes a scissor bite. You can see their strong and erect tail in these Westie Dog Clocks.
Welsh Terrier Dog Appearance, Color, Coat, Grooming
The Welsh Terrier is a British Breed of dog and has an extremely close appearance to the Airedale Terrier. From the coat length down to the shape and color style, with the exception of the size, this breed is almost identical to an Airedale. Their head, legs, and stomach are all tan, while the back, tail, and sides are black. For a visual of their facial colors check out these Welsh Terrier Wine Rack Bottle Holders that show in detail the breed’s facial characteristics. Some Welsh Terriers, usually the females are absent of the black coloring and only have a tan color all over. Docked tails are common because owners like to keep the breed’s square appearance despite the undocked tail only being an inch or two longer. Their head similar to the Airedale is rectangular with their ears flopping over the top and bushy hair on the muzzle and eye brows. They’re a compact build weighing 20-22 pounds and 15-16 inches in height. The breed’s coat contains a double coat and utilizes hair not fur. Therefore the breed will need to be raked from time to time. Raking involves using a comb or rake type tool to pull out old and discolored hairs from the coat. Some owners prefer to hand pull and remove hairs by hand. If you do not rake your Welsh regularly most of the hair will work its way out through playing and exercise but the coat can become discolored from the old hairs overlapping the new. Hand picking or raking is important for the dogs hygiene. The Welsh Terrier is one of the only dogs that sweats through sweat glands making their coat carry odor over time which makes it increasingly important to wash and rake their coat regularly. The breed’s color, coat, and appearance are well illustrated in these Welsh Terrier Outdoor Welcome Signs.
Weimaraner Information & Appearance
Weimaraners were originally utilized as hunting dogs back in historical times to hunt for bears, boars, and other large animals. As time progressed and hunting began to dwindle, they were used to hunt smaller animals such as rabbits, foxes, or even rodents such as rats. Weimaraners are great in water because of their webbed feet and long legs that allow them to push through water quite effectively. Their build is athletic, lean, and muscular. They have a docked tail that is in accordance with the AKC and their appearance should be balanced and matched with all other parts of their body. From their chest, to the neck, into the head, should be evenly proportioned that ultimately leads to their medium lengthed muzzle that comes to a point. Their eyes are generally a form of blue or grey with color combinations of blue gray or amber. You can see their eye color in these Weimaraner Dog Signs. Weimaraners should range from 25-27 inches with females at 23-25 inches. Males weigh 70-80 pounds with the females coming in noticeably lower with 55-70 pounds in weight. Their coat coupled with their blue eyes is truly something special. They reflect off of each other making for a perfect match. The coat has a flat gray color that can also appear to be a blue gray giving the breed a look that no other breed can mimic. The short coat creates a majestic look that only a few dogs such as the Great Dane can attain. Their majestic stance and presence is clearly displayed in these Weimaraner Dog Figurines. Their coat can be found in a longhair variety but is not common as it is a recessive gene. The AKC does not recognize a long haired variety. Because of the short haired coat it is rare to see shedding. Cold weather should be avoided at all costs since their coat is short and consists of a single layer. Coloring should be consistent with all blue/gray with the exception of a small white mark on the chest. Black colors are always a disqualification and blue coats are disqualified in field competitions. For common coloring and build structure view these Weimaraner Dog Ornaments.
Vizsla Appearance, Coat, & Colors
The Vizsla dog breed is a medium sized breed averaging 22-25 inches in height and 45-65 pounds in weight for males. Females come in shorter at 21-24 inches in height and 40-55 lbs in weight. Vizsla’s contain a short coat and can resemble a thinner short coat version of a Chocolate Lab or even a brown version of a Weimaraner. Their ears are floppy and wide that hang on the sides of the face connected to a long narrow muzzle that comes to a point. They have small golden colored almond shaped eyes that are set far apart and match well with their reddish brown nose, nails, and copper brown coat. Their build is well defined, strong but lean, thick yet quick. You can clearly see their muscles but the breed does not appear thin. They have a long thin tail that gradually rises to a point sightly higher than the dogs head. Because of their long thin tail many owners believe docking the tail is necessary. But statistics show out of 12,000 registered dogs in the Royal School of Edinburgh, approximately 3 had tail injuries. Any color other than the copper brown color is allowed in a pie color blocking but not preferred. Some variation in color consistency is normal and not considered a fault or down fall. A unique fact about the Vizsla is that they are one of few dogs without an undercoat. Because of the single coat they are not well insulated and can become cold easily. Also, because of the single coat they rarely build a dog odor. Through extensive exposure to water such as lakes and rivers they will build a slight dog odor but can be resolved with a quick bath. To see the Vizsla’s build, coat, color, and overall appearance check out these Vizsla Dog Figurines.
Tibetan Terrier Appearance
The Tibetan Terrier surprisingly looks nothing like the Tibetan Spaniel and they are not in the Terrier group despite their name. Their appearance is similar to an old English sheepdog but with a smaller stature. For their build they have a large head with a matching muzzle, droopy shaggy ears, with thick bushy hair that covers their dark large eyes, face, erect tail, and entire body. Their feet are flat and broad which gives them the ability to climb almost anything. They have a black button nose that protrudes out from the face, with a medium square build. Whether the dog is a male or female their build should be 14-16 inches in height with a range of 18-30 lbs. The breed can be found in any color and color layout including, brindle, parti, solid, piebald, or tricolor. Liver and chocolate, white and gray, black and white, black and gray, and white and gray are common, gold is the rarest color. Their coat has hair, not fur, and possess a double coat that allows for warmth underneath and protection from the elements on the outside. Their eyes appear to be covered by their hair but in reality the breeds long eyelashes keep the breeds amazing eye site clear. Their coat should never touch the ground that is common with other breeds like the Maltese, Lhasa Apso, and other small breeds. The coat should be thick, natural, and never curly or silky but wavy and clean. You can see their build, coat, and a typical color in these Tibetan Terrier dog note cards.
The Tibetan Spaniel is a breed of dog I often mistake for a Japanese Chin or even Cocker Spaniel on occasion depending on colors. Their size ranges from 10 inches in height and 10-15 lbs. They have a small dome shaped head, but it manages to fit their build. They are low to the ground with a slight forward stance, mouth has a centered bite with medium sized eyes that are widely separated. Their stance reminds me of specific Japanese Chins while their tail swooping up along their back and curled at the tip, is similar to an Akita or Pomeranian. Their entire neck is covered by their mane similar to many dogs, and their coat is a silky double coat. Length is medium but feathering is present on the ears, tail, and legs. Colors can consist of any mixture, solid, or parti. For an example of the breeds appearance, colors, and size check out these Tibetan Spaniel dog figurines.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Appearance
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a dog breed that has incredible athletic ability due to their medium but strong and stocky size. Coming in at 14-17 inches, 30-40 lbs for the male, and 30-40 inches for the female weighing 24-35 lbs you know this small package packs a big punch. A view of the breeds build can be seen in our Staffordshire Bull Terrier Dog Figurines. You can tell instantly that they have ancestry with other Staffordshire Terriers and Pit bull Staffordshire terriers. Their facial structure, shape, and overall build are strikingly similar to the Pit bull variety which is visible in these Staffordshire Bull Terrier Wine Rack Bottle Holders. Their coat is tight to the body, smooth, and made up of short hair. Their legs stand broad, muscular, and short. Their back and neck are wide, and extremely muscular having little to no visible fat that leads up to their muscular, square, and wide, Pit Bull like head.
English Springer Spaniel Background
There are many types of Spaniels, this article will cover the English Springer Spaniel’s profile. The English Springer Spaniel is a type of gun dog, mainly an upland flushing dog. Through this type of hunting the breed becomes close to the hunter creating a special bond. Spaniels are usually trained in three steps: sit to flush, quartering and trailing. Sit to flush consists of the dog sitting on a board, steadily, ready, but not overly excited. Once the hunter gives the dog the go, the breed should take off. For more information on gun dogs and their training techniques you will be able to find an article covering all the training steps in a future article at All About Breeds. For now, let’s move onto the English Springer Spaniel’s appearance.