Yorkie Yorkshire Terrier History

The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog breed developed in the northern part of England known as Yorkshire. Supposedly Yorkshire Terrierthey 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.

Yorkie Yorkshire Terrier Appearance

The Yorkshire Terrier is small in size weighing roughly 3-6 lbs and 6-7 inches tall. Depending on the group, the breed can be found in the toy terrier or toy groups. Black Yorkies as adolescents resemble a small stuffed panda animal because all puppy Yorkies coat’s start black and slowly change color as they age. Depending on their cut and ear stance some even look like shih tzus and pale and cream colored Yorkies can look similar to Chihuahuas. Known colors are the following: chocolate, blue and tan, black and tan, blue and gold, black and gold, and brown. The colors really do define the breeds style. It is amazing how different they can look based on their colors. The brown and black color is accurately illustrated in these Yorkie dog ornaments.

Yorkshire Terrier Grooming, Coat, & Maintenance

Yorkshire Terrier’s coat can vary quite a bit. Some are silky and long, silky and short, some with short rough cuts, and you may even see some that have rough long strands similar to what you see on a Chinese Crested’s head. You can see a medium silky cut in our Yorkie dog mugs.The cut plays just as significant of a role as the color of the breed if not more. Grooming depends on the cut of the breed. Normal maintenance will be necessary but a longer silky coat will need combing more often but avoid washing often. Soaps and cleaner cause the oil in the breeds coat to come off causing a loss of the silky shine. Yorkie’s nails grow faster than the average dog so nail clippings will be more often than usual. Other than that, Yorkie’s maintenance is as routine as any other dog. These Yorkie dog figurines show the long coat cut of the Yorkie.

Yorkshire Terrier Temperament & Behavior

Yorkies are upright, excited, overprotective, and almost always energetic. They often show high levels of curiosity and interest in almost anything. They are energetic especially on a leash but can also play the lap dog role quite well. Because of their terrier instincts they believe they can take on dogs much larger in size than them. They bark at anything unusual outside of the home, can be impatient, and are usually harder to train than your average dog. Our Yorkie luggage tags perfectly display the Yorkie’s temperament!

Yorkshire Terrier Health & Problems

A common health issue for Yorkies is a situation where the dog’s baby teeth do not fall out and adult teeth begin to grow with the baby teeth. This becomes an issue because food becomes lodged in between both sets of teeth causing tooth decay. Distichiae eyelashes are an issue where the eyelash grows in at an odd angle and causes the dogs eyes to water and become uncomfortable. Luxating patella, collapsed trachea, Portosystemic shunt, and Hypoglycemia are all known issues in the breed also.The average lifespan for the Yorkie is 13-16 years. Yorkie key chains are a popular and inexpensive Yorkie gift to always remember your breed by.

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 Dog BreedWhippet 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.

Whippet Temperament

Whippets acquired their name because their speed and how they “whip” through the air. They can run up to 35 miles per hour! If you watch a Whippet run in slow motion you can see how their gate allows them to propel themselves through the air. In one step the Whippet has all four legs huddled together underneath their body and in the next step they are leaping with all four legs at full extension. While whippets are known for their impressive speeds, they are also known for being lazy and laid back. While indoors, whippets like to sleep and relax around the house with their owners. Our Whippet dog teacup ornaments are one of many perfect Whippet dog gifts to display the breeds relaxed nature.

Whippet Coat & Care

Short hair whippets are the most common of this breed, although longhair whippets also exist. Their short hair, which comes in brindle, tan, white, black, gray, and many other shades, allows for easy grooming and maintenance. Since this breed has such short, light hair matting is rarely an issue and they are able to do reasonably well in warm in climates. On the contrary, the whippets’ short hair also makes them sensitive to the cold weather and they should not be left outside for extended periods of time. Many whippet owners dress their dogs in a jacket to make sure they don’t suffer from the harsh cold and winds. When you see the breed’s coat up close you can truly see how short their hair is. View this Whippet dog sign to see their short coat.

Whippet Health

Since whippets have no major health concerns, their average life span is 15 years, which is one of the longest among the dog world. Skin infections, allergies, bone issues, dysplasia and other common dog issues are nearly nonexistent with this breed. A neat thing to note with this breed is their heart rate is irregular for lack of a better term. At rest sometimes the breed’s heart will pause in between beats. It may appear to be a concern with dog owners but it is normal and during exercise their heart beat patterns are normal. You can keep your Whippet close to your heart all day with our Whippet dog jewelry such as our Whippet dog necklaces.

Whippet History

Written proof showing the breeds existence can be found as far back as 1610. Although drawing and illustrations showing a Whippet like breed can be acquired from as far back as the Roman times. By 1888 the AKC recognized the breed. To this day the breed still holds it’s racing and agility genes. Because of their incorporation of athleticism, compassion, hunting, and racing, the breed has become increasingly popular over the years and not only won many races, but many dog lovers heart’s too!

Westie Dog Appearance

The West Highland Terrier also known as the “Westie” is one of the more popular breeds around the world especially in theWestie Dog Breed 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.

Westie Dog Health

The breed lives a long life. Their lifespan ranges from 12-17 years on average. Skin disorders, genetic dispositions, and some other common issues that are seen with many other breeds are all possible illnesses. Atopic dermatitis, craniomandibular osteopathy, globoid cell leukodystrophy, and hydroxyglutaric aciduria are all known issues that can affect the breed. For more detail on what these illnesses are and how they can be treated visit Westie Health.

Westie Temperament, Exercise, & Behavior

Westies have similarities with other small dog breeds especially the Pomeranian. Both can get along well with children and others, but some prefer to be alone and enjoy quite atmospheres. Both can be aggressive and dominant in the household if a firm but positive hand is not enforced. They can also become possessive of their belongings and space. The breed can also show signs of stubbornness and independence. Strict repetitive training is a must or else this breed can become an issue for the entire household. It is important to start training right away as a puppy to reduce bad habits. Exercise is important because similar to other small breeds, despite their size, their energy is extraordinary. Without exercise their stubborn manners will grow and their behavior will become destructive. A minimum of a medium length walk daily is a must. Their terrier like instincts show on a daily basis. At times they may dig holes and bark at strangers and anything out of the ordinary in their site. Did you know Westies were bred to have a tail that does not cause pain when pulled on? Breeders bred this into the breed because Westies were used to find rats and other unwanted rodents from passageways and tunnels. If the breed were to become stuck in a passageway the owner could pull on the breeds tail to release them. Another fun fact about Westie dogs pertaining to gifts is that Westie Dog Gift sales are right in line with popularity in the USA ranking around 30th for most ordered dog breed gifts.

Westie History

Westies go way back to the 1500’s when James 1 of England reigned. By the 1900’s the first Westie club was created by Niall Campbell who was the 10th Duke of Argyll. Soon to follow the AKC approved of the breed in 1908. As time has progressed the Westie has become increasingly popular with the breed ranking at 3rd most popular in the UK and 30rd in the United States. Worldwide the breed ranks in the mid 30”s with slight fluctuations from year to year. A popular Westie dog gift are these

Westie Grooming & Care

Westies require regular cleaning of the teeth to promote health. If gum disease forms it can spread throughout the body and cause severe illness. Hand stripping is the preferred way of maintaining the breeds coat. Stripping is recommended 1-2 times each month to avoid matting and twisted hair. Clipping of the hair is not allowed in show dogs but is appropriate for companion Westies. Generally stripping creates a more coarse and exotic look while clipping creates a softer coat. Their nails grow at a quicker pace than a typical breed requiring clipping more often. Their high maintenance coat is perfectly replicated in these Westie Outdoor Welcome Dog Signs.

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 Welsh Terrier Dog Breedlength 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.

Welsh Terrier Temperament and Behavior

Ranked 53rd in Stanley Coren’s The Intelligence of Dogs, the Welsh Terrier is above average for smarts and can learn quickly but can be stubborn at times when their Terrier like instincts shine. Remember this breed was bred for hunting. They were trained to be brave and independent. When trained and brought up properly they will behave and listen to commands most of the time, but overcoming their stubborn nature that comes out from time to time is a life long process. They act and make decisions quickly which will require the trainer or owner to be quick and challenge their mind. As the case with most dogs, you must not only work their mind but also their body. They have loads of energy and that energy will need to be expelled or else the dog may become destructive or difficult to train. High levels of interaction with people, other dogs, and children are important if you want the breed to be well mannered.

Welsh Terrier History

According to experts the breed has been in existence well before the 1800’s but nobody thought to enter the breed into shows until the late 1800’s. By 1884 a group of men gathered to see what could be done to change the breed’s almost non existent presence in the world. With persistence and many hours of time eventually the AKC recognized the breed ultimately beginning the Welsh Terrier’s show dog career. The dogs used in the first shows were far different from what the breed looks like today. The show dogs used back in the 1800’s were Welsh Terriers in their most pure state. Today the breeds appearance, coloring, and cut is far from similar. To see their current color, coat, and style you can view these Welsh Terrier Wood Dog Clocks.

Welsh Terrier Health

The breed’s build and structure are building blocks for the breed to handle anything for long durations of time over long periods of time. The average life span for the Welsh Terrier is around the 12-13 year range but can live as long as 15-16 years with proper care. The only major and documented illnesses for the breed consist of glaucoma and some skin allergies. If your main concern for a dog is ease of maintenance and low vet bills, this is your dog!

Weimaraner Information & Appearance

Weimaraners were originally utilized as hunting dogs back in historical times to hunt for bears, boars, and other large Weimaraner Dog Breedanimals. 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.

Temperament Children & Energy Levels

Weimaraners are one of the most energetic and high strung dogs you will find. They require tons of exercise and are always up beat and ready to go. It seems like no matter how much you walk them, they will continue to look for more. In order to control this, the owner must know how to use a firm but positive hand in teaching their Weimaraner how to calm down and control their emotions. Many Weimaraners are abandoned by their owners because of destruction becoming an issue due to lack of exercise. They rarely get along with other animals as they are bred to be hunting dogs and have a high prey drive. If you are looking to have other animals in the home, you should acclimate your Weimaraner to such animals when the Weimaraner is still a puppy. Weimaraners get along well with children but extra training while the Weimaraner is a puppy should be enforced if the child is a baby or still uneasy walking as Weimaraners energy can cause them to knock over unsteady children.

Weimaraner History

Weimaraners have been in existence since sometime in the 18th century. When they were first introduced ownership of them was not allowed and were strictly used as gun dogs for noble and high class people. Over time people began to purchase Weimaraners and the breeds love for family, children, and exercise began to shine through. It is said that when Weimaraners first began to come to the states, Germans were sterilizing the Weimaraners so Americans could not breed their noble dog. But as time progressed they became increasingly popular in the UK and Europe ultimately leaking the breed everywhere.

Weimaraner Health & Behavioral Issues

The breed’s behavioral issues are made up of separation anxiety. It is when the dog develops anxiety because their owner or owners are not present for extended periods of time. There are many things you can do to reduce this behavioral issue. The easiest being to keep your dog with you at all times. If you can’t always have your Weimaraner by your side, you can still keep them in mind with these Weimaraner Dog Keychains and Weimaraner Dog Pins. If this is not possible, there are things you can do from the time the dog is a puppy such as crating at an early age. Training, exercise, and giving the dog activities to solve when you are away will help with this behavioral issue as well.

The largest health concern for Weimaraner’s consists of dysplasia. They are in the top 1/3rd percentile for likelihood of dysplasia. Fish oil pills are said to lubricate joints and strengthen bones reducing the possibility of dysplasia. Gastric torsion is another concern because of the breeds large chest. Gastric torsion is caused when the internals of the dogs stomach essentially twist. It is extremely painful and can cause death. These are the main concerns that are often seen in Weimaraners. They can be serious but with proper maintenance can be avoided almost completely. Their life expectancy is 10-12 years which is average to above average for a slightly larger than medium sized breed.

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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. Vizsla Dog BreedFemales 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.

Vizsla Temperament, Exercise Levels, Children

The Vizsla’s temperament is encompassed around high energy, a gentle touch, and loyalty. They show high levels of affection that can sometimes cause separation anxiety between the dog and their owner. If you are out of the house often throughout the day they may not be an appropriate choice for you. Exercise is important for this breed. Being a pointer and retriever they thrive on expelling their energy. If their energy is bottled up, destruction and aggressive behavior can form. Despite their high levels of energy Vizslas are great around children. Because of their gentle touch they understand children are fragile and need to be handled with care. Keep in mind, an untrained or under-exercised Vizsla may not act the same around a child. To keep your Vizsla at it’s happiest you must exercise their mind, body, and show affection. Show the world you give your Vizsla the attention they deserve with these Vizsla Dog Signs.


Through old documents from the Illustrated Vienna Chronicle written for Louis the Great, we can see a reference to the Vizsla dog breed showing they existed since at least 1357. They have been around for a long time and used as hunting dogs as well as companion dogs with the Magyar tribe. The breed originated in Hungary and has most of it’s history there. Because of the time line the Vizsla has existed during, they have faced adversity through many wars and tough times. The breed has made it through the Turkish and Russian occupation, the Hungarian revolution, and both World Wars. They came close to extinction many times but were able to survive and keep the breed line in existence. By November 26, 1960 the breed was recognized by the AKC. In order for the AKC to recognize the breed a group of Vizsla owners created the Vizsla Club of America. The breed made it’s way into the USA when popularity grew sometime during World War II. Nothing shows historical significance the way an ornament does. Display the appreciation you have for your Vizslas strong will to survive with these Vizsla Dog Ornaments.

Vizsla’s Health & Life Span

Overall Vizslas are extremely healthy with the exception of a few issues. Epilepsy and Sebacious adenitis, allergies and skin irritations are the most common problems you will encounter. Other potential issues consist of dwarfism, hypothyroidism, progressive retinal atrophy, and valve dysplasia. Typical life span for the breed is 10-15 years which gives the owner a wide range. Through proper maintenance and care the breed can reach 14-15 years quite easily which is well above average for a medium sized hunting breed.

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Tibetan Terrier Appearance

The Tibetan Terrier surprisingly looks nothing like the Tibetan Spaniel and they are not in the Terrier group despite their Tibetan Terriername. 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.

Tibetan Terrier Temperament

With a breed that has been bred to act as a watchdog, they are not the friendliest with strangers but should never be aggressive or ill tempered around them. Their temperament with the family is affectionate, cooperative, and kind. Their appearance matches their temperament perfectly with their warm, cuddly, and lovable personality. They are appropriate for all living conditions whether it be in an apartment, a home with a large or small yard, the breed can manage with any life style. Their energy levels vary but overall medium exercise is acceptable. They are well behaved around children as long as they have been properly introduced to the children and are aware of boundaries. They get along with other animals as well as dogs, and are appropriate around strangers but may be shy at first.

Tibetan Terrier History

Similar to most medium to small sized dogs, when the breed was first introduced in Tibet they were generally given as gifts or used to act as watch dogs, guard dogs, herd dogs, or companion dogs. Their original name Tsang Apso translates to shaggy/bearded Apso dog. The breed can thank the monks in the Himalayas for protecting them through harsh conditions. The breed was believed to have good luck and the thought of selling a Tibetan Terrier was ridiculous. The Tibetan was usually used as a working dog helping monks through the mountains.

Tibetan Terrier Health

Despite the Tibetan’s look, they are athletic breeds. Mixing their athleticism with their medium to small build allows for a long lifespan of 12-16 years. With that said, the breed is still prone to issues and it is recommended to buy from an experienced breeder who tests for their common issues to help avoid these problems. The breed’s most common problems consist of heart murmurs, lens luxation, cataracts, luxating patella, progressive retinal atrophy, and hip dysplasia. They have also been known to be allergic to certain foods such as wheat, grains, and dairy. All Tibetan Terrier’s should be tested to see what allergies exist and all allergies should be avoided in all foods.

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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 Tibetan Spaniel Dog Breedtheir 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.


These little dogs are incredibly intelligent and friendly while being confident. Their life style consists of a happy environment with few worries. Their temperament can sometimes be compared to the Pomeranian. They do as they please and usually refuse to listen to commands. With training anything is possible but their natural manner is to be independent. Tibetan Spaniels are also quick to bark which can turn into nuisance barking rather quickly. A firm yet positive hand should be used when training. This breed is most known for feeling and understanding their owners mood, temper, and current situation. Many Tibetan owners claim they cannot argue with anyone in front of their Tibetan or the breed will become anxious and flustered. Even though the breed is considered to be a spaniel, it is not a true spaniel. Many believe they received the spaniel title because of their similar look to the Cavalier King Charles dogs. Their appearance does mimic a Cavalier as well as the Japanese Chin, Pekingese, and, Shih Tzu which the breed shows ancestry with.

Exercise & Living Conditions

The Tibetan Spaniel requires very little exercise making this breed a great apartment dog. They can live anywhere no matter what size the yard or living space. Extra exercise can’t hurt, as it could keep their nuisance barking to a minimum. Many dog owners that utilize exercise as a means of not only health but for behavioral reasons as well often use Tibetan Spaniel dog leash racks for their breeds dog collars and leashes.


It seems like every dog breed can be connected to a past time with myths and stories. This breed is no acception. Tales exist that this breed was used to spin monks wheels and where also exceptional watchdogs used to sit over castles to watch for intruders. The first records of the Tibetan Spaniel date back to 1890 when a breeder bred them in the United Kingdom. The AKC recognized them as a breed on January 1st 1984.

Health Issues

The breed suffers from 2 major diseases and some smaller issues. The first main issue is known as a portosystemic shunt or liver shunt. It occurs when a blood vessel to the liver is bypassed causing blood to flow through the body unfiltered. It is tough to diagnose  because there are varying degrees of severity and there are a wide range of symptoms that can overlap other illnesses. Most symptoms consist of excessive drinking, lack of weight gain or hunger, vomitting, pushing their head against an object, excessive urination, weakness, and seizures.

The second major disease consists of progressive retinal atrophy which has been discussed on this blog before. It is a form of blindness that generally occurs between the ages of 1-4. When the illness hits, the breed becomes completely blind, it is never partial. As all dogs do, the Tibetan will adapt extremely well to PRA if the breed is affected by it. Most experts claim the largest symptom is night blindness which means the dog has trouble seeing at night.
Other issues are minor, consisting of eye irritation based on the shape of their face, allergies, and growth of a third eye lid.
Once again, do not let these issues scare you from owning a Tibetan Spaniel. Most issues are few and far between. The average lifespan for the breed is between 12-15 years.

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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 Staffordshire Bull Terrier Dogsmall 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.

Issues With the Press, Biting, & Dangerous Behavior

In Britain a dangerous dog act was created to disallow ownership of certain breeds including the Pit Bull terrier. Head of similar acts believe breeds are being renamed to loophole the system. In reality these acts and organizations need to realize all dogs are just as dangerous as the next. The only difference between breeds is if a larger stronger dog attacks it is greatly announced through media because of the severity of the injury. Did you know most bites are caused by little dogs but since most small bites don’t injure people the bites go without recording. If Pit Bulls and their ancestry were trained properly, bites would be non existent. What these acts and organizations need to do is offer literature and training courses to teach uninformed owners how to control their breed and become the master to the dog.


The best way to describe a Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s temperament is consistent, brave, and intelligent. Their will and determination come through when given a challenge or puzzle to solve. They have a love for their family and people in general which make them a poor watch dog. Many authors, writers, and dog experts have said no dog loves people and their family more always keeping their owners in mind. Show you always keep your terrier in mind by wearing these Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog pins. Mixing their sweet and loving temperament with their high level of intelligence makes for an easily trained and loving dog. Return the love to your Staffordshire with our Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog ornaments.

Origins and History

In the olden days sometime in the 1800’s bloodsports such as bull fighting and cock fighting were popular especially in England, the breeds origin country. Many breeders used their dogs to test how well they were producing specific breeds. Bloodsports were not only used for testing litters but also for entertainment and amusement for the rich and wealthy. By the early 1800’s these activities were ended when Britain released animal welfare acts. At this point dog fighting began because they were easier to organize and conceal from authorities. Whatever dogs won the fights were considered elite over the dogs that gave up or lost. To this day dog fighting still takes place and it is a shame. As bloodsports and dog fighting have progressed so has the breed. They are now bred to be family companions despite media and press information.

Grooming & Coat Care

Grooming is almost non existant with this breed. Their coat is smooth, short, and clean making it extremely easy to care for. Simply Brush their coat and shampoo as needed.


L-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria, distichiasis, persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous, mastocytoma, and hereditary cataracts are all known issues with the breed. L-2 and hereditary cataracts are not AS serious as the others because they can be detected through DNA testing. Overall, the breed is a healthy one with an average lifespan of 10-16 years depending on maintenance and care.

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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, English Springer Spaniel Dogmainly 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.

Breed Appearance

The breed has a medium sized build with males 18-20 inches tall and 50-55 lbs. in weight and females 17-19 inches and 35-45 lbs. in weight. Their appearance can be viewed in these English Springer Spaniel angel figurine ornaments. They have a reasonably thick coat that is shaggy on the legs and ears. They can be found in black and white, liver and white or tri color. The liver color is dark brown often containing some red/maroon. Tri color is your usual black and white color blocking with tan that can be found on random spots of the body, ears, tail, and eye brows. The black and white version can be seen in these English Springer Spaniel dog wood wall clocks and the brown and white version is viewable in our English Springer Spaniel dog keychains.

English Springer Spaniel Types: Working & Show

There are large variations between working types and show types. The gene pools have been separated for nearly 100 years making the two styles of breed almost completely different lines. The working type spaniel is quicker, more agile, athletic, and their coat, tail, build and ears are shorter to reduce the risk of injury. Their shorter height gives them a closer connection to the ground allowing them to hunt game more accurately.

Show dog types are larger, with longer coats, ears, and tails. Their not as agile or athletic but graceful, loving, and attentive. After experiencing both types, it is hard to believe they are in fact the same breed. The best way to put it is each type could not do the other type’s job, they are both unique and special in their own way.

English Springer Spaniel Working Type Skills

For the most part, all upland flushing dogs possess the majority of these skills.

  • The dog must be able to give a bird to their hunter upon command. This is known as retrieve to hand.
  • Upland flushing dogs must know how to work in a spiral or zig-zag pattern while keeping in gun range when flushing birds. This is known as quartering.
  • Springer Spaniels need to be soft mouthed meaning when they return to their hunter with the bird, the bird must be unharmed with no puncture wounds from the dog’s teeth.
  • When Spaniels hunt they must partake in flushing without becoming overly excited or disinclined causing a double take.
  • Scenting consists of the breed accurately and properly smelling game when hunting.
  • Blind retrieve may be the most impressive of all of the breed’s skills. The breed must be able to locate an injured game through hand and whistle commands by the hunter to retrieve and deliver.
  • Hup is an old command that basically tells the dog to sit and stay until told what to do next.
  • Another important skill is recognized as steady. The dog must sit when a gun is shot or when a game is taken down to help mark the spot of the game, as well as avoiding accidental disruption to other potential game.
  • Lastly, the working type Spaniels must know how to receive hand signals. During hunting, the hunter may tell the breed where to go and what to do with hand signals to avoid noise that can cause severance.


Despite the breed’s extensive history and connection to hunting, their temperament consists of honesty, obedience, kindness, and willingness to please. Their happiness is contagious with their owners. Ultimately they want to do what makes their owners not only satisfied, but pleased beyond belief. Their relationship with children and animals of all sizes is great, which makes them an optimal choice for families with children and other pets. Your children will fall in love with these English Springer Spaniel dog necklaces that will keep their favorite dog with them throughout the day! The one concern with this breed is because of their hunting history. They require an above moderate amount of exercise daily to avoid disruption and destruction of the home out of boredom or excessive energy. Their level of intelligence is ranked 13th out of all dog breeds recognized by the AKC.

Health & Issue Areas

There is no such thing as a perfect breed when it comes to health and the English Springer Spaniel is no exception. Overall the breed is healthy but suffers from a few issues. Their issues consist of elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, retinal dysplasia, phosphofructokinase deficiency, and ear, eye, and allergy issues. Most of these issues are common among most breeds, but never the less should be monitored and maintained regularly. Their ears tend to get infections because of the way their ears cover the ear canal allowing dirt to become trapped for extended periods of time if not cleaned regularly. These English Springer Spaniel dog signs display their bushy floppy ears perfectly. The breed is also known to gain weight easily, similar to Basset Hounds, and food consumption should be measured and watched carefully. Because of the breed’s connection to the Cocker Spaniel, somehow they have acquired Rage Syndrome. Rage syndrome consists of a short window of time where the dog’s eyes become glazed over and the dog attacks their owner or anyone in the near vacinity for a short time of 30 seconds to 2 minutes. After that time, the breed continues on as if nothing happened. Nobody knows why a select number of breeds do this and research is always being conducted to find possible solutions to the syndrome. Owners can recognize when it is going to happen because the dog’s eyes will change color.


Back in the 1800’s Cocker Spaniels and English Springer Spaniels were found in the same litter. The smaller Cocker Spaniels were used to hunt woodcock while the larger English Springer Spaniels were used to flush game bird. There are various types of spaniels that can all be viewed in our Spaniel dog socks. As the breed became more popular, different breeding tactics were used in various countries (often used in the name of the dog) and began to branch out creating many new spaniel type dogs. After much talk, their popularity rose, which eventually influenced the English Kennel Club to recognize the breed in 1899 followed by the the American Kennel Club in 1910.

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