Australian Shepherd Overview

The Australian Shepherd is a herding dog created in Western United States. Even though the breed is known as an Australian Shepherd it did not originate or come from Australia. They are known as an Australian Shepherd because of relations with sheepherders that came to the United States from Australia. Much like the Australian Cattle Dog, this breed has large amounts of energy and drive. You will want to purchase a variety of dog toys to provide the needed exercise this breed requires.

Australian Shepherd Activities & Exercise Requirements

Australian Shepherd Dog BreedThe breed is always looking for activities and games to partake in; including Frisbee toss, dog agility, and fly ball. They serve best in a home that requires some level of house protection. They’ll bark at all neighborhood activity but are not obsessive barkers. Australian Shepherds have been used as search and rescue dogs, therapy dogs, disaster dogs and even detection dogs.

If Australian Shepherds don’t get enough exercise they will find activities around the house for themselves, often causing the breed to become destructive. Many owners find this behavior to be hyperactive. Aussies are loving, kind, and playful in the home. A nickname for the Aussie is Velcro. They acquired this name because of how close they stay to their owners. They are a devoted breed if properly cared for. Their owners are also known to be devoted and proud to be an Aussie owner by displaying their affection with a variety of Australian Shepherd gifts.

Australian Shepherd Health

The breed inherits many health problems including back, hip, and vision problems as well as epilepsy. In 1998 their life expectancy was 12.5 years, although a recent study estimates the average life span to be 9 years.

Color & Coat

There are two distinct appearances of the Aussie, depending on whether the dog is a show dog or working dog. The show dogs tend to have longer thicker coats of hair. The working dog has a shorter, finer coat. The colors for this breed are red, black, blue merle (black and gray), and red merle (red and silver). The Aussie is a solid, medium sized breed. Their height is between 18 and 23 inches. Females are 18 to 21 inches while males are 20-23 inches.

Australian Shepherd Gifts Merchandise Products

As I mentioned earlier, Australian Shepherd lovers, like most dog owners, enjoy showing their affection for their dog. Whether it be with an outdoor sign, socks, figurines, or ornaments, their love runs deep. You can find a variety of decor at Dog Lover Store. Visit the following link to see a collection of some of the finest Australian Shepherd products.
Australian Shepherd Gifts & Merchandise

Having been originally bred for droving (moving livestock) purposes, this dog can do any task and knows how to work hard. Today they have many different responsibilities. They are intelligent, athletic, playful, and happy when with family. Like most dogs, they can become angry and bite if treated poorly. Read the rest of this entry »

The ’American Staffordshire Terrier’s ancestors came from England, where they were used for farm work, dog fighting, and friendship with people. Many believe the Bulldog was crossed with the Fox Terrier, White English Terrier, and the Black and Tan Terrier to create the American Staffordshire Terrier. Read the rest of this entry »

The Pit Bull is a medium sized breed, ranging from 18-24 inches in height and 30 to 60 lbs. The dog encompasses a short coat, with a strong, athletic, and sturdy build displayed well in these Pit Bull Dog Figurines. Read the rest of this entry »

The standard height and weight for American Foxhounds is 21-25 inches tall and 65-75 lbs. in weight. Although it is not rare to find this dog breed at a taller height and lower in weight; usually ranging from 45-65 lbs. Many theorize that this size difference is because Foxhounds used to always be fed dog bread. Dog bread is a mixture of various carbohydrates such as cornbread and flour. These days, the Fox Hound is treated with a much healthier, lower calorie diet, resulting in growth in height, and a leaner hound. This taller and more lean Fox Hound that is found today is displayed in these American Fox Hound Dog Figurines. Read the rest of this entry »

The American Eskimo is a small to medium sized breed. They are 11-19 inches, and can be found in miniature and standard size. Mini American Eskimos weigh 13-20 lbs, while the standard size weighs in at 21-38 lbs. Read the rest of this entry »

Alaskan Malamute Origins and History

Alaskan Malamute Dog BreedAlthough the specifics are unknown, Alaskan Malamutes originated from somewhere in the Arctic regions of the world. They first lived among humans in Alaska where they were bred to be sled dogs. Malamutes lived among the native Mahlemuts, which is where the breed acquired their name. These dogs were hunters and workers, and accompanied their masters every step of the way. In 1896, during the gold rush, Malamutes were used to help ease the work load. During World War II, they were used as rescue dogs in Greenland, and in Europe they were packaging and freighting dogs. They are now known as the dog of Alaska. Read the rest of this entry »

Akita Origins

The Akita is a Japanese breed from the mountainous northern region. The dog is named for Akita Prefecture, which is a subnational jurisdiction of Japan and where the breed originated. Akita Prefecture is a cold, rugged area of Japan and most likely where the breed developed its strength against cool climates.

Akita Build/Structure

Akita Prefecture

The breed is known as the Akita Inu, Akita, or Japanese Akita. Read the rest of this entry »

Afghan Hound Overview

Afghan Hounds are easy to spot and rarely mistaken for another breed thanks to their thick, silky coat and thin, curled tail. When the Afghan raises it’s tail it looks like the curl of a question mark. High quality Afghan Hound Figurines do a great job of displaying the intricacies and density their coat possesses. They have such unique features, including their long, nasal bones and the hair around their heads, which looks like a wig. These unique features can be difficult to translate into a product. The Afghan breed, recognized as a hunting dog and sight hound, has developed its features over the years from hunting in Afghanistan. In the 1800’s, Afghan dogs were brought to England by army officers that were returning from India, Persia, and Afghanistan. They were put in dog shows which, at the time, had just started gaining popularity, under names such as Barukzy hounds and Persian Greyhounds. Read the rest of this entry »

The Affenpinscher is known to have ancestry with the Brussels Griffon and Miniature Schnauzer. You can see the resemblance between the two when comparing size, facial structure, characteristics, and colors. The lighter colored Affenpinschers look like Brussels Griffons and the darker as well as the salt and pepper color resemble the Schnauzer.

All three originated in Germany sometime in the 17th century. Even though the Affenpinscher type has been around since the early 1600’s, that type was of larger size and had variations in comparison to today’s version.Black Affenpinscher Dog Breed

The current Affenpinscher ranges from 6-13 lbs. and 9-11.5 inches tall. Their coat is rough and tumbled but usually smooth on the back and sides of the chest area. Their tail has a slight curl at the end that not only moves up when excited but also curls more. Colors come in silver (similar to salt and pepper), red, tan, belge, and gray.

Because the Affenpinschers have many similarities to a monkey they received their name from the German word “Affe” which means Monkey. Confusion exists about the category the breed is placed in. Majority believe the breed belongs in the terrier category but they truly belong in the Pinscher-Schnauzer found in Group 2. They are a good choice for apartments or families looking for a calm relaxed dog. At times they can become excited when meeting new dogs, people, or surroundings. They are playful, joyful, and loving dogs that enjoy family time. Some Affes are possessive and can become aggressive with toys or small children.

Some Affenpinschers are used as watchdogs because they are extremely aware of their surroundings and will notify their owners if something seems off. With socialization at a young age the breed can easily overcome their stubbornness they show at times with new dogs. A lack of exercise can cause stubborn and destructive behavior which makes exercise important with this breed.

The breed is healthy overall but tends to not live as long as other toy breeds. Most common illnesses and cause for death consist of urologic, old age, fractures, luxating patella, hip dysplasia, heart disease, hypothyroidism as well as other common issues. One issue they face that is common with short nosed breeds is choking on water. When they reach into the water bowl, their mouth and nose are submerged in the water, causing the dog to choke. This makes the dog scared and not willing to drink which can cause dehydration and death. Try elevating the bowl to keep the dog from looking down at the water. If you’re Affe is not drinking water like they should now you know why!

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