Archive for October 2010

The Bernese Mountain Dog, also known is Swiss German as the Berner Sennenhund is a large dog breed. Senne means alpine pasture and hund means dog. These dogs assisted herders and dairymen that went by the name Senn. Berner, or Bernese in English is from the location the breed was founded known to be Canton of Bern in Switzerland. The Bernese Mountain Dog has also been used in the past as farm dogs, and draft animals to pull carts. Read the rest of this entry »

The Belgian Tervuren belongs in the Belgian Shepherd Dog category. Previously before being recognized by the AKC in 1960 as the Belgian Tervuren it was known as the Belgian Sheepdog. Read the rest of this entry »

Bedlington Terriers have the appearance of a lamb. Their fur is non-shedding, and has the texture of wool.  Their long hair was used as protection to fight off prey that bit them. Their head is triangular in shape that matches its eyes and their front legs have an unusual construction. Bedlington Terriers have feet that are closer together than at the elbows. This creates a pivot or a triangular shape that allows them to switch angles at quick and high speeds. Read the rest of this entry »

The Bearded Collie is a herding dog, used to herd sheep and cattle, but these days is generally a family dog. The average size of a Bearded Collie is 20-22 inches in height and 40-60 lbs. Read the rest of this entry »

The Beagle is a small to medium sized breed that is found in the hound category. Their expertise is their ability to smell. In the past they have been used to hunt down rodents, hare, and rabbits. They have very few health problems, and are calm which make them a great pet. Read the rest of this entry »

The Basset Hound is a short legged breed found in the hound class of dogs. Their expertise is scent detection. Originally, they were bred to hunt down rabbits. They have the best scent smelling besides the Bloodhound. Bas in French means low, and the suffix et, paired with Bas means rather low. Read the rest of this entry »

The Basenji is a hunting dog bred in Africa. They are also known as the barkless dog because of the howl or barro they make unlike the normal bark associated with dogs. The Basenji only has one breeding season, the average dog has 2-3 breeding seasons annually. Many believe they were bred to howl because the bark would give away the location when enemies were near. Read the rest of this entry »

The Australian Terrier is a small breed found in the terrier category. Similar to the Silky Terrier, they were found in Australia but their ancestry comes from Great Britain. The breed weighs on average 14 lbs. and 10 inches in height. Their coat is medium length but shaggy and coarse. For a visual of their coat check out this Australian Terrier Dog Apron. The coat comes in red and blue, but contains lighter colors at the neck. Read the rest of this entry »

The Silky Terrier was developed in Australia but its ancestry is from Great Britain. They have close relations to the Yorkshire and Australian Terrier. In America the breed goes by Silky Terrier but in Australia it is known as the Australian Silky Terrier. Read the rest of this entry »

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