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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

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 »