Toy Doggies Continued

Hello how’s it going, Today I am going to finish off the Toy Breed Doggies for you to check out some facts about them and if they could be a good choice and fit for you. So on to the show 🙂

Russian Toy

The Russian Toy (also known as the Russian Toy Terrier, and in Russia as the Russkiy Toy, these were originally bred in Russia from the English Toy Terrier. The two types of the breed are long coat and short coat.

The temperament of a Russian Toy is active and cheerful, the Russian Toy was originally bred both as an anti-rat dog and a watchdog. Another quality is still active in the breed, and they can be very vocal.

They can become quite attached to their family, regardless of the ages of the family members. Russian Toys are usually very reserved with strangers, but very loyal to their owners, always ready to protect them from any perceived danger.

Russian Toys life expectancy is 11 years. They are one of the smallest dog breeds and although great family doggies children should be supervised with them not to hurt them because of their size.

Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka

Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka (Russian: Болонка), also known as the Bolonka Zwetna in Germany, is a rare toy breed of the Bichon type, developed in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Coming from the ancestors of smaller dogs such as the Bichon, Toy Poodle, Shih Tzu, Pekingese, and French Bolognese. They include the white version Franzuskaya Bolonka, which is a variation of the Italian Bolognese.

Tsvetnaya Bolonka is even-tempered, playful, very intelligent, friendly to all, easy-going, and affectionate breed specifically developed as a companion dog and is prized for its sociability.

However, it won’t be able to apply to necessary aggression when the situation calls for it and shouldn’t be tasked with the responsibilities of a guardian. This is not a doggie for small children and is recommended as a companion only.

They carry a life expectancy of 12 to 16 years. Do not require much exercise a couple of walks a day and they can play inside and be content.

Silky Terrier

The Australian Silky Terrier or simply Silky Terrier is a small breed of dog of the terrier dog type. The breed was developed in Australia, although the ancestral types and breeds were from Great Britain.

The Australian Silky Terrier temperament is keenly alert, active, inquisitive, responsive, friendly, joyful, and quick. They love to be given chances to run and play but must have a tightly fenced yard. They also enjoy brisk walks and playing ball.

Silky terriers do well in an apartment, although they are also an active indoor breed. It is important they are kept busy and social to discourage boredom. Can be a great family dog with children over the age of 10 years.

They love to sit on laps and do “toy dog” things but have an easy going more laid back Terrier personality ready for just about any activity. Their life expectancy is 12 to 15 years and comes in the following colors Black & Tan, Grey & Tan, Blue & Tan, Silver & Tan, and Silver Black & Tan.

Toy Fox Terrier

The Toy Fox Terrier is a small terrier breed of dog, directly descended from the larger Fox Terrier but considered a separate breed. Breeders have traced their dogs’ lineage back to a Smooth Fox Terrier called “Foiler”, in Britain circa 1875-1876.

Toy Fox Terriers, like many active and intelligent breeds, and they are said to make great companions for owners with a good sense of humor, quick to bark, quick to chase, lively, bossy, feisty, scrappy, clever, stubborn, persistent, and impulsive.

They are quite trainable and make wonderful companions for older people and people with disabilities. They are also very lovable and loyal to their owners. In addition, dogs of this breed tend not to bark very much if they are trained well.

I don’t recommend Toy Fox Terriers for homes with young children. Life expectancy of the Toy Fox Terrier ranges from 13 to 14 years. Toy Fox Terrier colors are Black & White, Tricolor, White & Tan, and White & Chocolate.

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog breed of terrier type, developed during the 19th century in Yorkshire, England, to catch rats in clothing mills.

The typical fine, straight and silky Yorkshire Terrier coat has been listed by many popular dog information websites as being hypoallergenic and in comparison with many other breeds, they do not shed to the same degree, only losing small amounts of hair when bathed or brushed.

The Yorkie temperament is bold, independent, intelligent, confident, courageous, active, very overprotective, curious and fond of attention. With the nature of these little doggies is not recommended for homes with small children.

Yorkie are easily adaptable to all surroundings and travel well. Due to their small size, they require limited exercise but need daily interaction with people. They thrive on attention and love, but they are timid around other dogs and prefer to stay close to their humans for comfort.

Yorkshire Terriers do tend to bark a lot. The life expectancy of this tiny little one is 13 to 16 years. Great companion dogs for the elderly with liking to travel and be with their human.

 

In Closing

Well, that wraps up the Toy Breeds that are recognized by the American Kennel Club, there are other breeds out there people consider toy breeds and we do know that. This was just to give you an idea of what type of little doggies are available.

If you were interested in a smaller breed please see our post on the Tea Cup Doggies and it just might change your mind!

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Looking at Small Toy Dog Breeds

Hey, Thought today we would look at some more of the Small (Toy) Dog Breeds and see what they are like shall we start where we left off alphabetically?

Brussels Griffon

These little cuties are from Brussels, Belgium and can be known as any of the following when speaking of the breed the Griffon Bruxellois, the Griffon Belge and the Petit Brabançon.

They are to be considered hypoallergenic and have a life-span of 10 to 15 years. They come in different colors including black, black and tan, blue, brown, beige, and red.

Their temperament can be described as self-important, inquisitive, alert, companionable, sensitive, and watchful. Griffons tend to bond with one human more than others.

In fact, Griffons are very good with children provided they are not teased. They are not very patient but do love to play. Griffons tend to get along well with other animals in the house, including cats, ferrets, and other dogs.

However, they can get into trouble because they have no concept of their own relative size and may attempt to dominate dogs much larger than themselves.

Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog and is named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. Chihuahuas come in a wide variety of color’s, and two coat lengths short and long.

These tiny ones have a life expectancy of 12 to 20 years. The weight on this tiny breed is anywhere from 3 pounds up to 6.6 pounds.

Temperament can be lively, devoted, alert, quick, and courageous for such a tiny dog. Poorly socialized or frightened Chihuahuas can be easily provoked to attack, so are generally unsuitable for homes with small and undisciplined children.[

The breed tends to be fiercely loyal to one particular person and in some cases may become overprotective of the person, especially around other people or animals. The temperament of a chihuahua’s owner can make a difference in the temperament of the pup.

Chihuahuas love their dens and often burrow themselves in pillows, clothes hampers, and blankets. They are often found under the covers or at the bottom of the bed, deep in the dark and safety of what they perceive as their den.

Chihuahuas also enjoy time in sunlight soaking up the rays.

Chinese Crested

Chinese crested dog is a hairless breed of dog. Like most hairless dog breeds, the Chinese crested comes in two varieties, with and without fur, which are born in the same litter: the Powderpuff and the Hairless.

Most people when referring to the Chinese Crested are speaking of the Hairless variety. The Hairless has soft, human-like skin, as well as tufts of fur on its paws (“socks”) and tail (“plume”) and long, flowing hair on its head (“crest”).

This breed is a hypoallergenic breed having a life expectancy of 13 to 15 years. Temperament for them is described as affectionate, lively, sweet-Tempered, alert, playful, and happy.

Great companion dog will stay put on your lap for hours and becomes a little stocker when you leave the room. Good with children as long as they are gentle loves to play and so sweet and affectionate toward them.

You will find this breed in multiple colors including black, apricot, chocolate, cream, tricolor, and blue.

Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin, also known as the Japanese Spaniel, is a dog acknowledged for its importance to Japanese nobility.

It is also known for its strabismus (being cross-eyed) of the eyes. They love high places and are very graceful and balanced climbers.

Being both a lap dog and a companion dog, this toy breed has a distinctive heritage. This breed is considered one of the most cat-like of the dog breeds in attitude alert, intelligent, and independent, and it uses its paws to wash and wipe its face.

Japanese Chin are loyal to their owners and are typically a friendly breed. They have a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years. And come in the following color’s lemon & white, sable & white, black & white, tricolor, and, red & white.

Japanese Chin were also bred for the purpose of entertaining their owners. While typically calm, they are well-known for performing many tricks such as the “Chin Spin”, in which they turn around in rapid circles; dancing on their hind legs while pawing their front feet, clasped together, in the air; and some even “sing”, a noise that can range from a low trill to a higher, almost operatic noise.

Maltese

The Maltese is a small breed of dog in the Toy Group. It descends from dogs originating in the Central Mediterranean Area. The breed name and origins are generally understood deriving from the Mediterranean island nation of Malta.

The Maltese does not shed and is, therefore, a good choice for people with dog allergies. Some people prefer their dogs to have the coat short.

Maltese are bred to be companion dogs. They are extremely lively and playful, and even as Maltese ages, its energy level and playful demeanor remain fairly constant.

Some Maltese may occasionally be snappish with smaller children and should be supervised when playing, Some Maltese may suffer from separation anxiety.

Maltese have no undercoat and have little to no shedding if cared for properly. The life expectancy for them is 12 to 15 years and their temperament is considered playful, docile, fearless, affectionate, easygoing, lively, responsive, sweet-tempered, intelligent, active, and gentle.

 

In Closing

Well, folks, there are some more of the wonderful small doggies breeds you can check into looking for a new doggie for you hope you are enjoying the pictures and a little about each breed.

Will be back soon to post more of the small doggie breeds until I am ready to move on from these when complete so do not forget to bookmark the website so you do not miss what is coming up.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please leave them in the space provided below.

Until next time,

Susan

Have a great day 🙂

 

 

Labrador Retrievers Family Dogs

Labrador Retrievers are another great family dog to look at if you are searching for a dog to complete your family. This breed is especially great with children and can compliment your child’s love of animals very well.

Selecting the Labrador

Labradors come in three colors black, chocolate, and yellow; if you remember the movie “Old Yeller” this was a yellow Labrador retriever and from that movie, you can see how intelligent these dogs are.

My experience with Labradors is extensive at one time I did breed these dogs. So from a very young age, I can let you know how special and great they are as a family dog.

Do know that this breed can be used for hunting which many people are looking for in an animal also. A few of the puppies from my litters were trained as hunting dogs and the people were quite pleased with their performance.

Another couple of the puppies were trained in search and rescue doing an excellent job showing how very intelligent this breed is. They were taken by volunteer fire departments and their training was pretty extensive but they came through with flying colors.

Selecting a labrador puppy will be one of the most rewarding experiences in your search for a new family member; when you locate a litter visit them. I feel that a dog picks you instead of you picking the dog when you visit the puppies see which one warms up to you make sure you hold them all.

The puppy that cuddles in with you and is not being all wiggly and frisky would be the one who is going to appreciate you the most, this little guy/girl in cuddling up with you feels comfortable and love for you already and from past experience, these are the puppies I usually take home.

 

Your New Addition

Now that you have found the labrador puppy and are ready to take it home make sure you have all the supplies you are going to need for him/her upon arriving home.

This breed with my experience is usually laid back and very calm, not that they do not have a good playful side because they like to play.

Make sure you have a collar/harness that fits properly your new puppy will grow quickly so an adjustable one is great to start out making sure it never gets to tight. A leash for walking and training I suggest a longer one they like taking the lead.

Getting them their own bed to sleep in would be advisable and if you are worried until you have your new fur baby trained for inside the house getting a nice sized kennel is advisable. Put their bed in the front or back leaving room for paper for potty just in case. Always include a small dish of water in the corner puppies need water (take it out at night).

Crate training your puppy at an early age is especially important for people who work and are gone much of the day when they are left to their own devices. Puppies can get into some bad situations when unsupervised because they get bored this could turn out to be fatal for them so caution is advisable.

Feeding and water bowls are a must, of course, check with who you are getting your puppy from to see which brand of food they have been using, getting this same food is a good idea keeping the digestive system from being disrupted causing your puppy to get diarrhea or from throwing up due to sensitivity.

If you want to change foods for them do it slowly mixing the new food with the old food adding more of the new food daily a little at a time and reduce the old this should be done over 10 to 14 days watching to make sure the new food causes no problems for the puppy. (Allergic reactions.)

Labradors and Children

Labradors and children are one of the best matches in the world, these gentle dogs love children and will become their best friend. If you have more than one child the dog will over time probably pick his/her favorite child to hang with.

They are faithful and loving but protective of their masters so if you want a dog that is going to look over the children when outside playing this is a wonderful pick.

Intelligent and easy to train they will learn new tricks quickly with patience and treats I have had no problems with them learning new ones in a matter of days.

Know with proper training these dogs protect their territory and keep people and other animals off the property. They do make wonderful watchdogs and will let you know if someone is around. (My oldest male would leave people into the house but would not let them leave!)

With even the youngest of children these are fantastic animals they will let babies climb all over them and if they get tired of them they will go find a quiet spot and hide.

I have seen them put up with abuse from children that other dogs would have bitten them for. They are very gentle but very wise and know that small children are not really trying to hurt them.

 

Caring for Labradors

Labradors require exercise but not extensive as long as you have a decent size yard they can run around in they will be very content. A walk a day and they are usually very happy.

Most Labradors notice I say MOST absolutely love water and giving them a bath is never a problem you will get that one rarely that hates water which is highly unusual, I had one who showered with me daily!

This breed is known for getting hip dysplasia so keeping their diet and weight at a proper level is important. For those of you who do not know what hip dysplasia is please do some research, it affects dogs back hindquarters causing them pain.

The only other problem I ever had with any of my Labradors was fluid on the ear with one, these are known as hematomas and most vets recommend tubing to drain the fluid. I have discovered a more human way to deal with this by giving the dog Children’s Benedryl time wise it takes the same to dissipate the fluid and the swelling to go down. Follow package directions for weight as you would a child.

Your Labrador will require brushing daily they do shed so with daily brushing this cuts down on the amount of dog fur you will find all over the house.

Having a very good veterinarian is a must as with any animal so do your research ask others who have pets who they recommend and look online for reviews on them.

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In Closing

Hopefully, I have given you some good information on choosing a labrador as your new family pet. These are great dogs and having them along with breeding them the potential for you to have a wonderful pet is enormous.

I would also like to point out that spaying or neutering your animal should be considered especially if you are not going to want to breed the dog; this keeps the population down of unwanted animals in the world our shelters are already very overcrowded with unwanted animals so please do your part in helping with this.

Thank you for reading my article today and please come back soon we love having you here at delightfuldoggies4u.

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Bye for now,

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

Durable Dog Toys -How to choose best for your Dog

There are literally 1000s of dog toys out there and choosing the most durable dog toys for your dog can be challenging.

The toys in the market place and homemade toys are made to suit all different sized dogs which is great for your pet.

I hope this post will give you a better insight on what to choose for your dog.

Homemade toys

When you get a dog, chances are you will fall in love very quickly with your new member of the family and sometimes, I know from experience we can be a little lapse when it comes to sensible toy choices. Please remember love is wonderful however you have to be sensible and thoughtful when making toys

Pay attention to the types of material you use. Plastic bottles can be dangerous and pieces can become lodged inside your dog and cause health issues.

Some people think freezing rolled up socks are good. I tend to disagree with because maybe it will teach your dog to steal socks and make them a toy which could be very costly and annoying when it comes to finding your socks in good condition.

Some homemade toys are durable however please do your research before you DIY and make sure the toys are 100% safe for your pet.

Old sneakers may be durable to play tug- o – war and fetch, however I have the same feeling about using sneakers as I do socks, so consider the consequences before doing this.

Choosing toys to buy for your dog

The fun is about to begin when you go shopping for dog and depending on the size of your dog and sometimes the breed you will find once you start looking around whether it be from a store where you live or online, you will see literally 100’s of toys that you can buy.

So before you go shopping, think about what you will be doing with your dog. Are you going to play fetch on dry land or in the water. What about a toy for your dog to play with alone.

Are you going to play with a strength toy e.g. Your dog pulls with his mouth while you hold the toy.

Is your dog going to have a bedtime cuddly toy? If you go op-shopping for these please check the stuffing.

 

Some soft toys are stuffed with toxic beads so please be diligent. Also, some cuddly toys at second hand store can create a real mess when they are eventually ripped open and sometimes the stuffing is not something your dog should be digesting.

Toys from specialized stores sell toys specifically for dogs and will be a lot safer for your dog.

Vet bills are expensive and poor health is no fun at all for your dog. Enjoy choosing and buying. If you search online there are some great stores to buy from and you will usually find they have information on each product so you make a good choice.

Durable dog toys are best for your dog in so many ways. They have been made for dogs, not humans and the manufacturer of dog products use the right type of materials to ensure safety for your dog.

Ask people you know with a similar size dog to yours and get ideas from them as they will most likely have gone through a few toys and will have favourite toys from the experiences they have with their dog.

Have fun and enjoy shopping time 🙂

 

Toys and Bedtime

When it is time for your dog to go to bed for the night, pick up all the toys and put them in a container. Your dog will get to know play time is over and now it is bed time. It is important for you to have boundaries and some kind of routine. Your dog will learn quickly with gentle teaching it will be a win- win for you both.

Puppy’s love to play every time they wake up and sometimes it is not convenient for you. You work from home and have people arriving, you are busy with children. You are feeling unwell…….. Sometimes play time is not OK and by putting the toys away, your puppy will also learn when it is OK to play and when it is not. Sometimes a playpen can help as well especially while your doggy is small.

You can also consider, if you have a well fenced property, put your dog outside with a couple of outside toys that don’t need human interaction and they will learn to play happily while you deal with whatever situation you have at the time.

If your doggy tries to pick up children s toys to claim them for him/herself, remove the toy and give him/her a toy that is correct. They will soon realize it is game over trying to do that.

If they decide their feed bowl is a toy, just place it on the bench out of reach and they will learn to understand the bowl is only for meal time.

Onward and upward – go have fun

When it is comes to shopping for toys I’m sure you will make great choices for your dog. After all your new family member is loved and you will always want the best I’m sure of it

I have 2 dogs and they have favourite toys, old toys that quietly disappear into the bin and new toys to give them a sense of adventure and fun.

Use brain toys, fun toys, toys that bring you both joy and I’m sure you will both have so much fun together and your doggy will have fun time alone.

Depending on the breed and size of your doggy will determine the type of toys you buy so have fun, do your research and take photos to create wonderful memories

Seeya

 

 

 

Bird hunting dog breeds – question the genealogy

This post will hopefully give you some insight into some different bird hunting dog breeds, so should you decide to buy a dog you will know what to look for when choosing your pup.

Often all we see is a lively wee pup, looking adorable with his brothers and sisters in the litter however there are a few things to learn when it comes to choosing the right pup for your hunting needs.

Barney- as a pup. He is now grown into a fabulous duck retrieving dog

Genealogy and making the right choice

When you visit breeders to look at pups, it is very wise to chat with the owners about the Mother and Father, Grandparents of the litter to determine if duck retrieving is in their genealogy.

This is so important because you will be so disappointed if you don’t ask, but your puppy on cuteness, then start training your pup and learn that he/she doesnt like water much and as for retrieving, you find he/she a real challenge learning to do this.

If you gather information on the genealogy and find retrieving goes back through the line, you are pretty much assured when you buy your pup he/she is already brain – ready for this new learning adventure.

When Barney, in the photo above was purchased, the new owners had done their research on his genealogy with the owners and knew he would be a great dog if trained correctly and it turns out, Barney has had his 1st duck retrieving season and is an amazing young dog, doing all that is required.

If their are records, papers relating to the genealogy, take your time to go through them with the owners. Most breeders are only too willing to show you all the information they can because they love the breed they have and want you to get the best possible outcome for you.

You will also find breeders that are not so good with their knowledge of their dogs are trying to make money just by breeding. Stay well clear of these breeders. They are about money, not dogs, and certainly not you.

You may see many prices out their for different breeds which is normal, however if you see cheap sales, also beware as there is a chance the genealogy is not good and you could end up resenting your purchase which would be a shame.

I’m sure you as a buyer will do your due diligence when it comes to the time to buy a dog. Good luck

Different breeds of bird hunting dogs

Here is a list of bird hunting dogs and some information on some breeds

  • Labrador – Retriever. Kind nature, Gentle, Intelligent and affectionate, Great swimmers with a good memory for where the down bird is located.
  • Vizsla – Enthusiastic, Kind, and affectionate. Known for their love of retrieving water fowl
  • English Springer Spaniel – Kind, fast, Excellent nose sense and they are well-known as hunters that can find and flush out birds. They also love water.
  • Retriever- Kind, Intelligent, Love land and water hunting and enjoy being trained in a gentle manner

The list above is small however it will give you a general idea on what most of the hunting dogs are like.

Here is a list of quite a few breeds for you to research.

German Short-haired Pointer, German wire haired pointer, English Setter, Gordon Setter, Golden Retriever, Standard Poodle, Red Setter, Weimarana, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Small Munsterlander, Pudel pointer, Llewellin Setter and of course the Nova Scotia Retriever.

Training your Dog

Barney having time out from training down near the pond

Yes, Training can be tiring and time out together to relax is all part of it 🙂 Training is a serious part of your Dog’s life if you want him/her to be a great hunting dog.

Training requires patience, gentleness and skills of course. The skills you teach your dog will be with him/her for life so you must do it correctly.

Now I don’t claim to be a trainer however I do know if you do your research you will find a person, trainer near where you live, who is prepared to teach you and your dog.

Training will take time as your Dog is going to learn in time slots of around 10-15 minutes through a day with lots of breaks. If you try to overload your dog with information, he/she will not learn nearly as well. Time, Patience and gentle learning is the best way to teach your dog how to be an amazing Bird hunting dog.

Your dog will make mistakes as we humans do when we are learning new things and the secret is, to be kind, as this way your dog is going to stay enthusiastic rather than hiding away because you yelled.

There are specialized toys you can buy which encourage a specific type of training, rewards for a job well done as they learn. their are collars, leashes and other equipment you will need and I’m sure your trainer will advice you on what is useful for your training purpose.

Making a list

It is quite a good idea to make a list of the pros and cons as your do your research on the breeds you are interested in. This way you can look back and see which breed comes out on top, making it easier for you to choose which type of dog you are going to buy.

Remember this purchase is a new fmaily member that is hopefully going to be with you for the next 10-15 years, bringing you fun times, laughter and lots of memories along the way.

Every person I know with a bird hunting dog says their breed is the best so from that I get a clear message.

Once you have bought your dog, trained it, formed a close bond, you also will probably say your breed is the best.

Your best friend is waiting for you so enjoy and if you have any questions please either email me vicki@delightfuldoggies4u.com or leave a message in the comment’s area. ©

Bye for now