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About the Australian Shepherd Dog Breed

February 2, 2011
Australian Shepherd Dob Breed

Australian Shepherd Dog Breed

The Australian Shepherd dog breed as we know him today is considered a US dog breed.  His ancestors came from Europe, relocated to Australia, then found their way to California.  So if the Australian Shepherd dog breed came from Europe, why is he considered to have origins in the United States?  And why is he called an Australian Shepherd?  He is probably considered a US dog breed because his breed was perfected in the US.  And he is probably considered an Australian Shepherd because that is what the people in California called his predecessors.  The dogs which originally came to California from Europe and Australia were mixed breeds, possibly Kelpie and/or Scottish Border Collie mix.  And they were probably also mixed with yet other breeds which later gave us the standard breed which we call Australian Shepherd.

As a result of the mix of various herding breeds across the world, the Australian Shepherd dog breed is a hardy breed with exceptional herding skills.  He can withstand the hot temperatures of Australia as easily as the colder weather of Europe.  His herding skills are diverse – sheep, cattle, you name it, he can herd it.  The Australian Shepherd dog breed is also good at hunting and tracking.  He is very intelligent and easy to train so he has also been used as a messenger dog in World War II, to perform tricks at rodeos and on film, and for search and rescue.

The Australian Shepherd dog breed never tires.  The high energy of the Australian Shepherd dog breed makes him great at herding and other skills, but sometimes not so great at being a house dog.  If he does not get enough exercise and mental stimulation, he can develop bad behaviors such as getting into things, chewing, jumping the fence, and running off.  If you plan on getting an Australian Shepherd dog breed, be prepared to provide him with a very active lifestyle.  He is highly energetic and playful so play with him plenty and give him some stimulating dog toys such as a Buster Food Cube.  Also take him on some strenuous walks or runs every day.

While the Australian Shepherd dog breed can be independent in nature, he is affectionate and eager to please.  He can get along well with other pets but he may try to herd smaller pets.  He is both gentle and patient with children, but he may also be inclined to herd small children.  He is bold, alert, and wary of strangers so the Australian Shepherd is a natural watchdog.

The Australian Shepherd dog breed can be interesting in color.  He can be black or red with white, and sometimes have tan markings.  Or he can be blue merle (pictured above) or red merle, also with white and possible tan markings.  His eyes can be brown, amber, or blue, or flecked with any combination of those colors.  He has short hair around his face, ears, and front feet but the rest of his coat is medium in length, either straight or wavy.  His top coat is water resistant and his undercoat is thick.  This double coat requires brushing at least twice weekly.

The Australian Shepherd dog breed stands about 18-23 inches high and can weigh 40-65 pounds.  He has triangular ears set high on the head and folded forward or to the side.  And the tail of an Australian Shepherd dog breed is either docked or naturally bobbed.  He has broad feet which are oval in shape.  His muzzle and head are equal and moderate in length.  And he has a straight and level back.

If you are considering purchasing an Australian Shepherd dog breed, be sure to research the breeder thoroughly.  The Australian Shepherd dog breed is prone to a number of hereditary diseases which are more common in dogs bred by irresponsible breeders.  Common hereditary diseases of the Australian Shepherd dog breed include cataracts, collie eye anomaly, nasal solar dermatitis, Pelger-Huet syndrome, hip dysplasia, and ivermectin sensitivity.  Many of these diseases can be and should be tested for by the breeder.

The Australian Shepherd dog breed is perfect for a family with an active lifestyle.  He can be a great playmate for your older children, would love to go running or follow you on your bicycle, loves to play fetch, enjoys learning new tricks, and just loves to be loved.  To find the perfect dog for your family, research for a good breeder, visit an animal shelter, or contact an Australian Sheepdog rescue group.

Australian Shepherd Dog Breed Figurine

Australian Shepherd Dog Breed Figurine

The Lhasa Apso Dog Breed

January 12, 2011
Lhasa Apso Dog Breed Figurine

Lhasa Apso Dog Breed Figurine

Despite his smallness, the Lhasa Apso dog  breed is not in the toy dog breed group of the American Kennel Club (AKC).  Although he was once in the terrier dog breed group, he does not have the characteristics of a terrier and so he now falls under the non-sporting dog breed group.

The Lhasa Apso dog breed has origins in the monasteries of Tibet.  His original purpose was as both a watchdog and companion.  In fact, his other name Abso Seng Kye means Bark Lion Sentinel Dog.  The Lhasa Apso dog breed has a lot of similarities with the Tibetan Terrier and Shih Tzu dog breeds and are often confused.  In early AKC registries, they were all considered one in the same breed.

Although the Lhasa Apso dog breed is a small dog (10-11 inches tall and 13-15 pounds), he makes a good watchdog because he will bark at intruders.  He is wary of strangers but has a happy disposition with his family.  He also generally gets along well with other pets.

The smallness and temperament of the Lhasa Apso dog breed makes him a good family companion.  He requires only a short walk or a little play time per day.  He can be both playful and affectionate.  The Lhasa Apso dog breed, however, can be a bit independent and stubborn.  Positive reinforcement is the best way to train this dog breed.  Negative reinforcement is no fun for him and he will be inclined to react negatively in return.

While the exercise of the Lhasa Apso dog breed are minimal, his grooming requirements are a bit more involved.  He needs a good brushing or combing daily and a regular shave to keep his hair from getting matted.  The hair of the Lhasa Apso dog breed is straight, long, and dense.  He has a feather tail, feathered feet, feathered ears, and long hair on his face.  The Lhasa Apso dog breed has a tail which should be shorter than the length of his body.  The tail is carried upwards and over the back.  He has a narrow skull, a prominent black nose, and an even or slight undershot bite.

The Lhasa Apso dog breed is an adorable dog breed.  But like most purebred dogs, he can acquire a number of genetic health issues.  The most common are patellar luxation, various eyelid problems, progressive retinal atrophy, and renal cortical hypoplasia.  Patellar luxation is a skeletal issue with the knee cap.  It can be very painful and lead to lameness.  Progressive retinal atrophy is where the retina of the eye deteriorates, possibly to the point of blindness.  And renal cortical hypoplasia is failure of the kidneys which can be deadly.

If you are considering purchasing a Lhasa Apso dog breed, be sure to research the breeder thoroughly.  Ask if they are a member of any other breed clubs other than the AKC.  And ask if they have done any testing to confirm if the dog is not prone to any hereditary diseases.  A good and responsible breeder will probably also be a member of the American Lhasa Apso Club, Inc. and they would have done some testing on the breed to verify his quality.  A good purebred Lhasa Apso can also be found at Lhasa Apso breed rescue groups and possibly even at the local animal shelter.

Lhasa Apso Dog Breed

Killer wearing his sweater and boots

Information on the West Highland White Terrier (Westie) Dog Breed

October 28, 2010
West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terrier

Are you considering getting a West Highland White Terrier (or Westie as they are often called)?  If so, click the West Highland White Terrier dog breed for more information.  Learn more about the Scottish history of the West Highland White Terrier dog breed.  Discover their temperament and what makes them great house pets, including about how their coat is great for people with pet allergies.  Also get some insight on some common health issues associated with the West Highland White Terrier dog breed.  Knowing what to look for will help you determine which dog breeder is more reputable and more likely to breed good healthy dogs.

If you know someone with a West Highland White Terrier, consider a holiday gift of a West Highland White Terrier dog breed figurine as pictured above.

Featuring Devil Dog Breed Figurines

June 23, 2010

New to the Animal Figurine Store.com are your favorite dog breed figurines in a devil costume. We love our dogs but sometimes they have quirky little annoying traits, or sometimes they do some naughty things. That is where the Devil Dog Breed Figurines come in.

Take my dog, Maya, for example. She is basically a good dog. But there was this one time when we went to the dog park and the first thing she did was find a big muddy puddle and jump in it. Its what dogs do so I couldn’t be mad at her, but I couldn’t help thinking, “You little devil!” At that moment, the Labrador Retriever Devil Dog Breed Figurine was a perfect representation of her.

There was another time when we went to a park which had a big fountain. The water of the fountain was dyed pink for Breast Cancer Awareness week. Maya, being a Labrador Retriever and all, saw the water and bolted so quickly that I lost hold of her leash. Next thing you know, she is playing in pink water. Since Maya is a Yellow Labrador Retriever, she turned pink for a week. It was really funny but I couldn’t help thinking, “You cute little devil!” Once again, the Labrador Retriever Devil Dog Breed Figurine was the perfect representation of her. I keep a Yellow Labrador Retriever Devil Dog Breed Figurine on my desk at work.

My parents have a Lhasa Apso named Killer. Killer is basically a good dog with some annoying habits. He likes to take food out of his bowl and take it into another room to eat. Every once in a while, my parents step on a piece of food which had been dropped in the hallway. I’m sure that when they say, “Ouch!”, they are actually thinking, “You little devil!” They now have a Lhasa Apso Devil Dog Breed Figurine on their curio shelf at home.

Although sometimes we call our dogs “brats” or “little devils” we say it out of love. And sometimes when we think back on bad things they have done, we can’t help but to laugh. Get a Devil Dog Breed Figurine to help remind you of those times. Visit the Animal Figurine Store.com and enter “devil” in the search field to pull up all our Devil Dog Breed Figurine gifts. See if we have a Devil Dog Breed Figurine for your dog’s breed.