Boston terriers are a popular family dogs known for their larger than life personalities. There is a lot of love and a lot of energy in these dogs and they are the pet that just keeps on giving. Of course it doesn’t hurt that these dogs are also very attractive and generally easy to look after.
There is a lot to love with this dog. However, there are still questions over their trainability because of these personalities.
Bostons are called the American Gentleman, largely due to their black and white markings and smart coat. Still, newcomers to the breed will wonder how much of a gentleman are they really? The big question therefore is simple. Is it really that difficult to succeed with Boston Terrier training, or have these dogs evolved new traits with the companionship role?Continue reading
With the current trend towards designer dogs and cross breeds there is one sub-genre of crosses that has really taken hold. That is the group of poodle offspring.
The poodle is seen as one of the best dogs to use in these new breeding opportunities for a number of reasons.
Firstly, poodles are good natured dogs with a high intellect, which can balance out issues with other breeds. Secondly, they have that hypoallergenic coat that many are keen to see on other family pets. Thirdly, there are three different sizes of poodles. This means a selection of sizes for the offspring.
One such poodle hybrid is the Bordoodle, a cross with the border collie.Continue reading
Puppy training is essential in any breed. Yet there are some breeds where there is an instinct from owners that less effort is required. We see this in Chihuahuas, where animals are spoilt and are left to do their own thing. However, Chihuahua training is essential.
The question is, how to train a Chihuahua puppy and just how difficult is it? Are these animals spoiled pets because they are so passive and sweet, or because training is so problematic. Anyone that has met a stranger’s Chihuahua may have the answer there, but Chihuahua lovers can be oblivious.
In this guide to training a Chihuahua we will look at the issue in three main areas. There are the problems that owners can face with these dogs, such as how to potty train a Chihuahua or combat barking, and then there are the solution that go with them. This means advice on techniques, aids, training guides and obedience schools.
In addition to this, we will also look at the psychological elements of bad behavior in the breed. Just what is it that makes these dogs tick, and so different to some other breeds?Continue reading
When we look at pictures of the Alaskan Malamute vs Siberian Husky side by side, it can be difficult to tell them apart.
So, is the Malamute just a giant Husky, or is this a completely different dog with different traits and personality quirks?
In this guide we will look at the difference between Husky and Malamute dogs in terms of physicality and personality. Why are they both such good working dogs and do they differ in any significant way?
We will look closer at their breeding to see why these dogs are so similar, as well as the genetics of some of the different types of Huskies. In addition to this, we will look at the potential of cross breeds. What is a Malamute Husky and are they desirable?Continue reading
Prospective owners of dogs, especially those with longer hair, always have one major concern in mind – that is shedding.
This is also true of Border Collies. They have plenty of long hair, but there aren’t the same stories of bad Border Collie shedding as there are associated with GSDs and fluffy dogs like huskies.
So, do Border Collies shed and if so, is this really that big an issue?
Below we will look at the coat and the frequency of sheds, causes of both shedding and hair loss and the solutions to make life easier.Continue reading