Shelby Passed Her CVA Level II
Shelby Passed!! She is now a Certified Veterinary Assistant Level II
At LazyPaw Animal Hospitals we take every opportunity to celebrate each other’s accomplishments.
Birthdays, anniversaries, new baby arrivals or academic achievements are all fair game. We are pleased to announce that our very own Shelby Aton is now a Level II Certified Veterinary Assistant!!! In our hospital a veterinary assistant is an extension of the veterinary medical team and responsible for assisting both doctors and technicians with patient care and diagnostic procedures.
What is the CVA?:
There are three levels of veterinary assistant certifications in Texas. Each requires the completion of a range of skills …Read More
Dog Sprayed by Skunk
Texas is a great place for your dog to be sprayed buy a skunk, being the biggest state in the Union, it only makes sense that we would have five distinct skunk species, way more than any other state! Given this fact, if you or your pets are prone to stray from the beaten path, or if you are lucky enough to reside in or near greenbelt areas, it is more than likely that at some point you will run into a skunk. Skunks are active primarily in the night hours and can adapt well to urban areas like the …Read More
Girl Scout Animal Helper Badge
As part of our ongoing commitment to service to our local community, LazyPaw Animal Hospitals was thrilled to host members of Girl Scout Troop 36 and assist them in attaining their Girl Scout Animal Helper Badge. The purpose of this badge is to aid scouts in learning about the numerous ways in which animals assist their human companions and how to aid animals in furtherance of their beneficial work. The badge requires Girl Scouts to explore past and present connections between animals and human beings in how they aid in keeping people safe, in helping individuals with physical and emotional disabilities, …Read More
Canine Allergies in Texas
Dog Allergies in Texas. Atopic dermatitis. Allergic skin disease. Atopy. They all mean the same thing. Your pet is allergic to something, and it’s usually something outside. While our allergies involve itchy eyes and watery noses, our pet’s allergies typically result in itchy skin which can get pretty uncomfortable considering the skin is the largest organ in the body. The most common places our pets are going to scratch will be their ears, abdomen, and feet – potentially because all three are easily accessible with the mouth to chew or the feet to scratch.
Diagnosing and managing allergies can be extremely …Read More
Fowler Middle School 2016 Career Day
The Fowler Falcons honored our clinic by inviting me and KatyDid back for our sixth annual career day visit this past November! A fantastic, Frisco Independent School District Middle School, Fowler’s career counselors like presenters to get down to the nitty gritty of their jobs by sharing as much detail about them as possible and by honestly sharing with students how we earned the positions we currently hold. The students also appreciate learning what skills and interests help us to do our jobs better, and more importantly, what we do typically in a day, what our responsibilities are and how …Read More
Wester Middle School 2016 Career Day
This year KatyDid and I had to good fortune to be invited back to Frisco Independent School District’s Wester Middle School for the 6th year in a row to participate in their annual career day program. Wester’s career day goals are to encourage students to begin thinking about their futures beyond school from local professionals who can be for them positive role models in various occupations. In addition, often this brief introduction to a vocation can provide students with a positive connection between what to some may feel like mundane school routines and expectations for what they can do later …Read More
Paws and Give Thanks 2016
For the past three years the student members of USITT, United States Institute of Theatre Technology, have worked hard to support local animal care facilities. Mr. Shurr, faculty member and Director of the Theater Department of Reedy High School is spear-heading their efforts again this year.
Collin County Animal Services will be the recipient of USITT’s annual Paws And Give Thanks collection of non-monetary donations. Kroger has been kind enough to permit use of their facility, and we at LazyPaw Animal Hospitals are happy to support their efforts and store these items until transport to Collin County Animal Services. Most shelters do not have it …Read More
2016 Santa Pet Picts
This year’s third annual pet pics with Santa was a rousing success. Not only were numerous, generous donations collected from our clients for the benefit of Frisco Family Services’ Food Pantry, but we hosted over 77 families in a little under three hours! What does this tell us?!! Well, at our after event review we concluded that next year’s event will need to be even bigger and better.
Though our LVT Carey’s and Lead Client Coordinator Becca’s innovative and dazzling Winter Wonderland creation was well received, it quickly became apparent that Santa still held center stage and was in the highest demand. …Read More
Pet Pictures with Santa 2016
Join us at LazyPaw Animal Hospitals for our 6th Annual Pet Pictures with Santa this Saturday, December 3rd!
We will take photos from 2:00-5:00.
We will also provide a Winter Wonderland scene option for anyone who might be shy around the Big Guy. All LazyPaw patients, their families, and the general public are welcome!
In addition to holiday photos, we will also collect donations of non-perishable and canned goods for Frisco Family Services.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
With its full sized body and its short little legs the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is an easy breed to recognize. Originally bred for herding sheep these stocky, solid and athletic dogs are incredible fast and determined pets.
There are actually two different breeds of Corgis, the Pembroke and the Cardigan. Interestingly enough the two are very similar in appearance with one distinctive feature. The Pembroke is a breed that can be born without a tail while the Cardigan has a relatively long tail.
Besides being minus a tail the Corgi is a low to the ground dog that has a wide, flat …Read More
A Hairless Breed: The Chinese Crested
Originally brought into the United States as a sort of a novelty breed, the Chinese Crested has really come into its own as a wonderful companion pet and unique breed of dog. There are actually two forms of the Chinese Crested, one with a silky, coat, known as the Powder Puff, and one that is hairless over the body. Most litters will have both hairless and Powder Puff puppies born at the same time. Both make excellent pets although there are some definite differences in the care required for the hairless variety.
The first misconception to clear up is that the …Read More
The Lovable Lhasa Apso
Another of the toy sized long haired companion dogs, the Lhasa Apso has become a very popular companion dog all over the world. Sometimes mistaken for a Shih Tzu, these dogs are really very distinctive in both appearance and personality.
When the coat of the Lhasa Apso is left long, it is really amazing and beautiful when properly cared for and groomed daily. For ease of care many owners choose to clip the coat short, which gives a more sporty and puppyish look to the dog. However, no matter how the coat is clipped the beautiful hair on the tail curling …Read More
The Bouvier des Flandres
Besides just having a very unusual name, the Bouvier des Flandres is really a very unusual breed of dog. More commonly known by the shortened moniker of the Bouvier, this breed originated in what are now the countries of France and Belgium.
Unlike some breeds, the exact ancestors of the modern Bouvier des Flandres are a subject of hot debate with dog breeders. There is no doubt, however, the origins of the dog was as a herding and working dog, not as a dog for the show ring. As such there were no real efforts to create a unique breed, but …Read More
Do animals have a sense of humor?
Do animals have a sense of humor?
Scientists trying to develop a better antidepressant pharmaceutical have made an accidental discovery—that animals have a funny bone. In the course of researching a pill to make life a little sunnier for people feeling blue, researchers found out that rats really do laugh when tickled, and that this outward expression correlates with inner feelings of happiness.
Multiple studies have shown that animals including monkeys, dogs, and other animals laugh as well. Neural paths for laughter are deep in the brain in both humans and animals, which many accept as proof that laughing was integral …Read More
Help your pet with fear of the vacuum
The sound of a vacuum is a source of modern comfort to humans—to us, it signals a quick route to a clean floor. To your dog or cat, the same noise signals unexplained chaos.
Some of our patients at LazyPaw Animal Hospitals were raised inside the home from day one, so they’re more used to sounds such as the coffee maker and television. Others may not be as adjusted to the racket of living in a home in 2014, or they are naturally more timid around loud noises the blender makes. For these pets, at least until a white-noise-whisper blender hits …Read More
Why is my cat scared of rain?
Storms can be fun to watch, but not if you’re a cat. Plenty of our feline patients at LazyPaw Animal Hospitals have major reactions to the weather, especially thunderstorms and sometimes even rain. Whenever it rains, and sometimes even before it rains, a few of our feline friends get the shakes, meow like crazy, and take cover anywhere they can—under beds, blankets, couches, or in cabinets.
Some humans who get migraines or have joint pain can closely connect their aches with storms on the horizon. Doctors believe this is thanks to heightened sensitivity to atmospheric pressure, and the same is likely …Read More
Help your pet with fear of the vet
Leashes being yanked out of hands, waiting room accidents, constant whining, meowing, and barking… Loving animals through their anxiety is all in a day’s work for the front of office staff at LazyPaw Animal Hospitals. Though it’s unlikely that most pet patients will ever learn to jump for joy at the prospect of a vet clinic visit, there are some tricks to teaching animals there is no reason to fear.
If your pet gets anxious in the car because they are only used to driving to the pet clinic, try taking them for short car rides somewhere they’re guaranteed to love. …Read More
How to find a new home for your pet
The decision to find a new home for a pet is never an easy one, but sometimes circumstances make it impossible to take care of your animal. There are lots of reasons people have to make the heartbreaking decision to give a pet up. Financial hardship, major health struggles, animal behavior issues, and other lifestyle or compatibility problems can all tempt people to consider other living arrangements for their pet.
LazyPaw Animal Hospitals believes in helping every animal find an ideal home. Before making a big decision, we urge pet owners to consider all the options. Depending on your situation, your …Read More
Look No Further Than The Whippet
The first thing that many people assume when they see a Whippet for the first time is that they are looking at a miniature Greyhound. In fact, they are looking at a unique breed of dog with the Greyhound as one of its ancestors. Large Greyhounds were crossed with the much smaller Italian Greyhound to create the Whippet. The Italian Greyhound can trace its roots back to ancient Egyptian times and so can the Greyhound, making the Whippet a modern breed modeled after an ancient dog.
The Whippet, as the name implies, is incredibly fast. They are long legged and very …Read More
Protect your pet from animal thieves
Pet owners are aware of common dangers for their animal friends such as accidental poisoning, getting lost, and everyday scrapes. However, most pet lovers don’t think about potential kidnapping by pet thieves, especially in LazyPaw Animal Hospitals’ home community of lovely Frisco.
There’s no need to hide Fluffy away under lock and key for fear of thievery, but pet owners should be aware of possible dangers and take basic precautions to keep cats and dogs safe from those who might wish to profit from stealing animals.
Why would anyone steal an animal?
Pure breed pets are the most common victims of animal theft. …Read More
DIY pet toys
LazyPaw Animal Hospitals is all about toys lately, and though we’ve pointed out some amazing (and amazingly expensive) possible additions to your pet’s collection, we wanted to share the secrets of some of our favorite homemade toys that ring in at a total cost ranging between zero and just a few dollars. Bonus: They don’t take much time to make, and you probably already have everything you need around the house.
Remember, always supervise your pets during play and check the condition of toys regularly for potential choking hazards.
Give your pal Scrappy a scrappy toy.
Everyone has an old t-shirt that’s begging …Read More
Try these DIY pet toys instead
LazyPaw Animal Hospitals love toys! Er, I mean, we love giving toys to our favorite animal patient friends. There are plenty of expensive pet toys on the market, but just as the child who opens a new zillion-dollar gadget will often play with the box instead, most pets are glad to play with anything that’s interesting regardless of how much you spent.
Keeping Fido and Fluffy up to their ears in entertainment doesn’t have to cost a lot. Just use common sense and always keep an eye on animals when playing. As with any toy, check the condition of homemade toys …Read More
Gifts for the world’s most pampered pets
We’ve hunted down some interesting toys and gear for the world’s most adventurous pets as well as those suffering from a streak of total boredom. But today LazyPaw Animal Hospitals is profiling the holy grail of pet product categories—the chicest, and sometimes most ridiculous, toys and more for pets who know how to redefine what it means to be spoiled.
Bling doesn’t begin to cover it.
Dog and cat lovers with cash to burn can spring for the real diamond deal when it comes to showing off Fido and Fluffy’s style. If your credit limit is sky high, you too can spend …Read More
Gifts for the world’s most (and least) adventurous pets
LazyPaw Animal Hospitals is on an imaginary shopping spree for our favorite cats and canines, and though these high-tech, high-fashion, and high-octane toys may be out of a reasonable price range, they are still fun (and funny) to marvel at.
Umbrellas designed just for small pets.
Frisco vet patients may not see quite enough rain to justify the purchase of their very own umbrella, but if your small pooch is truly pampered, “The Dogbrella” is an inverted umbrella on a stable pole that forms a moisture barrier between your low-riding dog and wet weather. The clear umbrella canopy gives walkers full view …Read More
Gifts for under-stimulated pets
LazyPaw Animal Hospitals loves entertaining our pet patients, especially because watching them have fun is so entertaining to us! There is no one toy that will interest every animal, but this list of handpicked oddball toys is devoted to our furry friends who may be suffering from a spell of ennui. From puzzling to downright bubbling, even the most un-impressible pet could be doggone delighted by these wacky playtime ideas.
A tether that actually encourages movement?
Tethers that keep dogs roped to one place are old news. The Tether Tug is a combination of tether pole and tug toy that keeps dogs …Read More
Are hawks hunting small dogs?
There are lots of rumors circling the Internet about hawks honing in on small dogs for tasty prey. Since LazyPaw Animal Hospitals is in the heart of Frisco, Texas, we are used to seeing plenty of hawks gliding through the sunny skies. But are they really dangerous to our pets?
Of the 9300 species of birds in the world, Texas is home to 600, including predatory hawks, falcons, owls, and eagles. These flying hunters make their homes in trees, cliffs, chimneys, and other natural and manmade nooks.
Despite online horror stories of little dogs being snapped up by vicious birds, majestic birds …Read More
The Gentle Giant Of The Dog World
It may surprise you to learn that the Great Dane is not really a Danish breed. Dogs very similar to the modern Great Dane can be found on money from Greece dated at 36 B.C. as well as from Egyptian artifacts that date back to 3000 B.C. Very early Chinese literature dating back to 1100 B.C. describes a dog that is almost identical to the Great Dane.
It is believed that the modern Great Dane evolved over time through breeding Mastiffs from Italy with Wolfhounds and Old English Mastiffs. The Greyhound breed was used to further refine the heavy Mastiff type …Read More
The English Bulldog As A Pet
There are many different types of “bulldogs” but the English Bulldog is the one that most people picture when they hear the breed mentioned. This heavy set, muscular and very stocky dog is typically associated with a slow moving and slow acting animal, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
The English Bulldog is one breed where males and females should look distinctly masculine or feminine through the head and body. Males, for show purposes, measure about 16 inches at the shoulder and weigh about 50-55 pounds. The head and body are thick and wide with the dog’s body appearing …Read More
Animal World Tour: Canadian Lynx
If you’ve ever dreamed of a gargantu-sized housecat, you have probably been dreaming of the Canadian lynx. And if you’re as desperate to see one of these 20-inch tall, 20-pound wild cats, as LazyPaw Animal Hospitals is on our virtual world tour, you’re likely to keep dreaming—the Canada lynx avoids human contact and is tough to spot.
In Canada, lynxes have long tufts of black hair that spring from the tips of their ears, a short tail with a black end, and tall, thin legs. They have sly, light eyes and large, rounded paws.
They’re hunters of the showshoe hare, surviving on …Read More
Animal World Tour: Canadian Beaver
Moving on through Canada, LazyPaw Animal Hospitals is on a hunt for beavers! No need to fear, though—we are only armed with binoculars.
Unfortunately for today’s beaver ancestors, early European explorers favored guns more than spyglasses. When European explorers in the late 1600s didn’t find the spices they hoped for when they were turned around and diverted from traveling to the Orient, they decided to settle on exporting beaver fur instead. Beavers were thick on the ground then, with populations in the millions. English and French fur traders began selling beaver fur hats, which quickly became popular across Europe.
Though beavers appeared …Read More
Animal World Tour: Canadian Atlantic Puffin
Traveling north into Canada, LazyPaw Animal Hospitals is getting the first Passport stamp on our virtual ecological world tour. Granted, the first animal on our Bingo card is all the way on the east coast, but when a world tour is free to dream about, you can bounce around as much as you want without paying airline change fees or suffering jetlag. So, to the Atlantic Ocean we go!
Atlantic puffins are one of four puffin species, but they’re the only one that resides on the North Atlantic Ocean. The small sea birds are only about 10 inches long.
Puffins’ small shape, …Read More
Is An Australian Cattle Dog Right For Me?
The Australian Cattle Dog is a new name for an older breed. You may have known these dogs as Australian Heelers, Blue Heelers, Red Heelers, Queensland Heelers or Hall’s Heelers depending on where you are living. They are a unique dog with a very well defined personality and a determination that is legendary in the herding breeds.
Not surprisingly these dogs were bred in Australian to be able to stand up to the unique terrain and weather conditions. Originally a cross between many different breeds they have ancestors that include Smithfield Collies, a now extinct breed, as well as …Read More
The Akita: A Dog Of Royalty
It is hard to imagine a dog that is as important to their native country as the majestic Akita Inu. In the United States there is another Akita, designated as the American Akita, which is slightly different than the Japanese breed, although they are developed from the same original lines.
The National Dog of Japan, the Akita Inu was developed in the Akita region of the country, actually on the island of Honshu. These dogs were originally bred as a fighting and hunting dog as well as a military dog and overall family protector. They can also be used as a …Read More
Animal World Tour: Spinner Dolphins
Rounding out the LazyPaw Animal Hospitals dream tour of Hawaii, we’re putting a ridiculously cute spin on the ecological fantasy trip with… Spinner dolphins!
The islands are so teeming with life that you can book a tour to visit with wild dolphins, or you could kayak to a few special spots and spot them all on your own. Dolphins are famous for hanging out at Big Island’s Captain Cook Monument, aka Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park, which is teeming with both history and marine life. The crystalline waters are dotted with brilliant coral reefs, schools of tropical fish, and of course—spinner …Read More
Animal World Tour: Hawaiian Monk Seals
No matter what the weather is like at LazyPaw Animal Hospitals in Frisco, sometimes our minds naturally wander to dream vacations in tropical climates. That’s why we’re taking off on a new blog series to tour around the world and explore some incredible animal species. Today, we know readers will squeal for seals!
Seals are usually happiest in freezing waters (think Boston). However, Hawaiian monk seals are true beachcombers, making their home in the tropical waters of the remote northwestern Hawaiian islands. These tiny islands are the smaller of Hawaiian’s arched dots of land in the middle of the ocean, and …Read More
Help your pet with separation anxiety
It’s date night, and you’re getting ready to go. As you put on a dress shirt, your dog Buster starts to whine. When you put on your best shoes, he tries hiding under the couch. As you close and lock the front door, you can hear him barking and howling. You feel terrible because he clearly hates it when you’re gone, but what are you supposed to do—stay home forever?
When you come home relaxed after a great meal, you find a hole chewed in the couch, urine on the carpet, and poop in your second best shoes. Buster clearly had …Read More
Animal World Tour: Hawaiian Sea Turtles
Being a veterinarian is fantastic, but sometimes, you just want to see the world. We’d love to plan a global tour to see exotic animals across the planet, but my wife and fellow veterinarian, Dr. Julaine Hunter, and I are so busy with our wonderful patients here at LazyPaw Animal Hospitals that it’s hard to say when we’ll get a chance. Instead, I thought it would be fun to virtually explore amazing animals all over the world—plus, share our dream itinerary with you!
Our first stop… Hawaii!
Hawaii has long been praised for its stunning weather, spectacular scenery, and vibrant wildlife. The …Read More
How to stop a cat fight
People who have lived with more than one cat know it’s normal for them to play-fight from time to time, as evidenced in this “pattycake” video where two dubbed patty-cats have collected more than 20 million views on YouTube. Cats naturally want to be on top of the food chain, so whenever more than one cat is in company, fights are bound to break out. The question is, how do you stop a hissing, yowling, claws-out cat tiff without getting hurt?
The staff of LazyPaw Animal Hospitals has broken up our share of cat altercations, and these top tips have helped …Read More
The Parson Russell Terrier
The Parson Russell Terrier is not a new breed of dog; rather it is a renaming of one of the most popular of the terriers. Prior to the change in 2003 the Parson Russell Terrier, at least in the United States, was known as the Jack Russell Terrier. With the name change the longer legged breed, the Parson Russell Terrier, had official recognition. There is still a Jack Russell Terrier as well, but it is the terrier with the short legs that was used to hunt vermin in their burrows and dens.
The longer legged, spunky, funny and outgoing Parson Russell …Read More
Can I adopt a feral cat?
A wonderful cat lover with several star patients at LazyPaw Animal Hospitals recently asked a great question about feral cats. Namely, could she try to adopt one?
To answer, it’s important to define what a feral cat is. Feral cats are born and raised in the wild, or perhaps have been lost or abandoned and become more wild to survive. Some “free” feral cats can handle a small dose of human contact, but most are too fearful to be handled. They often live in groups (aka colonies) near places they can reliably find food, such as garbage dumps or alleys with …Read More
The Cat’s Meow
We all love our cats – their friendly greeting when you arrive home at the end of the day, their sweet meow during feeding time, kneading and massaging your face in the middle of the night…oh, is that just me? But do you know what to do if your cat’s meow ever changes or gets lost?
A cat’s meow comes from their voicebox, or larynx (prounounced lair-inx). It’s a small structure that sits in the very back of their mouth and opens to their trachea, or windpipe. If you gently run your hand along the underside of your cat’s neck, you …Read More
New Genetic Test Available To Identify Newfoundland Dogs At Risk for Subvalvular Aortic Stenois
Anyone who’s ever known a Newfoundland Dog knows they are incredible sweet, gentle and big-hearted dogs. Breeders and breed enthusiasts alike also know that these gentle giants are sometimes afflicted by cardiac disease. One form, subvalvular aortic stenosis, has been shown to have a heritable component for which there is now a genetic test!
Subvalvular aortic stenosis is the most common heart disease with which dogs are born, and Newfies are over-represented. An abnormal ridge of tissue below the aortic valve which adversely affects the normal flow of blood out from the heart and into the aorta can produce an array …Read More
Rottweilers: A Breed With Lots To Offer
Unfortunately for the Rottweiler breed their rapid rise to popularity led to some issues with disreputable breeders trying to cash in on the demand for puppies. Breeding of poorly selected dogs by uniformed breeders triggered reports of increased aggression in the breed as a whole, which is simply not true. As a breed the Rottweiler, also known as the Rottie, is a calm, loyal and very even tempered dog this is a natural protector but not naturally aggressive.
The breed originated from early Italian Mastiffs that accompanied the Roman legions as they moved through what is now modern Europe. The dogs …Read More
Dog Adoption “How To’s”
In honor of October being “Adopt-A-Dog Month” I thought it appropriate to discuss a few ways you can ease your new buddy’s transition from shelter or foster to your home.
First, think back to your scouting days, or your friends’ if you weren’t one, and “Be Prepared.” You are preparing to bring home a new baby, no matter her age, into your home. Dog ownership, as with any pet, should NEVER be a split second decision. Make plan on how you are going to best take care of your new dog before he ever steps across the threshold. Where will he …Read More
‘Tis the Season of Toxicities
This week alone we have fielded several emergency calls for pet ingestion of undesirable substances: chocolate, garlic, decorations and Tylenol. Unfortunately not all veterinary clinics are open 24 hours a day to answer questions or to assist with home triage. In the North Dallas Metroplex we are fortunate to have several round the clock, referral level practices available to our clients; however, what happens when traveling with your pet, or you want to do your own independent research before making a call?
For a quick look up, two free applications which can readily be downloaded to your mobile devices are ASPCA’s …Read More
Why Do Animals Have Whiskers?
Our patients at LazyPaw Animal Hospitals have an ongoing competition to see who has the cutest whiskers. It’s ongoing because, on the scale of adorable-ness, everyone is always outdoing each other.
Whiskers are most often noticed on cats, as evidenced by any child’s drawing of a feline, which is almost guaranteed to include whiskers. However, whiskers are also a feature on most mammals including dogs, mice, beavers, and walruses.
Lots of people assume whiskers are just long hairs, but they are an ingeniously designed type of special hair follicle that’s both thicker and more rigid than fur. Most mammals have them around …Read More
LazyPaw Featured at Texas Home for Sale
LazyPaw Veterinarians Julaine Hunter and Brent Bilhartz were recently featured at Texas Homes for Sale. Please visit the interview here: Get the Expertise and Compassion Your Pet Deserves at LazyPaw Animal Hospital
Animal Scenarios and How To Help Them
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3 Animal Scenarios and How To Help Them
What do you do when you happen upon an animal that someone has abandoned or took from its natural home? Here are three scenarios that might occur in your neighborhood, and how YOU and your family can help them safely.
SCENARIO 1: Abandoned Kittens
“Hey! What are you doing? Mommy! Get your hands off me! Ouch! This bag is dark! HEYYYY! My brothers and sisters are in here too! BUT where is Mommy???! Where are you taking us?!”
You and your husband have just woken up to the …Read More
The Amazing Border Collie
Border Collies are some of the most intelligent dogs in the world and their capacity to learn new tricks and figure out problems is the stuff of legends. These medium sized herding dogs are also excellent as agility dogs, Flydogs, Frisbee dogs and competitive obedience dogs.
With all the intelligence is also a very active breed of dog that does not do well in small, confined spaces. They can adjust to apartment life provided they have at least two 40 minute intensive exercise periods per day and have lots of toys and things to play with when they are left alone. …Read More
The Ancient Chow Chow Breed
The Chow Chow, more commonly known as the Chow, is a breed that really peaked in popularity in the mid to late 1980s. Since then the breed has been fairly consistent in registration numbers and continues to be a popular dog in many parts of the United States and the rest of the world.
The Chow is one of the Asian breeds of dogs, originally bred and developed in China, and probably dates back as far as 206 B.C. and perhaps even before. The ancestors of the Chow are not known, but it may very well be related to the Chinese …Read More
The Perky Pekingese; a Foo Dog
As one of the oldest breeds of dogs in the world, the Pekingese can trace its history back to Peking, China, which is now known as Beijing. These little dogs were believed to have the ability to ward off and drive away evil spirits and were called Foo Dogs because of these abilities. The only people that were allowed to have Pekingese were royalty since they were seen as being of divine nature. The penalty for stealing or owning a Pekingese if you weren’t of the royal class was death.
The Chinese so valued these dogs that people on the street …Read More
The Loyal, Lovable Basset Hound
There are few people that can look at a Basset Hound without finding themselves smiling. This is an outgoing, friendly and incredibly patient dog that is great with kids and people of all ages. Bassets are highly social with other dogs, animals and household pets and rarely, when trained and socialized, become aggressive.
The Basset Hound is a good watchdog and their distinctive baying bark is easy to identify. While they don’t bark without cause they are incredible loud and may be difficult to have in a city or area where neighbors are not dog friendly. Their friendly nature makes them …Read More
Shih Tzu: Wonderful Dog- Watch your Spelling!
The Shih Tzu is a very ancient breed of dog that originated in Peking sometime in the early part of the 17th century. It is likely a cross between the Lhasa Apso and the Pekingese and, if you look closely, the breed traits of both of these small dogs are definitely present. The Shih Tzu is an elegant and happy little dog that loves to be around people and is not delicate or fragile by any stretch of the imagination.
The beautiful long coat of the breed takes a lot of care and routine grooming to keep in top shape. The …Read More
Maltese: An Exotic Breed Of Companion Dog
The Maltese is a refined, elegant and distinguished small breed of dog that is perfect for a wide range of different households and living situations. They are a great apartment dog for an older owner while they also do very well in an active household with children.
The Maltese, as a breed, was first developed in Italy, specifically in Malta, and is believed to be a cross between Toy and Miniature Poodles and some breed of miniature spaniel. The dogs were so treasured by their owners that they were considered to be a part of the family at a time when …Read More
The Little Dog With A Huge Personality
Weighing in at less than six pounds and measuring less than nine inches at the shoulder the Chihuahua may be pint sized physically but they have the personality of a giant. Classed as a toy dog by the American Kennel Club these dogs are athletic, agile and very intelligent, willing to be affectionate with their owners but also be good watchdogs to let you know when strangers are around.
Unfortunately for the Chihuahua many owners baby these small dogs and create difficult behaviors for others to tolerate. A well socialized and obedience trained Chihuahua is friendly, well behaved and fun to …Read More
The Joy of a German Shepherd
The Joy Of A German Shepherd
The popularity of the German Shepherd is international with these iconic police and military dogs, also making a place for themselves as outstanding companion pets. Their training ability, calm demeanor and loyal personality have made them one of the most registered breeds around the world. While most German Shepherds are not used for protection or as watchdogs they have those natural talents that make them trainable for different tasks as a working dog such as Cali, our Frisco PD K-9.
A large breed that weighs in at up to 85 plus pounds and measures …Read More
The Wacky Weimaraner
The Wonderful, Wacky Weimaraner
For an active person with a zest for life, the Weimaraner is a match made in heaven. This is a large breed natural hunting dog but they are also a wonderful companion pet that is full of boundless energy and enthusiasm.
The Weimaraner, sometimes known as the Grey Ghost, was developed in Germany as a combination of a big game hunting dog and a pointer. They can be trained to be bird dogs, water retrievers, and some will naturally track. They are an active, energetic dog with an incredible amount of stamina and a strong desire to do …Read More
The Silky Terrier
Breed Profile Of The Silky Terrier
While the Silky Terrier may not be the most common dog breed in the United States, they are a wonderful small terrier that deserves a second look. This breed, developed over 200 years ago by crossing a Yorkshire Terrier with an Australian Terrier, tends to favor the Yorkie in color but the Australian Terrier in more robust build.
Unlike many of the terriers the Silky was not primarily a hunting or vermin dog; it was specifically bred to be a housedog. The breed has moderately high energy levels and needs to have a couple of brisk …Read More
English Mastiff or Massive? :)
The Misunderstood Mastiff
Unfortunately for the massive Mastiff, their sheer physical size often sends the wrong message. In technical terms the word “Mastiff” actually refers to a group of dogs and not one particular breed. When most people use the term Mastiff the breed they are actually talking about is the English Mastiff.
The English Mastiff is a very easily identifiable breed. They are solid, massive and muscular with a large, wide head, smaller V-shaped folded ears and a mask or darker hair over the muzzle and eye area. The coat is short and thick and uniform length over the body. …Read More
The American Cocker Spaniel
The American Cocker Spaniel
The American Cocker Spaniel has been a family favorite pet for many generations. This mid-sized spaniel can be bred as a show dog or as a field line, as these dogs are outstanding hunters. Generally, the appearance of both types of American Cocker Spaniels is very similar although the field line is slightly smaller and more compact and tends to have a shorter coat. Both are ideal companion pets with abilities to adjust to the lifestyle of their owners.
The Cocker Spaniel will measure about 15 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 15 and 30 pounds, with …Read More