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Showing posts with label Dog Breeds. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dog Breeds. Show all posts

Airedale Terrier, Dog Temperament, Dog Care, Dog Health

Airedale Terrier, Dog Temperament, Dog Care, Dog Health

Airedale Terrier Dog Temperament

Among the most versatile of terriers, the Airedale is bold, playful and adventurous; he is a lively yet protective companion. He is intelligent, but often stubborn and headstrong. Some can be domineering, but most are biddable, reliable and responsive to their family's wishes. He makes a good house dog as long as he gets daily mental and physical exercise. He likes to be the head dog and may not do well when another dog challenges that position, although they usually get along well with other dogs.

Airedale Terrier Dog Care

This is an active breed that needs a chance to get vigorous exercise every day. His needs can be met with a long walk, a strenuous game or a chance to hunt and romp in a safe area. His wire coat needs combing twice weekly, plus scissoring and shaping every one to two months.

Airedale Terrier Dog Health

Major concerns: CHD
Minor concerns: gastric torsion
Occasionally seen: colonic disease
Suggested tests: hip
Life span: 10-13 years 

Afghan Hound, Dog Temperament, Dog Care, Dog Health

Afghan Hound, Dog Temperament, Dog Care, Dog Health

Afghan Hound Dog Temperament

Despite his glamorous reputation, the Afghan hound is a hunter at heart, bred to chase down game over rugged terrain. While he maintains his regal bearings inside, he needs a daily chance to stretch his legs in a safe area. His worst trait is a reluctance to come when called. He will chase small animals outside; inside, he will coexist peacefully. The Afghan Hound is gentle with children and described by some as 'catlike'. He is independent yet sensitive and not overly demonstrative. He can be reserved with strangers; some can be timid. He has a gay, clownish side.

Afghan Hound Dog Care

The Afghan needs daily exertion, either in the form of a long walk followed by a short sprint, or preferably, a chance to run full speed in a safe, enclosed area. Although his coat might make him amenable to outdoor living in temperate areas, he needs a soft bed and is better suited as a house dog. The coat requires some commitment, especially when shedding the puppy coat; most adult coats need brushing or combing every two to three days.

Afghan Hound Dog Health

Major concerns: none
Minor concerns: cataract
Occasionally seen: necrotic myelopathy, CHD
Suggested tests: (eye)
Life span: 12-14 years
Note: sensitive to anesthesia; prone to tail injuries 

Affenpinscher, Dog Temperament, Dog Care, Dog Health

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Affenpinscher Dog Temperament

The affenpinscher lives up to his name,"monkey terrier", in both looks and actions. A terrier at heart, he is busy, inquisitive, bold and stubborn, but he also loves to monkey around, being playful and mischievous. He tends to bark and even climb. He is fairly good with other dogs and pets. This little dog is best with a family that likes entertainment and has a very good sense of humor.

Affenpinscher Dog Care

Although an energetic and active dog, the exercise needs of the affenpinscher can be met with vigorous indoor games or romps in the yard, or with short walks on leash. He enjoys playing outside, but cannot live outdoors. His harsh coat needs combing two or three times weekly, plus shaping every three months. Shaping for pets is by clipping or stripping.

Affenpinscher Dog Health

Major concerns: none
Minor concerns: patellar luxation, Legg - Perthes
Occasionally seen: PDA, open fontanel
Suggested tests: knee, (cardiac)
Life span: 12-14 years
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