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Friday, July 19, 2013

How to Make Your Dog look Bright & Radiantly Healthy?

Another important aspect of Dog Grooming is to clean his face, teeth, ears, eyes and nails.

Here are the 3 basic steps to clean your dog’s face:
  • Gently wash the skin around the eyes using a fresh piece of moistened cotton or make-up remover pad for each one. If you notice any discharge or inflammation, contact a vet for advice.
  • Hold open the ear with one hand and gently clean inside the flap with a small piece of moistened cotton or a make-up remover pad. Use a fresh piece for each ear. Do not probe too deeply into the ear canal.
  • Loose facial skin must be cleaned regularly with damp cotton. This prevents dirt, dead skin, and bacteria from collecting in the folds and causing irritation and infection
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Monday, July 15, 2013

Chinese Crested: Personality, Health, Grooming

Also known as: Chinese Edible Dog, Chinese Hairless Dog, Chinese Ship Dog, Chinese Royal Dog, Hairless Chinese Cresteds, Powderpuff Chinese Cresteds

About Chinese Crested

Country of Origin, History of the breed

The Chinese Crested originated in Africa. This breed of dog is said to have been originally bred from African hairless dogs. The Chinese Crested was used as currency throughout the world; they were traded by sailors and merchants who traveled internationally. The Chinese Crested was one of the favored breeds of dogs due to its small size and its ability to catch vermin aboard ships and in busy port cities throughout Africa, Asia, Central America, and South America.

A General Appearance of the Dog

The Chinese Crested has been bred into two types: the Hairless and the Powderpuff.

The Hairless is distinguished by its hair, which appears on its head, feet, and tail. The powderpuff is a rare form of the Chinese Crested breed.

The Powderpuff is distinguished by the hair that completely covers its body.

The Chinese Crested has a physically compact body which is heavyset; however, the Chinese Crested is sturdy and is well balanced. The Chinese Crested walks gracefully and is known to be a dedicated, playful companion. In addition, the Chinese Crested is known to coexist very well with other animals.


The Chinese Crested has been bred to display four colors: reddish brown, beige, black and tan, and solid black.

The Chinese Crested may display a reddish brown coat that also has black tones at the chin and whiskers. The beige coat is a mix of reddish brown and black, with a black mask and whiskers. The black and tan coat will display black and reddish brown colors that are seen above the eyes, under the chin, and on the legs. The black coat is a solid colour throughout the dog’s body, with a natural “frosting” on the muzzle of the mature Chinese Crested.

The hairless Chinese Crested displays long, soft tufts of hair that are only seen on the feet, head, and tail. The powderpuff Chinese Crested displays an outer coat with long, straight hair; the powderpuff also has an undercoat that is smooth, fine, and soft.

Height: 9 to 13 inches.


The average weight of the Chinese Crested is from 5 to 10 pounds; the weight of this breed should not exceed 12 pounds.


The Chinese Crested has a personality that is affectionate, alert, calm, entertaining, and intelligent. In addition, the Chinese Crested can be playful and will become excited at the prospect of eating a meal or having a between-meal treat. The Chinese Crested can be an astute watchdog, and it displays a non-aggressive attitude toward strangers.

Temperament of the Dog

This breed is suitable for families as it is not aggressive toward young children, adults, or animals. The Chinese Crested is a “home bound” dog, and it does not exist well in a kennel. This is a breed that co-exists very well in a family environment and may experience separation anxiety when removed from familiar people or surroundings.

The Chinese Crested requires constant companionship and will become anxious, noisy, or destructive if left alone for more than a few hours. This breed will not do well in a home with people who are frequently absent. The Chinese Crested requires consistent contact with people, sights, and sounds. If the Chinese Crested is denied companionship, it can become resistant and stubborn.

Better suited to an indoor or outdoor lifestyle?

The Chinese Crested is best suited to a home or apartment with constant occupancy and attention. This breed does not enjoy the outdoors.

Are they suited to homes with kids?

This breed enjoys older children. The Chinese Crested is suspicious of small children due to the possibility of unintentional mistreatment. Small children might step on a puppy or accidentally injure it. Also, small children who are loud and move quickly may make the Chinese Crested puppy experience stress that results in shyness or defensive biting.


The Chinese Crested is a breed that is known for its high intelligence. This breed has the tendency to climb or dig when it feels too confined. As a result, the owner of a Chinese Crested may need to install fencing that extends two or three feet into the ground.

Activity Level

This breed is highly active; however, it only requires moderate exercise. The Chinese Crested responds well to regularly scheduled, brief walks outside the home.


The Chinese Crested tends to be odorless, but the powderpuff breed requires weekly grooming.

The hairless Chinese Crested requires a regular skin massage, washing, and moisturizing. The skin of the Chinese Crested may burn when it is exposed to prolonged sunlight.

Health and Care

Any toy breed can be fragile and the Chinese Crested is not an exception. Care must be taken to prevent accidental death from sitting or stepping on the dog. In addition, puppies might jump from an owner’s arms or fall to the ground from furniture and be seriously injured or even killed.

Cautions about Breeding the Dog

The Chinese Crested might be born with knee problems, missing teeth, and missing claws.

Litter Size: 2 to 4 pups.

Life Span: 10 and 14 years.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Havanese: Breed Personality, Fitness & Care

Group: AKC Toy; KCGB Toy
AKC Ranking: 38
Also Known As: Bichon Havanais, Havana Silk Dog, Spanish Silk Poodle, “Circus Dog”

Appearance of the Dog

The Havanese breed is a deceptively light and frivolous looking dog that is assuredly sound of mind and agile in movement. Its long, fluffy coat gives no indication of the “trooper” in this tried and true companion.

The breed is longer in leg than its cousin the Bichon and less dense in coat.

The Havanese’s expression is soft and intelligent, mischievous rather than cute. The eyes are dark brown, large, almond-shaped, and set rather widely apart. Ears are of medium length with long hair and hang down.

The Havanese has a long tail that is covered with long silky hair. The profuse coat varies from wavy to curly. The Havanese is a double-coated breed with soft hair, both on outer and undercoat. Adult coat reaches 6 to 8 inches, and has a pearly sheen.

Coat Color

The Havanese comes in an array of colors that include black, silver, cream, champagne, tan, blue, chocolate, fawn, gold and white.

All colors are acceptable, singly or in any combination and may be brindled, with the exception of white. No preference is given to one color over another. The skin may be freckled or parti-colored.

Coat Type

The Havenese coat is unique and reflects centuries of living in the tropics. It consists of a double coat that may reach 6-8” in length and is remarkably soft and light in texture. While it appears dense, the coat is actually a profusion of raw silk-like floss that has an insulating, protective quality against the harsh tropical sun. The coat of the Havanese should never be rough or wooly. Their coat may be straight, wavy or even curly, but usually is a result of a mix of one or more textures.

Males: 9-10 inches
Females: 8-9 inches

Males: 9-11 lbs.
Females: 7-10 lbs.

Temperament of the Dog

Havanese are very sociable and happy dogs who are easy to obedience train. This makes then good, portable traveling companions as they are quite adaptable. Long absences from family are not tolerated by the Havanese breed so should be considered when choosing one as a pet.

They do best in pairs or at least with other another canine in the family. Havanese get along well with other family pets.

This clever little acrobat was known as the “circus dog “for many years because of its ability to quickly learn and execute tricks.

Anxious to please, Havanese is a lively, loving breed that adores children and adults alike. Havanese are natural companion dogs: gentle and responsive, with a high degree of intelligence.

Because of their good nature they will not make much of a protective watchdog, but will alert you to strangers. Barking is one of their fondest pastimes so they should be taught early to quit barking on command so that their barking does not become a nuisance.

This curious dog loves to sit up high on a chair to observe what is going on. It is very sensitive to the tone of your voice. Harsh words will only upset the dog and will achieve very little.

Better suited to an indoor or outdoor lifestyle?

Great for apartment living, Havanese will usually find indoor play plenty of exercise and when finished locate a seat by a window to observe the outside.

Since they are so social, a walk on lead with opportunity to meet others will never be dismissed.

The Havanese is a breed meant to live in your home, and never outside or in a kennel.

Are they suited to homes with kids?

Families with children were made for the Havanese. Their extreme need for companionship and closeness are in complete harmony with children’s play and cuddle time.


The look of the Havanese is natural and unkempt; however this is not achieved by neglect.

The soft, double coat of the Havanese will require frequent care and should be considered when choosing this breed. Daily brushing of the coat is necessary if it is to be kept long. While brushing always look for any small mats forming. A trip outdoors for a morning duty in wet grass can be just the situation for mats to start.

Many pet owners opt to have their Havanese professionally groomed 3-4 times a year and kept in a short, easily maintained cut.

Nails should be clipped regularly and eyes should be kept free from hair. The feet also may need to be trimmed neatly.

This breed is great for those with allergies and does not shed. Some divisions of the breed are said to be hypo-allergenic but check with your breeder to see which one is best suited to your needs.

Health and Care

Genetic Problems

The Havanese is a very healthy long-lived breed however; some are prone to cataracts, luxating patellas, poodle eye and dry skin.

With proper breeding by a reputable breeder, you should eliminate or reduce any of these inherent problems.

Breeding the Dog and any Cautions

Havanese have no serious issues concerning breeding but only your breeder should be consulted when choosing a proper mate for your pet.

Litter Size: Average litter 4 puppies
Life Span: 14-15 years.

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