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Dogs Guide

Shorthaired dogs

Budding dog owners are first of all faced with the question of which breed suits them best. Shorthaired dogs are often preferred to their long-haired peers. This may be due to the fact that a long coat is usually associated with a higher maintenance effort. As there are also a large number of animals with a short coat among the approximately 350 dog breeds recognized by the FCI, finding a puppy that meets the wishes of its future owner should normally not be a problem. ..

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Bull Terrier

The Bull Terrier has its origin in Great Britain and is classified by the FCI in group 3. The medium sized breed is also suitable as a guard dog, but despite its bad reputation it is also a loving and playful family dog. Characteristics of the Bull Terrier The life expectancy of the Bull Terrier lies with 10 to 12 years. With a height at withers of 45 to 55 centimetres, its weight usually ranges from 24 to 30 kilograms. The most conspicuous optical characteristic with the Bull Terrier surely ..

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The Havanese belongs to the small dog breeds and originates from the Mediterranean area along the Italian and Spanish coast. Today, the Havanese, which is led by the FCI in group 9, is a popular dog worldwide, who also gets along with children very well. Characteristics of the Havanese The Havanese's weight ranges from four to eight kilos, while its size is 23 to 27 centimetres. Like most smaller dogs, the Havanese becomes comparatively old, with an average life expectancy of approximately 13 ..

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Herniated disc in dogs: symptoms, treatment and prevention

Unfortunately, it is quite common that a dog suffers a slipped disc. Some dog breeds are particularly susceptible to this. In principle, however, any dog can be affected under certain circumstances.The symptoms can vary depending on the severity and affected area. However, you can be sure that a herniated disc will cause your dog great pain. In some cases it can even lead to paralysis.In the following, we will explain how to recognise a herniated disc in your dog, how it can be treated and how g..

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St Bernard

The Bernhardiner is a large breed of dog from Switzerland. There the Saint Bernard was originally bred by monks of the hospice on the Great St. Bernard as a guard, protection and rescue dog. Today, however, the St Bernard, which is classified by the FCI as Group 2, is also a popular family and companion dog. Characteristics of the Saint Bernard The life expectancy of the Saint Bernard is about 10 years. The animals reach a withers-height of 65 to 80 cm (bitches), respectively 70 ..

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The teeth of the dog

Just like humans, dogs are completely toothless at birth. After a few weeks, the puppies grow their milk teeth, which are later replaced by permanent teeth. In this article we will explain how many teeth dogs have, how their teeth differ from those of humans and how you can prevent dental problems with your four-legged friend. The milk teeth of the dog The milk teeth break through in dogs between the third and sixth week of life. It consists of 28 teeth. Compared to the perman..

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The Newfoundland is a large Canadian dog breed that originated on the island of Newfoundland. There the Newfoundland, which is classified by the FCI as group 2, was formerly used as a working dog.Characteristics of the NewfoundlanderWith a life expectancy of 8 to 10 years, the Newfoundlander is not too old. Males reach an average size of 71 centimeters and a weight of about 68 kilograms. Female animals are with 54 kilograms and 66 centimeters somewhat smaller and lighter.The Newfoundlander is ch..

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Bladder infection in dogs

Dogs can also suffer from cystitis. Although in principle every four-legged friend can be affected by it, there is an increased risk especially with older animals as well as castrated bitches. As with humans, bladder infections in dogs require treatment by a veterinarian because they are painful and can spread further. What is cystitis? Bladder infection is usually a very painful inflammation in the lower urinary tract. In many cases only the bladder is affected. However, it is also po..

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Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog breed from Great Britain. The FCI classifies him in group 3. Originally the Yorkshire Terrier was bred for rat and mouse hunting. Today, however, it is simply a popular social dog. Characteristics of the Yorkshire Terrier With a life expectancy of 13 to 16 years, the Yorkshire Terrier becomes relatively old. His height is around 20 centimetres, while his weight should not exceed 3.5 kilograms. The fine coat of the Yorkshire Terrier is long and smooth and i..

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Ringworm fungus: Dermatophytosis in dogs and humans

Ringworm does not mean a worm keeper, but an infection with a skin fungus (dermatophytosis). The term ring worm refers to the typical ring-shaped skin changes caused by the fungus. How an infection with a skin fungus occurs and what is necessary for a successful treatment of your dog is explained in the following. Development of dermatophytosis and endangerment of humans Dermatophytoses can be caused by different types of fungi. These include Trichophyton verrucosum, Trichophyton mentagroph..

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Appenzeller Mountain Dog

The Appenzeller Sennenhund is a medium-sized Swiss dog breed which is managed by the FCI in Group 2. The Appenzell Mountain Dog is one of the Swiss Mountain Dogs and is a classic herding dog, but due to its uncomplicated character it is also suitable as a family dog. Characteristics of the Appenzell Mountain Dog Males reach a shoulder-height of 52 to 56 centimeters while female Appenzeller Sennenhunde are somewhat smaller with 50 to 54 cm. The weight of this breed usually ranges betw..

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Akita Inu

The Akita Inu comes from Japan and was originally bred there mainly as a hunting dog. The FCI classifies the Akita Inu in group 5. This large dog breed has a pronounced hunting instinct, but usually proves to be extremely faithful and loyal to its owner.Characteristics of the Akita InuThe weight of the Akita Inu is usually between 35 and 40 kilograms. The height at the withers should be approximately 67 centimetres in males and 61 centimetres in females, with a tolerance of three centimetres in ..

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The Hovawart is a large dog breed of German origin. The Hovawart is first and foremost a working dog, but is also well suited as a sport and family dog. The FCI leads the Hovawart in group 2. Characteristics of the Hovawart The life expectancy of the Hovawart is usually 12 to 14 years. In some cases, however, the animals can live up to 17 years. Males weigh about 40 kilograms and reach a height at the withers between 63 and 70 centimetres, while female Hovawarts with 30 kilograms and a size o..

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Detect, treat and prevent OCD in dogs

OCD (Osteochondrosis dissecans) is a quite common disease of the musculoskeletal system of dogs. OCD occurs mainly in medium to large breeds of dogs and causes lameness in affected animals. In the following we will explain how you can recognise OCD in your dog, what causes the disease and how it is treated. You will also learn how to support your four-legged friend and what you can do to prevent OCD in your dog. What is OCD in dogs? ..

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Elbow dysplasia in dogs

Elbow dysplasia is a growth-related disease affecting the elbow joints of dogs. Depending on how severe the elbow dysplasia is in the dog, it leads to more or less severe lameness and osteoarthritis. As a rule, affected dogs have a genetic predisposition to elbow dysplasia. Although a correct cure is not possible, there are various ways of significantly delaying the onset and progression of the disease. What is elbow dysplasia? The elbow joint is formed by the three bones spoke, uln..

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Water dogs

Water dogs are breeds that were once bred specifically for working in the water during hunting and fishing. Apart from their original use, some of these breeds have become popular family dogs.Water Dogs SpecialitiesWaterdogs are usually medium sized, whereby the different races show quite clear differences optically partially. A characteristic, that all water-dogs have in common, is the dense, wavy until curled fur, that usually shows a dark coloring and offers a good heat-protection to the quad..

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Czechoslovak Wolfhound

The Czechoslovak Wolfhound is a large dog breed from the former Czechoslovakia. The aim of this crossing of German Shepherd Dog and Wolf was originally to breed a robust working dog. The Czechoslovak Wolfhound has been recognized by the FCI since 1999 and is classified in group 1.Characteristics of the Czechoslovak WolfhoundThe life expectancy of the Czechoslovak Wolfhound is about 12 years. With a height at withers of at least 60 centimetres for females and at least 65 centimetres for males, th..

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Doping in dogs: prohibited substances and alternatives

It is nothing new that people have always used performance-enhancing methods in sporting competitions. But doping is not uncommon in dog sports either. In order to counteract this and to ensure fair conditions for all participants, the Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen (VDH) has been carrying out regular doping tests on dogs since 2012. Doping in dogs: substances prohibited by VDH The VDH lists a whole range of substances whose use in dogs is considered doping and is therefore not permitted ..

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Malinois: dog food and breed portrait

The Malinois is one of the four recognised varieties of the Belgian Shepherd Dog. The breed, which is managed by the FCI in Group 1, Section 1 (Shepherds), is known for its great eagerness to work and learn. These characteristics make the Malinois an excellent service dog. A keeping as a family dog is also possible. However, beginners might be overtaxed with the demanding education of the Malinois. History of the Malinois The ancestors of the Malinois wer..

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The pug has long since made it into the hearts of countless dog owners. The popular social dog probably originates from China, where its ancestors were bred about 2,000 years ago, before they finally found their way to Europe in the 16th century. The pug is listed in group 9 by the FCI. Thanks to its balanced and child-friendly character, the pug is now widely used as a family dog. Characteristics of the pug The pug is a small breed of dog. The height at withers of bitches..

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