In 1978 Time magazine reported the Chinese Shar-Pei to be one of the world's rarest dogs. That situation has changed and, right now, according to the American Kennel Club, right now, the Shar-Pei is the 61st most popular breed in the United States.
The Shar-Pei breed originated in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong. The Shar-Pei is a very old breed which predates most of the modern breeds which were developed in the 19th century.
They were originally developed as a hunting dog and we used to hunt wild boar.
Later they were used as fighting dogs and even today they are still used for this purpose in Tibet. Their wrinkled skin is an advantage in dog fighting because if they are grabbed by their opponent, they can still wriggle inside their skin and bite back.
In many parts of the world the Alsatian dog is just another name for the German Shepherd dog. It is only in the United States where there is a separate breed known as the American Alsatian.
In the United Kingdom during the First World War there was an anti-German feeling was strong. This resulted in the changing of many German Sounding names to more anglicized names. Even the Royal Family changed their name from Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to Windsor. Leading up to the Second World War there was again a rise in ant- German sentiment and it was during this time that the name of the German Shepherd Dog was changed to Alsatian Dog. Strangely enough, it was British soldiers returning from Germany that helped popularize the German Shepherd Dog in Britain.
The UK Kennel club continued with the name Alsatian with the name German Shepherd in brackets. In 1977 the two names were reversed so the breed became known as the German Shepherd (Alsatian) In 2010 the word Alsatian was removed from the breed name altogether.
The Leonberger is huge. A male is between 28 and 31 inches high and a female between 26 and 30 inches. Males between 120 and 170 pounds and females between 100 and 135 pounds.
The breed is named after the town of Leonberg in Germany. It was developed in the mid-nineteenth Century and has Newfoundland and Pyrenean mountain dog in its ancestry.
Let's face it, the American Pit Bull Terrier is a controversial subject.
Many people say they are confident, easygoing dogs which are non-aggressive with humans and make great companion dogs.
On the other hand we constantly hear about legal issues and other problems which are associated with this dog breed. Many countries throughout the world have enacted legislation to regulate the ownership of the American Pit Bull Terrier.
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Different breeds of have different behaviors and personalities. These should be considered carefully when you are going to get a new dog. Certain dog breeds may be a better march for your own personality. The Dublin Dog Blog has some advice about this for new owners.
Apartment living is a popular choice for many people. Whether it’s the convenience, affordability or lifestyle benefits, there are many reasons why apartment living might suit you.
If you’re a dog lover, though, your apartment might not feel like a home until you share it with a canine companion. So, how can you find a new four-legged friend who will love your apartment as much as you do?
Of course, every dog is different, with their very own personalities and habits. But, there are some factors that might help you to choose your new friend.
One of the most frequently asked questions about dogs is "which is the best breed?" The answer to this is not simple. Dogs are beautiful animals and all breeds have their own characteristics and qualities. It really depends on your circumstances and needs. Dog breeds go in and out of fashion and really one of the worst reasons to buy a particular breed of dog is simply that everyone else has one. You should do your research thoroughly and choose the breed that is right for you. You should also consider giving a home to a rescue dog from your local animal shelter. We have chosen the 10 top dog breeds based on their appearance in movies.
Here are some interesting facts about 10 top dog breeds which might help you make your choice.