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Funtastic Bull Terrier

The unique football head, a healthy, clean, exercised, muscled look… known in England as the ‘Gentleman’s Companion’, Bull Terriers are a classically beautiful dog –  a balanced, lively unique terrier!

In 30 years with Bull Terriers, I never fail to be surprised by their loving, sensitive nature and their playful, happy outlook on life. Most are food oriented, but given a Untitled-3 copychoice between playing and eating, most will choose to play.  They will often do a sort of bully dance or bully run… where they buzz around the room and come to a sudden stop.  It’s some explosive expression of joy.  Bull Terriers are full of themselves and delighted with life and like to show it! Some will also walk under plants or tablecloths and seem to go into a light trance.  Sometimes, they don’t react to being called, but if touched, they’ll shake and respond. Life with a Bull Terrier is truly fun.

The unique appearance…
What everyone notices first in Bull Terrier is the oval egg-shaped head and the personality that shines from their eyes. Their smallish, triangular-shaped eyes are dark, bright and brimming with mischievous expression. They have perky smallish ears on top of the head pointing to the sky.
Bull Terriers are a medium-sized dog. They may be white or coloured. The appearance is one of a muscular yet athletic, strong but agile. There is a lot of dog and a lot of personality in this moderately sized package. A compact, short-coated, heavy boned, gladiator of a dog, Bull Terriers exemplify the manner…the ways of a happy playboy.
White Bull Terriers can have markings on their head/in front of the collar. A coloured Bull Terrier without markings or only very small amounts of white on the toes or on the chest is called a ‘solid’.

Sweet temperament…
Most Bull Terriers have loving, sweet natures. As youngsters, they tend to be energetic and playful.  As they mature, they become more sedate, but still love to have a good time and will show bursts of energy.  Like most dogs (and human children), they value routines and learn quickly. They are intelligent, often able to determine how to solve a problem, like how to open a door or to reach food on a counter.  They need direction or they will make decisions on their own.
Bull Terriers want acceptance and want everyone to play with them. They are normally not great watch dogs, unless they perceive an obvious threat to their family. Most have a kind of open hearted approach to life and others, including other dogs. Bull Terriers are living, breathing, loving, soulful creatures, who deserve caring, parental supervision and training. Their nature is to be a family member.  Having a Bull Terrier is like having a three year old child in a fur suit.

Life with Bull Terrier…
Life with a Bull Terrier is never dull. They are impish and curious. Pet parents have to outthink them. They love to travel and get very excited if they think a drive is in the offing. They love time with family.  Muscular and childlike, Bull Terriers are usually perfect companions for children. Most are tolerant and playful. Bull Terriers are great at the companionship and playmate roles, but not all of them would be protective. Do not leave children and dogs together unattended.
It’s ironic, but Bull Terriers rarely start fights. If another dog attacks a Bull Terrier, the Bull Terrier will likely be able to make a good stand for himself.

Caring for a Bull Terrier puppy…
Care of a Bull Terrier puppy is very much like any other breed of pup. Don’t let them jump off couches or stairs. They are growing quickly and could injure cruciate ligaments with bad landings. Their diets should be healthy and include a little extra natural calcium through addition of small amounts of yoghurt or broccoli to their meals.  Watch protein levels in food as they are not field dogs. Early socialisation is essential.

Training needs…
A Bull Terrier’s basic outline for life is “If it is not fun, why should we do it”. When pet parents make training activities fun, enjoyable and rewarding, Bull Terriers can learn quickly.

Exercise needs…
Bull Terrier should be given moderate exercise.  Especially as pups, they should not be asked to jog long distances with pet parents. However, Bull Terriers need daily play and exercise through chasing tennis balls and pleasant walks with family. They love the mental stimulation of walks and play too.

Grooming needs…
Grooming is relatively simple. Brushing a Bull Terrier’s coat while watching television is relaxing. Ears should be checked at least weekly and kept clean with a tissue. Clip their nails if/as required. Tooth brushing is recommended daily.  Bathing every month or so with a good quality shampoo is usually all that is really needed.  Overbathing can dry out skin and may not be good for the dog’s health and well being.

Health…
While the Bull Terrier is relatively healthy, there are some hereditary issues for which responsible breeders test. The first problem is luxating patella and is easily identified.  Essentially, it is a kneecap that slips out of alignment. Other problems include aortic stenosis and mitral valve dysplasia, which can be serious health and genetic concerns.

Games they play…
Most Bull Terriers love tennis balls. They will run and play until they are exhausted, so their pet parents need to manage playtime. Do not leave them alone with tennis balls and other toys. Leather chew toys tend to be dangerous as they often attempt to swallow them in large pieces. Toys which can safely endure heavy chewing (such as nylabones) are best for Bull Terriers!

Laughing gesture…
Laughter reinforces behaviour in Bull Terriers. They are wonderfully pleased when they make others laugh.  Don’t laugh at bad puppy behaviour no matter how cute…  Laugh and encourage only good behaviour!

(For the past decade, Carolyn Alexander has served as a Director on the Board of NCTA and has been MBBTC Newsletter Editor. For the past sixteen years, Carolyn has also been the AKC Breed Columnist for Bull Terriers. Carolyn and her husband are AKC Judges who have judged around the world. Their Brigadoon Bull Terriers Kennel is world famous for a limited, high-quality, top winning breeding programme. The Alexanders were the first recipients of AKC/BTCA Breeders Cup, also receiving the AKC Silver Bred by Exhibitor medallion in 2008 and are AKC Breeders of Merit.)

breed profile

Stunning Yorkshire Terrier

Alert, confident, self-assured and at the same time cute – a Yorkie is an attention-seeker, but with those lovely looks and beautiful temperament, attentions come to them naturally. Here’s more about this awesome breed.

If you ask to define Yorkies in one sentence, it would say – ‘Big personalities in a small package!’ A well-groomed Yorkie will outshine all the breeds as they are one of the most attractive breeds.

Stunning looks…

A Yorkshire Terrier is a small breed of Terrier type. Yorkies are compact in size. Body is neat, compact and breed profilewell proportioned. It is interesting to note that the dog has a very alert personality with vigilant eyes. He has an overall self assured and confident mannerism. Weighing maximum 3.2 kg, his coat colour is blue-gray, black, and tan, which is long and hangs straight and parts down the middle. The hair is glossy, fine, straight and silky.

Good temperament…

They are very alert, energetic, active and over protective. They love attention and are an easy breed to train. This results from their own nature to work without human assistance.

Living with a Yorkie….

It’s fun to have such a beautiful breed around. They are a very proud breed and do not easily get friendly with new guest. They are perfect for small apartments too. They go very well with kids but we need to also make kids understand that they should not hit them while playing.

They demand lot of attention as it is their basic character. You might not take your eyes off from well-groomed Yorkie around you. They are perfect companion in the house especially because they are hypoallergenic. They don’t shed hair like other breeds and do not smell.

My Yorkie ‘Fredy’ can sense that I am home from long distance even if I am parking the car outside. He is so happy to see all the family members every time we go out and come back. He knows who has arrived and when. Even if someone arrives in the middle of the night he will react even before the door bell is pressed.

Pup care…

Eight weeks is the minimum age before which adopting the dog at home is not advisable. In fact, in case of Yorkies, one could even wait a bit more as they are a very tiny breed. The pet parent should also be very watchful of the food contents being fed to the puppy. However, the most important aspect about taking care of the dog is the personal warmth and care of the pet parent.

Exercise and play…

They are active little dogs. Play will take care of most of their exercise needs. If trained well, they can search anything you hide. They would love to run and look for rats. Running is their favourite fun time. Besides, daily walk is important for them. They need to go out and romp off lead in a safe fenced area.

Health problems…

Their digestive system is sluggish which can cause problems. Other health issues include bronchitis,breed profile lymphangiectasia, portosystemic shunt, cataracts and keratitis sicca, arthritis and dysplasia. Also, they are prone to catch lot of infections through skin, ears, teeth, and eyes with ears being the weakest point through which bacterial infection sets in. It is important to take necessary precautions to avoid your puppy falling prey to these disease and infections which can be a fatal blow to the fitness of the dog.

Tips to pet parents…

Yorkies are one of the best breeds for a house with children. If you are blessed with a Yorkie, then spend time in grooming and learning about the breed. Try to buy dogs from recognised breeders after understanding the basic standards of the breed.

If you have a good Yorkie then spend time in grooming and learning about the breed. Unfortunately in India, we don’t have much Yorkie breeders thus we don’t see Yorkie in shows. Try to buy dogs from recognised breeders after understanding the basic standards of the breed.

Fantastic Fredy…

At present, my Yorkie Fredy Mercury is among the top winning Yorkies in the country. I travelled all the way to Czech Republic to get Fredy. He is from one of the reputed Yorkie kennels of the world i.e. Stribrne Prani. His dam and sire are champions in more than 20 countries individually. I am making an effort to get this breed more recognised in India by importing, showing and breeding Yorkshire Terrier. I hope other breeders make their contribution too.

(For Yorkshire Terrier puppies and few grown-ups,
contact Saket Arora at: 9818305222, 9313285133 or arora.saket@gmail.com).
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Grooming needs…

Grooming a Yorkshire Terrier is quite a challenging task as this long-haired breed requires bathing, brushing, trimming and so on to make his coat elegant and healthy. Here are some grooming tips.

Bathing: Bathing is compulsory for every Yorkie, but the considerable point is the frequency which pet parents must decide according to the type of shampoo they choose. The shampoo should not remove natural oil from the dog’s skin and coat that can cause hair and skin damage. Using standard shampoo, Yorkie can be bathed once every 2-3 weeks.

Brushing: One of the most important tasks in grooming a Yorkie is brushing. Always use a spray conditioner to soften the coat while brushing. Brushing should start from the strands of hair and proceed on to the body. In case of tangle or mat in coat, avoid using brush, gently use your fingers to pull apart the tangled portion.

Tooth brushing: Yorkies are prone to tooth decay. Brush their teeth using toothpastes exclusively formulated for dogs.

Nail trimming: Yorkies require regular trimming of their nails. Difficult part in this task is that Yorkies have black nails which often defy where the underlying skin in the nail bed begins. It’s wise idea to get the nails trimmed by a groomer or vet.

Ear caring: It’s important to properly trim the ear hair of Yorkie puppies and some adults. Also, you can clean their ears at the same time. These tasks can also be done at home.

As long as trimming of your Yorkie is concerned, it is recommended to take him to a professional groomer.

Breed Profile

Toy Fox Terrier Pawfect Pawsome Pooch

They are true terriers who love to do everything with you; strong, sturdy with enough energy to hike with you all day and with just the right amount of toy dog in them so that they are not hyper and like to cuddle.

Don’t go by the size of the Toy Fox Terrier (TFT), they may look small but they are a terrier in a true sense. You will simply love their smartness and playfulness. He is a big dog in a small package. A TFT is also known as the American Toy Terrier or Amertoy.

Strong n’ elegant…

Eager, intelligent and full of interest – that’s how a TFT looks. His dark-coloured V-shaped eyesBreed Profile are bright and clear while his ears are pointed and set high. He is square in shape with his length approximately equal to height while the females are slightly longer. Their average height is around 10 inches and they weigh around 1.5-3 kg. They are muscular and athletic, with short glossy coat. They are found in four colours – tricolour (white body with black markings, black head with sharply defined tan markings on the cheeks, lips and eye dots), white, chocolate and tan (predominantly chocolate head & body spots are chocolate), white and tan (predominantly tan head with tan body markings) and white and black (predominantly black head and body markings).

Sweet demeanour…

Alert, friendly, intelligent, completely loyal and protective to their pet parents, that’s how a Toy Fox Terrier is! They learn new tasks easily and are eager to please their pet parents. Their special capability is their ability to adapt to almost any situation. In fact, like other terriers, TFTs are self-possessed, spirited, determined and not easily intimidated. He is a highly animated toy dog who is comical, entertaining and playful all his life. They are a very small breed, not really suited for really small children but they will get along with them, if the children are not really rough if they are raised or well socialised with children.

Life a pleasure with them…

They are great dogs to live with and will do well in an apartment. They will do everything that you want to do and then they will not hesitate to curl up in front of the TV for the evening with you.

Exercise is fun…

They will usually get all the exercise they need in the house or yard but they love their walks. They love to play throw, retrieve and tug of war. They are easy to train for obedience, rally and agility.

Groom me little…

 

They need very little grooming. All they need is brushing 1-2 times a week, daily tooth brushing, nail clipping and a bath 1-3 times a year. Since they are a short-haired breed, they shed but not a lot. Hence, maintaining them is an easy task.

Sturdy breed…

The breed has a few problems like thyroid and patellar luxation that should be tested before the dogs are bred. Also check the lines out for allergies or other health problems, make sure you get a health guarantee from the breeder. Make sure you buy from a reputable breeder who has done the testing and the dogs have tested clear.

On a concluding note…

They are the Terriers with the most pleasant behaviour and a lovely disposition. If you are looking for some fun in your life, bring home a TFT!

(Karl & Sharon Hager of Kilshans Kennels have been breeding and showing West Highland White Terriers for about 30 years when and then we decided to start looking into some smaller terriers who didn’t take so much grooming and Toy Fox Terrier answered everything that we wanted. We are enjoying showing and training these fun dogs in conformation, rally obedience, regular obedience and agility. They are doing very well and we have several titles in both conformation & rally. We have taught three of our TFTs to paint; we do demos occasionally with them).

breed profile

Born to win –American Staffordshire Terrier

If you are looking for a family member who will be caring, loving and ready to go to any heights for you, then bring home an American Staffordshire Terrier and you will never be alone!

“The American Staffordshire Terrier is the strongest dog in the world for his size. He exudes self-confidence and is highly intelligent. His very nearly human facial expressions…make him both handsome and comical. With sleek coat, muscular body and agile movements, he is a large dog wrapped in a medium-sized package – enough dog for anyone and too much dog for some,” sums up Jacqueline Fraser, ‘The American Staffordshire Terrier’ Denlinger, 1991.

The origins…breed profile

The Amstaff originated in the early 1800s by combining the Bulldog of that era to the now extinct Game Terrier. Their ancestors were bred to be pit dogs and were victims of human cruelty and entertainment. A quotation from a ‘pit man’ in early research embodies the Amstaff temperament, “These dogs were not bred to fight (any dog will fight) – these dogs were bred to WIN”. It is this winning attitude that endears the Amstaff to so many people and makes the breed so versatile and adaptable.

When bull baiting and pitting dogs became illegal, the Amstaff easily used his abilities and intelligence in other venues. In rural America, he soon became an invaluable member of the family farm. He is an excellent stock dog, catch dog, hunting dog and protector of livestock and family. He successfully works as a search and rescue dog, therapy dog, an accomplished actor and decorated war hero. No task is too difficult for this intelligent and agile dog.

Epitome of strength…

The American Staffordshire Terrier gives the impression of great strength for his size. He is muscular, agile and graceful, keenly alive to his surroundings. His eyes are dark and round and ears are set high on the head. Their coat is short and smooth.

The Amstaff’s height and weight are proportionate. The males are 18 to 19 inches at the shoulders, the females are 17 to 18 inches, and their weight range from 60 to 70 lbs. They are available in many colours; however, all white or black and tan are discouraged.

The non-typical terrier…

The American Staffordshire Terriers are poised and alert to their surroundings; if they are startled or threatened, they will not cower or flee but will meet the challenge head on. The Amstaff’s energy is boundless; he has exuberance for life and is an athlete with no limitations. They are not a dog who should be tied or left without human interaction, because their primary objective is to please their pet parents and to be separated from him for length of time; they view as punishment and more unbearable than death.

Bragging rights…

Every Amstaff pet parent has a story to share, of how his or her dog has protected or provided a service for them or a member of their family. They are constant companions and champions of children and adults alike, they recognise the difference between friend and foe and will rise to any challenge he encounters. They will lay their own lives down to protect their human without regard to their own safety.

Living with them…

They can live in an apartment if they are exercised properly. They prefer warm climates and are active indoors. They need to be exercised everyday, which may include long daily walks, jogs or runs.

They need to be groomed regularly – brush them with a firm bristle brush and bathe or dry shampoo them when necessary.

On adopting…

Inviting an Amstaff to be a member of your family is a decision not to be taken lightly. They do require a leader who will help them funnel their energy and exercise their intelligence with challenges. They are content to live on a farm or in the city, as long as they are with their family they are content. Be prepared to be entertained!

(Tammy Marsh runs the Dapple Hills Amstaffs, USA – www.dapplehillsamstaffs.com).

Wheaten Terrier make life beautiful!

Always in good mood, Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is as sweet as honey. They are loyal companions with whom you would love to share your life… today and all tomorrows.

Journey down the lane…breed profile

The history of the Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, also called as Wheaten, has been somewhat obscured by its closeness to the other Irish Terrier breeds. The Wheaten is probably the oldest of the four breeds. Their existence for at least 200 years can be inferred from textual references to soft-coated dogs. The relation of the modern Irish Terrier to the Wheaten, though less well documented, appears to have been the result of deliberate breeding experiments. So the humble Wheaten probably has a fairly mixed ancestry. Despite the long history of the Wheaten, it wasn’t until 1937 that the soft coated Wheaten was officially recognised by the Irish Kennel Club. The breed has grown steadily in popularity since and is now well-known worldwide. Wheaten Terriers were used by small farmers to kill vermin or help with the work about the farm. They were used for a long time in the difficult job of hunting badgers and otters.

The looks…

A Wheaten is a hardy and active who is well-built and gives the idea of strength. He is neither too leggy nor too low to the ground. His head is powerful, without being coarse and is in proportion to the body. His eyes are dark hazel coloured, not too large, not prominent and well placed. His ears range from small to medium, carried in front and are at a level with skull. His tail is well set, not too thick and carried gaily but never over the back. His coat can range from shades of light wheaten to a golden reddish hue. Single-coated, the texture is soft and silky to feel and not harsh. The coat at its longest is almost five inches (12.7 cm). It is soft, wavy or loosely curled with the sheen of silk. The puppies are seldom born with the correct colour or texture of the coat. They go through several changes of colour and texture before developing the mature adult coat, which usually occurs between 18 months and two and a half years.

The height of males is 18-19 inch (46 – 48 cm) while that of females is somewhat less and they weigh around 18 – 20.5 kg.

Excellent temperament…

Spirited and gameful, Wheatens are good tempered. They are most affectionate and loyal to their pet parents. They are intelligent and can be a trustworthy, faithful friend. They are defensive but without aggression. They have a special talent to make you consider them just as family members.

Living with them…

There are not enough words to describe how much joy and affection a Wheaten Terrier can bring to your home. They are always in good mood and happy and don’t hesitate to display their affection. They take interest in whatever you do and they are extremely close to their pet parents.

They love children. They are the best companions ever. Their playful and affectionate temperament matches very well with what children are looking for in a dog company. Although they are not watch dogs, they will instinctively keep an eye on the children of the family and protect the family from strangers if a danger was to occur.

Daily exercise – a must…

They need to be exercised daily. Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers can live in a flat, apartment only if they daily have the opportunity to be walked in a park for a minimum of one and a half hour where they can run freely unleashed. They are very quiet inside the house, rarely bark but they need outdoor activities.

No shedding…

They do not have undercoat so they do not shed at all. They are considered as hypoallergenic dogs and highly recommended for people having allergies to pet hair.

Training at an early age…

Wheaten Terriers typically welcome family and friends in a very demonstrative way. They usually start this behaviour when they are still little puppies. So you will need to train them not to do it but never yell at them or hit them! Wheatens are very sensitive dogs. Love is the main thing of the Wheatens’ training.

Games they love…

They love to play ball and to retrieve sticks, even in the water if they were trained since a young age. Some people practice agility with them and they are doing very well. They are Terriers so they were at a time hunting dogs. Long walks in the countryside, where they can smell on tracks, is one of their favourite activities. They do not run away like other hunting dogs so you can unleash them in the fields or on trails. They will follow you and won’t go too far away from you, you will always have them in close sight.

The healthy breed…

Pure Irish Soft Coated Wheaten lines don’t have a disease specific to their breed. Some breeders mixed Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers with Poodles and Kerry Blues, to get a fluffy frizzy coat easy to sculpt and more spectacular in shows. These unconsidered matings have brought some diseases like kidney dysplasia. All the hereditary problems that you could read about Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers belong to dogs from mixed lines.

Once you have shared life with a Wheaten, you might have another one and for sure, you would never live without one!

(Katia Gobbi is a breeder of Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and is representative of the Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier breed by the French Terrier Breeds Club (CFAT-DT)).

breed profile

Jack Russell Terrier: A ball of energy

Jack Russell Terriers change your life…completely. They give your life a purpose, entertain you and create focus in your lives…what more can you ask for? Katies kids

breed profile

Your life will never be the same when you choose a Jack Russell as a companion. They are a great match and meaningful addition for humans who are intelligent and outgoing. We have had Jack Russells for over ten years and enjoy their spirit and vigour. And believe me, they have brought so many human people to our world. They have introduced us to people with similar likes and desires. They really are there for you…always!

The descent…

The Jack Russell Terrier of America recognizes and registers a type of working terrier that is 10” to 15” tall at the shoulder. They were originally bred in England to aid in fox hunting by bolting the fox from the ground, and to serve as rodent and vermin control around the homes and farms.

Small but robust…

Jack Russell Terriers are big dogs in a little package. They are robust and hardy. Strong and intuitive, they have bright eyes and a determined nature.

The colour variations…

The Jack Russell Terrier can have three types of coats- smooth, broken and rough, each with an insulating undercoat and harsh element resistant outer coat. They have following colour variations – white, tan and white, black and white, and tri colour- black, brown and white. All the colour variations must be at least 51 percent white so he can be distinguished when running in the field.

Basic instincts…Love to play

Jack Russell Terriers are a working breed and their job is hunting. Because of their nature, they are tenacious and active. They enjoy being busy, and their working instincts can be channelled to projects such as agility, flyball, racing, therapy work, and yes, they can be your active companions.

Living with them…

Jack Russell terriers are extremely intelligent. They require strict rules and constant supervision. They enjoy being with their human partners. They can be trained to be comfortable in many environments. But they are also excellent at training people and pet parents must always maintain their alpha position.

It is better to have a sole Jack Russell Terrier or opposite sex pair as they do not do well in same sex pairs, or in groups larger than two, unless strictly supervised.

Jack Russell Terriers and children must both be supervised. If children are well behaved, and interact appropriately, the terrier will be well behaved and form excellent companions. All humans need to be mindful of not teasing the terrier, purposely or unintentionally. Games such as chase, tug of war or keep away are not recommended.

Perhaps the best and the worst quality of a Jack Russell Terrier is their extreme intelligence and outgoing personality. Their ability to play mind games and keep up with everyone’s physical activity makes them a challenging and versatile companion!

Love to exercise…

Jack Russells love exercise and can rarely be exhausted. They love ball retriveal, hiking, running, and being active. Almost as important as the physical exercise is the mental exercise and they need to be stimulated, challenged and kept busy at all times.

Pup care…

Jack Russell Terrier puppies do best when kept with their pet parents as close as possible the first year. It is important to praise the good dog and arrange your home and life to eliminate the opportunity for him to be a bad dog. Misbehaviour is usually the fault of the human the first year. The firmest punishment you can give him is ignoring him when in trouble and removing the situation. Proper and varied confinement is important to provide control as well as training.

Low maintenance breed…

Jack Russell Terriers have excellent, all weather, low maintenance coats. They can be brushed when desired. Rough coats can be clipped or groomed. They need their toenails trimmed every few weeks, and clean teeth can be maintained with safe chew bones, or brushing.

Hereditary problems…

Jack Russell Terriers can be prone to deafness as is common with many other white coloured breeds of dogs. This can be tested and eliminated by annual eye exams as promoted by the CERF foundation.

(Sue Anne Wilson has been involved with Jack Russell Terriers for over 12 years and support the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America. She hosts two JRTCA sanctioned trials each year bringing together over 200 terriers and their human companions for a weekend of fun and games.)