Do you live in a city with banned dog breeds? Many people do and some don’t even realize it as often times the laws are not enforced. In the next few paragraphs you will learn about how breeds get banned, the breeds that are most often banned and why it should make a difference to you.
It doesn’t matter the size or the breed of a dog, any dog that is untrained can pose a threat to others. Some grandparents in Hopkinton, Iowa, learned this the hard way. On March 5th their three year old granddaughter went out in their backyard and was fatally mauled by the families two pet Rottweiler’s. She died and the animals were euthanized at the request of the family. The city council discussed banning the Rottweiler breed but later decided against it.
Breeds Being Banned
If you live in a city with laws regarding the breeding or owning of certain breeds and you don’t follow the laws you could be fined or face jail time. Some of the most popular breeds currently being banned are: American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Rottweiler, Mastiffs, Great Danes, Chow Chows, German Shepherds and many others.
Why Should It Make A Difference?
Imagine being in the military or having a job where you frequently have to move your family. If your family has a Pit Bull there are many cities where the breed is not welcomed. If you have a large dog such as a Saint Bernard or Mastiff you won’t be able to move him to Fairfield Iowa, all dogs that weigh over one-hundred pounds are banned. Some rental property owners have certain breeds they won’t allow and insurance companies will charge more for coverage if you have a certain breed or they can deny you insurance altogether. What if you have a well behaved dog and the breed gets banned from your city, what will you do? Many people are dealing with this problem everyday as they have to leave the pets they love behind.
If you have a dog that bites or attacks someone you could unknowingly start a conversation in your city regarding banning the breed of your dog. Make sure your dog is well trained. Seek out a trainer to help if your dog has behavior issues you can’t correct on your own. Dog lovers are angered by the fact that many breeds are being banned as the attacks are typically the cause of the owners mistreating the dogs, teaching them to attack or ignoring behavior issues that causes the problems in the first place. They don’t care if a breed is banned, they will just move on to another breed until that breed is also banned. The cycle will just continue until the owners are held accountable. Responsible dog owners and breeders are the people who suffer most in these situations.
Last, but certainly not least, you should never use an electric fence for dogs for the only means of containment for a pet that you think could bite someone.Â That is totally irresponsible and dangerous.
May 17, 2011 | | General Pet Info
Standard Poodle Characteristics
At a glance:
- Height: 22 to 27 inches
- Weight: 45 to 70 lbs
- Color: Cream,cafe’-au-lait, apricot, gray, blue, brown, silver
- Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
- Average litter: 8
- Grooming: Demanding
- Exercise: Medium
- Temperament: Sparky and cheerful
Standard Poodle Characteristics – History :
The Standard Poodle is considered to have originated in france and is said to have descended from the Barbet which is a virtually extinct French water dog and the Hungarian water hound. The breed derives its name form the German word Pundel meaning one who plays in water.
The Standard Poodle was originally used in France as well as in Germany to retrieve waterfowls. They were employed as gun dogs by hunters who clipped thier coats leaving fur on the legs and joints in order to provide protection form frigid waters. Their high intelligence and dog trainability was effectively used by the French for circus performances. The Toy and Miniature varieties of the Poodle were created through the crossing of the Standard Poodle with smaller dogs.
Standard Poodle Characteristics – Physical Representation:
The Standard Poodle is an elegant medium to large sized dog, squarely built with a symmetrical body. The wire haired coat is abundant and curls naturally. The rounded skull has a somewhat distinct stop and the mouth closes in a distinct scissors bite. The wide ears hang close to the head and the oval shaped eyes are usually have a dark hue. The feet are small in comparison to the rest of the body but at the same time are very compact. The coat is groomed into three styles known as the Pet clip, English Saddle clip and the Continental clip. In the Pet clip the coat is maintained with short hair all over the body whereas in the Continental and English Saddle clip the rear half of the body is shaved leaving portions of hair around the ankles and pompoms on the hips and tail.
Standard Poodle Characteristics – Type of work the breed does:
The Standard Poodle was originally used as a gun dog and for the retrevial of waterfowl. However, today they are bred exclusively as companion pets and show dogs.
Standard Poodle Personality and Temperament:
The Standard Poodle has a happy, playful and lively personality. They are inherently good natured with proud and dignified mannerisms. Being highly intelligent they are very easy to train. They are excellent companions for children and readily take to other pets. The Standard Poodle needs companionship and does not like being left alone for prolonged periods of time. This breed is friendly with strangers as well but can also be trained to be good guard dogs.
Standard Poodle Characteristics – Standard Poodle Care:
This breed requires a lot of maintenance and needs to be groomed extensively. Baths should be given regularly and trimming is necessary every six weeks or so. The ears should be checked regularly for infection and parasites and the teeth need to be scaled once in a while as well. The shed little or no fur.
Standard Poodle Characteristics – Standard Poodle Living Environment:
The Standard Poodle can easily adapt to apartment life but a small yard for them to run freely about will be ideal.
Standard Poodle Characteristics – Standard Poodle Electric Dog Containment:
Standard Poodles do need an area to be able to exercise.Â The perimeter pet fence is a great for exercise and happy play.Â In my experience, poodles adapt very well to these systems with the proper fence training.
Do not allow anyone to just shock these loving creatures.Â It is not fair or necessary.Â Proper perimeter dog fence training is the key.
Never, ever put a Standard Poodle puppy or any other puppy on these perimeter pet fence before at least 16 weeks of age.
Oct 14, 2009 | | Dog Breeds, General Pet Info, Non-Sporting Dogs
At a glance:
- Breed Group: Toys Group
- Height: 8 â€“ 9 inches
- Weight: 4 – 7 lbs
- Color: They are born black and as adults are blue and tan.
- Life Expectancy: 13-14 years
- Average litter size: 3
The Yorkshire Terrier was originally a product of crossing different small breeds in Yorkshire, England, which is also why the breed has the name it does. The breed was first shown in the beginning part of the 1860â€™s and that was the start of what we see today. It is believed that many small dogs used in the crossings which resulted in the present day breed came from Scotland with their owners during the mining period in England were the ancestors. However, that is hard to say because no documents were kept and there were no breed standards.
The type of work the breed does:
Yorkshire Terriers were bred to kill rodents, such as mice or rats and was known as a â€œratterâ€ for this reason. They could also be used to some extent for hunting and tracking.Â They are quite capable of digging holes in order to track. Today they are extremely popular as a pet, especially in cities and apartments.
The Yorkshire Terrier has a long, silky coat and under that coat there is a compactly built dog. The tail and head are held high when walking or doing something.
Personality and Temperament:
Yorkshire Terriers are very dominant, strong willed small dogs. They know no fear and tend to aggressively protect their territory. They are independent, but also need a lot of personal attention and companionship. They are very focused on their owner and show affection. Although they can get along with other pets and children, one has to have either older children or quiet pets, because otherwise the Yorkie will not be a happy dog.
The Yorkshire Terrier has a silky coat with long hair and you will have to brush through this hair every day. Many let the hair on the head grow long, and then tie it up with some kind of ribbon. However, if your Yorkie is not a show dog, it might be a good idea to have the hair shortened or even cut very short to make the daily grooming times shorter. The eyes and ears have a tendency to get dirty and should be cleaned on a regular basis, and the same goes for their teeth.
Yorkshire Terriers are small dogs and are perfect for those with a small apartment or for older people who cannot take long daily walks. This breed does not require a lot of exercise, but do love playing and attention. They especially love games tugging games where they can measure their power. They can be easily trained, but you might need to be patient because they are known for doing what they want to.
The Yorkshire Terrier works well with electronic fencing as long as the trainer understands their temperament.
Mar 04, 2009 | | Dog Breeds, General Pet Info, Toy Group Dogs