Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Beagles

Beagles are a popular and medium sized breed of dog, comprising a spot on the hound branch of the domesticated canine family tree. Similar in appearance to the fox hound, the beagle is likewise a scent hound and was originally bred in Great Britain in the 1830s for the primary purpose of training small field game such as wild hare or rabbits. Their excellent scent of smell allowed these treasured working animals to lead their master/hunter to the hiding places of these small hunted creatures.

Thanks to their even keeled temperament and their patience around children and others, beagles have long been favored and cherished pets as well as working animals. While somewhat shy around strangers, these pets can be easily won over and are playful, “merry” animals when in a position of trust. As pack animals who crave and demand attentions, beagles often suffer separation anxiety and as such, they only make ideal pets for those individuals or families that are willing to put in the time and effort that raising such a social breed as a beagle demands.

In addition, this versatile canine has also been a longstanding and popular participant in the annual Westminster’s Kennel Club. With a beautiful and varied coat (although most often, beagles are tri-colored being white with large brown and black spots) these popular dogs have been the regular recipient of the Best of Show distinction and, as a further testament to the beagle’s popularity, the breed has remained in the top 10 most popular in the United States for the past 30 years.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Raising Dogs

A dog is a wonderful pet to keep. However, it is important to raise your dog well.
Raising your dog as pet is not difficult but it would require proper care and attention. You would first obviously need to make sure that your dog daily gets his basic requirements of food and fresh drinking water. Food must be a proper balance of proteins, vitamins and minerals. Along with that you need to take care of all his vaccinations.

Bathing your dog is not required frequently. Once or twice a month is sufficient with a mild soap or when he gets dirty. However, it’s important to groom your dog regularly to keep him clean and raise him well. Grooming includes brushing or combing his hair, checking his mouth and teeth and trimming his nails.

Training is another important part in raising your dog. They will listen to you and try to understand every word you say. They are intelligent and can be trained easily. Training should always be positive. Exercising your dog by making him walk, run or simply play games helps him to stay fit and healthy.


Also another very important factor in raising your dog is to make sure he is exposed to other dogs as well. That will improve his social skills.