Showing posts with label Dogs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dogs. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Schnauzer


We just learned about the type of dog the Pekingese.

Another type of dog is the Schnauzer.

This type of dog came from Germany, and comes from the word for snout, or mustache.
The schnauzer comes in three sizes, giant, standard and miniature.
They grow long hair that is sometimes shaved to make them look like they have a mustache.

They were originally used to kill rats that carried diseases, and they have also been used as guard dogs, police dogs and message carriers.


(from: wikipedia - schnauzer)


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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Pekingese


We just learned about the type of dog the Fox Terrier.

Another type of dog is the Pekingese, also sometimes called the Lion Dog.

This dog is from China, and is part of an old legend about a lion that fell in love with a butterfly, or a lion and a monkey.


(from: wikipedia - pekingese)


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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Fox Terrier


We just learned about the type of dog the Boston Terrier.

Another type of dog is the Fox Terrier.
There are two types of Fox Terrier, the Wire Fox Terrier and the Smooth Fox Terrier.

The Fox Terriers were used long ago for hunting foxes. They were very good at chasing the fox and making them run out of their fox den so the hunters could chase them.


(from: wikipedia - wire fox terrier)



(from: wikipedia - smooth fox terrier)

There is a famous dog show called the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, and the Wire Fox Terrier has won the top prize more than any other type of dog, with 14 wins.
The smooth fox terrier has won 4 times.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Boston Terrier


We just learned about the Jack Russel Terrier.

Another type of dog is the Boston Terrier.

It has a black and white coat, and because it looks like it is wearing a suit it has the nickname of the American Gentleman.

Long ago people raised these dogs to fight other dogs for fun, or to hunt rats, but now they just keep them as pets.

(from: wikipedia - boston terrier)


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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Jack Russell Terrier


We just learned about the type of dog the Yorkshire Terrier.

Another type of dog is called the Jack Russell Terrier.

These dogs are small and energetic, and were used to hunt foxes.
They were small enough to chase a fox into it's hole, energetic enough to keep up with a fox, and also obeyed well and just chased the fox instead of biting it.


(from: wikipedia - jack russell terrier)

There is a famous painting of a Jack Russell Terrier looking into a phonograph, that has been used by some companies as their picture.


(from: wikipedia - jack russell terrier)

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Yorkshire Terrier


We just learned about the type of dog the Keeshond.

Another type of dog is the Yorkshire Terrier, sometimes called a Yorkie.

Yorkies are small dogs, about 7 pounds, and they were used long ago to catch rats in cotton and woolen mills.


(from: wikipedia - yorkshire terrier)

During World War II there was a famous Yorkie named Smoky that a soldier found and adopted. The dog traveled with him in his backpack on airplanes and boats, and even helped save some soldiers because he was small enough to crawl through a tunnel carrying a telegram wire.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Keeshond


We just learned about the type of dog the .

Another type of dog is the keeshond.

This type of dog is very fuzzy with black and grey fur.
It's name comes from a famous old Dutch person nicknamed Kees, and the word hond which meant dog.
Because it was a famous dog of a Dutch person, and because it always seems to be happy it has the nickname of the "Smiling Dutchman".

(from: wikipedia - keeshond)


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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Samoyed


We just learned about the type of dog the American Eskimo Dog.

Another type of dog is the samoyed.

This dog was known as sled dogs and herdings dog for reindeer in the cold and snowy parts of Sibera in Russia.

They have a tail that curls up right over and rests on their back, and they can use it when sleeping to keep warm.
Their fur is a double coat, and some people have collected their fur to use in fur coats.

They are very happy dogs that always look like they are smiling, so they have the nickname of Sammie smiles or smiley dogs.

(from: wikipedia - samoyed (dog))


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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

American Eskimo Dog


We just learned about the type of dog the Whippet.

Another type of dog is the American Eskimo dog.

There are sizes of this dog, toy, miniature and standard.

These dogs became famous because a few different circuses were using them as show dogs, and one dog was even trained to walk on a tightrope.
Because the dogs were so popular, the circus would sell American Eskimo puppies after the show.

(from: wikipedia - american eskimo dog)


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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Whippet


We just learned about the type of dog the Greyhound

Another type of dog is a whippet.

The whippet is a lot like a greyhound, just smaller.

Since they are smaller they were used long ago to hunt rabbits, and sometimes people race whippets to see which is the fastest.

(from: wikipedia - whippet)


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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Greyhound


We just learned about the type of dog the .

Another type of dog is the greyhound.

The greyhound is the fastest dog in the world, and they can run 40 miles per hour.
This isn't as fast as a cheetah, but it's way faster than any human can run.

Greyhounds are sometimes raised to be used on racetracks, to race against other greyhounds.

(from: wikipedia - greyhound)


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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Newfoundland


We just learned about the type of dog the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.

Another type of dog is the Newfoundland.


(from: wikipedia - newfoundland (dog))

The newfoundland is a very big strong dog, that is great at swimming.
It has webbed feet almost like a duck, and it swims very well.
The newfoundland is so good at swimming, that they sometimes are used as rescue dogs for people that are drowning.


(from: wikipedia - newfoundland (dog))


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever


We just learned about the Flat Coated Retriever

The last and smallest type of retriever dog is the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.

This dog is an orange brown color and is good at helping hunters catch ducks.
The dog will go play out in the water, and the ducks swim over to see what is going on.
This is called tolling.
Then the hunter calls the dog back and he stands up, which scares the ducks and makes them fly away, and he can try to shoot them.


(from: wikipedia - nova scotia duck tolling retriever)


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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Flat Coated Retriever


We just learned about the type of dog the Curly Coated Retriever

Just like the curly coated retriever had curly hair, there is a dog called the Flat Coated Retriever that has flat non-curly hair.

This is another type of dog used a lot for hunting, with strong jaws and a long mouth for carrying birds and other animals that it is returning for hunters.

The flat coated retriever looks a lot like the labrador retriever, but there are a few small differences like the flat coated retriever has longer hair and a thicker chest.


(from: wikipedia - flat-coated retriever)


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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Curly Coated Retriever


We just learned about the type of dog the Labrador Retriever.

Another type of dog is the Curly Coated Retriever.

Just like you'd think from the name, this dog has a curly coat.
The curly coat keeps the dog warm in water, and also keeps poky plants like burrs from getting to their skin and scratching them.

Just like all other retrievers they are good dogs for hunting and going to get the prey and bring it back.

(from: wikipedia - curly coated retriever)


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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Labrador Retriever


We just learned about the type of dog the Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
We learned a while back about the Golden Retriever.

Another type of dog is called the Labrador Retriever.

This dog is sometimes just called a Lab, and comes in three colors: Black, Yellow and Chocolate.
It is a very smart dog that is good at hunting and loves the water.
Labs are also great helping dogs and are used a lot as seeing eye dogs for blind people.


(from: wikipedia - labrador retriever)


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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Chesapeake Bay Retriever


We just learned about the type of dog the Powderpuff Chinese Crested Dog.

Another type of dog is the Chesapeake Bay Retriever.

This type of dog is known for their love of water.
They have been used for hunting, especially for going into very cold water.
Their fur is double thick and has an oily coat to keep them warm, they have a strong chest they can use to break ice to go retrieve ducks when hunting.

This dog is also the official dog of the state of Maryland.


(from: wikipedia - chesapeake bay retriever)


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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Powderpuff Chinese Crested Dog


We just learned about the Hairless Chinese Crested Dog.

Another type of dog is the Powderpuff Chinese Crested Dog.

This is actually the same type of dog as the hairless kind, but it has a whole lot of hair, and even needs to get haircuts sometimes to keep the hair shorter.

The hairless and powderpuff dogs can even be born to the same mother dog, so they can be brothers and sisters but some of them have hair and some don't.

(from: wikipedia - chinese crested dog)


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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Hairless Chinese Crested Dog


We just learned about the type of dog the Portuguese Water Dog

Another type of dog is the Hairless Chinese Crested Dog.

This dog only has a little bit of fur on it's head, and the rest is just bare skin like a person.
Because they don't have fur, they can get sunburned and sometimes even need lotion for dry skin.
Their skin can be light or dark.


(from: wikipedia - chinese crested dog)

One of the most famous types of hairless dogs was the dog Sam, who was blind and hairless and was the winner of the ugliest dog competition for 3 years in a row.

(from: wikipedia - sam (ugly dog))


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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Portuguese Water Dog


We just learned about the type of dog the beagle.

Another type of dog is the Portuguese Water Dog.
Just like you'd think with a name like that, these dogs love the water.

This type of dog was used long ago to help with ships and with fishmen.
They could herd fish into nets, go out in the water to help get broken nets or fishing tools that fell in the water.
They also were used to carry things from one ship to another, swimming through the water.


(from: wikipedia - portuguese water dog)


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