Jumping Dachshund

Dachshunds – Spinal Problems

Like any breed, Dachshunds are at risk for a number of conditions and diseases. But because of their long bodies and short legs they are most at risk for spinal problems. One of the most common forms is a condition called IVDD (Intervertebral Disk Disease), actually an umbrella term for a number of problems. Vertebrae…

Growling Dachshund

Dachshunds – Suppressing Aggression

Dachshunds are a naturally feisty breed. Bred to hunt badgers, they had to be tough and resourceful. But that assertive nature should not be allowed to turn against you. You need to be the alpha dog. Individual dogs will vary in degree, of course. There are submissive Doxies though fewer than other breeds, on average.…

English Foxhound Dog

English Foxhound Dog Breed Profile

The English Foxhound is a bit more stout in physical appearance than its counterpart, the American Foxhound. Although the exact origin of this breed is unknown, we do know that particular pedigrees were kept of English Foxhounds since the 1700s.  This is longer than any other dog breed. Fox hunting was a sport that became…

Greyhound Dog

Greyhound Dog Breed Profile

Greyhound dogs and all similar-type dog breeds have been depicted since the early ancient times throughout Greece, Egypt, and Rome. The Greyhound is a member of the sighthound family. In fact, the first type of dogs that were specifically bred by humans were called the Sighthound.  Sighthounds were created in order to chase and outrun…

Otterhound Dog

Otterhound Dog Breed Profile

The Otterhound dog is a member of the scenthound family and its exact origin is unknown.  Some dog enthusiasts estimate that the breed may have started in France because it resembles a look of the old French Vendeen Hound. Still, others say that the Otterhound is a mix of the Bloodhound, Welsh Harrier, Southern Hound,…

Whippet Dog

Whippet Dog Breed Profile

The Whippet is said to have come from a combination of Greyhound dogs mixed with smaller dogs during the 18th century in the attempt to create an animal that could be used by peasants for poaching small game such as rabbits. With its direct roots from the Greyhound dog, which are genetically designed to race…

Afghan Hound Dog

Afghan Hound Dog Breed Profile

The Afghan Hound has its origins from Middle Eastern Sighthounds with roots that date back to the Egyptian Pharaohs. Most of these dogs were used by nomadic tribes in order to hunt the ground for gazelles, hare, and other small animals to bring back for food. For centuries, the Afghan Hound breed remained isolated in…

Harrier Dog

Harrier Dog Breed Profile

The Harrier dog breed is a member of the scenthound family and its origins are from Great Britain. The term “Harrier” used to be a general reference to all hounds which is why it makes it difficult to research the exact history of today’s Harrier dog. Dog historians theorize that this dog may in fact…

Pharaoh Hound Dog

Pharaoh Hound Dog Breed Profile

“The red, long-tailed dog goes at night into the stalls of the hills.  He makes no delay in hunting, his face glows like a God and he delights to do his work.” The above description of the Pharaoh Hound is a hunting account that was taken from the XIX Egyptian dynasty. Even to this day,…