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Activities For Your Dog are a Must

By Sarah Porr

Whether you have a large or small dog it is very important for your dog to get some kind of exercise. Exercise is very beneficial to your dog for many reasons. One reason being a dog was not born to be chained up all day, kept in a kennel half the day or locked up in a home with no fresh air. Your dog needs fresh air every day, time to run, walk and have fun. Listed below are some ideas and places you can take/go with your dog to ensure your dog is a happy one!

*Take your dog for a DAILY WALK – whether it is around your neighborhood, around a school track, a walking trail nearby, a park or a conversation area; your dog will love to be out with you getting exercise!

*Take your dog for a CAR RIDE – I am sure by now you know your dog loves to be with you. If you haven’t already consider taking your dog along with you on little outings, like to the bank or to get a quick bite to eat. Your dog will love the fresh air but don’t forget if you end up running into a store leave the window down a bit and don’t make it a long visit inside. FYI – you might take along a small towel just in case you find out your dog is car sick.

*Play BALL/FETCH – I have found my dog will enjoy running after a cheap dollar store stuffed animal rather than an expensive dog toy. Dogs love to chase and playing fetch with your dog is a great activity.

If for some reason you are limited to getting around and out to take you dog for walks, look into finding a friend or relative to daily take your dog for walks. Your dog needs the activity and exercise just like our bodies need the exercise!

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Sep 30, 2009 | 0 | Tips

Tips For Playing Frisbee With Your Dog

By Ken Adamas

Okay, maybe not all dogs like to play Frisbee. After all, some Frisbees are bigger and weigh more than some of the new toy dog breeds, but for those dogs who have a lot of energy to burn, Frisbee is a good option because it provides exercise not only for your pet, but for you as well. If you both get good at it, there are even disc dog events and championships.

Let’s look first at some of the history of the sport known either as dog Frisbee or disc dogs. When the game of Frisbee started to get popular in the early 1970′s, a college student and his dog jumped the fence during a Cincinnati Reds baseball game and threw a couple of flying discs that his dog ran and jumped high up into the air to catch. The student was arrested, but the crowd liked what they saw so much that the game of dog Frisbee was born.

Before self-training your dog to learn how to play competitive Frisbee, you might want to read one of the many books on the subject. One of the most popular books is Disc Dogs! The Complete Guide written by two men who, along with their dogs, have won several world championships and taught others to train their dogs as well.

Many experts have recommendations about what types of flying discs should be used when paying with your dog. The best option seems to be one with puncture-resistant material and a gripping device for easier retrieval by your best friend. They’re also easier on your dog’s teeth.

In terms of competitive disc dog events, there are several but we’ll talk in this article about Toss and Fetch and Freestyle events. Disc dog events are divided into categories determined on experience and skills of the dogs and their handlers and aren’t usually broken down by age or gender of the dogs or the handlers.

In Toss and Fetch, a team of one person and one dog compete by catching the disc at varying distances, with the longest catch winning the event. In a related type of event, contestants are allowed one minute to make as many throws as possible and dogs are awarded points based on the distance of the catch. The dogs do receive bonus points if they are completely airborne when they make the catch.

Freestyle events again involve teams of one dog and one human but this time consist of a several minute choreographed routine where the dogs are judged by the degree of difficulty of the catch, athleticism, and showmanship. The dog owner tries to combine catching multiple discs with flips, jumps and other entertaining canine feats accompanied by music.

It’s said that any healthy active dog can learn to play disc catch. Historically, many of the winners of Frisbee championships have been Border Collies, but any dog can participate and do well. When beginning to train your dog for this sport, or even if it’s just a new exercise or play routine that you’re teaching him, you should practice on a flat grassy area rather than on concrete or asphalt as that is harder on both dog and human joints. Just like any athlete, allow the dog to warm up before any strenuous workout and always have plenty of fresh water available. You can sort of prepare your pet to get used to a Frisbee by using it as a food or water bowl for a while before teaching him to play with it so that he’ll have a positive association with the toy. Never let your dog chew on the Frisbee.

Have fun playing flying disc with your dog and enjoy the exercise and bonding that it will create for both of you.

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Sep 29, 2009 | 0 | Looking after your dog, Tips

Worms in Dogs

By Nancy Cope

Worms are internal parasites that live in your dog’s gastrointestinal tract. They can cause serious health problems especially to the puppies because their gastrointestinal systems are very sensitive. The most common types of dog worms are tapeworm, roundworm, hookworm, and whipworm. It is very important as a pet owner, that you know how to identify the type of worm that is attacking your pet because each worm requires different forms of treatments. Listed below are the different types of worms and how to identify them.

Tapeworm

Tapeworms are named as such because of their long, flat, and tape-like structure and rice-like appearance. These parasites affect the intestines of dogs and can easily be seen by the naked eye. They can be found in the feces of the dog, in his anus, or in his bed. Symptoms of tapeworm infestation include vomiting, weight loss, itching around the anus, nervousness, and abdominal pain. Tapeworms can be transmitted from one dog to another through the ingestion of infected soil and infected insects such as fleas.

Roundworm

Roundworms are the most common type of worms in dogs. They affect the intestines of the dogs and they are the main reason for the pot-belly appearance in most dogs and puppies. Unborn puppies can be infected with roundworms through the mother’s milk or uterus. Dogs can get infected through the ingestion of infected insects or infected soil.

Roundworms may be present in your dog’s vomit or stool. They are usually about 7 inches in length and appear like spaghetti. Roundworm infestation in dogs can cause an obstruction in the intestine and can lead to death if left untreated. Common symptoms of severe roundworm infestation include weight loss, dull coat, diarrhea, pot-belly appearance, and vomiting.

Hookworm

Hookworms are very common intestinal parasites in dogs which can cause anemia and diarrhea. They live in the small intestines of dogs and can easily be transmitted to humans through walking bare footed in infected soil. These parasites are smaller than the roundworms and cannot be seen by the naked eye. They have either cutting plates or teeth-like structures which they use to attach themselves to the intestinal walls where they suck blood for food. Dogs that are infected with hookworm will manifest weight loss, low energy level, diarrhea, pale gums, bloody stool, anemia, and in severe cases, skin irritation.

Whipworm

Whipworms are dog worms that are long, thin, and whip-shaped. They live in the colon of dogs and cannot be seen by the naked eye. They attach to the walls of the intestines where they feed themselves, causing the intestine walls to bleed. Symptoms of whipworm infection include diarrhea with blood, flatulence, weight loss, mucus in the stool, lack of energy, and anemia.

Different types of worms require different kinds of medications. So if you are in doubt with the kind of medication to give to your dog, it is best to consult first with a vet. To prevent worm infestation, it is necessary to deworm your puppies and dogs in time.

Article by Nancy Cope of Pampered Dog Gifts an online dog boutique – the place to shop for dog gifts and unique dog toys.

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Sep 28, 2009 | 0 | Dog health

Tips on How to Build a Dog House

By Patrick Morgan

People like to have pets at home and according to some researches over 65% of families keep their dogs at their apartments. Some people who own backyards like to keep them outdoors. This article contains some facts about how to build a dog house. This may be interesting information for those individuals who want to create one and save some money.

First you should make sure to build your pets new home so that is suitable for dogs in various sizes, if you plan to have dogs in your house for many years.

You might want to have a small dog on occasion, some other times you may decide to keep a large dog so you should be flexible in your design plans. What you should do is to make sure the size of the house would be twice as big as the dog’s height.

All creatures take delight with much more space in their habitats. The most comfortable area for pets is approximately 1/4 of their height when they are standing. You should calculate when your dog standing, his sides and full length and height (3 at 1200mm). The pet must see the entrance when he is sitting or standing. This will help the dog to make sure that the entrance is suitable enough for him. Try to measure every dimension in order to make a suitable home for your dog.

The second tip is that you should build the dog house many inches above the floor. Because this will help the air circulation better and water runs underside and beneath, rather than through your pets home. To deter cockroaches, mice, rates and the other insects from attacking the dog house, you must apply freshening and aeration. What you need to do is to place some holes in the walls beneath the roof space.

Set up a storm block within the dog’s residence so he is able to keep himself warm on a stormy day.

To prevent precipitation and rainfall coming in the dog’s residence, you should build the bottom and base tipped a little to one side in the direction of entrance. Try to set up the top a bit imbalanced too and remember to build a well protected dog house against pests, storm, snow and water.

In the U.S.A and Canada most of the hurricanes, rainstorms, blizzards and typhoons come from Western regions, thus you need to build the entrance in the opposite direction. It is recommended that you place axis and turning points on the roof and make sure to wash the dog house as frequently as possible. You should also keep your dog clean. Make sure that your dog has a cozy, contented and relaxing place because a nice dog house also keeps your dog healthy and happy.

There are many methods that can help you to create a nice dog house. Now you know an overview of some facts about how to build a dog house.

Pat has been writing articles for blogs and article directories for several years now and specializes in diet, fitness, finance, home decor, cooking and pet care. Come visit his latest website that discusses coffee tables with storage, including mission coffee table that will enhance your home decor.

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Sep 27, 2009 | 0 | Looking after your dog, Tips

The Setter Dog Breed Group

By Lizzie Novotny

All the Setter dog breeds are part of the sporting dog group and the best known as the English setter, the Gordon setter and the Irish setter. These famous types of setters that are readily available in the U.S. trace their origins to the British Isles where their history goes back to the 1600′s.

The term setter comes from the dog’s action in the field where is “sets” its body in a rigid stance when it detects game in the field like a pointer dog does. Setters and pointers alike exhibit great self-discipline in the field when they locate game for their human hunting companions.

In addition to being excellent hunting dogs, all the setter dog breeds are happy, playful family dog well-suited to romping in the yard or park with the kids. Setters are known to be very energetic and require a great deal of company, activity and exercise.

In general, setters are not well suited to a household where they are left alone most of the day but will make an ideal companion for an active family with someone to play with.

Setters feature a beautiful long glossy coat and of course the Irish setter is well-known for its glossy chestnut red coat. English and Gordon setter still have long coats but shorter than the Irish setter’s. The long coats of a setter translate to more time invested in dog grooming duties.

The Setter dog breeds are fairly large, 24 to 27 inches at the shoulder and weighing in at 45 to 80 pounds depending on gender. Even though they are large dogs, the playful easy-going temperament that makes them ideal family pets means that they are not good guardian or watch dogs.

The AKC (American Kennel Club) describes the setter as having a “rollicking” personality. While Irish setters are one of the most popular breeds of dogs in the United States, anyone who acquires one must be prepared to handle the exuberant personality of this highly sociable breed and be willing to provide the play and exercise time this breed requires.

In order to assure getting a quality setter, obtain your setter dog breed puppy from a reputable breeder who understands how to raise this active dog in the early formative weeks of its life.

Lizzie Novotny R.N has a researched and informative website about dogs, especially the sporting dog breeds. She raises, trains and shows dogs and horses, and is familiar with all aspects of their care. Find answers to your dog-related questions by visiting her website. http://www.the-hunting-dog.com.

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Sep 26, 2009 | 0 | Dog breed information

Does Your Dog Need a Waterproof Orthopedic Dog Bed?

By Paul Julian

Many dog beds that have orthopedic properties are now being sold with waterproof coverings of tough polyester fabric which is what you often see on lawn and patio furniture. Although these beds aren’t designed to withstand torrential rains and floods, they are made to be durable enough to hold up under the normal amount of moisture that a dog might bring to bed with him.

Benefits for Old and Young Dogs Alike

If you look at the marketing hype surrounding waterproof orthopedic dog beds, you’ll see that they are generally aimed at people who care for older dogs with stiff joints and arthritis. There is no doubt that the generation of dogs that is now in its golden years is larger than it has ever been because of the many advances in nutrition and care that are now available for them. However, just like people, older dogs develop aches and pains and suffer more from the effects. There are things you can do to make your dog more comfortable during his senior years, such as helping him maintain a correct weight, and giving him an orthopedic dog bed to sleep in.

There are debilitating conditions, such as hip dysplasia and “trick knee”, that can develop any time in a dog’s life, even during puppy-hood. These conditions will also make your dog feel uncomfortable, but if he’s able to get the rest he needs, it will help him to feel the best he can feel. That’s why a waterproof orthopedic dog bed can make a real difference in his life and help him live many more quality years.

Giving Your Dog a Bath

Many dogs give their owners a lot of grief when it comes bath time. Even the best-trained dog may be reluctant to stay in the bathtub any longer than he has to because it’s a stressful experience for him. Once he’s free of the tub, he will often make a beeline for the place he feels safest: his bed. He doesn’t worry about the fact that he’s still wet when he jumps into bed, and neither will you if you’ve provided him with a waterproof orthopedic bed.

Even if your dog isn’t averse to taking a bath, he may like the water even too much. Some dogs, such as retrievers and poodles, love to spend time in the water. Typical doggie behavior dictates to them that they spend time getting wet and muddy, then, after a quick shake or two, hop into bed to nap. This behavior can be hard on a regular dog bed, but with a waterproof orthopedic dog bed, there are no worries. It won’t hurt a thing if he snoozes while he’s wet or even muddy, because his bed will be easy to clean up afterwards.

If your dog is extremely active, such as a rescue or farm dog, he’s bound to have the same aches and pains that human athletes and workers experience. Providing him with a waterproof orthopedic dog bed will give his tired bones and joints the support they need so that he can sleep well and wake up refreshed and ready to work again the next morning.

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Sep 25, 2009 | 0 | Dog health, Older dogs, Pampering

Dog First Aid Kit – Your Must-Have Item to Keep Your Puppy Safe!

By Stella Mark

Most people will have a first aid kit at home, especially if they have little children or senior citizens in the house. This is vital to ensure that in times of emergency, you will be able to treat the affected person immediately. The same rule applies if you have a puppy at home because when you are training your puppy, there is a possibility of accidents occurring. As such, one of the most important puppy training tips you need to learn is how to treat your puppy’s injuries and you won’t be able to do that if you do not have a dog first aid kit at home.

If you think that all you need to do is to send your puppy to the vet should it be injured, then you are wrong! Take for instance a case whereby your puppy happens to be injured and is bleeding profusely. You will have to stop its bleeding right away before you take it to the vet. Besides, if it happens late at night, there might not even be a vet available. However, if you have a dog first aid kit in the house that is prepared especially for your puppy, you can easily use some cotton and anti-septic cream to stop the bleeding before you decide whether you need to rush your puppy to the vet for further treatment.

So if you are wondering how to create a dog first aid kit for home use, you must continue reading as right below are a few tips that teach you to do just that.

1. Buy a commercially made kit
The easiest way to getting a dog first aid kit is none other than purchasing a commercially made one. However, this is definitely a more expensive choice and you might not actually need everything that comes together in such a commercially made kit.

2. Create a first aid kit yourself
I strongly feel that creating a dog first aid kit yourself is a much better and less expensive choice. It is also not a difficult task to complete. The first thing you need to do is to get a waterproof container which should be big and strong enough to hold all the items together. One suggestion is using a lunch box which you most likely already have at home or even a plastic shoe box. In order to easily locate the first aid kit in times of danger, you should stick a label to the exterior of the box.

You might think that since you have prepared the kit yourself, you will definitely remember how it looks or where you’ve placed it but during an emergency, you might feel too panicky to remember it. Thus, having a label such as ‘Puppy’s First Aid Kit’ will help you to easily find it. Even your family members can easily help you to get it when you need it urgently.

Now that you know that you can easily prepare a first aid kit for your pet at home, your next question will be what items must you include in the kit? Remember that your objective is for it to be useful, handy and inexpensive so you really do not need to include a lot of things inside.

Below is a list of items which you should include in your dog first aid kit:

• Anti-septic spray or cream which you can use to easily clean open wounds
• A packet of cotton balls and swabs also for cleaning the open wounds
• A bottle of Aloe Vera gel to treat burns
• A tube of first aid cream that can sooth and protect the wounds
• A bar of anti-bacterial soap that you can use to wash the wounds so as to prevent infection
• A pack of non-stick adhesive tape for securing bandages
• A pair of clean, blunt noses scissors which you can use for cutting the adhesive tape
• A packet of guaze bandage that will be helpful for covering and protecting open wounds
• A canine rectal thermometer that can used to check whether your puppy is running a fever
• A bottle of eyewash that can be used to wash out the irritation in the eyes of your puppy in case its eyes came into contact with chemicals accidentally
• A few tweezers for pulling out any possible splinters or small objects that could be trapped in your puppy’s paw
• A box of gloves which you can use when you need to apply medications on your puppy’s wounds so that they do not get contaminated by the bacteria in the air
• One or more blankets for wrapping your puppy in should there be an accident and you have to send it to the vet.

You now have a list of items which you can easily include for your dog first aid kit and these items are not costly if you purchase them individually. As such, it is really not necessary to buy an expensive commercially made first aid kit. As and when you come across items that you think you might need for keeping your puppy safe and free from injuries, you can simply add them into the kit. The most vital thing to remember is to constantly check the expiry date of the medication which you have put into the dog first aid kit. Viola! Your first aid kit is ready for your puppy’s use!

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Sep 24, 2009 | 0 | Dog first aid

How to Bathe a Dog

By Katie Mills

How often a dog needs to be bathed is dog dependent. Some need baths only once or twice a year, others who work outside, have long coats or those with skin conditions may need to be bathed as frequently as once a week.

Bathing a dog can be messy. If the weather is nice you can bathe your dog outside, although many people prefer to use their bath or shower. Make certain your dog is appropriately contained so they don’t get water everywhere.

Before starting make certain you have mineral oil, shampoo formulated for dogs, several towels, a brush, and cotton balls close to hand.

1. Brush your dog’s coat and remove any matted fur or debris. Clean the ears if they are dirty.

2. Put mineral oil in the eyes and cotton balls in the ears to protect them from any shampoo.

3. Wet the coat thoroughly using warm water, making certain that water penetrates right down to the skin.

4. Apply the shampoo along the back and work in to the coat. Then apply to the abdomen, legs and tail, working it in well. Finally apply to the head and face being careful to avoid the eyes.

5. Leave as long as directed on the shampoo bottle or by your vet. Some medicated shampoos prescribed by your vet may need to be left for 15 minutes before rinsing.

6. Rinse well, making certain no shampoo is left anywhere. Pay special attention to skin creases and folds, especially where the legs meet the body. When rinsing the head, lift it up and made certain the water runs off the back of the head. Brush any water away from the eyes.

7. Towel dry. If you bathe in your own bath tub, your dog will often shake as soon as it is lifted out. Placing a towel over your dog when you lift them, not only protects you, but when they shake much of the water is caught by the towel and not sprayed around your bathroom.

8. Brush your dog’s coat and put their collar back on.

If it is cold outside, be certain that your dog is fully dry before taking them outside, even for a walk.

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Sep 23, 2009 | 0 | Dog grooming

Chocolate Labradors – Sweet Enough For You?

By S Wheeler

Much has been written about the appeal of the Labrador as a breed. In particular the affable, faithful and attentive nature seems to strike a chord with dog owners and non dog owners alike. Of course, let me say right here and now that the aforementioned traits are not the exclusive preserve of the Labrador breed, far from it. However, in the spirit of being completely open an honest I must declare a personal interest here. Yeah, you guessed it I am a hopeless, sentimental, died in the wool, conveying human personality traits to my dog…Labrador owner! If you own another breed of dog then I am very happy for you. If your dog gives you half as much pleasure and companionship as mine does to me then I know you will be a very happy person.

Anyway, back to Labradors, and in particular Chocolate Labradors.

One of the things that has fascinated me for years is what I call the “Ahh Factor”.Now lets be quite clear about this the “Ahh Factor” is a term I have made up. It’s not mathematical, it’s not scientific but to me it seems undeniable. What is it I hear you say? We’ll the “Ahh Factor” is my way of quantifying the reaction of non dog owners when first meeting my, or any other Labrador. It’s the way in which people will approach a Labrador, throwing off any previous inhibitions they may have had, reach out and embrace the dog whilst vocalizing a long and soleful “Ahhhhh” in the general direction of the often now confused dog!

However, there is more. It is my contention that:

 

  • Labradors get a higher “Ahh Factor” than other breeds and,
  • Different colors of Labrador will elicit different “Ahh Factors” from the doting humans they are meeting.

 

Now I realize that this may take some believing but you have to remember that “I move in Doggie circles” (that doesn’t mean that I am in some way spinning on the spot chasing my non existent tail by the way!) and in particular I move in Labrador circles. Us Labrador owners need no convincing that when faced with a whole variety of dogs at, say, the county show our faithful companions receive huge “Ahh Factors” from the non dog owning folks. However, it is within the Labrador fraternity itself that the competition is at it’s fiercest.

None of us (at least those of us that own Black, Golden or Silver Labs) can understand why it is that the biggest “Ahh Factors” always go to the Chocolate Labradors! We have lovely dogs. We have well trained dogs. We have dogs that will readily show affection to well, almost anyone I guess. So why is it that when faced with a roomful, ring full, park full or street full of these lovely creatures does the average “non dog owner” make a bee line for the Chocolate Labradors? I can hear it now, the “Ahh Factors” are enormous. Any theories anyone?

Are we bitter? Nah, just bitter sweet I guess!

Stephen Wheeler is an avid Labrador lover, trainer and dog website owner.

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Sep 22, 2009 | 0 | Dog breed information

What You Didn’t Know About Pharaoh Hounds

By Ken Adamas

If you ask a cat (or a dedicated cat person), you’re likely to be summarily informed that there’s nothing at all mysterious about dogs. Cats have, however, been known to prevaricate for reasons known only to cats. That’s not to say that cat people share the same proclivity.

Dogs do have their mysteries — some of the more interesting ones revolve around the origins of different breeds. With the science of DNA now available, those questions are beginning to be answered, and more found to be asked, but DNA identification is still a relatively infantile technology and the databases available for reference have not yet become broad enough to arrive at definitive answers to many of our questions about where our dogs’ true origins lie. In 2004, when researchers announced the determination of the “14 ancient breeds” they were working with DNA from only 85 of the more common breeds — out of all the hundreds of known breeds.

One of the most intriguing mysteries revolves around the Pharaoh Hound, an elegant hunting hound that closely resembles the Egyptian god of the dead, Anubis. Ironically, the breed has often been characterized as being “as clean as a cat.”

For generations, it has been believed that the Pharaoh Hound is an ancient breed dating back to the time of the pharaohs. Images of dogs closely resembling the modern Pharaoh Hound found in Egyptian tombs and glyphs have seemed to support this belief. Egyptian artisans depicted dogs with the characteristic long, narrow nose, the large, pointed ears, the attentive stance, narrow waist and deep chest of the modern Pharaoh Hound. The tomb of Antefa II, dated at about 2300 BC is graced with a particularly striking drawing.

But now we have evidence that changes this supposition. And Anubis wasn’t known as the “hound god,” but as the jackal god.

The dog images from ancient Egypt are now believed to be of a truly ancient and now extinct breed, the Tesem. Our Pharaoh Hound appears to be a comparatively modern breed whose origins can be traced back to Malta and the Ibizan Hound, whose origins are ancient, most likely descended from the Tesem, brought by the Phoenicians around 645 BC to the island of Eivissa (that’s EIvissa, not ELvissa, home of the Ibizan sighthound, not Elvis sightings).

In spite of significant evidence to the contrary some breed clubs, breeders, registries and commentators at the most prestigious dog shows in the world continue to claim the Pharaoh Hound that we know today is one and the same breed portrayed thousands of years ago as a companion and hunting partner to the pharaohs. It is not unusual to read or hear the breed described as tracing its origins back to 5,000 BC, becoming known to the Mediterranean world after the Romans invaded Egypt two millennia ago and the Phoenician traders transported them to Malta and the Balearic Isles where they were prized for hunting small game.

We even “know” that the boy pharaoh, Tutenkhamen, owned one named Abuwitiyuw. Maybe that’s why we call them Pharaoh Hounds? Problem is, the evidence now points to the Ibizan being the older breed with the Pharaoh Hound being a later offshoot of the Ibizan rather than the other way around.

In Malta, the breed is known by the name Kelb tal-Fenek and is considered an indigenous breed to the island, the national dog of Malta. The first recorded mention of the hunting dog of Malta was written in 1647 by the Vice Chancellor of the Order of St. John (more familiar as the Knights of Malta): “There are dogs called ‘Cernechi’ esteemed for the hunting of rabbits , and as far as France are in demand primarily for stony, mountainous and steep locations.” “Cernechi” or “Cirnechi” translates literally to “Rabbit Dog.”

Ironically, the Kelb tal-Fenek — the Cernechi — didn’t become known as the Pharaoh Hound until the mid 20th century, when Dr. Eugen Seiferle dubbed the group of similar dogs “pharaonenhunde.” This designation further confuses the question as to whether the original rabbit dog of Malta was what we now call the Pharaoh Hound or better fit the standard of the Ibizan. Or perhaps another variant breed.

And the mystery and romance of the Pharaoh Hound continues. Which to choose to believe? Glyphs and drawings, myths and legends from ages past or hypothesis supported by fairly compelling although admittedly incomplete scientific evidence.

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Sep 21, 2009 | 0 | Dog breed information