April 23, 2019

Yorkshire Terrier Dog Basics

Country of Origin: England Height: 6–7 inches [est.] Weight: No more than 7 pounds Coat: Moderately long, straight, silky, glossy, fine Colors: Steel blue and tan   Origin and History The first Yorkshire Terrier on record is Huddersfeld Ben, acknowledged to be the foundation sire of the breed. Ben was born in 1865 and hailed from the county of Yorkshire in northern England, from which the breed’s name comes. This rugged region was notorious for its hardworking coal miners and mill workers, who needed these tough little dogs to keep vermin under control in the mines and textile mills. The […]
April 23, 2019

How To Train A Yorkie

Yorkshire Terriers are considered to be working dogs but can be strong-willed and have big dog temperament in a small dog’s body. Luckily, Yorkshire Terriers are very trainable, and there are a variety of different Yorkshire Terrier dog training tips and techniques. The foundation for all training techniques include: Consistency Repetition Positive or Negative Consequences/Reinforcement   Start Yorkie Training Early If you need to know how to train a Yorkie He will still have a short attention span but can learn basic commands such as “sit,” “down,” and “stay.” You can still train your older Yorkie, but it is a bit more difficult, and you may […]
April 23, 2019

10 Tiny Facts About Yorkshire Terriers

These dogs have a lot of personality packed into little bodies. Learn more about this energetic breed and its history.   1. YORKSHIRE TERRIERS STARTED AS RATTERS. These little dogs were bred from a collection of terriers, including the Waterside terrier, in order to hunt rats. Miners, weavers, and other business owners in Scotland used the tiny exterminators to keep their workspaces rodent-free. Because of their compact size, Yorkshires could squeeze into tiny spaces; their fierce personalities helped them fearlessly take on their rodent prey. Like other terriers, the dogs were also used during hunts to flush prey out of its den.   […]
March 18, 2019

Where Do Labradors Come From?

If you want to find out where Labradors come from, pull up a chair and join us on our journey down through time. We are  going to investigate the history and origins of the Labrador Retriever. And it’s a fascinating story   Do Labradors come from Labrador? It seems reasonable to assume that our much loved and lovable Retriever is called a Labrador Retriever, because it retrieves things and comes from Labrador in North America! In fact the dogs that formed the foundation of the Labrador breed in England in the 1800s, were imported not from Labrador but from Newfoundland. […]
March 18, 2019

Pros And Cons of Getting A Labrador Retriever

Although Labradors are undeniably lovely dogs, they do have their downsides. Let’s compare their pros and cons. Cons Labradors are energetic and so need lots of exercise, although not too much when they are puppies to keep their joints healthy. They do have some potential inherited disorders, so you will need to buy your puppy from a breeder that has made sure both parents have great health tests. You will have to work hard to keep your home fur-free and dedicate lots of time to training to prevent unwanted behaviors such as jumping up or pulling on the leash. They […]
March 18, 2019

6 Things to Consider Before Buying a Labrador

Are you about to take a step into the world of dog ownership for the first time? Are you currently searching for your new puppy, or trying to learn as much as you can about the breed before the time comes? You are right to take this decision seriously, because there’s a price to pay for life with a Labrador – and it isn’t just the money! In this article we are going to be looking at the pros and cons of owning a Lab. And you’ll find more information to help you in that green box above. Highlighting six […]
March 18, 2019

Caring For An Old Labrador

Do you have an old Labrador? Is your lively friend starting to slow down and look a little grey around the chin? In this article we’re going to take a look at some of the challenges your senior Lab could face. Giving you the best ways to keep your aging Labrador Retriever fit, comfortable and happy.   Is My Labrador Old? It may surprise you as it did me, to find out that the pet food companies classify a dog as young as seven years as ‘senior’. Labrador Retrievers as a breed have a life expectancy of around ten to twelve […]
February 21, 2019

Are Jack Russells Easy to Train?

Easy isn’t the first word that comes to mind for any Jack Russell terrier activity, with the exception of getting into mischief. He’s an active, adventurous, independent little dog. Those are the nice adjectives — your JRT may vary. Training is possible, especially if you find work he likes to do. Understanding the JRT To understand your JRT’s mind, look into their history and what they were originally bred to do. They are hunting dogs, bred to kill rodents. Your Jack will enthusiastically try to kill smaller animals crossing his path: squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks and neighborhood felines. Smart and feisty, […]

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