When the sunlight, use a sunscreen with a minimum protection factor of 15 or a preparation containing benzoic acid. The garlic might cause a bit of discomfort, but it doesn’t harm the skin. The English Setter is a good watchdog and will bark to alert his people that someone is approaching the house. The result was a sleek and beautiful dog who’s gentle and affectionate. The Berner was originally a vital part of farm life, serving to drive cattle, protect his family, and pull carts loaded with goods to sell at nearby villages. The dogs also lived with the people, played with the children (which he still enjoys), and helped keep them warm in the cold climate. As a puppy, he adopts whomever he lives with, be it a family or a herd of sheep; as he grows, he takes on the protector gig.
(Now we just have cars with racing stripes.) Not surprisingly, the Dalmatian today has an endless capacity for exercise and is the ideal companion for people who jog, skate, or bicycle. When shooting birds became popular, the Pointer was still needed to point and then retrieve them. A wedge-shaped skull gradually tapers to the muzzle. Officially, however, he’s the Australian Cattle Dog; the “heeler” moniker comes from the fact that the dogs were bred to herd cattle by nipping at their heels. The finishing touch is a thick, round tail that curls over his back. He can follow a scent trail for miles and will always prefer that to sleeping on the sun porch. The film character Toto is characteristically Cairn: a small, sturdy, shaggy-coated terrier who’s highly intelligent and confident.
His Velcro personality isn’t so surprising, considering he was bred to keep the wealthy families of his native island of Cuba company. In fact, that’s what he was bred to do and how he got his name (Dachs meaning badger; hund meaning dog). Originally developed as a bird dog, the Irish Setter retains the drive and energy of his forefathers. Besides his pleasing form and graceful movement, the Canaan Dog is blessed with an endearing and responsive personality. The Chinese Crested is an exotic-looking small dog who does not actually hail from China. He takes his name from the place in Germany where he was developed — the Court of Weimar, whose noblemen wanted a dog with courage married to intelligence, one with good scenting ability and speed and stamina on the trail. Sadly, he passed away soon after he’d completed his mission.
With his tousled coat and powerful build, the Bouvier des Flandres embodies a rugged adventurer packed with strength, endurance, and vigor. Bred for hundreds of years to be a royal watchdog, the modern Lhasa approaches life the way his forebears did: he is a loyal guardian of home and family. Although a playful pup sounds endearing, consider how many games of fetch or tag you want to play each day, and whether you have kids or other dogs who can stand in as playmates for the dog. Some breeds do fine with a slow evening stroll around the block. These dynamos need lots of training to learn good manners, and may not be the best fit for a home with young kids or someone who’s elderly or frail. When picking a breed, consider your own activity level and lifestyle, and think about whether you’ll find a frisky, energetic dog invigorating or annoying. Originally bred to perform a canine job of some sort, such as retrieving game for hunters or herding livestock, they have the stamina to put in a full workday.
When choosing a breed, think about how the dog vocalizes — with barks or howls — and how often. Anything whizzing by — cats, squirrels, perhaps even cars — can trigger that instinct. Mouthy breeds tend to really enjoy a game of fetch, as well as a good chew on a chew toy that’s been stuffed with kibble and treats. Many breeds are intelligent but approach training with a “What’s in it for me?” attitude, in which case you’ll need to use rewards and games to teach them to want to comply with your requests. Some breeds have hearty appetites and tend to put on weight easily. Treating impetigo involves the application chlorhexidine, hydrogen peroxide, or benzoyl peroxide two times per day. If you’re a neatnik you’ll need to either pick a low-shedding breed, or relax your standards.
Breed isn’t the only factor; dogs who lived with their littermates and mother until at least 6 to 8 weeks of age, and who spent lots of time playing with other dogs during puppyhood, are more likely to have good canine social skills. Demodicosis can affect any part of the body, particularly the face, legs, and trunk, or appear all over the body. Ratting cannot be recommended, due to the increased vulnerability brought on by the lack of a protective coat.