The Canis Panther was developed in the beginning of the 1970s in the USA, to be more specific, in the Chicago area. Three people are mainly credited for developing the breed, and those are Mr. Scorpio Jones, Michael Straten and Lucas Lopez.
The Canis Panther is a mix of four great dog breeds. Most of the time, they look little bit similar to Dobermans, so its no wonder that one of those breeds really is the Doberman Pinscher. The other three are black Great Danes, black Labrador Retrievers and American Staffordshire Terriers.
This breed was developed to protect its owners, family and property and indeed, if there is one thing the Canis Panther excells at, than it is protection. They have naturally protective instinct, they are typically alert and suspicious towards strangers.
But the Canis Panther is not only a tough protector, they have their sweet side as well. All the parent breeds – Doberman, Labrador, Great Dane and Amstaff are quite intelligent and trainable, so as the Canis Panther. The Canis Panther is also very sensitive and loyal dog, who creates a strong bond with its owners and family. They love their pack and they will want to spend as much time as possible with you.
It is true, that the Canis Panther is very intelligent and highly trainable, but they those are definitely not dogs for novices. It is because of their enormous strength, protective instict and they tend to be quite dominant. These dogs definitely need experienced owner who can handle dominant dogs by firm training, patience and consistency.
The name Canis Panther can suggest, that this dog was developed or used to hunt panthers. Or maybe that it hunt like a panther. But none of these is right and this is not a hunting dog breed. The Canis Panther is a protector, not a hunter and they got this name because they look similarly to panthers.
This is a very muscular dog breed with wide chest and strong jaws. They are quite lean and strong dogs with very powerful appearance. On the other hand, they are also very elegant dogs. The average height is typically between 62-77 cm which is 24-30 inches and weight should be between 85-140 pounds, which is 38-63 kg. The females tend to be slightly smaller than males.
Great fact about the Canis Panther is, that they have almost no grooming needs. Even without any grooming, they will keep their coat in good condition. You can brush them from time to time to remove the dead hair and minimize the shedding. Just like with all dog breeds, you should regularly check their eyes, ears, teeth and nails and clip them or clean them if needed.
This is quite active dog breed with bright mind, which means they need quite a lot of daily physical and mental exercise. They will be happiest if they have access to large fenced yards where they can stretch their athletic legs. Those dogs are also pretty playful and they will love to play different dog games with its owners. And they will always be ready for a long outdoor walk or jog. Without enough exercise and mental stimulation, they can develop some unwanted behaviour, such as destruction.
The Canis Panther has a great looking short coat, which comes very often in beautiful black color. But those dogs are not always black, they can also be in chocolate, fawn or blue color. Very often they are in solid color, but they can have some white or tan markings.
For centuries, different Spaniel breeds were used for hunting purposes by French nobility and royalty, but it was not until the beginning of the 20th century, when the Spaniel breeds of France were separated into different purebred breed. It is believed, that the Picardy Spaniel is one of the oldest of all those spaniel breeds, next to the French Spaniel and the Picardy Spaniel can be seen on many old paintings, for example by Jean Babtiste Oudry.
The Picardy Spaniel is named after a French region called Picardy, which is located in northern France. This region is full of wetlands, lush woodlands and plains of grain, which all provide great cover for birds and the Picardy Spaniel was used in this region for hunting those birds.
Speaking of hunting, the Picardy Spaniel is just an amazing hunter. This is extremely versatile breed capable of hunting on land, but also in water. If the Picardy Spaniel is well trained, they are capable of searching the game, pointing, tracking and retrieving, they are just all around hunters. This breed has a long history of hunting and even today, many of them are used for this purpose.
The Picardy Spaniel is often times described as an affectionate, intelligent, lively and social dog breed. It is true, that they are quite good with kids, they are relatively laid back indoors and they are pretty easily trainable. But, you should never forget that this is a hunting dog breed. They were bred for the hunt for centuries, which means they are not the typical companion dogs. They will be happiest, if they are allowed to hunt. If you are not using this dog for hunting than they will need tons of daily physical and mental exericse to stay healthy and happy. This is definitely not a dog for everyone, because they have high prey drive, they can be little bit head harded and they are very very active. BTW, most of the Picardy Spaniels are still bred by hunters and they are meant for the hunting life.
Even though the Picardy Spaniel was quite popular among the French royalty in the past, they are pretty rare these days. One of the reason is, that just like many other French dogs, their population declined a lot during the two world wars. Since then, their numbers got bigger and this breed is not on the verge of extinction, but it is still considered as a rare breed, especially outside France. But it is possible to find them in other European countries and in North America as well.
The Picardy Spaniel has a beautiful coat and color. The coat is dense, medium long and slightly harsh. There are slight waves and typical feathering on the tail and legs. The breed standard describes the color as grey mottling with brown patches, most often marked with tan on the head and limbs. The coat is truly great looking.
The Picardy Spaniel is a medium to large sized dog breed with athletic and muscular body and average height between 22-25 inch, which is 56-64 cm and the weight is typically between 20-25 kg, which is 44-55 pounds. The females are naturally little bit smaller than males.
It seems that all the Picardy Spaniels just love swimming. I am sure there will be some exceptions of Picardy Spaniels who does not like water, but majority of them will jump into any river or lake if possible. This is a strong and skilled swimmer and big water lover.
9) Not a guard
If you are looking for a guard or watchdog, than the Picardy Spaniel is not the best choice for you. They are just too people friendly and it is almost impossible to train them to guard. They would probably invite the burglar into your home, rather than deter him.
This is usually very healthy dog breed with average lifespan around 14 or 15 years. Just like many hunting dogs with long ears, even the Picardy Spaniel is prone to ear infections. Because of that you should regularly check and clean the ears. There are no other health issues associated with this breed.
Just like the ancient Greek Olympians, the Greek Harehound is on the first sight very athletic and strong dog breed. Overall, the Greek Harehound has very appealing appearance. This is a well proportionate dog with average height between 45-55 cm, which is 18-22 inch and weight is typically between 17-20 kg, which is 37-44 pounds. The females are little bit smaller than males.
The Greek Harehound has a beautiful black and tan coat which is very dense, short and smooth. They can also have white spot on the chest.
The ears are set high and hangs down, muzzle is slightly arched and jaws are very powerful. The Greek Harehound has brown eyes which gives the dog lively and smart expression.
The Greek Harehound is a hunting dog breed and their hunting utilization formed their personality over the centuries. They are very endurat and agile dogs with great resistance and extraordinary sense of smell. They are also very adaptable and they can easily hunt even in harsh terrain.
When they are hunting, these dogs are known for being very confident, brave, fearless and they are very strong. Just like majority of scenthounds, even the Greek Harehound is little bit independent and strong willed.
Because of this strong willed temperament, the training can be sometimes little bit challenging and these dogs need consistent, patient and firm trainer to become completely obedient. This is not a dog for novices.
The Greek Harehound is known for being totally devoted and loyal to its owners. They are also very playful and social and they tend to create a very strong bond with its owners and family and they definitely make good companions for active people. I can guarantee you, that you will never be bored with the lively and outgoing Greek Harehound.
This is very friendly dog who typically does not have problem with other dogs, kids or strangers. They can happily live with other dogs in the family, but i would not trust them around smaller household pets. They are also good playful partners for kids, but just like with all breeds, you should always supervise them with very young children.
This is very energetic breed, who needs daily proper outdoor exercise, where they can run, explore and sniff. This breed does best in large open spaces where it can stretch its legs offleash.
The Greek Harehound is also known under some other names. The most important ones are Hellenic Hound and Hellenikos Ichnilatis.
This is a very old dog breed with its roots dating back thousands of years. Because their history is so long, it is not well documented and we are not sure how the breed originated. One theory suggest, that they developed from a Greek scenthound called Laconikoi Kynes.
This breed remained pure, mostly thanks to the mountainous region of Greece and the breed we know today is very similar to the Greek Harehound that was used for hunting hundreads years ago.
When sea travel became commonplace, Greek Harehounds accompanied Greek traders on their ways and the breed spread to other parts of the world. Back in the days, Greece covered a large part of the Balkans and thanks to that, the Greek Harehound quickly spread to those neighboring countries.
Throughout the history, the Greek harehound was always used for the same purpose, which is hunting and tracking hares and other small game. Today you can find this breed in Greece and in other Balkan countries, but it is quite rare outside Balkan.
Health and grooming
The coat of Greek Harehound is short and smooth, but also very dense and it needs regular brushing to remove dirt and dead hair and minimize the shedding. Other than that, no additional grooming is needed and these dogs do not require much bathing, only when its really necessary. Just like with all dogs, you should regularly check their eyes, ears, teeth and nails and clip them or clean them if needed.
There is not enough studies about the breeds health, but it is reported, that this is usually a healthy dog breed, that only ocassionaly suffer from hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and ear infections. The average lifespan is between 11-12 years.
1) Ancient ancestry
According to the FCI, the first mentions about Griffon dogs come from the year 500 before Christ from the writings of Greek historian Xenophon. It is almost certain, that Gauls, who lived in Europe from the 5th century B.C. to the 5th century A.D. used these old Griffons. But what is the exact place or time of origin or exact ancestry of those first Griffons is unclear.
2) Eduard Korthals
The modern Wirehaired Pointing Griffon breed we know today was developed in the second half of the 19th century and the person who is credited for developing this breed is a Dutchman Eduard Karel Korthals. His breeding goal was to develop devoted, resiliant, endurant and versatile gundog and it is safe to say that he was succesful. Mr. Korthals is from Netherlands, but he developed this breed while working in Germany and later in France.
It would be very hard to find more versatile breed than Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. They can easily hunt on all types of terrain, they tolerate both, cold and hot temperatures pretty well, they are very strong, endurant, sense of smell and they are amazing at pointing, but also at retrieving on dry land, in water or in marhes. This truly is an amazing versatile hunter.
Majority of Wirehaired Pointing Griffons just love to swim and they are just made for it. They have water repelent coat, which protects them from chilly waters and webbed toes which helps them to swim. Overall this is pretty energetic breed who love outdoors and they definitely need daily longer outdoor walks full of sniffing and exploring. And if you will add some swimming to your walks, your dog will just love it.
But this is not only a hunter. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon are very social dog and they need to live indoors around its family. They definitely hate to be ignored. This is an intelligent and eager to please dog which is highly trainable. They also have pretty soft and sensitive temperament, so they do not respond well to harsh training. Overall this is extremely people oriented dog who loves its all family, including kids. But just like with any dog breed, you should never leave them alone with very young child.
This is a strong, athletic and medium sized dog breed with average height between 20-24 inch, which is 51-61 cm and weight is typically between 50-60 pounds, which is 22-28 kg. The females tend to be slightly smaller than males.
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon has a practical double coat, which consists of harsh, wiry outer coat and a softer under coat. A variety of coat types may be found in the same litter ranging from soft to hard. Interesting fact is, that the coat will not fully develop until the dog is about 2 years old. And a great fact is, that this is pretty low shedding breed, which has potential to not trigger the allergies, but it is not guaranted, since there is no thing as 100% hypoallergenic dog. Most often, you can find this breed in steel gray color with brown markings.
Majority of Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are pretty alert dogs and they will alert its family by barking when they will hear or see something suspicious. But because of their overall friendliness and gentleness they are not the best choice for guarding purposes.
As i already said earlier, this is very low shedding dog, but they still need some maintenance. The wiry coat must be combed and stripped approximately every week to stay in good shape. Its important to check the dogs ears and keep it clean and dry, because they can suffer from some ear problems. Also do not forget to check the dogs eyes, teeth and nails and clip them or clean them if needed.
This is usually a healthy dog breed with average lifespan between 12-13 years. Just like all dogs, even the Wirehaired Pointing griffon can suffer from some health issues, namely hip dysplasia, entropion or otitis externa.
Most people never heard about Panda shepherds and when they see them for the first time, they think it is a German Shepherd cross. Some people think that it is a Colie/Shepherd cross, other thinks that it is a crossed White Shepherd. But that is not true.
The Panda Shepherd is a purebred piebald colored German Shepherd with approximately 35% of white color and the rest of the body should be black and tan. The first Panda Shepherd was born in the year 2000 and its name was Lewcinka's Franka von Phenom. BTW, for example Tokala from this video is a direct ancestor and great great grandson of this first Panda Shepherd.
So the Panda Shepherd did not evolved by crossbreeding, it was a spontaneous genetic mutation and the parents of the first Panda Shepherd were both typical working purebred German Shepherd dogs. All the dogs in the litter were typically looking GSDs, but one, Lewcinka's Franka von Phenom, was piebald. When Frankie matured, she was bred with another normally looking GSD and she had 4 puppies. Three out of these 4 pups were Panda Shepherds, one looked like a typical GSD. BTW the Franka parents were blood tested and it is certified that they were purebred GSDs with no White Shepherds ancestors.
The Panda Shepherd is a result of mutation of the KIT gene, which affects the color. Luckily, it should not cause any health issues. So other than the color, Panda Shepherd has the same appearance and temperament as German Shepherd.
Franka, the first Panda Shepherd also had blue eyes, which can also be caused by the mutation of KIT gene. But her pups had brown eyes and only some of the Panda Shepherds have blue eyes, but it can happen.
Even though the Panda Shepherd is considered as purebred, the white markings is considered as a fault by most of the kennel clubs, which means they can not attend the showring.
Other than that, this is a normal German Shepherd with average height between 55-65 cm, which is 22-26 inch and weight is typically between 22-40 kg, which is 49-88 pounds. Females are typically little bit smaller than males.
The temperament of Panda Shepherd is often times described as intelligent, eager to please, very active, curious, watchful and protective. Those dogs are highly trainable and versatile and are capable of working in many different areas. Panda Shepherds can be police and military dogs, guards and watchdogs, rescue dogs, they can sniff out drugs and explosives and they can also serve as guide and service dogs. Traditionally, German Shepherds were used for herding and they would still be able to herd and protect the livestock.
If you are thinking about getting a Panda Shepherd, you should be prepared for a lot of exercise. This dog has high energy and high exercise needs, so daily outdoor walks or jogs are must. Most of them are pretty playful and they like playing different games such as frisbee. Daily training sessions are also important, those dogs actually enjoy the training, especially if they are rewarded with a lot of affection and treats. You can also try some dog sport, Panda Shepherd is a great adept for agility, obedience, herding trials or tracking trials. This will exhaust the dog physically, but also mentally and exhausted dog is a good dog!
The German Shepherd, so the Panda Shepherd as well, is prone to some bad health issues. The most common is hip dysplasia. Other health issues associated with this breed include degenerative myelopathy, congenital heart defect and von willebrands disease. The average lifespan of Panda Shepherd is 10-13 years.
The Panda Shepherd has a dense doublecoat which sheds all the time, seasonally very heavilly. You should brush their coat on daily basis to remove the dead hair and minimize the shedding. There are no other grooming needs and those dogs do not require much bathing, only if its really necessary. Just like with all dogs, you should check the dogs ears, eyes, nails and teeth and clip them or clean them if needed.