The Siberian Husky has a long history with Chukchi people in eastern Siberia and Labradors history dates back to 19th century. The Huskador breeding dates back to 1990s, but of course, it is almost certain that there were unintentional crosses before that. But the intentional breeding with a goal of creating a new dog started in 1990s.
2) Designer dog breed
The Huskador is sometimes called as a designer dog breed, which is basically different, more fancy name for crossbreed. The designer dog breed is a mix between two purebred dogs, in this case a Labrador and Husky.
Both Labradors and Huskies are known as good companions. Both breeds love human companionship and they are usually extremely friendly dogs. So as the Huskador. These dogs create a very strong bond with people and they just want to spend all the time with its family. They also typically do not have problems with other dogs in the family. Some Huskadors can have higher prey drive, but most often they can happily live with other household pets as well, especially if they are socialized together from the puppyhood. Overall, the Huskadors are known as absolutely loving and loyal companion dogs.
But even the Huskador is not for everyone, because Huskadors tend to be very active dogs that need a lot of daily physical stimulation to stay healthy and happy. They are best suited for families and people who have time on daily long walks and proper physically active playtime. Because the Huskador is also very intelligent breed, they need some mental stimulation as well.
The Labsky is a medium to large sized athletic dog breed with average height between 20-24 inch which is 50-60 cm and weight is usually between 40-70 pounds, which is 19-31 kg. The females are naturally little bit smaller than males.
The Huskador coat comes in several colors and color combinations. The main colors are black, chocolate, yellow, red and grey. Often times, the coat will be a mix of colors. These dogs have a very dense doublecoat which is protecting them from a cold weather. They are better suited for cold regions than hot weather regions, but this is pretty adaptable breed. The coat is typically in medium length and relatively silky to touch.
If there is one disadvantage of owning Labsky, than it is the constant shedding. They really shed a lot and you should be prepared for a lot of vacuuming. You should brush their coat regularly, during the shedding season even daily to minimize the shedding. But its impossible to stop it.
The trainability of Huskador really depends if it inherits more Husky or Labrador personality. Because while the Labrador Retriever is extremely easily trainable, intelligent and very eager to please, the Siberian Husky is known for being more stubborn and independent dog. It is also very intelligent breed, but the stubborness makes the training harder. It is impossible to say, if your Huskador will have Labrador or Husky personality and trainability, most of the time, they will be somewhere in between. Just like with all dogs, you should start the training as soon as possible. These dogs best react to positive reinforcement, so prepare a lot of treats and always praise the dog for good behaviour.
Most often the Huskadors have triangular shaped head with ears that can be droopy or erect. Most often they have brown or amber eyes, but they can have light blue eyes. They can inherit these blue eyes from Siberian Husky parent. It is also common for the breed to show heterochromia, which means that they have each eye in different color.
The Huskador is prone to the same health issues as its parent breeds, and those include hip dysplasia, allergies, eye problems such as cataracts and they can be prone to obesity, which is why you should closely monitor the amount of food you are giving to them. The average lifespan is around 12 or 13 years.
The Chinese Crested dog is ancient and very old dog breed and no one can be really sure about its ancestry and origin. But the most accepted theory suggest, that these dogs actually do not have their roots in China and that they are descendants of large hairless african dog called African Hairless Terrier and that they were brought to China, where their size was reduced by selective breeding. So the breed we know today, was truly developed by Chinese, but its origin is probably somewhere else.
In the past, Chinese Crested dogs accompanied Chinese sailors on trading vessels around the world. They were used on the ships as skilled ratters. It is believed, that thanks this traveling, Chinese Crested dogs appeared in ports of Egypt, South Africa or Turkey, where local variations of this breed were cultivated.
The Chinese Crested dog is an exotic looking dog that actually comes in two coat types. The more popular is probably the hairless type. This type actually does have some silky hair on the head, feet and tail. The second type does have a full coat and it is called Powderpuff. The Powderfpuff type has a pretty thick doublecoat. Interesting fact is, that both types can be born in the same litter and even two hairless Chinese Crested dogs can have powderpuff offspring.
The Chinese Crested dog is known for its happy nature. These little dogs just love human companionship and they are very affectionate. These dogs typically love children, but because they are very small and fragile, the kid should be old enough to know how to treat dogs with respect. The Chinese Crested can also live with other dogs or pets in the family, especially if they are raised together from the puppyhood. These dogs are quite playful, clownish and it seems they are always positive.
Probably the most popular Chinese Crested dog is Sam, a threetime champion of the World Ugliest Dog contest. Sam was blind and toothless, but he was internationally famous and kinda celebrity. Sam is not the only popular Chinese Crested dog, because this breed also appeared in many movies and TV shows such as Hotel for Dogs, 102 Dalmatians or Marmaduke.
The Chinese Crested dog is a small breed with average height between 11-13 inch, which is 28-33 cm and weight is usually between 10-13 pounds, which is 4-6 kgs. There are no big size differences between males and females.
This dog breed can be in almost any color or color combination. Usual colors include mahogany, blue, levander or copper. The coat can be either spotted or solid. The hairless type can have skin in pink or black color.
8) Missing teeth
It is quite common for the hairless variety of Chinese Crested dog to miss some or even all the teeth. It is not sign of some ilness or for example bad breeding, this just goes along with the breed and there is a genetic link between dominant hairlessness gene and missing teeth.
The ammount of grooming really depends of how much hair your Chinese Crested has. If its the powderpuff fully coated dog, than almost daily brushing is needed, because the coat can become matted quite easily. On the other hand, some Chinese Crested dogs will require skin moisturization to keep the skin in good condition, but it is not always needed. These dogs are known for being very clean and they do not shed much. The hariless type is also prone to cold weather and they typically wear sweater when its cold outside. Other than that, you should regularly check the dogs ears, eyes, teeth and nails and clip them or clean them if needed.
This is relatively healthy dog breed, in relatin to other toy breeds. The average lifespan is around 13-15 years. Of course, just like all the dog breeds, even the Chinese Crested can suffer from some health issues and those include dental problems, skin problems, progressive retinal atrophy or legg calve perthes disease.
The OES and Bearded Collie might look very similar and some people might confuse them together, but they are definitely not identical. The Bobtail is slightly larger with average height around 60 cm, or 24 inches and weight 40 kg, which is 88 pounds. The Bearded Collie height is usually somewhere around 53 cm, or 21 inches and weight around 22 kg, which is 48 pounds.
Both breeds have long and thick coat which protects them from harsh weather. Both coats requires extensive brushing to prevent matting and tangling. The Bobtails coat probably requires little bit more grooming, since their undercoat is much denser and it is matting more. The Beardies coat is more manageable.
Traiditionally, the Old English Sheepdog has docked tail, which is why they are nicknamed Bobtail, but today, it is normal to see OES with long tail. The Bearded Collies tail is quite long.
Next to the size, you can distinquish those two breeds by the hair on the head. The Bearded Collies fur falls from the top of the forehead creating a kind of "eyebrows" over the eyes, and forms a characteristic "beard" around the mouth, which is why they are named Bearded. The OES on the other hand does not have those two features.
The temperament of both dogs is very similar. Of course, the temperament and personality can be vastly influenced by early training and socialization, but in general, both breeds make excellent active family companions who love its owners and family and are very affectionate towards them. Both are also pretty accepting to other people and animals if you introduce them properly and they are quite tolerant towards kids. But of course, you should never leave any dog breed with very young child unsupervised.
Some owners suggest, that Old English Sheepdog has higher protective nature to its owners and property, but they are absolutely okay with people you introduce to them. Again, this can be vastly influenced by early socialization.
Both breeds are very very active. Bearded Collie is a bit more active, agile and overall hyper and it needs truly a lot of exercise, but both breeds need a lot of daily physical and mental stimulation. Daily longer walks, hikes or jogs are necessary to have a healthy and happy dog in your home.
Those two breeds are also extremely trainable, which is due to the combination of the high intelligence and their love to its people. But early training with proper socialization is essential, just like with all breeds. With enough patience and consistency, both breeds are capable of learning tons of different trick and commands.
Overall, those two breeds have extremely similar personality. They are not for everyone, but if you are an active person, who likes outgoing and devote dogs, than there is a big chance, that both breeds would be a great fit for you.
In the beginning of the video i said, that both breeds are from Great Britain, but they actually have different country of origin, because the Old English Sheepdog was developed in England, but Bearded Collie is from Scotland. But originally, both dogs were used for herding purposes.
Every breed is prone to certain health issues. The Old English Sheepdog is hip dysplasia, entropion and cataracts. Bearded Collie is usually very healthy breed, but they ocassionally suffer from hip dysplasia or epilepsy. Those two breeds have different life expectancy and it is logical, that the larger Old English Sheepdog lifespan is slightly shorter, around 10 years, than the Bearded Collies 13-14 years.
The Serbian Defense dog is on the first sight very muscular and strong, yet agile and athletic dog breed. Its normal for these dogs to be 70 cms tall and 60kgs heavy, which is 27 inch and 132 pounds and some dogs, especially males are even larger than that.
This breed has a large and strong head and moderately long powerful muzzle. The teeth and jaws are also extremely strong and neck very muscular.The triangular ears hanging close to the head, eyes are medium sized and the chest is deep and broad.
The Serbian Defense dog has a short to medium long doublecoat, which is very dense and it protects the dog from all weather conditions. You can find this breed in several different colors, such as yellow, brindle, black, gray or honey color. Some dogs can have white spots on their body.
The Serbian Defense Dog is a very protective, territorial and loyal breed to its owner. Their natural protective instinct, amazing speed and insane strenght makes them extarodinary dogs for protection and guarding purposes. These dogs are also absolutely brave and courageous and they should never be intimidated by any man or animal. It is also almost impossible to bribe the Serbian Defense Dog.
But this does not mean that this dog is unmanageable agressive breed, not at all. In normal situations, this is very stable breed with pretty calm and laid back personality. With good socialzitaion and training, this dog is excellent companion dog and he will not show any agression on outside walks. This dog is also known to be pretty tolerant towards kids, but of course, you should never leave any dog breed with a very young child unsupervised.
As you can probably guess, this dog is alert and suspicious towards strangers and it will take a while before the stranger gets a trust of this dog. The stranger must always be introduced to the dog by the owner.
Its important to mention, that even though this is very smart and obedient dog, they are not the best choice for novices or unexperienced owner. It is because of their enormous strength and protective instinct. If the novice would fail the socialization and training with dog this powerful, he can have a lot of troubles. These dogs need patient, firm and consistent training and proper early socialization. But with experienced owner, this is very easily and adaptable breed capable of learning a lot of different commands and being absolutely obedient.
In the Middle Ages, there was a powerful and fierce dog in the area of todays Serbia. This dog was known as Serbian Mastiff. It is believed that the King of Serbia, Dusan the Mighty, used Serbian Mastiffs as guards and protectors and these dogs were even guarding the borders of Serbian Empire.
Later, this ancient Serbian Mastiff went extinct, but in 1980s the recreation of this breed started. The man behind this recreation is Nenad Gavrilovic, a Bosnian herbalist and healer. The breeds that were used in the recreation of the Serbian Mastiff are Neapolitan Mastiffs, Bosnian Tornjaks, American Staffordshire Terriers, Rottweilers and Balkan Wolves. The breeds was finally established in 1991 and it was named as Srpski Odbrambeni Pas or Serbian Defense Dog.
Health and grooming
There is not enough scientific studies and information about the breeds health, but it should usually be very healthy and hardy dog breed. They can ocassionally suffer from the same health issues as other large dogs, such as hip dysplasia, but it is not very common in this breed.
The maintenance is not very hard. These dogs shed some hair, but even without any brushing, they will keep the coat in good condition. They also do not need 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
The Cao de Gado Transmontano, also known as Transmontano Mastiff is a huge, rustic looking dog with powerful, yet very noble appearance. The breed has almost squared shape, high limbs, massive head, strong well developed jaws and teeth, medium almond shaped eyes and thick tail.
There is a visible sexual dimorphism between the males and females, where the males are taller, heavier and bulkier. The average height of the Transmontano Mastiff is between 68-85 cm, which is 27-33 inch and weight is usually between 50-75 kg, which is 110-165 pounds. As you can see, this truly is very big dog and it is one of the largest breeds from Iberian peninsula.
This is doublecoated dog with very dense undercoat. The coat has a medium length and it is very smooth, thick and abundant. Most commonly the coat comes in white color with large patches of black, fawn, yellow or wolf grey, but this breed can also be found in solid colors and brindle.
For centuries, these dogs were used as skilled livestock protectors and this utilization formed their personality. This breed was always used for protection purposes and even today, they have strong guarding instinct. But this is not agressive breed. It is true, that they are alert, cautious and they do not trust strangers, but they should not show any sign of agression if its not absolutely needed.
Cão de Gado Transmontano is very curious, independent and territorial dog. When they are protecting the livestock, these dogs are able to work very independently and on their own. They are also very intelligent and good problem solvers. This breed is also known for being pretty possesive over food and toys, which should be controlled since the early days.
But this is not only amazing livestock protector. The Transmontano Mastiff is also calm, gentle and sensitive companion. They bond closely with its master and most of the time, they will love to be patted and just spend their time around its people. Despite its giant size, this is very docile and well behaved dog breed.
As you can probably imagine, these dogs are very athletic and they love to be free. They will love long walks or hikes and they can walk all day long withot being tired. They should live in a house with big property where they can run freely. Without enough exercise, they can develop some unwanted behaviour, such as digging, because they love to dig.
According to the official FCI breed standard, the origin of Cao de Gado Transmontano is similar with origin of all Iberian mastiffs and it is closely linked with Peninsular transhumance routes. In ancient times, ancestors of this dog settled in Northern Portugal in higland region known as Trás-os-Montes. We are not sure about the ancestors, but it is believed that they are related to ancient Molossus dog. They are also probably related to another Portuguese livestock guardian dog, the Rafeiro do Alentejo.
The mountainous region where this dog was used to protect livestock from dangerous predators such as wolves is known for steep pastures and warm and dry climate. Over the centuries, this breed adjusted to the region’s conditions and it slowly evolved into the breed we have today.
Today, the breed is provisionally recognised by the FCI, where you can also find their breed standard.
Health and grooming
The maintenance of this breed is very easy. They do not need any grooming and they will keep the coat in good condition. They do shed some deal and if want to keep the coat in best condition possible and also minimize the shedding, you can brush the coat regularly. Just like with all dogs you should also regularly check the eyes, ears, nails and teeth and clean them or clip them if needed.
There is not enough studies and information about the breeds health, but it should be usually hardy and healthy breed with not common health issues. Ocassionally they can suffer from hip dysplasia and dilated cardiomyopathy. The average lifespan is between 10-12 years.