Greece civilization is one of the most interesting of all. And Greece is home to some interesting dog breeds as well. For example to the Cretan Hound. This is a dog from big Greek island called Creta and it is probably one of the oldest hunting dog in Europe. Unlike the Greek Harehound, they are using both, sight and scent equally while hunting. Cretan Hound is pretty obedient dog and they want to make us happy, which makes the training easier. Their temperament is active and focused while they are hunting or doing some other activity, but while they are with their family, they are gentle and affectionate.
Have you ever heard about Kokoni? This dog is also known under its name Small Greek Domestic Dog and it is very popular dog in Greece. They are small companion dogs, that are sharing homes with Greek people for centuries. And they are great companion dogs, lively, fun to be around, bright and eager to please. And they are also pretty intelligent and good at training.
Probably the most famous Greek dog is Greek Shepherd. It is livestock guardian from mountain region. These dogs are beautiful and sometimes they are confused with Great Pyrenees or other Mountain dogs. They have floppy ears, large head and broad muzzle. Their temperament is very independent and they are not good for novice owners. They are very loyal, brave, alert and intelligent. They might look lazy when they are resting, but when they have job to do, they are very active.
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The history of Saint Germain Pointer comes to early 19th century, when the English Pointer named Miss was crossed with Braque Francais called Zamore. They were crossed several times and the rumours about a new amazing hunting dog breed spreds quickly across the France. The official recognition of this breed came in the 1913, when the breed club of Braque Saint-Germain was found.
Saint Germain Pointer is very strong dog full of muscles. Their height is around 60cms. They have fawn and white coat and there should not be any black markings on it. The ears are dropped, tail is long. In general, they have the typical working or hunting dog appearance.
Great thing is, that they dont need much grooming. You should only brush them when necessary. Other than that, only routine maintance is needed, like ear cleaning, ocassional bathing, nail clipping if necessary. Bad thing is, that Saint Germain Pointer is heavy shedder, so prepare for a lot of vacuuming.
This breed is pretty healthy, they are not prone to any unusual health problems. Of course, as with most bigger dog breeds, they might have hip and elbow dysplasia, ear and other infections. But its the same as with other dogs of this size.
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The first advantage would be, that Pugs are amazing for apartment living. It is not very active breed, so its perfect for seniors or not so active people. They are also pretty easily trainable, at least if we talk about the basic commands. Because of that, they are great for novice dog owners.
Great thing is, that you can read pugs emotions quite easily. If they are sad, happy or excited, you can tell it easily. And a lot of time, Pugs emotions will be the same as yours. If you are sad, the Pug will lay with you all day long. If you are happy, they will happily go out for a walk with you.
Pugs are very friendly, loving, they love to cuddle, they are very affectionate and they will make you smile every day. Because of this, they are great choice for family pet. Your kids will love this dog and most of the time, Pug will love them as well. This is kid friendly dog. Pug is also friendly towards strangers or other dogs.
The last bigger pros is, that Pugs are easy to groom. They really dont need a lot of grooming and bathing, only when necessary. Of course, you need to take care of their ears, eyes and nails, but again, only if it is needed.
Now lets talk about the cons. There are two big disadvantages of owning a pug. The first one is a little bit sad, because it is about their health. Pugs are prone to many diseases and especially to infections. It is because of their face. Their bulgy eyes are prone to eye infection, their short nose is prone to respiratory problems. Be prepared to pay a lot of money for veterinary bills, when you get a Pug.
Another big disadvantage is, that Pugs are heavy shedders. It does not look like it, on the first sight, but Pugs are double coated dogs who shed all the time. Anything a pug touches practically turns into a pug, because it is covered by their fur.
As i said, they are very attached with humans, which is cute, but it can quickly turns into a con. They will go anywhere where you go. To the kitchen, to the television, to the bathroom, everywhere. They love you so much, that for some people it might get annoying. This can be for some disadvantage but for some people this is a big advantage.
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All Sighthounds in the world: Afghan Hound, Andalusian Hound, Azawakh, Basenji, Borzoi, Greyhound, Hortaya borzaya, Ibizan Hound, Irish Wolfhound, Italian Greyhound, Longdog, Lurcher, Magyar agar, Mudhol Hound, Pharaoh Hound, Podenco Canario, Polish Greyhound, Rampur Greyhound, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Saluki, Scottish Deerhound, Silken Windhound, Sloughi, Spanish Greyhound, Taigan, Tazy, Thai Ridgeback, Whippet
Sighthound is a type of a dog, that hunts by sight rather than scent. Because they use sight, all the sighthounds have to be very fast dogs.
Sighthounds are the fastest dogs in the world and the famous Greyhound is part of this group. Because they need to be fast, they have lean bodies, flexible back and long legs.
Sighthounds are very old and ancient group of dogs. For example Saluki or Sloughi are very old breeds.
I mention some questionable breeds into the video. Rhodesian Ridgeback, Thai Ridgeback and Basenji are sighthounds based on some major kennel clubs while some other kennel clubs put them into different group. But since there is always at least one major kennel club (FCI or AKC) that mark them as sighthounds i decide to include all three into this video.
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Cane Corso is descendant of Roman dog breeds, that were used in wars. When the Roman Empire falls, Cane Corso was used as guard, but also as farm dog and hunter. As you can see, it is very skilled and versatile dog, and especially the hunting ability is great, he was used to hunt dangerous animals, like wild boars.
Coat of Cane Corso is short, but very very dense and glossy. I personally finds it great looking. Cane Corso color can wary, the most common color of Cane Corso is black, light or dark shades of gray, or in light or dark shades of fawn, red, or brindle. Its also very common for them to have white patterns over their body, mostly on their nose, chest, toes and chin.
The thing you will love about Cane Corso is, that they dont drool that much, if we compare them to other mastiffs. But of course, they will still drool, they are mastiffs. They also have less wrinkles than typical mastiff, their skin is tighter.
They are also more trainable than other mastiffs, but again, they are still mastiffs. Which means, they have mind of their own and that they are independent animals. It will not be super easy to train them well, you will have to be consistent and strong leader.
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