You probably know, that dogs are cooling their bodies by speedy breathing and by having their tongues out. But dog also cools his body through wet muzzle. Inside the nostrils, there are mucous glands, that produce water and self-moisturizing the nose. There is a continuous evaporation on the muzzle of the dog, which makes the nose cold.
Dogs are also keeping wet nose by constant licking. It makes them into some kind of comfort zone. Dogs have very good sense of smell, much much better than people and according to some scientist, wet nose helps them with sniffing and improving their sense of smell. It is because it receives small drops of water from the surroundings that contains odor, which are recognizable for a dog.
So how is it with dry nose? There are several causes of dry nose, some of them can be dangerous, but some of them are harmless. It is absolutely normal, that dog has dry nose in the morning, because dogs dont lick their nose when they are sleeping at night. But few minutes after they will wake up, their nose became wet again normally.
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Dalmatian is very easily recognizable, because of his coat, but his history and origin is mysterious. We dont know much about it, especially about early origin. The name suggest that the breed came from Dalmatia, which is region in today Croatia, but it is probably not true.
Old painting with dogs that looked like Dalmatians were found in 14th century in Spain, Italy, but also in some regions of Asia and Africa – we know that there were dogs with similar markings in Egypt. The breed was also found in bands of nomadic gypsies, making its history even more mystical. Gypsies have traveled with these dogs for many centuries. We believe that ancestors of Dalmatians were some kind of pointers and spotted Great Danes.
Dalmatians look very noble nowadays. It is due to breeding by English nobility, which started using Dalmatians in the beginning of 19th century. They were used as companions of nobility coaches. It was perfect dog for this purpose, because not only that they look noble, they have amazing stamina and endurance and they are good hunting dog, so they can help hunters as well. They were not used for pulling weights, but mostly for protecting the coaches.
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All healthy dogs have four primary toes on their legs and almost all of them also have one additional fifth toe on their front leg. This fifth toe is called Dew Claw. It is almost on the same spot as thumb on human hand, that is why they are sometimes reffered as dog thumbs.
Almost all dogs have dewclaws on their front legs, but not all of them have hind dew claws. It is work of evolution again, since front dew claws still have some purpose, hind dew claws are completely useless. There are also dogs with double dewclaws. When a dog has a double claw on a leg, it’s called polydactyl and there is nothing wrong with it! For some breed it is actually breed standard requirement. Great Pyrenees or Briard must have double dewclaws if they want to participate on official dog shows.
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Beagle is small, popular hunting dog with amazing tracking instinct. But do you know, where and how they have been developed? Beagles have long long history and it is hard to trace it 100% correctly. But we are pretty sure, that there were similar dogs, in size, apperance and temperament in 6th century BC. These dogs lived in Greece and were used for hunting hare. They spread to other parts of Europe, we know, that they lived in ancient Britain in 3rd century.
In the past, in 18th century, Beagles were way smaller than today. They were still hunting dogs, but Royal English family started using them for amusment and for their melodious singing voices. The Royal family stopped using Beagles for hunting and instead, they used larger Foxhounds. Fortunatelly, farmers and some hunters still used Beagle for hare hunting in southern England, otherwise they would be probably extinct today.
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When you are choosing a dog, it all starts with you! You must be 100% sure that you want dog in your life, its not a toy. You will have him for more than 10 years. So you are 100% sure you want a dog, now you need to be completely honest to yourself. How good are you with dogs? Some dogs are easily trainable but some are realy hard to train. If it will be your first dog, than you must get easily trainable breed, otherwise, the dog will overwhelm you.
Another thing you should consider about yourself, is how big is your home. Do you live in big house or small apartment? Do you have a yard? Some dogs can not live in apartment and some can not live outside your home. Another important thing is, how much free time will you have? Do you work 12 hours a day? Or maybe you are retired and you will spend all day with your dog? This is another important thing you must consider, because there are breeds, that should not be left home alone for long periods of time.
Now lets talk about purpose of your dog. Most people today are looking for a dog, that will be their amazing companion. But you might also be looking for guard and protector, maybe you are farmer and you are looking for herding dog or you need good hunting companion. There are dogs for everyone, you just need to determine, what purpose your dog should have and find for certain breeds in that group.
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