1) Primitive dog
The Thai Ridgeback is so called primite dog breed. What does it mean? Well, it means that they evolved with minimal human intervention and that they were not bred intentionally. They tend to be wilder than typical dogs.
All the primitive breeds have the same characteristics and it is prick ears, wedge-shaped heads, wrinkled foreheads, squarish bodies, long legs and smooth coat. So as you can see, the Thai Ridgeback is typical primite breed. You can find Thai Ridgebacks in black, fawn, red or blue color. Interesting fact about its appearance is, that they can have pigmentation or spots on his tongue, just like the Chow Chow.
3) The Ridge
But of course, the most distinctive part of the Thai Ridgeback feature is the ridge. The ridge of hair on his back will extend down his spine and the ridge can be in different shapes and patterns, but it is always symetrical. Some Thai Ridgebacks have very broad ridge, while others can have very very thin ridge. Sometimes, they dont have the ridge and even though it is considered as a fault, it does not mean that there is something wrong with your dog.
4) Versatile hunter
The Thai Ridgeback is very smart and persistant dog, which is a reason why they are so versatile. They have high prey drive, so they were used as skilled hunters, thanks to their allertnes, they can also be used as guard dogs and because of their strength and endurence, they were even used to pull carts. It is also very brave and courageous dog and in Thailand, they were even used to hunt cobras.
The training and especially the socialization is crucial with the Thai Ridgeback. Well socialized Thai Ridgeback make amazing family companion, they love attention and create strong bond with the owners. But if they are not socialized they can become very agressive towards strangers, other dogs and they will be extremely territorial. The training is not the easiest. It is true that this is intelligent breed, but because of their independent and stubborn personality, they are not pushovers to train. They need firm, consistent and patient leader.
The Thai Ridgeback is not the only breed with the ridge, but it is true that it is extremely unique trait and there are actually only two other breeds with the ridge – the very popular Rhodesian Ridgeback and the Vietnamese Ridgeback, which is called Phu Quoc Ridgeback.
7) Easy maintenance
It is very easy to groom Thai Ridgebacks. They have smooth short coat, that is not heavy shedding. You can brush them time to time to remove the dead hair and minimize the shedding. Bathing is not needed very often as well. Because they have such a short coat, they do not tolerate cold temperatures. After all, they developed in sunny Thailand.
8) Escape artists
Thai Ridgebacks are known for running away after anything that has fur and that moves. They truly have very high prey drive. Make sure you have a good high fence around your property, because Thai Ridgebacks are amazing jumpers and climbers. And because they are good diggers as well, the fence must be burried several inches bellow the ground. Because of they high prey drive, it is recommended to keep your Thai Ridgeback on leash, when you are in unfenced or unknown area.
This is medium to large sized dog breed with powerful and muscular built. Their average height is between 51-61 cm which is 20-24 inches and weight should be between 16-35 kg which is 35-75 pounds. The females are naturally little bit smalelr than males.
Thai Ridgebacks are overall healthy breed with few inherent health issues. The common health issues are dermoid sinus and hip dysplasia. The Thai Ridgebacks lifespan is between 12-15 years and if you want to keep them healthy and happy, proper daily exercise, like long walks, jogs, hikes or vigorous playtime is needed.
1) Ancient breed
This is very very old dog breed and is believed to be one of the oldest gun dog in existence. It is believed that the Spinone Italiano was developed in Italian region Piedmont more than 2000 years ago. Just like with most of the ancient breeds, we can not be certainly sure about the breeds ancestors, but different theories suggest French pointing breeds, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons, Pudelpointers and German Wirehaired Pointers.
2) Versatile hunters
Many canine experts in history marked the Spinone Italiano as one of the best hunting breed in the world. And i am not surprised by that, this is extremely versatile and tough hunter. They are amazing at both – pointing and retrieving. A pointer uses his muzzle to point toward the game, while a retriever will jump in the water to retrieve birds that a hunter has shot.
Have you ever wondered what the breeds name – Spinone Italiano means? Well the second name – italiano is easy, it means Italian. And the word Spinone? It is derived from the Italian word for spine or thorn and refers to both - the coarseness of the hair as well as Spinones ability to penetrate thorny brush.
4) Almost extinct
Even though, this was very popular breed choice for many hunters in Italy, the Spinone Italiano we during the World War II the breeds numbers declined a lot. Before the war, many other gundogs were imported to Italy which also causes the Spinone Italiano loose some of its popularity. Luckily, after the war, few breeders began work to restore and reestablished this awesome breed, and they were succesfull.
5) Family companions
This is extraordinary family companions which is extremely good with kids. They are very loyal, docile, playful, affectionate and they are big attention seekers. Of course, you should not leave a young kid with any dog alone, if the child does not know how to act gently towards dogs. By the way, this is not the best guard dog, because they are just too friendly and they would probably invite the burglar into your home.
This dog was bred as a hunter and they were able to hunt for all day long, so you should not be surprised, that they need a lot of daily exercise. They are always ready for any outdoor adventure, including long walk, jog, hike or they can even make good bycicle partners. Make sure they get at least an hour a day of exercise.
Great fact about the Spinone Italiano is, that it is quite low maintenance breed. You should left their coat natural and coarse and they should not be brushed very often. Soft or silky coat is undesired and it is a sign of overgrooming. The only part of their body you should keep eye on is their mouth and beard. The beard can get wet and smelly, so you can wash it more often. And you should brush their teeth often, since they are prone to dental issues.
Italian Renaissance era is well known as the best time for all sorts of artists, painter included. And many painters used the Spinone Italiano for their artwork. We can mention Andrea Mantegna who incorporated this breed into his frescoes which you can see on the walls of the Ducal Palace in Mantua.
9) Other names
The Spinone Italiano is known under some other names, for example just Spinone, Italian Spinone, Italian Griffon, Italian Coarsehaired Pointer or Italian Wire-haired pointer. BTW, the correct plural form of Spinone italiano is Spinone Italiani.
This is generally healthy dog breed with average lifespan between 12-14 years, which is great for a dog with average height around 60 cm which is 23 inch. Of course, they do suffer from some health issues, commonly from hip dysplasia, Cerebellar ataxia, bloating, hypothyroidism and cataracts.
1) Designer dog breed
The Peekapoo is a crossbreed between two purebred dogs – a Pekingese and a Poodle. Of course, ther could have been crosses of these two breeds for centuries, but it was not until 1950s when these two breeds were bred together intentionally to develop a new breed. Actually the Peekapoo is among first, today so popular Poodle crosses to be developed.
With most of the designer dog breeds, the multigenerational breeding is pretty common. This means that for example Cavapoos can be bred with other Cavapoos. This is not the case with Peekapoos, they are almost always first – generation crosses, which means the parents are purebred. The reason behind is health. The breeders believe that further inter-crossing can lead to certain health issues and that the first generation crosses are, thanks to the large gene pool, healthies.
Because the Peekapoo is always first generation cross, they have quite unpredictable appearance, because one Peekapoo can look almost like toy Poodle while the other can look completely like Pekingese. Of course, most of the time, they are combination of both. This should be a small dog with fur looking like a mop and you can find them in various colors, commonly in white, black, brown and tricolor.
Like most of the Poodle crossbreeds, the Peekapoo was developed to be a companion for people suffering from dog allergies. It is true, that if the dog inherits the Poodle coat, than they sheds only a very little and they do not trigger the allergies as much as some other breeds, but on the other hand Pekingese does shed quite a lot so it is a little bit a gamble. So yes, the Peekapoo has the potential to be low shedding and almost hypoallergenic, but it is not guaranteed.
Believe it or not, the Peekapoo is pretty good watchdog. Whenever he will hear or see something suspicious they will start barking and they will definitely alert you on the possible danger. This crossbreed is also pretty alert and suspicious towards strangers and the stranger must earn their trust.
But dont worry, they should never be agressive without a reason and they are totally affectionate, friendly and devote to their family. They have their protective side from the Pekingese and like Poodles, this is highly trainable dog. They truly make amazing family companions.
Peekapoo is highly energetic dog that love any kind of an outdoor adventure. To stay healthy and happy you should exercise them daily. Daily longer walk or romp on the yard is must. But do not overdoit if the Peekapoo is older to the point of respiratory distress.
The size, just like the appearance or personality, can vary a lot, but typicaly the Peekapoo is between 9-11 inches tall, which is 22-28 cm and weight between 9-20 pounds, which is 4-9 kg.
The wavy and soft coat of a Peekapoo dog isn’t only beautiful, yet it’s also easy to maintain. They need occasional brushing, and they should be bathed at least once a month. And their coat grows pretty fast, so ocassional trimming is needed as well. Just like with all dogs, regularly check their eyes, ears and nails and clip them or clean them if needed.
Peekapoos are generaly very healthy dogs with great lifespan between 12-15 years, but just like all dogs they can suffer from some health issues, commonly from progressive retinal atrophy, patellar luxation, hip dysplasia. They can also easily overheat and develop respiratory problems.
This breed was developed in the Caucasus Mountains, where it also got its name. It is believed, that different types of mountain dogs, that served as shepherds, lived in the region of Caucasus for thousands of years, but the Caucasian Shepherd we know today was bred from different Caucasus dogs by Soviet breeders in 1920s. Probably the most important ancestor is another giant sheepdog, the Georgian Shepherd dog.
The Caucasian Shepherd was mostly used as one of the best livestock protector in the world. That is why they were bred to be strong, courageous, brave and agressive when needed. They are able to protect flocks of sheeps from other people, wolves or even bears. Well not only that, there are evidences of Caucasian Shepherds hunting bears. Today, they are also use to guard prisoners in Russia.
3) More types
It is important to say, that there are differences between Caucasian Shepherds, depending on the country and region where they were bred. They can vary in size and even in the coat type. The coat comes in three lengths and a huge variety of colors. But commonly, the Caucasian Shepherd from Georgia is considered as the breed standard by most kennel clubs in the world.
4) Other names
The Caucasian Shepherd is known under some other names. You might be familiar with the name Caucasian Ovcharka. The word ovcharka is a russian word for a sheepdog. They are also known as Caucasian Mountain dogs, Bakshan or Russian Bear Dogs.
Believe it or not, unlike most of the other shepherds, this is quite low energetic and low activity dog. When they are not working, they might look lethargic. But even though, they do not have energy level, they do need daily walks, hikes or some other exercise, because they are prone to gaining weight, which can lead to obesity and other health problems.
6) Not for novices
The Caucasian Shepherd can become calm, friendly and devoted companion, but it can also grows into agressive, ferocious and unmanagable dog. It completely depends on the training and socialization. This is the reason, why this is a dog breed for experienced owners only, because if you train and socialize them properly, you will have extraordinary dog by your side.
This is giant, muscular and powerful dog with average height between 67-90 cm which is 26-35 inches and weight between 45-100 kg, which is 100-220 pounds. But it is not uncommon for a Caucasian Shepherd male to weigh a lot over 100 kgs. As you can see, there are big size differences and the size depends on whether it is a male or female, but also where they come from or what type they are. The dogs bred in high mountains tend to be much more muscular.
As i said in the video, this dog can have coat in three lengths. And if it is the long coated Caucasian Ovcharka version, than they tend posses a big fluffy mane around their neck that encircles the neck, as well as feathering that trails down the back of the legs and tail. Because of that mane and giant size, they are kinda remind lions.
This is doublecoated dog and just like most of the doublecoated dogs, they do shed all year long. If you want to minimize the shedding and keep their coat in top condition regular brushing several times a week is needed. Just like with all dogs you should regularly check their eyes, nails and ears and clip them or clean them if needed. Checkin the ears for possible infection is especially important.
This is relatively healthy dog breed. Most giant dogs have short lifespan, but the Caucasian Shepherd lifespan is pretty good, between 10-12 years. They do suffer from some health issues, commonly from hip dysplasia, obesity and cataracts.
This is a German dog breed developed in the 19th century from the Pudelpointer. Other dogs included in the breeding process probably involved Wirehaired Pointing Griffons, Polish Water dogs, German Roughhaired Pointers and German Shorthaired Pointers. The reason why they were develop was to create versatile gundog that will be great at scenting, retrieving and pointing even in harsh climate.
One of the feature which enables German Wirehaired Pointers work in harsh climates is their water repellent and weather resistant coat. The coat is rough and straight and it is protecting the dog from cold temparuters or waters or from thorny bushes. You can find them in various patterns of liver and white.
This is not a lap dog or couch potatoe, not at all. German Wirehaired Pointers require daily vigorous exercise, long walks or jogs or any other outdoor activity. They are always ready for any adventure with you. Regular training sessions, task oriented playtime or some dog sports like agility or tracking are amazing not only as physical exercise but also as mental stimulation.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is not only coat variet of Wirehaired Pointer. Those are two separate, but closely related dog breeds. You can easily tell them apart thanks to their coat, but that is not the only differnce between them. The German Wirehaired Pointer is little bit taller and heavier.
5) Loyal companions
This is extremely loyal dog breed and they make great devoted family companions. They will create very strong bond with all the family members and they want to spend a lot of time around them. This is a friendly, affectionate and lively companion.
This dog has intelligent expression, dont you think? It is because of another distinctive feature of this breed, which is the bushy beard and eyebrows. And guess what? It serves a purpose, because it is protecting the dog's face and eyes from scratches and lacerations.
The German Wirehaired Pointer height should be between 23-26 inches, which is 58-66 cm and weight between 60-70 pounds, which is 27-32 kg. Females are naturally little bit smaller than males.
8) Independent dog
It is true that the German Wirehaired Pointer is a smart dog, but they also have independent streak, which is why they are not pushover to train. It is also a reason why they are not the best choice for novice or first time dog owners. But if you are patient and firm leader, than they can achieve great things in training and working.
It is not hard to keep German Wirehaired Pointers coat in good condition. Brushing the coat a couple of times weekly, occasional stripping, and bathing as needed are all that is necessary to groom this dog. Just like with all dog breeds, you should regularly check their ears eyes and nails and clip them or clean them if needed.
This is relatively healthy dog breed with average lifespan between 12-14 years, but just like all dog breed they do suffer from some health issues. Most commonly from hip dysplasia, entropion, cataracts and von Willebrands disease.