Havanese is pretty old breed that belongs into the bichon family. Their ancestors – the Bichon Tenerife - came to Cuba with Spanish farmers in the 1500s and they developed into today Havanese dogs. In the 18th century, the european people who were on vacation on Cuba discovered the Havanese and they become pretty popular in Spain, France and Britain.
2) Service dogs
Not many small dogs are known for being good service dogs, but havanese is a great exception. They might be small, but they are intelligent and trainable and they are for example used in britain in the Hearing Ear Program to be trained as a service dog for the hearing impaired.
3) Almost Extinct
In the 1950s and 1960s, the Havanese dog breed was close to extinction. It was the time of the Cuban Revolution. Thankfully, three families who emigrated from Cuba to the USA built the breed back up. The Havanese was recognized by the AKC in the 1999.
One of the reason why people love Havanese dogs is their very low shedding coat. But on the other hand, maintancing the coat in a good shape can be challanging. Havanese require brushing and combing three or more times a week to ensure a mat-free coat. But they do not need trimming.
Havanese will most likely bark when he see something suspicious going on around its house. But dont worry, they are not big barkers and they will not bark for nothing, they always have some reason. This makes them great watchdogs, but because of their small size, they are poor guards.
6) Family dog
Havanese is very social animal that thrives on being with his family all the time. The more time you will spend with your Havanese the happier it will be. But if you will left him alone for long periods of time regularly, they often times suffer from separation anxiety.
Havanese is a small dog with body longer than tall. They should be between 9-11 inches tall which is 22-28 cm. Their weight should be between 8-15 pounds which is 4-7 kg.
Havanese are generally healthy, but like all breeds, they're prone to certain health conditions. The most common are hip and elbow dysplasia, cataracts, deafness, patellar luxation and heart murmur.
Many people all around the world fall in love with Havanese dogs, including many celebrities. The list of celebrities who own or owned a Havanese include Venus Williams, Barbara Walters, Queen Annie, Queen Victoria, Ernest Hamingway and Charles Dickens.
10) Other names
Havanese is part of the Bichon dog family and sometimes, they can be called by different breed names, including Havanese Cuban Bichon, Bichon Havanais, Havaneser, and Bichon Habanero.
The origin of the Collies is rather unknown, but it is believed that Rough collies ancestors were living in Scottish Highlands as herding dogs. They were probably brought there by the Romans in the 5th century.
Rough Collie is known for its dense double coat in common colour variations of sable, blue merle or tricolour black, tan and white. Their close cousins, the Smooth Collies is actually the same breed, and the only difference between them is their coat. The Rough collie is longhaired version while the Smooth collie is short haired.
3) Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria was a big dog lover and she owned a lot of different dog breeds. She also adopted a couple of Rough Collies when she was visiting neighboring castles in the U.K. This definitely helped rough collie and incresed its popularity a lot.
In the 1950s the Rough Collie popularity incresead one more time. It was thanks to the famous Lassie dog. The Lassie showed how affectionate, faithful and loyal Rough Collies are, especially when she saved Timmy from the well.
5) Family dog
It is true that Hollywood sometimes exaggerates, but they were right about the Collies. They make extraordinary family companions. And they love children as well. This is a dog that will bond with whole family, not with just one person.
The Rough collies are vocal dogs and they are known for barking when they are bored and want more attention. And they are also known for nipping our heels during the playtime. This is because of their herding history. It is important to teach the Collie not to nip, especially if they will live with children.
7) Collie Eyes
Collie puppies should have their eyes checked between the ages of 6 and 8 weeks for Collie Eye Anomaly, a congenital, inherited eye disease that affects the retina, choroid and sclera.
Collies are intelligent and eager to please dogs, which makes them highly trainable. Collies respond well to consistent, reward-based training. They are social dogs and they love the attention you give them when praising them after they do well in training. This is a great breed for dog sports like agility, obedience or herding events.
This is medium sized dog with average height between 20-24 inches which is 51-61 cm and average weight between 40-65 pounds, which is 18-29 kg.
Rough Collies are typically pretty healthy dogs, but just like every other dog breed, they are prone to some health issues. The most common are skin allergies, optical disorders and arthritis.
They might be named American, but their origin is in Japan, where they were bred to guard, hunt and sometimes herd. The first Akitas were brought to the USA in the 1930s by Helen Keller. She visited the Japan and fall in love with the breed immediatelly. After that, the American and Japanese Akita began to diverge.
2) Snow Lovers
If you ever owned an American Akita, you probably noticed, that they are more active when there is colder outside. They could stay outside all day long when its snowing. They are known for eating the snow and for rolling in it.
3) Two Akitas
There are still many people who believe that the American Akita and the Akita Inu are only varieties of the same breed. But that is not true and even though they share the same ancestors and you can find many similarities in them, they are two completely separated breeds. The main difference would be, that the American Akita is larger and heavier than the Akita Inu. The American Akita can also be in almost any color, the Japanese Akita can only be in red, white, or brindle.
4) Webbed toes
The American Akitas have webbed toes, which help them to walk on snow easily. It is because the webbed toes distribute the weight effectively. And even though most dogs do not practically use their dewcalws, the American Akita is known for using the front dewclaws as icy picks to climb out of icy water.
5) Other dogs
The American Akitas were never bred to live in a pack, so they can be agressive towards other dogs, but if they are socialized from the puppy, they could live with other dogs in the house. But it is very likely, that they will try to be the top, or alpha dog in the group.
6) Calm protectors
When the American Akita is with its family, they are calm, loving, affectionate and loyal. But they are also very territorial and protective. They are not big barkers, but when there is something susspicious around the house, they will let you know, which makes them amazing watchdogs.
7) Clean dogs
American Akitas are very clean dogs. I would say they are almost cat like in this area, because they will groom themselves without any help. They are very low maintance, but there is one exception, which is shedding. Oh yes, they do shed a lot. If you want to minimize the shedding, you should brush their coat daily.
8) Poker face
When you will meet almost any other breed than Akita, you can see signs of agression or stress in their face. They might bare the teeth or growl. But this is not true with Akita, they do not sign anything on them before the attack. Akitas will never show any sign that it’s about to attack and will just do it. It is important to be aware of it and you should always supervise your American Akita when they are playing with other dogs.
9) Family member
The American Akitas look like typical outdoor dog, but they will be very happy if they can live indoors with their people. And even though it is true they might be agressive towards other dogs, they are extremely loyal to their family. The children are no problem as well, at least, when they are little bit older and they know how to act towards dogs. Be prepared that the American Akita will follow you from one room to another and they will want to spend a lot of time with you. Another big advantage why they are great for living indoor is, that the housebreaking process is very easy with the American Akita.
American Akita is a powerful, large dog with sturdy appearance. Their average height should be between 24-28 inches, which is 61-71 cm and their weight should be between 70-130 pounds which is 32-59 kgs. There is quite a big size difference between the males and females.
Aussiedoodle is a crossbreed, you can also hear that they are designer dogs or hybrid dogs. It all means the same thing. The Aussiedoodle is a crossbreed between two popular purebred dogs – the Australian Shepherd and the Poodle – most often Standard or Miniature Poodle.
2) Playful and Bouncy
Aussiedoodles are very playful. They love toys and you should spend a lot of time playing with them. Tug of war is one of their favourite plays. Aussiedoodles are also very bouncy and overall fun to be around. They can jump as if there isn’t a bone in their body.
They might not look like dogs who like to have some work to do, but it is true. Their ancestors, the Poodle and especially the Aussies are hard workers and the Aussiedoodles inherited this trait as well. Aussiepoos live to please and like to be given tasks, thus for these busy little dogs, learning tricks can be just as important as running around to keep both mind and body engaged.
Just like with all crossbreeds, it is hard to predict what type of coat they will have. Their coat can vary from very soft and sleek like an Australian Shepherd or curly and wirehaired like a Poodle. Because they are Poodle ancestors, there is a chance that their coat will be non shedding and hypoallergenic, but most of the time it is not true and they shed a little.
Both of the breeds used to create Aussiedoodles are considered to be canine Einsteins. So its no wonder that Aussiedoodle is extremely smart as well. That is why you will need to keep their mind stimulated. You can provide them some job to do, and you can definitely buy them some food puzzle toys or teach them new tricks
The Aussiedoodle maintance mostly depend on the coat type it inherits. If it is a curly coat, it will require brushing almost 3 times a week. The less wavy the coat is, the less brushing is needed. You should keep your on eye on the Aussiedoodle nails, eyes and ears and trim or clean them when necessary.
7) Separation anxiety
These dogs love their owners and their family and they want to spend every minute with them. If you get an Aussiedoodle, you will never be alone again. If you are not paying attention to them, they might bark and whine at you. But if you will leave them alone for long periods of time, they are prone to developing a separation anxiety.
Aussiedoodles are very active dogs and they need at least 90 minutes of daily exercise. You can split it into multiple walks or vigorous playtime. If they get bored, they can become destructive, because they will need to exhaust their energy other way.
9) Therapy dogs
Thanks to their loving nature, Aussiedoodles have great potential to become a therapy dogs. They also make great emotian support animals. They are just extremely affectionate and gentle, which will make people feel good.
Aussiedoodles tend to be healthy dogs, but just like all breeds, they are prone to some health issues. The biggest problem of Aussiedoodles tend to be the hip dysplasia. It is important, that your Aussiedoodle is not obese and they have good diet to prevent this disease.
1) Ancient History
Basenji is probably one of the oldest dog breeds of all. Basenji like dogs are probably depicted on ancient egyptian and libyan artifacts, which are more than 5 thousands years old. It is believed, that they were transported to these regions from Central Africa as gifts to pharaos.
2) No barking
Basenji are best known as the barkless breed. But they make different sounds – they are especially good at yodeling and they like to growl as well. But dont worry, they are not using the growling and yodeling often.
3) Cat like
Basenjis do not posses the typical doggy odor and they are overall very clean dogs. They groom themselves just like cats do. And this is not the only trait they share with cats – the independence, aloofness and the fact they bond closely to only one or two people are another similarities.
Basenjis are hunters by nature. They have extraordinary sight and well developed nose. Their hunting instinct is just great, as well as their intelligence and courage.
5) Independent dogs
Just like many ther hunting breeds, Basenji is extremely independent. They are also quite aloof, alert and not trusting around strangers. On the other hand, they are very loyal, loving and friendly towards their owners and their family.
6) Egyptian God
The egyptian god of afterlife, the Anubis, has a body of a man and head of a dog. Of course, we can not know, if it is really basenji, who inspired this, but the distinctive pricked ears and slender snout is very similar in both – the Anubis and the Basenji.
7) Basenji vs Lion
Basenjis were used to lure lions out of their caves in Kenya by Masai hunters. They would use approximately four Basenjis to find lions and get them out to the open space. Once they are there, the hunters had much bigger chance to hunt down the lion. But of course, the basenjis could never hunt lions by themselves.
8) Hard training
Basenjis are smart, but independent dogs. And we already said they have kinda cat like personality. They just like to do things on their own and they make their own decisions. Because of their independent personality, the obedience training is pretty hard and you must be very patient trainer.
Basenjis are fast. Like really really fast. It is believed that they can run up to 35 miles per hour. For comparsion, the fastest dog in the world, the Greyhound, can run up to 45 miles per hour. They are definitely fast enough to steal your sandwich and run away so no one catch them.
10) Scared of night
Basenjis were bred to spend their time outside during the day. And for some reason, they still feel that way. It is common that these dogs are very nervous, when you také them on a night walk. Sometimes they completely refuse to do it.