Dogs life is short, too short. Most of the dogs have average lifespan between 10 to 15 years. But there are some proven ways how to make your dogs life better, healthier and longer.
Healthy diet is the most important thing. Do not buy the cheapest dog food from Walmart. If possible, try to buy no grain dog food. Especially avoid corn and wheat, which are common causes of allergies. Also try to buy dog food that has high amount of meat in it. Or you can feed your dogs with BARF diet.
Obesity is a big risk factor in your dogs health. And some veterinarians are saying, that more than 40% of dogs are overweight. Easy way how to keep your dog on its healthy weight is not to give him our humans food. Never. And closely monitor the amount of dog food we are giving to him. There are always feeding information on labels.
Take care about your dogs teeth. Its very common that dogs, especially the older ones, suffer from gum disease. If your dog will have bad bacterias in its mouth, it can cause a lot more serious problems like infections. And its not hard to brush your dogs teeth, there are special dog toothbrushes for this purpose.
Its important that your dog is having medication or vaccination against fleas, ticks and heartworms. These tiny creatures are spreading some very serious, sometimes even lifethreatening diseases. Vaccinations are not evil, they are helping dogs just as they help us. And today, you dont need to use chemical medications, there are a lot of natural remedies you can use.
Regular veterinarian visits can actually save your dogs life. Its important to monitor dogs health and it is giving the veterinarian chance to spotting any serious health problems before they become too serious. Even if you are sure that your dog is healthy, you should go for a regular vet visit.
Shiloh shepherd is new dog breed, that was developed by crossing GSD with some other breeds. The breeders did not wanted to create a new breed, they wanted to preserve the type of German Shepherd they rememberd from their childhood. But in 1990s a new breed was registered in AKC and FCI – the Shiloh Shepherd.
Shiloh Shepherd has powerful appearance and they are really big dogs. They are around 75 cms tall and weigh around 55 kgs. So they are much bigger than German shepherd, but other than that, they look pretty similar.
It probably will not be surprising, when i tell you, that these dogs are intelligent and trainable. They are great courageous companions, that will protect their family when needed. They are also pretty confindent, which makes the socialization and trianing easier. Shiloh Shepherd is overall very loyal, calm and easy going dog.
Another not so surprising fact is, that they need regular exercise. They are not hyperactive dogs, so they do not need 4 hours walks every day, but they need to romp their energy, especially when they are younger. Since they are very intelligent, try to combine physical exercising with training or some mental activity. I can guarantee you, that your Shiloh Shepherd will love it.
What is a difference between Shiloh Shepherd and German Shepherd? Well Shiloh Shepherd is much bigger. But more important are the differences in temperament. Shiloh She pherd tends to be softer, calmer and more easy going. They are more laid back, while German Shepherd needs more work. GSD is also more independent and strong willed.
Their health is little bit problematic, because they suffer from some serious health problems. They have problems with hips and elbows and they do suffer from dysplasia. They also suffer from stomach disorders, so you might test different food types and brands until you find the right one. They also suffer from bone diseases.
Shedding is one of the most frustrating thing about dogs. But it is natural and normal process. It is process of loosing old and damaged hair. But the amount of shedding vary a lot and mostly it depends on the breed.
Well this is the most obvious thing. By brushing you will help your dog to loose excessive fur. I suggest you daily brushing during your walk, so your dog will loose its hair outside and you can keep your home clean. Brushing will also keep your dogs coat cleaner and softer.
Excessive shedding might be result of poor nutrition. Start giving your dog healthy diet. This means no grain dog food with a lot of meat in it. Brushing and nutrition are the most important factors if you want to minimize the dogs shedding, but there are some other tips you might try.
If your dog sheds more than he should, it might be a result of a lot of stress. Your dog should have enough of mental and physical exercise and he should not be left alone for a long periods of time. If you eliminate the stress, you might lower the shedding as well.
4) Medical Problem
If your dogs coat does not look healthy and he sheds really a lot, much more than he should to, its probably time to go and see a vet. Excessive hair loss can be a result of these medical problems: Fleas, Parasites, Fungal infections, bacterial infections, kidney and liver diseases, cancer, immune disease or allergy. But only your veterinarian can tell, what is the right diagnose.
5) Fresh Water
Your dog should have access to fresh water all day long. How does this connect to shedding? Well, dehydrated dog will have dry skin, which will cause the dog sheds more.
Add some nutrition supplements to your dogs diet. I can recommend you the fish oil or flaxseed oil. It should lower the shedding and it will definitely make your dogs coat look much better – it will be more shiny. You can also buy some Omega 3 fatty acids products.
I think, that there is a dog breed for everyone, its all about choosing the right one. On of the most important aspect is size of the dog. First of all, i would love to say that it is hard to generalize all dog breeds into one large category, like large dogs. But all 10 advantages are valid for most of the large dog breeds. Of course, you will always find some exceptions.
From my experience, large dogs have more confidence. They will not be scared of other animals like small dogs, which makes them less agressive towards other animals. It also makes the socialization easier. I am sure you noticed, that the most agressive dogs are the little chihuahuas, not the Great Danes.
Another big advantage is, that large dogs have bigger stamina and endurance. 7) Endurance If you want a partner for mountain hiking, running or cycling, you should get larger dog. They have bigger stamina. It is true for most large dogs, especially the hunting ones. But of course, there are exceptions and you can find very active small dog. Yes, i am talking about you, Jack Russell Terrier.
Large dogs are just more laid back and more patient. This makes them amazing companions for kids. They are more „cool-headed“ than their small cousins. Most of large breeds will tolerate kids around them without problems.
And not only they are laid back, they are also much more gentle. I am sure you heard about a term „Gentle Giant“. It is not true with all of them and i would say you will find the same number of gentle dogs in small dogs. But a lot of time, when people see giant dog, they see agressive dog. But most of the time it is not true. For example Great Danes or some Mastiffs are the most gentle dogs you can own.
White Swiss Shepherd, also known as Berger Blanc Suisse looks like typical shepherd, only in white color. As the name suggest, it is a white dog developed in Switzerland. And it is fairly new dog breed, developed in twentieth century. The first White shepherd was imported to Switzerland in 1970s from North America, where White Shepherds were accepted earlier than in Europe.
If i should describe White Swiss Shepherd temperament, i would definitely use two words – Active and Intelligent. Their intelligence is very high and they are capable of learning even the most difficult tricks. It is because they are not only intelligent but very eager to please and loyal.
And it is true, they are very loyal, someone can even say clingy. They will attach to their owners very closely and they want to follow them everywhere. They will be your shadow. On the other hand, they are kinda aloof towards strangers, but once they get to know them, they are friendly to them. They are also okay with other dogs. They are very rarely agressive without provocation.
Last thing i would love to say is, that there are some others White Shepherds. You can meet some classic German Shepherds who happen to be white for some reason. It can be cause because they are albinos for example. An albino is an organism that has deficient pigmentation, which causes pink eyes, pale skin, and colorless hair. Its important to know, that White Swiss Shepherd is not an albino.
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