Canine Facts

I know for sure that I’m a dog fan!  But it’s way cooler to have a dog when you know more about them!  😉  So today I’m going to do just that.  Tell you guys some dog facts.  🙂

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Shetland Sheepdog:  Shetland sheepdogs are what look like small collies.  Like many of the things in the Shetland isles (Shetland ponies, Shetland sheep, etc.)  They are a bit small.  But their size is perfect for herding the small Shetland sheep.  (Collies, om the other hand; were brought over to the Shetland isles from around the area of England, but were found to be a bit too large for the small sheep.)  They are willing to please, work, and are very vocal.

German Shepard:  The German Shepard is a large dog that, hence its name, originated in Germany.  It was bred to herd and protect sheep and is used in police and military forces around the world.

Collie:  The collie originated in Scotland and Northern England and is popular in many places.  It is lightly built, has a pointed snout and most collies have black, white, and brown markings.  They are very energetic, making them good herding dogs who can round up large amounts of sheep at a time.  They are used in Dog Shows, In Dog Competitions and also as pets! 🙂

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Labrador:  The Labrador is a common dog used as a family pet.  But being a loyal member of the family is only part of what they can do.  They can also be trained to help out hunters by swimming out into ponds or lakes to retrieve shot waterfowl.  As puppies they are balls of fluff and fun.  But when they grow up, they lose their fluffy, puppy-fur and instead in its place grow slick fur that water runs off of.  Thus making them perfect for collecting ducks in a pond or lake!  😀  They also love water and will play in a pool or sprinkler or even in the ocean sometimes.  They can come in colors of brown, black, yellow, and white.

Golden Retrievers:  A golden retriever can fetch like a Labrador, and needs a large amount of space to exercise.  They have thick, golden fur, which would certainly explain the first word in the breeds’ name.  Their fur helps keep them warm and works with water like a labs’ (Labrador) does.  They–true to their name–can be taught to fetch.  They are smart and large and are commonly used as family pets.

Chihuahua:  The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog, can come with long hair, short hair and mixed between colors of black, brown, white, and cream.  They can be short tempered and due to the size of their brain will bark at pretty much everything.  But many people have Chihuahuas as pets since these small dogs aren’t really built for herding, guiding, etc.  (I’ve actually heard that a pack of Chihuahuas can bring down a cow in the wild.  If this is true, I do not know, but it does make me laugh a bit.)

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Foxes:  Foxes can be, silver, brown, red and black.  They are hunted for their colorful fur.  They prey on birds, rabbits, frogs, lizards and so on.  They have pointed snouts, bushy tails and at times they may have white or black paws.

Coyotes:  Coyotes once lived only in prairies and deserts of the western United States and in Mexico.  But they now live about anywhere in the united states.  They have coats of gray, yellow, and cream.

Wolves:  There are a few types of wolves that I know of.  Gray wolves, Mexican Gray wolves, Arctic wolves, and Red wolves.

There used to be a six-foot-tall prehistoric wolf that we now call the Dire wolves.  We find their skeletons in tar pits and they seemed to have lived in massive packs up to thirty or more!  Why these huge wolves went extinct and their smaller cousins survived we don’t really know.

Wolves travel in packs, with an alpha male in the lead.  When hunting the alpha male will bite their prey first, then the rest of the pack will dive in.  Many people think that wolves howl at the moon, when really they just do this to communicate with other packs.

That’s all the facts I have for now, so bye!  😉

Note:  These photos are not mine.


One response to “Canine Facts

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