Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Top 5 Exotic Dogs

Exotic Dogs | dog fence The vogue in exotic dog breeds continues with people across the world seeking out more and more rare, interesting and exciting examples as pets. While some take it to the extreme with a quick Google search revealing that the ignorant uninitiated out there ready are seemingly to hop on the first cheap flights to Cape Town they can find in order to attempt to adopt an African Wild Dog as a personal pet, there are a number of rare and exotic breeds that can be purchased and kept as domestic pets by the right owners.

Before Choosing an Exotic Dog Breed

While the allure of owning an exotic dog breed is strong, it is important that potential dog owners choose wisely when selecting a new member of their household. A few important points to bear in mind include:

• Cost – keeping a dog of any kind is costly. Would be owners should remember to factor in food bills for the size of dog they are considering as well as looking at insurance costs for the breed in question.
• Commitment – being a dog owner requires a high level of commitment. Potential owners need to ask themselves if they really have the necessary time to commit to a new pet. Think about the animal’s need for exercise and company – exotic dog breeds can be rewarding pets but will also place constraints on the owner’s lifestyle.
• Confidence – before selecting an exotic breed possible pet owners should look at their level of confidence and choose a dog that they will feel confident taking charge of and training. It is an owner’s responsibility to keep their dog in check so people should be realistic when buying.

Popular Exotic Dog Breeds

With so many breeds of dog out there it is natural that some owners want to take on something a little special. Some popular choices for those looking for an exotic dog choice include:

• The Chinese Crested Dog – This breed of almost bald dog which sports tufts of hair on its head and ears is a favourite with the famous – presenting a great talking point and making for some fine photos. Easily adaptable with a god temperament, this is one exotic dog of choice for those who want a remarkable little travelling companion.
• Portuguese water dog – With a coat that hardly shed this big working breed is popular with families who may have allergy concerns. These are friendly beast but do not like to be left alone.
• Chow Chow – This black-tongued breed make a loyal and loving pet, but their strong personalities can cause them to be wary and react accordingly if forced into contact with people or animals who are unfamiliar.
• Samoyed – One of the most expensive dog breeds in the world, the Samoyed is a truly affectionate pet that loves its owners, making this a great companion.
• American Hairless Terrier – Another hairless dog, the American Hairless is a popular choice of pet for those that want a dog to cosset, as their sensitive skin offers a great excuse for pampering and dressing.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Bull Terrier

Bull Terrier | Pet GatesI know this clown dog will surely jump on a pet gates. So energetic.

The Bull Terrier is known as the "three-year-old child in a dog suit." These dogs are active, happy, clownish, and extremely attached to their owners and family. They love people unconditionally, and are friendly, sweet, and fun-loving. They are cuddly, and will try to curl up in your lap, even though they don't really fit. When you cuddle them, they have a sort of snort-purr that Bull Terrier parents find irresistible.

Bull Terrier | Pet GatesWhile they are incredibly charming, they are also stubborn and conniving. They certainly think for themselves. You will need to obedience train your Bull Terrier, because they are a strong dog, both physically and mentally, and you do not want to end up wrestling your Bull Terrier for control. They are very high energy and highly active and they need lots and lots (and lots) of exercise. A bored Bull Terrier will search, chew, and destroy. They can chew through a bulletproof vest. The Bull Terrier can be difficult to housetrain. They love children, but their rough and tumble style of play can easily flatten a young child. They like to join in the family fun and are tireless playmates, chasing balls for hours. They seem to thrive on your laughter and they will certainly get you chuckling with their antics. When they walk under something that tickles their back, such as a tablecloth, or a bush, their eyes will glaze over and they will slow their walk down, and look like they are sleepwalking. They also practice something called "hucklebutting." The dog will take off at full speed and sprint all over the house, through table legs, around corners, as fast as they possibly can. Sometimes they run into walls, but this doesn't slow them down.

Bull Terrier | Dog Car SeatsThey will also play chicken and run right at you as fast as they can, swerving to miss you at the last second. If you lose your nerve and step to the side, you could be seriously injured! They can do well with other animals, but are often aggressive toward same-sex dogs. They also have a prey instinct and often chase small animals. They can also be food aggressive. They make good watch dogs and have natural guard dog instincts. You will need to train a Bull Terrier to ensure that his natural instincts don't turn into aggression. So, if you like to laugh and are the easy-going type, you are sure to love the independent, energetic, challenging, and sometimes downright silly Bull Terrier. Just be aware that they act like a puppy, with a puppy's energy level, until they're about three years old. And if you put a coat on him in the wintertime, he will probably eat it.

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