Whippet Dog Breed If you are looking for a dog that is affectionate, gentle, sporty, keeps himself clean, and performs very well on the track and/or in the show ring at the same time, then the Whippet is the perfect dog to add to your family. He is an excellent watchdog, good with children, and looks extremely elegant, which also makes him a fine show dog. He displays a peaceful temperament, although he can be somewhat nervous when taken to strange places. Size: The ideal height for the male Whippet is 18 ½ in and the ideal height for the female Whippet is 17 ½ in. History and origin: By looking at the Whippet, it is quite obvious that the Greyhound accounts for half of this breed’s make-up. However, there is a controversy as to whether he was crossed with a Terrier, a Pharaoh Hound, or some other imported hound. The Whippet has been widely known and popular in Britain since the start of the century and was exhibited at Crufts as early as 1897. Five years later, the breed was recognized by the British Kennel Club. This breed is also popular in the United States, where the standard allows for a slightly larger dog. Other than a great companion and a popular show contender, this breed is also designed for racing and coursing, in which he does extremely well. Feeding: Recommended feeding for the Whippet is ½ -1 can (13.3oz size) of high-quality meat product with biscuit added in equal part by volume or 1 ½ cupfuls of dry food. Exercise: This breed is one of the fastest dogs that exist today. He is a racer, capable of running at 35-40 miles an hour. He can easily adapt to apartment living as long as he gets plenty of vigorous exercise. Health care: Despite his delicate appearance, the Whippet is a strong and healthy dog. He needs to be kept indoors and kept out of draughts. Grooming: This breed generally requires minimal grooming, but the tail usually needs to be tidied up when performing in the show ring. His teeth should be scaled regularly and his nails need regular clipping. Toy Poodle Dog Breed The Toy Poodle has a personality that is full of fun. He is obedient, intelligent, affectionate, and has a long lifespan. In the United Kingdom, this breed has proved himself to be a tough competitor in the obedience competitions. He also enjoys playing in water. This breed is very popular in the show ring where he boldly displays the traditional lion clip. This dog requires a fastidious method in canine beauty treatment that some owners and handlers claim that he is the most difficult breed to prepare for the show ring. He is a sensitive dog that is not ideal to be a child’s pet and gets noisy when left unchecked. Size: The ideal height for the Toy Poodle should be under 11in at shoulder and weighs about 5-8lb. He has a very small body and a curly non-shedding coat. History and origin: The Poodle was originally a shaggy guard dog as well as a good retriever and protector of sheep. This breed’s origin is similar to the Irish Water Spaniel. His common ancestors are the French Barbet and the Hungarian Water Hound. Contrary to what many believe, this breed is not solely from the French origin. The Poodle actually originated in Germany as a water retriever, which accounts for his love for water. The word Poodle came from the German word “pudelnass” or puddle. This somewhat large and sturdy breed, which is the Standard Poodle, evolved the Miniature Poodle and the Toy Poodle. The Toy Poodle has been popular in England since Prince Rupert of the Rhine came to help Charles I in battle and brought along his Poodle. The dog won the affection of Marie Antoinette who many believe to be the one who invented the idea of the lion clip to match the uniform of her courtiers. Nowadays, the Toy Poodle is a very popular dog in the United States. Feeding: Suggested feeding for this breed is 1/3-1/2 can (13.3oz size) of high quality meat product with the same amount of biscuit added or 1-11/2 cupfuls of complete dry food. Exercise: The Toy Poodle loves a pleasant ball game in the yard, obedience training, or a nice jog in the park. Health care: The Toy Poodle is susceptible to ear problems, nervousness, and joint malformations. His teeth need a regular scaling. Grooming: Proper equipment to use in grooming the Toy Poodle is a wire-pin pneumatic brush and a wire-toothed metal comb. He will need to be brushed and combed daily. Although the lion clip is necessary for the show ring, many Toy Poodle owners generally go for the more natural lamb clip. Learning how to clip your Toy Poodle can be quite a challenge and many owners resort to taking their high maintenance dog to a professional groomer. The Toy Poodle needs to be groomed every 6 weeks. Miniature Pinscher Dog Breed The Miniature Pinscher, also known as MinPin has been called the “King of the Toy.” He is high-strung, fearless, intelligent, alert, easy to look after, and a wonderful house dog. He is a great pet that is ideal for the apartment dwellers, just keep in mind that he can be very noisy. He can be a dominant and temperamental breed. He has a compact and muscular body with ears that are either cropped or uncropped, a docked tail, and a very short, glossy, and shedding coat. He also has an attractive hackney gait that runs along like a graceful little horse. Size: This breed stands at about 10-12in at the shoulder and weighs about 8- 12lb. History and origin: The Miniature Pinscher has been around since the early 19th century. Originated from Germany, this breed is not a miniature Doberman but is actually a separate breed with terrier beginnings. Some believe that the Italian Greyhound and the Dachshund contributed to its make-up. This breed achieved his pedigree status by the Pinscher-Schnauzer Club in 1895. Once used as a ratter, he is now a wonderful companion dog. Feeding: Recommended feeding for the Miniature Pinscher is about ½ can of a branded meaty product (13.3oz size) with equal amount of biscuit added or 1-1 ½ cupfuls of high-quality dry food. Exercise: The MinPin needs a lot of exercise and will be happy to do it himself in a spacious yard or escort his owner on a long walk or run. Grooming: This breed has a coat that requires almost no maintenance, although a regular brush and rub down with chamois leather will keep it clean and shiny. Basenji Dog Breed The dog Basenji goes by many names, some of which include Belgian Congo Dog, Bongo Terrier, Congo Bush Dog, Zande Dog, and Congo Terrier. What makes this breed particularly special is that he is the only breed who has no bark. But other than the absence of bark, this breed will whine and growl like other dogs, and can express his feelings with a unique yodel or chortle sound. The Basenji does have a vocal cord. However, it is believed that the past thousands of years in training to hunt game silently may explain his characteristic quietness. Nevertheless, this breed is recognized for its gentle nature and love of children. He is very inquisitive, mischievous, does not have any doggie smell, and adaptable to most climates. He can be wary around strangers and does not like the rain. He has a number of appealing features, including his curling tail, high set and lying over to one side of the back, his wrinkled forehead that gives him a worried-like look, and his habit of washing with his paw similar to a cat. Size: The ideal height for the male Basenji is 17in at the shoulder while the ideal height for the female Basenji is 16in. The ideal weight is 24lb for the male and 21lb for the female. History and origin: This type of breed has been depicted in many carvings in the tombs of the Pharaohs. It is said that these dogs were brought as valuable presents by travelers from the lower reaches of the Nile. The breed almost disappeared from public sight during the ancient Egyptian times until the middle of 19th century, when the Basenji was again discovered by explorers in the Congo and Southern Sudan. Feeding: Recommended feeding for Basenji is about 11/2-2 cans of quality dog food (13.3oz size) with equivalent amount of biscuit or 3 cupfuls of dry food. This breed will also enjoy an occasional serving of green vegetables. In addition, the Basenji is a grass eater and should have plenty of access to fresh grass. Exercise: This breed is a terrific hunter and has a tendency to put on extra weight unless he gets plenty of exercise. He is tireless, fleet-footed, and loves to take regular walks and runs. He is an indoor dog that should not be put in an outside kennel. He would love to just relax next to you and lie down in a corner. He is a great apartment dog as long as he is given enough exercise. Grooming: A hound glove is recommended to keep his coat in great condition. West Highland White Terrier Dog Breed The West Highland White Terrier is an adorable, hardy small dog that is relatively easy to train. This breed has gained an enormous popularity over the recent years due to its attractive overall appearance, particularly his coat which is one of the breed’s most striking features. His cute and handy size, along with his superb sporting instinct makes him suitable for town or country living. He gets along very well with children as well as other dogs which makes him a wonderful family dog. Size: The average size for a healthy adult West Highland White Terrier is about 11in. There is no particular weight standard for this breed in the United States or the United Kingdom. History and origin: The first West Highland White Terrier clubs were formed in 1905. This is also the same year when breeds like the Skye Terrier and Cairn Terrier that were in the past was classified as Small Highland Working Terriers gained their own individual status. However, it appears that in the late 1800’s, there lived a white Scottish Terrier names Scottie, a strain that was bred by Colonel Malcolm of Poltalloch where the name Poltalloch Terrier was derived; they were also referred to as Roseneath Terriers. Feeding: Recommended feeding for the West Highland White Terrier is about 1-11/2 cans of quality meat product with added biscuit in the same amount by volume or 3 cupfuls of high-quality dry food. He would love an occasional marrow or chop bone; this dog loves to dig, usually to recover a long- discarded much-enjoyed bone. Exercise: He can easily get used to town or country living and be satisfied either indoors or in a kennel. However, he will be happiest as an indoor pet that is allowed to run around inside the house and gets enough chance to be taken out for a walk. Keep in mind that this breed was originally used as a working dog with the job to hunt badger and fox. He is also a good ratter and enjoys a lively game of ball. Grooming: The West Highland White Terrier is a great choice for a family who wants an active and healthy dog. But if you have a busy lifestyle and do not have the time to spend on regular grooming, perhaps you should think twice about getting this breed. His coat needs to be brushed and combed everyday. In addition, he needs his coat trimmed twice a year, particularly in the neckline. Straggly hairs need to be removed from ears and tail. Ideally, his coat should be more or less 2in long with the neck and throat hair shorter. Tibetan Terrier Dog Breed The Tibetan Terrier is one of the 3 small Tibetan breeds. The other 2 are the Tibetan Spaniel and the Lhasa Apso. He is also closely related to the Tibetan mastiff, which is a much larger dog. The Tibetan Terrier looks very much like a small Old English Sheepdog. Contrary to what the name implies, this breed is not a terrier at all and has no history or origin of going underground. He was originally bred to work in the farm in his native land. He is a very attractive dog with a shaggy-like appearance. In addition, he is a popular show dog, as well as a great house dog with a happy and gentle temperament. Size: The ideal height for a Tibetan Terrier male is 14-16in and the ideal height for the Tibetan Terrier female is slightly smaller. History and origin: The Tibetan Terrier was bred in the monasteries of Tibet with the purpose of working in the farm. This breed first reached Europe at the start of this century when both the Lhasa Apso and the Tibetan Terrier were known as the Lhasa Terriers. The situation became quite confusing until 1934 when the British Kennel Club formed the Tibetan Breeds Association. The Tibetan Terrier is included in the British Kennel Club’s Utility group. Over the past 25 years, the breed has gained quite a number of fans and enthusiasts. Feeding: The recommended amount of feeding for the Tibetan Terrier is ½ -1 can of high-quality meat with added biscuit of the same amount by volume or 1 ½ cupfuls of a complete, high-quality dry food. Exercise: This breed requires regular exercise. He loves a good run in the yard or a walk in the park. Grooming: His coat needs to be brushed thoroughly everyday to keep it in great condition. Bedlington Terrier Dog Breed The Bedlington Terrier is a good looking, hardy small dog that looks quite similar to a short lamb. He is a good family dog, well behaves, gets along very well with children, and has the qualities of a first-rate watchdog, which makes him a formidable fighter if provoked. He is very easy to train and has been successfully used in obedience competitions. The Breed Standard regards this dog as: “A graceful, lithe, muscular dog with no sign of weakness or coarseness. The expression in repose should be mild and gentle, though not shy or nervous. When roused, the eyes should sparkle and the dog look full of temper and courage.” Size: The average height for this breed should be about 16in. at the shoulder with a slight difference which is a little below for females and a little above for males. The average weight should be between 18-23lb. History and origin: Many believe that the Whippet or Greyhound played some role in the origin of this breed. Also, his soft topknot provides a strong theory that he shares a common ancestry with the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. He possesses similar characteristic to some terriers that existed with tinkers in Rothbury Forest, Northumberland during the 18th century. In 1820, a Mr. J. Howe came to Bedlington, Northumberland with a female dog named Phoebe. This dog was given to a man named Joseph Ainsley, who mated Phoebe with another dog named Old Piper. Phoebe and Old Piper then produced Young Piper, the first dog that gave way to the new name “Bedlington” Terrier. It was in the year 1825 when the systematic breeding of the Bedlington started. The breed was first revealed in the show ring during the 1860’s and the first Bedlington Terrier club was formed in 1875. Feeding: Suggested feeding for this breed is ¾-1 can of quality brand meat product (13.3oz size) with biscuit added in equal part by volume or 11/2 cupfuls of dry food. Exercise: Similar to most Terriers, the Bedlington Terrier is a very energetic and inquisitive dog who enjoys a long run or a good game of ball. However, he can easily adapt to apartment life as long as he is given regular walks. Grooming: The Bedlington Terrier’s coat does not shed, which is a great bonus for those who do not have the time to clean their house everyday. The dead hairs stay in the coat until they are combed out. His coat needs to be trimmed regularly to prevent tangles. In addition, he should be given a good brushing everyday with a moderately stiff brush. Bathing him too often will weaken his coat. The hairs inside his ears should be regularly removed which can be done by simply pulling them out with tweezers.