Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Toy Poodle: Where Did These Popular Dogs Come From?

The Toy Poodle: Where Did These Popular Dogs Come From?


Curly coats, round eyes and seen mostly skipping or trotting with high energy, these are just some of the characteristics we can describe of a Toy Poodle. One thing's for sure though, they aren't a rare sight in Singapore— In fact, it almost seems impossible to get by a week without running into a Toy Poodle. 
Toy Poodle breed origins
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This has stirred our curiosity immensely: Why Is The Toy Poodle so popular?



Poodle Dog Sizes


There are a total of 3 sizes available to a Poodle; from largest to smallest— Standard, Miniature and Toy. However, unlike the Schnauzer Dog breeds, the different sizes of Poodles aren't considered individual breeds. Instead, the difference in sizes are referred to as just size variations.

Origins — Toy Poodles were originally bred from Standard Poodles. Though the origins of the Standard Poodle is still shrouded in mystery, records can be traced centuries back to Europe, namely Germany and France. As favoured pets of hunters, Standard Poodles ancestors accompanied their masters on hunting trips, and were renowned for their abilities to hunt ducks and fetch them from waters.
Standard Poodle size
Standard Poodles



Royal Choice — The popularity of Standard Poodles inclined massively when the French Aristocrats began to recognize this breed for their lovable personalities. The late King Louis XVI of France had a Toy Poodle (Filou), he also named the Poodle as France’s National Dog. Even the late Queen Anne of England fell in love with these pooches. 
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Fun Fact      The Toy Poodle has many names; Dwarf Poodle, French Poodle, and Teddy Poodle. 
But the original name was derived from German Huntsmen, whom referred to them as Pudel — translating to mean Splash or Puddle, in co-relation to one of their many abilities in hunting across waters.



Appearance Of The Poodle


The misconception of the Poodle breed to be sissy-looking cannot be more inaccurate. The poodle had long been a stylish, trendy dog for women and many celebrities, like Elizabeth Taylor.  During the 19th century, Toy Poodles began to gain recognition by the AKC (American Kennel Club), becoming a regular breed to compete in shows. 

Here's why we beg to differ...

Standardized Look — It's uncountable how many times we’ve seen Poodles strutting with their noses held high in cartoons, usually accompanied by their snooty Lady owners. Little did we know, that German Hunters originally created the Standard look, for the convenience and ease of the Poodles swimming in water! Minimal hair enhances mobility in water— Hair was only kept around certain areas for insulation.
Clipping styles for Poodles
Clipping style: Continental

Colours — The Toy Poodle today has developed into a variety of available colours: Brown, Black, Grey, White, Cream, Apricot, and Red. Their eyes are usually brown, and may varying in hues of brown depending on hair colour. 



Grooming Requirements Of A Toy Poodle


With only one layer of hair, Toy Poodles are generally a breeze to groom. Thick wiry curls make shaping simple, and even pretty water resistant! However, long hair will eventually curl into cords, ensure regular clipping to avoid matting issues— Interestingly enough, some owners actually prefer the cords.
Teddy Poodle cut
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Brushing is said to be much easier as compared to other long-haired dog breeds. Don’t forget the regular baths, clipping of nails when necessary, and also dental care. If you are unsure how to perform these tasks, approach your trusted Groomer or Veterinarian ☺



Behaviour Of Toy Poodles


As mentioned earlier, Toy Poodles are highly intelligent, and though they meant to be kept indoors, they're great watch dogs due to their alertness, and natural affection towards owners and family. Outdoor activities are required for a little exercise, expect your Toy Poodle to be following you around the house, laying next to you, and yearning for some attention. Toy Poodles do not take being neglected lightly.
Toy Poodle personality
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Entertainment is possible with toys and treats, and also simple games like hide-and-seek. Their personalities should always be bubbly and springy, so it could be a challenge having them around young toddlers. Obedience and faithfulness can be achieved with proper training., as Toy Poodles are highly intelligent. Don't be surprised if owners sing praises of how well behaved their Poodles are, we can understand why!



What Made The Toy Poodle A Popular Choice


To top a Toy Poodle’s intelligence, let us not forget to mention that, they do not shed much (or at all). They are also Hypoallergenic, making them perfect for people with allergies. Do you begin to understand why the Toy Poodle is such a popular choice in Singapore? Not only are they easier to train than most breeds, they are also pretty fuss-free. They are faithful, loyal and a joy to have in the household.
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This article was written with informational purposes, as you know, we’d love to share our collective research and experiences as fellow Pet owners and lovers. It is not meant to alternate in any way as advice or diagnosis of Professionals. 

ThePetsDialogue claims no credit for images posted on this article unless otherwise stated. All rights go to respective owners as stated. If you do not wish for your image(s) to appear here do drop us an e-mail and it will be removed promptly. If you do wish to use any of our original published information, you are welcome to contact us! 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Seven Giant Rabbits: Breeds Of Rabbits Possibly Larger Than Your Dog

Seven Giant Rabbits: Breeds Of Rabbits Possibly Larger Than Your Dog


Tiny, cute and cuddly? Not all Rabbits! We’re probably no strangers to dwarf breeds and smaller framed bunnies, but these giant breeds have given us some MASSIVE eye-openers. One thing's for sure, Photoshop's got nothing to do with the appalling images.



1. Flemish Giant


The Flemish Giant Rabbit originated from Ghent, in Flanders, Belgium. This breed is best known as the founding and ancestral breed for most of the giant Rabbit breeds we know of today. With an average weight 7 kgs and the largest of 16 kg— they are notoriously gentle, even friendly with other pets and children. Because of such friendly natures, Flemish Giants are lovingly dubbed as gentle giants.
Flemish Giant Rabbits
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2. Continental Giants


One descendant of the Flemish Giant is the Continental Giant, also known as Conti, for short, and sometimes, even German Giants (depending on the country of bloodline origin). The average weight of a Conti is 5.6 kgs and above, with the largest recorded to weigh a whopping 24 kgs!— A world record for the largest Rabbit held by Darius from Bromsgrove, England. The Continental Giant is not recognized by the ARBA (American Rabbit Breeders Assosiation), but the British Rabbit Council.
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3. French Lop 


A giant Rabbit breed from France, and also the largest of all lop ear Bunnies. This breed was derived from breeding of the Flemish Giant and the English Lop. The average weight of a baby French Lop is 2.2 kgs, however a fully grown French Lop is 6.8 kgs and above! 
French Lops are huge Rabbits
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View related: 

The English Lop Rabbit: Ancestors Of Lop Ear Rabbits

The French Lop Rabbit: The Largest Breed Of Rabbits With Lop Ears



4. Checkered Giant


They aren’t checkered per-se, but Checkered Giants can be distinguished by their unique black spots and stripe on a white body— a rather Cow-like patching near the hind legs. This breed too originates from Germany, where a gentleman bred the Great German Spotted Rabbit with a Flemish Rabbit. These guys grow to weigh about 5 kgs at least, and are sweet and friendly. Adequate space and activity is required for this active and playful breed.
Checkered giant Rabbit
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5. British Giant


This Rabbit breed originates from the United Kingdom, similarly bred from Flemish Giants. The average weight of a British Giant can weigh up to 6 kgs. Given their docile and good-natured temperaments, British Giant Rabbits are rather popular pet choice. Unfortunately, finding this breed outside of the United Kingdom is pretty rare!
British giant rabbit breed



6. Giant Angora


This breed requires no extensive introduction, for they are frequently implicated by fur-trade. The natural practice of shearing and harvesting their excessive long fur through grooming is not uncommon, however, violations of harvesting methods still remain— We can still recall the terrifying shrieks of poor bunnies in videos getting violently stripped of their Angora fur. Giant Angoras would grow to weigh 4 kgs and above, first bred in Massachusetts, America. With long fur and thick undercoat, this rabbit requires tons of grooming, but they are also known to be very good with people.



7. Giant Chinchilla


While they are in no way related to actual Chinchillas, these bunnies have the immensely soft coat of a Chinchilla. Bred from the smaller Chinchilla Rabbit breed and The Flemish Giant, the Giant Chinchilla hails from America— weighing up to 6 or 7 kgs.
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Are You Suitable For A Giant Rabbit Breed?


What we have gathered thus far is the even temperament and sweet nature of Giant Rabbit breeds. While they were all subjected to abuse or produced for meat in the past, most are beloved, domestic Pets of many now. A huge Rabbit does equate to slightly more responsibilities, which include higher food intake, longer time to groom, and ample space for these gentle giants to move about freely.
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Not ready for a Giant Bunny?

Some of these breeds have tinier counterparts, much more suited for apartment or smaller living spaces. These breeds include:

The Chinchilla  |  The Angora  |  The English Spotted (a lookalike to the Checkered Giant



See a Giant Rabbit — If you are new to rabbits and would like to know more about them, with regards to handling, food, and breeds available here, don't hesitate to visit Rabbit Headquarters. You can learn all about these bunnies— did we mention they house a Flemish Giant and a French Lop too?

Adopt a Rabbit — IF you are seriously considering owning a rabbit, do not forget to check out the animal shelters in Singapore, as mentioned in our previous article on abandoned pets in Singapore. We urge you to consider adopting one, for there are lots of rabbits that are abandoned everyday, even the really young ones.

Rabbits are available for adoption at these shelters:

House Rabbit Society Singapore  |  Bunny Wonderland Singapore | SPCA Singapore : Adoption  |  Bunnies for Adoption Singapore



 You might also be interested in:




Day In The Life Of Singapore's Rabbit Groomer

Can Rabbits Eat These?: Safe Vegetables And Fruits For Your Bunny



Your Stories Can Be Heard Too


Do you own a Giant Rabbit or two? We’d love to share your stories with the world! Your voices are important to us and the Pets community. Our readers are encouraged to share their  Pet-related reviews of a place and its services, experiences, even lifestyle tips and tricks to better our Pets lives, on our platform, one paw at a time. Be a part of an educational and informative Pets community because at ThePetsDialogue, your voices could make a huge difference on a global scale.
Write to us at hello@thepetsdialogue.com today!

Our website is a work in progress, however, if you did find our articles interesting please do feel free to share! For more Pet care tips and other Pet-related articles, head to www.thepetsdialogue.com 



Disclaimer


This article was written with informational purposes, as you know, we’d love to share our collective research and experiences as fellow Pet owners and lovers. It is not meant to alternate in any way as advice or diagnosis of Professionals.

ThePetsDialogue claims no credit for images posted on this article unless otherwise displayed/stated. All rights go to respective owners as mentioned. If you do not wish for your image(s) to appear here do drop us an e-mail and it will be removed promptly. If you do wish to use any of our original published information, you are welcome to contact us!