Thursday, April 19, 2018

Golden Retrievers: The Dog Breed With A Coat, Heart And Mind Of Gold

Golden Retrievers: The Dog Breed With A Coat, Heart And Mind Of Gold


The kind and gentle face of a Golden Retriever goes way beyond physical appearances, these Dogs are able to win over just about any heart of a Dog lover. While they can be commonly sighted, don't you wonder why they've got their owners so in love with them?
Golden Retriever Dog Breed
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The Golden Retriever


The first Golden Retrievers were bred in Scotland, during the mid-19th century, when Wild Fowl Hunting (the sport of hunting game birds) was popular amongst the rich and noble. However, the initial Retriever breed did not possess skills to perform the tasks of fetching downed birds on both land and water hunting grounds. They were then bred with the best Water Spaniels— resulting in the Golden Retriever breed we know of today. The belief of Golden Retrievers being bred using a Russian Tracker was dismissed by precise records of its breeder, Dudley Majoribanks, 1st Baron of Tweedmouth. Major gun improvements in the 1800's meant only one thing, the downed game (hunted animals) were tougher, and further to retrieve.
Golden retriever fetching fowl
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 Majoribanks then begun his conquest of breeding the best ideal hunting retrievers that were not only active and robust, but also with the ability to perform soft retrievals that did not damage the birds. Golden Retrievers were accepted by The Kennel Club of England in 1903—  first exhibited in 1908 and recognized as an official breed in 1911. The first Golden Retriever to be recognised by AKC in America only happened 14 years later, in 1925. Archibald Majoribanks brought his Golden Retriever named Lady to Canada in 1881, gaining recognition only in 1927. 
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3 Types Of Golden Retrievers


Today, breeding for different registry standards has resulted in 3 sub-types of Golden Retrievers, and this is how you can roughly tell them apart.


1. British Golden Retrievers First of its breed with broader skulls and a more muscular body, the British Golden Retriever was made to be a great sport dog. They generally have a lighter coloured coat and a very chiseled muzzle with dark round eyes. The average height from the withers (tallest point in between shoulder blades to fore legs) of an adult Male is 56 to 61 cm, and Females 51 to 56 cm.


2. American Golden Retriever — The American Golden Retriever has a darker coat of Gold and a less muscular body. A common standard in many countries, as the requirements are very specific. They have slightly slanted, triangular eyes as compared to their British counterparts. Adult Males stand at 58 to 61 cm, Females at 55 to 27 cm.


3. Canadian Golden Retriever — The tallest amongst all three types, Adult Males stand at 58 to 61 cm, Females at 55 to 57 cm. The Canadian Golden Retrievers have thinner coats as compared to the other two types of Golden Retrievers.



Personality Of A Golden Retriever


A gentle giant is what we see when we come across a Goldie. Is it still to anyone's surprise that they are indeed kind and gentle Doggos?☺ Coupled with high intelligence and a workaholic mind, Golden Retrievers excel in learning tricks, and training for obedience and patience. On top of that, they are also known to be very sociable and great with children and other pets— thus making them an excellent choice for a house Pet.
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Though friendly, Golden Retrievers are able to alert their owners when there are intruders or signs of danger. This however, does not imply that they are aggressive. Owners are advised not to overwork their Goldies, for it is easy to take their eagerness to please and hardworking attitude for granted. it’s no wonder they are one of the top choices for Guide Dogs, and Search and Rescue Dogs! With lots of love and proper care, the average lifespan of a Golden Retriever is 12 years.

Fun Fact       Any display or signs of aggression by a Golden Retriever during Dog Show immediately disqualifies them. 




Grooming A Golden Retriever


Coat — As their names states, Golden Retrievers are well, Golden. This Gold ranges from a shade of Light to Dark. Top coats are water resistant and has a slight wave to it, while their soft undercoats serve dual purposes— to keep them cool and airy in hot weathers, and warm in cold climates. General feathering of hair is light at the back of forelegs. Their necks, bottom of tail, and back of hind legs have heavier feathering.
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Golden Retrievers shed lightly all year round, regular combing and a bath once in a month or two should do the trick. Regular brushing prevents excessive matting and knotting or their coats. Don’t forget to practice good oral hygiene and make sure their ears are cleaned with a Vet-approved toothpaste and cleanser respectively. Have their nails clipped before they start to clack on the ground. If you are unsure how to perform these tasks, approach a trusted Groomer or Veterinarian for professional service!


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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Peruvian Guinea Pig: The Brave Explorers With A Wig-Like Coat!

Peruvian Guinea Pig: The Brave Explorers With A Wig-Like Coat!


Peruvian Guinea Pigs are a well known breed amongst show Guinea Pigs, for their long luscious coat of hair. Amusingly, Peruvian Cavies resemble a hair piece or wig when stationary, and it is often a tall order to make out which end is the head or rear with just one quick look.

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The Peruvian Guinea Pig


Guinea Pigs in general have been around since 5000 BC, bred for food in tribes of the Andean region of South America, currently made up of Peru, Ecuador, Columbia and Bolivia. The Moche Civilisation of Peru worshiped animals, and the Guinea Pig was amongst other animals often featured in their art. Folklore traditions depicts Guinea Pigs used for gift exchanges, religious ceremonies and also healing purposes. Folk Doctors used Guinea Pigs to diagnose and study illnesses when Western Medicine was not available or trusted back in those regions.
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During 1200 AD and 1532, selective breeding has brought about the modern breeds of Guinea Pigs we see today. The Guinea Pig was then believed to be introduced to Europe through Spanish English and Dutch traders, and it quickly became a popular choice of pet amongst the rich, upper class and Royalty. The first written account of a Guinea Pig was as early as 1547, and first described in the West by Swiss Naturalist Conrad Gessner in 1554.
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The first painting of a Guinea Pig was in 1580 by an unknown author, it pictures a young girl in an Elizabethan dress, holding her Guinea Pig and standing in between her two brothers. This Guinea Pig seems to be none other than the American Short Hair, the earliest breed of domestic pet Guinea Pigs J



Appearance Of A Peruvian Guinea Pig


Coat — The first noticeable feature of The Peruvian Guinea Pig is their long, luscious coat of hair. When let out to explore, they can look very much like scuttling wigs on the floor.

Fun Fact      A baby Peruvian Guinea Pig can always be mistaken for an Abyssinian Guinea Pig because the distinguished long fur of the Peruvian Cavy will only start showing after 5 months from birth.
Baby peruvian Guinea pig
A Baby Peruvian Guinea Pig
Features — An easy way to a Peruvian and Abyssinian Guinea Pig apart would be by their hair rosettes. A Peruvian has only 2 rosettes which grows over their heads, creating a natural parting in the center-down their backs. Whereas for an Abyssinian Cavy, they have more than 2 rosettes, with no particular order or direction as to how the hair parts.

Size — Like all other breeds of Guinea Pigs, the average weight of an adult Peruvian Cavy is about 1 kg.

Colour — The available colours of the Peruvian are White, Cream, Slate, Tri-colour and Bi-colour.


Fun Fact #2      Another breed that can often be confused with a Peruvian is the Silkie. Their smooth and long coats are hard to differentiate at first glance.
Peruvian guinea pig vs Silkie guinea pig
Left : Peruvian , Right: Silkie/Sheltie
A Silkie Guinea Pig has no partings, instead, their long hair grows in a backward direction from their heads, and growing thicker down their backs, giving them a “combed-back” look. 



Grooming A Peruvian Guinea Pig


Even with their friendly and docile nature, a Peruvian Guinea Pig is not for everyone— a lot of effort and commitment is needed to keep them clean or show-worthy. Peruvian Guinea Pigs would be perfect for someone with excellent time management and patience in caring for their long coats. Otherwise, keeping your Peruvian's coat short may serve as a better option. With a long coat however, Peruvians do not have the means of reaching the entire length of their hair. Cleaning themselves completely becomes a tougher task. Top coats can grow up to 30 cm or longer— combing of their fur should be done daily, to prevent matting and tangling.
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Non-show Peruvians — Trim their hair short, making sure it does not go beyond their legs at least.

 Guinea Pigs do not require sand baths. Instead, a warm bath should be done once every month but not excessively, as it could stress a Cavy out. Use a small amount of pet-approved shampoo if needed. As long hair is prone to having dirt stuck on them, constantly check that their rears are not soiled. Use a clean, damp cloth to spot-clean any areas that are dirty or soiled.

Fun Fact #3      Did you know that Long Hair Cavies give each other hair-cuts? This process is called barbering, and it is not a good thing! A Variety of reasons could lead up to Barbering, and some includes stress and fights.




Personality Of A Peruvian Guinea Pig


The Peruvian Guinea Pig is known to be just as curious as all other breeds of Guinea Pigs, but they take on a bolder approach with exploring— this is sometimes viewed as skittish or dangerous especially for a prey animal. However, this is compensated with their highly alert behaviour to their surroundings. 
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Peruvians are loving and sociable, they love having contact with their humans and they can be housed with another Guinea Pig, just ensure that they have ample space for each other, to avoid any possible territorial conflicts.




Guinea Pig Housing And Feed


Housing — Any Guinea Pig’s home should be filled with a good bedding of hay, toys and enough room for them to keep active and move about— Wooden toys would satisfy their chewing needs and prevent overgrown teeth. Pine and Cedar wood bedding should be avoided as they may cause respiratory problems. Straw is also not advisable due to its level of absorbency. Since Peruvian Guinea Pigs have long hair, more effort is needed to maintain the cleanliness of their home, decreasing the chances of them soiling their coats.

Ensure the living space/cage is of an appropriate size, large enough for your active Cavy to run and roam about. To prevent them from eating soiled hay, clean their living space regularly and provide fresh food and water!
Peruvian guinea pig feed
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Feeding — Good quality Hay is an absolute staple in a Guinea Pig's diet. Introduce a plate of good-quality hay with food pellets mixed in. Guinea Pigs require a ton of Fiber and Vitamin C, hence the inclusion of fresh vegetables and occasional fruits treats are a healthy option. Recommendations for good quality Hay types are Timothy Hay, to encourage healthy teeth and a good digestive system.


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