Tibetan Terrier

     

Intro

The Tibetan terrier is a dog that is of medium size and that is square in shape when viewed from the side. This means that the legs of the dog are as long as the height of the dog. The head is medium sized and slopes down with a muzzle that starts off at the eye level. The muzzle comes to an end at a nose that is always black that gives rise to large nostrils.

The dog has complete dentition that meets in a scissor bite that is quite level. The eyes of this dog are always dark brown, though the eye sockets may be of black or brown color. The eyes are also very large and wide set. The ears are V shaped and pendant in shape and hang beside the head.

The top line of the dog is always level. This means that all the legs of the dog are equal in size.

The tail of the Tibetan terrier is curled over the back and is well feathered. The back legs are slightly longer than the legs of the front.

Appearance

The dog has a double coat that comprises of an undercoat that is made up of dense hair that lies close together and an upper coat that is long, straight or wavy and soft. The color coat may come in any color. The dewclaws of the dog may be removed when the puppy is a few days old. Average height of the dog is 14 – 17 inches while the average weight is 18 – 30 pounds.

Temperament

The Tibetan terrier is a very intelligent dog that is ever dedicated to the owner, ensuring that they behave at their best and offer the best companionship. The dog is loving, gentle and sweet. It is a good dog to have as a family dog. Even with the pleasant personality, the dog must always be treated with care, taking note not to have it develop the Small Dog Syndrome where it tends to believe that it is the pack leader. This is a very dangerous precedent that must always be checked to ensure that the dog gets to view the owner as the pack leader. This is possible only through good leadership.

The Tibetan terrier has a bark that mimics a siren. They can be trained to be good watchdogs as they only bark when it is of absolute importance. One challenge that owners of this dog might face is that the dog loves to bark a lot and need to learn when to stop barking. Training in socializing should be done from an early age.

Health Problems

Allergies to fleas are a very common problem in the terrier, hip dysplasia and PRA is also very common.

Mortality

The dog can live for quite a longtime and mortality rates are low across the board. Average lifespan is 12 – 15 years.

Grooming

This dog ought to have its hair brushed every 2 – 3 days as it helps remove loose dirt and dead hair. A conditioner should be used when brushing their hair to ease brushing due to its thick coat.

Origin

This dog came from the Tibet region. Close relatives include the Lhasa Apso, the Shih Tzu and the Tibetan spaniel. It was first recognized by the AKC in 1973

Toy Fox Terrier

Intro

The toy fox terrier is a dog that has been popular in the United States of America (USA). One of the main highlights of the dog is that it has a black nose, though there are color variations that may occur in chocolate colored dogs, IN these dogs, each individual dog as its own color of nose. The color of the eyes is always dark and round.

One thing that ought to be noticed is that the dog must always have V shaped ears and which must always be erect. In the event the ears are semi erect or do not stand up erect when the dog is alert, the dog is disqualified. The coat of the dog is short and thick. The dog has a dome shaped skull and a very narrow muzzle. It is important to note that the back legs and the front legs are both equal. From that, the dog has a level top line on the back. The common view of the tail is as expected, short and thick. The tail is normally carried high above the back. Docking has been recommended by some clubs to ensure the dog looks proportionate. It is however good to note that docking has been made illegal through legislation in most countries of the world.

Appearance

The hair of the dog looks short and thick. The coat lies close to the body and is glossy when new hair is on the dog. Common coat colors include white with black or with tan markings. Although other color coats may be seen, it is very rare for such to occur and are not acceptable for the standards. Average height is at about 10 inches while the weight range is 3.5 – 7 pounds for an adult dog.

Temperament

Although physically small, the Toy Fox terrier is a small dog that has a lot of energy and a tall personality. This dog has one of the warmest personalities and is very good at socializing with people and other pets too. It is important to note that this dog should have strong leadership from a very early age as the lack of such leadership causes a lot of behavior problems to come up. Some of the behavior problems associated with poor leadership include barking, jealousy, guarding of items to biting on household items.

The terrier is a dog that is ever curious and active around the house. To meet its predatory traveling instincts, a 30 minute walk everyday is recommended. This dog loves to hunt and is ever alert, quick and pleasant to be around when well managed. It is not a good idea to trust this dog with the non canine pets as this dog has been bred as a hunt dog and thus has predatory instincts in its genetic makeup.

Health Problems

Though healthy,. It is prone to several food allergies such as that of corn and wheat.

Mortality

Low mortality levels are seen throughout the lives of the dog. Average lifespan is 13 – 14 years.

Grooming

An occasional comb of the hair coat of the dog is sufficient as it helps remove dead hair.

Origin

This breed was developed in the early 1930’s and is a descendant of the Smooth Fox Terrier. Close relatives include the Miniature Pinscher and the Italian Greyhound. This dog was recognized by the AKC in 2003.