May 20, 2010

The Shih Tzu Belongs To The Toy Group

How did our different dog breeds come into existence? People created each breed by choosing dogs with the desired qualities and breeding them to each other. People designed some dogs to hunt, others to herd, some to guard and some for companions. Our Shih Tzu is in the companion group of dog breeds.

According to the American Kennel Club a breed is defined as: "A relatively homogeneous group of animals within a species developed and maintained by man."

Each registry divides breeds into groups. Each registry does this slightly different. The AKC uses the following seven groups, which most of are classified by the function and purpose for which the breed was developed:

• Sporting Group
• Working Group
• Herding Group
• Hound Group
• Terrier Group
• Toy Group (Our Shih Tzu belongs in this group)
• Non-sporting Group

The AKC has another group in which they lump together breeds that are in the process of being recognized. This group is called the "Miscellaneous Class." The breeds in the Miscellaneous Class can only be shown when the Miscellaneous Class is specifically included in a show.

In addition to the Shih Tzu, there are several other breeds that belong to the Toy Group as classified by the American Kennel Club, they are:

• Affenpinscher
• Brussels Griffon
• Cavalier King Charles
• Chihuahua
• Chinese Crested
• English Toy Spaniel
• Havanese
• Italian Greyhound
• Japanese Chin
• Maltese
• Manchester Terrier
• Miniatrue Pinscher
• Papillon
• Pekingese
• Pomeranian
• Poodle
• Pug
• Silky Terrier
• Toy Fox Terrier
• Yorkshire Terrier

Although the Toy Group of dog breeds were created specifically for companionship, many of them still retain instinct and characteristics of their ancestors, such as hunting or guarding abilities.

If you are interested in showing your Shih Tzu, he or she would be shown in the Toy Group. Although there are some unpleasant realities within the show dog arena we must remember this is true with all types of sports. Just because some people may accidentally turn over the boat while fishing and drown does not mean no one should ever go fishing or participate in fishing competitions. There will always be negatives and positives to everything in life a person pursues. Just keep in mind that dog showing is a sport, a very competitive sport, one in which you are suppose to have fun at and it is suppose to be rewarding for you and your Shih Tzu. Even if your Shih Tzu does not win, he has got to have a little more poise and elegance than before he ever stepped into the ring.

I have a beautiful Shih Tzu in which I adore as with many of my Shih Tzu I adore them, however, Ginger, continues to steal my heart mainly with her beauty. Her sister has been in the show ring. However, here on the farm with me, my Ginger, although beautiful enough to be in the show ring is my ole' farmhand girl, and I call her by nickname, no not "teacup Shih Tzu," no not Imperial Shih Tzu," I call her by nickname: "Roosterhead," because she has vibrant red hair. She loves me just the same even though I have not spent thousands of dollars on her to put her in the show ring; she is still my beautiful "Roosterhead Farm Girl." She and I really like life on the farm. And no, we are not a "puppy farm" either. I just call it my farmhouse. Afterall, like Ginger, she is mine, the house is mine, I can call it whatever I please. This is the U.S. and I have Freedom of Speech. Ginger has loved living with me from day one. She was out and about all over the place as soon as I got her out of the crate she was shipped to me in. Ginger is one of the queens here, and we have a very special relationship with each other.

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Connie Limon
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May 19, 2010

How can you potty train a pomeranian who keeps piddling in the house?

She is about 6 months old now, and i've heard that Pomeranian's are one of the hardest breeds to potty train.

Do you have any ideas on how to potty train a puppy other than taking her out every couple hours, because that technique is not working for us.

You heard wrong about pomeranians. And there is no better way than taking it out every hour til it gets the concept. then get it on a regular routine of eating and peeing/pooping.

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May 15, 2010

Dog Gift Baskets

One of the newest crazes in presents this year is dog gift baskets. It isn't odd to see the little doggie stockings with treats in them around Christmas time, but lately dog lovers have found that giving these great gifts for pets is a fantastic way to let their little baby know they love them. Dog gift baskets usually consist of dog treats, a sweater, gourmet food, squeeze toys and a chew rope.

I decided to make my own for my sister-in-law's dog, Tickles. Tickles is a female Pomeranian. My sister-in-law loves her dog so much that she has birthday parties for her. Yes, we wore party hats and sang happy birthday to her and had a cake for her. It was actually charming. I decided to send Tickles a home made basket for Christmas one year.

Dog gift baskets are very versatile so I decided to get creative with the project. I bought a wicker basket and put a pillow in it that I made. I found fabric that said 'I love my mommy' on it. I then took a baby doll nightgown and cut the front open to the top panel. I sewed the edges so her feet were free. I also made an opening for her fluffy tail to curl up out of.

Then I took doggie treats with the soft center and poked a hole up through it. Red and green ribbons added a little color. I made 6 of these and put them in a sleepy time tea box. I then took booties that I found for a baby doll and a nightcap that I attached a ribbon to for her head.

The bedtime theme was just one of two dog gift baskets that I created for Tickles. The second was a great toy collection that any pup would adore. I bought several squeeze toys like a bear and rubber ducks. I added some chew sticks that I wrapped in ribbon and added tassels to the tops.

I found dog treats that resembled cookies and put them in a box and decorated it to look like tea cookies. I then took thin pieces of wicker and built a frame around one end of the dog gift baskets to form a cover.I used the same fabric from the pillow that I made and attached it to the frame.

Lace was then sewed into the fabric to give the presentation an extra special touch. I then took a thin piece of fabric and attached Velcro to it. I then put Velcro on the frame and draped the fabric over the entire basket. My sister in law and little Tickles loved the dog gift baskets that I made her.

John Pawlett
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How can I get my Pomeranian to go to the bathroom outside?

He's a purebread Pomeranian about 1-2 years old. I adopted him a few months ago and at first it seemed like he was making progress. Now, he has no problem peeing outside, but he will not poop. I'll keep him out for a while and take him for a walk and the first thing he does when we come inside is poop, every single time. Any suggestions?

You need to show him that's not where he is supposed to go. When he does it say no firmly and give his nose a little smack then bring the poop outside where you want him to go and show him where you put it and say go poop or something like that so he understands what it is and that the phrase means to go poop. He hopefully will catch on that poop goes outside and not inside.

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May 13, 2010

How big does a Pomeranian grow and when does the hair start standing out?

I have a Pomeranian that is huge and her hair is not standing out. Is that the way they grow some times? I was told she is a pure breed.

Pomeranians that are poorly bred might be a little bigger and they may have "flat coat" instead of a puffy teddy bear coat. I used to have a pomeranian and he was just a puppy but his coat seemed to be flat, and let me tell you that that bothered the heck out of me. I was so disappointed in him, and though I loved him, It bothered me and i was constantly saying how I wanted a "real pom". Well, one beautiful christmas morning, my mother took my boy for a walk, and he never came back. He was my best friend and the most amazing dog in the world, and I looked past so much of that just because I didn't like his hair. The hair doesn't matter, so what if your baby is a little bigger, or has a flat coat, she is still an amazing dog and a great friend to you,and please, please focus on that. I now have a pretty big black and white "flat coated" pom myself and I could not ask for a more beautiful dog in the world. I just regret the fact that I needed to loose the love of my life in order to stop being so superficial.

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General History Of Dogs

There is no incongruity in the idea that in the very earliest period of man's habitation of this world he made a friend and companion of some sort of aboriginal representative of our modern dog, and that in return for its aid in protecting him from wilder animals, and in guarding his sheep and goats, he gave it a share of his food, a corner in his dwelling, and grew to trust it and care for it. Probably the animal was originally little else than an unusually gentle jackal, or an ailing wolf driven by its companions from the wild marauding pack to seek shelter in alien surroundings. One can well conceive the possibility of the partnership beginning in the circumstance of some helpless whelps being brought home by the early hunters to be tended and reared by the women and children. Dogs introduced into the home as playthings for the children would grow to regard themselves, and be regarded, as members of the family

In nearly all parts of the world traces of an indigenous dog family are found, the only exceptions being the West Indian Islands, Madagascar, the eastern islands of the Malayan Archipelago, New Zealand, and the Polynesian Islands, where there is no sign that any dog, wolf, or fox has existed as a true aboriginal animal. In the ancient Oriental lands, and generally among the early Mongolians, the dog remained savage and neglected for centuries, prowling in packs, gaunt and wolf-like, as it prowls today through the streets and under the walls of every Eastern city. No attempt was made to allure it into human companionship or to improve it into docility. It is not until we come to examine the records of the higher civilisations of Assyria and Egypt that we discover any distinct varieties of canine form.

The dog was not greatly appreciated in Palestine, and in both the Old and New Testaments it is commonly spoken of with scorn and contempt as an 'unclean beast.' Even the familiar reference to the Sheepdog in the Book of Job 'But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to set with the dogs of my flock' is not without a suggestion of contempt, and it is significant that the only biblical allusion to the dog as a recognised companion of man occurs in the apocryphal Book of Tobit (v. 16), 'So they went forth both, and the young man's dog with them.'

The great multitude of different breeds of the dog and the vast differences in their size, points, and general appearance are facts which make it difficult to believe that they could have had a common ancestry. One thinks of the difference between the Mastiff and the Japanese Spaniel, the Deerhound and the fashionable Pomeranian, the St. Bernard and the Miniature Black and Tan Terrier, and is perplexed in contemplating the possibility of their having descended from a common progenitor. Yet the disparity is no greater than that between the Shire horse and the Shetland pony, the Shorthorn and the Kerry cattle, or the Patagonian and the Pygmy, and all dog breeders know how easy it is to produce a variety in type and size by studied selection.

In order properly to understand this question it is necessary first to consider the identity of structure in the wolf and the dog. This identity of structure may best be studied in a comparison of the osseous system, or skeletons, of the two animals, which so closely resemble each other that their transposition would not easily be detected.

The spine of the dog consists of seven vertebrae in the neck, thirteen in the back, seven in the loins, three sacral vertebrae, and twenty to twenty-two in the tail. In both the dog and the wolf there are thirteen pairs of ribs, nine true and four false. Each has forty-two teeth. They both have five front and four hind toes, while outwardly the common wolf has so much the appearance of a large, bare-boned dog, that a popular description of the one would serve for the other.

Nor are their habits different. The wolf's natural voice is a loud howl, but when confined with dogs he will learn to bark. Although he is carnivorous, he will also eat vegetables, and when sickly he will nibble grass. In the chase, a pack of wolves will divide into parties, one following the trail of the quarry, the other endeavouring to intercept its retreat, exercising a considerable amount of strategy, a trait which is exhibited by many of our sporting dogs and terriers when hunting in teams.

A further important point of resemblance between the Canis lupus and the Canis familiaris lies in the fact that the period of gestation in both species is sixty-three days. There are from three to nine cubs in a wolf's litter, and these are blind for twenty-one days. They are suckled for two months, but at the end of that time they are able to eat half-digested flesh disgorged for them by their dam or even their sire.

The native dogs of all regions approximate closely in size, coloration, form, and habit to the native wolf of those regions. Of this most important circumstance there are far too many instances to allow of its being looked upon as a mere coincidence. Sir John Richardson, writing in 1829, observed that the resemblance between the North American wolves and the domestic dog of the Indians is so great that the size and strength of the wolf seems to be the only difference.

It has been suggested that the one incontrovertible argument against the lupine relationship of the dog is the fact that all domestic dogs bark, while all wild Canidae express their feelings only by howls. But the difficulty here is not so great as it seems, since we know that jackals, wild dogs, and wolf pups reared by bitches readily acquire the habit. On the other hand, domestic dogs allowed to run wild forget how to bark, while there are some which have not yet learned so to express themselves.

The presence or absence of the habit of barking cannot, then, be regarded as an argument in deciding the question concerning the origin of the dog. This stumbling block consequently disappears, leaving us in the position of agreeing with Darwin, whose final hypothesis was that "it is highly probable that the domestic dogs of the world have descended from two good species of wolf (C. lupus and C. latrans), and from two or three other doubtful species of wolves namely, the European, Indian, and North African forms' from at least one or two South American canine species; from several races or species of jackal, and perhaps from one or more extinct species', and that the blood of these, in some cases mingled together, flows in the veins of our domestic breeds.

John Pawlett
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May 12, 2010

Cute Poms in a Wagon!

Talia playing with our cute Pomeranian Dogs in a wagon having a water break!

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May 10, 2010

How do you find an affectionate Pomeranian?

How do you choose a pomeranian that will be affectionate, because I have heard that some pomeranians aren't very affectionate. Sooo how do you choose an affectionate pomeranian?

Adopt one as a puppy. Dogs personalities are a direct effect from their environment. And males tend to be a bit more possessive and aggressive.

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Selecting the Right Breed of Dog

While there are no essential personality differences between the sexes of dogs, there is no doubt that some personality variations exist among the various breeds. Though rather minor, they are significant enough so that they should be inquired into in order that the particular breed can meet individual needs. This fact may be of special importance where there are children in the household. The disposition of an animal certainly must be compatible with the personality of the child. Some breeds have a tendency to be peppy, alert, excitable, or noisy, while others are generally quiet, lazy, or phlegmatic. Some are more likely to become one-man dogs, while others seem to want to encompass the whole world in their sphere.

There are, however, enough breeds to satisfy almost any requirement. Once the breed has been definitely decided upon, it is advisable to get in touch with a recognized kennel club agency. It is especially important that the breeder be highly recommended, for occasionally breeders have been guilty of dishonest practices, though these are the exception rather than the rule. In the final analysis, however, there are reliable and unreliable dealers in all fields and the discretion of the purchaser must ultimately decide the issue.

When the animal is purchased, a ten-day trial should be insisted upon, in order to have time to get veterinary certification of good health, and to ascertain whether the animal is of suitable disposition - that is, to find out whether the animal gets along with your family. The reliable breeder will agree unhesitatingly to such a reasonable request. Less reliable breeders will agree to a trial of only 24 to 48 hours. Since latent diseases often do not arise for several days, and since it usually takes more than a couple of days to decide whether an animal's disposition is suitable, the prospective owner is advised to proceed with extreme caution when he has only a day or two to make his final decision.

A reference list of the recognized breeds of dogs follows. The various breeds were developed to adapt these animals to different activities; to learn to distinguish one breed from another; the best method is to attend dog shows. The official publications of the American Kennel Club give detailed information on the history and standards of the various breeds.

The American Kennel Club recognizes six major classes of dog breeds, as follows:

Group one: sporting dogs.

Griffon: Wirehaired-Pointing. Pointer: German Shorthaired. Retrievers: Chesapeake Bay, Curly-Coated, Flat-Coated, Golden, Labrador. Setters: English, Gordon, Irish. Spaniels: Brittany, Clumber, Cocker, English Springer, Field, Irish Water, Sussex, Welsh Springer.

Group two: sporting dogs, hounds.

Afghan, Basset, Beagle, Bloodhound, Borzoi, Dachshund, Deer-hound (Scottish), Foxhound (American), Foxhound (English), Greyhound, Harrier, Norwegian Elkhound, Otterhound, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Saluki, Whippet, Wolfhound (Irish), Wolfhound (Russian).

Group three: working dog.

These include some of the largest breeds in the dog world. They are best suited to being used as guard dogs for police or army purposes, watchdogs, herding dogs, sled dogs, etc.

Alaskan Malamute, Belgian Sheepdog, Bernese Mountain Dog, Bouvier des Flandres, Boxer, Briard, Bull-Mastiff, Collie (Rough), Collie (Smooth), Doberman Pinscher, Eskimo, German Shepherd, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Komondor, Kuvasz, Mastiff, Newfoundland, Old English Sheepdog, Puli, Rottweiler, Samoyede, Schnauzer (Giant), Shetland Sheepdog, Siberian Huskie, St. Bernard, Welsh Corgi (Cardigan), Welsh Corgi (Pembroke).

Group four: terriers.

These breeds have a sporting background. They are adapted to hunting small game, especially where a considerable amount of digging is required.

Airedale, Bedlington, Border, Bull, Cairn, Dandie Dinmont, Fox (Smooth), Fox (Wirehaired), Irish, Kerry Blue, Lakeland, Lhasa, Manchester, Norwich, Schnauzer (Miniature), Schnauzer (Standard), Scottish, Sealyham, Skye, Staffordshire, Welsh, West Highland White.

Group five: toys.

These have been bred as novelty dogs and have no work or sporting function.

Affenpinscher, Chihuahua, English Toy Spaniel, Griffon (Brussels), Italian Greyhound, Japanese Spaniel, Maltese, Mexican Hairless, Papillon, Pekingese, Pinscher (Miniature), Pomeranian, Pug, Toy Manchester Terrier, Toy Poodle, Yorkshire Terrier.

Group six: nonsporting.

While some of these breeds have a sporting, guard-dog or hunting background, they are now bred mainly as pets. They include some of the most distinctive and handsome animals in the world of dogs.

Boston Terrier, Bulldog, Chow Chow, Dalmatian, French Bulldog, Keeshonden, Poodle, Schipperke.

Jimmy Cox
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May 6, 2010

How can i clear my Pomeranian eyes the have tear stains underneath eyes?

i am buying a pomeranian puppy light beige and it has brown stains underneath her eyes can this be cleared? and how do i know if my pomeranian is a pure bread or not?

The way to know if it is purebred is to get papers with the dog!! As for the tear stains… you can buy all kinds of solutions that are made for this problem that are safe if you get them into the puppies eyes but I have found that baby shampoo and a washcloth every few days does the trick just as well. Start cleaning their eyes when they are young if possible so they will be used to it! Good Luck!!

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