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Reputable Breeders Do Not Breed Pocket Beagles

A pocket beagle was a very popular breed of dog back in the 1300’s and 1400’s with royalty and prized by the royal family. They were called pocket beagles because they were measured at no more than 9 inches at the shoulders. Currently the American Kennel Club, the standard that many breeders use for determining the health and other important factors of a dog breed, only recognize beagles that are 13 inches or 15 inches in size. So what happened?

Pocket beagles are considered to be the results of either very bad breeding or a dog that has serious health problems. In the early 1900’s the line recognized by official American and British pocket beagle breeds was declared extinct and today you cannot get a pocket beagle that is officially recognized by the widely accepted breeders’ standards in the world. But yet there are many breeders that maintain they are breeding pocket beagles.

There are breeders who claim to be breeding a completely healthy pocket beagle called the old English pocket beagle. If you search the internet you will find scores of these breeders and many of them belong to breeding organizations that may not be the main ones recognized by the major dog shows but they are still organizations that only propose healthy and ethical dog breeding. So it makes you wonder where the battle of words comes from when it comes to the pocket beagles.

Breeders themselves can be held accountable if they are selling what they call pocket beagles when they know that the beagles they are selling are really unhealthy beagles with conditions such as hip dysplasia or epilepsy. While it is not out of the realm of possibility to think that there are ethical breeders out there who are breeding healthy old English pocket beagles it is your duty as a dog owner, or prospective dog owner, to be sure of what is going on before you get yourself involved.

It is very difficult to look into the eyes of what is being called a modern day pocket beagle and think that there could be any kind of controversy surrounding such a cute little animal. But there are breeders that claim they are more than able to offer healthy modern day pocket beagles and then there are the main breeders’ organizations that claim that the breed went extinct over 100 years ago. It is a very difficult discussion.

There are very specific criteria that a dog must meet when it is being classified as one breed or the other and the main breeding organizations of the world consider a dog outside their criteria to be unhealthy. Are old English pocket beagle breeders selling unhealthy dogs? To this point there has been no major outcry to stop the breeding of modern day pocket beagles so the debate will rage on for some time to come.

Michelle Adams is someone who has researched many breeds of dogs, including the Beagle. Since breeding brings certain instincts and behaviors into play with different types of dogs understanding the history of your Beagle will better equip you to work with your new pet. There is plenty of Beagle information available including the interesting history of your pet. Articles like this and interviews with experts in the field will help you to understand where your Beagle came from and why he acts the way he does.

10 Questions Im Most Asked about Dogs in Heat

1. What is heat?

Heat is more properly called the estrous cycle. During this cycle, female dogs may get pregnant. It’s equivalent to human menstruation.

2. What are the symptoms?

Females bleed from the vagina sometimes with swelling of the vulva and increased urination. Don’t expect bleeding comparable to a human female.

For small dogs, it’s usually not much and you may need to pay close attention to your puppy to identify her first cycle. Other than the bleeding, the most noticeable symptom may be male dogs hanging around your house.

3. When does a dog come into heat?

The average female dog has her first cycle about six months of age. A few dogs start earlier and few dogs later, even as late as 14-months.

If you have a new female puppy, you should watch her and note when she has her first cycle. If she’s 14-months old and still hasn’t’t been in heat, you should take her to a veterinarian.

4. How long does the heat cycle last?

The average is three weeks or 21-days. In some dogs, it lasts only two weeks while others go four weeks.

5. How often will she be in heat?

Most female dogs have regular cycles usually every six to eight months. It’s quite typical to be in heat twice a year.

6. When can she get pregnant?

She can get pregnant only when in heat. Some breeders test for progesterone levels to identify the most fertile days but the rule-of-thumb is that the most fertile days are 11-15 of her cycle.

Note – when she’s in heat, the average dog will permit any male dog to mount her. Few females, however, will accept a male when they’re not in heat.

7. Can she get pregnant her first cycle?

Yes. However, responsible breeders generally would not breed a dog that early. For one thing, you need to do genetic testing and some serious problems such as hip conditions do not show up until a dog is approximately 2-years of age.

8. Can I take her on walks during this cycle?

Yes with care. She has no problem with the exercise but she’s a walking magnet for male dogs.

Even the best trained and behaved female dog will succumb to hormones. You can’t trust her off a leash or out of your control. Never let her outside by herself even in a fenced yard if there is any possibility of male dogs nearby.

For walks, if there are male dogs in your neighborhood, it’s a good idea to take your dog in your car and drive to a remote area. Take her for the walk there and drive back home. Otherwise, the scent of her urine and vaginal discharge will blaze a trail to your home.

9. When I can have her spayed?

The answer to that one has changed continually over the 25-years I’ve been in the dog business. People used to be told to let their dog go through at least one cycle or let them have one litter.

Today, veterinarians are doing it much earlier. Some vets spay as early as 6-weeks of age! Talk to your veterinarian about your dog and the vet’s preferences. The state of veterinary medicine also is much improved over the past 25-years.

10. If I don’t have her spayed, will she go through menopause.

No. Her fertility may decline but she will not go through menopause comparable to a human’s. She won’t lose her ability to become pregnant even as a senior so if you don’t want to her to have any (or more) litters, she must be spayed.

Louise Louis is a certified canine specialist and the creator of
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Goat Breeds – Saanen Goats

Saanen goats originated in the Saanen Valley of Switzerland and are a common in the United States. What is so special about these dairy goats? They offer healthful milk and are wonderful animals to raise on a farm.

Saanen dairy goats produce heavy amounts of milk. They can give two gallons of milk per day! On an average, dairy goats can give three to four quarts of milk during a 305-day lactation. Goats’ milk is a major source of milk worldwide. People who are allergic to cows’ milk may drink it, but it does contain lactose, so it is not for those who are lactose intolerant. Goats’ milk has smaller fat globules than cows’ milk, which makes it naturally homogenized and more easily digestible than cows’ milk.

What are some characteristics of these dairy goats? They are medium to large in size, averaging approximately 145 pounds in weight. The males stand approximately 40 inches in height and the females approximately 30 inches in height. They are the largest of all the dairy goat breeds. They have strong legs with tough bones. Breeders have referred to them as “living marshmallows” because of their beautiful white or light cream color. Because of their light colored skin, they are susceptible to sunburns or skin cancer. Some Saanens have spots on their skin or hair. Their hair is short with some having a fringe of hair down their spine or over their thighs. Their face is straight, or “dished”, and their ears stand erect pointing forward.

Their body is tough but their temperament is mostly calm and mild mannered. They display pep in their personality and are eager to please. If you are looking for great farm fun animals, the Saanen goats will not disappoint you. These goats are easy for children to handle and are popular in showmanship classes. They are sweet, lovable, dairy goats. They enjoy the companionship of other goats and people too! A Saanen would be a wonderful pet goat.

They like to browse a pasture eating leaves, clover or other plant growth. They eat hay, millet or other grain too. They drink one or two gallons of water per day.

Saanen goats are sensitive to excessive heat and sunlight. They are adaptable in most climates except for hot locations like desserts or tundras. They perform much better in shady or cooler conditions. Goats do not like to get wet so they will, generally, seek shelter during rainy times.

A barn or a shed should be available for them to use. Goats should never be contained in a small area. They need plenty of room to move around, at least a five square feet of space. Their pen should be bedded-well, draft-free, clean, dry and enclosed during winter months. Air should be allowed to circulate throughout their area through windows or doors.

The common lifespan of Saanen milk goats is approximately fifteen years, but some have lived longer with the proper goat care. Raising goats can be a challenge but they can be fun and amusing animals to watch. Saanen goats are lovable animals, provide lots of wonderful, healthful, milk plus make great companions for other goats and people too!

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Shih Tzu Grooming Tips – Coat Handling Basics/The Little Guys

Use gentle action. When bathing, thoroughly wet the coat with warm water, apply shampoo and gently squeeze the suds through the coat to cleanse rather than scrubbing the hair back and forth. Use a gentle, all natural shampoo such as HealthyPetNet Herbal Blend shampoo, which is a unique blend of herbs and other ingredients to soothe dry, itchy and irritated skin as well as to condition dull, brittle or normal coats. It gently cleans away dirt without drying and leaves the skin and coat fresh, clean and healthy. The shampoo has a fresh, peppermint smell. Always follow a shampoo with a creme rinse.

In your daily brushing if you run into static electricity in the coat try using a mixture of two tablespoons or less of creme rinse mixed with two cups of water in a spritzer bottle. Lightly spray on the hair before brushing each layer. After thoroughly brushing, run a wide tooth comb through the coat to double-check for any areas you may have missed and to restraighten the hair.

The Little Guys:

The Shih Tzu history is full of legends and mysteries. From the very first moment I laid eyes upon a shih tzu I was captivated by these adorable shaggy mop- heads and began reading about their past. I had found my “niche. “

I started reading about The Empress Dowager. She must have been quite a character in her day and time. One of the things I found amusing about her was how she made it common practice to have the eunuchs hold animals up for her inspection. If its eyes were dirty, or its hind legs not of the right length or its body too long they were taken into the city and sold, receiving good prices because they were from the imperial kennels. She was extremely picky about her Imperial Shih Tzu and favored/cherished “The Little Guys. ” A favorite color of the palace was the “Golden Color. “

As a result of these practices of The Empress Dowager, it is easy to see how several different types of Shih Tzu developed in the Chinese capital by the time the breed became known to the outside world. Hidden in the palace and beloved at court were the exquisitely dainty and well- proportioned little jewels, bred with the strickest selectivity to the imperial idea. And then there was the other specimens, treasured still yet by some who long ago learned to be satisfied with something less than the best. And in the opinion of the Empress Dowager during these early days of the development of the shih tzu – The Imperial Shih Tzu (shorter on leg, short, cobby bodies and 8 lbs. or less was considered the superior quality.

Today, we have learned to call these little guys Imperials and Teacups. As I grow and continue on in my breeding program, I also cherish “The Little Guys. ” I still have the bigger sizes, but I hope to eventually only have the “The Little Guys.

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Why Wild Animals Do Not Make Good Pets

Have you ever caught an animal in the wild? Save it from utter destruction only to find out that it’s a baby? Many people, especially animal lovers, get drawn in by the inherent cuteness of an animal and decide that it would be a good idea to take it home, care for it, and turn it into a pet. No. It is often forgotten that these animals are born wild. Wild animals have certain predispositions for specific behaviors, special needs that may not be accessible through conventional means, and an inherent fear of human beings. Over time, these attributes can become quite dangerous.

Bringing wild animals into the home is against the law in many different states. Various different species are protected by both state and federal law. Statutes have been passed primarily to protect the animals from inadequate care and unnecessary death. There are several things that cause these deaths, and they are also very compelling reasons why wild animals do not make good pets. Here are just a few:

1. Ignorance of Proper Care

Believe it or not, many wild animals held in captivity die, due to the fact that their caregivers do not know how to give proper car. Many of the wild animals held in captivity have special needs that are not the same as domesticated animals. Eventually, these animals develop a deficiency in their diet, causing them to become ill.

2. Lack of Proper Socialization

Wild animals require an ability to associate with their own kind. Through this process the animal is able to develop the skill sets necessary to survive on his or her own out in the wild. If the animal has not learned these skills, it must either stay in captivity or die. This is especially unfortunate for animal that are much larger than usual or more aggressive that what humans are used to.

3. Lack of Fear of Human Beings

Wild animals are generally scared of human beings, especially if they have never encountered them before. This fear generally keeps them safe from hostile humans, and other unintentional harms.

No matter how cute the animal might be, keeping a wild animal is not a good idea, not only for your health, but also for the health of the animal. The best thing to do when you encounter a wild animal is the report the sighting to the proper authorities, who have the experience and knowledge to deal with the situation appropriately.

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Joseph Devine

Should You Train Your Dog Yourself?

Are there tricks that you can use to train your dog without hiring a trainer? Of Course. . . It’s actually a lot better to train your dog yourself. A lot of people are scared to do this themselves, But its really not that hard, and your dog will appreciate it. Your dog would much rather have you train him/her then a professional. By training your dog yourself, your dog will develop confidence in you and will learn to love and respect you. If you think that you and you dog have a strong relationship now. . . wait until you train your dog yourself. This relationship will only grow. . . . and your dog will trust you more than ever.

Training you dog is a great bonding process that you and your dog will enjoy. Other added benefits are the cost. You will save money by training yourself and the convenience of training at home is a delight. I am sure that you are wondering where you start. First. ) You need to familiarize yourself with your pet. You have to make sure that you understand your pet’s basic behavior. You also need to know how to train your dog before you start.

Dogs are pack animals, just like their relative the wolf. You have to establish yourself as the pack leader. . . the alpha dog. . . the number one dog. Your dog needs to understand how he fits into your pack at home. He needs to understand that you are the Alpha dog.

Yelling or hitting your dog is not the way to train him/her. The best way is through your dogs stomach. . . . positive reinforcement with treats. When your dog does what you want him /her to do. . . reward them. You can give them verbal praise or a treat.

It doesn’t matter what kind of dog that you have. . . they can be trained. old dogs, puppies, big or small. . . . they can all be trained. Make sure that you have the right books or videos that you need and lots of patience.

You can learn more by visiting my blog. Tricks to Train your Dog


Hatching Chicken Eggs in an Incubator

If you long for the excitement and joy of hatching your own chicken eggs but don’t have or want to wait for a broody hen, then you may decide to go down the route of hatching some chicks yourself using an incubator.

Some of the benefits to artificial incubation are:

  • You can choose when you want to hatch out your chicks.
  • Depending on the size of the incubator, you can often hatch out more chicks than a hen could.
  • The chicks will be hatched free of lice (not always the case with a natural hatching).
  • Watching and hearing your ‘babies’ break free of their shells can be a very exciting and proud moment.

Some of the downsides to artificial incubation are:

  • Incubators require regular monitoring – the eggs will need turning at least once a day, unfertilised and bad eggs have to be found and removed, the humidity and temperatures have to be maintained at suitable levels (these can vary so always follow the manufacturers instructions). A lot can go wrong. . .
  • It can be quite stressful to feel responsible for these new little lives, particularly if several are lost along the way or they seem to be having trouble hatching out on the big day.

The natural time for hatching eggs is in the spring / summer but with an incubator you can pretty much choose to hatch your fertile eggs out at any time, although you may still wish to consider the practicalities of brooding chicks at the various times of year. It is possible to brood chicks in the colder weather, but obviously they may need more attention and resources to keep them warm enough.

There are many varieties of incubators available from small ones capable of hatching out two or three eggs to large industrial ones that will hatch out hundreds of chicks at a time. In many ways you get what you pay for, and a cheap incubator may not prove very economical in the long run, but all should be capable of doing the job they are intended for. You will probably just have to be a lot more ‘hands on’ in terms of monitoring and regulating the temperatures and humidity of a cheaper incubator than with one of the more advanced models.

It is the ‘hands on’ aspect of hatching using an incubator that can cause the most stress, because you do end up feeling directly responsible for the hatch rates. Poor hatch rates can be caused if there is too much heat in the incubator during the last few days of the hatch, or too little moisture at the time of hatching (both of which can cause the skin of the shell to dry too quickly and harden on the chick making it almost impossible for it to break free of the shell). Sometimes chicks are just too weak to hatch properly because they come from poor quality hatching eggs. It generally is not advisable to help, because even if they can be helped out they may be too weak to survive or will not have developed fully, but it can be torturous to watch them struggle and perhaps ultimately ‘not make it’.

One of the biggest benefits of hatching using an incubator is that you can choose when you want your chicks to hatch out. Most breeds start to lay at around 6 months old, so by choosing your hatch dates you are also effectively able to ensure a steady supply of eggs all year round.

Regardless of how and when you choose to hatch out your new chicks it will be an exciting (and addictive) journey. Good luck!

© 2008 Gina Read

Gina is the author / editor of the free online poultry magazine ‘The Keeping Chickens Newsletter’ which is full of articles and tips about raising chickens as well as subscriber coops and photos. You can subscribe at

Handle Concerns in House Training a Dog

When potty training one’s dog, the best way to do it is by making use of the dogs’ own natural instinct since contrary to what some people may think, they are actually hygienic animals. This means that as much as possible, they do not soil their own beds or use their place of dwelling as bathrooms. This rationally is the explanation behind both den and crate training.

Both variations can be applied when training dogs – both the old and the young. Some challenges you might encounter though is if you misinterpret the dogs’ signs – force them to hurry up the process, as well as not feeding them at regular intervals.

It is always best that you train them properly from the start. Properly introduce your dog to the den area as their home, so that they do not view it as a prison. Be aware of signs of anxiousness, such as excessive barking and whining, as these are signs that they think you are punishing them. They need to have a sense of security of the place. Also, have a proper reward system in place, like giving them a treat when they “go” at the designated area. Not all dogs learn at the same pace though, so just be patient.

Make sure not to leave your dog alone in the den too long and provide enough space in the den area so that the dog will be able to immediately associate it as their bed area. However, should the dog still continue to whine after having trained it for some time, it would now be best to have him checked with the veterinarian. He might be suffering from a medical situation or infection of the urinary tract.

Keep your dog occupied as frequently as possible – studies show that boredom actually prompts the dog to drink large amounts of water, frequently causing them to pee more often. If you notice this happening, make sure to bring your dog to his assigned toilet regularly. Boredom is not only the main cause of other house training problems but behavioral issues as well, such as those that are destructive and that of chewing.

Know about your dog’s needs, routines and behavior; by doing so, you will be able to create an environment that is safe and healthy to suit your dog well; and at the same time, have a proper area for both playing and toileting.

To house train one’s dog is not something that is easy, yet it is necessary. With a well prepared and planned program for house training, you can save your dog’s life and eliminate the possibility of him being turned over to an animal shelter.

Training a puppy or dog can be fun, as long as you have some idea of what you are doing! For tips and advice, visit How to Train a Puppy

Consider A Goffin Cockatoo

The Goffin cockatoo is ideal for someone that doesn’t have the space for a Moluccan or Umbrella cockatoo but wants a pet parrot with the characteristics of a cockatoo.

They are about the same length as the cockatiel birds, but only because they don’t have the long pointed tail the cockatiels do. They are actually heavier but still a small bird at only 12 inches

A Goffin cockatoo has an overall white body with pink between the eyes and beak as well as under the crest. There is yellow under the eye coverlet, tail and wing feathers.

As do all cockatoos. they have a crest of feathers on top of their heads that they raise when they are excited or frightened. The difference being that theirs are smaller in proportion to their bodies than the crests of the other cockatoos are.

Don’t let their small size fool you into thinking they can’t be noisy. Although they aren’t as loud as the larger cockatoos they do scream, especially in the morning and evening.

You will need to provide your Goffin with plenty of attention and a lot of new and interesting toys to keep this active parrot entertained.

Teaching your Goffin Cockatoo tricks is a great way to both socialize and to keep it’s inquisitive mind occupied.

Something you need to be aware of if you are prone to allergies is that cockatoos have a a special dust that is used in preening.

The cage you get should be big enough to allow these active parrots to play and move around. You should consider a bigger cage than is normal for a bird this size.

Even though not all Goffin cockatoos will talk, there are some that develop an extensive vocabulary.

You want a cage that has a latch they can’t get at from the inside. With their ability to solve puzzles they will soon figure out how to open their cage doors.

If you are willing to give one the attention it needs a Goffin cockatoo will make a very playful, loyal and affectionate pet parrot.

Learn more about the different parrot species at Pet Parrots Web

How to hatch duck eggs without an incubator?

How to hatch duck eggs without an incubator?To be franks hatching eggs without incubator is not desired. There are many basis for it. It is not only the temperature which is important in the entire process of hatching but also the supervision of incubation RH that is important. Despite, these days many people are trying to check on some unusual ways to lay the ducks eggs.

The most desired after procedures to hatch duck eggs without using incubator, is by placing the lamp under the lamp. On the other hand, you should double check that the egg is not placed right under the lamp, also, you have to rotate the sides of the eggs every four-five hours to prevent absorption of light on one side only. Additionally, you have to make sure that you sprit the duck egg with water at least twice a day.

Then there is a procedure called natural incubation. In this, you can easily place the duck eggs under a broody duck. Muscovy ducks are thought as the best egg setters and these have the facility of hatching 12-16 eggs. Thus, you have to secure that nest box should be located in the dry and clean guard, bedded with advisable litter. There ought to be enough amount of water and feed ready for the broody duck and false for the ducklings when they hatch.
At last, we have to know the fact that there is a large contrast between eggs hatched by incubator and eggs hatched by other means.

Incubator does not supply only heat to the eggs, they are many other methods which can keep eggs at 80-90 degree Celsius, but it is also the humidity which is controlled in the incubator. If humidity is not there the chick might get trapped on the side of the egg and may in the end die ahead of hatching. People do effort unlike methods for hatching, but only some of them prosper.

Incubator is free from danger and is also not very excessive that it may burn a hole in you pocket. In this way, it is desirable to go for incubator.