We all know that our beloved dogs age faster than we do. While we live on, the world whizzes by for them at a speed several times faster that it does around us.
Like the Elves in Tolkien’s mythology, who saw the men (the atantari) grow old and die in dismay, we feel a pang of regret as we watch the nose of our dogs slowly turn white, and their energy drop. We remember the time when they used to whizz around non stop after a ball, or with us, tirelessly.
Some say that a single year of a dog measures upto 15 years for humans. The oldest dog in the world was “Bluey” – an Australian cattle dog who was put to sleep at the age of 29 years!
The average life span of a dog is 13-15 years. Here are some of the factors that a dog’s life span depends on:
1) Smaller dogs typically live 1.5 times longer than larger dogs.
2) The diet – A healthy diet with proper nutrition makes a difference. There is insufficient evidence showing that either a purely vegetarian or non vegetarian diet has a significant effect. Vets are unanimous however, in recommending a balanced diet.
3) The Genes – Certain dogs like the Miniature Poodle have longer life spans.
4) Spayed or neutered dogs tend to live slightly longer as well.
5) Female dogs seem to once again (Just like in humans) have a life span advantage over their male counterparts.
If you’re reading this article, and have a tip as to what affects a dog’s life span, please tell us! We would love to know.
This year, Budapest, Hungary will proudly host the annual European Dog Show! We hope to see hundreds of thousands of dog fanciers where the cream of the European Dog World will meet to compete.
Nature rewarded me with a love for dogs and an allergy for cats. Had it been the other way around, I might not be writing this article right now. Yet, although I steer clear of cats – for mostly this reason- I would find it unbearable if I were allergic to dogs. Yet some people are not so lucky, since they are allergic to dogs as well. For those dog lovers out there who suffer from allergies, upon high-fiving a doggy-paw, there really is a cure. A cure? Well…..apart from the anti-histamine tablets and nose-drops to alleviate post-nasal drip, the trick really lies in finding the right dog – and more correctly, the right dog breed – for you.
What are the reactions that cause humans to suffer from allergies? The allergic response is triggered when our immune system reacts to a perceived threat. Some people have a bad reaction to dander (flaky dead skin cells), saliva or secretion from the sebaceous glands of their dogs. Allergy sufferers can also react to the dust, pollen and dirt that gets caught up and spread around by their dogs.
So what is a hypoallergenic dog breed? Well, hypoallergenic dog breeds, are those breeds that are considered the most suitable for those who suffer from allergies. Although they do produce some dander, the amount is so small that very few people experience allergy symptoms when in contact with these breeds. Hypoallergenic dog breeds are usually single-coated, non-shedding (or low-shedding), generally smaller dogs, those dogs that retain the dander due to their curly coat, or are naked!
A list below shows those breeds that are best suited for allergy sufferers. If you have your sights set on another breed, then the best test to determine whether your allergies will be affected, is to spend 20 minutes in a closed off and confined area with the dog. Cars tend to work well for this. This is a simple test which can save the owner from heartbreak in the future.
However, do bear in mind, that no dog is completely 100% hypoallergenic. The ones below only have a much lower dander producing and shedding activity than the other 100 or so breeds and are thus recommended.
• Airedale Terrier
• American Hairless Terrier
• Barbet (a.k.a: French Water Dog)
• Bedlington Terrier
• Bergamasco (a.ka: Italian Shepherd Dog)
• Bichon Frisé
• Border Terrier
• Bouvier des Flandres
• Cairn Terrier
• Chacy Ranior
• Chinese Crested
• Coton De Tulear
• Dandie Dinmont Terrier
• Fox Terrier (Wire)
• Hungarian Vizsla
• Irish Water Spaniel
• Italian Greyhound
• Kerry Blue Terrier
• Lagotto Romagnolo
• Miniature Poodle
• Miniature Schnauzer
• Peruvian Inca Orchid
• Portuguese Water Dog
• Scottish Terrier
• Shih Tzu
• Silky Terrier
• Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
• Spanish Water Dog
• Standard Poodle
• Standard Schnauzer
• Tibetan Terrier
• Tibetan Mastiff
• Toy Poodle
• Welsh Terrier
• West Highland White Terrier
• Wirehaired Dachshund
• Yorkshire Terrier
It seems God does indeed work in mysterious ways, since he realized that to create hypoallergenic dog breeds would be like designing sugar-free chocolate for diabetics. At Euro Puppy, we are proud to help dog lovers, who also happen to be allergy sufferers by offering “allergy-friendly”, hypoallergenic puppies for sale. If you suffer from allergies, take a moment – between popping that antihistamine tablet- and wander through our breed infos. If you happen to be an allergy sufferer and a dog lover at that, we are here to help. Don’t hesitate to contact us.
Did you know that the Komondor is the breed of dog with the heaviest amount of fur in the whole canine world? That’s right! The Hungarian Komondor has the most fur and even among it’s sheepdog colleagues it reigns supreme at spot number 1! It’s fur resemles a mop or collection of dreadlocks and therefore it is safe to say it is much like a European Rasta Dog! (or at least one of two, since it’s Hungarian cousin , the Puli, has to come first, in that department!) Nevertheless, the fur of a Komondor is stringy and thickly corded. As a puppy, the fur is fluffy and soft, but as it grows into adulthood, the strands becomes more and more wavy and thus grow naturally long and cord-like.
The length of the coat is in direct proportion to the age of the dog!How so, you ask? Well the oldest dogs have the heaviest and longest of coats. Once the cords are fully formed, the Komondor does not shed. It is thus a hypoallergenic giant and although one would think a huge, hairy dog like this would shed, interestingly enough, it doesn’t! But that is the magic of a Komondor! The only shedding that does occur is during the puppy phase, when the puppy finally reaches a stage when the dreadlocks are fully formed. So if you suffer from allergies and love big dogs, fear not!
Unlike it’s cousin, the Puli, the Komondor only comes in white. However due to living mostly in the open, it does become off-white or discolored over time, if not washed regularly. Being a working dog, the Komondor has been known to meet a couple of wolves along the way, while protecting sheep . A wonderful fact about the dreadlocks, is that it protects the Komondor from wolves! Although a wolf may attack a Komondor, not even a wolf-bite could pass through the thickest fur of all the canines! Now beat that! It sure is worth being a sheepdog, if one has dreadlocks of steel!
At Euro Puppy, we are proud to offer champion-line, purebred Komondor puppies for sale. This rare breed is a companion, a friend, a guard dog and a proud representative of European breeds and sheep dogs alike.