According to a recent article of USA Today, the number of dogs being stolen has risen dramatically in 2011.
Stealing dogs with the intention of demanding a ransom from the owner is not
a new phenomenon. In fact, the first ever dognapping case was recorded in 1934. The stolen Boston Terrier was returned to its
owner after 5 long months so the story had a happy ending.
Dogs become part of our families. They will be just like a small brother or
sister to the kids. And when they are kidnapped and there is a chance that
money can buy them back, we pay gladly – provided that we have the money
demanded, that is.
Over time, as conformation showing became more popular, show dogs became the
targets of thieves. It’s easy to see that if the owner of a regular dog is
willing to pay thousands of dollars in ransom, the owner of a valuable show dog
might pay tens of thousands of dollars to get his pooch back.
Dognapping – not only for ransom but reselling, experiments and a number of
other purposes – has become widespread in the United States by the 60’s. So
much so that it had actually become one of the most talked about issues of the
time. The public dismay and the floods of letters demanding something to be
done put enormous pressure on the senate. As a result, the “Dognapping Law”,
which became the Animal Welfare Act of 1966 was born.
Almost fifty years later, the situation seems to be getting out of control once
again. According to the AKC, reports of stolen dogs rose by 49% in the first 7
months of 2011. The numbers have been growing steadily since 2008, which is –
to a large extent – due to the economic turmoil the world is going through.
Fortunately, a Euro Puppy dog has never been stolen, but we thought a list
of breeds that are more likely to become the victims of theft could be useful
to our customers as well as any dog owner:
If you have a dog of one of the above breeds, your dog is a more attractive
target for a criminal than most other breeds because of its size, popularity or
both. You need to pay extra attention when going for walks and meeting
strangers. Never leave your dog tied to post in front of a store or alone in a
car. Unless your dog is very obedient and always comes back when called, never
let him off the leash in public.
If the breed of your dog is not listed above, that doesn’t mean you should
not be careful of course. Any dog that is left unattended will become an
attractive target of a thief looking for its next victim.
Being very portable, easily adaptable to different climates and more affordable in maintenance, it is no wonder that small breed dogs are growing in popularity. Noted for being lively and energetic, they make terrific pets for apartments and are comfort dogs as well. People living alone or the elderly feel better with them around. The following small dogs are popular for their uniqueness.
Shih Tzu’s’: Lion appearance demands attention and respect
Yorkshire terriers: Crave for owner’s company and are known to be jealous.
Pugs: Sweet and huggable
Chihuahuas: Charismatic and have big hearts.
Smaller dogs tend to have a longer life expectancy and not subjected to health concerns of big dogs such as hip dysplasia or arthritis. However keep in mind that smaller dogs don’t mean smaller responsibilities. They still need attention, love and visits to your local veterinarian.
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.