Euro Puppy is fascinated by Flyball… What is Flyball? Well, Flyball is a relay dog sport in which teams of four dogs run a race against each other from a start to finish line. They have to jump over a line of hurdles, to reach a box. When the dog presses this spring-loaded box-pad, a tennis ball is released and caught by the dog. The dogs then run back over the hurdles once more; to their handlers while carrying the ball. Flyball was invented in California in the 1970s, and mostly took off during the 1980s when the first flyball organization, the North American Flyball Association (NAFA) was created. Their aim was to promote the sport and to design uniform competition rules. A second for-profit organization has emerged in the last few years. They go by the name of United Flyball League International (U-FLI). There may be slight changes in the rules in the US, the UK and New Zealand, where Flyball is very popular.
A Flyball course consists of four hurdles placed 10 feet (3 m) apart from each other, with the starting line 6 feet (1.8 m) from the first hurdle. The flyball box is placed 15 feet (4.5 m) after the last hurdle. This creates a 51-foot (15.5 m) track length. The hurdle height is determined by the shoulder height of the smallest dog in the team. The North American Flyball Association stipulates that that hurdle height should be 4 inches (10 cm) below the withers height of the smallest dog, to a height of no less than 7 inches (20.3 cm) and no greater than 14 inches (40.6 cm). Each dog must return its ball all the way across the start line before the next dog crosses. Ideal running is nose-to-nose at the start line. The winning team is the one that has all four dogs cross the finish line without an error. If the ball is dropped or the next relay dog is released too early, teams are penalized.
On 23 June 2007,Elwood, a two-year-old Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix, was crowned the world’s ugliest dog. Elwood, dark coloured and hairless – save for a mohawk-like puff of white fur on his head – is often referred to as Yoda or ET, for his resemblance to those famous science fiction characters. He was placed second last year. Most of the competing canines were also Chinese Crested, a breed that features a mohawk, bug eyes and a long, wagging tongue. Beyond the regal title of ugliest dog, Elwood also earned a $US1000 reward for his owner.
Click here to see a Youtube video of Elwood!
World’s tallest dog….. The tallest dog on record was a Great Dane, named Shamgret Danzas. He was 42 inches (1 meter 7 cm) tall at the shoulder and weighed 238 lbs (108 Kg).
And so we are believers…..
These days however, the record of the World’s tallest dog is held by Gibson, also a Great Dane. Check out the Youtube video of him!
Finding the breed of dog you would like and having it join you in Qatar has always been a little tricky. However, Euro Puppy has always been able to assist and make dreams come true as can be seen on this cute video.
Often a local vet service in Doha is used to help make the process even more simple as an import permit is needed. Doha Veterinary and the Qatar Veterinary Centre are just two that have professionally helped our customers before.
Nestled within the mysterious mountains of Transylvania and Romania, a rare and wonderful creature has been the companion of proud Romanians for hundreds of years! This rather unusual and generally-unheard of dog is new to both the world and to Euro Puppy! The Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog is a breed of large sheep dogs that originates from the Carpathian Mountains of Romania. Celtic and Tartaric tribes that came to the East brought this cool canine with them and it found a home amongst the Shepherds that even today live in the Transylvanian Mountains. This massive dog – which was officially recognized by the FCI in 2005 – is covered in thick, fluffy white or grayish fur. The eyes are slightly oval and are of a beautiful amber hue that creates a stunning contrast to the pale fur. They look like huge teddy bears!