A Breed Apart:Man’s Best Friend

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Man’s best friend comes in all shapes and sizes as well as breeds. Though not all breeds are equally popular, one thing is constant—it is not the mutts of the mixed breeds that are gaining popularity but pure bred dogs.

According to Him B K.C, one of the founders of Royal Kennel, here are some things that you have to ask the breeder before you hurry off to get yourself a pup. Even if you do have friends and families willing to give you purebred pups, asking theses questions is a good idea.

1The bloodline/pedigree of the pup
First of all, you have to realize that better the bloodline, higher the price for the pup. So, if you want a pup with a superior pedigree, be ready to shell out the big bucks.
Secondly, make sure that there is no inbreeding in the pedigree. Inbreeding causes defects and an unhealthy line.

2 Vaccination
Vaccinating a pup is a must, so ask the breeders about the vaccinations that they have given. You also have to make sure that the pup has been de-wormed.

3 The age of the pup

The pup has to be at least 10 weeks old before you can buy it. Puppies are vulnerable to diseases like distemper and parvo between six to nine weeks when their maternal antibodies being to break down.
Make sure that the pup is weaned as well.


Rottweiler
Life Span: 9-10 years

One of the oldest leading breeds, theses are actually good natured and placid, unlike the rabid aggressiveness portrayed by the media. Potentially dangerous behavior is usually due to abuse, neglect, or lack of socialization and training. Though obedient and biddable, they are aloof and do not form friendships arbitrarily. They are loyal and protective to those they consider family and friends. Their intelligence has made them a favorite for military and customs work for many centuries.

Health: Though relatively healthy, they do have some diseases that they suffer from, some of them being:
Hip dysplasia

Osteochondritis dissecans—a condition affecting the shoulder joints
They are prone to cancer
They are more susceptible to become infected with parvovirus

Expert’s say
Purebred Rottweilers are supposed to have the following characteristics:
Ears close to their heads

A large head
Small chest, so that when they sit, their legs are straight, not askew, and are underneath their body
They come in a mixture of tan and black

Owner’s say
According to Ashish Rajbhandari, Rottweilers are best for a home without kids. Though they are easy to train and make a good guard dog, one must not forget that they are extremely dangerous and aggressive. They are, in fact, banned in some countries.
Price: Rs.40,000 onwards


Chihuahua
Life Span: 10-18 years

One of the smallest breeds recognized by many kennels, they often have the stigma of being labeled high maintenance. But the temperament of its owners can hugely affect the temperament of the dog. They are fiercely loyal to one particular person and can also be over protective of the person in question. They do not get along with other breeds.
Health: This breed requires expert attention in dental care and during birthing. They can also suffer from the following diseases:
Epilepsy and seizure
Hydrocephalus
Collapsed trachea
They can also be at risk for hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar
They are also prone to eye infections or eye injury

Expert’s say
Purebred Chihuahuas are supposed to have the following characteristics:
Pointed large flaring ears and large luminous circular eyes
An apple shaped head with an opening at the top of the skull like an infant
A scissor bite i.e., their top front teeth barely overlap their bottom front teeth and their bottom canine teeth fit easily in the slight indentation in front of their top canines.
No protruding sternum, and their front legs should be completely underneath their body

Owner’s say
A Chihuahua’s small size hides a big personality, is what Sunita Rijal claims. An attention seeker in need of a lot of pampering, they can appear to be a bit snobbish. But, what the owners need to be careful about is their fearless attitude, which can easily get them in the wrong side of other breeds—some more than double their size!
Price:- Rs.20,000 upwards


Chow Chow
Life Span: 9-15 years

A unique breed that is thought to be one of the first primitive breeds that evolved from the wolves. Though they can form many strong bonds, they are usually over protective with only one or two people. As they age, they become more stubborn and attached to a certain individual. They are quiet and well behaved, but are also resistant to training, thus their training has to start when they are puppies.

Health: Chow Chows can suffer from the following diseases:
Entropion
Juvenile cataracts
Lymphoma
Hip dysplasia
Diabetes Mellitus
Gastric cancer.
They are a high risk breed for autoimmune disease
They have predisposition to skin melanoma

Expert’s say
Purebred Chows Chows are supposed to have the following characteristics
A broad skull with small erect ears that are shaped like a triangle with rounded tips
A dense double coat with the fur particularly thick in the neck area.
A blue black tongue, and this color extends to its lips

Owner’s say
According to Sanku Karna Shrestha, Chow Chows are adult dogs and do not deal well with children. They are aggressive and are fiercely protective of their owners and what they consider to be their property. Though not very active, they do need daily exercise; they also should be groomed daily and should be fed twice a day. And, on an interesting note, when they sit, they sit like the king of the jungle—lions.
Price: Rs.45,000 onwards

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