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Consumer Protection Tips for Purchasing Dietary Supplements
Dietary supplements are some of the hottest selling items available today. More than half of the United States adult population use dietary supplements. The 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act set up a new framework for FDA regulation of dietary supplements as well as setting up an office in the National Institutes of Health to coordinate research. The law requires manufacturers to provide a product label detailing the ingredients. The FDA’s requirement for pre-market...

Teenage Substance Abuse Part 2: Possible Reasons Why Teenagers Abuse Substances
Family Drug Usage Patterns When family members use substances the chance for teenagers using substances increases. Teenage substance users often report their parents use drugs and denial to cope with stress. As a result, the teenager of a drug using family tends to become chemically addicted. Sibling substance use is significantly related to teenage substance use. Teenagers with siblings who do not use drugs are less likely to be users (Denton and Kampfe, Summer1994). Family...

Roles of the Generalist Human Service Worker
There are three basic concepts of human behavior that form the foundation of the generalist human service workers’ responsibilities. These are: 1. Intervention 2. Professionalism 3. Education Intervention involves the period in which a client exhibits a need for services, and calls upon the human service worker for help. Professionalism is using the skills acquired through formal education and obtaining the award or degree for this education. Formal education is the actual classroom...

Caring for the Pregnant Persian cat
Persian cats usually have their first heat cycle between 5 and 10 months of age. On the average, they will have 2 to 4 heat periods every year. The heat cycle will last 15 to 22 days. If the Persian female is bred, the heat cycle usually does not last more than 4 days. If the mating is not successful, the heat cycle may continue for 7 to 10 days and then recur at 15 to 21 day intervals. There is a possibility the unmated Persian cat will cycle every 3 to 4 weeks indefinitely. To...

My Persian cat Purrs, I Wonder Why?
Do you wonder why the Persian cat and all other breeds of cats purr from time to time or almost all the time? This is a question that no one has been able to answer for sure. We just don’t know why cats purr. As Persian cat owners we would like to think the purring meant “contentment.” Those who research such matters say this is one reason and probably the “greatest” reason a cat purrs. Where does the noise come from? • Scientists agree the larynx (voice box), laryngeal muscles and a...

Adopting Puppies: American Foxhound Appearance and Personality
The American Foxhound is a good choice for people who live in rural areas or on large farms. In this country it has four very different purposes: • Field trial hounds • Fox hunting hound • Trail hounds • Pack hounds The Foxhound dates back to the early 1700’s in Virginia and Maryland. The following information is offered to help you decide if the American Foxhound breed is right for you, your family and lifestyle. The descriptions are also meant to fit a dog true to...

Adopting Puppies: Akita Appearance and Personality
The Akita is a dog breed originating in Japan and is one of seven breeds designated as a national monument of Japan. A small Akita statue signifies health, happiness and long life. These statues are usually given to families of Japan when a child is born. If a person is ill, friends will send a small statue of an Akita to express wishes for a quick recovery. There was a time in Japan’s history when Akita ownership was restricted to the Imperial family and the ruling aristocracy. The dog...

Adopting Puppies: Alaskan Malamute Appearance and Personality
The Alaskan Malamute is named after the native Innuit tribe called Mahlemuts. It is one of the oldest arctic sled dogs. The tribe and Alaskan Malamute dogs inhabited the upper-western part of Alaska generations prior to the Asiatic sailors visiting their shores and returning to their homes with stories about the native people using dogs to haul sledges. Other than these sailor stories, the exact origin of the people and dogs has never been discovered. It is confirmed, however, that the...

Is Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy Right For You?
Pregnancy can put pressure on the sciatic nerve that causes leg pain. Some chiropractors say they are able to resolve this problem. They also say there are techniques that will help ensure a safe and easy delivery. . The actual goal with chiropractic care during pregnancy is to make the whole body operate better and not just the high-stress areas affected by pregnancy weight gain in the lower abdomen, hips and breasts. Chiropractors aim not necessarily to relieve the pain, but to make the...

Shih Tzu Topknots, Eyes And Ear Care
The standard coat of a Shih Tzu should be luxuriously long and dense with a good wooly undercoat. The hair on top of the head may be tied up. When a Shih Tzu is completely brushed and combed the Shih Tzu should have a sleek look. The beard comes to a point and a long, luxuriant moustache flows over the beard. Method of making a Shih Tzu or Shih Tzu puppy topknot: 1.Part the hair from the ear on both sides of the head. 2.Gather up in one hand the hair in the middle and slip on a latex band...

The Rewards Of Bearing Good Fruits
With so many views of religion and spirituality these days how do you know which speaker or guide to follow? According to the teachings of Jesus you know a true prophet from a false prophet according to their fruits. Be careful of false prophets that come to you dressed as a sheep. Inside their hearts they may be similar to a ravening wolf. A prophet of God, the Father in Heaven, will bring forth good fruit just as good trees bring forth good tasting and good looking fruit and a corrupt tree...

John The Baptist Preaching In The Wilderness Of Judea: Repent And Be Baptized
John the Baptist preached in the wilderness of Judea. His message was to repent because the kingdom of heaven is at hand. The prophet E-sai'as foretold about John the Baptist saying: "The voice of one crying in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight." John the Baptist wore a leathern girdle about his loins and wore other clothes made of camel's hair. His meat was locusts and wild honey. John the Baptist did not dwell in fine luxury and wear the snow white...

What The Shih Tzu Owner Should Know About Grooming Part Ii: Getting To Know Grooming Equipment
If you don't have good equipment there is no way you will have a well groomed Shih Tzu. As with all jobs, proper tools are essential to doing a job well. Clippers One of the most important pieces of equipment is the clipper. For a Shih Tzu owner grooming only one Shih Tzu, one of the best is Oster with snap-on blades. The blades can be changed easily. Various blades needed are No. 10, No. 7 and No. 4. No. 10 will give you a complete shave down. No. 7 blade will give you not so close of a cut...

The Melody Of Brushing And Combing Your Shih Tzu
These five steps are the fundamentals of Shih Tzu and any dog breed grooming procedure is: 1. Brushing and Combing 2. Bathing 3. Blow Drying 4. Ear Cleaning 5. Nail Trimming The Shih Tzu is typical of a longhaired breed requiring constant coat care and most frequently require services of a professional groomer. Brushing and combing melody: Brushing out the coat of a Shih Tzu is the most important step in Shih Tzu dog grooming. The importance of regular Shih Tzu brushing is underscored...

Getting A New Shih Tzu Puppy To Tolerate Grooming
All Shih Tzu puppies need to learn to tolerate grooming at an early age. Grooming your Shih Tzu is more than cosmetic. A matted Shih Tzu is uncomfortable and subject to skin irritations and infections. Unclipped toenails will grow and curve, distorting the Shih Tzu's foot to the point of crippling. Dirty ears can become infected and induce pain-related aggression and/or hearing loss. Lack of grooming can cause a Shih Tzu serious discomfort. Shih Tzu is not born with warm feelings toward...

Introduction To Shih Tzu Grooming
Shih Tzu Grooming Is Art, Skill, Trade and a Profession Shih Tzu grooming can be compared to human beauty culture because it is the beautification of the Shih Tzu breed. The art of Shih Tzu grooming is aimed at creating a reasonable facsimile of a normal specimen of the Shih Tzu breed. The attendance of Shih Tzu American Kennel Club dog shows is an excellent place to observe first hand the best specimens of the Shih Tzu breed. There are basic steps applicable to grooming the Shih Tzu as well...

Regular Brushing Your Shih Tzu Is Essential For Healthy Hair And Skin
Brushing your Shih Tzu is the foundation to keeping your Shih Tzu's hair healthy and beautiful. Without proper and regular brushing, clipping and bathing won't give your Shih Tzu a good looking body of hair. Shih Tzu can have different types of hair. The way you brush your Shih Tzu's hair will depend a lot on the type it was born with. Types of Shih Tzu Hair: 1. Double coats. 2. Curly Coats. 3. Silky Coats. Most likely your Shih Tzu will fall into one of the above categories of hair...

What Can You Expect During Shih Tzu Judging Of Individual Gaiting?
After the Shih Tzu show dog judge has completely gone over each Shih Tzu he will ask each handler to gait his Shih Tzu. You will need to pay close attention to the Shih Tzu show dog judge's instructions as to how he wants this done. There is the "T" formation and the half triangle. Each judge is different. Some may require the "T" formation. Another Shih Tzu show dog judge may require the half triangle. Be prepared to pay strict attention to how the judge wants this done. The Shih Tzu...

Shih Tzu Show Dog Judging For Coat Texture And Proper Handling
Proper coat texture of your show dog Shih Tzu will be checked during the show dog judge's examination. Proper coat texture of a show dog Shih Tzu should be lustrous. A lustrous Shih Tzu show dog coat is achieved by good nutrition, and high quality grooming aids. Good coats are also passed down through lines of selectively breeding Shih Tzu with good coats. With the improvement in dog nutrition and grooming aids today, however, there is really no excuse for a show dog Shih Tzu not to have a...

Shih Tzu Development In England
Following the political upheaval in China and the burning of the Imperial Palace, several Shih Tzu were found alive by British embassy staff and taken to England. The first Shih Tzu introduced in England were brought from Peking by General Sir Douglass and Lady Brownrigg in 1930. A Shih Tzu dog named Hibou and a Shih Tzu bitch named Shu-ssa. About this same time, Miss Madelaine Hutchins imported a Shih Tzu named Lung-Fu-Ssu into Ireland. These three Shih Tzu became the foundation stock for the...

The Tibetan Lion Dog (shih Tzu)
The earliest "Lion Dog" in Tibet had long hair, were small in size and similar to the Maltese in type. As Tibet and China exchanged traditions and beliefs of culture and religion, the exchange of dogs became a two-way affair as well. The Chinese definitely interbred their small dogs, which were of many varieties, with the Tibetans with long hair, and the people of Tibet no doubt interbred their small dog with those from the Chinese people. The outcome of this interbreeding eventually became...

The History Of Shih Tzu Is Steeped In Mystery And Legends
I understand that Apso means dog, but could also mean "goat-like" or "shaggy" in the Tibetan language. To the Tibetan people it was used to mean "Temple Dog." In that connection it became known as "Lion Dog." All these meanings were a long time ago. It seems I read repeatedly that many people understand and agree it was about 1650 that three temple dogs, holy dogs (they called them), were sent to China and that from these three came the Shih Tzu. It seems there are many (from what I read) who...

Shih Tzu Variety Of Colors
Since the Shih Tzu breed first became known to the western world there has been a variety of colors. The first and second prize winners at the Shanghai Kennel Club Show of May 30, 1930 were all black in color. These two solid black Shih Tzu were probably among the first Shih Tzu to ever appear in a western show ring. Their photographs can be seen in the China Journal June and August 1930 issues. Black and white Shih Tzu was also frequently seen of the early days in the western world. Black...

Shih Tzu Point Shows
Did you know that... your Shih Tzu puppy can be shown at an American Kennel Club sanctioned point show at the early age Of six months? How to get started showing your Shih Tzu. The forms to enter your Shih Tzu into point shows are mailed To you in a pamphlet called a premium list. When your Shih Tzu puppy reaches the age six months your local kennel club can provide you with names and addresses of show-giving superintendents in your area. The premium list also includes the names of the...

Preventive Medicine Is A Must For The Shih Tzu Show Dog Kennel
A Shih Tzu show dog kennel should practice preventive medicine as the means of maintaining optimum health. The Shih Tzu show dog must be available for showing for extended periods of time. Preventive medicine is much more practical and is kinder to the Shih Tzu. The Shih Tzu show dog must have routine checks for parasites and a strict maintenance of inoculations. Being in the show ring presents more chances of being exposed to disease germs. It is imperative that the Shih Tzu show dog that...

Show Dog Judging The Head, Body And Hindquarters
The Head: The show dog judge will ask you to place your Shih Tzu show dog on the table. The Shih Tzu show dog judge will then get the first close look at your Shih Tzu's expression. He will be looking for proper shape and dark eyes. He will check the length of your Shih Tzu's nose. He will look for the "correct" slightly-undershot bite. The Shih Tzu show dog judge will evaluate the shape of the top of your Shih Tzu's head. He will check to see that the hair pulled up in the topknot does not...

The Shih Tzu Tibetan Heritage
There has also been opinions that the Tibetan Lion Dog is the result of a cross between the Lhassa Terrier and the Pekingese. The dogs of each country, the Lhassa Terrier from Tibet and the Pekingese from China had been taken to the other country from time to time. The cross in Tibet that was taken out of that country through India has been called the Apso, while the Chinese cross has more of the Pekingese. It is the opinion of some that all these breeds were interbred to create the first Shih...

Early Plans For A Shih Tzu Kennel
In planning your Shih Tzu kennel the primary consideration should be your pet's security and comfort. However, before looking up the price of a chain-link fence, be sure your kennel will not violate any local building codes, ordinances or zoning regulations. A water source is another important design consideration. Is your proposed kennel location close to a water source? If not, you will have to carry water daily to the kennel, or extend a water line to the kennel. One of the best solutions...

Shih Tzu Kennel Exercise Areas
Many types of surfaces can be used in exercise yards. They all have problems to one degree or another. A very common surface covering for a Shih Tzu exercise yard is crushed gravel. It keeps the Shih Tzu out of the mud and is relatively easy to scoop up droppings from the stone. Urine runs through easily, keeping it off the Shih Tzu's feet. One effective treatment for Shih Tzu gravel exercise yards is applying dry lime. Sprinkle the lime lightly over the entire yard and then wash through the...

The True Beauty Of A Shih Tzu Is In The Eye Of The Beholder
Dog breed standards come and go. Beauty of a Shih Tzu is in the eyes of the beholder. To try and measure your Shih Tzu against an imaginary yardstick such as a "breed standard," does little for you or your dog. Your Shih Tzu may not be a show dog champion. This does not mean your Shih Tzu is any less of a family member, any less than a Shih Tzu, or that the breeder who bred your Shih Tzu is some horrible person for not producing Shih Tzu to exact breed standard measurements. On the other...

Just What Exactly Is A Shih Tzu?
The Shih Tzu has long been prized solely as a companion. The Shih Tzu's temperament is of the utmost importance. It is the Shih Tzu's unique head and expression that actually distinguishes the breed from two other related Oriental breeds, the Lhasa Apso and the Pekingese. Shih Tzu are alert, arrogant, full of playful antics, and affectionate. Dog show judging is based on how closely each Shih Tzu entered approaches the ideal picture described in the breed standard. Much of the Shih Tzu...

Shih Tzu Difficult Wet Delivery
While your Shih Tzu is doing her part with the delivery, you can gently but firmly grip the Shih Tzu puppy's sac with the aid of a towel or diaper. Hold the Shih Tzu puppy in a position of presentation to prevent it from being withdrawn back into the birth canal. Each time your Shih Tzu matron has a contraction the Shih Tzu puppy is closer to birth. You, as a Shih Tzu mid-wife need only to the hold the Shih Tzu puppy to prevent withdrawal and allow Nature to work. Sometimes it may be...

Types Of Dog/Shih Tzu Aggression
By nature, Shih Tzu is generally not an aggressive type of dog. However, there are exceptions and in this article I will discuss 4 types of dog aggression that could be a warning sign to the owner that his Shih Tzu is in need of professional help. Four types of dog and possibly Shih Tzu aggression are: 1. Dominance Aggression Toward People 2. Interdog Dominance Aggression 3. Fear Aggression 4. Territorial Aggression Dominance aggression toward people: Dominance is the driving force...

Does Your Shih Tzu Eat Its Own Stool?
One of the most unpleasant aspects of Shih Tzu breeding or owning a Shih Tzu is the Shih Tzu who takes to eating its stool. The official name for this practice is "coprophagy." It is one of the unsolved mysteries in the dog world. However, there are several theories. Some people say nutritional deficiencies. I can honestly say that since I have been feeding my Shih Tzu HealthyPetNet Life's Abundance food I have seen a remarkable "decrease" in this activity. I can only assume my problem was...

Dogs With Obsessive- Compulsive Behaviors
The same tensions that occur in people with obsessive-compulsive disorder occur in dogs and Shih Tzu occasionally. Arising out of stress and conflict the obsessive-compulsive behaviors have some soothing effects on mood. Prevention of dogs from engaging in their particular compulsions can create anxiety in its own right. There are two factors that seem to be necessary for the development of compulsive behaviors in dogs and Shih Tzu occasionally. Obsessive-compulsive behaviors are more often...

Shih Tzu Have Had Many Nicknames
Several theories exist as to how the Shih Tzu was created. It has been reported that around the year 1650 the Dalai Lama visited China and brought along three "holy dogs" from Tibet. The Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama was believed to be a reincarnation of Buddha. Tibetan monks were devoted to breeding "holy dogs" to resemble their perception of lions. Based upon this theory, it is believed the three "holy dogs" were interbred with Pekingese to create shorter muzzles, broader heads, smaller dogs in...

Caring For Unthrifty And Premature Shih Tzu Puppies
If this is your Shih Tzu matron's first litter she may become nervous or even terrified. Your attitude at this time is very important. The manner in which a Shih Tzu matron accepts or rejects her offspring is often in direct response to your attitude or even the whelping box site. Normal Shih Tzu puppies are plump and firm at birth. They have good muscle and skin tones. The skin on the abdomen, feet and mouth is pink. If Shih Tzu puppies cry continuously or constantly squirm and crawl,...

The Shih Tzu Is A Constant And Loving Companion
What sets the Shih Tzu apart from other breeds? The Shih Tzu is mysterious and charismatic. Its charm, self confidence and alert countenance is certainly very alluring. The Shih Tzu is highly intelligent. The Shih Tzu's outgoing personality, big eyes with that warm and trusting expression is so hard to resist. Is a Shih Tzu going to be the right dog for you? First of all, the Shih Tzu want to be with their people more than anything else in their lives. They do not do well in lonely kennels or...

Saving Orphaned Shih Tzu Puppies
If you want to save your orphaned Shih Tzu puppies you must be totally dedicated to them on a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week basis for the first few weeks of life. Raising orphaned Shih Tzu puppies is the most challenging and taxing task any Shih Tzu breeder could undertake. Success is gratifying. Maintain the Shih Tzu puppies in an incubator environment with a temperature of at least 90 degrees Fahrenheit to start out. Reduce the temperature to 85 degrees after three or four successful days and...

Shih Tzu Mammary Gland Care After Whelping
It is necessary to examine your Shih Tzu matron's mammary glands daily, directly before whelping and throughout nursing and weaning periods. A secretion of moderately thick liquid clear or brown with streaks of white milk is normal. If this discharge is bloody or yellowish in color you need to consult with your vet. The first secretion, known as colostrums, is normal and present in every new mother. Colostrums contain the mother's antibodies and are necessary to newborn Shih Tzu puppies,...

Learning To Tube Feed Shih Tzu Puppies
It is not difficult to learn the correct tube feeding procedure. Purchase the tube feeder through your veterinarian, who will be able to equip you with the correct diameter catheter and syringe size for your Shih Tzu. Sterilize both catheter and syringe between early feedings. The syringe will have graduated markings on the side to record accurate intake. You will need a bowl or large measuring cup for warm water, a candy thermometer and a nontoxic indelible pen or dull knife. 1. Place water...

Early Shih Tzu Puppy Eye Development
The average puppy or Shih Tzu puppy's eyes open between 12 and 15 days of age. The ear canals open soon thereafter, usually within a day or two. All puppies are born with their eyes and ears sealed shut. Do not try to open them. If you force or pry open the puppy's eyelids during any development stage, you can cause the puppy irreversible injury. Shih Tzu puppies are unable to see or hear before this time. Shih Tzu puppies are receptive to the stimuli of light and dark, noise and quiet. Some...

Buying Equipment For Your Shih Tzu Grooming Salon
It is a good idea to do several months of training and an apprenticeship before purchasing equipment for your Shih Tzu Grooming Salon. Concentrate on the basics and gradually add to your grooming kit. Always buy the best equipment you can afford, and upgrade when possible. Spending a little more money on higher-quality equipment may help prevent repetitive strain injuries. Certainly, buy the best-quality clippers for your Shih Tzu Grooming Salon. Buy equipment for your Shih Tzu Grooming Salon...

Shih Tzu Comfort, Safety And Fashion With Collars And Leashes
Shih Tzu collars are practical and fashionable. A Shih Tzu collar can hold your Shih Tzu's identification which can be his ticket back home to you if he gets lost. A Shih Tzu collar can also be your Shih Tzu's most fashionable statement showing the world just how pampered and stylish he is. Every Shih Tzu needs at least one collar. But as it is with you and earrings or necklaces and rings, your Shih Tzu and you will enjoy having several. Of course, you only really need one pair of shoes, but...

Dog Fashions For Your Shih Tzu Helps To Bring Out The Human Qualities Of A Shih Tzu
The tiny breeds such as the Imperial and Teacup Shih Tzu do look a whole lot cuter in their fancy clothes than say an Alaskan Malamute. But even if you have a large hardy dog that has a double coat, a raincoat is still a must to keep you from bringing home a sopping wet dog after a run through the park. Almost anyone with a little money can dress their Shih Tzu to ward off the elements. However, dog fashion has extended into leashes and collars, jewelry and shoes. You rarely see a piece of...

Tips Of How To Achieve A Beautiful Coated Shih Tzu
There is nothing more beautiful than a just groomed and well groomed Shih Tzu. A Shih Tzu is a beautifully-coated dog. When you take the time to cultivate the Shih Tzu's thick, luxurious coat it is truly a joy to behold. Once the Shih Tzu's coat is ruined or let go almost beyond repair, the Shih Tzu's coat take endless time and energy to restore to its original beauty. Therefore, it is wise to take a little time each day to keep your Shih Tzu's hair in top condition. This, of course, is...

Shih Tzu Grooming Behavior Modification Tips
Does your Shih Tzu wiggle and squirm, back off and fight you what seems every bit of the way when you try to groom him or her? First examine your own technique. Are you being a little too rough? It is also true that some Shih Tzu never do get to like or learn to like grooming sessions. These Shih Tzu will require extra patience and most likely extra work on your part to actually get them groomed. Some Shih Tzu will try every trick they can think of to hamper your progress. Some of my Shih...

Shih Tzu Find A New Home In The West
Lady Brownrigg of England first obtained a Shih Tzu in 1928. She was around 30 years of age, was a much-traveled lady and was very fond of birds and animals. Her husband was an Assistant Adjutant and Quarter-master General to the North China command. When they returned to England, they brought with them two Shih Tzu, a dog called Hibou and a bitch called Shu-ssa. Both were black and white and described as "small." Shu-ssa was mated to Hibou and produced Lung-fu-ssu. The offspring of Hibou,...

Pancreatitis In The Shih Tzu
It is very important to feed your Shih Tzu a well-balanced diet of pet food and not table scraps. Pancreatitis is a severe inflammation of the pancreas that can result from feeding your Shih Tzu table scraps. A Shih Tzu with pancreatitis may suddenly vomit, become dehydrated, be lethargic and have diarrhea. These symptoms are common to a lot of different canine diseases; therefore, the diagnosis of pancreatitis is very difficult for a vet to make. He will depend a lot upon a good history from...

Grooming The Chihuahua
The Chihuahua is undoubtedly the oldest purebred canine native to the North American continent. He is known by no other name. The Chihuahua is a native of the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. He appears in a short-or smooth-coated variety and another type that has a long coat. The distinguishing features of a Chihuahua are very small size (average weight is 3 pounds) large ears, prominent eyes and a long tail. The Chihuahua was important in the ceremonial life of both Toltec and Aztex peoples...

The First Shih Tzu Imports To The British Isles
It is one opinion in Shih Tzu History documentations that the Scandinavian imports were nearer to the direct imperial line, although those who brought the first Imperial Shih Tzu to the British Isles did so at about the same time. These early English and Irish fanciers acted according to the best knowledge available to them and went to very great trouble to secure the finest possible specimens of the breed. However, noted throughout shih tzu history, is the fact that a Danish couple were able...

Toy Dogs In Art Part II: The Little White Toy Dog That May Have Been A Maltese!
There is a painting at the Prado in Madrid that is almost certainly a breed that we have now lost, or just as likely, it is a crossbred resulting from the inter-mixing of the various strains of tiny toy dogs. Tiny toy dogs were the playthings of the houses of fashion and the courts of the mid-seventeenth century. This little dog is white in color with a face and eyes like our present day Maltese. The solid white coat is identical to the kind of a Maltese. The painting done in 1650 is called...

Toy Dogs In Art Part Iv: Toy Dogs In Pottery
One of the most favorite subjects for the craftsman in porcelain and earthenware has been toy dogs in particular. In Chinese work it has been hard to distinguish between the lion and the dog. The lion-dog and the dog-lion share a lot of Chinese myth. The dogs of Fo during the reign of K'ang Hsi were dogs, however, and not lions. In the city of Peking in 1680 the Emperor K'ang His set up an imperial kiln. At that time it was possible there were a million people working porcelain at 3,000 kilns....

Grooming The Cavalier King Charles
The Cavalier King Charles has a coat of soft, gently-waving, never curly longish hair that is silky. There should be a profuse mane extending down in the front of the chest. There should also be thick feathering on the ears and feet, and well up the back of the legs. There should be plenty of feathering in the coat of a Cavalier King Charles. The coat should not be trimmed for the show ring. Its red and white color type is called "Blenheim" after the Duke of Marlborough's estate. Other colors...

Toy Dogs In Art Part I: The Italian Greyhound
Fortunately for us, the members of the royal and noble families of Spain were particularly attached to dogs, especially toy dogs. Many of the famous painters of the time painted family portraits which included their dogs. Works by Velasquez, Murillo and Goya in particular painted portraits of royal families and their dogs, many of them being, "toy dogs." The walls of Prado in Madrid are covered by portrait after portrait of dogs and their families or just dogs alone beautifully painted....

Shih Tzu Grooming Tips - Coat Handling Basics
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,...

The Yorkshire Terrier: A Dainty And Very Popular Toy Dog
The Dainty little Yorkshire terrier ranks high in the top ten of American's favorite toy dogs. It might be a bit difficult to find a more intelligent, bright and generally attractive little guy in the doggie world. The Yorkshire terrier well deserves its rank among the American pet owners. When we trace the origins of this famous toy dog we will have to go back to the days when he was a broken-haired terrier killing rats around and about his home. There are different opinions about how he...

My Puppy Chews A Lot - Mostly On Me
Puppies who chew are normal. Chewing is a natural and necessary puppy behavior. Puppies at about four months of age are more prone to chewing because this is when they usually start teething. Other dogs that chew, especially when you are not at home, may be suffering from separation anxiety. Separation anxiety requires an entire new behavior treatment plan. In this newsletter, I want to give you a few tips for your typical, normal-behaving puppy chewer! Some things you can do is try to teach...

Pomeranians: Once Noisy And Snappish To Most Petted And Pampered
The Pomeranian in its early years was noted to be rather noisy, snappish and even dangerous to children. Today the Pom is one of the most petted and pampered of the toy breeds. He continues to gain popularity and is today fairly popular as a house pet. The Pomeranian has also been known as viz., Loup-Loup Pomeranians, Wolf Dog, Volpmo, and Spitz. The original Spitz was much larger, twenty pounds or so, and was noted to be ill-tempered and quarrelsome with few friends and many enemies. It...

Hypoglycemia - A Common Problem In The Toy Dog
One of the main things a new owner needs to take precautions against is a new puppy developing hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. Hypoglycemia can occur without much warning and within hours of a puppy going to a new home, missing a meal, or does not eat full meals, gets chilled, overtired or exhausted from too much handling or playing. It occurs more in the toy breeds, but can also occur in larger breeds. Signs are a depressed affect or mood, weakness, wobbly gait, jerky, lethargic. The neck...

Let's Talk About Vaccines - Everyone Else Is!
There is no universal protocol for canine vaccination schedules. Many vets recommend more vaccinations than most dogs require to be protected from contagious diseases. A lot of vets use the vaccination schedule they receive with the vaccinations they buy from drug companies. Vets are now realizing to trust vaccine makers may not be the best thing to do. Vaccine makers are in the business of selling vaccines. There are a number of things pet owners can do to make sure their dogs are protected...

The Elegant And Graceful Italian Greyhound
The Italian Greyhound is a charming little dog of grace and beauty. They are usually jolly little guys. This is a breed that was kept in England as far back as the 17th century. They enjoyed the royal favor of many while in Prussia. The famous Frederick the Great simply adored his Greyhound pets and even left instructions in his will that his body should be buried among his pets in the Greyhound cemetery in the Park of Sans Souci. The Italian Greyhound comes in colors of all shades of fawn,...

Cranberry Juice And Dark Chocolate: Two Easy Ways To Boost Good Health
Recent studies done at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health reveal that the chemical in cocoa beans has a biochemical effect similar to aspirin in reducing platelet clumping, which can be fatal if a clot forms and blocks a blood vessel, causing a heart attack. Diane Becker, M.P.H., Sc.D., a professor at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health says that these findings are not intended as a...

Description Of The Pekingese Breed
The proper type of Pekingese has been a subject over which there has been considerable controversy. The most debated point is the size. At one point in the Pekingese history it looked as if there would be two types. Lady Algernon Gordon Lennox suggested one should be called "The Peking Palace dog" and the other should be called "The Peking Spaniel." It was felt this would cause too much confusion and the suggestion was not implemented. One might guess The Peking Palace Dog was a small version...

The Affenpinscher’s Early Days In His New Home?
The Affenpinscher develops a very strong attachment to his owner or owners. How the Affenpinscher puppy develops depends a great deal upon the care he receives as a young puppy. One of the first things you should do for your new Affenpinscher puppy is make him feel secure and comfortable with his new family. Your breeder probably provided you with a health record showing all immunization vaccinations given to the Affenpinscher puppy prior to the sale. Some states such as California, Florida...

Japanese Chin: A Simply Delightful Oriental Breed
The Japanese Chin comes from the land of Chrysanthemums and sunshine like their short-faced prototypes the King Charles Spaniel and Pekingese. They can trace their descent far into a dim past and share the distinction of being Court favorites in their own country for centuries. The Japanese people like to breed very small dogs appropriate for carrying in the big sleeves of their flowing costumes. The Japanese Chin was also called a sleeve or chin dog. The Japanese sometimes held these little...

A Little Bit About The Maltese As A Companion Dog
The Maltese was a popular European dog in the 1800's and was known as Chien de Malte or Bichon Maltaise. It was sometimes called the Shock Dog because of the dog's shock of white hair. The white coat requires quite a bit of grooming and often once-a-week bathing to maintain the snow-white color. The Maltese is a delightful pint-size dog. Its stuffed-toy appearance wins the hearts of many and its natural animation makes it appear as a beautiful little mechanical dog. The Maltese is a friendly...

Travelling With Your Shih Tzu
A lot of Shih Tzu likes to go on adventures, which makes travel attractive for them. This is their natural hunting instincts making them want to meet new people and explore new places. However, it may pose as a problem since taking a Shih Tzu along during your travels may be inconvenient. Quite a few people are frightened of dogs and the mess that dogs make while you're traveling can be very troublesome. It should also be noted that many lodgings and transportation services don't cater to pets...

The Beginning Of The Yorkshire Terrier In England And The United States
If you are looking for a tiny dog with the spirit of a much bigger terrier, the Yorkshire Terrier most certainly fits this description. Despite the Yorkshire Terrier's tiny size of just a few pounds, this dog is lively and thinks of himself as much larger than he is. The Yorkie's background goes back to the 18th century. During this time of the Industrial Revolution in England, many Scotsmen left their country for the south. They looked for work in the mills in England. They brought their...

Early Shih Tzu Puppy Stimulation
The first sense of a Shih Tzu puppy is "scent." The newborn Shih Tzu puppy will be able to smell the scent of the breeder immediately after the sac is broken. The Shih Tzu breeder is familiar with litters of Shih Tzu puppies before their eyes open. Up until the Shih Tzu puppy opens its eyes they became familiar with their breeder's scent through their dam's coat. Shih Tzu puppies learn where there is and is not a place of milk and nourishment on their mother through scent. It is advisable...

Teacup/Imperial Shih Tzu
I did not create the "labels" Imperial or "Teacup." These words were already set in stone before I ever came on board. I picked up the terms only because potential customers were asking me for "Imperial Size" or "Teacup Size." I RARELY get a request for a "Standard" size shih tzu as defined by the American Kennel Club. Since these words of Imperial Shih Tzu and Teacup Shih Tzu were so common to describe a particular size of shih tzu and I was seeing these are the terms people place in search...

Help With Finding A Dog Sitter
When planning vacation and holiday getaways, don't forget to plan for pet sitting. Consider using a pet sitter instead of a kennel. It allows your dog to stay in the comfort of their own home and helps the dog maintain a normal routine. The best of friends, family, and kennels, cannot offer anything better than the comfort of a pet's own home. Also, having a trusted pet sitter in your home can help protect your home from intruders. Follow the 10 recommendations below to help you find the...

Simple Tips To Help You Lose More Fat In Less Time
If you're looking to lose some unwanted body fat, this article will show a few simple, proven ways to shed more fat in less time. Drink more water throughout the day. Drinking water will help you feel fuller throughout the day. You will be less likely to be hungry and less likely to snack. Try drinking an 8 ounce glass of water or flavored water before you eat. The water should help you feel less hungry so you will eat less during the meal. If you are new to drinking water each day. Start...

Newborn Shih Tzu Puppies And Early Surroundings
Shih Tzu puppies begin to make noises shortly after their eyes open. They will also begin to try and get up and waddle around the whelping box at this time. Between 3 and 4 weeks you might want to provide new Shih Tzu puppies with a new safe daytime area for extra stimulation. A new larger area physically stimulates and mentally challenges newborn Shih Tzu puppies. Be sure the new area has good footing. Before this time the Shih Tzu dam may protest about moving her offspring. At about 3 or 4...

An Overview Of Some Of The Health Problems Common To The Little Havanese Dog From Cuba
The Havanese is the National dog of Cuba. He was once called the Havana Silk Dog or the Spanish Silk Poodle mainly because of the coat being like raw silk floss, profuse but extremely light and soft. In its native country of Cuba the coat was never clipped and the hair never tied into a topknot. The Cubans believed the hair falling over the eyes of the Havanese protected them from harsh sun. The Havanese was brought to Europe in the 18th century where it found favor in the courts of Spain,...

The Havanese Standard
The Havanese is a small sturdy dog. He is slightly longer than tall. The Havanese’s coat is long, silky and wavy. He has a plumed tail that he carries loosely curled over his rump. Size and Proportion The Havanese stands from a range of 8 ½ to 11 ½ inches tall. The ideal height is between 9 and 10 ½ inches measured at the withers, and slightly less than the length from point of shoulder to point of buttocks. His outline is somewhat of a rectangle rather than square. The Havanese should never...

The Monkey-Face Ratter From Germany Is Our Loyal Affenpinscher Companion Mousetrap Of Today
The Affenpinscher does not have a detailed history of their arrival in America as many of the other toy breeds have. There was an article published in the April 1950 issue of the AKC Gazette that says the Affenpinscher breed was imported in the mid-thirties. Also known about the Affenpinscher breed is that Mrs. Bessie Mally of Cicero, Illinois imported at least a pair of Affenpinschers in 1935. The dam of this first litter was the first Affenpinscher registered with the American Kennel Club....

A Little Bit About The Affenpinscher
The Affenpinscher’s German name means Monkey-Terrier and refers to the breed’s comical, bewhiskered face and slightly undershot jaw. Another name for this dog is Monkey Pinscher. In France the Affenpinscher is known as Diablotin Moustachu, which translates to Moustached Little Devil. Germany claims origin of the Affenpinscher. It is felt the little dog was bred elsewhere in Europe as well. The Affenpinscher originated in the seventeenth century and descended from terriers that inhabited farms...

A Little Bit About The Miniature Pinscher
In its native Germany the Miniature Pinscher is called the Zwergpinscher (dwarf pinscher) or the Reh Pinscher after the small roe deer of the same name. In the United States it is usually called the Minpin. The Miniature Pinscher’s ancestors were bred in Scandinavia. It looks like a miniature Doberman Pinscher, but was actually bred in Scandinavia about a century before the Doberman. The two breeds are not related. Ancestors of the Miniature Pinscher were probably small German pinschers...

A Little Bit About The Papillon
The word Papillon is French for “butterfly.” The Papillon was named for its erect butterflylike ears that frame its face. Apparently the Papillon was developed in France during the sixteenth century from a small, long-eared dog called the Belgian Spaniel or Dwarf Spaniel. At the time the spaniels were popular in Spain, Italy and France. Down-ear and erect-ear types exist today and are judged by the same breed standards in AKC shows. The diminutive breed was popular with European landed gentry...

A Little Bit About The Shih Tzu
Shih Tzu was developed as a dog to live as companions to humans. This is their main function. They do not catch rats or mice. They do not herd sheep. They were developed mainly to entertain and amuse humans. And this is one thing the Shih Tzu is extremely skillful at doing. Therefore, the perfect home for a Shih Tzu is the same home in which its owners live. A kennel or cage is absolutely not the best place as a permanent home for the Shih Tzu. The Shih Tzu will never develop its full...

A Little Bit About The Chihuahua
The Chihuahua is know by no other name and has been popular north and south of the Rio Grande for many years. It is the oldest purebred canine native to the North American continent. The Chihuahua’s origin is filled with tales and extends back to the Toltec civilization of Mexico in the ninth century. Discovery of the earliest Chihuahuas were in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. Ancestors of the Chihuahua could include a small hairless Chinese dog, which could account for the size reduction of...

A Little Bit About The Pomeranian
This is dog is occasionally referred to as the Miniature Spitz dog or European Spitz. In its native land of Germany it is the smallest member of the German Spitz group. The Pomeranian is also sometimes called the German Spitz in Germany. In Germany the Pomeranian was bred to its present size in Pomeranian during the nineteenth century. Its ancestors were of the Spitz type and larger. Among the Pomeranian’s ancestors are the Samoyed, Norwegian Elkhound, Chow Chow and other northern European...

Life With The Shih Tzu Part I
If you want that perfect show dog look in your Shih Tzu you might as well relax to the fact that it involved brushing, brushing, brushing, and daily brushing. A thorough head-to-tail groom is often needed at least every other day if not “daily.” However, Shih Tzu coat textures are very different. You might get by with once weekly brushing if the Shih Tzu’s coat is the type of texture that does not mat and tangle easily. If you have only one Shih Tzu, grooming should not be a problem. It can...

A Little Bit About The Chinese Crested
Other names the Chinese Crested is known as are: • Chinese Edible Dog • Chinese Ship Dog • Chinese Hairless • Chinese Royal Hairless • Pyramid or Giza Hairless • South African Hairless • Turkish Hairless The “crest” in its name refers to a copious shock of silky hair that graces the dog’s head. The Chinese Crested is found everywhere, but has never reached great popularity. It has often been exhibited in circuses and carnivals as a “freak.” However, this little dog has many assets...

Life With The Shih Tzu Part III
In part II of this series of articles we started discussion about the Shih Tzu topknot. Follow the steps below to create a Shih Tzu topknot: 1. Take the hair for the topknot from above the nose and eye. Be careful to not draw up any beyond the outer corner of each eye or back of the ears. If the Shih Tzu’s head is small, take up less and make a narrow topknot. When you place a band be careful to not place it too tight. The skin can become sore and the Shih Tzu will most likely attempt to...

A Little Bit About The Toy Poodle
The name Poodle is probably derived from the German word pfudel that means puddle. The origin of the Poodle is generally assumed to be France. It probably was actually first seen in Russia and Germany. The standard size in Russia and Germany were used as water retrievers. In France the Poodle is known as the National Dog of France. The standard version of the Poodle originated in the fifteenth century. The Toy variety came 300 years later. The ancestors of the Poodle were probably the Barbets...

Is Being Angry Ever Good?
Some psychologists who study anger say anger does have a positive side. For example: • Anger helps clarify relationship problems; • Anger helps finalize business deals; • Anger fuels political agendas; • Anger can give people a sense of control during an uncertain situation; • Anger can cause an entire culture to change for the better as with the women’s suffrage movement. In certain situations anger can be defined as being constructive rather than destructive and helpful in solving...

Preserving The Show Dog Shih Tzu's Coat
The Shih Tzu’s coat for the show rings requires extra care. Some show people actually keep their Shih Tzu confined and caged to preserve the coat, or they wrap the coat or oil it. Those who do keep their show Shih Tzu confined and caged pay a price in loss of muscle tone in their dogs. Not all show people practice these methods for preserving their Shih Tzu’s long show dog coats. It is also a myth that all show people do not allow their show Shih Tzu to go for long walks, to play and just in...

Good Shih Tzu Bathing Techniques Are Essential For Healthy Coats And Skin
A good bathing technique is essential for keeping your Shih Tzu’s hair in good shape and keeping skin problems at a minimum. A lot of Shih Tzu owners say they have skin problems. This is a problem I have not encountered a lot in my existence with the Shih Tzu. However, it does happen more in some bloodlines. Follow the instructions in this article and you should have no problem in keeping a nice smelling and clean Shih Tzu in your presence at all times. Gather together everything that is...

A Little Bit About The Pekingese
The Pekingese, also known as Peking Palasthund and Little Lion Dog of Peking, are among the favorite American pets of the twenty-first century. The Pekingese is also referred to as a sleeve dog because it is said the Chinese royalty carried the little Peke in the sleeves of their robes. There were no real lions in China. However, the Lion of Buddha was a sacred symbol from about the first century A.D. The artist of those days portrayed Buddhist’s symbols remarkably like the emperor’s palace...

A Little Bit About The Italian Greyhound
The Italian Greyhound is known in its native land as Picooli Levrieri Italiani. It is an ancient breed that looks like a miniature version of the Greyhound with all the talents of the bigger Greyhound. The ancestors of the Italian Greyhound probably came from Egypt, Turkey and Greece, where they later found favor with medieval European royalty. The Italian Greyhound became popular in southern Europe, especially in Italy, during the sixteenth century and eventually won the hearts of queens and...

A Little Bit About The Pug
The Pug is known as the Carlin in France, Mopshond in the Netherlands, Mops in Germany and Chinese Pug or sometimes the Dutch Pug in Great Britain. So how did he come about with a name of the “Pug?” The name Pug may have come about from the shape of the dog’s head or the name refers to the dog’s resemblance to a marmoset or monkey. The Pug was developed as a pet and entertainer. His clownish face and happy demeanor wins friends just about everywhere he goes. The little Pug is an ancient...

What Is Your Role As A Parent To Help Prevent Drug Abuse?
The drug called Ecstasy/MDMA is just one of several that children as young as 8th graders are abusing. Ecstasy is a human-made drug taken orally as a capsule or tablet. The short-term effects include feelings of mental stimulation, emotional warmth, enhanced sensory perception, and increased physical energy. Adverse health effects can include nausea, chills, sweating, teeth clenching, muscle cramping, and blurred vision. If you suspect or find out your child is actually abusing this drug or...

What Chihuahua Puppy Really Makes Your Heart Race?
According to the AKC standard a Chihuahua should not exceed 6 pounds. In real life, however, they do. Some Chihuahuas weigh in at 10 pounds or more. Some Chihuahua have longer legs and are lighter boned that is described in the AKC standard. Their muzzles tend to be longer and they have a more deerlike look. This type of Chihuahua is labeled a deer type Chihuahua. The deer type Chihuahua may have some advantages as a pet. They tend to be better walking companion and they fare better in...

Shih Tzu - Is A Training Collar Right For Your Shih Tzu
There are many excellent training devices that can be used when training your Shih Tzu. The most basic piece of equipment that every Shih Tzu owner should own is a quality training collar. There are many different types of training collars, and these devices go by a variety of different names, including choke collar, choke chain, correction collar, slip collar and of course training collar. Training collars are favorite tools among both amateur and professional dog trainers. When used...

Shih Tzu - Housetraining Your Shih Tzu The Right Way
House training your Shih Tzu properly is one of the most important aspects of Shih Tzu ownership. More dogs are surrendered to animal shelters for elimination problems than for any other reason, so proper house training can literally be a lifesaver. The most popular ways to house break Shih Tzu, and the ones that are the most effective, are those that use the Shih Tzu's own instincts to provide this important lesson. Shih Tzu are instinctively very clean animals, and they try very hard to...

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