Category: workingdog

¢αυ¢αѕιαи σν¢нαякα #1A
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The list is coming to an end and another Cold War dog is on top, do the RUSSIANS know something we don’t? At 1-A the CAUCASIAN OVCHARKA is one of the oldest GUARD DOG breeds listed, opposite its counterpart in Russia being the newest dog on the block. The ALABAI and CENTRAL ASIAN OVCHARKA are breeds similar to the OVCHARKA, and considered under the same ranking.
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A breed native of the Caucasus mountains, it is one of the oldest molosser breeds sharing its heritage with many of the Soviet funded Red Star Kennel, a military based K9 facility. The breed was utilized in many of the new breed creations the famed kennel produced for military use during the Cold War.
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Throughout my rankings I’ve touched on how important DEFENSIVE drives are for the construction of a great guard dog. The OVCHARKA is the epitome of what we call a DEFENSIVE monster. I read somewhere describing the breed, to get chased and bit by this breed is like getting hit by a 357 magnum. I don’t know what it feels like to be shot by a gun but I do know what it feels like being charged and bitten by this breed, and I’ll say you’ll probably not be alive to tell the story of how you got away.
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The OVCHARKA is a true working dog thats comfortable as a family dog. Due to its untrusting nature, he should not be trusted around strangers. An extra large dog with some weighing as much as 150lbs with thick coats, the breed does well in colder climates but can acclimate to warmer weather. A experienced and firm handler should own this dog and training at an early age is highly advisable since the breed is very dominant. Although the breed is a loyal family member when raised socially, I wouldn’t advice young children without supervision.
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Some defaults: as with all large breed, hips, shoulder and elbows are of concern. A relatively modest life span is to be expected (9 -11yrs) especially for a dog of this size.
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We’re at the halfway point and the remaining breeds from here on out are the cream of the crop when it comes to GUARD DOG duties.

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The BOERBOEL at #5 is not only an exception but the rule as it’s a beast on four legs. The BOERBOEL is not as vocal as some of the dogs on the list but their bark will scare your neighbor down the block. Imagine a 150lb plus GAME PIT that’s ready to go on a whim yet complacent that it knows it doesn’t have to be loud to get your attention.
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The breed is renown for his GUARD DOG abilities in its native country of SOUTH AFRICA as the word “Boerboel” derives from “boer” (pronounced boo-r-bull) the AFRIKAAN/DUTCH word for farmer while the word “boel” is an old slang for DOG translating as FARMER DOG” It is today widely known as the only South African dog breed created to DEFEND (hence guard) the homestead due to its strong territorial instincts. The HISTORY of the BOERBOEL was for the purpose of being a GUARDIAN and it upholds this ideal to the fullest. A little less known fact coming from a couple of old time breeders was one of the reasons the dog was bred for was to keep people of color in control.
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A large, powerful and nimble breed the DEFENSIVE prowess is on point, pair it with its high PREY drive and the dog will hunt down any intruder and bring’em back to your door step to show you what they found. One who is interested in the breed should be an experienced large dog owner. This breed needs early socialization and training to get them to understand what is expected of them. This is surely the breed that starting at 10 weeks versus at 10 months will make the difference.
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Some defaults: Hip Dysplasia and other joint issues. Juvenile Epilepsy and Bloat are also as well. Generally another very hardy breed with an average life span between 10 and 12 years.
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αмєяι¢αи вυℓℓ∂σg #6 (A)
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The AMERICAN BULLDOG doesn’t have the flair as say a PRESA, PIT BULL or CANE CORSO does when one thinks of a premier GUARD DOG but don’t let the breed fool you. It ranks with any of those breeds with a true working dog history and titles to boot.
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They’re three types of AB’s, the JOHNSON, SCOTT AND STANDARD TYPE, the last being a cross between the two former types. Ranking will be based off the STANDARD which in recent years has become the prominent and identifiable type of the breed and it’s in this cross that the best WORKING representatives has come about.

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Some believe the AB to be the original BULLDOG brought over by EUROPEAN immigrants in the 1800’s. Those dogs were raw and bulldoggy, today’s STANDARD are more refined and athletic ranging in the 90 to 110lbs with some even larger. The breed has a rich history as a FARM GUARDIAN and CATCH DOG working closely with its human counterpart. A well grounded and loyal breed, it truly makes an excellent family dog making it a pleasure around children. These attributes along with a fearlessness towards strangers is a major plus for GUARD DOG duties.
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The breed is exceptionally PREY driven a typical bulldog trait, mix in a optimal balance of DEFENSIVE drive to which it propels the breed as an above average GUARD DOG. This blend has also allowed the breed to excel in the dog sport arena (SCHUTZHUND, RING SPORT, PERSONAL PROTECTION) where it holds a heavy positive presence.

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Some defaults: Hip, Elbow and Shoulder Dysplasia. Skin issues, joint and ligament mainly ACL tears and Cancer. Some dogs may exhibit breathing issues. Overall a hardy breed with a life span average of 10 to 14 years.
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Possibly the most controversial breed on the list, speak to an owner of a PIT BULL and you’ll hear positive and endearing comments. To everyone else, the breed is public enemy number one. Note: included in this ranking will be the AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER as they have similar temperaments and abilities for GUARD WORK, everything else, the breeds aren’t the same.
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The PITBULL was bred to be a FIGHTING DOG, while the AM STAFF was the show counterpart. Throughout history it was widely known to be people friendly as aggressive dogs were not tolerated, so back then to tout the breed as a guard dog goes against the grain. True DOG MEN would have another breed protecting their kennel and property.
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With an overwhelming loyalty of family and home, the right balance of DEFENSE and unlimited amount of PREY, guarding duties is second nature for a task as simple as a GUARD DOG. Add a great aptitude towards training, aloofness towards strangers, superb athleticism ranging from 30 to 80lbs and always on alert helps this breed to fit in an experienced home in need of a comparable GUARD DOG. Today the breed has evolved into an all around dog excelling in sport, service, police and even herding work.
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Indiscriminate breeding of inferior dogs has lent to the majority of problems we see today. In recent years the breed has been misrepresented by both unfit ownership and media. Despite negative media reports the PITBULL excels with children due to their high toleration and even temper. Although the breed can be aggressive towards dogs and animals, early proper socialization, firm training and compatible ownership can control their behavior. Overall the PIT BULL is a cut above the rest in a smaller but just as powerful package .
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Some defaults: Hip and Elbow dysplasia, heart disease and patella luxation. Otherwise a very hardy breed. Photo cred: tagged

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A diet for working dog has to be totally different than that of a sedentary pet dog. A working dog would get the best results by feeding a food higher in fat than one would deem healthy.

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Reason for this is simple, let’s take a world class athlete who would benefit from a proper meal (good energy, fat and protein) everyday to get the nutrition to be at their peak performance. The active lifestyle they live needs added (good) calories to burn instead of burning through muscle.

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This understanding is the same with a working dog where a dog needs calories to burn. For a working dog that would mean 40% to 50% of those calories coming from a clean fat source. Keep in mind, dogs in general burn fat far more efficiently than we humans do.

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Also depending on what “work” a working dog is exactly doing the amount of food is 1 ½ to 2 ½ times more than what your average pet would eat. The environment they have to work in also impacts the feeding too, extreme temperatures like sled dogs or dogs working in the desert would need a higher intake.

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In general the point is this, higher calories is a great source of where a working dog should receive its additional fat as it’s a long-burning nutritional source to keep your dog at its peak performance level.

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This is the Bulldog of today and to many this is the breed that hunted wild hogs, baited bears and bulls and fought dogs. Laughable as today it can barely walk half a mile and is coughing up a lung. To be fair the breed has changed to this more for show and money than anything else but who’s to blame and what can we do?

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Let’s squarely put the blame on breeders and AKC for the loss of so much genetic diversity over the past decades, creating a breed that’s really kind of bred itself into a genetic corner.
Due to the bulldogs limited genes, breeders have very little to rebuild healthy phenotypes.

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I feel that breeders should introduce new genes from outside such as some of these hybrid bulldogs ie: Olde, Victorians and Leavitt bred dogs that can boost the overall health of these animals. I doubt that the diehards will take this idea because the resulting dogs aren’t pedigreed and we’ll don’t look exactly like what today standard is wanting.

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What are your thoughts about this?

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The ABBB actually descends from the various types of Bulldogs that were brought by early settlers to the new world. Working Bulldogs were used to control cattle and pigs, hunt small and large game as well as guard the homestead. The bulldogs were bigger, taller and more athletic than the AKC version English Bulldog we see today.

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In 1979, a group of Bulldog lovers set out to preserve what was believed to be a long lost breed. They gave them a name Alapaha Blue-Blood Bulldog — founded the Alapaha Blue-Blood Bulldog Association, and wrote a breed standard. Eventually due to difference of opinions, they broke off and one family (The Lane family of Georgia) has taken credit in the creation of the breed.

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ABBB have also been known by such names as Otto, Cowdog, Silver Dollar and Catahoula Bulldog.

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A story of the Lane family will be posted soon.

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When someone says BULLDOG, a dog that looks like this doesn’t initially come to mind but it’s funny how strong the Bulldog blood is that even with a different color coat and eyes, it’s still a Bulldog.

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Can anyone name the breed?

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Schnauzers of the world

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#giantschnauzer
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The three sizes of Schnauzers are completely separate breeds from each other with the Standard Schnauzer the original prototype, from which the Miniature Schnauzer and the Giant Schnauzer developing from.

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Initially named Wire-Haired Pinscher, with the Schnauzer name adopted in 1879. The name “Schnauzer” comes from the German word, “schnauze,” which means snout, colloquially “mustache” or whiskered snout because of the dogs distinct beard.

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The Standard Schnauzer began appearing in the States in the early 1900s coming with either German immigrant families, or with Americans who had traveled to Germany and wanted one.

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Schnauzers of the world

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#giantschnauzer
#standardschnauzer
#miniatureschnauzer

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The three sizes of Schnauzers are completely separate breeds from each other with the Standard Schnauzer the original prototype, from which the Miniature Schnauzer and the Giant Schnauzer developing from.

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Initially named Wire-Haired Pinscher, with the Schnauzer name adopted in 1879. The name “Schnauzer” comes from the German word, “schnauze,” which means snout, colloquially “mustache” or whiskered snout because of the dogs distinct beard.

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The Standard Schnauzer began appearing in the States in the early 1900s coming with either German immigrant families, or with Americans who had traveled to Germany and wanted one.

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#dog #dogs #dogstagram #doglover #instadog #instagood #history #pets #dogsofinstagram #german #terrier #puppies #life #people #workingdog (at Los Angeles, California)
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