What Makes A Black German Shepherd Unique?

What Makes A Black German Shepherd Unique?

Post contributed by Kat Chambers

All types of German Shepherds are a great breed of dog, whether they’re tan, red, sable or black. However, Black German Shepherds are fairly rare due to the genetic variation that results in their colour. When it comes to their personality there’s really no difference between a Black German Shepherd and other coloured ones. Overall, they’re a highly intelligent dog that are people-pleasers, which makes them easy to train and loveable pets right from when they’re a puppy.

What makes them black?

A Black German Shepherd’s coat is caused by a genetic mutation that is the result of a recessive gene. This is contrary to the common misconception that they’re the result of a German Shepherd mating with a different breed of dog. Black German Shepherds will always have two German Shepherd parents, and they can be black or typically coloured. This is because all dogs receive one copy of all their genes from their mother and one copy from their father, but their physical traits are determined by whether the genes are recessive or dominant. The recessive gene is in all German Shepherds, but it takes two to make a Black German Shepherd, which is why they’re not very common.

Is anything else different about Black German Shepherds?

The same recessive gene that results in their black coat is also responsible for some other minor differences in Black German Shepherds. The first being that they will have a different body shape and size. They can grow 2.5 to 5 cm taller than typically coloured German Shepherds, which also means they’re often 10 to 20 pounds heavier. German Shepherds will also have a curved back that is distinctive, but Black German Shepherds have a straight back, the same as most other breeds. The only other main difference is that a Black German Shepherds coat is usually noticeable straighter and smoother looking. Their black, straight coat can make it particularly difficult to see fleas and other pests, which makes preventative treatments even more essential to keep their fur and skin healthy and happy.

Do Black German Shepherds need to be trained differently?

All dogs should receive basic training at the very least and this should start from a puppy, where possible. The only difference that there is with training a Black German Shepherd is that owners need to be aware of how big and strong they will grow, which makes it essential for them to be obedient and for owners to have good control over them. The good news is that they’re a highly intelligent breed that loves to please their owners, which makes them relatively easy to train. House training should be taught as a pup, followed by obedience training a few weeks later. A professional trainer can help if owners are unsure of how to train this big breed, which should ideally be done from an early age for the best results.

Overall, Black German Shepherds make great pets. They’re easy to train, even for first time owners, and they’ll strive to please their humans. The only differences between them and their typically coloured counterparts is that they’ll grow slightly bigger, have a different shaped back and a beautiful, smooth coat.

Top 13 Dog Breeds That Can Live Well With Your Cats

Top 13 Dog Breeds That Can Live Well With Your Cats

Along with being both a dog and cat enthusiast comes the dilemma of whether to pick just one to adopt and never really feel satisfied, or get a kitten and a puppy at the same time and just risk the possibility of their safeties being threatened.

Naturally, felines and canine have an innate conflict already hard-wired in their minds. One sees the other as prey, while another one as a predator.

However, this feud is so primordial and our pets have learned to keep up with the times! Yes, some dogs and cat can finally live together – thanks to domestication which enabled humans to train dogs in controlling behaviour and relying on them for basic needs such as food.

Pop culture’s perpetuation of cats and dogs being enemies in films and works of literature is to blame for the whole unending dispute. It’s time to call into question the idiom, “fighting like cats and dogs” because these adorable videos of cats and dogs playing with each other will make you think otherwise!

This article reveals a list of the top 13 dog breeds that can live well with your cat. However, the following are merely generalizations and different aspects of the dog can still affect its supposed-to-be good relationship with cats.

Collie

Historically a herding dog, this Scottish breed is unique for its sensitivity and smartness that makes it fit to deal with cats under a roof. This responsiveness will let Collies act friendlier towards cats, knowing how fond you are of them. That’s the type of loyalty they have!

Collies, like cats, are very energetic yet super gentle at the same time. Surely, they will possess an ideal friendship between different kinds!

Watch this video of Teddy the cat showing affection to Chico the Collie! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnZK8S-Lbr8

Golden Retriever

Another well-known Scottish dog breed is the Golden Retriever. This type of pooch can be competitive and serious in its field of work which is hunting, but it can transform into a loving and obedient pet in just a jiffy!

As animals that are very much dedicated to their jobs, Golden Retrievers are great at tasks like guiding the visually impaired and even doing rescue work.

If you have a cat in your house, this breed will see it as its master’s friend, another family member or a companion of a different kind!

This video of a cat and a Golden Retriever tenderly playing with each other will make you feel golden!

Labrador Retriever

Labradors are among one of the best dogs when it comes to socializing. You will giggle at the thought of their history not having to do anything with violence such as hunting or herding because their main hobby was fishing!

Their charismatic personality is the reason why they are more available and favourite breeds of people! Introduce your Labrador to your cat at a young age so it can grow more tolerant of the kitty.

Take a peek at this Bengal cat licking a Labrador puppy in its dog bed! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktqCb8_JNBA

German Shepherd

German Shepherd dogs are the most common guard dogs because of how powerful their high energy and loyalty are, especially when combined! In most cases, German Shepherds are less prone to sickness as long as they fed and groomed right. This means that your cat is less exposed to the diseases that these dogs can catch.

Despite coming off as intimidating because of their large and muscular body, they are actually really friendly toward cats. Take Bleu and Beck as an example! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2XCepwaYDc

Basset Hound

Basset Hounds or Hush Puppies were initially trained to hunt smaller animals like rabbits. But as house pets, they surprisingly have the softest hearts for their fellow beings.

All it takes is a puppy toy and a playmate, and they can quickly establish a new friendship!

This dog breed is also very calm and obliging – making it more compatible with kittens. The only problem you may have to deal with is Basset Hounds’ obsession with sniffing people, animals, and things!

See how bravely your cat frolics with Hush Puppies! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0_hiWoTZJ4

Beagle

A Beagle is always born cheerful and so full of spirit. Give it a new playmate and notice how easily it will acknowledge its presence!

Sure, Beagles can be stubborn and difficult to train, but they don’t have to be taught how to enjoy the company of others because that’s their inherent skill.

Since they also enjoy exercising, beagles would love to walk and run around with your feline.

Watch this cat and dog act like they’ve known each other since forever when in reality, they had just met! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ok8_Py5xOg

Bulldog

Oftentimes stereotyped as lazy and sleepy, Bulldogs actually just have that sweet and benign character. These four-legged friends are not aggressive, so expect them to be understanding of cats.

They might even have a lot of things in common! Both  Bulldogs and cats enjoy the quietness, nap times, and they both dislike bathing and grooming.

This is what it will look like having a cat and a Bulldog at home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8p5GlAhnmc 

Pug

Finally, a dog breed that’s just the size of your cat! With a pug, you’ll have no worries about your kitten being stepped on or blocked by a heavy buddy.

Pugs possess behavioural quirks that make them stand out among others in terms of being cat-friendly. For instance, they are very easy-going animals that love to follow people and animals around and seek attention from everyone.

They will do just about anything to please you; maybe even take care of your kittens just like how Peppa adopted these three baby furballs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVK6IvgFRsw

Boston Terrier

These small-statured dogs are known to be comedians and gentlemen with regards to companionship and family. You can count on them in being friends with your house cat as long as you introduce the two gradually (a tip recommended for all types of dogs). It will take time but everything will be worth it!

You can do this slow introduction by putting your Boston Terrier inside a crate with food and toys as the cat roams freely around the house in the same room. Soon, they will be affable with each other like friends. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M44fLgjA-tw

Poodle

This typical dog breed, which costs around $2000 according to Prince Of Price, is one of the most intelligent dog breeds. It also has various types, so choosing a poodle for your kitty to have a new friend might take a while. Despite the diversity, Poodles are known for being stylish, elegant, and competitive in shows. But deep inside, they are actually easy to train and their behaviours can be controlled quickly in order to adapt to an environment that has a cat.

Like felines, these canines are sensitive to noise – making them more compatible with silence-loving cats!

Here’s a video of a poodle and a cat having a good time together. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsOQmje7zu0

Maltese

Maltese are one of the smallest dog breeds out there with the most charming and inviting aura. Besides being energetic and having a really low prey drive, these dogs enjoy learning new tricks and are low maintenance in terms of training.

Furthermore, their petite build catches the attention of many playmates; including your cat! One similarity that the two animals have is their preference for being indoors most of the time.

Watch this clip of Sofie and Milo being adorable together! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jA8PKqxHVA

Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniels are one of the most popular dog breeds in London, and we’re guessing it’s because of their attractiveness inside and out. Aside from their long and shiny coats, their ability to impress families with their stuffed joy makes them the most suitable selection for cat owners.

Even families with babies can be tolerated by the loving Cocker Spaniels. The only thing you’ll worry about is the possibility to hit the cat or the baby with their excessive tail-wagging!

Look how cute Beaux and Barney are while they playfully fight! ·         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iR1vFP-8qI

Boxer

Boxers also fit the list of the family-friendly dogs! Although they may tend to be naughty, their silliness will never fail to amuse their audience.

The Boxers may sound a little scary, but in reality, they are the most innocent dogs around anyone. Their braveness only comes out in difficult circumstances.

Just like any other dogs, Boxers can live with cats as long as they went through proper training and socialization. And since they are known to become mischievous, untrained Boxers will enjoy chasing cats that may lead to harmful fights.

Still, well-taught dogs will automatically treat your kitty like best friends just like these two in the video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QW48_c0K0WY

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Socialising Your Puppy

Socialising Your Puppy

Experiences during the first year of a dog’s life can make all the difference to their future temperament and character. Taking the time to socialise your puppy can result in a friendly, well-adjusted adult dog who enjoys the company of people, can be taken anywhere and lives life to the full!

A puppy who lacks experience with the world will find many things that we take for granted scary and is very likely to grow up to be a worried dog. A frightened and anxious dog is more likely to develop behaviour problems than a dog who has had a rich, varied and positive puppyhood.

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Puppy parties, often arranged by your local vet surgery, are a great start. This may include a quick health check that reinforces the idea that a visit to the vet needn’t be an unpleasant experience.

This should be done in stages – too much, too soon can cause long lasting anxiety issues.  Try to expose them one stage at a time. A handy list is worth keeping to hand, so you can see what he has copedwith e.g. traffic noise etc. before moving on to something else such as a children’s playground.

The younger your puppy, the easier it will be to socialise them. This is because, as puppies get older, they become more cautious when faced with new experiences. The early weeks are particularly important because most puppies will approach anything or anybody willingly and without fear.

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By the time your puppy reaches about 12 weeks of age, anything not yet encountered is likely to be approached with caution.

Therefore it is vital that, between three and 12 weeks of age, a puppy meets a wide variety of people, situations and other animals.

How much socialisation is done at this early age will often determine how confident your puppy is around people, other dogs and new environments later in life.

Puppies usually go to new homes from the age of about six to eight weeks. This is a perfect time to introduce your new puppy to the world as they will be particularly receptive to new experiences. It’s important to build on and continue this as your puppy gets older as if socialisation stops, they may become worried or fearful. Continue to make a real effort, especially in the first year and you should be rewarded with a friendly and steady dog that can be taken anywhere!

Think Puppy!

Think Puppy!

Most puppies will enjoy meeting new people, and most people will enjoy meeting a puppy!

However, it’s important that your puppy is not overwhelmed, so ask people to crouch down to meet them. It’s much better for your puppy if they are able to approach a new person, rather than the other way round – this way you can be sure that they are feeling confident enough to meet somebody unfamiliar.

It’s tempting for people to pick up puppies and hug them, but it might frighten your puppy (especially if they are shy), so best avoided until you know that your puppy enjoys this sort of interaction. 

If you live in a household without children, try and make sure that your puppy gets to meet a variety of sensible children of different ages

Observe your puppy constantly for signs of anxiety or being overwhelmed and, if things get too much, remove them from the situation or give your dog more space and freedom to approach. Remember young puppies tire easily, so keep encounters short with enough time in between for resting. During all encounters, protect your puppy from bad experiences.

Young puppies are inexperienced and get themselves into trouble easily, so think ahead and try to prevent any unpleasant events from occurring.

Tips


• Never pick up your puppy and pass them to someone or pull your puppy towards them. Puppies should always be able to make an approach in their own time and retreat if they want to.
• An anxious puppy will try to look smaller, avoid eye contact, hold their tail low, put their ears back and keep away. They may also lick their lips or yawn. Make sure you pay attention to these signs and take action as soon as possible, usually by taking your puppy away from whatever is causing them to be worried.
• A happy, relaxed puppy will stand up straight with their tail (or whole body) wagging and be keen to investigate
• Avoid using food when introducing your puppy to strangers as this may teach them that all people carry food on them, which is not ideal. You’ll want your puppy to approach people because they want to say hello politely, not to receive treats!

Should I Bath and Groom my Puppy?

Should I Bath and Groom my Puppy?

Owning a puppy isn’t all fun and games, although it is most of the time…

Sometimes you have to be the adult and reign in your puppy for some puppy grooming time. This is true whether he spent the afternoon rolling in something smelly or if he spends most of his time indoors with you.

You definitely want to start your puppy off early with grooming so he becomes accustomed to your manhandlings. Here’s a list of what’s involved in keeping your puppy groomed…

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Nail clipping.

Clip your puppy’s nails on a regular basis. This is not something they like, so be sure to start it young so they can learn to tolerate it. As for yourself, learn how to properly cut the nails so you don’t injure your puppy by cutting the quick. There are nail clipping tools on the market that safely take the guess work out of it.

 

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Bathing.

A dirty, stinky dog is something only his owner can love. Do everyone else a favor and keep him clean by bathing him. Puppies aren’t sure what to make of it at first, but can learn to look forward to the back scratching , hair drying, and bonding aspects of it. Be sure to use special dog soap/shampoo products, not people products. Dog soap is specially formulated for your dog’s fur and skin.

 

Bathing also gives you the opportunity to check your puppy all over for any lumps, sores, or swollen areas. If you find anything unusual you can call your vet.

If you want to go the extra mile and pamper your puppy; specialty products are all around. You want styling mousse, blow dry cream, pixie dust, or volumizing cream? You can easily find any of these online.

 

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Ear check.

Don’t wait for your puppy’s next vet appointment, check his ears now and then. Sometimes you’ll spot drainage from an infection or something strange that has no business being there. If your dog’s ears flap over, you might be surprised at what you find when you lift them up.

 

 

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Brushing.

Brushing gets the oils flowing for a healthy coat. Brushing also heads off some of the shedding that some breeds are known for. Do yourself a favor and do the brushing outside.

 

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Trimming.

Trimming isn’t for the novice, but if you insist on doing it instead of using a trained professional, read some good books and/or watch some videos. Also, get a good quality trimmer and make sure the guard is securely fastened. It might help to have a picture handy of what you want your dog to look like and study it hard before you begin.

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Final details.

Some dogs like the attention they receive when they’re wearing a cute bow or dapper neckerchief. Don’t forget to compliment them – they’ll be waiting for it.

Puppy Training Basics

Puppy Training Basics

Puppy Training Help & Considerations

It sure would be nice if that sweet little bundle of fur you fell in love with came already fully trained, wouldn’t it? Perhaps you should have gotten an older dog – one who already understands the meaning of “sit”, “stay”, and “go potty”. But no, you really wanted a puppy so that you could mold him into the perfect fit for your family and lifestyle.

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Puppy training is serious business

You don’t want to mess up. After all, you have certain requirements; like a dog who doesn’t pee in the house, a dog who doesn’t bark all night long, and a dog who will follow your every command and hang on your every word.

Here are three dog training options to consider:

Use a professional trainer

If you’ve never owned a dog before and you’re really unsure how to proceed, consider hiring someone to train your pup. Take time choosing a professional by asking them detailed questions about what training methods they use.

What is included in the training? Is it a short, intense program or is it a suitable length with follow ups? Make sure the methods they use to train your puppy are something you and your family can continue with and reinforce. You’ll want to follow up with their references..

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Puppy school.

This is a good choice if you feel you need some help and you don’t want to pay the fees of a professional trainer. Take your puppy to school through a pet store program. Find out who will be teaching your pet and what their qualifications are. Make sure it’s not just an employee who’s punching a time clock and doesn’t really have experience in training dogs.

Your puppy will be trained with other puppies and this could prove too distracting, depending on your puppy. It’s something to consider. Also keep in mind that the puppy classes need to fit into your schedule.

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Owner-led puppy training.

If you feel you want to train the little guy yourself then give it a go. Although there will be some frustrating times ahead, this is a rewarding bonding experience. Arm yourself with dog training books and watch some training videos before you even think about starting. In fact, start in on your own training to be your dog’s trainer before you bring your puppy home. The key ingredients are patience and consistency.

 

 

 

These are the routes to consider when thinking about puppy training. Any of these can be successful as long as you remember that training your puppy is an ongoing thing. Training is not something you do for 8 weeks and then stop, because your dog will forget about it if you let him.