Sunday, November 15, 2009

Dog of the Week!

Hey everyone! I know I haven't posted in a long time. Sorry about that. Anyways here is our doggy of the week! This dog is called the English Springer Spaniel. I also found some information about this doggy! Plus I choose these dogs randomly because in real life I would probraly choose my favorite! You don't have to read all of it. Just if you want to know some parts of the breed!

English Springer Spaniel

Country of Origin: The English Springer Spaniel emerged as a distinct breed in the 1800’s, though Spaniel-like dogs had existed for several centuries prior. It originated in England as a gun dog trained to flush game birds out into the air (‘spring’), where they could be caught by trained hawks or falcons. The English Springer Spaniel was also skilled at hunting waterfowl and small land prey such as rabbits. The breed’s name was changed from ‘Norfolk Spaniel’ (after the Duke of Norfolk, for his influential breeding program) to ‘English Springer Spaniel’ in 1900. At the time, the English Springer Spaniel was essentially a larger version of the Cocker Spaniel, but clubs were formed to promote its development, with much success. Today, the English Springer Spaniel is a popular gun dog, show dog, and pet. An English Springer Spaniel named ‘Felicity’s Diamond Jim’ won the American Kennel Club national championship in December 2006 and ‘Best in Show’ at the Westminster Dog Show in 2007. Other famous English Springer Spaniels include George W. Bush’s English Springer Spaniel ‘Spot Fetcher’ and William Wallace’s English Springer Spaniel ‘Merlin MacDonald’, who is reported to have assisted him in his victory over the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.

Size: The English Springer Spaniel has a shoulder height of approximately 51 cm (20 in) and weighs 18-25 kg (40-55 lbs). It has large lips, long ears, oval eyes, and a moderate stop (depression where the muzzle meets the forehead). English Springer Spaniels have sloped shoulders and a tail which is normally docked. Working English Springer Spaniels and show English Springer Spaniels can vary significantly in appearance, as most work and show lines diverged over 50 years ago. Show dogs generally have a longer tail, longer coat and ears, heavier set, and larger flews (upper lips) and dewlap (skin folds beneath the chin).

Coat: The English Springer Spaniel has a dense, smooth coat which is dirt- and water-resistant. English Springer Spaniels are white with either black or liver. They may have tan markings, usually on the cheeks or above the eyes. Show dogs generally have a longer, smoother coat with more color whereas working dogs have a shorter, rougher coat which is whiter for easier visibility.

Character: English Springer Spaniels are obedient, friendly, and sociable. They are easy-going and eager to be a part of the family. The English Springer Spaniel will become hyperactive if ignored or unexercised. It enjoys playing with items it finds around the house such as socks and water bottles. English Springer Spaniels have a tendency to amuse themselves by snooping around in off-limits areas.

Temperament: The English Springer Spaniel is known for its ability to get along well with other pets, dogs, and children. Some English Springer Spaniels may be aggressive with same sex dogs. As with all breeds, socialization when young is preferred to make the English Springer Spaniel more comfortable around others.

Care: The English Springer Spaniel requires grooming with a brush several times a week and trimming or clipping several times a year. Most show dogs are professionally groomed. The English Springer Spaniel has a lifespan of 10-14 years. It is susceptible to hip dysplasia (malformed hip joint which can cause lameness or arthritis), and retinal disorders such as PRA and RD. Some English Springer Spaniels are prone to ear infection, which can be prevented by regular cleaning of the ear passages.

Training: The English Springer Spaniel is not difficult to train. It is very intelligent and eager to please. Obedience training is recommended. The English Springer Spaniel can learn a wide variety of hunting skills, such as following hand signals, ‘Scenting’ (tracking prey by smell), ‘Flushing’ (flushing birds in a zigzag pattern), ‘Quarter’ (remaining in gun range), ‘Soft Mouth’ (holding a bird in the mouth without biting it), and ‘Retrieve to Hand’ (delivering to the hunter on command).

Activity: The English Springer Spaniel is a hunting breed with high exercise requirements. It is happiest on the hunt, but also enjoys going for a walk, playing in a large field, retrieving, and swimming.

Mommy told me that Thanksgiving is coming soon. Even though last year was my first Thanksgiving, I still need her to tell me stuff about it. She said Thanksgiving is time where we are thankful and when our families come together. So I want to tell you some of my family members.

First, I'll start with my cousins. I have two doggy cousins. The first one is named Murphy. She is a Boston Terrier. She is black and white. Here is a photo I found that looks like her.

My other doggy cousin is named Cocoa. We are very good friends. She is a mix with Jack Russel and a Poodle. She doesn't look like this picture but just to show you what they would look like.

Now to my cat cousins. I can't really find any good pics for my other relatives. Sorry! My cat cousin is named Cocoa also. He is a black cat. He had a brother but when they were both little he died of this stomach disease that could spread. Now to my Aunts and Uncles. The mother of Cocoa is my Aunt who is a Calico. She is very nice. My other Aunt and Uncle both died. They were Pomeranians. My Aunt was a golden colored one named Honey Bear. My Uncle was a black Pomeranian named Smokey. Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

What's up?

Hey guys! Sorry I hadn't post since Halloween! But if you looked in the comments my Mommy posted something acting like me. Either way, I will start my doggy of the week soon! Im doing my best! My next post will certainly have pictures!

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