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Chow Chow – Ancient Dog Breeds

Chow Chow

Image from Dzoker

A large, stocky dog with a big fluff of hair, the Chow Chow’s origins are so old that they are a mystery. Meet another member of the ancient dog breeds of the world.

The History

The oldest known dog fossils date back several million years and bear a striking resemblance to the Chow Chow today. Pictures similar to this breed have been found on Chinese pottery dating back to 206 BC and documentation of their type goes back to the 11th century BC. They may come form similar origins as the Shar-Pei as they share some physical characteristics.

This breed is unique in that their hind legs are almost totally straight (giving them a rather lilted looking walk) and their tongues are a shade of purple or blue.

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Teaching A Baby Wolf To Howl

Click to see VideoTeaching a baby wolf to howl is no easy business, first you have to learn to howl as well as this guy…wow. This is a quick video that discusses the best timing for teaching a little wolf how to use it’s voice and how to start the process.

Although this isn’t practical knowledge for most of us, it’s an interesting video and worth a look just to see this man imitate (& play mommy to) an animal he clearly loves.
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Dogs for Baby

Baby Gift IdeasWe aren’t going to mention the holidays, but they are on the way no matter what we say out loud. Preparing ahead of time is the best (& cheapest) way to go so we will slyly throw ideas out there from time to time to help the process along.

People of All Ages

It doesn’t take a grown up mind to appreciate our canine friends and dog themes are popular when it comes to baby toys (& even some functional items). We’ve put together a list of baby gift ideas with a doggy theme – they’re not just for baby, mom’s to be may appreciate them as well. For each item we’ve provided a brief description & a link to where they can be purchase on Amazon.
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Tips for Handling an Unruly Puppy

This handy post is curtesy of Jillian Interlichia who writes for An Apple a Day.

PuppyBringing home a puppy is one of the most exciting events in your, and the puppy’s, life. You’re introducing a new family member into your circle, and it can be a daunting task once you realize that you now are responsible for turning this tiny ball of fur into a well-behaved adult dog. 

Too Cute

No one can argue – puppies are adorable. They are gangly and uncoordinated, like to chew on everything, and are easily excited. The problem is, all that jumping, barking, and nipping that is cute now will be annoying and possibly dangerous in the future. 
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Basenji – Ancient Dog Breeds


Image from ToB

Physically the Basenji resembles paintings of dogs found on the walls of Egyptian tombs that date back 5000 years. Meet another member of the ancient dog breeds of the world.

The History

This northern African dog has traditionally been used by native people for a variety of duties, however their primary use was hunting. Evidence of their domestication dates back long before the pyramids were built and they are thought to be the direct ancestor of the northern African prehistoric dog.

This breed is unique in that they don’t bark. They have vocal chords & can make noise, in fact they have quite a repertoire – but sound more like a coyote than a dog.

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