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Old 06-08-2006, 04:37 PM
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I remembered a few more facts to add for the corgi....

*They have water resistant coats to match their webbed feet

*The white stripe going down the middle of their face starts out thick when they are puppies and as they grow it gets thinner

*They also worked as goose herders when the farmers in Wales kept hundreds of geese

*They LOVE to "talk"!!!
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Old 06-08-2006, 04:48 PM
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Some more, short term memory loss stinks ...

*Female corgis are more likely to be dog aggressive than males who are more layed back, unlike most breeds (thanks to joce for this information )

*All of Queen Elizabeth's corgis have rubber boots to protect their feet from the gravel at Buckingham Palace
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Old 06-08-2006, 07:37 PM
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Fun thread!

PWCorgi- I LOVE the anecdote about corgi's being fairy-transportation. That's adorable.

And now for Shibas:

1) The oldest predecessors of the breed were thought to be around 6000 years old. It's a very ancient breed.

2) There were originally three distinct Shiba types: the San In, the Mino, and the Shinshu.

3) These types were consolidated into one (what we see today), when the breed almost went extinct during World War 2.

4) They are designated a National Treasure of Japan.

5) They are Japan's most popular dog.

6) There are only two white American Shiba conformation champions. Nowadays, white Shibas are disqualified. We read the original Japanese standard wrong (it's written in a poetic style that describes ALL of the Japanese breeds, and while white is an acceptable color in Akitas, it's not accepted in Shibas).

7) White Shibas did not occur until after World War 2, when the breed was being "rebuilt." This is because breeders used small numbers of Kishus (which are always white), to bolster breeding programs.

8) Showing and breeding Shibas is an incredibly popular sport for the Yakuza (Japanese mafia). They take it incredibly seriously and are quite competitive.


9) In Japan, these dogs are still used quite actively as hunters. They tail everything from small game to wild boar and bear (and they're extraordinarily successful). I know several people who have seen their dogs catch birds on the wing!

10) The "Shiba Scream" is a loud, piercing scream that Shibas use to display their aversion to doing anything that isn't THEIR idea. It's an unbelievable sound- almost like a human baby crying.

11) Shibas frequently greet people happily by growling, squinting their eyes, and "airplaning" their ears. It scares the crap out of first time visitors.

12) With VERY FEW EXCEPTIONS Shibas are the world's WORST off-lead dogs. They are major escape artists, and notoriously difficult to catch.

13) The unique "bullet shape" of this breed's head means that walking them on a normal collar is ill-advised and quite dangerous. They can too-easily slip their collar- and they KNOW when they're free. Martingale collars are best for Shibas for everyday walking.

14) The breeding and showing of Shibas in Japan can most-closely be likened to how seriously the breeding of Arabian show-horses is taken in the US. It is not uncommon for exceptional Shibas there to be sold from anywhere in the ballpark of $35,000-$80,00 US dollars!

15) Shiba bitches are generally more aggressive than males. An old joke in our breed is "they don't call them bitches for nothing."
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Old 06-08-2006, 07:54 PM
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8) Showing and breeding Shibas is an incredibly popular sport for the Yakuza (Japanese mafia). They take it incredibly seriously and are quite competitive.
Wouldn't want to beat them. Yikes! LOL
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Thats only in the CKC right? If Im not mistaken there are quite a few regestries were they are not varieties but breeds? Right? Just trying to clear things up.
The AKC is the only registry in the world that classifies them as different breeds rather than varieties, which really is ridiculous in my opinion. We wanted to breed Visa to this very nice American terv, but couldn't because AKC will not register the puppies as groenendaels (which they would be), but rather as tervs, so the puppies would not be showable in the US because they would be groenendaels.

If you breed a pure for groenendael to a tervuren, you will get all groenendaels -- pure for groenendaels and terv carriers.

If you breed a terv carrier to a terv, you will get terv carriers and tervs.

If you breed a malinois to a terv, you will get malinois.

If you breed a malinois to a groen, you will get black malinois.

If you breed a black malinois to a tervuren, you will get tervuren, malinois, and groenendael (though you may end up with black malinois rather than groenendael, or both).

If you breed a laekenois to a terv or a malinois, you'll get laekenois. If you breed one to a groenendael, you'll get black laekenois.

So really, you can interbreed any of the varieties. Visa has competed against both groenendael and tervuren. It will be interesting competing in the states though, as in the West tervs are preferred by judges over groens, and we'll only be competing against other groens.
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WOW! That is extremely interesting wolfsoul! That is retarded, us Americans, always having to be different, Geez!
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lol ahh wolfsoul beat me to it! lol
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1. The first registration of a Golden Retriever by the American Kennel Club was in November 1925.

2. The most complete records of the development of the Golden Retriever are included in the record books that were kept from 1835 until about 1890 by the gamekeepers at the Guisachan (pronounced Gooeesicun) estate of Lord Tweedmouth at Inverness-Shire, Scotland. These records were released to public notice in Country Life in 1952, when Lord Tweedmouth's great-nephew, the sixth Earl of Ilchester, historian and sportsman, published material that had been left by his ancestor. They provided factual confirmation to the stories that had been handed down through generations.

3. Golden Retrievers are used successfully in field trials, hunting, obedience, and as guide dogs for the blind.

4. The first three dogs of any breed to achieve the AKC Obedience Champion title, first available in July 1977, were all Golden Retrievers. The first (Ch. Moreland's Golden Tonka) was a bitch, the others were males.

5. Golden Retrievers were first shown in England at the Crystal Palace show in 1908, and were listed as Flat Coats (Golden).

6. Goldens are among the most popular breeds in America and are familiar faces from numerous media spots, including the movie "Air Bud" and the TV Show "Full House."
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Hi

I just recently acquired a Manchester Terrier--But I can't seem to find any other Manchester owners on the board! Here are a few facts about Manchesters:

Manchesters Terriers are the oldest recognized Terrier breed. They have even found evidence of black and tan Manchester type dogs in paintings from the 14th century.

Originally bred for rat killing sports, they later became known as "The Gentlemans Terrier" because aristocrtas would carry them on the hunt and then release them to finish the job after the hounds had the quarry at bay.

In Victorian times, very small toy Manchesters became popular and the dogs were unhealthily bred down to as small as 2 lbs! Eventually this trend faded but there are still toy and standard Manchesters.

Toy Manchesters ears must be naturally erect ---Standards can have natural, cropped , or button ears.
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I think some more people need to add about their Breed

I love this type of stuff.
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