Chaz breed info (add yours)

Jul 22, 2012

The Akita Inu was first "created" in Japan. They get their name from the Akita Prefecture, which is where they are thought to have originated. The Akita has been described as one of the oldest dogs in Japan. The Akita of today is an ancestor of the Matagi. The Matagi's prey was elk, antelope, boar, and the Asian Brown Bear. This swift, agile, tenacious dog held the game at bay while hunters would come and kill it. In 1931, the breed was officially declared a Japanese National Monument. The mayor of Odate organized a breed club - AKIHO(Akita Inu Hozankai) - to preserve and improve the Akita breed. Helen Keller was the one to introduce the first two Akita Inus to America.

WWII hit, pushing the breed to near extinction. Early in the war, these dogs suffered from lack of nutrition, and many were killed in order to provide food for the starving populace, and their pelts were sold as clothing. The Government even ordered all dogs to be killed on-sight to prevent the spread of disease. The only way to save these dogs, was to breed them to the German Shepherd Dogs, turn them loose into the mountainous areas, or try and conceal them from authorities. Thus, it is important to note that three types of dogs were generally included under the name "AKITA." These were the Matagi-type Akita, which was the original hunting dog; the fighting Akita which was a mixture of Matagi with several other breeds, most likely including Tosa, Great Dane and St. Bernard (as evidenced in the Ichinoseki line); and the so-called German Shepherd Akita (now referred to as the Dewa line).

By the end of WWII, less than twenty purebred Akita dogs were in Japan. During the US occupation of Japan following the war, the breed began to thrive again through the efforts of Morie Sawataishi and others. For the first time, Akitas were bred for a standardized appearance. Akita fanciers in Japan began gathering and exhibiting the remaining Akitas and producing litters in order to restore the breed to sustainable numbers and to accentuate the original characteristics of the breed muddied by crosses to other breeds. US servicemen fell in love with the Akita and imported many of them into the US upon and after their return. In the 1960s and 1970s, the goal to restore the breed and preserve it according to its origins was taken upon most fervently by AKIHO. At this time, Japanese breeders were able to improve the Akita in Japan and rid the breed of loose skin, wrinkled foreheads, rounded eyes, dewlap, various coat patterns and colors (such as pinto, black masks, sesame, etc.). Those characteristics were seen as incorrect characteristics of the past -- characteristics that do not conform to an aesthetically correct Japanese Akitas today.

The Split: The Japanese Akita and American Akita began to diverge in type through the middle and later part of the 20th century with the Japanese Akita fanciers focusing on restoring the breed as a work of Japanese art and American Akita fanciers selecting for the larger, heavier-boned dogs that emerged from the post-war times.

Much debate occurs among Akita fanciers of both types whether there are or should be two breeds of Akita. To date, the American Kennel Club and Canadian Kennel Club, guided by their national breed clubs, consider American and Japanese Akitas to be two types of the same breed, allowing free breeding between the two. The FCI and Kennel Clubs of most other nations including Japan consider Japanese and American Akitas as separate breeds.

Fun Fact: In Japan, mothers would actually leave their children in the care of the family Akita while she went to buy groceries for the day. In Japan, if you're ill or in the hospital, you would get a small Akita statue. The Akita represents loyalty and luck.

Hachi was an Akita owned by a man named Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo. Hachi would see his professor off from the door while he went to work, then meet him at the train station every day. The pair continued this routine every day until May 1925, when the professor died of a stroke while he was at the university that day. While the professor did not return home on that train, Hachi waited.

Hachi was given away after the professor's death, but routinely escaped, showing up again and again at his old home. Eventually, Hachi realized that his owner no longer lived in that home, and looked for him at the train station. Each day, Hachi waited at the train station, and each day, Professor Ueno didn't return.

The permanent fixture at the train station that was Hachikō attracted the attention of other commuters. Many of the people who frequented the Shibuya train station had seen Hachikō and Professor Ueno together each day. They brought Hachikō treats and food to nourish him during his wait.

This continued for ten years, with Hachi appearing only in the evening, when the train was due at the station. Hachiko was found dead on a street in Shibuya. Hachiko's stuffed and mounted remains can be found in the National Science Museum of Japan.

In April 1934, a bronze statue was erected at Shibuya Station, and Hachikō himself was present at its unveiling. The statue was recycled for the war effort during World War II. In 1948, Takeshi Ando, son of the original artist, was commissioned to make a second statue. When the new statue appeared, a dedication ceremony occurred. The new statue, which was erected in August 1948, still stands and is an extremely popular meeting spot. The station entrance near this statue is named "Hachikō-guchi", meaning "The Hachikō Entrance/Exit", and is one of Shibuya Station's five exits.

The exact spot where Hachikō waited in the train station is permanently marked with bronze paw-prints and text in Japanese explaining his loyalty.

acceptable colors: American Akitas are acceptable in any color. Japanese Akitas may be red, white, or brindle. All colors except white must have urajiro (light cream or white markings or shading) on the sides of the muzzle, on the cheeks, the underside of the jaw, neck, chest, body and tail, and on the inside of the legs. Colors should be clear and bright.

Temperament: The Akita is aloof with strangers, but very close and loving with their families. Some may appear to be too serious to strangers. They are protective, but not aggressive unless absolutely necessary. They may develop same-sex dog aggression as they mature, even if properly socialized. They are generally very confident, intelligent, and docile. They are a loyal breed.

Height: American; Females: 24-26 inches, Males: 26-28 inches.
Japanese; Females: Preferred 22 inches and over, Males: Preferred 24 inches and over.

Weight: American; Females: 70-110lbs, Males: 90-130lbs
Japanese; Females: 60-100lbs, Males: 75-120lbs

Health Problems: Autoimmune disorders, Pemphigus, Uveitis, Lupus Erythematosus, PRA, Thrombocytopenia, Hypothyroidism, AIHA, Von Willebrands, Sebaceous Adenitis, Cutaneous Asthenia, Hip Dysplasia. (NOTE: I'm not sure if Americans have all these issues or not, or if they have more, but I'm pretty sure these are seen amongst both "types")

Exercise: A long, brisk walk is acceptable, or shorter walks throughout the day. However, most enjoy more than that. There are Akitas in agility, weight pull, even some sledding. This IS a working breed; it's best to give them a job.

Life Expectancy: Roughly 9-15 years.

Grooming: Akitas don't require a whole bunch of maintenance, but they do need regular brushing, nail trims, and bathing. The blow their coat twice a year(though I believe some, like Lobo, only blow their coats once a year).

What to look for in a breeder: Knowledgeable about Akitas and their health problems, provides adequate exercise, dogs are kept with the family, puppies are EXTREMELY socialized(for an example, the breeder that I'll get my Japanese Akita from sleeps in the same room as the pups and socializes from the very beginning), health testing is done for parents. For Americans, AKC titles are ideal. For Japanese, AKIHO show titles/memberships are ideal.

Ideal living conditions: A cooler climate - not necessarily a snowy place like Alaska, but some place where they won't overheat. A place where they'll be able to run and have a job.

"Ideal" owner: Intelligent, knowledgeable, probably someone who's just as willful(but not cruel), PATIENT, fairly active, but not necessarily hike-for-four-hours-in-eighty-degree-weather, preferably someone who has time to spend with training and socialization, a single-dog home OR a home who has separate genders OR a home who will keep the dogs separate when alone.

Trainability: Um... If you're patient, understanding, and pretty darn stubborn, Akitas are actually very trainable. You'll likely never get them doing handstands, but I know of some who are in Agility and Obedience.

Other traits: FANTASTIC with the family. Intuitive. Primitive. Some are prey-driven, but those same dogs live with other animals in the home. Lobo will kill birds outside, but my dad's bird is almost totally ignored. The two have slept together before. They do go through a "teenage" phase, where they will seem to "forget" all that they've learned. This is where human patience will really come in. Willful. Stubborn. Too smart for their own good. Before we replaced our fence, there was a hole that we covered with bricks. Lobo simply moved the bricks out of the way. Escaping isn't necessarily an Akita trait(Lobo has Husky in him), but they CAN figure it out if they're not mentally and physically stimulated. If you can figure it out, so can they.

The JACA website:
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SBT Lover!!
Oct 5, 2012
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Stafford, StaffyBull, Staffy/Staffie, Staff, SBT

General Appearance
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a smooth-coated dog. It should be of great strength for its size and, although muscular, should be active and agile.

Size, Proportion, Substance
Height -- 14-16" Weight -- Dogs: 28-38lbs Bitches: 24-34 lbs These heights being related to weights. Non-conformity with these limits is a fault. In proportion, the length of back, from withers to tail set, is equal to the distance from withers to ground.

Short, deep through, broad skull, very pronounced cheek muscles, distinct stop, short foreface, black nose. Pink (Dudley) nose to be considered a serious fault. Eyes--Dark preferable, but may bear some relation to coat color. Round, of medium size, and set to look straight ahead. Light eyes or pink eye rims to be considered a fault, except that where the coat surrounding the eye is white the eye rim may be pink. Ears--Rose or half-pricked and not large. Full drop or full prick to be considered a serious fault. Mouth--A bite in which the outer side of the lower incisors touches the inner side of the upper incisors. The lips should be tight and clean. The badly undershot or overshot bite is a serious fault.

Neck, Topline, Body
The neck is muscular, rather short, clean in outline and gradually widening toward the shoulders. The body is close coupled, with a level topline, wide front, deep brisket and well sprung ribs being rather light in the loins. The tail is undocked, of medium length, low set, tapering to a point and carried rather low. It should not curl much and may be likened to an old-fashioned pump handle. A tail that is too long or badly curled is a fault.

Legs straight and well boned, set rather far apart, without looseness at the shoulders and showing no weakness at the pasterns, from which point the feet turn out a little. Dewclaws on the forelegs may be removed. The feet should be well padded, strong and of medium size.

The hindquarters should be well muscled, hocks let down with stifles well bent. Legs should be parallel when viewed from behind. Dewclaws, if any, on the hind legs are generally removed. Feet as in front.

Smooth, short and close to the skin, not to be trimmed or de-whiskered.

Red, fawn, white, black or blue, or any of these colors with white. Any shade of brindle or any shade of brindle with white. Black-and-tan or liver color to be disqualified.

Free, powerful and agile with economy of effort. Legs moving parallel when viewed from front or rear. Discernible drive from hind legs.

From the past history of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the modern dog draws its character of indomitable courage, high intelligence, and tenacity. This, coupled with its affection for its friends, and children in particular, its off-duty quietness and trustworthy stability, makes it a foremost all-purpose dog.

Black-and-tan or liver color.

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Jan 28, 2011
Start an entry! Post lots of pics ;-)
Skidder broke my camera. No new pics. Jerk grabbed the strap off the counter in the kitchen (I got a kitchen) and snapped the lens off the body finishing what his mother started. Besides most pics are on FB and I'm not so...... Looking to get a new cam with tax returns. I need it for the kiddos first show in March


New Member
Jul 29, 2014
Chugs are awesome!



acceptable colors: Black/Brown

Temperament: Very adaptable, lots of energy and easy going

Height: 12-16 inches

Weight: 7-20 pounds

Health Problems: Some breathing issues from the Pug side, just snorting really

Exercise: When he was young he would hike 5-10 miles+ with me in the forest when we go backpacking. Even now being 10 years old he can still hike a couple miles before getting too tired.

Life Expectancy: I have read that they live 10-12 years but he is still thriving and seems like he almost got a second wind recently.

Grooming: He sheds year round but when he was younger it wasn't as bad.

What to look for in a breeder: I would look for one that owns some of their own.

Ideal living conditions: Any as long as they get lots of attention and have room to run.

"Ideal" owner: Someone that doesn't mind the barking when someone knocks on the door (90% of dogs bark) and someone that wants a dog/buddy that likes to play and likes to relax and sleep in.

Trainability: When he was younger I was able to train him the basics but I never really tried to train him anything too crazy, I was just excited to have someone go backpacking with me and could hike just as far as I could or more.

Other traits: Great with other dogs, always curious about cats no matter how many times he gets swat at, a little apprehensive when it comes to strangers, can bark and alert someone when someone is in danger, Loves to run in circles and play tug a war, for a small dog they have a ton of stamina and think they are bigger than they are. All around I think the best bet when it comes to someone looking for a dog that can adapt to their personality and routine. A little goofy looking but to you they are the best looking dog when it's yours.



New Member
Aug 2, 2014
The Black Russian Terrier


I noticed that many folks set up their descriptives closely following breed standard layout.

First I will say that the breed standard varies country to country with more or less importance placed on different breed attributes/characteristics. This breed is recognized by the AKC and the FCI and of course by the RKF in Russian.

Origin: This breed was created in Russia with the work commencing after WWII. The Red Star Kennel was assigned the task to develop a military, working protect and guard dog. Ideally these dogs would work in military bases, prisons, security arenas et al. There were many different breeds used to create this breed, but generally speaking 4 main breeds were considered to contribute significantly to the BRT; namely Giant Schnauzer, Airedale, Newfoundland, and Rottweiler.

Color: Is Black or Black with some grey hairs dispersed throughout the coat. At times there will be some off colors being borne, but the only acceptable color for showring is Black.

Size: They are large powerfull dogs, with males running anywhere from 26-30" in height and up to about 130 lbs. This breed is sex typed, so females should be smaller, but still would be considered a large dog.

Temperament: Stability in temperament is key. They are aloof to strangers. But are loving and very loyal to their families. They have an active defense response. Alert, curious, and dominant. These dogs are not for the first time dog owner, and require early and continued socialization, and obedience training to truly thrive in their lives.
They are a very versatile working dog, doing almost anything your heart desires, as long as they are with you they are very happy.

Exercise: They would love to be a lap dog and couch potatoe if you want, but please give them at least 60 minutes a day, in any combo of walks, obedience training, agility, swimming, etc. They can put their minds n hearts to almost any task, be it draft work, field work, scent work, obedience, rally, weight pull, dock diving, etc.

Coat and Grooming: They have a double coat, a rougher textured broken outer coat, and a soft undercoat. Their grooming needs are moderate to high, depending on how long you keep their coat, and the denseness of their undercoat. As such the type of shedding you get is like little hair tumbleweeds.

Children??? THat is always a question. Blackies are very good with their families children and will be very protective of their people. My personal feeling is that, as long as you do have the time to do the intensive training necessary as well as look after your young children, then your Blackie will do just fine.

Training: Very intelligent and quick learners, they also can be stubborn and dominant. Ideally your Blackie should be trained to at least the CD level. That is Companion dog level of obedience. THey usually thrive on varied training exercises. Their prey drive is variable, but their protect drive is usually very high. They will alert you to intruders for sure, but their primarily purpose is to protect humans, so rather than chase or run out to meet a threat, they will stay close in to you.

You can visit to look at some pictures of this beautifull breed.
Dec 7, 2015
Central Maryland
Redbone Coonhound



Scent-hounds. Have the pleading expression that is common to Hound Breeds (2001 introduction into the AKC under Miscellaneous). Most laid-back of all the Hound Breeds.​

Acceptable Colors:
Solid Red (preferred)​
Small amounts of white on brisket and feet (not extending beyond toes) acceptable​
White on brisket should not exceed the size of one hand​
Darkened muzzled acceptable​

Even-tempered when not working​
Aggressive Hunter​
Likes to please​
Cold nosed (can track scents even after they have gone cold)​
Naturally have a treeing instinct for raccoons, bears, cougar, bobcats, and other small mammals​
Make excellent retrievers and water dogs​

Height (mid-range preferred):
Males: 22 to 27 inches​
Females: 21 to 26 inches​

Weight(mid-range preferred, but working dogs can be slightly underweight):
Males: 45 to 70 lbs​
Females: 40 to 65 lbs​

Health Problems:
Hip Dyspepsia(not frequent)​
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (not frequent)​
Ear Infections (Yeast), can be avoid with grain-free food and weekly ear cleaning​
Hunting Injuries​
Obesity (hounds like to eat :) )​

High Energy​

Life Expectancy:
12 to 14 years​

Low Maintenance: Brush with curry comb weekly​
Trim nails bi-weekly​
Ears must be cleaned weekly and kept dry to avoid ear infections​

What to look for in a breeder:
Provide written documentation of both parents hip x-rays to avoid a line with Hip Dyspepsia​
Provided clearance from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation to avoid Progressive Retinal Atrophy​
Provided OFA cardiac clearance​
Make sure the breeder provided health guarantees on puppies​

Ideal living conditions:
Cold Tolerance: Low​
Heat Tolerance: Medium​
High Energy Activities, which might include: Hunting, Field Trials, Tracking, or Search & Rescue​

"Ideal" owner:
Does not want a clingy or "in your face" dog​
Does not mind some noise when excited or on a trail​
Does not mind weekly brushing​
Does not mind the "houndy" odor​

Can easily bore with formal training (short attention span)​
Takes to treat training and positive reinforcement​
Dislodging learned behavior is hard​
Young Redbones will test to see what they are allowed to get away with.​

Other traits: (good with kids, cats, other dogs, pets, strangers.... likes the cold, likes the heat... activates/sports the breed does well in)
Bread to hunt raccoons​
Is a "barky" dog, will howl or bay at things it deems prey​
Needs a good fenced yard, will follow nose where it takes them​
Enjoins swimming​
Good with kids and small animals if raised with them​

Useful links for those who want to own/know more about this breed:
(good breeders, breed info sites, clubs, etc..)

Pictures of My Redbone, Trucker:


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