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The Dog

I have written about many different dog breeds and the characteristics of that individual breed.  W1192936_f260hat I want to do know, is make sure everyone knows that dogs are “dogs” first and THEN they are their breed and THEN their individual identity ie/”Fluffy”, “Fido” etc.

I admit that when I was younger and even sometimes more recently, I have been “doggist”.  I have had a tendency to dislike certain dog breeds due to their tendency towards aggression, dominance and/or “stupidity”.  I will go farther and admit that I have had a chip on my shoulder against Akitas, Chows, Chihuahua’s and German Shepherds, to name a few.

What I always understood is that the “breed” problems in most dog breeds are the fault of the humans who bred them.   What I now understand more fully is that actually, some dog breeds have remained rather “pure” and true to the breed’s origin–which in a lot of cases was for use in hunting dangerous game or as protection and guardians.  Therefore, we cannot expect a dog whose direct ancestors for thousands of years were guardians, to not ACT like guardians.  Of course, in our modern society, this manifest itself as aggression, dominance or other bad behavior.

article-2179887-143E5F17000005DC-525_634x529 thumbWhat I now know, is that while there is breed tendency, such as the “powerful” breeds like Rottweilers, pit bulls, Akitas, ANY dog can be made safe and friendly.  On the other hand, ANY dog can also be turned into an unbalanced, unsafe nightmare.  So Labs, Goldens and Schnauzers under the right (or wrong) circumstances, can become monsters.

It is VITAL that people choose appropriate dogs for their energy level, lifestyle and dog training ability.  If you are a very demure, quiet, sweet person–don’t get a Rottweiler unless you know you have the inner “power” to take the lead and provide the dog with good leadership and training.   On the other hand, if you are, for instance, a very dominant personality and you tend to be loud and gruff, don’t get a timid dog–of any breed.  Timid dogs need leadership, but gently and quietly.

So, not ALL Rottweilers for instance, will be dominant, aggressive and strong minded.  But if you want one that isn’t, you may have to keep looking for awhile.

Realize that all dogs, regardless of breed, need proper leadership.  This is not a “breed” issue, but a dog issue.  The type of leadership can differ by breed and then by individual.   All dogs need exercise, the type, length and intensity will differ by breed and then by individual.   Understand dogs, understand your breed, and then understand your individual.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Thcavalierkingcharlesspanielsf5is adorable spaniel breed has true blue royal blood going back to the 1600′s.  They are descended from the spaniels King Charles II kept.  Not to be confused with King Charles Spaniels–also called English Toy Spaniels.  That breed involved taking the original King’s spaniels and crossing them with Pugs, a couple of hundred years ago, to create a separate breed.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a direct descendent of the original spaniels and the “Cavalier” prefix was added in the 1920′s when American breeders began developing the dog as an AKC breed.

All that said, these are delightful little dogs.  Bred for centuries to be royal lap dogs, they have stayed true to their heritage.  This dog will lounge about on cushions all day and then settle into your lap at night.  These spaniels have low-medium energy so a great amount of exercise is not necessary to keep them happy.   But they are a “big enough” little dog to enjoy long walks and lotsof play if you want to offer it.

As with any dog, they can be naughty but most of this can be brought under control with some simple obedience and training.  Because the Cavalier is such a loyal and willing companion, they take to training very easily and happily and require only gentle corrections and discipline.

Some people say the Cavalier is a naturally well-behaved dog and to some extent I think that is true.   However,  being “well-behaved” has a lot to do with lower energy than some more boisterous breeds and less of a prey drive or desire to roam.   Due to their lovable, laid back nature Cavaliers are an excellent choice for first time dog owners or owners who don’t have a lot of time to invest to train and exercise and just want an “easy” dog.

Cavaliers in general have no temperament issues, and are good with people, children and other pets.  Unfortunately, like with a lot of purebred dogs–especially smaller ones, the Cavalier has a host of medical issues it is predisposed to. Among these are eye and heart problems so it’s a good idea to do annual checkups with your vet to catch anything early.

If you have a family, or live alone and want a loyal companion and you want a laid back, easy going dog, then the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel could be for you.

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