In the early 1900s, a man named Whit Boykin took in a small brown stray dog. He named the dog Dumpy and noticed that the dog had a great bird nature. Boykin bred Dumpy with several different spaniels, such as American Water Spaniels, Cocker Spaniels, and Springer Spaniels. He also bred Dumpy with a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. This breeding resulted in a sturdy retriever that is used to hunt various birds and waterfowl.
These are just a few facts about Boykin Spaniels. They are a lovable, dedicated and energetic dog that is well suited to owners and active families who can provide them with the exercise, mental stimulation and affection they need.
Where did Texas Heels originate from?
Obviously the Texas Heelers first originated in the state of Texas, but their history is much more complicated than that. Texas Heelers are not a normal breed, but a hybrid between the Australian Cattle Dog and the Australian Shepherd. Both of these species are used almost exclusively for herding cattle in the Australian outback.
Breeders in the United States wanted to bring these Australian Shepherds to Texas and so began the crossbreeding process that resulted in the Texas Heeler. Cattle breeders in Texas were in desperate need of dogs that possessed certain characteristics. Specifically, they wanted dogs that had the natural instincts to effectively herd sheep and cattle. Thus the Texas Heeler was born.
Beagle Heeler (Beagle)
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Malamute-Pei (Shart-) tixag_7) Photo credit: minzinho / Instagram
The Malamute-Pei is a true combination of work and play, the Malamute-Pei is the result of the friendliness of the Alaskan Malamute and the hard work of the Shar-Pei.
# Pest Control
With a prey-driven working dog, you may never pay for pest control again. Your furry friend will keep the house clean of everything from mice and rats to lizards and flies. A dog with a high impulse drive will most likely take on this task on its own. All you have to do is keep them motivated with praise. Terriers are well known for being expert mouse hunters, and you can use this natural instinct to your advantage. It might sound gross, but working dogs can be just as good at catching mice as any barn cat. Give them full control of your house and yard, and praise them when they’ve finished the job. Fortunately, most dogs do not choose to eat their prey after taking it down. If you think it might be a problem for your puppy, train him to replace the dead animal with a tastier dog treat.
With proper training, dogs can be great at picking up their toys and helping around the house. It helps if you have a separate litter box for all your dog’s toys. After a fun game, tell him to «clean up» and teach him how to put each toy in the trash. This advanced trick may take a few tries to learn, but working dogs can accomplish almost anything with the right motivation. Use high quality treats and practice consistently for best results. Before you know it, you’ll never have to pick up dog toys again. It will be your dog’s job to keep the floor free of debris at all times.