Dog World Magazine – August 2009

Bow Tie Inc. has released its August 2009 edition of Dog World Magazine! Featured in this month’s magazine are two breeds, Pharoah Hounds and Schapendoes, cleaning your multi-dog home, living with a deaf dog, and Raccoon hunting with coonhounds.

Blushing Beauty
Beneath the Pharaoh Hound’s chiseled good looks and athletic prowell lies an opinionated jester.

The Pharaoh Hound may have an exotic, regal appearance befitting a breed named after ancient Egyptian rulers, but beneath that chiseled exterior lies a sense of humor. “You’d better have a sense of humor, too, if you’re going to own one,” says longtime breeder-exhibitor and Pharaoh Hound Club of America board member Pam Haig.

The Pharaoh Hound has long had a reputation as one of the oldest dog breeds, said to date to 3,000 B.C. Modern genetics, however, show that the breed was created much more recently, perhaps in the 17th century on the Mediterranean island of Malta, where it is called the Kelb tal-Fenek and is used to hunt rabbits (its name means“dog of the rabbit” or “rabbit hound”). The breed was declared the national dog of Malta in 1979.

Home Clean Home
26 ways to tame the mess in your multi-dog home.

Under the Moonlight
The United Kennel Club’s nite hunts attract talented coonhounds and their ultra-competitive owners.

Raccoons are nocturnal; unless disturbed or desperate, they remain in their dens during the day and must be hunted (or trapped) at night. From these circumstances, the sport of coon hunting developed – a sport in which scenthounds are essential.

Coonhound breeds were developed to satisfy a practical function: lead the hunter to a raccoon. They must have an excellent sense of smell, called a “cold nose,” which can pick up trails affected by wind, temperature and dampness. The hound must trail the raccoon through dense cover, bare ground and even water. After the coon climbs a tree, the hound must be able to locate the tree and notify its owner of its whereabouts.

Life with a Deaf Dog
Diagnosing, training and loving your hearing-impared dog.

Rare Breed Spotlight: Schapendoes
This veteran herders refuses to be forgotten.

Take a cup of Polish Lowland Sheepdog, add 1/4 cup Puli, 3 tablespoons of Bearded Collie, 2 teaspoons of Bergamasco, a dash of Briard and a pinch of Old English Sheepdog. Stir well and voila – you have the Schapendoes. Historians debate whether this Dutch breed was a combination of other shaggy herding dogs or simply evolved from the same root stock that produced the better-known breeds. However, one look offers convincing evidence that it’s part of the family.

The Schapendoes traces back to the 1800s. Wherever pastures and flocks of sheep were found in the Netherlands, Schapendoes were there working tirelessly and joyously. Breed numbers started to decline when sheep farmers began importing Border Collies from England to handle herding duties. By World War I, the Schapendoes was rarely seen.

Canine News
AKC performance events welcome mixed breeds; debut of pets-only airline; and more.

Sports & Fitness
Canine Stretch and Massage: Regular conditioning can help prevent injuries in your performance dog.

The Good Life: Margery Good, owner-handler of top-winning Sealyham Terrier Charmin, talks about her lifelong career in show dogs.

In the Ring
Ready, Set, Show! All you need to know about entering your first conformation show.

Natural Health Solutions
An Elusive Condition: Often mistaken for liver disease, pre-Cushing’s syndrome can be treated using natural supplements and herbs.

Breeder’s Notebook
Good Omens, Bad Omens: How an unexpected fault sparked discussion among breeders.


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