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Breed Spotlight - Irish Setter

When someone says “Irish Setter” the first thing that comes to mind is the breed’s beautiful silky coat in varying shades of mahogany and chestnut. The Irish Setter is intelligent, energetic and affectionate and has no guarding instincts, making them good dogs for homes with children or other pets.

Irish Setters can be high-strung if they don’t receive a great deal of physical exercise. Owners must also have a natural authority over the breed; in other words, they must be calm but firm. Rules must be clear and consistently enforced. The breed is best suited for country life, but a long daily walk will suffice if open space is not readily available.

The Irish Setter is prone to bloat and should be fed 2 to 3 small meals a day to avoid this tendency. Setters are also particularly prone to epilepsy and skin allergies so owners must ensure they put their Setters on a high quality diet at a young age to prevent allergies from developing. A typical life span for the Irish Setter is about 11 - 15 years.

This breed originated in the United States and was referred to as the Irish Red Setter. It was bred from a mixture of spaniels, setters and pointers.

Source: dogbreedinfo.com



Breed Spotlight - Pembroke Welsh Corgi

This adorable camp favorite, widely known as the Corgi, is easy to spot. Corgis are low to the ground, with little pointed ears and a fast wagging nubbin of a tail. A soft, water resistant coat comes in colors ranging from red to black, often with white accent markings.  

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a very obedient and intelligent breed, very common on the show dog circuit. Corgi’s can also be wary of strangers and are often over-protective of their owners. With its protective nature, it is very important to socialize the Corgi in its first year.

Corgis fall into the “herder” category of dog breeds and, if not trained properly, will likely attempt to herd your friends and family around the house with small nips at the heel.  

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is believed to be a descendent of Swedish Vallhunds brought to Wales in the 800’s by the Vikings. The term “Corgi” originates from the Celtic word for “dog”. Corgis were incredible herders and their small stature was perfect for avoiding a swift kick in the ribs by an annoyed cow or two!

Source: dogbreedinfo.com
Breed Spotlight – Jack Russell Terrier

If you happen to check out our small dog yard on the Camper Cams, you will notice one of our regulars: the Jack Russell. This breed has a spirit like no other and they tend to be on the fearless side. Because of their nature, they love to play games. When training, this breed needs a firm and experienced trainer and as the owner you need to make sure you have established yourself as the pack leader. Don’t let your pup fall into the “Small Dog Syndrome” group. Along with this training, socialization is an important factor as well. A Jack Russell is not recommended for an inexperienced dog owner. These pups are very strong-willed and if an owner doesn’t know how to handle this, the dog will take over.

You might not associate a Jack Russell Terrier with a Lab breed, but they do have one thing in common, hunting. They have strong hunting instincts and should not be trusted with small animals. They like to pursue and explore so be very careful to not take them off lead unless they are very well trained. These dogs also like to climb and jump. A Jack Russell that stands at 12 inches high can easily jump five feet!

As far as environment, a Jack will do okay in an apartment as long as it is sufficiently exercised. They are very active indoors and will do best with at least an average size yard. If in an apartment, it is recommended to have someone at home during the day if the pup isn’t crate trained.

The Jack Russell Terrier was developed in England in the 19th century by a clergyman named Jack Russell. The feisty terrier was used to hunt small game by digging the quarry out of its den.

Breed Spotlight - American Cocker Spaniel

The American Cocker Spaniel stands out in a crowd with its large personality and long hanging ears. They have a bold persona and are keen to work making this breed equally suited to life as a gundog or as a household pet. The Cocker Spaniel is respectful of its master’s authority without much challenge. This breed is playful and trusting, but should be socialized well when they are young to avoid a tendency for shyness. As long as this pup respects its owner, they tend to be good with children.

Although a Cocker Spaniel can be difficult to housebreak, overall they are easy to train and tend to get along with other animals. It is important to train well to prevent submissive urinating, aggressive guarding of objects, obsessive barking and other negative behaviors.

This breed will do fine in an apartment environment as long as they are adequately exercised. They should be taken on daily, long walks. Cocker Spaniels are average shedders, but do need brushing daily and shampooing frequently.

The American Cocker Spaniel was originally developed from careful breeding of the English Cocker Spaniels brought to the United States. This breed tends to be smaller in stature then its English counterpart.

Source: dogbreedinfo.com



Breed Spotlight - English Mastiff

One of the BIG dogs of the play yards is the Old English Mastiff. Although they are a very powerful and muscular dog, this breed is most often called a gentle giant. The Mastiff is a born guard dog but they rarely bark. When defending their territory or family, they will typically try to corner the intruder to hold them at bay rather than an all-out attack.

Despite its size, the Mastiff breed makes a great family dog and is excellent with children. They are intelligent, calm and even –tempered. The Mastiff is prone to bloat, so two to three small meals a day is best.
When training this breed, they respond best to firm, but patient training methods. As with any breed, you need to become the pack leader to prevent unwanted dominance. The Mastiff loves to please, but it is important to socialize your mastiff early on to prevent them from becoming unfriendly with strangers.
The English Mastiff was founded in Britain. Egyptian monuments depicted this breed as early as 3000 BC. They later because popular with peasants in England where they were used as bodyguards from wolves and other predators. Back in the 18th Century they put it best: “As a lion is to a cat, so is a mastiff to a dog.”
Source: Dogbreedinfo.com





Breed Spotlight: Saint Bernard

The St. Bernard is a very large dog with a large head. The largest recorded Saint Bernard was over 6 ft in length and weighed 310 pounds, although the average weight of the breed is between 140 and 220 lb (64–100 kg) or more and the approximate height at the withers is 27½ inches to 35½ inches (70 to 90 cm).  The coat can be either smooth or rough, with the smooth coat close and flat. The rough coat is dense but flat, and more profuse around the neck and legs. The coat is typically a red color with white, or sometimes a mahogany brindle with white. Black shading is usually found on the face and ears. The tail is long and heavy, hanging low with the end turned up slightly. The dark eyes should have naturally tight lids, with "haws only slightly visible".

St. Bernards have been portrayed as rescue dogs with brandy barrels around their neck. According to legend, the brandy was used to warm the bodies of trapped people in avalanches or snow before help came.
The ancestors of the St. Bernard share a history with the Sennenhunds, also called Swiss Mountain Dogs or Swiss Cattle Dogs, the large farm dogs of the farmers and dairymen of the Swiss Alps, which were livestock guardians, herding dogs, and draft dogs as well as hunting dogs, search and rescue dogs and watchdogs. These dogs are thought to be descendants of molosser type dogs brought into the Alps by the ancient Romans, and the St. Bernard is recognized internationally today as one of the Molossoid breeds.
The classic Saint Bernard looked very different from the St. Bernard of today, because avalanches killed off many of the dogs used for breeding between 1816 and 1818.  Severe weather during this period led to an increased number of avalanches that killed many St. Bernards while performing rescue work.  In an attempt to preserve the breed, the remaining St. Bernards were crossed with Newfoundlands brought from the Colon of Newfoundland in the 1850s, and so lost much of their use as rescue dogs in the snowy climate of the alps because the long fur they inherited would freeze and weigh them down.
Source: Dogbreedinfo.com



Breed Spotlight: Basenji

The Basenji is a hunting breed that originated in Africa. They are best known as the “silent dog” as they do not bark, although they do make many noises. They are very cat-like in their behaviors and are typically a very clean, odorless breed. The Basenji is very alert, active, and affectionate. They have endless amounts of energy and will often “tease” their owners into hours of play.
Males stand 17”; Females 16”.

Males weight 24lbs; Females 22lbs.












Breed Spotlight: Australian Shepherd

The Australian shepherd is a breed of herding dog that was developed on ranches in the Western United States. Despite its name, the breed, commonly known as an Aussie, did not originate in Australia.  They acquired their name because of association with Basque sheepherders who came to the United States from Australia.

For decades Aussies have been valued by stockmen for their inherent versatility and trainability. While they continue to work as stock dogs and compete in herding trials, the breed has earned recognition in other roles due to their trainability and eagerness to please, and are highly regarded for their skills in obedience. Like all working breeds, the Aussie has considerable energy and drive, and usually needs a job to do. It often excels at dog sports such as dog agility, fly-ball, and Frisbee. They are also highly successful search and rescue dogs, disaster dogs, detection dogs, guide, service, and therapy dogs. And, above all, they can be beloved family companions.