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Bichon Frise

Dear Animal Loving Friends,
In today’s blog, we the staff at ForPetLovers.com, would like to discuss some of the characteristics of the Bichon Frise.
The Bichon Frise descended from the Water Spaniel and the Standard Poodle. The word “Bichon” is a French word meaning “small long-haired dog”. Bichons were divided into four categories: The Bichon Maltese, the Bichon Bolognaise, the Bichon Havanese, and the Bichon Tenerife. All these Bichon types originated from the Mediterranean area. Because Bichon Frises have a merry, cheerful disposition, they traveled a lot, and were used as a barter by sailors in the Mediterranean Sea. Thus, Bichons became enjoyable favorites of the French, Spanish, and the Italian nobles. Many years later, in 1955 the Bichon Frise was brought to the United States.
The Bichon Frise is a small dog that stands 9-12 inches in height, and weights between 10-20 pounds. The Bichon’s head is slightly rounded, and their muzzle is not pointy. The dog breed has a black nose, with dark round eyes, and white dense curly hair. Bichon Frises can have medium to high intelligence, are a gentle mannered, sensitive, playful, and an affectionate dog breed. They love human company, and do well with children because they are playful and have lots of energy. Finally, Bichon Frises are bred to be hypoallergenic, meaning they don’t shed their hair or dander, and thus can be suitable for people with allergies.
Bichon Frises have a life span of about 12-13 years, but are susceptible to a few diseases. While about 23% of Bichon Frises die of old age, 22% die of cancer, 14% die of hematologic, and 11% of AIHD/ITP (Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia/Immune-Mediated Thrombocytopenia). Bichons are also prone to liver shunts, leading to liver failure, if detected early, the shunt often can be corrected with surgery. Google for more details.
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Golden Retriever

Dear Animal Loving Friends,
In today’s blog, we the staff at ForPetLovers.com, would like to discuss some of the characteristics of the Golden Retriever, specifically, the American Golden Retriever.
The Golden Retriever is a large size dog breed that originated in Scotland in the mid-19th century. During this time period, wild fowl hunting was popular among the elite wealthy Scottish, in a land pocketed with marshy ponds and rivers. Also, during themid-1800s, guns began to improve which resulted in more fowl being shot down at greater distances. Subsequently, the Golden Retriever was bred to retrieve down fowl game from land or water without damaging the fowl.
Unlike the British or Australian Golden Retriever, the American Golden Retriever is lankier. Male Golden Retrievers will grow to stand between 23-24 inches in height, and 65-75 pounds in weight, while females will grow to between stand 21.5-22.5 in height, and 60-70 pounds in weight. The Golden Retriever’s color can vary from a light golden color to a dark golden color. The topcoat is water resistant, slightly wavy, and sheds in small amounts throughout the year. The Golden Retriever’s undercoat is soft and keeps the Retriever cool in the summer, warm in the cold winter, and sheds once in both the spring and fall.
Besides being a great dog for retrieving down fowls, the Golden Retrievers have an instinctive love of the water, are very intelligent and friendly, and are very trainable dogs. Since they are so intelligent, Golden Retrievers are a versatile breed which allows them to fill a variety of roles. These roles include serving as guide dogs for the blind, hearing dogs for the deaf, detection dogs, search and rescue dogs, and great gentle family pets. However the Golden Retriever is such a friendly dog breed, they tend to make poor guard dogs. In the United States the Golden Retriever is the third most popular dog.
As mentioned above, Golden Retrievers make great family pets. They have an instinctual tendency to roam and thus are suited for suburban or country environments. Like most large dog breeds, they live between 11-12.5 years of age, and have an abundance of energy that requires lots of exercise.
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