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Gwen Stefani out with Kingston, Zuma and a couple of pretty cute dogs!

March 28, 2011
Gwen Stefani Dog
Gwen Stefani out with Kingston, Zuma and 2 Dogs, March 2011

 Gwen Stefani and her kids, Kingston and Zuma Rossdale, were recently spied out and about with a couple of pooches at a pet shop in the states.  The little dog looks like a yorkie, while its difficult to tell if the bigger dog is the same dog Gwen was photographed out in London with back in 2006 when she was preganant with Kingston…  If it is the same dog, it’s certainly had a good haircut recently – as has Kingston, with his uber fashionable mohawk!!

Gwen Stefani Dog

A pregnant Gwennie back in 2006

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Yorkshire Terrier or “Yorkie” Dog Breed

March 24, 2011
Yorkshire Terrier or Yorkie dog breed pic

Yorkshire Terrier or Yorkie dog breed

The Yorkshire Terrier has a beautiful mantle of long silky steel-blue hair, whilst a golden mane falls from its head and face. It’s a great family pet, but if kept traditionally, requires a lot of grooming. If you want a dog that spends a lot of time outdoors, this perhaps is not a great choice, as the silky hair can matt easily. For a similar natured dog more suited to the outdoors, I would suggest an Australian Terrier or a Silky Terrier .

The breed originated around England’s Yorkshire region in the mid 1800’s and were initially used as ratting dogs. There are 2 distinct lineages of terriers, the bull fighting terriers (eg the Bull Terrier, and the vermin hunting terriers. Other historically vermin -hunting terriers include the Airedale Terrier, the Australian Terrier, the Bedlington Terrier, the Cairn Terrier, the Kerry Blue Terrier, the Scottish Terrier, the Smooth Fox Terrier, the Wire Coated Fox Terrier, and the West Highland White Terrier.

In terms of temperament, these dogs are courageous, alert, intelligent and absolutely love spending time with other dogs, especially other terriers.

The average lifespan is around 14 years, but they can live for up to 17 years with the right diet, genetics and lifestyle.

They usually grow to about 18-20 cm in height and weigh between 4 and 6 kgs in peak condition.

The yorkshire terrier is a favourite amongst US celebrities, with yorkie owners including Vanessa Williams, Orlando Bloom, Paris Hilton, Tara Reid, Molly Sims, Kristen Cavallari, Miley Cyrus, Gisele Bundchen and Britney Spears – just to name a few!

Check out the Yorkshire Terrier on the Dogz Online Community

Standard Schnauzer Dog Breed

March 24, 2011
Standard Schnauzer Pic

Standard Schnauzer Dog Breed

The Standard Schnauzer is a very earnest little breed of dog – they are very friendly and love socializing with people and with other schnauzers, but are often not that interested in playing with other dogs… they would choose a person every time! They are a great pet for most households and are easy to train both on the lead and off. Their little beards and whiskers look very cute after they have been clipped. This sizes comes in 2 colour varieties – ‘salt’n’pepper’ and ‘black’. In order to maintain the traditional bearded look, these dogs will require regular clipping, but are still gorgeous without clipping.

It is an ancient breed, with historical references to it dating back to as early as 1492. They were previously known as “wire-haired pinschers”, but the name was changed in 1879 in Hanover to the name of an exhibition’s winning dog-“Schnauzer”.

The breed comes in 3 size categories; Miniature, Standard (shown on this page) and Giant. Both the Miniature and Giant versions are derivatives of the original Standard sized version.

The Standard breed was originally bred as a sheepdog, but has also had roles such as guard dog on the wagons of travelling merchants in the 15th and 16th Centuries and watchdogs of the family home. Because of this heritage the breed is particularly alert to out of the ordinary noises and will be sure to alert the household to any strange goings on.

The average lifespan is around 13 years, but they can live for up to 15 years with the right diet, genetics and lifestyle.

They usually grow to about 43-49 cm in height and weigh between 14 and 20 kgs in peak condition.

Schipperke Dog Breed

March 24, 2011
Schipperke Dog Pic

Schipperke Dog Breed

The Schipperke was originally bred to be a watchdog on the Barges in Belgium. This heritage means that the breed is a fearless and very territorial dog. It will bond strongly with its owners and this makes it a great pet for older people. I have seen some of these little dogs that are a little big for their boots though and, in my experience, they can become quite grumpy with strangers if they are not well trained and socialized.

The breed is also known as the “Little Black Devil”, the “Belgian Barge Dog” and the “Little Captain”. There are references to the breed in Belgium dating back over 500 years. Roles of the breed over the years have included watchdog and ratters on barges. Due to this heritage, they often enjoy the company of horses as they used to form bonds with the horses that towed the barges along the canals.

This breeds suits a household that will be able to give the dog a lot of attention. The breed, however, is often quite stand-offish with strangers. They will not be happy if they are left alone for long periods. They enjoy the company of other dogs if they are introduced whilst they are young, but older dogs that have not been socialized are more interested in spending time with humans than other dogs.

The average lifespan is around 13 years, but they can live for up to 15 years with the right diet, genetics and lifestyle.

They usually grow to about 28-34 cm in height and weigh between 5.5 and 7.5 kgs in peak condition.

Check out the Schipperke on the Dogz Online Community

Samoyed Dog Breed

March 24, 2011
Samoyed Dog Breed Pic

Samoyed Dog Breed

The Samoyed makes a lovely family pet. Their thick white coat and happy-go-lucky demeanor make them very attractive dogs; a real head turner at the local park! They need plenty of regular walks and lots of grooming if you don’t want white hair all over the house. They are strong dogs and need to be trained on the lead if you want lead walking to be enjoyable.

The breed is native to Siberia and was introduced to the rest of the world in the late 1800’s when it was taken on Antarctic and Arctic expeditions to pull sledges. The breed shares its name with the Tribe that originally used the dog in the North West of Siberia. The dogs’ main roles were to herd reindeer, hunt and as sledge dogs.

This breeds suits a household that will be able to give the dog a lot of attention. They revel in taking part in all aspects of your daily life and will not be happy if they are left alone for long periods. They enjoy the company of other dogs if they are introduced whilst they are young, but older dogs that have not been socialized are more interested in spending time with humans than other dogs.

The average lifespan is around 11 years, but they can live for up to 13 years with the right diet, genetics and lifestyle.

They usually grow to about 46-55 cm in height and weigh between 20 and 30 kgs in peak condition.

Saluki Dog Breed

March 24, 2011
Picture of Saluki Dog Breed

Saluki Dog Breed

The Saluki is a gentle, sleek and graceful breed of dogs which makes an excellent family pet. They are very athletic dogs and look amazing when they are able to run in open spaces. The breed originated in Egypt and is one of the oldest known, with references reaching back many many centuries. It is widely recognized as the first of the sight-hound breeds.

The breed comes in smooth-coated and feather-coated varieties. The feathered version has soft fringing on the tail and ears. They are gentle and content dogs that are just as happy running free or curled up by the fire. Potential owners should be prepared to exercise these dogs regularly and must make sure they take time to train and socialize the dog whilst it’s young. With children, these dogs are affectionate and tolerant, so make a great family pet.

The average lifespan is around 14 years, but they can live for up to 16 years with the right diet, genetics and lifestyle.

They usually grow to about 55-70 cm in height and weigh between 20 and 30 kgs in peak condition.

Saint Bernard Dog Breed, the Dog in the “Beethoven” Movies

March 24, 2011
Picture of a Saint Bernard

Saint Bernard Dog Breed

The Saint Bernard is a gentle giant that shot to fame in the movie ‘Beethoven’ in the early 90’s. After the movie sales of the breed went through the roof, only to be followed by many of the dogs ending up being re-homed or sent to the pound as the owners were not prepared for the commitment of owning a giant breed dog.

These dogs eat a lot of food and generally everything about them is bigger than your average dog. The breed was originally bred by Swiss monks and used as rescue dogs in the Swiss Alps. They will be a loyal friend for life and are a perfect pet in the right family, but I would suggest you really make sure you know what you’re in for before you fall in love with one of the adorable St Bernard puppies – they will get bigger… a lot bigger!

The average lifespan is around 8 years, but they can live for up to 9 years with the right diet, genetics and lifestyle.

They usually grow to about 65-90 cm in height and weigh between 55 and 90 kgs in peak condition.