Dog-giants: the largest breed

Weight dogs of this ancient breed reaches 113 pounds. Breeders believe that the ancestors of the English Mastiff were the Tibetan mastiffs. Powerful dog for several millennia BC, guarded dwellings in Asia and participated in the hunting of large animals. This is a massive dog with a large head and an obligatory black mask on the face. The biggest English Mastiff Hercules, who lived in England, was in 2001, listed in the Guinness book of world records as the heaviest dog. Its owner was athlete Joe Flynn. Hercules weighed almost 128 pounds and the circumference of his neck was 96 inches. Earlier, in 1989, the biggest dog in the world was an English Mastiff of Icama Zorba, owned by Chris Iraklides living in London. Zorba the height at the withers was equal to 94 cm and weight reached 155,58 kg.

Great Dane – the pride of Germany. This breed is sometimes erroneously called the Danish dog. Looks like this is the biggest dog in the world. The breed has a balanced complexion and elegance. The dogs share common ancestry with the Mastino neapolitano – molosser dogs. In the past, dogs used for hunting on wild boars. Two well-known representative of this breed, listed in the Guinness book of records as the biggest dog in the world.

This is a blue great Dane Giant George, who lived in USA, Arizona, which had a length from nose to tail 221 centimeter, and the length of each paw was 110 centimeters. George also had a rather harmonious physique and enjoyed walking and was playingwith other dogs living in the house. His weight was 113 pounds. Because of this large pet owners were forced to change the house. George died at the age of eight years. Continue reading

Pets improve social skills in autistic children

Children over 5 years suffering from autism improve such skills prosocial behavior like help and participation, if at this age, their house is a pet. However, the presence of a pet in the house since the birth of the child so has no effect. To such conclusion the French scientists in the course of the study, the results of which were published in the journal PLoS One .

The development of prosocial skills is one of the main problems which must be solved for the harmonious development of an autistic child. In order to develop children skills such as empathy, assistance, participation or protection, apply a variety of strategies, including therapy animals. A recent study of Marin Grandjot (Marine Grandgeorge) and her colleagues from Hospitalische centre at the University of Brest (Centre Hospitalier Regional Universitaire de Brest ) tried to determine whether the development of Pro-social skills of children with autism from having their house pet.

Of 260 autistic children, they have selected the participants for the two parallel studies. One involved 2 groups of 12 children. The participants of the first group from birth to 4-5 years grew up without Pets, but in 5 years they powersavetime. The participants of the second group have never had Pets. The average age of all participants was 10.8 years. The second study involved 2 groups of 8 children. In the homes of participants of the first group from birth lived Pets, and the participants of the second group has never had them. The average age of participants in this study was 11.1 years. By Pets in the study, scientists knew dogs, cats, hamsters and rabbits. Continue reading

The most loyal dog breeds: a guide in choosing other

In almost every family today, we live any Pets. The hosts are guided by quite different criteria in choosing a future member of the family, but dogs are always waiting for devotion and loyalty. Most attached to their masters and therefore it is difficult to say which breeds are most loyal and which are not. Each animal its own character and features. But experts identify some of the breed from all available today.

So, the top the most loyal Pets:

The border collie

The first in the TOP10 of the most loyal breeds of dogs got wonderful one – man dog border collie. The progenitor of the breed was an English dog Old hemp, who was noted for his quiet and calm demeanour. His descendants today are considered the most intelligent among the other canids.

They immediately become attached to the entire family, not specifically to one member and incredibly sad if there is no opportunity to socialize or play with anyone.

Easily trainable and training, and with strangers neutral and not show aggression. To annoy the dog, you need to try very hard.

She prefers a bad peace is good odds, but on its territory are perfectly capable of protecting the host from the offender. Continue reading

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