Monday, February 27, 2006

Jack Russell Terriers and Parson Russel Terriers

The "Jack Russell Terrier" is one of the more confusing dogs when it comes to breed standards. This is because there are several different prominent associations which have different breed standards for the lovable Russell Terrier. One main distinction is height.

I think the standard followed locally are the FCI standards, so we will start there. FCI breed standards identify two kinds of Russel Terriers: Jack Russell Terriers and Parson Russell Terriers. FCI Jack Russel Terrieirs have an ideal height of 10"to 12". The FCI has different standards for a close cousin of the Jack Russel Terrier named the Parson Russell Terrier. Male FCI Parson Russell Terriers have an ideal height of 14" and females an ideal height of 13". Notably, these are two distinct breeds.

In the United States, we have the American Kennel Club version of the Jack Russell Terrier, which was renamed Parson Russell Terrier. This dog has a ideal height of over 12" but not over 15".

Another prominent Russell Terrier in the United States, so prominent that it caused the American Kennel Club to change the name of its Jack Russell Terrier to Parson Russell Terrier, is the the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America (JRTCA). This group is dedicated to breeding the working class Jack Russell Terriers. Admittedly, I am partial to this group since it breeds dogs for health and performance rather than appearance, and biased too, since my Jack Russell Terrier comes from JRTCA lienage.

Anyway, the JRTCA height standards for a Jack Russel Terrier allows for a height between 10" to 15".

All in all it is a pretty confusing situation... but I am not into showing dogs so they are all pretty much the same to me. A cute dog, friendly highly energetic dog.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Dog Friendly Establishments

Well, as many of you may have noticed, there seems to be not much places where we can take our dogs. Let me list some of the establishments where we've taken our dogs to so far and those where I've seen people walking around with their dogs--
1. Baywalk (Roxas Boulevard, MM)
2. Blue wave (Macapagal Boulevard, MM)
3. Puerto Azul Beach resort (Cavite)
4. Gayuma (Katipunan, QC)
5. Tiendesitas (Ortigas, Pasig City)
6. Powerplant Mall, ground floor (Rockwell, Makati City)
7. Eastwood City (Libis, QC)

Limited Registration

There is talk in the PCCI forum that soon breeders will have the option of limited registration. There is not much details on this yet so I looked up some info on this on the web. The American Kennel Club treats limited registration as follows: Limited Registration: Dogs with Limited Registration privileges are allowed to compete in all AKC events except Conformation (dog shows). Puppies produced by a dog with Limited Registration are not eligible for AKC registration. Owners should know that the Limited Registration status has no bearing on a dog's potential to be an excellent representative of its breed, a wonderful pet, and a standout participant in most AKC events. When it comes to being a great competitor or just a lifelong friend, a dog with Limited Registration has no limits at all.

Offhand, it is said that this will contribute to the improvement of dog breeds in the Philippines.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Choosing the Right Dog

You may have decided that you are a "dog person". But do you really know what breed of dog you're compatible with? Click on the link and take the quiz to find out:

Thursday, February 16, 2006

2006 Dog Shows

I haven't been able to list them yet but you can check the dog show schedules at the PCCI website:

The Lion and the Marmoset

The Legend and History of the Pekingese

The Pekingese, also known as the Lion-Dog, was held sacred in China during the Tang Dynasty. Chinese myth states that a lion fell in love with a marmoset. Because of this love, the lion asked the gods to reduce his size and allow him to live harmoniously with his beloved marmoset. His request was granted and the result of their union was the Pekingese.

More likely, the Pekingese is the result of interbreeding of various types of dogs from China. Over the years, the Peke has had several affectionate names. He has been called the lion-dog because of his long fluffy hair coat, and the sun dog because of the golden red color. And finally, the Pekingese has also been called the sleeve dog since the breed was often carried in the voluminous sleeves of the Imperial household.Prior to the British invasion of the Imperial Palace in 1860, the Pekingese was only known and coveted in the royal palaces. Pekes were so loved that anyone who tried to smuggle one out of China was risking his life.

During their invasion, the British found five Pekingese in the apartment of the Chinese Emperor’s aunt. These dogs were brought to England, thus introducing this special dog to the world. One of the dogs was presented to Queen Victoria. In 1893, the Pekingese was exhibited in England for the first time. Soon, the Pekingese took hold of the American fancy and in 1906 the breed was admitted to the American Kennel Club.


Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Bathing and Grooming a Pekingese

We bathe our Pekes twice a month. Here's how we do it:

1. Brush the coat well to minimize tangles and mats. Dilute 3 tablespoons of shampoo in 3 cups of water and lather the mixture with a lathering puff.
2. Wet the Peke with lukewarm water and scrub the fur down with the soapy lathering puff. Avoid the eye area.
3. Wash the shampoo off and dilute 3 tablespoons of conditioner in 2 cups of water.
4. Massage the conditioner mixture into the well rinsed fur and rinse well.
5. Towel dry your Peke. Carefully clean the outer ear, wrinkle, and eye area of your Peke with the a clean wet towel. Then blow dry (lowest possible heat) the fur with a slicker brush.
6. Use a comb to weed out the tangles and mats. Cut heavy mats with scissors.
7. Trim the hair in the paw pads with scissors and trim the nails with a cutter.

It's a tedious process but having a clean-smelling, fluffy bundle of joy to cuddle is well worth it.