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Hello Molosser Fans. Just a reminder that you can use hashtags "#" to browse or create a channel. For instance  will create or add to the molosserdogs channel. See all Channels: New Channels (molosserdogs.com)

You can also use "@" to directly address a person or organization for instance @Admin and admin will be notified. Cool stuff. Give it a try on your next post.

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In the article linked below you will find a detailed expose on the rise from pests to protected species in Australia. For many years the Dingoes instilled fear and destroyed domestic tranquility and now they are a protected species. Fantastic. A brief summary of the article shows that:

Dingo DNA Discovery: A new study shows that dingoes are a distinct species, more closely related to ancient lineages than modern dogs.

Two Populations: There are two distinct dingo populations in Australia, north-west and south-east, with no evidence of post-colonial hybridization.

Ecological Role: Dingoes play a crucial role in Australian ecosystems as top predators, helping control populations of invasive species.

Cultural Significance: Dingoes hold a special place in First Nations communities, symbolizing resilience and protection.

Read the story by Kamrin Baker

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The Rhodesian Ridgeback: A Legacy of Lion Hunting and Companionship

In the annals of cynology, few breeds boast as storied a past as the Rhodesian Ridgeback. This breed’s history is a tapestry woven from the threads of African heritage and colonial influence, creating a dog as unique in appearance as it is in capability.

Origins in the African Wilds The Ridgeback’s lineage begins in the southern reaches of Africa, where the Khoikhoi people bred dogs that possessed a distinctive ridge of hair along their backs. These dogs were not only resilient but also had an innate ability to fend off the continent’s most formidable predators, including lions1.

Colonial Crossbreeding With the arrival of Dutch settlers in the 17th century, European breeds such as Greyhounds, Mastiffs, and Bloodhounds were introduced to the African landscape. These dogs were crossbred with the indigenous Khoikhoi’s ridged hunting dogs, leading to the emergence of the Boer hunting dogs, the direct ancestors of the modern Rhodesian Ridgeback2.

A Breed Takes Shape The definitive moment in the breed’s history occurred in 1922 when F.R. Barnes drafted the original breed standard in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). This standard was later approved by the South African Kennel Union in 1927, cementing the Rhodesian Ridgeback’s status as a recognized breed2.

The Lion Hunter The Rhodesian Ridgeback was bred for a specific and daunting task: hunting lions. These dogs were not expected to kill the lions but to track them and hold them at bay until the hunters could arrive. Their agility, strength, and courage made them invaluable companions on such perilous hunts1.

Modern Roles Today, while the Rhodesian Ridgeback no longer pursues lions across the savannah, it has found a new role as a versatile and loyal companion. Its protective nature makes it an excellent guardian for homes, and its intelligence and trainability allow it to excel in various canine sports and activities.

Conclusion The Rhodesian stands as a living testament to the rich history of dog breeding and the human-canine bond. From the wilds of Africa to the hearts of dog lovers around the world, the Ridgeback continues to be admired for its noble past and cherished for its steadfast presence.

This article aims to honor the Rhodesian Ridgeback’s remarkable journey from a lion-hunting assistant to a beloved family member, reflecting the breed’s enduring spirit and adaptability.

Many thanks to Copilot!

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Here’s a summary of the key points from the home page.

Ethical Breeding: Discusses the importance of prioritizing animal welfare, avoiding inbreeding, and promoting responsible ownership to ensure the health and well-being of dogs12.

Thor’s Tale: A fictional story about Thor, a mix of Bernese Mountain Dog and Black Russian Terrier, who protects a lost child named Lily from wolves in the forest3.

Neutering/Spaying Guidelines: Mentions a new study that provides updated guidelines for neutering or spaying dogs to prevent increased risks of cancer or joint issues4.

Dog Discussions: The page contains various posts and discussions on topics like outdoor working dogs, guardian dogs at home, and the politics of dog shows.

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Breeding and genetic modification in dogs raise important ethical questions. Let’s look into some of these considerations:

Responsible Breeding Prioritizes Welfare:

  • Ethical breeders prioritize the health and well-being of animals over aesthetics. Breeding for extreme physical traits (like flat-faced dogs) can lead to serious health issues.
  • Responsible breeders carefully select traits that enhance an animal’s quality of life.
  • Avoiding inbreeding is crucial to maintain genetic diversity and prevent genetic disorders.

Avoiding Inbreeding:

  • Inbreeding, mating closely related animals, can lead to genetic problems and reduced breed diversity.
  • Ethical breeders work to maintain genetic diversity for long-term health and vitality.

Responsible Ownership:

  • Ethical breeding extends to responsible ownership.
  • Breeders should screen potential buyers thoroughly to ensure proper care and prevent neglect.

Adherence to Legal Regulations:

  • Responsible breeders comply with legal regulations related to breeding, including licensing, vaccinations, and record-keeping.

Impact on Animal Welfare:

  • Improved Health and Longevity: Ethical breeding practices result in healthier animals with fewer genetic health issues.
  • Reduced Strain on Shelters: Ethical breeders reduce overpopulation, minimizing euthanasia due to lack of homes.
  • Promotion of Responsible Ownership: High standards inspire proper care and attention to pets.

In summary, ethical breeders play a pivotal role in animal welfare by prioritizing health, avoiding inbreeding, and promoting responsible ownership. As consumers, we can support these practices by choosing breeders who adhere to ethical standards and raising awareness of responsible pet ownership.

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Channels are automagically created by users of the site simply by putting the hashtag "#" in front of a word. For example if I type it will automatically create a Channel called Ilovedogs. You can uses this to promote and aggregate contents on the site. Give it a try next time you post something.

Also, you can use the "@" feature to directly indicate someone in a post for example - ?@Desiree? joined in 2003 and ?@eliteguardianpresa? has some awesome @presa_canario :)

Cheers. Gary

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In this group we hope to attract, retain and have detailed discussions about primitive and aboriginal dogs both extinct and existing. This group will rely on members' contribution and active discussion as we delve into the origins, functions, and characteristics of the progenitors of some of our favorite breeds. Join us and share what you know or just lurk and learn.

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Herding dogs are trained to work with livestock. There are many ways to train a herding dog, but the most common method is to use positive reinforcement. Positive reinforcement involves rewarding the dog for good behavior, such as following commands and staying focused on the task at hand. The first steps you need to take if you have a brand new herding dog or puppy are to teach them to walk calmly on a leash, and to teach them basic commands such as “sit,” “lay down,” “stay,” and “come”.

Once your dog has mastered these basic commands, you can start teaching them more advanced commands such as “go by,” “come bye,” and “away”. You can also use tools such as a staff, a lead, and a hat to guide and correct the dog. There are many resources available online and in books that can help you train your herding dog. Some popular resources include the book “Dogs of the Shepherds: A Review of the Pastoral Breeds” by David Hancock, and the video “Training Your Dog to Work Livestock: Balance and Commands” by BWR Stockdog Training.

Remember, training a herding dog takes time and patience, but with the right approach, you can have a well-trained and obedient dog that will be a valuable asset on your farm or ranch

Reposted Gary_Sicard's comment.

Anyone interested in the formations of breeds and the influences of various genes and locations must read this article. Knowing that it is a scholarly article that is well written and researched may give it some standing. I read it and liked it. It seems that the more we know the less we know. :)

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Training your dog to come when called is an essential skill that can help keep your dog safe and under control. Here are some steps to follow when training your dog to come:

  1. Start indoors: Begin by training your dog indoors in a quiet, low-distraction environment. Call your dog’s name and say “come” in a happy and enthusiastic tone of voice. When your dog comes to you, reward them with a treat and praise.
  2. Add distance: Once your dog is consistently coming to you indoors, start practicing in a larger space or outdoors. Gradually increase the distance between you and your dog, and continue to reward them when they come to you.
  3. Add distractions: As your dog becomes more reliable at coming to you, start practicing in more distracting environments. You can use toys or treats to get your dog’s attention and encourage them to come to you.
  4. Use a long leash: If your dog is still learning to come when called, you can use a long leash to help keep them under control. This will allow you to give your dog more freedom while still being able to reel them in if necessary.
  5. Be consistent: Consistency is key when training your dog to come when called. Always use the same command, and reward your dog every time they come to you. With time and practice, your dog will learn to associate the “come” command with positive experiences and will come to you reliably.

Remember to be patient and keep training sessions short and positive. With time and practice, your dog will learn to come when called and will be a happier and safer companion. Good luck! 🐾

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Dermatitis in dogs can be caused by a variety of factors, including allergies, infections, and parasites. Treatment for dermatitis will depend on the underlying cause of the condition. Some common treatments include:

  1. Identification and avoidance of the allergen: If the dermatitis is caused by an allergy, identifying and avoiding the allergen can help reduce symptoms.
  2. Medicated baths: Medicated shampoos can help soothe the skin and reduce inflammation.
  3. Antibiotics and antifungals: If the dermatitis is caused by a bacterial or fungal infection, antibiotics or antifungal medications may be prescribed.
  4. Supplements: Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids can help improve skin health.
  5. Anti-itch medications: For more serious symptoms, anti-itch medications might be appropriate.

It’s important to consult with a veterinarian to determine the underlying cause of your dog’s dermatitis and develop an appropriate treatment plan. I hope this information helps!

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In this album lets post some photos/ images that are generated by artificial intelligence systems.

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