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Question




Dear Zena,


I am getting a Chinese Crested. Is there any way I will be able to know its weight and whether it will have spots or not? Do they make a good guard dog and are they are good with children?



@llie







Answer




Dear @llie,




Chinese Crested Dogs can be any colour or combination of colours and spots are very common, although a solid colour is also available. It is always a good idea to talk to the breeder ahead of time and express your wishes for colour preference. Experienced breeders are able to provide some insight as to what the colour and weight might be. A careful examination of the parents can give you some ideas on the looks of the offspring.

Please remember that colour isn't everything. Personality is one of the most important aspects of dog ownership and a great personality will remain long after you outgrow the colour. Chinese Crested Dogs can reach a maximum of 12 pounds or 5.5 kg. Of course the females are usually smaller in size and weight, and again an experienced breeder can discuss future weight with you.

Chinese Crested Dogs thrive in a home where they have constant companionship and the comforts of home. They are anxious to please, adore their families, and enjoy participating in family events. They do well with gentle children who respect their space and needs. The Chinese Crested is a good watchdog, but not a guard dog. Like most dogs they will alert their family if someone comes to the door or the car window, but Chinese Crested Dogs are likely to welcome a new friend once they are introduced.



Sincerely Zena & Zippy



 





Question




Dear Zena,


My Chihuahua puppy, Lily, has been very hard to potty train. Are Chihuahua's hard to potty train?



Ashlee (Michigan, USA)







Answer




Dear Ashlee,




Ordinarily the Chihuahua is easily trained to paper or a puppy litter box, which qualifies it as an excellent apartment dweller. When house training any puppy, it is important to remember that not all puppies are identical and sometimes one puppy will take longer to learn, and may make more mistakes than another. In other cases, puppies may appear to get their inside behaviour under control only to forget all of their manners when they reach adolescence.

I can relate to your frustration and concern because Ziggy was not fully potty trained until 9 months of age. It is important to consider that Lily may be struggling with general anxiety or separation anxiety, or perhaps even a medical condition. It is always a good idea to inform your vet in case there is a physiological reason behind Lily's behaviour. Either way, a puppy depends on the patience of their adopted human parents as they learn appropriate house behaviour. Remember to effectively clean up after any mistakes and always praise Lily for good toileting behaviour.



Sincerely Zena & Zippy



 





Question




Dear Zena,


Is there a purpose for the ridge on a Rhodesian Ridgeback?



Kahlo (Appleton, Wisconsin)







Answer




Dear Kahlo,




The Rhodesian Ridgeback is only one of two recognized breeds that possess a distinctive ridge of hair running the length of the back. The other ridged breed is the Thai Ridgeback. In both cases, the ridge is comprised of hairs that grow in the opposite direction as that of the rest of the coat. The ridge starts just behind the shoulders with two symmetrical crowns or swirls of hair and continues straight down the back to the hipbones where it tapers to a point.

The ridge has survived many generations of dogs that originated from the ridgebacked "jackal-like" African Hottentot Hunting Dog. When the European settlers colonized southern Africa, their hunting dogs most likely interbred with the native ridgebacked dogs creating the ancestors of today's Rhodesian Ridgeback.

Contrary to popular belief, Rhodesian Ridgebacks were never bred to attack and kill lions. Instead they were used to trail the big cats, then harass and preoccupy them until the hunters could shoot them at a close range. The size and strength of the loyal Rhodesian Ridgebacks provided the hunters with protection and companionship.



Sincerely Zena & Zippy



 





Question




Dear Zena,


My family wants a Yorkshire Terrier after our West Highland White Terrier passes away. Do Yorkies shed and how much would a male or female cost?



Katie







Answer




Dear Katie,




Like your West Highland White, Yorkshire Terriers are considered to be one of the low shedding breeds. All dogs shed, but some shed less than others.

Please note that people may claim that Yorkshire Terriers are hypoallergenic, but no dog is truly hypoallergenic. It depends upon the specific allergies since people can be allergic to hair, to dander, to saliva, or the different grass pollens or dust that is carried inside on the hair.

As far as cost, it is important to check with some reputable breeders to find out how much they are asking for a puppy. Pet quality puppies are often sold for a lower cost than show quality or pick of the litter, so don't forget to clarify what you are looking for. You could also check with a breed club.

For your information, here's a list of the low-shedding dog breeds:

Airedale Terrier
Australian Terrier
Bichon Frise
Bouvier des Flandres
Cairn Terrier
Chinese Crested Dog
Giant Schnauzer
Maltese
Miniature Schnauzer
Norfolk Terrier
Norwich Terrier
Poodles
Portuguese Water Dog
Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier
Standard Schnauzer
Tibetan Terrier
Welsh Terrier
West Highland White Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier



Sincerely Zena & Zippy



 




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