This week’s Klip Joint dog of the week is Chico, a medium coated Chihuahua. Chico is such a good boy when he comes every month for his bath and nail trim.
The Chihuahua is a tiny toy sized dog. The body is longer than it is tall. The head is well-rounded, apple in shape and the muzzle is short and pointed with a well-defined stop. Puppies have a soft spot on the top of the skull called a “molera,” which usually closes by adulthood. The large, round eyes are set well apart and are dark, ruby, and may be lighter in white dogs. The erect ears are large. Dewclaws may be removed. The tail is long, sickle-shaped and either curled over the back or to the side. The coat can be short, long and wavy or flat. Colors include, but are not limited to, black, white, chestnut, fawn, sand, silver, sable, steel blue, black & tan and parti-color.
The Chihuahua is a good companion dog. Courageous, extremely lively, proud and adventurous, they enjoy affection. Brave, cheerful and agile, Chihuahuas can be strong-willed without proper human leadership. They are loyal and become attached to their owners. They are good little dogs for apartment life. The Chihuahua likes warm weather and dislikes the cold. They need space just like any other dog. Because they are small does not mean they can be kept in a very small area.
Although it is tempting to carry these dainty creatures about, these are active little dogs that need a daily walk. Play can take care of a lot of their exercise needs, however, as with all breeds, play will not fulfill their primal instinct to walk. Dogs that do not get to go on daily walks are more likely to display a wide array of behavior problems, as well as neurotic issues. They will also enjoy a good romp in a safe open area off lead, such as a large, fenced-in yard.
The smooth, shorthaired coat should be gently brushed occasionally or simply wiped over with a damp cloth. The long coat should be brushed daily with a soft bristle brush. Bathe both types about once per month, taking care not to get water in the ears. Check the ears regularly and keep the nails trimmed. This breed is an average shedder.
Today’s Klip Joint dog of the week is Hector, a very handsome silver miniature schnauzer. Hector comes to see us every six weeks for his bath and trim. He’s so used to the routine that he knows when to turn as we work on him.
Miniature schnauzers have six distinguishing traits:
- Furry coat
- Beard and moustache
- Perky and alert
- Childlike and affectionate
- Obedient and loyal
- Feisty and competitive
Schnauzers are very intelligent and easy to train, but they are often fearless. They will sometimes go after much larger dogs and are pretty territorial. They make an ideal guard dog as they don’t usually bark a lot unless they sense a threat.
Miniature Schnauzers should be brushed regularly to avoid matting. To look their best, these dogs need regular professional grooming. The facial hair requires regular trimming to keep them looking cute and “Schnauzery”.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a popular choice because they are hypoallergenic and non-shedding dogs. They are a good dog for apartment dwellers or someone with a house and yard. Miniature Schnauzers are fairly active indoors and will do okay without a yard. They are energetic little dogs that need daily exercise.
Having a Miniature Schnauzer can almost be like having a child—but in a good way. They are alert, perky and playful, but they need guidance to learn manners and obedience. The more you give—whether playtime, constructive games or good old-fashioned attention—the better they get. They love to feel involved in family occasions and will make trouble if they feel ignored.
We hope to see your fuzzy little friends at the Klip Joint soon!
This week’s Klip Joint dog of the week is Lola, a Maltese mix. Lola likes to get a short clip to help make her coat easier to maintain. Even though she is not pure Maltese, her coat has the silky, white Maltese coat that requires daily brushing to prevent matting.
Tear and face staining are big problems for most Maltese owners. To prevent or lessen tear- and face-staining of your adult Maltese, follow these steps:
- Clean the eyes daily with warm water to prevent tear stains, and wash your Maltese’s beard after meals.
- Teach your dog to drink from a water bottle. Water that has a high mineral content can cause staining, so consider purchasing purified bottled water for your Maltese.
- Feed your Maltese from a stainless steel, ceramic, or glass bowl, not a plastic one. Be sure to wash your dog’s bowl between feedings.
If these measures don’t clear up the tear stains, consult your veterinarian. Your Maltese could have clogged tear ducts, allergies, or other health problems that are causing the excessive tearing.
While there are many products on the market to whiten your dog’s hair, be very careful if using them or any home remedies. Many of them can damage your dog’s hair, and never, never allow any products or foreign substances to get in your dogs’ eyes.
Many people put the hair on the top of their Maltese’s head into a topknot to keep it away from the eyes. If you decide to do this, be sure to use coated bands that won’t break the hair. Some people clip their dog’s hair short, on its head or all over, so grooming is easier. We keep Lola trimmed shorter on top, so we like to use two small bows to dress her up.
Maltese dogs are prone to sunburn on exposed skin area, so be careful about leaving them outside with no shade on sunny days.
We love to pamper your cute, fuzzy companion at the Klip Joint. Make an appointment today!
This week’s Klip Joint dog of the week is Jolee, a 4-year-old Standard Poodle. Jolee is a country dog, so she comes to see us periodically for a bath, shave and trim. She likes the short “pet clip” for easier maintenance. Jolee is not only beautiful, but very smart. She walked right up the steps to the grooming table without us having to tell her what to do.
Poodles may look dainty and demur, but in truth, these are high-stamina dogs with quite a range of skills, including agility, obedience, hunting and herding. Poodles have lived in Europe for centuries, but no one knows for sure where they originated. Some claim Germany as their birthplace, but the consensus seems to be France, where they are considered a national breed. Descended from the now-obsolete French Water Dog, the Poodle (most likely named from the German word Pudel, or “plays in water”) was used to retrieve waterfowl for hunters. They were prized for their intelligence and good manners, eventually being used in circuses and dog shows and, of course, as companions. The Standard Poodle is believed to be the oldest of the three Poodle versions.
Poodles are generally active and agile. They are happiest with daily walks and lots of outdoor play. They love being around people and are able to form bonds with each member of the family, as opposed to bonding with just one person. Poodles are ideal family dogs, being both patient and playful with children. They also make superb watchdogs, barking zealously when strangers approach the home.