American Staffordshire Terrier Dog Breed Conditions, History and Temperament

American Staffordshire Terrier aka “Amstaff” Average Size of Male: Height: 18–19 inches, Weight: 57–67 pounds Average Size of Female: Height: 17-18 Weight: 57–67 pounds Lifespan: 12–14 years Suggested Tests: Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, Cardiac Major concerns: Canine hip dysplasia Minor concerns: None Occasionally seen: Patent ductus arteriosus – a heart condition. Note: Their high pain threshold may mask problems. Brief History of the American Staffordshire Terrier The Amstaff, as it is affectionately known, originated in Staffordshire, England, in the early 1900s. The … Read more

Akita Health Problems, Lifespan, Temperament & Maintenance

Akita Dog Breed Major Concerns: canine hip dysplasia, PRA suggested tests: hip, elbow, eye Lifespan: 10–12 years Avg Size of Female: Height: 23 inches–26 inches Weight: 65 pounds–110 pounds Avg Size of Male: Height: 25 inches–28 inches Weight: 85 pounds–130 pounds Minor Concerns: Elbow dysplasia, sebaceous adenitis, gastric torsion, pemphigus Occasionally Seen: Patellar luxation, VKH-like syndrome, epilepsy, entropion, cataracts, polyneuropathy, renal cortical hypoplasia Akita Breed Appearance The Akita is a powerhouse, tall and imposing, with the stature suggestive of its Spitz family. … Read more

Beagle Dog Breed Conditions, History and Temperament

Beagle Average Size of Male: Height: 13 inches–15 inches, Weight: 18 pounds–30 pounds Average Size of Female: Height: 13 inches–15 inches, Weight: 18 pounds–30 pounds Lifespan: 12–15 years Major Concerns: Intervertebral disc disease, canine hip dysplasia Minor Concerns: Glaucoma, epilepsy Occasionally Seen: Patellar luxation, deafness, hemophilia, cataracts Suggested Tests: Hip, eyes Brief History of the Beagle Avid hunters in France in the eighth century had developed a relative of today’s bloodhound that they called the Saint Hubert Hound. This breed was the … Read more