Giant Schnauzers come from Germany originally, and they functioned as cattle herders and guardians. Their coats are wiry, hard and short to medium length and come in solid black or pepper and salt.
The Giant breed of Schnauzer is a bold and rambunctious dog—very bold and protective of their family. They need daily exercise and fun (vigorous games, long hikes etc.). Their harsh coat needs combing once or twice a week and grooming two to four times a year.
Health concerns include hip dysplasia and gastric torsion.
Domestic Shorthair is the most common breed—this is the Heinz 57 of cats. They come in American Shorthair, British Shorthair and European Shorthair, all of whom have slightly different characteristics with respect to their body, head, ear, eye shapes, but all generally come in a wide variety of colours. The look everyone is most familiar with is likely the European Shorthair, however.
There is also the Domestic Longhair—the longhaired version of the Domestic Shorthair.
This "regular" cat is the most genetically diverse and therefore somewhat less likely to have health issues than the purebred, but you should always keep an eye on their health. Kidney disease in particular seems to be something that all cats of a certain age seem to be prone to.
The Great Dane originates in Germany as a guardian and for hunting large game. Their coats are smooth and short and they come in brindle, black-masked fawn, blue, black, harlequin (with irregular black patches), or mantle (black with white collar, muzzle, chest and tail tip).
Great Danes are dubbed the "Apollo of Dogs." Despite their size (males at least 30 inches and up to 180 pounds) they are gentle, loving, easygoing and sensitive. They are usually friendly towards other dogs and pets and are responsive to training. They only need daily moderate exercise, as well as soft bedding they can stretch out on. Some tend to drool.
Health concerns include gastric torsion, hip and elbow dysplasia, cardiomyopathy and bone cancer.
Another beautiful day for an outdoor pet event!
I was happy to talk to folks from the neighbourhood about some basic home care massage strokes they can use on their dogs (provided there are no contraindications, of course) and pleased to meet some pups very close to where I happen to live!
If you entered the contest and I've drawn your name for a FREE CANINE MASSAGE, you'll be hearing from me on Monday the 10th!
Special thanks, as always, to my mom, who helped me set up, and to Mike Hat, my demo dog!
Lots of other events coming up in the Berczy Park area...check out the Friends of Berczy Park website and Facebook Page for more...
Regan is a certified Canine Massage Therapist (CCMT), has certification in First Aid and CPR for Pets, and some beginner training in Herbal Remedies and Aromatherapy for personal use.