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East Russian Coursing Hounds dogs

General Breed Information

Among the oldest and lesser known Russian sighthound breeds are the Taigan and Tasy. These two are also known as the East Russian Coursing Hounds. The Tasy comes from the desert plains just east of the Caspian Sea, while the Taigan comes from the Tien Shan region located right on the Chinese border. The Tasy has been used by rural hunters for coursing marmot, hare, fox, and even wolf. The Taigan has been adapted for during endurance work at high elevations. Taigans can retrieve and track by using their scenting abilities as well. There are only few East Russian Coursing Hounds left, and breeders are hoping that the numbers of this breed can be increased. 

East Russian Coursing Hounds are medium-sized dogs with a height that ranges from 22 to 28 inches. The coat of the Tasy is short and silky, and dogs of this breed have fringing on their ears and tail. The Taigan's coat, on the other hand, is long, thick, and may sometimes be wavy. Taigans also have heavy feathering on their thighs, ears, tail, front legs, and shoulders. The acceptable coat colours for the Tasy include gray, black and tan, and tan, while the Taigan usually comes in solid black, fawn, white, or gray. Taigans may also have white markings.

East European Shepherd dogs

Also known as the Owczarek Wschodnioeuropejski, Vostochnoevropejskaya Ovcharka, and the Byelorussian Ovcharka, the East European Shepherd is an intelligent and loyal breed. But how do you know whether you are ready to purchase a pet and if this breed is right for you? This information is absolutely necessary in making the decision to purchase a pet.


The origin of the East European Shepherd can be traced back to 1930's Russia. The breed was created by crossing the German Shepherd with various unnamed local breeds, in hopes of developing an highly trainable and versatile working dog.

Throughout its history, the East European Shepherd has been most commonly used as a watch and guard dog, service dog for the handicapped, police dog, and show dog, proving its superior abilities to perform while providing companionship.

Today, while the East European Shepherd has attained a regional popularity as a working and companion dog, the breed remains rather rare outside of Europe.

Personality Traits

Best known for its lively and outgoing nature, the East European Shepherd thrives on strong and dependable relationships with humans. These dogs are highly intelligent, obedient by nature, and generally very easy to train. The East European Shepherd is alert and aware of its surroundings, loving to play the part of watch and guard dog. As a pet, this breed is obedient, loyal, loving, and affectionate. This breed adapts well to indoor and apartment living, and views spending time outdoors as a special treat.


Due to its eagerness to please and impress its owner and willingness to learn, the East European Shepherd generally responds well to basic training and commands. These intelligent dogs have the ability to learn to perform most any task their trainer is willing to take the time to teach.

Establishing immediate dominance, trust, and respect is key to successfully training the East European Shepherd. This breed requires a confident and caring handler with a stern and serious approach to repetitive tasks and exercises.

Benefits and Disadvantages of the Breed

There are many benefits to owning an East European Shepherd, such as its no hassle, low maintenance coat. This intelligent breed is obedient by nature, easy to train, and capable of learning to perform many impressive tricks and tasks. When properly socialized from a young age, the East European Shepherd gets along well with older children and other pets. These dogs are protective and territorial, making effective watch and guard dogs, announcing the arrival of guests and unwanted visitors, and serving as a deterrent to would-be intruders. The East European Shepherd is obedient, loyal, loving, and affectionate, making an excellent working dog, family pet, and companion alike.

Unfortunately there are also disadvantages to owning an East European Shepherd. While this breed generally adapts well to indoor living, they do require large amounts of daily exercise and room to run and play. Anyone wishing to purchase this breed lacking the adequate amount of time and space to dedicate to the dog is strongly advised against doing so. An East European Shepherd not receiving the proper amount of exercise and space will often act out by destroying property, chewing, barking, whining, and ignoring basic training such as housebreaking.

The East European Shepherd is not recommended for households with small or ill-behaved children. With proper socialization from a young age, this breed generally gets along well with children, but is known to become defensive when played with roughly.

As previously mentioned, the East European Shepherd remains rather rare outside of Europe and can prove quite difficult to obtain. Individuals seeking to purchase this breed often encounter such challenges as inability to locate a breeder, high prices, and being placed on long waiting lists.

Common Health Concerns

While the East European Shepherd is typically known as a healthy and hearty breed, they do suffer from a few health problems, including: hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, degenerative disk disease and other spinal conditions, progressive retinal atrophy, entropian - folding inward of the eye lid, ectropian - folding outward of the eye lid, and bloat.

Now that you know all about the breed, do you think you are ready to own an East European Shepherd? Remember, purchasing a pet is a big decision and should be discussed thoroughly and seriously with your entire family.

Dutch Smoushond (Hollandse Smoushond , Smoushond)

The Dutch Smoushond has a long double coat of protective, rugged, course, wiry hair giving the dog a carefree, untidy appearance. The color is straw-yellow. Long, straight, wiry hair forms a beard, mustache and eyebrows. The back of the forelegs are thinly feathered. The small eyes are bright with black pigmented lids. The nose and lips are black and the eyes are dark. The feet are small and rounded. The ears are triangular - set high on the head. The firm, straight forelegs and flexible hind legs are well-muscled. The skull is slightly rounded, with a distinct stop and a moderately long muzzle. The jaws are strong. When the dog is relaxed, the tail hangs limply. The cat-like feet are compact and covered with long hair. The forehead is strong and slightly rounded. The body is well balanced and close to the ground.


This easy care, obedient house-dog is a friendly and charming companion. The Smoushond tends to be quiet with those he does not know, but is loving with those that he does know. This skillful, intelligent dog has considerable adaptability. It is alert with a sense of humor. Dependent, sober and sensitive. They make good watchdog. Do not allow this dog to become yappy. They need to be corrected if their barking becomes obsessive. They get along well with children and happily accept the family cat. Most Dutch Smoushond get along well with other dogs. The Dutch Smoushond is eager to please, which means training them is not hard. It is important, though, to ensure that you are consistent towards them because some can try to take over if they get an idea that their handler is rather easy-going. Proper human to canine communication is essential.

Height, Weight 

Height: 14-17 inches (35-42 cm.)
Weight: 20-22 pounds (9-10 kg.)

Health Problems *

Living Conditions 

The Dutch Smoushond will do okay in an apartment as long as it gets adequate exercise. The Smoushond should live indoors. It prefers cooler climates.


This untiring breed needs daily, long walks where the dog is made to heel beside or behind the human holding the lead, as instinct tells a dog the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. They love to go swimming. Enrolling it in agility skills or ball playing courses would be a rewarding experience for both you and your dog. 

Life Expectancy About 12-15 years.


This is basically an easy care breed. The coat should have a shaggy unkempt look. Depending upon the quality of the coat, the Dutch Smoushond generally requires the hair to be plucked by hand about twice a year leaving the hair on the head alone as much as possible. You can take your dog to a professional groomer to have this done or learn to do it yourself. Between these grooming sessions, remove any excess hair from inside the ears and between the pads of the feet.


The exact origins of the Smoushond are unknown. However its looks suggest that it is partly related to the German Schnauzers. The Smoushond was popular in the late 1800's as a gentleman's companion. World War II pushed it to near extinction. Attempts were made to save the breed with little success. In the early 1970's, Mrs. H.M. Barkman began collecting information on the Smoushond, and by studying the pictures and old pedigrees, and talking to judges who remember the breed, she was able to re-create it through selective breeding. Today the Dutch Smoushond breeds pure for both types and temperament. A typical terrier, it is a gluttonous ratter, delighted to terrorize any rodent. The breed is now reasonably secure, with approximately 125 puppies registered each year. The Smoushond is hardly known outside the Netherlands, and most Dutch breeders express little interest in promoting it abroad.


African wild dog

Swahili Name: Mbwa Mwitu
Scientific Name: Lycaon pictus
Size: 30 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 55 to 70 pounds
Lifespan: 10 to 12 years
Habitat: Dense forest to open plains
Diet: Carnivorous/forager
Gestation: 21/2 months
Predators: Humans

The African wild dog, also called the hunting dog, is a vanishing species in East Africa. Field studies have shown that the wild dog is a highly intelligent and social animal. Like most predators, it plays an important role in eliminating sick and weak animals, thereby helping maintain a natural balance and ultimately improving prey species. The stereotype of the wild dog as a cruel butcher is slowly being replaced by a less harsh image.

Physical Characteristics
The African wild dog is long-legged, with massive jaws and very large, erect batlike ears. Although it resembles some domestic dogs, it differs in that it has four toes on each foot instead of five.

The Latin name for the African wild dog means “painted wolf,” which aptly describes the colorful coat of dark brown, black and yellow patches. Wild dogs have bushy tails with white tips that may serve as a flag to keep the pack in contact while hunting

Wild dogs live mostly in arid zones and in the savanna. They also are found in woodland and montane habitats where their prey lives.

Wild dogs live in packs of six to 20. If the pack numbers fall below six, hunting efficiency is eroded. The dogs have a peculiar rather playful ceremony that bonds them for a common purpose and initiates each hunt. They start circulating among the other pack members, vocalizing and touching until they get excited and are ready to hunt. They start the hunt in an organized, cooperative manner. When prey is targeted, some of the dogs run close to the animal, while others follow behind, taking over when the leader tired. They can run long distances, at speeds up to about 35 miles per hour.

Of the large carnivores, wild dogs are the most efficient hunters – targeted prey rarely escapes. They tear the flesh until the animal falls, consuming even if it is still alive. This behavior may prejudice people against them, although in reality it may be no worse than the prolonged kills of other carnivores. Apart from its undeniable bloodiness, the remarkable aspect of the their hunting is the complete lack of aggression toward each other. Wild dogs have a social hierarchy but unlike many other social animals, there is little obvious intimidation. They have elaborate greeting rituals, accompanied by twittering and whining. Their large range of vocalizations includes a short bark of alarm, a rallying howl and a bell-like contact call that can be heard over long distances.

They usually hunt in the early morning and again in late evening, prettying on gazelles and other antelopes, warthogs, wildebeests calves and rat and birds. They may raid domestic stock, but as wild dogs seldom stay in one place for long, this damage is not extensive
Caring for the Young
A nuclear pack of about six dogs usually consists of one dominant breeding pair and several nonbreeding adult male helpers. Occasionally another female in the pack forms a subordinate breeding pair with one of the other males. A breeding female gives birth about once a year, with litters averaging about 10 pups, thought as many as 19 have been recorded. They pups are born in a shelter of thick bush or grass, or in a hole. Usually twice as many males are born. Unlike many other species, the female offspring leave the natal group when they reach maturity, not the males.

The hunting members of the pack return to the den where they regurgitate meat for the nursing female and pups. Although litters are very large, very few pups survive. Sometimes the dens are flooded, or the pups die from exposure or disease. When pack numbers are reduced, hunting is not as efficient and adults may not bring back sufficient food for the pups. The entire pack is involved in the welfare of the pups; both males and females babysit the young and provide food for them.

Throughout Africa wild dogs have been shot and poisoned by farmers, hunters and, at one time, by rangers who considered them as bloodthirsty raiders of livestocks and dispersers of wild herds. As the numbers of these wild dogs dwindle, they become more mysterious, elusive and enigmatic, reappearing suddenly in places they have not inhabited for months and then vanishing again a few days later. Even though protected in parks and reserves, wild dog populations have declined to the point that packs may no longer be viable. In some areas they are close to extinction.

Did you know? 

No two wild dogs are marked exactly the same, making it easy to identify different individuals. Why such a pattern should develop, and how it serves the hunting dog, has long intrigued scientists.
Wild dogs are usually on the move over a very large range, covering for example, some 900 square miles in the Serengeti. After a litter is born, however, they will limit their travelling and hunting to areas closer to the den.


Dutch Partridge Dogs information

The Dutch Shepherd comes in three varieties: long-haired (long, straight, flat and harsh), short-haired (quite hard, not too short) and wire-haired (medium length - dense harsh and tousled - more curly coated than wire coated). Heavy white markings on chest and feet are not desirable in the show ring. Although the coat types vary, the color possibilities remain the same for each: various brindles in all shades of gold and silver and brindle with dark stripes. Blue brindle is also listed under the rough coated variety. The short hair is most common in Holland, while the long hair is less common and the wire haired variety currently has a dangerously low population. The body is firm, without being coarse. The muzzle is slightly longer than the flat forehead. The teeth are strong and have a scissor bite. The eyes are dark, almond shaped and slightly slanting and the medium sized ears are carried high and erect. The tail is slightly curved. The chest is deep and the belly slightly tucked up. The feet are oval with well knit arched toes, black nails and dark pads.

There is some confusion as to whether or not the Dutch Shepherd has dew claws. A lot of sources say they do not, but they do indeed have dew claws in the front. They do not have dew claws on their hindquarters however. When discussing the hind legs, The Dutch breed standard says "Hubertusklauwen: niet aanwezig" which translates to: Dewclaws: none present. That same word -hubertusklauw- does however, not refer to the front dew claws. The most common notation for that would be "duim" or possibly "bijklauw". There being no separate word for the front dew claws in the English language, is what can lead to the confusion, but the breed does sport dew claws in the front.


The Dutch Shepherds are among the most competent of all shepherd dogs at such tasks as agility, catch, obedience competitions, guard work, herding, field trailing and companionship. Attached to its territory, and an enthusiastic worker. These affectionate, happy to be around dogs are obedient, sober and very loyal to its handler and family. Friendly, loving, playful and highly energetic. A very happy dog. Cunningly smart. Provided children are seenn as pack leaders, they can also be good friends with them. Unwanted visitors will be stopped in their tracks, while known family friends will be greeted enthusiastically. Dutch Shepherds enjoy the company of their own kind and get along fine with other animals. Intelligent, easy to obedience train and eager to learn - they learn new commands quite easily. This breed makes an excellent watch and guard dog. Active, lively and alert. The short-haired variety is the most common sort for defense/police dog trials. It needs little care and can withstand fatigue and bad weather. The objective in training this dog is to achieve a pack leader status. It is a natural instinct for a dog to have an order in their pack. When we humans live with dogs, we become their pack. The entire pack cooperates under a single leader. Lines are clearly defined and rules are set. Because a dog communicates his displeasure with growling and eventually biting, all other humans MUST be higher up in the order than the dog. The humans must be the ones making the decisions, not the dogs. That is the only way your relationship with your dog can be a complete success.

Height, Weight 

Height: Female - 21.5-23.5 inches (55-60 cm.)
Height: Male - 22.5-24.5 inches (57-62 cm.) 
Weight: 50-70 pounds (23 - 32 kg.)

Health Problems *

Living Conditions The Dutch Shepherd will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. Their all-weather coat enables them to do well in cold climates.

Exercise Dutch Shepherds need to be kept both physically and mentally exercised. They need to be walked or jogged daily where the dog is made to heel beside or behind the human holding the lead, as instinct tells a dog the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. Because they want to work, run them through a regular drill at least twice per week. They make great jogging companions. Let it run beside a bicycle, or take it into the woods or open countryside where it can run to its heart is content.

Life Expectancy About 12-15 years.

Grooming Both long and short-haired varieties require regular grooming with a comb and brush to remove the dead and loose hairs. The wire-haired coat should be plucked professionally twice a year. The hair can be clipped in a few places as a finishing touch. The excess hair on the ears should be removed. The wire-haired variety should never be brushed, although combing is fine in moderation. A coarse comb should always be used. Bathe the all-weather coat only when necessary, as it will remove the natural oils in the skin.


The Dutch Shepherds and the Belgian shepherds share a very similar standard. Differences are slight in size and proportion requirements, as well as, obviously, coat color. Like the Belgians, their origins lie in the same gene pool of continental herding dogs that also created the German Shepherd around the same time as the Belgian- and Dutch Shepherd were created. The Dutch Shepherds and the Belgian Shepherds are judged by the same standard requirements except for color. While the related Belgian Shepherds have become well known in the United States and Europe, the Dutch Shepherd has not attracted a large following yet. Even in the Netherlands, the numbers of Dutch Shepherds are limited and dangerously low for the wire haired variety. Almost unknown outside Holland, the Dutch Shepherd is valued there for its ability as a herder and for its quick reflexes. Originally an all-purpose farm guard, herder, cart-puller, guard, police and security dog. This breed, in its various coat textures, evolved in the early 1800's in the southern part of the Netherlands, especially the province of Brabant, and in neighboring Belgium, which was then part of the Netherlands. Division by coat texture occurred when dog shows began 100 years ago. Rarely, non brindle fawn dogs can be found in all coat varieties, and while they are Dutch Shepherds, they have an undesirable coat color and are marked as such on their pedigrees. Any departure from the ideal standard should be considered a fault, but the seriousness with which a fault should be regarded, should be in proportion with it's degree and its effect on the functional health and welfare of the dog.

Dutch Partridge Dogs

A dog in the Netherlands that has a strong resemblance to the spaniel and setter, one that sports a white coat with brown or orange markings and one that rotates the tail in a circle to warn the hunter when a game is located is a Drentse Patrijshond!

This breed that is also known as the Dutch Patrtridge Dog hails from Drente, a province in the Netherlands. This breed is an excellent pointer and retriever. This dog is affectionately called Drent, a name that it shares with the people of the Drente province. The Dutch Partridge dog is most valued for its admirable quality of hunting “under the gun”. The dog originally hunts quails and partridges. The feathered game were no longer plentiful in Netherlands as they once were but the Dutch Partridge dog is still much valued by the hunters as it has adapted well to hunting pheasants, rabbits and hare and foxes.

It was believed that this breed was created after the firearms were first used to hunt. This is the ideal dog for a Dutch hunter who would want to hunt leisurely without exerting too much effort. Customarily, the dog would thoroughly search the surrounding area for a game without straying too far from the hunter, never wandering beyond gun range. When a game is found the dog would signal the hunter by rotating the tail. The dog would let go of the game when the hunter is within shooting distance. The dog marks the location and retrieves the fallen game. This is an all around gun dog that hunts well in land and in water.

This breed will be the excellent companion of the hunter during the weekend; will be an alert watch dog at night and would instantly change to playmate mode in the presence of the children.

Breed Dutch Partridge Dog
Alternative names Drent Drentsche Patrijshond Drentse Partridge Dog Drentse Patrijshond Dutch Partridge Dog
Height(male/female) 22-25 inches (55-63 cm) / 22-25 inches (55-63 cm)
Weight(male/female) 44-55 pounds (20-25 kg) / 44-55 pounds (20-25 kg)
Life expectancy 12-13 years
Litter size 


The Drentse Patrijshond has a well proportioned compact and muscled body that shows apparent power. This breed’s build is heavier than that of a Small Munsterlander. A Drent’s body is somewhat rectangular given that it is longer that the height measured at the withers. This dog has a medium length powerful neck, a level back and a broad moderately sloping croup. The deep chest reaches the level of the elbows. The set on high tail is carried horizontally with the tip curving upwards when the dog is on the move. A very distinct trait of this breed is to move the tail in circles when a scent is picked up. This movement is done to signal the hunter that a game is found.

A Dutch Partridge Dog has a slightly rounded skull, a wedge shaped muzzle and a well developed brown nose with well opened nostrils. The oval shaped eyes are set wide apart. The amber colored eyes with close fitting eyelids shows a kind and intelligent expression.

This breed has a predominantly white coat that can have brown or orange patches. Some specimens have brown mantles and others have tan markings. A Drent’s body appears to be covered with long hair because hair of different lengths covers different parts of the body. Hair is longer on the neck and the forechest. Long wavy hair covers the ears. The fore and hind legs, the tail as well as the back of the thighs are feathered. Dense hair grows between the toes of the dog.


Apart from being an excellent hunting dog, the Drentse Patrijshond is known for its gentle nature and well balanced temperament that makes it an exceptional home companion. This breed is obedient, loyal, and attentive and has the innate eagerness to please. These are affectionate and gentle natured creatures that gets along famously with children. This breed will tolerate other dogs and smaller pets.

In spite of these admirable qualities, a Drent would still need obedience training. Training this breed would be easy as this is an intelligent and obedient dog. However, training must be done in a consistent but positive and gentle manner. These dogs may not be aggressive but they still make excellent watch dogs. This is because a Drent is vigilant. These dogs are not yappers and when they do bark it is to warn the family of intruders.

This breed will do well in a city or in a small household as they do not need a great deal of exercise. Walking the dog around the block or allowing the dog to swim or to play fetch with the children will take care of its exercise needs. What is more important is to let the dog feel that it is a member of the family. This is a most suitable dog for a busy owner. a dog that will not be given the chance to exercise for quite a while will not be destructive unlike other breeds

This breed does not need elaborate coat maintenance as the coat practically sheds off dirt. Brushing the coat once a week giving particular attention to the body parts with longer hair will ensure the good condition of the coat. The dense coat protects the dog from thorns and brambles. After a day of hunting, the coat must be thoroughly combed to remove burrs and cheat grass. Ears though must be frequently checked and cleaned. Nails and hair between the pads of the feet should be trimmed regularly.


The Drentse Patrijshond is a breed of gundog that has existed for hundreds of years. This breed originated from Drentse, a province in the north eastern part of Holland. It was speculated that this rare breed originated from the Spioenen or Spanjoelen that came from Spain travelled through France and came to the Netherlands in the 16th century. It is most likely that this breed as well as the spaniels and setters have the same ancestors. The Drentse Patrijshond is believed to be related to Germany’s Small Musterlander and to the Espagneul Francais of France.

The Hunter’s Present, a 17th century painting by Gabriel Metsu depicts a partridge dog. Another painting verifying the existence of the breed during the era is the Poultry Seller, another painting by Gabriel Metsu done in 1662. Other paintings done by Dutch master painters that include this handsome dog can be seen today in the Rijksmuseum.

For centuries, this breed that exited in the rural province of Drenthe remained undocumented. The Drentse Patrijshond was only recognized as a modern breed in 1943 when the Raad van Beheer op Kynologisch Gebied (Dutch Kennel Club) developed and approved the first standard for the breed. This breed that was otherwise known as Partridge Dog in the Netherlands was kept a pure breed in the province of Drenthe. The province of Drenthe is quite unusual given that while other countries in Europe give the nobility an exclusive privilege to hunt, in this province the common people were allowed to hunt. This means that the landed gentry, the local mayor as well as the farmers needed a dog that will cater to their various hunting needs. The Drent, as the breed is commonly called aptly fills this purpose. Other breeds that were kept in kennels of the affluent hunters were specifically used to hunt. Not the Drent! This is a versatile breed, one that will hunt all day and still pull watch dog duty at night. This breed performs other farm chores. A Drent is commonly seen pulling carts filled with farm produce. This dog has become the lively playmates of children and the devoted and loyal companion of the master. A Drent will point, retrieve and hunt feathered and furred game. Presently there are about 5,000 dogs registered in the breed club books. The Drentse Patrijshond is a favorite hunting dog in the Netherlands although relatively unknown in other parts of the world. This breed shows a strong instinct to hunt. The Drent is a tenacious and aggressive hunter but the dog tend to be docile and calm inside the home, a perfect companion of the master and a lively playmate of the children.


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Australian ShepherdAustralian Terrier

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