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Featuring October's !RARE! Breed of the Month
the Bavarian Mountain Hound / Bayerischer Gebirgsschweißhund
What is a Bavarian Mountain Dog?The Bavarian Mountain Hound is a breed of dog from Germany. It is a scent hound and has been used in Germany since the Middle Ages to trail wounded game. It is a cross between the Bavarian Hound and the Hanover Hound.
History & OriginBoth breeds are special german predigree dogs. The BMH is bred from the HS and the red Bracken. The HS was too massy, too big and too heavy to work up in the bavarian mountains, were they had to go steep downhill or uphill. So the hunters in that regions needed dogs who are smaller and lightfootedly to "climb" in the mountains. The HS dog-breeding started in the early nineteenth century in the Place of Hanover and the BMH is developed in the late nineteenth century in Bavaria.
BMH an HS are common in Germany and the European mountain regions and well known as hunting dogs especially as scenthounds. At the moment they became popular as "police-dogs".
AppearanceIs a medium to large-size dog and is more massy than the BMH and a little bit bigger. The coat is short and smooth, brown, dark-brown and sometimes black brindled. The height is about 19,60 – 21,6 inches (male) and 18,80 – 0,80 inches (female).
TemperamentThey are easy-going with their handler or family but wary with strangers; but not aggressive if it is not absolutely necessary. They are calm, but not shy and have a lot of self confidence. They are kid-friendly and fun-loving dogs. They are fearless, intelligent, clever and indefatigable hard workers. Even when the circumstances (bad weather...) are difficult, they will do their job very well. They are a little bit one-minded. They need an active lifestyle with exercices or an job. Possible health concerns are none known. They can live in kennel but they are happiest if they can be a part of the family (their "pack") and can live in the house. They need a lot of love and want to be treated like "kids"; they are enjoy body-contact (for example sitting next to your feet). If they are treated lovingly and friendly (and fair!), this breed is the best companion!!
@ bayerische-gebirgsschweisshunde.de(Translated from German)
Featuring October’s Targeted Breed of the Month
The Tosa Inu
The Tosa Inu is a breed that is subjected to Breed Specific Legislation due to it's reputation in illegal dog fighting years ago and still common today all over the world. They are currently restricted/banned in certain cities in the US, in other countries like UK, Australia, Bermuda, Denmark, Norway and Germany to name some.
• Country of Origin: Japan
• Functionality: Working, guard dog & fighting dog
• Coat Colors: Red is preferred, but sometimes other colors are acceptable. Solid or brindle, fawn with black markings or pied.
• Height: 24.5 to 32 inches (62 to 82 cm)
Without doubt, the Tosa Inu is one of the most fascinating but at the same time least well understood dog breeds, much like the culture they originate from. The native country of the Tosa Inu breed is Shikoku, the smallest of the four Japanese islands. Their character reflects many attributes of the Japanese culture and mentality.
The dogs were named after the area where they were bred, the old Tosa province, now known as the Kochi prefecture.
At that time, the Tosa province was one of the two most popular dog fighting areas, the other one being the prefecture of Akita, the northernmost area on the island of Honshu. At first, the Akita breed was stronger than the Tosa, but gradually, the situation reversed because of cross-breeding of the Tosa breed with European breeds.