Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Dog Gait

How does a dog walk? That seems like an easy question, but most of us don't really know.  At least not until recently.

In a study published in Cell Press in 2009, researchers found that dogs, like all four legged animals, step with their left hind leg followed by their left foreleg. Then they step with their right hind leg followed by the right foreleg. This means that they always have three feet on the ground for stability.
Dogs always have three feet on the ground.

Big dogs and little dogs all have the same gait.
Photo: Pinterest
According to the researchers, this is how all four legged animals walk. They differ from one another only in the timing of taking the step.

Read more:  Science Daily

Monday, December 26, 2016

Australian Cattle Dog and Poodle Mix Designer Hybrid Dogs

UPDATED WITH READERS' CADOODLE PHOTOS DECEMBER 2016.  

Australian Cattle Dogs and Poodles are crossed accidentally and on-purpose. Called Cattle Doodles or Cadoodles, some are offspring of Miniature Poodles and others Standard Poodles. 

Thanks to all my readers who send pictures of their Cadoodles.  They're posted below. If you know an Australian Cattle Dog (a.k.a. Heeler) and Poodle hybrid pooch, send photos to jlbrac@earthlink.net and I'll post them here.


This is Dr. Barkman's Cadoodle. According to Gus' DNA test, he is Australian Cattle Dog and Miniature Poodle. Unlike either parent, he is long and low like a Corgi.  Neither parental breed exhibits this particular type of dwarfism in the phenotype, but both may be carriers.  He weighs about 30 pounds, stands 14 inches tall, and is about 30 inches long.

I took a photo almost every week for 12 months. 
(See Gus grow)
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George's person said, "George came in with his mother and siblings as strays to the local humane society." When the pups were 6 weeks old she and her husband began fostering all three at home. 
George, Loretta and Townes
One pup was adopted and George and Townes stayed in the family. "We thought George was some type of schnauzer/terrier mix.  However we  recently received Embark DNA results back for George and it appears his father was an Australian cattle dog with some mixed lineage and his mother was a small poodle/shi-tzu mix." 
George at 11 months.
Watch George and his siblings grow up: http://imgur.com/a/RD9Ky
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Dixie's mom was a standard poodle who was unintentionally crossed with a blue heeler.
Dixie when she was a wee-pup,
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Sully was adopted from Underdog Rescue in Minnesota. 
Sully at 16 weeks with his person.
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Charlie's mom is a blue heeler and dad is a cream colored labradoodle. She is likely the result of an accidental pairing with great results. She was found on Craigslist. Her person said, "She has the most beautiful coat that seems to change colors. Best part, she is the smartest dog we ever had.  She's about 40 lbs. in the photo, and we expect she may get to the 50 lb. mark. We absolutely love her." She added that Charlie herds the kids by bumping their legs with her head when they run. 
Charlie when she was about 6 months old
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Here are some pics of Murphy.  The result of an intentional hybrid breeding, his father is a black Standard Poodle and his mother a Blue Heeler. Murphy's person said, "He is just too cute.  Something you can't see in the pictures is that he is all black with some white patches on his chest and belly, but has recently been getting sporadic white hairs coming in on the back and sides of his torso."

Murphy at 7 months and 40 pounds

Murphy snoozing
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In this photo, Lilly is almost 13 years old.  Her mom's a blue heeler and the unplanned  Dad was the neighbor's poodle. Lilly's person said, "She is the best dog! The best guardian of our family and home, super loyal, & extremely smart. She can be very active or a couch potato. She's about 55 pounds. We got her in Central IL.  (Everyone thinks she's a labradoodle)."
Lilly
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Below is Kimber at 12 weeks and 16 pounds. Her father is a purebred Standard Poodle and her mom is a purebred Blue Heeler.  Her person said, "A breeder from Lynchburg Virginia listed a litter on Craigslist. The breeder told me she should be around 40 pounds, but I'm thinking a lot more. She is a handful but I love her so much. She is lucky she has the cutest face ever."

Kimber at 12 weeks

Kimber relaxing in her yard.
An update on Kimber:  At one year she weighed 46.8 pounds
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Cattle Doodles, like other hybrid dogs, don't breed true where the offspring always look the same.  In other words, some may look more like dad, while others look more like mom, just like you and your human siblings.

Check out more cuties after the break.