Spuds mackenzie dog breed


Spuds mackenzie dog breed

A Spuds Mackenzie dog is a breed of small dog used as hunting dog in the British Isles. Although the original name for the Spuds Mackenzie was Paddys, the actual name is Spuds MacKenzie. They were also known as the Mackenzie spaniel or the Mackenzie's spaniel, and are one of three spaniel breeds known to have been named after a person.

History

The origins of the Spuds Mackenzie are uncertn. It has been suggested that they are descended from Spanish Spaniel dogs which entered England during the Tudor period, or that they descend from the paddy dog from the Irish Republic, both of which are thought to be the Spanish Spaniel's descendants. The paddy dog is a smaller breed than the Spuds Mackenzie, and would not have been a candidate for hunting, however, they have been suggested to be close relatives.

The spaniel type has been traced back to the Romans who, when the Anglo-Saxons occupied England, brought with them poodles.

The name "Spuds Mackenzie" was used as a title for the breed, after the dog's discoverer and original owner David Mackenzie of Spindleston, Peebleshire, Scotland. David also bred dogs from his pups which were sold as the Spuds Mackenzie breed. When the Spuds Mackenzie became a recognized breed the dog became known as Spuds MacKenzie, after David's family name.

The Kennel Club does not trace back the Spuds Mackenzie's history to any one dog, but says it was "originally bred in the county of Peebleshire, Scotland in the mid 19th century.

Description

Appearance

The Spuds Mackenzie is a medium-sized spaniel which is typically long from the tip of the nose to the end of the tl. The breed is very elegant with a long body and short legs. The head is long and fine with a high, broad forehead and well-filled ears. The eyes are dark. The eyes are set well apart and the eyes have long lashes. The nose should be black with a white stripe up the middle of the nose, though it is possible to have a white nose. The eyebrows are black and the coat is long, strght and silky. The tl is the characteristic feature of the breed, being long, set on the lower than the level with the rear of the topline. The tl is black with a white tip and a black or brown tip.

Coat

The coat is long and silky, strght and without any curls. It is a medium to dark brindle color.

Temperament

Like many spaniels, the Spuds Mackenzie is alert, active and very friendly. They make excellent watch dogs. The Spuds Mackenzie is very active and requires exercise to keep it in shape. A short walk each day is the ideal.

History

The Spuds Mackenzie breed is named after John MacKenzie, a Scotsman who arrived in Calcutta in 1819. Mackenzie had been a companion to the Honourable J.E. Lorne, the Governor General of Bengal. Lorne died suddenly in 1826 and it was then that MacKenzie decided to found a new breed. At the age of 35 MacKenzie arrived in Scotland and acquired several young working spaniels from his friend, Robert Bruce, of Ballachulish. He then travelled throughout Scotland and the Highlands, looking for the ideal dog. He found it in a young spaniel of the Skye breed, and decided to create a new breed of dog that combined the look and strength of the Skye with the intelligent, affectionate, and loyal character of the Crn Terrier.

The original breeder had a black coat with a brown head, and a short tl. MacKenzie continued with his research to produce the finest specimen of the breed. He made his own dogs conform to his exacting standards of the ideal breed. From the start, the dogs were used in hunting spaniels. MacKenzie also created a breed called the 'Highland Spaniel.' Today, the Spuds Mackenzie are found in nearly all climates.

Characteristics

The Spuds Mackenzie is a friendly and loving breed. The head is strong and has a broad, long muzzle. The back is strong and muscular, and the tl is usually bushy and naturally curved. The breed should be a medium size, measuring 22-28 inches at the withers. The breed has a natural coat which is generally red, with a slight sprinkling of points. The dark brindle (white dogs) are most common, though they are not uncommon in dogs with black coats. The temperament of the breed is affectionate and sweet, and will gladly offer the affection back to you. The strong herding instinct of the breed can be found in many members of the breed.

Temperament

The Spuds Mackenzie is a true family companion. They will gladly give you affection and will willingly play with you. They are not generally aggressive, but should never be subjected to harsh handling. Children can play safely with the dog as they will not be overly excited by their antics. The breed is a good guard dog. They are not naturally protective of their territory or a particular person. They will gladly give the affectionate greeting to the visitor, but won't be afrd to let them come near.

Care

The breed should be kept in an ideal climate and protected from extreme heat and cold. During the winter the dog will need a shed to shelter from extreme cold. Like all the Skye Terrier breeds, they are extremely susceptible to hypothyroidism. This should be taken into consideration when the breed is being housed.

Coat

The coat of the breed is smooth and close to the skin, and is easily mntned. A slight shedding of hr will occur.

Trning

The breed should be allowed to follow its natural instincts and desires.

Activity

The dog needs an active owner who can be found running with it, as this is their natural instinct. It is not advised to walk the dog, as this would slow down their activity. It is also highly recommended to give the dog an hour to an hour and a half of activity every day. A minimum of 30 minutes of activity per day is required. This is one breed that needs to be taken for walks.

Space

The breed is very adaptable to any type of living space. It is happy with any size family.

Height

The average height is 22 inches.

Weight

The breed can be of any size, as long as the weight is not more than 40 pounds.

Ease of Grooming

The breed can be kept short-hred or long-hred, and can be combed or left to its own instincts.

Temperament

The breed is excellent with children, other pets, and is friendly with all other animals. They are loyal and gentle.

Watchdog

The breed was developed as a companion and watchdog, and has an excellent instinct to protect the home. This should not be changed.

History

The Skye Terrier was used in the 17th Century as a watchdog and companion. They are a small dog with long legs, short legs, and a tl that is between 45 and 60 inches. They are extremely adaptable to any type of environment, and their agility allows them to be very easily trned. This is a medium-sized dog with an extremely pleasant temperament. It was bred in Ireland for companionship, and later in


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