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Cherry Shrimp Care

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Overview

Cherry shrimp (Neocaridina denticulata sinensis), also known as Sakura shrimp and Fire shrimp, are considered some of the most beautiful in the shrimp hobby. Cherry shrimp are small, growing to about 1.25 inches (3 cm) at maturity.

Cherry Shrimp

In its original form, Cherry shrimp are greenish-brown color. By selective breeding, brightly colored shrimp varieties have been developed for the aquarium hobby. The shrimp’s coloration is due to light-reflecting pigments called chromatophores. Here’s a list of Cherry shrimp colors you can choose from.

  • Red – red color is caused by erythrophores.
  • Blue – iridophores reflect blue light.
  • Yellow – created by xanthophores.
  • White – white is created by leucophores.
  • Violet – a combination of blue and red.
  • Green – a blend of blue and yellow.
  • Black – melanophores create black coloration.
  • Chocolate – brownish melanophores.
Cherry Shrimp Colors

Cherry Shrimp Natural Habitat

Cherry shrimp are native to China and Taiwan. Their natural habitats are slow-moving streams. The shrimp stay close to cover provided by plants, rock formations and roots.

Aquarium Requirements

Experience shows Cherry shrimp are happiest when kept in a single-species shrimp tank. Neocaridina denticulata sinensis are gentle shrimp and will not fight with fish. But the shrimp are very small and easily eaten or harmed by curious tropical fish.

A 5-gallon aquarium is recommended for keeping a group of 8 to 10 Cherry shrimp. The benefit of keeping a dedicated shrimp-only aquarium is the shrimp will always be active and visible. There’s no reason for them to hide from predators, so they remain “front and center” for easy viewing. Live plants are especially beneficial for the shrimp to explore and graze on.

Water Conditions

Cherry shrimp are great for beginners because they don’t need special water parameters. However, there are certain conditions the shrimp need to stay healthy. Cherry shrimp can be kept in a wide pH range of 6.5 to 7.6. Some shrimp experts like the pH to be slightly alkaline, at pH 7.2 to 7.6.

Water hardness and alkalinity (carbonate hardness) are not critical. A range of 4 to 10 degrees is acceptable for Cherry shrimp. Some aquarists use distilled or reverse osmosis water in their aquarium. These types of water have little or no carbonates to stabilize the pH. pH can drop due to natural acids building up in the water. Maintain at least 3 degrees of KH to prevent the pH from dropping below pH 6.5.

Nitrite and ammonia should be monitored and kept at zero ppm at all times. Cherry shrimp are very sensitive to these waste products. Poor water quality suppresses the shrimp’s immune system, making it susceptible to disease problems.

Partial water changes, made every three to four weeks, will also dilute nitrate and dissolved organics. Make sure the replacement water is about the same temperature as the aquarium to avoid temperature shock.

Red Cherry Shrimp

Tap Water and Cherry Shrimp

Chlorine and chloramine disinfectants are added to most municipal water sources. Chlorine is toxic to all aquatic life. Use a water conditioner that neutralizes chlorine and chloramine. Cherry shrimp are very sensitive to metals. It’s common for tap water to contain traces of copper and lead. That’s because metals in the pipes dissolve into the water. Certain tap water supplies, naturally low in minerals and pH, make it easier for metals to leach into the water.

If you’re using tap water in your aquarium, let the faucet run for one minute before using the water. This “first flush” gets rid of the metals that dissolved while the water was idle in the pipes. Some tap water conditioners also detoxify metals, making it safe for aquarium use.

Cherry Shrimp and Water Temperature

Cherry shrimp can live at water temperatures up to 85°F (29°C). But high water temperature can shorten the shrimp’s lifespan by increasing metabolism. Shrimp enthusiasts recommend keeping the temperature in the 70-75°F (21- 24°C) range to prolong the shrimp’s 2-year lifespan. An aquarium heater will prevent the water from getting too cool.

Cherry Shrimp photo

Cherry Shrimp Water Chemistry Conditions

pH:6.5 – 7.5
General or Total hardness:4 – 10 degrees
Alkalinity or carbonate hardness:4 – 10 degrees
Water temperature:70 – 85°F (21 – 29°C)
Ammonia & Nitrite:0.0

Water Filtration

Cherry shrimp prefer mild water currents. If you’re keeping them in a small aquarium, select a filter designed for a small tank. A miniature Hang-On-Back power filter will purify the water and create adequate water movement. If the filter’s intake screen is too coarse, put a piece of netting on the intake, to prevent shrimp from getting sucked into the filter.

If you plan on breeding Cherry shrimp, use a sponge filter and air pump. The air pump provides a gentle water flow through the sponge filter. Power filters will suck the baby shrimp into the impeller and filter media!

Aquarium Lighting for Cherry Shrimp

Cherry shrimp are a great addition to a planted tank. Live plants need full-spectrum lighting to thrive. Fortunately, small-sized LED aquarium lights are available for 5 to 10-gallon aquariums. LED aquarium lights are energy efficient and won’t heat up the aquarium water.

Good lighting will also bring out the bright colors of your shrimp. A poorly-lit aquarium will make the shrimp look dull. It can also inhibit the algae so much the shrimp won’t have enough to feed on.

Blue Velvet Cherry Shrimp

Aquascaping for Cherry Shrimp

Chery shrimp like to explore plants, rocks and driftwood. These also provide a sense of security. Some shrimp experts believe Cherry shrimp color-up best when they have an aquarium to their liking, especially with live plants. If you don’t want to grow live plants, consider adding a clump of java moss to the tank. It’s easy to grow and the shrimp will enjoy exploring the mossy fronds.

Aquascaping for Cherry shrimp include:

  • Small-sized gravel for easy sifting by the shrimp.
  • Live plants or moss
  • Plastic plants
  • Driftwood
  • Aquarium-safe rocks, stones or resin ornaments for climbing and shelter

Feeding

Cherry Shrimp Feeding

Cherry shrimp are omnivores. They’ll eat algae, tiny plant fragments, microscopic worms and other crustaceans they discover as the sweep across the aquarium. Much of their climbing and exploration is feeding behavior.

The shrimp scrape away at biofilms growing on the gravel, plants and driftwood. But most shrimp-keepers feed several times a week with a shrimp pellet or finely-ground flake food. However, over-feeding can pollute the aquarium, stimulate excess algae growth and shorten the shrimp’s lifespan.

Cherry shrimp Compatibility

Cherry shrimp are compatible with other dwarf shrimp including:

Cherry shrimp can be kept with smaller species of gentle tropical fish. Fish with small mouths won’t be able to swallow adult Cherry shrimp. Fish that eat plant-based foods are especially friendly toward small shrimp.

Neon tetras, glass fish, harlequin rasboras and white clouds are known to get along with Cherry shrimp. It’s normal for a curious fish to nip once in a while but it won’t hurt the shrimp. Cichlids and other aggressive fish are attracted to the brightly-colored shrimp. The fish will try to eat them, even if the shrimp is too large to swallow!

Cherry Shrimp Breeding

Breeding Cherry Shrimp

Young Cherry shrimp can’t breed if they’re too young. They reach sexual maturity when they’re about 75 days old. Keeping five or six shrimp will be enough to find a breeding pair. You’ll notice female Cherries are more brightly colored than the males. When the female develops unfertilized eggs, you’ll see a greenish-yellow “saddle” pattern on her back. This pattern is caused by the eggs.

The female molts when the eggs are ready for fertilization. When she releases pheromones into the water, males will actively search for her. The male will become very active right before mating with the female Cherry. He’ll climb on top and fertilize the eggs. The female carries them under her tail, fanning the eggs to keep them oxygenated. Healthy, fertilized eggs turn darker as they mature. Be aware first-time breeding sometimes fails. It can be caused immature shrimp or poor water conditions.

Caring for the Baby Cherry Shrimp

The eggs will hatch in about three weeks. The baby shrimp are very small and delicate. If fish are sharing the same aquarium, they’ll eat the shrimp. The young shrimp are fully developed and immediately begin feeding on bacteria and plankton. Adding Java or Christmas moss will give them a place to hide and provide plenty of biofilm to eat.

Eventually they’ll grow to maturity and begin mating. Cherry shrimp have a short lifespan, breeding will keep the population stable in your tank.

Final Thoughts

Cherry shrimp are beautiful and interesting to care for. They’re great for desktop aquariums and don’t require a lot of specialized care. Breeding is easy, even for a beginner. Some aquarists say Cherry shrimp eat more algae than Amano shrimp, making them perfect for the planted aquarium!

Meet the Corgsky: Corgi Husky Mix

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Corgi Husky mix

Are you looking for a cute dog with a ton of personality? Do you want a dog with brains, loyalty and courage? Meet the Corgi Husky mix, otherwise known as a Corgsky, Horgi or a Siborgi. This adorable dog is a cross between a Corgi and a Siberian Husky. In being a “mixed breed” or one of today’s “designer dogs”, the Horgi can be a big dog or a little dog. A long backed dog or a standard size back. No two Siborgi will be the same and that is part of their charm.

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The Corgi

The Welsh Corgi is not one breed of dog but two. Coming from different areas of Wales, with different histories and different ways of “working”, both Corgis are herding dogs. Though there are many similarities between the two breeds but there are many differences as well. Both breeds are herders. And they both have short legs, big ears though the Cardigan’s ears are substantially larger than the Pembroke. Both breeds are known for their strong work ethic and dominating personalities. If you don’t control your Corgi, your Corgi will control you. Both breeds are big dogs with short legs. Neither is a small dog and neither has a small bark.

Corgi dog breed

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi, affectionately known by his fans as a “Pem”, comes from the Pembrokeshire area of Wales. This corgi is a little smaller than the Cardigan. It has a smaller bone structure, shorter legs and ears are not as big nor are they rounded like the Cardigan. Instead they are pointed. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is either born without a tail or the tail is docked. This docking is no longer permissible in the United Kingdom. The Pem has a smaller foxier, spitz type head and face.

The Pembroke is a busier, more outgoing, and usually more affectionate. They come in only a few colors such as sable or red with or without white flashes or chests. There is also a black, brown and white tricolored Corgi. In North America this corgi is better known and more popular. Most North Americans know that the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the choice of the Queen of England.

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi, affectionately known by his fans as a “Cardi” comes from the Cardiganshire area of Wales. Like the Pem, it is a herder and a watch dog. It has a bigger bone structure than the Pem, is longer and usually a little taller. The Cardigan will always have a tail and are believed to be descended from hounds like the Dachshunds. The Cardi has bigger, pointed ears that can overpower their heads and a stronger, larger head and face.

The Cardigan has a reputation for being more “standoffish” and less affectionate than the Pem, but they are also less busy and more laid back. They are less like to get into a scrap with another dog than the Pem is. Both breeds have big voices and deep chests and they use them. Color wise the Cardigan can come in all the same colors as the Pem but additionally can be merle, blue, or brindle.

The Siberian Husky

Husky dog

Very different from either of the corgi breeds is the purebred Siberian Husky though all three breeds are double coated, enjoy the snow and do well in the cold. As both types of corgis are herding dogs, the Husky is a member of the working group. They are a much stocker, larger dog than the Corgi with much longer legs. They weigh about 40-60 pounds when full grown and pull carts, work on farms in the countryside. However, their ears are large, their eyes are bright, and their personalities are outgoing like the Corgi.

The Husky is light on its feet, agile and quick. They are good at completive dog sports like agility and flyball. Like the Pembroke Corgi, the Siberian Husky comes from a Spitz heritage. They won’t bark you into oblivion as the Corgi will, but they howl instead. Watch them around fences as they can climb them, jump over them or dig under them. They are bred to hunt in packs, so they are comfortable with other dogs their size.

The Corgi Husky Mix

Corgi Husky mix puppy

You might be able to image what happens when you cross the adorable corgi with the regal husky. Most people interested in a Corgsky because it is friendly, affectionate, outgoing dog with the size of a corgi and the look of the Husky.

What a Corgsky Looks Like

As with any cross breed, non-purebred dog, you can never be sure which traits will come out. You could have a tall corgi or a husky with short legs. Their color and markings can be different for every pup in a litter. Here are some of the most often found traits of a Horgi.

Corgi Husky mix breed

Sizes

The Corgsky more often is the size of the Corgi with traits from the Husky. This is what makes them popular to start with. People want a short Husky not a tall Corgi. They run between 20 and 50 pounds as the Pem is about 20-30 pounds and the Cardi is about 30-40 pounds. They tend to be long like Corgis with bushy tails and heads like a Husky.

Colors

Corgi Husky mix

Every puppy in a litter can be a different color and there is no way to predict what type of pups you will get. The pups could be a mix, or they could just look like one of the parents. If their genes are more Corgi than Husky, they could be red, brindle, sable, blue, merle or tri color. If their genes are more Husky than Corgi, they could be grey, agouti, or black. They could have a mask as well. On the other hand, they could be the blue or brindle of a Corgi with the mask of a Husky.

Coat

Both the Corgi and the Husky have thick, double coats and both shed. The Corgi’s coat is weather proof and about medium in length while the Husky has a heavy, longer, double coat. Both were bred to work in cold climates and deal with rain and snow effectively.

Since their coats are so similar to begin with the only real difference in the pups will be how heavy the coat is and how long it is. Both shed heavily a couple times a year. Both breeds “blow their coats” which means that twice a year you will find loose tufts in their coats and enough fur around the house to make another puppy. During this time, they need extensive grooming and daily brushing. Through the rest of the year you can probably get by with brushing them once a week.

Horgi dog breed

The Temperament of the Corgi-Husky Mix

Again, it is unpredictable which breed will contribute the dominate traits to any Corgi-Siberian mix puppies. There will be a combining of the two temperaments. Remember, more than any other characteristic, temperament is greatly influenced by which Corgi breed is mixed with the Husky, as each breed of Corgi is different.

Work and Exercise

Both breeds are working dogs though the Corgis are herders while the Husky is a hunter as well as a sled dog. They have tremendous stamina as well as speed. You can be sure your Horgi will be fast as both parent breeds are known for speed and agility.

No matter the dominate breed traits, your pup will need plenty of exercise and will love to play. They will be good at agility, flyball and field trials. You will have to work with your dog to see if he is more a herder or a worker.

Corgi Husky Mix

Corgi Husky Mix Personality

In general, however the Corgi is usually not aggressive or shy, though the Cardi is more reserved. The Corgi has a great personality and is affectionate and friendly.

The Siberian Husky also likes people, but he is alert, high energy and always ready to go. You are like to get a dog with a good personality, friendly, alert and ready to go.

Issues

Corgis and Huskies are both known to be stubborn at times so you can count on your mix being stubborn and full of spunk. The Corgi can be bossy and loud while the Husky is not. Still the mix can be a little too much personality for some folks.

Health and Physical Attributes of a Corgi Husky Mix

Health Issues

There are going to be some health issues in any dog. The advantage to the pure bred dog is there is a history of the breed, there is probably testing to rely on, and you have the breeder and the parents of your puppy to learn from.

At the same time certain breeds are more prone to different ailments than others. So, you could end up with either or both of the common ailments of each breed. However, the new breed – the mix often does not have the same issues as the purebreds. This is truer in the second generation cross breed than it is in the first.

The Corgi with its short legs and long back tends to be prone to back issues. The Corgi Husky mix will deal with this same susceptibility. Corgis suffer from a canine version of ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Each Corgi breed has a different version of this disease.

Both breeds have a strong tendency to gain weight and Corgis will eat anything in their path. You cannot free feed the Corgi Siberian mix. The Husky on the other hand is prone to hip dysplasia and eye issues. Your Corgi Husky mix will have a life span of 12 to 16 years. Be sure your breeder does the available testing on both the parents. Get some documentation on the genetic testing as well.

Corgi Husky mix

What to Think About

Be sure you meet both the dam and sire. Observe their personalities, interactions with people and each other, and any physical issues that you can see.

To reiterate the health concerns to think about: Ask the breeder for any health certificates, veterinarian visits and shots,what is the health of the parents and what is the health history of the parental lines. Look for back issues, a history of DM – were the pups tested for DM – eye and hip issues.

There may not be a lot of breeders of this mix in your area because it is considered a designer breed and is not recognized by the American Kennel Club and most pure bred breeders don’t recognize the designer dogs as a breed. They consider them a cross or a “mutt”.

So, there won’t be a long history of the line but usually your breeder will have previously or concurrently bred one of the purebred parents. Ask your breeder why they got involved with crossing these two breeds and if the motivation is money you might want to look at another breeder. It is up to you if you are satisfied with their motivation.

One final word of advice – if the breeder owns the Siberian Husky make sure you meet him. If the breeder does not own the Husky you might request to meet him anyway.

Living with a Corgi-Husky Mix

Husky Corgi Mix

Now you know a lot of the Corgi Husky mix. Do you want to live with one? Yes, they are cute puppies. Adorable actually. They can be a great dog in a smaller size than the traditional Husky. Corgi Husky mix can be fun, energetic, friendly and affectionate. They can also be bossy, loud, and stubborn.

They have a double, warm coat that is waterproof. If you live in the desert this is probably not the dog for you. If you live in a winter climate, they may be the perfect dog. Just remember that they shed and “blow their coat”. There is a lot of grooming with this designer breed.

Corgi Husky mix are active, working herding breeds and they need some space outside. They do not like to be inside all the time, and they do not like to be alone. Also remember the corgi breeds are barkers while the Husky howls. You could get either or a combination of both, but you know you will be getting a loud dog.

Finally keep in mind the low to the ground build of the corgis, the long back and the tendency of both parental dogs to gain weight easily. If you get a Corgi Husky mix be sure you understand how to raise it so that it will be less prone to injury. Most corgi owners of both breeds do not let their pup go up and down stairs until they are at least 6 months old and do not let them jump on and of furniture.

If you have fallen in love be prepared to spend anywhere from $400 -$1000 for your Corgi Husky mix.

Is it good to Give my Dogs Kiwi? Can Dogs Eat Kiwi?

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Dogs eat kiwi

I know that kiwi is good for people but is it good for dogs? Can dogs eat kiwi? I know it can also be a very potent allergen for some people. Is that the same for dogs too? My dog wants to eat everything I eat. I want to give him as much as possible, but I sure don’t want to make him sick.

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Dogs and Fruit

Dogs may like fruits and vegetables, but their bodies are not the same as ours and some are toxic while others will only upset their stomachs. You need to know the difference. For instance, dogs can handle cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon. On the other hand, they cannot handle avocados, raisins or grapes.

For humans the kiwi is sweet and delectable. It’s unusual and a favorite of many. It not only looks different from most other fruits, it taste different as well. It’s available all year long and is often used in deserts. Kiwi is often eaten in smoothies or made into purees. It is also cut into stars or eaten whole. You do have to avoid the skin or outer layer and the seeds. These seeds may be toxic. Kiwi is considered a very good fruit for human consumption. Is that the same for dogs?

can dogs eat kiwi

Can Dogs Eat Kiwi?

Kiwi is a fine fruit for your dogs to eat, even though it does not hold the health benefits for dogs that it does for people. It is not toxic as long as you avoid the seeds and don’t give your dog a whole kiwi. The outer layer is very hard, but some dogs will like it. Check with your vet before you feed him the outer layer.

Small amounts of kiwi used as a treat for training or just a small reward is a good plan. If your dog likes kiwi, it is better for him and for you, than snacking on junk food or rawhide treats. My dog ate a rabbit in the backyard last spring. Kiwi is certainly preferable than a non-domestic animal like a rabbit or a squirrel.

What Makes Kiwi Healthy

Kiwi does contain a lot of Vitamin C and other minerals, but unlike people, dogs do not need the supplement of fruit into their diets. They get all the vitamins and minerals they need in their usual manufactured dog food. Dogs also produce the vitamin C that their bodies need.

Kiwi does have some anti-inflammatory properties and benefits in fighting cancer and respiratory issues. Vitamin K and vitamin E are also present in good quantity in the Kiwi fruit. Also there is a lot of potassium in kiwi. Kiwi is known for protection against oxidative cell damage and preventing breathing issues like asthma. It helps to keep your dogs blood pressure regular and boosts their immune system and folate that is helpful to pregnant dogs, when giving birth. Dogs age much faster than we do, and kiwi can help to protect from macular degeneration.

Harmful Aspects

As with most fruits, the kiwi has seeds that might be toxic to dogs. So, make sure you take the seeds out. Just cut the kiwi open and spoon out the seeds. Then you can give your dog a piece. Swallowing the seeds can cause choking issues for smaller dogs and a blockage issue for even some larger dogs Remove the outer layer if your dog doesn’t like it. Some dogs do like it and it is not harmful in small amounts.

Kiwi is somewhat expensive to give to your dog very often. So, use it for treats and not as a part of their diet. If they eat too much it can cause them to have gastrointestinal problems like constipation and diarrhea. They might also have abdominal pain. Eating the skin might add to this intestinal upset. It might just be better to remove it every time. In every instance however, it is best to practice moderation when giving your dogs kiwi.

kiwi serving for dogs

How to Serve Kiwi

Moderation is the key. Don’t try giving your pup a whole kiwi. Take the skin off and remove the seeds. Now cut the fruit into small bites and offer your dog just one. He might not like it. He might not like the smell. Some dogs like tropical fruit and some do not. But the first time you give it, only try one piece. If he likes it, the next time you can give 2-3 pieces. Then watch him for any of the problems mentioned above.

If possible, get your dog to chew the kiwi and not just swallow it as many dogs do with treats of any kind. If your dog likes the fruit and happens to get into your stock and eat a whole one, take him to the vet right away to be safe. Your vet will check to make sure he isn’t choking or having any blockage. There is a change that the whole kiwi will have to be surgically removed. Don’t take a chance on this, as a blockage in the intestines could kill your dog.

It is best to use the pieces of kiwi as a treat when you are training your dog or just sitting together and relaxing. Just don’t give several pieces and walk away. Even if it is not the first time, your dog has had it, stay with him for a few minutes to make sure there are no problems. 

Conclusion

Can dogs eat kiwi? Absolutely they can, but unlike some other fruits like nectarines, oranges, watermelon or honeydew, the kiwi will not give your dog a lot of health benefits. There are some but not as many as some fruits offer. In addition, there might be more potential issues with the kiwi fruit that don’t occur with other fruits.

Any pitted fruit poses a danger if your dog consumes the pit. This danger might come from the toxicity in the pit, from an intestinal blockage from the pit or a choking incident. The kiwi however poses additional concerns in regard to intestinal issues in the form of either constipation or diarrhea. At the very least you could cause a stomach ache or uncomfortableness for your dog.

If your dog likes kiwi it is good to give him small amounts at a time, never a whole fruit. At the same time there are so many other sweet, delicious fruits that have more benefits and less risk.

Can I Give my Dogs Nectarines? Can Dogs Eat Nectarines?

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Dog and nectarines

I love nectarines and my dogs love anything I am eating. Can dogs eat nectarines? Is it safe to give my dogs a taste when I am eating it?

A long time ago, people did not have special food for their dogs. Instead of manufactured dog food, our ancestors fed their dogs whatever was available.

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Left over scraps from their own meals were what our ancestors gave their working dogs. Whether it was pieces of meat or bites of fruit and vegetables, maybe some bread. Then the dogs hunted for mice, rabbits and chipmunks for themselves.

Today we give our dogs manufactured dog food and premade treats along with table scraps. Many serve their dogs only human food, others only raw food and others only the most nutritious manufactured food. We worry about our dogs health and nutrition and take actions to prolong their lifespan as much as possible. It is in this context that we ask if dog can eat nectarines.

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Raw Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs

Whether or not our dogs can have any kind of fruit, is a legitimate question. This is especially true in the summer when we are eating a lot of it. Sweet, juicy fruits like peaches and nectarines are a favorite of many people and our dogs want to share it. Sure, they like to eat what we do and many vegetables like carrots, potatoes and green beans are known to many people as safe for their dogs. Carrots and fresh green beans are sweet, and most dogs love them.

Just as there are many raw vegetables that are good for dogs, there are also many fruits safe for dogs. The truth is that most dogs will try eating anything they come across. They are scavengers and inherit the instinct to find their own food. So, people need to know what their dogs can and can’t eat safely.

Some fruits and vegetables that are off limits for dogs include: tomatoes, onions, figs, raisins and grapes. Grapes are particularly toxic for dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Nectarines?

The answer to this question is YES! Dogs can eat nectarines. In fact, most of the nectarine is healthy. The Nectarine is a member of the Rosacea fruit family. In the same family are plums and peaches. Nectarines are sweet and delicious. They are obviously closer to peaches than plums. The real difference between the peach and the nectarine is in the skin and the flesh color. Most people are familiar with fuzz on the peach. Nectarines are smooth. The nectarine has either white or yellow flesh, while the peach has only peach colored.

That white flesh is just a little sweeter than the yellow flesh and nectarines can be wither clingstone or freestone variety. The variety has to do with the pit and how tightly the flesh clings to the pit. The freestone obviously lets the pit come out easily while the clingstone is tight to the pit.

What’s Good about Nectarines

The entire family of Rosacea fruits have minerals, vitamins and dietary fiber that are all good for your dogs. Here are some of the beneficial traits of the nectarine for your dog.

  • Low calories
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Beta-carotene
  • Vitamin A
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
nectarines for dogs

Can Nectarines Harm my Dog?

The pit has cyanide and it can be poisonous, and it is also a hazard in respect to the dog choking. There are some obvious signs of distress if your dog does eat a nectarine pit. This includes:

  • Unsteady on their feet
  • Vomiting
  • Excess Panting
  • Stomach pain

This toxicity can build up in a dog’s body over time. Chocking immediately is however a much greater danger as is an intestinal blockage, if the pit get through the stomach. If you know your dog has swallowed a pit, do not leave them unsupervised.

If you grow your own fruit this can be an even greater hazard if those fruit trees are in an area where your dog is unsupervised for any length of time. Your dog is going to eat the fruit that falls to the ground and hazards of swallowing the pit are all in play. Even more so is the danger that dog will eat the fallen fruit after it has spoiled. Decomposing fruit makes alcohol which is also very toxic for dogs.

Sugar is also a problem for dogs. Sugar can have negative behavioral effects on dogs. Over time it can also cause obesity, dental issues and diabetes.

How to Feed Nectarines to your Dog

Now you know dogs can eat nectarines. Now, how do you feed it to them? Never give them a whole nectarine. Everything in moderation is always a good guide for life but, in this case it is essential. Even though, the nectarine is healthy for your dog, too much of a good thing could make them sick.

Cut the nectarine into small pieces for a snack or treat. The first time you share this with your pup, only give one piece until you know how it will respond to it. Even though it is good for dog, it might be allergic or get a slight upset stomach. Once you know he can handle it, how much you give depends on the size of your dog. Anywhere from 1-2 pieces for a small dog or 4-5 pieces for a larger dog.

Too much can cause stomach upset or diarrhea. Too much at one time could cause a “sugar high” and behavioral as well as health issues.

Conclusion

Can dogs eat nectarines? Dogs are carnivores and need a lot of protein. They do not need the fruit and vegetables to be healthy. So, they don’t need a lot of any kind of fruit. An occasional treat of nectarine bites would be great. You can even freeze them and use them as a cooling off treat in the summer.

Can Dogs Eat Honeydew? Should I Give it to my Dog?

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Honeydew

I was eating a piece of delicious and sweet honeydew melon last week and my dog started begging for some. Well I just wondered if I should give it to her. Can dogs eat honeydew? Our dogs love us and if there is anything, they love more than us it’s our food.

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Dogs will eat just about anything and they certainly love to eat what you are eating. Some dog nutrition and health advocates even believe we should feed our dogs only homemade food with the freshest ingredients we can buy.

Human Food for Dogs?

Can dogs eat honeydew

But even if you believe that, you need to know that dogs don’t process food the same way we humans do. They can’t eat everything we humans do. In fact, most foods that are safe for us are not safe for our dogs. You need to do your homework if you are going to feed your dog human food.

Which human foods are good for your dog and which are not? Let’s start with fruits. There are plenty of fruits that your dog can eat and several that are harmful and even a few, like grapes, that can be deadly. But can dogs eat honeydew melon?

Some popular fruits that you can feed your dog’s include bananas, watermelon, blueberries, oranges, cantaloupe, and apples. Don’t give them figs or grapefruit, or as previously mentioned, grapes. Be sure you check it out before you give it to your dog.

Will Honeydew Harm my Dog?

Honeydew is a delicious, sweet melon that dogs really enjoy. Not only is it not harmful to dogs, it is actually good for them. Honeydew is full of nutrients and vitamins that your dog can benefit from. There’s plenty of Vitamin B6, Dietary Fiber, Potassium and Vitamin C. It is a juicy, watery fruit that can help your dog to stay hydrated as it is 90% water. Just make sure you don’t use it as a substitute for water.

The dietary fiber in this melon is good for getting and keeping your dog regular. It also makes your dog feel full and needing to eat less, therefore keeping them from getting overweight. However too much fiber can cause its own problems with intestinal upset. Honeydew melon has plenty of antioxidants and no cholesterol or fat. It also has just 61 calories in a whole cup.

A Few Concerns

There are however a few concerns to take into consideration when feeding your dog honeydew melon. There are two parts of the melon your dog should not eat, but you don’t eat them either. They are the rind and the seeds. Fruit seeds might contain cyanide and be poisonous. The rind is edible, but it is very difficult to digest and could cause your dog to have some stomach upset and pain.

There is also a concern with too much sugar. Dogs process food differently than humans and especially fruit. For dogs any amount of sugar can cause an upset stomach, weight gain, or diabetes.

Only serve ripe fruit. Make sure it is fresh. If it is too green or too ripe it can cause stomach issues.

How to Serve Honeydew to my Dog

Honeydew preparation for dogs

Now that you know the answer to the question, how should you give it to them and how much. Is it ok for puppies too? Don’t just throw a honeydew melon into the yard for your dog to chew up. Remember – no rind and no seeds.

Cut the honeydew up into smaller, treat sized pieces and only give your dog three or four at a time. If this is the first time your dog is having honeydew be a little cautious. Only give a piece or two until you know how they will react to it.

Puppies can have honeydew as soon as they are on solid food. Again, be cautious. Only give one piece until you know how the puppy will react to it. Many puppies have a stomach issue with it until they are a little older.

Never feed your dog a whole or even a half of a melon at one time. Obviously the smaller the dog the less you give them.

Preparations

Freeze pieces the size of ice cubes for hot weather treats.

Mix small pieces into plain yogurt. Freeze these for summer treats.

Make your dog a smoothie out of honeydew, bananas, watermelon, blueberries and yogurt. Pour this into popsicle molds and freeze it.

Put some melon balls inside a Kong toy.

Pour a small amount of the unfrozen smoothie on your dog’s food to increase the nutrients and antioxidants your pup is getting.

Can Dogs Eat Honeydew?

Yes, dogs can eat honeydew melon. It is full of good things for your dog and it is a refreshing, hydrating treat on hot days. It’s a healthy, fun treat for a change of pace when you are training your dog. Full of nutrients, potassium and dietary fiber, honeydew holds a lot of benefits for your dog. There’s plenty of Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C which can help keep them healthy and boost their immune system.

Just remember they cannot eat the seeds, or the rind and they should only eat honeydew in moderation. Cut up small pieces and only give them a few at a time until you know how much they can handle without getting an upset stomach.

In general, Honeydew is an excellent, healthy choice for a treat for your dog. So, when you are spooning it out for yourself, include a few small chunks for your best friend. Also remember that treats should be a small part of your dog’s diet. They should account for no more than 10% a day, even if the treat is as healthy as a honeydew melon. So, if your dog is eating 3 cups of food per day, she should be eating only about 3 ounces of treats of any kind. Since this is such a limited amount you might want to save it for a treat as healthy and delicious as a honeydew melon.

Bamboo Shrimp Care

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Overview

Bamboo shrimp (Atyopsis moluccensis), also known as Wood shrimp, Singapore flower shrimp, Asian filter shrimp and Asian feeder shrimp, are favorite among shrimp fans. Bamboo shrimp grow to about 3 inches (7.6 cm) at maturity. Female Bamboo shrimp are smaller than the males. Colors are typically tan, brown and reddish.

Bamboo Shrimp

The shrimp have thin, tan stripes down their sides and a wide light-colored stripe on their back. Color variations are common and are probably due to age, diet and water conditions. Instead of pincers, Bamboo shrimp have four fan-like appendages called chelipeds. These are used for capturing detritus particles and plankton, the shrimp’s main diet.

Natural Habitat

Bamboo shrimp are native to Indonesia (Bali, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Sumatera), Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Typical habitats are fast-moving streams. The shrimp position themselves in areas of high flow, clinging to rocks and tree roots. They use their fan-like appendages to filter out tiny particles of plant and animal matter. The fans capture floating bacteria, crustaceans, algae, and plant fragments. These are brought to the shrimp’s mouth to eat.

Bamboo Shrimp Care

Aquarium Requirements

Many shrimps, including Bamboo, are best kept in a single-species aquarium. A 20-gallon or larger tank is recommended for keeping a group of 6 to 8 Bamboo shrimp. Atyopsis moluccensis are peaceful shrimp and like living in “herds.” The shrimp will gather on a piece of driftwood, waving their fans in the water flow.

It’s possible to keep one or two Bamboo shrimp in a community aquarium if the fish are “shrimp friendly.” Cichlids and aggressive tropicals like barbs may peck at the shrimp’s delicate fans. Be sure to provide a cave for the shrimp to hide in. You may not see the shrimp for weeks at a time if it chooses to stay in its cave. The benefit of a shrimp tank is the shrimp are always visible since there are no predators to hide from. Live plants are welcome but not necessary for Bamboo shrimp.

Bamboo Shrimp

Water Conditions

Bamboo shrimp don’t need special water chemistry requirements. But there are several conditions that must be met to keep the shrimp healthy. Bamboo shrimp can be kept in a wide pH range of 6.5 to 7.5. Water hardness and alkalinity (carbonate hardness) are not critical. A range of 3 to 10 degrees is recommended. If the aquarium water is naturally low in carbonates, the pH can drop over time. Biological filtration produces acids that neutralize alkalinity and lower pH.

Maintain at least 3 degrees of KH to prevent the pH from dropping below pH 6.5. Ammonia or nitrite must be kept at zero levels. These pollutants weaken the shrimp’s immune system, making it susceptible to disease problems. Partial water changes, made every three to four weeks, will replenish alkalinity, stabilize the pH and dilute nitrate and dissolved organics.

Tap Water and Shrimp

All shrimp are sensitive to metals. Many tap water sources contain copper that dissolves from copper pipes. If you’re using tap water in your aquarium, let the faucet run for one minute before using the water. This flushes away much of the residual copper that leaches into the standing water.

Chlorine disinfectants, added to municipal and some well water sources, are toxic to Bamboo shrimp. Use a water conditioner that detoxifies heavy metals and neutralizes chlorine and chloramine.

Bamboo Shrimp and Water Temperature

While Bamboo shrimp can tolerate water temperatures up to 82°F. Shrimp experts recommend keeping the water on the cooler side to prolong the shrimp’s relatively short 2-year lifespan. Cooler water slows the shrimp’s metabolism down, allowing it to live a longer life. Use an aquarium heater to prevent the aquarium water from getting too cool.

Bamboo Shrimp Water Chemistry Conditions

pH:6.5 – 7.5
General or Total hardness:5 – 10 degrees
Alkalinity or carbonate hardness:3 – 10 degrees
Water temperature:73 – 82°F (22 – 27°C)
Ammonia & Nitrite:0.0

Water Filtration in Shrimp-only Aquariums

Atyopsis moluccensis are naturally attracted to stronger currents. They’re filter-feeders and use the current to bring them food. For tanks up to 20 gallons, a hang-on-back (HOB) filter is all you need. A HOB power filter will clean the water and provide enough water flow to satisfy the shrimp. You can place a piece of driftwood in a high flow area for the shrimp to climb on. Use filter cartridges that have activated carbon to adsorb dissolved organics.

Water Filtration in Community Aquariums

If you’re keeping Bamboo shrimp in a larger community aquarium, consider a canister filter. It’s the ideal combination of high water flow and water filtration. Canister filters are designed to hold more filter media than HOB filters. They’ll pump more water and create a good current in the tank. Some canister filters use a spray bar to create a gentle flow across the water surface. Others use a nozzle to direct the current toward a single spot. Experiment and see what type works best for your aquarium.

If you can’t get enough water movement, consider adding a submersible power head. Your shrimp will find the spot they like and establish a “feeding station” where they’ll wave their fans. Be sure to service the canister filter every month. Even though Bamboo shrimp enjoy capturing particles of algae and plankton, you don’t want dirty aquarium water. A neglected canister filter will pack with sludge, reducing the flow rate and release algae-promoting nutrients into the water

Aquarium Lighting Bamboo Shrimp

If you’re not keeping live plants, the shrimp tank can be dimly lit. Live plants will require brighter, full-spectrum lighting. LED aquarium lights are energy efficient and add very little heat to the water. You can even adjust the color and brightness with some models. Bamboo shrimp don’t like to be startled by lights suddenly turning on and off. Look for LED aquarium lights have an automatic sunrise and sunset feature!

Bamboo Shrimp on plant

Aquascaping for Bamboo Shrimp

Bamboo shrimp like to explore their environment. They’ll appreciate plants, rocks, driftwood and caves in their tank. These provide cover to hide in and places to climb. Their nature is to cling to a rock while filter feeding. Consider placing a rock or piece of driftwood in the highest flow area. You may even be able to watch the shrimp feed on prepared foods when you add it to the water flow. Bamboo shrimp will periodically molt. After shedding their exoskeleton, the shrimp will be soft and vulnerable to nipping by fish. A small cave is critical for the protection of the shrimp during molting periods.

Aquascaping Essentials for Bamboo Shrimp Include:

  • Coarse-sized gravel in shrimp-only tanks.
  • Fine gravel in planted aquariums
  • Driftwood
  • Aquarium-safe rocks, stones or resin ornaments for climbing and hiding
  • Live or plastic plants
  • Optional glass top

Feeding

Bamboo shrimp are filter-feeding detritivores. They’ll position their body directly in a water current for best exposure to floating organic particles. The shrimp will wave their fans, capturing tiny bits of algae, bacteria and other microscopic life as it floats by. Clumps of java moss act as a “plankton farm” providing live food for the shrimp.

If the shrimp begin foraging in the gravel, it’s a sign they are not getting enough floating food. This behavior can damage their delicate fans. Feed with newly hatched brine shrimp, algae powder or powdered foods sold for coral. Experienced shrimp-keepers recommend feeding every few days. Over-feeding stimulates the shrimp to grow and shed they skeleton. This reduces their lifespan needlessly.

Bamboo Shrimp Compatibility

Bamboo shrimp are compatible with other dwarf shrimp including:

Bamboo shrimp can be kept with certain types of tropical fish. Non-aggressive tropicals with small mouths generally ignore Bamboo shrimp. An occasional nip or curious nose-bump by a curious fish is normal and won’t hurt the shrimp. Cichlids and other large-mouthed fish will try to eat bamboo shrimp. Even if they can’t swallow the shrimp, they can be hurt by constant bullying. Most “community” tropical fish like angelfish, platys, mollies, swordtails and corydoras catfish get along with Bamboo shrimp.

Breeding Bamboo Shrimp

Atyopsis moluccensis requires a fresh and saltwater environment to complete its life cycle. In nature, pairs will mate in freshwater streams and marsh areas that have access to seawater. The tiny shrimp have to enter salty water to mature into adult shrimp. This is very difficult to do in the aquarium.

Females release chemical attractants (pheromones) into the water to attract male shrimp. Once fertilized, eggs are released and go through the larval stages in brackish and then salt water as they drift toward the sea. The shrimp eventually return to freshwater once they reach maturity. They stay in freshwater and mate for the remainder of their lives (2-3 years). So far, there are no reports of successful captive breeding of Bamboo shrimp. All Bamboo shrimp sold in the aquarium trade are wild-caught.

Final thoughts

Bamboo shrimp may not be as brightly colored as other dwarf shrimp, but they make up for it with their interesting feeding behavior and friendly personality. They’re not hard to keep and can even be kept in a community aquarium.

The Tea on Teacup Pugs

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Teacup Pug

Teacup pugs are all the rage, and it’s easy to see why. The dog with the scrunched-up face already wins over hearts and minds. When you think of “ugly-cute,” the first thing that may come to mind is the pug. Pugs are small animals, going from about one foot long and weighing around 15 pounds. However, what if they could be made smaller? Small enough to fit in a teacup? You could take it anywhere, and the smallest apartment will feel like a jungle to a small dog.

That’s why teacup pugs are popular. However, there has been some backlash against not only pugs, but teacup dogs in general. Let’s look at everything and hopefully, you can make a more informed decision.

Teacup Dogs

When it comes to purebred dogs, they are selectively bred, and teacup dogs are no exception. These dogs are bred using the runts of litters to make even smaller dogs until the result is a dog so small that 6 pounds is overweight.

Teacup dogs usually stem from smaller dog breeds. It would be a challenge to make a teacup St. Bernard, for example. Poodles, pugs, French Bulldogs, Yorkies, the list goes on. These can all be bred to fit in your teacup if you so wish.

Pros of Owning a Teacup Pug

When you have a small pug, there are some pros to that. Here are a few.

Portable

A teacup animal is extremely portable. In an age where everything is smaller, there is a reason why people love to have an animal they can take anywhere. Lugging around a giant dog, and even a smaller breed, is a challenge, but a dog that can literally fit in your pocket is not.

People Love Them

Teacup pugs are cute and you’re bound to get attention. When people see your teacup animal playing around, they will be in love and want to hold it too.

They Don’t Need Much Food

Big dogs can be lovable bears, but they need lots of food. Something small as a teacup pug doesn’t need much, allowing you to save money. Buying one is expensive (more on that later,) but some may see a teacup animal as an investment. They also don’t need much water or medicine, either. And when it’s time for them to go, you don’t have to pick up a massive pile of poop!

They Don’t Need To Be Walked Much

For a teacup pug, a walk around the block is an epic journey. You don’t have to walk for a long time to tire them out, which is great if you’re in a rush or can’t walk too far.

They’re Great for Smaller Living

Small apartments are ideal for teacup pugs, and so are rental places that don’t allow bigger dogs. You never have to worry about your pug being too big for your landlord.

How Much Does a Teacup Pug Cost?

Purebred dogs are already pricey. Those looking for a particular dog breed, and especially one that is a puppy, will have to shell out much more money than if they adopted. For example, a teacup pug may go for over $2,000. This is one of the reasons why you see teacup pugs and other dogs that are owned by celebrities or higher class people. The average Joe may have a hard time investing in a teacup animal.

Risks of Teacup Pugs

Dog breeding is already controversial. While there are some breeders who take good care of their animals, others run it like a factory, making puppy mills. This can lead to animal abuse, inbreeding, and inheriting many birth defects or illnesses.

Dog breeding is already unnatural, but teacup breeding is even more so. While unnatural doesn’t automatically equate to bad, many teacup pugs, and teacup dogs in general, are prone to more health problems. If you’re a dog lover, you want your dog to live a long, healthy life, and that is a challenge if the dog is a teacup.

Let’s Look at the Risks of Pugs in General

The pug may be ugly-cute, but some of its health risks are just plain ugly. Because the dog is bred to be deformed, there are some health risks that come with the dog. When adopting a normal-size pug, there are some health risks you may want to consider. These include:

  • Pug dog encephalitis (PDE.) PDE is a brain disorder with unknown causes that is found in pugs. PDE can lead to blindness, seizures, depression, and a slew of other issues. It’s quite fatal, and it mostly affects younger pugs of 2-3 years, making it more depression.
  • Joint problems.
  • Eye problems. Pugs may go blind.
  • Breathing troubles.

The way pugs are bred, and their health problems, have made the breed controversial in recent time.

Health Risks for Teacup Dogs in General

Teacup dogs are prone to some health effects. Many of them are commonly found in pugs, such as blindness and respiratory problems. So a teacup pug may have even more of a risk when it comes to those issues. Other issues include:

  • Heart defects. Their hearts have to work extra hard to pump blood because of their frail frame. Because of this, they may be at risk for heart troubles early in life.
  • Digestive trouble. The same deal. Because of their undeveloped bodies, they may have trouble keeping food down.
  • A collapsed windpipe.
  • Liver shunts. This is when the livers are unable to get rid of toxins. They can be expensive to treat and often, treatment is not successful.
  • Patella luxation. Also known as sliding kneecap, this can prevent the dog from walking well. Their weak kneecaps can make it a struggle.
  • Dental problems. For example, the dogs’ baby teeth may not fall out without help from a vet.
  • Hydrocephalus. This is better known as water on the brain.
  • And various other illnesses.

This is common in many purebred animals. People want to buy a bred dog for appearance, and breeders will sacrifice healthy genes for appearance. This can mean that your teacup pug has many health risks, and it can be expensive and taxing on both you and the animal.

Also, there are risks that come naturally with their size. If you forget to feed your dog once, it’s not going to suffer. However, a teacup animal that misses a meal may have low blood sugar, and it can be fatal. Also these animals lack body heat, so it can be dangerous to take them out in winter. Bundle them up if you’re going to do that. This can be a bit of a problem if they require medical treatment, and doctors need to be extra vigilant to make sure the dogs don’t suffer during surgery. For example, it’s hard to give a tiny dog an IV.

Also, because of their tiny size, you risk stepping on them, and they may jump from a surface and break their bones.

This does make sense. If something is smaller, it’s going to have a hard time surviving injuries. If you have a teacup dog, you want to make sure it’s away from possible dangers and dogs that may attack it.

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Finding the Teacup Pug That’s Right for You

Now that we’ve educated you about the many health risks and concerns that come with a teacup pug, we hope that has helped you make a more informed decision. We are not saying you can’t own a teacup pug, but if you do, realize the risks that come with owning one. And with any breeder, there are reputable breeders. Here are some ways to find a teacup pug with the least amount of health risks.

  • Look at the breeder’s credentials. How do they breed their animals? How mindful are they of breeding in health risks? Do they treat their animals decently, or like supply?
  • Don’t be afraid to question the breeder. And don’t buy from the first breeder you see. Instead, you should look at different breeders and research them. Can you find anyone who bought from this breeder, and can you see if their dogs had health problems? Chances are, if one dog has had health problems, your dog may as well.
  • Look at animal shelters. Sometimes, teacup animals get abandoned due to their baggage. You may be able to find one for cheap, and one that has received proper medical care.

Conclusion

Maybe one day, scientists can engineer a teacup pug with no health problems. Until then, realize the risks that come with adopting these cute pets. You should not own a pet just because it’s cute, but because you want a loyal, furry friend that’s going to live a long, healthy life. Pugs in general, while cute, have health problems, and you should know the risks going in.

And that’s the tea on teacup pugs. Do you own a teacup pug, or any teacup animal? Have you seen any health problems? Tell us.

The Cost of Having a French Bulldog

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French Bulldog

So, you have your heart set on having a French Bulldog in your life and you are wondering how much one will cost. There are a lot of things to consider when you choose a Frenchie to be your companion animal. It is not just what it costs to buy a puppy that matters, although this is in itself a very high cost. It is also all the factors involved in raising a healthy French Bulldog.

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French Bulldog Cost

Purchasing a French Bulldog

The French Bulldog puppy is one of the most expensive puppies you can buy. Whether you get your pup from a breeder or a shelter, you will need to know the general costs of a Frenchie and why they are so expensive. Especially, since you want your French Bulldog to live a good long life, not get terminally ill when they are six instead of 10 or 12 years of age.

French Bulldog Cost

When purchasing a Frenchie, it can cost from $250 to $5,500 depending upon who you buy it from. There are other factors involved as well but the most prominent French Bulldog cost is who you buy it from.

  • From a reputable breeder, AKC registered in “normal” French Bulldog colors runs over $5,500.
  • Frenchie from a backyard breeder or puppy mill with no AKC registration in “normal” colors runs about $1,200.
  • From a rescue or a shelter, with or without AKC registration can run $250 to $550. These are hard to find.

Even within these categories of sellers there are different French Bulldog cost factors:

  • The French Bulldog is very popular and in demand.
  • All French Bulldogs give birth by C-section and this greatly increases the cost.
  • Gender
  • Genetic History and line
  • Health and History of the puppy and its age
  • Where you buy your puppy – location
  • Quality of the breeder
  • Color of the pup and its parents/genes
  • Extras included by the breeder or shelter

Of all these factors the one that makes the most impact on the cost of the puppy is its color. If you are purchasing your pup from a reputable dealer than you will have the opportunity to buy a black, pied or crème colored French Bulldog. These dogs cost from $2500 to $5,500. The same color dog from a backyard breeder might cost $1,500 to $4,000 but won’t be of the same quality. If you can find a French Bulldog at a rescue or a shelter, you would pay about $550 to adopt it.

Reputable breeders do no sell dogs that are rare colors like blue, fawn, blue brindle, chocolate fawn or blue fawn. If you find a breeder selling these, you will have to pay around $10,000. A really rare dog that is lilac in color could cost from $15,000 to $30,000 for one pup. These rare colors are not always healthy and not good for the future of the breed. No reputable breeder will sell you one.

Finally, you might see breeders advertising Tea Cup Frenchies for $3,500 to $5,000. These Tea Cups are not true French Bulldogs so don’t be fooled. They are what is being called a “designer dog”, but in reality, they are simply a mixed breed. The AKC does not recognize them as a pedigree dog at all.

What Do You Get for the Money?

If you are going to spend upwards of $5000 for a pedigree French Bulldog from a reputable breeder, what are the extras you can expect to receive?

  • A written contract from the breeder with certain health tests completed and a promise to take the puppy back if you can’t keep him for any reason.
  • Certified veterinarian exam with deworming, current vaccinations and health at time of purchase.
  • Microchip Paperwork
  • AKC registration paperwork and genetic lineage.
  • Clearances and test results for the PFA patella evaluation, the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals and the Canine Eye Registry Foundation.

This should cover all of your pre-purchase costs and expectations. Now what happens once you get your puppy home?

Cost of Living with a French Bulldog

Your French Bulldog puppy is now yours and on its way to your home. What is it going to cost to take care of it through hopefully 10-12 years of a healthy and happy life? The unfortunate news is the Frenchie is as expensive to raise as he is to buy. This is because of all the potential health issues they can have through out their lives. Many of these issues are brought on by their facial structure and condition known as brachycephalic airway syndrome.

Like any other dog, you will have living expenses like food, treats, grooming, boarding, toys, accessories and routine annual vet visits. In addition, to these expenses, the brachycephalic airway syndrome can cause many more medical expenses. Average costs without this extra medical run around $700. With the additional vet expenses the cost of living with a French Bulldog can be substantially higher.

The brachycephalic airway syndrome can cause severe breathing difficulties for the French Bulldog. It can affect their tolerance to heat and to the pressurization in an airplane when flying. Other issues that can be caused by this syndrome are a collapse of the larynx, an elongated soft palate and a narrowed nasal cavity. There are other health issues that the Frenchie faces as well, including eye issues, malabsorption disorders or spinal malformations. All of which can increase costs for veterinary services.

Beyond this you may have expenses for shipping your puppy from its breeder to your home. Depending on the method of shipping and the distance, this could run you another $300 to $600. You will need to provide your puppy with some professional training at least for beginning obedience and this could run from $50 to $200.

Conclusion

You can see that it is not cheap to share your life with a French Bulldog. These are great little dogs that make the best companions, if you can afford the expense of having one. The Frenchie lives about 10-12 years and you could really rack up the expenses in that time. However, if you really want a French Bulldog and you can afford one, then you need not be concerned with cost. If you are going to invest in a French Bulldog, get one from a reputable groomer, that has a good genetic lineage and is AKC registered. You might still run into some of these additional medical costs, but they are likely to be less than a pup you get from a backyard breeder.

The Lifespan of the French Bulldog

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French Bulldog

You now have your heart set on spending the next section of your life with a French Bulldog. You know the French Bulldog is a small, toy breed that came from the ancestors of the full sized English Bulldog and the small “go to ground” rat terriers of France. Throughout Europe the regular sized bulldog was very popular, but in the United Kingdom there were a lot of smaller bulldogs. None of these were “toy” dogs, but smaller than the English Bulldog.

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It was these smaller bulldogs that were crossed with the Rat Terriers to create the  “Frenchie”. Since then the French Bulldog has seen its popularity grow quickly throughout the world and particularly in the United States. The American breeding program was established in 1885 and by 1896 they were showing the French Bulldog at the prestigious Westminster Dog Show in New York.

French Bulldog Lifespan

Today’s Frenchie is popular as a show dog and it is also popular as a companion animal. Like you, many people love them and want their pup to live as long as possible. What is the lifespan of this very popular dog and what are the factors that influence its lifespan?

French Bulldog Lifespan

The average lifespan of the French Bulldog is 10 to 12 years. For a small dog like the Frenchie, that is a normal lifespan. Larger Breeds like the St. Bernard or the Mountain dogs have a lifespan on average of eight to ten years. There are French Bulldogs that have lived to be 18 but that not the norm. As you invest your emotions in this cute little dog, you want to know what you can do to help him live as long as possible.

Factors influencing Lifespan

The lifespan of the French Bulldog is impacted by physical characteristics and environmental factors. What these factors are for the French Bulldog specifically is our first question. Secondly, what can you do to improve your Frenchie’s odds of living a long, long life?

Physical Factors Impacting the French Bulldog’s Lifespan

Physical factors are those that are inherited by specific dogs. They could be a genetic defect or a tendency that affects the length of the French Bulldog’s life. In determining the lifespan of your French Bulldog, you need to know the health history of the breed and the health history of your dog’s parents and grandparents.

The physical factors that plague the breed and impact how long they live:

  • The French Bulldog has a Brachycephalic facial structure and more often suffers from Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome. Many small breeds suffer from the same smashed in facial structure. Those breeds tend to be even smaller than the Frenchie by weight. This facial structure leads to breathing issues as well as laryngeal collapse, narrow nasal cavities and an elongated soft palate. The compressed bones and cartilage in the dog’s face make him susceptible to many breathing difficulties. The French Bulldog has difficulty after just a short time of exercising or in hot weather. They also have difficulty with the pressure in airplane cabins. Surgery might also be needed for a Frenchie to breath well and lead a quality life.
  • Spine issues including malformations, disc disease and hemivertebrae. These issues can cause neurological concerns or be caused by neurological issues. Discs can be herniated or ruptured. Vertebrae can be deformed, fused or wedge shaped. These issues can be painful and crippling.
  • Irregular heartbeats requiring pacemakers.
  • Joint diseases like hip dysplasia and patellar luxation that can lead to lameness and arthritis.
  • Intestinal Malabsorption results in malnutrition and loose stools.
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease – clotting disorder causing issues with platelet formation.
  • Cleft Palate and Elongated Soft Palate – can cause failure to thrive, problems with nursing and pneumonia – all can lead to death.

Environmental Factors Influencing the Bulldog Lifespan

There are factors in the environment that also affect the length of your French Bulldog’s life. Many of these environmental factors are linked to the Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome.

  • French Bulldogs were not created to swim. With the structure of their face, they are in danger anytime their head is under water. The problem is they love water and they love to swim, but their breathing issues make it very dangerous for them to do so.
  • The Brachycephalic face makes exposure to intense or prolonged heat a life threatening situation. They can get heatstroke easily and need to live in an air-conditioned home.
  • Again, the facial structure and breathing issues make flying dangerous as well. The pressurization of the aircraft cabin can cause them extreme breathing issues.
  • Allergies – don’t usually impact lifespan but they can, if they are serious enough.
  • Quality of the breeder – yes, the breeder has a lot to say about the lifespan of your pup. Do they test for the physical issues we mentioned previously? Do they certify the results? Are they ethical breeders who are breeding for the preservation of the breed or are they backyard breeders, breeding for cash? Dogs that come from puppy mills and shelters statistically have a shorter life span.

Quality of Living Situation

Last but hardly least, the lifespan of your dog is up to you. What can you do to lengthen the life of your French Bulldog?

  • Provide an air-conditioned home and the right mix of diet and exercise.
  • Do not leave them alone in a crate for 8-10 hours a day. The French Bulldog needs love, exercise and play time. When you are gone, don’t put them in a crate but rather give them a room where they cannot get hurt on anything in the room.
  • Give them safe things to chew on. Baby proof your house against other things they could chew on.
  • Provide regular care from a vet at least once a year, perhaps more often for teeth cleaning., prevention of fleas and heartworm.
  • The happier your French Bulldog is the longer their lifespan will be.
  • Regular vet care at least once a year but probably more often including teeth cleaning. Four times a year is best. Prevent fleas and heartworms.
  • If your French Bulldog is happy – gets to play every day and spend significant time with you – its lifespan can actually be increased.

So, take good care of your French Bulldog. Play with him, feed him well, take him to the vet regularly and most important of all just love him. Do this and your Frenchie can have a good long life.

Maintaining the Optimum Weight for a French Bulldog

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Are you in love with the little French Bulldog and want to share your life with one? If you are, then you need to know that you will have to be vigilant about your little toy dog’s weight every day of his life.

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About the French Bulldog – Where it Comes From

In the 19th century in the famous town of Nottingham, England, a new, smaller version of the English Bulldog was born. In the 1860’s these little bulldogs were taken to France by the craftsman during the Industrial Revolution. These little lap dogs were exceptionally popular in France, where they were crossed with the Rat Terrier to develop the “French Bulldog”.

Eventually this French Bulldog came back to England where he was the talk of the dog show community. The British considered him an English dog and balked at the title of French Bulldog. However, the name stuck, and this little toy dog is the French Bulldog of today.

The Frenchie is the smallest of all bulldogs and has a good personality, likes kids and is easy to train. He is almost irresistible in his cuteness and by 1896 they were being shown at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show.

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What is the ideal French Bulldog weigh?

French Bulldog puppies grow quickly and their weight changes quickly until they are mature. Then their weight evens out and becomes consistent. You need to make sure your Frenchie does not get into bad habits and become overweight. Both genders have a tendency to become obese quickly if they do get into bad habits and your feeding habits are not so great. It is very important for you to be consistent in feeding properly and paying attention to their weight and shape.

In the United States today there is an epidemic of obesity among the French Bulldog population. This has been on the increase for several years and is due to manner different factors. Lack of exercise and overeating are the two most prominent ones. The older Frenchie gets the more this becomes a problem.

The ideal weight of a French Bulldog is not set in stone no matter what the guidelines say. Each dog is different depending upon height, body shape and their individual genetics. This is true for both genders.

So, what is obesity in a French Bulldog? What should your Frenchie weigh? The average member of this breed stands about 11 to 13 inches tall. The male French Bulldog should weigh between 20 and 28 pounds depending on his bone structure and actual height. The Female should weigh about 16 to 24 pounds, again depending upon her bone structure and actual height.

In the dog show world, the French Bulldog has two weight classes mostly based on the male weight. The first class is 19 to 22 pounds or 9 to 10 kilograms. The larger class weighs from 22 to 28 pounds or 10 to 13 kilograms. Any French Bulldog that weighs more than 28 pounds or 13 kilograms does not meet the breed standard and is disqualified from competitions.

Why is your French Bulldog Overweight?

There are a lot of reasons why your French Bulldog might be obese. We already mentioned overeating and lack of exercise. Here are a few other reasons:

  • Propensity to gain weight quickly.
  • Neutered or Spayed – as much as it is a very good thing to “fix” your dog, unless you are a professional breeder, this can also lead to gaining more weight than an intact dog.
  • Pregnancy brings weight gain with it and Frenchie’s tends to have a harder time getting the weight off. Be sure your pup isn’t pregnant thought before starting an exercise and diet regime.
  • Diseases such as Cushing’s and hypothyroidism can cause weight gain.
  • The breed itself has a tendency to be overweight.
  • Not just overfeeding but “what” you are feeding matters.
  • Older dogs may gain weight and not lose it.

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How to Tell if your French Bulldog is at the Optimum Weight

It is just as important to make sure your French Bulldog is not underweight as it is to be sure that your dog isn’t overweight.

Here’s how to know:

When you look at your dog you shouldn’t see their individual ribs but when you touch them you should be able to feel each one. From this you should be able to tell if your French Bulldog is either too thin or too obese. Remember that puppies are very likely to be thinner than adults and older dogs will be a little heavier. Yet over a half of all dogs are overweight, so expect your dog to be also.

You can assume your French Bulldog is overweight if he doesn’t want to play or he breathes very heavy after just a little bit of exercise. The French Bulldog loves to play so if he doesn’t want to or it tires him out, check his weight. If he can’t groom himself properly, if he can’t reach the back of his paws for instance, he is probably overweight. Finally, if you cannot see muscle definition when you look at him, or he has rolls of fat, he is overweight.

Health Issues for Overweight French Bulldogs

An overweight French Bulldog will be prone to many potential health issues in addition to the breathing issues caused by their facial/head structure. The French Bulldog has quite a few potential health issues, not the least of which is either caused by or exasperated by the tendency toward obesity. The French Bulldog suffers from Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome due to the structure of their heads and faces. This syndrome causes them all kinds of medical and especially breathing issues. Obesity only adds to these breathing issues.

Other health issues they may face because of overweight include:

  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Arthritis
  • Concerns with joints, bones, muscles and ligaments – injuries.

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Getting Your French Bulldog to a Healthy Weight

It’s simple. Just like it is with humans. To get your French Bulldog to their optimum weight you need to visit your vet and decide if your pup needs to gain or lose weight. If they need to gain, your vet can tell you what and how much to feed to make this happen. If they need to lose weight it is a little harder, but consistency is vital whether gaining or losing is the issue.

For your Frenchie to lose weight you need to do:

  • Diet – more often, less content in daily meals. Feed 3-5 times a day, but feed much smaller amounts.
  • Exercise – Daily walks and playing together. But take it slow. Remember that strenuous exercise can cause breathing difficulties. Don’t let this stop you from exercising your French Bulldog, just be aware and don’t overdo it.

Conclusion

The French Bulldog is one of the most popular breeds in the entire world. They are expensive to purchase and care for. They are great companions and fun little dogs with the propensity for a myriad of health problems. Maintaining your Frenchie at his or her optimal weight will go a long way towards a long and happy life with your canine friend.