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If K-9 refers to a dog then what does K-6 mean?
'K-9' sounds like canine (ca-nine) and is used as an abbreviation for canine units in the police force in America and in some armies. It is also the name of the fictional robot dog featured in the four television programmes Doctor Who (1963-present), K-9 and company (1981), The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007-present) and K-9 (2009-present), and many books and other media associated with those shows. The nearest counterpart; a robot called Motoman K-6 is a real-life industrial welding robot manufactured by Welding Robots. Otherwise,...
Asked in Eyes, Domestic Dogs
What age do dalmatian puppies eyes change colour?
It varies from individual to individual. Some puppies will already be born with brown eyes, and some of the blue eyed bunch will never change color. Generally, if the eyes do decide they want a color change, it's a trait that happens constantly during puppy hood, albeit the changes are usually just darkening/lightening, and not actual color changes. Usually you wont see their final 'adult' color till after they are 1 year old, and even after they hit the 1 year mark,...
Asked in Domestic Dogs
How do you calculate a dog's age in 'dog years'?
== == == == A dog's lifespan is only a fraction of the average human's lifespan, which means that a dog ages more quickly in the same amount of time. A human of six is very young, but a dog of six is already middle aged. How can we translate a dog's chronological (actual) age into something we can compare with a human's development, maturity, and aging process? How do we know when a dog is a teenager, an adult, a...
Asked in Domestic Dogs
What is stray cur?
A stray is an animal that doesn't have a home; a cur is a dog of undetermined lineage, or a mutt. Also there are two regional breeds of dogs that have "cur" as part of their names: Black-mouthed Cur (Resembles "Old Yeller" in the movie) and Mountain Cur (black with tan feet). ...
Asked in Domestic Dogs, Dog Breeds
How does a dog sweat through its mouth?
Dogs, unlike humans do not have sweat glands in their skin and thus do not sweat. The way they keep themselves cool is by panting, which has a similar affect to sweating by pulling heat off of the dogs body and transferring it to the air/moisture in the air. ...
Asked in Domestic Dogs, Color Blindness
Are dogs colorblind?
Dogs are not color blind - they see color, but their chromatic acuity is significantly less than humans'. This is for two reasons: (1) dogs have far fewer cone cells in their retina (cone cells are responsible for seeing color); and (2) dogs are dichromatic (they see only two primary colors - blue and yellow) whereas humans are trichromatic, meaning we see three primary colors - red, blue, and yellow. Humans have 7 times higher proportion of cone cells than dogs, meaning that...
Asked in Domestic Dogs, Dog Health, Cat Products, Dog Care
Can my chihuahua get sick if she eats cat food?
If she eats only a small amount occasionally, then it won't hurt her. But if she eats it as her regular diet, then yes, it can make her sick. Cat food is formulated for the nutritional needs of cats, which is very different from the nutritional needs of dogs. For example, cats require a higher protein diet than dogs do, and too much protein can harm the dog's kidneys. So you need to keep your dog (no matter what breed it...
Asked in Domestic Dogs, Animal Rights and Abuse
Does the animal shelter put sick dogs to sleep?
It depends on which animal shelter you're talking about. There are some who simply do not treat any animals and they kill all or nearly all animals for illness or space. Some treat minor illnesses then the animal is put up for adoption. If space gets tight, though, they may still kill animals. There are at least 87 communities in the United States with shelters who do not kill for space, nor do they kill animals with treatable illnesses or animals with...
Asked in Domestic Dogs, Yorkshire Terriers
Do you walk a teacup yorkie?
A Yorkshire Terrier is a dog and it would need exercise just like every other dog does. You should walk him or her daily using a 6 foot lead and a collar. Daily walks are best, around 20 minutes a day and work up to 45 minutes a day. Find a local obedience class in your area. Check with your local Dog Club, Animal Shelter or Veterinarian to find the nearest obedience class. It will teach your dog manners and how...
Asked in Domestic Dogs, Dog Health
Why do dogs have wet noses?
Dogs' noses secrete a small amount of mucus which serves two purposes: to help their sense of smell, and to keep themselves cool. The thin layer of mucus helps with the absorption of scent chemicals from the air. In addition, the nose, along with the mouth and the pads of the feet, is one of the locations where dogs' bodies release heat. A dry nose CAN mean the dog is sick, but a perfectly healthy dog may have a dry nose, as...
Asked in Domestic Dogs, Dog Health, Dog Care
What age can a pitbull puppy leave his mother?
It should be 8 weeks, just a little sooner if he/she is eating dry food good and drinking water on it`s own. It is better, however, if puppies can stay with the mom/family for 10 weeks (or even 12), because it helps with the socialization of the puppy. ...
Will my 10 week old blue heeler's ear prick up?
Most likely. Australian Cattle Dogs are born with their ears floppy, but eventually they should stand up. It does not happen with some dogs until they are a few months old. In rare cases, a dog's ears will stay floppy, though this is a flaw in the show ring. (Perfectly fine for a pet!) ...
Asked in Domestic Dogs
How many dogs allowed in one household in Texas?
Each city has their own ordinances. In Dallas it used to be as many as you can take care of, but due to people hoarding and having too many "bad" dogs they have limited it to 4 animals (cats and or dogs) if you live in an apartment setting and 6 (cats and or dogs) if you live in a detached house. City of Plano has a limit of 10. City of Fort Worth has limit of 3. City of Denton is...
Asked in Domestic Dogs, Service Animals
Are service dogs in training allowed in restaurant?
Depends on your State Law. In Florida, Service Dogs in Training (SDiT) have the same rights as a fully trained Service Dogs (SD). California, is the same, with the exception that guide dog (for the blind) trainers must be qualified through the state professional board, just like a doctor or engineer. GA, TN, and several other states require trainers to be employees or agents of a recognized service dog school. The ADA does not cover service dogs in training, only fully trained. Each state bridges...
Asked in Domestic Dogs, Dog Health, Dog Behavior
Why do dogs pant and birds open their mouth and elephants flap their ears?
The reason why dogs and birds pant through their mouths and elephants flap their large ears, is to control (reduce) their temperature. Some animals can sweat through their skins and cool themselves as this sweat evaporates from their skin. However, dogs, birds and elephants (and perhaps some other animals) can not sweat so they either evaporate water in their mouths or pump blood into their 'radiator' sized ears to cool themselves. ...
Asked in Domestic Dogs, Dog Behavior
Can spayed female dogs still have a period?
no. Dogs don't have a period they have a cycle If your female dog has had an operation for desexing purposes she does not have a cycle at all . when you have your female dog desexed your vet will make sure that all her reproductive system can no longer function to have a cycle, if your female dog is having a cycle and you have had the operation done by a vet then I would take her back to...