Factors Influencing Life Expectancy of English Shepherds and Other Breeds

This review synthesizes the existing literature on factors that influence the life expectancy of dogs. The factors examined include breed, genetics, diet, physical activity, veterinary care, dental health, obesity, training methods, owner behavior consistency, engagement in activities, and the living environment. The review highlights the importance of each factor in maintaining a dog’s overall … Read more
Dogs on the American Frontier: Protectors of Pioneers

This article explores the role of dogs in the lives of pioneers on the American frontier. The pioneers who settled the frontier were a determined and self-reliant group of people who sought to shape the land to their desires and ambitions. Despite the challenges they faced, they believed that they could create a better … Read more
Canine Paternity Testing with Embark Vet and PLINK

PI_HAT stands for “proportion IBD hat.” It is a statistical measure used in genetics to estimate the proportion of alleles shared identical by descent (IBD) between pairs of individuals.  The PI_HAT value ranges from 0 to 1, where 0 indicates no alleles shared IBD and 1 indicates complete allele sharing IBD. It provides an estimate … Read more

Canine Hearing Ability and Auditory Perception

When we think of a dog’s sense, it’s often their sense of smell that first comes to mind. However, a dog’s hearing ability is equally impressive and vital for their survival and adaptability. Their hearing system has evolved to optimize predation and effectively localize sounds produced by likely prey species such as small rodents. … Read more
Evolution of Farm Dog Perceptions in Western Societies

This short article explores the evolving perception of farm dogs in Western societies over the past 150 years and discusses the implications of this shift in understanding when examining dog-related customs and views in ancient and non-Western societies. We highlight three key phases: (1) late 19th and early 20th centuries, when farm dogs were … Read more
How To Train Your English Shepherd Dog to Heel

Dog Situation You have a young puppy that you would like to train to walk calmly by your side, without pulling on the leash or wandering off. This behavior is commonly referred to as “heeling.” Teaching your puppy to heel can make walks more enjoyable and can also be a valuable skill for more advanced … Read more

Exploring the Genetic Basis of Non-Pathological Behaviors in Dogs

In the realm of canine studies, research into behavior—particularly non-pathological behaviors—proves intriguing for both dog owners and scientists alike (Serpell, 1995). These behaviors span a wide range from herding and pointing to more abstract qualities like temperament and trainability (Svartberg, 2006). A deeper understanding of the genetics behind these behaviors not only expands our knowledge … Read more
First Friend Fact #132

“Zoomies” in dogs, scientifically known as Frenetic Random Activity Periods (FRAPs), are sudden bursts of energy where a dog runs around wildly, often in circles or back and forth. While the exact cause of zoomies is not fully understood, it is generally believed to be a natural way for dogs to release pent-up energy, excitement, … Read more
Prince of the Stock Yard

Prince of the Stockyard was originally published in September of 2021 in the Vol. 1, Issue 3 print edition of American Farm Shepherds Illustrated. AFSI is a quarterly newsletter published by the Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd Association.
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