Pet Sitter being Breed Knowledgeable
Your Pet Sitter being “Breed Knowledgeable” can save your pets life & ensure its proper care. When Veterinary Technicians & Veterinary Assistants go to school they have have to study the different breeds of dogs & cats. Not many pet sitting companies have Veterinary Technicians & Veterinary Assistants on their staff like Shannon’s Pet Sitting. So unless they do the research & learn it themselves they may not have the knowledge of what your pets breed is all about. There are different classifications, traits, and reasons dogs & cats are bred.
The AKC (American Kennel Club) now recognizes 175 Breeds of dogs. There are 8 AKC breed classification groups : Sporting group, Hound group, Working group, Terrier group, Toy group, Non-Sporting group, Herding group & Miscellaneous. Certain dogs are bred to do specific jobs. Therefore they may have specific physical attributes and personalities in order to perform the job they were originally bred for. Do you & your pet sitter know what group your dog falls into?
Cat breeds includes domestic cat breeds and domestic/wild hybrids. The domestic shorthair and domestic longhair are not breeds but terms used in cat fancy to describe cats that do not belong to a particular breed. The IPCBA (International Progressive Cat Breeders Alliance) recognizes 73 feline breeds, while the more conservative CFA (Cat Fanciers’ Association) gives the nod to only 41. Developing and registering a new breed of cats is a long, involved progress, and not every attempt is successful. For example, the CFA steadfastly refused to admit cats bred from “wild stock,” such as the Bengal, or the Savannah, although these breeds are both accepted by TICA and IPCBA. A cat must have a traceable lineage going back several generations to be registered as a pedigreed cat. The term “purebred” is not used by breeders or the cat fancy in general, but is a popular term among the general public.
With both dogs & cats their specific breed may come with inherited genetic disorders or health issues. Inherited defect breed disorders can include skin disorders, ear or hearing disorders, sight disorders, breathing or respiratory disorders, blood disorders, cardiovascular disorders, endocrine disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, immune disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, nervous system disorders urinary and reproductive systems. Knowing your dogs breeds possible inherited genetic disorders could save their lives in a critical moment. Dobermans are prone to heart issues. Knowing this fact if a doberman gets tired easier than normal or is having respiratory issues a pet sitter with that knowledge can see it and know that’s a trouble sign and that dog needs medical attention. He’s not just tired from his walk.
Dogs & cats with pushed in muzzles & noses may experiece respitory issues. Therefore they may have decreased physical abilities, trouble breathing, more prone to asthma or other breathing issues. So in extreme hot weather they may not do well on walks or outside.
Cattle/herding, hunting & working dogs are high energy & often require lot or exercise or they can become bored & destructive. So pet sitters need to focus on play time & physical activities with them.
Other breeds such as Akita’s are large & originally were bred to hunt bear. Therefore are easily able to take down a human if they wish and if not properly socialized can be considered dangerous.
Terriers tend to be stubborn and can be difficult to train or handle. Therefore need an understanding but firm person caring for them.
Hairless cats such as Devon Rex, or Sphynx cats need to be bathed & have their ears cleaned. They are prone to skin issues & ear problems.
Knowledge is power! The more knowledge you & your pet sitter have about your pets specific breed traits & characteristics the better you are able to care for them.
Attached is a breed test that was on online that was kind of fun.