Dogs With Green Eyes: What Are They?
The term “green eyed” refers to the color of the iris, which is made up of two types of cells. One type is called rods and the other type are cones. Rods detect light while cones detect colors. Both types are present in all mammals except humans and cats. Humans have three types of cone receptors (red, blue and green) whereas cats only have one type (red). Cats do not have any cones in their eyes at all.
There are many breeds of dogs that have green eyes. These include the English bulldog, American Staffordshire terrier, boxer, pug, shih tzu and others.
Some of these breeds may or may not have brown eyes depending on where they were bred from.
What Causes Green Eyes?
It is believed that there are several factors that cause dogs to have green eyes. Most likely it is due to genetics and environment. Genetics plays a major role because the genes responsible for making pigment cells differ between different individuals. For example, if one parent has brown eyes and another has green eyes then the child will also have brown eyes. However, if both parents have green eyes then the baby will also be born with green eyes too.
The second factor that is believed to cause dogs to have green eyes is the environment. The dog’s environment can affect the type of genes that are imprinted on the dog.
For example if the mother is stressed during pregnancy then there is a good chance that some of her puppies will be born with green eyes. This is because stress hormones affect cell migration and other related processes during fetal development.
Why Do You Have Pictures Of Dogs With Green Eyes?
I have a Chesapeake Bay Retriever called Poppy. She is three years old and has two green eyes and a brown eye. When I got her she was about 10 weeks old. The picture posted on the site is of my dog when she was one year old. Her nose in the picture is pink because that’s how they come out of the womb. It goes back to a more grey hue as they get older.
What Is The Difference Between A Chesapeake Bay Retriever And An English Bulldog?
There are several differences between a Chesapeake Bay Retriever and an English bulldog. The most obvious difference is their physical appearance. English bulldogs have achondroplasia which makes their bones grow in a way that is detrimental to their health. They are prone to medical issues such as congenital heart disease, spinal problems, reproductive problems and joint dysplasia.
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are a sporting dog and an excellent water retriever. They are bred for hunting and have webbed feet that allow them to swim much better than the average dog.
They have a water resistant coat that also repels debris and insects such as ticks, fleas and mosquitoes.
What Is The History Behind English Bulldogs?
The English bulldog has a long and interesting history. It all started in England back in the 1800’s when bull and bear baiting were still legal sports. Bulldogs were bred and trained to bait and fight both animals. They would grip the bulls and bears face and not let go. Fighting dogs had to have courage, strength and a certain level of viciousness. After a law was passed in 1835 that banned baiting, people kept their bulldogs as pets because of their unique appearance.
A lot of bulldogs nowadays do not have the physical capabilities to fight a bear or a bull. However, some owners and breeders still engage in blood sports illegally.
Due to them being selectively bred for so long they now have health issues that normal dogs do not have. They can barely breathe, give birth naturally and they have a limited life span.
What Do You Think Makes A Dog Beautiful?
It’s all about having a unique appearance. It could be their eyes, nose or ears. It also has to do with personality too. There are so many different types of personalities in the world and not everyone is going to agree on what makes an animal beautiful.
The most important thing is health and well being. You can have the most beautiful car on the market but if it has a lot of problems and requires lots of repairs then it isn’t that great.
It’s the same with animals.
How Do You Feel About Blood Sports?
Blood sports are barbaric and need to be made illegal worldwide. They cause animals to suffer tremendous pain and distress. Animal fighting is also linked to money laundering, drug trafficking, gun running and organized crime.
There are groups like the Animal Justice Party that are trying to ban blood sports worldwide. Other groups such as PETA also campaign against animal cruelty and blood sports.
Some people believe that bull and bear baiting are part of their culture and shouldn’t be banned. This is a weak argument as not everyone has the same beliefs.
In some cultures people eat dogs, in others it’s unacceptable. This is why we have laws and legislation to govern us all equally.
What Do You Think Of Dog Fighting?
It’s a barbaric practice that needs to be stopped worldwide. Just like blood sports, animal fighting is linked to money laundering, drug smuggling and gun running. There are also links to terrorist organizations too.
Although many people believe that dog fighting has been around for centuries and will never go away, this isn’t true. It only became popular in the early 1800’s when bull and bear baiting were banned.
Dog fighting was made illegal throughout the United States in 1867 and in England in 1835.
What Are Some Other Issues Facing English Bulldogs?
There are many serious health issues that bulldogs have to deal with. Not all of them can be fixed through surgery or medication. It’s still in the dog’s best interest to get treatment though, even if it’s just to make them more comfortable.
Due to their short face they suffer from breathing problems and also have difficulty giving birth normally. Due to inbreeding over the centuries, many English bulldogs have genetic deformities such as protruding teeth and an underbite.
Some bulldogs can barely open their eyes due to their heavy folds of skin. They are prone to overheating and have a tendency to suffer from heatstroke.
They often have swollen feet and crooked legs due to the misshaped bone structure.
Sometimes bulldogs can’t even walk or even see due to their limited vision. Some people get around this by cutting eye holes in a baseball cap and attaching it to the dogs head with elastic.
Other people are too poor to afford the medical expenses which means euthanizing the dog.
What About French Bulldogs?
The French bulldog is preferable to people who want a cute, cuddly looking dog. The Frenchie is smaller than the British type and has a much more agreeable temperament. They’re not as muscular or heavy either so generally there aren’t many health issues that they have to deal with.
Some people are put off by the fact that they have folded skin though. If you want a bull type dog but can’t stand the heavy face then a Frenchie might be more suited to you,
What Do You Think Of Pit Bulls?
Pit bulls are amazing dogs that get a bad rap due to their dangerous reputation. Contrary to popular belief, pit bulls are not naturally aggressive or vicious. They were originally bred from the English bulldog and were used for things like bull baiting and dog fighting.
In fact this is where the term “the dog’s bollocks” comes from, when referring to something being the best. English bulldogs were bred to have a strong jaw so that they could bite down on the bulls testicles and not let go, hence why they were so good at fighting other animals.
When baiting bulls was made illegal, people started fighting dogs against each other instead which is where the American pit bull terrier came from. A lot of people still breed pits to be vicious but it’s all down to how you raise and train them.
Given the right love and care, any dog can be a great companion.
What’s The Best Dog To Own?
Each dog has its own benefits and downfalls. As long as you do your research about their specific needs then you’re sure to find a dog to call your best friend. You’ll need to make sure you can accommodate whatever needs they have such as exercise and feeding requirements.
Before getting a dog, check your home insurance policy to see if having a dog is even allowed. You may find that you need to make alterations to your house in order to make things easier for them.
This could be anything from installing a doggy door, to getting a bigger bed.
If you think you can meet your prospective dog’s needs and your home insurance allows it then go ahead and find the pup that steals your heart. It may seem daunting at first but with a bit of preparation and time you’ll soon have a best friend for life.
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