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Prazsky Krysavik

Prazsky Krysavik
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Origin / History The Prazsky Krysavik has been existing even before the 10th century. During the Middle Ages, dogs of this breed were found in royal palaces in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Later on, though, as the dogs became more popular, they were also owned by commoners. It is said that the Polish king, Boleslav II The Brave was particularly fond of this breed because he had two specimens that were given to him by the king of Bohemia.

The popularity of the Prazsky Krysavik declined as the Miniature Pinscher became more preferred by many people. During the 1980s though, Czechs and Slovaks started breeding Prazsky Krysaviks again, which increased the numbers of these dogs. Although widely known in their native countries, these dogs are not popular outside them.

Appearance The Prazsky Krysavik is considered as the smallest breed in the world. Dogs of this breed have a broad chest and a delicate, lean body. The neck of these dogs is moderately long and narrow, providing support to their delicate head. Their eyes are round and dark in colour. They have a muzzle that is fox-like and narrow, and their teeth are straight but crowded inside their mouth. These dogs have legs that are very skinny, and their feet are tiny. Their short tail can be left naturally or docked. The coat of these dogs is short and sleek. Dogs of this breed actually look similar to Chihuahuas.

Colours The coat of these dogs can come in colours such as fawn, red, black and tan, blue and tan, and liver and tan.

Temperament Although miniature, these dogs are very active, lively, and alert. As companions, they are loyal and affectionate. They have also been used for killing rats, so these dogs are fast and have a well-developed sense of smell. Prazsky Krysaviks get along well with children. They are sometimes wary of strangers and are protective of their family. These dogs are also intelligent and obedient, qualities that make them fairly easy to train.

Height and Weight The height of these dogs ranges from seven to nine inches, and their weight falls between two and six pounds.

Common Health Problems Prazsky Krysaviks have thin-boned legs that are prone to injuries. Other than that though, these dogs are fairly healthy. These dogs have no recorded genetic health problems. The ailments affecting Prazsky Krysaviks are those common to other breeds as well.

Living Conditions It's alright for these dogs to be kept inside apartments, but it's still best for them to have some space in which they can run around freely and do some physical exercise. They should also be given enough protection during cold weather. It's advisable for owners to clothe these dogs in warm sweaters during the winter season.

Exercise Requirements Despite their small size, Prazsky Krysaviks are very active dogs. Play sessions are great for exercise, but these dogs should still be taken out for walks on a daily basis to satisfy their primal instinct to walk. If not taken for walks, these dogs may develop behavior problems.

Training Requirements As intelligent and obedient dogs, Prazsky Krysaviks are relatively easy to train. Owners should, however, know how to display strong leadership skills and to treat these dogs with kindness, firmness, respect, and gentleness. It's also important that these dogs be made to understand that humans are higher in pack rank than canines.

Life Expectancy The life span of these dogs ranges from 12 to 14 years.

Grooming The coat of these dogs should be brushed gently on an occasional basis to remove loose and dead hairs. A damp cloth can be used to wipe the dog's coat to keep it clean. Owners should also trim the nails of these dogs and check their ears for infections.

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