Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): Aspin; Philippine Native Dog; Aspin Philippine Native Dog; Pinoy dog; Asong Pinoy
The Askal is a mixed-breed street dog common in the Philippines-- indeed, the name "askal" means "street dog" in Tagalog. The alternate name, Aspin, simply means "Filipino dog," and some activists have worked to encourage the use of this less perjorative name. Whatever you call it, the dog is a mixed bag of genetic traits.
Some locals look down on Askals, but it's worth noting that a properly socialized Aspin can be as friendly and intellligent as any other dog. Unfortunately, an older feral may prove difficult to rescue or retrain. Know the dog before you decide to take it home, especially if it's older.
Appearance / health:
Philippine Native Dogs are generally medium-sized dogs with a wiry frame, long thin legs and a body longer than its tail. The coat is short and dense that can be of any colour or pattern. They have great, evenly spaced and complete set of teeth and a long, pointy muzzle.
They’re not often thought of as popular house pets and are often discriminated against, in comparison to purebred and designer breed dogs. But these hardy and resilient dogs are more street-smart than its purebred counterparts. They make great hunting, guard and companion dogs, thanks to their agility and alertness.
Aspins are low-maintenance dogs which do not require much grooming or brushing. Baths can be limited to once every week, accompanied by inspection for any flea and tick infestation. They also tend to shed rarely.
While they’re highly energetic and active, they don’t require much exercise. Regular walks will do.
One of the greatest things about aspins is that they are low-maintenance dogs with little to no health issues. They’re hardy and resilient dogs which could survive in both the rural and urban settings.
Behavior / temperament:
Philippine Native Dogs are alert, intelligent and independent dogs. They’re often aloof to strangers, but very warm and affectionate towards his or her human family members.
Aspins are smart dogs and are very easy to train.
Aspins are not compulsive barkers.
protective instincts, extreme loyalty, wide open spaces, best guard dog, loyalty
new dogs, compact living spaces, strangers
native dog, Philippine mongrel
The Dog That Followed My Mom Home
We didn't really plan to have a dog; our house was already as messy as it was. But one morning, when my mom went out to go to the bakery down the block, a stray puppy followed her home, even made his own merry way into our house. He was a total dirtball plagued with fleas but my mom washed him, and that was basically how we got the dog named Champ.
We guessed that he was 2 months old when we acquired him. He used to be a really bad puppy, chewing off slippers, and peeing and pooping inside the house, exactly where we told him not to. He also was too hyperactive and went around biting everyone's toes and scratching everyone's legs (I had my fair share of scratches). We knew these bites were playful though sometimes the bites were too forceful. My dad even resorted to cutting off his two front teeth to avoid serious incidents because we were kids that time. We did our best to control him, but he recognized only my dad as an authority figure. When my dad was not around, he went back to his hyperactive, uncontrollable puppy self again.
And then he grew up, and he changed. I'd like to think that he kind of "matured." I don't even think we did anything drastic or significant. It just kind of happened. As he grew up, the hyperactive playful bites turned into cuddles and licks on the face. He stopped constantly running around the house and eventually resorted to staying in one place at a time: wherever his mat was laid. We let him play with our neighbors' dogs but he mostly preferred taking walks to the park with us. After a good while of training and scolding, he finally understood where he could relieve himself (at our backyard) and even tries to bury the poop (we had to wash off his nose a couple of times). Generally, he became a sweet, reserved dog who barks at visitors and strangers but is easily stopped when told to stop.
Now he's 8 years old and is perfectly accustomed to living a life with humans. Sometimes his behavior makes me think that he's not an animal. I prefer thinking he isn't..
From ariamadronio Apr 20 2015 10:45PM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
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