20 Nov

Miniature Pinscher Facts

Miniature Pinscher is one of the most dynamic and confident of small dogs. This can of German origin comes from several crosses of dogs and although it seems, is not the little brother of the Doberman.

The miniature pinscher has a predominant and strong character, and although he is very affectionate and sociable with his own, with other animals it is not so much, especially if he is not well socialized since a puppy.

In addition, it is a dog that does not stop and needs a lot of physical activity but still can live perfectly in a small house or apartment.

Today this pinscher is one of the most popular and beloved small dogs, although caring for it may require more effort than for other small dog breeds, due to the character and dynamism of this dog.


This dog is the reduced version, without defects of dwarfism, of the German Pinscher. It is small, with a square profile (body length equal to the height at the withers) and short hair.

Its lines are fine and elegant. The height at the withers for males and females is from 25 to 30 centimeters and the weight is from 4 to 6 kilograms.

The head is elongated, with a soft but clearly defined nasofrontal depression. The nose is black and the snout ends in a truncated wedge shape. The eyes are dark and oval. The ears are erect or bent, in a “V” shape.

Formerly it was customary to cut them to ensure that they are erect, but fortunately, that practice is disappearing.

The body is short, small and compact. The chest is moderately wide and the flanks are collected but not in excess. The tail should be in the shape of a saber or sickle.

The hair is short, dense, shiny and well attached to the body. It can be unicolor (red deer, red-brown to red dark brown) or black and tan.


The miniature pinscher tends to be a healthy dog and the breed is not particularly prone to canine diseases. Occasionally progressive retinal atrophy or patellar dislocation occurs, but not with very high incidences.

Obesity can become a problem because these dogs tend to be very gluttonous.


The dog training gives very good results with this race if done positively. The traditional training is not good for the independent temperament of these dogs and because some of the traditional techniques are very violent to apply them to such small dogs.

The clicker training gives excellent results.

29 Aug

Raising Guppies and Gold Fish in the Same Tank


The aquarium is beautiful to display of marine life which is mostly kept for entertain and learning. Some aquarium contains more than one species of fish and aquatic creatures which depends largely on the characteristics and environmental preference of the fish species sharing the tank.  One major question people who want to raise different fish species in a single aquarium ask is…….can guppies and goldfish live together?

Goldfish are cold water fish. They prefer cooler temperatures around 18°C while tropical species like their water toasty warm at about 29°C.  Although goldfish can stand warmer temperatures temporarily, they won’t feel comfortable kept in warm water all the time. And if you try keeping tropical fish in cold water, they’ll just become lethargic and refuse to eat. One of the many benefits of keeping goldfish is that they don’t need a heater; most tropical tanks do.

Goldfish and tropical fish have different temperaments.

Besides, Goldfish generate large amounts of waste which can be unhealthy for Guppies. Especially, if they are in a small tank.

Having Guppies and Goldfish in the same fish tank could mean you can’t give your goldfish a complete nutritional diet because you also have to meet the needs of your tropical fish.

Cleaning your Goldfish tank with a powerful enough filter to reduce waste and maintain high oxygen levels would be difficult because the water flow would irritate sensitive tank mates. Also, temperature conditions would be hard to achieve because your goldfish prefer cool temperature because your tropical fish are sensitive to cooler temperatures.


If you want to keep both species together, ensure that the tank is large enough to accommodate them and change the water regularly to keep the ammonia and nitrate levels low.
Goldfish like their water still and cold on the other hand, guppies, like their water warm and moving. If you put the goldfish in the tropical tank, they’ll survive but probably won’t be at their best; if you put the guppies in the goldfish bowl they’ll probably die before long.

Goldfish and tropical fish have different disease tolerances. Some diseases affect fish differently. Since tropical fish are a completely different species, there’s a good possibility that your goldfish will get sick from a disease that won’t necessarily impact your tropical fish. Goldfish also get diseases more readily under warmer temperatures than they would under cooler, more comfortable temperatures. Goldfish are ravenous eaters. They are likely to eat every food you drop into the tank. Goldfish aren’t picky at all. And because they feed so quickly and thoroughly, some tropical fish (especially the smaller ones) won’t stand a chance during feeding time.

That said, there are many hobbyists have successfully kept Goldfish and Guppies together but You’ll have to make compromises to keep both your Goldfish and tropical fish happy. Both fish species can be acclimatized to a higher or a lower temperature. You’ll have to make compromises to keep both your goldfish and tropical fish happy.