Raphanus Sativus is a member of the Dog breeds: the Bull, Terrier, Poodle and the Non-Poodle. It is the smallest breed in the world. They are descendents of the ancient game dog used by the Romans to hunt elephants and other large game. The English called them 'Spaniels' since they used to chase the smaller breeds of prey across fields in the UK countryside, but their true name now is Raphanus. Though it was not originally a herding breed, the Raphus has always been accustomed to herding in its purest form - and with great success.
The Raphus retains much of its hunting instinct today, even as it is not frequently used for herding. However, it is a highly intelligent dog, capable of a high level of obedience and a pleasant temperament. Because of their size, they need a large amount of space and need to be let out on a regular basis to prevent overcrowding. This can be difficult in apartment living. Therefore, Raphus dogs are often placed in puppy mills or show yards where they can enjoy the best of life in a large, secure environment.
These dogs require a healthy diet to remain strong and healthy. Since they spend most of their time as hunters, you will find that their bones and joints are very strong and their energy levels tend to be high. When choosing the right dog food for your Raphus, consider including a lot of high quality meats, vegetables and cereals. They should also receive plenty of Vitamin B, which can promote good overall health.
The best time to feed your Raphus is spring when the weather is warm, and you will have enough time to allow the seeds to get into their skin, coat and stomach. During the fall and winter months, or at times of food scarcity, feeding your Raphus during the summer months can actually be detrimental to its health. Make sure you take into account the time of year, weather, as well as how much exercise your Raphus gets each day. If it is not active, it is not healthy.
When feeding your Raphus ensure that you only put the weight of the pellet into the mouth. If it is not relaxed in the stomach it will become tense and result in gas. When the gas rises, it can cause it to become bloated. A healthy Raphus will not experience any bloating in its digestive tract. Therefore, if you see an occurrence of gas, constipation or diarrhea it is best to remove the bulk of the Raphus and replace it with a larger one.
It is best to only get your Raphus pellets from a reputable company. This way, you will have an assurance of the highest quality. Many companies use chemicals to encourage the growth of the fluffy coat on the Raphus. As you may know, these chemicals can be dangerous to humans.
The Internet has been used by many people to get their hands on Raphus Sativus seeds. This is illegal, so you should avoid buying from online sources. It is also illegal to buy bulk Raphus seeds from stores in other countries. You should only buy Raphus seeds from authorized online stores.
Bulk purchase is not the best way to grow your own Raphus. By this, I mean that you should not feed your Raphus with a single cut. Raphus must be given the right environment to grow and prosper. Feeding it with too much grain is just asking for trouble. Try giving it a bit of wood shavings or pine needles as well as oil diluted in water.