Chizer and Football in BermudaThe chizer is a mixed dog breed originating in the United States of America. Chizers are a mix of the Chihuahua and the miniature schnauzer. This breed is NOT recognized by the American Kennel Club. The chizer has a combination of looks from both breeds of dogs, and can vary depending upon the breakdown of the breed. General sizes of a chizer range between 6-14 inches in height and approximately 4-15-lbs in weight. The chizer is a small breed dog, and works great in smaller areas, such as apartments, condos, and townhomes. The chizer comes in a typical variety of colours, usually grey, black, brown or white. This breed has a smooth, short haired coat that needs constant grooming, trimming around the eyes, ears and nose. They are usually low to average shedding dogs, and typically most groomers leave their facial hair to mimic a schnauzer beard. The ears of a chizer are medium in length and can stand erect when at attention, and their tail is usually docked. The chizer can have either an apple shaped head, or round head, with either a long or short snout, giving it either the appearance of a Chihuahua or Miniature Schnauzer. The body of the chizer is generally long and lean, with slender legs, and a square, robust back end. This back end tends to make the dog sturdier, and gives them surprising jumping abilities to reach great heights. CharacterThe chizer mixes the highly active personality of a miniature schnauzer with the big, bold attitude of a Chihuahua, making them sturdy and seemingly tough dogs. However, the chizer is a fiercely loyal companion to its owner, and is protective of their owner. Chizer’s are seen as sweet, gentle, loving dogs, which tend to be great lap dogs for their owners, and tend to shower affection upon their owners with cuddling lots and many kisses. It is a generally playful breed, and will play for a long time before tiring out and eventually taking a nap. This breed needs daily walks, and constant activity time in order to keep the breed on its best behaviour. The chizer is a good breed for single people or families without children, as it takes serious socialization towards children for the chizer to be comfortable. This breed has be known to nip at small children, and will not take kindly to any children forcefully playing with it. The chizer is a breed that is generally fairly shy, and tends to be scared when meeting new people or other dogs, and again socialization at a young age can alleviate this issue. The chizer is an extremely intelligent dog, and are easy to train due to their intelligence. However, they need a good amount of training to prevent from nipping, and chewing; as they are a breed that loves to chew anything they can find. They have the ability to pick up things very fast, and learn all sorts of commands. However, it is tough to train the chizer to stop barking, as due to their innate sense of hearing, they hear the slightest noise and will bark at anything; they make perfect guard dogs that way. Also, the chizer breed does not like the cold, and does not cope well is cold temperatures, mostly due to its small stature; therefore, this makes it difficult to train these dogs to go to the bathroom outside, as most chizer’s tend to be paper or pad trained. This can also make it difficult in winter climates to take the breed for the daily walk required, as most chizer’s will not go outside in anything past -10 celsius. HealthDue to the short nose of the chizer, they tend to wheeze and snore. Also, the chizer may be prone to suffer from kidney stones, liver disease, skin disorders, von Willebrand's disease, diabetes, liver ailments, and cysts. This breed may also be prone to slipped stifle, gum problems, colds, pancreatitis, and rheumatism. The chizer may also suffer from both seasonal allergies and food allergies, mostly from red meat, and simple things like switching their food can help this issue, this can also save them from gastric disturbances, to which they are also prone to. Also, with the size of their ears, sometimes they can be prone to yeast infections in their ears, ensuring to keep their ears dry while bathing can help prevent this issues. The average chizer life expectancy is anywhere between 12–15 years of age, which is average for a small to medium breed dog.
Football in Bermuda and ChizerAssociation football is one of the biggest sports in Bermuda, along with the sport of cricket.The sport was brought to Bermuda by the British. It is governed by the Bermuda Football Association (BFA) and is a full-member of FIFA, CONCACAF and the Caribbean Football Union. The BFA organizes the Bermuda national football team. Despite the small size of the island, they have traditionally punched above their weight.Today Bermuda's top domestic league is the Bermudian Premier Division.Contents 1 History of Bermudian football 2 League system 3 Qualification for CONCACAF competition 4 National teams 5 Notable Bermudan Footballers 6 ReferencesHistory of Bermudian footballThe game of football was brought to the island by British in the early 1900s. In 1928 the national federation, the Bermuda Football Association, was founded, although it took the federation 34 years before getting affiliation with FIFA and CONCACAF.In 1963 the federation started the Bermudian Premier Division which is to be the top division of Bermudan Football and still is today. In 2006 the BFA started a new professional club known as the Bermuda Hogges which started play in the USL Second Division, the 3rd tier of the United States in 2007. In 2009 the club moved down to the USL PDL, the 4th tier of the United States. After the 2011 season however the United Soccer Leagues announced the teams for the 2012 season with the Bermuda Hogges not being in the league alignment. League system Qualification for CONCACAF competitionThe club that wins the Bermuda Premier Division enters the preliminary stage of the CFU Club Championship. National teams Main article: Bermuda national football teamThe Bermuda national football team is the national team of Bermuda and is controlled by the Bermuda Football Association. A member of CONCACAF, it is not among its strongest teams.They were runners up in the 1967 tournament of the Pan-American Games, losing to Mexico in the final.However, the side has badly slipped down the FIFA rankings, losing to non-UEFA members such as Gibraltar 2–0 in the 2007 Island Games in Rhodes. Notable Bermudan Footballers Shaun Goater Clyde Best Nahki Wells
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