Dog Breeds2019-11-28T10:16:55+00:00

Owning a Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are considered one of the best family dogs. They do well with children and have been known to play a protective role if needed. Their easy going temperament and joyful playfulness meshes well with children’s high energy level. It is common to be greeted at the door when coming home and then followed around the home as the exhibit why they are considered one of the best companion pets. One of the most important ways to promote good health for a Golden Retriever is keeping them active and occupied. Training a Golden Retriever is a great way to start. They are thought to be one of the more intelligent breeds and making training less complicated. Their intelligence and need to be occupied lower the amount of times commands must be repeated. Golden Retrievers are considered very obedient and adaptable. They do well on road trips and instances where the maybe introduced to new surroundings. They quickly get along with new people and other animals they meet. Although they are considered very active dogs and enjoy the company of [...]

25 Reasons Why German Shepherd Are the Best Companion Dogs

25 Reasons Why German Shepherd Are the Best Companion Dogs They are super loyal As well as intelligence, loyalty is the other main quality that German Shepherds are famous for. They are so loyal that they will put their own lives at risk for the sake of the pack or their owners. This is really backed up by the fact that German Shepherds are trusted by the police and even the military! Even in a warzone, a German Shepherd will exhibit maximum loyalty to its human colleagues, which is something quite amazing and unique among dog breeds. There really is no greater example of the German Shepherd being man's best friend. If you raise them well, there cannot be a better canine companion! Family is everything With the right training and having the opportunity to get used to humans at a young age, the German Shepherd is the perfect family dog breed. They are hugely loyal, and they will put their lives on the line to protect the pack or human family. They are wonderful with children and even other [...]

Chinese Crested – The World Loves This Dog

Chinese Crested Dogs are a unique breed that tends to draw a lot of attention. Whether it's the Hairless type or Powder Puff, they are sleek, graceful and abundant with character. These imperialistic little pups make an excellent addition to any family, but there are some things to know before acquiring one. Chronicle of the Chinese Crested There are two types of Chinese Crested; the Hairless and the Powder Puff. The Hairless Chinese Crested does have some fur strategically placed on the head (crest), feet (socks), and tail (plume). The rest of the dog's body is soft and smooth, exposed skin. The Powder Puff is fully coated with a very fine, silky hair covering its body. The Chinese Crested is believed to have originated from the African Hairless and then bred smaller by the Chinese. In the 1500s they were a favorite on the ships of sailors and merchants and were stowed on board to hunt for vermin. The Chinese Crested began to travel in this way, and were eventually distributed throughout Central America, South America and Africa. Whether the [...]

Boxer Dogs

When the kids start begging for a dog, look no further than the boxer dog. As the former owner of a boxer mix, and two purebred boxer dogs, I can guarantee you're in for hours of entertainment. These personable dogs embody every desirable trait in a family dog. Hopefully you'll rescue an abandoned boxer, but if you insist on getting a puppy, educate yourself first on boxer ownership. Boxer Puppies Boxer puppies reign as the cutest of all puppies in my opinion. However, they also reign as the most destructive puppies. Before I learned about crate training, my boxer puppy, Newton, ate two pairs of prescription glasses, a new $800 over-stuffed living room chair, and a water bed. After purchasing a new $900 dollar traditional mattress, I caught Newton in the process of ripping that to shreds. Luckily, I caught him when he had just rendered a small tear. In spite of all that, Newton lived to a ripe old age. Before getting a boxer puppy, consider the advice of Bashkim Dibra, author of Dog Training by Bash. Bash instructs [...]

Breeds of Sled Dogs: Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky, and Samoyed

Several breeds of dogs have been used as sled dogs with three of the most common types being the Alaskan Malamute, the Siberian Husky, and the Samoyed. These powerful dogs are very athletic and love to run. Sled dogs are intelligent, independent dogs who are generally friendly with people and do well living in the cold. Sled Dog, the Alaskan Malamute With its exact origins unknown, the Alaskan Malamute was first known to be living on Alaska's northwest coast with a group of native people called the Mahlemuts. At this point in time, Malamutes were used to help hunters by carrying the carcasses of big game. In more modern times, Alaskan Malamutes have been used to haul freight and as search and rescue dogs. Their main function today is sled pulling. The Alaskan Malamute is a Nordic breed of dog with a thick, double coat of fur to keep it warm. As fun-loving as they are, Alaskan Malamutes are very strong-willed and can be challenging to train. Friendly with people, Alaskan Malamutes can be aggressive with other dogs. Professional training [...]

Dog Breeds – Pembroke Welsh Corgi Information: Pros and Cons of Choosing a Herding Breed

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is so named because the breed is supposed to have originated in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Corgis, though small in height, are herding dogs with big personalities and a very athletic nature. Breed Characteristics Corgis are often described as a "big dog trapped in a small dog's body," and this is an accurate description. As for size, a corgi will only grow 10 to 12 inches high at the shoulder and 12 to 15 inches long. Males weigh between 25 and 30 pounds as adults, and females weigh 20 to 27 pounds. Their head and ears are foxy in shape, and tails are either naturally short or normally docked. There is a movement to not dock tails, so sometimes, Pembrokes will not have docked tails. Pembroke Welsh Corgis come in a variety of coat colors, including red and white, sable, fawn, and tri-color. The dogs have varying markings of white on legs, chest, collar, muzzle and forehead. The breed standard considers a short length coat as standard, although there are "fluffy" corgis with long hair. This is considered [...]

The Boxer – The Best Family Pet

The Boxer breed is one of the most well loved breeds of dog out there. Often referred to as the ‘clown of the dog world’, Boxers make for a playful, loving and extremely loyal companion. Many boxer owners can attest to the great temperament of this breed. They make great friends to children and often times are big kids themselves, even getting their names from the way they ‘box’ with their front paws when playing. The Boxer’s History The Boxer got its start in Germany back in the late 1800s when German Mastiffs were bred with bulldogs. First bred to help with hunting and to herd bulls, the Boxer still holds some of these characteristics as it a very trainable breed and makes for a great guard dog. The Boxer we know today was born in the early 1900s when breeds recognized the potential of the breed. Most boxers are fawn or brindle in colour. You can also find white boxers out there though they are not as easy found as the more popular fawn and brindle. The Nature of [...]

About the English Bulldog Breed: Origins, Appearance, Health & Characteristics of the Popular Bulldog

The Bulldog, often called English Bulldog to prevent confusion with other Bully breeds, is a popular dog for families and apartment dwellers for many reasons. Despite a bloody past, the bulldog is now a loyal, faithful and good-natured dog that generally gets along with dogs, children and other animals. English Bulldog Origins: The bulldog has an uncertain past that is the topic of much debate; however, it is known that the dogs were used in a bloody fighting sport known as bullbaiting as well as dog fights. When the fights were made illegal in the early 1800s the bulldog became almost extinct as the aggressive nature made them poor companions. A few faithful bulldog lovers carefully bred out all aggression and ferocity creating the fun-loving, friendly companion dog that bulldog owners know today. Bulldog Appearance and Coloration: Bulldogs are small in size, often reaching only 12-15” tall but are surprisingly heavy and stocky. Their large, sturdy build means they can reach between 40-60 pounds. Bulldogs are best recognized by their large heads, drooping cheeks called “jowls”, broad shoulders and pear [...]

Tips for Training Basset Hound Puppies: Toilet, Separation, Collar and Lead Preparation

Basset hounds are slow to mature mentally and are notoriously slow to house train. But once they have it, they don't forget it. The pup will give its owner signs when it needs to relieve itself, a chance for the owner to spot them, pick the pup up and take it outside to go to the toilet in the proper place. The signs to look out for are: Running about sniffing Turning around two or three times Squatting to relieve itself Good Practice for Encouraging a Pup to Relieve Itself in the Correct Place Every time the pup wakes up, after eating and drinking and after playing are all key times when an owner can set up the routine of letting the dog out to encourage it to relieve itself in the correct location, outside rather than in the house. Even if it doesn't relieve itself to start with, it will soon get used to the process of going outside and with regular positive reinforcement the pup will start to do this itself. An 8 - 10 week puppy is [...]

The Briard as a Family Dog: The French Sheepdog That Loves Kids

The Briard is a breed that can thrive on a farm or equally well as a family companion. If child and dog are raised together, things tend to turn out well. The Briard (pronounced “BREE-ard”) is a very old breed. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the Briard dates back to at least the Middle Ages. Written records go back to the 12 century. In France, it is known as the Berger de Brie. It can be a fun-loving dog, but needs firm (not forceful) handling, structure, and exercise. Breed Standard for the Briard This breed belongs to the Herding Group. It was recognized in 1928. Males should be 23 to 27 inches at the withers. Females are 22 to 25 ½ inches. It should be “vigorous and alert,” and its structure reflecting strength of muscle and bone. The head should be held alert and proud. The neck should be “strongly muscled” with a good length. Shoulders slope at a 45-degree angle supported by strong muscles. The hindquarters should be “powerful, providing flexible, almost tireless movement.” Briard Characteristics As [...]

Poodles: Are They Good Family Pets?

Although poodles are often stereotyped as persnickety, pampered pets, they are in fact, very affectionate, sweet dogs, who love to please their owners. Considered the second most intelligent dog breed, they are responsive and easy to train. Affectionate, energetic and entertaining, these dogs are the ninth most popular breed in the United States, according to American Kennel Club (AKC) statistics. The AKC classifies poodles into three types, standard, miniature, and toy, based on their height (not weight). Standard poodles, the tallest of the three types, are 15 inches or higher. Miniature poodles measure between 10 and 15 inches, while toy poodles come up to 10 inches. The measurements are based on a dog’s height at the highest point of his or her shoulders. Poodles were originally bred in Europe to be water retrievers. Although their history is not completely certain, it is believed that the standard poodle was the first to be bred and the smaller ones came later. Miniature poodles may have been developed as hunting dogs; toy poodles performed in circuses and were favorite companion pets of French [...]

Old English Sheepdogs: Advice from a Sheepdog Owner

An Old English Sheepdog is famous for its flowing gray and white hair. According to the American Kennel Club's official description, Sheepdogs, also called OES, are a large boxy breed averaging 21 inches tall, about as long and with powerful legs. This is large enough to easily reach a table top. They should not look thin. Sheepdogs have a double layer coat. Under the fast growing hair is a layer of waterproof undercoat. Shedding is not a big problem with this breed because of the need for regular grooming. You are more likely to find balls of fluffy undercoat than individual hair on your floors and in corners. This breed is nicknamed "Bobtail" because of their clipped tail. Tails are clipped at birth which may rarely leave a short stump that results in a small fluffy tail like a rabbit. No tail should be evident in show dogs. Working dogs sometimes get shaved right along with the herd of sheep as the long hair can be used to make clothing. Temperament: A Big Personality Old English Sheepdogs are herding dogs [...]

Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhounds, who are relatives of Greyhounds, are an old breed -- it is believed that they originated in the Mediterranean approximately 2000 years ago. During the Renaissance period, the dog became very popular among Italian nobleman, hence the breed’s name Italian Greyhound. These perky, affectionate dogs, may originally have been bred for both companionship and hunting purposes. Italian Greyhounds: Description Italian Greyhounds are small gazehounds -- dogs that hunt by sight, rather than by scent. Classified by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in to the Toy Group, Italian Greyhounds are generally between 13 to 15 inches tall up to their shoulder, and weigh between seven and 15 pounds. They are very slender, graceful dogs, who in spite of a dainty appearance, are hardy and healthy, living on average between 12 and 15 years. These dogs have short, silky, odorless coats that can be almost any color. Because they tend to be quiet, not yappy, Italian Greyhounds may not make the best watch dogs. Italian Greyhounds: Temperament While Italian Greyhounds can be at times a little quirky, they are sweet, [...]

What to Consider When Adopting a Golden Retriever Puppy

Golden retriever puppies, like any other puppy adoption, should be researched first. Most people are aware that golden retrievers are lovable, gentle, loyal dogs and they are great with children. They are friends with the neighbor's golden retriever and they've seen other golden retriever owners out for a dog walk. However, there are things these golden retriever owners aren't telling you about the golden puppy. Life with a Golden Retriever Puppy Golden retrievers are high energy working dogs, and they are young for a very long time; about four or five years. One golden retriever owner found this out too late, because she didn't do her research: Diane, a lonely apartment dweller, decided to adopt a puppy. She'd seen and heard what wonderful pets golden retrievers make. Whenever Diane saw a golden retriever assistance dog, it was quietly sitting next to its owner in the library, or doctors office. She decided a golden retriever puppy was for her so she looked in the classifieds and found one for sale by a backyard breeder. Since she lived in an apartment, she [...]

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