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Choosing Chew Toys for Your German Shepherd

Shepherds love to chew. If you leave them to their own devices, they will chew shoes, furniture, walls, and anything else that will succumb to their vice-grip jaws. [more…]

Common Characteristics of Dachshunds

Dachshunds have all the basic needs of a dog, but they come with a few of their own special quirks and considerations. If you have your heart set on owning a Dachshund, you must be ready to handle a few [more…]

Exploring the Pros and Cons of Designer Dogs

A designer dog is a dog whose parents were both purebred dogs of different breeds. For example, a Golden Doodle has one parent who is a purebred Golden Retriever, and another parent who is a purebred Poodle [more…]

Determining the Heritage of Your Mixed-Breed Dog

The best way to figure out the breeds that make up your mixed-breed dog is to look through an encyclopedia of purebred dogs. (A mixed-breed dog is one who has been conceived by two different purebred or [more…]

Getting to Know the Bulldog Personality

Bulldogs possess behavioral quirks specific to their breed that you should seriously consider before you invest in one of the breed. If any of the traits mentioned in this article doesn't fit your lifestyle [more…]

Understanding a Siberian Husky's Sleep Style

Noting the body position of your Siberian Husky as he sleeps reveals a lot about his comfort levels and his self-image. In cold weather, the Siberian Husky does what is known in the trade as the Siberian [more…]

Small-Size Shih Tzu: Imperial or Teacup

The Imperial Shih Tzu, also called the Teacup Shih Tzu, is a super-small version of a Shih Tzu. These names aren't official, and neither the American Kennel Club [more…]

Winterizing Your Beagle

Keeping your Beagle happy, healthy, and comfortable in all seasons isn't hard to do. The Snoopy-dog is a hardy soul, and a few adjustments are all that's needed to keep her in tip-top condition all year [more…]

Understanding Pomeranians and Shedding

A Pomeranian in shedding season looks just like a fluffy dandelion giving up its seeds in a strong wind. Because shedding is controlled in part by changes in light, most natural shedding occurs as the [more…]

Pomeranians: Peering into the Breed's Personality Traits

As a breed, Pomeranians are extroverted, intelligent, vivacious, great companions, and competitive show dogs. Here's a closer look at some of the other traits that make these dogs such satndouts. [more…]

Beagle-Proofing Your Yard

Your Beagle needs clear, consistent boundaries not only to stay in your good graces, but also just to stay safe. Those boundaries start with the outdoors: specifically, with enclosing part or your entire [more…]

The Three Stages of Boxer Puppyhood

The age of your Boxer puppy when he first enters your household determines how you handle the arrival and what you have to deal with in the following weeks and months. You may decide that a very young [more…]

Is a Golden Retriever Right for You?

Golden Retrievers have a high-profile status in the media, but they aren't for everyone. This is a sporting breed, and these high-energy dogs require training. Golden Retrievers, however, are easily trained [more…]

Boston Terrier Health Watch: Teeth, Gums, and Jaw

With their short, broad heads and flat faces, Boston Terriers don't have a lot of space for their jaws and teeth. As a result, their jaws may develop abnormally and their mouths tend to be crowded, causing [more…]

Determining What You Want in a Retired Racing Greyhound

If you're certain you can provide a loving, lifelong home for a retired racer, think about what kind of retired racer you want before you contact an adoption group or a track kennel. If you take the time [more…]

Boston Terriers — Personality Aplenty

With a nickname like "American Gentleman," you can expect your Boston Terrier to be good-natured, intelligent, and polite with a sense of humor. But like many American gentlemen, they embody a little bit [more…]

Easing the Itchiness on Your Pomeranian

The most common allergens for dogs are flea saliva, pollens, dust mites, and food. If your Pomeranian is itching to scratch for any reason, you can ease the itch at home with several treatments. Here are [more…]

Taking Your Rottweiler to a Dog Park

Keep your Rottweiler on a leash at all times when you are in a park or other public recreation area. Although your well-trained Rottweiler would never think of threatening anyone, many people are thoroughly [more…]

Official Dog Registry Papers for Your German Shepherd

To be sure that your new dog is a bona fide German Shepherd Dog, he needs "papers" — proof of your German Shepherd's pure ancestry. The papers consist of a litter or individual registration certificate [more…]

Tending to Your Bulldog's Health

A Bulldog isn't high maintenance, but she does need more care than you may think. The Bully doesn't have a lot of thick, fluffy undercoat to worry about, but Bulldogs do need care. [more…]

Getting to Know the AKC-Ideal Beagle

The ideal Beagle, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC), can look cute but he shouldn't look frail or delicate. He should resemble a miniature Foxhound that is solid and big for his inches, with [more…]

Choosing a Healthy Poodle

No matter where your Poodle comes from, she should be healthy. You may feel sorry for the sick puppy in the corner, but don't take her home. Start with a healthy Poodle, and look for the following: [more…]

Is a Boxer the Right Breed for You?

When you're ready to buy a dog, you need to figure out if a Boxer is the breed for you. You owe it to yourself and to your future dog to be sure that the Boxer breed fits well into your lifestyle. [more…]

Retired Racing Greyhounds: Growing Up in the Fast Lane

Early puppyhood for most Greyhounds from good farms is much like puppyhood for other dogs who are bred by responsible breeders. Good breeders recognize that handling and nurturing is critical. They take [more…]

Dachshunds: Competing in Field Trials

Dachshunds are one of only a handful of dog breeds eligible to participate in field trials. The purpose of fieldtrials is to give breeds designed for field work the opportunity to exercise their natural [more…]


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