The Hound classification contains some of the oldest known dog breeds and includes the beloved Beagle. Hunting dogs, they can be scent hounds (dogs who hunt by scent) or [more…]
As long as humans have had property and goods, they’ve had dogs to protect them and sometimes dogs to pull carts loaded with those possessions. Many of these strong, powerful canines are fairly laid-back [more…]
Terriers, developed to get into the places larger dogs could not when pursuing prey, are not lacking in self-esteem. They know what they want, they’re not shy about going for it, and they don’t look charitably [more…]
They’re cute. They’re feisty. They’re often quite long-lived. And some places with “No Dogs Allowed” signs don’t enforce the rules when it comes to these charming little dogs. Toy dogs are special. Just [more…]
The only thing the dogs in the non-sporting group have in common is that they don’t have enough in common with the breeds of any other group. This category is a leftover from the original two breeding [more…]
The herding breeds are among the most intelligent and biddable of all dogs, developed to work in partnership with a human handler as the Sporting breeds were. The nature of their work, however, demands [more…]
When you decide you want to buy a puppy of a specific breed, the words used in the ads or flyers announcing dogs for sale can give you clues to help you determine whether the seller has real experience [more…]
When you’re looking to buy a specific type of dog, you want to find a reputable breeder with a history of producing healthy, temperamentally sound puppies for show, work, and home. Such breeders breed [more…]
A very few breeders are downright evil and fail to provide for even the basics of their animals’ needs. A few more are mentally ill, living in filthy homes packed to the rafters with freely mating dogs [more…]
When you buy a purebred puppy, you may want to register your ownership with a dog registry, such as the American Kennel Club (AKC) or Canadian Kennel Club. And, the papers that accompany your newest family [more…]
You’re on the hunt for a puppy of a specific breed and investigating breeders of the type of dog you want to add to your family. You can find many poor-quality purebreds around — virtually every breed [more…]
Dog fur comes in short coats, long coats — and everything in between — and ranges from curly to straight, puffy to wiry, bald to long. Some dogs come equipped with dreadlocks and a few have no hair at [more…]
Before you bring a Portuguese Water Dog puppy into your household, you need to take a close look at the dog's vaccination records, test results for genetic disorders, and visual signs of the pup's good [more…]
Portuguese Water Dogs are popular with people who have allergies. But no dog — not even the Portuguese Water Dog — is 100 percent hypo-allergenic.
Most people who are [more…]
Your Portuguese Water Dog needs to play and needs daily exercise. But too much exercise — or the wrong kind of play — can injure a growing puppy.
Generally, the smaller the dog, the faster it reaches adulthood [more…]
The Portuguese Water Dog was bred to work in and around the water, and has a long history of doing around the coast of its native land. According to the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America, the first [more…]
The best age to spay or neuter your Portuguese Water Dog is a bit different from the age recommended for many other breeds. Accepted wisdom is that you spay or neuter your dog at about six months of age [more…]
Portuguese Water Dogs are good natured and tend to get along with kids as well as other pets. But because of the Portuguese Water Dog's strength, you'll want to be careful if you're thinking of bringing [more…]
No one can predict how long your beloved Portuguese Water Dog will live, but the average life expectancy of the breed is 10-12 years.
According to a 2005 health survey by the Portuguese Water Dog Club of [more…]
Bathing and brushing your Portuguese Water Dog are both important habits to form. You can brush your Portuguese Water Dog without bathing him, but you should never bathe him without brushing. [more…]
Before you select a Pug to share your household, do some research into the breed and know what to look for in a healthy puppy. Pugs can live 12-15 years, so you'll want to choose carefully before making [more…]