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Using Size to Determine Preferred Type of Dog

For the sake of practicality, size is the first factor to look at when choosing a dog. Some people adore small dogs and are scared of large ones. Some large-dog lovers couldn't imagine sharing a home with [more…]

How to Identify Sporting Dog Breeds

Sporting dogs — setters, pointers, retrievers, and spaniels — were developed to help firearm-equipped hunters locate game birds, flush the birds from hiding places so that they could be shot, and bring [more…]

What to Expect with Hounds among Dog Breeds

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…]

How to Identify Working Dog Breeds

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…]

How to Identify Terrier Dog Breeds

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…]

How to Identify Toy Dog Breeds

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…]

How to Identify Non-Sporting Dog Breeds

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…]

How to Identify Herding Dog Breeds

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…]

How to Read a “Dog for Sale” Ad

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…]

How to Find a Good Dog Breeder

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…]

How to Recognize a Bad Dog Breeder

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…]

How to Register a Purebred Dog

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…]

Questions to Ask when Buying a Purebred Puppy

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…]

What Types of Coats Can Dog Have?

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…]

Determining Your Portuguese Water Dog Puppy’s Health

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…]

What Does a Portuguese Water Dog Look Like?

Portuguese Water Dogs have certain breed characteristics, also called breed type, which makes them easy to identify. Once you know what a Portuguese Water Dog looks like, you'll always recognize them when [more…]

Portuguese Water Dogs and Allergies

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…]

How to Exercise Your Portuguese Water Dog

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…]

History of the Portuguese Water Dog

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…]

When to Spay or Neuter Your Portuguese Water Dog

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…]

Having a Portuguese Water Dog with Children or Other Pets

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…]

How Long Will a Portuguese Water Dog Live?

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…]

How to Groom Your Portuguese Water Dog

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…]

How to Pick a Pug Puppy for a Pet

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…]

Supplies You'll Need to Welcome Your New Pet Pug

Prepare your Pug’s homecoming by having the right supplies on hand. Your new pet's transition to your family and your household will be happier and healthier if you've stocked up on these items: [more…]

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