Breed

Should You Adopt a Dog from a Rescue or Purchase from a Breeder?

Should You Adopt a Dog from a Rescue or Purchase from a Breeder?

Rescue organizations do incredible work and so deserve to be supported. Dogs that otherwise would undoubtedly be euthanized find loving and caring homes through their work. People who go through a rescue organization to adopt are doubly rewarded, both for saving the dog and for years of wonderful loving canine companionship. I love the work rescue organizations do, and I also love there are responsible, careful breeders out there who work diligently to ensure the survival and propagation of the breed they have chosen as theirs. Through careful selection and breeding, they ensure the breed standard is upheld and carry…
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A Belgian Malinois Named Roux Demonstrates This Breed’s Protective Nature

A Belgian Malinois Named Roux Demonstrates This Breed’s Protective Nature

In a previous post, we highlighted the beautiful and athletic Belgian Malinois as one of a handful of dog breeds that are best for protection. These dogs are favorites for working on K-9 units for the police and the military and are known for their protective natures. A Franklin, Tennessee family is extremely grateful for this protective nature, as they owe their lives to a three year old Belgian Malinois named Roux who alerted the sleeping family to a fire burning just outside of the home’s garage door.  But Roux doesn’t belong to the family whose house caught on fire…
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The Belgian Laekenois Becomes The Latest AKC Recognized Breed

The Belgian Laekenois Becomes The Latest AKC Recognized Breed

These beautiful dogs are virtually unknown, but they and a handful of breeders and enthusiasts have been quietly working behind the scenes to get this breed the attention and recognition it deserves.  Although the Laekenois (say lak-in-wah) was just admitted to the AKC’s full breed status on July 1, 2020, these working and herding dogs have been competing in the AKC’s Miscellaneous Class since 2011.  The breed is the rarest of four Belgian herding breeds, the Belgian Sheepdog, the Belgian Tervuren, and the Belgian Malinois which are all considered a single breed in Belgium but are split into four different…
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Seven Fascinating Facts About The Alaskan Malamute

Seven Fascinating Facts About The Alaskan Malamute

Malamutes are an ancient breed, with new scientific evidence that dates their origin back thousands of years. Here are seven fascinating facts about these beautiful dogs. One - The Malamute breed was nearly wiped out during the Klondike Gold Rush at the end of the 1800s. During this time, there was a huge demand for working dogs, so many Mals were bred with other canines to keep up with the demand. Fortunately, a native Inuit Alaskan people, the Mahlemut, preserved these magnificent dogs due to their remote location. Two - Many people think Malamutes are wolves. Not true, although the…
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Five Fun Facts About Basset Hounds

Five Fun Facts About Basset Hounds

Low and slow, and with their mournful expressions and droopy ears, Bassets are the “sad clowns” of the dog world.  Here are five fun facts you might not know about these popular dogs: One - Bassets were bred to hunt by French aristocrats and were derived from the Bloodhound Two -  They are in second place only to the bloodhound when it comes to their sense of smell. These dogs have over 220 million smell receptors, compared to a human’s paltry five million.  Three - The name “Basset” comes from the French word bas which means low. They may be…
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Modern Sled Dog Breeds Are Older Than We Thought

Modern Sled Dog Breeds Are Older Than We Thought

Researchers interested in the origin of the domestic dog have long thought that modern sled dogs such as the Greenland sled dog, Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malaute breeds were only about 2000 to 3000 years old. These breeds were thought to be relatively young companed to the many thousands of years dogs have been associated with human beings. But new research by the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen in collaboration with the University of Greenland and the Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Barcelona tells a different story. The researchers extracted the DNA from a 9,500-year-old dog from…
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Five Fun Facts About The Chinese Crested

Five Fun Facts About The Chinese Crested

The Chinese Crested is never mistaken for any other breed! With this dog’s spiky 80’s hair, fur socks and skin that is spotted pink, these small dogs have everyone’s eyes on them.  Here are five fun facts about the Chinese Crested: One - The Chinese Crested is not actually Chinese. These dogs are descendants of the now extinct African hairless dog. But eventually they were brought to China and were a particular favorite of Chinese sailors, as these dogs would catch rats roaming about the ship. In China, they were bred to be smaller dogs. Two - There are two…
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Which Dog Breed Is The Worst Shedder? These Five Vie For The Top Spot!

Which Dog Breed Is The Worst Shedder? These Five Vie For The Top Spot!

All dogs shed, some more than others. And yes, we dog owners love them anyway. But if you are looking at various breeds and need to get one that is more of a lower maintenance canine, you’ll likely want to steer clear of these five heavy shedders: One - Siberian Husky - This should not really come as a surprise, as this breed was developed in the cold of Siberia. The breed has a very thick double coat to protect it’s body in the winter. These beautiful dogs shed all year, but have peak shedding times in the spring and…
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Five Amazing Facts About German Shepherds

Five Amazing Facts About German Shepherds

German Shepherd dogs are one of the world’s most popular breeds. They are beautiful and courageous and it’s easy to see why. Here are five amazing facts about these great dogs: One - The very first Seeing Eye Dog was a female German Shepherd named Buddy from the 1920’s. Because of her, the Service Dog Movement was born, which helped thousands of adults and children. Two - German Shepherds are naturally heroic. There are many documented stories of these great dogs putting themselves in danger to save their owner’s or their owner’s family, including jumping into rough water to save…
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Which Dog Breeds Are The Fastest?

Which Dog Breeds Are The Fastest?

Many dog breeds were developed for hunting as well as racing, so the need for speed was paramount. Here are the five fastest dogs: Greyhound - These sleek racers can run up to an astounding 45 miles per hour! But as much as they love to run, they actually make quite calm canine companions at home. Saluki - These speedsters were developed in the Middle East for hunting prey on the run. They are quite active, so owners need to provide them with a large fenced in yard in which to run. Afghan Hound - Don’t let the elegant appearance…
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