Wednesday, August 26, 2009


The Havanese is the true king of small dogs. They're very brave and constantly overjoyed. It's just so hard to find an angry Havanese. The breed and its joy started out in Cuba. Like the Frenchies, Havanese were bred to be companions for Cuban people. Back then, these dogs were known as Havana Silk Dogs. This is because the breed had a very silky coat. The breed was then called Havanese for short. This is the national dog of Cuba, and Cuba's only breed.
Now that Havanese are revered, they are becoming more popular throughout the U.S. They can be pretty expensive, however, because it's hard to breed a high-quality Havanese. They are also starting to become uncommon in their native country. So you may spend big bucks on this aristocratic companion.
But they are very gorgeous to look at. They have long, silky coats, which they are very famous for. Havanese also have medium-sized heads, that gives them a graceful, but yet clownish appearance. Lastly, these dogs have a small "beard" under their muzzle. So maybe this dog is pretty confusing But they still are fun.
They love to be with you. However, the breed does best with older children. They are harder to groom than most other breeds. But Havanese live for a long time. They need daily exercise, so waking them every day is required. But as long as they're with you, Havanese are happy anytime, anywhere!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Rhodesian Ridgeback

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is the athlete of the dog world. They are athletic, hardy, and brave. Being brave is very important if you're a Rhodesian. If your a lion, then seeing the breed itself is bad enough. The Rhodesian Ridgeback, or the African Lion Hound, was bred to hunt down LIONS. A dog killing a lion? Yep, it's true. You see, in South Africa, Hottentots mixed many breeds like greyhounds, mastiffs, Great Danes, and maybe even Bloodhounds! The Hottentots created a dog with a ridged back, with fur growing backwards on the back.
If the ridge isn't there, than the breed doesn't follow his standard. The lack of a ridge is a disqualification in this hound's standard. This breed's ridged back helps him with his athleticism. It keeps his gait powerful, making for great speed. The Rhodesian Ridgeback has compact paws with very thick pads that helped keep the hound's feet protected from rough terrain on rough African plains. This is only one of 2 breeds with a ridged back. Thai Ridgebacks also have ridged backs. But anyways, to conclude the traits, large lungs hep the dog stay ore energetic when running.
You see, that athletic nature is why these dogs are best in the country. They need daily exercise, and city living sucks for the Rhodesian. So no cities for Rhodesians! This dog is prone to dermoid sinus, so he has some issues. Older children are best or the breed, but overall, this dog will be the best dog ever for you to have when you adopt one! (Please do so. Not required, but we want you to!)

Japanese Chin

If there's a dog that matches the words cute, cuddly, and an awesome apartment dog, the Chin is the certain dog. The Japanese Chin originated in Japan where it was sacred, as a former companion dog. They would warm the laps of aristocratic kings and queens. Japanese Chins have a history far better than the Basenji's, but they still have a bad part to their history. Other people who weren't royal were not allowed to own one. So if the Chin saw a poor hobo on the street that it loved, it couldn't stay with it. But life proceeds on, even with the Chins.
These dogs used to be called the Japanese Spaniel, but then people decided that the "Japanese Spaniel's" name should be changed to "Japanese Chin" during the late 1970's.
These lap dogs are popular because they look so cute with their flat faces. This makes the face compact. The eyes, however, are pretty large. The coat is long, and going in all crazy directions unless thoroughly groomed regularly. While the coat comes in black in white more often, red and white Chins are accepted in the AKC breed standard. The paws of this breed are cat-like: small and compact. All of these traits make the breed cute.
They're so cute, you may want one. But remember all of the care requirements. Chins love to please. But they require extra grooming. Not minimal grooming, nor normal grooming, but not a ton either. In between all of those is the breed's grooming requirements. These dogs may be susceptible to respiratory problems, but they do great with young children. Not toddlers, but children aged 4 and older. But either adult or child, the Chin will provide your life with tons of unique love! Love the world never knew existed! That's the power of the Japanese Chin!

Friday, August 21, 2009


Basenjis are tough dogs that have been through a lot of bad things. They are said to be "barkless." And that's true. Basenjis don't bark at all, for they can't, but they do make the other usual dog sounds. Being barkless is one thing, but this dog's history is partially cruel. The breed is said to have originated in Egypt. However, the breed was then delivered to Central Africa, where they were vermin hunters. Then, an attempt to deliver Basenjis to Great Britain was made. But due to aggression, the Basenjis that were going to be sent to England were killed. Then, on the second try, the breed flourished to England. Some individuals were sent to North America, but one named Boris was killed due to too much aggression. Now, the breed has recovered from his life of cruelty.
These hounds are very old dogs. But they still come with all of their special assorted traits. The breed has a short coat, large head, and 2 pairs of compact paws. And let's not forget the curled up tail with a white tip.
These dogs do well anywhere, but require daily exercise. They have a few health issues, but not a ton. And they are very clean dogs, and require almost no grooming. Having a Basenji may mean a bad watchdog, but it also means a special hound that went through a lot of deaths just to make it to your country. What an amazing dog!

Afghan Hound

Afghans are an aristocratic, graceful hound. This hound is a very striking dog. There's just something distinctive about that dog that nobody can describe. Maybe Afghan people could. This dog likely was an Afghan dog bred to bring down large vermin. The Afghan then was pretty common. But when wars came, Afghans were killed for their coats to protect Afghan soldiers. And then, the breed became extinct. Totally extinct. But then the breed was brought back to life when it was revived by Scottish breeders. Now, the Afghan Hound is just a plain cool pooch.
They have one of those long muzzles, giving way to a snobbishly regal look. Another Afghan Hound trait is the long, silky coat. This coat is feathered and feels like silk, and makes the dog look dramatically aristocratic. But unlike kings, who just sits there in a throne all day, the Afghan Hound runs in fields all day. Yep, these are one of those athletic, energetic dogs. This makes them unideal for city loving. Only in rural environments does the Afghan Hound thrive in. And the breed's athletic nature presents the usual active dog problems, like displacia and bloat. The coat requires regular grooming. Afghans do best with older children and adults, but for those who can care for the dog, they'll be so loving, a toddler would be acceptable with an Afghan. So if you give the Afghan care, he'll give you love! Hound love, that is!


The Pekingese is a small, flat faced, long haired, luxurious pooch that is a certainty to possess. Just ask the Chinese people. In ancient China, this breed was so loved, it became sacred. Now, anyone can own a Pekingese, even if they aren't rich and royal people. The Pekingese is very recognizable. They have a very, very long coat, and very, very flat face. It's no wonder these dogs are so obvious.
That long coat has 2 layers, and both of them are very long. That coat is extremely high maintenance, especially if the dog is used for show. The flat face is typically black. Pekingese, just like Chins, Pugs, and Bulldogs are brakesiphalec. That means that they have wrinkles, and respiratory issues. The trait that doesn't infect the low maintenance or healthy part of the breed are the ears. They are medium in length, and long and silky.
While the ears don't do damage, the double layered coat and flat face do. It makes Pekingese overheat more easily than pugs and bulldogs can. So unless you have a cold climate in your area, you shouldn't possess the Pekingese. These dogs also require daily walks. They are also very hard to groom, so you are going to see that you're grooming bills are very high when you get this breed. But overall, Pekingese are cute, happy, and just plain loving!

Tosa Inu

The Tosa Inu is a dog that is certainly the ultimate fighting dog. They are a very uncommon breed. Not amused yet? Well, maybe you'll be amused to find out more info about the Tosa. They are also known as the Tosa, Tosa Fighting dog, and the Tosa's Inu. The breed originated in Japan, when dog fighting was a legal, popular sport. These dogs were bred to do that exact thing, and they often won the fight. But there is sad news.
Because dog fighting is currently forbidden today, Tosa Inus are near extinction. And these dogs are naturally assertive dog breeds, so many people don't understand the breed. That results as Tosa Inus being in many animal shelters, where they typically aren't adopted, and put to sleep. It's really sad, but those who do understand Tosas are making attempts to revive the breed, and hope that many Tosa Inu rescue clubs increase the population of Tosa Inus. Now, Tosa Inus are starting to come back again!
If you ever do see a Tosa, you may see some wrinkly skin. Those wrinkled made protected the Tosa's internal organs from injury. And the breed's large size made him harder for rival dogs to bring him down.
Right now, the dog isn't really connected to most people, but for people who understand the Tosa Inu, there are considerations. These dogs are stubborn and require experienced dog owners. They are moderate grooming dogs, for the many wrinkles need daily cleaning. Some health concerns are a problem in the breed, and Tosas do well with adults, but not children. But overall, if you give the Tosa a chance, he become the star dog of tomorrow!

Shetland Sheepdog

Mostly called the "Sheltie" for short, the Shetland Sheepdog is what you would think is a smaller version of the Collie that works a lot. And you're right. They are an intelligent dog that was used to herd livestock. It was a chore that someone had to do, and the Sheltie was the chosen one. But the breed didn't mind. They don't mind almost anything that's thrown at them, even today. In fact, now, this dog is pretty self-contained. Maybe that explains why they're one of the most popular breeds.
This sheepdog has a fun side to it. It'll herd stuff like assorted clothes lying on the floor. It's pretty funny to witness a dog try to round up pieces of clothes. And these dogs have a heroic side to them. Sheties like to protect their families. So if they see an intruder, they'll try to warn you by barking loudly and repeatedly. It's no wonder these pooches are so popular!
They have 5 traits that make them an obvious breed. They have a long muzzle and a compact skull, making them look like a cute kanine! The other 3 traits are their long, rough coats, medium, alert ears, and a coloration that is usually white, black, and tan. If you want this breed, remember the considerations and care requirements for them.
They have a life span of 10-14 years or longer, so the money that you spend at the vet won't be a lot. But the money that you'll spend at the groomer's will be a lot, as Shelties are high maintenance. But a good thing is that this dog, like the poodle and the lab, is one of the most successful dogs for obedience. So they love to please you. And these dogs are great with any family, but they may try to herd toddlers, so train the Sheltie out of that habit. As long as you walk it daily, Shelties will go good in any community, in any climate. Furthermore, the Sheltie will become a special addition to any one's life and unless you hate lots of affection and attention, the Sheltie may be the best dog you've ever had!

Minature Pinscher

The Miniature Pinscher is a small, energetic, fun-loving dog that is certainly a graceful small dog. Referred to as the "King of Toy dogs," Miniature Pinschers have many nicknames. The red ones are earn the nickname "Neh," by Germans. Other nicknames that include Zwergpinscher, (means Dwarf Biter) Min Pin, and Miniature Terrier, in English terms. Why Miniature terrier in English terms? Because in German, Pinscher means terrier. So basically, these guys are part terrier.
They come from Germany. They were likely ratters at barns. They would scare off rats that may spread major diseases to livestock and cattle. Today, these dogs are typically just a fun-loving companion.
Like most tednacious small dogs, Minature Pinschers think they are dominant. So they'll decide that they can take on anything, even if it's an aggressive Doberman! And obviously, the Miniature Pinscher would lose against that Doberman. So you have to keep a close eye on them.
Speaking of Dobermans, did you know that this dog's ancestors are likely Italian greyhounds and German pinschers? These dogs aren't even closely related, not even a teensy-bit related to the Doberman. But they look like. They both have large, alert ears, very short coats, and muscular bodies. But they still aren't closely related.
These dogs do have some health issues, but very few of them. They have a long life span compared to most other breeds. This Pinscher is best with mature families or singles, as children are too rough for the breed. Min Pins are best in climates that aren't too hot or too cold. Despite the small size, this pinscher isn't a lap dog. He requires a lot of daily exercise, and some attention, as if they are in the First-Class dog heaven or something. That may seem like a lot of extra care, but at least it give you a lot of time to do things- things like forming closer bonds. Bonds that stay for life!

Irish Setter

If you want a medium-sized, reliable, energetic, aristocratic dog, the Irish Setter is a good match. These dogs are fun and said to be "clownish" at times. But they think they're humoring you. It's funny once you get what's happening. But what to us is a devoted companion, to a vermin, the Irish Setter is a living nightmare! This starts the breed history.
It took place in Ireland. It's likely that after Irish Water Spaniels, Irish Terriers, English Setters, Gordon Setters, Spaniels, and Pointers were mixed, the Irish Setter was put to work. They would point out, kill, or chase off vermin of all kinds. But Irish Setters were originally red and white, not red. The white coloration was made so hunters could spot the dog more easily. Today, Red Irish Setters may be more popular than red and whites, but they're both the same fun-lovin' breed! Irish Setters join Glen of Imaals, Kerry Blues, Irish terriers and Wheatens in the Irish dog group.
Probably the most recognizable of all the setters, Irish Setters are popular for their long, silky coats, graceful dispositions and medium-sized ears.
The Irish Setter requires mainly regular grooming, mostly brushing. They are energetic and do not fair well in city or suburban living. They require lots of daily exercise. These breeds are prone to cancer, heart problems, displacia, bloat, and other normal health issues for medium breeds. But all in all, the Irish Setter is the type of dog that anyone could see is a loyal friend for anyone to love, and the same goes for the Irish Setters!

Thursday, August 20, 2009


The Pomeranian is a lovable, compact, fluffy Spitz breed that is just so cute. It's just so hard to go without 10 seconds without looking at a Pomeranian and fall for it like a ton of bricks. But originally, these weren't pocket pooches. They were larger in size at first, and during that time, Pomeranians were herding dogs, rounding up herds of cattle and other livestock. In Pomerania, the breed was bred to be a smaller companion dog. English Queen Victoria fell in love with the Pomeranian, and the popularity of the breed kept expanding.
A long, double-layered coat covers the Pomeranian's body shape, but that makes them pretty cute. They have compact muzzles, black eyes, and small, alert ears. Pomeranians come from the Spitz-type dog family, and that includes the Chow Chow, Husky, Alaskan Malamute, Hokkaido, Akita, Japanese Spitz, German Spitz, Eurasian, Keeshond, German Wolfspitz and other dog breeds.
These dogs may look cute but they'll take advantage of that, and think that you can be easily outsmarted. They are independent, and do what they want to do. And they need a lot of grooming. If you can't handle high grooming bills than you shouldn't have a Pomeranian. Pomeranians can overheat easily and fair best in colder climates. But they do make good family dogs. If you understand the Pomeranian, than the Pomeranian will understand you.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

These dogs are aristocratic spaniels. They were popular with King Charles I and King Charles II. These spaniels looked very different during the antiquity times. In fact, they were bred with a completely new look, after someone decided to revive the breed, as it was very uncommon due to the lack of popularity. The lack of popularity in the breed was thanks to when other breeds captured the heart with the kings better than the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel did. Now that the breed's look when it first started out is no longer around, people are now used to the new look. It has many characteristics, such as a feathered coat.
The feathering is long, silky, and easily prone to matting. Another trait includes those large, floppy, tear-shaped ears. Cocker Spaniels have the same ears. This is a pretty unique coincidence between those 2 dogs. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels also have short muzzles, and compact skulls, and that complete with dark, cute, eyes makes the breed so irresistible! The cute look matches a disposition that is loving, gentle, and placid-natured. Because of this, many call the breed the "Love Sponge of Dogs!"
Also, this is one of the best family dogs, but the breed is fragile like many other small dogs, so children about 4 years old and up are best with the breed if you have kids. This may not be a sporting breed, but it is a spaniel, and like most spaniels, the Cavalier King Charles needs some regular walks, possibly every other day is fine. Moderate brushing is the only grooming concern in the breed, but it doesn't need trimming. So overall, these spaniels are beautiful, cute, sweet, smart, and best of all, a pooch that's fit for a king and for a major dog lover!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Meet the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, a true working terrier. He was Ireland's multi-purpose dog. This begins the breed's history. It was bred in Ireland to be a multi-purpose working dog. Some tasks included scaring off vermin, herding, and of course providing their masters with affection and love! Today, it seems that this is a pretty lovable terrier.
They're easy-going, self-contained, and outgoing. It's easy to see how the breed got its name. It's a terrier with wheaten-colored coat with a soft, plush texture. That coat is actually softer than it looks. But the coloration is a little different when the Wheaten Terrier is a Puppy. They have a dark honeyish sort of color. As a former terrier, this breed is energetic. But he doesn't require as much space and exercise as most other terriers. Some new wheaten terrier owners would probably be shocked to hear that, because the breed is medium-sized.
This dog doesn't only have a loving nature, soft coat, and wheaten color, but he also has a fau, and that is the place where matting is pretty common.
But overall, they are moderate grooming dog. Like most terriers, they must be hand stripped. Be sure to give them some exercise daily, and it'll be fine in any climate. Yeah, this dog is certainly amazing, and as long as you provide him with good care, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier will provide you with tons of thoroughly fun loving affection!


Newfoundlands are an awesome breed. They're like a human lifeguard. They have saved several people who were in trouble in water for a while. Newfoundlands come from... Newfoundland. There they would do many lifeguard-related tasks. This breed is a pure water dog with many helpful traits to make him a kanine lifeguard.
Webbed feet helps improve the Newfie's swimming qualities, and that is pretty useful if you're trying to save drowning people in water. They also have one of those soft mouths. This was important because the Newfoundland has to grab the struggling swimmer with his mouth, but in order not to hurt the victim in their grip, the mouth needs that soft texture. The victim won't feel any pain at all. The legs are strong and are specially designed for a special swimming technique. It's not similar to the doggie paddle. Basically, it's an advanced version of moving the front legs up and down. There's a lot more to it, though. But let's not go there. Finally, the Newfoundland possesses an oily, double-layered, natural, weather resistant coat. This is helpful because it protects them from freezing water temperatures. That coat comes darkish- brown, black, and black and white.
If you want this dog, give him some space. They are pretty large dogs. And they drool a lot and shed heavily, so they may be a bad dog for a neat person. They also have several health problems. They can overheat very easily, and that can be sad because Newfies are such a loyal dog. But the breed still has one strong thing about him- plenty of loyalty and love to share with you!

German Shepherd

German Shepherds are graceful dogs that are persistent to do whatever their master wants them to do. One German Shepherd starred in an old Hollywood movie called RinTinTin. It was very popular when it first aired. German Shepherds are obviously a German breed. But now that the breed has flourished, it has come a long way from its origin.
Most German Shepherds will try hard to protect their owners. So if you encounter an aggressive German Shepherd that you don't know, be extremely cautious. What helps the German Shepherd be a good guard dog is his bite. It's one of the strongest bites. The mouth is contained with over 35 powerful jaws. And the large size of this breed easily helps him with guarding power. But the Pit Bull is still the #1 guard dog.
German Shepherds have long coats that come in black and tan, black, and white. Their ears are fully pricked up and are alert. They also have a long muzzle with a powerful nose.
Because German Shepherds are loyal and brave, they are probably the most popular police dog. They chase and bring down bandits and sniff out bombs and drugs. They are a very helpful breed with that job. Some served as war dogs in World Wars I and II.
German Shepherds are hardy and tough dogs that have some health issues. Because they have long hair, German Shepherds are extremely heavy shedders. However, if you socialized the breed with children early, they'll make good family pets. Overall these loyal, large, persistent, brave, heroic dogs will ensure you everything but bad things!

Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terriers, A.K.A the Parson Russell terrier, is a true terrier. That means he's bouncy, hyper, energetic, and crazy. First bred in England, Jack Russell Terriers originally had a job to bring down foxes. It isn't the easiest thing to find Jack Russells hunting down foxes today, though. These terriers are crazy. An example of this is when these guys are alarmed or hear an odd sound, they'll bounce up couches, they'll jump on top of tables, and they'll bark for couple of minutes. But sometimes it's funny to see them do that.
This terrier comes in a plush, wiry coat variety, and a smooth, short coat variety. Like most terriers, Jack Russells have "V" shaped ears. The tail is slightly medium in length. The final trait of this terrier is his courage. He's so brave because if he wasn't, he wouldn't be that good at fox hunting.
If you want this dog, be careful. They will outsmart you easily, and they do it on purpose. And when they know you can't handle it, they start to get naughty. They'll be a major havoc. This is why first-time owners should NOT have a Jack Russell terrier. Despite the breed's small size, he is very energetic. Daily exercise and running space is required for the breed. Jack Russell terriers do best with older children and adults. But overall, as long as you can handle them, the Jack Russell terrier could become the next dog in your life!

Basset Hound

Basset hounds are the ultimate scent hound. Their nose is one of the most powerful of all breeds. The only breed with a better sense of smell is the Bloodhound. But Bassets are still awesome. What isn't to love about them? If you like swimming with your dog that question is easy to answer. Bassets have very heavy bones, so they can't swim. A backyard pool is a major safety hazard if you own a Basset hound, so be alert about this.
These dogs love to follow scents. The long, droopy ears serve as radar sweepers. Compact, short legs, and large, big paws help the Bassets a lot. It makes it easier for the dog to bring his nose closer to the ground, and that's where the scent trail is located. This hound has a long body. It's probably longer than a Dachshund's!
These hounds love people, and people love them back. But Bassets and Basset owners hate all of the health issues. Ear infections, eye problems, leg problems, spinal problems, and other health issues galore! And like other hounds, Basset Hounds will role around in the scents that they encounter, so extra bathing is required. A loving, scent-loving, clownish hound, the Basset Hound will make you're life astonishing to the extremes!


The Pug- a classical, fun-loving, cute dog that captures the heart of the dog lovers everywhere. Many people call the Pug irresistable. This is a small, flat faced, curly tailed, loving dog that comes from China. They were a lot larger in size when they were first bred. Now, these are small, popular pooches.
It's hard not to love the Pug. People who hate them are extremely rare. It's hard to know why Pugs are so popular. Maybe it's the curled up tail. In the breed standard, the tail requires two curls. Another trait humans probably love Pugs for is the brakesiphalec face. That means Pugs have flat faces. The eyes are large and bulgy. This makes Pugs ideal for getting proptosis. The last trait is the short coat. It comes in many shades of fawn, and black.
Pugs can overheat easily. Respiratory issues, spinal problems, and skin irritations are some of the moderate amount of health concerns for the breed. Like most dogs with wrinkled faces, you must use a rag to clean the folds. This is a daily chore for Pug owners. Pugs are fragile, so as long as you don't rough house with them, Pugs do well with young and old children. But wether you're single or married or family, you'll have fun with a Pug no matter what happens!


The Puli is a stubborn, tough herding dog. It may look small, but he is an active breed. If you think you like the Puli so far, you may wonder where he comes from. Pulis originated in Hungary. They would herd shepherds' sheep. Back then at those times, Pulis were found everywhere in Hungary's rural areas. But then, something terrible happened. The Puli's popularity somehow decreased. It was about to go extinct. Then, the breed was revived. And if the breed wasn't revived, then this post wouldn't be here.
Even though Pulis aren't close to the top of the popularity list, they're still amazing dogs. Probably the most obvious trait of this breed is the coat. They are grown into long, straight dreadlocks. Pulis aren't the only dogs with dreadlocks. Corded Poodles and Komondors both have dreadlocks, too. The tail curls up onto the back. And then there's the Pui coloration. This dog is best known in black, but he also comes in rust, and white.
Pulis should be kept in the country, as they are active, energetic, and feisty. Pulis are notoriously independent, and require experienced trainers, and are best with adults. But overall, as long as Pulis are happy, they may become the best friend you have ever had!

Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinschers are Hollywood's favorite villain dog. In reality, they can be villain-like sometimes. And if you lived in Germany when the Doberman was first created, then he was a loaded gun! Mr. Dobermann, a tax collector, bred the Doberman to be a fierce guard dog to prevent bandits from stealing the cash. Dobermans are a large dog that today still guards some people's homes.
One of the smartest breeds, the Doberman is probably the largest of all the pinschers. If trained properly, however, Dobermans can be a gentle giant. But it is still wise to be cautious around Dobermans. They have been known to injure and possibly kill people.
Ears on the breed that are large, and alert give it a fierce appearance. The breed's body is very muscular and strong, but the skeleton is weak. The bones are often the first to go, but Dobermans can overheat, get bloat, displacia, get too cold, and get dental problems.
If you prefer to have a nice dog, you'll have to train a Doberman not to be protective, and that is easy, but experienced owners do best with the breed due to safety reasons. If you train him hard, and put your efforts into socializing him, the Doberman will be your life's most important animal!


The Collie is a revered herding dog that is well-suited toward any one's liking. Very intelligent, loving, loyal, and outgoing, Collies are a popular pooch no matter where you go. Collies were likely bred to do farm chores, especially herding. But that is only the beginning of the Collie.
In the present, right now, Collie's are still a beloved breed. People seem to cherish Collies because they form strong bonds. Collies would do anything for their masters. This breed has a coat that is typically rough and long, but smooth collies are common, too.
The ears are compact, and have a slight fold at the tip. The muzzle is long, and the back is well-arched.
Collies are special because they are so smart. They're very easy to train and teach tricks to. But they are heavy shedders, and very high maintenance. But luckily, loyalty is the Collies strength. And if you are devoted to your Collie, he'll love you back.


Anyone who owns a Bloodhound certainly knows what a powerful nose is. That certain nose belongs to the Bloodhound, the dog with a sense of smell that is stronger than any other breed. Bloodhounds are one of those scent hounds. Scent hounds are hounds that work by using their nose to find things. The Bloodhound is the largest of all the scent hounds. It's also one of the oldest. Some of the first Bloodhounds were located in Europe.
But today, Bloodhounds are welcome in many places in many countries. However, if you dislike slobber and drool, you probably won't bond with a Bloodhound that easily. One Bloodhound holds the record for the longest dog ears. Each ear measured over 1 foot! That's pretty long.
So you may wonder why Bloodhounds have a powerful nose. The aroma that the Bloodhound is smelling is put into the nose mucus. There is tons of it, way more than in a human's nose. That information is sent to the old scent bulb. Bloodhounds' scent bulbs are as big as a tissue sheet. Humans' are only as big as a button.
Smell is one thing about this hound, but one thing is where he'll go. If you think you're gonna go on a walk with a Bloodhound, they'll end up walking you. Bloodhounds will follow a scent no matter where it leads. So he'll roll in it. So he'll need to be bathed a lot.
And the wrinkles require lots of cleaning. If you want a large, slobbery, smelling friend, then the Bloodhound is what you need.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Beagles are a popular hound that the world has known to fall in love with easily. The logo of Metlife, (Snoopy,) and Charlie Brown's dog,(also Snoopy,) is a Beagle. In England, the Beagle was used as a wild game and vermin hunting dog. Many traits were acquired in the breed that made him a true hunting hound.
One common, but random trait is that the Beagle's coloration is usually a combo of black, copper, and white. Like most hunting hounds, Beagles have a white tip at their tail just in case they got lost on a hunt. The hunter could spot the Beagle more easily through thick deciduous biomes. Or, plan B could be used. If the dog was lost, it could just howl loudly. It was easy for a hunter to know that a Beagle was missing. Being able to bark loudly is a good ability for any hunting dog. The nose of this dog has strong smelling power. A Beagle may end up following a scent anywhere, even in the street. So keep Beagles on a leash @ all times.
Some Beagles are bedbug trackers to help exterminators know where all the insects hide. Bedbugs are elusive insects, for they can hide far beyond your bed.
If your Beagle is not a hunter, nor a bug finder, then you'll have to bathe it a lot. The reason for that is because Beagles may roll around in scents, and they do it way more than once. But if that bathing doesn't bother you, than a Beagle may end up being your next best friend!

St. Bernard

St. Bernards are dogs that capture the imaginations of many easily. The small, wooden barrel that they wear has nothing to do with reality. It's just a perception. But what isn't false about this breed is that he belongs in the frigid Swiss mountains.
Bred to save people buried in snow after avalanches, the St. Bernard is a literal life saver. This dog is part of the mastiff family. Like most mastiff-like dogs, St. Bernards are not small. They are huge. Large. LARGE. LARGE LARGE. Okay, we're getting carried away.
So anyways, St. Bernards have droopy jowls, and that gives way for drool. Lots of it. Hopefully, if you have a St. Bernard, you'll have a drool rat. This dog has a double-layered coat that is natural, and weather resistant. That explains why the breed doesn't mind the cold. Famous for saving people buried in snow, the St. Bernard is a hero in all cold climates. Large paws help these "HeroPooches" rip through thick snow. St. Bernards' large size was vital to give the dog power. To smell trapped victims concealed under snow, St. Bernards have an excellent sense of smell. They can smell through 2 feet under snow! No wonder this dog is so revered!
In most areas of the world, snowy mountains aren't common, but that shouldn't be a problem. Or is it? The thick coat that St. Bernards possess easily make them overheat. The breed can also be prone to many other health issues.
But love is the thing where St. Bernards are second to none. ..........................................................
Well what're you waiting for? If you think you're able to, get your St. Bernard now!


Greyhounds are a medium-sized hound that knows only 1 thing: Speed is everything. They are faster than any other dog breed. In some places, they race greyhounds. Contrary to the sport's excitement, racing this breed is a forbidden game in some places.
This breed is one of the oldest breeds ever known. Evidence of this breed has been found almost in every place on the globe. It's most likely that Greyhounds originated in Egypt. There, it was possibly a mummified dog because Egyptians thought it would protect the dead in their afterlife. In the 9th century, Greyhounds were possibly dogs that scared off vermin of all kinds, typically hares.
Earlier, the Greyhound's speed was described. The secret to the speed is the Greyhound's gait. It's like a leaping gait, with 3 stages. First, as the dog speeds into action, his legs are tucked upwards toward the belly. Next, the front and back legs drop toward the ground, and the hound pushes on the ground to leap up in the air. Finally, the legs extend straight out. So straight, it's almost like a perfectly straight line! Those 3 steps are combined, then repeated until the dog comes to a stop. Now, this breed is so fast, that he is the 3rd fastest land animal! The Greyhound's smaller cousin, the Whippet, is almost as fast. He has the same gait, but a smaller size.
The Greyhound is said to be a typical hound, so he is stubborn. With a short coat, Greyhounds are extremely low maintenance. Bloating is about the only major health issue in the breed. That means you'll have lots of years of love and loyalty. Though the Greyhound is fast, when he's done exercising, he'll cuddle with you on the couch all afternoon!

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier, commonly called "the Yorkie," for short, is a feisty, fearless, fun-loving terrier. Some say it looks like a dog that a queen or princess would have. Basically, they're describing the breed as aristocratic. So you would have to shocked to find out that Yorkies were originally bred in England to chase mice and rats. At least today, they are the most popular small dog
This terrier doesn't shed. But that means the coat never stops growing. If that coat is neglected for too long, it will be all matted and curled and unorganized. Yorkies sometimes get Pharyngeal Gag Reflex. Don't worry, it's not deadly. But grooming can be deadly if you show this dog. If you don't use a Yorkie for show, you can cut the coat shorter. Another option would be to cut the coat short, let it grow long and cut the coat short again, and so on. You'll hardly have to groom your dog at all, but when you do have to, it raises your grooming bills.
Fearless, Yorkies think that they are tough. And they'll take on anything they qualify as an enemy. "Enemies" may include children, so because of that, Yorkies are only good with adults and singles, (preferably singles.) Dental attention is the thing to be very alert about in this terrier's health.
A small, energetic, luxurious beauty, the Yorkie is a pooch that anyone with eyes can see is unique, and remarkable!


If you have a Boxer, than you know what toughness and power is all about. But despite that previous sentence, Boxers are said to be clownish and outgoing. Boxers are one of those German breeds, and if boxing is popular in Germany, it may explain why Boxers tend to have a habit. A habit of Boxing. They'll try to box you with their large paws. Boxers likely got the named from that habit.
Boxers come in brindle, fawn, fawn with white markings, and white. Boxers have an undershot jaw, giving it a very strong bite. But it isn't a throbbing bite. Many people have seen worse. But Boxers rarely make attempts to hurt their owners. When they box, it isn't that hard on you. Severe Boxer injuries typically only happen by accident. Boxers have very muscular, strong bodies. But the skeleton on this breed is weak.
So unfortunately, this dog can have some skeletal problems. Respiratory issues, displacia, bloat, overheating, and skin problems are also health concerns in the breed. But the leading cause of death in the Boxer is cancer. If not treated as soon as possible, cancer could kill a boxer.
But of all the "mediumish-largish" sized breeds, Boxers are one of the loyalist, most loving, most reliable you can find!


Dachshunds are a heavily celebrated dog. They are well-known as "Wiener Dogs," and "Hot Dogs." Widely adored as a companion dog, it seems that Dachshund's popularity levels keep getting bigger all of the time. But things can get long about this pooch, too. The longest? Perhaps his body. The body is long, and that's how the Dachshund got the nickname "Hot Dog!"
There are so many Dachshunds to choose from. Either Long-haired, Wire-haired, or Short-haired, Miniature, or Standard, or Puppy, or adult, it's no wonder you'll find Dachshunds so intriguing! The legs on the dachshund are short. This presents health problems, so the best place to get a Dachshund from is a reputable breeder. In fact, that is one of two good places to get a dog in general. Experts advise not to get dogs from pet stores. The reason for that is puppy mills are likely to happen. A Puppy Mill is when puppies are poorly treated. When they grow up, they may end up in pet stores. To avoid a lack of health and prevent puppy mills, adopt from a breeder or shelter.
If you want a watchdog, you may want be a watchful person yourself. Dachshunds are sometimes too good. They have a loud bark, and when they hear something, the barking goes on for minutes. Even if the dog is hears a sound that seems peculiar to him, he'll fall to pieces. Being fragile, mature families are the best for this breed.
Dachshunds may be extremely stubborn, but at least when you adopt this dog, you'll have a supposedly hardy, persistent, loving, low maintenance companion dog with a devotion to you that knows no bounds!

Labrador Retriever

Every dog has his day, but if you own a Labrador, then you'll have a great day everday-and so will your dog. Labs are the most popular dog breed. Unsurprisingly, it seems that labs can be found in almost any neightborhood. It's typical to see these guys everwhere. So you'd be surprised that this dog originated off the coast in Newfoundland. Where on the coast was this dog made? Near the beaches of the Labrador Sea. And that's how the breed got the name.
The full name is Labrador Retriever. But some call it the Labrador, and occasionally, some folks name the breed "the Lab." The Lab may not be on the top 5 list for intelligent dogs, but they are on the top 10 list.
Labs have been heroes during 911, risking their lives as they shaved other's. The breed is also popular as service and police dogs. There are three coat colors: Black, Chocolate, and yellow. Webbed paws, strong, musclar limbs, and a thick tail helped this dog be good at retrieving water game.
Constantly happy, the lab has a tail that constantly wags. If you are a tidy person, this breed may not be a good fit due to the reason that it sheds heavily. But most owners ignore the heavy shedding. This dog needs some running space. It requires daily exercise, as physical activity is a priority to the breed. But the shedding and required exercise hardly should do any damage to you and your dog's bond, right?

Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are a loyal, long-haired, large, graceful dog that has people go crazy for them. The Golden is a very popular retriever. He's feisty, and is extremely outgoing, and loving. Goldens were obviously bred to retrieve vermin. Like most retrievers, Golden retrievers have soft mouths. This way, the dog could carry an animal without hurting it. Labs also have soft mouths.
Golden retrievers have been used as dogs in sports movies. One was used to make several Air Bud movies. This dog is certainly athletic, but you have to train him to play basketball and soccer. To train them to fetch-you don't have to. A mature Golden will run after anything you throw. That shows all of the retrieving in his blood. The coat is weather-resistant. But it is a long coat, and spurs can get easily get caught in it. This dog comes in any color that is similar to gold.
If you could make a list of the top 5 smartest breeds, the Golden would be #3. That makes them easily trainable. But do training early just for a good cause. You may want to train your dog not to be mouthy. Not only is this breed #3 for intelligence, but he is also #3 for being likely to bite things. Not only the children and you, but underwear, the sofa, pillows, clothes, and other possessions.
Golden retrievers should get daily exercise. Their athletic nature makes them prone to bloating and displacia. Another problem in the breed is cancer, a very authentic health problem in the breed. So be sure that your Golden's parents did not have cancer-related problems. But taking good care of your dog is the best you can do. If your dog knows that, he'll love you for life!


Schnauzers are dogs that are obviously extreme. How? Well, we all know that each dog is different and unique, but the schnauzer in some people's opinions is a dog that varies a lot. It comes in 3 sizes, many versions of salt and pepper, black, other colors, and incredible personalities.
So where did these dogs come from? Well, Germany has bred a lot of dogs, and the Schnauzer is one of them. Miniature Schnauzers were bred to attack all vermin of all types. From foxes to raccoons to deer, their small size was anything but underestimated. The Standard or medium schnauzer protected his owners and their livestock. He would scare off any vermin like foxes and coyotes that may hurt his owners or their livestock. Giant Schnauzers, despite their name, are a stronger, and slightly larger version of the standard schnauzer. This dog was most well-known as dogs that were excellent at driving and herding dogs. Occasionally, the Giant Schnauzer could be spotted guarding his master's homes.
Today, each size has a special trait. The miniature is the most popular size. The standard size is the oldest size. And obviously, Giant is the largest size. Schnauzers are robust dogs that have long fur growing downwards on the bottom of their muzzle. That is the beard, one of the most obvious traits in the breed. Another trait is the wiry coat. It needs to be hand stripped, especially if you show the dog.
Start training the schnauzer early or else they may try to get smart on you. Taking care of schnauzers may seem time-consuming, but that time opens the window of opportunity to form a bond as robust as the schnauzer's body is!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus are the aristocrat of the small dogs. Most pictures of them on the Internet like this one show them with bows or hair clips. Typically armed with a long coat, Shih Tzus were bred in China. They remained a popular companion there. Later on, only 14 of the breed remained. But today, it's hard not to see a Shih Tzu. They are certainly a popular lap dog.
Shih Tzu means "Lion Dog." That's because some of the fur on the Shih Tzu forms something that looks like a lion mane. Shih Tzus don't shed, but the coat keeps growing because of that. It requires lots of care.
The eyes are dark, black, and set far apart. The coat is long, and double. If the dog isn't used for show, you can cut the coat a little shorter or shave it completely. This is known as the puppy cut. However, if you do show the dog, it is extremely high maintenance. It may take hours to groom the coat.
If you live in Antarctica, the Shih Tzu won't care. If you live in the desert, the Shih Tzu won't care. A friendly, loyal, loving pooch, the Shih Tzu is anything but stupid.

English Bulldog

Meet the English Bulldog, a dog that, in cartoons, are fierce, assertive guard dogs. Well, if you go back 2000 years ago in England, they would be like that. The Bulldog was bred to be a dog that could bring down bulls. The sport was called Bull Baiting. These dogs were illegal in some towns back then. But today, these dogs are some of the nicest dogs around. Bulldogs are the national dog of England. They are one of the most loving dogs around.
Bulldogs are so top-heavy, that they will drown in water. Bulldogs typicaly have large toungues. An undershot jaw was bred in the Bulldog to grasp bulls when Bull baiting. Loose skin was also bred in the Bulldog so it was less likely for the Bulldog to get severely hurt.
Bulldogs are brakesephalec, meaning they have flat faces. This makes them suseptible to respiratory issues and skin irritations. Clean the wrinkles daily or else one of those health problems can occur. English Buldogs can overheat easily, and are prone to many heart problems, and other life-threatening health problems. This dog has a life span of 4-6 years, one of the shortest of any breeds.
Despite all of the health issues, your bond with a Bulldog can't possibly be destroyed!

Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniels are a favorite among many. They are just so irresistible. People have loved them for quite a while. These dogs were bred to scare off small vermin, mostly birds. As a spaniel, the Cocker Spaniel is in the sporting group in AKC. The Cocker Spaniel is the smallest of all the spaniels. It is also the smallest dog in the sporting group.

Cocker Spaniels have large, floppy, tear-shaped ears, and an athletic personality. There are 2 different Cocker Spaniels. There's the American variety and the English variety. Cocker Spaniels also have a feathered coat. That coat needs normal grooming, but extra grooming is advised if your Cocker Spaniel is used for show.

These are athletic breeds. Despite the small size, this dog needs daily exercise, so if you're a couch potato don't even bother purchasing a Cocker Spaniel. Hip displasia is a problem health issue in the breed.

This dog may be a lot of responsibility and work for you, but in return, you'll get love, affection, and attention from your pooch!


Chihuahuas are the world's smallest dogs. Dancer the Chihuahua currently holds the record as world's smallest dog. Dancer is only 4 inches- now that's one minuscule dog. According to AKC, a good Chihuahua weighs less than 6 pounds. Chihuahuas might be a close relative of the Fennic Fox, the smallest, most social fox in the world.
We know very little about this breed's history. We do know that this is an old breed though. Most say that the breed originated in Mexico. The tail can be either curled up, or set down, and the coat can either be long or short. This is the only dog with a malaria. A malaria is a soft area on the forehead. If you own a Chihuahua, you may notice that he's fearless. That's normal, as these dogs like to think of themselves as dominant. But the breed is weaker than he thinks. So if your Chihuahua mistakens a car for a predator, he'll try to hurt it, but the car will hurt the dog instead. So keep your Chihuahua on a leash at all times, and watch them carefully at all times.
Remember that this dog is very fragile, and small-boned. Because of that, this breed is best with single or adult families. Speaking of anatomy, did you know that this dog's heart beats faster than many other breeds? That's because smaller animals have a faster heart rate.
Known to live 15 or more years, this is one of the healthiest dogs out there. The only bad thing about this dog is that he needs to be kept in hot climates. That's bad because this gives way to low adaptability scores. But at least this dog is sweet and loving. So if you get one, keep your bond with it strong!


Poodles are certainly a dog-lover's dream-dog. They are hypoallergenic! In cartoons, these dogs are occasionally pink. But unless they are dyed pink, Poodles are pink in reality. Poodles are also girly in most cartoons, but in reality, Poodles are a great dog for anyone!
This is a popular dog breed. It came from Germany, and there, Poodles were bred as water retrievers. Today, it's more likely to find a Poodle as a companion than a retriever. This dog is extremely smart. Poodles are one of the most intelligent dogs, second only to the Border Collie. Poodles have a weather-resistant coat that protected them in frigid or scorching water.
The breed comes in 3 different sizes: Standard, Miniature, and toy. The standard is the biggest of all the sizes. It may be the most popular too. Miniature is not the biggest, but not the smallest of the sizes. Toys are the smallest size, and make great watchdogs.
Poodles love to please you. Some can "read." If you see a Poodle read a word, they aren't really reading. No one really knows for sure about what they really are doing to "read."
Poodles love their families, and do well with kids, or other pets. The coat is high maintenance and therefore may result in high grooming bills. Poodles do need some exercise and space, especially the standard poodles.
If you think the Poodle is right for you, take care. Remember-A healthy Poodle is a happy Poodle.

French Bulldog

The French Bulldog, often called "The Frenchie," is certainly the king of companions. Cute, funny, and loving, this dog is no underdog. It's so amazing to see how far this dog has come ever since his history began.
In England, lace makers wanted a companion dog to comfort them during their jobs. By crossing the terrier, bulldog, and maybe the pug together, the lace makers created the first Frenchies. All of that breeding was worth it. As lace makers immigrated to France, the French Bulldog went with. He soon flourished in Paris. France was very obsessed with the breed. In fact, France was the place where the first French Bulldog breed standard was written.
Today, these dogs are wildly popular. The Frenchies come in many colors, like brindle, fawn, black, white, apricot, and more. A cute trait in the breed is the flat face. Although it is cute, the flat face is responsible for respiratory issues, one of the most common health problems in the breed. Unless the wrinkles on the face are cleaned daily, moisture forms in the wrinkles, and skin irritations may occur. This dog has a short coat, so bathe him every so often.
If you want a Frenchie, expect to spend a lot of money for it. Breeding this dog is very hard. This is because the canal to bring the puppies out of the body is too small, and help from a vet is required.
This dog needs very little space, and requires minimal exercise. In heat, this will need to be cooled off after being outside. Overheating is another common health issue in the breed, so hot climates are a Frenchie drawback. Anyone can have fun with this dog, for they love their owners.
Overall, this dog will certainly become your best friend for life!