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Which Dog Breed Is Right for Your Family?

Choosing the right dog for your family is a bigger decision than you may initially think. There are about 330 pure breeds and almost another 80 that were developed by breeders by mixing different combinations of pure breeds. Some breeds were mixed in ways that kept the characteristics, yet caused the dogs to be larger or smaller than the original breed. With so many choices, you have to think of each dog breed as having specific characteristics, temperament, size, function and abilities. Each dog within that breed […]

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When It Comes to Your Dog, Size Matters

You may like to supersize your coffee and get extra toppings on your pizza, but when it comes to choosing a dog, bigger doesn’t always mean better. Dog breeds differ by heritage in what they require. Some breeds, like hunters, are genetically programmed to crave the open spaces and outdoor exercise. Other breeds (like toy dogs) make ideal “lap dogs,” enjoying the casual lifestyle without needing much space or time to run and play outdoors. The size of your dog has to match the size of your […]

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Understanding the Different Dog Breeds

Not all dogs are created equal. The differences in temperament and personality among dog breeds can be as varied as the differences in people. Finding the right match between the dog breed and the owner or family is the key to success in bringing a dog into your home. Dogs come in many varieties that are naturally introduced to the dog world as well as those created specifically by cross-breeding, such as a Labradoodle (a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle). The obvious question to […]

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The Cost of Becoming a Loving Dog Owner

Dog ownership is like owning a boat – it’s a never-ending expense. As soon as you bring the dog home (which can cost anywhere from a $30 pet adoption fee to $3,000 and up for purebred dogs), there are immediate needs to be fulfilled. First, you have to have the right kind of dog food. Food choices are age-graded so that what you feed a puppy differs from what you give an adult dog. There are even foods for both puppies and older dogs with extra nutrients […]

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Taking a Dog’s Grooming Needs Into Consideration

Dog grooming is an art that goes from basic pet care to almost spa-like pampering. The essential grooming requirements depend on the dog’s breed and its characteristics. The first thing a pet owner deals with is dog hair. Long hair dogs that shed need more frequent grooming than short hair dogs or those who only shed seasonally. Dogs with curly or frizzy hair need daily care to detangle the hair and remove debris or foliage that gets caught in the coat while the dog is outdoors. Sending […]

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Should You Start with a Puppy?

Oh the feel of soft puppy fur, sloppy wet licks and warm cuddling! A puppy melts the hearts and softens the wallets as adults who swear they don’t need a dog end up with a puppy before they can say, “What just happened here?” There’s something magical about bringing home a little fur ball that needs you as much as an infant does. It’s an opportunity to train the dog from an early age to fit your environment and lifestyle. If you have children, you can show […]

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Remember Your Puppy Will Grow Up Someday

Chocolate brown eyes, a warm nose and eager licking are classic images of an adorable puppy. From children to burly men, a puppy can level the playing field fast. There’s something soothing about a little puppy who just wants to snuggle in your arms. What dog owner hasn’t thought, “I wish he would stay a puppy forever?” In less than a year, that tiny fur ball could weigh more than your teenage son and eat more than he does, too! If you bring home your puppy at […]

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Don’t Make a Spur-of-the-Moment Decision to Own a Dog

One of life’s great mistakes is taking your children into a pet store if you aren’t serious about bringing home a pet. You can be sure that in a matter of minutes, your children will connect with the cutest little puppy. You say no, then they hand the puppy to you and you’re face to face with pleading brown puppy eyes and crying children. So between the children’s begging and memories of the family dog from your youth, you’re paying for a shopping cart full of dog […]

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Don’t Get a Dog with a Poor Disposition

Don't Get a Dog With Poor Disposition

Each dog breed is known for certain basic characteristics – including temperament. As a result, you can rely on this information to help you choose a dog whose attitude and disposition match your own. Some smaller dogs are known to be feisty and noisy, while some larger dogs are quiet and tranquil. One thing you need to know up front is that you’re not going to get a dog to go contrary to his inherent instincts. So if you like the look of a certain breed, be […]

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Choosing Between a Male and Female Dog

Some dog owners claim that males are typically more aggressive and destructive, particularly in small spaces. Female dogs are said to be easier to train and more affectionate. Depending on the dog breed, these stereotypes may be true or not. Choosing a female dog means either taking the initiative to spay, or deal with the issue of the dog being in heat. Failure to take action for doggie birth control means that you’re constantly trying to find homes for cute litters of puppies. Female dogs don’t have […]

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