Lynn M. Hayner, JD

Originally an attorney, Lynn Hayner has been writing for companion animal publications for 2 decades. Also a historian, Lynn studies dog breed development throughout the world, dabbles in animal law issues, and collects dog stories as she travels across the country with her husband and German Shepherd Dog, Anja. At home in Waco, Texas, Lynn kicks the dust up dancing with Anja, as well as teaching her obedience and tricks.

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Cardigan Welsh Corgi in Road

Cardigan Welsh Corgi: History & Facts

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is renowned for his adaptability, athleticism and hardiness. Bred for work in the hills of Cardiganshire, Wales, the Cardigan’s chest was developed deep for large heart and lung capacities. His legs were developed short, but don’t misjudge him: He’s tough, capable and (surprise!) speedy. Looking back Ancestors of the Cardigan migrated […]

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Chesapeake Bay Retriever.

5 Dog Breeds Who Love Cold Weather & Snow: Pictures & Facts

What dogs besides the famous, snow-loving Saint Bernard welcome colder temperatures? Let’s talk to five other winter dogs. The 5 Dog Breeds That Thrive in Cold Weather 1. Siberian Husky We’re one of the breeds most rightfully associated when people think of winter dogs. We were bred thousands of years ago in northeastern Siberia by the Chukchi people

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A Bullmastiff sizes up against a young girl.

5 Large Dog Breeds That Are Great for Apartments (With Pictures)

Which big dog breeds — or mixes of large dog breeds — make good apartment dogs? Size is but one factor*. Energy level, intensity, barking and adaptability are likewise important. After all, an apartment dog must live quietly and comfortably in the individual apartment, but also peacefully co-exist with other people and animals in the

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Australian Cattle Dog.

5 Healthiest Dog Breeds: Pictures, Facts & Wellness

Similar to us humans, all dogs will likely experience some sort of health problem. My mixed-breed dog had sore paw problems. One of my German Shepherd Dogs had an enzyme deficiency. Some individual dogs, regardless of their breeds, simply have bad luck with health. Since some disorders are more prevalent in certain breeds, responsible breeders

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Two Labrador Retriever puppies.

5 Best Dog Breeds for First-Time Owners (With Pictures & Facts)

Training books and videos are wonderful tools, but we learn most about dog training through experience. First-time dog owners are bound to make missteps navigating new terrain. I sure had unrealistic expectations when I raised my first puppy! Having resilient breeds may mitigate the impact of well-meaning mistakes. Let’s hear from five such breeds that

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Australian Shepherd four assorted-color puppies on window

Let’s Talk About Professional and Responsible Dog Breeding

I’m eagerly anticipating the birth of a German Shepherd Dog litter in California. My own GSD, Zoey, passed away last March, and I’ve been patiently (well, maybe not all that patiently!) awaiting a new puppy. The sire to my puppy, Dante, belongs to Deborah Stern, a longtime Shepherd source and mentor. Stern co-owns last year’s

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