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 […]
The Spanish Water Dog was developed on the Iberian Peninsula (which covers Spain and Portugal) to hunt, help farmers, herd and assist fisherman. Although his name makes him sound like he’d belong in the Sporting Group (and indeed he does like both water and sports), the American Kennel Club placed him in the herding group
Most dogs have brown eyes but there are some dogs with blue eyes out there. Love dogs with blue eyes? Let’s take a look at the most popular ones. The 6 Dog Breeds With Blue Eyes Siberian Husky We’re one of few breeds carrying a gene that can give rise to exquisite blue eyes. Aside
Renowned for the remarkable ridge on his back, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is a dignified and devoted hound. Active, strong and tough, the Ridgeback is also kindhearted and gentle with loved ones. How the Rhodesian Ridgeback came to be In the 17th century, when Dutch and German farmers and ranchers set out from shipping centers at
The responsive, intelligent and adaptable Collie has focused on family for centuries. Work today? Check! Quiet therapy visit? Got it! Although ready for action, the Collie is also suited for R and R days. Collies adjust to the day and their family’s activities. They’ll slow down for small children and seniors but happily pick up
Bold and faithful, Giant Schnauzers boasts a remarkable work drive. Although he displays the same trademark beard and eyebrows as his smaller cousins, he’s significantly larger. After all, a Miniature Schnauzer averages 15 pounds, and the Giant Schnauzers weigh some 80 pounds! Along with his size, the Giant is renowned for his extra strength and
Great trips for me include my RV, husband and German Shepherd Dog, Anja. While Anja (as a pup) flew with me in an airplane cabin once, she’s 65 pounds now, so that’s not an option. We stick to the road. But whether you’re a fan of car-tripping, hauling an RV or cruising on a plane,
Before we name the breeds on the lazy dog breeds list, let’s remember that mankind developed dogs for diverse purposes. Each breed needed differing amounts of energy. A herding breed such as the Australian Shepherd, for example, was developed with energy for all-day ranch work. If an Aussie fell asleep on the job, he (as
Service dogs are an increasingly popular topic. There’s a lot of confusion around what exactly a service dog is, and the differences between service dogs and emotional support dogs. Let’s meet five service dog breeds and learn more about service dogs right here.
Have a Labrador Retriever or looking to add on to your family? Here’s what to know about living with a Lab, including training tips, facts on health and life span, and more.
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
What are sighthound dogs and why do they sometimes get a bad rap for being “dumb”? We talk to a few sighthound dog breeds to find out more.
We humans developed dog breeds for many purposes — there are guard dog breeds, farm dogs and herding dog breeds, to name a few. Scenthound breeds, with their high desire to pursue prey, were bred to hunt game by scent, not sight. Their charming companionship is an added bonus. Most scenthound dogs certainly are too
Did you know the Airedale Terrier was among the first British police dogs? Or how the Airedale is nicknamed the “King of Terriers”? Do Airedales shed a lot? How long do they live? Let’s find out more here.
Dogs are man’s best friends, but the bear’s magnificence has fascinated humans for centuries. Many cultures use bears as symbols, or as favorite mascots. Bears inspire both legend and myth. The bear is a mammal of the family Ursidae, classified as caniforms, which means “doglike carnivorans.” While no dog should have his hair cut to
Curious about the Australian Shepherd dog breed? Did this breed even originate in Australia? What is it like to live with an Australian Shepherd? Can Aussies live in an apartment? Let’s learn more.
Other than the occasional wiggle, we humans don’t move our ears a whole bunch. Our dogs, however, have muscles that allow them to turn, raise, tilt, and lower their ears. Dog ears have a wide range of functions and exceptional hearing is but one (looking cute is another!). The Norwegian Lundehund, for example, literally closes
The Russell Terrier, a high-energy, exuberant breed, lives life at full throttle and takes guff from no one. He’s smart, endearing and often exhausting. Bred in England in the mid-1800s, the breed is named after the Reverend John Russell, who was an enthusiastic hunter. One of his first breeding terriers, Trump, was allegedly bought from
Dogs bark for a reason, although we don’t always appreciate their motives. A dog may bark to say he’s alarmed, frustrated, scared, happy, protective or excited. Some breeds, such as those in the Herding and Terrier groups, are notably vocal. Others, like the Basenji, are especially noiseless. And while there are no dogs that don’t
My new German Shepherd Dog (GSD) puppy, Anja, is 15 weeks old. To keep up with her, I go to bed early, take extra vitamins, and call Anja’s breeders and trainer often. I also find myself reviewing notes from puppy articles I’ve written over the years. Writing about a puppy is easier than raising one!
A Vizsla once curled so tightly she managed to fit on my knees. Similarly, my daughter’s affectionate Australian Shepherd, albeit way too large for success, pursues lap-dog status. Size does matter, but some small dogs are too busy or independent to burrow into your lap. Let’s hear from five breeds who aspire to be the
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
Today, we’ve moved the vibrant-colored breeds, such as the Irish Setter, off stage. Instead we’ve asked five breeds that (at least sometimes) have black coats to lead our applause for dreamily dark appearances. Let’s meet some fabulous black dogs right here: 5 Popular Black-Coated Dog Breeds 1. Affenpinscher Known both as the monkey-terrier and the
We all know the Labrador Retriever is the most popular breed just about everywhere, including many big cities. But today, let’s do some clever match-making when it comes to city dogs. Meet five lesser-known breeds ready to climb the popularity ladder in these five cities: City dog breed #1: The little Löwchen in the Big
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
If you work away from home, you may be looking for dogs who can be left alone — at least while you’re at the office. First, remember that dogs are social animals. Dog parents who work away from home still need to prioritize time for their dogs’ daily mental and physical exercise and interaction. Secondly,
When we bring a new pup home, we know time is precious. Our dogs’ lifespans are short. I’ve had four German Shepherd Dogs over four decades. And if we love giant breeds like Saint Bernards or Newfoundlands, we may lose our beloved friend even sooner. Small breeds’ average lifespans are longer than those of large
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
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