Archive for the ‘Dog Beginners’ Category

Boxers such as Tara are great breeds for owners of cats.

Yes, dogs are individuals. Every dog is different and has his or her own personality. According to Dog Training Central, where a dog’s from, the socialization, age and training all play a crucial role in a dog’s temperament and personality.

Although this is true, a dog’s breed can play a giant role in what kind of situation they’re best in. Whether you have a family and children, cats or an apartment there’s sure to be a breed for you.

Families with children should first teach their children how to act around dogs if possible. But aside from that there are a few breeds that will be great for this situation. Both Golden and Labrador Retrievers are great with kids because of their high intelligence and affectionate, loyal nature. The Bernese Mountain Dog is good for families that want a large, gentle dog.  Beagles are also a good choice because they’re sweet and highly sociable.

Most people that already have a cat or two should usually turn to younger puppies when looking for a canine companion. It’s generally easier for cats and dogs to get along if they’re raised together. A few breeds that have a reputation for getting along with cats are Great Pyrenees, Bichon Frise and Boxers. Numerous terrier type breeds have been ranked low in cat friendliness. Terriers have been bred to hunt and therefore are prone to chase and are generally a bad choice for cat owners.

Some breeds that do well for apartment owners include American Hairless Terriers, Australian Terriers and Basset Hounds. The most important thing for apartment owners to remember is that even if they get a small, low-energy dog to fit their apartment lifestyle, exercise is still essential and any dog will have to be walked daily.

On the other hand, for people that have high-energy lifestyles and love to do things such as hike, large, energetic and short-haired breeds are a better choice. Breeds such as Weimaraners, Rottweilers and English Springer Spaniels are all good choices. Also, dog lovers with allergies can still find a perfect fit. Breeds that usually shed less and produce less dander include Bedlington Terriers, Chinese Crested and Irish Water Spaniels.

Regardless of your lifestyle or situation, if you love dogs there will always be a dog for you. Remember to keep in mind a few other factors besides simply the breed. All dogs are different. In addition, to help with your breed search visit this Dog Breed Selector Quiz.


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Dog or no dog?

As many students in college that are dog lovers have most likely considered getting a canine companion while they are enrolled full time. But before doing this, said student needs to think about a few things.

Dogs are expensive. Besides the cost of actually purchasing the dog, they also need food, toys and accessories such as a leash and collar not to mention vet appointments and any medicine or treatments they might require. The cost of owning a dog can range from $700 to $3,000 per year.

Dogs require a lot of time, care and attention. College students already have to balance classes, homework, social time and often times work. If you’re already having trouble balancing these things, then you don’t have time to give a pet the treatment it deserves.

Of course, having a dog while in college can offer some benefits too. A canine companion to come home to and take care of can put you in a better mood, help control stress, encourage exercise, provide social support and as always unconditional love.

If you feel you have the time and finances to comfortably provide for a dog while in college, there are a few tips that might help. As usual, plan ahead and set aside some money. Try to work your new furry friend into your plans. Make sure you have a suitable living environment (and one that allows pets) and a roommate that approves and maybe even is willing to help out.

Having a dog while in college is not for everyone and some people should forget about it until they’re graduated. But that’s not to say that no one can handle it. It can be done and for some people it works out better that way.

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This blog is all about dogs, obviously. You might ask yourself, why do I want to read a blog about dogs? Well…

As of April of this year, pet ownership in the United States has hit an all-time high. 72.9 million American households have pets. According to the American Pet Products Association, 60 percent of dog owners in the U.S. have one dog, 28 percent have two and 12 percent have three or more.

Dogs are generally a dominant branch on the family tree too. According to the American Humane Association, nine in ten pet owners consider their furry friends a member of the family. 63 percent give their dogs presents for Christmas.

Dogs are a prominent part of many people’s lives in the U.S. and regardless, who doesn’t love dogs?

Now, if you’re looking for a new dog and aren’t sure what breed to get, I can help you out there.

According to the American Kennel Club, as of last year the top 5 most registered breeds in America were Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Yorkshire Terriers, Beagles and Golden Retrievers.

Of course, you can’t limit yourself to just these breeds. Everyone is different and you must think of a few main things when looking for a new companion. Your personality, lifestyle and expectations can have a lot to do with it.

Each breed is a different size and energy level. Some are good with children and other pets, while some aren’t. And all breeds require different levels of grooming. There are many other factors you need to consider in choosing a breed as well.

To help in this process I’d like to draw your attention to the Animal Planet Dog Breed Selector. This simple quiz will give you plenty of dog breed options that will fit you. This site also contains plenty of other helpful information that will help soon-to-be dog owners learn more about the family member you will be adopting.

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