The Color Of Your Labrador’s Coat Could Help Predict His Lifespan

The Color Of Your Labrador’s Coat Could Help Predict His Lifespan

Advertisement A recent study published in the journal, Canine Genetics and Epidemiology, has worrying news for a third of the world’s lab lovers. Researchers at the University of Sydney found that chocolate labs have significantly shorter lifespans than their black and yellow brothers and sisters. Labrador Retrievers (of all coat colors) are the long-standing favorite breed in the United States and Australia. The researchers collected and analyzed electronic patient data from more than 33,000 black, yellow and chocolate labradors in the U.K. They found that black and yellow labs live an average of 12.1 years,…continue reading →
Looking For An Apartment Dog? These 8 Breeds Love The City

Looking For An Apartment Dog? These 8 Breeds Love The City

Advertisement The bustling streets, glistening lights, being able to get your favorite take-out at two in the morning—there’s something about the city that has your heart. There’s a lot to love, but tiny apartments pose specific challenges for pup parents. Finding a place that accepts pets is your first hurdle, and then there’s everything that comes with having a dog in a small space. You need to think about how your dog is going to exercise, where they’ll go to the bathroom, and how you’ll keep the peace with your close-quarter neighbors. The…continue reading →

21 Things You Didn’t Know About The 7 Dog Breed Groups

Advertisement There are 190 canine breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, and each one is categorized into one of seven dog breed groups. How the groups are determined goes back to the days when dogs were bred for specific purposes. Humans bred dogs to herd animals, protect property, and hunt down dinner. Some breeds were designed specifically to be man’s best friend. There are big dogs and little dogs, hyper dogs and laid-back dogs, and each breed offers the world something different. No two breeds are the same, but there’s a common…continue reading →

12 Of The Easiest Dog Breeds To Train

Advertisement Most people looking for a dog want a breed that’s easy to live with. Easiest dog breeds to train tops many desired “wants” when looking to bring a new dog/rescue dog into a person’s life. While all dogs can be trained, there are some that are easier than others. All dogs are individuals, of course, so this list is a broad generalization of which breeds are usually fairly easy to train basic obedience and house manners. If you’re looking for a breed that’s easy to train for advanced and competition obedience, these…continue reading →
7 Dog Breeds That Are At Risk in The Summer Heat

7 Dog Breeds That Are At Risk in The Summer Heat

Advertisement With summer approaching, it’s time to talk about heat stroke. Since dogs can’t sweat, the only way they can reduce their body temperature is by panting. Any dog can overheat and suffer a heat stroke, but some dog breeds are far more likely than others to have a difficult time regulating their body temperature. Here are 7 breeds that don’t do well in the heat. #1 – English Bulldog Image source: Jim Pennucci via flickr Brachycephalic (flat-faced) dog breeds are the most prone to heat stroke since they have narrowed nostrils and…continue reading →
7 Dog Breeds That Are At Risk in The Summer Sun

7 Dog Breeds That Are At Risk in The Summer Sun

With summer approaching, it’s time to talk about heat stroke. Since dogs can’t sweat, the only way they can reduce their body temperature is by panting. Any dog can overheat and suffer a heat stroke, but some dog breeds are far more likely than others to have a difficult time regulating their body temperature. Here are 7 breeds that don’t do well in the heat. #1 – English Bulldog Image source: Jim Pennucci via flickr Brachycephalic (flat-faced) dog breeds are the most prone to heat stroke since they have narrowed nostrils and airways,…continue reading →
10 Dog Breeds That Can Be Extra Challenging For First-Time Owners

10 Dog Breeds That Can Be Extra Challenging For First-Time Owners

Advertisement There’s no doubt that every dog has his or her own unique personality, but genetics play a partial role in determining different traits. While there are exceptions to every rule, in general, some high-energy working or guard dog breeds may be more challenging for first-time owners to manage. The dogs below usually do best with strong leadership, boundaries, and lots of early, positive socialization with people and pets. If you’re looking for a pup who’ll sit peacefully by your side while you eat lunch on a sidewalk café, the breeds below probably…continue reading →

9 Of The Most Mischievous Dog Breeds

Advertisement There’s a pup out there for every personality, from companion couch potatoes, to social butterflies, to playful buddies that are perfect for active families. And there are some dogs whose genetics combine high intelligence with high energy, so if they’re not properly occupied, they may get themselves into some trouble! To be clear, these aren’t the “problem children” of the canine world, they’re the dogs who love to work, hike, play, run, excel at agility, and more! But left to their own devices, pup parents shouldn’t be surprised if their under-stimulated dogs…continue reading →
These 12 Dog Breeds Are The Worst Swimmers

These 12 Dog Breeds Are The Worst Swimmers

All dogs have their strengths and weaknesses. While some pups glide through the water as gracefully and effortlessly as Michael Phelps, others flounder (pun definitely intended). The breeds on this list may still be able to enjoy the water, but they should definitely do so while wearing a life vest! 1. Basset Hound These sad-looking hounds have large heads, dense bone structure, long, thick torsos and disproportionately short legs, making swimming very difficult. In addition to their non-buoyant bodies, Bassets also have long, floppy ears that trap water and provide the perfect environment…continue reading →

8 Strongest Dog Breeds

Whether they’re pulling you down the sidewalk during your daily walk or excelling at canine sports, there are more than a few brawny dog breeds known for their power and strength. You’ll recognize them as the dogs bred for things like farm work and protection, and they’ve also found places as prized family pets. They’re big and built with noticeable muscles, but they can also be sweet and silly. They’re the jocks of the dog world, and we can’t help but fall in love. Training is essential to keep these strapping canines under…continue reading →

11 Smallest Dog Breeds

Advertisement Big, fluffy, short-haired, small… when it comes to dogs, we love them all! Whether you live in a small space, want a portable friend, or you just can’t resist a tiny canine, there’s something so endearing about petite pooches with big personalities! With information gathered from the American Kennel Club, below is a list of 10-pound-and-under pups that could make a perfect addition to your family. Don’t forget to check out your local shelters and rescues for your favorite breed, or even a miniature mutt that needs a home! Do you have…continue reading →

Can You Tell The Difference Between These Dog Breeds?

Advertisement There are so many different types of dog breeds from all over the world, and unsurprisingly, some look incredibly similar! With look-alike markings, coats, and statures, it’s no surprise that some of these “twins” can even stump dog aficionados. Can you tell the difference between the dog breeds below? (Hint: not all the photos are in the same order as the headings!) Quiz yourself on these 12 pairs, and scroll to the bottom of this post for the answers! 1. Norwich Terrier & Cairn Terrier (Image on left: Brad L.via Flickr / Image on right: Petful…continue reading →
8 Of The Largest Dog Breeds

8 Of The Largest Dog Breeds

Advertisement If you’re reading this, chances are, you can never get enough of all things dog! For some of us, that means that the more “dog” that’s in one furry package, the better! These big breeds below represent more fur, more slobber, and more big-armed snuggles than their smaller canine counterparts. Many of the pups on this list are gentle giants, but sadly, their large size can come at a price: big breeds tend to age faster than smaller ones, meaning that their life expectancy is often less than 12 years. However, fans…continue reading →
8 Healthiest Dog Breeds

8 Healthiest Dog Breeds

Advertisement The right diet, adequate exercise, regular vet exams—it isn’t always enough to guarantee a dog’s health. You can do everything right, but some dogs are simply prone to having health troubles. Dogs already have shorter lifespans than what we’d like, and we do everything we can to keep them around for as long as possible. If you’re considering welcoming a new dog into the family or want to learn more about the dogs you already love, it’s important to learn about breed health. There’s no scientific way to determine which dog breed…continue reading →

10 Dog Breeds That Bark The Least

Advertisement There are close to 200 dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). Each is assigned to one of seven groups based on the traits they were bred for. While there is no such thing as a bark-free dog, the following 10 breeds are among the quietest, thanks to their inherent characteristics. 1. Pug Pugs were originally bred more than 2,000 years ago to serve as companions to Chinese emperors and their families. To this day, these loyal cuties prefer a life of leisure full of good food and lots of…continue reading →

The 20 Most High-Maintenance Dog Breeds

Advertisement You may want a dog that you can teach a few tricks, take for a couple of short walks a day, and who will snuggle with you every night. If your dog is on this list of high-maintenance dog breeds, however, you might get more than you bargained for. Some dogs are high maintenance because they need massive amounts of exercise. Some dogs are high maintenance because they require a lot of grooming. Some dogs are high maintenance because they are extremely intelligent and become bored easily. And some dogs are extremely prone…continue reading →

10 Dog Breeds That Make The Best Guard Dogs

Advertisement It’s dark, and the house is seemingly quiet, but was that the sound of footsteps outside the window? Whether it’s an intruder trying to break in or the sound of your imagination playing tricks, having a guard dog on duty offers more than peace of mind. It’s protection from known and unknown threats, and when properly trained, watch dogs offer the loyal companionship of a valued family member. Guard dogs are trained to embrace their natural instincts to protect. Some of the best guard dog breeds have long histories of protecting people,…continue reading →

10 Low Maintenance Dog Breeds

Advertisement There is a dog out there for everyone who wants and has the ability to care for one, and some would prefer a dog that’s relatively low maintenance. This can mean different things to different people, and for the purposes of this list, we’ll be factoring in energy level, grooming needs, and adaptability, based on research from the American Kennel Club. Whether you live in a small space, you’re looking for a calm companion, or you’re about to be a first time pup parent, these 10 low maintenance dog breeds are some…continue reading →
Michigan Senate Votes To End Breed Bans Statewide

Michigan Senate Votes To End Breed Bans Statewide

Advertisement A Michigan bill to prohibit local governments from dictating breed specific legislations has taken another step towards becoming a law with a 22-13 vote from the Senate chamber. Supporters of Senate Bill 239 say breed restrictions violate the property rights of dog owners, and banning specific breeds has not proven effective in preventing dog bites. Related Post: The Ugly Truth About Breed Specific Legislation At least 27 local governments throughout the state of Michigan currently have breed-specific laws, most of them aimed at Pit Bulls and Pit Bull-type dogs. Some statutes ban…continue reading →

11 Small Breeds That Love Being Lap Dogs

Advertisement There’s a pup out there for just about every personality, and these lovable lap dogs are perfect for anyone who’s looking to add a snuggle bug to their family! Whether you’d prefer a social butterfly by day and a couch potato by night, a canine who’s content to live in an apartment, or a four-legged friend for the kids, there’s a petite pup on this list who’d make a wonderful companion. Based on information from the American Kennel Club website (and in no particular order), here are 11 pint-sized breeds that love…continue reading →
Your Input Could Help Scientists Bust Breed Stereotypes

Your Input Could Help Scientists Bust Breed Stereotypes

Advertisement A now-famous 2012 study conducted by the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida demonstrated just how inaccurate the average human – and most canine experts – are at identifying a dog’s breed mix by sight alone. Now, a team of scientists from Darwin’s Dogs is searching for volunteers to help further their research on the same subject. They hope to gain insight into how superficial perceptions affect our lives with dogs. Darwin’s Dogs is a project of the Broad Institute of Harvard & MIT and the U-Mass Medical School.…continue reading →

What Your Favorite Dog Breed Says About You

Advertisement While most dog lovers love all dogs, we’d be lying if we said that we didn’t secretly (or in some cases, not so secretly) have a favorite. It’s not that we are selective, but it’s just that certain dog breeds pull at our heartstrings a little bit more than others. With our favorite breed often comes stereotypes, and certain characteristics that many owners hold true. To have a little fun, we’ve come up with a list of some popular dog breeds–so now you can see what your favorite dog breed says about…continue reading →

7 Dog Breeds Prone To Serious Tummy Troubles

Advertisement There are dogs that seem to be able to ingest just about anything with little to no trouble; then there are those that require special diets, feeding methods and medications just to maintain basic digestive function. Many dogs have “sensitive stomachs,” but the breeds on this list are predisposed to serious – sometimes life-threatening – gastrointestinal illnesses. 1. Irish Setter Irish Setters are genetically predisposed to gluten-sensitive enteropathy (GSE) which causes diarrhea, weight loss and chronic skin problems if wheat or other grains are ingested. Due to their high risk of gluten…continue reading →