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Why does one breed appeal to a person over another? Why do some of us love the size, looks and temperament of a Great Dane and others would never own anything but a Toy Poodle?
Every breed has their pros and cons. As a prospective puppy buyer/dog owner, you must be aware of the traits, both good and bad, of the breed you are considering. Many pet owners own the breed they do because of an impulse buy. Sometimes this works out fine and other times dog owners find out, too late, that this is not such a wonderful breed (for them) after all. Sadly, it's the innocent dog that suffers when it gets placed in a new home, returned to the breeder or, worst of all, taken to the pound!
Each breed was developed with a definite purpose in mind. Each breed (or most anyway) have breed specific health and or temperament problems of which you should be aware. Some breeds have coats that need hours of grooming to keep the dog in good shape. Some breeds shed more than others. Some breeds are very active and hyper while others are quiet and sedentary.
Because different breeds have different characteristics, it's a good idea to first define exactly what traits you want in a dog. Do you want a large dog, medium or small? What is the main purpose of having the dog, other than companionship? Do you want the dog to hunt with you? Do you want a dog that is a good guard dog? How about children? If you have them, you want to be assured that the breed you choose is going to get along with the kids. And if you do have children, what age are they? A dog breed that tends to be very hyperactive and aggressive would not be a good choice with very small children as the dog will likely do damage if it jumps on the kid and play bites. However kids in the 10 years and up range would probably thoroughly enjoy an active outgoing playmate.
What about grooming? How much time are you willing to spend on this chore? What about shedding? Some dogs don't shed at all and others shed almost constantly. How much noise are you willing to put up with? What about trainability? Some breeds are notoriously difficult to housebreak and/or train while others practically discipline themselves. If your interest is obedience, seek out those breeds that excel in the field. If you're a hunter and have visions of fall days in the duck blind with your trusty dog, you wouldn't go out and buy a Chinese Crested. If you hope to own a dog that will be around for 15 to 16 years, don't purchase a large breed.
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Why you should keep marijuana away from your pets
(BDN) -- From curious cats to counter-surfing canines, more pets are showing up stoned in veterinarians' offices after getting into their owners' stashes. Pets have been getting high with or without their owner's help for decades, but the widening ...
Detroit Barbers design natural moisturizers for their own pets
The Oakland Press
Detroit Barbers design natural moisturizers for their own pets. The Detroit Barbers have new pet care products for sale, and share proceeds with Detroit Dog Rescue. By Stephanie Casola, For Digital First Media. Posted: 04/23/18, 7:02 PM EDT | Updated ...
New York Post
Red tape is killing pets sent to the city's adoption hub: advocates
New York Post
The city's Animal Care Center uses inadequate methods in compiling its daily “kill list” — giving condemned pets just 18 hours to get adopted before they are put down, advocates and experts charge. The arcane system forces people to seek a designated ...
Protect your pets from those pesky pests
The warmer weather is finally here, and that means more bugs or parasites will be out to target our pets. But, our friend Mike Palmer from Premier Pet Supply has ways you can protect your pets. Palmer joined us in studio and brought along Brandon ...
Police: Monroe couple trashed house, deserted pets
During their arraignment hearing Monday afternoon, Superior Court Judge Kevin Doyle agreed to release both Totten and Terdik on promises to appear in court but ordered them to undergo mental health evaluations. Police said they were called to the ...
Kansas City Star
Tending to pets — and their people — is the mission of this shop
Kansas City Star
For 15 years, Brookside Barkery & Bath owner Delena Stout has been helping pets and owners make better homes together. At its onset, the store gave owners of larger dogs an easy way to bathe their pets and offered healthier food options. It has grown ...
Rabid fox attacked pets in St. Michaels
If a pet has been exposed to a rabid animal, or suspected rabid animal, wear gloves before handling it. Immediately contact your county health department for further instructions. Pets that are currently vaccinated against rabies must immediately ...
Department of Health and Human Services issues warning about rabies
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Champaign County Pets of the Week
Springfield News Sun
Fred and Ricky are 9-month-old male domestic short-haired cats. Their mother was brought to PAWS in the family way, so Ricky and his brother Fred were born and raised here. Ricky is a cuddler who loves to lay on your lap, but he also loves to play ...
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Animal shelter uses facial recognition technology to help reunite lost pets with owners
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The adventure ended 10 hours later after a group of strangers searched everywhere and found Roxy at Boyden Park in Taunton. "I cried. She's my baby," De Jong said. De Jong said while the technology helps, nothing compares to her search team who banded ...
Bangor Daily News
Why you should keep marijuana away from your pets — Homestead ...
Bangor Daily News
From curious cats to counter-surfing canines, more pets are showing up stoned in veterinarians' offices after getting into their owners' stashes. Pets have been getting high with or without their owner's help for decades, but the widening legalization ...
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