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Good dogs to have if you have allergies

6 Mar

 I found this article and then looked up some pictures for each breed.  If you really want a dog and someone has an allergy, these may be some good options. I hope this helps.

Here are some of the dog breeds for people who have allergies.

Bichon Frise: This is cute little beautiful dog with lively expression, alert looking and curly coat. When the coating is curly, it implies that there will be less shedding of dander. This particular aspect makes Bichon Frise suitable dog breed for allergy sufferers.

Bichon Fr...

Maltese: This particular miniature dog breed has beautiful white coat. When you own a Maltese, you need to groom it regularly. Although regular grooming is required for Maltese dogs, they don’t shed much dander and perfectly suits for allergy sufferers.

Toy Poodle: This is another dog breed that needs regular grooming in turn to make most of its beautiful coat. Like other dogs mentioned above, toy poodle also sheds less dander and makes perfect choice for allergy sufferers.

Kerry blue terrier: The hair of Kerry blue terrier will be silky soft and also dense. This particular dog breed doesn’t require frequent grooming and becomes perfect choice for allergy sufferers.


Top dogs for cold climates, dogs and cold weather

3 Feb

For pete’s sake when it is cold let the dog in the garage at least(with blankets and water), if you have any compassion the house!

When should pet owners bring their furry friends indoors?
A: Most veterinarians do not recommend keeping pets outside during extreme (about 32 degrees Fahrenheit/0 degrees Celsius) temperatures. One professional said, “If it is so cold that you can’t go out without extreme cold-weather gear, your dog shouldn’t be outside at that temperature either,” and I agree.

Although some breeds — like Alaskan huskies and malamutes — can endure cold temperatures if they are used to them, all pets need shelter from wind, rain, and snow. If pets sleep outside, use the following tips for doghouses/shelter:

  • It should be large enough for dogs to move but small enough to retain body heat.
  • Add warm bedding to protect pets from the cold ground.
  • Maintain a regular supply of fresh, unfrozen water and additional food. Snow is not a good substitute for fresh water.

Top Breeds for Cold Climates:
Siberian husky. This beautiful and regal dog has been used to pull sleds in arctic countries for centuries. Originating in Siberia, this breed was very important in the 1925 “diphtheria serum run” that saved the lives of hundreds of Alaskan children. This run later became the Iditarod.

Chow chow. The chow is one of the most easily recognized breeds.





Popular because of his thick fluffy coat, the chow is a great guard dog and can readily tolerate cold weather.

Anatolian shepherd. Recently accepted by the AKC, the Anatolian shepherd has an intense devotion and loyalty to his family and flock. Considered one of the best guard dogs around, this dog is slowly gaining popularity in the United States. Used to harsh weather, this dog thrives in cold environments.

Keeshond. A Dutch favorite, the keeshond is a loving and devoted family pet. Related to other Arctic breeds such as the chow chow, samoyed and Pomeranian, the keeshond has a thick coat to protect him in harsh weather.

Samoyed. This big white dog with a smiling face is popular because of his gentleness. Sturdy and covered with a thick coat, this dog can live outdoors as long as there is plenty of contact with his family. Used as sled dogs, they are able to pull about 1 1/2 times their own weight in equipment and supplies

Norwegian elkhound. This dog is descended from canines that served with the Vikings. Brave enough to track bear and moose, the elkhound is also hardy enough to live in the harshest of climates.

Akita. One of the national dogs of Japan, the akita is a dignified and courageous dog. Originally used to hunt bear and guard property, the akita has a thick coat, which protects him from the elements.

Irish wolfhound. This gentle giant was originally developed to hunt wolves in Ireland and readily tolerates cold weather. The massive size of this dog leads him to enjoy the wide open spaces of the great outdoors.

Bouvier des Flandres. The Bouvier originated in Belgium and was originally used to drive cattle and pull carts. His size, strength and coat allow him to live comfortably in cold climates.

Golden retriever. As one of the most popular breeds, the golden retriever is an excellent family pet and can thrive in harsh environments. With a long hair coat, the golden prefers to spend time with his owner.

Old English sheepdog. Easily recognized by his thick white and grey coat, the Old English sheepdog is not as popular as other breeds but he can live anywhere. At home in chilly climates, the OES needs daily grooming to keep his coat healthy.

Saint Bernard. No other dog has been as strongly linked to a barrel of whiskey as the Saint Bernard. Companions of monks, the Saint Bernard has saved many people who have been lost or injured in the frigid Swiss Alps.

Greater Swiss mountain dog. This breed was developed in Switzerland as a working dog. Bred to guard, herd and haul heavy carts, the Greater Swiss Mountain dog enjoys the cold outdoors.

Bernese mountain dog. As with the Greater Swiss Mountain dog, the Bernese was also developed as a draft dog. Hardy and strong, the Bernese is at home indoors or out and thrives in cold weather.

Great Pyrenees. A true shepherd dog, the Great Pyrenees has accompanied many sheep herders and was an invaluable asset when the sheep needed protection and direction. A great watchdog, his thick hair coat lead him to prefer the cooler parts of the world.

Alaskan malamute. Bred to pull sleds over frigid terrain, the Alaskan malamute is ideally suited for life outdoors, though not in hot climates. His heavy coat is better for cold climates.

Bearded collie. The bearded collie may not be as popular as some other breeds but he has plenty of admirers. A hardy dog that thrives as a sheep dog in Scotland, this breed has a thick coat that allows his to thrive in cold outdoor weather.

German shepherd. Nearly always topping the most popular breed lists, the German shepherd has natural guarding and protecting instincts. His double hair coat insulates him in cold weather and he can be quite content spending his days and nights outside.

Shiba inu. Considered one of the smallest of the Japanese breeds, the shiba inu is the most popular companion dog in Japan. Endowed with a thick coat, the shiba inu is used to winter weather.

Newfoundland. Originating in Newfoundland, it is easy to understand why this dog loves the water. A large and strong dog, the Newfie has been used to help fishermen, pull heavy carts and rescue people from a potential watery grave. The Newfoundland’s hair coat allows him to tolerate even cold frigid water.

Dog Breeds with Black Tongues

30 Jan


I found this on Answers.com.  It is great info, I have a ridgeback and I thought he was a mix breed.  He has a spotted tongue…perhaps he is not as mixed as I thought.

The Chinese Shar-Pei (commonly referred to as the ‘wrinkle dog‘) is another breed that is known to have a black tongue. Many breeds are known to have tongues or gums with black spots, prompting less knowledgeable owners to think they may have a dog that is of mixed parentage rather than a purebred. Now to answer the question correctly the follow breeds are ALL know to have black tongues:
Australian Cattle Dog
Australian Shepherd
Belgian Sheepdog
Belgian Malinois
Bichon Frise
Bull Mastiff
Cairn Terrier
Cocker Spaniel
Doberman Pinscher
English Setter
German Shepherd Dog
Golden Retriever
Gordon Setter
Great Pyranees
Irish Setter
Labrador Retriever
Rhodesian Ridgeback
Siberian Husky
Tibetan Mastiff…..
as well as several other breeds that are less well known here in the United States.

And to throw in there as well what is the cause of this. The black spots on a dog’s tongue are a result of excessive pigment, much the same as freckles or birthmarks that might appear on you and I

Fast Speedy Dog Breeds

19 Jan



Fast Dog Breeds

This is a list of the fastest dog breeds. These dogs are extremely fast, and agile on their feet.

Domestic dogs vary in size and shape so significantly that it’s difficult to get a bead on just how fast they can run in general. However, most seem to travel at top speeds between 18 to 31 miles per hour, with 19 or so being the average.

This puts dogs at slightly over a three-minute mile on average. The human per-mile record is slightly under four minutes.
The greyhound is generally considered to be the fastest domesticated dog, reaching average speeds of approximately 45 miles per hour. However, on longer runs, the saluki gives the greyhound a run for its money.

The Saluki has been clocked at top speeds of about 40 mph on short runs, but its remarkable endurance allows it to run fast for long periods of time, unlike other dog breeds.


Top 10 Smartest Dog Breeds

10 Jan
Source of original list: The Intelligence of Dogs By Stanley Coren (New York: The Free Press, 1994)
#10 Australian Cattle Dog
The Australian Cattle Dog is a very active breed.  They need to be exercised on a regular basis, both mentally and physically.  As they were originally bred to herd in cattle in Australia (hence the name), they are freethinking, resourceful, and very protective of their property, including people!


#9 Rottweiler
The Rottweiler, #9 on our list, has a fearsome reputation that is largely undeserved.  The Rotti is only average in intensity, and make a great family dog.  Not only is the Rottweiler intelligent, but extremely courageous (one of the best guard dogs) and reliable.



#8 The Papillon
Does this dog scare you at all?  Well it should, because Papillons are actually a lot tougher than they look!  Some would characterize Papillons as a little moody and aggressive, but they are simply very possessive of their masters and “home turf”.  It may surprise some that the Papillon is considered one of the most affectionate dogs.  Another very intelligent dog, and very easy to train.
#7 Labrador Retriever
An extremely loving, affectionate, and patient dog, the Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular breeds of dog in the world.  They love to work, and need a lot of exercise.  Without proper exercise, Labs have been known to develop weight problems.  Because of their good nature, and love of children and other dogs, they are a very popular family dog.
#6 Shetland Sheepdog
Many Shetland owners swear that their dog has nearly human intelligence!  Shelties were originally bred to herd hundreds of sheep and cattle, requiring great concentration and, of course, intelligence.  They can be a little wary of strangers and children, but are very loyal and affectionate within their own family.  In fact, the Sheltie very much craves human companionship. 
#5 Doberman Pinscher
Dobermans are an extremely loyal, assertive, and fearless breed.  They have incredible stamina, and love to work (they are one of the top 10 best guard dog breeds)  Although known as a dominant breed, Dobermans can vary greatly as far as temperament goes.  Some can be quite docile, and even work as therapy dogs in hospitals!  Dobermans can be great family dogs too, if trained properly from an early age.  Although not vicious, you can count on a Doberman to aggressively protect its master if necessary.
#4 Golden Retriever
Consistently ranked as the most popular breed of dog, the Golden Retriever personifies everything we love about dogs-loyal, loving, patient, great with children and eager to please.  With such great intelligence, it’s no wonder that Golden Retrievers excel in obedience competitions and at performing tricks.  It should be no surprise that the Golden ranks highly on our list of
#3 German Shepherd
German Shepherds are extremely intelligent, courageous, and have a very strong protective instinct (they are one of the best guard dogs).  As long as they are trained in obedience from an early age by a loving but firm hand, they can be great family dogs, and excellent with children.  Because of their intelligence, a German Shepherd needs a purpose or job in life to be truly happy. This intelligence, coupled with their courageous nature make German Shepherds excellent police and search dogs.
#2 Poodle
Yes, the Poodle is at number two.  The standard Poodle is highly intelligent and one of the easiest breeds to train.  They love to be around people, and really hate to be left alone.  Some standard Poodles are good guard dogs, and some can even be trained as hunters!  Overall, Poodles are a sensitive, pleasant and happy breed.
#1 Border Collie
Like many intelligent breeds, the Border Collie needs a job to do.  If they don’t have a purpose in life or some kind of job, they will not be happy.  Border Collies should  definitely not be left at home alone all day, and if they are, they can become quite destructive. They need constant companionship, praise, and extensive exercise.  So if you work and live in the city, a Border Collie probably isn’t the dog for you!  Because of their legendary intelligence, Border Collies set the standard in competitions for such skills as agility, obedience, and of course, sheepdog trials