Breeds

Learn all about your dog’s breed, as well as breeds you may not have heard of. Canine Journal covers everything from Affenpinscher and Dalmatian to Yorkshire Terrier.

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Embark Dog DNA Test Reviews: Is Your Dog’s Breed (Or Age) A Mystery? (With Our Personal Experience)

We were considering giving our dogs DNA tests but heard that they can be unreliable. You’ll be happy to know that’s not the case with Embark’s newest at-home dog genetic testing kits. Thanks to recent scientific advances, Embark now offers the most accurate at-home dog DNA test available on the market — for breed identification, genetic health risks, and age. They also sell oral and gut health tests as well as purebred tests. There’s something for every dog owner to learn. Read on to find out how much we were able to discover about our dogs!

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Best Dogs For First Time Owners: 13 Breeds To Consider

Welcoming a new canine family member to the family is a joyous, life-changing experience. The excitement is immeasurable for anyone adding to their four-legged family, but it is an even more profound experience for first-time dog owners. One thing that significantly impacts how successful a new pet pairing will be is the canine breed. Some dog breeds simply are not cut out for inexperienced owners. The best dogs for beginners are easy to train, like people, connect well with people, are not skittish, and are not prone to serious health problems. Not every dog breed is as easy to train, care for, or interact with as others. Low-maintenance dogs for first-time owners are some of the best picks.

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Secrets To Picking The Right Dog Breed

Picking the right dog breed for you should not be taken lightly. The decision should involve the entire family and take many factors into account. When it comes to choosing a pup, it is always crucial to research the dog you are seeking. There are several things to consider first if you are wondering, “What is the best dog breed for me?” Whether choosing to adopt from an animal shelter, a breed rescue, or a breeder, the journey cannot begin until you have selected which type of dog to get. Let’s learn more about choosing a dog breed to fit in with your family and lifestyle…

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Working Dog Breeds: Why They Love Their Jobs

While the American Kennel Club has classifications for certain breeds of dog that determine them as working dogs the fact is that a dog does not have to feature in one of these classified breeds to act as a working dog. While working dogs tend to be particularly large and adapted to the rugged life of a working dog, the term working dog can also be used to refer to any dog with a job. In this article, we’ll describe some working dog breeds as well as the specific jobs they’re tasked to….

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What Are The Most Intelligent & Smartest Dog Breeds In The Word?

What makes dogs smart? Is it their ability to learn new tricks, or how well they obey commands? However you see it, the truth is some dogs are more intelligent than others. So, let’s take a look at the world’s smartest dogs — at least the consensus on the top breeds when it comes to canine intelligence testing. Though it shouldn’t be the only determining factor, it may help you decide if you want to make one of these breeds a part of your home. 

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Poodle Guide: Toy, Miniature, Standard, Teacup, Shedding, Grooming, Life Span & More

Depending on whom you ask, the Poodle is considered one of the world’s most intelligent dog breeds, but is that what makes this dog so lovable? This unique breed includes three sizes: standard, miniature, and toy, and is an excellent choice for people with allergies. Read on to find out more about Poodles’ characteristics, including their history, various types, cuddly appearance, intelligence, and overall temperament.

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Bernese Mountain Dog Health Issues: What You Need To Know

One of the giant breeds, Bernese Mountain Dogs (affectionately known as “Berners”), make excellent family companions. This breed is loyal, easygoing, sweet, and very gentle with kids. They also play well with other pets and dogs and love joining in on family activities. Unfortunately, their life span is limited to 7-10 years, and there are some common health problems you should know about…

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Large Dog Breeds

Large Dog Breeds: Is Bigger Better?

When talking about large dog breeds the first breeds that often come to mind are those of the Mastiff, the Great Dane and the Saint Bernard. While these over-sized dogs certainly classify as large dog breeds there are a variety of other large dog breeds which fall in to this category. There is no specific weight or height limit that sets a dog in to the large dog breed category, however, in general a dog that stands at around 26” at the shoulder and / or weighs in at 100lbs or more is a dog that fits the bill.

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13 Best Emotional Support Dogs

If you are considering an emotional support dog, there are a few things to know first. Any breed can be an emotional support animal (ESA), but some are better suited to the role than others. The deep connection owners feel with their pets is therapeutic for all owners, but for those who need an extra level of support, a dog can make a significant, positive impact in their lives. Let’s take a moment and learn more about the best emotional support dogs and the breeds that many people pick.

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