Breed

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.

Picking the Right Dog Breed

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Picking the right dog breed for you is not a task that should be taken lightly, bringing a new life in to your family whether it has four legs or not, is a task that should involve the entire family and take many factors in to account…

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Rottweiler: Is it the Right Breed for You?

Rottweiler laying in grass

Rottweilers are thought of as being one of the most dangerous dogs, but with proper training, they can be one of the most loyal and affectionate dogs. You could be the perfect family to take a Rottweiler in and show them unconditional love. They enjoy exercise and are incredibly beautiful with their black fur and brown markings. Learn more about this amazing breed below…

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Want to Dig Into Your Dog’s Roots? DNA Testing For Dogs

Dog with DNA: DNA Testing For Dogs

We love our dogs regardless of the breeds that make them who they are, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to know who Fido’s mom and dad were! With the advent of DNA testing for dogs, finding out your pup’s lineage is now a reality. But what exactly is a DNA test for dogs? How do they work? What are the benefits? Below we’ll answer all these questions and more. Dog DNA test kits are a fun way to learn more about your pup — and they make a great gift for your dog-loving friends…

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Wisdom Panel Review: Our Dog’s Results Were Surprising

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When my husband and I adopted our dog Sally in 2017 we were extremely curious about her dog breed makeup. We suspected she was hound of some sort but were uncertain of what type or anything else beyond that. So, we decided to take a dog DNA test to learn more. We completed a Wisdom Panel test for her and in less than two weeks, we had the results. What we discovered in the results was completely surprising to us…

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Embark DNA vs Wisdom Panel: Our Firsthand Experience Winner

Embark Dog DNA vs Wisdom Panel boxes

When we adopted our dog Sally we were so curious about her family history, breed makeup and any potential health concerns. Not knowing her entire history or even what breed(s) she is was a bit of a concern for us because it would make vet forms a bit more challenging to fill out plus we wouldn’t know what types of illnesses to watch out for. When Michelle (the founder of Canine Journal) asked if I’d like to do a DNA test for Sally I got very excited and immediately said yes…

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Boxer: A Great Family Pet

Boxer in the grass

The boxer is known for its squishy face and playful personality. According to the American Kennel Club, the boxer is the 10th most popular breed. Why is this dog such a popular companion? Below we’ll go over the Boxer’s history, personality, physical attributes and more. Find out if this breed should be in your household…

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Yorkshire Terrier: The Ultimate Companion Dog?

Yorkshire Terrier licking nose

Don’t have much of a yard, or live in an apartment? The Yorkshire Terrier could be a perfect fit for your lifestyle. The Yorkshire Terrier, commonly known as the Yorkie, is a spunky little dog with a personality that far outweighs its small stature. A widely sought-after companion dog, the Yorkshire Terrier ranks as the ninth most popular breed, according to the American Kennel Club’s annual rankings. Read on to learn more about the Yorkie’s characteristics, health issues, temperament and much more…

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World’s Most Low Energy Dogs (and High Energy Dogs Too)

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Ever wondered why some dogs act like couch potatoes while others are natural Olympians? Breed type is often to thank (or blame) for Fido’s feisty (or lazy) behavior. While good looks and personality are important, you should also take into consideration each breed’s energy level so you can make sure his or her exercise levels are adequately met given your lifestyle and location. We’ll discuss the various low energy dog breeds as well as the high energy dogs too so you can learn which breed is a good fit for you…

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Life Expectancy of Dogs: How Long Will My Dog Live?

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Larger animals tend to live longer than smaller ones…most of the time. Think about it. A human lives longer than a cat, which lives longer than a rat, which lives longer than a fly. But why isn’t this true when it comes to animals within their species? A person who weighs 150 pounds will most likely live longer than a person who weighs 300 pounds. This is because of increased health risks for the person who weighs 300 pounds. When it comes to dogs though, how can you compare a Great Dane to a Chihuahua? Their anatomic builds are completely different and their lifespans reflect this…

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