Tag Archives: AKC

The American Kennel Club gives many facts and information about dogs today. AKC also has history about these wonderful canines.

Service Dog vs Therapy Dog vs Emotional Support Dogs

Service dog with handicap swipper

If you’re anything like me, you probably use the terms service dog, therapy dog and emotional support dog interchangeably. To be honest, until researching this article, I didn’t know there was a difference. However, these three types of dogs are used in completely different situations. To help clarify, we’ve written this article to explain where you may see a certain type and when someone may need one…

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

Puppies drinking water

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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Meet the Pharaoh Hound

The Pharaoh Hound is often thought to be the official dog of Egypt; however, this is not actually thought to be the case among researchers of the breed. Despite its country of origin, the Pharaoh Hound is a hardy dog breed that is love and hailed by all as a champion hunter, particularly by the Maltese. Modern day research ties this noble dog to the country of Malta and as the national hound of Malta it is certainly a well-loved dog in the Mediterranean…

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Lab Retriever: Everyone’s Favorite Family Pet

Black Lab Retriever

A particularly versatile and intelligent dog breed, it is no surprise that the Labrador Retriever has been named the American Kennel Club’s most popularly registered dog for the past four years in a row. Beating out other popular breeds such the German Shepherd Dogs, Yorkshire Terriers, Golden Retrievers and even the incredibly intelligent Poodle, the Labrador Retriever certainly stands a notch above the rest. So what is it that makes this Canadian breed so popular? A wide array of physical and mental characteristics make the Labrador retriever such a popular breed, and let’s not forget those big friendly brown and hazel eyes!

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Large Dog Breeds: Is Bigger Better?

Large Dog Breeds

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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The Jack Russell Terrier Personality: Small Dog, Big Attitude

Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russell Terrier is a small dog with a particularly big attitude. When people talk of a small dog with a big dog attitude most of the time they are referring to this spunky terrier whose roots are in fox hunting. While it may be a small dog the Jack Russell is a very adept hunting dog and uses its small size to its advantage. Despite this fact, however, it has earned a place in hearts of dog lovers everywhere.

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Doggie Profile: The Italian Greyhound

Gray Italian Greyhound

The Italian greyhound, known by lovers as an “I.G.” or an “Iggy” for short is a well loved sight hound that makes the record books as the smallest sight hound in use today. This toy breed of dog may be a small and slender dog but it certainly possesses quite a talent for hunting as a result of their perfect stature. The Italian greyhound isn’t just loved as a sight hound; however, this miniature relative of the greyhound is loved for being a perfect companion dog both for individuals and families as well!

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