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The Bulldog Breed – part 2

The bulldog breed  is among the most recognizable and more than that, well loved dogs in the world. From the United Kingdom, to America, to Asia- dog lovers find this breed a fantastic family pet and a great companion to have.

What makes the bulldog breed so special? After all, aren’t all dogs created in awesomeness? Yes it’s true that all dogs are special in their own right, but the bulldog is a special dog because even though it looks as tough as it does, it actually is a softie that will do anything for its family.

Bulldog Breed for Children

It’s true, this dog is amazing with children. They are gentle, affectionate, patient and kind. They love their masters and are very protective of them. They will go all the way to protect their own, making them the best guard dog.

The Bulldog Breed
Bulldogs are fearless. They got their name because they were once used to “bait bulls”. And if you are brave enough to be a bait for a big bull, then you are pretty much boss when it comes to tough stuff.

That is why a bulldog owner must be prepared to be the alpha male of the house. If you plan to adopt a bulldog, there should be no second thoughts about being the strong and firm master, otherwise you run the risk of raising a dominant and aggressive dog. You don’t want this because this type of dog is not safe in the community. On the other hand, a well trained and sociable dog is not only happier, but better to have around with strangers as well.

Training the Bulldog Breed of Dogs

Training bulldogs can be a challenge since they can be quite stubborn (hence the saying “stubborn as a bulldog”). But it is worth it. Train them up as early as possible so they do not develop bad habits that can take a while to correct. Teaching them how to be around strange people, animal and loud noises and how to behave right in these environment can go a long way in having a well-rounded and happy animal in your home.

Now, a common problem for bulldog owners is that this breed can be susceptible to several health problems, mostly due to the structure of its face and body. The bulldog is often beset with respiratory concerns because of its small windpipes. The large heads are a problem for pregnant bulldogs because it makes child bearing more of a challenge. The folds in his face can be prone to infection too and due care must be exercised to see to it this doesn’t happen.

Bulldogs are also very sensitive to extreme weather conditions. High heat and really cold weathers can be tough for this tough dog. You also need to regularly engage this dog to physical activity so that he doesn’t get obese and aggravate any health complications he might have. A daily walk a few times around the block is recommended since this satisfies the canine’s innate urge to migrate. Feed him healthy meals in small quantities two or three times a day as opposed to one heavy meal a day. Bulldogs are said to be more likely to have bloat, a painful condition caused by rapid overeating so it is good to try to prevent this in however way you can.

Grooming the Bulldog Breed

It is easy enough to groom a bulldog since they have short, shiny hair that can be combed by a firm bristle brush regularly. Do not bathe him frequently because doing so can dry out their skins fast. If you do, use a mild canine shampoo with natural ingredients like aloe and oatmeal that moisturize the skin. Never use human shampoo because our pH level is way higher than dogs and our products will be too harsh for the dog’s skin. Be careful to wipe the folds of the bulldog’s face to prevent skin infections.

The bulldog breed that you are probably familiar with is the English bulldog, often associated with the great Englishman himself, Winston Churchill. But there are also other bulldog hybrids that many people enjoy like the American bulldog, the Catahoula bulldog, the Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge, the French bulldog, the Boxer, the Bullmastiff, and the toy bulldog . Whatever breed you decide to own, give him the best and enjoy every moment with him. Bulldogs are awesome pets that anyone would be happy to have!

 

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Bull Dog Breeds

Bull dog breeds are among some of the most popular in the world. These dogs are unique, loyal and affectionate – any family would be lucky to have one of these magnificent creatures residing in their homes.

Traits of Bull Dog BreedsBull Dog Breeds - English Bulldog

When you think about the Bulldog, you probably have a tough, scary dog in your mind. While it is true that Bulldogs are not a dog to mess around with (they were once used to bait bulls!), they are actually very sweet, patient and loving to their masters. Team that up with amazing qualities like courage, strength, tenacity (hence the phrase “stubborn as a bulldog”), you’ve got yourself a pet that you will treasure for life.

Seeing the exceptional traits that Bulldogs have, many breeders have actually developed Bull Dog breeds to suit the taste of different personalities and preferences. While this article is not an opinion piece on whether or not this practice is advisable, all I can say is that the resulting hybrid of dogs have generally come out great and such a benefit to the families that have adopted them.

Types of Bull Dog Breeds

What are some of these Bull Dog breeds? The most common one that we refer to when we talk about the Bulldog is the English Bulldog. Yes, the one closely associated with Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister. Other popular Bulldog hybrids include American Bulldog, Boston Terrier, Boxer, French Bulldog, Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog, Valley Bulldog, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier, Bull Mastiff, and the Banter Bulldogge.

These different breeds have a few differences in look and temperament, but they generally reflect the personality of the Bulldog we all know and love. It is important to note that whichever one of the Bull Dog breeds you choose to adopt, you need to take care of them well. Feed them healthy dog food, exercise them regularly, and have them examined by the vet once in a while. This will keep dog sicknesses at bay and make sure that they are as happy and healthy as possible at all times.

 

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Popular Dog Breeds

The 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds

Since their domestication, dogs have been bred for thousands of years to produce the most popular dog breeds. Although we are not yet sure where our beloved Fidos and Rovers originated from, the different dog breeds of today run from a gamut of sizes, shapes and temperaments. The breeds are selectively and purposefully created whether for usefulness or their cuteness.

The American Kennel Club announces a yearly list of the most popular dog breeds. Some are shuffled around but many are mainstays including the following breeds below:

Most Popular Dog Breeds - Labrador Retriever1.      Labrador Retrievers. These athletic dogs originated from Newfoundland and were the best friends of fishermen, helping them to pull nets and catch escaped fish, earning them their retriever status. Labs come in yellow, black, and chocolate coat colors. Apart from being excellent co-workers, they are well loved for their stable temperaments, affection and playfulness.

2.      German Shepherds. A staple for the police and military, these excellent guard dogs came from a mix of herding and farm dogs in Karlsruhe, Germany. From their origins of guarding and herding sheep, this breed’s strength and intelligence made them popular with the police and military. They are prized for their obedience, loyalty and protectiveness.

Yorkshire Terriers3.      Yorkshire Terriers. Affectionately called Yorkies, these dogs are part of a toy breed and can weigh somewhere between 4 and 7 pounds. They originated in England and are named for the city of Yorkshire. They were initially bred to catch rats in clothing mills during the 19th century. Once a working-class pet, the breed has now enjoys being a favorite among the upper-class.

Blonde Golden Retriever4.      Golden Retrievers. The Golden Retriever hails from Scotland where Lord Tweedmouth, who wanted a skilled retriever suited for the Scottish climate, crossed his yellow retriever with the now extinct Tweed Water Spaniel. These medium-built dogs became a hunting companion during shooting parties, helping to retrieve ducks and other waterfowl. The Golden Retrievers are prized for their intelligence, allowing them to fulfill many roles including becoming seeing eye dogs, hunting dogs, drug detectors and search and rescue dogs. Golden Retrievers are friendly and eager to please but do have a tendency to roam due to their instincts as hunting dogs.

5.      Beagles. This breed is so beloved that Charles Schulz made him the endearing protagonist of the Peanuts Comics – Snoopy. Although other beagles wouldn’t imagine gunning after the Red Baron, they are well-known for their hunting acumen. While the larger hounds tracked deer, the smaller ones, such as the beagle, would sniff out rabbits. It is often thought that their name is derived from the French term “be’guele” referring to their baying when on the hunt for game. Beagles are well-loved for their intelligence and cheerful temperament. Rather than hunting, they are now employed as detection dogs.

Boxer6.      Boxers. This breed got its name for its tendency to get up on its hind legs and “box” with its front paws. They were developed in Germany in the 19th century as fighting dogs as well as hunting dogs. The boxer is medium-built with a smooth coat. Although they were originally fighting dogs, dog owners soon learned just how loving and faithful this breed can be. They are especially fond and affectionate of children.

Bulldog7.      Bulldogs. Adorable and loveable, not many would know that the bulldog had rather dark origins. In fact, it got its name for its reputation of being able to wrangle with bulls. They were used for bull baiting in the British Isles so they had to be ferocious and tough. When bull baiting became illegal, the breed almost became extinct. Today, the breed has become a loving companion dog.

8.      Dachshunds. These dogs were first bred in Germany in the 1600s and were bred to be both fearless and lengthy so they could dig and burrow in pursuit of vicious badgers. In fact, their name is German for “badger dog”. When they came to America, Dachshunds hunted prairie dogs.   Two sizes of dachshunds exist today: standard (weighing 16 to 32 pounds) and miniature (11 pounds and under).

9.      Poodles. You might be surprised to know that the frou-frou poodles of today were not bred to be fluffy toy dogs, but rather an athletic hunting dog. They were first bred in Germany as a water retriever and even its hairstyle was utilitarian, helping them to move more efficiently through the water. The poodle comes in three sizes: the standard size is the oldest kind; the miniature poodle and the toy poodle. Toy poodles were often kept as pampered pets, notably during the reign of King Louis XVI.

Shih Tzu Puppies10.      Shih Tzus. This breed originated from China and its name means “lion dog” as they were bred to resemble the lion in traditional oriental art. The Shih Tzu is a toy breed, standing no more than 26 centimeters. The Shih Tzu was cherished by Chinese royalty and was a popular house pet during the Ming Dynasty.

When choosing the best breed for you, take temperament, size and environment into consideration. Which ever of the popular dog breeds you choose, remember that each canine is unique and individual.

 

 

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The Bulldog Breed

Have you encountered enough cute, cuddly pet images, gifts and videos in your personal social networking sites that the thought of owning your very own pet has even transcended your dreams? Why not make that dream a reality and consider adopting a very lovable, huggable, fun dog – the Bulldog breed?

Varieties of the Bulldog Breed

Bulldogs are dogs characterized with having a muscular and stout frame, a distinctive wrinkled face coupled with a unique pushed-in nose. There are three types of Bulldogs for a pet lover to choose from. There are the American Bulldogs, English Bulldogs and French Bulldogs. These three bulldog types are sure to suit your preference for pudgy and cuddly dogs.

The Bulldog Breed - English Bulldog

English Bulldog

We know that Bulldogs are cute and cuddly little things. And as a soon to be pet owner on his way to achieving his dream, I am sure that you are very much interested in first doing a background check on your dream dog. So I bet you are already asking, aside from their so very lovable appearance, does the Bulldog breed have anything more to recommend them?

The Bulldog Breed – Temperament

The answer to that question is a resounding yes. Despite the Bulldog’s sour expression a pet owner can expect a docile and biddable temperament from these breed. They are a bunch of fun friendly dogs that are known for their courageous and kind countenance. It is also a good thing to note that aggressiveness and viciousness is absent in this breed’s DNA, although they may look very intimidating at first glance. This is good news to individuals who loves to invite visitors to their home. This breed will not give your visitors a scare or bite in the butt (no lawsuits here!). What they may do is charm your visitors into giving them a quick belly rub.

The Bulldog breeds are small to medium sized, which makes them perfect for individuals living in apartments and lofts. They are a low maintenance breed and require only a small amount of physical activity making them the perfect dog for individuals living in an urban environment, with fast pace lives.

The Bulldog is also known to be very good with children. They tend to get very attached to the children of the family and will be content with just sitting on someone’s lap than running around chasing a ball as most breeds do. Overall The Bulldog breed is a good candidate for individuals wanting to venture into the mystical world of pet ownership. They have a good temperament and have minimal demands. What they have in abundance are their cute and delightful visages that pet owners will surely appreciate.

How to Care for the Bulldog Breed

Part 2 – Bulldog Breed

Dogs That Don’t Shed

Many would-be dog owners take the matter of shedding into consideration when they’re about to get a pet. For some, it would be due to allergies while others just do not have the time or resources to keep up with the needs of a heavily shedding dog. Fortunately for both types of dog guardians, there are a number of dogs that don’t shed. Here are the top 10 breeds with little to no shedding …

Dogs That Don’t Shed

Dogs That Don't Shed - Poodles1.    Poodle. The Poodle is considered to be the pest pet to have for people who have dog allergies because they hardly ever shed. They do possess a glossy, dense coat that is often curly or deeply corded. Regular grooming is necessary to prevent tangles. They were bred to be hunting companions and today, they are good watchdogs that are alert. As family dogs, they are very affectionate and loving to their pack.

Dogs That Don't Shed - Yorkshire Terriers2.    Yorkshire Terrier. Like all other terrier breeds, a Yorkie has a big personality despite its small stature. They do have long, luxurious coats that require regular brushing and cleaning but they shed very little. This breed is very outgoing and highly sociable. They were originally bred as companions of the middle class workers in the 19th century and were even employed as rat catchers. Today, they are well-loved by many people of different social standing due to their big personality that comes in a cute package.

3.    Dachshund. These little “hotdogs” with their droopy ears and heart-warming puppy dog eyes would make anyone melt. Dachshunds may be short or smooth haired, wire haired or long haired. Long-haired Dachshunds do shed but only a little and need daily grooming. These dogs love to be around people and make good watchdogs.

4.    Miniature Schnauzer. Schnauzers come equipped with a wiry overcoat and soft undercoat that require regular grooming but hardly ever shed. Schnauzers are known to be very affectionate and would make great family dogs. Owners may opt to keep their Schnauzer closely clipped except for its endearing beard and mustache.

5.    Shih Tzu. One look at its long flowing hair and you might be put off but the Shih Tzu are actually another example of dogs that don’t shed. If their pets are not entered for show competitions, most owners prefer to keep their Shih Tzu’s hair clipped close to its body in what is known as a puppy cut. Otherwise all that long gorgeous hair would need daily brushing. Shih Tzus are high in energy and can be good watchdogs. However, they do tend to need a firm hand so that they dona€™t become too dominant in a family.

Boston Terrier6.    Boston Terrier. This breed has a smooth, short coat that makes for easy grooming. Shedding is relatively insignificant. Boston Terriers are a fairly quiet breed so apartment owners love them but they are people-loving and can be lively and even boisterous on occasions.

Maltese Puppy7.    Maltese. The Maltese as very long and silky hair but is a non-shedder. They do require regular brushing however, to prevent all that hair from tangling and it can get time consuming. This is a toy breed that is known to be highly intelligent but also stubborn. Despite its dainty size, a Maltese are known to be fearless and confident.

Bichon Frise8.    Bichon Frise. Its name, loosely translated, is French for “curly lap dog.” It has a thick, wavy coat. It is another non-shedder but does require daily brushing and even professional grooming. Most Bichon owners would opt to keep their pet in a puppy cut. They are known to be friendly and affectionate and would get along well with other household pets.

9.    West Highland Terrier. Dubbed “Westies”, these dogs have two coats – a smooth, straight overcoat and a short, soft undercoat. They shed very little but need daily brushing  to prevent matting. Despite being little, they were bred to go hunting and have retained these instincts. They are very energetic as well as affectionate with their family.

10.    Havanese. It is a non-shedder with a silky, wavy double coat which protects them from harsh weather conditions. These are very social dogs that just love to be with their humans. Highly intelligent and friendly, they are very good with children and even with guests.

Although most of these dogs do require regular and even daily brushing and grooming, they are breeds that shed significantly less than others. Just remember there is no truly hypo-allergenic dog! Be sure to evaluate your lifestyle and do a thorough research before selecting any breed. You never know, you just might fall in love with one of these dogs that don’t shed.

Chihuahua Mixed Breeds

Chihuahua mixed breeds are some of the cutest hybrid dogs there are. You only need to look up some pictures and ask current Chihuahua hybrid owners to know that these little cuties are great additions to any growing homes.

Chihuahua - Mixed Breeds or Pure Bred?Some people ask, why do people like cross breeding Chihuahuas? Well- have you ever seen one? These dogs are adorable! As with all cross breeds, the offspring will get many of the traits that their parent has and Chihuahua mixed breeds not only inherited their parent cute gene, they have other great qualities as well.

Chihuahuas are the smallest canine there is. This doesn’t mean they are weak though. They are actually the oldest breed in America so you know they are sturdy little things that can thrive in almost any environment. While they originated from Mexico (hence the name), they are appreciated by pet owners from all over the globe. There are long coated Chis and short coated ones and they are both average shedder, which may pose as a problem to some allergic individuals.

Now, just because Chihuahuas are tiny, you shouldn’t let them get away with things that a larger dog cannot do. For example, if a big dog jumps on you, of course you discipline and correct them, but sometimes people don’t think much of it when Chihuahuas do. After all, how much damage can a 5 lb dog do, right? While you may not be injured, this type of behaviour will be detrimental to them in the years to come. They will become aggressive and harder to train. If you do decide to get a Chihuahua or a mixed Chihuahua breed, it is important that you keep these training tips in mind.

Chihuahua Mixed Breeds Examples

These are some of the more popular Chihhuahua mixed breeds available:
Affenspincher + Chihuahua = Affenhuahua
Bichon Frise + Chihuahua = Chi chon
Boston Terrier + Chihuahua = Boston Huahua
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel + Chihuahua = Chilier
Chinese Crested Water Dog + Chihuahua = Chi Chi
Dachshund + Chihuahua = Chiweeni
Dalmatian + Chihuahua = Chimatian
French Bulldog + Chihuahua = French Bullhuahua
Havanese + Chihuahua = Cheenese
Jack Russel Terrier + Chihuahua = Jack Chi
Japanese Chin + Chihuahua = Chin Wa
Lhasa Apso + Chihuahua = Chi Apso
Maltese + Chihuahua = Mal Chi
Papillion + Chihuahua = Chion
Pekinese + Chihuahua = Cheeks
Pomeranian + Chihuahua =Pomchi
Poodle + Chihuahua = Choodle
Pug + Chihuahua = Chug
Shih Tzu + Chihuahua = Shi Chi
Toy Fox Terrier + Chihuahua = Taco Terrier
Westland Highland Terrier + Chihuahua = Chestie (there’s a joke here somewhere)
Yorkshire Terrier + Chihuahua = Chorkie

Keep in mind that you do not know exactly what you will get in a hybrid dog. The chances that you will get the traits of one of the parent is 50/50 so be prepared to get some surprises along the way. Find out more about Chihuahua mixed breeds and see if this is the perfect pet for you!

Mastiff Dog Breeds

If you love large dog, then you are someone who loves Mastiff dog breeds. These massive canines are lage in size, but are extremely lovable and great to have as pets.

Mastiff Dog Breeds – History

The Mastiff is actually one of the oldest known breeds around. They were said to be used to fight with gladiators and lions in Rome (Mastiffs were known to be Roman war dogs), and alongside British soldiers during the war. It is even reported that the Mastiff breed was found in Egyptian monuments and records as early as 3000 BC. Considering the variety of dogs that come and go, this is a pretty impressive feat.

Mastiff Dog Breeds – Types

There are more than a few Mastiff dog breeds around. Many times, a Mastiff are slightly different in other countries, most likely because they have adapted to the environment and climate that they are in. Here are some of the more well-known Mastiff dog breeds in the world: Fila Brasilerio, Newfoundland, Shar Pei, Great Pyrenees, Dogue de Bordeaux, Boxer, Great Dane, Rottweiler, Land Seer, Bulldog, Bull Mastiff, English Mastiff, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Lakota Mastino, Neapolitan Mastiff, Spanish Mastiff, Bernese Mountain Dog, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Saint Bernard, Tibetan Mastiff, American Bulldog and the American Pitbull Terrier. Most Mastiff breeds are large, but there are some breeds that are quite small or at least, average sized. These are the Pug, French Bull Dog and the Boston Terrier.

English Mastiff

Mastiff Dog BreedsThere are a lot of breeds, but generally, when you talk about the Mastiff you are referring to the English Mastiff dog. The average English Mastiff can measure from 70 to 76 cm in height. It can be pretty startling when you see a Mastiff. I was just jogging the other day and when I saw a Mastiff, I nearly broke into a run. It was pretty huge. While it’s size can be intimidating, this breed is known to be generally gentle and affectionate towards their family.

The Mastiff is a natural protector. There may be some mastiff breeds that are more dominant and aggressive than others, but for the most part, they are very good pets to have around the house. They are not noisy, but they are alert and will stand up in defense of their family at the slightest provocation. Yes, they are a friendly dog, but they will protect their own. They do not attack like other more aggressive canines. When there is a stranger or intruder, the Mastiff will keep them at a corner or even sit on them to keep the stranger from advancing to the family.

Aside from being protective, the Mastiff is patient, loving, calm and fairly intelligent. They are great with children, although with their bulk and size, they might not be good with extremely small tots and babies. They are somewhat cool towards strangers so it is imperative that you socialize them as early as possible to avoid future incidents. To train a Mastiff, you need to be able to achieve the a€œleader packa€ status in the household. This means you have to guide them in a firm, but friendly manner. If you do this when they are still puppies, they will be a lot easier to train in the future.

Mastiff Dog HealthThe health complications of a Mastiff are those that come because of their size. Hip and elbow dysplasia are common ailments that besets larger dogs. They are also known to be prone to bloat, which is painful but can be quite dangerous as well. To prevent bloat, feed your dog two to three small meals throughout the day instead of just one large meal. You can also purchase one of those dog dishes that are specially designed so that the dog has to move around to be able to finish his food, thus preventing quickly eating a big meal all at once. Sometimes, the Mastiff can develop gastric torsion, ectropion, PRA, heart conditions and arthritis.

One way to avoid aggravating their health issues is to keep them fit and in a moderate weight level. Unfortunately, the Mastiff is not generally known for its active lifestyle. They can be quite lazy and if they are not exercised regularly, can be overweight which will lead to a myriad of health complications. A daily walk around the block will suffice. Make sure that Mastiff dog breeds enjoy a healthy, balanced diet in moderate amounts for a long and happy life.

Dog Breeds Originating in the United Kingdom

Do you know that many dog breeds originating in the United Kingdom are said to be edging closer towards extinction? Sad as it may seem, it is reported that the popularity of small and celebrity owned dogs are adopted more, while the beloved UK breeds are slowly becoming less visible.

Actually, the term used is “vulnerable native breeds”. This is a list of dog breeds originating in the United Kingdom that classifies the extent of the vulnerability of the breed. This list was first compiles by the Kennel Clubb in January 2006 and has been going on ever since.

The breeds included in this list are as follows:

Bloodhound, bull terrier, Miniature Collie, English Setter Gundog Group,English Toy Terrier (Black and Tan) Toy Group , Fox Terrier (Smooth), Glen of Imaal Terrier, Gordon Setter, Irish Red and White Setter, Irish Terrier, Kerry Blue Terrier, King Charles Spaniel, Lakeland Terrier, Lancashire Heeler,  Manchester Terrier, Norwich Terrier, Otterhound, Retriever (Curly Coated), Scottish Deerhound, Sealyham Terrier, Skye Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Spaniel (Clumber), Spaniel (Field), Spaniel (Irish Water), Spaniel (Sussex), Welsh Corgi (Cardigan), Welsh Terrier.

The English Setter is the latest addition to the vulnerable native breeds list. The setter is said to be one of the oldest breeds, dating as far back as 2 centuries ago. This medium to large sized dog was used for hunting in the country. They are affectionate, active, sensitive and great with families. They have an elegant air about them with their soft flecked coat of hair and distinguished bearing.

The reason of the decline or rise in the registration of breeds is largely due to what is most visible in popular media nowadays. While English Setters are unfortunately becoming more forgotten, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi experienced a spike in popularity because of its close resemblance to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi of the Queen herself.

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What is the most popular dog breed in the United States?

What is the most popular dog breed in the United States? The Labrador Retriever of course!

While other pet owners may disagree with the most loved dog breed (in deference to their own pet’s breed), it is pretty much common knowledge that what is the most popular dog breed in the United States is the beautiful Lab. They are a favourite pet in many households in America.

What makes the Labrador such a wonderful pet? Well—what do you like in a dog? The Lab pretty much sums up everything it is that makes our dogs such amazing companions. They are loving, playful, loyal and protective of their families. They are affectionate and gentle to your children, but will not hesitate to take a stranger down if he perceives him to be a threat to those he is protecting.

Labs are generally a sturdy breed, although they are prone to a few health issues. Many Labs have a tendency to have bone problems like hip dysplasia and osteochondritis dissecans. They even have a disease particular to them, hereditary myopathy for Labrador Retrievers. What this basically is is a muscle disorder that eventually leads to a weakening of the skeletal muscle (loss of skeletal muscle mass). They may also be diagnosed with heart defects, hypothyroidism, diabetes and even epilepsy.

I know, these are pretty distressing news for those Labrador lovers out there. The good news is that while these sicknesses are sad, you can manage them the best that you can through a good exercise and diet. Overweight dogs are more susceptible to diabetes and arthritis so regular exercise is helpful because it not only keeps his weight down, it also strengthens his muscles and bones as well.

It is also a good idea to invest in a healthy diet for them to improve their general well-being. A natural diet is recommended, but if this is not possible, buy premium dog food instead. Consult the vet before making any changes in his diet and lifestyle.

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Smartest Dog Breeds

Do you know what are the smartest dog breeds? We all know that most dogs are fun, affectionate and loyal – but not all dogs are equally smart. If you have a smart dog, it is easier to train him and the earlier you can train him, the better life will be for you and for him.

You will notice that many intelligent dogs are used to helping people, specifically to herd animals in large areas. Such is the nature of our tenth smartest dog, the Australian Cattle Dog. These dogs are not just protective over their masters, but their territory as well. If you enjoy playing with dogs with high levels of energy and can be easily trained, this is the dog for you.

Many people are scared of the Rottweiler, and so they should be if you mess with their master! This ninth smartest dog is strong, fierce and fearless – a fantastic guard dog to watch over the family. They will not do well being chained all day so if you are a city dweller, you might want to consider another dog or a larger house with adequate room for exercise. They are generally healthy but can be prone to health problems like displaysia, eye problems and diabetes.

Don’t let its little exterior fool you, the Papillion is not only a clever dog, it is also extremely tough and aggressive. Ranked number eight in this list, the Papillion is known for their moodiness and protectiveness of their master and family. Like many small dogs, this breed can be super noisy when they feel like they are not given enough attention. Socialize them as early as possible so you can enjoy an affectionate and smart dog.

The seventh cleverest dog is also considered by many as the most beloved of all dog breeds, the Labrador Retriever. It is fairly impossible not to fall in love with this large, good natured creature. Labs are a favoured family pet because of their intelligence, patience, loyalty and affection. They are super playful and will require daily exercise to be happy, as well as to keep their weight down because Labs can develop many canine sicknesses due to obesity.

Shetland Sheepdogs are renowned for their intelligence, marking them as the sixth smartest dog. The Shetland Sheepdog was once used to help shepherds in herding cattle and sheep (hence the name) so you can expect them to have a quick and alert mind. They need to be exercised regularly and when you do, make sure you trim their long, silky coats so that they don’t get too dirty and mangy when they get in the house.

The fifth most popular dog breed is also found in another listaE”the best guard dogs in the world. Yes, I’m talking about the fiercely protective Doberman Pinscher. The Doberman is not only incredibly strong, fearless and protectiveaE”they are known for their high intelligence as well. Even if they are tough, they have good temperaments and can be great family dogs especially when you train them early on.

The fourth on the list ranks among the most loved canines in the world, the Golden Retriever. They exemplify the best qualities of dogs. Loyal, fun loving and friendy. The Golden Retriever is lovable even to the most discriminating of people. They are alert and together with their extreme patience, they make the ideal pets for children and growing families.

The third in the smartest dog breeds list is the German Shepherd. Like Dobermans, the German Shepherds are considered among some of the best guard dogs ever. Their stamina, strength and quickness of mind make them very useful to help humans (police dogs, search dogs, therapy dogs, bomb sniffers, etc.). Since they are natural workers, giving them a job and a purpose will keep them happy and fulfilled. As with all the dog breeds, you need to train them early on to maximize these strengths to your best advantage.

The popular Poodle is the second most intelligent dog in the world. They look high maintenance and frou frou, but they are actually really smart. In fact, gypsies used to train them and use them in their shows. Poodles are sociable creatures but they are not always great with children if they have not been properly socially trained. If you plan to adopt a Poodle, surround him with people, loud noises, new places as early as six weeks so he doesn’t get scared and be harmful to society when he grows older.

Who tops the smartest dog breeds list? Drumroll pleaseaE”the honor for this title goes to the Border Collie. The Border Collie was actually used by people before to help in chores. Like some runner-ups, they used to herd animals so don’t be surprised if they start nipping at your children’s feet in an attempt to herd them. It doesn’t take them long to be trained. In fact, you will have to keep him mentally and physically stimulated in order for him not to be bored. Intelligent dogs, when bored, can be a destructive force around the house. Exercise and spend time with them often to get the most out of your pets.