November 17, 2017

Breed Profile: Pomeranian

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by Lauren R. Tharp A close relative of the Keeshond, the Pomeranian has been strutting its spunky stuff since the 17th century!  In recent history, Pomeranians have been a favorite pet of several celebrities; including Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, and Jessica Alba.  And talk about cute!  Boo, the “World’s Cutest Dog,” is also a Pomeranian. [...]

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Maltese Profile

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by Lauren R. Tharp The Maltese has one of the most recognizable looks in Toy breeds.  So many people, from Halle Berry to Milhouse from The Simpsons, have recognized the “pet potential” in this gentle, playful, breed; is it any wonder that they’re the 19th most popular breed in America? Physical Traits Size & Weight:  [...]

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Breed Profile: Welsh Corgi

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by Lauren R. Tharp As the old Welsh term “cor gi” roughly translates to “dwarf dog,” is it any wonder that this lovely herding breed is known primarily for its squat stature?  Popularized in modern times by Queen Elizabeth II and recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1934, the Corgi has been making itself [...]

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Breed Profile: Boxer

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by Lauren R. Tharp Originally used for dog fighting, the Boxer would stand on its hind legs, striking out at its opponent with its front paws like, well, a boxer!  Officially recognized as a breed in 1904, the Boxer is currently the 7th most popular breed in the United States.  Many celebrities have taken a [...]

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Poodle Profile

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By Lauren Tharp The perfect mix of beauty and brains, the Poodle has rightly earned its spot as the 8th most popular breed in America and the 2nd most intelligent by the American Kennel Club.  The Poodle, originally used as a hunting dog, has had an ever-changing role throughout its history.  Being employed as anything [...]

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Rottweiler Profile

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by Lauren R. Tharp Opinions of Rottweilers vary wildly.  While many remember Alexandra Day’s Good Dog, Carl children’s book series, still more remember the breed as the “evil” dogs from The Omen. The one thing everyone seems to agree on?  Rottweilers make excellent guard dogs!  Most commonly used as guard dogs, this breed is also [...]

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Breed Profile: Bulldog

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by Lauren R. Tharp There are several varieties of bulldog: The American Bulldog, the French Bulldog, and the English Bulldog. The latter could be considered the “winner” of the bunch as it is the most famous and has earned the right to be referred to simply as “Bulldog.” The Bulldog is the mascot to 39 [...]

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Breed Profile: German Shepherd

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by Lauren R. Tharp The fourth most popular breed in the United States, the German Shepherd has long been known for its heroic exploits and loyalty as a family pet.  First recognized by the AKC in 1908, the German Shepherd is the leading police, military, and guard dog breed in the world…and is also known [...]

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Breed Profile: Saint Bernard

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by Lauren R. Tharp There have been plenty of famous Saint Bernards over the years!  Fortunately for dog lovers everywhere, these pooches are more like Beethoven than Cujo.  Part of the Working group, the St. Bernard was first recognized by the AKC in 1885 and currently reigns as the 37th most popular breed of dog [...]

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Breed Profile: Chihuahua

Chihuahua Profile by Lauren R. Tharp The Chihuahua: Little Dogs with Big Attitudes While Chihuahuas don’t actually have Mexican accents like they do in the movies and on television, they do originate from Mexico. Chihuahua, Mexico, to be specific (go figure?). Recognized by the AKC in 1904, Chihuahuas are estimated to be the oldest—and smallest!—breed [...]

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