beautiful black poodle on grey background

Are Poodles Smart Dogs?

One of the most common questions I hear is "Are poodles smart dogs?"  In my experience with two toy poodles that were family members, I believe I know the answer.  No only are poodles very intelligent, they are also mind readers. Poodles are one of the smartest dog breeds. They ...
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Bulldogs Are Ugly But Great Pets

Bulldogs Are Ugly But Great Pets

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but most who behold the bulldogs are unlikely to use the adjective "beautiful" to describe them. Bulldogs are ugly but make great pets. They may be ugly, but bulldogs are very popular pets. The Bulldog (the English Bulldog) and the French ...
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Happiness is a warm Beagle

Happiness Is A Warm Beagle

Charles M. Schulz was most famous for saying "Happiness is a warm Beagle."  Okay, already.  I know he said "puppy" not "beagle and it was the name of one of his books."  But Snoopy , probably based on one of his childhood dogs,  was a Beagle  so I am sure ...
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Mother and her children Relaxing In Garden With Pet Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever #1 Most Popular Dog

The sweet-faced, lovable Labrador Retriever is America’s most popular dog breed. Labs are friendly, outgoing, and high-spirited companions who have more than enough affection to go around for a family looking for a medium-to-large dog. This is according to the AKC. Despite its name, the Labrador Retriever originated in Newfoundland ...
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Young girl with golden retriever walking away

Golden Retrievers #3 In Popularity #1 In Our Hearts

Golden Retrievers have consistently ranked as one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States according to AKC rankings.    If you have ever met a Golden, you can understand why it is such a popular dog.    They are beautiful dogs and make great family pets.  Goldens are ...
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Showing Dog

What Are Kennel Clubs

What Are Kennel Clubs Kennel clubs, also known as a kennel council  in some countries,  are organizations which provide guidance on the breeding, showing and promotion of more than one breed of dog.  Generally, kennel clubs are "all-breed clubs."  All, in this case, meaning only those breeds that they recognize ...
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German Shepherd

German Shepherd Dogs 2nd Most Popular

History of the German Shepherd Dog The dogs we know as German Shepherd dogs were developed from German working dogs by a German dog breeder Max von Stephanitz (1864 - 1936). Stephanitz set the standards for the breed, and with his colleague, Arthur Meyer, founded the first German Shepherd dog ...
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Canis Major the Top Dog Constellation

Canis Major – The “Top Dog” Constellation

The brightest star is Sirius, the dog star.  It is appropriate that the brightest star is located in the constellation Canis Major (Top Dog!). It is a mystery to me how the early Greeks and Romans, or maybe the stone age astronomer, were able to look at a few stars ...
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Berger Picard For Active Owners

Berger Picard For Active Owners

Berger Picard For Active Owners.  They are long-legged herding dogs with strong bones and sturdy build.  Early socialization and positive training are necessary to cope with their stubborn personalities. These dogs nearly became extinct after both the World Wars and is still a rare breed.   This breed ranks 144 of ...
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Pyrenean Shepherd

Pyrenean Shepherd An Energetic Herding Dog

The Pyrenean Shepherd is an energetic  herding dog that hails from the [fusion_tooltip title="A mountain range in southern France and northern Spain. In Greek mythology, Pyrene was a princess who gave her name to the Pyrenees mountains.  How the Pyrenees mountains got their name is (maybe) rooted in Greek mythology.  ...
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