breeds

Afghan Hound

Filed Under: Dogs, General Care

Looking for glamour? Want a dog with presence? Don’t mind spending several hours a week combing and brushing your pet? Then, the Afghan hound may be right for you.

The Afghan hound is one of the oldest breeds of sighthounds. A sighthound pursues prey by sight and speed, rather than by scent. Believed to have originated in Afghanistan or perhaps Egypt, this breed developed its thick, fine, and silky coat as protection against the cold mountain winds of the desert.

Abyssinians

Filed Under: Cats, General Care

Are you looking for an active, playful cat that is definitely not a lap cat? Are your searching for a cat that prefers constant exploration and play? Believed to be one of the most intelligent breeds of cat, the Abyssinian or “Aby” may be just what you are looking for.

In Defense of Purebred Dogs

Filed Under: Dogs, General Care

The Labrador retriever is again the top breed in the United States, having maintained that coveted spot for most of the last two decades. The German shepherd has, however, replaced the Yorkshire terrier for the number two spot, moving the Yorkie to number three.

Rounding out the top ten are golden retrievers in the number 4 spot, followed by beagles, boxers, bulldogs, dachshunds, poodles, and the Shih Tzu.

Top Dogs for 2008

Filed Under: Dogs, Behavioral & Training, General Care

In the United States, the most popular breeds have all remained the same for 2008 according to the AKC. For the 18th consecutive year the Labrador retriever has maintained the coveted number one most popular breed ranking, although rumor has it that the mixed breed actually edges them out for the number one spot. In fact the Labrador retriever has twice the number of registrants in ‘08 than does its nearest competition: the Yorkshire terrier.

The 2008 ranking resembles that of 2007 with the exception of the English bulldog, who has managed to move up an additional two slots.

Havanese

Filed Under: Dogs, General Care

Do you need a loving sturdy companion that will sit in your lap and easily jump up to get there? Then the Havanese may be a breed of dog for you. This agile little dog runs from 10 to 15 pounds and a height range from 8 1/2 to 11 1/2 inches. This toy breed is almost hypoallergenic and will shed very little if at all. Their coat is slightly wavy with a soft and a light outer coat with a slightly heavier undercoat.

Top Dog Breeds in the US for 2007

Filed Under: Dogs

The most popular dog in the US is actually the mixed-breed, sometimes known as designer dogs. Of the AKC registered breeds the following were the most popular in 2007...

Labrador retriever for the 17th consecutive year
Yorkshire terrier
German shepherd
Golden retriever
Beagle
Boxer
Dachshund
Poodle
Shih tzu
English Bulldog

The English Bulldog makes its first appearance ever on the top 10 list.

Top Dog Breeds in the U.S. for 2007

Filed Under: Dogs

The most popular dog in the US is actually the mixed-breed, sometimes known as "designer dogs". Of the AKC registered breeds, the following were the most popular in 2007.

1) Labrador retriever, for the 17th consecutive year
2) Yorkshire terrier
3) German shepherd
4) Golden retriever
5) Beagle
6) Boxer
7) Dachshund
8) Poodle
9) Shih tzu
10) English Bulldog

The English Bulldog makes its first appearance ever on the top 10 list.

Choosing the Right Breed of Dog For You (video)

Filed Under: Dogs, Behavioral & Training, General Care

Want to adopt a dog, but don’t know which dog breed is the best fit for your family? Dr. Susan Muller Esneault gives some guidelines and suggestions for choosing breeds on MedCall on WAAY-31 TV.

New Test Determines Breeds of Mixed Dogs

Filed Under: Dogs, General Care

Want to know what breeds you are dealing with in your mixed breed puppy? Later this summer Mars Veterinary, a division of M & M Mars Inc, will launch their Wisdom Panel MX. This DNA-based test reportedly distinguishes over 100 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds through analysis of more than 300 distinct genetic markers.

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