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We all know the Poodle makes a great family pet. This breed of dog is also considered to be the smartest of dogs and has a very inquisitive and sharp mind. The Poodle is known to interact very well with people and other animals and loves one on one attention. For generations, the Poodle has been one of the most popular breeds of dog and it looks like this pup’s status will remain this way for a long time.
The Poodle is so well-liked that it has been bred with more than forty other dog breeds which have also proven to be a success. In this blog we will go over some of these breeds and talk a little bit about them.
The Goldendoodle is a cross between the Goldendoodle and the Poodle. This breed has become one of the most sought-after dogs on the planet. They make great family pets as well as therapy pets. They are pleasant and do well with children in the household.
The Labradoodle is a cross between the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle. This breed is very popular amongst those who suffer from allergies yet want a dog. This breed is smart and loyal and a joy to be around. They can also be found in a variety of colors.
The Sheepadoodle is a mix between the Old English Sheepdog and the Poodle. Loving, loyal and friendly best describes this breed of dog. They are known to have amazing personalities and to quickly bond with their family.
The Whoodle is a cross between the Soft-Coated Wheaton Terrier and the Poodle. This breed of dog is also known as a Wheatendoodle, the Wheatenpoo, the Sweatendoodle, and the Sweatenpoo. These pups are friendly and energetic and are not known to bark a lot.
The Westiepoo is a mix between the West Highland White Terrier and the Poodle. This is a smaller breed of dog known for its fluffy coat and high levels of energy. They do well with families that have active children.
The Weimardoodle is a cross between the Weimaraner and the Poodle.This breed enjoys his family and loves to be a part of everyday family activities. They are a kind and gentle breed of dog with a very warm and approachable demeanor.
The Pomapoo is a cross between the Pomeranian and the Toy Poodle. This compact and energetic dog has the heart of a lion yet is very gentle and caring. They do quickly bond with family and love to be the center of your attention.
The Aussiedoodle is a cross between the Australian Shepherdand the Poodle. This breed of dog is very popular and known to be very smart, energetic, and loyal. They love outdoor playtime and make lovely family pets.
The Dalmadoodle is a cross between the Dalmatian and the Poodle. These are bigger dogs who are considered to be very smart. They enjoy socialization and one-on-one attention from their family.
The Schnoodle is a cross between the Miniature Schnauzer and the Poodle. These dogs are known for their charming personalities and their alert watchdog mentality. They are not aggressive dogs and tend to do well with families that have children.
The Cockapoo is a cross between the Cocker Spaniel and the Miniature Poodle. These dogs are friendly, caring, social, and affectionate. They have funny personalities and tend to be happy when you are. They are considered to be the oldest of designer dog breeds with roots that date back to the 1960s. This breed is a great pet that the whole family will love.
Keeping your fur-legged friend contained on his property can be a little tricky at times, especially if he’s known for his Houdini abilities! We dog owners try everything to keep our pups safe and secure at all times, but every so often, they manage to get out and away from us. A dog on the run may think he’s just out for a joy run, but he is putting himself at risk of getting lost, injured, or even worse. If your pup is known to enjoy exploring alone, this blog may help you learn some tips and tricks for keeping him where he is supposed to be.
First, let’s understand why our pups try to get out, to begin with. The main reasons are:
- Boredom: Hanging out in a yard in the same environment with the same dog toys isn’t fun. Dogs of all breeds can suffer from boredom, though it’s more common in high-energy breeds. Cattle dogs are especially prone to this because being on the move and working is in their DNA.
- Looking for something beyond the fence: If a taunting squirrel gets your pup’s attention just beyond the fence, he may be inclined to try and catch him and have a “little talk” with him. This could also include a neighbor’s dog or children that your pup wants to play with.
- Anxiety issues: Anxious pups might escape the yard to flee something that is frightening them. This can include loud noises such as fireworks and thunderstorms. Their instinct creates them to want to run from the perceived threat.
- Being Lonely: If your dog tends to spend a lot of time outside with no interaction and alone, he may want to explore and find companionship elsewhere. Pups are social creatures and do have emotional needs like we do.
Ways To Prevent Your Dog from Escaping a Fenced-in Area
- Increase the height of your fence to make it more difficult for your pup to jump over or climb it.
- Eliminate any objects that they can use to reach the top of the fence. (Chairs, decorations, etc., that your pup can use to climb up.)
- Reconfigure your yard layout.
- Underground fencing to prevent digging their way out. Many dogs tend to dig under a fence to escape.
- Spread gravel at the base of the fence, which will help to temporarily fill in gaps.
- Pour concrete at the base of the fence, which will permanently fill gaps.
- Inspect and repair the weak or damaged areas of the fence that are open, not sturdy, or not fully secure.
- In some instances, replace the fence with a new one that is stronger and more secure.
Although many of these tips will help to prevent your pup from escaping, they are not guaranteed as our pups can be creative and, at times, a bit sneaky. There are other tools that many dog owners use to keep their pups safe. Basic GPS tracking collars are a great way to quickly find your pup should he get out. It is always recommended that your dog is microchipped, which will allow for a much quicker and easier return home should he ever get away. And lastly, a good old fashion collar with an ID tag on it will allow your pup to be brought home if he is found after escaping. Taking the time to make sure your pup is safe and secure now will result in a lot of saved time and grief should he escape.
As we enter summer and the temperature rises, we need to be mindful of our pups and their health. Although our pups do enjoy playing outdoors in all months, hot summer days do take a toll on them and paying extra attention to them and their needs is crucial. We have come up with a list of things to consider which will help keep your pup feeling his best as we enter the summer.
Provide Your Dog with Plenty of Shade and Water
Dehydration in dogs is a common occurrence but one that can be prevented. Making sure that your pup is well hydrated is the first step in preventing this. Having fresh drinking water available is key as is making sure your pup has ample shade while outside. Shade will allow your pup to escape the sun and help him cool down. Signs of dehydration quickly arrive and it is best to prevent before taking place.
Identify the Signs
Your pup’s normal temperature is between 100 and 103F, which means anything above that means your pet’s health is in danger. Dogs do not sweat like humans and rely on panting to cool down. If your pup is outside and you observe any of the following, it may be a good time to bring him inside and allow him relax and lower his body temperature.
- Heavy or excessive panting
- Dry or bright red gums
- Thick drool
- Wobbly legs
- General look of exhaustion or discomfort
- Lethargic behavior
- Whining or barking
Never Leave Your Pet in The Car
Although your fur-legged friend most likely does enjoy a ride in the car, leaving him inside for any amount of time without the air conditioner on can be extremely harmful. The temperature inside a parked car can reach a temperature in very little time that is enough to cause your pup to overheat and die. This act is not only very dangerous, but illegal in many states as it is a form of animal abuse. Police are commonly called to public parking lots after someone observed a dog inside a car unattended. Cracking your windows is certainly not enough to keep your dog safe and is a bad practice.
Apply Ample Amounts of Sunscreen
Believe it or not, dogs are able to get sunburn just like we can. This especially for dogs that are light in color and or have very short coats. Sunburn can be very painful and eventually lead to major health issues such as skin cancer. If you are planning to take your dog outside, a fresh application of sunscreen should be applied every three to four hours. Be sure to pay special attention to areas such as his belly and ears as those are sensitive spots that tend to burn easy. The sunscreen used should be a pet-friendly one as human sunscreen can be toxic for dogs. Taking the time to do this will save a lot of time and pain for your pup later.
Keep Your Dog’s Paws Cool and Protected
Pets heat and cool from the bottom up. If you’re out in the sun together, try to keep your pet off of hot surfaces like cement and asphalt which are generally much hotter than grass and dirt. Hot surfaces will prevent your pup from cooling down and can cause their sensitive paws to burn which may require medical attention. It is always better to be safe than sorry!
Put Together a Travel Pack for Your Pup
If you plan on bringing your pup out for the day have items packed up that he will be able to use. Extra bottled water, sunscreen, and rags that can be dampened to help keep him cool are just a few. Plan out your adventure ahead of time and be sure there are rest areas that have shade. This will allow for a safer and much more enjoyable adventure for you and your pup.
Every dog requires a degree of time and care in order to help keep him looking and feeling his best. Basic grooming, bathing, nail trimming, and teeth cleaning to name a few things. Some dog breeds require much more time and work ass their coats may require special care, etc. However, not every dog requires regular professional attention or an inordinate amount of brushing to keep its hair in check.
Dogs with flat-faces or with wrinkles require special facial care. Some pups also shed a lot which requires brushing every single day, sometimes twice a day.
If you are looking for what many people consider a “wash-and-wear” dog breed, check out the list of pups below that we came up with. These dogs are generally very easy to maintain and make great family pets.
First is the Basenji. These pups are fairly simple to maintain and not known to have a “dog smell” like many other breeds. They also do not bark a lot which is a big plus. A bath every few weeks and some basic care and this pup is ready to go!
The Vizsla is a very easy to care for pooch that doesn’t take a lot of time to clean up. Routine bathing and selfcare is quick and easy. The Vizsla is a very active dog and may require an extra bath or two if playing outside a lot.
The Whippet is a clean and tidy pup that also does not take a lot of time to get ready. These pups generally carry little to no scent and require the basics. Another wash and wear pup!
The Boston is a neat and clean pup that generally doesn’t have an odor. They also are very light shedders which makes caring for them quick and easy. A bath every few weeks and some brushing and this dog is ready to go!
The Doberman Pinscher, also known as a Dobie, is a very low shedding dog that also in not known to have an odor. Besides basic routine grooming, this breed of dog is pretty simple. They do enjoy being outside so a thorough bath is always a good idea.
The Manchester Terrier is a smart and easy to get along with pup that is known to train with ease. They are easy to care for and besides the basics, this pup will take a lot less time to shine than many other breeds. This is another wash and wear pup that you are sure to love.
German Shorthaired Pointer
The German Shorthaired Pointer is another pup that does not take a lot of time or effort to keep looking good. This breed does tend to shed a tad more than other pups on our list, but with a little bit of brushing you can keep that in check. This is a quality pup and one the whole family will love
The Pointer is a playful pup that does enjoy outdoor activities but does not require an excessive amount of maintenance. Routine brushing and a bath every few weeks will help keep this pup looking his best.
Weimaraner The Weimaraner is not a heavy shedder and has very short, easy to care for hair. This breed does not require a lot of effort to keep looking his best and short of a bath every few weeks and some routine brushing, there’s not a lot more to do. They also make great family pets that are known for their loyalty and care.
We all know that our pups are amazing four-legged creatures that have a mind and unique personality. Our pups always tend to intrigue us and generally keep us on our toes. Although all dogs are very special, there are some that have accomplished truly amazing things and have found themselves in the world record book. We have compiled a fascinating list of amazing dog accomplishments that are considered to be world records.
Largest litter of puppies
– Actual record: 24 puppies in one litter
– Record holder: Tia the dog
– Date of record: Nov. 29, 2004
– Location: United Kingdom
In 2004, a Neapolitan mastiff named Tia gave birth to an amazing 24 puppies on the same day. The litter consisted of nine females and fifteen males. All 24 puppies were born by Cesarean section.
Longest dog ears
– Actual record: 13.7 inches
– Record holder: Tigger the dog
– Date of record: Sept. 29, 2004
– Location: United States
Tigger the bloodhound snagged the record for the longest ears on a dog on Sept. 29, 2004. Tiger’s right and left ears measured am impressive 13.75 inches and 13.5 inches. In case you didn’t “hear” that correctly, the measure 13.75 inches! In 2003, Tigger was inducted into the Bloodhound “’Hall of Fame.”
Longest dog tail
– Actual record: 30.2 inches
– Record holder: Keon the dog
– Date of record: Aug. 18, 2015
– Location: Belgium
An Irish wolfhound named Keon hold the record for having the longest tail. In August of 2015, Keon’s tail measured in at an impressive 30.2 inches long, which is about two and a half feet long!
Longest dog tongue
– Actual record: 7.3 inches
– Record holder: Mochi the dog
– Date of record: April 25, 2016
– Location: United States
A Saint Bernard named Mochi must have never had an issue giving licks to her owner with a tongue that measured in at more than seven inches long. This female Saint Bernard was rescued by her loving family who resided in the United States and hold the world record for the longest tongue on a dog.
Most balls caught by a dog with the paws in sixty seconds
– Actual record: 14 balls
– Record holder: Purin the dog
– Date of record: March 22, 2015
– Location: Japan
Play ball! Purin, a nine-year-old Beagle female, holds the record for catching most balls on her paws in one minute. This pup sits in the record books after successfully catching fourteen balls, which is an average of one catch every four seconds. This pup resides in Japan and may be looking for a major league contract!
Shortest standing dog
– Actual record: 3.8 inches tall
– Record holder: Milly
– Date of record: Feb. 21, 2013
– Location: Puerto Rico
The shortest living pup ever recorded was Milly the dog, who measured in at just 3.8 inches tall. This tiny Chihuahua was from Puerto Rico and weighed less than one ounce when she was born. It would have taken more than sixteen Milly baby puppies to even weigh a single pound.
Tallest standing dog
– Actual record: 3.7 feet
– Record holder: Zeus the dog
– Date of record: Oct. 4, 2011
– Location: United States
The tallest dog to have ever lived was a Great Dane named Zeus who stretched out to an incredible 7 feet four inches. Although Great Danes are big pups, this one was extra big! This pup was from Michigan, US and was also a certified therapy dog. This gentle giant was known for his loving and gentle disposition.
There are hundreds of dog breeds in existence, all with different qualities and traits. Realistically, despite similarities, there are no two identical dogs. Each dog has its own personality and mind which means each breed of dog brings something unique to the table. In this blog we are going to “dig” into a few breeds that make great family pets despite not being talked about that often.
The Puli is a very old Hungarian dog breed that dates all the way back to the Middle Ages. Many believe that this breed is a direct ancestor of the Poodle. Around World War II this breed was nearly extinct but was revived by hobbyists. The Puli makes a great family pet and has many desirable qualities. It should be noted that their coats are high -maintenance and do require work to keep looking their best.
The Schipperke has a similar appearance to the Sheepdog and was originally bred to work on barges in Belgium canals in the 1800’s. This is a working breed of dog that has high energy levels and likes to be on the move. This breed of dog has transitioned into a very well-liked family dog who has a loving and caring personality. The Schipperke makes a great fit for families that want the heart of a big dog but in a smaller package.
The Basenji is considered to be one of the most primitive and oldest breeds of dog in existence. This dog has been traced back to pyramids in Egypt. A great trait of this breed is that they are not known to overly bark, however, can be heard yodeling at times. One of the most unusual facts about this breed is that, like wolves and another primitive dog called a dingo, female Basenjis only come into heat once a year, unlike all other domestic breeds that come into heat two times a year. The Basenji is a loving and social dog that makes a great family pet.
Also known as the bearded dog, the Brussels Griffon is known for its long hair around its snout and for its large expressive eyes. This is a playful and active breed of dog that has a very outgoing personality. They are also considered to be hypoallergenic which is great for those of us who suffer from allergies. This breed also does well in families that have children thanks to their warm demeanors.
Many experts believe the Chinese Crested is essentially a smaller version of the African hairless dog. Chinese merchants acquired African hairless dogs on their trips to the continent and bred them to be smaller, producing the Chinese Crested. They originally were known for their abilities to hunt rats on ships but have evolved into a great family pet. This breed has a double coatthat tends to be soft, silky and straight, although some may have curly hair. Both the Hairless and Powderpuff shed very little, and generally makes a great pet for people with allergies.
The Bedlington Terrier, also known as the Bedlington, is a playful and active dog breed that is known for its loyalty. They are also very friendly dogs who quickly warm up to visitors and new people. This breed emerged in the parish of Bedlington in Northumberland, England in the early 19th century. They were originally called the Rothbury Terrier, after the namesake district on the English coast. The Bedlington Terrier is also considered to be hypoallergenic, which is a big plus for those who suffer from allergies.
All of these unique dogs have a lot to offer. They make great family pets and despite being different in many ways they all share on quality. They will all win your heart in no time at all!
Many dog owners have seen their dogs’ showing signs of jealousy. Professional dog trainers actually use jealousy as a training tool by removing unresponsive dogs during training and allow dogs to watch their handlers working with another dog. A lot of dog owners observe their dog’s display of jealousy when their owners interact with other dogs, family members or friends.
A Dog’s Jealous Behaviors May Include:
- Biting / Snapping
- Getting between his owner and other objects
- Behavior towards an object or thing you’re interacting with
- Pushing extra attention from you
Behaviors that Really Need to Be Watched Include:
- Aggression. Any kind of biting to gain the attention over a person, pet or object is a bad sign.
- Accidents inside. Since our dog can’t talk to us, they express themselves through their physical actions. They know going to the potty inside is wrong, yet it will get your attention.
- Aggressive growling or howling.
Signs of Possessive Behavior
Your dog may be showing possessive behavior if they do the following:
- Excessive whining
- Attacking another pet or person
Understanding a Protective Dog
If your dog is overly protective, it may be because that’s their natural instinct. This reaction may seem aggressive if your dog perceives you are in danger. Sometimes protective instincts can get confused with jealous or possessive behavior.
Your Dog is Protective if They Do the Following:
- Focuses on another animal, person, or situation
- Give their full attention to the scenario
- Calms down and backs down after no threat is found
The key difference between a protective dog and a possessive dog is the relaxing and backing down part of the equation. A possessive or jealous dog doesn’t typically back down, and his behavior remains consistent.
Changing Problematic Behavior
Be patient. First, you’ll need to use positive reinforcement and reward your dog when they act the way you want them to. If your dog comes in between you and another person, try ignoring them. If your dog keeps getting in the way, get up and move to another space. The ignoring and or not reacting to what they are doing will help your dog know their behavior is not working to get your attention.
The Three Main Tips
- Don’t verbally communicate with to them when they do this
- Don’t touch them or push them away
- Don’t make eye contact with them
Your Dog is Doing This to Get Your Attention.
By not showing them attention while they do this may deter them from continuing the behavior.To stop your dog’s jealous behavior early in life, consider trying the following ideas:
- Avoid showing too much attention to one pet over another.
- Train your dog to feel safe, secure, and relaxed in their crate.
- Make a separate feeding area for multiple animals. This way they are not competing for food.
- Reward your dog when they’re exhibiting good behavior.
We need to remember; our pups are living creates that have real emotions and feelings. Your pup loves you and wants your attention, similar to a child. It is important to always remain patient with your dog and train him using positive reinforcement. It is also crucial to begin training at a young age as puppies are more prone to learning while their brain is developing. Although older dogs are able to be trained, the process may take longer and be more challenging.
Homemade dog treats come with a variety of benefits. For one, you know the ingredients in them. They are also less expensive than commercially produced dog treats. They are also something fun to make! Before feeding your pup anything that he normally does not eat, it is always recommended that you check with your veterinarian first. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Below is a list of our favorite homemade dog treats that we think your pup will enjoy!
Baked Chicken Treats
For a quick and easy treat, consider this homemade baked chicken dog treats from Eileen Anderson. Using a basic pyramid pan, this recipe can make about 500 small treats that your dog will drool over. After being baked, you can refrigerate or freeze the treats.
- 1 10-ounce can of chicken, including liquid
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup tapioca flour
- cup of white flour
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Blend chicken and eggs in a food processor.
- Pour the mixture into a bowl, and stir in flour and oil. This batter should be a little thicker than pancake batter but still pourable.
- Spread the batter onto the silicone mold on a cookie sheet, making sure it’s in the holes, and then scrape it off the dividers.
- Bake for 12 minutes.
- Once cooled, turn over the mold and dump the treats out.
- You can bag up the treats and refrigerate or freeze them.
Homemade Bacon Pyramid Pan Treats
Is your fur-legged friend a fan of bacon? If so, this simple recipe by Michelle Taylor will be a hit. With four basic ingredients, this is a great homemade treat for beginners.
- package of bacon
- 2 eggs
- 150 grams of gluten-free flour
- Water to thin
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Blend the bacon and eggs.
- Add flour. Stir in water if the batter needs to thin.
- Smooth the batter over the baking mat and bake for eight minutes.
- Once cooled, cut the treats into bite-sized pieces.
Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Almost all dogs love the creamy and sweet taste of peanut butter. If your dog is a fan of it, give these treats by Eileen Anderson a whirl!
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- cup peanut butter powder
- cup white flour
- cup tapioca flour
- cup water
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Mix the ingredients until smooth.
- Pour the mixture into the pan.
- Bake for 12 minutes or until the treats are soft but still drawing away from the side of the pan.
- Once cooled, stretch the pan and dump the treats out.
Cheese and Sardine Pyramid Pan Dog Treats
Looking for a protein-packed treat for your pup? If so, this cheese and sardine dog treat is the answer.
* 1 can of sardines
* 2 eggs
* 150 grams of grated Parmesan cheese
* A handful of roasted vegetables
* 75 grams of tapioca flour (or plain flour)
1. Preheat oven to 320F.
2. Blend all the ingredients in a blender to make a thick batter. Add water as needed to make it thicker.
3. Smooth the mixture over the baking mat and bake for about 15 minutes or until crispy.
4. Once cooled, cut into small pieces.
Cheddar-Apple Dog Biscuits
This classic one is from Martha Stewart and is a combination of cheddar and apple.
- 2 cups barley flour
- cup old-fashioned oatmeal
- 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients and about 3 tablespoons of water to form a dough. Roll out the mixture between two sheets of plastic wrap to -inch thick. Remove plastic wrap and cut out biscuits with a 3 -inch bone-shaped cookie cutter. Re-roll scraps and continue cutting out biscuits.
- Space biscuits 1 inch apart on a prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes until nicely browned and firm.
- Transfer biscuits to a wire rack. Turn off the oven and place the biscuits on a wire rack in the oven overnight. Remove from the oven and store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
We think your pup will love these tricks, which are all healthy sources of nutrition. As mentioned earlier, always check with your veterinarian before feeding your dog anything new.
From time to time, The American Kennel Club (AKC) adds new breeds of dogs to its registry. Being added to their list as a new breed is not something that happens with ease. The American Kennel Club has a rigorous screening process with extremely strict eligibility requirements in order for a dog to be recognized as a new, pure breed. These requirements include a national breed club with at least one hundred members and a population of third-generation dogs numbering at least three hundred. That is not easy to find. The dogs must also be found in at least twenty states in the U.S. To demonstrate how selective this process is, there have only been fifteen new breeds added to this registry since 2015. We rounded up five of these new breeds registered in the last five years to help you get more familiar with them.
Initially registered in 2020, Barbet Dog is one of the AKC’s most recent additions. The Barbet has been shown off in French artwork that dates back as far as the early 16th century. This breed gets its name from the French word “barbe,” which means “beard,” and by looking at this pup you will understand why. The Barbet Dog is a rare dog breed, with a long coat similar to a Poodle, that consists of thick fur that transitions into tight curls. The Barbet is a very loyal and smart breed of dog that has an appearance as unique as its personality.
The Azawakh originated in West Africa and is a tall and slender dog. Although this breed has been around for a very long time, it wasn’t listed on the registry until 2019. This dog was originally developed to be a hunting dog. The Azawakh is a very rare breed and consequently, a very expensive breed. They have a similar, but not identical, appearance of a greyhound and are very athletic. Today’s Azawakh is still commonly used as sighthounds. The Azawakh does make a great pet and tends to be happy when his family is happy.
The Dogo Argentino is a strong and muscular dog which was developed in Argentina for hunting large game. This rare breed, which was initially registered in 2020, is also very expensive. The Dogo Argentino is a strong looking and focused dog that has a very alert mind and a strong will. They are known for their loyalty and protective personalities. Despite their somewhat intimidating appearance, they are not known to be aggressive dogs. This breed does make a good family pet if you are able to find one.
American Hairless Terrier Dog
Despite their name, the American Hairless Terrier can be found in both hairless and coated varieties. This breed descended from a single Rat Terrier that was selectively bred for its hairlessness qualities. In 2016 the American Hairless Terrier dog breed was officially recognized. This breed is known to be outgoing, energetic, curious, and loyal. They are also very good at hunting small rodents. They make great family pets and are not known to excessively shed.
Nederlandse Kooikerhondjie Dog
The Nederlandse Kooikerhondjie was originally bred in the Netherlands to serve as a duck decoy dog. They were very good at luring fowl to their doom into “Eendenkooi,” which is a man-made pond trapping cage. Their Dutch name translates to “small cager dog,” and their unique tails helped entice ducks into these areas. Despite the Nederlandse Kooikerhondjie being very popular in the Netherlands for centuries, they were not registered with the AKC until 2018. This is a quality breed of dog that does well in families of all dynamics.
Did you know that there are 339 breeds of dog on Earth? That’s a lot dogs! Each dog breed comes with very distinct traits. Besides physical attributes each has its own personality, skill, and demeanor. Although every dog is special, some are just more “pupular” than others. Below is a list of the top ten dog breeds in the United States and a little information about each dog.
Ranking #1 – Labrador Retriever
For over thirty straight years, the Labrador Retriever has been the most popular breed of dog in the United States. This pup is not only as handsome as they come, but has a personality to match. They are kid friendly and mom approved dogs that are always happy to see their family. They do great with other pets in the house and do not require excessive amounts of work.
Ranking #2 – Goldendoodle
The Goldendoodle’s popularity continues to take off much thanks to her sweet and playful personality and very approachable demeanor. This breed has a lot to offer and is a joy to be around. They enjoy playing, do great with children and are not known to be aggressive. The Goldendoodle is also a very attractive dog who cleans up well!
Ranking #3 – Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever is not only a very smart breed of dog but a very loving and loyal breed. They are family friendly dogs who easily train and who remain very loyal. This breed is known for its companionship and simply enjoys being around his family. For families that are active, this pup is able to keep up and looks forward to making his family happy.
Ranking # 4 – French Bulldog
The French Bulldog is the perfect combination between adorable and lazy! This breed enjoys the company of his family and other pets. They are also mild mannered which allows for them to interact well with younger children. They enjoy taking naps and being close to their family. For those who want a good-looking pup without having to invest a lot of time in grooming, this should be one to consider.
Ranking #5 – Labradoodle
What do you get when you mix a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle? The Labradoodle. This very attractive dog is also very smart. They make amazing family pets and enjoy being the center of your attention. They are also social dogs who enjoy the company of other pets in the home. If a smart and good-looking pup is what you are searching for, this breed should be considered.
Ranking #6 – German Shepherd
The German Shepherd is quality pup who is known to be loyal, smart and protective. Despite being protective, they can also be very gentle and caring. They enjoy staying busy and they do best with families who enjoy spending time outdoors. Thanks to their intelligence and physical attributes, this breed is also used in law enforcement and the military.
Ranking #7 – Shih Tzu
The Shih Tzu is an elegant dog who is not afraid to get her paws dirty. Despite having a luxurious coat and pretty features, she loves to play and play hard. This breed is very popular and has been for years. If you are looking for a gentle lapdog who is ready for a game of tug of war, the Shih Tzu should be considered.
Ranking #8 – Chihuahua
The Chihuahua is a small yet feisty dog that doesn’t back down from anyone. These pups are also very loving and have caring personalities. They enjoy spending time both indoors and outdoors with family and have been a family favorite for generations in the United States. This breed does well for those who are first time dog owners because they are low maintenance and relatively easy to care for.