Long-haired dogs that Make Heads Turn

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If you pride yourself in being unique and if you thrive for attention, why not own dogs that stand out in the crowd? But don’t take them in just for their looks for these dogs are great and loyal pets.

Pulis are highly intelligent; they learn very quickly. The Pulis Roots are traced to Hungary where they were used for rounding up sheep. They are highly spirited; they love fun and bonding with owners. They need experienced owners because they are quite challenging to train.  Pulis have a profuse coat that forms into cords. Pet grooming must be regular even if they are low shedders. Life expectancy is around 16 years.

Shetland Sheepdogs are charming and loyal. Roots are traced to Shetland Islands. They suit most owner types. Their breed is one of the most easy to train. They need healthy doses of attention, otherwise they tend to be destructive. They love to please their owners. Their coat is long and straight; the outer coat is rough but the undercoat is soft. Grooming is minimal.

Sealyham Terriers are stubborn dogs that are quite independent.  Roots are traced to Wales. They can be hard to train and need assertive owners. Early socialization is needed so get them while they are young. They don’t like rough handling so they may not be good for young children.  Their outer coat is wiry, and their undercoat is weather resistant. Though shedding is minimal, the breed still needs numerous brushing during the week and you need to clip the coat regularly. They have a distinct beard with small ears that are folded.

Komondors are large, definitely unsuited for apartment living. Roots are traced to Hungary. They were used to guard sheep. They are independent so they need early socialization to promote an outgoing personality. It may be hard to train them and they may be difficult to control. They live an active lifestyle so keep their life interesting with regular play and exercise. Komondors are unusual looking. They have unique corded coats. They look like walking mops. The Komondors coat needs regular clipping and cleaning.

Lhasa Apsos are a gentle, loyal breed. Roots are traced to Tibet. Life expectancy is 14 years. Though small, they are full of spirit and character. They make good watchdogs, barking by instinct whenever alarmed. Training and housebreaking can be difficult. They dislike being teased and rough handled. They resent boisterous children. Their coat is long and heavy, straight and hard. It needs daily brushing. Check on the ears regularly as they tend to develop infections.

Allergy Friendly Dogs

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What is the best Allergy Friendly Dog?

If you want to find a dog for your family but one of your family members are dealing with allergies, does this mean you will not be able to have a pet? There are so many different breeds of dogs available and fortunately there are a few allergy friendly breeds that will make living with a dog much easier. It may not eliminate the allergy symptoms completely but it may make them more tolerable.

An allergy friendly dog is necessary for homes with family members that experience asthma attacks, wheezing, hoarseness, and difficulty breathing. When the family member is around dogs, they may experience watery eyes and sneezing as well. They may only experience more of an allergic reaction when they are around a dog for a long period of time.

Dogs that are not allergy friendly include breeds with long hair. These breeds usually have more dander then short haired breeds. They also shed more then the short haired breeds do. The dander and loose hair can cause allergy symptoms to begin.

Different breeds that are Allergy Friendly

There is no single breed that is labeled as allergy friendly; however, there are dogs that are considered allergy friendly by the American Kennel Club.

These following breeds are considered allergy friendly because they do not shed or they shed very little: Continue reading “Allergy Friendly Dogs”

Easy Care Dogs

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There are literally hundreds of different breeds of dogs to choose from today. Each breed has their own unique characteristics that make them different from other dogs. When you have made the decision to bring a new dog into your home, your decisions don’t end there. You have several choices to make regarding the right dog for you. When you live a busy life but you still have time for a dog, you may want to find easy care dog breeds to choose from.

Easy care dogs require minimal grooming, minimal activity, and can be comfortable indoors or outdoors. For family’s who stay on the move, easy care dog breeds are a must have because of the minimal amount of care. These dogs usually have a low activity level, which means that they want to sleep or they can entertain themselves instead of relying on human companionship.

Every dog needs some form of exercise but not all dogs need to be put on a leash and walked every day. Playing a game of fetch indoors is a good way to get exercise too. There is no alternative to getting some fresh air though. When you look for easy care dogs, you want to make sure that you choose a dog that can occupy them selves when everyone is out of the house.

Easy care dogs do not have a complicated coat. You should be able to brush them about once a week. These are easy dogs to take care of and you can brush them while you are watching television or before you go to bed.

Easy care dogs have calming personalities. There are some breeds that are hyperactive like the golden retriever, and if they do not have the exercise and playtime they need everyday they may develop behavioral problems that can cause them to be destructive or display a change in their personality. While consistent outdoor exercise is not always mandatory, it is a healthy routine.

When you do return home, it is very important that you take the time to show your dog some attention. Although they are not demanding in attention, they still need to know that they are loved and that you appreciate their loyalty.

Easy care breeds are also easy to train. You can put them in a simple training class that will teach you all the basics like one-word commands and how to play fetch.

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Family Friendly Dogs

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If your family has decided to bring a family friendly dog into your home, this is an exciting decision to make. There are several breeds of dogs to choose from but you want to focus on family friendly dogs if you have young children in the home or if you have young children visiting often. Although all dogs look cute and adorable, you want to make sure that you do not have any conflict between humans and dogs.

Young children tend to poke at dogs and tug on their tails. They may not realize that they are actually hurting the dog. If you have a family friendly dog, it will not bite the child that pokes or tugs at it. It will, however try to get away from the child and usually put its tail down between its legs. This lets you know that it does not want to harm the child it just wants the child to stop. There are some occasions that even the family friendly dog will bite a child in order to get away.

It’s best to work with the child from an early age to teach them that poking and tugging on the dog is not how to communicate with it. Teach it early to pet the head and rub the ears. You can also teach them to play fetch.

Family Friendly Breeds

Here are the most popular family friendly dogs to choose from:

Breed #1: Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever

This breed ranks as the number one family friendly dog breed for several reasons. They are considered good-natured dogs that are very playful and loving. They are also gentle in nature and they are very patient with the children. This breed of dog needs to be around people. They display a very affectionate stature and are very active, especially when they are younger. A retriever needs daily exercise so they can run off their energy that they have. If they are not allowed to run out their energy, they may display some behavioral problems such as tearing up cushions or scattering papers. Golden retrievers have long hair and need brushed every day while Labradors have short hair and can be brushed once a week.

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Things to think about when choosing a dog

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More families are considering choosing a dog to join their family in order to complete the perfect family life. There are so many dogs out there that need the love and attention of a good home and while this is an exciting step to embark on you will need to take some factors into consideration before you make your final choice on what breed you want.

It’s important to realize how important it is to choose the right dog. They are real live beings that will need constant attention and care. At the same time, you will receive love, loyalty, and affection on a regular basis and that is a wonderful exchange.

Here are some things to consider when choosing a dog:

  1. The family: in order to make the right decision when choosing a dog you need to consider your family’s needs first. Do you have children or adults with asthma? You also need to take into consideration other health conditions that may worsen when a dog has been brought in full time. Also, you need to determine how busy your family life is. If the dog is going to be left at home alone most of the time, then now may not be the right time to get a dog. If you go on trips often, you need to make sure that the dog is taken care of when you are gone.
  2. Will someone accept responsibility for the dog? A dog needs a lot of care; feeding, watering, housetraining, exercising, playtime, and one-on-one attention. Someone needs to be responsible for each one of these chores. If the family decides to get a dog, it is important that each person has one or two responsibilities for a week at a time. Each week everyone switches responsibility for the dog. All adults and children should have a hand in taking care of the dog accept for small children who are not able to handle this type of responsibility. It’s important to also sit down with the children before choosing a dog to let them know that these responsibilities must be done on schedule otherwise the dog will suffer.
  3. The breed of the dog is another important factor in choosing a dog. You need to decide if the dog will be an indoor dog or outdoor dog. You need to decide if you want a small dog or large dog, short haired or long haired, and if the dog you choose will be around children or not. You also need to consider your climate. Some dogs cannot tolerate extreme heat or cold while others thrive on one or the other. Continue reading “Things to think about when choosing a dog”