Portuguese Water Dog

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Portuguese Water Dogs are considered to be hypoallergenic though they do shed a little.  This dog breed does not have an undercoat that sheds, which is what people with allergies have a problem with.  Instead, what Portuguese Water Dogs and a few other hypoallergenic breeds have is what is called a single-coat, which does not shed very much.

Its Origin

The Portuguese Water Dog or Cao de Agua, which means “dog of water,” is native to Portugal.  They worked with Portuguese fishermen for hundreds of years.  They were excellent swimmers so they worked herding and catching fish and retrieved anything that fell in the water, as well as broken nets.  They even carried messages from one ship to another, and guarded the boats when docked in foreign ports.  Eventually, technology slowly replaced the dogs.  By the 1930s, the breed’s population dropped considerably. A breeding program was then started by a Portuguese named Vasco Bensaude, in an attempt to save the breed.  It was a success.

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Dalmatians

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The Dalmatian breed has been around for many years.  In fact, it is considered a very old breed that existed in the middle 18th century.  Its origins are unclear, but it is believed that the Dalmatian originated in Dalmatia, a region in Croatia, thus its name.

Dalmatians have always been pictured as firehouse mascots.  This is because in the olden days when fire wagons in fire departments were horse-drawn, the Dalmatian, with its strong affinity with horses, cleared the path for horses to travel.  They were also counted on to calm the horses at the fire scene while all the commotion and confusion went on.  Horses may no longer be used in firehouses these days, but Dalmatians would probably still be found in some of them.

Born white, the Dalmatian’s spots show only after a couple of weeks after birth.  The spots are either black or “liver” in color.

Dalmatians are intelligent and people-oriented. They want nothing more than to be in the company of their owners.  They are also clean by nature, with little to none of the “doggy odor”.

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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.

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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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