Breeds - general
Choosing a shelter dog
The decision to adopt your pup from a shelter is a step in the right direction — learn what questions to ask and how to choose the perfect shelter dog for your family.
Problems common to purebred dogs
This article courtesy of PetMD.com. Nothing is cuter in this world than a puppy, especially one from impeccable lineage. But as many a princess has learned throughout history, keeping it in the family does not always end happily. Purebred dogs frequently suffer from the effects of inbreeding; and while purebred dogs and puppies are much-coveted […]
Finding a puppy: Picking the right breed of dog
Master trainer Ian Dunbar on picking the right dog breed for you
Finding the right dog for you
Dogs bring years of joy and companionship, but they are also a big responsibility. Before you bring a dog into your home, it’s critical to know what to expect. Deciding which breed to get (or mix of breeds) is as important as deciding whether to get a dog in the first place. Being a responsible […]
Book Excerpt: The Everything Guide to Working with Animals
Do you love animals? Do you want to work with animals but don’t know where to start? The Everything Guide to Careers with Animals (Adams Media) features personal stories from experts in the field, including a large-animal surgeon, a professional dog trainer, an animal behaviorist, and the former president and CEO of the American Society […]
Why pets are good for kids
Dogs and other animals can help children cope with a variety of ailments like depression, emotional disorders, and even poor immune function. Pets are also good preventive medicine for healthy children to help them avoid developing allergies, increasing weight, or becoming social outcasts. Pets can also teach children empathy and compassion. “Children in dog-owning families […]
Best dogs for kids
Question: My kids are still young but we'd like to get a dog. Which breeds are best with children? Answer: Breeds were created by humans for the express purpose of accomplishing certain tasks: sporting dogs retrieve game, herding dogs corral sheep, and working dogs guard the house. With kids in the house, it’s generally better […]
Question: I'm interested in a dog-wolf hybrid — what should I know? Answer: Wolfdogs, also known as wolf hybrids, are a mix of wolf and dog. They range from low wolf content (mostly dog) to very high content (mostly wolf), and are usually mixed with Malamute, Husky, or German Shepherd. While wolfdogs can be beautiful, […]
Dogs for large family?
Question: We have a big family with people coming in and out of our home all the time. Are some dogs more social than others? Answer: Just as some people are naturally more sociable than others, some dogs are little social butterflies, while others would just as soon be left alone, thank you very much! […]
Thinking about fostering an adoptable cat or dog?
Do you have what it takes to be a foster parent for a cat or dog? What happens if you fall in love with the pet and want to adopt? We examine what’s involved.
What sex should my second dog be for them both to get along?
Do males tend to get along better with other males, or would a female puppy be a better choice?
Do dangerous dog breeds exist?
Our country seems to be in the grip of a dog-bite epidemic. Current statistics are approximately 4.7 million bites per year, with about 1 million of those bites requiring medical care. One to two dozen people each year in the United States will lose their lives to a dog attack. These numbers may actually be […]
Finding a puppy: Choosing a dog breeder
Master trainer Ian Dunbar on finding a good dog breeder
A brief history of breeding
A Golden Retriever greets his boy after school, a tennis ball in his mouth, ready for a game of fetch. An English Springer Spaniel leaps forward to bring back a fallen bird. A Pomeranian snuggles with his owner, who’s laid up with a broken back. A Doberman Pinscher accompanies his owner as she jogs through […]
Qualities for working with animals?
Question: What sort of temperament do you need to have a career working with animals? Answer: The majority of people who work with animals share one thing in common: they all are passionate about animals. “We don’t go into this profession for the money,” says Kimberly May, DVM, MS, DACVS (Diplomate of American College of […]
Jobs with animals?
Question: How do I make the switch to or embark on a career with animals? Answer: Before you quit your day job, volunteer at your local shelter, veterinarian’s office, or zoo. Ask a dog trainer if you can tag along to learn the ropes. Everyone I interviewed for my book volunteered either before going to […]
Pet disaster plan?
Question: I just got a new dog and would like to include her in our family’s disaster readiness plan. What do I need to know? Answer: Animals are an integral part the family and absolutely need to be included in one’s disaster preparedness plan. Studies have been shown that people are reluctant to evacuate if […]
Why I chose a purebred
I love all dogs, mutts and purebreds. We had an Old English Sheepdog and a pair of German Shepherds when I was growing up, but we also had a nondescript brown dog that someone dumped on the road outside our home in the Oklahoma countryside, as well as a Schnoodle named Max, who was spoiled […]
Why I chose a mutt
I grew up with a breathtakingly beautiful German Shepherd, so I always thought I’d get a purebred myself. But when it came time to getting my own dog, I didn’t have much money. I decided to look for my dog at a local shelter, and fell head over heels in love with a fluffy gray […]
Most popular breeds of 2007
1. Labrador Retriever2. Yorkshire Terrier3. German Shepherd Dog4. Golden Retriever5. Beagle6. Boxer7. Dachshund8. Poodle9. Shih Tzu10. Bulldog The Labrador Retriever took the number one spot among the breeds top registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC) last year–again, for the 17th year in a row. The pocket-size Yorkshire Terrier clung to number two for the […]