Most everyone is familiar with common household breeds such as the golden retriever, pitbull, French bulldog or chihuahua. However, it’s easy to forget that there are countless other breeds that most of us have never seen in person, or even heard of!
It’s tough to say exactly how many dog breeds are in existence today – the World Canine Organization estimates about 339 breeds, but that does not include several well-known, yet unofficial breeds, including the goldendoodle. Each dog breed was bred for a specific purpose, thus resulting in such a wide diversity of dogs.
The following are seven rare breeds you’ve almost certainly never heard of.
Somewhere along the way, the pit bull gained the reputation of being dangerous, unpredictable and certainly not good for families with kids. Many apartment buildings won’t even allow pit bulls and other dog breeds that have been deemed “too dangerous” to live there. Where did this stereotype come from, and is it even justified…? Read More
If you’re looking to get a dog, you may be wondering whether you should go the purebred or the mutt route. Animal-rights advocates will often argue that adoption is the only way to go, while many others will tell you that purebreds are better for dog-newbies.
It’s the dead of winter and, of course, sickness is running rampant. Colds always seem to last for weeks on end, and let’s not even talk about what happens when you get the flu. Getting sick sucks no matter which species you belong to, but lucky for us humans, we have the ability to convey with language exactly how and why we’re not feeling so great. Dogs, on the other hand, don’t have that luxury and often times we just have to guess what’s hurting them based on their behaviors. Read More
So you think you’re ready to adopt a puppy of your own. You’ve watched the YouTube videos and you think you know what kind of breed you want. You just can’t wait to hold that little ball of fluff in your arms! A lot of people think they’re ready to take on the task of raising a dog or puppy, only to realize that perhaps the dog doesn’t end up fitting the lifestyle they have or want. Read More
It seems like everyone and their grandmother has a fierce opinion on whether dogs can or should eat a diet devoid of meat, or even animal products altogether – some say it’s perfectly fine and healthy while others will argue that it isn’t a natural way for them to eat. Let’s get to the bottom of this heated debate, shall we? Read More
For a lot of people, Thanksgiving is the best holiday of the year. You get to devote an entire day to stuffing your face with mashed potatoes, stuffing and turkey – what more could you really want in a single day? Read More
If you’ve got a well-behaved dog, then it’s possible that you’ve been tempted to walk him off-leash before. Your dog loves it, and you feel like there’s really no reason to use that pesky leash anymore so what could possibly go wrong? Read More
It’s easy to take our canine friends for granted when they’ve been by our side virtually since the dawn of humanity. But have you ever stopped to consider how on earth your hyper, loyal (and maybe not so smart) furry friend was originally descended from the wild, clever, and fearful wolf? Read More