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7 Things You Didn’t Know About the Siberian Husky


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Siberian Huskies are the wolf-like snow dogs Americans have come to love, and it’s little wonder why. They’re friendly, even-tempered and gorgeous dogs. For these reasons and more, they’ve snagged the #7 spot on our list of most popular dog breeds. Read on for 7 facts you need to know about Huskies!

1. Huskies are one of the oldest dog breeds.

Huskies could be around 27,000 years old, according to scientific evidence. DNA from the bone of the ancient Arctic Wolf, a close relative of the Husky, provides a clue suggesting that Huskies are one of the oldest dog breeds.

2. They’re made for the snow.
It’s a given that Huskies thrive in cold climates, but do you know which of their features make this true? For starters, their thick double-coat keeps them warm in temperatures under negative fifty degrees Fahrenheit! In addition, their furry, sturdily-clawed paws gave them a good grip on rough, icy terrains. They can also dig deep enough holes to shelter themselves from chilling winds.

3. They have unique physical features.
Huskies often have icy-blue eyes that match their affinity for the cold, and many times, they will even have two different-colored eyes, a trait called heterochromia. In this case, one of the two eyes will almost always be blue. Their coats also come in six different shades, according to the AKC: agouti and white, black and white, gray and white, red and white, sable and white and just plain white.

4. They make great family dogs.
Never mind their great strength and vigor; Huskies aren’t as intimidating as they look. They make gentle companions to all members of the family, both big and small. While they generally require more obedience training than other breeds, they do not have an aggressive reputation, and will be loyal to their trusted pack.

5. They’re champion sled dogs.
Huskies first joined the All Alaska Sweepstakes Race in their second year of competitions. After a team of Siberian Huskies won the 400-mile race in 1910, the breed remained victorious for the remainder of the decade, winning most of the racing titles in Alaska.

6. They’re town heroes.

Huskies are more than just medal-winning sled dogs; they’re heroes, too. When an outbreak of diphtheria plagued the inhabitants of Nome, Alaska in 1925, teams of the valiant dogs raced to the scene to deliver life-saving medicinal serum.

7. They have a loud howl.
Much like their relative the wolf, Huskies are known to howl rather than bark. Their howl can be heard from up to 10 miles away!

What do you love about Huskies? Comment below and share with us!

7 Things You Didn’t Know About the Poodle


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Poodles are poufy and proud, and they’re #6 on our list of most popular dog breeds. The popular show dogs are known for their intelligence, grace and of course, their beautiful curly coats. We bet you don’t know it all when it comes to this breed, though. Here are 7 facts you need to know about the Poodle!

1. They’ve got beauty and brains.

Poodles are not only lovely to look at; they’re also highly intelligent. They’re the second-smartest dogs in the world according to the AKC, just under the Border Collie.

2. They’re a good choice for people with allergies.
Because their curly coats resemble hair more than fur, Poodles are considered virtually hypoallergenic, odorless and tend to be a good choice for those with allergies to shedding dogs. However, like human hair, their fur grows continuously and needs to be managed accordingly.

3. They come in three sizes.

The poodle is the only dog that comes in three sizes: standard, miniature, and toy. However, they are all the same breed. Standard poodles weigh 40-70 pounds, miniature poodles 15-17 pounds, and toy poodles a miniscule 6-9 pounds.

4. There’s a reason for those bulbous hairdos.

Your first image of a Poodle is most likely the meticulously groomed pooch with perfectly shaped spheres of fluff. Turns out there’s a specific use for what’s known as the “Poodle clip.” Relevant to its history as a water retriever, the Poodle’s fancy haircut is meant to strategically protect its joints and vital organs in cold water. Interesting, huh?

5. They’re globally coveted dogs.
While the breed originated in Germany, many think of Poodles as a French breed because of the widespread popularity Toy Poodles have achieved, starting in France under the rule of King Louis XVI. They even hold the title as the official dog of France! Poodles continue to receive worldwide allure; recently, toy brown poodles have become the current pet trend in Asia.

6. They’re athletic.

Despite their reputation as prim and proper dogs, Poodles love to get down and dirty. They’re great swimmers, and were originally bred to hunt water fowl. Along with their strong, springy legs, they also have plenty of energy to do the tricks you’ll see them perform at dog shows.

7. They were the pet of many famous celebrities.
Poodles are a favorite among both past and present celebrities, the list of which includes famous figures like Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Streisand, Jackie Kennedy, Debbie Reynolds, Walt Disney and Rihanna. Perhaps the biggest celebrity Poodle enthusiast in history was King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley, who gifted the popular pooches to the special ladies in his life.

Westminster Insight

At the 2017 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, a Minature Poodle named “Danfour Avalon As If” took the winning spot in the Non-Sporting Group.

Do you have a Poodle? Comment below and share what you love about Poodles!

13 Dog Breeds Perfect for Hiking


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If you own a dog, you already know how helpful dogs can be in keeping you fit and active. Hiking is one such popular physical activity to do with your dog, but there are some factors to consider before going on that next trek with your pup. For example, most dogs don’t have the endurance to hike for more than about 3-5 hours, and not all dogs can tolerate all climates. In addition, dogs under the age of one may not be sturdy enough for strenuous exercise. Likewise, dogs in their old age may have a harder time keeping up. The following is a breed-specific list of dogs best suited for hiking.

1. Bernese Mountain Dogbernese-hiking-thumbnail

Big, strong and well-behaved, the Bernese Mountain Dog makes a
great candidate for a hiking buddy—after all, the word “mountain” is in her name! Bernese can carry about 10 times their body weight, meaning she’ll have no problem carrying some supplies on her back if necessary. Because of her thick, furry coat, she loves to hike in colder weather. On the flip side, be cautious taking her out to hike in the warmer seasons. Overall, this easygoing and athletic dog will love hiking alongside you, and acting courteous to strangers along the way.

2. Vizslavizsla-hiking-thumbnail
Since this active dog already requires a lot of exercise, the Vizsla is a great companion to take with you out on the trails. The Hungarian-bred hunter is intelligent and has the stamina to go on long, steep hikes. She’ll come along with you on a hot or temperate day, but make sure to bundle her up when the weather gets breezy.

3. Siberian Huskyhusky-hiking-thumbnail

The friendly and energetic Husky may be a handful to train, but you’ll have a ball with her as your hiking partner. Bred as sled dogs, Huskies are strong, intelligent dogs who can withstand freezing temperatures while carrying heavy cargo. Her furry double-coat won’t serve her well in extreme heat, but she’s fine to spend time outdoors with you in most climates.


4. Australian Shepherdaustralian-hiking

The Aussie is a hard worker at heart and will love to join you for a day of hiking and adventure. She has the strength to hike on even bumpy and uneven terrain, and has plenty of energy to keep going without getting tired. Despite her long coat, she can withstand most temperatures as long as they are not extreme.


5. Labrador Retrieverlabrador-hiking

America’s favorite dog breed is also a hiking favorite for a number of reasons. For one, her easy trainability gives her the right temperament to join you on the trail without acting out. The Lab is also strong, and won’t mind carrying up to 10 pounds of gear. She has the mind of an explorer and will be comfortable in most climates.

6. Portuguese Water Dogportuguese-hiking-thumbnail
Here’s a good dog for those hikes ending in a waterfall or stream. The dog of choice of the Obama family is a perfect pal on land or water. Her waterproof coat and webbed feet make her a great swimmer, so she’ll join you for a refreshing dip in the water after a long, tiring trek.

7. German Shorthaired Pointergerman-shorthaired-hiking-thumbnail
Similar to Labs, the German Shorthaired Pointer is a loving companion with enduring stamina. Just watch out—because of her natural high prey drive, this dog might try to bolt from your grip at the sight of a bird, squirrel, rabbit or other small creature. This dog also tends to be very protective of her owner, making her a vigilant watch dog on the trail.

8. Alaskan Malamutealaskan-malamute-hiking-thumnail
This Siberian Husky lookalike is larger and considered even stronger than her other sled-pulling relative. She’ll brave the toughest, snowiest terrains and coldest temperatures. She’s sturdy, independent and a true athlete. This dog is made for the wild and will have you panting by the end of your hike.

9. Rhodesian Ridgebackrhodesian-hiking-thumbnail
Bred to be a lion hunter, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is nothing short of mighty. Her apt ability to protect her loved ones from danger makes her a prime companion for exploring the great outdoors. Her paws are tough enough to plow through any terrain, and her sleek, short coat shields her from the heat. This dog needs plenty of exercise and would surely love to accompany you on a nice, long hike.

10. Jack Russell Terrierjack-russel-hiking-thumbnail
Who says all hiking dogs have to be big and beastly? This little pup packs a lot of energy into a small body, and won’t get tired after a long trek through the woods or up a cliff. The playful Jack Russell will run for ages and makes a good watchdog, barking at anyone that comes his way. You won’t have to worry about this little one keeping up!

11. Weimaranerweimaraner-hiking-thumbnail
This dog will have no problem covering long distances with you; in fact, she’ll get a little antsy if she doesn’t get enough exercise! A good watchdog, the majestic gray Weimaraner is intelligent and loves to run and play. Satisfy her demanding exercise needs by taking her on a long hike!

12. Border Collieborder-collie-hiking-thumbnail
The Border Collie is everything you want in a hiking pal: highly intelligent, energetic and eager to please. She loves a challenge and lives to perform tasks, whether fetching your knapsack or following directions to a destination. She loves being outdoors with plenty of space to stretch her long legs.

13. Doberman Pinscherdoberman-hiking-thumbnail
This fierce-looking dog is a loyal and obedient hiking companion with plenty of strength for those tough climbs. She’s easier to train than the Rhodesian Ridgeback, and her attentive nature as a fearless guard dog can provide you with protection when walking alone. Take her on hikes with you to give her a healthy way of expending her abundant energy.

Like Dog, Like Owner: What Your Dog’s Breed Says About You


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It is said that you can tell a lot about a person based on the company he keeps, but, bet you didn’t know this adage also rings true for dog breeds. It makes sense for pup parents to gravitate towards dogs that have similar temperaments as they do. After all, don’t most people have a type?  So, here’s a quick rundown of the various human personality traits associated with some of our favorite dog breeds.

thumbnail-like-dog-like-ownerBulldogs: Bulldogs are very determined and persistent, as they were originally bred for bull baiting. Thus, people who take care of bulldogs are said to be tenaciously stubborn, but can also have a great sense of humor. They are also said to be very meticulous, methodical and efficient when it comes to their work.

Terriers: These dogs are fun-loving and energetic companions. Similarly, terrier owners are said to be feisty, competitive, and are not likely to back down even when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds.

Labradors and Golden Retrievers: These breeds are the most popular choice for a family pet because they are friendly and good-natured. People who own Labs and Retrievers are said to be very close to their families and friends, easy-going and laid back.

Toy Breeds: Small dog breeds like Chihuahuas and Poodles are energetic and fiercely loyal companions. They’re also brave and known to “take on” much larger dogs without fear. Owners of toy dogs are said to be neat and organized. Everything in their homes must be put away in its proper place. Or else…just see how fierce they can be!

German Shepherds: While Shepherds may be a large dog breed, they are rather shy around unfamiliar people. Once they warm up though, they are fiercely loyal and protective dogs. Likewise, German shepherd owners are the kind of people who would do anything for their loved ones and therefore find it hard to say no to friends and family.

Dachshunds: Despite their stature, dachshunds are some of the bravest and tenacious dogs out there. Thus, owners of dachshunds can be bossy at times and often dislike not getting their way. However, if asked for help, they will do everything in their power to assist you.

Rottweilers and Doberman Pinschers: These dog breeds are often described as intense and unrelenting, with an almost unlimited amount of courage. People who own these dogs can often be laid-back and relaxed, but when provoked, become quickly agitated and upset. These are the type of people you don’t want to be at odds with; stay on their good side, and they’ll be your best friend.

Siberian Huskies: These dogs like physical activity and would rather be outdoors than cooped up inside the house. The people who gravitate towards huskies are usually athletic or at the very least, big sports fans. Just like their dogs, owners of huskies are said to be strong-willed, but very lovable.

Pitbulls: Unfortunately, due to popular misconception, Pitbulls have a bad reputation. However, if they are raised properly, these dogs can actually be very sweet dogs who are willing to do anything for their loved ones. People who raise Pitbulls may put up a stern image, but can be sweet as sugar once you get to know them.

Boxers: Boxers are busy and highly energetic dogs, so therefore their owners are often seen to be living life to its fullest.  Boxer people are playful, happy-go-lucky and rarely stressed.

Cocker Spaniels: Sweet, respectful, family-friendly dogs, Cocker Spaniels are a gentle and popular breed. Spaniel owners are said to be charming, affectionate and trustworthy who maintain a tight-knit group of friends and would much prefer a small circle than a large party with strangers.

English Pointers, Weimaraners, Irish Setters: These breeds are naturally energetic and athletic, enjoying long hikes, runs at the park and a love for the outdoors. Owners of these breeds are typically highly active, enjoying extreme sports or hunting and can get bored easily if not faced with new experiences. They are also intelligent, motivated and courageous.

Greyhound, Whippet, Basenji: Besides being fast and agile, Sight Hounds enjoy the company of a small circle and tend to be more introverted than some of the other breeds out there. Thus, owners of these breeds are often athletic or outdoorsy, and prefer social outings with a close group of friends.

While all of this information is interesting and fun to know, take these generalizations with a grain of salt. After all, haven’t you also heard the saying, “Opposites attract?”