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5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Shih Tzu


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One of America’s favorite lap dogs, the Shih Tzu is #9 on PuppySpot’s list of most popular dog breeds! Shih Tzus are known for being quiet, but playful companions who love to spend time curled up with their owners. Due to their small size, these lovable pups do well in living spaces both large and small. Want to know more about these incredibly friendly fur balls? Check out our list of 5 facts you need to know about Shih Tzus!

1. They’re an ancient breed.

While the origins of this breed are not completely certain, they are believed to have been bred thousands of years ago in Tibet to look like smaller versions of the lion, which is a sacred animal according to Buddhist belief. The name “shih tzu” actually means “lion dog” in Chinese!

2. They’re also known as the “chrysanthemum-faced dog.”
A dog nicknamed after a flower? You bet! Because of the way the dog’s fur grows outward from the middle of its face, Shih Tzus resemble the chrysanthemum flower.

3. They were once guard dogs.
Believe it or not, Shih Tzus were once used for more than just warming laps. Tibetan Monks regarded the dogs as holy, even trusting them with the task of guarding their temples. However, don’t expect the Shih Tzu to guard your house from an intruder. She’ll happily greet strangers with a gentle smile and wagging tail.

4. All of today’s Shih Tzus come from just 14 dogs.
While they were at one time very popular pets in China, Shih Tzus faced a rough patch under communist rule. The breed nearly died out during the 20th century before a few were brought to England in 1930. Their popularity took off, and those that exist today can be traced back to 14 of the serendipitous English import from China.

5. Celebrities love them.

Big names in fame such as Beyoncé, Mariah Carey and Bill Gates are a few on the list of proud celebrity Shih Tzu owners. The Dalai Lama also owns a Shih Tzu, proving the breed’s popularity among Tibetan Buddhists.

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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!

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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.

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How to Deal With Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety


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If you leave your pooch alone for extended periods of time (anywhere from 3-8 hours) on a regular basis, he will likely experience separation anxiety. Separation anxiety is especially prevalent among puppies who were recently taken away from their biological mothers and are adjusting to life outside of the litter.

While it can be heartbreaking to watch a pup suffer from this mental health issue, it can also be destructive to your home and put intense stress on the important relationship you should be building with your pet. Separation anxiety manifests itself in your dog misbehaving in a variety of ways including but not limited to destroying furniture, peeing and pooping in the house in unexpected places, nonstop barking, or all of the above. Given the fact that many people have to leave their dogs unattended for long periods of time due to work obligations or lifestyle, the question then becomes how to work through separation anxiety and make life for your pup (and you) as comfortable as possible.

Select the Breed Carefully
Certain breeds are more prone to anxiety as they require constant companionship. If you don’t have a puppy yet, while you look, ask PuppySpot’s puppy counselors about which breeds are best for you and your family’s personal lifestyle. Be upfront and frank about your regular weekly schedule and how much time you’re able to devote to being present with your pet. This information is crucial in determining the right breed for you.

Wean Your Pooch off Anxiety
If you already have a pup who is battling anxiety, it’s imperative to implement training tactics to get him used to your absence. Start with a few minutes at a time of putting your dog in another room out of sight and then reward him with treats at consistent intervals. Slowly increase alone time to 5, 10, 15, 30 minutes. Then go up 1, 2, 3, 4 hours. If your dog starts to bark or become destructive, don’t show yourself, but rather say “bad dog.” Showing yourself only reinforces the barking and destructive behavior.

Keep Your Pup Well Occupied
Once your pooch gets used to being alone, make sure he has plenty of toys to play with to keep him busy and content. Another trick to help ease your pup’s attachment is to put a used shirt of yours (preferably one you’ve sweated heavily on, then dried) in his space or bed so that he feels you’re close by and is comforted by your scent.

Consider Doggie Daycare
By enrolling your pooch in a doggie daycare program, he will have the opportunity to be immersed in social activity and distracted throughout the day by other dogs and caretakers. While this option can be expensive, if you choose a daycare which doubles as a training center, you may feel it’s worth the investment (and peace of mind).

Go High Tech
Another alternative to help your pup acclimate to his solitary surroundings (and again, to give you peace of mind) is to wire your home for remote camera access. All you need is a personal computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and internet connectivity. Place it in a location where your dog can easily be visible and equally as important, where the device is visible to your dog. You can then set up a system where you can remotely access the camera of the unit at your home with your PC or mobile device. This way you and your pooch see each other and can interact. For best results, use a web cam that you can remotely manipulate.

Homeward Bound
When you do finally get home, take your pooch out of his crate or confined space, give him a big hug and immediately take him out for a walk or play with him. Your pooch waited for you and now he deserves your undivided love and attention.

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?”