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6 Things You Didn’t Know About the Maltese


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Many know the Maltese as the pampered little lap dogs that people love to spoil. The snow-white pooches love to stay by their owner’s side, and their undeniable charm makes them totally irresistible. These reasons alone make the Maltese one of PuppySpot’s most popular dog breeds, but there are plenty of interesting facts about this popular breed we bet you haven’t heard. Read on for 6 facts you need to know about the Maltese!

1. They’re royal pups.

Favored by royalty for their pure, white coats, the Maltese has for centuries been considered an “aristocrat of the canine world.” Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots treasured these pups, treating them like royal members of their palace.

2. They have an ancient history.

With ties to the ancient cultures of Greece, Rome and Egypt, the Maltese is an old breed, thought to be named after the Mediterranean region of Malta, and listed at the very first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 1877 as a “Maltese Lion Dog.”

3. They have special coats.

The Maltese coat was chosen for its special features. Roman emperors bred the dog to have a pure white coat because they equated the color white to godliness. In addition, they have silky hair coats that don’t shed, making them a great choice for people with allergies.

4. They’re fancy.

Whether in the show ring or the dog park, Maltese are some of the fanciest, most pampered dogs you’ll meet! While they can be groomed with a “puppy cut” for easy coat maintenance, many Maltese stand out for their long, sleek updo’s. One lucky Maltese pup named “Trouble” received $12 million of her late owner’s inheritance! Now that’s a fancy life!

5. They’re bolder than they look.
Despite what their toy size might suggest, Maltese dogs think they’re much bigger than they are—and they act like it, too. Because of their strong hind legs, they make great jumpers. Don’t be surprised if your Maltese pup jumps straight out of your arms on a walk to greet (or challenge) another dog!

6. They’re loving therapy dogs.
Maltese make the perfect therapy dogs, comforting people with cuddles and their conveniently lap-sized bodies. Maltese are valued by hospitals, nursing homes and schools for their therapeutic qualities.

Do you have a Maltese? What’s your favorite thing about them?

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Labradoodle


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They’re furry with a funny name, and they’re #13 on PuppySpot’s list of most popular dog breeds! We’re talking about Labradoodles, the “designer dog” cross between a Labrador Retriever and Poodle. Developed in Australia in the late 1980’s, this breed hybrid continues to gain popularity for its easy trainability and outgoing personality. Below are 5 facts you need to know about Labradoodles!

1. They’re a good choice for people with allergies.

While Labradoodle fur varies from dog to dog, the hybrid tends to be a good choice for those with allergies to shedding dogs. Because of its Poodle-like fur, Labradoodles hardly shed and are virtually hypoallergenic.

2. They serve a special purpose.
The Australian Guide Dog Association first bred Labradoodles in 1989 as an allergy-friendly seeing eye dog. Their smart, social nature and low-shedding coats make them perfect for visually-impaired people who suffer from pet allergies.

3. They have good genes.
As a cross between two different breeds, Labradoodles have a healthy genetic pool of variation. According to Goldendoodles.com, first generation (F1) crosses (the product of a Labrador Retriever and Poodle) have the highest “hybrid vigour,” which is the idea that the first generation offspring are healthier than each of their individual parent lines.

4. No two Labradoodles are alike.
Since Labradoodles are not purebreds, the characteristics of any one Labradoodle cannot be predicted. A first generation Labradoodle may look more like its Poodle parent or its Labrador Retriever parent, and may possess any variation of personality or genetic qualities from either of its parents. These qualities become more consistent as Labradoodles are bred between each other.

5. They love the water.

Labradoodles don’t mind getting their paws wet. In fact, they love to play around in the rain, jump in puddles and go swimming, too.

Learned something new about the doodle? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Do Hypoallergenic Dogs Really Exist?


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Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog breed. Though, certain dog breeds cause fewer allergy symptoms than others. The misconception comes from the idea that a dog’s fur is the culprit of allergies. However, the real source is a protein that’s found in dog saliva and urine. This protein then sticks to dander, the dry flaky stuff that lives on your pup’s skin.

Some dog breeds are then somewhat misleadingly described as hypoallergenic because they don’t shed fur or shed very little. Because these non-shedding dogs rarely release fur, the allergy-causing dander doesn’t get released as often into the air, floor or furniture. Instead, the dander sticks to the skin.

If you or someone in your home does have allergies, there are ways to reduce allergy symptoms. Here are a few tips for managing dog allergies as best as possible:

1. Consider a smaller dog, as they will shed less and therefore release less dander into the air and your home.

2. Give your dog boundaries within the home to create allergy-free zones. For instance, don’t allow the dog in places where the allergic person resides most frequently, such as the bedroom. And, if you have a guest visiting who’s allergic, put the dog outside to keep your guest as comfortable as possible.

3. Ditch the carpet. A wood or tile-floor is easier to keep clean. Use a vacuum with a special micro-filter to collect all dust particles and get your carpet professionally cleaned on a regular basis. On a general note, learn to love housework. The cleaner the home, the less chance for dander to build up on surfaces, furniture and bedding.

4. Bathe your dog regularly for obvious reasons. A good cleansing and brushing will remove excess hair filled with dander, which would otherwise end up in your home.

5. Use an air purifier and HEPA vent filters to help reduce the amount of airborne allergens. Besides dander, these filters will also filter out pollen and dust mites from the air you breathe.

6. Wash your hands. Whether you’re frequently petting your dog, or just plain touching things that he may have brushed up against, frequent hand washing is helpful in preventing the dander from sticking to hands, which may then travel to your eyes and nose.

7. Mitigate with medication. There are plenty of over-the-counter medications like antihistamines, which can provide much-needed relief for allergy symptoms such as congestion or itchy eyes. For asthma or wheezing however, you may need a prescription from your physician.

8. Consider allergy shots. Allergy vaccinations can help you develop the antibodies necessary to combat common allergens. This option however should only be considered if you plan to live with a dog long-term and symptoms are too severe to take medications daily. While immunotherapy (allergy shots) can be an effective treatment plan, it’s quite a long road towards the potential of feeling relief. It can take a year of weekly injections before converting to monthly maintenance doses, and then another 3-5 years of monthly shots before you no longer have symptoms (and don’t need medication).

9. Invest in preventative products such as impermeable covers for mattresses and pillows because allergen particles brought into the room on clothes and other objects can accumulate in them and cause more intense symptoms.

10. Don’t blame the dog. While allergies can be terribly uncomfortable and frustrating to live with, remember it’s not your dog’s fault so do not get angry with him. Dogs can’t help the fur and dander they were born with. Plus, it’s not uncommon for someone prone to allergies to be allergic to other allergens in the home other than dander. So before attributing all symptoms to Fido, consider other allergens in your environment that could also be responsible for your symptoms such as dust, insecticides, pollen, or cigarette smoke.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Goldendoodle


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#5 on our list of most popular dog breeds is the Goldendoodle, a “designer dog” cross between a Golden Retriever and Poodle. The breed hybrid was developed in the 1990’s to have the friendly, energetic nature of a Golden Retriever and the allergy-friendly coat of a Poodle and has since become one of the most popular American dogs. Here are 5 facts you need to know about Goldendoodles!

1. They’re a good choice for people with allergies.

While Goldendoodle fur varies from dog to dog, the hybrid tends to be a good choice for those with allergies to shedding dogs. Because of its Poodle-like fur, Goldendoodles hardly shed and are virtually hypoallergenic.

2. They’re brainy.
Both parent breeds of the Goldendoodle are in the top 5 of highest ranking in intelligence. The Poodle is #2, while the Golden Retriever is #4. This mix of smarts makes for one brainy pup.

3. They have good genes.

As a cross between two different breeds, Goldendoodles have a healthy genetic pool of variation. According to Goldendoodles.com, first generation (F1) crosses (the product of a Golden Retriever and Poodle) have the highest “hybrid vigour,” which is the idea that the first generation offspring are healthier than each of their individual parent lines.

4. They go by more than one name.
While “Goldendoodle” is the common name for this Golden Retriever-Poodle cross, they can also go by “Golden Poos”, “Goldie Poos”, or “Groodles.”

5. No two Goldendoodles are alike.
Since Goldendoodles are not purebreds, the characteristics of any one Goldendoodle cannot be predicted. A first generation Goldendoodle may look more like its Poodle parent or its Golden Retriever parent, and may possess any variation of personality or genetic qualities from either of its parents. These qualities become more consistent as Goldendoodles are bred between each other.

Do you have a Goldendoodle? Tell us about your furry friend in the comments below!