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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 Maltipoo


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The Maltipoo is a popular “designer dog” created from crossing a Maltese with a Poodle. These adorable little pups are #18 on our list of most popular dog breeds, beloved for their playful and clever nature. Maltipoos make the perfect companion dog, but there’s more to them than that. Read on for 5 facts you need to know about Maltipoos!

1. They’re allergy-friendly.
While they differ from one dog to another, Maltipoos are known for their allergy-friendly, low-shedding coats. Their Poodle genes give them this hypoallergenic quality, making them a great choice for people with allergies.

2. They come in a variety of colors.
While Maltese dogs are typically only white, Poodles can come in many colors, such as black, white, brown and gray. Likewise, putting these two breeds together can result in a combination of different colored Maltipoos. These include apricot, black and silver, red, café au lait and many more.

3. They’re not all the same size.
A Maltipoo’s size varies based on its parent breeds. Typically, a toy Poodle is bred with a Maltese to create a Maltipoo, but sometimes miniature Poodles are used, resulting in larger Maltipoos. Adult Maltipoos range from anywhere between 5 and 12 pounds.

4. They’re forever young.

A big part of the appeal of Maltipoos is their tendency to stay “puppy-like” even as adults. While they’ll grow physically and mentally, Maltipoos tend to maintain the same cute playfulness they had when they were puppies. You’ll never grow tired of them!

5. They’re a celebrity favorite.
Maltipoos are up in the ranks of celebrity fame. Their owners include big names such as Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Blake Lively and Ellen DeGeneres.

What do you love about Maltipoos? Share your thoughts, below!

6 Things You Didn’t Know About the Beagle


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Beagles are a popular American dog, and make our list of top 25 popular dog breeds at #17! The former hunting dogs are quick-witted with a knack for curiosity, and a nose as strong as their stature. We bet there are some facts about these joyful pups that will surprise you. Below are 6 facts you need to know about Beagles!

1. They’ve been around for a while.
Evidence of Beagles can be traced back thousands of years, with dogs of similar size used for hunting as early as 5th-century Greece. While it is difficult to trace the exact origins of this hunting hound, we know that the American Beagles of today were bred from attractive strains of the English Beagle in the 1860’s.

2. Their name means “loudmouth.”

Beagles are vocal dogs with a lot to say, known for their rambunctious barks and howls. Because of this, the French gave them the name “bee gueule,” which translates approximately to “loudmouth” in Middle French.

3. They used to come in a smaller size.

This might be hard to believe, but early Beagles actually used to be miniature. They were so small in fact that they travelled in their owners’ pockets on hunting expeditions, earning them the name “Pocket Beagles.” The puppy-sized pooches were only 8-9 inches tall!

4. All purebreds share a distinct feature.

Beagles were bred to have white-tipped tails so they’d be easy to spot out on the field, so if a Beagle does not have a white-tipped tail, then it is not 100% purebred. Some purebred Beagles have mostly white tails, while others might just have a few white hairs at the tip.

5. One was the star of a popular comic.
Charlie Brown’s best pup pal Snoopy was none other than a Beagle—a fictional Beagle, but a Beagle nonetheless. The widely popular “Peanuts” animated series owes much of its success to Snoopy’s thoughtful and imaginative character.

6. They have a special job in the US government.
Ever heard of the Beagle Brigade? Turns out that the US government trains Beagles to sniff out luggage at the airport for contraband. The dogs’ special noses help catch tens of thousands of illegal items every year.

What’s your favorite Beagle fact?

6 Things You Didn’t Know About the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


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The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is as royal as his name sounds, a favorite to European nobility during the 1500’s. He’s a comfort to his owners and has an eagerness to please that makes him fairly easy to train. Learn more about the Cavalier, #15 on our list of most popular dog breeds, with these 6 facts!

1. They’re TV stars.
The Cavalier was the dog of Charlotte York on the hit TV series Sex and the City. Two of the dogs also made an appearance in the final season of “The Tudors.”

2. They’re royalty.
The Cavalier is a royal favorite. The dog was known for warming the laps of English nobility during the 16th Century, and was also the dog of King Charles II of England, after which he was named.

3. They were only recently a recognized breed.
While the breed has a centuries-old history, the Cavalier only recently gained AKC recognition in 1995.

4. They’re part of the toy group.

Rather than being part of the sporting group with other spaniels, the Cavalier shares his place in toy group with other small-sized lap dogs. His current status as a cuddler replaces his brief history as a hunting dog.

5. They saved their owners from disease.
During the height of the Plague in England, Cavalier owners often brought their dogs into their beds to attract disease-spreading fleas to the dogs and away from themselves. Thus, the humans would be spared from being bitten by fleas.

6. They come in four different colors.

Cavaliers come in four different colors, each with an interesting name! The colors are Blenheim (chestnut and white), tricolor (white with black and tan markings), black and tan (black with tan markings) and ruby (solid reddish-brown).

Have anything to say about these adorable pooches? Share your thoughts in the comments, below!

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!

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Chihuahua


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The Chihuahua is small, sassy and #12 on our list of most popular dog breeds! Chihuahuas are the tiniest dogs in the world, but they have big personalities and aren’t shy when they have something to say. These adorable pups are a family favorite for their loyalty and love of cuddles, but there’s a lot more to Chihuahuas than their reputations as lap dogs. Read on for 10 facts you need to know about the Chihuahua!

1. They vary in coat length and color.
Chihuahuas come in two varieties: smooth coat and long coat. They also come in a number of different colors and markings. One can look tan and short-haired, while another is red and furry.

2. They’re named after their place of origin.
Chihuahuas come from Mexico, specifically—the state of Chihuahua. Ancient paintings of Mexico display dogs that resemble the Chihuahua as we know it today.

3. They’re one of the oldest dog breeds.
Chihuahuas became registered with the AKC in 1904. They are descended from the Techichi, a breed indigenous to Mexico that existed as early as the 9th Century AD.

4. They live very long lives.
Chihuahuas have one of the longest lifespans of dogs, living 10-18 years on average. Some even go into their 20’s!

5. They like the limelight.

You’ve probably seen this feisty breed on television and in movies. Before her passing in 2009, a Chihuahua named Gidget graced our TV screens with her role as the “Taco Bell Chihuahua.” This same dog also made appearances in Legally Blonde 2 and a GEICO commercial. All those roles from just one Chihuahua!

6. They were once considered sacred.
In the Toltec and Aztec cultures of modern-day Mexico, Chihuahuas were regarded as holy and even mummified with their owners with the belief that they would help their owners reach the afterlife safely (Totally Chihuahuas).

7. Their anatomy is similar to a human baby’s.

Both humans and Chihuahuas are born with a soft spot on the skull called a molera. Unlike humans, however, many Chihuahuas maintain their moleras throughout their lives. Don’t poke a Chihuahua’s head!

8. They have two different head shapes.

Speaking of skulls, Chihuahuas can have one of two different head shapes: deerhead and applehead. Applehead is the breed standard accepted by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

9. They’re big brained.

Relative to their body size, Chihuahuas have the largest brains of any dog breed. Their big brains result in their high intelligence and easy trainability. They can even be trained to be service dogs.

10. They make great watchdogs.
Intensely loyal to their owners, Chihuahuas will act contrary to their small sized bodies by going to great lengths to protect their family members. This includes barking to alert their owners when a stranger comes to the door.

Are you a Chihuahua fan? Tell us why in the comments below!

7 Things You Didn’t Know About the Havanese


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Coming in at #10 on PuppySpot’s list of most popular dog breeds is the cute and cuddly Havanese! Bred as companion dogs to Cuban nobility, this dog makes the pawfect breed to snuggle up with at the end of the day. He won’t be content as just a lap dog, though; Havanese are active creatures who love to learn new tricks, and training them will be a blast! Want to know more about this lovable breed? We’ve come up with 7 facts you have to know about Havanese!

1. They are the only dog breed native to Cuba.
Also known as the Havana Silk Dog, the Havanese is Cuba’s only native breed. They come from the city of Havana, after which they were named. The breed suffered from near extinction until Cubans who fled from their country during the Revolution of 1959 brought just a handful of the dogs to the US.

2. Their silky coats serve a purpose.
The coat of the furry Havanese is long, silky and seemingly quite warm. In reality, the coat is not there for warmth, but for his protection. The dog’s silky fur provides a protective barrier from the sun that prevents him from overheating.

3. They are easily trained.
While small, these dogs can be trained to do some big jobs! They’re often used as service dogs for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and they have even been used to sniff out mold and termites.

4. They’re good for people with allergies.
Because Havanese have silky hair that grows continuously instead of the typical dog fur, they can be much less irritating to people with allergies to dogs. Beware, however; like all dogs, Havanese still shed and cannot be considered hypoallergenic.

5. They have a spring to their step.
Havanese have a literal spring to their step. They have a naturally bouncy gait that is unique to the breed, almost like bunnies. They even hop!

6. They’re attached to their owners.
Havanese love sticking by their owner’s side so much that they’ve earned the name “Velcro dog.” They’re true companion dogs who have offered their cuddles to humans since warming the laps of Cuban aristocracy during the 1800’s.

7. They live long lives.
Havanese are sturdy dogs with relatively low health problems for a toy breed. They typically live from 10-15 years.

Are there any other facts about the Havanese we forgot to share? Comment below!

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.

Why do you love Shih Tzus? Comment below and share with us!

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Dachshund


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You might know them as “wiener dogs’ for their hotdog-shaped bodies, but these funny little pups are called Dachshunds, and they’re #8 on PuppySpot’s list of most popular dog breeds! Doxies, as they’re affectionately named, come from Germany, just like the food they resemble, and were originally used as badger hunters as far back as the 15th century. Now, these long-bodied dogs are an American family favorite, but we bet you don’t know it all when it comes to this popular breed. Here are 5 facts you need to know about the Dachshund!

1. They have a few different looks.
While the first Doxie that comes to your mind might be the light brown, short-haired type (perhaps dressed up in a hotdog costume), there are more varieties of the dog than that. The breed comes in two sizes: standard and miniature, and has three coat types: smooth, long and wirehaired. They even come in 13 recognized colors and three markings! This is one diverse breed, indeed.

2. They were the first official mascot of the Olympic Games.
According to Olympic.org, the first Olympic mascot was a Doxie at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games named Waldi, who was featured as a multi-colored striped dog. Waldi had a real-life counterpart named Cherie von Birkenhof. According to the book The Olympic Marathon, the Olympic marathon route in 1972 is said to have even been shaped like its doggy mascot!

3. They were adored by famous artists.
There’s just something about Dachshunds that artists can’t get enough of. Andy Warhol was one such fan of the breed, owning two Doxies named Archie and Amos. Another pop artist, David Hockney, filled up an entire book and created 45 oil paintings devoted to his two Doxies, Stanley and Boodgie. The great Pablo Picasso loved a Doxie named Lump so much that David Douglas Duncan wrote a book about the two, calling it Picasso and Lump: A Dachshund’s Odyssey.

4. They like to eat.

Doxies are small, but they have big appetites! Don’t let him eat too much, or your hot dog might turn into a hot hamburger!

5. The hot dog was named after them.

This might just be the most mind-blowing fact on our list. The hot dog, as in, the German frankfurter, was named after the Dachshund, not the other way around! Although the origins of the creation of the hot dog are not exactly clear, they were first called “dachshund sausages” until their name changed to the “hot dog” we know and love today. (The current name is much more appetizing to us Dachshund lovers, too.)

Do you have a Dachshund? Share your thoughts on your darling Doxie in the comments section, below!