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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About German Shepherds

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About German Shepherds They’re intelligent, fiercely loyal and often used as guide or police dogs — but how much do you really know about the breed also known as GSDs? And what do they have in common with hamburgers? What’s in a name A German shepherd is a Deutscher Schäferhund in German; pastor alemán in Spanish; německý ovčák in Czech; Duitse herder in Dutch; saksa lambakoer in Estonian; pastore tedesco in Italian; berger allemande in French, and so on. Every single one is literally the words for “German” and “shepherd” in the native language. This

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Are Millennials Ready To Have Pets?

I’m often asked this question by my clients and fans. After all, pet ownership is a big responsibility and all too often pets are adopted by people who either aren’t ready for them or aren’t prepared to take on the responsibility. The end result is that those unfortunate pets end up in shelters. This is an important question to ask because Millennials — people born between roughly 1981 and 1997 — now make up the largest group of pet owners in the U.S., and they’re also becoming pet owners younger than previous generations did. According to a Wakefield study, as

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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About… Border Collies

Intelligent and energetic, Border collies are champion herders — but they aren’t for everyone when it comes to ideal dogs. Here are ten things you may not have known about them. All modern Border collies originate from one dog, Old Hemp, who was born in 1893 and sired over 200 offspring. The name comes right from their origins: The border part comes from where they were initially bred in Northumberland, on the border of Scotland and England; the collie part comes from the Celtic word colley, meaning useful or faithful.   Herding dogs originated with the Romans, who brought them

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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About… Shih Tzus

They may be tiny dogs, but they come with a lot of history and a much bigger namesake. In this installment, it’s time to give a Shih Tzu his due. Breed Name The breed name comes from the Chinese for “lion dog,” although the dog part has been left out of the name we all know. They are also sometimes known as “The Chrysanthemum Dog,” based on their resemblance to the flower, as well as Xi Shi Quan, a reference to Xi Shi, said to be one of the most beautiful women of ancient China. The Shih Tzu Beginning The

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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About… Pugs

Pugs are tiny and funny looking, but also very popular, and Cesar’s newest pack member, Gio, is a member of the breed. Here are ten things you may not have known about them. Pugs are brachycephalic, which is the technical term for their “pushed-in” faces, something that was created through careful breeding. However, what gives them their distinct look also gives them lots of health issues, like breathing problems. While the belief that they are more likely to catch colds is not true, their symptoms may appear more severe for the same reason. Finally, combined with their short legs, pugs

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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About… Chihuahuas

Chihuahuas are an extremely popular breed, but they come with a lot of history and trivia. How many of these ten things did you know about them? Not only is the Chihuahua the smallest breed of dog, averaging from about 2.25 to 6.75 lbs (1 to 3 kgs), it is also the longest-lived dog, averaging 14 to 15 years but with some making it to 20 years or more, but there’s a caveat: You have to let your Chihuahua eat like a dog in order to maximize her lifespan.   Ironically, the smallest dog breed gets its name from the

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State Of Weight: Where Are The Heaviest Dogs?

In humans, obesity can lead to all kinds of problems, like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and joint problems, among other issues — but did you know that obesity in dogs can be just as dangerous? It can also increase your veterinary bills by as much as 25%. And, as with humans, canine obesity is becoming more prevalent in the U.S. Can you guess which states have the most and least obese dogs? We’ll answer that question below, but first some more human statistics. In 1990, Colorado was the least obese state, with 6.9% of the population falling into that

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Missouri’s Old Drum: Mankind’s Best Friend

In an episode of “Cesar Millan’s Dog Nation,” Cesar and Andre visit St. Louis Missouri, y Andre describes as being full of history. But there’s one story they didn’t have a chance to cover — the saga of a dog named Old Drum and what’s happening in the Missouri legislature right now.   “…le chien… c’est le meilleur ami que puisse avoir l’homme” — François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire), Dictionnaire philosophique, 1764 (“…the dog… is the best friend man can have.”)  “A dog is man’s best friend” is an often-expressed sentiment and, nowadays, the expression is practically a cliché. Voltaire was ahead

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Revealing Errors: Accidentally Uncovering Our True Feelings About Dogs

If you were a fan of the television show “Friends,” then you probably remember one of the more famous moments from the series, which came almost twenty years ago at the end of season four. As the character of Ross is about to get married to his fiancée Emily, when he recites the vows, instead of her name he says, “Rachel.” This mix-up ends that marriage before it begins. And if you grew up with siblings, you’ve probably experienced this phenomenon yourself when another family member tried to call one of you and wound up running through the entire list

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The Secret Of Gray Hounds

If you’ve ever had a senior dog, you may have noticed that they got a little gray around the snout as they got older, not unlike humans. This makes sense, since the only difference between human hair and animal fur is the word we use to describe them. But what about the ways and reasons that humans and dogs go gray? Are they the same or different? One thing that dogs and humans do have in common is the ability to go gray prematurely. In humans, this is defined as the onset of gray hair before 20 for Caucasians and

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