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Growing Up With Pit Bulls

By Cesar Millan My sons grew up with pit bulls. There was a lot of prejudice against pit bulls back then just as there is today, and I can remember them getting asked what they thought about pit bulls. They wouldn’t know how to respond to that question. Because my kids just like all children don’t think along the lines of breed. “Breedism” is something that society pushes on them later in life. I have pictures of Andre with his bottle lying down on Daddy. The first time he played with water in a bucket, he was surrounded by 20

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The Top 10 Hunting Dog Breeds

Humans and hunting dogs have a long, storied history together. In fact, some of the first domesticated dogs were likely bred to help assist humans in capturing and killing game for food. Today, hunting dogs still provide their human companions with invaluable assistance on hunting trips. The term does not describe an official breed group recognized by the American Kennel Club. Rather, it refers to dogs that either hunt with or hunt for humans, which includes many breeds from the sporting group and the hound dog group. Hunters desire certain qualities and characteristics in hunting dogs. They need a good

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Dog Breeds

Before You Adopt A Dog

By Cesar Millan With the overpopulation in shelters around the country and the high numbers of euthanization–4.5 million pets a year according to the Human Society–adopting a dog is one of the best things you can do to help this problem. But, before you go out and adopt a dog, there are some important steps you need to take and questions to ask yourself to make sure you are ready. From knowing how to choose the right dog to being armed with the information you need to develop a harmonious relationship with your new dog, these tips will help prepare

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The History Of Beagles

Beagle ancestors used for hunting Although there seems to be no reliable documentation about the early ancestry of Beagles, there are accounts of dogs of similar size being used to for hunting in Greece in the 5th century BCE. There was no formal name given to these dogs, however, they are considered to be the early ancestors of the first Beagles. Eighth-century records document an early scent hound known as the St. Hubert Hound, from which the Talbot Hound breed was created. The Talbot Hound was brought to England in the 11th-century through the travels of William the Conqueror. While

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Picture Perfect Pit Bulls

Douglas Sonders doesn’t like to hear people use the term “bully breed” when they speak about pit bulls or other breeds such as Rottweilers and boxers. He especially doesn’t want to hear it when it comes to Emma, his own adorable pit bull mix. “Emma,” he’s quick to point out, “is naturally gentle, great with kids and other dogs, and an excellent running partner,” although she does have a tendency to sneak into his bed when he’s not home. Sonders, a New York City photographer, has teamed up with Cesar to launch a campaign to challenge the stereotype of pits

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6 Types Of Working Dogs and Their Specific Jobs

While most of our dogs are spoiled pets that do no work harder than begging for treats, many dogs were originally bred for working. Knowing what your working dog was meant to do can really help you understand its behavior. If you are looking for a new dog, knowing about the breed(s) can help you pick one that fits your family. Herding Dogs Possibly best known from the famous collie depicted in “Lassie”, herding dogs (German Shepherds, Shetland sheepdogs, border collies, Cannan dogs, Komondors, etc) were bred to help ranchers move their livestock. In addition to herding, a lot of

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a pit bull enjoys a lovely walk in the park
Dog Breeds

Fun Facts About Famous Pit Bulls

Pit bulls have been a big part of the entertainment industry and the lives of celebrity owners. Here are some of our favorite pit bull stars of the movies and TV and some of the celebrities who took them home. Here are Fun Facts About Famous Pit Bulls Pit Bulls on TV, Movies, and Print The pit bull was so respected in the early 1900s that the military chose an image of a dignified pit bull to represent the country on World War I propaganda posters. The pit bull is the only breed to have graced the cover of Life

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a pit bull sits outside after going for a walk
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How Did Pit Bulls Get Such A Bad Rap?

If current news reports are to be believed, pit bulls have been attacking and biting humans left and right—to the point that many communities are considering breed-specific bans on pit bulls. Would it surprise you to learn that pit bulls used to be America’s darlings? Before the mid-80s, stories of pit bull attacks are practically non-existent. There is even some confusion over exactly which breed of dog is a pit bull — the definition includes the American pit bull terrier, the Staffordshire terrier and, at times, the bulldog. This confusion seems to have dogged the breed from the beginning, as

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Ball-Obsessed German Shepherd

Dear Cesar, First, we love you! My German Shepherd is great except when we play ball. He will run over anything in his way: smaller dogs, my foot, my children. Actually, he will knock you off a cliff if you don’t watch out. I’m over it!!!! Please please help! Regards, Renee Mackie Snowmass, CO Cesar Millan’s answer: Hi Renee, As you may well know, German Shepherds are very powerful breeds. They require a lot of exercise to achieve balance and fulfillment, so playing ball with him is a great way to get that energy out. But if you don’t establish

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Bulldogs

The History Of Bulldogs

  One of today’s most popular dog breeds and human companions was originally bred for aggression. Here’s the history of bulldogs. Bulldogs in the Beginning Like the pit bull, bulldogs were originally bred to help butchers control livestock, although bulldogs most likely predate pit bills, with a history that can possibly be traced back to the 5th century in England and a breed called the Alaunt. By the 15th century, in addition to catching horses, cattle, and boars in legitimate (if dangerous) farming use, bulldogs were also used in the barbaric “sport” called bull-baiting, in which trained dogs would latch

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