labrador retriever puppy

The American Kennel Club have released their 2009 registration statistics, which reveals the top ten most popular dog breeds in the United States. The Labrador retriever took the title as the most popular pup in America for the 19th year in a row.

The Yorkshire terrier was knocked out of the number two spot, by the German shepherd.

“Labs have been America’s top dog for nearly two decades due to their loyal and gentle nature,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “But the German Shepherd Dog has gained ground recently, quite possibly due to the increased attention they receive for their security efforts at home and abroad.”

Here’s the list! Did your favorite dog breed make the cut?

1. Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherd Dog
3. Yorkshire Terrier
4. Golden Retriever
5. Beagle
6. Boxer
7. Bulldog
8. Dachshund
9. Poodle
10. Shih Tzu

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cute boxer puppy

Boxer dogs can follow instructions like “sit” and “come” when the still quite young. When you give them these commands early on, you make it easier on yourself to discipline it and form an bond. There are common guidelines and fundamental rules that should be followed so your boxer pup will learn all you need it to learn much faster. You also want to avoid confusing the boxer. Remember, if you give a command, the puppy needs to know that the response should be immediate and not made later on.

Any training and quality time you give your boxer puppy it will remember. When you are training your puppy, you want to remain unswerving. Your boxer puppy will not always obey your commands (even though it should), yet you should not punish it if it does not. If you can, bribery in the forms of treats and rewards should be used when your pup does obey your command. When the boxer puppy follows your command, give it some praise too. Your goal is to move forward with the commands so do not use any negative techniques that make any sort of circumstances worse. As your boxer gets older, increase his obedience training.

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Best iPhone Apps for Dog Lovers

iphone dog apps

1. Off Leash – Eukanuba’s “Off Leash” app locates the five nearest to your location and provides driving directions to get there.

2. Cesar Says – The “Cesar Says” Dog Whisperer app offers sound bites from the famous pack leader, while a tap or shake of the phone will generate Millan’s trademark “tsst!” warning noise.

3. Dog First Aid – This app will help you with what to do until you can get some proper veterinary help. Offering fast and clear advice for the most common dog emergencies.

4. PetMinder – PetMinder schedules reminders for events related to your pet, such as vaccinations, grooming, training sessions, play dates and more, with e-mail reminders.

5. Pet Services Finder – Pet Services Finder will help you find all things mutt, such as dog walkers, sitters, groomers, vets and even pet-friendly hotels with the ability to search via zip codes and see reviews of the services from other users.

6. Dog Tricks – Best of 101 Dog Tricks – Dog training is easier with an app on your phone with a dog log of training activities.

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bernese puppy

Vaccinate your Bernese mountain dog when you first get him and make sure he gets yearly booster vaccinations to maintain immunity to diseases. Also worm your adult dog every three months and consult your veterinarian about flea-control products.

Feed your Bernese mountain dog high-grade dog food. The first ingredient should be meat if you want a quality product. Crude protein should be no less than 30 percent and crude fat no less than 20 percent. Also, the fiber content should be 4 percent or less.

Remember that the Bernese mountain dog needs to spend much of its waking hours with the family and does not do well when left alone in the back yard.

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Popular Cross Breed Designer Dogs


Cockapoo – a cross between a cocker spaniel and a poodle. An intelligent, low shedding small breed and great for families.

Labradoodle – a cross between a Labrador retriever and a Standard Poodle.

Porkie – a cross between a Pug and a Yorkie. Heartier than the standard Yorkie with longer hair and the easygoing temperament of the Pug.

Puggle – Pug and a beagle. These are very friendly dogs that love to be involved in all aspects of the family.

Schnoodle – cross between a Schnauzer and a Poodle, an intelligent, non-shedding companion dog.

Daisy Dog – a three way cross between a poodle and Shih Tzu parent and a Bichon. These dogs are reported to be very calm and excellent companion dogs.

Poogle– cross between a poodle and a beagle. Small dog that isenergetic and easy to train.

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Getting A Daisy Dog

daisy dog puppy

What is a Daisy dog? The Daisy Dog is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Bichon Frise, a Poodle and a Shih-Tzu. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed Daisy Dog is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.

These dogs are cute and they are pretty small, definitely a lap dog. These are inside dogs and will not like it if you leave them tied up outside.

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Bichon Frise Puppies Health

bichon frise puppy

The Bichon Frise is considered a healthy breed. With an average life expectancy of 14 to 16 years, some Bichon Frise can live to be as old as 18. According to the Bichon Frisé Club of America, the oldest reported Bichon recently died of natural causes at the age of 21 years.

Like all breedsthe Bichon can be susceptible to certain health issues. The primary health problems in this breed are: Skin and allergies, dental issues, bladder infections, ear infections and eye disease. The most prevalent forms of cancer found in older Bichons are prostate in the male and mammary gland carcinoma in the female.

If you are considering the adoption of a Bichon Frisé puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder.

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Training Whippet Puppies

whippet puppy puppies

Whippets are not the most obedient class of dogs. They are occasionally accused of being stupid and spiteful but this is simply not true: they were bred over the centuries to hunt independently and they retain an attitude of free thinkers.

Like any other dog they can be trained but they require positive dog training techniques and your patience.

The good news is that whippets are the most obedient and willing to please of the sighthound family.

It won’t be difficult to establish the basic rules and it will be fun to teach your whippet and learn from him.

Whippets are clever and whimsical and sometimes they will outsmart you in unexpected ways, this is part of the charm of living with such a beautiful and intelligent dog.

Whippet training can be a therapy for the trainer, it will teach you patience, self control and observation skills, be ready for surprises and have fun!

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bernese puppy

Two rules of housebreaking to remember are 1. Confinement so your dog cannot go to the bathroom in the wrong places and 2. Constant or regular access to the right place to go to the bathroom.

Confinement means that until your dog is housebroken, he is never allowed to walk freely around the house. Every hour of every day; unless you are sitting with your dog, playing with him, walking him, feeding him,or interacting with him. Because if he is loose and you take your eyes off him for just a few moments, he can go to the bathroom on your floor, and the bad habit is begun.

Access to the right place means you take your dog outside, or he lets himself outside through a doggy door. Or it means you provide him with newspapers or a litter box indoors. He must have somewhere to go on a regular basis.

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alaskan malamute puppy

The Alaskan Malamute is loyal and intelligent, sweet and affectionate. Great with children who are old enough to play with him safely. If their canine instincts are met, they mature into a dignified and mellow adult dog. They are super friendly and so not suitable for use as a guard dog. Malamutes are happiest living outdoors, but they also enjoy living indoors where their human family lives. Without firm leadership and daily mental and physical exercise, these dogs may become destructive nuisances, acting like puppies forever.

Malamutes love outdoor activities and even do well in obedience with firm encouragement. Although it can be difficult to train Malamutes for formal obedience, it is not particularly hard to train them to be well-mannered because they love to please. Males can be very dominant. This breed needs the humans around him to be firm, confident and consistent pack leaders. Some dogs may be difficult to housebreak. This breed is a thrifty feeder and needs less food than you might expect.

Malamutes are quiet compared to most dogs but they do like to howl and dig. This breed should be supervised around unfamiliar small animals, as they have a strong prey instinct. This does not mean they are not good with small animals. Both males and females can be combative with other dogs, especially with the same sex and breed and firm handling and training are necessary to curve this. Proper socialization with people and other dogs is imperative. Obedience training is highly recommended.

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