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Posts Tagged ‘Boxers’

Best Dog Breeds For Families With Kids

Monday, May 16th, 2016


Almost 75 million dogs have been adopted into homes that already owned at least one dog. Multi-dog homes are often good for families with kids. There are other dogs to play with so a dog is not expecting constant attention from your children, or you, all the time, and there is always another dog to play with when the family is away from home.

If you’re considering adopting your very first dog or you want to replace a cherished pet that is no longer with you, it can sometimes be difficult finding the right dog for your family. All dogs are not created equal and each breed has specific traits that may or may not fit into your family situation.

Deciding which dog will make the best pet for your children depends on several things. One being whether someone in the family will have the time to give the dog plenty of exercise. You also need to consider whether a small, quiet dog or a larger, active dog fits the lifestyle of you and your children. Do you have a large home or a home with a yard? Will there be someone at home most of the time?

Answering these questions can help you decide on which breed of dog is best suited to your family’s lifestyle.

Where to find your pet is also an important consideration. Some people prefer to buy a dog from a breeder if they are searching for a purebred. But if you just want the best companion dog you can find for your family, an animal shelter or pet adoption center is probably your best choice. Pet adoption agencies and animal shelters help find homes for loving animals that have, for any number of reasons, ended up neglected, unloved, or unwanted.

The dog of your dreams may right now be living an unhappy, solitary life in the confines of an animal shelter cage. These dogs are so happy to be rescued and given a second chance at life, that they will heap loads of love on your children. Ask the staff at an animal shelter or pet adoption center to help you determine which breed of dog is right for your family.

The following breeds of dogs will provide excellent companionship, loyalty and love:

Labrador Retrievers are the most popular dog breed of all. Labrador Retrievers are friendly, lovable, smart and great with kids. They are the most popular family dog according to breeder surveys.

Golden Retrievers make great family dogs. These large dogs are extremely kind and gentle by nature and they love to play with people of any age. They can also entertain themselves with their toys so they’re not always bothering a member of the household. Just make sure you have enough space in your home as Golden Retrievers can grow to be as large as 90 pounds.

Yorkshire Terriers, also called “Yorkies” for short, are the smallest terriers of all. These tiny dogs are energetic and very protective of their owners, both adults and children. As a result, they don’t always get along well with strangers and they’re not afraid to let a visitor know. Expect a lot of “yapping” if you adopt one of these dogs.

German Shepherds are one of the most intelligent and loyal dog breeds in the world. Because of their high intelligence and great strength they make a great family pet as long as you have room for a large, lovable dog.

The Beagle has been a popular breed for over a century. These cute, lovable dogs were originally raised as hunting dogs and are known for being kind and gentle. They make great family pets.

Dachshunds are also called “wiener dogs’ and have always been a favorite with adults and children because of their cute, sausage-shaped bodies. With long bodies and short legs they look like they couldn’t move very fast but they love to run and play with their owners and each other. They can be very protective and may nip at strangers and other dogs.

Boxers play well with children, are extremely loyal and are low maintenance. They aren’t the most intelligent dogs, but they make up for it by being energetic, headstrong, and fun-loving. They require strong obedience training while they’re young or they may turn out to be unmanageable when they grow into adults.

Poodles come in both standard and miniature sizes. They are popular dogs and are beautiful, loyal and extremely intelligent.

Miniature Schnauzers are smart, obedient and enjoy non-aggressive play with children and adults. They make great pets if you’re looking for a small, lovable dog.

The best dog breed for families with kids is ultimately a personal decision that you as a parent must make. If possible, help save the life of a dog confined to a shelter or pet adoption facility. You’ll never regret the love and devotion a rescued animal will give you and your children.

A Dog’s Lifespan

Monday, April 14th, 2014

A dog’s lifespan varies widely by the type of breed, and also its size. All dog breeds belong to the same species, evolved from the wolf, yet they age at very different rates and no one understands why there is such a variance. Some dog breeds live to be 16 to 20 years old, whereas breeds like the Irish Wolfhound have a life expectancy of only 6 to 8 years.


If you’re considering adopting an adult dog or a puppy, and you’re concerned about the dog’s lifespan, the best advice is – think small.

Around 40% of small breed dogs live longer than 10 years. In contrast, only 13% of giant breed dogs will live that long. The average 50-pound dog has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years, while a giant breed like the Great Dane is considered senior or elderly at 6 to 8 years of age. Dogs that weigh less than 30 pounds live the longest.

In a study involving more than 700 dogs and 77 different breeds, researchers found that a dog’s weight and size are the chief determining factors in a dog’s lifespan. It’s not unusual for a miniature poodle to live for 16 or 17 years, while a 12-year-old Labrador Retriever is considered an old dog. Giant breeds that weigh more than 100 pounds are considered geriatric when they reach 6 to 7 years of age.

A good rule of thumb is the larger the dog, the fewer years it will live. If you want a dog that will live for a long time you may want to consider adopting a mixed breed rather than a purebred, which on the whole usually have shorter lifespans than most mixed breeds.

When deciding between a male or female dog, remember that females tend to live a little longer than males, mimicking the human condition in this respect.

If you’re considering a purebred dog, it’s a good idea to research the types of ailments and diseases specific to the breed before deciding. Many large-breed dogs like Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds and Doberman Pinschers will develop hip dysplasia and the condition can become so serious that the dog will have to be euthanized.

Cancer is a common disease that can significantly shorten a dog’s lifespan, and some breeds like Boxers, Rottweilers, and Golden Retrievers have unusually high rates of cancer. Cancer is the most common cause of death in older dogs and nearly 42% of those dogs die from some form of cancer.

Flat-faced dogs such as Pugs and Shih Tzus, are predisposed to breathing problems that can cause overheating and even death. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are likely to develop a heart condition called mitral valve disease. Cocker Spaniels are susceptible to recurring ear and eye infections.

Being a responsible pet owner means seeing that your dog has the correct type and amount of nourishment, and proper exercise. Very important for a dog’s lifespan is the prevention of obesity which will help your dog live a longer, healthier life.

The American Kennel Club has published a list of the most popular dog breeds and their average life span:

Beagles — 12 to 14 years
Boston terriers — about 15 years
Boxers — 11 to 14 years
Bulldogs — 10 to 12 years
Chihuahuas — 15 years or more
Dachshunds — 12 to 14 years
Doberman Pinschers — 10 to 12 years
German Shepherd dog — 10 to 14 years
German shorthaired pointers — 12 to 15 years
Golden retriever — 10 to 12 years
Labrador retriever — 10 to 14 years
Miniature Schnauzers — 15 years or more
Pomeranians — 13 to 15 years
Poodles — 10 to 15 years
Pugs — 12 to 15 years
Rottweilers — 10 to 12 years
Shetland Sheepdogs — 12 to 14 years
Shih Tzu — 11 to 15 years
Yorkshire terrier — 12 to 15 years

Dogs: Man’s Best Friend

Monday, January 9th, 2012


Dogs are a man’s best friend (and a woman’s too!)

If the only thing I got from having my pet dog was friendship and a trustworthy companion, it would be enough for me. But there is so much more that this beautiful, loving animal brings into my life. He brings love (lots of it), true happiness whenever we’re together, and enjoyment that only a dog can give.

Most dogs provide valuable accompaniment to their owners. Some breeds like Pit Bulls and Rottweilers are more “loners” and don’t require a lot of attention as do breeds like Golden and Labrador Retrievers, Boxers, Beagles, Terriers or Sheepdogs.

Some dogs are sporty and enjoy running, walking and playing fetch with adults and children. These types of dogs are great for children who have no siblings to play with.

Many dogs have also proven themselves to be invaluable to their owners and have saved many lives by awakening a family when their house was on fire or by rescuing a child who was drowning in a pool.

Dogs are also very useful in giving medical assistance to those in need. They can detect seizures in a person before they occur, which enables epileptic people to live a normal life without fear of a sudden seizure while driving or operating machinery.

Dogs also help the blind to navigate their way around in the outside world as well as within the home.

Dogs provide security to their owners from home intruders and are especially useful outside at night when human visibility is marginal.

Specially trained police dogs can sniff through bags at airports to detect drugs and other illegal substances.

Purebred German Shepherds are used by police departments because they are known for their trainability and eagerness to work.

Dogs such as bloodhounds can track down suspects by the scent left behind.

Dogs have many personalities within the same breed and certain breeds are popular due to their inbred traits.

If you don’t already have a pet dog, perhaps today is the day to start looking for one of man’s best friends who will never let you down, and who just might save your life in the event of an emergency.

Cropping Dogs Ears

Monday, August 1st, 2011


In England, the Royal College of Veterinarian Surgeons forbids vets to crop any dog’s ears or tails. As a result, England is full of Dobermans, Schnauzers, Boxers, Boston Terriers, and Great Danes proudly wagging their long tails and showing off their intact ears. In addition, the cropping of dogs ears has also been outlawed in most of Europe as well as Newfoundland, New Zealand, and Australia.

Laws to ban the cropping of dogs’ ears have been introduced in California, Vermont, and New York in the past. All have failed even though winning the support of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Kennel Club, and several other pure breed associations. In addition to supporting the passage of various bills, these organizations have worked to delete cropped or trimmed ears for dogs as a breed standard.

The American Veterinary Medical Association issued a position statement that read, “Ear cropping and tail docking in dogs for cosmetic reasons are not medically indicated nor of benefit to the dog. These procedures cause pain and distress to the animal and are accompanied by inherent risks of anesthesia blood loss, and infection.” In spite of all this support, too many of these breeds of dogs are being put under the knife for cosmetic surgeries on their ears and tails.

One of my friends who has been a practicing veterinary surgeon for over 20 years, said he will not perform any surgery involving the cropping of a dog’s ears or the docking of its tail. When he was recently asked by an owner to crop the ears of a newly acquired Doberman, he replied “Why would I submit a perfectly fine animal to having a hefty chunk of his skin and cartilage chopped off, followed by weeks of ridiculous taping and splinting while you try to change your dog into something he was not meant to be.”

Strong words from a veterinarian, perhaps, but he has a commendable point of view. If dogs were the dominant species and mankind was in the role that our pets play, would we want our ears or behinds chopped, sewn up, and bandaged?

The justification owners make for cropping their dog’s ears is to decrease the rate of ear infections and reduce the chances of injury from another dog. If pointed ears really prevented ear infections, why isn’t every Beagle or Cocker Spaniel in this country also having their ears cropped?

Some people believe that Dobermans look more “masterful and perky” with cropped ears, and that the procedure really is no different than women having breast implants. If you agree with that statement, chances are good that you’re a man.

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