National Dog Show Has Surprise Winner, Strange Contenders, and New Breeds

For the first time in 40 years, the same breed has taken the top award two years in a row in a major competition. Sky, is this year’s top dog and the second Wire Fox Terrier to win the National Dog Show. The English Springer Spaniel is the only other dog to accomplish this distinguished honor of winning a back-to-back awards, which was at Westminster Dog Show back in 1971 and 1972.

Sky’s beautiful coat, build, and stunning personality made her shine. This was no easy feat as there were over 1,500 other contestants and 160 breeds. Then she had to compete against six other group winners to come out on top. Continue reading

Meet the Breed: The Great Dane

So far, I know I’ve been a bit biased in featuring smaller dogs on this weekly feature highlighting a particular breed. I think this may be based in the fact that I’m a smaller person living in a smaller home, and therefore smaller dogs would seem to suit my family.

I do have a secret fondness for this particular large breed, however. And, as my daughter would say, “Go big or go home!” The Great Danes I have known have been big teddy bears that have made me feel safe and protected with their mellow presence. As a single mom, this would be a pleasant feeling to promote! Though the thought of feeding and cleaning up after such a large creature does cause me to consider this carefully. Continue reading

Health Problems of Popular Dog Breeds

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There’s a reason pet stores are still in business and pure-bred adoption agencies have grown; people just can’t seem to get enough of pure-bred puppies. One of the number one reasons people pick a pure bred over a mix is because they think they know what they’re getting when they are able to choose the breed. It’s believed that when you get those AKC papers, your pup is perfect.

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