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I'm Davinci. Being the oldest of the pack, I have many years of wisdom and knowledge that I would like to share with you. 

Tips and tricks for dog care, dog games, trivia, facts,  boredom busters, and much much more

Tips for First Time Dog Owners

There is always an adjustment period when bringing a new dog home.  Whether it be an adult dog or a puppy, they can get overwhelmed or scared, so be very patient. Some may hide or show signs of being afraid. Others may seem very chill and relaxed until they get use to things then become very hyperactive!

Make sure you meet your dog's basic needs:

  • proper nutrition

  • adequate shelter

  • physical care

  • social interaction

If you don't already have one, make sure to Find a Great Vet!

They will help educate you about your dog. They will look out for your dog's health and well-being. Finding a Great Vet and Staff will make all the difference in the world for you and your dog. Also keep the lines of communication open between you and your vet

Stock up on Dog supplies:

  • toys

  • bowls

  • beds

  • leashes

  • collars

  • crates, and much more

Choose the Right Dog Food

Your dog's diet is the foundation of his health. But with so many dog foods to consider, you may find yourself getting overwhelmed. Learn about the basics of canine nutrition, then choose a diet that fits your dog's needs. There's no one right answer when it comes to dog food. One rule of thumb is this: if your dog is doing well on a certain type of dog food, then it's probably just fine (as long as it is complete and balanced). 

Dog Training is a MUST!

In the long run, proper training can make both you and your dog happier.

Dog training helps you control your dog and gives your dog a sense of structure. Plus, it will enhance the special bond you two share. Take a little time each day to train your dog, working through all the essential steps of dog training, including basic commands.

Be Prepared for Behavior Problems

No Dog is Perfect! You may have to deal with excessive barking, destructive chewing, separation anxiety, or aggression

Health Issues

At some point in your dog's life, you will come across health issues. Some may be as simple or common as an ear infection or fleas. Others may be more serious like diabetes or cancer. Take the necessary steps to keep your dog healthy and many health issues may be avoidable.

Be A Responsible Dog Owner

This is one of the most important things you need to know as a new dog owner. Being a responsible dog owner is about committing to your dog for life and accepting responsibility for your dog's actions. It means taking proper care of your own dog while respecting your community. If you can do this, then you are surely on the right track.

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10 Most Loyal Dog Breeds

Rottweiler

Don't be fooled by that ruff tuff mug. A Rottweiler is one the most popular dog breeds in the U.S., and it's because snugglebug is his middle name. Fans of Rotties coo about their companionship and dedication to family, especially when trained as puppies with proper socialization skills. (He's even the star of a children's book!) These hardy and clever working dogs are actually quite sensitive and don't like to be left home alone.

Chihuahua

Oh sure, a Chihuahua will slip some sassy shade on you, but she's also most content tucked into the crook of your arm. This pint-sized pooch looooves her humans, and expects nothing less than glam strollers and gourmet treats in return. Chis are also some of the longest-living dog breeds, so you'll have plenty of time to treasure one another.

German Shepherd

Brilliant German shepherds could certainly write the loyal dog breed manual. Calm, confident, and ever faithful, it's no wonder so many heroic dog stories feature German shepherds going above, beyond, and through for their people. You've heard of 'Velcro dogs', right? Yep, these are them—always wanting to stick with their people like the connective fabric. Train, exercise, and love a German shepherd and they'll be your best friend forever.

 

Cocker Spaniel

Once you gaze into the soft brown eyes of a cocker spaniel, her sweetness completely washes over you, and that's a marvelous feeling. If you yearn for a loyal pooch who's absolutely happy to do whatever and trades snuggles with cats and kids, this silky-furred beauty is perfect. Apartments, condos, homes in the 'burbs—a cocker spaniel is so adaptable and good-natured, the neighbors will probably take their morning coffee with her!

Labrador Retriever

Labrador retriever, be he black, chocolate, or golden, nuzzles his way into your heart and never leaves. For 30 years, this pooch has held the first spot on the American Kennel Club's most popular dog list. That's three entire decades! Steadfast, true, and smart, he's a versatile buddy who does just about everything. Go on adventures? Sure! Comfort people as a therapy dog? Yes! Save you from a rattlesnake? Absolutely, but we really hope it doesn't come to that.

Great Pyrenees

All you need to know is in the name: Great Pyrenees. So great! Cherished by queens, kings (she was once the 'Royal Dog of France'), and sheepherders alike, this snowball of love is fond of her family. But as an independent thinker, she might want to go her own way once in a while, so consistent positive reinforcement training keeps her close. What else should you keep nearby? Grooming supplies, as this polar dog sheds a lot.

Saint Bernard

A trusty furred companion too proud to cling and too well-mannered to bark a lot, a Saint Bernard is a mighty dog with an even bigger heart. She has infinite patience for children who treat her kindly. Those slobbery kisses will wake you up, though! Because she's so bright, she responds well to gentle training and appreciates a casual stroll with you each day so you can share deep thoughts while she puts her sniffer to work.

Greyhound

Few sights are as wonderful as a greyhound sprinting. It's what they were bred to do. However, fans of this darling loyal dog breed say they're also the most smoochable '40 mph couch potatoes' you'll ever meet. Empty nesters can easily cozy up with this tender and mellow pup. Despite their history, greyhounds enjoy daily walks with you and exploring fenced backyards before resting their long snouts on your knee for head pats.

Akita

One of Japan's six treasured national breeds, if you approach an adorable Akita and she doesn't know you, expect a cold shoulder. She's 110 percent dedicated to her people, and playful and affectionate with them. The rest of us get a little side-eye. She might be happiest as an only fur child, but if she learns to adapt to other dogs and even cats in puppy kindergarten, she'll be more inclined to let them into your inner circle.

Golden Retriever

Of course merry golden retrievers love you. But Kelley says they tend to be hyper-outgoing and desire affection from anyone and everyone. This doesn't mean these sweet pups are disloyal, only that they enjoy being the life of the party. If you're also an extroverted and active pet parent, this trait won't matter a bit. Sing with him around the campfire, have him join your running group, or simply cuddle. It's all good to a golden!

12 of the Healthiest Dog Breeds With Few Health Conditions

 

Spend less time in the vet’s office and more time playing fetch in the backyard with these healthy, happy canine companions.

By Katie Mills GiorgioUpdated April 14, 2022

Just like any member of your family, you want your dog to live a long, happy, and healthy life. Selecting a breed that faces fewer medical issues and diseases can give you peace of mind while you care for your pooch—and save you trips to the vet.

You can consider how long a certain breed typically lives, but lifespan is just one element of what defines the healthiest dog breeds. Genetic predispositions to certain ailments as well as a dog's tendency to stay active throughout their lifetime can also contribute to physical health.

"Purebred dogs in general have more issues because they tend to have less variety in the genetic pool," says Liz Trepp, DVM at Banfield Pet Hospital in Clive, Iowa. "If you're looking for a truly healthy breed, you might pick the mid-sized hound from the shelter because it is a mix of breeds."

Missy Matusicky, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, and assistant professor at Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, agrees. However, Matusiky notes that reputable breeders screen for many health issues. "A responsible breeder does pre-breeding health checks on both the mother and father prior to breeding them," she says.

Choose the Healthiest Dog Who Fits Your Lifestyle

Prospective pet parents should do their research and think about what type of dog would be most compatible with their family and lifestyle. Then, review each pup's health outlook on registered breed clubs to learn more about their overall wellness and what to discuss with potential breeders. Finally, always investigate the breeder to make sure they're legit before bringing home your new best friend.

"Know what you're getting into and why you want that particular dog breed," Matusicky says. "Certainly some dog breeds have less-known health conditions than others. So, it really depends on what an owner is willing to handle."

Every dog is an individual. Talk with a veterinarian to find simple ways—including proper diet and preventative care—to help ensure your new pooch has every advantage. And soon, one of the following healthiest dog breeds might become your new canine best friend!

Healthiest Longest Living Dog Breed: Australian Cattle Dog

When it comes to longevity, the Australian cattle dog reigns, living on average for 12–16 years. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the longest-living dog ever recorded was an Australian cattle dog named Bluey who lived to the ripe old age of 29. These active dogs—a key trait for general doggie wellbeing—not only stay relatively healthy but are also medium-sized, making them a good fit for many homes.

Trepp noted that if you plan to add them to a family with children they must be properly trained and given a lot of exercise.

Healthiest Small Dog Breed: Chihuahua

Technically a tiny toy breed at just 5–6 pounds, Chihuahuas stand out as one of the healthiest dog breeds, too. Not only do they have plenty of spunk and personality, but can also live for anywhere from 12–18 years. Content to be carried around, snuggle on your lap, or bouncing around the house, they are loveable dogs that remain generally healthy and happy when cared for properly.

 

Do keep in mind that although wee pups like Chis are less likely to deal with issues common in big dogs like bloat or hip dysplasia, the Chihuahua Club of America states Chi owners are encouraged to work with their vets to keep an eye out for cardiac issues, patellar luxation, and eye conditions, especially in old age.

Healthy Medium-Sized Dog Breed: Australian Shepherd

When it comes to medium-sized dogs, the Australian shepherd is a great pick for a breed with fewer health concerns thanks to their boundless energy. If you're an active, experienced dog owner, Aussies make dynamic companions even as they age; they're always up for a runhike, long walk, or even swimming.

Healthy Large Dog Breed: Greyhound

Greyhounds are the cheetahs of the dog kingdom. With their phenomenal musculoskeletal condition and athleticism, they can run up to 45 miles per hour, making them the fastest dog breed in the world. These big pups are generally disease-free other than those conditions commonly seen in all large breed dogs, but they can develop congenital heart disease and osteosarcoma.

If you're looking for a large breed to bring home, remember that bigger dogs with more weight to carry can be prone to certain health conditions because of their size. According to Matusicky, large-breed dogs are prone to neurological or musculoskeletal conditions and any medications they need tend to be more expensive due to needing a larger dosage.

Healthiest Dog Breed That Doesn't Shed: Poodle

If you're looking to add a dog to your home that will not only live a long, healthy life but also not shed all over your furniture and clothing or irritate your allergies, a poodle makes an excellent choice. Not just poofy and pretty, poodles are active and highly intelligent dogs that love to play games.

Typically living to be between 12–15 years—longer than most larger dog breeds—standard poodles face few health issues. Miniature and toy poodle breeds are great choices, too!

Healthiest Hunting Dog: German Shorthaired Pointer

Many hunting dogs, thanks to all their time spent running around outdoors, are healthy breeds. The German shorthaired pointer (or GSP for short) is one of the healthiest. They are a great addition to active families as they are highly trainable and full of exuberance! They also don't shed much thanks to their short coat, making them an ideal companion both inside and outside

 

Healthy Dog Breed for Cold Weather Climates: Old English Sheepdog.

It's no surprise that the Old English sheepdog can handle the cold, what with their heavy, shaggy coat. This weather-hardy breed loves to romp in the snow. But be sure to supervise your pup at all times and never push them too hard when exercising or playing, as this breed can experience a genetic condition called exercise-induced collapse (though responsible breeders will test for this).

Healthiest Dog Breed for Warm Weather Climates: Havanese

If a sunny climate is more your speed, consider a Havenese to keep you company. These small, smart pups hail originally from Havana, Cuba, so they can typically adapt to warmer temperatures. However, all dogs need a break from the heat every now and then, so making sure your pooch has plenty of shade, cool air, and easy access to water to stay hydrated are essential for any breed. And when the weather is too cold or too hot to go outside, it's better to find indoor games to play together.

 

Your treasured pet for an average for 14–16 years, Havanese dogs are great companions because they are very social as well. Being a small breed dog, liver and kidney disease are often more observed than in larger dogs, but these lively pups are otherwise a healthy, long-lived breed.

Healthiest Family Dog Breed: Basenji

For a pup who has few health conditions to worry about and will be a great fit for playing with the kids, look no further than the Basenji. With their roots in ancient Egypt, this breed went from being hunters to domestic companions. According to the Basenji Club of America, Basenjis can acquire a disease called Fanconi syndrome, a kidney and urinary tract disorder, but responsible breeders often screen for this condition per the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals' (OFA) recommended tests.

 

Another unique thing about this breed: Basenjis don't bark. They share their feelings by yodeling, endearing quality to be sure when considering a new pup pal!

Healthiest Hound Dog Breed: Beagle

Sometimes being healthy means being easy to care for. That describes the beagle perfectly. They enjoy long, slow walks—on the beach, in the woods, on a hike, or anywhere they can sniff—and are known for being gentle with their owners. They typically live to be 10–15 years old, and their smaller stature for a hound makes them a good fit for a range of different homes.

Healthiest Ancient Dog: Shiba Inu

This captivating free-thinker is one of six Japanese dogs considered national natural monuments. Quite a distinction, yes, but not a surprise, considering the Shiba Inu has been around since 300 B.C. Their life expectancy is 13–15 years, and while they have some genetic concerns like every dog, your primary care involves proper dental hygiene and good nutrition to help them avoid obesity.

Since a Shiba Inu has an independent streak and can be a tad mischievous, stay consistent with positive reinforcement training, and she'll settle in well.

Healthiest Athletic Dog: Border Collie

Look out: the exceptional border collie won't just keep you on your toes, but on the run! Slacking mentally or physically with this zesty pooch simply isn't an option. A canine star of the herding set, he thrives with games and tricks, and must—no, really, must—have a job to do. Every day. Park ranger? Sure! Marathon running pacesetter? Absolutely.

Like many highly-active doggos, border collies sometimes have trouble with hip dysplasia. Genetically, they can also develop issues with their eyes and ears. Reputable breeders should share lineage health information as well as testing standards to help assure you have the healthiest pup.

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