Golden Retrievers Just Want to Swim

These little cuties just don’t understand why their owner didn’t fill up the pool with water.

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13. April 2015 by puppypics
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About the Breed: Doberman Pinscher

This intelligent, confident breed, is incredibly loyal with a good temperament. Just like other breeds, the perception of a doberman does not necessarily reflect reality.

“If you can touch my Doberman, you can take him home”

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20. March 2015 by puppypics
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Cutest Puppy Video

Here it is, the world’s cutest puppies of all time! Which one is your favorite?

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03. March 2015 by puppypics
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Dogs taking Baths

Some dogs just don’t like taking baths. This video is just too funny!

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23. February 2015 by puppypics
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Westminster Dog Show 2015

For the second time in the 139 year history of the Westminster Dog Show, a beagle proved to be the winner of the day!

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Miss-P, a 4 year old beagle, took home best in show.

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Which dog breed do you think should have earned the title of Best in Show?

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19. February 2015 by puppypics
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Happy Valentine’s Day

Here are some of our favorite Valentine’s Day puppies! We hope everyone got some puppy love this weekend!

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14. February 2015 by puppypics
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About the Breed: Samoyed

The Samoyed (/ˈsæməjɛd/ sam-ə-yed or /səˈmɔɪ.ɛd/ sə-moy-ed; Russian: Самоедская собака) is a breed of dog that takes its name from the Samoyedic peoples of Siberia. These nomadic reindeer herders bred the fluffy white dogs to help with the herding, and to pull sleds when they moved. An alternate name for the breed, especially in Europe, is Bjelkier.

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Samoyeds are descended from the Nenets herding laika, a spitz-type dog from Siberia used for sledding, herding, guarding, and keeping their owners warm.

Fridtjof Nansen believed that the use of sled dogs was the only effective way to explore the north and used Samoyeds on his polar expeditions. His plan to feed the weaker dogs to the stronger ones as the former died during the expedition ultimately consumed nearly all of his dogs.

Roald Amundsen used a team of sled dogs led by a Samoyed named Etah on the first expedition to reach the South Pole.

Recent DNA analysis of the breed has led to the Samoyed’s being included amongst the fourteen most ancient dog breeds, along withSiberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, the Chow Chow, and 10 others of a diverse geographic background. The Samoyeds have been bred and trained for at least 3,000 years. [Information from Wikipedia]

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19. January 2015 by puppypics
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Merry Christmas Dogs

It is that time of year again, where we truly feel the holiday cheer. These dogs know how to say it best!

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Don’t forget to Send Us your cute dogs dressed up for the holidays!

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22. December 2014 by puppypics
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Puppy Holiday Cards

We love it when mans best friend is featured in a holiday card! Here are our favorites, which are yours?

 

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08. December 2014 by puppypics
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Irish Wolfhounds: About the Breed

Irish Wolfhound

This gentle giant has a kindly disposition and dignified demeanor.

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Summary

The Irish Wolfhound dog breed was originally used in war to drag men off horses and chariots. He also hunted large game such as deer, boar, and wolves. Today this adaptable dog is a family companion who also competes in obedience, tracking, and lure coursing.

  • Overview

    When Irish eyes are smiling, you can be sure they belong to an Irish Wolfhound. He has a noble and commanding appearance, but beneath his shaggy eyebrows twinkle eyes with a sweet, gentle expression.

    This ancient breed originated in Ireland, where he served as both a war dog andhunting dog. He came close to extinction in the 19th century after the great prey animals — wolves, deer, and wild boars — had largely disappeared in Ireland, but the breed was revived and today is a wonderful companion who draws the admiration of many.

    The Irish Wolfhound is the tallest of all dog breeds and the largest of the sighthounds — dogs that chase moving prey. Despite his distant past as a ferocious war dog, he’s a gentle giant who gets along with everyone, including children, other dogs, and sometimes even cats. He loves long walks, which are important in maintaining his huge body, but otherwise he’s satisfied to be a couch potato.

    While they’re quiet indoors, Irish Wolfhounds are not recommended for apartment living. Consider whether you’d be able to get one up and down the stairs if he were injured or sick. They do best in a home with a large fenced yard where they can have room to run.

    The Irish Wolfhound is not the ideal watchdog. He doesn’t bark an alarm, and although he has the size to deter many would-be intruders he doesn’t have the nature of a guard dog. He’s brave but not aggressive.

    Like any dog, the Irish Wolfhound isn’t the breed for everyone. His gigantic size alone is a consideration. He has several health issues that potential owners must be aware of. And he’s a short-lived breed who has only a 6- to 8-year life span. If you’re looking for a breed that lives many years and is easy to care for, then he’s not the breed for you. But if you’re looking for a companion who will fill your life with love, admiration, and sloppy kisses, then look no further.

  • Highlights

    • Irish Wolfhounds are not recommended for apartment living. Although they have relatively low activity levels inside, they need room to stretch out and aren’t built for negotiating stairs.
    • Irish Wolfhounds require at least 40 minutes of daily exercise and do best in a home with a large fenced yard.
    • Irish Wolfhounds need a fenced yard to keep them from chasing prey away from their yards. They should not be kept in a yard with underground electronic fencing. The desire to chase is too strong to be overcome by the threat of a momentary shock.
    • The Irish Wolfhound is a gentle dog who usually gets along well with everyone. With early socialization and training, he’ll be gracious toward other dogs and forbearing of indoor cats. He’ll view outdoor cats and other animals as fair game.
    • If you are looking for a long-lived breed, the Irish Wolfhound is not for you. He lives roughly 6 to 8 years and his giant size predisposes him to many health problems.
    • Irish Wolfhounds do not make good guard dogs although their size can be a deterrent to a would-be intruder.
    • The Irish Wolfhound is an average shedder and only needs to be brushed on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. You’ll need to strip the longer portions of his coat if you want to keep him looking like the Irish Wolfhounds that compete in the conformation ring.
    • Irish Wolfhounds should be walked on leash to prevent them from chasing animals or other moving objects, such as radio-controlled cars.
    • The Irish Wolfhound is not a pony and should not be ridden by children, no matter how small. His joints aren’t built for the strain. Nor is he built for pulling a cart or other vehicle.
    • Irish Wolfhounds thrive when they are with their owners. They are not outdoor dogs, although they enjoy playing outside.
    • To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill, or pet store. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they’re free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies, and that they have sound temperaments.
  • History

    Throughout history, the Great Hound of Ireland has been a marvel wherever he went. Roman consul Aurelius wrote in 391 AD that “all Rome viewed with wonder” the seven Irish Wolfhounds that had been sent to him as a gift.

    And no wonder! The dog’s great size made him fearsome in battle and capable of pursuing the Irish elk, which stood six feet at the shoulder — double the Wolfhound’s height — as well as the wolf, the predator from which the Wolfhound eventually took his name.

    Before that, he was known simply as Cu, a Gaelic word that probably meant hound, wolf dog, or war dog. There are many mentions of the great dog in Irish literature over the centuries.

    He was used as a war dog, his job being to pull men down from horses or chariots. They were also used for hunting elk, boar, and wolves as well as guarding homes and livestock. The Irish Wolfhound was prized for his ferocity and bravery in battle.

    Irish law permitted only kings and nobles to own the Irish Wolfhound, and the number of dogs owned was related to the prestige of the title held. For example, members of the lesser nobility were limited to two Wolfhounds. Irish legends say that folk hero Finn MacCumhaill had 500 Irish Wolfhounds, with his two favorites being Bran and Sceolan, who were of magic birth.

    The Irish Wolfhound was a popular gift between rulers and other important people. Often they arrived wearing chains and collars made with silver and gold. A favorite tale is that of the Irish Wolfhound sent to the Prince of Wales, Llewellyn, by England’s King John in 1210. The hound was named Gelert, and Llewellyn loved him more than life itself.

    One day, Llewellyn went hunting and charged Gelert with guarding his baby son while he was gone. When he returned, he found the baby’s crib overturned and Gelert covered in blood. Mad with grief, he slew Gelert, but as the faithful dog lay dying, Llewellyn heard the cry of his son. He searched further and found the child, alive, next to the body of a wolf that Gelert had killed. Llewellyn mourned his dog forever after and erected a tomb in Gelert’s honor, which can still be seen in Caernarvon, Wales.

    Despite his fame, the Irish Wolfhound’s numbers declined over the years, especially after the elk and the wolf in Ireland were hunted to extinction. Irish Wolfhounds were kept by only a few families as ornamental dogs and rarely saw use in the field.

    The breed might have disappeared had it not caught the interest of Major H. D. Richardson. In the mid-1800s, Richardson wrote a book suggesting that the Irish Wolfhound and the Highland Deerhound were the same breed. He began breeding Irish Wolfhounds, basing his breeding program on the Glengarry Deerhounds.

    Another advocate of the Irish Wolfhound was a Captain George Augustus Graham, who used Glengarry Deerhounds, Borzoi, and a Tibetan Mastiff to revitalize the Irish Wolfhound breed. He also used Irish Wolfhounds that were crossed with Great Danes, including a Harlequin Great Dane.

    Graham founded the Irish Wolfhound Club in 1885 and England’s Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1925. The first Irish Wolfhound registered with the American Kennel Club was Ailbe in 1897, and the Irish Wolfhound Club of America was founded in 1927. Today, the Irish Wolfhound ranks 77th among the 155 breeds and varieties recognized by the AKC.

Please visit Dog Time to read more!

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08. August 2014 by puppypics
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