Category Archive for: ‘Dog Blog’


Breed of the Week: Portuguese Water Dog

 Portuguese Water Dog Appearance: The Portuguese Water Dog, or Porti, stands at 17-23 inches at the shoulder and weighs 35-60lbs with males being substantially larger.  This breed has two potential coat varieties, wavy and curly, with neither shedding much and both needing moderate grooming.  The Porti can be black, white, brown, or a combination of these colors and often they …

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Breed of the Week: Chihuahua

Chihuahua Appearance:  The Chihuahua is a toy breed weighing under 6lbs at maturity.  There are two coat types permissible- smooth and long haired but both require minimal grooming.  An alert, small dog, the Chihuahua has many terrier type attributes including alert expression and behavior.  Almost any color is possible. Temperament:  The Chihuahua is very terrier-like in behavior and must be …

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Breed of the Week: Collie

Collie Appearance:  The Collie stands 22-26 inches at the shoulder and weighs approximately 50-75lbs.  This breed comes in two styles with the only difference being the coat type and length. The Rough Coated Collie has a profuse coat that requires weekly brushing and moderate care.  The Smooth Coated variety has a tight dense coat that lies flat against the body …

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Breed of the Week: Weimaraner

Weimaraner Appearance:  The Weimaraner stands at 23-27 inches at the shoulder and weighs approximately 55-80 lbs.  This breed is designed for speed and endurance which is evident in its barrel chest and tight muscle tone. It also has a short, sleek coat ranging from pale silver to dark grey.  The Weimaraner requires minimal grooming and has a docked tail and …

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Cairn Terrier

Breed of the Week: Cairn Terrier

Cairn Terrier Appearance:  The Cairn Terrier stands at 9-10 inches at the shoulder and weighs ideally 13-14lbs.  This breed is a short legged terrier type with a rough outer coat that can be any color other than white with brindle, grey, and wheaten being most common.  The Cairn Terrier requires moderate grooming and many enthusiasts recommend hand stripping the coat …

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Breed of the Week: Bull Terrier

Bull Terrier Appearance:  A strongly built muscular dog, the Bull Terrier is most often characterized by its wedge or football shaped head with small triangular eyes.  The skull of the Bull Terrier slopes down towards their nose without an obvious stop or muzzle line.  Coat care is minimal, however, the white variety may need more skin care if exposed to …

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Shar Pei

Breed of the Week: Chinese Shar-Pei

Chinese Shar-Pei Appearance:  The Shar-Pei is a compact dog weighing in at 45-60 lbs while remaining under 20 inches at the shoulder.  The typical Shar-Pei has a short rough coat with heavy wrinkling, though a slightly longer “bear” coat is also present in the breed.  The bulbous nose of the Shar-Pei is also a classic feature along with the black/blue …

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Breed of the Week: Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgeback Appearance: Ridgebacks stand at 24-27 inches in height and weigh approximately 70-85lbs. The most distinctive physical feature of this breed is the ridge of hair that grows in the opposite direction down their back, giving them the name “Ridgeback.” While a percentage of purebred Ridgebacks aren’t born with ridges at all, this is still the clearly defining look …

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Breed of the Week: Vizsla


Vizsla Appearance: The Vizsla is a medium-sized hunting breed ranging from 21 to 24 inches in height. With a tight, short coat of reddish hue, this breed requires minimal grooming and most often has a tail docked to approximately 1/3 its natural length. The Vizsla has tight webbed feet and has relatively long limbs with a very lean body to …

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Breed of the Week: Maltese

Maltese Appearance: The Maltese is a diminutive dog weighing 4-7lbs. Most notable is the Maltese’s long white coat, black nose and eyelids. They require extreme grooming and coat care if left long or in show cut, but most owners keep their companions short all over for easier maintenance. Temperament: The Maltese is a toy breed with a bright and playful …

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