Did you know there are over 380 registered dog breeds? This month we're celebrating one of them in a big way- the St. Bernard! Although it's not one of the highest ranking breeds, it's certainly one of the most beloved and famous ones! Who doesn't remember Beethoven? Let's find out why the St. Bernard steals our hearts, drool and all.
Did you know there are two kinds of Cocker Spaniels, English and American? (The English ones bark with an English accent! No, not really.) We are celebrating the American Cocker Spaniel, a close cousin to their English line, but a distinct and separate AKC breed. The American CS is the smallest of the 'sporting breeds', it stands up to about 15 inches tall, and about 30lbs. They have a happy dispostion, and are often referred to as 'Merry Dogs'! Let's learn more about this sweet and smart breed!
Meet the Aussie! The Australian Shepherd, the cowboy’s herding dog of choice, is a medium sized worker with a keen, penetrating gaze in the eye. Aussie coats offer many different looks, including merle in different color combinations. Aussies exhibit an irresistible impulse to herd, anything: birds, dogs, cattle, children etc. This strong work drive can make Aussies too much dog for a sedentary pet owner. Aussies are remarkably intelligent, quite capable of hoodwinking an unsuspecting novice pet owner. In short, this is not an ideal breed for everyone, but if you’re seeking a brainy, tireless, and trainable partner for work or sport, your search may end here.
Meet the Maltese! This elegant toy dog breed is famed for the silky white hair covering its body. Straight and thick, the coat falls all the way to the floor. They stay small and compact and should weigh no more than seven pounds at maturity. Many years ago, Maltese came in many colors, but these days they are always white. Because they do not have an undercoat, Maltese shed very little, and many people consider the breed to be hypoallergenic. Maltese are sweet, intelligent dogs who are devoted to their people. As one of the smallest of the toy breeds, they are well suited to apartment or condo living. Despite their delicate appearance, they can have a lot of energy, but are also very responsive to training when rewarded.
What’s not to love about a French Bulldog? They have large bat like ears, big googly eyes, and thoroughly enjoy a good snuggle. That’s what makes this breed one of the most popular companion dogs in the world today. The French Bulldog is small (less than 30lbs) but substantial in build with a powerful muscular body. They have a short, easy to care for coat that accompanies and easy going personality, which makes them ideal for first time pet parents. These compact dogs do not need a lot of space, so they are also good candidates for apartment living.