More and more, dog breeders and owners are showing enthusiasm for hybrid pups. Blending different breeds of dogs, they believe, helps to combine desirable traits while weeding out undesirable ones. But while some dog hybrids no doubt make sense--poodle mixes that are hypoallergenic!--others end up more like Frankendogs.
Mark Twain once said, "It's not the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog." In the case of dogs that weigh 75 pounds or more, looks can be especially deceiving. These giant breeds may appear intimidating, but beneath their formidable statures lie even bigger hearts.
When it comes right down to it, how much do we really know about our beloved furry friends? We may know what kinds of treats they prefer, their favorite spot for an afternoon nap, and where they want us to scratch them, but many things about dogs and cats are still a mystery to their human companions.
There are a lot of tried-and-true ways to calm and anxious pet. Is music one of them?
With more than 150 dog breeds to select from, choosing a dog is not an easy task, nor should it be. The more time you take learning about dog breeds and considering your own needs and personality traits (thinking of this as your breeding!), the better match you'll make.
The disappearance of a beloved animal can be all-consuming, especially when the owner realizes that he or she could have done something differently to avoid it. While the best policy to guard against pet loss is to be vigilant about keeping animals enclosed safely within the confines of your home or land, the following steps can help you find a missing pet in no time.
Who doesn't love dogs? Celebrities certainly do. Some of your favorite star have super cute pooches and we've decided to give you a round-up of the most adorable four-legged friends in Hollywood.
Whoever said diamonds are a girl's best friend was clearly mistaken because nothing gets a gal giddier than her furrever friend. So, brighten your fluffy bestie's day with these gift for pets that'll get them to bark, meow, or tweet about how much their mom spoils them.
Yes, today's the day when you stop acting like such a slavedriver and give your cats a break from all their chores and hard work. Let them relax and take a nap for once in their lives! In honor of this important day, here's a slideshow of the most luscious and squishable kitties we could find. Happy Hug Your Cat Day to you, as well as the cat who's probably trying to take a nap on your keyboard right now.
Reducing your stress and anxiety can be as easy as spending a little more time wiht your best friend. Don't have a pet? Hit up a local shelter and reap the benefits while giving back to your community.
Do animals really enjoy dressing as Santa, a reindeer, or a Christmas elf? Probably not--and their comical expressions say a thousand words. From hamsters in a manger scene to Hanukkah hounds, these pets endure some humiliating holiday fun! Related Stories: Doggie Bag: Best Holiday Leftovers for Pets Veterinary Care Gone Wild
If you want to take a page out of Paris Hilton's book but can't throw down $325,000 for a pimped-out pooch pad, you still have options. Whether you want to improve your dog's chances of scoring a date, reduce his carbon footprint, or just want his home to match yours, there's a house for you--and your dog. Related Stories: Gentle Giants: Eleven Dogs That Are Big Softies Pet Personals Domesticated: Wild Animals Trapped in Suburbia