Atheltic and nimble, full of energy, and once notated as one of the most intelligent dog breeds, Border Collies have deep roots as sheepherders. Nevertheless, this smart canine has had no issue creeping its way right into the lives of many dog owners who want a canine with an ability to think and react, play and have fun, and be a loyal companion. While the Border Collie is happiest with a job to do, that job doesn't necessarily have to be herding. Borders are just as pleased with helping you pick up toys around the yard, rounding up a flock of backyard chickens, and tirelessly trotting beside you during a hike.
Who could deny such a sweet expression, affectionate personality, and sweet mischievousness—it is no wonder why the Shih Tzu has managed to prance its way from royal Chinese heritage right into the hearts of many. Playfully spirited and ever-charming, these dogs love to be spoiled and pampered. Often sporting their lion-like mane swept up into a ponytail and luxurious coats, these little canines are just as much fun to coddle, cuddle, and cutify as they are to keep with you as an everyday companion.
The American Pit has an athletic build with graceful movements, is one of the most talented climbing canines, and is known for being friendly to everyone, in spite of their unfortunately common association with dog fighting, right down to the stranger that approaches for the first time. Learn more about their potential health issues here.
Looking to learn about hip dysplasia in dogs? We've got you covered. From how to diagnose and what the signs are - to treatment options both non-surgical and surgical as well as prognosis information. One stop shopping for information on hip dysplasia in dogs.
No matter what, this bearded canine is all about people-pleasing with gentle obedience and a relatively calm demeanor. With just enough vet care and a good diet, this Terrier will stride right by you through your life for a lot of years.
Leading health problems to which Boxers are prone include cancers, heart conditions such as aortic stenosis and arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (the so-called "Boxer cardiomyopathy"), hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, and degenerative myelopathy and epilepsy. Click to learn more about treatment options.
Beagle breeders are recommended to check their stock and their pups for things like hip dysplasia and autoimmune thyroid disease. Here is a closer look at a few Beagle health concerns. Be sure to know what issues your pup may have, or be at risk for!
German Shepherds are one of the larger dog breeds, which means they are prone to a few health concerns because of their stature. However, the German Shepherd Dog Club of America Board of Directors recommends only that breeders test dogs for hip and elbow issues and temperament.
Basset Hounds are popular dogs which are prone to certain diseases that come with their genetics and their body types. When looking to purchase a Basset Hound, be sure to choose a reputable breeder who screens for hereditary diseases such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, eye conditions, and Von Willebrand's disease (a form of hemophilia).
All decked out in a tuxedo-style coat, ever-watchful big eyes, pointed ears, and what looks like a smile, Boston Terriers are the lovable, personable, and adaptable breed you can't help but love. We'll guide you through common health issues these good boys sometimes unfortunately have to deal with.