Dog Bathing 101: False Myths and Best Practices

Dog Bathing: False Myths and Best Practices

False myths and beliefs about dog bathing generate many doubts and questions in the minds of dogs’ owners, who are even more confused by a thousand information they try to collect from  different sources: web, vets, friends, groomers… each of them will probably have a different point of view.

Here is a short guide with the best answers to the most frequent questions about bathing our four-legged friends.

There are several beliefs about dog bathing, with some more true than others. For example, the one that identifies bathing as the cause for the animal to lose the natural oils on its skin, damaging the pH. This is not completely true, since its health could be compromised only if you wash it too much or if you never do it. Dogs get dirty and need to be washed to keep themselves healthy.

Another myth states that if the water enters into dog’s ears, it will get an otitis. If you wash the dog with special care, this won’t be necessarily the case.

Another false belief is that dogs are inclined to reject those dogs smelling of shampoo or unnatural scent.

These incredible animals have a very powerful sense of smell and they will continue to smell the natural scent of a dog even if it has been just bathed with the most fragrant shampoo. So, no worries about socialisation problems: the “herd” will welcome your dog even if it is clean and scented. On the other side, as an owner you will benefit from an healthy and cared dog.

How often should I bathe my puppy?

On the first visit to the vet, puppies owners generally ask questions about when and how often they can wash their dogs.

Bathing a puppy represents an epic moment both in terms of health and behaviour management.

Veterinarians advise not to wash the dog up to five months of age to avoid dangerous colds that could cause illness, due to a not completely effective immune system.

With the due care, a dog can be washed since the second month of life, provided that the bathing room is properly heated and the dog is perfectly dried, first with a towel or rags and then with the hair dryer.  In winter and on hot-humid days, the dog’s undercoat remains easily wet and this could lead to infections, especially to the skin.

From a behavioural point of view, it is very important for a puppy to get used to a contact with water. A positive reinforcement is always the best tactic to persuade a dog to do something: play with your puppy while washing its legs for the first time and do not use coercive methods. Just stop at the first signs of anxiety and distract your dog with a tasty morsel or its favorite toy. Patience and gradualness are fundamental rules: your efforts during the first months will be rewarded in the future and for the whole life with your faithful friend.

How often should I bathe my dog as an adult?

The dog’s skin is protected by a layer of lipids that are produced by the sebaceous glands distributed over the entire body surface. They have a very important protective and nourishing function.

In order not to dry the skin of your dog too much, making it more sensitive to the aggression of external agents (bacteria, yeasts, parasites), you should schedule a washing treatment once every 3-4 weeks.

However, this depends on the dog’s coat. Long-haired dogs need extra care since dirt and dust conceal more easily under their hair.

So, how often should the dog be bathed according to the length of the hair?

Here below you will find some examples, just as an indication:

  • Long-haired dogs: once every four weeks.
  • Dogs with medium-length hair: once every four or six weeks.
  • Short-haired dogs: once every six or eight weeks.

Remember that if your dog is so lucky to bath in the sea while on holiday, then it is essential to rinse it repeatedly at least with fresh water in order to remove any salt residue, which is a real enemy to the skin balance.

Can I use a normal shampoo for humans to wash my dog?

Dog owners often wonder if they can use the same shampoo as for humans – the one you buy at the supermarket, to be clear – to wash their pets. Someone even suggests neutral shampoos or specific ones for newborns, sure that they can not even hurt their dogs.

There is nothing more wrong than this, because you must never use the shampoo for humans on animals.

This is due to a different pH of the skin: the pH level of human skin ranges from 4.2 to 5.6 (slightly acidic), while that of a dog is more alcaline and it ranges from 7 to 8.

To respect the pH of our pet’s skin is very important; therefore, the choice of the right shampoo is fundamental.

Our advice is to opt for a professional and quality product, which acts to wash dirt and bacteria away and normalises the production of sebum. In this way the lipid structure of skin and hair won’t be affected as well as the pH will be preserved.

The only product for humans that can be used on pets as a “first aid” and in the absence of disinfectants, is the Marseille soap.

However, keep in mind to apply a small amount of product and only on the affected areas. Indeed, if it is used as a shampoo for prolonged periods, the Marseille soap can damage the protective layer of the skin (the so-called hydrolipyl film).

How can I choose the right shampoo?

It is not easy to make a responsible and optimal choice when it comes to dogs’ shampoo. In fact, there are plenty of products labeled “for animals” that are indeed simple soaps.

Especially in discount stores or multi-markets you will find bottles of shampoos promising exceptional results, but what they can do best is only provoking a terrible itching to your pet.

Do not let yourself be “charmed” by the prices and read the product label carefully before buying.

If you care about the health and well-being of your animal, it’s better to estimate a higher price and only buy certified products of well-known and possibly cruelty-free brands.

Your vet is of course the best person who can give you an advice on what to buy, according to the characteristics of your dog.

In special cases, for example if your dog suffers from itchy skin, you should look for a shampoo with natural ingredients like sulfur, oil, tea, oatmeal and aloe vera, which help to reduce itching, moisturise the skin and heal the wounds of the dog’s skin.

Should you have a dog suffering from excessive fur shedding, opt for a anti-shedding shampoo. There are several on the market, but if you want to buy a good one, make sure it contains Omega 3 and 6, which help in hair growth and reinforcement, Quinine, a natural alkaloid that strengthens the dog’s coat, and a Neutral pH, to prevent hair loss and protect the skin balance. A balm could be a good purchase to revitalise the dog’s coat and restore its brilliance and softness.

What are the risks involved in using the wrong shampoo to wash dogs?

The first “symptom” that something is wrong, and that the chemical composition of the product is too aggressive for the skin of your fur-friend, is the onset of itching or dermatitis. The latter, if neglected, can lead to complications, such as scabs or scaly hair.

Lowering the natural defences of the dog’s skin is something serious, as it becomes easier for the animal to contract bacteria or fungi. Therefore, appropriate pharmacological, antibacterial and / or anti-fungal treatment will be necessary to prevent complications and to curb skin tissue infection.

How can I keep my dog’s hygiene?

To avoid your dog’s unpleasant smell and to keep its coat clean for a long time, it is very important to brush it frequently, everyday would be better.  Should you have a short-haired dog, you can do it every two or three days.

By brushing your dog, you will remove dead hair, dirt and dust, although it is not obviously the same as a bath.

What if your dog gets muddy a few days after bathing, for example? You’ll have to bath it again. Do not worry if the two baths are very close each other, because nothing will happen if it is only once.

What about using dry shampoo in this case? Dry shampoo should be only used on those occasions when you do not have time or opportunity to give a proper wash to your animal. Washing it accurately is essential to maintain an high level of hygiene and health.

Its well-being – and yours – will follow, of course.

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7 Reasons To Answer the Question – Why Are Dogs so Loyal?

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Why are Dogs so Loyal?

Dogs are loyal, we know that. They bark at anyone that gets near us, and naturally want to protect us. Unfortunately we can’t count on cats to fend off intruders, but they are great at producing hairballs.

Dogs have been considered more loyal than other pets, say cats. This has been largely attributed to their dependence on human beings especially for food and shelter. In fact, dogs have been known to have very low survival rates without human care.

This begs the question; is this dependence the overall reason why dogs are so loyal? While it could form the basis of where it all started, it has been proven that other factors are also at play.

Think of Bobbie, the dog that walked for over 2500 miles for more than 6 months to go home after he got lost on a road trip or Capitan another one that identified and watched over his master’s grave every night for six months. How likely is it that they were thinking about food and shelter all this time? The most plausible conclusion would be that there is more to a dog’s loyalty than provision of basic needs. Below are possible reasons why the canine fellows are so loyal.

Shared History

Dogs are our oldest animal companions. We share a history that runs back to around 9000 BC. Their biological clock is also in tune; we both sleep at night and are awake during the day. This has provided an opportunity for extensive interaction through the sharing of resources, experiences and lifestyles. An association like this calls for communication between both parties. It is only normal that both have made tremendous steps towards tuning their communication to suit each other.

As a result of this, dogs can interpret human communication, both verbal and non-verbal to a point of behaving in response to them. For example, it is possible for them to be empathetic to people. Humans have not been left behind either; they can easily understand the different ways in which dogs communicate. This has enhanced mutual trust and loyalty over a period of time.

Provision of Basics

This is where it all started. Before humans and dogs could take their relationship further, human beings would hunt and dogs would follow them to get leftovers of their kill. When humans decided to invite dogs into their homes, they took the responsibility of providing them with food, water and shelter. To date, dogs have a special affinity for members of the family who always refill their bowls and ensure that they have a warm place to sleep!

Hyper Sociability

Unless trained otherwise, a dog’s natural instinct is to bond. They are affectionate and attracted to people. When compared to most other animals and specifically wolves, dogs are considered hypersocial.

Animal behaviorist at Oregon University, Monique Udell and a geneticist at Princeton University Bridget VonHoldt corroborated this by putting 18 dogs and 10 restrained and hand-raised wolves under behavioral observation. After watching how both animals interacted with humans, they concluded that while both drew close to them dogs took their friendliness a step further and exhibited a desire to spend more time with humans.

This was further investigated and attributed to a disruption of gene called GTF21 which causes a personality change in dogs and makes them more social than wolves. Wolves lacked it, which made them aloof and not very social despite having been raised by humans. When people respond with friendliness, they are repaid with fierce loyalty.

Pack Behavior

Is it possible that dogs treat humans as members of their pack? During domestication, dogs literally left their original packs and joined others, only this time, the packs comprised of human beings.
As an unwritten rule, members of a pack are loyal to and depend on each other for survival. A dog is therefore likely to associate his human companion with survival especially if the human offers leadership and comes out as the alpha dog. Fortunately, they don’t take it for free; they give protection, affection and loyalty in return

Mutual Benefit

Animals were domesticated to fulfill certain needs. Dogs were taken in to provide security and as hunting companions but they gave more than that. Most other animals receive nothing in return for what they provide apart from what is necessary to keep them strong and productive. Dogs on the other hand receive affection and companionship in return for giving the same to their human companions. The reciprocal bond is beneficial for both and loyalty is a dog’s way of saying ‘thank you’.

Amount of Time Dogs Spend with people

Among different pets adopted by human beings, dogs spend the most time with them. Think of walks, jogs and trips. Statics show that 78% of pets that accompany human beings for trips of 50 miles and above are dogs.

This has been made even easier by amenities such as parks, hotels and beaches that allow dogs. To date, several airlines allow people to travel with their dogs. This close interaction is bound to bring about some loyalty exchange.

The ‘love Hormone’

Love goes hand in hand with loyalty. Did you know that dogs are capable of loving? A study done by Scientists at the Claremont Graduate University in California proved that animals release oxytocin, the ‘love hormone’ in intimate situations. This chemical is responsible for intimate bonds formed between humans.

During the study, the oxytocin levels in dogs increased when they were left to interact with human beings that they liked. This means that when your pooch keeps on following you or snuggling next to you, he/she could just be feeling lovey-dovey.

Wrap up

It is no contention that dogs are loyal to humans in ways that no other animals are. While dependence on human beings is one of the reasons, others revolve around their genetic make-up, personality, pack behavior, history of domestication and the prolonged length of time that dogs usually spend with humans.

Many words in variations of great, loving, affectionate, friendly and so forth are used to describe dogs; but the same can be used for other pets. Only one is in a category of its own; ‘loyal’. As a matter of fact, few fellows in the animal kingdom can stand to be counted in this category. Dogs being one of them. Mans best friend after all.

If you have a story about your dog and a situation where they were loyal or protective, we’d love to hear it. Let us know in the comments!

The Top 10 Friendliest Dog Breeds – Happy Happy Joy Joy

Friendliest Dog Breeds List

After the saying that a dog is man’s best friend, it would sound unfair to use words like mean, aggressive and dangerous to describe one. The truth is that not all dogs exhibit a friendly demeanor especially to other people and pets.

With over 300 dog breeds available all over the world, choosing one that suits your need for friendliness in not a walk in the park.
Fortunately, the numerous numbers also mean that you have so many to choose from. With a little push in the right direction, you can narrow down your choices to a few. Below are the top 10 friendliest dog breeds.

Golden Retriever

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This is known to be one of the most patient dog breeds. They are loyal and social, which makes them perfect for a household with kids. As the name suggests, they enjoy retrieving games which makes them easy to play with. This also comes in handy as they need to exercise regularly.
They warm up to strangers and other pets fast. Their people-friendly trait makes them perfect for indoor living. With proper grooming and training they make great pets.

Newfoundland

Newfoundland dog

Newfoundland has been hailed as one of the most intelligent dog breeds. Puppies and mature hounds alike take readily to children. A Newfoundland’s huge size and cool temperament has seen it dubbed ‘the gentle giant’.
They love the company of people and become very playful around them. They are good swimmers, lovable and easy to train. Their friendliness however comes at a cost for they need considerable space to live and exercise. You may also have to deal with drooling and occasional shedding.

Beagle

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They are among the small dog breeds. Mature adults stand at around 15 inches and come in a variety of colors including lemon and red-brown with white spots. They have remained the favorite hound for many dog lovers over the years.

It’s hard not to fall in love with this beautiful dog. The big hazel eyes and drooping ears just stands out. Looks aside, the breed is people friendly and forges a lasting friendship with every member of the family. They are impressionable, independent and enjoy the company of other dogs and pets.

Boston Terrier

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The small sized ‘American gentleman’ of the canine world comes complimented by a ’tuxedo’ coat. It is a cross breed of the English bulldog and the white English terrier. Boston terriers have excellent manners and are irresistibly adorable.
They are not only friendly but are also excellent candidates for training. They carry themselves gracefully with a face that exudes confidence and intelligence. Curiosity and mischief ranks high in their mannerism.

Irish Setter

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This is a happy-go-lucky kind of a dog. They are lively and full of energy which makes them get along with all members of the family. They make great companions for adults and perfect playmates for kids. Sturdy hind legs, keen sight and sharp sense of smell make them great hunting buddies.
One distinctive feature of the Irish setter is the red flashy coat. Apart from their beautiful coat, they are highly trainable which has earned them spots in dog shows since late 19th century.

Siberian Husky

Siberians are intelligent, very beautiful and well, a little stubborn. In addition to this, they are very friendly and easy going. They may not readily welcome strange dogs and cats but early training makes them agreeable.

They originated from sledge pulling pack dogs which makes them fit well in a large family setting. Also, if you don’t mind rolling in the grass or mud, you have a willing partner in the Siberian husky.

Poodle

This breed comes in toy, miniature, and standard sizes. Whichever the size, poodles have thick and curly fur which allows beautiful styling. This has earned them top pot in dog shows over the years.

Away from the spotlight, they are smart, eager to please and very playful. They are excellent swimmers, intelligent and easily trainable. Their hypoallergenic nature makes them perfect for all family members.

English Shepherd

They are full of energy, playful and intelligent. They need exercise to keep them from getting hyperactive and destructive. They relate well with all members of the family and other pets.
They can go bossy on you and therefore require firm leadership. Their fun loving nature and mischief makes them a good all-round companion for adults and children alike.

Pug

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This is another lovable small dog breed. Pugs make great companions for all members of the family. They are not aggressive, which makes them good house dogs and also have features that make them very charming.
Their black wrinkly face coupled with big eyes and small ears makes them very unique. It allows them to express a range of amusing emotions similar to humans.
They love to eat and will befriend anyone willing to feed them. They are prone to obesity hence care should be taken not to overfeed them. They come in all black or silver color among others.

Boxer

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Boxers are faithful, smart and active. They get easily accustomed to an indoor life. A boxer enjoys long walks and can fit into an active family. They mingle well with fellow pets but may not take readily to strange ones.

They are protective, agile and fearless which makes them good guard dogs. They are easy to train, creative and have a great sense of humor which makes them all-round canines.  As long as they get enough exercise, they are good to go.

Friendliness in a dog is one trait to look for especially if you are considering pets and other family members. Other accompanying traits include trainability, impeccable manners and the ability to fit into a family set up.
As a family or an individual, assessment is also needed on your part to gauge if you are able to reciprocate friendship and also keep up with the dogs need for attention, activity and leadership. The above list may not include all the friendly dog breeds out there but it definitely gives you the best to work with.

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10 German Dog Breeds, Unleash the Panzer

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When talking about Germany, many stereotypes come to the mind: Beer, Bratwurst, Cars… but when it comes to breeds of dogs, you might just rattle one or two breeds off the top of your head.

Can you guess how many breeds of dogs are of German origin? One, two, twenty… well, at least 37! 

Should it be your intention to add a new doggie into your house or you’re simply curious; we have an overview of the best German dog breeds. 

1. German Shepherd

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This world famous shepherd dog originated in the late nineteenth century, and it is part of the Dogs’ Olympus. It stands out for intelligence, trainability, and obedience. It adapts and integrates into many human tasks and, for this reason, it is involved in fighting terrorism, as anti-drug dog, to accompany people with low vision and so on. It is an excellent pet and it loves protecting children and the family members.  Its most important feature is loyalty.

2. Rottweiler

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This is one of the most famous breeds of German origin. At first, it was used to accompany the cattle, then to pull carts loaded with meat to the markets, a job that made it known in Europe with the nickname of “butcher’s dog“.

Medium and large, with a muscular and strong body, the Rottweiler is an animal with a good character, calm, obedient and always attentive. It is a very intelligent breed. It has a natural instinct to protect its family and can become fierce in defending it. This is why, from an early age this dog requires being socialised. It is a very affectionate dog if you are firm and determined.

3. Dobermann

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Its name comes from its creator, Karl Friedrich Dobermann Lous who began a project to develop a breed that perfectly suited to guard, protection and control at the end of the nineteenth century. Erroneously regarded as a dangerous dog, the Doberman is endowed with great intelligence and possesses a calm and secure character. It is a very obedient, intrepid, attentive, faithful and energetic animal.

It loves playing and it is docile with children. When it lifts on two legs, it can reach 2 meters height.

4. Boxer

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It has a medium size and was created by the crossbreed between a bulldog and the old German mastiff (Bullenbeisser or simply Bullen). It was used in World War I and II to send messages, collect the bodies of wounded soldiers or to transport cables. After the Second World War it landed on the American continent.

It has an impressive head, pronounced jaws, long ears always on alert and short hair – which can be fawn or brindle. It is an active, loyal and alert dog that requires a good dose of daily physical activity and mental stimulation.

It loves playing, but it is also stubborn, especially if you use very hard training methods.

5. Dachshund

The well-known Dachshund is of German origin and its appearance is due to a genetic mutation (dwarfism). Its extremities are very short compared to the length of the body. Another name for this breed is Teckel, and its first appearance is dated back to 1888. It is one of the favorite dogs of the European monarchies (Queen Victoria owned several ones). It has a strong personality and can be stubborn. Therefore, you’d better train it since It is a puppy.

6. Schnauzer

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It is one of the oldest still existing dog breeds of German origin (it even appeared in the fifteenth century). The name is linked to its characteristic moustache. It was created to hunt and chase small prey and its home town is Württemberg. Schnauzers are friendly, affectionate, protective and full of energy. This dog is comfortable with other dogs and can live peacefully with children. However, it must be taken into account that this dog tends to bark very often because of its guardian instinct. If you want to adopt one, remember to brush it every day.

7. Weimar Bracco

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This is the dog of the famous Grand Duke Karl August of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. This breed is included among the short-haired Retriever dogs and its fur is often brown or greyish. Puppies have got blue eyes, which turn into turquoise or amber in adulthood. It is very easy to a train a Weimar Bracco and it behaves just fine as a watchdog. Furthermore, it is obedient and loving. Elegant, energetic and fair at same time, it is an ideal dog for very active families as well as sport, excursion and walk lovers.

8. Landseer

Landseer

The Landseer breed is widely used as a working dog as well as to search and rescue people. Smart, kind and elegant, it has a sweet and courageous personality.  Friendly with children, it is a great swimmer and it is very valuable as a rescue dog.

The Landseer dog is often confused with the Newfoundland. One of the great differences between the two is the black and white color as well as the temperament. It is much more agile.

9. Bavarian mountain hound

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Calm and balanced, this breed of dog is very affectionate with its owner and reserved with strangers. It is a bold but docile breed. Its origin dates back to Germany in the mid-nineteenth century, when it was used to find the traces of wounded people on the mountains.

Nowadays, the Bavarian mountain hound is located in the southern alpine regions, and acts especially as a trail dog in the forest parks. It is also used in hunting some alpine animals.

10. Pinscher

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The last, but not the least. Here is the one to close this special list dedicated to the Top 10 German dog breeds: the German Pinscher. A proud animal, medium size, strong musculature, elongated nose and slightly bent ears. It has a black or brown, thick and short hair. It is a lively and attentive animal that remains cautious in the presence of strangers.

These are all general indications because, it is well known that every dog has its own characteristics and each of them is special. To make a choice on the breed that best suits you and your family, it is important to take all the necessary time not only to understand if you are ready to live with a dog, but also to identify the one that is going to be your best friend for many years. Of course, a good German breed dog will be a good companion to make your days special.

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10 Amazing Places To Take Your Dog On A Rainy Day – We Promise ;)

Beaming with excitement for the day ahead. You wake up, post about your liquid diet on instagram. It’s practically altered your DNA at this point. You’ve been on it for nearly three days. After you’ve received a sufficient amount of likes and waited an appropriate amount of time you post again. This time you say ,”taking Mindy to the dog park today where should we go?” 

Mother nature decides to throw a wrench into your plans. You see the notifications, the comments, and then you feel it. Pure horror. Precipitation?

“Rain.. on my day when I was going to be Zen?!”

After you rip the curtains open, you are greeted by the confirmation. You already knew before you got there, the sound registered in your consciousnesses. The little raindrops make waves in puddles that are forming. Despite all of this you are DETERMINED. Never waste a day off, you are taking your dog somewhere and she is going to love it. 

We’ve got you covered. Great places to take your dog on a rainy day are just below. 

The Dog Park

Bill O’Reily was famously recorded giving words of wisdom when caught in a less than ideal situation. Let’s think this through. Yeah it might be pooring but there’s going to be no competition. Your dog gets all that sweet sweet space to act like a lunatic in. All the pee from other dogs marking the same spots will have been washed away. This is a huge social advantage for your dog. If there happens to be a break in the weather and it subsides, she could be first to repaint the park in her own urinary glory. 


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Sailing

If you live near a body of water, we suggest stealing a boat and going sailing. No one has time to maintain or pay for boats, they’re pretty expensive. So stealing one would do the trick . After you’ve stolen your sailboat take it for a ride and have your second in command at the helm. Make sure to park it in the same spot you found it and drop the anchor thing back down. Sailing works by using the wind or something like that so make sure to only do this when it’s windy and raining. 

Bingo

Old people love dogs because their kids don’t keep in contact with them enough after they grow up. So make sure you bring your dog to bingo to try and bring some meaning to these peoples lives. After all, they’ll be dead soon so seeing your dog will be nice for them. Maybe even attach a bingo card on your dogs collar or something so people can tell you how adorable it is. But watch out, if your dog is really cute and the people are really lonely they might try to talk to you too. To counteract this we suggest buying headphones or pretending it’s a service dog and you’re deaf.
As long as you start signing and doing weird symbols people will usually understand. Remember that guy that pretended to sign during a Mandela memorial? Good times.
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Church

Church is pretty boring. We all know we should be good and do good stuff. So why do you need to tell me and then try to take my money? Haven’t you seen inflation rates? My wage is not keeping up with the cost of living. Spiritual fulfillment is going to have to wait. 

To counteract the subtle “pay me for generic life lesson” fee, you should bring your dog as an offering. Maybe even give it a cross chain or something. If you get tired of church you can just say your dog looks sick and leave. 

The Grocery Store

Dog food is expensive. Look at this nature’s wild stuff. Since they don’t have ramen for dogs you can just take your dog to the grocery store. Every time you’re going down an aisle you can accidentally open a package and “drop” something. This gives you something  to do on a rainy day and saves you money. People will start to suspect you eventually so keep this to 8 times or less. There is definitely a sweet spot. Because of this we recommend going for big ticket items first. Things like the steak packs. Make sure when you drop it to act really surprised but also helpless. 

“She never does this!” The important part is to act really surprised and confused, but to make no direct action to stop your dog because who likes being interrupted during dinner. That would be rude and you don’t want to be rude now do you. 

Scuba Diving

We’ve never seen anybody take their dog scuba diving before so you should be the first to do it. Now, dogs don’t understand how to use the scuba equipment and neither do we. But, we have seen big plastic bouncy balls and we know for sure those things have air in them. Basically you just have to figure out a way to put this bouncy ball thing on your dogs head and suddenly they become a double threat. 

scuba diving

In one fell swoop your adventuring spirit changes your dogs life. 

  1. on their dog resume they can list “sub-retriever”
  2. potential dog playmates will be impressed
  3. they could be in the Guinness world book of records

Instead of all the usual criteria like “most butts sniffed in a minute”, your dog has done something completely different. Here’s to you, our adventurous dog owner. 

Divorce Hearings

People getting divorced are going through a rough time usually. Sometimes only one of them is and that’s because that person makes more money. For whatever reason, you should take your dog there to be nice to these people. We all need a little help sometime. 

By being nice we mean asking them things like ,”did you guys have a dog?” When one of them answers you have to find out who gets to keep it. It’s very important once you know this information to look directly at the eyes of the person who doesn’t get to keep their dog. There will come a moment when you will see a twitch in their eye or facial muscle. 

At this moment you tell them you couldn’t imagine not having your dog in your life and you’re so glad you never made a terrible mistake like that. This is to help them get over it. After you say this make sure to offer them the ability to pet your dog. That is very kind of you. 

Funerals

People die a lot. It’s usually because of age and stuff but sometimes they did terrible things like enjoying badminton and so god punishes them. If you find out that the person who died did play badminton, we suggest you don’t go to the funeral because they don’t deserve to have a dog there. 

If they didn’t play badminton then bring your dog and it will be a nice surprise and maybe cheer some people up. 

Strip Clubs

A lot of wholesome people hang out at these establishments so it’s good for your dog to be around those types. Dogs love smells, and the amount of liquids and gases really makes for a nice atmosphere. To a dog, going to a strip club is like a person from Temecula going to a wine tasting. There is a bouquet of smells that only canines can truly appreciate. 

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Burning Man

Burning Man is this thing where all these really enlightened people hang out and understand the earth in ways that you are incapable of doing. We think that’s pretty cool and they have some great outfits. As everyone knows, dog stuff can be expensive. The key is to wait until the right person becomes enlightened and drops their outfit. This is when you scavenge for new dog collar and leash materials. If anyone asks you why you are taking these peoples outfits remember to tell them that money and possessions don’t exist while you do a jedi wave. Immediately people will accept you and understand what you mean. 

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18 Scary Mythical Canines

18 scary mythical canines

It’s the middle of the night, a howl bellows among the silence. The hairs on your arms call to attention, popping up signaling the eerie pulse that went through your body. That didn’t sound like a regular dog did it? Maybe it’s just a coyote..Next time you start to think of that, remember this list. 

 

The Dire Wolf

The monstrosity of size that is the Dire Wolf is something to behold if you’re to believe tv. If you’ve ever watched Game of Thrones you’ll certainly be blown away in the few scenes that star these animals. But, what if we told you it was real? In case you didn’t know, the Dire Wolf actually existed. 

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Just a mere 10k years ago, these walked the earth. Maybe even your part of the earth if you live in the Americas. Here’s another shocker, the Dire Wolf isn’t that big. It was similar in size to the modern day wolf. The noticeable differences were in its larger teeth and greater bite force. 

In all of the shaded states, dire wolf remains have been found. They didn’t like New York, but we can’t really blame them. 

dire wolf remians

El Cadejo

The Cadejo, a fearsome depiction. If you come across this black creature in the night… it’s already too late. There are two varieties, one good and one evil. We like to think that these aren’t real. But if you take a minute to search the internet, the countless stories depicting sightings will send chills up your spine. 

Some say it’s huge, some say it’s small. It enjoys lurking in the dark, waiting for you to pass by an alleyway. When you’re thinking of getting home, it’s thinking of ripping you to shreds. 

That is, unless it’s the white Cadejo. This is the good version meant to protect people in all situations. The white Cadejo will protect you and guide you back to safety. Even taking pity on drunks. A balance to its demonic counterpart. 

Fluffy

No normal Wizard encountered as many situations as Harry did at Hogwarts. One of the most terrifying experiences he had was running into Fluffy. The three headed beast snarling from its mouth. Can you imagine how much food it would take to keep this thing satisfied? Harry didn’t want to find out. 

fluffy harry potter

Originally, this dog belonged to Hagrid(of course). Its weakness was being unable to stay awake when music was played. Fluffy was famous enough that he has his own lego piece.

Fluffy was undoubtedly inspired by Cerberus, the hound of Hades. In Greek mythology this dog guards the gates of the Underworld so the dead can’t leave. Cerberus is a little less doggish though, having a snake for a tail. After Harry was able to get past it by playing a flute, Dumbledore sent it back to Greece. Poor Hagrid, maybe next time he’ll be more careful. 

The Giant Devil Dingo

Aborigines speak of a dingo on the flats of Australia. The Giant Devil Dingo had bright red eyes, it was the size of an elephant and would stalk its territory at night.

During the day it was never seen. But, if it was dusk or fog was thick sometimes the flash of its eyes would penetrate just long enough for you to know you were dead.  

giant devil dingo

Keelut

In Inuit mythology exists the Keelut. This hairless beast is rumored to erupt from the underworld when it feels the need. It resembles a dog, with very sharp teeth and a long snout. Appearing very mangey. It’s hairless, except for its feet. The reason for this is to hide its tracks. Giving it the advantage of being impossible to track. 

Keelut

According to folklore, it feasts on the dead. And if you happen to see it, your death may be coming soon. Thought to be a foreshadowing of your doom, the Keelut won’t outright kill humans. But, it will feast on your remians. 

Laelaps

A Mythological Greek Dog, the Laelaps skill was hunting. Never once did she fail to catch her prey. Zeus gifted the dog to Europa and was eventually given to Cephalus. The task was to hunt the Teumessian fox, who could not be caught. 

Since the Laelap never failed to catch her prey and the Teumessian could not be caught, a paradox was in effect. They were stuck in an infinite loop of their gifts, making fate collide in a stalemate. Because of this, Zeus had to intervene. He cast both to stone and made them constellations. 

 

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Moddey Dhoo

A phantom black hound. The Moddey Dhoo haunted the Peel Castle within the UK. Legends come from Manx culture. Described as a large black hound with curled hair. He would be seen in every room and at night would lay in the guard chamber. At first the guards were stricken with horror, but eventually became accustomed to its appearance and lost their fear. 

Moddey Dhoo

One night a guard decided to lock up the castle gate by himself instead of the usual pair system. Drunk and gutsy, he used the haunted passage to deliver the keys to his captain after he was done. His fellow comrades heard noises and went to his aid. He was found speechless and unable to share what had happened. Three days later he was dead. This was the last time the haunted passageway was ever used, and also the last time the Moddey Dhoo was seen. 

Church Grim

One particular Christian Church has the protection of a spirit. The Church Grim is most often spotted in a dog like shape, but has the ability to take other forms if it so wishes. 

This spectral beast would guard the churchyards from any who would desecrate it.  From the devil to a thief. Because of this, it was a custom to bury a dog alive under the cornerstone of a church as a sacrifice. A terribly cruel and superstitious practice. With the purpose of using its ghost for protection. 

It wasn’t only dogs used for sacrifices; lambs, boars, pigs, and horses were also used. During funerals the priest could tell whether the dead was going to heaven or hell by seeing the grim from the churchtower. 

Cù Sìth

This mythical(or real) dog has origins from Scotland. According to legends it is the size of a bull. Owning paws that are the same size as a Grizzly Bear’s. It roams the cliffs in the Highlands, blending in with its earthy mane. 

Known to foreshadow death, the Cù Sìth arrives to let you know your time in this world has ended. He takes your soul and gives it safe transport to the afterlife. 

Cù Sìth

A silent hunter by choice, not necessity. At times on the isles of Scotland he would announce his presence in a burst of three reverberating howls. They would broadcast for miles so that even those at sea could hear. If you don’t reach safety by the third howl, you’re overcome with terror and it spells your doom. 

Moro

Over 20 years ago a magical film was released by Studio Ghibli by the name of Princess Mononoke. In it, Moro was featured. The God of the Wolves, she is an intelligent and keen animal. Able to speak the language of humans and understanding of the tricks we play. 

Moro leads a wolf tribe and is a protector of her forest. Her ultimate purpose is to protect the Forest Spirit. All around her humans are destroying her land for building weapons and polluting the earth. This fills her with resentment and hatred. Despite all this, she adopts an abandoned human baby as her own and raises her. Beneath her hatred, she’s a kind soul. 

Moro

Failinis

Failinis, the invincible hound. In Irish literature this dog was showered with gifts. He couldn’t die in battle, caught every prey it encountered, and was able to change water into wine by bathing in it. We hope it was red and we think Jesus has some competition. 

The mythical dog was given as a gift in reparations to the children of Tuireann for the slaying of Cian. 

Failinis

Freybug

A ginormous black dog of hellfire. Freybug has lava flowing through his veins. He is said to have roamed in Norflok. In recorded history, the first mention of Freybug came all the way in 1555. A fearsome recollection of this dog exclaims that it would wander around country roads, searching for travelers. 

freybug

Shisa

Not all mythical dogs are out to get you, and the Shisa is an example of that. A ward instead of a terror. In Chinese culture they’re seen as a cross between lion and dog. The legend of the Shisa relates that an emissary returned from a voyage. His gift to the king was a necklace decorated with the figure of the Shisa. The king liked this token.

shisa

At a port nearby a village was frequently terrorized by a sea dragon. It would eat the villagers and damage their property. The king happened to be visiting the village one day when these events unfolded. All the townspeople ran for safety. But the local priest had foreseen that the king must hold his figure to the dragon. When he did, a giant roar shook the dragon and the surrounding village. After this, a boulder fell from the sky and crushed the terrorizing dragon’s tail. So that he was unable to move and causing him to die. 

Psoglav

Here’s another multi faceted creature. The Psoglav had a human body, horse legs, and a dog’s head. They origins are from Croatia, Bosnia, and Montenegro. People described them as living in darkness or caves, they avoid the sun just like a vampire. Only in the cover of night to they come out to creep. If there is a mystical creature that reminds me of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on this list, this is it. Minus the horse legs. 

psoglav

They’re cannibals and have been spotted digging up corpses from graves to eat them. On the Istrian peninsula of Croatia there have been many sightings of what people say is the dreaded Psoglav. 

Qiqirn

Our second feature from Inuit mythology, the Qiqirn is a large white dog that terrifies their tribe. Large, bald, and frightening. It causes people to flee from it, but it’s just as afraid of the people that find it scary. 

qiqirn

The only places it has hair is on its feet, ears, mouth, and the tip of its tail. Humans can’t approach it without having a seizure and the only way to make it leave is to shout its name.  It gravitates to snow and light colored areas to make it easiest to blend in. When it haunts the Inuits it doesn’t do it to kill, and they are confused as to why it’s scared of them as well. Some think it may be a trapped spirit of a former Inuit who is living out their sentence after death. Stuck in purgatory. 

Raijū

The Thunder Beast. The Raiju is from Japanese mythology. Shaped like a wolf but holding no true form, its body is pure lightning. When it leaves a settled form it can fly about as bolts of lightning to wherever it pleases. 

He’s the companion of the Shinto god of lighting. Normally, you have nothing to worry about with The Thunder Beast. Unless there’s a storm. 

During a thunderstorm he gets a little ticked off and starts leaping through fields, trees, buildings, and houses. When a tree is split down the middle in Japan, you can bet that it was the work of the thunder beast. Its bark is the sound of thunder. The Raiju is a popular figure and has been featured on Naruto. 

Axehandle Hound

Some people just get all the looks. Tales of this creature have gone back as far as the 1930s in America. The axehandle hound was said to reside in Minnesota and Wisconsin. We’re not sure how it eats but we are sure that Jack Torrance from the Shining would have loved this dog. 

Axhandle_hound

Its diet consists of handles of axes which have been left unattended. We’ve been staring at this picture of the axehandle hound trying to figure out how it opens its mouth and eats things, but we’re not quite sure of the logistics. Maybe that’s why we haven’t heard of this folklore dog in a while.

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Oude Rode Ogen

This story originates in Flanders, Belgium. The same place as the Bouvier des Flanders, a beautiful low maintanence dog breed you can read about here.

This story began in the 17th century. Children were going missing in Flanders. The culprit was thought to be a cannibalistic shape shifter. People claimed to see a large naked black figure running away after an attempt to kidnap a girl. 

Attempts to shoot the fleeing suspect failed. When someone matching the description was seen in a nearby town, they killed him without trial. Ever since, a ghostly dark figure with red eyes has been seen wandering. Parents use the tale to scare their children into making their bedtime. Saying they’d be eaten alive by the ghost. Whenever someone saw it they were left deaf, mute and blind. 

Cadejos: Gigantic Dogs of Good & Evil

This is a post from our friends at Mexico Unexplained, detaling the Cadejos. A mystical dog like creature. We proudly present, the legend of the Cadejos. If you’d like to learn more or purchase a book detailing the mysteries of Mexico, you can visit the site http://mexicounexplained.com or their youtube channel. Written by Robert Bitto.

The year was 2012.  In the Zona Rosa section of San Salvador, the capital city of the Central American nation of El Salvador, an urban revival of sorts was taking place.  In a place known for its museums, cafes and “garden city” feel, new businesses were moving in and living spaces were being created out of old buildings to accommodate the artists, young urban hipsters and those Central American forward thinkers who wanted to experience something new.  Amid the fusion sushi places and new cosmopolitan discotheques, a brew pub emerged, inspired by the relatively new craft beer movement in the United States.  The logo of the new brewery featured a red-eyed, snarling, dog-like creature.  Anyone who came to the new business knew why the brewery chose that image.  The name of the brew pub and the name of the animal were the same:  El Cadejo.  This Central American business may be the first microbrewery in the world to have named itself after a cryptid, or legendary creature.  The stories of the Cadejo range from the country of Nicaragua, through El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, all the way to the state of Chiapas in southern Mexico.  The specifics of this creature and the stories about it are varied across the many countries and terrains of its supposed habitat.  Most cryptozoologists, or those who seek to discover and describe previously unknown animals, dismiss this creature and believe that the Cadejo is merely the stuff of legend.  Many Mexicans and Central Americans who have actually seen the Cadejo would argue this point.

The Cadejo has been described in several ways.  It’s usually a big, doglike creature with hooves of a deer and abundant fur.  It runs more like a deer than a dog.  It has been spotted in both rural areas and highly urbanized settings.  There is a black version and a white version.  The black version can be broken down into three different types, which often cause the cryptozoologists to dismiss the Cadejo out of hand.

The first kind of black Cadejo is the most supernatural of the three darker ones.  It is often described as a pure manifestation of evil and may even be the devil himself taking an earthly form to conduct his nefarious business on earth.  It appears as a huge black dog with glowing red eyes and may be accompanied by the smell of sulfur.  It is often described as having a thick, glowing metal chain around its neck which some language scholars believe gives the creature its name.  In Spanish, the word “chain” is “cadena,” and from this we get the word “Cadejo.”

This type of Cadejo never attacks a person but appears to terrorize the victim by its mere appearance or may present the person with visions of hell or other scenes of death and destruction.  In one account of this type of creature, a teenage boy named Santiago encountered a Cadejo that showed him a beautiful tree being consumed by hellfire.  Santiago believed that the vision was a sign to help him to stop drinking and to serve as a warning for him to stop disobeying his mom.   This first type of creature, while not threatening physically, is usually a bad omen and may predict a horrible event in the person’s life.  Usually the witness is left with feelings of post-traumatic stress and they are reluctant to speak of their experiences.  Sometimes prayer or the showing of religious objects, such as a cross, may cause the creature to slowly back off and disappear.  Another precaution to take when coming across this type of Cadejo is to stand with your feet together so that the creature doesn’t run under your legs to whisk you off.

The second version of the black type of the Cadejo is the most troublesome of all versions.  It is more like a wild dog or wolf than anything else.  When a person comes upon this manifestation, it may mean a fight to the death.  The creature may appear first in the shadows making noises to alert the victim of its presence for reasons of pure terror and to generate a feeling of demoralization in the victim.  When the Cadejo senses an intense level of fear, it will go in for the kill.    Prayer and religious objects have no effect on this second type of creature and a human cannot kill it.  The only thing that can save a victim from certain death is the intervention of the white type of Cadejo to be discussed later.

The third type of back Cadejo is the least powerful of all the manifestations.  It is said to be a combination of the second lethal version and a real dog.  Because it is a mortal hybrid, it can be killed, although it is difficult to do so.  This type of creature, surprisingly, does not bite its victim; rather, it kicks and pecks at the person with its snout.

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While causing little physical harm, this harassing interaction with the Cadejo can make the human go mad.  If this third version is killed, it is said that its body rots very quickly and disappears within minutes.  On the ground where it dies, according to legend, nothing will ever grow as it has left a “stain of evil.”  Religious objects or prayer can ward off this creature.  One who encounters this third type can also try another trick:  the potential victim can spit in his own hand and offer it up to the Cadejo.  If the creature licks the palm of the potential victim, it is a sign that everything will be okay and the human does not need to fear the Cadejo.

In addition to the three kinds of black Cadejos, there exists a white one.  The white one is benevolent and is described as having fluffy, downy-like fur and light blue eyes.  This big canine is more of a protector and appears when needed, usually at night, often to guide a person out of trouble.  It is also the only thing that can protect a person from the second and most dangerous type of black Cadejo.  It is a human’s only real defense against the most malevolent black form of this type of creature.  The white Cadejo, according to some legends, doesn’t even eat meat like a normal canine.  Instead, it eats the small bell-like flowers that grow in the mountains of southern Mexico and throughout Central America.  Some believe that the white Cadejo is not an animal in the strictest sense but more of a benevolent spirit that shows up to help in times of distress.

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In a popular story about the white Cadejo, a man named Juan repeatedly returned home at midnight from a long day at work to see a huge white dog hanging around his house.  Juan had a wife and small children and sometimes was concerned for the well-being of his family because he spent so much time away.  Whenever Juan would see the dog and try to get close to it, it would shake, wander off a bit and then disappear.  One day Juan tried following the dog, and when he got closer to it, he touched its paw and the big white dog opened its eyes and began talking.  Juan was frightened.  The dog said, “I am leaving.  You don’t need my help anymore.”  Juan asked, “What help?” and the dog replied, “I was sent from Heaven to protect you and your family, but you have showed me that you no longer need my protection.”   The white dog then just closed his eyes and died, at which point Juan buried him.

To date, no bones or other physical evidence has come to light to prove the existence of the Cadejo as a real, living, breathing being.  So, investigators of strange creatures usually dismiss the Cadejo as just a legend.  Legends are based on something, as is often repeated, so what would explain this phenomenon?  Critics often cite the many instances of the Cadejo being seen while a person is intoxicated and dismiss the whole idea of the creature as coming from an impaired mental state combined with stories previously heard by the witness or “experiencer.”  Investigators are still left with the “stories previously heard.”  Where did those stories come from?  It appears as if the whole Cadejo legend is a blend of the pre-Columbian and the Hispanic/European belief systems.

The indigenous of the area believed that people were connected to a spirit animal and that the animal was also a protector.  In the white Cadejo we see this, along with the Catholic concept of the guardian angel.  This creature is thus a blend and serves to bridge two cultures.  The black Cadejo counterpart also may have its pre-Spanish origins in the Nagual, a snarling, upright dog-like creature present in nearly all of the ancient Mesoamerican cultures from the Maya to the Zapotecs to the Aztecs.  For an explanation of the Nagual, please see Mexico Unexplained episode # 36.  The combination of the Nagual with European Christian devil imagery is very apparent.  The malevolent black Cadejo has hooves, it smells of sulfur and may threaten its victims with images of a very Catholic hell.  Like most stories about the devil coming to earth, the stories surrounding the Cadejo are cautionary tales.  Don’t go out and get drunk, don’t stay out too late, don’t wander away too far from home and don’t disobey your parents.  From this perspective, the Cadejo is a very interesting study in social control and serves to keep certain members of the believing population in line.

20 Low Maintenance Dog Breeds

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Your dog is your second in command, and when you’re deciding on a breed you might want to think about how much work it is to maintain their health. And yours for that matter! If your dog needs regular grooming appointments(expensive), makes you sneeze, or is prone to health problems, these can become big issues down the road.Some people even have to give up their dogs over things like allergies or health problems. These are very real concerns and our list aims to help you make an informed choice if you’re searching.
We included consistent criteria to find the most low maintenance dogs.

Are they hypoallergenic? All dogs listed here will be very unlikely to make you have allergies.

What is their lifespan? (small dogs will have the edge here, but we will go by averages within sizes)

Do they require much grooming or shed frequently? Apologies to Golden Doodle’s, you won’t be making this list!

Is the Breed prone to health issues?

Maltese Terrier

The Maltese Terrier is an incredibly playful dog. They are very small in stature topping out at about 9 lbs. They do not have an undercoat, and that is a theme for hypoallergenic breeds. Without an undercoat there is much less shedding, and sneezing. Originating from the Mediterranean, they meet several of our criteria and make a great choice for a low maintenance dog. 

maltese terrier

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Life Span: 12-15 years
  • Minimal Shedding(No Undercoat)
  • Healthy Breed With Minimal Health Issues

Chinese Crested

Despite it’s curious appearance, this dog isn’t as prissy as it looks. We think a big part of that reputation is on the owners instead of the dog. The Chinese Crested is considered a hairless breed, although it does have fur in certain spots. They’re a very sweet and affectionate dog but also independent. They rank highly on our list for living a long time, begin hypoallergenic, and not prone to health problems. 

chinese crested

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Life Span: 13 -15 years
  • Barely Any Hair To Need Grooming
  • Healthy Breed

Peruvian Inca Orchid

A larger option than the previous two, the Inca Orchid is a medium sized breed. I’m sure you’ve guessed where they originated! Besides Machu Picchu and Alpacas, this is the true gem in our hearts. The gene that causes hairlessness also affects teeth, which means they usually lack molars and premolars. This can cause issues. They’re very sensitive to toxins. 

inca orchid

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Life Span: 11-12 years
  • Hairless
  • Average Health

Labradoodle

The mixing of a Labrador and a Poodle brings desirable  traits from both breeds. It can also have some setbacks, both parent breeds are susceptible to hip dysplasia. But, through proper screening of breeding pairs, you can get yourself a great large low maintenance dog. Similar to Golden Doodle’s, the appeal to owning one of these is largely because they don’t shed much and you still get to enjoy their rambunctious personality. 

labradoodle

  • Moderately Hypoallergenic
  • Life Span 12 – 14 years
  • Minimal Shedding
  • Average(Hip Dysplasia Possible)

Saluki

A dog whose top speed is up there in the highest of the highs. Usain Bolt would find this dog a challenge, they can reach 43 MPH. So, if they were trucking it through a school zone.. watch out that’s a ticket. The Saluki is a very fast, very smart, yet relaxed breed. Their lifespan is certainly on the higher end of a dog this large, living up to 14 years. They almost look like someone stretched out a golden. 

  • Not Hypoallergenic
  • Life Span 12 – 14 years
  • Some Shedding
  • Healthy Breed

Portuguese Water Dog

When Poseidon decides to transform into a lovable canine, it will be  the Portuguese water dog. They are known to be “working dogs”, which means that they aren’t just for show. There are some brains behind these guys, and behind those brains are some submarine propellers. They are known for their swimming capabilities. Originally they used to herd fish to help fishermen, or various other activities which involved them taking a dive. They are a rarer breed and gained notoriety by being chosen as Barack Obama’s pet. Generally healthy, with an average life span for a dog of their size. 

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Life Span 10 – 14 years
  • Minimal Shedding
  • Average Health

Kerry Blue Terrier

Another working dog makes our list, the Kerry Blue Terrier. It was originally used to hunt down vermin but with it’s apt intelligence it has proved itself capable in nearly anything you can teach a dog. Not as appealing visually as some dog breeds, this relates directly to it’s popularity. We think they’re a great option by our criteria. They don’t shed, they live up to 15 years, won’t make you sneeze, and are healthier than most. 

It is the national dog of Ireland. They have a reputation of being hard to socialize with other pets. This has come to light as being false, they just need to get used to being socialized with others. 

kerry blue terrier

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Life Span 12 – 15 years
  • No Shedding, No Undercoat
  • Great Health

Giant Schnauzer

For it’s size(up to 110lbs for males) the Giant Schnauzer has a great life span of up to 15 years. The sleek black coat with impeccable posture has made this a stylish choice. 

But that wasn’t it’s intention! They are commonly used as working dogs, primarily to guard people, places, or livestock. It is more territorial than most breeds and must be socialized to strangers. On the other hand, they’re very loyal to people they know and trust.  

Unfortunately they do require a decent amount of maintenance. Needing to be groomed regularly. 

giant shnauzer with a log in the park

  • Life Span 10 – 15 years(great for size)
  • Moderate Health

Bolognese Dog

Yes it makes us think about food too, and it does the same to google. Type the name of this breed into search and you will be greeted by sauces. This breed also originates from Italy and is known for it’s companionship. They’re known to be pretty chill. Living up to 14 years, and hypoallergenic. Win win. 

We hear they also make a good pillow if you can convince one to stay still long enough. Not prone to any health issues, this is a great low-maintenance breed. 

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Life Span 10 – 14 years
  • Minimal Shedding
  • Healthy

Labrador Retriever

Mr. Tennis ball and chill right here ladies. The Lab loves to go get things, and that’s about all he cares about. As long as you pet him occasionally and give him food. A large breed, they can tip the scale at 80lbs. That’s about 300 apples. They do require some grooming but in all other facets of being an easy dog to take care of, they’re a home run. 

They come in two colors, white or black. Although you do see some with a more golden hue. They are smart enough and kind enough to be perfect therapy dogs.

Labrador retriever

  • Life Span 11 – 14 years
  • Chlll as Heck
  • Healthy Breed but prone to hip trouble

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Chances are you’ve never heard or seen this breed if you’re in the United States. They are a rarity. Their name stems from their wirey coat, and they keep comfortably warm in colder weather because of it. Which helps when it’s out hunting or being used as a gun dog. This breed was designed as a working class dog and came into existence in 1873. 

It has an outcoat/undercoat yet it still hardly sheds. Like most working dogs, they require a decent amount of activity to stay happy. Since it’s what they were bred for and all that. 

I mean truly, how could we not include a dog with a name like this? It makes us think of a wire brush, and we certainly love cleaning. 

wirehaired pointing griffin

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Life Span 10 – 12 years
  • Minimal Shedding
  • Healthy

Chihuahua

We couldn’t leave out the little barking machine that is also known as a Chihuahua. Yes, to this day we still have to spell check every time we type that word. 

If you want to know how we feel about these little devil spawn, you can read our article here. The dirty truth is that we love them and they make great pets that can handle being on their own. Don’t underestimate their stature. They also don’t shed that much, and because of their small body mass they have less dander to produce. 

Living at the top end of the life span category, up to 20 years. A testament to the breed. 

chihuhuahua puppy

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Life Span 12 – 20 years
  • Minimal Shedding
  • Healthy but eyes are sensitive/exposed

Ibizan Hound

We’re shocked that Ibiza isn’t just a place to party and listen to EDM music. Yes, there is a reputable dog breed with roots from the region. The Ibizan hound. It’s hard to come by larger breeds that meet our criteria, but this one is in rhythm to our needs. 

They are an athletic agile breed of dog with a very short coat. Their life span is a notch average for a large breed and they rarely shed. Like all hounds, their medical  concerns are minimal. The biggest thing to watch out for is hereditary retinal issues, but it’s rare for them to have any problems at all.For our large dog breeds this is the winner, coming as close to perfection of a low maintenance dog as possible. 

ibizan hound

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Life Span 12 – 14 years
  • Minimal Shedding
  • Very Healthy, above average life span

Beagle

We introduce to you the Beagle. The newest Royal Dog in England is from a rescue in Kentucky. Low maintenance in a high position of authority. We hope he prefers BBQ to tea and crumpets. 

A breed bred to hunt hares. Bugs Bunny is not a fan. They’re smart dogs with a great sense of smell. Easy to train, healthy, hypoallergenic, and a good life span of up to 15 years. Most dog breeds have sprung into existence in the last century, the beagle has origins from Ancient Greece. Small hounds have been around for an extremely long time. In English literature the word beagle first popped up in 1475. 

So next time someone shows you their toy labracho or whatever the next name of dog breeds will be, you show them the OG ruling the palace. 

beagle

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Life Span 12 – 15 years
  • Minimal Shedding
  • Very Healthy and a low incidence of problems like all hounds

Yorkshire Terrier

Affectionately called Yorkies by their owners, Yorkshire Terries are an extremely popular breed. They have beautiful coats and they don’t shed much. Of all dogs that are registered, they rank 6th. With a life span of up to 16 years, they live longer than most. 

But they are susceptible to many genetic issues. Since the breed is so popular there has been a substantial amount of inbreeding. So it’s important to do your research on who you’re purchasing from. Look at the parents and see how they’re holding up.

They meet 3 of 4 of our criteria, but health is a huge concern. So that is definitely a knock on the breed. Despite that, they can live a very long time. 

yorkshire terrier

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Life Span 13 – 20 years
  • Minimal Shedding
  • Susceptible to Health Issues Due To Genetics

Havanese

The national dog of Cuba is pretty darn low maintenance, don’t let the hair fool you. The only native bred of Cuba, we have heard that it tends to enjoy beaches and fine cigars.

 Hypoallergenic, a long life span, and good health. While their hair doesn’t shed, it does require grooming.

havanese

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Life Span 14 – 16 years
  • Minimal Shedding
  • Healthy, susceptible to eye issues

Puli(No Bad Hair Days)

We get a very reggae vibe from this breed. Was Bob Marley reincarnated? Are those… dreads? No! It’s just the beautiful mane of the Puli. They’re a medium sized dog that come from Hungary, related to the Komondor. 

It’s a working class of dog. They could get lost in the sheep they herd if you don’t pay close attention. Athletic and agile, they’re the equivalent of the guy in the gym you don’t expect to be good.. but then he balls out. 

Another historic breed, they date back to 2000 years ago in Asia. You probably haven’t heard of them, as they aren’t popular in the states. We find them to be cute behind all that hair. 

puli

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Life Span 12 – 16 years
  • NoShedding
  • Healthy

Lowchen

Also going by the name of the Little Lion Dog. We don’t see the resemblance but chalk it up to it being in the heart, and not the looks. It’s an extremely rare breed. Every year there are fewer than a hundred registrations. Which means you probably couldn’t get one if you tried. Do you want one now? Do ya do ya? 

They have been traced back all the way to 1442. That was in the Bronze Age or something like that. They’re hypoallergenic and adorable, we’re genuinely surprised so few of them exist. If you have a Lowchen please share it with us in the comments or on instagram, we’d love to see it 🙂

lowchen

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Life Span 12 – 14 years
  • Doesn’t Shed
  • Healthy

Basenji

A beautiful hunting dog. The Basenji can live up to 16 years and is a medium sized breed that won’t make you sneeze. They’re pretty chill, low maintenance, and don’t require grooming.

They’re known for not barking as much as other dogs. Their howl has been described as a yodel. This is due to their larynx which is shaped outside of the norm. 

basenji

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Life Span 12 – 16 years
  • Doesn’t Shed
  • Average Health, Some Genetic Susceptibility

Bouvier des Flandres

A working dog originating from Flanders, Belgium. They are hypoallergenic with a thick double coat. A forward leaning posture gives them an aggressive look, but in reality they’re sweethearts.

One of the largest low maintenance breeds, they can top in at up to 120lbs for males. They were used in farming tasks and some herding. A former Presidential dog, Reagan had one of these bad(good) boys.

bouvier des flandres

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Life Span 10 – 12 years
  • Minimal Shedding
  • Healthy

What does it mean if a dog is Hypoallergenic?

Firstly, all dogs shed(not just hair). It is a dog’s dander and saliva that are the most likely culprits of allergic reactions. 

This flashy word hit the scene in 1953 in the cosmetics industry. A person writing ads out of a NY advertising basement decided to be the next Shakespeare. 

The word actually just means not likely to cause allergies. It’s nothing special beyond that. So, the criteria of defining if a dog is hypoallergenic or not is somewhat subjective and other parts rational. What we think of when it comes to the word is if the breed is less likely to produce allergens. 

What can be a contributing factor to allergies that some breeds can eliminate? Hair. Those little particles that fly into your noise giving you sneezing fits. Seeing this as our number one criteria, we define any dog that has no undercoat and doesn’t shed as hypoallergenic. Hairless dogs win by default. Who said being bald/shaven wasn’t sexy.. ask Mr. Clean. 

How did you define healthy?

This was a hard point for us to figure out. As you may have noticed through your life experiences or research, all dog breeds are prone to certain health issues. That’s just the way of life for everyone, humans included. 

So for us, we only looked at things that really stood out and made note of them. For example Labradoodles can inherit susceptibility to hip dyspepsia from both of their parents, so it was important to make a point. Or when it comes to a pug and how their anatomy affects their breathing in some instances.

We don’t have a perfect metric, and this is a fairly subjective evaluation if a breed is “healthy” or not. 

Man Adopts Police Dog – Amazed That It Keeps Finding His Weed

Sometimes you have to point to the sky and say, ” you can’t make this stuff up.”

After coming across this article on reddit, we’ve come to the conclusion that people are funny.

 If you can’t see the post, this is what it says. 

“My friend is a dog lover, he also lives in Colorado. Recently he adopted a police dog who was injured on the job. The dog in question was a drug dog. The problem my friend is and is the dog keeps getting into his weed. Its always kept up, but the dog constantly gravitates towards his weed.

Man Adopts Police Dog, It Finds His Weed

Is there anyway to untrain a dog from doing what it was trained to do?”

The way drug sniffing dogs are trained involves giving them a smell, and then associating a reward with it. So this dog has been giving treats or toys through training for MONTHS just to pick out this specific smell. 

The actual post can be seen here

A kind dog lover who lives in Colorado and smokes weed realized he’s in a weird situation when the dog keeps going bonkers over finding his weed. 

USNAVY9 Offers an insightful comment, “Former K9 handler here. If their response isn’t harming anything, then I suggest giving a positive verbal reward when they give a response. Really the only way to actively “Detrain” a dog is to negatively influence the dog after each response. That dog has been taught detection from an incredibly early age, and attempting to stop them from doing their job will just end in a depressed dog. If you REALLY want it to go away, as in it’s causing problems or the dog is negatively responding to the odor, then when they respond and sit (indicating a positive response on the odor,) completely ignore him. Don’t look at him, don’t talk to him, just act as if he doesn’t exist. Give it some time and he will realize there is no reward for his search, thus he will “detrain” himself.

Take good care of him/her, handlers like me never get the chance to take our partners home, you’re one lucky dude.”