DOG BREEDS


Looking to add to your family  ?  Pets bring so much joy to our life but it’s important to find the breed that is right for your family. To get started, We’ve included a list of the most popular dog breeds of 2014-2015.

Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2015 – For the 24th consecutive year, the Labrador retriever has placed top on the list of the most popular breed. The German shepherd and the golden retriever — continue to occupy the top three spots, there have been changes lower in the top 10. Out of the top tier is the dachshund, which has been replaced by the French bulldog. Meanwhile, the boxer has been bounced from 7th to 8th by the poodle. And the beagle has descended from 4th to 5th.

“The Lab truly is America’s dog,” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo, “but the lovable bulldog breeds are clamoring to dominate. Watch out for an upset next year.”

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2015 Most popular dogs

Some of our favorite breeds:

Border Collie 

The Border Collie is very intelligent and aware of its surroundings. It is able to be trained to a high degree. This is one of the hardest working dogs thriving on praise. Border Collies are represented among the leaders in competitive levels in various sports, excelling in agility skills, obedience, sheepdog trials and Frisbee™. These competitions are right up their alley, and they are commonly used and often win. For those who wish to reach high levels in dog sports, the Border Collie is a gift from heaven. Farmers are also happy with them, as they were originally bred as a farmhand. The Border Collie is highly energetic with great stamina. Provided they get sufficient activity to keep them occupied and plenty of exercise, the Border Collie will get along quite happily with other dogs and children, however they may be aggressive with other dogs of the same sex if you are not showing 100% leadership with them. They should not be trusted with small non canine pets, however there are plenty of Border Collies that live and get along with family cats. This breed can be sensitive and should be very well socialized as a puppy to prevent shyness. To be truly happy, they need a lot of consistent leadership, extensive daily exercise, and a job to occupy their minds. Border Collies will often challenge their owners’ authority when they are adolescents. Dominance levels vary greatly, even within the same litter. You need to be this dog’s firm, confident, consistent pack leader, or he may try and take over. If you allow him to take over, without enough socialization and mental and physical exercise, he can be highly reactive and sound sensitive, making him a poor choice for families with young children. The Border Collie is a perfectionist with a permanent will to please. This breed lives for serving you day in and day out. It is not an ideal pet for people who do not plan to spend a lot of time with it. These dogs are too intelligent to lie around the house all day with nothing to do. If you are not willing to put many hours a day into keeping these dogs well exercised in both mind and body, then it is recommended you do not adopt a Border Collie. There are other breeds that are similar yet not as demanding. If there is insufficient activity then it will find its own work to do, and that may not be what YOU had in mind when we say the word WORK. When not challenged daily they can and will become destructive. They cannot be left alone for too long with nothing to do if they have not been exercised to the point where they are both mentally and physically tired. A bored Border Collie will not make a good pet, as it can become neurotic and may start using its escape artist talents, among other behavior problems. They have strong herding instincts and may try to herd children and strangers and must be told this is not acceptable. Physical exercise alone is not sufficient for this very intelligent and highly energetic dog. They want to work and must do so with body and mind as one, carrying out different tasks. Fast and agile, these lively little dogs have boundless energy and thrive on hard work and play. They should also be taken on a long brisk daily walk.They are a delight to see streaking after a ball or a Frisbee or watch them work on a farm to herd sheep. 

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Bernese Mountain Dog

 

These cheerful dogs love children. They are very intelligent, easy to train and are natural watchdogs, but not overly dominant. A Bernese Mountain Dog will be your friend for life. Self-confident, alert and good-natured, be sure to socialize them well as a puppy. These dogs are slow to mature, acting like puppies longer than other breeds. They are rather friendly with strangers, and are generally good with other pets and dogs. The Bernese needs to be with people and not confined to the backyard or a kennel. These dogs are sensitive and should be trained firmly, but gently. Owners will only run into issues with this dog if they are not displaying natural leadership towards the dog, treating him more like their baby and lacking in the knowledge as to what dogs instinctually need to be stable minded. Owners who fail to convince the dog humans are alpha may find themselves with a totally different dog than what is described above. For a dog to feel secure it needs to clearly know the rules so they can be followed, thriving in structure, along with a daily pack walk to satisfy its instinct to migrate. The Bernese Mountain Dog was bred for draft work and can be trained to pull a cart or wagon.

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Pet Relocation and Pet Shipping different dog breeds

Relocating Pets and Pet Shipping requirements and policies can vary depending on the breed. For example, the snub nosed breeds such as the Bulldog have temperature restrictions to fly and many airlines do not allow bulldogs to fly at all.  For the non snub nose breeds, there may still be temperature restrictions depending on the airline. The travel crate must comply with IATA regulations. Please visit our site for more information regarding travel crates. 

Some breeds require reinforced travel crates to fly. These breeds are:

 

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