Posts by Hope Smith

Breed Spotlight: Schipperke

History The Schipperke (pronounced “sheep-er-ker”) originated in Flanders, Belgium in the early 16th century. This breed descended from the now-extinct Leauvenaar,  a black sheepdog that was also the foundation breed for the Belgian Sheepdog, or Groendendael. While the Belgian Sheepdog followed in the Leauvenaar’s footsteps as a shepherd, the Schipperke took on its own role as…

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How Smart are Dogs?

Research on animal intelligence is slowly revealing that many species are actually more smart than we have previously believed. Dogs are certainly no exception. Even if you’re not one to keep up with canine scientific research, it’s likely you’ve recently seen a dog make headlines for exhibiting high intelligence, such as assisting in the recent…

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Unique Dog Names: November

Are you looking for a name for your new dog that’s a little different? A name that, when you call it at the dog park, won’t have 3 different pooches running up to you? Here is some inspiration if you just can’t quite come up with something unique on your own.   Female Tonna. A…

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Famous Dogs in History: Snuppy, the First Cloned Dog

Since the successful cloning of Dolly the sheep in 1996, many other mammals have been cloned, including cows, cats, mice, pigs, rabbits, and more. One species that researchers were having trouble with was the dog. The challenge of cloning dogs was due to the difficulty of extracting their eggs and dogs’ short breeding window. It…

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Researchers Discover the Mutation that Causes Canine Night Blindness

The mutation that causes congenital stationary night blindness (CSNB) in dogs has been discovered after years of research by an international team including a team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania. CSNB is an autosomal recessive disease, meaning that it occurs on one of 38 pairs of non-sex chromosomes, and that symptoms will only occur if…

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Unique Dog Names: October

Are you looking for a name for your new dog that’s a little different? A name that, when you call it at the dog park, won’t have 3 different pooches running up to you? Here is some inspiration if you just can’t quite come up with something unique on your own.   Female Parsnip. A root…

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Best Breeds for People Who Work During the Day

If you are one of the many people that works or otherwise isn’t home during the day, you might find it difficult to find a dog that fits your schedule. Many breeds of dog thrive when surrounded by their human family and can become distressed if they’re left alone for more than a few hours.…

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Breed Spotlight: Basenji

  History The Basenji is considered to be one of the oldest dog breeds, with evidence of these dogs dating back to the twelfth dynasty of Egypt (1991 BCE–1802 BCE). The breed’s predecessors can be found depicted in ancient Babylonian and Mesopotamian art and it is believed that they were gifted to the pharaohs of ancient Egypt…

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Unique Dog Names: September

Are you looking for a name for your new dog that’s a little different? A name that, when you call it at the dog park, won’t have 3 different pooches running up to you? Here is some inspiration if you just can’t quite come up with something unique on your own.   Female Rizzo. The leader…

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Unique Dog Names: August

Are you looking for a name for your new dog that’s a little different? A name that, when you call it at the dog park, won’t have 3 different pooches running up to you? Here is some inspiration if you just can’t quite come up with something unique on your own.    Female Chansey. The generation…

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