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Akita dog standing in a grassy yard with trees in the background

Breed Spotlight: Akita

    History What the American Kennel Club recognizes as the “Akita” breed is what every other country recognizes as the “American Akita”. There is also a breed called the “Japanese Akita”, or “Akita Inu”, that is not recognized by the American Kennel Club. However, the American Akita and Akita Inu have a joint origin…
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Unique Dog Names: February

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 Ixi. A species…
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Brown mixed breed dog standing in grass on leash with its head tilted.

Why Do Dogs Tilt Their Heads?

Everyone knows what we’re talking about: that characteristic head tilt that dogs do where they appear to be confused. But are they confused? What’s actually going on when dogs do this? According to certified applied animal behaviorist Jill Goldman, Ph.D., it’s complicated. There are likely a variety of factors that contribute to this odd behavior,…
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Unique Dog Names: January

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 Sappara. The…
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Swedish Vallhund dog in red collar standing on dock by edge of water

Breed Spotlight: Swedish Vallhund

  History The Swedish Vallhund is an ancient herding breed from Sweden whose origin story is a bit murky. It is likely that the breed arose over 1,000 years ago during the Viking settlement of England when they were known as the “Vikingarnas Dog”. During this time, these dogs were used as cattle drovers and…
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