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English Bulldogs – Not the Most Active, but Oh So Loving

Did you ever consider an English Bulldog to be your family’s pet? They are one of the best kid-friendly dogs around. They develop strong bonds with their owners and like to spend most of their time next to humans. Unfortunately, there is a great deal of controversy surrounding this breed, specifically whether it makes sense to continue breeding them.

English bulldogs are prone to hip, skin and respiratory problems. Their short snout makes it difficult for them to breathe and, therefore, cool down when they are hot. Bulldogs, with their large heads, multiple facial rolls, loose hips, short legs, and short snouts tend to make them an unhealthy breed. They have trouble giving birth on their own due to weak laboring and the large head size of their puppies. On the contrary, there are many people who believe unhealthy bulldogs are a result of irresponsible breeding. If bred properly, the bulldog has few health problems.

During the 16th century, the sport of Bull Baiting was popular. Bulldogs were bred to be aggressive beasts that would try to grab onto the nose of a bull and pull it to the ground. This dog was leaner and taller, with a longer muzzle, than the bulldog of today. The sport was banned in 1835 and there seemed to no longer be a place for bulldogs. In the late 1800’s, the bulldog was reinvented to be a gentle, family dog. It was allegedly bred with the Pug to develop a shorter dog that did well in smaller living quarters.

Between the years of 1910-1920, the English bulldog was the 5th most popular dog to own. In 2008, the bulldog made the top ten list of best all-around family pets. This was the first time the bulldog made the list since 1935. Currently, Bulldogs are extremely popular pets in Las Vegas, Long Beach, Los Angeles and San Diego. If you choose this breed, make sure to do your homework on the breeder, or look for  a rescue organization. This gentle, loving dog will bring your family an average of eight years of joy!

 

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Gotta Have a Havanese

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It almost sounds too good to be true, but a Havanese pup seems like the perfect addition to the family. The dark-eyed, bearded beauties are very friendly and smart dogs. They are easy to train and adapt to the personality of their owner, as well as to their environment. With a maximum height of 11 inches and a weight of 13 lbs or less, the Havanese pup will  bring great joy to your life for nearly 15 years! Even though a tiny toy dog, they are not fragile. They are rugged little dogs who are very loyal.

Havanese pups love their owners, and are great with children and other pets. It is not in the nature of the Havanese to bark a lot. They will bark if someone is at the door, but this is one of the few occasions. If you have allergies, then this is the dog for you. They do not shed and have low-maintenance coats. However, if you choose not to keep their fur trimmed, then you might have some combing troubles. Havanese dogs can be prone to skin diseases and cataracts. They do need to drink at least a quart of water each day in order to maintain their body temperature and normal digestion pattern.

The Havanese is known as the national dog of Cuba. This type of dog was very popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, mainly found in homes of the wealthy. In the 1960’s, Cubans began migrating to the US and they brought their dogs. Breeding of Havanese began in the US in the 1970’s. The most popular colors in the US are black and chocolate, however Havanese come in cream, gold, white, silver, and blue as well. There are plenty of breeders of Havanese  pups all over the country, but there are also many Havanese rescue organizations with pups of all ages looking for good homes.havanese2

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