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paw print Large Dog Adoption

Large dogs come in a variety of sizes and personalities. They can make great companions, but before rushing into adopting there is careful deliberation and planning need to be done first. A few things to consider are do you have time and dedication that can be put towards a large dog? Not all big dogs are high energy dogs, but even the couch potatoes of need plenty of energy. Do you have room for a large dog and what is a realistic size? A large dog adoption is not recommended to for those that live in a small or compact home. Also keep in mind that if you adopt a puppy, that puppy can grow into a giant dog. Researching different large dog breeds online and visiting your local animal shelter can help you find the right dog to fit your lifestyle.

paw print Greyhounds, Puppies, are Potential Family Members

Greyhounds are wonderful dogs. They are clean, well-mannered, and affectionate. Retired racers usually need a loving home where they can live out their final years with comfort and companionship. But maybe you have your heart set on a puppy, and would even like to explore the world of greyhound racing.

The Humane Society website contains an article on the facts of greyhound racing. Overall, it is not considered to be a humane activity for the dogs involved. Thousands of greyhounds are destroyed each year, either because they have become too old to run and no one has adopted them, or they are puppies who aren’t of high enough quality to make it as a racer.

Owning a greyhound is a big responsibility. You must understand that a greyhound’s innate nature is to run. If you do not have an absolutely secure fenced yard, the dog will always need to be on some sort of a leash. Fortunately, they do well inside, but are often happiest with another greyhound to pal around with. They will need to run several times a week, so keep that in mind. A great website to peruse to learn more about adopting greyhounds and greyhound puppies is

paw print The Basics of Caring For Big Size Dogs

Caring for each unique breed of dog has its own set of challenges. However, caring for big size dogs requires a couple very special considerations which are not quite as big of an issue with the smaller breed dogs.

The first care consideration for big size dogs is their need to have a lot of space to run and play in. Large breed dogs need ample yard space to get the exercise they need each day. In addition, the big size dogs need to be walked each and every day to help them have adequate exercise to stave off potential problems with obesity and joint issues.

Large breed dogs are much more prone to hip and joint problems as they age than small breed dogs. As you can imagine, this is due to their larger size and weight. To help avoid these problems, it is important to visit your vet regularly for check-ups and have your dog’s hips and joints carefully checked.

Big size dogs can do some serious harm to people if they are not trained well. While a small dog can easily bite someone, just as a large dog can, a big size dog can do much more devastating damage. For this reason, all large dogs need to be well trained, starting when they are puppies.

While caring for large and small dogs have a lot of similarities, such as feeding quality food, offering clean drinking water, and walking regularly, it is especially important to train a large dog well, walk them as much as possible, and have their hips and joints checked regularly by your veterinarian.

paw print Bernese Mountain Dog Adoption

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The first Bernese Mountain Dogs were bred in Switzerland by farmers to drive cattle, haul products and protect the family. Over the years this extraordinary dog has become a family companion, and the perfect helpmate. Bernese Mountain Dogs have an affinity for children which makes them very popular among families with young children. Bernese Mountain Dog are people-loving dogs, and by nature they are gentle and obedient. However, those skills need to be developed with training, practice and rewards. An untrained Bernese Mountain Dog will still be gentle, but more of a troublemaker.

The most outstanding characteristic of a Bernese Mountain dog is their beautiful coat. The coat is mostly black with bright white and rust color markings. They weight ranges from about 65 -115 pounds, bitches being the smallest. Since Bernese Mountain Dogs are large breeds they eat more, and they need to be exercised at least once daily. The life span of Bernese Mountain dogs is only seven years, due to several genetic diseases. They are vulnerable to hip and elbow, bloat, several types of cancer, autoimmune diseases, and kidney problems.

In the United States there are thousand of dogs given up for adoption, abused or abandon every year and one of those breeds happens to be Bernese Mountain Dogs. There are also many mix breed Bernese Mountain Dogs available for adoption. To find Bernese Mountain Dogs up for adoption dogs in you state visit this link.

paw print Big Dogs

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Big dogs are very different from one another. From the very beginning, big dogs where bred for different purposes like hunting, sporting, or working.

Before adopting a big dog or giant dog, think of all the characteristics you do and/or don’t want in a dog. If you know you have the time and dedication please do adopt a big dog. To find big or giant adoptable dogs visit your local shelter. Keep in mind when searching to adopt a big dog, you may not always find the exact pure breed you’re looking for. Keep your options open, and think about adopting one of the many big size mutts you may find. Large size mutts have the same or better life expectancy than a pure breed.

Because of their big size, big dogs are not well suited to small, compact homes. When adopting a big dog always be realistic about their size; especially if your adopting a young dog, or a puppy. Remember, they will grow to be large animals. Big dogs and giant dogs need to be taught boundaries at an early age or the moment they are welcomed into your home. Boundaries such as not jumping on people, not sitting on top of furniture and more importantly let them know that your home is not their territory.

Not all big dogs are high energy dogs. Surprisingly many of them turn out to be couch potatoes. Still big dogs need exercise. I recommend using a stretchable doggy back pack to add weight when exercising the dog. Doggy back packs are usually strapped around the torso area and they do not harm the animal whatsoever. To add more fun, fill the doggy back pack with something useful that can add weight, such as water, portable bowl, treats, and toys.

paw print Greyhound Dogs

Greyhounds are one of the oldest documented pure breeds. They are believed to have been the pets of pharaohs and great kings during ancient times. The earliest discovery of a Greyhound came from the Tomb of Amten, in the Valley of the Nile, Egypt.

The greyhound is the fastest dog breed registered by AKC. Their bodies are built to be athletes and they can sprint up to 45 MPH, but only for short periods of time. They are built for speed not endurance. Unlike like many other medium breeds, Greyhounds are low energy level, pretty much a couch potato. However, they still have to be exercised daily. Not necessarily needing to be ran, they do need a minimum of 2 walks per day. They can adjust well to small places such as apartments. The typical behaviors of Greyhound puppies are energetic, curious, and mischievous. Young Greyhounds are active and this is the perfect time for Greyhounds to develop their bodies. The old or retired Greyhound is usually calm, quiet, clean and gentle.

The key reason for the over-population of Greyhounds is mainly due to larger quantities of farm breeders and backyard breeders. Farm breeders usually breed with the purpose of earning a profit from racing Greyhounds, essentially gambling.

When a litter is born, puppies who display racing potential will be trained to become race dogs, the others who don’t will be sold, or killed. Shockingly, it is estimated that 20,000 pure breed Greyhounds will be killed each year. Unfortunately, there are many atrocities inflicted upon greyhound dogs which are not good enough to race. Many of them will be killed by mass euthanasia, gunshot, starvation, bludgeoning, electrocution, donated to medical research, or simply abandoned. Those lucky enough to be sold or adopted by good families, rescued by rescue groups or shelters are not the majority.

There are numerous Greyhound rescue groups across the U.S. if you’re interested on adopting a Greyhound you can visit Adopt A Greyhound. Remember that by adopting, donating or volunteering you are helping and changing the life of a dog.