Adopting vs Buying a Pet — Are Purebred Dogs Better than Mixed Breeds?

Should you adopt a dog from a shelter or buy one from a breeder — which is better and why? The answer is neither — it’s all about personal preference, and both rescue dogs and pedigree dogs come with excellent benefits. We’re not in the “who’s right” game — we love dogs and encourage you to find the right dog for your living situation. Weighing the pros and cons of adopting vs buying a pet...Read more

How Much Does it Cost to Own a Dog Per Year?

To answer the question, “How much does it cost to own a dog,” we looked at several factors, including those one-time initial costs (like spaying or neutering) and recurring expenses like dog food and grooming.  Although several factors come into play — the dog's age and size, where you live, your lifestyle, and your dog's needs — when you calculate the "real" cost of dog ownership, the following figures can give you a glimpse at...Read more

Adoption Tips on How to Choose a Rescue Dog

Between 6 million and 8 million dogs and cats enter the US’s more than 3,500 animal rescue shelters every year, according to the Humane Society. Sadly, most of them will not find forever homes. If you’ve decided to adopt a rescue dog, our hats are off to you, and we hope we can help you learn how to choose a rescue dog.  The first step, of course, is finding a good, reputable dog shelter near...Read more

February is Responsible Pet Ownership Month. What Exactly Does That Mean?

February is Responsible Pet Owner Month, which is a nice way to remind current and soon-to-be pet owners to think about what that means. From nose to tail, cradle to grave, here is our list of what responsible pet ownership means.  Pick the Right Pet As a responsible pet owner, your first task is to ensure you select the right pet for your home and lifestyle. We know it's difficult looking at all the adorable...Read more

Handle With Care: Adopting and Training Abused Dogs

Any time you walk into an animal shelter, you can find any number of dogs that are desperate for a new home that provides stability, care, and above all else, an abundance of love. For many of these animals, only they know their histories. Some were abandoned, some abused, while others were simply neglected and surrendered to the shelter. While many people fear adopting abused dogs, some make it their life's mission to help those...Read more

Best Dogs for First-Time Owners: 18 Dog Breeds for Beginners

Are you looking to join the estimated 38% of American households that are home to dogs? To make your decision a bit easier, we’ve researched a list of the best dog breeds for first-time owners, based on breed traits, in celebration of #NationalDogAdoptionDay Oct. 25! As you research dog breeds, you will find that some breeds are better for newbies than other breeds. However, every dog has its own personality, so take time to get to...Read more

The Most Popular Small Dog Breeds (and Why We Love Them)

Small dog breeds are among the most popular breeds because they do well in smaller spaces, they tend to shed less, and they’re very portable! We present our list of the most popular small dog breeds, along with tips for training, grooming and loving small dogs. What are the Smallest Dog Breeds? While larger breeds are often noted for their bravery and obedience, smaller canines carry the stereotype of being high-strung, anxious, and fearful. Oh...Read more

Best Large Dog Breeds and Why We Love Them

There's always more to love with a large dog. While they won't fit in a designer purse or easily tuck in a backpack, many large breeds insist they’d make good lap dogs.  Big dogs are often considered the hardest-working group of dog breeds and some of the gentlest giants. If you're looking to welcome a large dog into your family, you probably have questions. Do they bark a lot? How difficult are big dogs to...Read more

Best Medium Dog Breeds for Apartment Dwellers and Small Spaces

Those small or teacup dog breeds get all the love when it comes to apartment living and small spaces, don’t they? If you’d like a little more dog yet you’ve got limited space, this list of medium-sized dog breeds is for you. What is a medium-size dog? We’re sticking with breeds that tend to weigh between 30 and 50 pounds; anything larger will need more space than your tiny home provides. As with any dog...Read more

What Are The Best Midsize Dog Breeds for Families and Children?

While small or teacup dog breeds get a world of attention, and big dog breeds are hard to miss, medium breeds can't be overlooked. Medium-size dogs tend to weigh between 30 and 50 pounds. If you are a family with children, and you're looking for the best medium-size dog breeds for your home, this list is a compilation from several expert sources. Keep in mind that the list below applies to pure dog breeds; mixed breeds will tend to...Read more

Congrats on Your New Dog! Here’s Your Shopping List and Puppy Supplies Checklist

Are you adopting a puppy, or an adult or senior dog? Congrats! In all the excitement of welcoming a new pet into your life, it's easy to overlook a few details. What are the essentials? What do you need to protect your home and keep your dog healthy and happy? That depends on your pet's age. Like humans, dogs have different needs based on where they are in their lifespan. An item that may be...Read more

Why Teacup Breeds Make the Best Pets

Could you imagine raising a dog that could fit in the palm of your hand? Or one that weighs less than a gallon of milk? Often called teacup dogs, toy breeds have made their way into the hearts of pet lovers everywhere. As cute as these little guys and gals are, you may be wondering how hard they are to groom and train. What are their personalities like? Do toy breeds bark a lot? You've...Read more

List of Online Resources for Dog Lovers

Bookmark These Dog Websites! Our Big List of Online Resources for Dog Lovers Looking for some health information for your dog? Searching for the perfect companion and not sure where to start? Or, maybe you need some pet inspiration? If you're a dog lover and looking for pet resources you've come to the right place. We have gathered several websites that we consider worthy of sharing with you as a pet parent.  Best Pet Websites...Read more

The Most Calm and Quiet Dog Breeds

Is your dog calm, cool, and collected? Or, is your canine high-strung, yapping at every noise and movement? While an owner's temperament and approach to training can make a huge difference in how a dog behaves, several breeds are so chill, so composed they have the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognition of “calm dog.” If a quiet, subdued pup sounds like the perfect dog for you, your family and neighborhood, we have a list of...Read more