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Two months old Weimaraner running in the forest.
Expert Advice: Did You Know? 8 Ways Weimaraners Are Like No Other Dogs
This sleek, silver-gray breed originated in the early 19th century, developed to hunt bear, boar, and other large game in the dense forests of Germany's Weimar region. Exceptional tracking ability, incredible athleticism, and brains were essential for their work. These traits have persisted to this day, making the Weimaraner (WY-mah-rah-ner) a breed perfect for a […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/ways-weimaraners-are-like-no-other-dogs/ | May 14, 2019
Expert Advice: Puppy Health Your Puppy’s First Vet Visit – What To Expect
Finally, it’s the exciting day you’ve been anticipating for months, maybe even years. Your new puppy is ready to come home with you. You’ve gotten your crate, food, and other supplies, you’ve chosen a place for training and socialization, and you’re ready to start an amazing adventure with a little ball of fluff who is […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/puppys-first-vet-visit/ | March 12, 2019
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Expert Advice: Puppy Training How to Potty Train a Puppy: A Comprehensive Guide for Success
Teaching your new puppy to potty at the right time and place is one of the most important first steps you can take for a long, happy life together. House soiling is among the top reasons why dogs lose their homes or end up in shelters. Few people are willing to put up with a […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/how-to-potty-train-a-puppy/ | March 2, 2019
Yellow Labrador Retriever getting dog food
Expert Advice: News Dog Food Recall Alert: 9 Brands With Elevated Levels of Vitamin D
Too much of a good thing — in this case, vitamin D — has sickened some dogs and prompted of recalls of dry dog foods, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Nutrisca and Natural Life Pet Products, both based in Saint Louis, issued voluntary recalls of their products when pet owners complained […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/news/recall-alert-nutrisca-natural-life-dry-dog-food/ | February 4, 2019
Golden Retriever Scratching
Expert Advice: General Health Mange: What You Need to Know
If you follow news about dogs, you know what an extreme case of mange looks like. It's a common skin disease in dogs and puppies that are strays, neglected, or abused. These dogs appear to be beyond hope—hairless, with skin covered in sores or with thickened, hard, crusty patches. Such dogs are often described as […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/mange-what-you-need-to-know/ | January 23, 2019
Expert Advice: Home Fire Safety Tips That Will Help Protect You and Your Dog
About 40,000 pets die each year in home fires. National Pet Fire Safety Day is the perfect time to put a disaster plan in place if you don't have one already. Dogs frequently take on the role of smoke alarm when there's a fire, but you shouldn't rely on your canine companion to act as […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/home-living/tips-help-dog-fire/ | July 13, 2018
Expert Advice: Did You Know? 9 Reasons Why Leonbergers Are Totally Unforgettable
In the mid-1800s, an exotic-animal dealer combined Saint Bernard, Newfoundland, Great Pyrenees and other breeds to create the Leonberger. Some say the idea was to make a dog that looked like the lion on the seal of the town of Leonberg, today in Southern Germany. While developed as all-around working dogs—equipped for everything from water […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/9-reasons-why-leonbergers-are-totally-unforgettable/ | February 1, 2017
Expert Advice: Did You Know? 10 Surprising Facts About Akitas
1- Before Akitas had an “official” breed name they were referred to simply as "snow country dogs." The breed originated from the snowy, rural, mountainous region of Japan, Akita and Odate, where they were used to hunt boar, elk, and the small Yezo bear. There is a museum in Odate devoted to the breed.   […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/10-surprising-facts-about-akitas/ | January 10, 2017
Expert Advice: Puppy Training Big Dog, Big City: How to Make House Training Work
The first moment I met my 8-week-old Leonberger puppy, Miss Emily von Alpensee, she took one look at me and peed on the floor. I used that opportunity to open a conversation with the breeder about housetraining. "Oh, it's easy," the breeder said. "Leonbergers get it very quickly. As soon as you see the puppy […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/house-training-in-the-city/ | November 28, 2016
Expert Advice: News The Winners of the 2015 AKC Publications Photo Contest
A strong focus on those windows into the canine soul was one unifying theme among the winning images from our our annual AKC Publications Photo Contest. A Doberman Pinscher puppy, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, and a lovely brindled mixed-breed gaze directly into the camera. An American Eskimo Dog is riveted on something, or someone, in the […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/news/the-winners-of-the-2015-akc-publications-photo-contest/ | November 3, 2016

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