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Expert Advice: Feature Prime: the Therapy Dog Whose Heart is Even Bigger than He Is
One of the most exciting components of being at AKC Meet the Breeds is, of course, getting face time with a variety of different dogs. But beyond being cute, many of the dogs there also have touching stories about how they impact their communities and brighten the lives of others. One such dog that we […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/news/prime-the-therapy-dog-whose-heart-is-even-bigger-than-he-is/ | February 11, 2017
Expert Advice: Cute & Funny 4 Fun Characteristics of the Papillon Dog Breed
Sometimes called the "butterfly dog" because of its unusual ear shape—"papillon" means butterfly in French—the Papillon is one of the oldest toy breeds. Originally called the Dwarf Spaniel or Continental Toy Spaniel, the Papillon was depicted in artwork as early as the 16th century. Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette were known fans of the breed. […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/4-papillon-characteristics/ | February 6, 2017
Expert Advice: Did You Know? 9 Fun Facts About the Mastiff—the Gentle Giant
The calm, sensitive, and self-assured Mastiff is an enormous, powerful dog with a long history. These excellent guard dogs from the Working Group also make perfect foot warmers and couch-potato companions. Here are nine interesting facts about this good-natured and courageous breed. 1. Today’s Mastiff descended from the ancient Alaunt and Molosser dogs. There is […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/9-fun-facts-about-the-mastiff/ | February 6, 2017
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? What Was the German Shepherd Bred to Do?
By now the lean, chiseled body of Rin Tin Tin is engraved in most people’s minds. A faithful companion, best friend, and super sleuth alongside his partners, Rin Tin Tin brought the emblematic German Shepherd Dog into our lives and living rooms throughout the years, gaining popularity for this intelligent dog breed that waned only […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/what-was-the-gsd-bred-to-do/ | January 31, 2017
Expert Advice: Did You Know? The Doberman Pinscher Is an Intelligent, Discerning, and Fearless Guardian
The Doberman Pinscher (Doberman) is a powerful and muscular member of the Working Group developed for police and military work and to be a protector and companion in the home. The breed originated in Germany and quickly gained popularity in other countries for its courage, intelligence, and loyalty. The Doberman Pinscher is named for Karl […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/facts-about-the-doberman-pinscher/ | January 31, 2017
Expert Advice: Did You Know? Don’t You Wish You Were as Popular as the Labrador Retriever?
The Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog in the United States, and for good reason. His physical capabilities and outgoing, eager-to-please temperament make him an ideal family pet and sporting dog. Contrary to his name, the Labrador Retriever doesn't come from Labrador, but from Newfoundland. There, it is thought, small water dogs were bred […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/7-reasons-the-lab-is-so-popular/ | January 27, 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: News Grief Therapy Dog in Training Comforts Families at Funeral Home
There's nothing harder than losing a loved one. This funeral home in Niles, Ind. aims to make the grieving process a little easier with the help of a grief therapy dog named Sir Winston Bailey Brown. Sir Winston Bailey Brown is a four-month-old Golden Retriever and is currently training to be a grief […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/news/grief-therapy-dog-in-training-comforts-families-at-funeral-home/ | December 27, 2016
Expert Advice: Did You Know? Don’t Know the Finnish Lapphund? Here Are 7 Reasons Why You Should!
Unless you live in Finland or happen to have reindeer that need herding, you may not be familiar with the Finnish Lapphund. If you do know the breed, you know what wonderful family dogs they can be. Smart and eager to please, Lappies are also naturally submissive with people and great with children. Already one […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/7-reasons-why-you-should-know-the-finnish-lapphund/ | December 21, 2016