We have all heard of the coveted “Best In Show” title at the Westminister Kennel Club Dog Show every year, and chances are that you love to see who wins it each year. The breed, the color, the style, the size – no matter what draws you to see who wins the best in show title each year, every dog owner can see a bit of their best furry friend in that show dog. Most dog owners aren’t familiar with all of the work that goes into getting a dog ready for a dog show. Even more owners have no idea what it takes to win the best in show title over the hundreds of other dogs that are at the show. So what does it take for a specific dog to win “Best In Show”? And what does the “Best In Show” title even mean for those who win it at the Westminster Dog Show?

Let’s start with the title itself and what it means at the Westminster Dog Show every year. The “Best In Show” title is given to the overall winner of the show itself. The judges view hundreds of dogs each year at the annual contest and the overall winner of the show is given the “Best In Show” title. The Westminster Dog Show is an all breed show, meaning that every dog there is judged overall together for the best title as well as several other different awards throughout the show. So, this means that Great Danes will go up against Chihuahuas, Rottweilers will go up against Silk Terriers, and so on, no matter what breed you enter into the show, it will be judged against all of the others. To win that coveted “Best In Show” title, means simply that specific dog is the very best one in the whole show according to the judges.

Now, let’s get into what makes up a “Best In Show” dog and how they are chosen. Every dog in the Westminster Dog Show are judged by the overall standards of their breed. For example, each different breed, such as the English Bulldog, have specific standards according to the Westminster Kennel Club and each English Bulldog in the show will be judged by those standards. These will be different for every breed and every dog entered. Once a “Best Of Breed” winner is crowned for each different breed of dog at the show that year, they then go into a competition with all of the other “Best Of Breed” winners for the “Best In Show” title.

The judges will get all of the “Best Of Breed” winners together and they will take their time going over every one and how high they rank on that breed’s standards. From there, they have to decide which of the “Best Of Breed” winners takes the title of “Best In Show”. Once a winner is crowned, they then start their responsibility of becoming “America’s Dog” and traveling all over the US to different events, shows, and fairs. The winner of the “Best In Show” also gains almost immediately popularity, meaning that any offspring of that particular dog will be highly sought after for many years.

What would any posh pooch be without some haute designer accessories? Just like you, won’t your furry pal love a cool new Coach or Juicy Couture item to show off around the town? Of course they would and if you are someone that loves designer accessories of any type, there are always some wonderful designer dog accessories out there to love too. Here are some of our favorites:

GG Collection Personalized Pet Jar

With this gorgeous personalized treat jar, your pooch will never have to really beg for a treat again. You can get this Tuscan style jar, complete with a customized antiqued aluminum base and label to ensure that your dog is simply the best around. Also, you’ll never have to worry about hiding those treat bags when company comes over any longer – you’ll be dying to show off this beauty to anyone that comes into your home.

Louis Vuitton Dog Leash

Hey Louis Vuitton fans, here is exactly what your dog needs when you’re out for a stroll. This beautiful Louis Vuitton dog leash matches all of the luxury accessories that you own and everyone will know that you only buy the best for your furry friend – even if it’s just for your daily walk.

 

Coach Collar

Oh Coach, we couldn’t have a list of designer dog accessories without you! We all love Coach purses and why should your dog suffer without something cool to match? Well, Coach offers a wonderful line of dog collars that come with different little charms and designs to match any style that you might own. And with a pretty decent price for a Coach accessory, you may end up buying several to match all of your Coach items.

Paul Frank Julius Dog Bed

We have all see that funky monkey from Paul Frank Julius around in designer stores, discount stores, and the mall and chances are that if you have kids (or are simply a kid at heart), you have something with this monkey on it. Well, don’t leave your pet out. Here is your chance to get your dog their own cute bed that offers something colorful, yet still posh and designer for your pet. Plus, they are completely eco friendly and made from recycled plastic bottles – meaning that now you’re stylish and eco friendly!

Juicy Couture Dog Trench Coat

While all of the other dogs shiver in the cold, why not let your dog stand out in a gorgeous herringbone trench coat from Juicy Couture? You can find it to match your favorite Juicy Couture trench and the two of you will look adorable as you stroll around town. Of course, this designer accessory is only for dogs from 2 up to 15 pounds, so if you own a bigger dog, then you are out of luck for this cute luxury item.

No matter what designer you are in love with at the moment, you will easily find some great designer dog accessories online and through some of the larger designer stores in your area. The best part is that the vast majority of them are priced so reasonably that you have no excuse not to get a few of them for your favorite fur ball.

Every dog owner wants great dog accessories for their furry friend, but sometimes we just don’t want to pay a massive amount for them. Shopping online, shopping clearance sales at the local pet shops, and even finding cute hand made items can still end up costing more than you really want to spend. Well, instead of spending a ton of money on little accessories for your favorite pooch, why not learn how to make some cute ones at home without spending any money? Here are three easy do-it-yourself ideas for cute dog accessories that you can easily pull off at home:

 

  1. Onesie T-Shirts: For those with smaller dogs or toy breeds, you love seeing them in cute little shirts and other dress up fun but those outfist can be expensive. So why not make your own out of some cute little onesies? You can easily take old or new onesies for babies and turn them into super cute dog shirts. Here’s what you’ll need: 1 onesie, needle and thread (or sewing machine), scissors, pencil or pen, and a ruler. Rule of thumb for these cute DIY shirts, if your dog weighs less than 15 pounds you will need a newborn size if they are 15 and above you will need the 0-3 months size, and if you have a 6 pound or under pooch, look for preemie sizes. Now, put the onesie on your dog with the graphic up on their back. Mark off where the bottom should be cut right about where their hips start, so nothing is in the way of them walking. Cut along that line, then sew a simple hem in that area of the onesie. Once your hem is done, so is your new dog shirt! It really is that easy!
  2. Snazzy Dog Collars: Oh don’t fall for those cute little blinged up collars at the pet store that cost $20 or more. You can easily make your own at home with just a few things and you’ll be able to totally customize it however you want! Here’s what you’ll need: a plain dog collar of your choice, different sized and colored rhinestones, hot glue gun, and tweezers. Now, you simply warm up the hot glue gun (which can be found at most larger discount stores for less than $10) and use the tweezers to hold the rhinestones as you put a small dot of hot glue on them. Place them on the collar where you want them to go with the tweezers and let dry. You can use strong craft glue for this, but hot glue will give and bend a bit more when the collar is bent around your dog’s neck. With this easy idea, you can make different collars for different times of the year or as your dog gets older.
  3. Costumes: Halloween and other holidays mean fun dress up times for your tiny dog but expensive items for you. Thank goodness there are thousands of different dog costume patterns out there that you can easily make at home! It is a bit harder to show you exactly how to do these all in one article, because there are so many different costumes out there. The great thing is that there are hundreds of free patterns that you can find all over the place for costumes like hot dogs, a shark eating your dog, a cowboy, and so on. Or with just a little bit of imagination at a thrift shop in the kid’s section, you can find some great ideas for the perfect dog costume for your little baby.

 

With just these three little ideas, you can easily cut out some of the biggest costs that come with dog accessories. Making your own collars, your own clothing, and your own costumes for your dog will not only help you save money, but it will help keep you up on the latest trends in dog accessories as well as your pooch looking as cute as possible.

DIY Doggie Pjs

One of the cutest trends  is doggie pjs. While they can get a little pricey if you’re looking at designer ones, others are pretty reasonable. Of course, if you can’t find ones that you totally love on your dog, then what do you do? You can make your own doggie pjs and still be on trend this year for cheap. Here is what you’ll need to do:

Find some cute baby onesies with legs at your local discount store, online, or even at garage sales. You can always find ones that match your pjs, or that compliment them. Finding a few that are really cheap at a discount store or garage sale can be great to practice on until you get everything down just the way you want. Not sure what size to get? It’s pretty easy, for dogs under 6 pounds, look for preemie clothes. For dogs from 6 to 15 pounds, look for newborn clothes. For dogs over 15 pounds, look for 0-3 month old baby clothes. If you have a larger dog, you will have to look for child sizes. Buying cheap child pjs at garage sales gives you an easy way to determine what size will fit your dog without spending a lot of time, energy, and money buying the wrong one and having to take them all back.

Once you have a few to practice on, start by putting them on your dog, but be careful with their tail for right now as you’ll make an area just for this later. You want the cute design to be up on the back, even if the zipper or buttons are there. Now, take a pen and mark along the behind (for the tail) as well as the stomach. You basically want to leave an area open for your dog to use the bathroom without getting it all over their pjs as well as a opening for their tail to move and wag. Once you have these areas marked, take the pjs off your pooch and cut along the line.

After you’ve got everything cut out, take a needle and thread or your sewing machine, and sew simple hems along every area that you’ve cut. This can be a bit time consuming until you get the hang of it, and you can also find hem tape as well as seam glue at local craft and sewing stores, or online. Once you get a little better with hemming up your dog’s pjs, you can get more fancy with different types of ribbon around the hem and other cute bric-a-brac as well.

Now that everything is sewn up, you are ready for your furry baby to sport their new pjs. It might take a bit for them to get used to the new clothes, but once they do and realize that they are snuggly and comfy, you’ll have a pj fan for life

We all know that our dogs have to have food and water and love, but there is more to caring for a dog than just those three things. There are many other areas, such as exercise, bathing, brushing, and so on that help ensure a dog is happy and healthy. If you are new to owning a dog or you simply want to make sure that you’ve got everything covered, here are five dog accessories that you simply cannot live without:

  1. Collar – This might seem like a given but you need to make sure that you have the right collar for your dog. Smaller dogs won’t need a big, sturdy collar, a thinner one will do just fine, but larger breeds will need a sturdy collar that won’t break when you’re out for a walk on a leash. You also want to make sure that you have the right fit on your dog’s collar, if it’s too small, you can choke your dog, and too big means they can slip out of it, losing any ID tags they have.
  2. Brush – You may think that you don’t have to brush your particular dog breed, but every dog needs to be brushed. There are several reasons for this, the main one being that it helps to curb shedding any time of the year. Every dog breed sheds, some just more than others, by brushing your dog, you can stop most of the shed hair from sticking to your furniture, clothing, car, and carpets. Plus brushing is a great way to inspect your dog for any bites, bumps, or other problems that you may not notice by simply patting them on the back. Talk with your groomer about what brush is right for your particular dog breed.
  3. Leash – Sure this one goes hand in hand with the dog’s collar, but do you have the right size leash for your dog? You want to make sure that you give your dog enough room to run without being so far away that you cannot control them. Also, you need a strong leash with a good clasp that isn’t going to break if your dog tugs on it. The last thing you want is for your dog to go chasing after a squirrel on a walk and get away from you and get hurt. Make sure that your dog’s leash is good quality that won’t break, yet still gives them enough room to run and exercise.
  4. Bedding – Some of us are guilty of letting our dogs sleep on our beds with us, but they still need their own bed, their own space. You can find all different sizes of pet beds that will fit your dog perfectly. These are pretty inexpensive, usually less than $20 (except for the very large ones) unless you want something very specific or designer, which will cost more. Pet beds offer your pet their own space in your house. You should set up their bed along with some of their toys in a corner or spot where they know that is their own space. It will give them a place to feel safe in when they are scared or lonely.
  5. Treats – We all love to reward our dogs with treats, but are you giving the right ones? Some treats can be bad for your dog, packing on extra weight they may not need or just being overall junk food for your pet. There are plenty of great treats out there that help with cleaning their teeth, bad doggie breath, and so much more. And if you are wary of all the different ingredients in your dog’s treats, you can easily make some of your own for your furry kiddo.

 

Of course, you may decide that you need other dog accessories for your pampered pooch, but these are the main five – aside from food, water, and love – to keep your dog happy and healthy for a long time to come.

Safe Toys For Your Pampered Pooch

If you’ve ever been inside a pet store or wandered through the pet aisle of your local discount store, you’ll notice a plethora of dog toys. However, just because it’s labeled and tagged as a toy for dogs doesn’t mean it’s a good option for your pet. Before buying a toy for your dog, there are several factors to keep in mind regarding safety.

Why buy toys at all?

Dogs are people too, right? They get bored and need some form of entertainment, especially if their humans are busy or away at work. Some toys give a dog something to do, while others provide comfort. It’s good to have a variety of each type and hide them around the home or rotate for play time.

The size of the toy and dog matter.

A small lightweight toy is going to be destroyed quickly by a large dog and pose a choking hazard as well. A large heavy toy may be harmful to a small or toy breed by being too much for little jaws to carry around. Make sure to get toys appropriate to your dog’s size and jaw strength.

Dogs and kids are eerily similar.

Just like kids, dogs are often attracted to dangerous things. Anyone that has ever had a dachshund for instance, knows they love to silence the squeaky toy. The squeaking mechanisms can be the equivalent of giving a marble to an infant. In the mouth it goes, where it can easily cause a choking hazard or lodge further down in the digestive tract. I wouldn’t recommend making a habit of giving squeaky toys to dogs and strongly suggest constant supervision when doing so.

For comfort

Many dogs love a ‘lovie’ of some sort. Many female dogs will treat a stuffed animal like a puppy by carrying it around, licking and putting one paw over it for sleeping. Just make sure the stuffed animal doesn’t have button eyes that pose a choking hazard and check frequently for rips that might lead to lost stuffing. The stuffing can cause choking and vomiting so either sew it up or replace when it starts to come apart. You’ll save yourself and your dog an extra trip to the vet.

Make-do dog toy

If you’ve had to toss all your dog’s toys and haven’t been able to pick up new ones, make one from old laundry. And old t-shirt rolled up and sewn or tied in knots makes a good toy and probably smells great to your dog!

Rawhides:

Rawhides should be given with caution. Dogs that race to finish their treats are at risk of swallowing big chunks that can get lodged in the esophagus, so supervise your dog and ensure he chews appropriately. Not all rawhides are made with strict manufacturing principles so they can cause stomach upsets due to E.coli or Salmonella. They are also high-fat and high salt treats (this is what makes them tasty!). Depending on what you purchase rawhides can also support unethical trades such as the fur industry, so consider what animal the rawhide comes from and whether you want to support the industry and company that made it. That being said, rawhides are a great (relatively) natural treat that can be excellent for dental health and satisfy your dog’s urge to chew.

 

Vet recommended toys for active dogs:

ezydogflyer

Source: www.lovethatpet.com

 

  1. Ezydog Dogstar Flyer – Made of durable nylon, this frisbee is recommended for two reasons. It floats and is durable yet soft enough not to cause trauma to teeth or gums.

 

kongwubba

Source: www.lovethatpet.com

 

  1. Kong Puppy Wubba Toy – Whether playing a gentle game of tug-o-war or fetch, this toy is sturdy enough for hours of interactive play.

omegapaw

Source: www.omegapaw.com

 

 

  1. Omega Paw Tricky Treat Ball - This is a toy designed to entice dogs with the scent of a treat inside or can be used for playing fetch.

karmarope

Source: www.jaxandbones.com

 

  1. Jax and Bones Good Karma Rope Toy – These toys are sturdy yet comforting for dogs to carry around and keep nearby.

hurleydogchew

Source: www.hotdogcollars.com

 

  1. Zogoflex Hurley Dog Chew Toy – Dogs love the flexible chewiness of this toy. Humans love that it’s very long lasting, practically indestructible and floats.

Most importantly, enjoy time with your furry friend. Remember, you’re his human for life. Make it count.

 

Bio:

 

Eloise Bright is a mom to Duster, the Pomeranian, and Jimmy, the cat. As a Sydney based veterinarian of 7 years currently working with Love That Pet, Eloise has taken the opportunity to volunteer at charity clinics and is now completing her Masters in Small Animal Practice.

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Popular Dog Breeds: Great Danes

Despite their enormous size, Great Danes are a very popular breed. They rank in the top 20 of the American Kennel Club’s most popular breeds each year. Strong, elegant, and friendly, Great Danes are, nevertheless, energetic dogs and they do require plenty of room and regular exercise.

History
Great Danes are a mastiff or molosser-type dog which is a very large family of dogs containing all kinds of powerful dogs found all over the world. Dogs similar to the Great Dane have been known for several thousand years. However, today’s Great Dane seems to trace to the Irish Wolfhound and the Mastiff from the Middle Ages. The breed as it is known today is about 400 years old. Great Danes are not actually from Denmark but come from Germany where they were bred to hunt wild boar which can be ferocious. When boar hunting was no long necessary, the breed became an esteemed companion and estate guard dog. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1887.

Temperament
Great Danes are true gentle giants and they make excellent family dogs. They are sweet, loving dogs in the home and they get along great with children. However, because of their great size, owners need to be especially careful about letting children play with the dogs. It’s very easy for a playful Great Dane to knock a child over or pin a child to the ground while playing. They mean no harm but someone can get hurt. The same is true when a Great Dane plays with smaller dogs. Parents should always supervise when their Great Dane plays with small children or small dogs.

Otherwise, Great Danes make wonderful pets. They require regular daily exercise and they do eat quite a bit. You can expect your food bills and other bills associated with dog ownership to be somewhat higher when you have such a large dog. They require minimal grooming since they have a short, smooth coat. In the U.S. their ears are usually cropped.

Appearance
Great Danes have a striking appearance and most people recognize them on sight. In addition to their great size, the dogs are regal, dignified, strong, and elegant in appearance. They should be spirited, courageous, friendly, and dependable. The head is rectangular, expressive, and distinguished. Eyes are dark with a lively, intelligent expression.

Minimum height of 30 inches tall at the shoulder for males and 28 inches tall for females. Males can weigh between 120-200 lbs; and females can weigh between 100-130 lbs.

The coat comes in a number of colors: Brindle, Fawn, Blue, Black, Harlequin and Mantle (similar to a Boston Terrier).

Health
As a giant breed, the Great Dane has some special needs, especially as a puppy. It’s important to make sure that puppies do not grow too fast or they can develop musculo-skeletal problems as adults. Feed your Great Dane puppy an appropriate large breed puppy food. Make sure that you don’t overfeed a large breed puppy or allow him to become overweight since this can result in joint and hip problems later in life. Slow growth from a moderate diet if always recommended for large and giant breed puppies.

You should also take care that you don’t allow giant breed puppies to over-exercise when they are young. Repetitive actions (such as jogging with an owner on a bike) or allowing a puppy to leap from high places can lead to bone and joint injuries. It takes a long time for a giant breed puppy’s growth plates to close so try to keep your big puppy from over-doing things and injuring himself.

Like some other large and giant breed dogs, Great Danes can have problems with bloat, or gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV). It’s usually recommended to feed such dogs several smaller meals per day rather than one or two large meals. You can find other recommendations about how to try to avoid bloat online. Hip dysplasia can also be an issue for Great Danes. Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) can also occur in the breed.

Many giant dog breeds have a shorter lifespan than other breeds. The average lifespan of a Great Dane is 6 to 8 years. Even the healthiest Great Danes don’t usually live past 10 years, though some dogs have been known to live to be 12-13 years of age.

Training
While you may think of Scooby Do and Marmaduke when you see a Great Dane, they really aren’t that hard to train. They are BIG but they still think and act like other dogs. If you have a Great Dane puppy or rescue, training is very important. Otherwise, you could find yourself chasing a rambunctious dog when he ignores your calls to come back. So, do plan on puppy kindergarten or puppy preschool for your puppy, followed by a good basic obedience class. If you have a rescue dog, sign up for the first obedience class you can. When a dog weighs 120 pounds, you really want him to listen to you.

Be sure to socialize puppies and young dogs well. Some Great Danes can become anxious and too glued to their owners if they don’t have enough socialization training when they are young.

If you have to leave your dog home alone everyday, make sure you provide him with lots of chew toys and other things to keep him amused. Otherwise, he will find his own ways to amuse himself and they will probably include eating your sofa. When a Great Dane is bored, you will know it. For this reason, make sure you are providing your puppy or dog with enough play time and exercise each day.

Great Danes can learn to do the same dog activities and sports as other dogs. You can have fun with obedience, agility, rally, and tracking, for example. Great Danes have a good nose and they can have fun with tracking exercises.

You can learn more about finding a Great Dane and what to expect here: http://www.gdca.org/greatdanerightforyou.html

Winter can be tough on all of us, and that includes your dog. Cold weather, snow, ice, dry air in the house, shivering wind chills when you take your dog for a walk – all of these wintry elements can leave your dog’s coat in desperate need of care. You might be left wondering what happened to the fluffy pup or sleek canine you were petting last summer.

Here are some grooming tips to help your dog survive the winter and keep his good looks.

Groom your dog regularly. Dogs need to be groomed on a regular basis in the winter. This is especially true when they are shedding old coat and growing new hair. Brushing your dog often will also stimulate the skin which spreads the natural skin oil over your dog’s body. These natural oils are good for the skin and they help condition the coat. Remember to clean your dog’s ears regularly and brush his teeth, too. When grooming your dog you should use your hands to feel all over his body. This will help you find any lumps or bumps when they are small so a vet can take care of them before they become serious.

Keep your dog’s coat clean
. Many people think that it’s not necessary for a dog to get a bath in the winter but it’s important to keep your dog’s coat bathed and clean. It’s easier to brush and groom a clean coat. A clean coat won’t smell bad. And keeping the coat bathed and clean will also cut down on the amount of hair that is shed in your home. When you bathe your dog, remember to towel dry or blow dry your dog so that he is completely dry after the bath to avoid skin irritations and hot spots.

Use the right conditioners. A good conditioner can be very important for your dog in the winter. For example, if your dog spends a lot of time playing in the snow, use a silicone based spray-in conditioner to repel snow from the coat. If your dog’s coat is dry and straw-like, trim the ends and use a good conditioning shampoo for his coat type.

Take care of your dog’s paws and nails
. Long hair around the paw pads will accumulate ice and snow when your dog is outside so keep this hair trimmed short. Check your dog’s paws for snow and ice when he comes inside the house. If he does have ice between his toes, you can remove the ice comfortably by placing his paws in warm water. Be sure to check your dog’s ear tips and pads for frostbite, too, especially if he spends a long time outside in low temps. Make sure you keep his nails trimmed regularly, too. If your dog’s paws or nose becomes chapped, you can soothe them with some lanolin. Avoid letting your dog walk on salted or chemical-treated sidewalks, if possible. You can also invest in some dog booties to protect your dog’s paws.

Dry your dog when he’s been outside.
If your dog has been outside playing in the snow, be sure to towel him off until he’s dry when he comes inside. Or use the blow dryer to dry him and warm him up.

Beware of sunburn! Yes, dogs do become sunburned, even in winter. Dogs with white coats, especially short, thin coats, are especially prone to sunburn, or winter burn. You can apply sunscreen to your dog to help prevent this burn. Hairless dogs will also need sunscreen to protect them from burning.

Put a coat or sweater on your dog if he needs one. Lots of people are uncertain whether their dog needs a coat or sweater. While dogs can usually tolerate normal winter temperatures, it’s important to remember that many breeds are now living in places where they didn’t develop. Chihuahuas, from a warm area in Mexico, get cold in northern cities. The same is true of many other small breeds who were bred to live in the home and be companions. A large Newfoundland who can jump into icy waters probably won’t ever need a coat; nor will a Siberian Husky; but there are many breeds who can use some extra warmth on a cold day. If you have a breed with a thin coat such as an Italian Greyhound, for example, and your dog shivers when he’s outside in the cold, go ahead and get him a coat or sweater.

Finally, keep your dog well-hydrated in winter and provide extra calories if necessary. Cold weather usually causes dogs to use extra energy just to stay warm so they often need some extra calories, especially if they spend much time outside. Feeding a nutritious dog food is one of the best ways to help your dog have a healthy skin and coat. Remember that snow and ice are not adequate sources of water for your dog. Be sure to provide plenty of fresh water for your dog in the winter. Clean water to drink will help your do maintain healthy skin and coat, too.

Pampered Celebrity Dogs

Celebrities may live a grander lifestyle than many of us, but it’s obvious that they love their pets just as much as the most down to earth person. Many celebrities even post about their pets on their Twitter feeds and take them with them wherever they go. Here are some famous celebrities who have gone to the max to pamper their beloved canine companions.

The Queen
We’re not sure if Queen Elizabeth II has a Twitter account, but there’s no shortage of stories in the press about the Queen and her famous Corgis. The Queen is a devoted dog lover and has had dogs all her life. She currently has about 10 Corgis and Dorgis (a cross between her Corgis and her late sister’s Dachshunds), as well as some of her late mother’s remaining Corgis. Needless to say, these dogs live in royal style. Nothing but the best will do for Her Majesty’s beloved dogs. We’re told that the dogs eat restaurant quality dinners prepared specially for them by the royal chefs. The Queen personally prepares Christmas stockings for each of the dogs.

Kate Middleton

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is not only a new mother, but she’s a dog lover, too. She and Prince William share their Kensington Palace home with the adorable black Cocker Spaniel named Lupo. Lupo was supposed to keep Kate company while William was away on military duty but now he’s a firm fixture in the family. He’s lately been photographed with the royal couple and baby George. They look like the perfect family with the ideal family dog.

Bo Obama
Bo Obama could be considered America’s “First Dog” since he belongs to the First Family. This Portuguese Water Dog first made a splash when he was only six months old. He was a gift from Sen. Edward Kennedy to the Obama family. The Obamas were concerned about getting a dog that would be suitable for kids with allergies and Portuguese Water Dogs are often recommended for people with allergies because of their relatively non-shedding coat. (No dogs are completely hypoallergenic. If you are allergic to dogs you should always meet the dog you are considering first to be sure you can tolerate being around him or her.)

Since his arrival, Bo has been modeled by a soft toy maker and he’s been featured in several children’s books, so he’s a celebrity himself! Bo now has a canine friend at the White House – Sunny, a female Portuguese Water Dog, who arrived in August 2013. There won’t be any puppies, however, since Bo is neutered.

Anne Hathaway
Actress Anne Hathaway, star of Les Miserables and many other hit films, has a beautiful chocolate Labrador Retriever named Esmeralda. According to reports, Anne has been known to take her dog with her to the set when filming her roles.

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman may be a hunk, playing roles like Wolverine, but he’s a family man, too. His family chose an adorable French Bulldog named Peaches for a pet. The Australian actor and his daughter Ava have been sighted taking little Peaches for a walk to get some exercise. How adorable is that?

Will Smith
Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith seem to be ardent dog lovers. The family has four Rottweilers, including a dog named Indo. All four dogs have had obedience training with the “dog whisperer” himself, Cesar Millan. The family reportedly spent about $1600 on a treadmill to exercise the dogs when they can’t take them for other exercise.

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah is a well-known dog lover. Some of the dogs she’s had that are known to her audiences are Golden Retrievers Sophie, Gracie, Solomon, and Luke. She’s had some of the best dog trainers in the U.S. work with her dogs. Oprah has also told insiders that she has left $30 million to her dogs in her will. Her current dogs are English Springer Spaniels Sunny and Lauren.

The Beckhams
David and Victoria Beckham’s dog Coco has been well-known in Hollywood. Coco is a Bulldog who was a Christmas gift from Victoria to David. The dog is also a playmate to their sons. Coco has been spotted walking around Hollywood with bright pink toenails. According to sources, the nails are really soft nail caps that help prevent scratches to the couple’s expensive furniture and carpets. The nail caps have become popular with many pampered dogs in Hollywood and come in all colors.

Tinkerbell Hilton

We can’t close out an article on pampered dogs without mentioning Paris Hilton and her little Chihuahua Tinkerbell. Paris Hilton at one time had 17 dogs on her estate, so she’s a real dog lover. We don’t know if she still has that many dogs, but Tinkerbell has always been close to her heart, literally. She’s been seen everywhere carrying the little dog in her designer handbags. When she’s not being carried, Tinkebell spends her time in the $325,000 dog house in the garden of Hilton’s Beverly Hills home. Now, that’s pampering.

Honorable mention has to go to Britney Spears’ Chihuahua Bit Bit who dines out in restaurants with her mistress and wears a diamond-encrusted collar. Then there are the three Jack Russell Terriers owned by singer Mariah Carey. When several airlines refused to allow Carey to take JJ with her in first class because of his size, she had him travel around the country in his own personal Mercedes. Pampered? Yes!

Finally, there’s Jinxy Longoria, the Maltese belonging to Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria. According to reports, Jinxy’s hair gets even more attention than Eva’s!

There’s nothing wrong with pampering your dog. Whether you’re a celebrity or you just enjoy reading about famous dogs, you can spoil your dog in fun ways. Just remember to always keep your dog’s best interests in mind and don’t do anything that would make them fearful or cause them distress.

Popular Dog Breeds: Miniature Schnauzers

Smart, trainable, and always cheerful, this smallest of the Schnauzer breeds can easily adapt to living in a city apartment or running around in his own yard in the country. Their double coat sheds very little but it does require regular trimming. Miniature Schnauzers can make a good choice for people who are allergic to dogs.

History
The Miniature Schnauzer is derived from his larger cousin, the Standard Schnuzer. He comes from Germany where he was first seen as a separate breed around 1899. Originally bred to be a small farm dog, the Miniature Schnauzer was also bred to go to ground after all kinds of vermin. Small Schnauzer-type dogs are seen in German paintings as far back as the 15th century. It’s believed that the Miniature Schnauzer was produced by crossing small Standard Schnauzers with Affenpinchsers and Poodles. The breed was first recognized by the AKC in 1926.

Temperament
Charming and handsome, the Miniature Schnauzer loves to be home with his family. He is hardy, healthy, intelligent, and fond of children. Mini Schnauzers are very adaptable and enjoy city life as much as living in the country and having their own yard to explore. These dogs usually prefer to avoid a fight but they will stand up for themselves when necessary.

Miniature Schnauzers make good small guard dogs and will give a proper alarm when someone or something comes near the home. These dogs do require regular exercise or they can get into trouble. They are described as alert and spirited dogs, but obedient to command. “Friendly, intelligent, and willing to please…never overaggressive or time.” They are considered easy to train and they have a good territorial instinct but they are more likely to bark than harm someone. They are usually reserved with strangers until they know they are welcome.

Mini Schnauzers do have a high prey drive which means they can hunt other small pets in the home such as hamsters, rabbits, snakes, and birds. They will even attack cats in the home. This behavior can be stopped with steady training or if the dog is raised with a cat.

Appearance
The Mini Schnauzer is handsome and distinguished in appearance. They are easily identified by their whiskers, wiry coat, leg furnishings, and stocky build. The breed has a double coat which has a hard, wiry outer coat and a close, soft undercoat. Coat colors can be salt and pepper, black and silver and solid black. The Miniature Schnauzer is 12 to 14 inches tall at the withers and weighs 12 to 20 pounds.

Proper coat care for dog shows requires that the dog’s coat be hand-stripped or stripped with a stripping knife that pulls out the dead hair. (This doesn’t hurt. The hair is already dead and is simply being dragged out since it doesn’t shed on its own.) This maintains the correct texture for the outer coat and keeps it wiry. However, most pet owners usually opt to have their pet Miniature Schnauzers clipped by a groomer. This saves time. You should be aware that eventually the coat will lose its wiry feel and only the undercoat will be exposed. This isn’t bad for the dog but it gives the coat a different feel and texture.

Since Miniature Schnauzers shed very little, they often do make a good choice for people with allergies to dogs. As always, if you are allergic to dogs and you are considering getting one, you should meet the individual dog to see how you react to it.

Health
The median lifespan of the Miniature Schnauzer is said to be around 12 years, though it’s not unusual for this breed to live past 15 years. They are a hardy breed. They do tend to suffer from problems associated with high fat levels such as hyperlipidemia and pancreatitis. Diabetes, bladder stones, and eye issues can also be problems. A low fat diet (and fewer treats) are recommended for this breed. Comedone syndrome, a condition that produces pus filled bumps, usually on their backs, also occurs in this breed. Von Willebrand’s disease, an inherited bleeding disorder, can also occur in Miniature Schnauzers.

If you are considering getting a Miniature Schnauzer, you should talk to the breeder about these health issues.

Training
Miniature Schnauzers are intelligent dogs and they are usually fairly easy to train. They are good at obedience, agility, rally, tracking, flyball, and other dog sports. They enjoy doing things with their owners. Since they are very playful, energetic dogs, they will have a lot of fun participating in these activities. Many Miniature Schnauzers are food-motivated but you should keep in mind that the breed can have problems with weight and high fat levels. Use low-fat treats if you use treats as a reward.