Archive for June, 2018
A hybrid dog is also known as a mixed breed dog.
Hybrid puppies are available in all shapes, sizes, and colors. They may have short curly hair or long and silky locs. Maybe they will have long and pointy noses or short and stubby snouts. As we mentioned, there are so many options when it comes to hybrid puppies. What makes them so attractive is that they are designed to meet various pet owners’ needs! At Petland, we have many designer or hybrid puppies for sale!
There actually used to be a time when most “mutt” dogs that roamed pretty much looked the same. More often than not, the only things separating them was their age and their names! Other than that, they were brown, short coated, medium sized dogs.
Even today in some countries where humans haven’t imprinted the canine population with breeding hybrid puppies, many of the dogs still bear the aforementioned physical characteristics. Say for instance hybrid puppies in countries located in Australia and South America, have longer coats than others, but they generally have their historical traits.
Why Are Hybrid Puppies Popular Choices?
One of the main reasons that people choose to purchase hybrid puppies is because they are generally considered to be healthier than purebred dogs. They draw from broader gene pools, thus producing hybrid puppies and reducing inbreeding, which causes genetic health issues.
Of course, we know that you can’t assume that because you’ve purchased hybrid puppies that they won’t have any health problems. As with any breed, there are issues that are commonly associated with them. Having a fresh bloodline makes very little difference if the parents aren’t healthy and this is important for you to know.
All of our hybrid puppies for sale come from reputable and responsible breeders and you can always ensure that your puppies are happy and healthy! We are always available to field your questions and help with your hybrid puppy choice!
Without a question and any doubt, German Shepherd puppies are prized possessions!
They are strong, formidable furry family members and they are like none other. They’ve been praised across the globe for their presence and prestige. Below, we’ve highlight some of the most prestigious accomplishments of German Shepherd puppies.
Rin Tin Tin
We’re pretty sure that you’ve probably heard or know of Rin Tin Tin. Rin Tin Tin was one of the German Shepherd puppies rescued from the World War I battlefield. The American soldier named Duncan Lee, trained Rin Tin Tin to work in silent films. Rin Tin Tin was such a huge star that Warner Brothers would create a Rin Tin Tin movie whenever the studio needed money!
This was a first for German Shepherd puppies or any breed for that matter, being rumored have been voted as best actor of the first Academy Awards, in 1929. He didn’t win, however, and it was given to a human after all. He was later awarded the American Humane Association’s first Legacy Award, in 2011. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
There were other famous German Shepherd puppies! Before there was Rin Tin Tin, there was Strong heart. He was a German Shepherd who was actually one of the first canine film stars. He was trained in Germany as a police dog and he worked for the German Red Cross. By the age of 3, he was brought to the United States.
Strongheart went on to star in tons of movies, including the 1925 adaption of White Fang. He was a beloved celebrity and he certainly paved the way for other German Shepherd puppies.
6 German Shepherds in One Play
During the mid-1980s, there was a play that was written by a Dutch director named Whim Schipper. They received acting lessons in Amsterdam, as they were highly motivated by treats! The name of the play was called Going to the Dogs. It was about a daughter who brought home a new boyfriend, their love, and jealousy and the consequential parental concerns. The play didn’t do so well, however!
German Shepherds Helped in WWI
Flax of Lewanno was honored at Westminster, in 1917, for bringing in 54 wounded soldiers to safety in WWI. WWI helped to increase the popularity of German Shepherd puppies in the United States, too. American Soldiers took notice of how they were capable, that they decided to bring some back home with them.
America might be late to the table when it comes to dog breeding, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some unique breeds from right here in the old US of A!
1. Boston Terrier – This seems like a no brainer, huh? Well, we often say the names of dogs, but don’t always know the origin or pay really close attention. The Boston Terrier is one of the American breeds of dogs, originating in Boston, Massachusetts. They are nicknamed the “American Gentleman.” How stinkin’ cute is that?
2. American Pit Bull Terrier – Dun, dun, dun…Yeah, we know. These canines are famous not always for the best reasons, but let us shine some light on one of the top American breeds of dogs. They get a bad rep, because of some bad owners. Pit Bulls are loyal, loving, clown dogs and they are good with kids. They are more than their stereotypes!
3. Toy Fox Terrier – Terrier is the theme here! These toy pups are closely related to Chihuahuas and Smooth Fox Terriers. They were bred and raised to protect barns and properties from rats and other small vermin.
4. American Bulldog – These strong and sturdy dogs can’t be mistaken for the English or French Bulldogs. Of the American breeds of the dogs, American Bulldog are social, active, family friendly dogs. They resemble the American Pit Bull and have similar sweet dispositions and make wonderful family pets!
5. American Eskimo Dog – The white, fluffy coat of this dog is standout. They are lively and entertaining dogs. American Eskimos are in the medium sized category of the American breeds. They were originally names the American Spitz, but was changed in 1917. Their striking eyes will captivate you and loving spirit will ensure that you won’t be able to get enough of this precious ball of floof!
Considering adding a purebred puppy to your home? Check out Petland’s latest blog first!
You’ve settled on getting a dog and now you have to decide what kind and sex and many other factors. One great debate you’ll encounter is whether you want a purebred or hybrid puppy. Ah…decisions, decisions! But Petland can help you! Below are some pros and cons to owning purebred puppies.
PRO: Purebred puppies are pretty predictable in their physical traits. There are fewer chances of physical appearance changes that aren’t due to diet, disease, or aging. Your puppy will be distinct to you, but will look like most other dogs of their breed.
CON: On the flip-side, your purebred puppies will have traits that will stick with them for a lifetime, just simply because of their breed. For instance, certain large dogs pant and slobber and leave wet love notes wherever they go! That’s unlikely to change. As another example, dogs who shed as puppies will shed as adults.
PRO: You can predict the attitude and temperament of your purebred puppies, because they are generally the same within their breeds. This is especially helpful if you are selecting a working dog, for hunting, herding or special needs! If you need a dog to heard your cattle, you’re purebred dog’s temperament will be consistent with that of a working dog.
CON: Conversely, if your purebred puppies are inherently cattle herders, they may instinctively try to herd you, i.e. Corgis, Collies and many others! They may stay in working modes and it may be difficult the train and tame their behavior.
As you can see, many deciding factors go into choosing and buying a dog. We’re here to help you with your decision. Come to Petland today or contact us with your questions!
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There’s so much that goes into taking care of a puppy, but Petland is here to make things simple!
So, you’ve finally decided to buy a dog from Petland and your puppy is the newest member of your family. For sure you did your research and purchased food, a crate, puppy pillows, toys and the like, but there are some things that you’ll inevitably forget and that’s okay! Here at Petland, we want to cover all of the bases for caring for your puppy. One of the cutest, but often overlooked, body parts of puppies are their paws!
Here are 5 ways to protect dog paws:
1. Winter is here!
Your puppy’s paws may be affected by the cold weather, causing painful paws. Try moisturizing your puppy’s paws regularly for relief. Take this time to pamper your puppy! They’ll enjoy it and your bond will be deepened. With icy and snowy grounds, home owners are sprinkling various melting products. Use wet wipes to remove the chemicals your pup came in contact with. For your personal usage, purchase “pet friendly” ice melting products. They are safe to use around your puppy, however, still be sure to monitor the contact. Lastly, purchase some winter booties for your pup. It will take them some time to get used to walking in them, and you’ll surely be entertained, but they’ll protect your dog’s paws greatly.
2. Summer care is necessary, too.
For similar reasons as winter care, you will want to purchase summer booties to protect their paws from hot grounds. Moisturizing your pup’s paws aids greatly in their protection. Use the grass or a shaded area as much as possible on particularly hotter days. Use wipes to cool and cleanse them.
3. Nails should be kept trimmed.
It is so important to keep your dog’s nails trimmed. Long nails can cause injuries and discomfort. You can purchase clippers at Petland or have it done professionally. It’s a personal choice. Some people take their pets to a professional, because they don’t feel comfortable doing it themselves. This is especially true for with dogs with dark nails or dewclaws. The quick of the nail is nearly invisible and if cut can lead to bleeding. There are clippers especially made to detect the quick, allowing for a pain free and accurate cut.
4. Hair should be neatly groomed.
By keeping the paw hair neatly groomed, it can prevent matting and tangling. The long paw hairs can get caught in the nails causing pain. Long hair also holds more germs that even wipes can’t clean. In between grooming appointments, use small scissors to keep the areas short and sweet and neat!
5. Stay alert.
Keep your eyes open for where you’re walking. Be aware of large twigs, fallen branches, or broken glass. There’s a myriad of things on the ground that can be harmful to your dog’s paws. We can prevent injury by staying alert of your dog’s surroundings.
A Puppy in Your Apartment
Perhaps you’re just moving from your parents and getting your own place? Perhaps the roommate life is no longer attractive. You want your own space, but want to share it with perhaps a pet, not someone else. You haven’t decided on what kind, but you have decided to get a puppy for your apartment.
Below are 5 great breeds of apartment puppies:
These beautiful breeds can be perfect apartment puppies. Even at their full grown weight, they stay around 8-12lbs. They’re playful and energetic, always requiring moderate exercise. They train quickly and easily, making them an all around great companion!
They, too, are small dogs, not getting bigger than 13-18lbs. They are energetic and require moderate daily exercising. They have a low barking level, which tends to make them perfect apartment puppies. Check out some of our Boston Terriers at Petland’s website.
They hold the gold star for apartment puppies. English Bulldogs sleep a lot and they’re very quiet when awake. They don’t run a lot nor do they make much noise. Well, they are LOUD snorers, but that’s only heard in your immediately vicinity! They shed, but not excessively. This breed is synonymous with the term couch potato.
They have a compact size and low activity, thus not requiring much exercise. They shed a minimal amount and they rarely bark. They are the perfect apartment puppies and can be found at our store Petland.
Right up there with English Bulldogs, Pugs are popular amongst apartment dwellers. They are so quiet, some owners claim they’ve never heard them bark. They detest exercise and only require the bare minimum. They would rather sleep, which means that’s exactly how they spend lots of their time – sleeping! They will surely fit nicely living in an apartment.
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The Blue Frenchie is a rare but beautiful member of the French Bulldog family.
They are sweet little comical pups who garners tons of attention virtually everywhere their presence is known. Below, we are sharing some known and unknown facts about this rare breed.
They Have Great Temperaments
Do not read into the Blue Frenchie’s somewhat glum face, because they are far from it. They are widely known to be silly and entertaining! They are well behaved with family, friends, strangers, and other dogs. They don’t require much space, adapting well in apartments or on a farm. With the exception of barking to announce the arrival of a visitor, they’re otherwise quiet and respectable doggie companions. They need a little patience during the training process, because they are Bulldogs after all, which means they can be stubborn! They are overall great as pets.
Controversy and Legitimacy
When choosing a Blue Frenchie, you’ll soon learn that there is some controversy surrounding their very existence. We’ll will look deeper into some of those issues regarding their gene type and breed standards.
The Blue Frenchie came about as a result of a recessive allele on one of the genes that determines the color of their coats. What would normally be black hair becomes blue in parts and in some cases, a strong blue color covers their entire body. These colors are highly attractive to many future owners. They’re striking and rare and rightfully stand out from standard French Bulldogs and other dogs, in general.
As a result of their rare color, they are not recognized by the American Kennel Club or many other dog associations. Consequently, the Blue Frenchie may not be as desirable as a breed standard, especially for owners who wish to show their dogs.
Despite the controversy surrounding the Blue Frenchie, this does not affect their popularity and how they have increasingly become household favorites. They may look different from their French Bulldog counterparts, but they are equally desirable and well mannered dogs. Come into a Petland store and see for yourself!
Do you live by the motto “bigger is better” and have you chosen to purchase and add a pup to your home?
If so, then you’d probably fair well with large dog breeds! They’re tons of fun and we have them in our store. With big dogs, comes big responsibility, beginning with the preparation of your home. Here are a few tips to assist you.
Get a House or Larger Space
Many large dog breeds need space to stretch, run, and play! There are, however, plenty that look active and are big old couch potatoes. If you’ve done your large dog breeds research and the one you’ve selected needs plenty of exercise and space, then consider upgrading your living area.
Big and boisterous barking and loud playful footsteps could be bothersome to close neighbors and eventually become a nuisance. When deciding to purchase a particularly active large dog breed, it’s ideal to have a larger space with a yard so that your dog can play without disturbing neighbors.
Okay, so what if moving into a house isn’t an option? Be sure that if you’re currently living in an apartment, there aren’t any breed or weight restrictions in your apartment community. Contact your leasing office for information on local dog parks or enclosed areas where your pup can run and roam.
Prepare Your Yard
If you already live in a house with a sizable yard to accommodate large dog breeds, get it ready for your new pup. Create or schedule regular lawn maintenance by treating it for mosquitos and other pests that could potentially bite, infect, and harm your doggie.
Purchase safe and weather durable toys for your dog to play with while he’s outside. Depending on your space, install some training plastic tubes in the ground, for them to run through and weave between! Petland carries a wide variety of durable toys that can’t be easily destroyed by the strong jaws of large dog breeds. From tug-o-war ropes, to indestructible ball toys, we have the selection you need to keep them entertained and happy.
Keep Them Fenced
Let’s face it – large dog breeds can easily damage a fence and create a path to explore a neighboring yard, if they aren’t monitored. You want to make sure that before bringing your new puppy into your home, that you’ve checked and double-checked all of the entrances and the surrounding foundation. You don’t want any holes that they can use to create an escape route! You want to prevent them getting out and lost or having a dangerous encounter with another dog.
For more information on purchasing large dog breeds and pet accessories, visit a Petland near you or contact us directly.
Small dog breeds are known to be ideal to owners in a variety of living situations.
Most commonly, for people who live in relatively small spaces, they may find it best and most suitable for them to have small canine companions. Here at Petland, that makes sense to us! One thing is for sure, no matter where small dog breeds live, their little sizes require specific attention. Their needs should be addressed, in order for them to have happy and healthy lives. These are three helpful tips to follow when caring for small dog breeds.
Watch them closely.
When they’re not in your lap, and let’s face that’s where they’ll likely want to be, pay attention to their locations. Really small dog breeds can squeeze into really small spaces. They can injure themselves while trying to escape and maneuver from where they may be trapped. Something else to consider, when you’re entertaining you may want to crate your pup. Small dog breeds tend to be underfoot and your guests may not be as accustomed to that innate habit, as you are.
Keep your small dog breeds warm.
Because they’re small, they are more likely to be chilly. During fall and winter seasons, fit your pup with clothes to keep them comfortable. This can be pretty fun! There are tons of fashionable, yet practical clothes for small dog breeds, ranging form jackets and sweaters to t-shirts and tanks! At any rate, you want to make sure you always regulate their body temperature. Do the same during the summer when air conditioners are likely to be run pretty regularly. Try placing a heating pad in her crate to keep her warm, too. As always, monitor your pup.
Monitor their diets.
Some pet owners are misguided when feeding their small dog breeds. Just as large dogs are prone to obesity, small dog breeds aren’t exempt. Consult with your vet for the best high quality foods to feed them. Stick with the recommended portions. Look for a meat or fish based food, with no fillers such as ash or corn. Keep high fatty treats to a minimal, as they’re unhealthy for their diets, but also harmful to their teeth and gums. Make sure that you brush your dog’s teeth several times a week. Small dog breeds often suffer from tooth decay and gum disease, and frequent brushing will keep them healthy and in check!