Information About Dogs and Puppies

Information on Dogs and Puppies

It’s hard not to become caught up in the excitement of getting a dog, but preparation is vital to give your puppy pal the very best start. If you are looking for information on dogs and puppies, you are in the right place. This guide also includes lots of advice on choosing your new dog.

Scientific Facts About Dogs

  • Latin name: Canis lupus familiarise
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Diet: Carnivore
  • Lifespan: Five to 15 years
  • Adult weight: 0.5 to 90 kg (1.1 to 198.4 lb)
  • Smallest: Chihuahua – around 15 to 20 cm (5.9 to 7.9 in) tall
  • Largest: Great Dane – up to around 1 m (3.3 ft) tall
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How to Choose Your New Dog

With so many breeds suited to various lifestyles, doing your homework will pay off when it comes to housing a new dog.

Dogs are indeed the best friends you could ever have.

Dogs have amazing individual personalities; they will quickly become part of your family and will love you unconditionally Click To Tweet

A dog’s presence makes us happier, calmer and even healthier. Before you get your first dog, though, you need to consider why you want a dog, as this will help you decide which breed is right for you.

Information on Dogs and Puppies

Do you want a furry friend purely for cuddles and companionship, or do you want to be able to work and exercise with a puppy? Do you want to rehome a dog, or do you have the time to raise a puppy? You also need to look at your own lifestyle too; how much free time do you have to dedicate to your pup? Are you out all day?

Are you able to cover the costs of food and other necessities? How big is your house, and do you have outside space?

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Large vs Small Dogs

All of these questions can lead you to your perfect breed. For example, if you’re away a lot, you will need a breed that doesn’t mind being left alone, like a Labrador. Suppose you have plenty of space and want a dog that you can exercise with. In that case, you might want a larger, energetic dog such as a husky, a Weimaraner or a border collie. Much larger breeds such as Bernese mountain dogs or Irish wolfhounds do have plenty of energy. Still, they’re also happy to lounge about and cuddle, provided there is the space for them.

These dogs are more suited for families with lots of space.

Dog classes and clubs give your pooch a chance to socialise with other dogs Click To Tweet

Advanced Pet Tech

If you’re keen to upgrade your pet parenting with some dog-orientated tech, then you’re in luck! There are hundreds of products out there to keep you and your dog connected and healthy. The Furbo dog camera is one great option; it’s a camera and a treat dispenser in one and lets you check up on your dog when you’re away from home. Complete with a barking alert on your smartphone and a built-in treat tosser, it’s a must for dog owners everywhere. Click the image below for further details and to buy now. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Furbo Dog Camera

You can also monitor your dog’s health with the FitBark system. Attach the activity monitor to your dog’s collar, pair it with the corresponding app on your smartphone, and presto. You can check on your pup’s exercise, calories burned, sleep patterns, and more to make sure it’s in top shape. You can even link your own FitBit, Apple Healthkit, or Google Fit device to review your progress side by side. Click the image below for further details and to buy now.

FitBark System

Most Popular Breeds

Meet some of the UK’s favourite breeds.

Bulldog

This classic, stocky breed is one of the oldest in the UK. Thanks to their loving nature, they make great family pets.

  • Confident and relaxed
  • A medium amount of exercise is required
  • Can snore very loudly
  • This breed can suffer from health complications and also has a short lifespan

Labrador Retriever

This happy, reliable dog is a faithful companion. They need lots of exercise but can cope well with being left alone at times.

  • Intelligent and easy to train
  • A loyal and loving family member
  • Shed a lot of fur, with yellow Labradors shedding more than their black cousins
  • Can be boisterous and mischievous as pups.
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Border Terrier

Cute, scruffy and quite feisty, this small, wire-haired breed, originally bred to hunt vermin, is just as at home in a flat as it is in a house.

  • Low-cost maintenance
  • High energy; they need lots of stimulation and daily exercise
  • Can suffer from separation anxiety if left too long
  • Needs lots of early socialisation as a puppy

German Shepherd

An excellent pet or working dog, this large, intelligent breed is intensely loyal and easy to train. My personal favourite!

  • Great for active owners; they need lots of mental stimulation and exercise
  • Require a firm but gentle owner and need to know their place in the pack
  • Shouldn’t be left alone for long periods
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Border Collie

The cleverest pooch around, collies suit dedicated owners with plenty of time for exercise and training.

  • Loyal and loving to their families
  • Can be obsessive and need a high level of mental stimulation
  • Good with respectful children but may herd them
  • Excellent as a working dog or for other canine activities, but they need to be trained early

Jack Russell Terrier

Feisty and charming, these miniature terriers have plenty of energy and are an excellent first-time dog for owners with the time to train them. They love having a job to do.

  • Can shed quite heavily
  • Need plenty of exercise and games to wear them out
  • Small, affectionate and loyal
  • Great with children if properly socialised first

Cocker Spaniel

Originally bred as a gundog, these dogs make for loving and loyal companions. They are also very adaptable animals.

  • Love human company and great around kids
  • Gentle and affectionate
  • Can suffer from separation anxiety if left for too long
  • Enjoy barking unless trained from an early age

Chihuahua

Teeny and adorable, these sassy dogs make up in personality for what they lack in size. The world’s smallest breed, they used to be known as “Arizona” dogs.

  • Low-maintenance for grooming and exercise
  • Loyal and affectionate
  • Can be pretty stubborn and boisterous dogs
  • May develop separation anxiety

I hope you have discovered some new information on dogs and puppies and are looking forward to getting your new pet. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please contact me below, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

10 Comments

  1. Dogs are really good to have as pets because of their loyalty helping to protect you, sounding the alarm if they see someone they don’t know alerting you so you can be on guard. I believe we should do all that we can in taking care of them making sure they are as comfortable as possible. You have written a rich post that is of great help with so much insightful information. Thanks for the breakdown and the details that are in-depth.

    1. Hi – thank you for reading my article and leaving a thoughtful comment. I am pleased you enjoyed it and I hope you learned something new. All the best, Diane 

  2. Good day, I’m pleased to meet you. I’m so happy to have read this educative and interesting information on dogs and puppies. It’s interesting to know that dogs have individual personalities; and they quickly become part of your family and will love you unconditionally, as you outlined. You have assembled all the information we need to know about dogs and puppies just perfectly, thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi – thank you for reading my article and leaving a comment. All the best, Diane

  3. Thank you for this in-depth article, I love the breakdown of different breeds that you mention. Overall I am a great lover of Pitbulls and I own a couple of them. It has been a great misconception that they are extremely aggressive, that is not true at all, I am sure that anyone that has ever owned one can testify to the fact that they are extremely human-like and are more like babies than anything else. They are so lovable and loyal and are so gentle around kids, I guess it all comes down to loving our faithful dogs, that is what determines how any breed will act.

    1. Hi – thank you for reading my article and leaving a lovely comment. It is true what you say about Pitbulls, and it’s the same with my favourite dog, the German Shepherd. They are perceived as aggressive but they make a perfect family pet. All the best, Diane

  4. Hi Diane. Very interesting article. I’m a big dog lover and have a black Labrador by myself. I’m always trying to learn something new about dogs, and your post (and whole blog) is a great place to do it. To be fair I haven’t heard before about something like the Furbo dog camera, but it’s a brilliant idea, and I’m looking forward to testing it in practice.

    1. Hi – thank you for commenting on my article, it is much appreciated. I do hope you enjoy playing with the Furbo dog camera, it’s a great way to check up on your furry friend. All the best, Diane

  5. Yes, I have been looking for information on dogs and puppies as I am planning to adopt one. I love your in-depth review of this beautiful topic. I have been looking for a small dog as we live in an apartment. I also want to make sure it is a small race and this is a challenging aspect of dog adoption unless you know who was the owner of an abandoned puppy and they tell you. 

    What would be a way to know for sure that your puppy will grow just as little? 

    1. Hi – thank you for taking the time to read my article and ask a question. Surprisingly, a dog’s feet are a dead giveaway when it comes to how big it is going to grow. If you look at a German Shepherd puppy, no matter how cute and tiny it is, you will see that its feet are disproportionately large. I hope you find the perfect dog for you. All the best, Diane.  

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