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Best Lap Dogs

Monday, October 31, 2011 @ 06:10 PM  posted by Mr.Ekachai

Lap dogs have been favored as companions for literally thousands of years.  As far back as the time of ancient China, dogs such as the Pekingese and the Shih Tzu were held in high esteem by Chinese emperors.  Today we still enjoy these small dogs as pets and companions.

Qualities of Lap Dogs

When people think of best lap dogs they usually have some specific qualities in mind.  Here are some things people usually look for in a lap dog:

  • Small in size
  • Able to be carried easily
  • Pleasing temperament
  • Devoted
  • Intelligent

Lap dogs can have either long hair or short hair according to your preference.  They can range in size but most are usually small enough for you to carry them with you.  They can be very gentle but some may be very feisty such as the Yorkshire Terrier or the Chihuahua.  Like other small dogs, lap dogs may sometimes have an exaggerated idea about themselves and believe they are as big are large dogs.  They can be quite fearless.

Most of all, lap dogs should have a pleasing temperament since the dog will be your steady companion.  The dog should be devoted to you.  These dogs are usually very intelligent since they spend so much time with their human owner.  They are generally sensitive dogs and can almost read your feelings and thoughts.

Most Popular Lap Dogs

All around the world the most popular lap dogs are very much the same from country to country.  In the U.S. the most popular lap dogs are the Yorkshire Terrier, the Toy Poodle, the Shih Tzu, the Chihuahua, the Pomeranian, the Pug, the Boston Terrier, and the Maltese.  The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is also very popular, though they are a little too large to be carried around.

In the UK the most popular lap dogs are the Shih Tzu, the Lhasa Apso, the Pug, the Yorkshire Terrier, and the Bichon Frise.  The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is also extremely popular in the UK.

In Canada the most popular lap dogs are the Toy Poodle, followed by the Yorkshire Terrier, the Shih Tzu, the Pomeranian, the Havanese, and the Chihuahua.  The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is also popular in Canada.

In Australia the most popular lap dog is the Pug.  The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is also very popular in Australia.

All of these breeds make excellent lap dogs as you can see by their popularity.

A Word About Lap Dogs

If you do get a lap dog it is important that you don’t spoil your dog too much.  Small dogs such as these do need some special care because of their size but you should still treat them like dogs.  If you allow them to take charge they will develop behavior problems because they will be confused about who is in charge in the home.

Conclusion

Lap dogs have been popular for thousands of years and they are still popular today.  Look for a small dog who is intelligent, devoted, and who has a good temperament.  Any of the breeds mentioned here will make an excellent lap dog.

Beagle Puppies for Adoption

Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 02:10 AM  posted by Mr.Ekachai

Beagles are one of the most popular breeds in the United States and in many other countries. In the U.S., Beagles are ranked as the fourth most popular breed registered with the American Kennel Club. Beagles are in the top 15 most popular dogs in Canada, and in the top 30 most popular dogs in the UK. However, whenever a breed is very popular, there are likely to be dogs that end up in animal shelters This article will provide information about Beagle puppies for adoption.

Why Dogs End Up In Shelters

According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, people turn in pets to pet shelters for the following reasons:

  • They ask for euthanasia because their pet is ill (7.4 percent)
  • They are moving (7.3 percent)
  • They found the animal (6.6 percent)
  • Their landlord won’t let them have a pet (5.3 percent)
  • The owner says they have too many pets (4.8 percent)
  • The animal is old (4.6 percent)
  • It costs too much to keep the pet (4.1 percent)
  • The animal is sick (4.1 percent)
  • Someone in the family has allergies to the pet (3.98 percent
  • The pet is not housetrained (3.37 percent)

Other reasons include behavior problems and things like the owner dying or a divorce in the family.  These reasons account for about half of the dogs in shelters in the U.S.

Puppies In Shelters

If you have ever tried to find a puppy at an animal shelter then you probably already know that it’s usually hard to find one. It can be nearly impossible to find a purebred puppy such as Beagle puppies for adoption. Puppies are cute and everyone wants one, so when there are puppies at an animal shelter, they are taken quickly. Plus, there are relatively few purebred dogs and puppies at animal shelters. Breeders can sell purebred puppies and people are willing to buy them, so it doesn’t make a lot of sense to take them to an animal shelter where the breeder won’t get any money for them.

You should know that many people who work at animal shelters often label dogs as purebreds when they are not. They do this in an effort to make the dogs and puppies more appealing and try to get them adopted. They may call a dog a purebred Beagle when it is a mixed breed.

In some cases animal groups illegally raid breeders and seize dogs so they will have purebred dogs and puppies to sell in animal shelters. You may occasionally find purebred puppies for sale in a shelter if an animal organization has done this. However, Beagles are not usually one of the breeds seized by animal groups. Animal groups can get more money by seizing and selling cute Toy dogs and puppies.

Beagle Mixes

You have a much better chance of finding mixed breed Beagle puppies for adoption. These puppies often look like Beagle puppies, for the most part. They are cute and they will probably have a good temperament. They just won’t be purebred Beagle puppies. However, it can still be hard to find puppies in a shelter so you may have to keep going back to the shelter to see when puppies are brought in. Or try to become friends with someone at the shelter and ask them to call you if they have some mixed breed Beagle puppies brought in to the shelter. Then you can get a puppy before they are all adopted.

Conclusion

It’s often hard to find purebred Beagle puppies in an animal shelter. You may need to look for mixed breed Beagle puppies for adoption. Visit the shelter often and try to make friends with the shelter staff so they can call you if they get in some puppies you may like.