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Poodle Grooming Styles

Many people love Poodles, of all varieties, but they are put off by their fancy grooming styles. Poodle grooming styles are varied and the style you choose for your dog will depend on whether you intend to show your dog or simply enjoy him as a pet. Your lifestyle and how much time you want to spend grooming your dog will also determine which style you should choose.

No matter what variety of Poodle you have (Toy, Miniature, or Standard), you can choose one of several pet clips for your dog. If you will be showing your dog, then your choices are more limited.

Poodle Show Trims: The Lion Trim

Only one clip is officially allowed if you are showing your dog. However, it comes in four versions:

Puppy Clip for Show

The Puppy Clip for Show can be used for Poodles who are under a year of age. It is approved by the AKC and UKC. In this clip the dog’s face, paws, and base of tail are shaved closely. The body coat is left long and shaped to compliment the dog’s form. this is shaped at the neck and the dog’s top knot. The top knot (at the top of the dog’s head) remains long and it is pulled into a pony tail.

Continental Clip

This clip is popular in the show ring and is approved by the AKC and UKC. The dog’s face, front legs between the poms and the elbows, and the hindquarters to the pom area (with the exception of the hip rosettes), the paws, and the base of the tail are all shaved very closely. The pack area between the body and the head is left very long and scissored into shape. The top knot is also left long and scissored into a round ball. The poms on the legs start just above the dog’s wrists and hock joints and end just above the paws. The poms are scissored to be round. The hip rosettes are placed right over the hip joints. They are only 1/2 to 1 inch apart from each other, depending on the Poodle variety. They are also scissored to be round. The dog’s pack ends 1/2 to 1 inch behind the last rib. there is only half an inch between the end of the pack and the beginning of the hip rosettes.

Modified Continental Clip

This clip is also approved by the AKC/UKC for conformation shows. The difference between this clip and the Continental Clip is that there are no hip rosettes.

English Saddle Clip

In the English Saddle Clip the dog’s face, front legs between the pom and the pack, a crescent on the flank, the base of the tail, and separations between poms on the rear legs and the rear paws are all closely shaved. The dog’s pack is left very full and is scissored into shape. The top knot is also left long and pulled into a pony tail. the poms on the front legs are left long and they begin just above the dog’s wrist joint and end just above the paws. The area over the dog’s hips and flanks are scissored shorter into a smooth blanket. The pom on the tail is also left long and shaped round. the poms on the dog’s back legs are shaped round and spaced evenly. the bottom starts just above the hock and ends above the back paws. the other starts at the knee area and ends just 1 to 1/2 inch above the bottom pom, depending on the size of the Poodle.

Pet Clips

There are also a variety of pet clips for Poodles. These styles are shorter and make it easier to care for your Poodle’s coat. Some of the styles include the Kennel or Utility Clip, the Lamb Clip, the Summer, Miami or Bikini Clip, and the Town and Country Clip. All of these pet clips feature a short trim over the body, though some have small poms around the wrists or a pom on the tail.

Many pet owners prefer to take their Poodle to a professional pet groomer and simply have their dog clipped the same length all over, including the legs and tail. This usually needs to be done about every 6 to 8 weeks.

Conclusion

There are many Poodle grooming styles. You should choose one that you are comfortable with for your dog, both in looks and for your lifestyle.

Poodle Hybrids

Poodle hybrids are enormously popular pet dogs these days. They include the larger Labradoodles and Goldendoodles, as well as Cock-A-Poos, and the small Yorkie Poodle mix, the Shih Tzu Poodle mix, and the Poodle Pomeranian mix, to name a few.

Poodles

The Poodle has many great qualities to offer when crossed with other breeds. They are one of the most intelligent of all breeds, being ranked second in The Intelligence of Dogs by Dr. Stanley Coren. They are easy to train and they love to show off for people and be the center of attention. They also get along well with other dogs and pets. Poodles are an active dog and enjoy spending time outside with people, too, though they are usually happy with moderate exercise. They are a playful breed.

Along with these good qualities, the Poodle has a single coat without an undercoat. Their coat grows slowly and curls as it grows, so they shed very little. No dog is completely hypoallergenic but Poodles are as close as dogs come. If you have allergies then Poodles are often a good choice as a pet. For this reason they are often crossed with other breeds to make hybrid dogs, or designer dogs, in the hopes of producing puppies that have a coat like their Poodle parent.

There are three size varieties of Poodles: they come in Toy, Miniature, and Standard. The Toy Poodle is 10 inches tall or less; the Miniature Poodle is 15 inches tall or less; and the Standard Poodle is over 15 inches tall at the shoulder. The Toy and Miniature are usually used to cross with Toy breeds to make small hybrid crosses such as the Shih Tzu Poodle mix. the Standard Poodle is usually used to cross with larger dogs, such as the Labrador and the Golden Retriever, to make larger Poodle hybrids.

Hybrid Dogs

Poodles (all varieties) are one of the most popular breeds of all dogs in the U.S. and in many other countries, so it’s no surprise that crossing them with other dogs would produce hybrid dogs that are also popular. However, whenever breeds are crossed there is no guarantee which breed the puppies will resemble. Some of the puppies may look more like the Poodle parent and some may look more like the other parent. Hybrid dogs are not necessarily more healthy than purebred dogs. If the parents have health problems, they can pass them on to their puppies. Many hybrid breeders claim that breeding this way will produce “hybrid vigor” but this is untrue. This is not crossing two different species so it’s not true hybrid vigor in a biological or agricultural sense. All of these dogs are the same species. If they share similar health problems then it’s likely that the puppies will inherit those problems, too.

Small dogs, in general, usually have a longer lifespan than larger dogs, but this is true whether dogs are purebred, mixed breed, or intentionally bred as hybrids. And it is not true in all cases. Some larger breeds have a long lifespan and some small breeds have a shorter lifespan. Breeds should be looked at on an individual basis.

Temperament

It’s difficult to generalize about the temperament of hybrid dogs with a Poodle parent but in many cases Poodles give their offspring a good temperament and intelligence. Poodles tend to be confident and they make excellent pets. They usually pass these traits on to their offspring. Most Poodles are also affectionate dogs and this is also something they pass along to their puppies, though they are not the kind of dog that is usually glued to your side.

Conclusion

Poodles have many wonderful qualities which they can pass along to their hybrid Poodle offspring. There are good reasons why Poodle mixes are so popular. They often inherit these great qualities from their Poodle parent, along with other qualities from their other purebred parent.

Teacup Poodle Puppies

Teacup Poodle puppies are also known as Toy Poodle puppies.  The “teacup” refers to the small size of the Poodle variety.  Poodles come in Toy, Miniature, and Standard sizes.  They are all the same breed.  “Teacup” is not a recognized variety of Poodle but it is a term that is sometimes used for Toy Poodles.

Some breeders use the term “teacup” to refer to extremely tiny Toy Poodles.  Toy Poodles stand 10 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 6 and 9 pounds.  These “teacup” Toy Poodles would be smaller than this size as adults.  Dogs that are bred to be smaller than normal are often subject to additional health problems and have a shorter lifespan than usual.  Dogs that are bred to be smaller than normal Toy Poodles can also have fragile bones and have problems with broken legs and other fractures.

Toy Poodles are usually comparatively healthy dogs.  They can live between 14 and 14.5 years.  Some Toy Poodles will live to be 20 years old if they avoid health problems and are not overweight.  These Toy Poodles are normal-sized.

Poodle Puppies

Poodle puppies may be called “Teacup” Poodle puppies but most people simply mean that they are small.  There is a great deal of confusion with the term “teacup.”  The only puppies which can by registered with the AKC are Toy Poodles, Miniature Poodles, and Standard Poodles.  “Teacup” is only a slang or affectionate term.

You can find Toy Poodle puppies by checking with the Poodle Club of America:  http://www.poodleclubofamerica.org/  The club has breeder referral contacts and can put you in touch with breeders.  You can also check online or with local kennel clubs, or check your local newspaper for Toy Poodle puppies for sale.  You may see puppies advertised as “Teacup Poodle puppies” so be sure to ask if they are Toy Poodles or if they are supposed to be smaller than normal.  Remember that if they are supposed to be extra small they could have extra health problems.

Toy Poodle puppies come in a wide variety of color such as black, blue, gray, silver, cream, white, apricot, and brown.  The nose is typically black and the eyes dark, although brown Poodles may have liver-colored noses and amber eyes.

The Toy Poodle has a single coat without an undercoat.  The coat curls and takes a long time to grow.  The dogs shed very little.  For these reasons Toy Poodles (and all Poodles) are known as hypoallergenic dogs, though in reality no dogs are completely hypoallergenic.  These dogs tend to be good for people with allergies.

Toy Poodle puppies are usually kept in an all-over puppy clip which is similar to a pet clip.  Most pet owner keep their Toy Poodles in a pet clip because it is easy to care for.  You can learn to clip your puppy yourself or take your puppy to a professional groomer about every two months for grooming.  You should bathe your puppy as often as necessary to keep him looking and smelling nice.  With most puppies and dogs this is about once a month.

Conclusion

The term “teacup” is often applied to Toy Poodles.  Most people simply mean that the dogs are small.  However, some breeders use the term to mean they are breeding extra small dogs.  You should beware of buying Toy Poodles that are smaller than normal because they can have health problems that are not normal for the breed.

Toy Poodle Life Expectancy

Poodles, including Toy Poodles, are a generally healthy breed.  Like all breeds they are subject to some health problems and diseases but the breed tends to be long-lived.  Toy Poodle life expectancy is estimated to be 14 to 14.5 years, but some Toy Poodles can live to be 20 years old if they avoid health problems and are not overweight.

Poodle Health Issues

Poodle breeders maintain an international Poodle Health Registry so they can register and track diseases in Poodles.  This helps them gather data on the diseases; it helps breeders make better breeding decisions; and it helps anyone interested in obtaining a Poodle find out more information about health issues in the breed.  http://www.poodlehealthregistry.org/

The diseases that occur most frequently in Poodles are:  Addison’s disease, Gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV or bloat and torsion), thyroid problems, tracheal collapse, epilepsy, sebaceous adenitis, juvenile renal disease, hip dysplasia, and cancer.  Ear infections can also be a problem in the breed but they can be avoided with good ear cleaning and care.

Addison’s disease is a common problem in Poodles.  In Addison’s disease the adrenal cortex produces too little glucocorticoid and/or mineralocortoid.  This disease is often undiagnosed because the early symptoms can be vague, but if it’s caught early dogs can usually live a normal life.  It usually occurs in Standard Poodles (the largest Poodles) but it can also occur in Toy and Miniature Poodles.

GDV or bloat is another disease that affects Standard Poodles most often.  However, thyroid deficiency or hypothyroid and tracheal collapse both affect Toy Poodles.  Tracheal collapse occurs when the walls of the dog’s throat become weakened and collapse.  This is a common problem in many Toy breeds.

According to a UK health survey, the leading cause of death for Toy Poodles was old age, which accounted for 25 percent of deaths, and kidney failure, which accounted for 20 percent of deaths.

Health Tests

Good breeders will have their dogs tested using the available tests prior to breeding.  There are not tests for every health problem that affect Poodles (or any breed), but there are many health tests which can help breeders reduce the chance of passing along health problems to their puppies.

Some of the health tests that breeders can have done of their Toy Poodles include:

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) DNA testing from an approved laboratory
  • Eye clearance by the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF)
  • Patellar Luxation OFA evaluation

The above tests are considered the minimum testing required for Toy Poodles that will be used for breeding.  Many breeders will perform additional testing on their breeding stock.  All testing is valuable and gives information regarding the breeder’s interest in the future of his or her breeding program.  Using the tools that are currently available will allow the breeder to successfully use the entire gene pool in combinations that provide for a healthy future of the breed.  Other health problems that can currently be tested for include Legg-Calve Perthes (LCP), thyroid, elbow dysplasia, and von Willebrand’s disease.

Using health testing on dogs prior to breeding will produce healthier puppies which will, in turn, eventually increase Toy Poodle life expectancy.

Conclusion

Toy Poodles are a generally healthy dog though Poodles can have health problems, like any breed.  If you are considering getting a Toy Poodle, go to a breeder who health tests his or her dogs. This is the best way to improve Toy Poodle life expectancy and get a healthy dog.

Toy Poodle Information

Although Poodles are usually associated with France, the breed actually originated in Germany several hundred years ago. The breed was originally used as water retrievers and they were hunting dogs. Poodles today still tend to enjoy the water and are good retrievers. Some people even hunt with their Poodles today. The Toy Poodle appeared in England by the 18th century and they have been popular ever since. Continue reading for more Toy Poodle information.

Toy Poodle History

Although the Standard Poodle appeared first, the Toy or Miniature Poodle was used as a truffle-finding dog in England, Spain, and Germany, where truffles were considered to be a great delicacy. The small dogs had a great nose and excelled at finding the truffles in the woods. The small dogs were also favored because they didn’t trample the truffles as they searched for them.

While Toy Poodles were popular in England in the 18th century, there is evidence to suggest that the small dogs were popular in France long before they came to England. Paintings from France and Spain show that the small dogs were popular there probably in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Appearance

According to Toy Poodle information, these dogs should stand no more than 10 inches tall at the shoulder. Although the AKC does not specify their weight, most of them usually weigh between 6 and 9 pounds. Poodles that are larger than this are classified as Miniature Poodles.

Toy Poodles come in many colors, as other Poodles do. Colors include: black, blue, gray, silver, cream, white, apricot, and brown. The nose is typically black and the eyes dark, although brown Poodles may have liver-colored noses and amber eyes.

The Toy Poodle has a single coat without an undercoat. The coat curls and takes a long time to grow. The dogs shed very little. For these reasons Toy Poodles (and all Poodles) are known as hypoallergenic dogs, though in reality no dogs are completely hypoallergenic. These dogs tend to be good for people with allergies.

Most people who have Toy Poodles as pets keep them groomed in a pet clip. You can use clippers to trim them yourself or have them professionally groomed every 6 to 8 weeks. It’s important for you to clean and care for your Toy Poodle’s ears, too, as the breed is prone to ear infections.

Health

Poodles in general, including Toy Poodles, are usually a healthy breed. They can be prone to some health problems, however. Addison’s disease occurs more frequently in Standard Poodles but it also occurs in Toy and Miniature Poodles. Thyroid deficiency or hypothyroidism occurs in Toy Poodles, along with tracheal collapse. According to a UK health survey, the leading cause of death for Toy Poodles was old age, which accounted for 25 percent of deaths, and kidney failure, which accounted for 20 percent of deaths. The median age of death for Toy Poodles was 14 to 14.5 years, though some Toy Poodles may live to be 20 years old if they avoid health problems and are not overweight.

Conclusion

Toy Poodles are very intelligent and they love to learn tricks and show off for people. They make excellent pets. They are fun, active pets who get along well with children and other animals. We hope you will use the Toy Poodle information provided here to find an wonderful companion.

Toy Poodle Puppies For Sale

If you are looking for Toy Poodle puppies for sale you should have no trouble finding them on the Internet, in your local classified ads, or through kennel clubs.  Toy Poodles are extremely popular and they make excellent pets.

Toy Poodles

Toy Poodles are one variety of the Poodle breed.  Poodles come in Toy, Miniature, and Standard sizes.  The Toy Poodle is a member of the Toy group in the American Kennel Club and other registries.  They are the smallest member of the Poodle family, standing 10 inches tall and under.  They usually weigh 6 to 9 pounds, though the AKC does not specify a weight for them.

Appearance

The Toy Poodle has a single coat, meaning it has no undercoat.  It has a curly outer coat that comes in many different colors including black, blue, gray, silver, cream, white, apricot, and brown.  The nose is typically black and the eyes dark, although brown Poodles may have liver-colored noses and amber eyes.

For show purposes owners keep the Toy Poodle in various show clips but most pet owners keep their Toy Poodles in a pet clip or even let the coat grow out.  The Poodle coat can grow long and become corded if it is cared for but this takes a long time.

If you are looking for Toy Poodle puppies for sale you may be interested to know that the Poodle coat is considered to be hypoallergenic, or as close as possible to being hypoallergenic.  These dogs are very good for people with allergies.  They do not shed, or shed very little.

Temperament and Intelligence

Poodles are friendly and outgoing.  Many people think that because they are great show dogs they must be dumb.  Absolutely not!  Toy Poodles — all Poodles — are exceptionally intelligent.  They are known as one of the smartest of all breeds.  In the past they have frequently been used as circus dogs because they are so smart and easy to train.  They also love to show off and be the center of attention.  If you have a Toy Poodle then you can teach him any kind of trick and he will be happy to perform for your family and friends.

Toy Poodles make very good pets.  They are active, fun little dogs and they love to play outside.  They make a good family pet, too, and they get along well with children.  However, it’s usually best to supervise their play with children so they won’t accidentally be hurt since they are quite small.  They also get along well with other pets.

Conclusion

If you are seeking Toy Poodle puppies for sale then you should contact a good breeder and inquire about the health status of the parents.  Ask if the breeder has had health tests done on the parents.  This is the best way to make sure that the puppies will be healthy.  Toy Poodle puppies are very popular so, no matter where you live, you shouldn’t have any problem finding healthy puppies for sale.  Because of their smaller size it’s usually best to wait until your puppy is about 12 weeks old to bring him home.  This will give him the best start in life.

Shih Tzu Poodle Mix

The Shih Tzu Poodle mix is a hybrid dog that is a cross between the Shih Tzu and the Poodle.  This is a small dog so the Poodle variety that is usually used in the cross is either the Toy Poodle or the Miniature Poodle and not the larger Standard Poodle, although that would be possible.  These dogs are also known as Shih Poos.

Hybrids

The Shih Tzu and the Poodles (all varieties) are two of the most popular breeds of all dogs in the U.S. and in many other countries, so it’s no surprise that crossing these breeds would produce a dog that is also popular.  However, whenever breeds are crossed there is no guarantee which breed the puppies will resemble.  Some of the puppies may look more like the Shih Tzu parent and some may look more like the Poodle parent.  Hybrid dogs are not necessarily more healthy than purebred dogs.  If the parents have health problems, they can pass them on to their puppies.  Many hybrid breeders claim that breeding this way will produce “hybrid vigor” but this is untrue.  This is not crossing two different species so it’s not true hybrid vigor in a biological or agricultural sense.  All of these dogs are the same species.  If they share similar health problems then it’s likely that the puppies will inherit those problems, too.

People often choose to use Poodles to crossbreed dogs because they do not shed much, if at all, and they are good for people with allergies.  Some Shih Tzu Poodle mix puppies may have a coat that doesn’t shed much but you should meet the individual puppies so you can see which ones have a coat that is more like a Poodle coat.

Appearance

The Shih Poo may resemble either the Shih Tzu parent or the Poodle parent.  Some Shih Poo have curlier coats while others have a fluffier, straighter coat.  They come in many colors, like Poodles, but they can also be parti-color with a white front, like Shih Tzus.  Some Shih Poo will have a longer muzzle, like Poodles and others will have the Shih Tzu’s shorter muzzle.  Some dogs will combine traits from their parents.  Most dogs will have a black nose and dark eyes.  They are typically small dogs but it’s impossible to say exactly how small or large they will be since any variety of Poodle can be crossed with the Shih Tzu to produce the Shih Poo.  Shih Tzus stand up to 11 inches tall and weigh up to 16 pounds which is somewhat comparable to the Miniature Poodle.

Before getting a Shih Poo puppy it’s recommended that you see the puppies in person so you can know in advance what your puppy will be like.  Otherwise, there can be a wide variety in the puppies.

The Shih Poo may or may not have a coat similar to the Poodle.  Coats that are more similar to the Poodle parent are more desirable if you have allergies as they shed very little and these dogs are often considered to be hypoallergenic, though no dogs are completely hypoallergenic.

Temperament

Both the Poodle and the Shih Tzu are great pets, so it’s not surprising that the Shih Poo would also make a good pet.  Again, Shih Tzus may resemble one parent more than the other in temperament, but both parent breeds usually have pleasant temperaments. The Poodle is highly intelligent and easy to train. They love to be the center of attention and show off.  The Shih Tzu is sweet, gentle, and playful, but they are able to stand up for themselves.  Combined in the Shih Poo, this little hybrid can be confident and very intelligent. They are usually very playful and a fun, active little dog.  They are usually happy and affectionate.

Conclusion

The Shih Tzu Poodle mix makes a nice pet.  They are a small dog that comes in many colors.  If you need a dog that is good for someone with allergies, try to meet all the puppies in a litter so you can choose one which has a coat more like a Poodle.

Yorkie Poodle Mix

A Yorkie Poodle mix, or Yorkie-Poo, is a very popular kind of hybrid dog. These dogs are also known as designer dogs. The Yorkie-Poo is a cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Poodle, usually a Toy Poodle. However, the Poodle Parent could be a Miniature Poodle which is also a small breed.

Hybrid Dogs

The Yorkshire Terrier and the Poodles (all varieties) are two of the most popular breeds of all dogs in the U.S. and in many other countries, so it’s no surprise that crossing these breeds would produce a dog that is also popular. However, whenever breeds are crossed there is no guarantee which breed the puppies will resemble. Some of the puppies may look more like the Yorkie parent and some may look more like the Poodle parent. Hybrid dogs are not necessarily more healthy than purebred dogs. If the parents have health problems, they can pass the on to their puppies. Many hybrid breeders claim that breeding this way will produce “hybrid vigor” but this is untrue. This is not crossing two different species so it’s not true hybrid vigor in a biological or agricultural sense. All of these dogs are the same species. If they share similar health problems then it’s likely that the puppies will inherit those problems, too.

People often choose to use Poodles to crossbreed dogs because they do not shed much, if at all, and they are good for people with allergies. Some Yorkie Poodle mix puppies may have a coat that doesn’t shed much but you should meet the individual puppies so you can see which ones have a coat that is more like a Poodle coat.

Temperament

In terms of temperament the Yorkie-Poo can make a very nice pet. Both the Yorkie and the Poodle are outgoing breeds. The Yorkie tends to be quite feisty at times and is a confident dog. Poodles are also confident and one of the most intelligent of all dogs. Your Yorkie Poodle mix dog could be more like the Yorkie parent in temperament or more like the Poodle parent, but chances are that he will be quite smart and he should be outgoing, especially at home. With good socialization he should also be friendly and outgoing with strangers. Poodles love to show off and be the center of attention. If your Yorkie-Poo has good socialization he can also show off tricks he learns and be the center of attention wherever he goes.

Appearance and Grooming

As Yorkshire Terriers and Poodles (both Toy and Miniature) are both quite small breeds, your Yorkie-Poo will likely be a small dog. Yorkies have long, silky hair that needs to be brushed daily. Poodles have curly coat that doesn’t shed. Many owners take them to a professional groomer and keep their coat clipped short. There are various clips you can choose but most people use a simple all-over pet clip. A Yorkie-Poo may have coat that resembles either parent or which is something in the middle. It can be wavy, curly, or straight. Depending on the type of coat you may choose to keep it clipped or simply brush it out. The coat can be many different colors, just as Poodle coats can be many different colors. The dog’s nose is usually black and the eyes are dark. The ears can stand up, like the Yorkshire Terrier’s ears, or lie down, like the Poodle’s ears.

Conclusion

The Yorkie Poodle mix is a very popular little hybrid dog. They can make good pets. If you are interested in getting a Yorkie-Poo you should talk to the breeder and ask about the health of the parents. Ask if the breeder has had any health tests done and ask to see the results. Hybrid dogs are not necessarily healthier than purebred dogs. Only health testing the parents helps produce healthier puppies.

Best Dog Food For Pugs

Best Dog Food For Pugs Healthy Pugs should be able to eat any balanced dog food with good quality ingredients. As with any dog, some individual dogs may do better on some foods than others. If your dog has health problems or if he suffers from allergies or food intolerances, then you will need to work with your veterinarian to identify the foods that are causing your dog problems so you can find a food that works for your dog.

Identifying the Best Food for Your Pug

As long as your Pug is healthy, he should be able to eat foods that most people identify as good dog foods. Hallmarks of good dog foods include:

Meat protein: Good dog foods should have a couple of named sources of meat protein in the first several ingredients. Named sources of meat protein would include things like “chicken meal” or “lamb meal.”

Named Sources of Fat: Fat is good for your dog. Some vitamins are “fat-soluble” and your dog’s body can only access them if they are present in fat. Fat has benefits for your dog. But, it needs to be a named source such as chicken fat. Avoid generic sources of fat such as “poultry fat.”

Avoid Digest and By-Products. These are parts of animals that you probably don’t want your dog to eat. And they contain lower quality protein that is not as good for your dog.

Corn. Corn is a controversial subject for many dog owners. Lots of good dog foods use corn as a carbohydrate and protein. Corn itself is not a “bad” ingredient, as long as your dog is not allergic to it, and as long as it’s not being used as a substitute for meat protein. Corn offers a high degree of bio-availability (89 percent) if it is high quality corn that is cooked and processed well. So, don’t shun a good dog food just because it contains corn.

Grains. Some people prefer to feed their dogs a grain-free food. That’s fine, but it is not necessary. They think that it is more biologically appropriate to feed their dogs what wolves would have eaten, and say that wolves don’t eat grain. Well, dogs have been domesticated for 15,000 years and in that time they have adapted to eat a lot of grain and processed food while living with humans. It’s really not necessary to avoid feeding your dog food that contains rice or other grains, but you can if you prefer. From a scientific standpoint, there are no studies that show that dog food with grains are bad for your dog or that dogs fed a grain-free diet are any healthier.

Many people believe that grains cause allergies but dogs are more likely to be allergic to beef, dairy, chicken, lamb, fish, and chicken eggs before they are allergic to any grains.

Avoid Artificial Preservatives. These include ethoxyquin, BHA, and BHT. You should also avoid artificial sweeteners and colorings, as well as sugar in your dog’s food.

Taurine. It’s usually best to look for a food that adds taurine to the food, for your dog’s heart health. Not all foods add taurine. If your food doesn’t, you can add fish oil to the food to supply taurine.

If you follow these suggestions you should be able to choose a good food for your Pug.

Best Dog Food For Pugs
Best Dog Food For Pugs

Recommended Foods for Your Pug

Some of the best dog foods for Pugs include:

• Artemis Dog Food
• Dick Van Patten Natural Balance Dog Food
• Eagle Pack Dog Food
• Solid Gold Dog Food
• Wellness Dog Food
• Taste of the Wild Dog Food
• Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul

You can feed your Pug either dry kibble or canned food, or feed kibble and add a little canned food as a topping.

No matter what you choose to feed your dog, the most important consideration is how your Pug does on the food. Observe his appearance. Does he gain weight or lose weight? How does his coat look? Are his eyes bright and shiny? Does he have good energy? What does his poop look like? It should be firm and there should only be a small amount of it. He should not have diarrhea; nor should he have hard little balls that are hard for him to pass. All of these things are indications of how your dog is digesting and using the nutrients in the food.

Conclusion

A healthy Pug should be able to eat a good quality food just like other dogs. Choose a good food based on the ingredients. Ignore gimmicks. Make any changes to your dog’s diet slowly. Once you have changed foods, watch your dog carefully to see how he does on the new food.

Puggle Information

A Puggle Information is a cross between a Pug and a Beagle. This is usually an intentional breeding and it is considered to be a hybrid dog or a designer dog.

Mixed Breeds, Hybrid Dogs, Designer Dogs

Many people use the terms “mixed breed,” “hybrid dog,” and ‘designer dog” interchangeably but they are not exactly the same thing. In general, a mixed breed dog, or mutt, is any dog that is not a purebred. Usually the parents are unknown and the breeding was accidental. A designer dog or hybrid dog usually refers to an intentional breeding between two purebred dogs of different breeds. The goal is usually to breed something cute and novel or to make money. As with anything else, there are all kinds of designer dog breeders. Some breeders are better than others. Some provide excellent care and homes for their dogs. Some don’t. You should always make inquiries before you buy any dog or puppy to make sure you are getting a healthy puppy from a good source.

Health

Many designer dog breeders and mixed breed advocates will tell you that mixed breeds and designer dogs are healthier than purebred dogs. This is not true. The truth is that no one really bothers to keep records about the health of mixed breeds and most designer dog breeders do not health test their breeding stock. There is, by contrast, a great deal of health testing done for purebred dogs which makes all of their health issues well-known to the public. This doesn’t mean that purebred dogs are unhealthy. It means that breeders do everything possible to test their dogs, spend money on tests and research, and try to breed healthier dogs with each generation. The American Kennel Club has contributed more than $25 million to the Canine Health Foundation since 1995 for research into canine health issues. This research has benefited all dogs, both purebred and mixed breed.

The Puggle Appearance

The Puggle is described as energetic. They are said to have a thick-set body with short hair and a smooth coat that is fawn, tan, or black. Their head has deep wrinkles. They have short legs, a curled tail, and drooping ears.

Puggles weigh between 15 and 30 pounds and stand 10 to 15 inches tall at the shoulder. They are considered to be lap dogs. There is a great variety in the size and shape of the dogs, especially their heads. Males are usually larger and more muscular than the females.

The coat of the dogs is short, straight, and smooth and they come in a variety of colors. Some of them have a black mask on the face.

History

According to Puggle breeders, these dogs date back to the 1980s when the breeders began to experiment to create a new dog. In 2005 the dogs became very popular due to their personality and looks. The dogs were featured in news stories and magazine articles at this time. They are a popular crossbreed.

Temperament

Puggles are said to be sweet-tempered and playful, like their purebred parents. They have a lot of energy. They are also intelligent and affectionate. They are said to bond with people quickly. They like to be around people. They tend to have a lot of curiosity. They also have a good nose like a Beagle. They are friendly with other dogs and people and they like children and the elderly.

Care

Puggles require minimal grooming. They need to be brushed weekly and bathed about once a month. You should brush their teeth regularly. They need regular daily exercise such as a moderately long walk. They enjoy a fenced yard. Without enough exercise they can develop destructive behaviors.

Puggles are said to be fairly easy to train and are food-motivated. They can be hard to house-train. Puggles can be prone to barking and howling. Puggles also shed. Some shed a lot.

Conclusion

If you are interested in a cross between a Pug and a Beagle, then a Puggle Information may be just the right dog for you. They are sweet dogs and many people seem to like them.

Puggle Information

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