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Man’s Not so Friendly Best Friend 40 of The Feistiest Dog Breeds Around

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Are you looking for a four-legged friend? Dogs can be one of the best options when considering a pet. They are smart, loyal, and affectionate, especially when you adopt them as pups. One of the best things that you can do before choosing your canine companion is research because not all dogs are created the same.   Like people, all dogs have their own individual and unique personality, but lets take a look at some of our canine companion that are known for being feisty.

Wolf Hybrid 

Wolf Hybrids are the offspring of a domestic dog and a grey wolf. Because of their instinctual nature, Wolf Hybrids are extremely territorial and like to roam. Experts suggest that one should only consider a hybrid if they can invest the time, energy, and money it takes for training and upkeep, as they can be high maintenance.

Chihuahua 

Chihuahuas are known for their feisty attitude. They are the smallest of the dog breeds which could explain their “small dog syndrome.” Despite their larger than life personalities, with the right time and training they have the potential to make great companions.

Dachshund 

The Dachshund originated in Germany and is often refered to as as the “weiner” dog due to their short legs and small bodies. Originally bred for hunting, he is the smallest of all hounds. Although they do have the potential to be loving family dogs, they are not the ideal pet if you have small children, as they can be aggressive.

Jack Russell

Jack Russell’s are known for being energizer bunnies. These dogs love to hunt and dig, and if not trained properly, can be quite destructive. Jack Russells do best in homes with older children who know how to handle them properly. They also tend to be slightly aggressive towards dogs of the same sex.

German Shepherd

German Shepherds were originally bred to be worker dogs and were used to guard sheep. Since then, they have moved on to become police detectives, guide dogs for the blind, and have a pretty good reputation. German Shepard’s do however have some aggressive tendencies, but with proper training can be a good family dog.

Akita

The Akita has also undergone some career changes, as they were originally used to guard royalty in Japan. Akitas are known to be quiet yet powerful animals and aren’t to keen of smaller children. If you don’t mind a quiet and independent friend, the Akita may be the companion for you.

Chow Chow

The chow is also a Chinese native. They are known for their independent nature and although loyal, prefer not to have too many cuddle sessions.  Chow Chows require extensive socialization as they are not to keen of strangers. If you’re looking for an affectionate dog, this may not be the one for you.

Doberman

The Doberman originates in Germany and is known for its energetic nature. He requires lots of exercise and play time. If not socialized and exercised properly you could have a snappy and irritable pup on your hands, but for the most part he can be a good companion.

Rottweiler

Rottweilers have somewhat of a bad reputation for being aggressive and territorial. If not socialized at an early age, they can grow up to be quite ill mannered. Despite their bad reputation, people still consider the Rottweiler to be quite the canine companion.

Shitzu 

Don’t let their cute furry face fool you, these little lap dogs can be quite stubborn. While they may not be an aggressive breed, if it doesn’t benefit them, you may have a hard time telling this little guy what to do. Like most of the dogs on the list, they can be trained with a little time and patience.

Greyhounds 

Despite their quick speed, greyhounds can be quite the couch potato, and for the most part prefer to sleep the day away. Greyhounds are great family pets; however, because they prefer a serine environment, they may not be the ideal pet for those with noisy children or other pets. 

Saint Bernard 

Despite their large size, this gentle giant has the potential to be a loving family pet. Although they are not an aggressive dog they do need to be taught what is expected of them to prevent them from accidentally hurting small children. 

English Toy Spaniel

These pampered canines hate to be alone and can be the ideal pet for someone who wants a side kick. They can however be a little stubborn and develop quite the attitude. Positive reinforcement during training is just the thing this little guy needs to  keep his attitude under control.

Weimaraner

Nicknamed the “silver ghost” this pup was originally bred to be a hunting dog but has since made his way into the family home. The Weimaraner can make a great family dog even if you have small children ,just don’t leave them alone for long periods of time as they develop serious separation anxiety. They also need lots of exercise and are not ideal if you have other small pets because they have an instinctual desire  to hunt.

Great Dane

This gentle giant isn’t the heaviest of them all but he is definitely the tallest. The Great Dane is often described as loyal and affectionate, and he  often forgets how big he is  during his frequent cuddle sessions. Despite their even-tempered nature, they are another breed that doesn’t like to be left alone, and if they are you may notice quite the attitude.

Bull Mastiff 

The masiff is both strong and powerful yet loyal and affectionate. Due to their large size, it is suggested that they be monitored around small children to prevent any unintentional harm. While the mastiff usually adapts to children well, they are not so accepting of strangers and can be quite suspicious.

French bulldog

The French Bull dog, also known as “frenchies” love to be the center of attention. Owners of these flat faced pups often describe them as attached and lovable. While they do make great family pets, they can be quite stubborn when it comes to things like house training and being left alone; however, with the proper training and patience they can be the perfect four legged family member.

Siberian husky

This working dog originated in Asia and was originally used to pull large loads through extremely cold weather; however, today, you will often see them in dog sled races. When they aren’t racing, they are mild tempered and playful. Because of their athletic ability they require lots of exercise and prefer to spend lots of time outside. The husky may not be the pet for you if you have small pets as they may harm them.

Presa Canario

 The Canario is a large rare breed of dog, originating from the Spanish Canary Islands. They were originally used to drive cattle and is a very energetic breed. While they are intelligent and highly capable of loyal relationships with their owners, it is important they receive the proper training, as they can be unpredictable.

Affenpinscher
 



The Affenpinscher also known as the monkey terrier, is fearless and has a big dog attitude. Like many dogs with “small dog syndrome” this little dog thinks of himself as the protector of the home . Despite his small size,  the Affenpinscher doesn’t usually do well in homes with small children. 

Bull Terrier 

This pointy nose pup was originally bred to be a fighting dog; however, today they are much more affectionate then the fighters they were created to be. While he may not be the ideal pet if you have other small animals, with the proper training and socialization the Bull Terrier has the potential to be a loving family dog.

Afghan hound


You may recognize this beauty by its long silky coat. Many would describe the Afghan as aloof because he doesn’t really  get excited about much. He can however make a good family pet if you’re looking for a laid back independent companion.

Basenji 

The Basenji first originated in Congo and was originally used to hunt small rodents. He is a fun-loving family dog to have around; however, he isn’t the ideal pup for those with small animals. The Basenji can be a little stubborn to train due to his independent nature, but he can be tamed with a little patience. 

Dogo Argentino

This muscular dog originated in Argentina and was used to hunt wild boar. Today you can see him training as a police dog, service dog, or guide dog for the blind. The Dogo Argentino is very protective so it is important that he is socialized and taught to behave around strangers. 

Safforshire Terrier 

The “staffie” is a medium size dog from Staffordshire England. They are fun and loving and have lots of energy. If left alone for long periods of time, this curious pup tends to get bored and is likely to get into mischief and chew up whatever he can find. 

Miniature Poodle

Despite their elegant look, the poodle is far from high strung and loves to have fun. They are an intelligent breed and can sometimes even be stubborn and mischievous. As long as they have something to stimulate them you wont have to worry about them getting into trouble.  

Chinese Shar-pei

This wrinkly rascal originates from Canton China was bred to be a fighting and guard dog. He can be quite aggressive and stubborn so its important that they are trained and socialized early. The Shar-pei may not be ideal for those with small children unless they are introduced to him as a pup as he may not be tolerant of the handling of little hands.

Neapolitan mastiff 

The Neapolitan Mastiff is a guard dog from Italy and has the size and strength to prove it. He makes a great family dog, but strangers may not want to trespass without his permission.  If you’re looking for a lover and a protector, the Mastiff may be the dog for you.

Australian Sheppard 

This cuddly cowboy, despite his name originated in the United states and is often used to herd life stock. One thing to note about the Australian Sheppard, is that he loves to exercise. They don’t necessarily need a large backyard, but they love to run and play. A lack of exercise and boredom can lead to some obnoxious and mischievous behavior.

Tosa Inu 

The Tosa Inu is a rare dog that originates in Japan. Sadly,  he was bred to be a fighting dog.  Some consider the Inu to be a dangerous breed, and he is even restricted in the United Kingdom. Despite his questionable background, he is still capable of being trained in homes without small children.

Cane Corso

The Cane Corso is one of the most popular breeds in Italy and is often used as a guard dog. Because they are territorial, they are leary of strangers and prefer to stay right by their owners’ sides.


Pitbull


The Pitbull is another breed of dog with a bad reputation. He is known to be aggressive; however, most Pitbull’s are taught to be aggressive by their owners. With the right socialization and training they can be very well behaved pups.

Skye Terrier

The Skye Terrier originates in the United Kingdom and unfortunately  is one of the most endangered dog breeds. They were originally created to hunt small animals such as fox, but since has made its way into the family home. He isn’t one of the friendliest dogs when it comes to strangers, but he can be a good companion for his owners.

Dalmatian

The Dalmatian is most widely known for his distinctive black and white spots. These dogs are very athletic and love to get lots of exercise. With positive reinforcement, the Dalmatian may be one of the easiest dogs to train. Since the he is such a big breed of dog, it is recommended that he be supervised in the presence of small children.

Rhodesian Ridgeback

The Rhodesian Ridgeback originated in South Africa and is a natural born hunter. He is independent and active. Because of his hunting instinct, small animals are not safe in his presence. He is however quite affectionate and friendly and has the potential to make a good family dog. Because of his large size and high energy, he needs lots of space to run around.

Gull Dong

The Gull Dong is a popular breed in Pakistan and unfortunately is  commonly used as a fighting and guard dog. He is loyal and loving yet dominant and aggressive. Gull Dongs have high levels of energy and need plenty of space to run around. 

Fila Brasileiro

The Brasileiro is a large breed of mastiff that originates in Brazil. He requires an experienced dog owner who can train him properly as he is a powerful dog. Socialization and training at early age is especially important to ensure that he is obedient and well rounded. 

Caucasian Ovcharka

The Caucasian Ovcharka also known as the Caucasian Shepard  originates from the Caucasus Mountain and is used to guard flock from being eaten by wolves and other prey. Positive reinforcement will more than likely be ineffective when training. This dog needs someone who is experienced, firm, and loving. Due to his aggressive behavior, he may not be the dog for a house with small children.

Llasa Opso 

Don’t let his looks fool you, this playful pup from Tibet is energetic and fearless. Although he does like to play, he may be intolerant of little children and strangers. He is often described as independent and stubborn, and you may need extra patience during training. 

Cocker Spaniel

I’m sure you wouldn’t expect any trouble from this cute face, as the Cocker Spaniel is considered a great family dog. They are loving and great with kids. This breed does however hate to be alone, and will excessively bark, cry, and destroy if you’re gone too long. 

Beagle 

The beagle is a hunting dog that loves to play. Although small children should be supervised when handling any dog, he is more accepting of being handled with little hands. Beagles can be very mischievous and tend to get into a lot of messy trouble. 

Manchester Terrier 

The Manchester Terrier is A breed of dog that was originally created to keep the vermin population at bay in the 19th century. Because of this, he is not ideal for a home with small pets. The Manchester can develop quite a nasty attitude if not trained at an early age. 

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Handicapped Puppy Befriends Flightless Pigeon

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In Rochester, NY, Sue Rogers runs a non-profit called the Mia Foundation. The rescue organization rescues and rehabilitates animals who have birth defects or deformities and tries to find them a loving home. About a year ago, a pigeon was found unable to move in the parking lot of a car dealership. The pigeon was huddled and cowering on the ground. When a local wildlife rescue was called, they said the bird had neurological damage that caused him not to be able to fly. They thought that euthanization would be the best option for him.

Sue was having none of that. She stepped in and took the bird, who she named Herman, under her wing, so to speak. She made space for him in her shelter and kept him close where she could keep an eye on him. He liked to sit on a furry dog pillow and watch her work.

A couple months ago, a tiny Chihuahua was brought to the Mia Foundation. He was an infant, maybe a few months old, when his South Carolina breeders sent him to Sue. He’s a teacup sized Chihuahua they named Little Lundy and he was born with spinal cord damage. Sue also determined that he was suffering from swimmers syndrome. Swimmers syndrome is a developmental deformity that causes the front and hind legs to be splayed out. This makes it almost impossible for Little Lundy to walk.

Although swimmers syndrome is thought to be untreatable, according to a few studies and an article in a veterinary journal, it can be treatable. With some physical therapy and at-home treatment, Little Lundy could live a long and happy life, which is exactly what Sue plans for him.

When Little Lundy arrived at the Mia Foundation he decided to get acquainted with his new surroundings and the other animals at the shelter. One particular encounter, created a friendship that has gone viral. Herman and Little Lundy, a puppy and a pigeon, are the unlikeliest of friends, but they have a lot in common. They both have trouble walking, or flying in Hermans case, and they were living in the same place. You could say, they were in the right place at the right time to become instant friends. 

In the six weeks they have been together, Herman and Little Lundy have become inseparable. They do everything together, which is a lot of sleeping and snuggling. Mostly, with Herman sitting on top of Little Lundy, which doesn’t bother him in the slightest. This friendship was so out of the ordinary that Sue had to document it. The viral sensation of the puppy and pigeon has brought attention to the Mia Foundation that was much needed. The rescue organization runs solely on donations to help cover the costs of taking care of the animals and for needed surgeries. So far, about $6000 was donated because of this unlikely friendship and over 100 adoption inquiries. Hopefully when they are adopted, they are able to stay together.  

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Yorkie Goes Missing for 14 Years and is Found 250 Miles Away

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Have you ever had a dog or cat for a pet? Or any pet, for that matter? You love them and they love you back, unconditionally. How would you feel if your beloved pet disappeared one day? You’d probably feel heartbroken and begin to search for them everywhere. Maybe you’ll put up flyers, post on social media or in the local newspaper, or call the local animal shelter to see if anyone had found them. What would you do if they had been gone for years? Would you give up hope?

This is what happened to the Webster family. About 14 years ago in Houston, Texas, Aaron Webster surprised his wife with a puppy for her birthdy. They named the 5 lb. Yorkshire Terrier, Rami, and they instantly fell in love with his personality. He was a rambunctious little Yorkie, and one day while going out for his routine bathroom break, he somehow got out of the fenced in yard. Their first thought, and worst fear, was that a hawk grabbed him. They were devastated, but still had hope that he somehow got out and was just wandering the neighborhood. 

The Webster’s posted flyers and asked anyone they met if they saw little Rami. No one had. After a year of looking, they began to lose hope. They didn’t completely stop looking, but they began to think he was gone to them forever. 

Fast forward to January of 2020, when a resident of Fort Worth, Texas, noticed a stray dog on the side of the road. He looked like he had been through a lot. His hair was matted, some of it was even missing. He also had no teeth, some open wounds on his face, and he was blind. The resident called animal control who picked him up and brought him to McKenzie Smith at Saving Hope Animal Rescue. This is when the story finds its happy ending. At Saving Hope Animal Rescue, they take dogs who have been neglected and try to find them loving homes. What they soon realized with their newest rescue, was that he had come from a loving home. While scanning his microchip, they were able to locate his owners, the Websters in Houston, almost 250 miles away. 

When the three were reunited, it was one of the happiest moments of their lives. A dog they had thought gone to them forever, found them again. Rami, now 14 years old, is getting used to his new home. Aaron says that he is healthy and happy and getting used to his surroundings and new family, three human siblings and two furry ones. Rami was on his own for many years, and no one will know the adventures he had,  but he is now going to live the rest of his days without worry and with his family who has loved him his whole life. 

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Man’s Best Friend, Except When It’s Time for the Weather

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Working from home these days comes with a number of new challenges and risks that most never expected to deal with in their careers. But when the computer camera or conference video is placed in one’s private accommodations, all sorts of issues can pop up that folks normally don’t deal with in the office setting. Everything from what kind of photos, art or prints one has in the background to their furniture in a personal room to everything else the home is shared with becomes potentially exposed. And in the case of a particular weatherman trying to provide his meteorologist work online, man’s best friend can be a notable interruption.

Paul Dellegato regularly works as meteorologist for Fox 13 based in Florida. However, like many others, Paul had to figure out in short notice how to relocate his work and his broadcast to his home to maintain social distance and health safety. While the access to his work networks and computer setups wasn’t too hard, the readjustment to a home office and presentation place for his work took a bit of additional thinking. He had to pick a place in the house that would be free of distractions, walk-in surprises, problematic backgrounds, and not be invasive to his own home as well. What Paul didn’t count on was that his own extended family might end up being the real disruption to Paul’s broadcast.

In the clip provided, Paul is working as usual on his life TV broadcast and covering the weather for the day and the next few days’ expectation. As he’s going through the details and the changes in high and low pressures as well as the temperature predictions, someone doesn’t want to let the weatherman continue. Paul’s golden retriever, Brody, has decided to be a gate crasher and literally jump up in Paul’s face and personal space. No matter how much Paul tries, his dog just keeps being persistent for his master’s attention. Chances are the dog is probably hungry for dinner and is making a point about it. Doing so, however, Paul’s dog is not only making a presence on the screen, the canine is goofing up the weather graphics on the nearby computer, making a ton of noise, and showing how useless it is for Paul to try to and stop the chaos. The audience loves it and Brody, and Paul’s dog became the new digital mascot for Fox 13.

The weatherman’s crisis resonates with all of us. We’re all going through a big disruption, trying to reconstruct our professional work lives from home all over the country. So, to find a bit of humor in Paul’s online dilemma with Brody provides a cathartic effect, helping us all find some humor and a bit of lightness in watching. Once you watch the show clip, you’ll understand why Paul’s situation went viral so fast.  

Things didn’t turn out bad for Paul. He earned big commendations for how patient he was able to stay under duress from Brody and the dog’s insistent interruptions of his weather show. And it was clear Paul loves his furry buddy. So, the feeling now is the heck with the weather maps. How Brody behaves on camera will indicate if tomorrow will be a good weather day or otherwise.  

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Xbox Tears Marriage Apart After Family Dog Runs Away

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When welcoming a new member into your family, whether a dog or a child, both parents should discuss and agree upon how to teach their children. Families who aren’t on the same page are sure to endure much stress and many challenges. As a warning to others, a Facebook user recently shared the experience that tore her family apart. 

While pregnant with their second child, their son begged for a puppy. With the advent of a child approaching, she was concerned about adding more to the household, but her husband reasoned that it would teach their son responsibility. After many fights, she relented and they adopted a puppy, Scrupples.

As a busy nurse and caring partner, she trusted her husband to take care of their son and dog while she was gone. However, she was accosted with the obvious difference in parenting styles one day. 

Their son approached her husband after accidentally leaving the back door open, allowing Scrupples to run out of the house. Without taking his eyes off the Xbox he was playing, he told their son to look for Scrupples himself.

After five days of no luck finding Scrupples, the mother found her son weeping on the couch. He told her what happened to Scrupples and how his dad wouldn’t help find the dog. 

Recalling the many fights over not wanting to get a puppy, she stormed into the basement. He brushed off the situation, not concerned for either his son or the dog as he continued to play his Xbox. In a fit of rage from his abrasive and heartless response, she pulled the Xbox out of the wall and threw it into the TV screen. 

Walking out of the basement, she took their son outside to look for Scrupples. They posted signs up around town and knocked on doors to see if any of their neighbors had seen their dog. 

After a few days of searching, they came back home empty handed. The woman’s husband wasn’t home, his car gone in the driveway and his suitcase missing from their closet. There was no note and no indication as to where he had gone. 

Then, the phone rang. A woman talked to the mother and told her she had found Scrupples a few days ago, digging up the dirt in her garden, and had been taking care of the dog since. She thanked the woman repeatedly and rushed over to get the dog a few neighborhoods away. 

A few weeks later the woman shared an update on Facebook.

The father had not returned and she had not heard from him since he left. She had been struggling through her days, calling on family and friends to help take care of her family while she worked. However, with one hand holding her son and the other petting Scrupples, she knew she had all she needed right there and that she would make it through. 

Parenting is hard enough. When two people aren’t in agreement as how to share care and take care of a child or pet, life can get a whole lot tougher, but things always have a way of working themselves out.

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Jordan’s Black Cat Story

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Black cats are evil! Do not let one cross your path!

Fortunately, 22-year-old Jordan ignores this silly and superstitious advice. Jordan, whose last name we’re withholding, has autism. As a result, she’s not very verbal…most of the time. But that’s where her black cats come into the story.

Gracie’s Tale

Jordan’s experience with black cats started with Gracie, a feline friend Jordan had when she was younger. While at Mychal’s Learning Place, a non-profit organization that supports those with learning disabilities, Jordan would draw pictures of black cats and call them Gracie.

That inspired the organization’s Culver City, California chapter to put Jordan in touch with the local Adopt and Shop.

Adopt and Shop is a pet rescue and adoption center, as well as a retail store for pet food and supplies. Jordan became a volunteer at Adopt and Shop, spending much of her time with cats-especially the black ones.

The Ideal Pet

Cats can be the ideal pet for many individuals with autism. Dogs tend to be loud and excitable, barking suddenly and moving noisily. That much volume can be a sensory overload to many on the spectrum. Cats, on the other hand, move quietly and are usually calmer than dogs. And a meow isn’t nearly as disruptive as loud barking or yapping.

Cats and other pets can play a major role in calming and comforting those with autism, helping them open up more emotionally and socially.

That’s been Jordan’s experience. Those working with her at Mychal’s Learning Place say that the young woman rarely talked except to possibly repeat the last thing she heard someone else say. But while working with the cats at Adopt and Shop, they say that she’s much more verbal. The animals seem to bring out Jordan’s communications skills.

Jordan loves all of the cats at Adopt and Shop. She cuddles with them, stroking their fur and talking with them for hours just as she would communicate with another person. But she can’t hide her special affection for black cats.

The Black Cat Curse

When people like Jordan go out of their way to show kindness to black cats, it helps offset the superstitions that negatively impact these animals even to this day. The fear and dislike of black cats might go back to the Middle Ages in Europe. Legends arose that these cats were actually witches in disguise. This belief even associated witches with black cats as recently as the Salem Witch Trials in America in the late 17th century.  

The color is also associated with death. Think of the Grim Reaper. In that regard, black cats were considered to be as unsettling as crows and ravens of the same shade. In time, many saw the animals as being bad luck charms. (Interestingly, Japanese lore said that ownership of a black cat could bring a young woman a mate, and British sailors of old considered black cats to bring good luck.)  

While most people today don’t take the black cat curse seriously, they tend to show up, unwanted, more frequently at some animal shelters. Some rescues are hesitant to release the animals for adoption around Halloween because of stories, whether true or not, of people who want to sacrifice black cats on this “demonic” holiday.

The Culver City Adopt and Shop also sees its share of black cats rescued as strays or put up for adoption. That’s why they so appreciate the volunteer involvement of someone who goes out of their way to offer love and comfort to this misunderstood segment of the feline population.  

So kudos to Jordan for her compassion and love for all cats-but the blacker the better.     

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