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This great article on the American Dog Blog has great information on the Bernese Mountain Dog breed and the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog breed.  Both dog breeds are from Switzerland and are very similar in many aspects.  A Bernese Mountain Dog breed figurine (pictured above) is available at the Animal Figurine

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May 9, 2010


Is the Dachshund dog breed an AKC toy breed? Nope. Then is it a terrier? Again, nope. Believe it or not, despite its small ‘toy’ size and its terrier-type personality traits, the Dachshund dog breed is a hound dog. To learn more detailed information about the Dachshund dog breed visit the American Dog Blog.  Also, the above photo is of a Dachshund figurine.  This figurine and many other dog figurine collectibles can be found at the Animal Figurine

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Information on the Maltese Dog Breed

Author: MayaAndPierson
April 7, 2010


 Read some great information on the Maltese dog breed at our American Dog Blog.  This article is dedicated to a sweel little Maltese dog breed named Noodle.

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September 29, 2009

Maya Still Playing Outdoors in Winter

Summer is over but your sporting dog is still going to need exercise. Fall is the time when the sporting dog goes hunting with their people. But not all people go hunting so not every sporting dog gets to hunt. So take him out to the park instead. It’s a great time of year to play fetch. The sporting dog loves to fetch in a field and in the water. Since the weather is cooler, the water will be cooler too, but the sporting dog probably won’t even notice. Play fetch with a Frisbee, ball, Kong, rope toy, plush toy… you get the idea. Try a fun game of keep away but make sure the game is fun for your dog, not an aggravation. Another fun game for your sporting dog is hide-and-seek. If there are two people, one can hold the dog while the other goes to hide. Hide behind a tree, in a tree, behind the shed, in the shed, under the patio… just like when you were a kid. Then the other person lets the dog go and encourages him to find you. Some sporting dog breeds are bred for search-and-rescue so this is a great game. Don’t you wish you enjoyed your work as much as the sporting dog does? Hide-the-treat is another great game for your sporting dog. It’s not as active as the other games but it can be just as challenging and fun.

Have a great fall season with your sporting dog. To learn more about sporting dogs, click here:  The Sporting Dog Group.  For a cool sporting dog figurines, click here:  Sporting Dog Figurines

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Sandi Wearing Her Pet Travel Seat Belt

Here is an excerpt from an article which provides great information about the wonderful Shih Tzu dog breed:

“It is a strange name but a Shih Tzu is a very popular dog breed in the US today. Amazingly, the US never even heard of this dog breed before the 1930s because only the members of the Chinese royal family were permitted to own them. “Shīzi Gǒu” in Chinese literally means “Lion Dog”. The Shih Tzu is a lap dog bred to resemble a lion. They have a long and silky coat which needs careful brushing at least every other day….

…The Shih Tzu dog was bred to be an indoor lap dog. And as such, they should not be left outdoors in extreme hot or cold weather. When you travel, you should take your Shih Tzu dog with you or leave them with a friend. The Shih Tzu dog breed generally does not like to be left alone and may get stressed out in a kennel environment. If you take your Shih Tzu dog with you they are perfectly happy travelers. Because they love people and they love to get attention, they may try to ride in your lap when you drive. This can be a distraction, and it can also be a danger. Consider getting your Shih Tzu dog a pet travel seat beltor a pet car seat. The Shih Tzu dog is small enough that you can also take them with you when you fly. An appropriately sized kennel and a health certificate form your veterinarian are two of the many things your Shih Tzu dog will need before they can go on an airplane.”

To read more on this article, visit “The Shih Tzu Dog Breed”

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July 15, 2009


Labrador Retrievers are great dogs, but they can be a bit difficult to handle at times. Someone told me that my dog, Maya, has GLS. “What’s GLS?” I asked in a worried tone. “Goofy Lab Syndrom!”. Goofy Lab Syndrom is the perfect way to explain why Maya acts so crazy sometimes. She gets so excited that she doesn’t hear my commands and just jumps around and whines as though she had won a trip to Camp Snoopy. Maya is a great dog, very smart, and mostly well-behaved. But when she sees people or other dogs, she just goes nuts. There is no cure for GLS. You just have to keep working with your labrador retreiver and hope that someday he or she grows out of it. (in 5 or more years ?). To read more about the greatness of Labrador Retrievers, check out the article, About Labrador Retreivers.

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June 28, 2009


Did you know that Pet Auto also owns Animal Figurine Animal Figurine has been an active and successful site for as long as Pet Auto (2006). We have recently expanded our animal figurines to include more dog figurines just for our dog loving friends. In fact, we have so many dog figurines available that we had to make subpages for each dog breed group.

Our dog figurines include sporting dog figurines, hound dog figurines, working dog figurines, terrier dog figurines, toy dog figurines, non-sporting dog figurines, herding dog figurines, and miscellanious dog figurines. Miscellaneous dog figurines would include dog figurines which do not fit into any one of the AKS groups or dog figurines which are only representation of dogs, but not any specific breed.

You can get a 10% discount on our dog figurines by entering discount code, naturefriend, while placing your order.

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Jack Russell Terriers are very intelligent but highly energetic dogs. They require a lot of physical and mental stimulation. Don’t get a Jack Russell Terrier simply because they are cute until you read this article by Anita Funkhouser:

Jack Russell Terriers – Choosing the Breed of Dog That’s Right For You
By: Anita Funkhouser

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Collectible Dog Figurines

Author: MayaAndPierson
March 24, 2009

df23b-collieroughtri.jpg has a new page with collectible dog figurines of almost every AKC breed including collectible hunting dog figurines, dachshund dog figurines, great dane dog gifts, collectible chihuahua dog figurines, and more!  And if they don’t have the breed or color of your dog, all you have to do is email them at  Collectible dog figurines make great inexpensive gifts for these difficult economic times.  Check out all the collectible dog figurines at the Animal Figurine Store.

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March 18, 2009


If you are considering getting a new dog but you are not sure what kind of dog to get, we have a wonderful solution. The absolute best way to get a dog which is right for your entire family is to go to your local animal shelter. Make it a family event and take your children with you. The staff generally know the dogs in their shelter very well and can assist you better.

If you want a purebred dog, shelters get purebred dogs too. Also, check out this great article by Jennifer Andrade called “Dog Breeds That Are Especially Good With Young Children”.

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