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Top 10 Funniest Names for a Goofy Dog – 10. April, 2019

Some dogs are natural born clowns to aim to please and who love to play. If your dog has a goofy personality, you should think about giving him a name that fits. All of those traditional and cliched dog names might work for other dogs, but your dog is an individual and he deserves a name that fits who he is. Here are our top ten picks in funny dog names for goofy dogs like yours:

  1. Droolius Caesar – This name is a pun on Julius Caesar, a Roman politician and general. If you have a dog who has a goofy personality and a tendency to drool, this could be the perfect name.
  2. Bark Twain – Inspired by the author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, this name is a play on Mark Twain and the perfect dog name if you are a fan of American literature.
  3. Jimmy Chew – Famous shoe designer Jimmy Choo is the inspiration for this funny dog name. It’s a perfect fit for a dog who loves to chew, especially on shoes.
  4. Orville Redenbarker – An American businessman, Orville Redenbacher became known for selling popcorn. This name is inspired by the father of microwave popcorn and it’s a funny name for a goofy owner and his dog.
  5. Salvador Dogi – Inspired by the Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali, this name is a great fit for an artist or for someone who simply appreciates the arts but also has a playful side. Dali’s works are anything but ordinary, just like your dog!
  6. Sarah Jessica Barker – This name is a play on Sarah Jessica Parker, the American actress who became known for her role as Carrie Dodd in Sex and the City. If you have a toy-breed dog you can carry around in a fashionable bag, all the better.
  7. Woofgang Puck – Inspired by celebrity chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck, this name is a great pun. It is particularly apt for a goofy dog who loves to eat.
  8. Notorious D.I.G. – This name is a pun on the Notorious B.I.G., an American-born rapper who is largely recognized as one of the most influential rappers of all time. You could also go with Notorious D.O.G. if that strikes your fancy a little more.
  9. Bark Obama – Inspired by the former President of the United States, this funny dog name is a play on Barack Obama. You can earn bonus points for using this name if you have a Portuguese Water Dog!
  10. James Earl Bones – This name is a play on James Earl Jones, American actor known for his role as Darth Vader in Star Wars and Mufasa in Disney’s The Lion King.

A dog’s name says something about his personality so it is worth taking the time to choose the name that is a perfect fit. If your dog defies boundaries and always finds a way to make you laugh, choose a name that suits his goofy personality like the 10 funny dog names listed above.

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12 Cutest Names for a Toy Dog Breed – 13. November, 2018

Toy-breed dogs are small – that’s why they’re called toys but just because your dog is small doesn’t mean that he can’t have a big personality. If you want to give your dog a name that fits his size, however, choose something cute. Here are our top twelve picks in cute names for toy breed dogs:

  1. Shorty – Both an accurate description of many small-breed dogs and an affectionate term, Shorty is a cute and sweet name for a toy breed dog.
  2. Teacup – This name is perfect for a toy-breed dog for a number of reasons. Not only are teacups cute, but the term teacup is often used to describe very small dogs.
  3. Pippin – This name is a reference to a character from The Lord of the Rings. Pippin was one of the Hobbits who helped take the ring to Mordor.
  4. Pint – In addition to being a unit of liquid measurement, the word pint is also used to describe things that are small – another option is half pint.
  5. Button – This name works particularly well for toy breed dogs for two reasons. For one thing, buttons are very small. Second, toy breed dogs are cute as a button!
  6. Teeny – Though this name may conjure up images of a yellow polka-dot bikini, it is also a cute name for a toy breed dog who is as teeny-tiny as they come.
  7. Cupcake – When you think of food items that you could describe as cute, a cupcake should definitely be on the list. These little pastries are also a great inspiration for a cute toy breed dog name.
  8. Morsel – A morsel is another word for a small piece of food or a mouthful – it’s also a clever name for a small dog. If you want to take things literally, your toy breed dog could easily be a mouthful for a larger dog.
  9. Pixie – A pixie is a supernatural being from folklore that is typically portrayed as a very small humanlike figure with pointed ears. This name is particularly fitting for a little dog with a mischievous nature.
  10. Bonsai – This word is used for miniature ornamental trees and shrubs that are artfully trimmed to stay small. Bonsai would be a particularly fitting name for a dog breed of Asian origin.
  11. Squirt – If you’re looking for a cute and silly name that also fits your toy breed dog’s small size, Squirt is an option to consider.
  12. Munchkin – Though this name is also given to the characters from The Wizard of Oz, it is also used to describe someone who is very short or small, making it the perfect name for your toy breed dog.

Choosing the perfect name for your new dog is not a decision to take lightly. There are many ways you can go with a dog’s name from traditional to out-of-the-box. If you want a dog name that fits your dog to a tee, choose a cute name that works well for a toy breed like the twelve names above.

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Top 10 Religious-Themed Dog Names – 25. January, 2018

Naming your dog can be both fun and challenging, especially if you want to go with something outside the box. Instead of naming your dog after his color or going with a cliché dog name, take the time to do some brainstorming – you never know what you might come up with! If you’re looking for some interesting ideas for dog names, consider these twelve religious-themed dog names:

  1. Eli – The Hebrew word for “my God,” Eli would make a great religious-themed name for a male dog. In the Bible, Eli was a judge and priest who served the lord – he was good and true, just like your dog will be to you.
  2. Delilah – From the story of Samson and Delilah, this is a wonderful name for a female dog. Delilah may have betrayed Samson in the story but your Delilah will be faithful and loyal to you for the entirety of her life.
  3. Gabriel – Inspired by the archangel himself, Gabriel is a wonderful religious-themed dog name for a male dog. This name invokes an image of power and grace, so it might be good for a larger dog or simply for a dog who has an angelic personality.
  4. Sarah – A great religious-inspired name for a female dog, the name Sarah has many religious ties. In the Bible, Sarah was the faithful wife of Abraham who followed him wherever he went and served him well.
  5. Magi – The Magi from the Bible were also known as the three wise men who welcomed the baby Jesus into the world. If you’re looking for a religious-themed dog name for a dog who seems wise beyond his years, Magi is a great name to consider.
  6. Genesis – The very first book of the Bible, Genesis is a great name for a male or female dog. The book of Genesis tells the story of the world and how it began, so it might be a fun name for a dog if it is the first dog you’ve ever owned.
  7. Hope – Though not limited to any one religion, Hope is something everyone wants to believe in and it’s a great name for a female dog.
  8. Angel – Ideal for a female dog but also applicable for sweet male dogs, the name Angel is a great choice for religious-themed dog names. Give this name to a dog who is gentle, kind, and loving.
  9. Titus – A companion of the apostle Paul in the Bible, Titus was a faithful believer who served with all his heart. If you’re looking for a religious-themed name for a male dog, Titus is a great option.
  10. Grace – The name Grace isn’t tied to any one religion and it’s a great name for a female dog who loves you with all her heart and who would do anything to see you happy.

When you bring your dog home for the first time, don’t feel like you have to give him a name right away – there is nothing wrong with spending a little time together until you get a feel for his personality. The more time you spend with your dog, the more you will get to know him and that will make it easier to choose the perfect name. If you are considering a religious-themed name for your new dog, think about one of the twelve names listed above!

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Top 10 Names for Black Dogs – 6. December, 2017

When it comes to choosing a name for your dog, there are many different ways you could go. You could choose a name that fits your dog’s breed or one that speaks to his personality – you could also go with a traditional dog name or even a family name. Another way to choose the perfect name for your dog is to go with something that matches his physical characteristics – here are our top ten picks in names for black dogs:

  1. Adham – This is a male Arabic name that comes from the Arabic word for “black”. The English name Adam comes from the Hebrew word for man, another reason why this is a good name for a male dog.
  2. Bear – Inspired by the mighty black bear, this name would be particularly fitting if your dog is large and furry. This name might also be fitting if your black dog is a gentle giant.
  3. Jetta – Though it is also the name of a car model, Jetta is also a name that translates from the Latin for “jet black”. Jet is also a type of dense, black coal that can be polished and used to make jewelry.
  4. Cerin – This name comes from the Gaelic for “little dark one” so it might be a good name for a small breed dog that is black in color.
  5. Obsidian – Obsidian is a type of volcanic glass that forms when lava is quickly cooled and it is known for its rich black color. If you have a black dog who doesn’t have a hint of white or color in his coat, Obsidian might be the perfect name.
  6. Inky – The implications of this name are obviously a reference to black ink. If your dog is black in color and his coat has a smooth, silky quality to it then Inky might be the perfect name.
  7. Kala – A wonderful name for a female black dog, the name Kala comes from the Hindi word for “black”. In the Hindu religion, Kala is also the god of time, though he is also the god of destiny, fate, and death.
  8. Leila – This name comes from the Arabic for “dark as night” and it would make a great name for a black female dog. It can also be translated to mean “dark beauty” in Persian.
  9. Midnight – This is the time of night when the world is dark and everything is quiet – it is also a great name for a black dog.
  10. Nero – This name comes from the Latin for “dark” or “black-haired,” making it the perfect name for your black dog. Nero is also the name of a Roman emperor who reigned from AD 54 to 68.

The perfect dog name is one that just seems to fit your dog. If you are having trouble picking a name that works, you might be thinking too hard – try something simple like the ten names above which are great for black dogs.

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The Top 10 Fruit & Veggie Names for Dogs – 21. September, 2016

Dog With AppleWhen it comes to picking a name for your dog, there are an endless array of options to choose from – so many options, in fact, that it can be hard to make a choice at all! If you are looking for a cute and witty name for your dog, think about some of your favorite fruits and veggies for inspiration!

  1. Kale – Often described as a superfood, kale is absolutely loaded with nutrients – it is sometimes described as one of the healthiest foods on the planet! Giving your dog the name “Kale” is pretty much the same as naming him after a superhero.
  2. Pumpkin – This name is perfect for a cute and cuddly puppy, especially if he has a golden or yellow color. Pumpkin is often used as a term of endearment, so it is the perfect name for a cute puppy.
  3. Peaches – These fruits are known for being sweet and succulent – that makes it the perfect name for a sweet little puppy. If you want to take this name to the next level, throw the word “Princess” in front of it and it becomes a Super Mario reference!
  4. Spinach – Another leafy green that is packed with nutrients, Spinach is the power behind Popeye’s strength. If you feel like your dog is your source of strength, why not name him after this super food?
  5. Berry – Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries – there are so many different types of berries! The one thing all berries have in common, however, is that they are sweet. If your puppy has a sweet and sugary nature, Berry just might be the perfect name.
  6. Clementine – A clementine is a small, sweet orange. Not only is this fruit a cute name for a puppy as it stands, but the word “clementine” actually translates from the Latin to mean “mild” or “gentle”. This makes it the perfect name for a sweet, mild-mannered puppy.
  7. Lemon – The lemon is a fruit known for its bright yellow color and its tart flavor. If you have a puppy with a golden coat and a tendency to get into trouble, Lemon just might be the perfect name. She looks sweet but she is always full of surprises!
  8. Pepper – This name might remind you of black pepper, a spice, but it could also be inspired by bell peppers. Peppers come in a wide range of colors and they can be either spicy or sweet – it is a great name for a puppy with a bit of a tempestuous personality.
  9. Pea – Peas are small and round and they have a delightful crispness to them until they are cooked. There are a variety of different types of peas but sweet peas are one of the most popular. Just think of it – Sweet Pea is the perfect name for a little female puppy!
  10. Rosemary– Though technically an herb and not a fruit or vegetable, Rosemary is an adorable name for a female dog. You can call her Rosie for short!

Names like “Rover” and “Fido” are pretty cliché for a dog so don’t be afraid to get a little creative. If you need some ideas for dog names, consider some of the top ten fruit and veggie-inspired names that are listed above!

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How to Find a Trustworthy Breeder – 9. May, 2016

puppy-breederIt’s time to pick a new family member! This exciting moment in a dog owner’s life is an amazing feeling. The task of finding the perfect breed for you has guided you to this very moment. At this point in your journey you are ready to find a breeder that produces healthy, happy dogs. While there are a lot of unethical breeders, puppy mills and other people that are mostly only interested in earning money from selling puppies, there are plenty of honest, trustworthy and reliable breeders that are ready to make you a pet parent. Weeding out the unethical from the trustworthy is easier than you expect. The following details will lead you to a trustworthy dog breeder.

Seek Out Referrals

Speak to your family, friends and co-workers about your interested in welcoming a dog into your life. See if anyone is able to recommend a reliable breeder that has the type of dog breed that is of interest to you. Also contact breed clubs and veterinarians to see if they can recommend a trustworthy dog breeder. Keep in mind that a responsible breeder does not sell their puppies in a pet store.

Breeder Specializes in Specific Dog Breed

Reputable breeders specialize in one or two dog breeds at the most. Breeders that truly care about the dogs will educate themselves on the breed and provide helpful details and information to the potential pet owner on how to raise a healthy happy dog. Each breed requires specific needs that are essential to their well-being.

Visit the Breeder

Always visit the breeder and observe the surroundings and conditions where the puppies are kept. The area should be clean and spacious for them to sleep, eat and play. Seek out the parents of the litter and make sure they are well-kept, groomed and healthy looking. If you observe any dogs being kept in cages, this is a red flag and signifies that the breeder is not caring properly for the dogs.

Pass the Interview

Responsible breeders will interview you and ask you questions regarding your home, lifestyle and ability to provide a safe and healthy environment and life for the dog. Trustworthy breeders care where the puppies end up and spend their lifetime. It is wise to be honest with your answers. The breeder is looking for loving, caring and responsible dog owners.

Request References and Veterinarian Papers

Reputable breeders will be able to quickly provide a list of good references. They will also be capable of providing papers from the veterinarian proving a list of vaccinations or other health related information. Contact the references and call the veterinarian to assure that it is authentic paperwork.

Finally, ask as many questions regarding the puppies as you can. Make sure the breeder is providing detailed answers and seems compassionate towards the puppies. Once you have found a breeder that provides a healthy environment for the puppies, good references and authentic paperwork it is time for you to choose a puppy to bring home. Choose an energetic puppy that you feel you will be able to develop a close bond. The next step is to bring your new canine family member home.

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Top 5 Dogs for People with Allergies – 21. April, 2015

If you or a family member is allergic to dogs there are breeds that you can own so you do not have to be deprived of the tender love and affection that a dog brings into you and your family’s lives. There are several dogs to choose from that produce less dander and shed a very small amount because there is no dog breed that has been found to truly be non-allergenic.

  1. Bichon Frise and Labradoodle: These dogs are highly recommended for people with dog allergies. Producing little dander the curly coat of the Bichon Frise makes them a good choice. These dogs have coats that are maintained easily. Labradoodles are ones with wool coats that as in other breeds may not pick up many outdoor allergens.
  2. Maltese: These dogs are small, intelligent, energetic and refined dogs. These dogs have coats that are flowing and long and routine grooming is a necessity, but shedding is a small amount. Haircuts are in need every few weeks and they should be brushed every one to two days.
  3. Chinese Crested Hairless: Chinese mariners sailed with this breed and they evolved from African hairless dog on the ship. Chinese dogs were stowed aboard ships to hunt vermin during the time of Chinese plagues. These dogs crave human companionship and are a fine-boned elegant toy dog. These dogs are caring companions, alert and playful. You’ll find this breed to be a great dog for the whole family and gentle with children. They have long, silky and soft hair that grows on their tail, feet and head. Their skin is smooth, soft and hairless on the rest of their body. Their hair sheds very little that they do have and it grows long so grooming is needed regularly.
  4. Portuguese Water Dog: These dogs are water loving, lively and loyal. They often make people laugh because they are amusing, animated, fun to be around and spirited. Your family will enjoy how affectionate they are. They will remain calm as long as they have exercise. They get along with other dogs and pets easily, and are even and pleasant tempered and are great with children, and highly intelligent and easy to train, keenly aware, brave and quick to understand and learn instructions. If you are not able to be in the same room because of the severity of your allergy, these dogs are able to live outside. They have webbed feet which aids the dog in swimming, and a waterproof coat. They are happy outdoors as well as indoors as long as they have room to play, fresh water, food and a good shelter.
  5. Standard Poodle: These dogs excel in obedience training and are very smart and active. This breed is a water retriever and originated in Germany. Hunters designed the “Poodle Clip” so it would help them swim efficiently through the water. Their vital organs and joints need protection because they are susceptible to cold is why the patches of hair are left on the body. These dogs have a long hair- growth cycle that limits shedding making their coat hypoallergenic. Keeping their hair from detaching and floating in the air, their coat is lacking an undercoat and is tightly curled. They need grooming on a regular basis because of their fast growing hair.

It may take some careful research to find the best breed of dog for your allergy, but it will be worth every moment of your time. Minimizing exposure to dander and other allergens gives you the opportunity to enjoy the special relationship you will gain with your dog. Making a dog your family member will give you unconditional love and so much happiness.

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How to Leave your Dog while on Deployment – 14. November, 2014

Leaving your precious dog for a long period of time is a hard thing to do and wondering what choices you have for his care can be very stressful. Dogs do not keep track of time, this is an important thing to remember, and by knowing this information it will help you to feel at ease when you have to leave. The important thing to know is how the situation is when you leave. Showing your dog emotions that are happy and positive will free your dog from feeling insecure or anxious, so upon your return your dog will relate to these emotions and feel happy as when you left.

Thinking of who would be the best choice to take care of your dog in the same special way that you do, and to give him  the love and attention that he needs is a very important and hard decision to make.

If you are thinking about choosing a parent, friend or a loved one there are several important things to consider. First be sure the place your caregiver lives allows dogs and does not ban the breed of dog you own. Your dog should know the caregiver very well and get along together and have a positive relationship. The caregiver should treat your dog the same way that you do so your dog will feel safe and secure in your absence. Will your dog be able to keep his daily routine that he is used to, such as his play, exercise feeding and sleep time. If your caregiver is a senior they may not be strong enough or have physical limitations to handle your dog if he has a lot of energy or is a big dog. Knowing that your dog can still enjoy his daily routine, the caregiver should keep your dog’s lifestyle as normal as possible because as a result of your absence your dog will experience some stress.

To ensure your dog’s health while you are away provide your caregiver with information about any special treatment or medication your dog may need. Also give your caregiver your veterinarians and a 24 hour Animal Hospital’s phone number and address. Advise your veterinarian that you will be deployed and who will be taking care of your dog in your absence. Your dog is your financial responsibility while you are away so arrange with your caregiver to pay for veterinary care, emergencies, food, supplies and grooming.

If you are unable to find a caregiver that you can trust and be responsible for the best care for your dog, a professional foster organization may be your best choice. An industry that is small but growing fast is pet fostering. Military personnel have the option for short and long term care for their dogs. Private foster homes that are qualified and experienced take your dog into their home for the entire time you are deployed, giving your dog socialization, exercise, veterinary care, shelter and food. Foster parents are volunteers and do not receive any money except for veterinary expense and your dog’s normal living. Check in your state if there are any requirements for these fosters to be licensed which will put your mind at ease knowing they are to go by strict rules in the care of your dog.

Exploring all of your options will make your choice easier as you decide what would be the best fit for your dog while you are away. Knowing that your dog will be taken care of in the best possible way will make the time you both are separated less stressful. Upon your return you will have a happy reunion.

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How to Find the Right Boarding Kennel for Your Dog – 6. October, 2014

A Boarding Kennel can give you peace of mind and quality care for your dog. Kennels must adhere to strict guidelines that are determined by the American Boarding Kennel Association. The code of Ethical Conduct ensures that the kennel staff are trained by a professional and certified.

Locating the right boarding kennel is an important task. Recommendations from your veterinarian, a friend, neighbor or an animal shelter is a wise thing to do. It is very important to do a background check when you locate kennels that you are considering to use.

Check if boarding kennel inspections are required in your state. Kennels that are reputable proudly display the credentials for dog owners to see as they enter the kennel making known that they insure the safety and good care of your dog.

The kennel should require that your dog is properly immunized with the correct shots including Bordetella which is for kennel cough. The health and well being of your dog depends on his shots being up to date.

The kennel staff should conduct a tour of the facility. The kennel should be well lighted and relatively quiet. The dogs should be calm and comfortable. The living and playing areas should look and smell clean free of odors and disinfected every day to eliminate any chance of your dog contracting a disease. There should be no urine or waste in site preventing the spread of disease.

The staff should show you indoor and outdoor runs so you know that your dog will be going outside during the day for exercise and have the proper covering for the cold and hot weather. Indoors should be properly ventilated for correct air flow to all the animals. Adequate air conditioning for summer and heat for the winter is very important. The facility should have enough room for each dog so they are not crowded close to each other for health concerns. Special bedding for dogs that have any medical issues such as arthiritis, should be available. The kennel should have food and water bowls that are clean with each dog.

The kennel staff should inform you as to what type of interaction is available during the day for your dog, because they need physical and mental stimulation with activities such as playtime with the staff and other dogs, also walks. During playtime dogs should be kept together by size so there is no chance of injury. Your dog should receive individual attention from the Kennel staff if he is solely around people.

The kennel should have staff on duty at night in case there is a medical emergency. Specific steps should be in place with the kennel staff being fully knowledgeable in dealing with any problems that arise. The kennel should have a relationship with a veterinarian that is on call for 24 hours, so immediate treatment is available to care for your dog if you are unreachable. Be sure to also leave the contact information of a family member or friend in case of an emergency so they can make a decision for your dog to be taken care of if the situation arises. Some dogs have serious medical conditions, severe separation issues and special needs and need to be supervised constantly during the night, or this could become a serious problem for your dog. If your dog needs medications be sure the kennel has a system in place for delivering the necessary dose when needed. The decision to choose a kennel with staff on call all night should be a number one priority on your list when selecting a boarding kennel.

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Best Guard Dogs for Families – 4. July, 2014

One of the most common ways to protect your family from danger is to own a dog. Dogs have a natural tendency to protect their families and never hesitate to put themselves in harm’s way to save the life of the people they love.

There are specific breeds that have the characteristics needed to protect and chase away unwanted people or dogs form your home. The following breeds are considered the best dogs for protection because of their resistance to pain, physical strength, courage and most of all their loyalty to the family.

German Shepherd – These wonderful dogs are quick to learn commands and extremely intelligent and a highly favored for police dogs. They are confident, fearless and bold. In the family home they are very calm but when their home of family is threatened they react without hesitation to the immediate danger. They are a wonderful choice as a guard dog and a pet for families with children as they will protect a child with their lives. They are eager to please and they form extremely strong bonds with their family.

Bullmastiff – These dogs were bred to overpower a person or game animal pinning it down until help arrived with his agility and weight. They are soft on the inside in spite of their tough exterior. They are a great choice for a guard dog for the family because they are very eager to please. They do not need a lot of exercise and grooming is low maintenance. Barking is minimal their silence is a virtue because they sneak up on predators and were originally used to guard estates making them excellent guard dogs.

Boxer – These adorable dogs are easily trained and highly intelligent. The Boxer has a tendency to stand on his back legs and “bat” at his “opponents” that included large game and bison therefore give him this name. These dogs have a lot of energy so families with older and active children will enjoy them as a pet. In the face of danger they are very protective and powerful. They are very affectionate and are a great choice to have as a guard dog for your family.

Saint Bernard – These beautiful dogs rescued avalanche trapped travelers as their work in the Swiss Alps originally. They have a very protective nature to their families and to children especially. They are loving and loyal. They have a gentle spirit, awesome strength and are very smart which makes them a wonderful guard dog. Due to their size they do not want to be confined so they need a lot of space to roam.

Doberman Pinscher – These dogs are able to reach an intruder in a short time because they are very fast. They are alert, loyal and fearless dogs and are also known as the fifth smartest dog breed in the world. They are ready and on the alert to protect their home and family. They are adventurous and a loyal companion and an intelligent capable guardian. They respond to their owner’s wishes and are sensitive. They are great guard dogs for your home or if you have a large piece of property.

Rottweiler – These dogs have a loving heart, and are strong and true. They are extremely loyal to their owners and are very intelligent. They learn quickly, a gentle companion and powerful. They have a natural instinct to protect their family and can be ferocious. They are calm and confident, never timid or fearful and typically distant toward strangers. Their attitude is “wait and see” when they are with new situations and people, then as this situation comes together they are a natural guard dog with a mellow disposition and  successful as a protector and a family friend.

When choosing one of these special breeds of dogs you will be making a great choice not only for a guard dog, but also for a wonderful addition to your family.

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