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The Black Mouth Cur: The Sensitive but Strong Hunting Dog

The black mouth cur may look like a basic dog, but it's actually powerful, protective and sensitive. We'll tell you everything about them, including tips on training and how big they get.

The Cute Crested Gecko, Once Thought Extinct, Is Now Bred by the Thousands

These lizards love to climb and can thrive on a diet that doesn't include live insects.

Flemish Giant Rabbits Are Docile Snuggle Bunnies

Flemish giants, also known as "Flemmies," make great pets, but the question is, how did they get so big?

Is My Black Cat a Bombay Cat?

The rare Bombay cat is all black, but color alone doesn't make a cat a Bombay.

Super Cute Leopard Geckos Make Great Pets

If you're thinking about entering the wonderful world of gecko ownership, check out the advice from our leopard gecko expert and see if this is the right lizard for you.

Why Is the Goldendoodle So Popular, and Do They Make Good Pets?

What do you get when you mix a poodle and a golden retriever? An oodleriever? Nope — you get a goldendoodle. They're great pets, but have a ton of rambunctious energy and need a lot of play time and attention.

The Martingale Collar Is Man — and Dog's — Best Friend

If you have a tough time harnessing your dog's boundless energy, the martingale collar could be the answer. Well, on walks anyway.

The Greyhound-like Borzoi Can Take Down a Wolf. What Can Your Dog Do?

A popular companion dog for European royalty for centuries, this elegant breed is still sought after worldwide, though somewhat difficult to find in the U.S.

Can Dogs Lose Their Ability to Smell?

It's not uncommon for older dogs to lose their sight or even their hearing as they age. But can they lose their ability to smell, too?

Adopting a Pet Can Be Hard; We Have 8 Tips to Make It Easier

Although it may seem like there is no shortage of pets available for adoption, competition can be fierce for the more desired ones. Here are some ways to increase your chances of getting the pet you really want.

Do Backyard Chickens Make Eggcellent Pets?

A lot of people are raising chickens in their backyards. As pets. Are these birds really all they're cracked up to be?

Why Do Dogs Sniff Each Other's Butts?

To a human it's unimaginable — sniffing another's derriere. But to our canine companions, it's totally normal. But why? Why?

Hermit Crabs: Tiny Crustaceans Living in Nature's Mobile Homes

Hermit crabs are easy to care for as pets if you provide them with all the essentials they need. And that includes shells for their growing bodies.

Can Dogs Get Poison Ivy?

Some of us get it, some of us don't – the scourge of so many nature lovers everywhere – but did you know that our four-legged friends are also susceptible to the three-leaved menace?

Why Do Dogs Have Anal Glands?

All dogs have anal glands that serve multiple functions. The problem is they can also get blocked or infected, and even leak, which is really disgusting if you're a human.

Xoloitzcuintli: The Mexican Hairless Dog, Ancient Guide to the Underworld

The xoloitzcuintli is one of the most ancient of dog breeds and even was considered as a symbolic guide to the underworld by the ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations.

5 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Betta Fish

Colorful, flashy betta fish are common as pets. But many owners are unaware of how to properly care for them.

Can I Feed My Dog Cat Food in a Pinch?

If you run out of your dog's food, can you just feed him your cat's food? And what about your cat? Is it OK to give him dog food?

What's the Biggest Dog in the World?

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes. But a few breeds stand out for being, well, exceptionally large. Which hold the records for being the biggest?

The Lowdown on the Lion-like Leonberger

At between 120 and 170 pounds, you might expect the massive Leonberger to be aggressive and hard to handle — turns out, they're intelligent, gentle and sensitive family dogs.

How Often Should You Bathe Your Dog?

All dogs need baths. But how often? And can you bathe them too much?

Why Do Cats Need to Knead?

This quirky, but endearing, behavior — also known as 'making biscuits' — is common in all domestic cats. But what is your cat saying when she's mixing dough on your belly?

Ragdoll Cats Are the Floppiest, Friendliest Felines Around

The ragdoll habit of turning floppy in their owners' arms is one of the breed's most endearing trademarks. And those eyes ...

How to Give Your Dog CPR

It's one of your worst nightmares. Your dog isn't breathing and you can't find his pulse. Do you know what to do to save his life?

What's the Best Way to Leash Your Dog?

Retractable leashes, martingale collars, slip leads, harnesses, choke chains – this dog walking business is way more complicated than you thought. So, with all the options out there, what is the best way to leash your dog?