Family Dogs

Family dogs are dogs that are great for kids of all ages. Find out which types of dogs will fit best in your home.

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Turnspit dogs were a distinct breed of working dogs in the late 15th-18th centuries. Their job was to run on a wheel designed to turn meat roasting over a fireplace spit. And they had to do it all day.

By Cristen Conger

It's never easy to lose a pet. But it's even harder when you have to make the decision when that time comes. Is there any way to make it easier?

By Laurie L. Dove

We have less time with our Great Danes than we do with our Yorkshire terriers — but why?

By Jesslyn Shields

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A first-of-its-kind study out of Japan set to find out, and the results were surprising to everybody.

By Laurie L. Dove

Ugliness, like beauty, may be in the eye of the beholder. A 17-year-old dog with tumors and a sweet disposition won the annual contest.

By Patty Rasmussen

The energetic and friendly Swedish Vallhund was originally bred more than 1,000 years ago and was saved from extinction in 1942.

By Laurie L. Dove

Dogs lick humans for all types of reasons. But do they really lick us to tell us they love us?

By Sharise Cunningham

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Wolves do it. So is howling just an inherited trait dogs have kept through the eons, or is there more to why our furry friends still vocalize in this manner?

By Stephanie Parker

Dog owners know: Their four-legged friends are stuck to them like Velcro. But why? Are they afraid of being left behind, or is it something else?

By John Donovan

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has been around longer than basketball. Heck even light bulbs. For the first time, it won't have any human spectators and it will be held outside.

By John Donovan

A dog that won't come when it's called and growls at children might be smarter than a sweeter pooch, as long as it's trained by a stranger.

By Jesslyn Shields

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As the 197th breed to be recognized by the AKC, the Biewer terrier is popping up on the radar of dog lovers everywhere.

By Wendy Bowman

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.

By John Donovan

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.

By Wendy Bowman

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

By Jeremy Glass

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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.

By Wendy Bowman

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?

By Patty Rasmussen

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

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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.

By Wendy Bowman

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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?

By Meg Sparwath

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?

By Patty Rasmussen

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.

By Wendy Bowman

The way to a dog's heart is definitely through a belly rub, but just touching a cat's belly will probably get you a back-leg rabbit kick and a painful vise of teeth and claws.

By Laurie L. Dove

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The belly button is pretty obvious on a human. But what about a dog? Do they have one and if so, where in the world is it?

By Meg Sparwath

Any dog lover with allergies knows that the two just don't mix. So which dog breeds are best if you're allergic and still want a four-legged friend?

By Stephanie Vermillion