What do French bulldogs, Cavalier King Charles spaniels, and Shih Tzus have in common? It is not just that they consistently rank among the American Kennel Club’s most popular breeds. These dog breeds are brachycephalic, which means “short-headed” in Greek. Brachycephalic dog breeds (also called flat-faced or snub-nosed dogs) have buggy eyes, squished faces, and scrunched-up noses.
With their baby-like features and small size, Brachycephalic dog breeds are incredibly cute. The problem is, breeding dogs to have miniature muzzles and shorter skulls can cause many health problems.
Want to add a brachycephalic dog breed to your family? Once your beautiful four-legged friend arrives, you will need to take special precautions to keep your snub-nosed dog happy and healthy. In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we discuss everything you need to know about taking care of flat-faced dogs.
Winston is an adventurous, loving, and strikingly good looking "tweenie" long-haired dachshund from Los Angeles. He is also completely blind on one side. When Winston was just a few months old, he was attacked and severely injured by another dog. The attack was the start of several harrowing months for Winston and his loving mom and dad.
I caught up with Winston and his mom to learn more about Winston's injury, the experience of going through such a traumatic and heartbreaking ordeal, Winston's recovery process, and how the beautiful one-eyed boy is now handling life, adventures, and puppyhood in southern California.
Do you want a dog but start coughing and sneezing whenever you are near one? Pet allergies are very common, especially in people who have other allergies or asthma. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 10% of people in the U.S. are allergic to dogs.
While there is no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic dog, these 15 small dog breeds have low or non-shedding coats that produce less dander and are the best dog breeds for allergy sufferers.
Mike and I (Steph) have tried out countless monthly subscription dog boxes for our adorable dachshund Django. Two boxes that we keep going back to are BarkBox and Super Chewer.
Most seasoned dog owners have heard of BarkBox, the super popular monthly subscription box for dogs that includes a fun assortment of plush toys, treats, and chews. We are huge fans of BarkBox in our house, but I readily admit that it is not for some dogs. Our little guy Django is a 14lb tweenie sausage dog, and he has easily chewed through many BarkBox plush toys in a matter of minutes (or maybe seconds). Does that sound like your dog? If so, let us introduce you to Bark Super Chewer.
Super Chewer is Bark's monthly subscription box of "tough stuff for tough dogs." It offers dog owners a curated collection of toys, treats, and chews designed specifically for tough and aggressive chewers.
In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we provide a comprehensive overview and review of Bark Super Chewer based on our own experiences getting the toy and treat-filled boxes for our dog Django.
Raw dog food has become increasingly popular amongst dog owners in recent years. These days, you can find frozen or freeze-dried commercial raw dog food in almost every major pet store.
Proponents of raw dog food often point to the diet's higher protein and nutritional content and easier digestibility. Many against the raw dog food diet attest that its potential benefits are not proven and the risks (i.e. bacterial contamination, nutritional imbalance) largely outweigh them.
What are the most common ingredients in raw dog food? Is a raw diet good for dogs? What are the pros and cons? Are there different types of raw dog food? Is raw food right for your dog? How do you safely handle raw dog food?
In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we provide a comprehensive overview of raw dog food.
Kennel cough is a common and highly contagious dog disease. It causes an ongoing, forceful cough in infected dogs and swelling in the lungs, windpipe, and voice box. If your dog has an unrelenting cough that sounds like a honking goose, he may have kennel cough.
While kennel cough sounds horrible, fortunately the majority of dogs recover without treatment. So what exactly is kennel cough in dogs? What dogs are most at risk for kennel cough, and what are its symptoms? Can humans contract kennel cough from their pets? Is there a vaccine for kennel cough?
In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we explain the causes and symptoms of kennel cough in dogs. We also review available treatment options, discuss the Bordetella vaccine, and provide tips for prevention.
In an increasingly pet friendly world, dog carrier bags allow us to take our four-legged family everywhere. Whether you are about to board an international flight, ride on public transportation, go hiking, or spend the afternoon running errands with your four-legged friend, getting your dog used to a pet carrier is essential.
Is your dog new to pet carriers? Nervous, excited, or jumpy in any type of dog bag or pet purse? It is very common for dogs to be scared of new carriers or even try to jump out, especially if they're not used to being carried. How do you teach your dog to love riding in a bag?
In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we provide several steps to help your dog get used to a new pet carrier.
Mike and I (Steph) have flown extensively with with our long-haired dachshund Django. Every trip has been relatively easy since Django weighs 14 lbs and comfortably fits in an airline-approved pet carrier. He is also calm, quiet, and loves his airplane-friendly dog bag. We are fortunate that Django is so well behaved once we're up in the air.
Of course, flying with a dog in the airplane cabin is not always so easy. Dogs who have never flown before may be understandably nervous in the crowded airport and once on board. If you have never flown with your four-legged friend before, you might also be unsure what pre-travel steps should be taken.
If you want to take your dog on an in-cabin flight, there are several things you can do to make your trip as safe and seamless as possible. Here is how to best prepare your dog to fly in the airplane cabin.
One of the first dog toys we (Mike and Steph) ever bought Django was a KONG Classic rubber dog toy. Easily one of the most popular dog toys on the market, our durable toy has lasted through the years. Just yesterday, Django spent almost 20 minutes carefully licking every ounce of peanut butter out of his KONG toy.
Over the past give years, KONG has been one of our go-to dog toy companies. The brand is known for its high quality products and premium dog treats. We were therefore very excited to learn that KONG introduced its own monthly subscription box back in late 2019.
The following is a comprehensive overview and review of KONG Box based on our own personal experience getting the monthly subscription box for our long-haired dachshund, Django.
Parvovirus is one of the most common and potentially fatal dog diseases. It can be carried on your dog's hair and feet or on your shoes and clothing. While bleach kills it, sterile environments can quickly be reinfected. Parvovirus is preventable, but it kills 9 out of 10 dogs if left untreated.
If you are an experienced or new dog owner, you have probably heard about parvovirus. You may have even taken your dog to get his parvovirus vaccine. But what causes parvovirus in dogs? What are the symptoms of canine parvovirus? How are dogs with parvovirus diagnosed, and can they be successfully treated? How can parvovirus in dogs be prevented?
Here is everything you need to know about the causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of parvovirus in dogs.
The decision to get a new puppy is incredibly exciting. Unfortunately, finding a healthy puppy from a reputable source is not as easy as it should be. Puppy mills, online and offline pet stores, and backyard breeders churn out puppies for quick cash and accept anybody with a check or credit card.
On the other hand, responsible breeders screen new homes, provide guidance after you take your puppy home, and are willing to take back any dog they have produced. In other words, responsible breeders deeply care. But how do you find a responsible breeder, and how do you know that they are honest?
In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we share how to find a responsible dog breeder and the most important questions you should ask them.