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Breed Guide: Siberian Husky

Posted on: April 7th, 2014 by

Siberian HuskyDr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency

About the Siberian Husky

Height (to base of neck): female 20-23″, male 21-25″

Weight: female: 35-50 lbs, male 45-60 lbs

Color: Varied, usually with white paws and legs, facial markings, and tail tip. Commonly black and white, less commonly copper-red and white, grey and white, and pure white.

Origin: Siberia, Russia

Coat: Thick two layered coat with a dense undercoat and a longer topcoat of short, straight guard hairs.

Life Expectancy: 12-14 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: high

Is a Siberian Husky the Right Dog Breed for You?

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Do Dogs Have a Sixth Sense?

Posted on: April 4th, 2014 by

dog by doorBy Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

The following is a question sent to me by a fellow dog owner, “My three-year-old Australian shepherd must be psychic or a mind reader. Each day before I arrive home, he waits for me in front of the living room win­dow. My kids get home from school before I do and they watch in amusement as Rocco stops playing and heads for his designated spot. Rocco likes everyone in the family, but he is definitely my dog. I don’t arrive home at the same time every day, but he is always there waiting. Does he really know when I’m on my way?”

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Can Big Dogs and Small Dogs Co-Exist in a Family?

Posted on: April 2nd, 2014 by

A big rottweiler dog with a small Chihuahua laying on top of it.

By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for the pet insurance agency, Pets Best.

Hi, I’m Dr. Fiona Caldwell and I’m a veterinarian at Idaho Veterinary Hospital. Today I’m answering a question from a pet owner submitted to Pets Best on the company’s Facebook page.

This dog owners question is, “Our small dog is nearly six years old, and while energetic, you can tell she’s beginning to slow down. My husband wants to get a second dog – a puppy – and he wants a large breed, most likely a Lab. I’m worried the puppy will accidentally hurt our current dog when playing, because she is older and smaller and may not be able to keep up with the puppy. What are your thoughts?”

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Breed Guide: French Bulldog

Posted on: March 31st, 2014 by

French Bulldog Dr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats

About the French Bulldog

Height (to base of neck): female 11-13″, male 11-13″

Weight: Not to exceed 28 lbs

Color: Accepted are various shades of brindle, fawn, tan or white with brindle patches.

Origin: First in England in the 1800s, but eventually in France after the Industrial Revolution.

Coat: Moderately fine, short and smooth.

Life Expectancy: 8 – 10 years

Energy level: Low to moderate

Exercise needs: Minimal

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2 Reasons Cats (Almost) Always Land on Their Feet

Posted on: March 28th, 2014 by

cat in treeBy Arden Moore, a certified cat and dog behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best, a cat insurance and dog insurance agency.

The following question was sent to me by a fellow cat owner, “I am embarrassed to admit that I would sometimes hold my childhood cat belly up over my head and let him fall. I was amazed that he could twist his body and land on his four feet with ease. I have much more respect for cats as an adult, but I am still intrigued by their athleticism. How do cats manage to maneuver their bodies and land safely?”

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