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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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3 Reasons Dogs Chew Toys on Your Feet

Posted on: March 26th, 2014 by

A small dog chews her toy next to a shoe.

By: Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats. 

Hi. I’m Dr. Fiona and I’m a veterinarian at Idaho Veterinary Hospital, and I’m answering questions today from pet owners for Pets Best. This question is, “Why does my dog always need to chew her toys on people’s feet. She never chews the shoes, just wants to chew her toy on top of people’s feet.”

This is a funny question. If only we knew what was going on inside our dogs’ heads, but here are three ideas as to why your dog might do this.

1. One could be, especially for little dogs, that feet tend to be a strong-smelling area. So it could be that she’s associating your feet with you and your smell and your shoes with you, and so it’s her way of kind of bonding with you.

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Dog Breed Guide: German Shorthaired Pointer

Posted on: March 24th, 2014 by

German Shorthaired PointerBy: Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the German Shorthaired Pointer

Height (to base of neck): 23-25″

Weight: 55-70 lbs

Color: Dark brown (liver), black, or either liver and white or black and white. The head is commonly a solid color and the body is speckled or “ticked.”

Origin: 19th Century Germany

Coat: Water resistant, short and flat coat with a dense undercoat which is protected by stiff guard hairs.

Life Expectancy: 9-12 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: high

Is a German Shorthaired Pointer the Right Dog Breed for You?

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3 Facts About Dogs and Their Senses

Posted on: March 21st, 2014 by

close-up to dog faceBy 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 pet insurance agency for dogs and cats. 

The following question was sent to me by a fellow dog lover, “My Siberian husky can be snoozing upstairs in the back bedroom, but within seconds of a bag of potato chips being opened on the first floor, she suddenly appears, tail wagging and ready to share. When we go out on walks, I am amazed at how she sniffs out a cat hiding under a bush or tracks down the smallest bit of something edible on the ground. She can spot a squirrel scampering up a tree faster than I can but will sometimes stop and stare intently at a stick or a rock as though she expects it to move. When it comes to our senses, how do we compare to dogs?”

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