The “New Yorkie” Poo

As designer as they come, this breed looks and acts as though it came right off of 5th Avenue! With a silky soft coat intertwined with beautiful colors, these purse sized pups are sure to show off their beauty, intelligence and hypoallergenic coat wherever they go. Like most starlets on Broadway, they love to be the center of attention so they will be more than happy to show off their performance skills, especially in agility and obedience.

Like many designer breeds, the Yorkie Poo is a newer and young hybrid and was introduced to the world for the first time about a decade ago. Bred by two highly intelligent and sociable breeds, the Yorkshire Terrier and the Toy or Miniature Poodle, the Yorkie Poo inherited some of the best attributes of both parents. Though small in stature they are strong in vocals and are well known for giving their opinion and expressing their vocal talents- you can say, they love to hear themselves bark!

This loving and loyal pup adores companionship and being the apple of its human’s eye. They are a perfect match for someone who is retired or has the ability to bring this dog along with them wherever they go… they are purse size after all. Proper training and socialization at an early age will ensure a very well behaved pooch on your travels, however you must remember that they do like to voice their opinion so it is best to keep them out of areas that have too much stimulation or you’ll be sure to get an earful.

Though they do not need much exercise, brisk walks each day and plenty of socialization with both people and pets will be enough to keep this pup healthy and happy for many years. Because they love to show off their many skills and talents frequenting the local dog park may be the perfect thing for your little one.

Whether on Broadway or in rural Pennsylvania, this sweetheart of a dog will be sure to keep you on your toes and smiling for many years to come. To find your fur ever companion visit premierpups.com today.  And don’t forget to check out the exclusive Dr. Pup 10 Year Warranty Program.

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Counting Sheepadoodles

While we don’t picture Sheepadoodles flying through the air when trying to get to sleep, we do imagine them cuddled up right next to us. And what better cuddle dog! These fun loving, charming and sweet dogs are a cross between two of the most beloved breeds– the Old English Sheep dog and the Poodle. Depending on the size of the Poodle, toy, miniature or standard will determine the size of your very own Sheepadoodle.

They sure are cute, but are they gentle?

These gentle giants don’t just look friendly they are as welcoming and jovial as they come. With a fluffy coat and a happy go lucky personality, they are always on board to learn a new game, head out for a walk or discover a new adventure…as long as you’re by their side. They form strong bonds with their humans and have a difficult time adapting to being away from them for too long. So if your schedule doesn’t allow you to be home often, this may not be the best fit for you.

They make for a great addition to any active family as their free spirit and happy attitude makes them a perfect fit for children and other playful pets. Gradual introduction is best, as this breed can exhibit some shyness at the beginning, but before long they will warm right up! They do well in most all settings as long as they are given plenty of time to play and be active. Daily walks are essential for this breed as it is with most dogs.

They make for great therapy and emotional support dogs.

They have a heightened sense of emotional connection and are very in tune to the moods of others, which makes them wonderful therapy and emotional support dogs. Proper training and socialization started at an early age is best if you’re thinking of an emotional support path for your pup. They do not want to be far from their human and for any long amount of time. Their desire to keep their “pack” together is part of their lineage as a herding dog.

Do they shed?

Perfect for allergy sufferers, the Sheepadoodle has very little to no shedding at all. Proper grooming every 6 to 8 weeks however is highly recommended to keep their coat clean and free of debris. They do tend to have longer hair, which means that they can easily “pick” things up while out on walks or adventures. It would be wise to brush them weekly in addition to regular grooming maintenance.

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The Enchanted Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Once upon a time… or should, I say, “once upon a Corgi”? Either way, legend has it that the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is as enchanted as every mystical and magical creature in a faraway land.

It is said, that the elves and fairies of Wales used the Pembroke Welsh Corgi to pull their tiny coaches, herd the wee fairy cattle, and serve as the elegant and courageous steed for the fairy warriors. This was before two children happened to stumble upon a funeral procession of two prominent warrior fairies and were gifted with the warrior’s steeds. Don’t believe me? If you look closely, you can still see the marks of the “fairy saddle” over the shoulders of their fox like and weather resistant coat. Even their namesake is “the dwarf dog”. You see in the Welsh language, “cor” means dwarf and “gi” means dog.

And as if their enchanting lineage isn’t enough, they are the smallest of all cattle herding and ranch hand breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). They are the guardians of the farm and the keeper of the secrets. Their heritage speaks leadership and dominance and they are a trailblazer in their own right.

Because fairies are always a little finicky and just a tad bit tricky, you must know that these little steeds don’t come without a bit of quirkiness of their own. They have plenty of energy and love to play – and when over excited have a tendency to nip at the heels of babes and small children. They do not do this to hurt, but in effort to herd and keep their group together as they were brought up to do. Fret not, this can be easily corrected at a young age through proper socialization and training. These little ones must understand that they are not in charge outside of a fairytale land and must be guided and corrected.

Folklore and fairytale aside, these courageous and loyal pups make the perfect addition to any family, whether working on a farm or frolicking in the back yard this charming pooch will be sure to add love and magic to your heart and soul. To learn more on how you can bring home your own little piece of legend, visit premierpups.com.

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One, Two, Pomapoo

If you’re looking for a breed with the best attributes of two of the top dogs then look no further. The Pomapoo inherits intelligence, affection, loyalty and charm from both parent breeds. A mix of the Pomeranian and the Toy Poodle this little dog with a big personality is perfect for families with older children, singles, seniors and as a companion to other family pets.

Small, but Mighty

These little ones measure in at 8–10 inches and weigh in at only 5-10 lbs. That doesn’t make them any less of a dog than a big one…or so they think! With a moderate energy level, they are more active indoors, but still require a daily brisk walk to keep them fit and healthy. If you have other family pets that are larger, make sure to have supervised play as they Pomapoo will try to keep up with the pace of the other pets. The Pomapoo doesn’t always realize how small they really are and so may develop something called, small dog syndrome. This is something that can be curbed with early socialization and training.

What is small dog syndrome?

Small dog syndrome is a behavior that small dogs inhibit when they feel that they are much larger than they actually are. Most times this learned behavior is developed out of fear and anxiety. This syndrome will often lead to constant barking or yapping, nipping or lunging at strangers or other animals as a way of asserting their dominance. If your little one begins to exhibit these behaviors, the best recourse is to show them that you are in charge through stern direction. Please do not yell – no animal takes well to being abused verbally or physically and this often leads to further behavioral problems. It may be best to contact a professional trainer if experiencing resilience or push back from your little one.

I have small children – will the Pomapoo be a good family pet?

The Pomapoo is a great family pet that is full of loyalty and devotion. In fact, these pups want nothing more than to be with their humans and make them happy. When it comes to small children, they do not often understand the fragility of a dog this small and may play a little too rough – this can cause the dog to nip if afraid or hurt. Supervised play and interaction is strongly recommended for the safety of both the child and the dog.

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Giddy Up Cowboy Corgi!

With the intelligence of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the work ethic of the Australian Cattle Dog, this little cattle herding cowboy will be at the heart of any farm or ranch. Happiest when put to work, you can be assured that this little one will be your best farmhand yet.

Are all Cowboy Corgi’s working dogs?

Though, not all Cowboy Corgis are working dogs they are best suited for highly active individuals or families. These loyal and loveable pups are always up for any adventure as long as they can burn some energy and keep their “pack” together.

How big do they get?

These rascally pups take after their Corgi parent in appearance with a long body and a short stature. Weighing in at under 30 lbs. you can rest assured knowing that these little cowboys pack a lot of strength and endurance for their small stature.

Do they still need exercise if they’re working dogs?

Even though they are hard workers they still have a primal instinct for daily walks and active play- and in their younger years they still have plenty of stamina and energy at the end of the work day. Open spaces and active lifestyles are what they live for. You’re probably thinking…do they ever relax? Yes! At the end of a long day they will gladly curl up next to your feet or even on the couch sitting next to you.

Are the easy to maintain as far as grooming?

The Cowboy Corgi surprisingly requires very little maintenance when it comes to grooming. They have a double coat that you can expect them to shed twice a year. Bathing with a high quality dog shampoo every 4 to 6 weeks will keep their coat shiny and healthy. Be sure to keep their ears clean and free of moisture to prevent infection and keep their teeth clean to thwart periodontal disease. Regular scheduled check-ups and cleanings at the vet as well as some healthy chews should be plenty to keep your dog’s mouth healthy.

If you’re looking for a cattle herding cowboy or an adventure seeking pal wrapped in a little package, then the Cowboy Corgi is definitely for you. To learn more about how you can meet your fur ever friend visit premierpups.com.

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Maltipoo for Two

A designer dog with two of the most popular parent breeds, the Maltipoo has surely made a big stand with a tiny paw print. First bred 20 to 30 years ago in the United States and gaining in worldwide popularity, the Maltipoo is a cross between the ever regal Maltese and the super intelligent Poodle. This little charmer is among those at the top of the elite designer dog list.

Did you know?

  • Maltipoo’s even part of the same litter, can look very different from one another? They may even look the same or completely different from either of their parent breeds. The Maltipoo is generally very small, but their size, color, coat type, temperament, activity level, and overall health will vary depending on what that individual puppy has inherited from its parents.

 

  • Their high intelligence and sweet and gentle temperament make them great therapy dogs.

 

  • Though small in size, they are extremely active and require a diet that’s formulated specific for them. Make sure to consult your vet to see which food they recommend for your puppies needs.

 

  • This dog was bred for companionship, so they make for a great travel buddy or a stay at home sidekick.

 

  • Attention and affection are the two things that this breed craves more than anything. Spending time with their humans makes for a happy and obedient dog. A great pet for a first time pet owner or a family, the Maltipoo is strongly adaptable.

 

  • Like most small dogs however, too much time alone can cause separation anxiety which can lead to excessive barking and possible destructive behavior. They tend to get bored easily so be sure to have safe toys and chews to keep them busy.

 

 

  • These little packages of fluff and fur do not do well in extreme temperatures, regardless of which coat they inherited, so unless out for a daily stroll, it is best to keep them inside.

 

  • Regular grooming appointments and clipping of the nails is important to keep their coats healthy. It also very important to brush their teeth at least once weekly, as the Maltipoo is prone to gum periodontal disease.

 

You can’t go wrong with this sweet little pup. It is said, that once you go Maltipoo you’ll always go Maltipoo! With the proper amount of daily exercise, a healthy diet and regular grooming maintenance -you can expect to share a long happy life with your Maltipoo. Learn more by visiting premierpups.com today!

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Real Life Teddy Bear

We all wished as kids that are favorite teddy bear playmate would come to life – and now we can finally have what we always hoped for. Though, not an official breed of dog, the Teddy Bear, is mostly a mix of smaller dogs that resemble these endearing creatures, though there are some exceptions of pure breeds. Cute and cuddly and sweet to boot, it is important to remember that they are not toys and should not be treated as such. They require just as much care and attention as larger dogs and sometimes a little bit more as they need extra protection for their tiny frames.

The Teddy Bear breed is thought to be fairly new, however the breed which made up the first hybrid teddy bear dog were the Cocker Spaniel and Poodle – the Cockapoo during the 1970’s. Since then they

How long do teddy bear dogs live?

Smaller dog breeds tend to live longer than large breed dogs, and teddy bear dogs are no exception. These popular pooches typically have a life expectancy of 12 to 16 years, sometimes longer if they have a healthy genetic predisposition, are fed a healthy diet and get plenty of healthy exercise.

Can teddy bear dogs be left alone?

A number of the breeds that can be mixed to be a teddy bear dog are prone to separation anxiety. It is best to research both parent breeds before making your final decision. Making sure your little one isn’t left alone for long periods of time and having background noise while away, such as the television or radio will help to keep them calm.

Are teddy bear dogs easy to train?

Teddy bear dogs are known for their intelligence and obedience when it comes to training. That said, with all small dogs potty training can be more challenging than in larger breeds, so you need to educate yourself on potty training tricks and methods for small breed dogs.

What are the most popular Teddy Bears?

Bichon Frise

Cockapoo

Cavapoo

Maltese

Shih Tzu

Pomeranian

Havapoo

Miniature Goldendoodle

Shorkie

Miniature Bernadoodle

 

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The Maltese – A Charming Lap Dog

Small and refined with the charm of a southern belle, this charming and sweet pup has made it into the homes and hearts of dog lovers since the 1300’s. The regal Maltese breed, aristocrat of the dog world, has shared the home of royalty and hierarchy for centuries and its temperament proves so.

With more than 28 centuries under its coat as a lap dog, you can expect that a Maltese needs constant human attention and love. Its delicate traits and mostly mild temperament make them great family pets, though it may be best to keep them out of households with small children, as they may play too roughly. Although, they are small and regal they still enjoy a good romp indoor or outdoor and to learn and perform new tricks. And don’t let their tiny frame fool you, these little ones are on high alert and make for great watch dogs.

The Maltese makes the perfect travel companion so make sure to include them in all of your travel plans. Because of their strong need for affection it is best not to leave them alone too long as they can exhibit separation anxiety which can lead to destructive behavior and excessive barking.

Just like that of all dogs, your Maltese will need daily exercise. Active play will help to alleviate some energy, but will not meet the primal need to walk. Short daily walks along with some supervised playtime will fit the bill for this little ball of fluff. They do not need a large area to play, as they are most active indoors, a fenced in area is a great place to allow them to burn some energy and sniff around.

They do best in warmer climates as their small bodies tend to hold on to the cold and dampness. It is important after grooming and after outdoor activity to make sure that they are thoroughly dried as their coat can trap moisture.

At the end of the day, this cuddly and loveable lapdog is a true companion and will take care of you as much as you take care of them. Visit us today at premierpups.com to find your fur ever friend.

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I’m Allergic to Puppies, but Completely in Love

If you’re one of millions of people around the world who suffer from pet allergens, we can help! Though, there are many breeds that claim their coats to be hypoallergenic, no one dog is truly allergen free. Most people who suffer with dog allergies aren’t even affected by the fur they’re affected by the dander, which are little bits of shedding skin. This dander can also be mixed with other protein allergens found in a dogs saliva or fecal matter and can be spread throughout the surrounding environment.

Before becoming discouraged, it is best to start off with an allergy test provided by your doctor. This will help to identify if you have mild, moderate or severe allergies and target what really is affecting you. As an example, some tests may show that you are only allergic to a protein that is found in male dogs.

There are many loveable dog breed options available in the “hypoallergenic” family that range from big and strong to small and cuddly and from guard dog to lap dog. Here is a list of some of the most popular.

Tips and tricks to keep those allergies at bay

If you’ve gone through all necessary steps and still suffer from tolerable mild to moderate allergens, here are some helpful hints that can keep the sniffles and sneezes in check.

  • Don’t allow your new pup into your bedroom or other areas that you spend a lot of time.
  • Limit the amount of carpets and rugs in your home.
  • Dust and vacuum regularly.
  • Keep your puppy off of furniture, especially upholstered furniture, where allergens can get trapped.
  • Invest in a HEPA filter.
  • Groom and brush your dog regularly to minimize shedding and prevent dry skin.
  • Wash your pets bedding and toys consistently.

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Bringing Home a New Puppy

Bringing Home a New Puppy

The thought of bringing home a new puppy can be exciting and even a little overwhelming. Making sure you and your family are prepared is the first step to succeed. Holding a family discussion to talk about rules, guidelines, feedings and potty times before bringing home the new puppy is very important, especially when there are children in the home. If the puppy is going to be left alone for long periods of time make sure to check out home care visits.

In addition, sectioning off an area of the home is equally as important to supervise your new little one from getting hurt or into (too much) mischief. It is recommended to keep them in a crate while they are left alone without supervision for the beginning stages of their young lives.

What do I need?

Before you bring your puppy home, be sure you have the following supplies to get you and your new fur ever friend off on the right paw:

  • A high quality or premium pet food and treats – this will assure that your new puppy is off to a good and healthy start.
  • Food and water bowls. Stainless steel or copper are recommended.
  • A leash and collar
  • Identification tags to attach to the collar with your puppy’s name and your phone number. It is advisable to also add your veterinarian’s name and phone number.
  • Safe chew toys are perfect when your little one is still teething
  • Flea, tick, and parasite controls

Additional recommendations:

  • Brushes and combs
  • Dog shampoo
  • Nail clipper
  • Vitamins and supplements – please talk with your veterinary clinic first.
  • Travel crate for visits to the veterinary office or any other travel.

Will my new pet get along with my children?

The best introduction for children and pets is to allow them to meet prior to the purchasing or adoption phase. Ideally, your children should be a part of the process and choosing the family pet.

Children get very excited (and well who wouldn’t!) over the thought of a new pet, but it is critical that they understand that the new puppy is still fragile. Just like babies and children, puppies need lots of rest, so allow for supervised time periods of interaction throughout the day. Play sessions should not exceed 20 to 30 minutes and no more than 3 times per day when the puppy is still growing.

Loud noises and sudden movements can be very scary for a puppy. Children, especially younger, don’t always understand the fragileness and may be tempted to shout at or around the puppy. Teasing and rough play also form bad habits, such as excessive barking and jumping that will be hard to break if not curbed immediately.

Allow children to take part in helping to care for the dog. Giving them chores such as feeding or brushing the new puppy will help them to take responsibility in the care and upbringing of the new family member and will help them to form a lifelong bond.

Ok, but what about other pets?

Bringing home a new puppy makes us eager to get them settled in right away and part of settling in is getting your new pup acclimated not only to the human members of the family, but also the furry (or maybe furless) residents too. This big world and all the new things can be very exciting, but also very scary for a new puppy, so allowing them to get used to their environment is highly recommended before introducing them to other pets.

Keeping your pets separated for a few days is advisable, but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t begin to get familiarized.  Start by placing your new little pooch in a gated area or in a crate. Crates act as a den or safe place for a dog, so leaving it open will let them know they can go into their safe zone at any time. Give the puppy and your other pet(s) items that offer scent- this way they can get to know one another before their meeting.  Do let your pets smell and touch each other through the crate or pet gate after the first day.  Do this several times over the next few days.

Once they’re ready to meet face to face, supervision is essential and an area for them to separate should be readily accessible in the event trouble should arise.

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