Characteristics of a Cavapoo

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The Cavapoo, also affectionately known as the, Cavadoodle or Cavoodle is among one of the first designer dog breeds developed here in the United States during the 1950s. A cross between the Cavalier Spaniel and the Miniature Poodle, the Cavapoo was bred for companionship and its low-shedding coat, which makes them a perfect option for allergy sufferers.

The Cavapoo has “teddy bear” qualities, with their sweet little round faces, big bright brown eyes and fluffy and soft coats. Depending on their genes they can take on more of their Poodle parent or more of their Spaniel parent. Either way, their “puppy” like looks carry with them into adulthood… and what can be cuter than that! Cavapoo size ranges based on the size of their Poodle parent and can range in the height of 9 to 14 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 12 to 25 lbs. full grown.

A perfect companion for any single person or family, the Cavapoo is full of love, affection and energy. Their high intelligence inherited by both parent breeds, make this dog very trainable and eager to please. They are social by nature and love to get out and explore while meeting new people and new dogs. They can become very attached to their families and so they shouldn’t be left alone for long periods of time or they can become stressed or anxious, which may lead to destructive behaviors or patterns.

Though they are not known barkers, they are excellent watch dogs as they will alert their humans if any strangers are approaching or if anything seems amiss. They are highly adaptable dogs, though they thrive much better when they have plenty of room to romp around. A home with a fenced in yard is ideal for this lively pup or a close walk to the local dog park. Daily exercise and play is very important for this breed as they have lots of energy to burn and need the activity to remain fit and healthy. At the end of the day, this little love will be happy to curl up on the couch or in your favorite chair right alongside of you.

Because they are a mixed breed, the Cavapoo is not recognized by the American Kennerl Club (AKC), however this breed is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), the Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR) and Designer Breed Registry (DBR).

To find out more on the Cavapoo and its parent breeds and to learn how you can bring home one of these little cuties of your very own, please visit: premierpups.com and speak with one of our caring puppy agents today.

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Toy vs. Teacup

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Toy and Teacup are terms used to describe the size of certain dog types. Toy breeds belong to a group of small dogs recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). However, Teacup dog’s, are the unofficial name simply given to very small dogs – often small enough to fit into a “teacup” or even your pocket – this group is not recognized by the AKC. Whether Toy or Teacup these little cuties have their similarities when it comes to size, appearance, and exercise requirements just as they have their differences, especially when it comes to where they originated from.

Toy

Size Range: 4 to 14 inches at shoulder
Weight Range: 9 to 35 lbs.

The dogs in this group can be categorized together as the term miniature and toy is often used interchangeably. A miniature or toy breed is a dog that is a smaller size of the original dog breed. This can be accomplished through genetic modification or from breeding the smaller dogs out of the litter.

The toy group of dogs consists of small dogs, and quite often designer cross breeds that are thought of as a perfect companion pet for owners with smaller homes or apartments. They make excellent family dogs especially for those with active members and children as they love to play or seek out new adventures. Some of the most common dogs of this size include the, Yorkshire Terriers, Shih Tzus, Poodles, Italian Greyhounds, Pomeranians, Maltese, Bichon Frise, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Havanese, and Chihuahuas.

Teacup

Size Range: 14 inches or less (though some can be as big as 14 inches)
Weight Range: 9 lbs. or less

Teacup dogs are not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). However, breeders name and categorize this breed size as any dog that is extremely small in stature. Teacups are often those that were born prematurely or those that were bred from two exceptionally small parents. Due to their delicate bone structure and tiny frame teacups are more prone to injury and should be handled with extreme care. Though teacup dogs are very sweet and gentle in nature it is not recommended to have a dog of this size when there are young children in the home as this little one can be easily hurt. Some of the most common Teacup breeds include the, Cavapoo, Morkie, Maltipoo, German Spitzer, Maltese, Brussels Griffon and the Papillon.

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Top Reasons We Love The Pomachon

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The Pomachon, also lovingly known as the Bichonaranian, the Poochon or the Pom Frise, is one of the more recent additions to the world of designer dog breeds. This lap size companion dog is a mix between two of the most loved and popular dog breeds in the United States today, the cheerful and energetic Pomeranian and the sweet and playful Bichon Frise.

They are Socialize “Butterflies”

Both social and cute, the Pomachon will be sure to make new friends with both people and other dogs wherever they go. Taking your little one to the local dog park to socialize and romp around will keep them both happy and fit. Because of their social and loving nature, these little one’s don’t do well being left alone for extended periods. If left alone for frequent long periods of time they can develop anxiety or stress. They make a great addition to an active owner or family.

They are Highly Adaptable

Pomachon’s are very good at adapting well to any living space, whether it’s an apartment setting or a larger home with a big yard. As long as they are with their humans they are happy and eager to please. However, like any dog, they must be properly socialized and trained at a young age- so be sure to take your pup out for plenty of walks and social activities on a regular basis, and give them lots of positive encouragement around new places and people.

Play, Play, Play!

The Pomachon is full of energy and is always up for a new game or adventure. They get their intelligence from both the Poodle and Bichon Frisé parents and so puzzles and activities that require them to think more than usual are excellent. Don’t worry about your little one getting too much play, it’s more likely that the pet owners will get tired before the Pomachon does!

Cuddle Time

At the end of the day when all of that energy becomes expended, the Pomachon’s favorite place to be is cuddled up with their humans on the couch, on the porch swing or cozied up in bed. They adore their family and thrive on companionship and love. And who wouldn’t want to cuddle up with a Pomachon?

That Cute Little Face!

The Pomachon like many designer cross breed dogs, carries its sweet puppy looks well into adult hood. Known to many dog lover’s and the dog world as a “Teddy Bear” breed, this designer cross breed will have people falling all over them and their adorable looks and charming demeanor wherever they go.

To learn more about the Pomachon and its ever popular parent breeds, the Pomeranian and the Bichon Frise and how you can bring or more of these precious pups into your “furever” home, please visit premierpups.com today.

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How to Purchase a Dog Safely Online

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Find a reputable breeder

34% of dogs are obtained through a breeder– that’s a pretty significant number. The best way to find a responsible dog breeder is to ask around your local area or find a trusted online pet breeder by researching their reviews, guarantees, and breeders. You may also want to reach out to your local veterinarians, dog trainers or local breed clubs.

Speak to the breeder

A knowledgeable and trusted breeder will be able to answer all of your questions and concerns. In return, they will ask you plenty of questions to be certain that you can take care of the dog and ensure that the dog will have a safe, happy and healthy home.

Ask for references

A reputable breeder will have no problem handing over references of prior clients for you to speak with. If the breeder can’t offer you this, take this as a red flag.

Ask to see the puppies on a live web cam

You want to see your puppy before you purchase it and pictures aren’t really telling you too much about their health or well-being. Ask to see the puppies live and also their living area – check for signs that it is clean, quiet and safe. Again, a reputable breeder will have no issue doing this for you, though you may need to schedule a time in advance.

Ask about warranties

The health of your new family member should be a breeder’s primary concern. Practicing precaution and making sure that each puppy is healthy and has its initial vaccines before going into a new home is paramount to the overall well-being of these little ones. A reputable breeder will most often have a warranty to cover any unexpected costs associated with an illness that wasn’t discovered prior to purchase.

Read the reviews

Find out what others are saying. A reputable breeder in addition to references will have good reviews. Reviews are most often left after the transaction has been made and the pups are settled into their new homes. You can find a lot out just be scrolling through.

Purchasing a new puppy can be an exciting and yet scary venture. Make sure to ask plenty of questions and be comfortable with a breeder before moving on. Always speak to someone over the phone or in person. To find out more on how you can bring home your “furever” pet, please visit: premierpups.com.

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Help! My Dog Doesn’t Drink Enough Water

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Our beloved pets, just like us, need adequate daily water intake. It is important that they have access to water all the time, and not just when they’re thirsty. For our pets to remain healthy and to help prevent future potential medical concerns, drinking enough is a must. Before we can begin to identify the reason that may be preventing your pup from lapping up their water we must first recognize how much your dog needs to be drinking each day for their size.

In general, a dog requires approximately 1 fluid ounce of water per pound or 6o milliliters per kilogram of total bodyweight each day. Keep in mind, however, that this is only a guideline as your pet may have different requirements based on exercise, diet and/or preexisting health concerns. So you’ve tested the theory, and find that your precious pup is still way under the recommended amount, now what? Well let’s take a look at some of the reasons why your pet may be steering clear of their water dish.

5 Reasons Your Pet May Not Want to Drink and How to Help

Inactivity or Lack of Exercise

Often our dogs begin to drink less if they become less active. Their bodies don’t need the replenishment as much as they would if they were highly active. Most often, this is noticeable in the cooler months when our pets aren’t getting the same amount of outdoor exercise as they are in the warmer months.

How to help:

Get them out for a nice long walk or a good run. Chances are after a lot of activity your little one will be lapping up that water in no time.

Aging

As our dogs begin to age you may notice less interest in both eating and drinking. This is most often simply because their appetites have changed or lessened. This is very common in older less active dogs.

How to help:

If you feel that your older dog isn’t getting an adequate amount of water, try mixing water in with their dry dog food or switching to a soft wet nutritious dog food.

Emotional Changes

Anxiety, stress and fear are just some emotions that your pet may be feeling. Much like humans, our pets loose the desire to eat or drink when in a deepened emotional state.

How to help:

Spend some extra time with your pup -give them extra cuddles and reassurance so that they know they are safe and not alone. From here slowly introduce water and even snacks to your dog. You may want to even try sitting on the floor with your pet so they feel more calm and comfortable.

Illness

Sometimes there is an underlying reason your pet won’t drink. This could be related to an illness or medical condition. Often, dogs with kidney ailments or UTI’s are less apt to drink.

How to help:

Speak to your vet right away. Your vet can run a series of tests along with a thorough check up to see what may be affecting your dog. If it is something serious you’ll want to get your dog treated right away.

Change in Water

Dogs have a keen sense of smell and taste, much more so than humans. Small changes in taste and smell can be a big deal for your dog. Perhaps you moved, and now you’ve gone from city water to well water or vice versa, your pet may be sensing a change in the water and avoiding it because it is not what they have been used to.

How to help:

Try mixing some bottled or filtered water into your dog’s dish to help them acclimate to the change. If this doesn’t work, try giving them filtered water only. There may be a taste or smell in the water from the faucet that they don’t like. In addition, if you’ve recently swapped out your pet’s dish, they may also be experiencing a change in taste from the material used to construct the bowl. Make sure to give it a good wash before letting your pet drink from a new bowl. If this still doesn’t either, try giving them water in their old bowl.

Our pets are our family and we want to take care of them just like the other members in the family. If you feel that your pet is acting abnormally, contact your local vet right away. For more information on how to care for your pet or to bring home a puppy of your own, please visit: premierpups.com.

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Therapy Poodles

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Originally bred and trained as retrievers, the Poodle has become one of the most popular and in demand service and therapy dogs due to their incredible intelligence, affectionate and gentle nature and their inherited low-shedding hypoallergenic coats.

The role of any service or therapy dog is to offer emotional and/or physical support and may include visiting nursing homes, hospitals, schools or institutions with confined or disabled patients, often bringing about the first smile seen in many months on the face of a many patients. Scientific studies have revealed that the company of a pet, like a therapy Poodle, has been shown to lower blood pressure and anxiety and significantly reduce stress, which is especially important when working around patients with chronic or debilitating illnesses.

The Poodle will settle down for long periods of time to match the pace of the person that they are with, or will be enthusiastic and ready to go when you are. They are born retrievers with an incredible sense of smell which, means that they can be easily trained to bring things their owner or support pal needs. Their keen sense also makes them a strong responder to diabetic alerting and an aide for those with vision or hearing impairments. In addition, their large size makes it easy for the Poodle to offer support and balance to help someone get around. And yet another big advantage is that the Poodle doesn’t shed, which makes them great service dogs for those with life-threatening allergies.

The Poodle is very in tune with human emotions, which is a must for therapy and service animals. In addition, they must be gentle and under control at all times and should possess an easygoing temperament- something that all Poodles in any size are known for. This makes the Poodle a great choice for work with psychiatric patients. The interaction between a patient and a therapy pet is non-judgmental, which can be extremely encouraging.

What about Poodle Crossbreeds?

Although not widely recognized as a service or therapy dog breed, the Labradoodle – a cross between a Standard Poodle and a Labrador Retriever– two of the top service and therapy dog breeds- the Labradoodle inherits all of the dominant characteristics of a reliable assistance companion. Labradoodles can take on the intelligence of a Poodle, and the adaptability of a Labrador. This mixed breed make great companion for people of all ages and conditions because of their ability to adapt to each individual’s needs and preferences.

Poodles are extremely dependable and adaptable and love being companion dogs with a purpose. To find out more information on this intelligent breed, please visit: premierpups.com today.

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5 Popular Low-Shedding Lap Dogs

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The question on many minds when searching for their very own “furever” friend is, “is this dog hypoallergenic”? So, why then do we see low-shedding synonymously used with hypoallergenic? Good question. No dog is truly 100% hypoallergenic as the allergens, which is often a protein, is in the saliva and urine of dogs and not necessarily in the dander of their coats. So while, they are not true allergen free, they certainly are great options for aspiring pet parents who suffer with pet allergies as they shed very little. Let’s compare then, five of the most popular, low shedding lap dogs below.

Bichon Frise

Height: 9.5-11.5 inches
Weight: 12-18 pounds

The Bichon Frise has made onto the list of hypoallergenic dogs, as this breed sheds very little. The Bichon has a double coat, and so all loose hair gets trapped in the undercoat. This pup will need a regular weekly brushing to prevent any mattes and tangles and to keep their ever popular silky soft top coat.

Maltese

Height: 7-9 inches
Weight: under 7 pounds

While this breed has plenty of hair it is not one to shed very much. The Maltese does not have an undercoat like most dogs of its size and are considered to be one of the hypoallergenic dog breeds. Their fur does require some grooming and maintenance and if it isn’t maintained it come become matted.

Miniature Poodle

Height: 10-15 inches
Weight: 10-15 pounds

The Miniature Poodle’s relatively non-shedding coat makes this breed a good choice for people with pet allergies. In fact, the Poodle has inspired so many designer dog breeds because of their coat, that there are now over 25 recognized Poodle crossbreeds.

Shih Tzu

Height: 9-10.5 inches
Weight: 9-16 pounds

The Shih Tzu breed, like the Bichon Frise, also has a double coat. That means that the shedding hairs on the undercoat don’t fall to the ground or furniture. Instead these hairs will stick to the coat itself and must be brushed out during regular grooming to prevent mattes and tangles.

Yorkshire Terrier “Yorkie”

Height: 7-8 inches
Weight: 7 pounds

The Yorkie has what is considered a slower shedding cycle than most breeds. This means that their coat will grow evenly throughout the year and thus shed very lightly throughout the year. In contrast, many breeds sheds very heavily twice per year.

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Pomeranian “Prince”

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From British Royalty to the pages of history books and everywhere in between, the Pomeranian dubbed the, “Pomeranian Prince”, due to its regal background, has graced the world with its charm for centuries. This pure breed exhibits a strong character, gracious beauty and a delightful, yet curious personality.

A descendant of the larger sized Spitz dog breeds, the Pomeranian is the smallest of this breed lineage. Dogs of the Spitz breed have been displayed on and within various artifacts dating as far back as 400 B.C. It wasn’t until the 18th century, however, that the Pomeranian, formerly referred to as the, “Wolf Dog”, became popular among the English Monarchy, where it would become its own established breed and earn its title as the, Pomeranian.

It was in 1761 when, then Queen Charlotte, from the Duchy of Mecklenburg, married King Charles III of England and brought with her, her beloved dogs from her neighboring region of Pomerania in Germany. At this time, Queen Charlotte began referring to this breed as the Pomeranian and thus the name stuck. Years later, Queen Charlotte’s granddaughter, Queen Victoria would make the Pomeranians even more popular, often traveling with them wherever she went. And this wasn’t simple travel – these little cuties had their own security detail and their very own secure compartment in the train car.

In accordance to Queen Victoria, in regards to this royal breed, “a dog’s coat is thick and long and appears to be standing out from his body. His tail curls over and lays near to his back. His ears are erect and small and he has a foxy head. His legs and back are fairly short and his overall appearance is of a thick set square dog. Despite all these factors, he seems to be as energetic as a kitten.” She also, was steadfast in the belief that a Pomeranian should be in the weight range of 6 to 12 lbs.

By the late 1800’s this popular breed made its way into the United Stated and earned its way into the widely recognized, American Kennel Club, and by the early 1900’s the Pomeranian had its very own club. Having graced the world with their adoring and loving personalities for many years, it is no wonder that this breed is still ranked among one of the most popular breeds today, both among royalty, still, and in the homes and hearts of the rest of the great nations.

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Miniature Labradoodle vs. Miniature Goldendoodle What’s the Difference?

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These two beautiful breeds have so many similarities that it is often hard to tell them apart from one another. This guide will highlight the most distinctive traits that each one of these cuties has.

Miniature Labradoodle

Parents: The Miniature Labradoodle is a cross designer breed that has a Labrador Retriever and a Miniature Poodle for its parents.

History: Labradoodles were first bred in Australia in 1988 by a breeder by the name of Wally Cochran. His primary focus was to create a hypoallergenic guide dog for a woman who had become blind and her husband who had suffered from pet allergens. And what better mix than a sweet and gentle Labrador and an intelligent and non-shedding Poodle.

Size: The Miniature Labradoodle has an average height of 17 to 22 inches at the shoulder with a weight between 30 to 50 lbs. Most often the males will be larger than the females.

Activity Level: The Labradoodle no matter the size are high-energy dogs that need quite a bit of exercise each day. They do well in larger spaces, so they wouldn’t be the best choice for an apartment setting. A fenced-in backyard is ideal for this breed to run free, but long walks, runs, and hikes will keep this energetic breed busy.

Coat and Coloring: Labradoodle coats can be straight, wavy, curly, or have a slight shag look in appearance. Their coats can be a variety of colors including: black, white, caramel, chocolate, brown, blue, cream or a mix of any of the above. Those with the curlier coats will require more care to avoid matting and tangling. They will need regular brushings and visits to the groomer.

Miniature Goldendoodle

Parents: The Miniature Goldendoodle is a cross designer breed that has a Golden Retriever and a Miniature Poodle for its parents.

History: The Goldendoodle came onto the scene in the mid 1980’s and gained in popularity because of the obedient and loyal nature they adopted from the Golden Retriever and once again the intelligence and non-shedding coat of the Poodle. Though not much more is known of the origin.

Size: Miniature Goldendoodles weigh between 35 and 50 lbs. when full grown and weigh anywhere between 26 to 35 lbs. Like the Miniature Labradoodle, the males will most often be larger than the female.

Activity Level: The Mini Goldendoodle, though still energetic does not require the amount of daily exercise that the Mini Labradoodle does. This breed will need 30- 40 minutes of moderate exercise per day. This can include long walks, hikes and runs. This breed is also a huge fan of the water, so swimming is another added exercise, especially in the warmer months. They also do well in larger settings.

Coat and Coloring: The coat of this breed can be wavy or curly and colors may include: white, tan, cream, silver, gray and black. They are low shedding, but still require regular brushings and visits to the groomer to keep a healthy and manageable coat.

Both of these breeds have great attributes and live for the companionship of their owners and families. Their energetic and friendly nature, make them excellent choices for the active person. The hard question is, which one is right for you? This depends on your lifestyle and hobbies. If you’re looking for a working dog or hunting companion, a Mini Labradoodle may be a better option due to its slightly bigger size and higher energy level. On the other hand, Mini Goldendoodles are also very popular for therapy work. No matter, which one you choose, you will be guaranteed a home filled with laughs and love for years to come. To find out how you can bring home a puppy of your own and to find out even more information on these breeds and others, please visit: premierpups.com today.

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The 5 Types of Poodles

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The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes only three types of Poodles, which are all variations of the same breed- the Standard, Miniature and the Toy. In contrast, the United Kennel Club (UKC) considers the Klein (Moyen) Poodle as a Standard Poodle and further, recognizes Standard Poodles as an entirely different breed than Miniature and Toy poodles. Either the AKC or the UKC recognize the Teacup Poodle.

Standard Poodle

Coming in first, the Standard Poodle is the largest of the breed. The Standard measures in between 20 to 23 inches tall at the shoulder and can weigh anywhere between 40 to 85 lbs. at full grown.

Miniature Poodle

The Miniature of “Mid-Sized” Poodle is the second largest of the recognized Poodle breed and measures between 11 to 15 inches at the shoulder. Their average weight is between 14 to 18 lbs. full grown. It is important to note, that this is not inclusive of mixed Poodle breeds.

Toy Poodle

The smallest of the recognized Poodle breed is of course the Toy Poodle. This little one measures 8 to 10 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 6 to 10 lbs. full grown.

Klein (Moyen) Poodle

Though not recognized by the American Kennel Club, the United Kennel Club recognizes the Klein Poodle as a Standard Poodle. The Klein measures in slightly smaller than an American Standard, measuring 15 to 20 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing between 40 to 50 lbs. full grown.

Teacup Poodle

The Teacup Poodle is an unofficial title given to the smallest of the Poodle breed. There are no clear or recognized guidelines when it comes to the breeding of such a tiny dog. The Teacup Poodle generally measures 6 to 8 inches in height at the shoulder and weighs between a mere 2 to 5 lbs. full grown.

While the five variations of Poodles exhibit some differences in personality, they are all comparatively similar. They are extremely intelligent by breed standards, easily trainable and very affectionate dogs who are eager to please their owners. Poodles are highly sensitive and do extremely well with positive reinforcement. Negativity shown towards this breed can lead to anxiety and nervousness.

No matter the size of the Poodle, they all have their own unique personality and beauty. This breed is among one of the most popularly ranked breeds worldwide and rightly so. The Poodle is a regal and charming breed that will warm their way into your heart and home for a long time.

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