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  • 5 Cuddliest Cat Breeds

    Persian Cat via ShutterstockBy Cheryl Lock | Pet360.com
    While most of our feline friends have some kind of fluff factor to them (except, you know, the hairless kinds), it's a given that certain cat breeds are fluffier and a bit more cuddly than others.

    Grooming is an integral part of taking care of our feline companions. It's important to teach our cats as kittens to get used to a comb or brush, and to groom our cats frequently - depending on the length of their coat - to prevent hairballs. Proper grooming sessions are also a great opportunity to inspect your cat's coat and skin for any changes, scratches, abscesses or disorders. Finding your cat's favorite place for grooming - like your lap or favorite spot on the floor - will make things infinitely easier for the primping sessions, too.

    We consulted with the Cat Fanciers' Association to find out which breeds of cat are actually known to be the cuddliest.

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  • 7 Lucky Irish Dog Breeds

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    Me Lucky Charms Call it the power of the shamrock, the charm of the leprechaun, or just the luck of the Irish. One thing is for certain: the great people of the Emerald Isle have produced some of the most curious, independent, and enthusiastic dogs in the world. Impress your friends at the pub this St. Patrick's Day with some fun facts for the most popular Irish dog breeds.

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    The Glen of Imaal
    This breed is more of a working terrier than a fashionable show dog. One of its original jobs was to dig into burrows to root out nuisance badgers, its weight and strength matching the badger's, and its powerful tail acting as a handle for being pulled from the hole, if necessary. A member of the Terrier group, the Glen of Imaal is still classified as a working dog, as it remains entirely capable of serving as vermin control. This breed differs from many types of terriers in that it is not a barker.

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  • Dachshund Left at Shelter with Heartbreaking Note Will Reunite with Owners

    Image of Otto and note via Leave No Paws Behind, Inc. Facebook page By: Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell | Pet360.com

    An elderly couple who left their 13 ½ year old Dachshund tied outside of the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter near Los Angeles with a note asking for him to put to sleep because they could not afford to care for him will be reunited with the dog.


    The heartbreaking note reads, "Our dog is 13 1/2 years old he is sick starting yesterday with bloody stools, vomiting. Had a skin disease for a few years. We are both seniors, sick with no money. We cannot pay for vet bills, or to put him to sleep. He has never been away from us in all those years, he cannot function without us, please put him to sleep."


    Instead, shelter workers called Leave No Paws Behind, Inc., an all breed, all foster based rescue that specializes in seniors, who picked up the dog and initially named him Harley. When the dog was taken to a veterinarian, it was determined he could not only be treated, but most likely had a "couple of more years" left in him, according to an update

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  • 8 Cat Loving Dog Breeds

    Pug and Cat via ShutterstockBy: Pet360.com
    While it may seem like cats and dogs could never co-exist, there are several breeds that can live harmoniously with their family's feline counterparts and even, dare we say, learn to love cats. Here are the top breeds that can tolerate cats.

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    Sussex Spaniel
    In spite of their serious expression, the Sussex Spaniel is a friendly breed with a cheerful and tractable disposition, said American Kennel Club (AKC) spokesperson Lisa Peterson. They enjoy long walks with their families and are good with children, dogs and other family animals.

    "The Sussex is one of the slower Spaniel breeds and wouldn't be as tempted to chase a cat as, say, a Saluki," Peterson explained.

    Golden Retriever
    Intelligent and eager to please, Golden Retrievers make wonderful family pets that can adapt to many different living situations, including those with kids and other pets.

    "The breed's friendly temperament and trainability, along

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  • 10 Most Loyal Dog Breeds

    Man and dog image via ShutterstockBy: Pet360.com

    We all know dogs are man's best friend, but which breeds rise to the top of the loyalty charts? David Frei, co-host of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and expert analyst for Purina's National Dog Show, shares his picks for the trustiest breeds, along with some of the most loyal dogs in history.

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    German Shepherd
    A devoted family dog and incredibly versatile breed, German Shepherds have "intelligence, temperament and character in one package," according to Frei. Used as police, service, search and rescue, war and watchdogs, German Shepherds are protective of and loyal to their handlers and family members alike. Because they shed throughout the year, German Shepherds should be brushed weekly and require regular training and exercise to keep their minds and bodies active.

    Doberman Pinscher
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  • Why Pit Bulls Don't Deserve a Bad Rap

    Pit Bull Puppies via ShutterstockBy: Carol Bryant | Pet360.com

    Dogs are a product of their environments, and we, as dog owners, have a responsibility to train them properly to ensure the safety of those around us. One of my mantras is "no bad breeds, just bad owners." Sadly, some breeds, including Pit Bulls, have been targeted by breed-specific legislation (BSL) that attempts to regulate or ban them in many communities throughout the United States and beyond.

    BSL is generally ineffective and expensive to enforce. We need to look beyond breed and focus on the owners who encourage bad behavior in their pets. Here is why Pit Bulls don't deserve a bad rap.

    Back Story
    Years ago, Pit Bulls had a completely different label, that of "Nanny Dog." In fact, in the 30's and 40's, the Nanny Dog was viewed as the dog to keep children safe. So how did the Pit Bull become so feared and the target of such discrimination?

    Pit Bull Myths
    Michelle Charvat of Youngstown, Ohio, is a proud dog mom to rescued Pit Bulls and

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  • 10 Lap Loving Dog Breeds

    Cavalier King Charles Spaniel via ShutterstockBy: Pet360.com

    While we're all convinced that our pups-5 or 75 pounds-make the perfect lap warmers, some breeds are built for human companionship. We've asked Wayne Ferguson, president of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia and past president of the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, to share his pint-sized picks for the best lap dogs. "They've all been around for centuries and are bred for only one purpose: to be companions for their humans," he said. "They're affectionate, calm, happy, and gentle and, above all, they want to please. Perfect ingredients for a laid-back lap dog."

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    Cocker Spaniel
    A lovable, pleasing breed, Cocker Spaniels enjoy playing games and spending as much time as possible with their families. Commonly seen in buff, liver, white and black and white colors, some also have "freckles" of color on their faces. Because of its propensity for obesity, Cocker Spaniels should get plenty of daily exercise.

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  • 7 Most Affectionate Cat Breeds

    Cat image via ShutterstockBy: Cheryl Lock | Pet360.com

    If your cat is anything like mine, well let's just say she's not the cuddliest animal of the bunch. Don't get me wrong - when she's in the mood she can hang around for a good scratch for quite some time, but it's definitely got to be on her own terms.


    As it turns out, Penny's reluctance towards affection isn't all that surprising - her breed just isn't, well, bred for it. There are, however, certain cat breeds that are known for their affectionate, loving demeanors. We contacted the Cat Fanciers Association to find out what they are.

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    Persian
    The gentle Persian is known for its sweet, affectionate personality. They easily adapt to all kinds of households, and their love of play makes them a great addition to homes with children.

    Exotic
    Often compared in demeanor to Persians, Exotics are known for their quiet, endearing nature, an ideal breed for anyone looking to add an affectionate, peaceful andRead More »from 7 Most Affectionate Cat Breeds
  • 8 Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

    Image: Vasilyev Alexandr via Shutterstock

    By Pet360

    Whether you're concerned about pet allergies or are just looking to limit the amount of hair in your home, there are a variety of dogs with minimal amounts of shedding. While no dog is completely hypoallergenic, these breeds can be more compatible with humans who suffer from allergies. Because they produce less dander or shed less fur than other dogs, allergic reactions to them tend to be less severe, or nonexistent. From large breeds with short coats to toy breeds with long, luxurious coats, here are our top picks for dogs that shed so little it's hard to tell.

    1. Bichon Frise

    While completely non-shedding dogs are impossible to come by, the Bichon comes very close with their curled double coat. They're active, playful dogs that have a cheerful disposition and are compatible with allergy sufferers, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). They do, however, require frequent grooming to keep their coats healthy and mat-free.

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  • 10 Signs You Are Ready to Own a Dog

    Puppy via ShutterstockBy: Jessica Remitz | Pet360.com

    Are You Ready for a Dog?
    Think you're finally ready to take home a dog of your own? Make sure you've checked off these items off of your "to-do" list before hopping in the car and making your way to the reputable breeder or shelter.

    1. You've Done Your Research
    One of the most important things you can do before owning your first dog is research, research, research, according to Victoria Schade, dog trainer, speaker and author of Bonding with Your Dog: A Trainer's Secrets for Building a Better Relationship.

    "Talk to people who have gone through the rescue process if you plan to adopt a mixed breed dog, or talk to owners of the same breed if you have a specific type of dog in mind," she said. "Read current information about dog care, even if you've owned a dog in the past-things have changed so much in the past ten years." Fortunately, there's no such thing as being over prepared, she explained, so gather as much information as you can as soon

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