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Arguably, one of the most recognizable designer dog breeds is the Cockapoo. The first hybrid was supposedly the result of an accidental crossbreeding between an American Cocker Spaniel and a Miniature Poodle in the 1950s when crossbreeding was becoming commonplace in the United States and Canada. Still considered one of the most sought-after breeds, Cockapoos are fun, energetic and intelligent companions that have made its way into the hearts and homes of many dog lovers today.

The Appearance of a Cockapoo

As far as looks are concerned, the Cockapoo is considered an adorable little bundle of joy that itches to be apart of any family. This breed comes in a variety of colors ranging from tan, black, red, brown or chocolate, cream, white, and beige. Some Cockapoos have coats that are tri-colored or sable or coats with merle patterns and some even sport freckles like the Cocker Spaniel. Their coats range from long and straight to short and curly or anywhere in between. Shedding can be nonexistent if the puppy takes after the Poodle; however, if they inherit the Cocker Spaniel’s coat shedding will be more noticeable.
Cockapoos can come in three sizes:
 Toy (mostly under 12 pounds)
 Mini (around 12 to 20 pounds)
 Standard (over 20 pounds)
Just as the weight of each dog can vary, so can the height. Typically ranging from 9 to 15 inches, the height upon maturity will depend upon the size of each parent. These hybrid dogs will have a variety of physical characteristics all linked back to the parents of the Cockapoo. Both the Poodle and the Cocker Spaniel have unique features that can be passed down to the puppies such as the tight, curly coat from the Poodle, or the loose, wavy, longer coat of the Cocker Spaniel. As with any hybrid dog, each physical characteristic inherited from the parents will vary and help to determine what each will look like later in life.

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Character/Temperament

A Cockapoo is generally happy and easy going. Gentle natured and friendly, these dogs make great companions for all ages including homes with young children. Though they are usually sociable, early socialization will help to ensure that dogs are comfortable when visitors are in the home or while out in public. Involving a Cockapoo in daily life activities will help them lead satisfying lives. Considering the Cockapoo’s highly intelligent mind, they can become bored quickly. Leaving them alone for extended amounts of time can result in unwanted behavior problems. Not typically described as yappy dogs or heavy barkers, the Cockapoo will alert you to a stranger when they see fit but are more likely to welcome them into the home than scare them away.

Often described as the “Dog Park Ambassador,” Cockapoos do well with other animals and generally interact amicably, encouraging other dogs and even some adults to play with them. Even in their advanced age, this breed tends to act like big goofy puppies running around and lifting the spirits of those nearby. These dogs thrive on their owner’s affection and enjoy a lot of mental stimulation. Spending time with your Cockapoo will help bring out the best temperament traits and give you a head start when it’s time to begin training. Leash training is a highly suggested technique to begin early in your dog’s life. This will not only help you enforce positive behavior while out in public, but it’s also a safety precaution that many municipalities require. A well-trained Cockapoo will be a loving companion for life. If the owner takes the time to care and nurture the dog, a Cockapoo will respond with loyalty and love.

Health/Care

The Cockapoo breed can have a long lifespan of 14 to 18 years. Of course, several factors come into play when considering life expectancy such as weight. A Cockapoo’s weight can play a significant role in its health. Overweight dogs are unhealthy, which in turn can negatively impact life expectancy. It is essential to make sure your dog falls into the healthy weight range for its size. Cockapoos require at least 30 minutes or more of regular exercise each day. Making sure your pet has an adequate amount of activity will help to prolong its life as well. Because Cockapoos are a hybrid formed from Poddles, they are considered to have hypoallergenic traits. While no reputable breeder would say that this makes them completely free from allergies, it does mean that many people who suffer from allergies to dogs are less likely to be affected by this breed living in their homes. Cockapoos are not big shedders just like their Poodle ancestors, helping to limit dander and hair shed within the house. Overall the Cockapoo is considered to be generally healthy; however, they can be subject to hereditary diseases.

When purchasing this breed, it is essential to inquire about the health of the parents to see if they had any of the following disorders:

When caring for any breed of dog, potential owners should consider certain aspects of each kind. Things such as the amount of training and exercise required, grooming and the specific dietary requirements should be deciding factors before obtaining any pet. Individuals that are not able to support the basic needs should consider other breeds or pet types.

Conclusion

While there are health and training issues that some pet owners might find too burdensome for their lifestyle, the positives of owning a Cockapoo far outweigh the negatives for many pet owners. Cockapoos are relatively easy to care for if good practices are set in place while your Cockapoo is still
young.


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The Pomsky is a relatively new hybrid breed that has taken the designer dog world by storm. Very popular in both North America and Europe, the cute, cuddly ball of happiness is a cross between a Siberian Husky and Pomeranian. Bred primarily for the amazing traits of the Husky and Pom, the Pomsky will vary in looks once fully matured; however, a mixture of characteristics from both parents are possible. Though the American Kennel Club does not recognize the Pomsky due to its hybrid origins, the average cost of owning one is not affected. The Pomsky Club of America states that reputable breeders won’t charge less than $2000.00 per puppy due to the cost of creating such an unusual combination. Because of the significant difference in sizes of the two breeds, Huskies and Pomeranians cannot be safely bred naturally thus making the Pomsky a rare and expensive choice for a pet. Not all breeders combine a purebred Husky with pure Pomeranians; multigenerational crossbreeds are often utilized during the blending process. Additionally, due to the size of a female Pomeranian’s uterus, breeding is always done with a male Pomeranian or hybrid to a female Husky or hybrid. This delicate balance of reproduction is one of the reasons these cute balls of fur are so expensive.


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Physical Appearance of Pomsky

Once fully matured, the Pomsky will be a small-to-medium sized dog that on average weighs between 15 to 25 pounds and stands somewhere between 10 to 15 inches tall. Like their parents, this hybrid breed will have long, fluffy, soft coasts that require regular brushing. Typically, the coats are similar to that of the Husky, shedding often making routine grooming a must though coat thickness will play a considerable role in maintenance. Ranging in color from white, black, gray, reddish-brown to a mixture of colors from the parent breeds, the Pomsky is considered beautiful by almost everyone. It is important to note that this new breed is not a teacup dog. Until fully matured the size is unknown so potential owners should be prepared for both small and medium-sized animals.

Character/Temperament of Pomsky

Being a hybrid breed, Pomskies will inherit character traits from each parent, playing a big part in their temperament. Gentle in nature and with a lively disposition, these dogs are generally good with children, but great care should be taken around young children and pets that can be easily hurt if dropped or stepped on while underfoot. Training should be easy for potential owners due to their natural tendency to please and a quick mind but keep in mind they can act up if not given a chance to play. It is not unusual to find that like many other breeds; the Pomsky can resort to destructive behavior such as chewing or digging if they are bored. To promote healthy and appropriate behavior, it is essential to provide them with engaging activities and attention. Physical and mental stimulation for a Pomsky can go a long way when one is trying to keep them engaged and active.

Health and Care of a Pomsky


Due to their compact size, Pomskies are adaptable to small living quarters though they are full of energy and require at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. As with all animals, owners should make sure they have a safe place to play. Proper exercise, good nutrition, and early socialization all add up to a healthy and happy Pomsky. With a lifespan ranging from 12 to 15 years, this breed will be a valued member of the household for a long time. Because this hybrid is still quite young, there is a lot to learn about the Pomsky. It is safe to assume that health issues frequently found in either parent breed may play a role in the health of this breed as well though crossbred animals are generally healthier than their purebred parents. As with any hybrid dog, individual specimens are different and may take after one parent more than the other. Huskies, for example, are known to have eye problems, whereas, Pomeranians frequently have skin issues. Having an understanding of potential health issues before deciding to own any pet should be a top priority. Individuals unprepared can find themselves in a situation that they can not handle down the road putting the animal’s health at risk.

Training a Pomsky

Pomskies are very intelligent and have lots of energy, making practical training necessary. Though they are independent little dogs, they can exhibit stubbornness like their Siberian Husky ancestors. However,
Pomskies love to please their owners which can make training more manageable for a dedicated owner. Learning basic commands, playing games and performing various tricks can come easily if the practice is
consistent and well planned. The keys to a well-behaved dog are the amount of time and energy owners put into training. As with any dog, it is always best to begin while the puppy is young and before the dog develops bad habits that are hard to break. Due to the short attention spans of Pomskies, the suggested training time is 15 minutes per session although multiple sessions a day are possible. Keeping training sessions interesting, fun, and filled with various engaging activities, can also help owners bond quickly with their new family member.

Conclusion

Pomskies are a fantastic new designer breed that is sure to be a top pick amongst dog lovers for many years to come. Descending from two highly sought after breeds, the Siberian Husky and Pomeranian, Pomskies are a great combination of each parent line. Unfortunately, left to their own devices, untrained and bored puppies can become destructive and stubborn making cohabitating a nightmare. If you are interested in this cute, loveable breed, education and dedication are required. Potential owners should expect an energetic and intelligent companion to share their homes. Once adequately trained, most Pomsky owners proclaim an undying commitment to promoting the breed.

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When you combine a guardian flock dog with royalty from France, you get The Great Pyrenees. A beautiful, majestic dog known for its amazing white coat. The Great Pyrenees is believed to have origins linking back to the mountains of France and Spain. With excellent herding skills, The Great Pyrenees has a long history of working to protect livestock from predators. Today, the Great Pyrenees is more of a family or companion dog, even though some places still use them for herding. The Great Pyrenees can be a handful to live with if not properly trained. With vast amounts of energy
and drive, this pet can at times exhibit reluctance when expected to take orders. Any potential owner of this dog breed needs to do their homework and become well informed about the temperament, behavior, and overall compatibility for their family. It is also a good idea to investigate the familial history to learn about any traits that stood out. Once an educated decision has been made to become the owner of a Pyrenees, it will be easy to see why the breed is admired for its beauty, intelligence, strength, and loyalty.

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Physical Appearance of Great Pyrenees Dog

Weighing at a whopping 85 to 115 pounds and standing up to 32 inches at the shoulder, the Great Pyrenees is a large dog. With coats that are long, thick, and double layered, grooming can be a chore initself. They have dark brown eyes and a plumed tail that can curve into a “shepherd’s hook” when theystand alert. Most people believe that the Pyrenees only have solid white fur; however, other colors can appear throughout the body such as tan, red or gray but does not cover more than 1/3 of the body. This large dog is striking to look at and can give off a gentle, kind expression as its overall demeanor.

Dogs Character/Temperament

According to the American Kennel Club, The Great Pyrenees ranks number 67 out of 192 breeds for popularity. Typically described as a gentle and calm guardian dog more than likely helps to promote their popularity. A highly protective nature makes them quick to react if they feel there is an adequate threat to their territory especially if their human families are nearby. The Great Pyrenees have proven time and time again, to be independent dogs, who consistently think for themselves. It is safe to conclude that training this breed can be a challenge. These dogs tend to work by themselves when herding out in the fields so this breed will resist guidance and obedience training. A stubborn streak can show up in a Great Pyrenees, especially if they see fit to show you their defiant side. It will take patience and educating oneself on the nature of the dog to help get an owner past stubborn behaviors.

Dog Health/Care

Unfortunately, this breed falls short when considering the health of the Great Pyrenees. The Great Pyrenees Club of America has stressed breeders need to be on the lookout for the following health issues:

Cancer can also show up in this breed, as well as bloat (a life-threatening condition that causes a sudden twist in the stomach). While not all Pyrenees have these health problems allowing most to live out healthy, energetic lives, it is important to know specific health concerns are possible in this breed of dog. Grooming is essential when caring for The Great Pyrenees. The thick, double layered coat, can result in large amounts of shedding around springtime. When these dogs do shed, be prepared for the remnants
of their fur to be anywhere the dog is allowed to go. Since this breed is historically herding or guarding dogs, most people believe that the Great Pyrenees are incredibly active; however, it is quite the opposite. This breed is inactive the majority of the day. The theory is that when they are out in the field guarding the flock, the Pyrenees conserved their energy just
in case they needed to bolt in defense. Considering their sedentary habits, exercise can be more on the moderate side but should not be left entirely up to the dog otherwise they will gain an unhealthy amount of weight that could cause health issues. Like all working class dogs, the Great Pyrenees needs to keep their mind stimulated or destructive behaviors can develop.

Dog Training/ Obedience

As they grow older, they may resist obedience training or become less eager to please their owners. An owner of the breed must exhibit patience and consistent training routines to help guide their dog into successful, rewarding behaviors. It isn’t unusual for this breed to be stubborn and patiently outwait their owners if they deem it necessary. Historically working alone this breed has learned to depend on themselves and do not care for the instruction of others. It’s as if this breed does
not see the need to listen to commands. They will respond with a reluctant, slow to answer, type of behavior as if to let their owners know they have better things to do. Because the Pyrenees tend to be introverted dogs, they need early socialization and possibly even obedience classes as soon as the puppy is old enough to participate. Finding activities that these dogs love can be rewarding for both the dog and the owner. This stimulation will allow training to progress at a quicker pace. Some suggested activities that may captivate the Pyrenees include:
 Skijoring (a trendy dog activity where the Pyrenees pulls a person on skies)
 Weight pulling (the dog is harnessed to a sled or wagon)
 Obedience training
If given the right stimulation and encouragement, The Great Pyrenees can rise to the occasion and
impress their owners with these fun activities.

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Conclusion

While the Great Pyrenees is a beautiful and dedicated family pet, they can be stubborn and hard to train. Families considering this breed should be prepared to deal with such a strong-willed animal. Finding the right balance between personality and attitude will lead to a beautiful, lifelong bond with a superb breed.
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