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The Best Medium-Size Dogs for First Time Owners

Choosing your first dog is an important decision requiring planning and research. Research the breeds that fit your needs according to their characteristics and temperament. Medium-size breeds range from 30 to 65 pounds and range up to 2 feet tall.Pembroke Welsh CorgiThe Pembroke Welsh corgi is a popular family dog, ranking in the top 25 of American Kennel Club registrations.
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Other Names for the Bobtail Dog Breed

DTP/Digital Vision/Getty ImagesThe bobtail dog breed is actually the nickname for the Old English sheepdog, according to the American Kennel Club. Beginning in the 19th century, owners of this herding breed docked the dog’s tail close to the body as visible proof of the dog’s working status, making the owner exempt from taxes, hence the name bobtail.
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Do Dogs Recognize Kissing?

While doggie kissing booths are becoming a common sight at carnivals and fundraising events, not much thought goes to evaluating if dogs really appreciate being smothered in smooches. Yes, a furry face and goofy grin seem to be just asking for attention. But not all forms of attention are readily accepted by all dogs.
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The Leg Angle & CCL Injuries in Dogs

The cranial cruciate ligament, or CCL, corresponds to the anterior cruciate ligament, the ACL, in humans. The angle of the dog’s leg along the top of the tibia is thought to contribute to CCL injuries, although other factors can contribute to ruptures and tears of that ligament.The Conformation AngleThe tibial plateau angle sometimes causes instability in the dog’s knee joint, causing ruptures or tears to the CCL.
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