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Top 10 Best Dog Mixes

Yes, I love dogs. So here is another great post for those who are also dog lovers like me and are deciding on which breed or mixes to have as a house pet. While dogs are generally cute and huggable, there are dogs that really stand out in terms of looks and personalities.

1. Cockapoo

This little mush is a mix of a poodle and cocker spaniel. Cockapoos are known to be mellow, smart and loyal dogs. They also have the personality of a clown dog, which makes them a great entertainer especially for children. They are also hypoallergenic, dander-free and they don’t shed. They also require little maintenance except for weekly brushing.

2. Labradoodle

This breed is one of the smartest breeds there is as they are a mix of two highly intelligent breeds of a poodle and a Labrador. Labradoodles are affectionate, playful and most importantly, hypoallergenic.

3. Puggle

The mix of a beagle and a pug makes a loyal, sweet, playful, lively, gentle and spirited puggle. They are among the best pets for families with children. Their watchful attitude also makes them a good watchdog.

4. Gollie

Gollies are a mix of a collie and golden retriever. They possess some of the best traits from their parent breeds, which include being intelligent, affectionate and loyal. They are also very active, alert and playful, which makes them a great playmate for children. This breed is also among the easiest to house-break and train.

5. Jack-A-Bee

Jack-A-Bee is a combination of a beagle and a Jack Russell terrier. They are well-behaved dogs, energetic, adventurous and intelligent. They are very teachable and easy to train with some tricks. They are also generally sociable and friendly even to new people they meet.

6. Shih-Poo

Shih-Tzus are cute dogs, but they generally have breathing problems because of their short snouts. But breeding one with a poodle alleviates that problem. Shih-Poo, which is the resulting mix, is also cute and cuddly just like its parents.

7. St. Berdoodle

St. Berdoodles which is a mix of a poodle and a St. Bernard is one of the gentlest dogs you could have. They also have hypoallergenic furs and high intelligent ratings. Additionally, they have a wonderful temperament which makes them an ideal pet for most families.

8. Corgi Dalmatian Hybrid

This breed is a cross between a Dalmatian and a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. This mix has a long frame and could weigh up to 30 pounds. They are loyal, obedient, intelligent and human pleasers. They are also known to be fun-loving, sociable and good around children.

9. Maltipoo

The maltipoo is a mix between a poodle and a Maltese. This combination makes a cute, friendly and highly intelligent dog. They are excellent as house pets as they are generally friendly of people and other house pets.

10. Pomsky

As a husky Pomeranian mix, pomskies are generally intelligent with a high energy level for playing. They are also sociable and friendly and could play well with children. They can be an ideal pet for small or large households living in apartments or those with a yard.

I have several personal choices in this list, and I know you may have too. But before finally getting your dog, be sure to research more about their basic needs to make sure that you are able to care for it.

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5 Common Diseases Affecting Dogs

Dogs are among the most loyal, sweet and faithful companions we can have at home. And I guess many people will agree with me on that. As pets, they depend on us for their health and well-being. If you are a dog owner, it would be good to know some of the common diseases that can affect these animals, including their symptoms so that you can do something about it.

1. Dog Ear Infection

An ear infection is a common canine problem which could be caused by yeast, allergies, bacterial growth, ear mites and hair growth in the ear canal among other. Affected dogs could manifest symptoms like head tilting or head shaking, bad odor in the ear, vigorous scratching, redness or swelling on the ear canal, lack of balance, and a bloody or yellow discharge. If these symptoms are noticeable, you could take home remedies such as cleaning the affected area with a cleaning solution. If the symptoms still persist, bring your dog to the veterinarian for treatment. In some cases, surgery may be needed for chronic problems.

2. Worms

Hookworms, tapeworms, roundworms and whipworms are jut among the most common parasites that can infect your dog. While dogs having worms can be managed with some medications, certain types of worms such as hookworms can be fatal especially among puppies. Signs of worms include weight loss, diarrhea, change in appetite, and scooting on its bottom. You may also notice a dry or rough coat or fur especially among breeds or mixes like teacup Pomeranian which has a natural fluffy fur.

The best way to diagnose worm infestation is a regular visit to the veterinarian. Treatments normally depend on the type of worm. So don’t try treating worm infestation on your own without knowing what kind of worm you are dealing with.

3. Fleas

Fleas are a common canine problem that dogs can easily pick up on. However, flea infestation could also be easily treated once detected. Symptoms include excessive scratching, biting or licking of the skin, hair loss, and allergic dermatitis among others. There are especially formulated shampoos for dogs that can help get rid of flea. There are also oral medicines, topical liquid and sprays which your veterinarian may recommend.

4. Hot Spots

Although we commonly call it hot spots, they are really medically termed as acute moist dermatitis which is a kind of bacterial skin infection. If left untreated, it can grow larger and leave your dog uncomfortable and in pain most of the time. One of the most noticeable symptoms of this condition is excessive scratching or biting on the skin. Veterinarians normally prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, topical medication or steroids for hot spots, depending on how severe the case is.

5. Vomiting

Another very common problem in dogs is vomiting. Possible causes for this include intestinal parasite, heatstroke, poisoning, kidney failure and pancreatitis. As there are a number of underlying conditions that can cause vomiting, it would be good to have your dog diagnosed and treated by a veterinarian.

This list is not all-encompassing. There are other common conditions that affect dogs, depending on their breed. One important thing to note is that whenever you notice any abnormalities in your dog, it could be a sign that something is bothering the animal. If you cannot determine it, have your dog checked by your veterinarian.

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Benefits of Coloring Pages

Coloring is perhaps one of the activities that many children enjoy. I know this because I also love coloring as a child. I also often see children coloring even in public places to keep themselves busy while their parents are waiting for something. In fact, it has become one of the most popular productive past times for children at home and in school.

Most children have a natural inclination for coloring. Coloring activities even with toddlers are recognized as one of the best educational and fun activities to assist and support their progress. And in coloring activities, you can never go wrong with having coloring pages.

I was able to research notable benefits of coloring pages that may be able to convince many parents to take advantage of. Below are some of those benefits:

1. Encourages and stimulates children to be creative. As soon as children will hold that crayon to color their favorite coloring pages, they will have to use their imagination to make the pages look more attractive using a wide range of colors. As a result, they will be able to exercise creativity during the coloring activity.

2. Promotes hand control and concentration. To achieve the best output, parents ought to teach their children to pay attention on what they are doing and on how to avoid coloring outside the lines. To achieve that, children need to concentrate and control their hand motion. With constant practice, your child will be able to develop their own technique to do it.

3. Keeps children busy. Children can easily get bored when they have to just sit down for a long time doing nothing. And this kind of circumstance is unavoidable especially when you bring your child to a friend’s home or to a dentist’s office and the waiting time is long. You can keep your child busy and entertained by bringing some coloring pages he can work on.

4. Teaches children to always aim for the best result. Coloring pages come in a wide range of themes designed for different age groups. As your child progresses, he will be able to develop that desire to do better than his previous works and to always aim for the best result.

5. Allows children to express themselves.

There is always something you can discover from the coloring works of children like their emotions and how they see things around them. For instance, if you see a child using bright colors, it will tell you of happy emotions as opposed to dark colors which connote distress and unhappy emotions.

With all these benefits of coloring pages plus many more not listed here, it is time that parents should consider humble coloring pages as important learning materials for children. There are many popular choices out there including the Disney’s Frozen coloring pages which are inspired by the movie Frozen, the Skylanders coloring pages, fairy tale-inspired coloring pages and many more.

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