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The Truth About Chihuahuas

Marthina McClay | Posted 09.30.2015 | Green
Marthina McClay

After seeing other breeds hurt by discrimination over many years, I don't want to see this happen again. As I look through our south bay shelters, I see many Chihuahuas and their mixes, and in some areas they have increased in numbers beyond pit-bull-type dogs.

'Pit Bulls' Are In Fact Unicorns

Dr. Katy Nelson | Posted 08.27.2015 | Good News
Dr. Katy Nelson

Whether or not you believe in unicorns, you can't deny the existence of one very common mythical creature living amongst humans today. This creature can often be found snoozing on couches, fetching balls in the backyard, or haphazardly bruising shins with a wildly wagging tail. This creature is known as the "pit bull."

What's Your Sign?

Julie LeRoy | Posted 08.26.2015 | Good News
Julie LeRoy

I have dealt with every breed and every temperament out there and I can assure you harboring breed discrimination will get you bitten. We treat humans as individuals so shouldn't we treat animals as individuals, too?

Growing Up With Pit Bulls

Cesar Millan | Posted 07.14.2015 | Good News
Cesar Millan

My sons grew up with pit bulls. There was a lot of prejudice against pit bulls back then just as there is today, and I can remember them getting asked what they thought about pit bulls. They wouldn't know how to respond to that question.

Shelter Uses DNA Tests To Spur Adoptions Of Unique Breeds

AP | SUE MANNING | Posted 05.18.2015 | Green

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A quarter of the dogs taken in by one California animal shelter look like Chihuahuas. So how do you make a pet stand out when it'...

Here Are The Most Popular Dog Breeds In The U.S.

AP | JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 04.28.2015 | Green

NEW YORK (AP) — America's fondness for Labrador retrievers is still setting records, but bulldogs are breaking new ground. Labs reign...

Lawmaker Hopes To End Homeowners' Insurance Discrimination Against Pit Bulls

AP | Posted 03.25.2015 | Green

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A state lawmaker is introducing legislation that would bar insurance companies from inquiring about or discriminating against...

People and Other Animals: Who's Your Daddy?

Ken White | Posted 03.23.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

The Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA recently started testing the DNA of many of our small, brown-ish dogs who appear to be at least part Chihuahua. Why, you might ask? Not a bad question.

Arin Greenwood

Science Explains Why Golden Retrievers Are Awesome | Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.12.2014 | Green

Everyone loves golden retrievers -- of course; they're usually gorgeous with goofy, lovely personalities. But have you ever wondered what actually...

So You Think You Know What A 'Pit Bull' Is? Think Again.

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 07.30.2014 | Green

This post is part of HuffPost's ongoing #PitBullWeek coverage. The name "pit bull" can mean a lot of things, and there's really no one breed associ...

What Puts Pit Bulls in Peril

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 09.27.2014 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

This isn't just a rhetorical debate -- the lives of millions of animals are at stake. So it's important to identify what we know about this maligned and often misidentified breed, as well as what we don't know.

Eight Dog Tricks I Value Most

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Holly Robinson

My dog is now 8 years old, which makes him as middle-aged as I am, and he is comfortable in his own white furry skin. I'm trying to take lessons from him. You can't teach an old dog new tricks, maybe, but this dog has plenty to teach an old writer.

Puppy Sold For $2 Million

Agence France Presse | | Posted 05.19.2014 | Business

A Tibetan mastiff puppy has been sold in China for almost $2 million, a report said Wednesday, in what could be the most expensive dog sale ever. A pr...

Life Is Full of Pawsibilities: Dogs and Their Owners Tell How They Met

Heather Hummel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Heather Hummel

When I was fostering, curious people wanted to know how I was able to give up my foster dogs. In time, they willingly and excitedly found their way into the hearts and homes of their new owners. With each wet-nosed kiss goodbye, I learned that that life really is full of pawsibilities.

DNA Study Reveals American Dogs' Surprising Ancestry

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 07.10.2013 | Science

European colonization of the Americas brought smallpox, starvation and warfare that decimated indigenous populations. But the canine companions that...

You Can't Judge a Book (or a Dog) by Its Cover

Jennifer Scarlett, D.V.M | Posted 08.06.2013 | San Francisco
Jennifer Scarlett, D.V.M

Instead of a dog being judged by its cover -- its superficial appearance -- research shows that its individual behavioral characteristics more closely follow those of its close relatives than traits associated with its breed.

The Day I Discovered My Dog Is A Murderer

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 07.27.2013 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

My dog is a murderer. According to the veterinarian, he is still a puppy and his traits are just beginning to show through; I am worried for the future of our biosphere.

The Birthday Boy

Myra Sideris | Posted 04.07.2013 | Good News
Myra Sideris

So, my little terror turned 1 today! The irony of my little guy being born on April Fool's Day is not lost on me. From the second we got him, I knew m...

Westminster Winners: The Right Breed for You?

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 04.21.2013 | Entertainment
Sarah Hodgson

Coiffed to perfection, it is easy to select a favorite breed based on their appearance. But no one should get a dog to match his or her couch cushions or new Prada bag. Each breed has a personality and temperament that makes it unique and beautiful.

Video Experiment Tests Dogs' Ability To Recognize Their Own

| Posted 02.19.2013 | Science

By Becky Crew | February 18, 2013 They may have the largest physical variety among all animal species on Earth, but dogs can still recognise on...

What the AKC Won't Tell You About Its Top 10 Breeds

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 04.08.2013 | Green
Ingrid Newkirk

As with so many slick marketing campaigns, the American Kennel Club has glossed over the downside of purebred dogs, including the fact that they often suffer miserably from congenital defects and inherited diseases. Here is the info that you won't hear from the AKC about those top 10 breeds.

MAP: NYC's Most Common Dog Names, Breeds

Posted 01.24.2013 | New York

As one of the country's most pet-friendly cities, New York City is proud to have over 100,000 registered dogs call the five boroughs home. In a fu...

9 Strange Dogs At The National Show

Posted 11.22.2012 | Green

From Vetstreet's Laura Cross and Shayna Meliker: One of the best things about attending a benched dog show like the National Dog Show presented by ...

Aggressive Pet Says A Lot About Your Personality

Posted 08.12.2012 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 08/10/2012 09:52 AM EDT on LiveScience Your canine companion might be saying more about...

The Most Popular Dog Breeds By City

Posted 10.22.2012 | Green

From Vetstreet's Kristen Seymour: Is your city filled with pedigreed pooches and designer dogs or is it more of a mixed-breed mecca? Care to ventur...