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Seven of the Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the World

Posted on September 9th, 2013

For years, people have been breeding dogs in order to create qualities that are appealing to humans and their needs. Some dogs are bred to hunt, others are bred to be shepherds and some were bred to be cute, toy-sized companions. Each variation has it’s value, and with that value comes a price tag, from $100 to a whopping $7,000.

Dog’s are man’s best friend, but sometimes, man’s best friend doesn’t come cheap, especially if you’re looking for top of the line, pure-bred pedigrees. Here’s a list of the top seven rarest, most expensive dog breeds in the world.

Samoyed

Bred for hundreds of years by Siberian nomadic reindeer herders, the Samoyed is considered one of the most friendly, yet expensive dog breeds in the world, averaging for about $11,000 a pup.  In some circles, these dogs are a symbol of status and wealth. The Samoyed are excellent companions for kids, have human-like expressions and are very perceptive, earning them a spot on this list.

English Bulldog

The English Bulldog is probably one of the most popular and lovable pets in both Europe and North America. Although willful at times, they make excellent playmates for children. They’re also very lovable, and prefer the attention of a loved one rather than playing fetch. Their charisma makes this an adorable, yet expensive pet, costing about $9000.

Tibetan Mastiff

Even it’s name exudes a regal sound. The Tibetan Mastiff is among the rarest breeds in the world, costing an average of $7000. Hailing from the mountains of south central asia between northern India and Southeast China, the Tibetan Mastiff is known to be very easy-going with family members, but confrontational in tough situations. It’s considered a guard dog, sleeping throughout the day to be more alert at night. Mastiff owners tend to import these dogs from Tibet due to the lack of Mastiff breeders in North America. Import and export costs usually hike up Mastiff prices.

Pharaoh Hound

Although no link to ancient Egypt, the pharaoh hound are extremely intelligent, independent and stubborn. It’s slender, have very little body fat and are amazing jumpers. These dogs are so esteemed in the Mediterranean that pharaoh dog has become the national dog of Malta. Their smarts earned them a place on this list, with a cost of $6,500.

Bearded Collie

A bearded collie is a high maintenance dog with equally high energy levels, thus, making them the perfect house pet. Temperament varies with sex, males tend to be more submissive while females more dominant. Their long fur and docility makes them all the more valuable, with a price tag of $5,000.

Akita

Hailing from the island nation of Japan, the Akita is a strong, dominant and independent breed with a gentle spirit. Most notably a hunting dog, the Akita emerged out of Japan from centuries of cross breeding. Their hunting finesse earns them a mention in the list of the most expensive dogs in the world, averaging for $4,500.

Saluki

The Saluki is known to be one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. Hailing from centuries of breeding in Ancient Egypt, the Saluki was crossed with other dog variations in order to shape them to be attractive, thin and fast, perfect for chasing. Rarity earns them a place on this list, averaging $2500.

Most of the these breeds are locally bred in North America, which means that they can be easily purchased without import or export fees. Interestingly enough, because of the technology of our times, most breeders now take credit cards which can actually help you afford the pet of your dreams. Just make sure to use credit card comparison tools like this site to ensure you have a good interest rate before you swipe that card.

Whether you plan on buying one of these breeds or not, one thing is certain, they’re lovable, docile and wonderful companions.

Easter Contest – Dog Photo Entries

Posted on March 23rd, 2013

Here are the first entries for the Easter Frosty Paws Contest. What Easter contest, you say?

The one being hosted by Frosty Paws and ThoughtsFurPaws.com. You could win (the coolest pet treats around) Frosty Paws loot courtesy Purina (think stuffed animals and ice cream for dogs!), and PetSmart prizes (treats, toys, etc.) courtesy ThoughtsFurPaws.com!!!!

Please send up to three photos (AT ONE TIME) to thoughtsfurpaws@gmail.com with “Easter Contest” in the Subject Line. Pictures will be posted for viewing only; Administrators will make the final call on winners for this contest. You are welcome to leave your votes in the comments; READER VOTES WILL BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION. You have until the day before Easter at 6 pm to enter photos.

And without further delay, here are Bailey, Benson and Jester:

Bailey and His "Peeps!"

Bailey and His “Peeps!”

Bailey is "Eggcited" about Easter!

Bailey is “Eggcited” about Easter!

Benson Likes to "Hug" Jester...!

Benson Likes to “Hug” Jester…!

 

Jester and Benson, from left to right, in their ducky hats!

Jester and Benson, from left to right, in their ducky hats!

 

Benson in his ducky outfit!

Benson in his ducky outfit!

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Posted on December 24th, 2012

Designer Dogs and “Glamorous Dogs”…

Posted on December 18th, 2012

Guest post by Maria Kruk, an author for Species.com

Designer Doggie!

The variety of dog breeds is in very deed amazing. However, it is not enough, as it turned out nearly a decade ago. Specifically, adventurous specialists started to introduce designer dogs, or deliberate crossing of two purebred parents of different breeds to produce a hybrid that inherits the best qualities of both parents and generally has a funny name. People got used to designer clothing, luxury cars and fabulous houses.

So, why dogs cannot be a part of such a glam?

Poodles were the first breeds crossed with others. In particular, the very first designer dog to appear was a labradoodle– hybrid of a poodle and a Labrador Retriever, as one could guess.

*By the way, names of new breeds appear to be a shortcut of traditional names. It is a nice way to distinguish new dog species, as the number of possible variations is

Labradoodle

unlikely to estimate exactly.

In contrast, not all of them happen to possess low allergen response, acceptable appearance and vital immunity characteristics. That is a reverse side of the medal – making hybrids does not always lead to successful results. In this case, breeding of designer dogs might cause some “genetic trash”. Professional canine organizations do not approve the work on hybridization, because indiscriminate crossbreeding increases the amount of genetic debris, and it is also often a subtle mockery of animals in hands of an amateur breeder.

Jessica Simpson and her Maltipoo

Nonetheless, let’s get back to designer dogs’ breeds. Some of them have already gained popularity among Hollywood stars and other celebrities: fabulous pets for fabulous people, so to say. For example, Jake Gyllenhaal and Uma Thurman have puggles (Pug and Beagle hybrids), and Jessica Simpson does not hesitate to pose with her Maltipoo (Maltese terrier and Poodle cross) in a special Louis Vuitton bag.

Sometimes names of the breeds became really puzzled and it is hard to define origin of the hybrid. Among the weirdest ones can find Chug (Chihuahua and Pug), Maltalier (Maltese and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel), Yorkie Pin (Yorkshire Terrier and Miniature Pinscher), etc.

Demand on designer dogs increases constantly. In fact, American Canine Hybrid Club registers about 500 designer dogs every month. In some cases dog handlers truly strive to get a new canine breed, but mostly it becomes a way to make a pretty pot of money. Breeders are eager to use new dogs’ fashion instead of serve scientific purposes. On this account, designer dogs’ trend has faced both strong support and lots of critics. Enthusiastic canine handlers believe dog hybrids are stronger, than common dog species. On the contrary, opponents draw attention for the need of caution when breeding, as offspring can easily inherit diseases and conditions peculiar to both parents.

All in all, crossing hybrids is an unpredictable and uncertain process.

Book Review and Pet Product of Week! “Labrador Retrievers: How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend”

Posted on August 25th, 2012

I have grown up with Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers in the family and close circle of friends – so naturally I’m the type of person who can’t even walk down my street exercising or through a pet store shopping without stopping to pet the bouncing, bubbly breed when I see one.

Lorie Huston, DVM, feels the same I believe. She has written a gem of a book about Labrador Retrievers, her preferred breed, and how easy it is for you, as a Lab owner, to become your Lab’s lifelong BFF. As a pet blogger, I was given a free copy of “Labrador Retrievers: How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend” to review and I feel so lucky to have gotten that chance because I absolutely adored the book and the valuable information contained therein. I think Huston is a fantastic writer and she weaves in information and how-to’s in a format that’s easy to comprehend and put to good use. She isn’t too wordy, she doesn’t use words most people don’t understand, and she’s straight-forward and gets to the point without beating around the bush.

Labrador Retrievers: How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend” is a wonderful yet short read, almost a reference guide if you will, that anyone considering adopting the breed should read before they get one. It’s also great orientation for someone who already has any aged Labrador Retriever.

Huston’s book is a How-To, a Top Ten, an “I Should,” and a “I Need To” in terms of Labs. In other words, it’s a ‘how-to have a great lab and keep him healthy,’ a Top Ten on any dog book list, an “I should follow these guidelines and read this information to stay up-to-date on my dog’s health,” and an “I need to follow along with these guidelines to keep my dog happy and healthy and myself grounded and informed as an owner of a bounding, excitable, yet intelligent breed of dog.”

Chapter 1 is on the history of Labradors and it’s short yet interesting. Chapter 2 is on where to get a Labrador Retriever. It’s by far the best chapter because Huston is against buying from pet shops and gives some brilliant information on how to find a good dog breeder or rescue group. I personally am not against all breeders like some rescuers are and believe firmly in good ones, so I agree whole-heartedly on her points in this chapter.

The next few chapters cover how to prepare your house for a Labrador Retriever, what to get for him so he’s comfortable, how to complete basic training, the importance of socialization, pet care tips including feeding recs, and veterinary visits.  A part I found particularly insightful was on feeding portions. Huston is bright and informed and it shines through in her writing. A well-written excerpt is below where she discusses recommendations for feeding portions as it’s easy to over-feed our precious pooches…

Lorie Huston, DVM

Huston endorses in this part, “Evaluate your dog’s body condition to determine whether it is eating the proper amount of food. Feed your dog to keep it lean. You should feel the ribs without fat between the rib cage and skin, see its waist when viewing your dog from above and find an abdominal tuck when viewing it from the side. Use the body-condition evaluation to adjust your dog’s daily food intake. If the ribs are getting difficult to feel and your dog is losing its waist, decrease its food by 15 to 20 percent of what you were previously feeding. Re-evaluate your dog’s body condition regularly, preferably weekly for a growing puppy. Don’t be surprised if your dog requires less food than the feeding guidelines indicate for optimal body condition. “

I never knew that. Wow, what a revelation.

Huston them details in a full chapter the lessons of basic training. She not only covers the basics, but also behavior issues. She doesn’t promote one certain training method as being better than another but does stress against the use of dominance training – and gives a damn well put-together argument against it. She also talks about things like being consistent and how to manage fears and phobias, which I thought was awesome as Labradors historically, get separation anxiety (hello, Marley and Me!)

Huston goes on to discuss the importance of grooming, veterinary visits, dental care, spaying and neutering (which I was absolutely THRILLED to read because many think they have the perfect lab and want to breed it right away), and tackling emergencies – , i.e., expecting the unexpected.

Overall, Huston has a well-written, informative and intriguing book on one of America’s most beloved breeds. I found so many novel and perceptive subjects in this book about Labs — particularly the importance of socialization and other forlorn topics you won’t hear much about like shedding, diseases to watch for in the breed, ear cleaning (how to and importance), raw food diets and pet insurance.  These are crucial topics that every dog parent needs to know about.

Labs are great dogs from the get-go, from puppy-hood on through their senior years, no matter the time you take them home; they will be a fantastic addition. So applying a few of Huston’s lessons and ideas will bring out the sweet, caring side and help moderate the excessive energy these breeds have (especially the young ones).

Kudos and congrats to Lorie Huston, DVM, on her accomplishments with creating a great reference guide for new and “used!” dog owners! I think every Lab owner should grab a copy of this book ASAP!

You can get “Labrador Retrievers: How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend” as an e-book on Amazon for just $2.99. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the Kindle for PC on Amazon for free and read it on your computer.

According to Amazon.com, Lorie Huston, DVM, currently blogs at Pet Health Care Gazette. She specializes in providing pet health care information to pet owners to assist them in making educated decisions about their pet’s health. Her work has been published in many venues both online and in print. Huston is a practicing veterinarian and works in a busy animal hospital in Rhode Island. She holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska.