Tag Archives: dog breeds

Rare Large Dog Breeds: Uncommon Canines

By: Orvis Staff


Photos via Wikipedia

The Labrador Retriever has been the most popular dog in the US for 27 years running. Affectionate. Athletic. Easygoing. It’s no wonder they’re at the top of the list. But what about the large, rare dog breeds near the bottom of the list? Is it no wonder they are less popular? Are they grumpy? No. Born with two left paws? No. Difficult? Um…well…a bit.

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Best Dog Breeds for the Country

By: Orvis Staff

Yogi loves being out in the country.

Photo by: Macy, Camden

If you live in the country, chances are you enjoy exploring the fields, forests, and footpaths of your rustic stomping grounds. If you’re interested in getting a dog you can bring along on these excursions, choose with care. Some dog breeds would rather stick close to home than romp across rolling fields or venture out into the wilderness. Thankfully, however, many dog breeds are naturally adventurous and game for al fresco escapades. If you’re the outdoorsy type, you should be on the lookout for the latter.

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Five Questions About Golden Retrievers, Answered

By: Orvis Staff


The golden retriever is a true family dog who loves the outdoors.
Photo by Dirk Vorderstraße, via Wikipedia, used by CC BY 2.0

The happy-go-lucky Golden Retriever is the star of the show—quite literally, in many cases—and anyone who has ever owned one can tell you why. They’re a friendly, highly coveted dog breed with a well-known reputation for being the perfect pet. You’ve seen them in movies, competing in agility, at the dog park, and in the show ring. This breed is everywhere, so what’s so special about them? Ask a Golden owner and they’ll likely tell you “everything.

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American versus English Labradors


Written by: Paul Fersen

English-bloodline, American-bred Labrador retrievers make great pets and gun dogs.
Photo via facebook.com/wildrosekennels

Before I start on this interesting topic, let’s establish that I’m talking about field bred dogs here, not bench bred dogs. There’s a difference, but I’m not about to get into that thicket, so I’ll just stick . . .

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Rescuing the Pit Bull’s Reputation


Written by: Phil Monahan

A WWI postcard by Wallace Robinson posited the Pit Bull as America’s protector.
Photo courtesy the Animal Farm Foundation, via washingtonpost.com

We post a lot about Pit Bulls here on the Orvis Dogs blog, mostly about how the public’s perceptions of the breed are mistaken. A new book by Bronwen Dickey traces the history of. . .

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Irish Politician Identifies TEN Breeds Supposedly “Too Dangerous to Be Family Pets’


Written by: Phil Monahan

This sign has sparked outrage among dog owners.
Photo via mirror.co.uk

We have posted many times about whether or not there is such a thing as a “dangerous” dog breed, and many communtites still have breed-specific legislation on the books. But we’ve. . .

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