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Top 10 Hypoallergenic Dogs for the City

Hypoallergenic dogs are great for allergy sufferers. Living in NYC, we see and know loads of hypoallergenic dogs and here’s our recommendation for the Top 10 Hypoallergenic Dogs for the City:

10. Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie)

audrey hepburn's yorkieThe Yorkshire Terrier has been one of the most popular dogs in NYC for years, so we had to put it on the list. Ziggy and G.M., both Yorkies, are also our friends. Yorkies are a small, intelligent and very adaptable for apartment living. Some of them can have a tendency to bark (i.e. yapper) and want to be the leader of the pack &/or need a lot of attention, but they are trainable. More info: Yorkshire Terrier wiki

9. Miniature Schnauzer

mini_schnauzerThe typical Miniature Schnauzer is alert and spirited, yet obedient to command. He is friendly, intelligent and willing to please. He should never be overaggressive or timid. The Miniature Schnauzer is characterized by its whiskers and double coat, which has a hard, wiry outer coat and close, soft undercoat. He is the most popular of the three Schnauzer breeds, which include the Giant and the Standard. More info: Miniature Schnauzer wiki

8. West Highland White Terrier (Westie)

West-Highland-White-TerrierWesties are highly social and are the most friendly and jolly of all the Scottish breeds of terrier. Having a typical terrier prey drive, they tend to be highly interested in toys especially chasing balls. They are also inquisitive and investigative. Our friend Aron has two “sister” Westies. More info: West Highland White Terrier AKC

7. Norfolk Terrier

norfolk terrierMaybe not so well known, but we could not leave the Norfolk Terrier off the list as Jake, our friend’s Norfolk Terrier is one of the reasons we got a dog in the first place. The Norfolk Terrier is a smallest of the working terriers. It’s brave, loyal to their masters, and has great charm. Jake lives in WDC and is loads of fun! Here’s a puppy picture of Jake and his “dad” Scott. More info: Norfolk Terrier AKC

6. Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier (Wheaten)

Soft-coated_Wheaten_TerrierThe Wheaten is a happy, steady dog and shows himself gaily with an air of self-confidence. He is alert and exhibits interest in his surroundings; exhibits less aggressiveness than is sometimes encouraged in other terriers. We have the sweetest Wheaten on our building named Sheamus. More info: Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier wiki

5. Shih-Tzu

Shih TzuThe Shih-Tzu is another very popular NYC dog. The Shih Tzu is bread to be a companion and house pet. Its temperament is outgoing, happy, affectionate, friendly and trusting. Due to its friendly nature, the Shih Tzu tends to interact well with other dogs and with children and adults. More info: Shih Tzu wiki

4. Maltese

malteseThe Maltese is spirited, lively, playful and small. Gentle, loving, trusting and devoted to its master. Highly intelligent. Good at learning tricks. Bold and quick to sound the alarm. It is a classic companion dog: graceful and lovable. It does well with other non-canine animals and other dogs. Our friends Beth Ann and Al recently got the cutest Maltese named Cobie. More info: Maltese Dog wiki

3. Tibetan Terrier

tibetan terrierKobi’s girlfriend, Fiesta, is a Tibetan Terrier so clearly we love the Tibetan Terrier! Boots is another cute Tibetan Terrier in our building. They are both super friendly and our dog loves to play with them. The Tibetan Terrier is a brave, intelligent, dedicated, medium-sized dog. Sweet and loving, it’s lively, mild and fun, with great agility as well as endurance. This breed’s bark is deep like a rising siren. Here’s a picture of Fiesta. More info: Tibetan Terrier AKC

2. Bichon Frise (Bichon)

Bichon CasperWhen we were looking for a dog, we almost went with a Bichon Frise. They are great dogs and our friend George from WDC has two of them. Here’s his cute dog Casper. The Bichon is a fluffy, little white dog that loves human company. It’s intelligent, affectionate, bold and lively. This charming, gentle dog is not a yapper. They are naturally sociable and are happiest when they are part of a family that takes them everywhere. They are great with other dogs, pets and children. More info: Bichon Frise wiki

1. Havanese

havaneseOf course we’re totally biased because Kobi, our dog, is a Havanese! While our dog is white/cream, they do come in a variety of colors. Havanese are natural companion dogs, gentle and responsive. Very affectionate and playful with a high degree of intelligence, these cheerful dogs are very sociable and will get along with everyone including people, dogs, cats and other pets. This curious dog loves to observe what is going on. It has a quiet and gentle disposition, but enjoys loud play sessions. The Havanese has a reputation of being a circus dog, probably because it learns quickly. It’s also the National Dog of Cuba. More info: Havanese AKC

Safe Paw Ice Melter – a Pawfect Solution

safe paw ice melterRock salt and chemical ice melters can cause sores, infections and blistering on your dog’s paws. Toxic chemicals can also be ingested by your dog when he licks his paws. So many dogs are wearing dog boots because of the salt used to melt the ice on the sidewalks, paths and roads. However, a lot of our dogs don’t like or won’t wear dog boots.

We recently came across this product and thought “what a great solution”! Wouldn’t it be great if we all used a Safe Paw Ice Melter. While your city might not spend the money to purchase this, at least you can make it better on your own property (or where you have real estate influence). According to Gaia Enterprises, Safe Paw Ice Melter is 100% salt-free and is guaranteed to be pet and child safe.

How Safe Paw Ice Melter Works

Safe Paw ice melterSafe Paw’s pellets are green to make it easy to distinguish it from rock salt and salt-based ice melters. Safe Paw Ice Melter is a dual-effect compound made of a modified crystalline amide core infused with special glycol admixture and traction agents. This composition gives Safe Paw a two-way timed released action. The liquid component starts melting ice instantly while breaking surface tension. This allows the crystal-core to penetrate and destabilize ice which speeds up melting and the traction agent provides slip protection.

safe pawsWe were surprised to read that unlike other products, Safe Paw attracts solar heat to provide extra melting-power during daylight hours.

Once Safe Paw has melted the ice and snow, it leaves an invisible shield that prevents ice from sticking to surfaces for up to 3 days. Apparently, this teflon effect makes shoveling easier.

Stay warm and good luck with the snow storms!

Dog New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

Happy New Year 2015With the New Year right around the corner, New Year’s Resolutions come to mind. But rather than just thinking about what you need to do for yourself…do you and your dog have any New Year’s Resolutions for 2017?

Our guilty conscience immediately thinks of 3:
1. I’ll brush you more and make sure you don’t get mats
2. I’ll try running with you so you get a bit more exercise (our dog tends to just walk & pee/mark)
3. I’ll teach you more tricks to exercise your mind and give you some more attention.

Here are some great ideas from around the web:
dog new years resolutionsPet Paradise Resort, asked customers for Dog New Year’s Resolutions, here are some responses:
1. I will not rush you to do your duty. No one puts a timer on me.
2. I promise to give you more “sniffing time”.
3. Yes, you can get into bed with me. Just give me a little more room.
4. At dinner parties, I will never again falsely accuse you of producing strange odors.
5. I will lose five pounds if you will…ok, three pounds.

Dog New Years Resolutions

“See more of the world”


The Rover
created a Top 10 list with the most awesome photos/videos. While it’s from 2015,  the list is soooo cute and we guarantee it will put a smile on your face.

Here’s one: “See More of the World”

We just love the fact that this Yorkie is not only seeing more of the world, but also schlepping the luggage. Maybe we’ve got to put that ability on the list of things for Kobi to learn in 2015.

Here are 4 from Cesar which we think are great:dog new years resolutions
1. Visit Ten New Parks or Trails
2. Learn A New Command – Young dogs pick up new commands quickly, but don’t forget old dogs can learn new tricks too. From roll-over to playing dead, even the simplest command can shake things up for you and your dog.
3. Make Your Dog a Home Cooked, Healthy Meal – Treat your dog to the joy of a home cooked meal by adding some healthy new recipes to their diet.
4. Make Time For Your Best Friend – With the duties of day-to-day life, we often forget to relax and spend time with the ones we love. This year be sure to simply enjoy playing, petting, and cuddling with your dog.

Happy Holidays from Dogsized!

Happy Holidays

We hope you are having a lovely holiday season and wish you all the best for 2017!

Happy Holidays