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Great Dog Shampoos

All dogs need a good bath and shampoo every once in a while, but all dog shampoos are not created equal. We’ve hand selected the top dog shampoos for your best friend, including some that address specific needs such as hypo-allergenic dog shampoos and shampoos safe for puppies.

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Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs

There’s something for everyone when it comes to large hybrid dogs. You’ll find gentle giants, jogging buddies and 100-pound dogs that simply want to sit in your lap. Whether you’re in an apartment or own a house with an ample yard, there is a larger-than-life pup for you.

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - goldendoodle

Goldendoodle

10. Goldendoodle

(Golden Retriever x Poodle)
Probably one of the most well known hybrids, the Goldendoodle is super cute. We’ve seen very large ones and others that are medium sized. It probably depends on what size Poodle the Golden Retriever was crossed with.

They’re known for being affectionate, alert, cheerful, courageous, energetic, friendly, intelligent, loyal, playful, and social. The Goldendoodle enjoys being around other humans and pets – ideal for families.

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - Labmaraner

Labmaraner

9. Labmaraner

(Labrador Retriever x Weimaraner)
The Labmaraners are affectionate, active, loyal and well-mannered with a good protecting tendency. They have a muscular body and a fully grown they can stand up to 24 inches at the shoulder and weight may range from 60-100 pounds.

The Labmaraners are the intelligent dogs and are highly energetic dogs that require daily exercise. Being offspring of Weimaraner and Labrador, they tend to be good runners and excellent swimmers.

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - Bernedoodle

Bernedoodle

8. Bernedoodle

(Bernese Mountain dog x Poodle)
You’ll want to play with this hilarious, social breed, and it works out perfectly; Bernedoodles need human interaction in order to learn.

The most common colors for Bernedoodles are black, black and tan, brindle, and white. Their wavy coats require regular brushing. They’re considered a working group of breed with talents in obedience, agility, watchdog and tracking.

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - Golden Saint

Golden Saint

7. Golden Saint

(Golden Retriever x Saint Bernard)
Don’t they sound angelic? The Golden Saint is a gentle giant that loves its family. They’re good with kids and are known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them. They are also friendly toward other pets.

Golden Saints can weigh from 100 lbs to 220 lbs with a height up to 36 inches. The most common colors for Golden Saints are black, brindle, brown, cream, golden, merle, speckled, spotted, white, and yellow. To keep them healthy, they need a moderate amount of regular exercise.

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - Saint Dane

Saint Dane

6. Saint Dane

(Saint Bernard x Great Dane) + cousin to the Golden Saint
Saint Danes define “gentle giants.” They’re big, protective and wonderful with children, which makes them a good family dog.

They have silky coats, are incredibly loyal and need playful interactions and exercise. They are intelligent and the size of Saint Danes makes them very protective.

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - Irish Mastiff

Irish Mastiff

5. Irish Mastiff

(Irish Wolfhound x Mastiff)
The Irish Mastiff is known for being gentle, loving, and loyal. They’re multi-talented and can participate in a wide variety of activities such as agility, competitive obedience, and search and rescue.

This large breed dog can stand up to 38 inches and weigh in between 120-250 pounds. The most common colors for Irish Mastiffs are black, black and tan, gray, red, silver, and white. To keep your Irish Mastiff healthy, he’ll need regular exercise.

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - Rotterman

Rotterman

4. Rotterman

(Doberman Pinscher x Rottweiler)
Based on the parents, you know the Rotterman will be a great watchdog. The Rotterman is an independent, loving, protective dog. They typically get along great with people and other dogs. However, care needs to be taken to socialize these large dogs as a young pup or they can become very wary of strangers and children.

The thick coat of the Rotterman needs frequent brushing and they are heavy shedders. They are extremely strong and very agile. With all that energy, they definitely need plenty of daily exercise.

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - Boxapoint

Boxapoint

3. Boxapoint

(Boxer x German Shorthaired Pointer)
The Boxapoint is an active, smart, well behaved and very dedicated to the entire family. They love to play, sleep and go everywhere you go. They do not like to be left behind. The Boxapoint can do almost any task asked of them. They are stronger and faster than they first appear.

The coat of the Boxapoint is very easy to groom, however, they are heavy seasonal shedders during the spring and fall.

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - Chusky

Chusky

2. Chusky

(Chow Chow x Siberian Husky)
The Chusky is an extremely smart, funny and playful dog, yet at the same time, protective of their family and always alert. The Chusky can be laid back, loving and protective of people, but some are not good with other dogs unless socialized as a puppy.

The Chusky does not tolerate the heat very well. If you live in a hot climate, they need to be an inside dog or have somewhere cool to get out of the heat. The Chusky is a heavy shedder and should be brushed at least once a week.

 

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - Pyredoodle

Pyredoodle

1. Pyredoodle

(Great Pyrenees x Poodle)
Ok, we’re a little biased here because the Pyredoodle looks like a giant version of our dog.

The Pyredoodles are sweet, calm and smart dogs – intelligent and highly trainable. They are an affectionate, family dog that likes to be the center of their family’s attention. (Given their size, you’d imagine they can easily put themselves in the center of the situation).

The Pyredoodle is kind and cordial toward children. They get along with other canines and pets at home, if socialized with them properly and sufficiently.

7 Great Tips to Care for Your Senior Dog

by Celebrity Dog Groomer Jorge Bendersky

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Jorge and Tito the Pom

1. Stop Slips!

Remove extra hair between the pads of the feet, with round end scissors or small clippers, to ensure more tracking and less slipping!

2. Fresh & Flexible!

Keep the bottom of the paws moisturized to give them maximum flexibility and traction, you can massage it in with a paw therapy cream (by Jorge Bendersky at M Boutique) to keep the paw surface fresh and flexible.

3. TLC! Brush time is massage time!

Brushing not only removes the dead hair and makes them look and feel beautiful but it also reactivates the circulation of the hips.
Plus, regular brushing helps to loosen up the muscles before the dog park. Try a curry rubber brush.

4. Walk don’t run!

If you are going to take your senior dog to an off-leash park, try walking them on leash for a while to warm up their muscles. Stretching and pacing your dog will help ease them them into the pack to put less stress on their aging joints.

Senior Dog5. Short and sweet!

Running or walking on pavement with long nails is the equivalent of running with rocks in your shoes. It is uncomfortable for your dog and keeping your dog’s nails short can help prevent back injuries.

6. Keep them close!

Avoid retractable leashes, they create a false sense of freedom. Finding the end of the leash while they are mid-leap can lead to discomfort and injury.

7. Bladder control!

Be aware that your dog’s bathroom visits may need to be more frequent. Increase the bathroom breaks when going shopping with your dog, you wouldn’t want to miss a sale!

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Jorge BenderskyJorge Bendersky was born in Argentina. After moving to New York City, he began grooming dogs and achieved Certified Master Groomer status. Jorge is a pet stylist, best-selling author, pet product spokesperson, philanthropist and groomer to the (pet) stars. Jorge is talking his way into millions of homes across America with his appearances on national TV, including Kelly & Michael, The Meredith Vieira Show, Rachael Ray and several of his own reality shows.

 

Today, Celebrity Dog Groomer & Best Selling Author Jorge Bendersky travels around the world discovering the hottest trends for dogs. He is best known for starring in Animal Planet’s TV Show “Groomer Has It” and for his book “DIY Dog Grooming: From Puppy Cuts to Best in Show, Everything you Need to Know“. He lives in Chelsea, NYC with his dog Tito the Pom!

Tips for a Dog Hike – Fun Outdoor Adventure

dog hike We’re sure your best friend would love to go on a dog hike. All dogs, even urban dogs, enjoy some fun in the sun and new adventures. Here are some great tips:

1. Check in advance to ensure the trail or park allows dogs

Not all trails or parks are dog friendly so definitely check in advance.

2. Make sure your dog can handle the exercise

Hiking is more strenuous than walking, especially since the terrain is uneven. Make sure your dog’s fitness matches the distance and level of hike you’re planning to take. Otherwise, you might end up carrying your dog half way through the hike.

small dog hikeSome factors you’ll want to consider is their age and overall health. Dogs that are in shape and over 40 lbs generally are well adapted for hiking. Smaller dogs can be good hikers too, but they do need to take a lot more steps to cover the same piece of ground, and they cannot stretch as far up or down a rock, so they may need a lift where a larger dog would not. If you’re not sure, start with an easy, flat hike that’s not too long.

3. Bring the right gear for your pooch
Summit Backpack

Summit Backpack

  • If you have a strong, fit dog and you want him to share the load and get him to wear a dog backpack.
  • If the hike you’re considering does not have much shade and you have a dog that could easily sunburn, bring some sunscreen made for dogs.
  • If your dog overheats, consider using a dog cooling vest.
  • Remember to bring water not just for yourself, but also for your dog. Check out our recommended travel water bottles.
  • We believe it’s also good to bring some treats for your dog. It’s a great way to get their attention and they might need some nourishment if it’s a strenuous hike – just as you would bring trail mix for yourself.
4. Follow Dog Hike Etiquette
  • Clean up after your dog just as you would after yourself, using the Leave No Trace principles.
  • Give dog-less hikers the right of way. When you meet others on the trail, put your dog on a leash.
  • Do not allow your dog to disturb plants or wildlife.
  • Keep your dog on the trail.