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Labrador Retriever

Emily Blunt and her lab Finn

Emily Blunt & her lab “Finn”

We’re starting a new series of articles that are breed specific. Why? Dogsized is honing in on it’s name to give you content based on the “size” of your “dog”. We’re trying to get closer to your specific needs and figured we’d do some breed specific content. We’d greatly appreciate any input you have!!!

Jennifer Garner and her lab “Martha Stewart"

Jennifer Garner & her lab “Martha Stewart”

The Labrador Retriever is the #1 most popular dog in the U.S. according to the AKC. We just love the labs and think they’re one of the cutest. They’ve been featured in a number of movies, most notably “Marley”, in Marley and Me.

Labs are notorious swimmers, but what we didn’t know is that they have webbed toes and an otter-like tail that helps make them good swimmers. The tail also serves as rudder to help steer into the right direction.

According to Just Labradors, labs have a special hair coat which makes them waterproof. They have a double coat—the soft undercoat is weather-resistant and acts as an insulating layer that protects the dog from extreme cold, from getting wet, or from any type of terrain or ground cover while the dense straight outer coat is coarse reinforces the hair coat’s waterproof quality. The soft undercoat also allows the body’s natural oils to repel moisture.

Do you have a great story/stories to share about your lab? We’d love to hear them!

Does your lab have any favorite toys or other things? Please let us know!

Already a proud Labrador Retriever parent? Here are some links to products that are great for labs. We’ll fill this list up as we find more cool products for labs (feel free to suggest some!). I’m specifically wondering if there is a “tail guard” for coffee tables? With all that wagging, I’m sure there must be a lot of spillage.

Products for Labrador Retrievers:

Westminster Dog Show 2015 – Great Photos + More!

Best in Show - "Miss P", Beagle

Best in Show – “Miss P”, Beagle

The 2015 Westminster Dog Show was two days of fantastic top dogs and performance! “Ch Tashtins Lookin For Trouble” a.k.a. “Miss P,” a Beagle, won Best in Show at the 139th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. She beat out 192 breeds and nearly 3,000 competitors. Dogs from 15 countries and 48 U.S. states (excluding North Dakota and Idaho), competed for the prestigious title.

Dogsized was there to cover the show and we think all the dogs, owners, stylists and handlers were all winners! We took over 4,000 photos!!! So we’ve decided to showcase them, along with other dog photos, over the year as “Dog of the Day”. Join in on the fun and submit a photo of your dog to be “Dog of the Day”!

Check out some of our favorite photos from the 2015 Westminster Dog Show:

We’re also looking for great captions so let us know if you have any fun ideas!

The WKC Dog Show is considered to be the second-longest continuously running sporting event in the U.S., behind only the Kentucky Derby.

This year featured two new breeds, the Coton de Tulear and the Wirehaired Vizsla. The Coton de Tulear, aka the “Royal Dog of Madagascar”, is a hardy, sturdy small white companion dog. The Coton de Tulear is characterized by a natural long, white, cotton-like coat, rounded lively dark eyes, smile and witty personality. The Wirehaired Vizsla is a distinguished, versatile hunting dog of medium size, bred for substance and a dense wire amber-haired coat. Balanced in size and proportion, the Wirehaired Vizsla is robust and lean. They are considered to be excellent hunters, gentle and easily trained.

Check out last year’s amazing 2014 Westminster Dog Show photos.

Westminster Dog Show 2014 Photos

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Best in Show – Wire Fox Terrier named Sky

The 2014 Westminster Dog Show was an amazing two days of top dogs and entertainment! Wire Fox Terrier “Sky” (full name is Afterall Painting The Sky) won Best in Show at the 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

She beat out the other Best of Group winners; a Bloodhound, Welsh Corgi, Portuguese Water Dog, Miniature Pinscher, Irish Water Spaniel and Standard Poodle.  Dogsized was there to cover the show and we think all the dogs, owners, stylists and handlers were all winners!

Photos are worth a 1,000 words, so we took some great photos of the show dogs. Check out our latest photo gallery slideshow. If fact, let us know if you have any great ideas for captions.


The day shows at Piers 92 and 94 in Manhattan were where most of the judging for Best in Breed were held. We were able to catch some of these judging shows, e.g. Boston Terriers, Standard Poodles, French Bulldogs, Chow Chows and of course, the Havanese.

One of our most favorite things to do at the show is go into the back areas where the dogs prep before going in the ring or hang out after showing. It’s amazing to see how some of these dogs get styled – primped and prodded as much as those human models during Fashion Week. There are also so many beautiful breeds from the Japanese Chin to the Irish Wolfhound…many breeds which you really don’t see everyday. Most owners and handlers are very friendly and happy to chat and show off their dog.

A Great Pyrenees in New York City

Great Pyrenees I was taking my dog, Kobi, out for a walk the other evening in Manhattan (Financial District) and you can imagine how surprising it was to bump into a Great Pyrenees.

Malesh, the Great Pyrenees, is a very gentle and friendly dog that’s only 2 1/2 years old. You’d never guess that as Malesh is so young as he’s about 145 pounds.Great Pyrenees - Malesh

To get a sense of how large he is, you can see Malesh in comparison to some dachshunds and Kobi, who is about 18 pounds and in the foreground. I asked Malesh’s mom if he got his own room or studio apartment, but she said he was really easy going and didn’t need that much space. Malesh was really pleasant around the other dogs and humans.

Here are some interesting facts about the Great Pyrenees from Dog Breed Info Center : “The Great Pyrenees originated in Central Asia or Siberia. The Pyrenees is a relative of the St. Bernard.Great Pyrenees - Malesh It has a long history as a guard dog of sheep. The dogs made their way to Europe; the Great Pyrenees remained in the high mountain regions until the Middle ages, when the breed gradually gained popularity with the French nobility as a guard dog. By the late 17th century, every French noble wanted to own one. Armed with a spiky collar and thick coat, the Great Pyrenees protected vulnerable flocks from such predators as wolves and bear. The Great Pyrenees has proven to be a very versatile breed working as an avalanche rescue dog, as a cart-puller, sled dog, as a pack dog on ski trips, a flock guardian, dog of war, and as a companion and defender of family and property. The AKC officially recognized the Great Pyrenees in 1933.”