Nella the Finnish Spitz and German Shepherd Mix

Nella the Finnish Spitz and German Shepherd Mix

I am sending you four photos of my dog, Nella. Three of them are when she was just a small pup (around January of 2017) and the one above is from last summer. She is a Finnish Spitz and German Shepherd Mix and will be one year old next month. She is so cute when I’m doing some work on my computer and she comes to poke my arm with her wet nose, and after that she literally uses her paw to pull my arm because she obviously wants some scratching. Or when I’m sitting on the couch with her while watching TV, she will start pushing my arm away with her paw if it’s too close to her. Many times while playing with her, she just sticks her butt up and head and chest down and starts “kicking” her hind paws. I don’t know if this description sounds funny or cute but it most certainly looks so! And her ears are slightly bigger but that only makes her even more adorable. Submitted by Jan from Finland.

Nella the Finnish Spitz and German Shepherd Mix

Nella the Finnish Spitz and German Shepherd Mix

Nella the Finnish Spitz and German Shepherd Mix

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Bindii the Australian Shepherd

Bindii the Australian Shepherd

This is our Australian Shepherd, little Bindii at three months old. This picture is her first river trip and she was very excited! Bindii is an Australian Aboriginal name meaning “little spear.” She loves the river and playing outdoors with her Black Lab big brother, Beaudreaux. As long as she is by me or her dad she is a happy little thing. Submitted by Melissa C.

10 Australian Shepherd Puppies Growing Up! (Video)

Speaking of Australian Shepherds, here are ten Ausssie puppies growing up! A timelapse from two to seven weeks. Watch them grow!

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Chloe the Boxer Mix

Chloe the Boxer Mix

Chloe is a sweet six month old girl. What she loves most is to play with all her toys. Boxers are intelligent, alert, high-spirited, happy, energetic. and fearless, yet friendly. They are loyal to their families and love to play with them. Boxers are so loving that they often think they are lapdogs and try to lie as close to you as possible. Boxer owners around the world take special delight in their beloved dogs’ clownish behavior. Submitted by Rachel M.

Chloe the Boxer Mix

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Sadie the Dachshund

Sadie the Dachshund

This is Sadie, and she is a dachshund that enjoys “burrowing” in blankets! Submitted by Annie R.

Sadie the Dachshund

10 Facts About Dachshunds…

1) Dachshunds belong to the “hound” family of dogs, the smallest breed in that group, which is why some argue that they should be classified under the “terrier” group.

2) Today’s Dachshunds were originally bred to hunt small animals, and the name “Dachshund” is German and literally translates to “badger dog.”

3) Dachshunds are one of the Top 10 most popular breeds in the United States.

4) They are generally known to be very loyal to their owners, but standoffish and/or mistrustful of strangers.

5) Some experts have theorized and some evidence suggests that the early roots of the Dachshund breed go back to ancient Egypt. But the true origin of the breed is in dispute.

Dachshund painting with turnip

6) The breed is known to have as many as 12 (some say 15) different colors, and the coats can be smooth, long, or wire-haired.

7) Dachshunds generally come in three different sizes. Most are familiar with the miniature Dachshund at about 11-pounds, but it was the 32-pound standard size that got the name “badger dog.”

8) The third size is in between miniature and standard, generally around 12 to 18 pounds, and they are sometimes called “rabbit dachshunds” because they were bred to hunt rabbits and hares.

9) The Dachshund breed has a comparatively long life-span, with dogs often reaching their late teens.

10) They like to jump. It is suggested that owners hold them tight in their arms because they will often want to jump down, which can cause injuries to their long backs.

Dachshund playing with accordion

Dachshunds are hunters

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