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Top 7 Dog Breeds That Smile the Most

A smiling dog is an alluring sight. In the vast and diverse world of canines, some dogs look intimidating but are harmless, while others look like they are always smiling. Dog breeds known for their "smiling" faces possess a cheerful demeanor that not only makes their owners smile but lifts spirits and spreads joy wherever they go. Consequently, dog breeds with a perpetual smile are often used as therapy dogs. They are often seen spreading joy in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools. Of course, a dog with an adorable smile on its face is hard not to smile back at. So, I put together a "smiley" list of the top seven dog breeds that have a propensity to smile. 1. Australian Shepherd The beautiful Australian Shepherd. This breed seems to have it all; a uniquely gorgeous coat, striking eye colors, intelligence, high energy, and a strong drive to work. The Aussie is easily the coolest-looking dog breed around, to say the least. They are naturally happy, joyful dogs. How

The Most Common Dog in France is The Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd is soaring in popularity, both nationally and internationally. In France, the most common dog breed is surprisingly not the French Bulldog. It is rather the Australian Shepherd, which, despite its name, is an all-American dog breed. On Dec 19, 2023, the  Statista Research Department estimated the number of dogs owned by the French population to be  7.6 million .   In January 2020, Connexion France reported that the Australian Shepherd had become the French public’s favorite dog for the third year in a row. As per the outlet, the ranking came from the Société Centrale Canine (SCC), a French kennel club founded in 1881. The SCC registered more than 15,000 Australian Shepherds in 2019, according to Connexion France. The German Shepherd reigned supreme from 1946 to 2015, from which year the Belgian Shepherd took the lead to 2017. The Australian Shepherd took first place in France in 2017 and has stayed there since. In 2024, the Australian Shepherd population in F

Will an Australian Shepherd Protect You?

Otherwise known as Aussie, the Australian Shepherd is deemed one of the smartest dog breeds on earth. In addition, the breed often appears on lists of the world's cutest dog breeds. Aussies' intelligence and cuteness make them a trendy breed in the U.S., Canada, and France. Part of the herding group, Aussies are full of energy and are happiest when they are given a job to do. Like other shepherd dog breeds , Aussies also excel at many dog sports, especially herding. Given their intelligence, will an Australian Shepherd protect you? Or, will an Australian Shepherd make a good guard dog for you? Usually,  Australian Shepherds are not good protectors. However, they will bark to alert you of a potential danger and let you handle the situation yourself. To learn why Australian Shepherds are not deemed good guard dogs, read on. Why is The Aussie Not Deemed a Good Protective Dog? Before I answer this question, let’s look into the purpose of Australian Shepherds. What were they initial

Australian Shepherd vs. Australian Kelpie

Despite its name, the Australian Shepherd, or simply Aussie, is an American herding breed of dog. The Australian Kelpie, or simply Kelpie, is an Australian herding breed of dog. In the field, both breeds are capable of mustering and droving livestock, primarily sheep and cattle, with little or no guidance. Both breeds are described as extremely intelligent and eager with unlimited energy. As herding dogs, the Aussie and the Kelpie are intensely loyal and devoted to duty. They are some of the best farm dogs for herding cattle . Origin The Aussie has its origins in sheepdogs including Collies imported, alongside sheep, from Australia, Spain, and New Zealand. The Australian Shepherd reportedly took its name from this trade. Aussies were used solely as herding dogs by ranchers and farmers in the western U.S. Nowadays, they've become one of the most popular pet dog breeds in the U.S., albeit some Aussies are still used for herding. Similarly, the Kelpie has its origins in collies import

Top 10 Best Farm Dogs for Herding Cattle

Handling cattle can be challenging and thus requires the tenacity, speed, and loyalty of a herding dog. Not just any herding dog but ones that are bred to handle cattle. Some herding dogs are good at controlling sheep while others are good at controlling cows and bulls. Cattle dogs perform any number of vital tasks daily, from moving, holding, to rounding up cattle. If you own a herd of cattle, here are some of the best shepherd dog breeds that can help you handle them. 1. Australian Shepherd The Australian Shepherd, otherwise known as the Aussie, is a tough ranch dog described by the AKC , as "the picture of rugged and agile movers of stock." Aussies are workers with a keen, penetrating gaze in the eye, and as cute as they may appear to be, they’re known as "the cowboy's herding dog of choice" for a reason.  Aussies are loved by U.S. ranchers for their exceptional herding abilities. In fact, Aussies rose to fame in the mid-20th century after they were frequent

Do Australian Shepherds Get Along With Cats?

After their last Australian Shepherd passed away, Alene Husson and her husband Gerry decided to get a cat because they're much easier to care for. However, the New York couple soon found that the cat just didn't fulfill the need for a dog, albeit it was wonderful. So they decided to get another Australian Shepherd they would name Bleu. When the couple carefully introduced Bleu to their cat named Nikita, the two animals bonded almost instantly. "I know that's very unusual," Husson tells News Week in an interview, adding, "I think the fact the cat had grown up with another dog when they were both little made a difference." Plus the fact that Bleu was introduced to Nikita as a puppy. Nikita the cat and Bleu the Australian Shepherd have been best buddies since then, wrestling, playing, and cuddling the day away together. Nikita the cat and Bleu the Australian Shepherd Now, there are cat people and there are dog people. But what about people who love both? C

Why is My Australian Shepherd Scared of Men?

The Australian Shepherd or Aussie is a strikingly beautiful dog blessed with a sweet, affectionate nature. Aussies are known for forming strong attachments to their owners and being protective of them. However, like any dog, Aussies can have behavior problems. Your Australian Shepherd may be perfectly calm around women and children. But when a man enters the room or tries to approach, your Aussie may become a completely different dog. While some Aussies try to hide, others exhibit signs of aggression, like growling or baring their teeth. An Aussie, in some cases, may unexpectedly attack or bite a man. A fear of men, however, is not an uncommon phobia in dogs, including Australian Shepherds. Luckily, there are some things you can do to help your Aussie overcome its fear of men. Why Do Some Australian Shepherds Fear Men? There are a variety of reasons why your Australian Shepherd may be scared of men in general. These include: A bad experience : Being abused by a man in the past may caus

7 Best Companion Dogs For An Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherds are a friendly breed and, for the most part, do get along with other dogs, but not always. Commonly known as Aussies, Australian Shepherds are often wary of strangers and strange dogs. And more so if they lack early socialization. Furthermore, most Aussies possess strong herding instincts that make them a bit bossy of other dogs. While some dogs have no issue with being bossed around, others are not as accommodating. Aussies are usually sweet-natured dogs and tend to get along with some dog breeds better than others. As herding dogs, Aussies can get along with other herding breeds. Breeds that are more laidback than the Aussie can also make great companions for Aussies. However, to avoid any scuffles, it's crucial to introduce them properly and slowly. If you are considering getting a companion dog for your Australian Shepherd, one of the following breeds can be a great choice. 1. Miniature American Shepherd The Miniature American Shepherd is as intelligent, fr

5 Things to Know Before Bringing An Australian Shepherd Home

Whether buying or adopting an Australian Shepherd, you must keep certain things in mind. Like most dogs, an Australian Shepherd needs plenty of time and space, patience, and understanding to adjust to a new home. For every dog, the first few days in their new environment are very important.  Your new Australian Shepherd will get confused about where they are and what you expect of them. To ensure a seamless transition, it is recommended that you set up a framework for your dog. Prior to bringing your Australian Shepherd home, here are five things to know: 1. Research In the United States, Australian Shepherds are among the top 15 most popular breeds. Aussies' popularity is unfortunately based largely on their gorgeous looks and smarts. However, one of the biggest mistakes you can make as a new pet owner is selecting a dog solely based on its popularity or cuteness. If you bring home an Australian Shepherd for its cute appearance, you may end up surrendering the dog because it is to

10 Cute Photos of Aussie-Corgis: Australian Shepherd/Corgi Mix

The Aussie-Corgi, also called Auggie, is the result of breeding an Australian shepherd and a Welsh Corgi together. The Aussie and the Corgi are some of the cutest dog breeds in the world. You could call their offspring, the Auggie, an angel. Not only are these hybrid dogs extremely cute, but they are also friendly, very smart, and good with young children. Aussie-Corgis may inherit different physical traits from each parent breed. Therefore, while some look more like the Australian Shepherd, others look much more like the Welsh Corgi. Don't take my word for it. Instead, look at these adorable photos of Aussie-Corgis. #1 Source: Reddit The Australian shepherd is an American dog breed while the Corgi is British. You could call the Aussie-Corgi British-American. #2 Both the Aussie and the Corgi are high-energy herding dogs, so the Aussie-Corgi must be a pretty active breed with a very strong herding instinct. As such, they can bark a lot and try to chase and herd everything that moves

Merle Dogs: 14 Dog Breeds That Can Have a Merle Coat

A merle or dapple dog is a dog that inherits one copy of the merle gene from one of its parents. The merle gene results in mottled patches of color and can affect all coat colors. The two types of colored patches that usually appear in merle coats include liver and black. A liver dog with the merle gene is called a red merle while a black dog with the merle gene is called a blue merle. Merle dogs can have blue eyes, brown eyes, and two different colored eyes , aka heterochromia. Dogs with merle coats are super cute, but do you know which breeds merle naturally occurs in? I’ve got them all listed below, along with double-merle dogs and the potential health issues associated with them. 1. Australian Shepherd The merle gene is more common in Australian Shepherds than in other breeds. Purebred Aussies come in four acceptable colors including, red merle, blue merle, red, and black. The most popular color combination in purebred Aussies is blue merle tricolor. Blue merle tricolor Australian