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The 5 Most Intelligent Dog Breeds Chosen By Veterinary Professionals

Number 5: Golden Retriever

The friendly Golden Retriever is not only a trusting family companion but also one of the smartest dog breeds today. Bred to be sporting dogs, these gentle companions need plenty of exercie that engages both the mind and body.

  • Adaptability: 5
  • Affection Level: 5
  • Apartment Friendly: 2
  • Barking Tendencies: 3
  • Cat Friendly: 4
  • Child Friendly: 5
  • Dog Friendly: 5
  • Exercise Needs:5
  • Grooming: 3
  • Health Issues: 4
  • Intelligence: 5
  • Playfulness: 5
  • Shedding Level: 3
  • Social Needs:5
  • Stranger Friendly:5
  • Territorial:3
  • Trainability:5
  • Watchdog Ability:3
Smart Breeds - Golden Retriever

Number 4: Australian Shepherd

Smart Breeds - Australian Shepherd

This sharp breed is devoted to its owner and displays affection by sitting on your foot or leaning against you. Highly intelligent, obedient and agile, the Australian Shepherd is excellent in herding, flying dics and other active sports.

  • Adaptability: 5
  • Affection Level: 4
  • Apartment Friendly: 3
  • Barking Tendencies: 5
  • Cat Friendly: 3
  • Child Friendly: 5
  • Dog Friendly: 3
  • Exercise Needs:5
  • Grooming: 3
  • Health Issues: 3
  • Intelligence: 5
  • Playfulness: 5
  • Shedding Level: 3
  • Social Needs:4
  • Stranger Friendly:2
  • Territorial:5
  • Trainability:5
  • Watchdog Ability:5

Number 3: Poodle

Despite the fluffy coat and prissy face, the poodle is one highly intelligent breed, sporting a smart brain and great sense of humor. Poodles are energetic dogs and excel at agility and obedience competitions. The poodle is bred in various sizes, including Standard, Miniature and Toy.

  • Adaptability: 5
  • Affection Level: 5
  • Apartment Friendly: 5
  • Barking Tendencies: 3
  • Cat Friendly: 4
  • Child Friendly: 5
  • Dog Friendly: 4
  • Exercise Needs:4
  • Grooming: 5
  • Health Issues: 3
  • Intelligence: 5
  • Playfulness: 4
  • Shedding Level: 1
  • Social Needs:5
  • Stranger Friendly:4
  • Territorial:4
  • Trainability:5
  • Watchdog Ability:4
Smart Breeds - Poodle

Number 2: German Shepherd

Smart Breeds - German Shepherd

A fearless dog with a natural instinct to protect, this breed is an ideal choice for military and police work. The German Shepherd is a protective, adaptive family dog, who likes to use his smarts and energy playing, running, or working.

  • Adaptability: 5
  • Affection Level: 3
  • Apartment Friendly: 3
  • Barking Tendencies: 2
  • Cat Friendly: 3
  • Child Friendly: 5
  • Dog Friendly: 2
  • Exercise Needs:3
  • Grooming: 3
  • Health Issues: 4
  • Intelligence: 5
  • Playfulness: 3
  • Shedding Level: 5
  • Social Needs:3
  • Stranger Friendly:1
  • Territorial:5
  • Trainability:5
  • Watchdog Ability:5

Number 1: Border Collie

The Border Collie has incredible focus and is arguably considered the world's best herding dog. This breed needs to have something to do because he can wreak havoc if he's bored. Extremely people-oriented dogs, they may just try to herd you in!

  • Adaptability: 5
  • Affection Level: 5
  • Apartment Friendly: 2
  • Barking Tendencies: 5
  • Cat Friendly: 3
  • Child Friendly: 5
  • Dog Friendly: 3
  • Exercise Needs:5
  • Grooming: 2
  • Health Issues: 3
  • Intelligence: 5
  • Playfulness: 5
  • Shedding Level: 3
  • Social Needs:5
  • Stranger Friendly:3
  • Territorial:5
  • Trainability:5
  • Watchdog Ability:5
Smart Breeds - Border Collie

What You Need To Know About Canine Heart Disease

Vet Listening to Dog's Heartbeat

Heart disease affects 7 to 8 million dogs in the United States. Canine heart disease is common in many types of dog breeds and can be either congenital or developed later in life. Approximately 75 to 80% of dogs in the United States with heart disease have the variation known as mitral valve disease, a condition in which the mitral valve in the dog's heart degerates and begins leaking.

Smaller breeds of dogs, especially Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Chilhuahuas, Toy Poodles, and Dachshunds are prone to developing mitral valve disease. Meanwhile, larger canine breeds such as Labrador Retrievers, Old English Sheepdogs, Great Danes, German Shepherds and Irish Setters are more likely to develop issues with the tricuspid valve on the right side of the heart.

Large dogs can develop dilated cardiomyopathy, another type of heart disease that weakens the dog's heart muscle. This causes difficulties in contracting and pumping blood, which makes the heart work too hard and enlarge abnormally.

Symptoms

A heart murmur is a sure sign that your dog may have heart disease. Your veterinarian may recommend diagnostic tests to examine your canine's heart and test for how severe the heart condition is. Other signs your dog may be suffering from heart disease is when he or she shows reluctance for excersing, has an abnormal respiration rate, coughs, or has a blue tint on the gums or tongue.

As your dog's heart disease progresses, your canine companion will experience more severe symptoms, including weakness, loss of consciousness, abdominal enlargement from fluid retention, and difficulties lying down.

Prognosis

Although there is no cure for most kinds of canine heart disease, your dog's condition can be managed with medication. An early diagnosis is the best thing you can do for your pet so they can be treated with medication as soon as possible.

The good news is that even when your canine companion's heart disease is severe or congestive heart failure has developed, if he or she is treated as soon as possible they can still live a high quality of life for a good amount of time.

5 Cat Training Mistakes to Avoid

cat training

Are you making cat training mistakes with your felines? Here are five common cat training mistakes for pet owners to avoid:

  1. Assuming that it takes large blocks of time to train your cat. Cats are intelligent animals and learn best in short training sessions that are spread periodically throughout the day. Large blocks of training time are overwhelming and unnecessary for both you and your feline.
  2. Acknowledging bad behavior and ignoring good behavior. Cats like to receive attention from their owners. If they realize that you give them attention every time they climb an indoor tree or scratch furniture, they will continue the bad behavior. The way to reverse your cats' behavior is instead of scolding them whenever they misbehave, either ignore the behavior or distract them with something else. By contrast, praise your felines whenever they demonstrate good behavior, such as using their scratching post instead of your sofa.
  3. Punishing instictive behavior. Natural cat behaviors, such as climing, jumping, clawing, pouncing, etc., are behaviors that pet owners may find inappropriate and may respond by punishing their cat's natural instincts. To encourage your cat towards good behavior, invest in shelving, perches, cat trees, etc., for your cat to explore and quench his or her thirst for climbing and jumping. Toys, boxes and laundry baskets are also great alternatives to keep your cat entertained. Finally, play with your cats, and encourage them to use their cat trees, boxes and other toys as this will help to curb their interest in jumping onto your kitchen table and countertops.
  4. Expecting your feline to understand you without any training. Your cat does not instinctually understand what "no" means. For example, if you need your cat to get off he counter, instead of punishing the bad behavior and yelling "No!", encourage future good behavior by immediately placing your cat on his or her cat tree after he or she was being naughty. Use positive reinforcement with your cat always and in time, they will learn with consistent training what "no" means.
  5. Setting unrealistic training goals for your cat. Don't push your feline to learn so much so fast as this can be overwhelming for both you and your cat. Remember that not all cats are the same as some will receive training and changes in their environment better than others. Above all, remember to have patience with your cat -- the rewards will be long-lasting.

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