U.S. Pet Industry Remains on Solid Ground

The U.S. pet market grew to $53 billion in 2009 and overall sales are expected to continue to increase over the next few years, according to a report released March 2 by market research publisher Packaged Facts.

“U.S. Pet Market Outlook 2010-2011: Tapping into Post-Recession Pet Parent Spending” projects U.S. pet market retail sales and trends overall and for four core categories: veterinary services, pet food, nonfood pet supplies and nonmedical pet services. The report found that sales of all pet products and services rose 5 percent in 2009 to $53 billion, with sales of veterinary services increasing the most to $18.40 billion. Moreover, pent-up pet owner demand for products and services that both enhance pet health and pamper animal companions will begin to kick in during 2010, according to the report.

“The pet market has fared well overall despite the recession, and Packaged Facts attributes this performance to a number of factors that will also be integral to its even better performance in 2010 and 2011,” said Don Montuori, publisher of Packaged Facts. “Chief among these factors is the human-animal bond, which is an excellent insulator against recessionary cutbacks, and the ‘pet parent’ sentiment has never been higher.”

Packaged Facts projects total retail sales to increase to $55.78 billion in 2010 and to $59.28 billion in 2011, and to continue to rise to $72 billion by 2014. Still, the report noted that most economists predict a slow recovery.

“As a consequence, no pet market participant can afford to sit back during 2010 or to ignore recessionary effects on consumer shopping patterns that could linger for years,” the report stated.

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Dogs Good For Men – 13 Manly Masculine Dog Breeds

Is there a such thing as a “manly” dog? Are some dogs more “masculine” than other dogs? The answer is yes. In fact, several lists of manly dog breeds exist. They come out in pop-culture magazines and on several websites.

Just for fun, we wanted to take a crack at what we thought were “masculine dogs”.

Believe it or not – there is also a list of breeds that are good for women to attract men!

Many of these manly breeds are either big, brawny, intimidating, muscular or suited for athletic outdoor type activities. They include:

  1. Boxer. The boxer may look a bit intimidating but he is actually a sweet and friendly dog. This is a great breed for men. They can be fun, athletic and adorable. They can be great for meeting chicks while still looking “masculine”.
  2. Rottweiler. This powerful dog can live indoors or outdoors. Originally bred as a herding dog, the Rottweiler is now best known as a formidable guard dog. The Rottweiler is strong and intimidating and definitely a “masculine” dog.
  3. German shepherd. Nearly always topping the most popular breed lists, the German shepherd is strong and powerful. They have natural guarding and protecting instincts. They defiantly have a strong and powerful presence.
  4. Irish setter. An Irish setter is a beautiful, friendly, energetic dog that can be a real chick magnet. They are fun to take for walks, friendly enough to meet people and big enough to still look “masculine”. The setter will bark to let you know someone is at the house, but don’t expect more than that, in spite of the dog’s size.
  5. Mastiff. This giant and imposing dog was used as a hunter and protector. It is definitely a manly dog. Content to patrol his home and guard his family, the mastiff can thrive outdoors but needs companionship.
  6. Siberian husky. The husky has historically lived outdoors in the harshest lands. Bred to pull sleds across frozen terrain, this dog is very hardy and quite content to live outside. It gives the appearance of a very outdoors and guys-guy type dog.
  7. Miniature pinscher. This breed has the look of a big Doberman pinscher but a fraction of the size. They seem rather “manly” but in a small package. The breed is the older of the two and is something of a cross between the greyhound and a terrier. Always curious, the min pin will alert his owner whenever someone new is nearby.
  8. Labrador retriever. The lab is a popular choice for active people. This is another dog that is big and friendly and can be great for meeting people. They love water sports and just spending time with you. The Labrador seems to have boundless energy as well as natural protective instincts.
  9. Beagle. The beagle can be an active breed but also is quite fond of power naps. Needing a good place to sleep and plenty of games to play, this breed is associated with hunting and sports and can be perceived as “masculine”.
  10. Collie. Forever connected to “Lassie”, the collie is a manly dog but…maybe for a more “sensitive” man. Collies are large dogs, intelligent yet patient, and are loved by just about anyone. They are smart and can be very active.
  11. Boston terrier. The Boston is a small black and white terrier that loves to make you laugh. After brief periods of activity, the Boston loves to curl up on the sofa while watch ESPN. Obedient and loyal, the Boston is a good watchdog and a loyal pet. Although not large dogs, they are solid dogs and be quite manly in a fun way.
  12. Pug. Not at all pugnacious, the pug is an affectionate, loveable, even-tempered breed with great charm and dignity. They are playful companions and fun to take to the park.
  13. Doberman Pinscher. The Doberman pinscher is large, attractive and domineering breed. They have a real manly quality based on their size and presence. They can also be great and sweet pets.

Remember, before you pick one of these dogs to be your companion, investigate the breed’s needs and traits to make sure he fits your life.

This article is courtesy of RadioFence.com a Leading Internet Retailer of Pet Doors, Bark Collars and Dog Training Shock Collars.

Atta Boy! Be Your Dog’s Personal Cheerleader

The very moment that a dog starts to respond to “come,” you want to verbally celebrate his response – and to use verbal encouragement all the way back to you from wherever he was and whatever he was doing.

Then when he reaches you, make a big fuss over him. If you don’t make the payoff pleasurable for the dog, then why would he give up independence and another activity to return to you?

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What’s the Rush? Clip One Nail at a Time

If your dog gets nervous when getting her toenails cut, then do one nail at a time. Keep the snip just on the tip and give a very good treat afterward. If the dog really gets nervous, don’t do the next nail immediately – spread it out over a few days with tasty treats for each nail cut.

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Pug

There is much debate over the true origins of the Pug, but it is generally believed that the breed came from China. The Pug may be related to the Pekingese, though some believe the breed came from the Bulldog or Mastiff. The Pug was once the companion of Buddhist monks in Tibet.Over time, Pugs became popular among European royalty. Napoleon’s wife, Josephine had a Pug that carried secret messages to Napoleon in prison. Pugs and Pekingese were brought back to England after the British overran the Chinese Imperial Palace in 1860.

The Pug was first registered with the AKC in 1885 and has continued to gain popularity.

Size:

13-20 pounds

Color:

Fawn or Black

Health Problems:

Responsible breeders strive to maintain the highest breed standards as established by kennel clubs like the AKC. Dogs bred by these standards are less likely to inherit health conditions. However, some hereditary health problems can occur in the breed. The following are some conditions to be aware of:

  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Entropion
  • Corneal Ulcers
  • Granulomatous Meningoencephalitis (GME), also known as Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE)

About the Breed:

The Pug is a jovial dog with a round and wrinkly head, a short nose, a stout and sturdy little body and a curly tail. This adorable little dog is good-natured, energetic and playful, making it a suitable companion for all kinds of families.

The Pug has a short, soft hair coat with a tendency to shed. Basic routine grooming is generally sufficient for the breed. Extra attention should be placed upon keeping the facial folds clean to prevent infections.

As with any dog breed, the Pug should be thoroughly trained. This breed does have a great deal of energy, so proper training and routine exercise are recommended.

The Pug is a little dog with a big personality, so it is ideal for those who want a compact but active companion dog. The even-tempered demeanor of this breed makes it a good choice for families with children.

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