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23 Oct

Which Breed is the 'Hot Dog'? New Book Tracks Data

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Click to see a higher-res version. Courtesy of HarperCollins

In addition to being animal lovers, most of us here at Animal Planet are creative types who find inspiration from a variety of places - the news, the Web, other TV, books - you name it! So when David McCandless's new book Knowledge is Beautiful came across our desks, we obviously geeked out.

Even greater was that McCandless's visually appealing infographics played to our animal-loving-side as well. We loved looking through his "Best in Show" graphic (shown above) to learn more about specific dog breeds. Using data that ranked dogs by popularity, intelligence, etc., McCandless was able to show which breeds come out on top, which ones are perhaps overlooked and others that were rightly ignored. It's an interesting look at how breeds "rank" compared to one another. Perhaps we can see about adding in his information to our Dog Breed Selector...

To see more of McCandless's beautiful infographics, check out his blog. You can also purchase your own copy here.

Learn more about the Border Collie, the "Hot Dog!" in the above infographic, below!

14 Jul

Together Counts Want You and Your Pets to Have a Healthy Summer

The Together Countstm program helps children and families maintain an active, healthy lifestyle through energy balance: balancing the calories you consume with the calories you burn.  Energy In and Energy Out – It’s as simple as that!

However, it isn’t just people that need to be active and healthy: our pets need to be as well. It’s a classic example of treat others as you would like to be treated! Our pets are our best friends and we need to keep them in the best shape possible. Apl-together-counts-kids-dogs-field-500w

But it isn’t always easy! How much exercise does a dog need? How much exercise does a cat need? Why are there so many different kinds of food? What’s the benefit of dry food vs. wet? All of these questions seem impossible to answer. Well, we are here to help with our many guides about pet health and the best ways to care for your pet while also caring for yourself. Check out some of our guides now to get started on optimizing your pet’s health!

Check our Facebook page every Monday for tips and activities to keep you and your pet healthy. Make sure to tag your pics and progress with #movemondays! We know how hard it is to motivate yourself on Mondays, especially in the summer, but with your workout buddy (or buddies) and a little push from us, both of you will be active and balancing your energy in no time!

Check out the Together Counts website for more information about how you and your family can lead active and healthy lifestyles this summer.

10 Jul

Celebrities Love Their Pets, Too!

We are all ferociously dedicated to our pets and celebrities are no exception. Yes, they are busy with filming and concerts and promoting their newest endeavours, but they will always have time for their pets! Check out some of the stars and the newest additions to their families!

Pop Star Lady Gaga and her French Bulldog, Asia:

One thing is for sure: Lady Gaga is obsessed with the newest addition to the Little Monsters family. Her French Bulldog puppy, Asia, has dominated her Instagram and Facebook pages since she got her in late April. And why wouldn't she?? Just look at that face. 

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10 Jul

Congrats to Japan's Shiba Inu, WORLD PUP Champion!

Dog lovers everywhere have spoken! Congratulations to the SHIBA INU, your WORLD PUP Champion! 

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After a *ruff* few weeks of competition, the beloved Shiba Inu of Japan has prevailed as top dog in our first-ever WORLD PUP! The competition was tight from the start but the Shiba inu defeated Belgium's Brussels Griffon in Round 1. And moved on to eliminate the USA's Alaskan Malamute in Round 2. In Round 3, the brave little Shiba defeated Spain's Great Pyrenees. And, in the final championship match, the Shiba bested China's Shar-pei. Congratulations to our intrepid, brave, confident, little friend!

The celebration continues on Twitter!  Check out the photo gallery of our favorite supporters so far cheering on their championship title! Tweet at us with your photos (@AnimalPlanet) if you'd like to be included in our photo gallery.

 

Shiba Inus are wonderful dogs — and we all know the Internet LOVES them. BUT! Buuut, they are NOT for everyone — check out our Dog Breed Selector, do plenty of research and decide if they are right for you. Here's the Dogs 101 on the breed: 

 

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10 Jul

Throwback Thursday: Petey from 'Little Rascals'

 

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Photo Credit: CBS Photo Archive

There are few shows dearer to our hearts than Little Rascals, or Our Gang as it was called in its earlier days. And no one was more iconic from that show than Petey, the adorable pit bull who followed and protected the gang. Besides his love of his children companions, Petey was known for the ring around his eye. But did you know that ring was actually part of his natural coloration?

Petey was originally played by a pit bull named Pal the Wonder Dog, who was born with a partial ring around his eye that was completed with make-up for his on-screen appearances. This ring was even recognized as an oddity by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! His iconic look was featured not only in the TV show, but also in Harold Lloyd’s 1925 film The Freshman and the Buster Brown films. When Pal passed away, his son, Pete, took over as Petey at just 6 months old.

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3 Jul

Japan's Shiba Inu and China's Sharpei Battle for the WORLD PUP Title

We're down to the final match-up! And, it's definitely a real showdown of total pup cuteness! Here are your two favorite world class pups that have made it to the final championship round: 

Japan: Shiba Inu vs. China: Shar-Pei

 

Round 3 officially closed yesterday with Spain's Great Pyrenees dominated by the internet's greatest love (after cats), Japan's Shiba Inu. And, England's beloved Old English Sheepdog lost to China's Sharpei.

Who are you rooting for? Tell us what you think in the Comments section below.  And, be sure to vote in this final round which closes next Wednesday at 3 p.m.

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Click on the image to see the full-sized bracket and vote:

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VOTE NOW >>

 

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12 Jun

Purin the Super Beagle is Pumped for the World Pup

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The World Cup starts today, but, more importantly, so does the World Pup. If you think you’re excited, then you haven’t seen Purin the soccer-loving Super Beagle from Shibuya, Tokyo. Yes, that’s right, she is labeled the Super Beagle and even has her own agent and Facebook page. In her newest video, Purin dribbles the ball, defends her goal, and even does a couple paw-stands. Needless to say, she seems to be excited for the kick-off of World Pup. 

 

Make sure to vote for your favorite breeds starting TODAY at AnimalPlanet.com/WorldPup. Not sure who to vote for? Then watch our playlist of this year’s contenders. Also be sure to watch the puppies on the APL!VE puppy cam kick around their own soccer balls and try their paws at soccer.

 

16 Apr

Will and Kate Meet Adorable German Shepherd Police Puppies

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When we're not watching videos of kittens and puppies (for work, of course), some of us have been following the royal visit to New Zealand. So, imagine our delight when our two favorite things - puppies and Duchess Catherine's perfect hair - joined up for a picture perfect photo opp today.

Kate and Prince William visited the Royal New Zealand Police College in Wellington, and had the chance to meet police puppies from the Dog Training Centre. The couple took part in a ceremony to remember the lives of New Zealand police officers killed on duty over the last 127 years. They then watched recruit training and a dog-handling demonstration. After that, they were introduced to some of the cutest future German shepherd police pups.

Learn more about this breed below!

To see even more dogs in action, check out our Small Dogs, Big Jobs playlist!

3 Dec

American Foxhound Wins National Dog Show's Best in Show

Out of seven canines vying for the National Dog Show's prestigious Best in Show, 3-year-old American Foxhound Jewel came away with the title. She is the first winner from the Hound Group in the show's 12-year history.

To win Best in Show, Jewel topped a Bearded Collie, a Pekingese, a Norfolk Terrier, a Standard Schnauzer, a Bichon Frise and an Irish Water Spaniel.

Want to learn more about this breed? Get the story on its presidential past in the video below!

To learn even more about this breed and find out the best fit for you, check out our Dog Breed Selector!

 

11 Nov

Cutest Wedding Proposal Involves 16 Adorable Pugs

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A London tourist on vacation in New York City pulled off one of the cutest wedding proposals we've seen. Knowing how much his fiancée loves pugs, Ed Grant enlisted the help of a New York Pug Meet-Up group to gather in Central Park. Each of the 16 pugs had a heart balloon tied to his collar. It goes without saying, but his fiancée, Alexandra Justins, said yes.

See more adorable pug content after the break!

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