One of the best experiences that a child can have is caring for their own pet! Taking care of a pet helps to develop responsibility. Older children and teenagers are great candidates for dog ownership. Owning and caring for a dog requires a higher degree of responsibility than having a hamster, fish, or rabbit. 

The main responsibilities of dog ownership are:

  1. Feeding the dog
  2. Walking the dog
  3. Providing the dog with adequate daily exercise
  4. Housebreaking & training the dog
  5. Grooming the dog
  6. Providing healthcare to the dog, i.e. veterinarian appointments
  7. Spending quality time with the dog

A responsible, older child or teenager will be able to handle the majority of responsibilities on this list. Likely, the kid will need their parents’ help when it comes to housebreaking the puppy, taking the dog to a professional groomer, and bringing the dog to the vet.  

If you know your kid is responsible enough for a dog, but you aren’t sure which dog breed would be best…

Here are the best dog breeds for responsible kids!


A teenage girl hugs her Italian Greyhound while out on a sunny walk, showing that this breed is great for responsible kids.

Italian Greyhounds are one of the best dog breeds for responsible kids. Firstly, they belong to the Toy Group of purebred dogs, according to the American Kennel Club. They are small in size, which makes them physically easier to manage. And they are also docile, non-territorial, and obedient. This ensures they have an easy-going yet eager-to-please temperament. 

This breed is at the top of our list, because unlike other breeds, Italian Greyhounds are very energetic outside. But they’re couch potatoes when indoors. They bond deeply with their owner. An Italian Greyhound will happily keep your kid company while he does homework. And he’ll love sprinting around the backyard with your child, too! 

We have Italian Greyhound puppies for sale in Boca Raton! Stop by PuppyBuddy to meet this kid friendly breed anytime!


A responsible teenage kid holding a skateboard and wearing a backpack walks his Basset Hound dog since it's one of the best dog breeds for responsible kids.

In general, the Basset Hound is an excellent family dog. This purebred dog breed is great with children of all ages, especially young children. This is thanks to the Basset Hound’s low-key, mellow temperament, and low-energy demeanor. As a curious, lumbering family dog, the Basset Hound doesn’t move too fast. It’s considered a medium-to-large size dog, yet isn’t very tall. This helps to make this breed manageable on walks. 

Basset Hounds are not “willful.” They pick up on learning basic commands. And they don’t have a problem obeying even the youngest children. This breed is very affectionate and loving with its family. The main area where your kid will need your help is with grooming your Basset Hound and keeping an eye on his health. These two things go hand-in-hand. A Basset Hound’s huge, floppy ears need to be cleaned regularly. This breed is prone to ear infections when their ears are not cleaned. 

All told, Basset Hounds make great pets for responsible kids!


A 12 year old boy lounges in bed with his Puggle, as one of the best dog breeds for responsible kids is a Puggle!

The first hybrid dog breed on our list today is the adorable Puggle! Puggles are a cross between the purebred Pug and the purebred Beagle. Both Pugs and Beagles are great family dogs, so mixing the two created an even better family pet that’s great with children. The reason for developing this hybrid in the first place was for the purposes of “eliminating” the breathing issues that many Pugs suffer due to their ultra flat faces. You’ll notice that the Puggle has a muzzle. Puggles breathe easy and do not have the health issues of their Pug parents!

We recommend Puggles for responsible kids who want to own a dog. Puggles are small, playful, and love their families. The one caveat when it comes to Puggles is that some puppies can be stubborn. Teaching the Puggle puppy basic commands might require a bit more determination. This means that puppy training is an area you may have to help your child. 

For Puggle puppies for sale in Boca Raton, come to PuppyBuddy!


Two sweet Goldendoodles lounge beside a pool to show this dog breed's temperament is great for kids.

The large dog breed, Bernese Mountain Dog, is too much “dog” for a kid to care for. But the Miniature Bernedoodle is not only just the right size, but has a great temperament for kids. So, what is a Miniature Bernedoodle? This hybrid dog breed is a cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Miniature Poodle. They tend to be hypoallergenic. And they’re considered small in size. 

The reason we love to match Miniature Bernedoodles with responsible kids is because this breed is intelligent and can learn quickly. It also has high energy. A Miniature Bernedoodle will love to play with your kids outside just as much as snuggling with them inside. Miniature Bernedoodles will bond with their whole families, too. Unlike other breeds that only bond with one member of the family. A Mini Bernedoodle might be your kid’s dog, but he’ll be just as close with you!

Come to PuppyBuddy for Miniature Bernedoodle puppies for sale in Boca Raton!


A cute little girl smiles at her all-white Pomsky while they play in the grass on a sunny day.

Last but certainly not least on our list today is the adorable Pomsky! Whoever dreamed up this hybrid dog had incredible vision! Pomskys are a cross between a Pomeranian and a Siberian Husky. Both of those parent breeds have larger than life personalities. Pomeranians are fluffy, feisty little creatures. They’ll melt your heart and give you a run for your money! Siberian Husky’s are “nature’s drama queens.” Whether asking for something, howling in a chorus, or singing the song of their people, a Husky has a lot to say! Forget giving a Husky a bath. This breed will vocalize a monologue on par with Hamlet’s “To Be or Not To Be” until the bath is over!

When you mix a Pomeranian with a Siberian Husky, you get a highly communicative, highly affectionate little fluff ball. This breed will bond so deeply with its owner that it might not realize anyone else lives in the house. For a responsible kid who really wants the long-term experience of caring for a dog, a Pomsky will 1,000% be their dog. The Pomsky puppy will bond exclusively with your kid as long as your kid takes charge from the very start, training and caring for the puppy. 

Meet our Pomsky puppies for sale in Boca Raton


At PuppyBuddy, we know that the long-term health of a dog starts with being properly cared for the moment it’s born. That’s why we cherry pick the most ethical dog breeders and hobby breeders. These puppy breeders meet our very high standards of care. They are USDA licensed. They have zero direct violations. And they provide indoor, climate controlled, veterinarian-attended breeding facilities for their parent dogs and puppy litters. 

At the breeders, these puppies receive care from their mothers, non-invasive veterinarian care, plenty of sunshine, and an appropriate development schedule. When ready, the puppies are granted access to outdoor environments and additional staff, which starts their journey of socialization. 

When PuppyBuddy receives new puppies from our breeders, our veterinarians conduct check-ups and tests, maintaining the puppies’ strong health. Our staff cares for, loves, and handles our puppies for sale throughout the day. All of this positively impacts their emotional and psychological development. 

Our customers may review an individual puppy’s pedigree and medical records to help them make an informed decision. And best of all, when you take home a puppy from PuppyBuddy, our support in the development of your dog will continue. We offer specific veterinarian clinics, discounts on vets, free puppy training, recommended as well as free puppy supplements, and countless resources to guide you through the stages of puppy parenthood! 


We could only cover so many dog breeds for responsible kids today. But there are many more breeds that would be appropriate for older children to train and care for. For your quick reference, those extra breeds include:

The above dog breeds are small in size and therefore automatically more manageable for kids than larger dog breeds. These breeds are also docile yet intelligent, which means they won’t challenge your child’s authority. 

The staff at PuppyBuddy would be more than happy to introduce your responsible kid(s) to the puppies we mentioned in this blog. By handling these puppy breeds, you and your children can get a sense of compatibility. And you can also get all of your questions answered. Our knowledgeable pet counselors and animal welfare experts are passionate about matching families and kids to the best dog breeds for their lifestyle. 

Additional dog breeds that families of all sizes love include:

We hope to see you soon at PuppyBuddy where you’ll find ethical puppy welfare practices. We only work with ethical dog breeders. And we are faithfully committed to maintaining the health, happiness, and long-term welfare of our puppies!  

Toy dog breeds are popular in Boca Raton, but why is that? Check out the most popular toy breed puppies in Florida and why they’re so popular in the Sunshine State!


A senior citizen in Boca Raton, FL, holds her white Maltese dog while standing outside, as the toy breed Maltese is popular in Florida.

Toy sized, hypoallergenic, and always smiling, the Maltese is one of the most popular purebred dog breeds in Florida! These white, fluffy bundles of love stand barely 9 inches tall and weigh less than 7 lbs. They have a calm, affectionate temperament. And they love going for little walks. Malteses have much lower energy levels than the average dog. This makes them a great choice for seniors and homebodies. For anyone  who’s looking for a companion lapdog, a Maltese toy breed puppy will be perfect.

You can find the cutest Maltese puppies for sale in Boca Raton at PuppyBuddy.


A beautiful, long-haired Shih Tzu goes for a prance outside in the grass on a sunny day to show that this toy breed is small but energetic.

Playful, affectionate, and outgoing, the adorable Shih Tzu is the next pet on our toy breed puppies list. Though Shih Tzus are barely 10 inches tall, they have a substantial physique with a longer torso. And they weigh up to 16 lbs. Another hypoallergenic breed, Shih Tzus have hair instead of fur. Their hair will continue to grow, so trimming your Shih Tzu from time to time is a requirement. This breed has always been popular, but you’ll probably see more Shih Tzus in Boca Raton than other parts of the country. Their laid-back, relaxed attitude and high affection make them perfect for chilling out in the shade and watching the ships sail by.  

We have Shih Tzu puppies for sale in Boca Raton at PuppyBuddy.


A cute Pomeranian stands on a table outside and looks like a puff ball, as this adorable toy breed is perfect for hot weather climates like Florida.

The American Kennel Club describes the purebred Pomeranian toy breed as inquisitive, lively, and bold. And we couldn’t agree more! A toy breed puppy Pomeranian can fit in the palm of your hand, but an adult Pom weighs in at a feisty 3 – 7 lbs. Pomeranians are highly affectionate yet their exercise needs are relatively low. As low energy companion dogs, they’re easily compatible with seniors who want a furry friend. But just because they don’t need to run around for hours outside doesn’t mean they don’t have big personalities. They love being the center of attention! 

You’ll find our toy breed Pomeranian puppies for sale in Boca Raton at PuppyBuddy.


A smiley Yorkshire Terrier sits in his owner's lap while she looks at her iPad, as this purebred dog breed is a lapdog companion.

The Yorkshire Terrier, commonly referred to as a Yorkie, is a sturdy, compact, toy-sized terrier. This purebred breed is covered with a coat of long, straight, blue, and tan hair. Yorkies are hypoallergenic, and they live a long life of 13 – 16 years! Though very small, Yorkies belong to the “working dog” class of canines. This speaks to their high energy levels. Due to their high energy and eagerness to please, Yorkies make wonderful companion dogs. Around Boca Raton, if you want an energetic toy breed, you’ve got to get a Yorkshire Terrier. 

We have Yorkshire Terrier puppies for sale in Boca Raton at PuppyBuddy.


A tiny Chihuahua enjoys the seaside views of Boca Raton, FL, while he sits in his owner's arms on a sunny day.

Among the low maintenance dog breeds is the lovable and amazingly toy-sized Chihuahua! This dog breed hails from Chihuahua, Mexico, and so you can be sure your Chihuahua will feel comfortable even if the temperature heats up. This is one of the reasons this toy breed is so popular in southern Florida. Chihuahuas are true companion dogs, so it must be said that they will be happiest if they’re by their owners’ side all day long. 

Looking for Chihuahua puppies for sale in Boca Raton? Come to PuppyBuddy! 


Gentle and mellow, a white Havanese sits on his owner's lap while relaxing inside, as this toy sized dog breed is great for senior citizens and other residents of Florida that don't get outside too much.

Last but certainly not least on our list of best toy breed puppies is the Havanese! This breed is affectionate, friendly, and optimistic. The Havanese is sometimes referred to as a “velcro dog,” because it “sticks” to its owner as much as possible. Your Havanese will claim the prime real estate of your lap whenever you are seated, and will follow you around the house. This is truly a companion dog who is happy when you’re happy and will empathize with you when you feel down. If you want a dog that’s truly “one” with you, you can’t ask for a better furry friend than the Havanese. 

You can find Havanese puppies for sale in Boca Raton at PuppyBuddy


A cute line up of toy sized dogs sits on a white background, Chihuahuas, a Yorkie, a Pekingese, and a Toy Poodle.

PuppyBuddy is among the leading ethical puppy sellers in Boca Raton, Florida. We work exclusively with ethical dog breeders in Florida, as well as across the country. Our reputable dog breeders are USDA certified and have no standing violations. PuppyBuddy makes frequent surprise visits to our breeders to spot-check the breeding environments and conditions are being maintained at our very high standards. If you would like to learn more, please visit the About Us section of this site. 

Additional toy breed and small size dog breed puppies that you can find at PuppyBuddy include:

For lovers of medium and large size breeds, we also have:

We hope you found this article helpful. If you’re in Boca Raton, stop by PuppyBuddy to meet our puppies for sale

The holidays are right around the corner! If you brought home your very first little puppy buddy, you might be wondering how to include your furry friend in the Christmas holiday. In this blog, we’ll show you how to have a Merry Christmas with your puppy buddy!

But before we get started. Are you looking for a puppy to celebrate the holidays with? PuppyBuddy in Boca Raton, Florida, has an adorable assortment of purebred puppies and hybrid hypoallergenic dog breeds to fall in love with! Check out our available puppies or come to our pet store in Boca Raton!


A cute Pug puppy gnaws on a Christmas ornament while wearing a Santa hat to show that the holiday season poses unique hazards to puppies and dogs.

As a new puppy parent, you probably already puppy-proofed your home. This Christmas, you’ll need to have a “puppy proofing eye” as you hang twinkling lights, decorate your Christmas tree, and set out your holiday decorations. Be mindful of potential choking hazards. Keep decorations high up so that they’re out of your puppy’s reach. This includes Christmas tree ornaments. 

Holiday decorations that can pose a hazard to curious puppies include:

  1. String lights. They can be dangerous if your puppy chews on the wires.
  2. Tree ornaments. Many are fragile and breakable, and might look like toys to your puppy.
  3. Christmas tree needles. These could lead to an obstruction if ingested, and the tree’s natural oils can make your puppy sick.
  4. Candles. Open flames pose a threat to wagging tails and furry friends.
  5. Tinsel and ribbons. If eaten, these objects can get caught in the intestines, requiring emergency surgery.
  6. Snow globes. They may contain antifreeze to keep them from freezing and can be dangerous if your puppy knocks one over, breaks it, and licks up the liquid.
  7. Certain holiday plants. Some popular plants, like poinsettias and mistletoe, are toxic to puppies and other domestic pets.

We also strongly advise that you keep an eye on your puppy at all times. Unlike earlier in the year when letting your puppy roam freely around the house, we recommend that you keep him in sight at all times as long as your decorations are up. 

A fun aspect to holiday decorations this time of year is how your residential neighborhood will be all decked out with Christmas lights. Bring your puppy out for extra walks after dark. This is a fun activity and great way for you and your puppy to get exercise and get into the Christmas spirit! 


A curious Australian Shepherd puppy sniffs newly baked Christmas dog treats with a glowing fire in the background.

How to have a Merry Christmas with your puppy also includes baking fun doggy treats! There are countless healthy, delicious Christmas dog treat recipes online to choose from. Your puppy will love bonding with you in the kitchen as you mix ingredients and taste your progress as you go. 

Many dog treats don’t require much prep time or effort. Whether you bake biscuits, freeze puppy pops, or let a dog treat harden in the fridge, most dog treats will be ready to eat in a matter of hours.

Having special treats for your puppy on Christmas can help dissuade him from trying to eat human foods. Especially at Christmas dinner when a lot of dishes may be set out across your table. We recommend that you ask your family, friends, and other guests not to feed your puppy table scraps. This is another reason why having already made treats for your puppy is such a good idea. You can let your guests feed the dog treats to your puppy. This way, your puppy will feel included in the celebration. 


An adorable Jack Russell Terrier wearing a Santa hat sits patiently on a doormat with his leash at his feet, ready to go for his Christmas day walk around the neighborhood.

Whether you’ve had your new puppy one week or one month, you’ve already established a daily routine with your furry friend. It’s important that you keep this routine even on your days off from work and on the Christmas holiday itself. It might be tempting to sleep late, rush around town for Christmas shopping, and forget about the afternoon walk you usually take your puppy on. But we caution you against all of this. 

It’s best for your puppy that you keep his regular routine. Walk him at the same time(s) as usual. Likewise, feed him at the same time(s) you normally do. Any extra holiday activities or errands you have planned should fit around your puppy’s normal schedule. Also, whenever possible, bring your puppy along to your holiday events and holiday shopping. Many stores won’t mind your puppy, especially if he’s in a comfortable bag or carrying case.  


A beautiful, happy family dancing around the living room with their Golden Retriever puppy on Christmas day to celebrate the holiday.

Last but certainly not least, we have Christmas Day game ideas to help you have a Merry Christmas with your puppy! Here’s a quick list for your reference: 

  1. Treasure Hunt: hide puppy treats throughout a room in your home and let your puppy sniff them out.
  2. Hide & Seek: whether you or someone in your family hides, your puppy will love finding you. 
  3. Outdoor Obstacle Course: if you have a backyard or some space outside, make an agility course using common items. 
  4. Puppy Forte: inside your home, build a puppy forte using old cardboard boxes and other common items including couch cushions and bed sheets.
  5. The list of ideas goes on and on with a little internet research!


A line of purebred puppies and dogs wearing Christmas costumes sit on a white background as inspiration for the holiday season with your new puppy.

PuppyBuddy prides itself on our long standing relationships with ethical puppy breeders in Boca Raton and other parts of the country. We only work with the top USDA breeders. Each of our breeders are carefully screened and selected, held to excellent quality standards in dog breeding, and are amazing at what they do. The safety and health of both the puppy and their parents are prioritized at all times.

Come into PuppyBuddy and find your perfect puppy buddy for Christmas! We have just about every purebred and hypoallergenic hybrid dog under the sun. Our most popular breeds include:

We hope to see you soon at PuppyBuddy! For more ideas on how to have a merry Christmas with your puppy, check out the rest of our blog. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Italian Greyhounds are a sweetheart breed with personality you won’t find in any other dog. Known as the “sprinting couch potato,” this dainty dog is quirky, affectionate, and highly sensitive. But is owning an Italian Greyhound right for you? Read on to find out!


A beautiful, black Italian Greyhound leaps through a green field to show this purebred's athletic, energetic nature.

The classic Greyhound dog breed was primarily a racing dog. Dog races still exist today, but only in Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Texas, and West Virginia. Greyhounds are considered medium-to-large sized dogs, but they tend to appear smaller thanks to their ultra thin frames. 

Italian Greyhounds are smaller in size than the standard Greyhound. Categorized as toy sized dogs, Italian Greyhounds have an elegant, almost “frail” figure. This causes them to look graceful. Rather than walk, they seem to prance! 

Whippets are the very smallest Greyhound variety. They’re considered “teacup” sized, even smaller than toy sized. To the untrained eye, a Whippet might seem nervous and even trembling. But this breed is actually just as sweet and playful as its big brothers, the Greyhound and Italian Greyhound


A middle aged woman has fun playing fetch with her brown Italian Greyhound on a beach in front of the ocean waves.

Italian Greyhounds have many sides. This breed can be energetic and playful. And it can also be calm, snuggley, and affectionate. Though never hyper in the wrong setting, an Italian Greyhound can sprint around outside, playing with its owner or other dogs for hours. 

When it’s time to go home, an Italian Greyhound will shift into full-blown cuddle buddy mode! This breed is highly affectionate and loves to laze around with its favorite person. It’s no wonder that the Italian Greyhound has come to be known as a “velcro dog.” This breed “sticks” to its owner, literally!

The one caveat that comes with owning an Italian Greyhound is that this breed will not tolerate being left alone. Italian Greyhounds are prone to separation anxiety and destructive behaviors when they’re all by themselves for hours on end. As a true companion breed, an Italian Greyhound needs to be with people. You can leave your Italian Greyhound alone for an hour or two, tops. But anything longer than that will cause a negative emotional effect on this breed. 


One of the nicest aspects of owning an Italian Greyhound is that this breed barely sheds. Thanks to its short, slick coat of fur, Italian Greyhounds are easy to brush and bathe. And this doesn’t turn into a major production since the breed is so small. An Italian Greyhound can be bathed once every 6 weeks. 


A cute little boy adjusts the lens of his camera so that he can take a good photo of his adorable, gray, purebred Italian Greyhound dog.

This dog breed is a great family pet that’s seldom talked about! When it comes to the best dog breeds for families and the best dog breeds for children, often people think of Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and other popular breeds. But Italian Greyhounds should be on the list! 

Italian Greyhounds are gentle and patient by nature. They’re naturally tolerant of children. And they love playing, which means that your playful, high energy kids will get along great with this breed. 

This purebred dog will also be comfortable in smaller homes and city environments, making the Italian Greyhound a great family pet option for families that live in smaller homes and / or in cities. 


A dainty, relaxed Italian Greyhound sits curled up on a couch inside.

Due to the thin physique of the Italian Greyhound, this breed can get cold easily and doesn’t fare well in rainy, bad weather. If you’re local to Boca Raton like we at PuppyBuddy are, then the warm climate is perfect for this dainty dog breed. That being said, proper Italian Greyhound ownership will require you to provide your furry friend with sweaters, raincoats, and booties during the more stormy months. 

Italian Greyhounds also share some common health issues that new owners should be aware of:

  1. This breed is prone to hip and leg fractures. The risk of accidentally fracturing something increases with age. 
  2. Another common health issue is Progressive Retinal Atrophy. This is a genetic disease that leads to permanent blindness in affected dogs over a period of time.   
  3. Older Italian Greyhounds may also suffer from a luxating patella, or a patellar luxation, which occurs when the kneecap does not stay in place. This causes the dog to walk abnormally and have pain. A veterinarian can reset the kneecap and recommend preventative measures.
  4. Italian Greyhounds can sometimes be prone to seizures and epilepsy.
  5. Some Italian Greyhounds develop allergies and intolerances to foods, ingredients, cleaning products, and other common household products, including their own dog shampoo.
  6. Lastly, hypothyroidism is a concern for Italian Greyhounds. Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland of the Italian Greyhound dog doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone. Signs that your Italian Greyhound may be suffering from hypothyroidism include epilepsy, fatigue, patchy skin, and loss of hair. If you notice any of these signs, bring your dog to a veterinarian immediately. 

By providing your Italian Greyhound with adequate daily exercise and a healthy diet, he will remain in excellent health! 


Three beautiful, sleek Italian Greyhounds stand on a rock outside with green trees in the background.

Are you convinced that owning an Italian Greyhound is right for you and your family? PuppyBuddy has Italian Greyhound puppies for sale in Boca Raton, Florida! We invite you to come to our pet store and meet our available puppies!

PuppyBuddy sells healthy toy breed puppies for sale in Boca Raton, including:

Our knowledgeable pet counselors can introduce you to our small breed puppies for sale in Boca Raton, such as:

For medium and large breed puppies for sale in Boca Raton, PuppyBuddy also carries:

Thanks so much for stopping by our blog! We hope you stop by our pet store in Boca Raton where our adorable Italian Greyhound puppies are waiting to meet you! 

Every responsible puppy owner wants to raise the perfect puppy. Trained puppies feel confident. Socialized puppies know the world is a fun, friendly place. Without training and socialization, a puppy will only grow to be a fearful and potentially aggressive dog. 

In this article, PuppyBuddy covers the 5 basic criteria for raising the perfect puppy.


When a puppy arrives at his forever home, he likely won’t be housebroken yet. In other words, he won’t know that he shouldn’t go to the bathroom wherever he wants inside the home. 

“Housebreaking” a puppy refers to training the puppy not to go to the bathroom inside the home. Puppies need to develop the ability to “hold it” until their owners let them outside. 

Try to be both consistent and patient during the housebreaking process. Your puppy will probably have “accidents” here and there. We don’t know of any new puppy parents who successfully house broke their puppy without a single incident of their fur baby pooping or peeing inside. That being said, housebreaking your puppy shouldn’t take longer than 4 – 6 months.  


“Positive reinforcement” means rewarding your puppy when he behaves in the manner you want. Generally speaking, young puppies respond well to positive reinforcement training, because it helps to focus them on wanted and desired behaviors. 

Can you use positive reinforcement to get a puppy to stop performing unwanted behaviors? No. There’s really no such thing as “rewarding” your puppy for “stopping” an unwanted behavior. The puppy will associate the reward with the behavior, and not with stopping the behavior. 

To help your puppy make the decision not to perform unwanted behaviors, negative reinforcement is needed. Negative reinforcement focuses on what the owner should do to the puppy as a consequence of the puppy doing something the owner doesn’t want him to do. For example, if your puppy keeps jumping onto the counter, saying, “off!” then taking your puppy by his collar, backing him away from the counting, and then saying, “sit,” is a negative reinforcement. Once this is done, simply release your puppy. See what he does. If he jumps on the counter again, repeat the process. Before you know it, your puppy will decide for himself that jumping on the counter isn’t worth the price he has to pay when he’s “backed up” and told to “sit.”

As you live with and train your puppy, you’ll probably notice that his good behavior far outweighs his bad behavior. Consistently apply positive reinforcement to the good behavior, and use negative reinforcement to eliminate the negative behavior. 


Socialization is a vital aspect of raising the perfect puppy, yet not too many people place special emphasis on it. Yes, socialization happens naturally, but as a puppy parent, it’s also important for you to organize times to socialize your puppy to ensure that all the bases are covered. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. What is socialization? 

Puppy socialization is the process of introducing your puppy to other dogs, animals, people, children, and environments and situations. In each interaction, your job is to closely train your puppy by offering positive or negative reinforcement depending on your puppy’s behavior. This will teach your puppy to know what is acceptable and unacceptable. 

The reason we suggest that you organize opportunities for socialization is because your puppy might not naturally encounter other dogs, for example, or children. If this is the case, it’s a good idea to organize a doggy play date or take your puppy to a park where children play. This way, you can closely train your puppy as he meets others for the first time.


There’s no getting around it. Teaching your puppy to “sit,” “stay,” “lie down,” and other basic commands is the backbone of puppy training and raising the perfect puppy. Being able to communicate with your puppy is a precursor to experiencing the joys of having a well-behaved adult dog. Learning these basic commands has to happen during puppyhood since it’s difficult for adult dogs to change their habits. 

During the puppy training process, you can use positive reinforcements and negative reinforcements, as we covered in the last section. At times, using punishments may be necessary, but should only be used as a last resort since negative reinforcement typically gets the message across.  


One of the most important things to do when raising the perfect puppy is to remain consistent. Never give in to your puppy! Remember, you are the leader, the master, and the rule-setter. You have house rules within your home. You have rules regarding when and where your puppy will eat his food. And you have rules about the furniture, and where your puppy can and cannot go within and around the home. The specifics of those “rules” can be anything you like. The point we would like to make here is that you must be consistent with the rules you create for your puppy. 

Puppies actually like rules because their nature is to please their owners and receive love in return. When owners assume that their rules are “too hard” for their puppies, or that their rules “hurt” their puppies feelings, things go haywire. Puppies and dogs generally don’t take things personally. And they won’t feel “mad” or “upset” if you consistently tell them, “sorry, but you can’t do that,” by using negative reinforcement. 

You never have to “get mad at” your puppy, either. Never hold a grudge. But have the attitude of, “Every time you jump on the counter, I’m going to back you up and make you sit. I’ll do this all day until you decide for yourself not to jump up on the counter anymore.” Then simply remain consistent. Your puppy will test you. Don’t cave, and you’ll be able to maintain your house rules in the long run without effort.   


PuppyBuddy proudly carries healthy purebred puppies. Our purebreds are registered with the American Kennel Club. We work with ethical dog breeders in Boca Raton and across the nation. And we’re open about the puppy breeders and hobby breeders we work with since they exceed our high animal welfare standards. All of the dog breeders we work with are USDA certified and have no direct violations. We take pride in our commitment to raising healthy, well-socialized puppies.

For lovable, small breed puppies for sale in Boca Raton, check out PuppyBuddy’s:

Our best hypoallergenic dogs for sale in Boca Raton include:

For lovers of large dog breeds, PuppyBuddy also carries:

That concludes everything you need to know to raise the perfect puppy! Here at PuppyBuddy, we believe that no amount of reading can compare to putting into practice all that you’ve learned. Are you ready to start training your puppy? 

Puppy training can and should be a full time job. Every time you go for a walk with your puppy, you are training him not to pull, to check in with you, to listen to your cues, and to respect other people and dogs out there. Likewise, every trip to the dog park is more than a chance for your puppy to play. These experiences help to socialize your puppy. 

It’s amazing, but older dogs really do train puppies! By exposing your puppy to other dogs, the other dogs will use body language and play tactics to give your puppy feedback about his behavior. If your puppy is too rough, intense, or over the top, the other dogs will correct him, using their doggy language.

To support your puppy training commitment, PuppyBuddy offers 6 Weeks of Free Puppy Training to all of our new puppy parents! With a strong program like our free puppy training course, you can easily raise the perfect puppy. The tools that you’ll learn from our professional dog trainers will help carry your own puppy training efforts at home. Customers who have taken advantage of this free opportunity have raved about the benefits. 

We hope to see you soon in Boca Raton Florida to help you pick out the best dog breed for you and your family!

For lovers of large dog breeds, the Great Dane is a majestic, “gentle giant.” Great Danes are known for their friendliness, dependability, and mellow attitude around the home. But are they good with children? 

This article contains everything there is to know about owning a Great Dane when you have kids. 


A woman laughs as her black Great Dane stands over her and rests his huge head on her face, showing that Great Danes are the tallest dog breed.

According to the American Kennel Club, the largest size a dog can be is “large,” yes. But some large dog breeds are bigger than others. The Great Dane fits this exception to the rule. This breed is the tallest of all the dog breeds, both purebred and mixed. Most Great Danes are 50” tall, from paw to shoulder. This means that standing on all fours, the top of a Great Dane’s head will be the same height as the shoulder of a man who is 6’ tall. 

Rather than using the word “large” to describe a Great Dane, it’s more accurate to call them “huge,” “massive,” “giant,” or even “gargantuan”!

Due to their sheer, massive height, Great Danes naturally weigh a lot, even though they’re “lean.” A fully grown, male Great Dane can easily weigh 200 lbs. 

It’s not unreasonable to assume that a dog of this height and weight could be dangerous around children. But the beautiful Great Dane dog breed will surprise you! 


A fashionable, cosmopolitan woman makes a model kiss face at her majestic Great Dane dog while they sit on the veranda near the ocean.

In terms of the nature and intentions of a Great Dane, this dog is gentle, caring, and nurturing around children. Its instinct is to cuddle and to be protective, if necessary. Great Danes are also laid back, patient, and easy going. But there are certain considerations for people with children.

In general, dogs are known for the uncontainable joy they feel when their favorite person comes home. Dogs of all ages often get the “zoomies.” And they’ll bound around, excited, about whoever or whatever is making them happy. Great Danes are no different. Just like any dog breed, your Great Dane will jump for joy seeing you come home. They’ll also take delight in playing with your children. 

It’s only during these moments of extreme, uncontainable doggy joy that a Great Dane could forget its own size. Any large dog breed can easily knock over a very small child without meaning to during one of these moments of excitement. For this reason, PuppyBuddy recommends that families with very small children spend a little more time training their Great Dane puppy. And spend equal time teaching their young ones how to treat the new family dog. As long as an adult is always supervising the Great Dane with the little children, there shouldn’t be any mishaps or accidents.   


An enormous Great Dane stands over a tiny Chihuahua to show the difference in sizes between these two purebred dog breeds.

If you’ve ever heard the rumor that Great Danes can be “jealous,” then we’d like to set the record straight. A Great Dane will not grow jealous of your children or your attention and affection towards your kids. Period. “Great Dane jealousy” refers to an unusual attitude that some Great Danes have towards other household dogs that receive human attention.

The typical scenario occurs when a resident, adult age Great Dane suddenly discovers a new puppy in the home. Though Great Danes are not aggressive, a Great Dane could attempt “antagonistic” behavior towards the new dog. For this reason, PuppyBuddy is in the habit of mentioning to customers who are considering getting a Great Dane that it won’t be a good idea for them to add another dog to their home once the Great Dane is an adult. 

We do, however, recommend to customers who foresee that they would ultimately like more than one dog to get two or even three Great Dane puppies at once. Great Danes love the company of other Great Danes! Maybe it’s a “Great Dane” thing, but this breed wholeheartedly believes that you can never have too many Great Danes! And we agree!


A beautiful Great Dane puppy learns how to give his paw on command during his professional puppy training class at PuppyBuddy in Boca Raton, Florida.

Great Danes are moderately intelligent. They respond well to puppy training. And using positive reinforcement during puppy training will yield the fastest results. However, some new owners of Great Danes find difficulty in puppy training only due to the breed’s large size. You can greatly reduce any resistance to puppy training by getting a jump on the training process. Do not wait until your Great Dane is 6 months old to start training him! As soon as you bring your Great Dane puppy home, begin training him with the basic commands. Give special training attention to teaching your Great Dane not to run in the house. 

For anyone who buys their Great Dane puppy from PuppyBuddy, you will automatically receive 6 Weeks of Puppy Training for Free at our location in Boca Raton, Florida. This 6-week training course is taught by a professional dog trainer. Other new puppy parents will be in the class with their new puppies, too. This provides all the puppies with additional socialization opportunities that complement the training that they’ll receive. We strongly recommend this puppy training class to all of our customers. And even if you don’t get your new puppy from us, we encourage you to enroll your Great Dane puppy in a professional dog training course while he’s still a puppy!


PuppyBuddy carries Great Dane puppies in Boca Raton. We welcome you to visit our Great Danes in person! 

Other large dog breeds that are great with kids include:


Find your perfect pet at PuppyBuddy! We have popular small breed puppies for sale in Boca Raton, including:

Our ethical puppy breeders in Boca Raton supply us with healthy puppies from the best hypoallergenic dog breeds to the easiest dog breeds to take care of! 

All of PuppyBuddy’s purebred puppies are registered with the American Kennel Club. Your PuppyBuddy puppies come with pedigree certifications, American Kennel Club certificates, and additional substantiating documents, including medical records. We pride ourselves on providing healthy, happy puppies with the right people to care for them long-term. Our pet counselors will sit down with you and your family to help you determine the best breed for your lifestyle and household!

When you take home a puppy from PuppyBuddy, you aren’t “buying a product.” You’re joining a family! And our larger pet community in Boca Raton, Florida, is ready to welcome you with open arms. We hope to see you soon! 

There are approximately 400 purebred dog breeds, according to the American Kennel Club. But only 27 specific purebred dogs hold the title of “most popular dog breed” in a given country. PuppyBuddy has put together a list of 16 countries and their most popular dog breeds!

This article is chock-full of fun dog breed facts, like the fact that Rottweilers are the #1 dog breed in 37 countries! And the Australian Shepherd is the most Googled dog breed worldwide! But not in Australia! Residents of Australia actually prefer Border Collies to the breed that shares their namesake! 

Hold onto your hats, because this list of the #1 dog breed per country is paw-some! 


It makes perfect sense that the most polite country would love the best behaved dog breed! Golden Retrievers are known for being patient, tolerant, and gentle. They never show irritation. They’re basically the saints of the canine world. We salute Canadians for loving the lovable Golden Retriever! 

Owning a Golden Retriever is a joy. Ask any Canadian. Facts about Golden Retrievers include that this loyal breed is also the #1 service dog, and a top family dog in the United States. PuppyBuddy has Golden Retriever puppies for sale in Boca Raton, FL. 

A beautiful Australian Shepherd dog with blue eyes and a happy disposition sits on a white background.


Picture the American frontier, circa 1607, and lasting until the early 20th Century. There were pioneers, cowboys, the Gold Rush, and “Little House on the Prairie” type experiences for just about every family who was determined to live the new American Dream. 

There was also one very popular dog breed that worked for farmers, ran alongside cowboys, corralled bulls at rodeos, and made a haunting impression on the Native American tribes. The Australian Shepherd. Australian Shepherds were the #1 dog breed back then, and today they hold the same rank! Meet our Australian Shepherd puppies for sale at PuppyBuddy.


We sort of cheated here and bundled the majority of countries in South America. This is because the majority of South American countries share the same dog breed as their top seller. And the purebred dog breed they all love is the Rottweiler! 

Rottweilers are incredible dogs. They’re guard dogs, first and foremost. But they’ve become a top breed for families with children. This is because the temperament of the Rottweiler is highly affectionate towards family members, yet highly protective of them, the home, and the property. In fact, in South America, owning a Rottweiler is more effective at preventing a break in than owning a firearm. 


Russia is known all over the world for its great thinkers, authors, and artists! Thanks to Russia, we have impressive literary works like Dostoevsky’s Crime & Punishment, and exquisite composers like Tchaikovsky. It’s no wonder the country that produced artists so exceptional they were intimidating would favor a highly intimidating dog breed, the Doberman Pinscher. 

Doberman Pinschers are “incomparably fearless,” according to the American Kennel Club. They are considered the world’s finest protection dogs. But guarding territory and property isn’t their sole function. Dobermans have big hearts. They love their families. And they’re intelligent. Anyone who wants to invest in their puppy with serious, complex dog training, a Doberman Pinscher will give you its full attention and aim at perfecting every command to please you! 


Do you come from a land down under? G’day, mate! Whether roaming the bush or meaning through the cosmopolitan streets of Sydney, you’ll see Border Collies! That’s because this energetic dog breed is the #1 dog in Australia. 

Border Collies are high-energy working dogs. They’re a top choice for farmers with livestock. But you don’t have to be a farmer to care for a Border Collie. As long as you have the energy and exercise routine to keep up with your Border Collie, you two will be a match made in heaven. Check out the Border Collie puppies at PuppyBuddy to see what all the Aussies down under are raving about!  

An orange Shiba Inu with intense eyes sits on its hind legs, as the most popular dog breed in Japan.


“Turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so!” If you own a Shiba Inu, you might be turning Japanese. Just kidding! But this Japanese dog is the #1 dog breed in Japan. In fact, the Shiba Inu is an ancient Japanese breed that goes back 2,300 years! 

This small-to-medium sized companion dog was originally bred as a hunting dog. Today, Shiba Inus are affectionate companion dogs that bond deeply with their favorite person. This is a relatively low maintenance dog that we often recommend to families with older children. Meet our Shiba Inu puppies for sale in Boca Raton, Florida! 


Are you ready to “Rock the Casbah” even though Sharif won’t like it? If you’re a German Shepherd, you own that! PuppyBuddy isn’t known for getting political, and we aren’t going to start now. But the German Shepherd is the #1 dog breed in Afghanistan. And that fact has a lot to do with the U.S. military. The German Shepherd has worked as a military dog breed for the U.S. since World War II, and German Shepherds assisted our military in Afghanistan, too. And this had a positive influence over Afghani citizens for the past 20+ years. That’s how this intelligent, loyal, loving breed became number one in Afghanistan. 

German Shepherds also hold the top ranking spot in other countries, too. Those include Latvia, Trinidad, Congo, Dominican Republic, Jordan, Iraq, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.   


Shih Tzus originated in Tibet, China. But they hold a special place in the heart of the Philippines. This adorable lap dog is the top seller in the Philippines. And it’s not hard to see why. Shih Tzus are affectionate, mellow, and great with children and other pets. 

Shih Tzus live a long life, too. The average life expectancy of a healthy Shih Tzu is 13 – 16 years. The world’s oldest Shih Tzu lived to the ripe old age of 23 years! Must be all the Himalayan salt and fresh mountain air that’s kept the Shih Tzu’s DNA youthful from generation to generation! PuppyBuddy has adorable Shih Tzu puppies for sale


The Boerboel dog breed is no joke. This is an aggressive, territorial dog breed that is not for the novice or first-time dog owner. Boerboels can weigh up to 200 lbs! This dog breed originated in South Africa as a large Mastiff. This breed emerged in 1909 and was quickly regarded as the best dog breed to hunt leopards! That should give you a sense of what this dog is made of. 

PuppyBuddy does not sell Boerboel puppies. But we respect all the South Africans who dedicate their time, attention, and love to owning and caring for their Boerboel dogs! We do, however, sell Bullmastiffs, a gentler family dog that’s appropriate for children. 

Three cute Labrador Retriever puppies, a yellow Lab, a blonde Lab, and a chocolate Lab, sit in a row.


Finland is easily one of the safest countries to live in. According to statistics, the biggest “crime” in Finland is running a red light. It makes sense that a safe, happy country would end up with the Labrador Retriever as it’s #1 dog breed. Labrador Retrievers are trustworthy, gentle, faithful, and energetic. A well-trained Labrador Retriever can be left in a room alone with a steaming, juicy steak, and not even think about eating it. 

Labrador Retrievers are also a top family dog, and hold the #1 spot in countless countries. PuppyBuddy most often recommends the Labrador Retriever to first time puppy owners. This breed is considered the “easiest to train.” And this consensus was reached by professional dog trainers. Meet the sweet Labrador Retriever puppies for sale in Boca Raton at PuppyBuddy. 


The Cockapoo is not a purebred dog breed. But it is the top selling dog in the United Kingdom! Cockapoos are a hybrid mix of two purebred dog breeds. The Cocker Spaniel and the Miniature Poodle. Cockapoos are intelligent, gentle, hypoallergenic dogs. 

PuppyBuddy loves Cockapoos! This is a wonderful family dog. Cockapoos are easy to train, highly affectionate, great with children, and the list goes on. We invite you to meet our cute Cockapoo puppies for sale. And you can learn about the ethical puppy breeders in Boca Raton and across the country that we work with.


Did you know that Christopher Columbus discovered “America” by landing in the Bahamas? There are more than 700 islands that make up the Bahamas. And across all of those islands, there is one dog breed that trumps them all. The Great Dane! 

Great Danes are the most popular dog breed in the Bahamas. If that surprises you, you’re not alone. But for those of us who intimately know the personality of the Great Dane dog breed, it makes sense. Great Danes are laid back, easy going, lovers of life! In a lot of ways, their attitude embodies the “relaxation vacation meditation” of all the canines!

A white Bull Terrier stands, showing this purebred dog breed's profile, against a white background.


There’s no place in the world like Argentina. And there’s no dog in the world that looks like a Bull Terrier. Coincidence? We think not. Argentina offers amazing landscape views, incredible nightlife with tango, world-renowned wine, and enough English speakers to make it a top resort destination for world travelers from across the globe. 

And Bull Terriers fit right in with the awe and wonder of this beautiful country! Bull Terriers are high-energy, big-boned, and bizarre-looking. They are sweet-tempered, trainable, and yet a bit mischievous! PuppyBuddy doesn’t carry Bull Terrier puppies. We’ll leave that to the experts in Argentina! 


Known as one of the most ecologically diverse places in Africa, Rwanda has volcanoes, rainforests, one third of the world’s gorilla population, and one heck of a deep love for purebred Bulldogs! 

The #1 dog breed in Rwanda is the lovable, sour-mug Bulldog! Bulldogs are kind, courageous, affectionate, and great with children. They snore like chainsaws and fart as freely as Grandpa used to. But we dare you not to fall in love! 


What do vodka, pierogies, and Marie Curie all have in common? Poland! The Polish have certainly produced some of the finer things in life. Of course, Poland would love one of the finest dog breeds there is, the Maltese! 

The Maltese dog breed is a small sized dog. It has brilliant white hair and the sweetest disposition. Malteses get along with everyone—children, cats, other dogs, strangers, you name it! This breed is trusting, friendly, and affectionate. Come to PuppyBuddy to meet our available Maltese puppies for sale

The huge and intimidating Cane Corso purebred dog breed is the most popular dog breed in Slovakia.


The Velvet Divorce isn’t a punk rock band from the 80s. It’s how Slovakia became a country back in 1993. The territory of Slovakia has quite a history, from Czechoslovakia to the Slovak Republic. Spoiler Alert: the Communists lost, and now this beautiful country is home to its favorite dog breed. The Cane Corso.    

Cane Corsos are impressive, loyal guard dogs. They’re not recommended for the novice dog owner. And so, PuppyBuddy does not sell Cane Corso puppies. But for customers who are interested in Cane Corsos, we recommend the Rottweiler and Mastiff breeds. 

If you would like to check out our inspiration for this article about the most popular dog breeds in every country, you can find it on Travel and Leisure. We hope to see you soon at PuppyBuddy in Boca Raton, Florida! We’re a family owned, ethical pet store in Boca Raton. We only work with responsible puppy breeders, ethical dog breeders, and small-scale purebred breeders that are dedicated to the health, welfare, and long-term happiness of their puppies. 

With Turkey Day right around the corner, you need to know how to celebrate Thanksgiving with your puppy. PuppyBuddy answers your burning questions in this informative article. From puppy safety tips to yummy Thanksgiving dog treats, we’ve got your back!

A Miniature Schnauzer tries to sneak a bite of the Thanksgiving turkey while his family isn't watching.


The biggest hazard to puppies on Thanksgiving is human food ingredients that are poisonous to dogs. And because puppies are so small, even foods that would only upset the stomach of an adult dog could be especially harmful to a puppy.

What human foods are not safe for dogs and puppies? The following are all of the poisonous foods that you should never let your puppy eat. It’s also a good idea to ask your Thanksgiving guests not to feed your puppy table scraps.  

If you suspect your puppy has ingested any of the foods above, take him to the veterinarian immediately.


Homemade dog treats are being made for Thanksgiving as PuppyBuddy recommends feeding your puppy DIY Thanksgiving dog treats.

As the family love flows thicker than Grandma’s gravy this Thanksgiving, we recommend you make your new puppy some dog treats! You shouldn’t feed your puppy table scraps on Thanksgiving. Many of the traditional Turkey Day dishes have ingredients that can be harmful to dogs. By providing your puppy with special treats he can eat, you’ll reduce “begging.” 

Check out these delicious Thanksgiving dog treat recipes from A Cultivated Nest


A Golden Retriever puppy sleeps on a blue knit blanket this Thanksgiving.

Puppies have a ton of energy in general. And they also conk out quickly and need their sleep. You can use this to your advantage this Thanksgiving. We recommend that you make special time for your puppy before the Thanksgiving guests arrive. Play games with your puppy. Take him out for a long walk. And otherwise help him discharge as much puppy energy as possible. 

By exercising your puppy before mealtime, he’ll be ready for a nap. Or at the very least, he’ll be in a calm, relaxed state. This will promote better behavior. 

We also recommend that you prepare a quiet, safe room for your puppy. This way, if your Thanksgiving festivities get loud or “too exciting,” you can tuck your new puppy into his safe room to rest. Prepare this room with his crate. Make sure his crate has blankets, pillows, his favorite stuffed animals, and other comforts. His water bowl should be fresh. And it’s a good idea to lay down some pee pads. You don’t have to close his crate door, but rather just close the door of the room. You can also leave him with a puppy puzzle or Kong toy to keep him entertained.  


A little girl plays with her Beagle from PuppyBuddy, the best pet store in Boca Raton, while she's outside on Thanksgiving Day.

PuppBuddy is a leading, family-owned business. We are known to only work with ethical puppy breeders in Boca Raton. We carry small breed puppies for sale in Boca Raton, FL. Our on-site animal welfare experts can introduce you to the easiest dog breeds to take care of. From toy breed puppies for sale to large breed family dogs, we have healthy puppies for sale in Boca Raton, FL.

Meet our most popular purebred and hypoallergenic dog breeds:

A cute girl wearing a yellow hat and sweater lies in autumn leaves next to her beautiful purebred Golden Retriever from PuppyBuddy in Boca Raton, Florida.

All of our purebred puppies are American Kennel Club registered and certified. Check out our no puppy mill guarantee. And learn about our special financing options for qualifying customers. Visit the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website to see where our puppies come from, among other popular topics of interest.  


For more informative articles, check out our blog. We cover topics that range from owning a Pug, to facts about Goldendoodles, to how to welcome a new puppy into your home. PuppyBuddy is one of the best sites to find a puppy in Boca Raton, Florida. Peruse our available puppies and find your perfect pet!

From the entire team at PuppyBuddy, we wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! And we hope to see you soon in Boca Raton! 

Energetic dog breeds are great for active people who want a dog they can exercise with. 

In the right households, a high energy dog makes an enthusiastic companion and faithful jogging buddy. 

Anyone who’s looking for an energetic puppy that can keep up with their active, athletic lifestyle for the next ten years needs to know about these breeds. 

An Australian Shepherd leaps in the air to catch a green Frisbee and show that energetic dog breeds are amazing.


Australian Shepherds are America’s premier livestock herding dog. Don’t let the name fool you, this purebred dog breed was developed and popularized in the American pioneer west, not Australia. The Australian Shepherd has enough energy to “work all day” on a farm. But you don’t have to be a farmer to keep this breed happy. An Australian Shepherd needs about 2 hours of exercise a day. If you’re athletic and want a dog to come with you on your morning jog and after work walk, the Australian Shepherd is a great choice. 

A fit woman jogs along a seaside pier with her yellow Labrador Retriever in autumn time because exercising with high energy dogs is great for your health.


The energy level of Labrador Retrievers isn’t quite sky-high, but it’s pretty close. Labrador Retrievers need about 1 hour of exercise every day. They’re faithful jogging buddies, yet they’re well suited for people who move at a slower pace. If you’re more of a speed walker, or if your daily jog doesn’t crack 3 miles, your Lab will keep up without trying to get ahead of you. Labrador Retrievers are considered the easiest dog breed to train and also the best dog breed for first time dog owners. All the more reason to pick a Lab!

The German Shepherd dog breed is an energetic dog breed for families, as the German Shepherd hear pounces on a red Frisbee while playing outside.


German Shepherds are among the highest energy dog breeds out there. This purebred dog is highly intelligent, too. German Shepherds are the #1 choice for the police and military thanks to their high stamina and even higher intelligence. What this means for active people and families is that you’ll have to invest your time and energy in training your German Shepherd puppy. Once you do, you will have a loyal and enthusiastic exercise partner for up to 13 years. 

Full of energy, the Jack Russell Terrier dog breed featured here is bounding happily through a sunny field, as one of the best energetic dog breeds for families.


Not all energetic dog breeds come in large packages. If you want a high energy dog that’s small, then the Jack Russell Terrier is for you. Jack Russell Terriers are basically lightning trapped in a bottle that looks like a dog. This small, muscular dog can sprint 38 miles per hour, jump 5 feet high, and leap over creeks that are 8 feet wide. This is one of the most athletic dog breeds out there. 

A fully grown Dalmatian leaps through a lake to show this dog breeds high energy and joy of life.


Dalmatians are high energy, sensitive, family dogs. They’re happiest when they’re out for a jog or long walk with their favorite person. A Dalmatian needs about 2 hours of exercise every day. This breed doesn’t like being left home all alone. Dalmatians are a great pet for families, especially when each family member takes the dog with them for their exercise outings throughout the day. A Dalmatian who gets enough outdoor time each day will be very calm and mellow inside the home the rest of the time. 

Three beautiful Siberian Huskies run through a snowy forest to show their boundless energy as one of the best energetic dog breeds for families.


The purebred dog breed, Siberian Husky, has enough energy to haul a sled for hours on end. This cold climate dog will be your friend forever if you include him in your daily exercise routine. And the good news is that you don’t have to live in Alaska to keep your Siberian Husky happy. We sell Siberian Husky puppies in Florida, and our new puppy owners keep their Huskies cool and calm by brushing them daily. Taking your Siberian Husky to the groomers to get bathed and “de-shedded” is also a great idea, especially after a long run on the trail with your high energy Husky!

A gorgeous Shetland Sheepdog leaps and runs through a meadow, using its high energy to express its love of life.


The reason we love the energetic Shetland Sheepdog so much is because this moderate-energy breed easily adapts to its owner’s or family’s way of life. Shetland Sheepdogs, also called Shelties, need about 1 hour of exercise each day. They love to run around during that time. Though they’re small-to-medium sized, Shelties can keep up with any jogger. And they’re just as happy going for a hearty walk or even just playing fetch in the backyard with the kids. You can help tire out your Shetland Sheepdog  

A large, fluffy Bernese Mountain Dog leaps through a sunny field, demonstrating its high energy and proving it's one of the best energetic dogs for families.


If you have a soft spot in your heart for large dogs that drool and have enough energy to give you a run for your money, then you really can’t go wrong with a Bernese Mountain Dog. This beautiful purebred dog needs between 1 and 1.5 hours of daily exercise. But the exercise doesn’t have to be high energy. Bernese Mountain Dogs have excellent stamina and appreciate long walks with their favorite person. Just be sure to plan in a good game of fetch so your Bernie can sprint and burn off any excess energy he has. At home, your Bernese Mountain Dog will be a loving lump of fluffy fur, ever ready to love you and your family unconditionally!


PuppyBuddy carries all of the high energy family dogs you learned about in this article. We also have additional breeds of all energy levels. The most popular dog breeds in the country can be found at our pet store. We have Australian Shepherd puppies for sale in Florida, Labrador Retriever puppies for sale, and energetic Bernese Mountain Dogs for sale in Florida. And the list goes on and on. 

When you bring home one of our energetic puppy breeds, you will automatically receive 6 free weeks of puppy training. PuppyBuddy wants to give you the best possible chances of transforming your high energy puppy into the perfect puppy. Our puppy training classes will expose your fur baby to other puppies and their owners, too. This is great for added puppy socialization, as well as a wonderful bonding experience for you and your puppy buddy!

Located in Boca Raton, Florida, PuppyBuddy is a passionate champion of ethical dog breeding standards. We have a ZERO tolerance policy for puppy mills. Our #1 priority is the health and happiness of all our puppies. We only work with responsible dog breeders in Florida and the country. We guarantee each and every one of our puppies comes from a healthy, loving, and caring environment.

A great way to complete your family and make a house a home is to get a pet. Family pets provide numerous benefits to the home. Domestic pets add companionship and company. Stroking and petting a furry friend can relieve anxiety and elevate your mood. And for kids, having a pet can help satisfy their growing need for responsibility. 

There are many great family pets to bring home. Goldfish are peaceful creatures. Cats are full of personality. Guinea pigs, hamsters, and rabbits can melt your heart. And dogs have a special knack for making sure everyone in the family feels happy, safe, and loved.    

Above and beyond all of the pet options out there, getting a dog remains the top choice for families who want to add a pet to their lives. 

In this article, PuppyBuddy will introduce you to excellent family dogs. The dog breeds on our list are ideal for families of all sizes with children of all ages. These breeds are easy to train, patient with young children, and friendly in general. 

Three Labrodor Retriever puppies sit in the grass. A chocolate Lab, a yellow Lab, and a black Lab, this purebred dog breed is one of the best family dogs.


High-energy, joyful, and compatible with children of all ages and other household pets, the Labrador Retriever is hands-down our favorite purebred dog breed for families. Labrador Retrievers are easy to train because they’re eager to please their families. 

Labrador Retrievers make great family pets is their keen sensitivity and intuition to their owners’ moods, feelings, fears, and anticipations. Your Labrador Retriever will be the cheerleader of your family! He’ll leap for joy to celebrate your high spirits and he’ll comfort you to uplift you when you’re down. 

Three adorable Bulldog puppies sit in the grass. They have the classic "sour mug" Bulldog face that has become a symbol of championship and victory in American sports.


Highly affectionate and great with children, the Bulldog is a companion, purebred dog breed that will be an ideal family pet for low-key households! Thanks to this dog’s even temperament and small size, the Bulldog has become one of the most popular purebred dog breeds for families that want a mellow, cuddly pet. 

Bulldogs have a playful, alert, and adaptable personality that makes them a great addition to households that already have dogs or other domestic animals. As far as personalities go, Bulldogs are bright, cheerful, and affectionate. Some might even say that their Bulldogs have a way of charming them!

A row of fluffy, cuddly Golden Retriever puppies sit obediently outside in the grass, ready to meet their forever families.


Gentle, patient, and emotionally intelligent, the Golden Retriever is one of our favorite easy-to-train family dogs. No other dog breed has the sweetness and caring disposition of the Golden Retriever. This humble breed is great with other domestic animals as well as children of all ages, which means that when your young child gives your Goldie commands, the dog will do as it’s told without challenging the authority of the child.

In addition to being patient and gentle with children, Golden Retrievers are nurturing and supportive animals. If you take home a Golden Retriever, you’ll quickly understand why this dog breed has been the #1 family dog for decades. For this reason, it’s our opinion at PuppyBuddy that the Golden Retriever is the best dog breed for kids!   

Precocious, feisty, and full of love, a Beagle stands alert in the grass outside ready for it's owner's next command.


As an energetic, merry, and hard-working family pet, the Beagle takes his job protecting your home from unwanted furry visitors seriously. Deeply ingrained in the Beagle’s DNA is the instinct to hunt rabbits, squirrels, rats, mice, and other rodents, which means that as long as you have a Beagle around, you won’t have to call pest control. For this reason, PuppyBuddy only recommends Beagles to families that don’t have other household pets unless those pets are other dogs. 

Thanks to their huge brown eyes, large velveteen ears, and adorable disposition, Beagles are beloved family dogs that get along with other dog breeds and children of all ages. The high energy level of Beagles and their playfulness along with their small size make them a great match for children.  

A black Pug puppy and a fawn Pug puppy peek over a fallen tree to show you their cute puppy faces.


If you want a super friendly dog that isn’t high energy like the Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, or Beagle, then our top recommendation to you is the Pug! Pugs are among the friendliest of all the friendly dog breeds, and thanks to their short legs, waddling gait, and flat faces, you Pug is not likely to run off. Pugs are smart, affectionate, and a little goofy. They enjoy short spurts of playing and love long cuddling sessions with their families. 

As companion animals, Pugs need to spend the majority of their time with their owners and don’t necessarily do well emotionally if they’re left home alone. If you and your family foresee you’ll be too busy to give a Pug attention, then another more independent dog breed may be better. For homebody families and those with many family members, you will quickly discover that your Pug was built to love whoever’s home!

Known as nature's babysitters, the Newfoundland dog breed is shown here as two cute black Newfoundland puppies for sale in Florida at PuppyBuddy in Boca Raton.


Known as the “gentle giants” of the dog world, Newfoundlands are highly intelligent, humongous, and natural nurturers. They’re even known as “nature’s babysitters” as this dog breed has an innate instinct to “nanny” human children. Despite their tremendous size when fully grown, Newfoundlands are slow-moving, mellow, and gentle dogs around the home. That being said, they can also be clumsy around the house. Your Newfoundland might accidentally knock into furniture as he grows into his huge dimensions. 

Newfoundlands are great with older children who like to play. This dog breed will definitely run around in the yard, play fetch, and otherwise give your kids a run for their money. They need about an hour of daily exercise. PuppyBuddy recommends Newfoundlands for families with children who are older than 10. If your kids are younger, then you can still get a Newfoundland puppy, but you’ll need to carefully supervise until your Newfie knows his own strength and size!

Border Collie puppies for sale in Florida are featured here as a row of four Border Collie puppies show the classic white and black markings of this high energy dog for families.


Easily the best active family dog is the Border Collie. We recommend Border Collies to families who want a high energy companion dog. If you plan on bringing your family dog on hiking, camping, and other trips, you’ll be very happy with a Border Collie. Border Collies are herders, runners, sprinters, and otherwise built for high endurance “work.” To this day, Border Collies are one of the top dog breed choices for livestock farmers who need a dog to herd their livestock. 

You don’t have to be a shepherd with a livestock business to own a Border Collie, however. But you will need to dedicate time and energy to train your Border Collie. This dog breed learns quickly. If you want an easy-to-train dog that’s eager to please you and accompany you on every walk, jog, hike, and outdoor adventure you plan, then you and your family couldn’t ask for a better breed than the Border Collie.  


You can find the best family dogs that we covered in this article at PuppyBuddy in Boca Raton, Florida. Our available puppies for sale in Florida are ready to meet you and your family! We have Golden Retriever puppies for sale, Labrador Retriever puppies for sale, and Pug puppies for sale. Less common breeds for Florida, such as Newfoundland puppies and Border Collie puppies, can also be found at our location. 

We work with humane dog breeders in Florida and across the country. Supporting and partnering with ethical, small scale purebred dog breeders who are committed to the health, welfare, and long term happiness of their litters is at the heart of PuppyBuddy’s commitment. You can learn more about our pledge to responsible dog breeding and our no puppy mill guarantee by visiting the About Us page of our website. 

PuppyBuddy also offers financing options with LendingUSA, Mariner Finance, and United Consumer Financial Services Company. We make financing your puppy purchase easy, and you can get pre-approved in minutes via our website. 

We hope to see you soon at PuppyBuddy in Boca Raton, Florida, where healthy purebred puppies are happily waiting to meet their forever families!

Did you know that the #1 dog breed in the United States today is the Australian Shepherd? Out of all the purebred dog breeds, the Australian Shepherd is the most researched, according to Google, and it’s also the top selling breed in our country. 

How did an Australian dog become so popular in the U.S.? That’s actually a trick question. The Australian Shepherd dog breed isn’t Australian at all. It’s 100% American

This article contains everything there is to know about purebred Australian Shepherds to help you make an informed decision about whether or not this beautiful, energetic dog breed is right for you and your family!


A cowboy rancher crouches with his rifle next to a purebred Australian Shepherd, as Australian Shepherd dogs were the original cowboy and rancher breed of choice in the American West.

The Australian Shepherd dog breed was developed in the United States as a herding dog for ranchers throughout the birth of our nation. The high energy and whip-smart intelligence of this dog breed quickly caught on, and soon Australian Shepherds were used to corral bulls at rodeos and serve other “cowboy” purposes! 

Although Australian Shepherds were developed and heavily bred in the United States, we must give credit where credit is due. The first iterations of this dog breed originated in the Basque region of Spain where Spanish shepherds used these herding dogs to protect and corral their livestock. 

Basque shepherds were nomadic, however, and they didn’t stay in Spain. They migrated to Australia with their faithful dogs, and this is how the name “Australian” Shepherd got its start. At the same time, however, the Basques also moved to the new Americas, where their dogs really “stuck.” Australian Shepherds have existed in the United States since the mid 1600s and rose to massive popularity in the 1700s – 1800s… and today. The history and facts about the Australian Shepherd go far beyond the highlights mentioned here.


For those of you dog breed geeks out there, you might be wondering, if Australian Shepherds are American, then what the heck are American Shepherds?

The American Shepherd is another purebred dog breed that’s not only related to the Australian Shepherd, but it was a kind of “sub-breed.” American Shepherds are newer, smaller, and less popular. These dogs were developed in the 1960s, which is hundreds of years after the origin of the Australian Shepherd. They are also “miniature” in size, and noticeably smaller than Australian Shepherds. 

Other notable differences include their fur texture and length, fur colors and markings, and weight, as the American Shepherd weighs less by about 20 lbs. 

Now back to the topic at hand, Australian Shepherds…


The Australian Shepherd dog breed is a medium-sized, lean dog. Australian Shepherds have wispy, medium-length fur that can be straight or slightly wavy with a thick undercoat. Australian Shepherds have distinct fur color markings and patterns unlike any other dog breed. Their white coat is speckled with black, gray, blue, and merle down their backs. The fur on their legs, tails, and faces can be brown, fawn, or gray. And they have soft, floppy ears, and the most unusual eyes. Their eyes are often blue, translucent blue, or green, with many Australian Shepherds possessing one blue and one green eye. No two Australian Shepherds look alike, that’s how unique their appearances are! 

An Australian Shepherd puppy gives its trainer a high five after a fun puppy training session outside at PuppyBuddy where puppies for sale in Boca Raton FL are great.


Australian Shepherds are highly intelligent dogs. This is the primary reason that this dog breed might not be suitable for every dog owner, especially first-time dog owners. Australian Shepherds are happiest when their minds are put to work. In this sense, they’re an authentic “working dog.” Today, farmers and ranchers still use Australian Shepherds to keep their livestock safe and moving. Australian Shepherds are employed in this sense just as much as Border Collies, which is another top herding breed. 

We’re not saying you should be a farmer if you get an Australian Shepherd, but we are stating plainly that in order to be a good owner to an Australian Shepherd, you’ll need to be prepared to satisfy your dog’s mental needs. This can be accomplished by playing high-energy games that are complex or giving your Australian Shepherd outdoor “jobs” to do for you that require him to use his intelligence and obedience. 

An adult Australian Shepherd looks majestic during its snowy outdoor adventure in Montana.


Aussies are non-aggressive and exceptionally gentle purebred dogs! Their temperament and behavior proves that they care about the welfare of their families and the children or animals that are part of their homes. Despite the medium size and lean build of these beautiful dogs, they are fearless in the face of threats against their families. If you and your family enjoy hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities and you plan to bring your Australian Shepherd, you can rest assured that your dog will defend you against dangerous wildlife. 

At home, Australian Shepherds are territorial yet reasonable and good-natured. As a non-aggressive breed, an Australian Shepherd will bark to alert owners of strangers on or near the property. This dog isn’t one to attempt to intimidate strangers into leaving the property, and it won’t be inclined to bite a stranger unless that person physically harms the dog’s owner or family. In cities and suburbs, the Australian Shepherd is a friendly, perky dog who looks forward to meeting new people and experiencing new places. Just be sure to give your Aussie plenty of exercise if you live in a city to balance the smaller living space you might have. 

An energetic Australian Shepherd fetches an orange ball on a cool autumn day in Wyoming.


Australian Shepherds are high-energy dogs. An Australian Shepherd can easily be on its feet all day long with tons of running, sprinting, and herding to break up the day. As a family dog or companion dog, an Australian Shepherd will be happy with 2 hours of daily exercise. This can be broken up into one-hour chunks. If you’re an early morning jogger, bring your Aussie along, and then after you get home from work, take him out again for a long walk or trip to the dog park, and that will cover his exercise needs.  

Putting it plainly, people who lead a sedentary lifestyle and do not plan on exercising with their dog probably shouldn’t get an Australian Shepherd. Even providing an Aussie with a dog park or park to run around in without you, while you watch from the sidelines isn’t going to make him happy. Australian Shepherds have an innate need to serve an important purpose in their owners’ lives. An Aussie will want to run with you, exercise with you, and be at your side to make your life better. 

An obedient Australian Shepherd sits still while being professionally groomed by a woman.


Surprisingly, the grooming requirements of an Australian Shepherd is only moderate. Yes, they have a thick coat of double-layer fur, but keeping them neat and groomed isn’t that demanding. Brushing your Aussie a few times a week will keep its shedding at bay. And unless your Aussie gets dirty during his outdoor adventures with you, he won’t need to be shampooed and bathed more often than once every 3 – 4 months. Lastly, you won’t need to take your Australian Shepherd to the professional groomers more than once every 6 – 8 months to get his nails clipped, and receive other grooming. 


An Australian Shepherd purebred puppy is right for you and your family if:

  1. You and your family are committed to training your puppy beyond housebreaking and basic commands
  2. You and your family lead an active lifestyle and you want to include your dog
  3. You and your family will be able to provide your Aussie with at least 2 hours of daily exercise, even on a rotating schedule, i.e. Dad brings the Aussie for his morning run, Mom walks the Aussie after work, and the kids play with the Aussie in the backyard after school, with additional walks and trips to the dog park interspersed throughout the week

If you answered “yes” to all of these questions, then an Australian Shepherd will be a great family dog!

PuppyBuddy has Australian Shepherd puppies for sale. We also offer a wide variety of purebred puppies and hybrid puppies for sale in Boca Raton, Florida. The breeders we work with are humane puppy breeders and ethical breeders in Florida. We invite you to come to PuppyBuddy in Boca Raton to meet our Australian Shepherds, as well as all our high-energy dog breeds for active people!

The Shih Tzu is a toy-sized dog, which has been recognized by the American Kennel Club as a purebred since 1969. This lovable, affectionate breed derived from two Asian purebred dogs, the Pekingese and the Lhaso Apso. 

Shih Tzus are hypoallergenic, gentle, and sensitive dogs. They live to love their families and are great with children and other household pets. 

Read on to learn everything you need to know about the adorable Shih Tzu dog breed!


The Shih Tzu originated in China and Tibet roughly one thousand years ago. Thought to be a cross between the Pekingese and Lhaso Apso dog breeds, “Shih Tzu” means “little lion dog.” In ancient China and Tibet, Shih Tzus spent their days keeping their royal owners company as they relaxed in palaces and enjoyed fair weather on the verandas of their majestic estates. 

This speaks to the Shih Tzu’s personality and temperament, which we’ll look at in the next section. Shih Tzus love their owners and are happiest when seated in the lap of their favorite person. You might not live in a royal Tibetan palace, but your Shih Tzu will lay on your feet as you watch TV, sit in your lap while you work, and nudge you with its cute, flat face to indicate it’s time to snuggle! For anyone who wants a furry friend to comfort you at all hours of the day and night, the Shih Tzu dog breed has a long history of affection and companionship. 


A happy Asian couple hold a white Shih Tzu dog while relaxing on their living room couch on a sunny day.

Belonging to the “toy” group of purebred dog breeds, the Shih Tzu is cheerful, outgoing, and playful. Shih Tzus have a perky personality. They thrive on human company, and they need a lot of personal attention. When you’re at home, your Shih Tzu will probably live on your lap, follow you around, and make the most out of every moment with you! If the Shih Tzu has a job, it’s to provide you with delightful company and make sure you’re always in good spirits. 


A long haired Shih Tzu smiles as its favorite person, a man, holds and hugs it while on a hike through the mountains.

Though Shih Tzus are small in stature, they have very sturdy bodies. Their shortened muzzles, huge eyes, long hair, and slightly elongated torsos give them a distinct look. They have fluffy tails that curl up over their backs. Thanks to their long, flowing hair, smiling faces, and prancy gait, Shih Tzus appear bouncy and fluffy. Try not smiling as you watch your Shih Tzu trot happily over to you to say hello!  


A happy, healthy black woman bends down during her daily jog to pet her Shih Tzu on a sunny autumn day.

Shih Tzus are said to have moderate energy levels. But thanks to their small size, a little exercise goes a very long way with this companion dog breed. You will not need to take your Shih Tzu out for long walks. And if you bring him on a hike, be prepared to carry him in your backpack most of the way. 

A Shih Tzu will be happiest trotting beside you to simply cross the street, especially when the destination is a park bench where you two can sit in the sunshine for hours. A simple walk around the block will be more than enough exercise for your Shih Tzu. This makes Shih Tzus a great breed for people who don’t want to exercise with their dogs, as well as older people who don’t get out of the home too much. 

Also, because Shih Tzus are so small, your Shih Tzu will help himself to bouncing around the living room if and when he needs to burn off some steam right away. Shih Tzus enjoy quick tug-of-war games, a good dog puzzle or Kong toy, and other self-entertaining indoor activities. This makes the Shih Tzu one of the easiest dogs to please and live with. 


A man trains his Shih Tzu dog outside, teaching the purebred dog breed Shih Tzu to shake hands on command.

Shih Tzus are very easy to train thanks to their eager-to-please temperament. Shih Tzus are not strong willed, which means that your Shih Tzu isn’t going to test your boundaries or try to disobey you during puppy training. In fact, Shih Tzus are smart enough to learn little tricks, in addition to quickly mastering basic dog commands. 

Though Shih Tzus are easy to please, your Shih Tzu might try to turn a training session into a snuggle session instead. Aim to keep your training sessions short, i.e. no more than 5 minutes long. As you live with your Shih Tzu, work into your interactions with your puppy some of the commands you’ve been teaching him to show him why and how listening to you is important in daily life. By using this puppy training method, your Shih Tzu will quickly become a great companion and member of your family!    


A pretty Shih Tzu dog with pink bows in its hair is combed at the professional dog groomers.

Shih Tzus are one of the top purebred show dogs thanks to their long hair, beautiful hair colors and markings, and overall unique beauty. The Shih Tzu has a long coat of hair, not fur. This makes this dog breed hypoallergenic and less likely to shed. That being said, Shih Tzus need to be brushed daily in order to prevent tangles and matting. Shih Tzus should be shampoos and bathed once a month to keep their hair clean and healthy. 

Shih Tzus also need their faces and under eyes to be wiped with a damp cloth to clean and prevent tear stains. The Shih Tzu has long hair on top of its head, too, and if that hair hangs down into its eyes, it can cause eye irritation. For this reason, Shih Tzu owners often “clip” their dog’s hair into a high ponytail to keep their hair out of their eyes. Some Shih Tzu owners use professional dog groomers to give their dogs hair cuts, keeping the hair relatively short.  


An adorable, soft, affectionate Shih Tzu with a pink bow in its hair snuggles and comforts an elderly person by resting its head on the older person's hand.

The purebred Shih Tzu dog breed is one of PuppyBuddy’s top recommendations to families who want a loving, affectionate dog with minimal exercise needs. 

Shih Tzus are especially good for families with very young children, as this dog breed tends to be gentle and patient with little humans. A Shih Tzu will err on the side of being aloof and walking away if and when a young child gets too annoying. This can help parents feel reassured that their dog won’t become territorial or domineering with their children. 

Shih Tzus are also one of the best dog breeds for people and families who have dog allergies and sensitivities to pet fur.

The one caveat with Shih Tzus is that they really don’t like to be left all alone for very long. Shih Tzus that are left all alone because their owner works long hours away from the home tend to become depressed and anxious. 

All told, the Shih Tzu is a sweet, affectionate dog breed that bonds deeply with its owner and family. If you want to be showered with constant unconditional love, you can’t go wrong with a Shih Tzu! 

PuppyBuddy in Boca Raton, Florida, has Shih Tzu puppies for sale. Come in and meet our adorable Shih Tzu puppies. We hope to see you soon! 

It’s National Animal Safety and Protection Month! It’s no coincidence that this pet safety awareness initiative falls in the month of October. Halloween can be a fun, but treacherous time for domestic animals, especially young, curious puppies! 

The last thing anyone would want is for your Halloween toys and treats to harm your new furry friend. No one wants that kind of “trick” this spooky season! 

Instituted by the PALS Foundation, National Animal Safety and Protection month reminds us to be mindful of our pets’ environments. According to PALS, humans should understand and value animals, whether they’re domestic friends or living out in the wild. And the team at PuppyBuddy couldn’t agree more! 

Of course, we have a special fondness for puppies, and so we want to lay out for you how to keep your new puppy safe this Halloween. 

A cute black French Bulldog hides under blankets looking warily at a lightning storm outside.


If you’re planning on hosting a party, be prepared that your puppy’s excitement could tip the scales from thrilled to horrified… and not in a good way.

Sudden loud noises, loud music, and other sounds of commotion can cause stress in dogs of all ages, but puppies are especially sensitive. Know the signs of puppy anxiety and if your puppy begins to display anxious behavior, don’t hesitate to remove him from the action.


Your puppy should be wearing an ID tag at all times, and most importantly, the contact information should be current. The details should include your cell phone number and current home address, as well as your pet’s name. That way, if your puppy does manage to disappear into the fog, whoever finds him will have a clear path to reach you.


This safety tip cannot be overstated enough. Puppies like interesting smells, especially the sweet scent of candies, and it’s in their nature to lick, taste, and test new items to see what they’re all about. Do not leave Halloween candy out. Even if the candy is still sealed in its wrapper, your puppy could still chew through the wrapper, eat it whole, and get very sick… or worse. Never forget that chocolate is toxic for dogs!

Common foods that are toxic to dogs include alcohol, onions, grapes, coffee, nuts, avocado, chocolate, xylitol, and garlic.


And not all dog Halloween costumes are dog-proof for that matter, unfortunately. The fact of the matter is that there really are no safety regulations for companies that manufacture costumes for dogs and pets. Not to mention that with cheap fabric and any-ole packaging, there could be a wealth of choking and other hazards baked into the ordeal.

As you pick out a Halloween costume for your puppy, be mindful of any parts of the costume that might easily tear off and become dangerous. Also, your puppy’s comfort should be your #1 priority, so be sure that your furry friend’s costume is simple and not too restricting.

A cute dog wears a white sheet as its ghost Halloween costume.


Yes, there’s nothing quite as fun as a good fright on Halloween, but for puppies, the wrong kind of scary can be downright traumatic! And strangers showing up at the door with covered faces and smelling like cheap plastic might terrify your little pooch.

If you’re going to host a Halloween costume party, you might want to keep your new puppy in a safe room until all the guests have arrived. Then, you can introduce your puppy to the party in a controlled, comforting manner. 


Who doesn’t love a carved pumpkin glowing with candle light on Halloween? Well… anyone who works for the fire department. Unfortunately, using real candles inside of your Halloween pumpkins can pose a real fire danger. And if you have a new puppy, that danger can become much more complicated. You wouldn’t want your puppy’s fluffy fur to catch on fire, or for him to hurt himself by trying to taste the flames. 

Fire Safety Tip:


If you’re planning on getting all costumed up with your pup in order to go trick or treating, then you’ll have to be extra careful about your puppies safety.

First of all, we recommend that you go out when it’s still light out and not after dark. There can be a lot more pedestrians and traffic on Halloween, which can be overwhelming for a puppy. But tack onto that excitement low visibility and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. Don’t get caught out in the dark, and if you are, use special caution when crossing the street.

Also, you’ll want to bring water and treats for your puppy in case he gets thirsty or hungry. And never push your puppy to walk if he gets tired. Simply call it a night and carry him home.  

What Else Can You Do To Keep Your Puppy Safe No Matter What Time of Year? 

  1. Microchip your puppy
  2. Make sure your puppies vaccinations & boosters up to date
  3. Keep your doors and windows closed at all times so that your puppy can’t escape
  4. Make sure your yard and fencing is secure so that your puppy can’t wander off
  5. Always stow away small items that are choking hazards, such as coins, marbles, paper clips, rubber bands, jewelry, wireless earbuds, and the list goes on…

By following these Halloween safety tips for your puppy, you can make this spooky holiday enjoyable for both of you! 

Are you ready to fall in love with your next furry friend? PuppyBuddy can help you find the perfect breed for your exercise level and lifestyle. Come on down and meet the available puppies and make Halloween extra special this year!

The Teddy Bear dog breed is an adorable hybrid mix of two purebreds, the Shih Tzu and the Bichon Frise. Toy sized and utterly precious, Teddy Bears are sweet companion lap dogs who love their owners and show a great deal of affection.

True to the name, this designer doggy really does look like a Teddy Bear! Read on to learn everything you need to know about the Teddy Bear dog breed!

Three cute Teddy Bear puppies, a designer dog mix of Bichon Frise and Shih Tzu, stand side by side in front of a blue backdrop.


Teddy Bear dogs look like… drum roll, please… Teddy Bears! Shocking, we know. Yet in a sense, it kind of is shocking because the purebred parents that procreate this hybrid dog don’t themselves resemble teddy bears. Somehow, when the perky Bichon Frise is mated with the dainty and dignified Shih Tzu, the result is a stuffed animal come to life!

Teddy Bears are “toy sized,” which means that they belong to the smallest size of dogs. Standing between 9 – 12 inches and weighing no more than 15 lbs, this dog breed when fully grown is tiny! Thanks to its size and cuddly personality, the Teddy Bear makes a wonderful companion dog for people who live in small homes, especially those who live in major cities where there isn’t a lot of space inside or outside. Teddy Bears don’t need much space at all, and their exercise needs, as you’ll learn later in this article, are very minimal.

In addition to their renowned teddy bear appearance, this dog breed is also best known for its unbelievably soft fur. Thanks to the Teddy Bear’s Bichon Frise parent, it inherited silky yet curly hair. Best of all, this hair is hypoallergenic. Your Teddy Bear will hardly shed at all and isn’t like to trigger allergies in those who are sensitive or allergic to dogs. 

The most popular Teddy Bear colors are:

No matter what particular color combo a Teddy Bear is, he’s sure to be soft to the touch and content when being pet. Teddy Bears provide their favorite people with roughly 15 – 18 years of love and happiness, as this dog breed has one of the longest lifespans of all the purebred and hybrid dog breeds.

An adorable Teddy Bear dog sits with stuffed animals to show how this designer dog breed really does look like a teddy bear!


Both parent dogs of the Teddy Bear breed have gentle, loving temperaments. Shih Tzus are warm and affectionate, and quickly develop very close bonds with their owners. Bichon Frises are cheerful, playful, and just as affectionate. These wonderful character traits are passed down to the Teddy Bear breed. Like their Bichon Frise parent, Teddy Bears are a great breed for families, especially those with young children. Teddy Bears love to play with kids and enjoy letting off some energy by bouncing around with children when playing indoor and outdoor games. 

Another reason why Teddy Bears make great family dogs is because they’re calm, patient, and love being touched, pat, and held. Teddy Bear dogs generally go with the flow and never mind when children squeeze and snuggle them. In fact, Teddy Bears respond well to the boisterous, playful nature of children and will quickly join in the fun! 

A white Teddy Bear dog with brown ears lounges in a pink hammock.


The Teddy Bear breed has an eager-to-please attitude and loves the rewards of affection for doing what its owner wants. This makes it very easy to train a Teddy Bear. This breed is considered obedient and does well with treat-based positive reinforcement training. Thanks to its intelligent Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise parents, Teddy Bears are quick learners. 

This breed learns the fastest when training sessions are kept to a short 5 minutes. If you can give your Teddy Bear two 5-minute training sessions in a day twice a week, it will take your dog less than a month to learn all of the basic commands plus complex commands, including twirls, flips, and other complex, acrobatic, and performative tricks! 

Two Teddy Bear dogs sit in a grey basket looking adorable and toy sized.


Teddy Bears are not considered an active breed and therefore their exercise needs are minimal. This is due to their “toy” size. As compared to large dog breeds that need a lot of outdoor space to run to meet their daily exercise quota, Teddy Bears need significantly less space to meet their needs. One full walk around a city block, for example, is the size-to-distance equivalent of a Great Dane walking for 5 miles. 

A great thing about having a Teddy Bear dog is that if and when your dog wants to exercise and play, he’s so small that he can do that right in the living room of your home without going anywhere. Teddy Bears are known to spontaneously break out in play, running around and blowing off steam, whenever the mood strikes. This means that their exercise needs will always be met, whether or not you drop everything to take your Teddy Bear out for a walk.

A precious, white Teddy Bear dog wears a twinkling tiara and pink pearls as she lays on a bubble gum pink backdrop.


As we mentioned, Teddy Bears are hypoallergenic dogs. Instead of fur, these dogs have hair, which doesn’t shed much at all. But that doesn’t automatically mean that their grooming requirements are low. In fact, it’s because their hair doesn’t shed that this dog breed needs to be brushed at least once a week in order to prevent tangles and matting in the hair. If you notice your Teddy Bear’s hair is tangled or starting to mat even though you brush him once a week, then you may need to brush him twice or three times a week.

Like all dogs, your Teddy Bear will need to be bathed and its hair shampooed. This breed doesn’t necessarily need haircuts, but a good trim every six months may be in order. Bathing and shampooing your Teddy Bear should be done about once every three months, unless you notice your Teddy gets dirty more frequently. 

Due to the Teddy Bear’s white and light-colored faces, they tend to develop “tear stains” on their faces, which can be wiped and cleaned. If the staining is dark, we recommend that you use a baking soda and water paste mixture to “scrub” the darkened fur. This will brighten the hair back to its original white color. We recommend using a toothbrush to gently wash and scrub the paste into the stained fur. Just be sure to wash the baking soda away completely. 


We’ve come to the end of this Teddy Bear dog breed article, and we hope you found it informative. If you really want to know everything there is to know about Teddy Bears, then the next step is to come into our Boca Raton location in Florida to meet our adorable Teddy Bear puppies for sale. Experiencing all the cuteness that this designer dog breed has to offer will give you better insights about whether the Teddy Bear dog is right for you! 

The Goldendoodle dog breed is a hybrid of two purebreds, the Golden Retriever and the Poodle, whether Standard or Miniature. Goldendoodles have gained sudden popularity as a great companion dog for families and individuals thanks to this new breed’s personality and temperament.

Goldendoodles are gentle, affectionate, and very intelligent, making them easy to train and even easier to love! But what does “second generation” mean when it comes to Goldendoodles? Why do pet stores and breeders now make this distinction? 

In this article. you’ll learn everything there is to know about second generation Goldendoodles and what sets them apart from Goldendoodles on the whole.


In order to understand what a second generation Goldendoodle is, you first need context, and so, let’s take a look at what defines a “first generation” Goldendoodle. As we mentioned, this new hybrid dog breed is a mix between the Golden Retriever and the Poodle purebred dog breeds. 

A lovable Goldendoodle looks like a teddy bear sprawled out on a couch at the feet of its owner, a woman reading a good book.

Goldendoodle puppy litters that resulted from mating Golden Retrievers and Poodles first began in the 1960s for the purposes of breeding guide dogs for the visually impaired and blind.

The personality and temperament of these first generation Goldendoodles was soon esteemed so highly that by the 1990s, breeders sold their Goldendoodles as companion dogs and not only as service dogs.

The loyal, attentive, and affectionate characteristics of the Goldendoodle, coupled with its steadfast patience towards children of all ages, quickly earned the Goldendoodle a steadily rising position in the “family dogs” rank. 

This is to say that the first generation Goldendoodle is the result of mating a Golden Retriever with a Poodle. First generation Goldendoodles have fur even though their Poodle parent is hypoallergenic. This is because when a Golden Retriever is bred with a Poodle, only nature itself will determine how much Golden Retriever genes versus Poodle genes are passed along. A first generation Goldendoodle can either be virtually hypoallergenic or a total shed monster! 

For this reason, anyone who is sensitive or allergic to dog fur should get a first generation Goldendoodle that has had its fur tested for allergens. Or they should go with a second generation Goldendoodle. The hypoallergenic characteristic of second generation Goldendoodles makes it a better Doodle choice than its first generation parents, which we’ll look at in another section of this article. 

Goldendoodle puppies sleep in a heap, looking adorable on comfortable, wooden benches.


Now that you know what constitutes a first generation Goldendoodle, it won’t be difficult to define what a second generation Goldendoodle is. We’ll cut to the chase. A second Goldendoodle is the result of mating 2 first generation Goldendoodles.

So, rather than having one Poodle parent and one Golden Retriever parent as the first generation Goldendoodle has for its pedigree, the second generation Doodle has two parents that are each 50% Poodle and 50% Golden Retriever. 

For anyone interested in observing how “purebred” dogs come into existence, keeping an eye on second generation Goldendoodles can be exciting. The majority of today’s “purebred” dogs are actually a mix of two other purebreds. Often those purebred parent breeds no longer exist. Examples of this phenomena include the Golden Retriever, which is now a purebred dog, but originated as a hybrid between the Flat-coated Retriever and the Tweed Water Spaniel. If you haven’t heard of either of those parent breeds, you’re not alone. They don’t exist anymore. 

We here at PuppyBuddy definitely don’t want to see the Golden Retriever nor the Poodle go extinct! But similar to the Golden Retriever, the Goldendoodle will live on, carrying the genes of the Golden Retriever and Poodle in the event that these parent breeds dwindle out. This process typically occurs when breeders continue to breed their hybrids, i.e. second generation dogs, together, foregoing breeding first generation dogs. 

By breeding more second generation Goldendoodles, this new breed is becoming solidified as a legitimate breed, and before you may even discover that the American Kennel Club will assess the Goldendoodle for “purebred” status. Whether the Goldendoodle receives the status of a purebred dog classification in 50 years or 100 years is anyone’s guess. But that’s what makes this new breed so exciting! 


A smiling Goldendoodle hybrid dog lays on its female owners lap to show how affectionate and gentle this dog breed can be.

The biggest difference between first generation and second generation Goldendoodles is their fur. As we covered in the first section of this article, first generation Goldendoodles, also referred to as F1 Goldendoodles, will or will not shed and will or will not have danger according to how their genes are dictated by nature. It’s not possible for breeders to predict whether their F1 Goldendoodle litters will be more like their Golden Retriever parent, and shed with allergy-causing dander, or be more like their hypoallergenic Poodle parent. 

This isn’t the case with second generation, or F2, Goldendoodles. Due to the popularity of hypoallergenic dogs, F2 breeders can and do select their most hypoallergenic Goldendoodles to breed. This best ensures that their F2 puppies are more hypoallergenic. The degree to which the fur is hypoallergenic isn’t the only differentiator, so let’s take a look at the specifics that set the F1 and F2 Goldendoodles apart. 

F1 Goldendoodles

First generation Goldendoodles have medium-length, curly fur in general, but thanks to the huge differences between their purebred parents, the actual fur type and quality of a particular F1 Goldendoodle can vary widely. 


The shedding of F1 Goldendoodles can range from light to heavy. There is no way of predicting where a particular Doodle will fall on this spectrum.

Allergy Potential

Due to not being able to predict the shedding potential of a puppy, the F1 Doodle is not recommended for people or families with dog allergies or moderate sensitivities to dog fur dander. This is because the potential for triggering allergies is too great with the F1 generation. 


Due to the fact that Poodle hair continues to grow unless it’s cut, the F1 Goldendoodle’s fur has the potential to grow as long as 5 inches. This requires daily brushing and more frequent grooming than the F2.


The F1 has moderate to high grooming requirements due to its longer, less predictable fur. 

F2 Goldendoodles

Second generation Goldendoodles are the result of breeding two F1 parents. Breeders can target the lowest shedding F1 parents to aim to breed the most hypoallergenic F2 Goldendoodles, but this isn’t an exact science. Though we won’t cover F3, or third generation, Goldendoodles in this article, the F3s, when bred specifically for hypoallergenic fur, have the best chances of being hypoallergenic. 


Due to the way the F1 parents’ genes mix to produce the F2 litter, each F2 puppy will have a 25% chance of being non-shedding, a 50% chance of being low-to-heavy shedding, and a 25% chance of being a guaranteed shedder, like their Golden Retriever grandparent genes provide. For this reason, we recommend that you ask the pet store or breeder if they’ve tested their puppies’ fur for its hypoallergenic percentage. Many puppy breeders will have had this testing done, and so the results will be available to you upon request. 

Allergy Potential

If you or anyone in your family has dog allergies, we recommend that you definitely ask to see the fur test results of the puppy you’re considering, and only bring that puppy home if he’s deemed low-to-no shedding and virtually hypoallergenic. When this testing has been done, you will be able to select a F2 puppy that has a 25% chance of being non-shedding.


Due to the greater mix of genes of the F2 Goldendoodles, a Doodle can have either straight, wavy, or curly fur, and this isn’t always obvious during puppyhood. As a general rule of thumb, the curlier the fur, the more Poodle genes have influenced the fur, and this could be an indication that the dog will be on the hypoallergenic side of the spectrum. Similarly, straight fur is a gene that comes from the Golden Retriever DNA, and so could indicate greater shedding and dog dander. DNA and genes are far more nuanced than this oversimplification, but it should give you an idea. 


The F2 Goldendoodles will have easier to predict grooming needs, which result from their fur type, whether it’s curly, wavy, or straight. As a new parent of an F2 Goldendoodle, you will quickly discover how much brushing and grooming your puppy needs as it matures and grows. If you want to be able to predict this before you commit to an F2 Goldendoodle, however, then again we recommend that you talk to the pet store or breeder about the parent dogs, whether or not there are fur and hypoallergenic test results for the puppy, and see how you and your family “react” when handling the puppy at the pet store. 

A smiling blonde woman hugs her Goldendoodle, happy that she found her furry friend.


Goldendoodles, whether F1 or F2, are adorably gentle, cuddly, companion dogs, who will make a wonderful addition to your family. There’s a reason that this hybrid dog has become hugely popular in recent years. This breed embodies all the loyalty and friendliness of the Golden Retriever, and possesses the high intelligence, trainability, and obedience of the Poodle. 

Though predicting the specific personality of any given Goldendoodle can be tricky, we promise you’ll wind up with a true friend if you bring home this lovable breed. What gives us so much confidence? Well, both parent (or grandparent) breeds, the Golden Retriever and Poodle, are wonderful animals. So, wherever your Goldendoodle falls on the Golden Retriever – Poodle spectrum, it’s sure to be affectionate, intuitive, loving, and gentle!

The biggest qualifier of which generation to get will have to do with whether or not you and your family have allergies or sensitivities to dog fur. People who are authentically allergic to dogs shouldn’t necessarily get either an F1 or an F2, since all dogs, even hypoallergenic ones can pose risks to people who are diagnosed as allergic to dogs. 

However, if you have mild sensitivities to dogs, then we recommend you aim for an F2 Goldendoodle. But be sure to spend time with the puppy before you take him home to make sure you don’t react. We invite you into PuppBuddy in Boca Raton to meet our Goldendoodles! We have both F1 and F2 Goldendoodles who will warm your heart. Stop by to meet them and all the breeds!

This gentle, happy purebred dog breed belongs to the “sporting group” of canines. Cocker Spaniels are the “parent breed” to many beloved purebred Spaniels such as the English Cocker Spaniel, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, American Water Spaniel, and the list goes on.

 As a medium-sized companion dog, the Cocker Spaniel has been winning hearts and warming homes since 1850. In this blog, you’ll discover what makes the Cocker Spaniel, and all the Spaniels that derived from this tender-spirited breed, so lovable! 

A row of beautiful Cocker Spaniel dogs show how Cocker Spaniels are one of the best dog breeds for families.


Cocker Spaniels are the Audrey Hepburns of the canine world. Elegant, alluring, sweet, and delightfully quirky, the Cocker Spaniel has a demure nature and happy-go-lucky temperament.

As a sporting group dog, this breed is always up for a frolic at the park, yet will gladly bask in the sunshine with you on the patio to enjoy blooming flowers and the occasional butterfly fluttering by. The Cocker Spaniel is docile and radiates an attitude of gratitude, patience, and warmth, making it a wonderful companion dog for people from all walks of life. 

On a sunny day filled with blue skies, six Cocker Spaniels sit obediently and look adorable, their faces expressing the temperament of Cocker Spaniel dogs.


Soft and silky to the touch, the Cocker Spaniel has a fine, long double-layer coat of hair that comes in a variety of colors. From black to red to tan to golden to even the rare blue hue, Cocker Spaniels can be just about any color under the sun, or combination thereof, and still be accredited by the American Kennel Club.

One caveat with this breed is that though its hair is tidy and it doesn’t shed too much, the Cocker Spaniel is not a hypoallergenic dog breed. Cocker Spaniels have a round head, large expressive eyes, long floppy silky ears, and a graceful gait. Their hair can grow all the way down to their paws, and many owners keep their Cocker Spaniels groomed with a long coat that nearly “dusts” the ground. This contributes to the breed’s stunning, regal appearance.   

The Cocker Spaniel personality is cheerful as seen here with a long haired black and brown Cocker Spaniel trotting outside.


Ask any Cocker Spaniel owner the first words that come to mind when describing their pooch’s personality, and they’ll tell you, happy, merry, frolicking, perky, affectionate, playful, and even “impish”! Thanks to their upbeat, optimistic, and companionable personalities, Cocker Spaniels make great family dogs for children of all ages. They are gentle, love children, and also tolerate younger children who tend to be “grabby” and haven’t learned to regard boundaries.

Similar to the temperament of the Golden Retriever, Cocker Spaniels will proceed with patients when enduring those younger unruly ages between 2 – 5. If you have toddlers and young children, you can be sure your Cocker Spaniel will love and protect them as a guardian who is honored to be a part of your family!

A woman trains her Cocker Spaniel inside on a couch in a sunny living room to show that Cocker Spaniels are easy to train.


Cocker Spaniels are among the easiest dogs to train. They’re also among the smartest, but unlike most highly intelligent breeds that err on the side of being willful and stubborn, Cocker Spaniels don’t have a disobedient streak. Instead, a Cocker Spaniel puppy will approach training with an eagerness to please its owner. They pick up on basic commands quickly. And as a sporting group dog, Cocker Spaniels also love to learn complex commands and tasks.

Cocker Spaniels were originally bred to hunt birds such as quail, ducks, and woodcocks, and are natural “retrievers” of hunted game. This instinct will come alive during a simple game of fetch. You can even train your Cocker Spaniel to keep your yard tidy by collecting toys and even trash from your property. This makes the post-barbeque clean up a lot faster once your guests leave!

A Cocker Spaniel loves to play with balls as it looks up, smiling to show that the Cocker Spaniel dog breed's exercise requirements are moderate.


Though Cocker Spaniels belong to the sporting group of canines, they are not considered “high energy” dogs. Unlike the Border Collie, Labrador Retriever, and Jack Russell Terrier breeds that will burst at the seams they’re so full of energy, Cocker Spaniels are relatively low-key and calm.

That being said, they have excellent endurance for a good romp at the dog park. You can satisfy your Cocker Spaniel’s energy requirements by providing a cumulative hour of daily exercise. This can be broken up throughout the day with many walks and adequate time to “sniff and run” as needed. The one caveat with the Cocker Spaniel’s exercise requirements is that this breed does not do well when left alone for long stretches of time. Cocker Spaniels are truly “companion dogs” that are happiest when they’re with their owners for the majority of the day. 

A Cocker Spaniel is groomed by a woman while seated on a pink couch.


This beautiful dog breed has moderate grooming needs. Since Cocker Spaniels have long hair, they must be brushed at least every other day in order to prevent tangles and matting. Brushing your Cocker Spaniel for 5 minutes a day is ideal. You’ll also have to take your Cocker Spaniel to the professional groomers about once every 3 months for a good shampoo wash and to trim the hair, clip the nails, and clean out inside his big, floppy ears.

Never shave your Cocker Spaniel, even if you live in a hot climate, because the double-coat of hair will never grow the same again. Shaving this breed damages the coat, but professional groomers already know this. In order to keep your Cocker Spaniel as cool as possible during the hot summer months, be sure to take him to the groomers during the spring to have his coat “de-shedded.” A professional washing and brushing will remove excess fur, greatly reducing his coat. And this will help him stay “light and cool” when it’s hot out. 

Cocker Spaniels are great family dogs as seen here an adult Cocker Spaniel is adored by an entire family.


The short and sweet answer is, “yes!” Cocker Spaniels thrive in families, especially big households where they can receive lots of love and attention from a variety of people within the home. Cocker Spaniels are not like other breeds that “pick” one family member to attach themselves to. Quite the opposite! Your Cocker Spaniel will treat each member of your family as though they are his very best friend in the world! But what if you’re a single person who lives alone? All the better! Your Cocker Spaniel will shower you with endless love and affection and be a true furry friend for life!

Are you ready to meet the Cocker Spaniel puppies at PuppyBuddy? Check out our new arrivals online or stop in our Boca Raton, FL location to see which of our furry Cockers are right for you!

Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean that adding a dog to your household is out of the question. A dog can be a wonderful companion for an older adult, or retired couple, who has more time to spend now that the working years are behind them. 

A puppy can even be a wonderful “baby” for an older couple whose own babies are now long grown and out on their own. 

That being said, some dog breeds are more compatible than others with older people. Dog breeds that might have been good companions when you were younger may not be the best choice now. It’s always wise to choose a breed that matches your personal energy level, exercise preferences, and overall lifestyle, no matter what age you are. But this can be especially important for empty nesters, retired folks, and the elderly.  

In this article, PuppyBuddy will cover our personal favorite dog breeds that we believe are best for older adults. These breeds are: 

  1. Bichon Frise
  2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  3. French Bulldog
  4. Maltese
  5. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  6. Pomeranian

Whether you live in a city, the suburbs, or the rural countryside, these breeds will be happy in any setting as long as they have their favorite person with them. Let’s take a look.


The Bichon Frise is a small, companion purebred dog that’s friendly, cheerful, and affectionate. Its name, pronounced “be-shahn free-zay,” translates to mean curly toy dog in French. This adorable, pure white dog is hypoallergenic, which can be perfect for people who have developed sensitivities to pet danger over the years.

Bichon Frises are perky and have bouncy energy, but interestingly, they don’t need a lot of exercise. Your Bichon Frise will naturally help you increase your own daily exercise thanks to taking him out for his walks and bathroom trips, and yet he won’t demand much more than that. The one caveat with owning a Bichon Frise is their grooming needs. This breed requires regular grooming such as daily brushing, monthly baths, and the occasional trim. Brushing your Bichon Frise can be a great way to bond with your furry friend. 


The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was born to snuggle, relax, and otherwise contribute his mellow mood to calm and soothe his favorite person. This small dog breed is a true lapdog who loves to sit on or next to his owner. This purebred dog breed almost never barks, and doesn’t require more than a half hour of exercise per day. A long walk around the block will keep his adorable and soft breed content.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a great choice for seniors who live in small apartments or nursing homes that allow pets, as this breed doesn’t need a lot of space to feel comfortable. Though this breed is soft and cuddly, it’s not hypoallergenic. Daily brushing can help keep dander and shedding to a minimum. 


The small-sized, adorable, bat-eared dog breed known as the French Bulldog has been a popular companion dog among seniors and retired couples for almost ten years. In addition to all the benefits that comes with being a small dog breed, the French Bulldog also offers its adaptable, mellow personality to its owners. This breed is extremely kind, easy to groom, and content with the bare minimum of exercise each day. Thanks to its flat face and stout physique, the French Bulldog can’t handle much more than a walk around the block.

This can be the perfect exercise buddy for older people who also need to take it easy. French Bulldogs love nothing more than to spend their days relaxing with their owners. They’re always up for a good snuggle, and will make themselves comfortable on their favorite person’s lap indefinitely. Frenchies also don’t mind being picked up, carried around, and going for long car rides, which can make them the ultimate travel companion for seniors who enjoy a good “Sunday drive.” 


Similar in size and cheerfulness as the Bichon Frise, another small dog breed that’s great with older adults is the Maltese. Maltese are affectionate, low-key dogs that have white, soft hair and big soulful eyes. Its hair will continue to grow and can get long. When brushed daily, this coat can look regal, and many Maltese owners take pride in grooming their furry friends. The Maltese is an indoor dog that thrives in smaller homes, apartments, and small confines.

Malteses are lively, playful, and vigorous, yet they can easily expel their energy within the home by bounding around, playing, and having fun. The one caveat with this adorable, affectionate purebred dog breed is that it’s highly alert to new sounds, smells, people, and places. Meaning, the Maltese could bark up a storm in response to unfamiliar noises. With proper training and a lot of soothing, you can train your Maltese to remain calm even if there’s a squirrel in the front yard or the mailman is crossing up the walkway. Overall, a Maltese loves nothing more than to sit in the lap of its favorite person, making it a great companion dog for older people and seniors.  


The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a small dog, yet is a bigger breed than those we’ve covered so far in this article. The Corgi dog breed has unusually short legs, which is a type of dwarfism. Its long torso and normal-sized head reveal that this breed would probably be considered “medium size” if not for its very short legs. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi originated as a cattle herding dog, but today this breed is more commonly known as a companion house dog.

It’s a bit of a busy body, however, and still possesses its instinct to “herd.” This can often translate into nipping the heels of people and pets to get them to move in the direction the Corgi thinks best! As a companion dog who enjoys being at home with his favorite person, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is affectionate and is known for its big personality. The Corgi personality ranges from happy, smart, fun-loving, and loyal to stubborn, and mischievous. 


Our last dog breed that we recommend for older adults is the perky and loyal Pomeranian. Pomeranians are easily recognized by their luxurious, fluffy double-coat, fox-like face, and alert, erect ears. Pomeranians have a square body shape and their fluffy tails curl up and over their backs. The head is somewhat rounded with a distinct muzzle. Most signature to this breed is their thick, fluffy “lion’s mane” that gives them a distinct look unlike other dog breeds their size.

Pomeranians make great companion dogs for older adults because they’re happy to remain at home with their owners. Whether you’re single, married, retired, or elderly, and even if you have a busy schedule, your Pomeranian will adapt to your lifestyle. This dog breed doesn’t necessarily mind being alone, either. When you add a Pomeranian to your home, you’ll get a loyal, companion lapdog who’s smart, easy to train, and affectionate no matter what. 

Those are PuppyBuddy’s 6 best dog breeds for older adults. If you would like to meet our breeds in person, stop by our Boca Raton location in Florida. Our available puppies will melt your heart and give you every reason to look forward to your golden years!

Have you been considering adding a puppy to your household, but worry the new dog won’t get along with your resident cats? You may have heard that some dog breeds are known to chase small, furry creatures, and that’s the last thing you need at home. 

Luckily, there are several dog breeds that get along with cats. In this article, you’ll learn why Pugs, Golden Retrievers, Malteses, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Corgis (Pembroke Welsh & Cardigan Welsh), and Papillons get along great with domestic cats. 


Cat breeds of all different sizes, colors, and hair length sit in a row on a white background to showcase the best cats and kittens for dogs.

Ah, cats. You either love them or you hate them. Unlike dogs who live to please their owners and are willing to die to keep their favorite person safe, a cat’s loyalty is much more… ahem, nuanced. We’ve seen first-hand a hero cat maul an aggressive dog in order to protect a child from getting attacked. And we’ve also seen a cat nudge trinkets off of a dresser throughout the dead of night to see which falling object might wake its owner up, because, you know, cats have their own science going on. 

If you own one or many cats, then you love them as much as we do. You might even proudly call yourself a cat person. Wink, wink to all the blushing cat ladies out there… But what if you want to add a dog to your pet family? No one knows the personalities of each of your cats like you do, and already you might be nervous that your resident felines might take issue with the boundless exuberance of an overtly optimistic puppy.

The great thing about cats is that they truly are adaptable. And though they’ll probably regard your new puppy with an air of reservation that’s cooler than a frozen cucumber, as long as you provide your feline friend(s) with a safe space or room where the puppy is never allowed to enter, your cat(s) will slowly and surely investigate your puppy in their own time, and eventually come to accept (and maybe even love!) their new dog sibling. 

That being said, there are some dog breeds that will naturally antagonize cats and other small furry creatures. Dog breeds that are not compatible with cats include…

These Breeds Do Not Get Along with Cats:

As a general rule, all dog breeds within the hound and hunting working group of dogs will not get along with cats. These breeds were bred to hunt and chase small furry creatures, and no amount of training will remove this innate animalistic drive. Before you bring a particular breed home to your cats, it’s a good idea to research the breed to make sure that it wasn’t originally bred to hunt small game. 

And now for PuppyBuddy’s favorite dog breeds for cats!

Pugs are great with cats as seen here a Pug dog breed hugs an adult cat.


In the mid-1980s, most of us Gen-Xers looked at our ET, Chubble, and Ewok toys and wished our parents had given us what we really wanted—a Pug. The flat face, huge eyes, and stout posture make the Pug one of the cutest creatures out there. Their small size and profound lack of agility also make them non-threatening to cats. They simply can’t keep up. Your Pug will be more interested in snuggling on your lap and trying to catch his breath after climbing the couch to get to you, than he will be in bothering your resident cat(s). Pugs are naturally docile and accepting of other animals, so when your cat(s) warm up to the new puppy, you might discover that they join the snuggle fest and rely on your Pug for affection, too. 

Golden Retrievers and cats get along. Dog breeds that are great with cats include the Golden Retriever dog breed shown in this image.


Humble, patient, and incredibly gentle, Golden Retrievers are not only the #1 family dog in America, they’re also one of the most compatible breeds for cats and other domestic animals. Thanks to their naturally reserved, curious, and obedient nature, a Golden Retriever will be curious about your cat(s) for the purposes of befriending them and not for any interest in chasing them. Due to the bouncy energy of Golden Retriever puppies, it’s recommended to allow only limited exposure between your cat(s) and the puppy until you’ve trained your Goldie with basic commands including “down,” “stay,” and “drop it” among others. This will add an extra layer of protection once you permit your cat(s) to freely spend time with your puppy. That being said, Golden Retrievers have a “soft” mouth and gentle disposition, making them great housemates for cats. 

Cats and Maltese dogs make best friends as they eat together, showing the best dog breeds for cats.


Small, mellow, and snuggly, the Maltese is a great companion for both people and cats. This lovable dog breed is simply not interested in cats, and therefore will be able to live in peace and harmony within a household of cats and other pets. If you decide to bring a Maltese home, however, we advise that you keep a close watch on your cat(s) and be sure to have a cat-only room where you can corral your kitties in the event that they try to intimate or antagonize your Maltese. Certain cats with more territorial personalities have been known to bully or otherwise take advantage of the sweet disposition of the Maltese dog breed, and so you’ll want to watch out for that and remove your cats if they become aggressive or intimidating. 

What's the best dog breed for cats? As shown, the Bernese Mountain Dog and cats can get along well.


The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large dog breed from the working group that was originally bred to herd livestock. Because this breed is not a hound or hunting breed, it doesn’t possess a drive to chase after small furry creatures. In fact, any dog breed that belongs to the “herding” or “shepherding” working group will get along with cats, since cats are simply not the type of animal they’ve been bred to care about. Bernese Mountain Dogs are sturdy, loyal dogs that have a decent amount of stamina and energy for long walks, hikes, and of course, herding. Around the house, however, your Bernese will be relaxed, docile, and otherwise content to lounge around with you… and the cats are welcome to join! 

Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Cardigan Welsh Corgi dog breeds are great with cats, depicted here a Pembroke Welsh Corgi dog in a field with a beautiful cat.


Another herding dog from the working group is the Corgi. Corgis actually come in two distinct breeds, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Both breeds of Corgi get along well with cats, so we’ll proceed by referring simply to “Corgis.” Corgis have a friendly and playful nature, and they enjoy interacting with cats. As far as dog breeds go, Corgis are fairly sturdy and resilient, so they won’t be offended if your cat(s) is either aloof or aggressive. Your Corgi will take it all in stride. 

Corgis are also very smart and have good skills of observation. For example, if your Corgi notices that you habitually tell your cat not to scratch the side of the couch, don’t be surprised if your Corgi takes it upon himself to police your cat, preventing the cat from scratching the couch! Upholder of rules and defender of peace, your Corgi will quickly settle into his place within the household as a furry, friendly authority figure that makes sure everyone is safe and sound. 

One of the best dog breeds for cats is the Papillon, sitting on a green couch next to a domestic house cat.


The Papillon is a small, friendly companion dog that will naturally accept your resident cat(s). The only thing Papillons won’t tolerate is being left all by themselves. One of the great things about having a house cat or two is that your Papillon won’t feel alone if you’re gone. Thanks to the sweet, snuggle temperament of the Papillon, this dog will likely seek out your cat and cautiously ask for a snuggle if and when you aren’t around. Papillons love to love, and will make a nice addition to your pet family. 

There is one caveat with the Papillon dog breed when it comes to getting along with cats. This breed is playful and thanks to its small size, it can really tear through a home if it needs to discharge a lot of energy. This playfulness, when aimed at your house cat, could annoy your cat. Though the Papillon will not “chase” your cat as an instinctual drive to hunt, it might seem that way to your cat. It’s a good idea to have a cat-only room in your home and some high-up safe spots in every room until your Pap puppy is trained and mature. That being said, for many cats, one look at a Papillon’s fluffy, wagging tail is enough to trigger their own drive to hunt. You may have to train your cat to respect your Pap’s tail, otherwise it might look like a cat toy! 

That wraps up PuppyBuddy’s list of the best dog breeds that are good with cats. We sell all the dog breeds mentioned in this article at our Boca Raton, Florida location, as well as an assortment of adorable kittens. We hope to see you soon! 

Just because you work long hours and have to be away from home doesn’t mean you can’t be a dog owner. It’s true that most breeds of dogs don’t do well when they’re left all by themselves all day. But there are several low-maintenance dog breeds that are perfect for busy owners. 

Those breeds include:

In this article, you’ll learn what makes these 5 dog breeds best for busy owners.


Three Dachshund puppies of different colors sit on a white background looking like the most adorable dog breed.

Our first low-maintenance dog breed is the adorable Dachshund! Dachshunds are spunky, personable purebred dogs. They can have either long hair or short hair, but either way, their grooming needs are considered low maintenance. Dachshunds like to relax, rest, and nap. This makes it easier to leave them for the day while you’re at work. But don’t let their small size fool you. Dachshunds have a ton of energy and can easily play for hours. The trick with your Dachshund is to take them out for a long walk and play session in the morning before you leave for the day. This way, your Dachshund will feel relaxed when you go, and will be happy to lounge around and take naps while you’re away at work. Just be prepared that as soon as you step in the door when you get home, your Dachshund will be ready for more outdoor adventures! Since some Dachshunds can be more sensitive to getting lonely, be sure to study the warning signs of separation anxiety.


Two Mastiff puppies of fawn color sit in a basket on an orange background.

Mastiffs are one of the largest dog breeds around, but that doesn’t mean they have a ton of energy. This dog breed was originally developed in England as “guardians of hearth and home.” Mastiffs have relatively low exercise needs, and their duties as protectors of the home don’t necessarily go beyond their domineering presence. As a large breed, a Mastiff need only stand and a potential intruder will be too intimidated to trespass. In fact, Mastiffs are actually gentle giants who tend to err on the side of being a bit lazy. They like to lounge around, take naps, and otherwise enjoy the quieter moments in life. A well-trained Mastiff who gets a good dose of morning exercise before its owner leaves for the day will feel comfortable alone. This can help you to feel confident that your Mastiff is happy while you’re at work. 


Three Greyhound purebred dog breed sit on a leather chair, looking regal.

Greyhounds are svelte purebred dogs that are built for sprinting at high speeds. Despite this, they aren’t necessarily high-energy dogs. Greyhounds only need about 30 minutes of exercise a day, in fact. When at home, Greyhounds are more than happy to snuggle on the couch with their favorite humans and otherwise take it easy. Unlike other highly independent breeds, Greyhounds don’t totally love being left home alone. This low maintenance dog breed does best when a friend, family member, or dog walker shows up midway in the day to take them out for a walk. If you get a Greyhound and won’t be home for 8 – 10 hours a day when you’re at work, you’ll want someone to stop in on your Greyhound at the mid-way point. Other than that, a Greyhound will be comfortable when home alone.  


Three grey French Bulldogs puppies look up adorably and resemble gremlins even though they're the most loyal dog breed.

French Bulldogs, or Frenchies as they’re affectionately referred to by their owners, are small companion dogs with mellow dispositions and hearts of gold. Thanks to their cute flat faces and stocky physiques, French Bulldogs aren’t exactly exercise addicts. They need about 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day, but can tucker out easily and get winded. This dog breed is happiest when cozying up on its favorite human’s lap and otherwise being a comfort to its owner in the home. That being said, French Bulldogs don’t object to being home alone when their owners have to work all day. The trick to making this work with your Frenchie is, first and foremost, to properly train your dog with rules and housebreaking. Leave your Frenchie with doggy puzzles, an automatic treat dispenser, and other solo activities to keep him occupied while you’re gone. 


A black short haired Chihuahua stands next to a tan and white long haired Chihuahua, on a white background, to exhibit the Chihuahuas well groomed coats.

Last but certainly not least on our list of low maintenance dog breeds for busy owners is the lovable, adorable, and amazingly petite Chihuahua! Chihuahuas can have either long hair or short hair, yet are easy to groom and care for either way. This dog breed hails from Chihuahua, Mexico, and so you can be sure your Chihuahua will feel comfortable even if the temperature heats up. Chihuahuas are true companion dogs, so it must be said that they will be happiest if they’re by their owners’ side all day long. That being said, this low maintenance dog breed can do fine when left home alone so long as they receive plenty of snuggles, attention, and exercise before you go. Similar to the Greyhound, if you have to leave your Chihuahua home alone, we recommend that you get a trusted friend, family member or dog walker to stop in on your Chihuahua at the midway point in the day. Having attention and a mid-day walk and snuggle session can help keep your Chihuahua healthy and happy while you’re gone. 

So which low maintenance dog breed for busy owners is right for you? PuppyBuddy can help you figure it out! Stop by our Boca Raton pet store, meet our low maintenance puppies, and our knowledgeable pet counselors can help you decide the best dog breed to fit your lifestyle.

Grooming your dog is a great way to bond throughout your dog’s life. Daily brushing, weekly bathing, and even the occasional clipping of nails can bring you and your furry friend closer than ever. 

If you’re interested in getting a new puppy and foresee that grooming your dog long-term will be enjoyable, then PuppyBuddy has 6 long haired dog breeds you’ll love to groom. Read on to learn about our favorite long haired breeds. And if you’re in the Boca Raton FL area, stop by our store to meet these puppy breeds in person. 


This small dog breed hails from Havana, Cuba. Havaneses are known as highly social, friendly, and intelligent. They love to cuddle and sit on their owners’ laps. The Havanese’s long hair is silky and luxurious. In order to keep the beautiful locks free from tangles and matting, a Havanese must be brushed once a day, Because it is hair, not fur, the Havanese’s hair will continue to grow past its paws if it isn’t trimmed at least once every 3 months. As the owner, you can trim your Havanese easily, if you’ve trained him to hold still. Otherwise taking him to a professional dog groomer is always an option.  


This beautiful dog breed is as old as the Himalayan Mountains themselves. Lhasa is a town in Tibet, and not surprisingly “Apso” means “long haired dog.” The Lhaso Apso was originally a watchdog for Buddhist monasteries, and would bark to warn the monks if anyone was coming. As a long haired dog breed, the Lhasa Apso needs plenty of grooming. The heavy, straight, dense double-coat of hair sheds very little, yet requires thorough brushing two or three times a week. Like the Havanese, this lovable breed also needs regular trimming, and hiring a professional groomer is an alternative to trimming your Lhasa Apso yourself.


For centuries, Chinese royalty loved their Pekingese lap dogs. This long haired dog breed can sit in your lap for hours, as a true companion dog. They are friendly, outgoing, and loving, and will melt your heart with their waddle walk. Pekingese dogs bond very deeply with their owners, and they especially love being groomed by their favorite person. Pekingese have long, thick, double coats of fur, and around their necks are magnificent ruffs that look like a lion’s mane. This breed requires considerable care and grooming, including daily brushing, which can be challenging due to how thick the fur is. This dog will also need regularly scheduled baths using doggy detangling shampoo.


Another Chinese dog breed, the Shih Tzu is a small, long haired lap dog. Shih Tzus are known for their perky personalities, yet they’re named after lions. If you agree there’s no such thing as an “overly” attached and “overly” affectionate companion dog, then the Shih Tzu may be perfect for you. Wonderful family dogs, Shih Tzus are affectionate, lively, and outgoing. If a Shih Tzu’s hair is allowed to grow, the straight, smooth, silky coat can reach the ground. Their long coats need frequent brushing, combing, bathing, drying, and trimming. The shorter the clip, the easier it will be to care for your Shih Tzu. But if you want the full experience of bonding with your Shih Tzu through grooming, you can expect daily brushing, weekly bathing, and regular trimming. 


Considering the toy size of this adorable dog breed, the Yorkshire Terrier sure has a lot of spunk! Yorkies are known for being energetic, feisty, and even domineering at times, yet they’re small enough to fit in your purse. Yorkies have a single coat of fine, long, silky hair. Out of all the dog breeds, the Yorkie’s hair most closely resembles human hair. Its hair grows continuously and needs constant grooming. A great upside to owning a Yorkie is that they are  low-shed dogs, making them a good option for people with allergies. When a Yorkie’s hair sheds, it’s usually a strand here or there, similar to how people lose hair on occasion. You will love brushing your Yorkie every day, and during the hot summer months, you can opt to give your Yorkshire Terrier a cool hair cut. 


Another small size dog breed, the Maltese is affectionate, gentle, and intelligent. Malteses truly love to be groomed, so you should too if you take home a Maltese puppy! This dog breed has a single layer coat of hair that looks great either long or short. When left to grow, the hair of a Maltese can grow to the ground. Many people keep their Malteses hair cropped short. Just be sure never to shave your Maltese. To keep your Maltese properly groomed, plan to give him a full brush out 2 to 3 times a week and a bath every 1 to 2 weeks.  Never brush your Maltese when his hair is dry, since this could damage the hair. Instead, always lightly mist your Maltese with a hydrating spray before you brush. Your Maltese will love the bonding that occurs during these grooming sessions!

Those are PuppyBuddy’s recommendations of the long haired dog breeds that love being groomed by their owners. Stop by PuppyBuddy to meet these and other dog breeds you’ll love to groom.

If you’re a runner searching for a dog breed that can keep up with your physically active lifestyle of jogging, hiking, taking long walks, and otherwise staying active, then PuppyBuddy has your back. We’ve put together a list of the most athletic dog breeds that are always up for a long distance run. 

Running, jogging, sprinting, or even just taking long walks provides heart-healthy cardiovascular exercise that’s great for both canines and humans. Read on to discover the best dog breeds for people with active lifestyles.


Among all the dog breeds out there, Labrador Retrievers have the best long distance stamina. Whether a black, brown, or yellow Lab, this friendly and cheerful breed can keep up with their owners during 5 mile jogs, hikes through the mountains, long walks on the beach, and everything in-between. This is not a sprinting breed, however. But if you want a steady jogging buddy with plenty of stamina to keep at your pace without holding you back or yanking you forward, then a Labrador Retriever is a great breed to take home. 


There’s a difference between being a jogger and a trail runner. If you’re a trail runner, you know the difference. We do, too, which is why PuppyBuddy recommends the Border Collie to accompany you on your journeys of exploring all that Mother Nature has to offer. Not only do Border Collies have stamina to keep up during the long miles on the trail, but they’re also sprinters who can dart ahead and get the “lay of the land” for you. Originating as farm dogs that herded livestock, Border Collies are accustomed to working all day. This means that when you take a Border Collie out with you as your trail running buddy, you won’t have to worry he’ll get tired. 


There are runners, there are joggers, and then there are sprinters. That’s you. When you go outside for your workouts, you include a number of sprints to sky-rocket the heart rate for maximum cardiovascular benefits. You’re all about HIIT, and you might even weave these bursts of exercise into a long walk around the local track. Good news, there’s a dog breed who can sprint with the best of them and also have the stamina to walk, trot, or jog laps during the same workout. We’re talking about German Shepherds. This loyal, trustworthy, and dignified dog breed is highly intelligent and easy to train. Known as the soldier of the canine world, your German Shepherd will follow you to the ends of the earth and back. 


What if you want a dog with stamina for long distance jogs, high energy for sprinting, excellent instincts for trail running, an immense sense of courage to defend you in case of a bear encounter, and the ability to sniff out a landmine bomb (you know, in case there’s a bomb around); and you need all of this to fit into less than 20 lbs that stands no more than 14 inches tall because your home is unusually small. That’s a tall order, but there’s a dog breed that will foot the bill. The Jack Russell Terrier. Jack Russell Terriers are known as the “hero dog.” This breed probably has no concept of its tiny proportions and proceeds fearlessly through life. Your Jack Russell Terrier will love you, protect you, and treat every athletic outing with you as his mission to keep you safe.


What if you’ve read this blog up to this point and you’re worried that none of the dog breeds we’ve mentioned so far will hold up in your chilly Alaskan or Northern Minnesotan neck of the woods where the winters are freezing and the summers aren’t technically hot? You need a stamina dog breed who will be comfortable while out with you in the snow, cold, wind, and rain. If this describes you, then PuppyBuddy recommends the Newfoundland dog breed. This cold-weather dog was originally used in chilly Newfoundland, Canada, as a sled dog and ship dog, interestingly. Newfoundlands are great swimmers and thanks to their thick double-coat of fur, they can swim in icy waters to retrieve fishing gear as well as rescue humans. There are a few caveats with Newfoundlands, though. They’re really walking buddies. They can go the distance, but shouldn’t jog for too long. Also, you’ll have to keep an eye on your Newfie to make sure he doesn’t overheat during the warmer months.

So, which athletic dog breed is right for you? Whatever dog breed fits the needs of your active lifestyle, PuppyBuddy has the puppy for you! Stop by our Boca Raton, FL, location to meet our puppies for sale and take home the perfect jogging buddy for you!

If you’re looking for a small purebred dog breed that’s affectionate and good with children, the Miniature Schnauzer could be an excellent choice. A smaller version of the Standard Schnauzer, this lovable breed is outgoing, sporty, and protective of its family. Read on to learn everything there is to know about Miniature Schnauzers.


Thoughtful and distinguished, the Miniature Schnauzer resembles the kind of wise, pipe-puffing intellectuals you might find in a Charles Dickens novel. The longer hair around its face creates a square-jowl jaw, giving this breed a mature look. The double coat of fur is wiry and medium-length. Like their Standard Schnauzer cousins, Miniature Schnauzers can be black, black and silver, or salt and pepper for those of you who want your furry companion to look like a wise old man. 


Intelligent, hardy, and alert, Miniature Schnauzers are the Sherlock Holmes’ of the canine world. They are curious, precocious, and will investigate new people and places thoroughly. This adaptable dog breed will feel just as comfortable and at home in a big city as it will in the rural countryside or quaint suburbs. The only thing that matters to Miniature Schnauzers is that they’re with their favorite person. If you and the family are going for a walk, trip to the park, or a hike, bring your Miniature Schnauzer along!   


Thanks to this breed’s high intelligence, Miniature Schnauzers are easy to train. They catch on quickly when introduced to commands. And since they need a decent amount of mental stimulation each day, you can help your Schnauzer put into practice all that you trained him to do during his last puppy training session.

This breed is highly eager to please. But with great eagerness comes great responsibility. If you don’t give your Miniature Schnauzer your time, attention, and training instructions, your Schnauzer could become destructive and hyper around the house. Remember, a Miniature Schnauzer will want to be your sidekick.   


The Miniature Schnauzer has a double coat of wiry fur. The top coat is coarse and the undercoat is soft and fine. To keep the coat tidy, frequent brushing is required. But the good news is that the Schnauzer sheds very little. Since the Schnauzer has medium-length hair, he could look unruly if he doesn’t get a trim every 5 – 8 weeks. All this is to say that the Miniature Schnauzer is not a low maintenance grooming dog, which is something to consider before you get this unique dog breed. In terms of bathing, a Miniature Schnauzer will need to be bathed with its fur shampooed about once a month. With all of these aspects, many pet parents of Miniature Schnauzers opt to use professional groomers.   


As a high energy dog breed, the Miniature Schnauzer needs regular daily exercise, no less than one hour per day. Many owners of this breed provide their dogs with closer to two hours worth of outdoor activity. It helps to have a fenced in yard where your Miniature Schnauzer can play whether or not they’re with you. This breed has a strong hunting drive, so it’s not recommended that you allow your Miniature Schnauzer off-leash outside unless he’s in a fenced in area. Schnauzers will not be able to resist chasing small, wild animals like squirrels.

Before we wrap this article up, we’ll leave you with 7 fun facts about Miniature Schnauzers!

  1. Schnauzers date back to the 15th Century when they were first used as farm dogs
  2. Miniature Schnauzers bond deeply with their owners, and your will be your biggest best friend
  3. This dog breed sheds very little, so you won’t have to constantly clean your home
  4. Despite their small size, Miniature Schnauzers can keep up during long walks, hikes, and other athletic outings
  5. Miniature Schnauzers excel at dog sports and will probably be the fastest dog on the agility course
  6. They are a hardy, sturdy, strong breed, and not at all delicate even though they’re small
  7. Even though Miniature Schnauzers belong to the Terrier group of dog breeds, their personality is not very “terrier” 

Have you fallen in love with the Miniature Schnauzer dog breed yet? Check out PuppyBuddy’s adorable Miniature Schnauzers, and stop in our Boca Raton location and meet your next furry friend!

The Yorkiechon and Yorkiepoo are approximately the same height and weight and have the same life span of 10 -15 years. So, what’s the difference between these two designer dog breeds? Is one better than the other? And if you’re looking for a small dog breed, should you get the Yorkiechon or the Yorkiepoo?


Both the Yorkiechon and Yorkiepoo share a common purebred parent, the Yorkshire Terrier. Most of the similarities of personality traits, energy level, and life span derive from their Yorkie parents. But the Yorkiechon hails from a mix of Yorkshire Terrier with Bichon Frise, also a purebred dog. Whereas the Yorkiepoo is a mix of Yorkshire Terrier with the toy Poodle. 

Yorkshire Terriers have been in existence for well over 100 years. This purebred breed has been recognized by both the American Kennel Club and English Kennel Club since 1885. Yorkies were initially bred for their small size and fearless nature, for the purposes of accompanying their owners to work in factories and textile mills in Yorkshire County, England. While on the job with their owners, Yorkies would fetch tools, materials, and other items, as well as hunt rodents and other pests to keep the facilities clear of these disease-carrying critters. 

Today, Yorkshire Terriers are among the most popular “toy dog” breeds and remain loyal companions to their owners. This could be why modern breeders have used the Yorkie to create more small-sized, loyal yet fearless companions. Both the Yorkiechon and Yorkiepoo are hypoallergenic, compassionate, intelligent, and energetic. They both do best when they can be at their owners’ sides, and they are both prone to separation anxiety if they’re left alone for too long. 

So, what are the differences between these breeds? Read on to find out!


A lovable mix of Yorkshire Terrier and Bichon Frise, the Yorkiechon is a North American designer dog that has been gaining widespread popularity. These dogs are playful and intelligent. They can be independent, but generally prefer to spend most of their time with a trusted member of the family. Their personalities make them good family dogs for homes with older children.

As one of the Yorkiechon’s parents is the Bichon Frise, Bichons were originally used by the Spanish for sailing and herding dogs and by the French as lapdogs of nobility. Bichon Frises were eventually used in circuses because this breed was agile and entertaining, and they had the skills to perform tricks. Yorkies were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 and the English Kennel Club in 1886. Bichons were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972. It’s possible that some day the Yorkiechon will be added to the American Kennel Club.

Height: 9 – 12 inches

Weight: 6 – 8 lbs.

Lifespan: 10 – 15 years

Exercise needs: at least one ½-hour walking and playing session per day

Good with: cats, dogs, children, families, seniors

Colors: black, blonde, brown, cream, dark, brown, golden, gray, white

Fur texture: silky or curly very full coat

Trainability: moderately easy to train

Temperament: spunky, feisty, playful, and affectionate

Intelligence: moderate-to-high intelligence


There are many hybrid dog breeds, like the Yorkiepoo, that have one Poodle parent. Poodles are chosen when creating new hybrids because Poodles are highly intelligent and have hypoallergenic fur that hardly sheds. Couple that with the Yorkshire Terrier, a breed that also hardly sheds, and you have one very easy-to-live-with low-shedding dog, the Yorkiepoo. This mixed breed works as a great pet for any family.

Lively, affectionate, and sassy are all words to describe a Yorkiepoo’s personality. Keep in mind that a Yorkiepoo’s temperament can vary drastically depending on their genetics. Some are more Yorkie, while others more Poodle. Regardless of which breed they take after more, the Yorkiepoo is known to thrive from any type of human interaction. You can expect your Yorkiepoo to join you in any conversation. They love a good game of fetch any day but are also calm enough to cuddle on the couch and watch a movie. Even though they may be small, they are an effective watchdog, barking at the first sign of any intruder. Their charming personality and adorable features make the Yorkiepoo a rising favorite among all pet owners.

Height: 7 -15 inches

Weight: 5 – 15 lbs.

Lifespan: 10 – 14 years

Exercise needs: at least two ½-hour walking and playing sessions per day

Good with: cats, older children, families, seniors

Colors: gold, blue, white, and parti-color

Fur texture: smooth coat of silky and wavy hair,

Trainability: easy to train (slightly more intelligent than the YorkieChon thanks to the Poodle parent)

Temperament: Slightly more gentle nature than the purebred Yorkie

Intelligence: Highly intelligent (Yorkiepoos actually rank #2 for the “most intelligent dog breed”!)


As you can see, the Yorkiechon and Yorkiepoo hybrid dog breeds are very similar with only slight differences. So, which should you bring home as your furry companion? That may depend on your own personality traits and lifestyle, and which designer dog will better compliment your day-to-day adventures. 

We recommend that you schedule a time to meet both of these adorable breeds to see for yourself which one better suits you. If you’re in the Boca Raton, FL, area, come on into PuppyBuddy! We have both Yorkiechons and Yorkiepoos that would love to meet you, as well as other hybrid and purebred dog breeds

Here at PuppyBuddy, we love designer dogs just as much as purebred pups! Our location offers a variety of the most popular purebred dog breeds, as well as popular hybrids, otherwise referred to as “designer dogs.” 

A hybrid, or designer dog, is a mix of two purebred dogs. When more than two purebred breeds, or three at the most, are mixed, then the result edges closer to a mutt.

The subject of this blog post, the Mal-Shi, is a designer dog. A hybrid between a Maltese and a Shih Tzu, the Mal-Shi is a small-size, affectionate dog that we love. 

Here’s everything you need to know about the Mal-Shi designer dog breed. 

Mal-Shi dog breed


One of the smallest of all the small dog breeds, the Mal-Shi weighs in at 6 – 8 lbs. and stands at a whopping 10 inches tall! The Mal-Shi’s parents (Maltese and Shih Tzu) both have long hair, but interestingly, the Mal-Shi’s hair may not grow too long, as sometimes it has a slight curl to it, giving the Mal-Shi a “teddy bear” appearance. 


Known as a happy, affectionate lap dog, Mal-Shis have a cheerful countenance and consider everyone their friends, even strangers they haven’t met yet. A Mal-Shi can snuggle by your side for hours, and yet has energetic and playful character traits. 


As a small dog breed, Mal-Shis don’t need a lot of exercise, but they have a lot of energy. Thanks to their small stature, a Mal-Shi can just as easily blow off some steam by zipping around the home as he can outside, so he might not necessarily wait for his daily walk. That being said, in addition to his morning bathroom walk, a Mal-Shi will need one 15-minute brisk walk or 5-minute high-intensity game of fetch or chase. 


Mal-Shis require substantial grooming thanks to their parents, the Maltese and Shih Tzu. Both of these purebred dogs have long hair that will keep growing if not trimmed. They don’t shed much, and are hypoallergenic, but daily brushing and twice-monthly at-home bathing may be needed. In addition to that, a Mal-Shi will need to see a professional dog groomer about once every two or three months to get any matting out of their fur and keep them trim and tidy.  


The hybrid dog breed, Mal-Shi, actually originated in the early 1990s. It was bred for the purposes of producing a small, highly affectionate and sympathetic dog breed, and one that would be hypoallergenic. Mal-Shis were bred to be therapy dogs (not to be confused with service dogs) and companion dogs. And we couldn’t agree more that the Mal-Shi has lived up to its purpose! 


The Maltese originated in Italy and the Mediterranean Basin. This small size breed is a toy dog with a mantle of long, silky, white hair from head to foot. It is gentle-mannered, affectionate, and sprightly in action. Despite its small size, Maltese puppies possess enough vigor to keep up with their owners and be affectionate companions. Maltese are not fearful dogs, even though they’re quite small. And the Maltese is among the gentlest-mannered of all little dogs, yet it is lively and playful as well as vigorous.

Shih Tzu

Recent DNA tests have verified that the Shih Tzu is the oldest breed known to man from China. Their breeding practices were kept a secret until 1930 when the first pair of Shih Tzu was brought to England. The Shih Tzu is a sturdy, lively, alert toy dog with a long flowing double coat. Befitting its noble Chinese ancestry as a highly valued, prized companion and palace pet, the Shih Tzu has a distinctively proud carriage with head welled up and tail curved over the back. Although there has always been considerable size variation, Shih Tzu puppies are usually compact, solid, and strong. The Shih Tzu is a superb companion and household member. They are outgoing, happy, affectionate, friendly, and trusting towards all people.


As you can see, the Mal-Shi hails from two highly affectionate lap dog breeds. The Mal-Shi will feel comfortable and happy in smaller homes, because this breed doesn’t need much space. And thanks to its minimal exercise requirements, the Mal-Shi can be a great fit for older people and those who are less active outside. The best reason to get a Mal-Shi is if you want a loving and loyal companion to stick by your side around the house and also the block! PuppyBuddy has Mal-Shi puppies for sale in Boca Raton, Florida. We hope to see you soon!

Maltipoos are a hybrid mix of two purebred breeds—the Maltese and the Poodle. Adorable, affectionate, and perky, the Maltipoo has quickly become a beloved companion to people of all ages and families with children.

Maltipoos are just as happy taking brisk walks with their owners as they are snuggling on the couch and sitting in their pet parents’ laps. 

Another perk of having a Maltipoo as an addition to your home and family is that this designer dog breed is considered “non-shedders.” This term means that Maltipoos shed significantly less than the average dog breed. Some owners of Maltipoos have commented that the shedding is “insignificant.” This can make life a bit easier for people who live in smaller homes and don’t want to constantly vacuum up dog hair. Also, Maltipoos are hypoallergenic, making them a good breed for people who are sensitive to pet dander and fur.  

This breed can make a wonderful addition to families and households that have other dogs, cats, and exotics like bunnies. This is thanks in large part to the friendly yet gentle nature of the Maltipoo. As part Poodle, Maltipoos are also highly intelligent, and their intelligence carries over into the social dynamics of the home. Meaning, your Maltipoo will be quick to pick up on your cat’s irritation and leave him alone just as easily as he’ll pick up on your toddler’s tantrum and try to comfort him.    


Standing at no more than 14 inches and weighing less than 20 lbs, Maltipoos are a small breed, as they are typically half Miniature Poodle (not the taller Standard Poodle breed). Thanks to their Poodle parent, a Maltipoo can come in any variety of colors, since Poodles are a full range of white to black and everything in-between. With the genetics of their Maltese parent, which is a white dog breed, Maltipoos are rarely fully black, and tend to appear “gray” with a mix of black hair, white hair, and gray hair. This breed can also come in cream, taupe, and sand colors. 

As small and adorable as Maltipoos are, PuppyBuddy recommends that you watch out for and be wary of anyone selling “teacup Maltipoos.” A teacup Maltipoo is even smaller than a Maltipoo, but this incredibly small size is often the result of unethical breeding practices. You’ll notice that here at PuppyBuddy, we only sell Maltipoos, never “teacup” ones. Unfortunately, teacup Maltipoos are prone to serious dental problems and heart diseases that can be fatal and expensive to treat. 


As we highlighted at the beginning of this blog, Maltipoos have a friendly, gentle, yet perky disposition, which makes them great with families and other pets. They are not aggressive dogs, and you would be hard pressed to find anyone who was ever intimidated or bitten by a Maltipoo. 

That being said, this is a “barking” breed. Maltipoos will bark at just about anything, and not necessarily because they are warning their owners of danger. Maltipoos will bark to say hello, share excitement with you, to display joy while playing, and for just about any other reason under the sun. You can train your Maltipoo not to bark for every occasion, but this characteristic will not disappear. If you live in an apartment building with thin walls and unforgiving neighbors, your Maltipoos barking could become a bone of contention with the other tenants… no pun intended. 


Though Maltipoos are considered “non-shedders,” technically they have “high maintenance” grooming needs. Their hair continues to grow and can get long and tangled if they aren’t brushed, trimmed, and groomed regularly. Many Maltipoo owners chose this breed because they enjoy the bonding experience of grooming their dogs. If you foresee that you won’t share this sentiment, then you’ll need to take your Maltipoo to the professional groomers. Prior to choosing a Maltipoo, you should ask yourself if you’re either willing to groom your dog or at least pay for him to be professionally groomed. If you answer “no” to both of these, then choosing a different dog breed that’s low maintenance might be better. 


Maltipoos are small dogs with a lot of energy. So, what does that mean in terms of their daily exercise requirements? This cute breed actually needs only 10 – 15 minutes of brisk exercise a day. Now, this probably won’t happen with the average bathroom walk around the block, which will involve much stopping, sniffing, and marking, as well as a good squat, if you know what we mean. You’ll want to take your Maltipoo out for an exercise-focused walk, or stay in the backyard to run around and play fetch, which could also happen at a park. 

That being said, 10 – 15 minutes is very little as compared to some medium to large size dogs, who need at least one hour. Some Maltipoo owners have found that two daily 15 minute walks better serve their dog’s high energy and exercise needs.


Maltipoos are a fairly new hybrid breed, the first having originated in the early 1990s, that’s only 30 years ago! As a new breed that’s not “purebred,” the Maltipoo is not on the dog breed list at the American Kennel Club, which means you can’t register your Maltipoo. But we don’t consider that a downside. The benefits of having a Maltipoo far outweigh the drawbacks, even where barking is concerned. 

Are you interested in meeting PuppyBuddy’s Maltipoos? Stop by our Boca Raton, FL location to meet the new arrivals and experience all the cuteness for yourself!

“Designer dog breeds” include any breed of dog that is a hybrid of two pure breeds. A “pure breed” also known as “purebred dog” is a dog with two parents of the same breed. The American Kennel Club lists all of the purebred dog breeds, which total about 190. 

Breeding two different dog breeds is nothing new and has been done historically. In recent decades, new hybrid dog breeds have emerged on the scene. Though hybrids are never listed with the American Kennel Club because they are no longer “purebred,” they are commonly referred to as “designer dogs,” which speaks to their status and popularity.

Designer dogs have specifically grown in popularity with families. This speaks highly to the temperaments and gentle nature of certain hybrids. After all, who would ever think that a hybrid dog could outrank the beloved and purebred Golden Retriever?

In this article, we’ll introduce you to the best designer dogs for families. They all have one thing in common. Can you guess what that might be? Read to the very end, and you’ll know!  


A Goldendoodle is a hybrid mix of two purebred dogs, the Golden Retriever and the Poodle. Above and beyond all of the designer breeds, the Goldendoodle is by far the most popular among families. This shouldn’t necessarily be a surprise, since for nearly 100 years, the Golden Retriever has hailed as the most popular dog breed for families. What differentiates a Goldendoodle from a Golden Retriever? The two main differences are intelligence and attitude towards “new people and strangers.” 

Though Golden Retrievers are smart, Poodles are in fact more intelligent, which contributes to the Goldendoodle being smarter than your average Retriever. Poodles also have a tendency to be more standoffish towards “new people,” and nervous when exposed to large groups of strangers. Also, because Poodles are a large breed, Goldendoodles will weigh more and stand taller than their parent Golden Retriever.

All told, the Goldendoodle is a highly loyal and affectionate “teddy bear” dog who behaves gently towards children.  


What do you get when you cross a Poodle with a Maltese? The adorable Maltipoo! Maltese are small purebred dogs. Given the tall stature of the Standard Poodle, we can’t help but be impressed with whoever was the first person to successfully mate these disparate breeds. Maltipoos are considered small to medium-sized dogs. 

Thanks to the cheerful disposition and trusting attitude of their Maltese parent, the Maltipoo has a perky, playful temperament, and enjoys snuggling up with its family. Their Poodle parent passes down traits of intelligence, as well as hypoallergenic hair! This makes the Maltipoo a great choice for families that live in smaller homes with children that have sensitivities to dog fur and pet dander.

If adding a Maltipoo to your family has a downside, it’s that Maltipoos tend to grow anxious if they’re left alone for very long stretches of time. With a propensity for separation anxiety, a truly worried Maltipoo could turn to destructive behaviors and damage the home when left alone. But this is what makes them better for families and a worse choice for single people who live by themselves. That being said, if you’re planning a family vacation, you’ll need to either bring your Maltipoo along or have a family friend (or hire a professional dog sitter) to stay with your dog while you’re gone. 


Can you guess what two purebred dog breeds make a Labradoodle? We’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you’ve guessed the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle! Since Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers share many personality traits and characteristics, one could conclude that the Labradoodle is basically a Goldendoodle, but this isn’t the case. Labradoodles are actually bigger in size than Goldendoodles, and they have a lot more energy. A Labradoodle is more likely to be selected to work as a service dog, whereas a Goldendoodle is more likely to be used as a therapy dog. 

We’ll be honest, both the Labradoodle and Goldendoodle are great family dogs. And like twins, you might be hard pressed to tell them apart if they stood side-by-side. That being said, if your home has a little more space and your family tends to be a little more active, a Labradoodle could be a better choice for you and your kids. 

One caveat to bear in mind with Labradoodles is that they require attention concerning their health and grooming. Due to their floppy ears, they need regular ear cleanings or else they will be at a higher risk for ear infections. 


Aussiedoodles are a mix between Australian Shepherds and… drum roll, please… Poodles! Aussiedoodles are among the smartest hybrid dogs. In fact, they’re often referred to as the “Einsteins of the canine world”! This is not a surprise because Poodles are highly intelligent dogs. Australian Shepherds are no less intelligent. Australian Shepherds were originally bred to herd cattle and work on large ranches and farms in Australia. Another great upside to having an Aussiedoodle in your family is that this hybrid is also emotionally intelligent! 

This designer dog breed is also outgoing, sweet, patient, and devoted to their family, making them a great member of a household with children and other pets. The Aussiedoodle loves spending time with his family, even if just lounging around the house. Though the Australian Shepherd aspect of this dog has bounding energy to help him accomplish all of his “working breed” duties on the farm, thanks to the Golden Retriever qualities of the Aussiedoodle, this hybrid is mellow around the house and energetic when outside for his daily exercise.


By now, you probably noticed a major theme in all these designer dogs. They’re all part Poodle! Poodles are purebred dogs known for their high intelligence and eagerness to be of service. Many people don’t know that Poodles are often used as service dogs, just like Golden Retrievers. All of the designer breeds we introduced you to within this article possess the intelligence and compassionate characteristics of the Poodle.

When you take home a Goldendoodle, Maltipoo, Labradoodle, Cavapoo, or Aussiedoodle to start a new life with your family, you can count on having an easy-to-train furry friend who will love, protect, and serve each member of your family, including you!
We’re so glad you now know about the best designer dogs for families. If you’d like to meet these wonderful hybrids in person, stop by PuppyBuddy in Boca Raton, FL, or visit our available puppies page to see our new designer doggy arrivals. We hope to see you soon!

You might live in a city, suburb, or plain ole small apartment, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to get a small breed of dog. Many people are unaware of the large dog breeds that do well in smaller living spaces. If you’re considering getting a puppy and are curious about the best large dog breeds for city dwellers and anyone living with less space, then this article is for you!


Though the Saint Bernard is among the very largest dog breeds around, this docile, affectionate, and low-key dog feels quite cozy and relaxed in small living spaces. This is due in large part to their low-key energy and tendency to “lumber” rather than run. Saint Bernards will need adequate daily exercise, of course, but this can be satisfied with a long walk around the neighborhood or a trip to the local dog park where they can bound around and expel their energy. This humble and loyal dog breed comes with a few caveats, however. The first is that Saint Bernards are known to drool. Some drool more than others, but it’s still a good idea to have towels placed strategically around the home. The other caveat is that, though they do well in small living spaces, they are huge. It’s been known to happen that they accidentally knock into things simply because they’re trying to get around. The Saint Bernard has a sound temperament, and although they take longer to mature mentally and behave like a puppy for longer, they make wonderful pets.


English Mastiffs are patient, gentle, and deeply loyal to their owners and families. They’re also surprisingly massive with a big, square skull, long legs, and a tendency to bulk up their physique. The average English Mastiff can weigh as much as 230 lbs! As a tall dog breed, the English Mastiff can easily startle unwanted intruders before it even lets out a bark! These dogs respond very well to gentle, persistent training. They are warm and welcoming to new people as long as their owners introduce them. If a friend has never met your Mastiff, it would not be a good idea to have your friend show up to your home when you aren’t there. That being said, English Mastiffs are friendly and affectionate, and have no problem living in smaller homes. The trick is to provide them with a long exercise session outside every day. This can be accomplished with a few hours at the park where your Mastiff can run around off leash.


Tall, majestic, and affectionate, the Great Dane is among the large dog breeds that does the best in small living spaces, including apartments in cities where going to a park might not be an everyday occurrence. Long walks will suffice, but a Great Dane will require 2 – 3 walks per day. At home, they are docile and sedate, but on walks they tend to move briskly. In the long run, owners of Great Danes can support the daily exercise needs of their dogs by having a friend or dog walker help meet those exercise requirements. While puppies, Great Danes benefit from puppy training and obedience classes. This can be important to ensure that your Great Dane understands commands and knows how to please you. The last thing anyone wants is to end up with an untrained dog that literally outweighs them as an adult. Great Dane puppies have gentle and loving dispositions, making them quick and easy to train. These dogs grow up to be excellent family companions.


Known as the “gentle giants” of the dog world, Newfoundlands are highly intelligent, humongous, and natural nurturers. They’re even known as “nature’s babysitters” as this dog breed has an innate instinct to “nanny” human children. We’re not saying you should leave your 5 year old home alone with your Newfoundland, but if you had to due to some emergency circumstance, you could count on your Newfoundland to keep your young one safe and sound in your absence. While Newfoundlands do well living in smaller homes, they belong to the “working group” of dog breeds and so they need both exercise outside and “jobs” around the home. Daily exercise need only be a half hour, yet if you ever want to take your Newfoundland hiking, camping, or swimming, he’s the best dog breed to accompany you! 


The Poodle is exceptionally smart, active and excels in obedience training. He is also the only breed that comes in three size varieties. This size choice may be why the Poodle is one of the most popular breeds, according to AKC Registration Statistics. The “Standard Poodle” is the largest size of all the Poodles, and is considered a large dog breed. Carrying himself proudly, very active, intelligent, the Poodle has a dignified countenance unlike any other dog breed. Though often considered to be beautiful without brains, nothing could be further from the truth. The Poodle is exceptionally smart, active and excels in obedience training. Large, intelligent, and intensely loyal to its owner, the Poodle enjoys relaxing at home and has a low-key nature in general, making this breed a great choice for people who live in small homes.

Those are our top 5 large dog breeds that you should know about! PuppyBuddy has each of these breeds in store. If you’re in the Boca Raton, FL, area and would like to meet our large dog breeds, then you’re welcome to stop by and talk to our knowledgeable pet counselors about the best large dog breeds for people who live in small homes! We hope to see you soon!

Grilling at the barbecue, basking the sunshine, and enjoying an elaborate fireworks show are among the many traditions that come with celebrating Independence Day! For Americans with new puppies, however, the 4th of July holiday can pose discomforts and dangers

Just because you’ve got a furry family member now doesn’t mean you need to forego the festivities this July 4th. But it does mean that you’ll have to modify the activities that your puppy participates in, and you may have to create a new tradition this year that will last for years to come—one that doesn’t involve exposing your dog to stress-inducing fireworks, hazardous foods, and environments that overstimulate to the point of anxiety.

In this article, PuppyBuddy will lay out fun ways to make the most out of Independence Day so that your puppy can have just as much fun as you!


Humans might need to incorporate elaborate activities into their 4th of July celebrations in order to have a blast, but puppies don’t need this. One of the greatest character traits that all dogs share is that they really don’t need much to stay entertained. A simple sprinkler can turn an outdoor get-together with friends into a source of joy for your puppy.

Set up some sprinklers outside in the yard. Choose sunny spots. Sprinklers are a great way to keep your puppy from overheating in the sunshine because by getting wet, your puppy will stay cool. If there are children at your Independence Day party, instruct them to be careful when jumping through the sprinkler with your puppy so that your fur baby doesn’t accidentally get stepped on. 

You’ll still need to keep an eye on your puppy while he plays, but the great upside is that a few sprinklers can keep him entertained for a nice chunk of time. Be sure to always have a bowl of cool water available to your puppy, who will still need to drink to help stay hydrated and cool.


We probably don’t have to tell you that puppies have a ton of energy. They also need a great deal of sleep, depending on their specific age. Younger puppies can easily sleep most of the day away while 6 month old puppies have no problem frolicking around for hours on end. Of course, the energy level of your puppy will also depend on his specific breed. But whether your puppy is a sporting dog or lap dog, all puppies love a good obstacle course. 

An obstacle course, or agility course, can be an easy-to-put-together DIY effort on your part. Of course, if you want to splurge by buying an agility course kit at your local pet store, that’ll work, too! The great thing about this is that agility courses provide mental stimulation in addition to physical exercise. 

If you would like to keep things DIY, look around your home for cardboard boxes, laundry baskets, and even extra PVC pipes. A basic agility course has tunnels, hurdles, and “weave poles,” which are stakes in the ground that the dog “weaves” between as he sprints. 

You’ll need plenty of space outside. Tape the cardboard boxes together to make a long tunnel. Make sure there’s enough room for your puppy to run into the tunnel and out of it. You can make the agility course a circular loop, so that your puppy runs through the tunnel then leaps over hurdles and finally weaves through the agility poles. 

This is a great bonding activity because once the agility course is set up, you’ll have to “train” your puppy through the course by coaxing him and rewarding him with treats. He’ll catch on quickly and before you know it, you’ll be able to jog beside him to encourage him as he runs through the course himself!


The cornerstone of the traditional 4th of July celebration is the crescendo of a nighttime fireworks display. Unfortunately, puppies as well as dogs of all ages should not be exposed to watching fireworks. Fireworks, as well as other loud noises and flashes of light, are terrifying to dogs. Fireworks can cause a great deal of anxiety, and even panic, in dogs. Even if your puppy is inside your home, if a fireworks display is too close to the home, they could become agitated, disturbed, or anxious from the noise. 

Whatever your daytime holiday plans are with your puppy, it’s a good idea to head home when night falls to make sure you have enough time to get your puppy safely tucked into your quiet home before any fireworks begin. If you happen to live close to where your town displays fireworks or if you live in a neighborhood that’s known for setting off their own street fireworks, then you’ll have to take extra precautions by making a very cozy and “sound proof” (if possible) den for your dog. Do not leave your puppy alone, even if the den you create, using his crate, is very cozy. 

We recommend that you choose the quietest room in your home to set up his crate. Lay thick blankets over the top, but make sure there’s adequate airflow. Provide comfortable blankets inside his crate, stuffed animals, and his favorite comfort toys. Even if your puppy ends up being fine with sitting on your lap as you watch a movie, you’ll want his safe crate to be ready in case he suddenly gets alarmed by the noise of fireworks nearby. 

As long as you take this precaution, your evening with your puppy can be filled with the joys of watching 4th of July movies, snuggling, and maybe even enjoying some homemade doggy treats. Mixing, baking, and freezing homemade dog treats is another great way to bond with your puppy!

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No matter what your plans are this Independence Day, bear the following two tips in mind that will help you keep your new puppy safe and happy:

  1. Use exercise to tire your puppy out both mentally and physically before the fireworks begin 
  2. Keep your puppy indoors with a “safe place” like his crate nearby at night 

Also, this year the 4th of July falls on a Tuesday, which means that the fireworks around town could occur throughout the weekend prior and into the week, and might even extend into the following weekend as neighbors “use up” their leftover fireworks. It’s a good idea to plan for this and make sure not to leave your puppy home alone during this week-long period. 

From everyone at PuppyBuddy, we wish you a fun, safe Independence Day!

Here at PuppyBuddy, we love and appreciate our fathers! From the fix-it dads to the fun dads to the dads who know how to cook, we want to take a moment to celebrate and honor the dads in our lives, including the doggy daddys!

Happy Father’s Day from PuppyBuddy! 

Wondering how to honor your dad this year and celebrate his awesomeness as a father on Father’s Day? 

Consider giving him the gift of being a new kind of dad… a puppy papa! 

Dogs make excellent gifts to people from all walks of life. If your dad has a soft spot in his heart for dogs but doesn’t have one, give him one of the following dad-approved dog breeds this Father’s Day!

“One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” —George Herbert


The Jack Russell terrier is a happy, energetic purebred dog breed with a strong desire to work. A Jack Russell Terrier will eagerly help your dad with all of his duties around the house. This curious and protective breed may even go above and beyond by taking on the hard job of keeping your dad’s house free from rodents and the yard free from furry trespassers! If your father wants a companion and helper, then the Jack Russell Terrier is a great dog breed choice.

“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” —Sigmund Freud


Courageous, protective, and affectionate, the Dachshund’s bravery makes up for his small stature. If your dad enjoys going for short hikes or even strolls around the block, a Dachshund is the perfect companion. This dog was originally bred to hunt badgers by diving head-first into their burrows. This explains the unusual physique of the Dachshund breed’s “weiner dog” shape. The great thing about this breed is that Dachshunds don’t need a ton of exercise and they get tired out quickly, which makes them perfect for dads who enjoy a bit of laid back activity, but nothing too athletic.

“A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.” —Unknown


The Miniature Schnauzer is a friendly, smart companion who is just as happy in small homes as he is in large ones. The amount of space this breed has isn’t as important to him as his job of patrolling the home and making sure everything is safe and up to snuff. If your dad has other domestic pets and children, the Miniature Schnauzer is a great choice of breed, as this dog will get along with everyone. 

“Every son quotes his father, in words and in deeds.” —Terri Guillemets


If your dad is a hard worker, athletic, and likes his time outdoors, then he’s going to need a furry companion that can keep up, like the Bernese Mountain Dog. This working dog was originally bred to assist farmers with herding livestock. Bernese Mountain Dogs are used to sprinting long distances, and running as needed to corral cattle and other livestock. They’re very intelligent which makes them easy to train, and they’re also affectionate and love their downtime relaxing with dad after a hard day’s work. 


There you have it! Our top dog breed choices for dads this Father’s Day! Again, we wish all the dads out there a very special Father’s Day! If you’re in the Boca Raton, FL, area, why not bring your dad into PuppyBuddy for the holiday and have him pick out his next furry companion? Our knowledgeable staff and enthusiastic pet counselors can help you and your dad get him the best dog breed to fit his lifestyle. We hope to see you soon! 

What’s an Aussiedoodle? Sometimes called an Aussiepoo, the Aussiedoodle is a mix of the Australian Shepherd and the Goldendoodle. What is a Goldendoodle, you ask? Why, it’s a mix of Golden Retriever and Poodle!

In this sense, the Aussiedoodle is a hybrid of three purebred dogs—Australian Shepherd, Golden Retriever, and Poodle!

Ready to learn everything there is to know about this very special designer dog? Let’s get started!


Aussiedoodles are among the smartest designer dogs in the world. In fact, they’re often referred to as the “Einsteins of the canine world”! This is not a surprise because Poodles are the second most intelligent dog breed of them all. In this regard, the Australian Shepherd, another breed that makes up the Aussiedoodle, is no less intelligent. Australian Shepherds were originally bred to herd cattle and work on large ranches and farms in Australia. With the loyal, gentle Golden Retriever breed as the third component of this tri-purebred mix, the Aussiedoodle is also emotionally intelligent! 


Like their parent breeds, Aussiedoodles can be a wide range of colors, from jet black to blue merle. And while Poodles are popular for their non-shedding curls, Australian Shepherds are moderate shedders. There’s no guarantee that your Aussiedoodle will be a light shedder, and while they might be a good fit for some people with allergies, no dog breed is completely hypoallergenic. If you’re allergic to dogs, spend time with the breed before bringing home an Aussiedoodle puppy to see how you react. 


The Aussiedoodle is intelligent, as we covered in the last section. This breed is also outgoing, sweet, patient, and devoted to their family, making them a great member of a household with children and other pets. The Aussiedoodle loves spending time with his family, even if just lounging around the house. Though the Australian Shepherd aspect of this dog has bounding energy to help him accomplish all of his “working breed” duties on the farm, thanks to the Golden Retriever qualities of the Aussiedoodle, this hybrid is mellow around the house and energetic when outside for his daily exercise.  


The Aussiedoodle is considered a medium-sized dog. But the particular Aussiedoodle you get could be much taller or shorter than the average, and you won’t know until your puppy has grown. The reason for this is that Poodles can be tall, lanky dogs. Australian Shepherds and Golden Retrievers, however, are reliably “medium” in size. So, the chances will be that your Aussiedoodle is perfectly medium-sized. 

That being said, what is “medium-sized” for the Aussiedoodle? This breed stands at 14 – 25 inches as an adult, that’s paw to shoulder. They average about 65 lbs. And they can live between 10 – 14 years. Bear in mind that the males of this species are taller, weigh more, but don’t live quite as long as their female counterparts.  


Aussiedoodles are active dogs when given their allotted time of daily exercise, which has to be at least one hour outside. This breed needs playtime and long walks every day, especially if they take after their highly energetic Australian Shepherd parent. This breed loves high-energy outdoor activities like playing fetch, running, and swimming. It’s easy to forget that Poodles are “water dogs” and love to swim, which means that the Aussiedoodle will not hesitate to jump in the pool or the lake and paddle around. 


As happens every time a number of different dog breeds are mixed into one designer doggie, you never know exactly what you’re going to get. For this reason, the Aussiedoodle’s coat can vary from soft and sleek like an Australian Shepherd, to more curly like a Poodle. Aussiedoodles’ coats are usually the traditional colors of the Australian Shepherd, which are black, red, tan, blue merle, though their exact coloring can vary as well. 

These pups can have tight poodle curls, or wavy, shaggy locks that don’t shed much. Or their coats can be straight like the purely Australian Shepherd’s hair. Your Aussiedoodle may need to grow a bit before it’s obvious to you what their coat is going to be like. Once you gain a sense of the thickness and texture of their fur, you’ll be able to deal with it more appropriately. 

A safe bet will be to brush this breed at least once a week, though daily is better. Their fur does have a tendency to get matted when it’s hidden under the top layer. It can be hard to tell just how bad things are under that top layer, which is why you really need to go in once a week with a grooming brush, see the state of things, and brush those snaggles out! In order to penetrate the fur to the skin, it’s recommended to use a comb or slicker brush with long pins to work its way through. 


Aussiedoodles are considered easy to train, since their purebred parents—the Australian Shepherd, Golden Retriever, and Poodle are all intelligent breeds that respond very well to training. The key is to be consistent, patient, and have fun! Remember that Aussiedoodle training should be enjoyable for both you and your pup. 

Aussiedoodles appreciate and respond best to commands-based training that’s high-energy and athletic. You can get creative in this regard, especially when training your Aussiedoodle outside. For example, instead of merely training your Aussiedoodle to “sit,” train him to “sit” and then walk away from him, while he remains sitting. Once you’re a good 25 – 50 yards away, call you Aussiedoodle to sprint to you and then again command him to “sit.” After he completes all this, then reward him with a treat! 

There you have it! Everything you need to know about Aussiedoodles! Has this article convinced you to take your very own Aussiedoodle puppy home? If you’re in the Boca Raton area of Florida, we invite you to stop in and meet our adorable Aussiedoodles

Father’s Day is right around the corner! If your dad has been dropping hints about getting a dog, then Father’s Day is the perfect occasion to give him the gift that will love him for more than a decade—a new puppy!

When it comes to giving your dad, or anyone for that matter, a puppy as a gift, the most important thing is to make sure that the person really does want a dog and can care for the dog long-term. That’s our only caveat. Never get a puppy for someone as a gift unless you know for sure they want it!

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, what dog breed should you get your dad this Father’s Day? There are 5 dog breeds that we recommend for dads. The breeds on our list are also great family dogs and are gentle around children of all ages. 

We wish all the fathers out there a very happy Father’s Day!


The most popular dog breed in America is the Labrador Retriever, and more than 9 times out of 10 this breed is chosen for families with children, as opposed to a dog owner who is single or coupled without kids. What makes this breed so beloved is the fact that these dogs are great with children of all ages. 

Bear in mind, the trick with high-energy Labs is to use the full 8 months of puppyhood to thoroughly train your Labrador. Without proper training, this highly intelligent breed could behave in a boisterous manner. This won’t result in dangers to your children, but it could result in unruly behavior such as stealing food off the table or coveting those special occasion dress shoes. 


You were probably expecting to find this popular, lovable breed on our list! Golden Retrievers have long since established their trustworthy reputation of being excellent family dogs and patient with children of all ages. If you have toddlers or are still expecting your first child, then the Golden Retriever is the ideal breed for you. This dog’s patience is never-ending, and they won’t retaliate or complain if your baby tugs their ears or otherwise latches on. 


Goldendoodles have become very popular in recent years as one of the best dog breeds for families with children. This breed is actually a hybrid between the Golden Retriever and the Miniature Poodle. These loveable dogs have a “teddy bear” appearance and are very soft to the touch. Given their need for affection and desire to be close with their owners, Mini Goldendoodles and Mini Goldendoodles have been melting hearts for over 20 years!


Originally a cattle herding dog, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi will be an excellent life companion to any father who likes a fair blend of outdoor exercise and snuggling at home. The Corgi breed is known for being an excellent family dog, so if your dad is still very much a family man and not an empty nester, the Corgi can bring a lot of joy to the whole household. 

Corgis are better suited for pet parents who are willing to put in the extra training time, as Corgis tend to be a little stubborn. This is never a bad thing for dads who will enjoy the bonding time and genuinely like training their new furry friend to behave in specific ways and perform specific tasks. If your dad is the type of man who loves a good, long-term project, then he’ll likely love the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. 


Boxers make great dogs for first-time puppy owners, which means your dad will love a Boxer puppy for Father’s Day. On the trainability scale, Boxers are considered “eager to please,” which means you won’t have to struggle to assert your dominance and get your Boxer to obey you. To the contrary, your Boxer will happily follow your rules, your schedule, and you around the house. They’re moderately adaptable and good with children and strangers. When it comes to the downsides of owning a dog, Boxers have zero problematic characteristics, which makes them a perfect breed for new puppy parents. You can count on your Boxer to be fun-loving, active, and keen to your commands!

Those are our 5 dog breed recommendations for dads this Father’s Day. Do you know which breed you’re going to get your dad for Father’s Day? If you’d like help decided, come into our Boca Raton location and the pet counselors at PuppyBuddy can help match you with the best dog breed for your dad’s personality!

As we take time this Memorial Day weekend to remember the fallen heroes who have provided us the freedoms we enjoy, this is also a time for rest and relaxation with our loved ones. 

For those of you who just got a brand-new puppy, or are thinking about coming into PuppyBuddy to buy your first puppy, this means that your Memorial Day weekend is going to be extra special.  

Here are a few fun, safe activities to do with your puppy on Memorial Day!


A barbecue is a great way to celebrate Memorial Day weekend with the family, especially if the newest member of your family is a puppy! With a four-legged friend at the barbecue, you’ll want to make sure that the outdoor party is puppy-proof and dog-friendly. 

By hosting the Memorial Day barbecue yourself, you can be the control mechanism that ensures the party and experience is safe for your new puppy. Make sure that the outdoor area is enclosed so that your puppy can’t run off and get lost. If the area is not gated, or if there is any way your puppy might escape, then set up a playpen for your puppy or keep him on his leash.

When it comes to the actual barbecue food, snacks, and drinks at your party, be mindful that many human foods are poisonous or toxic to dogs. Ask your party guests not to feed your puppy scraps, and keep the buffet out of your puppy’s reach. If these precautions are taken, your new fur baby will have a great time this Memorial Day.


One of the greatest things about dogs is that they’re thrilled about the simpler things in life. Who doesn’t love the happy-go-lucky attitude of a puppy? Something as basic as a car ride with the window down can send a dog to the moon and back with joy!

This Memorial Day weekend, take your new puppy on a long, scenic car ride with the windows down! As long as the necessary safety precautions are in place, your puppy will enjoy the wind in his face without risking his well-being. 

All you need to do is secure him in a halter harness that fits snuggly around his chest. Attach the leash to the interior of the car so that your puppy is securely anchored. And there shouldn’t be too much “slack” to the leash. The range of motion that the leash allows shouldn’t be more than giving your puppy the ability to rest his front paws on the windowsill. 


Humans aren’t the only ones who love to savor the sweet goodness of snacks and treats on Memorial Day! Dogs are known to indulge in homemade doggy treats whenever the occasion arises, especially if those treats have peanut butter!

A fun activity to do this Memorial Day weekend is to make patriotic doggy treats! The internet is full of fun, homemade recipes for dogs. Here at PuppyBuddy, we’re a fan of the popular website Mad Pup Life where you can find all kinds of fun doggy treat recipes, like those listed in this Memorial Day Dog Treats article.

Making treats in the kitchen with your puppy is a great way to both bond and train your new fur baby. Make the most of your time together by teaching your puppy new terminology and commands while you’re in the kitchen. Use peanut butter and other tasty ingredients to reward your puppy for “sitting,” “staying,” “lying down,” and “dropping it”—all commands that you can introduce while mixing yummy ingredients! 


What dog doesn’t love an afternoon at the park? We don’t know of a single furry friend that would turn down a trip to the park, which is why this activity is perfect for Memorial Day. Depending on the age and vaccination status of your puppy, you might want to go to either a dog park or a regular park that allows dogs. 

If your puppy’s vet hasn’t administered additional vaccines that would qualify your puppy to be fully protected if exposed to other dogs, then you should take your puppy to a regular park that allows dogs. This way your puppy won’t be exposed to lots of other dogs. 

Either way, be sure to pack a water bowl and water, treats, a leash, your puppy’s favorite toys such as a frisbee or tennis ball, a picnic blanket, and whatever else you think will make the afternoon at the park more enjoyable. If the park has walking or hiking trails, all the better! Just be sure to keep an eye on your puppy’s energy level. He may need you to carry him! 


Top Gun, Saving Private Ryan, and Apocalypse Now are just a few of the all-time greatest war movies that were ever produced! This Memorial Day, if you don’t want to bring your puppy to a party, then throw a private movie marathon at home! There are dozens if not hundreds of amazing patriotic movies to choose from. There’s even one called Memorial Day! How perfect!

The best part about having a movie marathon at home with your puppy is that your puppy will have everything he needs and can take as many bathroom breaks as he wants. Plus, if your puppy conks out, falling asleep during a film, he’ll have all the coziness in the world on your lap!

Those are our 5 fun things to do with your puppy this Memorial Day Weekend! If you want to spend this Memorial Day with a puppy, but don’t have one, then PuppyBuddy can help! Stop by our Boca Raton location and meet our available puppies for sale! We promise that one of them is sure to melt your heart!

If you’re interested in getting a puppy, the most important question to ask is, what dog personality will you be compatible with? Each dog breed has a distinct personality, or set of characteristics. Some breeds are gentle, quiet, and good with children, while other breeds are energetic, playful, and challenging. 

Choosing a dog breed with behavioral traits that you know you’ll be able to live with and love should be the top priority when picking out a puppy.  

There is a direct correlation between purity of breed and being able to predict the dog’s behavior. This is because purebred dogs have been around for a while, and breeders as well as owners have discovered their specific characteristics.

The more “mixed” a puppy is, the more difficult it is to predict that dog’s temperament and behavior. When a puppy is a mix of two purebred dogs, for example, predicting how that puppy will behave as an adult is easier than predicting the behavior of a puppy who is a mix of dozens of breeds.

But just because it’s impossible to predict a puppy’s temperament doesn’t mean he’ll have a bad one. 

In this article, we’ll take a look at the difference between purebred and mixed breed dogs to help you figure out which you should get. 


Put simply, a “purebred” dog has two parents that belong to the same breed, and each of those parents has two parents that belong to the same breed, and all four of those parents all have parents that also belong to the same breed. In essence, a purebred dog has lineage on both his mother’s and father’s side that is the same breed.

For example, a Golden Retriever is “purebred” because he comes from a long line of Golden Retrievers. There are no other dog breeds within his maternal and paternal lineages, which means he’s “pure.” 

A “mixed breed” dog has parents that each belong to different breeds, or the parents could be mixed breeds as well. The term “mixed breed” can refer to a wide spectrum of “breed purity and possibilities.” For example, on one side of this spectrum a puppy can have two purebred parents that simply don’t belong to the same breeds, i.e. a Cockapoo has one parent that’s a Poodle (purebred) and a Cocker Spaniel (purebred), and yet the Cockapoo is “mixed.” (P.S. PuppyBuddy has adorable Cockapoos available at our Boca Raton location!)

On the far end of the “mixed breed” spectrum you’ll find the “mutt.” Mutts are dogs that have a lineage of so many other dog breeds that it’s virtually impossible to tell which purebred dog breeds they originated from.

The most popular purebred dog breeds include:

  1. Labrador Retrievers
  2. French Bulldogs
  3. Golden Retrievers
  4. German Shepherds
  5. Poodles
  6. Bulldogs
  7. Beagles
  8. Rottweilers 
  9. Pointers
  10. Dachshunds 

To drive the point home, it’s easy to predict the behavior of a purebred puppy because the breed itself is known for specific characteristics. Since each purebred breed is distinct, you can literally find a breed that matches your lifestyle, activity level, and the size of your home. There will be no surprises. With purebreds, you will safely get what you expect. 

To a relatively trustworthy degree, you can also somewhat safely predict the behavior of mixed breeds that fall into a subcategory called “hybrid” or “designer dogs.” These hybrid mixed breeds come from two purebred parents of different breeds, but not more than two breeds, no exceptions. Since the temperament of the two parents are predictable due to them being purebreds, the temperament of their puppy, the hybrid, is fairly predictable, though there can be room for a small spectrum of varying personality possibilities. 

The following is a list of hybrid dog breeds that have been around long enough to predict their behavior:

  1. Goldendoodles (Golden Retriever and Poodle)
  2. Mini Hippos (Cocker Spaniel and Chinese Shar-Pei)
  3. Labradoodle (Labrador Retriever and Poodle)
  4. Cockapoo (Cocker Spaniel and Poodle)
  5. Pomsky (Pomeranian and Husky)
  6. Maltipoo (Maltese and Miniature Poodle)

When you research the temperament of the above listed hybrid dog breeds, you will discover personalities that have a “range,” yet are still predictable.

For example, the Goldendoodle, which is a mix of Golden Retriever and Poodle, can have a personality that falls on the spectrum of Golden Retriever (super gentle and docile) to Poodle (very intelligent, perky, and standoffish).

Some Goldendoodles more closely resemble Poodles while others have the exact temperament of laid-back Golden Retrievers. It’s a spectrum, but nevertheless, you’ll still know what you’re getting.

Let’s say a puppy wasn’t a mix of two purebreds, but rather four (each parent was a hybrid of two purebreds). In this case, the puppy’s personality, i.e. what kind of temperament that puppy will grow up to have, will be far less predictable.

If you’re considering getting a heavily mixed puppy or a full-blown mutt, there’s no reason to fear that the puppy will have a bad temperament. But it will be very hard to predict whether you’re going to have a super high energy dog that likes to play with all his might, or a sweet, gentle dog who’s all about rest and relaxation. 

That concludes our article about the differences between purebred and mixed breed puppies. If you’re close to our PuppyBuddy retail location, you’re welcome to stop by and speak with our pet counselors about our special financing program.

We wish you the best of luck on your journey to find and love a puppy! 

If the first thing that pops in your mind when you hear the word “Mini Hippo” is a slick, baby-sized river monster from sub-Saharan Africa that eats mud grass and has a terrible rage problem, you aren’t alone. Most people think that a “mini hippo” is a small hippopotamus! 

But this blog isn’t about African wildlife. It’s about puppies! 

The “Mini Hippo” is a relatively new designer doggy hybrid! Can you guess which purebred dog breeds created this snuggly-looking puppy? 

If you guessed the Chinese Shar-Pei and the Cocker Spaniel, you’re correct! 

In this article, we’ll take a close look at this adorable designer dog breed. And we’ll help you discover whether or not a Mini Hippo might be right for you and your family. 


The temperament of the Mini Hippo hybrid breed captures the personalities of both the purebred dogs it hails from. These are the Chinese Shar-Pei and the Cocker Spaniel, as we mentioned. 

Cocker Spaniels are patient, laid-back, family-friendly dogs. Interestingly, Shar-Pei’s are loyal family dogs but they can be territorial or even aggressive with strangers and unknown visitors. 

What this means for the Mini Hippo is that this unique breed is calm and intelligent, and also protective of its family. Mini Hippos are gentle, patient, and affectionate around the home. But watch out if there’s an intruder!

These cute-looking dogs can become fierce guard dogs in the blink of an eye. To be as accurate as possible, many Mini Hippo breeders will state that it is difficult to predict the specific temperament of this new hybrid. Each Mini Hippo in this sense is unique. 

First-and-foremost, however, the Mini Hippo is a social breed and will err on the side of being friendly. This is one of the main reasons that this new hybrid breed is quickly becoming popular as a reliable choice for a family dog.   


The Mini Hippo is considered a medium-sized dog. This breed more closely resembles the Shar-Pei than its Cocker Spaniel characteristics. Shar-Peis have a short snout and square face. When these genetics appear in the Mini Hippo, the facial “look” resembles a hippopotamus. This is why this breed was soon named the “MIni Hippo.” 

Shar-Peis have “folding” skin which gives them a “wrinkled” appearance that’s so adorable. The Mini Hippo may have some skin folds and wrinkles, but this trait is not as pronounced as it is with the Shar-Pei. That being said, the Mini Hippo much more closely resembles its Shar-Pei parent than its Cocker Spaniel one. The Cocker Spaniel traits inherited by the Mini Hippo relate more so to its personality, soft fur, and size.  

This cute, fun breed will live between 10 – 15 years. 


Though this breed might look stalky and small, it can really move! Mini Hippos have a decent amount of energy and though they don’t necessarily require a ton of daily exercise, if you were to go out for a lot of exercise with your hippo, the chances of you tiring him out would be very slim. 

These dogs receive their endurance gene from their Cocker Spaniel parents, which are sporting dogs that are known to chase, fetch, and retrieve game for their owners. They are also quite smart, so if you take home this lovable breed, you should plan to set aside at least 2 hours of daily outdoor exercise when your hippo is an adult. 


Not all Mini Hippos have the exact same grooming requirements. This is due to the fact that each hippo will inherit a unique mix of genes from its parents. And since Shar-Peis and Cocker Spaniels are very different dog breeds, the appearance of a Mini Hippo can vary greatly.

Shar-Peis have a short, smooth coat that is a “single layer.” However, Cocker Spaniels have a long, silky, “double layer” coat that demands regular brushing and trimming to keep it clean and neat.

Because of this contrast between Shar-Peis and Cocker Spaniels, a Mini Hippo’s coat can fall anywhere in between. And the corresponding amount of grooming maintenance can vary greatly. Some hippos need only seasonal trips to the groomers, weekly brushings and monthly baths, while other hippos need monthly trips to the grooms, daily brushings and weekly baths. 

The good news is that by the time a hippo puppy is 8 weeks old, there should be enough “clues” in its physical appearance to be able to predict the grooming needs. Does the puppy have longer, silky hair? This is a sign that the puppy will require more time-consuming, frequent grooming.


Both the Shar-Pei and the Cocker Spaniel are highly intelligent breeds. When these genes are filtered down into the Mini Hippo, it becomes a double-edged sword. The Mini Hippo is intelligent enough to learn quickly, but this means you must provide your hippo with mental stimulation throughout the day so that he doesn’t get into mischief. 

High intelligence can also correlate to “willfulness,” which could be a problem if you don’t have the time and energy to closely train your hippo. Mini Hippos can be stubborn and think their way is “best.” During training, you’ll have to remain firm and consistent, and make sure that the specific positive reinforcements you’re using during training are very interesting and rewarding to your hippo. 


The Mini Hippo hybrid dog breed is prone to inherit certain diseases from both their Shar-Pei and Cocker Spaniel parents, and are therefore predisposed to hereditary issues. Shar-Pei dogs and Cocker Spaniels are both more than averagely prone to:

This doesn’t automatically mean that every hippo will experience genetic conditions or diseases, however. If you work with an ethical, reputable dog breeder of Mini Hippos, they will have carefully selected healthy breeding dogs and will have tested their puppies for issues. Ask to review the pedigree information of the Mini Hippo puppy you’re considering buying. Pet retailers like PuppyBuddy will provide pedigree information for both the paternal and maternal sides, all the way to the third generation, meaning the puppy’s great grandmother and great grandfather!  

Are you falling in love with the Mini Hippo breed? We invite you to stop in PuppyBuddy to meet our adorable Mini Hippos for sale!

Puppyhood only lasts 8 months, which can really fly by when you’re in the company of an adorable puppy! These months are critical when it comes to training. They say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But really the expression should be, when puppies learn good habits, it lasts a lifetime!

Training your puppy to have good habits is no easy feat, and consistently good behavior won’t happen overnight. But it can happen within 8 months. In fact, the majority of things your puppy must learn, such as how to communicate his need to go to the bathroom, can be accomplished in only a few months! 


Puppies tend to have low impulse control and they put playing and following their curiosity and desires higher on the priority list than obeying their pet parents. With time, they get their priorities straight, and you have to give it time. 

These are the commands that your puppy should be able to obey no matter what before you bring him to a park:


Anxiety is a normal emotion. No one likes feeling anxious, but the emotion itself serves an important purpose. Anxiety alerts a person to the possibility that something could be seriously wrong. This then compels the person to figure it out and fix the underlying issue that’s causing the anxiety. 

Feeling anxious only becomes unhealthy when the source causing the anxiety is never discovered, which prolongs the anxious feeling. When anxiety becomes chronic in this way, it can destroy a person’s quality of life. 

Moments of anxiety are nothing to worry about, but if you notice that your puppy is becoming chronically anxious, there’s probably an underlying cause that needs to be addressed. 

The two most common reasons that dogs develop anxiety are:

The 2 types of anxiety listed above tend to develop due to negative experiences during puppyhood, especially during the first few months in their new home. 

Separation Anxiety

Most often, separation anxiety forms when a puppy is separated from his mother too soon and isolated. Responsible, ethical breeders never separate puppies from their mothers before the puppies are fully weaned. After weaning, even though the puppies are transferred from their mothers to the pet store, they remain with other puppies, who are a source of comfort. 

Separation anxiety can also develop as a result of a puppy leaving his littermates and going home with you. During this period of adjustment, some separation anxiety is to be expected. For example, your puppy may not like separating from you at night to sleep in his crate alone. There are several growing pains like this that will not cause chronic separation anxiety. 

However, your puppy could develop prolonged separation anxiety if there’s a major lifestyle change, such as you beginning a full-time office job after working from home for a while. This kind of separation anxiety can drive your puppy to become destructive and do other behaviors that he knows are wrong, like going to the bathroom inside the home. 

If you believe your puppy is experiencing separation anxiety and the problem seems mild, try the following ideas to help your puppy understand that alone time can be fun. 

On the other hand, if the problem seems out of control, we strongly advise you take your puppy to see the vet. 

Fear-Related Anxiety

As we mentioned at the beginning of this blog, negative experiences can shape a puppy’s perception of the world. And one fear-inducing experience could cause your puppy to become fearful when he’s triggered to expect the same negative experience. For example, if your puppy is attacked by another dog at the dog park, he could develop fears about dog parks in general. This could then become a source of anxiety whenever he goes there. 

Puppies are very sensitive to stimuli and can become afraid when they hear loud noises or meet strange people or unknown animals. Visual stimuli such as hats and umbrellas have been known to trigger sudden fear in dogs. Even unusual tactile sensations like grass and wood floors can cause fear in some dogs.

In addition, stressful situations can also cause fear-related anxiety, such as trips to the vet. In fact, if your puppy has a very negative experience after a car ride, then he could associate the car ride with the negative experience that took place after it, and become fearful about getting into cars. Car trips in general could trigger fear-related anxiety.

So, what can you do to alleviate fear-related anxiety in your puppy? That’s a tricky question since it doesn’t get to the root of the fear. But we’ll answer it anyway. If your puppy or dog becomes triggered and goes into a spell of fear-related anxiety, it’s best to physically comfort him with pats and remove him from the stimuli that’s causing the distress. 

Long-term, however, you actually don’t want to remove him every time. In fact, counter-intuitive as it may seem, the best thing to do is continue to expose him to the stimuli in a controlled, safe manner. This method is called “desensitization and counter-conditioning.” By organizing moments for your dog to be exposed to his “triggers” briefly, you can effectively desensitize him to those triggers. 

When you’re in the process of desensitizing your puppy, you’ll want to remove the stimuli so that your dog doesn’t go into panic mode. Each time you expose your dog to a trigger, it can be for a longer and longer duration of time. The stimuli itself should be kept at a low intensity, too, so that the desensitization process remains within your full control. 

Counter-conditioning, which should be used in tandem with desensitization, involves training your dog to replace a fearful response with a positive behavior. For example, let’s assume your puppy understands the “sit” command and he’s learned that sitting on command is rewarding. When your puppy is faced with a fearful situation that in the past has triggered fear-related anxiety, you can command him to “sit.” This will redirect his attention away from the stimuli that causes anxiety and place his attention on the reward of listening to you.      


The behavior of “jumping up” may seem innocent enough, and even cute, when you see your puppy doing it. After all, your fur baby is just so excited to see you, so excited to see visitors at your home and new people on his walks.

He also gets so very excited when you or anyone is sitting down to eat, how could he contain his excitement and not jump up to experience all the joys with you?

Well, as adorable as your little puppy is when he jumps up whenever he feels like it, this behavior is not going to be so cute when he’s an adult. In fact, at that size and age “jumping up” is just plain rude. That’s why it’s important to nip this bad behavior in the bud while your puppy is young and eager to learn. 

Until your puppy is fully trained not to jump up, you will need to “manage” him when guests come to the house and in other instances to ensure that he doesn’t jump up on anyone. 


Use the following management techniques until your puppy is fully trained not to jump and you trust him to “stay down” when visitors come or when exciting strangers approach during walks and other trips:

This will prevent jumping while your fur baby is learning proper behavior.


First things first, it’s important to stop rewarding and encouraging your puppy when he jumps up on you and others. If you respond with smiles, pats, ooohs and awes, then your puppy will receive the message that jumping up earns affection. 

Instead of making this mistake, teach your puppy that he will receive no attention for jumping on you or anyone else. You can turn your back and only pet your puppy when all four paws are on the floor.

Now, you must provide your puppy with an alternative to jumping up. You see, your puppy uses jumping up to express his love and excitement. What he most wants to do is express this emotion. You can train him to understand that he can express his excitement and receive attention when he sits and offers his paw to shake, for example. This is a great alternative because it will result in the attention and human contact that he’s excited to receive!  

Remember, it is important to be consistent during the training process, and to be firm and consistent when you are ignoring the jumping up behavior. Of course, if and when your puppy jumps up, you must tell him “no” and tell him to “sit” and even mold him gently to the ground so that he knows what “sit” means. If he resists, doesn’t comply, or show any other disobedience, this is when you “ignore,” and use the “negative reinforcement” of not giving him love and attention for doing bad behavior. 

Your puppy will learn quickly, trust us! Just remain firm and consistent!


Adult-age dogs tend to be satisfied with two daily outings, which give them the chance to expend their energy. But a common mistake that new puppy parents make is to assume that their puppies only need two outings as well. This isn’t the case. Also, a trip outside to go to the bathroom, which happens frequently with young puppies, doesn’t really count in terms of exercise. 

The greatest tip we can offer you is to schedule many trips outside for your puppy to expend energy by playing a game with you. Each trip outside could be as brief as 10 – 15 minutes, but needs to be rigorous. Throw a ball for your puppy to fetch, run with him around the yard, play tug-of-war and really use the outdoor space. If it’s a walk around the block, then walk briskly and be sure to keep moving for the full 15 minutes. 

Another trick is to plan these bursts of exercise right before you know you will need your puppy to behave in a calm and relaxed manner. For example, if you have an important phone call coming up or you’re planning on having a friend over, be sure to take your puppy out for 15 minutes of rigorous exercise before your engagement. This way, by the time he comes inside, he’ll be tuckered out and relaxed. 

It’s also a good idea to give him exercise time before you engage in a training session with him. Training sessions require your puppy to be calm, focused, and in control of himself so that he can learn whatever you’re trying to teach him. You don’t want your puppy to be so excited to have your attention during a training session that he’s jumping all over you and not paying attention to the lesson at hand. Simply take him outside for a quick 8 minute game of fetch and then dive immediately into the training session. 


Training your puppy is an ongoing process. You could even consider it a lifestyle. As your relationship with your puppy deepens and grows over time, so too should the communication you share, which is established through training.

Even adult age dogs are still learning new things, because they continue to have experiences that require them to exercise good behavior. When you regard puppy training and training your growing dog as an ongoing process that you’ll need to continue to learn about, you really can’t go wrong!         

Positive Reinforcement

“Positive reinforcement” means rewarding your puppy when he behaves in the manner you want. This could be when he completes a command, such as sitting, staying, coming, or lying down. Or when he succeeds at long-term or complex commands, such as refraining from barking while a jogger runs down the sidewalk.

From your puppy’s perspective, the best reward is food. Canines are primal and highly value food. When a treat is gained as a result of doing any action, the puppy will repeat the action for the purposes of receiving more treats. Since your puppy views treats as “positive,” using treats to reinforce your desire for your puppy to display specific, good behaviors is called “positive reinforcement” in the dog training world.  

Using positive reinforcement is the most effective puppy training method. It’s more effective than using negative reinforcement, though negative reinforcement is at times unavoidable. 

Negative Reinforcement

Negative reinforcement is all about making sure your puppy knows that he will experience a negative consequence if he continues bad behavior. Just as positive reinforcement teaches a puppy to continue doing good behaviors, negative reinforcement teaches a puppy not to do certain behaviors. 

From your puppy’s perspective, he actually cannot tell the difference between “right” and “wrong.” Human rules are unnatural for dogs. And though your puppy doesn’t automatically know the difference between good and bad behavior, he is eager to please you. He also knows that treats are good, pats are good, and attention and affection are good. He wants to receive those from you, and when you provide those positive rewards after he behaves well, he’ll continue to behave well, as we explained in the last section. 

There will be instances when your puppy is only doing undesired behavior, and so there’s no opportunity to reward positive behavior. In instances like this, you’ll have to proceed with a negative consequence so that your puppy associates a behavior with a consequence. By making this connection, he’ll learn that the behavior was bad, and he’ll stop doing it. 

For example, if your puppy nips you during playtime, you should make a high-pitched “yelp” sound. This sound mimics the cry of a hurt puppy. Your puppy would never want to harm another puppy during play, and so, when he hears the “puppy cry,” he should stop nipping. The sound of a puppy cry is a negative reinforcement. But let’s say that your puppy is a little stubborn and continues nipping. You can then discontinue playtime and put him in his crate to be alone. By abruptly stopping the playtime, you are creating a “negative reinforcement” that will teach your puppy that nipping will get him nowhere. 

That wraps up our article about the 5 ways to encourage positive behavior in your puppy! We hope this information helps you train your new bundle of joy to be the best dog companion ever!

Puppy training is made easy when you get your puppy from PuppyBuddy. We offer 6 weeks of free puppy training to every new PuppyBuddy puppy owner! So, head into PuppyBuddy in Boca Raton, Florida. We have both purebred and hybrid puppies for sale in Florida. Our most popular breeds are Goldendoodle puppies for sale, Pug puppies for sale, and Australian Shepherd puppies for sale. We offer a no puppy mill guarantee, and only work with humane, ethical dog breeders in Florida and across the nation.

Many new puppy parents assume that training their puppy amounts to making sure the little guy doesn’t pee on the rug. But the fact of the matter is that puppies need their human parents to teach them the rules of living life. “Behaving” themselves actually does not come naturally to puppies, but the good news is that your new fur baby is eager to learn and please you!

There are many areas of life that come with rules that your puppy will have to learn. Those include:

If this sounds like a tall order to you, you aren’t alone. Properly training your puppy is literally a full-time job! But it’s worth all the effort you’ll put in. Having a dog that you can communicate with because he understands you and understands what is expected of him is the greatest gift in the world!

You don’t have to become a professional dog trainer in order to thoroughly train your puppy. In fact, training your puppy in many of the areas above will happen organically as you live life day-to-day with your fur baby! 

That being said, you might appreciate or need a little help training your puppy. This is where enrolling in puppy training classes can really come in handy. In this blog, PuppyBuddy is going to lay out the benefits of investing in puppy training. 


There are a few different kinds of dog training courses out there. Some dog training classes are specifically for older, unruly dogs. For these classes, the owner drops their dog off and the dog is trained one-on-one by a professional. This type of class is best for people who adopt rescue dogs, for example, that may have behavioral problems that the owner cannot get under control. These classes or courses can be ongoing and the owner is charged per session. This way, the dog can continue being trained as long as it takes. 

Another type of dog training course is for puppies and places an emphasis on puppy-owner bonding and socialization. This type of puppy training course is the most appropriate for you if you’ve recently taken home your fur baby. And this is the type of training course that we’re going to focus on in this article. 

Puppy training courses like this are not the kind where the owner drops their dog off to be trained one-on-one by a professional. Instead, the classes are for you and your puppy to attend together. The professional trainer will actually train you how to communicate with and control your puppy!

This can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pup. And it gets even better. These classes are group classes where your puppy will be exposed to other puppies and their owners. This added layer of socialization can enrich your puppy’s development. 

Typically, puppy training courses of this nature have a fixed number of classes and you pay for the entire course. Generally, a puppy training course is 6 weeks long, but you may find courses out there that are longer or shorter depending on the curriculum that’s being offered. 


As we briefly touched upon in the intro of this article, the behavior that comes naturally to a puppy is not always appropriate in a domestic setting. In other words, your puppy is kind of a wild animal, and hypothetically, if he goes untrained, you will not appreciate living with him long term! This isn’t a condemnation, it’s simply a fact. And it’s also one of the best reasons to take your puppy to a puppy training course. These kinds of courses will ensure that you receive the best tool set to train your puppy at home so that he’s sure to quickly grow into a respectful, helpful companion.

The specific curriculum of the puppy training course will depend on the facility. We recommend that if you’re calling around to find the best puppy training class for you that you ask as many questions as possible, especially those that address any challenges you’ve been facing with your new furry friend. 

Questions to ask a puppy training company before enrolling:

Generally speaking, the following are typically included in most puppy training courses:

Whatever puppy training course you choose, you can expect the organization to use “reward based training” otherwise known as “positive reinforcement training.” This means that only good behavior and correctly obeying is rewarded. If and when your puppy fails to control himself, behaves badly, or doesn’t obey, then he receives no reward and is not permitted to continue until he holds still and gives you his full attention. 

Reward-based puppy training is by far the most effective form of training, and will ensure that your puppy becomes the best roommate and companion ever! Using punishments has been proven not to work with dogs, and so this type of training has been discontinued. That being said, there may be times when negative reinforcement may need to be used, but this probably won’t occur during the puppy training course classes. 

You would use negative reinforcements, or providing an experience your puppy doesn’t want, in order to reinforce the point that your puppy shouldn’t behave in a certain way. 

For example, if you don’t want your puppy to jump up on people and you tell him “no,” but he ignores you and continues to jump up, then you’ll need to reinforce your “no” by putting him in his crate. By putting him in his crate after he has repeatedly jumped up despite you saying “no!” many times, he will finally understand that it never pays to ignore you and continue unwanted behavior. 

To wrap up this section, the main takeaway is that you proceed with love and perseverance as you train your puppy both at the training course of your choosing and also at home. By putting in the effort, not cutting corners, and properly training your puppy, you will end up with an adult dog who is not only respectful and protectful, but also the best roommate in the world!


Both the home and the world are filled with things that can be hazardous to dogs. Everything from chocolate candy, chewing gum with Xylitol, and antifreeze that leaks onto driveways, sidewalks, and streets throughout the winter, can harm your furry friend no matter how old and large he becomes! 

Hands-down, the best way to keep your puppy safe for his entire life is to train him to obey your commands no matter what, even if you’re not around! This way, he’ll know never to eat chocolate, for example, because you will train him that chocolate is not for him. He will never forget the smell of chocolate and always avoid it because he loves you! 

This is one example of dozens that will keep him safe. Training your puppy not to chase cars, not to eat things he shouldn’t, and not to go past the boundaries you specify, will keep him safe for his entire life.

PuppyBuddy cares about our puppies and the new puppy parents that bring our furry friends home. We equip our new puppy parents with a free 6-week puppy training course. This complimentary program unfolds over the course of 6 weeks and will fully equip you to continue to train and work with your puppy even after the PuppyBuddy training has concluded. 

Here is what is included in PuppyBuddy’s 6-week Puppy Training Course:

Week One

Introduction of trainer and background

Explanation of what positive reinforcement is

Explanation of positive markers, negative markers, and rewards

Focus (look) command

Sit and release command

Week Two

Behavior modification

Potty training, chewing, mouthing, barking, jumping

Leash training

Down command

Week Three

Leave it


Go to place

Week Four

Come when called



Week Five

Come when called with leave it

Give me paw / high five

Review of all previous commands that have been taught in the course

Week Six

Basic obedience test

Graduation ceremony

Roll over

Explanation of what is taught in the Advanced Training course, which you may want your puppy to attend, and why it is important to continue your puppy’s education and training


Puppyhood only lasts 8 months, which can really fly by when you’re in the company of an adorable puppy! These months are critical when it comes to training. They say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But really the expression should be, when puppies learn good habits, it lasts a lifetime! 

When a puppy understands the behavior that is acceptable to you, he will be more confident and better fulfill your wishes, because he’s experienced through training the great rewards of pleasing you.

Confident dogs do not suffer from unhealthy, displaced, or unwarranted fears. By removing inappropriate fears, the risk of “defensive” behavior is also removed. Defensive behavior can be a hazard, because defensive dogs may bite others to protect themselves. This is just another fantastic reason to invest in a puppy training course for your puppy. Not only will the training eliminate unwanted behaviors, but even more importantly, it will instill good behaviors!

Training your puppy to have good habits is no easy feat, and consistently good behavior won’t happen overnight. But it can happen within 8 months. In fact, the majority of things your puppy must learn, such as how to communicate his need to go to the bathroom, can be accomplished in only a few months! 


One of the greatest benefits of buying a puppy from PuppyBuddy is that we offer our new pet parents puppy training perks. There are many puppy training options offered, from weekly training sessions in our stores, to Zoom call puppy training Q&As, to one-on-one training with a professional dog trainer. 

Here’s an overview of what PuppyBuddy has to offer:

From all the staff at PuppyBuddy, we highly recommend that you check us out if you want to get a new puppy! Our knowledgeable pet counselors can answer your questions and tell you about our puppy training perks! We hope to see you at our Boca Raton location soon!

Known for being calm, low-key, and curious, the Basset Hound is one of the best dog breeds for families with small children or people who want a friendly, non-territorial dog. Out of all the “hound” dogs, the Basset Hound is the most patient and mild-mannered at home. But if you’re out on the trail, then watch out! If this breed picks up an interesting scent, it will not be deterred from its investigation!

With a low-slung carriage, short legs, and sad, expressive eyes, the Basset Hound will melt your heart and be your faithful companion for life. Let’s take a look at this distinctive breed’s personality and characteristics, and go over what you can expect when you take home your Basset Hound puppy.


Whether male or female, adult Basset Hounds stand at no more than 14 inches tall. They have a sturdy, heavy frame, and so can weigh up to 75 lbs (adult males) or 65 lbs (adult females). This means that this breed will not move too quickly. Basset Hounds don’t need sprinting exercise and though they might enjoy a game of fetch, they probably won’t play for too long. 

That being said, the Basset Hound is very strong and determined. So, if you go out for a walk, expect that your Basset will be the one calling the shots. The nose knows, and your Basset will likely follow his nose to gather as much information as possible. What he’ll do with that info is anyone’s guess!

In terms of the Basset’s purely physical attributes, this breed has short hair and sheds very lightly. For this reason, the breed doesn’t require a lot of grooming. Brushing once a week and a good shower twice a month ought to do it, and you could get away with only taking your Basset into the professional groomers twice a year, if that. 

One caveat with Basset Hounds that many people aren’t aware of is that this breed does in fact drool. Thanks to their loose, droopy lips, the Basset Hound just can’t help it. Pet parents of these hounds are generally in the habit of keeping drool towels placed strategically around the house!


Yes, the Basset Hound is patient, quiet, and low-key. But this breed is also stubborn. In order to ensure that your Basset Hound knows his place within your household, it’s important to thoroughly, carefully, and watchfully train him throughout puppyhood. As you do, you will probably be met with quite a bit of resistance from your Basset Hound puppy, but remain firm. Once he learns that going against you really isn’t an option, he’ll stay in line and be a very enjoyable companion for all his years!

One thing that’s really crucial to note is that while your Basset Hound will certainly be the Sherlock Holmes of canines in terms of his curiosity and tenacity with investigating new things, he will make a terrible watchdog and protector of the home. Basset Hounds are extremely friendly. Should a thief break into your home, your hound might let out one bark, but he’ll definitely follow it up with licking the intruder with friendly enthusiasm. This is great news if you’re looking for a breed that’s friendly with strangers and who will be great with your houseguests. 


Basset Hounds are moderately playful, and since they have low energy, this breed is perfect for anyone who wants a dog that’s low-maintenance and needs no more than an hour of daily exercise. That being said, Basset Hounds need a fair amount of mental stimulation every day and this need is lifelong, not just during puppyhood. Providing your hound with “puppy puzzles” and “dog games” will do the trick. And your Basset will also love the occasional game of “hide and seek” in your home. You don’t even have to hide yourself. Instead, hide a treat or your pup’s favorite toy to sniff out!


Because of the low-to-the-ground physical stature of the Basset Hound, and the fact that they’re low-energy, slow movers, it’s critical to maintaining your Basset’s health that you do not overfeed him. These hounds are quick to gain unhealthy weight if they’re given too much food. And Bassets that have become overweight have a very hard time losing the weight. Feed your Basset Hound high-quality, protein rich foods, and give special care to feed him nutrient-rich puppy food until he’s as old as a full year. 


Basset Hounds have unusual legs and posture. They tend to be slightly “bow” legged and so if they become overweight, this could put too much pressure on their knee joints. If you notice your Basset limping, examine him right away and schedule a vet appointment. Considerations should also be made regarding your Basset’s hips. As Bassets get older, they become at risk for hip dysplasia and other issues. By keeping annual vet check ups, your dog’s vet can keep an eye on things. 

Due to the Basset Hound’s long, droopy ears, owners of this breed need to pay special attention to their pup’s ear health. Gently cleaning the tips of your Basset’s soft ears every day is a good idea if his ears tend to brush against the floor. In addition, if you notice your Basset scratching inside his ears or shaking his head a lot, it could be a sign of an ear infection. Bring him to the vet right away if you notice these warning signs. Your vet may show you how to properly clean inside your hound’s ears to prevent future infections. 

Well, there you have it! Everything you need to know about Basset Hounds! If this article has caused you to fall in love with Basset Hounds and you’re dying to take one home, visit our adorable Basset Hound puppies online or stop by PuppyBuddy in Boca Raton, Florida!

Knowing where a puppy comes from before buying the little guy is the first step towards putting puppy mills out of business. When soon-to-be puppy parents ask questions and research the dog breeders that a particular pet store or private seller works with, then they will be able to discover for themselves whether or not a puppy retailer is ethical. 

While we have other blog articles about how to research pet stores and dog breeders to find out if they are part of the puppy mill problem, this blog post is going to focus on educating you about where PuppyBuddy’s puppies come from. 


As a pet retailer, PuppyBuddy is certainly a business. But we didn’t get into business for the typical reasons you might expect. We love and care about dogs, and we regard puppies as more than merchandise. We wanted to provide dog lovers with healthy, happy puppies, and so we opened PuppyBuddy with the commitment to only working with dog breeders who meet our high standards of animal care. 

How a puppy is treated and the conditions that a puppy is raised in directly impacts the puppy’s health and behavior for the rest of his life. When a puppy is born into poor living conditions without all of the natural elements that animals require, then the puppy will become sick, emotionally unwell, and will struggle throughout his life. 

From the onset, PuppyBuddy identified what puppies need in order to live long, healthy, happy lives. These needs can only be supported when a dog breeder provides the highest standards of care in the areas of the dogs’ environment, diet and nutrition, sunshine and fresh air, exercise and play, and socializing with other dogs, puppies, and people. Most important on this list is allowing the mother dog to nurse her litter in peace. 

Once we determined our standards, we sought out the dog breeders who would be capable of meeting our high-quality demands. The result was that we began working with ethical dog breeders with state-of-the-art kennels that are homey and comfortable for their dogs. These breeders have on-site and on-call veterinarians who routinely tend to the parent dogs and their litters. And the breeders we work with are also committed to providing their puppies with stimulating socialization, outdoor play time and exploration, and meeting and greeting visitors. 

By providing puppies with the most natural and loving environment during their most formative weeks, these puppies will be happier, easier to train, and live longer, healthier lives. 

The Value of a PuppyBuddy Puppy

PuppyBuddy works exclusively with USDA licensed breeders, but holding a license with the USDA isn’t the only requirement that we expect our breeders to maintain. 

Our breeders must also provide their parent dogs and puppy litters with the following high-standard facility criteria for ethical animal treatment: 

The PuppyBuddy Promise:


As a policy, PuppyBuddy upholds the highest standards of care, and we train our trained animal care technicians and pet counselors to ensure that our puppies stay happy and healthy while they’re in our pet store. 

We guarantee:

Now that you know where our puppies come from, are you ready to take home a PuppyBuddy puppy? We invite you to come to our Boca Raton location in Florida and meet your furry soulmate!

Do you know how to pick the right puppy? At PuppyBuddy, we know the importance of matching people with the right dog breeds for them. But a puppy’s breed is only the beginning of his personality, traits, and characteristics. 

As young as pet store puppies are, they have still interacted with their litter mates and have been socialized enough to have formed the 7 behaviors that we will discuss in this blog. 

Before you pick out a pet store puppy, we recommend that you pay special attention to these behaviors. This will help you make sure that the puppy you bring home really will have the best personality for you. Or, if you happen to be in Boca Raton, come to PuppyBuddy and our pet counselors will do the hard work for you!

These are the 7 behaviors that we’ll cover:

  1. Confidence
  2. Independence
  3. Dominance
  4. Trainability
  5. Sensitivity to Handling
  6. “Nervousness” 
  7. Obedience 


When you enter the puppy area of a pet store, you should be able to spot the confident puppies easily. Confident puppies will eagerly break away from the litter to greet you and sniff you and see what you’re all about. This kind of puppy will keep his tail up and wagging, and he’ll behave in an energetic, bouncy manner. If you noticed he’s too excited to control himself, don’t take this as a bad sign. All puppies at this age are untrained and it’s far more important that a puppy is excited and interested in you than it is that he knows how to control his excitement.   


Independence versus dependance is a behavioral spectrum for puppies just like it is for adults. The best human – dog relationship is one where the dog is attentive to the human but not anxious when separated. In order to recognize this healthy balance in a puppy, you’ll want to look for a puppy that will follow you around. 

If you encounter a puppy that loses interest in you or won’t follow you around, this is a sign that the puppy may be too independent. Extremely independent puppies tend to be disinterested and willful, making them difficult to train and a little boring to live with. Who wants a dog that doesn’t want to have anything to do with them? On the other end of the extreme are dependent puppies. These puppies tend to be overly anxious and could feel traumatized if and when their owners leave them alone for long hours. 


Similar to how you wouldn’t want a puppy that’s too independent, you also wouldn’t want a puppy that’s too dominant. A dominant puppy will be willful and challenge your authority, whcih could get exhausting. Who wants to have a power struggle with their dog for years on end? Your puppy should be happy about his role being your little sidekick. He should be eager to please you, assist you when you ask, fully obey you to the best of his ability at all times. 

Here is a reliable test to see whether or not a puppy is dominant or submissive. Place the puppy on his back and hold him down with your hand so that he has to stay on his back. If he struggles and fights you, trying to free himself, then he is dominant and could be difficult to train and live with. On the other hand, if he relaxes submissively, that’s a sign that he will be submissive in general and easier to train. 


Puppies that are weaned in a healthy environment will develop a sense of curiosity in the world thanks to the natural security they feel. When puppies feel secure and curious, they’re eager to learn, which makes them easier to train. 

When you’re at the pet store, you can assess a puppy’s trainability by trying to get his attention with a ball or other toy. Does the puppy show interest and give you his attention? Do his ears perk up and does he seem eager to understand you? If so, this is a good sign he’s high on the trainability scale.   


One of the things that does not come naturally to dogs is being “handled.” In the wild, a dog has full autonomy to object if and when something else is trying to touch it or push it around. If a domestic dog objects whenever someone tries to touch him, like a veterinarian or his owner, this could pose major problems if he needs to receive care. For this reason, responsible puppy breeders make sure to handle the growing puppies in ways that are appropriate to the puppies’ development. 

By the time a puppy reaches 8 weeks old and is transferred to a pet store, he should be comfortable with being handled. You can test this by handling the puppy yourself. Does the puppy show discomfort or struggle against you when you try to touch his paws and ears? If so, you could have long-term difficulty with him and you may want to choose a different puppy.


All puppies and dogs are sensitive to very loud noises thanks to their keen sense of hearing. But some puppies are overly frightened by loud noises and cower at unexpected sounds. A healthy puppy will proceed with more curiosity than fear when an unexpected sound or loud noise occurs.

You can test a puppy’s nervousness by clapping to get his attention. A simple clap of the hands shouldn’t startle a puppy and cause him to cower. Instead, a healthy puppy will jump and become excited. If you clap your hands and the puppy responds with fear and nervousness, then this is a sign that he will need a lot of extra TLC if you bring him home so that he can learn the world is a safe, not scary, place. 


Everyone wants an obedient dog, but it can be tricky to determine whether a pet store puppy is obedient or not, because at that age all puppies have difficulty controlling themselves when they’re very excited. And who wouldn’t be excited to meet you! Obedience is the perfect blend of curiosity and self-control. 

You’ll want to pick a puppy that is curious about new things, like the toy in your hand, but also self-controlled enough to hang back and wait for you to lead. If the puppy automatically tries to take a toy from you without your encouragement, i.e. he hasn’t waited to understand what you want him to do, then this could be a sign that he’ll be more difficult to train. This shouldn’t be a deal breaker. But be honest with yourself. If you don’t have the energy, patience, and determination to properly train a puppy who might be a slow learner, then now is the time to pick a more obedient puppy.


The best way to pick the right puppy for you is to meet puppies near you, play with them, and see their personalities! At PuppyBuddy in Boca Raton, FL, we make finding your puppy buddy easy, fun, and memorable. Our puppies are appropriately socialized, vaccinated, dewormed, and healthy. They’re ready to love you and show off their unique quirks, sense of humor, and sensitive hearts. We have purebred puppies for sale, including the most popular breeds like Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Pugs, and Australian Shepherds. We also have Goldendoodles for sale, Cavapoos for sale, and a wide variety of other designer dogs. We hope to see you soon at our sunny location!

There are 4 ways to obtain a puppy. These are:

  1. Buying the puppy from a pet store
  2. Adopting the puppy from an animal shelter
  3. Receiving the puppy as a gift from a friend, family member, acquaintance, or stranger whose dog had a litter
  4. Buying the puppy from a private seller

In this article, we’re going to focus on buying the puppy from a private seller, and the things you should know before you go that route. 

Private Puppy Sellers

The term “private seller” typically refers to a breeder. Pet stores, on the other hand, do not actually breed the puppies they sell. Instead, pet stores work with breeders–breeders which are their own, separate companies from the pet stores–and these pet stores purchase puppies from those breeders at a wholesale price. Then the pet stores sell the puppies for much more than they bought them for, otherwise known as the retail price. 

Though private sellers are not pet stores, they are breeders and they do sell their puppies at a price that’s very close to retail. 

However, the legal use of the term “private seller” varies per state. For example, New York state defines “private puppy sellers” with a specific set of criteria that are not the same as the criteria definition of “private puppy sellers” in Florida, Texas, or any other US state. 

This means that the first thing to know about buying a puppy from a private seller is that the definition of what a private seller is will depend on your state. 

In Florida where PuppyBuddy is located, there are many laws that regulate commercial breeders and pet dealers, both of which must be licensed in order to sell puppies and other animals. But there is far less regulation for what Florida terms as “hobby breeders,” who don’t have to be licensed. 

Hobby Puppy Breeders

Hobby breeders can sell no more than two litters of puppies per year. Depending on the specific county of Florida where the hobby breeder is located, they may or may not have to register with FL state. Those that do only have to register once. They are not inspected by any Florida state representatives unless a formal, legal complaint is filed against the hobby breeder. 

The government and law categorize in such a way that distinguishes hobby breeders from commercial breeders, but there is a chasm in-between the two. This is because “commercial puppy breeders” are defined as someone who breeds a large number of dogs, usually 20 or more per year. So, 2 litters per year is a hobby and 20 litters per year is “commercial.” 

What about the private puppy sellers who produce 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, or 19 litters per year? Do you see where we’re going with this? Are these sellers flying under the radar and freely functioning without any regulatory checkpoints?

The answer is, yes, it does. But this doesn’t mean that you should avoid buying a puppy from a private seller. What it does mean is that the burden of investigating and vetting the private puppy sellers that you’re considering will be on you and you alone. 

But don’t let this deter you. There are plenty of responsible, ethical private sellers out there. In fact, the whole reason a lot of these private sellers got into business was for the purposes of rejecting and avoiding working with unethical businesses, like puppy mills. Our recommendation is that you prepare yourself for the research ahead and stick with it until you find the right private seller for you. 


If you come across private puppy sellers who aren’t operating on a large enough scale to be licensed but aren’t small enough to be considered hobbyists, the good news is that you can ask them the following questions to help weed out poor breeders and hone in on an ethical one. 

Making your life even easier, you can and should ask these questions over the phone. We don’t recommend that you visit the breeder yet to ask these questions, and the reason for that is because, on site, the puppies will probably severely cloud your judgment. Who can continue conversations about breeding practices when there are adorable puppies who need you to pet them right now! 

When you’re on the phone with a private seller be aware that they will probably have questions for you, too. Those questions may not occur during the initial phone call, and that’s okay. But reputable puppy sellers, before they home their puppies, have a process to screen the prospective puppy owners, which is good news. They do this in order to avoid having irresponsible people buy puppies and then try to return those puppies days or weeks down the road when they realize they cannot properly care for the animals. 

Here Are The Questions To Ask:

  • Are you required by state law to be a licensed breeder, and if so, can you provide evidence of your license? According to the number of litters they manage, the breeder may or may not be licensed, but most reputable private sellers who produce 3 or more litters will obtain a license to substantiate their ethics.
  • Can I see the puppies with their mother at the place where they’re being weaned? Puppies from private sellers should always be seen with their mother at the place where they were born and are being weaned. If the breeder gives you a lot of excuses as to why you can’t see the puppies, be very skeptical of them.
  • Have the parents been screened for health conditions relevant to the breed, and can you show me the health reports? Many purebred dog breeds are susceptible to specific genetic disorders. Reputable breeders know about the common disorders of the breed they specialize in and they involve vets in their breeding and weaning practices to test for disorders and monitor the health of their puppies. This is to say that reputable private sellers only use breeding dogs that are in excellent genetic health so as to massively reduce any chances of their puppies having health issues.
  • How many litters has the mother dog had? Veterinarians across the board, as well as the American Kennel Club, agree that a female dog should not have more than 4 litters in her lifetime.
  • How old is the mother dog? Veterinarians across the board, as well as the American Kennel Club, agree that a female dog should not breed if she is younger than 1 year or older than 8 years.
  • Can I visit the puppies a few times before I decide to buy one? Again, the private seller should expect and be accustomed to their potential customers seeing and visiting the puppies prior to purchasing one. This has to be within reason, of course, since puppies sleep most of the time and need to be with their mother. But if a private seller refuses to allow you to see the puppies at all until they’re on sale on the market, then that is a major red flag that their breeding standards are low.
  • At what age will the puppies be able to leave their mother? The general industry standard is 8 weeks old. Commercial breeders who supply puppies to pet stores, as part of their regulation requirements, will not release puppies that are younger than 8 weeks. But unregulated and disreputable private sellers may opt to “move merchandise” and sell their puppies as soon as a buyer is interested.  

Hopefully, this article has provided you with a foundation to begin researching puppy breeders near you. On behalf of everyone at PuppyBuddy, we thank you for being responsible and going the extra mile to make sure you aren’t inadvertently and accidentally supporting a puppy mill. If you happen to be in the Boca Raton area, we invite you to meet our puppies and learn about the ethical breeders we work with!     

Mini Goldendoodles have become very popular in recent years as a great dog breed for families and children. This breed is actually a hybrid between the Golden Retriever and the Miniature Poodle, and because of this, you won’t find any information about Goldendoodles on the American Kennel Club’s website. AKC doesn’t regard the Goldendoodle or Mini Goldendoodle as a purebred. 

Fair enough, but even the Boxer, an AKC-recognized purebred breed, was originally a hybrid mix of the Old English Bulldog with the now-extinct Bullenbeiser breed. We say, give it time and before you know it, the Goldendoodle and Mini Goldendoodle will be considered “purebred.”

Fun fact, the first Goldendoodle was bred by Charles Dickens’ great-granddaughter, Monica Dickens in the late 1960s. And by the 1990s, this new breed was available in both Australia and the United States. 

Goldendoodles and their smaller iteration, Mini Goldendoodles are especially beloved because they embody the gentle, intuitive nature of Golden Retrievers, and also because they produce minimal danger, making them nearly hypoallergenic. These loveable dogs have a “teddy bear” appearance and are very soft to the touch. Given their need for affection and desire to be close with their owners, Mini Goldendoodles have been melting hearts for over 20 years!


Mini Goldendoodles are among the easiest dogs to train. This is due to their good genes! Golden Retrievers are known for being smart and trainable, and for their eager-to-please nature. Poodles and Miniature Poodles are highly intelligent and actually require quite a bit of mental stimulation. Put those two breeds together, and you have a gentle, curious, and super smart puppy that can’t wait to learn the house rules! 

Ask any Mini Goldendoodle owner and they’ll tell you, their Doodles always seem to know what their owners are thinking and feeling! 


All dog breeds need daily exercise, but the amount of exercise varies greatly. If you’re considering buying a Mini Goldendoodle puppy, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that this cuddly breed doesn’t need too much exercise, because they’re not super high-energy. They require a moderate amount of daily exercise, and the intensity and duration will change as they develop from puppies into full-grown dogs. 

For Mini Goldendoodle puppies that are at least 8 weeks old, they really only need 10 minutes of exercise between 1 – 3 times per day. At this age, a Doodle will probably be spending most of his time sleeping. When he’s awake, he might sprint around to expend some energy, or perhaps a simple walk around the block will tucker him out.

At 3 months old, or 12 weeks, a Mini Goldendoodle will still only need 10 minutes of exercise between 1 and 3 times per day, but at 4 months, 5 months, and 6 months, that number increases by about 5 minutes, so that by the time a Doodle is 1 year old, they’ll need a solid hour of outdoor time to run around and burn off energy. And depending on the needs of a particular Mini Goldendoodle of 1 year, they may need to go outside twice per day for their hour of exercise. 

Adult Doodles continue to need 1 hour of exercise twice daily. But by the time a Mini Goldendoodle reaches his senior years, he’ll only need about 30 – 45 minutes worth of daily exercise. 


Depending on the particular size of the Doodle, the life expectancy varies. The standard Goldendoodle tends to live between 11 – 14 years. Medium Goldendoodles average between 12 – 15 years. And traditional Mini Goldendoodles can live between 12 – 16 years.

In terms of overall health, Mini Goldendoodles are not known to have any genetic disorders common to the breed. But like all dogs, once they reach their older years, they’ll likely experience health problems. The most common health issues that a Mini Goldendoodle could develop is hip dysplasia.  


Mini Goldendoodles have very soft fur and low dander, so you really shouldn’t bathe a Doodle more than once a month unless he gets dirty. In order to maintain a Doodle’s fluffy coat, he really only needs to be brushed thoroughly once or twice a week. And of course, there’s no downside to brushing a Mini Goldendoodle more frequently if he likes it! 

Doodles that have longer hair will need their “bangs” trimmed regularly to ensure that they’re able to see at all times. Some owners choose to use a barrette or clip to keep the hair out of their Doodles’ eyes. As long as the dog can see, it will really be your choice as the proud parent of a Mini Goldendoodle!

It’s also recommended that you take your Mini Goldendoodle to the professional groomers twice a year. Once at the start of the summer and once at the end of the summer. This will ensure that your Doodle has a cool coat so that he doesn’t overheat during the summer. Then, once summer has passed, the furry coat might have gotten especially tangled thanks to all those months of fun in the sun, and so it’s a good idea to clean him up before winter. 

Here at PuppyBuddy, we love our Mini Goldendoodles! If you’re in the Boca Raton, FL area and want to meet these cuddly teddy bears, then stop in and speak with our knowledgeable pet counselors!   

Puppyhood only lasts 8 months, which can really fly by when you’re in the company of an adorable puppy! These months are critical when it comes to how to train your dog. They say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But really the expression should be, when puppies learn good habits, it lasts a lifetime!

Training your puppy to have good habits is no easy feat, and consistently good behavior won’t happen overnight. But it can happen within 8 months. In fact, the majority of things your puppy must learn, such as how to communicate his need to go to the bathroom, can be accomplished in only a few months! 

PuppyBuddy has put together 10 puppy training tips to help you on your pet parenting journey. Let’s get started. 


Maintaining a consistent, daily schedule for your puppy will be the biggest asset in your puppy training toolbox. Canines are very quick to pick up on routines, and as you provide the stability of a fixed, daily routine for your puppy, you will notice that he’s able to anticipate the major activities throughout the day. Activities such as waking up, bathroom breaks, meal times, walk times, and bedtime.


If you’re unfamiliar, crate training is the process of helping your puppy to enjoy spending alone time in his crate and to ultimately regard his crate as his own personal space. Crate training is an integral factor in training your puppy to become self-sufficient during alone time without becoming destructive. 

Canines are considered “den animals,” and your puppy will feel most comfortable in a den-like dwelling when he sleeps or needs rest. Crate training can also positively impact your potty training efforts. Dogs have an instinct not to go to the bathroom where they sleep, so by crate training your puppy, the situation will encourage him to get your attention when he needs to go to the bathroom. 


Socialization is a vital aspect of puppy training, yet not too many people place special emphasis on it. Yes, socialization happens naturally, but as a puppy parent, it’s also important for you to organize times to socialize your puppy to ensure that all the bases are covered. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. What is socialization? 

Puppy socialization is the process of introducing your puppy to other dogs, animals, people, children, and environments and situations. In each interaction, your job is to closely train your puppy by offering positive or negative reinforcement depending on your puppy’s behavior. This will teach your puppy to know what is acceptable and unacceptable. The reason we suggest that you organize opportunities for socialization is because your puppy might not naturally encounter other dogs, for example, or children. If this is the case, it’s a good idea to organize a doggy play date or take your puppy to a park where children play. This way, you can closely train your puppy as he meets others for the first time.


There’s no getting around it. Teaching your puppy to “sit,” “stay,” “lie down,” and other basic commands is the backbone of puppy training. Being able to communicate with your dog is a precursor to experiencing the joys of having a furry friend. Learning these basic commands has to happen during puppyhood since it’s difficult for adult dogs to change their habits. 

During the puppy training process, you can use positive reinforcements, negative reinforcements, or a combination of both. At times, using punishments may be necessary, but should only be used as a last resort since negative reinforcement typically gets the message across. We’ll discuss both positive and negative reinforcements in other sections of this article.  


There’s nothing quite as fun as seeing your new puppy experience things for the first time. Watching his big, curious eyes grow wide and his little tail wagging is heart-warming. You may already have gotten a taste of this extreme cuteness when you take your puppy for walks around the block. Naturally, you’re starting to wonder when you can take your puppy to the park where he can frolick, see squirrels, and encounter other people and dogs. 

Training your puppy in basic commands and socializing him outside of the home go hand-in-hand. If your puppy doesn’t comprehend and obey your commands, then you need to hold off from taking him to the park. It’s important that your puppy learns the “language” of simple, park-appropriate commands, and you need to be able to trust him. A dog must put obeying you at the top of his priority list. This is a skill the dog develops. Puppies tend to have low impulse control and they put playing and following their curiosity and desires higher on the priority list than obeying their pet parents. With time, they get their priorities straight, and you have to give it time. 

These are the commands that your puppy should be able to obey no matter what before you bring him to a park:

Even if your puppy is trustworthy to follow these commands, we advise that you use a great deal of caution when bringing him to a dog park where your puppy as well as the other dogs will be off leash. Keep your puppy within your control even if he is off leash. Don’t let him run off into the “large breed dog” section of the dog park. And if you get a bad feeling about any of the dogs or the park itself, use your best judgment and act quickly. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. 


As we touched upon in the crate training tip above, your puppy will need to learn to appreciate his alone time. The fact of the matter is that you probably won’t be with your puppy 24 / 7, and even if you have a big family, there will be times when your puppy will need to spend time alone. He will need to be trained in terms of how to spend his alone time, and he will also have to learn that alone time is enjoyable. 

The best advice we can give is that the cozier your puppy’s crate, the better. Likewise, if your puppy will need to spend alone time in his playpen, then making sure he has everything he needs in his pen will greatly help him to accept that he must be alone for a period of time. Giving your puppy a Kong toy with a treat inside, for example, can help him to make positive associations between having alone time in his personal space and receiving a yummy reward. 

A woman demonstrates how to train your dog as she works with a Border Collie puppy.


“Positive reinforcement” means rewarding your puppy when he behaves in the manner you want. This could be when he completes a command, such as sitting, staying, coming, or lying down. Or when he succeeds at long-term or complex commands, such as refraining from barking while a jogger runs down the sidewalk.

From your puppy’s perspective, the best reward is food. Canines are primal and highly value food. When a treat is gained as a result of doing any action, the puppy will repeat the action for the purposes of receiving more treats. Since your puppy views treats as “positive,” using treats to reinforce your desire for your puppy to display specific, good behaviors is called “positive reinforcement” in the dog training world.  

Using positive reinforcement is the most effective puppy training method. It’s more effective than using negative reinforcement, though negative reinforcement is at times unavoidable. 


Negative reinforcement is all about making sure your puppy knows that he will experience a negative consequence if he continues bad behavior. Just as positive reinforcement teaches a puppy to continue doing good behaviors, negative reinforcement teaches a puppy not to do certain behaviors. 

From your puppy’s perspective, he actually cannot tell the difference between “right” and “wrong.” Human rules are unnatural for dogs. And though your puppy doesn’t automatically know the difference between good and bad behavior, he is eager to please you. He also knows that treats are good, pats are good, and attention and affection are good. He wants to receive those from you, and when you provide those positive rewards after he behaves well, he’ll continue to behave well, as we explained in the last section. 

There will be instances when your puppy is only doing undesired behavior, and so there’s no opportunity to reward positive behavior. In instances like this, you’ll have to proceed with a negative consequence so that your puppy associates a behavior with a consequence. By making this connection, he’ll learn that the behavior was bad, and he’ll stop doing it. 

For example, if your puppy nips you during playtime, you should make a high-pitched “yelp” sound. This sound mimics the cry of a hurt puppy. Your puppy would never want to harm another puppy during play, and so, when he hears the “puppy cry,” he should stop nipping. The sound of a puppy cry is a negative reinforcement. But let’s say that your puppy is a little stubborn and continues nipping. You can then discontinue playtime and put him in his crate to be alone. By abruptly stopping the playtime, you are creating a “negative reinforcement” that will teach your puppy that nipping will get him nowhere. 


It’s good for your puppy to be “handled” and handling your puppy for a variety of different reasons will help him to accept handling and be submissive when he’s being handled. Being submissive will then continue throughout his life. When a puppy isn’t handled often, then when he matures, he will strongly resist being handled. 

It really isn’t natural for a dog to be handled by humans. So, no one can really blame a puppy for resisting being handled. It’s part of his instinct to resist. But it’s for your puppy’s own good that he accepts being handled. 

The terms “handled” and “handling” refer to baths, grooming, teeth brushing, nail trimming, petting, lifting, holding, hugging, being handled by vets during checkups, being handled by pet parents to go into their crates, into cars, and into new environments, and being handled by new people, such as dog sitters, dog walkers, dog trainers, and friends, family, and children. 

This is all part of your puppy’s socialization and development, so it’s a good idea to make sure that your puppy gets handled throughout his puppyhood. 


Your puppy will spend nearly 100% of his outdoor time either on a leash or a harness. And because every moment outside is an opportunity to train your puppy as he explores the world, he must be comfortable and controllable in his harness or on his leash. That’s why choosing the right leash or harness is an aspect of puppy training that can’t be overlooked. 

Depending on your puppy’s breed and size, a harness may be more appropriate. Some breeds are inclined to “pull” and “lunge” while others are  happy to scurry around your feet and have no interest in chasing squirrels. A little research may be required to help you find the right leash or harness for your puppy.

Those are the top 10 puppy training tips to help you on your puppy parenting journey! Are you ready for a new puppy? PuppyBuddy can help you find your furry soulmate. Check out our puppies for sale or stop in our Boca Raton FL location

People get dogs for all kinds of reasons. Dogs provide companionship and protection, and help to keep their owners on their toes. Every year, over 2 million dogs are adopted from animal shelters across the United States, and every one of those adoption parents had a good reason to get their dog! 

It might surprise you to learn that people get puppies for different reasons. Typically, puppies are not adopted, but rather are sold by breeders, pet stores, or given away when a pet parent realizes their dog has gotten pregnant. 

Puppies offer their owners a different experience than dogs do, because puppies have different needs and limited abilities. Getting a puppy isn’t a “better” decision than adopting an adult-age dog, and vice versa. Each requires different demands on their owners. 

Read on to learn the top reasons why people get puppies, and ask yourself, are those the reasons you want to get a puppy, too? 


This cannot be overstated enough. When you first get a puppy, you will put in a lot more than you initially get out of the experience. That’s why it’s so important that if you get a puppy, one of the reasons you want a puppy is because you want to spend the time and energy raising a puppy.

Puppies aren’t window dressing that are cute to look at and self-sufficient otherwise. They aren’t self-sufficient at all. Do you have the time, energy, and patience to teach your puppy how to behave on a moment-to-moment basis? 

Puppies are eager to please in general, but depending on the breed, you might not end up with the fastest learner. Raising a puppy requires patience and being consistent, and you can expect your patience to be challenged along the way. Many people who get puppies are happy that their patience will be improved, and they’re also happy that raising their puppy is a demanding, long-term project that they can pour themselves into. 


Puppies can enhance every stage of a person’s life, but one stage in particular when people greatly appreciate having a brand-new puppy in their homes is after their adult-age children have moved out. This phase of life is commonly referred to as the “empty nester” phase, and for many parents who spent 20+ years making their children the focus of everything they did, suddenly living in an empty nest can be depressing and boring. 

For empty nesters, having a puppy to focus on, spend time with, raise, and care for can keep the pep in their step and prevent them from feeling down.

Puppies really are little fur babies, and new puppy parents experience all the joys and rewards of raising their puppies and celebrating the milestones that occur along the way. In fact, getting a puppy can greatly help to ward off depression that would ordinarily set in due to bereavement of a loved one, and also the bereavement of another family pet. 


One of the biggest reasons that a person might opt to get a puppy instead of adopt an adult-age dog is because they want to be able to train their companion in specific ways, and not have to undo, redo, or struggle with “correcting” someone else’s training of the dog.

Very few dogs reach adulthood completely untrained, but there are still a lot of dogs out there who learned a set of rules that might not be enough to uphold your house rules. Those dogs would have to learn the rules, and a lot of people would rather train a brand-new puppy than try to teach an old dog new tricks. 

While wanting to train your own puppy is a perfectly valid reason to get a puppy instead of an adult-age dog, we would like to take a moment now to dispel the myth that it’s hard to train older dogs. It isn’t. In fact, adult-age dogs have a longer attention span, more self control, and less boundless energy, which makes them far easier to train than puppies. They pick up on new things much easier than puppies, and unlike puppies who need a 5 hour nap after they expend energy, adult-age dogs aren’t constantly interrupted by long sleeping sessions. It’s something to think about, which is why you really need to be ready to exercise patience long-term if you want to raise a puppy. 


Believe it or not, this is a big reason why people, especially couples, get puppies. Yes, puppies and human babies are completely different, and to compare them closely is, well, insane. But the specific skills that a parent of a newborn quickly develops are in fact the same skills that a puppy parent develops and strengthens. These skills are patience, selflessness, nurturing, dependability, reliability, and unconditional love. 

Depending on who you ask, raising a puppy can be an excellent “test run” for raising a baby. Others will tell you that puppies and babies are nothing alike, and still other people will insist that raising their puppies didn’t prepare them for family life with their own kids.

Most interesting are the people who insist that raising puppies is harder than raising children. At PuppyBuddy, we would never want someone to get a puppy because they see it as practice for having a baby. But we do happen to agree that the skill set that comes to fruition as you raise and train your puppy will be the same skill set that develops further within you when you start your family.  


Spending just 15 – 30 minutes with a puppy can help you feel more calm and relaxed, reducing stress and increasing happiness! Playing with a puppy increases your brain’s levels of dopamine and serotonin, both of which are neurotransmitters associated with pleasure and tranquility.

Those are excellent reasons to get a puppy, and the best news of all is that interacting with your furry friend even after the cuteness of their puppyhood has faded will still cause you to release happy chemicals in your brain!

Now that you have 5 reasons to get a puppy, do you know which breed will complement your home and lifestyle? If you would like a little extra help, PuppyBuddy can introduce you to the best breeds for you! Stop in our Boca Raton location or meet our puppies for sale online. 

Powerful, sturdy, and majestic, the Bernese Mountain Dog loves life and loves to please his owner. This breed has a highly affectionate nature and gets along well with children and other domestic animals. As a “working breed,” this dog does best when accompanying his human during outside chores, work, and adventures. He thrives in cold weather and does not like being cooped up inside with nothing to do for long stretches.

The Bernese Mountain Dog came onto the scene in the Swiss Alps of Switzerland in the late 1800s, and by 1912 the breed was officially established and recognized. Originally, this breed was developed to accompany alpine herders and dairymen in the Swiss Alps to cart their goods across the terrain. Soon the breed’s duties expanded so that the Bernese were also being used as general farming dogs that kept a lookout for predators and prevented members of the herded livestock from wandering off.

Today, the Bernese Mountain Dog makes an excellent domestic companion for people and families with children who lead active, outdoorsy lifestyles, as this dog breed appreciates fresh air and freedom. That being said, an interesting quirk is that Bernese Mountain Dogs don’t have the highest athletic endurance. This means that even though they love being outside, they might not make the best long distance jogging partner. A long hike or walk is preferred. 

An adorable adult Bernese Mountain Dog sits between his owner's feet while they're outside in the grass on a rainy day.


The Bernese Mountain Dog is considered a large breed dog. All dogs must be properly trained as puppies, but this becomes especially important for large breed dogs so that they don’t accidentally injure or harm someone through disobedience. Bernese Mountain Dogs, also referred to as “Berners” for short, are intelligent and eager to please, which helps the training process throughout their puppyhood. 

Berners have very sensitive feelings, so when training your puppy, please avoid harsh corrections and harsh training methods. Positive reinforcement training practices will go much further with your Berner than using punishments and negative reinforcements. Your Bernese Mountain Dog has a big heart and wants to always feel like you both are on the same side, so be sure to make him feel loved and accepted even when he makes mistakes during the training process.


As we touched upon very briefly at the beginning of this blog, the Bernese Mountain Dog breed loves being outdoors but doesn’t have the highest athletic endurance. Your Berner isn’t going to want to be outside all day, and if they are, you won’t find him sprinting the whole time. Your Berner will be happy with no less than 30 minutes of exercise, and you’ll probably discover that he’s happiest if he can go on a long walk or hike with you each day that takes about an hour. 

He’s a cold-weather breed and he’ll like being outside, but this doesn’t mean he’s an outdoor dog. The Bernese Mountain Dog must live indoors and be able to be a true companion to you. If you happen to be outside for hours doing chores or building a swing set for the kids, you’ll notice that your Berner will make himself useful by watching over your work and keeping an eye on the kids. 

The biggest tip to keep in mind as you care for your Berner is that you should never let a day go by without providing your dog with at least 30 minutes of exercise outside. Even if the weather is terrible, your Berner needs to run around and enjoy the fresh air.  

A handsome Bernese Mountain Dog stands in the forest on a nice autumn day.


This majestic and compassionate dog is sadly the shortest-lived of all breeds. The average life expectancy of the Bernese Mountain dog is 8 to 9 years, but many Bernese pass away after only 6 years. Though there have been a handful of reported cases where a Bernese lived to be as old as 15 years.


Due to the Bernese Mountain Dog being a cold-weather breed, they are prone to heavy shedding and tend to shed year-round. The heaviest shedding occurs during season changes, and especially throughout the summer if it becomes hot. For the majority of the time, brushing your Bernese once a week will be enough to manage the fur shedding, but you might have to increase this to once a day during the summer if you live in a warm climate. 

If your Bernese spends a lot of time outside, then his grooming requirements will go up due to his thick fur. In this case, you’ll need to brush dirt and debris out of his fur, and bath him regularly. Taking him to a professional groomer may be a better option for Bernese owners who don’t have the time to bath and groom their active dogs themselves. 

As part of the Bernese’s regular grooming routine, you’ll also  have to check his ears for trapped dirt, bacteria, and liquid. Bernese are more at risk for ear infections than other breeds due to their thick fur and floppy ears. You can reduce your Bernese’s risk of an ear infection by cleaning his ears weekly and following your vet’s instructions for grooming and cleaning your dog.

A beautiful close up of a Bernese Mountain dog's face shows this dog breed's unique markings of white, brown, and black.


The best advice PuppyBuddy can give you as you raise your Bernese Mountain Dog is to love your Berner as unconditionally as he loves you. Your Berner is ready, willing, and able to accompany you on all your indoor and outdoor activities. And if you foresee you’ll have less time for your dog due to temporary circumstances, then we recommend that you hire a dog sitter, dog walker, or ask a trusted friend or family member to spend time with your Berner and walk him. 

Are you ready to take home a Bernese Mountain Dog? PuppyBuddy has this adorable breed available for you to take home. Stop in our Boca Raton location to meet your fur-ever Berner!

New Year’s is an exciting time to reflect on the year that’s passed and look forward to the year to come. The New Year’s Eve holiday is known for music, fireworks, cocktails, and all around merriment, which is fun for people, but could cause anxiety in your new puppy. If you’re planning on hosting a New Year’s celebration, PuppyBuddy has tips to help you and your puppy have a ball without any mishaps.


Alcoholic beverages, especially sugary cocktails and specialty drinks, tend to have a sweet scent that dogs find hard to resist. Alcohol is poisonous to dogs, and in large enough quantities, it can actually be fatal. Given the small size of a puppy, even sneaking a taste of an alcoholic beverage can cause harm such as depression, unsteady walking, vomiting, and in some cases a serious drop in blood pressure. 

If your puppy ingests alcohol or if he displays any of those signs, we strongly urge you to take him to see the emergency vet. But first and foremost, we wouldn’t want it to get to that point. Which is why we advise you to plan ahead in terms of how you will manage serving alcoholic drinks at your New Year’s party. 

The best course of action is to keep all alcohol out of your puppy’s reach by supplying your guests with high, out-of-reach places where they can set their drinks down if need be. Equally important is to let your party guests know how dangerous alcohol is for puppies, and ask them to be mindful not to leave their drinks unattended. 

Lastly, you’ll want to make sure that your trash receptacles are puppy proof. You wouldn’t want your guests to discard their cups with alcohol residue into a trash bin that your puppy can climb inside. You would be surprised how much liquid can accumulate at the bottom of those bins, which can greatly harm your puppy if he laps it up. 


In general, dogs don’t like unusually loud noises. But at least an adult-age dog has the skills to communicate his distress by barking or otherwise letting you know that there’s a problem. On the other hand, puppies are still in the process of developing their skill sets, and if distressed, they might not seek you out or bark. Instead, they may pee or defecate on the floor, or become destructive in some other way. Given that a party is occurring, you might not even know about the mess your puppy has made until long after the fact. 

We don’t want that to happen, so here are some tips you can use to avoid distressing your puppy with loud noises. 

If you’re going to use a stereo or speaker system to play music, we recommend keeping the music volume low and maybe even choosing music that doesn’t have a lot of drums and deep tones that reverberate noticeable vibrations. 

Next, we recommend that you prevent the sounds of doors slamming by perhaps using door stoppers. If using a door stopper isn’t realistic for the front door where your guests are mainly entering your home, consider hanging a sign that asks your guests to softly close the door for the sake of your new puppy.


The only other source of loud noises will probably be beyond your control, and that’s fireworks. If your city or town has organized a fireworks display and you happen to live in an area that’s loud, then you won’t be able to reduce the sound, but you can comfort your puppy. 

It’s a good idea to have a “safe room” for your puppy where he can go if the party, or sounds of fireworks, overwhelms him. His crate should be in the safe room with food and water. It’s also a good idea to have calming puppy supplements on hand to give your puppy as treats if he does become anxious. 

Finally, we would like to address “poppers” and other noisemakers that tend to be popular on New Year’s Eve as party favors for guests. Noisemakers and poppers obviously aren’t as loud as fireworks, but they could rile up your puppy if not startle him in ways that cause anxiety. For this reason, we recommend that you forego the poppers and noisemakers this year, and save them for next year when your puppy will be a dog and old enough to tolerate them. 


But what if you aren’t planning on hosting a New Year’s Eve party this year? Just because you aren’t throwing a party doesn’t mean you have to be a party pooper. There are plenty of fun activities you can enjoy with your new puppy at home to celebrate the New Year’s holiday. 

Cuddle up for a Movie Marathon

Stay in the holiday spirit by curling up on the couch with your precious new pooch to watch these fun movies featuring dogs!

Bake Homemade Doggy Treats

Try bonding with your new puppy in the kitchen by making these fun doggy treats that are healthy for your puppy and yummy enough for you to try!

For additional puppy treat recipes taste-tested by PuppyBuddy, check out our article, Doggie Ice Cream & Other Treats Your Puppy Will Love. 

We hope you have a wonderful New Year’s Eve with your new puppy, and a very Happy New Year! Here’s to looking forward to all the joys a puppy can bring in 2023!

‘Tis the season of giving! As the holidays unfold this month, and you think of your family and friends while shopping for gifts, don’t forget about your new puppy! Puppies need mental stimulation and physical activity in order to grow into happy, healthy dogs. The toys you get for your puppy can greatly enhance his development! Holiday gifts for your puppy come in many different shapes, sizes, and prices.

Fun, intelligence-building toys can also help you keep your puppy entertained during periods of the day when he might have to stay inside or spend time by himself.

Are some puppy toys better than others? What toys should you get your puppy this holiday season? 

PuppyBuddy has researched and tested some of the most popular puppy toys, and we’re bringing you the very best of the best. Read on to find out which gifts to get your puppy this winter. 

A cute Rottweiler puppy gnaws on a red Kong toy while he rests on a blanket inside.
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Best Toy for Puppies Who Like to Chew

If you’ve never heard of the Kong before, it’s time to step into the light. Kongs are, hands-down, the most popular dog toy, because they stimulate and entertain dogs of all ages, including puppies.

Kongs are made of a durable, chewable, non-BPA rubber that bounces when your puppy throws it around. The key feature of the Kong is that you can put a doggy treat inside it. Your puppy will have to chew, pinch, and shake the Kong at just the right angle to get the treat. 

As you can imagine, this type of game can provide hours of entertainment for your puppy that will tire him out and give him a sense of accomplishment and reward. Best of all, when your puppy has a fun chew toy like the Kong, he won’t be interested in chewing your shoes or furniture. 

Kongs come in a variety of sizes, too. The price ranges from $12 – $25, and since it’s easy to clean this toy, they tend to last a very long time. 

An adorable Border Collie puppy plays with a tug of war rope toy while he lays on the wooden floor inside his home.
A rope toy should be durable


Best for Bonding Playtime

When it comes to rope toys, quality is everything. Depending on the brand, the strength and durability of the rope material can vary. The last thing you want is for your large breed puppy to literally tear apart his new toy, which is why we recommend Lechong and ZippyPaws.

Lechong makes a dog rope toy that is durable enough for your large breed puppy to give the thing a real beating without destroying it. Most importantly, because Lechong tightly weaves the ropes during assembly and uses large knots, there’s no chance of your puppy tearing off bits that could become choking hazards. 

The material is made from natural, washable cotton, and is known for being a great texture for teething puppies. Plus, it’s 36 inches long, which allows plenty of space for you and your puppy to play tug-of-war. This product is roughly $17, but prices may vary. 

If you have a smaller breed puppy, then we recommend the Monkey Rope Toy from ZippyPaws. This toy isn’t quite as hefty as the Lechong rope toy, but it doesn’t need to be if your puppy belongs to a smaller breed. The ZippyPaws rope toy uses thick nylon at each grip end, and best of all, the middle of the rope toy is a stuffed animal with a squeaker inside. When your puppy isn’t playing tug-of-war with you, he can cuddle this toy. You can find the Monkey Rope Toy for about $16 at most pet retailers.  


Best for Cuddling 

Remember being a kid and opening presents on Christmas? If your memories are anything like ours, receiving a mix of toys and stuffed animals was a source of joy! Your puppy will feel the same way when you give him a cute, stuffed animal to cuddle with and call his own. 

There are many doggy stuffed animals out there, but not every product can withstand the chewing, tugging, and tossing that puppies typically do to their toys. The biggest concern for new puppy parents is choking hazards, which is why it’s important to pick out a stuffed animal that’s trusted. 

We could easily recommend ten stuffed animal toys in this section, but we’ll stick to the one we like the most. That being said, we encourage you to do your own research to find alternatives. There are plenty of great brands out there!

But our personal favorite is made by Multipet—the Lamb Chop Plush Dog Toy. This stuffed animal is 10 inches long and is made out of a super soft material that can withstand chewing. This is a squeaky toy and has enough weight that you can throw it during a game of fetch. This toy is best for small-to-medium sized breeds. 

A cute Samoyed puppy dog plays with a dog puzzle to show that dog puzzles are popular holiday gifts for puppies and dogs.
Interactive puppy toys provide mental stimulation


Best for Mental Stimulation

We decided to save the best for last… Yes, all of the puppy toys on this list are great choices for the holidays, but if you only get your puppy one gift this winter, it has to be an interactive dog toy. Our personal favorite is the Nina Ottosson Interactive Dog Toy, but you may want to browse the options to find alternatives. 

The Nina Ottosson Interactive Dog Toy was voted “Best Overall Toy for Puppies” by, a website dedicated to reviewing new technology and innovations in mechanical science with a special emphasis on analyzing military tech. So, um, yeah, a toy that Popular Mechanics recommends just might turn your puppy into a rocket scientist!

This toy is really a puzzle that provides both mental and physical stimulation for dogs of all ages. There are various “levels” of this toy model that you can buy as your puppy develops. You’ll probably want to start with Level 1. 

No matter what the level, the objective of the game remains the same. Your puppy must remove the “bones” from the tray to uncover treats. These puzzle games have been thoroughly reviewed by pet parents of puppies and dogs, and the consensus is that their pets are engaged for hours and love the toy. It’s appropriate for all breeds, and the only caveat is that once you see how much your puppy loves this game, you’ll probably buy him another and another as he grows. You can find these puppy puzzles for roughly $15, but we recommend price hunting. You might find a deal! 

Now that you have our puppy toy recommendations, which holiday gifts are you going to buy your new puppy this Christmas? 

Wake up and smell the coffee, pet parents! It’s National Cook for Your Pets Day!

Didn’t know that’s a thing?

That’s a thing!

You can always count on PuppyBuddy to keep you in the know about all things “puppy” from training tips to housebreaking tricks to the science behind why all dogs love peanut butter…

“Peanut butter comes packed with smell and taste sensations that go straight to a dog’s brain, causing a sudden release of dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin! The result is a canine high that humans cannot fully comprehend.”


In other words…

This is your puppy:

This is your puppy on peanut butter

And this is the morning after your puppy does peanut butter:

Oh, come on, you know what we’re talking about!

All kidding aside, there’s nothing quite like bonding with your brand-new puppy. Making a tasty treat together in the kitchen is a great way to teach your puppy patience and obedience. You’ll also get a kick out of seeing your puppy’s cute little face light up and his tail wagging at all the delicious smells!

In this blog, you’ll find 5 healthy dog treat recipes that range from sweet to salty. Best of all, you can eat every one, too! And kudos to any puppy parent brave enough to eat the peanut butter and bacon recipe!


We promise that your puppy will love these treats and snacks we’ve put together, but there is one caveat. Please don’t feed all of these treats to your furry friend at once! Eating too much peanut butter and other fun stuff can lead to an urgent need to go to the bathroom, not to mention obesity in the long run. So, we recommend that you give your puppy these delicious homemade treats in moderation! 

Ready? It’s time to whip up some doggy treats! 

On your marks! Get set! Peanut butter! 



1 cup peanut butter*

4 ripe bananas, peeled

32 ounces plain, low fat yogurt

*Use natural peanut butter or double check the ingredients and make sure the peanut butter doesn’t contain Xylitol, which can be harmful to dogs.



5 silicone trays that are bone-shaped or paw-shaped, or you can use 6 ice cube trays

Ziplock bags (optional)


  1. Mix peeled bananas, peanut butter, and plain low fat yogurt in a blender.
  2. Blend until thoroughly smooth.
  3. Pour batter into silicone trays or ice cube trays.
  4. Place in freezer for 8 hours or overnight to freeze
  5. Serve frozen, and use ziplock bags to store leftovers in the freezer

Prep Time: 15 mins

Freeze Time: 8 hrs

Total Time: 8 hrs 15 mins, or overnight

Yield: 30 treats



1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup almond flour

1/4 cup oatmeal

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup bone broth or beef broth

1 egg

1/2 cup peanut butter*

1/3 cup shredded cheese

*Use natural peanut butter or double check the ingredients and make sure the peanut butter doesn’t contain Xylitol, which can be harmful to dogs.


Doggie bone cookie cutter or silicone mold

Baking sheet

Parchment paper

Rolling pin


  1. In a large bowl or your stand mixer bowl, add wheat flour, almond flour, oatmeal and baking soda 
  2. Mix in coconut oil, beef broth, and egg
  3. Mix in peanut butter
  4. Mix in cheese
  5. Continue mixing on low until all ingredients are well combined 

Tip: If the mixture is too dry, add a bit more beef broth. If the mixture is too wet, add a bit more wheat flour. The goal is to have a mixture you can roll out and use the cookie cutter on. 

  1. Once your mixture is fully incorporated, transfer it to a flat surface
  2. Put down a piece of parchment paper with a dusting of whole wheat flour
  3. Put a piece of parchment paper on top and using a rolling pin, roll out dough until thin enough to use your cookie cutter
  4. Cut your dough with the cookie cutter and place on a baking sheet lined with a baking mat or parchment paper
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, turning over halfway through 

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 12 mins

Total Time: 27 mins

Yield: 26 treats



1 – 1 ½ cup quick cook oatmeal

1/2 cup cooked chicken breast, diced

1/2 cup cooked beets, diced

1 large egg


Food processor

Parchment paper

Cookie sheet


  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F
  2. In a food processor, pulse oats until they produce a flour with minimal whole oats visible, about 30 seconds
  3. Add remaining ingredients and pulse until the mixture creates a ball of dough 

Tip: More oats may be necessary if the chicken or beets are extra moist. If the mixture seems too dry, add a tablespoon of water at a time.

  1. Use a rounded tablespoon to place dough balls on a parchment-lined cookie sheet
  2. Use a spatula or the palm of your hand to flatten each ball of dough
  3. Bake the sheet of dog treats in the preheated oven for 15 minutes 
  4. Remove treats from the oven then allow to cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet before transfering to a wire rack to cool completely
  5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a week, or freeze for up to 3 months

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 25 mins

Yield: 20 treats



2 1/2 cups AP Flour

2 eggs

1/4 cup baked sweet potato

2 tbsp peanut butter*

1/2 tsp salt

*Use natural peanut butter or double check the ingredients and make sure the peanut butter doesn’t contain Xylitol, which can be harmful to dogs.


Rolling pin

Bone-shaped cookie cutter 


  1. In a large bowl, mix together flour, eggs, sweet potato, peanut butter and salt
  2. Add water as needed to get the dough to knead, but don’t let the dough become too wet, as you want your dough to be dry and stiff 
  3. Roll out the dough to about 1/2-inch-thick
  4. Cut out the peanut butter and sweet potato dog treats with your cookie cutter
  5. Bake your Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Dog Treats for about 40 minutes at 350 until they are hard! 

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 40 mins

Total Time: 50 mins

Yield: 12 treats



1 ½ cups rolled oats

½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled

2 eggs


Food processor

Bone-shaped cookie cutter

Parchment paper

Baking sheet


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees 
  2. Add oats, cheese, and bacon to the bowl of a food processor and process until ingredients reach a crumb-like consistency
  3. Add two eggs to the food processor and process until the mixture resembles a sticky dough
  4. Sprinkle flour or finely ground oats onto a wood cutting board and roll out dough to about ¼-inch thick 
  5. Using a cookie cutter, cut out dough into bone shapes
  6. Transfer dog treats to a parchment-lined baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes
  7. Cool treats completely and store in an airtight glass or plastic container

Prep Time: 12 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 22 mins

Yield: 10 treats



Dog biscuit ingredients

Biscuit glaze ingredients

*Use natural peanut butter or double check the ingredients and make sure the peanut butter doesn’t contain Xylitol, which can be harmful to dogs.


Rolling pin

Bone-shaped cookie cutter


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs, and oil in a bowl 
  3. Mix in baking soda and whole wheat flour
  4. Stir until a stiff dough forms
  5. Knead dough or mix just until flour is incorporated
  6. Roll out dough with a rolling pin and use a cookie cutter to cut out dog bone shapes, or just bake into little circles like cookies
  7. Bake for 15 minutes
  8. In a separate bowl, whisk the bacon grease and peanut butter until very smooth 
  9. Drizzle the glaze over the treats and cool until the glaze hardens (it does best in the fridge or freezer).

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

Yield: 20 treats

That about wraps up PuppyBuddy’s doggy treat recipes that you can try on National Cook for Your Pets Day!

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As people age, their lives change to varying degrees. Many senior citizens experience mobility limitations, and some seniors lose mobility all together. Health complications can set in, and the activities, exercise, and social engagements that they once used to enjoy may be difficult to participate in. 

This can lead to isolation. Isolation can lead to loneliness, as well as decreased exercise. Both of which can cause low mood and depression. No one wants that! 

If you or someone you love is elderly, the social isolation that comes with living alone doesn’t have to negatively affect your mental and physical health. By simply welcoming your home to a puppy and opening your heart to the journey that comes with dog companionship, you can improve your mood, health, and overall happiness. 

According to the Pets for the Elderly Foundation, pet companionship offers proven benefits to seniors, which we’ll go over in this article. Unlike any other pets such as cats, birds, or rabbits, dogs in particular provide the added benefit of being helpers and assistants to their elderly owners. Dogs have even been known to bark for help and even fetch phones when their owners have fallen, hurt themselves, and were unable to get up! 


Heart Health

Having a dog can help your heart—literally! If that sounds like quite a statement, Harvard Health Publishing from the Harvard Medical School didn’t just make the statement, they titled an article with that exact headline! The article goes on to detail that there is a growing body of evidence that suggests having a dog improves cardiovascular health in people of all ages, especially the elderly.

Now this doesn’t mean that a puppy will cure your elderly loved one of their cardiovascular health issues if they have any. But it does mean that living with a puppy or dog lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, and has a calming effect, all of which can alleviate strain and stress on the heart. 

Improved Activity

If and when isolation sets in for an elderly person, it might not be due to physical limitations. Sometimes a person just needs a good reason to get up and get moving. Having a puppy or dog is the perfect motivating factor to take a nice walk around the block a few times a day. For the elderly, this can make all the difference in the world. 

By increasing activity by merely a few walks or trips to the dog park per day, an elderly person can lower their LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol) by as much as 15% while increasing HDL cholesterol (“good” cholesterol) by a whopping 20%! Don’t believe us? Check out what WebMD has to say on the subject of walking and cholesterol.

Healthy Behavior

Research also shows that people who own and take care of dogs tend to take better care of themselves, and the elderly are no exception to this trend. Caring for a pet helps a person develop and maintain a fixed routine, and having a companion while living a fixed routine day-to-day can help give the elderly person an added sense of purpose. 

Newton’s first law of motion tells us that an object in motion stays in motion, and this law applies to the elderly as well when their puppies have helped them establish a consistent, daily routine that includes walking at set times, eating at set times, and bathing and grooming regularly. Elderly people with dogs find that they complete other tasks and long-term projects easily and with more enthusiasm than they would have if they were still living all alone.

Assistance with Physical Tasks

There’s a reason that the one and only certified service and therapy animals are dogs. Unlike any other pet animal, dogs have a deeply ingrained nature to assist and be of service to their owners. Due to their high intelligence and keen intuition, dogs are able to anticipate the needs of their owners and also sense when something is wrong. In fact, some dogs can smell if blood sugar is out of whack in their diabetic owners! 

Whether an elderly person needs help getting their shoes and drawers opened in their home, or they need more involved physical assistance, the right dog breed will be ready, willing, and able to rise to the challenge. 


Decreased Loneliness

Surprising as it may seem, having a dog around the home can effectively decrease feelings of loneliness for the elderly. Dogs are natural companions, but what makes them so special is their ability to give and receive love and affection. When an elderly person receives unconditional love and nudges from their puppy to cuddle or play, the person will feel needed and loved. And it’s a two-way street! 

Health research and studies show that taking care of others and being giving can elevate your mood. Likewise, giving and receiving physical touch with a pet offers nearly as many mental and emotional health benefits as hugging a human loved one. 

Stress Relief 

To elaborate on the previous benefit, the reason that a person’s mood elevates when they pet, hug, and otherwise love their puppy is due to a serotonin boost in the brain. Serotonin is the brain’s “feel good” chemical, and just by petting a dog, your brain will produce this happy hormone. 

This can do wonders for an elderly person who lives alone. As serotonin rises in the brain, it suppresses, reduces, and even blocks other “stress” hormones, such as cortisol. Ultimately, this can lead to a perceptible decrease in mental and emotional stress, which also decreases physical stress on the heart. Being relaxed and feeling safe are great for the human heart. 

Better Self-Esteem

The slow, gradual process of aging can bring with it feelings of personal discouragement that creep in over time. It can be frustrating to lose aspects of mobility, physical agility and strength, and even those youthful good looks! For seniors who feel discouraged by their age, appearance, or abilities, having a puppy can remind them that they’re important, needed, and loved. 

Having a pet to take care of, one that also helps get you physically motivated to take walks, can positively impact self-esteem for the elderly. Seniors will more readily accept themselves as they are and see themselves and their abilities, no matter how limited, in a positive light. 


If you’re reading this article with an elderly friend or loved one in mind, then before you surprise your senior loved one with a puppy, there are some things to consider. Depending on your answer, you may need to be more or less involved in the overall caretaking of the dog long-term.

Is Your Loved One an Experienced Dog Owner?

Puppies require training and housebreaking, and even dogs need to receive commands in order to learn the ropes. This won’t phase someone who has owned a dog before, but the entire idea could be overwhelming to someone who has never owned a dog before. We recommend talking to your senior about the possibility of getting either a puppy or a dog, and go over the benefits as well as the responsibilities that come with dog ownership in order to help your elderly loved one make the right decision. 

Are Finances an Issue?

Again, you wouldn’t want to surprise your senior loved one with a puppy if you aren’t certain they can afford the costs associated with caring for a dog long term. Dogs require a lot of care, which could be considered expensive depending on the senior’s financial situation. Plus, there are additional costs to think about such as health care, trips to the vet, and common day-to-day expenses like food, toys, poop bags, and the list goes on. 

Should You Get Your Elderly Loved One a Puppy or an Adult Dog?

Perhaps the most important question to consider once you’re sure that you do, in fact, want to get a dog for your senior is this. Should you get a puppy or a full-grown dog? There are upsides and downsides to both options. Puppies will obviously have much higher energy and will need to be trained and housebroken. Depending on the energy level of your elderly loved one, training a puppy could actually come as a welcomed project that they’ll love. But it’s important to discuss the subject with them. An older dog, for example, will come trained, but you know what they say about old dogs… 

If you’re leaning towards getting a puppy, but don’t personally have the extra time to assist your elderly loved one with the hands-on training process they’ll need to use with their puppy, consider getting a puppy from PuppyBuddy

We offer a 6-week puppy training program for all of our PuppyBuddy pups! This program is comprehensive and will completely train your puppy. And best of all, it provides a wonderful bonding experience between your elderly loved one and their brand-new puppy! 

If you’re looking for an active, fun-loving dog that’s loyal and highly protective of you and your family, look no further than the Boxer. Though considered medium-sized, Boxers have a tall, regal stature that’s accentuated by their short, smooth coat and “proud” chest. 

Their prominent personality traits also embody this faithful attitude. They rank high on the affectionate scale and are especially good with young children. That protective nature really comes out around kids, and they take their duties to keep little ones safe from harm very seriously! 

For this reason, owners of Boxers should take extra time and care to properly introduce new people, guests, and anyone stopping by to their devoted Boxer so that this dog knows that the “strangers” are friends and not foes. If formal introductions aren’t made, watch out! 

This watchdog and family guardian will not back down from a perceived threat and will proceed to protect the household fearlessly, which could spell trouble. We recommend that throughout your Boxer’s 8-month puppyhood you expose him to a lot of people and other animals. This way, he’ll get used to the process of dealing with new faces, and he’ll reserve his fierce watchdog tactics for when a real-life intruder is on the prowl. 


This lovable breed came onto the scene in Germany in the mid 1800s when an Old English Bulldog was bred with the now-extinct Bullenbeisser breed. You can really see the physical traits of the Old English Bulldog’s breed in the Boxers distinct muzzle and slight underbite. By 1985, the first Boxer club was established in Germany, and the very next year, the first Boxer dog show occurred in Munich. 

Ethical regard for Boxers has greatly improved in the last fifty years. It might shock you to learn that for at least 100 years, this trustworthy breed was subjected to specific cruelties, the most common of which was “docking and cropping.” 

The term “docking” refers to chopping off the Boxer’s long tail so that all that remains is a stump. And “cropping” refers to cutting off the tips of the ears. While cropping the ears inflicts far less pain on the dog and is often still done today, docking is another story. 

But soon ethical breeding standards emerged that compelled breeders to develop the Boxer breed to have a naturally stumpy tail. They accomplished this by only breeding Boxers that had the shortest tails, and eventually the tail length became a stump.

Despite this, today you will find most if not all Boxers have a substantial tail. 

But “docking and cropping” were only one aspect of cruelty towards Boxers. A far worse practice also occurred during the hundred-year period. We’re talking about puppy euthanization.

Boxers come in a variety of colors, from sable to brown to very dark brown, and they can also be white. Very unfortunately, white Boxers are prone to deafness in either one or both ears. It’s not completely understood why this ailment occurs in white Boxers and not the other shades. But it was due to this propensity for deafness that caused breeders to euthanize white puppies immediately after birth! 

If your blood is boiling right now, you aren’t alone! White puppies matter! Though the sentiment never caught on as a political movement in support of the fair treatment of white pups, luckily animal rights activists did get involved, and today this practice of euthanization has been banned.   

Instead, white puppies are typically homed via adoption, not sold. And the adoption process includes transparency about the likely deafness that will develop in one or both of the puppy’s ears. Interestingly, for this reason, the one and only puppy breed that’s easy to find to adopt is the white Boxer. Generally speaking, it’s only adult-aged dogs and older dogs that are available for adoption at animal shelters. So, if you’re considering adopting but really want a puppy, then you’ll find a lot of love with a white Boxer! Just be prepared that raising a dog with special needs can be a challenge. 

Now that you know a little Boxer history, here’s everything else you need to know if you’re thinking about getting a purebred Boxer.


As a medium-sized breed, Boxers have a tall, proud physique, as we mentioned. The males stand at 23 – 25 inches from paw to shoulder and weigh between 65 – 80 lbs, while the females are about 3 inches shorter and 15 lbs lighter.


All Boxers have a short, smooth coat, but the colors can really range. Most Boxers are fawn and brindle colored with a white underbelly and white feet. These distinct white markings are called “flash,” and so Boxers with these markings are referred to as “flashy”! The term “fawn” gets complicated, though, since it denotes a range of colors from light tan to yellow to reddish brown to honey-blonde, and the color range goes on. Not to mention that some Boxers are white, which we covered a moment ago.

Aside from their beautifully colored coat, the next physical features to mention are their square-shaped heads, short snout, folded muzzle, and slight underbite, which causes their lower teeth and jaw to protrude beyond the upper teeth ever so slightly.

These dogs shed minimally thanks to their short coat, which means they only require monthly grooming, as opposed to daily like some of the high maintenance breeds. Where they lack in shedding, however, they make up for in drooling. According to the American Kennel Club, Boxer drooling lands in the middle of the scale. In other words, you won’t always have to have a towel handy, but this breed isn’t drool-free. 


Here’s what separates the Boxer lovers from the Boxer survivors… Boxers are high-energy dogs. They need a significant amount of daily exercise, and if you don’t give it to them, they will take it anyway in the form of bouncing off the walls of your home. 

For this reason, we recommend Boxers to people with active lifestyles who are prepared to bring their Boxers on walks, jogs, hikes, and just about everywhere. But you must also be prepared to manage and command your Boxer, and it’s a good idea to keep him on a leash unless you’re at a dog park.

Boxers are natural chasers and have been categorized in the “working” group of dogs. They like to run, leap, jump, and otherwise play. You may find you are constantly commanding your Boxer to “stay down” if and when he’s in the wrong setting, i.e. one that stimulates him too much.


As we touched upon in the last section, Boxers are high-energy dogs and they like to leap and bound, especially when outdoors. While this is their nature and nothing will change that, you can establish and retain a great deal of control over your Boxer by properly training him throughout puppyhood.

Puppyhood only lasts about 8 months, and this is a critical time for all dogs. But for Boxers specifically, it’s important to never miss a moment of training during this crucial stage of life. By remaining firm, consistent, and faithful to instructing your Boxer how to behave, and what to do versus what not to do, you will end up with an obedient, loyal dog who enjoys your communication and respects your commands.

Are you ready to bring home your very own Boxer puppy? Find your furry soulmate at PuppyBuddy, and check out our available puppies

Loyal, playful, and affectionate, the Alaskan Malamute is best known for being a heavy-duty worker! This strong and dignified breed was originally used as an arctic sled dog, which makes sense when you note the physique. Alaskan Malamutes are immensely strong with heavy bones, powerful shoulders, and a thick, rain-and-snow-proof coat. After generations of being born to work in the Alaskan wilderness, these loyal dogs have “responsibility” in their blood. 

They take their role in the hierarchies of the families they live with deeply to heart, and you’ll know it. Your Alaskan Malamute will see trouble coming from a mile away and gently yet firmly urge you towards safety! 

This breed is far from “all work and no play,” however. Though Alaskan Malamutes enjoy taking complex orders and completing tasks to the satisfaction of their pack leader—you!—they also live for snuggling with their pet parents after putting in a hard day’s work.    

Alaskan Malamutes, or Mals for short, are good with young children, as well as good with other dogs, which makes them a great choice for families. While not all Mals have the same exact temperament, the breed’s characteristics are reliable. Those characteristics include being playful, gentle, and friendly, but with a strong streak. 

For this reason, it’s best to be especially firm and consistent when training your Alaskan Malamute as a puppy. This breed does have a headstrong nature during puppyhood. But once you assert your role as the head of the pack, and your Mal’s role as your subordinate, your Mal will happily stay in his proper place.

Here’s everything you need to know if you’re thinking about getting an Alaskan Malamute.


The Alaskan Malamute is considered a medium-sized dog, but due to its strength and energy, this breed can come across much larger than life. Mals generally stand between 23 to 25 inches at the shoulder. They can weigh between 75 to 85 pounds. Trust us, you’re going to feel like you’ve got more than enough dog if you take home an Alaskan Malamute puppy! And with a life expectancy of 10 – 14 years, you’ll have a dependable, intelligent companion for the long haul.


In terms of appearance, this breed is probably best known for its thick, fluffy tail and hardy coat. Mals have a double layered coat type to help them stay fully insulated in the Alaskan tundra. So, watch out! If you live in a warm climate, you can expect your Mal to shed. With a thick, double-layer coat, your Mal will have to be groomed somewhat frequently. 

You may have seen an Alaskan Malamute and mistaken it for a Husky. The breeds appear similar, especially regarding their fur colors and markings. Mals can be black and white, gray and white, black and gray and white, or a plethora of other color combinations. The most distinct marking is that all Mals have either a “black mask” or a “gray mask” on their faces.  


Alaskan Malamutes make loyal and bold companions, emphasis on the bold. Dogs of this breed love to run, investigate, play, and otherwise make it their business to participate in whatever is going on around them. If you guessed that Mals are highly sociable, then you guessed right! But with that sociable temperament comes a strong will and independent spirit. 

This is why the dog experts at PuppyBuddy can’t recommend strongly enough that new owners of Mal puppies take careful time to train their dogs. Alaskan Malamutes respond quickly to reward-based training, especially when training involves treats or fun games. This breed is highly intelligent and aims to please, so long as you remain firm and consistent during the training and housebreaking period. 


Though Alaskan Malamutes aren’t sprinters, they were bred to work, which means they have naturally high energy levels and exert steady energy throughout the day, sort of like endurance athletes. What this means for new owners of Mal puppies is that your pup is going to need daily exercise, and a walk around the block might not cut it. 

Malamutes love hiking, jogging, swimming, and going for long walks as opposed to brisk trips to the end of the street. Your Mal will appreciate being put to the challenge if you want to participate in agility and obedience trials, weight-pulling competitions, or even strapping a heavy backpack on him before you set out to climb a mountain! 

All this is to say that if you’re looking for a lap dog who will be happy curling up with you on the couch all day, the Alaskan Malamute might not be your cup of tea. If, however, you’re an adventurous, high energy, frequent exerciser, then a Mal could become your activity partner as well as your beloved pup!


As we touched upon in the beginning of this blog, training your Alaskan Malamute is crucial. If you go soft with the training or become inconsistent, this strong-willed breed could give you a serious run for your money. The last thing you want is to “give in” when your cute, puppy Mal challenges you, because if you do, you’ll end up with a pushy dog who might not respect people and other dogs. 

Firmness, consistency, and promptly rewarding good behavior and obeyed commands is the secret strategy to foster a devoted, trustworthy Malamute. Bear in mind, however, that there are some characteristics that you won’t be able to “train” your Mal not to do. Digging is one of them. So, if you have a fenced-in yard, it’s best if your fence continues into the ground, and you’ll want to check the perimeter from time to time to make sure your Mal hasn’t dug his way to China.  


Alaskan Malamutes should be screened for certain health conditions. So, if you’re considering buying a Mal, you should inquire about the following health conditions to make sure the puppy is in good health. Hip dysplasia, which is a malformation of the hip joints, is the foremost condition to check for. This skeletal condition is common in all dogs, but due to the hefty physique of the Alaskan Malamute, your puppy could have a higher chance of hip dysplasia later in its maturity. 

Additional health conditions to look for are elbow dysplasia, thrombopathia, chondrodysplasia or “dwarfism,” hypothyroidism, and “day blindness.” 

If you’re getting your Alaskan Malamute puppy from a pet store that only works with reputable, certified dog breeders, like PuppyBuddy, these health conditions shouldn’t be a concern.  

Have you fallen in love with the idea of bringing home your very own Alaskan Malamute puppy? Find your fur-ever friend at PuppyBuddy, and check out our available puppies

Who hasn’t left a pet store and spent the rest of the day wondering, Should I get a puppy? 

Puppies are heart-melting to say the least. They easily bring a smile to your face, and if you’ve ever held a warm, soft puppy in your arms and resisted the urge to bring the little guy home, you must have some kind of superpower! 

As adorable as a puppy’s large, trusting eyes look, especially when the fur ball stares up at you with unconditional love and yearns to be with you fur-ever, try not to be swayed on the spot. Buying a puppy shouldn’t be done impulsively on a whim.    

Getting a puppy is a huge responsibility, and for those who have never owned a dog before, your life will change in significant ways from the moment you bring your very first puppy home. But the pros far outweigh the cons—we promise! 

Owning a dog improves physical and mental health, increases responsibility and empathy, and impacts your social life, expanding it in some areas while limiting it in others. With a dog in the house, even when and how you eat could be affected if your pupper masters the art of peering up at you with hungry eyes until you cave—bone-appétit! 

Read on to learn the major ways your first puppy will change your life.

Dogs boost positivity!


Dogs are innately intuitive and have a natural ability to sympathetically perceive distress and provide comfort in response. Research has shown that when a pet parent feels down, temporarily suffering from a low mood, their dog will have a sympathetic response by feeling down, too. 

But the dog won’t wallow in sadness. Instead, the dog’s instinct to comfort and uplift their owner will kick in. Puppies are no different and possess the same natural instincts. If you’ve had a ruff day, you can count on your puppy to snuggle and console you. And the results will surprise you. Not only can the comfort of a dog reduce stress by lowering cortisol and calming anxiety, your pup’s presence can also lower blood pressure and help you live a longer life.

What’s a dog’s dream job?

Branch manager!

Your dog will get you moving!


When you have a dog in your life, exercise is no longer optional. During all stages of a dog’s development, from puppyhood to maturity and into the twilight years of their life, a dog will need daily exercise and outings, and your job will be to keep up! But that’s a good thing. Starting your day with a quick walk around the block with your new puppy will provide a metabolism boost you won’t regret. And that’s just the start of the day in your new life as a puppy parent.

Each day with your dog will include outings, whether it’s a trip to the dog park to socialize or a longer walk around the neighborhood after you return home from the office. In fact, the additional exercise you’ll get thanks to your dog could improve your overall immune system, according to Psychology Today. That’s right, fewer colds & flus, fewer days spent sick, and more days feeling happy and healthy!

What do you call a dog magician?

A Labracadabrador!


Another significant way your life will change the moment you take home a puppy revolves around friendships. You’ve probably heard that a dog is a man’s best friend, but did you also know that having a dog can help you make meaningful friendships? It’s true! On the one hand, as soon as you get into your daily doggy routine of walks and outings, you’re sure to notice how friendly people become. Neighbors, strangers, and passersby will want to stop and say hello to your new puppy…

…and the friendliness won’t end just because your puppy matures into an adult dog. In fact, owners who regularly take their dogs to the same dog parks have reported making meaningful friendships with other pet parents. These relationships can come in handy later down the road if and when you need a dog walker or pet sitter on the fly. Calling in a favor that you’re prepared to return when the time comes is a surefire way to make reliable friends.  

What’s a dog’s favorite snack?


Never a Dull Night In!


While your new puppy will surely help you make friends during outings, by contrast, having a dog will also impact your social life in another, much different way, too. You might have to say “no” to last minute plans… and you might really like it! Your new dog will be a perfect built-in excuse to avoid all those stuffy events you don’t want to RSVP “yes” to. 

There is a downside, though. There will be times when you want to let loose and spontaneously act on a last-minute invitation. Having a dog means having a dependant, period, which means that living your life as a truly single person will be over. You might even miss out on parties and fun out-of-town trips if you can’t find a dog walker, pet sitter, or someone to commit to stopping in on your pooch while you’re away. 

Which fashion magazine do dogs like reading most?

Vanity Fur!


Lastly, the biggest way your life will change thanks to your new puppy is that you’ll finally “get” why people refer to their pups as their “babies.” Sleeping in extra late, eating a meal in uninterrupted peace, and taking a spontaneous trip out of town are the lifestyle perks you may have to kiss goodbye once you become a pet parent to a puppy. But trust us, you won’t even miss it once you experience what you’ll gain instead. 

A dog is a friend for life that offers emotional support, improved cardiovascular health, and a healthy push to go beyond your comfort zone, and the advantages of having a dog don’t end there. Dog owners enjoy improvements in their mood and happiness levels.

Yes, housebreaking and training a new puppy can be time consuming and challenging. But the pros of having a puppy far outweigh any cons. Your journey to finding the perfect puppy starts at PuppyBuddy. Check out our adorable puppies for sale and the “puppy extras” we offer to help you take the best care of your furry friend. These include healthcare, vitamins & supplements, puppy training & kindergarten, and a Lifetime Membership at our locations. 

Learn more about what life with a new puppy is like by reading our articles Top Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Puppy and 5 Tips for Choosing Your New Puppy

The holiday season is finally upon us and it’s time to start hunting for the best Christmas gifts. As you’re busy checking off your Christmas gift list, don’t forget about your four-legged friend! Your puppy has been there for you thick and thin, and they deserve a gift (or two) in their stocking this Christmas.

Finding the right gift for your cuddly puppy is a bit challenging—there are just so many options! From toys to treats, there are plenty of wonderful gifts you could spoil your puppy with. Luckily, we created a full list of amazing gifts to make your shopping experience less stressful this year. 

Whether you opt for delicious treats or puzzle toys, we’re sure your furry friend will have the best Christmas ever!

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Kong toys

Tug-of-war toys





Gingerbread cookies


Potty training spray

Potty training pads

Leash and collar


A cute white Siberian Husky playing with a toy in a doggy bed.

Don’t hold back with spoiling your puppy this Christmas season. If you want to see their tails wag and eyes light up, a toy is a good place to start! 

Toys come in all shapes and sizes. Depending on your puppy’s age and stage of development, you can purchase toys that help them with teething or keep them company for a few hours. 

Here are 3 great toys you can get your puppy this Christmas. We promise they’ll appreciate any toy you give them!

Kong toys

A cute Dachshund puppy playing with a Kong toy on a bed.

Kong toys aren’t the type of toy you throw for your puppy to fetch. Instead, this toy tests your fur-baby’s brainpower and keeps them mentally occupied for a couple of hours. 

Kong toys also help to chew puppies alleviate teething pain. Most Kong toys are made with rubber and other gentle material, which soothes their teeth and gums. 

To encourage your puppy to play with a Kong toy, place their favorite treat like a doggy biscuit or peanut butter (unsweetened) inside it. 

Your puppy will sniff the treat and try to reach it with its teeth and paws. Playing with a Kong toy helps enrich your puppy and offers a way to release their pent-up energy. 

Tug-of-war toys

A cute puppy tugging on a colored rope toy.

Puppies love toys they can play tug-of-war with like ropes and rubber rings! These toys give your puppy an outlet to tug and pull as much as they want to their heart’s delight.

Most tug-of-war toys are made with bungee material. This makes it easier to play tug-of-war with your puppy because they place less stress on your hands and on your puppy.

Of course, when playing tug-of-war, make sure to play in an open area. Avoid jerking your puppy when tugging back to prevent strains or injuries on their neck and jaw.


A cute Havanese puppy carrying a rubber ball in its mouth while walking in a field.

A classic puppy toy, you can’t go wrong with a ball! Balls are the perfect gift for puppies because they keep your puppy active. You can throw a ball at your puppy and they will chase after it without a second thought.

Like all other toys, there are many types and styles of balls designed for puppies. The best ones are soft rubber balls, which are easy on your puppy’s teeth. 

Before purchasing a ball toy, make sure to consider your puppy’s age and size. Your puppy’s toy should correspond to their size and age. This helps prevent a possible choking hazard.


A Golden Retriever puppy offered yummy dog treats by owner in a field.

We’ll say this again (because it’s true): the best way to your puppy’s heart is through their tummy! Treats are a great Christmas gift for puppies and guess what? Your puppy thinks the same thing!

The best treats for puppies are ones with lots of proteins and nutrients that help nurture your puppy’s growing body. Dog treats are also very easy to make at home with the right ingredients.

Here are 3 types of dog treats that your furry friend will love to munch on! 


A Golden Retriever dog reaching over a table to eat doggy biscuits.

There’s nothing more mouthwatering than a delicious platter of Christmas biscuits. Unfortunately, many biscuits that people eat during Christmas celebrations cannot be eaten by puppies. 

Good news: there are countless dog food brands that make biscuits just for puppies! These biscuits usually contain healthy, tasty ingredients that keep your furry friend coming back for more.

Don’t hold back this year! Fill your puppy’s stockings and festive bags with yummy Christmas biscuits. Take these delicious treats to a puppy playdate or at a dog park. 

If you’re the DIY type, try out one of the delicious biscuit recipes online. Many online recipes are easy to make and have yummy, wholesome ingredients that will fill your puppy’s tummy. We promise that your fur-baby will be thrilled at eating your homemade biscuits!


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If you want your puppy to come to you, open a bag of dog chews. At the first sound of that bag’s crinkle, your puppy will come running faster than the speed of light! Dog chews are a delicious treat that your fur-baby will notice in your hand.

Delicious and entertaining, dog chews offer your puppy a distraction from the chaos of the holiday season. While you’re busy greeting guests, decorating your Christmas tree, or preparing Christmas dinner, your puppy is enjoying their evening with their chewy treat. 

Many chewable dog treats come in a variety of tasty flavors, including peanut butter, meat, and even fish. Once your furry friend gets going on their chewy dog treats, they’ll never want to stop!

Gingerbread cookies

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You can’t get more Christmas than gingerbread cookies! There are many gingerbread treats that are made with your puppy’s tummy in mind. 

Most of these cookies contain simple yet yummy ingredients like ginger, ground cinnamon, and molasses to give it that sweet taste!

Depending on the brand, you can pick gingerbread cookies of different shapes and sizes. Our favorites are shaped like puppies and doggy bones! 

Of course, like other treats on this list, you are welcome to make your own version of gingerbread cookies. There are many holiday cookie recipes available for you to enjoy baking!


A Poodle puppy on a leash training with owner in the backyard.

Having an obedient, loving puppy is a beautiful experience for any family. However, no matter how cute or cuddly they are, puppies can be a handful—especially when they’re young.

Like small children, puppies need to be taught the rules of the world. As soon as they come home to you, it’s highly recommended that you train them immediately. 

Early training teaches how to be a good boy (or girl) and prevents undesirable behaviors like potty breaks in the house, jumping on people, and chewing on furniture.

This Christmas, make training a breeze with our list of must-have items. Whether your puppy is eager to learn or wants to play by its own rules, these gift ideas will help reinforce the behaviors you expect from them!

Potty training spray

No matter how consistent you are, accidents are bound to happen during your puppy’s training. If your puppy still hasn’t gotten the hang of where to do its business, this gift idea will be a lifesaver: a potty training spray!

Potty training sprays have a special formula that attracts your puppy with a wonderful scent. Spay this in any spot you want and your furry friend will come running to where you want him to go potty.

Most potty training sprays are gentle on most furniture and home decor. Depending on the brand, some scents can be sweet while others can be overwhelming. Take the time to shop for the right one and get started on potty training your fur-baby!

Potty training pads

A Chihuahua puppy sitting on top of a potty training pad.

Potty training is the trickiest part of raising a puppy. You can’t tell your furry friend not to pee on your living room floor, and your puppy is only doing what their body tells them to do. 

Fortunately, you can prevent unwanted gifts in your home with potty training pads. Potty training pads absorb any liquid that’s spilled on them. 

They’re also large and quilted, which protects your floor from damage. Some pads also have a specific scent that’s wonderful for dogs, which encourages them to use it.

Once your puppy learns to use their potty training pads, you won’t ever need to worry about a mess on your floor ever again!

Leash and collar

A Labrador Retriever being trained by its owner with a leash.

Taking your puppy out on a trip to the dog park sounds like a cinch, but what happens when they start to run off? Even if you train your furry friend to follow commands, there’s no guarantee that they’ll be obedient every time.

Some breeds like Beagles are natural hunters that won’t stop until they’ve figured out where a specific scent is coming from. This can lead to potential dangers for you, your puppy, and even other people. 

In these cases, a leash and a collar usually do the trick! Leashes and collars come in a variety of colors, patterns, and lengths. A good leash is short enough so that you can train your fur-baby to walk closely next to you without pulling or straining.

A great collar fits your puppy’s neck without squeezing it. You’ll also need to upgrade your collar to a larger size to accommodate your fur-baby’s growth. A leash and a collar is an ideal Christmas gift that provides you and your puppy with safety and control.

From leashes to treats to toys, there’s an endless supply of options for puppy Christmas gift ideas. No matter what you decide to purchase for your favorite four-legged friend, remember that they will be happy to unwrap anything you give them! On Christmas morning, you know your puppy is going to be one happy little canine!

The holidays can be a stressful time for puppies. Read our blog, 5 Ways to Keep Your Puppy Calm During the Holidays to learn how to keep your puppy safe!

The perfect Christmas gift is a challenge that comes with many blessings. During the holiday season, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from, like clothes, accessories, and books. 

However, if you want to make your friend or family member’s Christmas extra special this year, new shoes and jewelry won’t be enough. Your loved one has always been there for you, providing a listening ear and helping you with life’s challenges.

They deserve nothing more than the best this Christmas, and you want your gift to prove it. Well, don’t fret too much! We’ve got the most perfect gift you can give on Christmas: a cute and cuddly puppy!

Fluffy, affectionate, and just downright adorable, puppies are a fur-ever friend that will always be there for your significant other—no ifs, ands, or buts! Of course, while all puppies make great furry pals, only a special few are the right match for your loved one.

We want to help you find that perfect puppy for your special person. That’s why we put together this guide for the best dog breeds for all kinds of people. Make sure to spoil your friend or family member with any of these beautiful puppies!

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Best Puppies for Families 



Mini Goldendoodle

Best Puppies for Outdoor Lovers


Australian Shepherd


Best Puppies for Homebodies

Bichon Poo

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


Best Puppies for Families 

An adorable Mini Goldendoodle puppy laying in a bucket on the grass.

Most puppies are naturally friendly and get along well with others, including young children and animals. However, some puppies are better suited for families than others.

These special fur-babies are able to handle large groups and excited behavior. Their sole purpose is to please their owners in any way they can.

We chose 3 of the cutest and most family-friendly puppies you can find. These breeds are more than happy to spend their time playing and hanging out with their loved ones. Let’s take a look at each one!


A cute Cavachon dog looking at the camera.

There’s no other puppy more affectionate than the Cavachon. A mix between the Bichon Frise and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breeds, this high-spirited puppy is small but spunky. 

Cavachons aren’t afraid to show off their lively side, especially when they’re playing with others. They are attentive and peaceful, making them great family pets. 

Due to their loving nature, Cavachons are the kind of dog that’s always ready to pepper their loved ones with lots of kisses. Another positive trait about this breed is that they’re hypoallergenic. 

This means you’ll never have to worry about loose hairs or your allergies acting up. Of course, although you can’t predict the temperament of a puppy, we’re certain that your family will find a friend in the Cavachon dog!

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A beautiful Pomsky puppy staring at the camera with a white background.

Families can’t seem to resist the goofy, perky personality of a Pomsky puppy. Pomskies grow no more than 38 pounds but their small size doesn’t stop them from stealing the spotlight. Pomskies are always eager for the attention of their loved ones.

They enjoy spending their days surrounded by their family members. And because these puppies are sweet-natured, families are usually willing to give them that attention! 

Pomskies are a cross between the Pomeranian and Siberian Husky breeds. As such, they inherit their love for attention from their Pomeranian heritage. These fur-babies also inherit the high energy of their Siberian Husky parent.

Their high-energy nature makes the Pomsky very playful. This breed always enjoys a good game of fetch and running, and will often encourage their family members to join in on the fun! 

Along with their playful personality, the Pomsky is also a good-looking pooch. All they need to do is charm you with their adorable looks and boom! You’re theirs! 

A treat to have at home, Pomskies thrive off the attention of their family members. They cannot be alone for long periods of time and need regular exercise to be happy. A family that’s able to meet their energetic lifestyle is the right match for this breed!

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Mini Goldendoodle

A cute Mini Goldendoodle puppy looking at the camera while standing on a chair.

The Mini Goldendoodle has topped popularity lists in the last couple of years—and for a good reason! Warm, cuddly, and so irresistibly charming, the Mini Goldendoodle is the perfect pet for any person with a family, big or small. 

Originally bred during the designer breed dog craze of the 1990s, these adorable teddy bear-like pups are happy, intelligent, and handsome, just like their Miniature Poodle and Golden Retriever parents.

Mini Goldendoodles have a natural curly or wavy coat that gives them their good looks. Their personality is also a close match! Mini Goldendoodles are gentle, kind-hearted, and playful. They love their families and would rather spend the whole day with them!

Due to their Poodle and Golden Retriever heritage, Mini Goldendoodles have a lot of energy. Regular trips to the dog park and endurance activities are enough to keep these fur-babies happy. 

As a recent designer breed, the looks and personality of a Mini Goldie can vary but overall, this breed is family-friendly and affectionate towards others.

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Best Puppies for Outdoor Lovers

A cute Australian Shepherd puppy held by its owner and covered with snow.

Packed with energy and a strong physique, dogs make excellent outdoor companions. Many dogs enjoy swimming, jogging, hiking, and other activities that help them use up their pent-up energy. 

However, there are a select group of powerful dog breeds that thrive off in an outdoor setting. These puppies have muscular, athletic bodies that are built for moderate-to-strenuous exercise. 

Whether it’s rough terrain or a quick nature walk, these beautiful puppies are always up for a fun nature adventure with you! Here are 3 wonderful puppies that will join you on any outdoor activity.


A beautiful brown Poodle dog laying in the grass.

Graceful. Elegant. Intelligent. There are so many ways to describe the Poodle. Whether you own a Miniature, Standard, or Toy breed, Poodles have a famous reputation for being kind, gentle, and family-oriented dogs.

On the other hand, there’s one secret that most people don’t know about Poodles: they absolutely love hanging out in the outdoors! These dogs have a high-energy temperament, which means that they need a ton of exercise to be happy.

Poodles are athletic enough to enjoy trekking a hiking trail with you on any given day. They’re also just as happy going to the dog park or even playing a fun puzzle game at home. What’s important is that you provide them with some type of stimulation.

No matter the size, the Poodle breed is also easy to train and can perform a variety of tricks. That’s because these dogs are very intelligent. In fact, they’re one of the smartest dog breeds in the world. This helps them win obedience and agility competitions every year. 

Spunky and sporty, the Poodle is the best companion to have on an outdoor adventure. Just make sure you’re able to provide your Poodle puppy with lots of attention and exercise!

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Australian Shepherd

A gorgeous merle-colored Australian Shepherd laying in a field.

To say that the Australian Shepherd is a beautiful dog is an understatement. With their strong, lean build, colorful coat, and wise gaze, these puppies are natural models of the dog world.

Apart from their good looks, the Aussie Shepherd is also highly intelligent and energetic. They love being outdoors, performing a fun activity with their loved ones. These dogs are particular fans of running and working, especially if it allows them to use their stamina all day long.

The Aussie Shepherd gets their high energy from their ancestors, who were bred to herd sheep in Spain. Aussies love wide open spaces so if you ever need a great hiking buddy, this breed is one you should consider!

Along with their athleticism, Australian Shepherds are also very loyal to their families. They possess a strong guarding instinct that they won’t hesitate to use when they perceive a threat. 

Attentive and lovely, the beautiful Australian Shepherd is a dog that’s happiest with owners who can keep up with their energetic, fun-loving routine. 

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A happy Beagle puppy standing in a field looking up at the camera.

Sturdy and well-balanced, the Beagle is an active dog that prefers the outdoors over staying home all day. These dogs were once bred to hunt foxes and other animals—a trait the breed still exhibits today! 

Due to their high-energy needs, Beagles love spending time outside, especially in nature. It won’t be out of place to find your adorable Beagle rolling in the grass and inviting you to play with them at a dog park. 

Beagles are also known for their merry personality. They always seem to have a happy-go-lucky demeanor wherever they go. This helps them top popularity lists in the United States. They’re an amazing companion to have in any activity you do!

Now, Beagles have a strong sniffing ability due to their past as hunting dogs. Make sure you train your Beagle puppy to follow commands or keep them on a leash during nature walks or hiking trips. Beagles aren’t known to stop once they get going!

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Best Puppies for Homebodies

A beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog laying in bed with its owner and looking at the camera.

If you or your loved one is the kind of person that always stays the night in, finding a cuddly friend to snuggle with can be tricky! All you want to do is stay home, wrap yourself in a blanket, and watch another episode of The Great British Bake Off—no questions asked! 

Well, you can call off your search because there are 3 special puppies that are happy to spend their day with you at home! These adorable pups are low-energy, low-maintenance dogs that would rather catch some z’s and dream of doggy biscuits over going out. 

Bichon Poo

A cute Bichon Poo puppy sitting and looking at the camera with a white background.

A mix between the Bichon Frise and Poodle breeds, the Bichon Poo is fluffy, cute, and ready to be your new fur-ever friend! These dogs love being lapdogs. They will happily lounge on your couch or lap, expecting sweet kisses and caresses from you. 

Due to their Poodle parentage, Bichon Poos are very smart. They are also eager to please so you can teach them any trick, and they won’t think twice! These puppies are also gentle and playful. 

They love interacting with young children and are ready to initiate play. It’s important to regularly play with your Bichon Poo so that your fur-baby gets the attention they deserve. They’re also adaptable to different living situations, including small apartments and condos.

Once your Bichon Poo bonds with you, they will never stray from your side. Be sure to dedicate some time to your little furry friend and you’ll always have a friend to spend your downtime with!

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Two beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniels sitting in a flower field.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel deserves its place as the most gentle, low-key dog on this list. This breed is naturally affectionate, sweet-natured, and obedient. They love playtime just as much as lazing on the couch (though we’re sure they prefer the latter a little more!).

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel shares the Poodle’s elegant, regal nature. They have a beautiful, balanced structure that allows them to appear like mini-kings and queens. However, they’re hardly demanding or aggressive when it comes to what they want.

Cavaliers do not possess a huge prey drive so you won’t need to worry about chasing after them at a dog park. They’re also quite smart. With enough training, they can learn to follow basic commands and tricks. 

Adaptable and people-oriented, Cavaliers do best when they’re surrounded by their loved ones. They hate being alone so having a constant companion at home helps them live a happy life. If you’re ready to find a furry friend that can stay at home, look no further than the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

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A cute and perky Pomeranian standing in a field while looking at the camera.

The Pomeranian is a small, soft, and perky little dog that loves being with its owners, even at home. Originally bred near Poland and Germany, Pomeranians enjoy basking in attention from their owners. 

If you’re willing to stay home fawning over your Pom, this breed is for you! Despite their small size, Pomeranians are always alert and aware of their surroundings. They form strong bonds with their owners, which can lead to overprotective behavior later on. 

Poms are also known for their mischievous behavior. They know how to get what they want from you. As long as you stand your ground and train them, your Pom will be more “bark than bite.”

Although they’re perky and attention-seeking, Pomeranians do not need a lot of exercise. A brisk walk or a few minutes of playtime is enough. Of course, we guarantee that you’ll want to play with this gorgeous, animated, and loving dog!

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A puppy is one of the best holiday gifts you can give to the person you love. These little fur-babies take “best friends forever” to another level so your loved one will have a friend they can count on. 

Of course, if you’re giving a puppy away this Christmas, check with your intended giftee to see if they’re ready for it. A puppy may be the right fit for your loved one but they’ll need constant care, attention, and love to be happy and healthy. 

Double checking with your friend or family member ensures the puppy you give away goes to a good home. We hope this list has helped you find the perfect puppy for your loved one! 

Check out our puppies for sale page to find your furry match this Christmas!

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