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By Dr. Marty Becker I feel safe in saying that if you have a healthy, young Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute who's acclimated to the cold and has the glorious coat common in the Northern breeds, you likely won't have to invest in canine clothing for walks in the snow. In general, there are three kinds of dogs who benefit from the insulation provided by a sweater or coat, as well as the protection afforded by life as a pampered house pet: 1. Small dogs 2. Dogs who are elderly, chronically ill or both 3. Greyhounds, Whippets and dogs of a similar thin body type, especially those with short fur ...

Sled Dog Breeds

Dashing through the snow, in a five-dog open sled ... OK, we may have the lyrics to this classic Christmas song confused, but we think that sled dogs definitely deserve their own tune, too! Through sleet and snow, these energetic and athletic canines have endured the coldest of temperatures while hauling a sled at super fast…

Damon Dahlen, AOL Dog Breed: Havanese Personality: "Havanese are a happy, playful sort, with immense charm," says Susan Siver, a member of the Havanese Club of America's breeder directory committee. "They are a small dog in stature with a big-dog attitude, and they are very people-oriented." "The Dog Breed Bible" describes the Havanese as "a busy, curious dog. It loves to play and clown and is affectionate with its family, children, strangers, other dogs and pets. Basically everyone!" Grooming: The Havanese's "wavy, silky coat is profuse," according to the American Kennel Club. It's a good thing that it's a nonshedding dog, and Havanese owners have options when it comes to "how much effor...

AOL Dog Breed: American Eskimo Dog Personality: "Highly intelligent and eager to please" is how Thy Cavagnaro -- co-owner with her husband, Jimmy, of Atka the Eskie, a renowned performance and therapy American Eskimo Dog -- describes her breed of choice. "It adores its entire family, and often loves with its whole heart." The American Kennel Club calls the American Eskimo Dog "alert and friendly," noting that they can make equally good watchdogs, showbiz dogs and competition dogs. "The Dog Breed Bible" describes them as "bright, eager to please, lively and fun-loving -- but also independent and tenacious."...

Dronir, Flickr Dog Breed Name: Norfolk Terrier Personality: As "one of the smallest working terriers," these dogs more than make up for their small size with their active, energetic personalities. According to the American Kennel Club, "farmers and hunters admire the breed's gameness, loyalty and great charm," dubbing the Norfolk terrier a "perfect demon" in the field. The American Norfolk Terrier Association describes the Norfolk as "a tiny dynamo who seizes every opportunity to tackle the seemingly impossible." Often associated with Benji (the most famous Norfolk terrier of all), the canine phenom often appears on screen running full speed down a sidewalk on an independent mission of gre...

Damon Dahlen, AOL Dog Breed Name: Schipperke Personality: "Truly a big dog in a small body," says Melanie Coronetz, author of "Schipperkes: A Complete Pet Owner's Manual." "Schips have attitude. They're alert, active, loyal, inquisitive, clever -- and often stubborn." On its website, the American Kennel Club uses adjectives like "enthusiastic, joyful and sometimes willful" to describe this tail-less, headstrong breed. "The Dog Breed Bible" notes that Schipperkes were often kept as boat dogs and the name translates roughly to "Little Captain." They are "happiest when on the lookout for adventure." Grooming: Brush the coat daily, the teeth weekly, and clean out the ears "periodically," C...