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Celebrity Fashion Threatens Native Dog Breeds

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paris hilton w/ chihuahua

Native UK Dog Breeds at Risk – Well, maybe it’s not as dramatic as Noah choosing which species would survive the great flood, but it’s a trend that would certainly make Darwin lift an eyebrow.

According to recent Kennel Club statistics, Britain’s native dog breeds at now at risk in part because demand has shifted to more fashionable breeds showcased by celebrities.

25 dog breeds including the formerly popular English Setter (England’s oldest dog breed) are now considered vulnerable (extinction risk) because of low registration numbers.  Registrations for English Setters have dropped by a third since last year, (only 234 registrations in 2011) while registrations for breeds like the Chihuahua have increased by a quarter.

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cardigan welsh corgi puppy

This demand for celebrity dogs can also give breeds whose numbers are dwindling a boost. Consider the fact that registrations for the Cardigan Welsh Corgi (a favorite of the Royal Family) soared by over 130% after the Royal Wedding in 2011, enabling the breed to be taken off the vulnerable list. (let’s hope they are still cared for in a few years)

In a related twist, I couldn’t help but notice another headline in today’s news: Sumatran Elephants close to extinction. Maybe we could get Paris Hilton to walk an elephant down Rodeo drive, causing THEIR numbers to rebound!

More: View BBC video: UK Native Dog Breeds at Risk (2:34)


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Hugh Hefner & Crystal Harris Fight Over Puppy

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Charlie on the Cover of Playboy

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Hef & Crystal

Hugh Hefner & Crystal Harris Fight Over Custody of Puppy: Months after ending their engagement, Hugh Hefner and former fiancee, Crystal Harris, are still feuding over who gets to keep their puppy. Originally the dog was supposed to remain at the Playboy Mansion, but apparently Crystal is having second thoughts

Hefner told People Mag, “We both love the puppy. I told her if she wants to keep the ring and the Bentley, then maybe I can keep the puppy. I hope we will work it out.”

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There's Charlie!

The dog, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Charlie, appeared on Harris’ famous “Runaway Bride” issue just after she left Hef.


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William And Kate to Get a Dog?

William and Kate to get a dog? Now that the dust has cleared from the Royal Wedding, we wonder if William and Kate will be focusing on providing England with a Royal bundle of joy… a puppy of course.

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Yorkie Demanding Royal Treatment

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Royal Corgis

The Royal Family has a rich history of being owned by dogs, with Portraits as early as the 17th century prominently showing British Queens, Kinds, and family members posing with their dogs. Dog breeds including greyhounds, King Charles Spaniels, dachshunds, and pugs have owned various Royals, with Corgis ruling Queen Elizabeth since being given a Corgi named “Dookie” at a young age by her father, King George VI.

Since the Royal Wedding, there has been much talk about amending the current royal succession rights; allowing for a baby girl from William and Kate to eventually become queen. However, we wonder if the removal of this “male primogeniture” (royal baby boy favoritism) practice could clear the way for the first canine British monarch?

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Royal Successor?

Many wonder what dog breed William and Kate might get. While adopting a rescue dog would certainly go over well with the public, the couple might opt to go a more traditional route and get a purebred puppy of a historically English breed. (which they have already been offered by more than one breeder)

In any event, the Mountbatten-Windsors, (that is William and Kate’s last name!) have been tight-lipped about the potential puppy choice, but we’ll be keeping an eye on the situation.

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Can You Find the Jack Russell Terrier?

What breed do you think William and Kate should get?

more: Royal Family Dogs


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Dog Leads Raid on Bin Laden Compound

World’s Most Interesting Dog

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Could this be the dog?

He can speak French, in Russian… You can see his charisma from space… Sharks have a week dedicated to him…

He also played a key role in the recent raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound, and has become the world’s most interesting dog.

According to sources, a military dog joined (led?) the American raid on Bin Laden’s compound last week. The mysterious dog was reportedly strapped to the back of a Navy SEAL who was lowered from a Black Hawk helicopter in the raid that ultimately killed Osama Bin Laden.

Last year when asked about dogs role in the war on terror, General Petraeus was quoted as saying, “The capability they bring to the fight cannot be replicated by man or machine.”

Although the White House and Pentagon won’t confirm that the dog took part in the raid, it is reported that the U.S. military employs over 2,700 dogs who are very popular with U.S. Troops; the most common dog breeds being German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois. (Although Labrador Retrievers have had a recent increase in popularity, walking ahead of troops to sniff out potential danger)

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The mystery dog’s role in the raid is also unknown, but one can speculate that it’s mission included sniffing out potential explosives or people hidden within the compound. (Remember that Saddam Hussein was found hiding in a “spider hole” under ground)

News of the mysterious canine hero has been reported by media outlets including the New York Times.

Who is this mystery dog? Stay thirsty, my friends.

more: Who’s the Dog Hero of the raid on Bin Laden’s Compound? – NY Times


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The Dog that Got into Hitler’s Head

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Jackie and Berg Pissed off nazis

Jackie: Mutt War Hero – Documents that were recently unearthed in the political archives of the German Foreign Ministry reveal details of an interesting footnote in history; a dog that mocked, and angered Hitler himself.

According to the documents, during WWII Nazis were enraged to learn about a mixed-breed dog named “Jackie” in Finland who earned the nickname “hitler” because of how  it would raise its paw in the air in what looked to be a mock “heil hitler” salute.

According to records, officials in Berlin heard about the dog’s strange habit, and ordered German diplomats in Finland to investigate and gather evidence. Soon, the dog’s owner, Tor Berg, was ordered to the German embassy in Helsinki for questioning.

As the scandal grew,  more ministries were involved including the foreign office in Berlin, the economy ministry and hitler’s chancellery. German suppliers were ordered by the nazis to end cooperation with Berg, who owned a pharmaceutical wholesale company. Records also show nazi  plans to destroy Berg’s company.

However, witnesses against Jackie and her owner were not willing to testify in court. As WWII progressed, attention to the matter was eventually diverted. Although Jackie was never given official credit as a war hero, the momentum in the war soon shifted in Russia’s favor against the Germans.

Stories like this, (along with the fact that one of Hitler’s last acts was to order the execution his own German Shepherd, Blondi) help to solidify his title as history’s biggest bastard. Thanks to Jim Dumont in Newtown, Pa

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The Gosselin’s Say Good-Bye to the Family Dogs

Jon Gosselin, 32, has taken the German shepherds the family has raised since they were puppies last winter to a trainer for what’s been called an “indefinite” stay. It’s not clear when or whether the dogs would be coming back after Jon’s week taking care of the kids in Wernersville, Pa., comes to an end, but several reports hinted that the dogs were in permanent exile.

Full story can be read at People.com

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