10 Spoiled Rotten Dog Breeds
Spoiled Rotten Dog Breeds
If you think your dog is a pampered pooch, you'd be in mighty fine company. According to various pet industry resources, the ongoing trend of pet humanization contributes to the above and beyond pampering of our dogs. As we are knee deep in 2014, the pampering trend continues as an increase in the disposable income of the average American coupled with the pet humanization means spending on pooch pampering goes up. With that in mind, here are ten breeds that get our wag of approval as ten of the most pampered breeds seen prancing around town.
#1 - Poodle
Let's get the oh-so-regal and beautifully coifed Poodle out of the way in the first slot. When watching a dog show on television, the prancing Poodle is almost always a show stopper with her coifed hair, immaculate grooming, and "how did they get her coat so white" luster. These dogs actually excel in dog sports and related activities, but they tend to be best known for their show coat. Their naturally curly hair is quite dense and nearly non-shedding, so the Poodle is a popular family pet.
#2 - Shih Tzu
You know those cute spunky little white dogs you see prancing down the street or strutting their stuff on doggie runways? Perhaps they have bows in their hair and their coat just seems to dance with their movement? Chances are you probably encountered the Shih Tzu, a member of the Toy group. A playful family member and doted upon lapdog, the Shih Tzu must be brushed daily to prevent matting. Many of the pampered dog breeds are not for the beginner pet parent unless he or she has plenty of time and devotion to the breed and his or her requirements.
#3 - Cocker Spaniel
Near and dear to my heart, this is my breed of choice. Though a bird dog from the Sporting group, Cocker Spaniels need regular attention to grooming by a professional. My dog's personal groomer, John Jendrzejewski, proprietor of Tails R Wag'n in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania has been grooming for 27 years and has seen his fair share of Cocker Spaniels. "Some dogs come in with long coats like the Cocker and the owners want a specific Cocker cut to keep the integrity of a show dog look without sacrificing a dog that can still play and go for long walks with ease," he says. The long feathery ears of the Cocker Spaniel, prone to ear infections if not cared for properly, are also a source of pampering (and contention) when visiting the doggie spa.
#4 - Puli
A member of the Herding group, the Puli's cords can be brushed out to reveal a wavy coat or kept intact and need only occasional separation for trimming and to prevent tangling. However, the Puli's coat motion helps to keep the cords separated. The Puli is hardworking breed and though he prefers to have a job to do, with his coat maintained by a diligent owner, this pampered pooch serves as a jack of all doggie trades.
#5 - Coton de Tulear
A Bichon Frise-type dog, the Coton de Tulear is a sociable and savvy little pooch who is primarily a white bundle of energy. Unlike other Bichon-type dogs, the Coton is a minimal shedder but still makes the list of our most pampered purebred pooches. Known as the Royal Dog of Madagascar, the Coton is a small, clownish but lighthearted dog requires frequent brushing and daily attention to coat.