• The domestic dog (Canis familiaris) is a member of the Canidae family.  View its full scientific classification within the mammalia class.
  • The dog has been used by humans for many years for hunting, protection and working with livestock.  Read how it came to be a popular pet.

  • This quick reference details the normal vital signs of a pet dog along with some facts about their anatomy.
  • Pet dogs behave similarly to their wild ancesters. Read about dog behaviour in the wild and how it compares to their behaviour in captivity.
  • Before buying a dog it is important to consider the costs so check out our guide to the costs involved in owning dog.
  • Before buying a dog it is important to ensure that it will be given the time and attention it needs so check out this guide to the requirements of a pet dog.
  • Buying a sick or weak dog as a pet can cause a lot of problems and heartache, not to mention additional finances, so this guide will help to ensure you choose a healthy dog or puppy.
  • When looking to obtain a dog or puppy as a pet there are 3 main sources to consider.
  • There are various items of equipment that will be needed for a dog as well as many optional items that can be considered.
  • In order for a dog to remain healthy a dog must eat a balanced diet of protein, fat, carbohydrates and minerals.

  • The amount of grooming a dog requires will depend to some extent on its type of coat.
  • Check out the normal vital signs for a dog along with details of illnesses and diseases that dogs can suffer from.

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