• The domestic dog (Canis familiaris) is a member of the Canidae family.  View its full scientific classification within the mammalia class.
  • This quick reference details the normal vital signs of a pet dog along with some facts about dog anatomy.
  • The dog has been used by humans for many years for hunting, protection and working with livestock.  Read the history of how the dog came to be a popular pet.

  • 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 or puppy it is important to consider how much it costs to keep a dog so check out our guide to the average costs involved in owning dog.
  • When looking to obtain a dog or puppy as a pet there are 3 main sources to consider.
  • Before buying a dog, in addition to considering the costs involved, 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.
  • It is important to prepare for the arrival of a dog or puppy, bring it home in a suitable container and give it time to settle into its new surroundings to keep stress to a minimum.
  • 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.

  • Check out the normal vital signs for a dog along with details of illnesses and diseases that dogs can suffer from.

  • Read about dog health and illnesses.

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