Mixed breed dogs are all the rage. Not the big-hearted, adopted-my-mutt-from-a-shelter kind, naturally, but the purposefully bred hybrids that purport to combine all the best qualities of Labradors and Poodles, Yorkshire Terriers and Poodles--basically anything that can possibly procreate with a Poodle.

Time magazine dove down the rabbit hole to unwind the sometimes bewildering pedigree of designer doggie hybrids like the Sharmation (a Shar-Pei/Dalmation mix), the Chorkie (part Yorkshire Terrier, part Chihuahua), and the Bowzer (a Basset/Miniature Schnauzer mix that should not be confused with the similiar-sounding Super Mario Bros.

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SIOUX CITY | When Deb Cook's blood sugar dropped, she breathed into her Dalmatian puppy's face and told her this was a "low."

Ruby got excited.

It wasn't long before Ruby was saving her owner's life, waking Cook when her blood sugars began to plummet. Ruby even alerted other diabetics of low blood sugar levels when Cook, who suffers from type one diabetes, took her on errands.

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We know which dog breeds (and mixes) are the most popular. But a variety of factors can contribute to a breed or mix's popularity, and just because a dog is hot, that doesn't necessarily mean it's a great choice for everyone.

We went to the veterinary community to get their take on which dogs, both breeds and designer mixes, are the best choices for first-time dog owners.

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We know which dog breeds (and mixes) are the most popular. But a variety of factors can contribute to a breed or mix's popularity, and just because a dog is hot, that doesn't necessarily mean it's a great choice for everyone.

We went to the veterinary community to get their take on which dogs, both breeds and designer mixes, are the best choices for first-time dog owners.

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By Kim Campbell Thornton | vetstreet.com

You know the type. They're happy. They love to greet people. And their smiling eyes and wagging tails always bring attention their way. Why wouldn't you love them back?

Certain breeds are famed for their sociable dispositions - we're going to meet some of them below - but personality varies, so don't assume that every member of a certain breed will be a good-time Charlie.

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Squarely and solidly built, the Pug is a compact yet very well-proportioned little breed with an unmistakable, flat, wrinkled face. It has a very distinctive, endearing expression.… Read the full post here