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By Lynn Hayner | Posted: December 29, 2014, 1 p.m. PST

A dog breed’s name may reveal something about his origins, his intended work, or perhaps the person instrumental in developing the breed. Other times, a breed’s name is just a name… and occasionally a confusing one at that. 

 Australian Shepherds 

For centuries, dog breeds have been named after geographical areas, the dog’s working purposes, or his appearance.

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You know that little dogs are cute, but you’ve probably also heard a lot of things about them that simply aren’t true. Don’t worry, we are going to dispel common myths and misconceptions about small dog breeds.

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1. All Small Dogs Are Yappy

Yes, there are certain breeds whose barks are high and loud.

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We all want our dogs to share our lives for many years. Whether that happens depends in large part on factors such as great nutrition and veterinary care, not to mention protection from accidents such as being hit by a car, but genetics play a role, too. Some breeds seem to be programmed for long lives.

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The smallest member of the German Spitz group, the Pomeranian is characterized by an upright tail that tilts forward over its body. This breed is a devoted and affectionate companion.

The coat takes three years to reach full maturity, the whole colours include white, red orange, grey, and black.

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