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Chow Chows Revealed As Most Claim-Prone Pooches

If you’re looking at investing in personal protection dogs, it might be wise to avoid buying a Chow Chow, as new research has revealed that these dogs are in fact the most claim prone, so you could find yourself spending a lot of money on insurance.

Conducted by Direct Line Pet Insurance, the study found that 64 per cent of these dogs have had incidents that resulted in their owners having to

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German Shepherds Ranked As Best Personal Protection Dogs

German shepherds have topped a ranking of the most popular personal protection dogs. Analysis from animal research firm Pet Breeds revealed the canines, which are often used for search and rescue operations, are highly sought after due to their obedience, fierce bite and trainability.

The analysis was based on Animal Planet data and the 2014 American Kennel Club Popularity Rankings. The final list had 29 breeds

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Genome Engineering Creates Extra-Muscular Beagles

Those looking for family and personal protection dogs for sale may be interested to hear that scientists in China have been working on genome engineering to create particularly muscly beagles that are very strong runners so would be well suited to military applications or hunting.

Researchers at the Key Laboratory of Regenerative Biology at the Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health say they now intend to create dogs that have other DNA mutations, such as those that copy human diseases like muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s, the MIT Technology Review reports.

They believe they are the first to use gene editing in order to

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Woman’s Dog Scares Off Bear During Attack

A woman is hailing her canine companion as an exceptional guard dog after the pooch earned its stripes by scaring off a marauding bear.

Kate Cholewa was at the Point of Rocks Fishing Access Site at Yellowstone River in Missouri, US, when the bear attacked her. Talking to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, she said she was walking her 12-year-old black Labrador mix Carmen at the time of the incident.

Ms Cholewa claimed the canine’s hackles rose, and she was suddenly face-to-face with the

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Maremma Guard Dogs Needed To Protect Penguins

A crowdfunding campaign is now underway to find and train two maremma to serve as guard dogs and protect colonies of penguins on Middle Island, just off the coastal town of Warrnambool in Victoria, from fox attacks, the Guardian reports.

Maremmas are working dogs that are usually used to protect livestock but they were introduced to Middle Island back in

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Guard Dog Injured By Pack Of Wolves

If you’re in the UK and looking for guard dogs for sale, it’s unlikely that wolf attacks will be high on your list of concerns, but not so if you’re in the US where one poor dog has just been bitten by a pack of wolves – and seriously injured into the bargain.

Sheep dog Johnsey, a cross between a Great Pyrenees, Maremma and Akbash, was looking after some 200 sheep in a field in north-east Washington when the incident occurred, the first of its kind involving the Huckleberry wolf pack since summer 2014