According to National Geographic, the 2019 winner of the Joriad American Truffle Dog Championship in Eugene, Ore., is Joey, a 3-year-old Labrador retriever trained by Ava Chapman. Gustave, a rescue Chihuahua, won the competition in 2018. Joriad is North America’s only truffle dog competition. The most prized truffle-hunting dog breed is the Lagatto Romagnolo, a curly-haired water retriever from Italy.
Eric Clapton featured his Weimaraner, Jeep, on the cover of his album, There’s One in Every Crowd. The dog inspired George Harrison to write the song “I Remember Jeep.”
Duke the Great Pyrenees was the elected honorary mayor of Cormorant Village, Minn., in 2014, then elected three more times. He passed away on Feb. 21 at the age of 13.
The Kennel Club of the UK reports that Scottish Terriers are falling out of fashion in favor of other breeds. Otherwise known as “Scottie dogs,” the breed is now classified as vulnerable, meaning there are fewer than 300 new registrations in a year.
Dogs may love bacon, but because of its high sodium and fat content, most experts say to avoid feeding it to your canine friends except in moderation.
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