Finding the ideal family dog requires a lot of time and research, but no worries. Los Angeles residents have plenty of resources, up to and including a plethora of animal shelters and specific rescues associated with specific breeds. However, if you are specifically seeking a certain canine because you want to know exact origin and background of your new pet (often for showing or medical reasons), sometimes a specialized breeder ends up being your best dog option. If so, consider these five places from which to locate that perfect pup to call your own.
Heavy Hitters Bulldogs
P.O. Box 310532
Fontana, CA 92358
In business for the past eight years, Heavy Hitters breeds all sorts of rare bulldogs to become the best kind of family dog in the canine kingdom. These cute crate-trained critters are ready to join your loving home after being part of a kennel that is akin to a home and not simply a sterile breeding environment. To be sure, socializing with humans is the order of this enterprise, so get ready to meet some swell pups who are sure to suit your fancy.
4212 East Los Angeles Ave., #3242
Simi Valley, CA 93063
Remember Jennifer Aniston’s precious pup Marley in the film “Marley and Me?” Well, that young yellow lab came from Susana. However, all of her retrievers are movie stars as far as she’s concerned. Canines of this kind come in an array of colors, from yellow to black to red fox to white to chocolate. All make for great family members as this breed tends to be very calm, mellow even, and is quick to bond with humans. Very little children are very much included as ideal companions since labrador puppies adore newborn babies almost as much as their parents do.
Cavalier King Charles spaniels have been favorites of Southern Californians ever since local resident Ronald Reagan took his dog Rex to the White House in 1985 when he was President of the United States. This regal pooch, a true lap dog, is an ideal choice for those city dwellers who want great companions who love the leash and are smart as a whip. Woodland Cavaliers is a stellar breeder, named one of the best in the Los Angeles area for these little dogs with their big personalities and capacity to love and cuddle.
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Star Yorkie Kennel
6910 Bertrand Ave.
Reseda, CA 91335
This is the place for finding teacup versions of your favorite pooch. Choose from purebred Maltese, Yorkshires, shih tzu and Pomeranians. Or go for the mixes, including morkies (Maltese mixes with Yorkies), or maltipoo (Maltese mixed with poodles). Whichever one you choose means that your little guy will fit in the palm of your hand. He or she will probably be eating there too, as that miniature critter will definitely live up to its high-level lovable factor.
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Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on Examiner.com.