Gift Ideas for Your Dog Anytime of Year (But Especially at Christmas)
We totally get it—the idea of buying your pooch a gift for Christmas or Hanukkah is not silly. According to a survey reported by Pet Age, 95% of dog owners buy Christmas gifts for dogs. So we’ve compiled a handy list of gift ideas for your dog.
While dogs don’t understand the holidays, they do love attention. They also notice when everyone else is getting the attention like when their people are opening gifts on Christmas morning. Besides, if Fido is left to his own devices and eats the ribbon, an expensive trip to the veterinarian and who wants that.
Whether you have a Golden Retriever, a Dachshund or something in between, here are some helpful guidelines to finding the perfect gift for the special four-legged friend in your life.
What to buy your Golden Retriever for Christmas
The Golden Retriever ranks 3 out of 192 for breed popularity according to the American Kennel Club. There are several reasons the golden retriever is one of the most popular dogs in the U.S. too. These sweet, smart blondes are caring, devoted, and intelligent—just like their people.
They can weigh up anywhere between 65 and 75 pounds and are characterized as “exuberant.” What Christmas gifts should I buy for my Golden Retriever? (Because we know you won’t be able to buy just one!)
You’ll definitely want something fetching for your Golden. With an incessant urge to retrieve, Kong squeaky toys (especially ones you can stick treats like peanut butter) will keep Goldens occupied for an extended duration. If you’re on a budget this Christmas or buying for a friend, you can’t go wrong with a pack of tennis balls either.
What to get your Cockapoo for Christmas
Going back in the 1960s, the Cockapoo blazed the trail among planned crossbreeds. Also known as the Cockapoodle, Cockerpoo, or Cock-a-Poo, he’s an utterly adorable little dog. While their height varies, Cockapoos can weigh anywhere from 10 to 30 pounds.
As a friendly, lovable breed, Cockapoos make great pals for anyone who is looking for a high-energy pooch that lives indoors. Even if you have other pets, Cockapoos have an infectious zest for play and get along well with cats too! Cockapoos can be quite the handful though; especially if they’re not properly trained and regularly exercised.
The best present for your Cockapoo this Christmas include fetching toys for the backyard, chew toys and puzzle toys. Like all intelligent dogs, Cockapoo can become bored quickly. As an avid, active chewer, they love squeaky toys like plush KONG Cozies Squeaky Toys.
The best Christmas dog toys for Chihuahuas
The charming Chihuahua stands around five to eight inches high and weighs about six pounds. However, these pint-sized pooches can be pretty sassy. Even so, Chihuahuas make a great pet for apartment dwellers, aging adults, and anyone who loves the idea of how cute they look in a handbag.
From Tinkerbell to Taco Bell, these little pooches are loved for their loyalty, charm, and big-dog attitude. What type of toy does your Chihuahua need?
These little dogs enjoy chew toys and toys that squeak. For puppies, a chew toy can save your furniture from incessant gnawing and biting. But because their air passages and mouths are so small, it is important to keep durability as a top priority and to frequently inspect squeaky chew toys for signs of wear and tear.
Christmas gift ideas for your English Bulldog
Who can resist a squishy-face? Especially, on a dog. English Bulldog owners all agree, these gals really are the sweetest. They’re also kind and courageous. Don’t let their thickset and well-muscled body fool you. English Bulldogs enjoy brisk walks, and in fact, they need regular exercise.
What type of toy will make a great Christmas gift for your English Bulldog? There are two types of toys to consider. High-energy toys like frisbees, balls, and toy launchers are good choices for exercise. Be sure to consider tug toys too. Interactive toys that don’t require your stout companion to fetch are a good idea to have on hand for when she doesn’t feel like running.
Because English Bulldogs have partial color blindness, look for toys with these bright colors: yellow, blue, and purple. Their powerful bites make in imperative to go for the highest quality toy your pocketbook can handle this Christmas.
What to get your Beagle for Christmas
If you know anyone looking to buy a Christmas present for a special someone, a beagle puppy will make a great gift. This breed is described “merry” by its fanciers because Beagles are loving and lovable, happy, and companionable. These qualities make them excellent family dogs.
While a real beagle won’t fight the Red Baron, you can keep this amazing dog entertained with high-energy toys like frisbees, tennis balls, and tugging toys. Look for a good rope toy is versatile enough to use in a game of fetch too; it will do double duty as a two-in-one gift idea. This type of toy will strengthen the level of trust between you and your beagle also.
The best Christmas dog toys for Dachshunds
According to the American Kennel Club, the Dachshund ranks 13 out 192 for breed popularity. These friendly, curious, and spunky hounds stand around eight to nine inches tall and weigh anywhere between 16 and 32 pounds.
The famously long, low silhouette, ever-alert expression, and bold, vivacious personality of the Dachshund have made him a superstar of the canine kingdom. Dachshunds come in two sizes and in three coat types (smooth, wirehaired, or longhaired) of various colors and patterns.
This breed of dog is ideal for big-city apartment dwellers, sprawling ranches, and everyone in between. Doxies love toys that allow their instincts to run wild. Durable chew toys with pockets for treat stuffings are best because they have a prize in the opening. Squeaker toys will drive Doxies and their people crazy though because they’ll stop at nothing until the squeaker is destroyed.
Anyone who owns a dog knows they’re part of the family. Put your pooch at the top of your Christmas list this year and watch the holiday magic (and photo ops) unfold. But perhaps the best news is that you don’t have to worry about how much your spending on a gift.