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San Antonio, TX, August 30, 2017: Singles, active young couples, families with children, senior citizens – each household will have its own lifestyle, preferences and needs. Dog breeds have specific characteristics that can make them a good or poor fit for a home. For example, some have been bred for centuries to guard, others to hunt, and others to be cuddled lapdogs. Some require a firm, dominant owner and some need a gentle touch. For best success, the breed should match the home and its people.

“Our dog trainer once told us a story about a woman who called her, panicked that her new puppy was chasing and knocking down the children in her day care center.” said Telemark Productions’ President, Ellen Brodsky. “The woman asked the trainer what she should do. When the trainer asked what breed the dog was, the woman said it was an Akita. So our trainer told her she needed to get a different breed of dog! It turns out Akitas have one of the highest prey drives in the canine kingdom. Anything that squeals and runs away triggers an instinctive reaction in the dog to chase it and take it down. This is definitely NOT the best breed to have in a day care center, even though it looks so soft and cuddly.”

Dog Breed Selector

Dog Breed Selector screenshot.

Telemark Productions’ best in class Dog Breed Selector was developed to help people find the right dog for them.  People answer questions about activities, home environment, and other preferences online, then the Selector weighs all their input and comes up with the 30 best match breeds.

The Selector results are linked to detailed breed profiles and photos, so people can learn more about the recommended breeds.  Each profile also includes links to breed clubs, breeder referral lists and rescue organizations to help people find a dog.

The Dog Breed Selector is now available on the website. It has been updated for ease-of-use and mobile device compatibility. also features a Dog Breed Comparer, which allows users to compare different breeds side-by-side, and Guessing Games based on photos of puppies or adult dogs where people can see how skilled they are in breed identification.

Telemark’s Dog Breed Selector started out as part of Telemark’s Guide to Dogs CD-ROM which sold over 45,000 copies worldwide. From 2000 to 2017, Telemark’s Dog Breed Selector consistently ranked as one of the most popular features on  Each year, Telemark has updated the Selector to reflect new breeds and changes to breed standards, so it now includes over 200 breeds.

The Breed Selector, Comparer, and quizzes now have a new home on  Give them a try and share them with your friends!

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Please note that if you are looking for a dog breed that is the best compromise of various traits (for example, SMALL and GOOD WITH OTHER PETS), you should try our Dog Breed Selector.

The sport of DogSpotting has been popularized worldwide through a FaceBook group where players can post pictures of dogs they’ve seen.

But students at various universities, including University of North Carolina (UNC), are creating local FaceBook groups for on-campus dogspotters. There are two advantages of local groups:

  1. Members can get to know one another offline, and
  2. When an interesting dog photo is posted, members can go directly to the location on-campus in hopes of spotting the dog and adding it to their own lists.

miniature schnauzer puppy and mirror

miniature schnauzer puppy and mirror

For most dog owners, the answer to this question is a resounding YES! Clearly, your dog thinks of himself as a distinct “being.”

But the question of self-awareness is much harder to test. After all, you can’t ask the dog.

For years, the standard test of self-awareness has been the mirror test. The animal is shown a mirror. Typically, the researcher will first put a spot of paint on the animal’s face. If the animal looks in the mirror and then attempts to remove the paint, it is clear that he recognizes “himself.”

Elephants, chimpanzees, dolphins, and even magpies have passed the mirror tests… but dogs do not. It’s possible that a mirror isn’t a valid test for dog, since dogs rely much more on scent than on sight. Or perhaps dogs just don’t care if there’s a spot of paint on their face!

Recently, researchers have begun to question both the methodology and the conclusions of the mirror test, and to find different ways to understand and discuss the question of self-awareness. But whatever the researchers find, dog lovers are likely to draw their own conclusions!

Read More

What Does Your Dog See When He Looks in a Mirror? Science of Us. May 23, 2016.

Due to problems with iOS 7 compatibility, we have decided to pull DogSpotters from the App Store. We will gladly refund your money if you send us purchase information and where to send your refund. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Our original DogSpotters application helps you to identify dog breeds, and lets you track your sightings (complete with photos and audio notes).

We heard from many users that the built-in dog identification game was fun for everyone… not just serious dog fans! So in response to your requests, we’ve made our dog ID game available as a separate app, available from the iPhone app store for just $0.99. The game can even be upgraded to the full version later, using an in-app purchase option.

The DogSpotters app was reviewed on the January 31 episode of NewsWatch, airing on the ION network.  You can watch the segment on YouTube (and if you like the video, please share it with your friends).


Our very own Caroline Coile chatted extensively with host Julie Forbes about DogSpotters and other things doggie on The Dog Show with Julie Forbes, a Seattle pet radio show.

The program aired on January 18, 2013 and is available now as a free iTunes Podcast (The Dog Show with Julie Forbes, Show #203.)  If you want to check it out, Caroline’s segment starts about 17 minutes into the show and runs for about 45 minutes!