I am sure as you already guessed – I LOVE DOGS! They are truly a woman (and man’s) best friends!
Did you know archeologists have found fossil records of domesticated pet dogs alongside humans from as long as 14,000 years ago! Wow - that’s a long time. That’s 140-280 generations in human terms, or nearly 100,000 dog years!
It’s fascinating what can happen in as long a time. What started presumably with frail wolves ousted from their packs, gravitating towards early human settlements for scraps and protection – have evolved into over 300 breeds of dogs we know and love today.
Over these 14,000 and probably more years, humans only selected the genetic variations in the offspring of these initial outcast wolves which best suited our needs. Which is why all puppies look cute to us today, because the ones which didn’t, or those who were extremely aggressive towards humans - we never further developed their genetic variations, all those thousands of years ago.
We only developed the genetic variations/behaviors/ characteristics we liked or needed in our new best friends. So, the dogs we know and love today, have come down a very long line of natural genetic variations and human selection – leading them to look and behave the way we know them too!
But all these variations in dog breeds only exploded over the last 200 years, when humans began cross-breeding dogs in the 19th century. Before then dogs were groomed over thousands of years in somewhat isolated pockets across the world for different and unique characteristics. From small cute ones for royalty to bigger, sportier or more protective ones for working alongside humans.
Along with the explosion of dog breeds, also came an explosion in gifts for dog lovers! With so many more dog breeds and owners, dog lover gifts (especially dog mom gifts) are now amongst the most popular gifting category in the US and around the world.
I did some research, and here’s what I found for many of the more popular breeds we know and LOVE today.
And while researching here’s something shocking, I got to know that a huge amount of people are looking for ‘Beware of Dog Signs’, meaning that people should take care or it’s an indication of the consequences which they’ll have to suffer if they venture onto any property. It’s like an indication that you’re having a bad dog and here are the consequences if they get mad at you and the dog owner shall not be liable to anyone if the person who is indulging suffer any injury or death from being bitten by their dog. So, beware of the dog!
Also did a side research on how people are looking for gifts for dog owners on Google, and have added those insights below:
Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular breeds in the United States as they come in the top position in the list of most registered dog breeds in the US for more than 10 years.
Labradors are gentle, affectionate, cute, friendly & loyal and this makes them a great family dog, also one of the best dogs for children of all ages and they socialize well with neighbor dogs and humans alike.
They are peaceful with other animals and their highly intelligent and pleasing characteristic makes them easy to train. Exercising them regularly helps them to calm down and induce good behavior.
They shed a lot that’s why they need frequent grooming. Labradors are a heavy eater, that’s why one needs to keep a check on their diet or else they pose a high risk of obesity. The Lab is an enthusiastic athlete.
They need a good amount of exercise, not just a couple of short walks to keep physically and mentally fit. They can adapt to any climate due to their double coat. They enjoy jogging, swimming, boating, hiking, and many more activities. Labradors are excellent swimmers as their water-resistant double coat and possess an ability to tolerate extreme cold water for an extended period.
They possess a strong-smelling sense, this helps them to be used as detection dogs to track down thieves, terrorists, smugglers and black marketers. The Labrador Retriever did not come from Labrador, but Newfoundland. No doubt Labs are great hunting dogs, guide dogs, show dogs, therapy dogs, service dogs, sniffer dogs, rescue dogs and above all, great family dogs.
The Labrador Retriever stands from 21-25 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 55 to 80 pounds. Their short hair waterproof dual layer coat comes in yellow, black, and a luscious chocolate. Though black Labs are by far the most common color. Moreover, yellow Labs are often the calmest and most mild-mannered while the chocolate Labs have been very energetic.
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As their name suggests, originally from Germany, German Shepherd Dogs are the most popular breeds in the United States. They started being called an Alsatians in the United States during World War 2 owing to the anti- German rhetoric.
They are amongst the smartest, intelligent and most versatile dogs around. That’s why they are also a favorite choice for service dogs, military dogs, and police dogs.
Large-sized with medium-energy, the German Shepherd breed can grow to between 75-95 pounds and lives an average of 10-12 years. They are large, agile, muscular, and were bred to be the ultimate herding dog. Their courage, speed, strength, gentleness, endurance, obedience, loyalty also makes them a good choice as well-disciplined family pets. They are very protective and devoted to their family and home.
The German Shepherd is both an indoor and outdoor dog. Frequent training or exercise sessions and daily mental stimulation are essential for keeping their mind and body active. They enjoy physical challenges, and because the German Shepherd sheds throughout the year, their coat needs to be brushed once or twice a week.
Ample daily exercise helps prevent aggressive behavior. German shepherd pups needs socialization and obedience training at a young age, else they can be very destructive. German Shepherds get along well with children and other dogs and pets as long as they’re taught to do so. They are amongst the smartest and easiest to train.
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The Golden Retrievers are playful, friendly, affectionate and even-tempered large-sized Scottish gun dogs. Their temperament has made them the third-most-popular family dog in the United States.
Named after their dense, lustrous coat of beautiful golden fur. They are fabulous outgoing, trustworthy family dogs and are also natural athletes. An extremely intelligent companion, always wanting to love and please, they’re great with kids, very protective of their humans and tend to get along well with other pets. Goldens can reach a weight of 55 – 75 lbs, and a height between 21.5 – 24”.
Swimming and fetching are their natural pastimes as Golden Retrievers have an instinctive love of water and are easy to train. Golden Retrievers require fairly regular grooming. They were originally bred in Scotland in the mid-19th century. They don’t often bark so do not count them to make good watchdogs.
Golden Retrievers are rarely picky eaters, and they require ample physical and mental exercise. They are so versatile as they are not only good bird dogs and family pets but are popular service dogs for the blind and disabled, as well as working search and rescue dogs.
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French Bulldogs / Frenchie
The French bulldog’s origins are murky, somewhere in France, with further roots tracing back to English bulldogs. In France, the English bulldogs probably bred with terriers to create French bulldogs.
A Frenchie is a companion dog amongst the world’s most popular small dog breeds. In fact, in 2015, they were the 4th most popular dog in both the United Kingdom, and in the U.S. They demand attention, like many other companion dog breeds, requiring close contact with their humans. French bulldog is most often mistaken with the Boston Terrier and English Bulldogs, as they resemble a lot.
French Bulldog is a muscular dog, an even-tempered house dog. They do not require a lot of food, need minimal exercise, with daily short walks. A Frenchie is a charmer - they rarely bark, but they are excellent watchdogs. They do well with other animals and enjoy making new friends. They are the most loving dogs, playful, alert, adaptable and muscular in appearance.
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English Bulldog is also referred to as British Bulldog to distinguish him from other bulldog-type breeds such as the French Bulldog or American Bulldog. These are medium-sized dogs in terms of their height. However, they are by no means small. They come in various range of colors but more likely to be Fallow, Fawn, Brindle, White, and Red.
Affectionate, easygoing, and lovable, they are iconic dog, with a very characteristic look. They are good around children of all ages. Most are moderately friendly toward strangers. Although some can be aggressive to unfamiliar dogs, while others are politely reserved, the breed is quite good with other pets. An excellent guard dog, courageous and dependable.
You should keep your Bulldog slim. They can become overweight easily if not exercised regularly. They cannot tolerate hot humid weather and they chill easily in cold temperatures - but they make a very fine family pet.
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Developed in Germany, Poodles rank as the second most intelligent dog breed just behind the Border Collie.
Amongst the most popular dog breeds in the world, Poodles can be of three sizes: Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle, and Toy Poodle colored either black, white, or apricot. They have a curly fur coat, with an elegant posture, making them impressive and affectionate family dogs and loyal family companions. They are highly trainable & natural athletes, skillful in many dog sports and outdoor activities. Poodles are easy to train, have exceptional learning ability, are loving, smart and make for loyal family companions.
They are a type of water dog because of their basic instinct to retrieve objects from water. Some Poodles are prone to getting overweight, so watch their calorie consumption. The poodle coat will turn knotted and curly unless brushed out vigorously. They are commonly seen in colors of silver, black, white, apricot and chocolate - all needing frequent grooming.
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Dachshund is a German word meaning “badger dog” - "Dach" means badger and "hund" means dog - primarily groomed to hunt badgers in the wild.
With their slender long torso, dachshunds have the lung capacity, stamina shape and size to become great badger hunting dogs. It’s said that Dachshunds can track a scent that is more than a week old! So they were also commonly used for rabbit, fox and deer hunting in addition to badgers.
The Dachshund may have an unmistakable long-backed body, and little legs - but they have a BIG personality. They are a loyal companion and good with children if treated well. Smart and vigilant, with a big-dog bark, they are good family dogs and they can also make watch dogs. They can be brave and a bit stubborn, but their endearing nature and unique look has won millions of hearts the world over.
However, as Dachshunds were bred to be hunters, they are ranked high for destructiveness. But their versatility makes them excellent family companions. There is no height standard for the dachshund, but they are usually under nine inches in height and come in five colors: red, black, chocolate, white and gray.
As we were saying before, despite their size, Dachshunds are well known for their courageous nature, well-balanced, bold and confident personality, with an energetic disposition and pleasant expressions.
Their keen nose also gives them an advantage over most other breeds for trailing when on the hunt. However, as they have a long back, Dachshunds are prone to spinal disk problems, making it extremely important not to let them ever become overweight and always keep a close check on their weight.
The exact origins of the Dachshund are unknown but theorized that the early roots of the dachshund may go back to ancient Egypt. Since then the Dachshund has long been a national symbol of Germany now also including elements of German, French, and English hounds and terriers.
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Originated in Pembrokeshire, The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a cattle herding dog breed and their puppies are adorable! Their personality will steal your heart in a second. They are active and intelligent dog breed but stubborn at times.
At 10 to 12 inches at the shoulder and 27 to 30 pounds, they are Chubby and you can find them in four different coat colors and markings - red, sable, fawn, and black and tan, with or without white markings.
They are one of the world's most popular herding breeds. They are fearless, independent and responds well to training. According to the AKC, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi was ranked 20th most popular breed of dog in 2015. Some of them are prone to overeating, so one must keep an eye on their weight. Pembrokes also make good watchdogs. They tend to bark at anything and everything. They are very affectionate, love to be involved in the family.
Also, did you know none other than Queen Elizabeth II has had more than 30 corgis in her lifetime? Though her last two corgis—Whisper and Willow—have both recently passed away, she does still have two dorgis (corgi/dachshund mixes) named Candy and Vulcan.
In fact, according to the Oxford dictionary, cor means dwarf and gi means dog. So Corgi literally means ‘dwarf dog’ in Welsh.
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This medium-sized working dog and high-energy breed, originally hails from Siberia, can grow to between 35-60 pounds. Huskies were originally bred by the native people in Asia. It is an active, energetic, and resilient breed with an extremely dense coat, which allows them to withstand extreme cold. These dogs often have striking blue eyes which makes them even more beautiful. Their thick coats require weekly grooming. The Husky howls instead of barking and are notorious howlers, you can hear Husky's voice carry from miles. They are intelligent and independent and are affectionate with everyone.
They do well with children and friendly towards strangers and would highly recommend them if you want a guard dog. When properly trained and cared for, Huskies make truly wonderful family companions. They are very charming with their mischievous, playful, highly intelligent and talkative nature. They exhibit high energy indoors, needs tons of exercise and maybe destructive "without proper care". They give a lot of affection and love to receive it. They do better in cooler climate.
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The Miniature Schnauzer is a German breed, amongst the most popular terrier breeds. The smallest of the three Schnauzer breeds, the Mini Schnauzer is amongst the top 20 most popular breeds in the U.S, England, and Germany.
They are playful well-mannered, quick learners, adaptable ideal house dogs, also making great watchdogs. They get along well with other animals and kids and are sociable dogs that love to be with their people. Their familiar bushy beard and expressive eyebrows give them a charming, human-like expression. Their hard, wiry coat comes in three color patterns: salt and pepper, black and silver, and solid black. With a Miniature Schnauzer in the house, you’ll never be alone and get bored.
A bright, friendly, trainable, low-shedding companion, The Miniature Schnauzer is also known for being obedient and quick to learn. They can be clever, sometimes stubborn and some may bark a lot.
They do not shed but they need to be groomed regularly. As the breed is somewhat fearless around other dogs, not knowing how big they are, it’s important to introduce a Miniature Schnauzer to other dogs at a young age so they don’t gain any aggressive tendencies. Some Miniature Schnauzers are also prone to getting overweight, so good to watch their calorie consumption and weight level.
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The name “Shih Tzu” means little lion in Mandarin Chinese because of the breed's lion-like appearance, is tiny in size but sturdy dog, big on personality with a lust, long, soft and double hair coat. The Shih Tzu’s coat comes in an array of different colors, including black, white, blue, brindle, gold, liver, red and silver.
They rank as one of the top ten most popular dog breeds in the USA. It’s no surprise - with such a cute face, large dark eyes, those sweet expressions, weighing from 4 to 7.25 kilograms. Shih Tzus are lovers and not hunters. So don't expect them to hunt, guard, or retrieve as they’re not bred for those traits.
They are bred to be affectionate, happy, friendly, lively and make for a great family pet and companion who gets along well with other animals and even children.
They are so cute - like a teddy bear and best for cuddling. The Shih Tzu is sometimes called the Chrysanthemum Dog, a perfect nickname that describes the way their hair on their face grows out in all directions.
They need to however be kept indoors in air-conditioned rooms during hot weather. Routine grooming is also absolutely necessity The Shih Tzu's coat grows continuously and because of their long coat and fast-growing hair, regular grooming is necessary pretty much every day.
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Boston Terrier owners know that their dogs’ rule, as they are lovers - not fighters! You will instantly fall in love with a Boston Terrier puppy when you see one and you will do every possible thing to bring one home and so what I did. They are just Adorable!
They are extraordinarily adaptable to your lifestyle and have the most expressive facial expressions that will make you laugh out loud! They’re just well-proportioned, handsome little dogs. For people who want a cheerful companion, a Boston Terrier can be a great choice. They are often referred to as the national dog of the United States.
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Developed in Germany, the name Pomeranian comes from the region of Pomerania, which is now in modern-day Poland and Germany. This breed was developed from the ancient German Spitz dog family.
Pomeranian’s are today amongst the most popular dog breeds in the US. The Pomeranian is an adorable little dog and they do not get very large (at the max 7 pounds). Being one of the tiniest breeds, they are called toy dogs but they have the courage of much bigger dogs.
Pomeranians can change their colors as they age. With lavish fluffy double coat, foxy face with attentive, prick ears - they are friendly adorable tiny dogs, glamorous appearance and one of the costliest dog breeds in the world.
They aren’t fearful of strangers or other pets around them. They are intelligent, eager to learn, very loyal to their humans and make a great family dog as well as a great watchdog.
Poms need a daily walk and exercise and one should start providing training at an early age to your Pom. The Pomeranian's very long, double coat should be brushed frequently. Also, keep a check on their diet as they are prone to get overweight easily.
Did you know in the year 1912, when the Titanic sank, one lucky Pom survived with his owner the lifeboat. A Pomeranian was a favorite of Germany's Queen Victoria along with her collection on Pugs!
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The Latin phrase multum in parvo, or "an abundance in a little" or "a lot of dog in a small space” is the official motto of the Pug and sums up its description!
Pugs have an even-tempered and charming personality with their small size and muscular disposition. Well known as sociable and gentle companion dogs with a large round head, smooth, black and velvety ears, wrinkly, short-muzzled face, sparkling eyes, and a tightly curled tail. They really can’t help but make you smile. They are very intelligent, happy, affectionate, playful and mischievous.
It is believed that the Pug's name comes from the Latin word for "fist" because their face resembles a closed human fist. They are suitable for families with children and their cute wrinkled brow giving them a range of human expressions.
Very fond of children and small enough to properly play with them. They are playful and thrive on human companionship and are ideal house dogs. Many owners call their pugs ‘shadows’ because they like to follow their humans everywhere and always stay close to the action, always craving for affection and attention from their owners.
Pugs live to love and want to be loved in return. They can't tolerate high heat and humidity because of a short muzzle. They do best in moderate climates but with proper care. Pugs love to be the center of attention and are sure to be very lovesick if ignored. They are greedy eaters and will overeat every chance they get, and also gain weight easily. If you own a Pug, expect him or her to follow you everywhere, including the bathroom, always want to sit in your lap, want to sleep on the bed with you and more!
Did you know China is the earliest known origin for Pugs, where they were bred to be companions for ruling families in China? These pet Pugs were highly valued by Chinese Emperors, and this royal dog breed has only been raised in luxury, sometimes even guarded by soldiers.
Today thankfully you don’t have to be a royal to enjoy the companionship of an ever-loving pug. Today this breed is adored by millions of owners and fans around the world. From China, Pugs spread to other parts of Asia. Historians believe that the Pug was a pet of the Buddhist monasteries in Tibet.
In Holland, the Pug became the official dog of the House of Orange after one saved the Prince’s life by barking to alert the prince of enemy soldiers about to ambush the Price. In fact when William of Orange, also known as William III, went to England in 1688 - they brought their Pugs with them, presumably for the first time onto the British Isles.
So Pugs were brought from China to Europe in the 16th century, and they came to be known by different names in different countries. In France they were called Carlin, In Spain Dogullo, in Germany Mops, and in Italy, Caganlino.
In more recent times, Queen Victoria developed a passion for pugs which she passed on to other members of the Royal family. Napoleon's wife, Josephine too owned a Pug called Fortune.
Today Pugs are among one of the most popular breeds on the planet!
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The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog with a huge personality weighing no more than 6 pounds with variety in coat types and colors - the Smooth Coat (short haired) and the Long Coat (longhaired). They stand only about five inches high. Their eyes are round and large.
A national symbol of Mexico and is named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua. These are the smallest breed and oldest breeds of the Americans. They are among the top 10 watch dogs recommended by experts. They require a minimum of grooming and exercise and equally very easy to keep clean.
They love to be close with people as they are fun-loving and charming & easily form a close bond. Chihuahuas are excellent companion dogs and are bold, confident, intelligent and fast learner. They are attention seekers and are loyal to their owners. They are good family pets when treated respectfully and sometimes are distrustful of strangers, which makes them good watchdogs but there is a need to teach them to meet people in a friendly manner. They can’t bear much cold and are prone to shiver when they are cold, excited, or scared. They aren’t very friendly with other dogs and are not the best dog to have when you have children younger than 8 years.
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The ancient breed is originally from Japan, most probably used as a hunting dog because they are curious hunters and are good at flushing birds. But trust me they’re gorgeous! Also serving as an excelled watchdog the Shiba Inu is small, agile and strong. The word Shiba translates to "brushwood" in Japanese, referring to a type of shrub native to Japan whose leaves turn red in the fall, much like the color of a Shiba Inu’s coat.
Shiba Inus can come in black and tan, cream, red and red sesame. They often have white markings. Today Shiba Inus are amongst the most popular companion dog in Japan and the United States.
This breed is bold, headstrong and independent and sort of looks like an extra fluffy fox. Their spirited personality, small upright ears, and cat-like agility makes them as close to a cat as a dog can get!
They bark a lot and can be shy with strangers. They can live outside in cool and temperate climate. Shiba Inus shed a lot and require a good brushing every week. They are energetic and love to go on walks. The Shiba Inu is also an intelligent breed who learns quickly. They can be aggressive with other dogs and will chase small animals who they perceive as prey.
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A charming cotton-ball cloud of curly white fluffy hair or white powder puff of a dog, the Bichon Frise is one of the sweetest, playful, intelligent, gentle and most affectionate of dog breeds. They were found earlier in Spain and have been originated from the United States. They weigh about 5-10 kg and have dark eyes. Bichon Frise is such an adorable breed, crave attention from their human companions, and have secured a top spot in the hearts of dog-lovers looking for a family dog and great for families with children.
The Bichon Frise has been beloved by Italian, French and Spanish royalty and painters alike. Their popularity exploded in the 16th century as they became the favorite of French royal courts.
These adorable dogs need moderate exercise, grooming, bathing and trimming regularly. They aren’t known for barking. They are excellent companion for those who love cute and intelligent dogs and best to cuddle.
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The exact origin of the Akita remains unknown. The Akita is perhaps the most renowned and venerated of the native Japanese breeds, named after the rugged mountainous area of Odate in the prefecture of Akita, on the island of Honshu in Japan. The Akita first came to the United States with Hellen Keller in 1937.
Akita is a large, courageous and powerful breed in body and character, sometimes known as silent hunter, can live up to 10-12 years if treated correctly and fed the proper nutrition and grow to between 70-100 lbs (female) or 100-130 lbs (male). It is an ever-patient playmate for children, loving and loyal to her owners and tends to show dominance over other dogs. It requires extensive amounts of exercise and obedience training. They make good watchdogs, not much of a barker. They are protective and excellent guard dogs.
They are fearless and loyal guardians of their families. However, Akitas require a lot of daily exercise to keep them fit and well-muscled. The Akita sheds a lot and needs to be brushed regularly. The Akita can be aggressive with other dogs and require a firm and consistent leader to give them the early training and socialization. They don’t do well in the heat.
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Well known dog breed, The Dalmatian is famous for its white coat spotted with black or brown markings. Although the origin of the Dalmatian’s coat pattern is unknown. It could well be that they originated from Dalmatia, a region in modern-day Croatia.
They are graceful, medium-sized intelligent and independent dogs, with a sleek, muscular body. Being a very versatile breed - Dalmatians have more recently been used as hunting dogs, retrievers and even as guard dogs during wartime.
However, historically they may have been groomed to be carriage dogs, bred to be active and run with the horses. Good to mention that if your Dalmatian seems to be ignoring you, it could just be because he or she can’t hear you. Deafness is a known problem with this breed.
The first president of the United States, George Washington was an avid Dalmatian fan. It’s said that his coach dog was a Dalmatian named Madame Moose!
Dalmatians are usually reserved towards strangers and aggressive towards other dogs. Their eager, playful and large-sized nature may also make them unsuitable for young children. They need vigorous exercise and frequent brushing to control shedding which takes place all year long.
However, being able to perform a wide range of tasks, and to do them well requires a certain kind of dog. This proven intelligence to be able to adapt can make the perfect dog breed for your family.
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Amongst the most powerful and muscular breeds, The Bull Terrier was originally developed in the 19th century as a fighting dog. A miniature version of this breed which is known as the Miniature Bull Terrier was later groomed to become a gentle, affectionate and playful family companion.
Bull Terriers can be strong, stubborn and some can have very aggressive tendencies to small animals and other dogs. So obedience training and mental and physical exercise daily is a must to avoid behavioral problems, else they can be destructive. They have an unmistakable egg-shaped head with tight skin, harsh coat, and robust body.
They also are loyal pets that will guard the family and in today’s era became a fashionable companion for young gentlemen who wanted a good-looking strong and agile dog by their side. They are prone to compulsive behaviors such as tail-chasing or dot staring. Minimal coat care is needed.
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