Michele Welton is a dog obedience instructor, canine behavioral consultant, dog breed consultant, and published author of more than a dozen books about dogs and other animals.


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About Michele Welton and yourpurebredpuppy.com

My husband and me

My husband and me, with Buffy the Vampire Slayer

If you're looking for honest advice and information that will help you choose, raise, and train your companion dog, you've come to the right place.

We've been online for 16 years and are one of the oldest and most reputable web sites about dogs.

Hello! I'm Michele Welton and I have over 35 years experience as a dog breed advisor, obedience instructor, canine psychologist, veterinary technician, and author of 17 books about dogs, cats, and pet birds.

I've trained and shown dogs in competitive obedience, agility, herding, tracking, and schutzhund. I've worked with therapy dogs, police dogs, show dogs, and companion dogs.

I know dogs. So when I explain the pros and cons of different dog breeds, different dog foods, or different dog training methods, you're getting honest opinions and information based on a lifetime of experience and research.

I don't just follow the crowd. I tell you the truth as I see it. Honest advice about dogs is what our website is all about.

Blue Chihuahua and cream Miniature Poodle

Mouse and Buffy. Mouse is a blue Chihuahua – yes, it really is called blue, even though it's gray. Buffy is a cream Miniature Poodle, clipped to look like a normal dog instead of the frou-frou look!

Here is our Miniature Poodle, Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Buffy is smart, obedient, and loves everyone (except vampires!). She was the mascot of my husband's third grade classroom for many years.

Beside her is our Chihuahua, Mouse. A rescue group diagnosed her with a liver tumor and skin disease, and scheduled her for euthanasia. So we stepped in and took her, and happily, we got those health problems under control.

Unhappily, Mouse was also born with a serious neurological disorder called syringomyelia, which reminds us each day just how precious and fragile life is.

Jenna, Papillon

Jenna, our toy-obsessed Papillon

Finally, lest you think that all small dogs are lap-sitting cuddlebugs.... meet Jenna.

Jenna is a 7-pound Papillon who is loaded with energy and obsessed with fetching squeaky balls and toys. For hours. And hours. Here's what all of Jenna's pictures look like.

Buffy and Jenna

Buffy and Jenna-Plus-Ball.


Trainer, Instructor, Consultant, Author

Kelly and Princess

Kelly and Princess, the first dogs I ever trained, when I was a teenager. They were such happy dogs, as well as well-trained. I can show you how to have a happy, obedient dog, too.

I've loved and trained larger dogs, too. German Shepherds. Golden Retrievers. Doberman Pinschers. Beaucerons. Irish Wolfhounds. Norwegian Elkhounds. Great Danes. Beagles. Italian Greyhounds. And more.

In New England, I founded the K-Mac Training Center. In Southern California, I founded The Canine Advisory.

My advice on choosing, raising, and training dogs has been featured on the Orange County TV News Channel and in the Orange County Register newspaper.

I'm the author of 17 published books on dogs, cats, and pet birds.

And I've written every word of this 1250+ page web site, which has been online since 2000. Over 10,000 dog lovers visit us each day....more than 300,000 dog lovers each month....more than 3 million dog lovers each year.

I'm so glad you've joined us!


Just for fun....

Michele skating

Yes, that's me when I played on a women's hockey team. Those were the days!

I grew up in New England playing and coaching baseball, playing ice hockey, and riding horses in barrel racing and gymkhana events.

Flash-forward a few decades to now.... you'll find me reading and writing books, or watching a thought-provoking documentary or science fiction show. I'm particularly fond of my T-shirt that says, "All my favorite TV shows have wormholes!"