Kazakh nomads fight to preserve rare dog breed

by Darren Jamieson on October 15, 2014

Nomadic hunters and herdsmen in Kazakhstan are trying to save one of the rarest dog breeds in the world: the Tazy, which is also called the Kazakh greyhound.

For centuries, the pastoral nomads of (more…)

New website to help dog owners combat dysplasia

by Leanne Thompson on July 2, 2014

The launch of the Cornell Estimated Breeding website is predicted to help dog owners and breeders to better understand the issues surrounding hip and elbow health in some purebred dogs.

On the site, the public and stud dog breeders can (more…)

First ever litter of Stabyhouns born in the UK

by Vivien Richardson on September 11, 2013

A five-year-old Stabyhoun named Rikje has been beaming with pride after giving birth to 10 healthy puppies. What makes this story so special is the fact that Stabyhouns (more…)

RSPCA workers nurse puppies back to health

by Darren Jamieson on May 1, 2013

As the leading UK animal welfare charity, the RSPCA is relied on to prevent animal cruelty and assist with the rescue and health of animals.

Millions of pets have been re-homed and adopted (more…)

Top tips from Catherine Jane Pennington on preparing dogs for breeding

by Mark James on April 9, 2013

For dog owners, breeding a dog can be a worthwhile investment, but it’s not easy. Catherine Jane Pennington, who has been breeding Labradors on and off for the last 20 years, can testify that there’s a lot of work necessary for the successful breeding of Labradors.

To encourage the greatest safety for the dog and maximise the eventual gains, there are a number of points to take into account before breeding a Labrador.

Ultimately, the breeding mantra of Catherine Jane Pennington is: ‘Healthy dogs mean healthy puppies’.

With this in mind, owners should have a vet check the health of their Lab before deciding on a stud or bitch (also referred to as the ‘dam’). Naturally, the dog chosen should be in full health and form, clear of common parasites and owners should be sure that both animals (more…)

Grandmother raises 250 puppies to aid the blind

by Mark James on March 27, 2012

Dogs have always been the perfect companion but Carol Evans, a grandmother from Stourbridge in the West Midlands, has noticed the potential that canines have for assisting people with blindness and partial sight. As if being a grandmother isn’t enough, Mrs Evans is also devoting her time to breeding puppies for the Guide Dogs charity. (more…)

Being a responsible dog breeder

by Leanne Thompson on February 8, 2012

Most people have genuine reasons and good intentions when thinking about becoming a dog breeder. A good breeder should be judged on their concern for the dogs and for the decisions that they make when it comes to breeding dogs, rather than necessarily for the calibre of dogs that you breed. Of course, you will be judged on this but being a responsible dog breeder is much more than that.

A responsible dog breeder should take all the care possible to ensure the dogs they breed end up in good homes. As well as caring for the puppies in your own home and ensuring that time is invested in making (more…)

In praise of the good old fashioned mutt

by Vivien Richardson on January 29, 2012

In praise of the good old fashioned mutt.

Much has been made recently of various dog breeds, large, small and ridiculously tiny. There is also a growing interest in specific cross breeds such as the labradoodle. Has the poor mongrel been forgotten in all this made-to-measure designer dogdom?

There are many great looking pooches out there of mixed parentage and each one is going to be unique, some of the most engaging looking pups are the result of a chance meeting and rescue centres are overflowing with great dogs passed over in favour of the pure breed in the next cage.

Dogs that can trace their ancestry back are often related, some diseases and defects have become inherent to particular breeds, and mongrels often have a better resistance to doggy diseases.

Mongrel or not, the same principles apply when it comes to finding your ideal dog. See the parents (if known), or if you are going to re-home a rescue dog, talk to the staff at the centre. Be wary of small ads that are offering dogs “free to a good home”, make sure that the dog is not a problem animal that the present owners are trying to offload.

A word of caution if you are taking on a pup of unknown provenance, pups grow and there is no telling how big your new friend will be when fully grown, as you will have no point of reference. Beware of throwbacks, mongrel parents of small stature have been known to produce much larger offspring. If a large dog is going to be a problem play safe and get a pure or cross breed.

What to look for in a dog breeder

by Darren Jamieson on January 23, 2012

It is always important to choose a reputable dog breeder if you are going to buy a puppy. Supporting irresponsible dog breeding will only serve to perpetuate bad practices which can ultimately be harmful to the dogs.

Dogs used to breed too many litters, puppies that are taken from their mothers too early or dogs kept in terrible overcrowded conditions can be all too common if dog breeding is seen as purely a money making scheme and (more…)

New York Dog breeder will not face charges

by Leanne Thompson on November 14, 2011

New York officials have said that a US man, who bred his dogs on his own premises, will not face cruelty charges after losing around 20 Italian Mastiffs in a fire in his 20-by-20-foot shed in his backyard.

The director of Westchester County’s SPCA, Ernest Lungaro, has stated that, from the evidence collected and from how things appeared at the shed, he believed the owner had not intentionally caused harm to the animals.

The director has now come out and said that he confirms the dogs had died from an (more…)

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