Animal lovers descend on Scotland for husky race

by Mark James on January 29, 2014

Last weekend, the Aviemore Sled Dog Rally entered its 31st year. The destination, with a backdrop of Cairngorm Mountains, is ideal for the race, because the flat ground enables the dogs to pull loads over long distances.

All generations attend the show to (more…)

Traditional dogs fall out of favour in UK

by Mark James on November 22, 2010

Following on from the news that the Alaskan Malamute has experienced the sharpest increase in popularity amongst dog owners in the UK, the Kennel Club has revealed that several more traditional breeds are falling out of favour also.

West Highland TerrierAccording to the latest figures released by the established authority on dogs within Britain, the number of West Highland Terrier pups that were registered in the UK last year fell by over 50 per cent to just 5,890.

The numbers of Yorkshire terriers registered slumped 44 per cent to just 3,767, with the golden retriever not far behind with a drop of 39 per cent to 7,804 pups.

The UK’s biggest breeds also saw a decline in numbers, with the popularity of the (more…)

Alaskan malamute UK’s fastest increasing breed by popularity

by Mark James on November 19, 2010

New figures have revealed that the Alaskan malamute has increased in popularity with families in the UK faster than any other breed of dog.

Once obscure on UK shores, the wolf-like breed was put to use as a sled dog in the Arctic and is especially resistant to sub-zero temperatures and snow blizzards – a rarity in Britain.

malamuteAccording to new figures released by the Kennel Club, the number of malamutes in the UK has increased by nearly 1,000 % during the past ten years, and now the breed outnumbers more familiar dog breeds such as basset hounds, standard poodles and corgis.

Speaking to The Telegraph, UK Alaskan Malamute Club representative Anne Nevinson commented:

“They are wonderful pets but they are not (more…)