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…)

Terrier tantrums halt post for nearly two months

by Darren Jamieson on January 29, 2011

postman patRoyal Mail deliveries have returned to normal in a street in Northampton, after they were halted for weeks when a postman was attacked by a terrier.

A blanket ban of all postal deliveries was implemented on December 7th after the postal worker was allegedly savaged by the cute bundle of fur, who is a member of the Joyce family. The attack is said to be the latest in a long line of incidents involving the terrier.

Now, nearly two months after the attack, services have (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…)

Top 5 low maintenance dogs

by Mark James on September 14, 2010

Let’s be honest here: as much as we all love dogs, the effort you put into looking after them can sometimes be a pain in the posterior. How many times have you come home from a gruelling day at work to find your faithful hound waiting in the hallway for you with his lead in his mouth, when all you want to do is slump in front of the TV and crack open a bottle of wine whilst you wait for your Findus Crispy Pancakes to cook in the oven?

How many Sunday morning lie-ins have been scuppered by the realisation that you need to get out of bed to take your dog out to do a boom-boom?

Walking your dog is just one aspect of the time and energy you need to put into looking after your pet. If your dog sheds, a lot of time must be spent grooming him as part of the war to stop your house from becoming a giant hairball. As tired as you may be, you need to spend some quality time with him, which means play time and obedience training. We all know that this effort is vital to ensuring your dog is healthy and happy, and it strengthens the bond between you both, but we’ve all had the (more…)

Snub-nosed dogs at risk on aeroplanes

by Leanne Thompson on July 22, 2010

Anyone thinking of flying with their dogs should take note of recent data released by the Transportation Department in the United States of America. Last week, the Transportation Department released figures that showed that dogs with snub-noses, such as Pugs, Pekingese and English Bulldogs, are more at risk of death when travelling on planes. The figures released showed that over 50% of dogs that died on board aircraft in the last five years were dogs with smaller, pushed back faces.

A total of 122 dogs have been reported as having died on American flights since 2005, with 25 of those dogs being classed as English Bulldogs. 11 of the dogs that died were Pugs, with Pomeranians, Pekingese and Boxers also suffering as a result of being placed in aeroplane cargo holds.

The reason that short nosed dogs (Brachycephalic) are more at risk of death on board aircraft is due to their inability to breathe easily and cool themselves down in an otherwise warm environment, as cargo holds are (more…)

Pug Breed Profile

by Darren Jamieson on June 27, 2010

Also known as a mops hund or Chinese pug dog, the Pug strongly resembles a miniature mastiff with the black mask on its wrinkled face with a stocky, thickset body. A loyal and affectionate little dog who is energetic and good natured, you will have a friend for life. The Pug has uncertain origins with many believing that he dates back to 400 BC in Asia, whilst others believe that the Pug was brought back from the East by Dutch traders; which could also explain why he was once known as a Dutch mastiff. Pugs are excellent watch dogs although they don’t tend to yap excessively, which means that they will adapt well to life in an apartment or a huge mansion, they don’t mind.

Typical Pug facts

Height: Male 12 to 14 in (30 to 36 cm) female 10 to 12 in (25 to 30 cm)
Weight: Male 13 to 20 lbs (6 to 9 kg) female 13 to 18 lbs (6 to 8 kg)
Average litter size: 2 to 6 pups
Life expectancy: 12 to 15 years
Good with children: Yes
Kennel Club classification: Toy group

Colour of a Pug

The four colours of a Pug are black, fawn, silver and apricot. The early Pugs were usually golden or apricot until the mid nineteenth century when two strains of Pugs were introduced by (more…)

Is this the world’s saddest dog?

by Leanne Thompson on September 26, 2009

worlds_saddest_dogWe challenge any dog lover anywhere not to look at this picture and feel something. Everyone altogether now, awww!

This fed up looking little pug has been nicknamed the saddest dog in the world after this photo made him an (more…)