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…)

What is the difference between a greyhound and a whippet?

by Mark James on September 29, 2010

To the untrained eye, Greyhounds and Whippets look very similar. They are both tall and slender and are as fast as greased lightening, which are typical characteristics for sighthounds. This means that they specialise in chasing down prey such as rabbits, hare or deer, keeping it within their field of vision. Both Greyhounds and Whippets are very flexible; this, along with long legs, makes for a very long stride, aiding their speed. They both have deep chests, which support a large heart and incredibly efficient lungs.

Both breeds have a distinctively shaped head, commonly referred to as dolichocephalic; that is, a skull which is longer than it is wide. It’s a characteristic shared by some other breeds such as Afghan hounds, Borzois, and even wolves – it’s related to the need for the stereoscopic vision required for (more…)