Jet is Top Gun at Crufts

by Mark James on March 18, 2011

A flat coated retriever has claimed the coveted Best in Show prize in this year’s event at Crufts.

Jet, who hails from Edinburgh, saw off a staggering 21,000 other dogs to claim the title. He first claimed first place in the Gundog category.

jet flat coated retrieverQueensferry dog breeder Jim Irvine, who bred Jet, couldn’t believe that one of his dogs had won. He said:

“I’m just so happy.”

“In the dog world this is the ultimate prize, this is what everyone aspires to and normally I find it’s always someone else who (more…)

Dalmatian Breed Profile

by Leanne Thompson on February 15, 2011

Instantly recognisable owing to its spotted coat, the Dalmatian is a sleek, muscular breed of medium size, with a massive amount of stamina. Intelligent and devoted, it loves nothing better than to run and play with its master – often for hours – and is totally people orientated.

The Dalmatian’s affinity with horses is well documented. Developed as a coaching dog in 18th century England, it was earlier used for hunting and guarding in Dalmatia, Yugoslavia. Despite this, the Dalmatian is a friendly and non-aggressive breed which makes an ideal family pet. However, it can be a little boisterous for very young children and is best suited to an experienced dog owner.

Dalmatian-femaleTypical Dalmatian Facts:

Height: Dog 23 – 24 inches (58 – 61cm) Bitch 22 – 23 inches (56 -58 cm)

Weight: 35 to 70 pounds (16 to 32 kg)

Average Litter Size: 8, though up to 15 is not uncommon

Life Expectancy: 9 to 15 years

Good with Children: Yes, but best suited to children over the age of 6 years owing to its exuberant nature.

Kennel Club Classification: Utility breed

Colour of a Dalmatian

The only spotted breed of dog, the Dalmatian is instantly recognisable by its short, black or liver spotted coat. Other colours include blue, brindle, mosaic, yellow and tri-colour, though these are very rare.

Dalmatian puppies are pure white when first born, with most of their spots appearing within (more…)

Rottweiler breed profile

by Leanne Thompson on August 6, 2010

The Rottweiler started out its life as a cattle dog and hauler of carts before becoming a military and police dog, as well as a guard dog. The Rottweiler has never been a fighting dog as is sometimes suggested, but has proved to be a loyal companion who is highly intelligent and easy to train. Originating from Rottweil, in Germany, they are a medium to large breed of domestic dog and are known to be good natured with a placid disposition and a strong sense of adaptability and an eagerness to work. As with all powerful breeds the Rottweiler makes a perfect house pet as long as he receives the care and attention, particularly exercise, which he requires.

Typical Rottweiler facts

Height: 23-27 in (58-69 cm)
Weight: 90-110 lb (41-50 kg)
Average litter size: 8
Life expectancy: 9-12 years
Good with children: Yes
Kennel Club classification: Working

Colour of a Rottweiler

A Rottweiler is mainly black on the body with tan markings on the face, chest and legs.

Grooming a Rottweiler

The Rottweiler has a short coat which doesn’t require large amounts of grooming, although some essential care and maintenance is needed to keep him happy. Rottweilers have a double coat which sheds heavily twice a year, which is when you will want to groom him using (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…)

Beagle Breed Profile

by Leanne Thompson on June 24, 2010

Originally bred as a scent hound, the Beagle is a small to medium sized dog which is mainly kept today as a companion. Similar to the Foxhound in appearance, it has a small, sturdy frame, sleek tri-colour coat, rounded, soft ears and an appealing, earnest expression. A friendly, non-aggressive dog, robust and easy to care for, the Beagle is a sweet-natured canine companion which makes an ideal family pet.

An active breed given to boredom, the Beagle can become destructive if not exercised regularly. A naturally curious dog, he is inclined to wander away when off the lead. He also has a propensity for rolling in anything unmentionable that he finds en route, meaning a lead is usually better than letting him run loose.

Typical Beagle Facts

Height: 33 – 40 cm/ 13 – 16 in
Weight: 8 – 14 kg/ 18 – 31 lbs
Average litter size: 5 – 8: Bitch 33cm-40cm, Dog 33cm-40cm
Life expectancy: 9-15 years
Good with children: Yes, extremely
Kennel Club classification: Hound Group

Colour of a Beagle

The Beagle has a short, dense coat which is tri-coloured black, white and tan. The eyes are coloured hazel or brown.

Grooming a Beagle

The Beagle has a short, fine coat that requires minimal grooming – a quick brush each day being all that is needed to remove loose hair. However, Beagles have the habit of rolling in whatever muck they can find, in order to disguise their scent while “hunting”, so regular (more…)

Weimaraner Breed Profile

by Mark James on June 18, 2010

The Weimaraner (pronounced VYE-ma-rah-ner) is an athletic, working breed that was originally bred for hunting deer, boar and bears in the early 19th century. Being an all purpose gun dog, they were also used for hunting smaller animals such as rabbits, foxes and birds as the popularity of hunting larger game waned. The name derives from Karl August, the Grand Duke of Weimar, who loved to hunt. A long haired variety exists, but the gene is recessive; long haired puppies will only be produced if both parents posses it.

Typical Weimaraner facts

Height: Dog:61 – 69 cm, Bitch: 56 – 63 cm
Weight: Dog: 25 – 32 kg, Bitch: 23 – 29 kg
Average Litter Size: 5 – 7 puppies
Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years
Good with Children: Yes, especially if socialised as a pup
Kennel Club Classification: Gun dog

Colour of a Weimaraner:

The Weimaraner’s short, smooth coat and striking eyes give it an aristocratic appearance, setting it apart from other breeds. The colour of the coat comes in many hues, ranging from mouse grey, charcoal blue to silver grey. The breed also comes with blue or black coats, but these are to be avoided if you wish to show your dog as they will be automatically disqualified because of this. The Weimaraner may have a small white mark on the chest, or the ‘mark of the hound’ – faint tan markings (more…)

Siberian Husky Breed Profile

by Mark James on June 14, 2010

The Siberian Husky is a working dog that originated in the cold, harsh environment of eastern Siberia, Russia. It was bred by the Chukchi, an indigenous tribe that lived by the Bering Sea. This handsome dog is easily recognised by its distinctive markings; a dense double coat, triangular ears and standout facial markings. It is a hardy, energetic breed and was introduced to Alaska during the Nome Gold Rush, after which it spread to the rest of the United States and Canada. They originally were put to use as sled dogs, but are now mostly kept as show dogs and family pets.

Typical Siberian Husky facts

Height: Dog: 53 to 60 cm, Bitch: 51 to 56 cm
Weight: Dog: 20 to 27 kg, Bitch: 16 to 22 kg
Average Litter Size: 6 to 8 puppies
Life Expectancy: 10 to 14 years
Good with Children: Yes
Kennel Club Classification: Working group

Colour of a Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky has a wolf-like appearance and shares some characteristics to other Spitz breeds, such as the Samoyed and the Alaskan Malamute. They feature an assortment of colours and markings, with the most (more…)

American Pitbull Terrier Breed Profile

by Holly Wright on June 11, 2010

The American Pitbull Terrier has had its name shortened in a variety of ways for convenience, these include: the American Pitbull, Pitbull Terrier, American Bull, Yankee Terrier, the Pit Dog and just, the Pitbull.

It is a breed that was developed for the brutal world of dog fighting, from Staffordshire Bull Terriers, when a larger, heavier and more powerful breed was required. The Pitbull is a medium sized, short coated dog, solidly built with well defined muscles and immensely powerful jaws. It has gained a bad reputation in the media as a vicious killer because of a handful of tragic incidents and its blood splattered history. In reality, this is a placid dog, fondly described as loyal, loving, obedient and protective by their owners. With good early socialisation and proper training it can even be friendly with other dogs, despite its fighting ancestry.

The Pitbull has been banned outright in Sweden, and twelve other countries have enacted some form of breed legislation, including restrictions and conditions of ownership. In the UK, American Pitbull Terriers imported before the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act must be registered, tattooed, neutered, micro chipped, muzzled and on lead at all times in public.

Typical Pitbull facts

Height: 18-22in, 46-56cm
Weight: 30-80lb, 14-36kg
Average Litter Size: 8
Life Expectancy: 12 years
Good with Children: Yes
Kennel Club Classification: Terrier

Colour of a Pitbull

Pitbulls can appear in any variety of colours, from brindle to solid to parti-coloured.

Grooming a Pitbull

The Pitbull’s very short coat needs very little attention. A quick groom with a (more…)

Golden Retriever Breed Profile

by Holly Wright on June 7, 2010

The Golden Retriever, often referred to as the Goldie, or Golden, by its many admirers, is the ideal family pet. Goldies, often confused with Labradors, are usually distinguished by their different coats. However, their main difference is their ancestry; Goldies are from Scotland and Labradors are from Canada. The Golden Retriever is first and foremost a people-dog, which thrives off the affection and contact of its family members. Incredibly tolerable of children and their antics, the Goldie also embraces good relationships with other family pets from hamsters to horses, if introduced properly. This dog has an idyllically balanced personality, calm but alert, sensible but playful, neither hyperactive nor lethargic. The intelligent Golden Retriever is notoriously easy to train, making it an ideal assistance or working dog. They love to please, but unlike a border collie or springer spaniel, it does not have an insatiable appetite for work, and is therefore happy to relax by your feet at the end of the day.

Height: 20-24in, 51-61cm
Weight: 60-80lb, 27-36kg
Average Litter Size: 8
Life Expectancy: 14years
Good with Children: Exceptionally good
Kennel Club Classification: Gundog

Colour of a Golden Retriever

Any shade from light cream to deep gold is acceptable, however over recent years, lighter shades have become more popular in the UK. Darker gold colours still dominate in the (more…)

Miniature Schnauzer Breed Profile

by Darren Jamieson on June 5, 2010

The Miniature Schnauzer is a stylish show dog who loves family life. With an excellent temperament and character this breed will adapt easily to the lifestyle of the owner, being a robust and sturdy little dog. The eye catching colouring of a Miniature Schnauzer, as well as their non shedding coat, makes them a low maintenance companion for the family.

You will find that your Miniature Schnauzer has a large personality, always happy to join in the fun and games with an exuberant personality, easily accepting new additions to the household – whether people or other animals. For anyone who wants a dog that is adaptable, a manageable size and doesn’t shed their fur, as well as being very friendly and easy to train, a Miniature Schnauzer has it all.

Typical Miniature Schnauzer facts

Height: Male 12 to 14 in (30 to 36 cm)
Female 12 to 14 in (30 to 36 cm)
Weight: Male 14 to 18 lbs (6.4 to 8.2 kg)
Female 11 to 15 lbs (5 to 6.8 kg )
Average litter size: Four
Life expectancy: 9 to 15 years
Good with children: Yes
Kennel Club classification: Utility

Colour of a Miniature Schnauzer

There are three colours that are accepted and these are pure black, black with silver markings and all (more…)

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