Breed Guides

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Breed Profile – Otterhound

This breed profile explores the water-loving Otterhound. Friendly, intelligent dogs, they are good fun to be around, but definitely come with their own particular challenges. History of Breed: The Otterhound is a vulnerable native UK breed, with only 22 puppies born in 2014. As the name suggests, the breed were originally bred to hunt otters, which is…

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Breed Profile – Newfoundland

It’s Winter and it seemed like the perfect time to take a look at the Newfoundland dog breed, or Newfie to its friends. The majesty and bulk of the Newfoundland belies its playful and fun nature. Our latest breed profile focuses on this working dog with an interesting history. History of Breed: The origins of the…

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Breed Profile – St Bernard

Originating in the Swiss Alps, the St Bernard is now popular worldwide. This ‘gentle giant’ has a lovely nature but could eat you out of house and home! History of Breed: The St Bernard was originally a crossbreed of mastiff-type dogs, in particular the Alpine Mastiff. The Alpine Mastiff is also the ancestor of the…

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Breed Profile – Korthals Griffon

For our latest breed profile, we’re taking a look at an HPR (hunt, point, retrieve) gundog that is popular on the continent. The Korthals Griffon (also known as the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon) has an appealing rugged appearance with a keen, intelligent expression. Find out more in our shaggy dog story. History of Breed: The Korthals Griffon…

Pug Dog

Breed Profile – Pug

If it’s possible to describe a dog as ‘on trend’ then the Pug is one animal that deserves that description. From cups to cushions and slippers to smartphone cases, the Pug’s characteristic face is visible in every retail marketplace. So we decided to jump on the bandwagon and cover them in our breed profiles.  History of the…

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Breed Profile – Hungarian Vizsla

A great all-round gundog and increasingly popular in the UK, the Hungarian Vizsla is the focus of this breed profile. Vizslas also make fantastic family pets and are beautiful to look at. It’s a win-win combination! History of Breed: The Hungarian Vizsla is a typical HPR (Hunt Point Retrieve) gundog. HPR dogs are all-purpose hunting dogs. They typically have…

Pomeranian Dog Puppies

Breed Profile – Pomeranian

The Pomeranian might be the smallest of the German Spitz-type dogs, but it shouldn’t be underestimated! Our latest breed profile finds out more about this pocket rocket. History of Breed: The Pomeranian’s ancestors are the Arctic Spitz dogs, in particular the German Spitz. The breed takes its name from Pomerania, an area which is now split…

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Breed Profile – Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

For our latest breed profile, we take a look at a Canadian gundog breed. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is an enthusiastic, friendly dog that is increasingly popular in the UK. History of Breed: Developed in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, in the 19th century, this breed has an interesting part to play in hunting waterfowl. Hunters…

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Breed Profile: English Springer Spaniel

The English Springer Spaniel is not for the faint-hearted! Boundless energy and enthusiasm make this popular breed a tiring, but rewarding choice. History of Breed: The English Springer Spaniel is descended from the Norfolk Spaniel and is one of the oldest gundog breeds. For many years Springer and Cocker Spaniels came from the same litters. The smaller ‘cockers’ were…

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Breed Profile – Large Munsterlander

This time around, our breed profile focuses on a breed with a rather esoteric-sounding name that’s actually a real “dog’s dog”. The Large Munsterlander is a large and relatively powerful dog that’s also capable of being a great family member, especially if if they get lots of interaction and exercise. History of Breed: The Large…