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Breed Profile – English Cocker Spaniel

This good-natured gundog breed is just as popular as a family pet as it is a working dog. Read on to find out more about the rather odd history of the English Cocker Spaniel. History of Breed: Spaniel-type dogs have been around for at least 500 years as is evident in art and literature. Originally, spaniels…

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5 Essential Nutrients for Dogs

The balance of nutrients in your dog’s diet is complex. It can be just as dangerous to have too much of a particular nutrient as it is to have too little. Choosing a complete dog food, like those in Gilbertson & Page’s ranges, takes away some of the guess work. Our nutritionists have already developed the…

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Crossbreeds

From Morkis to Puggles, the recent explosion of crossbreeds over the last ten years has certainly given birth to some pretty amusing portmanteau names. Regular readers of Gilbertson & Page’s breed profiles will know that the profiles tend to concentrate on pure breeds. We thought we’d give a little space to some of the amazing crossbreeds, the…

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Italian Spinoni Go from Strength to Strength

Back in January 2015, we published an article about ace Italian Spinone breeder and judge Nina Fleming’s latest litter. You can find the original article here. Well, Nina’s dogs have come up trumps yet again and she very kindly attributes some of her success, and the health of the mother and pups, to the role of…

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A Brief History of Gundogs

Once upon a time (as all good stories start), Man discovered that dogs could be trained to locate and chase prey, making them the ideal hunting companion (the seaweed doesn’t count, but Oscar was a puppy at the time!). It was the start of a beautiful relationship. It is from these dogs that terriers, hounds, gundogs…

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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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Our British Dog Foods have a Great Reputation Abroad, too!

In the past, we’ve occasionally mentioned Gilbertson & Page’s activities in mainland Europe, but most of our customers won’t be aware that 2017 will mark the 20th anniversary of Gilbertson & Page feeds being available in Poland. To mark that milestone, several activities are already being organised by ‘our man in Central Europe’, Piotr Grono,…

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Specialist Dog Foods – What’s So ‘Special’?

Specialist dog foods have evolved for a reason, and a very simple one at that. All dogs are different. Different breeds, sizes, activity levels, digestive systems, not to mention having their own opinion on flavour! What suits one pup down to the ground could totally disagree with another. Understanding the reasons behind specialist dog food…

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Puppy Power! Part Three – Growing Up

In the third and final part of our series about the lives of puppies, we’re moving on to discussing older puppies. With vaccinations out of the way and training becoming more important, you can get out a lot more. This is is the stage where your puppy really starts moving towards being a junior dog.…

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Puppy Power! Part Two – Settling In

In Part One of our three posts dedicated to puppies, we discussed choosing a puppy and looked at the first eight weeks of a puppy’s life. In Part Two, we’ll be starting with the momentous occasion of bringing a puppy home and what happens between eight to twelve weeks. This is a period of huge…