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Breed Profile – Dachshund

This German scent hound breed may be small, but what the Dachshund lacks in size it makes up for in character. Our latest breed profile focuses on the ‘sausage dog’ with the excellent nose.  History of Breed: The word ‘dachshund’ literally translates as ‘badger dog’ in German, although in their native country they are referred to…

Breed Profile – Clumber Spaniel

Our latest breed profile looks more closely at the Clumber Spaniel, a breed that had some prominence at this year’s Crufts. The steadiest of the spaniels, this gundog breed has a loveable nature to match its mournful ‘take me home’ expression. History of Breed: The Clumber Spaniel has an intriguing history with several theories as to…

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Breed Profile – Basset Hound

The Basset Hound makes a great family pet and doesn’t require as much exercise as other hounds. This friendly French breed has an intelligence that belies its unfair depiction as being a bit ‘slow’. History of Breed: The Basset Hound originated in France, where monks developed the breed for hunting hare. The term ‘basset’ translates as ‘rather…

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Breed Profile – English Bulldog

The pugnacious Bulldog is the focus of our latest breed profile. Full of character and fighting spirit, it became a symbol of Britain and remains popular today. History of Breed: The Bulldog’s origins lie in the ancient ‘entertainment’ of bull baiting, which was introduced by the Normans and used short thick-set versions of mastiff-type breeds. Thankfully,…

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Breed Profile – Basenji

The Basenji is a primitive hunting hound from Africa. Thought to descend from Ancient Egypt originally, this interesting breed yodels instead of barking and has a rather interesting tail! Origin of Breed: The Basenji descends from ancient breeds, making this sight and scent hound one of a group of primitive breeds. In fact, there are paintings…

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Hip Dysplasia Explained

Hip Dysplasia is a complex genetic disease generally affecting larger and giant breeds of dog. Regular readers of our breed profiles may have spotted it several times amongst the potential health issues. We thought a more comprehensive article on the subject might be useful. We’ve also asked Helen Murray, Chief Veterinary Nurse at King’s Road…

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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…