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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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Breed Profile – Shar Pei

An intriguing Chinese breed is the focus of this breed profile. Bred to guard, fight and hunt, the Shar Pei actually has an affectionate nature. Their interesting coat is their unique characteristic.   History of the Breed: Also known as the Chinese Shar Pei, this interesting breed originated in China as a guard, fighting and hunting…

Breed Profile – Golden Retriever

One of the most easily recognisable breeds in the UK, the Golden Retriever is a gundog with boundless enthusiasm. Friendly, loyal and full of fun, the breed makes a great family dog.  History of Breed: The first Lord Tweedmouth developed the Golden Retriever at his Guisachan estate. With the improvements in firearms, there was a requirement…

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Breed Profile – Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky is a spitz-type breed of dog with a reputation as the lightest and fastest sled dog. Given plenty of exercise to burn off all that energy, they also make calm, loyal companions too. History of Breed: Originating in northeastern Siberia, the Siberian Husky is also known as the Chukchi sled dog. This name…

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Breed Profile – Rhodesian Ridgeback

We’ve talked about this handsome breed before, but never done a proper breed guide, so it’s time to put that right. Despite an image as a fierce lion hunter, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is a good-natured breed. This interesting breed with its distinctive ‘ridgeback’ needs an experienced handler. History of Breed: The Rhodesian Ridgeback originated in southern…

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Breed Profile – Old English Sheepdog

The Old English Sheepdog, a breed of uncertain origin, is the focus of our latest breed profile. It’s origin may be uncertain, but we do know that its distinctive coat is going to require a lot of upkeep. Grooming this breed is practically a full time job! History of Breed: The origin of this breed is…

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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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Motivation to Exercise

Motivation to exercise our dogs can come in many forms. We got chatting to the members of Teesdale Flyball Club to find out what keeps them coming back for more flyball exercise. I think we’re all agreed exercise is good for us and our dogs. In fact, it is vital for our canine companions to…

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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…