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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 – Labrador Retriever

One of the most popular breeds on the planet, the Labrador Retriever, is the subject of our latest breed profile. These fantastically versatile and intelligent dogs are one of our favourites. History of the Breed: The St John’s dog, a now extinct Newfoundland breed, is the ancestor of the Labrador Retriever. Brought to England around…

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Breed Profile – Jack Russell Terrier

As promised, here’s another of our introductions to popular active dog breeds. For our second article, it’s the rather fabulous and energetic Jack Russell Terrier! History: A very popular dog, the Jack Russell Terrier originates from dogs bred by the Reverend John Russell in the 19th century. With similar ancestors to the Fox Terrier, as…

Dog Food Debate: Wet Vs Dry

One of the biggest debates that goes back and forth between dog food specialists is over wet and dry dog food. And with much of it coming down to the personal taste of the dog and the personal opinion of the owner, the debate will most likely continue! However, there is a bewildering variety of…