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Which Breeds Make The Best Canine Companions?

The old adage that ‘dog is a man’s best friend’ is certainly true for the hundreds of thousands of dog owners in the UK. And statistics show that the main reason for owning a dog is companionship. When it comes to which dog breeds make the best canine companions though, the answer is a little trickier.…

Breed Profile – Wire Fox Terrier

In our latest breed profile we find out more about the Wire Fox Terrier. This distinctive terrier breed has a bold character that needs a firm, positive hand. History of Breed: Although the Smooth Fox Terrier was the earliest to be recognised as a breed, the Wire Fox Terrier overtook the Smooth in the 20th century…

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Canine Careers – Sheepdog

Following on from our interview with Karen Fisher about her search and rescue dog, this article concentrates on another canine career, that of the sheepdog. This time I was chatting to Karen Robinson, a Weardale sheep farmer. Karen claims not to be an expert on sheepdogs, but having owned sheepdogs since she was a child…

Gilbertson & Page – A Complete Diet

When it comes to choosing a dog food, responsible dog owners will buy the best for their dog. Their choice will vary depending on the dog’s size, breed and daily energy usage. All of Gilbertson & Page’s dog foods provide a complete diet, with no need for supplements. Let’s take a look at the composition…

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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…

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Breed Profile: English Mastiff

One of the oldest and largest dog breeds, the English Mastiff is a guard dog that can be surprisingly gentle. This dog is not for the faint-hearted though. A breed this big needs a big home and has a big appetite too. History of Breed: There is some confusion over the Mastiff breed and the term…

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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Grain-Free Diet – Is It The Choice For Your Dog?

Regular readers of the blog may remember previous articles including references to wheat intolerance in dogs. Gilbertson & Page designed Dr John Hypoallergenic, containing barley and oats, and Dr John Hypoallergenic Lamb and Rice to cater to these dogs. The latest addition to the Dr John range is their grain-free offering. Dr John Grain-Free Chicken and Potato caters…

Breed Profile – German Shepherd Dog

The German Shepherd Dog, or GSD, is famous for it’s herding, tracking and guarding abilities. Read on to find out more about this versatile, working breed from Germany. History of Breed: Formerly known as the Alsatian in the UK, the German Shepherd Dog originated in Germany in the late 19th century, making it a fairly new…

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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…