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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…

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Canine Careers: Search and Rescue Dogs

Over the next few months, Gilbertson & Page will highlight some of the careers that our canine friends undertake, from guide dogs to police dogs. This month, we’re looking at the vital role search and rescue dogs play and the work involved in training them. We spoke to Karen Fisher, who trains search and rescue…

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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Is Dog Ownership a Cure for Loneliness?

It is perhaps ironic that in this age of social media and constant contact, loneliness is on the rise. Whilst some individuals may appear to be more connected than ever, communities are becoming ever more disconnected. The elderly in particular often find themselves isolated from society. However, research also shows that this ‘epidemic of loneliness’…

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Breed Profile – Irish Wolfhound

The tallest dog breed in the world, the Irish Wolfhound is a sight hound with an interesting history. Whilst it might be the biggest, it’s also one of the gentlest and certain to increase your food bill! History of Breed: As its name suggests, the Irish Wolfhound was developed in Ireland to hunt wolves. It’s Irish…