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Breed Profile – Rottweiler

This German working breed has an unfair reputation for aggression thanks to its deep protective instinct. In this breed profile, we find out more about the Rottweiler.   History of Breed: Originating in Rottweil, south west Germany, the Rottweiler was a mixture of mastiff-type breeds and sheep dog breeds. It needed to have the skills…

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A Brief History of Gundogs

Once upon a time (as all good stories start), Man discovered that dogs could be trained to locate and chase prey, making them the ideal hunting companion (the seaweed doesn’t count, but Oscar was a puppy at the time!). It was the start of a beautiful relationship. It is from these dogs that terriers, hounds, gundogs…

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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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Winter Exercise With Teesdale Flyball Club

Exercising in winter can be tricky. Daylight hours are shorter, conditions are cold, often wet and sometimes icy. We humans tend to take our exercise indoors to gyms and indoor sports clubs. We’ve previously written about exercising your dog in winter, covering activities such as agility and heelwork to music. This time we’re focusing on the…

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Breed Profile – Korthals Griffon

For our latest breed profile, we’re taking a look at an HPR (hunt, point, retrieve) gundog that is popular on the continent. The Korthals Griffon (also known as the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon) has an appealing rugged appearance with a keen, intelligent expression. Find out more in our shaggy dog story. History of Breed: The Korthals Griffon…

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Bark! The Hairy Angels Sing: Christmas Safety Tips

We all know Christmas can be a time of ups and downs. Huge amounts of preparation leading up to a few days of festive fun, hopefully. In amongst all the stress, excitement and joy, it’s easy to overlook our canine companions. Here’s our Christmas safety tips to make sure your dogs have a happy Christmas…

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Agility

Following on from our article on flyball some time ago, we thought we’d find out more about another dog activity – agility. A high energy activity like flyball, agility involves racing dogs around a varied obstacle course of jumps, tunnels and other equipment. It provides mental as well as physical exercise and is a great…

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Breed Profile – Pug

If it’s possible to describe a dog as ‘on trend’ then the Pug is one animal that deserves that description. From cups to cushions and slippers to smartphone cases, the Pug’s characteristic face is visible in every retail marketplace. So we decided to jump on the bandwagon and cover them in our breed profiles.  History of the…