Whippets are a medium size breed which resemble the Greyhound.
Originating in England in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries, they were bred to hunt by sight, however historical artifacts do show that small “Greyhound like” dogs have appeared in ancient Egypt’s palaces and are thought to be ancestors of today’s Whippets.
It is believed that the first known Whippets were known to be English Greyhounds too small for stag hunting in England’s forests however were great at open space hunting for rats, rabbits and hares. It wasn’t until the mid-19th century that Whippets began being bred to race.
Classified as “Hound Dogs”, they are a lean but muscular and athletic dog with a short, smooth coat that comes in many variations of colours, including white, black, fawn, brindle, blue, and variations of these colours.
Whippets are known to be very intelligent dogs however are slow to learn, so we need to be patient and gentle with them. Whippets can be trained in agility and obedience. In agility training you will train your Whippet to do obstacles such as jumps, ramps, see-saws, hoop jumping and tunnels.
They are gentle, affectionate and tolerant dogs, however when racing they are competitive!
Whippets are quite healthy dogs, that are not prone to issues such as skin allergies, ear infections or food sensitivities, however they are known to suffer from Heart Arrythmia. But with proper nutrition, exercise and regular vet checks, Whippets can live up to 12 – 15 years.
Whippets are a great addition to any house, whether you are a young family, a couple or someone living on their own, they will love you, and they make great watch dogs, announcing the arrival of company before you even know they have arrived!
Thinking of welcoming a Whippet into your world? You won’t regret it!
Our new February Dogs of the Month for 2019 are....
Fairy and Wags
The Whippets! These two characters are loving their holiday at the Resort. They provide plenty of cuddles for all the Doggy Doaters and are always on their best behavior - especially if food is involved!
The Pug’s face, with deep wrinkles around big, dark eyes and a flat round face can’t help but make anyone smile. The Pug’s name comes from the Latin word for “fist” because their faces resembles a human fist! They are square dogs with substantial limbs and curly tails. Pugs are the sturdiest dogs of the toy group, befitting their mastiff heritage.
Believed to have originated in China, Pugs were known to be highly treasured by Chinese Emperors and were guarded by soldiers. In the 16th Century they were then brought from China over to Europe.
Pugs are easy to keep and have serious tendency to become obese unless their diet and exercise is watched carefully. With their short nose, they don’t do too well in the heat so please observe carefully for heatstroke. Pugs also tend to snore a lot! Their short nose also means that they are prone to catching a cold.
Do Pugs shed? You better believe it! Although they have short, glossy coats, these wrinkly wonders are heavy shredders. You’ll need to brush your dog daily, aside from the shredding, pug grooming is relatively low-key. The most common colour of a Pug is Fawn; however, they can also be Black, and some can have touches of Apricot or Silver.
Pugs have wonderful and big personalities, they are often described at “Multum in parvo”, which is Latin for “much in little”. They are strong willed but are very rarely aggressive in any way. They are great with children and whilst small, they are sturdy enough to play. Whilst the like to nap, they thrive on human attention, you will often find that they follow you around to avoid missing out on any of the action!
If you are thinking about adding a Pug to your family, you won’t regret it! There is a lot of love in their small stature making the perfect addition to any home.
With another year and another month comes another Dog of the Month announcement! A big congratulations to......
This delightful little Pug is enjoying his holidays with the We Love Dogs team whilst he goes through some rehabilitation following a recent illness.
You can never walk past Chen Chen without being lured in by his beautiful eyes for a cuddle and of course a good snort!
A Dog's Christmas Rule List!
1. Be especially patient with your humans during this time. They may appear to be more stressed-out than usual and they will appreciate long comforting dog leans.
2. They may come home with large bags of things they call gifts. Do not assume that all the gifts are yours.
3. Be tolerant if your humans put decorations on you. They seem to get some special kind of pleasure out of seeing how you look with fake antlers.
4. They may bring a large tree into the house and set it up in a prominent place and cover it with lights and decorations. Bizarre as this may seem to you, it is an important ritual for your humans, so there are some things you need to know: - Don't pee on the tree - Don't drink water in the container that holds the tree - Mind your tail when you are near the tree - If there are packages under the tree, even ones that smell interesting or that have your name on them, don't rip them open - Don't chew on the cord that runs from the funny-looking hole in the wall to the tree
5. Your humans may occasionally invite lots of strangers to come visit during this season. These parties can be lots of fun, but they also call for some discretion on your part: - Not all strangers appreciate kisses and leans - Don't eat off the buffet table - Beg for goodies subtly - Be pleasant, even if unknowing strangers sit on your sofa - Don't drink out of glasses that are left within your reach
6. Likewise, your humans may take you visiting. Here your manners will also be important: - Observe all the rules in #4 for trees that may be in other people's houses. (4a is particularly important) - Respect the territory of other animals that may live in the house - Tolerate children - Turn on your charm big time
7. A big man with a white beard and a very loud laugh may emerge from your fireplace in the middle of the night. DON'T BITE HIM!!
Our Dogs of the Month, Popski and Eugenie have some great tips on how you can remember to keep your pooches happy during the festive season!
Christmas time can become stressful around the house for us, so imagine what it must be like for our pets! Things being moved around the house, bright flashing trees are going up and lots of visitors are coming and going. This can all be very exciting for our dogs can also a little intimidating at the same time. Here's some tips to help keep Fido comfortable and enjoy the festive season.
The Bichon Frise’ (pronounced Bee-SHON Free-ZAY) is a small dog, and very similar looking to a Poodle. Whilst they are recognised as a French dog, the Bichon actually originated from Spain’s Canary Islands. They weren’t introduced into Australia until 1976 and the first litter was registered in March of 1977.
Bichon's are ancestors of the Barbet (Water Spaniel), which they were named after, originally referred to as Barbichon, and later shortened to just Bichon, which is French for “Lap Dog”.
They spent many years as sailing dogs, keeping sailors company whilst at sea, however were used for bartering, where eventually they
Bichon’s are small dogs, that weigh no more than 10kg, and stand at around 23 – 30cms tall.
They are feisty (but not yappy) yet affectionate, playful but gentle, and cheerful yet sensitive.
They have a curly white coat, (Bichon is French for curly), and dark round eyes and a little black nose. Whilst they are small, they are sturdy little dogs. Their coats whilst curly do not shed, so are great for those who suffer from allergies.
Bichons are playful and love company; however, they do not need excessive exercise. They are friendly and get along well with other dogs and make for excellent guard dogs.
The Bichon is notoriously difficult to house train, so it may take some time and patience to teach them where to toilet, however they are very competent and with time can be taught most things – being a breed that thrives in the show ring for both breed and trick competitions.
Being a small dog with a big personality they are at risk of ‘little dog syndrome’ so thrive on having a calm, assertive pack leader. They love being part of the family however need their boundaries, otherwise can take over very quickly.
With the right time and training, the Bichon Frise’ will quickly become a stable minded, loving, trust-worthy family member.
Are you getting into the festive spirit with some baking for the holidays? If so why not make some doggy friendly treats for our 4 legged friends too?! Popski, one of our December Dogs of the Month, thinks this recipe is paw licking good!
Holiday Chicken and Chedder Treats
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It's that Merry time of year and another month means the crown is being passed on to our last Dogs of the Month for 2018!
Eugenie and Popski
Two of our beautiful, golden oldie, Bichon Frise friends!
Be sure to keep an eye out for their upcoming blogs on having a dog safe Christmas this year!
Congratulations Eugenie and Popski!
There are in fact two different types of Labrador; the English and the American. Their general appearance is quite different with the English bred Labradors being heavier and stockier and the Americans being taller and lanky. Both types of Labradors have a smooth double coat that does not have any waves. Their coat colours come in a solid black, yellow or chocolate. It’s believed there is also a rare mutation of a silver/grey colour which the AKC consider a ‘shade of chocolate’, it’s quite a controversial subject between Labrador breeders and some claim it’s a Weimaraner, Labrador cross, though others say it’s a true mutation.
The Labrador is native to the Newfoundland and were once known as the ‘St.John’s Dogs’. It was here they worked side by side with their fisherman and would catch any fish that became loose from the lines. They were trained to jump into the extremely cold waters to help pull in the nets. In the 1800’s some of them were brought over to England on ships coming from Labrador (hence their name). They were cross bred with setters, spaniels and other similar retrievers to improve their instincts as hunters. It didn’t take long for them to become an extremely popular pet and hunting dog and they’ve gradually become one of the most popular breeds throughout the U.S and Australia.
The Labrador is a highly intelligent, trainable breed. They are well known today for their work as Seeing Eye Dogs, Guide Dogs and sniffer dogs throughout the police force and airport work. Their loving nature and eagerness to please is the reason they are such a great family pet. Unfortunately, for some people it’s easy to forget that these bouncy bundles of joy are a working dog, meaning they need constant daily stimulation, both physically and mentally. They can easily put on weight if over fed and under exercised and are prone to hip and elbow displacer. It’s highly important that their weight is kept at a healthy level from the early stages of life to prevent these issues further down the track. An overweight Labrador lives a shorter and unhealthier life then healthy weight Labrador.
As working dogs their minds are always on the go, for this reason plenty of mental stimulation is a must! Training must be started from a young age to assert that you are the pack leader. Labrador’s can grow into large, solid dogs and while jumping all over everyone may be cute as a pup, as they continue to grow this can become very unwelcoming. A dog jumping on you is also their way of showing dominance and means your dog doesn’t see you as the pack leader. Their natural line of work shines through when it comes to water play, Labradors just love it! They love to be a part of a family and are excellent with children and other dogs. They fit well into any environment as long as they can get plenty of human attention, exercise and stimulation.
They are an average shedder and their short, double coat is easy to groom. Brushed regularly and bathed only when needed will help to keep it easily maintained.
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