The Chihuahua, easier to say then it is to spell, pronounced Chi-wah-wah, is the smallest breed of dog in the world.
This adorable little bundle of personality is native to Mexico, which is where their name came from, a state in Mexico called Chihuahua. As their history dates back so far, it is hard to trace what breeds came together to create the Chihuahua, however they were very popular with the upper class and were sacred to pre- Columbian Indian Nations.
They were loved for their tiny size, the smaller the better, some Chihuahua lovers valued them higher if they were 1.3kg or smaller.
Today this pint-sized little pooch is still loved for it’s tiny size but big personality. They weigh anywhere between 1kg – 3kg and come in a variety of colours, which can be solid or splashed, including black, white, fawn, silver, sable, tan and more.
Grooming care is very easy for Chihuahua’s, ensure that nail clipping and brushing begins from a young age to avoid any issues later in life. Long haired Chihuahua’s should be brushed daily whilst short coats can be brushed weekly to remove any dead coat.
Don’t let their little size fool you, the Chihuahua is an active dog who requires daily stimulation, both mental and physical. They do enjoy a play in a large, open contained space however take caution when socialising with larger breeds to avoid any physical injury to your Chihuahua.
The Chihuahua’s small size can bring its own challenges, with little dog syndrome being an issue for the breed. This develops when no boundaries or rules are set for a dog, they believe they are the pack leader and can lead to behavioural issues. Chihuahua’s from a young age should be well socialised, in new environments with both people and other pets. Rules should be set and always followed, for example eating after the family has eaten, walking next to their owner not in front, coming onto the couch when invited etc.
Dog’s are natural pack animals and look for leadership from their family. Providing this for any dog will help to keep a happy and natural balanced life for your dog and avoid any behavioural or social issues down the track.
The Chihuahua is perfect for singles, couple and families. If well socialised and exposed to new situations from a young age they can be a very confident, friendly little dog.
A big congratulations to our little Dogs of the Month for October 2019!
Introducing Madi and Chloe, two teeny tiny Chihuahuas with a whole lot of love to give! Congratulations to these two little sweethearts!
Congratulations to our Dog of the Month for September 2019!
Ally is a sweet and loving Miniature Poodle who since coming to We Love Dogs Kennel Resort has really come out of her shell! We love it when Ally comes to visit. Congratulations Ally!
The Black Russian Terrier, also known as the Chornyi Terrier is a breed created back in the late 1940’s -1950’s to be used by the military. This breed, whilst not a true Terrier, was developed by the USSR and it is believed that up to 17 different breeds were used to create the BRT, some of which are believed to be the Airedale, Rottweiler, Newfoundland and Giant Schnauzer.
Black Russian Terriers were bred solely by the Red Star Kennel in Moscow until 1957 when some puppies were sold to civilian breeders. It wasn’t until 1996 that the Black Russian Terrier was introduced to the UK as a breed, and were finally added to the Kennel Club’s Import Register in 1998.
Black Russian Terriers are tall, the males standing at up to 76cm and the females up to around 72cm. The males weigh between 50 – 60kgs and the females between 45 – 50kgs. They have a beautiful double coat, with a course outer coat protecting their soft undercoat. Their coats are black and sometimes have flecks of grey.
The Black Russian Terriers are generally a healthy dog with a lifespan of approximately 10 – 14 years, however they are prone to some hereditary diseases such as, Hip & Elbow Dysplasia, Hyperuricosuria, Laryngeal Paralysis and Polyneuropathy.
The Black Russian Terrier has a beautiful temperament, they are very calm and confident. They are very intelligent which enables them to be trained easily. They are protective therefore do not like strangers in their personal space, but they are deeply loyal to their family and are very determined and somewhat fearless.
As they are bred as working dogs, the Black Russian Terrier needs to be kept busy with lots of regular exercise and training from an early age. The BRT does great in activities such as Obedience Competitions and Agility, and if they don’t get the stimulation that they need, can become destructive.
All in all, the BRT is a loyal dog who loves their human companion and is great with children, with plenty of exercise and training make a great family member!
And just like that we are in August! Two thirds of the way through the year.
It is time to announce our 8th Dog of the Month for 2019!
Sammy the Black Russian Terrier. Sammy is a beautiful big boy whose personality is nothing short of determined. He loves a good cuddle and a scratch behind the ear and loves his treats!
Congratulations Sammy, from all at We Love Dogs Kennel Resort
There are two types of Cocker Spaniel. The English and American. Our lucky Dog of the Month, Billie our Cocker Spaniel mix is of the English descent.
The English Cocker Spaniel is one of the oldest spaniels known. Centuries ago when Spaniels were used as working dogs in England, the varying breeds were divided up into 7 different breeds:
Being a Spaniel, Cockers are great gun hunting dogs and are able to work through tough grounds, both wet and dry. They are very gentle whilst working and are great at flushing and retrieving for their human.
The name ‘Cocker’ comes from the bird called a ‘Woodcock’, a type of bird this breed was very well known for flushing out.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a compact, medium sized dog. They come in a variety of colours including solid and multi colours consisting of black, liver, red and white. They can also be seen in ‘roan’ variations, known as ‘parti colour’
Professional and regular grooming is a must for the Cocker Spaniel. Their long ears and feathers love to pick up anything from along the ground they can and can hold a lot of water during the cooler months. Due to thick fur on their ears they can be prone to infections and also holding grass seeds.
The Cocker Spaniel today is a lovable little dog that loves to be part of the family. If socialised well from a young age they love to be around other dogs. Being working dogs they are a breed that requires plenty of exercise to keep both their mind busy and avoid unnecessary weight gain.
The average life expectancy of a healthy Cocker Spaniel is 12 – 15 years.
Although an exact origin is unknown, Beagles are believed to have originated in 15th Century England, initially utilised as a hunting dog for small animals such as rabbits, fox or pheasant. The word “Beagle” translates in middle French to “noisy/loudmouth” which is fitting, as Beagles are known to be extremely vocal and energetic. Beagles are naturally very friendly and enjoy being part of a family or pack, getting on well with both children and other dogs. Today, Beagles are commonly used in law enforcement, putting their nose to work in order to detect drugs, explosives and illegal imports at airports all around the world.
Beagles are a small to medium sized dog, weighing in at between 9-11kg. There are two recognised size classes of Beagles, between 13-15 inches and under 13 inches tall. Beagles have a smooth short-haired coat and require minimal grooming. An occasional brush is necessary as they are moderate shedders, as well as frequent ear-checks to prevent any signs of infection. Beagles come in a variety of colours, including lemon, tri-colour and orange and white.
Cheerful, curious and determined, Beagles are very sweet and gentle dogs. Despite this, they can be very independent and require firm consistent training to avoid behavioural problems. Their keen intellect means that once they have their sights (or nose) set on something, they can stubbornly pursue it. Beagles can be suited to apartment-living so long as they are exercised frequently; however, access to a fenced small yard is preferable. Due to their active and inquisitive nature, Beagles need plenty of exercise to avoid becoming destructive. As a scent-hound, Beagles will follow their noses no matter where it leads them, so on-lead walks are a must. In the right environment, a Beagle will make a social, brave and highly intelligent addition to any family.
The average life expectancy of a Beagle is between 12-15 years.
Congratulations to our Dogs of the Month for July 2019 - Lulu the Beagle and Billie the Cockalier!
Lulu is a 2 year old Beagle who is full of beans and a lot of love, Billie is her 7 month old sister who is a cuddly little Cockalier.
Both Lulu & Billie brighten up the days of our Doggy Doaters with their love, cuddles and play times! Congratulations girls!
With their beautiful white, fluffy coat and compact, solid body, the Samoyed is always a show stopper!
This ancient working breed has been around for many, many years. Their name originates from the workers who used them, hunters and fisherman from Siberia were known as Samoyeds and used the dogs to assist in sled pulling, herding, as guard dogs and also to keep them during overnight.
The first recorded Samoyed to be brought into England was in 1889, it was at this time the breed was further developed and their popularity quickly spread across the world.
They were first officially recognised by the American Kennel Association in 1906.
If you enjoy regular dog grooming, the Samoyed is the perfect breed for you. Their thick, double coat requires daily brushing and even more attention when going through a heavy seasonal shed. Despite the heavy shedding, a number of people who suffer allergies have stated that the Samoyed coat does not affect their allergies. Accepted coat colours include pure white, biscuit, yellow and cream. Silver tips can also be found, however pure white is the most preferred.
The modern Samoyed of today is a very friendly, laid back, easy going gentle dog. They are well known for their ‘talking’ and are always happy to communicate. Regular mental stimulation is needed to prevent this developing into an obsessive barking behaviour. Today they are no good as guard dogs as they are too friendly and would likely welcome a stranger with a lick and a cuddle! Early training from a young age is essential to keep this cheeky breed from becoming too destructive, regular socialisation with other dogs will also prevent their high excitement and eagerness to play becoming a nippy, dominant version of play.
They are a breed that is prone to hip dysplasia, so keeping them at a healthy, light weight will make this process easier for the dog should they develop hip dysplasia.
Their eagerness to be with people makes the Samoyed an easy breed to adapt to a family, they are great with children, other dogs and other animals, providing they get the stimulation and grooming they require.
Congratulations to our Dogs of the Month for June 2019.
A family of three Sunday, Snow and Evie the Samoyed’s!
Sunday, is the oldest and the only boy in the family, and Snow and Evie are his two sisters. They love hanging out together and Evie adores her two siblings! They are beautiful and loving with big fluffy white coats and happy smiles!
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