Originating from Belgium, Schipperke’s are a small black dog that looks very similar to a Spitz. Over the years there have been many debates as the whether the Schipperke is a Spitz or a small Sheep Dog, Schipperke translates to “Little Shepherd”. Many years ago, they were used to get rid of pests such as rats, and in World War II they were used as messengers, running messages between hideouts and cells.
They have a thick black coat, consisting of an undercoat which is usually much softer than their harsh outer coat. Their coats may look like a lot of work however they don’t require regular grooming; just a brush every week or so to ensure that you aren’t getting that thick coat everywhere, and then brushing more often when they’re shedding which only occurs once or twice a year. The Schipperke’s tail was originally docked the day after birth, however this is something that is now banned in many countries, so their tails are left to form on their own, some actually now do not appear, whilst others curl upwards.
Their mischievous nature has earnt them the nickname “little black devil”. They are extremely playful but sometimes hard to train. You need to let them know who is in charge otherwise they will be! At a minimum, the Schipperke needs only a 20-30-minute walk daily, but you may be surprised to know that (health permitting) they can make a good jogging companion. If you’re willing to put in the work, you’ll take advantage of their brains, speed and athletic ability to train them for dog sports such as agility, flyball and obedience. Expect them to dig holes if you don’t take them for their daily exercise. They love to live indoors as companion dogs and will loudly express their unhappiness if relegated to the backyard with little or no human companionship.
Schipperkes are generally healthy dogs, but they can have some health concern such as eye problems (cataracts), hip dysplasia, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease and thyroid problems. Regular visits to the vet for check-ups and parasite control to help ensure they have a long, healthy life. There is no doubt with this little breed as a companion, your life will never be dull!
Congratulations to our Dogs of the Month for May 2019 – Zorro and Coco the Schipperkes!
Brother and Sister, they are both very loving and playful little pooches!
As many of you know, here at We Love Dogs Kennel Resort we specialise in the care of Small Dogs, Golden Oldies, Special Medical Needs, Post-Operative Rehabilitation Care.
Our Golden Oldies care is for all Breeds over the age of 10 years who may need that extra love and care.
Our Resort is specifically designed to meet the needs of the older and small dogs and with an onsite manager, we are able to care for our guests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our accommodation suites are fitted with heating and cooling, as unlike younger dogs, our Golden Oldies are unable to regulate their body heat quite as well.
Each room has a television and luxury bedding to create a home away from home feeling, allowing our guests to relax and watch or listen to the TV as they please!
Each guest is provided their own luxury bedding to suit their needs. We have a range of different beds that are comfy and easy to get in and out of, some being low line bedding for those suffering arthritis and big fluffy beds for those who love to snuggle in. Our guests are provided with fresh blankets daily and as required.
All rooms and yards have flat surfaces, making it easy for our elderly guests to get around and all yards have K9 Grass. K9 Grass is an artificial grass with a built-in irrigation system. This means that it is very hygienic and easy to keep clean. It also is a flat surface and our guests wont stumble like they might on a natural grass. This is also great for dogs who suffer from grass allergies.
Can’t drop your dog off? That’s okay, We Love Dogs Kennel Resort has a K9 Limousine. We are able to pick up and drop off your dog safely with our K9 Limousine service. For larger dogs who are unable to get in and out of a car, we have slings where we are able to safely lift them in and out of the vehicle.
With services like this, and staff with a passion for caring for dogs, why not come and visit We Love Dogs Kennel Resort and our friendly team will be more than happy to show you around our beautiful Resort and wonderful facilities.
German Shepherds are a medium to large working dog. Originating from Germany, they were first called Deutsche Schäferhunde (German Shepherd Dog). Then for some time were known as Alsatian’s until their name was changed in 1977 back to German Shepherd Dog.
They are strong and sturdy with a solid bone structure and are very muscular. They have large ears which stand upright, but are often pulled back during movement.
German Shepherds have two different coat types, medium and long. The long hair gene is recessive which means that the long hair variety is actually quite rare. Their coats are two-layered which means that they have a thick undercoat.
Their coats are usually black and tan, however they have been known to come in red and tan, sable, pure black, pure white, liver, blue and silver. Whilst the all black and the sable colours are accepted as pure colours, the blue and liver colourings are considered to be faults in their genes. Their coats require upkeep as they are heavy shedders and will require regular brushing.
German Shepherd Dogs are extremely intelligent. A trait which they are famous for. Stanley Coren, the author of book, The Intelligence of Dogs, has ranked them to be the third smartest breed, and has found that they have an ability to learn a simple task after only 5 repetitions and have obeyed the first command given 95% of the time. This trait, combined with their strength makes a GSD a desirable addition to the police force, search and rescue and as guard dogs.
Unfortunately, over the years due to bad breeding, hereditary issues such as hip and elbow dysplasia is becoming more common. Thorough research is highly recommended before picking your pup!
German Shepherds make wonderful family members however, they require a high level of exercise and mental stimulation every day. If considering adding a GSD to your family, it is advised to have a good understanding of the breed and the attention and authority that they require.
If you are thinking about added a German Shepherd to your family, you won’t regret it! They are loyal and have a lot of love to give – but just make sure you have the time that they require!
Congratulations to Chanel the German Shepherd – our April Dog of the Month!
Chanel is an 9-year-old German Shepherd who loves her holidays at We Love Dogs Kennel Resort.
After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January of 2018 Chanel began staying here at We Love Dogs Kennel Resort so we could keep a close eye on her 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Chanel is a beautiful soul and loves cuddles and play times!
The Cavoodle is a small, purpose bred “Designer Breed” that is cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Miniature Poodle. Whilst they are not a new breed, they have certainly become very popular over the past 10 or so years.
Cavoodles are affectionate, playful and energetic. However, if you have a smaller backyard, they find themselves quite content! (Of course, still needing walks and exercise).
The Cavoodle, being cross bred with a Poodle means that their coat is hypoallergenic and they do not malt. This does mean however that they require regular grooming, every 6 – 8 weeks and regular brushing to keep their coat neat and tidy.
Their coat comes in a variety of colours such as red, white, black, gold, tri-colour and blenheim just to name a few!
Cavoodles are very gentle and loving and actually prefer the company of humans over other dogs! As they are generally quite small, they are suitable companions for small children and other small pets, and have been known to become very strongly attached to specific people in their human family! They can be known to have a short attention span as puppies, but with constant and consistent training they will quickly learn the house rules!
They are wonderful family members. Their inquisitive nature will keep everybody entertained and would make a great addition to any family looking for some four-legged love!
Congratulations to Zahrah, our Dog of the Month for March 2019!
Zahrah is a fun loving little Cavoodle who loves to holiday here at We Love Dogs Kennel Resort, and lets be honest, we just love it when she visits!
Zahrah is energetic, fun and full of character. Congratulations Zahrah!
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!
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