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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
The Poodle is a dog believed to originate from Germany where they were known as “Pundelhund” meaning “splash in the water” dog. Whist the Standard Poodles are commonly known for their German origin, the smaller Toy Poodles became quite popular during the reign of Louis XVI.
There are three different sizes of Poodles. First came the Standard Poodle, which were bred as a retriever, and were used for duck hunting. In the later years, they then went on to breed Miniature Poodles and Toy Poodles.
It was believed that when breeding the Standard Poodle, they would only use the smallest of the litter to breed further blood lines, until they reached the desired size of the Miniature Poodle. These measures were also used to breed the smaller Toy Poodles. Once Gypsy’s heard of the Miniature Poodles, the smaller, yet equally intelligent and strong version of the Standard Poodle, they began breeding them as circus dogs.
Over the years Miniature Poodles have become popular household companions. They have a single layered coat, which doesn’t malt, therefore needs regular grooming. But a bonus to this is that they are considered “Hypoallergenic”. So, whilst they are not 100% allergen free, they would be more suitable for those prone to allergies.
A Poodles coat needs proper grooming and care, with brushes on a weekly basis to ensure that it does not matt and a groom every 6 – 8 weeks.
There are many different ways to clip a Poodles coat, some a little more extravagant and out there in comparison to others! There is the “Puppy Clip”, which is acceptable for Poodles under 1 year old, however many pet owners these days opt for this clip as it doesn’t expose any skin.
Another of the more “out there” clips is the Continental Clip. This clip is usually confirmation that a Poodle is older than older 1 year and older.
There are many other different clip styles, over 120 to be exact, however some of the other popular ones are; Town & Country Clip, Kennel Clip, Lamb Clip, Summer Clip and the English Saddle Clip.
The benefits of being clipped, especially in earlier times was removing the hair from the lower part of the Poodles body, this was because of the style of coat the Poodles have, which retain water, therefore making them heavier.
Poodles have a beautiful nature, they are loyal, alert and very intelligent, which make them very easy to train. They are also very active, and love to exercise.
These days, whilst they are still popular show dogs the poodle is a very popular family pet as they are great companion dogs and make a great addition to families.
Congratulations to Tiffy, our August Dog of the Month for 2018. Beautiful Tiffy is a 14 year old bundle of sweetness, who loves nothing more then snoozing in the sunshine and pottering around with the Doggy Doaters.
In honour of our Dog of the Month, Archie, the Kelpie x we wanted to share some fun facts about the Kelpie breed!
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