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!
Did you know....?
The Sealyham Terrier originated from Wales in the mid 1800’s, where it is said that Captain John Edwardes at Sealyham house originally developed the breed for pest control and to eliminate vermin.
In 1903 the Sealyham terrier was shown for the first time and the Sealyham Terrier club was then created in 1908 but not officially recognized by the Kennel Club until 1911.
The Sealyham Terrier has a white medium length double coat, making the undercoat dense and the outercoat wiry and weather resistant. The hair around the muzzle and face is much longer than the coat giving a beard like appearance. Although the Sealyham Terrier is all white some can have marking on there head or ears in colours from lemon, brown, black, blue or badger which is a mixture of black & brown. Their head and neck are long, while their legs are short and stocky.
As an Adult the Sealyham Terrier ranges in height from 25-30cm at the wither and weighing around 8-9kg. They are a very hardy breed with few specific health problems with an average life expectancy of 12-14 years. Their personality is very affectionate, inquisitive and confident and they are much less active than most Terriers though have are always ready to play if you are!
Overall the Sealyham is outgoing, friendly, loyal to family members and has a great sense of humour, though will a great watchdog if trained properly which makes them and ideal family pet!
The Sealyham Terrier!
Not many people have met or even heard of a Sealyham Terrier. Snudge is a unique boy as he has no eyes, but this doesn't stop this adventurous little boy! Snudge loves to make new friends, doggy and people alike and is always up for a smooch!
Be sure to keep an eye out for his upcoming blogs to learn more about his breed!
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, also know as an English Toy Spaniel originating from the United Kingdom where the 1st Duke of Marlborough commonly used them for hunting and was able to record that they could keep pace with a trotting horse. It is also said that King Charles II a British Royal owned quite a few of the breed and this is where the name originates from.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small breed with a soft to touch medium length coat, long floppy ears that hang beside their face and a short muzzle. The adult coat can be seen to feather around their ears, feet and chest. Colours cmmonly seen are Tan & Black, Red & White( Blenheim)and tri coloured ( Black,white & Tan. Once fully grown they stand around 30-33cm tall for either a female or male.
The Cavalier King Charles puppy can be very timid and dependent on human companionship, lots socialization with other dogs will help them to build an outgoing and confident temperament.Overall the Cavalier King Charles is known to be very affectionate, gentle, and adore being snuggled up on your lap and are also very good with children and the elderly. Making them the ideal family pet! Cavalier King Charles Spaniels also have a playful side to them along with very good chasing instincts for birds, butterflies, possums or nearly anything that quickly goes past them. Because of this secure fencing or being on lead near roads is always recommended.
At the end of the day your Cavalier King Charles will be your best of friend if they receive a daily walk for exercise, a warm lap to snuggle up on and lots of cuddles and attention!
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