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.
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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One of the levels of care we are proud to offer is that of Rehabilitation Care, something Chase, our lucky February Dog of the Month, has been enjoying his holiday doing his rehabilitation with our team of Doggy Doaters.
Chase, like many of our other rehabilitation guests, is recovering from a knee operation as well as being neutered too. For the beginning of his recovery it was important that he was kept calm and relaxed and was not allowed to run or jump. This makes for lots of cuddles times and short leash walks to allow him to toilet.
Chase enjoying his cuddle times and walks with the Doggy Doaters
After making it through the tough first few weeks Chase’s level of exercise was allowed to increase, as well as how much area he was allowed to have free movement in. Having the ability to separate the indoor space from our guests’ first outside courtyard area and grass play yard is really important during this time as we can easily control how much room Chase is allowed to have to avoid him over doing it. As his level of activity grew his play times with Doggy friends was allowed to begin!
Throughout Chase's recovery we have been able to transport him (in style of course) from the Resort to his regular vet for his check ups. The Doggy Doaters are by his side of every step of the way and continue to wish Chase the best of luck throughout the rest of his recovery!
This is so exciting! Welcome everyone to We Love Dogs Kennel Resort's first EVER blog! And what better way to kick things off then by announcing our first ever lucky Dog of the Month for February.
We are very excited to announce that the winner is......
Chase is a one year old Poodle x Maltese, who is enjoying a relaxing holiday with us whilst recovering from a recent knee operation. He loves his cuddles and kisses with the Doggy Doaters and spending his afternoons snoozing on his couch in front of the TV.
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