Standard Poodles have been around for hundreds of years though the Toy Poodle is a more recent variation mainly bred for companionship in England around the 19th century.
Poodles come in three size varieties: Standards should be more than 15 inches tall at the shoulder; Miniatures are 15 inches or under; Toys stand no more than 10 inches.
They are prone to developing small dog syndrome and can become very snappy, stubborn and bark a lot if they feel they are the pack leader. A calm and assertive owner is recommended for this particular breed.
Litter sizes for Toy poodles are generally 3-4 pups and the average life span is 12-15 years. Though they are small they do still require a daily walk and enjoy playtimes.
Toy Poodles can vary in colours and can be black, white, silver, grey, apricot or red. They have a short curly coat that does not shed. Grooming is required approximately every 6 weeks along with regular brushing to avoid any mats, which will maintain their coat to look neat and tidy.
We are very excited to announce our Dog of the Month for November 2020 is......
We have been lucky enough to care for this beautiful old man for many years and have loved every moment of it. Even though he is in his golden oldies days, Ziggy is still happy for a cuddle and still loves to explore. We love you Ziggy!
Our Dog of the Month Abby is spending her recovery time, following knee surgery, with us. This is an amazing service we are lucky enough to offer families who may not be able to or would struggle to provide all necessary areas of post operative care in their home environment.
Using our amazing 7 Star Luxury Suites, we are able to accommodate guests at any stage of their post operative rehabilitation. Some guests that we have cared for following surgery include TPLO (Abby's surgery) and ACL surgeries, spinal surgery, open wound recoveries and broken bones.
Our Rehabilitation and Special Needs Suites have been designed to give our team control of how much space guest's can have access to during their recovery. For guests coming straight out of surgery who need restricted movement, our small recovery rooms offer the perfect, relaxing environment. With a TV and heating and cooling to keep them comfortable, our Doggy Doaters are able to take the guests out for their short leash walks ( as approved by their attending vet) and return them safely back into their room to relax and recover. As they move through their recovery and may be allowed more area to move in between, we can open up to our small recovery outside, undercover court yard areas to help build up strength and mobility.
Our K9 Limousine service offers the easiest and most comfortable way for your recovering pooch to travel. We are able to collect from your home or the vet clinic that the surgery has taken place at. We pride ourselves on our strong and open communication with both your regular vet and also the vet that has conducted your dog's surgery (should these be different) and are able to return your dog to their clinic at anytime should a check up be required. We also like to keep communication open with you as their owner to keep you up to date with any changes should this be your wishes.
With our K9 Limousine service, we are also able to transport your dog to any post operative rehabilitation services and also welcome these services to the Resort should they need to work on your dog whilst they are with us. This includes, but is not limited to, hydro therapy, bowen therapy, red light therapy and massage.
All of our Doggy Doaters are trained in all areas of medication administration and post operative care which includes:
As we welcome in the Month of October, it's time to announce our 10th lucky Dog of the Month for 2020.
We couldn't go past the amazing......
...to take out the title! This beautiful girl is currently doing an AMAZING job during her recovery following TPLO surgery.
We are excited to share her journey with you all so keep an eye out for all of her upcoming videos and posts.
Congratulations Miss Abby!
Here we are again, welcoming in a new month and a new Dog of the Month to take the crown again.
We are excited to share that our Dog of the Month for September 2020 is....
Bruno the Dachshund is your typical Sausage Dog - full of personality and loves to have a chat!
This character keeps the Doggy Doaters busy and loves all the attention for it too!
The Dachshund also known as the sausage dog, Wiener Dog, little hot dog, Kaninchen & Dackel - just to name a few! A sweet little long dog with a variety of hairstyle, the shorthaired, the wirehaired, and the longhaired.
Colour scheme can be bold Solid colours or a combination of two, brindle, or even piebald, piebalds can be tricoloured or tricoloured ! You can also find them in merle.
The Dachshund is curious, clever, lively, affectionate, proud, brave and amusing. Devoted to its family, it can be slightly difficult to train and housebreak, but not impossible. They like to set a challenge for their pack leader but a strong, confident leader will always have success with their dogs.
Although they are small with their adorable little paws, those paws like to walk so they will need daily exercise and their stamina may surprise you. Not only is it important to keep your dog stimulated with exercise it will also help keep them nice and trim which is very important for their spine as an overweight sausage could end up having a lot of back problems. Which isn’t fun for anyone . When buying a sausage it’s very important to get as much information from the breeder or your vet about how to protect their spine from injury.
The Dachshund were bred to hunt small game such as badger and rabbit and originated in in the early 1600s in Germany, their small long size made them perfect to chase small animals into their burrows. Over time they have developed into ideal little pets for small families or people with smaller living arrangements.
Be warned if you own a Dachshund - be prepared to be stopped on the street as everyone loves Sausage Dog!
Facts you may not have known about the beloved Sausage Dog!
Dachshunds were originally bred to hunt Badger. The word ‘Dachshund’ in German means ‘Badger Dog.’
There are two recognized breeds of Dachshund – Standard and Mini.
Dachshunds were Queen Victoria’s favourite breed of dog.
A Dachshund cross Chihuahua named Chip is believed to be the smallest dog in the world, weighing only 900 grams and measuring in at 5 inches tall to his shoulder.
The world’s largest Dachshund recorded was Obie, known as the ‘World’s Fattest Dog’ weighed in at 34.9kg! You’ll be happy to know he is now down to a healthy 12kg after a very strict diet!
During these uncertain times, I think we can all be grateful for the company of our pets. We are excited to share with you our August Dog of the Month for 2020 to bring a smile to everyone's face.
This adorable old man is the perfect cuddle buddy and just adores being adored.
The Poodle come in three breed recognised sizes, these sizes are determined by their height and not weight.
The Toy Poodle is 10 inches or under at the highest point of the shoulders.
The Miniature Poodle must be over 10 inches and 15 inches or less at the highest point of the shoulders.
The Standard Poodle is over 15 inches at the highest point of the shoulders
The Poodle breed has been very popular and dates back to Western Europe over 400 years ago. It appears the exact origin of the breed is unknown and a bit of a controversial subject depending on who you ask. Known by a lot of people as the ‘French Poodle’, France has taken claim as the originating country for the breed although the American Kennel Club recognises Germany as the country of Origin for the Poodle. It is believed this is also how their name originated, as Poodle in German means ‘one who plays in water.’
The famous ‘Poodle Clip’ that we all know is not just for show, originally their coats were clipped in this way to assist the dogs when moving through water, leaving hair on their leg joints to keep them warm and protected.
They were used as working dogs to retrieve waterfowl and are great for sniffing out truffles for farmers. The Poodle is a very intelligent which made them perfect to be used as performers in the circus.
With their high intelligence and keen ability to impress make the Poodle a perfect family pet today. With their varying sizes they are suitable for apartment living as well as loving the space of a larger property. They thrive on having rules and boundaries and learn very quickly. Being so smart though means they need plenty of mental stimulation, to avoid any bad behaviours developing.
The Poodle is a number one pick for any allergy sufferers, as they shed little to no hair and have a woollen coat. Extensive grooming is needed for this breed, with a full body clip being needed every 6 to 8 weeks. When in full coat, daily brushing is required, especially after spending time in the garden or long grass. There is a range of ‘Poodle Clips’ they help to keep their temperature regulated all year round.
Although it feels like only yesterday we were announcing our June Dog of the Month, it's time already to announce our lucky July Dog of the Month.
This colourful ball of energy brings so much joy to the Doggy Doaters every time he visits. Archie is a Spoodle and typical to his breed he just LOVES everyone and everything, he is a text book social butterfly!
We look forward to sharing more of Archie with you all!
The Spoodle is a hybrid breed of dog, created by mixing a Cocker Spaniel with a Toy or Miniature Poodle. The crossing of these two breeds was first started in Germany and over the last decade their popularity has just continued to grow.
They are considered a small breed dog that make great family pets and are ideal for those with allergies or sensitivities to dog fur or dander. Depending on what percentage of Poodle is in each Spoodle, will determine how little shedding their coat will have, the more Poodle, the less shedding.
As with most ‘Oodles’ the Spoodle is a friendly, confident dog who loves to be with everyone (humans and dogs alike) They are very much an ‘energizer bunny’ breed of dog, who are on the go all day long. They have plenty of energy to burn and just love to play, which makes them perfect for a family with children or an active house hold.
With the combination of a Poodle and Spaniel coat the grooming requirements are high for the Spoodle, needing daily brushing (unless clipped) and professional grooming and clipping every 6 weeks. They can be prone to ear and eye issues so these should be checked and cleaned regularly as needed.
The Spoodle coat can grow into a long beautiful length but does need to be brushed daily and after any playtimes in grass as they can easily pick up burrs and sticks. A damp, dirty coat can quickly lead to hotspots which is very uncomfortable for the dogs. Their coat can come in a variety of colours including golden, black, brown or blonde and can be with or without white markings.
The Spoodle is suitable for most living arrangements, from large farm land to small apartment living, providing they get plenty of exercise and stimulation and the chance to get out and meet and greet everyone!
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