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.
Congratulations to our Dogs of the Month for July 2019 - Lulu the Beagle and Billie the Cockalier!
Lulu is a 2 year old Beagle who is full of beans and a lot of love, Billie is her 7 month old sister who is a cuddly little Cockalier.
Both Lulu & Billie brighten up the days of our Doggy Doaters with their love, cuddles and play times! Congratulations girls!
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.
Congratulations to our Dogs of the Month for June 2019.
A family of three Sunday, Snow and Evie the Samoyed’s!
Sunday, is the oldest and the only boy in the family, and Snow and Evie are his two sisters. They love hanging out together and Evie adores her two siblings! They are beautiful and loving with big fluffy white coats and happy smiles!
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!
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