This adorable little bundle of Dachshund cuteness absolutely deserves the crown for July. Michael is full of personality and is such a good boy who adores lapping up all the attention he can.
The Dachshund, pronounced “dak -sund” also known as the Sausage Dog or Weiner Dog, is a small dog, with short legs and a long body. The name Dachshund is of German orient and means “Badger Dog”.
Dachshunds originated in Germany and were used to hunt badgers and other burrowing animals like rabbits. Their short legs, long snouts and deep chests enabled them to run fast, and have plenty of stamina whilst hunting. Dachshunds also have quite loose skin, to ensure that they didn’t tear their skin whilst tunneling in constricted burrows.
Dachshunds come in three different sizes, standard, miniature and rabbit, however the “rabbit” size is not recognised in some countries. They have three different types of coats, the shorthaired, longhaired or wirehaired. The Dachshunds coats come in many different colours, 15 to be exact! Some of them are Red, Black & Tan, Chocolate, Dapple, Sable and Fawn to name a few.
The first sign of a Dachshund traces all the way back to ancient Egypt where there have been etchings found of short legged hunting dogs, and up until recently when this was just a myth, there have now been mummified Dachshund like dogs found in burial urns.
Dachshunds are a traditionally viewed as the symbol of Germany, and were frequently used in propaganda during WWI and WWII, causing their popularity to drop dramatically. In 1972 at the Munich Games, the Dachshund became the first ever Olympic Mascot, his name was Waldi, and the route for the marathon event was even designed to resemble Waldi.
Health wise, the Dachshund are prone to back injuries due to their long spine and short rib cage. Dachshunds should not jump on and off furniture and their weight should be well maintained to ensure that these injuries are less likely to occur.
Dachshunds are lovely, loyal dogs, they are playful but can at times be known to be stubborn, and can be known to be aggressive towards strangers. Despite their small stature they are very courageous and will take on animals that are much bigger than they are! A Dachshund owner needs to be firm and persistent when it comes to their training.
Dachshunds are recommended for families with older children, who can assist in the training and keeping the “pack mentality” going. With the correct leadership they will get along well with children and other pets.
If you think a Dachshund would make the perfect pet for you and your family, you will not regret it, they are truly wonderful companions.
Chewy - the Tamaruke
The Tamaruke is a selectively bred dog, created over 30 years to provide a non-shedding companion pet. Their coat and size can be compared to that seen in an ‘Oodle’ type dog however the Tamaruke is not a designer breed of dog and stands as their own breed.
The Tamaruke has been bred only for the reason of a suitable family pet, not as a show dog and is described by it’s breeders as a loyal, easily trainable and naturally intelligent breed of dog with the big positive of being a non-shedding, hypoallergenic dog that produces no ‘doggy odour’ even when wet.
Meet Chewy, the beautiful Tamaruke. He is a sweet boy who adores love and cuddles and is the perfect poster boy for our June Dog of the Month for 2021!
The Cavoodle is a small, purpose bred “Designer Breed” that is cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Miniature Poodle. Whilst they are not a new breed, they have certainly become very popular over the past 10 or so years.
Cavoodles are affectionate, playful and energetic. However, if you have a smaller backyard, they find themselves quite content! (Of course, still needing walks and exercise).
The Cavoodle, being cross bred with a Poodle means that their coat is hypoallergenic and they do not malt. This does mean however that they require regular grooming, every 6 – 8 weeks and regular brushing to keep their coat neat and tidy.
Their coat comes in a variety of colours such as red, white, black, gold, tri-colour and blenheim just to name a few!
Cavoodles are very gentle and loving and actually prefer the company of humans over other dogs! As they are generally quite small, they are suitable companions for small children and other small pets, and have been known to become very strongly attached to specific people in their human family! They can be known to have a short attention span as puppies, but with constant and consistent training they will quickly learn the house rules!
They are wonderful family members. Their inquisitive nature will keep everybody entertained and would make a great addition to any family looking for some four-legged love!
As we welcome in another month for 2021 it's time to announce our lucky dog of the month. Congratulations to the beautiful.....
Sweet Indy is adored by everyone who meets her. She is everything a wonderful Cavoodle can be, she loves her cuddles and kisses, loves all her Doggy friends and is just a sweetheart.
There is no way we could pass on her being our next Dog of the Month. Congratulations Indy!
Our lucky Dog of the Month for April 2021 is....
We have been so lucky to care for this beautiful old man for many years. He is much loved by all of the Doggy Doaters and a very worthy winner of our Dog of the Month crown.
Teddy the beautiful Papillon is jumping for joy at the news he is our March Dog of the Month.
This stunning boy loves cuddles and is just a star in front of the camera. We know you will all love looking at his beauty for the month!
We are very excited to announce that our lucky little Dog of the Month for February is.....
Pema is an adorable little Pugalier who is full of personality. We love being lucky enough to have her share her holidays with us and are very excited that she is our Dog of the Month for February 2021!
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.