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.
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!
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.
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!
The Siberian Husky is a strong (physically and mentally) hard working sled dog that, as their name would suggest, originated in Siberia. They were used for centuries along the eastern Siberian peninsula as working dogs, for sled pulling, herding and guard dogs.
Their thick coat and solid build makes their body ideal to weather the harsh winters and their strong endurance allowed them to work long, hard days. Their ability and stamina to move so quickly through the snow made them ideal for sled dogs, being able to transport people and their goods and also be used in artic races.
Their breed was essential during the diphtheria epidemic in 1925 when they were used to transport much needed medicine to people all over the country. Since then, they have been fundamental working dogs all across the world, including serving in the Army’s Artic Search and Rescue Unti during World War II.
Today, they are still used for sled work, guard dogs and hunting.
They Husky is medium to large breed dog, with males reaching up to 60cms in height.
Being a working dog, they require plenty of mental and physical stimulation to avoid any naughty behaviour. A bored Husky can be a very destructive Husky and they are also well known for their escape artist abilities, especially if there is something exciting to chase on the other side of the fence.
Their heavy, thick coat requires daily brushing and sheds heavily twice a year. This warm covering over their body makes them ideal for colder climates and being able to withstand temperatures as low as -50° to -60° C. Being bred to withstand such cold weather does mean they need assistance if living in tropical or hot areas and are not recommended for hot climate living. Their coat colours vary from solid black and pure white to red and white, brown, gray, silver, wold gray, sable and more.
The Husky is often known to have bi-eyes (two different coloured eyes) which is very common for the breed. They can also have parti-eyes which is when one eye has two half colours, these will be either blue or brown.
The Husky is a perfect addition to any active family with plenty of room to move. They can be accommodated in smaller apartment type arrangements providing they are given plenty of mental and physical stimulation daily. If well socialised from a young age, a Husky will enjoy living with other animals in their home, being pack working animals they love being with other dogs and thrive on structure and having a job to do.
The sturdy, confident Jack Russell is a breed everyone knows. They date back to as early as the mid 1800’s where they were used as a hunting dog for small game, ideal for foxes as they were able to dig into their dens. Their name originates from a minister, name Rev. John Russell.
As they became so popular as working dogs, the Jack Russell Terrier Association of America, in 2003, changed their name to the Parsons Russell Terrier Association of America, from this time onward the working line of Terriers was known as the Jack Russell whilst the American show Terriers were known as the Parsons Russell Terrier (longer legged Jack Russell)
Today, they are great little family pets who always provide plenty of entertainment. They come in a smooth or rough coat in varying colours, breed standard states white should be the predominate colour with at least 51% of the coat being white with a mixture of either black or brown markings and in some rare cases brindle markings have been recorded. Both the smooth and rough coats are easy to groom and maintain with regular brushing and bathing only when needed.
From their past blood lines, the Jack Russell Terriers of today are a fearless breed. As with all dogs, if raised correctly around young children and other dogs they are great within the family. Being a strong-minded breed, they require a pack leader from day one to avoid any small dog syndrome issues. Training and boundaries need to be set and followed from a young age to avoid destructive and aggressive behaviours – which are a known trait of unruly Jack Russell’s. Daily exercise is a must, to help burn their physical and mental energy. They are known to be great jumpers so if their needs aren’t met, they may just take themselves off on their own adventure to explore and keep themselves busy.
Although a great little dog, the Jack Russell is not just for everyone and thrive in a balanced environment where they are part of the family but not the boss of the family.