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The Greyhound is the worlds fastest dog, originating from Ancient Egypt the Greyhound has a lean, powerful body and is believed share common ancestors with the Pharaoh hound. During the 11th century in Britain they became such a status symbol, so much so that only the elite were allowed to own a greyhound.
Sadly, today, the racing industry uses these dogs as a commodity and nothing more. Thousands of Greyhounds are abandoned each year in Britain and Ireland, ending up in pounds and rescue shelters. Estimates suggest that between 8,000 and 10,000 Greyhounds are discarded every year because they are not good enough to race. Without caring second owners, there are hundreds of these not far from you who have no chance of a decent life.
Greyhounds make great family pets, they are loving gentle and docile and surprisingly quite lazy. Most people assume they are high energy dogs but this is not so they will be happy with a daily walk and given the chance to have a good snooze when they get back home. Their low body fat means care must be taken during cold weather, this breed it not suited for a life in a kennel.
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Hagrid’s Faithful Furry Friend Fang has followed Harry Potter and his friends at Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry since the first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. With the release of the next instalment Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows this week we take a look at this magnificent breed. Although the books describe Fang as a Boarhound, in the films Fang is actually a Neapolitan Mastiff.
This ancient breed of dogs is believed to have originated in Italy. Apart from guarding their owners and property, in earlier times, Neapolitan Mastiff dogs were also used for fighting against lions. Some other popular names for these dogs are Italian Mastiff, Neapolitan Bulldog, Mastino Napoletano, Mastino and Neo Mastiff.
The Neapolitan’s massive size and abundant wrinkles combine to make him one of the most intimidating dogs there is, helping them serve as excellent guard dogs. They are fearsome only in appearance not in temperament. In fact, they are highly affectionate and trustworthy dogs.
NEW DOG BREED ADDED: Havanese
Other Names: Bichon Havanais, Cuban Bichon
The Havanese is part of the Bichon family, they originate from Havana, Cuba, where they now have the recognition of the National Dog of Cuba.
This Breed does not routinely shed its fur so are less likely to cause allergic responses than many other breeds, but no dog can truly be said to be non-allergenic.
The Havanese is a very playful dog that enjoys a walk but can get enough exercise from playing in the garden. Care should be taken during the winter months as, having been bred on the tropical island of Cuba, the Havanese is definitely a warm weather dog. Although this breed has that beautiful long coat, the fur’s composition is not suited to providing warmth. The purpose of the fur is to provide shade from the hot sun.