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  • Saluki Dog Breed
    By on September 21st, 2012 | No Comments Comments

    AIso nicknamed the Gazelle Hound, the Saluki originated in the Middle East where it was highly prized by its Arab masters and could only be passed on as a gift. Although most Muslims regarded dogs
    as unclean, the Saluki was allowed to share tents with its nomadic masters and became an invaluable desert hunting companion.
    Saluki Quick Guide Breed Profile:
    Size: Height 58-71 cm/23-28ins, weight 14-25kg/31-551b.
    Lifespan: 12 years.
    Identifying Features: Long, narrow skull. Deep-set dark eyes. Long ears covered with silky hair. Supple, well-muscled neck.
    Colours can be white, cream, fawn,golden red, grizzle, silver grizzle, tricolour (white, black and tan), or black and tan.
    Character: Dignified and independent.
    Pet Suitability: Affectionate with children, but not ideal with cats.
    Needs room to exercise freely. Requires regular grooming.

  • Nap Time Buddies
    By on September 20th, 2012 | No Comments Comments

    Cute Dogs Sleeping

    Bulldogs make comfy cushions

  • Borzoi
    By on September 19th, 2012 | 1 Comment1 Comment Comments

    The Borzoi is a powerfully built sight hound of great agility and power. It was developed from the Persian greyhound in the 17th century when it was crossed with native sheepdogs to produce an animal that could withstand harsh Russian winters and protect its master from local wolves. Queen Victoria was presented with a Borzoi by the Tsar of Russia, they subsequently became fashionable companions.

    Borzoi Quick Breed Profile Guide
    Size: Height 69-79cm/27-31ins, Weight 35-48kg/75-105lb. Lifespan: 11-13 years
    Identifying Features: Long, lean head. Dark oblong close-set eyes, Small, pointed ears. All colours acceptable, often white with patches of red or black
    Character: Sensitive, independent and often aloof.
    Pet Suitability: Not good with cats or children.
    Needs open spaces to exercise.

  • Sight Hounds of Ancient Egypt
    By on September 12th, 2012 | No Comments Comments

    The ancient Egyptian word for dog was “iwiw”, which referred to the dog’s bark.

    The Hound Group includes the various breeds which helped man to hunt for centuries all over the world. These dogs are usually divided into 2 groups those which hunt by sight and those that hunt by scent. Sight hounds, one of the earliest groups to emerge, are clearly depicted in Egyptian tomb paintings and are also described in ancient Persian manuscripts.

    • In their Middle Eastern birthplace they were bred selectively to chase, capture and kill prey in open country. These are silent hounds with keen eyesight, renowned for their sprinting ability. Their appearance is invariably lean and graceful.
    • Sight hounds were probably introduced to Britain over 2500 years ago by Phoenician traders.
    • Today, they still retain a strong tendency to chase, even though most are now kept as companions.

    More Sight Hound Dog Breeds to be added soon, including the Borzoi and Saluki

  • How old is my dog in human years?
    By on September 12th, 2012 | No Comments Comments

    How old is my dog in human years? Below is a quick guide to your dog’s age:

    Dog        –         Human
    6 months  – 10 years
    1 year   –      15 years
    2 years  –     24 years
    3 years  –     28 years
    4 years  –    32 years
    5 years  –   36 years
    6 years –    40 years
    7 years –    44 years
    8 years  –   48 years
    9 years –    52 years
    10 years  – 56 years
    12 years-   64 years
    14 years-   72 years
    16 years –  81 years

  • Dog Vision
    By on September 11th, 2012 | 1 Comment1 Comment Comments

    Understanding Your Dogs Vision
    The position of the eyes on a dog’s head gives it a wider field of vision than humans.
    Dogs have better eyesight in low light levels and are more sensitive to light than humans.
    Dogs have 3 eyelids, an upper, a lower, and a third hidden under the lower lid protecting the eye from dirt and dust. See our eye article for common eye aliments in dogs.
    Dogs don’t see the world in the colours that humans see it, in a dogs world their colours a less bright and are in fact red-green colour blind.