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.
Saluki Dog BreedBy on September 21st, 2012 | No Comments
BorzoiBy on September 19th, 2012 | 1 Comment
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 EgyptBy on September 12th, 2012 | No Comments
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
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 VisionBy on September 11th, 2012 | 1 Comment
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.
Lung Worm WarningBy on July 18th, 2012 | No Comments
Lung Worm Warning – The Hidden Killer
This very British rainy summer this year brings a warning to the health of your dogs. Lung Worm if not treated can be fatal to your dogs. This rainy summer has led to an increase in slugs and snails which are the main carriers of lung worm. If your dog eats either of these slimy creatures your dog could be at risk! Dogs can easily eat slugs and snails even by accident maybe from chewing a toy that has been left outside, eating grass, and chomping on sticks, drinking from puddles etc. Dog Owners Be Aware that lungworm is not prevented or treated by the conventional use of worming tablets when given every three months, or even every month.
What is lung worm?
It is a parasite that affects the heart and blood vessels that supply your dogs lungs. If not treated it can be fatal. If not treated your dog will also expel some of the parasite through their poo which in turn could lead to other dogs being infected with lung worm.
All dogs of different ages and breeds are at risk of becoming infected with lung worm but younger dogs and those known to eat snails and slugs are a t a higher risk.
Symptoms to look out for:
Breathing Problems: Coughing, tiring easily.
Poor Blood clotting: Excessive bleeding from small wounds, nose bleeds, bleeding from the eye, anaemia.
General Sickness: Poor appetite, weight loss, sickness, diarrhoea.
Behaviour Changes: Tiring easily, depression, seizures.
If you think your dog may have lung worm phone your local vet ASAP. Thankfully treatment is easily administered and most dogs can make a full recovery.