Monday, March 25, 2013

Most Popular Dog Breeds in the UK

The Most Popular Dog Breeds in the   


Yellow Labrador Retriever

1. Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever stands out as the most popular dog breed in the
 whole of United Kingdom. The dog is of Canadian origin and is believed to have been brought to the UK in the early 1830s by a fisherman from Newfoundland. 

Labradors can have yellow, golden, chocolate, brown, or black coats. They are known to be extraordinarily intelligent, good natured, gentle, and friendly, allowing them to be very good companions for human beings of all ages. They are very cooperative and loyal when being trained and are considered to be some of the most obedient, dependable, and multi-talented dog breeds not only in the UK, but also in the world.

2. English Cocker Spaniel
The English Cocker Spaniel is a special type of gun dog that was originally bred by hunters to help in hunting small game such as woodcock pigeons. Cockers have coats of many shades including blue roan, chocolate, black, sable, silver, copper red, blue tick, black and white, buff, lemon roan, apricot, and white. They are noted for their intelligence, adaptability, and optimism. Even though they are very stubborn and short-tempered in nature, they can be trained and made good family pets.

Just like other dogs, the Cockers do experience health problems. They are vulnerable to eye and ear infections. To take good care of them, it is advisable for dog owners to get dog insurance to cover for their health.
 Why not check RSPCA pet insurance today on how you can grant a safer home to your pet.

3. English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniel puppy
The English Spaniel is believed to have originated from Spain where it was used by hunters to flush and retrieve game. The coat comes in a variety of colors including white with liver or black markings, blue roan, and dark brown with white markings. 

English Springers are generally quick learners, intelligent, obedient, energetic, friendly, easy to please, and very playful. They like playing with simple things such as shoes, towels, and empty plastic bottles. Due to their playful nature, they should always be watched to prevent them from damaging valuable property in the house. They are vulnerable to ear and eye infections and dysplasia.

4. German Shepherd
German Shepard
Also referred to as Alsatian, the German Shepherd, is a wonderful large-sized dog breed with German origin. The dog was originally bred by German herders in the early 1700s to help them in herding their sheep. The dog's coat can be white, grey, gold, black, or tan. Apart from being amazingly strong, intelligent, obedient, aggressive, and agile, the dog is also easy to train, explaining why it is always given military and police roles in many countries around the world. It is often used to detect bombs, track criminals, patrol troubled areas, and to uncover illegal drugs in airports and borders. 
The German Shepherd usually experiences health complications such as bloating, congenital heart disease, panosteitis, skin disease, and hip dyslexia. With the help of dog insurance, these health complications can be controlled for a long time. 

5. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The Staffordshire or the Nanny is a medium-sized and short-coated dog breed that originated from Staffordshire, England in the early 1800s. It was originally bred for the purpose of hunting mice and rats. The dog can have a white, black, black and white, fawn, dense red, or bluish coat. It is naturally muscular, obedient, fearless, and intelligent. Due to its quiet and friendly nature, the dog can serve as a good family pet. Its health complications are commonly cataracts and dysplasia.

6. Boxer
The Boxer is a stocky, short-haired, and medium-sized breed of dog of German origin. Its coat comes in a variety of shades including mahogany, black with white markings, brindle, fawn, white, and tan. The dog is energetic, friendly, curious, obedient, playful, eager, highly intelligent, and quick to learn. It is known to get along well with kids and other pets at home. It is prone to cancer, cardiomyopathy, thyroid, skin diseases, and epilepsy.

Disclaimer: This is a guest post. I thought you would be interested in the above information.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Iams Love Tails Contest

Molly with her Grandma

Roxy and Me
Through March 3, 2013 animal lovers can send in stories about  their feline or canine friend for a chance to star alongside their canine or cat companion in Iams’ next national advertisement.
To enter Visit Iams Facebook page and Share a photo and tell Iams in 500 characters or less about the unique relationship you have with your dog or cat and how Iams helps you show your love.
Once the submission phase has ended, Iams will select 50 stories (25 dog and 25 cat) as semi-finalists.
From the semi-finalist Love Tails, Iams will select 10 finalists (5 dog and 5 cat), with each winning a cash prize and free Iams food for a year.
In April, Iams will ask its Facebook fans to choose their favorite Love Tail from the group of finalists and one grand prize winner will be selected.