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Poodle Grooming – How to Deal With Matts

Once a poodle’s adult coat fully forms, from when they are about 8 months of old, you’ll find that what was once a very easy to manage coat now requires considerable grooming. If you aren’t attentive with your grooming, you’ll find that your poodle will get matts and possibly even dreadlocks caught up in its…
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Breeds with a Big Appetite – What You Can Do

Some breeds, particularly very active breeds such as the beagle, are commonly reported to have an enthusiastic appetite. Their energy requirements are often likely to be higher due to their activity levels, but it is important to monitor body condition due to the risk of overfeeding. There are a number of ways in which you…
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How Much Exercise Does a Golden Retriever Need?

Originally bred to retrieve fallen game in the taxing and challenging terrain of the Scottish highlands, the Golden Retriever was a breed specifically created to be a sporting, energetic dog. While the vast majority of people no longer need their Golden Retriever to undertake this kind of physically demanding work, the breed still has the…
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How Much Should You Feed a Labrador?

Like many other breeds of dog, Labradors were bred to be active, working dogs. The life of a family pet isn’t quite as rigorous as the original tasks the Labrador was bred for, but despite this the breed still maintains its appetite. Many Labradors are well known to scavenge for extra bites to eat and…
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Miniature Schnauzer Temperament

Intelligent, confident and hardy, miniature schnauzers are known for their pleasant and playful temperament, meaning they can make great additions to many types of homes. Physically, they are small, vigorous, and elegant – requiring a groom at least once a week. In character they very much embody the tendencies of a terrier – energetic, determined…
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Why Do Chihuahuas Shake, Even When They Aren’t Cold?

Sometimes, shaking can be seen in normal, healthy dogs – particularly smaller dogs. More often than not, it is nothing to worry about. Let’s explore the reasons why the Chihuahua and other small dog breeds may shake and shiver. Temperature The Chihuahua breed hails from Mexico, a warm country with mostly sunny weather. The Chihuahua…
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What Are the Differences between the Golden Retriever and the Labrador?

Build There are noticeable differences between each breed’s build. The Golden Retriever’s average adult height is slightly higher than the Labrador due to their slightly varying bone structure – resulting in a taller and leaner build. Labrador Retrievers tend to have a stockier build and are more prone to obesity than Golden Retrievers, this is…
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How to Train a Beagle

Renowned for being bold and cheerful, Beagles were principally bred for tracking hares by scent. The Beagle breed is well-tempered, smart and amiable – all of these traits making it easy and enjoyable to live with. However, it’s also important to be aware of how active Beagles are. They will need plenty of exercise in…
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How to Groom a Cocker Spaniel

Different breeds have different levels of grooming needs. Some breeds only need to be professionally groomed twice a year and others need grooming frequently. The Cocker Spaniel breed of dog is of the latter requirements. With its famously long and silky fur, distinguished drooping ears, and pre-inclined tendencies to roam parks and fields freely, the…
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How Long Is a Chihuahua Pregnant for?

From the date of mating, a Chihuahua’s pregnancy could be anywhere between 58 and 72 days. This is because fertilisation can potentially take place many days after a successful mating. However, the actual length of the pregnancy will be very consistently 62-64 days from the day of ovulation. So if your Chihuahua had veterinary monitoring…
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How Much Exercise Does a Labrador Need?

Initially bred for very physically demanding tasks that included hiking, running and swimming, Labradors are a highly active breed of dog. Though they are often seen as the ideal family pet due to their good-temperament and strong will to please, they are still full of energy due to possessing the same genetics that they were…
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Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)

FLUTD in cats stands for “Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease”. This painful syndrome encompasses several conditions affecting the urinary system in cats and may affect any part of their bladder or urethra. (The urethra is the tube that removes the urine from the bladder). Whilst there are many causes of FLUTD, the vast majority of…
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