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Animal Welfare Act 2018: What licensed dog breeders must do to legally advertise their litters
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15th June 2018
The Animal Welfare Act (2006) in England is about to undergo some fairly dramatic changes, to tighten up the laws surrounding the breeding and selling of puppies for profit and to close a number of loopholes that have been identified within the current legislation. These amendments to the Animal Welfare Act will come into for....Read Full Article

How soon can you tell if your small breed dog has hip dysplasia?
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15th June 2018
Hip dysplasia is a relatively common and potentially quite acute health issue that can arise in dogs due to their conformation, and which is caused by malformation of the hips’ ball and socket joints, so that they don’t fit together....Read Full Article

Are Chihuahuas aggressive?
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14th June 2018
The Chihuahua is the world’s smallest dog breed, and they’re also the second most popular breed overall in the UK, out of a total of 241 different dog breeds and types. The small size of dogs of the breed and their undeniable cute appeal helps to make them so ....Read Full Article

Labrador Retriever: Frequently Asked Questions
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14th June 2018
Labrador Retrievers have consistently been one of the most popular breeds the world over including in the UK and for good reason. Bred to hunt alongside their handlers, Labs also make wonderfully loyal companions and family pets being extra tolerant around children of all ages. What does a Labrador Retrievers look like?....Read Full Article

What breeders need to do to be licensed under the upcoming changes to the Animal Welfare Act 2018
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13th June 2018
A range of wide-reaching changes to England's Animal Welfare Act will become law in October 2018, and these changes will potentially affect virtually anyone who breeds or sells puppies for profit. Under the remit of the new law, if you are classed as being in the business of breeding and/or selling puppies or aim to ....Read Full Article

When do cats come into heat? Do cats have a breeding season?
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13th June 2018
If you intend to breed from your cat or have a cat that hasn’t been spayed or neutered, it is important to understand cat heat cycles, and when and why your cat might be receptive to mating. Unless you own a good quality pedigree cat that you intend to use within a planned breeding program, the sensible and responsible ....Read Full Article

Reverse sneezing in pugs
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12th June 2018
Pugs are one of the most popular dog breeds in the UK – in third place overall out of a total of 241 different dog breeds and types, so it is fair to say that they’re pretty common, and lots of people own one! H....Read Full Article

How much should you pay for a Cockapoo puppy?
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12th June 2018
The Cockapoo is the UK’s most popular hybrid dog breed overall, and they are also a lot more popular than most of our pedigree dog breeds too – being ranked in fourth place across 241 different dog breeds a....Read Full Article

What type of owner is the right fit for a Goldador dog?
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11th June 2018
If you’re considering buying or adopting a dog, it is important to choose one that is a good match for your personality, lifestyle and family situation, which means doing lots of research into dog types you like the look of to narrow down your options until you find the right fit. This is often fairly straightforward wh....Read Full Article

Is the Labrador retriever losing popularity in the UK?
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11th June 2018
The Labrador retriever has long been one of the most popular dog breeds in the UK, and these versatile, outgoing and friendly large dogs are great ambassadors for the canine population as a whole. The Labrado....Read Full Article

Is a Shorkie the right choice of dog for you?
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11th June 2018
If you’re looking to buy a small dog as your next companion and are looking around to see what type of dogs fit the bill, you’ve probably already realised that there is a lot of choice out there, with a wide range of different small dog breeds and types on the market! When you start to add in hybrid dog types too – do....Read Full Article

Melanomas in Grey Horses
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11th June 2018
Everyone loves a grey horse, beloved of racing pundits as, ‘the housewives choice’ and captured in folklore and mythology as something other worldly and magical, the old-fashioned sales advice was, ‘always look twice at a grey horse’.  This is because the colour will often distract the viewer from conformat....Read Full Article

Royal Veterinary College warns prospective French bulldog buyers about veterinary costs
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11th June 2018
The French bulldog is the UK’s most popular dog breed overall, and despite the often prohibitive purchase price of dogs of this breed, they are in huge demand among prospective puppy buyers all over the UK.....Read Full Article

Is Radioactive Iodine the Best Treatment for Hyperthyroidism in Cats
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10th June 2018
Hyperthyroidism, or over-production of thyroid hormone, is a very common condition of older cats.  Indeed, it is becoming ever more common, though the reasons for this are not clear.  Hyperthyroid cats have a variety of symptoms, usually including weight loss, increased heart rate and appetite, and poor coat condition.  ....Read Full Article

What’s it like owning a toy poodle?
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10th June 2018
The poodle is one of the most well known and distinctive dog breeds in the world, particularly when dogs of the breed are groomed into a full lion cut complete with pompoms. However, poodles aren’t as common and popular today as they were historically, as the sheer number of different dog breeds that can be found in the UK has be....Read Full Article

When do dogs come into heat and mate?
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10th June 2018
If you own a good quality pedigree bitch that you intend to keep unspayed so that you can breed from her, it is important to have a good understanding of heat cycles in the dog. Any time that your bitch comes into heat, she will be receptive to mating and very fertile, and just one mis-mating incident can result in a litter of unwanted....Read Full Article

Is a Poochon the right dog for you?
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9th June 2018
If you are thinking about adding a new dog to your family and are looking for a small, intelligent and lively dog with a low-shedding coat, the Poochon might be worthy of consideration. A Poochon is a dog that results from the crossing of a ....Read Full Article

Owning a White Cat
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9th June 2018
White cats are very beautiful and relatively unusual.  This means that if you own a white cat, or are thinking of getting one, it may well be your first experience of these pale coloured felines.  So is there anything you need to know about owning a white cat?  Will it be in any way different to having a cat of a differe....Read Full Article

The New GCCF Show Format
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8th June 2018
June 1st 2018 saw one of the biggest changes for several years in the GCCF's show format.  Gone were the familiar old section names describing the type of cat – Persian, Semi-Longhair, Siamese etc..  In their place were less obvious numbered sections – Section1, Section 2 etc, up to Section 6.  There were....Read Full Article

Does the bullmastiff make a good domestic pet?
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8th June 2018
The bullmastiff is a large, heavy dog breed that has a huge physical presence that is enough to make most people stop and take a second look – and they have been popular guard dogs all across the world throughout their history thanks to their large size and imposi....Read Full Article



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