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Your Child's First Pet
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15th June 2012
Most children, if asked, would express a pretty strong desire to have a pet, and many parents see the advantages there are to bringing a pet into their child's life. Pets can teach your children responsibility and can help them become more caring; a pet can also help the whole family become more active - and they bring much love and en....Read Full Article

Common hamster breeds in the UK
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15th June 2012
There are five main breeds of hamster commonly kept as pets in the UK, each with their own unique care requirements and temperaments. Here is a basic guide to the top five hamster breeds that you are most likely to come across in the search for your perfect pet, in order to help you make a decision as to the type most suitable for y....Read Full Article

Retired Racing Greyhounds as Pets
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14th June 2012
Background The greyhound is a very old breed, much revered by the ancient Egyptians. Along with other breeds such as the Afghan Hound, Saluki and Borzoi, they are sighthounds. That means they rely on spotting moving prey in the distance when hunting. Then, they give chase at around 35mph. So, over time, this speed and sk....Read Full Article

How intelligent is your dog?
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14th June 2012
Different dogs have different levels of intelligence - just the same as we humans do. Some are great at playing catch and fetch whilst others will simply not understand that to continue the game they must bring the ball back. It is not however altogether a matter of chance. Certain breeds of dog are renowned for being bright and by fin....Read Full Article

The African Pygmy Hedgehog
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14th June 2012
African pygmy hedgehogs - if you've never heard of them then you're probably not alone, as this relatively uncommon species of miniature hedgehog has only recently started to gain popularity as a pet in the UK. With their petite size, undeniably gorgeous faces and general cute- appeal, however, it's probably fair to say tha....Read Full Article

Chicken breeds and their egg colours
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13th June 2012
Are you thinking about owning chickens? Hens lay a variety of coloured eggs so let's break away from supermarket brown eggs and design a colourful egg box. Here is a guide to help you choose chickens based on egg colour. What colour eggs? Hens lay small, medium and large, white, brown, cream, brown with darker b....Read Full Article

Which Showing Class is best for my Horse or Pony?
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13th June 2012
Showing is a popular equestrian discipline that is accessible to all. Whilst competing at top level is a serious business that requires a horse of superior quality, plus a lot of time, effort, and expense, the local level shows that are held regularly by riding clubs throughout the country are far less demanding, and are designed to en....Read Full Article

Thinking of owning a Devon Rex Cat?
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13th June 2012
Are you thinking of owning a Devon Rex? If the answer is yes, then you have made the right choice. Devon Rex's have low set, large pointed ears, often with tufted ends and an endearing wedge shaped face with huge slanted eyes. They are small to medium sized shorthaired cats. Their fur is unusual, as it does not contain as much ....Read Full Article

Keeping pet birds in a safe environment
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13th June 2012
Whether you keep a budgie, a parrot or multiple cages of different avian species, there are a few hazards and potential dangers in the home which are common to all types of exotic pet birds kept in captivity. Here are some of the most often overlooked issues surrounding the care and wellbeing of your pet bird, and a few tips on poten....Read Full Article

British Dog Breeds - Worthy of a Second Glance
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13th June 2012
British dog breeds are an integral part of British life. Not only do they say much about us as a nation but they also document a large part of our social history. Many breeds were specifically bred to carry out particular tasks as the bond between dog and man became more and more sophisticated. But life changes and so do our needs. And....Read Full Article

Picking the best breed or type of dog for you
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12th June 2012
So you've done your research, given it a lot of thought, and decided that you want a dog and are able to care for it and make a lifelong commitment to it's health and wellbeing. Congratulations! Dogs are amazingly loving and rewarding pets, great company, and can greatly enhance the life and happiness of any caring owner. But with a....Read Full Article

Overcoming Problems with Catching your Horse or Pony
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12th June 2012
If you are experiencing difficulty in catching your horse or pony, rest assured that you are not the only one to be suffering from this exasperating problem. However, the knowledge that there are plenty of other equine enthusiasts walking around their fields in circles, whilst their not-so-trusty steeds show them a clean pair of hooves....Read Full Article

Chameleons - the amazing technicolour pet!
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11th June 2012
Chameleons are amazing creatures, not least because some species have the ability to change colour, they have a sticky tongue that's one-and-a-half times longer than their bodies and their eyes can swivel in all directions, independently of each other. There's no wonder this talented reptile is rapidly becoming a very popular pet. H....Read Full Article

Bearded Dragons Guide for Beginners
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11th June 2012
Along with leopard geckos, bearded dragons are one of the easiest lizards to look after, and a good first choice for the beginner keeper. They are robust, easy to handle, generally non aggressive, and have bags of personality. They grow to a maximum length of around 55 to 60 centimetres, live for up to ten years, and make a great pet f....Read Full Article

Keeping quails for eggs and breeding
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11th June 2012
Quails are classed as a game bird and belong to the pheasant and partridge family. There are many different breeds, strains and colours of quail. They are bred for meat as well as for eggs. They make great pets, provide delicious and nutritious miniature speckled eggs and are very curious and flighty in nature. In the wild, commo....Read Full Article

Guidance for Potential Adopters of a Rescue Dog
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11th June 2012
Firstly, you probably have an idea in mind of what kind of dog you would like - large or small; long-haired or short-haired, puppy or older dog, perhaps a particular breed. On the other hand, you may fall in love with a completely different type of dog if he or she is right for you - this often happens so it's much better to keep an o....Read Full Article

The importance of vaccinating your dog
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11th June 2012
Every caring dog owner's worst nightmare is the idea of their dog becoming sick or injured, and the associated worry at seeing your dog in distress, being able to provide care for them, and the cost of veterinary treatment. While there is no magic pill to help your dog avoid accident or injury, vaccinating your dog against the main....Read Full Article

What Type of Pet is Right for you?
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10th June 2012
If you are considering getting a pet then you probably already have a good idea which type of pet you want. However before jumping in at the deep end it is advisable to think about the decision in depth so that you find the right pet for you and your family. It isn't uncommon for people to get a pet and then have to give it up only a f....Read Full Article

Horses and ponies native to the British Isles
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10th June 2012
There are nine main types of horses and ponies native to the British Isles (or twelve if you count each of the four types of Welsh ponies individually) and all of them are tough, hardy and capable of surviving the vagaries of the UK weather. Here is a run down of the nine main native breeds of horses and ponies in the British Isles....Read Full Article

Keeping pet rats
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10th June 2012
Rats! Just the very mention of their name is enough to send some people running for the hills. Yet to lots of us, they are adorable, affectionate, cute and entertaining. Rats are intelligent and lively creatures, and make great pets for both children and adults. There are many different species of rodent, and the Fancy Rat- the most....Read Full Article



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