Dubai Dog Show coming up

January 23, 2012

dubai dog showParticipants of the Dubai Pet show trying to keep their dogs disciplined.

The Dubai Dog Show – Dubai Pet Show to be precise since cats are also allowed – has been running for 24 years now. As the number of pet owners grows in the area, the event attracts more and more people. After all, who wouldn’t like to show their four legged child to the world and collect a Best in Show title?

Fame and glory

If you have an aspiration to get your dog some fame and glory, you should mark February 3rd in your calendar and register your dog as soon as possible since there is only a bit more than a week to go. You can enter your dog in the following competitions:

  • Puppy Class
  • Terrier Class
  • Hound Class
  • Crossbreed Class
  • Child Handler Class
  • Veteran Class


All dogs eligible to enter

Now, if you don’t think that your dog has what it takes to be the winner of one of the above categories, do not despair! The organizers have been very considerate and thought of every dog, even those who may not have the most amazing hairdo, the finest conformation or discipline. They can still be part of the fun in one of the following competitions:

  • Best Six Legs
  • Happiest Dog
  • Dog Most Like Owner
  • Best Fancy Dress


While it seems fairly easy to tell how happy a dog is, the “Dog most like owner” competition must be a tough one to judge, unless of course the similarity between dog and owner is striking. dog like owner

If you are considering participation but are not sure about either your dog or yourself, let us give you a bit of encouragement. One of our dear customers showed his Cocker Spaniel, Clifford, in the 2010 Dubai Dog Show and won the Best Puppy in Show award! 

Whether you enter your dog in a competition or just go along and watch, February 3rd promises to be an exciting day. We would love to hear back from your experience – regardless of whether your dog won anything. 

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Merry Christmas

December 21, 2011

Christmass puppies


As the end of the year approaches, it is always a good idea to look back and review the events of the past 12 months. This exercise helps you see whether you are on track towards your long term goals or you need to change some things about your approach in the new year. At Euro Puppy, we’ve had a most eventful year, with both lots of hard work and fun. We’ve been celebrating our 10th anniversary throughout the year, introduced the 10 Year Satisfaction Guarantee, focused on customer service, launched an iPhone application, shipped to some new countries and gained a foothold in Egypt. But most of all, we’ve made a few hundred families very happy.

With that, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year and hope to see you back in January!   

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Top 5 winter dog breeds

November 28, 2011



While most dogs, like us humans, prefer a warm climate, some of them thrive in cold weather and definitely don’t need to be dressed in winter. In this post, we are introducing 5 dog breeds that we think are best suited for cold climates.

1. Siberian Husky

Our number one breed must be the Siberian Husky, a dog made for enduring cold weather and harsh conditions. Huskies were bred in Northeastern Asia to pull heavy loads over long distances, which made them indispensable to their people. Admiral Robert peary for instance trusted Huskies with his life in search for the North pole in the early 20th century. Siberian Huskies are beautiful dogs, sporting a dense double coat and a peculiar pair of eyes in ice blue, dark blue, amber or brown colour. Heterochromia is quite common among Huskies, so don’t be surprised if you come across with a brown and blue eyed specimen. The Husky is a very intelligent and agile dog, which makes it the perfect candidate for obedience trials and sled-racing. Although a pair of glowing, ice blue eyes might seem irresistible to some potential owners, we only recommend the Siberian Husky to people who can provide the dog with lots of mental and physical stimulation.

2. Alaskan Malamute

Second on our list is the Alaskan Malamute, which is just as good at enduring cold weather as the Husky, but its working abilities are limited to pulling heavy loads over shorter distances. If you were looking to get an Alaskan Malamute as a pet dog, you should be aware that they are one of the most difficult breeds to train. Over the centuries of living in the harshest environments, they had to rely on their intelligence and resourcefulness to survive and are not so keen to obey orders. At the same time, Malamutes are particularly fond of people, which makes them great family pets, even if they get stubborn at times.

3. Bernese Mountain Dog

The only European breed on our list is the Bernese Mountain Dog. It is a heavy dog with a distinctive tricolor coat and a white “Swiss cross” on the chest. Berners have historically been used for guarding property and herding stock in the Swiss Alps, but today they are mostly sought for their friendly nature and good companion qualities. This easy going and kind hearted breed is recommended to any family with children, provided that they are prepared for loosing their pet in only 7 years, which is the average life expectancy of the Bernese Mountain Dog.

4. Akita Inu

The Japanese Akita is another great choice for a cold climate. A large and powerful dog, it is not recommended for the first time dog owner. However, they make perfect family pets: the breed is supposed to have a natural affinity with children, just like retrievers have one with sticks and balls. The best way to illustrate the Akita’s devotion and loyalty to its family is the story of Hachiko. Hachiko used to accompany his master to the train station every day and come back to meet him again in the afternoon. One day the master never came, but Hachiko waited and returned every day for the rest of his life.

5. Chow Chow

If you are looking to have a somewhat smaller dog, who still doesn’t need to be dressed in winter, the Chow Chow may be your best bet. Its dense double coat protects it from the coldest weather and gives it the look of a lion, which is probably why the Chinese call it Songshi Quan, literally meaning “puffy-lion dog”. Being extremely protective of their territory, Chow Chows make perfect guard and watch dogs, but may not be appropriate for the first time dog owner.

Many other dog breeds will do just fine in cold weather, but with the ones on this list, you’ll definitely save the money you’d spend on your Chihuahua’s winter wardrobe. 

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Caucasian Shepherd: family pet or ruthless killer?

November 14, 2011

Caucasian ShepherdWe have been experiencing a steady growth in the number of enquiries for Caucasian Mountain Dogs or Caucasian Shepherds as they are also known. We’ve been trying to figure out what the increase in popularity can be attributed to, but we can only guess.

One of our guesses is that the Caucasian Shepherd breed has been featured in a National Geographic show 3 years ago in the US and this has had a long lasting effect on the popularity of the breed. Clips of the show, such as the one below, are available on Youtube, generating hundreds of thousands of views as we speak.

We also think that the increased demand for the Caucasian Ovcharka is partly due to the unfortunate tendencies of the global economy. In a crises, when people loose their jobs and crime spreads like wildfire, more and more people search for new ways of protecting their property. And one of the best ways to guard a property is undoubtedly having a Caucasian Shepherd around.

When people enquire about Caucasian Mountain Dogs, before we recommend one of our beautiful Caucasian Shepherd puppies, we always ask them about their previous experience of owning dogs and do not recommend the Caucasian to the first time dog owner at all.

Unfortunately, many people think that the Caucasian Mountain dog is a family pet and we have to tell them that it’s not. This breed is not for the ordinary person, but for someone who has dedicated a large part of his life to dogs.


Caucasians easily grow 70 centimeters tall and weigh 80 kilos or more. The reason why they are so good at protecting live stock, sheep for instance, is because they are not afraid to attack a pack of wolves or even a bear. They have an extremely strong guardian instinct and will exhibit a threatening behaviour towards all strangers. They won’t hurt whoever they consider family, but we still don’t recommend the breed to families with children. With such a strong herding and guardian instinct and powerful body, it is best not to take that risk.

We only recommend Caucasian Mountaing Dogs to people who are experienced dog owners and are able to display strong leadership so that the dog always knows who is in charge. Otherwise the Caucasian will naturally assume the alpha role for himself.

This breed needs extensive socialization to teach him that not all strangers are enemy. The earlier this process is started the better.

Obedience training of the Caucasian Shepherd is also an absolute must and it takes an experienced and strong handler. As opposed to most other breeds, puppy school is probably not a good option for the Caucasian. It doesn’t always tolerate other dogs and if it gets out of control, can be very difficult to stop even at a young age.

In summary, the Caucasian Shepherd is the ultimate guard dog. It is capable of protecting huge industrial estates from intruders and doesn’t mind being on its own as long as it has a job to do. It is the perfect dog if used for its natural purpose, but it’s definitely not for the every day dog owner.

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The mighty Rottweiler

November 3, 2011

Rottweiler pup
The Rottweiler breed has had its fair share of bad press and is among the few most misunderstood breeds so we’ll try to clarify some facts about the breed. 

Some Exceptional Rottweiler traits

  • Sensitive to human emotions

One of the least known Rottweiler trait is their sensitivity to human emotions and behavoir. This is also related to another typical Rottweiler trait, being very observant. For instance if you are out in the park with your Rottweiler on your side and a stranger approaches you, your Rottweiler is likely to observe that person, wait for your reaction and relate to the stranger on this basis. So if you treat the person as a friend, your Rottweiler will also pull a friendly face, but if you become alert  and nervous, he will be on his guard too. Few other dogs have this capability.

  • Extremely task oriented
Few other breeds match the Rottweiler’s love for work, doing things and being busy. This trait has historic origins since Rottweilers were specifically bred to herd and protect live stock and guard people and property. The Rottweiler was for instance well known to be the butcher’s dog, because butchers would tie the days earnings to the dog’s neck and could rest assured that it would be delivered home. Their strength also allowed them to pull carts and substitute donkeys or even horses if the situation demanded. A Rottweiler will enjoy working today as much as it did a few hundred years ago. This trait is an asset, but can be a liability at the same time. If your Rottweiler has nothing to do for a long period of time, it will get bored and potentially destructive.

  • High prey drive

One of the least desirable traits of the Rottweiler today, but it wasn’t always the case. A high prey drive means that the rottweiler likes to chase anything that moves fast. This was actually a very positive trait when Rottweilers were used for herding live stock, or when they were fighting alongside Roman legions. But today, their prey drive is considered a disadvantage, especially, because they try to herd children if not trained properly. 

Not a dog for everyone
The Rottweiler is not aggressive by nature as some people  think, but has a high prey drive as explained above. With persistant training this prey drive can be reduced and kept under control so that your Rottweiler will become an obedient family pet. The Rottweiler breed is only recommended for people, who will have the time and patience that training this powerful breed takes and who are capable of displaying strong leadership. The Rottweiler must realize very early on that the owner is the pack leader and he sets the rules. If the owner fails the make this clear, the Rottweiler will set his own rules, which people may not like at all.
You may think that this breed requires brutal training techniques, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. As mentioned above, the Rottweiler learns to read the owners emotions and body language over time, so a firm voice, a strict facial expression will get you more results than brute force.    
How to help the breed regain its good reputation
Only buy a Rottweiler puppy if you have what it takes to handle this dog once it grows into a powerful adult. Train your dog to become obedient and well mannered and make sure he obeys your orders under any circumstances. By doing so, you will show people that the mighty Rottweiler in the good hands is not a fearful, but a lovable dog.

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Worried about your dog's shedding?

October 12, 2011

Chinese Crested DogAre you worried about your dog shedding in the autumn and turning into a hairless dog like the Chinese Crested? 

You may have noticed your dog shedding more than usual as the days grow shorter, the trees turn yellow and the weather cools down. This might seem like a strange way for preparing for winter, so you might think something is wrong with your dog.

Don’t worry, shedding in the autumn might seem strange, but it’s perfectly normal. Unless your dog sheds excessively, leaving bold spots on its body, you should not be concerned at all. Dogs shed their winter coat in the spring to give place to a new, lighter coat which is more suitable for the summer. The opposite happens in the autumn, the light coat is shed, and a heavier coat grows, which is well needed, especially if your dog loves snow as much as this one

How much your dog sheds, really depends on the breed. Some breeds, like the German Shepherd for instance, are year-round shedders, while short hair breeds may seem to lose less hair. The autumn and spring shedding is most obvious with double coated breeds, such as the Pomeranian, Syberian Husky, Samoyed, Collie and Akita. If you have one of these dogs, you’d better stock up your hoover bags.

The autumn shedding period doesn’t have to be a nightmare even if you have a double coated dog. With daily combing and brushing, you can capture most of the loose hair. This takes time, but also reduces the time you need to spend vacuum cleaning the floor and prevents the hassle of walking in dog hair up to your ankles.

Excess hair loss may be caused my a number of things, including insufficient diet, skin allergies and parasites. If you think your dog might be be suffering from one of these and his shedding is abnormal, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your vet.     

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Malta and Sweden easing pet entry rules

October 4, 2011

dog swedenAfter the United Kingdom, Malta and Sweden are also simplifying their pet import legislation from 2012, falling in line with the rest of EU member countries.

This is great news to anybody about to import a dog, as the six long months of quarantine will no longer be required. The details of the new rules are unknown as of this moment, but both countries are likely to introduce legislation similar to that of the UK, as we reported in July.

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How to introduce a new puppy to your cat

September 19, 2011

Dog with cat

The photo was provided by Mario Tabraue, former representative of Euro Puppy USA,

director of Zoological Wildlife Foundation.


Many families own a cat prior to bringing a new puppy in the home. For a young puppy, leaving its mother, litter mates and adapting to a completely new environment can be stressful enough, while meeting a cat – even if it’s not as large as the one above – can easily cause trouble. 

If the puppy is younger than 2-3 months (depending on the breed), you need to realize that it’s the dog that you should be concerned about as the cat can hurt a puppy with its sharp claws quite badly in an instant. 

The main principle that should be followed when introducing a puppy to a cat in the home is that you should always be in control. This is best achieved by putting your puppy in a crate first and letting your cat get to know the newcomer from the outside. A few days or even weeks should pass before you let the puppy out of the crate when the cat is present. The right time to do this is when both seem perfectly comfortable in the presence of each other. 

If you are bringing a slightly older dog to the home and feel that it is the cat that is more vulnerable, you should still stick to the crate routine. When the time for meeting outside the crate comes, make sure you have your dog on a leash and put a muzzle on him too. In that way, they can get close contact safely and you can easily tell if they are relaxed together or not. The next step is to let the dog off the leash and make sure you can call him to you even if the cat starts running. If that is the case, you can remove the muzzle and let them meet. 

What’s amazing about cats and dogs living together is that they seem able to learn to read one another’s body cues and develop some sort of an interspecies communication as explained in this Science Daily article.

If your dog doesn’t do well in the muzzle phase and always gets out of control when the cat starts running, you may need to use a remote collar that you can read more about here

Remember, dogs and cats can be good friends, provided that you pay attention to introducing them in a proper way.  

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Eddie represents Hungary in the national cricket team!

September 13, 2011

Eddie playing cricket

For the last 6 years Eddie has been Euro Puppy’s main customer contact and proudly assisted many customers from all over the world including some big cricket playing nations such as India, South Africa and England and other nations where the game is really starting to develop and take off such as Hungary itself.

Ed is also very proud to represent Hungary in cricket and had a great recent tournament at home where Hungary defended its Euro Twenty20 title. He made 42 not out in the final chasing the Bulgarian score of 121 to get man of the match.

When asked about the future of cricket in Hungary he is very positive and excited. “We now have a fantastic new ground and kids over here are getting into the sport big time not to forget the expat community and natives. We are also about to get ICC affiliation which will help leaps and bounds.”

Eddie playing cricket

Born in New Zealand where he played the sport for many years until curiosity finally got the better of him and he ventured over to Budapest in 2002 and been here ever since. Plenty of the curiosity came from his Magyar background on his mum’s side of the family.

We wish Eddie all the best for his future cricket games and secretly hope he doesn’t get too good at it, because we and our customers here at Euro Puppy really need him :)

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Dognapping on the rise

August 24, 2011

dognappingAccording to a recent article of USA Today, the number of dogs being stolen has risen dramatically in 2011.

Stealing dogs with the intention of demanding a ransom from the owner is not
a new phenomenon. In fact, the first ever dognapping case was recorded in 1934. The stolen Boston Terrier was returned to its
owner after 5 long months so the story had a happy ending.

Dogs become part of our families. They will be just like a small brother or
sister to the kids. And when they are kidnapped and there is a chance that
money can buy them back, we pay gladly – provided that we have the money
demanded, that is.

Over time, as conformation showing became more popular, show dogs became the
targets of thieves. It’s easy to see that if the owner of a regular dog is
willing to pay thousands of dollars in ransom, the owner of a valuable show dog
might pay tens of thousands of dollars to get his pooch back.

Dognapping – not only for ransom but reselling, experiments and a number of
other purposes – has become widespread in the United States by the 60’s. So
much so that it had actually become one of the most talked about issues of the
time. The public dismay and the floods of letters demanding something to be
done put enormous pressure on the senate. As a result, the “Dognapping Law”,
which became the Animal Welfare Act of 1966 was born.

Almost fifty years later, the situation seems to be getting out of control once
again. According to the AKC, reports of stolen dogs rose by 49% in the first 7
months of 2011. The numbers have been growing steadily since 2008, which is –
to a large extent – due to the economic turmoil the world is going through.

Fortunately, a Euro Puppy dog has never been stolen, but we thought a list
of breeds that are more likely to become the victims of theft could be useful
to our customers as well as any dog owner:

If you have a dog of one of the above breeds, your dog is a more attractive
target for a criminal than most other breeds because of its size, popularity or
both. You need to pay extra attention when going for walks and meeting
strangers. Never leave your dog tied to post in front of a store or alone in a
Unless your dog is very obedient and always comes back when called, never
let him off the leash in public

If the breed of your dog is not listed above, that doesn’t mean you should
not be careful of course. Any dog that is left unattended will become an
attractive target of a thief looking for its next victim.

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