Proof: owning a dog makes you more attractive


March 6, 2012
Peter

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There are plenty of good reasons to own a dog. They make you happier, help you lose weight, entertain and give you company, help your children learn responsibility, but above all they give you unconditional love that is so hard to get from humans, except your mother perhaps.

If all those reasons are not enough for you to get a dog, it is now scientifically proven that owning a dog makes you more attractive to the opposite sex.

According to a recent survey conducted by Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare society, 60% of the 700 respondents said that owning a dog can make people more attractive, while 85% believe that people with a dog are more approachable.

Furthermore, almost all the respondents (95%) said they would feel more comfortable talking to a stranger if they had a dog. When asked why, 2/3 of the respondents said that people who have dogs seem friendlier, more trustworthy and approachable. 

Clarissa Baldwin, CEO of Dogs Trust comments:

“The results of this research come as no surprise to Dogs Trust, as we hear stories every day of people meeting new friends or a partner through their dog. Put simply, the world is a friendlier place when you have a dog.

This research shows that not only are dog owners perceived as more approachable and friendly, but that having a dog can make you more attractive. With canine companions making such great ice breakers too, they really are the 21st century cupid!”

And she is so right. Imagine this scenario: you are walking in the park enjoying the morning sun and see a member of the opposite sex that you’d like to approach, but don’t really know how to so you just forget about the whole thing to avoid potential embarrassment. Now if that person has a dog, you don’t hesitate, but simply approach the dog!

On top of assuming that someone owning a dog is a friendly person, people also assume a couple of other things. For instance someone, who is affectionate with an animal, is also likely to be affectionate and caring with their partner. Similarly, everyone knows that having a dog is a long term commitment, so a person who is mature enough to commit to a dog is also more likely to be a good long term relationship material.

If chatting up strangers in the park doesn’t seem like your kind of thing, there are plenty of other ways your pooch can help you find romance, including dating sites for dog lovers, speed dating and many more.

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Top 5 dog breeds you definitely need pet insurance for


February 27, 2012
Peter

dog broken leg

Taking out pet insurance for your dog is becoming an essential part of being a responsible dog owner, at least according to the RSPCA and similar organizations. People somehow seem to think differently, at least that’s the impression you get if you look at the number of dogs insured. Apparently only 3% of dogs are insured in the US, while the UK is doing much better with 20% of all dogs being insured. If you take into account that nearly 50% of all dogs need veterinary treatment for sickness or accident every year, the proportion of insured dogs seems much smaller. 

Most people think pet insurance is just like car or house insurance. What they tend to forget is that if your car or house is damaged, your potential loss is always smaller than the value of your car or house. So if your car is worth $20 000, the repair will never cost you $40 000 after an accident.

But with a dog it is all different. Your French Bulldog puppy may have cost you $2000, but vet bills will not necessarily stop there. If your dog needs a complex operation, it may cost you anywhere between $2-10 thousand. In addition, while you can easily dump your car or move into a new house, your French Bulldog is a member of your family, so you can’t just say “I can’t afford the operation, let’s get a new dog instead”.

A lot of dog owners try to avoid taking out pet insurance by choosing a generally healthy, low maintenance breed. However, this logic only goes as far as breed specific, or genetic diseases are concerned. Every dog can be hit by a car, can be bitten by other dogs, can fall off the stairs and so on. So when you are making a decision about whether to purchase pet insurance or not, please always differentiate between breed specific health issues and accidental coverage. In essence, you should insure your dog regardless of the breed, but with certain breeds not insuring your dog means taking a huge risk.

Let’s see the breeds that in our experience you should definitely insure:

  • Bulldogs (English and French)
  • Mastiffs (Neapolitan and English)
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Great Dane
  • Dalmatian

 

You may come across other lists on the internet that focus on the number of claims by breed or something else. We listed these breeds, because in our experience on top of accidents, these breeds are the most likely to require expensive surgery for breed specific health issues. 

When choosing your pet insurance, the most important thing is to do your research thoroughly. Make sure you consider all the features and only get what you need thus keeping your costs down. Some policies for instance include lost pets, theft, emergency boarding fees, vet helpline, travel insurance and legal fees in case your dog bites the postman. You also want to read the small print, because some policies don’t cover certain health problems above a certain age and these may be just what you need. Most policies don’t cover normal vet expenses such as spaying or castration and vaccinations, so make sure you know what is covered before you buy to avoid surprises.

We highly recommend that you take out pet insurance especially for the above listed breeds and also suggest that you choose your policy very carefully.

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Malachy the Peke wins best in Show at Westminster


February 21, 2012
Peter

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A four year old Pekingese, called Malachy, won the hearts of the judges at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York according to USA Today. The small Pekingese, who looks “like a (regal) cross between a slow-moving hair ball and an overgrown hamster”, beat some stiff competition with more than 2000 dogs around. Malachy is currently No. 2 dog in the USA and can look forward to a life of chasing squirels in the yard after winning 115 best in shows in his career according to his owner and handler David Fitzpatrick.  

People, who are new to dog shows, are often surprised about the subjectivity of the judging. But according to David Frei, long time announcer of the Westminster show, “It’s the nature of the show”. Three of the top six dogs didn’t even make it out of breed judging, including the No. 1 dog, which is unusal.

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Malachy was clearly the star of the show and was also one of the few who could celebrate his succes sitting in the trophy he won. 

 

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Dubai Dog Show coming up


January 23, 2012
Peter

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
Peter

Christmass puppies

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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
Peter

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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
Peter

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
Peter

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
Peter

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
Peter

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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