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In honour of St Patrick's Day today, we are celebrating each of the 9 traditional dog breeds of Irish origin!
Origin: This dog is believed to be one of Ireland's oldest dog breeds, and despite its name, bears no connections to the Beagle. Instead, the name is thought to come from the Irish word 'beag', meaning small.
Temperament: The Kerry Beagle is known to be very friendly and good natured, and can get along with children and other family pets. They are very energetic and require lots of exercise, and due to their original role in hunting have a high prey drive.
Purpose: Stag hunting dog
Did you know? There are only low numbers of this breed left in existence, from its steady decline in over the last hundred years. One major pack of Kerry Beagles remains in Ireland today.
Glen of Imaal Terrier
Origin: Of Irish descent, this breed took its name from the Glen of Imaal in Country Wick Low. Its job was to hunt out rats, badgers and other vermin around farms. As a small, stocky breed it can withstand the harsh terrain of the valleys and has excellent endurance.
Temperament: As they are a working Terrier, the Glen of Imaal breed is intent and active, with a courageous heart never willing to give up the chase. However as a family pet, they are quiet and gentle, with calm manners perfect for families with older children.
Purpose: Controlling vermin & sturdy farm work
Did you know? These dogs have previously been used as turnspit dogs; in the days of roasting game over a firepit, the Glen of Imaal could walk on a treadmill for hours slowly turning and evenly cooking the meat.
Origin: Of the four Terrier breeds, the Irish Terrier is one of the oldest- dating back to the late 1800s. They are the only Terrier with the iconic all-red coat.
Temperament: Irish Terriers are deeply loyal to their owners, ready to take on any threats that may come their way. Created to be a guard dog, hunter and companion, this spirited breed can sometimes be difficult to live with. Due to their sheer intelligence, Irish Terriers are independent and need both physical and mental stimulation. They are incredibly friendly and love to be around people.
Purpose: Vermin control
Did you know? In World War I Irish Terriers distinguished themselves as messenger dogs, receiving numerous awards and achievements for loyalty and their undoubted bravery. The Commandant of the British War Dog School wrote of them "Many a soldier is alive today through the efforts of one of these Terriers... They are extraordinarily intelligent, faithful and honest".
The commandant of the British War Dog School, Lt. Col. E. H. Richardson, wrote of them: "Many a soldier is alive today through the effort of one of these Terriers.... They are extraordinarily intelligent, faithful, and honest, and a man who has one of them as a companion will never lack a true friend." Read more at http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/irish-terrier#dLUg65xeVg5BhqVb.9
Kerry Blue Terrier
Origin: The Kerry Blue is the national Terrier of Ireland- named after the county. They are known for hunting small animals and birds, as the name Terrier derives from the Latin Terra, meaning 'earth'. Kerry Blue Terriers are also known to make excellent herding dogs, as for them size is no issue.
Temperament: Incredibly bright and loyal, the Kerry Blue loves to be wherever their owner is. This does mean that they are not suited to being left alone for long periods, and enjoy being the centre of attention. Pride plays an important role in this breed- they do not typically accept rough play, or teasing.
Purpose: All- round working dog
Did you know? Kerry Blue Terriers do not drop their fur, meaning that they need to be regularly groomed. This type of breed is much better for anyone with allergies, as they do not shed hair.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Origin: By now, you may be starting to see a familiarity between our Irish breeds! Wheaten Terriers were also bred to control vermin, as well as herding livestock and keeping guard. They have previously been known as the "poor mans' working dog" as they had so many job roles on working farms.
Temperament: Their charming nature makes Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers a popular choice across the world, and have earned a reputation of being trustworthy, affectionate and reliable dogs. Their intelligence means they are quick learners, but can pick up bad habits as well as good! Unlike some other Terriers, these Wheaties (as they are affectionately known) make excellent pets for first time owners, due to their willingness to please and entertain.
Purpose: All- round working dog
Did you know? Traditionally, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier's had their tails docked. However tail- docking is now illegal in the UK with the exception of some working dogs or health issues as discussed by vets.
Irish Water Spaniel
Origin: With stark resemblances to the Portuguese Water Dog, it has been said that the Irish Water Spaniel originates from when foreign fishermen brought their dogs over in the late 1800s. Bred for the first time in 1862, they quickly became popular due to their versatile natures.
Temperament: Forming strong bonds with their families, Irish Water Spaniels do not cope well being left alone. Similarly with other spaniels, this breed needs an abundance of both mental and physical stimulation, however their endurance and stamina make excellent hunting dogs. Irish Water Spaniels are also known for their sense of humour and playfulness, making them a real pleasure to be around.
Purpose: Hunting dog
Did you know? The Irish Water Spaniel has a distinctive tail, commonly referred to as a 'rat tail'. Their waterproof coats are an added unique quality.
Origin: Probably the most well-known of all the Irish breeds, is the Irish Wolfhound. Written accounts of their existence date all the way back to the 5th Century, and they had many purposes including livestock protection, hunting and were used in wars. Irish Wolfhounds were held in such high esteem that they were often given as royal gifts.
Temperament: The Irish Wolfhound is a real gentle giant, making excellent pets for families with younger children. Their pace is never rushed, so can sometimes take their time when being recalled. An intelligent breed, they are not known for barking and are incredibly sociable with both humans and other pets.
Purpose: Deer and wolf hunting dog
Did you know? While many people think the Great Dane is the largest breed, it is actually the Irish Wolfhound that stand as the biggest dog breed in the world!
Irish Red Setter
Origin: With their rich chestnut coloured silky coat, Irish Red Setters are easily distinguished. One of the older setter breeds, they were originally bred by crossing Setting Spaniels and Scottish Setters. Their main role was for hunting, due to their incredible scent detection. Early references to this breed are made in the early 1600s, and by the 17th Century Setters were one of the most popular breeds.
Temperament: Lively and full of energy, these Setters need lots of exercise. They love nothing more than to be surrounded by people, and are very affectionate towards their families. Easy to train, due to their eagerness to please, but with their mischievous nature can be a little headstrong. The Irish Setter makes a great companion for younger children, however their excitability can make play a little boisterous.
Purpose: Hunting dog
Did you know? The first Irish Red Setter Club was established in 1882, thanks to The Earl of Enniskellen who helped to develop the breed's striking red colour.
Irish Red and White Setter
Origin: The original Irish Setter, the Red and White Irish Setter also dates back to the 17th Century. They were the preferred Setter for hunting as their colouring made them easy to spot. Due to the increasing popularity of the Red Setter in the 1800s this breed declined in numbers.
Temperament: The Red and White Irish Setter are lively and sociable animals, with an eager to please both in the home in and the field/ working environments. This Setter needs both mental and physical stimulation in abundance, as boredom can lead to naughty behaviour with this intelligent breed. A great pet to be around children, the Red and White would make a poor guard dog because of their incredibly friendly nature.
Purpose: Gun dog
Did you know? The breed nearly became extinct in the 1920s due to the rising popularity in the Irish Red Setter. However thanks to the founding of the Irish Red and White Club in the 1940s, their programme revived the breed.
The title speaks for itself. Everything Guinea Pig has a fabulous range of gift ideas for both guinea mums and dads! We love this handmade sign; so many to choose from and you can have yours personalised.
A great website dedicated to cat lovers! We found these beautiful printed scarves, perfect for this time of year. They have been going for over 25 years selling unusual and interesting gifts for kitty fans.
As Spring approaches, March 1st marks the start of National Bed Month. But who's doing the sleeping? A recent survey highlighted that nearly a third of all UK dog owners allow their pet to sleep in their bed, with women being more likely than men to have a furry cuddle buddy.
There is the age-old debate between whether it's good or bad to have dogs sleeping in beds, but ultimately it's the decision of the owner.
Here we have pulled together a list of things you'll definitely understand when your dog sleeps on your bed:
1. They fight depression.
It's been scientifically proven that stroking dogs release endorphins, so snuggle away! It's good for you.
2. Snores galore.
Your dog's snore can rival even that of your partner's- but strangely, you don't seem to mind their doggy dreams.
3. You secretly love the warmth.
Dogs are like little furry radiators- in Summer it's like sleeping in a furnace, but come those Winter months you're glad of the extra heat.
4. You have an added burglar alarm.
Don't let those snuffles fool you, your pooch always has one ear open ready to let you know of any potential dangers. That, and he'll also let you know when your neighbour stumbles home after one too many.
5. No personal space. Ever.
Don't even think about romance, unless you're happy with a furry face immediately rushing to check you're both ok, or to play, or to bring you their half chewed cuddly toy.
6. We all love a spoon.
You can't deny, you've spooned your dog. Or you wake up to find Fido's paw resting on your shoulder.
7. The smells. The terrible smells.
Well this one works both ways- you may have to put up with some suspicious odours, but you've always got someone to blame. (Sorry.)
8. Being the chosen one.
That feeling when your dog chooses you. Shortly followed by the smirk shot across to your partner.
9. It's great if you like sleeping on the beach.
Seriously. No matter how much you groom your pet, or how clean you think they may be, you will always spend time sweeping your sheets prior to getting in bed.
10. They always let you pick what's on TV.
They're just happy to be next to you. Fancy a *secret* Big Brother binge? No problem.
11. Taking a bum. To the face.
When you're half asleep and can feel the furry warmth nuzzling into your shoulder is so nice. Except after being slapped round the face by a tail, you realise that you're centimetres away from the danger zone.
12. Doggy dreams.
Because even if they hog the mattress, steal the duvets and bring all of their toys into bed with them, you just love watching their twitching paws and snoozy sounds. They're so comfortable that you don't dare move a muscle. Ahh.
Are you a Max, or a Molly? Do you like the more traditional name, or prefer something unique?
Argos Pet Insurance carried out the research to find the UK's top pet names! Interestingly, names like Charlie, Bella and Oscar were popular among both cats and dogs!
As with baby names, pet names can often trend around film and television. Ariel, Casper and Tigger all come from children's cartoons, whilst names like Pippin and Rocky hail from Lord of the Rings, and the Rocky Balboa films.
Image source: Google-Bill-Clinton-Socks
Bill Clinton with his cat, Socks, during his presidency- while musician Ed Sheeran choosing the more traditional name, Graham.
Ellen DeGeneres' three cats- George, Charlie, and Chairman (named after Chairman Mao). Below- Taylor Swift getting a selfie with her cat, Meredith Grey- named after star character from TV show Grey's Anatomy.
Image source: Instagram- @taylorswift
So here we are! The UK's top cat names- are your pets on there?
Our pets are part of our families, and just as we do with our children, we like to keep our animals as healthy as possible. February celebrates National Pet Dental Health Month, so it’s a great reminder to check those purrfect pearly whites and gums.
As humans, our dental hygiene check-ups are routine, and it should be no different for our pets. It is important to regularly examine your dog’s (or cats!) teeth and gums as they are susceptible to problems like tartar, plaque build up and gingivitis (gum disease).
Many vets suggest teeth cleaning every day. However, we know that this can be easier said than done! If battling with the brush is going to end in tears, here are a few tips to help you keep the shine on those teeth.
Get comfortable checking your pet’s mouth.
This doesn’t mean reaching straight for the toothbrush, but just allow your pet to become used to you touching and gently opening their mouth. It can be better to do this after exercise as they may be more inclined to sit still!
Introduce new tastes
Once you’ve picked your pet friendly toothbrush and toothpaste, let them try a little! Get them used to the taste and smell of what you’ll be brushing their teeth with. Then, add the toothpaste to the brush and allow them to become familiar with this being near their mouth.
Slowly does it.
You’ve heard about the tortoise winning the race, well the same applies here. Take each tooth as a small victory; stop when your pet becomes agitated otherwise it’ll turn in a bad experience for both of you. Rewards are a great incentive, treat your animal when they’ve responded well to reinforce a positive behaviour.
If your pet will not accept teeth brushing, are treats that can help with mouth care! Natural chews can help remove the build up of tartar, and there are many chews designed to help with the cleaning of teeth, as well as providing relief for your pet's natural urge to chew. The Innocent Hound Dental Support Sausages contain breath freshening aniseed, and citrus extract which together are a powerful antibacterial and antifungal remedy, to help prevent the build-up of plaque and tartar.
What’s that smell?
Knowing the signs of poor oral hygiene can keep you one step ahead. Bad breath is usually the first sign of dental issues; however you should regularly check for: - Any changes in chewing or eating habits - Red, swollen or bleeding gums - Loose or broken teeth - Drooling or excessive salivation
Time for the V-E-T?
Just like us, your pet should have their teeth checked every six- twelve months, however if you have any concerns, make that extra appointment. Prevention is cheaper than the cure, so keep those smiles a purrfect pearly white!
Quote DENTAL at checkout for 10% discount- hurry! Ends Sunday 18th Feb!
With a new month comes new beginnings, new goals, and new results. February 16th celebrates the start of the Year of the Dog in the Chinese Zodiac, lasting till February 9th, 2019.
As dog lovers and owners, we understand the true bond and loyalty that our four-legged friends give us. So it comes as no surprise, that the Zodiac states those born in the Year of the Dog are sincere, loyal, and courageous. Any dog entering a home is symbolised to mean good fortune, and those born in the Year of the Dog are said to be suited to jobs such as nurses, writers, police officers, and teachers.
Icons such as Judi Dench, Sir Winston Churchill, and Prince William are all born in the Year of the Dog. The lucky numbers associated with this zodiac are 3,4,9 with lucky colours being green, red and purple!
The Chinese zodiac moves in a cycle of twelve years, so the next Year of the Dog will be in 2030! Next year is the Year of the Pig.
Below is a table of the Chinese zodiac. Which animal year were you born?
Though it’s mostly cold, and the days are still dark, February is a fantastic month for foodies. We have National Pizza Day, National Carrot Cake Day (yes, it’s actually a thing) and last but by no means least, we have Pancake Day!
Also known as Shrove Tuesday, it’s the day of celebration in the Christian calendar that marks the last chance to feast before Lent starts on Ash Wednesday. The reason we have come to know this day as Pancake Day is because on the Tuesday, people would use up products like eggs and milk that wouldn’t last the 40 days of Lent.
But what does this have anything to do with dogs?
As we all know, our four legged companions love human food. But sometimes it doesn’t always agree with them! Just like us, dogs often have intolerances to wheat and grains. So, we have switched the ingredients and done the legwork to share a few doggy-friendly recipes with you to make at home. Our product tester Millie was on hand to give her woof rating too!
These recipes have been written as a guideline, so if your pet has a sensitive tummy, the ingredients can be easily swapped! If eggs are a problem, you can use 50g unsweetened applesauce or 50g of fat free yoghurt (non dairy yoghurt is also fine).
As we draw towards the end of the British Food Fortnight, we wanted to share with you some of the reasons why we should be choosing British produce when we shop for food.
Whether you’re buying British meat and produce for yourself or for your pets, the ethos is still the same. Choosing British means supporting British farmers whose work helps to keep the British countryside the way we want it to look.
The food you buy can have an impact on the environment by way of its carbon footprint. British food travels less meaning it has a lower carbon footprint than many imported foods. It can also do wonders for your health – eating fruits and vegetables in season is good for you as they contain nutrients, minerals and trace elements that our bodies need at particular times of the year.
As well as supporting the economy, British meat is produced to some of the highest welfare standards in the world. Unlike meat farmed in other parts of the world, no growth-promoting hormones are allowed and any antibiotics are administered only under veterinary direction.
Look out for the Red Tractor logo. You can be assured that meat carrying this logo has been produced to a high set of standards covering every stage of the food chain from rearing to processing and can be traced back to the farm it came from. This logo can’t be displayed on pet food packaging, but rest assured, there are some quality pet treat manufacturers who will be sourcing this meat to make their lovely products (yes that’s us!).
Here at The Innocent Hound, we carry out an in-depth supplier approval process so we can be confident the meat we buy is not only British, but it has been reared to the highest welfare standards.
British Food Fortnight might be drawing to an end, but let’s not forget what this is all about. There are plenty of reasons why we should be buying British – for the health of our economy, the health of our countryside, and of course, the health of our hounds!
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