Know Your Breed

Know your breed: Schnauzer

They say that dogs and their owners often show a remarkable resemblance. If this is indeed true, the stereotypical schnauzer owner would be an elderly gentleman, dressed in a tweed jacket and bow tie — proudly walking in the park with head held high and treating any attempts at friendly conversation with a moustached look …

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Know your breed - Chow Chow

Know your breed: Chow Chow

In his later life, the famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud’s Chow Chow called Jofi attended all his therapy sessions with his patients. The story goes that Freud could tell quite a lot about a patient’s state of mind by Jofi’s behaviour. If she positioned herself close to the patient, the patient was in a relatively calm …

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Know your breed: Basenji

The Basenji is a weird breed. Ever heard of a dog that can’t bark? Well, here you have it. A dog that whines, chortles, yodels and screams? Yup, that’s the Basenji. A clean, odourless dog. A natural escape artist. A stubborn, strong willed dog that will challenge you to be smarter than him or her… …

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Know Your Breed - Saint Bernard - JOCK Dog Food

Know your breed: Saint Bernard

My first meeting with this breed was Josef, the friendly, faithful companion of Heidi’s grandfather in the TV series Heidi — the hit Japanese anime series that also made its way to South Africa in the 80s with Afrikaans overdubbing.

Know Your Breed: Shar Pei

The Shar Pei might not be the most traditionally attractive dog breed out there, but there’s something about the wrinkled face and droopy eyes that just melts your heart. Which makes it hard to believe that in the 1970s this quirky-looking breed was facing extinction due to extermination. This sad chapter in the Shar Pei’s …

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Know Your Breed: Dalmatian

Thanks to their trademark spots and a string of wildly popular Disney movies, Dalmatians are one of the world’s most recognisable dog breeds today. In fact, researchers estimate that these films influenced the popularity of the breed for 10 years after they hit the big screen. But long before Hollywood came calling, Dalmatians got their …

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