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Dogs & the lessons we can learn from them.

| blog | November 10, 2015

Dog Breed Village Pet ExpoBow Wow Wow

We’re just about recovered from what can only be described as an insanely busy week end at Pet Expo.

This was the 9th year that the show gave pet owners and potential pet owners their fix on all things pet related.

Obviously being involved with the Dog Breed Village I am biased in saying that it ranks up there with some of the other major attractions, and based on the feedback, post Expo on my personal facebook page where I posted pictures of the Breed Village, it delivered exactly what we set out to do every year.

The message that all the breed village representatives get across to the huge numbers that visited over the 2 days, is one of responsible dog ownership.

Often when people hear the term breeder, they shudder. It implies something “bad” and suggests that pedigree dog breeders are creating health difficulties in dogs down the line.

This 2 day event gives us the opportunity to wave our hands in the air and say, hello, we are here, and tell the huge numbers that visited the event that despite what they hear or read, there are owner breeders of Pedigree dogs out there that do go about things the right way. These are the people to talk to if you are interested in becoming a dog owner not just of the breed that they represent but any breed of dog.

Advising people that all breeds of dog were originally bred for a specific purpose and therefore not suitable to all individuals or households.

Getting children involved with the grooming of some of the longer coated breeds at the event to advise & educate them that this is what is required if you want to keep their dog or potential dog looking good, not to mention the added benefits to dog and owner. The dogs lapped this up and based on the smiles from the Children it certainly looked like they were enjoying the experience too.

I was reminded of some valuable life lessons when organising the Dog Breed Village on behalf of the event organisers this year, but yet again it was the dogs that I learnt so much from. The Dogs at the Breed Village meet everybody with the same enthusiasm, and no matter what you are presented with on the run up to the show, the face of the paying public when they come face to face with all the breeds on display compensate far more than the few little hic cups along the way.

Any visitors to this website or people visiting Pet Expo already have a love of pets / dogs, but every year I am reminded of just how unbelievably special our dogs are, especially when I see how they interact with adults and children with special needs.

So I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, to all those people that represented their chosen breed/s at this year’s Pet Expo, take a bow, as without your dedication none of this would happen, and the biggest thank you of all goes to the main event organisers for giving us these 2 days and such a great platform to promote and protect the breeds so close to our hearts.

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Pet Expo 2015 RDS Dublin 07th & 08th November

| blog | September 24, 2015

We’ve been working on organising this years Dog Breed Village for Pet Expo which is being held in the RDS Simmonscourt on the 07th & 08th November, and here under is the list to date of the magnificent Pedigree Dog breeds you can get up close & personal with over the 2 days at this fantastic event.

I’m sure you’ll have to use Google (As I did) to find out what some of these breeds look like before you attend, as some of them are not only rare in this country, but endangered world wide !!!!

The dogs owners will be on hand both days to answer any questions you have about the breed or just in relation to responsible dog ownership, and as they are amongst some of the most knowledgeable people in Ireland in their respective breeds, you’d be barking mad to miss this opportunity.

Pyrenean Mountain Dog
Gos d’Atura Catala (Catalan sheepdog)
Leonberger Club Of Ireland
Emerald Isle Newfoundland Club
Rhodesian Ridgeback
Black Russian Terrier
South Russian Shepherd Dog
Great Dane
Akita Association Of Ireland
All Ireland Siberian Husky Club
Irish Japanese Spitz Association
Phalene Club Of Ireland
Irish Terrier
Parson Russell Terrier
Miniature Bull Terrier
Golden Retriever
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Shih Tzu
Italian Corso Dog
Glen Of Imaal Terrier
Bedlington Terrier
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
All Ireland Griffon Bruxellois Breeders Association
Kerry Blue Association / Native Breeds Club
Korean Jindo Dog
Bernese Mountain Dog Club
Dandie Dinmot Terrier
Scottish Terrier
Australian Shepherd
Old English Sheepdog
Shiba Inu
Chow Chow
Standard & Toy Poodle
Giant Schnauzer
The Irish Water Spaniel Club
Airedale Terrier
Welsh Terrier
The Hungarian Vizsla Club of Ireland
All Ireland Chinese Crested Association

Miniature Schnauzer

 Pet Expo 2015 RDS Dublin

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Pedigreedogs.ie | Featured Kennel |Glentore Scottish Terriers

| blog | September 15, 2015

Name of Kennel:Scottish Terriers in Ireland


What age were you and how did you become involved in the world of Dogs?:

I showed my first dog, a Cairn Terrier called Rosstemple Charmer (Ross) at the age of 12

What Breeds of Dogs have you had over the years?

Cairn Terrier, Tibetan Terrier, Scottish Terrier

What Breeds of Dogs have you got now?

Scottish Terriers

What would you consider to be your main breed and the one people associate you with?

Scottish Terrier

What attracted you to this breed?

Initially I loved the look of the Scottie with it’s strong, robust appearance and bright almond shaped eyes. When I got to know them better I loved their playful, independent temperament and how they are so loyal to their owners.

What advice would you offer to anybody that is interested in becoming an owner of the breed?

– Scotties are independent and like to do things their way so it is important to start training as early as possible. Positive reinforcement training techniques work best
– Scotties should be brushed regularly to take out any dust and dirt from their furnishings. A groom with a professional groomer is also required every 10-12 weeks, preferably hand stripped to keep the wiry coat and skirt intact
– They love human companionship and don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time
– Because of their size, they would suit any household, large or small.

Does the Breed have any specific requirements by way of exercise & grooming?

Scotties love the outdoors and going for a walk or even a run, 20 minutes per day should suffice
Scotties should be brushed regularly to take out dust and dirt. A professional groom is also required every 10-12 weeks to keep the coat in good condition. They are a non-shed breed.

Does the breed have any specific health tests that should be done before a Dog or Bitch is used at stud or bred from?


How would you sum up the characteristics of this breed and what type of household would they best be suited to?

Scotties are a small, sturdy dog. Always alert and ready to guard. They are loyal to their owners. They would suit any household from large to small if introduced properly.
They are considered a ‘big’ dog in a small package

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Responsible Dog Breeders in Ireland

| blog | September 2, 2015

Don’t knock the person that researches a particular breed a wants to purchase a pedigree dog from a person that knows the breed inside out and carries out all the breed specific health tests before breeding from adult dogs that have great temperaments.

The resulting pups have the very best chance of going on to lead long & healthy lives and very rarely if ever end up in a shelter / pound due to the screening that the owner / breeder does before placing a pup in a suitable home.

Promoting responsible breeding / breeders and dog ownership is also a very valid form of combating the mess that back yard breeders & puppy farms create that often end up in the terrible situation of a pound / shelter due to being bred from unhealthy unsocialised dogs. By showing people there is a right way, they can then make an informed choice.

But if you don’t go down the above road, please visit your local shelter before you buy a dog from the back of a car on the by pass because the “breeder” just happened to be heading your way.

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What do you think ?

| blog | August 28, 2015

  • Dog welfare IrelandDo you like Dogs ?
  • Do you like all dogs, Cross Bred & Pedigree ?
  • Do you think that Dogs deserve to live a life based on the Five Freedoms ?
  • Do you think that a lot of people need to be educated in relation to owning a dog and providing this dog with the Five Freedoms ?
  • Do you think that the government and organisations in Ireland charged with the promotion of responsible dog ownership could do more ?
  • Do you think that events like Pet Expo (07th & 08th November RDS Dublin) are a useful tool in relation to educating the general public ?
  • Do you think the next generation of people in Ireland will be more compassionate & more educated when it comes to being a responsible dog owner ?
  • Do you think Ireland will ever shake off its reputation for being the puppy farm capital of Europe ?
  • Do you think that the rise in canine disease like diabetes has anything to do with the what dogs are being fed today ?
  • Do you think that annual vaccinations for dogs are necessary ?
  • Do you think that Breed Specific Legislation is not working & needs to be scrapped ?
  • Do you think that the huge divide that exists between some dog rescues & dog breeders can ever be bridged ?
  • Do you think that the designer breeds of today will ever go on to breed true & produce pups of the same conformation & traits as the parents ?
  • Do you think that certain breeds of dogs have had traits exaggerated to the point it causes the dog health issues ?
  • Do you think that if there is an endorsement placed on a dog by the breeder it should only be the breeder that can lift it ?
  • Do you think that agility & obedience should feature more in all dog shows not just the likes of Crufts etc. ?
  • Do you think that the dog licence system & dog warden service in Ireland is working ?
  • Do you think that the courts have been to lenient in sentencing people found guilty of acts of cruelty towards dogs & other animals ?
  • Do you think that compulsory microchipping of all dogs from March 2016 is going to have any affect in Ireland ?
  • Do you think enough is enough and that instead of making new laws, more emphasis should be placed in implementing the ones that are already in place ?

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Pet Expo RDS Dublin 7th & 8th November 2015 –

| blog | August 18, 2015

The aim of the Breed Village at Pet Expo Dublin is as follows

To give the potential dog owner :

  • All the relevant information on exercise,training,grooming,feeding and housing requirements of the breed from some of the top people in their chosen breeds in Ireland
  • Who have fully researched the breed, information on the correct route and process when considering bringing a pup or adult dog into your home
  • A chance to see their chosen breed in the flesh, with all the coat and slobber that may go with the breed
  • Information on breed specific health tests that both parents of any potential pup should have taken
  • A reference point for the future should any interested persons need further information before making the decision of being “owned” by the breed

The Breed Village is an opportunity to showcase Pedigree Dogs and educate the general public about potential ownership of same.

If you are interested in a certain breed and go to a responsible breeder, that carries out all the required health checks, and one that socialises pups from an early age, and provides a lifetime of support, then you have taken the right steps, as your puppy will have the foundation to go on and lead a long and healthy life.

We here at Pedigree Dogs are delighted again to be involved with the show in relation to organising the Dog Breed Village on behalf of the show organisers.

Visitors to the show will be able to see up close & personal up to 50 Breeds of dog & talk to some of the most respected owner / breeders of their breed in Ireland.

This as well as all the other aspects of Pet Expo make this as show that is unrivalled in Ireland & one that anybody thinking of buying or adopting a dog would be mad to miss out on.

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Diabetic Dogs – How we manged Diabetes in our Dog

| blog | April 13, 2015

Diabetic Dogs in Ireland treating a dog with diabetesDoris Dachshund 7/11/01 – 30/09/14

It was with great sadness that we had to say goodbye to our beloved Doris on the 30th September last year.

We had 13 wonderful years with Doris and she brought us tremendous happiness, we will never forget her !

We very rarely had to bring Doris to the vets but unfortunately in April 2011 she had a few symptoms that caused us concern. She had started to drink a lot of water and would often shiver despite being in a warm house.

We brought her straight to the vets and after taking some bloods and doing tests he diagnosed Doris as a diabetic, she was 9 years old. We were both devastated upon hearing this news as we knew a little bit about diabetes in humans but we knew nothing about it in dogs, but this would soon change.

The vet explained to us what we would have to do on a daily basis to care for our diabetic dog but it was all too much to take in at the time and it took us a while to get our head around things.

Doris now had a disease, she would never be cured, her disease could only be controlled and even that would be very difficult to do at times, as we experienced over the next three and a half years. It all seemed very daunting to us both but like everything we do with our dogs we threw ourselves into the task ahead 100% and we started to educate ourselves on how to care for Doris the best we possibly could. Taking on the care of a diabetic dog is a huge task and luckily there were 2 of us involved and our current circumstances allowed us to care for Doris.

What was involved in caring for Doris ?

* Twice daily injections – we injected Doris twice a day as this worked better for her in helping to control her sugar levels but every dog is different, you need to get this balance right with close supervision from your vet.

* She was fed twice a day at exactly the same time as this was very important, feeding at irregular times will totally mess up the sugar levels and will make your dog sick.

* Food portions were the same size at each meal every day but we did not always get this right and as a result we found if we increased the size portions it would affect her sugar levels.

* No food was given in between meals with the exception of the odd raw treat of green vegetables

* A diabetic dog is constantly hungry and this is part of the condition, but as a rule we did stick to our routine as we knew it was the only way.

* Insulin was administered shortly after Doris had her daily meals, it is best that your dogs has eaten it’s meal before giving insulin as it is not good to give insulin on an empty stomach.

* Blood Glucose Monitor: We bought an Acu Check blood glucose monitor (the same one used for humans) so we could check Doris’ sugar levels on a regular basis. We would then record the readings on an excel spreadsheet. Blood was drawn from the inside of the lip. A task that took both of us. One to hold Doris and one to draw & measure the blood. Doris never minded getting this done, as we would treat afterwards with broccoli etc.


People often think only overweight dogs can get diabetes, this is not always the case. Doris was the perfect weight but diabetes is common in older female dogs especially neutered ones. In humans diet is very important in maintaining a good blood sugar level, so we assumed the same must be the same for canines.

The first thing we did was visit a Mr Tom Farrington in West Cork as we had heard that he had great success in treating diabetic dogs and even curing diabetic cats. He advised that the raw food diet worked very well in helping to control the sugar levels in diabetic dogs. We switched all of our dogs onto this natural diet of raw chicken and raw vegetables and we never looked back !.

The only vegetable that we did not feed to Doris was carrots because of their high sugar content. This diet worked very well for Doris because there was no sugar in it, we would also take the skin off of any chicken because of the high fat content in same.

High sugar levels what to look out for – High levels occur when your dog is not getting the right dosage of insulin

* Increased thirst – when Doris’ levels went up she would start to drink more water than normal, this was always the first warning sign for us.

* Increased gunk in her eyes this was always a sign that her sugars had gone high, when her eyes were clear we knew the levels were fairly okay.

* Loss of appetite when her sugars went into double figures as your dog feels nauseous and cannot eat and this occasionally caused her to get sick

* Other factors such as stress can contribute to high levels

* If we got a series of high levels over a few days we would then adjust the dosage by speaking to our vet , we would then keep a close eye on same by taking more frequent sugar levels until we got it to an acceptable level.

Low sugar levels what were the warning signs -Lows occur when your dog is getting too much insulin so the levels have to be carefully monitored and reduced over time.

Lows are much more dangerous than a high and if left un-noticed your dog can go into a coma but thankfully we were always there to notice the symptoms.

With Doris we always noticed that some of the above symptoms would occur when her levels had gone to low, this would normally occur when the insulin was working at its peak usually around 4 -5 hours after Doris was fed. She would have no energy and would be very weak and if placed off the sofa onto the floor would stagger , a low level for Doris was under a reading of 4 mmol/l on the blood glucose monitor.

When this occurred it was very important that she got a sugar fix to bring up the sugar levels. We would do this by administering some honey onto her gums and giving a very small amount of food finely cut up as dogs with low levels can find it hard to swallow. Within half an hour Doris would come around and she would be fine again but it was always a very worrying experience but we learned what to look out for over time and thankfully it very rarely happened .

As I said before every dog and their diabetic condition is different but there are definitely some common factors that are common and are easy to look out for.

Storage of insulin : Owner error is actually the most common cause of what is thought to be insulin resistance.

This may seem basic but it is important not to skip the basics. Confirm that the amount of insulin being drawn into the insulin syringe is correct, that the injection technique is correct and that the patient is actually receiving the injection. Rule out any snacking or changes in the patient’s feeding schedule. Be sure the bottle of insulin is not expired and that it has been properly stored. Your vet will show you how to administer the insulin correctly and you can also watch you tube clips on the internet. We also found that by giving the insulin in different areas helped an awful lot instead of putting it in the one point each time, we would rotate sides at
each meal.

Yes taking on the care of a diabetic dog is a daunting task and not everyone is in a position to give this much care to their beloved pet due to their personal circumstances and we would not criticise them for this. We are so glad that we were able to care for Doris and help her lead a good life up until the very end, it was tough work but she gave us so much in return it was worth it. Diabetes is a minefield even in humans and even our vets find it very difficult to understand.

If any of you out there are going through a similar experience and would just like to make contact to discuss our situation we would love to hear from you, please email dorisdachshund@pedigreedogs.ie

Josephine & Paul

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I hate Dogs !

| blog | April 3, 2015

Dogs Ireland hateI hate Dogs.

No that’s not it.

I hate the people that own dogs.

That’s not right either.

What I have come to realise is that I hate people that think they know everything about dogs.

Hate probably isn’t the right choice of word as hate is a very strong emotion, and one that I don’t use that often, reserved especially for people that skip queues and unhelpful employees in call centres.

One thing the team here at Pedigree Dogs stated from the outset is that we are far too intelligent to suggest that we know all things about dogs, having never officially studied the subject, and we only have a slightly better knowledge than the man (or woman) on the street. However what we don’t know we will always ask for advice from an expert.

The basics are easy, research your breed, research a breeder, be prepared for bringing a pup or dog into your house, apply fair & consistent training from an early age, feed appropriate food and when old enough make sure to exercise the dog in accordance with the breeds requirements.

Then you move onto more advanced things like, what kind of food are you going to feed your dog, and how often, if ever are you going to vaccinate etc.

It’s up to the individual to make an informed choice regarding these subjects based on the information that’s readily available to everybody, that’s if you take the time to look for it instead of listening to the brand marketers.

What really bugs me is when you hear people spouting out pure unfiltered bullsh1t based on no actual scientific or proven fact, just going on what a friend of a friend told them or it’s how my parents always done it.

Ireland may have made enormous steps forward in the last 30 years in relation to most things, but when it comes to dogs and some of the advice that people still spout out, it looks like we are still living in the dark ages.

Don’t just do something with or to your dog because that’s the way you have always done it, educate yourself & I can guarantee you that your relationship with your dog will be a much better place to live in for both of you.

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Pedigree Dogs 50% Off Easter Sale

| blog | April 1, 2015

Pedigree Dogs SaleThe team here at Pedigreedogs.ie are delighted to announce details of our first ever Easter Sale.

Like other well know brands in Ireland, such as Aer Lingus & Ryan Air who constantly seem to be having a seat sale, we have decided to follow the same route (excuse the pun) and have our very own sale.

We are having a 50% off sale, so from now until midnight on Easter Monday, ALL dogs advertised on the Pedigree Dogs website will be available to purchase for 50% less than the asking price.

Yes you did just read that right, 50% off all dogs advertised on the Pedigree Dogs web site.

You see over the last 5 years of running the registered web site in Ireland for dogs, we’ve come to the conclusion that a large percentage of people in Ireland look upon pets & dogs especially as a commodity, that can be exchanged, traded against, haggled for or simply dropped like a hot potato as quickly as the fashions change.

Taking into consideration the above, and the fact that everybody loves to bag a bargain, it made the decision of offering this 50% off sale a bit of a no brainer.

It’s kind of like when Brown Thomas or HOUSE OF FRASER have their January sale, where you see luxurious items slashed by anything up to 50% off the recommended retail price (RRP).

You see the dogs advertised on Pedigreedogs.ie are from some of the top owner / breeders in Ireland and if Brown Thomas or HOUSE OF FRASER were ever to start selling dogs, the dogs you see on our web site would definitely fit in with their brand.

So don’t delay, get your credit card out and go bag yourself a bargain.

Promotion starts: 01-04-15
Promo Code to be used at check out: Pedigreedogsaprilfool

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Pedigree Dogs Happy 5th Birthday

| blog | January 29, 2015

Pedigree dogs Happy 5th BirthdayToday five years ago, the Pedigreedogs.ie website went live on the World Wide Web.

In the 5 years since we launched the site, we have learned an unbelievable amount not just about dogs & people, but also about search engine optimisation and techy things we would never had gotten involved in only for the site.

The site also got us involved with the event organisers of Pet Expo and as a result we have organised the Dog Breed Village for them for the last 4 years.

The world of Dogs in Ireland is massive covering such areas as rescues, puppy farms, dog shows, agility, and so much more, and you would have to be extremely foolish to think that you can improve the life of all dogs in each of these areas.

What we have come to learn over the past 5 years is that it would be extremely unlikely that we will win the war on puppy farms, but we can all make a difference by winning the odd battle along the way. Promoting responsible dog ownership and the responsible breeding of dogs can go some way to educate people that the breeding of healthy dogs of sound temperament does have its place in the world of dogs in Ireland, just in the same way that dog rescues / welfare organisations do.

Emails we receive back from people like the one hereunder makes the hard work that goes into running & maintaining the site extremely worthwhile.

“Hi Paul, just letting you know that I finally got my dog 4 weeks ago via your website. He is a beautiful springer, from Tralee Co Kerry. Breeder was …. ……. who advertised on pedigreedogs.ie. He was worth the wait and the journey, I’m mad about him. Thanks again for your help. Kind regards”

None of us can say what is around the corner, but we have every intention of sticking around and doing our bit to promote Pedigree Dogs and responsible dog ownership in Ireland. Having said that the site wouldn’t be possible if not for the support of people like you, so I’ll hope you will join me in wishing Pedigreedogs.ie a happy 5th Birthday and raise a glass for the next 5.

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Straight from the farm to your house.

| blog | January 15, 2015

Puppy Farm BichonHello Doris & Happy New Year (Well I hope it is for some)

My name is Billy & I am a 9 week old Bichon Frise.

You might already be thinking what could a 9 week old puppy be writing to you about as their life should just be beginning, but trust me, I’m not wasting your time, as even though I’ve only been on this planet for what must seem like the blink of an eye, I have already lived through a lot.

That’s even taking into consideration that the first 2 weeks of my life, my eyes were closed, but now they have been well & truly opened.

The first thing I remember was how cold it was.

It wasn’t just me, my Brothers & 1 Sister also felt it and together with them & my Mother, we’d pack as tightly as we could to keep the little heat we had shared amongst us.

The next thing I recall was the noise.

Screaming & yelping seemed to be coming from every angle, but knowing myself & my siblings were not alone didn’t make it any easier.

When my eyes finally opened & I got to adjust to the dim light, I discovered I was in some kind of cubicle, that was in some kind of shed, and their were other dogs & pups some like me and others not so, in similar cubicles in this shed.

The days seemed to last forever, the noise was terrible, & the cold unbearable. I just knew what myself & my littermates were going through just wasn’t right.

Once a day a non canine would enter the shed and do a quick head count, change some bedding (It needed it, trust me) & give my mother some food which she gulped down with unbelievable haste. I thought at first she ate so fast just in case some of us tried to take some from her, but now realise she was extremely hungry.

It was hard to stay positive, but I could only hope that someday, somebody would come along and take us all from this miserable existence.

That day came for me when I was around 6 weeks old.

Prior to that date a few other non canines had come to the shed a looked around all the cubicles. Some would stop in front of ours and look in, some would even reach over & grab us, no matter what we were doing to have a closer look. The smaller of these non canines were quite rough and passed us puppies around like some kind of plaything, but at least we got to feel wanted by someone or something other than our poor mother, who never got a look in from anybody.

Then one day it finally happened.

Some of my siblings had already been “taken” my sister being the first one to go & not return. Then it was my turn. I was taken from this prison by 2 non canines and transported to where they lived. At first I was hidden from the young ones and placed into another shed, only this time it was smaller & I was on my own. This didn’t last too long thankfully, as late one night I was plucked from my sleep & placed in a box at the base of a tree along with a load of other boxes. Finally I was warm.

What happened next I am still trying to get over. What seems like only a few hours after I was placed in this box the lid was ripped open and I was extracted by the smaller ones. Something great must have been happening as the excitement in the room was nearly unbearable. In fact I wet myself, but it went totally unnoticed. The next few days were like this one and although I got very little sleep it was a 100% improvement to what my life had been up until then.

Then it happened.

The smaller ones soon found more interest in the other boxes that I shared that room with, and after a while they would leave the house each morning & not return until later that day. The older non canines didn’t take too kindly to me using the floor as my bathroom, and just as I thought it couldn’t get any worse I was relegated back out to the shed. Apart from feeding me, the visits have become less and less, and where  I had the support & comfort of my Mother & Siblings in the first shed, here I am on my own.

Please tell me Doris that this is not what I am destined for ! Surely I have more to offer this family if only I was given the chance.

I look forward so desperately to hearing back from you Doris.

Billy the Bichon

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Starting your puppy on raw dog food

| blog | December 11, 2014

Dog Food PuppyThis is a guest post by Dean Barrow who runs raw feeding website, Raw Dog Food. 

Raw feeding is getting increasingly popular amongst dog owners these days, and it’s no surprise that they’d like their pets to be as healthily as possible.

For those of you in the dark, raw feeding is the process of mimicking a dog’s natural diet as closely as possible. This is done by feeding what dogs have been eating for thousands of years – raw meat.

There are two distinct feeding methods undertaken by raw feeders, these are BARF, short for Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods, and the Prey method. That doesn’t mean you have to take sides though, some feed one, the other, or even a mix of both, whatever works best for you and your dog.

BARF – Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods

This is the quickest and easiest way to start feeding raw, BARF is essentially a pre-mixed blend of raw meat, bone, fruit and veg, calculated for the perfect nutritional balance for your dog.

The Prey Method

Prey feeders serve the whole prey whenever possible instead of a pre-mixed blend. This can be any mammal that runs, flies or swims, including whole chickens, turkeys, rabbits etc.

But enough about what is it, the question you’re probably asking is why you should start feeding raw to your new puppy.

Why should you feed your puppy a raw food diet?

So if you’ve just got a new puppy, or you’re planning to get one (remember at this time of the year, a puppy is not just for Christmas!), you’re likely doing a bit of research as to what to feed them.

Well if you want to start them off by feeding them the most natural and beneficial diet as possible, you should really consider raw dog food. Not only will your pup be healthier and have more energy, but you’ll soon start to see noticeable differences. Their coat will be shinier and healthier and they’ll quickly appear more muscular, with a leaner physique.

After feeding a raw diet, you’ll notice that those puppy pearly whites will stay white and shiny forever, the chewing and massaging action of eating raw meat and bones actually helps to clean the teeth. Compare a raw fed dog to a kibble fed dog and the oral difference is immediately obvious.
Remember, kibble has only existed for around 100 years, and was created purely for convenience, not with your dogs health in mind!

There are many more benefits to raw feeding, this post just scratches the surface of raw dog food.

How much raw food does a puppy eat?

This is often overlooked at first, and many people perform an amount of guesswork as to how much food to put down. This can lead to an over or underweight puppy, but it really is quite simple to calculate.

If you know the breed of your dog, especially if your dog is a pedigree, then you just need to feed 3% of their ideal adult weight.

If you don’t know their expected adult weight, such as if you have a crossbreed, then the first thing you need to do is weigh your pup and reference the below table.

Age in weeks % of bodyweight to feed
10-16 10 %
17-24 8-6 %
25-36 6-4 %
37-52 3-4 %

These are guidelines only, all dogs are different with individual metabolic rates and exercise levels. Keep a close eye on your dog and adjust up or down as required.

Start off by feeding 3 meals a day and decrease this to 2 meals after at least 12 weeks. Different breeds will vary so you may end up switching at around 3-6 months.

What’s next?

You should now know enough to consider switching your puppy onto a raw diet, although this is only just the beginning. Do your research and learn as much as you can about raw feeding and you’ll soon be wondering why you haven’t switched already!

For further reading on raw feeding, see the getting started guide on Raw Dog Food.

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Dog Breed Village Pet Expo, RDS Dublin 2014

| blog | November 24, 2014

Dog Breeds IrelandSo that’s it for another year.

The Dog Breed Village as part of Pet Expo held at the week end in the RDS Dublin, was, even if I say so myself, a great success.

Now obviously I am not taking the credit for this, I’m just the puppet master, not that the breed village representatives are puppets…No, start again, I’m just the organ grinder not the monkey..

Maybe I should stop digging myself a hole !

What I’m trying to say is, that without the dedication that the breed village representatives display towards their breed, & as a result, responsible dog ownership in general, there would be no dog breed village. Then there would be no success when it comes to getting our message across to the vast amount of visitors that came to the 2 day event, about the right way to go about researching a breed & then a responsible, reputable breeder.

Somebody once said to me that we are just custodians of our breed, and hopefully we hand it on to the next generations in the same shape or maybe better than when we got involved.

Another way of looking at it is that it’s all about the dog, and our job whether it be an individual or breed club is to make sure that we do all that we can to make their lives the best we can. So as long as we all follow our own code of ethics & ensure that we health test for all the breed specific ailments in our breeds and continue to use events like Pet Expo & the dog breed village to get this information out to the general public, your breed is in good hands.

So once again I’d like to thank the many individuals & the breed clubs, some that are now considered part of the furniture when it comes to this event & all that gave so generously of their own time over the 2 long days at your own expense.

Last & by no means least, I’d like to thank Marie & Lesley, the event organisers, for giving us this FANTASTIC opportunity to promote our Pedigree Dogs.

Now as the puppet master / organ grinder, I’d like to invite you all to take a bow.

Well done.

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Pet Expo 2014 RDS Dublin 22nd & 23rd November Dog Breed Village

| blog | November 10, 2014

The aim of the Breed Village at Pet Expo Dublin 2014 is as follows

To give the potential dog owner :

• All the relevant information on exercise,training,grooming,feeding and housing requirements of the breed from some of the top people in their chosen breeds in Ireland

• Who have fully researched the breed, information on the correct route and process when considering bringing a pup or adult dog into your home

• A chance to see their chosen breed in the flesh, with all the coat and slobber that may go with the breed

• Information on breed specific health tests that both parents of any potential pup should have taken

• A reference point for the future should any interested persons need further information before making the decision of being “owned” by the breed

The Breed Village is an opportunity to showcase Pedigree Dogs and educate the general public about potential ownership of same.

If you are interested in a certain breed and go to a responsible breeder, that carries out all the required health checks, and one that socialises pups from an early age, and provides a lifetime of support, then you have taken the right steps, as your puppy will have the foundation to go on and lead a long and healthy life.

Pet Expo 2014 RDS Dublin

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Dog food developed with Vets that gives your dog wings.

| blog | October 12, 2014

Dog food IrelandDeveloped with vets. Top breeders recommend it. That’s according to the people, (Mars) that bring you the Pedigree Chum brand of dog food amongst others.

I came across this old piece of advertising from this company the other day, & posted it on the Pedigree Dogs Facebook page asking people for their opinion of this food.

Maybe it’s a coincidence but I posted it around the same day that I leaned that the caffeinated drinks giant Red Bull was sued $13m for falsely claiming their product “gives you wings”

Anyhow, out of the 73 comments that were posted, the general gist stated they wouldn’t feed it to their dogs if it were the last dog food left on the supermarket shelves.

During the summer I read a fantastic book called Farmageddon The True Cost of Cheap Meat written by the CEO of Compassion In World Farming, Mr Philip Lymbrey. It deals with the production of food products around the globe, and the cost not just in monetary terms but to the planet that large industrial factory farms cause. Before reading the book I always considered that I had a healthy(ish) diet & filled the shopping basket with ethically sourced foods, but now look at everything I buy to eat through a new set of eyes.

It makes sense to feed you & your family with the healthiest and most ethically sourced products, and I’m not sure about you, but I definitely include my dogs as part of my family.

It’s all too easy to get caught out by the marketers who through their advertising campaigns in print, radio, TV, & now social media brainwash the majority of people into thinking that their product is the best for them & that money can buy.

See the thing is, that Mars also own Whiskas, Royal Canin, Cesar, Sheba, & Chappie & if they can get away with spouting these claims about Pedigree Chum, why would you believe anything else they tell you about their other brands?

But why would you stop there?  Surely if Mars are at it, their competitors aren’t  just going to sit back & take a beating in the race for market dominance.

Personally I’d rather just feed my dogs what nature intended, which isn’t processed foods no matter how many vets were involved in developing it, or how many top breeders recommend it.

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Pet Expo 2014 RDS Dublin 22nd & 23rd November

| blog | October 2, 2014

Pet Expo 2014Roll up, Roll up, for the greatest show this side of the Mississippi

Pet Expo the once a year event which is the largest of it’s kind in Ireland is being held at it’s traditional home of the RDS on the 22nd & 23rd of November.

We here at Pedigree Dogs are delighted again to be involved with the show in relation to organising the Dog Breed Village on behalf of the show organisers.

Visitors to the show will be able to see up close & personal the following dog breeds & talk to some of the most respected owner / breeders of their breed in Ireland.

This as well as all the other aspects of Pet Expo make this as show that is unrivalled in Ireland & one that anybody thinking of buying or adopting a dog would be mad to miss out on.

Pyrenean Mountain Dog
Leonberger Club Of Ireland
Saint Bernard
Emerald Isle Newfoundland Club
Rhodesian Ridgeback
Saluki Club Of Ireland
Black Russian Terrier
Alaskan Malamute Club of Ireland
Great Dane
Akita Association of Ireland
All Ireland Siberian Husky
German Spitz Club of Ireland (Klein & Mittle)
Irish Japanese Spitz Association
Phalene Club Of Ireland
Irish Terrier
The Border Terrier Club Of Ireland
Parson Russell Terrier
Miniature Bull Terrier
Golden Retriever
Bracco Italiano
Shar Pei
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Shih Tzu
Gordon Setter
English Foxhound
Australian Shepherd
German Shorthaired Pointer
Basset Fauve De Bretagne
Old English Sheepdog
Shiba Inu
Miniature Schnauzer
Chow Chow
Boxer Society Of Ireland

Irish Water Spaniel

Giant Schnauzer

Airedale Terrier

Welsh Terrier

Hungarian Vizsla

South Russian Ovcharka

Finally, thank you very much to all the dedicated people involved with the breeds above, who give freely of their time & at their own expense to promote their breed (s) as well as responsible dog ownership to all that visit them at the Dog Breed Village.

P.S. Image used is for promotional purposes only and is no way indicative of the type of people you are likely to meet at the actual event.

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Introducing a Puppy to your home. Is Christmas a good time ?

| blog | September 26, 2014

puppy christmasIs Christmas a good time to Introduce a Puppy to your Home ?

This is a question that raises its head about this time every year and it is a very controversial topic. My human asked this question on his facebook page back in 2012 and he got a great response, the answers covered the full spectrum, from “never,never,never” to “I got my first dog as a Christmas present & it was the best one I ever received”

A Puppy to the right home

When my human read through all the facebook comments he posted the following comment – “Would it be safe to say that a puppy to the right home at Christmas is far better than a puppy to the wrong home any other time of the year ?” this met with a general acceptance.

Different dogs are suited to different lifestyles / households, so whatever time of the year you are introducing a new puppy or dog to your household, please ensure that you have carried out in depth research into the breed, and ascertained what the breed of dog requires by way of exercise,feeding,grooming and housing.

A puppy should never be a last minute decision whatever the time of year, as a responsible owner you should contact reputable breeders a few months in advance and plan properly for this new arrival. My advice if you are considering bringing a puppy into your home at Christmas is to ensure you and your family will have ample time each day of the holidays to spend with your new arrival.

A puppy needs a quiet and stable environment in the first few weeks of its life and this is vital to its development. Most people are on holidays during the festive period and this can be a great opportunity to spend time with your new bundle of joy and to start to house train them etc.

If you are the type of person that likes to party 24/7 around the festive season and has a constant stream of noisy guests around, then this is definitely not the right time to bring a puppy into your life. On the other hand if you have ample time off work and are planning on having a quiet family Christmas in front of the TV and the boxes of Quality Street, and you don’t mind standing out in the cold patiently while puppy is being toilet trained then consider bringing a puppy home at this time of year but keep him away from the chocolates !

Some reputable breeders do sell their puppies at Christmas but only if the puppy is going to the right home. A truly and responsible breeder cares about where their puppies end up some of them carry out house checks and if they think you could be a suitable owner they will then invite you to visit them and to see the set up they have in place, as a reputable breeder has nothing to hide. He/She will question you the prospective buyer about your lifestyle and living arrangements to ascertain if the puppy is suitable to your current situation. You as a responsible owner should always ask to see the mother and father of the pup and ask if the relevant health checks have been carried out for that breed if relevant. A reputable breeder will never meet you at the side of the road when collecting your puppy , if they do suggest this off site meeting, heed the warning bells and walk away !

Becoming the Lifelong owner of a Pedigree Dog

We all agree that education is the key to success. If you are thinking about bringing a puppy into your home in the future attending events like the Dog Breed Village at Pet Expo in the RDS, which will be held on the 22 & 23rd November is a great way of meeting over 40 different breeds of dogs. Going to events like this will lead you in the right direction in regards to becoming a responsible dog owner.

Their responsible owners are on hand to answer all your questions about the pros & cons of owning each breed. It is a two way street, Responsible owners & Reputable Breeders, the two combined reduces the risk of your new puppy becoming another statistic in our already overflowing pounds.

So that’s my thoughts on the subject, now I’d love to hear yours. Feel free to post a comment. If there’s anything else dog related you’d like to see posted on the blog email me at Dorisdachshund@pedigreedogs.ie or Tweet me over on Twitter @DorisDachshund


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Responsible Dog Breeders Please Apply Here…

| blog | September 15, 2014

Dog Breeders ResponsibleBelow is the list of emails that were sent via the Pedigreedogs.ie Website since the 03rd September

Now as you all know we started this site due to our love of dogs & due to the lack of policing that was clearly evident on some of the dog sections of the large classified type websites.

We answer each & every email that comes our way.

Now we don’t mind putting these people in touch with reputable Dog owners / dog breeders that we know of, but it’s kind of hard to keeping doing same, when you put somebody in touch with a person that has a pending litter of a particular dog breed & they make a sale from same, & then don’t even bother to contact you to say thanks for the referral or support the site by way of submitting their details to the breeders tab.

It only costs €20.00 per year which is the same as a single dog entry for a championship dog show, and only a tiny percentage from the puppy fee that was gained via the contact from our site.

I’ve even included the link to the Breeders Tab Here so what’s stopping you ?

“Hi, I was wondering if you had any information on Doberman breeders? I am looking to buy a Doberman around Christmas time and finding it difficult finding breeders.”

“My name is . I am considering buying a Weimaranar. I own a large garden and a dog run if needed. I own cats, hens and a Shih Tzu. I am considering buying a Male in the month of December. I am aware breeders are reluctant to sell dogs around that year. The reason I am emailing early to show I am genuinely interested and have experience with animals. I am in contact to find an appropriate Breeder that would have pups in the month of December. I am from County , I am wondering the price per pup. I have investigated on the internet and the price varies.”

“Hi could you send me a list of breeders with contact numbers for Dachshund puppies for sale in Ireland. Based in Thanks”

“could you please email me a list of Lhasa Apso breeders in ireland.many thanks”

“Hi, I live in Co.   Can you please provide me with contact details for Weimaraner Breeders in my area. Thank you”

“Hi, we are trying to find a miniature longhaired dachshund puppy from a reputable breeder. Where can I find a list of breeders in ROI? Many thanks”

“hi my da is interested in buying a red setter dog about 2 or 3 years old for hunting pheasants. if you have any contacts could you ring him on ”

“Could you put me in touch with some Dalmatian breeders where i might be able obtain same.”

“Hi Paul, we’re trying to find a mini longhaired dachshund bitch puppy and were looking for a list of breeders in Ireland. Can you help? Excellent article on this adorable breed, by the way!!!”

“I’m looking for a maltipoo pup. Preferably beige in Colour. Do you know any breeders?Thank you in advance. Warm regards,”


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Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened !

| blog | August 31, 2014

Pet BereavementIt’s with a heavy heart that I sit at the computer today and type this blog.

Back in April of this year I was contacted by Cuca the Cocker Spaniel all the way from Lisbon Portugal, a lady that I never actually got to meet, but felt like she was a sister from another litter.

You can read what Cuca sent me & my reply at this link

Yesterday I learned that Cuca made the journey that we will all have to make someday, & peacefully crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

Now I know as well as the next canine or human what an unbelievably difficult time this is for all that are left this side of the bridge.  You see over 3 years ago I had to say goodbye to my soul mate Dempsey, a half brother that I took under my wing from the day he joined my household, and I still miss him terribly.

Back then I wasn’t blogging or felt experienced enough to impart with my knowledge by way of a canine agony aunt, but my humans wrote a small piece about Dempsey which I know helped them tremendously with their grieving. You can read them same at this link

I know that anybody reading this is a lover of us canines, and therefore feel the loss the same way as losing any other family member, 2 legs or more. Unfortunately not all humans see it this way, and can’t understand why the owner of a pet that has recently crossed the bridge, could be so upset. They might even be heard to mutter “Sure it was only a dog”

What they fail to understand is that when humans return from wherever it is they go to for most of the daylight hours, we are the ones that are waiting to welcome them with a wagging tail and excitement as if we’ve never seen them before. No matter what kind of day the human has had, this welcome home can lift even the darkest mood. Putting a smile on a person’s face, is something I believe we are second to none at.

In honour of Cuca, I’d like to say to her humans, that grieving for their loss is 100% natural and the reaction of some people / colleagues can make the already unbelievably difficult experience even more painful.

Take it from me, the emotions that you are feeling are totally normal, and you should allow yourself time to feel whatever way it is you need to feel.

As I mentioned above, one of the many things that helped in the early days of my humans grieving process 3 years ago, was putting pen to paper about their loss and sharing details of the life they shared together. There are plenty of people out there that are fully aware of how you are feeling right now, so continue to share your emotions with these like minded people. They will help you along this difficult road, after all that’s what friends are for.

You are at a very delicate stage in your life right now and it is very important that you take care of yourself body & soul.

I know you & Cuca had 13 fantastic years, and the void that she has left behind can never be replaced. You know that right to the very end you did the very best by her, repaying her for the love, loyalty and companionship that you shared together, something that the people that say “Sure it was only a dog” couldn’t even begin to comprehend.

Now she has gone to share her love with all the other dogs at Rainbow Bridge.

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened!

In memory of Cuca,

Doris Dachshund

Email: Dorisdachshund@pedigreedogs.ie

Dog Bereavement


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