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The Petcara Blog contains information and tips on how to care for your Pet. New articles are written regularly, so there's always something new to learn.

Widely considered the best working dog around, Border Collies are intelligent, loyal and hardworking dogs who love routine and having a job to do. They make great pets but don’t be mistaken into thinking they’ll be happy curled up by the fire all day- these dogs need to be occupied and need to be busy at all times, or they can become irritable and snappy. Recognisable for their long, dense fur and black and white markings, Border Collies are very “outdoorsy” types who demand lots of exercise and enjoy sporting activities like playing with frisbees, obstacle courses and herding. Often recognised as a quintessentially English dog,...

Known for their big, square heads, lithe bodies and bouncy personalities, Boxers are a well-loved dog breed and loyal and devoted to their owners.  Originally bred in Germany and Belgium and descending from the Bullenbeiser, a now extinct German bulldog bred to hunt bears, deer and wild boar, Boxer Dogs are sturdy and strong. They are a part of the Molosser family of dogs, defined by their solid bodies and short muzzles. The first ever Boxer Club was founded in Munich in 1895 and they were introduced to the rest of Europe a few years later. Often used as messenger dogs during WW1, they became popular pets in the UK and Ireland after WW2,...

Across the world, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are one of the most popular dog breeds – and it’s no surprise considering their friendly nature, adaptability and affectionate personality!

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are sometimes referred to as ‘Cavies’ and were originally regarded as lap dogs. However, they are now a popular choice in show dogs, due to their athletic nature, silky coats and ability to respond quickly to new environments and training.

With large, dark eyes and coats of black, cream, red and brown the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel makes an adorable pet who finds settling into a home with other dogs and...

The smallest of all known dog breeds, the Chihuahua comes in a variety of types and is named after the state in Mexico. Chihuahuas are thought to have descended from Technichi, a companion dog admired by the Mexican Toltec civilization, and there are effigies of these small dogs dating back as far as 1100-1300AD. In 1520 a note from Hernan Cortes stated that the Aztecs raised them for food, but thankfully they have since become popular pets and were recognised by the Kennel Club in the early 20th Century.

Chihuahuas are popular with pet lovers who like small dogs requiring minimal exercise and effort, but they still need to be trained...

Instantly recognisable for its disproportionately long body and short legs, the Dachshund is often referred to as a sausage dog and is one of the most entertaining and loving dog breeds you could have as a pet. Originally from Germany, the name dachshund translates to “badger dog” and they were historically used for hunting badgers because their long, pointy noses and short stature made them perfect for sniffing out prey and digging into holes. Accounts of dachshunds as pets date back to the fifteenth century (often in paintings with hunters) and the breed was officially registered in the Kennel Club in the 1800s.

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The German Shepherd, commonly known as an Alsatian, is one of the most recognisable dog breeds in the world. It’s also one of the most popular in the UK, Ireland and the USA. This breed is strong, intelligent and loyal, which goes part of the way to explaining why it’s so loved around the world. One of the most famous German Shepherds in the world was Rin Tin Tin; a puppy saved from a warzone by Corporal Lee Duncan in World War I. Rin Tin Tin appeared in dozens of movies and paved the way for this breed to become a star.

German Shepherds were first bred back in the 1800s, by a German cavalry captain Max Von Stephanitz. The idea was...

Small, friendly and fiercely loyal, Jack Russells are popular pets for dog lovers looking for a loving companion who’s great fun to be around but doesn’t take up too much space in the home. Originating in the UK from hunting dogs bred by the hunting enthusiast Reverend John Russell in 1795, the Jack Russell Terrier has many similarities to a fox terrier and is known for its determination and bravery.

Reverend Russell bred the dogs for their tenacious fighting spirit and their short stature which made it easy for them to dig into holes and capture foxes. Although they make lovely domestic pets, they still need plenty of exercise and...

The Labrador Retriever is one of the world’s best loved dog breeds, known for their friendly nature and willingness to look after their human companions. Originally from the North Atlantic, these hard working dogs were historically used to help fishermen haul in their nets and their thick, furry coats make them able to withstand harsh weather conditions. Famous Labrador Retrievers include Old Yeller in the eponymous tear jerker, Marley from Marley and Me and Bouncer in Neighbours- not forgetting the cheeky puppies on the well-known loo roll ads!

Because of their easy going nature and high levels of intelligence, Labrador Retrievers...