Old dogs can live the last few years of their lives in happiness if you take good care of them. Unlike their younger counterparts, older dogs do require extra attention. They aren’t as active anymore, and due to their more inactive lifestyle they might gain weight. Older dogs can also become more attached to their owners, spending more time in their vicinity. Others can a bit grumpy, whilst some actually get more friendly. Sounds quite a bit like humans, right?
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Make sure you keep a close eye on your dog’s weight. Weight loss can point to underlying health problems that require medical assistance. You may want to adjust your dog’s diet somewhat as they age. Since they aren’t running around as much they will usually gain weight. If your dog has always had a healthy weight, and he adds a bit of fat as he/she is aging then there is no need to panic – but keep it under control!
Old age often brings physical discomforts, but thanks to modern science many problems can be alleviated. Making sure that your dog receives all the necessary vaccinations, and the regular flea treatment, will help make his/her life at old age comfortable.
Even though your dog’s daily routine consists of less physical/mental activity, that does not mean that you shouldn’t bother with mental stimulation. Just like in old people, keeping your dog’s brain active will help slow down the aging process.
There are many different brands of dog food that are specifically catered to senior dogs. They often contain less calories to offset possible weight gain as your dog ages. Some products have been designed for specific medical issues that your dog may be affected by. It would be wise to consult a veterinarian before serving such products to your dog. Another reason why you should keep your dog’s weight gain in check are arthritis-related symptoms. Bones lose strength at the later stages of life, and the more weight they have to carry around – the more pronounced the health issues of your dog become.
As always, if your dog’s health concerns you then take him to the vet. The earlier health problems are detected, the better the chances of solving them – especially in older dogs.
And here is the (belated) part 2 of the most popular dogs in the UK list. Some of these will come as no surprise, whilst others might not be so obvious.
There are an English and American variant. The breed dates back to the 14th century.
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A golden retriever’s main purpose was to retrieve ducks during a hunt. They are now some of the most popular pets in the world.
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King Charles Spaniel
A royal favourite as well. British and Russian royalty have often owned members of this small dog breed.
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West Highland White Terrier
A Scottish breed, as the name implies. Various ancient Scottish clans have bred the West Highland White Terrier.
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Often associated with aggression, yet most Bulldogs are kind dogs. Well known for their distinctive appearance.
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A survey of UK-based dog lovers has revealed the most popular dog breeds in the UK. The following dogs were found to be amongst the most popular :
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The next 5 on the list will follow shortly. What is interesting to note is that 80% of the most popular dogs are actually British dogs. It seems that the Brits do favour their own dog breeds above others. Almost half of the people participating in the survey preferred quiet dogs. Loyalty and cuteness were major factors in deciding what kind of dog to take into their home. Men seem to have a preference for larger dogs, women for smaller dogs. A majority of dog owners want to become good friends with their dogs, which is good to hear!
Several hundred years ago this cute little dog was bred to hunt foxes. They are smart, charming, and great to have around. But they do demand quite a bit of attention from their owners!
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Because of their intelligence and natural desire to hunt, the Jack Russell Terrier requires an active lifestyle. They would certainly thrive in the country, or in houses close to parks and green areas in which they can run around and satisfy their curiosity. Training the Jack Russell Terrier isn’t an easy job. Potential owners must realise that it will take time and effort to get these great little dogs to behave properly. If you haven’t got the time, or have no desire to spend time on training your new dog, then perhaps you should look for a different breed.
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Once the Russell Terrier is trained, however, you will find that you now have a wonderful companion. Their intelligence will amaze you at times, and their loyalty towards those who treat them well will make you feel proud of your pet.
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Great dogs for those people with active lifestyles willing to spend plenty of time with their canine friends!