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!
It is Summer. As temperatures rise in the Northern Hemisphere, it is time to look at preparing your pets for the warmer weather. In general pets usually like sunny weather, but it is a good idea to ensure they drink plenty of water, and they don’t spend all day in the Sun.
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Since pets are much smaller than humans they are more susceptible to heatstroke. Keep an eye on your pets during hot weather, they may need some cooling.
Sadly we have heard of parents leaving their children in cars while they go shopping during hot days. The same occasionally happens to dogs. If you are planning to take your dog with you during a shopping spree, then don’t leave him or her in the car even if it’s just for a few minutes. Temperatures can increase rapidly, and this can cause dangerous situations for your dog!
Is your pet panting more than usual? Or is it collapsing? Then perhaps you can lower their temperature by wrapping wet cool (not frozen) towels around them. Try keeping them out of the Sun during afternoon hours. Also make sure you remove leftover food as soon as possible during hot days – or it will attract all kinds of nasty insects.
If you are going to travel try travelling during the coolest hours of the day, and keep windows open just enough for fresh air to enter the vehicle.
Enjoy the Summer with your pets!
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