Dog Breeds 101: American Bulldog

Unknown-2.jpegThe American Bulldog is a large breed dog that falls into the category of Guardian Dog. American Bulldogs clock in at between 60 and 120 pounds and 20 to 28 inches tall, with a lifespan of between 10-16 years.

Unknown.jpegAmerican Bulldogs have an excellent and calm temperament and are brilliant with children. They are mainly considered a giant lap dog. They do however need a lot of training by a confident and strong trainer in order to contain their mischievous side. American Bulldogs are also another breed that will need a lot of exercise, however; be careful not to overwork them at too young of an age as they are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia.

Unknown-1.jpegHealthwise American Bulls are considered to be an overall healthy breed. They are prone to some genetic disorders that are common to the breed such as cherry eye, hip and elbow dysplasia and bone cancer. However, the right care and diet can help to drastically reduce the chances of any of these disorders ever occurring.

images.jpegThere are two different lines of American Bulldog, both with similar temperaments and health, just with slightly differing builds. The Johnson’s line is a lot more of an athletic build whereas the Hines’ line is a lot stockier and much more muscular.

 

All in all the American Bulldog is a great family dog as long as the training is firm and consistent as they are known to try and push the boundaries of what they’ve been taught.

If you need any training tips or further information don’t hesitate to ask, I’ll happily answer any queries you may have.

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UK Pet Friendly Holidays: Lake District

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With over 2,000 km² of open space and fields the Lake District is a perfect place for any pooches who love to wander. There’s plenty of activities for adults, kids and pets in the Lake District so it’s perfect for anyone looking for a nice escape to the country.

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The Lake District in the North of the England so the weather can never be guaranteed. But even if the weather is a bit depressing, there are still plenty of quaint British pubs to enjoy a lunch out with your family and furry friends with both plenty of indoor and outdoor eating areas that are dog friendly.

lake-district-walk-ALAMY-TRAVEL-xlargeThere are plenty of dog and pet friendly hotels, camping and even glamping sites located in the Lake District so you’ll never be short of a nice place to stay with your furry best friend. Perhaps the best thing about the Lake District is the breathtaking views that you’ll remember for a lifetime, and if you are budding photographer or birdwatcher then there is probably no better location to follow these passions.

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Also, for all us Brits who have never seen our island’s resident Red Squirrel, the Lake District is one of the best places to witness these animals still surviving in the wild (although maybe keep your dog away from them).

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Animal Travels: Canada

For this weeks Animal Travels, I’m going to explore the wildlife of Canada. Now Canada is a huge country and so getting every single species will be a next to impossible job so I’m going to pick some top Canada species and discuss where you can find them.

First up has got to be the Moose, Canada’s most famous animal. Unknown.jpegThe moose is an extremely large animal, and is definitely not to be tangled with. Moose can be found pretty much all over Canada but at Jasper National Park in Alberta is one of the best viewing locations for moose in the wild.

Next on the wildlife of Canada list is the Mountain Lion or Cougar.mountain-lion-on-snowy-rock Mountain Lions are best viewed on Vancouver Island and probably safest from a distance because even though they may look cute and cuddly they are carnivores.

In Churchill, Manitoba there is a viewing opportunity for two different popular species, but I’d wrap up warm as Churchill is definitely part of the Arctic. Up in Churchill you can see the canaries of the sea, Beluga whales, known as canaries due to their high pitched communication. Unknown-1.jpegAnother animal that you can see plenty of in Churchill are Polar Bears, which are significantly more dangerous than Churchill’s other famous residents. Unknown-2.jpegPolar Bears are in desperate need of conservation help in order to save them from extinction so please if you do want to go and see Polar Bears in the wild, go to a reputable tour company who will be donating some of their proceeds to the protection of the polar bears in the wild.

If bears are your thing you can also head to Gribbell Island and look for Spirit Bears. spirit-bear-on-rock2-1Spirit Bears are actually Kermode Bears which are a rare subspecies of the American Black Bear, and are particularly prominent in the folk stories and legends of Canada.

And to round of the Animal Travels: Canada post, its time to talk about the marine life of Canada. Canada is famous for its harp seals and also the Killer Whales that inhabit its waters. Unknown-3.jpegKiller Whales are best viewed around Vancouver and British Columbia, but perhaps the best viewing you will ever have is at the Gwaii Haanas Marine Conservation Area Reserve.

Harp seals however, are best viewed in Quebec specifically at Iles-de-la-Madeleine. North-Harp-Seal-Watch-1-ice-seal

If anyone is heading to Canada send me a message at animaltravelsblog@gmail.com or leave me a comment below and I can help provide you will tips or we can just gush over the cuteness of animals together.

 

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Dog Breeds 101: Siberian Husky

For my first dog breeds 101 post I thought I’d write about my favourite dog breed the Siberian Husky.

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Lets start with the basics a Siberian Husky is a medium size dog who are known for being particularly healthy living between 12-14 years. A Siberian Husky puppy will set you back around £500 if they are Kennel Club registered, with this price being slightly lower if they aren’t registered.

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Going through the pros and cons of the breed.
Huskies are very friendly and good with people and children. They love company and are playful throughout their entire lives. Huskies are highly intelligent breed however if not properly stimulated this can lead to naughty behaviour. They are extremely easy going and laid back in their nature and one of the things many people love is that Huskies lack that signature ‘doggy smell’.

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However, although all of this sounds great there are of course some cons to the breed as well and these need to be considered before bringing a Husky into your family.
Because Huskies love company, they do not tolerate being left alone for long periods of time and because of their extremely friendly nature do not consider a Husky a guard or watchdog as they will want to greet everyone they meet. For this same reason, Huskies are not the most loyal of dogs; they love everyone. Also, because of the demands of Huskies they are not advisable for first time dog owners. They require a serious amount of exercise per day (we’re talking at least an hour run) and they are mischievous and so will take an unsure dog owner on a wild ride they will only result in frustration for the owner. Huskies also do not bark but will definitely howl just for the fun of it. Siberian Huskies are also known to suffer from separation anxiety and so are likely to trash homes and gardens when left alone or unattended, and if you aren’t a fan of dog hair then definitely steer clear of the Husky as you will be constantly hoovering and brushing up hair.

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All in all, Siberian Huskies are an extremely demanding breed that are best suited for experienced owners who are home most of the day.

If you need any training tips or further information don’t hesitate to ask, I’ll happily answer any queries you may have.

Animal Travels: Madagascar

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Madagascar has many different and interesting species, perhaps the most famous of which is the ring-tailed lemur. In this post, I hope to walk you through some of the most famous species that Madagascar has to offer and also some of the best places to spot them.

The ring-tailed lemur is a popular zoo animal, however the best place to see them is of course in their natural habitat and Madagascar is the only place to do this as ring-tailed lemurs are a species endemic to Madagascar (meaning that it is the only place that they live). Perhaps the best place to view ring-tailed lemurs in Madagascar is at the Anja Reserve near to Ambalavao.

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Coquerel’s Sifaka, or as I like to call it “The Eternally Surprised Lemur” is another species of lemur that is endemic to Madagascar. These lemurs are distinguishable by their white and reddish fur. The best place to see these beauties is at Arjajavy Private Nature Reserve.

 

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I simply can’t finish talking about lemurs on Madagascar without adding the islands creepiest resident the Aye-Aye. The island of Nosy Mangabe is reported to be the best place to find the Aye-Aye, however only for the extremely lucky as the Aye-Aye is an extremely elusive animal that does not like to be found.

Madagascar isn’t just home to lemurs though, it also has its own endemic species of mammal, the fossa.

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The fossa resembles a large elongated dog with a cat-like face. They are best viewed at Kirindy near Morondava.

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Madagascar’s waters are also filled with amazing animals too!

The waters between the mainland and Ile Sainte-Marie are the best place to view the humpback whales, particularly between the months of July and October.

So overall, Madagascar has a multitude of animals, however, don’t expect to find a hypochondriac giraffe, a robust hippo, a daft zebra and Alex the lion.

If anybody is paying a visit please let me know and I can give some tips and we can discuss the wildlife together!

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Animals You May Not Have Heard About: Hoatzin

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The hoatzin is found in Ecuador and is a very strange bird, it has an extremely strange smell reported to smell like fresh cow-manure, so much so that it is known locally as the ‘Stink Bird’.

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The hoatzin is very popular with evolutionary scientists as they believe it is the missing link between reptiles and birds, similar to Archaeopteryx. For this reason they are becoming more well known to general public.

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UK Pet Friendly Holidays: Dawlish

For the first post of this website, I thought I’d start off writing about UK pet friendly holidays. I am going to be posting different kinds of travel and animal related posts but I thought I’d start the blog with one of my favourite places.

I’ve been visiting Dawlish every year since being born. To start off with it’s such a beautiful place, whether it’s the Dawlish town centre itself or whether it’s the beach front.

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In recent years since getting my dog, I have continued to take a holiday here each year. I do stay in a caravan or a lodge on the Welcome Family Holiday Park but there are many dog friendly ones available and they always fill up quickly especially for the busy periods of the year.

When out and about with my dog, you quickly realise just how many people take their dogs with them to Dawlish. Cafes and pubs and restaurants are all dog friendly as there is simply that many dog owners on holiday down there; and even with my slightly psychopathic and wants to eat everybody dog, all the business owners are extremely accommodating for dogs and other pets.

Dawlish is definitely my top recommendation for a UK pet friendly holiday. You won’t always be guaranteed sun but you will be guaranteed a good time.

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