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Breed Guide / Some Wonderful Scruffy Breeds

We are celebrating scruffy pets here at Animal Friends. Here are just a few breeds who have some fantastic coats, from wiry to soft, thin or thick! Cairn Terrier The Cairn Terrier originates from the Scottish Highlands and makes a great family pet and companion. These scruffy chappies need to be special groomed with hands and … Continued

Breed Guide / Which Dog Breeds are Hypoallergenic?

What dogs are hypoallergenic? Five Dogs for Allergy Sufferers As a dog lover, an allergic reaction to man’s best friend can be a huge setback in owning your own pet. However, there are certain breeds that can make someone with an allergy more comfortable. It’s not the dog’s hair itself that causes allergic reactions, it’s … Continued

Animal Welfare / Stopping Dog Fighting

Although dog fighting was made illegal in the UK in 1835, it still continues in primarily secret underground scenes. The law has not proven to be a sufficient deterrent, as these horrendous acts of animal cruelty still take place all over the country. Some dogs are bred and reared specifically to fight, and are sold … Continued

Animal Welfare / Walking Your Dog in Hot Weather

Summer is nearly here, and the hot weather invites everyone to spend more time outside. However, walking your dog at this time of year can be quite dangerous in certain circumstances. As an owner you need to be vigilant to ensure your dog is always protected. Sunstroke, overheating and sunburn Dogs are susceptible to sunburn, … Continued

Animal Welfare / 30 Cat Facts You Didn’t Know

Even the most experienced owner will be amazed by these fantastic cat facts! A ‘clowder’ is the term used for a group of adult cats, and has its roots in Middle English. Other ways of referring to them are ‘clutter’ or ‘glaring’. A group of wild cats is called a ‘dowt’ or ‘destruction’, and a group of kittens is … Continued

Animal Welfare / The Most Popular Cat Breeds

We compiled data from our policyholders to find out what the most popular cat breeds are in the UK. Domestic Shorthair or Moggy ‘Moggy’ is a term for a Domestic Shorthair, non-pedigree cat, meaning the cat’s ancestors originated from various breeds. Moggies generally have a reputation of better health than their pedigree counterparts, as natural selection … Continued

Animal Welfare / Which Rehoming Centre Should You Choose?

Deciding which rehoming centre you should choose to adopt your pet from can be a difficult and daunting task. There are a lot of factors you need to consider such as the type of animal you are looking for and which shelters are nearest to your home. You also need to bear in mind how … Continued

Animal Welfare / Choosing the Right Vet

Choosing the Right Vet

When choosing the right vet, you need to take into account what would be best not only for yourself, but for your pet. You need to consider the location, whether staff appear knowledgeable and informative, and how they behave with the animals. There are a lot of different vets to choose from so don’t settle … Continued

Animal Welfare / National Specially-Abled Pets Day

National Specially-Abled Pets Day recognises the members of the world’s pet population that need some assistance within their lives. With the aid of pet mobility devices and the love of their owners, disabled pets have actually proved they are very able. Colleen Paige founded the day, which was originally called ‘Disabled Pets Day’. However, she … Continued

Animal Welfare / 30 Mind Blowing Facts about Dogs

Even the most experienced dog owner will be surprised by these completely mind blowing facts about our beloved canine companions! Dogs can see in the dark because of the tapetum lucidum, a mirror-like membrane in dogs’ eyes. There are light-and-motion sensitive cells in the retina that are referred to as rods, which can tell the … Continued

Breed Guide / National Look Alike Day

It is National Look Alike Day today, and people have long been fascinated about the resemblance between dogs and their owners. Although certain stereotypes exist about the type of dog that would suit a certain person based on looks, there is a lot of debate as to whether there is any truth in them. There … Continued