The Collie

The Collie (or Scottish collie, as the breed is often called) is a dog breed that originated in Scotland, where this breed was primarily used as a herding dog and all-around farm dog. In the 1800s and early 1900s, their popularity and reputation as awesome farm dogs started to grow rapidly and many of them were exported internationally as working animals. They are believed to share an ancestor with Border Collies. FUN FACT: There are two types of these dogs - the Rough Collie, with a long coat; and the Smooth Collie with a short, dense, and flat coat. The Rough Collie is a classic „Lassie“ with a rich c...

Why Do Dogs Tilt Their Heads?

Is there anything more adorable then your dog doing a head tilt?! Usually, head tilts occur while you are speaking (to your dog). Puppies are especially known for tilting their heads when they hear a new and interesting word or sound. There are a few reasons why your dog might be doing that. Dog experts have plenty of theories why dogs do that. They say that the head tilt has to do a lot with a dogs’ ability to empathize. Dogs can read your body language, facial gestures and can feel different emotions that we are feeling, and by tilting their heads dogs show us their empathy. Some of them say that dog...

Altobello Doberman

One of the most respected kennels that breeds Dobermans is Altobello Kennel, located in the city Petrovaradin, in Serbia (Europe). Their story began in 1988, when family of Mr. Lazar Sredojević decided to come back to Serbia (back then Serbia was part of the Yugoslavia), after spending few years in Africa. He and his family decided to get themselves a dog and after a careful consideration they chose a Doberman. Since the very first days with their pup, they fell in love with the breed. That first puppy was named ALTA. Alta was simple family dog with no show ambitions. Once they visited a dog show and th...

Totegnac kennel

One of the most popular dog breeds is the French bulldog. This breed originated in England and was first found in the early 1800s. French Bulldogs are small-sized dogs that make perfect family pets and expect you to give them a lot of love and affection. The French bulldog is known to thrive on attention. More about this adorable breed you can read here. One of the most successful Frenchie breeding kennels is Kennel Totegnac, located in a small village 25 kilometers west of Zagreb, Croatia. Kennel Totegnac has been registered at the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) in 2007. Founders of this k...

Dogs and kids

When getting a dog, people usually pay attention to a few characteristics that are the most important to make their final choice on which dog they should get. Most often those characteristics are the physical appearance of a dog (including dog’s grown to upsize, the length of the dog’s coat, etc.), possible health issues of a particular breed, whether the breed is easy to train, their temper, obedience (…). When there is a child in the family, those important characteristics go on. For families with children, the most important thing about their future pets is the way the dog will behave around their ch...

Dogs in Ancient World

Dogs and humans have a relationship that goes way back. Dogs have been a part of human beings history for thousands of years. The earliest evidence of domestication dates from 12000 years BCE and was found in the Middle East and it shows an old man that was buried with a puppy. Much as today, in the history of mankind, dogs were seen as faithful companions, friend, hunters, guardians and part of the family. Dogs in Mesopotamia One of the first time dogs were mentioned in history was when they appeared in a role as the companions of the goddess Innana (Ishtar). She allegedly traveled with seven prized hu...

Hip Dysplasia in dogs

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition resulting from an improperly formed hip joint. It is the failure of the hip joints to develop and, because the joint is loose, the dog's leg bone moves around too much, causing pain. Hip dysplasia is one of the most common skeletal diseases in dogs. It is common in many dog breeds, particularly the larger ones. However, that does not mean that smaller breeds are safe and will not be stricken with hip dysplasia. For example, pugs and French bulldogs are prone to suffer from this condition but are less likely to show clinical signs. Hip Dysplasia in dogs - signs Exc...

How to keep your dog cool

Beat the summer heat! Summer is just around the corner and it can be a very dangerous season for dogs if their owners are not being responsible. That is why it’s important that everyone know some basic things on how to keep your dog cool and beat the summer heat. High temperatures can provoke dehydration, sunburn, burned foot pads and even heat stroke. Also, ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, flies, and other insects are at their peak during the summer, so make sure that your dog is using appropriate protection. For starters, organize your day so you are able to take your dog for a walk and light exercise early...

Animal shipping

Although there are many people against shipping pets across the world, sometimes it is the only way to relocate an animal. Besides, today's conditions are very much improved and, as the connectivity of different parts of the world increases (especially via social media), pet shipping is more widespread and well-received. Contrary to popular belief, pets aren’t crammed with luggage in a deep dark hole in the bottom of the plane. They are actually loaded into a temperature and pressurized compartment separate from luggage. They are also the last to be loaded onto the plane and the first to come off. If an...

Dogs and babies

Dogs are sensitive creatures, extremely connected with their owners and can feel that there is something different, and once you have a child, everything is different. Before bringing the newborn home you need to prepare your dog for the arrival of the baby, in order to minimize stress for the dog and reduce the chance of any accidents. Dog and babies safety Before bringing the baby from the hospital, the smart thing to do is to bring home a piece of baby's clothing with the baby's smell on it. Let your dog smell it and get used to the new scent. Before bringing a baby home, make sure your dog went for...