So you’re a sun worshipper who loves being outdoors in the summer and you’re thinking of getting an English bulldog as a pet. Think again – this is a classic example of incompatibility because this breed cannot cope with high temperatures. Every aspect of your life and your dog’s is shaped by breed – and there are more than 200 to choose from, so it’s important to get that choice right.
An informative and fun place to start is the . “It has a full list of the standard for particular pedigree breeds,” says Lucy Carter, the specialist pet food company’s area breeder business manager.
“Many potential owners consider a dog breed based on looks, which can help with grooming, or size. But they will need to look in more detail at the particular traits of a breed,” she says – vital attributes such as their energy levels, behaviour with people, grooming and temperament.
“For example, a labrador has been bred to be a retrieving gundog,” says Lucy. “So they are very owner-orientated but also need to be mentally and environmentally stimulated to prevent boredom and frustration. Comprehending the main driving factors for a breed will help you to understand the dog itself and the training methods needed to help reduce stress and frustration levels, resulting in a happy home.”
The best way to find out more is to visit the . The hub is a unique destination that provides lots of information for a potential pet owner to start their research, the hub covers all breeds, and the new functionality Royal Canin are working on will list breeders so potential owners can find a suitable breeder.
You can also contact a particular breed club (details are on the Kennel Club website) and ask questions. Lucy says: “It’s good to go and see a dog in its home setting and get a real feel for it. Many prospective owners encounter the breed for the first time when puppies are with their mother.
“But this does not give you a true understanding of the idiosyncrasies of the breed.” Observing a number of adult dogs will give would-be owners a far better idea of what the animal will be like when fully grown – not just size and hair type, but also personality and exercise requirements.
Many breeds work with just about anyone as long as solid training and good socialisation are put in place early. Lucy says careful thought must be given to choice of breed: “Royal Canin’s Breed Health Nutrition range perfectly meets the specific needs of 23 breeds. A Chihuahua should not be fed the same as a St Bernard. This sounds like a logical statement, but many people do not take the breed, lifestyle or size of their dog into account when considering nutritional needs.”
Proud to be feeding generations of guide dogs
This winter, Royal Canin will be donating £1 to Guide Dogs for every promotional bag of Breed diet sold in participating pet shops across the UK.*
For more information, visit royalcanin.co.uk/guidedogs