Coton de Tuléar – Breed Profile

The Coton de Tuléar is a small breed of dog. Their most distinctive feature is their soft coat, which is considered to be hair, rather than fur. To find out more about the breed, and if it is a good fit for your family, read on below.

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Coton de Tuléar


The Coton de Tuléar is a small breed, with males weighing between 4 – 6 kg and females between 3.5 – 5 kg. The coat of soft, cotton-like hair, rather than typical dog fur means that the breed does not have a normal dog smell. This also means that they can be a good breed for those allergic to normal dog fur. This hair does, however, require daily brushing to prevent matting. The coat comes in three colours, white, black and white and tricolour. Many multi coloured examples do later lose their colour as their adult coat grows in. A black nose and large, dark eyes beautifully contrast this light colouring. The tail is usually of medium length and curls over the back.

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Rough Collie – Breed Profile

The Rough Collie is a medium / large breed of dog. People sometimes refer to them as ‘Lassie Dogs’, thanks to the character of Lassie, a Rough Collie who has appeared in novels, movies and television shows.

Rough Collie Breed Profile Example, Bonnie.

Rough Collie


The most recognisable feature of the Rough Collie is the long fluffy coat. This coat is found in four different coat colours, sable and white, tricolour, blue merle and white, though even ‘white’ examples typically have small patches of colour. The coat is double layered, with a coarse outer coat over a downy under coat. This coat requires regular brushing to prevent matting.

They are a medium / large breed, with males typically weighing between 20–29 kg, and females between 18–25 kg. The breed has a very distinctive face, with its long thin muzzle, and alert eyes. Their ears stand proud of their coat, but the points typically tip, rather than standing straight up. Similar breeds include the Smooth Collie, which is a shorter haired variety, and the Shetland Sheepdog, which is a smaller breed with Rough Collies in their ancestry.
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Shih Tzu – Breed Profile

The Shih Tzu is a small breed of dog, well known for their short muzzle and long coat. To find out more about the breed, and if it is a good fit for your family, read on below.


Shih Tzu Bailey, a Yorkshire Vets Shadwell patient.

Shih Tzu


Shih Tzus are a small but sturdy breed. Females typically weigh between 4.5 and 8kg, with males between 5 and 8.5kg. They frequently have an obvious underbite, which is prominent under a short muzzle. They have drop ears and a tail that curls over the back. The Shih Tzu coat is soft, long and double layered. While show dogs typically only have this trimmed at floor level, it is common for pet Shih Tzu to receive regular trims to keep their coat at a more manageable length. Because of the coat length, Shih Tzu’s do require regular brushing to avoid matting.  Compared to other dogs, shedding is minimal, so Shih Tzus can be good for those allergic to pet hair. The coat comes in a great number of colours, and the breed standard does not prefer one colour over any other.
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German Shepherd – Breed Profile

The German Shepherd is a large breed of dog, well known for their intelligence and trainability. To find out more about the breed, and if it is a good fit for your family, read on below.

German Shepherd Abbey, on a recent visit to our Shadwell surgery.

German Shepherd


German Shepherds are easily recognised by their distinctive face, with its long muzzle and pricked up ears. Most people also recognise them by their black and tan colouring, though they can be found with other, rarer colours. These less common colours include sable, pure black and pure white. They have a dual layered coat, with a dense outer coat over a thick under coat. Although most commonly short haired, longer haired examples do exist. They are a large breed, with females weighing 22-32kg and males 30-40kg. An exaggerated sloping of the back has caused controversy after being seen in show German Shepherds. This has resulted in dogs with spinal and hind leg issues. Consequently, the Kennel Club has retrained judges to penalise dogs that show these symptoms.
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Persian Cat – Breed Profile

The Persian is a long-haired breed of cat, known for its round face and short nose. To find out more about the breed, and if it is a good fit for your family, read on below.

Persian Cat, Boris.



Persians are most recognisable for their flat faces and large eyes. They have short legs, and a stocky body, with a relatively short tail. Their short ears will only protrude a small amount from their thick coat. They are a long coated breed that requires regular grooming to avoid matting. It is possible to find coat colouring of every cat colour or pattern, though some are quite rare. Extreme features, such as those of the Persian, can lead to health issues. Because of this, some breeders have begun to breed ‘traditional’ Persians. These are an attempt to remove the exaggerated features for a healthier cat.
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Breed Profile – Great Dane

The Great Dane is a breed of dog most known for its giant size.  To find out more about the breed, and if it is a good fit for your family, read on below.

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Great Dane


Known for their height, Great Dane females usually measure 71–76 cm from paw to shoulder, while males measure 76–79 cm. It is not uncommon, however, to see much taller examples. Zeus, the tallest dog ever recorded, was a Great Dane. He measured in at a staggering 111.8cm at the shoulder. They are typically muscular but, despite their size, can appear quite graceful in their movements when in open spaces. The majority of Great Danes should weigh between 50 and 82kg, though this will depend upon their height. As with many larger breeds, Great Danes often have slightly drooping jowls, which can result in drooling. They are a short haired breed that sheds a moderate amount, however, due to their size, the amount of hair shed can seem a lot. Coat colours come in variations of three types, Fawn and Brindle, Harlequin and Black, and Blue.
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Breed Profile – Bengal Cat

The Bengal is a breed of cat most known for its coat markings, which are typically similar to those found on wild cats, such as leopards and ocelots. To find out more about the breed, and if it is a good fit for your family, read on below.

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Bengal Cat


Bengal cats are known for their wildcat markings. These are characterised by stripes, large spots, rosettes and a lighter coloured chest. Spots are typically present on the sides and back, with stripes more commonly on the legs and face. ‘Mascara’ type markings are also common, which are stripes around the eyes that follow their shaping. The breed is usually larger than a normal housecat. Males should weigh between 4.5 and 7kg, and females between 3.5 and 5.5kg. Despite this larger size, the body type of a Bengal is actually very close to that of a standard domestic cat. Bengals are usually found in brown or snow colours, though other colourings such as silver, mink and sepia are seen from time to time. Continue reading… “Breed Profile – Bengal Cat”

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Keeshond – Breed Profile

The Keeshond is a medium sized breed of dog that is part of the spitz dog group, originating from Germany. To find out more about the breed and if it is a good fit for your family, read on below.


Layla the Keeshond Dog



The Keeshond is a medium spitz type dog, with both males and females weighing between 14-18kg. They are most obviously characterised by their dense double coat, with its prominent mane-like ruff. Their long, straight outer coat stands out over the a thick, downy undercoat. Keeshond coat colours are generally a mix of black, grey and some white, with cream coloured legs, feet and undercoat. Underneath this large coat is a sturdy body. The muzzle is medium length, and their face is highly expressive, with it’s spectacled patterning set below small pointed ears.
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Breed Profile – Sphynx

The Sphynx is a breed of cat, most known for its lack of coat and extroverted personality. To find out more about the breed, and if it is a good fit for your family, read on below.

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Sphynx Cat


Sphynx cats are known for their lack of fur, but actually have a very fine covering of hair, which accounts for the unique, chamois-like texture of their skin. They are a medium sized breed that is fairly robust and muscular. The breed is also characterised by it’s large ears, loose, wrinkled skin and pot bellied appearance. Their skin colour can reflect most standard colour schemes of domestic cats, such as solid, tabby, tortie etc. Continue reading… “Breed Profile – Sphynx”

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Labrador Retriever – Breed Profile

The Labrador Retriever is a very popular large breed of dog, that originates from Canada. To find out more about the breed and if it is a good fit for your family, read on below.

Labrador Retriever Penny

Labrador Retriever


The Labrador is a large retriever gun dog, with females between 25-32kg and males 29-36kg. They have a broad head, with pronounced, characterful eyebrows. Their expressive eyes are brown or hazel in colouring and their ears hang close to the head. Labradors should have a muscular build. Their coats are short, dense and waterproof. Shedding amounts are variable, but can be quite heavy. Coats come in three colours, yellow (from almost white, to fox red), chocolate and Black. Continue reading… “Labrador Retriever – Breed Profile”

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