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Test: Check if your pooch is happy!

Test: Check if your pooch is happy!

Dog love is unconditional and infinite – everyone who accompanies a four-legged friend knows it. As dog carers, we owe them the best of everything. However, we often wonder if we care about our pet well enough and whether he is happy … Here is a test that will check if your pooch has a truly happy life!

Check if your dog is happy!

Here are 8 questions that will help you find out how your pet feels. Prepare a pen and paper to save the points you received for the answers you selected. After summarizing them, check how happy your dog is. Good luck!

1. How often does your dog mess around in your home?

  • never (5 points)
  • this has not happened to him for several years (4 points)
  • only when there is a storm or other difficult situation (3 points)
  • at least once a month (2 points)
  • practically every time (1 point)

2. Where does your dog usually sleep?

  • in my bed (5 points)
  • in my or other household’s bedroom (4 points)
  • on the sofa or armchair in the living room (3 points)
  • in the hall, away from the household (2 points)
  • closed in the kitchen or in the yard (1 point)

3. Does your pooch look into your eyes?

  • yes, there is no problem with it (5 points)
  • it happens sometimes but it doesn’t last too long (4 points)
  • only when trying to get food from me (3 points)
  • when our eyes meet, the dog immediately looks away (2 points)
  • no, he clearly avoids it (1 point)

4. How often do you take your dog on a long, relaxing walk?

  • everyday – an hour (or longer) stroll in a quiet environment is a permanent part of the day! (5 points)
  • at least three times a week (4 points)
  • once a week I manage to save so much time (3 points)
  • very rarely – I have more important things to worry about (2 points)
  • not at all, a quick walk around the estate or running in the garden must be enough (1 point)

5. How many hours does your dog sleep per day?

  • a lot – probably around 12-16 hours (5 points)
  • sleeps all night, additionally takes a lot of naps during the day (4 points)
  • a little more than at night (3 points)
  • probably not much, he is always active (2 points)
  • I don’t pay attention to it (1 point)

6. Does your dog get along well with other pets?

  • yes, he has many dog ​​friends with whom he gets on well (5 points)
  • most will be happy to greet, but rather do not want to party (4 points)
  • has two, three colleagues with whom he meets from time to time (3 points)
  • he doesn’t like such company (2 points)
  • absolutely not, he is aggressive towards other dogs (1 point)

7. How often is something wrong with your dog?

  • never – we visit the vet only as a preventive measure (5 points)
  • sometimes a broken claw or a scratch will happen (4 points)
  • once a year the pooch catches an infection (3 points)
  • the dog has a chronic illness but I do what I can to help him (2 points)
  • I don’t know, as long as he looks healthy, I don’t care about him (1 point)

8. How often does your dog want to play with you?

  • every time I suggest it to him – he is always ready for a bit of madness! (5 points)
  • sometimes he has a mood for it and can be persuaded to pull with a jerk or fetch (4 points)
  • all the time – he slowly brings me balls and squeaks when I don’t respond (3 points)
  • rather, he doesn’t feel like it, he prefers to lie on the bed in peace (2 points)
  • I don’t know, I don’t like to do it and I don’t encourage this dog (1 point)

Is your dog happy? Check the results!

33-40 points

Your pet is a real lucky guy! He is healthy, strong, trusts you truly, and you take care of all his needs. At first glance you can see that it is your eye in your mind. You can only envy him!

25-32 points

Everyone, however, can have a worse day. Still, you shouldn’t worry too much about it – after all, you give your dog everything you need to be happy! Keep up the good work and your pet will respond with a wonderful, wide smile!

17-24 points

  • Which way to happiness?

This result indicates that your pooch is a bit lacking in luck. However, it looks like you are on the right track to make his life quite pleasant! Try to give your dog more attention, time and take care of his basic needs. It is not worth wasting the work you have done so far to provide him with good living conditions!

10-16 points

  • The dog disappears in the midst of important matters …

Your involvement in the relationship with the pooch is not enough – you give him too little attention and time! Try to find during the day the moment when you devote yourself completely to your pet. Take the dog for a longer walk, take care of his health and allow him to have pleasant contact with other animals. It will definitely pay you back!

8-9 points

Your pooch doesn’t belong to happy animals … You hardly care about him! The quadruped clearly shows it to you through its behavior – destruction at home, frustration and distrust of you. This must change immediately, because for now you are treating your dog as a piece of furniture that does not match the decor of your apartment!

Author: Aleksandra Prochocka




Korthals Griffon is a continental wirehaired pointer, which at first glance is easily mistaken for a German rough-haired pointer or Czech fousko. However, he is different from them in a longer, richer and softer coat.

Korthals griffon lying on the grass
photo: Tomasz Szwed

Korthals Gryffindor badly needs human closeness and likes to accompany him in his daily activities. Due to this, most representatives of the breed do not tolerate being locked in a pen. These dogs gently and tenderly treat children in the family. Get along well with other animals living in the house.

Korthals griffon needs a lot of movement, preferably running freely in the open. Brother is also with water and swimming.


As a hunting dog, the griffon is adapted to work in dense thickets and in wetlands. The robe perfectly protects him from cold, moisture and injuries. Works great as an exhibiting dog, retriever and tracker. In the field he does not move further than on the range of the shot. He works eagerly, willingly performs commands, and at the same time shows independence. It is not very fast, but it is durable. In the field he moves slowly.

Gryffindors will be good family companions, provided that they are given a lot of movement. If they have no way to use energy, they have moods and tend to be depressed. Of course, they don’t necessarily have to hunt – they are suitable, for example, for jogging companions.

Gryffindor is distrustful of strangers, so despite his gentleness he works as a guardian.

Training and education

This dog is trainingable and friendly. Matures for a long time and is also known for his willingness to play. This is one of the more joyous breeds – the tail of wagging almost constantly. For stroking and hugging, the griffon could be cut up. As a sensitive animal, he endures harsh treatment badly.

Portrait of Korthals griffon
photo: Shutterstock

He learns willingly and quickly and likes to cooperate with people, so when arranging him, it is worth using these natural inclinations and positive motivation, not coercion. To achieve the best results, you should train him from a puppy.

Who is this race for?

Who can you recommend a griffon to? Certainly a hunter hunting small animals and birds. Rather, it is not recommended for people living in a block of flats. However, the Gryffindor will be an excellent companion for someone who devotes his time and likes to go for walks.

Advantages and disadvantages


  • sometimes arbitrary and stubborn
  • needs a lot of traffic
  • requires trimming
  • untrimmed moulting
  • on the fur endures a lot of garbage


  • nice family companion
  • gentle to children and pets
  • willing to cooperate
  • excellent hunter’s helper
  • healthy and resistant to weather conditions


Korthals griffons enjoy good health. Occasionally dysplasia occurs, so when buying a puppy, it is worth familiarizing yourself with the results of the parents’ examination.

A young female of Gryffindor Korthals walking on the grass
photo: Tomasz Szwed


Korthals griffon is not demanding when it comes to nutrition. You can give him ready-made food of good quality as well as food prepared at home.


Griffin care is not complicated. Just brush it once every few days. Of course, after running in the field, you need to brush it, because leaves, sticks, thistles stick to the coat, etc. You should also check your ears, especially after swimming, because they are poorly ventilated. Show dogs are usually lightly trimmed, but this applies mainly to the head and paws.

Portrait of a Korthals griffon lying on the grass
photo: Tomasz Szwed

Contrary to what one sometimes writes, the Korthals griffon moults, but less so than the seasonally changing hair breeds. Usually, slightly more intense hair shedding can be seen in spring. Trimming can eliminate this problem. Twice a year a visit to the barber will be useful for the griffon.


This breed is officially recognized as French, but its origin is due to the Dutchman Eduard Korthals, whose kennel Ipenwoud was located in Germany. It was in her since 1873 that over 20 years of work continued on the creation and improvement of the breed.

Korthals griffon puppy standing on the grass
photo: Tomasz Szwed

Korthals dreamed of a perfect pointer: resistant, durable, devoted to the owner. He was to work close to the hunter and be easy to position. It is not known exactly what breeds the breeder used to create his griffon. It started with female Mouche. He associated her with five males he called griffons – they could have been French griffons.

Presumably Korthals also used various dogs from Germany and France, continental spaniels and English and French water dogs. The pointer that arose as a result of these matings aroused interest in the world of cynology. He quickly went across the ocean and in 1887 the first bitch was registered in the AKC, although he had to wait there for recognition and his own club until 1916.

The most representatives of the breed can be found in France. In addition, there are relatively many of them in the Benelux and Canada, some in the United States, few kennels are in Germany, and single dogs in Scandinavia.

Korthals griffon in profile
photo: Shutterstock

In Poland in the 1950s and 1960s, griffons were popular among hunters. At present, probably only one representative of this breed lives with us, a young female imported from the Netherlands this year.


Korthals Griffon – Group VII FCI, section 1.3, reference number 107

  • Country of origin: France
  • Nature: intelligent, gentle, friendly and dedicated dog; gentle towards children; excellent hunting dog; works well as a watchman
  • Size: dogs 55-60 cm, bitches 50-55 cm
  • Weight: dogs 23-27 kg, bitches 18-23 kg
  • Robe: rough, two-layered (hard topcoat and thick, soft undercoat); on the head it creates eyebrows, a beard and a mustache
  • Ointment: steel gray with brown patches or brown preferred; brown roan ointment (mixed white and brown hair) is common; white-brown and white-orange color is allowed
  • Length of life: usually around 12 years, sometimes 14-15 years
  • Vulnerability to training: big
  • Activity: quite large; if he is given a daily dose of movement, he is calm at home
  • Maintenance costs: PLN 100-200 per month
  • Resistance / susceptibility to diseases: very resistant; occasional hip dysplasia
  • Possibility to buy a puppy: currently only abroad
  • Price of a dog with a pedigree: abroad, around 900 euros, in Poland 3500-4000 PLN

Interesting facts

Gryffindor Korthals has Prince Monaco, Rainier, American actor Clint Eastwood. German Chancellor Angela Merkel also had several Gryffindors in a row.

KOOLIE – Dog breeds –

KOOLIE - Dog breeds -


Koolie is extremely hardworking, tireless and totally devoted to the owner. Even in difficult conditions, he works tirelessly, because it’s his calling.


It is used to herd sheep, goats and cattle. He works in a middle style between Kelpie and Continental Shepherds: he uses the eye to a small extent in herding. He can back, i.e. run on the backs of sheep crammed in the yard.

Koolie red merle overcoming an obstacle
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Dogs of this breed are quite strong mentally, full of energy and need a lot of movement and activity. Perfect for agility, tracking and sports obedience. They also work as rescue and therapeutic dogs and are great companions for active people. If their needs are met, they are muted at home.

Training and education

Many koolies keep their distance from strangers. Because of this inborn distrust, socialization cannot be neglected. Some, however, are friendly and open to everyone. They accept other pets at home. They usually get along with other dogs.

Two horses in the garden
photo: Magdalena Lademann

Who is this race for?

As the owner of this breed will be an active person who will provide the dog with physical and mental activity. Koolie can be recommended to lovers of dog sports.


Koolie is a healthy and long-lived breed. Dogs working at the age of 20 and enjoying good health are no exception. They owe this to a wide genetic pool and selection for utility.

A swarthy long-haired female koolie lying on the grass
photo: Magdalena Lademann

Deafness is the only more common health problem – it mainly concerns so-called double marbles, i.e. dogs derived from the association of two marbles. A double dose of the merle gene (marbling) causes pigment reduction, which can result in impaired vision and hearing. Many breeders still practice such mating, and puppies sleep with excess whiteness. To make matters worse, some people also fall asleep to healthy non-branded skin, because only merle is considered typical for the breed.

This means the elimination of an average of half a litter, because as a result of the combination of two merle dogs, statistically, half of the usual marbles are born, a quarter of double and a quarter of non-branded dogs.

The breed club promotes the association of merle and non-merle, in which there is no risk of giving birth to double merle, because then only one of the parents can pass the children to this gene. Deafness sometimes also affects dogs with a lot of white fur on their heads, but it is rare in koolie, because breeders prefer little white markings.

Hip and elbow dysplasia occur sporadically in the breed. It is also suspected that as a result of crossbreeds from border collie and kelpie, koolie may be burdened with PRA or CEA.


As a typical rural herdsman, koolie is not particularly demanding in terms of nutrition. You can give him ready-made food of good quality as well as food prepared at home.

Black and white short-haired koolie lying on the grass
photo: Magdalena Lademann


Koolie are easy to care for, but a little long coat requires more attention. Moulting usually takes place twice a year.


Koolie (pronounced kuli) is an old Australian pastoral race, about 160 years old, only recently officially registered. It comes from shepherd breeds that came to the Australian continent from Europe. Among her ancestors are short-haired blue-eyed and black and tan collies from Scotland.

The latter gave rise to Australian Cattle Dogs. Robert Kaleski, one of the creators of this last breed, was to say (1911): „We currently have many varieties of working dogs. One of them is the Welsh heeler or merle, popularly referred to as German koolie. „

Short-haired red merle bitch koolie in show position
photo: Urszula Charytonik

You can learn about the history of shepherd dogs by following the history of sheep, because they always wandered together. Sheep from Great Britain and merinos from Spain, France and Saxony were brought to Australia. Everywhere there are shepherd dogs with marbled color. In France, they are Pyrenean Sheepdogs (short-haired), in Spain, carea leonés, and in Germany, Old German shepherd dogs from the tiger variety. Hence the original name of the breed – German koolie (also coolie, kuli, couli).

The creator of the German Shepherd Max von Stephanitz in the publication „German Shepherd in word and picture” (1925) writes: „Australian sheep breeders were so impressed with German shepherds that they imported them.” He then describes the German tiger breed as „long-haired or short-haired, with erect ears and a merle coat, similar to the type found in Australia under the name German collie.”

There are also many indications that the tigers could have arrived in Australia much earlier, e.g. with a German brought to work by Elisabeth Macarthur, wife of John Macarthur, who started a Merino breeding there.

Shorthair blue merle koolie working with sheep
photo: Ewa Łukasik

Why was the breed not registered for so long? Simply these dogs were bred as effective helpers at work and only recently there was a need to register them. Koolie became rarer, because in vast Australia it was difficult for them to find a partner in the area. So they were associated with other utility dogs, e.g. kelpie or border collie.

Lovers of the breed feared that it would soon disappear, and in 2000 they founded the Koolie Club of Australia (KCA, Not wanting the name to be misleading, they removed the word „German” and adopted the spelling „k” to avoid confusion with collie. When the breed became known in the world, the adjective „Australian” was added to indicate its origin.

The club currently has over 200 members not only from Australia, but also from the United States, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Germany. In 2002, the Working Koolie Association Australia was founded (, which in turn focuses on the behavior and promotion of koolie as a shepherd dog, organizes training and competitions. Has members also in the United States.

Koolie come in different types, which is natural for a working breed, not selected for its appearance and used in various conditions. So dogs can be small and large, small and powerful. Their ears are upright, semi-standing or covered, and their hair is short or half-long with a feather. The colors are similar to those of Australian Shepherds (American breeds), but also swarthy and red.

A swarthy long-haired bitch and a black and white short-haired koolie dog standing next to each other
photo: Magdalena Lademann

KCA has not created a breed standard, because it is of the opinion that it must still develop. If such a pattern arises, it will cover different types. Currently, over 700 dogs are registered in the KCA. The club’s goal is to maintain temperament and a desire to work. The pedigree book is still open to quadrupeds of unknown origin. The club also allows crosswords with border collie and kelpie.

Koolie are the most popular in their homeland. Everywhere else they are rare, although there are more and more in the United States. There are few in Europe. A little koolie is in Finland (several imports, two litters were born), in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium (in 2011 the female from this country went to Poland for some time). Currently in Poland live a young long-haired bitch and a short-haired male koolie. There were only a few litters of this unique breed in Europe.




Clumber Spaniel is a dog with a phlegmatic disposition, full of inner peace and seriousness. It has strong bones and thick skin, this type of structure is called lymphatic. The most characteristic is the head of the clumber, with strongly marked eyebrows and foot (nasolabial fracture) and large, fleshy flanks.

Body composition determines a certain temperament. It is obvious that this dog will not be a volcano of energy, but it is also not a typical sandwiches. Dog of this breed without special problems will also adapt to a less active lifestyle – he spends a lot of time sleeping.

Three clumber spaniels lying on the dry grass
photo: Shutterstock

The good-natured word is probably best suited to describe the character of clumber. He is not aggressive towards people and animals. Very attached to the family, affectionate, perfect as a companion for children. In general, clumbery have a friendship for all people, although some individuals are wary of strangers.


Like other spaniels, he was bred primarily for hunting and has a great hunting passion to this day. His features – patience, endurance and perseverance in pursuit of the goal make it great for such a role.

Clumber Spaniel on the run
photo: Shutterstock

Despite the inherent calmness, clumber has a great need for activity. He likes long walks, combined with bushing in the thickets. He swims eagerly, retrieving from the water and land. Due to its heavy construction, it is not suitable for sports that require high speed and jumping, such as agility or flyball.

Training and education

Kept at home, he can be stubborn, which means problems with upbringing. This dog reacts badly to strength training. One should not expect from him blind obedience, but rather rational cooperation with man.

Portrait of a clumber spaniel
photo: Shutterstock

Who is this race for?

Clumbera can be recommended as a nice family companion for people who are moderately active and do not require absolute obedience from the dog.

Advantages and disadvantages


  • stubborn
  • often burdened with dysplasia
  • strongly moults
  • some individuals drool


  • calm and balanced
  • nice family companion
  • gentle to animals


Heavy body build may also cause diseases, e.g. hip dysplasia. Therefore, a dog at a young age can not be overloaded with physical exertion; it should be kept in good condition, which ensures especially swimming.

The long spine means that dogs with problems of several years may experience disk problems. Quite often there are also problems with eyelids – entropy or ectropion.

Puppy clumber spaniel in the studio
photo: Shutterstock


Clumbera can be fed both good quality ready-made food and self-made food.

Clumber spaniel at the trot
photo: Shutterstock


Clumbery moult strongly, and some additionally profusely saliva. The dog should be combed once a week, more often during the molting period.


There are several theories about the origin of the clumber spaniel. One of them says that the breed was the result of a cross between a basset and a non-existent Alpine Spaniel. According to the second, clumbery are descendants of another extinct breed – Blenheim Spaniel. There is no doubt, however, that this breed, although now recognized as British, has French roots.

Clumber spaniel standing outdoors
photo: Shutterstock

The most common version is that these spaniels were secretly bred by the French aristocrat Duc de Noailles. After the outbreak of the French Revolution, to save his dogs, he gave the pack to Henry Clinton, a duke of Newcastle, who lived on the estate of Clumber Park. Hence the name of the breed. These dogs were extremely popular among the aristocracy, they were the pride of many British homes.

A clumber spaniel puppy chewing on a shoe
photo: Shutterstock

Excellent utility and exhibition individuals were bred by King Edward VII and his son Jerzy V. After the death of the latter in the mid-nineteenth century, the breed began to lose its importance. Hunters preferred faster, more agile spaniel breeds. Clumbery was only kept by their die-hard lovers. The renaissance of interest in the breed took place in the 1960s in North America. Still, it is rare.


Clumber spaniel – group VIII FCI, section 2, reference number 109

  • Country of origin: Great Britain
  • Nature: calm, balanced, full of dignity, intelligent, persistent at work, stubborn, very gentle towards people and animals
  • Size: not specified in the template
  • Weight: ideal weight: dogs: 34 kg, bitches: 29.5 kg
  • Robe: silky hair, straight, adhering to the body, dense; on the limbs and chest forms a generous feather
  • Ointment: white with slight lemon or orange markings
  • Length of life: 12 years
  • Vulnerability to training: average; he may be stubborn, likes to have his own opinion
  • Activity: calm, very durable; he likes long, quiet walks, he is not a sprinter type
  • Maintenance costs: PLN 80-100 per month
  • Resistance / susceptibility to diseases: very resistant; hip dysplasia often occurs in the breed, there are problems with the spine and eyes (entropy and ectropion)
  • Possibility to buy a puppy: in Poland, litters are born sporadically

Interesting facts

It is thought that in addition to the blood of spaniels and bassetts, the clumber spaniel also has the blood of Bernardine.

Jumping. How is it different from agility? –

Jumping. How is it different from agility? -

Competitions organized in accordance with the FCI regulations have been divided into two categories: agility and jumping. Jumping is in fact an agility track (psi obstacle course) without zonal obstacles (palisades, footbridges and swings), which are marked in color with the entry and exit zones. The dog must touch them with at least one paw.

Jumping track and speed

These obstacles always slow the dog down a bit. Therefore, the speeds achieved on the jumping track are usually higher than on the agility track with zonal obstacles and are 5 or even 6 m / s.

Contrary to what the name suggests, jumping is not just about jumping obstacles. We will also come across tunnels and slalom here.

Leo Messi and the dog! FC Barcelona’s striker showed him training with him

Leo Messi and the dog! FC Barcelona's striker showed him training with him

Footballer’s wife Antonella Roccuzzo posted an Instagram video showing Leo Messi and the dog running in the backyard. However, this is not just running. Hulk, the dog de Bordeaux, who has been accompanying Messi and his family since 2016, plays the role of defender here, and Leo practices feats and dribbles with him. Just like on the pitch, he is of course reliable and copes with a four-legged opponent perfectly. Hacking through Hulk is not difficult for him, just like he is doing it with opponents on the field.

Leo Messi and the dog

When the video showing Leo Messi and the dog playing football was published on Instagram, Internet users, fans of the Argentine striker, immediately began to make far-reaching comparisons. The situation associated them with the duels that are taking place on the pitch Leo Messi and Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos. So what do Internet users write?

– Messi vs Ramos.

– The dog is Sergio Ramos.

– What is Sergio Ramos doing here?

The garden games, in which Leo Messi and the dog take part, aroused great interest. Fortunately, Hulk does not look unhappy when he loses duels with his guardian, one of the greatest footballers in the world. Quite the opposite – it seems to be great fun, although probably with his bulky stature keeping up with FC Barcelona’s stars does not come easily. In the background you can hear the laughter of Messi’s children, so everyone is happy.

And Messi will definitely be ready for the first match, which this season will play with his team on August 18.

Author: Magdalena Ciszewska




We usually associate Irish setters with a uniform mahogany color. Meanwhile, the red-white variety existed earlier. Although it is built a bit less nobly, it behaves more dignified than its red cousin.

By their stature and disposition, both Irish Setter races are very similar, although there are some differences between them. The red-and-white setter has preserved the older type of construction because it is bred mainly for work. It’s stronger and usually a bit lower. It has higher-set, wider and shorter ears and less abundant feather on the limbs and tail.

Irish red-and-white setter at a gallop
photo: Shutterstock

Setter gently treats all members of the domestic herd – not only people, but also pets (he gets along well with foreign dogs). Very patient with children, he is a great companion because he loves movement and fun. When he gets crazy, he’ll be happy to hug.


In relation to strangers, like all setters, he is very gentle, but he does not immediately show sympathy for every stranger. Thanks to this dose of distrust, he can also prove himself as a guard dog, although this is not his original calling.

His element is hunting – but that doesn’t stop him from living in the city if he has a large dose of movement and some mental activity.

Portrait of an Irish red and white setter
photo: Shutterstock

Training and education

When it comes to disposition, it’s just like a red-cousin full of joy of life and energy. However, he reacts less impulsively. Balanced, learns quickly and is easy to arrange – both as a hunting and companion dog.

Who is this race for?

Even a novice owner can handle the education of an Irish setter. It is important to give the dog a lot of movement and some mental activity and then he will be a great companion.

Advantages and disadvantages


  • requires a lot of movement and attachment
  • he needs careful socialization, because he is distrustful of strangers
  • has a strong hunting instinct and can chase animals


  • balanced
  • gentle to people and animals
  • good companion to children
  • easy to care for


Setters must remember to regularly check their ears – especially after bathing – because the low-broken turbinate impairs ventilation, exposing the setter to infections and inflammation of the outer ear. There is also hip dysplasia. In addition, they are very healthy and resistant dogs.

Portrait of two Irish setters
photo: Shutterstock


The Irish red and white setter has no particular nutritional requirements. It can be fed with ready-made food as well as home-made food.

Irish setter portrait
photo: Shutterstock


Care for the setter is not a problem, because his coat is not rich. It is enough to brush it regularly to keep the coat shine. It is worth systematically shortening the hair at the bottom of the paws and between the fingers, even if the dog is not exposed.


Already in the seventeenth century in Ireland you could meet red and red-white setters. A hundred years later, spotted dogs were much more popular than uniformly red. In all old paintings depicting „tarantulas” – ancestors of setters and spaniels – quadrupeds appear in patches.

Profile portrait of an Irish setter
photo: Shutterstock

At the beginning of the second half of the 19th century Irish setters were shown at exhibitions. At that time, there were about the same number of representatives of both varieties. Gradually, however, red beauties began to displace spotted cousins.

At the end of the 19th century, red and white setters became so rare that they were thought to have become extinct. Few survived, however, in remote areas of Ireland. Some Irish hunters preferred these dogs because they were easier to see in the brush during hunting – and kept breeding them.

Irish red and white setter on the run
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In 1944, a club was established in Ireland, whose goal was to preserve the red-and-white setter primarily as a working dog. Unfortunately, the race was still on the verge of extinction.

At the beginning of the 1970s, the Irish Kennel Club commissioned the Irish redhead (mahogany) club to oversee the reconstruction of the breed. The breeding base turned out to be so narrow that you had to resort to crosses with red setters. Slowly, the breed began to grow and gain a group of lovers not only in the homeland. The British cynological association recognized her in 1987, and FCI – in 1989.

Irish red and white setter in the meadow
photo: Shutterstock

Currently, the breed has supporters in various countries of Europe and the United States. They first came to Poland in 1998, and several litters were born with us.


Irish red and white setter – group VII FCI, section 2, reference number 330

  • Country of origin: Ireland
  • Nature: dog friendly to strangers, although not effusive at once; excellent hunting dog – persistent and brave
  • Size: dogs 62-66 cm, bitches 57-61 cm
  • Weight: dogs 29-34 kg, bitches 25-29 kg
  • Robe: silky, half-long; forms a straight or slightly wavy feather on the ears, back of the extremities, neck, stomach and tail, on the other parts of the body quite short and close-fitting
  • Ointment: on a white background intensely red patches; admissible dropletiness (spotting) on ​​the head and limbs
  • Length of life: 12-16 years old
  • Vulnerability to training: large – intelligent dog and easy to position
  • Activity: needs a lot of daily movement and mental activities
  • Maintenance costs: PLN 150-200 per month
  • Resistance / susceptibility to diseases: very resistant
  • Possibility to buy a puppy: there are very few kennels in Poland, the puppy must be ordered in advance
  • Price of a dog with a pedigree: PLN 1,500

Interesting facts

The Irish red-and-white setter together with the mahogany cousin appeared on a postage stamp issued by the Irish post office at the beginning of the 20th century.

How to prepare a dog for Christmas time? Useful tips!

How to prepare a dog for Christmas time? Useful tips!

Step by step Christmas is coming, followed by the New Year. Well, and before the New Year, New Year’s Eve party. Yes, this time begins, which is special for many people, but is it beautiful in the eyes of animals? How to prepare our four-legged friends well until the time full of guests, and later fireworks? How can Christmas be enjoyed by both parties? How to prepare a dog for Christmas time?

Pre-Christmas fever and dog rituals

Make sure you don’t disturb your dog’s daily rituals. Pre-Christmas solicitation can make you forget to give your pet food at the same time or take a walk when he always goes out. Plan well what you have to do, including in your pre-Christmas schedule what your four-legged friend is part of the day. Do not disturb him because he does not understand that „this is only during the holiday season.”

If you plan everything well in advance, your preparations for the celebration will be more peaceful. So write down, point by point, what you have to do and stick to it for your and your dog’s sake. Remember that disturbed rituals can cause unnecessary stress in your pet. And yet the holiday season itself can already be full of all sorts of emotions for him.

Is the house supposed to shine?

As you can read on many memes on the internet today, the Baby is coming for the holidays, not the sanctioner. Sometimes it is worth letting go. Especially when we have a dog at home. Let’s remember that our four-legged friend often lies on the floor or goes to the window to observe the world around him. So be very careful when using cleaning products. Many of them can sensitize a pet.

Maybe it is worth putting on natural apple cider vinegar and water and ventilating the house than succumbing to ads of fragrances. Of course, there are also special cleaning products that you can buy because they are made so that they do not threaten your pets. Note also when tuning an already cleaned house. Mistletoe fruits or other holiday plants can be dangerous for the dog.

How to prepare a dog for Christmas time? Guests, guests …

A house full of guests, older and younger, i.e. the Christmas buzz, is a lot of emotion for the pooches. It is worth making our guests aware of how to behave towards a pet from the very beginning. A responsible guardian will want to ensure the good attitude of his four-legged friend, without fear of explaining to the guests that the dog may perceive different behaviors of people differently. It is also worth emphasizing that the dog should not be fed like a holiday table, because many things can be bad for him. All this can even end with a visit to the vet on duty. Each of us knows our pet best. If we know that he had solid, good socialization and likes to surround himself with people, we will not be so worried about the fact that many guests will appear, although it is worth ensuring that the dog has a moment of peace when it signals such a need.

On the other hand, a dog that did not have adequate socialization, is fearful or over guarding its area, will not tolerate Christmas time and a house full of guests. It is worth working on certain behaviors earlier. However, this often requires a good course and a lot of time to make up for some socialization gaps.

Okay, but holidays are coming soon! And what now? You can dress the pooch in a special vest that will make him less fearful. It will also be useful on New Year’s Eve, if you know that your dog is also afraid of fireworks. You can also ask your vet about supplements that will mute him a bit. It is also worth ensuring that he has his quiet place off the beaten track, a little further away from guests, so that nobody disturbs him. Then guests should really respect the dog’s space, don’t force it or stroke it. The most watch out for small children who will come to visit, because it is often the most difficult for them to understand that the dog wants a moment of peace. Therefore, the dog’s guardian has to watch over it especially. It is also good that you go for a longer walk with the dog before the guests come.

the gentleman gives the dog a Christmas present
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Time for details

Before Christmas, we also think about such details as beautiful Christmas decorations or clothing gadgets for a pooches. Let’s remember that the Christmas tree was properly secured and the decorations on it reasonably safe. If we know that the dog is not interested in a decorated Christmas tree, it’s good, but it’s still worth being vigilant. However, if our pet is very curious about what hangs on the Christmas tree and is willing to play near it, then we should avoid glass baubles, and ideally put the Christmas tree in a place that will be difficult to access for the pooch.

How to prepare a dog for Christmas time? If we want our pet to be nicely cut and smelling for Christmas, then let’s think about visiting the groomer much sooner, and not just before Christmas Eve. Queues can be large and it is worth considering. And if you want to take a pooch yourself, it is also worth doing it in advance so that the dog can dry well. Maybe instead of Christmas clothes you should invest in an address if your pooch doesn’t already have it? May it not be needed, but in the pre-New Year’s period it is often not known if someone somewhere suddenly will shoot fireworks that may scare the dog. As the saying goes: prudent always insured.

Ah, and a present for the dog! We want to make your dog happy with a special gift under the Christmas tree. And good. Let it be something special, but when choosing such a gift, let’s try to put yourself in the place of the dog. What will your pet enjoy the most? You know best yourself. However, we have one important hint here: and so the biggest gift you can give him on Christmas is that you will have more time for him. Your presence is for him the most valuable gift also on New Year’s Eve. This is his greatest happiness and sense of security.

Author: Agnieszka Czylok

SHORT Haired Dutch Sheepdog – Dog breeds

SHORT Haired Dutch Sheepdog - Dog breeds


The Dutch Shepherd, like other shepherd dogs, has a strong sense of belonging to the herd. He is devoted to the whole family, but the most loyal to one person he chooses. He gets along well with children, if they are not too intrusive towards him. He also lives in harmony with pets.

Like his Belgian cousins, he reacts quickly to changes in the environment. It can bite a person who he thinks is a threat. Although active, the Dutch Shepherd is not as lively as the Belgian. He can live in the city – provided he is provided with movement and mental activities.

Dutch shepherd standing in the water
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Like many of his cousins, the Dutch Shepherd was used for all kinds of work. He guarded and herd sheep and cattle, guarded his master’s belongings, often worked in difficult conditions. As a result, he became a versatile and resistant working dog.

His vigilance and courage make him a good watchman. He will not let a stranger enter the area and will welcome friendly people.

Portrait of a Dutch Shepherd
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Training and education

The Dutchman is suitable for various types of training. In many countries, it is used in police and defense sports, such as IPO and Ring. Will also work in agility or sports obedience.

Portrait of a Dutch Shepherd
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Who is this race for?

The Dutch Shepherd requires an experienced guide, because as a guard dog, it can be quite hard and independent. The representatives of the long-haired variety have a slightly milder character, but these dogs tend to be more shy and require particularly careful socialization.

Advantages and disadvantages


  • requires a lot of movement and mental activity
  • has a fairly strong character and needs an experienced guide
  • requires careful socialization


  • susceptible to training
  • suitable for dog sports
  • calmer than Belgian Shepherds
  • easy to care for


Dutch Shepherds are healthy, durable and resistant. Livestock should be examined for hip and elbow dysplasia and eye diseases.

Portrait of Dutch Shepherd in profile
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The Dutch Shepherd has no particular nutritional requirements. It can be fed with ready-made food or food prepared by itself.

Dutch Shepherd catching a ball in flight
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Care is not complicated – it is enough to brush the hair once in a while to remove dead hair.


The Dutch Shepherd comes from the same line as the Belgian and German (many similarities with the Belgian in particular). Once all of these dogs were very similar, and the differences that exist today are due to different breeding selection.

In the past, each of these breeds had a larger range of colors than today. It can be assumed that these dogs were local varieties of one breed. Currently, the most striking difference is the color.

In the early twentieth century, most Dutch Shepherds were mostly white. In 1909 it was decided to eliminate them from breeding. As a result, the genetic pool was narrowed, so representatives of this breed were crossed with German and Belgian Shepherds.

Even in the 1930s, fawn individuals (similar to Belgian) were found. To this day many puppies are born with undesirable white markings.

Puppy of a Dutch Shepherd peeking through a hole in the fence
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Compared to the Belgian Shepherd, the Dutch has a more elongated figure and is stronger – but not as strong as German. Like Belgians, Dutch Shepherds come in three varieties. Short-haired is the most popular, rough-haired – less known, and long-haired – very rare.

Dutch shepherd on the run
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The breed is the most popular in its homeland, although recently it has gained supporters in other countries, especially in Scandinavia.

In 2005, short-haired siblings – a female and a dog – came to Poland from the Czech Republic. The rough-haired litter was born in 1995.


Dutch Shorthair Shepherd – Group I FCI, section 1, model number 223

  • Country of origin: Netherlands
  • Nature: obedient, understanding, loyal, alert, active, excellent watchdog
  • Size: dogs 57-62 cm, bitches 55-60 cm
  • Weight: unspecified, approximately 30 kg
  • Robe: double-layered: top coat not very short, hard, resistant to weathering; woolly undercoat; slightly longer hair creates a light ruff, trousers and a brush on the tail
  • Ointment: brindle in various shades (black stripes on a red or gray background); black mask desirable
  • Length of life: 13-15 years
  • Vulnerability to training: big
  • Activity: needs a lot of movement and mental activity
  • Maintenance costs: PLN 150-200 per month
  • Resistance / susceptibility to diseases: resistant
  • Possibility to buy a puppy: puppies are born sporadically in Poland

Interesting facts

For the first time the Dutch Shepherd was presented at a dog show held in Amsterdam in 1874.

The first Dutch Shepherd club – Nederlanse Herdershonden Club – was formed on 13.05.1898, while the breed itself was recognized by the FCI only in 1960.

The introductory book (for dogs of the breed type of unknown origin) for Dutch Shepherds in the Netherlands was closed on February 1, 1971.



A small molosser originating from the Balearic Islands, once a bull slayer, today he is a great companion dog. Balanced and calm, he can work well with people, he is faithful and devoted, he likes to accompany children. It is better not to teach him aggression.


„Majorca” are calm, balanced and friendly towards people on a daily basis. They can be very protective of children and pets. They can live in small and large animals – they are happy to accompany, for example, horse riding.

Portrait of Majorca dog
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They tolerate our climate well, both frost and heat. Quiet and peaceful every day, they bark at intruders only when the owners are sleeping or nobody is at home. They are devoted to their family and always ready to defend themselves.

Their relationship with foreign dogs may be a problem. „Mallorca” are usually not offensive, but provoked by another dog, especially of the same sex, they can get into a fight. So be careful that the dog of this breed does not have bad experiences with other pets.

Majorca dog galloping in the snow
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Although calm every day, it is not a typical sandstone couch. You have to provide him with longer walks or weekend trips. You should never buy a dog of this breed from an uncertain source, because the psyche of such an animal can be very different from the ideal.


Mallorca dogs have their blood and territory in defense – they don’t have to be taught to do so.

Portrait of the dog from Majorca on a black background
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Training and education

They learn easily and willingly. They are cheerful, willing to have fun and to work. They can pull a sled, like tracking and learning tricks.

Who is this race for?

„Majorca” requires a balanced and confident guide. This dog can be recommended as a companion for a moderately active family.

Advantages and disadvantages


  • can be aggressive towards other dogs
  • requires a consistent and experienced guide
  • requires a lot of traffic


  • very attached to the family
  • caring for children and other pets
  • susceptible to training
  • healthy and resilient
  • excellent guardian and defender
  • easy to care for


For molosses, Mallorca dogs are very agile and healthy. However, hip dysplasia does occur, which is why it is worth examining dogs for breeding in this respect.

Majorca dog sitting on the grass
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Dogs from Majorca are not particularly demanding in terms of nutrition, however, it should be remembered that as massive dogs may be exposed to gastric expansion and twist, so they should not be fed for a minimum of 2 hours before and immediately after the walk.

Majorca dog galloping in the snow towards the photographer
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It’s uncomplicated – just brush the dog with a rubber comb once a week, more often during molting. You can wipe the coat with a chamois cloth to ensure a beautiful gloss.


The breed was founded in the Middle Ages. English ships called at Majorca, an island off the coast of Spain. One of the pastimes was dog fighting. To this end, English sailors brought bulldogs, and local shepherds exhibited their Ca de Bestiar – large herding dogs (the breed exists to this day, but is little known outside of Spain).

Finally, the locals came up with the idea to cross these dogs with bulldogs.

Portrait of a smiling Majorca dog from above
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The next „entertainment”, in addition to dog fights, was the bull’s dog wheezing. The new breed was perfectly suited to this role – hence its name „Ca de Bou” – meaning „dog to the bull”. In worshiping the corrida of Spain, they were valued equally with the famous bullfighters. They even organized ceremonial funerals and gravestones.

At the end of the nineteenth century in Spain, dog fights and bull-fighting dogs were banned. Ca de Bou is no longer needed. At the beginning of the 20th century, the last living representative of this breed was sold to Puerto Rico.

In the 1950s, a group of enthusiasts from Majorca decided to recreate the breed. Dogs that resembled her were brought from peasants and breeding began. During its reproduction, the following breeds were also used: Ca de Bestiar and English Bulldog. The breed was recognized by the FCI in 1965 under the name Perro de Presa Mallorquin (a fighting dog from Majorca). However, until the early 1990s it was still not very popular.

Female dog from Mallorca standing on the sea shore
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In 1994, Renata Jasińska (Osanna kennel) managed to bring a dog and bitch from Majorca to Poland. A year later a second bitch came. In 1999, dogs from Osanna kennel became the first interchampions in this world.

In 1997 the breed name was changed to Perro Dogo Mallorquin (Majorca dog) or Ca de Bou. There are probably several hundred dogs from Majorca in Poland.


Majorca dog – group II FCI, section 2.1, model number 249

  • Country of origin: Spain
  • Nature: calm and confident in nature, faithful and devoted to his master, a perfect guardian and protector; everyday gentle with strangers, in the face of danger he is brave, fast and relentless; can be aggressive towards other dogs
  • Size: dogs: 55-58 cm, bitches: 52-55 cm
  • Weight: according to the standard dogs: 35-38 kg, bitches: 30-34 kg (in practice the weight can be higher)
  • Robe: short and rough to the touch
  • Ointment: brindle, fawn or black; acceptable white markings on paws, chest and mouth and black mask
  • Length of life: 10 years
    Vulnerability to training: big
  • Activity: he likes to move, but at home he is calm
  • Maintenance costs: PLN 100-150 per month
  • Resistance / susceptibility to diseases: resistant; there are cases of iliac dysplasia
  • Possibility to buy a puppy: there is little kennel in Poland, the puppy must be ordered in advance
  • Price of a dog with a pedigree: PLN 1500-2500

Interesting facts

The Mallorca dog is on the list of dangerous breeds, and keeping such a pet and breeding this type of breed requires permission.