Staffie (-ology)

In the hands of a loving and dedicated owner, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a wonderful pet.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was developed in the region of Staffordshire, England, in the nineteenth century from crosses between Bulldogs and various local terriers that were similar to the Manchester Terrier. Developed for the then-popular sport of bull baiting, the breed’s popularity waned as interest in the sport fortunately waned....


Maltese (-ology)

Cuddly bundles of fun and liveliness

Maltese are currently one of the most popular breeds in South Africa, which also sadly means that you will find them in abundance in shelters. 

An ancient dog from the Mediterranean, Maltese-like dogs are mentioned in writings as far back as 300 BCE and there are several different versions of their history. They may have originated in Asia, or perhaps the ancient...


Pit Bull (-ology)

Left: Zeus, owned by Gaelyn and the Cokayne family

While Pit Bulls make great family companions in the right hands and living situation, they require intelligent, responsible and dedicated ownership.

Unfortunately, too many people obtain these dogs for the wrong reasons or have little understanding on the inherent traits this breed possesses. Unlike the myth propagated by the media, human aggression is not a problem specific to...


Pug (-ology)

Pugs are addictive clowns – pugnacious, tough and affectionate.

Miniaturised from Mastiffs in the Far East at least 2 400 years ago, the Pug’s ancestors were once companions of Buddhist priests. Introduced into Holland in the 1500s, via the Dutch East India Company, this dog then became the companion of aristocrats and royalty.

The Pug is a small, sturdy, square dog whose stern appearance belies its cheerful personality and...



A proudly Southern African dog

The AfriCanis is a Landrace, the result of natural selection and physical and mental adaptation to environmental conditions, which has not been “selected” or “bred” for appearance. AfriCanis is the umbrella name for all Southern African native dogs. It refers to Africa (the continent) and Canis (dog), and should not be confused with the multitude of dogs roaming free in informal settlements...


Husky (-ology)

The Siberian Husky is a very beautiful, special and lovable breed, but it may not be the right breed for everyone.

Siberian Huskies are beautiful dogs. They look like wolves and have thick, soft coats that make them infinitely cuddly. They have piercing eyes, and wonderful masks that give them a roguish and unique look. Siberian Huskies can make very good family pets but they may not...


Cocker Spaniel (-ology)

Cocker Spaniels are playful, cheerful, amiable, sweet, sensitive, willing to please and responsive to their family’s wishes. They are known as the happy or “merry” breed.

Cocker Spaniels are dogs belonging to two breeds of the Spanieldog type: the American Cocker Spaniel and the English Cocker Spaniel, both of which are commonly called simply Cocker Spaniel in their countries of origin.

Cocker Spaniels were originally bred as hunting...


Bull Terrier (-ology)

Their comical looks, distinctive egg-shaped head, and jaunty gait make them a breed with tremendous character.

In the 19th century, English breeders combined Bulldogs and Terriers to create several popular breeds, one being the Bull Terrier. From the outset, “Bullies” proved to be superb ratters, herders and guard dogs with a unique look that made them popular in the dog show circuit.
Breeders in the early 19th...


Boston Terrier (-ology)

Boston Terriers are good-natured, playful dogs and cheerful companions

Boston Terriers have a unique personality that sets them apart from Jack Russells, Airedales, Cairns and other terriers. Some experts believe this is because their easy-going bulldog genes are dominant. They are less excitable than other terriers, having a gentle, well-mannered personality. These cuties are ideally suited as companions and house pets.

History and background

Following the American Civil War,...

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