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A definitive ranking of the most overrated and underrated dog breeds

19 Nov

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This chart, from David McCandless‘ fascinating new book Knowledge is Beautiful, ranks 87 dog breeds and compares those rankings to the actual popularity of the breeds in the US.

The ranking is based on a number of factors: trainability, life expectancy, lifetime cost (including the price of food and grooming), and suitability for children, among others.

The result: Border Collies, according to McCandless, are the finest dog breed in existence. Labs, Beagles, and Golden Retrievers, while not at the very top, are other popular dogs (at the top right of the chart) that he rates highly.

On the other hand, the formula seems to penalize big dogs. German Shepherds, Great Danes, and Saint Bernards, all in the top left quadrant, are in McCandless’ words, “inexplicably overrated.” The formula also uncovers some overlooked breeds, at the bottom right, that should be more popular, like Border Terriers and Pointers.

Finally, on the bottom left, the chart shows the breeds that are unpopular and properly so: Old English Sheepdogs, Borzois, and Afghan Hounds.

Poor, poor Afghan Hounds:

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Brian Buckley

25 Jun

Oxley Studio Gallery is home to artist bri.buckley aka Brian Buckley.  Brian is an abstract mixed media artist who likes to pluck colours from the rainbow to produce upcycled art. Check out some of his work below, prints are available for purchase via Society6.

greyhound trap 1

greyhound trap 1

the dobermann

the dobermann

Le Lab d'or

Le Lab d’or

dog cat gothic

dog cat gothic

the bulldog

the bulldog

the dalmatian

the dalmatian

murphy

murphy

bull terrier days

bull terrier days

peace dog

peace dog

the great dane

the great dane

Schnauzer modern

Schnauzer modern

the pug

the pug

the dude

the dude

Meet Freddy…7ft tall and still growing!

27 Feb

Relaxing imperiously on the sofa, Freddy the Great Dane leaves no room to doubt who is top dog in Claire Stoneman’s home.

For at 7ft 4in standing on his hind legs, he is thought to be Britain’s tallest dog – and he hasn’t finished growing yet.

At 18 months old, he measures 41 inches from his paws to his withers (the ridge between the shoulder blades) and only needs to grow a few more inches to lay claim to the title of the world’s tallest dog. 

Freddy, a Great Dane who lives with owner Claire Stoneman in Southend-On-Sea, is Britain's biggest dog

Freddy, a Great Dane who lives with owner Claire Stoneman in Southend-On-Sea, is Britain’s biggest dog

Standing at 41in from foot to shoulder-blade, Freddy is just three inches short of the world record

Standing at 41in from foot to shoulder-blade, Freddy is just three inches short of the world record

Freddy demolished 14 sofas when he was younger
Miss Stoneman, 38, takes Freddy for walks in the dark so as not to scare other dogs

The current world record holder is Zeus, another Great Dane who lives in Michigan in the US

The Guinness World Record is currently held by Zeus, a four-year-old Great Dane from Michigan, US, who is 44 inches tall – the size of a donkey. As for Freddy, he now weighs 11st 2lb and costs £75 a week to feed on standard dog food.

 He is also partial to the occasional whole roast chicken or some peanut butter on toast as a treat.

Unfortunately, as a puppy he also had a taste for sofas – and demolished 14 before realizing quite how comfortable they are.

IN order to fuel his huge bulk, Freddy eats his way through £75 worth of regular dog food per week

IN order to fuel his huge bulk, Freddy eats his way through £75 worth of regular dog food per week

At 18-months-old Freddy can still be quite boisterous
Miss Stoneman herself in only 5ft 4in tall

On his hind legs Freddy measures 7ft 4in, towering over Miss Stoneman, who measures just 5ft 4in

While younger Freddy demolished 14 sofas before realising they were better to sit on than to eat

Miss Stoneman, 38, from Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, said: ‘I’d come home and find a sea of foam across the floor. But he’s my baby and I can’t imagine life without him.’

She even gets up in the small hours for his daily 40-minute walk – so they won’t meet other dogs who might be intimidated by him.

‘If he wants to run after a dog I wouldn’t be able to stop him,’ said Miss Stoneman, who is 5ft 4in tall.

Despite his boisterous nature, Miss Stoneman says she cannot imagine life without Freddy
Britain's biggest dog, Freddy cuddles up with owner Claire Stoneman

Despite his boisterous nature, Miss Stoneman says she cannot imagine life without Fredd

Miss Stoneman even gets up in the small hours for Freddy's daily 40-minute walk ¿ so they won't meet other dogs who might be intimidated by him

Miss Stoneman even gets up in the small hours for Freddy’s daily 40-minute walk so they won’t meet other dogs who might be intimidated by him

 (Via: Daily Mail)

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