Find Out About Some Of Favourite British Dog Brands
When we buy anything for Barney and Sandy, as much as possible we like to buy 100% natural products from British dog brands. We want to know where items are made and sourced, in fact this is now spilling over into what we choose for ourselves too.
By spending a bit more on British brands, we are supporting smaller companies and we can be confident of the quality.
We thought we would share three of our favourite British dog brands. What we love, and consistently use, from them.
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Oscar & Hooch
I can’t remember how I found out about Oscar & Hooch, quite possibly in a dog magazine, but I’m so glad that I discovered this British brand.
They are our go-to brand for collars and leads, I can’t imagine using any other collars or leads, I love them that much!
Oscar & Hooch are ‘dedicated to providing high quality dog products that are stylish and practical; durable enough to withstand multiple washes without compromising in style and comfort.’
We love all the colour options, Barney and Sandy have two collars and leads each, in different colours. They are handmade in the UK in soft suedette. The suedette collars are comfortable for your dog to wear and the leads are also really comfortable and soft in your hand (no blisters or cuts on the hands).
Sandy loves to roll in fox poo (yuk!) so her collar gets a lot of washing. These collars and leads wash-up like new, with no colour bleeding at all, ideal when you have two muddy, scruffy terriers!
We are not a fan of extendable leads, so it is great that Oscar & Hooch have two types of leads. Their normal walking lead and their training leads, which allows you to change the length of the lead. With additional D rings, trigger and O rings, the leads allow for adjustment of length, tethering, hands free walking or even walking 2 dogs at once.
There are 12 colours to choose from with a contrasting colour through the middle. The collars and leads really are stylish, the colours are bright and stand out on walks, we are often asked about the leads, we can’t recommend them enough.
We found out about Equafleece from seeing other dogs wearing them out on walks and, our dog walker suggested we try one for Sandy.
Sandy doesn’t have a double coat like Barney and when we first re-homed her, her coat was very fine and patchy (now it grows evenly all over but it’s still not a thick coat). Sandy’s body shape a bit like a whippet, she’s quite deep-chested, she feels the cold but also I thought an Equafleece would help her to feel warm and calmer out on walks.
Equafleece fleeces are made in the UK, are 100% rainproof, breathable and washable. They are made from the same Polartec® high performance polyester fleece found in advanced technical mountaineering wear.
We bought Sandy a Dog Jumper and a Dog Tankie. The Jumper has legs at the front only and the Tankie, has no legs. We use the Tankie for chillier autumn/spring morning walks and the Jumper is great for winter walks. However, there are other options, Dog Suit (all four legs), Dog Coat and Dog Polo Neck Coat.
There are great colour choices, we love the hot pink for Sandy. She also has the navy jumper and I always think she looks like she’s in her pjs in this jumper (just so adorable!).
To help you make sure you get the correct size, Equafleece have a handy video showing you how to measure correctly, once you have the measurements, you put these into the sizing calculator which will tell you what size to buy. Sandy takes a slim jumper, other size options are: Italian Greyhound Jumpers, Dinky & Dachsie Jumpers and Pug & Bullie Jumpers. The jumpers and tankies seem to be very comfortable and a good fit, because there are no zips or buckles they can be worn under a harness easily.
If you are unsure about anything, or the colour you want isn’t available on the website, in your size, give Equafleece a call, they are so helpful with any questions you may have.
Equafleece jumpers keep Sandy warm and, more importantly, dry. They are great to use after a wet walk on the beach, put an Equafleece on and the dogs will dry off in the car! They handle daily washing well and dry very quickly. We will be buying a couple more for this winter to keep Sandy warm, the question is what colours to choose. 😉
Billy + Margot
We have written about Billy + Margot before, as we keep a couple of tubs of their iced treats (aka ice cream for dogs) in the freezer. We also have a constant supply of Billy + Margot Venison Chew Sticks in the treat cupboard. We found these very early on in our dog owning journey and it is safe to say that the dogs go absolutely mental for these chew sticks, they love them!
There are six chew sticks in a pack, each made of 100% air-dried British Venison. They are rich in protein, provide a great source of omega 3 and are low in cholesterol and fat. If your dog suffers from intolerances it is worth trying these chews because they are gluten-free and hypoallergenic too.
We keep these treats as a ‘high value’ treat, you can also buy venison pieces for training purposes. For us, they are not an everyday treat, and we have found giving too many in any one day, could cause a bit of diarrhoea the following day, one stick a day is just plenty.
These treats are a firm favourite in our house and the dogs get very excited when they see the orange packet being opened.
Do you have any favourite brands that you love for your dogs? Leave us a comment and let us know, we love to find out about new brands.