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Pets ban for couple who kept 56 dogs

A couple with five children who kept 56 large dogs in their four-bedroom house have been banned from keeping animals for eight years.

Pit bull terrier: The pit bull was bred as a dog to use in bull-baiting, a sport banned in the UK just before Queen Victoria ascended to the throne. Despite its ferocious nature, it is often considered friendly

Time to tame our four-legged fiends

The Dangerous Dogs Act was supposed to put a stop to the proliferation of aggressive 'devil' breeds on British streets. Instead, the problem posed by four-legged fiends is worse than ever. Alan Selby and Kevin Rawlinson investigate

Video: Pet tortoise taken out for daily walk

Laosi the tortoise loves to go for walks through the city of Nanning, waiting by the door until she gets takes it out.

Beyonce as she is fed in El Dorado Hills, California

'Beyonce' the Dachshund mix makes bid to be named world's smallest dog

A puppy named after one of the world's biggest pop stars could set the world record for the tiniest dog.

Yoda, winner of the 2011 World's Ugliest Dog contest, held annually in California died in her sleep on Saturday. She was 15.

Yoda the 'world's ugliest dog' dies aged 15

A 15-year-old Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix dog dubbed 'The World's Ugliest' has died, her owner announced today.

Video: Snowboarding opossum takes to the slopes

Ratatouille, a snowboarding opossum, has hit the slopes at the Liberty Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania.

Elizabeth, a Lhasa apso, and owner Margaret Anderson pose for photographs after winning Best in Show at the 2012 Crufts

Elizabeth takes the Best in Show crown at Crufts

Fittingly in a Diamond Jubilee year, a Lhasa Apso named Elizabeth was crowned Best in Show title at Crufts.

Paws and relax: pet-friendly hotels are booming

Have a five-star holiday with your dog

Don't want to leave your dog behind when you go away? You don't have to – hotels and travel agencies are starting to offer creature comforts

Video: Starving seal pup hand-fed

A tiny newborn seal who cannot feed properly from its mother after three days is hand fed by minders at a wildlife centre in China.

Dog show spreads pedigree grooming across Asia

Pedigree Shih Tzu dogs were among the many breeds showcased at the Asia-Pacific dog show in Manila this weekend.

'Red Dog's' Koko with his co-star Josh Lucas.

The Artist's Uggie pipped to pooch film prize by Red Dog star Koko

Koko wins best dog in a foreign film at the first Golden Collar awards in Los Angeles

Video: Dog rescued from sea by kayaker

A kayaker in the Gulf of Mexico has rescued an injured dog he found swimming offshore after his owner was killed by a car.

Video: Pet cat inherits €10m

Tommasino, a pet cat from Rome, has been left a staggering ten million euros after his owner died.

Oldest dog dies aged 26 in Japan

The world's oldest dog has died in Japan aged 26 years and eight months. Pusuke, a fluffy tan shiba mix, died after suddenly falling ill and refusing to eat.

Crawling crabs sidle into UK to pinch festive sales

A toy crab which has taken the US by storm is be launched in the UK in time for Christmas, the toy distributor Character said yesterday. The group hopes XiaXia, pronounced ShaSha and developed by the creators of ZhuZhu Pets, will help to prop up sales amid a tough festive toy market.

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