Interactive: see how your favourite dog breeds are related to each other

Interactive: see how your favourite dog breeds are related to each other

Photograph: Phil Crowder/Alamy This created a messy, intertwined relationship between different dog types, with the details of a breed’s origin sometimes recorded only in oral history.The German shepherd shares DNA with Italian dog breeds, including the cane paratore, according to researchers.

Dogs of woe: the pull of a pooch in Covid times

Dogs of woe: the pull of a pooch in Covid times

And what many first-time dog owners didn’t realise was that under Lucy’s Law , which was introduced in April this year, it is illegal to sell puppies through a third-party – all animals must come directly from a breeder, or rescue centre.

How much is that doggie (coat) in the window? The rise of pet fashion

How much is that doggie (coat) in the window? The rise of pet fashion

Model wears a D2 x Poldo check bandana, £55, Dsquared2.“There’s a growing interest for customers to reflect their own individual style and match it with their dog’s through clothing,” Brigitte Chartrand, the vice-president of womenswear buying at Ssense told Women’s Wear Daily.

Purrfect match: cats and their human doubles

Purrfect match: cats and their human doubles

In 2018, Gethings had created a series of photographs of dogs that resemble people – based on looks, attitude or hairstyle – which became a bestselling memory-card game, matching poodles and chow chows with their human counterparts.

Pet insurance: how to get the best-value policy for your dog

Pet insurance: how to get the best-value policy for your dog

When we opted for lifetime cover, the site came up with 53 policies ranging in price from £9.97 a month with the insurer Animal Friends to £74.21 with Asda Money.

From ball launchers to activity trackers: the new breed of pet tech

From ball launchers to activity trackers: the new breed of pet tech

Butternut Box’s plans are calculated to a dog’s individual requirements including their age, weight and activity levels, and take into account any health conditions.Photograph: Furbo The Furbo Dog Camera lets you check up on your pet while he or she is home alone.

TV tonight: woof! How did dogs become our best friend?

TV tonight: woof! How did dogs become our best friend?

9pm, BBC Two. The final episode of this series on the Manchester property boom follows interior designer Sarah as she puts the finishing touches to her million-pound penthouse suites at the West Tower development, while the proposed Northern Gateway promises 15,000 new homes.

What cats mean by miaow

What cats mean by miaow

In Japan’s rarified world of cat doctors, the vet Hattori is very much a superstar – but now there is a chance for English-speaking feline fans to benefit from his wisdom thanks to What Cats Want, a translation of his 2017 Japanese best seller Neko no Kimochi Kaibo Zukan (The Encyclopaedia of Cat Feelings).

Hot dogs: what soaring puppy thefts tell us about Britain today

Hot dogs: what soaring puppy thefts tell us about Britain today

Photograph: Suffolk Police Annie and Betsy – and the other dogs stolen that day, 13 of which were puppies – had become the latest victims of surging demand for canine pets.

Dogs have their day at the National Sheep Dog Trials in Canberra

Dogs have their day at the National Sheep Dog Trials in Canberra

The National Sheep Dog Trial Championships have been running in Canberra for 77 years.Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian Eighty-six-year-old Laurie Slater has two dogs competing in the top 20.

Crufts organisers blame Brexit for fewer overseas dog entries

Crufts organisers blame Brexit for fewer overseas dog entries

Photograph: Jacob King/PA The Kennel Club, which organises Crufts, said notification from Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs that travel regulations for pets would remain the same during the Brexit transition period was only received after entries had closed on 20 January.

Crufts – the musical! Cat fan writes tribute to top dog show

Crufts – the musical! Cat fan writes tribute to top dog show

The character list for the play includes humans and dogs, and Hollman suggests that the actors could carry “those stiff ‘invisible dog’ leads, which were used in music hall”.

Forget cat ladies: the real tribes of modern dating, from fantasists to routiners

Forget cat ladies: the real tribes of modern dating, from fantasists to routiners

Too late to date … a couple of friends have ended promising relationships with night owls because they like to sleep by 9pm.

Glenn Druery’s toughest race: how the preference whisperer set the cat among the dogs

Glenn Druery’s toughest race: how the preference whisperer set the cat among the dogs

Sam Collins, owner of a groodle named Murphy – twice-winner of the award for the fastest dog living on the island – is not keen on Gus entering the race.

Mane attraction: cats beat dogs at the box office – but is the data fishy?

Mane attraction: cats beat dogs at the box office – but is the data fishy?

The survey also listed the genres people enjoy when it comes to films about cats or dogs.And what an inspiring message to aspiring film-makers: if you want to be popular, you should make a cartoon about a brown cat.

Nervous bride asks dog to join first look photos and its delightful

Nervous bride asks dog to join first look photos and its delightful

The best kind of photos (Picture: Perri Farlow/Farlow Photography)Photographer Perri told : ‘We had been shooting bridesmaid and bridal portraits for a while and Kristen needed a few minutes to calm her nerves before walking down the aisle.

Animal magic: how my pet saved me

Animal magic: how my pet saved me

After that, if I heard a noise in the night, I had to sit up to check everything was OK; if I didn’t, I’d feel like there would be another fire.

Chickens rule: why the backyard chook is the pet of the decade

Chickens rule: why the backyard chook is the pet of the decade

Photograph: Ilana Rose/This Chicken Life I was seduced, basically, by the aesthetics and potential wow factor of heritage breeds.Photograph: Ilana Rose/This Chicken Life We now have eight girls and are on our third flock.

Bride has 'first look' photo shoot with her beloved dog

Bride has 'first look' photo shoot with her beloved dog

When newlywed Kristen Dupree imagined her dream wedding to her love of five years, Duncan Dupree, she didn't know that their dog, Zeke, would be part of their big day in such a memorable way.

From Renaissancecore to the pillow bra: this week’s fashion trends

From Renaissancecore to the pillow bra: this week’s fashion trends

From pups on planes to the pillow bra: this week’s fashion trends.It’s all about odd trainers on the Gucci catwalk, and a more subtly mismatched shoe collection from French brand Caval.