Dogs Today magazine was launched in 1990 by Burlington Publishing Company Ltd, part of Associated Newspapers. It was the brainchild of Daily Mail newspaper proprietor the late Viscount Rothermere. Vere Rothermere had a great love of dogs and believed Britain needed a magazine for pet lovers. The magazine is headquartered in Chobham, Surrey.
History and profile
Beverley Cuddy was appointed the launch editor. She had previously worked on many other dog titles and had been the Kennel Club's Information Officer, but this was her first editorship. She is also the publisher of the magazine, which is published on a monthly basis.
Few at the Daily Mail shared Rothermere's vision and the launch was erratically supported internally. After some very expensive TV advertising the decision was taken to close the title and make all the staff redundant.
Cuddy believed in the title's potential and organised a management buyout. Lord Rothermere was amused and quite touched by this as Cuddy had no publishing experience. He sold the title to her for £1 and came in as a minor investor. He later confided that he thought she was highly unlikely to succeed where the might of Associated Newspaper's had failed. A year later, however, at the PPA awards, Dogs Today's new publisher Pet Subjects Limited took the Small Publisher of the Year Award.
Rothermere was delighted and sent over his chauffeur with champagne to celebrate.
Dogs Today was short-listed for many other editing and publishing awards including the prestigious 'best dog magazine in the world award". The magazine was always a campaigning publication and it was key in the reform of the Dangerous Dogs Act and also the banning of tail docking - the magazine was cited by the Government committee that reviewed the subject.
The magazine is also active in campaigning for the improvement of the health of pedigree dogs and has compiled a comprehensive listing of all the hereditary health tests that should be performed for each breed before a litter is bred.
- Valerie Elliot (19 June 2011). "Down girls! Police called in as rival dog magazine editors trade insults and legal threats in bitter catfight". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
- Lisa Tenzin-Dolma (2012). The Heartbeat at Your Feet: A Practical, Compassionate New Way to Train Your Dog. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 15. ISBN 978-1-4422-1817-8. Retrieved 21 October 2016.