Things you didn't know about the American Staffordshire Terrier

10.11.2019. 21:06:17

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a medium-large, muscular, strong and athletic dog that descends from early Greek Mastiff-type dogs that were used for dog fighting, hunting, protection, etc. In the early 19th century these dogs came to England and were known as Pit Bull Terriers. In England Pit Bull Terriers were used as fighting dogs against bulls and bears. In 1835 these “sports” were prohibited so people just started to fight dogs against each other. This continued on the American ground also, where these dogs were brought by immigrants from England, Ireland, and Scotland. In America, selective...

Everything you need to know about the Kuvasz

08.11.2019. 21:00:20

The Kuvasz (pronounced KOO-vahss; the plural is Kuvaszok, pronounced KOO-vah-sock) is an ancient dog breed that is believed to originate from Hungary. However, this dog’s ancestors were mastiff-type dogs from Tibet. Kuvasz dogs were used for guarding livestock from predators, occasionally for hunting and (mostly) for protection. King Matias I of Hungary was known to have a number of Kuvaszok for personal protection. He also had a kennel were he bred these dogs and often gave them as a gift to nobles. FUN FACT: One of the nobles who received a Kuvasz from King Matias I of Hungary was Vlad Dracula, the Pr...

Amazing facts about the Barbet breed

01.11.2019. 22:28:21

The Barbet is relatively rare, rustic, and medium-sized dog, known for his dense, curly coat and the ability to retrieve from water and hunt on land. The Barbet is a versatile gun dog who is believed to originate from France, in 16th century, to hunt water game. The dog was all-around working dog. After the World War II, the Barbet breed almost became extinct, but there were few devoted breeders who helped save the breed. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club on January 1, 2020. FUN FACT: The word “Barbet” is pronounced as “Bar-Bay” and it comes from the French word “Barbe” which means be...

The West Highland White Terrier

28.10.2019. 22:35:00

The West Highland White Terrier (or simply the Westie) is a popular small-sized dog breed, known for its liveliness, friendliness and completely white fur. These dogs originated in Scotland and were used for hunting foxes, badgers, and otters, and for killing vermin. The Westie’s white color is supposedly a consequence of a tragic accident that occurred in the 19th century, while Colonel Malcolm of Poltalloch was hunting foxes. He accidentally shot and killed his wheaten-colored Cairn Terrier. After this accident, the Colonel decided to breed only white dogs that couldn't be confused with foxes. The Wes...

The Boerboel

22.10.2019. 22:00:01

The Boerboel is a massive dog that originated from South Africa and is also known as the South African Mastiff. The dog’s name comes from Dutch word for farmer (“boer) and dog (“boel”). These dogs were first bred by crossing large, Mastiff-type dogs in the 1600s by Dutch settlers in South Africa to protect their families, farms and livestock from hyenas, baboons, leopards, lions, and other wild animals, as well as from human intruders.  Due to their strength, loyalty and protective nature, Boerboels are still used for the protection. The breed is still fairly rare outside of South Africa and one of the...

The Labradoodle

21.10.2019. 20:49:15

The Labradoodle is a crossbreed dog created by crossing the Labrador Retriever and Standard, Miniature, or Toy poodle. These dogs were bred to be assistance dogs for people who suffered of dog related allergies. First Labradoodle was created in Australia, in 1989, by a man named Wally Conron. He conducted first crossbreeding between a Standard Poodle and Labrador Retriever because he needed a dog that has the coat of the Puddle and the working ability of the Labrador Retriever. The result of this crossbreeding was named Sultan. Sultan was smart, sweet, and most importantly, he had the hypoallergenic coa...

The Samoyed

17.10.2019. 22:32:31

Samoyed - facts The Samoyed is a popular medium to large-sized dog breed that originated from Siberia. The name Samoyed comes from the Samoyede people, who migrated to Siberia a thousand years ago. These dogs are also known as "Bjelkiers" (white dog that breeds white). Samoyed dogs were bred for hard work. Samoyed dogs were used to hunt, herd reindeer, guard homes, and haul sledges. They were loved by the Samoyede people, and were allowed to live with their masters inside their tents, known as the “chooms”. They would keep their people warm during cold Artic nights. FUN FACT: Samoyeds were used on both...

The Dutch Shepherd

15.10.2019. 22:58:10

The Dutch Shepherd is a rare, hardworking dog breed originating from Netherlands. These dogs were used on farms for herding sheep and other livestock, pulling carts, guarding the farm, etc. After years of being all-purpose farm dogs, as the whole world started modernizing, so did the farms, and that development of modern farming techniques made Dutch Shepherds unnecessary. Because of this and because of the World War II (many dogs were taken from farms to service the German military), the breeding of the Dutch Shepherd stopped and the breed was brought close to the extinction. After the war, the breedin...

The Xoloitzcuintle

13.10.2019. 10:57:26

The Xoloitzcuintle (pronounced show-low-eats-queent-lee) or Mexican Hairless Dog is a rare, ancient dog breed that originated in Mexico, during the Aztec Empire. The history of the breed goes back more than 3,500 years. The Xoloitzcuintle is thought to be one of the first dog breeds ever and is considered a natural breed that was created as a result of a spontaneous genetic mutation. Historians believe that these dogs reached the American continent together with the first human beings who crossed the Bering Strait. “Strange hairless dogs” were mentioned in the 1492 journals of Columbus and other Europea...

The Boston Terrier

07.10.2019. 21:19:12

The Boston Terrier is a popular, small-sized dog breed that originated in America. The Boston Terrier was developed in the late 1800s by crossing Bulldog and now-extinct White English Terrier. First Boston Terrier was named Judge and he represents the founding dog of the Boston Terrier breed. FUN FACT: Although they are called Boston Terriers, these dogs are not technically terriers. The breed was accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1893 and was named the official dog of Massachusetts in 1979. FUN FACT: The Boston Terrier has been the official mascot of Boston University for nearly 100 years. The Bo...