The Papillon

06.10.2019. 15:28:44

The Papillon is a small-sized dog breed that originated in 17th century France. It is one of the oldest toy breeds. The Papillon is a descendant of the Continental Toy Spaniel. Papillons were originally bred for royal court Europe and for ladies of noble homes. Papillons can be seen sitting in laps, in portraits of queens and princesses painted by Europe’s most renowned artists. Van Dyke, Rembrandt, Rubens, and many others portrayed them in various artworks. FUN FACT: The Papillon was admired by Marie Antoinette, Queen of France. The Papillon’s name comes from the French word for butterfly, which is a r...

The Borzoi

05.10.2019. 12:00:54

The Borzoi or “Russian Wolfhound” is a large dog breed with history that dates back to 17th century. The Borzoi is believed to have been developed from an early Russian bearhound, the Owtchar, a tall sheepdog, mixed with other sighthounds. The first Borzoi was described in a book dealing with Borzoi hunting rules in the early 1600s. The first standard for the breed was written in Russia, in 1650. The Borzoi was originally bred for hunting wolves, foxes, and hares in open terrain and was the dog of Russian aristocrats. Sadly, this association with the aristocracy got many of them killed after the Russian...

The Presa Canario

29.09.2019. 15:50:23

The Presa Canario (Perro de Presa Canario) is relatively rare, large-sized, robust and well-proportioned dog that is part of the Molosser family. Fully grown Presa Canario can reach the height of 26 inches (66 cm) and can weight over 110 lbs (50 kg). The Presa Canario - history These dogs were first bred in the Canary Islands (a group of seven islands belonging to Spain) in the 1800s. Some believe that some mastiffs-type dogs were brought to the Canary Islands by the Spanish Conquistadors in 15th century and caused the development of the Presa Canario dog we know today. The Presa Canario is a result of...

The Manchester Terrier

18.09.2019. 19:14:00

The Manchester Terrier is lively, high-spirited and active dog breed that originated in Manchester, England. The history of this breed goes back to 16th century when these dogs are first mentioned in books. These terriers are considered the oldest of all identifiable terrier breeds. The Manchester Terrier was bred for the common man's sports od rat killing and rabbit hunting. FUN FACT: The Manchester Terrier named Billy was famous for his rat killing abilities. Reportedly, Billy lived in 1820s and is still remembered for having killed 100 rats in only 12 minutes. The Manchester Terrier - standard The Ma...

The Azawakh

10.09.2019. 21:53:00

The Azawakh is an ancient hunting hound that originated in the Sahel region of the Sahara Desert. The breed is named after the Azawakh valley in the Sahara. Developed by nomadic tribes, the Azawakh was used for protection and as a travel companion for centuries. They were also bred to hunt hares, antelopes and wild boars. These dogs are passionate hunters. It is believed that this breed first came to Europe in the 1970s, and to United States a few years later. FUN FACT: On October 31st 1987, first Azawakh litter was born in the United States. Male Azawakh stands 25 to 29 inches at the shoulder and weigh...

The Saluki

06.09.2019. 15:38:00

The Saluki is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world and their roots can be traced back to ancient Egypt, Greece, Persia and the Middle East. The breed was named after the town of Seleukia, an ancient city that no longer exists. Salukis might go as far back as 7000 b.c. (according to some Sumeranian carvings from that period that show Saluki-like dogs). They were popular in ancient Egypt where they were used to hunt gazelles for Egyptian Pharaohs. Salukis hunt by sight as opposed to most of the other hound dogs that hunt their prey by smell or sound. These dogs were frequently honored with mummificat...

The Irish Wolfhound

02.09.2019. 22:40:00

The Irish Wolfhound is a dog with a very long history that goes back to antiquity. These dogs were famed as gladiators and coursers back in 391 AD. This is also the year when the Roman consul Aurelius received seven Irish Wolfhounds as a gift and these dogs were remembered as “all Rome viewed with wonder”. Irish Wolfhound was used for hunting elk, boars, and wolves. The dog was also used for guarding homes and livestock, and as a war dog. His job was to pull men down from horses or chariots. It is unclear just when the breed came to Ireland, but it may have been in the 6th century with the Celtic people...

The Bloodhound

29.08.2019. 13:07:00

The Bloodhound is a large scent hound with an extraordinarily keen sense of smell, originally bred to track deer and other game. This breed is capable of discerning scent over great distances, even days after the scent is left. They are often referred to as “a nose with a dog attached”. Therefore, today Bloodhounds are used by police and law enforcement all over the world to track escaped prisoners, missing people, and lost pets. The breed is also known as St. Hubert hound. Dogs bred in the 7th century Belgium, by the monks of St. Hubert's Abbey are considered the ancestors of today's Bloodhounds. FUN F...

The Old English Sheepdog

24.08.2019. 23:48:00

The Old English Sheepdog, also known as the Bobtail, is a large and athletic dog breed developed in England in the early 19th century. The Old English Sheepdog was bred for purpose of cattle herding and helping farmers drive cattle and sheep to the market. FUN FACT: These dog were nicknamed „Bobtail“ because of their docked tail that was traditionally kept short to identify him as a drover whose job is to make sheep or cattle move from one place to another. Tax exemption was granted to drover dogs so it was important for a dog to be recognized as a drover. Today, tail docking is forbidden, unless there...

The Rat Terrier

19.08.2019. 21:15:00

The Rat Terrier is an all-American breed and the result of combining several terrier breeds, that was bred in recent history to help get rid of pests and rodents that occupied family farms between the 1910s and 1940s. Eventually farmers began using poison to control rodent population so the number of these dogs has started to decrease. In the late 1970s these dogs re-emerged, but this time they were more popular as family pets. FUN FACT: Rumor has it that President Theodore Roosevelt named this breed after his dog named Skip, solved the White House rat problem during his presidency. It hasn’t been prove...