The Rottweiler dog breed is traditionally considered German, and it is, however, it appeared on the territory of Germany centuries earlier, when on the site of modern German cities there were only settlements of semi-wild Germanic tribes. The Roman Empire, expanding its borders, conquered new territories, and the lands beyond the Rhine were of great value, like the people who inhabited them.
The Romans had fighting dogs, and they, of course, in the process of moving troops mated with local dogs. The same happened in Germany, moreover, the Romans not only passed in this region, but also left behind deep traces in the form of culture, settlements, cities, roads. When in the Middle Ages, during the time of the new Holy Roman Empire, the inhabitants of one of the German settlements decided to build a church and began to build a foundation, they discovered the remains of an ancient Roman villa with a red tiled roof. Continue reading
A bearded collie is one of the oldest breeds in the UK. These dogs have been known to people since very ancient times, which is confirmed by many documentary evidence. One of the first images of dogs such as bearded collies is presented in a portrait painted by Gainsborough in 1771, and in a portrait of Reynolds in 1772. Also, a description of the breed was published in 1818 in the issue of the Live Stock Journal. But, in fact, the breed has more ancient roots, although there are no earlier images of these dogs.
They were also called Highland Collie, Mountain Collie or Hairy Collie. Such shaggy, long-haired dogs for centuries helped in farms, being universal and very useful animals. The lack of earlier evidence is explained very simply – farmers in the Middle Ages did not know how to read and write, respectively, they could not keep any records. But dogs were bred solely on the basis of their useful qualities. Continue reading
The Border Terrier, or Border Terrier, is the result of the farmers’ purposeful struggle with foxes. It was bred in the 18th century, moreover, it had all the necessary qualities in order to effectively hunt these animals, which caused a lot of trouble to residents of the countryside.
This is not only about internal qualities, but also about the external structure of the body – a rather narrow body allows the dog to squeeze into burrows, thick skin and hard coat protects well from fox bites, and legs, slightly longer than proportional (with respect to the body), allow pets follow the horse.
In addition, they are hardy dogs that can hunt with their master all day. At least, that was the case in those days, although modern border terriers have all the same qualities, although perhaps to a lesser extent. Indeed, in the modern world, foxes no longer cause such trouble, and the breed itself has long Continue reading
One of the oldest and well-known breeds both in France and abroad is the Briard breed. These dogs are known as very soulful and kind, and their thick, long coat is a hallmark by which briar is so recognizable.
The appearance of the breed dates from the eighth century. Despite the fact that the briard was distributed almost throughout France, the Brie region is considered to be its homeland (and yes – you correctly understood, the name of the region is not without reason consonant with the name of Brie cheese). And the breed itself in the Middle Ages has long been known as Chien Berger De Bree.
On the other hand, there is another story explaining the name of the breed (because we remember that it was distributed everywhere, not only in the Bri region). This second version sounds like this: a 14th-century legend tells that Aubrey de Montdidier, the court king of Charles V, erected a cathedral in Continue reading
Brussels griffins appeared in Belgium, where they were very much appreciated for their ability to catch mice. They were especially popular among the owners of stables, since these dogs at some inexplicable, internal level are in good harmony with horses. They were kept both in private stables for home ownership and in the stables of city horse taxis (they called us cabbies).
In the creation of the dog, the Brussels Griffin was attended by the Affenpincher breed, a toy English spaniel, and a pug was also used to create a smooth-haired type of griffin. Affenpincher radically influenced the size and wavy texture of the coat, and the influence of toy spaniels is especially noticeable in large and very expressive eyes, the rounded shape of the head and the peculiar lower jaw.
By the end of the 19th century, the Brussels griffin became popular not only as a dog for hunting Continue reading