Briard (French Shepherd Dog)
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…

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Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog is one of the very ancient breeds of dogs, which is estimated at about 2000 years old. This breed belongs to a group of four breeds…

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Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
As you know, now in Switzerland there are four dog breeds that are considered local property. And one of the oldest and most popular is the large Swiss Mountain Dog.…

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Bullmastiff

The bullmastiff dog breed appeared as a result of experiments by breeders with mastiff and bulldog breeds. This happened because for the functions of tracking and hunting people (yes, you heard right) the mastiff, by itself, was good, but it lacked aggression and a dead grip. And the bulldog, despite the fact that he could very well grasp his victim, is not large enough and powerful, and therefore it is problematic for him to stop a person on the run.

Gamekeepers in England acted as breeders, who needed a dog that could catch and stop poachers in the forest. At the same time, the dog had to combine strength, speed, courage, large size and at the same time be silent enough not to scare the victim from afar with his bark, but, on the contrary, sneak up to it as close as possible, and then catch and tumble down with a quick jerk to the ground. Further work was already done by the rangers themselves, who usually followed the dog. Continue reading

Weimaraner (Weimar Pointing Dog)

The Weimaraner dog breed arose at the beginning of the 19th century in Germany, at the court of the capital of the county of Saxe-Weimar – the city of Weimar. Local nobles loved all the traditional entertainment inherent in their estate. Accordingly – hunting and dogs, including considering themselves to be great connoisseurs.

It was in the noble circles of Weimar that the Weimaraner breed, or, as they are also called, the Weimar Pointing Dog, was bred. Although this happened relatively recently by historical standards, and among the nobility everyone could read and write, however, no detailed records on the breeding program have been preserved. Nevertheless, it is fairly accurate to know which breeds participated in it: Bloodhound, English Pointer, German Shorthair Pointer and Silver Dog. Continue reading

Dandy dinmont terrier

Dandy Dinmont Terrier is a unique breed, not only due to its unusual appearance, but also due to the name of the breed. Perhaps this is the only case in the history of dog breeding when dogs were named after a fictional character from a book by a famous author. What kind of author is this? – you ask. And we will answer – Walter Scott. What kind of work? – There will probably be the next question. And here we will give the answer – “Guy Mannering, or an astrologer.”

The main character named Dandy Dinmont had six dogs, which he distinguished mainly by their shades, and there were only two shades – salt and pepper, and mustard. That is what the protagonist called the shades of his dogs, and that’s what they are called to this particular breed.

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Afghan hound
The breed of dogs of the Afghan Hound is widely known throughout the world not only because of its amazing appearance, but also because it is one of the oldest…

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Bearded Collie (Birdie, Bearded Man)
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.…

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Azawak (African Hound)
Azawak is an ancient and rare breed of dog that originated in the Sahara desert, namely in the Sahel region. In this region there is the Azawak Valley - in…

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Irish Wolfhound
The Irish Wolfhound is the largest breed of the group of greyhounds chasing movable prey, as well as the tallest dog in the world. One of the first references to…

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