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 these animals dates back to the year 391 AD, when the Roman consul Aurelius wrote about the “great surprise and delight” experienced by the inhabitants of Rome and the aristocracy, when they saw the seven wolfhounds brought by the legionnaires from the campaign.
In Ireland, these dogs were highly appreciated for their fighting qualities, fearlessness and tremendous strength. In battle, an Irish wolfhound was used to knock a horseman off a horse, and, often on the ground, this same horseman found himself with a horse. They hunted big game, Irish elk, wolf and bear.
Irish law in the Middle Ages allowed only an royal wolf and noblemen to have an Irish wolfhound. Continue reading
The English Pointer is a very famous breed, not only in its homeland, but also beyond. These dogs were widely used back in the 17th century for hunting small and large game. In turn, they came from the Spanish hunting dogs Perro de Punta Espanyol, or the Spanish pointers, which have a very ancient history, and are mentioned by Pliny in the 1st century AD.
Spanish pointers were taught by Christian monks, and after the arrival of Muslim conquerors on the Iberian Peninsula, they were widely used for falconry. The dog found dead prey and stopped there waiting for the owner. This principle of hunting, sometimes somewhat altered (a dog carefully brings game to the owner in its mouth), is used to this day, although firearms have long been used instead of falcons. Continue reading
The Anatolian Shepherd dog breed is one of the oldest, and, according to various archaeological studies, comes from hunting dogs that lived 4000 years BC. Their area of existence was located on the territory of Mesopotamia, which includes part of modern Turkey. Due to its outstanding qualities as a protector and guard, thanks to its great strength, fearlessness, and ability to withstand even large predators, this dog has earned the respect of ancient people.
We can say that the development of the breed took place naturally, due to the specifics of the activity and lifestyle that predetermined this activity. This includes the protection of livestock on pastures, the protection of households and hunting. Add to this also a difficult climate, a large number of dangers and, often, the need to wander along with their masters or herds moving along the Anatolian plateau. For many centuries of such a life, the breed has hardened and acquired a clear outline, which is largely Continue reading