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
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
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