It is probably hard to imagine a person living in a civilized world who would not know a Dalmatian dog. The cartoon, and later the Walt Disney movie “101 Dalmatians,” made these animals famous everywhere. By the way, after the release of this touching story, the popularity of the breed soared to heaven. Which is not surprising.
The exact origin of the Dalmatian is unknown, but the first evidence relates to … Gypsies. Yes, you heard right – it was this stray people who used dogs in performances and hunting. Actually, the name of the breed Dalmatian itself refers to a territory called Dalmatia, which corresponds to the current Croatia. Apparently, dogs were very fond of this area – they were used not only by Gypsies, but literally by all in a wide variety of areas (although they came to Dalmatia, apparently with roving Gypsies). Dalmatians acted as shepherds, rat-catchers, retriever, circus dogs. Continue reading
The Komondor dog breed comes from Hungary. In their native country, written references to these pets first appeared in the 16th century, but this does not mean that they arose at that time. In fact, people used the Komondor long before this dog got into manuscripts, they simply could not write about it themselves – at that time, almost all were illiterate. And – in Hungary. In the 15-16 century.
In these places at this time, even the so-called “know” was far from always really able to write, even if she could somehow read the letter. Well, people in the countryside, who mainly used the Komondor, did not even distinguish the letters. Komondor performed the functions of protecting households and livestock, acting as shepherd and guard dogs.
In appearance, this breed partly resembles sheep, having the same long and curly hair, so dogs could be Continue reading
The White Swiss Shepherd is a direct descendant of German Shepherds, and, in fact, earlier the first and second were reckoned with the same breed. At the end of the 19th century, when the German shepherd breed was formed, all colors, including white, were accepted for standardization. Now it is believed that the white shepherd and white Swiss shepherd, as well as German, are three different breeds, although they have the same origin.
The separation process began after 1920, when a German shepherd breed with white coat was discarded to participate in dog shows. By the way, it is interesting to know that the first officially registered German shepherd nicknamed Horand Von Grafrat had a classic color, although the maternal great-grandfather of this dog was pure white. After 1970, breeders appeared who engaged in targeted breeding of white shepherd dogs, and American enthusiasts played a large role in this. Continue reading