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 Doberman Pinscher breed of dog appeared as a result of the experiments of a single person who, in fact, was not even going to create so popular and famous dogs. He just wanted to have a loyal and reliable defender, as he was a tax collector. And, concurrently – an enthusiast for breeding dogs.
It was in the city of Apold, Thuringia (region of Germany) in the 19th century, around 1870 – it was then that the founder of the breed started experiments on crossing Rottweilers, German Pinschers and some terriers. The name of our enthusiast, Louis Doberman. There is no intrigue about the origin of the name of the breed – everything is obvious.
For the first time, the Doberman was demonstrated at a dog show in 1876, and gained great favor with German dog lovers. In 1894, Louis Doberman died, and he took the secret of crossbreeding with him – it Continue reading
The history of the Yorkshire Terrier began during the industrial revolution in England, when Scottish workers brought with them small dogs, which in those days were called the Paisley Terrier or the Clydesdale Terrier. Workers in those distant times lived in extremely unfavorable conditions, and rats in their more than modest houses were home to an unthinkable number, in fact, dogs were chosen specifically for fighting rodents.
Of course, those dogs were almost twice the size of modern Yorkshire terriers. Today, researchers cannot say for sure which dogs paisley terriers crossed, but they suggest that they were an English black and tan toy terrier, a sky terrier, and also, quite possibly, a water side terrier. In any case, the dog subsequently turned out to be very similar to the current Yorkshire Terrier, and has not changed much since then. Continue reading