Groenendael belongs to the breed of dogs Belgian Shepherd, being one of four types. Belgian Shepherd Dogs also include: Tervuren, Malinois and Lakenua. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this breed was actively developed and was a great success in its homeland. Actually, the first breed standard was drawn up in 1892, and a year earlier the Club of Belgian Shepherds (Club du Chien de Berger Belge) was created in Brussels.
Now it is not known exactly when work began on the creation of this national breed, the starting point is considered to be the end of the 1800s. Under the guidance of Professor A. Rühl, a group of dog breeders studied local shepherds in Brussels and other regions of Belgium, concluding that they all have a very similar appearance, differing only in coat color. Continue reading
In fact, dogs like Belgian shepherds have long been growing and developing in this territory, however, at some point the dog breeders decided to conduct a study and identify the main types of dogs. However, it was the breeders who subsequently divided the Belgian Shepherd into four main types. In particular, the Tervuren breed has its own history.
The name of the breed, known in the homeland as Chien de Berger Belge, comes from the village of Tervuren, where a breeder named M.F. Corbil lived. At the beginning of the 20th century, he thought that it was possible to cross black and fawn dogs in order to standardize the modern tervuren.
Tervuren – the dog is really universal. Before the industrial era seriously captured Belgium, these pets were really needed by people, and first of all, by farmers. Just because there were still a lot of farms, and Continue reading
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 that developed side-by-side in the Swiss Alps: appenzeller mountain dog, entlebucher mountain dog, a large Swiss mountain dog and Bernese mountain dog.
All 4 breeds came from the crossing of Molossians and Mastiffs, which the Romans brought with them when they invaded the Alps about 2000 years ago, with dogs of a universal type. They were used in various agricultural needs, in the protection and grazing of livestock. They were harnessed to small carts, mountain tribes hunted and attacked each other with them.
In the future, four breeds developed that have a similar appearance, but still have quite a few distinctive Continue reading
The history of the appearance of a dog of the breed Argentine Great Dane is always associated with a man named Antonio Nores Martinez. It was he who first, at the beginning of the 20th century (1920s), began to select strong, large dogs with a fighting character by selection method.
Martinez’s dream was to create a breed that could represent his native country on the world stage. After 100 years, we can say with confidence what he did. In fact, the breed Argentine Great Dane, or, as it is also called, the Argentine Mastiff, is a descendant of the now extinct Cordoba dog.
When Martinez was just starting his work, he had to face innate aggression, and despite all his efforts, he failed to eliminate or even significantly reduce this quality. The changes occurred, but they were not enough to change the nature of the breed, because of which the breed of the Argentine Great Dog was Continue reading
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 breeds on earth. The latest DNA studies have confirmed that the Afghan Hound originated long before the birth of Christ, and therefore, its existence dates back perhaps more than 3,000 years. In the homeland of these animals, Tazi has been called since ancient times.
Now they are rarely used for hunting, but a few centuries ago everything was exactly the opposite. The Afghan Hound was an outstanding hunting dog, which even went with a leopard, another question is that, of course, several dogs were needed to fight such a predator. Also, it should be noted that dogs usually did not directly participate in the killing of a predator, since their task was to drive him and limit his movement until the arrival of the huntsman, who usually followed his helpers on horseback. Continue reading