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 Weimaraner dog breed arose at the beginning of the 19th century in Germany, at the court of the capital of the county of Saxe-Weimar – the city of Weimar. Local nobles loved all the traditional entertainment inherent in their estate. Accordingly – hunting and dogs, including considering themselves to be great connoisseurs.
It was in the noble circles of Weimar that the Weimaraner breed, or, as they are also called, the Weimar Pointing Dog, was bred. Although this happened relatively recently by historical standards, and among the nobility everyone could read and write, however, no detailed records on the breeding program have been preserved. Nevertheless, it is fairly accurate to know which breeds participated in it: Bloodhound, English Pointer, German Shorthair Pointer and Silver Dog. Continue reading
Dandy Dinmont Terrier is a unique breed, not only due to its unusual appearance, but also due to the name of the breed. Perhaps this is the only case in the history of dog breeding when dogs were named after a fictional character from a book by a famous author. What kind of author is this? – you ask. And we will answer – Walter Scott. What kind of work? – There will probably be the next question. And here we will give the answer – “Guy Mannering, or an astrologer.”
The main character named Dandy Dinmont had six dogs, which he distinguished mainly by their shades, and there were only two shades – salt and pepper, and mustard. That is what the protagonist called the shades of his dogs, and that’s what they are called to this particular breed.
There are many options for the stories of the origin of these dogs, but there is no consensus. Some believe Continue reading