A bearded collie is one of the oldest breeds in the UK. These dogs have been known to people since very ancient times, which is confirmed by many documentary evidence. One of the first images of dogs such as bearded collies is presented in a portrait painted by Gainsborough in 1771, and in a portrait of Reynolds in 1772. Also, a description of the breed was published in 1818 in the issue of the Live Stock Journal. But, in fact, the breed has more ancient roots, although there are no earlier images of these dogs.
They were also called Highland Collie, Mountain Collie or Hairy Collie. Such shaggy, long-haired dogs for centuries helped in farms, being universal and very useful animals. The lack of earlier evidence is explained very simply – farmers in the Middle Ages did not know how to read and write, respectively, they could not keep any records. But dogs were bred solely on the basis of their useful qualities. Continue reading
The Border Terrier, or Border Terrier, is the result of the farmers’ purposeful struggle with foxes. It was bred in the 18th century, moreover, it had all the necessary qualities in order to effectively hunt these animals, which caused a lot of trouble to residents of the countryside.
This is not only about internal qualities, but also about the external structure of the body – a rather narrow body allows the dog to squeeze into burrows, thick skin and hard coat protects well from fox bites, and legs, slightly longer than proportional (with respect to the body), allow pets follow the horse.
In addition, they are hardy dogs that can hunt with their master all day. At least, that was the case in those days, although modern border terriers have all the same qualities, although perhaps to a lesser extent. Indeed, in the modern world, foxes no longer cause such trouble, and the breed itself has long 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