Brussels griffins appeared in Belgium, where they were very much appreciated for their ability to catch mice. They were especially popular among the owners of stables, since these dogs at some inexplicable, internal level are in good harmony with horses. They were kept both in private stables for home ownership and in the stables of city horse taxis (they called us cabbies).
In the creation of the dog, the Brussels Griffin was attended by the Affenpincher breed, a toy English spaniel, and a pug was also used to create a smooth-haired type of griffin. Affenpincher radically influenced the size and wavy texture of the coat, and the influence of toy spaniels is especially noticeable in large and very expressive eyes, the rounded shape of the head and the peculiar lower jaw.
By the end of the 19th century, the Brussels griffin became popular not only as a dog for hunting Continue reading
The breed of dogs bullterrier is truly legendary – these dogs are known all over the world. Over the long years of their fighting career, they have earned a reputation for fearless and dangerous animals. Bull terriers were created specifically for fighting in the ring with other dogs, and illegal fights, and therefore ruthless and bloody.
Accordingly, for these purposes, a dog with unsurpassed fighting qualities was required. In England, this type of entertainment was especially popular, although it was prohibited by the authorities. In 1850, John Hicks, a dog expert from Birmingham, set about creating the breed. To do this, he crossed a white English terrier, which today is already extinct, an English bulldog, and a little later even a Dalmatian. Although, if you look at the bull terrier, this can not be said. Continue reading
The bullmastiff dog breed appeared as a result of experiments by breeders with mastiff and bulldog breeds. This happened because for the functions of tracking and hunting people (yes, you heard right) the mastiff, by itself, was good, but it lacked aggression and a dead grip. And the bulldog, despite the fact that he could very well grasp his victim, is not large enough and powerful, and therefore it is problematic for him to stop a person on the run.
Gamekeepers in England acted as breeders, who needed a dog that could catch and stop poachers in the forest. At the same time, the dog had to combine strength, speed, courage, large size and at the same time be silent enough not to scare the victim from afar with his bark, but, on the contrary, sneak up to it as close as possible, and then catch and tumble down with a quick jerk to the ground. Further work was already done by the rangers themselves, who usually followed the dog. Continue reading