Setter is a fairly old breed, since similar dogs existed at the end of the 16th century, and were used as hunting dogs. However, a person deliberately participated in its formation, and for crossing were used pointers and spaniels. Moreover, work on improvement was carried out over several hundred years.
The English setter that we know today was created in the 19th century by the Englishman Edward Laverac and the Welsh R.L. By Purcell Llewellyn. Laverac acquired his first two dogs, Ponto and Old Mall, from Rev. A. Harrison in 1825, and they served as the basis for the entire future breed.
It is important to understand that both of these people in the future will play an important role in the development of the breed, since each of them will develop certain qualities. For example, Laverac paid great attention to friendliness, openness and tried to create a dog with an affectionate temperament. Continue reading
The American Staffordshire Terrier is a direct descendant of the English Staffordshire Bull Terrier, which became famous in its homeland and around the world. The English Staffordshire Bull Terrier came from a cross between a bulldog and a fox terrier, and was used, contrary to popular belief, not only as a fighting dog. It was popular among hunters, in order to knock down wild boars, was used as a protector and guard, also these dogs were often kept by butchers.
In the mid-19th century, many individuals were transported to the United States, where dog owners and breeders established their own breeding program and created their own club. In America, these dogs began to be called amstaff, to somehow distinguish them from English Staffordshire bull terriers. Moreover, in America, breeders hatched larger individuals, which led to certain consequences. Continue reading
The Anatolian Shepherd dog breed is one of the oldest, and, according to various archaeological studies, comes from hunting dogs that lived 4000 years BC. Their area of existence was located on the territory of Mesopotamia, which includes part of modern Turkey. Due to its outstanding qualities as a protector and guard, thanks to its great strength, fearlessness, and ability to withstand even large predators, this dog has earned the respect of ancient people.
We can say that the development of the breed took place naturally, due to the specifics of the activity and lifestyle that predetermined this activity. This includes the protection of livestock on pastures, the protection of households and hunting. Add to this also a difficult climate, a large number of dangers and, often, the need to wander along with their masters or herds moving along the Anatolian plateau. For many centuries of such a life, the breed has hardened and acquired a clear outline, which is largely Continue reading