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
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
The Hungarian survived comes from the ancient hunting dogs that were used by the Magyars in the hunt, this is a kind of Hungarian pointer. The ancestors of these pets lived on the territory of Hungary more than 1000 years ago, and the modern survived, of course, is somewhat different from its predecessors, but there are much more similarities than differences.
In fact, it’s hard to say exactly how long ago these dogs appeared on the territory of Hungary, since today experts draw conclusions only from the available evidence. One of them is an engraving of the 10th century, where a smooth-haired, long-legged, thin dog is very similar to a pogo, depicted with a huntsman. Another very noteworthy evidence is the chapter in the manuscript book on the falconry, which, together with the description, depicts a dog that is almost identical to the Hungarian surviving. Continue reading