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 Welsh Terrier, or, as it is also called, the Welsh Terrier, is considered one of the oldest terriers on the planet. Although many unknowingly consider it a reduced copy of the Airedale, in fact, this is not so. Its history can be traced by graphic evidence and statuettes – various drawings, paintings, tapestries, etc., as well as some records. At first he was known as a black and tan wire-haired terrier or Old English terrier.
Although the Welsh Terrier was originally related to Wales, it has been common in many areas of England since the beginning of the 19th century. He was usually used for hunting foxes, otters and badgers, he was also good at killing parasites, which made this dog incredibly popular. After all, every farm, stable, butcher’s and tavern shops all needed such a versatile and healthy animal.
Usually, this breed was classified and demonstrated at exhibitions as an Old English Terrier, however, Continue reading
It is probably hard to imagine a person living in a civilized world who would not know a Dalmatian dog. The cartoon, and later the Walt Disney movie “101 Dalmatians,” made these animals famous everywhere. By the way, after the release of this touching story, the popularity of the breed soared to heaven. Which is not surprising.
The exact origin of the Dalmatian is unknown, but the first evidence relates to … Gypsies. Yes, you heard right – it was this stray people who used dogs in performances and hunting. Actually, the name of the breed Dalmatian itself refers to a territory called Dalmatia, which corresponds to the current Croatia. Apparently, dogs were very fond of this area – they were used not only by Gypsies, but literally by all in a wide variety of areas (although they came to Dalmatia, apparently with roving Gypsies). Dalmatians acted as shepherds, rat-catchers, retriever, circus dogs. Continue reading