The Irish Wolfhound is the largest breed of the group of greyhounds chasing movable prey, as well as the tallest dog in the world. One of the first references to these animals dates back to the year 391 AD, when the Roman consul Aurelius wrote about the “great surprise and delight” experienced by the inhabitants of Rome and the aristocracy, when they saw the seven wolfhounds brought by the legionnaires from the campaign.
In Ireland, these dogs were highly appreciated for their fighting qualities, fearlessness and tremendous strength. In battle, an Irish wolfhound was used to knock a horseman off a horse, and, often on the ground, this same horseman found himself with a horse. They hunted big game, Irish elk, wolf and bear.
Irish law in the Middle Ages allowed only an royal wolf and noblemen to have an Irish wolfhound. Continue reading
Boxer – a dog known throughout the world. They are very popular both in America and in Europe and the CIS countries, and this breed originated from Germany. In fact, they are the descendants of the large German hunting dogs Bullenbeisser, and also have bulldog blood. Bullenbeiser was used as a hunting dog with which they even went for a bear, as well as for wild boar, deer, elk, and, in general, for big game.
Over time, hunting for big game has become less, but the number of farms, on the contrary, has increased. Accordingly, the ancestors of the boxers moved from hunters to guards of the estates, and also performed a host of other functions, being universal dogs that could be entrusted with various tasks, including dragging a small cart to the market with the owner.
The boxer dog line started from the moment when the Munich bitch Bullenbeiser took a walk with a male Continue reading
As you know, now in Switzerland there are four dog breeds that are considered local property. And one of the oldest and most popular is the large Swiss Mountain Dog. They resemble the Appenzeller Sennenhund breed, but still have certain differences.
It is believed that they were brought in by Roman legionnaires during the time of Octavian Augustus (3rd century AD), or rather, not themselves, but their ancestors, from whom modern Swiss dog breeds originated. Their warlike ancestors resembled the present mastiffs, were large, fearless, and completely loyal to their masters. Among the local population, they gained great popularity due to their strength and versatility, as well as due to endurance and intelligence.
Locals used these dogs for a variety of purposes – as guards for cattle, as guards for the house, as a Continue reading