One of the oldest and well-known breeds both in France and abroad is the Briard breed. These dogs are known as very soulful and kind, and their thick, long coat is a hallmark by which briar is so recognizable.
The appearance of the breed dates from the eighth century. Despite the fact that the briard was distributed almost throughout France, the Brie region is considered to be its homeland (and yes – you correctly understood, the name of the region is not without reason consonant with the name of Brie cheese). And the breed itself in the Middle Ages has long been known as Chien Berger De Bree.
On the other hand, there is another story explaining the name of the breed (because we remember that it was distributed everywhere, not only in the Bri region). This second version sounds like this: a 14th-century legend tells that Aubrey de Montdidier, the court king of Charles V, erected a cathedral in Continue reading
The history of the Yorkshire Terrier began during the industrial revolution in England, when Scottish workers brought with them small dogs, which in those days were called the Paisley Terrier or the Clydesdale Terrier. Workers in those distant times lived in extremely unfavorable conditions, and rats in their more than modest houses were home to an unthinkable number, in fact, dogs were chosen specifically for fighting rodents.
Of course, those dogs were almost twice the size of modern Yorkshire terriers. Today, researchers cannot say for sure which dogs paisley terriers crossed, but they suggest that they were an English black and tan toy terrier, a sky terrier, and also, quite possibly, a water side terrier. In any case, the dog subsequently turned out to be very similar to the current Yorkshire Terrier, and has not changed much since then. Continue reading
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