Brussels griffins appeared in Belgium, where they were very much appreciated for their ability to catch mice. They were especially popular among the owners of stables, since these dogs at some inexplicable, internal level are in good harmony with horses. They were kept both in private stables for home ownership and in the stables of city horse taxis (they called us cabbies).
In the creation of the dog, the Brussels Griffin was attended by the Affenpincher breed, a toy English spaniel, and a pug was also used to create a smooth-haired type of griffin. Affenpincher radically influenced the size and wavy texture of the coat, and the influence of toy spaniels is especially noticeable in large and very expressive eyes, the rounded shape of the head and the peculiar lower jaw.
By the end of the 19th century, the Brussels griffin became popular not only as a dog for hunting 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 Collie dog breed is truly legendary. She is grateful for her popularity, including the series “Lassie”, which appeared in the second half of the 20th century. This dog originated in Scotland, and then came to the territory of England along with nomadic tribes.
In ancient times, the collie breed was guarded by flocks of sheep, goats, and pigs – the collie dogs still perform this function in their homeland today. There are opinions that say that the dog came to Britain with Roman legionnaires and colonists, about 2000 years ago. Dogs of those times had a larger physique, like modern border collies, and possessed mainly black hair.
The first to seriously engage in the popularization of the breed was Queen Victoria herself – in 1860, visiting her estate in Scotland, she was moved to the core by the soft and good-natured nature of the Continue reading