Giant Schnauzer is a breed of dogs that originates from the ancient shepherd dogs of Germany. The lands of Bavaria and Württemberg are considered the birthplace of the Giant Schnauzer, but now historians cannot say exactly when exactly this breed arose. There are several theories of origin, and the most common is that the Giant Schnauzer was bred to help herders.
The Giant Schnauzer most likely arose from the cross of a shepherd, a black German Great Dane and a schnauzer with large smooth-haired dogs. Possibly, the Flanders Bouvier also took part in the formation of the breed. He was known as Munich and was widely distributed in Bavaria and Württemberg.
For several hundred years, these dogs were used not only as shepherds, but also for other purposes. In particular, for protection and even hunting. We can say that the Giant Schnauzer is a universal dog that 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
Groenendael belongs to the breed of dogs Belgian Shepherd, being one of four types. Belgian Shepherd Dogs also include: Tervuren, Malinois and Lakenua. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this breed was actively developed and was a great success in its homeland. Actually, the first breed standard was drawn up in 1892, and a year earlier the Club of Belgian Shepherds (Club du Chien de Berger Belge) was created in Brussels.
Now it is not known exactly when work began on the creation of this national breed, the starting point is considered to be the end of the 1800s. Under the guidance of Professor A. Rühl, a group of dog breeders studied local shepherds in Brussels and other regions of Belgium, concluding that they all have a very similar appearance, differing only in coat color. Continue reading