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Chinese Foos, "Sacred Guardians"

Fanciers of Chinese Foos claim that they are the descendants of the ancient Chinese dogs that were considered sacred among the religious and elite. While there is some controversy as to whether today's Chinese Foos are in fact the same breed of dogs of legend, the truth is that they do strongly resemble the dogs represented in art and sculpture of ancient China. In this article, we'll look at the Chinese Foo dogs of legend "the sacred guardians". [...]

Curly Coated Retrievers and Swimming

Curly Coated Retrievers have a natural affinity for water and love nothing more than a good splash. This love of water no doubt comes from its roots as a working dog, retrieving fowl from the water for its hunting handlers. Today, this translates into a natural advantage in water tests in the Working Field Certificate trials, as well as a natural partner for water fowl hunters. It also means that they will love spending time with their human families in and around water. In this article, we’ll take a look at the Curly Coated Retriever’s long swimming history, and why they’ll need plenty of water around to keep them happy today. [...]

English Setter Weird Facts/Did You Know?

In its very beginnings, the English Setter was not actually used for hunting at all. In the seventeenth century it was used for falconry, or the art of hunting with birds, that was all the rage. Royals such as Louis the XVIII, aristocrats and other members of the upper class would set up in open fields with their falcons and English Setters. Upon signaling the Setters to flush the field of gamebirds, a falcon would then swoop down and take its quarry right out of the air. Royals were known to keep great falconries and kennels during that time. Eventually, the Setter's ability for flushing game was noted as an ideal way to drive game into nets. After the use of firearms became widespread for hunting, the English Setter became known as one of the best gundogs in existence. [...]

Why Obedience Training Is Necessary

The Kuvasz is of Hungarian origin where it was often used as a personal bodyguard for nobility. Later, it became a good dog for herding sheep and watching the farmhouses. In World War II, the encroaching German armies practically decimated the species because they had to kill the dogs as they tried to take a farmhouse. The dogs would often warn the owners of potential intruders and also give its life to protect the family. It is a fierce guard dog that takes its role seriously. [...]

Miniature Australian Shepherd vs. the Standard Breed

To the casual or novice dog enthusiast, designations of different breeds of dogs can be quite confusing, especially when it comes to size varieties. Although the American Kennel Club recognizes only three breeds with the word Miniature in their official name, this doesn't mean that it recognizes only three miniature breeds. [...]

About the North American Miniature Australian Shepherd Club of the USA

The first attempts of creating a parent organization for the Miniature Australian Shepherd came from the first people to specifically breed the size variation of the standard dog. Although Doris Cordova, Bill and Sandy Kennedy, and Chas Lasater, all of California, were unsuccessful in creating a club, they did succeed in forming a mission, which was picked up by later organizations. They wanted to produce an Australian Shepherd that was less than 17 inches that head the heart, intelligence, and drive to work stock, but be small enough to travel easily to shows and be a house dog. [...]

The Beauceron And The Briard: Close Relatives, Shared History

A variety of breeds of dogs have common ancestry. It is rare for dogs so closely related to be seen for such a long history as that of the Beauceron and the Briard. These dogs, though unique, are both sheep dogs. They are companions throughout the last several centuries and share many of the same characteristics. Most importantly, they are well loved and respected dogs that have a place in the hearts of many in their native country of France. For those planning to adopt these dogs, or perhaps already owning one, it is interesting to see the difference in the Briard and the Beuceron. [...]

Difference between a Cardigan Welsh Corgi and a Pembroke Welsh Corgi

When people think of Welsh Corgis, they simply imagine cute little dogs with stumpy legs and stumpy tails; others associate the breed with the Queen of England and other British royalty. While Welsh Corgis are small dogs with stumpy legs, not all have stumpy tails. The general public is often not aware of the fact that there are two distinct breeds of Welsh Corgis, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. The breed that is most popular is the Pembroke Welsh Corgi; this is the breed with the stumpy tail and the lucky spot in the heart of the Queen of England. [...]

Chinese Crested as a Sporting Dog

During the Han Dynasty, it's said that the Chinese Crested dogs served one of two purposes. First, they could be guard dogs in palaces and mansions, alerting their human counterparts to the presence of intruders and seeking out these trespassers. Second, the heavier ones might serve as hunting dogs. The former probably did not envy the latter, as a Chinese Crested hunting dog who fails to bring home any meat was still expected to feed the hungry family, whatever that might entail! In fact, when the communists came into power in China, there was a ban placed on pets of any sort and dogs of all breeds have since become incredibly rare in that country. Luckily, the Chinese Cresteds accompanied their masters on trade vessels and fathered litters of puppies in Africa and other continents and the breed survived. [...]

Harriers The Harehounds

As sometimes occurs, the origins of the Harrier breed are somewhat shrouded in mystery; various accounts exist regarding exactly how and when the dogs developed. The first known pack of actual Harriers existed in the year 1260, so everyone agrees that the breed is quite old. But where exactly did these dogs come from? One theory is that very early crossings between Bloodhounds, Basset Hounds and extinct Talbot Hounds resulted in these mysterious dogs. Another theory postulates other crosses: between the English Foxhound, the Greyhound and the Fox Terrier. The last theory, and the one which many people accept, is that these dogs were merely the "next size down" of the Foxhound and were developed by simply breeding down the latter. [...]

The Papillon and French Culture

The charmingly dignified, noble, even regal appearance of the breed known as the Papillon has made them quite popular in their home country of France and especially amongst royalty and celebrities. The Papillon might be most famous for being featured in portraits of Royal and merchant class families in France starting in the fifteen hundreds. Before these French paintings by such artists as Watteau, Gonzalez Cowues, Mignard and Gragonard, toy spaniels closely resembling the Papillon were first seen in Italian paintings by Tiziano Vicelli (more commonly known as Titian); the most well known of these probably being the Venus of Urbino. King Louis XIV can also be seen in a famous portrait alongside a Papillon. [...]

Saviors of the Finnish Spitz breed

The Finnish Spitz is one of the oldest breed of dogs and have been through centuries of struggle for their survival. [...]

Harriers and Scratch Packs

Hunting has been a necessity as long as animals have lived on this Earth; for some, hunting was the sole means of feeding themselves and their family. As humanity evolved and became more technologically advanced, hunting also became a sport; men were interested in the hunt, not for their dinner, but to feel the rush and satisfaction that a chase provided. Hunting also had a primeval appeal, reminding mankind of its early days. Hunting, as both a necessity and a sport, has been so important that man has developed a variety of animals to accompany him on the hunt. One of man's most faithful hunting companions is, of course, the dog; there exists a large number of dog breeds that were developed as hunting dogs. Some breeds are specialized in hunting a particular type of game, while other breeds are more general. Some breeds hunt in a very specific way or do a very specific job, while others were developed to fulfill a multitude of roles. [...]

The Cuban Aristocrat

Though the Havanese is a relatively new breed in America, it has quite a long history outside the US. It is the national dog of Cuba and this country's only native breed; indeed, it was developed solely in Cuba. The origins of the breed's ancestors are unknown; some say that Spanish sailors brought a dog over from either Spain or Tenerife (one of the Canary Islands), while others claim that Italian traders would often give Bolognese-type dogs as gifts to wealthy Cuban aristocrats to gain their favor and business. It is almost certain that merchants would give Bichon-like dogs to aristocratic Cuban women to try to establish trade connections with the important Cuban families. Whatever its history, it is obvious that the Havanese enjoyed life as an aristocratic canine and even traveled back to Europe to fulfill the role of court companion. [...]

The Many Uses For The Tibetan Terrier

The Tibetan Terrier is a beautiful dog with a unique look to them. Although you may not think so, they have excellent eyesight. They also have a good sense of smell and an instinctive sense of curiosity. All of these things contribute to the type of dog that they are and what types of uses they have been used for over their history. Having this dog in your home can be an enjoyable experience and taking advantage of its skills is something you most certainly can do. You should understand what type of activities the dog enjoys so that you can be sure to provide them with activities that they enjoy. [...]

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