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This dog breed has at some time or other also gone by any of the following names:
Dutch Barge Dog
Sometimes the Keeshond is referred to as the Wolfspitz or the Chien Loup by a growing school of thinkers who feel that it should be grouped together with the closely related and similar looking German [...]14Jul2010 | Dog Breeds | 0 comments | Continued
The early ancestors of the modern Pointer dog breeds were originally developed in the 17th century in Southern Europe. Those early pointing dogs that hailed from the hunting fields of France, Spain and Italy were developed to assist the hunter by pointing them in the direction of the quarry without scaring it off.
The Pointer dog’s [...]
The Vizsla goes by the nickname The Velcro Dog because of its attachment to its preeminent owner (a characteristic found in the Weimaraner dog breed that strangely enough bears a striking resemblance to the Vizsla and the two dog breeds are often mistaken).
2010 could perhaps be named The Year of The Vizsla for the fact [...]
The Tibetan Mastiff is one of dogdom’s oldest dog breeds and has been variously known by any one of the following names:
The Tibetan Mastiff has traditionally been used by Tibetans as sentry dogs to protect their villages and more famously by Tibetan monks to protect their legendary monasteries.
There are many who [...]
The Spinone Italiano is an all-purpose hunting dog breed that has been around since the Middle Ages (1200s). More commonly referred to as just Spinone this dog breed has at one time or another gone by the name of: 1) Italian Coarse-haired Pointer; 2) Italian Griffon.
Origins of Spinone Italiano
The exact origins of this dog breed [...]
The Irish Wolfhound, as its name readily implies, was primarily bred and developed to hunt wolves. Known variously throughout history by the following names:
Great Irish Wolfdog
The Irsih Wolfhound proved rather too successful for its own good at its primary task of wolfslayer that by the 18th century the breed had dispatched [...]9Mar2010 | Dog Breeds | 2 comments | Continued
The Norwegian Elkhound is a very old breed of dog indeed dating as far back as 6000 to 7000 years ago. As hinted from its name the Norwegian Elkhound was traditionally employed to hunt elk (moose really) across most of Norway and Sweden. As game became scarcer through the 20th century the main hunting role [...]4Mar2010 | Dog Breeds | 0 comments | Continued
Why Bother with Dog Training?
1. A well-trained dog is a delight to have and be around.
2. A well-trained dog is safe around people and other pets
3. A well-trained dog is safe off-leash!
4. A well-trained dog doesn’t soil the house
5. A well-trained dog heeds your commands
6. A well-trained dog spends more time with his family and [...]
Okay this post is apparently not going to win me many friends but I feel an obligation to put it out there anyway! Recently I just read about another unprovoked dog-related death and surprise surprise the dog breed involved was a Pit Bull or some kinda pit bull mix.
Now here is why I feel obliged [...]
The Boston Terrier, contrary to its name did not originally hail from Boston in the United States but rather came from Liverpool in England. The founding father of the Boston Terrier dog breed was born in Liverpool sometime in the 1870s before he was shipped across the Atlantic to Boston. This founding dog was originally [...]27Jan2010 | Dog Breeds | 0 comments | Continued
Much confusion surrounds the true origins of the Mastiff dog breed. Indeed that confusion expands exponentially when one then considers the Mastiff breed against the so-called mastiff family of dogs.
Although along the line there is ample mention of the mastiff as a ferocious and courageous dog of war extending all the way back to the [...]
The Presa Canario dog which also goes by any one of the following names:
Perro de Presa Canario
…is certainly not a dog for the faint of heart or the novice dog owner. The Presa Canario hails from the Canary Islands a place to which the Canary bird owes its name but contrary to [...]6Jan2010 | Dog Breeds | 14 comments | Continued
The Kangal dog which is the powerdog featured today happens to be yet another livestock guarding dog.
The Kangal dog is a large livestock protection dog that so happens to be the national dog of Turkey. The Kangal dog hails from the Kangal district of Sivas province which is in central Turkey.
The Kangal dog has developed [...]
The Tosa dog is also known by the following names:
Japanese Fighting Dog
Tosa Fighting Dog
Banned in many a country on account of a combination of its immense power, size and fighting genetic ancestry, the Tosa Inu is truly a powerdog if ever one existed! The countries that take issue with Tosa [...]17Dec2009 | Dog Breeds | 1 comment | Continued
In comparison to a wolf or a big cat (especially big cats) dogs generally have spectacularly wimpy jaws and pretty small teeth! That said I’ll be the first to concede that a dog’s “wimpy” teeth will slice through human flesh like a searing hot knife slicing through butter!
You see the thing is…we humans have pathetically [...]
The Central Asian Ovcharka is also known as the:
Central Asian Sheepdog
Middle Asian Ovcharka
Like many of the large heavily built dog breeds the Central Asian Ovcharka is believed to be descended from the tibetan Mastiff though there are those who believe that this ancient breed is the true root of the large boned livestock [...]11Dec2009 | Dog Breeds | 3 comments | Continued
Okay this is my self-compiled list of the dog breeds that I refer to as Powerdogs! With hindsight I realize that if I am going to give a short (well relatively short) description of each Powerdog this post will trail off into infinity.
So what I shall do is give a short post on each, throw [...]
Do Your Research; In Other Words Don’t Turn Your Dog Into Another Rescue Statistic!
This seems pretty obvious but I think it really has to be said. Make an honest and objective assessment of the kind of person you are and then do your due diligence (homework/research) to match your personality type to the appropriate dog [...]
In keeping with its official motto “Multum in Parvo” which means “a lot in alittle”, the history of the Pug is spectacularly lengthy for such a small dog
Okay let’s first tackle the issue of this dog breed’s name, The Pug. Multiple theories abound to the origins of the name “The Pug” and include the following:
Pug [...]26Nov2009 | Dog Breeds | 1 comment | Continued
The question of who and how the dog was tamed is one that reminds me of that riddle about the egg and the chicken and which came before the other.
That said, let’s get on with it.
The court is now in session and The Honorable Justice Kayye Nynne is presiding. So let’s go ahead and look [...]