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History of Basset Hound

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

The word “Basset” was first mentioned in an early book about hunting written by Fouilloux in the year 1585. This book was also considered as the first illustration of this dog where a woodcutter showing his sportsman friend going out in his charette de chasse accompanied by “badger dogs” giving them advice on dog training for badger hunting.

Basset Hounds are mostly used for trailing rabbits, hare and deer. The Friars from French Abbey of St. Hubert are known to develop the breed by selective breeding from other strains of French Hounds to produce a slow moving dog that can be followed by foot. The word “Basset,” was derived from the French adjective bas, means “dwarf” or “low structure”.

Since hunting was a classic sport in France during the medieval times, small hounds have found their way to the kennels of aristocracy, only to be dispersed with the ever-changing life style brought by the Revolution. However, the basset hounds were not lost. This breed was mentioned again in a sporting book entitled Le Chasseur written by M. Blaze in 1850. During the same year, M. Robert wrote Calibri “The Basset will hunt all animals, even boar and wolf, but he is especially excellent for the chasse a tir (shooting with the aid of hounds) of rabbits and hares.” in his book Chiens de Chasse.

In 1700, Basset Hounds were extensively used throughout France. It is also the same year when George Washington received a pair of this breed as a gift from Lafayette. In 1800, the breed was exported to England and United States.

The Basset Hound was recognized by English Kennel Club in the year 1882, and the English Basset Hound Club was formed two years after. The American Kennel Club followed in 1885, accepting the Basset Hound as a breed. The Basset Hound Club of America was founded in the year 1935, and the breed standard was created in 1964. Today, these dogs are still used for rabbit hunting, but they can also hunt and track anything. The breed’s ubiquitous appearances in magazines, books, movies and mascot for Hush Puppies footwear is a tribute for their continued admiration and popularity.

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History of Puggle

Friday, June 10th, 2011

The first ever puggle puppy was first bred in 1990s by Wallace Havens. The name is a portmanteau following the naming of the designer dog’s crossbreeding trend. Havens is a Wisconsin breeder who coined and registered “puggle” breed to the American Canine Hybrid Club an organization that keeps track of new hybrids of dogs.

Puggle puppies are crossbreeds from a beagle and a pug parent. Although puggles have only been around for less than ten years, not much information about them is available. There were probably at least a few puggles back in the years that they were just considered as mutts. But now, being an offspring of two popular breeds, puggles have become very popular not only in Hollywood but also as a household pet.

Although puggles are not purebred, they can generally be sold for more than the price of a beagle or a pug. This is because they are rather unique breed of dogs in the world. Not many Puggles get bred compared to Pugs and Beagles, so they are limited in numbers. The demand for Puggle puppies is continuously increasing because more and more owners want unique pets.

These puppies are highly recommended as indoor pets and have the capability to adapt themselves in a small place or apartment. A puggle puppy is notoriously stubborn but it can be trained with some love and perseverance. Feeding requirements include at least two small to medium meals a day and decent amount of water to drink. Puggle puppies are also prone to obesity, dog diet featuring high-quality premium dog foods are highly recommended.

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History of Shih Tzu

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

The exact origin of the Shih Tzu is still unknown, but most likely dates back to ancient times. Their first recorded appearance of this breed occurred in China around the year 1650. Shih Tzu puppies were brought from Tibet to the Chinese Court, and later bred in the heart of Peking, the Forbidden City. It is believed that Shih Tzu puppies were bred by cross breeding Lhasa Apso and Pekingese. Their name Shih Tzu means “little lion.” They were used as watchdogs and became favourites in Chinese Courts.

It was known that Shih Tzu puppies were a house pet during most of the years in Ming Dynasty. In 1908, the Dalai Lama sent Shih Tzu puppies to Tzu His for Dowager Empress of Manchu Dynasty, who was known to be a passionate dog breeder. Dowager Empress Cixi of T’zu Hsi kept an important kennel of Pekingese, Pugs, and Shih Tzu. The Empress herself supervised the breeding of the Shih Tzu pups to ensure that they would remain distinct from Pekingese which she already owned. For centuries, breeding of Shih Tzu puppies were kept as a secret inside the palace, but when the Empress opened her Palace to English diplomats, westerners were introduced to her beloved Shih Tzu. After her death on the same year, the breeding was not closely monitored and cross breeding occurred.

During the Communist Revolution, Shih Tzu puppies faced the brink of extinction. There was a point where only fourteen of them remained in the world—seven females together with seven males. Some of these fourteen were located in England, which imported its first pair of Shih Tzu puppies in 1930. It was also during that time when these puppies were first classified as the same breed as “Lhasa Apsos” but after a ruling by the England’s Kennel Club that Shih Tzu puppies and Lhasa Apsos and were separate  dog breeds, the Shih Tzu Club of England was formed in 1935.

Shih Tzu puppies were introduced during World War II to the US by soldiers. It was recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club in 1969, and since then has become enormously popular as a companion and as a show dog. Breeding continued outside the palace where kennels of Shih Tzu became established. The Comptesse d’ Anjou was the third hand recipient of some of these palace dogs.

Since then, Shih Tzu puppies were occasionally brought to UK at the beginning of the century but were not bred from. Other Shih Tzu breeds were imported at this time, but these are the lines that have survived.

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History of Bearded Collie

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

During the ancient times, Bearded Collie puppies were known in different names. Some of these common names where they were recognized were Old Welsh Grey Sheepdog, Mountain Scotch Collie, Loch Collie, Hairy Moued Collie and Hairy Moued Collie. Today this dog breed is most commonly known as “Beardie”. This breed became popular during the last half of the 20th century.

When someone heard the “Collie” as part of its name, they often relate this breed to the famous Lassie, a Rough Collie that made it to the television and the big screen. In reality, there is no relation between the two breeds. The word “Collie” in Bearded Collie refers to its origin that describes its function.

This breed of dogs was recognized to be the oldest breeds in Britain. There were different stories and theories about the real origin of this breed. The most common theory was that Bearded Collie comes from cross breeding Polish Lowland Sheepdog. A pair of this breed was brought to Scotland by Polish traders. From this pair, a hardy breed of canine was born.

For years, Bearded Collies are used for herding and assisting various farm duties. This was the reason why this breed was known to be one of the most recognized working dogs in history. Bearded Collie has earned their nickname “bouncing Beardie” because they would work in thick underbrush on hillsides.

The working Bearded Collie has become less common in the last few decades. Unlike other breed of dogs, these dogs were not bred in US during that time. The Bearded Collie did not make it onto American soil until the late 1950s, and was not bred in America until 1967.

Today, Bearded Collie has become one of the most popular in puppies for sale UK shops. Aside from soft fur, they are surely worth to have inside the house as pets.

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History of Siberian Husky Dogs

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Siberian Husky puppies are very attractive and much more attractive when they grow up. Aside from their wolf-like face features, their thick double-coat fur gives them a very physically attractive appearance. Siberian Husky puppies originated in Eastern Siberia and Russia. These dogs are considered as one of the oldest breeds of dogs.  The term “husky” is the corrupted nickname derived from “Esky” that refers to Eskimos that are good in moving in snowy roads and places.

The first breed of huskies was raised by the Chukchi tribes. Chukchi are Siberian Nomads that need these huskies to provide them a fast and economical transportation on the frozen land. Siberian Huskies can swiftly cover long distances with minimum food requirement. Aside from being a transportation helper, these dogs also served as a furry and soft pillow for Chukchi tribe children. With the help of these dogs, the entire Chukchi tribes were not only able to survive, but to push forth into the discovery of terra incognita or the unknown land.

Being sled dogs, Siberian Huskies are nurtured by the Chukchi tribe with mutual respect and understanding. Through years of cross-breeding the modern Siberian Huskies have changed a lot but they still have the original qualities that made them Chukchi’s tribe prized possession.

These dogs have become popular when they started to win Alaskan races in 1908. Siberian Husky dogs were introduced in the United States in the same year by an Alaskan fur trader. The first group of Siberian Huskies was seen in the “All-Alaska Sweepstakes”, a 408 mile dog sled race starting from Nome to Candle and back. After this sled race, these dogs dominated Nome Sweepstakes.

Siberian Huskies have proven their worth during Navy Rear Admiral Richard Byrd’s journey around the 16,000 mile Antarctica coast. During this expedition, Byrd brought 50 Siberian Husky dogs with him that were trained in New Hampshire.

Togo was the most popular and most traveled Siberian Husky dog in Alaska. He is one of the most outstanding dogs led by Leonhard Seppala, the foremost breeder of Siberian Huskies at that time. Togo has played a very important role in saving lives in Nome.  In January 1925, a deadly diphtheria epidemic poised to sweep through the lives of Nome’s young people. Unfortunately, the only aircraft that can get the serum from Anchorage and back is not working. Therefore, they had to resort in using sled dogs as a mode of transportation.

Seppala’s team lead by Togo, ran the most dangerous and longest leg of the 91 miles relay including the treacherous stretch over the ice of Norton Sound. Togo, unerringly led the team through a 40mph gale where the wind chill was almost 80 below zero. The team covered more than 200 miles from Nome and back for the serum run.

Siberian Huskies nowadays have pedigrees tracing back to Seppala’s great racing dogs. From their puppyhood, these dogs have shown more than enough agility to serve their masters.

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History of Saint Bernard Dogs

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

BEET-HOVEN!! Who is not familiar with this name? It was 1992, when Beethoven the movie was televised in America. Since then Saint Bernard dogs (Beethoven’s breed) has been one of the most popular dog breeds in the world.

Saint Bernard dogs are the descendants of mastiff style Asiatic dogs brought by Romans. The first Saint Bernard puppies and dogs were acquired by the monks of Great St. Bernard Hospice between the year 1660 and 1670. The monks keep these dogs with them as they walk along St. Bernard Pass, a 49 mile dangerous, snowy route through the Alps dividing Switzerland and Italy.


The Bulldog

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

The Bulldog traces back to England and they are often confused with the American and French bulldog but it’s not the same dog – they do however have similarities in appearance.  They have a very wide head and broad shoulders with very thick skin folds on the brow and wide set eyes. They normally weigh between 50 – 55lbs and 12 – 14 inches in height. Their drooping, sad lips will melt your heart! The name Bulldog originates from medieval times, the dogs used to attach bulls in the arena combat but in the nineteenth century laws prevented this from continuing. (more…)

The Boerboel

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

The Boerboel is a large breed dog originally from South Africa. The unique breed of dogs was bred in the 1650’s when Jan van Riebeeck came to South Africa with his “bullenbiter” and other British settlers with their long legged Bulldogs. These dogs where cross bread with indigenous breeds of domestic African breeds. However it’s known that the Rhodesian Ridgeback played a big part in the breeding of the modern Boerboel as we know it today. (more…)

Samoyed History

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

From all the dog breeds the Samoyed is thought to be one of the oldest and also one of the most beautiful in existence. (more…)

Lhasa Apso History

Monday, May 4th, 2009

The little Lhasa Apso dog was born and bred in Tibet. They lived for many centuries amongst the homes and the monasteries of the Tibetan people; although they are a small breed of dog they were used as watchdogs for the highly sacred temples and monasteries throughout Tibet. (more…)