The history of English Bulldog: they were originally developed in the 1600s for bull baiting: a blood sport in which a bull was tied to a metal pole or placed in a small pit, and dogs were set on the bull. The precursors of our modern English bulldog had little in common with today’s bulldog. They had more in common with Mastiffs and Pitbull terriers in shape.
The Boston Terrier is a very popular breed. It’s easy to see why: they’re cute, friendly, and intelligent. Their small size means that they are just as happy in an apartment as in a villa, and they get on with just about everyone. You would never suspect that this charming little dog started out as a fearsome fighter!
The English Cocker Spaniel is as comfortable rushing through the undergrowth after game as it is playing fetch in your garden. This breed is very popular, and it’s easy to see why.
The Maltese Hunting Dog (Kelb tal-kaċċa ta’ Malta) has been flushing out game from wheat fields and retrieving shot carcasses since its inception, hiding its staggering efficiency from the limelight of the world’s most lovable work dogs.
The Labrador Retriever is perhaps the quintessential pet dog, and is it any wonder? This breed has a lot going for it: its gentleness and friendliness, combined with intelligence and beauty. The qualities have led the Labrador Retriever to excel in many fields. They make great assistance and therapy dogs, excel in search and rescue and detection work, and of course make excellent pets.
Purebred dogs, they are all the rage nowadays. But what does it mean for a dog to be purebred? Pure breeding is a concept in genetics where individuals of similar genetic composition are bred together in an attempt to retain as uniform a genetic composition as possible.
When you think of African dog breeds, your mind will probably go to the Rhodesian Ridgeback, bred to hunt lions, or to the majestic Azawakh, used to guard livestock in West Africa. You might not think of a small, fluffy dog that originated in Madagascar: the Coton de Tulear, affectionately known as the Cotie or Coton.
From a war dog of Rome to a prized farm dog, and finally to a beloved companion animal; the Cane Corso has played many roles throughout the breed’s history. This robust, loyal dog has been prized for its intelligence, loyalty, and hardiness: no wonder they remain so popular today.
This Eurasian breed is gaining fame for its size and courage. The Caucasian Mountain Dog is an ancient Molosser dog bred to protect homes and flocks from jackals, wolves, and bears in the harsh Caucasus mountains.
Breed specific legislation is a term referring to a set of laws enacted in order to protect the citizens of a community from dangerous dogs by categorising specific breeds as dangerous. These breeds are generally either banned or prospective owners often need special permits that can be acquired after undergoing intense scrutiny. Dog breeds often targeted by these laws are usually those that have the classical “Pitbull” look, such […]
The Labrador Retriever is a typical family pet, a beloved hunting dog, and an invaluable working dog. Since the breed was established in the 19th century, they have gone on to win over many people with their many good qualities. Here we look at the reasons why you should get a Labrador Retriever.
The French Bulldog came to be because of a need for cultural re-appropriation. A ban on bullbaiting put most of the bulldogs in England out of work. Due to this lack of purpose, bulldog breeders realized that the bulldog would be lost if its function could not be changed from a bull baiting dog into a companion dog.