Author: bigdog

Cocker Spaniel: The Smallest Sporting Dog

The American Cocker Spaniel is an offshoot of the same family as the English Cocker Spaniel.In America they are generally just known as Cocker Spaniels, but outside the US, they are called American Cocker Spaniel, because the English Cocker is called Cocker Spaniel. The two breeds are noticeably different because of the different breeding since the 1880s. According to Wikipedia: “The dog considered to be the father of the American Cocker Spaniel was sired by the dog considered to be the father of the English Cocker Spaniel. Ch. Obo was bred to Ch. Chloe II, who was shipped to...

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Everybody Loves A Beagle or Two

Beagles are one of those breeds that have a huge number of fans. They are loved by many and the reason for that is easy to see. They look great, are stylish and cool, they don’t drool on you, they don’t want to take a chunk out of your leg, and when you love them (who can resist that), they love you right back. Louie the beagle gets a special gift in a box. What could it be? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldKZ2YGJnu0   Wikipedia says Beagle-type dogs have existed for 2,500 years, but the modern breed was developed in Great Britain around...

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Abruzzenhund – the huge placid Italian mastiff

This handsome giant Abruzzenhund is Italian, from the Abruzzo area, on the central east coast of Italy. That area still has a lot of sheepherding, while it has been phased out in many other areas. They are also known as the Maremma Sheepdog. There were suggestions the Maremma and Abruzzenhund were two separate breeds, but now they are officially recognized as one breed. Obviously, they are a sheepdog, bred to protect the sheep from wolves that are common in the area. It is an old breed, as seen in this illustration from 1833, from the Penny Magazine “Wolf dogs...

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