The birthplace of the St. Bernards is the Swiss Alps. Their rare are Asian mastiffs and Molossian dogs of the ancient Romans, who fell into the mountains during conquests.
In the 11th century, the dogs that lived at the monastery of St. Bernard in the Swiss Alps received the same name. From the 17th century the monks living here began to use dogs to search and rescue travelers in the mountains.
In the Middle Ages, St. Bernards were smaller and more mobile, had a special scent that made it possible to find people who fell under an avalanche. They had the ability to feel the approach of avalanches, than repeatedly saved the life of the inhabitants of the monastery. One of the most famous Saint Bernards was called Barry. Over 10 years of his life, he found and pulled out from under the avalanches of about 40 people. Continue reading
Antique bull and terriers were bred in England from bulldogs and terriers. These powerful dogs participated in dogfights or bullying bulls. In 1835, this type of entertainment was banned by the government, and the demand for bull terriers declined. To save the breed, J. Hinks crossed the bull terrier with the Dalmatians and white English terriers and got more harmonious and lightweight, but powerful and hardy representatives of the breed, among which were individuals with a white color. Not having a white bull terrier at that time was considered a bad manners among students and teachers of the University of Oxford. At the beginning of the 20th century, the breed was registered in Britain. The first bull terriers in Russia were introduced in the 70s. 20th century. In the 90s. Continue reading
When do German Shepherd ears rise? Do I need to help them? But what if only one ear rose? About this and much more in our article.
According to the breed standard, the ears of the German Shepherd are erect and spiky, set vertically and parallel to each other (not laid apart). Broken and drooping ears are unacceptable and belong to the defects of the exterior.
The exception is puppies up to three months! Their ears can be of almost all shapes and sizes: large, hanging, semi-standing, rickety, and it happens that there is only one ear. All this is normal and does not require special attention from the owner, except for a light daily massage of the auricle and providing the puppy with a balanced diet.
The shape of the ears depends on the condition of the cartilage. In a puppy, they are soft and only begin to harden and harden. Over time, the cartilage will turn into an elastic cartilaginous plate, and the dog’s ears will acquire the desired shape. Continue reading