The assertion that the Maltese lapwings hail from the island of Malta is not entirely true. Maltese ancestors lived in cities located on the Mediterranean coast, and caught mice and rats. At the same time, small white dogs were known in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, China and the Philippines. In ancient Greece, such dogs lived on the territory of the modern island of Mljet in the Adriatic Sea. The history of the breed has about two thousand years.
Parents and spaniels are supposedly relatives of Maltese. The breed got its name in the 16th century, when its representatives lived in large numbers on the island of Malta, however, white lapdogs were brought here over several centuries from the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Continue reading
Malamute, or Alaskan Malamute – a breed of dogs, originally related to working dogs. The homeland of the breed is the extreme north, and more specifically – the coast of Alaska. According to one of the common versions, the ancestors of modern Malamutes were sled dogs of the Eskimo tribe of Malemites, who inhabited the shores of Alaska. Along with huskies, Malamutes were actively used for the development of Alaska (including during the Gold Rush) as sledding and working dogs. During the Second World War, the Malamutes were drafted into the army, resulting in their almost complete extermination. By the titanic efforts of the breeders and by crossing the three remaining lines of these dogs between themselves, the number of malamutes was restored and significantly increased in the second half of the last century. At the moment, it is a very popular breed, a symbol of the State of Alaska. Continue reading
In the vast expanses of the North thousands of years ago, several dog breeds began to emerge, which are now known to us under the general name “Laika”. Bred by indigenous northern peoples, all these animals were united by qualities useful to humans for survival in harsh conditions – good physical shape, stamina and hunting skills, but significantly differed from each other in external description. Of the same characteristics for all types of huskies it was possible to note: a strong muscular, lean physique, thick coat, sharp muzzle and ears, tail ringlet, as well as a character – aggressive towards prey and intercessive towards the owner.
For many centuries, huskies lived next to a person, but only in the 20th century did the tendency to distinguish between breeds and declare their standards. The following are the names of the main breeds of huskies: Continue reading
The homeland of the Labradors is the island of Newfoundland. Exact information about the time of the origin of the breed or at least about the origin of the name has not been preserved. The initial purpose of the Labrador was a wide variety of assistance to fishermen. These dogs were used both for fishing weakened fish, and for pulling boats to land. At the beginning of the 19th century, the first Labradors came to England, where they liked the local breeders. By crossing labradors with a kinky retriever and, presumably, with several more hunting breeds, the breed labrador retriever was born. Professional dog breeders began to recognize Labrador Retriever as a separate breed only in 1903. Continue reading
German Kurzhaar, or German Shorthair Pointing Dog, German Shorthaired Pointer – (derived from German Kurzhaar, literal translation – “short coat”), is a breed of hunting dogs bred in Germany. The ancestors of the modern Kurzhaar were used for hunting game (a variety of birds, rabbits and hares). The exact origin of the breed is unknown, according to the most common version, it is believed that the Kurzhaars descended from old German cops crossed with Spanish cops. The modern breed standard began to take shape in the second half of the 18th century. By the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries, the breed characteristics were entered in the registers of England and Germany, then the kurtshaars became internationally widespread, becoming one of the most popular hunting breeds in the USA. Continue reading