“The Sloughi was originally bred by the Berbers of North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya) to hunt game such as hare, fox, jackal, gazelle and wild pigs. Its exact origins date too far back to be completely known and remain speculative. In its countries of origin, the Sloughi is the only dog treated as family and allowed into the tent. It is also bred and selected with the same care as an Arabian horse” (source: http://www.akc.org/breeds/sloughi/index.cfm)
Mr. Pumi Apophis Rebel Pumida
5,5 months :)
“The Pumi originated in the 17th or 18th centuries in Western Hungary from the ancestral Puli mixed with French and German herding dogs. It is said that there is also some terrier blood behind them which may have helped when herding cattle, sheep, and swine. In the early part of the 20th century Dr. Emil Raitsis identified the separate characteristics of the Hungarian sheepdogs and selective breeding to intensify these characteristics began. The Pumi was identified as an independent breed in 1920.” (source: http://www.akc.org/breeds/pumi/index.cfm)
Peruvian Inca Orchid
“This breed [of sighthound] was first depicted in Moche pottery around 750 AD. These were the dogs of the Inca and their Incan descendants, the Quechua, who protected and preserved the breed after the Conquistadors conquered Peru. Peruvian Inca Orchids were first brought to the US in 1966. In 2001, the Peruvian government declared the breed a National Patrimony.” (source: http://www.akc.org/breeds/peruvian_inca_orchid/index.cfm)
“The Lagotto Romagnolo is an ancient breed, with extremely similar curly coated water dogs being seen portrayed in hunting and fishing scenes in the Etruscan necropolis of Spina and described by Linneus, the great Swedish naturalist of the 18th century as being widespread in the Mediterranean Sea area, describing a dog that corresponded well with the appearance of today’s Lagotto Romagnolo. Similar dogs have also been written of in books and poetry - by Erasmus in 1591 and by Eugenio Raimondi in 1630, among others. References such as these continue to crop up in literature from the 15th thru the 20th centuries.
Written evidence places the breed in the marshes of Romagna as early as 1600, with numerous references appearing in writings throughout the 19th century, which is also the time when mention begins to be made of the dogs’ truffle finding abilities. Between 1840 and 1890, as the marshes were drained and reclaimed for farming, the Lagotto progressively lost its function as a water dog. At the same time it became more specialized as a truffle dog. In fact, during the period between the two World Wars, the Lagotto was the breed used by almost all truffle hunters.”
I just realized that I never updated about the last down cow we saw.
Unfortunately, her bloodwork showed multiple organ failure, and given her age (she was actually *19* years old!) they decided to go ahead and euthanize her :(
Jaffa VWF on Flickr.
“This breed originated in Cordoba, the central region of Argentina, at the hands of Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez. Dr. Martinez methodically crossed a total of ten breeds, including a now-extinct breed of dog from Cordoba, in pursuit of an athlete with the strength of body and character to perform difficult work, yet a friendly and amiable personality which allows him to live and work cooperatively. Dr. Nores Martinez’ brother, family and their close compatriots continued his early success after his untimely death. The breed has proved to be valiant hunter of country predators, as well as an excellent companion for active, experienced families.” (source: http://www.akc.org/breeds/argentine_dogo/index.cfm)
Assistant: Oh dayum this here is one *stanky* shelter dog!
Me: I can’t smell a thing! :D
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“The history of the Coton de Tulear is poorly documented. But, the most common belief is that they are descendants of dogs who survived an ancient shipwreck near the Madagascar coast. Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island, and lies in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa. The little white dogs who swam ashore to the port of Tulear were the now extinct Coton de Reunions. The dogs settled on the island and bred with the local terriers resulting in what we now know as the Coton de Tulear.
During the 17th century, the Merina, who were the ruling tribal monarchy in Madagascar closely controlled the breed. They forbid both coastal tribesmen and non-noblemen from owning the dog. The Coton became known as the “Royal Dog of Madagascar.” Later, conquering French colonists adopted the dog as well, and only those persons in the top echelon of society were allowed to own a Coton de Tulear. Political and economic crises in Madagascar now threaten the dog with extinction in its own native land. The Coton was honored on a Madagascar postage stamp in 1974.” (source: http://www.akc.org/breeds/coton_de_tulear/history.cfm)