The epagneul picard dog breed

The epagneul picard dog breed

The origin of the epagneul picard dog breed is French, specifically originating in Picardy, in the Somme valley. It is a very old breed; in some documents we find traces of this dog in the 11th century, which was already appreciated as a hunting dog in Picardy. From its origins it was trained as a hare and wild duck hunter, in fact it is very well suited for hunting in … Read more

The epagneul francaise dog breed

The epagneul francaise dog breed

The origin of the epagneul francaise dog breed is not well defined, but there are various hypotheses.  Some think that this dog is indigenous to France, born and developed there. Others, however, claim that its origins come from Spain. Yet another hypothesis, perhaps the most credited, is that it is a descendant of the oysel dogs, a breed that has now disappeared. Its origins must therefore be sought as far … Read more

The dunker dog breed

The dunker dog breed

The Dunker dog breed originates from Norway and bears the name of the man who first selected it: Wilhelm Dunker. We are talking about the early 19th century, when Mr Dunker, a passionate hunter and dog lover, crossed one of his males with several females from the region where he lived; he wanted to definitively fix the hunting qualities of his dog. The result was what he had worked for, … Read more

The epagneul breton or breton dog breed

The epagneul breton or breton dog breed

The epagneul breton dog breed, or more simply breton, is essentially a hunting dog and is particularly renowned among stationary dogs. It originates from France and more precisely from central Brittany, and is probably one of the oldest epagneul-type dogs. Its origins are not certain, there are several hypotheses. Some believe that this breed was born and developed in France from a cross between the orange-white setter and the d’oysel … Read more

The drever dog breed

The drever dog breed

The drever dog breed is of Swedish origin and is especially widespread in Scandinavia and the northern European countries. It is almost unknown in the rest of the world. The origins of the drever, called schwedische dachsbrake in the original Swedish language, are not very clear. Very little is known about this dog before 1900. There are several hypotheses; one of them is that the ancestors of this hound have … Read more

The Drahthaar dog breed

The Drahthaar dog breed

The origin of the Drahthaar dog breed is fairly recent and was created in Germany at the beginning of the 19th century.   What was wanted was a versatile, hard-coated hunting dog, capable of catching foxes, mice and martens, killing them without hesitation, but never becoming dangerous to humans. The first specimens were bred by Sigismund Freiherr von Zedlitz und Neukirch and Herr Oberlander and although it is not known for … Read more

The dog breed dogue de Bordeaux

The dog breed dogue de Bordeaux

The origin of the dog breed Dogue de Bordeaux is very old and not very certain. In fact, there are different currents of thought regarding the ancestors of this molosser. According to some, the first specimens originated from the Tibetan mastiff that accompanied the ancient Celtic populations in Europe.  Others think that they are the direct descendants of the molossi of Rome. Another school of thought sees these dogues as … Read more

The dogo canario dog breed

The dogo canario dog breed

The origin of the Dogo Canario dog breed is, as its name suggests, in the Canary Islands, specifically in the islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria, especially in the latter where it has become a symbol. It is a relatively young breed, in fact it dates back to around 1800 when the English Mastiff, which arrived in the archipelago at the beginning of the century, and the Bardino Majorero, which … Read more

The deutscher jagd terrier dog breed

The deutscher jagd terrier dog breed

The origins of the deutscher iagdterrier dog breed are German. In fact, its name can be translated as “German hunting dog”. It is a typical terrier, which was created mainly for hunting, especially hunting in the den of foxes and badgers, given its small size, but given its indomitable character and not afraid of anything even for hares and wild boars, even for hunting bears. His story begins in the … Read more

The Alpine dachsbracke dog breed

The Alpine dachsbracke dog breed

The origin of the Alpine Dachsbracke dog breed, also called the Erzebirge Alpine Dachshund, is Austrian. It is said to be a very old breed because we find depictions of dogs very similar to today’s dogs as far back as the Roman-Gallic era and are also found in some paintings from the 12th century. Even then they were hunting dogs with extraordinary qualities. It is in fact a miniature hunting … Read more

The deerhound dog breed

The deerhound dog breed

The origins of the deerhound dog breed are Scottish. It is thought to have come to Scotland, like all greyhounds, from the central Asian plains, following Indo-European migratory flows. This dog is also called the Scottish Greyhound because of its tall, long and elegant build. It is thought that this breed is very old, even dating back to the first century AD and in any case it has been ascertained … Read more

The dandie dinmont terrier dog breed

The dandie dinmont terrier dog breed

The origins of the dandie dinmont terrier dog breed are Scottish. It is not the result of targeted or scientific selections but of crossbreeding, by gypsies and local hunters to obtain a dog of great courage and tenacity and good for hunting. Its origins are very ancient, as it is thought that dogs such as the French Dachshunds that were brought from Normandy at the time of the conquest by … Read more

The Doberman dog breed

The Doberman dog breed

The origins of the Doberman dog breed are in Germany. It is the only dog that bears the name of its creator, Friedrich Louis Dobermann.  He did various jobs in the town of Apolda in present-day Thuringia, Germany, including dangerous jobs such as town clerk and tax collector, as well as looking after strays. Hence the need to create a breed where courage, temperament and love for its owner would … Read more

Argentine Dogo Dog Breed

Argentine Dogo Dog Breed

The origin of the Argentine Dogo dog breed, as you can understand from its name, is from Argentina and it is also quite recent. We are talking about the first decades of the twentieth century, when Antonio Nores Martinez, together with his brother Augustin and his father Antonio, set out to create a dog suitable for hunting big game in the Argentine pampas.  It had to be very brave, combative, … Read more

The Dalmatian dog breed

The Dalmatian dog breed

The origins of the Dalmatian dog breed are very old and there is nothing certain about its ancestors. It can be found on Greek friezes and plates dating back to 2000 B.C. which depicted white dogs with spots, working with the chariots of ancient Greece, Egypt and Rome. Its name derives from Dalmatia in the former Yugoslavia, which is now Croatia. In fact, the first herd books of the breed … Read more

The Curly Coated Retriever dog breed

The Curly Coated Retriever dog breed

The origin of the curly coated retriever dog breed is English, and it is undoubtedly the oldest of the retrievers.  Finding its ancestors is not at all easy; various conjectures have been made. What is certain is that among its ancestors is the Newfoundland dog that was crossed with the Irish water spaniel from which the breed got its characteristic curly coat, which makes it unique among retrievers. Some speculate … Read more

The Coton de Tuléar dog breed

The Coton de Tuléar dog breed

The Coton de Tuléar dog breed originates from Madagascar; its name comes from the port city of Tuléar, located in southern Madagascar. The first part of the name, coton, refers to the consistency of its coat, which is very reminiscent of cotton. Until 1970 this dog was only known in Madagascar, where it was the favourite pet of the island’s lords. In 1971 it arrived in the United States, while … Read more

The collie or Scotch sheepdog dog breed

The collie or Scotch sheepdog dog breed

The origins of the collie dog breed is Scottish and is thought to have originated from a strain of dogs indigenous to Scotland crossed with other breeds imported by the Romans during the colonisation of England. So the strain is undoubtedly a couple of millennia old, when sheep and goat breeding was already very present in the area and well developed. This gave rise to many breeds of sheepdogs. Another … Read more

The English cocker spaniel dog breed

The English cocker spaniel dog breed

The origin of the English cocker spaniel dog breed is very old, but it was only recognised as a separate breed in 1873. Originally, this dog was known as a cocking spaniel because of its ability to lift woodcocks into the air. In fact, the English cocker spaniel was originally a hunting dog and a very skilful one at that, but its character made it also an excellent companion dog. … Read more

The American cocker dog breed

The American cocker dog breed

Little is known about the origins of the American cocker breed. Originally, the American cocker was a variant of the English cocker spaniel and the first cocker spaniel from England arrived on American soil in 1882. Then some American dog fanciers began to breed the cocker spaniel of European origin and gradually developed a separate strain, which only began to be considered a true breed around 1930. This separation of … Read more

The Cirneco dell'Etna dog breed

The Cirneco dell’Etna dog breed

The history of the Cirneco dell’Etna dog breed is very varied, as are the hypotheses regarding its origin. One of these states that this breed is descended from the dogs of the Egyptian pharaohs of the last dynasties. In fact, it is very similar to the Pharaon Hound, and is said to have existed as early as 1000 BC in the Nile valley in ancient Egypt. Another hypothesis is that … Read more

The clumber spaniel dog breed

The clumber spaniel dog breed

The origin of the clumber spaniel dog breed is disputed between France and England. There are in fact two versions; one says that at the end of the 18th century, when the French Revolution broke out, the Duke of Noailles sent his dogs to England to rescue them. He sent them to the Duke of Newcastle, who raised them at his home in Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire. Hence his name, … Read more

The cimarron uruguayo dog breed

The cimarron uruguayo dog breed

The origins of the cimarron uruguayo dog breed are very uncertain. Some think that they arrived in Uruguay, which is their country of origin, brought by the Spanish and Portuguese and crossed with working molossi and hunting dogs. Others believe that they derive from various crosses with indigenous breeds in the area. Its name literally means Uruguayan wild dog and in Uruguay it is the only recognised native breed. These … Read more

The Chin dog breed

The Chin dog breed

The origin of the Chin dog breed is very controversial; some say it originated in China and Tibet, others say it came from Korea. It arrived in Japan around 700 AD and was incredibly successful, so much so that they were revered as sacred animals by the Emperor. They have a lot in common with the Pekingese and it is said, according to one legend, that their origin goes back … Read more

The Chihuahua dog breed

The Chihuahua dog breed

The origin of the Chihuahua dog breed is not very clear. However, it is thought that the ancestor of this small dog is the techichi, an ancient breed that lived in the Tula region and whose history seems to date back to the Toltec civilisation between the 10th and 13th centuries. In the religion of the ancient people of Central America, these little dogs had the role of guides to … Read more

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever dog breed

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever dog breed

The origin of the Chesapeake Bay retriever dog breed is in North America, in the state of Maryland and right in the Chesapeake Bay, hence its name. The origin is quite legendary, in the sense that it is not known to be true. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, and more precisely in 1807, an English brig wrecked on those shores. The sailors of those ships had dogs, Sailor, … Read more

The cao fila de Sao Miguel dog breed

The cao fila de Sao Miguel dog breed

The origin of the dog breed cao fila de Sao Miguel is in the Azores, specifically on the island of Sao Miguel, from which it takes its name. It descends from the fila da terceira, which is now extinct. This breed has also risked extinction several times and is nowadays still at risk as there are not many specimens. Thanks to the studies of dog lover Antonio Jose Amaral, the … Read more

The canine breed cao de agua portugues

The canine breed cao de agua portugues

The origins of the Cao de Agua portugues dog breed date back to the 12th century and was widespread throughout the Portuguese coastline. This breed can be considered native to the province of Algarve and has a proven kinship with the French bum, both having the barbet as ancestors. It is called the cao de agua because of its great love of water. In fact, in ancient times he was … Read more

The Cavalier King Charles spaniel dog breed

The Cavalier King Charles spaniel dog breed

The Cavalier King Charles spaniel dog breed has existed since the 18th century, but there are paintings depicting these dogs as early as the 16th century. The current breed was created in the 20th century, although it originated from the King Charles spaniel that existed as early as the 18th century and it was the breeder Elridge who drew up the breed standard in 1928. For many centuries small spaniel … Read more

The xoloitzcuintle or mexican nude dog breed

The xoloitzcuintle or mexican nude dog breed

The origins of the xoloitzcuintle dog breed, which from now on we will simply call xolo, are very old, we are talking about perhaps one of the oldest dogs ever known and which has remained the same throughout time. Its history is very sad. It was bred by the ancient Aztecs, who used it in many ways. There are and were even then 3 sizes, the first two bigger ones … Read more

The pug dog breed

The pug dog breed

The origins of the pug or pug dog breed are very old; it is said to have originated in China, where dogs with flattened faces have always been preferred. This breed has been depicted in numerous Chinese paintings and sculptures since 400 BC. It only arrived in Europe between 1500 and 1600 in the retinue of traders from the East India Company and when trade with China intensified, it was … Read more

The dog breed Chinese crested dog or Chinese naked dog

The dog breed Chinese crested dog or Chinese naked dog

The origins of the Chinese crested dog breed or Chinese naked dog are lost in the mists of time and there are various legends and myths about this breed. It is thought that the various breeds of naked dog on earth all descend from the same stock and that the warm climate in which they developed is the cause of the genetic mutation, so it is assumed that they originated … Read more

The dog breed Czechoslovakian wolfdog

The dog breed Czechoslovakian wolfdog

The origin of the Czechoslovakian wolf dog breed is fairly recent. This breed was born around 1955 in what was then Czechoslovakia, where an attempt was made to make a dog breed with the appearance of a wolf but the character of a domestic dog. To do this, German shepherds were crossed with Carpathian wolves. The first experiments were not very convincing as the animals were either too shy or … Read more

The Picardy shepherd dog breed

The Picardy shepherd dog breed

The Picardy shepherd dog breed, also known as the berger picard, originates from the ancient region in north-eastern France, Picardy, from which it takes its name. It is thought, however, that this breed is much older and is thought to have been brought to Europe by the Celts centuries ago. During the Second World War the breed was threatened with extinction and to this day is almost completely unknown outside … Read more

The Beauce sheepdog breed of dog

The Beauce sheepdog breed of dog

The origins of the Beauce shepherd dog breed can be found in the province of Beauce, from which it derives its name. This is an area south of Paris and the first specimens seem to have appeared in the area between the 17th and 19th centuries. Remains found in some areas of the French Jura suggest that it is a descendant of a very ancient breed: the peat bog dog; … Read more

Central Asian sheepdog dog breed

Central Asian sheepdog dog breed

The origins of the Central Asian shepherd dog breed are very ancient. Its direct ancestor is almost certainly the Tibetan mastiff, from which all four major Russian breeds originated. In fact, its origins can be traced back to Russia, thanks to the crossbreeding of three breeds: the Tobet, the Alabai and the Torkuz, which took place more than 4000 years ago. It was formed as a breed by natural selection … Read more

The Lessinia and Lagorai shepherd dog breed

The Lessinia and Lagorai shepherd dog breed

The Lessinia and Lagorai sheepdog dog breed is a very ancient breed and was developed in Italy between the provinces of Trento, Vicenza, Verona, Belluno and the surrounding areas, but is very well spread thanks to important transhumance routes throughout Friuli Venezia Giulia, parts of Emilia Romagna and eastern Lombardy. Its origins are very old and not very certain; there is evidence of the existence of dogs helping to herd … Read more

The dog breed Bergamo Shepherd Dog

The dog breed Bergamo Shepherd Dog

The dog breed Bergamo shepherd dog, as its name says, is a breed that was mainly found in the area around Bergamo and since ancient times the breeders of northern Italy used it as a guardian and conductor of flocks and herds during the movements between the Po Valley and the alpine border farms. But its history comes from much further away, both in time and distance. In fact, it … Read more

The bleu de Gascogne dog breed

The bleu de Gascogne dog breed

The bleu de Gascogne dog breed is divided into 4 breed types, which differ in size and coat (especially the griffon). We find the petit, which is a medium breed, the basset, which has short legs, the griffon, which has been crossed with griffon-type dogs that give it a medium-length coat and the grand, which is the largest and which is the one that comes closest to the original breed. … Read more

The Flanders Shepherd dog breed

The Flanders Shepherd dog breed

The Flanders mountain dog breed is very old and its origin is not very certain. There are different currents of thought regarding the origin of this breed. Its standards were laid down very late, in 1937, but before that it had been used since time immemorial in the rough work of cattle driving. The most hostile climate and hard work have contributed to giving it that amazing rusticity through natural … Read more

The bayerischer gebirgsschweisshund dog breed

The bayerischer gebirgsschweisshund dog breed

The bayerischer gebirgsschweisshund dog breed was born towards the end of the nineteenth century from a selection between the Hanoverian, the Bracken and the Tyrolean hounds. In order to hunt deer, chamois and other game in northern Germany, a lighter dog with good agility was needed, able to withstand long walks and the harsh climate of those areas. At first, Hanoverian hounds were used, but in those mountainous areas, with … Read more

The black and tan coonhound dog breed

The black and tan coonhound dog breed

The dog breed black and tan coonhound is as its name implies a raccoon dog, i.e. coon which is an abbreviation of raccoon and hound. It is thought that its ancestors were the talbot, also known as the English hound, which was imported to America and used for a long time in hunting. The talbot was then crossed with the Virginia foxhound and the bloodhound which gave rise to the … Read more

The Ardennes Shepherd dog breed

The Ardennes Shepherd dog breed

There are two schools of thought regarding the origins of the Ardennes Shepherd dog breed; the first and most widely held by scholars is that it is the result of a Belgian shepherd mating with a Picardy shepherd. The other is that the breed is indigenous to Belgium, a hypothesis supported mainly by the societies of its country of origin. However, the origin of the Ardennes Shepherd is in Belgium. … Read more

The Barzoi dog breed

The Barzoi dog breed

The origins of the Barzoi dog breed are very ancient, it is thought to have the same Middle Eastern origins as the Saluki and Afghan. It belongs to the greyhound class, in fact in Russian barzoi means greyhound. Like all greyhounds, it originated in Ethiopia and then spread to Egypt. Centuries later it would reach the Nordic regions via the Black Sea and finally arrive in Russia imported by a … Read more

The american foxhound dog breed

The american foxhound dog breed

The American Foxhound dog breed is most probably the oldest breed of American hounds. This breed was developed in the USA and selected for fox hunting. Its ancestors are English, French and Irish hounds. Its origin dates back to 1650, when hounds were brought to Maryland by an English lord, Robert Brooke. It is thought that these were Irish kerry beagles.  Red foxes were also imported to the new world … Read more

The anglo français de petite venerie dog breed

The anglo français de petite venerie dog breed

The origins of the canine breed anglo francais de petite venerie are not known very well, because the breed was developed before the documentation found, but for the French is typically French. That is, it was born in France hundreds of years ago, from the crossbreeding of French hounds and English hunting dogs. The result of these Anglo-French crosses has resulted in a dog with the traditional colors and body … Read more

The Ariegeois dog breed

The Ariegeois dog breed

The Ariegeois dog breed is native to France, and in particular to south-western France. It is in fact known and appreciated in its area of origin, while it is the least known and least widespread hunting dog outside its area of origin and surrounding areas. It is a hunting dog, created around 1912 in the department of Ariege, also called briquet du midi. It was created by Count Elie de … Read more

Australian cattle dog breed

Australian cattle dog breed

The Australian cattle dog breed is originally from Australia and unfortunately it is known only in Australia and in Northern Europe where there are some breeders, but in the rest of the world it is unknown. It was created by man around the middle of the 1800’s, when they tried to have a breed of dogs that could help on farms, especially with cattle herds.  Its creator Mr. Mc Hall … Read more

The Australian Shepherd dog breed

The Australian Shepherd dog breed

The origin of the Australian Shepherd dog breed, contrary to its name, was not developed in Australia, but in the United States. This name was given by association with the shepherd dog of Basque origin, which arrived in the United States in the eighteenth century and came from Australia. In particular it is thought that it arrived in the United States during the so called gold fever. Basque immigrants brought … Read more

The australian silky terrier dog breed

The australian silky terrier dog breed

The origins of the Australian silky terrier dog breed are clearly Australian.  It originated from crosses with the Yorkshire terrier and Australian terrier, and according to some, the first Silky were accidentally born Australian terriers with silky coats. Others believe that there was a genuine attempt to create a new breed.  Its ancestors include the skye, norwich, cairn and manchester. While most dogs in Australia were selected to be working … Read more

The Australian stumpy tail cattle dog breed

The Australian stumpy tail cattle dog breed

The Australian stumpy tail cattle dog breed originated in Australia, thought to be around the beginning of the 19th century. There are two schools of thought regarding its ancestors, but they have one thing in common; this dog has the dingo (wild dog native to Australia) in its ancestry.  It is the typical Australian short-tailed mountain dog. The first hypothesis speaks of a breeder Thomas Simpson Hall who crossed cattle … Read more

The australian terrier dog breed

The australian terrier dog breed

The origin of the Australian terrier dog breed is in Australia fairly recently, in fact it was created at the beginning of the 20th century. But to be precise, it was bred by British ancestors, and is one of the few breeds of the terrier group that developed outside of Britain, and is also the first breed that can claim to have been developed in Australia. Its ancestors are diverse, … Read more

The Azawakh dog breed

The Azawakh dog breed

The Azawakh dog breed belongs to the greyhound group. It is native to Africa, in a place located between Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso, specifically in the azawakh valley from which it takes its name, but until 1970 no one had ever heard of it. This dog is the dog of the Tuareg, who call it Oska.  It is a very old breed and is also known as the African … Read more

The Barbet dog breed

The Barbet dog breed

The barbet dog breed was developed in France, but its origins lie further afield. It is thought to be the dog of the Saracens, who arrived in France from the Iberian Peninsula following wars and invasions. It is a very old breed, the first written evidence of its existence dates back to around 1300.  It was a Count of Gascony, at that time, who described a dog with a soft … Read more

The poodle dog breed

The poodle dog breed

The origin of the poodle dog breed, also called poodle, is quite controversial. The French claim paternity, but initially the poodle was only one size, what is now the average. It was the English who multiplied the colors and sizes. Other theories would like this breed to come from the north of Germany, others from the north of Italy. The fact is that this dog over the centuries has always … Read more

The Basenji dog breed

The Basenji dog breed

The history of the Basenji dog breed is very old, it is even mentioned in ancient Egypt, thousands of years before the birth of Christ, when these specimens were brought as gifts to the Pharaohs and traces of them can be found, so much so that in many tombs of the Fourth Dynasty, dating back to 3600 BC, we find them depicted crouched near their master’s chair. This breed then … Read more

The Basset Hound dog breed

The Basset Hound dog breed

The origin of the Basset Hound dog breed is quite controversial.  It goes back as far as the 1500s, when the French had a breed of hounds with a strong body and short legs that they used for hunting rabbits.  However, a large number of French hunting dogs with short, crooked legs and the Basset Hound we know today were bred in England in the 1800s, so its origins are … Read more

The Basset Artesien Normand dog breed

The Basset Artesien Normand dog breed

The origins of the canine breed basset artesien normand are quite recent. Originally from France, it was created for hunting. Its small size and short legs allow it to penetrate the thickest vegetation, where large dogs cannot enter and bring out the game that hides there. He prefers to hunt rabbit, but he can also hunt hare or roe deer, his pursuit is not very fast, but energetic and orderly. … Read more

The basset fauve de Bretagne dog breed

The basset fauve de Bretagne dog breed

The basset fauve de Bretagne is a small hound native to France. His exceptional skills as a hunter have made him win many cups of France in rabbit trials, and has become very popular. Initially it was only widespread in Brittany, which is its area of origin, then during the 1900’s, especially between the 30’s and 40’s, it became known outside of its native territory. Today most of the Basset … Read more

The Dachshund dog breed

The Dachshund dog breed

The history of the dachshund is very ancient, even in an ancient Neolithic cave have been found remains of bones presumably of very small and particularly low dogs. Some believe that the first dachshunds were Egyptians, as archaeological findings have brought to light paintings dating back to 2300 B.C. depicting a short-legged dog with an elongated body, but with straight ears. The ancestors of the dachshund could have appeared during … Read more

The beagle dog breed

The beagle dog breed

The origins of the beagle dog breed are very ancient and are lost in the mists of time. There are those who speak of B.C. in Greece, where small hounds flanked the man in the hunting of small prey such as hares. But these can only be the progenitors of the current beagle, which over the centuries has been selected and crossed to arrive at our time as we see … Read more

The beagle harrier dog breed

The beagle harrier dog breed

The beagle harrier dog breed was created in the 18th century by a Frenchman who crossed two English breeds, the beagle and the harrier. The purpose was to have a hunting dog like the beagle but larger. From the beagle it has in fact inherited the vivacity and the passion, while from the harrier the marked intelligence, the infallible sense of smell and the physical resistance. It was the French … Read more

The bearded collie dog breed

The bearded collie dog breed

The origins of the dog breed bearded collie, is to be traced back to the dogs introduced in Europe by the Magyars, the people who settled in today’s Hungary from northern Asia. History says that in 1514 a Polish trader Kazimierz Grabski, landed in Scotland bringing with him some specimens of long-haired dogs, as shepherd dogs. Put to work, they proved to be so good at working with sheep that … Read more

The Bedlington terrier dog breed

The Bedlington terrier dog breed

The origins of the Bedlington terrier dog breed are very controversial. It takes its name from a village, Bedlington, a small town near Rothbury in Nothumberland, where similar dogs were reported around 1820. In this mining town they served mostly as hunters of small animals such as hares and foxes, and also to hunt mice in the mines and other vermin, for fights and also for racing. Over time, the … Read more

The bichon frisé dog breed

The bichon frisé dog breed

The origins of the bichon frisé dog breed are lost in the mists of time and are not very clear. There is even talk of the period between 600 BC and 300 BC. A great traveler, it was often used by sailors as a barter commodity, which is why it has spread throughout the world.   What breeds played a role in the development of this breed is unclear, but according … Read more

The Havanese bichon dog breed

The Havanese bichon dog breed

The Havanese bichon dog breed originated in Havana, Cuba. It is not known who, perhaps an Italian or perhaps a Spaniard, imported the ancestors of the bichon to Cuba. These ancestors may have been of different breeds: from the Bolognese to the dwarf bum, or even crosses between Maltese and small Antilles dogs. These dogs however gave rise to the bichon as we see it today, as crosses made in … Read more

The billy dog breed

The billy dog breed

The billy dog breed has not very ancient origins. In fact, it is mentioned at the end of the nineteenth century, when a passionate dog lover Hublot du Rivault, in an estate near Poitiers, in France, in order to recreate a dog breed now extinct of the great white dogs loved by Francis I, Henry IV and Louis XIV, crossed three breeds now disappeared: the race céris, the montaimboeuf and … Read more

The bloodhound dog breed

The bloodhound dog breed

T he origins of the bloodhound dog breed, also known as the chien de Saint-Hubert, is very old.  It was bred in the Ardennes in Belgium by the monks of the Abbey of Saint Hubert, who carefully selected them. It would descend from the black or black-furred hounds that were employed in the seventh century by the monk Hubert who, later, was appointed bishop and who, canonized, became the patron … Read more

The bobtail dog breed

The bobtail dog breed

The origins of the bobtail dog breed are very uncertain, it is thought that their actual ancestors came from Owtcharka and Bergamasque type European shepherds, crossed with local dogs.  It is also called the Old English sheepdog and has been registered as British. It is believed that their area of origin coincides with the County of Devon and also with the Highlands of Scotland; responsible for the rustic character and … Read more

The Boerboel dog breed

The Boerboel dog breed

The ancestors of the Boerboel dog breed are said to have been brought to South Africa by the Dutch Boers, when the Dutch expedition led by Jan Van Riebeeck, landed in southern Africa, where Cape Town was to be built. It is said that it was he who brought with him from the mother country a bullenbjitter, a very strong and brave mastiff, nowadays disappeared, which, crossing with other local … Read more

The Bolognese dog breed

The Bolognese dog breed

The origins of the Bolognese dog breed are very ancient, it is even said that it was adored by the Roman matrons; it is still possible to admire numerous vases and ceramics of the time that portray it together with its masters. Its origin belongs to the group of bichons, companion dogs that descend from those small dogs that Aristotle called melitensi which means originating from Malta, which among other … Read more

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The border terrier dog breed

The border terrier dog breed originates from the Borders region of southern Scotland.   Small English terriers were bred in the 1800s to hunt foxes and mice, and during their history were known as reedwater terriers and coquetdale terriers, but are now known as border terriers.  They share their lineage with the Bedlington terrier and the Dandie Dinmont terrier. Until the early 1900s, the breed had virtually disappeared, reappeared in a … Read more

The Boston Terrier dog breed

The Boston Terrier dog breed

The origin of the Boston terrier dog breed is ancient, its ancestors were fighting dogs, crossing bulldogs with small terrier-type dogs. In the second half of the nineteenth century a breeder, Mr. Robert C. Cooper of Boston, obtained the first recognized specimen of the Boston Terrier, which he called Tom, from various crosses, including a White English Terrier dog (now extinct breed), which had the following characteristics: white spot on … Read more

The Bernese Shepherd dog breed

The Bernese Shepherd dog breed

The origins of the Bernese mountain dog breed are lost in the mists of time. It is said in fact that they come from the molossi brought by the Roman army who used them as guard dogs and transport dogs. This last hypothesis seems to be confirmed by the finding of ancient Roman vases in which is drawn a dog very similar to the Bernese mountain dog. Other sources instead … Read more

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The Appenzeller sennenhund dog breed

The origins of the Appenzell Mountain Dog breed is, as with all molossoids from across the Alps, very old. The ancient ancestors of the bovars and molossoids come from the Roman war dogs, brought to the Alps for various battles. It is thought that the first breeders were the shepherds and farmers of the Appenzell region, who used the specimens of this breed mainly as guard dogs for the flock … Read more

The dog breed Entlebuch cattleman

The dog breed enteblucher mountain dog

The origin of the dog breed Entlebuch is in Switzerland and precisely from Entlebuch, from which it takes its name, a valley in the region of the cantons of Lucerne and Bern.  This is the smallest of the Swiss mountain dogs and until not too long ago it was associated with the Appenzell Mountain Dog, until in 1913 four examples of a cross between this dog and the bobtail were … Read more

Useful suggestions to make the expense spending the less possible

Useful suggestions to make the expense spending the less possible

For those who have a family, doing their shopping while spending as little as possible can make a big difference at the end of the year. Knowing how to shop wisely can not only allow us to save money but also puts us in a position to deal with those little surprises that may arise in our daily lives, it saves us time and is also useful for our health. … Read more

The Boxer dog breed

The Boxer dog breed

The Boxer dog breed is relatively young; in fact, it is said to date back to the end of the 18th century, when in Germany some dog breeders from Munich crossed the German hunting hound bullenbeisser with an English bulldog, and after a few years the first Boxer named Flocki was entered in the herd books. In those years the first Boxer Club was founded. Of course like all molossoids … Read more

The dog breed of the greater swiss mountain dog

The dog breed of the greater swiss mountain dog

The dog breed of the greater swiss mountain dog, officially was born in 1908 by Dr. Albert Heim during an exhibition of Bernese cattle, who noticing a particularly large specimen with short hair, arrived, with great passion, to catalogue the new breed. In fact, the greater swiss mountain dog is a cousin of the Bernese, but with shorter hair and about ten kilograms more. Today, in addition to Switzerland, the … Read more

The Weimar Bracco dog breed

The Weimar Bracco dog breed

The Weimar Bracco dog breed seems to have its origin in Germany, although there are different theories. Its name, however, was given in the eighteenth century, when Grand Duke Carl August of Weimar, who considered himself the king of hunters, selected this breed for hunting in the forests of Thuringia. It is also known with the name of Weimaraner. In order to preserve morphology and attitudes, the Duke of Weimar … Read more

The Bracco Italiano dog breed

The Bracco Italiano dog breed

The origins of the Bracco Italiano dog breed are really very ancient. It is even mentioned in ancient Greece, where its name and characteristics are found in a work by Xenophon. It also appears in a sonnet by Dante, and already in the fifteenth century we find it at the court of the Kings of France. But it was during the Renaissance that it experienced its most popular moment, living … Read more

The German Beagle dog breed

The German Bracco dog breed

The origins of the dog breed German Bracco, also called Kurzhaar, are in Germany, where there are traces of its existence since 1700. Its ancestors are European Brachii that were used in the Mediterranean countries for hunting with nets and for hunting with hawks. The introduction of the Pointer improved physical structure and olfactory skills.  It was Prince Albrecht of Solms-Braunfeld who defined the criteria for the breed and therefore … Read more

The VIZSLA Hungarian Bracco dog breed

The VIZSLA Hungarian Bracco dog breed

The origins of the Hungarian Bracco dog breed are very difficult to trace. It is thought that they accompanied the Magyar tribes that migrated from the steppes of Asia, as early as the ninth century.  These populations used these dogs for hunting.  Initially, these tribes used a single species of dog, but over time larger dogs were selected for herding, especially for guarding, and smaller, more agile dogs for hunting. … Read more

The Broholmer dog breed

The Broholmer dog breed

The origin of the Broholmer dog breed is rather ancient, it is thought in fact that the Vikings brought to their homeland, that is to say to Denmark, large dogs of the English Mastiff type (descendants of the Roman Molossians) which, crossed with local dogs, produced a breed with a very robust build.  It was initially used for hunting, especially deer, but over time it was also discovered its ability … Read more

Avoiding bad habits in puppy dogs

Avoiding bad habits in puppy dogs

This article was written in the hope that someone might benefit from my experience. Dog education is profoundly different from dog training. Many people misunderstand the terms by using education as a gregarious choice to anthropomorphise their animal. Education and training are two different things and exist for both people and animals. Think of the training of firemen for example. Having said that, let’s proceed to indicate what you should … Read more

The American Bulldog dog breed

The American Bulldog dog breed

The American Bulldog dog breed was born, like the molossoids in general, known simply as Bulldogs, in Great Britain and was used in ancient times for fighting, both between dogs and against bulls. With various cross-breeds in modern times it has diversified into English and French Bulldogs, while in America when it was brought, it maintained its physical characteristics, precisely because it was mainly used as a utility dog, not … Read more

The French Bulldog dog breed

The French Bulldog dog breed

The French Bulldog dog breed was unknown in Italy until a few years ago, but it was very popular in many European countries, first of all France. Now also in Italy it is very requested and desired as a companion dog. The origin of this breed is controversial, in spite of its name, most likely the French Bulldog comes from England; in the second half of the 19th century, during … Read more

The English Bulldog dog breed

The English Bulldog dog breed

The history of the English Bulldog dog breed is rather complex and very old.  Their origins are spoken of as far back as 1,300 and even earlier in the British Isles. At that time it was used for bull fighting. In a document of 1209 it is told of a dog that chased a bull throughout Stamford, it seems that the animal belonged to a butcher and was in fact … Read more

The Bullmastiff dog breed

The Bullmastiff dog breed

The origins of the Bullmastiff dog breed, like that of all molossiods, date back centuries; this one in particular is relatively recent and is thought to have originated from the crossbreeding of English Bulldogs and Mastiffs or even Great Danes, in England.  These selections were made in the mid-nineteenth century with the intent to obtain a breed that could help gamekeepers defend the game from poachers. Finally in the early … Read more

The Border Collie dog breed

The Border Collie dog breed

The origins of the dog breed Border Collie are very old, in fact traces of its existence are already found in the treaties of the sixteenth century. It was towards the end of the eighteenth century, when sheep farming spread in larger and larger territories south of Scotland, that there was a need for a dog that had the characteristics of the Border Collie, a dog that was able to … Read more

The Bull Terrier dog breed

The Bull Terrier dog breed

The origins of the Bull Terrier dog breed date back to the 19th century in Great Britain, where the ancestors of today’s Bull Terrier were selected for dog fighting, which was very much in vogue at the time, but also with bears and bulls and also for hunting mice. The history of its selection is rather complicated as there have been countless breeds that have been crossed to obtain the … Read more

The Cairn Terrier dog breed

The Cairn Terrier dog breed

The Cairn Terrier dog breed is most likely the oldest of the Scottish Terriers and the one that has changed the least in appearance over the centuries. It is said to be the ancestor of the West Highland White Terrier and the Scottish Terrier; it was born in the island of Skye. Its origins are linked to those of other Scottish terriers. In particular to those of the Skye Terrier. … Read more

The Canaan Dog breed

The Canaan Dog breed

The Canaan Dog breed originated and evolved in Palestine and has very ancient origins. Until a few years ago it was known only in these territories, but today, thanks to breeders, it has found many admirers in Europe and especially in the United States. Its origins are very uncertain, but it is thought that its ancestors may have been different breeds of wolf shepherds, and most likely also the Collie. … Read more

The Cane Corso dog breed

The Cane Corso dog breed

The Cane Corso dog breed is a very ancient breed. It is one of the very few breeds to have maintained its original characteristics over time. In spite of its name, it does not originate from Corsica, the French island, but it is an all-Italian breed. It is the ancient Roman molossus (canis Pugnax) that accompanied the ancient legionaries on the battlefields. Its name has several meanings; one says that … Read more

The Saarlos wolfdog dog breed

The Saarlos wolfdog dog breed

The Saarlos Wolf Dog dog breed is a breed that came into existence recently.  It is mentioned in 1932, when Leendert Saarlos crossed a utility German Shepherd with a She-wolf of Siberian/European origin. Initially he managed to obtain 28 puppies, but only 3 of these were considered suitable to become the official progenitors of the new breed. The first subjects were used as guide dogs for blind people; later on … Read more

The Karelian Bear Dog dog breed

The Karelian Bear Dog breed

The Karelian Bear Dog is a very old dog breed. It has always been engaged in hunting in the areas of Lake Pagoda, Olonets and Russian Karelia.  It arrived from the Urals in the wake of the Komi, Zyrian and Olones populations around 900 A.D., who brought with them their own dogs, the Komi, who are the ancestors of the Karelian Bear Dog, and who in turn were direct descendants … Read more

Australian Shepherd Kelpie dog breed

Australian Shepherd Kelpie dog breed

The Australian Kelpie Shepherd Dog dog breed is not a very old breed, in fact it was born around the second half of 1800. In 1870 the Rutherford family of Scottish immigrants brought six black and tan Fox Collies from the British Isles to Australia. In fact only Fox Collies proved to be able to withstand the Australian climate.  Two of these specimens, Jenny and Brutus, reproduced during the crossing … Read more

The American Water Spaniel dog breed

The American Water Spaniel dog breed

The American Water Spaniel dog breed originates from Wisconsin in the United States and unfortunately to this day it is thought that there are no more than 3000 existing specimens in the world. This breed is not known outside of the United States and practically its specimens are grouped in a few states in the mid-west of the USA and especially along the Mississippi River. Mainly used as hunting dogs, … Read more

The American Staffordshire Terrier dog breed

The American Staffordshire Terrier dog breed

The American Staffordshire Terrier dog breed, is better known as the Amstaff. It is considered by many to be a PitBull, but unlike these, the Amstaff has been officially recognized by the FCI. Its origins date back to 1885, between the United States and Canada and was born as a fighting dog. Its family tree is quite particular, among its ancestors there are two breeds now extinct, the Bull and … Read more

The American Pit Bull Terrier dog breed

The American Pit Bull Terrier dog breed

The American Pit Bull Terrier dog breed, or more simply Pitbull, is one of the most famous breeds in the world. Its origin is quite doubtful and it is thought that initially they were used as dogs to control cattle and pigs and other animals in farms and slaughterhouses, then also as guard dogs, big game dogs and finally as fighting dogs.  This is talking about the origins, but to … Read more

The Alpenlaendische Dachsbracke dog breed

The Alpenlaendische Dachsbracke dog breed

The Alpenlaendische Dachsbracke dog breed is native to Austria and has always been found in the mountains of Tyrol. Also known as the Erzebirge Alpine Dachshund, they have been classified as bloodhounds and hounds. They are hunting dogs par excellence, strong and robust and at the same time intelligent and alert and brave enough to challenge prey much larger than themselves. The Dachsbracke was born at the end of the … Read more

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The Alaskan Malamute dog breed

The Alaskan Malamute dog breed is very old. It was used, and still is, in the northern countries, for sledding and pack driving. But because of its character has become today also an excellent companion dog. Its origins are not clear, but it is thought to date back more than 3000 years ago, when a nomadic population of Inuit stock migrated from eastern Siberia and after crossing the Bering Strait … Read more

The German Dane dog breed

The German Dane dog breed

The German Dane dog breed originated in Germany, but it is said that similar molossoids were brought to Europe in the wake of the Great Danes, a population that once resided in what is now Iran. They are also erroneously called Danes or Great Danes, although Denmark has only a marginal role in the formation of this natural breed, except that at one time they were the most common dogs … Read more

The American Akita dog breed

The American Akita dog breed

The history of the American Akita dog breed is fairly recent, although the strain of this breed is very old. Initially, this breed developed in the mountainous region in the north of the island of Honshu, in the prefecture of Akita, from which the breed takes its name. We are now talking about the Akita Inu, a Japanese dog breed, which has undergone variations over time due to wars or … Read more

The Japanese Akita Inu dog breed

The Japanese Akita Inu dog breed

The Japanese Akita Inu dog breed is a very old breed, which has undergone several changes over time, through cross-breeding due to various vicissitudes such as wars and customs. Initially it was smaller in size and was used as a guard or hunting dog and later also as a fighting dog. Around the second half of the 1800s, there was an increasing demand for fighting dogs and in order to … Read more

The Akbash dog breed

The Akbash dog breed

The Akbash dog breed is native to Turkey and is one of the oldest known breeds that have remained intact to this day. There are those who date its birth in western Turkey around 700 B.C. There are in fact documents that testify of a breed similar to the present Akbash already in the era of the first Turkish civilizations. The name of this dog comes from the Turkish word … Read more

Cat Khao Manee

Cat Khao Manee

The Khao Manee cat is one of the rarest cats in the world, if not the rarest. Until the end of the nineteenth century no one knew of it outside of Thailand, where it originated, and even in that region there are not many of them and they have risked extinction. An endangered species specialist decided to import the breed to the United States to establish breeding farms and breed … Read more

Korat cat

Korat Cat

The Korat cat is a very old, natural breed, i.e. it was not created by humans and developed in Thailand, specifically on the Korat plateau, where most of these cats are found. Thanks also to the isolation of the areas where it was most concentrated, it has remained as it was in ancient times even today. In Thailand it is also called Si-Sawat, i.e. Good Luck. It was in fact … Read more

Selkirk Rex Cat

Selkirk Rex Cat

The breed of Selkirk Rex cat is rare and rather recent. It was born in the USA in 1987, in Wyoming, in an animal shelter, where a kitten in her litter gave birth to a kitten with naturally curly hair.  This was crossed with a Persian and half the litter was born with curly hair. Jeri Newman, a breeder of Persian cats started a new kennel and named it after … Read more

Cat LaPerm

Cat LaPerm

The LaPerm cat is the result of a fairly recent spontaneous mutation. In 1980, on a farm in Oregon, USA, owned by Linda and Richard Kohel, a common brown cat gave birth to six kittens. Amongst them was a kitten with almost no fur and large ears. The kitten, who was named Curly, grew up and over the months developed a curly coat that covered her entire body. Following an … Read more

Kurilian Bobtail Cat

Kurilian Bobtail Cat

The Kurilian Bobtail is a natural cat breed originating from the Kuril Islands in the Pacific Ocean.  The origin of the breed probably comes from the Japanese Bobtail, which also originates from the Kuril Islands. Compared to the Japanese, the Kurilian is larger. Most probably some of these specimens were bred as domestic cats, and by mating with traditional cats they strengthened their gene pool to withstand the harsh temperatures … Read more

Pixie Bob Cat

Pixie Bob Cat

Pixie Bob is a big cat that looks like a lynx. This is what an American breeder, Carol Ann Brewer, was aiming for when she found an undernourished kitten on the street that weighed 8 kilograms and brought it home. It was 1985 in the state of Washington, USA. This cat, very similar to a Bobcat, had a short tail and was mated with a polydactyl domestic cat (i.e. with … Read more

Singapura cat

Singapura cat

The Singapura Cat is the smallest cat breed in the world. Originally from Singapore, it was a street cat; the kittens lived in small sewage pipes and for this reason are also called “drain cats”, and survived by rummaging through rubbish bins for food.   Nowadays, this breed is bred only in the United States and by very few breeders, so it is quite difficult to find them and they … Read more

Sokoke Cat

Sokoke Cat

The Sokoke Cat originates from Kenya and is a very rare cat. It owes its name to an Englishwoman living in Kenya, Jeni Slater, who found, at the edge of the Sokoke forest, a cat with her kittens. She took them in to breed them. A Danish friend of hers then brought a couple of these cats to Denmark where she started a breeding farm. In Kenya it is called … Read more

Thai Cat

Thai Cat

The Thai cat is the ancestor of the modern Siamese, which over time, with the selections made by breeders, has become much longer. Some breeders, however, continue to breed the Thai, which unlike the Siamese is much more muscular, with a rounded muzzle and chubby cheeks. Its character is also different, the Thai is very affectionate, intelligent, active and has been defined by many as the dog-cat, in fact it … Read more

Cat Neva Masquerade

Cat Neva Masquerade

The Neva Masquerade Cat owes its name to the Russian river Neva, which runs through St. Petersburg, where Siberian cats with this colouring were found. In fact, the Neva Masquerade is nothing else than a Siberian cat with a point-coloured coat, i.e. with lighter extremities and blue eyes. Its history is therefore intertwined with that of the Siberian cats, which have the same size and thick coat. Its character and … Read more

Foreign White Cat

Foreign White Cat

The Foreign White cat is basically the all-white, blue-eyed Siamese. They are very similar both in physique and character and are therefore sometimes mistaken, but there is a substantial difference that distinguishes them. The Siamese can have many colours but its extremities are always darker while the Foreign White is always one colour with no variations in any part of the body. It has another characteristic that makes it appreciated; … Read more

Exotic Shorthair Cat

Exotic Shorthair Cat

The Exotic Shorthair cat is a rather young breed. It has been created by man by crossing a Persian with a British Shorthair and the aim is to create a cat very similar to the Persian but with short hair, which is much less demanding as far as grooming is concerned. And it is precisely in the United States that a selection was started in the fifties to create a … Read more

Peterbald Cat

Peterbald Cat

The Peterbald cat is a very young and still very rare breed. The birth of the first litter of Peterbalds only took place in 1994 in Petersburg, Russia, by a Russian breeder Olga Mironova and a feline and genetics expert Tatyana Komarova.  Cats of Don Sprynx, Siamese and Oriental breeds were mated. The aim was to create a cat with the elegance and refinement of the Siamese and Oriental and … Read more

Tonkinese Cat

Tonkinese Cat

The history of the Tonkinese cat breed is very young. It goes back to the 1970’s, when in both Canada and the United States, two breeders tried to cross a Siamese cat with a Burmese. The kittens from these two litters were then put together and mated. A new breed was born, which was initially called “Golden Siamese” and then Tonkinese. It was not a very easy selection because the … Read more

Somalian Cat

Somalian Cat

The Somalian cat is a beautiful long-haired Abyssinian. It is also called a fox-cat because of its tail, which resembles a fox’s tail. It is not a very well known cat, but it is slowly attracting a lot of interest because of its soft, voluminous fur, with the characteristic that in an alternation of different light and dark bands of each individual hair, it produces shiny and vibrant reflections. Its … Read more

Cat Snowshoe

Cat Snowshoe

The Snowshoe Cat breed was born, like many other cat breeds, accidentally. It is still a very young breed, as it was developed in the 1960s by Dorothy Hinds-Daugherty, a Siamese cat breeder from Philadelphia.  Its origins are therefore American and in the United States it is a fairly well known and appreciated cat, while in the rest of the world it is almost completely unknown. This breeder found in … Read more

German Rex cat

German Rex cat

The German Rex cat is a very rare cat. Like all Rex cats, see Cornish Rex and Devon Rex, it has the characteristic of the curled coat. The difference is that in the German Rex the Rex gene is dominant, while in the other two Rex breeds it is recessive. This means that one of the parents with curly hair is enough to give birth to kittens with the same … Read more

Isle of Man cat

Isle of Man cat

The Isle of Man Cat is none other than a Cymric Cat with a short coat. They have the same origin, the Isle of Man which is an island in the Irish Sea where these cats, given the remoteness of this island from the mainland, have crossed spontaneously without any interference of other breeds giving birth to two species of cats that have the main feature to be completely tail-less … Read more

Havana Brown Cat

Havana Brown Cat

The Havana Brown cat has somewhat obscure origins. Its ancestors are said to have come from Siam, present day Thailand, where it is said to have been very common in ancient times and indeed even today specimens of this breed, brown with beautiful green eyes, are almost revered. In the nineteenth century it was imported to Europe where it had considerable success at feline shows, but at the beginning of … Read more

Egyptian Mau Cat

Egyptian Mau Cat

The Egyptian Mau Cat is a charming and elegant feline. It is the only naturally spotted domestic cat. This is perhaps the oldest breed of cat in the world, being mentioned in ancient Egypt as early as 2000 years B.C. and probably descended from the African wildcat. The Ancient Egyptians not only loved these cats, but also worshipped them as gods. In the Book of the Dead, Ra, the God … Read more

Ragamuffin Cat

Ragamuffin Cat

The history of the Ragamuffin cat is very special. It is a very recent breed and looks very much like the Ragdoll cat. The Ragdoll breed was selected by an American breeder Ann Baker and the story begins in the 1960s when a white long-haired cat named Josephine had an accident and was injured. She was taken to a laboratory at the University of California where she was treated. She … Read more

Burmese Cat

Burmese Cat

The story of the Burmese cat, the well-known one, begins in 1930, but in the legend it is thought that this cat is much older, even someone dates it around 1300. Legend has it that the Burmese cat was the sacred cat of the Burmese monks, where it watched over the lives of the monks and even had the ability to converse with the gods. The Burmese cat as we … Read more

British Shorthair cat

British Shorthair cat

The British Shorthair cat is said to be the oldest cat in Britain, brought here by the Romans during the invasions and crossed with native wildcats, thus creating a true breed.  Later they were crossed with French Carthusians and Persians to make their fur softer and their heads rounder. But legend places its origin even further back; it is said to have come from ancient Egypt at the time of … Read more

Japanese Bobtail Cat

Japanese Bobtail Cat

The Japanese Bobtail Cat comes from a very ancient natural selection. It is said that its origins are Chinese, but it is widespread especially in Japan from which it takes its name, while Bobtail means that it has no tail or almost no tail. In Japan they are considered as good luck charms, and to attract good people, that is why in many stores in Japan there is a statuette … Read more

Cornish Rex cat

Cornish Rex cat

The breed of the Cornish Rex cat is rather young, it is dated 1950 the birth of the first specimen fruit of a spontaneous mutation for the coupling of a calico cat, that is tricolour and unknown father. This happened in Cornwall and this kitten was called Kallibunker. It was the only one of the litter, or rather the only one, as it was a kitten, to have a curly … Read more

Don Sphinx Cat

Don Sphinx Cat

The Don Sphinx cat, also called Donskoy, is a cat originating from Russia and as is often the case it came out of a stray cat. This cat, who was called Varya, was taken in by a lady and treated by her for all kinds of dermatitis as her hair was almost non-existent, but the problem was not solved. When this kitten had her first litter, the kittens that had … Read more

Purpose of thorns in plants

Purpose of thorns in plants

In this article we will discuss the purpose of spines in plants and what could be the correlations with climate and also other external agents that would have led evolution in that direction. The birth of this article refers to a discussion that took place on our telegram group in which we wondered what was the purpose of spines in plants and what were the possible causes or correlations with … Read more

Devon Rex Cat

Devon Rex Cat

The Devon Rex cat owes its special characteristic to its fur, which has a wavy coat. It was born by chance in Devonshire in England and its story is a singular one. The first kitten of this breed came out of the mating of Mrs Cox’s family cat, in Buckfastleigh, with a stray that lived in an abandoned mine and that had precisely the characteristic of wavy hair. Only one … Read more

Cymric Cat

Cymric Cat

The Cymric cat comes from the Isle of Mann and would basically be the long-haired Manx cat, in fact the two breeds share the same physical and genetic characteristics. The origin of this cat, which appeared naturally on the Isle of Mann, is not known with absolute certainty, but some Canadian breeders claim paternity. However, they appeared in litters of Manx cats as spontaneous long-haired mutations. Their special characteristic is … Read more

Aegean Cat

Aegean Cat

The Aegean cat is a naturally developed feline breed and is the only cat breed that has its origins in Greece, specifically from the Cyclades Islands. It has always been present on the Aegean islands where it was used to catch mice, and is still present throughout Greece as a wild breed. In Greece it is treated as a national treasure and the stray and wild cats of this species … Read more

Nebelung Cat

Nebelung Cat

The Nebelung Cat breed is quite young and also rare. It was an American breeder Clara Cobb who first identified the ancestors of this breed in the offspring of a male Russian Blue and a dark short haired domestic cat that had long haired ancestors. To create this new breed Clara Cobb asked for the help of a geneticist from the American Cat Association, Dr. Solveig Pfleuger. Basically they created … Read more

American Bobtail Cat

American Bobtail Cat

The American Bobtail cat is a rather young feline breed. It dates its birth around the 60s of the last century. Its appearance resembles that of a small lynx dressed in its winter fur. Its peculiarity is the tail, very short, positioned high and resembling a pompom. This breed appeared spontaneously from a genetic mutation, but it was then necessary to resort to genetic selection to better define and fix … Read more

Cat Ashera

Cat Ashera

The Ashera Cat was created quite recently and is the most expensive cat in the world!  It is a breed that was created in a laboratory and that is why its creation has always been at the center of ethical controversies and more. In fact, the effects that this experimentation may have on animal health is still not very clear.  Lifestyle Pets, an American company, created this hybrid in 2006 … Read more

Gatto American Wirehair

Gatto American Wirehair

The American Wirehair Cat was born by chance in America in the year 1966.  Adam was the name of this kitten who had a unique feature, the fur, which was hard and curly, more like that of a sheep than a cat. He was born in a litter of American Shorthair. This specimen was brought to a breeder, Joan O’Shea, who mated him with a female American Shorthair from the … Read more

Balinese Cat

Balinese Cat

The Balinese Cat is a man-made feline breed. It is very similar to the Siamese, with the difference that it has a semi-long hair. It happened in fact that in the litters of Siamese cats was born every now and then a specimen with semi-long hair, but it was not considered as not in standard with the Siamese breed. It was only in 1950 that some breeders noticed this cat … Read more

Oriental Cat

Oriental Cat

The Oriental Cat comes from Thailand which in ancient times was called Siam and has much in common with the Siamese cat. In this nation it is a very well known cat and it is also one of the oldest documented breeds.  In the capital of Siam, Ayuda, it has been found a very old book, “the poem of the cat”, which reports numerous illustrations of such a cat, with … Read more

American Curl Cat

American Curl Cat

The American Curl Cat is a very unique feline. Its special feature are the ears, different from those of any other type of feline, ears curled back in a crescent shape that give it an almost funny look. It is a very recent breed, which came out by accident. In 1981 in Lakewood, California, Mr. and Mrs. Ruga found a stray cat with these very strange ears. They named her … Read more

Chausie Cat

Chausie Cat

The Chausie Cat was born from the desire of some American breeders to have a cat with the appearance of a wild jungle cat, with the character of a domestic cat.  Around the 1960s, the first Chausie was born, which is a hybrid cat, born from a cross between a domestic cat and a wild cat native to some regions of Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East, called Chaus. … Read more

Ethics in animal testing in my opinion

Ethics in animal testing in my opinion

From a moral point of view, how right is it, if right, to resort to animal experimentation? What are the ethical implications of this procedure that has accompanied science for so long? If this blog were famous, I already know that the topic would raise a hornet’s nest but for the moment I have some margin and space to talk about certain topics and express my opinion on it. I … Read more

Cat Burmilla

Cat Burmilla

The Burmilla Cat is a very recent breed, in fact it appeared in the early 80’s of the last century and for an accidental mating. A breeder, Baroness Miranda von Kirchberg in Great Britain, had a breeding of Burmese Cats and her husband owned a Persian Chinchilla called Sanquist. Elusa the surveillance, the cat, managed to enter where there was a Burmese cat called Farbergé, who was in heat at … Read more

Abyssinian Cat

Abyssinian Cat

The Abyssinian Cat is a very mysterious feline. Starting with its origins that are very controversial. The truth is that this is one of the oldest feline breeds in the world. During some archaeological excavations in Egypt were found the remains of mummified cats that, compared also with some wall paintings in Egyptian tombs and the current Abyssinian cats, revealed an incredible similarity. And the Abyssinian Cat found to resemble … Read more

Persian Chinchilla Cat

Persian Chinchilla Cat

The Persian Chinchilla Cat breed is also a feline breed created by man in the 18th century. In Great Britain a breeder Mrs. Vallence crossed a smoke-colored Persian with a grey tigrated Persian, obtaining a cat with silver fur and colored fur ends. Thanks to Princess Victoria of England, the breed expanded throughout the country. The first officially recognized Persian chinchilla was a kitten called Silver Lambkin. This first specimen … Read more

Savannah Cat

Savannah Cat

The Savannah Cat was created by man very recently. To create it a Serval, which is a wild African feline (African Leopard Cat) and a Siamese cat were crossed. It was a Bengal cat breeder, Judee Frank, who in 1986 obtained this cat from that crossing, in fact the first generation of Savannah had the features belonging to both parents, the size of the Serval and the docility of the … Read more

Himalayan Cat

Himalayan Cat

The Himalayan Cat breed was created by man, in fact it is a cross between the Persian cat, from which it took the physical characteristics, and the Siamese cat, from which it took the physiognomy that characterizes it. It is not native of the Himalayas as its name tends to suggest, but rather its origins are Swedish from the Swedish geneticist Mr. Tjbbes.    His name, Himalayan Cat comes from … Read more

The Northern Inuit dog breed

The Northern Inuit dog breed

My dear friends, welcome to this new article. Today I will tell you about a beautiful breed the Northern Inuit. If anyone were to notice a certain resemblance to the metalupo of Game Of Thrones he would not be mistaken. The production of this famous tv series, has in fact chosen this breed, whose figure has been appropriately adapted with computer graphics, to play the role of metalupi. Contrary to … Read more

Tabby Cat

Cat Tabby / Soriano

The Tabby / Soriano cat is not its own and true breed, but more commonly it is called the classic mestizo cat, that is, that cat that does not have a well-defined family tree so that it can be traced back to a particular breed. It is often exchanged with the European cat, which is very similar, but the latter has a well-defined breed, endowed with pedigree and officially recognized … Read more

European Cat

European Cat

It is that of the European Cat one of the most ancient breeds. It is said that it descends directly from the Egyptian cat and was brought to Europe already at the time of the Phoenicians as a mouse hunter.  The Phoenicians stole these cats to resell them on merchant and military ships where they were much sought after as guardians of the pantries. They were stolen and sold secretly … Read more

Blue Cat of Russia

Blue Cat of Russia

The origins of the Russian Blue Cat are not very clear, in fact it appeared at the beginning of 1900 in England.  It is said that it was brought to England by merchants from northern Russia and precisely from the city of Arkhangelsk (Archangel). Sailors embarked these cats to protect food supplies from mice on ships. In Russia in ancient times these cats were bred for their fur, similar to … Read more

Ragdoll Cat

Ragdoll Cat

The Ragdoll Cat is a fairly recent breed from California by a breeder, Ann Baker. The ancestors of the current Ragdoll were a white angora cat called Josephine and a Burmese kitten. Later Josephine, with other males always Burmese or Burmese produced kittens with a docile temperament, placid, affectionate nature and a tendency to relax when picked up. Hence the name Ragdoll, or rag doll, precisely for the characteristic of … Read more

Cat Toyger

Cat Toyger

The Toyger Cat is a very recent breed born in the United States. Its name literally means toy (toy) and tiger (tiger). In fact it was created just to look like a miniature tiger.  In the 80’s a breeder Judy Sugden, obtained this cat by crossing many different cats (there are even 40 breeds). She started anyway with a cat of Bengal ancestors, a fruit of her selections that had … Read more

Cat Ocicat

Cat Ocicat

The Ocicat is a cat originally from the United States and more precisely from Michigan. It owes its name to the Ocelot, a feline native of the equatorial forests of Central and South America, to which it resembles for the stains of its coat. It is the result of natural selection and, contrary to its appearance, it has no wild blood. The first specimen of this breed was born in … Read more

Two-letter country codes of the world

Two-letter country codes of the world

Dear friends, here is the list of the codes of the nations in the world in two letters that I place mainly because I found myself searching for them on the internet quite frequently but that I also make available here for you. AD = ANDORRA AE = ARAB EMIRATES (FEDERATION OF) AF = AFGHANISTAN AG = ANTIGUA AND BEARD AI = ANGUILLA AL = ALBANIA AM = ARMENIA AN … Read more

Holy Cat of Burma

Holy Cat of Burma

The Sacred Cat of Burma, as its name suggests, comes from Burma where it is considered a sacred animal. Little is known about its origins, so a legend was born. It is said that in Burma in a temple was worshiped a goddess with long golden robes and sapphire eyes.  In the temple lived Mun-Ha, a monk who had a white cat with golden eyes, named Sinh. One day the … Read more

Cat Scottish Fold

Cat Scottish Fold

The Scottish Fold is a feline breed native to Scotland. Its most famous feature are its ears, small and bent forward. Its origins are very recent.  The first evidence that you have of a cat of this species dates back to 1961, when a Scottish breeder, William Ross, noticed a white cat with these curious ears. The kitten was called Susie and when in 1963 the kitten gave birth to … Read more

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Angora Cat

The Angora cat, is estimated by some scholars as the oldest breed of cats in the world. This species is native to Turkey and more precisely from the city of Ankara, from which also derives its name because in the antiquity Ankara was called Angora. They began to arrive in Europe is thought around the XXVI century, as a tribute to the nobility and royalty, by Turkish sultans. Fabri de … Read more

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Turkish Cat Van

The Turkish cat Van is native to the region of the highlands of Lake Van in southeast Turkey, at the foot of Mount Ararat. According to some scholars these cats would have arrived from China in the wake of merchants who travelled the silk road. Thanks to some archaeological finds it seems that this cat was already known to the ancient Romans who conquered Armenia and that the local tribes … Read more

The American Shorthair feline breed

The American Shorthair feline breed

This is the most appreciated feline breed in America, but in North America, before the arrival of the European settlers there were no cats. It is therefore thought that they were brought from the well-known Lower ship, where they had been boarded because they were good mice hunters. The breed was naturally selected by the common cat crossed with other breeds, such as the British Shorthair, the Persian and the … Read more

Siberian Cat

Siberian Cat

The origins of this soft, long-haired cat can already be found in the year 1000, brought to Siberia by settlers from Russia. Also known as Siberian of the forests, it comes directly from the cold forests of Siberia, it is thought to be a cross between a common domestic cat and a wild cat of the woods. Very well known in Russia, it began a few years ago to have … Read more

The Munchkin feline breed

The Munchkin feline breed

It is really a curious breed; it is called dachshund cat because of its short legs. It was not as you might think created by man but it came out almost by chance from short-legged cats born from a litter of normal kittens. The progenitor of this breed seems to be called Blackberry which each litter made at least half of the short-legged kittens, which were then selected among them … Read more

The Sphynx feline breed

The Sphynx feline breed

The unique feature of this cat is that it is naked, i.e. it has no hair of any kind, at most a slight hairs. There are many rumors about the origins of this unique cat. The sure thing is that it appeared in Canada in the seventies.  It would be a natural genetic mutation that man has carried on and consolidated with specimens that presented it. Probably its absence of … Read more

Norwegian Forest Cat

Norwegian Forest Cat

The origin of the majestic Norwegian Forest Cat is to be found even among the Vikings, by whom it was considered sacred. They kept it at home or even carried it on their ships because it was an excellent mouse hunter. There are many legends where we can find this particular breed of cat. It is said that the God Thor raised a large specimen to prove his strength and … Read more

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The Siamese feline breed

The Siamese breed is one of the best known breeds of cats.  It is said to come from Siam (present-day Thailand), and in Europe and the Americas it arrived rather late. A pair of Siamese cats was given by the Emperor of Siam to the English consul in 1880, but its history is very long, it was jealously guarded as a companion in royal families and religious leaders for generations … Read more

The Bengal feline breed

The Bengal feline breed

This feline breed is relatively recent; It was not officially recognized until 1991. And a hybrid breed created in the United States, where a common black domestic cat was crossed with an Asian leopard cat, which is a small wild feline spread in Southeast Asia. The aim was to create a domestic cat that looked like a small leopard. The first specimens were still a bit wild, so they were … Read more

The feline breed MAINE COON

The feline breed MAINE COON

This is the breed of cats with the largest size. In fact, males of the species can exceed 10 kilograms, while females reach around 7 kilograms. Their origin is not very clear and there are many legends concerning the origin of this breed. Very picturesque legends, but without any objective feedback. The most widespread is that because of the large, hairy ears and coarse, ringed tail, the Maine Coon was … Read more

The Persian feline race

The Persian feline race

The Persian cat is one of the most fascinating feline breeds. It is originally from the name itself, in the area of present-day Iran and brought to Europe in the seventeenth century. Here he was crossed with other long-haired varieties, until he became what he is today. In Europe he was immediately known for his elegance and the noble courts of the old continent seized him. Queen Victoria also had … Read more

The FELINE breed CERTOSINO

The FELINE breed CERTOSINO

The CERTOSINO is a very special cat. It has an ancient history, it is said that it was brought to Europe by the Knights Templar who took them to the mountains of Syria. Many of these felines were given to the Certosini Monks as a thank you for their hospitality in the Certose, and the monks continued to raise them because they were excellent mouse hunters and protected food supplies, … Read more

Forgotten mountains: The Pistoia Road – Riola

Forgotten mountains: The Pistoia Road – Riola

In this road you will discover places, woods, landscapes of unique beauty. Climbing from Pistoia, in the summer, as soon as the woods begin you find yourself immersed in a lush nature. The city’s afa gives way to a delicious temperature that entices you to walk on the paths in the middle of the woods. Continuing towards the Waterway forest, you will encounter various types of forest, first those of … Read more

The Bombay Feline Race

The Bombay Feline Race

I have a particular fondness for this breed of cats, so much so that I have had several all black. In fact, this breed, not widespread in Italy and Europe, I like for its disposition, is cuddly, intelligent, affectionate and is fond not to a single person, even if it has a particular preference for what it chooses as master, but to the whole family unit. It’s a race from … Read more

The Jack Russell Terrier Dog Breed

The Jack Russell Terrier Dog Breed

The first time I met a jack russell terrier,I was very amazed by its extreme sweetness. I quickly realized that although I have always been surrounded by dogs of all kinds, I had never seen such an affectionate and playful animal. I felt the need for an active and affectionate dog and I had never had to deal with a small dog, much less with a hunting dog. Eventually I … Read more

The Airedale Terrier dog breed

The Airedale Terrier dog breed

Some of you will have heard of the work of very brave dogs who carried important messages from one trench to another during the two world wars. Here was theAiredale Terrier,the largest of all terriers! He is an extremely independent, loyal and courageous dog that was used on several occasions by the British, German and Red Cross. These animals tolerate pain very well, they are extremely versatile, they do not … Read more

The Africanis dog breed

The Africanis dog breed

Africanis are very resistant native dogs of South Africa. The name comes from the contraction of two words that mean precisely dog of Africa. However, it also has many other names in native languages. Some associated them in the past with pariah dogs that we will talk about in another article but are currently protected and recognized by a national body the Kennel Union of South Africa. Africanis history In … Read more

The Affenpinscher dog breed

The Affenpinscher dog breed

This is a very nice breed of dogs, however, it is not a very widespread breed although it is not understood the motivation. It is a fairly suitable dog for children, very affectionate, loyal and faithful. It is not particularly predisposed to obedience but still falls within the normal parameters of a pet dog. Affenpinscher Story This breed had origins in Germany where it was quite widespread in the twentieth … Read more