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An Ancient Breed You May Never Have Heard Of

This may be the smallest breed in the world by breed standard because of the maximum height of the dogs (unlike Chihuahuas who are measured by weight), and maybe you may think you know the breed of these handsome dogs, but we'd be shocked. As ancient as it is, this is...
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The Dramatic (and Predictable) Story Behind One Dog Collar

In 1881, flash floods hit Melbourne, Australia late in the year, a city vulnerable for its proximity to the River Yarra. When it rained, streets became small rivers, but that November, it was especially dangerous. A cab driver named Thomas Brown was driving down Swantston Street, the worst affected, when...
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The Hungarian Version of a Border Collie?

Back on September 16, 2016, the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture published legislation naming the nine dog breeds indigenous to Hungary. A month earlier, the same Ministry disclosed that a gene bank had been established with the goal of preserving and ensuring the development of the typical characteristics of these breeds, and...
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The Inspiration Behind Ewoks

A little research reveals that the Brussels Griffon has many talents. Among them is a notoriety for “talking” to their owners. They're also skilled climbers who have been discovered by their owners in some unusual places. Perhaps they're especially noted (and beloved) for their expressive faces (who could forget "Verdell" opposite Jack Nicholson in...
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Losing a Dog To Picasso

So, you visit a friend with your dog, and the dog ends up staying for six years. That's what happened to photographer, David Duncan, when he visited his friend, Pablo Picasso, with his Dachshund, "Lump." It's not like Picasso didn't have his own dog. In fact, he had many, but...
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Lady, the Tramp, and Their Purebred Friends

There are five purebred dogs in the animated Disney classic, Lady and the Tramp. Can you name them? Answer at the very bottom. Until then, a few things you might not know about this favorite: "Lady" was based on a real dog. In 1937, a writer for Walt Disney, Joe Grant,...
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Buffy, Not the Vampire Slayer

The oldest stock breeds in Europe are believed to be the Karakachan horse and the Karakachan sheep. They were developed and bred by (wait for it), the Karakachan, a nomadic people now found in Greece and in Bulgaria. Renowned stock breeders, the Karakachan also bestowed the world with a remarkable breed...
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Name This Breed!

The breed we'll discuss below starts out looking like this. Couldn't you just die from the cuteness? The "father of this breed" is thought to be Justin McCarthy of Dublin who refined the breed from two distinct types in terms of color and size (the "South Country Water Spaniel" and...
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Coast Guardsman Max

"Maximillian Talisman," Service Number 224-859, was a pure-bred Boxer, and a remarkable Coast Guardsman. In his stellar career, he was promoted to the rank of Chief Boatswain's Mate and served at sea onboard the Coast Guard cutter, "Klamath," for seven years, this after having "enlisted" in the Coast Guard in...
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The Groom’s Pocket Piece

All terrier breeds small enough to fit in a den are permitted to compete in AKC earthdog trials, and not long ago, we mentioned that there is one, and only one, non-terrier breed allowed in earthdog trials (Dachshunds). Strictly speaking, this isn't true if one considers the Silky Terrier, Yorkshire...
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How We Speak To The Dog

On occasion, we share tidbits that are more generic in nature than purebred dog specific, largely because it's interesting stuff. Of late, more research is being done into how we talk to our dogs, and it's fascinating. We dog owners are twenty five times more likely to repeat, partially repeat,...
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