German Roughhaired Pointer and the German Roughhaired Pointer – Differences?

Traditionally, French hound breeds with wiry-coats have been known as “griffons,” but the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) recognizes three lines of the griffon type, the griffon vendéens, wirehaired pointers, and the smousje, and not all of them are French. The Dutch Smoushond is, of course, Dutch, while the Spinone Italiano is also known as the Italian Griffon. Another griffon-type breed is […]

The Basenji’s OTHER Nickname

Though the better known nickname for this breed is the “barkless dog,” the high grass of the Congo plains necessitated the Basenji’s habit of leaping up to see above the tall grass blades leading to his African nickname, “the jumping up and down” dog. “Milo” by Ed van der hoek –edart

The Dog as Art

We’re suckers for good art, but even bigger saps for clever art. Check out this Siberian Husky. It’s made entirely from discarded bicycle chains. Israel-based artist, Nirit Levav, found a way to create beautiful art and recycle metal at the same time. A graduate of the Parsons School of Design in New York City, Levav built […]

Inside Shark Tank

A Scottie’s nose projects a bit over the mouth and gives the impression that the terrier’s upper jaw is longer than the lower jaw. The slang expression for this is “shark nose.” Scottish Terrier by Dottie Dracos

Do You Have a Generous, Hunting, Country, Fowling, Hound, Delicate, or Degenerate Dog?

“Dog geeks” already know the name, Dr. John Caius. He was an important pioneer in advancing the science of anatomy, was physician to Edward VI, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, and may have been the inspiration for the character of Dr. Caius in Shakespeare’s, Merry Wives of Windsor. Dogdom, however, knows Dr. Caius for having written the first book published in […]

Sine Qua Non

We would bet that only one breed standard includes the phrase, “sine qua non” – translation: An essential condition that is absolutely necessary. The words appear in the AKC standard for the English Foxhound in the section on elbows: “Elbows set quite straight, and neither turned in nor out are a sine qua non.” Old documents […]


Time to get nit-picky. A dog’s topline isn’t the same as the dog’s back. They not the same thing, nor are they interchangeable. A topline is formed by the withers, back, loin, croup, and dock, in that order (“dock” being a horsey term that refers to the area just behind the coup). The back is […]