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Rottweiler
2008-07-01 00:08:46

The Rottweiler is an ancient working breed. Its ancestry reaches back to the Roman Empire, when working dogs traveled with the army to assist with herding the cattle. These breeds, whose descendants became today's Rottweilers, included Roman War Dogs, Sheepdogs, and Molosser type breeds from England and the Netherlands. It was not, as many think, bred for dog fighting. The population of the...

Rhodesian Ridgeback
2008-06-30 23:09:01

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a South African hound also known as the Van Rooyen's Lion Dog, the African Lion Hound, or the African Lion Dog. The breed has been known to hunt anything from upland birds to larger, more dangerous game such as boar, deer, stag, moose, and lions. It is named from its ability to keep a lion at bay while waiting for its master to make the kill. There is question...

Redbone Coonhound
2008-06-08 17:07:21

The Redbone Coonhound is an American hunting breed developed in the 1800s from Foxhounds and Bloodhounds. It was bred to hunt raccoon, but is also used for hunting bear, bobcat, and cougar. They are highly agile and have an acute sense of smell allowing them to hunt in swamplands, on mountains, and in the water. The breed stands 21 to 27 inches tall and it weighs 45 to 70 pounds. Its weight...

Rat Terrier
2008-06-08 16:40:07

The Rat Terrier is an American vermin-killing breed which served its purpose as a general farm dog. The breed was common throughout America during the 1920s and 1930s; it is somewhat rare today as chemical pesticides and commercial farming have forced the decline of the breed. It was brought to the US by migrants from Britain, and it gained its popularity not only by helping on the farm, but...

Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz
2008-06-08 16:08:20

The Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz, or the Aldalusian Wine Cellars' Ratting Dog is a Spanish Terrier which hunts rats in wine cellars. Its ancestors may have included the Fox Terrier and other small breeds. It was most likely bread during the 19th century by British businessmen dealing with problems between their barrels of Sherry. The breed is medium sized with a short predominantly white...

Rampur Greyhound
2008-06-08 15:53:29

The Rampur Greyhound is a sighthound native to the Rampur region of Northern India. It was used by the Maharajas for jackal control, as well as for hunting lions, tigers, leopards, panthers, and wild boar. Combining blood lines from the Tazi "“ an Afghan breed, and the English Greyhound, his Royal Highness Ahmed Ali Khan Bahadur bred the Rampur Greyhound. The breed appears similar to the...

Rajapalayam
2008-06-08 13:37:07

The Rajapalayam is a sighthound from India which was used as a companion breed for the aristocracy in Southern India as well as for hunting wild boar and guarding. The name of the breed comes from the town in which it is probably the most popular. The breed may have been used in creation of the Dalmation. It was used during the Carnatic Wars to attack British calvary in their stables. The breed...

Portuguese Mastiff
2008-06-05 14:14:58

The Portuguese Mastiff, also known as the Rafeiro do Alentejo is a herding breed. It may be one of the oldest breeds of dog, and it is closely related to the Anatolian Shepherd Dog. For centuries, the breed has been used specifically to move sheep during winter from mountains in northern Portugal to the plateau of Alentejo, and then back to the mountains. The Newfoundland Dog is likely a...

Argentinean Mastiff
2008-06-03 17:27:37

The Argentinean Mastiff, otherwise known as the Dogo Argentino, is a big game hunter developed in Argentina. The breed was created to hunt large animals such as cougars and wild boar which can weigh up to 600 pounds. The base of the breed is the Cordoba Fighting Dog, which is currently extinct. It was crossed with many breeds including: Boxers, Bull Terriers, Bulldogs, Great Danes, Pointers,...

Pyrenean Shepherd
2008-06-03 17:25:13

The Pyrenean Shepherd originated in the Pyrenees Mountains in the south of France during medieval times. It was bred for the purpose of herding livestock, and generally worked in conjunction with the Great Pyrenees. The breed is the smallest of the French herding dogs, but is still little known, only gaining national recognition in its country of origin following World War I. The breed is not...

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ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.