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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...

2008-05-28 14:37:32

The Poodle is a breed of dog whose origins are unknown. It is often considered a French breed due to the role of the French in the development of the modern breed. It is one of the oldest breeds of dog which has been popular throughout Europe for centuries. There are three sizes of Poodle: standard, miniature, and toy. The breed was originally purposed as a retriever, and is still often used...

Norwegian Elkhound
2008-05-27 22:57:58

The Norwegian Elkhound is an ancient breed which has been used as a large game hunter, a guardian, a herder, and a defender. The breed is a Spitz type breed which excels at its duties under even the worst climate conditions. Its name, translated means "Norwegian moose dog". The Norwegian Elkhound does not hunt like a hound dog, nor is it a true hound; it just holds animals at bay until the...

Labrador Retriever
2008-05-27 16:45:02

The Labrador Retriever is a gun dog which specializes in retrieving. It is considered the most popular breed in the world according to its registered ownership. The breed originated in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It was developed using the St. John's Water Dog, which is also a predecessor of the Newfoundland breed. The breed was originally used for retrieval as well as pulling in...

Irish Wolfhound
2008-05-27 15:35:11

The Irish Wolfhound is a sight hound and one of the tallest breeds of dog. The breed was bred around 1st century BC, as a war dog by the ancient Celts. The Irish used them continually as a guard dog. The breed was also once used for coursing, but it may have been a poor coursing breed. The breed was also known to have the ability to kill both men and lions. Due to a ban during the 19th century,...

Irish Setter
2008-05-27 12:38:46

The Irish Setter is a hunting breed used predominantly for pointing upland game birds. The breed is also capable of being used for other types of hunting, such as hunting in the wetlands. It was The Irish Setter was brought to the United States in the 1800s and quickly became one of the most common hunting dogs. During the 1940s the breed began to disappear from the field, and an outcross with...

2008-05-24 23:09:54

The Greyhound is a coursing and racing breed which may have originated in Egypt over 6,000 years ago. The breed's aerodynamic build and long legs make it the fastest dog on record. It can reach speeds of 45 miles per hour in only 3 strides. The breed was historically used for hunting in the open using their keen eyesight. They were once kept for sport by royalty in England. The name Greyhound...

Great Dane
2008-05-24 22:39:12

The Great Dane is one of the two tallest breeds of dog, alongside the Irish Wolfhound. Different sources report different countries of origin for the breed; some refer to Germany while others claim Denmark is its home. The breed is incredibly large and usually weighs between 100 and 120 pounds. The minimum height of the Great Dane is 28 inches, but some have measured up to 42 inches tall....

Estrela Mountain Dog
2008-05-22 20:25:16

The Estrela Mountain Dog was bred to guard herds in the mountain range. It is one of the oldest breeds in Portugal. The breed was developed throughout hundreds of years; dogs with particular characteristics were bred to create a pure breed which has the necessary qualities to survive in the mountains as well as guard and move flocks. The first official breed standard was written in 1933. The...

Carolina Dog
2008-05-20 22:23:50

The Carolina Dog is a wild swamp dog discovered in the late 1970s. The breed was discovered by a Senior Research Ecologist at the University of Georgia, Dr. I. Lehr Brisbin Junior. When he was working at the Savannah River site, he came across a stray dog which he first thought was just a normal stray. After a trip to the pound, he realized that it was more than just a normal domestic stray....

Word of the Day
  • A morbid dread of being buried alive. Also spelled 'taphiphobia'.
The word 'taphephobia' comes from Greek roots meaning 'burial' and 'fear'.