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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,...

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,...

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....

Boxer
2008-05-18 18:58:40

The Boxer is a stocky, medium-sized German breed. It is the seventh most popular breed of dog in the United States based on 2006 AKC statistics. The Boxer is part of the Molosser group and was bred from the Bulldog and the extinct Bullenbeisser. The head of the Boxer is its most distinctive feature. Its muzzle is square with a powerful under bite and very strong jaws. Its muzzle is 1/3 the...

Akita Inu
2007-12-18 10:48:36

The Akita Inu or Akita Ken is a large breed of dog standing 26 to 28 inches at the shoulders and weighing 75 to 120 pounds. The breed originated in Japan and is accepted there in only five colors: fawn, sesame, brindle, red and pure white. Each of these must have whitish hair on the sides of the muzzle, cheeks, neck, chest, body and tail. The American Akita can be any color. These dogs are...

Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'