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Tibetan Mastiff
2013-06-19 12:40:48

The Tibetan Mastiff is a breed of domestic guard dog that originated in Asia, where it was used to guard livestock, palaces, tents, villages, and monasteries. The breed was known by many names in different regions, including Bhote Kukur, which translates to “someone from Tibet” and “dog” in Nepali. The term mastiff was once used to denote a number of large breeds, but the Tibetan...

Aidi
2013-06-12 16:26:26

The aidi, also known as the Chien de l'Atlas, is a species of guard dog that originated from Morocco. This species was used as a guard dog for sheep and livestock, but was also used alongside the hunting Sloughi as a tracking dog. This species lived with nomadic tribes and stood guard around the perimeter of camps. In the past, it was not highly regarded, unlike the Sloughi, but a recent...

Cydista aequinoctialis L Miers guard withe
2012-06-18 04:20:39

Symbol: CYAE Group: Dicot Family: Bignoniaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Vine Native Status: PR    N VI    N Distribution: Cydistaaequinoctialis(L.) Miers distribution:USA+(PR, VI) Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta...

Mudi
2008-05-27 22:40:58

The Mudi is a Hungarian herding breed of dog. It is a versatile dog which can not only herd well, but it can also guard flocks, exterminate rodents, and hunt. The breed stands 15 to 19 inches high and weighs 18 to 29 pounds. It has a medium length coat which is curly or wavy with shorter hair on its legs and face. The color of the Mudi can be black, ash, brown, white, fawn, or black merle....

Hovawart
2008-05-26 13:28:30

The Hovawart is a German guard dog which originated in the Black Forest region during medieval times. One of the first documentations of a Hovawart involved the dog saving the the son of a Lord from a besieged castle. The breed has long been held in the same esteem as hunting dogs. Eventually, the German Shepherd's popularity as a guard dog threatened the Hovawart's existence. In the early...

Cane Corso
2008-05-20 22:06:34

The Cane Corso is a lean, molosser type dog. It is an Italian breed used predominantly as a guard dog. It is not as bulky as other Mastiffs and is much more athletic looking. The Cane Corso stands 23 to 27 inches high and weighs 88 to 110 pounds. The ears of the breed naturally drop forward, but they are cropped in some cases to stand upright. The Corso also typically has a docked tail....

Canaan Dog
2008-05-19 10:32:16

The Canaan Dog is Israel's national breed, which has existed in the Middle East for thousands of years. It has the appearance of a wild dog combined with a medium collie-type breed, and belongs to the Spitz family. The Canaan Dog has ears which stand straight up. It has a double coat which is short to medium in length. The undercoat is soft, and the outer coat is flat and harsh. It can be...

Black Russian Terrier
2008-05-07 16:43:31

The Black Russian Terrier is both a working and a guard dog breed. It is an athletic dog, often used on police forces; it was developed in the former USSR as a military dog. The coat of the Black Russian Terrier should appear rustic, and be both hard and dense. It should never be wooly, silky or frizzy. It should be black and shorter than 4 inches in length, and should need grooming once a...

Bandog
2007-12-18 12:20:21

The Bandog (also called Bandogge) originated around 1300 in England and was a guard dog. It was a mastiff-type dog bred to be chained during the day and released at night to ward off intruders. In those times the Bandog was strictly a working dog without a set type. One of the Bandog programs in England led to the establishment of another breed, the Bullmastiff. The Bandog was a huge dog,...

American Staffordshire Terrier
2007-12-18 11:26:44

The American Staffordshire Terrier is very closely related to the American Pit Bull Terrier and is one of the breeds frequently referred to as a Pit Bull. The American Staffordshire Terrier is a medium sized dog that typically stands 16 to 19 inches tall and weighs from 57 to 67 pounds. The breed is squarely built and appears strong and graceful. The American Staffordshire Terrier should be...

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.'