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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...

Trigg Hound
2013-06-19 12:31:42

The Trigg hound, also known as the Hayden Trigg Hound or the Trigg foxhound, is a domestic dog and a type of the American foxhound. Colonel Haiden C. Trigg developed the breed in the 1860s, when Trigg bred hounds from Maupin, Birdsong, and Walker to create a faster breed of hound for foxhunting.  The dog became very popular, despite its physical unattractiveness, but when Trigg passed away,...

Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound
2013-06-18 13:39:13

The Istrian coarse-haired hound is a breed of domestic hunting dog that originated from Croatia in the nineteenth century. The breed was developed by Croatian and Slovene breeders that bred the Istrian Shorthaired Hound, which has smooth hair, with the French Griffon Vendeén, making its first official appearance in Vienna at a conformation show that occurred in 1866. The dog was originally...

Hawaiian Poi Dog
2013-06-18 13:31:49

The Hawaiian Poi Dog is an extinct breed of domestic pariah dog that originated from Hawaiʻi that was once used as a source of food and was said to be a spiritual protector of children. The term Poi, which means kalo or taro root, was used in the dog’s name because it was given to the breed to fatten it before eating. The dogs were not needed for hunting, because the island does not have any...

Formosan Mountain Dog
2013-06-18 13:24:36

The Formosan Mountain dog, also known as the Taiwan Dog, is a breed of domestic dog that can be used in many jobs including guarding, rescuing, and hunting dogs. The breed was developed in part by four major events in Formosa’s history. These were the Dutch settlement that occurred there in 1624, which caused crossbreeding between the pointer or greyhound type dog known as the Flying Dog, the...

Treeing Walker Coonhound
2013-06-18 11:37:29

The Treeing Walker Coonhound is a breed of domestic hunting dog that originated in the United States. It was developed in the nineteenth century when an unknown breed of dog and a Walker hound were crossbred, although it is now said to have been a crossbreed between American and English foxhounds. Although it was primarily used to hunt small game like opossums and raccoons, it has been used to...

Portuguese Cattle Dog
2013-06-13 16:48:55

The Portuguese cattle dog, known by its original name Cão de Castro Laboreiro and other English names, is a breed of domestic livestock guarding dog that originated from Portugal. Its original name means “Dog from Castro Laboreiro” and refers to its city of origin, Castro Laboreiro. The history of this breed is largely unknown, although many stories exist about its development occurring in...

Armenian Gampr Dog
2013-06-13 12:58:48

The Armenian Gampr is a breed of livestock guarding dog that originated from the Armenian Highlands. This breed was developed by locals who used primitive selective breeding techniques, but is considered a distinctive landrace. The Armenian term Gampr translates to watchdog in English, which is this breed’s most common usage. The Armenian Gampr is natural breed that has not changed very...

2013-06-13 12:54:00

The Ariegeois is a breed of hunting dog that originated from the Ariège area of the Midi-Pyrenées in southern France. This breed was developed in 1912 by crossing Briquet dogs with Grand Gascon Saintongeois and Grand Bleu de Gascogne hounds. The Ariegeois was used in hunting parties as driving dogs and coursers, typically catching rabbits, boar, and deer. Although this dog is not well known...

Ariege Pointer
2013-06-12 16:37:02

The Ariege pointer, also known as the Ariege pointing dog or its French name Braque de l’Ariège, is a hunting dog, categorized as a gun dog, which originated in the Ariege area of the Pyrenees. It is thought to have descended from cross breeds of the Perdigueiro de Burgos and Bracco Italiano breeds. The modern form was developed by Braque Francais and Braqque Saint-Germainnin the 20th...

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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.