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Pont-Audemer Spaniel
2008-05-28 11:29:15

The Pont-Audemer Spaniel is a gun dog which originated in France during the 19th century. Its ancestors may include the Barbet, the Poodle, and the Picardy Spaniel, along with several other old Spaniel breeds. The breed is rare; it has never been incredibly popular outside of its native country, and World War II brought them even closer to extinction. The breed specializes as a water dog, but...

Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever
2008-05-27 23:02:19

The Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever was developed in Nova Scotia during the 20th century to toll waterfowl. The breed's tolling methods of hunting are unique: it splashes in the water which lures curious waterfowl toward the dog. The hunter calls the dog back once the birds are in range, which causes the birds to fly, allowing the hunter a shot. The Duck-Tolling Retriever then retrieves 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...

Golden Retriever
2008-05-24 22:07:54

The Golden Retriever is a hunting breed developed in Scotland during the 1800s. The breed was created due to a need for a specialist retriever following improvements to guns which left birds being downed at distances too far for most dogs to track. It loves water, and is excellent at retrieving killed waterfowl as well as upland game. Today it is not only used for hunting, but also for...

Flat-Coated Retriever
2008-05-24 14:36:57

The Flat-Coated Retriever is a British gundog. It was bred to retrieve both in the water and on land, flushing game and marking birds. The breed originated in the 19th century and may have come from stock of the St. John's Water Dog, which may be an ancestor to other retrievers, such as the Labrador and the Chesapeake Bay Retriever. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1915 and became popular...

Dutch Partridge Dog
2008-05-22 18:18:54

The Dutch Partridge Dog, also known as the Drentsche Patrijshond, is an extremely rare breed used to hunt fowl. The breed resembles both the spaniel and setter families. The breed originated in the 16th century in the Netherlands and at one time was used to hunt any type of game as well as to play with children and act as a watchdog. The Dutch Partridge Dog is white with orange or brown...

Curly Coated Retriever
2008-05-21 11:54:03

The Curly Coated Retriever is a breed of dog developed in England to hunt waterfowl. It is easily distinguished from other Retrievers by its height and its curly coat. The Curly Coated Retriever is slightly longer than it is tall, yet still appears to have incredibly long legs. It typically stands from 23 to 27 inches high and weighs 50 to 90 pounds. The curly coat can be either solid black...

Chesapeake Bay Retriever
2008-05-21 10:41:37

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a breed that originated with two Newfoundlands rescued from a ship in Maryland in the 1800s. The Newfoundlands were bred with various dogs to create the breed. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is an extremely resilient hunting dog, which can hunt under the most adverse conditions. The breed is also an excellent guard dog; it is very protective of its owner and its...

Boykin Spaniel
2008-05-18 18:53:10

The Boykin Spaniel is slightly larger than the English Cocker Spaniel, and a member of the same family. It stands from 14 to 17 inches tall and weighs 25 to 35 pounds. It is a retrieving breed, and the state dog of South Carolina. The coat of the Boykin Spaniel is feathered and typically liver or chocolate colored. It traditionally has a docked tail. The first Boykin Spaniel was found...

Barbet
2007-12-18 12:23:22

The Barbet is a medium-sized French gun dog. It is thought to be the source of the various water dog breeds, such as the Portuguese Water Dog, American Water Spaniel, and the Poodle. The Barbet weighs between 37 and 61 pounds and stands 20 to 25 inches tall, although breeders try to keep the Barbet's height toward the lower end of the scale. The coat of the Barbet is long, wooly, and curly....

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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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