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Old 03-15-2007, 09:46 AM
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I thought it would be neat for us to put up little facts about breeds of dogs. Please only one fact per post and elaborate as much as you can on it! If you see something interesting and wish to question it, please start a different thread on it, itd be neat to have just a ""random breed facts"" thread without all the extra discussion. I''ll start....

Did you know? The Siberian Husky is NOT the same thing as the dogs of Siberia who were created, bred, and owned by the Chukchis people? Yes Seppala brought over dogs from Siberia but once here in North America they were bred with other breeds to keep the lines going and eventually the term ""Siberian Husky"" was adopted. These days it is very rare to find a purebred Siberian Husky that looks anything like the dogs of Siberia did.

The dog closest to the front is Midstar''s Juneau, he is pretty close to what the dogs of Siberia looked like. Very rangy and snipey (more ""wolfish"" in appearance instead of the ""teddy-bears"" you see often today, mainly in the show lines - think OC)


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Now compare him to Bain's Norther Hopes are High (OC's dad)
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Old 03-15-2007, 10:19 AM
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One random fact...

Jack Russell's tails are cropped short for a reason!

Jack Russell Terriers are great hunters, hunting fox. They have short, stout bodies so they can easily follow a fox into it's den. The tails are usually cut to about 4 inches long, to provide a good hand hold for the owner/hunter. When they go into a fox's den, the cropped tail is useful for the owner to pull out the dog without hurting him/her.
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Old 03-15-2007, 01:30 PM
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Did you know...? A Pit Bull's head is the hardest thing in the world? OK, wait, that's not an actual fact. ...or is it? Mua ha ha.

Dang, I wish I could think if something truthful and cool to add to this topic, but its just not coming to me. I'll check back later and see if the ol' brain thinks of something.
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Old 03-15-2007, 01:54 PM
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Many people think that Dalmatians are named so because they are from Dalmatia but that isnt true, no one is sure of the exact origins of Dalmatians.
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The name "collie" is often attributed to the Anglo-Saxon word "coll", referring to the black faced "Colley" sheep in Scotland that they typically tended. It has actually been determined by several experts that the name Collie is derived from the Gaelic word for "useful" because the Collie was an all-round dog, who could herd, hunt and protect as needed in order to care for their family as well as the flock. Honestly, I think this one makes a lot more sense!
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did you know that australian shepherds did not originate in australia?
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Old 03-15-2007, 04:23 PM
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i think i mentioned this in another thread at some point, but here it is again:

did you know that tibetan terriers [aka dhoki apso dogs] are not terriers at all? they were bred by monks in tibet [one of the most ancient dog breeds known] and were considered to be good luck [kharma] and were too valued to ever be sold. they were only given as gifts. they were finally introduced to the western world when some were given to an english doctor who eventually bred them. it was westerners that gave them the incorrect tag of "terrier."
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Did you know...

That the Alsation or German Shepherd dog was so named because it was believed to have originated in Alsace when Alsace was considered German territory. After many wars over this small area, it became French permanently... The Germans didn't want them taking credit for their breed of herding dog, so they changed the name to the more well known German Shepherd Dog.

Although, I still call them Alsations from time to time...
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Old 03-15-2007, 10:38 PM
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Ooh! Along the lines of Daaqa's post about the Tibetan Terrier not really being a terrier, the Tibetan Spaniel is also not really a spaniel.
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Did you know? Pug feet smell like... Fritos, seriously
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