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Old 05-07-2007, 09:34 PM
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Default How long has your small breed been around?

With all the talk about "real" dogs and why they where bred etc
it make me think about how long a breed has been around and
what they where created for.

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The Papillon is one of the oldest breeds of dog, with a recorded history in Europe going back nearly 700 years.

Some of its talents include: watchdogging, agility, competitive obedience, and performing tricks.


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Chihuahua

This is the oldest breed on the American continent and the smallest breed in the world.



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The Irish Terrier, originally from Country Cork, Ireland, is probably one of the oldest terrier breeds. It is two thousand years old, but the earliest images we have of it is in a painting of the 1700's.

He is a feisty hunter and exterminator of den animals, otter, and water rats. The breed has also been used as a retriever and wartime messenger.


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Xoloitzcuintli
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The Xolo is one of the worlds oldest and rarest breeds dating back over 3,000 years.

The Aztecs enjoyed the hairless dogs as pets, but also found them useful as bedwarmers, food, and sacrificial offerings. The toasty warm body heat of the toy hairless dogs made them in demand as ancient hot-water bottles, relieving stomach pains and rheumatic joints, or simply for warming beds during cold nights.
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In the seventeenth century, dogs were brought from Tibet and bred in the forbidden City of Peking

In the seventeenth century, dogs were brought from Tibet and bred in the forbidden City of Peking
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LOL well, I was going to tell you the papillon (Continental Toy Spaniel) has been in paintings starting at about the 1400s, but you've got that covered already. It's a pretty old breed.
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The basenji is an ancient breed and can be found in Egyptian hieroglyphics.
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I have a Brussels Griffon--they came about in the 17th century or before as vermin hunters!
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LOL well, I was going to tell you the papillon (Continental Toy Spaniel) has been in paintings starting at about the 1400s, but you've got that covered already. It's a pretty old breed.

I never would have guessed they where one of the oldest actually.
Its strange, I have never seen a papillon in person
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The basenji is an ancient breed and can be found in Egyptian hieroglyphics.
What a beauty. I have never seen one of them in person either



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The first traces of a dog similar to the Basenji are found in Egyptian tombs and wall drawings of five thousand years ago. Also called the Congo Dog, it was brought to Europe in 1934.
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I have a Brussels Griffon--they came about in the 17th century or before as vermin hunters!


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The Brussels Griffon was first shown at the Brussels Exhibition of 1880. An early example of the breed is depicted in a Van Eyck, the Flemish painter. Once kept by cab drivers of 17th-century Brussels to rid their stables of vermin,
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I never would have guessed they where one of the oldest actually.
Its strange, I have never seen a papillon in person
Aww, you need to meet mine, they're loads of fun.


1400s-1600s I believe (Picture is 1930s(ish))


1600s(?)- one of the first erect eared pictures

I do have to say papillons are A LOT better looking nowadays.

So I'm not sure where anyone would get the idea that 'lap dog' breeds were newer creations.
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Nice paintings, I agree they do look a different these days, the snout
and ears look different to me. Could just be the painters though.
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