Happy International Dog Day!
Today, August 26th is International Dog Day and was first established in 2004 by pet & family lifestyle advocate Colleen Paige. This is a day to raise awareness about adopting animals who are currently in rescue centres and to celebrate and promote dogs of all breeds, both pure and mix.
Can you believe, dogs have been by our sides for at least 14,000 years! WOWZER.
I thought today was the perfect day to have a look at where some of the hundreds of different dog breeds we have had visit us for pet photography here at JHP Studio, originate from.
So welcome to the JHP dog breed tour of the World! (full of cute pictures of fab furry family members we have had the joy of photographing)
These dog breeds all have places of origin in their name.
Australian Kelpie – Hunter and Bullet
For much of the 20th century and early 21st century it was claimed that kelpies were partly descended from dingoes Maggie a Victorian Kelpie was thought to be the world’s oldest dog! She lived with her people for 30 years (about 150 ‘dog years’)
Belgian Malinois – Chewie
Originally developed in Malines, Belgium, Malinois have a great deal of stamina and truly enjoy working. Bred to be herding dogs. Today, they also work as police and military dogs, protection dogs, and loving family members.
British Bulldog – Theodore
Named for its use in the sport of bull baiting, the English bulldog seems to have originated in the British Isles sometime prior to the 13th century. Today English bulldogs have a sweet disposition, are predictable and magnificent snorers!
Chihuahua – Taco
The Chihuahua is a saucy little hot tamale renowned for being the world’s smallest dog, but may well have the world’s biggest personality!
Also make surprisingly good watch dogs, nothing get’s past these lil guys.
The shorthaired Chihuahua we know today was discovered in the 1850s in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.
Dogue de Bordeaux – Reaper
The Southern French city of Bordeaux lent its name to this large dog. This is lil Reaper, just 12 weeks old when he came to visit us for a puppy photography session. Hard to imagine he will grow to be around 50kg!
English Springer Spaniel – Daisy
English Springer Spaniels are brilliant at sniffing out trouble and are regularly used by the police to search for drugs, explosives and guns. Daisy is showing off her awesome running abilities!
French Bulldog – Siu Long
English lacemakers took these guys to France, where they acquired their “Frenchie” moniker. Besides being companions, they once served as excellent ratters, but today their job focuses on being fabulous family friends and show dogs.
Fun fact…Siu Long is Bruce Lee’s Chinese name and means strong.
German Shepherd – Samaya, Kalani and Ziggy
German shepherd dogs are, as their name implies, a breed that originated in Germany. They were developed beginning in the late 1800s by crossing various herding breeds. Known for its courage, loyalty and guarding instincts. This breed makes an excellent guard dog, police dog, military dog, guide dog for the blind and search and rescue dog. For many families, the German shepherd is also a treasured family pet.
Hungarian Puli – Bacon
Energetic and lively, this mop-like dog breed hailing from Hungary appears much larger than they are due to that distinctive coat.
The width of the coat across the back can be three times wider than the actual dog and can take about 4 years to grow!
Japanese Spitz – Leo
Japanese Spitz dogs have fairly low grooming needs, despite the appearance of their beautiful, white coats. Their fur repels most debris and dirt, and they rarely need baths, as they don’t have a doggy odor.
Mexican Hairless Dog – Pablo
The Xoloitzcuintle is an awesome breed of hairless dog. The Xolo also comes in a coated variety, totally covered in fur. Coated and hairless can be born in the same litter as a result of the same combination of genes.
Newfoundland – Mickey
Originating in Newfoundland, Canada, located on the northeastern shore of that country, the Newfoundland, affectionately nicknamed “Newfie,” shares a birthplace with the popular Labrador Retriever. If you can’t stand dog slobber, the Newfoundland is not for you. This breed drools. A lot.
Rhodesian Ridgeback – Trigger
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a unique creation of southern Africa, resulting from crosses between the native ridged Khoikhoi dog and European breeds brought by Dutch colonists. The ridge on their back is caused by backwards growing hair!
Siberian Husky – Howling Husky Dogsled Team
The Siberian Husky is believed to have originated among the Chukchi, a tribe of Siberian nomads. The breed’s history is relatively unknown but DNA tests confirm that they are among the oldest of dog breeds. They absolutely LOVE to run, given enough exercise this breed can make an awesome companion.
Tibetan Spaniel – Patti and Saint
The little lion dog has a long history. Bred in Tibetan Buddhist lamaseries to be companions and alarm dogs, they were popular gifts to foreign dignitaries. Tibbies enjoy a high perch that allows them to see everything that’s going on. They’ll climb on whatever piece of furniture gives them the best view, giving them the reputation of being catlike.
I hope you enjoyed our little “round the world” dog breed trip.
Now it’s time to Embrace international Dog Day! You can give your best doggo friend a home spa treatment –massages, cuddles. Buy or make them a fun toy that they can play with, Go for a long walk in a new place, Donate to a dog charity/shelter of your choice.
Or share your home, expand your family – Adopt a dog!
Belgian Malinois – Chewie