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It’s all in the name!
19 February 2016
Over the past few weeks we have been looking at some of the more popular breed names - and here are a couple more that you may find interesting. Also don't forget to post a photo of your dog on our Facebook page to give a big thumbs up to these loyal, loving (and occasionally crazy) pets of ours.
Captain Martin MacLeod is credited with developing one of the oldest strains of Cairn Terrier over 200 years ago. In those days, all terrier breeds in Scotland were known as Scotch Terriers, however in 1873, these were separated into two classes, Dandie Dinmont Terriers and Skye Terriers. The Skye Terrier classification included Cairns and in 1912, the Cairn Terrier was designated as a breed, taking it’s name from the piles of stones that marked ancient Scottish burial or memorial sites. These stone piles were often home to vermin, which the Cairn Terrier loves to seek out.
Dalmatians take their name from Dalmatia, an Adriatic region that lies mostly within modern-day Croatia. Dalmatians have been used for many jobs during their long history. It is believed they used to run alongside coach and horses to ward off highwaymen. In America, they were used as Firehouse dogs, running with the horses to the fire, watching over the equipment during the fire and even, on occasion, rescuing people from burning buildings. Many American firehouses still have a Dalmatian mascot to this day.
The poodle is thought to be one of the oldest breeds of hunting dog and their name reflects that they would swim out after fallen waterfowl. Pudel was a Low German word that meant ‘to splash,’ so these brave retrievers were known as pudelhund, or ‘water dogs.’ The word eventually evolved into the English ‘poodle.’ The French used Standard Poodles for duck hunting and the Miniature Poodle for sniffing out truffles, whilst the Toy Poodle was companion to the nobility and wealthy merchants. Poodles were very rare in America until shortly after World War II. However, by the mid 1950s, they were the country’s most popular breed and remained so for more than 20 years.