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Nobody surely knows when the first collar was …

Nobody surely knows when the first collar was strapped on a dogs neck but I’m of the theory that the bond between dog and human began the day a wolf cub was taken from its mother, a collar was placed and ownership and domestication began.

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Written human history of the Egyptians has shown us that they were the first to introduce the use of collars on their dogs. It is believed that Egyptian royalty used collars for decorative (fashion) and possibly for identification. Dogs for purposes such has hunting and protection would also utilize a type of collar in Egyptian times but it wasn’t until the Ancient Greeks and Romans that purposeful metal, leather and spike collars evolved and collars took a more menacing route.

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It is believed that Greek farmers constructed the first spiked collars as a way of protecting their dogs throats from attacking wolves that targeted livestock and the dogs protecting them. Otherwise known as “wolf collars” these collars were normally made of a metal, usually iron fitted with elongated spikes to protect and stop wolves from attacking a dogs neck while at the same time being used as a weapon.

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The Romans took collars on their dogs a step further as it would identify the role of position and job for a dog. Romans were so devoted to their dogs that Caesar reportedly had to publicly reprimand citizens for paying more attention to their dogs than to their children. Upper class Roman woman didn’t keep dogs as pets but more so as an accessory who wore collars made of jewels and metals.

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Modern dog collars are a reflection of our ancient pass. Although collars aren’t made by metals craftsmen, saddle or shoe makers they still utilize quality materials manufactured by companies that specialize in dog collars. Two of the most common materials are leather and nylon.

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What is a Cynologist, someone asked after read…

What is a Cynologist, someone asked after reading my bio. At first I thought to ignore the question as maybe they’ll look up the definition themselves but then I remembered, what if their millennial’s?

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Cynology is the study of matters related to canines and/or domestic dogs. To be exact, it is a term used to denote a serious zoological approach to the study of dogs by writers on canine subjects, dog breeders, trainers and enthusiasts who informally study dogs.

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One thing I enjoy doing is educating myself and others about dogs, their purpose and history. So being a self imposed Cynologist, it allows me to enjoy both while giving myself a moniker.

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The truth is they’re no written documents clai…

The truth is they’re no written documents claiming the breed to be extinct, but the breed in its pure form of the 1800’s for sure is not around.

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Therefore it could be said and somewhat believed the breed has been bred with other breeds, mainly bulldogs and Terriers so often that they simply blended into today’s dogs as their physical appearance can be seen throughout the Bull breeds such as the American Pit Bull Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

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What does the Akita Breed and Helen Keller hav…

What does the Akita Breed and Helen Keller have in common?

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For those that don’t know who Helen Adams Keller was, she’s an American author, political activist, and lecturer who so happened to be blind and deaf due to an illness at a young age. She was also a huge dog lover!

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In 1937 Ms. Keller began an extended speaking tour which took her through much of Japan. The Japanese people were taken by her and her story of overcoming her personal handicaps. Having heard of the story of Hachikō – the Akita who mourned for his owner by visiting the train station everyday for 10 years after his death and her fondness of dogs, she decided to visit the Akita district.

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During her visit, she met several Akita dogs and was impressed by them and mentioned that she might like to have one of these “faithful dogs” for herself. The Japanese government took this request to heart and made sure she went back to the states with an Akita puppy for herself. The dog was named Kamikaze-Go.

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Keller bonded with “Kami” during the 16 day boat trip home as she felt connected with her and the dog. When they reached US shores, newspapers were proclaiming that Keller had introduced the breed to America. Kami’s life would be a short one, as he died of distemper before the age of eight months.

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Hearing of the dogs death, the Japanese government was saddened and wanted to make sure to fulfill her request to own an Akita dog as a companion. They sent her another dog several months later. A full brother (same Sire and Dam) named Kenzan-Go but issues and concerns about the dog actually making it to US soil began and held up the dog because of deteriorating relations between Japan and the US. However the dog finally did make it over and the picture above is of the dog and Ms. Keller herself.

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In part Ms Keller and her frequent positive mentions throughout her dogs life, this would contribute to the Akita becoming a popular dog in the states.

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Is the Akita really a fighting dog? The breeds…

Is the Akita really a fighting dog? The breeds original purpose was to hunt Bear and Deer but even that is loosely based. It was tried at some point in its early history as a dog fighter but only for a short time with the city of Ōdate being given credit as to where the idea was conceived.

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But the more I research, I find the breed wasn’t fully involved in the sport of dog fighting as it’s history has lead us to believe. First off, dog fighting was outlawed and other breeds like the Tosa Inu proved to be a more able fighter indirectly causing the Akita to gradually lose popularity.

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Concerned by the breeds’ potential extinction, in 1919 the Japanese included the large spitz type dog by then called the Akita after a prefecture in Northern Japan. It was not until 1931 after searching isolated villages that the Akita, many of whom resembled crossbred dogs from its informal fighting past were used to bring the breed back. Luckily in their search enough other dogs that resembled the current idea of a purebred Akita were found and were the stating block of the rebuild you see today.

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Now Akita dogs did manage their way into Europe where dog fighting was already in place and introducing a new dog in those days was a premium. From this juncture the stories/history of its fighting abilities is where it could possibly stem from.

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Pictured is Japanese styled Akita
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The egg-shaped head is not a product of evolut…

The egg-shaped head is not a product of evolution as some believe, but actually man-made, a modern product of many years of selective breeding. Mr. James Hink’s, the father of the Bull terrier wanted a leggier dog, full of stamina and better breathing. I don’t think he’d be happy with the dog today.

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Bull terriers born in the early 1900’s had a head type that would be considered suicide to a breeding program by today’s standards. In a strange way the head type is still evolving towards an even more EGG or “Extreme” head type. If one does research, they’ll find that over the decades beginning in the 50’s changes in head type with how AKC has pushed its narrative for this extreme head has come into play and has change towards the more EGG shape.

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Do you think today people buy a dog like that? I’d believe they would if no one ever saw the EGG shape but that has changed the game.

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Something else to keep in mind, dogs of that era were very good dogs and winning in the show ring without the EGG shaped head present, this is a snippet of the standard that AKC is pushing on todays head type.

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Head – The head should be long, strong and deep, right to the end of the muzzle, but not coarse.  VIEWED FROM THE FRONT IT SHOULD BE EGG-SHAPED AND COMPLETELY FILLED, its surface being free from hollows or indentations.  The top of the skull should be almost flat from ear to ear.  The profile should curve gently downwards from the top of the skull to the tip of the nose, which should be black and bent downwards at the tip.  The nostrils should be well developed.  The under-jaw should be strong.

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Bulldogs and Terrier breeds respectively were …

Bulldogs and Terrier breeds respectively were developed to satisfy the needs for blood sports and vermin control in the 19th century.
At some point, the two breeds were crossbred with each other, this new breed combined the speed and dexterity of lightly built terriers with the tenacity of Bulldogs. Keep in mind, Bulldog breeds were bred almost exclusively for Bull and Bear baiting, tiring quickly although the beast were always tied to a post.

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Breeders and dog fighters argued the mixture would enhance the quality and appeal of fighting. There was no such thing as continuity and due to a lack of a standard, only performance was on their mind. This is where the eventual divide of the ancestors to Bull Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers would begin, a smaller and easier to handle dogs than it’s predecessor.

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Enter James Hinks, the father of the Bull terrier. In the mid-19th century James Hinks began his own breeding of Bull and Terriers utilizing the now extinct English White Terriers as his basis searching for a dog with better legs, stamina, breathing ability, a nicer head and an overall cleaner appearance.

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Originally known as the Hinks Breed, in 1862 Mr. Hinks entered a dam called “Puss” sired by his white Bulldog “Madman" into the Bull Terrier Class at the dog show held at the Cremorne Gardens in Chelsea. These dogs did not yet have the now-familiar “egg face”, but kept the stop in the skull profile.

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These dogs were an immediate hit and breeding continued with a couple of catch’s Hinks wanted his dogs white with no stop in its skull so many other breeds were introduced specifically for this. The first modern Bull Terrier is now recognised as “Lord Gladiator”

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Although the Bull terrier would become a fighting dog in some circles, a popular one at that, it never took off as the Staffordshire terrier did. Even becoming more of a bait dog than a fighting dog. Today the breed is popular in commercial culture.
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This was a quote from a 4 year old as he watch…

This was a quote from a 4 year old as he watched his dog be put down. This quote is what he said to his parents.

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So for those that are used to seeing Shar-Pei’…

So for those that are used to seeing Shar-Pei’s in its wrinkle form, here is what they mean by the “Meat-Mouth” variety.

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Swipe to the left and you’ll see a better view of what is meant by the traditional “Bone-Mouth” versions of the breed.

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This original Shar-Pei come from the Guandong …

This original Shar-Pei come from the Guandong province of China. The Cantonese equivalent, sā pèih, which translates to “sand skin” refers to the texture of its short, rough coat.

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The Shar-Pei from China looks very different from the dog we’ve become accustomed to. In the West, the pursuit of a wrinkle Dog was of the utmost importance mainly for its appeal to the western world. People from China differentiate the Western style and called them “Meat-mouths” while the original type known as “bone mouthed” that still hails in its native country is sleeker, tighter skinned and more dog aggressive.

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As puppies, Shar Pei’s have numerous wrinkles, but as they mature, their skin tightens and spread out as they “grow into their skin.” The Shar Pei’s loose skin and extremely prickly coat were originally developed to help fend off wild boar, while hunting.

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As the breed grew in its popularity, it was used for dog fighting and with this enhanced trait of extra wrinkle skin and ferocity to fight, it made for a difficult opponent. It is believed with its extra skin when another dog would grab hold, it would manage to maneuver and bite back to fight by actually twisting in their skin and face in their opponent’s direction.

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Today in modern day Tibet, they are still actively fighting the breed, mostly the “bone-mouth” type.

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