In this blog we look at a few breeds originating from America.
The Alaskan Husky, which was initially bred as a sled dog, is not considered a pure breed. The Husky is said to be a blend of North American breeds specifically selected for their ability to pull sleds. Full grown working sled dogs tend to range between 50 and 80 lbs.
Fun Fact – Alaskan Huskies Balto, Togo and Fritz are credited with saving multiple lives after they delivered medicines to a completely icebound town during a Diphtheria outbreak in the 1920’s.
The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier
This small to medium sized hunting terrier was named in honour of America’s 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt was an avid hunter and was accompanied on these hunts by a pack of Rat Terriers. Roosevelt favoured the shorter legged Rat Terriers and eventually, due to their popularity, went on the be specified as a separate breed, and were given their presidential name.
Fun Fact – When Roosevelts Terrier, Skip, passed away, he was buried in the garden of the White House. Roosevelt’s wife knew how much the dog meant to him, so after finishing his second term, she had Skip’s body exhumed and transported to the family’s estate. As Mrs Roosevelt explained to puzzled members of the press: ‘Teddy couldn’t bear to leave him there “beneath the eyes of presidents who might care nothing for the little mutt dog.”.
This small and sturdy breed is thought to have originated in Boston around 1870. The breed is recognisable by their large wide set eyes and short curled tail. This breed also earned the nickname ‘the American Gentleman’ due to their colouring representing that of a tuxedo. In 1970, the state of Massachusetts named the Boston Terrier as their state dog. Not all American states have a designated state dog.
Fun Fact – A Boston Terrier named Bruschi holds the Guinness World Record for the dog with the largest eyes.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
This large breed is known for its ability to hunt and love of water. Developed in the 19th century, this handsome breed has a similar appearance to the Labrador Retriever. It is said that the breed originates from two pups who were rescued from a shipwrecked British vessel in Maryland in 1807. These pups, Sailor and Canton, went on to breed with local dogs to create the Chesapeake Bay Retriever we now know and love. In 1964, Maryland State Government named the Chesapeake Bay Retriever as their official state dog.
Fun Fact – Famous Chesapeke Bay Retriever owners included America’s 26th President Theodore Roosevelt and Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker.
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