Popular Cat Series: Bengal History of the Bengal cat The growing attraction of wild cats sparked the efforts of breeders in the United States to create a domestic cat with the appearance of a wild cat in the early 1960’s. The breeding of the Bengal cat, a hybrid of the Asian Leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) and the […]
History The Chow Chow is a Chinese breed of dog known for pulling sleds, hunting, and guarding. However, the name comes from the Chinese word ‘chou’ meaning edible, as the breed was once believed to be used as a source of food. It was recorded that a Chinese Emperor once owned 5,000 of the breed […]
History The Exotic Shorthair was developed as a short-haired version of the Persian in the late 1950s. This was to improve their body type. The crossbreed gained recognition at cat shows, but unhappy breeders decided to set a breed standard that would disqualify it from their shows. However, they were finally recognised as a breed in 1966, under the […]
The German Shepherd was bred from different types of shepherd dogs in the early 1800’s and as its name suggests originated in Germany. The breed was taken to the UK where it was renamed the Alsatian to protect it from anti-German sentiments after the First World War.
History The early Russian Blue originated from Russia and was brought to Europe in the 1860’s by a navy soldier. They were later bred with the Siamese cat but the modern Russian Blue has no trace of Siamese in their bloodlines. Russian Whites and Russian Blacks were created by breeding with domestic white and black […]
History The British Bulldog was originally bred for herding, guarding and baiting bulls as their name suggests. In the 17th century, this breed was fair more athletic with a savage temperament as opposed to today’s lovable and stocky British Bulldog. The breed went into decline when bullbaiting was made illegal in 1835, however a new […]
This regal-looking medium-sized cat is thought to originate from Abyssinia (now known as Ethiopia). It was brought to Britain in the 1860s by British Soldiers, purchased by local traders.
History ‘Dachs’ means badger in German and ‘Hund’ means dog – so this long, little dog was bred to hunt badgers and was aptly named Badger Dog. The Dachshund has short, strong legs that give it the ability to go into burrows and dig out prey like badgers, hares, foxes and ferrets. Although some countries […]
History This beautiful, large cat is an old breed originating in America. It’s thought they were brought to the American shores by sailors and bred with the local native cats, resulting in the Maine Coon breed we have today. Their semi-long hair helps them stay warm in the cold winter temperatures of Maine. They were […]
History Kelpie’s are a well-known and well-loved Australian breed. They are working dogs who were originally bred to herd livestock under the hot Australian sun. They are intelligent with an independent streak. Black Collies were brought to Australia in the 1800s and cross-bred with other breeds – the result is a hardy working dog that […]
History Used to a pampered lifestyle, these little dogs were the favourite pets of European aristocrats and have a prestigious place in history. Originating in China, they were the lapdogs of Chinese Emperors. They were brought to Europe by the Dutch East India Company. Queen Victoria famously owned many pugs and also bred them. Marie […]
Ragdoll History Ann Baker selectively bred this popular cat in the 1960s. She recognised that her neighbour’s kittens born from a Persian/Angora cat and a Birman or Burmese-like cat were affectionate and relaxed. She trademarked the name Ragdoll which perfectly suits the way they go limp and floppy when picked up – just like a […]
History Staffordshire Bull Terriers were bred in the early 19th Century in the UK. Originally, these dogs were bred for betting on. Once baiting and dog fighting were made illegal in the 1830s, Staffies were taken in by miners and steelworkers, who applauded their intelligence and loyalty. They were bred with smaller terriers and were […]
Siamese Cat History The earliest record of the Siamese cat is a 19th Century Siamese manuscript. Called The Treatise on Cats, the folio contains images of different lucky and unlucky cats found in modern-day Thailand. The manuscript claims that Siamese cats were revered by Siamese Royalty. Before they spread throughout the world at the turn of […]
Labrador Retrievers are highly energetic dogs that love just about everybody. Intelligent and highly trainable, they were originally bred to bring back hunters’ game and fishermen’s nets. Now, Labradors make excellent working dogs: at airports, on farms, as guide dogs, and more. Bred for work, they love to please, play and be a part […]