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The '''dog''' is a quadruped mammal, almost certainly descended from the same root-stock as the visually-similar [[wolf]].  Together with the [[cat]], it became, during pre-history, the main domesticated species in [[Europe]].  It [[hunting|hunted]] and herded for man, guarded his homes, was used as a pack animal, put in wheels to turn [[meat]] in the kitchen, pulled carts and used as sport in [[bear]] and [[cow|bull]] baiting, [[food]] (in times of famine in [[Europe]]) and (on occasions) was trained to fight in his [[war]]s. In [[Japan]] they were also used as [[archery]] targets. The cat, on the other hand, killed [[mouse|mice]], drank [[milk]], and looked elegant.
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The '''dog''' is a quadruped mammal, almost certainly descended from the same root-stock as the visually-similar [[wolf]].  Together with the [[cat (Animal) | cat]], it became, during pre-history, the main domesticated species in [[Europe]].  It [[hunting|hunted]] and herded for man, [[guard]]ed his homes, was used as a pack animal, put in [[wheel]]s to turn [[meat]] in the kitchen, pulled carts and used as [[sport]] in [[bear]] and [[cow|bull]] [[baiting]], [[food]] (in times of [[famine]] in [[Europe]]) and (on occasions) was trained to fight in his [[war]]s. In [[Japan]] they were also used as [[archery target]]s. The cat, on the other hand, killed [[mouse|mice]], drank [[milk]], and looked elegant.
  
 
Spiritually the dog was seen as unfailingly faithful (hence the adjective ''dogged'') and hard-working.  For this reason, when its loyalty failed, it was noted and "dog" became a term of abuse in some circles.
 
Spiritually the dog was seen as unfailingly faithful (hence the adjective ''dogged'') and hard-working.  For this reason, when its loyalty failed, it was noted and "dog" became a term of abuse in some circles.
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=== Types of period dogs ===
 
=== Types of period dogs ===
 
* [[greyhound]]s, [[saluki]], [[Afghan hound]]s, talbots and [[borzoi]]
 
* [[greyhound]]s, [[saluki]], [[Afghan hound]]s, talbots and [[borzoi]]
* other [[hound]]s, particularly [[bloodhound]]s [[deerhound]]s and an earlier form of [[wolfhound]]s
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* other [[hound]]s, particularly [[bloodhound]]s, [[deerhound]]s and an earlier form of [[wolfhound]]s
* [[terrier]]s -- given that the West Highland (white) terrier was bred for James VI/I, they were clearly popular at the end of [[period]] even if not, at that time a distinct breed
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* [[terrier]]s -- given that the West Highland (white) terrier was bred for [[James VI|James VI/I]], they were clearly popular at the end of [[period]], even if not at that time a distinct breed
 
* [[husky]]s
 
* [[husky]]s
* [[poodle]]s, both standard and toy (the toy poodle was used to keep fleas off of nobility)
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* [[poodle]]s, both standard and toy (the toy poodle was used to keep fleas off of [[nobility]])
 
* some [[spaniel]]s
 
* some [[spaniel]]s
  

Latest revision as of 19:27, 4 January 2015

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The dog is a quadruped mammal, almost certainly descended from the same root-stock as the visually-similar wolf. Together with the cat, it became, during pre-history, the main domesticated species in Europe. It hunted and herded for man, guarded his homes, was used as a pack animal, put in wheels to turn meat in the kitchen, pulled carts and used as sport in bear and bull baiting, food (in times of famine in Europe) and (on occasions) was trained to fight in his wars. In Japan they were also used as archery targets. The cat, on the other hand, killed mice, drank milk, and looked elegant.

Spiritually the dog was seen as unfailingly faithful (hence the adjective dogged) and hard-working. For this reason, when its loyalty failed, it was noted and "dog" became a term of abuse in some circles.

King Arthur had a famous hunting dog, Cabal, who is supposedly buried on a Welsh mountain.

Prince Llewelyn had a wolf dogge called Gelert to whom he erected a monument in the 13th Century.

Types of period dogs

See also