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Big dogs – beautiful images – but threatened.

The flying mop – The Hungarian Komondor (Sheep Dog)

All dogs, irrespective of breed, are the same species (Canis (lupus) familiaris) and so dogs are one of the most variable species in the world in appearance.

Dogs have been domesticated for about 16,000 years according to archaeological findings and have been bred for their individual characteristics since this time.

Greyhounds for their speed and agility, Rhodesian Ridgebacks for the power and stamina, Collies for their intelligence and obedience, terriers for their fearless hunting instincts and so forth.

 

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Big dogs tend to be wonderful with children, especially babies.

Here I feature photos of six magnificent breeds, all of them on the large side:

The Hungarian Komondor
The Briand
The St Bernard
The Great Dane
The Newfoundland
The Leonberger

When the gene pool of any animal becomes too small, imperfections are not forced out through new bloodlines and those imperfections become almost a feature.

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A Newfoundland

One example of this is the Great Dane which is almost certain to develop hip problems by the age of 5 or 6. By contrast, chocolate Labradors, a rare sight caused from the mating of black and golden Labradors were considered problematic in their early years (70’s and 80’s) – they are now so sought after that the gene pool has self-managed the breed into its own variation.

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A St Bernard

The breeding for function has been altered in recent years to the extent that dogs have been cross-bred with the aim of catering to human lifestyle. Moulting or shedding is a reality in many animals which have hair or fur. It is a natural process. Humans do it too.

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A Great Dane

Some breeds do not moult/shed, particularly poodles and as a result we have the labradoodle, the boodle and the cockapoo.

Lifestyle is the driver of so many things and so it is that I fear for the future of the less house-friendly end of the spectrum. The need for the bigger dogs is being eroded and I fear that these magnificent dogs may have a shorter future than we might want for them.

 

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A Great Dane and someone else … small!

Some more images of these wonderful creatures:

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A Briand
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A Great Dane
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A Great Dane
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A Newfoundland
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Leonbergers
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A Hungarian Komondor
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A Leonberger

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