Russian Harlequin Hound
Rusia Hound not recognized by the F.C.I.

The Russian Harlequin Hound is a rare breed of dog found almost exclusively in Russia.



In the 18th century, a hound native to Russia began to develop naturally, but it wasn't until around 1900 that selective breeding started in earnest, and the first breed standard for the Russian hound was developed in 1925. The breeders then crossed to the Estonian Hound with the English hounds. The result was the Russian Harlequin Hound, a slightly squarer looking dog with tricolor spots on a white body. The voice of the Russian Harlequin Hound is much deeper and melodic than that of a Estonian Hound, and frequently have black marks on the saddle.

Until 1951 This new breed of hound was known as the Anglo-Russian hound, but when he was accepted as a separate race from his own, he was known as the Russian Harlequin Hound. This breed was well known, not only for their melodic voices, but also for its speed and resistance when tracking its prey. They were frequently used as red hunting dogs, which means they were chasing foxes and wolves, traditionally known as red game, and they are rarely found outside the Soviet Union.

The breeders of the Russian Harlequin Hound they are still in the process of improving both the type and the uniformity of the breed and the breed is now seen sometimes at Soviet dog shows, and is considered equal in quality to the best Estonian Hound. The Russian Harlequin Hound It was also used by William Dunker when he developed his namesake the Dunker, sometimes also known as the Norwegian Hound.

The Russian Harlequin Hound It is not recognized by the F.C.I.

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Physical characteristics “Russian Harlequin Hound”

The Russian Harlequin Hound he is a muscular dog, medium-sized, which stands about twenty-four inches tall and weighs between 18 and 31 kg, with a square build, long, straight legs and a strong tail that has a slightly curved or saber-like shape. They also tend to have a somewhat broad, square head with a straight, square muzzle., that always ends with a black nose. They have slightly hanging lips, oval shaped eyes, usually dark brown, and medium-sized pendant ears that sit high on the head and hang down to the sides to frame the face.

The characteristic short coat of the Russian Harlequin Hound is mostly white with tricolor markings on the head, face, back and tail, and is typically quite dense; this coloring is particularly useful when hunting with this Russian hound as it makes it much easier to differentiate the hunting dog from its prey.

Character and skills “Russian Harlequin Hound”

The Russian Harlequin Hound is a rare breed of dog found almost exclusively in Russia. A mix of the Estonian Hound and the English Foxhound, this scent hound is known for its ability to track the game traditionally known as red game, like the fox and the wolves. They tend to be friendly and outgoing with almost everyone they meet., both human and canine, but they have a high prey drive and may not be safe around cats and other small animals. This breed is not well adapted to apartment living due to its high activity levels and vocal nature..

Spanish Alano
España (Molossoid, Bloodhound)

Alano español

The Spanish Alano It is a breed endorsed mainly by its enormous bravery


History “Spanish Alano”

Grip or prey dog ​​breed of very ancient origins. Medium sized considered breed of Spain. When mixed other races are created as the Bull Dog in Spain, the alano of vautre (grip) in France, the Old bulldog in England, the extinct Bullenbeisser in Germany, or own Dogo Argentino.

Molosser light dam and corridor. The traditional functionality It is the handling of cattle bravo and semibravo, Iberian trunk, extensive system. big game was also used, as a dog's tooth to the subjection of deer and wild boar. Its modern implementation is care and defence, How to care for cattle against any kind of predator.

    Some authors consider Spanish Alano desciendiente the old dog named Alaunt, Alans used by both war and for handling cattle.

The existence of Alans dogs Spain dates back several centuries ago, Although it is not clear which was its origin. Some believe that this race was extended by moloso Europe by the alano in the fourth century and was taken to the Iberian Peninsula and to the North Africa by the Vandals.

In 1350 publishes the rey Alfonso XI their “Book of the Monteria”. In the fifteenth century it is published “Treaty of the Monteria”, anonymous, which performs a deep somatic description of the dog.

When he is talking about perro Dane everyone knew that this was a prey corridor to justify its name must meet certain features:

With strong head, of longuilíneas proportions, high rump and good bones. Also your character It was clearly defined by its function gripping dog. “No taking by hunger or award, but by right nature gave Dios” (we call it today prey).

Of which there is no doubt is that these dogs were very extended, as evidenced by his appearance in paintings. There is a alano that plasma Velázquez in the hunting pit, which it is in the National Gallery de Londres, those of Goya in his Capturing a bull or an engraving of the French Romantic Blanchard. They are also appointed by Cervantes and Lope de Vega Alans of Thirds.

It is believed, According to the most likely hypothesis, they reached the Iberian Peninsula, accompanying the Alano people, shortly after the fall of Roman empire, about him V century. The alano used primarily for war, hunting and animal husbandry, They were robust and primitive specimens. Later, its unbeatable psychophysical qualities (robustness, courage and loyalty) They make the Alano notabilísimo play a role as a member of the Spanish armies, especially during the conquest of the Americas.

    The first written references to the Alano They appear in the Medievo, Hand Gonzalo de Berceo, in 1247.

More complete data are in 1347, in the Book of Hunting, Don Alfonso XI "The Enforcer". Other mentions of importance on Alano, worthy of mention occurs in Utrera in 1603, by Fray Francisco de Tamayo.

In the conquest of New world They played a key role dogs, animal unknown to the indigenous peoples. These, coupled with the horses, armor and arquebuses contributed to the victory.

    They were the terror of the natives, Thus the stories of the time not directed impressive descriptions as the following:

    The Friar Bernardino de Sahagún terms of testimonies of Indians attacked by huge ¨perros, with ears cut, fierce yellow eyes Bloodshot, huge mouths, hanging languages and teeth in the form of knives, wild as the demon and stained as the jaguares¨. The description has an inevitable tone of admiration and fear; Let us not forget that in pre-Columbian times (before the arrival of the conquistadors) the Indians possessed dogs small size and often body. In this way, the Indians called the canes of the Spanish ¨una diabolical invention.
    Bartholomew Columbus and Fontanarossa, brother of the discoverer and Adelantado Governor of Hispaniola, they say the Chronicles employed 200 men, 20 horses and 20 Alans, It was the "debut" of the Alans in the conquest of America.

The Spanish Alano It is supported primarily by its huge courage, with special mention when dealing with wild boar, disregarding even his own life. Its functions have changed little during these centuries. War Dog, livestock (especially for the beef and veal), hunting and nursery. It is in the eighteenth century when they appear the first written evidence of Spanish Alano, on their participation in the bravo bull party.

Its qualities traspasarán Spanish borders, becoming very significant exports, both American continent as countries Europe as France, England or Germany in order to improve their own races, especially the Bulldog and the Dogue de Bordeaux. even the international press echoes of its characteristics, as happened in 1873, in the British press, describing carefully to a copy of prey Spanish (Alano), called Bull and reads: “…fighting only subject to his opponent by the head, is silent and immune to pain…”.

    At the end of the 19th century or the beginning of the 20th, begins the decline of the alano, motivated by multiple factors:

    Exclusion of hosts, changes in the tradition of the Monteria and grazing, definitive exclusion from the Festival of the bull and custom. This resulted in the gradual replacement of alano other imported breeds, in most of the times, in an unjustified way. Years later, you get even speculate about the possible disappearance of alano, Since his last appearance publishes occurs in Madrid, in the year 1963 (exhibition at the Retiro Park).
    But they have not disappeared, were some population loopholes in certain marginal areas, difficult access, as are certain mountains Cantabria, País Vasco, Burgos and Salamanca. These remnants of the population managed to survive thanks to its functional qualities, as for the farmers and hunters in the area, outside all fashion and with an enviable sense of practicality, there was simply no better animal to those committed to the Spanish Alano.

Physical characteristics “Spanish Alano”

Today, and thanks to the excellent work of recovery of some professionals and public bodies, the Spanish Alano virtually, remains unchanged, It's a medium dog of prey, strong, Agile and very serious. Specially equipped for the handling of cattle, for hunting and for custody.

Little barking by nature, very resistant to pain and disease, tends to be suspicious and distrustful with strangers and bottom and very affectionate with its owner and family.

# Alano Bou Corso Canary Islands Spanish dogo Bullmastiff
Height 60,5 56,5 66 63 59,5 60,5
Weight 35 36,5 47,5 58 47,5 59
Eyes Clear Dark Dark Dark Entire range Dark
Lines c/f Parallel Parallel Lig.converg Parallel Lig.converg
Snout 36% 33% 33% 40% 30%

Alano character and skills

The Alano is an animal slow in their development, reaching maturity, physical and mental, over the two years. From that moment you will find a powerful animal, determined and very noble. As it's a dog selected primarily by their willingness to work, There is some variety of "types", Since the lighter Alans, gifted for hunting, until the heavier, suitable for grazing and save (livestock lines or old Bull Dog).

Perhaps in recent times less attention to the latter is being, for the most consistent lines for hunting. Perhaps the lovers of this type of alano (Bull Dog), have to consider its viability as a separate race.

    In 1880 "prohibited the fate of"dogs the bull"and that is why Bull rings left keep dogs".

On the other hand, to stop practicing "hunting in the round", becomes otherwise organize the montería so it is no longer interesting for cattle fall clasped by dogs, but to reach the positions where the montero is bet, who is who pays the entertainment. In these circumstances the flocks deshicieran of the Alans who had.

Once a dog was useful whether it performed any task. The Spanish Alano "She ceased to have work" after selecting breeds of cattle more docile, so this race back to a dizzying to extinction speed.

Images “Spanish Alano”

Videos “Spanish Alano”

Type and recognitions:

  • Molossoid, Bloodhound
  • Federations: Recognized in 2004 as a breed by the RSCE​ (Royal Canine society of Spain)

Alternative names

    1. Spanish Alaunt, Spanish Bulldog, Spanish Alano, Alano (English).

    2. Alano espagnol (French).

    3. Alano español (German).

    4. Alano espanhol, Buldogue espanhol, Alão espanhol (Portuguese).

    5. Alano español, Bulldog Español (Spanish).

Mastín Americano
Estados Unidos

Mastín Americano

The Mastín Americano He was raised to be a family dog, they attest to this character and temperament


The Mastín Americano "is a breed dog trotting kind that was developed over many years of selective breeding by Fredericka Wagner of"Flying W Farms” (Kennel dedicated to the race), in Piketon, Ohio, ago 20 or 25 years (the truth is that me I burned eyelashes looking for date exacta… and I have not given her).

The objective was to develop a dog that had the size, temperament, the provision, and the appearance of the Mastiff breed, but with fewer health problems and did not lose as much saliva as other varieties of dog Mastiff, and that life expectancy was greater.

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Redbone Coonhound
Estados Unidos

Redbone Coonhound

The Redbone Coonhound It is commonly used for hunting bears, raccoons and pumas.


Redbone Coonhound It is a breed of dog of American origin which, Since its inception it has been used for hunting of bears, raccoons, and even, Pumas. Physical characteristics and agility allow Redbone Coonhound hunting in swamps, in mountains and some tend to be used as water dogs (bailiffs).

According to the standard of the American Kennel Club: “The Redbone Coonhound is a balanced blend of beauty and temperament, with a notorious air security and great talents for hunting”. This beautiful race won his first record in the American Kennel Club in the 1904.

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Leonese Pastor

Pastor Leonés

The raison d ' être of the Leonese Pastor It is the management and guidance of herds.

The Leonese Pastor (or CareA Leonese language) is a herding dog, native of the province of León (Spain) and their surrounding populations.

It is a dog of medium size with a height to the cross between 48 and 55 cm in males and 45 and 52 cm in females.

It is a lightweight and agile dog in order to start after the flock avoiding their dispersion, or jogging in search of the sheep that is separated from the Group.

As regards the basic layer or coloring of hair, There are animals with black hair all over his body and others who, In addition, they are tawny color stains (reddish) in the extremities, the side and above the eyebrows.

In some specimens, the black color of the hair is clarified by dissolution of the pigment giving rise to an irregular patchwork of bluish-grey spots more or less clear, and even white spots, throughout the body of the animal.

The raison d ' être of the Leonese Pastor is the management and guidance of herds. They are very attached to their owner dogs, always attentive to his orders and disciplined.

It is a race not yet officially recognized, but you are trying to get official recognition as a native breed.

You are planning to develop a plan for recovery and promotion of the Leonese Pastor, because otherwise, their future will be threatened by the unstoppable reduction in the number of herds of sheep grazing and the increasing spread of alien dog races which could lead soon to the replacement, miscegenation, absorption or, the extinction of the Leonese Pastor.

As a curiosity, PAS, He was a Leonese shepherd who appeared in the famous movie filmed in Spain “The Kingdom of heaven“, Ridley Scott.

Source of the photo and more information about this race by clicking on CareA Leonese language (Blog dedicated to the race with very interesting information!).

Otros nombres: Carea Leonés

Dogs breeds: Leonese Pastor

English Shepherd
Estados Unidos

Pastor Inglés

The English Shepherd It resists the pressure of long demanding hours.


The race English Shepherd (English Shepherd) It is extremely versatile as a working dog. It is a line of Collie developed in United States from farm dogs brought by English and Scots in the early days of the country's history.

Should not be confused with Old English Shepherd.

The English Shepherd is very smart, able to bring forward any dog on the farm and used in varied pastoral work (beef, sheep, goats, pig), monitoring, hunting, eradicator vermin and rodents and company for children. Possibly it's one of the most common breeds during the 19th century as the pedigree was given the importance to the present day.

Many farmers appreciated this race for its versatility and not on their standard of appearance, being raised according to their abilities and not for exhibitions.

Physical characteristics

The English Shepherd is similar in appearance to the Border Collie and to the Australian Shepherd. Although it is less rounded than the last head, nor do they tend to have the mantle of merle color, something common in the Australian Shepherd, they have not so square body.

The English Shepherd tends to be larger than the Border Collie, they are easier to distinguish from Border Collie than the Australian Shepherd.

The English Shepherd is a medium-sized dog, usually a little longer than high. Its weight is situated in 20 a 30 kg and is balanced in proportions. As a small farms working dog, the English Shepherd has been selected to meet a variety of needs and this has resulted in a wide range of regional variations, appearance on.

The mantle is of average length and can be smooth, wavy or curly. It often has fringes on legs and the tail. As in all working dog, the hair should be easy to maintain, they require very little preparation. Dirt tends to be repulsed by the fur.

The English Shepherd is, generally, a healthy dog.

The colors of the layer can be sable & white, tricolor, black and white, or black and Tan. Other variants, such as solid colors (any), Red and atigrados also exist but are not common.

Character and skills

The English Shepherd temperament is the defining characteristic of the breed, has one great intelligence and, often a single type of goodness for your family, both animals and people.

Often, is a independent worker, but always attentive to its own. They adapt easily and quickly learn routines.

Some may be distrustful with strangers and they are dogs of a single person. However, Once you agree to another adult (or other pets) or children, the converted part of his flock, and, with children especially, from that moment it will be difficult to find a better than an English Shepherd caregiver, to be aware of their children.

Imágenes del Pastor Inglés
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Otros nombres: English Shepherd

Dogs breeds: English Shepherd

Pastor Garafiano

Pastor Garafiano

The Pastor Garafiano It is a very docile and friendly dog.


The Pastor Garafiano is a breed of dog indigenous native to La Palma Canary, Canary Islands. The name receives it from the North of the island, specifically in the Garafía municipality, as the place where this race was more common, Despite the fact that copies are found throughout the island.

Pastor Garafiano has been linked from its origins to the grazing, activity for which shows special aptitude, Although it has nowadays gained great importance as a pet.

For some time, This race was on the edge of his disappearance due to miscegenation with other breeds of dog.

Successive crossings, especially from the age 60 20th century with other breeds of dogs pastors, They show the need to work for their recovery and selection from the exemplary few pure breed that retained the pastors of the island.

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Basque Shepherd

Pastor Vasco

The Basque Shepherd is not recognized by any international Cynological organization.

The Basque Shepherd (in Basque: Euskal Artzain Txakurra) It is a breed of dog originally from the Basque country. Is a breed traditionally used as a sheepdog and guard livestock. There are two varieties, the Gorbeiakoa and Iletsua.

The breed was recognised by the Royal Canine society of Spain the 1 in June of 1995.

From the official breed club called "Pastores Vascos" those mongrels of wool are the hamlets of Euskal Herria, mostly white, Tan or black, they have nothing to do with the reddish or leonados of exemplary cigars of Euskal Artzain Txakurra.

Today, Euskal Artzain Txakurra has only with 413 copies recognized since the holding of the first monograph of the race.

Read all about the race by clicking on: Euskal Artzain Txakurra.

Otros nombres: Euskal Artzain Txakurra / Basque Shepherd Dog.

Dogs breeds: Basque Shepherd