Sunday, March 18, 2012

Dog Name Origins and Trivia Part 2

Chihuahua. This dog was named after the Mexican state, Chihuahua. The dog was also called Chihuuhenos. When some were brought to Europe, they would sit on the owner’s lap to keep the person warm, especially in big homes and castles. 
The artist Botticelli painted a Chihuahua in the Sistine chapel (above).
The Chow Chow is from China and its name “songshi quan” means Puffy Lion Dog. The chow likes feet, and will be happy to sit on your feet to keep them warm and kiss them. Chow Chows also have a blue tongue.
Cocker Spaniels are so called because they were used to hunt Woodcock birds. It is believed these dogs came from Spain.

Cocker Spaniels tend to be more interested in people than dogs. This is the potential girlfriend we found for Remington Steal Your Heart. But it turns out, she might like Remington’s human better…anyway, if she barks Tagalog the moment of serendipity will have no comprehension….
Dalmatians are named after Dalmatia, a region in Croatia. They are great if you are allergic to dogs because they won’t trigger symptoms. These dogs are great in hunting rats and pests, which is why in London they were kept in stables and firehouses.
Golden Retrievers have a soft mouth, which made them perfect for retrieving game undamaged. They are colored in varied tones of gold. They love water. They can be trained as hearing dogs for the deaf, guide dogs for the blind, search and rescue dogs and illegal drug detectors. They have a gentle temperament. In a dog show, this Golden Retriever seemed to take a liking to my hubby Ed.

The Jack Russell was named in the 18th century by a parson, Reverend John Russell, who liked to hunt. After World War II, there was less need for hunting dogs, and they became family dogs.

One famous Jack Russell is Nipper, who was the inspiration for the classic painting of a dog looking into a phonograph. The painting was later renamed His Master’s Voice and was used by recording countries including RCA, EMI and The Gramophone Company. 

The painting was done by Englishman Francis Barraud and it was purchased by Berliner to become a trademark on Victor record catalogues. 

Llhasa apso- This dog was named after Llhasa, the capital city of Tibet. Apso means bearded. Llhasa Apsos stayed in Buddhist monasteries as guard dogs.

This is the Llhasa apso with untrimmed but neatly combed hair. When Llhasas are happy they rub their head on their owners or sit at their owner’s feet.

Spiderman’s Aunt May owned a Llhasa Apso named Ms. Lion.

 Pekingese were only allowed to be kept in the Chinese Imperial court, and its name comes from the city Peking, which is the former name of China’s capital city, Beijing. If anyone stole a Pekingese, the penalty was death. I fell in love with this Pekingese puppy at a dog show, but it’s not mine.

 Bulldog – The bulldog got its name because it was used in England to bait bulls. The game involved tethering a bull, placing two bulldogs on the bull’s back, and people would gamble on which dog would succeed in biting the bull’s nose and pinning it to the ground. A lot of bull dogs died in this way. In the 1500s they were spelled Bolddogge and bondogge. Later the game became illegal. Today, bulldogs are docile and good with children. They are great apartment dogs as they don’t need much exercise. They would rather sleep on your lap than run after a ball.

Of course, I must add our beloved Askal. This is my askal, Winniechurchill. The name Askal comes from the Tagalog words, Asong Kalye and refers to street dogs with no owners. Askals are essentially mongrels. In the provinces, farmers keep them as guard dogs. In the city, I noticed that a lot of askals get fed by friendly people. When I had my car washed, two workers were eating their lunch but gave some of their food to an askal hanging about. The maid who works in the house next door, Brenda, goes out on her bike every afternoon with food to feed askals and pusakals (street cats). Some people tried to raise the dignity of askals by naming them Aspins, or Filipino dogs. But I like the sound of Askals, and we have a great soccer team, Azkals which has been winning a lot of games lately. So it seems now, that being called Askal is a good thingJ 

The Shar Pei is from China and its Cantonese name, sa peih means “sand skin.”  I personally am inspired by the Shar Pei because it has lots of wrinkles which work to its advantage. If a dog tries to bite it, the internal organs are protected because the dog will bite the wrinkles and the Shar Pei is able to strike back. A study in the University of Washington, Seattle said the enzyme of the Shar Pei is a key component of skin. I am no longer afraid of the wrinkles developing on my face. They have served the Shar Pei well. 


Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

What a grrrrreat post. I really enjoyed reading all of this.
I miss seeing Nipper the RCA spokesDawg.

Belle said...

This was just fascinating! I love learning the origins of words and names. Poor bulldog and bull. :( I'm glad they outlawed doing that. I didn't know Chows had a blue tongue or that Dalmatians hunted rats and pests.

BeadedTail said...

We enjoyed reading about the origins of the names of these breeds! It was very interesting! I wonder why I'm called a husky though! :)


Bob Bushell said...

1st class of doggy pictures.

Becky's Barnyard said...

That's a lot of information. I was really surprised by the poodle.

euthymic said...

Hi Frankie Furter and Ernie, yes, I do remember well Nipper the RCA dog. At the time I was a kid and thought the dog was singing in a microphone! Never knew he was a Jack Russell. Belle- The story of the bulldogs is really sad, I quite agree. Thank goodness that is over now. They are such loving dogs. I was also surprised to know the Chow had a blue tongue. My friend has lots of dalmatians in her home, now I know why!

euthymic said...

Beaded tail,

We will look up husky dogs for you:) Bob Bushell, thank you, I personally took the photos cause I tend to go to lots of dog shows. I guess they are kind of funny. Becky's Barnyard, I was surprised by the poodle too! Who would have thought it was German?

Dreaming said...

What great information! I learned a lot, thanks!

BSamson said...

Thanks for using Spot's photo. I feel honored. That face has made it to Reuters and Associated Photo (both 2005). Love your site.