History of Dogs

A medieval illustration of hunting hounds
Lurchers and Longdogs: HDC Episode #15

Uncover the little-known world of sighthound hybrids, developed for highly-specific working and hunting purposes In…

A medieval illustration shows a sight hound being released on a rabbit.
Introduction to Sight Hounds: HDC Episode #14

Discover the history of the fastest canine athletes from Greyhounds to Salukis to the Indian…

A Brittany spaniel sits in a field.
History and Development of the Brittany

How the little spaniel from France developed into the wildly popular versatile hunting dog The…

A British lab jumping into water
Defining the Differences of the British Lab and the American Lab

Discover the story of British Labrador Retrievers, their English development, and how the American Lab…

An illustration of a hunter with hounds and rabbits
An Overview of Hounds: HDC Episode #13

Understanding the broad category of hounds and how their hunting styles developed and evolved over…

A Russian Laika stands in the snow and looks up at a tree
Origins and Use of the Spitz-type Hunting Dog Breeds: HDC Episode #12

Explore some of the oldest types of dogs that have developed alongside humans for hunting…

A Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever in the water
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever in History and Today

A look into the unusual history of duck tolling and the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling…

"Chasse au Badinage" A duck tolling retriever attracts ducks in this historic depiction of duck hunting
Duck Tolling and the Murray River Retriever: HDC Episode #11

Discovering the Murray River Retriever and the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever In this episode,…

Curly coated retriever by Walter Weber
Curly-Coated, Flat-Coated, and Golden Retrievers: HDC Episode #10

Exploring the origins and current state of three retriever breeds from England This episode continues…

Painting of a Chesapeake Bay Retriever
The History of the Labrador and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers: HDC Episode #9

Tracing the stories of two retriever breeds with the same origin but vastly different paths…

A Weimaraner on point during training.
The Complete Weimaraner History, Profile, and Hunting Dog Story

Profiling the Grey Ghost’s rise, fall, and rise again as a popular companion and–less commonly–a…

General Custer and his Newfoundland Dog
The Origins of Retrievers: Hunting Dog Confidential Episode #8

Uncovering the truth of where and how the retriever breeds were developed Our exploration of…

Painting of two duck hunters and a spaniel in a canoe
From Hunting Spaniels to the Origins of Retrievers: HDC Episode #7

Exploring how spaniels and working dogs led to the early origins of the retrieving dog…

"Hawking" by H. Alkin depicting a falconry hunt on horseback with spaniels
Hunting Spaniels History and Modern State: Hunting Dog Confidential Episode #6

Exploring the origins and current states of flushing spaniel breeds This episode kicks off a…

Hunters in the United Kingdom on a partridge shoot with hunting dogs
United Kingdom and Ireland – Pointing Dog Breed Origins: HDC Episode #5

Exploring the origin of pointing dog breeds from the United Kingdom and Ireland In the…

A pair of Large Munsterlander hunting dogs in Germany
East of the Rhine – Pointing Dog Breed Origins: HDC Episode #4

Exploring the origin of pointing dog breeds from continental Europe east of the Rhine We…

Durrell Smith looks at an Englsih setter at the black handlers field trial
Georgia-Florida Shooting Dog Handlers Club – Ambition to Tradition

The Field Trials of The Georgia-Florida Shooting Dog Handlers Club Thinking about European traditions, I…

A French field trialer and his pointing dog circa 1920
West of the Rhine – Pointing Dog Breed Origins: HDC Episode #3

Exploring the origin of pointing dog breeds from continental Europe west of the Rhine In…

Group of Field Trial Pointers 1907
The Evolution of the Pointer in America from the English Pointer

Take a journey through the lineage and bloodlines that built the pointer in American as…

French hunters enter a taxi with hunting dogs and guns in 1925
How Culture Created Varying and Unique Hunting Dog Breeds: HDC Episode #2

Exploring the idea that hunting dogs are a reflection of the hunting culture where they…

A historic drawing of the early pointing dogs in action while hunting.
Origins of the Pointing Dog: Hunting Dog Confidential Episode #1

An exploration into the origins of the pointing dog and how bird dogs developed alongside…