Dogs and humans have been best friends for a long, long time – in fact, dogs were the first ever animals to be domesticated. Today, there are certain breeds found working alongside man in many walks of life. As companions - they are brilliant, when it comes to saving lives – they are outstanding and as family pets dogs are loyal and great fun creatures to have around the home.
We grow very close to our dogs no matter how beautiful or strange looking they are. We love them even when they've been incredibly naughty and we are terribly proud of them when they behave themselves or do well at a dog show. Below are a few facts you may not know about these lovely creatures known as man's best friend.
There are many of breeds of dogs around the world, some are recognised by various Kennel Clubs in countries like American and the UK but then there are, of course, the mixed breeds, the mongrels, and they make such wonderful family pets too. Some people believe that a Heinz 57 is more intelligent than a lot of breed dogs but this is just a matter of opinion – there are some very clever pedigrees in the world too!
Dogs have been bred throughout the ages to carry out different jobs and tasks for man. From ancient times, dogs have helped man hunt, they have guarded man against all sorts of dangers and have been a great source of companionship for many people too. Today dogs help us in so many ways working closely with their handlers and owners in all sorts of environments.
Dogs have also been invaluable when it comes to helping man travel around some of the most remote areas of the world. The Arctic and Antarctica boast cold, frozen continents for many months of the year and without dogs to pull sleighs, man would find it hard to move around – even today. Huskies have for decades pulled man around in countries where the land is covered in snow and virtually impassible by any other means of transport. In Switzerland, Bernese Mountain Dogs and the Saint Bernard became famous at saving people lost beneath snowdrifts or avalanches high in the mountains.
Then of course, dogs have kept us entertained with starring roles on the Silver Screen alongside some of the most famous film celebrities in the world. No-one could forget Lassie, Rin Tin Tin and more recently Beethoven. All of them and many more dogs, have managed to bring a tear of laughter and a tear of joy to many people's eye.
Dogs have become mascots for many organisations and even buses, namely America's Greyhound. For those who love racing, greyhounds have proved to be supreme athletes. When they retire many people offer these elegant dogs a quieter life off the track in comfortable and warm home environments – the breed make great pets!
But the strangest job one particular breed of dog has become famous for is as a sniffer – but not for bombs, drugs or anything horrible. No, their job is to sniff out rare and extremely expensive type of mushroom called truffles – and the breed is an ancient pedigree gun dog called the Lagotto Romagnolo. This gorgeous breed originates from the marshland of Romagna in north eastern Italy and they're a real natural when it comes to digging and finding these gourmet treasures!