I’ve been poring over a large number of old dog books and decided it’s going to be vintage dog book week on the blog.
Our modern relationship with dogs has been shaped in so many ways, some positive, others less so, by 19th and early 20th century breeders who established and refined the breeds and kennel practices we are familiar with today. Some of these breeders wrote books in which they freely expressed their opinions on other people’s dogs and just about everything else related to dogs. These books, many available in the public domain, give us insight into antiquated standards of care including feeding, housing, training, home remedies and other veterinary care. Studying history allows us to better understand our present and to make informed decisions about our future.
As promised, here are some of the images requested by readers.
First some images and text which include the Norwegian elkhound, as requested by reader Clarice:
Next, images of various breeds reflecting some differences between then and now as requested by reader ares1942:
And finally, take a look at the six (!) kinds of Basset hounds listed in the book Dogs of All Nations by Walter Esplin Mason, published in 1915: