Wednesday, June 15, 2011

New breeds of dogs?

On July first 2010, I took this off the Web under the heading of; “Master the 3 new “official” dog breeds: What Cane Corso means.”
It then went on to say: “Today the AKC (American Kennel Club), the main organization for dog breeders in the United States, recognized three new dog breeds: the Icelandic Sheepdog, the Leonberger, and the Cane Corso. This means that breeders of these three types of canine gain access to the reputation, licensing and support of the powerful AKC. For us it’s an opportunity to explore the evocative words associated with each unusual example of man’s best friend.
The Icelandic sheepdog travelled with the Vikings and is a member of the Spitz family of canines, which means Chow Chows and Pomeranians are relatives.
A Leonberger is a massive dog (up to 170 pounds) with a thick coat and a sweet disposition. They are named after the German city of Leonberg and were supposedly bred to look like the lions on the town crest. Originally, the breed was supposedly a cross between a Newfoundland and a St. Bernard.
The rarest of the three new breeds is the Cane Corso, an Italian type of mastiff lacking the comical folds of skin the Neopolitan Mastiff (from Naples) carries around. Cane is Italian for dog, and Corso relates to the Latin cohors, “guardian.” Cane Corsos were so rare that they faced extinction until the breed was revived by enthusiasts in 1980s.”
In reply to that someone else replied: “…The Cane Corso and Leonberg aren’t new dog species, they’ve existed for quite some time now. It’s not because the Americans just recognized them that they weren’t official before. And the Cane Corso isn’t rare, you can buy it pretty much anywhere in Europe. Me and my dad thought about getting one for a while a few years back.”
All this is just another reminder that as the Bible says, there is nothing new under the sun! All it means, is that someone has taken some authority unto themselves and now, finally decided and accepted that something that has existed for a long time, now “officially exists” to them. Something that will add or do little for the dogs themselves, but probably make their owners and breeders very rich, as people now seek to be among the first to want to get these “New Breeds”! New breeds that have been literally around for years and even hundreds of years sometimes!
So what is your reaction to all things supposedly new? Do you want them, because you really like and need them, and thus will keep and care for them? Or do you just want them because they are supposedly new and rare? A status symbol maybe? And just something else to discard or throw away later when the next new and rare thing hits the market? Over to you now for your thoughts on the subject.

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