Historical Roles

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The earliest dog-man bond developed in different geographic locations. In the beginning dogs which wanted to bond with humans were nurtured. So the desire to make dogs useful arose. Humans used this desire in many ways like assisting them to kill prey. The methods used varied according to the terrain and the particular targeted prey. As the centuries rolled by, many of these functions became even more specialized, some in ways that were quite amazing.

Kangaroo Dog 1853

From Kangaroo Dogs to Greyhounds

... or perhaps from Greyhounds to Kangaroo Dogs! Mix this with the birth of Greyhound Racing and you have the story of one type of Sight Hound which not only shaped Australia, but also helped our earliest settlers survive. »» Read more...

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The Dog's Grave

From the mid 1800s the Dog's Grave became a well-known overnight stop for stockmen and their cattle dogs when they drove the herds to the markets further south through Victoria's inhospitable High Country. In 1975 a headstone was placed near an actual Dog's Grave as a tribute to the Australian pioneering cattlemen and their dogs who first settled this isolated ... »» Read more...

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Dogs in Communications

In the days before mobile phones, it is difficult to imagine the isolation felt by the thousands who fought the wars of more than a century ago. But only limited material remains of the brave dogs who played many important roles including reconnaissance, assisting with communications, carrying supplies to the wounded and providing comfort to those who spent weeks confined ... »» Read more...

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Dogs that saved People from Starvation

Researching the history of today's pure dog breeds through books, historic paintings and other references of the 1800's is not easy! It requires coupling the social and political aspects of that time together, with reasons why various breeds developed the way they did. Whilst the wealthy and those who could read and write are well catered for, the history of ... »» Read more...


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