Father of modern dog breeds discovered

Wednesday, 6th March 2013

These days we're used to seeing a wide variety of pedigree dog breeds wandering our local parks and streets, as well as in dog shows across the world.

And with Crufts set to start tomorrow (March 7th), dog lovers will be interested to know that a team of historians from the University of Manchester have tracked down a 150-year-old Pointer which they believe to be the very first modern dog.

The pooch, named Major, was owned by a 'Mr Smith' of Tettenhall in Wolverhampton, and was described in a Victorian journal called 'The Field' back in 1865.

John Henry Walsh, who wrote the article, is thought to be the first person to attempt to define a dog based on its physical form, in an effort to create a standardised method of judging animals in dog shows, which were gaining popularity at the time.

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