The history of French hounds is old and complicated because of a complex process of evolution. By the 17th and 18th centuries, several hound breeds had been developed in France. They were used for the petite vénerie (small game, such as hare and rabbit) and grande vénerie (large game, such as wild boar, wolf, red deer and roe deer)
The roots of the Bird Dog, Land Spaniel, (English) Water Spaniel, Tweed Spaniel or Ladykirk Spaniel, Norfolk and Shropshire Spaniel, Devonshire Cocker and Welsh Cocker. When talking about a breed, fanciers usually have a purebred dog in mind. However, most of our modern breeds share their history with other breeds of the same type. In the past, they belonged to a general group of dogs – like terriers or spaniels – with more or less the same characteristics.Illustrated with old prints and paintings.
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1.Old English Working Spaniels2.Old French Hounds3.Old Mastiff types - Rascal, Scoundrel, Scamp and Mongrel
Although the history of old mastiff types cannot be told in detail, there is no doubt that they existed. Old miniatures, engravings, paintings and other depictions testify to their appearance, and indicate whether a type has become extinct, as well as if or how they contributed to present-day breeds.