Archive for the ‘Historical Dog Names’ Category


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Dog Names: Adjutant – 12. June, 2007

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He was the oldest reliably reported dog in the world. A black Labrador gun dog who was whelped on August 14, 1936, and died on November 20, 1963, aged 27 years 3 months, in the care of his lifetime owner, James Hawkes, a gamekeeper at the Revesby Estate, near Boston, Lincolnshire, England.

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Dog Name – Memphis Belle – 23. May, 2007

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Memphis Belle

One of our visitors, to our Dog Names Woof website, sent us this great name and picture this week. We liked it so much, we wanted to share it with everyone:

Memphis Belle…We are going to name our St. Bernard puppy that. We are a proud Air Force family and we wanted to give her something that went along with my husband’s career being a pilot. The history of the Memphis Belle is so inspiring.

The Memphis Belle is a B-17 Flying Fortress. She was the most famous Bomber in WWII because she was the first to complete 25 missions while keeping her entire crew alive. This was during a 10 month time period…80% of bombers were shot down within the first three months. After the 25th mission crews would get to go home.

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King Tut – Herbert Hoover’s Dog – 17. May, 2007

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King Tut

President Herbert Hoover (1929-33) had several dogs and animals. Here he poses with his dog, King Tut, a german shepherd.

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Chota Peg – 9. May, 2007

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Chota Peg

An American Cocker Spaniel who logged 13 years, and 2 million nautical miles at sea, aboard the S.S. United States; America’s Superliner from 1952 to 1969.

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Strelka And Belka the Samoyeds – 13. March, 2007

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Strelka And Belka

Strelka And Belka, were the world’s first safely returned space travelers. They were the two female Samoyeds launched by the Soviet Union in Sputnick 5, on August 19, 1960.

Thankfully they returned safely. Many other dogs in the Soviet space program weren’t as lucky, and we thank all those other dogs that didn’t come home, for their bravery and sacrifice, which wasn’t their choice.

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Waldi the Daschund – 27. February, 2007

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Waldi the Daschund was the first official Olympic Mascot of the Munich 1972 Summer Games

Very little is known about him, but it’s great that such a small dog was the mascot for so large an event!

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T’ Other and Which Welsh Terriers – 15. February, 2007

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T’ Other and Which

T’ Other (short for “The Other”) and Which were the first Welsh Terriers that were imported to the United States by Prescott Lawrence in 1888.

They were shown at the Old Madison Square Garden Show in the Miscellaneous group. In 1900 the Welsh Terrier Club of America was formed, and in 1901 the Welsh was given a separate classification for exhibition.

In 1888, T’ Other and Which became the first Welsh Terriers to be entered in the stud registry of the American Kennel Club, itself only 4 years old at the time.

Picture Credit: Picture is of an unknown Welsh Terrier Puppy

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Boatswain The Irish Water Spaniel – 6. February, 2007

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“Boatswain” (1834-1852) is accepted as the foundation of the Irish Water Spaniel we know today, and it is also generally accepted, that Boatswain descended from the Southern Irish Water Spaniel whose ancestors existed in Ireland for over a 1000 years.

The small gene pool, and the care breeders have taken to retain the main characteristics of the breed, have resulted in a dog not unlike Boatswain. In appearance, little has changed in over 150 years, and these dogs are still bred for their original purposes – for hunting and as a companion dogs.

The Irish Water Spaniel is a dog of ancient lineage and, although there are a number of theories about the exact origin of the breed, it is generally accepted that it shares a common ancestry with the poodle and other ancient breeds of water dogs.

The Irish Water Spaniel is recognizable by his coat of puce liver coloured curls, his smooth face with topknot falling over his eyes, and his distinctive rat tail.

Picture Credit: This is not a picture of Boatswain – it is a picture of an unknown Irish Water Spaniel

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Sandy the Bloodhound – 24. January, 2007

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Continuing my bloodhound theme for another week, I wanted to write about Sandy.

In 1977 when James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr. escaped from Brushy Mountain prison, it was a 14-month old Bloodhound named Sandy who found him 8 miles from the prison. A vain attempt to camouflage himself beneath wet leaves did not deter the Bloodhound. He was not very smart to even try!

Bloodhounds have been successful in finding missing persons, either victims or suspects when man has failed. This is because Bloodhounds thoroughly enjoy conducting a search. This, after all, is the purpose of their existence. Nothing pleases a bloodhound more than following a scent.

This is the only time you will ever see Bloodhounds be aggressive. So aggressive, in fact, that they would rather die than to give up the search.

Picture Credit: This is not a picture of Sandy – it is a picture of an unknown bloodhound

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Nick Carter the Bloodhound! – 16. January, 2007

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Nick Carter

One of the greatest sleuths, and man-trackers in canine history, was a Kentucky Bloodhound called Nick Carter.

Nick was famous for his ability to pick up a cold trail and persistently follow it for many hours. Law enforcement officials soon put him to work finding lost persons or trailing criminals. A documented story tells of how Nick following a trail 104 hours old, lead to the discovery and arrest of a fugitive.

His dogged persistence led to the capture and conviction of more than 600 criminals throughout his illustrious career.

Here are some other interesting Bloodhound Facts:

The Bloodhound is the only dog whose testimony is accepted in a court of law

Bloodhounds are not good dogs for everybody. He may be the “King of Trackers” but to many he is known as the “King of Slime” for his frequent drooling

They are known for snoring!

The distinctive deep baying voice of the Bloodhound can be a problem if you have close neighbors who do not appreciate a midnight serenade

Bloodhounds should never be allowed to run free. They have absolutely no road sense and are oblivious to cars when they are busy tracking something interesting

They are late bloomers

Pups are born black and without wrinkles

Picture Credit: This is not a picture of Nick Carter – it is just a picture of an unknown bloodhound