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Thomas Bewick’s Dogs

July 4, 2014
by the gentle author

Inspired by the report on The Dogs of Shoreditch this week, I consulted my copy of Thomas Bewick’s General History of Quadrupeds 1824 that I found in the Spitalfields Market recently to see what breeds were familiar two hundred years ago – and perhaps the major difference I discovered is that many breeds which were working dogs then are domestic now.

The Shepherd’s Dog

The Cur Dog

The Greenland Dog

The Bulldog

The Mastiff

The Ban Dog

The Dalmatian

The Irish Greyhound

The Greyhound

The Lurcher

The Terrier

The Beagle

The Harrier

The Fox Hound

The Old English Hound

The Spanish Pointer

The English Setter

The Newfoundland Dog

The Large Rough Water Dog

The Large Water Spaniel

The Small Water Spaniel

The Springer

The Comforter

The Turnspit

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5 Responses leave one →
  1. Sal Shuel permalink
    July 4, 2014

    All dogs and no bitches!

  2. July 4, 2014

    Wonderful and fine engravings!

    Love & Peace

  3. Teresa Stokes permalink
    July 4, 2014

    Absolutely wonderful resource for anyone interested in how dogs used to be before the advent of modern breeding programmes and standards which have caused many types to undergo inbreeding and freakish and unhealthy changes in order to win dog shows. The difference between the bulldog of old and now is particularly remarkable.

  4. Janet M permalink
    July 4, 2014

    I love these pictures of dogs! Working dogs are few and far between now, my dog mainly works at getting enough rest, 20 hours a day of sleeping seems about right to her 😉

  5. August 6, 2014

    Your readers may like to know that they can get a paperback reissue of the 1791 edition: details at

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