Pittsburgh Dog Boarding
One of my hobbies when I am not working at a Pittsburgh dog boarding place is to research and study up on dog breeds; their origins, histories and special qualities. It is sad that so often some of the most pure breeds have some of the worst hereditary physical ailments. One dog that I have been studying up on recently is called the Pont-Audemer Spaniel. This breed isn't too famous or well known in America from what I can see but it sure is well known in Europe. The Pont-Audemer Spaniels are usually found in a working gundog environment, and are rarely kept as mere family pets. Thespecialize as water , but like their relative, the Brittany Spaniel, can also work as pointers and flushers. Though hardy, as well as hard-working, the breed has the typical spaniel traits of being easy to train, gentle, and affectionate. The are known to have a fun-loving quality and in France are said to be le petit clown des marais (the little clown of the marshes). The breed is alleged to have been developed in the Pont-Audemer region of France in the nineteenth century. It is believed that the Barbet and/or Poodle may have gone into the Pont-Audemer's makeup as well as old spaniel breeds such as the Picardy Spaniel. The breed's numbers were never large, and so few examples existed after World War II that it became necessary to cross-breed with Irish Water Spaniels. The population of these unique spaniels is still small, and the breed is in danger of extinction. My only regret working at the Pittsburgh dog boarding facility is that I can't spend more time on my hobby, researching all these beautiful and exotic dog breeds.