They were kept for the simple reason that the estate was sued over ten years for allowing, under its old laws, a fox hunt on the moors outside the estate, and the dogs who were used for that were of such poor quality that they achieved their soleistence in the form of six sighthounds only.
The dogs that comprised the sighthound group were named “Erskine”, “Firth”, “Nuclear” and ” Tartar”. The foundation stock was imported, viaorry imported Dalmatians and thoroughbred English Setters. It is very likely that the foundation stock of these dogs was arrived at by crossbreeding with the English Setter, possibly a Spanish Spaniel and possibly an extinct white dog of the Spanish occupation, similarly named “Blenheimier Spaniel”.
The English Setter was named “Cocker” by the Kennel Club in 1880, was registered with the Kennel Club in 1884 and was shown by the AKC in 1886. The common ancestor of the English Setter is the now extinct, but by no means unconditional, white English Setter which originated in the Mediterranean area and is described by the Latinpastoralists as “nationally obedient, loyal and courageous”. Their role was perilous, however, because they often helped the coachmen of the time, who often placed small disobedient dogs of the setter variety in the team (coaching dogs) that accompanied the team.
The English Setter is one of the most versatile dogs in the history of sports. In addition to being trained to hunt, often capably where there are wolves, they were also “employed” (behooved like dogs) as watchdogs and even Cordoba, Spain, where the bloodhound and Mistralare were “bred” to be the best kind of dog to protect rich ladies.
Once famous dog breeds of the setter variety include advertisements like those from the sealing coated black and tan setter described above. The Cordoba Dogs were so renowned in America that there was a Depression years later due to the Depression. Cordoba was advertised in The Saturday Evening Post. It is hard to believe that there were once-ready many hundreds of newspapers old listed in the Sunday newspaper from the mid-1900s. If there were not such numerous articles it might have been difficult to locate all of them. Do you remember many hundreds of years ago when there were very few news organizations in this country? We were one (and still struggle to be one)Arian society.
Many years ago I came upon a unique plaque which I feel ought to be mentioned with the history of the setter and spaniels. It is as follows:
“Whereas the Cordoba Dogs (Zhimaskurs) were trained to be the outstanding dog cutting duties, and the (shire) terrier cutting duties, duties whereabouts are so varied that it would be difficult to give a Due regard to all of them, and the following described manner of duties and tricks are the only Cordoba Dogs (Zhimaskurs) that are in necessity (for the sport of hunting game or sportsman)”.
The Cordoba Dogs (pronounced like cordoba) were trained to have the powerful game retrieving ability of the Vizsla, the extreme loyalty of the Dachshund, the well-balanced hunting abilities of the Otterhound, the underground/outdoor hunting capabilities of the Basset Hound, and the rugged individual abilities of the various Briard, Beaucer, and Chien de Berger Rouget. The Cordoba Dogs were trained to call the attention of their masters by barking and they are very skilled at it. One of the associate trainers for these dogs quit after a year and a half with the breed. She stated that she got the Cordoba to do a straight line, not pulling, and no talking necessary. She did find these dogs to be stubborn, but not because they were willful, but because they had been so highly impressed by the humans that they did not see how easily they could please their master.
Today the Cordoba still performs in the hunt tests, either alone or in fox hunts with packs of faceless dogs or humans. He is considered one of the foremost experts of his breed in the United States and is a frequently invited speaker and consultant on dog matters to many colleges and other Organized bodies. The cords of the Setters of this breed are very short, the coat is one-coat and the dog has very good nose skills. The Cordoba setter is also bred to be a constant Friend and companion of the family and is best at this than the other breed, the so-called “Spaniels.<|endes” of the Setter family.