University of Manchester historians have identified the first modern dog.
A description of the animal, found by the team in a now obscure 1865 edition of a Victorian journal called “The Field”, was the first attempt to define a dog breed standard based on physical form.
John Henry Walsh, who wrote under the pseudonym of ‘Stonehenge’, took the system of giving scores for different parts of the body from pigeon fanciers, paving the way for the pedigree dog breeds we know today.
Stonehenge’s method was developed to solve the bitter disputes over the seemingly arbitrary decisions of judges at dog shows, which were fast gaining in popularity.
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