logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel
Southwest USA


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Renaissance Site

BellaOnline's Renaissance Editor

g

Dogs in the Renaissance

Guest Author - Helen B. Wharton

Ever since people first domesticated a few wolves, the dog has held a special place in our hearts, lives and households. This was as true during the Renaissance as it is now.

Today there are hundreds of breeds of dogs, recognized by kennel clubs around the world. All have been bred to look the way they do for a specific purpose, whether that be as a companion around the house, a talented helper in the hunt, a herder and protector of farm animals, or an exterminator of vermin. Although there were fewer known breeds of dogs during the Renaissance, they served much the same purposes.

A small breed of dog that no longer exists, was known as a Turnspit dog. These dogs were common in large kitchens where a large piece of meat had to be continually turned over the fire to cook evenly. Because they were so common, as kitchens grew more mechanized and Turnspit dogs were no longer needed the breed fell from favor. The last known Turnspit dog, named "Whiskey" is now displayed in a museum.

Protection was a very important function of dogs during the Renaissance. Homes, manor houses as well as flocks of sheep all required protection. Some breeds that served this purpose during the Renaissance are still known today, such as the Mastiff, the Irish Wolfhound, the Norwegian Elkhound and the Bloodhound. It was standard practice for all guests in a castle or manor to be indoors and accounted for before the dogs were let out for the night because the dogs were trained to attack all trespassers.

Dogs were also an important part of sporting events. Hunting with dogs was so popular with English nobility during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I that the number of Greyhounds a person could own depended on their political rank. Common folk were not allowed to own a Greyhound at all. Poodles were also kept for hunting, but were called Water Dogs.

Small companion dogs were not only kept for company, but were also frequently kept for their warmth. What we call lap dogs were commonly used as foot warmers. You can imagine how cold an unheated Gothic Cathedral would be so many people took their small dogs with them to Mass, to lie at their feet and keep their feet warm. Small Spaniels were often kept for this reason as well as the Bichon Frise.

Terriers or "earth dogs" were used to keep the population of mice, rats and moles in check. These little dogs also served as companions and foot warmers.

Dog Works a Kitchen Turnspit Above a Fire




Dog Works a Kitchen Turnspit Above a Fire

Giclee Print


Buy at AllPosters.com

This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add Dogs+in+the+Renaissance+ to Twitter Add Dogs+in+the+Renaissance+ to Facebook Add Dogs+in+the+Renaissance+ to MySpace Add Dogs+in+the+Renaissance+ to Del.icio.us Digg Dogs+in+the+Renaissance+ Add Dogs+in+the+Renaissance+ to Yahoo My Web Add Dogs+in+the+Renaissance+ to Google Bookmarks Add Dogs+in+the+Renaissance+ to Stumbleupon Add Dogs+in+the+Renaissance+ to Reddit




RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Renaissance Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Helen B. Wharton. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Helen B. Wharton. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.

g


g features
Printing Press

Da Vinci - Renaissance Man

Religion due to the Renaissance

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor