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Author Topic: What breed of dog is this?  (Read 553 times)

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What breed of dog is this?
« on: 30 January, 2018, 07:36:38 PM »
I thought I knew a bit about dog breeds - but this one has me well and truly stumped.

It's a real dog but a stuffed one that's on display in Abergavenny Museum and dogs like this used to be used to turn the treadmills that turned the roasting spits in kitchens a couple of centuries ago.

That's all I know about it, apart from the fact that it's cute and I want one!

Please can anyone identify what breed of dog this is?
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Re: What breed of dog is this?
« Reply #1 on: 13 February, 2018, 11:08:29 AM »
It is a Turnspit, canis vertigus.  Apparently, Shakespeare referred to them, so they were clearly around for quite a long time.

Very interesting article about them here:
https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2014/05/13/311127237/turnspit-dogs-the-rise-and-fall-of-the-vernepator-cur


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Re: What breed of dog is this?
« Reply #2 on: 13 February, 2018, 01:21:13 PM »
It is a Turnspit, canis vertigus.  Apparently, Shakespeare referred to them, so they were clearly around for quite a long time.

Very interesting article about them here:
https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2014/05/13/311127237/turnspit-dogs-the-rise-and-fall-of-the-vernepator-cur

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Interesting answer...and a really interesting link Duff!   For those who can't be bothered reading Duff's excellent link, they were miserable, morose little dogs. But can you really blame them? Imagine spending six days a week running in a treadmill to help cook meat you could never catch? How frustrating is that?

What shocked me most though was that "To train the dog to run faster, a glowing coal was thrown into the wheel"! Yeah right! That'd make the little bleeder run faster! Probably the high spot of a spit-dog's day was waiting for a shovelful of burning embers to be thrown under their paws.

But, on the upside, at least the dogs got Sundays off - but even then they were taken by the family to church because they made good foot-warmers! Not my idea of a good day off.

No wonder they were morose little dogs. All told, I don't think I'll be getting one for my next barbecue.


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