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« on: July 29, 2017, 11:59:28 am »

We've all seen threads about the most Steampunk buildings, music, vehicles, attire, ectetera. But what about dog breeds?
What is your most Steampunk dog breed and why?
For instance, the Irish Wolfhound. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Wolfhound#Pre-19th_century
It's not Victorian era specific, but it's sheer size and fur has a certain rugged, masculant look to it. Something that might fit someone like a steam engine operator.
Or maybe a Jack Russel Terrier? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Russell_Terrier
More period to the Victorian era. Bred for fox hunting, having plenty of stamina and thinks it's as big as an Irish Wolfhound.
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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2017, 12:57:11 pm »

When we say dog are we referring to lapdogs, toydogs and generally upper-class playthings, or working/ hunting/ gundogs?  The distinction was greater 120 years ago than it is today. 

If we're discussing the former, I'd go for something like a Pekingese, on no greater grounds than that breed appears time and again in Saki's satirical Edwardian short stories. If the latter, a Border Collie, a 'proper' working farmdog. 
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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2017, 01:05:24 pm »

Pug used to be bigger a century ago than they are now today.  Big pug are pretty much what i see as the steamiest dog breed. This and pretty much all shepherd dogs as well than british bulldogs.
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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2017, 01:48:06 pm »

It would be the British lion dog wouldn't it...



although not wishing to be too politically overt, it's probably one of these today:-

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« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2017, 03:41:12 pm »

Corgi and Dachshund. Lurcher and greyhound. Spaniels of all types, and the original poodle, which was a water dog of some renown before the 'breeders' got hold of it. Boxer, too.
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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2017, 10:42:46 am »

Big dogs like the bouvier, shepards and husky's were used to draw carts.
This practice stopped during the start of the 1900's due to animal welfare.
Period wise it would be concidered Victorian.
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« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2017, 07:16:09 pm »

Any breed that was trained to be courteous and well-behaved, in true steampunk fashion?
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« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2017, 11:45:03 pm »

Buster Brown's dog was a pit bull.


A century ago, when the comic strip was popular, pit bulls were considered good family pets. It is possible that breeding in the past century has made the breed more aggressive.
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« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2017, 06:26:20 pm »

 
Buster Brown's dog was a pit bull.


A century ago, when the comic strip was popular, pit bulls were considered good family pets. It is possible that breeding in the past century has made the breed more aggressive.

Funny you should mention that; a friend of mine owns a Staffordshire bull terrier which is a breed that has a bit of a reputation. Quite where this reputation comes from is perhaps a mystery as his dog is daft as a brush (her response to a relative stranger in the house is to amble over in hopes of a fuss) and indeed historically they've been used as child minders because you tell them to 'stay' or 'watch' and that's all they will do until you tell them otherwise. 
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« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2017, 10:24:56 pm »

Some are and some aren't.  Out today with the dog we found a wonderful staffie puppy and the two dogs played together for ages.  It was so sweet.  But a few years ago it was a staffie who attacked my previous dog and sank its teeth into her face and eye causing bleeding.  It turned her over onto her back and would not let go.
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« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2017, 02:46:15 am »

In which case it is usually the owner you have to take issue with, not the dog! My part staffie part blue heeler part who knew what looked like he would rip your face off without hesitation - he had the temperament of a very soft marshmallow. But, as precautionary measures, when he was home he was behind a five-foot high arc-mesh fence, and when he was out he had a harness and a halti, on seperate leads! Never a problem.
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« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2017, 04:06:49 pm »

Back on topic, what about a Chinese Crested. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Crested_Dog
or a Peruvian Hairless Dog https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peruvian_Hairless_Dog
Nothing is more Steampunk then a hairless dog.  Grin
Unless some strange mix breed...
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« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2017, 05:04:18 pm »

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« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2017, 02:41:23 am »

Has to be Bill Sykes, right?
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« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2017, 08:44:53 pm »

Has to be Bill Sykes, right?
Tom Hardy as Bill Sykes (2007) with a Bull Terrier Bullseye, Yep.

As for Staffs' all depends on the individual dog, I have experienced soft and dopey as you like, to rip yer face off scary. A very popular breed where I live and often given away for free on Gumtree, due to changes in family circumstances.  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #15 on: August 06, 2017, 10:42:00 pm »

Read: "Bit somebody, but not bad enough to be put down!"
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« Reply #16 on: August 07, 2017, 01:23:19 pm »

I'd really appreciate it when we stay on topic.
For this thread, I don't care if you have a vicious dog or if you are ever bitten by one.
This thread is about what would be concidered a Steampunk dog breed and why.
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« Reply #17 on: August 07, 2017, 01:55:41 pm »

Uuuuuum, this is Brassgoggles, notorious for going into topic tangent mode. Wink

OK...... Steampunk.

Bull Terrier, Oliver, Charles Dickens, Bullseye etc.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier, great, loyal, loving but often misunderstood.

Parson Russell Terrier/ Border Terrier, smaller and can be quickly tucked in a kit bag for unexpected Airship deployment.

That would be my initial choices
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« Reply #18 on: August 07, 2017, 03:45:56 pm »

My Staffy cross could be considered a Steampunk dog - the fact that he never bit any one made him a gentle Steampunk dog!
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« Reply #19 on: August 22, 2017, 01:49:33 pm »

If we could find another toxic waste product to produce a different colour..........

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« Reply #20 on: August 23, 2017, 02:07:14 am »

A steampunk dog would surely be any dog that would tolerate wearing goggles or other steampunk attire.

Neither of my cocker spaniels (and I will not put 'English' in front of that name, as that is a given), would allow such a thing to happen. They view themselves as too wild to wear the 'shackles of oppression' (a collar), so a hat or any other type of accessory would be viewed with doggy horror. Neither has bitten, but they can give an extremely dirty look...
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« Reply #21 on: October 27, 2017, 02:25:20 pm »

A steampunk dog would surely be any dog that would tolerate wearing goggles or other steampunk attire.

Neither of my cocker spaniels (and I will not put 'English' in front of that name, as that is a given), would allow such a thing to happen. They view themselves as too wild to wear the 'shackles of oppression' (a collar), so a hat or any other type of accessory would be viewed with doggy horror. Neither has bitten, but they can give an extremely dirty look...


Given those criteria, then my English Pointer, Sarah Jane Smith the steam bitch, may be given due breed consideration. markf

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« Reply #22 on: October 28, 2017, 09:03:13 pm »

It would be the British lion dog wouldn't it...



although not wishing to be too politically overt, it's probably one of these today:-




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« Reply #23 on: October 30, 2017, 12:15:43 am »

Sarah Jane Smith wins the Steampunk dog award!
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« Reply #24 on: November 17, 2017, 08:14:37 am »

Buster Brown's dog was a pit bull.


A century ago, when the comic strip was popular, pit bulls were considered good family pets. It is possible that breeding in the past century has made the breed more aggressive.

 Sadly Pit Bull Terriers  were bred as fighting dogs, as averse to the  other Bull terriers that were bred for herding and guarding cattle. This has meant the  breeding in of a nervous disposition  and aggressive instinct in the pit  bull terrier. It can be a cruel world  at times.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Pit_Bull_Terrier
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pit_bull
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