The history of English cocker spaniels dates back several thousand years. It is believed that the ancestor of modern dogs is the so-called ash dog. The ash dog lived in the Bronze Age, for the first time its remains were found in ash, hence the name. Apparently, people sacrificed these dogs to the gods of hunting by burning them at the stake. Of course, most of the dogs survived, as they were widely used in hunting, and, accordingly, were serious helpers in the survival of mankind on the planet.
In the future, similar dogs are found in Greece. These were not tall dogs, with long hair and saggy ears, which were actively used in hunting. Dogs were quite widespread, up to Iberia (the ancient kingdom, which was located on the territory of one of the regions of modern Georgia), then the dogs came to Europe and, to England, respectively. Continue reading