The Turnspit was a working breed of dog with short legs and a long body, so that it would fit inside a wheel by the kitchen fire. The dog would run inside the wheel (imagine a hamster) which turned the roasting spit over the fire so that meat would cook evenly. The Turnspit became extinct around the mid-19th century.
Did you know that dogs lack a collarbone? This allows them a greater stride length when running and increased flexibility. The structure of their skeleton gives our dogs the ability to run and jump quickly. Their shoulder bones are not attached to the rest of their skeleton either which aids in greater flexibility and helps when jumping or landing after a jump.
Very small Pekingese dogs – usually less than 6 inches in height – were bred for Chinese Imperial households. Members of the household would carry the dogs in the sleeves of their robes to use as handwarmers, and hence they became known as “sleeve dogs.”
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