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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Popular Dog Breeds in America By Decade-1930s

As everyone knows the 1930s where a difficult period in American life.  The country grappled with economic and ecological disasters that turned vast sections of the country into barren waste lands and during the worst years saw a quarter of the American work force unemployed.  In the face of such calamaties what better time to turn to a  devoted canine companion for comfort and support?  Apparently plenty of Americans in the 1930s did just that and pictures from the decade document it.


Unsurprisingly all American pit bull type breeds where extremely popular 1930s companions.  Images from the period show them in a wide range of socio-economic situations.  The two pictures below are a good example, the first picture showing a group of men, perhaps farm workers or hobos with their dogs, and the second two well dressed men who may have been students or professionals.



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In the thirties pitbulls also enjoyed a reputation as the perfect family breed, something that is sadly no longer the case.  Quite a few images from the period show children   with pitbull type dogs.

And of course nearly everyone knows that the beloved Petey of Little Rascals, a popular cinema serial in the 30s was a pitbull.

According to some AKC records Boston Terriers where the most popular breed in the US during the thirties. In addition to appearing in family photographs they pop up in plenty of advertisements and publicity shots from the decade.  If the images below are any indication they seem to have been very popular with stylish women.

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Movies where incredibly popular in the 1930s with nearly three quarters of the population attending the cinema once a week, so its no surprise that the dogs that appeared on screen often made an appearance in fan's homes as well.  The Thin Man movies in which canine star Skippy portrayed the charming Asta helped popularize the Wire Fox Terrier  making it one of the decades top breeds.



 
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Another popular terrier during the 30s was the adorable Sealyham terrier.  Sadly these charming dogs popularity has declined sharply making it one of the rarest breeds today.

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Of course there were plenty of other breeds about in the 1930s as well.
 
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These are just a smattering of the images you can find, there are dozens more.  I love them all because looking at these pictures you are reminded of no matter how much the world has changed, our lover for our dogs remains the same.


20 comments:

  1. Oh yes, we just knew that there had to be a wire-haired fox terrier in there.
    You know, Gail has a dog book from her childhood, the 'Observer Book of Dogs', published in 1960, which says that WFT's were the most common terrier breed in the UK at that time. Now I am a rarity!
    Toodle pip!
    Bertie.

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  2. What I find interesting and upsetting at the same time is that the Pitt Bull was, at one time, the quinquennial American dog. Now, because of unethical humans, it is now so maligned. And isn't it interesting that Poodles really didn't come into their own until the 50's. And I suppose Cocker Spaniels. I guess we Save Disney to thank for that. But, my first dog, when I was a little girl, was a Cocker spaniel.

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  3. Sorry, I meant, "We have Disney to thank for that.

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  4. It was lovely to take this walk into the thirties and discover the various breeds that stole our hearts. So sad them some of them are almost non-existent while another breed has been vilified.

    Thank you for joining the blog hop!

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  5. It's interesting to think that dogs and humans were best friends even long before cameras could preserve the images. Loved the nostalgia of this post.

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  6. I think dogs were always the perfect companion because WE ARE LOYAL.
    Love Noodles

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  7. I love searching for old pictures with pups
    Lily & Edward

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  8. What a great walk into the past. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. SHE has always wanted a Sealyham, but they're even more rare than Scotties here. Love the old photos.

    XXXOOO Bella & Roxy

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  10. I enjoyed seeing all the pictures. It is sad that pit bulls are no longer family dogs, and Sealyham terriers have become so rare. But yes, the love for dogs never changes and they are always our best friend :-)

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  11. Thanks so much for joining the hop. Those pictures are wonderful. I know that with Chessies they had a big decline after WW2. I think some bottle-necking happened in the breed around that time. Also just after the Civil War.

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  12. i love this post! i have LOTS of photos with boston terriers! and pit bulls of course. i always hope to find pugs but I've only got two in my collection!

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  13. Those were great and you are right it reminds us that man's bond with dogs goes way back. Made it very clear that class and money is nothing to do with it. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  14. Hi Y'all,

    My Humans were just talking about how you could take your dog almost anywhere, including department store shopping right up through the 60's.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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  15. What a charming and wonderful post, dear Kate. I love that I can see elements of Annie (who is half American bulldog, half lab) in many of these beautiful vintage pits. It really is a terrible shame that the breed developed an unjust reputation over the years. Pit bulls are sweet, smart, amazing with kids, and awesome family dogs. I hope with all my heart that we can reach a point again society where they're as loved and welcome as they were back in the thirties.

    ♥ Jessica

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  16. This is so interesting. Very sad how the perception of Pitbulls has changed.

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  17. VERY INTERESTING FLASHBACKS. YEARS AGO I HAD A FRIEND WHO WAS OWNED BY AN AFGHAN HOUND. WHAT A GRACEFUL DOG...
    HUGS MADI AND MOM

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  18. What a wonderful post!! Greta and I just finished a winter class called Fun, Focus and Tricks. One of the main points of the class was building the bond between you and your pet. This would an excellent way to do that hugs. Looking for large dog breeds for families Wondering what large dog breeds are good with kids or would be good for apartments Find out here A complete list of large dog breeds

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  19. has no breed-standard dog-dog aggression but is likely to react with fearful aggression to large animals. A pit bull, Dogs

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