Kodachrome by David S. Boyer.

From “Westminster, World Series of Dogdom,” National Geographical, January, 1954.

Champion Foray’s Fancy, a Great Dane, Keeps Watch over Sleeping Companions. German Nobles Used the Breed as Bodyguards

Map drawn by Robert W. Northrop.

From “Cliff Dwellers of the Bering Sea,” National Geographic, January, 1954.

King Island Dots the Bering Sea

Only 2 1/4 square miles in area, the island lies 85 miles northwest of Nome, Alaska, and 110 miles south of the Arctic Circle. A village of 150 Eskimos perches on its southern cliff.

Kodachrome by Juan Muñoz.

From “Cliff Dwellers of the Bering Sea,” National Geographic, January, 1954.

With Alaska’s Flag Hastily Flown in Reverse, the Author’s Wife Signals a Plane onto Ukivok’s Red-streamed Runway

King Islanders chopped away pressure ridges on sea ice to smooth 1,200-foot emergency strip. When turbulent air prevented a landing, the pilot dropped supplies from 1,000 feet. Some, falling on floes, drifted to sea. At the same time of the author’s visit, only three airplane landings had ever been made on King Island.

Kodachrome by David S. Boyer.

From “Westminster, World Series of Dogdom,” National Geographical, January, 1954.

Through the centuries the big coursing hounds were reserved largely for the wealthy, but the common people had their own dogs, the lively little terriers. Named after the Latin word for earth, terra, these burrowing dogs helped their masters keep down rats and other vermin.

Miniature Schnauzers were developed in Germany. Though they preserve an instinct for ratting, these four serve primarily as pets. Champion Gay Knight, Lovely Lady, Gentleman Jack, and Champion Lucky Lady come from Phil-Mar Kennels.

Kodachrome by Robert F. Sisson.

From “Westminster, World Series of Dogdom,” National Geographical, January, 1954.

Bulldog’s Sour Look Veils a Sunny Disposition

To equip the Bulldog for bullbaiitng in the 17th century, English breeders pulled his lower jaw out, pushed his nose back. Doc’s Mister and Ellenberger’s Ambergris are gruff only when demanding the best seats for TV.

Precious Ambergris.

Kodachrome by David S. Boyer.

From “Westminster, World Series of Dogdom,” National Geographical, January, 1954.

Pequa Don Eats His Winner’s Reward

Donnie, an English Springer Spaniel, watches over children at home and serves his master as a gun dog. To Patty Matson, a member of his family, he is a hero for having saved her brother from drowning.

Kodachrome by Willard R. Culver.

From “Westminster, World Series of Dogdom,” National Geographical, January, 1954.

Chihuahuas, the Tiniest Dogs, Face Their Judge, Mrs. Justin Herold

The Aztecs believed Chihuahuas piloted the human soul through the underworld. With the passing of Montezuma the breed was lost, only to be found 100 years ago in Mexico.

Is that why chihuahuas always look so damn terrified all the time? Is it because they know what’s coming?

Kodachrome by Robert F. Sisson.

From “Westminster, World Series of Dogdom,” National Geographical, January, 1954.

Pals: Yorkshire Terrier and Irish Wolfhound

Fair Fingal of Ambleside, believed to be the tallest purebred dog in the United States, stands better than 37 inches. Irish Wolfhound’s ancestors fought in clan wars, hunted wolves and giant elk. Fingal fails to impress to impress Kelsbro Poppet.

Don’t worry, Fingal, I’m well impressed.

Kodachrome by Robert F. Sisson.

From “Westminster, World Series of Dogdom,” National Geographical, January, 1954.

"Stay and Show!" the Handlers Command. Sealyham Terriers Obey

A century ago rats, polecats, and badgers plagued a Welsh estate called Sealyham. Its owner, Capt. John Edwardes, bred and set against the invaders a stocky little dog of pluck and determination. Recognized as a breed in 1911, the Sealyham Terrier presents a stylish appearance with trim wire-haired coat, short legs, bushy beard, and exclamation-point tail. These await judging in the Westminster Dog Show ring.. “The fancy,” as dog fanciers are officially known, surround them.

I just want Judge Dogs and Time Bitches to be about Doctor Who.

Kodachrome by David S. Boyer.

From “Westminster, World Series of Dogdom,” National Geographical, January, 1954.

Lady Twinkle, an Old English Sheepdog, nestles close to her master, Peter Bruno. The dog’s eyes, one blue and one brown, stare into a shaggy curtain of white hair. Keen hearing and smell compensate for the visual handicap. Lady Twinkle’s ancestors herded sheep and cattle; she corrals ribbons.

Same, Lady Twinkle. Same.