With a stellar record for his service as a wartime food administrator, Herbert Hoover was a logical pick to be the presidential candidate in 1928. However, his political handlers knew that in order for the very serious and very private Hoover to be elected, he needed to be presented to the public in a lovable and relatable way. The solution? Play up Hoover's natural affection for his German Shepherd King Tut. A photograph was taken of a smiling Hoover with King Tut's paws in his hands as if Hoover were vote-begging. Adorned with Hoover's signature, the photo was mailed out to voters across the country. Apparently, it worked.
The Pharaoh Hound is traditionally used for hunting rabbit in the Maltese Islands. Its native name is Kelb tal-Fenek, which means "Rabbit dog". Based on DNA analysis, the Pharoah Hound has no link with Ancient Egypt. However, a popular myth holds that the breed is descended from the Tesem, one of the ancient Egyptian hunting dogs.
The Chow Chow is originally from northern China, where it is referred to as Songshi Quan or "puffy-lion dog". It is believed that the Chow Chow is one of the native dogs used as the model for the Foo dog, the traditional stone guardians found in front of Buddhist temples and palaces. It is one of the few ancient dog breeds still in existence in the world today.