Dog Fact: “The Island Of Dogs”

October 6th, 2008 by Dan

While the Canary Islands may sound like they were named after a small yellow song bird, in reality the etymology behind the name is from the Latin – Canariae Inaulae – meaning “Island Of Dogs”. These islands have a history of large populations of giant breed dogs (such as the Presa Canario) that were sure to make quite an impact on the Romans that landed on their beaches!

Photo by presacanariodawg

You can see representations of these dogs on the official flag, seen here:

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One Response to “Dog Fact: “The Island Of Dogs””

  1. Peter Says:

    Apparently is was named island of dogs by Juba when he sent an expedition to the islands to learn about the inhabitants.

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