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I hope you don't mind me suggesting a possible blog post topic for you. I am wondering if the Tibetan "Spaniel" is actually a "wild" Pekingese that has been "discovered" now that the AKC and their ilk have destroyed the Peke.
The Peke, the Tibetan Spaniel, the Japanese Chin, the Tibetan Terrier, the Lhasa Apso, the Shi Tzu, etc. are all Kennel Club creations of recent vintage. Lap dogs are old, but this fencing up based on the most narrow and arbitrary of differences is a western affectation. But yes, as you suggest, the Kennel Clubs are constantly bringing in dogs, wrecking them, and then bringing in the old "original" under a new name where it is wrecked all over again. The Fox Terrier / Jack Russell / Parson Terrier is but one example; there are dozens of others from the Fell / Welsh / Lakeland terrier to the Red Setter to the various Shepherds.
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