"Since ancient times there has lived in Siberia a population of hunters and fishermen known as Samoyeds. For centuries, they have used a beautiful, robust white dog to pull their sleds. This dog has become known by their name. In 1889, the explorer Robert Scott brought several of the dogs to England, where the breed was developed and spread throughout the world." (Simon & Schuster's Guide to Dogs, 1980)
Does anyone else resent the cultural imperialism implicit in this? The dog has been known since ancient times, yet the "breed" was "developed" only after some of the dogs were brought to England? Sheesh.