You know what they say, a dog is “man’s best friend”. This phrase highlights their close relations, loyalty, and companionship with humans within many societies. Many of these domestic dogs form close bonds with their little human masters as well, and these images prove it. Previous to the 19th century, dogs, other than lap dogs, were largely functional. Used for activities such as hunting, watching and guarding, language describing the dog often reflected these positions within society. Continue reading for more.