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Category: Breeds

Bull Terrier

The Bull Terrier originated in England in the 1800s and was bred for bull baiting and dog fighting. This distinctive-looking dog, which...

Schnauzer (Standard)

This hearty dog is the oldest of the Schnauzer breeds, hailing from as far back as 14th century Germany. A working dog, the Standard...

White Shepherd

German Shepherd Dogs with white coats started appearing in the late 1800s. These puppies were sought out by farmers and shepherds to...

American Bulldog

When colonists came to North America in the 17th century, one of the dogs they brought with them was the Bulldog, commonly used for the...

Vizsla (Wire-Haired)

A dog of Hungarian origin, the Wire-Haired Vizsla was developed through the early to mid-1900s by breeding the Vizsla and the German...

Pumi

The Pumi gets its origins from the Puli, an ancient sheepherding breed brought to Hungary by the Magyars about a thousand years ago. During...

Mudi

Records from 18th century Hungary describe a sheepdog with characteristics typical of a Mudi. Its similarity to other herding breeds such...

King Charles Spaniel (English Toy Spaniel)

The King Charles Spaniel has the benefit of a steady, sociable spaniel-type temperament in a compact size. Small dogs of the King Charles...

Jack Russell Terrier

Terriers were a popular fox hunting breed in England during the 1800s. The Parson John “Jack” Russell developed a particular strain of...

Fox Terrier (Smooth)

One of the original English terriers, the Fox Terrier has been ferreting out small animals since the 1400s. When fox hunting became the...

Dachshund (Standard Smooth)

Believed to be the original ancestor of the other Dachshund breeds, the Standard Smooth Haired Dachshund hunted badger and fox from as...

Japanese Chin

Once a popular addition to Chinese and Japanese royal courts, the Japanese Chin is known for his enduring role as a lapdog, dating back as...

Drever

A hunting dog with Swedish roots (“drev” means “to hunt” in Swedish), the Drever is a descendant of the Westphalian Dachsbracke...

American Foxhound

Englishman Robert Brooke sailed with his pack of hunting dogs to North America in 1650. A century later, the dogs were paired with a...

Miniature American Shepherd Breed Description

Miniature American Shepherd

To appreciate the story of the Miniature American Shepherd, it helps to remember that its Australian Shepherd forerunners were developed in...

Kleiner Munsterlander Breed Description

Kleiner Munsterlander

The Kleiner Münsterländer Vorstehhund originated 500 years ago in Münsterländer, northwest Germany, where they were used to retrieve...

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)

Theories about the origin of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi abound. One suggests they might have been Vallhunds who arrived with the Vikings;...

Swedish Vallhund

Swedish Vallhund

The origins of the Swedish Vallhund are uncertain. The breed is similar to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, and some theories suggest it was...

Portuguese Sheepdog

Portuguese Sheepdog

The Portuguese Sheepdog was born to herd. Sheep, goats, cattle, horses, pigs…the breed’s driving instinct and long coat served it...

Norwegian Buhund Breed Description

Norwegian Buhund

An ancient breed that accompanied northern people into Scandanavia, the Norwegian Buhund herded their flocks and safeguarded their homes;...

Finnish Lapphund Breed Description

Finnish Lapphund

The Finnish Lapphund originally hunted reindeer and provided protection for the Sami people who lived above the Arctic Circle. When the...

Dutch Shepherd Dog

In the early 1600s, when much of the Netherlands was devoted to sheepherding, the Dutch Shepherd Dog excelled at tending to flocks. But as...

Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd had its beginnings in Spain and Andorra with Basque shepherds who used Pyrenean Shepherds to care for their herds....

Australian Kelpie

Few breeds can trace their ancestry as directly as the Australian Kelpie. Brutus and Jenny were two black and tan Smooth Collies brought to...

Australian Cattle Dog

As his name suggests, the Australian Cattle Dog was bred to work cattle in the “land down under”. The stockmen needed a rugged herding...

Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan Terrier

The Tibetan Terrier originated in the Lost Valley of Tibet. Considered a holy dog that bestowed good fortune, the Tibetan Terrier was not...

Affenpinscher

In the 1600s, dogs resembling the Affenpinscher were bred in Germany to rid homes and stables of vermin. Over the next hundred years,...

Welsh Terrier

Welsh Terrier

The Welsh Terrier likely inherited his bold spirit from the Old English Terrier, an ancient black-and-tan dog esteemed for hunting otter,...

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has a long history as a fighting dog, starting in Roman times. By crossing large mastiffs with terriers, a...

Silky Terrier

Silky Terrier

This breed originated in Australia in the early 1800s, and is a mixture of the Australian and Yorkshire terrier, although the Dandie...

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