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Category: Breeds

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 Breed Description

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...

Sealyham Terrier

Sealyham Terrier

While seeking the “perfect terrier” for his estate in Pembrokeshire, Wales, Captain John Edwards created the Sealyham Terrier. The dog...

Scottish Terrier

Feisty, small dogs like the Scottish Terrier have helped Scottish highlanders root out prey for centuries. Early writings reference...

Parson Russell Terrier Breed Description

Parson Russell Terrier

Originally bred by Parson John “Jack” Russell in the late 1800s, the Parson Russell Terrier was a hunting terrier designed to follow...

Manchester Terrier Breed Description

Manchester Terrier

The ultimate ratter, the Manchester Terrier is descended from the common Black and Tan Terriers of England. He was bred entirely for the...

Irish Terrier

One of the oldest breeds of terrier, the Irish Terrier originated in County Cork, Ireland. Kept by peasants to keep rats at bay, the breed...

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

First-named of the terrier breeds, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier hails from the rugged border country between England and Scotland. Local...

Bedlington Terrier

Hailing from the Rothbury Forest region of Northumberland in England, the Rothbury Terrier (later the Bedlington Terrier) was originally a...

Pointer (German Long-Haired)

A rare breed in North America, the German Long-haired Pointer has long been a favourite sporting dog in its native country. Originally a...

Lagotto Romagnolo Breed Description

Lagotto Romagnolo

The history of the Lagotto Romagnolo dates back to 16th century Italy, where these water dogs were used for hunting waterfowl in the...

American Staffordshire Terrier

Like its cousins, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier also originated from...

Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiff

The Tibetan Mastiff is the consummate guardian – the protector of his family, home and livestock. These dogs are famous for their role as...

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