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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...

Mudi

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

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...

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...

Affenpinscher

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

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...

Mastiff

The father of many modern dog breeds, the Mastiff originated in ancient Babylonia, where he hunted ferocious prey such as lions. The breed...

Karelian Bear Dog

Karelian Bear Dog

Named for his ability to hunt and provide protection from bears, the Karelian Bear Dog is bold enough to go after large game such as elk,...

Field Spaniel Breed Description

Field Spaniel

For centuries, Spaniels (such as the Field Spaniel) have provided humans with companionship and performance. While smaller types enjoyed...

Cane Corso Breed Description

Cane Corso

A direct descendant of the Roman Molossus Mastiff, the Cane Corso is a guardian dog whose name comes from the Latin “cohors”, meaning...

Canadian Eskimo Dog Breed Description

Canadian Eskimo Dog

Accompanying the Inuit people during their 12th century migration through the Canadian Arctic, the Canadian Eskimo Dog hauled, carried,...

Pharoah Hound

One of the most ancient of domesticated dogs, the Pharoah Hound originated in Egypt. Phoenician traders brought the breed to Malta in...

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