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Category: Breeds

Bull Terrier

Bull Terrier

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

Schnauzer

Standard Schnauzer

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

White Shepherd

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

American Bulldog

American Bulldog

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

Wire-Haired Vizsla

Wire-Haired Vizsla

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

Pumi

Pumi

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

Mudi

Mudi

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

King Charles Spaniel

King Charles Spaniel (English Toy Spaniel)

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

Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier

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

Smooth Fox Terrier

Smooth Fox Terrier

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

Smooth-Haired Dachshund

Standard Smooth Dachshund

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

Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin

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

Drever

Drever

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

American Foxhound

American Foxhound

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

Miniature American Shepherd Breed Description

Miniature American Shepherd

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

Kleiner Munsterlander Breed Description

Kleiner Munsterlander

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

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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

Swedish Vallhund

Swedish Vallhund

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

Portuguese Sheepdog

Portuguese Sheepdog

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

Norwegian Buhund Breed Description

Norwegian Buhund

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

Finnish Lapphund Breed Description

Finnish Lapphund

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

Dutch Shepherd Dog

Dutch Shepherd Dog

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

Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherd

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

Australian Kelpie

Australian Kelpie

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

Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dog

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

Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan Terrier

History The Tibetan Terrier originated in the Lost Valley of Tibet. Considered a holy dog that bestowed good fortune, the Tibetan Terrier...

Affenpinscher

Affenpinscher

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

Welsh Terrier

Welsh Terrier

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

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

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

Silky Terrier

Silky Terrier

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

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