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Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier

History 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

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

Manchester Terrier Breed Description

Manchester Terrier

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

Irish Terrier

Irish Terrier

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

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

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

Bedlington Terrier

Bedlington Terrier

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

German Long-Haired Pointer

German Long-Haired Pointer

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

Lagotto Romagnolo Breed Description

Lagotto Romagnolo

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

American Staffordshire Terrier

American Staffordshire Terrier

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

Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiff

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

mastiff

Mastiff

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

Karelian Bear Dog

Karelian Bear Dog

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

Field Spaniel Breed Description

Field Spaniel

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

Cane Corso Breed Description

Cane Corso

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

Canadian Eskimo Dog Breed Description

Canadian Eskimo Dog

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

Shikoku

Shikoku

History A medium-sized breed that existed in ancient times, the Shikoku hunted deer and boar on the smallest and least-populated of...

Saluki

Saluki

History The Saluki is possibly the first breed ever domesticated by humans. Originating in Syria, it was imported to Egypt, Persia, India...

Pharoah Hound

Pharoah Hound

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

Otterhound Breed Description

Otterhound

History The Otterhound was bred to hunt the otters that were depleting fish in England’s rivers. To appreciate the breed’s aquatic...

Norwegian Lundehund

Norwegian Lundehund

History Lunde is Norwegian for “puffin”. This translation lies at the heart of the Lundehund’s story. These quick, agile dogs...

Norrbottenspets

Norrbottenspets

History Norrbottenspets share ancestry with the Finnish Spitz, originating in the Scandinavian northlands of Sweden, Finland and Lapland....

Ibizan Hound Breed Description

Ibizan Hound

History Brought to Ibiza (a Balearic Island off the coast of Spain) by Phoenician traders, the Ibizan Hound has a remarkable resemblance to...

Finnish Spitz Breed Description

Finnish Spitz

History Originating in Lapland (the northern regions of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia), the Finnish Spitz, also known as the...

English Foxhound Breed Description

English Foxhound

History In the 13th century, tracking hounds of the original Bloodhound type lacked enough speed and agility for pursuing the quick and...

Bloodhound

Bloodhound

History The Bloodhound can trace its ancestry to the Norman conquest of 1066. Originally from Belgium, the Schweisshund was crossed with...

Black and Tan Coonhound

Black and Tan Coonhound

History This Coonhound is a descendant of the Bloodhounds brought to colonial Virginia to help farmers rid their land of raccoons. Thought...

Basenji

Basenji

History The Basenji is an ancient breed that originated in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where its intelligence and speed made it an...

Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound History Originating around the borders of Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan, the Afghan Hound is one of the oldest sight hound...

Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniel

History Water spaniels have been used in Ireland for centuries to retrieve waterfowl felled by hunters. In the 1930s, Irishman Justin...

American Cocker Spaniel

American Cocker Spaniel

History When Cocker Spaniels were imported to North America from England, breeders began to select for a different type of dog, choosing...

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