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English Setter

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History The name English Setter comes from the practice of “setting”, a game bird hunting style that involves the dog stealthily creeping up...

Curly-Coated Retriever

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: Personality Gentle and even-tempered, the Curly-Coated Retriever is also loyal and protective of his family. While he can be a bit reserved with...

German Wire-Haired Pointer

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History While several types of gundog existed in late 19th century Germany, hunters wanted an even more rugged breed. It is believed that...

German Short-Haired Pointer

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History When game hunting was opened to the general populace in the 1800s, people wanted an all-round hunting dog that could take...

Wire-Haired Pointing Griffon

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History Around 1870, a Dutchman named Korthals decided to create a sporting dog that could compete with English gun dogs. Beginning with...

Belgian Shepherd Dog

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: Personality The hardworking Belgian Shepherd was born to serve, and loves having a purpose in life. Typically utilized by professionals for his detective...

Bulldog

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: Personality With his history as a fighting dog, the Bulldog’s kind and gentle personality might come as a surprise. He is a loving...

Smooth Collie

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History Developed centuries ago as a herding and guarding dog, the Collie is thought to be named after the Scottish black-faced sheep...

Irish Red and White Setter

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History The Setter is a specialized bird-hunting dog that flushes prey then remains still so the hunter can shoot the birds without...

West Highland White Terrier

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History One of several short-legged terriers bred in Scotland, the West Highland White Terrier, or Westie, originated some 300 years ago. Breeders...

Pomeranian

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History The smallest Spitz-type breed and a descendant of sled dogs of Iceland and Lapland, the German Zwergspitz, or Pomeranian as we...

Airedale Terrier

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: Personality An intelligent and brave dog, Airedales have big personalities and huge hearts. While they can be aloof with other dogs and...

Bernese Mountain Dog

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: Personality A very loyal dog, the Bernese Mountain Dog is an even-tempered fellow who makes an excellent family dog. He is a good...

Bullmastiff

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: Personality The Bullmastiff is still used as a guard dog and family pet. His highly stable temperament and ability to tolerate discomfort make...

Coton de Tulear

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: Personality Adorable and affectionate, the Coton de Tulear makes a wonderful family pet. He is sociable and gets along well with children and...

Irish Setter

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History The origin of the Irish Setter is uncertain. As the breed gained popularity in the early 19th century, Irish Setters came in...

Golden Retriever

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History In the mid-1800s, the English preferred black Retrievers, but Sir Dudley Majoribanks (Lord Tweedmouth) decided to develop a golden coloured wavy-coated...

Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History As Ireland's poor man's hunting dog, the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier was an effective ratter, herder, hunter and watchdog. In the early...

Maltese

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History The Maltese are believed to be the oldest European Toy breed. Whether the name comes from the Island of Malta or...

Akita

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: Personality The Akita is dignified, fearless and very loyal to his owner. He likes to dominate other dogs and is reserved with people...

Bichon Frise

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: Personality A bubbly and happy dog, the Bichon Frise is a delightful companion to have around the house. He is quite attached to...

Cairn Terrier

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance:   Personality Like most terriers, the Cairn Terrier is an active dog, full of joie de vivre. He loves to play outside, and can...

Miniature Long-Haired Dachshund

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History A German breed, the Dachshund was bred to be a hunter followed on foot by his handler. The long sleek profile...

Flat Coated Retriever

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History In the mid to late 1800s, S.E. Shirley produced a close-working gun dog he called the Flat Coated Retriever. Crossed from a...

Miniature Australian Shepherd

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History Australian Shepherds are not truly native to Australia, but when Basque shepherds immigrated there they brought their Pyrenean Shepherd dogs with...

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History Bred specifically to look like and imitate foxes, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever came from a combination of breeds including...

Whippet

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History Also known as the "poor man's racehorse", the Whippet's origins stem from the sport of setting "snapdogs" after rabbit. These snapdogs...

Alaskan Malamute

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: Personality It's speculated that the humane care typically given to the Alaskan Malamute has given him a better temperament than some other Spitz...

Canaan Dog

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: Personality Highly intelligent and trainable, the Canaan Dog is quite versatile to different situations. Because of his long history as a feral dog,...

Miniature Smooth Dachshund

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History All Dachshunds originated in Germany, where they were used as go-to-ground hunting hounds. Different sizes specialized in different prey, with larger...