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English Setter

English Setter

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

Curly-Coated Retriever

Curly-Coated Retriever

History A favourite of English gamekeepers, the Curly-Coated Retriever is one of the oldest Retriever breeds. Known fondly as “the...

German Wire-Haired Pointer

German Wire-Haired Pointer

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

German Short-Haired Pointer

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

Wire-Haired Pointing Griffon

Wire-Haired Pointing Griffon

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

Belgian Shepherd

Belgian Shepherd Dog

History Known worldwide as the Belgian Groenendael, the Belgian Shepherd is the most popular of the four breeds of Belgian Sheepdogs. The...

Bulldog

Bulldog

History Truly a symbol of Britain, many believe the Bulldog dates back to the Molossian dog brought there by the Phoenicians in the 6th...

Smooth Collie

Smooth Collie

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

Irish Red and White Setter

Irish Red and White Setter

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

West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terrier

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

Pomeranian

Pomeranian

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

Airedale Terrier

Airedale Terrier

Airedale Terrier History In the mid 1800s, middle class workers in the Aire Valley of Yorkshire, England were plagued with pests such as...

Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dog

History One of four types of Swiss Mountain Dog, the Bernese Mountain Dog (also known as the Berner Sennenhunde) was a working animal,...

Bullmastiff

Bullmastiff

History Like most breeds, the Bullmastiff was bred for a specific purpose. Poaching was an ongoing problem in England throughout the 19th...

Coton de Tulear

Coton de Tulear

History The royal dog of Madagascar, the Coton de Tulear is likely a combination of small Bichon-type dogs brought there by Portuguese and...

Irish Setter Breed Description

Irish Setter

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

Golden Retriever

History In the mid 1800s, the English preferred black Retrievers, but Sir Dudley Majoribanks (Lord Tweedmouth) decided to develop a golden...

Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

History As Ireland’s poor man’s hunting dog, the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier was an effective ratter, herder, hunter and watch...

Maltese

Maltese

History The Maltese is believed to be the oldest European Toy breed. Whether the name comes from the Island of Malta, or the Sicilian town...

Akita

Akita

Akita History The regal Akita is the largest Japanese Spitz breed and has been around for approximately 300 years. He is related to the...

Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise

History It’s difficult to track the history of many “small white dogs” since they thrived around the world, but the...

Cairn Terrier

Cairn Terrier

History Originating on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, the Cairn Terrier was bred as a hunter of vermin. The rocky land sheltered numerous...

Miniature Long-Haired Dachshund Breed Description

Miniature Long-Haired Dachshund

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

Flat Coated Retriever Breed Description

Flat Coated Retriever

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 variety...

Miniature Australian Shepherd Breed Description

Miniature Australian Shepherd

History Australian Shepherds are not truly native to Australia, but when Basque shepherds immigrated there they brought their Pyrenean...

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

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

Whippet

Whippet

History Also known as the “poor man’s racehorse”, the Whippet’s origins stem from the sport of setting...

Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute History Some 4,000 years ago, when the Bering Strait provided access from Siberia to Alaska, an Inuit tribe known as the...

Canaan Dog Breed Description

Canaan Dog

History An ancient breed, the Canaan Dog is the product of natural selection rather than human intervention. There is evidence that the...

Miniature Smooth-Haired Dachshund

Miniature Smooth Dachshund

History All Dachshunds originated in Germany, where they were used as go-to-ground hunting hounds. Different sizes specialized in different...

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