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Affenpinscher - Also known as the Monkey Dog, the Affenpinscher originated in the 16th century in Germany as a dog for eradicating rats and mice. Their sporting attitude and strong character have made them into great companion dogs for just about any household.
Afghan Hound - Afghan Hounds are a very elegant breed of dog that requires socialization and constant companionship to make them happy. They make excellent companions and are extremely loyal and devoted to their family members.
Airedale Terrier - The Airedale Terrier is an affectionate and brave dog that will be very protective of you and your family. Because of issues with dominance, this breed should be trained at an early age to guarantee the dogs are well-mannered and lovable.
Akita - The Akita breed started in Japan where it was regarded as a natural monument and highly regarded by aristocracy and nobility. This breed is extremely loyal and was used in hunting large game, retrieving waterfowl, and even as Imperial Guards. Today, they are faithful companions that are trained as guard dogs and therapy dogs.
Alapaha Blue-Blood Bulldogs - The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is a very rare breed. There are not many left in the world, and because of this, they should be considered a treasure. If you are one of the few lucky owners to possess one of the mere hundreds of this dog breed left, then don't let that puppy go.
Alaskan Klee Kai - The Alaskan Klee Kai is very much like the Alaskan Husky. The only real difference between the two breeds is that the Alaskan Klee Kai is smaller than the Husky. They only get to a size of about 10 to 25 pounds. It depends on which of the three main sizes you choose: Toy, Miniature, or Standard.
Alaskan Malamute - The Alaskan Malamute was originally bred as a sled dog, although they are not as fast as their cousin, the Husky. Bred to think independently, the Malamute can become a bit stubborn at times, but they are generally known as an all-around great family dog.
American Bandogge Mastiff - The Bandogge Mastiff is the generic name given to the cross breed of an American Bulldog and a Mastiff. They have very pronounced musculature that gives them an agile and athletic look. They were common as guard dogs over the centuries and were usually chained during the day and let free to roam at night.
American Bulldog - Considered to be a rare breed, the American Bulldog is a breed of diverse capabilities. After WWII, this breed nearly became extinct until John D. Johnson saved them and turned the breed into a working man’s dog. Farmers loved them for their protective nature and the intelligence they have towards working. They have been used for hunting everything from squirrels to bears and wild boars.
American Cocker Spaniel - The Cocker Spaniel dates back to the 14th century and was brought to America and bred into a smaller size, thus the American Cocker Spaniel. This breed is well known for its hunting and flushing techniques all over the world and makes a great hunting companion. They work well in both dry and wet terrain and need a fair amount of exercise.
American Eskimo Dog - The American Eskimo is a breed that has an unknown origin for the most part. It is widely believed that they were originally bred by German immigrants in the United States during the early 20th century. Noted as being circus performing dogs in the 1930’s and 40’s, this dog became a popular breed coming in different sizes ranging from miniature, toy, and standard sizes.
American Foxhound - The American Foxhound is a direct descendant of French and English hounds and was first introduced in America to seek out Indians. Later on, they were seen to be amazing at hunting wild animals and became extremely popular with wealthy individuals in the hunting of fox. You will need to realize that this breed was not meant to be a household pet only.
American Hairless Terriers - The American Hairless Terrier was bred only about 40 years ago from a Rat Terrier. They have become popular among other hairless dogs, due to getting noticed by dog lovers with allergies to pet dander. Though most hairless dogs may be thought of as ugly, this hairless terrier is anything but. They are actually quite cute.
American Pit Bull - The American Pitbull originated in the 19th century and is very popular with ranchers and farmers for their versatile abilities. They are very athletic and extremely strong dogs that are great when driving livestock, as guard dogs, or as family companions. They are extremely loyal to their families and will protect them to the best of their ability.
American Staffordshire Terrier - The origins for the American Staffordshire Terrier puppy have long been the subject of many debates. Many believe that the American Staffordshire Terrier is the same breed as the American Pit Bull Terrier. However, the American Staffordshire Terrier is the show dog and the American Pit Bull Terrier is the fighter. While they are considered to be the same breed, they’re recognized as different breeds by different registries. They have the same build and qualities.
American Water Spaniel - Commonly called AWS, the American Water Spaniel puppies have been used for farming and hunting since the 18th century. This breed was particularly popular in Wisconsin and Minnesota. They are consider to be a rare breed and are one of just a few breeds that were developed in America. The American Water Spaniel breed is virtual unheard of anywhere except the United States. In 1986, they were names as the official state dog of Wisconsin.
Anatolian Shepherd Dog - The Anatolian Shepherd dogs have quite a history. They were bred in Turkey more than 6,000 years ago to be guardians of livestock and property. They are independent breed and can withstand harsher climates. This was necessary because of their nomadic existence. They are an ancient breed and known as Turkey’s national emblem.
Australian Cattle Dog - The Australian Cattle Dog originated during the 19th century in Australia. They were bred to be enduring and tough as well as good herders. They’re often called Blue heeler, Queensland Heeler and Red Heeler and are one of Australia’s 3 most popular breeds.
Australian Dogtle Dog - The Australian Dogtle Dog is another name for the Australian Cattle Dog. They were first bred in Australian during the 19th century to be tough with endurance and the ability to herd. Also called Queensland Heeler, Blue Heeler and Red Heeler and is one of the 3 most popular breeds in Australia.
Australian Kelpie - Perhaps the most popular dog in all of Australia, the Australian Kelpie is a strong and capable breed that has been around for over a century. Throughout time, they have been used as herders of many different types of animals. They are great herders of cows, reindeer, and goats. These dogs are reliable and trustworthy.
Australian Labradoodles - The Australian Labradoodle Dogs began as a cross between the Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle, or the Labrador Retriever and the Miniature Poodle. These are typically non-shedding dogs with an amazing temperament. They are very healthy with an average life expectancy of 12 years.
Australian Shepherd - The Australian Shepherd has an unknown origin. However, the breed that is loved and cherished now was bred exclusively in the United States. They have a versatility that makes them great for working on farms and ranches as a retriever, herding dog and watchdog. They’re usually called “The Aussie.”
Australian Terrier - The Australia Terrier was created in Australia and is one of the smallest working terriers. Bred initially to use as shepherds, watchdogs, and vermin hunters, they also make wonderful companions. This breed is the first native-bred Australian dogs used as show dogs and recognized in other countries.
Basenji - Basenji puppies originated in Africa to be used for hunting. This breed hunts only by sight. Their hunting instincts are very strong and make them chase anything including cars. Their name is pronounced Buh-SEN-jee and they’re known for the fact that they don’t bark. While they don’t bark, they do carry a very distinct wail and yodel when they’re hunting or excited.
Basset Hound - Basset Hound puppies are naturally well-behaved and make perfect household pets. This is a very gentle, loving and sweet breed. They tend to bark and howl, which makes them great alarm dogs. However, they’re much too gentle to be effective guard dogs.
Beagle - Originally bred as hunting dogs, Beagle puppies have a tendency of following their noses while ignoring everything else around them. That’s why it’s vital that obedience training takes place at a young age. A cross between the Harrier and various other England based hounds they do best when hunting quail, pheasant or hare.
Bearded Collie - The Bearded Collie, otherwise known as the Beardie, is an average size dog that is descended from Old English Shepherds. That means that herding sheep and cattle is in this breed's history. They protect and herd animals of their own accord, with very little human guidance or interference. Nearly endangered, they have returned, and aren't leaving.
Beauceron - The Beauceron breed is a few centuries old and had been used in the past to protect livestock. However, unlike other working dogs, this breed was also used for sending messages to different camps by the French Army back in the days of the first two World Wars. Even today, they are still used by modern soldiers.
Bedlington Terrier - Bedlington Terrier puppies were bred during the 18th century in England and were used by gypsies to hunt vermin and retrieve small game. They’re often called the “gypsy dogs.” They’re known for having the heart of a lion and head of a lamb because of their assertive attitude and unique appearance.
Belgian Malinois - Belgian Malinois puppies are strong, territorial and protective as well as excellent as working dogs. They also take well to obedience training. Sometimes they’re used as watchdogs because of their alertness and loyalty. They are, however, quite affectionate. If they’re not entertained, they’ll become destructive. They also show herding behavior.
Belgian Sheepdog - The Belgian Sheepdog is part of the herding group of dogs. They're exceptional when it comes to guarding and herding. These dogs are known as the Groenendael in Belgium and are one of 4 types of shepherd dogs originating from that country. They are both affectionate and intelligent and are very protective which makes them excellent guard dogs.
Belgian Tervuren - The Belgian Tervuren puppies were originally bred late in the 19th century as herding dogs. This decision was made from such traits as intelligence, trainability and temperament. It wasn’t long, though, before dog shows got popular and breeders started producing Belgian Tervuren puppies that kept the original qualities and added grace and beauty. These dogs are well established in the United States but they’re still rather rare.
Bergamasco - Bergamasco puppies originated in Persia as an ancient shepherding breed. They were created to be intelligent and independent. Following World War II, this breed was nearly extinct until Dr. Maria Andreoli, an Italian scientist and breeder brought them back. This is a breed that is still rare in North America and Italy.
Bernese Mountain Dog - The origin of Bernese Mountain puppies is unknown, but it’s believed they started out as farm dogs in the mountains of Switzerland. They have a large and sturdy build as well as a calm nature. This makes them perfect to herd cattle, pull carts and being a companion to farmers. This is quite a versatile breed.
Bichon Frise - The Bichon Frise puppies are gentle mannered dogs that were first bred during the 13th century. They’re intelligent, sturdy and versatile. This breed was a favorite of French Royalty and today they’re quite popular as a companion or show dog.
Biewer Terrier - The Biewer Terrier is also called the Biewer Yorkie, Biewer Yorkshire Terrier a la Pom Pon or the Biewer. This is a relatively new breed of toy terrier from Germany. They’re great with children and good companions for elderly people. They also love to go with their owners on trips away from home whether they’re on a leash or being carried. Most of the time they don’t understand how tiny they are so they love being around larger dogs.
Biewer Yorkshire Terriers - The Biewer Yorkshire puppies were started in 1984 in Germany. They came about due to a piebald genetic recessive gene that was produced by breeders Werner and Gertrude Biewer from their Yorkshire Terriers. They’re quite popular in the United States. People love them for their tiny size, intelligence, loyalty and lively personality.
Black and Tan Coonhound - The Black and Tan Coonhound puppies were first bred during the 1700s. They’re considered an American breed and are scent hounds. This makes them excellent hunting dogs of bear, raccoon, cougar, opossum and wild boar. They have the ability to hunt no matter what the weather or terrain is. Black and Tan Coonhounds became one of the six coonhound varieties recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1945. There are Show Black and Tan Coonhounds and Field Black and Tan Coonhounds.
Black Russian Terrier - Black Russian Terrier puppies grow into very large dogs that have a square or slightly stretched frame. They adapt easily to various climates and the lifestyles of their owners. They’re also intelligent and well trainable. This is an active, yet dignified, breed that loves joining in on fishing, swimming, hiking and biking expeditions. They’re happiest with owners that can provide plenty of things for them to do such as obedience and agility training as well as games.
Blackmouth Cur - Black Mouth Cur puppies originated in the Southern part of the United States and were initially developed as an all-purpose work dog that also contributed to the family. They have excellent hunting skills when it comes to bear, squirrel, boar, raccoon and mountain lion. In addition, they’re great herders for cattle and guard dogs. They make wonderful companions but they’re more dedicated to working.
Bloodhound - One of the oldest breeds in existence, the Bloodhound origin is unknown. What IS known is that the breed was perfected by Belgian monks. Then they were brought to England by the Normans and then to the United States. This breed loves to hunt and track. Since he’s a scent hound, he’ll lose interest quickly in whatever he’s doing. They’re commonly used as trackers to hunt game, lost children and criminals but also as companions.
Bluetick Coonhound - The Bluetick Coonhounds originated in Louisiana with the Bleu Gascogne French Hounds as their ancestors. These dogs are born to hunt and excel in tracking and treeing bear, opossum, cougar and raccoon. They can hunt in all kinds of weather and on any sort of terrain. They're well known for their cold nose, which gives them the ability to track very old scents.
Bolognese - Bolognese puppies are related closely to the Bichon Frise and Havanese and originated in the 11th century Italy. This breed was a favorite of Renaissance nobility and were often given as gifts to Belgian Royalty. When nobility passed, the Bolognese were practically extinct. They were revived by Gian Franco Giannelli and is rare in the United States.
Border Collie - Border Collies originated on the border of Scotland and England during the 19th century. They were prized for their exceptional herding abilities of any kind of livestock. Today, the Border Collie is a popular family companion, talented show dog, and a farm worker.
Border Terrier - The origin of Border Terrier dogs was near the border of England and Scotland in the Cheviot Hills area. They were initially bred as farm workers. Their primary duty was to drive fox out of their dens and kill them. They also hunted badger, marten and otter. These days, Border Terriers are rather rare to find in the United States but they’re considered to be excellent companions as well as great vermin hunters on farms.
Borzoi - The Borzoi puppies were initially called Russian Wolfhounds. They’re sight hounds that depend on speed and agility. Highly revered and prized by aristocracy and nobles, they couldn’t be bought. They could only be presented as gifts by the Czar.
Boston Terrier - Just as their name implies, Boston Terrier puppies were originated in Boston, Massachusetts. They started out weighing as much as 44 pounds but were bred down from the terrier and bull pit fighters. They’ve long held the distinction of being the first non-sport dog to be bred in America.
Bouvier des Flandres - Bouvier des Flandres puppies have a calmness and gentleness to their nature but they appear powerful and fearless. They adapt easily to various environments, and make excellent guard or watchdogs. Easy to train and intelligent, these dogs are also very entertaining.
Boxer - The Boxer dog started during the latter part of the 19th century in Germany. They supposedly got their name from the “boxing” gesture they made with their front paws. This is a stocky breed and medium sized. They have strong jaws with a powerful bite. They’re used widely in police work, military work and search and rescue.
Bracco Italiano - The Italian breed, Bracco Italiano, became very endangered back in the 20th century. Though they are no longer at risk of extinction, they are a very rare find in the United States. They were prided on their superior abilities at hunting for poultry producing animals, such as chickens and ducks.
Braque du Bourbonnais - The origins of Braque du Bourbonnais date back to the Renaissance. This was a breed of dog that was greatly endangered at the time. They were truly revived in 1970 by a man who bred dogs that had been mixed with the original. From that came the Braque du Bourbonnais breed that is known today.
Briard - The Briard is another sheepdog. It is fairly large, and has been around in history for centuries. They have been owned by such historical greats as Napoleon or Charlemagne. They have a heightened sense of hearing, though their skills may be at first underestimated due to their fluffy appearances. These dogs make for excellent guard dogs.
Brittany - Brittany Spaniel puppies are an intelligent breed that does well with hunting. They’re gentle, very obedient and eager to please. This is a good natured breed that is lively, independent and alert. Brittany Spaniels are usually good with children as well as other pets if they’re properly socialized at a very young age.
Brussels Griffon - The Brussels Griffon dog has a human like expression and is quite cheerful. They’re great companions for humans and are good with other pets. This includes cats and even small animals. However, they react best with older children. This is a curious and sensitive breed as well as being demanding. But they give lots of love and affection to their owners.
Bull Terrier - The Bull Terrier started in 1830 with a combination of Bulldog and Old English Terrier with a little bit of Spanish Pointer mixed in as well. They were originally created to attack bulls as a sport for entertainment but have now been used as guard dogs, herders, and watchdogs with excellent success.
Bulldog - Bulldog puppies are descended from the Asiatic mastiff and were created in Great Britain. They were primarily bred to participate in bull baiting, a blood sport. In addition, they were used against lions, bears and other vicious animals. Purebred Bulldogs were quite rare in the 19th century because of the enforcement of anti-baiting laws. These days, though, Bulldogs are show dogs and family companions.
Bullmastiff - While the Bullmastiff can be a very intimidating breed, they are exceptionally gentle and affectionate with their families. They are very loyal and make great companions and guard dogs. They love attention and are even tempered and calm, for the most part.
Cairn Terrier - This is the smallest of the Terrier breeds and was originally bred as working dogs in the Scottish Highlands. Although they are built strong and sturdy, they are not a very heavy statured dog.
Canaan Dog - The Canaan dogs actually date all the way back to 2200 B.C. They were originally located in the Middle East, but today, they can be found in plenty of places. They were used as security dogs, and they were used to track people and things. Today, they are still quite skilled at these tasks.
Cane Corso - Cane Corso Mastiffs are thought to be descended from Roman war dogs. These dogs were used by farmers and hunters alike for herding and tracking. They have great power and the innate skill to hunt and maneuver through different terrain. Their bodies withstand many weather changes and obstacles.
Canis Panther - The Canis Panther dogs didn't actually come into existence until the 1970's. They were bred by a man who went by the name Scorpio, and his accomplices, Mr. Stratten and Mr. Lopez. The three of them mixed four different breeds together in the hopes of making some kind of super hunting dog, though the Canis Panther has never been used as such.
Cardigan Welsh Corgi - The Cardigan Welsh Corgi originated in county Cardiganshire in Wales. These dogs are extremely loyal and intelligent and started out as work dogs around the farm. They love attention and strive to please their owners while also being protective. Even though they are short legged, this breed believes they’re large with an even bigger heart.
Catahoula - The Catahoula Leopard dog is believed to be descended from ward dog breeds like the Mastiff and Greyhound. They excel as a working dog and their versatility is great for training as herd dogs and for hunting. This breed became the State Dog of Louisiana in 1979.
Caucasian Mountain Dog - The Caucasian Mountain Dog started out as a guard dog for flocks and villages in the Caucasus mountain region. They were regularly used by the Soviet government to guard factories and other facilities as well. They make great service dogs due to their loyalty and intelligence.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is born of elegance and aristocracy, and is affectionate and well balanced. They are most noted for their roles with nobility throughout history, and their graceful stature makes them a great show dog.
Central Asian Shepherd - The Central Asian Shepherd, or Ovtcharka, was bred in the USSR to guard over livestock against bears and wolves. They are fairly popular in Europe, Italy, and Poland, but because of the export prohibitions, they are not well known in the United States and are extremely difficult to obtain.
Cesky Fousek - The Cesky Fousek is a gundog, also known as a hunting dog. They have been excellent assistants to hunters all the world over. Originating in the Czech Republic, this dog can withstand many differences in the weather, as well as changes in his surroundings. These dogs can move well in land and water.
Cesky Terriers - The Cesky Terrier, also known as the Bohemian Terrier, is a breed of dog that was bred into existence due to human intervention. They are not a very common breed in the United States, but they are greatly appreciated and well-known in their home continent, including Germany and even Scandinavia.
Chacy Ranior - The Chacy Ranior is an almost completely unheard of breed. The reason that many dog lovers may not have heard of this breed is because the name didn't come around until about 2005, when this dog breed's official name was changed from Shicon to Chacy Ranoir. In other words, a Shitzu and Bichon cross breed.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever - While not as well-known as the Golden or Labrador Retriever, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is an avid hunter of both water and ground fowl. It was the first breed of the retriever family to be recognized by the American Kennel Club. They make wonderful family dogs and excel as companions in the field.
Chihuahua - One of the oldest breeds of dogs in America, the Chihuahua originated in Mexico and is thought to be descended from a larger breed that was highly regarded with Aztec royalty. This is the smallest of all breeds and, while their bone structure is very fine, they are still remarkably muscular dogs.
Chinese Crested - The Chinese Crested is lively and very affectionate. They come in two distinct types the hairless and the Powder-puff. They both have similar personalities even though their outward appearance is very different. This breed is very intelligent and loves to dig holes and climb.
Chinese Shar-Pei - The Chinese Shar-Pei is a very strong dog that is exceptionally loyal to its family. They are known for the wrinkles that adorn most of their body and can be very intimidating towards strangers, which make them a great watchdog.
Chow Chow - The Chow Chow is an ancient Chinese breed that was used as an all-purpose dog that excelled at hunting, protection, pulling, and herding. These days they are more used as a companion dog rather than a work dog.
Clumber Spaniel - A Clumber Spaniel is an English bred dog that has been around for centuries. This type of Spaniel is considered to be the largest Spaniel out there. They have an almost majestic presence, and they are valued as quality show dogs so long as the spots on their fur are very few in number.
Cockapoos - The Cockapoo is an exceptionally intelligent breed that makes a great companion dog. This breed has a wonderful disposition but can end up being overly passive at home and aggressive towards other dogs unless you give them the socialization they need at a young age.
Cocker Spaniel - The Cocker Spaniel is a perfect choice as a house pet as long as the children are older and respectable. You will need to socialize this breed at an early age to avoid issues like shyness and submissive urination.
Collie - The Collie is one of the most recognizable breeds because of its elongated muzzle and the coloration. They make great working dogs as they were bred specifically for herding of livestock. As long as they are socialized when young, they will get along great with children and other pets very well.
Coton De Tulear - The Coton De Tulear was first bred in Madagascar during the early part of the 20th century and is considered a rare breed of dog in the United States due to the low number of them being here. Since the American Kennel Club has yet to recognize them, there’s no kind of uniform standard to go by.
Curly-Coated Retriever - One of the oldest retrievers around, Curly-Coated Retriever dogs are of English origins is among the most popular dog breeds in New Zealand and Australia. They are not typically found in the United States, but they would make for great hunting companions around America. The Curly Coated Retriever is a noble gundog.
Dachshund - The Dachshund first came to light hundreds of years ago in Germany. Originally, they were bred to hunt Badger. This is where their name came from. The German word for Badger is “Dachs.” They have a long body with short legs that were purposefully bred into them so they could dig out their prey and then enter inside the burrows, which would force them to leave their dens. Miniature Dachshunds were bred to hunt stoat and rabbits. They've also been used to hunt otters and foxes as well as Badgers.
Dalmatian - Dalmatians are a very old breed and originated in Dalmatia, an area of Yugoslavia. This was a favorite breed of English aristocracy because of their size, stamina and guard dog abilities. In both World War I and World War II, Dalmatians protected U.S. soldier camps. These dogs are most often thought of as being firehouse dogs. They're available in both standard and miniature sizes with either smooth or wire fur.
Dandie Dinmont Terrier - The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a dog that is known as one of the easiest to train. They are intelligent enough to catch onto things quickly, and they are kind hearted enough to obey their masters commands. If this dog loves you and recognizes you as his owner, he will listen to you.
Deutsch-Drahthaar - The Deutsch-Drahthaar is just the German name of this dog breed. In English, the name Deutsch-Drahthaar translates to German Wire Hair. These dogs have been around for about a century now. This breed is proficient in hunting, as they can hunt just as well in water as they can on land.
Doberman Pinscher - Dobermans originated in the 1860s in Germany. They were used as personal watchdogs and guardians, sheep herders, gun dogs and vermin hunters. Louis Dobermann developed this breed that's one of only a select few named after real people. They are proud and noble dogs that were heroes of both World War I and World War II. The United States Marine Corps named Dobermans as their official combat dog.
Dogo Argentino - : Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez developed Dogo Argentino puppies during the 1920s. He developed them to be fearless big game hunters. Not only are these great as family guard and guide dogs, but they're also used in military and police work. In addition, these dogs were favorites in dog fighting because they gained negative notoriety. They were banned in Britain during 1991 with the Dangerous Dog Act. They're banned in Australia, too.
Dogue De Bordeaux - Dogue De Bordeaux, also known as the French Mastiff, is not the breed for an average home. They're fearless and can be aggressive occasionally. They're believed to have split personalities. Sometimes they're gentle and calm but can also become dominant and protective at other times.
Drentsche Patrijshond - The Drentsche Patrijshond breed was started in 16th century Netherlands. They were bred from the Spioenen dogs that went to France from Spain and then to the Netherlands. They were known as the Partridge dogs in the Netherlands. They're related to the Epagneul Francais and the Small Munsterlander. This is a clean cut, well-proportioned and muscled dog with power and speed. They're more popular in Belgium, Norway and Denmark.
Dutch Shepherd - Dutch Shepherd dogs were begun in the Netherlands during the 1800s intended for all-purpose uses. They make great police dogs, cart pullers, guard dogs and herders. These dogs are thought to be quite rare in North America and are typically limited in Holland, their native land. They're valued highly for their capabilities and fast reflexes.
English Bulldog - The English Bulldog is known as one of the gentlest breeds you'll find anywhere, which may be one of the reasons they are also quite popular. Initially, they were bred for baiting bull. However, now they're amazingly gentle and quite affectionate dogs. This breed does quite well with children as they're sturdy and can handle playing children.
English Cocker Spaniel - The English Cocker Spaniel is a sensitive breed. They're very willing to learn when they're handled with respect and gentleness. These dogs are entertaining and happy as well as being actively friendly to everyone.
English Coonhound - The English Coonhound dogs are descendant from the French and Irish breeds that were brought to the United States. They were used to hunt raccoon at night and fox during the day. Originally, English Coonhounds didn't do well in hunting by American standards because they were unable to track their quarry in trees. That brought about the original dogs being crossed with Bloodhounds to improve their ability of scent tracking. Currently, English Coonhounds are used in tracking and hunting cougar, raccoon, deer, opossum, bear and boar.
English Foxhound - The English Foxhound originated in England during the late 1500s. They were created because it was felt that the number of deer in England was decreasing due to royalty and nobles hunting them for food and sport. It was during King Henry VIII's reign that the idea was formed that a new prey needed to be found. The fox was chosen as this prey. Therefore, the English Foxhound was needed to track them. These dogs were created through the careful combining of a Greyhound, Fox Terrier, and Bulldog. They were chosen because of their different abilities. The Greyhound has speed, the Fox terrier has the needed instinct for hunting, and the Bulldog is tenacious when hunting. English Foxhounds were meant to track foxes and live with horses. That still happens today.
English Setter - English Setters were started during the year 1500 in France. They were created by breeding the French Pointer and Spanish Pointer. Then they were brought into Great Britain. There it was improved by a breeder called Sir Edward Laverack. These English Setters were created during the early 1800s from early French hunting dogs. They weren't used to hunt until Llewellyn, another English breeder, bred a hunting dog strain of English Setters. Currently, they're still gundogs and a popular show breed as well.
English Shepherd - The English Shepherd breed originated in England as versatile working dogs that are good at completing many different tasks. They're very skilled at sheep herding, as well as pigs, cattle and poultry. They also make good watch dogs, hunting dogs, vermin eradicators and companions. This is a breed considered to be rare.
English Springer Spaniel - : English Springer Spaniels are part of an older breed that began with present day Spaniels. Largest of all the Spaniel breeds, these dogs were very popular during the time of the Renaissance because they made the perfect companions for European hunters. During the 1700s, Americans started to like this breed. These days, two distinct kinds of English Springer Spaniels exist. The “bench bred” are done so as part of the conformation ring. The “field bred” variety are made for field trials and hunting.
English Toy Spaniel - English Toy Spaniels started out as small sporting Spaniels that were favorites of English royalty. They are also named for King Charles II. North America is the only place where King Charles Spaniels are called English Toy Spaniels. They were bred in the 1800s by crossing them with Oriental short nosed dogs. The result of that cross breeding is what you see today.
Entlebucher Mountain Dog - The Entlebucher Mountain dog is one of the four Swiss Mountain dogs. They're actually the smallest of the four. It's fairly rare to run across this breed in either the United States of America or Europe. They make for trusted companion dogs that are good to hike with, as well as walk with.
Estrela Mountain Dogs - The Estrela Mountain dog is an old Portuguese hound that is valued among farmers in their native land as a useful herding dog. They're great with animals and know how to herd cattle by a natural instinct. They're not typically seen in the United States of America, but they're greatly valued in their homeland.
Field Spaniel - The Field Spaniel is the result of some very selective breeding with the English Cocker Spaniel. They call England home and almost became extinct in the 1800's because of bad breeding practices. Happily, these dogs were re-developed by 1920 and turned into an exceptional bird dog. Since Springers and Cocker Spaniels have become so popular in the United States, the Field Spaniel is a rather rare find there.
Fila Brasileiro - Fila Brasileiro dogs are courageous and powerful as well as quite dedicated and loyal companions. They have strong protective instincts when it comes to their family and territory while also being quite loving. These dogs need to be kept leashed at all times because of their protective nature as they can become aggressive under the right circumstances.
Finnish Lapphund - The Finnish Lapphund is from the Artic Spitz breed that originated in Finland in 7000 BC. These dogs made great watch dogs and were excellent reindeer herders. Currently, Finnish Lapphunds are used to herd cattle and sheep as well as serving as companions in their native land of Finland and other countries in Europe. It is rare, however, to find many of them in North America.
Finnish Spitz - Finnish Spitz dogs are medium, squarely built and lively. They have a gorgeous red gold color with a fox-like expression, which are the most important features of this breed. They have small erect ears with a curled tail that makes them quite distinctive. Males are quite masculine in appearance and the females are also very feminine. This is a fun-loving and good natured breed. They get on well with children but small children should be supervised. These dogs are alert and active whether they're outdoors or inside.
Flat-Coated Retriever - The Flat Coated Retriever originated from crossing the Irish Setter, Water Dog, St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador during the 1800's. It's believed that the Collie may be a part of their bloodline, too. These dogs are companions, and excellent bird dogs and swimmers. They're commonly confused with Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers, but they're in their own category. Their talents are tracking, hunting, obedience, agility and keeping watch. When they have the right sort of training, these dogs can be number one in many various sports while also being a great family pet.
French Brittany - Brittany dogs get their name from the province in France where they were originally bred. They were bred to be all-around, versatile bird dogs. There are 2 kinds of these dogs. There's the American Brittany, often known as just “the Brittany,” and the French Brittany, or the Epagneul Breton. The French Brittany is a completely French breed and they make excellent hunters, companions and show dogs.
French Bulldog - The French Bulldog is small and energetic. They've got huge, rounded bat shaped ears and a flat, square head a lot like the English Bulldog, only smaller. Their skin is very soft, which makes them quite appealing to pet. They're very amusing little dogs and are always great to bring humor and long friendship.
German Coolie - The German Coolie is a medium sized dog that originally hails from Australia. These wonderful companions are great with agility sports, herding, and with Search and Rescue. They are most noticeable because of their patchwork coloring and flecks that stand out among other breeds.
German Pinscher - Germany's “Best Kept Secret,” German Pinschers are ideal companions. They're a rare breed with a sense of humor. They're also brave, sober, aren't squeamish, and have great stamina. These dogs are lively, versatile, and docile. They make excellent guard dogs and respond well to obedience training. They can, however, be stubborn and bull headed so they need to know who's in charge.
German Shepherd - German Shepherd puppies were created during the 19th century by Max Von Stephanitz. He's thought of as the father of the German Shepherd. Valued for their dedication to work and their suitability as companions, these dogs are distinctive for being the first ever guide dog for the blind. German Shepherds are one of the most popular dogs worldwide.
German Shorthaired Pointer - German Shorthaired Pointers are all purpose gun dogs that carry excellent abilities in water and field. They're well balanced dogs with a lean body and an elegant head. Hunters originally bred these dogs during the 19th century in Germany. They needed a dog that could help those hunting on foot.
German Wirehaired Pointer - German Wirehaired Pointers were created in Germany at the start of the 20th century. They're all purpose hunting dogs that are able to find any type of animal in any terrain. They show skill qualities of retrievers, pointers and spaniels. They're medium size and well balanced with webbed feet for swimming.
Giant Schnauzer - The Giant Schnauzer originated in Germany as cattle dogs. They were so good at herding it didn't take them long to become sheepherders as well as companions and guardians. They may be a bit rare in the United States at the moment they are starting to see a gain in popularity that will make them fairly common in the coming years.
Giant Schnoodles - The Giant Schnoodle is considered to be a designer dog as he is a cross breed of the giant schnauzer and poodle. This breed brings together the eagerness to please from the poodle with the high activity of the schnauzer and rolls it up into one lovable dog. This is a great breed for a family that is active and willing to give the attention that this dog needs and loves.
Glen of Imaal Terrier - The Glen Imaal Terrier is an Irish dog and rather rare to find in the United States. They were bred originally to be working dogs, and were used to get rid of vermin around the farms and homes. They also hunted fox and badger. These dogs were taught to perform a very unique job of turning a rotisserie at the hearth.
Golden Retriever - The Golden Retriever originated in Britain in the 1800's by Lord Tweedmouth who wanted a loyal dog that was spirited and full of energy. This breed needed to have an affinity with water and love the hunt and retrieval of game. They are one of the smartest of dog breeds and have been used for everything from companion dogs to search and rescue and police work as well the world over.
Goldendoodles - The Goldendoodle is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. They are very family oriented and will do well with other household pets and children because they are non-aggressive by nature. They hardly, if ever, shed, which makes them great house dogs and love being around family for play time. They love being active but can get along well by themselves for a few hours a day if need be. They have few genetic issues but can turn up to have food allergies and dry skin.
Gordon Setter - The Gordon Setter became popular in Scotland in the 1600's as a hunting dog by the 4th Duke of Gordon that is officially recognized as establishing the breed. They are the only recognized breed of Scottish gundog that has been specifically bred to hunt bird, and their stamina means they will do well in both water and on land.
Grand Bleu de Gascogne - Grand Bleu de Gascogne dogs originated in France to be used as a pack hunting dog by nobles. This very large dog is known for hunting deer, wild boar, and other large game and is one of the ancestral scent hounds that you see today.
Great Dane - Great Dane dogs are also known as gentle giants. They're affectionate, playful and sweet natured. Because of their size, they should never be around children unsupervised, but they're typically well mannered. These dogs are commonly engaged as watch dogs or guard dogs and they do quite well.
Great Pyrenees - Great Pyrenees dogs are very protective and devoted. That's what makes them excellent guardians for both their family and livestock. These are obedient dogs as well as being affectionate and gentle. They're also rather serious. This breed is a large loveable one that reminds many people of a teddy bear.
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog - Greater Swiss Mountain dogs are very loyal, protective and affectionate. They make excellent watch dogs and are very eager to please their master. These dogs are very good workers as well as being amazingly bold.
Greyhound - The Greyhound is known as the fastest dog in the world, and has been known to reach speeds of over 40 miles an hour. This breed is commonly used as a sporting race dog, but was used for hunting wild boar and deer when they were first brought over to England from the Arabian Sloughi by traders before 900 AD. This breed will not get along with smaller animals that are not canine related, such as cats and rabbits.
Hairless Khala - The Hairless Khala is native to Central and South America and has the ability to adapt to their surroundings fairly well. Since they have no hair to speak of extremes in temperature can be a problem for them, and they shouldn't be out in direct sunlight without some kind of protection.
Hanoverian Scenthound - The Hanoverian Scenthound is a truly ancient breed of German hunting dog that takes their lineage from the Liam Hound and goes all the way back to around 500AD in Germany. These days, they are used for tracking large game and work well around guns. They are very loyal and hardworking and make great companions.
Harrier - Harrier dogs have their origin in 13th century England. They were bred to hunt in packs for hare, fox and rabbit. These dogs were commonly called the “poor man's foxhound.” They moved up in the world by the 17th and 18th centuries when the aristocracy kept them because of their talent to run along with mounted hunters. Harriers have long been popular in England but are still pretty rare in the United States.
Havanese - Havanese dogs are small, affectionate and happy. They're great companions that love being part of a family. These are very social dogs and give lots of attention to those that give attention to them. They're an odorless breed and rarely shed. That makes them very popular with allergy suffering dog lovers.
Ibizan Hound - Ibizan Hounds are primarily hunting and retrieving dogs, but they also make excellent companions. These dogs are good natured, well rounded and rather quiet. They get along great with children. They're also very sensitive dogs and can become destructive if they're left alone for too long.
Irish Red and White Setter - The Irish Red and White Setter almost became completely extinct in the late 1800's and early 1900's, but a few enthusiasts did their best to keep the line going. Because of those people, this breed has yet again gained popularity as one of the best hunting dogs available.
Irish Setter - Irish Setter dogs are very intelligent as well as being highly energetic. Simply put, these dogs are full of life. They can be a bit high strung and sensitive, though. They're quite loveable dogs and they love being with people. Words used to describe Irish Setters are giddy, stubborn and jolly. They're beautiful dogs and a joy for anyone to own.
Irish Terrier - The Irish Terrier appeared in Ireland in the 1700's and is considered to be one of the oldest of the Terrier breeds. They excel at hunting and have served as an exterminator of den animals, wartime messengers, and retrievers as well. While the aristocracy never favored them, the Irish farmer found their work ethic to be highly useful.
Irish Water Spaniel - Irish Water Spaniels are thought to be rare and are the tallest of all the Spaniels. They were first bred in the middle 1800s in Ireland. Their main use was for retrieving game on land and from the water. These dogs were very popular in 1875, but as the years went by, they were replaced by the Labrador Retriever. Now, Irish Water Spaniels are rare and hard to find.
Irish Wolfhound - Irish Wolfhound dogs are typically patient, intelligent and even tempered. They're good with the majority of people as well as loyal. Because of their size, these dogs shouldn't be left alone with infants. Due to them being so large, they can very easily knock over a child.
Italian Cane Corso - The Italian Cane Corso is descended from the Roman Molossian and was utilized in hunting large game as well as being an auxiliary warrior in military battles. They make great companion dogs and have been used for cattle and as personal guard dogs for centuries. The name is derived from the Latin word “Cohors” which translates to “Guardian” or “Protector.”
Italian Greyhound - The first Italian Greyhounds were brought to Europe by the Phoenicians after they were developed by the Romans. This was the favored breed of Catherine the Great and makes a wonderful companion dog for families. They tend to be shy and timid but can have a destructive side. Never use harsh punishment with this dog as they will become overly submissive. Instead, use gentle correction and they will become a part of the family in no time.
Jack Russell Terrier - Jack Russell Terriers are also known as Parson Jack Russell Terriers. England is their place of origin and they were bred during the 19th century. They were named for the Reverend John Russell, who was an enthusiastic hunter. He was the first to breed these dogs specifically to hunt fox. This breed is very good at digging as well as burrowing into the dens and holes of foxes.
Japanese Chin - Japanese Chin dogs were favored by the Japanese court and were only allowed to be owned by the Japanese Imperial family members. Many times they were presented as a royal gift. Queen Victoria was given a pair of Japanese Chin puppies in 1853, which made them even more popular. Japan honored this breed in 1964 when they were made one of the national symbols. They were originally called Japanese Spaniels but this name was changed by the AKC in 1977. Currently, this breed is moderately popular in the United States, but they're still very much adored in Japan.
Japanese Spitz - Most people believe the Japanese Spitz is a descendant of the Siberian Samoyed. The reason people believe this is because they are simply a smaller version of the Samoyed, and everything else about the dog seems to be exactly the same except that they were extremely popular in Japan in the 1950's.
Jindo - Jindo dogs were begun in Southwest Korea many centuries ago. Their main purpose was to hunt rabbits, badger, wild boar and deer. There is a Korean law that protects these dogs as National Monuments. They're the most popular and revered dog in Korea. This dog didn't show up in the United States until sometime in the 1980s. They're considered to be rare in North America due to the restrictions placed on their exportation by the Korean government.
Kangal - The Kangal is one of the earliest of the mastiff type breeds and can be seen in Assyrian art all over Turkey. They were used as a guard dog for sheep and goat flocks. They can be extremely territorial, especially with their family when it comes to strangers, but they are loving and calm around their family especially with children.
Karelian Bear Dog - The Karelian Bear Dogs originated in Finland and are members of the Spitz family. They're valued highly by hunters when it comes to tracking deer, moose, wolf, hare and elk. These dogs can hunt on any type of terrain and in all kinds of weather. They're related closely to the Russian Laika dogs but they're more domesticated.
Keeshond - Keeshond dogs are a part of the family of the Spitz breed. They originated during the 18th century in the Artic. The only purpose they had was to be a family pet. They're muscular, compact, and very reliable. They make excellent companions, show dogs and watch dogs.
Kerry Blue Terrier - The Kerry Blue Terrier is an alert, energetic, playing and boisterous dog. They bring lots of joy into many people's lives. These dogs are great companions and typically do well around other animals when properly introduced. They display protective instincts, which makes them decent watchdogs. They won't attack unless they're provoked, though.
King Shepherds - King Shepherd dogs look like large German Shepherds. They were developed originally on the East Coast through a rather complicated breeding process. German Shepherds bred in America were cross bred to flock guardians and then were crossed with German Shepherds bred in Europe. The intention was to result in a superior companion to families and a protector capable of doing many types of jobs. These ranged from guide dogs, to police dogs and search and rescue dogs. Originally, breeders wanted to end up with a dog that had no health and temperament issues that had been present in German Shepherds.
Komondor - Komondor dogs are protective, self-assured and rather serious. They're gorgeous dogs that love people and are quite affectionate, although they tend to be somewhat cautious with strangers. They do warm up to you rather quickly, though, as soon as they sense that no threat is posed. These dogs are assertive and work as excellent guard dogs for flocks.
Koolie - The Koolie is a breed that is full of energy and stamina. In fact, it has been known that this breed will chase down a rabbit until either the rabbit or the dog itself collapses from sheer exhaustion. Bred as natural herd dogs, the Koolie is perfectly at home on a ranch with livestock that needs to be looked after.
Kuvasz - Kuvasz dogs are very smart as well as quite loyal and devoted. They also make ideal working dogs. These dogs are extremely protective of their family and their territory. This makes them excellent watchdogs.
Labradoodle - Labradoodle dogs were created by crossing the Standard Poodle with the Yellow and/or Black Labradors. They were created to be companions and they have become quite popular as family pets. These dogs make excellent companions.
Labrador Retriever - Labrador Retrievers were created in Newfoundland during the 17th century and were imported to England during the early part of the 18th century. These dogs are among some of the oldest currently recognized breeds. Due to their limitless positive qualities and their versatility, they've become quite popular as a family pet.
Lagotto Romagnolo - The Lagotto Romagnolo got their start in Italy. They were used as hunters and water retrievers. It's believed that these dogs are where all water dogs came from. Their most unique trait is that they're the only purebred dog worldwide that search for the edible fungi, Truffles.
Lakeland Terrier - Lakeland Terrier dogs are very affectionate and cheerful, which make them perfect as family pets. These dogs are quite alert, very courageous and a bit independent. However, they're not recommended for inexperienced owners because they're prone to developing behavioral issues if they don't have experienced training.
Leonbergers - A favorite with royalty, the Leonberger first came to being in 1846 in Leonberg, Germany. Considered to be the oldest German breed, the Leonberger was almost declared extinct after World War I, but was brought back by a group of dedicated German breeders and continue to be used as a companion and working dog in Germany, Scandinavia, and France. They're fairly rare in other countries around the world.
Lhasa Apso - Lhasa Apso dogs were started in Tibet. At first, these dogs were bred only by nobles and holy men. They were believed to be good luck and were treated as sacred. This is why they were put into service as watchdogs for monasteries for more than 2,000 years. These are very intelligent dogs that also have acute hearing and a keen instinct.
Llewellin Setter - The Llewellin Setter is a calm and compassionate breed that loves all the attention you can give him. They become inactive while indoors, but are full of aspirations when outside. They love long brisk walks and are very good at digging and jumping. A large fenced yard is needed to give them the outdoors time they need to be happy.
Lurcher - The origin of the Lurcher was 1600s Ireland. These dogs are hybrids, or crossbreeds, that were initially between a Greyhound and a Collie. They were bred for hunting, speed, tenacity and intelligence. They were also originally called the poacher's dog because they hunt quietly and never bark. Their coat is wiry and they have an athletic build.
Maltese - Maltese dogs are believed to be the oldest of all the Toy breeds from Europe. These dogs were very popular with royals, nobles and the aristocracy. Both very affectionate and well-mannered, these dogs display regal and graceful mannerisms.
Maltipoo - The Maltipoo is the result of crossing the Poodle and the Maltese. They're often called a “designer dog” and are quite popular as both companion and therapy dogs. It is their sweet disposition that makes them such people friendly dogs. It's also this same factor that keeps them from being good watchdogs.
Manchester Terrier - There are 2 types of Manchester Terriers. They are the Standard and the Toy varieties. They originated in England during the 19th century to use as vermin hunters. The Toy variety was quite popular during the reign of Queen Victoria. Currently, they're not quite as popular as they used to be but they still make wonderful companions as well as having retained their ability to work.
Maremma - Maremma Sheepdogs originated in Italy and are rare working dogs. The only reason for being in the past as well as today is to guard property and flocks. That's why, even today, these dogs are happiest when they have a job to perform.
Mastiff - Mastiff dogs are an ancient breed that was most used to be guard dogs. This breed was highly popular with nobility as hunting companions and treasured by commoners as a protector of both family and livestock. Mastiffs were also used in the arenas as gladiators, participating in combat with bears, dogs and bulls. By the close of World War II, these dogs were almost extinct. They were spared through United States and Canada imports.
McNab - McNab dogs originated in California. They were bred by Alexander McNab, a Scotsman. These dogs are very popular due to their versatility. They're also excellent protectors, enthusiastic hunting companions and forceful stock dogs. The McNabs are very rare and relatively unheard of. They're bred only for function and not appearance.
Mi-Ki - The origin of the Mi-Ki dog breed is quite mysterious. To this day, there are various theories and myths surrounding exactly how this unique dog was created. The originator of the Mi-Ki dogs was Maureen “Micky” Macklin, who was a highly respected breeder. However, a lot of her notes were private so there are still many conflicting stories. In spite of the many different stories regarding the origin, it's certain that Mi-Ki dogs possess a loving nature, incredible disposition and a distinct look.
Miniature Australian Shepherd - The Miniature Australian Shepherd dog was created directly from the Australian Shepherd, and is a relatively new dog breed. These dogs originated in the United States and are becoming quite popular due to their strong work ethic and compact size. They're highly effective for herding.
Miniature Bull Terrier - Miniature Bull Terriers is the result of crossing the Old English Terrier, Bulldog and little Spanish Pointer. The standard of this breed has its origins in 1830. They were used to attack bulls in sport combat. In 1850, the White Cavalier replaced them and they've been used in various services since then. This breed has been in service as guard dogs, herders, watchdogs and ratters. They excel in all of these things. The Miniature Bull Terrier has all of the identical origins that the standard breed has, but they were deliberately created to be a smaller size.
Miniature Pinscher - Miniature Pinschers are called “The King of the Toys” and with good reason. These dogs are very feisty and carry great amounts of energy, an amazing sense of humor, and are very brave. They're also quite eager to learn and experience new things. Keep in mind, though, that these energetic little dogs will escape when they get a chance so they need to be on a leash or in a safely enclosed area. They typically have erect ears and a docked tail. You'll fall in love with them.
Miniature Schnauzer - The Miniature Schnauzer is a German based breed that started out by breeding a Standard Schnauzer with smaller breeds such as the Poodle, Miniature Pinscher and Affenpinscher. This breed is most recognized by its beard that surrounds the muzzle or “schnauzer,” which is the German translation for muzzle. It was originally bred to help with rodent problems, particularly rats, but has become known around the world as a wonderful companion dog.
Mountain View Cur - Mountain View Cur dogs are often called the “pioneer dogs of the Southern Mountains.” They're considered to be quite versatile and have an intense traditional background. These dogs are well respected because of their talents as protectors, hunters, farm workers and guardians.
Mudi - With their origin in Hungary, the Mudi is a rather new breed of dog. They're prized for their ability to do many types of jobs such as herding sheep, guarding flocks, herding cattle, hunting, companions and as great guard dogs. These dogs are also used as rescue dogs. Mudi dogs are extremely rare and hard to find.
Native American Indian Dog - The Native American Indian Dog was once thought to be extinct. They're descendants of the dogs that once dwelled with the American Indians for many centuries. They were versatile and an all-purpose helper for their tribe. These dogs hunted, guarded and pulled sleds. Today, they're rare and amazing companions.
Native American Village Dog - The Native American Village Dog was bred by a cross of the Native American Indian Dog with a purebred German Shepherd. These are considered to be hybrid dogs, which means they're not purebred. Since this dog's lineage is known, it's not referred to as a mutt.
Neapolitan Mastiff - The Neapolitan Mastiff dog is very steady and intensely loyal. This is a breed that can be quite intimidating and, therefore, makes an ideal watchdog. They're also very wary and suspicious of strangers, which can make them even more intimidating.
Newfoundland - Newfoundland dogs are often called the “Newfie.” The origin of these dogs is a mystery, although they're highly respected for having an astounding ability to be a water rescuer. They're called gentle giants because they're very sweet dogs even though they're massively big and strong. It's these traits that make them excellent at retrieving and hauling duties.
Norfolk Terrier - Originating in England, the Norfolk Terrier is a loveable and strong breed. They're also one of the smallest in the working Terrier group. These are affectionate dogs that aren't either nervous or disagreeable. They're closely related to Norwich Terrier dogs. The biggest difference between them is in the shape of their ears.
Norwegian Elkhound - The Norwegian Elkhound is the National Dog of Norway and is an ancient breed of the Spitz variety. Over centuries, they've been treasured by hunters, farmers, and herdsmen because of their usefulness as watch dogs, and big game trackers. These dogs successfully track bear, moose, reindeer and elk. They also make excellent flock guards.
Norwich Terrier - Norwich Terriers originated during the 19th century in Great Britain. They're one of the smallest of the Terrier breed. These dogs are strong, compact and low. They were bred to specifically hunt rabbits and hares in small groups. This may be why they're more social than other Terrier breeds.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers were bred initially to be able to stand icy water. They love to swim, are devoted, loyal and make exceptional companions. These dogs will bark and alert but not all the time. As they're very clever dogs, they'll need an experienced owner.
Old English Bulldog - The Olde English Bulldogge is a newer version of the former Old English Bulldog that is now extinct. David Leavitt created this breed in the 1970s through an English Bulldog, American Bulldog, Pit Bull, and a Bullmastiff. It was the intent of Mr. Leavitt to result in Olde English Bulldogges without a violent temperament or any health issues.
Old English Sheepdog - Old English Sheepdogs are highly adaptable dogs as well as being intelligent, gentle and friendly. They have herding instincts but are also rather lazy. These dogs make excellent companions for families as their wonderful personalities are sure to win you over. They're very protective when it comes to their family and territory but they're not usually made into guard dogs or watch dogs. They're just too affectionate for that.
Otterhound - Otterhound dogs are dependable, loyal, bold and sweet. They make ideal companions to children. While they do tend to chase animals smaller than them, they do very well with family cats and get along great with other dogs. Otterhounds are typically friendly with all people.
Papillon - The toy dog breed, Papillon, has been traced back to Europe in the 16th century. These dogs have soft long coats of fur and a commonly white pattern on their heads that resembles a butterfly, which just happens to be the meaning of the word “Papillon” translated in French. These dogs are petite, active, and loving.
Parson Russell Terrier - Provided that they have the right care, the Parson Russell Terrier can make a great companion. They can be identified by a diminutive size, a distinctly strict black, tan, and white color pattern, and a square and muscular frame as well as a high level of energy. It's best to get them as puppies.
Patterdale Terrier - Patterdale Terriers, also known as the “Black Fell Terrier” don't have as much energy as other terriers, but they're still very lively. These dogs were initially bred to hunt or catch rats, so they still have those particular instincts. That's why they're not meant for the average family.
Pekingese - Pekingese puppies have been traced back to China, existing over 2000 years ago. They were used as Imperial pets and prohibited as pets for common folk. They were considered guardian spirits for a while as they resembled Chinese lions. They have shaggy long fur, and do look quite like Chinese lions.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi - A dog dated back to Wales, Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppies have been molded to be one of the most versatile dogs around. They can be used for many different duties such as bird hunting and sheep herding. This is a very loving dog and is very obedient. They can be trained to do really any typical dog task.
Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen - Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen have been dated back to 16th century France. They were initially tracking dogs, and even now they are still used as successful hunting hounds. They have a nose built to track, and they can pick up scents easily. This makes this breed of dogs a favorite among hunters.
Pharaoh Hound - Pharaoh Hounds are well behaved, pleasant and naturally intelligent. They have a very unique and adorable ability that other dogs don't have. When they get excited, they blush. These dogs shouldn't be in a home that also has non-canine pets because they're hunters and like chasing things.
Plot Hound - The Plott Hound is an American breed of dog that was given their name for the family that first bred them. They originated in the Appalachian Mountains. These dogs are very popular hunters of wolf, bear, raccoon, and wildcat. It's quite rare to find them beyond the Southern states, and they aren't meant to be only pets.
Pointer - The Pointer is a breed known to have natural hunting instincts, and if taken early on in life and trained for tracking, they can make excellent hunting companions. They love being out in the open, as well as interacting with humans and other dogs. This is a friendly dog that does best when loved and cared for.
Polish Lowland Sheepdog - The Polish Lowland Sheepdog, also known as the Polish Owczarek Nizinny, is a breed of dog that has been traced back to the 13th century. They were, and still are, used to herd sheep and protect them hence the name. They are a fairly rare find in the United States.
Pomeranian - Pomeranian puppies are a good addition for most homes. As long as they are treated with good manners, respect, and plenty of love, they will make for lovely, devoted, and adoring pets. They can get along well with other dogs if you maintain patience when introducing them to fellow pets.
Poodle - There are a few different types of Poodle breeds in the world. There is the Standard poodle, the Miniature poodle, and the Toy poodle. The Poodle, in general, is actually quite good at learning how to do many different tricks performed by dogs. They are particularly good at fetching and running.
Portuguese Podengo - The Portuguese Podengo dog is a breed that dates back to ancient times in Portugal. This is actually considered by the Portuguese to be their national breed. The Portuguese Podengo Dog was initially used in hunting down of smaller game, such as rabbits. Even now, it's still a good choice as a hunting companion.
Portuguese Water Dog - The reason that the Portuguese Water Dog is so named is because they have been a useful aid to many fishermen in catching fish. On top of that, this dog also makes an excellent herder, and most are known to love water and be great swimmers. They used to deliver messages between ships.
Presa Canario - The Presa Canario is also known as the Canary Dog, and is quite large in size. This breed of dog first appeared during the 1800s, and was bred specifically for dog fighting. Nowadays, it can be appreciated as another breed of dog that is loved and cared for like any other.
Pug - The origin of the Pug is actually still a mystery. There are a few theories to where this dog came from, but no real truth yet. These dogs are cute, tiny, lovable little companions, and they get along with almost anybody, whether they know the people or not. This is a great dog for children.
Puli - The Puli dog, also known as the Pulik, is a well-tempered dog that can do very well in a home environment without small children. Traced back to Hungary, they were commonly used as sheep herders. They were preferred among other sheep dogs as they tend to stand out in a herd of sheep.
Rat Terrier - Rat Terriers were originally bred with Smooth Fox and Manchester terriers. Since then, they have been bred with a couple of other breeds of dog, but have remained basically the same. They are valued for their speed and agility, as well as their superb hunting abilities. These dogs make exceptional watch dogs.
Redbone Coonhound - The Redbone Coonhound is from Georgia and is an excellent working dog for farm labor and hunting animals. They are a very adept breed and can hunt and track through many different terrains and weathers. This dog is a great companion for farmers and hunters, as well as being a good family pet.
Rhodesian Ridgeback - The Rhodesian Ridgeback is gentle giant of a dog. They are loving and friendly, but do not like rough playing and can react badly to initiations of horseplay. Keep these dogs around mature people, and away from smaller children that may be too rough with them. Otherwise, the animals make for excellent companions.
Rottweiler - The Rottweiler breed was once used as a herding dog back in the Middle Ages. Lately, they have also been used as guard dogs, fighting dogs, and police hounds. They are a very intelligent type of dog that can learn quickly. They are skillful learners for many different types of training.
Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka - The Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is a toy dog that originated in Russia in the 18th century. These little dogs were quite popular with the Russian high society ladies in both the 18th and 19th century. Exportation of this little dog was supervised closely by the state during the communist rule.
Russkiy - The Russkiy Toy dog breed was originated in Russia from the English Toy Terrier. This breed was originally intended to be a watchdog and a rat fighting dog. In modern days, it can now easily blend in with a typical family setting, and become a friendly addition to any home.
Saint Bernard - The Saint Bernard breed was founded in AD 98, and is one of the oldest dog breeds still around today. They are easily recognizable by their enormous size, and were sometimes used by Search & Rescue as a traveling companion. They are peaceful creatures with a keen nose for danger and a knack of knowing direction.
Saluki - The Saluki is an ancient breed of dog with origins in the Middle East. They're believed to be among the oldest pure dogs worldwide and continue to be greatly revered. These dogs were the cherished and honored companions to members of the Egyptian nobility. As part of the hound breed, these dogs hunt using their sight rather than their scent.
Samoyed - The breed of Samoyed puppies is regarded as an intelligent breed, one that is kind and sociable. They are not recommended as guard or watch dogs, because they are of a naturally friendly nature, and do not often want to harm others or challenge them. However, they can bark up quite a storm.
Schipperke - The Schipperke is a dog with rough fur, but a soft and affectionate personality, at least towards those they recognize as family. They have an alert nature that makes them bark towards unrecognized company. But when tempered, their loyalty and devotion to their owner can make them an excellent pet.
Schnoodle - A Schnoodle is what you get when you breed together a Shnauzer and a Poodle. They are as affectionate as any other dog you may come across. They have a similar fur to the poodle, as it grows in thick curls. They are only friendly if you are family if not, they can bark excessively.
Scottish Deerhound - Scottish Deerhounds are very loveable, gentle, and friendly, even though they can appear somewhat intimidating. They're best described as a gentleman, but are also very willful and quite hard to train. These dogs shouldn't live in homes that have non-canine pets.
Scottish Terrier - The Scottish Terrier, as its name entails, is from Scotland. This is a small dog, but one that is quite muscular. They are joyous pets and loyal companions. They make for good family dogs, but are territorial towards other animals. They will protect their owner with great courage when needed.
Sealyham Terrier - Sealyham Terriers originated in the mid-19th century in Wales. They were bred as brave sporting dogs with the ability to get rid of vermin. This is a rather rare breed and isn't seen very often in the United States. These dogs are loved by all that meet them and are considered to be one of the calmest of the terrier breed.
Shetland Sheepdog - The Shetland Sheepdog, or otherwise known as Sheltie, is a remarkably intelligent dog. They are very friendly, but do sometimes become nervous around the presence of strangers. With a love of barking, this dog can get a little annoying at times, but usually means well. This breed has the makings of a good herder.
Shiba Inu - The Shiba Inu is a very friendly dog. They are small and hyper. Not as hyper as a lot of other small dogs, but they are still plenty energetic. They don't like everyone at first, but it doesn't take them long for people to get on their good side. They love being with family.
Shih Tzu - Shi Tzu puppies are Tibet originated toy dogs and are not to be underestimated in their affection for others. They may look like snobby dogs, but they are full of love for their owners. They are small and hyper little fluff balls that love adoration and attention. An intelligent breed, they strive for happiness.
Siberian Husky - Siberian Husky puppies are infamously used as sled dogs. They are most common in Alaska, and fair greatly against cold weather. Siberian huskies are a strong breed and make for very loyal companions. They are perfectly friendly and welcoming of most people. They are truly great pets, and are very sociable.
Silky Terrier - The Australian bred Silky Terrier dogs don't grow to be very big at all. This is an impulsive dog that likes to explore and have fun. They are extremely active and adventurous, but can still be good obedience class dogs if trained properly. Their hair is long and their nature is mischievous.
Skye Terrier - Skye Terriers are quite distinctive and unique among the Terriers. Sixteenth century Scotland is the origin of these dogs. They began on the Isle of Skye. The two varieties of these dogs are the prick eared and the drop eared. The prick eared variety were popular as companions or show dogs, and the drop eared were used to work on farms. These dogs are long, level and low.
Slovensky Cuvac - The Slovensky Cuvac, also known as the Slovak Cuvac, has been used throughout time as a herding dog. It is capable of herding many different types of cattle including sheep and cows. They are an intelligent and dutiful breed that is very loyal to their owner. This is a brave dog and a great hunting companion.
Small Munsterlander - The origin of the Small Munsterlander was 15th century Germany. This was also the time when common men were allowed to hunt. Before the Industrial Revolution, only wealthy land owners that could pay for special hunting dogs were allowed to hunt game.
Smooth Fox Terrier - The Smooth Fox Terrier is considered to be one of the oldest Terriers in the world. They was used in the past to rid people of rat problems, and also used to hunt foxes. Their small builds are more muscular than they appear, and their lithe bodies make for quick runners.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier - An Irish dog, The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier was bred and raised for farm working and getting rid of rodent problems. On top of being excellent hunters of land vermin, these dogs are also proficient at swimming, which makes them capable of hunting sea urchins. A well trusted and adept breed, this dog makes for a useful companion.
South African Boerboel - The South African Boerboel dog breed has been around for centuries. They are a naturally aggressive dog that has been used for guarding people and protecting them and their homes. Though they were initially bred in Africa, their breed has been delivered to other overseas locations. They are quite large in size.
Spanish Water Dog - The Spanish Water dog has been used throughout time as an effective sheep herder, as well as a fisherman's aid in catching fish. They hail from Spain, but have since found their way around the world. They are athletic and shaggy dogs that are purposeful and loyal to their owners.
Spinone Italiano - The Spinone Italiano is a rare find in the United States. They’re originally an Italian dog, and is found mostly in certain areas of Europe. They are great swimmers, and they are also great for hunting. They make splendid retriever dogs and are often quite skilled in a game of fetch.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier - The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was originally from England and was used as bait. When the old "blood sports" were still legal, they were used to lure other vicious animals such as bears and lions away from people. They've also been used in dog fighting, but despite their hard pasts, they have become loveable canine pets.
Standard Schnauzer - Standard Schnauzer puppies are German dogs and are the oldest Schnauzer type dog still alive. They are a little harder to come by these days, but they are often worth the search. They are dogs fit for protecting, whether it is livestock or their family. They are good watchdogs and are very protective by nature.
Sussex Spaniel - Sussex Spaniels are used regularly as hunting dogs. These dogs are intelligent, calm, collected and very well suited to hunting and retrieving, although they're usually quite gentle and steady. These are very social dogs and are quite devoted to his master and his work.
Teddy Roosevelt Terrier - Named in honor of Teddy Roosevelt, the noble and high energy Teddy Roosevelt Terriers are great watchdogs and, much like other terriers, are good at hunting small vermin and ridding people of rodent problems. They are agile and loyal, which can make them good family dogs if treated with respect and love.
Thai Ridgeback Dog - The Thai Ridgeback dogs originated in Thailand and are believed to be one of the oldest dog breeds around. They were used as hunters, watchdogs, and protectors of their family. It's very rare to find these dogs outside of Thailand. Because of isolation and no human interaction, these dogs are mostly independent and undomesticated.
Tibetan Mastiff - The Tibetan Mastiff is an ancient breed of dog. Theoretically, an early Tibetan dog is descended from all Molossuses breeds but that's a fact that is debated by some experts. A study found that these dogs genetically deviated from the wolf around 58,000 years ago. They have many of the same traits as a lot of the Mountain Dog breeds.
Tibetan Spaniel - The Tibetan Spaniel is originally from the Himalayan mountains. They are over two thousand years old as a breed. These dogs were favorites among monks at the time, and were very rarely available to common folk. They were used as watchdogs, and also as cuddle buddies to keep their owners warm.
Tibetan Terrier - The breed of Tibetan Terrier puppies can be referred to as an ancient one. They are an old breed, believed to have been the ancestors of other Tibetan dog breeds. This type of dog was bred and raised by monks, and much like the Tibetan Spaniel, was rarely given to anyone outside of the monastery.
Tosa-Ken - Tosa-Ken dogs are large mastiffs that have been infamously used for dog fighting in most areas and have earned such a rough reputation for that, that it has been legally decreed dangerous and outlawed in certain areas in Europe. This Japanese breed may sound dangerous, but it all depends on how the puppies are raised.
Toy Fox Terrier - The Toy Fox Terrier was bred back in the 1930's to be used as a rat hunting dog and a circus performer. They are small, yet fierce dogs that is deeply devoted to their owner and highly territorial. They are energetic and small dogs that provide love and unconditional admiration.
Treeing Walker Coonhound - The Treeing Walker Coonhound is an American hunting dog. They have been used as a faithful and capable hunting companion. The reason for the "treeing" part of their name is that they have a knack for climbing trees. They can't climb trees without branches, obviously, but it's a useful trait for hunting woodland game.
Valley Bulldog - The Valley Bulldog originated in the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia, Canada during the 1950s. It's not known if these dogs were in the area any earlier than that. They were developed from the Boxer and the English Bulldog.
Vizsla - The Vizsla dog breed is considered a rare one. During the 2nd world war, the breed was almost made extinct. The only reason that these dogs are still around today was because of the Hungarian people who had to save them by smuggling them out of the country to continue breeding them.
Volpino Italiano - The Volpino Italiano originated several centuries ago in Italy. They're descendants of an ancient European Spitz dogs. These dogs were loved by both royalty and commoners and were often put into service as watchdogs on Tuscan farms. The job of this dog was to alert larger dogs to the presence of wolves or poachers. It was believed that Michelangelo had a Volpino that kept him company as he painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Weimaraner - The German dog breed of Weimaraner dogs is known to be made of great retrievers, and they are ones that can be used for more difficult dog duties, such as work with Search & Rescue and becoming police hounds. They exhibit a great understanding and intelligence, and they will learn quickly if tempered properly.
Welsh Springer Spaniel - Often called the “Welshie,” the Welsh Springer Spaniel is a sturdy gun dog that originated in Wales. They were very popular with wealthy Englishmen as hunting dogs. These dogs excel in water and on land in hunting all sorts of game. They got their name from their hunting style, which was by “springing” into the air in order to flush out game for their hunting companion.
Welsh Terrier - The Welsh Terrier has a curly coat and is of a diminutive stature. It's not as energetic as a lot of terriers tend to be, but that may come as a relief to certain dog owners that are used to rowdier animals. They make for brave companions and love their owners.
West Highland White Terrier - The West Highland White Terrier, otherwise known as the Westie, was a Scotland hound that was typically used as a rodent hunter. It would hunt things such as small vermin, foxes, and even otters, all of which were producing at a high rate. These days, this terrier pup is accepted as a common household companion.
Whippet - Whippet dogs have a great speed and stamina that you can almost hear in their name. They do well around other humans and dogs if they are socialized at an early age. If they are not, they may become shy around human strangers, and they may become territorial around unfamiliar dogs.
Whoodle - The Whoodle came about through crossing the Poodle and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. They're often called “designer dogs” and are usually hard to find.
Wire Fox Terrier - Wire Fox Terrier puppies were favored in old England as hunters of small vermin and foxes. They have also been used as successful watchdogs and alarm dogs. The Wire Fox Terrier is quite good at performing tricks during dog shows, and may be a favorite for just that for most dog owners.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon - The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, originally from the Netherlands, was used long ago as a very capable and trust worthy hunting companion. They have a coat and body that is resilient to many different terrain and weather changes. This dog is exceptionally rare, and is not found in very many households.
Wolf Dog - The Wolf Dog hybrid is exactly what it sounds like. They were created by the breeding of a large dog and an Arctic Wolf. There may be certain laws about owning wolf hybrids that vary from place to place, so before coming into the ownership of one, you may want to check your local laws.
Working Kelpie - The origin of the Working Kelpie was in 1870 in Australia. They played an important part in Australia's sheep and wool industry. These dogs are descendants of the British “working coley” and were bred to handle the hot, harsh landscape, the considerable acreage, and the headstrong Merino Sheep. Because these dogs were bred to survive in Australia's harsh conditions, they're “natural” dogs that can adjust to all climates.
Xoloitzcuintli - As the complex name may imply, the Xoloitzcuintli is a very rare breed of dog and is not seen in too many homes. This rare breed is exceptionally long in the tooth as well. They date back to well over three thousand years, and are still around today to make great canine companions.
Yorkshire Terrier - The Yorkshire Terrier, also known as the "Yorkie," is a tiny and fluffy dog that is often perfect for pampering. They are not as shy as a lot of dogs are, but are still rather territorial of their owners. They are okay around other pets, though, as long as those pets can mind their manners.