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Affenpinscher Breed Information

The breed originated in Germany and the name is taken from two German words, Affen and Pinscher, which means “monkey terrier” and is one of the oldest and rarest terrier breeds. The breed’s ancestors are portrayed in 15th century paintings. The modern breed however originated in early 17th century Germany. The first of the breed [...]

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Afghan Hound Breed Information

The Afghan Hound has been noted for its elegance and hunting abilities for millennia. In fact, distant ancestors of today’s Afghan Hound were mentioned in Egyptian papyruses that are over 4,000 years old. Native to Sinai, this breed is thought to be one of the oldest breeds of sight-hounds (dogs that hunt by sight rather [...]

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Airedale Terrier Breed Information

The Airedale Terrier is named after a valley in West Riding of Yorkshire. The river Aire runs through the valley and on its shores lived the people who first bred this dog. The offspring of Welsh Terriers and Otterhounds, the Airedale was bred with hunting in mind. During the 19th century it was not unusual [...]

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Akita Breed Information

Akitas originate from the northeast region of the Japanese island Honshu. The ancestors of the modern Akita, the Matagi dogs, flourished in this area centuries ago. The Matagi were hunting dogs that fed themselves on large game like elk, boar, and antelope. Recent dating efforts show that these dogs are one of the oldest breeds. [...]

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Alaskan Malamute Breed Information

One of the oldest dog breeds, Alaskan Malamutes are descendants of the dogs of the Alaskan Inuit tribe known as the Mahlemut, for whom they served the vital roles of sled dogs, pack dogs and hunting companions. During the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 19th century, Malamutes assisted exploratory expeditions into the Arctic and [...]

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American Bulldog Breed Information

The ancestors of the American Bulldog are the Mastiffs of the British Isles. In the 11th century, these Mastiffs were bred with Spanish Alaunts to produce the Bulldog. Strong and tenacious, Bulldogs were used in herding and hunting tasks. As their name suggests, dogs of this breed were also used in bull-baiting. This “sport” involved [...]

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Anatolian Shepherd Breed Information

The Anatolian Shepherd is an ancient breed of guardian dogs hailing from Turkey. As the name suggests, Anatolian Shepherd dogs were bred to guard livestock from all kinds of animal predators, and the breed continues to serve this important function even today. Imported to Britain in the 1960s by archaeologist-author Charmian Hussey, Anatolian Shepherds are [...]

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Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dog Breed Information

The Australian Cattle Dog (ACD) was developed in the 19th century to herd wild cattle over long distances, when the available breeds of dogs began to prove inadequate for the demands of the burgeoning beef industry of the new settlers. Dingo, a native Australian hunting dog, was crossed with a Dalmatian, Highland Collies and the [...]

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Basenji Breed Information

The winner of Crufts 2001 – The Basenji The Basenji is a hunting dog originating from central Africa, going back four thousand years. One of the earliest accounts of the breed where they were given as presents to the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt. The breed was first introduced in England in 1937, and the first [...]

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Basset Hound Breed Information

Breed History The Basset Hound is a short legged breed of the hound family. Originating in France it was bred from the bloodhound to hunt rabbits. The name Basset is derived from the French word bas, meaning “low”, with the attenuating suffix -et, together meaning “rather low”. In France, basset hounds rose to the height [...]

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Beagle Breed Information

Beagles have been a recognised breed in England since the 1830s and came about from breeding a number of breeds including the Talbot Hound, the North Country Beagle, the Southern Hound, and possibly the Harrier. Before then the name Beagle was used as a generic term to describe several small hound breeds.

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Bearded Collie Breed Information

The Bearded Collie is a herding dog from the Scottish Highlands. The modern day breed is traced back by a bloodline to the end of World War 11 when Mrs. G.O. Willison, owner of the Bothkennar Kennels began to breed them for show purposes and pushed the establishment of the Bearded Collie Club in Britain in 1955. In 1959 the Kennel club in England allowed the dogs to be eligible for Challenge certificates and championships, and the popularity began to grow.

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Beauceron Breed Information

The Beauceron is a French herding breed whose oldest records date back to the late 1500s. Pierre Megnin, in 1863, established two types of sheepdogs, one with a long coat, which became known as the Briard, and the other with a short coat, which became the Beauceron. In 1889, the breed name and standard were officially set and in 1911 a breed club was formed just for the Beauceron forever setting it apart from the Briard.

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Bedlington Terrier

Bedlington Terrier Breed Information

The Bedlington Terrier came to be from the country of Northumberland, England and was originally known as the Rothbury Terrier, named after the district of Rothbury. Around 1825 the breed was renamed the Bedlington Terrier after the Bedlington Mining Shire. It was the pride of the Shire for its hunting of foxes, hares and badgers. It was also used in the mines to eradicate vermin.

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Belgian Shepherd Breed Information

The Belgian Shepherd has the honor of being the only breed to have four distinct variations. Each only differs by coat and colour. There is the long coated black – the Groenendael, the long coated other than black – the Tervueren, the short coated – the Malinois and the rough coated – the Laekenois. The [...]

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Bernese Mountain Dog Breed Information

Origins The origins of the Bernese Mountain Dog are not well documented but there is a long history of this breed in Switzerland.  They began appearing in paintings and tapestries around the 17th Century. Believed to have descended from the mastiff dogs of Romans who invaded Switzerland around two thousand years ago, it is said [...]

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Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise Breed Information

The Bichon Frise is a descendant the Barbet or Water Spaniel and the Standard Poodle. These little powder puff dogs were early favourites of sailors in the 14th century, who carried them from one continent to another, as barter, while also using them as companions on the ships. It is believed that Spanish seamen introduced the [...]

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Bloodhound Breed Information

Background The Bloodhound’s name supposedly means “hound of pure blood,” and is not to be mistakenly taken as “blood-seeking hound”. Records for the breed can be traced back to the 14th century. It was here that the rebel William Wallace of Scotland was successfully tracked by Sleuth Hounds, which later were determined to be the [...]

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Border Collie Breed Information

Overview Belonging in the herding group, the Border Collie originated in the border country between Scotland and England. Formerly called the “Scotch Sheep Dog”, the Border Collie helped sheep herders organise and lead a large herd of sheep. Like most herding breeds the Border Collie descended from the Persian Sheepdog. History In the second half [...]

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Border Terrier

Border Terrier Breed Information

Border Terrier originally came from the border country between England and Scotland and was first spotted in the 18th century. It was bred as a farm dog to product livestock from predators. The breed is fast enough to follow a horse but small enough to chase a fox to the ground. The Border Terrier is [...]

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Borzoi Breed Information

The Borzoi originated from Russia where they were bred to hunt wolves for the Russian aristocrats. As a favourite of the Tsar family, the breed was not widely traded and were only given as gifts from the Tsar family. The most popular Borzoi breeder was Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia who bred numerous Borzoi [...]

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Boston Terrier Breed Information

The Boston Terrier originated from Boston, Massachussets, USA. In 1870 an American man called Robert C. Hooper imported a dog said to be the ancestor of Boston Terrier, a breed created from crossing the White English Terrier and the English Bulldog. Further cross breeding with the French Bulldog finally gave way to the breed we [...]

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Bouvier Des Flandres

Bouvier des Flandres Breed Information

This breed, Bouvier des Flandres, was originally bred by monks in Flanders. The monks cross-bred foreign dogs like Irish Wolfhounds with local farm dogs until the breed came into its own. Because of their size, strength, and patient nature, this breed naturally lent itself to work. Their thick double coats also allowed them to stand [...]

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Boxer Breed Information

Boxers were first bred in Germany in the late 1800’s. They descend from Bullenbeisers (which are now extinct) and Bulldogs. The larger Bullenbeisers were hunting dogs, bred to grab hold of injured game until their masters arrived to claim it. A smaller kind of Bullenbeiser was bred in Belgium, which opened the doors for the [...]

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Briard Breed Information

The Briard is a French breed of working dog. Tapestries from the 8th century depict Briards, and they are described in 12th century records. They were originally employed as guard dogs, protecting their owners from wolves and other dangers. As the land became safer, though, they shifted to protecting herds of sheep instead of people. [...]

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Brittany Spaniel

Brittany Spaniel Breed Information

Brittany Spaniels originate from a region in northern France called Brittany. They have been included in artwork from the 17th century. The exact breeding history of Brittany Spaniels is hard to pin down, but it’s generally believed that they come from the breeding of English sporting dogs with native spaniels. The Brittany Spaniel was first [...]

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Bull Terrier

Bull Terrier Breed Information

The Bull Terrier is a relatively new breed, the origins began in the 1800s. Animal blood sports were popular at the time and the aim of the breeders was to create a dog that had the tenacity of a bulldog with a bit more speed. The English White Terrier, which is now extinct, the Bulldog [...]

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Bullmastiff Breed Information

Bullmastiffs are a relatively new breed, dating back to the mid 18th century. The breed was created by crossing Mastiffs with Bulldogs (obviously the makers of this breed weren’t very creative when it came to names). These dogs were prized by gamekeepers for their threatening looks and fierce reputation. The dark brindle colours of their [...]

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Cairn Terrier

Cairn Terrier Breed Information

The Cairn Terrier is one of the older breeds of terriers, dating back to the 1500s. Originally from Scotland, this breed gets it name from its hunting abilities. A cairn is a rock den where badgers or foxes lived. The Cairn Terrier became known for its ability to crawl down into these dens and make [...]

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Canaan Dog Breed Information

A relatively new breed, the origins of the Canaan Dog stretch back in antiquity to ancient Palestine. Come find out more about the breed here.

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Cane Corso

Cane Corso Breed Information

The Cane Corso is an Italian breed that has been been loved for centuries as a worker and a companion. The breed’s name comes from the Latin word “cohors,” a word that means “guardian,” and “protector.” These traits are easy to see in these dogs, a breed that descended directly from Roman Molossian. The Cane [...]

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Breed Information

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, a small dog breed of the spaniel variety, has existed for centuries. Century old tapestries and paintings of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels along with aristocratic families have proved this. This is not a working dog breed, but instead, has been kept as a loyal companion of the rich. This dog breed [...]

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Chihuahua Breed Information

The Chihuahua is a distinctive breed known for its small size – in fact, it is the smallest breed of dog in the world. Information on the origins of the Chihuahua is mixed, but the general consensus is that they come from the Chihuahua region of Mexico. They were considered holy in many ancient civilizations [...]

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Chinese Crested Breed Information

The Chinese Crested is a breed with a deceptive name. At first glance it’s reasonable to assume that this breed is from China, but they actually trace their heritage to Africa. They were originally called “African Hairless Terriers.” Chinese traders who sailed to Africa adopted these dogs and used them on their ships to hunt [...]

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Chow Chow Breed Information

Breed History The exact history of Chow Chow as to where it came from is unknown. What is known is it is a breed that has been in existence for quite a while. In fact, the oldest dog fossil discovered, dated several million years ago, has the same structure as those of Chow Chow pictures [...]

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Coat Colour Genetics in Labrador Retrievers

A Lab of A Different Colour? Learn more about coat colour genetics in Labrador Retrievers Imagine this: You have a fully registered black lab. She is the apple of your eye and the pride in your punch. You are fully anticipating the birth of her new pups, bred from a sire that can trace his [...]

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Corgi Breed Information

Breed History The Corgi is a herding dog with a long history. The breed has two types: the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. The Cardigan is believed to have come first, with the Pembroke being bred from him. Both varieties are descended from the Keeshond, Pomeranian, Swedish Vallhund, and the Schipperkes. The [...]

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Coton de Tulear

Coton De Tulear Breed Information

The Coton De Tulear is a Bichon type breed, related to the French Bichon and the Italian Bolognese. The breed was established on the African island of Madagascar. It is believed to have descended from the French Bichons brought by French troops in the 16th and 17th centuries. There are also stories that the dog [...]

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Dachshund Breed Information

Dachshunds hail from Germany, where they have existed for at least five centuries, although some breeders believe they can be traced back to ancient Egypt. The place and time of Dachshund’s origin are a matter of some debate, with US and UK Kennel Clubs taking differing positions. Commonly believed to have been bred in Germany [...]

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Dalmatian Breed Information

History The origin of the Dalmatian is a matter of mystery and dispute. The World Canine Organization recognises that it originated in Dalmatia, a region in Croatia, but does not give the country patronage rights to the breed. Similarly spotted dogs have appeared in documents as old as ancient Egypt and as varied as Italy [...]

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Doberman Breed Information

Dobermans were bred relatively recently. In the late 1800s, a tax collector named Louis Dobermann hoped to create a dog to help him with his job. Because he often had to travel through bandit-infested areas with large amounts of cash, he decided to breed a dog that was strong, intelligent, loyal, and fierce. A number [...]

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Dogue de Bordeaux

Dogue de Bordeaux Breed Information

The Dogue de Bordeaux, also known as the French Mastiff, has a long and sometimes unclear history. This breed was known around southern France (particularly the Bordeaux region) as early as the fourteenth century. Its ancestors are not known for sure, but may include the Bullmastiff, the Bulldog and the Greco-Roman Molossoids. Throughout their long [...]

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English Bulldog Breed Information

The English Bulldog has been around for a while, although its ancestors were quite different in temperament than the Bulldog of today. These dogs were originally bred for the sport of bull baiting. This betting sport required the dog to attack and subdue a bull. Naturally, the dogs bred for this task would have to [...]

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English Cocker Spaniel Breed Information

Cockers are one of the oldest known kinds of Land Spaniel. They are descendants of the original Spaniels from Spain and have become a family known to be much diversified in type, size, colour and hunting ability. Before the 17th century, all Spaniels belonged in one group. Eventually, they were grouped based on size and [...]

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English Setter

English Setter Breed Information

History The English Setter dates back to the 19th century. They were bred over 400 years ago in England. During this time, great care was taken in breeding to make this type of dog. This dog is best understood to come from a mix of English Springer Spaniel, large Water Spaniel, and the Spanish Pointer. [...]

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Eurasier Breed Information

A breed of the Spitz type that originated in Germany. This is a young breed that began in 1960 when Julius Wipfel and group of enthusiasts embarked on creating a breed with the best qualities of the Chow Chow and the Wolfspitz. The first cross breed was called a Wolf-Chow and then twelve years later [...]

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French Bulldog Breed Information

By looking at its name, it’s easy to get the idea that the French Bulldog originated in France but that isn’t quite the case. This breed actually comes from Nottingham, England. The bulldogs of that area and time were big and tenacious which made them great for baiting bulls, but not as desirable as a [...]

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German Shepherd Breed Information

As its name suggests, the German Shepherd was first bred in Germany. The forefathers of this breed were working dogs that were bred selectively for their intelligence, agility and strength. These dogs resembled the modern German Shepherd, but varied from region to region. In 1899, a German man named Max von Stephanitz purchased one of [...]

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Giant Schnauzer Breed Information

The winner of Crufts 2008 – The Giant Schnauzer History All sizes of Schnauzer were developed in Germany in the 19th century on the farmlands of Wurttemberg and Bavaria. The Giant Schnauzer (known in Germany as Riesenschnauzer) was developed by crossing the standard variety, which was developed first, with the black Great Dane and other [...]

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Golden Retriever Breed Information

Golden Retrievers were first bred in Scotland during the mid 1800’s. Because of an upswing in the number and quality of hunting guns during that time, hunters found that they were losing a lot of game. In order to combat this, Sir Dudley Marjoribanks decided to breed a type of dog that would be inclined [...]

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Gordon Setter Puppy

Gordon Setter Breed Information

Breed History The history of Gordon Setters goes back as far as the 17th century in England and Scotland. The breed reached popularity in the 19th century by Duke Alexander IV of Gordon. Gordons were originally bred as bird dogs and were instrumental in hunting and retrieving quail, pheasant, and partridge. The breed was an [...]

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Great Dane Breed Information

History Known as “the Apollo of all dogs,” the Great Dane is an ancient breed dating back to 3000 BC Egypt. The Dane we know today was developed not in Denmark but in Germany, where it was used for hunting wild boar. The name can be traced to the 18th century, before which the breed [...]

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Greyhound Breed Information

The Greyhound is an old breed originally thought to be related to Egyptian dogs. Recent DNA analysis, however, shows that they’re more likely related to a dog used by the ancient Celts. They were introduced to the United Kingdom in the 5th and 6th century BC. Their name derives from the word “grighund.” “Hund” was [...]

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How Clever is your Dog?

Do YOU own one of the smartest dogs in the world? We all know that every dog is unique and that means their intelligence comes in various forms. Although the best in any breed can be nurtured by owners putting blood, sweat and tears into training, there are fixed realities when it comes to their [...]

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Huntaway Breed Profile

Have you been watching Lambing Live and interested to know more about the Huntaway? Francesca from Pet365 talks about this special breed, and why it is so special. History The huntaway is a type of sheep herding dog from New Zealand. This breed is also known as the New Zealand huntaway and the New Zealand [...]

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Irish Setter

Irish Setter Breed Information

The winner of Crufts 1999 – The Irish Setter History of the Breed Although we associate the Irish setter with its stunning red coat, ancestors of this breed were white with brown patches. It is believed the Irish setter came into existence through the mating of pointers, spaniels, and Gordon setters in Ireland. During the [...]

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Italian Greyhound Breed Information

Italian Greyhounds are an ancient breed, dating back over 5,000 years. Evidence of their remains has been found in Egyptian tombs and drawings of the breed were found in the ruins of Pompeii. These dogs were mostly used as companions, but some have been used for rodent catching and falcon hunting. By the Middle Ages, [...]

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Jack Russell Terrier Breed Information

Breed History The Jack Russell Terrier has its origins in foxhunting. Jack Russell’s derive their name from Reverend John Russell. Rev. Russell was a keen huntsman. He wanted to create a breed of dog which had long enough legs to keep up with hounds, stamina to continue the chase and the courage to chase foxes [...]

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Japanese Chin Breed Information

The little Japanese Chin is an ancient Japanese breed adored by the royal houses for over a thousand years. Originally from China these dogs were given as gifts to the Japanese royalty, although the exact time period is debated. Some put it at around the year 1000 and others around the mid 6th or 7th [...]

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Keeshond Breed Information

The Keeshond is a medium breed of dog originating from Germany and Holland. It is a member of the Spitz group of dogs which include Pomeranians, Chow Chows and Alaskan Malamutes. The breed came to prominence during the Dutch Revolution as the symbol of the Dutch Patriot political party. The leader of this party, Cornelius [...]

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Labrador Retriever Breed Information

The Labrador Retriever hails from the island of Newfoundland in Canada, where small water dogs known as St. John’s Dogs were used to retrieve fowl and fish, and pull boats. Fishermen brought this loyal and hardworking breed to Britain in the early 19th century, where Lord Malmsbury famously took to it for its hunting skills, [...]

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Leonberger Breed Information

Often called the gentle giant, the Leonberger is a large, muscular, regal looking dog with a double long haired coat and bear like paws. The long, waterproof outer coat is durable, straight, and fits close to the body.

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Maltese Breed Information

The Maltese is a toy breed and a companion dog, which has been in existence for centuries. Even though its exact origins are not known, it is believed that the Maltese de There are several accounts that refer to the Maltese as a valuable and beautiful dog. The oldest record was the one found in [...]

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Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher Breed Profile

Miniature Pinschers are well-balanced, compact little dogs. They are often mistaken for miniature versions of Dobermans as they’re very similar in appearance but the two are not related.  Historical paintings and artifacts suggest that Miniature Pinschers have been around for far longer than Dobermans and it is believed that they are a result of cross [...]

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Miniature Poodle Breed Information

The Poodle has been around since at least 400 years.  In the 18th century, the Miniature Poodle and the Toy Poodle were bred in England. The smaller varieties of the breed became popular with royalty and the Miniature and Toy Poodles were bred from the larger Standard Poodles. The three sizes of Poodle are all [...]

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Miniature Schnauzer Portrait

Miniature Schnauzer Breed Information

History Miniature Schnauzers were developed in Germany in the late 1800s by cross-breeding Standard Schnauzers with Affenpinschers and Poodles. Originally bred to serve various functions of farm life such as herding, guarding and ratting around the house and barn, Standard Schnauzers were bred down into a smaller form, most likely to serve the main purpose [...]

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Newfoundland Breed Information

History The Newfoundland gets its name from its place of origin: the island of Newfoundland in eastern Canada. A native breed known as St. John’s Dog (also the founding breed of the modern retrievers) is thought to have bred with mastiffs, most likely the Great Pyrenees or the Tibetan Mastiff, to produce this large, hard-working [...]

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Nobody Likes a Stinky Kiss

We all know a bad breath when we smell it! But do you know why your dog gets it? And what can be done to improve it? Bad breath, medically termed ‘halitosis,’ is a common problem reported by pet owners. Bad breath is caused by an excessive build-up of odor producing bacteria in your dog’s mouth, [...]

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Papillon Breed Information

The name Papillon is derived from the French word meaning butterfly. The name is attributed to the long haired ears that are shaped like butterfly wings. The breed is also sometimes known as the Continental Toy Spaniel. The breed history dates back to early toy spaniels of the 13th to 15th centuries and are depicted [...]

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Pekingese Breed Information

The winner of Crufts 2003 – The Pekingese History This little dog comes from the ancient city of Peking, (now called Beijing) two thousand years ago. Only royalty and noblemen were allowed to own the dog, and people without noble rank were required to bow to the dog when in its presence or passing in [...]

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Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen

Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen Breed Profile

The winner of Crufts 2013 – The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen Commonly known as the PBGV, may look like a hairy basset hound, but in reality it is an entirely different breed with a rich history. A sturdy, friendly scent hound with an effervescent personality, the PBGV makes an excellent pet or working dog for [...]

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Pomeranian Breed Information

The Pomeranian breed is the smallest member of the spitz family and is classed as a toy dog breed. Although the breed did not originate there, Pomerania (northeast region of Germany) is the area where the original type of Pomeranian dog was bred and the reason behind the breeds name. The Pomeranian we know of [...]

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Pug Breed Information

The true origins of the Pug breed are still unclear, as the first Emperor of China destroyed all records relating to the breed during his reign between 221 and 210 B.C. What is known is that this toy breed has enjoyed a pampered life as a pet of many a member of royalty. Pugs have [...]

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Rottweiler Breed Information

The Rottweiler is a breed that has been known throughout history. It’s known as one of the oldest herding dogs and dates back to the days of the Roman Empire. When part of the Roman army needed to move through Europe, they used Rottweilers to keep their cattle in line. In the Middle Ages, butchers [...]

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Saint Bernard Breed Information

The St. Bernard breed has a long history. They are believed to be descendants of the molosser type dogs that were brought to Switzerland by the Romans. The earliest record of the breed is from 1707. Commonly used as farm dogs, St. Bernards earned their keep by herding and guarding livestock as well as hunting. [...]

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Samoyed Breed Information

Samoyeds are listed as one of the ancient dog breeds. They have been bred and trained for at least 3,000 years. They originate from Siberia, where they worked with hunters and fishermen called Samoyeds. Their duties included hunting for reindeer, guarding camps and pulling sleds. Their sledding ability was used extensively in exploration. The breed [...]

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Schipperke Breed Information

Schipperke (pronounced Skip-er-kee) is a small Belgian breed of dog that originated in the early 16th century. There has been a long ongoing debate over whether this type of dog is a spitz or miniature sheepdog. Schipperkes were formally recognized as a breed in the 1880s and their first standard was written in 1889. The [...]

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Scottish Terrier Breed Information

The Scottish Terrier’s roots go as far back as the 1600s, however the breed was not official until the late 1800s. The first standard was written in 1880 by J.B. Morrison and has remained the heart of all standards written since. In 1882 the Scottish Terrier Club was organised with officers in both Scotland and [...]

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Sealyham Terrier Breed Profile

The winner of Crufts 2009 – The Sealyham Terrier The Sealyham Terrier is a beautiful and unique breed of dog. It has been used as a working dog, but also makes a wonderful family pet. It normally has very good temperament, especially when given the right kind of training and exercise. They are a small [...]

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Shar-Pei Breed Information

The Shar-Pei is a Chinese breed of dog that has been around for centuries, perhaps even as far back as 200BC. The breed was mostly used by peasant farmers. The strength and willingness to work shown by these dogs meant that many farmers used them for guarding, herding and hunting game. This breed’s signature folds [...]

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Shetland Sheepdog Breed Information

The Shetland Sheepdog looks like a miniature version of the Rough Collie, (the Lassie dog) and both dogs are descendants of Border Collies that inhabited Scotland. The Border collies were crossed with the Icelandic Yakkin, (a small dog that is now extinct), on the Scottish island of Shetland. The end result by 1700 was the [...]

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Shiba Inu Breed Information

Recent DNA analysis confirms that this is one of the oldest dog breeds, dating back to the 3rd century BC, and only one of a handful of ancient breeds still alive today. Descended from the primitive dogs of the ancient people of Japan, the Shiba Inu was bred to hunt small wild game, boar and [...]

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Shih Tzu Breed Information

Recent DNA analysis confirms that the ancestors of today’s Shi Tzu breed are among the most ancient dog breeds. Skeletal remains from human settlements have been dated ten thousand years ago in Tibet. Several Chinese and Tibetan breeds evolved from the Gobi Desert Kitchen Midden Dog, a scavenger. There are several theories about the origin [...]

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Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky Breed Information

As you may have guessed by their name, the Siberian Husky originates from Siberia. They’re thought to be one of the oldest breeds of dogs in the world and were originally used by the Chukchi tribe as a working dog – their seemingly tireless energy helped them in their sled pulling, reindeer herding and watchdog [...]

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Spanish Waterdog Breed Information

The Spanish Water Dog is an ancient breed. Its exact origins are debated, but it is known that a woolly coated water dog inhabited the Iberian Peninsula around 1110 AD. It is possible that Turkish merchants brought the dog into Spain and traded it to Spanish farmers and shepherds. By the 18th century, the water [...]

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Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breed Information

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier finds its roots in the world of 19th century British fighting dogs. Bred from bulldogs and other local terriers, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was known for its courage and gameness. A dog was considered “game” if he was willing and able to keep at a certain task despite the risk of [...]

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Poodle Portrait

Standard Poodle Breed Information

The winner of Crufts 2002 & 2014 – The Standard Poodle The Standard Poodle goes back nearly 400 years. The breed originated in Western Europe where they were bred as retrievers. Several countries claim to be the home place of this breed, including Germany, Denmark, and France. The name “Poodle” likely comes from the German [...]

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The not-so-clever ones

If you read the previous post, you’ll know that some dog breeds are exceptionally clever. If you’re looking for a dog to walk the blind, guard your house, or even herd your cattle, you now which breed to go for. But if you’re looking for a lap dog to sit and lick you all day, intelligence [...]

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The Origin of the Domestic Dog

Every breed of domesticated dog, from the Chihuahua to the Doberman, is descended from the wolf. Exactly how they became domesticated remains a mystery and we’ll never know exactly how or why they were tamed. It’s become a topic of great debate and something that is hard to determine. When you think about it though, [...]

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Tibetan Terrier Portrait

Tibetan Terrier Breed Information

The Winner of Crufts 2007 – The Tibetan Terrier As its name suggests, the Tibetan Terrier originated in Tibet. It’s one of the oldest breeds of dog. The original owners of these dogs were Tibetan monks. These monks lived high in the Himalayas and cherished the dogs that lived with them. Thought to be good [...]

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West Highland Terrier

West Highland Terrier Breed Information

The West Highland Terrier originated in Poltalloch, Scotland. They were originally called the Polatalloch Terrier, as well as the Roseneath Terrier. In the mid 19th century, Colonel Edward Donald Malcolm started this breed. The story goes that the Colonel kept a group of light coloured terriers as hunting dogs. One day while on a hunt, [...]

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What Breeds of Dogs are Banned?

What Breeds of Dogs are Banned in the UK?

For one reason or another, some breeds of dogs are banned in different parts of the world. In the United Kingdom, not many dogs are on this list. However, a few of them are. It’s important to be aware of the laws governing banned breeds as you do not want to put yourself and an [...]

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Why Does My Dog Destroy Things?

The Whys and Hows of Stopping a Problem with Chewing At some point of owning our furiend we will walk through the door to what looks like mass destruction of toys, slippers, their bed, you name it – they’ll chew it. Although our dogs make great use of their vision and sense of smell, unfortunately [...]

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Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier Breed Information

The Yorkshire Terrier originated from Yorkshire but its descendants were several types of Terrier from Scotland, which were brought to Yorkshire by working men who developed the breed for the purpose of rat catching.  These descendants are believed to have included the Clydesdale Terrier, the Waterside Terrier and the Old English Terrier. The Paisley Terrier [...]

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