Category Archives: Know Your Breed

Border Collie

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN.  ENGLAND

HISTORY

Considered by many as the quintessential sheepdog, this breed has a natural instinct for driving stock.  Border Collies keep their sheep in order by staring and stalking, unlike traditional herders such as Welsh Corgis that tend to nip at heels.  Almost all Border Collies are descended from a dog maned...
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English Springer Spaniel

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN.  ENGLAND

HISTORY

As part of the Gundogs group, Spaniels were initially bred, or flush, game birds, forcing them to take wing into the line of of the guns.  They watch where a bird falls and are usually sent to retrieve it.  This division includes small, silky-coated, long-eared dogs such as the Springer...
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Dachshund

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN.  Germany

History

A popular pet in Hong Kong, the Dachshund or Sausage Dog was developed in the early 1500s.  Some experts believe this breed's roots may go as far back as ancient Egypt.  The name in German literally means "badger dog".  It comes in three varieties including the long-haired, wire-haired and the...
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English Setter

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN.  England

Developed more than 400 years ago the English Setter is a distinct breed from the Gordon and Irish Setters.  The origins of the setter breed can be traced back to 1500 in France   and came about from combining the Spanish Pointer and the French Pointer.  These original setters were known as "Setting...
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The Pug

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN.  CHINA

Dating back to 400 BC the Pug is considered one of the oldest breeds of dogs.  There is considerable debate as to the origins of this lovable breed.   Most breeders believe it originated in Asia descending from a Pekingese lineage.  Others suggest Pugs have their origins in either a Bulldog, or...
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Pomeranian

Country of Origin.  Germany

The Pomeranian or Pom Pom is classified as a Spitz breed.  It descended from the sled dogs of Iceland and Lapland and was bred down to its current size in Pomerania, which is located along the southern coastal area of the Baltic Sea.  Poms Poms popularity can largely be attributed to...
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Pembroke and Cardigan Welsh Corgis

Country of Origin.  Wales Originating in Wales the Welsh Corgi is classified as a small herding dog.  There are two distinct breeds which are recognized: the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi - the latter being the most common.  Each are named after the county in Wales where it originated. Corgis perform their herding duties...
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Rhodesian Ridgeback

Country of Origin.  South Africa/Zimbabwe Also known as the African Lion Dog,  the Rhodesian Ridgeback is a breed developed in Southern Africa.   European immigrants to Southern Africa brought with them a variety of breeds including Danes, Mastiffs, Greyhounds, Bloodhounds, Terriers and other breeds.   These were crossbred together with  the semi-domesticated ridged hunting dogs of the Hottentots,...
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Chinese Crested (Hairless)

Region of Origin:  Africa

The modern Chinese Crested is believed to have originated in Africa and was called the African Hairless Terrier.  Born in the same litter, there are two distinct varieties to this fine-boned, elegant and graceful dog: The Hairless and Powderpuff.  The Hairless only has hair on the head, tail and feet, whilst the...
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Toy Poodle

Country of Origin: Germany

The Poodle breed comes in 3 sizes and is one of the world's most popular breeds.  Although it is the national dog of France, poodles are believed to have originated in Germany to hunt ducks.    The Toy Poodle was often used in performances and circuses. The Toy Poodle would be a good fit...
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