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Pug Dog Breed

Pug Dog Breed The Pug is believed to have originated in China, and then to have been imported to Europe around 400 years ago. The pug reportedly became the official dog of the House of Orange in 1572 after a Pug saved the life of the Prince of Orange b …

Bichon Frisé Dog Breed

Bichon Frisé Originating in Spain, the Bichon Frisé’s cheerful disposition gained him popularity among the aristocracy until fashions in pampered lapdogs changed. The Bichon continued to flourish as a dog of the streets and a pet of the common people. …

Maltese Dog Breed

Maltese The Maltese is believed to be the oldest European Toy breed. The ancestors of the Maltese were thought to have been introduced to Malta by the Phoenicians. It was also well known in England at the time of Elizabeth I (1558-1603). The Maltese ar …

American Eskimo Dog Breed

American Eskimo The American Eskimo (also lovingly referred to as the Eskie) is a descendant of the ancient Spitz, originally from Germany – not Alaska, as many presume. The breed apparently adopted the American moniker during World War I when anti-Ger …

Dachshund Dog Breed

Dachshund The Dachshund is thought to have been developed in Germany in the 16th century to hunt badger and other prey. Meaning “badger dog” in German, the breed would go to ground and dig after the badger. Their short legs and long muscular body made …

Shih Tzu Dog Breed

Shih Tzu It is believed the Shih Tzu’s ancestry can be traced back to the temple dogs of Tibet, which were bred for over 2000 years. The breed was developed in Beijing, China by crossing Tibetan dogs with the resident Pekingese. The Shih Tzu was recogn …