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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. …

Cocker Spaniel Dog Breed

Cocker Spaniel The Cocker Spaniel was originally developed in Wales and southwestern parts of England to retrieve woodcock, a popular game bird. There are two types of Cocker Spaniels: English and American, which each adhere to their own respective bre …

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 …

Yorkshire Terrier Dog Breed

Yorkshire Terrier In its early days, the Yorkshire Terrier, which developed in the north of England in the mid-19th century, had the job of chasing rats in the coal pits and cotton mills. While the original Yorkies were larger dogs, a cross to the Malt …

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Dog Breed

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel A dog favoured by aristocrats, the breed first dubbed the King Charles Spaniel was once the favourite breed of King Charles II of England. When oriental breeds came into fashion, the King Charles Spaniel seemed non-existen …

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 …

Chinese Crested Dog Breed

Chinese Crested Although the exact origin of the Chinese Crested dog remains a mystery, it is believed they developed from African hairless dogs that were acquired by the Chinese and reduced in size. The Chinese Crested is thought to have been a ratter …

French Bulldog Dog Breed

French Bulldog Originally considered as Toy Bulldogs, the French Bulldog was popularized in France during the mid-19th century. Disenfranchised English lacemakers emigrating to the country made the breed popular before they found their way into the hea …

Pomeranian Dog Breed

Pomeranian Pomeranians, or Poms, are Toy breeds from the Spitz family that originally descended from Icelandic sled dogs. They became popularized when Queen Victoria fell in love with the breed while holidaying in Florence. After her trip she actively …