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Belgian Malinois Dog Breed

The Belgian Malinois is a working dog breed. It was originally bred around the town of Malines for sheep herding and protecting the farm and livestock. It was recognized by the AKC in 1959. It is smart, proud, high energy and loyal. It is a muscular, l …

Leonberger Dog Breed

Leonberger The Leonberger is a giant German dog breed, named after the town of Leonberg (Male Leonbergers have a lion-like mane on the neck and chest). It can weigh up to 170 pounds. It is believed that the Leonberger was developed during the the 1800′ …

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Dog Breed

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are believed to have been developed through a mixture of retrievers, spaniels and setters and possibly a farm collie cross as well. The breed was apparently originally known as the …

Welsh Corgi Dog Breed

Welsh Corgi It is believed that Welsh Corgis may have descended from the Swedish Vallhund, brought to Wales by Vikings in the 9th century. From there, they are believed to have bred with the local farm dogs used for their driving, guarding and herding …

Dalmatian Dog Breed

Dalmatian Originating in the former Yugoslavia, the Dalmatian became very popular as a carriage dog in the 1800s, trotting alongside horse-drawn vehicles, especially fire engines. The Dalmatian is alert and active, possessing great endurance, speed and …

Schnauzer- Miniature, Giant and Standard Dog Breed

The Schnauzer The Schnauzer was originally from Germany, and its name is believed to be derived from the word snout.  This versatile breed comes in 3 sizes, Mini, Standard and Giant, with the mini becoming increasingly popular in cities.  This breed is …

Border Collie Dog Breed

Border Collie The Border Collie is recognized by many as the finest sheep-herding dog in the world. They have long been valued by farmers in the border region between Scotland and England. Border Collies are medium sized dogs with strong and muscular b …

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 …

Boston Terrier Dog Breed

Boston Terrier The Boston Terrier originated in (of course!) Boston in the 1800s. Originally bred for pit fighting, the breed is a combination of the early Bulldog and Bull Terrier. When the blood sport was outlawed, a group of individuals who loved th …

Shetland Sheepdog Dog Breed

Shetland Sheepdog The Shetland Sheepdog (also known as Sheltie) originated off the northeast coast of Scotland in the rugged Shetland Islands. Early Shelties were a nondescript group until they were taken to the mainland where dog enthusiasts crossbred …

Jack Russell Terrier and Parson Russell Terrier Dog Breed

Jack Russell Terrier and Parson Russell Terrier Dog Breed The origins of the Jack Russell Terrier, also known as Parson Russell and Russell Terrier are believed to trace back to Reverend John “Jack” Russell (1795-1883), who was a parson and hunting ent …

Labrador Retriever Dog Breed

Labrador Retriever The Labrador Retriever descended from dogs taken to Newfoundland by explorers, fishermen and settlers and evolved by natural selection. Excellent retrievers of fish and game, they often sailed with fishermen and in the early 1800s, E …