Category: Breeds

Italian Greyhound

  Italian Greyhound Overview Miniature greyhound like dogs have been depicted since Egyptian times. The Romans were the ones to breed the Italian Greyhound to “perfection”, working on a dog that would retain the looks of its larger companions, but have a compact size as a companion animal. …

Irish Terrier

Irish Terrier Overview Like the other older breeds of Ireland, the Irish Terrier is believed to be an old breed, and one of the oldest known Terrier breeds. He was bred to help protect the family property by ridding it of vermin such as mice and rats, and …

Irish Red and White Setter

Irish Red and White Setter Overview Setters have a long history in Ireland, being used to hunt fowl. They would freeze in place after flushing a bird, rather than chasing it, to prevent the dog from being accidentally shot by hunters. Irish Setters were originally all Red and …

Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniel Overview The Irish Water Spaniel has been around for hundreds of years, however it didn’t become a popular breed until the mid 1800s. The dog, Boatswain, became the popular “father of the breed” and expanded the lines to what they are today. The breed is …

Irish Setter

Irish Setter Overview Setters have a long history in Ireland, being used to hunt fowl. They would freeze in place after flushing a bird, rather than chasing it, to prevent the dog from being accidentally shot by hunters. Irish Setters were originally all Red and White, however the …

Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen

Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen Overview The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen, or GBGV, is related to its smaller and more well-known cousin, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. The breed is one of the oldest French hounds, and were bred to hunt rabbits, hares, foxes and other small game in …

Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees Overview The Great Pyrenees has been the guardian of flocks along the Pyrenees mountains for nearly thousands of years. Later, they were then moved to be a guardian of the homes of nobility. However, to this day, the breed maintains his role as guardian of the flocks, standing …

Golden Retriever

    Golden Retriever Overview The Golden Retriever is one of the most well-known and popular breeds of dog worldwide. The breed was originally created in the 1800s by crossing Flat Coated Retrievers with the now extinct Tweet Water Spaniels. Labradors and other water loving retrievers were also …

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Overview The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog holds the title of oldest breed of all the Swiss Mountain breeds. He is descended from the Mastiff-style dogs of Roman armies, having traveled across the mountains to settle in the Swiss Mountains. One of the larger of …

Great Dane

Great Dane Overview At his roots, the Great Dane is from a long line of boar hounds. These dogs were used to hunt boar, bait bulls or even fight in wars. The breed needed to be large, agile, tough and strong. As the breed was refined and became …

Gordon Setter

    Gordon Setter Overview At the breed’s origins in Scotland, Setters came in two styles, “Black and Fallow”. It wasn’t until the 1800s when the Duke of Gordon became associated with the dog, due to his love of the black and tan breed. The Gordon Setter is …

Glen of Imaal Terrier

AKC Breed Group: Terrier Other Registries: AKC (Terrier); ANKC (Terriers); FCI (Terriers); KC (Terrier); UKC (Terrier)     Glen of Imaal Terrier Overview Like the name suggests, the Glen of Imaal Terrier hails from the Glen of Imaal in County Wicklow, Ireland. There was need for a dog …

Giant Schnauzer

AKC Breed Group: Working Other Registries: AKC (Working); ANKC (Utility); CKC (Working); FCI (Pinscher and Schnauzer); KC (Working); UKC (Guardian)     Giant Schnauzer Overview The Giant Schnauzer was originally developed as a cattle-herding dog, and this was his primary job until the widespread introduction of railroads. From …

Field Spaniel

AKC Breed Group: Sporting Other Registries: AKC (Sporting); ANKC (Gundogs); CKC (Sporting); FCI (Flushing Dogs); KC (Gundog); UKC (Gun Dog)     Field Spaniel Overview The Field Spaniel is actually closely related to English Springer Spaniels. At one point in time, young Field Spaniels could be registered as Springers …

Finnish Lapphund

AKC Breed Group: Foundation Stock Service Other Registries: AKC (FSS); ANKC (Working); CKC (Herding); FCI (Spitz and Primitive); KC (Pastoral); UKC (Northern)     Finnish Lapphund Overview Similar to other Spitz-type dogs, the Lapphund originated in Lappland, protecting its owner and hunting reindeer. As the owners of these …

German Shorthaired Pointer

AKC Breed Group: Sporting Other Registries: AKC (Sporting); ANKC (Gundogs); CKC (Sporting); FCI (Pointing Dogs); KC (Gundog); UKC (Gun Dog)     German Shorthaired Pointer Overview In the effort to create an all-purpose hunting dog, the German Shorthaired Pointer was created as a combination of Bird Dog and …