Category: Breeds

Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier Overview The Scottish Terrier or “Scottie” is one of the most iconic and well-known dog breeds. They were kept in the Highlands of Scotland by hunters and used to go after game on the ground. Their ancestry is unknown, but it is likely that this breed hails …

Schipperke

Schipperke Overview This dog breed is from Belgium, where the breed has been around for a few hundred years. They were originally called Spitske (AKA Spitz) due to hunting game such as rats and other vermin on farms. The breed was also a great watchdog. As the popularity of the …

Samoyed

Samoyed Overview This dog breed can trace his history back to 1000BCE in Siberia, and he has remained pretty much the same appearance-wise since. The breed was named for the Samoyede people, a tribe of nomads in Siberia that herded reindeer. This dog breed would herd, pull sledges and …

Schapendoes

Schapendoes Overview They share a common ancestor with other dogs such as the Briard and Bearded Collie. They have been around for hundreds of years in the Netherlands, where they work as farm dogs, helping to herd and shepherd livestock. Dutch shepherds value this breed for its hard …

Saluki

Saluki Overview The Saluki can trace its history back to ancient Egypt and may be one of the oldest types of domestic dog. However, the breed became more modernized in the Arab city of Saluq, where the breed gets its name. The breed is treasured in the Middle East …

Saint Bernard

  Saint Bernard Overview In the 1600s, the monks of Great St. Bernard Pass kept large sized dogs to use as draft animals and guard dogs. The dogs were then used as rescue dogs in the 1700s. Using their sense of smell, the dogs could find lost people, …

Rhodesian Ridgeback

  Rhodesian Ridgeback Overview The Rhodesian Ridgeback got his name from the ridge of hair that grows along his spine in the opposite direction of all other hair. This trait comes from one of the Ridgeback’s breed cousins, the Khoikhoi dog, a sighthound that was popular in South …

Redbone Coonhound

Redbone Coonhound Overview The Redbone Coonhound is a US breed of dog most popularized by their portrayal in literary works such as Where the Red Fern Grows. The breed was brought to the US in the 1700s and was a combination of red-colored foxhounds from England and Ireland …

Rat Terrier

Rat Terrier Overview The Rat Terrier is thought to be the product of the combination of the Fox Terrier and Manchester Terrier. While the breed was created in England, it is in the United States where breeding and popularity turned the Rat Terrier into what it is today. The …

Rottweiler

Rottweiler Overview The Rottweiler gets its name from its location of origin, the town of Rottweil, Germany. This was a center for livestock and needed dogs that were large and able to drive cattle as well as cart goods to the market. As the railroads became popular, however, …

Russell Terrier

Russell Terrier Overview Russell Terriers share an origin with the Jack (Parson) Russell Terrier. They were used to help in foxhunting, and are from the same strain of dog that John (Jack) Russell produced. The breed was then brought to Australia, where it was developed into a smaller …

Pyrenean Shepherd

Pyrenean Shepherd Overview The Pyrenean Shepherd is a breed designed for working ability. He is quick around sheep and well protected from predators and weather with his coat. These versatile sheepdogs are still used in the Pyrenees Mountains to herd livestock today, due to their ability to adapt …

Portuguese Pointer

Portuguese Pointer Overview The Portuguese Pointer stems from the same lines as other Iberian hunting dogs. He has a long history as a royal bird dog, but quickly became popular as a hunting dog for those outside of royalty. The Pointer was also brought onto Portuguese ships and …

Pumi

Pumi Overview Pumis and Pulis have a shared history until their split in 18th century Hungary. It was then that the Puli was bred to a terrier-type dog to create a smaller, agile and high energy breed that is the Pumi today. They are treasured as great livestock …

Puli

Puli Overview As Hungary was invaded by Magyars a few thousand years ago, they brought along their shepherding dogs. These dogs then developed into three breeds, the Puli, the Komondor and the Kuvasz. Pulis were smaller and more agile, used for herding and droving. His unique coat also …

Portuguese Podengo

Portuguese Podengo Overview The Portuguese Podengo is a unique breed that comes in three different sizes. Each was bred to hunt, and the size correlated with the terrain they hunted in. Grandes (the largest) hunted wild boar while the Medio (middle) was dexterous against rabbits. The Pequeno (smallest) …