Category: Breeds

Norwegian Buhund

  Norwegian Buhund Overview The Norwegian Buhund is another Spitz-type breed. The name comes from the word “Bu” meaning homestead or mountain home. Buhunds helped to protect flocks and the homes of shepherds for thousands of years, with remains dating back to the time of the Vikings.   …

Newfoundland Dog

Newfoundland Dog Overview Also known as the “Newfie”,  this dog breed has a long history. He is most likely a combination of several water dogs bred with native Canadian dogs at ports and other water-based locations. The breed then split into two, the Lesser St. John’s Dog (Or Labrador Retriever) …

Neapolitan Mastiff

Neapolitan Mastiff Overview The Neapolitan Mastiff is a descendent of Greek and Roman ancient mastiffs who were known for going into battle with the Roman armies. They were also used to fight in arenas and guard castles and estates. The Neapolitan has been a fixture of Italy for …

Mudi

Mudi Overview This dog was recently “discovered” as a breed in Hungary, despite its long history of herding stock for centuries. He is a product of need rather than a “designed” breed and was used to help drive animals and help farmers. He is slowly gaining in popularity and …

Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzer Overview Schnauzers have always been popular in Germany and have included various sizes. There was no size breed standard, as the smaller dogs were used for vermin while the larger dogs hunted bigger game. The Miniature was created when breed standards became popular, and the smallest …

Miniature Pinscher

  Miniature Pinscher Overview Lovingly nicknamed the “Min Pin”, this dog was bred for his ratting skills. He is part of the Pinscher family which features both Dobermans, Affenpinschers and even Schnauzers. He is a smaller, direct descendent of the German Pinscher with possible Dachshund and Italian Greyhound blood …

Mastiff

  Mastiff Overview This breed comes from ancient origins and holds the title of oldest English breed. His strength and courage impressed those across Europe. The Romans took him back to Rome to fight with gladiators, bears and other opponents in the arena, while others in Europe used him …

Leonberger

Leonberger Overview The Leonberger’s creation can be traced to one person, Heinrich Essig of the town of Leonberg, Germany. He was a breeder that wanted to create a large, noble dog to help promote his breeding and town. Several large breeds of dog were bred together including Scenthounds, …

Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso Overview The ancestors of the Lhasa Apso have been noted as far back as 8000 BC in Tibet. The Buddhist monks of Tibet wanted a dog that resembled the lion, and created the Lhasa or “lion dog”. They quickly became popular in monasteries and as treasured …

Kai Ken

Kai Ken Overview The Kai Ken is native to the province of Kai on Honshu island. The relatively isolation caused by the mountains has helped keep the breed protected and close to its originating roots throughout the centuries. Due to this, the breed is considered the purest Japanese dog. …

Maltese

Maltese Overview The Maltese is a breed of Bichon type dog found throughout the Mediterranean. The breeds have been around for thousands of years, however the Maltese’s exact origin is unknown. The breed was refined on the island of Malta and created to be a companion and comforter …

Lancashire Heeler

Lancashire Heeler Overview The Lancashire Heeler has its origins similar to that of other Corgi-type dogs. He was used to drive cattle in England and quickly became popular in the Lancashire region. In addition to nipping at the heels of cattle, they were proficient in hunting rabbit, rats …

Karelian Bear Dog

Karelian Bear Dog Overview Named for the area of Karelia that separates Russia and Finland, the Karelian Bear Dog is a dog developed to hunt game big and small, such as squirrels, moose and bears as well as guard the home. They are a strong and fearless breed, …

Lagotto Romagnolo

Lagotto Romagnolo Overview The curly coated dogs of the water have been around Italy for a long time. They hunted and worked around the marshes of Romangna, giving them the name Lagotto Romagnolo, or “duck dog”. As water hunting decreased in popularity, the dogs were instead used to …

Estrela Mountain Dog

Estrela Mountain Dog Overview The Estrela Mountain Dog is a Foundation Service Stock breed originating in Portugal. Foundation Stock Breeds are able to beregistered to provide documentation of these breeds, but are not an actual AKCregistered breed. Often times the breeds are from an ancient or older line …

Lowchen

Lowchen Overview There is debate over whether the Lowchen actually originated in France, or Spain or Germany. Popular since the 1500s, the breed is part of the Bichon family and has travelled all over Europe. His famed “lion cut” grooming style has earned him the nickname of “The …