Category: Breeds

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) …

Pointer

Pointer Overview Pointers were developed to help alert the hunter to the location of prey. Breed ancestors may include Foxhounds, Bloodhounds and Greyhounds, although exact ancestry is not known. The breed is known for “pointing out” where prey is, and where the name comes from.   Pointer Characteristics …

Pomeranian

Pomeranian Overview They get their name from their location of origin, the province of Pomerania. They are a descendent of other herding-type spitz dogs, and early dogs of the breed weighed up to 30 pounds, much larger than the Poms of today. It wasn’t until Queen Victoria began to …

Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Polish Lowland Sheepdog Overview The Polish Lowland Sheepdog, also known as Polski Owczarek Nizinny or PON, has been found around Poland since the 1500s. It is possible that he is related to the Puli, and may be the link between corded and long-coated herding breeds. The PON is an …

Pharaoh Hound

Pharaoh Hound Overview While it is popularly believed that the Pharaoh Hound originates in ancient Egypt, records show this breed was actually created in Malta. It is believed, however, that ancestors of the breed were indeed in Egypt, then brought to Malta with traders. The breed was valued …

Portuguese Water Dog

  Portuguese Water Dog Overview The Portuguese Water Dog is a popular breed that has worked alongside fisherman for many hundreds of years. They were trained to herd fish into nets as well as retrieve objects and messages from between boats and to shore. To do this, the …

Pug

Pug Overview This dog breed is another ancient breed from China, a region that loves flat-faced dogs. The pug shares bloodlines with other flat-faced breeds such as the Shih Tzu and Pekingese and was another breed of dog only allowed to be owned by royalty. The dogs were brought …

Miniature and Toy Poodle

Miniature and Toy Poodle Overview They have been one of the most versatile dogs in history. They were easily able to work as retrievers while still being loyal, stylish and dignified companions. They both come from the Standard Poodle, bred down to their current smaller size. All three types are …

Standard Poodle

Standard Poodle Overview The Standard Poodle has been one of the most versatile dogs in history. They were easily able to work as retrievers while still being loyal, stylish and dignified companions. The Standard Poodle maintains a high level of popularity throughout the world for both their companionship …

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Overview The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, or PBGV hails from the Vendee region of France and are one of the oldest breed varieties. There are four Vendeen breeds including the Grand, Briquette, Grand Basset and Petit Basset. The PBGV is both the smallest and …

Plott

Plott Overview When the Plott brothers emigrated from Germany to the US, they brought with them the ancestral stock of the Plott, or Plott Hound. They were used in the Smokey Mountains for a variety of game, including bear. The breed shifted over to becoming a coonhound as …

Peruvian Inca Orchid

Peruvian Inca Orchid Overview The Peruvian Inca Orchid is one of the oldest dog breeds known to man and is considered the Sphinx of the dog world.  The dogs were usually dressed in ceremonial clothing and held in high regard by the Incan civilization.  They’re also loved for …

Perro de Presa Canario

Perro de Presa Canario Overview The name of this breed roughly translates to canary dog of prey and is named after the Canary Islands were the breed was created.  The Presa Canario is developed from large dogs owned by Spanish conquistadors.  They were used to protect estates and …

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Overview The Pembroke Welsh Corgi shares the same background as the cardigan except for one key difference.  Cardigans retained their long tail while Pembrokes have a shortened stub tail.  The breed is named after the area of Pembrokeshire where the breed has been in place …

Pekingese

Pekingese Overview The Pekingese has been part of China since the Tang dynasty.  The face and the parents of the Pekingese resemble that of a lion which was thought to ward away evil spirits.  They were a popular breed that numbered in the thousands throughout the palaces of China.  If …