Category: Breeds

Manchester Terrier

Manchester Terrier Overview The Manchester Terrier is a direct descendant of the Black and Tan Terrier, England’s original ratter. A breeder from Manchester refined the breed, wanting a dog with both agility and grit. He crossed the Black and Tans with a Whippet to create the slender, agile dog …

Lakeland Terrier

Lakeland Terrier Overview The Lakeland Terrier is a hardworking breed created from several different terriers. They hail from the lake districts of North England and mixed with the various broken coated terriers that were on the farms and fields. The Lakeland assisted with various tasks such as driving …

Kuvasz

Kuvasz Overview The Kuvasz is a breed that has guarded the livestock of Hungary for thousands of years. They are believed to have been brought to Hungary along a similar path as the Komondor. Unlike the Komondor though, this breed is used in wetter mountainous areas rather than …

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever Overview The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular and loved breeds of dog worldwide. The breed was started when dogs from Newfoundland came to England, retrieving nets and fowl in the icy waters of their homeland. The English were delighted at their ease in …

Kooikerhondje

Kooikerhondje Overview The Kooikerhondje is a spaniel type dog from the Netherlands designed for hunting. They get their name after the kooi, or a trap used to catch ducks. The breed would herd the ducks toward traps to be caught. They feature a feathery brown and white coat would …

Komondor

  Komondor Overview A direct descendent of the Owtcharka, an ancient flock guarding dog, the Komondor was brought to Hungary by nomads 1,000 years prior. They were bred to protect livestock against predators such as wolves and coyotes. Their unique corded coat helped them to blend in with …

Kerry Blue Terrier

Kerry Blue Terrier Overview With mysterious beginnings, the Kerry Blue Terrier has been part of Ireland for the last hundred years, most notably in the county Kerry. The breed is a hardy dog used by farmers to protect crops from vermin, help tend stock and property and even …

Keeshond

Keeshond Overview The Keeshond is related to other German Spitz breeds, but favors the wolf-gray coloration. The breed was used as a companion and guardian of Dutch farms and other properties. The name Keeshond stuck when a dog owned by Cornelius Kees de Gyselaer used his loyal dog …

Ibizan Hound

Ibizan Hound Overview Originating in the Spanish island of Ibiza, this ancient breed has been around for nearly thousands of years. The breed is a Sighthound, hunting game such as rabbits to help supplement the food islanders ate. The breed has since expanded its reach beyond the island, …

Harrier

Harrier Overview Related to the English Foxhound, some speculate that the Harrier is actually just a small Foxhound and from the same scenthound stock as Foxhounds just mixed with smaller dogs such as Beagles. The job of this breed was to follow hares while hunters followed the dogs …

Greyhound

Greyhound Overview While Ancient Egypt has depictions of dogs resembling greyhounds, the Greyhound was actually developed in Great Britain. It was a popular hunting dog for royalty, and used to hunt swift prey such as deer. The breed is considered the fastest dog, with speeds of up to …

Jindo

Jindo Overview While his exact origins are unknown, it is believed that this breed originated from the Jindo Island of Korea long ago. There, the Jindo Research and Testing Center believes that the dog itself is a native hunting breed that has existed for centuries. The breed became …

Irish Wolfhound

  Irish Wolfhound Overview The Irish Wolfhound is well known as one of the largest dog breeds in existence. It was used throughout the Middle Ages to hunt boar, stags and elk as well as wolves. They also served a purpose guarding property and going to war with …

Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin Overview It is unknown if the precursor to the Japanese Chin originated in China or Korea, however the breed itself became defined and popularized in Japan. Ancient palaces depicted the Chin as a dog for aristocrats, much like the Cavalier Spaniels in Europe. It was considered …

Havanese

Havanese Overview The Havanese is an adorable Cuban breed created from the Bichon style dogs of Europe. As the breed adapted to the changed climate, they became slightly smaller in size, and got a silkier coat, similar to that of a Shih Tzu. The breed was also crossed with …

Icelandic Sheepdog

  Icelandic Sheepdog Overview The Icelandic Sheepdog is the only native breed to Iceland. They are an older breed, brought to the country by Vikings during its colonization. The breed is small, useful for navigating the terrain while herding livestock. They are also regarded for their legendary sense …