Category: Breeds

Tibetan Spaniel

Tibetan Spaniel Overview The Tibetan Spaniel has been a mainstay in Tibetan monasteries for centuries. The monks carried the dogs around in their robes to keep warm during winter as well as performing other tasks. There are even rumors that these dogs turned the prayer wheels! Similar to …

Thai Ridgeback

  Thai Ridgeback Overview While relatively unknown, the Thai Ridgeback is actually an ancient breed from Thailand. They were known as “cart following dogs”, but the name was changed due to the distinctive ridge of hair on their back similar to the Rhodesian. The breed accompanying carts on …

Tosa

Tosa Overview Dog fighting has long been a pastime of Japan, and the Tosa was the ultimate fighting dog. Dog fights were large, ceremonial occasions, with dogs dressed in robes and paraded around with white robes around their bodies and necks. As western influence grew in Japan, the …

Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiff Overview It is thought that the Tibetan Mastiff is one of the most ancient breeds and ancestor to many of the mastiff breeds available today. This dog breed was raised as a fierce protector of homes and entire villages. Tibet was isolated for many years, making them a …

Swedish Lapphund

Swedish Lapphund Overview The Swedish Lapphund is another ancient spitz-type breed originating in Lapland of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. The breed followed their semi-nomadic owners of the Sami tribe and helped protect them and hunt reindeer. As the tribes settled, the breed instead switched to herding reindeer until …

Swedish Vallhund

Swedish Vallhund Overview The Swedish Vallhund can trace his history back to the west of Sweden, where he has long worked as a multipurpose farm dog. The breed is long and low to the ground, making him adept at herding cattle, and he also makes a competent watchdog …

Spinone Italiano

Spinone Italiano Overview An all-Italian breed, the Spinone Italiano has been used as a gundog in Italy since ancient times. The breed is renowned for its great tracking and scenting abilities conjoined with a soft mouth for retrieval. The breed also excels in cold or wet conditions due to …

Sussex Spaniel

Sussex Spaniel Overview Named after their origin, the Sussex Spaniel hails from Sussex, England. They were designed as hunters of small game, slow and steady and able to work in any and all conditions. The breed has both spaniel and hound heritage, and will scent on trails like …

Stabyhoun

  Stabyhoun Overview The Stabyhoun has been a part of the Dutch Friesland since the 1600s. The breed was expected to have a well-rounded temperament in order to complete the many jobs he was assigned as a hunter, watchdog, and pet. The breed’s name actually translates to “stand-by-me …

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Overview The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or “Staffie” can trace his lineage all the way back to the Greek mastiff dogs called Molossians. These dogs were used in the fight arenas of the Roman Empire. However, the Staffy was originally used to manage bulls and catch …

Standard Schnauzer

  Standard Schnauzer Overview The Schnauzer has its origins as a farm dog of Germany. Originally there were no size standards for the breed, so the Schnauzer was interbred and differently sized. They were good for hunting vermin, great family pets and larger dogs helped pull carts and …

Smooth Fox Terrier

Smooth Fox Terrier Overview The Fox Terrier is an old English breed used in the 1700s by hunters who needed a compact, energy-bound dog to go after the game. They were bred to be quick thinkers that relied on instinct rather than looking to their owners for direction. …

Spanish Water Dog

  Spanish Water Dog Overview Similar in origin to other water dogs such as the Portuguese, the Spanish Water Dog boasts a history dating back to the 1100s. Their woolly coats and herding capabilities made them excellent water retrieval dogs in Spanish waters. This versatile breed is still …

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Overview At one time, all terriers in Ireland were called Irish Terriers, and little is known if there were actually separate breeds all called this, or if it referred to just one breed now known as the Wheaten Terrier. The breed started out as …

Small Munsterlander

Small Munsterlander Overview The Munsterlander can trace its origins back over 500 years in the region of Munster, Germany. They were a popular breed for bird hunting, and breeders were always interested in furthering the breed to excel at scenting and tracking. The Munsterlander is related to its larger …

English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniel Overview The English Springer Spaniel is another field hunting breed that gets its name from its “Springing” action of hunting. They were bred to flush game out of cover for hunters. Springers are the largest of this group of dog, with Field Spaniels and Cocker …

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