Tag: Medium Dog 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.   …

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 …

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. …

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 …

Eurasier

Eurasier Overview The Eurasier features an appearance similar to that of the Keeshond. It is another one of the AKC’s foundation stock breeds, however the breed itself is relatively new instead of the ancient breeds typical of the FSS. The breed was created in the 1960’s as an …

Kishu Ken

  Kishu Ken Overview The Spitz-type dog has been a popular style of dog in Japan for centuries. Used to hunt and kill game, the Kishu Ken and some of his fellow Spitz-type dogs assisted matagi, or professional hunters. The Kishu were courageous, and would block or hold …

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 …

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 …

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 …