Tag: Medium Dog Breeds

Xoloitzcuintli

Xoloitzcuintli Overview The Xoloitzcuintli, or “Xolo” is thought to be one of the world’s oldest and rarest dog breed . They are known as the first dog of the Americas, and they came along with the first people to cross the Bering Strait over 15,000 years prior. Artifacts of the …

Whippet

Whippet Overview In spite of his ancient looks, the Whippet is a fairly recent breed, having been developed in the 1800s. Also known as the “poor man’s racehorse,” the Whippet can run as fast as 36 mph. They are truly miniature greyhounds, and hold the record for the fastest …

Welsh Terrier

Welsh Terrier Overview Many of the English terriers of today have their roots with the Old English Terrier. These dogs were prized for their variety of hunting skills, including game such as otter, fox, and badgers. Welsh hunters wanted a dog with longer legs and larger body, to …

Welsh Springer Spaniel

Welsh Springer Spaniel Overview Red and white colored hunting dogs have long had a popular place in the British Isles. The Welsh Springer Spaniel is actually a close cousin to other breeds such as the Cocker Spaniel and English Springer Spaniel. They were once all considered “cocking spaniels” …

Treeing Tennessee Brindle

Treeing Tennessee Brindle Overview Small brindle colored hounds have been a part of the hunting culture in the Southern United States for generations. This dog breed was valued for being great trailers and locators of raccoons and squirrels, while still being friendly with humans and other pets. They finally received …

Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan Terrier Overview The Tibetan Terrier, really a herding breed rather than terrier, is one of the oldest breeds of dog from Tibet. It is thought that this breed is the ancestor of many other popular dogs such as the Lhasa Apso and Shih Tzu. The Tibetan Terrier …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu Overview They hail from the mountains of Japan, where the breed has been present for over 3000 years. They are part of several Japanese Spitz-type dogs, that include other breeds such as the Akita. Shiba Inus are the smallest and were used to hunt game such as …

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