Tag: Medium Dog 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) …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Norwegian Lundehund

Norwegian Lundehund Overview In Norwegian, Lunde means puffin, and the Lundehund is a breed that was designed to hunt these birds. The Lundehund has a unique small body with the most notable trait of having six, rather than five toes on each foot. This gave the breed increased …

Otterhound

Otterhound Overview As the name suggests, Otterhounds were developed to hunt otters throughout England. The otters were considered a pest that preyed on fish in rivers, and were hunted to be removed. They needed the ability to follow and hunt, sometimes swimming for hours to catch their prey. …

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Overview This dog breed was developed in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in the early 19th century. The idea behind the Nova Scotia was to create a dog that hunted ducks in the same manner as a fox. Bred for hunting, the dogs’ playful actions lure curious …

Norwegian Elkhound

Norwegian Elkhound Overview The Elkhound is probably one of the most well-known and popular breeds of the Scandinavian Spitz-type dogs. The breed has been nearly unchanged for thousands of years, with remains of almost identical dogs found dating back to 5000 BCE. The breed is multipurpose working as …

Norrbottenspets

Norrbottenspets Overview This breed has been a popular spitz-type dog in Sweden, Finland, and Lapland for hundreds of years. The breed was used to hunt small game but was later taken up as a farm dog as the breed moved across Scandinavia. The breed was almost extinct until …

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. …