Tag: Non Sporting 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Schipperke

Schipperke Overview This dog breed is from Belgium, where the breed has been around for a few hundred years. They were originally called Spitske (AKA Spitz) due to hunting game such as rats and other vermin on farms. The breed was also a great watchdog. As the popularity of the …

Miniature and Toy Poodle

Miniature and Toy Poodle Overview They have been one of the most versatile dogs in history. They were easily able to work as retrievers while still being loyal, stylish and dignified companions. They both come from the Standard Poodle, bred down to their current smaller size. All three types are …

Standard Poodle

Standard Poodle Overview The Standard Poodle has been one of the most versatile dogs in history. They were easily able to work as retrievers while still being loyal, stylish and dignified companions. The Standard Poodle maintains a high level of popularity throughout the world for both their companionship …

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 …

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 …

Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso Overview The ancestors of the Lhasa Apso have been noted as far back as 8000 BC in Tibet. The Buddhist monks of Tibet wanted a dog that resembled the lion, and created the Lhasa or “lion dog”. They quickly became popular in monasteries and as treasured …

Lowchen

Lowchen Overview There is debate over whether the Lowchen actually originated in France, or Spain or Germany. Popular since the 1500s, the breed is part of the Bichon family and has travelled all over Europe. His famed “lion cut” grooming style has earned him the nickname of “The …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Finnish Spitz

  Finnish Spitz Overview The predecessors to the Finnish Spitz migrated with their owners from Russia until settling in Finland. The breed has been primarily used for hunting bear and elk, but also hunts smaller game such as birds. The popularity of the breed has made it the national dog …

French Bulldog

French Bulldog Overview While the French Bulldog sports the French name, their origin is actually British. When British tradesmen moved from Britain to France during the Industrial Revolution, they brought with them their pet bulldogs. They were then interbred with various French breeds to create the loveable, large eared …