Pekingese

Pekingese Overview The Pekingese has been part of China since the Tang dynasty.  The face and the parents of the Pekingese resemble that of a lion which was thought to ward away evil spirits.  They were a popular breed that numbered in the thousands throughout the palaces of China.  If …

Parson Russell Terrier

Parson Russell Terrier Overview Originally named the Jack Russell Terrier, the Parson Russell Terrier is named after Parson “Jack” Russell, a hunter who used the terriers to pursue and then flush foxes out of their holes. The breed became popular in the 1800s, and was designed to both …

Papillon

Papillon Overview The Papillon is a descendant from the Continental Toy Spaniel, a breed that was popular among European royalty. The breed is a lap-dog through and through, and loyal companion to its family. The breed is intelligent and does well in obedience and agility, or even as …

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 …

Old English Sheepdog

Old English Sheepdog Overview The exact origin of the Old English Sheepdog is unknown, however, there is thought that the breed came from a mix of Briard, Scottish Deerhound and Russian hounds. The breed has a dense, plush coat that keeps him dry and warm even in the damp …

Hypothyroidism in Dogs: What You Should Know

Is your dog gaining weight, shedding excessively, or his coat turning dull? These may be indications of his failing thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism in dogs can develop an array of physical and psychological problems in your dog unless identified and treated at the early stage.   The Underactive Thyroid …

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 …

Why Do Dogs Yawn?

People yawn when they are tired and sleepy, but what about dogs? Why do dogs yawn? Do they yawn only when they are tired or feeling sleepy? Is there any health issue underlining such behavior? Should an owner be concerned seeing his dog yawning? Let us find out. …

Norwich Terrier

Norwich Terrier Overview Early in the breed’s ancestry, Norfolk and Norwich Terriers were one in the same. Both were farm and hunting terriers that were used along England. However, in the 1900s a Cairn-type female terrier from Norwich was bred to the ancestors of the Norfolk to create …

Norfolk Terrier

Norfolk Terrier Overview Early in the breed’s ancestry, Norfolk and Norwich Terriers were one in the same. Both were farm and hunting terriers that were used along England. However, in the1900s a Cairn-type female terrier from Norwich was bred to the ancestors of the Norfolk to create the …

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.   …

Newfoundland Dog

Newfoundland Dog Overview Also known as the “Newfie”,  this dog breed has a long history. He is most likely a combination of several water dogs bred with native Canadian dogs at ports and other water-based locations. The breed then split into two, the Lesser St. John’s Dog (Or Labrador Retriever) …

Neapolitan Mastiff

Neapolitan Mastiff Overview The Neapolitan Mastiff is a descendent of Greek and Roman ancient mastiffs who were known for going into battle with the Roman armies. They were also used to fight in arenas and guard castles and estates. The Neapolitan has been a fixture of Italy for …