Rafeiro do Alentejo

Rafeiro do Alentejo Overview Hailing from the Alentejo lowlands of Portugal, the Rafeiro do Alentejo, or Portuguese Mastiff is a descendant of other mastiffs from the Tibetan highlands thousands of years before. They were brought across Europe and developed to help move large herds of cattle. As they …

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier Overview The first Yorkshire Terrier, or “Yorkie” was known as Huddersfield Ben, and is thought to be the foundation sire of the breed. He was born in the late 1800s, and came from Yorkshire, hence the breed’s name. Originally much larger to be used as a …

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 …

Wire Fox Terrier

Wire Fox Terrier Overview Fox Terriers are an old English breed that has been used by fox hunters for centuries. They were compact, energetic and bold, relying on instinct rather than a direction to go after their prey. The breed was divided into two distinctions by coat, wire …

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

  Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Overview Even though his origins are in France, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon was actually created by a Dutchman. There was a need for a hardy, close by hunting gundog that could help point out game. Many Griffon-type dogs were interbred to create a breed …

West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terrier Overview While rough-coated terriers have been a part of Scotland for hundreds of years, it wasn’t until the selection of white colored pups became popular that the White Highland, or “Westie” was created. They had a distinctive all-white coat, making it easy to find …

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” …

Weimaraner

  Weimaraner Overview The Weimaraner is an elegant and popular breed, dating back to the time of royalty in Germany. They were originally called the Weimar Pointer, and were used to hunt game such as bear, wolves and large cats. The breed adapted when hunting birds became more …

Vizsla

Vizsla Overview The Vizsla has its origins with the Magyar, a nomadic tribe that traveled around present-day Hungary. The dogs worked as both hunters and companions and were believed to be a mix of Transylvanian Hound and Turkish Yellow Dog. As the breed progressed, Pointers were added to …

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 …

Treeing Walker Coonhound

Treeing Walker Coonhound Overview As settlers came to America, they brought with them their prized English Foxhounds. These dogs slowly morphed into a breed called the “Virginia Hound”, a dog that was very popular in the 1700s. These dogs then became what is now known as the Treeing …

Toy Fox Terrier

Toy Fox Terrier Overview The Toy Fox Terrier is one of the few All-American bred breeds of today. The crossing of Smooth Fox Terriers was combined with other toy breeds including the Italian Greyhound, Chihuahua and Miniature Pinschers to create a smaller, companion sized breed. Owners looked for …

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 …

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