Ibizan Hound

Ibizan Hound Overview Originating in the Spanish island of Ibiza, this ancient breed has been around for nearly thousands of years. The breed is a Sighthound, hunting game such as rabbits to help supplement the food islanders ate. The breed has since expanded its reach beyond the island, …

Harrier

Harrier Overview Related to the English Foxhound, some speculate that the Harrier is actually just a small Foxhound and from the same scenthound stock as Foxhounds just mixed with smaller dogs such as Beagles. The job of this breed was to follow hares while hunters followed the dogs …

Greyhound

Greyhound Overview While Ancient Egypt has depictions of dogs resembling greyhounds, the Greyhound was actually developed in Great Britain. It was a popular hunting dog for royalty, and used to hunt swift prey such as deer. The breed is considered the fastest dog, with speeds of up to …

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 …

Irish Wolfhound

  Irish Wolfhound Overview The Irish Wolfhound is well known as one of the largest dog breeds in existence. It was used throughout the Middle Ages to hunt boar, stags and elk as well as wolves. They also served a purpose guarding property and going to war with …

Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin Overview It is unknown if the precursor to the Japanese Chin originated in China or Korea, however the breed itself became defined and popularized in Japan. Ancient palaces depicted the Chin as a dog for aristocrats, much like the Cavalier Spaniels in Europe. It was considered …

Havanese

Havanese Overview The Havanese is an adorable Cuban breed created from the Bichon style dogs of Europe. As the breed adapted to the changed climate, they became slightly smaller in size, and got a silkier coat, similar to that of a Shih Tzu. The breed was also crossed with …

Icelandic Sheepdog

  Icelandic Sheepdog Overview The Icelandic Sheepdog is the only native breed to Iceland. They are an older breed, brought to the country by Vikings during its colonization. The breed is small, useful for navigating the terrain while herding livestock. They are also regarded for their legendary sense …

Italian Greyhound

  Italian Greyhound Overview Miniature greyhound like dogs have been depicted since Egyptian times. The Romans were the ones to breed the Italian Greyhound to “perfection”, working on a dog that would retain the looks of its larger companions, but have a compact size as a companion animal. …

Irish Terrier

Irish Terrier Overview Like the other older breeds of Ireland, the Irish Terrier is believed to be an old breed, and one of the oldest known Terrier breeds. He was bred to help protect the family property by ridding it of vermin such as mice and rats, and …

Irish Red and White Setter

Irish Red and White Setter Overview Setters have a long history in Ireland, being used to hunt fowl. They would freeze in place after flushing a bird, rather than chasing it, to prevent the dog from being accidentally shot by hunters. Irish Setters were originally all Red and …

Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniel Overview The Irish Water Spaniel has been around for hundreds of years, however it didn’t become a popular breed until the mid 1800s. The dog, Boatswain, became the popular “father of the breed” and expanded the lines to what they are today. The breed is …

Irish Setter

Irish Setter Overview Setters have a long history in Ireland, being used to hunt fowl. They would freeze in place after flushing a bird, rather than chasing it, to prevent the dog from being accidentally shot by hunters. Irish Setters were originally all Red and White, however the …

Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen

Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen Overview The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen, or GBGV, is related to its smaller and more well-known cousin, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. The breed is one of the oldest French hounds, and were bred to hunt rabbits, hares, foxes and other small game in …

Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees Overview The Great Pyrenees has been the guardian of flocks along the Pyrenees mountains for nearly thousands of years. Later, they were then moved to be a guardian of the homes of nobility. However, to this day, the breed maintains his role as guardian of the flocks, standing …

Golden Retriever

    Golden Retriever Overview The Golden Retriever is one of the most well-known and popular breeds of dog worldwide. The breed was originally created in the 1800s by crossing Flat Coated Retrievers with the now extinct Tweet Water Spaniels. Labradors and other water loving retrievers were also …