Tag: Small Dog Breeds

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 …

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 …

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 …

Swedish Vallhund

Swedish Vallhund Overview The Swedish Vallhund can trace his history back to the west of Sweden, where he has long worked as a multipurpose farm dog. The breed is long and low to the ground, making him adept at herding cattle, and he also makes a competent watchdog …

Smooth Fox Terrier

Smooth Fox Terrier Overview The Fox Terrier is an old English breed used in the 1700s by hunters who needed a compact, energy-bound dog to go after the game. They were bred to be quick thinkers that relied on instinct rather than looking to their owners for direction. …

Silky Terrier

Silky Terrier Overview The Silky has its origins in 1800s Australia, however, it may have been mixed with several other breeds of terrier prior to that. Some ancestors include the Yorkshire Terrier, Australian Terrier, Dandie Dinmont, Skye, and Cairn. While hunting vermin was a possible job of the …

Skye Terrier

Skye Terrier Overview The Skye Terrier gets its name from its location of origin, the Isle of Skye on the west coast of Scotland. These dogs have a history of more than 400 years, helping farmers to find and kill prey such as badger, fox, and otter. They …

Shih Tzu

  Shih Tzu Overview It is believed that they have a similar history and breed lines to the Lhasa Apso, however it was brought to China where it was perfected. This breed was prized by Chinese nobility and was given a life of luxury in the palace. During …

Shetland Sheepdog

  Shetland Sheepdog Overview During the 1700s, the Shetland Islands were a thriving trading area, bringing fishing boats and along with it several breeds of herding dog. Working sheepdogs from Scotland combined with other Spitz-type dogs to create what is now known as the Shetland Sheepdog. Like many …

Sealyham Terrier

Sealyham Terrier Overview In the mid 1800s, there was an estate called Sealyham, where its owner, Captain John Edwards, decided to make the perfect terrier breed. The breed had to be fast, small and brave. The breed also required a light color so as not to be mistaken …

Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier Overview The Scottish Terrier or “Scottie” is one of the most iconic and well-known dog breeds. They were kept in the Highlands of Scotland by hunters and used to go after game on the ground. Their ancestry is unknown, but it is likely that this breed hails …

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 …

Rat Terrier

Rat Terrier Overview The Rat Terrier is thought to be the product of the combination of the Fox Terrier and Manchester Terrier. While the breed was created in England, it is in the United States where breeding and popularity turned the Rat Terrier into what it is today. The …