Dog Breeds – Afghan Hound

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Discovered in Afghanistan and the surrounding regions in the 19th century, the Afghan Hound has developed into two distinctive breed types depending upon the region the animal’s heritage comes from. These regions are considered the Southern and Western Desert regions and the Northern region of Afghanistan. Sadly, during World War II, the breed all but … Read more…

Dog Breeds – Standard Schnauzer

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Though today three Schnauzer breeds are recognized, the Standard Schnauzer is the original. This pup can trace its ancestry 500 years back to the old herding and guard dogs of Europe. Despite their similarities in appearance, the Schnauzer and Schnauzers in general are not related to the British Terrier. Instead, they are most closely related … Read more…

Dog Breeds – Papillon

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Most of the general population probably will not think of Papillons when the word “spaniel” appears, but the Papillon is still a popular toy spaniel breed. Many works of art through European history feature this small dog, often in the lap of the upper class. Only the wealthy could afford paintings, so it is understandable … Read more…

Dog Breeds – Maltese

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The Maltese is a beautiful and friendly breed of dog that any family can welcome into their home. They have been recognized as a breed since 1954 and continue to offer friendship and love to those who allow them to be part of their families. Understanding the history, the looks and the disposition of the … Read more…

Dog Breeds – Bloodhound

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The Bloodhound ancestry can be traced back to approximately 11th century. Some say that the breed was found in the Mediterranean regions long before the Christian era; other sources say it was found in Europe many years before the Crusades and that the first breeds was brought there from Constantinople. It was believed that there … Read more…

Dog Breeds – Miniature Pinscher

Minature Pincsher come from Germany. A careful mix of Dachshund, Doberman, German Pinscher and Greyhound, this breed was originally developed to keep rats and rodents out of barnyards and stables. Often hailed as “The King of Toys” their mini talents include; competitiveness, obedience, agility and guarding property. Their small size makes them effective watchdogs when … Read more…

Dog Breeds/Giant Schnauzer

The Giant Schnauzer originated in 1832 on pig and cattle farms in the Bavarian Highlands area of Germany. The breed was originally known as “oberlanders” and a written breed standard wasn’t established until 1923. During this time, breeders used Standard Schnauzers to fix the Schnauzer type and from that came the Giant Schnauzer. When World … Read more…

Dog Breeds/Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer is a small dog that was derived in Germany. This occurred in the middle to late part of the 19th century. Initially the dogs were bred to be medium sized for farm work. They were bred to herd and guard property, and are naturally protective of children. The Miniature Schnauzer that lived … Read more…

Dog Breeds/Chow Chow

Artwork depicting Chow Chow-like dogs has been dated at over 2,000 years old, establishing the breed as one of the oldest in existence. Throughout the centuries, the Chow has been an all-purpose breed in China; performing duties such as wolf hunting, pulling carts, guarding temples and homes, and many others. It was (and is still) … Read more…

Dog Breeds/Pomeranian

Pomeranians are thought to come from wolf-spitz dogs. The wolf-spitz dogs came from the north of Russia and Siberia. The larger versions were used as guard and sledge animals. The smaller versions became the house pets. The Pomeranian became a popular breed during the Queen Victoria’s reign. The Queen liked the smaller version called the … Read more…