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Presenting the ultimate in beauty and grace, the Afghan Hound is truly a king among dogs. A true aristocrat, the stylish Afghan is an elegant, strong, dignified dog combining great speed and power.
Keen of expression and with a swash-buckling attitude, the Airedale Terrier is the largest of the many terrier breeds and is often referred to as the "King of Terriers." They are probably the most ver
The exact origin of the Akita is not known but they were discovered in Japan where they became the National Dog of Japan.
The draft horse of the Arctic, the Alaskan Malamute was developed by the Inuit Indians of Alaska to haul heavy loads at steady speeds over long distances.
American Staffordshire Terrier
The American Staffordshire Terrier was originally developed as a working dog by American farmers in the early 1800’s.
Anatolian Shepherd (or Karabash)
Originating from Turkey, the Anatolian Shepherd are members of the Mastiff family.
Australian Cattle Dog - A true blue Aussie
The Australian Cattle Dog was bred in the mid 1800's as a working dog that could easily adapt to the often inhospitable Australian environment.
It was in the last century when Australian sheep farmers were in need of a special type of working dog that could work the sheeps on the outback properties and under hot climate conditions that the Au
Historically, there has been much debate about the origins of the Australian Shepherd. However it is now well accepted that the Aussie is more of an American than an Australian as the name suggests.
The aristocratic Basenji is a small, elegant, gazelle-like dog originally used for hunting in central Africa.
The popular Beagle is a small, pack oriented hunting hound.
The Bearded Collie, or "Beardie" as he is popularly known, is one of Britain's oldest breeds.
Bernese Mountain Dog
Over 2,000 years ago, the ancestors of the Bernese Mountain Dogs were brought to Switzerland by the invading Roman soldiers.
Bichon Frise, pronounced ‘Bee-shon Free-zay' is a true companion dog and often seen in the company of ladies in Europe during the 16th Century.
Recognised by their noble and dignified expression of solemnity, wisdom and power, and loose, long pendulous folds of skin around the head and neck, the Bloodhound is one of the most docile of pure br
The Border Collie derives their name from the border between Scotland and England where these dogs first came to prominence, although the breed was very much developed in Australia. One of the supreme
A tuxedo-clad little dog, the Boston Terrier is a native American breed. The breed was developed as a cross between a British Bulldog and a white English Terrier.
There are few dogs with a more playful nature than the Boxer. They are strong, boisterous, active and have a very positive personality.
Originally a French sheep herding breed, the Briard was dual purpose being a guardian and shepherd of the flocks and watch dog for family and farm.
Bullmastiffs, originally bred from English Mastiffs and English Bulldogs, were used to catch and hold down poachers in the forests of England during the 19th century.
Originally known as the Shorthaired Skye Terrier, the Cairn terrier are among the smallest of the working terriers.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
This delightful breed took their name from King Charles II, who enjoyed the company of toy spaniels often far more than of his courtiers.
Known as the world's smallest dog, the origin of the Chihuahua remains a mystery but it has been said they are a very ancient breed.
Chinese Crested Dog
The Chinese Crested is believed to originate from Africa where it was used by the Aztecs as a bed warmer.
The Cocker Spaniel's original purpose in life was to flush out woodcock from the thick hedgerows, gorse and undergrowth of England.
Bred in Germany and were used by foresters and hunters to hunt badgers, the Dachshund is a low set, short legged, long bodied dog designed to go to ground and follow the preys into their burrows.
An elegant animal of ancient lineage, the Dalmatian with their picturesque spotting is certainly one of the most distinctive looking of all breeds.
The Deerhound was once known as the Royal Dog of Scotland when there was a time when no person below the rank of Earl was permitted by law to own a Deerhound.
The Dobermann was the creation of a German tax collector, Herr Louis Dobermann. Herr Dobermann was in need of an alert, companion dog to protect him when he was doing his rounds.
Dogue de Bordeaux
The Dogue de Bordeaux, or sometimes referred to as a French Mastiff became a popular canine icon after appearing with Tom Hanks in Turner and Hooch.
Fondly referred to as the 'Foxie', this little power packet of a dog was originally favoured for use in the sport of fox hunting.
The origins of the French Bulldog, fondly known as the Frenchie, are a little uncertain.
The undisputed king of dogs, the versatile German Shepherd has done more in the service of mankind than any other.
German Shorthaired Pointer
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a powerful, agile, well-balanced dog, possessing great intelligence and animation.
The Golden Retriever was developed through judicious crossbreeding of various gundogs on the estate of Lord Tweedmouth at Inverness Shire in Scotland.
The gentle giant we know today, the Great Dane, originated from Germany where they were also known as Boar Hound.
One of the most elegant and athletic of canine breeds, the Greyhound is also one of the most gentle.
Known in Hungary as the Yellow Pointer, the Vizsla was the original companion sporting dog of the early warlords and landed aristocracy.
Coveted for their hunting prowess, the Irish Wolfhound was, by law, originally only permitted to be owned by kings, nobles and poets. He hunted wolves, wild boar and the gigantic Irish elk.
This elegant and graceful little Greyhound in miniature has a long history as a favourite of royalty and pet of the nobility. Even Cleopatra owned one of these delightful little creatures!
Jack Russell Terrier
This game, hardy little Terrier takes its name from the Rev. John (Jack) Russell, a fox-hunting Parson.
In the 1920s and 1930s, dog breeders in Japan created the Japanese Spitz by crossbreeding other different Spitz breeds.
Often known as the "Dutch Barge Dog", the keeshond served for countless years as a guard and companion to the riverboat captains who plied their craft up and down the canals of Holland.
Originated in Newfoundland, off the coast of Canada, the Labrador Retrievers were first used to retrieve large fish escaping from nets in icy waters and waterfowls.
The Lhasa Apso has been based in Tibetan monasteries as an indoor sentinel for more than 2,000 years.
The Maltese has a colourful yet unconfirmed history and has played an important companion role throughout the world.
Originated in Germany as a ratter and companion dog, the Miniature Pinscher in fun loving and has a high self-esteem. Also known as 'Min Pins' they may be one of out most underrated small dogs.
The Norwegian Elkhound is an exceedingly versatile dog developed as a companion to the Vikings, guardian, herder and hunter.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers were developed after hunters saw foxes use play behaviour to lure ducks within range. When working, the ‘Toller’ retrieves a stick thrown by the hunter.
This little dog takes the name from the French word for butterfly - papillon.
These Royal Dogs of China were considered sacred animals and, as such, were bred and carefully guarded in the Imperial Palace where only those within the royal circle were permitted to own one.
The smallest of the Spitz group of dogs, the Pomeranian is a descendant of the much larger artic breeds such as the Samoyed.
The origins of the Pug are thought to lie in China nearly 2000 years ago.
Pyrenean Mountain Dog
One of the most beautiful of all breeds, the Pyrenean Mountain Dog was originally bred to guard the flocks from wolves and bears, and to protect the shepherd.
Referred to in some readings as the African Lion Hound, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is said to take its ancestry from the canine hunting companions of native warriors from South Africa.
Originally known as the Butcher's Dog of Rottweil, after the small German town where the breed developed, the Rottweiler was a cattle and guard dog of great repute.
Renowned as the rescue dog of Switzerland, the Saint Bernard was bred for centuries by the monks from the St Bernard Hospice in the Swiss Alps.
The Samoyed originated in the north-west of Siberia, where they were used for herding reindeer and pulling sledges.
The word Schipperke is Flemish for 'little skipper', and derives from the fact that these small active dogs were used as watchdogs, companions and ratters on barges and riverboats in Belgium.
The Schnauzer originated in Germany and acquired their name from the German words "schnauze" (snout or muzzle) and "schnauzbart" (moustache).
Affectionately known as the Scottie, this terrier is a hardy, courageous, loyal and an often stubborn companion.
A bundle of wrinkles, the Shar-pei has origins from over 2000 years ago in southern China.
Shetland Sheepdog - Sheltie
Faithful, supremely intelligent, and with great beauty, the "Sheltie" as he is affectionately called, originated in the Shetland Islands off the north coast of Scotland.
Shiba Inu - big dog in small body!
This proud breed goes all the way back to the Jouman period in Japan (before 300BC). It is the most popular dog breed in Japan with more than 1 million registered.
The history of the Shih Tzu is a little mysterious but DNA analysis confirms that the ancestors of today's Shih Tzu breed are one of the most ancient dog breeds. It is believed the Shih Tzu's close r
Best known of the various sled dog breeds and for their wolf like appearance, the Siberian Husky was bred by the Chukchi people from northeast Asia.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier often fondly referred to as the Staffy does everything full throttle; play, exercise, eat and adore!
The Tenterfield Terrier is believed to have been created with the smallest Fox Terrier puppies and other small breeds. They were bred around the areas of Tenterfield, a small town in New South Wales.
Used for centuries by the monks of Tibet to turn their prayer wheels by means of a small treadmill, the Tibetan Spaniels were considered a sacred animal.
It is widely believed that the Weimaraner was bred at the court of the Grand Duke Karl August of Weimar in Germany.
The Welsh Corgi-Cardigan developed as a cattle herding dog in the Cardiganshire district of Wales. The Cardigan Corgi is a loyal, gentle companion and is easily trained.
West Highland White Terrier - Westie
The very popular West Highland White Terrier was originally a hunter in Scotland where their tremendous stamina, courage and agility made the Westie exceptionally suitable for the rugged Scottish terr
Whippets are a true sporting hound, bred for speed and are the fastest domesticated animal for their weight, capable of up to 56 kilometres per hour.
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