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siberian husky dog

Siberian Husky

Chukchi is a tribe in Siberian nomads and huskies are beleived to be originated with them. DNA tests on huskies prove that they are the oldest among t..

Working dogLarge dogRussia
pomeranian dog

Pomeranian

Known as the Pom and classified as a toy dog breed, the Pomeranian comes from the Spitz dog from the Arctic regions. It is thought that the dog is des..

Toy dogSmall dogGermany
maltese dog

Maltese

The Maltese dog hardly needs any introduction as this is an ancient breed which is still as popular as ever. Some people refer to it as the "Maltese ..

Toy dogSmall dogItaly
pug dog

Pug

It is believed that Pugs originated in China, but not much is known about the early history of these dogs. There are some dog experts who believe that..

Toy dogSmall dogChina
german shepherd puppies

German Shepherd

​​In 1882 german shepherd was introduced in a show at Hanover. They were created by the cross breeding of the rural sheep dogs by a man named Max. I..

Herding dogsLarge dogGermany
chihuahua dog

Chihuahua

Quite a bit of the Chihuahua’s history is shrouded in mystery, and there are different versions about its origins. While historians speculate, most..

Toy dogToy dogMexico
boston terrier dog

Boston Terrier

Nicknamed the American Gentleman, the Boston Terrier is the result of crossing the British Bulldog with the white English Terrier. At first the Boston..

Terrier dogSmall dogUnited States
american pit bull terrier dog

American Pit Bull Terrier

The history of the American Pit Bull Terrier might be a confusing one to some dog lovers and certainly to the general public that tends to lump all th..

Terrier dogMedium dogUnited States
beagle dog

Beagle

There are some accounts of similar size dogs used for hunting in Greece in 5th century BCE. During 8th century the Talbot Hound breed was created. In ..

Hound dogSmall dogUnited Kingdom
chow chow dog

Chow Chow

Northern China is the original home of the Chow Chow. In that region of China, the breed was known as the Songshi Quan – “the puffy-lion” dog. They ha..

Non sporting dogMedium dogChina
great dane dog

Great Dane

Known as the Deutsche Dogge or Apollo of dogs, the giant-breed Great Dane hails from Germany and not Denmark as many people believe. The large Grea..

Companion dogGiant dogGermany
maltipoo dog

Maltipoo

The Maltipoo is a popular dog breed – a cross between the Maltese and Poodle. The dog originates in the United States. The Maltipoo is a cross bree..

Toy dogSmall dogUnited States
cavalier king charles spaniel dog

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The origin of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel goes back many centuries. It was in 1928 that this spaniel breed was separated from the smaller King C..

Toy dogSmall dogUnited Kingdom
pembroke welsh corgi dog

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is known as an achondroplastic, a dwarf breed, and they come from Pembrokeshire in Wales. Not much is known of the dog's hist..

Herding dogsMedium dogUnited Kingdom
american bulldog dog

American Bulldog

Following World War II, the American Bulldog was almost extinct. Thanks to John D. Johnson from Summerville, Georgia the breed is still with us tod..

Working dogMedium dogUnited States
samoyed dog

Samoyed

The Samoyed is a large breed of dog; a spitz-type dog, with a thick, double-layer coat. The dog was used to help with herding and to also haul sledge..

Working dogLarge dogRussia
labradoodle dog

Labradoodle

The Labradoodle is certainly a popular cross breed dog which was developed originally in Australia to be a hypoallergenic guide dog. The dog is a ..

Companion dogLarge dogAustralia
cockapoo dog

Cockapoo

The gorgeous Cockapoo is a mixed-breed dog. He comes from mixing the Cocker Spaniel with a Poodle.Both these dogs have their own histories. Known a..

Toy dogSmall dogUnited States
cane corso dog

Cane Corso

As a descendant of the Canis pugnax, the Cane Corso dog which hails from Italy has been used for guarding livestock and property. The Corso’s lineage..

Molosser dogsLarge dogItaly
dalmatian puppies

Dalmatian

The history of the Dalmatian dog is also fairly scant, and the information you get is often unclear. The name Dalmatian wasn’t used until the end o..

Non sporting dogMedium dogCroatia
alaskan malamute dog

Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute is one of the oldest breeds. Thousands of years ago, native people in the land between Alaska and Siberia. From the beginning, this b..

Working dogLarge dogUnited States
cavapoo dog

Cavapoo

The Cavapoo, known also as the Cavoodle, is a small dog – a mix of a miniature Poodle and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. He hasn’t got a long his..

Toy dogSmall dogUnited States
corgi dog

Corgi

Known as a cattle herding dog breed, the Corgi hails from Pembrokeshire, Wales. You get 2 breeds – the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Welsh Corgi. Th..

Herding dogsSmall dogUnited Kingdom
basset hound dog

Basset Hound

The Basset is a French dog bred in Great Britain in the late 1800s. The history of the Basset goes way back to ancient times as there have been discov..

Hound dogMedium dogFrance
miniature schnauzer dog

Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzers were first bred in Germany in the 19th century being bred from Affenpinschers and Standard Schnauzers. This dog was always use..

Terrier dogSmall dogGermany
morkie dog

Morkie

These cute little dogs originated in the United States. As a cross between a Maltese Poodle and Yorkshire Terrier, the idea of breeders was to bring o..

Toy dogToy dogUnited States
cavachon dog

Cavachon

The Cavachon dog is a mix of the Bichon Frise and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. There isn’t much on the history of the dog but it seems as though c..

Toy dogSmall dogUnited States
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Mixed

Many people are inclined to think that mixed breed or cross-breed dogs, also known as mutts or mongrels or designer dogs are just pavement specials. ..

Companion dogLarge dogUnited States
sakhalin husky dog

Sakhalin Husky

Known also as the Karafuto-Ken, the Sakhalin Husky is a dog that has been used as a sled dog, but which is now almost extinct. Hailing from Japan, ..

Working dogMedium dogJapan
labrador retriever dog

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever has its origin from Newfoundland which is an island.Dorset Eskimos are the people who settled down first in Newfoundland. Newfo..

Sporting dogLarge dogCanada
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Other

Dog lovers are thrilled because there is such diversity to choose from when looking for a pet. There are so many other dogs that don’t have any par..

Miscellaneous dogsMedium dogUnited States
bernese mountain dog dog

Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog comes from the Swiss Alps and is one of four separate breeds called Sennenhund or “Alpine pasture dog”. The Name Bernese Moun..

Working dogGiant dogSwitzerland
mal shi dog

Mal-Shi

Small and pretty, the Mal-shi is a new crossbreed dog which originated in the United States and only recently - in the 1990s. There hasn’t been muc..

Companion dogSmall dogUnited States
newfoundland dog dog

Newfoundland Dog

The Newfoundland dog is a large working dog. They were bred and used as a working dog for fishermen in the Dominion of Newfoundland, an eastern provin..

Working dogGiant dogCanada
papillon dog

Papillon

With his eye-catching butterfly-look-alike feathery ears, the Papillon, also called the Continental Toy Spaniel or the Squirrel Spaniel, is one of the..

Toy dogSmall dogFrance
dogue de bordeaux dog

Dogue De Bordeaux

The Dogue de Bordeaux is an ancient French dog breed and his history goes so far back that it is difficult to have accurate records of his origin. ..

Molosser dogsLarge dogFrance
olde english bulldogge dog

Olde English Bulldogge

The Bulldog in general has undergone quite a few changes over the years and the Olde English Bulldogge was developed as a designer breed in the United..

Miscellaneous dogsMedium dogUnited States
english springer spaniel dog

English Springer Spaniel

The English Springer Spaniel is one of many gun dog breeds that flush and retrieve. They descended from the Shropshire Spaniels and Norfolk Spaniels. ..

Gun dogMedium dogUnited Kingdom
miniature australian shepherd dog

Miniature Australian Shepherd

Unlike some miniaturized pure dog breeds, the Miniature Australian Shepherd is a breed of its own. The American Kennel Club and the United Kennel Club..

Herding dogsSmall dogUnited States
american cocker spaniel dog

American Cocker Spaniel

Descended from the English Cocker Spaniel when the latter were brought to the United States in the late 1800s. American hunters wanted a smaller dog f..

Gun dogMedium dogUnited States
german shorthaired pointer dog

German Shorthaired Pointer

Being a member of the Sporting Group, the German Shorthaired Pointer is a dog which was developed in the 19th century in Germany, and specifically for..

Gun dogLarge dogGermany
japanese chin dog

Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin, also known as the Japanese Spaniel, has always been known for thousands of years as a dog with strong companion characteristics. ..

Toy dogSmall dogJapan
alaskan husky dog

Alaskan Husky

Alaskan Husky is created to be a working dog who can do many different jobs like hauling logs, transport, supplies delivery, racing dogs, etc. Mushers..

Working dogMedium dogUnited States
puggle dog

Puggle

The first Puggle was bred in the United States in the 1980s and was registered with the American Canine Hybrid Club. None of the major kennel clubs..

Companion dogMedium dogUnited States
bloodhound dog

Bloodhound

The history of the Bloodhound breed is a fascinating one. Known as a Sleuthhound for its ability to smell out the culprit and bag the prey. Even more ..

Hound dogLarge dogUnited Kingdom
miniature english bulldog dog

Miniature English Bulldog

The Miniature Bulldog is such a cute little dog, hailing from England in the 18th and early 19th centuries. The exact development of the dog is unclea..

Toy dogSmall dogUnited Kingdom
pekingese dog

Pekingese

This is an ancient dog breed that originated in China. Known also as Lion Dogs, they are toy dogs that have always been a popular choice for Chinese r..

Toy dogToy dogChina
miniature dachshund dog

Miniature Dachshund

The Dachshund breed is ancient and was developed in Germany sometime around the 16th century. It was in 1870 that Dachshunds first came to the Unit..

Hound dogSmall dogGermany
alaskan klee kai dog

Alaskan Klee Kai

Alaskan Klee Kai breed is created in Alaska by Linda S Spurlin with help of her family. When she saw a smaller type of Siberian Husky, she immediately..

Companion dogSmall dogUnited States
lhasa apso dog

Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso is a non-sporting dog hailing from Tibet. He was a useful dog to the monks who would use him in the palaces as well as the monasteries ..

Non sporting dogSmall dogChina
coton de tulear dog

Coton De Tulear

These cute little Coton de Tulear dogs originate from Madagascar and have in fact been named the ‘official dog of Madagascar’. The Coton de Tulear ..

Companion dogSmall dogMadagascar
great pyrenees dog

Great Pyrenees

The Great Pyrenees could be from Spain or France because the dog hails from the Pyrenees Mountains, which spans both France and Spain. The dog was ..

Working dogLarge dogFrance
american staffordshire terrier dog

American Staffordshire Terrier

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a part of all the confusion surrounding the group of “pit bulls”. The American Staffordshire Terrier is directly..

Terrier dogLarge dogUnited Kingdom
old english sheepdog dog

Old English Sheepdog

The origin of the Old English Sheepdog is unclear as records weren’t kept. However there are some aspects that suggest the dog originated in the 19th ..

Herding dogsLarge dogUnited Kingdom
miniature poodle dog

Miniature Poodle

The Poodle is no stranger to the dog world and has been a familiar face in Western Europe for hundreds of years. Though they have lived in Europe for ..

Non sporting dogSmall dogGermany
brittany dog

Brittany

One of the most intense bird dog breeds in existence is the Brittany, bred for hunt. The breed used to be called the Brittany Spaniel, but since the b..

Gun dogMedium dogFrance
japanese spitz dog

Japanese Spitz

Spitz dogs include quite a few dog breeds and these dogs all have similar characteristics – pointed, erect ears, slanted type eyes with thick fur. ..

Companion dogSmall dogJapan
bolognese dog

Bolognese

The Bolognese has already been on record since the 13th century, being particularly popular among the aristocracy during the Renaissance. The breed ha..

Toy dogSmall dogItaly
italian greyhound dog

Italian Greyhound

The Italian Greyhound is an ancient breed, a purebred originating in Italy but with evidence to suggest it was also to be found in Turkey and Greece. ..

Toy dogSmall dogItaly
perro de presa canario dog

Perro de Presa Canario

This large dog, also known as the Canary Mastiff, is a rare Molosser-type dog hailing from the Canary Islands. It does appear as if, according to r..

Molosser dogsLarge dogSpain
collie dog

Collie

The Collie is a herding dog from Scotland and is also known by other names such as Rough Collie or Lassie Collie. The first Collies used to be more..

Herding dogsMedium dogUnited Kingdom
bernedoodle dog

Bernedoodle

The Bernedoodle is a hybrid cross between the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Standard Poodle. They have been around for many, many years but the first o..

Companion dogLarge dogCanada
pharaoh hound dog

Pharaoh Hound

The Pharaoh Hound hails from Malta and is the national dog there. These dogs are rare and are looked upon as endangered. Because they are a primitive..

Hound dogMedium dogMalta
irish setter dog

Irish Setter

The Irish Setter is a gun dog, originating in Ireland and recognized by his beautiful red or mahogany coat. Descending from the Setter group, the I..

Gun dogLarge dogIreland
rhodesian ridgeback dog

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Known as the African Lion Dog, the courageous Rhodesian Ridgeback hails from Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. He was bred essentially to be a hunter as well..

Hound dogLarge dogZimbabwe
giant schnauzer dog

Giant Schnauzer

As a working dog breed, the Giant Schnauzer, known also as the Riesenschnauzer, hails from Germany. It is believed that the first Giant Schnauzers..

Working dogLarge dogGermany
malti pom dog

Malti-Pom

The sweet little Malti Pom is a dog which comes from crossing two purebreds – the Maltese Poodle and the Pomeranian. The appearance of this dog wil..

Companion dogSmall dogUnited States
pekepoo dog

PekePoo

As a cross between a Peingese and a Poodle, your cute Peekapoo as he is also known, isn't a purebred dog. They first started making their appearance i..

Companion dogSmall dogUnited States
english setter dog

English Setter

History The English Setter seems to have been a hunting dog in England as far back as the 15th century. These dogs were known to be ‘setter types’ ..

Gun dogMedium dogUnited Kingdom
hungarian wirehaired vizsla dog

Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla

In the 1930’s some breeders noticed that the Hungarian Vizsla produced some dogs with more water, cold weather and ground cover protection because the..

Hound dogMedium dogHungary
afghan hound dog

Afghan Hound

The first known information about Afghan Hound was in the 19th century. That dog looked like a Saluki. The breed that we know today is a mix of an Afg..

Hound dogMedium dogAfghanistan
dutch shepherd dog

Dutch Shepherd

The Dutch Shepherd is of Dutch origin, hailing from the Netherlands. They were originally used as herding dogs on the farms, where they became a jack-..

Herding dogsMedium dogNetherlands
hungarian vizsla dog

Hungarian Vizsla

The Hungarian Vizslas existed in the land that is now Hungary, the Pannonian Basin, at least since the 10th century when they were shown on etchings. ..

Hound dogMedium dogHungary
greyhound dog

Greyhound

The Greyhound belongs to a group of dogs known as sighthounds. This is an ancient sighthound breed dating back a few thousands years. The dog has b..

Hound dogLarge dogUnited Kingdom
redbone coonhound dog

Redbone Coonhound

The Redbone Coonhound has always had a busy life hunting bear, deer and cougar. It is thought that this dog descends from from Bloodhounds, Foxhounds ..

Hound dogMedium dogUnited States
leonberger dog

Leonberger

Hailing from Germany, and more specifically the city of Leonberg, the Leonberger is a giant dog breed. A resident of Leonberg, Germany, was looking..

Working dogGiant dogGermany
goldador dog

Goldador

Introduced as a designer dog, the Goldador is beautiful – a mix between Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers, two of the most popular dog breeds ..

Working dogLarge dogUnited States
bandog dog

Bandog

The original Bandogs were bred for guarding and protecting. It is believed that the dogs were developed from eastern shepherds, the American Pit Bull ..

Working dogLarge dogUnited Kingdom
belgian shepherd dog groenendael dog

Belgian Shepherd Dog (Groenendael)

Looking much like a pitch black German Shepherd dog, the Belgian Shepherd is a beautiful looking dog. Their roots go back to the 1800s to Groenendael,..

Working dogLarge dogBelgium
norwich terrier dog

Norwich Terrier

Hailing from the United Kingdom and once known as the Cantab Terrier, the Norwich Terrier may be small, but he was bred to hunt rodents. Closely re..

Terrier dogSmall dogUnited Kingdom
norwegian elkhound dog

Norwegian Elkhound

The Norwegian Elkhound is an ancient spitz-type dog breed hailing from Norway and with a history that goes back thousands of years. These dogs hav..

Hound dogMedium dogNorway
alaunt dog

Alaunt

Alaunt is an extinct breed that existed 3000 years ago since 300 years ago. They were very popular dogs and people used them for many different tasks...

Working dogGiant dogAfghanistan
norfolk terrier dog

Norfolk Terrier

It was in the 1880s that a working terrier was developed in eastern England. The Norfolk Terrier was developed by crossing local terrier-like dogs wit..

Terrier dogSmall dogUnited Kingdom
english shepherd dog

English Shepherd

The English Shepherd is another dog with an English name that was developed in the United States. They developed from British farm dogs that were brou..

Herding dogsMedium dogUnited States
francais blanc et noir dog

Francais Blanc et Noir

Translated from the French Chien Francais Blanc et Noir, is the French White and Black Hound. His ancestry goes back before the French Revolution to ..

Hound dogLarge dogFrance
german wirehaired pointer dog

German Wirehaired Pointer

Medium to large sized, the German Wirehaired Pointer is a griffon type dog breed hailing from Germany and developed for hunting purposes in the 19th c..

Sporting dogLarge dogGermany
briard dog

Briard

Through myth and legend, the Briard is thought to be a very ancient dog. A French herding breed, a Briard type of dog appears in writings as early as ..

Herding dogsLarge dogFrance
saluki dog

Saluki

It seems as though the Saluki's origins go far back to ancient Egypt times. The dog is known for its superb hunting abilities. These dogs have been..

Hound dogLarge dogIraq
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English White Terrier

The English White Terrier was developed in the 1860’s by a group of breeders from the Sealyham terriers, the Jack Russell terrier, and the Fox Terrier..

Terrier dogSmall dogUnited Kingdom
english pointer dog

English Pointer

We can find records for pointers from 17th century. Breeds such as Old Spanish and Portuguese Pointer were set in to England from European Mainland. I..

Sporting dogMedium dogUnited Kingdom
keeshond dog

Keeshond

Keeshond is the term used for German Spitzes and although many American references have it that the Keeshond originated in the Netherlands, some say t..

Non sporting dogMedium dogNetherlands
coonhound dog

Coonhound

The Coonhound, hailing from the United States of America, is a scenthound or hunting dog of which there are 6 distinct breeds which are recognized by ..

Hound dogMedium dogUnited States
american foxhound dog

American Foxhound

As a cousin of the English Foxhound, the American Foxhound is a scent hound and bred for hunting. Robert Brooke brought the first hunting dogs to the ..

Hound dogLarge dogUnited States
rough collie dog

Rough Collie

Many people have seen the movie ‘Lassie’, and of course this movie made the Collie popular and famous. Apart from the Rough Collie, you also get th..

Herding dogsLarge dogUnited Kingdom
portuguese water dog dog

Portuguese Water Dog

The Portuguese Water Dog is a working dog hailing from the Portuguese region of the Algarve. The dog has always been a friend of the sea, working arou..

Working dogMedium dogPortugal
bracco italiano dog

Bracco Italiano

The attractive and popular breed in Italy, the Bracco Italiano was used for tracking and retrieving, evolving in Piedmont and Lombardy. It is believed..

Gun dogLarge dogItaly
irish wolfhound dog

Irish Wolfhound

It is believed that the Irish Wolfhound is an ancient breed and that it was brought to Ireland as early as 7000 BC. These dogs were bred as hunting..

Hound dogGiant dogIreland
borzoi dog

Borzoi

Developed in Russia and also known as the Russian Wolfhound, the Borzoi was used to hunt wolf in the country. By 1873 there were only a few Borzoi wh..

Hound dogLarge dogBosnia and Herzegovina
french spaniel dog

French Spaniel

Developed in France and then in Canada, the French Spaniel is a descendent of 14th century hunting dogs. Originally the breed was very popular with th..

Sporting dogMedium dogFrance
chiapom dog

Chiapom

The Chi-Pom or Chiapom comes from mixing the Pomeranian and the Chihuahua, and both these dogs are toy breeds and known as companion dogs. These li..

Toy dogToy dogUnited States

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