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yorkshire terrier dog

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire terrier originated in Yorkshire which is a place in northern England. In mid 19th century workers from Scotland came to Yorkshire in sea..

Toy dogToy dogUnited Kingdom
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
french bulldog dog

French Bulldog

The french bulldog originated in England and are bred expecting small size bulldogs. Many lace workers in Nottingham had little bulldogs and when they..

Non sporting dogMedium dogFrance
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
golden retriever dogs

Golden Retriever

The Golden retriever originated in 1800s at Scotland by a British aristocrat. The British lords in the Scotland were very much interested in hunting. ..

Gun dogLarge dogUnited Kingdom
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
boxer dog

Boxer

In the late 19th century boxer was developed in Germany. It is a part of the Molosser dog group. The breed Brabanter Bullenbeisser is said to be the a..

Working dogLarge dogGermany
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
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
poodle dog

Poodle

Poodles are said to be older breed which is developed to hunt waterfowl. They have their origin in Germany and developed as a breed in France. Many di..

Non sporting dogMedium 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
australian shepherd dog

Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd, known fondly as ‘Aussies’, is actually an American breed, with the first official registry being in the 1950s. Basque Shepher..

Herding dogsMedium dogUnited States
bichon frise dog

Bichon Frise

Contrary to the myths and many of the tales of the history of the Bichon Frise, the breed was originally developed in Spain. Later specific trait deve..

Companion dogSmall dogSpain
dachshund dog

Dachshund

The Dachshund originated in Germany. He was used as a hunting dog with his origins starting way back in the 15th century already. The small dog was de..

Hound dogSmall dogGermany
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
jack russell terrier dog

Jack Russell Terrier

The popular Jack Russell Terrier was developed in Devonshire in the south of England in the late 1800's so as to hunt foxes. Often believed to be t..

Terrier dogSmall dogUnited Kingdom
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
bull terrier dog

Bull Terrier

The Bull Terrier belongs to the Terrier group of dogs and this already tell you that he is highly energetic and that he is essentially intolerant of ..

Terrier dogMedium dogUnited Kingdom
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
golden doodle dog

Golden Doodle

The Goldendoodle, known fondly as the Golden Poo, originates from the USA and was first bred in the 1990’s, coming about because of two popular dog br..

Companion dogMedium dogUnited States
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
pomsky dog

Pomsky

Pomskies are such cute little wolf-like dogs, you just wish they’d been around much sooner. They’re a fairly new addition to the breed of designer ..

Companion dogMedium 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
border collie dog

Border Collie

The Border Collie originated in Northumberland and was used to herd livestock. He is particularly well known for his intense stare in controlling the ..

Working dogMedium dogUnited Kingdom
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
havanese dog

Havanese

The only breed of dog that is native to Cuba is the Havanese. These little dogs are great companion animals. Sociable and happy, they are very popular..

Toy dogToy dogCuba
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
bullmastiff dog

Bullmastiff

The Old English Mastiff as well as the Bulldog are the breeds behind the Bull Mastiff. The Bullmastiff was originally developed in England around the ..

Working dogLarge dogUnited Kingdom
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
american eskimo dog dog

American Eskimo Dog

The American Eskimo is derived from the Nordic Spitz breed and most closely related to the German Spitz in particular. There were many German Spitzes ..

Herding dogsSmall dogUnited States
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
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
old english bulldog dog

Old English Bulldog

This is an extinct dog breed. It is believed that the dog came from ancient dogs such as the old Mastiff. The Old English Bulldog was the original Eng..

Companion dogMedium dogUnited Kingdom
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
belgian shepherd dog malinois dog

Belgian Shepherd Dog (Malinois)

The Belgian Malinois is one of 4 Belgian Shepherd varieties. The dogs were developed- and hail from Belguim. The Malinois has a short, fawn colored co..

Herding dogsMedium dogBelgium
schnauzer dog

Schnauzer

These dogs hail from Germany and are particularly well known for their stern faces and their facial hair - the mustache and eyebrows. You get 3 types ..

Terrier dogMedium dogGermany
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
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
aussie doodles dog

Aussie Doodles

It is interesting to note that the Australian Shepherd doesn’t have much in common with the land ‘down under’. The dog has always been a popular compa..

Miscellaneous dogsMedium dogUnited States
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
chinese crested dog dog

Chinese Crested Dog

The Chinese Crested Dog is believed to have its origins in Africa and there are many texts from the 19th Century that feature an Africa Hairless Terri..

Toy dogToy dogMexico
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
boerboel dog

Boerboel

The name ‘Boerboel’ is derived from an Afrikaans/Dutch word, and the large Boerboel dog from South Africa has been specifically bred to be a farmer’s ..

Working dogLarge dogSouth Africa
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
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Australian Cattle Dog

During the 19th century, in the New South Wales, lived a cattle farmer Thomas Hall. He wanted to have a perfect cattle dog so he mixed two breeds: dog..

Herding dogsMedium dogAustralia
cairn terrier dog

Cairn Terrier

The Cairn Terrier originates in the Scottish Highlands. This feisty little dog was given the name Cairn, as he used to hunt prey between the Scottish ..

Terrier dogSmall 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
presa canario dog

Presa Canario

Known also as the Canary Mastiff, the Presa Canario hails from the Canary Islands. He was originally bred for guarding livestock. This isn’t a new ..

Working dogLarge dogSpain
border terrier dog

Border Terrier

As a working dog, the Border Terrier comes from the border country between England and Scotland. To be more specific, the dog originates from the rou..

Terrier dogSmall dogUnited Kingdom
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
king charles spaniel dog

King Charles Spaniel

Classified as a toy breed, the King Charles Spaniel is a small, pure breed dog that originated in the United Kingdom. The dog was named after King Ch..

Toy dogMedium dogUnited Kingdom
fox terrier dog

Fox Terrier

The Wirehaired Fox Terrier and the Smooth Fox Terrier were for over 100 years the same breed of dog. Now it is believed that they are two separate bre..

Terrier dogMedium dogUnited Kingdom
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Bull and Terrier

The Bull and Terrier is a blend between a number of Old English Terriers and the Old English Bulldog. It is believed that this extinct dog was the sta..

Terrier dogMedium dogUnited Kingdom
bearded collie dog

Bearded Collie

This long-haired herding breed was bred by mixing the two sheepdog breeds: the Scottish dogs and the Polish sheepdogs. The Bearded Collie gained the p..

Herding dogsMedium dogUnited Kingdom
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
labrador husky dog

Labrador Husky

The Labrador Husky is a purebred, spitz-type dog which looks much like a Wolf. People think because it has the name Labrador Husky it is a cross betwe..

Working dogLarge dogCanada
schnoodle dog

Schnoodle

The Schnoodle was developed in the 1980s. It is believed the dog originates from the USA. This was when it was discovered that breeding the poodle wit..

Companion dogMedium dogUnited States
biewer dog

Biewer

The Biewer is, or was, a piebald Yorkie caused by a recessive gene in a breeding of two Yorkshire Terriers. On Jan 20, 1984 a piebald Yorkshire puppy ..

Terrier dogToy dogGermany
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
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Aussie Poo

Aussiepoo is a hybrid breed mix of purebred Poodle and Australian shepherd. If one of the parents is miniature Poodle, the Aussiepoo will be smaller t..

Companion dogMedium dogUnited States
rat terrier dog

Rat Terrier

Known also as the American Rat Terrier or even as the Rattie, this American dog breed is a farm dog, common on family farms during the 1920's and 193..

Terrier dogSmall dogUnited States
argentine dogo dog

Argentine Dogo

Known also as the Argentinian Mastiff, this large dog breed from Argentina is a descendant of the extinct Fighting Dog of Cordoba. People were looking..

Working dogLarge dogArgentina
chesapeake bay retriever dog

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Fondly referred to as the Chessie, the ‘Labrador-look-alike’ Chesapeake Bay Retriever’s history extends to St. Johns Newfoundland pups which were resc..

Sporting dogLarge dogUnited States
chiweenie dog

Chiweenie

The Chiweenie is a small dog developed in the 1960’s as a hybrid/cross between the Dachshund and the Chihuahua. Due to their small size and big person..

Toy dogToy dogUnited States
bichonpoo dog

Bichonpoo

This popular little dog was developed by crossing the Poodle with the Bichon Frise to create the Bichonpoo. They are also called the Poochon and somet..

Companion dogToy dogAustralia
chug dog

Chug

The Chug is a crossbreed with the Pug and the Chihuahua. It is a hybrid not a purebred. Over the past ten to fifteen years people have been developing..

Toy dogToy dogUnited States
bedlington terrier dog

Bedlington Terrier

Originally known as Rodbury Terriers or Rothbury’s Lambs, and renowned for looking like a lamb, the Bedlington Terrier was bred in the village of Bedl..

Terrier dogMedium dogUnited Kingdom
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
scottish terrier dog

Scottish Terrier

The Scottish Terrier is also known as the Aberdeen Terrier but people who love and know him refer to him fondly as the Scottie. These little dogs w..

Terrier dogSmall dogUnited Kingdom
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
basenji dog

Basenji

The Basenji is an old breeds of domesticated dog and the dog was discovered by Westerners in the Congo region of West Africa in the 19th century. The ..

Hound dogMedium dogCongo

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