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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
rottweiler dog

Rottweiler

It is beleived to be the Rottweiler has been developed from the Roman cattle dogs. The Roman empire made a camp in a place at Germany in 74 AD. The ar..

Working dogLarge dogGermany
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
akita dog

Akita

Akita is a very old breed. The first information originates back in the 1600s. Akita was a royalty guard and a hunting dog. They were popular because ..

Working dogLarge dogJapan
doberman pinscher dog

Doberman Pinscher

The origin of Doberman is Apolda, in Germany in 1890. It was officially recognized as a breed in 1900. The name originally called as Thuringer pinsche..

Working dogLarge dogGermany
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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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
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
english mastiff dog

English Mastiff

Throughout most of history there have been images created by people of very large, sturdy dogs that they shared their space with. The English Mastiff ..

Molosser dogsGiant dogUnited Kingdom
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
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
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
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
neapolitan mastiff dog

Neapolitan Mastiff

An ancient breed, the Neapolitan Mastiffs are massive dogs with a history of protecting their family and their property. The breed has deep rooted pro..

Molosser dogsGiant dogItaly
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
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
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
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
airedale terrier dog

Airedale Terrier

Airedale terrier got its name from a small river Aire in Leeds area in Great Britain. First information about Airedale terrier originates back in 1850..

Terrier dogMedium dogUnited Kingdom
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
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
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
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
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
anatolian shepherd dog

Anatolian Shepherd

Up in the mountains of central Turkey, in the region called Anatolia, a large, strong and rugged dog breed was born and is honored today on a postal s..

Working dogGiant dogTurkey
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
alapaha blue blood bulldog dog

Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog

Alapaha has a very interesting history. Their origin dates from one family that lived near Alapaha river in Georgia, in the USA 200 years ago. The fam..

Working dogLarge dogUnited States
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
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
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
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
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
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
american mastiff dog

American Mastiff

The history of the American Mastiff is entirely tied to the old European Mastiffs but in particular the English Mastiff. The developers of the America..

Molosser dogsGiant 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
australian terrier dog

Australian Terrier

The Australian terrier, the little terrier, is a breed developed to control vermin. The nature of this dog is very spirited. They are alert, courageou..

Terrier dogSmall dogAustralia
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
catahoula leopard dog

Catahoula Leopard

This working dog breed originates from America’s Deep South. In fact it was originally named after a small village in the state of Louisiana and was m..

Working dogMedium dogUnited States
austrailian blue heeler dog

Austrailian Blue Heeler

In 1840, George Elliott made a match with Australian Dingo and Collie and got a clever and very active dog breed – Australian Blue Heeler. Soon, he sh..

Herding dogsMedium dogAustralia
belgian shepherd dog

Belgian Shepherd

There are different varieties of the Belgian Shepherd Dog – but these all differ only in color, length and texture of coat. The interesting aspect of ..

Working dogLarge dogBelgium
patterdale terrier dog

Patterdale Terrier

The Patterdale was developed in England,with his origins being linked to an early breeder with the name Joe Bowman. They were sought after for thei..

Terrier dogSmall dogUnited Kingdom
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
caucasian shepherd dog

Caucasian Shepherd

This working dog is more than 2 000 years old, hailing from the Caucasus Mountains near the Georgian Republic, Russia. The Caucasian Shepherd Dog i..

Molosser dogsLarge dogRussia
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
blue healer dog

Blue Healer

It was in 1802 that George Hall arrived in New South Wales, establishing 2 cattle stations. He had a problem – getting his thousands of cattle to the ..

Herding dogsMedium dogAustralia
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
bull terrier miniature dog

Bull Terrier Miniature

Less well known than the Bull Terrier, the Miniature Bull Terrier which actually follows the same breed standard, has a height of 35cm. The Bull Terri..

Terrier dogSmall 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
irish terrier dog

Irish Terrier

The Irish Terrier is a dog breed from Ireland and one of the many different terrier breeds there are. Nobody is too sure of the Irish Terrier's his..

Terrier dogMedium dogIreland
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
bluetick coonhound dog

Bluetick Coonhound

Bred to be hunting dogs, for a long time the Bluetick Coonhound was referred to as the English Coonhound.The Bluetick Coonhound is actually one of 6 r..

Hound dogMedium dogUnited States
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
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Dogo Cubano

The Cuban Mastiff which came from Cuba, was developed from breeds of Mastiffs, Bulldogs and cattle dogs, with the breed being thought to be extinct s..

Working dogLarge dogCuba
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
german pinscher dog

German Pinscher

The German Pinscher or Deutscher Pinscher originates in Germany. When you look at the dog you can see the the Doberman, the Rottweiler, Schnauzer, Aff..

Working dogMedium 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

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