The Kuvasz

The Kuvasz is one of the oldest of all dog breeds. They date back at least 7000 years. It is believed that they descended from the Tibetan Mastiff and are possibly related to both the Great Pyrenees and Maremma. They were developed in Hungary to be guardians of the aristocracy. They were a favored dog of King Matthias Corvinus. When they eventually fell out of popularity with the nobility they ... Read more

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
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The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is the smallest of all the retrievers. They are also known as the Toller. They were developed in Nova Scotia Canada during the beginning of the 19th. Century. Their exact origins are not known, but it is suspected that they were originally a blend of Cocker Spaniel, Golden Retriever and Irish Setter. They were officially recognized by the Canadian Kennel C... Read more

The Boston Terrier
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This dapper gentleman was originally a cross between the English White Terrier and the Old English Bulldog. They were developed in the United States in 1820 and were first registered as an official breed in 1893. Despite their name Boston Terrier, they are not recognized as a Terrier by the American kennel Club and were the first non-sporting breed in the United States.

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The Chow Chow

The Chow Chow is also known as the Chowdren or the Chow. Their ancestors can be traced back to over 4000 years ago, making them one of the oldest breeds of dogs. They originally were developed in Mongolia and eventually made their way to China. They were originally bred for a variety of tasks ranging from hunting large fierce prey like bear and wolves, pulling sleds and carts, vermin exterminat... Read more

The Shetland Sheepdog
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The Shetland Sheepdog is also known as the Sheltie and the Shetland Collie. Their origins are not as well-known as many other breeds. It is believed that they came about in the early 1900s from the crossing of a rough Collie with a Scandinavian Sheepdog cross, a Spaniel, a Pomeranian and possibly a Border Collie. Originally they were called the “Shetland Collie”, but due to complaints from ... Read more

The Shih Tzu
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It is believed that the Shih Tzu comes from the crossing of the Pekingese and a Tibetan dog. They were first seen in Europe in the early 1930s where they were known as "Apsos". In 1935, they were renamed "Shih Tzu" and the first official Shih Tzu club was formed. The breed quickly spread throughout Europe and made their way to the United States after World War II with soldiers returning home f... Read more

The Japanese Akita

The Japanese Akita is also known as the Akita Inu. They are an ancient breed that was formerly used by Japanese Imperial Aristocracy for bear hunts and guard duties. They were also used to help hunt boar, elk, and other large game. The number of Japanese Akitas greatly diminished during World War II, but came back from the brink of extinction through recovery efforts during occupation years. Th... Read more

The Bearded Collie
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The Bearded Collie is also known as the Beardie or the Argle Bargle. Bearded Collies are herding dogs that were originally used by Scottish sheep herders beginning in the 1500s due to their excellent work ability. In 1897 the breed was first classified at the Edinburgh Show of the Scottish Kennel Club and gained worldwide popularity as a family dog by the 1940s.

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