American Cocker Spaniels are descendents of the English Cocker Spaniel. The first spaniel came across on the Mayflower. In 1878, a liver and white Cocker Spaniel named Captain was the first to be registered with the American Kennel Club. The breed became more and more popular and by the end of the 1800s, American Cocker Spaniels were much loved as both family and hunting dogs.
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The exact origins of the Border Collie breed are not known. However, it is believed that their descendants originated along the English Scottish borders. The first mention of a "collie" like breed, similar to the Border Collie we know today, was in the late 19th century. Border Collies are one of the best herding dogs in the world. Unlike any other herding dog breed, they possess a hypnotic gaz... Read more
The Herding group is the newest of all the dog groups. Previously, the dogs that now fall into this group were part of the working dog group. Both the Canadian Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club did not have a herding group previously to 1983. The United Kingdom Kennel club does not have a herding group, nor does the Australian Kennel club or several others.
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Boxers originally hail from Germany. They were developed in the 1800s, by crossing the now extinct Bullenbeissser and English bulldogs. The Bullenbeisser was a Mastiff who was used to hunt wild boar, bear and deer. They made their world debut in 1895 when three German gentlemen entered them in a Munich dog show. In 1896, the first official Boxer club came into existence. By the late 1900s, Boxe... Read more
Afghan Hounds are descendants of the most ancient of Sighthounds. Their ancestors were much prized by Afghani Chieftains for hunting wild goats, deer, wolves and snow leopards. Despite their slim and almost delicate appearance, they are strong dogs, powerful and spirited when on the hunt. Afghan Hounds were not often seen outside their own homeland until the 1920s when they first appeared in Gr... Read more
Dalmatians come from the region of Dalmatia, which is located in the Republic of Croatia. They were first seen in England in 1862 and spread through all Europe by the 1920s. In their home region of Dalmatia they were used as guard dogs. Over the last hundred years, the breed has been used for a variety of tasks, everything from tracking dogs and retrievers, circus dogs, firehouse mascots and ho... Read more
The Pomeranian is a descendant of the German Spitz. They are named after the Pomerania region, which today is part of both northern Poland and eastern Germany. The breed became extremely popular during the 1700 and 1800s due to being beloved pets of Europeâ€™s Royalty. Queen Victoria owned an extremely tiny Pomeranian, which made diminutive Pomeranians highly desired by all the Nobles of that t... Read more
Brittany Spaniels originate from the province of Brittany in North-western France. They were developed during the 18th century by French Huntsman from the crossing of Land Spaniels and English Setters. The result was a dog that had far more Pointer traits than Setter or Spaniel. Brittany Spaniels first gained breed recognition in France in 1907. It was not only 1934 that they were given officia... Read more