The origins of the Golden Retriever can be traced back to the 1870s. Lord Tweedmouth created the breed in Scotland. He designed the Golden Retriever to be both a stalwart hunting companion and a handsome and dignified family dog. The Golden Retriever we know today has not changed much from his Scottish ancestors.
Golden Retrievers are one of the most w... Read more
The word "Terrier" comes from the Latin word "terra", which means earth. Terriers are a group of dogs that were created to hunt and kill vermin. The majority of Terriers originated from the British Isles and Ireland. They were developed to be ferocious hunters that could work both above ground and below. Most Terriers were made to go to ground, which means they enter the den of their prey and... Read more
The Yorkshire Terrier was developed in Yorkshire England in the 1800s. They were originally used to hunt rats in cotton mill and mines. They also competed in rat killing contests. They were originally twice the size they are today. The two primary dogs used in their development were the Waterside Terrier and the Broken-haired Scotch Terrier. Both of these dogs are extinct today.
Sighthounds or Gazehounds are some of the oldest breeds in the world. Some have ancestors that can be traced all the way back to 6000 BC. They are primal dogs, full of instinct and drive. Sighthounds were developed to hunt game by sight. They would normally trot along side their owner until the game was seen and then they would run it down and kill it. Sighthounds can reach high speeds quickly,... Read more
Pugs were developed to be spoiled and adored. They were bred to be the treasured pets of Chinese Royalty. Their exact origins are unknown, but there are references to a Pug-like dog as early as 551 BC. Pugs made their way from the Chinese courts to Tibet, where they lived with the Buddhist monks. From there they spread to Japan, then Europe and finally North America. The Pug is also known as th... Read more
Jack Russell Terriers were developed in the mid 1800s. They originated in England, yet were developed in Australia. They were created by their namesake Parson Jack Russell. Today, the Jack Russell Terrier is almost identical to their originally ancestors.
Jack Russell Terriers are spirited and spunky. They are active dogs who like to be on the go and ... Read more
German Shepherds hail from Germany. They were originally developed to herd and guard sheep. However, due to their great intelligence and ease of training, they quickly became one of the most renowned and respected working dogs worldwide. German Shepherds today are seen working side by side with man doing a variety of tasks. They are police dogs, guide dogs for the blind, search and rescue dogs,... Read more
The working dog group includes some of most formidable dogs around. These dogs were created to work hard. They were bred to guard home and livestock and to pull sleds or carts. Some working dogs also do water rescue, police and messenger work. Working dogs have worked hand in hand with man for thousands of years and have been an invaluable asset. In most kennel clubs, dogs that herd livestock a... Read more