The French Bulldog

Despite their name, the French Bulldog did not originate in France. They were first developed in the 19th. Century in Nottingham England. They were developed by lace makers and were originally called “toy Bulldogs”. They made their way to France during the Industrial revolution and were embraced with such enthusiasm that their name was changed to the French Bulldog. Despite complaints from ... Read more

The Boston Terrier

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 Dalmatian

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 Chinese Shar-Pei

The Shar-Pei is a very old dog breed. Their ancestors can be traced back to the Chinese Han dynasty who ruled from 202 BC to 220 AD. The breed was almost brought to extinction when the Communist regime came in, as they slaughtered many of the traditional Chinese breeds. In 1973, a few of the remaining Shar-Pei were smuggled into Hong Kong were the breed was revived and eventually made their way... Read more

The Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise breed comes from the Water Spaniel and the Standard Poodle. Early Bichons (called either the Bichon Bolognaise, the Bichon Havanese, the Bichon Tenerife, or the Bichon Malteise) were kept as sailors' companions and used as barter. They were popular in Spain and in the 1300s, they were brought back to Italy by sailors where they became companions to Italian nobles.
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The English Bulldog

The English Bulldog, also called Bulldog or British Bulldog, was first mentioned in writings in the 1500s. The first bulldogs were so called because they were used in bull baiting – and those dogs were ferocious, vicious, and impervious to pain. A bull (or bear) was tied to a post and the bulldogs jumped at the bull, attempting to smother it by latching on to the bull's snout.

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The Keeshond

The Keeshond is a Spitz type dog. They originated in Holland where they were riverboat guardians and companions. At the beginning of the French Revolution, Holland was divided into two political parties - the House of Orange and the House of the Patriots. The leader of the Patriots, Kees de Gysaeler, had a little dog named Kees, who became the mascot of the House of the Patriots. From this litt... Read more