The Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is named after the Mexican State Chihuahua. They are the oldest North America dog breed. It is believed that they are descendants of the Mexican Techichi dogs. Scientific evidence show these dogs have been around since at least the 2nd century BC and could easily be much older. The Chihuahua was considered a sacred dog to the ancient Mayans. They believed that if a Chihuahua was s... Read more

The Maltese

The Maltese is a very old breed of dog. They are seen on art and are referenced in literature that dates back to 5000-2000 BC. Their exact origins are unknown. Some believe that they originally came from Asia and made their way to Europe through trade. While others believe that, they came from the Malta Island, which is located in the Mediterranean Sea. It is believed that the Maltese descended... Read more

The Vizsla

The Vizsla (pronounced VEESH-la) is a Hungarian pointer-retriever. Stone etchings from over a thousand years ago have been found which depict a hunter with his faithful Vizsla hunting at his side. They were favorites of barons and warlords who prized the hunting abilities of this beautiful dog. In Hungary in the 1800s and again after World War II, the Vizsla as a breed came dangerously close to... Read more

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 Weimaraner

The Weimaraner (pronounced VYE-ma-rah-ner), also called the Grey Ghost, was bred in Germany in the early 1800s to be a hunting dog. This brave gun dog was used by royals to hunt deer, bear, and other large game. Unlike other dogs of the time, the Weimaraner lived with the family instead of in the kennels with the other hunting dogs. This evolved into a tendency to develop separation anxiety whe... Read more

The Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinschers were developed in Germany some time before the 1830s the first written reference was in 1836, but they appeared in art dating from the 1600s. They were bred in order to keep barns and fields clear of vermin. Early dogs of this breed had very little contact with people and so became independent little ratters. Although documentation does not exist detailing exactly which dogs... Read more

The Samoyed

Samoyeds are Russian dogs that get their name from the Samoyedic people of Siberia. They are also called Bjelkier in Europe. They were bred in order to help pull sleds, to guard the camp, to herd, and to keep their owners warm during freezing nights. Samoyeds are included in the 14 most ancient dog breeds and has been around for nearly 3,000 years.

In the late 1800s, Samoyeds were used ... Read more

The Toy and Miniature Poodle

The Toy and Miniature varieties of the Poodle were developed shortly after the Standard version, and became popular as far back as the 1400s. There is some speculation that there are poodle-like dogs that appeared in art dating as far back as 30 A.D. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the nobility carried Toy Poodles around in their sleeves to keep their arms and hands warm – these tiny dogs wer... Read more