Despite their name Australian Shepherds were not developed in Australia, they were developed in the Western United States. Not only are Australian Shepherds top notch herding dogs, they are also renowned for their adaptability and trainability. They have been trained to work at rodeos and horse shows, and to work on film and television. They also make excellent disaster and search and rescue do... Read more
The Puli was developed in Hungary more than 1000 years ago. Initially bred for guarding land and herding livestock, they were also good defenders against wolves because their coats protected them from being bite. They were so highly valued, ancient shepherds would often pay as much as a year's worth of salary for one of them.
At the beginning of the 1900s, modern farming took over sheph... Read more
Clumber Spaniels are the largest of all the Spaniels. They were developed in the United Kingdom and get their name from Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire. They were developed to work beside the portly sportsman who hunted afoot and they specialized in hunting in heavy undergrowth. They were first seen in Canada in 1844 and in 1884 were one of the first ten breeds to be officially recognized by th... Read more
German Shorthaired Pointers are descendants of the Old Spanish Pointer who was taken to Germany in the 17th century. Several breeds went into their development, but they are unknown today. They were originally developed to be both a scent hound and a bird dog.
As hunting dogs, German Shorthaired Pointers can range and quarter with speed, follow a trail with persistence, and point and re... Read more
Irish Setters were developed in Ireland by crossing Irish Terriers, Irish Water Spaniels, English Setters, Pointers and Gordon Setters. They were originally called the Irish Red Setter and were red and white in color. They were bred to be all-purpose hunting dogs, able to both point and retrieve over any terrain. They are very fast, have good noses, and are particularly good for bird hunting.Read more
The first Setters were developed in France during the 1500s by the crossing of the Spanish Pointer and the French Pointer. These original Setters were called "Setting Spaniels". In the 1800s they were brought to Great Britain where they were bred with French hunting dogs and developed into the dog we know today.
English Setters are multi-talented dogs. They are excellent hunting compan... Read more
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 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.
During t... Read more