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 â€“ 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 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
The Standard Poodle is the oldest of the three Poodle types. They originated in Germany, but were standardized in France. They were originally called the "Pudel", which in German means "to splash in the water". Standard Poodles were developed to be gun dogs; they are excellent swimmers and retrievers of fowl.
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The Shiba Inu is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world; DNA testing has proven that the breed dates back to the 3rd century BC. They originally hail from Japan and were bred to flush and hunt small game, such as rabbits and birds. This beautiful breed came very close to extinction during the Second World War due to bombing raids and a post-war distemper epidemic. Only three bloodlines survi... Read more
The Rhodesian Ridgeback was created in the 1800s in southern Africa when domesticated dogs were crossed with ridged hunting dogs belonging to the Khoikhoi. The early dogs of this breed were used to hunt lions and other big game animals. The dogs were sent out in packs to track and then tire out a lion with taunting games, and then keep it at bay until hunters could arrive to kill it. Rhodesian ... Read more
Depictions of Basenji-like dogs are seen on ancient Egyptian tombs. They are one of the oldest dog breeds worldwide. They were first seen in Central Africa and made their way to England in the early 1900s. Sadly, the first dogs imported to England died from disease and distemper shots. It was not until the 1930s that a breeder was able to successfully import and breed Basenjis. They were offici... Read more
The Cane Corso is the only coursing mastiff. They have been used to hunt large game, drive cattle and pigs, pull carts and guard home, family and property. At one time, this formidable breed was found all over its home country Italy, but eventually fell out of popularity to the point of near extinction. In the 1970s, dedicated enthusiasts of the breed helped to re-establish them.
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Originally from Germany, Miniature Schnauzers were developed by crossing Standard Schnauzers with Affenpinschers and possibly Poodles. They were originally used as farm dogs to clear barns and farmhouses of vermin. Despite not being a Terrier in name, the miniature Schnauzer is one in personality and original occupation. In most Kennel Clubs, they are part of the Terrier group.
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