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100 Most Popular Dogs


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Charley Brindley



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The List of the 100 most popular dogs in alphabetic order






Affenpinscher

Affenpinscher terrier-type dog

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The Affen is an undemanding dog to feed with no special dietary requirements. They generally have a good appetite although occasionally they may become fussy eaters. There is a tendency to overeat and become overweight if a careful watch is not kept on their food consumption.

The Affen is a small, compact terrier-type dog with bushy eyebrows and a mischievous monkey like expression. The coat is rough and of uneven length over the body adding to their somewhat comical appearance. They have a lively, strutting movement.

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Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound

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Afghan Hounds are undeniably amongst the most glamorous of dogs; the Breed Standard describes him as giving 'the impression of strength and dignity ... head held proudly'. They are genuinely aloof and resent overtures from strangers; they choose their friends, not the other way round. However as a member of the family, in common with many other hounds, he can be as ridiculous as any breed and absolutely devoted to his family.

The Afghan Hound comes from Afghanistan and there were originally two distinct types; the hounds bred in the mountains, who was shorter coupled and more heavily coated and the hounds bred on the plains, rangier with less coat. They were used to guard livestock and hunt mountain lion, which they did in packs; a sighthound, they have a very strong chasing instinct and must be exercised with caution near livestock. The first hound, Zardin, was brought to Britain at the beginning of the last century but it took time for Afghan Hounds to become established here. By the 1960s they had become something of a fashion accessory and the show ring saw entries of 60 or more in a class. Over-popularity does a breed no good at all, and the Afghan Hound now more safely in the hands of enthusiasts.

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Airedale Terrier

Airdale Terrier

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The is a large and versatile terrier dog breed originating from the Aire valley in Yorkshire, England. It is sometimes known as the "King of Terriers" because it is said to be able to do any job that any other dog can do, only better. Intelligent, fun-loving, hardworking and loyal, Airedale Terriers have a charming nature, a great spirit and a big heart.

The Airedale Terrier is a good family dog. He is sweet of disposition, devoted to his owner but aloof with strangers. Airedale Terriers make excellent companions and are good with children. Considered to be very intelligent and easy to train, the Airedale Terrier is a determined dog so early obedience training will help make him an excellent family pet. Airedale Terriers are very energetic and should be exercised daily.

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Akita Alaskan Malamute

Akita Alaskan Malamute

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The Akita is a powerful, alert, large dog with a heavy build that can remind you of a bear. She does not need a tremendous amount of exercise and may even be suitable for an apartment if one is willing to enjoy daily vigorous walks with her. A properly fenced yard for exercise is preferable.

She is good with the kids in her adopted family but she may not take to your kids friends, which scares me when you consider her size and potential for harm.

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American Eskimo Dog

American Eskimo Dog

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The American Eskimo Dog is a fluffy white Spitz-type dog that is a member of the Non-Sporting group. There are Toy, Miniature and Standard varieties. They have spiky, triangular ears which stand erect on their heads and a long tail that curls over on to their back. They have a voluminous coat which is usually white as snow, sometimes with biscuit or cream markings mixed in. The coat needs a full grooming every 8 weeks.

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American Foxhound

American Foxhound

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The American Foxhound is a dog that has a good natured disposition, and is a great companion dog and pet in most cases. This is an energetic breed, and a loving and loyal companion that gets on very well with children. These dogs love to explore, and owners should bear this in mind and ensure that the dog is not let off the leash in an unsecured area, as he may run off. These dogs love to be around other dogs and people, but can be protective. With strangers the dog's reaction may vary, and whereas some will be friendly around strangers others may be more reserved. When it comes to smaller animals, these dogs may chase.

Although the American Foxhound is a fun loving and people loving dog, he can be very immature and playful, even when grown up, and this can make training difficult. The American Foxhound may also be difficult to house break. Very independent, these dogs can be disobedient, which makes training difficult. He can also get bored and destructive if he doesn't get the attention that he needs. This is a great choice of pet for those that want a dog that will enjoy exercising with them, such as going for a stroll or a jog. However, the breed is best suited to those with some experience of dog ownership.

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American Staffordshire Terrier

American Staffordshire Terrier

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Courageous and strong, the American Staffordshire Terrier (Am Staff)’s athletic build and intelligence make him ideally suited to many dog sports such as obedience, agility, tracking and conformation. He is often identified by his stocky body and strong, powerful head. The breed’s short coat can be any color, and either solid colored, parti-colored or patched. The American Staffordshire Terrier originates in the United States, and was developed as a result of breeding bulldogs and terriers. This breed used to be known as the American Pit Bull Terrier, but then became known as the American Staffordshire Terrier. The breed was first registered with the AKC in 1936.

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American Water Spaniel

American Water Spaniel

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Eager, enthusiastic, and very intelligent, the American Water Spaniel is a dog that makes for a great companion and pet. This is a dog that has plenty of energy, especially when younger, and is loyal, dedicated, and fun to be around. The American Water Spaniel is suitable for newcomers to dog ownership as well as for the more experienced, and these dogs are very good around children that they have been brought up with, as well as with other animals. The American Water Spaniel loves to be a part of the action when it comes to family fun and activity, and neglecting your American Water Spaniel can result in boredom and destructive behavior.

The American Water Spaniel is very alert and protective, and this makes him a good watchdog, although it may mean that he is a little reserved and on guard when strangers are around. You should be mindful that the American Water Spaniel does not like to be teased, and can be quite noisy in terms of barking and whining. He can also be possessive when it comes to his toys and his food. However, all in all this is a hardy and robust dog that loves to spend time with his family, enjoys play and exercise, particularly swimming and fetch, and although he can be stubborn can also be very responsive with the right training and attitude. This breed is very adaptable in terms of living environment providing they have the company that they crave, but will fare best in a house with a fenced yard so that they can get plenty of play and exercise.

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Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Anatolian Shepherd Dog

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Large, rugged, and powerful, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog is no lumbering beast. Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are also agile and enduring. They are natural guard dogs, especially when it comes to tending livestock.

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog breed is recommended for guard dog duty because Anatolian Shepherd Dogs tend to be alert, calm, observant, courageous, responsive, adaptive, and above all loyal.

Size: male: from 29 inches; female: from 27 inches
Coat: Short to rough; neck hair is slightly longer.
Eyes: medium-sized, almond shaped, dark brown to light amber
Ears: V-shaped, rounded apex
Skull: large but in proportion to the body.
Muzzle: blocky.
Nose: black or brown.
Tail: long.

Country/Region of Origin: Anatolia (Turkey)

Original purpose: guarded flocks of sheep from wolves, bears, and jackals.

Historical notes: the dogs used to be collectively known as coban kopegi.

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Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dog

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(Australian Heeler, Blue Heeler, Australian Cattledog, Queensland Heeler, Hall’s Heeler, Australischer Treibhund) Australian Cattle Dogs have a stout, well-built body that is agile and strong. They are a compact working dog with exceptional stamina and endurance. Australian Cattle Dogs have a body that is just longer than it is high. Their front legs are straight when perceived from the front. Australian Cattle Dogs have a wide head that is sloped between their wide-set, semi-pointed, pricked ears. Their teeth meet in a scissors bite and their oval-shaped eyes are dark brown in color. The breed’s tail is curved and reaches to the hock. Australian Cattle Dogs have a double coat that is weather resistant and features a short, straight outer coat and a short, thick undercoat. Their coat is either blue speckled or red speckled. Blue speckled coats may or may not have black, blue, or tan markings. Red speckled Australian Cattle Dogs should be evenly speckled all over the body with darker markings on the head.

Australian Cattle Dogs are a working, herding dog that isn’t accustomed to living alone or spending its days in a small backyard. They are highly intelligent and full of energy, so they can become bored without a job to do. This boredom can lead to behavior problems and destruction. Australian Cattle Dogs love to be part of the action and they do best with lots of space. They are extremely intelligent, loyal, and alert. They make terrific guard dogs as they are very courageous and trustworthy. Australian Cattle Dogs make happy, dependable pets if they are rigorously trained from a young age. This breed tends to gravitate and obey one person, and they can be suspicious of strangers. Australian Cattle Dogs have a propensity to be aggressive towards other dogs, and they generally aren’t suited for children. Some Australian Cattle Dogs might nip at people’s heels in an attempt to “herd” them. Potential owners of this breed should avoid having the strict working lines of this breed as household pets. Australian Cattle Dog puppies that have been firmly trained and socialized from a young age make acceptable and loving household pets.

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Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherd

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Australian Shepherds are known for their laid back, playful, and friendly nature. They are excellent with children and loyal to their families. So much so that they can be protective is necessary. They are always willing to please their family members and seem to know what their owners want. They are very active and can be destructive if they don't have enough exercise. Naturally aggressive when working they can be too work oriented and try to herd their family members too.

The Aussie has a short muzzle that is rounded at the tip of its dark nose. Their almond shaped eyes are a solid shade or a combination of brown, blue or merle. If the coat is black or blue merle then there is a black pigmentation on the eyes and nose as opposed to the brown pigmentation that a red merle or red coated dog has. Their ears are triangular and flop forward when they are at attention. These dogs have a docked tail that is straight. Their legs are straight and very strong and sit on top of their small, oval paws with well arched toes and thick pads that are resistant to extreme wear and tear. The coat is medium length, wavy, and water resistant. Though the dog comes in various colors such as black, blue merle, red merle, or red with or without white markings, other colors have been known to surface.

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Australian Terrier

Australian Terrier

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The Australian Terrier is a rugged and hardy dog with all the positive and few of the negative aspects of the terrier dog breeds. The Australian is a small dog which stands about 10 to 11 inches at shoulder height and weighs approximately 12 to 18 pounds. The terrier has a hard and straight weather proof overcoat with a soft undercoat. Australians are usually blue-and-tan but also may be solid red or sand-coloured. The tail is usually cocked.

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Basenji

Basenji

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This is a small to medium sized smooth coated dog with a distinctive tightly curled tail. The wedge shaped face with the wrinkled forehead are also peculiar to the breed. The Basenji should be fairly finely boned and short coupled, creating the image of a graceful, lithe and compact creature. These dogs are unique in the fact that they do not bark. They do however make all the other usual doggie sounds and they will yodel when excited.

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Basset Hound

Basset Hound

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The Basset Hound is a friendly, mild mannered dog that can be a great companion for an individual or family. Originally bred to hunt in packs, today he's a versatile dog that excels in many areas.

As a pet he has a gentle, loving, and laid back nature and is friendly with just about everyone. Given proper attention and companionship, he can develop into an extremely loyal dog and is capable of developing a bond with each member of the family. Additionally, a trained Basset Hound is usually very good with children and enjoys other family pets.

Due to his hunting heritage, he has an independent streak (or a stubborn side, as some refer to it). As a result, he can be somewhat harder to train than other breeds. It takes time, patience, and persistence to train a Basset Hound. But, the effort is well worth it because a well-behaved Basset is a great companion for a compatible individual or family.

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Beagle

Beagle Canis lupus familiaris

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The Beagle is a rather old breed, whose first mention in English literature dates back to 1475. It is suggested that the term Beagle could have come from several different sources: the French beguele which means "open throat," the Welsh beag which means small, or possibly from the German word begele meaning "to scold."

The Beagle was bred specifically for rabbit hunting, and King Edward III is known to have used the dog for just that purpose. Hunting with Beagles is done on foot, rather than horseback and has been called "beagling." The Beagle did not become as popular in America as it was in England for quite some time. It was not until 1885 that the American Kennel Club registered its very first Beagle. In 1888 both the National Beagle Club and the breed standard was established in the States. These days, the Beagle is occasionally used for practical purposes, for example, sniffing out out contraband at airports and locating traces of flame accelerants at disaster sites where arson is suspected. Generations of breeding specifically for loyalty and obedience have also made the Beagle a fantastic companion, which is why so many families today have welcomed the Beagle into their homes. The most famous Beagle in the world is Snoopy, from the popular syndicated comic strip Peanuts.

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Bearded Collie

Bearded Collie

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Bearded Collie breed information

Adult weight range: 22-30kg/49-66lbs

Average lifespan: 12-15 years

Adult height at shoulder: Males:55cm/22" Females:50cm/20"

Colour: The main colour for the Bearded Collie is grey or brown. White is found in a number of areas, including the chest, feet and tail tip.

Grooming: The Bearded Collie should be groomed every second day. The coat is parted along the centre line of the back and should be combed and brushed with this in mind.

History: Bearded Collies were developed in Europe in the 1800s as a sheep dog, and have been used for this and companion purposes ever since.

Positives: Bearded Collies are a herd dog, so are natural companions to lots of active children in their household.

Negatives: Bearded Collie owners must be devoted groomers, otherwise the coat can quickly get out of hand.

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Beauceron

Beauceron dog

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The Beauceron is a rare French dog that is almost unknown outside of France. They were derived as hunting dogs for wild boar. The Beauceron is still used on farms in France to herd sheep and cattle. They are the most preferred dogs in France for herding and are said to have been palace dogs at one time. There is an ancient painting showing two Beaucerons guarding the throne of a French king.

Common misspellings are beauceron dog, beauceron dogs, beuceron, beucerons, beuceron dog, beuceron dogs, beaceron, beaceron dog, beaceron dogs.

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Bedlington Terrier

Bedlington Terrier

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Few breeds can be quite so distinctive as the BedlingtonTerrier (above, Ch Jossolli Jet Setter); correctly trimmed his head resembles a lamb with a fringe of silky hair on the tips of the ears. With his curious soft, linty coat, the arch over the loin and a distinctive mincing springy movement he doesn't look like a working man's terrier, but he is every inch a sporting dog.

The Bedlington Terrier was developed in the former mining areas of Northumberland, close to the Scottish Borders and has been known as the Northern Counties Fox Terrier or Rothbury Terrier, but in 1825 gained the name Bedlington after the village of the same name. Dandie Dinmonts were certainly part of the development of the breed, and the arched loin could only have come from Whippet blood. Today the Bedlington Terrier is crossed with Greyhounds to produce an excellent coursing dog.

They are still very competent vermin catchers and are also referred to as the Gipsy Dog because of their use for poaching; in the past many North Countrymen kept a Bedlington to hunt rabbit to feed the family.

Unlike many terriers the Beedlington Terrier doesn't look for a fight, but certainly won't back off when roused. He has lots of excellent qualities; he is affectionate, intelligent and a lovely clean housedog. He is about 16" at the shoulder, the bitches being smaller than the dogs and quite lightly built. His unique coat does take some care to keep his distinctive outline, though, as with all the coated terrier breeds the pet owner can't hope to achieve the levels of presentation that takes the exhibitor years of experience and endless patient hours.

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Belgian Malinois

Belgian Malinois

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The Malinois originated as a herder in the region near Malines, Belgium from whence the name is derived. The breed is legendary for its stamina and work ethic, allowing it to excel at whatever job it is given, whether herding, police and detection work, search and rescue, or competition in performance events. As the demand for national vigilance has increased, the Malinois has emerged as a standout in our homeland security efforts. Malinois are intelligent, extraordinarily active dogs. You should research carefully before you own one to ensure it is the right dog for you and your lifestyle.

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Belgian Sheepdog

Belgian Sheepdog

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The Belgian Sheepdog is also known by the name "Groenendael." They are the most popular of the Belgian Shepherd Dogs which consist of the "Belgian Tervuren," "Belgian Malinois," "Belgian Sheepdog" and "Laekenois." All four dogs are spawned from the same breed, and closely resemble each other save for their coats. Belgian Sheepdogs, unlike the Belgian Malinois, has a fluffy thick coat that is completely black.

The Groenendael is a medium-large sized dog who lives true to its herding and guarding instincts.

Belgian Sheepdogs are graceful, swift, and agile on their feet. The "Chien de Berger Belge", as they are also know, do not tend to be friendly to all people, as they have been used over the centuries as guard dogs and herders and tend to remain quite reserved. It is recommended an owner be an experienced dog person. Although they may not always be friendly to everyone, they are very close and protective to their owners. The Belgian Sheepdog loves to be near its owner, and loves to be used to do a job. A truly well-rounded dog who can captivate your heart by being a devoted, hard-working companion, Belgian Sheepdogs are willing to give all to the ones they love.

Other Names: Groenendael, Chien de Berger Belge

Type: Herding Dog

Height: Males: 24 - 26 inches; Females: 22 - 24 inches

Weight: 60.5 lbs. - 63 lbs.

Colors: Black; black with limited white. Sometimes a frosting occurs on the tips of the hairs. Usually has white or grey hairs around the muzzle.

Coat: Long, straight and abundant, with an extremely dense undercoat. Belgian Sheepdogs' coats have long, feathery hair that is especially abundant around the shoulders, neck and chest.

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Belgian Tervuren

Belgian Tervuren

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The Belgian Tervuren comes from a Belgian village named Tervuren. This dog is one of the four Belgian sheepdogs breeds (the Malinois, the Laekenois, the Groenendael and the Tervuren).

Those four breeds are considerate, in most parts of the world, as the same breed, but have been recognized (except for the Laekenois) in America in 1959 by the AKC. Brewer M. Corbeel was the first to create the Tervuren breed with a fawn dog and a black longhaired dog.

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Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dog

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The Bernese Mountain Dog (also called Berner Sennenhund or Bouvier Bernois) is a versatile breed of farm dog originating in the canton of Berne in Switzerland. Bernese are outdoor dogs at heart, though well-behaved in the house; they need activity and exercise, but do not have a great deal of endurance. They can move with amazing bursts of speed for their size when motivated. If they are sound (no problems with their hips, elbows, or other joints) they enjoy hiking and generally stick close to their people.

The Bernese temperament is a strong point of the breed. Affectionate, loyal, faithful, stable and intelligent but don't forget emotional, Bernese Mountain Dogs make wonderful family pets. The majority of Bernese are very friendly to people, and other dogs. They often get along well with other pets such as cats, horses, etc. They are very trainable provided the owner is patient and consistent in training; Bernese need time to think things through. They do not respond well to harsh treatment, but are very willing to please and work well for praise and treats. The breed is stable in temperament, and is patient and loving.

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Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise

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The Bichon Frise is a wonderful breed of dog that works exceptionally well as a family pet and in most cases, for show. Although this specific breed is considered a healthy choice, as with any dog breed, there are certain risks. The most common problems associated with the Bichon Frise include eye disease, allergy, ear infections, luxating patella, tooth problems, and bladder infection/stones. Typically, buying from a reputable breeder eliminates many of these problems.

With a Bichon Frise, it is important to offer good dental hygiene. In fact, it is generally recommended that the dog’s teeth be brushed and that canned foods be avoided. Unfortunately, without proper dental care, this dog is prone to early tooth loss. For the allergy problem, many times the issue is associated with seasonal things like trees, grass, etc. You can work with your veterinarian on the best preventative and treatment medication to use. The same is true for fleas. This particular breed is highly sensitive so you want to make sure any problem with fleas is treated.

You will also find that the Bichon Frise suffers on occasion from Immotile Cilia Syndrome, also known as Kartagener’s Syndrome. In this case, the dog’s autoimmune system causes a variety of symptoms to include runny nose, respiratory infection, pneumonia, and difficulty getting past infection. Then, although many forms of cancer are seen in dogs, the Bichon Frise is prone to prostate cancer for the males and mammary gland carcinoma for females. To expand the life of this breed, veterinarians often recommend neutering and spaying.

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Black and Tan Coonhound

Black and Tan Coonhound

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Black and Tan Coonhounds have been sniffing trails and scouting American territories since the days of George Washington. Around the home they are easygoing and friendly, but they require a big dose of fresh air and exercise before they hop on the couch for a cuddle. Because they are naturally protective, Black and Tans may be slightly reserved with strangers. They are intelligent, trainable and eternally grateful when they have a job to do.

Things You Should Know:



A working dog by nature, the Black and Tan Coonhound needs patient training, attention and room to run. Therefore, it might not be completely happy in an apartment. Take it for long, daily walks, and remember to keep it on a leash. If you can provide the Black and Tan with some time to tear through an open field—in a protected area, of course—by all means do.



Black and Tan Coonhounds can live as long as 12 years. Generally healthy, some may develop common coonhound issues like hip dysplasia, eye problems and hypothyroidism. They are fairly easy to groom. Give them an occasional brushing, and check their ears regularly.

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Black Russian Terrier

Black Russian Terrier

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The Black Russian Terrier may be the only breed of dog ever created by a state purely to subjugate its people.

The Black Russian Terrier was created by the Russian military, beginning in the 1930s with the intent of creating a heavy aggressive but tractable dog capable of patrolling prisons, military bases, and border areas during brutal Russian winters. In addition to patrol work, dogs were occassionally expected to pull carts, locate land mines, and aid wounded men.

The Black Russian Terrier is essentially a cross between three breeds: Giant Schnauzers, Airedales, and Rottweilers, with a little Newfoundland,Caucasian Ovcharka, Great Dane and Eastern European Shepherd blood thrown in for confusion.

Breed uniformity was achieved over a 20-year period by the state-owned Red Star Kennel whose sole function was to provide dogs to the Soviet armed services for border control and prison patrol.

The first breed standard was approved in 1958, with dogs standing 27-30 inches tall and weighing from 80-145 pounds. The personalities of Black Russian Terriers are quite variable, and the dog is prone to hip dysplasia as the Russians did no x-raying of hips during their breeding program.

The coat of the Black Russian Terrier takes some keeping up, as it is a long-haired breed requiring regular combing and brushing, as well as scissoring every two months or so.

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Bloodhound


Other Names: St Hubert Hound, Chien du St Hubert

The Bloodhound belongs to the hound group and is the largest and most powerful of them all. They are used in tracking, as companions and seen in the show-ring.

Feeding Requirements: These dogs are very large eaters and it will cost around £10 per week to feed them.

Lifespan: about 9 years

General Physical Description: Easily recognisable because of their noble, wrinkly heads, droopy lower eyelids and long pendulous ears, Bloodhounds have powerful bodies and limbs which make them truly big dogs! They have short, smooth coats and move with free, elastic strides. Their voices are full, musical and sonorous.

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Bluetick Coonhound

Bluetick Coonhound

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Bluetick Coonhounds are a friendly breed, but new owners should be warned they can be particularly challenging to train. They are, like their hound counterparts, very intelligent breeds, with an uncanny knack for problem-solving. This can be particularly problematic if they are confined to a household or too small a yard, and one should give this breed plenty of space. Once trained, the breed is very mindful of its owner. Breed will drool occasionally and salivate heavily when exposed to "human" foods. They are very loud, constant, and howling barkers. They are bred to be working hunting dogs and can be a challenge to pet owners.

In normal conditions the dog is excellent around families and children. Once trained, they are mindful, friendly dogs. However, their noses will keep them in trouble, so food and garbage should not ever be left out unattended. Often mistaken for aggressiveness, the breed will "greet" strangers with its signature howl and will literally "sniff" the subject until satisfied. Usually this is just the way the breed gets to know its subjects. Since the Blue Ticks are driven by their strong sense of smell, they make excellent hunting/tracking dogs.

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Border Collie

Border Collie

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The Border Collie originated in Northumberland on the Scottish/English border, hence the name, “Border” Collie. The Border Collie is descended from old British herding breeds with some spaniel bred in. An exceptional herder, this hardy, agile, tireless sheepdog is capable of mastering any kind of herd. It has even been said that the Border Collie has an eye that can hypnotize cattle, as he crouches down and mesmerizes the animals with his intense gaze. Among one of the most trainable breeds, the Border Collie also serves well as narcotics and bomb detection dogs and are well renowned for exceptional performance in obedience, agility, flying disc trials, police work, search & rescue, performing intricate tricks and competitive obedience. Border Collies have even been trained quite successfully as seeing eye dogs for the blind. Very good results have also been obtained with Border Collies for general assistance to the handicapped in Europe.

The Border Collie is a medium sized bolt of energy, often resembling a lightly built Australian Shepherd without a bob-tail. The body is slightly longer than the height at the withers. The skull is fairly wide with a distinct stop, and a long to medium muzzle tapers to a black nose. The ears can be half-perked, one perked/one half perked, or both perked. The oval eyes are generally dark brown or chestnut, with the exception of merles where one or both eyes may be blue. The teeth normally meet in a scissor bite. The tail reaches at least to the hock, is typically raised when the dog is excited, but is never carried over the back. There are two varieties of Border Collie: one with coarse, thick, straight hair, and one with shorter, sleek hair. The coat colors come in black and white, tri-color, red & white, black & gray, all black, or merle. The hair on the face, ears and front legs is always short and sleek.

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Border Terrier

Border Terrier

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Friendly and playful, the Border Terrier is very affectionate and thrives on human interaction and attention. This breed is more placid than is typical of the other terrier breeds. They do best in a home with older considerate children. They will generally get along with other dogs but are not recommended for homes with cats or other small household pets. The Border Terrier does not do well if left alone for extended periods of time and will become destructive and bark excessively if bored or lonely. For this reason a two-career family is not an ideal situation for them. They are wary of strangers but are generally not aggressive. This breed is not recommended for the novice, apathetic or sedentary dog owner.

The Border Terrier is known to get along very well with children, and in most cases will get on with other pets that he is raised with, particularly other dogs. However, the Border Terrier may hunt smaller animals such as rodents, so bear this in mind when considering this breed if your child has a favorite pet hamster that likes to run around the bedroom! This breed is usually fine with strangers and his tendency to bark makes him an effective watchdog. This is a responsive breed when it comes to training, and those with the experience and know how can use the right attitude to get the best out of this plucky little dog.

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Borzoi

Borzoi dog

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The Borzois are gentle, well-mannered dogs who have grace and beauty, yet they enjoy having fun and racing games. The Borzoi is a tall, aristocratic dog with a long, thin, narrow head, whose body is designed for speed. They are affectionate with their owners and tolerant of other dogs. Puppies grow rapidly and should not be overworked until fully mature which is at one year of age. Their colors are white, golden, tan or gray with black markings, in either solid or mixed colors.

Othe names: Russian Wolfhound

Country of Origin: Russia

Height: Dogs at least 28 inches (71 cm). Bitches at least 26 inches (66 cm)

Weight: Dogs 75-105 pounds (34-48 kg). Bitches 60-90 pounds (27-41 kg)

The Borzoi is a sweet, intelligent dog, quite affectionate with people they know well. They are proud and self aware dogs that are extremely loyal to their family. This breed can be trained in obedience, but since they are hounds, are more free-thinking, and less willing to please humans than some breeds. The Borzoi are smart, very intelligent, and capable learners. However the training of this breed has to be based upon mutual respect. Borzoi are often quite cat-like, often keeping themselves quite clean. This breed is quiet, rarely barking. They cannot be trusted off leash, unless in a securely fenced area. They are good with other dogs, but should be supervised with small non-canine pets such as cats and rabbits. Spending time outdoors with small animals is not advised. They should be socialized very well with cats and other pets at as young an age as possible, but remember the Borzoi will always be a hunter that may race after a fleeing animal.

The Borzoi is a noble dog that gets along fairly well with children, but it is not ideally suited for being a child's companion as it does not take well to rough-housing play, and prize their rest. During the growing stage, these dogs need a highly nutritional diet.

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Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier

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A bundle of energy - If you are looking for a dog that just drags himself lazily around the house like a sleepy mop, then the Boston Terrier is definitely NOT for you! They are predisposed to being very active, lively and playful and thrive on being busy.

A true socialite - They are not called the “American Gentleman of Dogs” for nothing. If you use the right methods of training, Boston Terriers are very social and prove to be great entertainers for everyone around them. If you have any other pets, canine or non-canine, or have children in the house they prove to be safe and friendly with their diverse surroundings. A true family companion.

Grooming nightmares - Well, there are none to speak off! Due to their very short and shiny coat not only do you not have to groom frequently, you will avoid the frustration of having shedding and having to clean up the hair from your furniture and carpets.

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Bouvier des Flandres

Bouvier des Flandres

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The Bouvier des Flandres originates from the area of Europe known as Flanders which encompasses parts of Belgium, France and Holland. They were bred originally as farm dogs to herd, drive, guard and to pull carts. Over the last century they have evolved, through selective breeding, into the modern day dog which is primarily a companion animal but one which retains the original traits of its forefathers.

The first Bouvier des Flandres "standard" was drawn up in 1912 and this was the basis for the modern day Bouvier as a show dog. Justin Chastel, a Belgian breeder with his 'de la Thudinie' kennel was the pioneer and it was imports from his kennels that were the foundation stock in the UK. More recently Dutch and American imports have added to the gene pool although these too are descended from the original Belgian lines.

The Bouvier des Flandres makes an excellent family dog, providing the owner is prepared to put the time and effort into training and socialising from the time they first take their puppy home. Like any working breed the Bouvier is intelligent and able to think for itself which can be exhibited as stubbornness. The owner needs to be 'pack leader' and give the dog firm boundaries. Training needs to be fun using whatever motivates the dog best - food, toys and lots of praise. While is essential to have basic training, Bouviers also succeed at competition obedience, working trials, agility, tracking and herding. Unfortunately in the UK many training clubs are geared to the Border Collie and sometimes the training methods used are not necessarily those which bring out the best in the Bouvier so it is advisable to pick your club and trainer carefully.

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Boxer

Boxer dog with little goat

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The Boxer Dog's history could be traced back to feudal Germany, where it was a small hunting dog that could tenaciously hold onto a bull, boar, or bear till the master arrived. It was also a utility dog for peasants and shop owners, and even a performing dog in circus.

The Boxer Dogs as we know it today is a bigger breed – a mixture of the German Boxer with a taller, more elegant English import. The era of this modern Boxer began in the 1880s and became really popular in the United States in the late 1930s-1940s.

Handsome dog: Within the canine world, Boxer Dogs are medium-sized dog standing at 21 to 25 inches at the shoulder for a full-grown female, and weighs some 50 to 65 pounds. The male can be taller and 15 pounds heavier.

It has a striking good look with chiseled head, square jaw and muscled body that make for a very handsome silhouette.

The ears are cropped and erect that enhance its hearing – the Boxer most developed sense. It is always alert and vigilant, an instinctive guard dog.

The shortened muzzle makes hot and humid weather uncomfortable for the Boxer Dogs.

The coat is short, hard and smooth, and possesses a natural sheen that can be enhanced with rubdowns with a chamois cloth (especially after a bath).



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Boykin Spaniel

Boykin Spaniel

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The Boykin Spaniel's Physical Characteristics

Here are some of the characteristics of the Boykin Spaniel breed as determined by the American Rare Breed Association's published breed standard.

Size: males 15 1/2 - 18 inches; females 14 - 16 1/2 inches
Coat: flat
Color: solid liver or rich chocolate
Eyes: dark yellow to brown, set well apart
Ears: set high, rounded tips, flat and close to head, not too pendelous
Muzzle: width is half width of skull
The Boykin Spaniel's Origins and History
Source: Boykin Spaniel Society

Country/Region of Origin: United States

Original purpose: hunting turkeys, retrieving waterfowl

Name: Named for L. Whitaker Boykin, who trained the progenitor of the breed

Historical notes: Boykin Spaniel dogs were bred in the early 1900's in the Wateree River Swamp. It is said that a stray dog that was eventually named "Dumpy" was found to have possessed certain traits that would eventually identify the Boykin Spaniels of today. There were also contributions from the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, English Springer Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel, and the American Water Spaniel

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Briard

Briard dog

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The Briard is a working dog with instinctual herding tendencies. They are kind animals with strong protective tendencies. Known for their excellent hearing and watching abilities, the Briard is an alert, loyal, and fearless watchdog. They are obedient, very trainable, and are extremely intelligent. Briards should be trained firmly because of their propensity to take initiative and think for themselves. Because of the devotion, attention, and energy required of their owners, the Briard isn’t recommended for everyone. They are a challenge to raise, so many Briards wind up in shelters. The Briard is dedicated to itsr family and is usually disinterested or leery of other people. When socialized early and properly, the Briard is very good-natured and makes a wonderful family pet. This breed needs plenty of love and affection, but they need a firm owner. Poor training can lead to an onset of aggression within this breed.

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Brittany Spaniel

Brittany Spaniel

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Canis lupus familiaris

The medium sized Brittany Spaniel is known as a great hunting dog, as well as a popular pet.

Brittanys make delightful pets, with their sweet, gentle and obedient nature. They get along with both family and strangers, and are good with children if exposed to them while young. They are somewhat independent, and they do well in all climates and types of terrain. The breed can learn to hunt birds and rabbits. When selecting a Brittany Spaniel, look for signs of hip problems and epilepsy.

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Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffon

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The Griffon Bruxellois or Brussels Griffon is a breed of dog, named for the city of their origin, Brussels, Belgium. Part of the toy dog category, the breed is generally small, with a flat face, prominent chin, and large wide-set eyes that gives the Griffon an almost human expression—and they are often compared to an Ewok.

The Griffon Bruxellois is really three dogs rolled into one, the Griffon Bruxellois, the Griffon Belge and the Petit Brabançon. Identical in standard except for coat and colour differences, in most standards they are considered varieties of the same breed, much like Belgian Sheepdogs.

A sturdy toy dog with a thick set, well balanced body, that should give a squared appearance in proportion when viewed from the side. A proper Griffon should be muscular, compact and well-boned, and should not seem delicate, racy or overly cobby. The Griffon will often feel heavier than it is for such a small size. Because they are judged by weight rather than shoulder height, proper proportioning is essential to determine if a dog is too fat, too slim or too tall for their size.

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Bulldog

Bulldog Canis lupus familiaris

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Although the origin of the Bulldog today is not known exactly, it is thought that the Bulldog comes from an ancient, fierce mastiff-like breed which was used to restrain wild oxen and to hunt wild boar. The word Bulldog was first used in a 1598 description of a bullbaiting contest. However, it is generally thought that the Bulldog was a well-known breed in England long before. Bandogs, Bonddoggess, and Bolddogges were repeatedly mentioned in English literature beginning around 1200, when the sport of bullbaiting first became popular in England. However, there is a reference to British Hounds that attacked bulls dating back to 395 AD. These dogs were bred and trained to bite and hang on to the noses, ears and necks of bulls.

During bullbaiting the Bulldog had to bite the bull in the nose and hang on, without ever letting go of his hold on the bull. These dogs could retain their hold even after their entrails had been torn out. The dogs often bled to death from wounds received from the bull. Enthusiasts in the early bull and bearbaiting contests included all classes of people. In 1559, Queen Elizabeth was noted to be an enthusiast and often hosted grand social gatherings centered on bullbaiting. At that time, almost every village in England had its own bullring and huge amounts of money were spent on sportrelated wagers. Therefore the dogs were selectively bred for power, courage and tenacity. In 1835, bullbaiting contests were forbidden in England by an act of Parliament. After the abolishment the number of purebred Bulldogs declined greatly. This was due to the growing popularity of the sport of dog fighting, which replaced bullbaiting as a favourite public entertainment in the late nineteenth century in England. Breeders began crossbreeding bulldogs with terrier-type breeds to develop a much more agile fighter.

Around 1840 the existing Bulldog breed was bred to become a smaller, gentler dog in order to create a more domesticated housedog. The Bulldog thus evolved from a sporting dog into a gentler companion, and its existence was preserved by fanciers of the breed in England and France to serve as a household companion and pet. Ironically, the English Bulldog today, because of its extraordinary calm, kind and sweet temperament and disposition, is very different from his ferocious and vicious ancestor.

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Dachshund

Dachshund puppy sometimes called a dashhound

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Short-legged, long-bodied, low-to-ground; sturdy, well muscled, neither clumsy nor slim, with audacious carriage and intelligent expression, conformation pre-eminently fitted for following game into burrows. (From the Standard) The Dachshund is popularly known as a dog of Germany although its origins can be traced throughout Western Europe. Some theories hold that the sculptured reliefs of the Tekel Dog on Egyptian tombs are either ancestors of this breed.

The very name of this loyal breed signifies its purpose ("dachs" meaning badger and "hund" meaning dog.) The Dachshund was bred to hunt and draw the badger, a formidable twenty to forty-pound vicious adversary. This dog possesses confidence and courage bordering on recklessness. He is well-suited physically and temperamentally to pursue his prey above the ground and also under the ground.

It wasn’t until 1888 that the German Dachshund Club or Deutscher Teckelklub was founded to standardize the conformation of the breed. The aim was to produce a dog whose beauty is commensurate with his intelligence.

The medium-sized, smooth-haired Dachshund, which has been the best known in this country, offers the city dweller the optimum of companions. The breed offers a range of three coat varieties; smooth, wirehaired, and longhaired. The breed also appears in two sizes — the medium or standard, and the miniature.

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Dalmatian

Dalmatian Puppies

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We do know that it is a very old breed, having come through many centuries virtually unchanged. Spotted dogs have appeared in Europe, Asia, and Africa. They have been found painted on walls of tombs running behind Egyptian chariots and mentioned in letters written in the mid-1500s from a poet named Jurij Dalmatin to a Bohemian duchess.

A fresco in the Spanish Chapel of Santa Maria Novella in Florence, Italy painted around 1360 shows a spotted dog of the Dalmatian type. The Dominican order of friars who support this church wear white habits with black overcapes. The church came to be represented symbolically in the art of the day by a black and white dog, particularly during the time of the Inquisition, which was overseen by the order of the Dominicans. Is it too much of a stretch to think that Dominican could become Dalmatian and thus the name of the dog?

Spotted dogs frequently accompanied bands of Romany people, or gypsies, as they wandered from India throughout Europe and on to England. Could that be how some Dalmatians acquired the talent for stealing and hiding treats and toys, still prevalent in some members of the breed to this day?

Or was there another religious connection to the breed's name? Priests wear a vestment, a tunic-type garment with sleeves, which has come to be called a Dalmatic, because early ones were made of the wool from sheep from the mountains of Dalmatia. As the church's power increased in the world, the Dalmatic became more ornate and later ones from the time can be seen at the Vatican on display that are made of ermine - a white fur with black flecks or spots through it.

All deacons and officiating bishops in the western Catholic church wear the Dalmatic, as do the kings and queens of England upon their coronation. And it is the English that have given him a miriad of nicknames - the English Coach Dog, the Carriage Dog, the Plum Pudding Dog, the Fire House Dog, the Spotted Dick - though the breed has been credited with a dozen nationalities and as many native names.

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German Shepherd

two German Shepherds one brown and black and one black

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The German Shepherd Dog is respected and admired throughout the world for its versatility, intelligence, and loyalty. It has existed as a recognized breed for a relatively brief period of time compared to other dog breeds. The early shepherd dogs of Germany were of several types suited to their environments. Coat length and texture, color, and build all varied but these types all possessed ruggedness, intelligence, soundness, and the ability to do specialized work.

The German Shepherd Dog was widely sought after during World War II, employed by Allied and Axis forces, as mine detectors, sentinels, guard work, messenger, and other services. In America, Dogs for Defense was formed, providing thousands of dogs to the army.

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Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever 11 puppies

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Golden Retrievers were "developed" in Britain during the 1800's. Believed to be included in the formation of the Golden Retriever breed are the now extinct Tweed Water Spaniel, the Newfoundland, the Irish Setter and a variety of water spaniels. Lord Tweedmouth takes credit for the development of the Golden Retriever. On his estate, near Inverness, Scotland, Lord Tweedmouth wished to develop a dog which was loyal and kind, yet spirited and energetic, with a love for the water and an ability to retrieve. His early vision of a Golden Retriever was for a dog that would have great enthusiasm for retrieving waterfowl.

Once developed, early Golden Retrievers were shown in England as Flat-Coated Retrievers under the variety Golden. Over time the Golden Retriever made it's way to North America, brought back by people visiting Britain. It is believed that Golden Retrievers came to North America in the 1890's, however, Golden Retrievers were not "exhibited" in dog shows until the 1920's. Golden Retrievers, in the early years were used primarily in hunting. Over time, as the breed gained popularity, the Golden Retriever became a valued family companion, a hunting companion, and a show dog.

Early golden retrievers ranged from medium gold to dark gold to a "copper" gold. As the golden retriever developed and became more popular in the show ring, the lighter colours, seen in today's Golden Retrievers, emerged. Today Golden Retrievers range from cream to dark gold with the lighter colours seemingly more preferred by many than the darker colours of the original Golden Retrievers.

Golden Retrievers today are certainly known for their beauty. They are a dog with a kindly expression, pretty dark eyes, and a wagging tail. Golden Retrievers are also known for their temperament. A well bred Golden Retriever is gentle, kind, loving, loyal, happy, confident and outgoing. Neither lazy nor hyper, today's golden retrievers blend easily into many family settings. But, despite the beauty and the gentleness, Golden Retriever excel at obedience as well. Golden Retrievers strive to please their owners and, once taught what the owner desires, the Golden Retriever will astound you with their willingness to please. It is of interest to note that the first three dogs to achieve their A.K.C. Obedience Trial Championships were Golden Retrievers.

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Labradoodle

Labradoodle dog

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Labradoodles were originally a cross between the Labrador Retriever and the Standard Poodle, now they are a breed of their own!

First bred in the 1970’s by Wally Conron , the Labradoodle is a very lovable dog, known for their exceptional intelligence and trainability, low to non-shedding coat, low allergy coat, and lack of doggie odor. One of the finest family pet around!

Labradoodles are sociable, friendly, non aggressive, and extremely intuitive. Their intelligence and high trainability make them well suited for guide dogs, therapy dogs, and other assistance dogs. Their non allergic coats make them popular among people who have not been able to enjoy pets because of their allergies.

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Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriver chocolate puppy

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The Labrador Retriever, despite his name, did not come from Labrador, but from Newfoundland. The area was populated with small water dogs, who, when bred with Newfoundlands, produced a breed referred to as the St. John’s Water Dog, a prototype for the Lab of today. Early in the 19th century, the Earl of Malmesbury reputedly saw one of the dogs of this type and had it imported; in 1830, the noted British sportsman Colonel Hawker referred to the Lab as "the best for any kind of shooting...generally black and no bigger than a Pointer, very fine in legs, with short, smooth hair...is extremely quick running, swimming, and fighting...and their sense of smell is hardly to be credited."

Initially, the dogs were not known as Labradors until the Duke of Malmesbury admitted that he "always called [his] Labrador dogs." However, the breed eventually died out in Newfoundland due to a heavy dog tax and quarantine law. Many Labs were interbred with other types of retrievers, but luckily, the breed prevailed and fanciers drew up a definitive standard. Accurate pedigrees of today’s Labs go back as far as 1878. The Lab was recognized as a distinct breed by the English Kennel Club in 1903. The first registration of Labradors by the AKC was in 1917, and from the 1920s through the ’30s, there was a great influx of British dogs that formed the backbone of the breed in this country

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Poodle

Poodle with traditional grooming

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Mention "poodle" to someone who has never owned or known one and it will typically conjure up images of pampered pets sporting outlandish haircuts being doted upon by old dowagers... In short, poodles don't do well in the PR department with the mainstream uninformed.

But it wasn't always that way. Historically, it's only recently that poodles have had to endure their bad rap in the public eye.

The poodle has been around for a long time. Ancient Egyptian and Roman artefacts often depict the poodle's ancestors assisting their owners as they bring in game nets, herd a variety of animals or retrieve selected catches from various marshes.

The poodle was originally bred to be a water dog -- retrieving game fowl trapped or shot down by its owners. In fact the name "poodle" is a derivative of the old German extraction "pudeln" which translates roughly as "to splash in water."

The poodle's true ancestry is as murky as the marshes it originally learned to work in. One commonly held belief is that it descended from Asian herding dogs then travelled west with the Germanic tribes known as Goths and Ostrogoths to eventually become a German water dog. Another theory holds that it was brought out of the Asian Steppes by the conquering North African Berbers and eventually found its way into Portugal in the 8th Century with the Moors.

That's why even today, it's believed that the poodle is related to the famous Portuguese water dog -- a working dog with a long curly coat, renowned for its intelligence, speed, agility and ruggedness both in and out of the water.

Unlike many other breeds of dog that were bred to specific sizes only within recent history, the poodle's three primary sizes -- toy, miniature and standard -- have been around for centuries. Aside from companionship, the toy versions and related cross-breeds played a somewhat dubious alternate role whereby they served as hand-warmers within the large sleeves of the nobility and emerging merchant classes around the time of the Renaissance. This practice became so widespread that they and other similarly small dogs became known as "sleeve dogs."

For centuries, the poodle's intelligence and personality made it a favorite with gypsies and other travelling performers who trained it to perform all manner of tricks and skits to the delight of paying spectators. Accounts of famous royal command performances along with stories of amazing street shows are littered throughout the historical record. Variety shows featuring poodles dressed in all manner of costumes and displaying amazing feats of intelligence, balance and agility became all the rage in the 19th century.

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Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu nicely groomed with ribbon

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Dogs of various sizes, shapes, and colors have been bred in China for centuries. Records substantiate the existence of short, square, "under the table" dogs from at least 1000 B.C. By piecing together historical facts and documented records, it is possible to some extent to follow the development in China of the breeding of dogs likely to be the ancestors of the present-day Shih Tzu.

The ancestry of the Shih Tzu is rather obscure, but it is probable that the breed is primarily of Tibetan origin. The history of the Tibetan “Lion Dogs” is interwoven with the tenets of Buddhism, which originated in India. The lion was closely associated with Buddhism, but the lion was not indigenous to China, so the Chinese and the Tibetan lamas bred their toy dogs to resemble lions. The Shih Tzu (whose name means “lion”) is reputed to have been the oldest and smallest variety of the Tibetan “holy dogs” and bears some similarity to other Tibetan breeds. For much of the long and illustrious history of China, the breeding of the small “Lion Dog” was a favorite pastime of succeeding imperial rulers.

Prior to A.D. 624, documents show that small dogs were exported from Malta, Turkey, Greece, and Persia as gifts to the ruling Chinese emperors. It is likely that the first small Tibetan Lion Dogs from which the Shih Tzu is probably descended came to China during the Qing (Ch’ing) Dynasty (1644-62) as tributes from the Grand Lamas to the Chinese Imperial Court, and that the Chinese interbred these Tibetan dogs with the early western imports and with the Pug and the Pekingese.

The existence of the Shih Tzu as we know it today is owed to the Dowager Empress Cixi (T’zu Hsi), whose kennel of Pugs, Pekingese, and Shih Tzu was world renowned. Although she carefully supervised the kennel during her lifetime and attempted to keep the three imperial breeds separate, the actual breeding was carried out by palace eunuchs who secretly crossed the breeds to reduce size and produce unusual and desirable markings. After her death in 1908, the kennels were dispersed and palace breeding became haphazard. Some breeding was still practiced by private individuals and specimens were exhibited, but the dogs were almost impossible to acquire. So far as is known, the breed became extinct in China after the Communist revolution.

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Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier brown and black

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The Yorkshire Terrier originated from Yorkshire, the North of England. The Yorkshire Terrier's history started in the middle of the 19 centuries. The onset of the Industrial Revolution being in England in that time, many former agricultural workers came to Yorkshire to seek work at coal mines, textile mills and factories. Some of them brought their dogs - various types of terrier of that time to catch rats. The crosses between those dogs produced the original Yorkie. At first, the Yorkshire Terrier was a much bigger than today's Yorkie, but by selectively breeding the smallest individuals, the dog was gradually miniaturized over the years. They were made into a toy dog. The Yorkshire Terrier appeared fist time on a dog show in 1870. In 1874 the first the Yorkies were registered in the British Kennel Club stud book.

Temperament and Personality
Yorkshire Terriers are alert, vivacious, playful, charming and clever. They don't need a lot of excercise but do like to run and play. Despite its little size the Yorkie is fearless, saucy and always eager for challenges. They defend their territory and are excellent watchdog.

Size and Appearance
The Yorkshire Terrier is a long-coated small-size toy dog. The weight of these dogs should not exceed 7 lb., the height should be 6-7 inches. The long body coat is glossy, fine, silky and straight. Hair on the muzzle is very long.

Care
The Yorkshire Terrier's long hair need daily combing and brushing. Most pet Yorkies have their coats trimmed short or shaved for convenience. The Yorkie coat does not shed. Life Span is about 12-15 years.

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