Also known as the Hungarian sheepdog, the Komondor has earned the reputation as a fierce guard dog and loyal protector. Still used to guard herds in his native Hungary, the Komondor has become a companion animal to some in the United States. History and Origin Historical references of the Komondor go back several hundred years, but it is widely believed to be an ancient breed.
The black and tan coonhound is an excellent hunter that barks when his quarry is in a tree. Their beautiful black and tan coat gives them their name. History and Origin The black and tan coonhound is an old breed developed in the American south by crossing foxhounds and bloodhounds based on their colors.
Clumber spaniels are ideal pets for a variety of people. These slow-moving spaniels are fun and loving, adjusting easily to families with children and adults alike. They are highly adaptable to various living situations, including apartment living. History and Origin Although their exact origin is unknown, Clumber spaniels probably made their debut in France.
Considered a rare breed, the field spaniel is thought by many to have the best personality of all spaniels. A sweet and loving dog, the field spaniel makes an excellent companion, especially for active families. History and Origin The field spaniel originated in England in the 1800s as a bird dog with a calm temperament.
The Belgian Tervuren is a serious and watchful breed with a strong protective and territorial instinct. This breed excels as a police dog, search and rescue dog and natural guardian. History and Origin Throughout time, Belgians have used various dogs to help them in their herding tasks. Through breeding trial and error, they finally developed a dog that was agile, strong, intelligent and loyal.
The Belgian sheepdog is a serious and watchful breed with a strong protective and territorial instinct. This breed excels as a police dog and natural guardian. History and Origin Throughout time, Belgians have used various dogs to help them in their herding tasks. Through breeding trial and error, they finally developed a dog that was agile, strong, intelligent and loyal.
The Canaan is an ancient breed from the Middle East admired for his guarding ability. This dog is still used by the Israeli army and Bedouins as a guard dog and a companion. History and Origin The Canaan dog is a very old breed originating in the land of Canaan in the Middle East and thought to have been developed from the Indian wolf.
The curly coated retriever is one of the oldest of the retriever breeds and has a very unique haircoat. The breed is very popular in Australia and New Zealand as well as England, his native land. History and Origin The curly coated retriever was developed in the late 1700s in England and is considered one of the oldest of the retriever breeds.
The Beauceron is an uncommon breed with a very loyal following. These majestic and proud dogs are originally French herding dogs but are now guard dogs and family pets. Reserved with strangers, the Beauceron is loving and faithful to his family. History and Origin The Beauceron originated in France as a herding dog.
The American water spaniel is an American made dog developed to retrieve duck in swampy areas. The state dog of Wisconsin, this spaniel was more popular among Midwestern hunters in the 1920s and 1930s and now has a small but loyal following. History and Origin The American water spaniel originated in the United States in the mid 1800s primarily to retrieve in the water from boats.
The Black Russian Terrier is an uncommon breed hailing from Russia that is slowing gaining popularity. This dog is a wonderful guard dog and if properly socialized can be an excellent family companion. History and Origin As the name implies, the Black Russian Terrier originated in Russia. It was developed in the mid 1900s as a guard dog by crossing the giant schnauzer, Airedale, Rottweiler and other large working breeds.
Even though you may not have heard of the sloughi, the breed has a rich history, dating back to ancient times. Thought to be the forerunner of the greyhound, the sloughi is a lean and fast dog. History and Origin Sloughi hounds (pronounced sloo-ghee) are one of the most ancient breeds known to man. They have an extensive and rich history, dating back to ancient Egyptian times, where artifacts contained images depicting sloughi hounds.
The swift greyhound is an ancient and powerful breed that has been prized by nobility for thousands of years. Today, the greyhound is associated with the controversial sport of dog racing, but this sighthound was first developed for hunting. As a pet, the greyhound is a gentle, loving pet that loves lounging on the sofa.
The schipperke was originally bred to be a guard dog and vermin hunter on the canal boats in Belgium. Today, he is a much-adored companion that is a very active and playful dog. History and Origin The schipperke originated in the Flemish provinces of Belgium. Thought to have been developed by Renssens, a canal boat captain, this dog is a descendent of the Belgian sheepdog.
One of the cat fancy's best kept secrets, the Havana brown, first strikes you as an elegant cat with brilliant emerald green eyes in a setting of fur the color of chocolate kisses. Wrapped in that blanket of rich brown fur, however, is a feline with a personality that would enchant any cat lover. Fanciers say Havanas are charming companions with exceptionally devoted temperaments.
Until the middle 1990s, blue-headed macaws were unknown in aviculture. Blue-headed macaws are small green "mini" macaws found in tropical foothill habitats in western Peru, eastern Brazil and northwestern Bolivia. They inhabit partially open forest types including disturbed forests. Common locally, blue-headed macaws are usually found in pairs or small flocks.
The Siberian husky is one of the most popular breeds in the United States. With eye color ranging from crystal blue to brown to multi-colored, the husky is a sleek and strong dog. The breed was previously quite popular as an Alaskan sled dog, but in recent years has been replaced with the Alaskan husky, a mix of various breeds.
The Alaskan malamute is one of the oldest of the Arctic sled dogs, powerfully built and originally bred to pull heavy weight over long distance in harsh conditions. Best known as a member of a sled dog team, the malamute has slowly gained popularity and is now better known as a companion rather than a working dog.
The bullmastiff, a massive yet affectionate member of the "working" breeds, is a combination of the English bulldog and Old English mastiff. The breed has a comparatively recent history and was purposely created to guard large English estates from poachers. Bullmastiffs are not as popular today, but owners are as loyal to the breed as the breed is to their owner.
As the breed that accompanied Dorothy to the Land of Oz, the cairn terrier is a spry little dog perfect for the family. This breed is inquisitive and playful, always ready to join in the fun, even if that includes fighting witches and creepy flying monkeys. History and Origin Artists have been depicting dogs closely resembling the cairn terrier since the 15th century.
For some, Tibet is a destination of a spiritual pilgrimage. For others, it is a peaceful, calming land with a beauty that is beyond explanation. For a few, Tibet holds a special place in their hearts as the birthplace of the Lhasa apso. History and Origin Originating in the villages near the sacred city of Lhasa, the Lhasa apso is one of three dog breeds from the land of Tibet.