the Bulldog SENSITIVE, SNOOZY, PROTECTIVE History & Origin The forerunners of today’s bulldog were strong, large dogs that were used to guard estates, as watchdogs, as haulers where they had to drag goods long distances, and also as war dogs. As war dogs, they would go into battle with their owners, garbed in battle gear and sporting various types of protective armament. Because of...

Miniature Pinscher

the Miniature Pinscher ATHLETIC, PLAYFUL, FEARLESS History & Origin The little but tenacious breed of Miniature Pinscher, also known as Min Pin, is said to be the King of Toys due to their delicate and small structure. It may look like the Doberman Pinscher as it has an uncanny resemblance to them but these small, tough guys actually came a hundred years before the...

Saint Bernard

the Saint Bernard MAJESTIC, BRAVE, HEROIC History & Origin Saint Bernards are commonly known for saving people’s lives in snowstorms, even digging them up where and as necessary. But the breed’s history takes an interesting twist when one goes back to its origins. Speculation would have it that these dogs are descendants of mastiffs brought to the region of their conception by Roman armies. These...

Basset Hound

the Basset Hound FUNNY, FLOPPY-EARED, FRIENDLY History & Origin The Basset can trace its history all the way back to the Middle-Ages, a time when hunting was extremely popular and served as an acceptable pastime for many a young nobleman. One of these noblemen, Francois Hubert, not only had a passion for hunting, but was intent on the betterment of his hunting dogs, and...

Labrador Retriever

the Labrador Retriever LOVABLE, INTELLIGENT, FRISKY History & Origin The Labrador is one of the most popular dog breeds out there. When you see the name, you might think that it comes from Labrador, Canada, but this is not so. It has its origins in Newfoundland and got that name by default. Although the breed is officially a Sporting dog, it is so much more!...

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon HEARTY, HONEY, HUNTER History & Origin The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is the ultimate gun and hunting dog. Other names for the breed are the “Korthals  Griffon” and the “Griffon d'arrêt à poil dur Korthals”. Some think the breed is German or Dutch as the breed founder was Eduard Karel Korthals. He developed the breed at his Biebeshein am Rhen kennel in...

Great Pyrenees

the Great Pyrenees AGILE, GENTLE, WELL-MANNERED History & Origin The Great Pyrenees is said to originate in Central Asia or Siberia about ten or eleven thousand years ago. This elegant, majestic, strong-willed and somewhat reserved breed has a long history as a guard dog of sheep and cattle along with Shepherds. It is thought that these large white dogs arrived in the Pyrenees...

Shiba Inu

the Shiba Inu FOXY, INDEPENDENT, SMART History & Origin Shiba Inu (pronounced SHEE-bah-EE-noo) is one of the oldest and smallest breeds of the dogs originating in Japan. Although Shiba Inus are traced back to 300 B.C, it was in 1920 that they were properly given this name. The origin of the name of this breed, Shiba Inu, has some theories. The word “Inu” means...

Lhasa Apso

the Lhasa Apso LIVELY, INTELLIGENT, SUPERMODEL History & Origin Most dog breeds originating in the East have a long history, and the Lhasa Apso is no different. Mention has been made of dogs resembling the Lhaso Apso existing in Tibet over 8 000 years ago. There they were primarily kept and bred in monasteries and were never sold. They were only ever given as gifts...

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

the Pembroke Welsh Corgi ALERT, SMART, PLAYFUL History & Origin There are two Corgi variations, one with a tail, called the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, and the one without, namely the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Both breeds of dog, until 1934, were considered the same breed. There are slight variations, however, which led to the difference in names. Their history, as a whole, is a particularly...