The German Shepherd is second in dog popularity charts in the U.S.A. and fourth in the U.K. This is hardly surprising because these highly intelligent dogs have shown their star quality in movies and TV and their courage and trainability as working dogs with the police and the army and as search and rescue dogs. […]
Find all Dog Breeds with Pictures with ease of reference over the different pages. The various breeds here have been grouped on the basis of their size. It is hoped that this will provide a useful starting point, especially for novice owners, who may be unfamiliar with the wide variety of dog breeds that are available in the different categories.
Nevertheless, it is important to bear in mind that simply because a dog is large, this does not necessarily mean it will prove more active in domestic surroundings than a smaller breed. Indeed, whereas a Greyhound, for example, ranks amongst the most athletic of dogs, it proves quite sedentary within the home. Some smaller breeds, such as the Beagle, may actually be more frenetic here.
This breed has been developed with considerable care. It originated in Germany during the last century, from crossings of various breeds, including pointers, and was bred as a gundog. Ther German breed club insisted on rigorous standards, and only approved matings were permitted. Weimaraners only became more widely known during the 1940s, when the breed […]
These large dogs bear some similarity to the St Bernard, although they were developed far away in Tibet. In their homeland, Tibetan Mastiffs were used to guard and hered flocks. They may be the closest surviving relative of the original ancestral form of the many mastiff breeds, which is thought to have been developed in […]
These athletic sight hounds were originally developed in the Middle East and are of ancient lineage. Dogs of similar appearance were being kept in this region over 2,000 years ago, and were used to hunt gazelles, which rank among the fastest of all antelope. When they were first seen in Britain, about 1840, they were […]
The origins of this Swiss Dog Breed can be traced to the Hospice du Grand St Bernard, at St Gotthard’s Pass, located high in the Alps close to the Italian border. Strong and courageous by nature (though, sadly, rather short-lived), these large dogs were used to rescue stranded travellers. Around their necks, attached to the […]
During recent years, the popularity of the Rottweiler dog breed has grown at a tremendous rate. Unfortunately, a number of people have been attracted to this dog because of its macho image and, sadly, serious and sometimes fatal injuries have been caused by Rottweilers going beserk, frequently because of poor training. This is actually an […]
The unusual name of this dog breed is derived from the raised line of hair along its back, which forms two whorls or crowns just behind the shoulders. The Rhodesian Ridgeback evolved in southern Africa, and this characteristic pattern reflects an ancestry that extends back to an old breed known as the African Hottentot Hunting […]
Better known in North America simply as the Great Pyrenees, these large shepherd dogs were bred from mastiff stock and served to protect sheep from wolves, being equipped with fearsome spiked collars to defend themselves. Later they were used to smuggle contraband across the steep mountain paths that separated France and Spain, being fitted with […]
The original purpose of the Pointer was to find and indicate a ‘point’ where hares were lurking, so that Greyhounds could then be brought in to run them down. The advent of shooting, however, saw the role of the Pointer modified to finding suitable game for the guns. Pointers dog breeds are therefore essentially working […]
The Phoenicians are believed to have brought these hounds to the islands of Malta and Gozo over 5,000 years ago, and, since then, the breed has developed largely in isolation. They are popular here for hunting rabbits and, although sight hounds, they can also track their quarry by scent. Origins: Malta Coat Type/Colour: Sleek, short; […]