Wire-Haired Pointing Griffon

Wire-Haired Pointing Griffon Information

This breed of gundog was developed originally by a Dutch enthusiast called Edward Korthals, who started his quest in 1874. Unfortunately, a clear picture of its ancestry is not available, although it is known that Korthals began with a grey and brown Griffon bitch and, apart from other Griffons, various setters and pointers may also … Read more

Welsh Springer Spaniel

Welsh Springer Spaniel Dog Breed

The precise origins of this breed, which resembles the Brittany, are unclear. It may have resulted from the combination of English Springers and Clumber Spaniels, but the only accepted colour combination is rich red and white. Welsh Springers were recognized officially by the Kennel Club in 1902, but are not a very common breed, although … Read more

Siberian Husky Dog Breed

Siberian Husky Dog Breed

Few dogs have more stamina than the Siberian Husky, which was developed as a sleigh dog by the Chukchi tribe who lived in north-east Asia. From here, some of these dogs were taken to Alaska just after the turn of the present century, where they won the gruelling 400-mile (644-km) All Alaska Sweepstake Race. The … Read more

Labrador Retriever Dog Breed

Labrador Retriever Dog Breed

The ancestors of this well-known dog breed were brought originally from Newfoundland by fishermen returning to England. In Newfoundland the dogs helped to haul in the nets and took to the water readily. During the nineteenth century, a tax on dog ownership led to the demise of these dogs in Newfoundland, and British quarantine laws … Read more

Kerry Blue Terrier

Kerry Blue Terrier

Developed in the vicinity of County Kerry in southern Ireland well over a hundred years ago, this dog breed shows a clear resemblance to the Bedlington Terrier, which contributed to its ancestry. The Irish Terrier was also used in the development of the Kerry Blue Terrier, as is clearly evident from the shape of the … Read more

Irish Water Spaniel Dog Breed

Irish Water Spaniel Dog Picture

This traditional Irish breed may have descended originally from stock that originated in Europe. There is a clear relationship between the Standard Poodle and this breed, and there are suggestions that the Portuguese Water Dog might also have played a role in its development. There used to be two forms of water dog in Ireland. … Read more

Irish Setter Dog Breed

Irish Setter Dog Information

The stunning appearance of these gundogs ensured their popularity and has led to them often being described as Red Setters. It is not always appreciated, however, that Irish Setters do need a considerable amount of exercise and if frustrated in this regard, they are likely to run off on their own. Origins: Ireland Coat Type/Colour: … Read more

Hungarian Vizsla Dog Breed

Hungarian Vizsla Dog Breed

This is another of the ancient Hungarian breeds, which has become quite well known in the West since the 1930. Emigres leaving Hungary brought their dogs with them, and from this base contemporary bloodlines have evolved. The name ‘Vizsla’, under which they are known in the United States, translates as ‘responsive and alert’. These characteristics … Read more

Golden Retriever Dog Breed

Golden Retriever Dog Picture

These attractive dogs were another of the sporting dog breeds developed in the second half of the nineteenth century. They were bred on the Guisachan Estate in Scotland, which was owned by Lord Tweedmouth. Here the Golden Retriever initially evolved from crossing a yellow retriever of Flat-coat ancestry with a local and now extinct breed … Read more