Lhasa Apso Dog

Lhasa Apso Dog Breed

Another of the ancient Tibetan dog breeds, the Lhasa Apso used to be given as a gift to the Chinese court by the Dalai Lama who ruled Tibet. The unusual name of these dogs translates as ‘goat-like’, and it may have been that their ancestors were actually kept as guardians for herds of goats before … Read more

Tibetan Terrier Dog Breed

Tibetan Terrier Dog Breed

In spite of its name, this dog breed is not derived from terrier stock, but was originally bred in Tibet as herding dog. There was some confusion among the various Tibetan breeds when they first became more widely known in the West during the early years of the present century, but the Tibetan Terrier dog … Read more

Keeshond Dog Breed

Keeshond Dog Breed Information

Descended from spitz stock, the ancestors of this dog breed were a common sight on barges travelling along the River Rhine. They are believed to be named after two leaders of the Dutch Patriot Party, who adopted the breed as a symbol during the eighteenth century. Both these men had the Christian name of Kees, … Read more

Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier

One of the most widely recognized terriers, the Jack Russell has a long ancestry, dating back over a century. It is named after the Revd Jack Russell, who was popularly described as the ‘Hunting Parson’ because of his keen interest in fox hunting. Russell lived in Devon, England, and here, during the latter part of … Read more

Italian Greyhound Dog Breed

Italian Greyhound Dog Breed Picture

A miniature form of the Greyhound is known to have existed over 2,000 years ago. Subsequently, such dogs became especially fashionable during the sixteenth century in Italy. Here they were kept simply as pets by members of the Italian nobility and soon these miniature Greyhounds were in demand across Europe. Although the trend towards the … Read more

Yorkshire Terrier Dog Breed

Yorkshire Terrier Dog Breed Information

Although these terriers are often perceived as a rather ornamental breed, they are bred from sturdy working stock, and will still hunt vermin in the same fashion as their ancestors, should the opportunity present itself. They evolved in the English county of Yorkshire, being developed from local breeds of terrier kept by the weaving families … Read more

Glen of Imaal Terrier

Glen of Imaal Terrier Picture

Ono of the more unusual terrier dog breeds that are now attracting increasing interest, the Glen of Imaal Terrier is actually an old breed, developed in the vicinity of County Wicklow, Ireland. Here it was used to hunt badgers and for a period, as a fighting dog. This rather anti-social side to the Glen of … Read more

West Highland White Terrier Dog

West Highland White Terrier Dog Breed

West Highland White Terrier Dog Breed was originally known as the Pol-talloch Terrier, being named after the area where it was first bred, in Argyllshire, Scotland. Its development here occurred by chance when a dark-coloured terrier owned by one Colonel Malcolm was accidentally shot and killed by its owner in 1860. He then decided to … Read more

Alaskan Malamute Dog Breed

Alaskan Malamute Dog

This is one of the native North American spitz breeds, developed by a tribe called the Mahlemuts, after which they are named. Alaskan Malamutes are used in sleigh teams, and six harnessed together can cover a distance of 50 miles (80 km) in a day, pulling loads of 700 lb (355 kg) or more. Their … Read more