Whippet Dog Breed

Whippet Dog Breed Information

Developed for its speed in the north of England, the Whippet dog used to be known as the poor man’s racehorse. These dogs were reached over straight tracks, which were typically 200 yd (183 m) long, being thrown into the course by their owners. The fastest individuals could reach the finish within 11 ½ seconds, … Read more

Sussex Spaniel Dog Breed

Sussex Spaniel Dog Breed Picture

This dog breed of spaniel was developed in the English county of Sussex during the 1790s. Sussex Spaniels have never been especially common, but their placid and hard-working nature made them highly valued both as gundogs and companions. The breed nearly vanished into obscurity towards the end of the last century, and it was only … Read more

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Crossings of terriers with Bulldogs during the early years of the nineteenth century gave rise to the origins of this breed. It was developed for dog-fighting purposes in England, but when this activity was made illegal, breeders sought to remove aggressive traits from its nature. Recognition was slow in coming, however, the Kennel Club of … Read more

Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog Picture

Affectionately known as the Sheltie, this breed is said to have evolved on the Shetland Islands, off the north coast of Scotland. Here they were kept by the crofters who scratched a living from this rather inhospitable terrain. The Shetland Sheepdog probably developed from a range of dogs brought to these islands over the years, … Read more

Shar-Pei Dog Breed

Shar-Pei Dog Breed Picture

Having been in danger of extinction during the late 1960s, this ancient Chinese dog breed has since attracted the attention of dog fanciers throughout the world, and its future is now assured. Its origins date back over 2,000 years, and it may have a common ancestry with the Chow Chow, with which it shares the … Read more

Puli Dog Breed

Puli Dog Breed Information

Although it may appear that a Puli’s coat is somehow prepared by artificial means, its dreadlocks are actually quite natural. The dog breed originated in Hungary, and its name is derived from the words puli hou. This translates literally as ‘destroyer Huns’, and refers to a tribe of Magyar warriors who invaded Hungary from the … Read more

Schipperke Dog Breed

Schipperke Dog Breed Picture

It appears that this dog breed has existed in Belgium for well over 300 years, although its precise ancestry is unknown. It has been suggested that it could be a miniature form of a black Belgian Shepherd Dog, or, alternatively, could have a spitz ancestry. The Schipperke was certainly very popular among shoemakers in Belgium … Read more

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