The Shetland Sheepdog

Background Lively like a roving Scotsman, The Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie) is a miniature version of a Collie that originated on the small but rugged Shetland Islands northeast of Great Britain. The Sheltie’s history is a little fuzzy, but it could possibly be traced back to the Rough Collie of Scotland. The Sheltie was probably created […]

The Pomeranian

Background The tiny ball of fluff that we know as a Pomeranian used to be a lot bigger! Originally used as sheep herders along the coast of the Baltic Sea in Pomerania – present day Germany and Poland – the Pomeranian has shrunk over the years. The decrease in size came because of selective breeding, […]

The Dalmatian

Background: The Dalmatian takes his name from the region of Dalmatia in the country known today as Croatia. The original breeding lines have long been a mystery and even in what capacity the Dalmatian was originally used is in dispute. Most likely the Dalmatian worked many different jobs: ratter, guard dog, hunter and trail dog. […]

The Sealyham Terrier

Background The Sealyham Terrier was developed between 1850 and 1891 at Sealyham House near Wolfscastle in the Welsh county of Pembrokeshire by Captain John Edwardes to be used for pest control. The Sealyham gained popularity in the early 1900s in the United Kingdom and the United States, particularly as a show dog. He also became […]

The Australian Shepherd

Background The name “Australian Shepherd” is somewhat misleading. In actuality this breed most likely emerged from the Pyrenees Mountains between Spain and France. It was associated by many with the Basque Shepherd, which did come to America from Australia. The breed was made popular in America after World War I. They were often found at […]

The Afghan Hound

Background DNA testing indicates that Afghan Hounds are descendent from one of the most ancient types of dogs. They’re Sight hounds which makes them one of the earliest breeds of domestic dogs as well. Afghan’s were used most commonly by nomadic tribes. They hunted with hawks in both the dessert and mountain regions. During World […]

Giant Schnauzers

Background The Standard Schnauzer was the originator of the Giant and had been documented as far back as the 1400s. Schnauzers were first called wirehaired pinschers. A cross with gray wolfs and Black German Poodles gave them their distinctive salt and pepper, wiry coat. Later the dogs were named Schnauzer after the German word for […]

Mastiff

Background The history of the Mastiff (also known as the English Mastiff or Old English Mastiff) is extensive. They are similar in size and build to dogs that were carved into figurines as far back as 6th century BC.  Although we can only speculate on the breeds of that time, we can be sure that […]

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Background The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is among the oldest of the herding dogs, and also the smallest of the group. They are traditionally tailless and for a long it was requirement for showing. The breed can be traced back as far as 1107 AD when Flemish Weavers brought them along to Whales. They were used […]

The Maltese

Background There is strong evidence to suggest that the Maltese is an ancient breed, similar looking dogs show up on Greek artwork dating back as far as 500BC. Aristotle also makes mention of a breed called “melitaei catelli,” around 370BC, which was likely a Maltese. They take their name from the island of Malta, which […]