The Parson Russell Terrier

Background The Parson Russell Terrier originated in south England during the mid-1800s. It’s likely that he was developed by crossing the former Black and Tan Terrier with the Old English White Terrier. The Parson was named after the well-regarded huntsman, Rev. John Russell. Later, the Parson’s bloodlines were crossed with the Welsh Corgi, along with other […]

The Leonberger

Background The Loenberger takes his name from his home town of Leonberg, Germany, where he first emerged during the 1800s. In the beginning he worked as a family and work dog, but the breed got so much attention from German artists that they often traded in these mundane tasks for the glamorous life of art […]

The Belgian Tervuren

Background The Belgian Tervuren, naturally, comes from the village of Tervuren in Belgium; although, in his native land he is known as the Chien de Berger Belge. His history is somewhat obscured until the 1800s when he started to be used as a herding dog and provided security on farmlands for families and their livestock. […]

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Background The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is unlike most any other hunting dog. Instead of chasing ducks, these dogs actually lure them closer by “dancing” along the shore. This graceful dancing technique is known as “tolling,” thus the breed name. “Tolling” is a Middle English word and implies that the game is being tempted […]

The American Eskimo Dog

Background The American Eskimo dog already has you fooled; the name has no roots in Eskimo culture. Actually, he’s a descendent of the European Spitz dogs: white German Spitz, the white Keeshond, the white Pomeranian and the white Italian Spitz. In America, throughout the 19th century, Eskies were performers, often travelling around in circus routines. Now, American Eskimo […]

The Black and Tan Coonhound

Background If you were living during the 11th century, you would likely have heard of the Talbot hound. The Talbot was a descendent of the St. Hubert Hound and laid the bloodlines for the Black and Tan Coonhound. They were used to hunt raccoons and possums, but didn’t shy away from bigger game like mountain […]

Small-Breed Dogs: What You Should Know When You Adopt

1. Medial luxating patella This is a common orthopedic condition in small-breed dogs. The knee cap or patella slips in and out of the groove at the bottom of the thigh bone. Depending on the severity of the disease (there are four stages), the condition can be obvious or rather subtle. When the kneecap is inside the […]

Tough-Looking Dog with a Heart of Gold: The Boxer

Background In spite of his name, the Boxer is far more likely to give your face a lick than a left hook! Boxers were developed as a classic, jack-of-all-trades working dog in Europe. Bred in 19th century Germany as a cross between an English Bulldog and the now-extinct Bullenbeiser (similar to a Mastiff), the Boxer […]

The Labrador Retriever

  Background It’s all in the name, and it might explain why Laborador Retrievers are so excited to play fetch! Affectionately known as Labs, Labrador Retrievers hail from 16th century Newfoundland, now part of the Newfoundland and Labrador provinces of Canada, where they were originally used as fishing dogs. They helped fishermen by pulling in […]

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Background: Wirehaired Pointed Griffons are still called Korthal’s Griffons in most parts of the world after the breed’s creator: Edward Korthal. Korthal was looking for a dog that could hunt in the water or on land, had a powerful sense of smell, could point to game, and retrieve it. With the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon he […]