The German Pinscher

Background The German Pinscher originated in Germany where he was closely associated with the Standard Schnauzer. He was involved with the development of the Doberman, Miniature Pinscher and other Pinscher types. The German Pinscher was depicted in dog books that date back to 1884 but was officially recognized in Germany in 1879. Pinchers were used to hunt vermin and […]

The Glen of Imaal Terrier

Background The Glen of Imaal Terrier takes his name from Glen of Imaal (surprise!) in Wicklow County, Ireland. He is sometimes referred to as the “Wicklow Terrier” or the “Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier,” but most of the time he is simply called the “Glen.” The Glen is one of several Irish Terrier breeds. Although, […]

The Harrier

Background No positive origin has ever been established for the Harrier. According to one theory the earliest Harriers were bred down in size from the English Foxhound. According to another, they were a cross between the former Southern Hound and the Greyhound. The first recorded Harrier pack in England dates to 1260 and was organized by Sir […]

The Irish Terrier

Background Among the oldest of the terrier breeds is the little, red-headed Irish Terrier. In the late 19th century this dog made his first appearance at a dog show in Glasgow. He’s more than a show dog though, during World War I Irish Terriers were used as messengers and lookouts. The breed’s popularity skyrocketed in […]

The Kerry Blue Terrier

Background Hailing from the mountains of Kerry, Ireland the Kerry Blue Terrier was a working dog. He’s a dog of many skills including hunting, herding sheep and cattle, retrieving vermin, and tracking small game and birds. The Kerry Blue Terrier was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1922. Sizing up Weight: 33 to 40 lbs. Height: […]

Manchester Terrier

Background Originating in England, the Manchester Terrier made his debut in the 16th century. His progenitor was the oldest breed of terrier: the Black and Tan Terrier. The Manchester was bred to hunt rats and rabbits. The American Kennel Club recognized the Manchester Terrier in 1887, following recognition of the Toy Manchester Terrier in 1886. It wasn’t […]

The Miniature Bull Terrier

Background The Miniature Bull Terrier was the result of interbreeding between a Bulldog and the now extinct White English Terrier in the 19th century. The result was the  “Bull and Terrier” now known as the Bull Terrier. The earliest dogs of this breed came in several different sizes and weights. A well-known Bull Terrier breeder of the […]

Neapolitan Mastiff

Background We can follow Neapolitan Mastiff lineage all the way back to ancient Egypt, Persia, Mesopotamia and Asia. Neos were used in times of war by the Roman army and later they were used on farms in northern Italy as guard dogs and defenders of property. The Neapolitan Mastiff was recognized by the American Kennel Club in […]

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen

Background The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen, or PBGV, originates in the Vendéen district of France. He is a hound of the smaller variety descending from the much larger Griffon Vendéen and dating back to the 16th century. Although you may think it, he is not related to the Basset Hound. His name translates to a perfect […]

The Smooth Fox Terrier

Background The Fox Terrier originates all the way back in the 17th century, British Isles; but the distinction between smooth and wire hair varieties was not made for hundreds of years. In 1984 the two varieties were recognized as two separate breeds. Because of the SFT’s great eyesight, stamina, and gifted nose, farmers used them to keep […]