The Siamese

  History One of the oldest and most recognized cats in the world, the Siamese hails from 14th-century Thailand, where he was favored by the royal Siam family. In fact, the Siam family used to give these cats to visitors of their royal court as gifts, which contributed to their spread throughout the world. This […]

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 Exotic (also, Exotic Shorthair)

Breed Basics Distinctive characteristics: soft, round “teddy-bear” appearance; quiet meow Coat: medium length; rich and soft—stands out from body due to thick undercoat Color: a variety, including solids (white, blue, black, red, cream, lilac, chocolate, silver, golden), tortoiseshell, and tabby Body: sturdy, with muscular legs Head: broad, rounded Eyes: large, round, and of a color […]

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 […]