Perhaps having the most complicated and unique breed name, the Xoloitzcuintli (pronounced “show-low-eetz-KWEENT-lee”) is an ancient and usually hairless breed originating in Mexico. They are often called “the first dog of the Americas.” History and Origin of the Xoloitzcuintli The Xolos (as they are known for short) have been around for several centuries and have been depicted on pieces of ancient pottery; additionally, Xolos were referenced in written letters of Spanish conquistadors.
Are you trying to figure out the perfect name for your dog? And you don't want the typical names? Here is a list of thousands of dog names to help you choose! For tips on how to choose the right name, read What's In a Name - Naming Your Dog. Want to choose one of the most popular names? Check out Top Names for Dogs.
One of the more recent breeds, the Chinook is a rare breed of sled dog which likely began as a cross between a northern husky and a Mastiff mix. How rare is the Chinook? It is estimated that currently, about 800 Chinooks are registered, and about 100 puppies are born per year. History and Origin of the Chinook The Chinook breed was developed in the 1920s by a New Hampshire sled dog driver and enthusiast named Arthur Treadwell Walden.
Many people in recent years have looked to rescues for their new furry family member. Adopting a homeless pet is a great way to experience the love of an animal while saving a life. The Humane Society of the United States estimates that over 3500 animal shelters operate in the U.S. today. Along with shelters, a number of smaller organizations also work to find homes for surrendered animals.
Also known as the Sicilian Greyhound, the Cirneco dell Etna hails from Italy and takes its name from Sicily’s Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. History and Origin of the Cirneco dell Etna The earliest appearance of the Cirneco dell Etna can be traced back approximately 2,500 years and closely resembles the Pharaoh Hound.
Originating in Belgium, the Laekenois is the oldest and rarest of the four types of Belgian shepherd dogs. Until the early 1900s, these four types were often interbred. The other three breeds which share a history with the Laekenois include the Malinois, the Tervuren, and the Groenendael. In Belgium, these four breeds are often classified as one “Belgian shepherd” group.
Long-legged and graceful, the Azawakh is an African sighthound with unique physical and personality traits. History and Origin of the Azawakh Azawakhs differ from other sighthounds, in that their primary function serves not as a hunter but as a protector. They were bred by nomads in the sub-Saharan Sahel region of Africa.
The Finnish Lapphunds - or Lappies, as they are known for short - would be the ideal breed for Santa in the North Pole, as they were originally bred for herding reindeer. As their name would suggest, Lappies originated in Finland, having been bred by nomads (the Sami). They remain a highly popular pet in the Scandinavian countries even today, and they are finally beginning to increase in popularity in North America.
The number three most registered dog breed in the United States according to the American Kennel Club (AKC) is the German shepherd dog (GSD). We have a breed profile on the German shepherd but the breed profile can only tell you so much. So…we really wanted to give possible German shepherd owners a better understanding of the German shepherd such as: are they good for families with kids?
The Pyrenean Shepherd is not a dog breed with which most people in the U.S. are familiar. This breed became slightly better recognized when a Pyrenean Shepherd won the World Agility Championship for mid-sized dogs in 2003. These dogs are talented athletes and loving companions who deserve more recognition and popularity.
The Bluetick Coonhound is a breed with which most dog lovers are fairly familiar. A famous Bluetick Coonhound is Smokey, the sports mascot at the University of Tennessee. By far, the breed is most popular for its keen hunting skills The Bluetick Coonhound is a member of the American Kennel Club's miscellaneous class in the Foundation Stock Service (FSS).
There are tons of wonderful dogs from all over the world. But what better day than the 4th of July to celebrate the AMERICAN dog breeds - that is those originating in the United States. Here are some of our favorite American dog breeds: The Mutt. The mixed breed dog is the most common “breed” in the United States.
History and Origin of the Portuguese Podengo Hailing from the country of Portugal, this ancient sighthound dates back to as early as the 5th century. As there is a resemblance to several other breeds (such as the Pharaoh Hound, Ibizan Hound, and Cirneco dell Etna), the Portuguese Podengo likely developed from these ancestral breeds.
The Rat Terrier is a talented and enthusiastic dog, specializing as a hunter, watch dog, and companion. This breed is a member of the AKC's miscellaneous class in the Foundation Stock Service (FSS). The FSS is the AKC's record-keeping system for rare breeds which are not yet fully AKC recognized. History and Origin The Rat Terrier originated in England around 1820 as a Manchester Terrier, Smooth Fox Terrier mix.
The number one most registered dog breed in the United States according to the American Kennel Club (AKC) is the Labrador retriever. We have a breed profile on the lab but the breed profile can only tell you so much. So…we really wanted to give possible lab owners a better understanding of the lab such as: are they good for families with kids?
While the small, accessory-type dog is so admired and people are eager to have unique dogs of this type, such as the “designer” dogs, it may be an ideal time for the Bolognese (a small, rare breed) to gain popularity. The Bolognese is part of the Bichon family group and is also referred to as the Bichon Bolognese.
Outside Ireland, the Irish Red and White Setter is not a well-known breed of dog. This beautiful, working gun dog is similar to but older than the better known Irish Setter. As of June 2007, this breed is a member of the American Kennel Club's sporting class. History and Origin According to paintings and oral history, it seems that the Irish Red and White originated around the 17th Century.
Athletic, intimidating, and beautiful describe the American Bulldog's appearance. Happy, protective, and energetic describe this awe-inspiring dog's personality. Though yet to be recognized by the American Kennel Club, this breed is gaining popularity as both a family dog and a working dog. History and Origin Bulldogs in the 17th and 18th Century were used in catching livestock, guarding homes, and the “sport” of bull-baiting.
History and Origin of the Norwegian Lundehunden The Norwegian Lundehund has some of the most singular characteristics of any other breed. Born in wintry Norway, the Lundehund was bred to retrieve live puffins-a plentiful source of meat-from steep and precarious cliffs. In fact, their name translates to "puffin dog" in Norwegian.
A true “Southern” breed, the Bluetick Coonhound comes from Louisiana. The breed has been featured in popular media such as the TV show “Airwolf” and the Charlie Daniels Band song “Long Haired Country Boy.” A bluetick coonhound named Smokey is the mascot of the University of Tennessee. History and Origin of the Bluetick Coonhound The breed originally descended from the French Bleu de Gascogne and the English foxhound.
Hailing from the Palmetto State of South Carolina, the affable Boykin Spaniel is a small but skillful retriever. In addition to being an energetic and agile swimmer, the Boykin Spaniel also has the honor of holding the title of South Carolina's “Official State Dog.” History and Origin of the Boykin Spaniel Coming from humble beginnings, the breed originally developed in the early 1900s from a small stray dog found just outside a church in Spartanburg, South Carolina.