The Affenpinscher

13.08.2019. 22:12:00

The Affenpinscher is an interesting and rare dog breed that originated in Germany. The name Affenpinscher means “monkey-like terrier” and although this breed is not classified as a terrier, the Affenpinscher was originally bred to work like one. This dog had a job to exterminate rats and other rodents in German stables, granaries and kitchens of the 1600s. The rare Affenpinscher became more known in 2002 when Ch Yarrow's Super Nova won the Toy Group in 2002 at the nationally televised Westminster Kennel Club Show. FUN FACT: In France, this breed is described as the “Diablotin Moustachu” which means “mou...

The Belgian Malinois

09.08.2019. 14:28:00

The Belgian Malinois is a medium-size shepherd dog that was originally developed in Malines, Belgium in the late 1800s. The Belgian Malinois is one of the varieties of the Belgian shepherd. All these Belgian shepherd dogs were named after Belgian villages: Groenendael, Laekenois, Mechelar (Malinois) and Tervuren. The Belgian Malinois was used as a peerless livestock herder, guard dog and draught dog. This dog was the first dog to be used by the Belgian police. Many of them were used by the military in the World War I for a number of jobs, including carrying messages and assisting the Red Cross. FUN FACT...

The Australian Shepherd

04.08.2019. 19:57:00

Despite his name, the Australian shepherd (often called Aussie) is not at all an Australian dog! These dogs were originally developed in the USA to herd livestock. These dog’s true origin is quite a mystery. The theory is that Australian shepherds were brought to America by the immigrants who came there and brought sheep and other livestock with them. They also brought their favorite herding dogs. Many of these dogs were from Australia, and although it is common belief that Australian shepherds have some Basque roots and were brought to USA via Spain, the name Australian shepherd stuck. Some people beli...

The Finnish Spitz

01.08.2019. 12:04:00

The Finnish Spitz is a dog breed that originated in Finland to hunt all types of game, from small ones like birds and squirrels to bears. While hunting, Finnish Spitz uses barking to indicate the position of game. This way, he doesn’t only show the hunter the position of a prey, but also draws animal’s attention to himself, allowing an easier approach for the hunter. This is the reason these dogs are called "Bark Pointers." Today, in his native country, the Finnish Spitz is still used to hunt game birds, squirrels, etc. In America, Finnish Spitz dogs are primarily companion dogs. These dogs almost becam...

The Airedale Terrier

29.07.2019. 15:15:00

The Airedale Terrier (often shortened to "Airedale“), being the largest of all terriers, is known as the „King of Terriers“. The breed originates from the valley of the River Aire, West Ridin, Yorkshire, and was created to catch otters and rats in the region between the Aire and Wharfe Rivers. The Airedale was bred from the Old English Black and Tan Terrier (now known as the Welsh terrier), the Bull Terrier, the Otterhound and probably some other Terrier breeds. This dog was bred for hunting purposes and to be an all-around working farm dog. FUN FACT: Before the German Shepherd became the dog of choice...

The Hokkaido

27.07.2019. 16:19:00

The Hokkaido (also called the Ainu) is a powerful, medium-sized, strongly-built dog that originated from the Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan. The Hokkaido is one of the six native Japanese spitz breeds (together with Akita, Shiba Inu, Kai Ken, Shikoku, and Kishu Ken) that probably descended from a breed known as the Matagi-ken. The Hokkaido is one of the earliest dog breeds in the world. This dog was used for hunting purposes (salmon, deer and bears), as a guard dog for the family, as well as much loved companions. Today, most of them are kept as a family pet. Sometimes these dogs are used for search and re...

The Newfoundland

24.07.2019. 12:10:00

The Newfoundland is a large dog breed developed in the Canadian province - the island of Newfoundland. They were bred to work with fishermen of that area. The Newfoundland is a dog of great size and strength, with water-resistant double coat and webbed feet. Thanks to all these characteristics, the Newfoundland is excellent on land and at sea. The dog was used to pull carts, save victims of shipwrecks, pull children from deep water, and help fishermen haul in heavy nets. First Newfoundland was shown in England in 1860, and ever since, these dogs became crazy popular and were a required part of the "equi...

The Pomeranian

15.07.2019. 21:22:00

The Pomeranian (or simply the Pom) is a small, toy-sized dog developed in the province of Pomerania (the area of northeastern Europe that is now part of Poland and western Germany) from the ancient Spitz breeds of the northern countries. Pomeranians are the tiniest of the Spitz. Their relatives (the Norwegian Elkhound, the Schipperke, the German Spitz, the American Eskimo Dog, the Samoyed) were bred to guard homes, pull sledges and protect livestock. Throughout their history, Pomeranians have decreased in size and are now much smaller than their ancestors. Today, because of its size, the Pomeranian is c...

The Dachshund

05.07.2019. 14:49:00

The Dachshund is a small-sized, hound-type dog breed. The Dachshund has short legs and long body and because of his looks is often called sausage dog or wiener dog. The Dachshund was created in Germany in the middle ages and was known as the badger dog (in German language “dachs” means badger). FUN FACT: Dachshunds are traditionally viewed as a symbol of Germany and because of that their popularity in the United States during World War I went down drastically. The Dachshund - history The Dachshund was developed to dig his way into a badger den and dispatch its occupant. His short legs, long body and sha...

The Havanese

26.06.2019. 15:09:00

The Havanese is small-sized dog breed, member of the Bischon family of dogs. This breed is named after the capital of Cuba – Havana. The dog was the native lapdog of Cuba’s aristocrats and wealthy planters, believed to be brought to Cuba from Tenerife. During hundreds of years in the lap of Cuban luxury, once called the Blanquito de la Habana (Havana Silk Dog), the breed was cross-bred with other Bichon types, including the Poodle into today’s Havanese. Today, this dog is the national dog of Cuba. FUN FACT: The Havanese is Cuba’s only native breed. The Havanese - characteristics Males and females stand...