German Shepherd

The German Shepherd, also known as the Alsatian, was developed in the late 1800's. It was originally bred to help herd and guard sheep flocks, and characteristics thought best for its line of work were preferred, such as intelligence and keen sense of smell. One breeder, Max von Stephanitz, established a registry that espoused this … Read more


The Greyhound is a breed whose origin is somewhat unknown. There are theories stating that the Greyhound is from Egypt. Historians have found different relief's of a breed of dog with the same body shape as that of an early Greyhound. Other theories state the Greyhound is from England as they believe the breed was … Read more

German Pinscher

The German Pinscher comes from a mix of the Miniature Pinscher and the Schnauzer. That's why, at the beginning, it had both smooth and wirehaired puppies. The German Pinscher was used as a vermin hunter, a family pet, a herder and a watchdog. The breed was officially recognized in 1879. The Pinscher-Schnauzer Club was then … Read more

Glen of Imaal Terrier

The Glen of Imaal Terrier originated in Ireland and was bred to hunt badgers, foxes, and rodents. They are related to the Irish Terrier, Wheaten Terrier, and Kerry Blue Terrier. Their name comes from the region in Ireland from which they began to be bred. These dogs were used in pit fights that owners and … Read more

German Shorthaired Pointer

The German Shorthaired Pointer comes from the old Spanish Pointer, which was brought to Germany in the early 1600?s. However, it is impossible to know the exact origins of the German Shorthaired Pointer, the best candidates would be the Schweisshund, the Foxhound, other hounds and also the Italian Pointer.

German Wirehaired Pointer

The German Wirehaired Pointer originated in Germany and was bred to work alongside their hunting master and find or 'point' out the game after it was shot. This breed is thought to be a mixture of the Bloodhound, Wirehaired Griffon, Foxhound and Poodle mixes, giving them their excellent hunting skills as well as their fantastic … Read more

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever was first developed in the British Islands. The breed comes from crosses between the Flat-Coated Retriever, Spaniel breeds, Setters, the Newfoundland and possibly the Bloodhound. This breed was first shown as the Golden Flat-Coat. Highly obedient, the Golden Retriever as been used for many tasks like hunting and tracking, but also for … Read more

Gordon Setter

The Gordon Setter originated in Scotland and was bred to hunt/retrieve game for their owners. They are thought to be a mixture of the English Spaniel, Land Spaniel and the Spanish Pointer. These dogs originally were bred and used for working alongside their masters on a hunt, but today are more used as either show … Read more

Field Spaniel

The Field Spaniel originated in England and was bred to retrieve and hunt game alongside their owners. These dogs are a mixture of the Basset Hound, English Springer Spaniel and the Sussex Spaniel which gives them their longer body and shorter height. This breed has a compact, solidly built body that is slightly longer than … Read more

Flat Coated Retriever

The Flat-Coated Retriever was developed in the nineteenth century and is a cross between several already established breeds, including the Irish Setter, Labrador, Water Dog, and the St. John's Newfoundland. The Flat Coated Retriever was at one time fairly popular with English sportsmen until the beginning of the World War, but eventually was overshadowed by … Read more