Lagotto Romagnolo

The Lagotto Romagnolo is a rare dog breed that originated during the Renaissance period in Italy. They were bred to retrieve waterfowl. “Lago” translated, means lake in Italian This dog breed was also used for a while to sniff out truffles. Most water retrieving dog breeds are thought to have originated from this dog breed. Their sniffing capabilities are outstanding!

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Black Russian Terrier

The Black Russian Terrier, also known as Blackie, comes from Russia. It is part of the UKC, Guardian Dog Group, and the AKC, Working Dog Group. This dog breed was developed by the Russian military in 1930. The Black Russian Terrier has been used for guarding, as sled dogs, and for herding purposes.

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Welsh Terrier

The Welsh Terrier, also known as the Old English Terrier comes from Wales. It is part of the AKC/UKC, Terrier Group. This breed came in to existence during the 1700’s, and was used to fox hunt, catch badger, and otters.

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Smooth Fox Terrier

The Smooth Fox Terrier comes from the U.K. It was used for hunting foxes below the ground. This dog breed is part of the UKC/AKC Terrier Dog Group. These Terriers rode in saddlebags on horses, and were released when it was time to chase foxes underground. It is a very old dog breed that originated during the seventeenth century.

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Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever, also referred to as “Chessies” originated from the U.S during the 19th century. This breed belongs to the UKC Gun Dog group, and the AKC Sporting Dog group. The Chessie was bred from two Newfoundland-type dogs that were found in an English shipwreck. Newfoundlands, Irish Water Spaniels, and hounds were believed to have contributed to the Chessie gene pool.

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Whippet

The Whippet originated from the U.K, and is part of the UKC, Sighthound Group, and the AKC, Hound Group. This dog breed first came about more than 100 years ago, and was used for racing and catching rats. This breed was bred in the late 19th century. It is spectacular in track racing over short distances, and reaches high speeds in seconds. The Whippet was named the “poor man’s racehorse” as it was used for gambling in the U.K by the working class.

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Samoyed

The Samoyed originated from Siberia, and is part of the Northern, UKC, and Working, AKC groups. This breed gets its name from the Samoyed people, a nomadic tribe from the Siberian Tundra. The Samoyed was used as a hunter, herder of reindeer, and also as a sled dog.

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Pekingese

The Pekingese, otherwise known as the “lion dog,” originated from China. This dog breed is part of the UKC, Companion breed, and the AKC, Toy breed. The Pekingese dog breed has been around in China since the Tsang Dynasty, during the eighth century. The nobility enjoyed this dog breed.

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Creative Training for Dog Tricks at Home

As your dog begins to feel bored, it’s up to you to start becoming creative with dog training. Just repeating the same command every day, and doing the same thing for weeks on end is also going to bore you. You’ve both got to have some fun. After all, you owe it to your furry best friend.

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Regular Dental Care Tips for Dogs

Take a walk down any pet store aisle, and you will see that canine dental cleaning product options have been more numerous than in the past. A critical part of being a good pet parent means understanding the importance of regular dental care for our furry best friends.

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