German Shorthaired Pointer

The German Shorthaired Pointer was first bred as a versatile bird dog in the late 1800’s in Germany. German hunters had spent many generations perfecting the bird hunting dog by cross breeding various breeds. Also known as the Deutscher Kurzhaariger Vorstehhund, the German Shorthaired Pointer most likely descended from Spanish Pointers.

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Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever was bred as an all-purpose water dog breed that originated from Canada. The Labrador Retriever originated in the early 1800s and were of varying sizes like the Lesser or the St. John's Newfoundland which was the earliest incarnation of the Labrador. These were black Labradors that were medium-sized with short hair. They retrieved game and fish, pulled small fishing boats for fisherman in icy water, and also helped fisherman with their daily work.

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Snow Dogs: 15 Breeds Bred to Love Cold Weather

This health article gives you 15 dog breeds ideal for cold winter weather, snow, and wind. You'll also learn what makes your snow dog able to thrive in below-freezing temperatures without the threat of health problems like frostbite or hypothermia.

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Coton De Tulear

The Coton de Tulear, otherwise known as the Royal Dog of Madagascar, originated from Madagascar. This dog breed is part of the UKC, Companion Group. The Coton de Tulear belongs to the Bichon family. It is a companion dog breed.

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Brussels Griffon

The Brussels Griffon is part of the UKC, Companion Group and the AKC, Toy Group. This dog breed originated in Brussels, Belgium. This dog breed was used to catch rats.

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Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, also known as the Korthals Griffon and Russian Setter originated from France. This breed is part of the UKC, Gun Dog Group, and the AKC, Sporting Dog Group. It was developed as a versatile hunting dog in the mid-to late nineteenth century by the son of a Dutch banker named Eduard Korthals. This breed is nicknamed the “supreme gundog.”

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Tibetan Spaniel

The Tibetan Spaniel comes from Tibet. The Tibetans did their best to preserve the Tibetan dog breeds. The nickname for this dog breed is “Tibbies.” They were companion dogs, and also used for guarding purposes. The Tibetan Spaniel worked together with their cousins, the Tibetan Mastiff. They used to sit on top of the monastery walls and survey the lands below.

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Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, also known as the Grosser Schweizer Sennenhund, or Alpine Mountain Dog, originated from Switzerland. This dog breed is part of the UKC, Guardian Group, and the AKC, Working Group. It is believed to be one of the oldest of the Swiss dog breeds. This dog breed came about by breeding Roman Mastiffs and local Swiss dogs.

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Belgian Sheepdog

The Belgian Sheepdog is a herding dog breed from Belgium. This dog breed is one dog breed with four variations in the world. The U.S considers each type a separate dog breed. This dog breed were livestock guardians, police dogs, and were also used for military work. This dog breed was also used for messenger and draft work during World War 1.

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Bull Terriers

The Bull Terrier originated in Great Britain. This breed was used for bull baiting. The Bulldog was crossed with the now extinct English Terrier. The mix was then crossed again with the Spanish Pointer to get the Bull Terrier dog breed.

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Cano Corso

The Cane Corso originated from Italy, and belongs to the UKC group. This is an ancient dog breed that was bred from the Roman Mastiff’s. The strong and powerful Corso dog breed was near extinction during World War 2, but fans of the Corso saved this superb dog breed.

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Chinese Crested

The Chinese Crested dog breed originated from China. It is part of the UKC, Companion Dog Group, and the AKC, Toy Group. This dog breed is believed to have come from African hairless dogs that were brought to Asia by traders. These dogs were then bred again, and after many generations were of a much smaller size. The Chinese were experts at breeding mini sized dog breeds.

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