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Domestic Dog Breeds

The Hanover Hound is a breed which originated during the medieval time period. It is a descendant of bloodhounds from that time period, and is currently used as a hunting and tracking dog. The breed is very rare. The Hanover Hound stands 18 to 22 in...

The Greyhound is a coursing and racing breed which may have originated in Egypt over 6,000 years ago. The breed's aerodynamic build and long legs make it the fastest dog on record. It can reach speeds of 45 miles per hour in only 3 strides. The breed ...

The Greenland Dog is a powerful husky-type dog bred for sledding and hunting. It is speculated that this breed directly descended from dogs which Inuit settlers brought to Greenland. It originated in the Arctic coastal regions and is one of the oldest ...

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a herding breed from Switzerland. The breed excels not only at herding, but pulling weight and hiking as well. Some members of the breed are still used by farmers for pulling carts. The breed almost faced extinction i...

The Great Pyrenees is a large guard dog, used for protecting livestock. The breed is related to several other white European sheepdogs and has been used for thousands of years by the Basque people. The breed once served as the official dog of the royal...

The Great Dane is one of the two tallest breeds of dog, alongside the Irish Wolfhound. Different sources report different countries of origin for the breed; some refer to Germany while others claim Denmark is its home. The breed is incredibly large ...

The Great Gascony Blue is a rare French scent hound, developed on the southwestern coast in the Gascony province. The Great Gascony Blue generally weighs 70 to 77 pounds and stands around 27.5 inches tall on average. It has low-set ears and long, na...

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is a French hunting dog used for hunting rabbit, hare, boar and deer, as well as for companionship. The breed generally stands 15 to 17 inches tall. Its coat can be one of several different colors: black with white, ...

The Gordon Setter originated in the UK and was bred primarily to hunt game birds. It was developed from the old Land Spaniel, yet it may have been crossed with Hounds or Pointers. In the 1800s, it was believed that the breed was originally produced by ...

The Golden Retriever is a hunting breed developed in Scotland during the 1800s. The breed was created due to a need for a specialist retriever following improvements to guns which left birds being downed at distances too far for most dogs to track. It ...

The Glen of Imaal Terrier was developed in Ireland as a hunting breed. It is a dog in the terrier group which excels in fox hunting and badger baiting. The breed stands about 14 inches tall on average and weighs approximately 35 pounds. Its coat is ...

The German Shepherd is the third most popular breed in the United States, originally bred for herding sheep. Besides its original purpose, the breed can be found doing police work, search and rescue, therapy work, guarding, being guide dogs, as well as...

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a hunting breed developed in 19th century Germany. It is a descendant of the Spanish Pointer which was brought in the 1600s to Germany. The breed may be a combination of many others including the Schweisshund, Foxhoun...

The German Coolie is a herding breed. There is no existing evidence of its origin, but it is most likely a derivative of early herding breeds from the UK. The breed is incredibly intelligent and displays endurance, as well as the ability to receive and...

The French Bulldog is a breed that began when some English bulldog fanciers wanted a similar breed which was not developed for dog fighting. This bulldog was small and became more popular as artisans escaping England's Industrial Revolution moved to Fr...

The French Spaniel is both a pointing and retrieving hunting breed. It was originally used in 14th century France for falconry and net hunting. During the 19th century, the breed had a close call with extinction; however a French priest reestablished t...

The French Brittany is a bird hunting dog, and the smallest of the pointing breeds. It originated in France and is one of the oldest longhaired pointing dogs. The breed is small for its type "“ not likely to weigh over 30 pounds. The French Britta...

The Flat-Coated Retriever is a British gundog. It was bred to retrieve both in the water and on land, flushing game and marking birds. The breed originated in the 19th century and may have come from stock of the St. John's Water Dog, which may be an an...

The Finnish Spitz is a hunting dog which originated in Finland. It is often referred to as a "bark pointer" as it barks to indicate located game. It is typically used for hunting small animals such as squirrels, but can also be used to hunt larger anim...

The Finnish Lapphund is a medium-sized Spitz type dog originally bred to herd reindeer. It is one of the most popular dogs in its country of origin, Finland, and has become a well-liked companion dog. The breed originally herded for the Sami, a group o...