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Domestic Dog Breeds

The German Spaniel, also called the Deutscher Wachtelhund or the German Quail Dog is a medium-sized German gundog. The breed is used to track and retrieve upland game and blood trail large game; it also loves to work in the water. The German Spaniel...

The Scottish Deerhound is a large sight hound developed to hunt red deer by deer stalking and coursing in the highland moor. The breed is closely related to the Irish Wolfhound. The appearance of the Scottish Deerhound is similar to that of the Grey...

The Danish Broholmer, native to Denmark, is a molosser type breed of dog. It is a guard dog breed named after a game-keeper who lived in the 1700s, Sehested of Broholm. The breed almost became extinct following World War II, but a group of Danish enthu...

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a small terrier developed near the border of Scotland and England to hunt otters and badgers. It was first bred in the 17th century and is named after a farmer in a novel by Sir Walter Scott. The breed's colors, mustard an...

The Dachshund is a German hound with a very long body and short little legs. The standard size was bred to scent, chase, and flush burrowing animals, while the miniature was bred for hunting rabbits. The breed is often called a wiener dog, hot dog, or ...

The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog originated as an experiment in 1955 in the former Czech Republic. The breed was created by breeding a German Shepherd with a Carpathian Wolf, in attempts to create a "wolfdog" which blended the qualities of a dog and a wolf....

The Curly Coated Retriever is a breed of dog developed in England to hunt waterfowl. It is easily distinguished from other Retrievers by its height and its curly coat. The Curly Coated Retriever is slightly longer than it is tall, yet still appears ...

The Croatian Sheepdog is a very old bred of dog native to Croatia. The Croats brought the ancestors of the breed to Croatia from their original native land. The first written record of the breed was written around the year 1374. The breed instinctively...

The Coton de Tuléar is a small companion breed and the official dog of Madagascar. It is believed that the Coton was brought to the port of Tuléar by Spanish and Portuguese sailors in the 16th century. The breed was frequently used as a companion...

The Cordoba Fighting Dog originated in Argentina and was a cross between a Mastiff, Bull Terrier, and Old English Bulldog. It is now extinct, but it was used in the creation of the Dogo Argentino, so its ancestry lives on. Many of the dogs in the br...

The Clumber Spaniel is a British breed used for hunting and tracking. It was most likely developed by crossing older breeds of hunting spaniels with Basset Hounds or St. Hubert's hounds. There are recorded records of the breed from the mid 1800s in Que...

The Cirneco dell'Etna is a Sicilian sight hound, traditionally used for hunting rabbits. As far as Mediterranean sight hounds go, this breed is the smallest. However, what it lacks in size it makes up for with speed over rough terrain and endurance. It...

The Bukovina Sheepdog is a rustic sheepdog which originated in the Carpathian Mountains in Romania. Romanian Shepherds used the breed to guard and protect their herds. There are three types of Bukovina Sheepdog: the Mioritic, Carpatin, and Ciobănesc...

The Chow Chow, which originated in China, is one of the oldest recognizable breeds of dog. Legend has it that the breed was used as a model for the traditional stone dogs, the Foo dogs, which stand in front of Buddhist palaces and temples. In China, it...

The Chinook is a large, rare sled dog developed in the 1900s in New England. Today the breed is most commonly a family pet, but also serves as a search and rescue breed, and for dog-packing, skijoring and in dog agility competitions The breed weighs...

The Chinese Crested Dog is an unusual looking toy breed of dog. A Chinese Crested dog was dubbed the "World's Ugliest Dog". It is speculated that the breed was originally used as a rat-catcher on ships and farmland. There are two types of Chinese Cres...

The Chihuahua was discovered in Mexico in 1850 and is the smallest breed of dog in existence. The modern-day Chihuahua might have been a cross between the Chinese hairless and the Aztec Techichi dog. The breed was first registered in 1905. Chihuahua...

The Chilean Fox Terrier also called the Chilean Rat Terrier or Ratonero is a mix between the 19th century Fox Terrier and Native American dogs. It is the original breed from Chile which originated in the late 1800s and was standardized over 100 years l...

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a breed that originated with two Newfoundlands rescued from a ship in Maryland in the 1800s. The Newfoundlands were bred with various dogs to create the breed. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is an extremely resilient hunti...

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is one of the largest of the toy dog breeds. The breed has roots in the Restoration period; however the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was first bred in the 20th century. The predecessor of the Cavalier King Charles ...