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Domestic Dog Breeds

The Seppala Siberian Sleddog is a rare working breed bred from Siberian breeds imported into Alaska. The breed was made famous for their domination of the All-Alaska Sweepstakes distance race from 1914 to 1917. The breed's popularity lost steam in the ...

The Sealyham Terrier is a Welsh terrier created by crossing the Basset Hound, Bull Terrier, Fox Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, and the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. It was developed in Sealyham, Harverfordwest, Wales by Captain John Edwards to quarry ...

The Scottish Terrier, often called the Scottie, is one of five types of terrier that originated in Scotland. It is thought to be one of the oldest of the Highland terriers, although its origin is undocumented. The breed may have originated as early as ...

The Swiss Hound is scent hound used for hunting hare in Switzerland. It was popular in Italy during the 15th century and in France during the 18th. The lines of the breed may have been mixed with French scenthounds. There are four varieties of Swiss Ho...

The Schipperke is a Belgian breed which originated during the 16th century and officially became a breed during the 1800s. The origins of the breed are often debated; the dog is either a member of the terrier, spitz, or miniature sheepdog family. The b...

The Å arplaninac, formerly known as Illyrian Shepherd, is a herding and guarding breed from the Å ar Mountains. It was used as a military dog under Marshal Josip Broz Tito. The breed is currently becoming more popular throughout North America due t...

The Sapsali is a Korean breed of dog which was traditionally thought to chase away spirits and ghosts. Its name, translated, means just that. The work of the breed is said to be spiritual rather than physical. The breed is medium sized and resembles v...

The Samoyed is a breed of dog which was originally bred to pull the sleds of nomadic reindeer herders from Siberia. The breed was developed not only to pull sleds, but also to assist in herding and keep its owners warm at night, acting as their blanket...

The Saluki may be the oldest breed of dog; its history can be traced nearly 7000 years, and it is definitely one of the earliest breeds to diverge from wolves. Historically the breed's purpose was coursing and hunting in packs, sometimes in tandem with...

The Saarloos Wolfhound is a cross between a Eurasian Wolf and a German Shepherd which originated in 1921. The breed was created by Leendert Saarloos in an attempt to improve the German Shepherd's immunity to distemper. The breed is a wolf-like dog ...

The Russian Spaniel was bred according to Russian hunting requirements following World War II. The breed is a cross of various European spaniel breeds. The breed is similar to a Cocker Spaniel, but taller with a longer body.

The Rough Collie is a herding breed which originated in Scotland and Wales. The breed was bred to be nimble enough to herd sheep and goats in the highlands, and capable of covering up to 100 miles in one day. The original Collie was interbred with Engl...

The Rottweiler is an ancient working breed. Its ancestry reaches back to the Roman Empire, when working dogs traveled with the army to assist with herding the cattle. These breeds, whose descendants became today's Rottweilers, included Roman War Dogs, ...

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a South African hound also known as the Van Rooyen's Lion Dog, the African Lion Hound, or the African Lion Dog. The breed has been known to hunt anything from upland birds to larger, more dangerous game such as boar, deer, st...

The Redbone Coonhound is an American hunting breed developed in the 1800s from Foxhounds and Bloodhounds. It was bred to hunt raccoon, but is also used for hunting bear, bobcat, and cougar. They are highly agile and have an acute sense of smell allowin...

The Rat Terrier is an American vermin-killing breed which served its purpose as a general farm dog. The breed was common throughout America during the 1920s and 1930s; it is somewhat rare today as chemical pesticides and commercial farming have forced ...

The Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz, or the Aldalusian Wine Cellars' Ratting Dog is a Spanish Terrier which hunts rats in wine cellars. Its ancestors may have included the Fox Terrier and other small breeds. It was most likely bread during the 19th century ...

The Rampur Greyhound is a sighthound native to the Rampur region of Northern India. It was used by the Maharajas for jackal control, as well as for hunting lions, tigers, leopards, panthers, and wild boar. Combining blood lines from the Tazi "“ an Af...

The Rajapalayam is a sighthound from India which was used as a companion breed for the aristocracy in Southern India as well as for hunting wild boar and guarding. The name of the breed comes from the town in which it is probably the most popular. The ...

The Portuguese Mastiff, also known as the Rafeiro do Alentejo is a herding breed. It may be one of the oldest breeds of dog, and it is closely related to the Anatolian Shepherd Dog. For centuries, the breed has been used specifically to move sheep duri...