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Domestic Dog Breeds

The Argentinean Mastiff, otherwise known as the Dogo Argentino, is a big game hunter developed in Argentina. The breed was created to hunt large animals such as cougars and wild boar which can weigh up to 600 pounds. The base of the breed is the Cordob...

The Pyrenean Shepherd originated in the Pyrenees Mountains in the south of France during medieval times. It was bred for the purpose of herding livestock, and generally worked in conjunction with the Great Pyrenees. The breed is the smallest of the Fre...

The Pumi is a Hungarian terrier-type breed which originated as a general farm dog, primarily used for herding during the 17th and 18th centuries. The breed is a mix between Puli-type dogs and herding terriers which was known only in Hungary until the 1...

The Puli is a Hungarian sheep dog which may have originated around 2000 years ago in Central Asia. It was brought by the Magyars to Hungary during the Middle Ages, and used by shepherds of the Hungarian plains for herding. The Puli is a medium-size...

The Pug is a toy breed which was bred during the 15th century BC as lap dogs for Chinese Rulers during the Shang dynasty. The popularity of the breed later spread to Tibet, then Japan and Europe. The Pug was eventually dubbed the official dog of the Ho...

The Prague Ratter, or the Prazsky Krysarik is a small breed of dog which originated in the Czech and Slovak Republics as both a rat catcher and a palace pet. The breed is rarely seen outside its country of origin, and it is extremely rare, due to the M...

The Portuguese Water Dog, also called Cão d'Água or the Portuguese Fishing Dog originated as a fishing breed. The breed may trace as far back as 700 B.C. to central Asia, but the breed was predominantly bred and used in Portugal. The Portuguese W...

The Portuguese Podengo is a Portuguese multi-sensory hunting breed. The hound hunts with sight, scent, and hearing, generally in a pack, independent of its human companion. There are three sizes of Portuguese Podengo: Pequeno, Medio, and Grande, and ea...

The Portuguese Sheepdog, also known as the Cão da Serra de Aires or the Aires Mountain Dog, is a sheepdog from the Aires Mountains, north of the Tagus River. The breed stands 16 to 22 inches tall and generally weighs 26 to 40 pounds. Photo C...

The Portuguese Pointer is a gun dog developed to point specifically in grey partridge hunting. The breed stands 20 to 22 inches high and generally weighs 35-59 pounds. It has well-balanced proportions and a remarkably square build. Its coat is coar...

The Porcelaine is a scent hound which originated in France and may be one of France's oldest dogs of this type. It is also natively called the Chien de Franche-Comté, named after a French region bordering Switzerland. It is considered to be derived...

The Poodle is a breed of dog whose origins are unknown. It is often considered a French breed due to the role of the French in the development of the modern breed. It is one of the oldest breeds of dog which has been popular throughout Europe for centu...

The Pont-Audemer Spaniel is a gun dog which originated in France during the 19th century. Its ancestors may include the Barbet, the Poodle, and the Picardy Spaniel, along with several other old Spaniel breeds. The breed is rare; it has never been incre...

The Pomeranian is a spitz-type breed which originated from the sled dogs of Greenland and Lapland. Its ancestors were brought into Pomerania, a region of Europe bordered by the Baltic Sea, the Rügen Island, and the Vistula River. English breeders re...

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog, or the Polski Owczarek Nizinny, is a herding breed which originated in Poland during the 13th century. The breed most likely descended from the Puli breed and the Bearded Collie as well as several Scottish dogs. The breed a...

The Polish Hound is a hunting breed which originated in Poland. The breed was highly esteemed by Polish nobility. It hunts primarily by scent. Jozef Pawuslewicz is credited with the development and the registration of the breed. The breed is large, ...

The Pointer, also called the English Pointer, is a gun dog breed which originated in England in the 16th or 17th century. Its ancestors include the Greyhound, Foxhound, Bloodhound, and the Bull Terrier; each of these breeds contributed to its personali...

The Ibizan Hound, also known as the Podenco Ibicenco or Ca Eivissenc, is a hunting breed which originated in Muslim Spain. It was originally used for hunting rabbits and other small game. It was once believed to be an ancient breed, but a DNA analysis ...

The Plott Hound is a large breed originally bred in the North Carolina mountains for boar hunting. Its ancestors were brought from Germany to the U.S., and the breed was named after the brothers that brought them. The breed originated around 1750, and ...

The Pharaoh Hound is a breed from Malta which is used for hunting. It is the national dog of Malta, where they call it the Kelb tal-Fenek, or rabbit hound. For years, the breed was considered one of the oldest dog breeds due to its resemblance of dogs ...