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Domestic Dog Breeds

The Norwegian Buhund is a spitz type breed originally bred by Vikings to herd sheep and cattle as well as protect farms. The breed is closely related to the Jämthund as well as the Icelandic Sheepdog. The Norwegian Buhund stands 17 to 18 inches t...

The Northern Inuit Dog is a large English dog bred to resemble a wolf. The breed was created by breeding the Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, and the German Shepherd with several rescued mongrels whose origin was unknown. The Northern Inuit dog has th...

The Nordic Spitz is a type of dog bred originally for work on farms and hunting. It originated in the 1600s in Sweden and was an excellent hunting companion. In the 1940s, the breed neared extinction, but was saved by a breeding program begun by Nordic...

The Norfolk Terrier is the smallest of the working Terriers, bred originally to rid barns of vermin. It was developed in the 1880s in England by British sportsmen by crossing Cairn Terriers, Irish Terriers, and small red terriers used by Gypsy ratters ...

The Neapolitan Mastiff is an ancient breed of dog used to guard families and property. The breed's ancestry has been traced to around 168 BC. It is a Molosser type breed which was once used to fight bulls, boar, and lions in ancient Roman arenas such a...

The Mudhol Hound, also called the Caravan Hound, the Pashmi, or the Karwani, is an Indian sight hound and a common companion to Indian villagers. It is also used in the Deccan Plateau as a hunting and guarding breed. It is a relatively rare breed and i...

The Mudi is a Hungarian herding breed of dog. It is a versatile dog which can not only herd well, but it can also guard flocks, exterminate rodents, and hunt. The breed stands 15 to 19 inches high and weighs 18 to 29 pounds. It has a medium length c...

The Mioritic is a large sheep dog from the Carpathian Mountains in Romania. It was bred to guard herds in the mountains and is exceptionally bold. The breed weighs 110 to 132 pounds and stands 25 to 30 inches tall. It is a massive breed, and its thi...

The Miniature Schnauzer is a small breed developed in Germany as a farm dog which guarded the herds and family, and a vermin hunter. The breed began with the crossing of the Standard Schnauzer with the Affenpinscher, Miniature Pinscher and Poodle in or...

The Miniature Fox Terrier is a lightweight Australian breed developed for hunting rats, rabbits, and other vermin. The breed was most likely a cross between smaller Fox Terriers and Manchester Terriers. This cross was later mixed with other toy breeds ...

The Miniature Bull Terrier is a miniaturized version of the Standard Bull Terrier which was officially recognized in 1991. It was bred using selective breeding, and was at one point becoming so small and frail that the weight limit had to be replaced w...

The Mexican Hairless Dog is an ancient, hairless breed of dog, also known as the Xoloitzcuintli, or Xolo for short. It may have originated over 3,500 years ago in Pre-Hispanic Mexico, when the Aztecs ruled the land. The breed was sacred to the Aztecs b...

The McNab Shepherd, also called the McNab Sheepdog or McNab Herding Dog is a herding breed which originated from a Scotch Collie or a Fox Collie. It is recognized today as a working stock dog; it herds cattle, horses, sheep, and llamas. It is named for...

The English Mastiff, often known as the Mastiff, is a large Molosser type breed which was once used in blood-sports. It descended from the ancient Molosser and Alaunt and is generally accepted as the oldest British breed. It was probably brought to Bri...

The Maremma Sheepdog is an Italian livestock guardian breed. In Italy, the breed is known as Cane Da Pastore Maremmano-Abruzzese, derived from the area in which it originated. The breed is thought to be an ancient one, and it continues to be used for i...

The Manchester Terrier is a Terrier breed which originated in England as early as the 16th century. It is considered the oldest of all known terrier breeds. The breed originated as a rat killer when a Whippet was crossed with a cross-bred Terrier to pr...

The Maltese is an ancient breed of toy dog associated with the island of Malta. The origin of the breed can be traced back thousands of years. The breed is believed to have descended from a Spitz type breed which belonged to Swiss Lake dwellers, but it...

The Magyar Agár, also known as the Hungarian Greyhound is a hunting breed which originated in Transylvania and Hungary. The breed is a sight hound used for coursing. It is an ancient, elegant breed. The Magyar Agár resembles the Greyhound in i...

The Löwchen is a very rare breed, also called the Little Lion Dog. Little is known about the history of the breed. It can be seen in paintings as far back as the 1500s. The modern Löwchen was bred by enthusiasts in Belgium, France and Germany in ...

The Lhasa Apso is a hunting breed from Tibet originally bred to guard monasteries. The breed often barked a warning to its master until the master came to check on the intruder. The breed generally stands 10 to 11 inches tall and weighs 12 to 14 pou...