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Shetland Sheepdog
2008-09-09 19:06:25

The Shetland Sheepdog, also called the Sheltie, hails from the Shetland Islands off the north coast of mainland Scotland. The breed is a descendant of the Collie, and its ancestors may have included the Greenland Yakki dog, King Charles Spaniel, Pomeranian, and the Border Collie, although this is uncertain. Up until the mid 20th century the breed was often called the Shetland Collie. The breed...

arplaninac
2008-07-13 23:03:35

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 to its guarding and herding abilities. Ancestors of the breed may include livestock guarding dogs from Turkey and Molosser type dogs from Greece....

Rough Collie
2008-07-07 22:04:21

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 English sheepdog types, the Borzoi, and possibly the Irish Setter. The breed eventually became somewhat more of a fashion item due to its popularity...

Redbone Coonhound
2008-06-08 17:07:21

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 allowing them to hunt in swamplands, on mountains, and in the water. The breed stands 21 to 27 inches tall and it weighs 45 to 70 pounds. Its weight...

Pyrenean Shepherd
2008-06-03 17:25:13

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 French herding dogs, but is still little known, only gaining national recognition in its country of origin following World War I. The breed is not...

Puli
2008-06-03 17:22:35

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-sized breed which stands 16 to 17 inches tall and weighs around 23 to 25 pounds. Its distinguishing feature is its long, tightly curled, corded coat,...

Portuguese Water Dog
2008-06-03 17:13:11

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 Water Dog was often used to retrieve broken nets and lost tackle, as well as herd fish into nets and act as a courier from one ship to another....

Portuguese Pointer
2008-05-29 17:46:59

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 coarse and short over most of its body, but its ears and face are a velvety texture. It is generally yellow or light brown colored, and it sometimes...

Poodle
2008-05-28 14:37:32

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 centuries. There are three sizes of Poodle: standard, miniature, and toy. The breed was originally purposed as a retriever, and is still often used...

Pomeranian
2008-05-28 11:27:31

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 reduced the dog's size and developed more coat colors. Today's Pomeranian is considered a toy breed. The Pomeranian is a balanced, square breed....

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  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.