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Portuguese Cattle Dog
2013-06-13 16:48:55

The Portuguese cattle dog, known by its original name Cão de Castro Laboreiro and other English names, is a breed of domestic livestock guarding dog that originated from Portugal. Its original name means “Dog from Castro Laboreiro” and refers to its city of origin, Castro Laboreiro. The history of this breed is largely unknown, although many stories exist about its development occurring in...

Shiba Inu
2008-09-09 21:42:47

The Shiba Inu is the smallest of the six originally Japanese dog breeds. The breed was originally bred for hunting in mountainous terrain. It is one of the oldest dog breeds, originally bred to hunt and flush rabbits, mice, and other small game. The breed was declared a national monument of Japan in 1936. During World War II, the breed nearly reached extinction, due to bombing and distemper....

Samoyed
2008-07-13 21:43:23

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 by sleeping on top of them. Following the Russian Revolution, the Samoyed became obsolete for these people, but enough of the dogs had been...

Saluki
2008-07-07 22:10:26

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 falcons to locate the prey for the breed to chase down. The breed once traveled with nomadic desert tribes throughout the Middle East. The breed...

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