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Sealyham Terrier
2008-09-05 15:40:30

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 small game. The breed was officially recognized in the early 1900s and can still be found today in South Africa and the UK. At one time, the...

Peruvian Hairless Dog
2008-05-28 10:59:43

The Peruvian Hairless Dog is an ancient Peruvian breed which was and is often kept as a pet in the region. It is one of a few breeds of hairless dog that exist, and it is very similar to the Xoloitzcuintli in particular. They lived in the coastal areas during pre-Incan times but nearly became extinct with the Spanish conquest of Peru. However, the breed survived. The Peruvian Hairless dog is...

Norwegian Lundehund
2008-05-27 22:59:30

The Norwegian Lundehund is a small breed which was originally bred in Norway for hunting Puffins along the coast. The breed's extra toes plus their flexibility allowed them to hunt the birds even in inaccessible nesting locations in caves and on cliffs. The breed's history dates back to 1600, but their popularity declined when new methods of hunting these birds were developed. The breed was...

Norwegian Buhund
2008-05-27 22:56:21

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 tall and weighs around 30 to 40 pounds. The coat of the breed is generally black or wheaten, which has a variety of shades from light to red with...

Mudi
2008-05-27 22:40:58

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 coat which is curly or wavy with shorter hair on its legs and face. The color of the Mudi can be black, ash, brown, white, fawn, or black merle....

Mexican Hairless Dog
2008-05-27 17:57:12

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 because they were believed to guide their masters' dead souls safely through the underworld. In accordance to an Aztec myth, their god Xolotl made...

Lwchen
2008-05-27 17:01:25

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 late 1800s. The breed may be somehow related to the Bichon Frise. The Löwchen is a small breed, sometimes considered a toy breed, and...

Jindo
2008-05-27 16:17:17

The Jindo, or more specifically the Korean Jindo, is a hunting breed which originated in Korea and is relatively unknown elsewhere. There is no written record of the origin of the breed, but the breed is important enough in its supposed native country that it is a national monument. The breed is known for its hunting ability; it has been known to hunt dangerous animals such as Siberian Tigers,...

Kai Ken
2008-05-27 14:14:14

The Kai Ken, also known as the Tora Dog, is a Spitz type breed from Japan, where it is considered to be the purest, most ancient breed. The breed was developed as a hunting dog in the Kai district. Even in Japan, the breed is rare; its rank however is high, and it was designated a national monument in Japan in 1934. The Kai Ken stands 17 to 22 inches tall and appears very strong. It has a...

Havanese
2008-05-26 12:54:24

The Havanese is a Bichon type dog developed in Cuba from an older breed, the Bichon Tenerife, which was introduced by Spanish sailors. It was briefly used as a circus dog, trick dog, and court companion in Europe during the 19th century. It is a very natural breed. The Havanese is a sturdy dog for its small size and should never look fragile. It stands from 8.5 to 11.5 inches tall. Its rump...

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jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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