Top 10 Dog Breeds of the 1930s

Boston Terrier This breed is an American invention, being bred from a cross of an English bulldog with a white English Terrier. In 1891, the Boston Terrier Club of America was established by supporters of the new breed. The name of the breed was changed from Bull Terriers or Round Heads to Boston Terriers.

Cocker Spaniels (American and English — all colors) The Spaniel family is an ancient one. We have references to the Spanyell as far back at the 14th Century. They were divided into land and water spaniels. The size of land spaniels was another factor that led to further divisions. The "Cockers", the smaller of the two types, were the Sporting Group's smallest spaniels.

Fox Terriers (Smooth) In 1790 Colonel Thomas Thornton's smooth-coated white Fox Terrier "Pitch" was the first record of the breed. Smooth Fox Terriers were 15 to 20 years ahead of the Wires in show ring. They were initially classified as sporting dogs because of their sharp noses, exceptional eyesight and ability to drive foxes out of their holes.

Scottish Terriers The Scottish Terrier, as we know it today, has been purebred for many years. Birmingham, England was the first to offer a class for this breed in 1860. This classification was used at a number of shows later, but the dogs in these classes weren't Scottish Terriers but Skyes and Dandie Dinmonts or Yorkshires.

Beagles (13. and 15. inches) Because there is no reliable documentation about the early days of Beagle development, it seems that the origin of the Beagle is a mystery. American Beagles reached a turning point in the 1860s when dogs from an English strain were imported to infuse a beautiful breed type.

Pekingese The Tang Dynasty of China, in the 6th Century, is the first known reference to the "Lion Dog". The Tao Kuang period (1821-1851) saw the peak of breeding these small dogs. Amazingly pure, the oldest breeds were kept. The standards were set by Imperial Dog Books that featured pictures of the most beloved dogs.

Chow Chows Chow Chow is thought to have originated over 2,000 years ago from crossing the Mastiffs of Tibet and the Samoyed, which are Siberian breeds. Chows were imported into England in 1880. The breed gained popularity when Queen Victoria became interested in the "Wild Dog of China" while it was on display at London Zoo.

English Springer Spaniels The term "springing spaniel", as it was called, included the ancestral stock from whom many of today's land spaniels were derived. Cockers and Springers were often born from the same litters in the 1880s. This was because size was the distinguishing characteristic. The American Spaniel Club was established in 1880. It classified any animal that weighed more than 28 pounds as Springer.

Pomeranians The Pomeranian is a descendant of the Spitz family and Lapland sled dogs. The historical region of Pomerania (present-day Poland and Germany) is where the breed got its name. The breed's origins are not in this region, but it is where it was most likely to be reduced to size.

Bulldogs To our best knowledge, the Bulldog is a British Isles breed. Bull refers to the bulldog's participation in bull baiting, a cruel sport in which bull-biting dogs tried to control bulls by biting and attacking them. It was thought that the bull's meat would be more tender if it was stimulated in this manner. The Cruelty to Animals Act of1835 ended the sport.