German Shepherd Dogs The German Shepherd Dog is a hybrid of old farm dogs and herding dogs. It has undergone intensive development. The German Shepherd Dog has been a faithful companion and servant for centuries.
Boston Terriers 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.
Chow Chows Chow Chow is thought to have originated over 2,000 years ago from crossing the Mastiffs of Tibet and the Samoyeds, a Siberian breed. Chows were imported into England in 1880. The breed gained popularity when Queen Victoria became interested in the "Wild Dog of China," which was displayed at the London Zoo.
Pekingese The first recorded record of the "Lion Dog", dates back to China's Tang Dynasty, in the 6th Century. The Tao Kuang period (1821-1851) saw the greatest breeding of these small dogs. The standards were set by Imperial Dog Books that featured pictures of the most beloved dogs.
Fox Terriers (Wire) Fox Terriers are an ancient English breed. It was registered in the United States almost 100 years ago as a single breed with two varieties: Smooth or Wire. In 1790 Colonel Thomas Thornton's smooth-coated Fox Terrier named "Pitch" was the first to record the breed.
Collies Although the exact origin of the Collie is unknown, it is clear that both the rough-coated as well as the smooth-coated collie existed in the long-term unwritten history of herding dogs in northern England and Scotland. Both varieties were working dogs prior to the last two centuries. Their untutored masters did not see the need for pedigrees, and they were probably incapable of maintaining stud books.
Beagles 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.
Airedale Terriers It is believed that the breed originated in the Valley of the Aire, England. The black-and-tan terrier was the original ancestor. They were called Working, Waterside, and Bingley Terriers. The Airedale was eventually known for being a dog who could do everything. It was used for wartime protection and messengers, rodent control, hunting birds, and game.
Cocker Spaniels 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 was used to divide them. The "Cockers", the smaller of the two types, were the Sporting Group's smallest spaniels.
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.