Russian Toys

The Russian Toy is a popular companion breed that is often compared to the Chihuahua since the breeds are so similar in size. These dogs are descended from the English Toy Terrier, today known as the Manchester Terrier. The English Toy Terrier was a very popular breed...

Rafeiro do Alentejos

The Rafeiro do Alentejo is a breed that originated in Portugal as a herd guardian that would move with cattle from pasture to pasture. The name refers to the south-central region of Portugal, Alentejo, where the dog originated. The word “rafeiro” means...

Pyrenean Mastiffs

The Pyrenean Mastiff is an ancient breed that is believed to have been around since the middle ages. These dogs are descended from an ancient breed that was known as a livestock guardian. These dogs often traveled with nomadic tribes throughout Europe and they were...

Portuguese Sheepdogs

The Portuguese Sheepdog, also known as the Cão da Serra de Aires, is a breed that is believed to be about 100 years old, but they are relatively undocumented before the 1900s. The Portuguese Sheepdog is an all purpose herding breed that was also used as a drover and...

Portuguese Pointers

The Portuguese Pointer, also known as the Perdigueiro Português, is a breed that is descended from the ancient hunting dogs of Portugal and has a history dating back to the 12th century. Initially these dogs were bred by royalty, but eventually they became popular as...

Perro de Presa Canarios

The Perro de Presa Canario, sometimes known as the Canary Dog, or simply the Presa Canario, is a breed with a long history dating back to the 15th century. They are believed to be descended from mastiff-type dogs that were brought to the Canary Islands by the Spanish...

Mudis

The Mudi is a Hungarian breed with a history dating back to a period between the 15th and 18th centuries. The exact history is unclear. This is not a breed that was intentionally created, but was born out of necessity. Humans had little to do with the initial creation...

Lancashire Heelers

The Lancashire Heeler is a breed with a relatively unknown origin. It is generally thought that they may be a cross between a Corgi and a Manchester Terrier. These dogs are unique in that no breeder actively created them. These dogs are self-made, which is why the...

Kooikerhondjes

The Kooikerhondje is a breed developed in the Netherlands with a history dating back to the 1500s. These dogs were originally used to drive ducks into waiting traps. This was a complicated technique that required the dog and hunter to work closely together using many...

Kromfohrländers

The Kromfohrländer, or Kromi, is a German breed that was developed during the 1940s and 50s. This breed is descended from a military mascot dog from World War II that was known as “Original Peter.” This dog was found wandering in France by American...