Articles on different dog breeds. Feel free to comment and share your experiences.
The Mastiff (also called 'English Mastiff' and 'Old English Mastiff') is not only considered as the world's second largest dog breed (read more about the largest dog breeds here) but it is also one of the oldest of dog breeds. These giants originated in England and were brought to the mainland Europe by Caesar around 55 B.C. who noticed their courage as they fought alongside British men in war. Their powerful bodies and inherent courage made them very popular as guard dogs, war dogs, for bull baiting.
The Doberman Pinscher (also known as the Dobe, Dobie or Dobermann) is one of the most common pets in the world and makes for a loyal and intelligent companion dog.
The modern Beagle is a part of the Hound Group and it was developed in Great Britain. Reverend Phillip Honeywood is credited with the establishment of a beagle pack around the 1830s in Essex that formed the basis for the lovable Beagle of today.
The bull dog (also known as the English Bulldog or British Bulldog) originated in England by crossing the Mastiff and the Pug. This breed was most commonly used for bull baiting and bear baiting, a gambling sport in which the bulldog typically attacked the animal (which was lashed to a post) and tried to suffocate it by latching on to the snout.
Bulldogs were also used 17th century New York to round-up wild bulls. The dogs were trained to grab on to the bulls nose and distract it long enough for the animal to be roped.
The Yorkshire Terrier (also known as the 'Yorkie') was developed in 1800 in area around Yorkshire, England. It is a small dog of the Terrier type and its defining features are the blue silky hair and small size. These pint size dogs have big personalities and are joy to have around the house. Their size makes them desirable for smaller homes with adults or mature children.
The German Shepherd dog is sometimes also known as the Alsatian. Its is one of the most beloved and versatile of all dog breeds and was ranked as the 3rd most popular dog of 2008 by the American Kennel Club. A saying among fans of this breed is ‘there are two kinds of dogs in the world, German Shepherds and the rest’.
The Golden Retriever is also known as the Yellow Retriever and it is one of the most intelligent, friendly and popular breeds in the world. The golden retriever was originally developed by Lord Tweedmouth in the Scottish Highlands in the late 1800s. The golden retriever was basically bred as a hunting dog that would retrieve game and waterfowl to their owners without damage. The modern Golden retriever retains the characteristics for which it was originally developed for as evidenced from its love of water and soft mouth.
The Labrador Retriever (also known as lab for short) was once also known as the St John's Dogs and they are the most popular breed by registration in the United Kingdom and United states. Originating from Newfoundland, Canada they were originally used to haul fisherman's nets to shore and were brought to England in the 1800’s. The labs loving and affectionate nature make them an ideal family dog and a loyal companion for life.