Akita

The Akita or Akita Inu was developed to hunt wild boar, deer and black bear during the 1600s in the Akita province of Honshu Island, …

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Poodle

The true origin of the Poodle is unknown but it was popular in portrait paintings over 400 years ago. Many believe that he was first …

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Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu, whose name means lion, originated in Tibet as early as A.D. 600 and has been a housepet in China since the times …

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Dachshund

In German, “Dach” means badger and “hund” means dog, thus explaining an early use of an ancestor of this breed as a hunter. The breed …

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Chihuahua

Named for the Mexican state of Chihuahua, much of the history of the Chihuahua breed is open for conjecture. Viewpoints range from the belief that …

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Bulldog

The Bulldog probably originated in the British Isles as early as the thirteenth century for the sport of bull baiting. Beauty of form was of …

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Boxer

The Boxer originated in Germany. It’s name comes from a German word that translates to mean bull-biter. It is a cross between various breeds, possibly …

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Bullmastiff

The Bullmastiff is a cross between the Bulldog and Mastiff in order to attain the basic characteristics of both but of smaller size than the …

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Beagle

Origins of the Beagle are unknown, although small hounds called Beagles have been known of since at least the 1300s. These dogs were used for …

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Maltese

The Maltese is believed to be one of the oldest of breeds, dating back possibly 3,000 years. It is believed that his birthplace was the …

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