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Behind the Breed: Boykin Spaniel

January 25, 2024

Have you ever wondered where a dog breed originated from? In our “Behind the Breed” series we’ll dive into the history, personality and physical appearance of a particular dog breed. We’ll also cover some of the FAQs about the breed and maybe some fun facts, too! If you’re looking for a bird dog, there are …

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Behind the Breed: Chinook

December 21, 2023

If you haven’t heard of the chinook dog breed, you’re probably not alone. As a previous Guinness World Record holder for the rarest dog breed (1965), you’re not likely to see a chinook at the local dog park. This is unfortunate because these strong yet gentle and affectionate sled dogs — with a fascinating origin …

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Behind the Breed: Weimaraner

November 30, 2023

Weimaraners get the nickname “Gray Ghost” because of their silvery-gray coat color, light-colored eyes and sneaky hunting abilities. The grand duke of Weimar, in Germany, developed Weimaraners (we see what he did there) in the early 19th century by crossing bloodhounds with other hunting dogs. Weimaraners are a large, long-legged breed that can weigh as …

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Behind the Breed: Werewolves and Wolf-Dogs

October 26, 2023

You’re walking alone on a mossy path in a dark, overgrown forest. Up ahead in a clearing, a human figure appears in the moonlight. You take a step closer and… wait, did they just shapeshift into a wolf? Is that a… werewolf?! OK, so werewolves aren’t real (right?) and they aren’t a dog breed. But …

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Behind the Breed: Brittany

September 28, 2023

If you search online for “hunting dog painting,” chances are, it’s going to feature a Brittany. These photogenic bird dogs have been the subject of countless paintings since the breed originated sometime around the 17th century. And their popularity in fields and homes continues today. The versatility of the Brittany has made them popular hunting …

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Behind the Breed: Airedale Terrier

August 31, 2023

Airedale terriers: All the feisty energy of a typical terrier, but in a body that’s three times the size. No wonder they’re often called the “King of Terriers”! Unlike many breeds that originated in Victorian England, however, Airedales weren’t bred by nobles for hunting purposes. No, the noble Airedale was created in the mid-1800s by …

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Behind the Breed: Lagotto Romagnolo

July 27, 2023

What happens when you can’t do your job anymore? You adapt and become an expert at your new one! That’s what happened with dogs of the Italian Lagotto Romagnolo (pronounced Lah-GOH-toe Ro-man-YO-lo) breed. These water-loving workers were originally bred for retrieving waterfowl for hunters in the Northern Italy marshes. But when the land was developed …

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Behind the Breed: Irish Setter

June 29, 2023

It’s no surprise that Irish setters originated from Ireland. They were bred to sniff out gamebirds for hunters and quietly announce their success by “setting” (lying down on their tummy). Their vibrant red coats made it easy for hunters to spot them across fields, although they weren’t always a solid red color —the original Irish …

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Behind the Breed: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers

May 25, 2023

Every dog breed came from somewhere. Most of the breeds we’ve discussed here originated in Europe before ending up as beloved American dogs. But the Chesapeake Bay retriever? American through and through. The Chesapeake Bay retriever was truly “made in America.” According to an account posted by the American Chesapeake Club, a man named George …

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Behind the Breed: Greyhounds

April 20, 2023

Most people know greyhounds as long, lean, running machines. This impression is entirely true: they have been clocked at over 40 miles per hour and are considered the fastest dog breed. What you may not realize is that these speedy sprinters don’t need to be constantly running — they would love to snuggle with you …

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