The original ancestor of this powerful, vigorous dog was the Standard Schnauzer which had been employed in Germany for centuries as a rodent-controller. Cattlemen from Bavaria acquired some of these dogs and used them as the basis for creating a much larger.
This terrier is named after the locality where it originated, south of Dublin, in County Wicklow. Since everyone familiar with this ancient breed knows full well that it hails from Ireland, this alteration has the hallmark of bureaucratic overkill.
These excellent retrievers have a soft mouth and good nose for finding lost game. They are easily trained to become all-purpose gundogs and work with enthusiasm, braving the thickest cover and coldest water. Their versatility and intelligence also make them great guide dogs.
The breed is known as one of the latest Doodle mix breeds and breeding began not long after the trend for Cockapoo and Labradoodle hybrids. There was a need for a larger Doodle that came with the low-to-no shedding characteristic.
Also known as the Black-and-Tan Setter or the Scottish Setter, this northern breed was developed especially for hunting woodcock, pheasant and partridge. It owes its name to the Duke of Richmond and Gordon whose Banffshire kennels were famous for the breed.
Although the Great Dane is classified as a working breed, it is many years since they were used as working dogs and now they are better known as family pets. However, these gentle giants do make good guard dogs and their size is intimidating to strangers.
Also known as the Great Pyrenees, the Pyrenean Hound or the Chien de Montaigne des Pyrenees. The Pyrenees was primarily used to guard livestock against bears and wolves. They exude a quiet confidence and today are more commonly found.
Late in the 19th century, as modern methods of transport replaced the old dog carts, the breed had become increasingly rare, and most people imagined that it was already extinct. Swiss canine expert Professor Albert Heim of Zurich was certainly of this opinion.
Hunting dogs were probably the first canines to be domesticated and developed by man because they helped provide him with food. Greyhounds have always been appreciated for their speed and cunning. Indeed, they are the world's fastest dogs.
Closely related to the foxhound and beagle, the harrier has been useful as a hunting dog for hare and fox. Their endurance allows them to chase prey for hours on end. Their obedient and gentle temperament makes them a beloved family dog.