Dog Breeds

Havanese

Havanese

Also known as the Cuban Shock Dog, the Bichon Havanais, the Havana Spaniel, the Havana Bichon or simply the Havana, this breed has been a high-status family pet on the island of Cuba for several centuries. The breed has been saved for the future by the Cuban emigrant.

Hovawart

Hovawart

Drawings from as early as the seventeenth century depict a dog similar to the old "Hofwart". It is said that such a breed had lived, as a watchdog, with humans for many years and the desired attributes of the breed included courage and intelligence.

Ibizan Hound

Ibizan Hound

Also called the Ibizan Podenco or the Balearic Dog. In Germany it is called the Balearen-laufhund. Its main function is rabbit-hunting, but it also pursues other game. What the Pharaoh Hound is to the small island of Malta, the Ibizan Hound is to the small island of Ibiza.

Icelandic Sheepdog

Icelandic Sheepdog

This breed has also been called the the Iceland Spitz, the Friaar Dog, or the Fiaarhundur. In addition to its main task of controlling the flocks of sheep, it has also been used for rounding up ponies. This spitz-related breed once faced extinction.

Irish Red and White Setter

Irish Red and White Setter

The fact that it lay down when it located the game made it easier for the hunters to throw their nets over the crouching birds. Later, when firearms were more advanced, it became a useful gun dog. This is the traditional Irish Setter.

Irish Setter

Irish Setter

The Irish have always been great sportsmen, and therefore it is not surprising that so many spoiling dogs have emanated from Ireland, including this extremely active, glamorous-looking dog with its distinctive silky, rich red coat.

Irish Terrier

Irish Terrier

The wiry-coated Irish Terrier's development as a pedigree dog had been organized by a specialist breed club set up in Dublin as early as 1879, with a branch in London. Some English terrier specialists poured scorn on this Irish cousin of their beloved dogs.

Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniel

The Irish Water Spaniel is said to have existed for six thousand years, although much of its origin remains unknown. A similar dog has been excavated from old Roman remains. Supposedly this breed once worked in Ireland as a water bird retriever.

Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhound

Like most big sight hounds, the origins of this majestic dog are steeped in myth and mystery. There is little doubt, however, that the Irish Wolfhound stems from the hounds of ancient Egypt and arrived in Ireland circa 300-500BC with marauding Celtic tribes.

Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound

Known in its homeland as the Piccolo Levriero Italiano, this tiny dog has been kept as a companion animal for thousands of years. This is a breed of considerable antiquity and, as Renaissance paintings show, was widely popular in Italy in the 16th century.