This lively breed was developed for active work and would suit an energetic owner who enjoys exercising. If you want a canine companion for when you go out jogging or you fancy joining an Agility or Flyball class, then this is the right dog for you.
The German Hunt Terrier was developed in the 1920s by a very precise method. The need for them came about because of the inefficient burrowing work that the terriers of the time were performing. Hunters generally agreed that they could do with a terrier.
This quiet breed was actually a favourite of the Ancient Chinese aristocracy before making its way into Japan and other parts of the world. The affectionate Japanese Chin is believed to be developed from the Pekingese, and later the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
This dog is a relatively new breed. It is said that two pure white Samoyed females imported from Canada by a Tokyo breeder in the early 1900s were crossed with offspring of pure white dogs, also from imported stock, being bred in Nagoya.
It comes from the mountains around Fuji on the island of Hon Shu and is considered one of the most ancient of the Japanese spitzes. It is said to be a hard, self-confident hunter as well as being a guard dog that is wary of strangers.
Also sometimes called the Karelian Bearhound, in Germany it is known as the Karelischer Barenhund, in Holland the Karelische Berenhond, in Sweden the Karelsk Bjornhund, and in Finland the Karjalankarhukoira, the Karjalan Karkuloirat.
The country most responsible for the evolution of the Keeshond is Great Britain, based on imports from Holland. The breed name came from Kees de Gyselaer. It was Dutch riverboat and barge captains, and farmers, who kept the breed alive and in its original form.
The Irish dog breeders have long been famed for the quality of their indigenous breeds, and the spectacular Kerry Blue Terrier has become a great show dog as well as a fun-loving family pet. The Kerry Blue used to be a farm dog.
Under the name of "Comforter", the dwarf spaniel has been appreciated by aristocracy in Britain and Europe since medieval times. It was first mentioned by Dr Caius in his book De Canibus Britannicis, published in 1570. the first dog book ever written.
Also known as the Kishi Shika Inu, the Kishu Ken or the Kyushu, this breed was developed as a general-purpose hunting dog. It was used mainly against deer, assisting the Matagi, or local hunters. It was first a boar hunter.