The Kooikerhondje was named for a Dutch duck hunting technique that has been practiced for several centuries. In this method, the Kooikerhondje's job was to go to the canal where wild ducks were resting and to chase them into a net at the edge of the canal.
Sometimes called the Hungarian Kuvasz, this breed takes its name either from the Turkish word 'Kawasz', meaning an 'armed guard' or from the ancient Sumerian 'Ku-assa', meaning a 'horse-dog'. The plural of Kuvasz is Kuvaszok. It was developed as a guard.
Worldwide, this is the most popular retriever of all. Almost the perfect gundog, the Labrador Retriever is extremely biddable and has a natural inclination to retrieve on land and water, together with a desire to please and the ability to learn easily.
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a bird hunting dog that was used to hunt water birds in the Italian marshlands since ancient Roman times. When the marshlands became cultivated, its excellent sense of smell became useful to hunt for mushrooms in foothill areas.
This breed goes back for centuries, but its present style was fixed at the beginning of the twentieth century. Although its V-shaped drop ears are cute, this is a confident, fearless dog. It was used to hunt foxes and other wild animals.
Also known as the Ormskirk Heeler or the Ormskirk Terrier, this breed was developed primarily as a cattle-driving dog. In the days when cattle were walked to market, small dogs were employed to drive them along by nipping at their heels.
This breed is named after the Victorian artist Sir Edwin Landseer, whose sentimental portraits of the dog first made it famous. It is sometimes referred to as the Landseer Newfoundland. Its original role was as a fisherman's draught dog.
Known in its homeland as the Grosser Munsterlander; the Large Munsterlander is a typical continental gun dog that not only points but also tracks and retrieves. Among its friends it is usually referred to simply as the Munster. The Large Munsterlander is of German origin.
This large German water dog, a born swimmer, is famed throughout Europe as an excellent lifesaver dog, and is also favored as a gentle companion for children. The Leonberger was created in 1846 by Mayor Heinrich Essig of Leonberg, Germany.