Dog Breeds

Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso

Although in the West, Lhasa Apsos are bred as companions or show dogs, in their native land they are watchdogs, often sitting in a high place where they can keep an eye on the comings and goings of the monks and warning of the approach of strangers.

Lowchen

Lowchen

A small breed from southern Europe, its history probably dates back several centuries. In a Goya painting of a duchess of Arabia, a Lowchen appears in the tapestry behind her. Today this dog is found everywhere in Europe.

Maltese

Maltese

The exquisite little Maltese is another breed whose roots have been lost in antiquity and go back to pre-Christian times around the Mediterranean area. Its long, flowing, luxurious coat is pure white, making it a very glamorous-looking companion dog.

Manchester Terrier

Manchester Terrier

One of the oldest of terriers, this dog's ancestry dates back to before the sixteenth century. The name comes from the city of Manchester, England, which established a breeding center to maintain this dog. This breed was developed specifically as an efficient ratter/rabbiter.

Maremma Sheepdog

Maremma Sheepdog

History relates that in 1872 a "Roman Maremma" won a class at a dog show in Nottingham, England. In the early part of the twentieth century, various Maremmas were imported to Britain and in 1936 the Kennel Club recognized the breed as the Maremma Sheepdog.

Mastiff

Mastiff

The Mastiff belongs to the general group known as Molossus, and while little is known of their absolute origins these powerful dogs have been around since written history began and were once used as guards, war dogs and fighting dogs.

Miniature Bull Terrier

Miniature Bull Terrier

Sometimes known simply as the Toy Bull, this little pet dog was popular at one time in the 19th century, but has since vanished. The Toy Bull was moderately well supported during the Victorian period but then it began to fall out of favour.

Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher

The Miniature Pinscher is a perfect alternative if you want to keep a Doberman pinscher but cannot afford one because of its large size. Breed has similar features and traits as the larger Doberman Pinscher but is only one-tenth of the size.

Miniature Poodle

Miniature Poodle

The Poodle has been a circus ring favourite and can perform tricks like 110 other. This breed has plenty of energy to burn. There are three sizes of Poodle and the Miniature is sandwiched between the larger Standard and smaller Toy.

Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzer

It is claimed that this breed was created by crossing the larger, Standard Schnauzer with the little Affenpinscher. Both these breeds had been present in Germany from at least the 17th century, and such crosses would have been easy to arrange.