Dog Breeds

Mudi

Mudi

Not yet well known or recognized outside its native Hungary, where it is treasured, this medium-sized sheepdog is quite brave, aggressively guarding livestock against even much larger enemies and over large, open areas.

Neapolitan Mastiff

Neapolitan Mastiff

Also known as the Italian Mastiff, the Mastino Napoletano, or simply the Mastino, this ancient breed was developed as a fighting dog for use in the Roman arena, taking on all-comers, including both lions and Christians.

Newfoundland

Newfoundland

Newfoundland dogs make the best companions for the family. The Newfoundland is a very large dog and has natural protective instincts which make them endearing. Despite their large size, this is a gentle creature and prefers to keep a low profile.

Norfolk Terrier

Norfolk Terrier

Nineteenth-century Cambridge undergraduates produced their own Trumpington Terriers for rat control and spoil. Small Irish Terriers and large Yorkshire Terriers could also have been introduced. Jodrell Hopkins bred a litter of red puppies.

Norrbottenspets

Norrbottenspets

By the 1940s the Norrbottenspets was believed to be extinct and it was withdrawn from the Registry. Some twenty years later this proved to have been a hasty decision because the breed was found still to exist on small outlying farms in the far north of Sweden.

Norwegian Buhund

Norwegian Buhund

For over 2,000 years dogs fitting the general description of an under middle-sized spitz breed have helped farmers eke out a living on the barren slopes and narrow pastures of the Scandinavian countryside. The Buhund was primarily used as a sheepdog.

Norwegian Elkhound

Norwegian Elkhound

The Elkhound is one of the oldest known domesticated canines, and skeletons of a very similar breed of dog, which have been excavated in Norway, are over 6,000 years old. Originally, the Elkhound, with its acute senses, was an all-purpose farm guard dog.

Norwegian Lundehund

Norwegian Lundehund

Sometimes called the Norwegian Lundehund, and known in its homeland as the Norsk Lundehund, or simply as the Lundehund, this breed was developed specifically for climbing cliff pathways in search of a fedgling puffin.

Norwich Terrier

Norwich Terrier

The ancestral form of this breed was called a Trumpington Terrier or a Cantab Terrier, because of its connection with Cambridge University. In America it was originally known as the Jones Terrier, after the owner of the first example to go there.

Old English Sheepdog

Old English Sheepdog

Not old by canine standards, this dog breed has been known for about 200 years, and it is now the most famous sheepdog of all, due to the paint advertising campaigns which featured it. This dog is probably a relative of the Bearded Collie mixed with the Russian Owtcharka.