The breed is an ancient breed of water dog that through the centuries has served man as a retriever of waterfowl, a herding dog, and an exceptionally even-tempered companion. He is still an excellent water dog, able to withstand hours in water and chilly marshes.
The Basenji does not bark, but it does yodel, howl and shriek. This primitive African breed is high-energy and makes an alert watchdog. Like a cat, they wash themselves with their paws, hate water and can climb. They are also a challenge to train.
It would take a hard-hearted person to resist the beguiling eyes of a Basset Hound. A long-bodied, long-eared, short-legged scent hound, this affectionate and placid-natured dog is equally happy in either a domestic or hunting environment.
A small hound dating from Norman times, the Beagle evolved from the Talbot and Southern Hounds. A further mix with small hounds produced the breed that was first recorded in the "Privy Accounts" of Henry VIII. The Beagle was bred to hunt hares.
This handsome breed first became known in 18th century Scotland. A herder of both sheep and cattle, the Bearded Collie is still activity-minded and likes nothing better than having a job to do. An affectionate dog, they are also highly sociable.
e Beauceron is a long-tailed, short-coated herding dog that has been busy working in the French countryside for centuries. It is a fierce-looking dog, especially in the cases where its ears have been brutally cropped to form sharp, vertical points.
The Bedlington Terrier is of British origin like most terrier breeds, probably evolving in Northumberland, England. As the original breed became less used for its original task of going to ground in search of vermin, and was employed more as a catcher.
Belgian shepherds, divided into four breeds in their native Belgium on the basis of coat color, texture, and length (Groenendael, Laekenois, Malinois, Tervuren), have worked for centuries as guard dogs for sheep and cows. They love small children.
The dogs of the Belgian shepherds share an historical evolution very similar to many of the European herding breeds. However, over the centuries a particular type evolved to meet the specific needs of shepherds in what is now Belgium.
In the United States this dog is known simply as the Belgian Tervuren and is considered as a individual breed in its own right. In some other countries it is viewed as no more than a variety and is lumped together with the Groenendael.