The most enthusiastic of all the working farm dogs, working cows and sheep with equal facility, the Border Collie has also become very popular as a family pet. Some find the time to be show dogs, and they excel in Obedience, Agility and Flyball.
This breed evolved to work in the harsh weather conditions and over the difficult terrain of the Border Counties that lie between Scotland and England. Border Terriers have now become one of the most popular pet dogs throughout the world.
This breed was treasured by the famous Russian writer Leo Tolstoy. A tall, large dog with a streamlined body, the borzoi has a silky coat that gives it an aristocratic air. Centuries ago, the Russian aristocracy favoured this breed for its wolf hunting ability.
Although this dog may be relatively small in stature, it more than makes up for this in its character. Lively and determined, the strong-willed Boston Terrier is easily recognizable with its distinctive pricked ears and large expressive eyes.
Having worked for centuries as cattle herders, in the Flanders region on the border between France and Belgium, this breed remains primarily a working dog, serving excellently in seeing-eye, military, and police roles. This was a dog of many uses.
The Boxer is a German manufactured breed derived from the ancient Mastiff-style dog that accompanied the Roman legions across Europe. Like several other big breeds, it has, in its lineage, the blood of the Bullenbeiser – dogs bred for bull baiting.
The Boykin Spaniel was developed as a first-rate turkey dog and waterfowl retriever. His brown coloring was the perfect camouflage in the areas of South Carolina where he was – and still is – used for hunting. He is now the official state dog of South Carolina.
The Bracco is a very efficient gun dog but it is not used in the same way as the British gun dogs, which set out to search fields at a fast gallop. The Bracco searches in a long, elastic striding trot, with its nose high in the wind.
Known in its homeland as the Berger de Brie, this spectacular sheep-herder has been active in the French countryside for centuries. It is named after the district of Brie, famous for its cheese-making. The Briard is quite capable of defending its flock.
The intelligent Brittany is a versatile Hunt. Point and Retrieve (HPR) Gundog. Thus it will hunt like a hound, quarter the area, point like a Pointer and will retrieve on land or water. Some authorities date this dog back to 150AD with a mention by the poet Oppien.