Also known as the Warrigal or Australian Native Dog, this feral breed has, in addition, a number of local names including Boolomo, Maliki, Mirigung and Noggum. The first one to be recorded at the London Zoo, in 1828.
This handsome, athletic dog makes a superb family pet as well as a working dog. However, like all powerful dog breeds, it needs good socialization, effective obedience training and affection from puppyhood to make it a well-behaved.
Described as the dog with "Coat of White Satin, Body of Steel, Heart of Gold", this imposing breed has an unique beginning. It was planned by two schoolboy brothers called Antonio and Augustin Nores Martinez. In 1925, when Antonio was 18 and Augustin was 17.
Sometimes called the Bordeaux Mastiff, the French Mastiff or the Bordeaux Dog, and known in its homeland as the Dogue de Bordeaux, this massive breed was originally developed to fight bulls, bears and its own kind.
Hardly known outside the Netherlands, this loyal, hardworking breed has become an indispensable herder, especially on local dairy and sheep farms. In appearance, it is very similar to the Belgian sheepdogs, from which it is believed to have been developed.
A cross between the hunting breed of the Normans and the English foxhunting breed, the foxhound has been a much treasured house pet in England since the late Middle Ages. Once called the Talbot dog, it has been modified to suit the needs of hunters.
Using dogs to assist in hunting for food is probably the oldest of all the canine professions. English Setters may well hold the record for being around a long time, and, although their origins are not recorded, bird-setting dogs such as these have been mentioned in literature since the 1500s.
One of the oldest recorded spoiling dogs, the Springer Spaniel was first mentioned in literature by Chaucer. The word "spaniel" may be derived from the Spanish word Espangnol. The Springer was developed in Britain during the nineteenth century.
The Entlebucher Sennenhund was developed in Entlebuch in Switzerland and is believed to originate from cattle dogs left by the Romans. The modern Entlebucher was recognized in 1889, but it was hardly known. In 1913 four exhibits were shown.
Also known as the Eurasier Dog or the Eurasian, this dog represents a modern attempt to recreate an old breed. Originally created as a sled dog, it has since become a popular companion animal and show dog in its native Germany.