The Bearded Collie — What to Expect of This Dog Breed

The Bearded Collie, affectionately called the Beardie, was developed in Scotland as a herding dog. Its ancestors likely included herding dogs from the European continent, such as the Poland Lowland Sheepdog (Polski Owzcarek Nizinny) and the Komondor, blended with the sheep herding dogs of the British Isles. It was developed as an independent worker, able … Read more

The Beagle — What to Expect of This Dog Breed

Beagles, as a breed, have been in existence for quite some time, although their precise origins are only vaguely known. Beagle-type dogs are described in documents dating from 400 B.C. Greece and A.D. 200 Britain. The Romans are also thought to have transported to England with them small rabbit hunting hounds and bred them with … Read more

The Basset Hound — What to Expect of This Dog Breed

Basset Hounds are descended from the old St. Hubert hounds. Used to trail and drive game away, the Basset has had such famous admirers as King Edward VII and Shakespeare. The Basset was bred for hunting small game. The Basset’s long ears were developed to stir up and hold the scent for their strong nose … Read more

The American Water Spaniel — What to Expect of This Dog Breed

The American Water Spaniel (or AWS, for short) is one of only a few breeds developed in America. Reliable records of the AWS date back to 1865. Although the dog’s exact place of origin is in dispute, it is widely believed to have first appeared along the Wolf and Fox River valleys of Wisconsin, and … Read more

The Australian Terrier — What to Expect of This Dog Breed

The Australian Terrier has been recognized by the American Kennel Club since 1960, and it ranks in popularity about halfway down the list of AKC breeds. It is not, however, one of the better known breeds of Terriers, and an Aussie owner walking his dog may expect to hear such remarks as “What kind of … Read more

The Affenpinscher — What to Expect of This Dog Breed

Dogs which we might categorize as Affenpinschers today, have appeared in German artwork dating back to the 16th century: depicting them as ratters and companions. However, as is true of many breeds, there are no reliable written records of the breed until the late 19th century. At this time, it seems there were two sizes … Read more

The Australian Cattle Dog — What to Expect of This Dog Breed

Australian Cattle Dogs are becoming increasingly popular these days. However, they are certainly not for everyone. As Mark Abbot says “I’m convinced that most people really don’t want one. They just think they do.” Heelers are rather single-minded; even when socialized and trained, they may still respond quickly and efficiently to only one handler; often … Read more