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Breeder Buzzwords – The Havanese

Four hundred years of isolation in Cuba led to the development of a charming little dog favored by the privileged families of this colonial island nation. Known originally as the Havana Silk Dog, the Havanese is one of several small, companionable breeds in the Bichon family that found its way from the Mediterranean Sea to… read more

Breeder Buzzwords – The American Water Spaniel

The “American Brown,” as the American Water Spaniel has been called, worked alongside market hunters on the lakes and rivers of the upper Midwest beginning in the 1880s, supplying game for sale to the public. The breed was developed as an all-purpose hunter, equally at home on land and in the water, and exceptionally equipped… read more

The Basenji is known as the “barkless dog,” although the breed makes a yodel-like sound when excited. Photo © Sergey Rusakov/Dreamstime.

Breeder Buzzwords – The Basenji

Central Africa has been the home of the Basenji for thousands of years. Since the time of the pharaohs, “the dog of the forest” has hunted alongside local peoples in the Ubangi-Uele basin, eking out a living in the heart of Africa. Research studies of canine DNA suggest the Basenji is one of the few… read more

Boykin Spaniel. Photo © Boykin Spaniel Club and Breeders Association of America.

It’s a Great Day to Celebrate Our American-Made Breeds

The United States is sometimes referred to as a cultural melting pot, a place where immigrants from around the world come together to form an entirely original society. Although this metaphor has been challenged in recent years, it cannot be denied that America’s roots stretch in the direction of every nation on Earth. The migration… read more

Breeder Buzzwords – The Irish Red and White Setter

Known by many as the “other” Setter throughout the 20th century, the Irish Red and White Setter has gone from near total obscurity to become one of the Sporting Group’s most stylish and capable birddogs. According to the Irish Red and White Setter Association of America, the setting Spaniels of the Emerald Isle were originally… read more

Breeder Buzzwords – The Norwegian Buhund

The Norwegian Buhund is one of nearly four dozen Nordic breeds and varieties developed in the Northern Hemisphere to function as herders, hunters, draft or companion animals. Buhund means “homestead” or “farm dog,” and it is as a multipurpose performer in and around the home that this unadulterated Spitz breed still excels today. The Buhund… read more

Breeder Buzzwords – The Parson Russell Terrier

In the world of purebred dogs, the list of breeds named for their originators is decidedly short. Amalgamated breeds such as the Boykin Spaniel and Doberman Pinscher – two contemporary canines that appeared largely due to the efforts of a single fancier – have granted immortality to their founders, L. Whitaker Boykin and Louis Dobermann…. read more

Breeder Buzzwords – The Toy Fox Terrier

Bigger is not always better in dogs, especially among the companion and Toy breeds that provide canine comfort in small doses. Scaled down versions of familiar breeds, such as Spaniels and Greyhounds, have delighted fanciers for millennia. From Beijing to Boston, diminutive dogs provide solace and entertainment for people of every class. In the U.S.,… read more

Breeder Buzzwords – The Belgian Tervuren

Belgium is home to a family of general-purpose herding and guard dogs known as Chein de Berger Belge, or Belgian Shepherd Dogs. Developed to work sheep on farms in the low countries, several towns lent their names to the various coat and color combinations expressed by these dogs: Groenendael to the solid black long coat… read more

The Bluetick Coonhound is a nighttime hunter of the rascally raccoon, with a “cold nose” and a warm heart. Photo by Krista Droop.

Breeder Buzzwords – The Bluetick Coonhound

Scenthounds were developed throughout Europe beginning in the ninth century. The monks of the Abbey of St. Hubert began keeping an ancient strain in the Ardennes Forest of Belgium during this period, and from their hounds a wide array of breeds was developed in Britain, Scandinavia, France and elsewhere. The French, in particular, cultivated an… read more

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