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Basenji
Congo Dog

The first traces of the Basenji were found in the Egyptian tombs and on wall drawings dating back five thousand years ago. They are probably one of the oldest breed…




Basset Hound

The Basset Hound is an old breed and is descended from the St. Hubert Hound, the present-day Bloodhound. In fact, Basset Hounds are scent hounds and their keen sens…




Beagle
English Beagle

The origin of the word “beagle” is uncertain. A few theories are that it might have been derived from the French word begueule, meaning “open thro…




Bearded Collie

The Bearded Collie is one of the oldest breeds in Britain. He has gone by the names of Highland Collie, Mountain Collie, or the Hairy Mou’ed Collie. Shaggy he…




Bernese Mountain Dog
Berner Sennenhund

It is thought that the Bernese Mountain Dog was a cross between farm dogs from the Swiss Alps and the Mastiff-type dog, the Molosser, that the Romans brought with t…




Bichon Frise

The breed derives its name from the French word Bichon which means, “small, long-haired dog.” The Bichon Frise is a descendant of the Water Spaniel. The…




Bloodhound
St. Hubert Hound, Chien de St. Hubert

Bloodhounds date back as far as Medieval Europe to the monastery of St. Hubert and before. They were bred to have a keen sense of smell to track boar and deer. The …




Bolognese

The precise ancestry of the Bolognese is a mystery. It is a member of the Bichon group of dogs, which simply means a small, long-haired dog. Its closest relative in…




Border Collie

The Border Collie originated in Northumberland along the borders of Scotland and England. The word “collie” refers to sheepdogs and is derived from Scot…




Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier was originally crossed between an English Bulldog and the White English Terrier, which no longer exists today. They were developed in the 1870s i…




Boxer

The Boxer’s ancestry comes from Germany. They were originally bred between a German Bullenbeisser (a breed descended from Mastiffs) and the Bulldog; however, …




Brittany Spaniel

This popular pointing and bird hunting breed hails from Brittany, the Celtic area of northwest France which lies just across the English Channel from Wales. It is b…




Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffons trace their history back to Belgium, where they were developed to hunt and kill vermin. They were created from several breeds, including the Affen…




Bull Terrier

Bull Terriers were developed due to the popularity of bull-baiting in Great Britain. In 1835, lovers of this sport decided to create a fierce gladiator by crossing …




Bulldog

The Bulldog today is so sweet and docile compared to its bloodthirsty beginnings! The Bulldog was developed entirely in England and descended from ancient mastiff-t…




Bullmastiff

In the mid-19th century, English gamekeepers needed some serious help to deal with poachers, so they developed the Bullmastiff from a cross between the Mastiff and …




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