Breed Guides

Irish Setter

Breed Profile – Irish Setter

  As everyone seems to love our quick guides to breeds, we’re publishing quite a few more over the coming weeks. The first from the latest list is a daft, but endearing, breed – the Irish Setter.   History of Breed: Originating in Ireland, the Irish Setter is known in its native land as Modder…

Image courtesy of Rachel Richards

Breed Profile – Labrador Retriever

One of the most popular breeds on the planet, the Labrador Retriever, is the subject of our latest breed profile. These fantastically versatile and intelligent dogs are one of our favourites. History of the Breed: The St John’s dog, a now extinct Newfoundland breed, is the ancestor of the Labrador Retriever. Brought to England around…

Breed Profile – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Our latest breed profile takes us into regal territory, at least in name, with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. This small spaniel breed has a fascinating recent history which is worth reading even if your breed interests lie elsewhere. History of Breed: It was in the 1920s that an American named Eldridge is thought to…

sheepdog young retrievers

Breed Profile – Border Collie

The breed profiles that we started to publish a few months ago have proved exceedingly popular with our readers, so we’ve decided to keep the theme going for a few months – or until we run out of breeds we know something about! This time around, it’s one of our favourites, the Border Collie. History…

dog shows

Breed Profile – Dogue de Bordeaux

History of Breed: An ancient French breed, also known as the French Mastiff, Bordeaux Mastiff or Bordeauxdog, the Dogue de Bordeaux is a very large, muscular breed of dog that was originally bred to pull carts, guard properties and flocks of sheep, hunt and fight. Dogues were shown at the first French dog show in 1863…

Image courtesy of Charlotte Tudor

Breed Profile – German Shorthaired Pointer

History of Breed: It is thought that the German Shorthaired Pointer is descended from a collection of breeds known as ‘bird dogs’ that came to the UK following World War Two. One of the HPR (Hunt Point Retrieve) gundog breeds they are perfectly suited to hunting both on land and in water. They are strong and…

Image courtesy of Alison Tallentire

Breed Profile – Jack Russell Terrier

As promised, here’s another of our introductions to popular active dog breeds. For our second article, it’s the rather fabulous and energetic Jack Russell Terrier! History: A very popular dog, the Jack Russell Terrier originates from dogs bred by the Reverend John Russell in the 19th century. With similar ancestors to the Fox Terrier, as…