An elegant sighthound capable of speeds up to 35 mph, the Whippet developed in England, where he was used for racing and rabbit hunting. Amiable, friendly and gentle, Whippets make excellent indoor companions. Despite their intensity during sporting pursuits, they are quiet and dignified at home. These natural athletes do best with regular exercise.
Developed in the British Isles in the 17th century, the Wire Fox Terrier was used to chase small game from their dens. Small and sturdy with a playful, friendly nature, the breed makes a wonderful companion. Bold, driven and determined, the Wire Fox is highly trainable and excels as a watch dog. His short coat sheds little and is easy to maintain.
Distinguished by his rough, bushy coat, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a resilient, versatile hunter. This faithful, intelligent dog is eager to please and easily trainable, making him a good family pet. Sociable and affectionate, he thrives on being close to his family. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon requires daily vigorous exercise to maintain his physical and mental health.
Loyal, gentle and trainable, the Wirehaired Vizsla is an athletic, exuberant hunting dog. This people-oriented breed is notorious for its happy and confident disposition, and needs to be included in family activities, as it thrives on having a job to do. The Wirehaired Vizsla’s dense, wiry coat should be brushed regularly and bathed occasionally. They are an active, intelligent breed so be sure to provide them with plenty of vigorous play and mental stimulation.
An ancient Mexican breed, the elegant Xoloitzcuintli is a lean, muscular dog that comes in three sizes: Toy, Miniature and Standard. Each size has two varieties, Hairless and Coated, both requiring moderate grooming. Originally bred to guard homes from evil spirits, the calm, alert Xoloitzcuintli continues to serve as a faithful watchdog and family companion. He requires daily exercise.
Named for the English city where he originated, the Yorkshire Terrier is brave, determined, energetic and investigative. Originally owned by the middle class, especially weavers, the Yorkie has a long, luxurious blue-and-tan coat. The breed adapts well and travels easily. A protective companion, the Yorkie requires little exercise but needs daily interaction with his family and regular brushing.