The sturdy, rugged Bouvier des Flandres originally was bred to herd cattle near the Belgian town of Flanders. His name means “cowherd from Flanders,” but along with herding, the breed performed farm jobs such as drafting and guarding. With his calm, gentle temperament, this breed is a loving family companion The Bouvier needs frequent grooming to strip his rough, shaggy coat and plenty of exercise.
Developed in Germany in the 19th century, the Boxer was bred for dog fighting and hunting large game. The Boxer thrives on human company and affection. Patient, spirited and protective of children, he makes an excellent family dog. He will exhibit wariness and curiosity with strangers and fearless courage if threatened. The Boxer needs little grooming but does best with daily exercise.
An enthusiastic hunter, the Boykin Spaniel also is an affectionate dog that loves to be with people and other animals. With his cheerful temperament, the Boykin is particularly excellent with children. This energetic breed needs lots of exercise and thrives with an active family. The Boykin’s feathered coat ranges from flat to wavy and requires regular grooming to prevent matting.
For centuries, the brave, loyal Briard guarded and herded sheep in rural France. This large, muscular breed has a strong protective instinct and an excellent memory. Briards can be willful but also are trainable and eager to please. The breed has a distinctive appearance with his bushy eyebrows, shaggy beard and luxurious wavy coat. The Briard needs extensive grooming, including daily brushing, to prevent matting.
The Brittany is a hearty hunting dog skilled in pointing and retrieving game. Strong, quick, agile and alert, the Brittany is good-natured and friendly, making him a loving companion. The breed has a dense, feathered coat that protects him in the field and requires regular grooming. This energetic breed needs vigorous daily exercise and thrives with an active outdoor family.
Known for his almost human expression, the Brussels Griffon is an affectionate, charming and curious companion and an excellent watchdog. This sturdy Belgian breed is lively, intelligent and sensitive. His coat comes in two varieties -- rough and smooth. Both varieties need biweekly brushing. Active indoors, the Brussels Griffon is suitable for apartments but still needs daily walks.
First bred in 19th-century England, the Bull Terrier is the clown of dogs. Robust and spirited, this playful, fun-loving breed is always ready for a frolic. He loves children, but obedience training is necessary and care must be taken that he does not get overstimulated around younger children. Friendly and affectionate, Bull Terriers thrive on human companionship. This active, well-muscled breed needs daily exercise and has a low-maintenance coat.
Bulldogs are a popular breed known for their lovable disposition and charming wrinkles. Resolute and courageous, this breed is an excellent family companion, requiring minimal grooming and exercise.
The Bullmastiff’s history began in 19th-century England where he was developed to keep large estates and game preserves free of poachers. Fearless and confident yet sweet-natured and docile, the breed makes a great family companion. Natural guardians, Bullmastiffs do not bark much and require minimal exercise and grooming. For a large dog, the Bullmastiff does well in an apartment as well as a house.
A spirited little dog bred to root small animals, such as fox, rats and otter, from their lairs, the Cairn Terrier is known for his tenacity. A quick learner, the Cairn instinctively likes to dig and chase small animals. This terrier has a compact body and broad head with a bushy topknot and eyebrows. His shaggy, medium-long coat needs weekly brushing and some trimming or stripping, as well as monthly bathing.
The Canaan Dog dates back to Biblical times when he guarded the Israelites’ herds and flocks in the Land of Canaan. While loyal and loving with his family, the Canaan Dog is highly territorial and suspicious of strangers. He is best suited as a one-person or one-family companion. The Canaan Dog has a harsh, double coat that protects him from extreme temperatures and does not require much grooming.