Originally born in the same litters as Cocker Spaniels, the larger English Springer Spaniel was recognized as a distinct breed in 1902. An enthusiastic hunting companion used to flush game, the English Springer Spaniel is a cheerful, affectionate and sociable family dog. The English Springer requires frequent brushing and trimmings. An active breed, he also requires daily exercise.
Gentle, merry and playful, the English Toy Spaniel originated in the Far East and later appeared in England. Naturally well-behaved, this compact toy breed makes an affectionate family companion that plays well with children. The English Toy Spaniel’s small size makes him ideal for city apartments. His profuse coat is easy to groom and requires only biweekly brushing.
Swiss farmers used the strong, compact Entlebucher Mountain Dog to herd cattle from pasture to pasture. Named after the village of Entlebuch where he originated, this high-energy, intelligent breed learns quickly. Loyal and protective, he most enjoys being close to his family. The Entlebucher requires ample exercise and does best when given a job to do. His smooth, shiny coat needs minimal grooming.
Recognized for his endurance and intelligence, the Field Spaniel is a medium-sized dog that finds, flushes and retrieves birds on land and in water. The Field Spaniel’s gentle affectionate personality makes him a fun-loving companion that likes to be involved in family activities. The Field Spaniel should be brushed weekly and needs occasional trimming.
Developed north of the Arctic Circle to herd reindeer, the Finnish Lapphund has a thick, water-repellant double coat that protects him from extreme cold. Agile and alert, this breed is eager to please and has a calm temperament, making him an ideal family pet. His sweet face is likened to that of a teddy bear. The Finnish Lapphund needs daily exercise to keep him from becoming bored as well as regular grooming.
With his pointed muzzle and prick ears, the Finnish Spitz resembles a fox. Once used to hunt small birds and game, the breed today primarily is a playful, friendly house dog. Known for his barking, the Finnish Spitz long ago summoned hunters by barking. A seasonal heavy shedder with a fluffy, dense double coat, this breed needs weekly brushing as well as moderate exercise.
An excellent bird dog and swimmer, the Flat-Coated Retriever has a friendly personality and ever-wagging tail, making him an outstanding family pet. This intelligent, gentle breed is easily trained. The Flat-Coated Retriever has a puppy-like exuberance throughout his life. An active breed, he needs vigorous daily exercise and minimal grooming for his feathered coat.
The large bat ears and even disposition of the French Bulldog makes the breed, or “Frenchies,” one of the world’s most popular small-dog breeds.
The muscular, powerful German Pinscher is courageous and protective, making him an excellent family watchdog. Originally bred in Germany, the German Pinscher has a strong prey instinct and likes to chase anything that moves. An intelligent, active breed, he needs vigorous daily exercise as well as companionship to avoid becoming bored and destructive. His dense, glossy coat is easy to maintain.
Hailed as the world’s leading military, police and guard dog, the German Shepherd Dog is a large, agile, muscular dog known for his loyalty and high intelligence.
Highly intelligent and willing to please, the German Shorthaired Pointer is a multipurpose hunting dog with a powerful sense of smell and keen enthusiasm for work. A true athlete, the breed thrives with active families who give him regular exercise. A loyal companion and watchdog, the German Shorthaired Pointer has an even and friendly temperament. His coat sheds but requires little grooming.
A multipurpose hunting dog, the German Wirehaired Pointer enjoys human companionship and bonds closely with his family. An exceptional pointer and retriever, the breed is eager to please and enthusiastic to learn. Highly energetic, the German Wirehaired Pointer requires vigorous daily exercise. The breed's coat sheds lightly but is easy to maintain.