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English Cocker Spaniel

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About the English Cocker Spaniel

An old land spaniel used to flush and retrieve game in dense cover, the English Cocker Spaniel is a merry, affectionate dog whose tail rarely stops wagging. Faithful and engaging, the English Cocker is an excellent family companion due to his even temperament and trainability. Though adaptable to different living situations, the breed requires daily exercise. His silky coat needs frequent brushing and stripping or clipping.

Did you know
President John F. Kennedy owned an English Cocker Spaniel named “Shannon.”

English Foxhound

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About the English Foxhound

Prized for his stamina, keen nose and determination, the English Foxhound is a versatile hunter whose roots in Great Britain date before 1800. Like most hounds, the breed is independent and can be stubborn. Bred to run long distances in a pack, the English Foxhound needs adequate exercise, but his short coat requires minimal maintenance.

Did you know
The English Foxhound is one of the rarest breeds in the U.S.

English Setter

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About the English Setter

An elegant, graceful gundog, the English Setter developed in England more than 400 years ago. This affectionate, friendly, gentle breed excels as a family companion. Athletic and energetic, the English Setter requires vigorous daily exercise. He loves his family and is not happy when isolated in a yard or kennel for long periods. The English Setter’s beautiful, feathered coat requires regular maintenance.

Did you know
​​​​​​Although many people believe English, Gordon and Irish setters are representatives of different colors or varieties of the same breed, they are three separate breeds.

English Springer Spaniel

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About the English Springer Spaniel

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.

Did you know
English Springer Spaniels were popular with presidents George Bush Sr. and George Bush Jr. The former owned a female named “Millie” and her puppy “Ranger,” and the latter owned another of Millie’s puppies, called “Spot.”

English Toy Spaniel

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About the English Toy Spaniel

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.

Did you know
Evidence indicates that the English Toy Spaniel was a favorite of Mary Queen of Scots. It is said that her favorite English Toy refused to leave her, even on the scaffold.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog

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About the Entlebucher Mountain Dog

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.

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The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is the smallest of the four Swiss Mountain Dogs, which also include the Appenzeller Sennenhund, Bernese Mountain Dog and Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is also known as the Entlebucher Sennenhund and Entlebucher Cattle Dog.

European Burmese Cat Breed

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About the European Burmese Cat Breed

The European Burmese is similar to the Burmese except for her body and eye shape, having a slim, elegant body that is roundly contoured and eyes that are slightly curved and slanted toward the nose. The European Burmese has a sweet, loving disposition and is extremely loyal to her family. An intelligent cat, this breed is an ideal pet that gets along well with cats and cat friendly dogs.

Exotic Shorthair Cat Breed

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About the Exotic Shorthair Cat Breed

Known as the lazy man’s Persian, the Exotic Shorthair has the body type and easygoing nature of the Persian but without the coat length and need for daily grooming. With her thick, dense, plush short hair and round face, the Exotic Shorthair has a soft teddy bear look. This sweet feline is affectionate and loyal. The breed is athletic, fun-loving, yet also quiet and sensitive.

Field Spaniel

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About the Field Spaniel

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.

Did you know
The Field Spaniel is a rare breed in the U.S., especially compared to the more popular spaniel breeds, the Cocker Spaniel and English Springer Spaniel. Poor breeding practices during the late 1800s nearly caused the breed to become extinct. Mortimer Smith is credited with reviving the breed.

Finnish Lapphund

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About the Finnish Lapphund

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.

Did you know
Although rare in the U.S., the Finnish Lapphund is the third most popular breed in Finland.

Finnish Spitz

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About the Finnish Spitz

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.

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In barking contests, the Finnish Spitz has been known to bark up to 160 times a minute. The national dog of Finland, he sometimes is called the barking bird dog. The Finnish Spitz is slow to mature, reaching adulthood at 3 ½ to 4 years of age.

Flat-Coated Retriever

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About the Flat-Coated Retriever

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.

Did you know
The Flat-Coated Retriever’s ancestors include the Newfoundland, English Setter, as well as sheepdogs and spaniel-like water dogs.A fairly popular breed prior to World War I, the Flat-Coated Retriever was overtaken in popularity by the Labrador and Golden Retrievers.