Distinguished by his bearded muzzle, the Giant Schnauzer is a robust, powerful dog originally bred to drive livestock. He loves having a job to do, and this natural guard dog considers his most important task to be protecting his human family. Highly energetic, the Giant Schnauzer should be vigorously exercised daily. His lightly shedding, coarse coat requires weekly brushing and clipping or stripping four to six times a year.
Named after a remote region of Ireland’s Wicklow Mountains where the breed originated, the Glen of Imaal Terrier is a powerful dog originally bred to go to ground after foxes and badgers. This spunky terrier is an adoring companion that likes to be near his owner but shouldn’t be trusted with noncanine pets. The Glen of Imaal Terrier’s harsh coat requires stripping, trimming and regular brushing.
The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in the U.S. This intelligent, loyal and friendly breed can fill diverse roles with ease as a family dog, therapy dog, hunting companion and guide for the blind. Good natured and beautiful, the Golden Retriever is a real crowd pleaser.
Prized by Scottish hunters for his strength and stamina, the Gordon Setter is a dependable, eager-to-work hunter. With an easygoing temperament, he also is an excellent family companion. The heaviest of the three setter breeds and the only one with a black-and-tan coat, the Gordon Setter requires vigorous daily exercise. His slightly wavy coat needs regular grooming.
Originally bred to hunt boar, the Great Dane is a giant dog with a loving disposition, making him an ideal family companion.
Named after the famous Pyrenees Mountains in southwestern Europe, the majestic Great Pyrenees is best known as a faithful guardian of livestock. Although affectionate with his family, the breed can be territorial, aggressive toward other dogs and reserved with strangers. The Great Pyrenees requires moderate exercise and a considerable amount of grooming for his thick double coat that sheds year-round.
The strong, muscular Greater Swiss Mountain Dog was originally bred to herd and guard livestock in the mountainous regions of Switzerland. A multipurpose working dog, this bold, social, loyal breed thrives on having a job and enjoys being included in everyday household activities. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog requires moderate exercise daily, and his short, dense coat needs minimal grooming.
The Greyhound is the fastest breed of dog and also one of the most ancient breeds. In England, this sighthound was used to hunt all types of game, including deer, stag, fox, and hare. The Greyhound is a loving companion that enjoys the company of family and other dogs. He does best with daily exercise, and his short coat is easy to maintain.
The robust, muscular Harrier is an English pack hound originally bred to hunt hare. An active scenthound, the Harrier requires moderate exercise daily to maintain his strength and stamina. This inquisitive, hunting breed should be kept on a leash or in a fenced area for protection while exercising. His short, thick coat requires minimal grooming. Sociable and loyal, the Harrier thrives on being close to people and other dogs.
The only native breed of Cuba, the Havanese is a happy,outgoing dog with a friendly disposition. Originally, this sturdy toy breed was a pampered lap dog of the aristocracy. Later, his role evolved into that of a family companion, watchdog, child’s playmate, and poultry herder. With his intelligence, trainability and affectionate, nonaggressive temperament, the Havanese is an ideal family dog. The breed’s hypoallergenic coat does not shed but requires regular grooming.
Characterized by his tall, lean body, long tail and large, upright ears, the Ibizan Hound is an elegant Egyptian sighthound bred to hunt rabbits. This athletic, agile breed is known for his ability to jump six feet in the air from a standstill. Alert, affectionate and loyal, the Ibizan Hound is suitable for families with children. These hounds require vigorous daily exercise in a sizeable high-fenced area.
A true Nordic spitz, the Icelandic Sheepdog is distinguished by his prick ears and curled tail. This hardy, agile breed was developed to herd livestock in the mountainous regions of Iceland. Highly intelligent and clever, this sheepdog is an enthusiastic and playful companion that can be quite vocal. The breed sheds his undercoat twice a year and requires moderate grooming.