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 the mountains of Japan, the Akita originally was used to hunt bear, elk and boar. The breed can have an aggressive temperament, requiring supervision around small children and other animals. The Akita has a distinctive thick, double coat and plush tail that curls over his back. Although a fastidious groomer like a cat, he still needs daily brushing. Active and energetic, this breed should be exercised daily.
Fiercely loyal and affectionate, the Skye Terrier thrives as a family companion. An elegant medium-sized dog with short legs and a large head, the Skye Terrier was originally bred in the 1600s on the Isle of Skye off the west coast of Scotland. One of the oldest and rarest terrier breeds, the Skye Terrier is friendly and gay with those he knows and cautious around strangers. The breed needs regular exercise, and his soft coat requires brushing several times a week plus regular trimming.
A barnyard ratter from England, the Norwich Terrier is a spirited, stocky dog with prick ears and a slightly foxy expression. Despite his small size, the Norwich is an eager and fearless worker of substantial substance. Due to the breed’s hunting instincts and typical terrier curiosity, he should have regular exercise. A fun-loving companion, the Norwich is ideal for city or country homes. His wiry coat requires regular stripping and brushing.
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.
Even-tempered, loyal and affectionate, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi originally was used as a drover and farm dog in Cardiganshire in 1200 B.C. Mostly a companion dog today, the Cardigan is small but capable of great power, speed and endurance. This breed can adapt well to city or country life if provided daily exercise. His double coat requires regular brushing.
A rare breed, the American Foxhound was developed by George Washington in the 1700s. Bred to run fast, the American Foxhound is ideal for pet owners in rural areas but also is adaptable to smaller homes if provided adequate exercise. A mild-tempered and easygoing breed, the American Foxhound gets along well with children and most pets. Stubborn and independent at times, he benefits from early training.
An impressive athlete in a small package, the Miniature American Shepherd (MAS) is energetic, agile and adaptable. A clever, medium-sized dog, the MAS has the heart of a ranch dog in the body of a house dog. Completing any job with style and enthusiasm, this highly intelligent and willing-to-please dog requires daily physical and mental exercise.
A German farm dog bred to guard livestock and catch vermin, the Standard Schnauzer has a hardy, athletic body marked by a bearded nose and bushy eyebrows. A natural protector, this territorial breed is an excellent watchdog. The lively Standard Schnauzer needs several brisk walks daily, and his coarse, lightly shedding coat should be brushed regularly to avoid mats and stripped at least twice a year.
A true English hunting breed, the Pointer is an agile, athletic dog that is proud and elegant. He has a powerful, muscular body that gives him a noble confidence in the field. He also is a suitable family companion that is affectionate and protective at home. The enthusiastic, intelligent Pointer needs ample exercise and mental stimulation, and his smooth, dense coat requires minimal grooming.
The Japanese Chin is a dainty, elegant toy dog distinguished by a short face, square body and plumed tail. Bred to be a companion, this sensitive, intelligent and affectionate breed is deeply loyal. The alert, playful Japanese Chin enjoys learning tricks and thrives on showing them off to an audience. His feathered, silky coat requires extensive grooming twice a week.
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.