All posts written by Matt Beswick

Schipperke Breed Information

Schipperke (pronounced Skip-er-kee) is a small Belgian breed of dog that originated in the early 16th century. There has been a long ongoing debate over whether this type of dog is a spitz or miniature sheepdog. Schipperkes were formally recognized as a breed in the 1880s and their first standard was written in 1889. The […]

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Scottish Terrier Breed Information

The Scottish Terrier’s roots go as far back as the 1600s, however the breed was not official until the late 1800s. The first standard was written in 1880 by J.B. Morrison and has remained the heart of all standards written since. In 1882 the Scottish Terrier Club was organised with officers in both Scotland and […]

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Shar-Pei Breed Information

The Shar-Pei is a Chinese breed of dog that has been around for centuries, perhaps even as far back as 200BC. The breed was mostly used by peasant farmers. The strength and willingness to work shown by these dogs meant that many farmers used them for guarding, herding and hunting game. This breed’s signature folds […]

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Shetland Sheepdog Breed Information

The Shetland Sheepdog looks like a miniature version of the Rough Collie, (the Lassie dog) and both dogs are descendants of Border Collies that inhabited Scotland. The Border collies were crossed with the Icelandic Yakkin, (a small dog that is now extinct), on the Scottish island of Shetland. The end result by 1700 was the […]

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Shiba Inu Breed Information

Recent DNA analysis confirms that this is one of the oldest dog breeds, dating back to the 3rd century BC, and only one of a handful of ancient breeds still alive today. Descended from the primitive dogs of the ancient people of Japan, the Shiba Inu was bred to hunt small wild game, boar and […]

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Shih Tzu Breed Information

Recent DNA analysis confirms that the ancestors of today’s Shi Tzu breed are among the most ancient dog breeds. Skeletal remains from human settlements have been dated ten thousand years ago in Tibet. Several Chinese and Tibetan breeds evolved from the Gobi Desert Kitchen Midden Dog, a scavenger. There are several theories about the origin […]

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Siberian Husky Breed Information

As you may have guessed by their name, the Siberian Husky originates from Siberia. They’re thought to be one of the oldest breeds of dogs in the world and were originally used by the Chukchi tribe as a working dog – their seemingly tireless energy helped them in their sled pulling, reindeer herding and watchdog […]

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Spanish Waterdog Breed Information

The Spanish Water Dog is an ancient breed. Its exact origins are debated, but it is known that a woolly coated water dog inhabited the Iberian Peninsula around 1110 AD. It is possible that Turkish merchants brought the dog into Spain and traded it to Spanish farmers and shepherds. By the 18th century, the water […]

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Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breed Information

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier finds its roots in the world of 19th century British fighting dogs. Bred from bulldogs and other local terriers, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was known for its courage and gameness. A dog was considered “game” if he was willing and able to keep at a certain task despite the risk of […]

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Standard Poodle Breed Information

The Standard Poodle goes back nearly 400 years. The breed originated in Western Europe where they were bred as retrievers. Several countries claim to be the home place of this breed, including Germany, Denmark, and France. The name “Poodle” likely comes from the German word “Pudle,” which is a word for someone who likes to […]

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