Dog Breeds

Dog Breeds. Learn all about the different dog breeds. Pictures and information about dog breeds.

Wire Fox Terrier

The Wire Fox Terrier is a descendant of the black and tan rough coated terrier from the 17th century in the British Isle. He was bred to “go to ground” and chase the foxes and other forms of game from their hiding places. He only became a separate breed in 1984. Prior to that, he was listed in the same type as the Smooth Fox Terrier.

He’s eager to work, is very playful and energetic. He’s easy to train and competes in agility events. His wiry, dense coat is usually white and may have tan or black marks. He’s great with children because he’s never aggressive towards people. He’s an ideal watchdog for your home. He’s a digger so check your backyard. He does need exercise but his coat only needs minimal care. He’s 15.5 inches in height.

Whippet

The Whippet evolved for 100 years and, in 1891, was finally recognised by the English Kennel Club while he was used as a racing dog. He was known as the “poor man’s racehorse.” He’s the fastest domestic animal of his weight, moving as fast as 35 m.p.h. He has great balance and power and is fit and elegant. He was taken to Massachusetts, America which was the American home of Whippet racing for many years. Then that honour was bestowed upon Baltimore, Maryland.

He’s a natural athlete, needing regular exercise and lots of care and attention. He needs good nutrition, vet visits and vaccinations so he can be healthy for racing. He’s also a great pet and is dignified and quiet when he’s at home, where he makes an excellent companion. A Whippet can be any colour. He’s 18 – 22 inches high.

West Highland White Terrier

The West Highland White Terrier originally came from Poltalloch in Scotland and was called the Poltalloch Terrier. He was also called the Roseneath Terrier, named after the Duke of Argyll’s estate. He first popped up in the US in 1906 under the Roseneath name but was changed to his current name in 1909. His nickname is the “Westie.”

He loves show events including agility, conformation and obedience. His double coat is bright white in colour. The outer coat is rough and the undercoat is dense and soft. He has great determination and devotion, loves people and is very affectionate. He makes a great travel companion because of his size. He loves being with people. He needs to be brushed every day and also needs regular clipping and stripping. He’s 10 – 11 inches in height.