English Setter

The English Setter is among the oldest of the gundog breeds and originated in England over 400 years ago. It’s believed his ancestors were Spanish. He’s similar to the Gordon and Irish Setters but his personality is different, as is his look. Before guns were invented, this dog would find birds and “set” himself down … Read more…

English Foxhound

The English Foxhound dates back to before 1800. Because there were over 250 packs of British hounds, meticulous records were kept through the years. He looks similar to his American cousin, but is stouter and shorter. He was designed to run in a pack and cover long distances so he needs regular daily exercise. He … Read more…

Dogue de Bordeaux

The Dogue de Bordeaux is a French breed but his ancestry is unknown. Dogue is French for mastiff. He has been linked to the Bulldog, the Bullmastiff, the Tibetan Mastiff and the Dogues de Bordeaux from Aquitaine. He has been a fighter, a guardian and a hunter. He was trained to bait jaguars, bears and … Read more…

Doberman Pinscher

The Doberman Pinscher is thought to have originated in the early 1900s in Germany. He’s named after Louis Dobermann who was a tax collector and needed a guard dog and companion. His ancestors included the Rottweiler, the German Pinscher, the shorthaired shepherd and the Black and Tan terrier. He’s a muscular, medium size, square dog … Read more…

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier was first noted as a specific breed in 1700 and has been a popular dog among gypsies and wealthy people at different times over the years. He’s skilled at tracking badgers and otters. He’s named after Sir Walter Scott’s character “Dandie Dinmont” in his 1814 book, “Guy Mannering,” in which he … Read more…

Dalmatian

The Dalmatian is the only dog with spots. He has a varied history, appearing in Asia, Europe and Africa under different names and nationalities. He has been a war dog, a shepherd, a draft dog, a ratter, a bird dog, a fire-apparatus follower, a retriever and a trail hound. He’s the only coaching dog and … Read more…