Dog Breed Listings F - M
Let's face it, every dog breed is different. They each have their own look, their own personality and their own special care needs. Our dog breed experts have compiled the latest and greatest information, photos and tips for almost every breed. Select your favorite breed or just explore in this ultimate breed resource.
Here are a handful of featured breeds to get to know. Or select one from the list on the right.
Feists (also called Mountain Fesists) originated in North America several hundred years ago, probably from crosses between English terriers and American Indian dogs. Today, Feists are still valued by hunters, farmers and families for their great tracking and pest-control abilities, not to mention their steady temperaments... [ ]
Field Spaniels originated as a cross between the Cocker Spaniel and several longer and larger dogs from the Spaniel family. Bred mainly for competition and companionship, the Field Spaniel suffered a drop in popularity in the 1940s due to some awkward breeding practices that made the dog very long and low... [ ]
The Fila Brasileiro (also known as the Brazilian Mastiff) was developed to guard Brazilian farms and plantations. Derived from a mixture of the Mastiff, the Bloodhound and the Bulldog, it combines protectiveness and loyalty with a dependable tracking ability... [ ]
The Finnish Lapphund is an ancient Scandinavian breed, dating back to 7,000 B.C... [ ]
Spitz-type dogs have been living, working and playing in Europe for more than 6,000 years. As these canines spread across the continent, different types of Spitz dogs developed for each region’s specific needs... [ ]
In the 19th century, English gamekeepers developed the Flat-Coated Retriever from a number of top-notch canines including the St. John’s Water Dog, the Irish Setter and the Newfoundland... [ ]
The Brittany, named for the French province where it originated, was bred to be a versatile, all-around bird dog. Today, two types of Brittany exist: The American Brittany (often called “the Brittany,” for short) and the French Brittany (or, the Epagneul Breton)... [ ]
Though the French Bulldog’s ancestry is still hotly debated, most dog experts agree that a throng of toy-sized English bulldogs were sent to France during the 19th century to mix with various French breeds and create the Boule-Dog Francais. Even back then, opinions differed on which features resulted in a true French Bulldog... [ ]
The French Spaniel is one of the oldest of the pointing breeds. It is descended from a birding dog, who is considered the father of all pointing spaniels, in the Middle Ages... [ ]
The German Coolie was first recorded as one of the merle breeds in the 19th century. It is believed to be a descendant of the early British herding dogs... [ ]
German Hunt Terrier
Developed to herd cattle, guard property and hunt rats, German Pinschers originated in Germany several hundred years ago. Used to develop several other breeds, including the Miniature Pinscher, Standard Schnauzer and Doberman Pinscher, the German Pinscher didn’t make its way to the United States until the late 1970s... [ ]
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