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Behind the Breed: Leonbergers

Behind the Breed: Leonbergers

Affectionately known as Leos (or even gentle lions!), these massive dogs were originally developed not as guardian or working dogs but as companion dogs! Leonbergers are social, friendly dogs that love being around their people and definitely need some room to walk...

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Behind the Breed: Norwegian Elkhound

Behind the Breed: Norwegian Elkhound

This confident, friendly breed was bred to withstand cold weather and to hunt or work for days at a time. Norwegian Elkhounds are spitz-type dogs that look and act very similar to Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes. Like these other breeds, Elkhounds have an...

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Behind the Breed: Shiba Inu

Behind the Breed: Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu is a rather iconic dog, especially in their native Japan where they are still an incredibly popular breed and one of the six native breeds to the country. This breed is intelligent, quiet, clean, rather strong-willed, and generally tends to do better as...

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Behind the Breed: Doberman Pinscher

Behind the Breed: Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinchers, also known as Dobies, are fearless, loyal working dogs with sleek, muscular appearances. With a history in Germany, Dobermans have worked in a range of fields and even served as the US Marine Corps' official war dog during World War II. Because of...

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Behind the Breed: Italian Greyhounds

Behind the Breed: Italian Greyhounds

Greyhounds are an iconic breed known for their fast speeds and slender builds. But did you know there is another greyhound breed? The Italian Greyhound has similar qualities to the greyhound in a smaller package, including their contradictory need for speed and couch...

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Behind the Breed: Bergamasco Sheepdog

Behind the Breed: Bergamasco Sheepdog

Bergamasco sheepdogs might be one of the most interesting-looking dogs out there! With origins in Italy and the Alps, these dogs were bred as guardian dogs and their thick, unique coats help protect them from predators like wolves and bears when they're guarding or...

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Behind the Breed: Tibetan Mastiff

Behind the Breed: Tibetan Mastiff

These large dogs were originally bred to be guardians of villagers living in the Himalayas and while they look imposing, Tibetan Mastiffs are actually just big balls of love. Like other guardian dogs, Tibetan Mastiffs are devoted to their families and are incredibly...

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Behind the Breed: Australian Kelpie

Behind the Breed: Australian Kelpie

Like other herding dogs, the Australian Kelpie is an active, intelligent, and loyal dog with an unlimited source of energy. Kelpies are medium in size, often weighing 30-45 pounds and standing 17-20 inches tall, but what they lack in size, they make up for with...

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Behind the Breed: Bichon Frise

Behind the Breed: Bichon Frise

This peppy, fluffy breed would be a great addition to any family or home, particularly for those with mild dog-related allergies or who want a cheerful, small dog. A Bichon Frise will usually stand 9-12 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 12-18 pounds. Bichons are...

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Behind the Breed: Shetland Sheepdogs

Behind the Breed: Shetland Sheepdogs

Also known as Shelties, this breed is the definition of a herding dog and have guarded their owner's gardens against hungry wildlife for quite some time. Like other herding dogs, Shelties are intelligent, take well to training, and love having a job like being a...

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