The Bichon Frise originated in the Canary Islands but it was in France that the breed came into its own as favored companions. There the aristocracy lavished them with love and affection and after the revolution the “commoners” did the same.
The West Highland White Terrier hails from Scotland, where the white coat was bred specifically so that the dogs could be easily seen while they hunted vermin among the rocks and grass in the countryside. As typical terriers, Westies are full of spunk and energy.
The Hungarian Vizsla is an excellent hunting dog and is capable of fulfilling many roles, including tracking, pointing and retrieving. Having so many talents means that Vizslas are intelligent working dogs with high energy levels and demanding exercise needs.
English Springer Spaniels were bred in Great Britain to “spring” or flush game from cover. They are working dogs, but these days the English Springer Spaniel is also a show dog and family companion.
The Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie) was bred on the Shetland Islands of Scotland as a hardy little herding dog. Shelties are tough, active, intelligent and devoted dogs, and are great family pets. Provided they get enough love and exercise, of course.
Welsh corgis are wonderful dogs with a long history that goes back over hundreds of years. There are two types of corgis: Cardigan Welsh Corgi and Pembroke Welsh Corgi. They are livestock herders that nip at livestock’s’ heels to get them moving. These days, some corgis are still working dogs, but many more enjoy the good life as human companions.
Shih Tzus are related to the Lhasa Apso. They were originally bred in Tibet, but it was in China where they came into their own as pampered lap dogs, living the high life among royalty.
Miniature Schnauzers were bred in Germany primarily as ratting dogs, so they’re feisty, hardy little things. Some schnauzers are fiercely independent, which is sometimes translated as aloof. But, they can also be friendly and affectionate once they get to know you.
Siberian Huskies were bred in northeast Asia as sled and hunting dogs. Working huskies run all day with loaded sleds behind them. Pet huskies also need a LOT of exercise. For this reason they are best suited to active families who will take their Siberian husky running, cycling and hiking and who will spend a lot of time engaged in interactive play and training.
The German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) was bred in Germany as an all-round hunting dog. Its talents include tracking and retrieving in water and on land. Their loyal and affectionate temperament also earmarked them as beloved family pets. GSPs are intelligent and love to learn, so puppy classes and ongoing training will help develop their talents and personality.