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Breed Spotlight: Dalmatian

Adult dalmatian dog standing in field of flowers with forest in the background

History The origin of the Dalmatian is widely debated, although it is accepted that the breed has been around for centuries. Art and literature from Europe, Asia, and Africa all provide compelling arguments that they are the Dalmatian’s place of origin. According to The New Complete Dog Book, a official publication of the American Kennel…

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Breed Spotlight: Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dog standing in a grassy field with a half shaved cut.

History The Portuguese Water Dog originated in the Algarve region of Portugal where it was bred to assist at shipyards. These dogs were tasked with guarding ships, herding fish into fishermen’s nets, retrieving lost tackle or broken nets, and acting as couriers from ship to ship, or ship to shore. They would sometimes travel with fishing…

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Breed Spotlight: Azawakh

Side view of an Azawakh dog walking outside in the grass in front of a forest

History The Azawakh originated thousands of years ago in Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso in Africa as a sighthound and secondarily, as a guard dog and companion. They were originally rasied in the Sahel region of the Sahara Desert by the Tuareg and other ethnic tribes of the southern Sahel. While the harsh conditions of the…

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Breed Spotlight: Akita

Akita dog standing in a grassy yard with trees in the background

    History What the American Kennel Club recognizes as the “Akita” breed is what every other country recognizes as the “American Akita”. There is also a breed called the “Japanese Akita”, or “Akita Inu”, that is not recognized by the American Kennel Club. However, the American Akita and Akita Inu have a joint origin…

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