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American Staffordshire Terrier

MEDIUM DOG BREED

American Staffordshire Terrier

The Amstaff, a cross between the old English Bulldog and one or more terriers, was truly “made in America.” Originally known as the Staffordshire Terrier, American was added to the names to avoid confusion with their British counterpart, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

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Saint Bernard

LARGE DOG BREED

Saint Bernard

The breed that has been credited with saving more than 2,500 travelers lost in the snow was named for the Hospice du Grand St. Bernard in Switzerland, where the monks have bred these large dogs since the 17th century.

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Saluki

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Saluki

This slender, elegant sighthound was used to course fox, hare and gazelle. Muslims considered it to be a sacred gift from Allah. One of the world's oldest breeds, Salukis were never sold but presented as gifts or tribute, and that's probably how they reached continental Europe.

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Samoyed

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Samoyed

The breed "with Christmas in its face" is considered by many to be the most beautiful of all the purebreds. A member of the spitz family of dogs, the Sam was discovered by fur traders in a remote area of Siberia north of the Arctic circle.

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Sarplaninac (Sharplaninatz)

LARGE DOG BREED

Sarplaninac (Sharplaninatz)

The Sarplaninac (Sharplaninatz) Yugoslav Sheepdog is probably the oldest breed in the Balkans, where it was used to guard the livestock and homes of people who lived on the slopes on Mount Shara, where the breed got its name.

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Schapendoes

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Schapendoes

Agile and light-footed, the Schapendoes is a mobile and speedy shepherd dog that gallops, rather than trots, and uses its long tail as a rudder when jumping. In fact, this intelligent, easily trained breed would be a marvel in agility events, or any other canine competition you prefer.

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Schipperke

SMALL DOG BREED

Schipperke

The little boatman, as this breed is nicknamed, is bright, active and curious, all qualities that made it an ideal barge dog, ratter and carriage dog.

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Scottish Deerhound

LARGE DOG BREED

Scottish Deerhound

If you're looking for a quiet, dignified hound that will be loving, loyal and courageous, you can't do better than to consider the Scottish Deerhound, a shaggy-coated Greyhound type.

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Scottish Terrier

SMALL DOG BREED

Scottish Terrier

Nicknamed the Diehard, the Scottie has a fiery, "tails up" attitude that makes it an alert, determined friend. A working terrier of Scotland's highlands, this breed was once a member of a variety of terrier types collectively called the Scotch Terriers.

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Sealyham Terrier

SMALL DOG BREED

Sealyham Terrier

A one-man creation, the Sealyham is named for the Welsh estate of Captain John Edwardes, who developed the tough white terriers to go after badger, otter and fox. The dogs became well known for their working ability, and in 1908 a breed club was formed and a standard drawn up.

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Seidenspitz

Seidenspitz

The Seidenspitz was developed in Germany using Maltese and white Pomeranians. The breed was known perhaps as far back as the late 1700s. Affectionate and intelligent, the Seidenspitz resembles a Pomeranian with a long, silky coat that may be solid white or solid black.

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Shetland Sheepdog

SMALL DOG BREED

Shetland Sheepdog

This breed used to be called the "Toonie," a name taken from tun, the Norwegian word for "farm." It was a farm dog whose workplace was the unfriendly terrain of the Shetland Islands that lie off the northeast coast of Scotland.

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Shiba Inu

SMALL DOG BREED

Shiba Inu

This lively and energetic dog, the smallest of Japan's native breeds, was once used for hunting small game in its homeland. A diminutive spitz breed, the Shiba is a dog of quicksilver agility and legendary cunning.

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Shih Tzu

SMALL DOG BREED

Shih Tzu

Lively and lovely, the Shih Tzu (pronounced shidzoo) enjoys a good walk and a good talk with his people. Bred as a companion for at least 2,000 years, this little "lion dog" is happy and outgoing, with a friendly, trusting attitude beneath the slightly arrogant appearance.

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Shikoku

Shikoku

Imagine a dog tough, tireless and agile enough to hunt boar in the mountains of Japan. This is the Shikoku, an ancient, enthusiastic hunting dog that is so admired in Japan, the country designated it as a Natural Monument in 1937.

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Shiloh Shepherd (Plush)

LARGE DOG BREED

Shiloh Shepherd (Plush)

The first impression you should get from a good specimen of the Shiloh Shepherd is that of a large, strong, muscled shepherd. The dog should appear alert and noble. The Shiloh Shepherd displays courage and self-confidence, always willing to serve as a companion and protector.

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Shiloh Shepherd (Smooth)

LARGE DOG BREED

Shiloh Shepherd (Smooth)

The first impression you should get from a good specimen of the Shiloh Shepherd is that of a large, strong, muscled shepherd. The dog should appear alert and noble. The Shiloh Shepherd displays courage and self-confidence, always willing to serve as a companion and protector.

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Siberian Husky

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Siberian Husky

Believed to have descended from the Chukchi sled dogs of the Siberian Arctic, which had bred true for 3,000 years, these quick dogs were used to haul sleds and herd reindeer. They were able to travel great distances and work for long periods on little food.

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Silken Windhound

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Silken Windhound

The Silken Windhound is an intelligent sighthound with a strong prey drive. They were developed by Borzoi breeder, Francie Stull to be a medium sized, sporty sighthound and family-oriented companion.

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Silky Terrier

SMALL DOG BREED

Silky Terrier

Although it's a toy breed, this little dog has the alert, inquisitive nature typical of terrier breeds. Another creation of the inventive Australians, the Silky Terrier was developed from a cross between Australian and the Yorkshire Terriers.

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